Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WW: Blast from the Past

How long has it been since you've seen one of these?

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Pretty cute little egg shaped pay phone booth

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Perfectly Ptera sized

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food

This month, we tried out Rachael Ray's Indoor Complete cat food.

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Theodore Trex sometimes feels left out when we've done a number of reviews with the dogs but nothing cat related. So this month, Chewy sent us some cat food to try out. (We were sent this food for free in exchange for our honest review. We were not compensated in any other way, and we are entirely responsible for the content of this review.)

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Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete cat food has small little pieces. They are all the same size and shape, but come in a few different colors. Reading through the ingredients, I really like that Chicken and Chicken Meal are the first two ingredients. However, I don't love that the next four ingredients after that are corn, lentils, peas, and more corn. I generally try to stay away from corn and wheat in the foods I feed, at least partially because Koira seems to have somewhat of an allergy to it, so it is easier to simply not have any in the house. I do prefer that protein in food comes from meat sources rather than vegetable or grain sources where possible as well.

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Despite my meh feelings about the ingredients, Theodore Trex appeared to enjoy the food quite a bit. I put it in his food dispensing toy both to get some better chances at cute photos and because it keeps him from scarfing his entire food allotment for the day in about two seconds. That measuring cup in the second picture, above, is how much food he gets per day. He is on the chubby side again after the inactive winter, so we are especially strict with his food. (This toy holds about half of his daily food.)

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So, overall, I would say that if you have a picky cat and want to get a food that is higher quality than the cheapest bottom shelf cat food, this is a good option. I think it was something that smells like the junkier foods. But it has some really decent ingredients along with the grain ingredients I don't care for, which makes it a big step above a lot of cat foods. That said, I don't think it will become a regular part of Theo's diet, just because I don't like to have foods in the house that will give Koira hives (not that she should be eating cat food, of course, but you never know with her).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

Today is actually cold, grey, and raining. Which, to be honest, is pretty typical for spring in Oregon. Yesterday, however, was amazing. The day started off cold, the night had been below freezing, but it warmed up and was clear, bright, and sunny all day.


I met up with some friends for the day, and we went for our first kayak trip of the year. That is my sunrise colored kayak in front, waiting to hit the water for the first time since August. My wrist wasn't thrilled with paddling, but my friends were awesome. I got a tow for part of our trip to help my wrist out, and shared a tandem kayak for a short jaunt as well.

After we finished up our trip, we stopped at a burger place and sat at the outside tables for lunch. I managed to, between kayaking and lunch, get a pretty nasty sunburn (bad enough I was running a fever last night). But overall, I have to say, it was an awesome last day of winter.