I'm 30 years old with a family and have never cooked a piece of meat larger than four pounds. Is this unusual?
If I bought a ham and coated it with a kind of thick sludge of grade B maple syrup and sea salt, and then cooked it, what would be likely to happen? ETA ham is not salty enough by itself. Bacon, yes; ham is too fucking sweet.
i've recently started smoking cigarettes, and it's really awesome. not only do i look cool, but i get super dizzy and break things accidentally. also, my heart skips beats waaaaaaay more than it used to.
now that we have some background: what brand do you smoke? have you ever tried perique? did you used to smoke, but quit? if so, why are you a nerd?
Will someone please hypnotize me or something so I can get to sleep? Another night of me versus my mind that will not shut off. What the hell is up with having a constant running dialog going through my mind when I am trying to fall asleep?
Have you ever had to deal with animals of some type living in the walls of your apartment/home?
When I lived with my sister racoons used to invade our walls ALL THE TIME. and there was a mother and babies in the wall next to my bed it was so creepy. I used to be terrified that they would gnaw through the wall and invade my bed while I slept. Augh their creepy hungry cries haunted me. Also creepy: one night during a bad storm a piece of the kitchen ceiling caved in. The landlord, lazy dick that he was, had the solution of covering it with a tarp until he could be bothered to fix it about a month and a half later. He hired some people to redo the entire roof and they found three racoon skeletons in the roof. O_O
Currently we seem to have a possum in our ceiling (I assume just bc it sounds bigger than a rat/mouse but smaller than a coon, and the noises it makes sound possum-esque). I hate it. Maintenance seems unable to do anything apart from putting some traps in the vents but....hasn't worked so far.
You like to eat peanut butter on your toast a couple of times a week and occasionally by the spoonful out of the jar. One morning you open the newspaper to find that a recall has been issued for a certain brand of peanut butter due to salmonella. The notice states that it is uncertain whether other peanut butters are also contaminated. Your jar is empty, so there is no danger that you have salmonella peanut butter. Do you buy peanut butter this week? Or go without until you find out what's going on?
Inspired by me being told by a friend that some eggs were recalled due to dioxin contamination. All I thought was, "mmm, eggs." and then I went to the supermarket and bought some. The peanut butter example was because when I was a kid I remember pretty much the most popular brand of peanut butter in Australia being recalled and it seemed to cause quite the hysteria.
Do you crave a certain kind of food when you're sick? I'm sick right now and I'm craaaaving Chinese take-out, especially fried rice and hot and sour soup. Unfortunately, I can't have it for breakfast. :(
Possible TMI ahoy, but I have to get some opinions on this creepfest of events!
Last night I had a pretty intense dream where I was in a high school being shot at by a guy with a machine gun. I woke up with a massive headache and left an offline on yahoo telling my sister all about my dream. About half an hour later she comes online and proceeds to freak out. Why? Because she also dreamed about being shot at in a high school, though the scenerio for hers was slightly different and the whole thing was much more vivid and longer. If that's not creepy enough, we also started our periods on the exact same day (two days ago). We don't even live in the same house.
Has anything ever made you feel especially tall or short?
I'm average heighted, but I was with some friends and one of them tilted his head back to finish off a bottle of water and then the ceiling fan knocked it out of his hand and sent it flying across the room. I thought to myself, I never have to worry about stuff like that.
What's your favorite food from when you were a little kid that you still love?
Okay guys. I have to write an email to my professor telling him I'll either be late to class today or more likely, missing it altogether because I have an appointment with my surgeon and it's more likely than not that she'll be like, 3 hours late. My question is, how to I address the email? I've never called this guy anything. The thing is I've known him for 3 years, we went to Germany together, he and my sister used to be really close when she was in the program, etc. Except the idea of calling him by his first name seems weird to me since I am awkward like that and the idea of saying Prof. ---- also seems oddly formal. WWTQCD?
A pipe in our neighbor's apartment leaked for nearly a week before they could fix it. This somehow caused the carpet outside our bathroom to be soaked for just as long. We soaked up what we could with a towel, but it was constantly wet.
We have solid concrete underneath the carpet, so there's no wood to damage, but is it possible that underneath the carpet could be moldy and gross? There is only a bit of discoloration on the carpet.
tl;dr: wet carpet = moldy carpet?
ah, one more thing: is it worth asking the maintenance folks to rip it up and check? The dude kept telling me "it's concrete, it's fine," but I don't knooooow. And moldy carpet...eehhh. Mold gives me headaches D:
I don't think I phrased the question properly, since everyone everyone's answers addressed my interest in food/culinary arts when I wanted more of the following question to be answered:
How does one know if an interest of theirs is worth pursuing more intensively (as in through school and such)? How does one know if they are passionate about something to the point of cultivating it further and further?
My best friend says that you know a 'spark' is there if it's something you keep coming back to? For example, for her, she loves writing. Sometimes it frustrates her so she abandons it for several months, but then she suddenly finds the urge to write again.
My roommates mom was just diagnosed with Leukemia? Do you know anything about it in terms of severity compared to other forms of cancer? I know they are all bad, but is leukemia easier/harder to treat?
What do you wish you were doing right now, instead of what you're currently doing?
I wish I was at home already, so I can attempt to make rice balls :) Mmmmmmmm.
What's the temperature where you are? And where are you?
Apparently my city (Thompson, Manitoba, Canada) was listed as one of the coldest places on the planet sometime this morning. But it's -45C right now with the wind chill. It was probably colder than that before the sun came up.
My roommate/bff just called telling me that she locked the keys inside our car at the post office WHILE the car is on. I'm sick at home with the stomach flu (and reluctantly had to miss class today because of it) and now I have to go out in the rain to wait for the bus so I could open the car door for her.
When's the last time you were frustrated with someone? My bff is really pushing my buttons for the past year.
Say a girl is dating a guy who has psychological issues, but hides them very well. However, one day, in an obsessive and possessive argument, he purposefully hurts her, breaking one of her bones. She plans on going to court, to get him arrested and/or get a restraining order. However, there's no real proof that he was the one that hurt her, and he gets off without jail time and without a restraining order. Is this very plausible? Or are there loopholes that I'm not considering? At once, I find it hard to believe that someone could get away with that, but it happens, right?
And I have no idea what it is. To be honest it's kinda freaked me out. :/ have you ever come across something like this before? If you have any thoughts to share or any light to shed on the subject, I'd appreciate it a lot.
PS, if you take off the forum.htm bit you go to a completely different site.
My doctor took one look at my throat today and said "Yeah, that's strep" and prescribed me antibiotics, which I proceeded to take around 2:30. However, the doctor's office just called to say that my strep test came back negative, but they want me to keep taking the antibiotics. TQC, should I keep taking them? I don't want to take them if they're not necessary...I have a horrible immune system as it is, and I don't want my body to be unable to fight off even more crap. Do you think they'll help, even if it isn't strep?
What's your favorite soda/pop/fizzywater/whatever you call it?
We just got a phone bill today with a weird charge on it. Apparently my father has been getting this for several months but didn't do anything about it because of my mother's death. Anyway, he called up to find out what the deal was, and apparently it's a celebrity info thing. They had MY name and e-mail address, but this was sent to my father's phone bill. The name on the phone bill said "NewsandInfo". Does anyone know what this is all about? Is this some kind of scam, and does anyone know what site that refers to? My father wound up paying $16 a month for this for several months. Also, it couldn't really have been me because I was in the hospital for several months this year.
I'm trying to get on forever 21's website on my new laptop. It says that I have to enable cookies and gave me a bunch of steps to follow. I did the steps and it still won't let me on the site. What am I doing wrong?
Today, I found out I've been hired as a biologist for an aquarium in Birmingham, Alabama. So yay for me!
The thing is, I've been looking at the Birmingham craigslist and the pickings are slim for places to live. It also doesn't help that it's only a temp job (four months), and I don't have a car so I'd have to live within walking/biking/bus taking distance from downtown.
So where are some places I can look online for rooms to rent?
EDIT: Also, what's it like in Birmingham? I'm from San Francisco, the furthest south I've ever gone is Austin, Texas, so I don't know a lot about that area.
For those with pets, what is their weirdest habit/quirk?
Inspired by our cheese-obsessed cat. If you pinch your fingers together and walk toward the door where she's fed, she will go insane and run after you meowing. You can show her that your hand is empty, let her smell your fingers, and she will still do it two seconds later. She also went nuts over my brother's yellow USB drive once, thinking it was cheese.
On QVC and similar home shopping channels, when they have callers talking ot the presenters: When the caller places their order does the operator ask if they'd like to talk on tv after you place your order? Or...how does that work?
if so, how pissed are you about the american re-make? (the acting was terrible and they replaced Maxxie, the gay boy, with a lesbian cheerleader.. annoyingly, to attract more viewers i'm sure.)
don't get me wrong, i love lesbians, but they're everywhere on tv right now. it bothers me that it's so much more acceptable for two women to be romantic on tv than two men. the only gay guys on prime time that stick out to me are cam and mitchell on modern family and they never even kiss.. ever.. while callie and arizona practically fuck each other in every other episode of greys.
I had my first day at a new job today and was doing really well until about four thirty, when I realized that I wasn't going to get the day's order done in time and by myself (the manager and the other admin assistant had left by that point, and the only other person on with me was answering phones and helping customers up front). So I got really upset and stressed because the customer was sitting up front waiting, and I just couldn't work fast enough because I wasn't familiar enough with the equipment. And the other guy came up at quarter of six (I was meant to leave at 5:30 but stayed to get a little bit more done) and said I could go, but I just feel so bad and useless. Am I going to get flayed tomorrow because I didn't get everything done by myself? Am I being too hard on myself? I just want to be good at my job and it frustrates me when I'm new and can't get everything done that I'd like to.
TQC, do you have local musicians or bands that you're not sure of their nationwide popularity? For instance, I'm not sure how popular Wiz Khalifa is in the rest of the country, but he's pretty popular here because he's from here. Same with the Clarks. Have you people ever even heard of the Clarks?
Will you post some music from a local band that you like?
So the second US series of Undercover Boss just started airing in NZ. They changed the alibi for this series, but I couldn't keep from thinking that it's not the same. Now I've seen the first series, I would immediately suspect any middle-aged joker who rocked up to my workplace with a TV crew in tow and started trying out entry-level jobs. Especially when I got summoned to head office to "cast my vote" when I'd only seen one candidate (the alibi this time is that two people are competing for a job in the company.)
So the question is, those of you who've watched the series, would you suspect? And what do you think of the show, anyway?
I'm going to a psychic fair next weekend and I'm going to get some readings done. Part of me thinks they're all fakers out to get my money, but there's also a tiny part of me that wants to believe this shit is real.
What is your bedtime routine? How much would it bother you if you couldn't do every part of it? Would you still be able to get to sleep?
First about an hour before bed I drink a mug of sleepytime tea or a mug of hot chocolate. Then when it's close to bedtime I remove my makeup, wash my face, moisturize my face, change into pjs, put cocoa butter on my feet, lavender lotion on my hands, and put on cocoa butter lip balm. Then I refill the cats' water bowls, set my alarms, take my nighttime meds, and then put on an episode Star Trek. I would be bothered very very much, but I could still fall asleep.
I surf random lj images using http://www.fuzzysquid.com/LJ.php . I've been seeing a lot of pictures lately of people in bathing suits descending icy steps into open water hacked from frozen rivers. All the sources are in Cyrillic, leaving me puzzled and confused. There seem to be priests of some sort involved.
Is there some sort of Russian Orthodox polar-bear swim festival going on?
I'm making a set of mix cd's with the theme of: grief, rest and recovery.
Can you share some songs that you would apply? Links to songs/videos would be AMAZING and helpful if you can spare the time.
Grief- I'm looking for the saddest, darkest sounding songs, whether or not they relate specifically to grief. (Examples that work for me: River Waltz by Alexandre Desplat, some CocoRosie, New World by Devotchka, Westfall by Okkervil River, This Place is A Prison by The Postal Service, All the Wild Horses by Ray LaMontagne, The End of the World by Skeeter Davis, Skeletons by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, certain songs from Eternal Sunshine...)
Rest- Still sad, but more calm and/or neutral. (Songs that work for me: Edge of the World by Josh Ritter, Freely by Devendra Banhart, certain songs from Where the Wild Things Are.)
Recovery- I haven't gotten around to this one yet. But if anything comes to your mind as to what you might listen to, please share. =)