Sunday, August 05, 2007

My new best friend

There were several reasons that made me take the 200 mile drive to Billings today.

My cousins were having a bit of trouble and I was able to help them out of their dilemma. If spending those months with
Dale taught me anything, it is that the people you love are what matter most in this world. It's a long-standing family tradition to lend a hand to those in need and I was able to do that today and it felt DAMNED GOOD!

Another reason I went to "town" was to pick up kitty litter, cat food and a new stash of cat toys. The poor darlings had lost or damaged all of their cat soccer balls and had resorted to fetching their stuffed toys and I certainly couldn't expect them to keep doing that, now could I? I spent a small fortune replenishing their stock.

I also picked up a couple of toys that resemble carpenter's tape measures with a twist. Instead of the little pull tab on the end, there's a little mouse stuffed with catnip on the end. You can imagine what the little darlings do when it is fully extended and then retracted, can't you? I'll try to get a picture to post later on, right now they are all catnipped out and snoring on the couch, bed and chaise lounge. As a matter of fact, I think one of them is in the bathroom sink (again).

After spending a truly obscene amount of money on others, I did spend a few shekels on myself. After trying on every single pair of dollar store reading glasses, I picked out the pair that made the kid cousins laugh the least.

At the big box store I bought a pair of shorts in a size I haven't been able to wiggle into in years! Like I said before, about 4 or 5 more bouts of the flu and I'll be in perfect shape!

I also bought one more item. After yesterday's marathon bike ride on the fantastic new blue bicycle, my poor Norwegian bum was feeling mighty abused. I might be fluffy, but not a whole lot of that fluff is in the area that makes contact with a bicycle seat.

So please, without further ado, meet my new best friend!


Anonymous said...

Well now you're a card tonight aren't you? I'm happy to hear you so happy!

As I type one of the furry felines is licking my fingers and purring so loud I think he is going to explode! They are funny creatures!

I want to see the glasses and the toys!

Laurie said...

Butterfly, I am so very happy! I'll try to get a pic of the toys (before they are shredded or lost) and of the glasses.

I have a silly story to tell about the glasses though...I was writing this post with them on and kept thinking to myself, they are kind of blurry on the left lens.

I finally took them off to inspect and realized I had left the little tag on that told me what the lens strength was. "Doh".

I'm surprised I remembered to take off the tag on the nosepiece...

Carol said...

There's a joy in this post that's been missing in your 'voice' for a while. Glad to see you're on the up. I had a chuckle over the sticker on the lens - it's usually me doing things like that.

Anonymous said...

I think bicycle seat technology has been lagging for quite a while. I'm glad to see it's starting to advance!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I always figured bicycle seats were a torture device for adults.!

I read your piece on Dale, nicely said tribute.

thailandchani said...

LOL! Funny! I hadn't thought about one of those ~ but it's a good idea!



Laurie said...

Carol, I am starting to turn the corner I think, or at least I hope. Thanks for stickin' with me through it all. **hugs**

Thomas, I am really looking forward to trying it out today. My bum is excited too. ;-)

Tossing, I think you are right about the torture devices. ;-). I'm glad you liked the Dale piece. He was a wonderful person.

Chani, I'll let you know how it works this afternoon.

Gina said...

I've heard that those seats are heavenly and that no one needs to suffer from an unfluffy bum again!

Bonita said...

Wish I could find one of those old tractor-style seats I used to see out on the farms in Montana. Now, those were well-spread. Nothin' harder than a bike seat! Good luck.

Laurie said...

Gina, it is the best! I rode to work today and then did all the errands and my fanny is just fine! Yay!

Bonita, a friend of mine has one of the type you are talking about. It's about the size of a tractor seat and covered with gel. She says it is heavenly. I'll ask her where she got it.

Mary said...

You got at the end! Thanks for cracking me up here in a dull office :o)

We must take good care of our bums and I agree your friend is a bit of heaven.

You made me giggle about those reading glasses. My daughter and I enjoy going to the cheapest discount stores in the land and try on every paid of hideous sunglasses we can find. We laugh until we're out of breath.

Cathy said...

Oooh. That seat looks soooo snuggly and anatomy-sparing. Ahhhhhh.

I can't remember. Is the pretty young girl your cousin's daughter? She is a sweetie.

I'll bet they were glad to see your car pulling into the driveway.

It's good to be loved.

(I like the way you spoil your kitties:0)

Julie Pippert said...

And what do these hilarious glasses look like?

I'll wait for a product review on the bike seat. I have decided to get the sort of bike one can sit in a chair and pedal whilst leaning back.

In other words, have not met a seat my bum can take for long LOL.

And don't say you build up to it.

Fun post. :)

Ravin' Picture Maven

NatureWoman said...

Sweet seat Laurie! They so don't make the bike seats that come with the bike right for either us or males, for sure.
Ohhh, the tape measure type toy must be so cool!
I bet your cousins *really* appreciated your help!

Q said...

Dear Laurie,
I will get one of those seats!!
I wear bike "padded" shorts but my bumm still gets sore.
Wonderful on new shorts! I am looking forward to the day I will be buying a few sizes smaller.
You are right about being there in time of need. It does feel good.
My husband buys the Dollar Store reading glasses too. I will have to look and see if he removed his tags!
Glad you are feeling better and are having fun.

Ur-spo said...

the seat for the backside looks mighty comfortable. I think with all you do for others you at least deserve a comfortable tushy.

Snoskred said...

Congrats on the new best friend! ;)

My cats are always in the sink too. I don't understand it, except for in summer when it is maybe logical to look for a cool place to lie..


Laurie said...

Mary, that's exactly what we did. We laughed so hard I thought they'd kick us out of the store! It was so much fun!

Cathy, my cousin has 4 children, Eric (the tall read-headed boy), Rissa (the slim blonde), Sadie Rose (the one with long red hair) and Luke (who's picture I've posted before, but who isn't in this post). They are wonderful kids and I love them with all my heart. I adore being around them and they seem to tolerate me pretty well too. :-)

Julie, I rode my bike for a couple of hours yesterday and my bum is just fine today! I'd say it's working out just fine, but I'll keep you posted.

Naturewoman (Pam), the tape measure toy is so much fun. I'll try to get some pics tonight, but I have a board meeting tomorrow night and our car show is this weekend. It's a busy week for me!

Q (Sherry), the glasses work great, now that I've removed the tag *blush*. I still can't believe I did that. They aren't the most attractive glasses in the world, but since I lose them or break them all the time, I'm happy they only cost $1.

Ur-spo, I now have a very happy tushy, that is for sure. I love my new seat!

Snoskred, one of mine is in the sink again this morning, so it must be the coolness they seek. That and they like somewhat confined spaces. They are so silly and sweet.

Lynne said...

"FLUFFY" LOL!! I love that!
I'm going to look for a seat like that. Regular bike sets are torture.

Pam said...

The bicycle seat is A number one. When I used to ride I had one made of lambswool over foam that I just loved. I have always believed that bicycle seats were some kind of ancient torture device, it's nice that you can cruise in comfort.

I'm delighted that you are so happy, you sound delghted with life.

Laurie said...

Lynne, this is a gel cushion, not the actual seat itself, but it's working just fine. If I decide to get into mountain biking for real, I'll need a new bike and a better seat for sure. But for the purposes I'm using it for now, it's just fine!

I love the term fluffy too. :-)

Pam, I think you are right! What on earth were they thinking when they designed them?

I am doing great, Pam. Thank you. I hope you are as well. Let me know how your "dragon" is working out. **hugs**

Pink said...

hope the seat does the trick!

and I'm glad you're feeling better now.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Sounds like a productive journey, Laurie! I think I could use a “new best friend” like yours, too.

Within Without said...

But I thought women, with their natural cushioning, didn't need gel seats (*speeds away on bike with gel seat*)

MsLittlePea said...

I haven't visited you since last week so I was sorry to hear that you've been sick! I hope you're feeling better now. I love bikes. Happy for you that you got one.

Laurie said...

Pink, the seat SO does the trick! I have been riding my bike all over and no pain in the hiney! Yay!

Nick, I love my new bike. I even tried to write a poem about it, but it went badly astray so I deleted it. :-)

WW, there's cushion there, just not in the right places. And you can't speed away because I let the air out of your front tire. (*Rides away laughing hysterically*)

Mspea, no worries, I'm feelin' fit and frisky again! Thanks so much.

Within Without said...

*Transforms bicycle into unicycle with unique death-defying maneuvre and speeds away anyhow, laughing*

Laurie said...

You can't ride away, WW, I have your bicycle, er, unicycle seat! (*Rides away giggling while WW stands there crying*)

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