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One too many cats

I was up a little earlier than usual this morning, which apparently surprised one of the cats in our house.  The thing is, we only have one cat.  Any more than that is too many.  This one — either a stray or just one of the neighbor’s cats, I don’t know; either way, it’s apparently our cat’s buddy — was just coming out of my bathroom where we keep the cat food, and I was just coming out of my bedroom.  It saw me and casually strolled back into the bathroom.  It probably then thought better of that move, fearing I was headed toward the bathroom myself — you know, to get some of that tasty cat food for myself — so it came back out and took off running past me toward the back pet door.  The only problem is that dogs and cats just can’t get any traction on our hardwood floors, so it was slipping and flopping as it tried to run as fast as it could.

It made it past me and out the pet door without a problem, probably because I just stood there, half asleep and half amused at what I was seeing.  I couldn’t see much this whole time because the house was almost completely dark except for the light from the master bathroom nightlight behind me and the nightlight in the “cat food” bathroom ahead of me.  So, I wasn’t entirely sure that wasn’t just our cat, Sunny.  It was only after I went into the kitchen to make coffee and turned on the overhead light that I saw Sunny sitting there alternately looking at me, then the pet door, as if to say, “Did you see that?!  There was another cat in the house!”

As if she didn’t already know that!  :)  I’m just chalking it up to life’s way of preparing me for when my little girl starts bringing home unwanted boyfriends who will probably also want to eat my food.

List of Common Meds Which Destroy Your Brain

List of Culprit Drugs:

  • Excedrin PM
  • Tylenol PM
  • Nytol
  • Sominex
  • Unisom
  • Benadryl
  • Dramamine
  • Paxil
  • Detrol
  • Demerol
  • Elavil

via List of Common Pharmaceutical Meds Which Destroy Your Brain : Natural Society.

Mighty Broccoli Sprouts Rapidly Detox Pollutants

The drink used in the China study was made with broccoli sprouts developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.  They are sold under the brand name BroccoSprouts. They are widely available in supermarkets or you can sprout your own from seeds.

Broccoli sprouts can be eaten raw.  They are great on sandwiches, in wraps or as a salad topping.  You can also add some to smoothies.

And try serving them with broccoli.  Studies show combining the two makes the anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful.

Mighty Broccoli Sprouts Rapidly Detox Pollutants

Broccoli sprouts, anyone?!

We’re Better Than We Think We Are

… it’s worth noting that the Bible’s 82nd Psalm says something that many people find shockingly un-Biblical:  You are gods.

Or, at least “god-like,” depending on translation, via We’re Better Than We Think We Are | Casey Research

Anyway, I’ve always agreed with the article title.  :)

Forrest Gump quote

Just because it made me laugh out loud …

Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re gonna be?

Forrest: Who I’m gonna be?

Jenny: Yeah.

Forrest: Aren’t I going to be me?

via Forrest Gump.

Just ‘cuz you cut its head off …

… don’t assume it’s harmless.

Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand – 20 minutes after he had cut its head off.


Nutty Grain and Oat Bars

Nutty Grain and Oat Bars

I need to try this.  Too bad I hate cooking so much.  I eat way too many snacks at work, but at least these are healthy.  The snack machine and I have had a falling out (it no longer recognizes my “shopper’s card”), so now’s a good time to try this.

Farmers use social media to stop food waste

Farmers use social media to stop food waste.

So far, CropMobster has managed to distribute nearly half a million kilograms of food, which has brought in close to a million dollars in revenue for small producers.

Parents code of ethics

Signing my daughter up for softball, I just had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics:

• I will encourage good sportsmanship
• I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.
• I will remember that the game is for the youth – not adults.

I guess they got sick of parents yelling and screaming and getting into fights!

Much faster

My site has been dog slow for quite a while now.  I’ve tried everything under the sun to speed it up.  Finally, in desperation, I copied FriendsNews (plural) over to FriendNews (singular) dot com from my BlueHost provider to my FatCow provider.

Wow, what a difference!  The manually-timed (counting one thousand one, one thousand two, etc.) load time for FriendsNews (plural) was 20 seconds.  Pathetic.  The load time for FriendNews (singular) was 4 seconds.  You read that right, four (4) seconds!  Quite an improvement!  Even faster on my work computer.

Both sites are WordPress installations.  In the “old” site’s defense, I did leave out a few, possibly key, plugins for this new install; namely, Jetpack by WordPress, Fast Secure Contact Form, WP Socializer and Yop Poll Plugin.

Still testing, but at least I’ve narrowed it (the sluggishness) down to either my webhost/provider or one or more of the above plugins.