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?

 

Thyroids, Animojis and weed.

I’ve had issues with my thyroid for years. Years. I’ve been on thyroid medication for almost as long. The medication gives me the hormones I need and without it, I’m deficient. In all of this time however, my T3 has remained low and even though I’ve seen a lot of different doctors over the years and none of them felt it was necessary to prescribe a medication including T3 because supposedly T4 converts to T3. Only mine doesn’t.

Im broken

 

In the last few years my doctors have increased the dosage of my medication many times but I feel like it hasn’t been working. Unfortunately none of them were listening to me. Every time they raised my dose, my blood pressure went up. I got so damn frustrated I stopped taking it all together and then went in for an appointment and low and behold, my blood pressure was completely normal. Of course my heart rate was 39 beats a minute. A normal heart rate is 60-100 bpm although for someone who’s active, it’s not uncommon for their heart rate to be in the 50’s or even the 40’s but 39 is not necessarily a good thing.

dead

Of course the doctor was a little irritated and told me to start taking my thyroid medication stat but I explained that I knew it was causing my blood pressure to spike and they told me I was mistaken.

i dont make mistakes
I promptly scheduled an appointment with a new doctor. Unfortunately, the entire bay area must have also been frustrated with their doctor because it was a 3 month wait. Also, my insurance wouldn’t cover it because she isn’t in their network but all that didn’t matter because she was highly recommended and I was fed up.  So I waited.

I saw her Tuesday night and let me tell you, I love her. First, she listened to everything that I had to say and she had suggestions and ideas and she was the first one to say that doctors don’t always know what the right thing to do is.  She even followed that up with a story about how she missed something in a patient one time. She didn’t just say she made a mistake, she said she f*ed up. She dropped an f-bomb during the conversation and I knew right then, this woman was my new doctor!

You are it
Most importantly, she put me on Nature Throid which is an all natural thyroid replacement hormone and does include T3. It’s only been 2 days and I already feel the difference. I can’t wait to see how I feel after a month or two on this medication.

jumping
The kid is a technology junkie. As soon as Apple releases anything, he’s first in line, always. He waited up until 3 in the morning to go online and order the iPhone X and he was super excited about it when it arrived. Shortly after he sent me a text message saying how excited he was but instead of the alphabet, he used the animoji and the fox actually read the message, I guess, sort of.

fox animojiI loved it so I texted him back to see if there was a dog.

animojis
He texted back as a dog! Is it wrong that I want an iPhone X strictly for the animoji feature. And I want it now.

Do you know anyone who smokes weed and runs? No seriously, it’s a thing.

weed runners
You can read the full article here. I don’t remember how I came upon the article, ahem, but I did. In all seriousness, I don’t think I could ever smoke weed and run. Ever. It would be hilarious though. The writer of the article mentions how he uses it before his run and then also during the run because it gives him a kick.  You’d have to kick ME if I used it because I’d seriously be on a bench somewhere sleeping.

sleeping runner
That would so be me. I’m gonna have to pass on the weed running. For now.

Do you need thyroid replacement? If so, what kind do you use?
Have you seen the iPhone X animojis?
Would you try weed before going out to run?