Non-Consumer Mish-Mash

by Katy on September 12, 2009 · 15 comments


It’s time for another installment of Non-Consumer Mish-Mash in which I write about a little of this, a little of that.

A small victory was achieved against over-packaged tiny sports drinks and granola bars when my younger son’s soccer team decided unanimously to axe the snacks. The parents were all super gung-ho, the kids? Not so much.

We will still be doing snacks for my older son’s team, but at least we’re encouraged to bring fruit or something from scratch. Last year I made granola bars and brought a single huge jug of lemonade for the kids to pour into their water bottles. It was a big hit with the parents, the kids didn’t care either way.

The advent of back-to-school has meant a huge increase in my spare time, which I am happy to take advantage of.

For example, I watched a long awaited library copy of “Vicky Christina Barcelona” while snuggled up in bed on Thursday morning. I knew this movie would hold no interest for anyone else in my family and was to be enjoyed alone. My husband, who works nights was very surprised to come home from work to find me watching TV in bed, but that, my Non-Consumer friends is the beauty of the school year.

Movie thus watched, I then dropped it on the porch of my friend Sasha who is also enjoying the free time afforded by the school year. After all, our local library system gives you three whole weeks to watch a movie that may have taken six months to come in. Too good to keep all to oneself.

And from the department of how cheap is too cheap is none other than Ms. Katy Wolk-Stanley. Remember those craigslist kittens I got for my kids in January? Well it was on my to-do list to take them to the vet for a spaying now that school is in session. . . .

Unfortunately Hyena, (an indoor cat) is now in heat, which means a lot of pitiful meowing, stretching out sensuously on the floor and erotic butt waggling.

My 11 and 14-year-old sons are super grossed out and won’t even let her in their rooms, which I actually think is kind of funny.

Don’t fret though, I’ll be making a spay appointment A.S.A.P. In retrospect, I should have waited until the Humane Society got some kittens in, at least they would have come with shots and a disinclination for super gross butt waggles.

Today was the Belmont Street Fair, an event I usually give a wide berth to, (crowded, hot and full of youngsters) but this year’s event featured a booth where the local librarians would try and match you up with the perfect book. If this isn’t awesome enough, the giant Multnomah County library card would be available for photo ops.

Ever since I learned of this giant library card that shows up at random events, I have been obsessed with forcing my photographer husband to take some Non-Consumer Advocate publicity photos that would include moí and this great big slice of heaven. (Yes — I do love my library card this much.)

Sadly, my sons’ soccer games ate up my day and I was not able to partake in the photo session of my dreams. I guess I’m back to square-one with my ginormous library card stalking. Sigh . . . .

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jinger September 13, 2009 at 5:55 am

Another library lover here…the library, my little piece of heaven.

You might enjoy this clip about Austin’s public library.


Kris-ND September 13, 2009 at 7:21 am

What I remember the most from my soccer days was snack time.

We had giant bags of cut up oranges the parents passed out and the big, orange Mickey D’s drink jug.

I loved soccer and still feel squishy inside whenever I see that orange drink jug.


glenn September 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

I look forward to seeing those Non-Consumer Advocate publicity photos. It really is great to see you putting so much conscious thought into the everyday things that most people just do automatically without questioning.


Joanna September 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

Until you finally get your photo op, here are some other pics of the giant library card to tide folks over:


Sierra September 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

My daughter just got her first regular sized library card a few weeks ago. It was one of the more magical moments we’ve shared:


Jupe Blue September 13, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Katy, even though you have the movie checked out for 3 weeks, I have mixed feelings with you sharing the movie with your friend rather than turning it back in for the next patron in line. I’m on the Mult. Co. library hold list for that particular movie as we speak. Am I over-reacting?


Klara Le Vine September 13, 2009 at 10:08 pm


I sent you privately a link about chewing – but the post came back – sorry to take up space in the comments area, but thought you’d get a kick out of it.


Dawn September 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

Do you have a good recipe for home made granola? My daughter keeps asking me to make it but I have yet to find a recipe?


Maniacal Mommy September 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I am in the never-ending queue for the first season of True Blood. However, I respect your sharing your video with your friends. If you have three weeks, by all means, use it wisely and return it promptly. We get three weeks as well, and I imagine it will take me that long to make it through the season.

Also, my hubby pointed out those metal water bottles today for a high price in the sale ads (he was mocking the concept). I just smiled to myself and thought “Katie got them cheap!”


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