Friday Free-For-All 06/29/18

Friday Free-For-All

Our well water is finally safe to drink! The initial water test before we bought the house came back as no good, so the seller shocked the well. But because the well cap was still open, bacteria was likely still getting in, and a second test was still no good. We closed the well cap and then let it go for a while because inertia. We’ve been buying bottled water for drinking since we moved in, which has been kind of expensive and less than ideal. Two weeks ago Ben did a really thorough chlorine treatment, and our third water test this week came back with “Acceptable for human consumption”! Hooray! Just in time for us to bring a baby home. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

It’s supposed to be brutally hot this weekend. Like, in the mid- to upper-nineties, and I am SO not here for it. Our house usually stays pretty cool, but that’s still quite warm, especially for a preggo, and especially for a preggo who was already heat-sensitive to begin with. Is it bad that I’m hoping to go into labor just so we can be at the hospital with air conditioning? If not, we may need to find a swimming hole. That is, if I can fit into my bathing suit…

We recently started feeding both cats prescription food. Rocket has been on a special diet since his urinary blockage back in the winter. Because it’s more expensive than regular food, we were continuing to feed Creemee the “normal” stuff. But she would regularly try to steal Rocket’s prescription food, while he would try to eat hers, so we had to constantly watch them during meal times, which was getting old, fast. We checked in with our vet, and since there’s no harm in eating the food if a cat doesn’t need it, we’re just feeding them both the same kibble, and life is a lot simpler now. Both cats are happier and eating better, and we don’t have to constantly police who’s eating what. Sure, it will be more expensive in the long run, but I think our time is worth it. Speaking of cats…

Our cats have been catching mice in the house like gangbusters. I think we’re now up to a grand total of six adult and three baby mice that have been either caught (and subsequently removed by me or Ben) or killed by our kitties since we moved in. While I’m glad that the cats are doing their job, it’s kind of gross. We need to do some reconnaissance to see if we can find where the mice are coming in and block up the hole. It can be pretty damn difficult to make your home completely mouse-proof, but the evidence seems to suggest we could do a better job. Considering that we live in the middle of a gigantic field, mice are always going to be a challenge for us.

Cat owners, do your cats do a good job of pest control?

 

 

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Manic Monday – 07/14/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and set out a plan for the upcoming week.

I don’t have much to report today.  As I mentioned on Friday, I haven’t run in about 2 weeks.  The good news is, I’ve been keeping up with riding my bike to and from work every day, and I started a 30-day plank challenge on July 1.  I haven’t been keeping up with it as much as I’d like, but it’s definitely helping to keep me a bit more active than I might be otherwise.

Monday

Biked to work (~3.8 miles), and 1 minute plank.  I got a ride home from Ben because we needed to go to the grocery store.

Tuesday

Biked to and from work (~7.5 miles), and 1 minute 10 second plank.

Wednesday

Biked to and from work (~7.5 miles), and 1 minute 15 second plank.  After work, I met some coworkers at a really great open air bar/club on the waterfront called Breakwaters.  One of my coworkers is in a band, and they were playing.  I had a couple of drinks and nibbled some sweet potato fries and nachos.  Yum!

Thursday

Biked to and from work (~7.5 miles), and 1 minute 25 second plank

Friday

Lots of walking and swimming at the family reunion

Photo Jul 12, 4 50 18 PM

Saturday

Lots of walking, swimming, and seafood at the family reunion 😀

Photo Jul 12, 6 45 54 PM

Sunday

Lots of driving and bad food on the way home 😦

I would do a recap of the reunion, but every day was pretty formulaic:

Wake up early because sun is shining on tent and I’m roasting.  Walk 1/2 mile to pond.  Swim.  Walk 1/2 mile back.  Coffee.  Brunch.  Walk 1/2 mile to pond.  Swim.  Walk 1/2 mile back.  Snack/nap/chat/squirt gun fight/help around the farm.  Walk 1/2 mile to pond.  Swim.  Walk 1/2 mile back.  Dinner.  Several beers.  Rubber band war (rubber bands from lobster claws are AWESOME).  Sleep.  Repeat.

I’m really excited to be home.  Miraculously, Ben and I get to spend the next two weekends in a row at home.  We have a few activities planned, but it will be nice not to travel.  I’m hoping to get back into a routine here–the last few weeks have been a bit crazy.  I want to re-focus on eating better, and get back to regular running and cross-training.  In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share my plan for how I hope the next few weeks will go as I decide what fall half I’ll be running.

How was your weekend?