Why Walking Cats On Leashes May Not Be The Best Idea

For the long weekend (thanks, BC!), my partner and I did a little road trip down to Portland. We ate a lot of delicious food, and just generally had a lot of fun. But we’ve eaten awesome food before (although not quite that much). And had fun before.

What we hadn’t seen before was this:

A cat. In a tree. Being rescued by a fireman.

A cat. In a tree. Being rescued by a fireman.

The poor cat had gotten its leash all tangled in the tree and couldn’t get down. It wasn’t until a firetruck arrived that anyone started looking in the tree. I joked that they must be rescuing a cat–because they weren’t really close to any buildings and there was no smoke or injured people. Boy did I eat my words when I discovered that, in fact, it was a cat in a tree.

Watching the cat struggle was heart-breaking, as it just ended up more tangled. At one point it was hanging by its collar and not moving (instant release collars, people!). There were tons of people standing around holding their breath, waiting for the fireman to rescue the cat.

The ladder extended, the fireman carefully snipped the leash, and carried the cat by the scruff down to the distressed owner. And that was that. The crisis was over.

So, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Olympia fire department, because, wow. And he even went up and cleaned up the remaining bits of leash in the tree hanging up there afterwards.

I didn’t even know things like that occurred in real life.

Is it vegan? Is it safe?

As a change up from the wedding overload, today I’m going to share a little flowchart I made. One issue that has come up on multiple occasions is people not knowing which ingredients are and aren’t vegan. Partially this comes from not being familiar with what being vegan means, and partially it is the sheer number of ingredients in most pre-made items these days. I always appreciate it when people put in the effort to specifically try and find something vegan for me–but there are a good number of times when it turns out not to be vegan anyway. And then everyone feels bad.

Is It Vegan Flowchart

You’re welcome to repost this anywhere–just, please, give me credit 🙂

The goal is to break it down a bit into more manageable ingredient lists. Note that this won’t work for all vegans, as there are definitely different levels of strictness. But I believe it would be good enough for most. It certainly would be good enough for me!

Being vegan isn’t easy, in the sense that there isn’t as much access to pre-made foods. But I am hoping that after looking at the flowchart and possibly the associated link, people will start to think about what is being put in their foods, vegan and not. Really, I don’t think there’s any diet in which consuming something with 10 indecipherable ingredients is good for your health.

With that, I’ll leave the flowchart as food for thought (pun intended) and move on to my 5 favourite things about being vegan!

  1. Reduced access to junk food — since I can’t eat most of it, I don’t! Except oreos. Darn you [North American] oreos for being vegan.
  2. Awesome quality dark chocolate. I think the milk ingredients actually dampen the complexity of the cocoa flavour, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring vegan options.
  3. Knowing that I’m not contributing to the scary results of the mass commercialization of animal products is a burden off of my heart.
  4. Trying new things — there are tons of great recipe books, blogs, restaurants and products are out there! (Did you know there is unnoticeably-vegan parmesan?)
  5. My body has a lower tolerance for junk, since I eat healthier in general. It lets me know even sooner when I’ve stepped out of line too much.

There you have it. We will return to the wedding posts next week (sorry!?), with a special series of 4 posts leading up to the wedding. Because there’s only 33 days left. Seriously. Care packages (aka chocolate) will now be accepted as my sanity goes down the tubes.

P.S. Did you vote in the shoe poll yet?

P.P.S. For those of you who don’t get the LOTR reference in the title, shame on you. If you don’t know what LOTR stands for…where have you been the past 10 years?

The Secret To A Happy Marriage

Now, I know what you’re thinking, I’m not even married yet, so how could I possibly know that kind of secret? It came as a bit of a surprise to me, as well.

You see, I stumbled upon this secret in the most unlikely of places. A grocery store. What would a grocery store know about romance? Well, it depends on the grocery store, I’m sure. This particular grocery store is well known for having a bit of a different stock of items than most. In addition to having oodles of bulk items, it also has many gluten free products and even a few vegan ones. And it is within this frozen foodland that the secret was discovered.

Image

That’s right, chocolate covered soy-based ice cream bars are the secret to “a healthy, long lasting relationship”. I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. So there you have it folks. If your marriage is on the rocks, you’d better go out and get yourself some of these. Results guaranteed!*

* Results not actually guaranteed–not even a little.

I must admit though, they were quite delicious, and definitely a good ice cream craving killer. And a bit of a throwback to my elementary school days, when they’d sell revellos at lunch for $0.50. Those were the days! </end tangent> I rate them 5 out of 5, getting a 1 star bonus for entertainment value.

Seriously though, there is a secret to a happy marriage. I have no idea what it is, but it may look a little something like this:

Image

 

That’s right, it’s a penguin cookie jar. My dearest love got it for me for our anniversary. It’s functional, it’s adorable, and it’s a penguin. I can’t really ask for more than that.

If that’s not a happy relationship, I don’t know what is!

Have you come across any hilarious packaging? Gotten an awesome gift lately? Tell us about it!

Finally!

Well, it took me several months, but I finally did it. There is finally a custom header on the blog. From the very start I thought, hey, that top image is temporary, I’ll replace it with something soon. But soon became a week and then a month and then…now!

Feedback is welcome–I kind of like the green, (mostly because the tea towel–believe it or not, the nicest one we have) is also green, so it doesn’t clash.

The is taken of some cookies I made this last weekend. After my success with banana bread, I thought “hey, why not banana cookies?”. So I turned to my faithful friend, allrecipes, and found healthy banana cookies! It’s a different kind of cookie — no dairy, no eggs, no flour. I was worried they might be like granola bars, but they’re a bit too soft for that. I did make some modifications, mostly based on the comments.

I added:

  • 2 diced apples
  • 1/2 more oats
  • applesauce instead of the oil
  • 1/4 c shredded coconut
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/3 c fresh blackberries

I also cookies them at the suggested lower temperature of 325°F. One thing that was weird about these cookies was I had a great deal of difficulty telling when they were done. They get slightly brown, but mostly they just get harder. And, of course, with no rising agents, they don’t get bigger, either. What’s the verdict? They need chocolate. But other than that, very tasty!

Enjoy!