I won the lottery, sort of.

The mini vacation is over and we are back to the grind over here.  I don’t mind it so much except that, okay, I do, I mind it.  I mind it a lot.  I hate being behind on anything but especially work because let’s face it, work generally sucks anyway regardless of whether you’re ahead or behind but behind is worse because then it just takes forever to get through the day.

man returns to work

Thankfully I’m not too far behind because we were only away for four days.  We left Wednesday evening after my appointment with the cardiologist, which, by the way, went okay.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was an ironman but not thrilled when he told me that endurance running was not really good for the heart according to recent studies.

back up hater

I told him that I had read many recent studies that contradicted some of those theories and we agreed to disagree and then I told him about my favorite trail in Venice and suggested he try it out sometime.  He told me endurance running is not good for the heart and that he should really listen to his own advice because neither are triathlons but he said he understood the endorphin high.

Then he scheduled an echocardiogram for a later date and we parted ways.

cash me ousside

On Thursday I had a blast taking my Mom and my Mother in law shopping at University Town Center.  It was my mother in law’s birthday and mom and I wanted to take her out all day and shop til we couldn’t shop anymore and that’s exactly what we did.  I may have even gotten a few new things from lululemon because, LULULEMON!


On Friday we had some friends down from Vermont and we all went out to celebrate at the Casey Key fish house.

Casey Key Fish House

Casey Key Fish House

After dinner, we showed our friends how the better half lives and drove down Casey Key.  The wind was blowing really hard and the waves were crashing over the road but I got some great pictures.

Casey Key Beach

Mom went to Fort Meyer’s to visit with a cousin on Saturday and MacGyver and I took our friends down the Shakett Creek canal.  It was cold as shit and I froze my ass off for most of it but the pictures were totally worth it.  Take a look at a few of them.

Shakett Creek

Shakett Creek

up the creek

On Sunday we went over to the in-laws and MacGyver took us out on the boat.  It was chilly but there were a lot of people out on the water, more that I expected.

Goin boatin

The hat lasted about 2 seconds!

boats on the water

Boats on the Water, Fire in the sky….

We drove down towards Venice since the wind was still pretty bad but instead of heading the way we typically do we went in to an alcove and headed toward a beach area.  It looked like this,

Hidden Beach

We got out of the boat and and walked up the beach and there were trails everywhere.

Beach Trails

So we decided to follow them.  I took pictures of course, for scientific reasons, you know, to share with you on the blog.  And also in case we got lost at sea and someone found the phone they could possibly locate us.

hidden beach trail

It seemed to go on forever but it got more and more interesting.

trail hill

And then it opened up to this scene.

Hidden Beach

paradise beach


Paradise! Who knew?

It was waiting there all this time and we had no idea!  It was breathtaking.  Apparently it’s a well-kept secret but people do know about it because there were people with tents camping all over the island and lots of people with lounge chairs hanging out.  It was stunning though.

Paradise Beach

And just in case you’re wondering, I did run quite a bit this weekend as well.  I ran a total of 26 miles on the legacy trail.  As always, it was wonderful but my long run on Saturday was epic.  I was plugging along around mile 3 or 4 when a bicyclist came rolling up and I looked over and saw an ironman logo on the shorts and at first I thought it was a friend of mine whom I always see when I’m running there and I got ready to say hi but even though the face was familiar it wasn’t my friend.

It took a minute to sink in but then it hit me.  It was my cardiologist!

I sped up to get right beside him and then I said, ‘I’m glad to see that one of us listen to the others advice!’  He laughed and said that it was an awesome trail.

That it is, and running is good for you too!

On more thing that happened this weekend.  Mom and I had bought lottery tickets on the way to Nokomis and I totally forgot about them because I almost never play.  On Sunday morning I checked them and of course they were losers, except for one.  I picked the powerball number.  Did you know that you win money when you pick the powerball number?  You do!  I won 4 bucks!  I’m a winner!  Winner winner, chicken dinner.

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, We’re back and it’s a long post, you’ve been warned.

We’re Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

We need sunglassees here

Back in Sunny Florida!

Well actually, we’ve been back since 2 AM on On Monday morning but I was so tired yesterday and I had sooooo much catching up to do that I had not a moment to spare so updating was totally out of the question.  Also, MacGyver is sick and the gas tank for the truck was laying in our driveway so there was that to deal with so yeah, you could say it was quite hectic but before I get into all that, let me back up to Friday.  All the way back to Veteran’s Day.

Mom and I were in Columbus with the Kid.

Veterans day memorial at the State capitol Building in Columbus Ohio

This is a memorial wall of letters at the Capitol building in Columbus, we spent time there on Veterans Day reading the letters and I posted some on Instagram. By the time we left not mom, the Kid or I had a dry eye.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the letters, but if you don’t here’s a sample.

kia letter

And another

Veteran's letter

Most of these soldiers were killed in action. If you aren’t affected by these letters, you have no heart.

The State Capitol building is really a beautiful building as well.  In front are flags for all the counties of Ohio.

Ohio State Capitol building

The State Capitol Building

And here I am getting ready to go in for a meeting…

Posing for pictures obviously

Or not….because it’s Veteran’s day and the Government offices were closed.  Well, there’s that and the fact that I don’t work in Government.  But if you’d like to vote for me in the next election feel free to use the write in area of your ballot.  I’d be happy to represent.  Runners make excellent leaders or so I’ve heard 🙂

Directly across from the State Capitol Building is Ohio’s oldest newspaper, the Dispatch.  Check out the building.

The Ohio Dispatch

I love the way the headlines run around the top of the first floor of the building.

This was one of my favorite pictures and one of my favorite places to see.  I wish we would have been able to go inside.  I loved this building.  Loved it.

After a quick tour of this area we headed toward the Scioto River and it was my favorite part of the day.  The clouds began to break up and it was lovely.

Scioto River

The only thing that would have made this better would have been if I could have run alongside the River. I would have LOVED that. Damn you bronchitis, U can’t wait to quit you!

I’m just gonna go ahead and throw this out there that I totally posed for this picture.  It was the Kid’s fault though, he made me do it.

Scioto River

I’m not sure what I’m doing with my foot thought….probably trying to run in my head…

Take a look at another view……

Contemplating marathons

Wouldn’t that be an awesome place to run? I would love to run the Columbus Marathon, I’m pretty sure it’s going on my list.

We couldn’t leave Ohio without seeing a big buck because I’m trying to convince MacGyver to go hunting here as well.  I think I might have accomplished my mission.

Big bucks

I just need to improve my photoshop skills…before I show it to him…

We took a thousand more photos before heading back to the Kids place and then we hit up the Polaris Grill for dinner.  I highly recommend it, it was very good, albeit a bit pricey.

On the way back to my Sister’s house my Mom and I had to drive through the fire on the mountains.  It was horrible.  The smell was bad and breathing it was worse.


It got too close for comfort in a few areas.

We got back to my sisters house late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night MacGyver and I went to dinner with my sister and her husband and my niece and her fiance at Angelo’s at the point in Dandridge also a great place although I’d rather go in the summer because when I eat at places on the water I like to eat outside but that’s just me.


In case you don’t know, I hate cold weather.  Hate it!  And I was hoping that fireplace would have been ablaze but at least they had alcohol.

Anyway, MacGyver wasn’t going to hunt again on Sunday morning but then someone mentioned seeing a deer, I believe it was my sister…oh yeah, she actually brought in her binoculars as she was mentioning seeing a deer.  😉

Anyway, we left after MacGyver got back.  We were all set to get home around 9:30 or 10ish and the dogs were traveling like pros.

Hank and the Buddy

Hank was traveling with his ‘Buddy’ from The Secret Life of Pets

We stopped at the rest area near Ocala around 7:30 PM just to stretch a bit and walk the pups.  When we got back in the truck MacGyver turn the key over but it wouldn’t start.  He tried again, nothing.  Again.  Nothing.  This went on for several minutes and then he did his MacGyver thing and basically rebuilt the entire fuel filter from scratch in the damn parking lot with a few tools and substitutes for such things.


One flat bed tow truck and a 110 mile tow later and we made it home much poorer.  But safe.

MacGyver thought it was the fuel filter because he mentioned he thought it might have had a slow leak and he had purchased a new one but had neglected to bring it with us or change it prior to leaving.  At first I was mad because he didn’t tell me that it had been leaking but I have a policy that if your honest with me I forgive and so I did.  Anyway, turns out it might have been bad gas anyway and that’s why our gas tank is now in the driveway.

So, this post has turned quite long and I now have a ton of work to get to and I’d like to get a little walk in today so, I’ll try and post some more pictures later in the week and tell you a little more about the trip as the week goes on.  Hope you have a fabulousTtuesday!

Tell me about your last vacation…


Friday, photos from Oh, Hi, Oh hell it’s cold.

Do I sound like a broken record?  Do y’all even know what an actual record is?  Probably not.  Anyhow, it’s not really all that cold because these people know how to shop.

This set up was at the Tanger outlets in Sunbury.

shopping by fire

I could not believe how warm it was.  You could just sit down in the little Adirondack chairs and sit around the fireplace.  Mom and I were in heaven.

The malls here are insane.  They’re all ready decorated for Christmas.

mall decorations

The kid said the best part of Easton Town Center is the historic buildings and that I should show you the lovely buildings and so try to take a look at them in the next picture if you can.

Tiffany's and Louis Vuitton

Did you see them?  The historic Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co is right there!

There is also a new Tesla Dealership.

Test driving

I didn’t test drive it but I wanted to.

They are pretty awesome and all electric.

We came upon the coolest contest ever.  It was a gingerbread house contest where the contestants made houses from scratch and these were the entries.

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The first one is my absolute favorite.

Check out these hot air balloons from the Polaris mall

hot air balloons

beautiful, right!

We also went to Field and Stream because, I like big bucks and I cannot lie.  ( I also stole that line from my sister…)

I like big bucks

Once again Ohio gives me fodder for the blog.  You may remember the ferniture sign from the last trip, this time around I give to you the following:

bad spelling

Have a great weekend y’all!  I mean it.  It will be strictly inforced.