Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Problems with Peanut Butter!

So I already suffer from peanut butter discrimination here in Sacramento, since I'm unable to purchase my preferred brand of Peter Pan Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter anywhere within a 100-mile radius. I find this especially odd since this item is made by ConAgra foods, which is based out of Irvine, CA. However, due to recent news stories, I've learned that production and distribution occur out of a plant in Georgia, so perhaps that's why I have to stock up on my trips back to the Midwest and East Coast.

But now it's even worse! Those recent news stories are all about the recall of my daily spread! I learned about this yesterday from and Being the proactive consumer that I am, I immediately checked the lids of my small stock of pb and found to my dismay that ALL of them belong to the batch that may be tainted. DRAT!

Obviously, of course, the two open jars are fine, since both Mr. E and I have been enjoying their contents for awhile and haven't gotten sick. But who knows about the other jars? RATS!

Luckily, we'll be heading back to the Midwest at the end of May, which isn't too long to wait to purchase more stock, and I imagine that the potential salmonella threat will be well taken care of by then. But what will I do in the meantime when my current open [safe] jars are depleted? How will I top my bagel? How will I fill my celery? How will I enhance my rice cakes?

And on a side note, why hasn't the Sac Bee picked up on this story yet?


Ode to the Scoot

It's rather amazing what can fit into the storage seat of a Honda Metropolitan scooter...
  • Box of coffee and 1/2 dozen bagels from Noah's
  • 16 oz. Jamba Juice
  • Commuter mug filled with homemade non-fat latte
  • Warm clothes to throw on after a long run
  • Sweaty clothes that have been shed after a long run
  • Backpack full of workout clothes and shoes
  • Bags of fresh fruits and veges from Sunday Farmer's Market
  • 15-pack box of Toasted Nut & Cranberry Luna Bars + 3 large containers of Crest Glide Dental Floss
  • 3 large bottles of Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion
  • Tall brown stretch boots from Chadwick's
  • Iron, Scrabble dictionary, and book of short stories (Christmas presents for Mom and Sis)

And my personal favorite recently...
  • Magnum of Robert Thomas Pinot Noir from J Vineyards cushioned by the NFC Champions Bears long-sleeve t-shirt for Mr. E


Cool Sac Sight

The painted poles on the corner of 16th & Q Streets in the corner of the parking lot of the former ICI Paints store - I think I need to start doing more of these Sac Snapshots, since we've got lots of cool and funky little bits and pieces in this City. Hmm. Another project, perhaps?