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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?

Running, Baking, Crafting and gettin it done

Part of the reason I have such a hard time catching up at this time of year is the insane amount of emails I receive.  Granted, most of them are from stores that I’ve shopped at or mailing lists that I am on but the thing is, I still have to go through all of them, lest I miss something important.

shopping and shoppingAhem.  Any way, I managed to get all of my shopping done this weekend.  And the best part is that most of it will be drop shipped so I don’t have to worry about delivery and shipping and all that crazy post office stuff.  Well, I did say most, I still have to run to the post office today to mail nephew’s package but other than that, I’m all good.

We have family in town this year for Christmas which is nice so I’m baking treats as gifts.

bakingI started making the chocolate bon bons and m&m cookies last night and it’s going to be real hard not to dig into those gift baskets before we actually hand them out but I’m gonna try real hard.

One of my favorite magazines is Southern Living and my mother in law brings it to me whenever I see her.  She brought the Christmas edition last week and there is a cake on the cover that I am dying to make.

Doesn’t it look spectacular?

car cakeIf I end up making it and it comes out okay, I’ll post a pic.  It totally goes along with my theme too, it almost matches perfectly.

I finally finished all of my decorations this weekend.  I wasn’t happy with the front porch area and then I remembered that MacGyver had brought me some old windows.  So I dug one of the windows out and made a trip to the craft store for some supplies and I created this:

Christmas windowdiy christmas decorIt was super easy and just what the front porch needed.

I also managed to run 44 miles last week.  I can’t even begin to tell you how nice that feels.  I even managed a 9 mile run on Saturday so double digits are almost here.

trainingI can’t even remember the last time that I ran over 40 miles in a week but 40-45 is actually my comfort zone.  I think when I get over 45 I start to feel it in places and injuries usually creep up so I’m comfortable staying where I am.  Eventually, I’ll run 40-45 miles in 5 or 6 days rather than spreading it out over 7 which is what I’m doing now but it’s a work in progress and I’m just thankful that I can get out there every day and run.

We didn’t do anything exciting this weekend.  We stayed home and I was able to get a lot of yard work done yesterday and MacGyver worked on our sprinkler system.  I’m thinking I should start working on my New Year’s Resolutions at this rate, I might actually accomplish something.

What did you do this weekend?

How many miles did you run last week?

do you back anything special for the holidays?

Thursday things, running, shopping and fighting with insurance companies.

I ran 6 miles this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that, and the day before that.  Our weather has been awesome, cooler, especially in the morning but awesome nonetheless.

running weatherPerfect weather.  MacGyver doesn’t feel that way though.  Yesterday the high never made it past the 60’s and he was in hibernation.  He didn’t leave the sofa until after 3 in the afternoon, Amateur!

I don’t remember if I told you that we finished our river resin table but anyhow, we did.  On Sunday I searched Craigslist and found some chairs that I thought would be perfect for it so we drove out to North Port to get them.  MacGyver isn’t really all that happy with them and constantly mentions it but everyone else has loved them.  We had to touch up the paint on them and I recovered them and I think they’re perfect.

Here is the table that we bought at an estate sale but it didn’t look like this, it was actually in pieces and laying on the ground.

table beforeThe picture came from the lady hosting the estate sale.  She gave it to us so that we could see what it was supposed to look like when put together.

We had no intention of putting it back the same way, instead, we made this:

New tableAnd here’s a better picture of the whole table and a close up of my awesome chairs.

river resin tablechairI’m in love with all of it.

I meant to post the pictures yesterday but instead any extra minutes that I had I was fighting with my health insurance provider.  Why, you ask?  Well, apparently they have decided that they are more skilled at handling my health than my actual doctor so they have decided to use an independent reviewer to determine what tests are medically necessary and so far they have denied all of the recent tests my doctor has ordered and deemed them medically unnecessary.

One of the tests is an echocardiogram and the other is an MRI of my brain.  The doctor is trying to determine if I have new lesions in my brain or if I have any signs of damage to my heart from the sarcoidosis.  The independent doctor reviewer doesn’t feel any of these test are necessary.

So, I called the insurance company to find out how exactly he determined that they aren’t necessary and all they would tell me is that they have a ‘formula’.

whatSo I tried to reason with them and I asked them what I could do since I really need these tests and the nice lady told me to ‘go ahead and have them and pay for them if you’re that worried about it.’  Seriously.  Over 5,000 dollars in tests.  Sure lady, I’ll just pay cash.  So I asked her what exactly my 734 dollar payment to them every single month actually gets me and this bitch tells me, ‘piece of mind that you’ll get the medical care necessary.’

As determined by them apparently.  Anything else, I have to pay for.

So I end the conversation by telling this lady that I will file an appeal and I also tell her that if anything happens to me in the interim, they will be hit with a lawsuit and she tells me that they are protected because I’ve been giving the option of paying for the tests myself.

are you kiddingI don’t think I’ve ever been so mad in my life.  And all the while that I’m fighting with them I was thinking how glad I am that I’m on steroids and have the energy to do this.  Imagine if I was debilitated. It’s ridiculous.  I’m still angry about it but I filed an appeal and we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got less than two weeks to get Christmas shopping done.  Are you finished?  I finally started yesterday.  I’m doing 95% of it online and hope to be finished by the end of the day tomorrow.

overachieverI’m such an overachiever.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you ever been denied a test or treatment from your health insurance provider?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?