Easter orange mist on the moor and stuff.

Can you believe it’s April 3rd already?  I can’t even believe it’s April.  Seriously.  Time is flying by this year.

Anyway, in case you missed me, MacGyver and I just got back from a little mini vacay down to Nokomis.  And when I say vacay, I mean we basically went down and worked on our house for 5 days.  It wasn’t all work though, we had some fun too.

We saw this chrome car on the way down.  Does anyone have any idea what type of car this is?

chrome car

We got there on Thursday and I took MacGyver out to lunch at my favorite place, Left Coast Seafood Co. 

pasta

After lunch we drove over to the pond supply place to check out some fountains and stones for our landscaping.  We are determined to put in some sort of water feature in the front yard.  We spent an hour or so looking at everything and got some pretty good ideas and some serious sticker shock.

All of the rock that we grew up with in Tennessee and Virginia is hella expensive in Florida.  We might have to go visit the relatives and pick up some to bring back.

On Friday I found an estate sale and a few garage sales locally and I convinced MacGyver that we needed to go.  It didn’t really take a lot of convincing.  If you have any doubts as to how much he loves a bargain, here he is retrieving a tool that someone dropped in the middle of a busy street.

Run honey

He spotted it from a half mile away, pulled over and ran out to get it.  I barely saw it.  Wouldn’t you know it turned out to be some German wire cutter worth around 75 bucks!  Yes y’all, MacGyver is that good!

I scored some awesome vintage marbles at the estate sale but they hardly compare.

I am taking all the credit for this next find because we found it at the estate sale that I heard about through one of my sources and we got it for only 60 bucks.

water fountain

Water feature, check!  I added the little bird statues because I already had them and they were too cute not to add.  We may change the cherub for a dolphin eventually but for now, we have a fountain.

While we were out we kept checking the security camera to make sure the animals were okay.  This is how they were practically the entire 3 hours we were gone.

dogs and bird

The two dogs cuddled in the chair the entire time and the bird ran around the room because you know, he’s in charge.

When MacGyver and I got home on Friday afternoon we started painting as we had the day before.  MacGyver also started putting in new windows.

You can see the new one on the right.  I love my new windows.  Love them!

And here is a picture of our living room which we finished painting with the dolphin gray that we used in the rest of the main parts of the house.  It’s hard to make out though.

living room

I also painted the spare room a very pretty blue but the picture is also hard to make out.  Obviously I suck at taking pictures.

spare bedroom

I refinished this desk too.

The highlight of the painting revolved around the master bedroom which we started on Saturday.  See, I had this vision in my head and I was positive it would be bright and sunny and exhilarating. So, while MacGyver and his dad put in some more windows, I got to painting.

master bedrroom

As you can see I stopped half way down the wall. Unfortunately it was the last wall.

I literally painted 3/4’s of the room before I realized it was the most hideous choice ever.  I stopped painting halfway through the fourth wall and then left and called my mom and told her I ruined my house because I turned my bedroom into an orange.  I’m pretty sure I cried a little too.  I should have known.  I mean both of my in laws hated the color and the paint guys at Lowe’s were making fun of it, though I didn’t get it at the time.  MacGyver thought it looked like pepto bismol but it wasn’t pink, it was coral.  I guess that’s a mute point.  The point is, it was definitely not a good color choice unless it was for a little girls room.  Or a grove.

That night MacGyver and I went to sleep but I got up at 2 in the morning to check to see if Lowe’s was open on Easter, it was.  And that’s where I went very early on Easter Sunday.  Because we had already returned paint twice, the guys at lowe’s thought I was playing an April fool’s joke on them.   I was not.

I told them we hated the color Tropical Breeze and needed to choose another one.  We ended up choosing Mist on the Moor and I think we made the right decision.

Master Bedroom

It also ended up looking much better in the master bathroom.

master bathroom

I couldn’t be defeated though so I decided to leave a feature wall in the bedroom and I saved one of the coral walls.

Master Bedroom

I think it works but MacGyver thinks that I should put the half can of leftover ‘mist on the moor’ to work and finish the job, we’ll see.  The coral is kind of growing on me.

On Easter Sunday MacGyver’s parents were over helping us with the house again and my mother in law made us the most wonderful Easter Dinner.  It was so good.  I have truly been blessed when it comes to in laws.  I couldn’t be any luckier, I swear.

I didn’t run a lot this past weekend, only 12 miles total on Saturday and Sunday and 36 total miles for the week however, I am so sore from all the painting and prepping that I’m pretty sure that counts as a few workouts.

We got home late yesterday and unfortunately I had a migraine all day and night, (probably from paint fumes.)  As we were driving in we thought we smelled smoke.  As we got closer we saw it.

Fire

This house is 3 street down from us, not far at all.  Fortunately the family was able to escape.  I have only met them once but they seemed nice, a young couple and their mother or mother in law.  Unfortunately the family’s two dogs perished in the fire.  So sad.  This is the third house fire that has happened in my neighborhood in the last few years.  I’m definitely going to be more careful with candles and things.

That’s it for me, I’ve got some serious work to do.

How was your Easter weekend?  Do anything fun?

It’s a wrap, the weekends over!

Over the weekend our weather turned cooler and it was beautiful.  So beautiful that even though I had the flu all week, I ran.  I didn’t go crazy or anything but I did run 7.5 miles on Saturday and 8.5 miles on Sunday which brought me to a total of 24 for the week.  Not bad for 3 days of running even though I probably should have rested a bit more.

running is not restingIt caught up with me this morning because I went out bright an early but after only a few minutes of running I felt sick to my stomach.  I ended up walking for three miles instead and I’ll play it by ear tomorrow.

The good news is, Hank is getting better by the minute and already itching to get out and run with me.  And with the recent weather change we had to put on his warmer clothes, which means, he got to wear this:

Hank in track suit

C’mon Mom, let’s go running!

I cannot get enough of that track suit.  Seriously.

Hank in adidogSo damn cute.

Other than the weather change and Hank feeling better not much was going on this weekend over here.  We stayed home for most of the weekend and just vegged out.  My mom was a little worried about me so she called and texted often to check on me.

My mom is hilarious.  I save her texts sometimes just so I can go back and read them when I need a little giggle.  Here, I’ll show you.

She texted me late last week to ask if I was feeling better and if I was getting back to work.  I responded and then her reply just cracked me up.

moms textHAHAHA, yep, hazmat for a kitchen fire sounds about right.

Over the weekend I sent her a picture of Hank in his track suit and told her that I also bought one for her dog.  This was the conversation that followed.

mom text 2See what I mean now?  Random hilarious stuff.  I just love my mom.

One more quick thing to show you.  MacGyver brought me some old windows to play around with and I made this over the weekend.

crafts with windowWhat do you think?

What did you do this weekend?

My longest run yet with no migraine and a Hank update

Happy Monday to you.  I’m a little behind with work and my blog and life in general due to all the trips to the vet and such so this post might be all over the place and full of typos and grammatical errors so, bear with me.

Hank is doing really well after his last surgery.  The wound is open so we have to use a special type of bandage which unfortunately tends to shift.  To help it stay in place the vet suggested doggie pajamas.  When she started to tell me where  I could find them I had to stop her.  Hank already has many pairs but now I have a legit excuse to put them on him.

Hank in PajamasIt’s been a little on the hot side here lately so I haven’t been able to put him in my favorite ones yet, however, it’s supposed to cool down later in the week and once it does, he will get to wear these:

AdidogRight?  I mean, those pajamas are everything.

On Saturday morning I had to take Hank in for a bandage change and I asked them to give him a shot to help with the itching and 60 bucks and an hour later the bandage was on the living room floor so the pajamas are on until this thing is completely healed.

For those of you who are following along, here is what the wound looks like currently.  Click on it to enlarge it but be warned, it’s really gruesome.

Hanks spider biteThere is one little area that looks a little dark to us but I don’t want to have any more skin removed.  Instead I ordered this kit and I’ve read really good things about it so MacGyver and I began using it this weekend.

spider bite first aidNow, let’s talk running because I had a killer weekend of running.  On Saturday I set out very early for a long run.  I made sure to take lots of powerade and water with me and I stashed some extra bottles along my route because it was hot.  I ran the longest I’ve run since I started to getting migraines, 15.25 miles and I did not get a migraine afterwards.

I didn’t look at my garmin or my phone during the run because I wanted to run by feel. I knew there was no way I could run long if I kept looking at my watch so instead I tried to run at a comfortable pace.  My comfortable pace is not really pretty.  It looks sort of like this.

awkward runningAnd during the 7th and 8th mile I felt like I was flying.  I was sure I was running an 8 minute mile or faster.  I felt like I could beat anyone.  And I was positive I looked like this:

running as fast as you canI was a little embarrassed when I looked at my splits later and realized I was running in the 10 and half minute range.  So much for me running by feel.

No matter, I still managed to run 15.25 miles.  I planned on 16 miles but I had to get to the vet with Hank so I had to stop a bit early.  On Sunday, I ran 5 more easy miles because again, it was ridiculously warm.

I have some more things to share with you this week about what I’m doing to keep those long runs migraine free.  Tomorrow I’ll share another piece with you.

What did you do this weekend?

Any of you run Gasparilla?  Did you see Meb?