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New West Food Truck Festival

The donut race wasn’t the only blogworthy eating that I did this weekend. Saturday was the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest in New Westminster. For 6+ hours, Columbia St (a.k.a., right outside my front door) was lined for as far as the eye could see with 70 food trucks (plus 30 other “food outlets”1.) And the street was packed – it seemed like every truck had a line at least 15 people long and many much longer2. Apparently, an estimated 90,000 attended!

In addition to all the trucks, there was entertainment, like a “chalk zone” for kiddies to draw on the street with sidewalk chalk, dance lessons from a swing dance group, and not one but *two* busker tents hosted by the Arts Council of New West. As you may recall, I’m on the board of the ACNW and on Saturday I did my boardly duty of volunteering at one of the busker tents. Which basically meant being around the tent in case the buskers needed anything and mostly just enjoying the music. Here’s one of them – a father-daughter pair named Roland and Emma Nipp:

During my volunteer shift, I had my dinner #1 – an Australian meat pie from the Aussie Pie Guy3 Omg, that might just be the best meat pie I’ve ever eaten!

I had great intentions of photographing all my meals, which lasted exactly one photo:

Aussie Meat Pie. So delicious. new West Food Truck Fest.

At the end of my shift, Daniel and the kids showed up, and we went off in search of their dinner (and my dinner #2). There were sooo many options that it was hard to choose, but in the end Daniel got a pulled pork sandwich (I can’t remember from which truck) and the kids and I settled on some tacotinas (for the kids) and a burrito (for me) from Arturo’s. Next up was ice cream from Rocky Point Ice Cream, but I was too full to have any! The kids, however, seemed quite enjoy their salted caramel ice cream!

After that, we decided to head to my apartment so the kids could play with the cats and, much to my surprise, you could hear the music from the busker’s tent in my place. It was a clear as if they were performing *in* my living room!

In conclusion: A++. Would food truck again.

  1. I think that refers to the tables of farmer’s market vendors selling food stuffs that were also on the street. []
  2. Some of my friends waited 45 minutes at the Bannock Wagon to get some bannock. Mmmm, bannock. []
  3. As always, I have no affiliation with any of the business mentioned in this posting! []

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I came here to kick ass and eat donuts – the Inaugural PNE Donut Dash 5k race

PNE Donut DashExcept that I didn’t really go to the race to kickass. Because I was really there for donuts. And cotton candy. And a race medal with an adorable running donut on it.

This morning my friend Julie1, her friend Jen, and I participated in the first ever PNE2 5km Donut Dash. The premise of the race is that you run through the PNE fairgrounds before the park opens and you will “be reenergized with tasty Fair treats throughout the course, including mini donuts, cotton candy and more!” (source). Having now done the race, I would like to contest both the phrases “throughout the course” and “and more!”

Before the race, I wasn’t too sure about the idea of eating a donut in the middle of a run – I find it hard enough to stomach my electrolyte/fuel gummies on a run, let alone having a pile of deep-fried dough in my belly, so I probably shouldn’t complain that there wasn’t a tonne of treats on the race course. Actually, if anything, what they really needed more of was water stations on the route – given that we are in the midst of a summer-long heat wave here in Vancouver, a single water station on a 5 km route was definitely not sufficient. I thought I was maybe going overboard bringing my water bottle belt on a mere 5 km run, but in retrospect I was quite glad I did!

PNE Donut DashThe race started on a track at Empire Field, but you quickly veered off that and onto a pathway, and then it was off through the park. I was originally hemming and hawing about whether I was going to run by myself at a fast pace or run with my friends who were planning on a slower pace with some walk breaks. In the end, I choose the latter and I was glad I did because not only is it nice to hang out with friends, but there were apparently 1300 runners in the race and the pathway was quite narrow for the entire route, so I think if I’d tried to run at a faster pace, I’d have been frustrated the entire time being stuck behind slower runners and walkers.

PNE Donut Dash

It was kind of fun running through the park – I haven’t been to the PNE in ages, so it was neat to see the different booths and rides and games and dinosaurs. Because there are dinosaurs there apparently. There were also bunch of kids dressed up as pirates and mermaids and some sort of showgirl-type thing but with hot pink Converse hightops, all of whom were ready and willing to high-five the passing runners. Somewhere around the middle of the race we finally reached our first treat station – cotton candy! There were people handing it out in plastic bags (see the photo) – I insisted on getting the blue cotton candy, which for some reason seemed much more rare than the pink. Then we didn’t see another treat station until the 4.4 km mark3, where we finally reached the mini-donuts, which were also being handed out in little bags4. And from there it was just over a 1/2 km that we had to carry our haul to the finish line, because seriously, who can eat a donut and also run?

When we came to the finish line, I decided to go for a little “sprint”5. I passed a little boy who was maybe 6 or 7, who then decided he was going to race me! So he and I ran for the finish line and he actually veered at me to try to cut me off! Fortunately, despite being short, I still have significantly longer legs than a 6 or 7 year old and managed to get aside to avoid being run into but it only took a couple of strides to catch up and run alongside so that we ran across the finish line at the same time6.

At the finish line, they were giving out the medals and all of the people holding medals at the start of the line had medals with red ribbons, but I could see the guy at the back had blue ribbons. So, because I do always like to be different, I bypassed all the medal giver-outers at the front and went to the last guy in line and asked for a blue one. I said “Does the blue ribbon mean anything?” and he just shook his head, and handed it to me. Then he ran off because he noticed the little boy who I’d crossed the finish line with had walked right past all the medal giver-outers without getting a medal. So the little boy also got a blue ribbon.

PNE Donut DashAfter the finish line, they had fancy mini-donuts – dipped in chocolate with sprinkles on them – that they were handing out one of to each runner. Sadly, they were a bit on the dry side and we honestly wondered if they were just day olds that they dressed up! The sugar-covered mini-donuts that we were given along the race route were much better. Happily, the cotton candy was delicious! I’m sure it was because I insisted on getting the blue kind.

All in all, it was a pretty fun time and I have now earned 3 medals towards my goal of earning 5 medals this year. Next up: Montreal half marathon – more than 4x the distance of today’s run and significantly fewer donuts expected… though I do plan to indulge in some poutine, a Montreal smoked meat sandwich, and some glorious, glorious spruce beer while I’m in Quebec – just not during the race!

  1. You may recall Julie from the zombie obstacle course race and the Longest Game for CF. Clearly, our friendship is based on doing awesome sporty things together! []
  2. That’s the Pacific National Exhibition for my non-BC readers. For my Ontarian readers, it’s like the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), except more Pacific. I was about to say “except we understand there is more to Canada than just our city *cough* Toronto *cough*”, but then I realized that it has the word “national” in it, so maybe we are saying we are the whole country expect not because it’s just the Pacific part? Or that Toronto is being redundant because it’s says “Canadian” and “national”? Anyway, my heads hurts now, so suffice it to say that the PNE is like the CNE – a big fair with all sorts of exhibits and games and food and whatnot and this footnote is way longer now than a footnote should be. I think I’m still on a sugar rush for the donuts and cotton candy that I had for breakfast. []
  3. hence my comment that it wasn’t really mini-donuts “throughout” the race course. []
  4. And that was it for treat stations, hence my contesting the phrase “and more!” []
  5. I say “sprint” in quotation marks, as it wasn’t *that* fast, but it was faster than we had been going. []
  6. I was going to let him win, but after he tried to knock me off course, I changed my mind! []

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My Latest Fitness Assessment: Fitter, but More Wimpy

Last week I went back to the Peak Centre for Performance to do another running fitness assessment, as it was time to check in on the effects of my new training plan. Unlike my previous test, I didn’t need to measure my VO2max, so I didn’t have to wear the snorkel and breath through the tube. Which I thought meant that I’d be able to run a little bit more at the hardest level, as the last time I found it really difficult to gasp for breath through that snorkel. Boy was I wrong!

As you may recall from last time, I mentioned that people usually keep running to a blood lactate level of 8-10 mmol/L, whereas I gave up at 7.2 mmol/L, which means I am wimpier than average. This time, however, I gave up at a pathetic  5.69! Daniel’s interpretation of this is kinder than mine – he thinks that because I knew that I was running at a faster speed than I maxed out on my previous assessment, I gave up on the test too early, thinking that I couldn’t do any more than, rather than actually having quite because I was too wimpy to take anymore. There might be some truth to that – perhaps next time I should try to ignore what speed I’m running at during the test and focus just on how my body feels. Or maybe I should run until I literally fall off the treadmill!

At any rate, the positive news from this assessment is that my zone 1 training has paid off big time, as I’ve significantly shifted my lactate curve. Here’s the graph of my second assessment.

2015-08-06 Fitness Assessment Results

Then I plotted the data from both assessments on the same graph so that we can compare them:

2015-08-06 Running Assessment compared to first assessment

On this graph, the blue and green lines represent my heart rate results from assessment #1 and assessment #2, respectively, across the different speeds (with speed on the x-axis). As you can see, the heart rate results are virtually identical. The red line represents my blood lactate levels across the different speeds for assessment #1 and the purple line represents my blood lactate levels across the different speeds for assessment #2. As you can see, my blood lactate is lower at each speed throughout the assessment, which is exactly what zone 1 training is meant to do. In zone 1 training, you run at a relatively low level of exertion , a level that would allow you to run all day long. This trains your body to be able to run at faster speeds without producing as much lactate, which means you can run faster for a longer period of time.

On the down side, while I was diligent with my zone 1 training and significantly improved my aerobic threshold, I was a delinquent when it came to my intensity workouts and it showed in the results of my training. This next graphic shows my lactate and aerobic thresholds compare to the limits for these thresholds:

2015-08-06 Fitness Assessment Results - LimitsWhat this graphic shows is that my aerobic threshold occurs at 81% of my speed at VO2max and my lactate threshold occurs at 94% of my speed at VO2max – and I’m basically at the limits. This means that if I continue to just do zone 1 training, I won’t continue to see improvements, because you can’t push your aerobic threshold higher than 80-85% of your max. The only way to improve from here is to increase my max speed, which means that I have to do my intensity workouts. Normally, this would mean doing zone 5 workouts – essentially, running for as fast as you can around a lap of the track, giving yourself a rest, and then repeating that until you can no longer maintain that max speed. But given that my next half marathon is only just over a month away – and I’ll need to taper for the last couple of weeks leading up to it – Lewis suggested that until my race, I should do a zone 3 workout once per week (basically, running at my zone 3 pace, which is where my muscles start to build up lactate, for as long as I can (working my way up to 30 minutes over the next few weeks if possible) in order that I build up my tolerance for lactate (i.e., suck it up buttercup!). I’m also adding some “race pace” to end of my long runs – which I really should have been doing a while ago, but I was discouraged by the fact that my target race pace was in my zone 3 range of my previous assessment and so I just kind of ignored that I was supposed to be doing it at the end of my long runs!

So – will I reach my sub-2 hr half marathon goal in Montreal? Who knows. I might have a spectacular race day and pull it off. I might have screwed myself over by not training to build my max speed and build up my lactate tolerance up until now and now I don’t have enough time to fix it. Only time will tell. But as with my last half marathon, I’m setting a series of staged goals – so even if I don’t make my sub-2 hr goal, I’ll still have some backups to aim for:

  1. a sub-2 hour half marathon
  2. finish my first ever half marathon where I run straight through, with no 10 and 1s – I’ve done 12 half marathons and for all 12 of them I’ve done 10 and 1s (run for 10 minutes, walk for 1 minute, and repeat). This training is the first time I’ve been training on this new system where I run in zone 1, so I don’t need those 1 minute walk breaks. Each week when I do a long run I think “That’s the longest I’ve ever run straight through without walk breaks!” So doing that for an entire 21.1 km will be an accomplishment!
  3. finish – Finishing a half marathon is always worth being proud of.

So, there you have it – I’ve scienced up my running and am now motivated to go out and do my zone 3 runs from now until race day! Wish me luck!

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Cool the Kitties!

VOKRA, the non-profit organization from which I adopted my kitties, has put out a plea for help. Vancouver has been experiencing an unusually long, hot summer and they are having difficulty keeping their operations centre – where the most vulnerable kitties (sick kitties, new moms and their kittens, and kitties waiting for a foster home) are – cool enough to keep the kitties safe and healthy. Someone donated an industrial air conditioner to them, but they need to raise $10,000 to have it installed.

At the time of writing, they’ve raised just over 1/3 of the money they need. And right now, if you donate, a generous donor will match that donation, up to $5,000. If you are interested in donating, click here!

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The Time in Nye! #BillBillBill

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When I was a kid, I loved Bill Nye the Science Guy. Oh wait, I just looked up when that show actually aired, so let me re-phrase: When I was a teenager, I loved Bill Nye the Science Guy. I had already decided by that point that I was going to be a scientist, so how could I not love a show full of science-y facts and experiment you can try at home and silly science jokes?

Fast forward nearly 20 years, and I still love Bill Nye the Science Guy. He’s a promoter of science, skepticism, and rationality. And he’s the only man who, in my humble opinion, can actually pull off wearing a bowtie.So when I heard there was Kickstarter going on to fund a documentary about his life, how could I not take part?

Personally, I chose to donate at the level that would get my name in the credits and a bowtie for your dog… or in my case, cat1. I also get a Bill Nye Frisbee because science.

Perhaps you would also like your name in the credits? Or to get a bowtie for your dog, cat, rabbit,lizard, or other similar sized animal? Or one of the many other cool rewards one gets for kickstarting this awesome film? Well, you only have 29 hours to go (as of the time at which I’m writing this posting!) to do so! Just go to Kickstarter and give them all your money! Or, like $50. Whatevs2.

You can also follow along with them at:

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Footnotes:

  1. Watson & Crick will have to share the bowtie. []
  2. It’s the most funded documentary in the history of Kickstarter, but I’m sure they could use a few more bucks, asmaking movies isn’t cheap! []

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Podcasts I’m Listening To These Days

Library PodcastI’m a big fan of listening to podcasts when I drive and since my boyfriend lives about a half an hour drive away, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Here are some of my favs:

  • Caustic Soda – As they describe it, this is “a weekly podcast about the science, history, and pop culture of the weird, gross and disturbing hosted by Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson, and Joe Fulgham. It’s hard science by soft people! If you like weird, gross, disturbing things, this is a must listen to show. The hosts are hilarious and know a tonne, so it’s a great combo of learning interesting things and being entertained. I recently finished listening to all of the current season so far and have now downloaded all the previous seasons and started listening to Season 1 and I think this might be the first podcast I’ve listened to that was great right from episode 1!
  • Savage Lovecast – Dan Savage’s relationship and sex advice podcast. Though I don’t agree with Dan on some things, overall I think his advice is pretty wise and one thing that I really like is that when someone asks for advice on a topic that is outside of his expertise (e.g., a medical question), he brings in a guest expert on that topic.
  • Dazed and Convicted: Craigslost – This is my friend Monica’s dark comedy podcast. D&C is an evolution from Monica’s previous podcast, the S&M Rants, which you may recall from the amazing guest judge they had on episode back in 2011. This iteration of the podcast features Monica reading the crazy stuff she finds on the Internet, primarily, but not exclusively, from Craig’s List. It’s hilarious and every time I see a new episode in my podfeed, I get unnaturally excited.
  • The Skeptics Guide to the Universe – A weekly podcast produced by the New England Skeptics Society. I quite like the blog NeuroLogica, which is written by one of the hosts of the SCU1, though SCU focuses on science more broadly than NL, which is focused more on medical sciences. SGU is the place where I learn more about things like physics, which I don’t really tend to read as much about as I do the biosciences.
  • Planet Money – Their tagline says it all: “The Economy Explained”. A great way to be entertained and educated (which apparently is a theme for me!)
  • Reasonable Doubts – This podcast hasn’t had an episode in a really long time, but I’m hoping they will start up again because I love their show!

Anybody have any great podcasts that they listen to that they want to recommend?

  1. And which I’m just now realizing that I forgot to put on my blog posting about the blogs I’ve been reading lately! []

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Blogs I’m Reading These Days

So I know I recently said that blogs are dead, but that may have been a slight exaggeration. There actually are people who still blog on a somewhat regular basis and I thought I’d share some of those blogs with you. Just don’t stop reading my blog when you start reading these ones, k?

In alphabetical order, so as not to give any of these blogs a complex:

  • The Bloggess – Her stuff is hilarious. She’s actually written two books now, which I’ve been totally meaning to get.
  • Consumed by Wanderlust. Written by my friend Dr. Dan. Not super frequent these days (apparently being a super productive Assistant Professor with eleventy billion students to supervise, one million grants to work on and one gazillion papers in various stages of writing and publication, among various other endevours takes up his time or something). But always worth reading when he posts!
  • Delicious Juice Dot Com – Hilariously written, this blog is by a local Vancouver woman who write about her random ideas and experiences. It’s generally NSFW – in fact, my work network blocks it, saying it’s “pornography”. It’s totally not pornography, but I’m sure Kimli would be delighted to hear it described as such.
  • Dividend and Conquer – A relative newcomer to the blogging scene, my friend Michelle writes this blog about finances (including creative ways to be frugal as well as her investment experiences), plus answering legal questions (as she is a lawyer). I’m looking forward to watching this blog continue to blossom!
  • Inspiration Rick – Written by my friend, Rick. This blog is a must-read if you like hiking – he blogs all the gorgeous hikes he does in the Rocky Mountains!
  • Patrick Johnstone.ca – You may recall Pat as being my friend who ran for, and won a seat on, New West City Council. Pat blogs about goings on around the city, information and opinions about political issues, and, what I like the most, he writes a blog posting about every city council meeting in plain English! So I don’t have to read a giant council report (which, quite frankly, I’m not going to read) to know what issues my city council is dealing with.
  • VWXYNot? – You may recall my friend Cath from our Paint Nite that confirmed our respective decisions to become scientists instead of artists as being wise decisions. She occasionally still writes on her blog and when she does, I read it. Because she’s hilarious1
  • Wait But Why – His tagline of “new post every sometimes” is pretty apt, as there’s no pattern to when he posts. But absolutely, hands down worth waiting for because his posts are always interesting, well thought out, and extremely well researched. They are very, very long, so when I see one in my RSS feed, I don’t read it right away, but save it until I have a good half an hour to an hour of uninterrupted time where I can curl up with a cup of tea and become absorbed in it. I have learned a tonne from this blog and am always entertained too.

I have a tonne more blogs from which I haven’t seen posts in ages set up in my RSS feed, but I keep them there in the everlasting hope that they will one day be resurrected!

So there you have folks. Blogs are dead, long live blogs!

  1. She’s much more active on Twitter and is totally worth following if you like science, cats, politics, and/or tea. []

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Tweet tweet tweet

Every so often, I like to post some of my favourite tweets, because Twitter is a huge pain in the butt when it comes to finding old tweets (you have to just keep scrolling and scrolling!) and I have a terrible memory, so I need my blog to have all the things on it. Anyhoo, now seems like as good a time as any for it to be an every-so-often.

I could really relate to this one1:

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And I could really relate to this one too:

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I, too, teach a post-secondary stats class and am surprised by how many students ask for extensions on assignments because a grandparent has passed away.

This next tweet, from the Vancouver Canucks Twitter account, was a hilarious auto-correct of Radim Vrbata’s last name:

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Poor Connor McDavid:

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These are particularly funny if you are a Game of Thrones fan2:

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And speaking of Game of Thrones, Cath tweeted the following:

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Which set off a conversation about other fonts that could be renamed after GoT characters:

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Shit Academics Say is a particularly funny Twitter account if you happen to be an academic:

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And this one totally made me laugh:

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I can’t remember what specific situation this was in response to, but there have been a lot of people saying something offensive and then being surprised/angry/playing a victim when the world calls them out on being a d-bag:

twitter favs 05Canadians love jokes about Canada:

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And the next two tweets really spoke to me as a cat owner and an arachnophobe, respectively:twitter favs 02More lols:

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I also want to share a few of my favourite tweets of my own, because scrolling through my Twitter feed to find the good stuff among the “I’m going to hockey/for a run/for a massage” tweets and my “new blog posting!” tweets and the random badges that my beer tracking app auto-tweets is for suckers.

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For the record, that tweet is still the *only* tweet that has used the hashtag #TeamGanttChart.

I was really pleased with myself when I thought up this line and very excited to have a chance to tweet it (For the record, Beer Friday is an event that happens in the building that is directly outside of my building):

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twitter favs 04Naturally, there has to be a few tweets with photos of my kitties because adorable:

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That above tweet was the result of something that played out even more funny in person. A former coworker who now works at a nearby building and I met up for lunch at the Japadog truck. We both got diet Cokes with our lunch and when I looked at mine I saw that it said “share a Coke with your best friend”. So I said, “Aww, look and showed it to him”. So he looks at the one in his hand, which is turned the opposite way, and then he turns it around to reveal the “Share a Coke with your co-worker”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an unintentional prop joke with such perfect comedic timing before!

Both of these things are 100% true:

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I also have a number of my fav own tweets that result from my office job:

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This one is only funny if you are a fan of Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings (or at least know their memes) and if you happen to work on the project I’m working on (For context, “Cerner” is the IT platform we are working on and SNOMED-CT is a standard nomenclature of clinical terms that we are using. Clear as mud, right?):

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my tweets 02And finally, an inspirational (?) quotation:

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  1. Probably because we were born in the same year! I totally thought I was a lot older than Paul, but I just double checked Facebook and I’m not even half a year older! []
  2. For the uninitiated, the Starks a big important family in GoT, but the head of the family has a bastard son who always gets treated as second-rate. And in the North, where they are from, all bastards are given the last name Snow. Which, of course, is my last name! []

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Destruco-Kitty Strikes Again

For the most part, my kitties are fairly non-destructive. About 99% of the time, they reserve their scratching for their scratching post and their chewing on things to their cats toys and the cardboard boxes that I put out for them to play with. They don’t chew on cords that are plugged into things and Watson’s has lost interest in his habit of pulling the decorative knobs out of my bed frame (and even that didn’t cause permanent damage, as I could just plug them back in again). The only things they’ve destroyed so far are Daniel’s iPhone cord and the cord of my headphones and, since then, I’ve been good about not leaving cords lying on counters to tempt them.

But the other day I discovered that apparently the lid of my running water bottle was delicious, because I found this when I woke up on the morning:

Water bottle lid,

I’ve left my running water bottle on my kitchen counter countless times – as well as my hockey water bottle which has a very similar lid – so I’m not sure why, on this night, a kitty who shall remain nameless1 decided to chew it.

To add insult to injury, I had only recently bought this water bottle because the one I’d been using before, which had been Daniel’s but he’d given to me as I’d gotten him a new one as part of his Christmas present, had broken when it fell out of my water bottle belt, into which it apparently did not fit snugly enough. And I’d only gotten that one from Daniel because my previous one, which I’d had for the better part of a decade (!) had its lid destroyed when it fell off the shelf in the dishwasher and got chopped up by the spin-y part of the dishwasher2:

Water bottle lid

So now I have yet another new running water bottle – this one is actually a bit taller than the one I had3, but fits nicely in my water bottle belt. It has a clear plastic lid rather than a black one, but I still plan to be very careful not to leave it sitting on counter!

  1. Because I don’t know which kitty it was. []
  2. I have no idea what that thing is called. []
  3. Given how hot it’s been this summer and the fact that I’m now getting up to longer distances in my half marathon training, more water is needed! []

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Open all the tabs

My process (over several days, if not weeks):

  • see interesting article linked to in a tweet. Open tab in my browser to read later when I have time
  • open tab in my browser to check the weather
  • open tab in my browser to Google something. Results taking too long, get distracted by something else.
  • open tab in my browser to edit a Google spreadsheet. x5 spreadsheets
  • open tab in my browser to check the weather
  • open tab in my browser to check how long it will take me to get somewhere on Google Maps. Go to that place.
  • click a link in an email that opens tab in my browser for an article that someone is suggesting I read. Too long – I’ll read it later.
  • open tab in my browser to look something up on Wikipedia
  • open tab in my browser to read the news
  • open tab in my browser to check how long it will take me to get somewhere on Google Maps. Go to that place.
  • open tab in my browser to check the weather
  • see interesting article linked to in a tweet. Open tab in my browser to read later when I have time
  • open tab in my browser to write a blog posting. Then open several more tabs to grab a Flickr photo to put into my blog posting, to grab the link to an old blog posting to link my current blog posting too and to look something up to make sure I have a fact correct before I post my blog posting. Click the “preview” button, which opens up a preview of the blog posting in a new tab
  • never close any of the tabs
  • computer crashes and loses all the tabs. Don’t remember what any of the things that I was saving in the various tabs to read later were.
  • repeat.
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A screenshot of the top of browser.

See also: my “Read it Later”1 and Instapaper graveyards and my “to check out” folders in my various email accounts.

  1. Apparently “Read it Later” changed its name to “Pocket“. That fact that I didn’t know that really exemplifies how much of a graveyard that is for me! []