I saw a product at Barnes & Noble yesterday that made me laugh. The image at right is a Rachel Ray garbage bowl -- a big plastic bowl to toss scraps in while you cook so you don't have to walk over to the garbage can.
I don't think it's a bad idea to toss scraps into a bowl while you cook, but I did think it was funny that you'd need to pay $19 for a plastic bowl with Rachel Ray's name on it. Plus, the one pictured at right reminds me a little of vomit. I wondered why you wouldn't just use some bowl you had lying around already. Or better yet, you could get a countertop compost bin and take it out to your compost pile to make fertilizer for your vegetable garden (assuming you had a compost pile and a real vegetable garden, which I don't). I tend to toss my scraps in the sink and then shove them down the garbage disposal. I was going to post about how funny this whole thing seemed but apparently someone at the Indy Star already beat me to it (link to the article from Rachel Ray's site is broken). I'm not going to pick on Rachel Ray for this too much because, heck, if someone wanted to pay me lots of money to put my name on stuff, I'd do it.
I also saw the garbage bowls on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond today when I was looking for a cherry pitter. Those things are hard to find. BBB does have them, but Meijer did not, though they did have a pineapple corer and a lettuce knife. I needed the pitter because I'm buying cherries but not eating them fast enough because I tend to like to have my fruit with yogurt or cereal and the pits make that a challenge.
By the way, did you know that Jillian Michaels no longer has a podcast? I'm unhappy about it, since that was my favorite thing to listen to while I was running. The last show I heard, she made several cracks about products advertised on "The Biggest Loser" and said that she doesn't always agree with everything they do on that show. The next week, there was a whole new podcast in her place, and the guy said that she was just too busy to do the show anymore. I'm going to miss listening to her joking with her producer Janice.
I registered for next year's BlogHer in New York City -- I decided I just couldn't skip it again. I missed going this year, and I have only been to NYC once and want a chance to see a little more of the sights and maybe do some shopping. I thought I'd get in before they sold out of spots at the "blogger rate," since I'm making enough money from my blog to go out to dinner once every 2 months. Not long after I registered, though, I started to worry that blogging will be dying out by then -- most of the bloggers I read have been posting less and less, and I don't get as many comments as I used to. Hopefully people are just out enjoying the beautiful weather and will be back to entertain me through the long, dark winter.