"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

March 21, 2014

Kitty-Cat Update

The vet never did find out what's ailing the cat. She is walking better though. It's entirely possible her hair was matted too much on her back end. I'll definitely take her to a groomer if that happens again. She still can't jump on things though so maybe it wasn't the full solution.

March 15, 2014

The Wobbling Cat

Well, drats. I didn't neeed something to write about that badly. The day before yesterday, I looked at my cat and realized she couldn't walk on her back legs. That sent me into a panic, terrified of a diagnosis of leukemia or something equally horrible. I don't deal well with pet deaths or illnesses. When my last cat died, I sobbed for three days straight, almost non-stop. And I am not a super-emotional person. So, within a few hours, we were at the vet where they did bloodwork and sent her home with some pain medication.

The pain medications seem to be working. Or maybe it's the de-matting they also did. Either way, she can get up and down the stairs but she can't really jump onto things. I think this is something that gradually came on. A few years ago, she was able to jump on the counter and, then, onto a pantry-type closet that's in the kitchen. She hasn't been able to do that in awhile. Arthritis? That'd make sense in a 17 year-old cat. Poor kitty!

March 10, 2014

This is mostly why everybody hates Ticketmaster

I bought a ticket to see Morrissey in Chicago in June. I got it today. And was reminded why I hate Ticketmaster and their ridiculous fees. I can accept the facility charge. And the tax (which I assume is from the city or the state or something) isn't wallet-breaking. But $14 is kinda ridiculous. 

March 1, 2014


I'm obsessed with omelettes lately. Also, this has turned into the world's most boring blog. :D

February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

My food obsession continues. It probably isn't helped by reading my e-friend's blog, The 4th Avenue Blues since he often writes about the subject. On Sunday, I tried "Firehouse Subs", which just moved into the strip mall near LA Fitness. Supposedly, it has over 700 locations. I had never heard of it until they opened this one. But, the only other locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul are in distant suburbs that I never visit. Anyway, I preferred it over Jimmy John's so it's the winner in "The Sub Shops War" for me.

And, on Monday, I went to Chipotle's and got a veggie burrito. Actually, this is only the second time I've been to that chain. Kinda expensive considering it IS fast food but delicious.

I'm gonna have to start moving farther out of my immediate area if I want to find new restaurants that I haven't tried before. Since I'm vegetarian, I don't usually have a lot of choices when it comes to restaurants, fast food or otherwise. They usually just have some kind of veggie sandwich and a salad or two.

I am trying to avoid eating out everyday though because that could bankrupt me fast. So, today, instead of going out, I'm baking a cake. Not the healthiest of options but it's cake! And it's fine to have once in a while. :)
Think this combination will work? We'll find out in about an hour.

February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

Aw, well. It is February. The nice weather couldn't have lasted too long. A snowstorm dumped something like 9-10 inches on us and the temperatures are dipping back into the subzeros over the next week or two. Usually, Minnesota doesn't start warming up again till the end of March/beginning of April.

I've been using the bad weather as an excuse to not exercise. The irony is that I bought a gym membership a few months ago so that I would have a place to bicycle in the winter. And I haven't been using it! I'm the opposite of the New Years Resolution people. I went faithfully until January and then slacked off. Since I do want to do a little bicycle travel this summer, I need to start going again.

February 19, 2014

I blogged for the first time in months!

I keep saying that I'm going to start posting to this blog again. I've decided that I'll post today. I can't promise that I'll post tomorrow or the day after or the day after that. But, I'm making a post today.  I also apologize in advance for the 'boring-ness' of this and, possibly, any future posts. I'm not really writing for an audience at the moment. It'simply a 'day in the life' journal.

Anyway, lately I've been strangely obsessed with food and eating out. So, when I needed to run to the bank this afternoon, I decided to stop at Jimmy John's. I hardly ever go to that restaurant simply because Subway is closer. But, today, I wanted something different. I can't speak for their other sandwiches but their Gourmet Veggie Club is waaaaay better than Subway's Veggie Delight. It's not just the different ingredients. (Provolone Cheese > Cheddar or American) The ingredients also seem fresher.

Gourmet Veggie Club - I swear it tastes better than it looks
And, after a ridiculously cold winter where the temperatures were often dipping below zero, the weather today was fabulous and in the high 30's. Even though I had to duck giant puddles of water/slush, everybody seemed so cheerful! And I'm sure the improved weather was to blame.