Friday Free-For-All – 07/10/15

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The Drew family is increasing by one! Woah, woah, woah, let me stop you right there–No, this isn’t a pregnancy announcement. We got a kitten! Our first-born, Creemee, has always lived with other cats. When we moved out on our own, it was obvious that Creemee was lonely and bored. She was whiny and clingy during the day, and a rampaging freak at night. So we decided she needed a new furry friend to keep her company. This little guy came with the name Ricky, but I’m not totally sold on it. We’ll have to see what he’s like first.

Baby Kitty

I purchased a sleeping mask, and it has changed my life. I’m pretty sure I mentioned recently that we have giant, east-facing windows in our apartment bedroom. The windows are so over-sized that we haven’t been able to get curtains that fit. This means that come 4:45 am, our room is bright as day, and sleep becomes impossible. Well, I got a $9.99 sleep mask at Bed Bath & Beyond last week, and now I can sleep past dawn! It’s really funny, it actually looks like a tiny bra, because the parts that go over your eyes are cup-shaped, meaning you can comfortably open your eyes while wearing it. I’m so pleased. And so much less tired.

I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives” last week, and it has me seriously contemplating vegetarianism, at least part time. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat. And I’m not one of those PETA freaks who thinks it’s evil and cruel to eat animals. But this film definitely spoke to me. The arguments made in the film are a) Raising livestock for meat has more impact on climate change than the fossil fuel industry, b) raising livestock for animal products uses crazy amounts of fresh water and grain/corn that could otherwise be used for, oh I don’t know, PEOPLE, and c) studies have shown that people who eat less animal protein are healthier overall. It’s got the wheels in my brain turning about ways to cut way back on my meat and dairy consumption and focus more on plant-based protein. But I’m not ready to commit yet. We’ll see.

I registered for a 10k on July 25. One of my goals for this year was to run an actual 10k race. I’ve run the distance before and done a couple of virtual races, but not a “real” race. I was registered for one back in March, but on the day of I was sick and it was freezing rain outside, so I DNS’d it. I’m excited to have something to train for, because my running has been pretty lax since before the Prague trip.

Have you ever worn a sleeping mask? Did it work for you?

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27 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 07/10/15

  1. charissarunning says:

    Your new kitty is so freakin’ cute!!! ^_^
    I’ve never thought about being completely vegetarian, but don’t feel that I need meat too often either. I’m more a fan of fish so if I really wanted to take the plunge I’d be pescatarian! But still…not quite ready to fully give up meat yet…maybe in a few more years 😀

  2. dgobs says:

    Maybe-Not-Permanently-Ricky is adorable!! 🙂 I went full vegetarian after reading a book about the meat industry several years ago, but I wasn’t smart about it at all (or food in general at that point in my life). I caved and started eating chicken, and then eventually fell off the wagon entirely. I still don’t eat meat too often, and when I do I try to get the free-range cruelty-free type things whenever possible. But sometimes you just need to go to Wendy’s and get a cheeseburger, you know? It’s hard. Godspeed with whatever you decide to do!

  3. txa1265 says:

    haha – love the immediately jump to ‘NOT a pregnancy announcement’ … love the cute kitty.

    Also laughed at the ‘tiny bra’ comment 🙂 Though I have to say – 4:45? What do you expect – the morning is half gone, I’m already several miles into my run … I mean, c’mon, time to get out of bed! 😀

    Sorry 😉

  4. Brittany says:

    Sleeping masks were my life savers in college! I was such a light sleeper that I needed the mask AND earplugs to even think about getting any shut eye in a dorm. I still have a few on hand, but somehow, those things trained me to sleep through light pouring through a window. Wouldn’t you think it’d make you more sensitive to light?? I just don’t get it, but I’ll take it lol
    And yay! I’m doing my first REAL 10k race this month, too! :0D

  5. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    He is adorable!!! I just want to hug him! I have a sleeping mask for when I travel to races with my mom. She can only sleep with the tv on. 😦 Ear plugs may be next. Yay, you’re going to have an awesome 10K!

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