Running, Baking, Crafting and gettin it done

Part of the reason I have such a hard time catching up at this time of year is the insane amount of emails I receive.  Granted, most of them are from stores that I’ve shopped at or mailing lists that I am on but the thing is, I still have to go through all of them, lest I miss something important.

shopping and shoppingAhem.  Any way, I managed to get all of my shopping done this weekend.  And the best part is that most of it will be drop shipped so I don’t have to worry about delivery and shipping and all that crazy post office stuff.  Well, I did say most, I still have to run to the post office today to mail nephew’s package but other than that, I’m all good.

We have family in town this year for Christmas which is nice so I’m baking treats as gifts.

bakingI started making the chocolate bon bons and m&m cookies last night and it’s going to be real hard not to dig into those gift baskets before we actually hand them out but I’m gonna try real hard.

One of my favorite magazines is Southern Living and my mother in law brings it to me whenever I see her.  She brought the Christmas edition last week and there is a cake on the cover that I am dying to make.

Doesn’t it look spectacular?

car cakeIf I end up making it and it comes out okay, I’ll post a pic.  It totally goes along with my theme too, it almost matches perfectly.

I finally finished all of my decorations this weekend.  I wasn’t happy with the front porch area and then I remembered that MacGyver had brought me some old windows.  So I dug one of the windows out and made a trip to the craft store for some supplies and I created this:

Christmas windowdiy christmas decorIt was super easy and just what the front porch needed.

I also managed to run 44 miles last week.  I can’t even begin to tell you how nice that feels.  I even managed a 9 mile run on Saturday so double digits are almost here.

trainingI can’t even remember the last time that I ran over 40 miles in a week but 40-45 is actually my comfort zone.  I think when I get over 45 I start to feel it in places and injuries usually creep up so I’m comfortable staying where I am.  Eventually, I’ll run 40-45 miles in 5 or 6 days rather than spreading it out over 7 which is what I’m doing now but it’s a work in progress and I’m just thankful that I can get out there every day and run.

We didn’t do anything exciting this weekend.  We stayed home and I was able to get a lot of yard work done yesterday and MacGyver worked on our sprinkler system.  I’m thinking I should start working on my New Year’s Resolutions at this rate, I might actually accomplish something.

What did you do this weekend?

How many miles did you run last week?

do you back anything special for the holidays?

Forty Miles, the bridge is open, and so is my mouth while I shovel in the food

Hello from Nokomis, Florida.  MacGyver and I got here on Saturday night and plan on staying til Tuesday nite or maybe a little longer, I can basically work from anywhere so we’re playing it by ear.

the dude

Actually the Dude’s uniform is much nicer than what I normally wear….

We installed our TV that we got on black Friday.  It’s absolutely amazing how much of a difference 5 inches make.  The TV that blew up was 60” and the new one is 65” and it’s huge.  Go big or go home, right?

We also installed the ring doorbell, a new fan in the bathroom, and brought down the new table which I’ll show you pictures of tomorrow.  MacGyver has been doing most of the work because I’ve been swamped with decorating.  Of course as soon as he is finished, I’ll have to reset the passwords and info on all the tv’s, paint all the areas of the walls where the old things were hanging, clean up the mess, and repaint the ceiling in the bathroom.  Who’s really making out here?  That’s why I’m busying myself with decorating.

I realize I might be a tad exorbitant but I just love me some trees.  I did manage to keep Nokomis at a minimum with only a large tree in the living room and a small one that was gifted to us in the bedroom.  I also kept all the other decorations to a minimum with only two wreaths, a large nutcracker and a few tchotchke’s by the front door.  I can’t say the same for Clearwater.  I have 3 large trees, 3 small trees, countless wreaths and other decorations, and I’m adding another large tree when we get home, IF I can sneak it by MacGyver.

 

 

 

 

Obviously, I’m out of control.

I wish I was as prepared with my shopping because Christmas is only 2 weeks away and I‘ve purchased exactly zero presents.

last minute shoping

This might be a gift card year.  No, I can’t do it, I’ll just have to find the time to shop.  Like that’s gonna be a problem.

So, last week I ran 40 miles y’all.  I can barely believe it.  It’s been so long since I’ve had a 40 mile week that I hardly thought it possible but I did it.  I’m averaging about 5 or 6 miles a day but I did manage an 8 mile run on Saturday and I think double digits are right around the corner.

The part of the Legacy trail that had been closed for months is now open and the bridge is awesome.  It’s a nice little hill and will be perfect when I actually start training for something.  I thought about taking a picture of it this morning but let’s be honest, my coordination is really off and that would have been dangerous so you’ll just have to show you some pictures that I stole from the internets.

You may not be as excited about it as I am but trust me, it’s a big deal.

Here’s another thing that happened over the weekend, my fitbit automatically started syncing again which it hasn’t done since August and it happened randomly.

I think MacGyver almost ran off the road when I screamed that out loud.  Probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part but let me tell you, I got pretty damn excited.  I have no idea why it stopped syncing and no idea why it suddenly started again and as long as it continues to work, I don’t care.

Besides, I’m gonna be using it a lot more in the coming months because for now I’m  on a steady dose of 30mg of prednisone a day to help ease the symptoms of my sarcoidosis and steroids are hell on your body.  I’ve already gained a little bit of weight and I have to be really diligent to avoid those attacks of the munchees.  It’s a constant struggle and unfortunately I don’t always win but I’m doing the best I can.

If anyone out there has had to take long term, high dose steroids and has an idea of how to maintain your weight or stave off hunger, please let me know.  Because right now, this is an accurate representation of my eating habits:

me eatingI sure am glad I can run.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything exciting?

I’m still running and people are still trying to kill me, nothing really changes

Hi.

In Florida we have two seasons.  Regular and snowbird.  Regular is basically two thirds of the year and Snowbird is when the people from up north migrate down like the birds to get away from the snow, get it?

snowbirds

Unfortunately most of them can’t drive.  I’m not profiling, it’s the truth.  Ask anyone who lives here.  You know who else can’t drive?  Teenagers and young adults.  It’s a fact.  I know this because I used to be one and I couldn’t drive at that age either. But teenagers and young adults today are distracted and stupid, and that’s even worse.

Over the weekend I was was walking through the parking lot at the local Walmart dodging the clueless snowbirds, and I finally thought I was in the clear when out of nowhere this idiot young guy came flying around the corner and literally tried to run me over and then did a burnout right in front of me.

what is your problem

I was stunned but I also had a conference call scheduled in a half hour and dinner to cook a shit ton of stuff to do so I just continued on but this lady and her husband had witnessed the entire event and she ran up to the dudes car and slammed her hands on the front of his car and then her husband ran to back of the car and whipped out his phone from his chained wallet and started recording video.  It looked like a redneck version of Dog and Beth.

At first I was shocked and then I was horrified as she said, ‘I’ve called the police, and m’aam, I’mma need you to stay here and testify cause you just almost got hit and runned by this dude right here.’  I politely backed up and told her that I really couldn’t stay because if I didn’t get back to work I was gonna lose my job and she seemed to understand.

So I walked toward my car as fast as humanly possible and headed over to publix where for once in my life I gladly paid premium prices.  And as I tell you that story I will end it by telling you it was the just the first time someone tried to run me over in the past few days and sadly, not the last.

I started steroids last week.  I’ve only been on steroids once before and at that time I remember feeling like I was getting better but this time I don’t feel that way.  This time feels different.  It’s hard to explain.  I am running but I seem to be getting very slow and I’m concerned about how I’m feeling.  It isn’t my lungs I’m concerned about but more my heart.  I can’t explain it really, it’s just a feeling but I’m not pushing myself too hard until I see my doctor again on the 5th of December.

In the meantime, I cannot shut my brain off and because of that projects are being completed, things are being organized, shit is getting done.  Even MacGyver’s Garage is about to get overhauled.  He’s pretty stoked about it too.  We’ll see how he feels about it afterwards.   Here are some of my latest projects in case I haven’t posted them yet.

The old owner’s of the house in Nokomis left this cabinet, it was actually the bottom of a china cabinet.   MacGyver and I used it as a media cabinet but I always had plans to restyle it, I just hadn’t had the time.  What do you think?

Before

after

AFTER

It’s still not finished.  I took the doors to Clearwater and have taken them apart.  MacGyver has taken the inserts out and I have some really old antique stained glass that I’m going to put in.  I think it’ll look really cool.

This next project is a coffee table we got at an estate sale while we were down in Nokomis one weekend.  It just needed to be refinished.  MacGyver didn’t want me to buy it because we really didn’t have anywhere to put it but I wanted to replace the one in Clearwater with this one because I felt like the one in Clearwater was too big and also it was five freakin dollars.

I don’t have a before picture but here is the after, after I sanded it all down and refinished it and after I hand rubbed it and after I I hit it with quite a few coats of clear coat.

It’s a mid century modern Danish solid Teak coffee table.

coffee table

Ain’t she pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone else find it hard to work the week of Thanksgiving?  I am finding it damn near impossible.  Well, let me put this another way, I’m finding it impossible to my actual work.  Projects around my house in my steroid induced haze are a breeze.  If I don’t get better soon, I’m going to need a new career path…

What are you doing for the holidays?