Memorial Day Weekend and a White Dove

I love going down to Nokomis for the weekends, especially when it’s a three day weekend, but after packing up to go down and then cleaning up to leave, and then coming home and unpacking and putting everything away, by Tuesday morning I feel like I got hit by a mack truck.

Mack TruckWe left Clearwater on Friday night and drove down to Nokomis.  MacGyver wanted to leave early but I had some rewards points from my credit cards and I had to spend them or lose them so I HAD to go to the mall.  Had to.

new outfit

In case you had any doubt about my skill, this entire outfit, including shoes was less than 30 dollars.

After power shopping we headed down to Nokomis and on Saturday morning I got up bright and early and got in a long run on my favorite trail.

long run sat

MacGyver and I had some lawn debris to pick up and some garage sales to visit so we piddled around for much of the day on Saturday doing those things.

We didn’t find too much at the garage sales but we did go over to the jetty and we met this guy who had a metal detector and he was picking up things right and left.  He told us that he had found 28 rings in only 6 months, twenty eight, including diamonds and sapphires.

money eye

hmmmmmmmmmmm

On Sunday MacGyver got up really early in the morning to go work on the boat and I went out for a run.  He was supposed to change out the prop while I ran six miles and walked the dogs and then we were going to go out and try to do some fishing.  Here’s what actually happened.

six mile run

I did run six miles and walk the dogs but on the walk Hank got over heated and fell down which scared the hell out of me so I picked him up and carried him back home, (he loved it, I’m not sure but he may have planned it).

MacGyver pulled the boat out of the water to change the prop but the dealer had given him the wrong parts so he had to put the old prop back on, which meant he wasted a shit ton of time for no reason.

Finally, around 11am, my mother in law came to pick me up so MacGyver could get the boat back in the water since it was at their house in Englewood.  When she showed up, this was what she walked in on.

woodpecker on my head

My mother in law and I loaded my things, and by things I mean, my menagerie, into the car and then we headed off to Englewood.

my family(In case you’re wondering were Hank is, he insisted on driving.)

We finally made it onto the boat around 1:30 in the afternoon and made our way out to Stump Pass.  I haven’t been to Stump Pass since last year and I was super excited to get out there, mostly because I really wanted to fish but also because I knew there would be a lot of people out celebrating and enjoying the holiday weekend.  I was shocked when we got there and I saw this.

Nothing ever stays the same

Apparently the pass isn’t deep enough for the larger boats so they are ‘fixing it’.  In my opinion, it will never be the same.  Progress?  I’m not sure that’s what I’d call it but it is what it is.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any bait fish anywhere.  MacGyver is convinced that the red tide we recently had ruined the fishing but I disagree.  We went to a few spots looking for bait and didn’t see any and we threw a few lures out but MacGyver was getting frustrated.

Eventually MacGyver and I decided that we should maybe start metal detecting but I said I wasn’t really ready to give up yet and that’s when I threw out a lure one last time and I landed the only fish of the day, and it was a snook!

snook

Boom!  What you can’t see in that picture is that when I was holding the snook, he flipped hard and his gill caught my thumb and cut it pretty good, and when he flipped, because I caught him on a double lure, the second lure flipped up and caught my hand as well so in that picture I’ve got blood all over my hand.

About 5 minutes after I threw the snook back I looked to the left of the boat and saw a large fin.  Yep, a shark.  I had hoped to get a closer look but it swam away.

After locating some band-aids we decided to head back and have some dinner.  Later that night we had desert back in Nokomis and we decided to go over to the Jetty to try some metal detecting with a unit that MacGyver had bought at a black Friday sale a few years ago.

detecting

It didn’t work.  (I’m searching craigslist for a new one today.)

Yesterday we hung out in Nokomis for most of the day.  It was so hot that I really had no desire to go out in the sun at all.  MacGyver and I watched some TV and hung out with the animals and worked a bit in the yard.  We just enjoyed the day.

Late yesterday we met my laws for dinner before leaving and had a really nice time.  The restaurant pulled a bait a switch on us which was annoying but there was a white dove hanging out there and I really wanted to take it home.

white dove

Wouldn’t you like a woodpecker brother?

I didn’t.

We got home last night around 9PM and MacGyver and I made it to bed around midnight.  I managed to get up and run/walk around 4 miles this morning but I have no idea how I did it because I’m exhausted and I still have a full day of work ahead of me.  This is why lunchtime naps were invented 😉 and why I excel at them.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special?

Steps, Miles, Badges, and you can wear it as a cape dahling.

Good Morning!

We’re back to the grind of the work week.  Thankfully I was able to get a good five mile run in before starting work this morning which put me in a better mood and hopefully I wont bite anyone’s head off.

Grey Gardens

Tell them Mother Darling wont you?

Please tell me that you’ve seen the documentary Grey Gardens.  It’s one of my all time favorites.  It’s not the best or most riveting documentary but it’s one of those things that you start watching and you just can’t look away.

I’ve seen it at least 30 times.  Don’t judge.

Over the weekend I got a migraine which, if I’m being 100 percent honest, I had a mild one for several days leading up to Saturday so I didn’t run Saturday morning.  Instead, MacGyver an I went to a bazillion garage sales and then it rained all afternoon so we watched a ton of movies including, you guessed it, Grey Gardens, with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.  I liked it.  MacGyver feel asleep.

I was a total sloth on Saturday.

Proof:
saturday stepsI made up for it the next day.  Of course, because I have the best luck in the world, the weather went changed and by that I mean, it got warm and humid.

And I decided to run 10 freaking miles because I’m so smart.

I ran on the Legacy Trail

 

ten mile run

And I nailed the 10 miles!

And then I hit a level in my fitbit that I have never hit before.  MacGyver went to Englewood to work on the boat and I decided to work in the yard and clean up around the house in Nokomis.  Apparently I just kept going and going and going because I got something called a cleats badge.  (If anyone has any idea what this means, clue me in.)

4o,ooo steps in a day

Holly steps a lot! Yes, that’s one day!

I guess it pays to be a sloth the day before.

We’re back at home now.  Too soon if you ask me but we may head back down mid week since I can work from anywhere and we have some things we’re working on at the house down there that need to be finished.

Anyway, I’ve got one more thing I wanted to share with you.  This is MJ Day.  She’s the editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and this is a video she posted on instagram.  It’s a powerful message and I couldn’t not share it with you.

I love it!

How do you feel in your bathing suit?

Chrissy Teigen is fat. WTF Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday from Venice! Random? Well, welcome aboard the Random Train, because this is how we roll around here!

Moving Train

MacGyver and I shot down here last night around 9pm with the two babies dogs in tow. I got up this morning and ran 6 miles on the Legacy Trail. It was a really good run. I finished with an average pace of around 9:35. Not bad considering it’s hot, humid and it was pouring rain for the last mile. Actually, the rain was nice, it was a welcome relief from the heat.

Running in the Rain

Today was the first time, in a couple of months at least, that I actually saw a gator while running. Thankfully I didn’t see him until I was almost past him or I would’ve freaked out because he was only about 2 feet away from me. He was running alongside the trail but in the opposite direction. He was about 5 feet long and just in case you didn’t know it, gators actually move quite fast! They do! They’re quite the sportsmen.

sporty gator

Since we’re on the random train already, have you heard about the pet store owner that is eating pet food for a month to raise awareness about what’s in pet food? I give her credit for taking action but I’m not so sure that’s the action I would have taken. MacGyver and I have both tasted our dog’s food, you know, strictly for scientific purposes and not because we’re idiots or anything, and it isn’t all that appealing. I can’t imagine doing that for 30 days!

Eating Dog Food

If I had to eat something for 30 days to make a statement or bring awareness to something, I think I’d rather do something like Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Supersize Me’ but instead of McDonalds I’d eat Chick-Fil-A for 30 days. Yeah, I’d jump on that one.

And one last thing I just have to mention. Did you know that Chrissy Teigen is fat? Well, according to Forever 21 she is.

As the beautiful wife of John Legend recalls in this interview with DuJour Magazine, when she was younger she was booked directly for a shoot with Forever 21. She showed up on the set and they asked her if they could take a photo which they sent to her agency who then called her as she is sitting in the makeup chair, and Teigen says they told her , ‘You need to leave right now, they just said you are fat and you need to come get your measurements taken’.

Teigen revealed that she was fired from the job at Forever 21 and goes on to say, “And I hate you, Forever 21. I hate you so much. Honestly you are the worst.”

I’ve read some comments where some people have said that she needs to get over it because this happened some time ago and then I’ve read a lot of supportive comments from people who are now refusing to shop at Forever 21. I think Chrissy Teigen is absolutely beautiful and if she’s fat, well, I’m a hippo, but in my opinion the modeling industry is pretty flawed as a whole and maybe that’s not why I’m surprised, but shame on you Forever 21, shame on you!

What do you think? Do you think Forever 21 was wrong or is this just how the industry works?

Would you eat pet food or anything else just to make a statement?