I have a serious dishrag problem going on over here. Let me give you the background. While I was in Boston, Mike did a grand cleaning the night before my return. He usually does this, and it is appreciated. The tricky part was that he couldn’t find my normal dishrag to wash the dishes and ended up breaking out a new one that I hadn’t used before. It is red, and since I’ve been back and started using this new dishrag I’ve discovered that it is bleeding red color over everything. Whether I wipe down the counters or hand wash dishes in the sink, this dishrag turns everything red. I’m not entirely sure what to do about this. I definitely can’t wash the dishrag until I’m confident that it won’t bleed red on everything else that it’s washed with. But it doesn’t seem to be slowing down on bleeding red. Even the tag on the dishrag has been dyed a bright red. I’m starting to wonder if I’m going to be left with a white dishrag by the time this is all said and done. So far the dishrag doesn’t appear to have changed in color but everything around it definitely has. Or maybe it’s a magic dishrag and will proceed to bleed all over everything for years without ever noticeably changing color itself.
As usual, I spent quite a bit of Sunday afternoon cooking. I chopped all my veggies on Saturday, though, and it was amazing how much faster that made the cooking go on Sunday! Maybe something to do on future Saturdays (as long as I can motivate myself to do that work on Saturday).
Mike ended up going into work on Sunday afternoon. Quite frankly there is plenty of work that I could be doing at work too, but there was so much to do around the house (i.e. laundry, cooking, tidying, doing a thorough cleaning of Piper’s litter box, washing dishes, etc), that I felt like I might as well spend the weekend doing work around the house and spend the week doing Sonos work. I did use the opportunity to listen to a couple of podcasts and some Smashing Pumpkins. Unfortunately Mike was over Smashing Pumpkins by the end of the 90’s so he doesn’t really appreciate me playing their albums on repeat. I also play Linkin Park on repeat, but Mike doesn’t mind quite as much with them because at least he didn’t listen to them much in high school/college, so while he doesn’t care for most of their music at least he isn’t actively tired of it. 🙂 When I leave Mike to his own devices to listen to music he typically has been listening to classical music. He is so much more cultured than me. I would love to be able to say I liked classical music and mean it, but the truth is that most of it sounds the same to me. Which doesn’t mean that it sounds bad. It just feels like listening to the same song forever. At some point in my life I really need to devote some time to learning to appreciate classical music.
Marathon training is continuing to truck along. Today was my third Sunday in a row running a long run of 18 miles. Next week I ramp to 20, and then I get a 13 the following week. That 13 sounds so good right now. I’m actually at the point with 18 miles where I feel like I’m running massive distances all around the city but usually still seem to be half a mile short and need to tack on a bit extra at the end. Mike’s lifting at the gym has been going really well too. He has actually started using chalk to be able to keep his grip on the bar for lifting the really heavy weights he’s doing. He is lifting weights that seem unimaginable to me, but strangely he says that he enjoys it.
Mike and I almost went to Home Depot today, but instead we went to a couple hardware stores instead. I’m sure our absence was noted by the Home Depot employees, so hopefully we won’t get a cold greeting the next time we go there. We also went to the pet store and got Piper some more cans of cat food. We have started feeding her cat food that isn’t just the vet-prescribed kidney-specific food. She was so bored of that food that she was starting to just boycott eating. (As a note, I know dogs don’t typically do this, but this is very typical for cats. At least for our cat. If she’s not interested in the food, she would rather eat nothing than it. Sometimes I worry that she has no survival instinct at all. Our plan is to feed her some non-vet-prescribed food and some vet food. That will make sure that she eats something, but still gets good nutrients as well. The first time I gave her the non-vet food, she went insane and ate the entire can (it was a small can, but still!), and then a few hours later she wanted another can. It makes me feel terrible… like I’ve been starving her or something when I’ve actually been paying top dollar for vet-prescribed food for her. #firstworldproblems
Mike and I felt like watching something different on Friday night, so we started watching the old Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo. I’m a fan of a lot of those old Hitchcock movies, but Mike hasn’t seen many of them so it’s fun to re-watch them while he sees them for the first time. We only watched the first half of Vertigo on Friday, so we’ll likely watch the second half tonight.
Pearl Jam announced a few special shows they’ll be doing in Seattle in 2018 to combat homeless-ness, and Mike and I are thinking we will go! The concerts are just a few days away from our dating anniversary (which will be 13 years this year, by the way. Does time ever fly or what??). I still can’t believe that I haven’t run into any of the Pearl Jam members in or around Seattle. They all live here, and when I first moved to Seattle I assumed it would be only a matter of time until I ran into one of them. Oh, hey, look! Stone Gossard is in line at the grocery store in front of me buying organic kale and tic tacs! I mean, Seattle isn’t that big, right? But now, eight-ish years later I’m thinking I’m just not going to run into them. We just must not run in the same circles. Eddie Vedder must not spend much time at yoga studios or at Home Depot.
On a happier note, my parents sent me grapefruit knives and spoons after reading one of my blog posts complaining about how messy it was to eat grapefruit, and those are working out really well. I still wouldn’t exactly say that it turns grapefruit into a non-messy fruit, but it certainly helps and lowers the messiness level. Likely a good investment for anyone who enjoys citrus, but doesn’t enjoy the mess. On other food-related notes, I’ve been drinking giant smoothies for breakfast more often lately. I always felt like smoothies weren’t filling, but now that I’m adding protein powder, flax seed, and chia seed, they are incredibly filling. Especially ones as big as the ones that I make. The only downside to that is that I’m running the (very) loud blender at 6am. And when I say ‘loud’, I mean LOUD! Mike helped pick out the blender and it has a motor the size of a lawn mower (and quite frankly is waranteed significantly longer than the typical mower). I try to close the bedroom door first so I don’t wake Mike, but honestly it’s so loud he can still hear it. Fortunately it doesn’t seem to disturb his sleep too much, because he hasn’t actually gotten out of bed as a result of me running the blender. I asked him this morning whether or not he had been hearing the blender in the morning.
“About half of the time,” he said.
Well, given that I’ve only been making smoothies about half of the mornings, it looks like unfortunately he is hearing it every single time. 🙂 I had hoped he would be able to sleep through it at least once! What I should do is make the smoothies the night before, but I am too busy doing things to clean up from that day to worry about things for the next day. Thinking about chores and to-do items that affect days farther out than today is a little more than my brain is willing to take on.
Here we are though… ready to start another week! How is it already mid-February! Soon it will be time to do taxes. That sure came fast. Every year Mike and I do our taxes and it feels like it will be an eternity until the next time we have to do them, but it always comes up again so fast! Happy almost-tax season everyone! May you all get awesome refunds! 😉