We don’t have snow falling but it is raining iquanas.

When I left to go for a run this morning it was 35 degrees but the windchill made it feel like 29.  I didn’t really feel like it was much cooler than the day before but the wind was blowing harder than yesterday so it was a bit nippy.

cold weather runningI rallied because I really wanted to run and I did.  Of course, I should have changed clothes or taken a break before walking the dogs because I did that immediately after running, and when your sweaty and then you’re body cools down, it’s cold A F.

Did you know that there are two full moons in January?  The first, the wolf moon, was on January 1st and the second is on January 31st.  When two moons occur in the same month, the second one is a blue moon.

supermoons

What I didn’t realize is that they are both super moons.  Also, the blue moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse.  If you geek out over stuff like that like I do, you can read more about the supermoons here.

Because the temperatures in Florida have been so low some iguana’s have been falling out of the trees.  Anyone who’s lived here for any length of time has seen this before.

iguanaMost of the time, they are not dead.  Actually it’s rare to find a dead one.  Iquanas are cold blooded reptiles and when it gets below 50 degrees they become really slow and sluggish.  If it’s colder than that they can become immobile and that’s when some of them fall out of trees.

If you live in Florida and you see one, you shouldn’t touch it, (unless it’s in obvious peril like in the middle of the road or it falls in your pool).  It will become active again when the weather heats up.

There is this new app called HQ Trivia and good lord, I am addicted to it.  It’s sort of like Who wants to be a millionaire except if you answer all of the questions correctly you might win 10 or 11 bucks vs a million dollars.

Regardless of the tiny payout, it IS FUN.  Seriously, you need to play it.  It’s a series of 12 multiple choice questions so how hard can it be right?  (That’s my challenge to you so go play it!)

Have a fabulous weekend!

What are your plans?

Alexa, when will it get warm again?

Good Morning.  Or is it?

weather

It’s currently raining here and it’s 44 degrees.  While that may not seem all that cold to some of you, I can assure you that here in Florida, it’s freezing.  In fact, in north Florida those poor people have had some snow.  SNOW.  In Florida!  This is insane.

A friend of mine sent me a meme this morning that accurately depicts me.

freezing weather

#Accurate!

Typically when I get up in the morning, I take the dogs out to pee and then I go for a run and then, when I return, I take the dogs for a walk.  By the time I come in the door they are crazy.  They even go so far as to pull their leashes off the hook sometimes and throw them at me.  (I wish I was kidding.)

Yesterday morning it was 39 degrees and I had to practically throw Hank outside to pee.  I actually ran 6 miles and when I got back, Hank was in this position,

Hank

I aint gonna lie, I joined him later in the day.  It’s the only way I get to use the electric blanket because he owns it.

I was all prepared to run this morning but it happens to be pouring outside and I just couldn’t motivate myself to run in cold, wet weather.  It just didn’t happen.  I might run later.  Maybe.  When it’s this cold yoga and weight training suddenly become completely desirable.

When the kid was here for Christmas he brought a gift for Grandma which I mailed to my mom last week.  She got it yesterday and promptly called to tell me that she loves it.  I wondered why she was calling me to tell me she loved it instead of the kid when she said, ‘how do you use it?’

two pics For the record, it’s a wireless charging station thingy for the iPhone 8 and since I don’t have an iPhone 8 or an iPhone 10 I have no clue how it works.  I’m stuck in the dark ages.  I tried to explain to mom that I don’t use one and so I don’t really know how it works but she kept describing the thing to me.  “It’s square with a little round thingy on it, which way do I put it down”, she asked.

And the questions kept coming and the more I couldn’t answer the more frustrated she got.  Finally I said, ‘you’ll need to call the kid tomorrow.’  And by that time, I was the frustrated one.  Then, this morning I saw this meme.

funny

She’s getting an echo for her birthday.  Welcome to my world Alexa!

How’s your weather?

Do you run when it’s cold and raining or God forbid, in the snow?

Who is tech support in your family?

 

I’m still here, I was just sort of vacatin.

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2018?  I feel like it’s still 2016 sometimes and those are my good days.  Ha.  So, I realized last night that I haven’t written anything on the blog in like, 10 days.  It definitely wasn’t purposeful it’s just that between Christmas and the New Year, MacGyver and I take a little bit of a vacation.

jeep

Cabin LIfe!

So, I’ve got a lot to catch up on as far as work and life go but I wanted to check in and show you some things from the past few weeks.

Christmas was wonderful for me this year.  The only thing that mattered was being able to spend time with the kid and he was here for two and a half glorious days!

at the movies

We went to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Eve night!

We spent a little time in Clearwater and a little time in Nokomis.  I wanted to fit in as much as possible but still let the kid spend some time with his friends.

Hanging out in Nokomis

Of course with it being the holidays and all, we ate all the crap we could possibly eat.  There were peanut butter bon bons and cookies that I made and then one of our dear neighbors brought over this spectacular assortment of cookies and treats that she made.

Rita is from Germany and let me tell you something, she can bake!

After Christmas I found a red velvet cake on sale and well, I defied MacGyver and bought it anyway.

How the hell could you refuse this? Uh, you can’t!

I got some new running shoes for Christmas of course and the kid bought me a new iPad and I got some lululemon as well.

lululemon is always a good present.

I also got this jingle pen from my little friend Aubrey.

And it perfectly matched my ugly Christmas Sweater

The best, right?

Hank was not impressed with my gifts and at first, he hated his but after a few days, he came around and now, he lives in the igloo.

dachshund in an iglooAfter all the festivities and after the Kid went back to the cold weather in Columbus, MacGyver and I got ready to head out to the solitude of the cabin.  Except it aint so solitary anymore.

Holy Crap! Who told all these people?

At least it’s still pretty…

We spent a lot of time four wheelin and hanging with the dogs.  Our friends and neighbors also came out for a bit which was really nice.  It’s great to have lots of people to spend the new year with.

Here are some random pics from the cabin.

Why wouldn’t you put a few boats in the yard of your landlocked cabin?

Hank loves the cabin life

I was Nekki and MacGyver was Dashi. That’s just what happens when you buy all your shit at garage sales.

MacGyvers Christmas present last year. A deer head bottle opener. It gets used a lot.

My hacked lawn mower. There is no end to the hacks on this hunk of junk and I cannot believe MacGyver gets it to run.

This is Hank’s girlfriend, Rosie.

If she’s gonna be Hanks girl, she gotta represent! Go Vols!

My one dollar gloves were a hit with all the little girls around.

Everybody got to enjoy our shooting range over the weekend.

Shooting it out

I didn’t get to run over the weekend because my running trail is grown over and someone bought the adjacent property so we need to rework it a bit.

I ran a crap load over the past 10 or 11 days though and it’s still going great.  I’m up to 12 miles for my long run and I plan on increasing weekly.

It’s cold here today so Hank is keeping me warm! With doggie kisses.

Sorry for the randomness but it’s been so long, it’s hard to remember everything we’ve done in the last few weeks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some semblance of normalcy, hopefully.

Happy New Year!

How did you ring in the new year?

Do you take a vacation between Christmas and the new year?