Saturday, August 01, 2009

Things that make me go "hmmm"

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.


  1. I read your blog whenever you post, but I don't comment much. :) However, I too am so bummed that Jillian's not doing her podcast! And I was just saying to my husband to do that I wondered if she was asked to leave because of something controversial she said. It just seems strange that she didn't say, "Oh, and this will be my last show. It's been real."

  2. I didn't know she wasn't doing her podcast any more! I only just discovered it last week as well :o(

    I love your Jillian quote at the top, by the way - that's the conclusion I have just recently come to myself! Enough with all these plans and restrictions, I have given myself a calorie count each day of 1450 based on my BMR of 2450, I'm sticking to it and exercising when I'm able. It feels so much better to have a target/limit and that's it, and being good to yourself like she says! I like positive plain speaking!

  3. I noticed there wasn't a Jillian blog posted for download last week. I thought maybe she was just taking a week off. I am completely bummed about not getting to listen to her everyweek.

  4. It says on the KFI website "i'm going to be taking a break from radio"... key word BREAK.... although a few weeks leading up to it she did say in passing she was "making changes" in her life.

    I am naively and stubbornly choosing to believe that she'll come back. PLEASE COME BACK DARNIT LADY! I miss her. There is no one else even remotely close to her podcast out there. Sniff sniff.

    Btw Jen I so often read at work via RSS so never comment as much as I'd like to but still here and always reading. I booked in for Blogher10 too... dunno if I'll actually make it & will have to sell ticket at the last moment but thought I might get the ball rolling & start saving!

  5. God, I am not surprised the link is broken. I could go into the details why, but let's just say I'm glad it's not my problem anymore.

  6. LOL. Products like that are so funny!

    I am surprised about Jillian. I was looking for her last week and was confused that her show was not there. Big bummer.

  7. New to your blog and I wondering how in the heck I didn't know there was such a thing as a pineapple corer!! *face palm* I like your blog and look forward to reading more!!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07