I love a good rain

I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  I mean, I love warm weather, I really do, but warm and hell fire are two different things, entirely.  Also, the feels like temps have been in the triple digits for a few weeks now and shit, the humidity and dew points are both in the mid 70’s so even leaving the house at 6AM to go running, the feels like temperature is over 85.  On a good day.

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On Monday it was pouring rain and I welcomed the opportunity to run in it.  Not only does it make me feel all kinds of bad ass but it’s also cooler. WINNING!  When I finished my 5 miles, I was soaking wet but I didn’t care, not one bit.  If you’ve never gone running in the pouring rain, you need to do it.  And I don’t mean a little drizzle, I mean pouring so hard you can barely see in front of you. It frees your soul!

A word of caution though, if you’re like me and you live to jump in every puddle you see, make sure you have another pair of running shoes available just in case the ones your wearing aren’t dry by the next day.  Based on our current forecast and my propensity for jumping in all the puddles, mine will be wet for days.  Fortunately, I’ve got 10 or 11 backups just in case.

An accurate representation of what it’s like to run in Florida in the summer.

Running in the rain

And don’t forget, if the rain doesn’t cool us down, eventually we may get some nice wind, it IS also hurricane season you know.

Do you like to run in the rain?

What about puddles?  Are you a jumper or a go around them kind of person?

Snakes, birds, fireworks, wasps and thumbs.

Good morning to you.  It feels so great to get back to work after a 4-day weekend, doesn’t it?

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MacGyver and I got back from Nokomis last night.  We went down Wednesday night to celebrate the 4th on the water with his parents and to get a few things done around the house.  We also did a little shopping and had hoped to get in some fishing but I have to be honest, other than heading out to the inlet to watch the fireworks, I want absolutely nothing to do with the water right now and it makes me sad, but that’s how I feel.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of bacteria in the water at Nokomis, Venice and other area beaches and recently someone died from flesh eating bacteria that she got from wading in the water here.  There have been other recent cases as well, though not as severe but I’m not taking any chances.  Period.

Fortunately, we have a wonderful trail down there called the Legacy trail and I was able to run on it quite a bit.  It was wonderful and I enjoyed every single minute of it expect for 4 minutes and 32 seconds.  That would be the exact time I froze because I ran into this guy and completely freaked out.

snake

MacGyver said he’s a Red Rat Snake or Eastern Corn Snake and that they actually make pretty cool pets.

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Pets are dogs.  Period.

At one point this weekend, MacGyver and I were driving around and we spotted a guy walking his dogs.  He had 4 doxie’s and 2 corgi’s and they were so cute that we pulled over to take a picture.

man with dogs

And yes, he thought we were weird but is that not the cutest thing ever? Those faces!

On the 4th of July I took MacGyver to Yoder’s for lunch.  He had never been there and I was super excited to take him.  Besides the fact that it’s located at a little Amish and Mennonite village smack dab in the heart of Sarasota, Yoder’s has excellent food.  I never noticed before but on the shelves they have little knickknacks and they had the Amish Butterprint Pyrex bowls.

yoders

I don’t know why I got so excited about the pyrex bowls but I did and I thought it was great that they had the Amish print.  MacGyver was not at all excited about it and thought I was weird for mentioning it.  He was more interested in whether or not the waitress had participated in Rumspringa back in the day because he thought she looked like she might have had a wild streak many years ago.  I was just very glad he didn’t ask her and made a mental note to cancel the network that airs Return to Amish.

After lunch MacGyver and I headed back to the house so we could clean up the boat and get it ready to go see the fireworks and that’s when it happened.  The dreaded fourth of July curse, and it got me this time.

wasp sting

That picture was only 5 minutes after the incident.

I got attacked and stung by another damn wasp!  Can you believe it?  I immediately took Benadryl to try to keep the swelling down but it didn’t work.  And a few hours later while we were watching the fireworks, I forgot I had taken the Benadryl and that’s probably why I got drunk on only one glass of wine and took 73 pictures of my thumb.

I did manage to get these shots though.

fireworks on the fourth

The rest of the weekend was spent going to garage sales and doing a ton of work around the house.  It was busy but also relaxing if that makes sense.

Oh, and one last thing, there’s a pond at the end of our street in Nokomis and lately there’s this single wood stork who’s been hanging out there.  The last day we were there he let me get really close and I got a few pictures of him.  I call him Mork.  Mork the Stork.

Mork the Stork

Isn’t he adorable?  I hope he sticks around.  He brightens up the mucky pond.

How was your fourth of July?

Did you have a four day weekend?

WTF Wednesday, Boomer is my fall guy.

Are people actually still considering vacationing in the Dominican Republic?  According to the latest reports 9 people have died there since April and since it’s not exactly a top vacation destination, I mean, I just don’t think that there are thousands of Americans jetting over there monthly, so yeah, 9 is a big number.  Also, Rick Springfield cancelled his concert there so it’s obvious that something is going on over there.

MacGyver and I already live in a top vacation destination so we’ll be staying home this holiday weekend.  Considering it’s the 4th of July and we have really bad luck on the 4th that’s not a bad idea, trust me.  We also have some family celebrating to do because the fourth of July is actually this guy’s birthday.

Boomer

Just give me all the food please….

I’m baking him a special cake.  He’s such a good boy.  Plus, last week when I was having stomach issues I farted in public twice when another person was standing right beside me and Boomer was my fall guy so I have to make it up to him.

farting

Sorry Boomer….

Did y’all see the video of the woman who takes the ice cream out of the cooler in a grocery store, licks it and then puts it back?  I threw up a little in my mouth when I saw that.  Who does that?

And who cheats in a marathon when there’s literally no reason for it?

Apparently, this 70 year old doctor does.  He’s been on the radar for cheating for some time now but recently marathoninvestigation.com wrote a piece about him and now it’s gone viral. If you don’t follow MarathonInvestigation.com I urge you to.  I think you’ll find it interesting.

WTF, it’s Wednesday and I’ve got a cake to bake.

Have you ever farted and blamed it on the dog?