Holiday Travel

We've been in Minneapolis this weekend for Christmas and but for the minor 6-plus hour delay on the way in, we've had a wonderful time. Songs were sung, babies were bounced, toddlers entertained, and much food and drink consumed. Only one uncle meowed like a cat on the floor during caroling!

Peeks head out of sand

I may need to treat posting here more like social media, since I just don't post on Facebook much. I do occasionally do a thing on Instagram but now and again I prefer to have some words.

I don't have many words today, other than despite the grossness of the weather, I managed to get to and from a yoga class in TriBeCa without too much hassle. I assume the snow will be gone by the end of the day.

View from the living room before yoga this morning.

View from the living room before yoga this morning.

Cleaning domination of cat barf

For the time being, I'm ignoring that I've not posted in nearly a year. A lot has happened and maybe someday I'll have my shit enough together that I can concurrently write my nonsense and work. 

It's always a pleasure at 6:15am, awaking to the sounds of "HUURURRRRCK!! CCHCH! AACH!" emanating from beneath the bed, accompanied by the stench of barf that can only come from an exclusively wet-stinky-food diet. I have asserted my superiority over The Barf by discovering the secret to removing the stain and smell from (at least our) light rug. 

  1. Remove extra barf with paper towel. Be brave, and hold your breath.
  2. Dump on Bio-Kleen Bac-out. Be liberal, dump away. Think of the stink. Think of the children.
  3. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbps oxygen bleach in about 3 cups of HOT water.
  4. Bust out your favorite microfiber cloth (maybe a sponge or other rag would work, but why don't you have microfiber?) and dip in the oxygen bleach and water mixture.
  5. Approach the barf. Don't let it see you coming, for you will lose the element of surprise.
  6. Dip, wipe, dip, wipe. Make sure it gets a little damp, or the oxygen bleach can't do magic for you.
  7. Watch barf disappear in short order. Commence victory dance.

This technique also works on days-old barf stains. Because sometimes other techniques don't work as well. Or you got distracted mid-cleanup by shiny things and the internet. Use this method and love your cat (and rug) more.

Our oft-abused bedroom rug

Our oft-abused bedroom rug

Homemade Lavender Sunblock

I hate the smell of store-bought sunscreen. Once it gets on your towel and swim suit and clothes, there is no amount of washing that will get rid of that smell. Plus, I hear tell that the chemical filters in most sunscreens aren't so terribly good for you. Therefore, in an effort to be less chemical-y and nicer to the environment and my nose, I decided to make a homemade physical barrier version with zinc oxide. 

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