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5 Thing Friday

28 Jun

Writing this so late on Friday night seems like cheating but….I MAKE THE RULES.

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1.  Unless you live in your family’s old Y2K shelter (see how I dated myself there?), you have heard the excellent news that the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.

via Hollywood Reporter

I cried.  I cried even though Pennsylvania doesn’t yet allow Christina and I to tie the knot.  Not that she’s made any moves yet.  AHEM.  I don’t even care – I’m just so happy that the country I love is one step closer to equality.  According to Human Rights Campaign, 30% of gay Americans now live in states where they have equal rights.  I hope that you realize how epic this all is.  We are living through the next wave of the civil rights movement.  When we have children, we will get to talk about them how we fought for our right to love against all the odds.  P.S.  I can’t stop looking at the cover of  The New Yorker.  That rules.

2.  How have I gone my entire life without trying spaghetti squash?  It’s basically the easiest thing in the world to make and it tastes like al dente angel hair pasta.  It’s like the perfect pasta substitute.  I’m not a huge fan of pasta…it’s just so heavy.  So from now on, when the wife is craving pasta I am fulling whipping myself up some spaghetti squash!  I cut the squash in half, scooped out the seeds just like a pumpkin, and laid them core side down on a cookie sheet covered in water.  I baked it for about an hour at 350F.  You know it’s done cooking when you squeeze it with a towel and its soft.  Then, you shred the flesh with a fork and it looks just like spaghetti.

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3.  Remember when I impulsively threw myself into container gardening?  Not too shabby, right??  Well just like the gays, all of the plants are beating the odds!  Below you can see a side-by-side of my lettuce on the day I planted it and today, day 24.  I’ve even harvested some and it’s still awesomely bushy.  There are all ready jalapeno peppers growing, the bell pepper and eggplant plants are starting to show blooms.  Fingers crossed!!

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4.  Oh haiiiiiiiii.

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Don’t mind us, we are just 8 weeks old and practically grown!  By Monday, 5 of the puppies will be with their forever homes and my heart will be just broken.  It’s all part of the process.  If you want to read some updates about their lives up to this point, click here or here or here.

5.  The Senate missed the July 1st deadline to vote on student loan rates.  Now, student loan rates are doubling to 6.8%.  What the hell.  Whyyyyyyyyyyy are we continually punishing for earning an education.  Banks get bailed out, people live of off welfare, and now I have to pay 6.8% back on a money I borrowed to pay for some overpriced state credits.  Pssshhhh.

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Weekend Round-Up

3 Jun

It was a really busy weekend around these parts!! Amazing what you can get accomplished when your internet goes out and a tech can’t come in until Monday.

On Saturday, we headed over to East Liberty to the farmer’s market:

I had gotten an email talking about all the yummy local product expected in over the weekend, so I was pretty excited.  I ended up getting some carrots, a tomato, asparagus, green onions, rhubarb, red potatoes, beets, some green leaf lettuce starts and some jalapeno pepper plants all for $16!!

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Around 11:00, my family arrived to spend some quality time with the puppies.  Everyone is so active now, I promise to write a whelping update this week to show you how much they’ve grown!

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Mid-afternoon, we headed to Little Miss E (my cousin’s daughter)’s 4th birthday pirate party.  We had little brother CO in tow, and luckily he and my brother were able to hang out amongst all the littler kids.  They have only hung out a few times because they live so far away, but I was really happy to see how well they get along!  They had a lot of fun decapitating a pirate pinata after the kids ravaged it of its candy.

On the way home, we spotted a pop-up carnival and I suggested we make a quick stop.  Since there were three of us, we decided that we would go on three of the big rides and then leave.  Good enough for us!

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Then, we headed over to the baseball field to pick up almost-not-little brother CJ. We got there just in time to see him pitch the last inning.  He is a baseball extraordinaire, in fact he’s the league’s best catcher and as of right now he’s leading the state in home runs.  Apparently all the pitching practice in the driveway has been paying off because he struck out all three people that were up to bat that last inning!

Sunday was pretty low-key.  We finished up some projects around the house that have been lingering, like finally installing the overhead light in the living room.  Now, we just have to touch up the plaster and pick out a new paint color!

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The doodles got their first taste of grownie food!  This picture doesn’t even do the mess that was made any justice.

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Dinner was organic pierogies with sour cream and green onions from the market.

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Sixteen Days

21 May

It has been sixteen days since 10 little labradoodles appeared in my living room.

I haven’t really talked too much about whelping here because…well just because.  But, it seems like you guys really love seeing pictures of the doodle-brains so I will try to a few updates.  I will try to write one every two weeks for the 8-10 weeks before they go to their forever homes.

May 5:

The day of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Cinco de Mayo, and the doodles birthday!  It was the day we hoped and thought the doodles would come.  (Dogs have a fairly typical gestation period – around 60 days.  Based on our calculations, she would have been 60 days on Monday.)  We knew that Hallie was in labor based on a few things:  she was digging around in the bedding of the whelping box, she was panting off and on, and she was having visible contractions (her skin was twitching).  The first doodle didn’t actually appear in the living room, but in the bedroom closet, around 4 a.m.  Long story.  We were elated to find out that he had white tipped paws and a white bow tie coloring.  In 45 minutes, she had 4 more all-black puppies.  Everybody was doing latching well and doing great, including mum!  Around 7 p.m. that night, she pushed out the afterbirth and we were please with our 8 puppies.  Then, about an hour later another puppy started crowning.  Not good.  We went into triage mode at that point because he had been in there for about an hour with no amniotic fluids.  He about gave us a heart attack because he was so lethargic at first, but he ended up being fine.  The following day, a giant puppy was still born.  We are pretty sure that she was so big she got stuck.

Despite losing a puppy, Hallie was a rockstar.  I kept joking that she was a Scientologist because she delivered those puppies so quietly, with such ease that she didn’t even make a peep.  She is a natural.  (This is significant because Liberty, our lab, is not a natural.  In fact, I think she would prefer waterboarding to whelping.)

May 12 – Week One:

Hallie is still rocking the motherhood role.  Everybody seems to be adjusting fine except for one.  He’s looking malnourished, not putting on weight.  Although he does latch on and seems to eat until he falls asleep, we are worried that he’s not getting enough.  His brothers and sisters have doubled their birth weight, yet he is half their size.  We are putting sugar syrup on his tongue hoping to give him more energy to nurse.  His temperature is low.  So, we keep him either under a heat lamp or on a heating pad set to low to try and raise his temp.  We begin dropper feeding him using powdered Esbilac Goat Milk Formula reconstituted with sugar water.  He seems to perk up for a few days, putting on just a few ounces of weight.

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May 19 – Week Two:

On Saturday, May 18th at 4:00 a.m. the very first labradoodle,with the little white tipped feet and the white bow tie, passes away in Christina’s hands.  He just didn’t have any fight left in him.  There was nothing more that we could provide him.  “Parti Boy,” as we affectionately referred to him, was the first puppy that we had ever had fade.  Fading puppy syndrome is the diagnosis given to a puppy that fails to thrive.  A full-term preemie who never develops the strength to live without intervention.  We are both devastated to lose him, Christina moreso because she is the one who got up with him through the night to patiently nurse him.  She is so nurturing and has such a big heart, she took his loss pretty hard.  Hallie hasn’t really been affected  by his absence and neither have the other doodles, which is a good thing.

 

And now, 8 healthy and growing labradoodles continue on their first and best adventure.

Things Yet To Be Seen

13 May

I swear, every time I commit to writing a series (Fish Fridays, Sum Up Sundays to name a few), it completely sucks out any motivation I have to complete the activity.

Do you have a habit of self-sabotaging?  Clearly, I do.

Here’s my current life crisis:

I have a 5K on Saturday.  A 5K which I committed to run in lieu of walking in my own commencement ceremony.  IN LIEU OF.

Then, 9 little labradoodles appeared in my living room.

Then, 1 especially little labradoodle started “fading.”

Then, his two super grand-dogmas swooped in and refused to give up on him!

I don’t know what’s going to happen with him.  He won’t put on weight.  We started dropper feeding him Esbilac’s goat milk puppy formula yesterday, hopefully it helps him.

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Say a few little prayers for him, he needs it!  It’s been stressful and nerve-racking and patience testing.

 

As for my 5K, all I can do is try to get a few decent 2-2.5 mile runs in this week and give it my all.  I’ve been seriously reevaluating my early summer race schedule.

5 Days:  Mr. T Memorial 5K

20 Days:  Greenfield Glide 5K

39 Days:  Man Up! 10K

I will run for fun on Saturday with my brother to memorialize one of my favorite teachers from high school who died very suddenly in class of a heart attack a few years ago.  I will train to beat my current 5K time for the Greenfield Glide, which I’ve walked in but never raced.  But, can I train for 6.2 miles in only 39 days when my running schedule is practically non-existent at the moment?  Maybe.  Just maybe.  If I buckle down hard.  Christina has her doubts.

Will 2013 be the year of the 5K?  Will little doodle thrive?

Whelp.

8 May

Remember those buckets I was talking about?

Sometimes they tip over without you even noticing.  Or they sort of fade into the background because more important stuff is happening that requires you to be present.

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On Sunday morning at 4 a.m., we welcomed a new litter of labradoodles into our home.

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Everyone is doing great, including mum.

We ended up with 6 boys and 3 girls.  7 of them are black, one of them is yellow, and one is black with a white bow tie.  Had he been a full bred poodle, I suspect he might have been a tuxedo poodle.

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The first two days were nerve-wracking, just because they always are.  I didn’t get any solid sleep until last night.  I’ve been eating cereal and junk food for days because my cupboards are completely barren.  I haven’t done a single fitness related activity since Friday.  Oopsie!  Its funny how quickly you can slip off track.  But, these things happen.  Nothing else to do but refocus and get back to the grind.

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