Plaids and a ring

It occurred to me that I might have a problem this weekend when I realized that I yell for MacGyver’s assistance anytime I need to get something that would require me having to use a stool or a ladder but I will scale a tree taller than my house all by myself to put up Christmas lights. Every time.

tree with lights
I got about 15 feet up the tree and I was trimming like a boss until I missed a step and fell into the pond. I know, I am graceful like that. It wouldn’t have been so bad except that it was freezing cold out, probably like 50 degrees. I nearly died. Okay not died but I did get very cold and I had to change clothes.

After all that I didn’t feel like working on the pond anymore but I did manage to finish the lanai.

lanai lights
Since it was so cold this weekend I got to do something I’ve been waiting almost a year to do. Last year late in winter MacGyver and I had gone to a pet store and I happened to find a clearance section full of some great things. So Sunday morning when I woke up I decided it was time to take advantage of the cool weather and show off my clearance finds.plaid chucksDo they make chucks in buffalo plaid? If they do I need them.

I spent a lot of the weekend in running clothes. I ran 11 miles on Saturday. You may not have noticed and I really haven’t been all that vocal about it but I’ve been increasing my long runs by a mile every week in the hopes that I’ll be ready to run a half marathon in the next month or so. I think I’m pretty close. I just want to be confident that I can run a full half without suffering from a migraine hence the reason I’m trying to get to 13 or 14 miles before I commit to a race.

There is a method to my madness. My migraines are debilitating and since I don’t take the evil Topiramate anymore, I have to really monitor everything I do. It’s really just that simple but complicated at the same time. I have to make sure I monitor everything from my shoes to my salt tablets but it’s working and that’s all that really matters right?

I felt fine after Saturday’s run so I ran 6 more on Sunday and that brought my total to 17 for the weekend and 32 for the week, 37 if you count the miles I walked.

I only ventured out once other than running and that was for a quick trip to Walmart of Sunday and then late last night MacGyver and I got all settled in and watched The Walking Dead. I have this habit of spinning my Motiv ring around on my finger when I’m nervous or anxious and believe me when I tell you that last nights episode definitely made me anxious. I won’t spoil it for you but when I was watching it and went to spin my ring, that’s when I noticed that tragedy had struck.


My Motiv ring is gone. Forever. MacGyver and I looked everywhere but we couldn’t find it and I am just heartbroken. I plan on heading outside today to look again, probably at lunch time but I’m not holding out much hope. Wish me luck!

Have you ever lost a ring? (I’ve lost many…)
Did you watch The Walking Dead?

29.5, 15, 1, 518 and 9,000,002

29.5 That’s the amount of miles that I ran last week.  I ended up with a total of 32.5 but I walked three miles on Thursday so technically I’m still under 30 for the week.  I’m not upset about though because I ran 10.5 miles on Saturday on the Legacy Trail and it was epic.

epic

Okay I will.

Double digits sure feels nice.  It’s not something I can accomplish every day but I’ll take it once a week all day long, I’m still excited about it, in case you couldn’t tell.  I also ran 5 more on Sunday.  Fifteen.  Fifteen is my weekend total of miles run.

After my long run on Saturday I still had a lot of energy so I decided to build a fire pit at the new house.  One fire pit.  It turned out pretty sweet if I do say so myself but then so did my last one.  I think I missed my calling.  Is there a career in fire pit building? I would nail that job.

my fire pit

One.  That’s also the number of Christmas trees that I put up in the Nokomis house and it’s the number of nutcrackers but the nutcracker is rather large.  I got him at a garage sale for 4 bucks, score!

The tree is one that I’ve had for a million years and it has definitely seen better days but I dressed it up anyway and sat in in a galvanized bin and I think it looks all right.

christmas tree

..by next year it may look just like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Nine.  That’s the number of Sheepshead that MacGyver caught while I was running and building the fire pit.  Sheepshead are fish that have the most beautiful teeth ever.  They seriously look like they just visited the dentist for a cleaning.  It’s uncanny and unfair.  We should have at least two rows of perfect teeth!

Sheepshead teeth

SMILE!

But beyond that they taste delicious.  Seriously delicious.  I would know because that’s what we had for dinner last night.  I would eat like that every night if I could.  I’m not even kidding.

518.  That’s the amount of active minutes I racked up on my Motiv ring this week, the most ever by the way.  Probably all from chasing Hank around.

9,000,002. That’s the amount of times that Hank escaped and ran out of the house and took a field trip around the new neighborhood.  It’s also the same amount of times I had to chase his little ass.

Hanky Doo

I ain’t even sorry about it lady, you need the steps.

That’s it, my weekend by the numbers.

Let’s do something fun, tell me something about your week and use a number.

TV’s, Miles and Chainsaws, a weekend update.

My computer is driving me insane. It is so damn slow that I can literally click to open an email, go get a cup of coffee, come back and then maybe, just maybe, the email will have opened. But probably not.

slow computer

And today of all days is flippin Cyber Monday. I need my computer! Not that I didn’t shop over the holiday weekend because I definitely did. Not so much on Friday though because MacGyver and I have a tradition and it happens a few hours after our Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s called TV after Turkey Thursday.

TV Thursday

For the last three years MacGyver and I have battled the crazies at Walmart in order to score that coveted prize of a new TV. The first year we bought one, last year three, and this year we scored two Sharp 55” 4K smart TV’s.

No, we don’t actually need them but we just love a good bargain. Come to think of it though, I should have been looking for a new computer.

Over the weekend I managed to run 13.5 miles, 9 on Saturday and 4.5 on Sunday. I’m not gonna lie, those nine miles on Saturday were hard towards the end but I got it done. I didn’t stop once and afterwards, I did NOT get a migraine. Progress. I can feel the fitness level rising.

Define runningI also decorated over the weekend and I say over the weekend because it took a total of two full days and I’m still not finished. I may decide to keep it low key this year and stop at three trees, or not.

over decorating
There is something so addicting about all those lights…and clearly, I need to visit an over-decorators anonymous meeting before I duplicate that madness.

I wasn’t able to decorate my backyard because I needed to finish trimming back some trees and I have been waiting on MacGyver to do that since, forever. But now I can do it myself because late Saturday he gave me one of my Christmas presents early.

chainsaw
The ban has been lifted and I am now using power tools again. I can’t wait to get out into the backyard and trim those trees. I also have a pretty good idea about what I can do with my computer if it doesn’t speed up soon!

How was your weekend? Did you have a fantastic Thanksgiving? Did you shop?