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Happy 2019!

2019MacGyver and I have been spending time with family and friends and we took a little time away from work and ended the year nice and relaxed.  It was pretty awesome.  I had plans to update the blog several times but then I just sort of forgot I had one, so in case you’re wondering, here’s a little update.

Even though I decked out the house in Clearwater with all kinds of Christmas flair, we decided to spend Christmas in Nokomis so we could be close to my in laws, but here’s a look at some of my decorations in the Clearwater house.

Christmas DecorWhen all was said and done we ended up with 4 large trees in Clearwater and several small ones along with a ton of other decorations.  I make no apologies because I do love Christmas and I Christmas hard.

But, as I said, we decided to spend the holiday in Nokomis and therefore, I decorated down there too because, CHRISTMAS.

Nokomis treeThe next picture is of a centerpiece that I made out of old ornaments that I had left over.  I just painted an old flower pot red and then added the bulbs and a little greenery, embellishments and voila!

centerpieceUnfortunately the kid was not able to come home from Columbus this year but we talked a lot on Christmas which is also his birthday and I was reminded once again how grateful I am to Apple for facetime,  Besides some cash, Macgyver and I sent him a folding bike for Christmas and he loved it.  He even rode it to work the day after Christmas and posted on facebook with the hashtag fitlife.  I am one proud mama.

MacGyver and I are doing our best to keep Apple in business as he gifted me an iPhone XR and I gifted him a new iPad.

iPhone XRiPad

After Christmas he decided he could no longer live with his old iPhone and ordered the XR for himself as well.

But let’s face it, the two that really made out like bandits were our fur babies.  Hank and Boomer had shit tons of presents under the tree and Boomer remembers Christmas every year and gets so excited to open them all.  Hank could care less about the opening so Boomer goes hard for the both of them.

boomerHank gets a new bed every year and is equally excited but it’s probably not really evident in this picture.

sleepy hankThe day after Christmas my sister in law and her husband came to town.  While the boys fished, we did a little shopping.

I am hesitant to post the photo because I have a steroid face right now and while I realized the steroids are supposed to be helping me, I hate the way they are changing my body and my face and I can’t wait to get off of them.

me and lynne

Me and my beautiful sister in law, Lynne

We went to some retail stores but we also hit up some of my favorite thrift stores and you won’t believe what I found.  I scored a brand new pair of Victoria Secret running pants and Lululemon running pants.  They still had the tags on them and I only paid five bucks for each pair.

No wayYes way.  It was like Christmas all over.

I haven’t worn them yet because it warmed up a lot over the last week and I’ve been running in shorts but I have been running on average 6 days a week and guess what?  I hit double digits again.  I ran 10 miles the last two Saturdays.  I haven’t had too many troubles with breathing but I have noticed that as I taper down from the steroids some of my old pains are creeping back.  Mainly neck and shins and sometimes if I hit just the right way I can feel a little twinge in my hip.  So, for now, I’m staying at around 40 miles a week and I feel okay with that.

running shoesBut I still lace up every day and I still wear my holy sock.  I just noticed recently that almost every pair of my favorite socks has a hole in the right foot at the right toe.  And I sort of like it.

We got back to Clearwater late Friday and spent the weekend working around the house.  I went to Wal-Mart on Sunday night and almost got shot.

I was looking for something I couldn’t find and talking on the phone with my mom and she suggested I try the cleaning aisle so I hung up with her and headed that way passing by the electronics section.  At the cell phone counter I heard two men yelling at each other and one kept saying, ‘don’t make me pull this out’ and I guess my mind lives in the gutter because I thought he meant something entirely different.  Until he raised his shirt and I saw a metal object that looked very much like a gun.  And I’m sure it probably was as he yelled, ‘y’all better get down, I’m about to pop this dude.’

oh my godIt has come to my attention that when someone is threatening to shoot someone and I’m standing a mere 20 feet away, I’m not the quietest person.  If I can’t figure out how to back away without falling over a stack of storage bins and landing on my ass, I’ll probably be the first one shot, you know, if it ever happens again.

One of the men,  and not the one with the gun, ran towards the front of the store and I headed in the opposite direction toward the garden center.  I have no idea what happened after that because as soon as I saw police in the parking lot I ran to my car and went home.  It was crazy and I’m just glad that no shots were actually fired.  That I know of anyway.

On New Years Eve MacGyver and I actually stayed up til 12:10AM and rang in the new year.  Mostly because our neighbors were shooting off fireworks and we couldn’t sleep but we made it past midnight and I like to take a win where ever I can these days.

As for New Year’s Day, well…

AlexaShe didn’t and so I did.  And it only took 11 hours.

And just like that, it’s 2019.  I hope the New Year is a happy and healthy one for each and every one of you.  And if I stay out of Walmart, I probably have a good chance of having a really good year myself.

WTF?  It’s Wednesday.

What did you do for the holidays?

Red tide, struck by lighting and baby shark doo doo doo doo

I know it’s been awhile.  I’ve been vacationing with my sister and the family.  I meant to update yesterday but I had an eye doctor appointment at 9 in the morning and they dilated my eyes which basically means I had a migraine from that point forward.

eye doctor

So, my sister and her family went home on Saturday morning.  We had an awesome visit despite the red tide that is plaguing us this year and the fact that my house in Nokomis got struck by lightning and we had no internet or cable or a decent TV since it killed my big ass TV in the living room.  And by killed, I mean fried.

No internet

Except none of us were feeling that amazing and this is actually what lightning looks like after it hits your house.

lightning strike

And when you go to the beach and red tide is in full effect, the smell can be pretty bad and there are warnings out, like this:

 

While I didn’t do any fishing myself, the rest of my family was able to do quite a bit and my sister and I got to shop. A lot.  We also spent some time on the beach, on an island and at Weeki Wachee and I have some pics for you….

The guys caught some sharks but this is the only pic that I actually have.

they caught and released it for those of you who are all, ‘love the sharks.’

My sister, my niece and her daughter and I all went to Nokomis beach one day while the guys fished.

this is one of my favorite pics of the day

After realizing the fishing was a no go in Nokomis and without any TV to watch or internets to browse, we decided to head back to Clearwater.  Shortly after we got back we went to Anclote Key where they have the best shells ever and also some great photo opps.

Novaleigh

I mean, seriously, how cute is this picture?

Kaitlin and Novaleigh

My sister and I found that shipwrecked vessel on the Island and convinced Kaitlin and Novaleigh to pose in it.

But then we decided we needed to pose in it too.

me and ang

Except we’re awkward and I couldn’t sit straight on the bow and my sister obviously had some important phone call to make or something.  Because we were supposed to be shipwrecked you know.

Later that night after we got home we went to a local restaurant called Ford’s Garage.

Ford's Garage

I highly recommend this place.  It was awesome.  Look at the burgers:

ford's Garage

And the onion rings come out on an oil thingy and the napkins are garage rags held together with hose clamps.  I kid you not.

Fords

And if none of that impresses you, check out the bathroom sink…

We also went to Weeki Wachee which I was really excited about because my sister hadn’t been there since we were kids.

weeki wachee

Why yes, that is a potato chip raft and a pizza raft, don’t judge.

My highlight of that whole trip was the mother and baby manatee.

manatees

The last full day the guys went fishing and the girls went shopping and then we all went to Tarpon Springs for dinner.  I didn’t take any pictures while we were there because it was already dark and it was raining a bit.

They left on Saturday morning and I miss them so much already.  But there is one thing I don’t miss.

When the kid was little, we had a wind up music box I could play to help him fall asleep, or the mobile on his bed which played music, but kids today have youtube.  And I would like to personally thank the ass hat who came up with the gem of a song below because I sing it all the damn time now and I cannot stop.

And now, I pass this gem onto you…

Even through all the beaching and shopping and playing, I still managed to run 23 miles for the week.  Not bad.  Vacation is fun but now it’s back to the real world.

Where is the last place you went on vacation?

Has your house ever been struck by lightning?

All artwork by Vinny, follow him

Happy Tuesday.  We’re still hangin in Nokomis with the family.  Today is going to be a beach morning if we can handle the red tide.  We’ll have to see how that goes.  Yesterday we didn’t even attempt it.  Instead we went shopping.

I found the best deal of the day.  This scarf was hiding out at the Goodwill store.  I ain’t even lyin.

Louis Vuitton scarf

Yeah, that does say Louis Vuitton Paris and I only paid 9 bucks for it.  Steal.

We shopped for quite a while and by early afternoon we were starving so we decided to hit up the Lucky Dog Cafe which none of us had ever eaten at before.

lucky dog

I highly recommend it.  The ambiance is great and the food is delish.

These two, such hams.

We got home late in the afternoon and since my nephew was a little bored, we put his artistic talents to work.

He painted a grouper for us and y’all, it is AWESOME.

Vinny's art

I promised him I would get him some followers for his instagram account so y’all need to not make a liar out of me and follow him now.

And with that, I’ve got a beach to get to.  See ya tomorrow.