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Is Zicam Homeopathy or Medicine

Our doctor recommended Zicam.

It is a “1x” homeopathic dilution of zincum gluconicum.. Normally I would say that homeopathy is absolute rubbish…. no let me revise that statement and say firmly, “homeopathy is absolute rubbish.” But a “1x” dilution is a 1 to 10 dilution… which is to say that 10% the ingredients are actual… ingredients. That sounds like MEDICINE. WTF?

I HATE that this company is touting actual medical studies and co-mingling it with the notion that it is homeopathy. It isn’t. Or maybe it is. The box says “This product is not required to go through the FDA’s New Drug Application approval process.” Hey FDA, you’re screwing up!

Seeking Smartlock Recommendations

ISO recommendations for a smartlock for an external door. Especially looking to make sure our doors are locked at night with an app.

Scheduled My First COVID Vaccine!

I just scheduled my first COVID vaccine dose! Feb 2nd!

Abigail’s Amazing School

Here’s what Abigail did LAST WEEK in school. It’s astounding! Step One in Berkeley is an amazing school! I’m so proud and happy to be a part of it, for myself and my daughter!

(If you are using Chrome on Windows, here’s how to view this stupidly long image (sorry!) right-click | open link in new tab, then click on the image to zoom in on it)

The Best Food Storage Containers

My favorite food storage containers AKA “Tuppers” are the rectangular “Ikea 365+” line. Here’s why:

  • The same top is used by ALL of the different sizes (34 ounce to 142 ounce) and materials (plastic and glass). No more rummaging for the right size lid!!!
  • Having consistent dimensions, they stack well in the fridge and nest well on the storage shelf.
  • Being rectangular, they use space more efficiently than a cylindrical or bowl shaped container.
  • They are inexpensive and I can buy more of the exact same size, unlike the stupid “premium limited edition” food containers I’ve had in the past.
  • Available in light & break-resistant plastic, and oven safe & stain-proof glass, I use them daily!

Here are the exact sizes I have, all with the same beautiful lids:

  • 34 ounce plastic
  • 34 ounce glass
  • 68 ounce plastic
  • 61 ounce glass (the mate for the 68 oz. glass)

I’ve had them now for a few years and they’ve stood up well. The plastic appear to be polypropylene, as they read “P.P.”

The 142 ounce containers use the same lids but I don’t have any yet.

The only downside I’ve found so far is that the 34 ounce size is too big for what you’d consider “small” leftovers. If it doesn’t make a mess, I will sometimes put two different small leftovers in the same container. They make a sectioning system that I should try out!

(I previously wrote about food storage)

CA Notify

(I think this is only for people in California. Other states have their own programs, I believe)
This app for Android and iPhone will tell you if you’ve been in proximity to someone with COVID. It’s a completely voluntary, completely anonymous reporting system. Just one more way to help stop the spread.
It seems to be working well on my phone for the past 2 weeks or so.

A Reminder

I don’t want to leave this photo here but I have to. As a reminder.

Adam Christian Johnson

Where I Practice OT in 2021

Here’s where I practice school-based OT at the beginning of 2021.

Vacation to the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Just got back from a really enjoyable trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains with podmates. Feeling a bit more relaxed. Hurray!

The Pleiades peeking out from behind the trees at our place in the mountains

Abigail at School

Ok, this is a ridiculously long image but it’s a beautiful view into Abigail’s (not technically) Kindergarten at Step One!

Maybe right-click and open link in a new tab. then click on that image.