Category: News from the Random

Random stuff that seemed important at the time.

FDA Studies Grain Free Pet Foods

I want to preface this post by saying I am NOT a veterinary nutritionist, nor am I a veterinarian. I am not an expert. I want to put this information out there so that pet owners know what is going on and can do their own research and come to their own conclusions.

So here’s what I know:

Back in July, the FDA issued a statement. The FDA’s statement warned that grain free foods containing legumes and potatoes in the first five ingredients MAY be contributing to a condition called “Taurine Deficient Dilated Cardiomyopathy” in dogs that are being fed so-called “boutique diets.”

I talked to my vet. The advice I received was to look for a food without legumes or potatoes (white AND sweet) in the first five ingredients in the list. I am also to look for a company that has a veterinary nutritionist on staff.

So far, I have narrowed this list down to a few companies: Purina, Royal Canin, First Mate, and Petcurean that have a veterinary nutritionist on staff.… [Read More]

I’m Back with News on the Fall Apple Event!

Good afternoon!

After a nearly three year hiatus, Random Gemini is back and she is bigger and badder than ever! The blog has a new look, a new logo and a whole new attitude! Weirdly, I am planning out posts in advance and I have a great one coming up for you on Wednesday.

This week, I will be LIVEBLOGGING the 2018 Fall Apple Event.

There’s a lot of speculation about what’s being announced this week, but a lot less since Apple accidentally leaked a photo of the upcoming iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 at the end of August. Expect to see a larger, higher resolution display with a faster CPU and major Watch OS improvements for Apple Watch Series 4 for sure.

The image leaked of the new iPhone XS shows two different iPhone XS models. One big and one small, much like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.… [Read More]

Prayers for Rain

All around me in Washington State and Oregon, there are wildfires burning.

The biggest one is about 3 hours away from me by car and is estimated to span 18,000 acres, though firefighters think it’s bigger than that. They’re saying this may be the biggest wildfire the state has ever seen.

The air quality reporting system here sucks. The air quality team says it’s “Unsafe for Sensitive Groups”. I’m not entirely sure how they know since only one of their air quality monitors is actually working. The others are all turned off or busted. What I can tell you is that I’m not an asthmatic. I don’t suffer from migraines. I just have seasonal allergies and my eyes itch and my head aches and my nose runs when I stand outside, all of these are reasons why I don’t go camping. I can’t stand to be around wood smoke for too long.… [Read More]

Becoming Beautiful

I gave away our kitchen table.

It was the first piece of furniture my husband and I actually agreed on when we bought new furniture for this house. I loved that table. My family grew up around it. We had important conversations about everything from why Buttercup was the toughest Powerpuff Girl to what happened on September 11th, 2001 while we were eating dinner with our children that night. As they got older, we had the sex talk when sitting at that table and we sat quietly through meals as beloved family members and friends passed away. We discussed life and death and faith and politics and science and we did thousands of math problems. We wrote essays and drew pictures and wrapped packages and read books. It was the only piece of furniture that my kids colored on and when we took it apart to take it over to my friend, who has a wonderful little boy, I saw the crayon marks on the bottom of the table top and I smiled.… [Read More]

Our Government Dropped the Ball on the Boston Bombings

The Boston Marathon Bombers were Chechen Muslim immigrants that may, or may not, have had links to terrorist groups.

I do not care that they were Chechen.

I do not care that they were Muslim.

I do not care that they were immigrants.

Those are not the issues and don’t for one second assume that because I voted for the other guy, that I give a damn about those petty issues.

This is what I actually care about:

My government dropped the damned ball on throwing the older brother, likely the one who drug his younger brother through this entire mess, out of our country. He was charged with domestic violence in 2009. He should have, and could have, been deported then. Mainstream Media has not picked this up, only local news in Boston, which is annoying, and now, the lunatic reports are jumping all over it. Why the MSM isn’t reporting on this, I don’t know.… [Read More]