It was bittersweet but they’ve been reunited.

We grew attached to Baby P.  I knew we would.  When I came in from working in the yard and saw MacGyver sleeping on the sofa with him and Hank I knew it was just like when we found Woody all over again.

Baby P

So, as you can imagine, it was bittersweet this morning when I found Baby P’s momma and we reunited them.  I may have even cried a little.

Momma and her chicks

We watched them for about a half hour or so.  Baby P is a little bigger than his brother, probably because he’s been eating pretty well, thanks to me.  He may end up coming back when he realizes the food supply ain’t so great out there in nature.

I got my laptop fixed!  I had to order a brand new top part with the keyboard built in.  MacGyver had to take the entire thing apart and rebuild it basically, all because a few keys on the keyboard didn’t work, but he can fix anything.

fixing computer

I’m back in business now.

After a full week of no topirimate my migraines got really bad again.  I only ran 8 miles on Saturday and the last two I walked and I didn’t run at all on Sunday.  I did manage to run five on Monday but I took the day off today to reunite Baby P with his family.  Running seems to exacerbate my migraines for some reason so I have to ease myself back into it.

Here’s the funny thing, I’m going to be taking the topirimate again.

How Absurd

Yes, I know, it does seem absurd but here’s the thing.  I took topirimate for months with absolutely no issues at all and it was the only thing that helped me.  When I ran out my doctor wrote another prescription for me but instead of having me take two fifty mg pills at night, she wrote a prescription for one 100 mg pill and I had it filled at another pharmacy and that’s when the twitching began and the eye issues.

I am going back to two 50 mg pills and I am having the prescription filled at the old pharmacy because it turns out that medications are not all created equal.  My old medication was from a pharmaceutical company called Zydus and the most recent one was from a company called Unichem.  Both the pharmacist and the Doctor feel that it could be the additives in the medication that caused some of my problems so we are going to try the old medication to see if I can take it without experiencing any side effects.

If I experience anything weird at all, I’ll immediate give up on it.  What kills me is that when researching all of this, I found out that there are 17 manufacturers of Topirimate.  SEVENTEEN!  You really have no idea what you’re getting when you get a generic version of a brand name drug because according to the FDA Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand name product.  It’s a wonder I’m not blind.

Did you know that there were so many manufacturers of generic medications?

Have you ever had side effects from any of your medications?

‘Not Guilty’

Yesterday morning I really wanted to run the Legacy Trail once more before leaving Nokomis but then I had to motivate myself because I ate ALL the things in the fridge the night before.  Why is it that when you know you’re leaving some place and there are left overs in the fridge you are determined to eat them all?  Why can’t you just throw them out?  Or is that just me?

Snaccident

Anyway, I finally got my ish together and got out the door.  It was easier than I thought because once I started running I felt fine but isn’t that always the case?  Anywho, I made it to the trail head and then turned left and ran toward the bridge over Shakett Creek and soon realized that the North portion of the trail was closed.  As in closed which meant I had to change my course.  Damn.  I almost said screw it and gave up, instead I turned around and went South.

Then I realized I would have to run over the steep highway 41 bridge, it’s short but steep.  UGH!

complaining runner

This is totally me

I ran anyway and the great part about running on this part of the trail is that it turns into the Venetian Waterway and you get to run along the canal.  Since this was a casual run I decided to take a few pics for you.

venice canalVenice waterwayThe building to the right is Venice High School.  If you went to school there, please for the love of God tell me how you managed to graduate.  I would have played hooky every day and ran the trail and then fished in the canal.  Every. Single. Day.  I wonder how many of you alumni actually did that?

venice high

Bless it.  I would have failed out of high school for sure.

Before long I forgot all about how crappy I felt and all the food I ate the night before and I just feel into the motion of my stride and because the weather has been so rainy, the trail was nearly deserted.  That means that instead of the usual humming, I sang.  Out loud.

cant sing

Y’all it aint pretty!

I was totally in my own world and having the time of my life and that’s probably why I was completely startled when the vagrant guy driving the three wheeled, junk filled bike came rollin’ up on me.  I swear to Jesus had I not been about to shit my pants I would’ve taken a picture.  He was covered in tattoos and he rolled up real close to me and said, ‘Damn girl, you are fast, I’ve been trying to catch you for the last 10 minutes.’

scary

I wasn’t running fast at all but you can bet your sweet ass I was after that.  In fact, you have no idea how fast you can run until a homeless guy in a garbage bike rolls up behind you sporting a ‘not guilty’ tattoo on his lower back.  You can fly sis!  And I did.

When I got back to the house I told MacGyver about it first thing and he asked if I had my pepper spray and I said yes, and then he said, ‘what kind of idiot gets a tattoo that says not guilty?’

Really

He obviously thinks I’m completely capable of protecting myself. #fooled

Seriously though, I’m telling you this story because while I didn’t feel as threatened as I have in some other situations, I did learn a valuable lesson.  I’m definitely going to be more careful about getting so lost in my thoughts when I’m out there by myself.  It could have gone horribly bad if that guy had been dangerous because I was so into my own world that I had no idea he was there until he was on my heels.

So, be aware when you’re out there.  I’ve been running a long time and even I do things every once in a while that I later realize were pretty stupid.  (Singing doesn’t count.)

worst tattoo

Can you imagine? Holy hell, that’s permanent.

And for God’s sake if you’re going to get a tattoo, take your mother with you.  She will be honest.

Have you ever been so lost in thought and then gotten the scare of your life while out running?

Adulting is overrated, let’s party!

Hello from Nokomis.  We’re thinking about heading home today, and we really should since we’ve been here since Thursday afternoon and my in laws have left to go home for the summer, there really is no reason to stay.  The thing is MacGyver isn’t feeling much like adulting this week and I’m weak willed so I’m just following along.

stupid

My new keyboard for the laptop came while we were down here.  I had it delivered to this house so that I could get it fixed and be ready to work on it this week.  It wasn’t the right keyboard.  Apparently, I have one of the rare laptop’s where the keyboard pops won’t just pop in from the top.

of course

Of course…

So I’m typing on a wireless keyboard which I have strategically placed beside me while I stare at the laptop and occasionally hit the keyboard of the keys which don’t work.  It’s so much fun.

And let’s throw one more thing into the mix to make this super interesting.  My eye twitch has turned into a painful eye throb and my eye has become itchy and swollen and on Friday I got double vision.  I am convinced it is the migraine prescription so, I threw the topiramate in the trash.  I would rather have a migraine than go blind.  I’ll be making an appointment with my eye doctor this week but it is already getting better.

It is still raining every day here although Friday was beautiful and we were able to get out on the boat for most of the day.  Here are a few scenes from that adventure.

boatingpopspopspopsAs you can tell, it was a rough day.  It got worse, we had to go back home which meant we had to see more of this….

heronand this,

the Venice InletOh, but we did see a shipwreck, sort of.

If you look real close you can see it.

I was a little let down that the Skipper and Gilligan were nowhere to be seen!

I did managed to hit up the Legacy Trail for some running every day.  I’m not sure of the cumulative miles but it was a shit ton.  And guess what?  I’m headed out for a few more before we leave because, well, it’s running and you never need a reason to go for a good run, just get out and go!

Have a stellar Monday and don’t work too hard, life’s too short.

Tell me about your weekend.

Ever seen a shipwreck?  Did you go peek?  We did.  There was nothing to see.