An update on the cup, and some thoughts about other stuff.

I threw the cup away.

I hated doing it. I don’t like throwing away goods that are still, seemingly, so good. I couldn’t get the lid off, though. With a lid on it, it’s useless to me. I can’t use it in my blender. I can’t possibly clean it properly. It feels like such a waste. Nevertheless, it’s gone. Dunzo.

Today I tried soaking the lid in oil (inside and out) to try and loosen it up and it didn’t work. I also tried banging it against the sink (stone sink) and it didn’t work. I also tried putting rubber bands around the lid to help grip and it didn’t work. I also tried silicone oven-mits and that didn’t work. I got so desperate that I knocked on my neighbour’s door. He wasn’t home, though. I took it as a sign that I should just give up.

I’m going to try to get by with just one blender cup, for now. It’s going to suck because of the fact that I hate washing dishes and I make smoothies daily. But hey, I’ll either have to deal, or get on the Ninja website and order new cups. (I say cups because you have to order them in a pack of two).

That’s a big ole explanation of something that’s not that important. I guess, though, that’s kind of an ongoing theme in my life.

In other news, today we reached a case count for COVID that we haven’t seen since early May whilst we were in the third wave. This is after the government stopped allowing asymptomatic testing, so that number is likely higher. This number of people with COVID comes as our government is stopping tracking, tracing and testing for COVID all together on the 16th of August. Once the 16th rolls around, if you want a test in this province, you either have to be being admitted to the ICU, or be willing to shill out $200 to a private company for them to do it for you. It’s part of our government’s large strategy of ignoring COVID and hoping that it goes away.

I can’t help but feel for all of the doctors, nurses and health care workers who have to deal with this oncoming shit storm. Our province has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. I don’t think the anti-vaxxers around here realize that the longer COVID is an issue, the longer our economy will suffer. The longer the economy suffers, the longer people will remain unemployed, or underemployed, be forced to close, or limit operations, struggle with making adequate money to cover expenses, etc… etc… etc…

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

EVERYTHING.

Farmers are dealing with record-setting, once in a century droughts in this country this year. With such a short growing season in Canada, our farmed products are often much cheaper in the summer then they are in the winter. For those that don’t realize why this is… it costs a lot of money to pick fruit and vegetables half a world away and get them flown to Canada to be distributed on grocery store shelves so they can sit in your fridge for a few days before you’re ready to eat them. During the growing season, those fruits and vegetables that can be grown here will be much cheaper whilst in season. Rather than transporting them from the equator to Canada, they’re transporting them from a few hours down the highway.

When there’s a drought, though… we still have to purchase our goods from the equator. Costs remain as high in summer as in winter. Now, factor in that we don’t regularly purchase said goods in the summer, so the countries closer to the equator might have come up with other customers/countries to sell those foods too. Thus, there’s an increased demand for these goods, a demand that can’t be fulfilled, creating a buying war (prices go up) and food shortage for several different countries, not just Canada.

Everything is connected.

EVERYTHING.

Whew. I really started rambling there. Time to go wash my smoothie cup.

I can’t, volume 2.

If any of you remember last time I went sad-fishing, I’m here to do it again.

I have a relatively fancy Ninja Blender. It’s nothing near expensive as a Vitamix, but it did cost me a pretty penny. It has these individual sized cups for when you don’t want to use the giant blender and just want a personal smoothie.

Two days ago I made a smoothie and I put the lid on it, as I always do, to ensure nothing spilled while I drank it. Now I cannot get the lid off.

I cannot physically do it. It’s stuck. I’m not strong enough. It’s getting gross. I cannot clean it.

I’ve actually contemplated walking next door to ask my neighbour if he can get the lid off for me because I cannot physically do it. He already thinks I’m loony, so I might as well add to the fervor.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks for stubborn water bottle/smoothie cup lids? Does anyone have a Ninja Blender with some tips?

The way Ninja is, replacing these cups ain’t cheap. I don’t want to just throw it away.

I don’t know what to do. I just can’t.