Plaids and a ring

It occurred to me that I might have a problem this weekend when I realized that I yell for MacGyver’s assistance anytime I need to get something that would require me having to use a stool or a ladder but I will scale a tree taller than my house all by myself to put up Christmas lights. Every time.

tree with lights
I got about 15 feet up the tree and I was trimming like a boss until I missed a step and fell into the pond. I know, I am graceful like that. It wouldn’t have been so bad except that it was freezing cold out, probably like 50 degrees. I nearly died. Okay not died but I did get very cold and I had to change clothes.

After all that I didn’t feel like working on the pond anymore but I did manage to finish the lanai.

lanai lights
Since it was so cold this weekend I got to do something I’ve been waiting almost a year to do. Last year late in winter MacGyver and I had gone to a pet store and I happened to find a clearance section full of some great things. So Sunday morning when I woke up I decided it was time to take advantage of the cool weather and show off my clearance finds.plaid chucksDo they make chucks in buffalo plaid? If they do I need them.

I spent a lot of the weekend in running clothes. I ran 11 miles on Saturday. You may not have noticed and I really haven’t been all that vocal about it but I’ve been increasing my long runs by a mile every week in the hopes that I’ll be ready to run a half marathon in the next month or so. I think I’m pretty close. I just want to be confident that I can run a full half without suffering from a migraine hence the reason I’m trying to get to 13 or 14 miles before I commit to a race.

There is a method to my madness. My migraines are debilitating and since I don’t take the evil Topiramate anymore, I have to really monitor everything I do. It’s really just that simple but complicated at the same time. I have to make sure I monitor everything from my shoes to my salt tablets but it’s working and that’s all that really matters right?

I felt fine after Saturday’s run so I ran 6 more on Sunday and that brought my total to 17 for the weekend and 32 for the week, 37 if you count the miles I walked.

I only ventured out once other than running and that was for a quick trip to Walmart of Sunday and then late last night MacGyver and I got all settled in and watched The Walking Dead. I have this habit of spinning my Motiv ring around on my finger when I’m nervous or anxious and believe me when I tell you that last nights episode definitely made me anxious. I won’t spoil it for you but when I was watching it and went to spin my ring, that’s when I noticed that tragedy had struck.

My Motiv ring is gone. Forever. MacGyver and I looked everywhere but we couldn’t find it and I am just heartbroken. I plan on heading outside today to look again, probably at lunch time but I’m not holding out much hope. Wish me luck!

Have you ever lost a ring? (I’ve lost many…)
Did you watch The Walking Dead?

Seven Islands Birding Park, my Barkley Marathons practice run ;)

What’s happenin’ honeys?  Good things I hope.  Not much over here right now.  I’m just catching up on some work.  This morning MacGyver and I took a little break and may or may not have went to a few estate sales.  I’ll never tell.  Never mind those vintage pyrex to go baking dishes on the counter, I’ve had those things for years….

where did those come from

Now since I don’t want to leave you guys hanging I thought I would share with you little parts of my Tennessee trip over the next week or so and today I’m going to share with you the day I ran in the Seven Islands Birding Park.

In pictures of course because that’s how we roll on Fridays, lazy.


When I first started to run, two deer ran in front of me and then stopped. I told them to go on but one of them wouldn’t. I slowly walked up to him and stuck my hand out. At first he sniffed and then he licked it! That will NEVER happen again in a million years!

birding park

I have the worst sense of direction and I got a little lost a few times and had to double back because I wanted to take the longer trail by the river. It is very remote and hilly and I loved it.


You enter at a barn and my sister told me the turn around point was at the second barn so I was glad when I finally came upon this one.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to run through this one too but I didn’t.  I ran around it.

steep hill

And up this hill which was steep.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice because this hill is super steep.

trail head

There is a viewing area at the trail head and you can see the river below.

River View

This is a better view of the River.  Okay, maybe not that better but were not finished yet.


It’s a little remote in spots but I didn’t mind.  It’s also muddy and there are some brambles.  Barkley Marathon practice y’all!

seven islands birding park

Besides, with views like this at the top how could you really be mad?


I loved this little spot. I am definitely coming back. I’m jealous this place isn’t right in my backyard.  It’s times like this I really do miss Tennessee….

If you happen to hang your hat in Kodak, Tennessee even if for a minute, I highly recommend this place.  It might even be good practice for the Barkley Marathons since only one person even finished this year and he was from the area.  🙂

What’s your absolute favorite trail?

The cathartic long run that almost wasn’t

Last week I actually ran my longest long run since last year when I started having the severe migraines.  On Saturday I ran 13.22 miles, and no, it wasn’t a half marathon and it wasn’t a race.  The week before I ran 12 miles and so naturally I try to progress each week.  Last week I wanted to run 13 miles and I told myself that if 14 felt like it was possible I would keep going.


That was thirteen?  Ah hell, let’s go for fourteen!

But that’s not what happened.

Let’s start from Friday because that seems like the right place to start.  On Friday I decided to get up and walk an easy 3 miles.  I wanted my legs to be nice and fresh on Saturday and I wanted to be rested and prepared, hence the easy three mile walk.  I can’t really remember all that much else about Friday except that I got a lot of work finished and I ran to the store in the afternoon but mostly, I rested those damn legs in preparation.

It looked very similar to this….


Now, this is where the story gets interesting because I have to backpedal a bit and tell you about some things that have been happening around here.  You see we’ve had a bit of a situation with some ‘neighbors’.  There is a zombie house in the neighborhood that has been in foreclosure and vacant since 2001, and recently some squatters moved in.  I can’t go into all of the details but what I can tell you is that their reputations are less than stellar including several brushes with the law and some stints in jail.

Along with many neighbors, we have tried everything we know to get them removed but because the bank refuses to spend the money to hire an attorney and evict the squatters we are helpless and it has made us all a little uneasy.

Now, back to where we were.  I went to bed fairly early on Friday night in preparation for a very long run on Saturday morning and I was super excited about it.  I planned on getting up at 5:30AM, which is when I usually wake up, but instead I was jolted awake at around 5AM when the light suddenly flipped on and MacGyver came bursting into the room looking for something.


After a few seconds I looked at the clock and then I said, ‘hey, I’m not ready to get up yet!’ and MacGyver said, ‘well you might want to because somebody just tried to steal my truck.’


It took me a few minutes to process the information but once I did I shot out of bed and came out to the living room to view the security cameras.  You could see the guy trying to get into the truck and what scared him off was our thirty dollar alarm.  It’s also what woke MacGyver up.  Apparently, I slept through it all, including the part where MacGyver ran out of the house and tried to follow the guy on his bicycle.  The guy got away.  We didn’t call the police because there wasn’t really anything to report.  Nothing was stolen and you couldn’t make the guy out.  We were pissed but again, there wasn’t much we could do.

I almost said screw it and didn’t run but I wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from me.

I went out for my run around 6:30am but around the 1 mile mark I noticed the police around the corner so I ran up to see what was going on.  That was when I found out that exactly 15 minutes after someone tried to steal MacGyver’s truck, someone did steal my neighbor’s car and that someone went on a high speed chase with police and ran the car off a highway ramp!

i need booze

I called MacGyver and he came to meet the police and take them back to our house to show them our security footage so they could compare it to the guy in the car.  We don’t know if it was a match but I hope it was.

I had only run 1.09 miles and I looked at MacGyver, and he knew that I was pissed and he said ‘go finish your run’, and so I did just that.  I ran another 12.13 miles and it was the most cathartic 12.13 miles I have ever run in my life.  EVER.

We may still have squatters and criminals among us but they won’t win.  They never win.

Have you ever had a squatter in your neighborhood?