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The Lounge Terry Pratchett dies Mar 13 2015
16:19 (UTC)
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A sad day, indeed Knowan. He's one of my favorite authors. Did you see his last tweets? Heart-breaking.

Nomo - what nebi-and knowan said :) The Discworld novels are stand alones, but the characters are richer when you've read them in order. (IMO) I highly recommend Good Omens, the book he wrote with Neil Gaiman. It still makes me laugh when I re-read it.

Books Currently Reading? Mar 10 2015
16:20 (UTC)
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Original Post by rosencrantz12:

Reading One Hundred Years of Solidude, Heart of Darkness, and Tom Sawyer, all for different things. I'm looking forward to reading some fluff.

Rosencrantz - thanks for posting this! I have wanted to read 100 Years for a while, but keep neglecting to add it to my list. I'm going to do so right now. (And btw, Heart of Darkness is my favorite Conrad book.)

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
19:45 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

I've seen snow every month of the year many times.  I've seen temperatures drop 50 degrees celcius in a day and go up by 30 degrees celcius 3 days later.  I've seen snowbanks littered with dead mosquitoes that froze and fell out of the sky.

And I am SO SO totally bragging about living with that right now.  :D

Cuz we all know when it's actually happening, I'm a big whiny baby.

:D

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
19:40 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

Original Post by daizymae:

Runey - I would love to live in Calgary during July - November. I'm not sure I could handle a Canadian winter. I can barely handle ours here.

It's entirely possible to have a taste of Canadian winter then too. :D

Ooh. I retract my earlier statement, then.

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
19:36 (UTC)
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Agreed!

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
19:35 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

For all you knitters: This was the sweater pattern I had my sights set on when I decided to learn how to knit.  I can't believe I found it again.  Now I'd just settle for being able to knit a hat.  ;)

Pav - that is beautiful! I hope I can learn enough to knit something like that some day.

Runey - I would love to live in Calgary during July - November. I'm not sure I could handle a Canadian winter. I can barely handle ours here.

Books Currently Reading? Mar 05 2015
19:32 (UTC)
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Original Post by wwwilliam:

As usual a mixed batch - I jump between books as I go along, mainly for cross referencing: Golda Meir, the early days (an amazing insight on the formation of the State of Israel with early days of the Middle East question.) Churchill, Sir W.: A History Of The English Speaking Peoples volumes I, II, III and IV. Bryson, Bill: Mother Tongue. Boswell's London Journal 1762 - 1763 and Fukuyama, Francis: The End of History and the Last Man. The last book mentioned is for me the most difficult one to read - it is really a "page by page" challenge - especially because the reader is given the opportunity to question his hypothesis.    

WWWilliam - I love Bill Bryson's books! If you've not read "In a Sunburned Country" yet and enjoy travelogues,  I thoroughly recommend it.

I'm currently reading Chris Hadfield's: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. It's a really enjoyable read about how his training shaped his thinking and vice versa. It's making me want to change how I approach certain aspects of my work life.

 

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
19:10 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

Original Post by daizymae:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by runesplendor:

Original Post by daizymae:

Pav - I have an account number I'm happy to provide for you to make that deposit in...pay no attention to the swiss address...

Nonsense, she should use it to buy Chatsville.  :D

Once again, someone needs to talk to my boss about why it's a bad idea to put the lowest paid member of the staff in charge of finances.

If Chatsville is someplace warm and tropical, I'm in;)

How do you feel about Georgia?  The good one, not the Russian one.

It's much, much warmer than NH - and the Russian one. That works.

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
18:53 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by runesplendor:

Original Post by daizymae:

Pav - I have an account number I'm happy to provide for you to make that deposit in...pay no attention to the swiss address...

Nonsense, she should use it to buy Chatsville.  :D

Once again, someone needs to talk to my boss about why it's a bad idea to put the lowest paid member of the staff in charge of finances.

If Chatsville is someplace warm and tropical, I'm in;)

The Lounge Whatever happened to all the heroes? All the Shakespearoes? They watched their Chat burn Mar 05 2015
18:06 (UTC)
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Original Post by starlitocean:

generally, give me mountains, forests, lakes and oceans, and I feel calmer.  but give me camping here*, and nothing makes me more content.

also, our wedding town makes me stupid happy.

*we actually camp around there - febstars and I swam** in that lake!

** flailed.  we flailed.

Hi Chatters!

SLO - that LAKE! Holy COW! So beautiful! I must see that in real life. You are so lucky to live near a place that looks like that. Stunning.

Pav - I have an account number I'm happy to provide for you to make that deposit in...pay no attention to the swiss address...

The Lounge Really? What's your thought? Mar 05 2015
17:36 (UTC)
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What if eating three meals a day is what your body craves? I like to eat breakfast, because I wake up hungry after 12 hours of "fasting" overnight. That usually keeps me satiated until sometime in the early afternoon, when I next feel hunger cues, which is essentially lunch. Then again several hours later, I'm hungry again - at dinner time. Isn't this really just intuitive eating? I don't believe it's anti-science. And I'm with nomo on the racist tie-in - reach much?

The Lounge Rebel rebel, how could they know? Hot Chat, I love you so Mar 03 2015
19:26 (UTC)
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Original Post by nebi-hime:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

pig's feet I think.

status update: never had any energy  ;)

ok. big no on pig's feet.

Also a no on foie gras or caviar. The first because of conscience. The second partly conscience, and partly because it freaks me out.

 

Oooh, I'm with you on all of the above, nebi - and I also loved the Arthur cups!

 

The Lounge Rebel rebel, how could they know? Hot Chat, I love you so Mar 03 2015
18:29 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Not having any luck, nebi.

In the process of looking, I did find some more gems though.

Hi Chatters!

I love when I have time to lurk at lunch, because inevitably Pav finds fun things I never knew I needed in my life until now. And I don't even eat soft boiled eggs! Pav, you really would make a most excellent personal shopper.

Amwick - congrats on a successful wedding party. I wanted to ask you about the homemade tortillas - I found the mix, made one batch - they were delicious but they broke easily. Do you have any ideas on how to prevent that? I used the directions on the package.

 

The Lounge saving money Feb 04 2015
16:08 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by daizymae:

Thanks Amwick. I'm going to look for this locally. I have a tortilla press I'm dying to put to use!

I bought a tortilla press.  Big time-saver.  I roll the dough into a log, then cut and slice to make single servings.  I also use plastic in the tortilla press. You really don't need to shape them much before pressing, somehow they end up pretty roundish anyway.  A bit of an odd shape just makes them look hand made.  They do cook very quickly, so watch carefully. 

Good luck.

Can't wait to try it out! Homemade tortillas are just so dang good :) Thanks!

The Lounge The Best Chat in the World, it was The Best Chat in the World Feb 04 2015
13:41 (UTC)
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Morning Chatters :)

The Lounge saving money Feb 04 2015
13:39 (UTC)
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Thanks Amwick. I'm going to look for this locally. I have a tortilla press I'm dying to put to use!

The Lounge saving money Feb 04 2015
00:00 (UTC)
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Original Post by Imperical:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Grow some vegetables, even if all you have is some containers.  Romaine lettuce is almost $3 a head here right now, and I can get a whole seed packet for $1.50.  Plus with some leafy lettuce varieties that are slow to bolt and kale, you can harvest leaves off the same plant for a few months.  If you've got more room, go nuts and grow stuff you'd be buying anyway.  I haven't had to buy canned tomatoes or salsa for a couple of years now and all of the equipment is reusable.

thanks! what a brilliant idea!!!! I live in an apartment but have a small porch! :-D

Thanks to everyone! I hope anyone reading this also benefits from reading all the great ideas!  I like making my own dinner rolls (as they come in large packets and aren't cheap) when i want some bread with dinner.  They freeze well and super cheap and easy to make, plus they make meals taste better to have some fresh homemade bread :-)

Imperical - there are lots of ways to take advantage of gardening on a small porch - think UP! If you spend a little bit of time searching the web, you can find great ideas for creating vertical gardens. I know there's a hack out there for using the wooden shipping pallets - here's one way - and you can ask your local grocery store for a couple. They tend to have extra hanging around.

The Lounge saving money Feb 03 2015
23:46 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

I started making my own corn tortillas. They are really cheap, $.65 for 16 which would be enough for a week's lunch, using an instant mix such as Maseca.  (4.4lbs is under $3.)

They are great toasted, with peanut butter.   This saves money on bread.  Of course you can make bread,  but it takes so much longer.   I do make bread, but only as a treat.

 

 

 

Amwick - where do you find this mix? Do you order it online or find it locally?

The Lounge Wind Tree - Cool new technology Jan 21 2015
20:23 (UTC)
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Catwalker - that's kind of what I was thinking, as well. I must have missed the weight bit in the article. Will check it out later.

The Lounge Wind Tree - Cool new technology Jan 21 2015
17:30 (UTC)
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That's very cool - thanks for posting the link. I can see why architects would be interested in the aeroleaves for potential uses on rooftops, etc. If it was not too outrageously priced, I'd be interested in some form of that to power my own home.

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