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A New Way To Shop

3 Apr

Even before the pandemic my preferred way to shop was online, though there were always some items that had to be bought in person. I found it irritating that not every single item I wanted to buy couldn’t easily be purchased online, and now here we are, buying most things online and it is some sort of treat to be able to go to a shop. Weird huh?

Cat food is one of those items I have to buy in a shop because Striker, my Cat Overlord, is incredibly food picky and will only eat one flavour, of one brand, that can only be bought at one specific store. Well, chain of stores technically.

At work yesterday I used part of my break to run across the street to Bosley’s so I could buy Striker his food since stores close early now and I can’t always get to them before closing if I go after work.


Pre-pandemic pic. Before the front doors were covered with warning signs.

When I got there I read the sign on the door saying customers are not allowed in the aisles and that staff will assist them. Then I got inside and learned all the new rules of shopping in this era of social distancing.

I had to wait just inside the door while a staff member hollered out hello to me from the counter, as he put on gloves he asked me what I wanted. I described the cat food I needed and he went and hunted it down. While I waited I glanced around, all the aisles had caution tape strung in front of them as a visual reminder that customers are not allowed in the aisles. In fact, they were only allowing one customer at the till, and one by the door, anybody else would have to wait outside. They had two staff working so that big ‘ol store is allowing a max of 4 people in it at a time. Impressive.

When he found the cat food he said I could come near the till so I followed the tape markings on the floor and moved farther in to the shop. I told him the two other items I needed, I was picking up items for two people at work cause I’m a friendly sort, he went and grabbed those, I paid by tapping my payment card since they don’t accept cash, and was done.

The only things in there that I touched were the items I bought, talk about a stress free way to shop!  I think it saved me money because I like to wander the pet store and usually come away with a treat of some type for Striker but for my friend, who I bought litter for, it cost her a bit more than normal. See, she needed cat litter, she said to buy a small bag of whatever the cheapest brand was. That is exactly what I told the gentleman working. The bag he picked was rather large and when I asked him about it he said it was only fifty cents more than the size down and was such a better deal. I can’t exactly argue with his choice since I can’t see the options so I went with it.

I don’t mind this new way of shopping, I knew what I wanted, it was easy and relatively fast, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such dedicated service in a shop, but it feels odd to not be able to see all the options and choose for myself. We are so often inundated with too many options, now that I can’t see any of them I wonder what is hiding over on those shelves, in that aisle, that I am forbidden to enter…the curiosity is real!

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Cat vs Human

9 Jun

A month or so ago the awesome cat I live with was puking every single day. Being a cat he didn’t choose to puke on the linoleum floor, nooooo, he chose to puke on the carpet putting my chances of getting my damage deposit back when we move in jeopardy. Oh, and on my bed, nothing like coming home at 10pm after work to find yourself having to do a load of laundry because your bedding has the contents of the cat’s stomach on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I felt bad for the cat, it sucks he was feeling so sickly he was throwing up daily but c’mon, the carpet? Whyyyyyy??

Neither of us like his current vet, she is mean and a pill pusher, and we haven’t found a new vet yet so I did what any sane person would do, I googled reasons my cat was puking daily.

The main result I found led back to his food. Apparently a cat can develop an allergy to their food and the lower quality the food the higher the chance they will develop an allergy or sensitivity. The recommendations for this problem is to swap the cat to a higher quality food but cats being cats you can’t just put some new food in front of them and expect them to eat it. Heaven forbid!

Cats tend to be picky about their food and this little guy is a champ at hunger strikes. If he is very unhappy, like the one time I boarded him while I was away, or he is travelling, or I try him with a new food, he just doesn’t eat. And I don’t mean he nibbles a bit but doesn’t take in enough to count as a meal, I mean he doesn’t eat. Anything. For days. Sometimes even weeks. It is ridiculous. He really is the example all the articles talk about of a cat who will starve himself to death rather than eat a new food he doesn’t like. How he knows he won’t like it if he doesn’t try it I don’t know but my pointing that out to him did not result in him being willing to try a bite, it just resulted in a sad kitty face and a meow. sigh.

More research taught me that I have to slooooowly switch his food over to a new kind. This involves putting a ratio of food in to the bowl that is 4 parts his preferred food and 1 part the new food. Over the span of a week gradually change the portions so eventually he is eating all new food and the original food is a thing of the past. The article said it should take a week but for some particularly picky cats it could take up to a month. I knew before even starting this wasn’t going to be easy and he’d take the month rather than the week. At this point I think it may take us all summer!

I did what the article suggested, a tiny amount of the new food mixed in with the old and it seemed ok. The cat ate, he didn’t look offended or shocked and he didn’t swear at me or try to kill me in my sleep: Point human!

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Look at those claws! Deadly weapons!

Over the next couple days I slowly added more of the new food and slowly decreased the old food.

The cat caught on.


This resulted in his being picky about which pieces of food he put in his mouth. At the end of a day the only food left in his bowl was the new kibble, the old kibble was eaten. Sooooo I’d say that means: Point cat!

I didn’t back down though! I stayed at the same ratio and kept giving him a mixture, hoping he’d cave and eventually start eating the new stuff. At this point I am fairly certain he eats some of the new stuff but at the end of every day the only food left in the bowl is the new kibble and he won’t touch his food once it is only the new kibble in the bowl. sigh.

So now we are fully in the battle. I won’t back down and give him only the food he wants. He won’t back down and eat the new stuff in large enough quantities that he won’t starve to death.


The only upside is he has stopped being sick. I guess he is eating enough of the new stuff, or maybe it is just that he is eating less of the old stuff, that his stomach is happy again. I think that is Point human and Point cat because it is a good thing for both of us.

In case you are wondering what foods I am talking about. Purina One smartblend for indoor cats is the food the cat has always eaten. After researching I learned it is basically the McDonald’s of cat food, who knew? The Hill’s Science Diet is theoretically better for the cat…assuming I can get him to eat it that is! Won’t do me much good if he keeps snubbing it, sigh.

I feel like I ate cat food…

13 Jul

Alrighty, I thought I would give tuna a try. I haven’t eaten tuna for more years then I can recall…scary that! I used to like tuna sandwiches but somewhere along the way the texture and taste become disgusting to me so they got scrapped from my food options. It seems though that everywhere I turn lately I am hearing about the health benefits of tuna; it’s got a decent amount of protein, is low in calories and fat…how can I change my food habits if I don’t try to incorporate new things into my food choices?

The tuna I ate tonight was Flaked Light Skipjack Tuna; the flavour was Tomato and Basil. Yes, that’s right, tuna isn’t just tuna anymore…it comes in flavours! I thought picking a flavour would make it easier for me. lol. The entire can of tuna is only 1 point! When I read that I really hoped I was gonna like it. 🙂 I drained it, mixed it with 1/2 tbls Light Miracle Whip, put it on bread with some pickles and mustard and there we go, tuna sandwich. I tasted a little bit out of the bowl and was not impressed but decided that after topping it with the pickles and mustard it’d probably taste better. I was wrong. The texture was disturbing, manageable but disturbing but oh dear god the flavour!! Who in the world came up with this?!? Ugh. Gack. Ick.

I ate the sandwich, I mean what was I gonna do waste it? But never again! I kept smacking my mouth after I was done the sandwich because the flavour just wouldn’t go away and the smell, well, I swear to you I fed my cats something that smelled just like that! Oh wait a minute…I used to feed my cats tuna…so yeah, it did smell like that because it was that! (minus the tomato and basil of course). It’s a little sad I didn’t like the tuna, it would have been great to use as a topping for my salads and to have in the occaisional sandwich but it’s just not gonna happen.

the only creature that should eat tuna!

Moving on from the tuna, yesterday I did not post because absolutely nothing of interest happened. Quite the boring day sunday was. Here is what I ate:

1 hard boiled egg = 2 points

1 spinach salad = 4 points

1/2  cup + 1/8 cup Sidekicks Tomato Alfredo = 6 points

5 baby potatoes = 1 point

1 package Jolly Time popcorn = 1 point

1 cup pineapple = 1 point

1 peanut butter and jam sandwich

    – 2 piece bread = 2 points

    – 1 tblsp  peanut butter = 2 points

    – 1 tblsp jam = 1 point

1 Thinsations package Peanut Butter = 2 points

1 cup grapes = 1 point

I used all 23 of my daily points. 🙂 One thing I did that surprised me was in the evening when I was finding something to eat for that last point, I automatically went for one of my weight watchers 1 point candies but I remembered the fruit so I had the grapes instead. I actually chose fruit over chocolate! Weird…but good!

So, for today, today was a crap day. I didn’t feel well and I got bad news right at the beginning of the day. All I wanted to do was come home and crawl back in to bed but since that wasn’t an option I stayed at work, ugh. I can’t think of the last time I was so grateful for the work day to be over. Only because I have such good work friends did I take a lunch break at all. I haven’t used all my points for the day and I know I am not going to. I know, I know, big rule of Weight Watchers…Always Eat All Your Points! Well tough, it’s just not happening today, I can’t do it. 😛

Here is what I did eat tho:

3/4 cup Almond Special K = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 banana = 2 points

1 Asian Supreme salad = 4 points

    – sesame orange dressing, sweet dried cherries, won ton strips, whole pea pods, carrots, iceberg and romaine

    – I added to the salad some mixed veggies

1 cup blueberries = 1 point

     – I didn’t eat quite the entire cup but I ate enough that I am going to count the point lol

1 cat food…er, I mean tuna sandwich

    – bread = 2 points

    – 1 can tuna = 1 point

    – 1/2 tbls Light Miracle Whip = 0 points

    – 7 sweet pickles = 1 points

    – mustard = 0 points

1 cheese slice = 1 point

1 cup grapes = 1 point

2 cups kettle corn = 3 points

This puts me at 19 points for the day and that is where I am staying; starvation mode be damned.

The salad is another one of the Fresh Express salads…I am not exactly sure what makes it Asian, the dressing maybe, the pea pods? I know! The won ton chips! lol. Some stupid white person probably came up with the salad ingredients and said “let’s call it Asian, other white people will feel like they have eaten something ethnic when they buy it!” lol (I am not racist against white people I am white, I just think it’s funny this salad is called Asian Supreme when it’s not an Asian salad – at least according to my Asian friends, shrug) The best part about it was the won ton strips, they were gooood! Actually, so were the cherries, I was surprised, I am not fond of dried fruit but they were pretty good. 🙂

I drank a lot of water today; that is becoming easier and easier. Despite the not eating all my points I think I did well with getting my food groups in. I had protein, veggies, fruit, grains, dairy…um, what else is there? I think I will have to research the food groups for next time! 🙂

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