Wild and Domesticated Animals

First off, the domesticated animals. Our cats. These two are total barf machines. They’ve always been barfers, these two. Trouble gets crazy big hairballs, while Commie is merely a food glutton. Besides which, they’re both elderly cats. And of course, all dry cat food seems to come in either brown, or orange, or a mix of brown and orange. Which is never good for apartment-dwellers, since all apartments seem to have the same standard ecru carpeting. We’ve tried scrubbing by hand, and various spray bottles of pet-specific cleaner, but the. . . Read More!

Dave & Buster’s Orlando: Now Open

I’ve seen ads on TV for Dave & Buster’s since moving down here, but for the last 4 years there hasn’t been one nearby. I think the nearest one was Miami. Anyhoo, it looked like a fascinating idea — a restaurant full of standard American fare, attached to a video game arcade. It made me think of GameWorks, but maybe a little less indie-hipster-gastropub. (I don’t know if all GameWorks locations were like that, but the Seattle one was definitely trying for the fancier side in their restaurant.) Finally, last. . . Read More!

A Spectacle of Spectacles

So as you already know, I’m one of those four-eyed types. And I loves me some variety in my glasses. But at work we have this thing called “The Disney Look”, which is a set of guidelines to make sure that everyone falls into the general realm of presentability, and nobody goes too crazy. You won’t find any orange mohawks in the look book, that’s for sure. Since moving from the role of quirky game show host to actual front-line person working under her own name, I’ve been wearing my. . . Read More!

Goodbye, Cimzia!

The test results are in! Small Bowel X-Ray: NORMAL DEXA Bone Density Scan: NORMAL This means that I have no active disease in my small intestines. Likewise, there’s no visible damage from any previous Crohn’s flares. My small bowel is in good shape. Also, I have no permanent bone damage from any of the medications I’ve taken. Hooray! I also have the blessing of my new doctor to stop taking Cimzia, as long as I keep taking the other immunosuppressant, azathioprine. Which I’m totally cool with. It’s not going totally. . . Read More!

Summer TV 2011

Ah, summer — a time when TV used to suck eggs, because all of the shows were on hiatus. Thank goodness that’s no longer the case, since the TV bigwigs realized that people like to watch their tellies year-round! Of the many shows being offered this summer, here’s what we’re checking out: So You Think You Can Dance (FOX): We can tackle each 2-hour performance show in around 20 minutes, by only watching the dancing and fast-forwarding through everything the judges say. I do the same thing with American Idol.. . . Read More!

Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m still working on perfecting a recipe. It’s getting better all the time! Chewiness is hard to achieve with gluten-free baking, but these cookies came pretty close. These aren’t low-carb cookies per se, but they’re lower carb than normal cookies. I’d say roughly half the carbs of a standard wheat-flour-and-white-sugar cookie. 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup Splenda 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp coconut flour* 1/4 cup almond flour 1/4. . . Read More!

Tonsils, X-Rays, Bone Scans!

It’s been a very medical week here at the House of Meyer. Scott had his tonsils out last Friday. He was the oldest patient that day (although not their oldest overall — apparently they once had a 62-year-old get his tonsils out). The doctor said it was quick and easy, with very little blood loss. He’s following what appears to be a standard adult healing schedule. Days 1 and 2 were painful, but then day 3 was way worse. Days 4, 5, and 6, a lot of pain — especially. . . Read More!