Tuesday, running, heat, otters, projects and James.

It’s June 4th already and I left the house to go for a walk this morning and it was 81 degrees…AT 6:45AM!  Here is an accurate representation of what it’s like to run in Florida in the summer.

Im on fire

Yes, it’s that bad.  I have been running a little though.  I get 5 miles in every day now.  Sometimes I run half of it, sometimes more but I am running and it makes me happy.  I’m also walking a lot and as long as I’m moving without pain, I’ll take it.

And here’s a shocker, I’m still weight training!  I got in 6 days of weight training last week and even worked my core on 3 days.

who am i evenI know right?

Does anyone else watch Jeopardy?  It’s one of my faves.  I’ve literally been watching it for years.  The kid and I used to watch it together when he was itty bitty and I still watch it to this day.

I was really enjoying the last month or so watching James Holzhauer  annihilate every opponent that faced him.  However, I felt like he wasn’t really trying anymore after teachers week and then came last night.  Thanks to leaked footage and the stupid internet I already knew what was coming down, but did anyone else feel like he threw that game?  I’m telling you, I’m convinced he did.  It’s almost like he didn’t want to break the other guys record or maybe, just maybe, he made some bets in Vegas about how long his run would be, like under an assumed name or something and he HAD to lose.  There’s something more to the story.  I just know it.  Dammit James, I was rooting for you!

James

Last week I got the pneumovax vaccine.  It didn’t hurt but my upper arm was sore for a few days.  Now we just have to wait until mid June and then I go have my antibodies tested again and if they’re still low then we have a problem.  If they are higher than they were before the vaccine, then I do not have a primary immunodeficiency.  It sure does take a long time to find out about the immunoglobulins and why they’re low.   I mean, I’m glad they rule everything out but jeez, they started testing me in October of last year.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it but we’ve got an otter in our pond.  And I’m in love with him.  He’s so stinkin cute.  He plays in the tall grasses and scratches his belly like a dog and he comes up into the yard and chases the ducks around.  MacGyver tried to get a few pictures of him but they weren’t very clear.  I’ll keep trying because you have to meet him.

In the meantime,he looks a little like this:

river otter

Not much else going on around here except I was going a little crazy without any projects so I spent a little time this weekend taking this:

old night table

And turning it into this:

night table new

What do you think?

Tomorrow is Global Running Day, got anything planned?  I think I’m going to run 3 fire filled miles.  That’ll be my max in this weather.

The great Mother’s Day Flood of 2019

I hope that all of you moms out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day.  I wasn’t able to spend mine with the kid because he doesn’t have any available time off right now and I couldn’t fly to Columbus so we had to settle for some facetime.  I sure do miss him but we chat at least 3 or 4 times a week.  MacGyver was a total sweetie and brought me these:

Roses for mothers dayWe had also acquired a washer earlier in the week, it’s a long story so don’t ask but anyway, MacGyver went and bought all kinds of hoses and things to hook it up so that I could have two washers because let’s face it, it’s sort of my dream.

batshit crazyAnyway, it took a few hours to get everything all hooked up and to re-organize the laundry area so that we could accommodate two washers but we got it done.  Just 10 minutes later I was washing the comforter off the bed.  And just 15 minutes later I went to check on it and my laundry area and spare bathroom looked like this:

floodAnd then it took about 4 more hours to clean it all up and move the washer back to the garage for repairs.  So, that was fun.  I’m still holding out for two washers, that dream will never die.

So, let’s talk a little about last week, shall we?

Even though I am mostly walking with an occasional jog here and there, I still managed to walk over 30 miles last week.   Thirty.

yesYeah, I was pretty happy with it.  Also I lifted weights 4 days last week so basically, I’m a full on fitness fanatic now and you should totally follow me on Instagram.  Kidding, but speaking of Instagram, if you don’t follow me, then you probably missed my post of Charlie’s mating dance.

I’ll share it with you here so you don’t feel totally left out.Cute, isn’t he?

 

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And just because I haven’t posted a picture of him in like a hot minute, here’s a good one of Coo Coo Ka Choo on top of one of his ‘houses’ that he loves.

coo cooI totally meant to update last Friday but I was swamped with work and didn’t have the chance.  Anyway, I was dying to show you some of my favorite things, including my new entry rug.  The UPS guy and the  Postman both cracked up when they saw it.

lolI got mine on clearance from TJMAXX but I’ve seen similar ones on Amazon.

Well, that’s it for me, gotta jet.  Have a fabulous Monday, if that’s possible.

What did you do for Mother’s Day?

Hiking Hocking Hills

One of the places the kid often raves about it Hocking Hills.  He’s been there quite a few times since moving to Columbus and he always has a great time.  With more than 10,000 acres of state parks there are a ton of things to see.

I was super excited when he took the day off of work on Friday and we headed there.

Hocking Hills

I didn’t bring trail shoes with me so I just wore a pair of regular running shoes.  It wasn’t too cold that day so a sweatshirt was all I needed.  Luckily I had brought my Columbia backpack on the plane with me and also, luckily, the kid offered to carry it after about 15 minutes.  Bonus!

Hocking Hills State Park has five separate sections: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House.  The only part we didn’t visit is Whispering Caves which is located on the Hemlock Bridge Trail and we didn’t have the time to do that one.

Old Mans Cave Old Man’s Cave is named for a hermit, Richard Rowe, who used to live there.  His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  Richard and his two hound dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River in search of game. On one side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region and he lived out his life in the area.  He is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave.

Old Man's Cave

We hiked through all of the trails in just over five hours.  In all I believe we walked a little over 12 miles.

hiking hocking hills

Some of the trails were a bit steep and the kid said that people die here almost every year.  We researched the park before heading out and were very careful while hiking and I cannot stress to you how important it is to pay attention.  We were extremely careful and still managed to trip a few times.

Hocking Hills Hocking HIlls

The trail markers were easy to follow and we never got lost which was a big fear of mine because typically I can’t find my way out of a hole.

top of the mountains

hocking hills

hiking

It got fairly warm later in the day and I switched into a lighter jacket.  The kid went with short sleeves but I was not that brave.  It’s still Ohio and this Florida girl was cold.

lake at hocking hills

The kid and I hiked around this entire lake, and I am here to tell you it was a lot longer than it said on the marker!  We didn’t mind but I don’t think anyone had hiked around it in a while.  There were some parts that were particularly muddy but we rallied.  The had stocked the lake with over a thousand rainbow trout the week before so there were some guys out fishing.  I was a little jealous when I saw two of them with a stringer of 9 fish!


hocking hills

hocking hills suspension bridge hocking hills gorge

It was so beautiful and I couldn’t help but take a thousand pictures.  Unfortunately, we had to take a break and delete some apps on my phone because I kept running out of space!

waterfall in hocking hills

waterfall

The water in Hocking Hills State Park is the most beautiful color you’ve ever seen due to the minerals in it.  You can’t swim at the waterfalls but they sure are spectacular to look at.

Hocking HIlls Waterfall

cliffs

The kid said that he has never gotten his friends to hike the entire thing so he was pretty stoked that I wanted to.  I wish we could have seen the last part but it was already 5:30 in the afternoon and we had to drive back to Columbus.  I told the kid the next time I visit we have to go back so I can cross it off my list.

I know, I know, I’m killing you with all the pictures but I couldn’t help myself.  It was just such an incredible place.

Here’s one last one because I just can’t help myself.

hocking hils water

There is a lot of walking up and down so if you’re not used to that it might be a bit hard to see all of the parks on your first visit.  The kid and I love to hike and we’re in pretty decent shape but we had some very sore calves the next day.

If you’re ever in Southeastern Ohio I highly recommend this place and in case you are a proud owner of a four legged friend, the park is pet friendly.  The next time I come, I’m bringing Hank.

When is the last time you went hiking and where did you go?