Thursday things, injuries, animals, and stuff

Have you guys seen this?

They aren’t shipping yet but you can pre-order them and you can bet your sweet ass I’m going to.  I’ll probably have to hide it from MacGyver though because I’m sure he’ll try and steal it from me.

If you happened to notice my absence the last few days I must confess I’ve been all kinds of busy and when things get so hectic that can’t keep up, I have to prioritize and unfortunately the blog did not make the cut, but I’m back now so it’s all good.

I’m working super hard so that I can take some time off at the end of the month to go to Tennessee to attend a wedding, and also because I sort of like having fun on the weekends every now and then in case you hadn’t noticed but for some reason springtime gets really crazy around here.

Earlier in the week I was raking up leaves in the backyard one evening and a rogue limb fell out of a large tree right on my head and my arm.  I can’t show you my head since there was no visible damage but here is what my wrist looked like.


Pretty, huh?

Apparently some of the people who speed through our neighborhood on the way to work in the morning have complained about the presence of peacocks in the street.  So last week on three early morning runs I watched in horror as the sheriff’s wildlife division rounded up hundreds of peacocks, put them in cages, and carted them away.  I did not run by without protest though.  I rounded the corner and scared a lot of them away from the cages.

Damn those speeder’s and their complaining.  Oh, and did I mention there happens to be a drug house 2 doors down from the peacock farm.  I wonder why the sheriff’s department never bothered to cage those idiots!


Charles is still safe in my yard because he loves me.

I tend to collect animals.  Last night I was raking leaves, yet again, and I found a newly hatched slider turtle who had gotten lost on his way to the pond.

Turd Butt the Turtle

His name is Turd Butt.  (There’s that 12 year old boy sense of humor.)  Anyhow, we’re keeping him.  He’s already imprinted on me anyway, (can they really do that?), and I like him.

One last thing to share.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a hundred orders once y’all see this next thing but I can fulfill them, I swear.

MacGyver and I were garage sale shopping and we happened upon this beauty:

ugly table

I want you to soak in her magnificent beauty.

Go ahead,  soak it in.  Revel in it.  Let it marinate a little.  Check out the luxurious lines and wonderful style that just resonates 1970.

I had to have it!  Had to.  In fact, I loved it so much, I bought its twin sister.  I now have two.

Except that one of them now looks like this:

New end table

And it’s no longer just an end table, it’s a cute end table but it’s not just a cute end table, no.


End Table dog house

It’s a Dog House!

And at night it looks like this:

Hanks new doghouse

Because, yes, I even installed lighting!

So as if I didn’t have enough on my plate I’ve decided that I’m going to make animal houses that can also be used as everyday furniture.  This one can be used as an end table or a nightstand.  It would look so cute in a beach house, don’t you think?  Go ahead and place your orders now.  Girl dog?  I’ve got mini chandeliers!  😉

Just wait til you see the house I’m building for Turd Butt!

What do you think of the heated foam roller, are you going to order one?

Friday, Photos from my i-Phone

Happy Friday.

Yesterday I fed all the critters and then got down to work.  Two hours later I heard a commotion on the lanai.  Realizing the dogs had gone out there I decided to check it out.  That’s when I saw the squirrel hanging from the window screen.

squirrel hanging on screen

It took a while but I got the dogs out into the yard and tried to corral the squirrel out the other door.  That son of a bitch reared back on his hind legs and tried punching me!  He went all squirrel/kangaroo hybrid on me.

I finally got him out but then I caught him coming back in through the doggie door two more times that day.

Suit up lady!

Suit up lady!

Gah! Why are the animals around my house so strange?

Peking duck

Speak for yourself, I am not strange at all!  And yes, I’m judging you.

I'll just be over here on squirrel patrol

I’ll just be over here on squirrel patrol

Boomer lab

And I’ll be over here testing out the pillows. So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted.

soft shell turtle

I’m still feeding…

And they’re always hungry around here.

The turtle brigade

The turtle brigade at feeding time.

With so many animals it’s sometimes hard to remember them all but I do my best.  And the dogs will always remind me.

HANK AND Charles

Hey! Are you gonna feed the peacock?


Well, Hank will remind me.  Boomer tends to live in his own little world.

boomer ball

I seem to have lost my ball. Has anyone seen my ball?

Have a great weekend y’all!

What kinds of animals are in your yard?

Tuesday with treadmills and turtles

Yesterday MacGyver came home from work and I was outside feeding all the critters. He thinks that’s all I do all day because for some reason whenever he comes home, that’s usually what I’m doing, feeding one thing or another.

We actually had a softshell turtle that swam up to the shore to eat with the other slider turtles. Florida softshell turtles are really odd-looking with extremely long necks and pointy faces. I was able to get a picture though it’s not the best quality, big surprise, I know.

soft shell turtleThis is actually a better picture from wiki:

Fl Softshell turtle
I also got a picture of the mourning doves. Since they only stay in the nest for around 2-3 weeks I’ve been trying to get as many pictures as possible. We estimate they are 6-7 days old now. Here’s what they looked like yesterday.

baby dove
It’s really hard not to watch those little boogers all day long.

I’m not sure about the rest of the world but it’s already hot as hell in Florida. We’re going to hit temps in the low 90’s this week and the humidity is pretty high already too. Yesterday’s run was really hard for me and I only got 4 miles in because it felt so stifling. That’s why this morning I ran on my treadmill.

My body doesn’t perform as well in the summer months and the heat is really hard on me so I do a lot of my running in the summer on the treadmill. MacGyver set up an industrial fan which blows harder than a cat1 hurricane, which is almost cool enough.  I highly recommend it.

Also, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it or not but my Brooks PureFlows and I have had a break up. I’ve worn the PureFlow’s for a few years now and I truly loved them but they no longer feel right when I’m running in them.

For the past month I’ve been running in my Mizuno Wave Riders and they feel much better. I’m not sure exactly what to attribute this to except that I’ve been doing a lot of strength training and working on my posture so maybe that’s why.  I can say with certainty that I can no longer wear the PureFlow’s because when I do, I get hip pain, so the break up is real.

And lastly, if you’re looking for a good variation on planks, check out this video. This plank not only makes you stronger but leaner as well.  And I don’t know if it’s just me but it’s so much more fun than the traditional boring plank.

What running shoes are you currently using?
Do you have a hard time running in the heat of the summer?
In the summer do you prefer running outside or on the treadmill?