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March 21st, 2007
So Scary

After reading about the whole pet food recall, I about died when I realized I could have fed our kitty-babies bad food. Before the recall was announced, Theo had a cold and was having trouble smelling his dry food – so I bought him some canned food to try to tempt him into eating. I looked at Iams (one of the brands being recalled), but decided to purchase Meow Mix instead (not on the recall list). Jacob also purchased some canned food for them, but I’m 99% sure it wasn’t on the list either – I can’t remember the brand but I’ll recognize the cans. So I intend to check it out tomorrow just to make certain for my peace of mind.

Most of the time, our kitties eat dry food from local Portland company Castor & Pollux. What’s really upsetting, though, is that C & P, as well as other common natural brands like Innova and Wellness, use Menu Foods to produce their wet foods. Are there so few pet food manufacturers available that EVERYONE uses the SAME company to make their food???

Posted by Claire at 11:48 PM | Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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March 13th, 2007
On Bento and Obsession

When something catches my attention, it REALLY catches my attention…

In other words, I become easily obsessed. It appeals to me for several reasons, the bento. One, it’s a good lunch. Two, it’s a nice way to express care for my husband and for myself. Self-care is never something I was very good at, so preparing a nice lunch is a way I can take care of myself. Three, it’s cheap.

I’m cooking more dinners too, as I feed my Asian food addiction. I’ve figured out how to make pretty excellent yakisoba, and now I’m tackling miso soup.

I cruise eBay for bento accessories, I browse the web for ideas, I lurk the aisles of the Asian grocery store…

It’s a curious thing, with me. I seem to be unique, at least amongst my coworkers, for my keen interest in stuff. For example, I have a coworker who says she’s obsessed with the same anime I am (Fruits Basket, in case you care). She was curious about onigiri (mentioned in the anime), so she looked up what they were. Me? I looked up onigiri, and the next thing I know I’m ordering molds from Japan and creating bento everyday, and I’ve finished all the available English translations (15 volumes, if you’re counting) of the manga as well. There’s obsessed, and then there’s obsessed.

Other people dabble in melt and pour, I start a full-on soapmaking business. Other people like makeup, I start a blog devoted to it. I guess I don’t do things halfway, if it’s something I really enjoy.

Posted by Claire at 11:11 PM | Days Go By, Good Eats | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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March 9th, 2007
Birthdays

Yesterday was my 28th birthday. I’m not too excited about being 28, mostly because 27 was such a great year. I spent the whole year at the same job (something of an accomplishment for me in recent years), I still like said job, we bought a house, I started a cool blog, Theo joined our family…

I know 28 will be good too. I’m just sad to see 27 go. It was such a good year for me.

Posted by Claire at 01:47 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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