Vacationing, Fishing, Halloweening and a celebrity!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! (Said in my creepiest poltergeist voice, which isn’t really all that creepy.)

How is everybody? I’m good, well rested, renewed, and ready to get down to some serious work this week. Bwah ha ha, that last line was probably a lie.

So, as you know, we’ve been on vacation. We were in the Venice area for the past week and as I’m sure you know (if you’ve ever read the blog before), we did a lot of fishing, and I ran on my beloved Legacy Trail. Only this time, there were some variances.

Venice, Florida
First off, we got to try a little fly fishing but mostly we watched. My sister-in-law and her husband are pretty awesome at it. In fact, you should probably go read my sister-in-law’s blog because it’s all about fly fishing and she’s amazing. Pop on over there and tell her hi and let her know I sent you. Oh, and I should mention, you’ll like her blog too, it’s really good!

Fly fishing with the Damsel Fly Project

Fly Fishing with Lynne from The Damsel Fly Project.

Besides fly fishing, my sister-in-law kept me company and headed out to the Legacy Trail with me every morning. Having someone go with me every morning was epic but having my sister-in-law go with me was even better. I am really, really going to miss her and her husband as well.

Running the Legacy Trail
Being out on the boat fishing was fun in and of itself but we also saw dolphins and manatees. At one point MacGyver fed a dolphin a bait fish as it swam up to our boat and several of the dolphins jumped out of the water into the air. But by far the best part was when the baby manatee swam right up to the back of the boat and popped his little nose up to say hi, I seriously thought I would just die from cuteness overload, it was insane.

DolphinsBaby Manatee

As you can imagine, we ate a shit ton of fish this week and it was amazing but I’ve been craving hamburgers and steaks since we got home! That’s probably why I got a steak sub when we hit up Mazzaro’s on the way to Clearwater.

I’ve mentioned Mazzaro’s on the blog before but if you’re local or visiting the area, it’s a must do. Put it on your to do list and you won’t be sorry! Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said about the next place we went.

In all fairness we went to the housewares section...but this is an accurate depiction...unfortunately.

In all fairness we went to the housewares section…but this is an accurate depiction…unfortunately.

I’ve been talking about the weigh and pay for ages and so my sister-in-law had to see it. I warned her that she would either love me or hate me after going there and it would all depend on what we could find….hopefully, she still likes me because the inventory was a bit disappointing… on top of the usually dirty. Oops!

Anyhow, we got home on Halloween and my sister in law and her husband headed home.

My neighbors put together a FREE Haunted House for all the kids in the area.  Very cool!

My neighbors put together a FREE Haunted House for all the kids in the area. Very cool!

Because we weren’t sure where we would be for Halloween, I didn’t buy candy until the last-minute. I typically spend around 100 bucks because we usually have a couple hundred kids but I only spent around twenty dollars at the dollar tree which meant we started running low on candy so MacGyver insisted I only hand out one piece to each kid so you can imagine how much they loved me. I finally insisted that MacGyver take a turn at the door at which point he handed each kid at least 5 pieces! Way to make me the bad guy!

The bright side of Halloween as always was these two because they totally hammed it up.

Dog halloween costume

Trick or Treat…uh, treat, did someone say treat?

Alligator Dachshund

Happy Halloweenie!

Hank didn’t even bark at the trick or treater’s, he just wanted to see all the costumes. Boomer was more interested in the candy…

On a side note, most of the kids I handed only one piece of candy to actually asked for more. I don’t remember ever doing that as a child. Is that acceptable? Because I was a little offended, especially when they asked in front of their parents and the parents said nothing. I’m pretty sure if I would have ever attempted such a thing, my parents would have dropped kicked me Jesus through the goal post of life! Just sayin…

The day after Halloween I had ten miles on my schedule but….I could NOT get out of bed. The weather was beautiful and perfect for a long run but I just couldn’t make it happen. In fact, other than a few garage sales, I spent most of the day on the sofa watching copious amounts of DIY shows. Fortunately later in the day my little neighbor Jayde and her mom came over and insisted I go on a bike ride with them. We rode a little over 8 miles and it was exhilarating. The weather could not have been better.

Sunday fared much better for me. I got up at 6 and hit the door around 7:30ish and I knocked out ten miles, TEN MILES! I didn’t stop once and I averaged a 10:15 pace with no pain and no stiffness.

Another Obligatory Garmin you like me now?  hehe

Another Obligatory Garmin Pic…how you like me now? hehe

Y’all, I was so excited that I sang out loud for the last 2 miles. I’m pretty sure I would have kept singing to except that one of the neighbors ran outside and asked me if I had heard the cat that sounded hurt, he said it sounded like a high-pitched moaning…..ahem, ‘No, I didn’t hear anything’. Needless to say, I didn’t sing anymore. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, it probably was that bad.

I came home and caught a bit of the New York City Marathon. I love watching all the celebrities who run every year and seeing how well, (or not so well) they do. It’s so exciting.

So you can imagine how after watching the celebrities at the NYC Marathon, I never expected to see one in my own living room but there he was….

It's Hank Baskett!  Get it?

It’s Hank Baskett! Get it?

Well, I thought it was funny….

In closing, did you catch the Walking Dead last night?
Any Predictions on what will happen with Beth?
Why do think Carol was there and what happened to Darryl?
Have you ever had a long run that felt so good you wanted to sing?

Costumes, Pimp Cars and Gourds…it’s all here.

Good Morning. Happy Transformation Tuesday….except I don’t have any transformations to talk about…oh wait, I do! I’m running again! Does that count? No? Oh well….

Yesterday I ran another 3 miles, well 3.10 to be exact. I was having so much fun I pushed a little at the end. I couldn’t help myself. I guess that’s what happens when you take a month off.

You know what else happens? You get slow. So you take pictures like this…

running really fast...or am i?

And it makes you feel like you’re fast.

Okay not really.

Last night MacGyver and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some groceries and look for some paint for a project we’re working on. We always park in the garden center regardless of what we are shopping for because it’s the least crowded part of the entire parking lot.

When we pulled in last night we parked by this car…

Pimp Car


I looked for a handicapped pimp the entire time we were in Wal-Mart and I could not find one. So, the car is the only picture you’re gonna get. I was thoroughly disappointed.

We tend to get distracted easily while we shop, mainly because we’re idiots. The last time we went to the mall, MacGyver accosted a mannequin.

What? You don’t believe me?

undressing a mannequin


Last night we got distracted by bicycle helmets. I found a few I really liked.

pony helmetprincess helmet

When I posted the pony one on Instagram someone suggested it would be a great Halloween costume. I am seriously considering it.

The costume that I was originally going to wear is probably not going to happen now, mainly because they didn’t have the match in Boomer’s size.




THE SHARK….too small for Boomer..:(

Shark and Sharknado

Yes, MacGyver and I actually watched Sharknado, but obviously I have more class because I refused to watch Sharknado 2 with him.

I was a little disappointed that I’ve already purchased the alligator costume for Hank because I found this one last night.

Woody costumeI die! Is that not the cutest thing EVER?

Unfortunately, MacGyver wouldn’t let me get it….so I’m going back today. That costume is a must have!

Another must have is a pumpkin. It’s strictly for decorative purposes only since neither of us actually like pumpkin or pumpkin pie or anything that taste like pumpkin in general. Wal-Mart had all kinds of things in the produce section that I would consider decorative, but are actually edible…

Gourds and Such

Gourds and Such

I wondered if people actually eat gourds or what you’re supposed to do with them, so I googled it and I found this interesting article, in case you’ve ever wondered the same thing.

You’re Welcome.

Are you ready for Halloween?
Have you picked out a costume yet?
Do you have a Transformation Tuesday post, or am I the only slacker?