Sigh. The list never ends. Whether it's hidden animal ingredients or testing, unfair business practices or environmental policies, or just plain safety: The list of products to eschew grows longer the more attention you pay.
I think it's safe to say these are modern canaries in the coal mines of our kitchens. And while their lungs may be much, MUCH tinier than ours, so we can all debate how long it would take to kill us...I'm really not comfortable with using something that would kill a bird if I had one. Are you?
Unfortunate that we just received a bunch of Calphalon cookware as wedding gifts. Guess I unknowingly registered to be slowly poisoned.
The question is whether you'll trust that GreenPan is truly safe...or if we just haven't figured out yet how it's dangerous.
I'm torn. I really can't imagine throwing out all of this very new and very expensive cookware. I don't cook a lot or for extended periods. I don't own birds. The EWG mostly wants warnings affixed to warn bird owners, not humans.
I read it with interest because recently my right eye lost a full point on the vision scale in about 9 months, going from 20-475 to 20-575.
This was unusual because I have been nearsighted since childhood, and as an adult my eyes have only degraded at a fairly regular, slow pace. Moreover, my right eye has always been a little worse than the left, but has stayed the same amount worse throughout adulthood...now it is significantly worse, because my left eye did not change during these last nine months.
The eye doctor didn't seem overly concerned, although he conceded it was a bit of an unusual drop. He asked me if I was under stress. Ha! Sounds like he might have been thinking of the same temporary issue Dr. Val's doctor mentioned.
Then, sticking with the eyes for a moment, my S.O. got me a lovely lavender and buckwheat eye pillow, which he gave me on Christmas Eve.
Handy tip for you all: Those pillows are not meant to be slept in, as though they were eye shades. I woke up and my vision was blurred...for hours. I'm guessing that the pillow was too heavy and pushed down on my eyes, with the result being blurred vision.
All to say: Eyes are scary. Vision-related issues are scary. And, like Dr. Val, my eye doctor didn't have a lot of answers or suggestions. It's a very wait-and-see-what-happens-next-year kind of thing, from what I can tell.
Meanwhile, I keep checking my vision with one eye, and then the next, closed. I think this eye-pochondria may last a few more days.
Now that I have nieces and nephews I have observed the hassle their parents, grandparents and the rest of us go through trying to extract the kids' gifts from their frustrating packaging. And quickly too (as the kids stand by anxiously ...and not too quietly...waiting).
It's all about sharing survival tactics for getting through the simple-carb-laden holiday season without doing yourself in. There are fun prizes, and even better: You can share your wisdom and knowledge with other folks in the same boat as you. (We all know that's what bloggers actually like best, even better than prizes!)
To give you an example of the kind of fun to be had, Week 2's question was: