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?



Friday Free-For-All – 02/26/16

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I have finally found a chafing solution. Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw this post, and hopefully got a good chuckle out of it:

Silly name aside, this stuff WORKS. After my ten miler a couple of weeks ago I had chafing in my nethers so bad that it hurt to walk around wearing any kind of pants. I was miserable for days. Regular old Body Glide just wasn’t cutting it for me. I haven’t looked too closely at the ingredients in this stuff for fear that it’s got lots of funky chemical in it, but it works so well that I almost can’t care.

I’ve got 12 miles on the schedule tomorrow. After conquering 10 miles a few weeks ago, and then my freezing cold, miserable 11 miler, I’m sort of split on this. On the one hand, I feel confident that I can tackle it, and on the other, there’s a lot of anxiety. At least the weather is looking good; 32 and sunny. Speaking of weather…

This winter has been completely bi-polar. Yesterday, it was 50 degrees and sunny. Today, it’s 23 degrees with a cold north wind. What gives? I try not to complain about the weather because I generally like all the seasons. But this? This is neither winter nor spring, and I dislike it. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, NATURE!

I have added some new companies and races to my “Discounts” page. Definitely check it out. Recent additions include 2Toms (they make the Butt Shield pictured above), and the Willamantic Classic in Connecticut.

I’m trying something new in the mornings. I left my phone, (which acts as my alarm clock) on the other side of the room last night, rather than on my bedside table. For many years, I’ve been a “snoozer,” meaning that I set my alarm, but hit snooze several times before actually getting up. I never used to be this way, but after dating a serial snoozer, the habit formed. This means that most mornings, I’m rushing around and don’t have time for things and usually end up late for work. By moving my phone across the room, I actually had to get out of bed to turn it off, and hey, at that point, I’m already up, so why bother snoozing and going back to bed? This morning I had time to blow-dry my hair, make a smoothie, AND pack a lunch, and still got to work on time. Winning! Hopefully I can keep this up.

Has the weird winter weather got you down?

Do you have a hard time getting up in the morning like me?

Friday Free-For-All (Fifteen)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about anything and everything on my mind.  This is usually just a great big brain dump, so brace yourselves!

I can’t remember the last time I was so grateful it was Friday.  These last couple of weeks have been killer.  Between crazy projects and stress at work, and personal life/wedding drama, I’ve been out of my mind.  I’m so thankful to have running as an outlet because otherwise I’d have gone crazy a long time ago.  The good news is, work should calm down after this week, so I’m hoping to get back on a more even keel.

This weekend will be awesome.  A good friend of ours who lives in Colorado is visiting.  We haven’t seen her in almost two years, so it will be awesome to spend some time with her.  Also, her brother and his wife just moved back to town, so we have a full day of festivities planned on Saturday.  First up is brunch at the Drew household.  My future father-in-law makes a killer breakfast.  Homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce, blueberry muffins, home-fries…  You name it, he makes it, and it’s all amazing.  Next up is the annual Underhill Harvest Market, an outdoor farmer’s market/craft fair/country fair/tag sale with hand cut french fries, homemade soups, prizes for biggest pumpkin and zucchini and anything else you could ever want.  Then we’ll wrap up Saturday with happy hour at our friends’ parents’ house, which is ALWAYS a good time.  And then of course I have to run 9 miles on Sunday.  Whee!

The weather here in VT is screwing with me.  We were on a stretch of lovely fall weather–crisp nights, cool, breezy days, blue skies, low humidity…  And then summer decided to come back.  At least, during the day.  Nighttime temps are still in the 40’s, so when I leave the house in the morning, I’m all bundled up.  And then it’s 80 degrees by noon and I’m sweating my buns off.  Get your sh*t together, Mother Nature!  You can’t be fall at night and summer during the day.  I need consistency!

What are you looking forward to for this weekend?

Has Mother Nature been messing with you too?

So Much Snow

Those of you in New England know what I’m talking about.  Over the past 24 hours, we’ve been hammered with tons of snow, bitter cold temps, and high winds.  We are sitting squarely in the 12-24″ range, and although it’s tough to tell exactly how much we’ve gotten due to the wind, it feels like we got all of it.

Normally, I love snow.  When I was little, I used to play outside in the snow  by myself for hours (insert clever Frozen reference here).  As an adult, I recognize that it’s great for the Vermont economy (yay snow sports!).  Also, it’s WAY prettier to look at than dead grass and mud.  So when I heard that we would be getting this storm, I wasn’t too put out.  After all, it’s March in Vermont.  It snows.  Duh.

Snowy Street

Today, however, I’m not feeling it, and I have 3 specific reasons:

1.  A drift of snow blocked our boiler vent last night, causing a buildup of carbon monoxide in our apartment.  Thankfully, our carbon monoxide detector went off (at 1:30am, thank you very much), waking us all up.  Ben, being the handy man that he is, immediately determined the problem and went out into the arctic mess to shovel out the vent.  Unfortunately, it took about an hour to dissipate the CO2 enough that the alarms stopped going off.  In addition to the inconvenience of not getting a full night’s sleep, it’s really scary to think that if we hadn’t had those CO2 detectors, we could have died…

2.  I walk 2 miles to work each day, and today, the sidewalks were not shoveled/plowed.  This means that I had to slog through drifts up to my knees and scramble over snow banks 3 or 4 feet high.  In places I had to walk in the road because I was too exhausted to push through any more snow.  Why not take a bus, you ask?  Because I’m a bit of an elitist, and the bus usually smells and has weird people on it.  I would rather walk 2 miles through the snow than ride the bus for 15 minutes.

Snow boots

3.  The combination of my exhaustion from numbers one and two, plus the fact that it’s STILL snowing makes it very unlikely that I’ll get to the gym for my 3 miles tonight.  I’m not currently equipped for outdoor winter running, and with the sidewalks as bad as they are, that’s probably not an option anyway.  I don’t want to totally write it off since it’s only 8:30 am, but I just have to be honest that it’s not looking good.  I may go tomorrow instead, since tomorrow was going to be a rest day.  We’ll see how it plays out.

What do you do when weather derails your training plan?