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Now that I've been trying to treat and protect my dry, calloused feet, I've remembered the situation when I first started wearing my flip-flops every day, about a year and a half ago: namely, that my tennis shoes suck. They've worn out in painful ways, resulting in some very bloody socks coming off my right foot the last couple days. Ouch. So maybe I'll wear flip-flops until I can make it out to buy a new pair of tennies, maybe Tuesday.

Shannon and I have finished up Love Medicine, and have begun the second of Gene Wolfe's soldier books, Soldier of Arete. I'm finding it to be a challenge in relaxation, as pretty much every sentence is full of allusions which a reader could certainly recognize and understand if willing to devote enough thought (and perhaps research), but I'm trying not to worry about that. It's okay if I don't get everything. I had a bit of trouble with this in the Severian books, though in that case the difficulty was archaic vocabulary. It was so omnipresent that I simply couldn't look up all these words, and so I spent some of the book unable to picture what was happening, which was frustrating. I'm trying not to hold so tightly to my need for control this time.

In other news, I have reverted to my original opinion of yogurt. The tasty raspberry yogurt I had the other day must have been some freakish mutant, because I've tried two other flavors of the same brand since then (coffee and chocolate) and had to spoon them down the garbage disposal after one taste. Cobweb, however, really really really wanted to taste them, but I was afraid they might make her sick. I feel guilty spooning food into the garbage disposal when Cobweb wants it so badly, but sometimes indulging your babies isn't the way to be a good mom. Now I understand how parents might end up spoiling their children.


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Jun. 7th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Bummer about the yogurt! I think kitties can have a little plain yogurt without any problem, but I suspect you made the right call on the coffee and chocolate flavored varieties.
Jun. 7th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Yogurt is usually not bad for cats. Cats are lactose intolerant, but yogurt has much less lactose than milk does -- the lactose is what the yogurt bacteria eat. That's what makes yogurt less sweet and more sour than milk.
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Coffee and Chocolate are not good yogurt flavors. Stick to fruity flavors or plain and you should be good.
Jun. 7th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Non-fruit flavors of yogurt tend to be the worst. I've had to turn to them, since I can't eat fruit, and it's a very sad thing. I've never found an edible coffee-flavored yogurt.

I'd suggest buying some plain yogurt and trying mixing it yourself. One of my favorite things to add to yogurt is halved red grapes (something you generally can't find in packaged yogurt). But just about any fruit is good. If you like pineapple, canned pineapple (chunks or the smooshed up kind) tastes great, and you don't have to worry about it going bad. Canned peaches are another nice addition. And don't be afraid to add sugar. Unsweetened yogurt is totally nasty.

You can also add honey instead of sugar or a little bit of cereal or granola on top, if you like those things.
Jun. 7th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Ew, chocolate yogurt is nasty. I agree with the fruit recommendations. SO much better tasting.

Greek-style yogurt with honey and walnuts is good too.

I think I've heard of people mixing fruit preserves into yogurt as well.
Jun. 8th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Agree, the fruit flavor yogurts are the best, in my experience.

Some cats can tolerate lactose, some can't.
Jun. 14th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Coffee flavored yogurt is tres nasty, and chocolate yogurt doesn't taste right t me either. I have become a big fan of Greek yogurt because straining removes most of the sourness and lactose (I'm severely lactose intolerant). I like the plain kind because I can make savory (+salt or +mint/dill+garlic for tsatsiki) or sweet (fresh fruit, preserves, or honey) stuff from one big container.

It was probably a good call not to feed Cobweb coffee or chocolate flavors, but plain/fruit flavors should be mostly OK.
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