Don’t throw out my snake!

So I mentioned yesterday that I was going to tell you all about a couple of books that I’m super excited about and I am, really, I am.  I’ll get to that in a few minutes.  But first, I have to tell you about the coolest thing I found last night when I was working in my yard.


And yes, it’s sitting on my dining room table.  I don’t care.  I put it there and I yelled at MacGyver as I was heading out to go for a run this morning.

“Hey Babe, I’m going running, don’t throw out my snake skin!’

He said he wouldn’t and then he proceeded to tell me that when his parents come to dog sit later in the week I better hide it because his Mother is going to be thoroughly disgusted as most women are.


And then I ran and came home and planned on spending a few minutes to find out what kind of snake it came from but I fell down the rabbit hole.

snake imagesMacGyver and I were looking at the shape of the head and we thought it was a viper but we were obviously basing our findings on the wrong research.

head of snakeYou have to look for a facial pit and a single row of scales.

single row of scalesYes kids, like that!

Boom!  Now I was hooked.  I spend another two hours taking pictures and looking up snake skins.

snake skinSingle row under belly.

Side View

It’s hard to make out any facial  pits from this view.

snake skin

Hmmmmm, this view isn’t much better.

cool snake skin

So, I’m no closer than were I started but I will find out what kind of snake it is.  I think it’s probably a copperhead.  And even if it isn’t that’s what I’ll probably tell people.

Now, on to the books.

hillbilly elegy

I have wanted to read this book since it came out.  I pre-ordered it forever ago and forgot about it and then I got busy with projects and finally I was able to start it this week.  I had hoped to really be half way through by now but then the whole snake thing happened but I’m going on vacation at the end of the week so my review is coming soon.  Click on the link above if you want to read a preview.

The second book is one of those juicy stories that is so good you want to  wait to read it because you want to savor it and enjoy every second of it.  It’s a story I’m familiar with but I want the book to be as good as what I already know.  I imagine it to be like Grey Gardens reversed.  From butt poor normal to mega wealthy crazy and I can’t wait to read it.  Click on the image below for a preview.

sweet and low Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of them completely yet.  Only a few chapters of the first one.  I promise to give you a full review once I do.

So long as I don’t get distracted by anymore snake skins.


It’s a good thing I got my run in first thing. At least I got something done.

Do you get easily distracted by nature?  How bout by snake skins?

Judgement dog and chapter one, it’s Monday!

I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  Where does the time go? It’s crazy how fast the weekend goes by and now I’m getting ready to dive into work for the day.

I got up this morning and ran 4 miles and then took this little guy and his big brother for a walk.

Hank the Dachshund

Our walks are adequate at best lady…. but I’m not judging you.

This weekend I was pretty busy trying to finish up the bedroom and it’s about 90% done. After 6 miles on the treadmill Saturday morning, I worked on the bedroom all day.  We had a high of 97 in Tampa on Saturday with ridiculous humidity so working inside the house was a no-brainer.

Here’s a sneak peek at what the bedroom looks like now….before I change my mind again.


I still haven’t put the blinds (or curtains) up over the bed…because I’ve changed my mind 3 times.


I did manage to mostly organize my closet. We added all new doors too.

That's MacGyver's closet.  I try my best not to go near it.  It scares me.

That’s MacGyver’s closet. I try my best not to go near it. It scares me.


This is my desk but I don’t really ever use it, I just really like how it looks.

On Saturday night MacGyver and I decided to go to dinner. I wore my new jumper but this time I paired it with a low heel and I think I like it better than with flat sandals.


I wonder if I would have been smiling if I had known about the big splotch of paint I inadvertently left on the back of my leg…um yeah.

After dinner MacGyver and I watched Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal on Netflix. Holy shit, you have to watch this move. I swear I almost hate Jake Gyllenhaal after watching it and Rene Russo too but it is a really good movie.

Jake as Lou Bloom

And now meet Creepy Jake…

On Sunday I woke up with a swollen eye and really bad allergies. I’m not sure what happened but I still managed to run 3.5 miles on the treadmill. Afterwards though, I hit the couch and stayed there, so the whole day was pretty much a wash.

Tomorrow is the big day of the release of Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman.

Go Set a Watchman
I am beyond excited. Since I did nothing but lay around on the couch all day Sunday, I was looking for hints about the book online and I found this preview of the first chapter!  No really, you can read the entire first chapter now!  You’re Welcome.

Now I just need tomorrow to hurry up and get here because I want to read this book over and over again.

Tell me about your weekend. Did you do anything fun?
Are you going to buy the Harper Lee Novel?
Do you like to read?