Friday, January 23, 2015

Some Friday randomness...

Happy Friday everyone! I was deleting old pictures off my camera earlier, and found this one of Riff demonstrating the art of relaxation (I may or may not have posted it before -- I can't remember):

Speaking of Riff... he was drinking water from the faucet this morning, as he always does -- with his head directly under the running water. Meanwhile, I was drying my hair and had a cup of coffee on the counter next to the sink. Now, even though Riff seems to have no qualms about sticking his head into the path of oncoming water, as soon as he's finished drinking he shakes himself off like a dog coming in from the rain. Suffice it to say, my coffee was suddenly inundated with droplets of cat water. I drank it anyway. I can't decide whether this is indicative of my love for my cat, or my love for coffee...

So I recently tried (after years of seeing commercials for them) Breathe Right strips -- you know, those adhesive strips you wear on your nose to keep your airway clear while you're sleeping? Oh my gosh... how did I not try these things sooner?? I've always had allergy issues anyway, but when I started using my night guard a few months ago, I was finding myself really uncomfortable by morning... my throat would be sore from breathing through my mouth half the night, and I couldn't wait to ditch the night guard. And even though sticking an adhesive strip on your nose looks kinda silly, it helps SO MUCH that I'm not sure I can ever sleep without one again. So now my nightly ritual is something like this: I take out my contacts and put my glasses on, Rick and I watch a couple episodes of Star Trek, I put my night guard in, stick a Breathe Right strip on my nose, and voila -- I am the nerdiest nerd who ever nerded.

My poor treadmill was out of commission for a few weeks, after it developed the disconcerting habit of randomly shutting itself down and starting back up again. Fortunately, the few times this happened I had just started my workout and was still walking pretty slowly, so I was able to recover my balance. I don't know what would've happened if I'd been jogging at a good clip when the treadmill suddenly turned itself off... I probably would've keeled over onto the belt or launched headfirst into the console. I have a Landice, which comes with a lifetime warranty -- so we never have to pay for parts, just labor (although the labor charge isn't exactly cheap, either). The repair guy who came out concluded that not only was the belt worn down, but the wax underneath that prevents friction was worn down as well -- so the treadmill was having to work harder to move the belt, and ended up using too much power. And apparently when the treadmill realizes that it's using too much power, it shuts itself off... with no regard whatsoever for the human who is walking upon it. But now it has a new belt, a new coat of wax, and an overall tune-up -- so far, so good. Although I'm still a bit tentative when I'm using it...

That's about all I've got today... I hope everyone has some interesting weekend plans. My exciting plans consist of buying paper towels at Home Depot... I think that's about it. :) Although tonight we're heading up north to hang out with Connor and Molly (and also that other guy... whatshisface... Edgar? Earl?), so that will be the highlight of my week!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Your weekend sounds as exciting as mine! :)

  2. Haha! We really shouldn't party so hard -- it's not good for us! ;)