Vacation is over and it’s bacon my heart….

Every time we take a vacation I tell myself that I will not eat badly and I will not over eat and every time, I fail miserably.  This time I decided to just have a good time and come what may.  We don’t keep a scale in our Nokomis house because I threw it out because who wants to worry about what you weigh when you’re on vacation, am I right?

diet

If you remember, I’m under doctor’s orders not to run and also I wasn’t able to walk for a week.  I extended the walking ban a bit further because hey, why not?  Based on the fact that I wasn’t doing any kind of exercise at all and I was eating whatever I wanted, oh, and sleeping in like a boss…….

I was pretty sure I gained the equivalent of at least a brain or half a dachshund, or 2 boxes of wine, or 6 packages of bacon, (which actually makes sense considering how much of that goodness I ate.)

eat skinny

We got home late last night and I stepped on the scale this morning and squinted through one half open eye to see the damage.

Lord Jesus

I weigh exactly the same as I did when I left for vacation!  If I had any idea how I managed to do that, I’d put it all down into words, write a book, and then sell that sucker and watch the millions roll in.

I wish I had a thousand photos to show you from our vacation because it was wonderful but even when I had a large part of my family over on Wednesday for a cook out, I neglected to take even one single picture.  I can’t help it.  When I’m having fun, taking pictures are usually the last thing I think about.

I did take some pictures from the week though so indulge me for a bit and I’ll share.

This is a bistro set that was brown and horrible looking.  My nephew helped me paint it and then I found these cushions on sale for half price and they matched perfectly!

Bistro Set

This is my blender which is from the 50’s, I think.  It’s pretty awesome.

50's blender

You know you want one!

My niece and I used it to bake a cake.  A blue velvet cake.

blue velvet cake

This is a picture of the cake BEFORE baking it.

smurf cake

It’s a smurf cake!  It was actually delicious according to my niece.

This is a MacGyver rescuing a gopher tortoise on Manasota Beach Road.

gopher tortoise

This is a soft shell turtle in our canal.  He is not a rescue, even though y’all probably think I rescue all of God’s creatures.

soft shell turtle

When my brother came over on Wednesday we were all standing around the canal and my brother said, ‘the water looks like motor oil.’

canal

I think he might be right.

And this is a picture of the awesome snook that I caught on Saturday morning.

snook

We catch and release at this time of year in case you’re wondering and also, this snook is way too small to be a keeper. But I caught one!

This is a random book store that we saw in Punta Gorda when my sister in law and my niece and I went to pick up a bird cage.

copperfish books

The next day I looked it up online, Copperfish Books is an independent bookstore that sells new, used and antique books.  They also support local artists.  I am determined to make it back to this place and to visit this store.  I love independent bookstores and you NEVER see them anymore.

We got home yesterday early in the evening and I got up this morning and walked.  It felt so nice.  I’m still looking for a bike.  I can’t decide if I want to get a brand new one since I’m not sure how dedicated I’ll be to the sport.  MacGyver found some really good used ones online so I’m going to take a look at those and see if anything jumps out at me.

Also, we have to save all of our pennies right now because we have some exciting things we’re working on, but I can’t tell you about it yet.  How’s that for a teaser?

Do you gain or lose weight on vacation?

Do you like independent bookstores?   

Do you like antiques or vintage things, like my blender?

We Vacatin!

Hey y’all!

balcony view

I may have forgotten to mention that we are on vacation this week, oops.

We’re actually just down in Nokomis and Englewood because a large portion of our families are in town.  Both brothers and their families and also I have a cousin and his lovely wife in town and also my Mom.

I’ve been hanging out with Thing 1 and 2 this week and loving it.

Here’s Thing 2 in the pool last night with my brothers niece.

the girls

I’m pretty sure they swam themselves into a coma.

Over the weekend Thing 2 and I were shopping and she wanted me to buy her a fish.  The conversation went something like this:

Thing 2:  Can you buy me a fish please?

Me:  I would love to buy you a fish but you would have a hard time getting it back to Virginia with you and your Mom and Dad would probably say no.

Thing 2:  That’s okay when I leave you can keep it for me.

Me:  I would love to but I already have 2 dogs and 2 birds and a big MacGyver to take care of.

Thing 2:  I know.  That’s a lot of things to be responsible for you but if it dies, just face time me for the funeral.

I swear! Out of the mouths of babes.

Today MacGyver and I have planned a big cookout and if all totals are correct, there will be 13 people, 2 dogs and 2 birds at my house this afternoon.  And except for the ones swimming in the canal, no fish.  I’ll update more tomorrow but for now, I have a party to get ready for!

When is the last time you went on vacation?  Where’d you go?

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!

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?