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Big, Big Fan: Cat Dancer 101 Interactive Cat Toy

 (Also sold under the name Cat Dancer Original Action Cat Toy)

3103-2With two cats who never, ever get to go outside, I am often looking for things to keep them busy so that the boy cat doesn't torment the girl cat out of sheer boredom, as he is wont to do. But as anyone with a feline friend can attest, cat toys are stupid and expensive and they break the second your cat sees you take it out of the bag. That, or it leaves feathers, glitter and fuzz all over the place. Or it makes ten tons of noise.

Not Cat Dancer 101 Interactive Cat Toy

The Cat Dancer Toy is just this: A spring steel wire with rolled cardboard on the ends. One end has more cardboard than the other, which means when you hold the light end, the heavy end bobs up and down. And your cats will go fucking bananas. They won't know how to control themselves they will be so full of hunting prowess and glee.

Best part: You don't have to do shit. Just sit there and hold one end. You don't even have to wriggle your wrist, I'm serious. You just hold one end (or jam it into the door, whatever) and watch your cats GO TO TOWN. Endless leaping and frolicking about.

Here's all the amazing pluses for this badass cat toy:

  1. Won't break. Like, ever.
  2. No noise.
  3. No flying detritus of fuzz, feather, sequins or whathaveyou.
  4. Lazy owners need only hold this thing in one hand while they read, eat, whittle, whatever.
  5. Super-duper cheap, not $45.99 like every other cat toy.
  6. Rascally cats love it.

For real, if you have a cat and don't have this simple, Amish-y cat toy, then you are a bad kitty parent and deserve to have your animals taken away from you. 

Cat Dancer in ACTION: 

[Big, Big Fan, the series, highlights various things of which I am a Big, Big Fan. No items reviewed within Big, Big Fan were given to me free of charge. I wish. Find more Big, Big Fan posts by clicking Big, Big Fan in the categories column on the right-hand side of this blog.]


Big, Big Fan: Siggi's Skyr Icelandic-Style Yogurt

It's time for another installment of Big, Big Fan, the blog series where I (for no good reason!) tell you about products that give me a happy. Up today? Dairy. Specifically Icelandic-style skyr, which is strained non-fat yogurt, made by Siggi's.

First up, let's look at the label:

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Check out that protein count, ladies and gentleman*. 14! And with no fat and just 100 calories. You can argue that the agave nectar is no better for a person than sugar, and I would not be equipped to debate you, but the grams of sugar in Siggi's is way, way lower than what they pack into a cup of disgusting, runny Yoplait.

The best part about this yogurt is that it takes ten years to eat. It is so thick that you really have to work at this meal-in-a-cup to finish it. I like that in a breakfast.

Additionally, the flavor is just phenomenal. This yogurt is tart, like yogurt should be, and if you get the orange with candied ginger kind you get to enjoy little bits of crystalized ginger that adds a zing no Dannon yogurt could ever replicate.

I look forward to this yogurt. Who looks forward to yogurt? Siggi's eaters. Siggi's truly excels at being yogurt.

The major drawback is the price. I can find it at Rainbow Grocery for $2.09 a carton, but that is as cheap as I've seen them. Siggi's at other retailers cost as much as $2.69 a pop. But as someone who can barely grow an appetite until well after noon, but who knows she needs protein after waking to avoid choosing the largest lunch available, this little breakfast buy is worth it for me. I eat it slowly on the train with a teaspoon and watch the other women on board gawk with jealousy.

Here is an article about how Siggi's got to an icebox near you. This is a post about homemade Siggi's smoothies. And this is the Siggi's website.

You're welcome.

*I have a theory that men eat just as much yogurt as women, they just do so in shame private.


Big, Big Fan: Eva-Dry 1100 Petite Dehumidifier

EvadryNot long ago I got a wild hair and decided to steam clean the carpet in my bedroom. I went to Cole Hardware, rented a steam cleaner and took it back to the house where I proceded to fuck it up in a big way.

Water went everywhere. I thoroughly soaked the carpet, and it was only when I was mostly finished "cleaning" the rug that I discovered why I'd soaked the whole room. But it was too late. The gallons of water had been spilled. 

It was time for damage control.

Fearing a soppy wet room for weeks and stinky, health-risky mildew sprouting up, I called around looking for a dehumidifier that might solve the issue of the soggy room. A kind gentleman at, yet again, Cole Hardware recommended the Eva-Dry 1100 Petite Dehumidifier at $60.

$60 is no small amount of money to me, but replacing the carpet in my bedroom would not be feasible, so I ponied up the three twenties. 

And, boy, am I not sorry. This little portable dehumidifier is a work horse and a half. It's genuinely amazing.

Now, granted, I don't have a ton of experience with dehumidifiers. This is my first foray into the world of demoisturizing a room. But I can't imagine a better device exists on the market at this price.

This tiny, super quiet machine that plugs into any outlet sucks big time. It removed a whole cup of water from the carpet in the first day. It is so satisfying to stoop down and see water that would have become mold or mildew rising slowly in the removable tank. When getting full, just slide the small tank out of the machine, pour the gross carpet water down the sink, then replace the tank. So simple. If you forget to empty the tank the device automatically shuts off to prevent spillage. 

It can be a rare treat when a machine works far better than you expect it to. The Eva-Dry is a petite little powerhouse. If you fail at steam cleaning your carpet, I can't recommend a better disaster prevention purchase than this.

You're welcome.

[This is the first post in a new series called Big, Big Fan. This series will highlight various things of which I am a Big, Big Fan. No items reviewed within Big, Big Fan were given to me free of charge. I wish. Find more Big, Big Fan posts (soon) by clicking Big, Big Fan in the categories column on the right-hand side of this blog.]