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Bird feeder

I finally put up a bird feeder! I always got hung up on what kind, where, what to fill it with, etc. I was completely over thinking it as usual. I finally just decided to go for it. After all, it’s just a bird feeder!
So far I’ve seen chickadees, phoebes, and house sparrows. Hoping to start taking photos of my visitors and adding a couple more feeders. My yard is perfect for birds.

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Running IS my therapy.

I forced myself to get off the couch and run today, even though it was getting dark, I didn’t feel like it, etc, etc, etc. I knew I would feel great, and I wasn’t wrong. I only did 3 miles, but I felt good. Well, after I figured out how to make my tights stop falling down! No more tights without drawstrings!

I’m going to sign up for the Sugarloaf Marathon soon, and I think I’m going to use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2. I feel better when I run more, and I secretly want to Boston Qualify. Guess it’s not a secret anymore!

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Scrub A Dub

Today I scrubbed the deck. When we moved in, the deck was bare. In order to get our FHA loan, we slapped some primer on there and called it good. Now that I know a little better, and the deck is pretty bare again, I want to fix it the right way.

I started with the Behr deck cleaner we bought while my Dad was here. While it did take the gray color out of the wood, it didn’t get rid of the nasty mildew.

Untreated left, treated right.

Untreated left, Behr Deck Cleaner right.

I then turned to my trusty friend, Google. I found a recipe from a painter and mixed it up. (2 gallons warm water, 1 to 1 1/2 cups TSP or TSP substitute, and 1/2 cup bleach.) I wet the deck first to open up the wood pores, then used a deck brush on a pole to put it on. The recipe is meant to be used a small area at a time, and I still had to use lots of elbow grease. I spread it on 1-2 boards at a time, and it really worked!


Mildew at the top-before the TSP mixture

I couldn’t believe how well all the mildew came off. I did really scrub, but it looked so much better. I didn’t want to seal it with all that crap under there.

Look Ma! No mildew!

Look Ma! No mildew!

I only got about half the deck done, but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Before and after

Still wet, left; old and crappy, right.

Then I watched the dogs play.

The chase is on.

The chase is on.

The kids

The kids

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MY President.

I can’t believe THAT’S my President. So smart. I feel so hopeful…

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Long Day

To start, I worked a very rare(for me) day shift. I didn’t sleep well and got up at 6:30 am. Work was OK, kind of slow.

Wanted to use the new snow blower after work. I was sooooo tired, so I sat down for a little while and ate dinner. Finally go out to use said snow blower and spill gas all over it. We have a gas can that you have to push in on the spout to get it to pour. While I am doing that, gas is also leaking out around the base of the spout. I have gas all over my gloves-I HATE having gas on me-ugh, the smell. Call Joe at work, cry and whine, get him agitated too.

Finally get gas + oil in snow blower. Drag snow blower down driveway(HEAVY.) Pray that I don’t ignite due to gasoline spill. Turn choke. Turn key-wait, where’s the key? Look all around snow blower. Look in house in plastic bag that manuals, etc came in. No key. Call Joe, cry + whine part II.  Call Lowe’s, he tells me where key should be. Nope, not there, or there. He says I can come pick one up. I say tomorrow, ’cause I am too damn tired and wound up to anywhere now. He says OK.

Drag stupid, heavy, gasoline-covered snow blower back into garage. Cry. Stomp into house. Go into bedroom. Find the BAG THAT THE BOOKLETS CAME IN and RECEIPT on dog bed with two very guilty looking dogs. Proceed to lose my shit and yell while dogs wish they could disappear. Pick up bag, receipt, and pieces of receipt(thank god not many) and tape receipt back together. Tear off clothes in gasoline covered frenzy-toss in washer. Take shower. Why does the hot water run out so soon? Oh yeah, doofus, LAUNDRY.

And, I’m done. Thank god we have Lost to watch.

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Too long

I’m not sure why I haven’t updated in so long- I guess I tend to retreat into myself when things get stressful.

I was recently diagnosed with homozygous C677T MTHFR, which is a thrombophilia caused by a genetic mutation. It puts me at a higher risk for clots, strokes, heart attacks, and miscarriages. All I have to do is take extra folic acid, B vitamins, and a baby aspirin a day.

When I first got the diagnosis I was psyched. I felt like finally, here was something I could treat and fix. I had 4 very early miscarriages in 2008, and I couldn’t believe it was just from high FSH.  Now I’m at the point where doubt starts to creep in again and I feel pessimistic. I have to have faith that my body will do what it’s supposed to. Must stay positive!   :mrgreen:

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Almost struck by lightning…

Nothings turns a long run into a speed workout quicker than a GIANT LIGHTNING BOLT! I think I did the last mile and a half at a 8:30 min pace! :shock:

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The long and winding Willow

The long and winding Willow, originally uploaded by rocketdog2000.

I was feeling antsy after we ran errands today, so I decided to get out and take some photos of the beautiful foliage. I wasn’t up to handling both dogs, so I took Willow to Shaw Park. She loves to be out in the woods and is such a good dog. It was nice to watch her scamper around with a big smile on her face. It took my mind off of our recent events, and for a short time I didn’t think about it. Healing is a slow process sometimes.

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Starting over

Well, it wasn’t meant to be. I started spotting last night and had an ultrasound today which showed that we had a blighted ovum. :cry: The gestational sac measured 4 weeks when it should have been 7. I’m glad that I even got pregnant and yes, we will try again. Even if I had known it would turn out this way I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved knowing I was pregnant and couldn’t have waited to tell anyone even if I wanted to. It was the best 3 weeks of my life.

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Which brings us to today…

So as of today I’m 5 weeks and 5 days pregnant. What does that mean?
I’m hungry all the time. No morning sickness yet.
I’m moody and weepy.
Did I mention hungry?
My boobs are now capable of blotting out the sun. I had to buy a bigger sports bra today.

I feel great and am excited and sometimes overwhelmed. How will I ever get everything done?

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