I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Well, technically I didn’t go anywhere but I’ve been MIA for a few days.

You may remember that my Mom has been in town and since she was leaving this morning I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her, hence my little disappearance.

And now, we have some catching up to do.

Me and the TurkeyOn Thanksgiving morning I ran the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot. I ran the first 5K which I believe is called the wingding or something like that. It was supposed to be the more competitive race and the fun run, (which was later in the morning), was supposed to be for the walkers, strollers, dogs, etc.

I got to the starting line about 4 minutes late and so I didn’t start with any of the competitive runners, I was behind mostly kids and walkers. I didn’t really mind because there are 10’s of thousands of runners in the Turkey Trot every year and unless you are an elite or start at the front of the pack, you most likely start a bit late and get crammed behind other runners or walkers, regardless of which race you run.


That’s me, in Orange.

Or, as in my case, you might have to pee before the race and spend a bit too much time in the port-a-potty line which means you get to the starting line late, oops.

Turkey Trot 2015

Where’s the turkey, Get me the turkey!

I don’t really know what the clock time was but according to my Garmin I finished in around 29:10 which surprised the heck out of me because it was really congested and there were quite a few times when I had to walk or slow way down until I could get through the crowd. I wasn’t trying to PR or anything though, I was just trying to finish and get home to the Turkey and the Apple Pie because seriously, Thanksgiving!

my first apple pie

Yes, friends that is the very first homemade apple pie I have ever made and it was delicious.  I also autographed it for your viewing pleasure.

We had some very good friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and we all had a wonderful time.  It was a beautiful day and I sure am lucky that I got to spend my Thanksgiving doing something I love first thing in the morning, and spending time with the people that I love in the afternoon.  I am so grateful.

Around 7:30 Thanksgiving evening our friends went home and mom decided that we should go shopping. Y’all should know by now that I cave every year and that’s exactly what happened.

Power shopping

The only way to power shop is in your blue chucks!

We hit up Wal-Mart, Target and a few other places, mostly with disappointing results. That’s why we had to get up Friday morning and head out again, for the entire day.. because, well, Black Friday y’all!  In case you’re wondering, we fared much better that day.

And, after a full day and a half of shopping, I was pooped!


I managed to make some time during all that shopping to make these two wreaths, one for my sister and the other one for mom.

We were sick of department stores by Saturday, (that may or may not be a little white lie), so mom and I went to the annual community garage sales in Indian Rocks Beach.

I will go into more detail about that later this week when I’ll be able to share some real proof that solidifies mom and I are the most prolific, capable and die hard shoppers on the planet, trust.  I should have that proof by Friday…seriously.  Make sure you come back.

Yesterday, MacGyver went hunting and so mom and I decided to spend the last day together decorating my house. We managed to get a little bit done but with over 14 boxes of decorations in the upper level of my garage, it’s a week long process.  There was also the matter of the tree, I decided to go get one after my run on Sunday morning but since MacGyver had my SUV we had to take mom’s car.

We channeled our best Griswold’s impersonation.

We are NOT the Griswold's.

How’d we do?

We got the tree home unscathed.  Mom’s car was fine too.

Unfortunately it took me 4 and a half hours to get the thing balanced in the damn tree stand so I haven’t decorated it yet. Hopefully, I’ll get it done before Christmas although it looks pretty good just being a tree in my living room and I could always decorate it with receipts and then I wouldn’t have to dig through 14 boxes of decorations.

shopping addicts unite.

And that brings us to this morning. Mom left around 8am and I’ve been tending to some business things and such ever since.  No running for me this morning but I’ll be back at it tomorrow.  I’m taking a little break for the day, from running, not shopping.  It IS Cyber Monday you know!

So, tell me, how was your holiday?
What did you do over the weekend?

It’s the weekend update!

Good Morning! I hope y’all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day. We’re in Venice for the weekend hanging out and bumming around with the parents.

We got here Friday night and I baked some watermelon cupcakes but just for this special occasion, I made them in this shape:

Heart Shaped CupcakesHere’s a side note on that thought. If you bake cupcakes and put them in a big tupperware container and then place them upon the dining room table, it is wise not to leave your spoiled, and unruly dogs home alone for several hours. You will come home to find the tupperware container on the floor with some very jacked up cupcakes still inside and possibly green icing on the floor. Well, except for what leaked out and the dogs ingested.

Fortunately, tupperware was developed to withstand nuclear attacks on small countries so the damage was minimal but good times all the same. It never gets boring here. At least we can say that!

MacGyver gave me my Valentine’s day present on Friday night. We don’t always make a big deal out of Valentine’s day but this year he got me a little something. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I have a hard time waiting on presents, (if I know I have one coming), and Friday night was no exception. In order to avoid my pain in the ass, incessant nagging MacGyver gave in…

Saphires and Diamonds
I didn’t have any sapphires, and now I have sapphires and diamonds! I love them. And I love MacGyver even more. He knows he doesn’t have to buy me jewelry, but when he does, he really buys me jewelry!

On Valentine’s Day, I got up early and ran 4 quick miles on the Legacy Trail. It was quick and relatively uneventful except for the huge bunny that ran across the trail in front of me. For a minute, I thought it was Easter.

After my run, we headed down to Englewood, Florida to look at a house.

Englewood Florida
Nice view huh?

After house shopping we hit up Flounder’s for a late lunch and early Valentine’s day dinner. It was delicious but even better is the atmosphere at this killer little place on Manasota Key. It is obviously the place to go. I kid you not, even the Mayor was there.

flounder shoe fence

Check out the shoes on the fence in the back. It’s a cute idea but did those people actually leave without their shoes?

The band was a local reggae band and they were pretty good.

corn hole

They even have corn hole tournaments in the front of the restaurant. If you’re ever in the Englewood, Florida area, this place is a must! Trust me.

After dinner we all came home to relax and I gave MacGyver his present which he was able to share with everyone.

And now we’re all in a sugar induced coma and headed to sugar rehab.

See ya Monday!

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?
What did you do this weekend?