magical bowls

kitchen cupboard

I store produce in two glass-fronted cupboards in my kitchen. Each cupboard holds several bowls on shelves, and to a friend of mine, it looks like the bowls magically replenish themselves every week.

I wish.

This whimsical idea has been entertaining me, though. What if I really did have magical bowls? What if they really did fill themselves with fresh produce whenever I emptied them? How would my life be different if I never again had to shop for groceries?

It’s also got me thinking: How would my life be different if it were full of magical objects and machines that did all my work for me? Clothes closets that magically washed all my dirty clothes? Pet food dishes that magically fed my cats? A car that magically drove me around the city? Computers that magically wrote blog posts for me…?

Do you wish you had magical things?

iPhone 5

Some other photos from my day: My new iPhone 5, above. It’s for work. I bought a case for it on Sunday. I’m quite pleased with myself – the case seems quite durable, which should protect the device when I inevitably drop it.

burnt pot

I burned this pot yesterday morning when I was making my breakfast. I include it mostly as a salve for my friend Andrew, who seems to think that I’m a perfect cook. Note to Andrew: I’m not.

cats eating supper

Some people have been asking me about my cats, after they ate lilies and had an unexpected visit to the emergency vet. They’re fine now. None the worse for wear, thankfully.

Lindt sea salt chocolate

Finally, I am seriously addicted to chocolate these days. I bought a bunch of this Lindt chocolate on the weekend, and I’m plowing through it much too fast. This photo is likely blurry because my hands were so close, they were shaking with frustrated desire…

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laundry hack using safety pins

safety pins

When I had to take my cats to the vet last weekend, they were given charcoal to help absorb the poison from the lilies. One of the cats later threw up some of the charcoal in his litter, and then walked in it… and then walked across my bed. I got charcoal on my duvet cover, and just washed it yesterday.

Here’s a little laundry hack for when you have multiple stains on something large like a sheet or duvet cover: With the item spread flat (on the floor or a bed), use safety pins to mark each individual stain. Afterwards you can easily find the stains again by locating all the safety pins, and removing each one after you’ve treated the stain.

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These #photo365 posts are on Tumblr, here.

i spilled these blueberries all over the supermarket floor

blueberries in bowl on kitchen counter

I spilled these blueberries yesterday morning all over the supermarket floor while I was grocery shopping. I bought them and brought them home anyhow (I hate waste), and disinfected them by soaking them first in vinegar (straight, not diluted) and then in 3% hydrogen peroxide. This food disinfection technique is supposed to be as good as chlorine bleach.

Shortly after this photo was taken I ate the blueberries, and have suffered no ill effects – so I guess I could say it works. Ish.

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See this on Tumblr.

cat photo shoot

cat on upholstered chair

I’ve been taking lots of photos of the guys since the “incident”, just in case they’re not with me much longer. Above is Guy on the upholstered rocker in my back room.

cat beside white bed

Above and below are Guy in my bedroom.

cat on white bed

(Added later) Finally, this is Tear on my desk, hanging out with me and my work laptop on Monday as I work from home, in order to keep an eye on the critters.

cat on desk beside laptop computer

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This, on Tumblr.

the cost of lilies

cat in pet carrier

A friend brought me lilies on Friday night. Little did either of us know that lilies are extremely toxic to cats. Two vet visits (one more to come) and $640 later, the cost of those lilies has been expensive, but I haven’t had to pay the ultimate price – the lives of my cats (I hope). Above is Tear, chilling in his pet carrier at the emergency vet office last night before getting a subcutaneous IV. Have I ever mentioned how hard it is to get these guys in their pet carriers? Hard.

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The Tumblr post is here.

jamais vu

blue fish drawing

For a moment I thought I was crazy.

Yesterday a colleague of mine had a déjà vu, and it reminded me of a strange feeling that I get every now and then – like my life is totally unfamiliar. I asked my colleague if she’d ever experienced anything like that, and she shuddered and looked at me like I had two heads.

But in the middle of the night I was curious, so I went searching on Google to see if I could find out if this feeling had a name. At first I didn’t even know how I would search it, though. What do you call a weird feeling? I tried “state of consciousness,” and hit pay dirt with “altered state of consciousness.”

Turns out there’s something very similar to déjà vu, called jamais vu (from the French, meaning “never seen”). It’s exactly what I was trying to tell my colleague about. A sense of eeriness and feeling like I’m seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that I’ve been in the situation before.

I also discovered a related phenomenon, called semantic satiation, where words start to look unfamiliar after you look at them too much. Most of my experiences of jamais vu have to do with names looking unfamiliar to me.

I’ve written a Cowbird story about some of my experiences with jamais vu, here.

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Art journal frontispiece, September 2005. Collage and wax crayon on paper.