Eleven miles, monkeys, meerkats, and more!

Friday came and went and the project I’ve worked so hard on remained in limbo due to the domain name transfer that is still in process.  Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt about it but I couldn’t dwell over it.  The weekend was here.

MacGyver and I have a new obsession and we are half way through it.

The OA

So, that’s what we did on Friday night.

We decided to sleep in on Saturday because it stormed for most of the night and when we did finally get up on Saturday it was still pouring and it didn’t stop until much later in the day.  I walked a few miles on the treadmill but that was about it.  I ran a few errands later in the day and then MacGyver and I went to dinner and I did a little shopping but mostly just because I wanted to wear my duck boots, not because we needed anything.

The rain also brought with it some very cold weather and when we woke up on Sunday it was 30 degrees.  THIRTY DEGREES!   In Florida!  So I looked at MacGyver and said, ‘I’m gonna go out and get in a long run’.  And his reaction was something like this….

Have you lost your mind

I’m pretty sure we know the answer to that.  Mind or no mind I had a mission, and by around 8:15 or so I headed out the door with some hot hands in my gloves and some miles on my agenda.  The plan was to stick with my ten mile long run and if I felt good near the end to tack on an additional mile.

This is what I ended up with.

all the miles

I’d call that a pretty good day.   Right?

When I got home, I managed to wrangle MacGyver and Hank out from under the electric blanket and then Boomer and I dragged them out the door for a walk.

Have I ever showed you the smoothies that I refuel with every day after I run?

My smoothie

That’s the nectar of the God’s right there.

After walking the dogs I jumped in the shower and then I told MacGyver to get dressed and we hopped in the car and headed over to Tampa.  I forgot about a little game that’s going on here this week between Auburn and Alabama but somehow on the way to Tampa I got sandwiched between 5 of these buses.

Bama Bus

I have to say that all of the football fans MacGyver and I encountered were so sweet and so nice, it was a pleasure meeting each and every one of them.

In case you’re wondering where we were going, we went to the zoo.


I don’t want to bombard you with a gazillion photos from the trip but I do have to show you some of my favorites so here are a few.



me at the zoo

This is the Runner species. This runner almost fell in the splash fountain while trying to pose as she was freezing!


Florida Panther

My spirit animal!





Black bear

You really wanna go to the zoo right now don’t you?

All right, let’s recap, shall we?

Last week I ran 33 miles, walked 2 miles, did 2 strength workouts, 2 weight workouts, and 1 yoga workout.  Not bad.  My diet was totally on point.  All Gluten free and extremely low sugar all of which was completely natural, (mostly from fruit).

How did you do last week?  Strong areas?  Weak areas?  Anything you want to talk about?

How is your weather right now?

When is the last time you went to the zoo and what’s your most favorite animal?

I can’t stand the rain…..

Good morning.

I’m sitting here all by myself in the living room listening to the rain fall all around me and checking the weather report every 2 minutes.  Despite a brief respite yesterday, late in the afternoon into early evening, it’s been raining for what seems like forever.  No one wants to go out, not even the dogs.

raining fish

Fortunately I have a treadmill so I can get some morning exercise and get myself moving but if I don’t exactly love the treadmill, kids hate it.  Did I mention that my niece and nephew are here?  Well, they’ve been down south in Englewood for a few weeks and we’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to head down so my sister-in-law was sweet enough to drive up here so we could all hang, out and then, rain.


Yeah, that doesn’t look so good….

When it rains for days and you have kids in the house, particularly kids on summer break as well as summer vacation, you have to get creative.  MacGyver took my nephew out to the garage and they rummaged around until they found some parts interesting enough to construct a robot.

Robot building


Number five alive! Name the movie.

My sister-in-law and I took my niece shopping but even shopping gets boring after a while, (or you run out of money) and since we had already made a bazillion pieces of jewelry, we had to really put on our thinking caps.

One of the things you can do when it’s raining outside is to turn your coffee table into a coffin table.

coffin table

Of course after a few days of rain everyone eventually runs out of ideas and patience but, like I said, last night we had a little break and somehow we managed to walk the dogs, take a little walk over to the peacock farm, and then circle around the park for a quick one mile walk.  My nephew and I also managed to capture a few pokemon and restock our balls.  Poke balls people, Poke balls!

Trust me though, even the peacocks are going stir crazy.

Peacock and mirror

Do you come here often?

I woke up this morning hoping I could avoid the treadmill but then I heard the rain move in and so  I checked the hour by hour forecast.

hour by hour

It’s going to be a very, very long day.

What do you do to entertain your kids when it’s raining?  I need ideas.
Do you go to the treadmill when it’s raining outside?

The surprise attack.

We didn’t go anywhere this weekend but I feel like I ran 3 marathons!  I got shit done y’all, for  real.

On Friday afternoon MacGyver and I went shopping. Typically he doesn’t go with me because well, he’s a dude, but I had coupons for epoxy resin for my sharks tooth designs and he loves a good epoxy.  Of course no trip to the craft store is complete without a trip to a clothing store and MacGyver must have been high from the epoxy fumes because look what he bought for me.

I never want to take it off!

I never want to take it off!

On Friday night I decided the lanai needed some redecorating.  Since MacGyver was able to repair my treadmill and I plan on using it a bit more I needed some ambiance.  I think I nailed it.


The left side of the lanai.


The right side of the lanai.

My treadmill is positioned smack dab in the middle.  It’s like running at a rave!  (Do they still have those?)

Saturday morning when I woke up the weather was beautiful so I decided to attempt a long run.  I ran 8 miles near the house and I was feeling so good I decided o run more.  Right about that time I felt a push from behind and then realized I was falling.  I didn’t know what had happened at first and then I felt the weight on my back and then the breath on my neck and I saw a lady running towards me.

I’m familiar with the dog, I had seen it many times in the fenced backyard, a Chow and German Shepherd mix.  I had no idea if it was nice or not but it always barked and snarled when I ran past. Now that he was standing on my back I was pretty sure he was not nice and I was extremely grateful when the owner pulled him off.

He didn’t bite me but he scared the bejesus out of me, so 8 miles was the end of my run on Saturday.  Several hours later MacGyver and I were in Lowe’s and I got an insane migraine.  I don’t know whether it was the run or the dog that caused it but I came home and took a nap.

We have some friends in town from Vermont and they came over on Saturday night for a short visit and afterwards MacGyver and I went to bed.

The kid wasn’t due to come home until very late Sunday night or early Monday morning so on Sunday morning I got up and ran 4 miles in the opposite direction of the angry dog and then MacGyver took me to breakfast.  We decided to just relax on Sunday and have an easy day which wasn’t too hard considering we had these new guys to play with.

the ducks

The white ducks

donnie and jenny

Awe, Donnie loves Jenny!

Today I have to get some work finished as soon as possible because I’ve got a special guest coming tonite……

So, enjoy your Monday!

When’s the last time a dog jumped on you and knocked you down?

Have you ever been bitten by a dog?