September 13th, 2014

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The other day we were watching some cooking show or other and it somehow involved kimchi. Mom decided she wanted to try some. Today when I was shopping I (miraculously) found some kimchi at the grocery store, so I bought a jar. And now I have NO idea what to do with it because we've never had kimchi before. I know you can just kind of eat it "as is," but I don't even know if it should be heated before eating. Besides, I don't think any of us are quite to the point of being willing to try straight-up kimchi yet. So, any ideas on how to prepare it that would be good for a first foray into kimchi-eating? I found a recipe for kimchi fried rice that looks promising but other ideas would be awesome.

Or if kimchi isn't your thing, what suggestions would you make to someone interested in trying new cheeses? I've never been much of a cheese person. I mostly only eat cheese on a pizza, on top of French onion soup, in mac-and-cheese, or on a bagel (cream cheese). As a kid I sometimes ate those plastic-wrapped slices of American cheese but I got away from those too. I never even put grated parmesan on my pasta and not doing that was practically sacrilege in my family. So now I want to try some other cheeses, probably along with crackers or bread. Any suggestions? I'm not too thrilled with the idea of anything particularly runny or smelly, but I'm also not saying I would never ever try such a thing. I'm honestly not sure if I'm ready for something with a lot of mold either, but I could always file those suggestions away for the next step of my foray into cheese-eating.
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OB & related medical workers

Hello,

A number of years ago, I needed the help of an obstetrician/gynecologist in an emergency department, I had emergency surgery. I was given discharge papers, with instructions to go to the OB/GYN's practice several weeks later for a follow up visit, there was a phone number to call and make an appointment.

However the phone was not answered, it just went to voicemail with instructions to NOT leave a message. However when I called a few times during business hours, no one answered the phone.

I called the hospital in case I had missed something. They said to keep trying the number.

Finally I physically visited the office. The receptionist asked me if I had an appointment and I said "no, but..." and she was all frosty with me that she couldn't help me, I would need a referral from my family physician. I then shoved my hospital paperwork in front of her. She read it, apologized and booked me an appointment :/

When I went for my appointment, while I waited in the waiting room, the phone never rang once and I'm suspicious the ringer was shut off entirely.

Are OB/GYN doctors pestered so much with people trying to make appointments without referrals, that they don't answer the phone?

I realize if I get bad service, I should take my business elsewhere, but if you have ever worked at an OB/GYN office, are you swamped with that many calls from people you can't help out because they have no referral?

I am pregnant, with my referral and first appointment booked. I called to confirm I was coming, but at this office I could leave a message but no one called me back. I look forward to seeing if their phone is silent there too.

I was going to a fertility clinic, another place where you definitely need a referral but there was always someone to actually answer the phone, even if she answered annoying questions sometimes.


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