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The underwhelmed Fab Five and the curious case of the catapulted crickets.

An interactive thread but with zero pressure to interact for fear of whelming everyone involved.

by Anonymousreply 51210 hours ago

The old thread is still open. I was just R602. How did that even happen. I am whelmed.

by Anonymousreply 103/15/2019

I was just about to link this thread in the old thread but it was closed. Fingers crossed we can work it out.

by Anonymousreply 203/15/2019

The old thread just closed. Muriel must have been annoyed that I posted as R602. Sorry Muriel. I was whelmed it was still open post R600.

by Anonymousreply 303/15/2019

I just went back to see if I could link this thread after I saw your comment but I can’t. Maybe you had a special dispensation r3

by Anonymousreply 403/15/2019

I should have used my after-600 privilege better. I could have used my 2 posts (601 and 602) to like to this thread instead of going on about how the thread was still open. I feel whelmed now.

by Anonymousreply 503/15/2019

Hopefully the Fab Five (and fab wannabes) will be able to find this new thread without the link.

Great new title, OP.

by Anonymousreply 603/15/2019

Maybe bump the new one so I can figure out what you're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 703/15/2019

My apologies. What was the name of the old thread.

by Anonymousreply 803/15/2019

No fucking pic?

What's wrong with you OP?

by Anonymousreply 903/15/2019

Pick of what r9?

by Anonymousreply 1003/15/2019

May I humbly suggest...

by Anonymousreply 1103/15/2019

I’m happy you found the thread PML. It’s whelming wondering if the missing regulars will find us too. Thanks for the picture, I had no idea that’s what a purple martin looked like.

by Anonymousreply 1203/15/2019

R7, the title of the previous thread was "I Want To Be Underwhelmed (the new INTERACTIVE version - for the modern, more sociable gay of the 2020s)"

by Anonymousreply 1303/15/2019

Link to the old thread

by Anonymousreply 1403/15/2019

We have a competing thread. So many people want to be underwhelmed these days.

by Anonymousreply 1503/15/2019

This is the actual correct thread, though. The title of this one is far more titillating.

by Anonymousreply 1603/15/2019

I agree PML. But not too titallating, or we’d all need a lie down.

by Anonymousreply 1703/15/2019

Yes, I agree that this is the correct thread. However, with DL's search function not working again, I'm sure it was an honest mistake on the part of the other thread's OP, who posed the question, "should we close this one and jump over to the gaudily titled thread?"

by Anonymousreply 1803/15/2019

It's 4:30 am in Texas. I just got out of bed hungry, and I had half a filet of Aldi Parmesean-crusted tilapia, and it was outstanding, straight from the refrigerator. It doesn't even taste like fish at all. I'm sure that has some larger implications that are too whelming to think about, but for now I'd just like to enjoy the satisfaction.

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to bump the new thread, international friends. Going back to bed now.

by Anonymousreply 1903/16/2019

What does the "L" in "PML" stand for? (I get Purple Martin, but "L"?)

by Anonymousreply 2003/16/2019

I have already had one cup of coffee today, around 4:30 am eastern.

by Anonymousreply 2103/16/2019

I stopped taking my blood pressure and diabetic medications five days ago. And Lyrica. I was groggy and in pain, suggesting side effects. Overwhelmed, really.

by Anonymousreply 2203/16/2019

Why did you stop taking it r22? Isn’t it dangerous not to take your diabetes meds?

by Anonymousreply 2303/16/2019

I think the L is for Landlord r20

by Anonymousreply 2403/16/2019

I don't know, r23. I'm being extra judicious about not eating carbs in the meantime. Or even eating what might be considered "too much." But I've read that muscle pain, leg and back pain x 3, joint pain x 3, nausea X 2, headache, cotton mouth, and blurred vision are all side effects of the combo I'm taking. Metformin (for diabetes) may cause "unusual muscle pain, headache, and weakness."

Over the past few months, I have developed so much pain, it only makes sense to look at EVERYTHING, including medicine, particularly since it is unknown, really, how medications may exacerbate the combinations of each other's side effects.

Today, I have no blurred vision, and some of my back pain has subsided. I did have an unusually bad headache yesterday, however.

by Anonymousreply 2503/16/2019

Do you have St. Patrick's Day celebrations going on in your town? Shudder. We have something called "Shamrock the Block," a large gathering of beer-swilling young milling about in a herd. Avoid at all costs. Whelm quotient off the charts.

by Anonymousreply 2603/16/2019

Queer Eye is the reason many homosexuals stay in the closet. It perpetuates all the stupid stereotypes about us. That we're happy clowns, keen on fashion and good taste and that we're flamboyant queens. I thought we had past this nonsense. When I saw this show coming back I sighed. Sometimes there's a feeling things are getting even worse instead of better. On an even scarier note Jacob Tobia stopped yesterday on the Daily Show with annoying Trevor Noah. The world is scarier by the minute.

by Anonymousreply 2703/16/2019

Wrong thread in which to be overwhelming, r27. And you [italic]are[/italic] overwhelming me.

by Anonymousreply 2803/16/2019

Sorry, too late for that.

by Anonymousreply 2903/16/2019

r29 r27 are you the queen who mocked the guy who had the flame Le Creuset?

by Anonymousreply 3003/16/2019

It's me Purple Martin Landlord again. I can't sleep. The sun is coming up and I heard a Cardinal singing and then the Mockingbird. Soon the Crows will be in my front yard pestering for Lucky Charms.

by Anonymousreply 3103/16/2019

[quote]Soon the Crows will be in my front yard pestering for Lucky Charms.

A sentence one could read only on the "underwhelmed" threads. Which is why I enjoy them so much.

by Anonymousreply 3203/16/2019

Today I am going to a double-bass symposium.

by Anonymousreply 3303/16/2019

I can’t tell one bird from another r31, it very impressive that you can.

by Anonymousreply 3403/16/2019

Home Alone was on E4 (British TV channel) earlier this evening. In mid-March. Who scheduled that?

by Anonymousreply 3503/16/2019

I have never seen Home Alone. I find all Culkins to be without whelm.

But I am old.

by Anonymousreply 3603/16/2019

Out and Proud here with my flame Le Creuset. And dramatic yet tasteful potholders.

by Anonymousreply 3703/16/2019

I love you, r37.

If I were to buy LC today, I would choose this one to start. I like this profile, and a 4.5 qt. is plenty now, but I'd prefer more of a green color. I don't see any on the website, and I looked under this and Round Dutch Oven.

by Anonymousreply 3803/16/2019

I thought the Le Creuset Queen left in a huff.

by Anonymousreply 3903/16/2019

I bought Cool Mint for a friend as a wedding present. It's not being made anymore, at least not in the US.

by Anonymousreply 4003/16/2019

I don't like that at all.

by Anonymousreply 4103/16/2019

It was his color, r41. He got a KitchenAid mixer the same color. Ice, it's called. I like it.

by Anonymousreply 4203/16/2019

There's a new color in town.

by Anonymousreply 4303/17/2019

Flame is rather horrible.

It has a sort of graduation of color that's rather unpleasant.

by Anonymousreply 4403/17/2019

I like Rosemary. Apparently it's only available in the UK.

by Anonymousreply 4503/17/2019

The gradient color is an inherent part of the original LC design, r44. They're making ones they call "matte finish" now, which are just a single color tone, but I don't like that as much.

When I bought mine, my only choices were Flame, Yellow, and Brown. Though I don't care for orange in general, I liked it more than either of the other two.

by Anonymousreply 4603/17/2019

I'm going to pass on Rosemary.

I buy Cerise whenever I get the chance.

I have two Cerise teapots.

One like this and a flatter one.

by Anonymousreply 4703/17/2019

I only have All-Clad now. So much lighter. And it works just as well for braising and stovetop cooking. In fact, I prefer it for stovetop cooking. Hot spots are less of an influence.

by Anonymousreply 4803/17/2019

[quote]The gradient color is an inherent part of the original LC design

I didn't know this.

We've had them in the family since the 60s when Orange was the only color and there was no gradient.

Likewise my green one that I've had since '88 - that's solid green.

In fact, I think you're wrong in what you say,

by Anonymousreply 4903/17/2019

[quote]When I bought mine, my only choices were Flame, Yellow, and Brown. Though I don't care for orange in general, I liked it more than either of the other two.

Of those three I would have chosen orange too.

by Anonymousreply 5003/17/2019

Only a cunt would choose grey.

by Anonymousreply 5103/17/2019

[quote]The gradient color is an inherent part of the original LC design

I take it back. I think you're right.

'60s L.C. >

by Anonymousreply 5203/17/2019

Williams-Sonoma has a new exclusive color, Teal. I kind of like it, but it can get overwhelming and, well, we can't have that, now can we?

by Anonymousreply 5303/17/2019

I like the both the rosemary and ice. But then like our friend who left in a huff I don’t like orange or reds.

by Anonymousreply 5403/17/2019

I [italic]am[/italic] "our friend who left in a huff."

by Anonymousreply 5503/17/2019

I’m so sorry, I didn’t realise it was you r55. I’m glad you’re back.

by Anonymousreply 5603/17/2019

[quote]I am "our friend who left in a huff."

Mary - you came back! That didn't take long.

by Anonymousreply 5703/17/2019

[quote]I am "our friend who left in a huff." —the original Flameur

Are you also >>> ?

by Anonymousreply 5803/17/2019

Thank you, r56. I thought people would get "the original Flameur."

Anyway, Good Queen David is offering Le Creuset in Emerald this year.

by Anonymousreply 5903/17/2019

I'm wondering why teacups are wider than mugs. All that does is allow the tea to cool faster, and what's the advantage to that?

by Anonymousreply 6003/17/2019

Ooohh I like that. I don’t think the emerald is available in Australia r59. It’s lovely however. I’ll have to google to see what options we have here. Sometimes we’re neglected as we’re a smaller market.

by Anonymousreply 6103/17/2019

[quote]I'm wondering why teacups are wider than mugs. All that does is allow the tea to cool faster, and what's the advantage to that?

There's none.

by Anonymousreply 6203/17/2019

I can’t drink my tea out of a mug r60. It’s too big. No one needs that much tea in one go. Plus I like a thinner lip when drinking tea. Mugs are too thick. Yes, I’m this pedantic.

by Anonymousreply 6303/17/2019

Well I’ll eat my words about LeCrueset having a limited range of colours in Australia. There are 28 colour options. No Ice, Emerald or Rosemary however.

by Anonymousreply 6403/17/2019

You do have Cool Mint, though, r64. That's the same as Ice, which is a KitchenAid name.

And Kale looks very much like my second LC set, which I think was called Fennel.

by Anonymousreply 6503/17/2019

I think the thinner lip is essential, too, r63. I'm not really a tea drinker, and I no longer own any [italic]china[/italic] china, so the teacups I have are thicker than what you're talking about. They're not huge, but the difference is immediately apparent.

by Anonymousreply 6603/17/2019

We even have a multicolour option r65, which I find odd. Who would order that, I wonder?

by Anonymousreply 6703/17/2019

I’m glad you understand r66. Every time I go to my parents place they plonk down a mug of tea that’s closer to a salad bowl than anything else. I always ask them who on earth would want this much tea. I now make all the tea when I’m there. They think I’m ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 6803/17/2019

I think most collectors of Fiestaware go the Multicolor/Rainbow route, r67. I'm simply a blues and greens guy, no matter what the item.

by Anonymousreply 6903/17/2019

a typical Fiestaware collection (colorwise). I find that many colors at once cacophonous.

by Anonymousreply 7003/17/2019

I had no idea r69. It seems so disorganised, but what do I know. Like you I’d stick with blues and greens too.

by Anonymousreply 7103/17/2019

I find it hard to take in more than three colors at a time, r71. My brain starts to hurt.

by Anonymousreply 7203/17/2019

I'm going to try and get some sleep now. Good night, r71.

by Anonymousreply 7303/17/2019

Just woke up and turned on PBS only to find a show about a young moose in danger from wolves. Too much whelm and now the tv's off. Making coffee. Turned on my battery candle and playing Vivaldi. Settling into some coze.

by Anonymousreply 7403/17/2019

What is "coze"?

by Anonymousreply 7503/17/2019

I'm guessing that it's different from "cooze," a rather whelming concept for most posters on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 7603/17/2019

[quote]I thought the Le Creuset Queen left in a huff.

Were you having your huff reupholstered and detailed?

by Anonymousreply 7703/17/2019

Something like that, r77.

Sadly, I returned to find that the WW function had disappeared. Each of you should consider himself WWed, now that we can't do it anymore by pressing a button. This is my favorite thread. Well, this and the Julian Morris threads. And sometimes the Gorgeous Gay Guys threads (though their Directrice can at times overwhelm).

by Anonymousreply 7803/17/2019

I only have one piece of real Le Creuset (I'm not sure what it's called --it's a deep covered skillet --maybe a chicken fryer?) Anyway, it's a sort of medium green with a gradient pattern. Does anyone know the name of that color?

by Anonymousreply 7903/17/2019

There are so many color names, r79. What country do you live in?

by Anonymousreply 8003/17/2019

What about white Le Creuset cookware? I don't have any LC, but if I did, I'd get white.

by Anonymousreply 8103/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone. When I lived in New York, I went to the annual parade only once. Way too much whelm for my taste.

by Anonymousreply 8203/17/2019

r80 The US of A. I did a little research and I think the pan is called a cassadou. This looks like the pan and the color.

by Anonymousreply 8303/17/2019

Hard to say, r83. Is the interior grey instead of beige?

by Anonymousreply 8403/17/2019

Here's another green with the grey interior. All the seller says is "green." It's got the bare cast iron bottom, so it's an older piece. It has the number 20 on the bottom instead of a letter, so it's not one of the oldest pieces, but still...I don't know, r83. It looks like Fennel, but mine were newer than that. I think Fennel was retired in 1998-99, so this piece is not as old as 1979, but no newer than 1999.

Big help, I know. But that's the best I can do, at least for now.

by Anonymousreply 8503/17/2019

I just got a popup from Datalounge asking me if I want to receive notifications. I clicked "yes."

Let's exchange WWs and see if they're working again.

by Anonymousreply 8603/17/2019

r84 It's beige.

And I'm finally getting WWs again.

by Anonymousreply 8703/17/2019

Here's another, r87.

by Anonymousreply 8803/17/2019

[quote]I just got a popup from Datalounge asking me if I want to receive notifications. I clicked "yes." Let's exchange WWs and see if they're working again.

No, they're not.

Don't know why you got that message.

by Anonymousreply 8903/17/2019

[quote]And I'm finally getting WWs again.

I'm NOT.

by Anonymousreply 9003/17/2019

WW is working on Firefox - not Chrome.

by Anonymousreply 9103/17/2019

Can someone send me a W&W plz?

by Anonymousreply 9203/17/2019

I'm getting them in Chrome now. All's well - or rather better anyway.

by Anonymousreply 9303/17/2019

I never see WW notifications. I used to.

by Anonymousreply 9403/17/2019

WW is not working for me in Firefox AFAICT. I sent myself one...nothing.

by Anonymousreply 9503/17/2019

I sent myself notifications in Chrome and Safari, too. Nothing.

If any of you have sent them, I have seen nothing.

by Anonymousreply 9603/17/2019

r95 It's working for me in Firefox, but I'm only receiving ones sent in the last hour or so -- nothing from the past few days.

by Anonymousreply 9703/17/2019

Thank you, R34. Birding-by-ear, as it's called, seems to happen by osmosis-- especially the more common bird calls. Most birds have a distinctive tone and song. It takes about the same amount of effort as distinguishing a Hank Williams from Aretha Franklin from Kylie Minogue from Drake, etc. It's just a matter of looking to see what bird it is the first few times, then you get it.

Well, easy to say now I guess. Thinking of it, I learned the lion's share of bird calls in my early twenties.

I forgot what I came here to post. It didn't have to do with birds. Or food.

Anne of Green Gables is on the DVR, recorded from Turner Classic Movies the other day. I hope I can watch it tonight after a hot shower, on fresh sheets. Oh that's what I came to say-- I washed all my sheets and blankets. One of life's simple pleasures.

by Anonymousreply 9803/17/2019

I have received three WWs today. None from this thread so far (HINT, HINT).

by Anonymousreply 9903/17/2019

I did receive someone's WW for r99 about an hour ago. Thank you. I guess it's (suddenly) working.

by Anonymousreply 10003/17/2019

I will not let the return of the WWs overwhelm me.

I will not let the return of the WWs overwhelm me.

I will not let the return of the WWs overwhelm me.

I will not let the return of the WWs overwhelm me.

I will not let the return of the WWs overwhelm me.

by Anonymousreply 10103/17/2019

[quote]Oh that's what I came to say-- I washed all my sheets and blankets. One of life's simple pleasures.

I also washed all my bed linens today, Pml, including the bedspread and the mattress cover. I'm looking forward to retiring for the evening.

by Anonymousreply 10203/17/2019

That was a bold move, R102. A totally naked bed would probably overwhelm me.

Oatmeal for breakfast. With blueberries.

by Anonymousreply 10303/18/2019

For breakfast: a bowl of yesterday's red lentil soup.

by Anonymousreply 10403/18/2019

I had some leftover homemade baked beans for breakfast. I felt rather British.

by Anonymousreply 10503/18/2019

I've been up since 4:30. Going to take a nap now.

by Anonymousreply 10603/18/2019

I found some pork shoulder on sale so yesterday I slow-cooked it (8 lbs., bone-in) and shredded it, then bagged and froze it. Now I have to figure out how I want to use it. Also made a loaf of the trendy Apple Fritter Bread. Taking it to my volunteer work tomorrow to share.

by Anonymousreply 10703/18/2019

[quote] Also made a loaf of the trendy Apple Fritter Bread. Taking it to my volunteer work tomorrow to share.

How sweet and adorable.

by Anonymousreply 10803/18/2019

So nice of you, R107, and Apple Fritter Bread sounds delicious!

by Anonymousreply 10903/18/2019

PML/r98, I thought of you this morning when the sound of rainbow lorikeets woke me up. As I said I’m not very good at knowing one bird from another but you can’t miss these birds. They descended on a huge tree in my neighbours yard which I think grows some sort of nut. They were very loud, but very pretty.

by Anonymousreply 11003/18/2019

[quote]They descended on a huge tree in my neighbours yard which I think grows some sort of nut. They were very loud, but very pretty.

I seem to recall seeing a movie with a similar scene.

by Anonymousreply 11103/18/2019

Ha r111 I made a similar joke when on my way to work I saw a tree covered in white cockatoos. Today is like a scene from The Birds but in technicolor.

by Anonymousreply 11203/18/2019

I can't imagine living in a place where Lorikeets and Cockatoos are wild and free outside one's window.

I really hope I dream of it tonight. I am totally whelmed thinking of it. I feel the sudden need for a puff from an asthma inhaler, even though I don't have asthma.

Thanks for sharing that.

by Anonymousreply 11303/18/2019

I don’t live far from the city centre PML, about 10km, so it sometimes amazes even me that such exotic looking birds are hanging around here watching people go about their day commute. The lorikeets aren’t always as visible as the cockatoos however, the cockatoos seem less afraid of people. Although I have no doubt that after the lorikeets finish with my neighbours nut tree, they’ll eat all the peaches I’ve been unable to reach at the top of my tree. And after that they’ll wait for the persimmons to ripen and go for those. But that’s ok there are only so many persimmons I can eat. If I can I’ll take a photo of them in the trees and post it. I’ve never tried to post a photo, not sure we can.

by Anonymousreply 11403/19/2019

Well, Bruce Willis turns 64 today.

by Anonymousreply 11503/19/2019

In music class yesterday, we listened to parts of Dvorak's Requiem, which most of us had not known existed. Also, Verdi and Fauré.

by Anonymousreply 11603/19/2019

Have spent the morning increasingly whelmed, looking for Nivea Men's Sensitive Face Wash. Have hit just about every big box store/pharmacy in town and nothing. Guess I'll have to order online. More whelm.

by Anonymousreply 11703/19/2019

Careful, R117.Too much whelm can show on your face, regardless of the products you use on it.

by Anonymousreply 11803/19/2019

I was underwhelmed but reading this thread has rewhelmed me. Thank you all.

by Anonymousreply 11903/19/2019

Cute comment, R118. I'll watch the whelm quotient.

by Anonymousreply 12003/19/2019

Had the chicken and black bean tostada for dinner with a side salad. Quite yummy.

by Anonymousreply 12103/19/2019

Spring arrives today. Goodbye winter, although I hated your weather it was wonderful to have an excuse to stay indoors and read. Now the tyranny of good weather. More whelm.

by Anonymousreply 12203/20/2019

Winter continues apace where I live. 32 degrees out.

by Anonymousreply 12303/20/2019

"The tyranny of good weather." Very nicely put, R122. I guess we can always hope for lots of spring rain.

by Anonymousreply 12403/20/2019

Is everyone able to listen to something on Spotify? This is music I find rather underwhelming, in the best possible way. I love a nice wind quintet.

by Anonymousreply 12503/20/2019

I woke up a little after 1 AM, and still haven't gone back to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 12603/20/2019

I can’t hear it r125, I’ll try to find it somewhere else on the net

by Anonymousreply 12703/21/2019

Try Wind Quintet No. 3 here, r127.

by Anonymousreply 12803/21/2019

I love the clarinet. Here is the concerto Benny Goodman commissioned Aaron Copland to write for him. I find it, and the clarinet in general, to be sublimely underwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 12903/21/2019

[quote]I woke up a little after 1 AM, and still haven't gone back to sleep.

I'm always waking up at odd hours and then unable to get back to sleep. In my case, I think it's "old man insomnia."

by Anonymousreply 13003/21/2019

Yes, it appears to be just that, r130. I'm 67 now.

by Anonymousreply 13103/21/2019

I'm also 67, R131. I'm a little whelmed by the coincidence.

by Anonymousreply 13203/21/2019

When will you be 68, r132. For me, it's next month.

by Anonymousreply 13303/21/2019

Next month for me, too, R133, although I coyly omitted that detail earlier.

by Anonymousreply 13403/21/2019

I'm also retiring next month, so I'm looking at a lot of whelm here.

by Anonymousreply 13503/21/2019

I turned 41 last month, but people are always shocked to find out I'm not 67.

by Anonymousreply 13603/21/2019

^^This certainly makes you an anomaly on DL, Pml. Here, most everyone looks at least 20 years younger than their actual age.

by Anonymousreply 13703/21/2019

"Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men."

by Anonymousreply 13803/21/2019

Aries or Taurus, r134?

by Anonymousreply 13903/21/2019

Taurus.

by Anonymousreply 14003/21/2019

Well, I am an Aries. So we are not birthday mates. But close!

by Anonymousreply 14103/21/2019

It would have been overwhelming if we had the same birthday.

by Anonymousreply 14203/21/2019

I was mocking them, R137. I don't look 67, but I look every one of my 41 years.

I'm OK with that. I was hot once, when it mattered the most.

by Anonymousreply 14303/21/2019

[quote]Well, I am an Aries. So we are not birthday mates. But close!

And here I thought we might be cosmic twins. But you're right. That would have been overwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 14403/21/2019

There's a man who was born in the same room, in the same hospital, on the same day I was. We were in kindergarten together, and then my mother sent me to Catholic school, and I never saw or heard from him again. I know his street address. I've often felt tempted to send him a card...see if his life turned out anything like mine.

I wonder if it would be overwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 14503/21/2019

^^It would certainly be overwhelming if, in contacting him, you discovered that you were switched at birth.

by Anonymousreply 14603/21/2019

Indeed, r146. But he was a freckle-faced boy, something that cannot be said for anyone I was related to.

by Anonymousreply 14703/21/2019

I’m 45. I have met 5 others born on the same day, year and city as I was. One was a date. He asked my birthday, I jokingly told him to guess. He guessed the exact day. I asked if he’d taken a peak at my drivers license. Certainly not he said, he just picked that date because it was his birthday. Turns out we born two hours apart, in the same city but in different hospitals. The romance fizzled but we remain friends.

by Anonymousreply 14803/21/2019

That's fairly whelming, r148.

by Anonymousreply 14903/21/2019

What's cooking? We haven't talked about food in a while. Spring is here, but it's still soup weather where I am.

by Anonymousreply 15003/22/2019

I had an Italian sub for lunch.

by Anonymousreply 15103/22/2019

You're clearly not from New England, or you would have called it an "Italian grinder."

by Anonymousreply 15203/22/2019

Excellent deductive skills, r152.

by Anonymousreply 15303/22/2019

Just call me Jessica Fletcher.

by Anonymousreply 15403/22/2019

I grew up in North Jersey, r152, and subs are what they're called, as the roll is baked in the shape of a submarine. It was a particularly good one today. All the meats you'd imagine, topped with provolone, then toasted just a little, then topped with lettuce, tomato, olive oil, and vinegar. Made to order at my local supermarket.

by Anonymousreply 15503/22/2019

My favorite color is green, followed by blue. I especially like them together.

by Anonymousreply 15603/22/2019

I lived in North Jersey for several years, R155, although I'm not from there. So I'm very familiar with the subs there, and did enjoy them.

by Anonymousreply 15703/22/2019

I had a Japanese miso salmon salad for lunch. Followed by a yo-yo biscuit and cup of tea. I’ll never buy another packet of yo-yos against, they’re way too delicious.

by Anonymousreply 15803/22/2019

I like turquoise Fiestaware.

by Anonymousreply 15903/22/2019

I like Cornishware.

by Anonymousreply 16003/23/2019

I like both the cornishware and the turquoise fiestaware. Not that I own either sort.

by Anonymousreply 16103/23/2019

Would your dinnerware choices overwhelm us, r161?

by Anonymousreply 16203/23/2019

[quote]Would your dinnerware choices overwhelm us, [R161]?

Your posts are becoming tiresome, as opposed to underwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 16303/23/2019

No r162, they’d probably underwhelm everyone. But this thread has me thinking I should probably set my sights on some much nicer dinnerware than the bland ones I own.

by Anonymousreply 16403/23/2019

Then go somewhere else, r163.

by Anonymousreply 16503/23/2019

[quote]Then go somewhere else, [R163].

There's only one boring person with the same repetitive lame joke.

by Anonymousreply 16603/23/2019

What is my "same repetitive lame joke"? I wasn't aware I'd made any jokes.

by Anonymousreply 16703/23/2019

Girls! Girls! We try to keep the "Underwhelmed" threads a snark-free zone.

by Anonymousreply 16803/23/2019

I know... but those moronic posts were dragging this thread down to gutter level. He HAD to be stopped.

by Anonymousreply 16903/23/2019

Yet here [italic]he[/italic] is, r169.

Now why don't YOU post something you find interesting? Go ahead: WOW us! And making soup with sour cream is not interesting.

by Anonymousreply 17003/23/2019

I didn't post the soup question on this thread for that precise reason. It was not meant to be interesting.

by Anonymousreply 17103/23/2019

Not to add fuel to the fire, but the original intent of this thread was to post *uninteresting* details of our lives.

by Anonymousreply 17203/23/2019

I ignoredared myself. I did not tell a single joke in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 17303/23/2019

Regardless, r171, you have yet to post anything except your various cuntings at me. To say I am underwhelmed would be understatement. (Or is it overstatement?)

by Anonymousreply 17403/23/2019

Come on!

Let's pick ourselves up and move on!

I had the most horrible sausages for lunch. Pork & Bramley Apple! They were TERRIBLE. Sounded nice...but no.

I had a little Treacle Sponge for desert, with some cream instead of custard. That WAS nice.

(& this is why I usually identify myself as "London" - because this must all sound so foreign).

by Anonymousreply 17503/23/2019

gurl, NO! >

by Anonymousreply 17603/23/2019

Not all that foreign, R175. Although I remember reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as a child (and loving its humor), and wondering what treacle was in the tea party scene. "They lived on treacle." I know now, of course.

by Anonymousreply 17703/23/2019

If they had it for tea they probably had this stuff spread on bread or toast.

by Anonymousreply 17803/23/2019

Treacle sponge

by Anonymousreply 17903/23/2019

Treacle Tart

by Anonymousreply 18003/23/2019

London/r175 I know what those things are because I live in Australia and we have a lot of British influences. Having said that I’ve never actually tasted treacle sponge. I do like pork and apple sausages however. Maybe you bought an average brand?

by Anonymousreply 18103/23/2019

Im having people over today (whelming). It’s my boyfriend’s birthday. We’re having a BBQ. We’ve invited a quite a few people, some with children. I like kids, but there’s one brat among them who gets on my ever last nerve. He has 2 siblings who are perfectly well behaved, but this kid is an obnoxious smart arse. How he ended up in that nice family, I don’t know. He’ll be the reason my house will be a bigger mess than it should be when everyone leaves.

by Anonymousreply 18203/23/2019

Best of luck, r182.

by Anonymousreply 18303/23/2019

Is a Bramley apple just a variety, like Red Delicious or Honeycrisp? Or does it mean something else? It seems odd that they'd specify the type of apple in the name of a sausage.

by Anonymousreply 18403/23/2019

[quote]It seems odd that they'd specify the type of apple in the name of a sausage.

It sounds more appealing than just apple.

I've decided that apples don't belong inside sausages.

[quote]Having said that I’ve never actually tasted treacle sponge.

I wish I could do something to rectify this, R181.

If you can't buy them where you are you could always make one.

by Anonymousreply 18503/23/2019

London (cont.)

I went over to the Amazon lockers to pick up a couple of packages. One of them was in the top locker and the parcel was right at the back and I literally couldn't reach it. I tried stretching as far as I could, but literally, NO!

I was standing around trying to work out what to do and a nice smiley woman came by and said "Can't you reach something in there? Are waiting for someone tall to come along?"

Yes and yes, I guess so.

Then her husband who was smaller and older than me (but more agile, clearly) jumped up a few times and just managed to knock it forward and grab it.

It was so nice of them.

I can't do things like that anymore. I can't climb into my loft either. I used to be able to lift myself up into it.

But still, stupid idiot from Amazon putting it so high and pushing it to the back.

by Anonymousreply 18603/23/2019

I've been eating scrambled egg whites wrapped in soft, steamed low-carb tortillas for a week or more now. That's about it. Well, a Cara Cara Orange here and there, a kale chopped salad here and there. On plain white plates.

I suppose I should mention every other day or so I have a scoop or two of strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

by Anonymousreply 18703/23/2019

R185 they’re probably available in supermarkets. Next time I’m there, I’ll have a look. Although I’m sure my bfs mother could recommend a brand or recipe, she was raised on very British type food.

by Anonymousreply 18803/23/2019

Tell us how it worked out, R182.

by Anonymousreply 18903/23/2019

Watching Iyanla because my husband has a strange affinity for her and Dr. Phil. I am underwhelmed by both of them.

by Anonymousreply 19003/23/2019

Until tonight, I thought Iyanla was some old female relative of Cheetolini.

by Anonymousreply 19103/24/2019

The BBQ was fun. The weather was perfect. Our friend’s son behaved appallingly as predicted. Such an obnoxious, rude, disobedient brat, made more evident by the fact that his sisters are lovely. At one point a couple of the dads took a few of the kids to the park for a game of basketball. As the kids left I could hear the brat bragging about how he’d beat all the other kids. He returned fuming because my nephew had resoundingly beat him in a game of one on one. He sulked for a good 45 minutes which kept him quiet and out of trouble much to everyone’s relief. Other than that we had a lot of laughs. Now I’m back to being underwhelmed and grateful for it.

by Anonymousreply 19203/24/2019

Can't you ask them to leave him home next time?

by Anonymousreply 19303/24/2019

I’d love to r193, but I can’t bring myself to ask. His parents know he’s a handful and they’re doing their best to keep him in line. I can see they find him exhausting, so I don’t want to add insult to unjury. My fb thinks he’s a sociopath in the making, which I used to think was very harsh, but I’m beginning to agree with him. There’s something really off about this kid.

by Anonymousreply 19403/24/2019

[quote]My fb thinks he’s a sociopath in the making, which I used to think was very harsh, but I’m beginning to agree with him.

fb = fuck buddy?

by Anonymousreply 19503/24/2019

Sorry r195, I meant to type bf as in boyfriend. My days of fuck buddies are long gone.

by Anonymousreply 19603/24/2019

[quote]I’d love to [R193], but I can’t bring myself to ask

Have them for dinner in future. You don't need to invite people's kids for dinner.

by Anonymousreply 19703/24/2019

What r197 said. You did not bring this monster into the world. You don't need to entertain it.

by Anonymousreply 19803/24/2019

We don’t always have the children over. In fact, our next catch up is just with his parents. My bf and I only invite the kids if we’re inviting our respective sisters with their husbands and their children. We probably won’t see him again for months.

by Anonymousreply 19903/24/2019

Must be so hard having a difficult child.

by Anonymousreply 20003/24/2019

Especially r200, when it appears to be nature rather than nuture.

by Anonymousreply 20103/24/2019

I'm in Texas, but I like bourbon biscuits and I'm thinking of making my own.

Of the three readily available to me, Parle Hide N' Seek Bourbon Black is the best brand, followed by Britannia and finally, dead last is the standard entry-level Parle Bourbon biscuit. I don't remember those ones being as bad as they are now. I don't think it's a coincidence that the quality of the standard Parle bourbon biscuits steeply declined around the same time Parle made available their much more expensive Hide N' Seek Bourbon Blacks available here. The old standard Parle has half the biscuits sandwiched BOURBON stamp down, some missing a top altogether, some missing the cream filling. And there's no flavor. What happened?

Anyway, I can buy a whole set of British biscuit cutters online for $20. I only need the Bourbon one, though.

by Anonymousreply 20203/24/2019

I just watched Dancing with the stars. Once again the very nice, but terribly uncoordinated former cricket player was not eliminated. For the love of all that’s holy, can the Australian public stop “saving” him and put the poor man out of his misery, he can’t dance to save himself. I don’t want to watch him clump awkwardly around the dance floor a minute longer. Not overwhelming, but close.

by Anonymousreply 20303/25/2019

Are the "stars" on Australia's version of "Dancing With the Stars" at least semi-well-known? Because most of the so-called celebrities on the U.S. version, especially lately, are a bunch of nobodies.

by Anonymousreply 20403/25/2019

Bit of a mix r204. The ex cricketer is revered among cricket fans, but I had no idea who he was. One was a personal trainer from the Australian version of biggest loser. Another’s claim to fame is he the handsome son of a famous couple. So I guess most are well known in they’re particular niche, but I wouldn’t classify most of them as “stars.”

by Anonymousreply 20503/25/2019

I’m watching an old episode of game of thrones. While watching it I’ve realised that I have no idea the sequence which anything happened. I’m surprised certain characters are still alive, that certain characters have already met and I’ve forgotten some characters even existed. I don’t know how I ever followed this show.

by Anonymousreply 20603/26/2019

That happened for me with Pretty Little Liars, r206. It became especially bad when I read one of the books.

by Anonymousreply 20703/26/2019

Speaking of old episodes, I never "binge watch" anything. The very idea seems whelming.

by Anonymousreply 20803/26/2019

I like binge watching r208, especially in winter on cold weekends.

by Anonymousreply 20903/26/2019

I woke up this morning and the house was cold. I had to turn on the heater before work. I guess autumn is well and truely here. It warmed up quite a bit during the day today, I didn’t need more than a T-shirt when I went out to grab lunch, but the real summer weather is pretty much over.

by Anonymousreply 21003/27/2019

I am overwhelmed by 28 degrees in the northeast USA. Must get back to underwhelmedness, but how?

by Anonymousreply 21103/27/2019

It may be autumn in Australia, but, as R211 noted, spring has been slow to arrive in the northeast U.S., and even in our nation's capital. But Washington is so miserably hot and humid in the summer, which can be overwhelming, I really don't mind the unseasonably cool weather.

by Anonymousreply 21203/27/2019

SoCal - mostly low 70s this week, but inching toward 80s soon.

by Anonymousreply 21303/27/2019

I will be draining my pasta today. Angel hair. Too many broken pieces to do otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 21403/27/2019

We promise not to tell anyone, R214.

by Anonymousreply 21503/27/2019

R211 is that 28 degrees in Fahrenheit? Because if so that’s a lot colder than the cold weather I was complaining about yesterday.

by Anonymousreply 21603/27/2019

Stopped in at Costco today to spent my Costco VISA rebate check (around $180). Only planned to pick up a couple of small things and get the rest in cash. I ended up with a full cart and only $19 in cash.

by Anonymousreply 21703/27/2019

spent=spend

by Anonymousreply 21803/27/2019

r216, yes, Fahrenheit. It is now 53, however.

by Anonymousreply 21903/27/2019

That’s about what the weather was when I woke up yesterday r219. Had to turn on the heat just to drag myself out of bed.

by Anonymousreply 22003/27/2019

I’ve done nothing but procrastinate today. I hate it when I waste time like this. And yet here I am on DL...

by Anonymousreply 22103/27/2019

Woke up at 2:39 this morning. Who knows when I'll go back to bed. Nothing specific to do today, so...

by Anonymousreply 22203/27/2019

[quote]I’ve done nothing but procrastinate today.

You've just described how I spend each and every day.

by Anonymousreply 22303/28/2019

I went to CVS to buy the blood pressure cuff my doctor recommended, but it cost $30 more in the store than it does online. So I ordered it online. Plus some dental floss.

Then I went to two art stores to find transparent acrylic paint. Someone recommended Golden High Flow Acrylics, but neither store had them. I'm going to have to use something else for class tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 22403/28/2019

Lunch worked fine, though. I had a shrimp, crab, and salmon cake, mashed potatoes, and cole slaw.

by Anonymousreply 22503/28/2019

I just got an e-mail from UPS telling me my blood pressure cuff is being delivered tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 22603/28/2019

I hope you don't get any whelming readings from it, R226.

by Anonymousreply 22703/28/2019

What the hell are you people talking about?

by Anonymousreply 22803/28/2019

Thank you, r227.

by Anonymousreply 22903/28/2019

I had my annual physical today. My blood pressure was 130/70. But I take a pill for it.

by Anonymousreply 23003/28/2019

Which pill, r230?

by Anonymousreply 23103/28/2019

Amlodipine, R231.

by Anonymousreply 23203/28/2019

I had lunch with my ex today. I texted him to say I’d run into his mother at the shopping centre and she was as funny as ever. He said he wasn’t far from there so why didn’t I come and have lunch with him. He’s mostly lost his looks, his hair and his waistline, but there’s just something about him. He’s very likeable and laughs easily. The sex appeal is still there. I guess you either have it or you don’t regardless of what you look like.

by Anonymousreply 23303/28/2019

I’m watching Australian Rules Football. Apart from their skills and athleticism, which are impressive enough, I also think they have the best bodies of any sport.

by Anonymousreply 23403/29/2019

I got my lab results back from my annual check-up yesterday. I was expecting to be whelmed, but everything was fine, and my A1C went down quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 23503/29/2019

Good news r235. The longer you stave off diabetes the few side effects you’ll suffer long term. Did you lower your A1C with medication or diet or both?

by Anonymousreply 23603/29/2019

[quote]my A1C went down quite a bit.

From ___ to ___?

by Anonymousreply 23703/29/2019

[quote]The longer you stave off diabetes the few side effects you’ll suffer long term.

Unfortunately, that ship has sailed, R236. I've been taking medication for Type 2 diabetes for almost 10 years. Since a previous doctor's visit several months ago, my A1C went from 7.2 to 6.7 without any additional medication. I'm pretty good about watching my diet. Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. Practically gallops.

by Anonymousreply 23803/29/2019

6.7 is good though. Anything under 7 means far less side effects. Good on you. A lot of type 2 patients don’t watch what they eat at all.

by Anonymousreply 23903/29/2019

Thanks, R239. One reason I do watch my diet is because I know from certain family members what can happen if you don't. My grandmother was completely blind for the last several years of her life because of diabetes, although I'm pretty sure she was Type 1. Both my grandmother and a cousin had to deal with amputations. I apologize for the whelming details.

by Anonymousreply 24003/29/2019

We want to help you de-whelm, too, r240.

by Anonymousreply 24103/29/2019

Well, this is where I always come to be de-whelmed.

by Anonymousreply 24203/29/2019

My regular doctor recently declared my diabetes "in remission." I'm at 6.1 or 5.9 for over a year now. My endocrinologist told me I don't need to see her regularly anymore. I still have hypertension and peripheral neuropathy, but the neuropathy is said to be "not diabetic."

by Anonymousreply 24303/29/2019

That's wonderful, R243.

by Anonymousreply 24403/29/2019

Had a blast of winter today. It was 14 degrees celsius (which I think is about 57 degrees Fahrenheit) It’s come out of nowhere. Had the heater on all day. I’m really not looking forward to winter. So whelming. I hate the cold.

by Anonymousreply 24503/30/2019

Perfect Spring weather here in London.

65º and gentle fresh breeze. Clear skies. For several days straight.

People here go nuts when this happens and start talking to strangers...unusual stuff like that.

But it never lasts...next week back to the old chilly gloom.

by Anonymousreply 24603/30/2019
by Anonymousreply 24703/30/2019

Clocks went forward in the U.S. three weeks ago. It shortened my weekend by an hour. I much prefer when we gain an hour in the fall.

by Anonymousreply 24803/30/2019

Tonight I am seeing Gloria Bell. We like to park once (so much less overwhelming), so we're eating at a Cheesecake Factory. I have not been to one since whenever the one near Mazza Galerie in DC opened. The waitress dared to insist that her pronunciation of "bruschetta" was the correct pronunciation of "bruschetta," which, of course, it was not. But she would not stand down.

Not going to the Cheesecake Factory again has never represented a huge sacrifice, mind you. I hate cheesecake, for one thing. And it's one of those heat-up-bag places, right? I'll report back if I feel there's anything worth reporting.

by Anonymousreply 24903/30/2019

I went to watch my teenage nephew play football this morning. I complained to my sister that it was a lot windier than I expected and I hadn’t dressed appropriately. My sister gave me my nephews jumper to wear as he didn’t need while playing. The jumper has the name and the logo of the football club across the front. I forgot to take it off afterward and on my way home ducked into the supermarket near the football ground. At one point however two young boys from the same footy club ran into the aisle I was in and started yelling at each other. When I looked up I noticed a man was staring at me with a “why don’t you do something about about your bratty sons” expression. That’s when I realised I was dressed like these two kids and probably appeared to be their parent who was just ignoring their appalling behaviour. Before I could say “oh they’re not mine” a woman appeared out of nowhere, grabbed each one by the arm, whispered a furious threat under her breath and dragged them out. I looked at the man and he dropped his gaze. I can now say that for a second I knew what it was like to be parent judged by a total stranger. It was whelming. Lol.

by Anonymousreply 25003/30/2019

[quote] I can now say that for a second I knew what it was like to be parent judged by a total stranger.

Whelming, indeed, but it sounds like the actual parent deserved to be judged.

by Anonymousreply 25103/31/2019

The weather has been sunny and spring-like in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend, which was nice because it was the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Of course, that just means the insufferably hot and humid weather D.C. is known for is on its way.

by Anonymousreply 25203/31/2019

R247 is this the much ballyhooed “ Ibiza”?

by Anonymousreply 25303/31/2019

I found a lizard in my house this morning.

by Anonymousreply 25403/31/2019

The horror, r254! How big was it?

by Anonymousreply 25503/31/2019

It wasn't as big as this, was it, R254?

by Anonymousreply 25603/31/2019

It was about four inches long.

by Anonymousreply 25703/31/2019

How did you deal with it?

by Anonymousreply 25803/31/2019

I covered it up with a large plastic bowl, then scooted it outside.

by Anonymousreply 25904/01/2019

Deftly handled, R259.

by Anonymousreply 26004/01/2019

I just signed up for my summer classes.

by Anonymousreply 26104/01/2019

What will you be studying, R261? Now that I'm retired, I could use some enrichment, as long as it's not whelming.

by Anonymousreply 26204/01/2019

One class is a classical music appreciation course, r262. Another is about Entartete Musik, the stuff Hitler banned. The third is a class about Pittsburgh in the old days.

by Anonymousreply 26304/01/2019

I didn’t know Hitler had banned a type of music. Is this common knowledge and I’m the last to know? I feel a bit stupid that this the first I’ve heard of it. Why did he ban it? Was it associated with a Jewish people?

by Anonymousreply 26404/02/2019

Anyone occasionally “take to their bed” for a day? I did this past Sunday - drank seabreezes, ate chips and watched “Chinatown.” Enjoyed it but felt disgusting by evening.

by Anonymousreply 26504/02/2019

I don’t r265, but I probably should one day. It would be great to spend a day doing virtually nothing.

by Anonymousreply 26604/02/2019

I’m lying here with insomnia, aimlessly looking at my phone. I have a very specific craving for Chinese food.,

by Anonymousreply 26704/02/2019

[quote]I didn’t know Hitler had banned a type of music. Is this common knowledge and I’m the last to know? I feel a bit stupid that this the first I’ve heard of it. Why did he ban it? Was it associated with a Jewish people?

Don't feel stupid. Now you know. It extended to all art forms, not just music. Here's a website:

by Anonymousreply 26804/02/2019

r264, I posted a link to an entartete string quartet in the Contemporary instrumental music thread just a couple of minutes ago. It's too much of a whelm for this thread.

by Anonymousreply 26904/02/2019

I'm now officially retired. I know it will take some getting used to, but right now I find the prospect of endless free time to be a bit of a whelm. I got up at my usual time this morning, but I might decide I need to take to my bed later, R265.

by Anonymousreply 27004/02/2019

Is there nothing you always wished you could do, r270, only you couldn't, because you had to go to work every day?

by Anonymousreply 27104/02/2019

Actually, quite a few things, R271, including some travel. I just need a few days to breathe and decompress. Retirement was my choice, and I certainly want to try to make the most of however many years I have left, while I'm still able to be (reasonably) active. But I can also be very happy staying home and reading, cooking, watching old movies and hearing about other people's underwhelming lives on DL.

by Anonymousreply 27204/02/2019

R272, Sounds wonderful. Congratulations!

by Anonymousreply 27304/02/2019

I'm glad, r272.

by Anonymousreply 27404/02/2019

Thank you, R273 and R274!

by Anonymousreply 27504/02/2019

All of those things sound fantastic r272, I’m very envious.

by Anonymousreply 27604/02/2019

[quote]All of those things sound fantastic [R272]

Fantastic?

by Anonymousreply 27704/02/2019

Yep r277, imagine staying home and being able to do what you like all day, every day forever. So great.

by Anonymousreply 27804/02/2019

r272 Make the most of it. I retired eight years ago (at 58) and wasted way too many days sitting home watching TV. I'm trying to reverse that pattern.

by Anonymousreply 27904/02/2019

Well, R279, that makes you about 66 now, so it's certainly not too late.

by Anonymousreply 28004/02/2019

Up early. Paid bills. Need to order new subtrou.

by Anonymousreply 28104/03/2019

What’s a subtrou?

by Anonymousreply 28204/03/2019

Awake again at 3 am, on the dot.

by Anonymousreply 28304/03/2019

[quote]What’s a subtrou?

Underwear. It's Latin, sort of. Sub = under. Trou = trousers.

by Anonymousreply 28404/03/2019

Very different from the Italian word for underwear which is mutande. It is also a Latin based word, but means something like “to be changed”. I guess the “mut” part of the word is the part that means change like the words mutate or mutiny, which are also referring to change.

by Anonymousreply 28504/03/2019

It's not a real word, r285. It's slang.

by Anonymousreply 28604/03/2019

Whenever I see Rosie O'Donnell, the first thing I think of is going to see The Flintstones as a kid and being bemused by the casting of Betty Rubble.

by Anonymousreply 28704/03/2019

Ugh I wish it would rain. My lawn is like straw. I’m watering my roses, but one good night of rain and my lawn will look much better. I don’t like the cold weather but weeks of no virtually no rain is annoying.

by Anonymousreply 28804/04/2019

I went out to dinner this evening and had crab cakes. They were quite good.

by Anonymousreply 28904/04/2019

I had a "little" 5 Guys cheeseburger and fries for a very early dinner.

by Anonymousreply 29004/04/2019

How was it, R290.

Can you rate it out of ten?

by Anonymousreply 29104/04/2019

I'd say a 7, r291. It was very good. It's not a very big burger, like I get at "better" burger places, and you can't get it rare. It's like McDonald's, only good, and correspondingly more expensive.

by Anonymousreply 29204/04/2019

I think I broke my pinky toe. I slammed it into the coffee table two days ago and I’m still hobbling around. There’s a big bruise too. Nothing can be done for a broken pinky apparently so I just wait it out I guess.

by Anonymousreply 29304/04/2019

Nothing can really be done for it, R293, but I think it helps ease the discomfort if you tape it to the fourth toe.

by Anonymousreply 29404/04/2019

Thanks r294, I give that a go. Hopefully by Monday I’ve stopped hobbling enough that I’m not stopped every few minutes at work by someone asking, hey what’s wrong with your foot?

by Anonymousreply 29504/04/2019

I just woke up at 12:20 AM (eastern).

by Anonymousreply 29604/04/2019

I'm still automatically waking up at 8 a.m., even though I don't set an alarm anymore because I'm newly retired.

by Anonymousreply 29704/05/2019

Have done the taped toe thing, r293. It works. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 29804/05/2019

The taped toe thing effectively uses your neighbor toe as a splint to help the injured toe heal.

by Anonymousreply 29904/05/2019

[quote]I'm still automatically waking up at 8 a.m., even though I don't set an alarm anymore because I'm newly retired.

I retired 8 years ago. I thought I'd be able to sleep in every day. When I was working, I set my start time (we had flexible hours) as late as possible -- 9AM. So I woke up around 7:30 -- with an alarm clock. Now, when I rarely have any reason to get up early, I am usually wide awake no later than 5AM.

by Anonymousreply 30004/05/2019

Could it be a combination of living a less busy life so you’re less tired and also looking forward to your day rather than the “work dread” which makes people want to roll over and close their eyes r300?

by Anonymousreply 30104/05/2019

Thanks for the advice everyone. I tried it yesterday but it was really painful and I was in a hurry to go to work, so I decided to try again on the weekend. What a fun Saturday night I have planned! Lol.

by Anonymousreply 30204/05/2019

Gallery opening followed by Thai food tonight. The art was delightful, the restaurant was better a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 30304/05/2019

Did your annoying co-workers keep asking you what was up with your foot, R302?

by Anonymousreply 30404/05/2019

My co workers are nice enough r304, but it gets a bit old explaining why I’m limping.

“Yeah I think it’s broken, Dave”

“walked into the coffee table, Susan”

“yep it was really painfull, James”

“yes it still hurts, Amelia”

And repeat for the rest of the day. Bless them, they mean well.

by Anonymousreply 30504/06/2019

I hope it's feeling better soon. Now get out that tape and take it easy this weekend, R305!

by Anonymousreply 30604/06/2019

PML/r113 are you still around? Those white cockatoos I was telling you about are still around on and off. Today at my nephews football match they were flying really low over the heads of the people watching and screeching really loudly. Don’t suppose you know why? Where they annoyed we were there?

by Anonymousreply 30704/06/2019

I had a nice dinner out with friends last night: steamed clams and pan fried scallops in an Italian restaurant. Home between 9:30 and 10:00 and fairly quickly to bed. I was exhausted. Up around 1:30, and now I'm going back to bed, perchance to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 30804/06/2019

Did you have wine with dinner r308? I find I don’t sleep very well after a couple of glasses of red.

by Anonymousreply 30904/06/2019

No, r309. Just iced tea.

by Anonymousreply 31004/07/2019

To be fair though, I don’t drink wine very often and I still have insomnia at times. What time is it there? Should you be asleep?

by Anonymousreply 31104/07/2019

I went to sleep for three hours apparently, and am up again around 6 AM eastern time.

by Anonymousreply 31204/07/2019

Well I guess 6am is not so bad. I hope you aren’t too tired today.

by Anonymousreply 31304/07/2019

I'll probably go back to sleep again. Thank you, r313.

by Anonymousreply 31404/07/2019

How's the toe, R305?

by Anonymousreply 31504/07/2019

Thanks for asking r315, I’m still hobbling but not nearly as badly. I should be able to walk without as much pain today.

by Anonymousreply 31604/07/2019

I'm glad, r316.

by Anonymousreply 31704/07/2019

I'm glad, too, R316.

by Anonymousreply 31804/07/2019

Thanks guys. What did everyone else do today?

by Anonymousreply 31904/08/2019

Just pulled the longest hair from my nose. Now what to do with it? Get up and dispose of it in the trash under the kitchen sink or just drop it on the floor? Maybe place this treasure in resin and make it into a key chain? I'll sit here and think about what to do next while I drink my morning coffee.

by Anonymousreply 32004/08/2019

I seem to recall reading that plucking nose hairs could potentially lead to a brain infection, which would certainly be much more whelming to deal with than the issue of disposal.

by Anonymousreply 32104/08/2019

I don't pluck. I cut. I heard about the brain thing, too.

by Anonymousreply 32204/08/2019

I have been whelmed by WWs this morning in the Richard Madden/Brandon Flynn/dog threads.

by Anonymousreply 32304/08/2019

I watched Mrs. Wilson last night, the three episodes on PBS Passport. It wasn't bad.

A friend loaned me the DVD of Carrington, and I started to watch it yesterday. I'm not in love with it. I got distracted and stopped watching.

by Anonymousreply 32404/08/2019

The first day in a LONG time when I had nothing scheduled, so I attempted to attack my list of "to-dos." Washed the car. Then I was planning to smoke a nice brisket, but when I plugged in my electric smoker (after soaking and loading the wood chips), nothing happened. I guess it's dead. So I ended up doing it in the oven, and even at 250F, it cooked much too fast. And it ended up kind of tough and gristly. I did get a bunch of other stuff done, however. And this is the last week of my volunteer tax preparation (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and I'll have more free time next week.

by Anonymousreply 32504/08/2019

Brisket is for braising. I have not tried this specific recipe, but it looks as if it would work.

by Anonymousreply 32604/08/2019

I’m going to make that r326. I think I’ll have it with mash and greens beans.

by Anonymousreply 32704/09/2019

Let's eat chez r326 tonight.

by Anonymousreply 32804/09/2019

I am (very) recently retired. Everyone has been telling that it's important to keep busy. I tell myself that it's important to keep busy. So far, I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping busy.

by Anonymousreply 32904/09/2019

Well r329, there’s nothing wrong with relaxing for a while. You’ve worked your entire life, it’s perfectly ok to do not much for a while.

by Anonymousreply 33004/09/2019

Thanks, R330. I have been going out with friends, so I haven't become a shut-in. Not yet, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 33104/09/2019

Well that’s probably more than I’d do for the first month after I retire. Not that retirement is anywhere in the immediate future. I envy you doing not much and going out with friends.

by Anonymousreply 33204/09/2019

I started taking classes at one of the local universities when I retired. This semester I'm painting and taking music appreciation.

by Anonymousreply 33304/09/2019

Sounds so great r333

by Anonymousreply 33404/09/2019

It is great, r334. I'm enjoying painting in particular right now. And because of the music classes, I've taken to going to the students' senior and graduate school recitals, which I find more interesting and rewarding than large concerts (though I love those too).

by Anonymousreply 33504/09/2019

I cant paint or draw to save myself. I think my high school art teacher despaired at my lack of talent. I greatly admire people who can r335.

by Anonymousreply 33604/10/2019

I can't draw, either, r336. I am playing at being a 21st century Abstract Expressionist. It can be trying, though. I did something on canvas early this morning that I really don't like, and I have yet to figure out how to fix it.

by Anonymousreply 33704/10/2019

[quote]I did something on canvas early this morning that I really don't like, and I have yet to figure out how to fix it.

Is it possible for you to add some happy little trees?

by Anonymousreply 33804/10/2019

I'm adding an entire lime green forest, r338.

by Anonymousreply 33904/10/2019

Bob Ross always emphasized that there are no mistakes in painting, R339, just "happy accidents." Hence, your happy lime green forest!

by Anonymousreply 34004/10/2019

I still have to wait for two feet of fuschia deep vein thrombosis to dry before I can apply the forest, r340. But thank you for the encouragement. I take this so seriously. Too seriously, really.

by Anonymousreply 34104/10/2019

I could definitely use a retirement hobby that I take seriously, R341. My partner was the artist, and a very good one. I would be really quite hopeless.

by Anonymousreply 34204/10/2019

Well, there must be something else you think you'd like to try. Perhaps something you've been afraid to try up to now?

by Anonymousreply 34304/10/2019

Actually, I did a lot of theater years ago, and have thought about trying to get involved in it again.

by Anonymousreply 34404/10/2019

Oh, I hope you do, r344.

by Anonymousreply 34504/10/2019

[quote]I am (very) recently retired. Everyone has been telling that it's important to keep busy. I tell myself that it's important to keep busy. So far, I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping busy.

I retired eight years ago (at 58.) I found myself doing nothing much too often. Recently I've started getting out more--doing volunteer work, joining Meetup groups, going on Senior Center excursions, etc. Next step is to start traveling more.

by Anonymousreply 34604/10/2019

R346, Travel is definitely something I hope to do more of.

R345, I acted professionally for several years before ending up in the career I recently retired from. I hadn't originally intended to stay away from it for quite as long as I did, but sometimes life takes us to unexpected places.

by Anonymousreply 34704/10/2019

Would we have seen you in anything r347?

by Anonymousreply 34804/10/2019

Only if you look quickly, R348. I did a lot of extra work years ago, before extras were called "background actors." You're more likely to have heard me, from voice work I did.

by Anonymousreply 34904/11/2019

Will I have heard you in Australia? We’re you on cartoons or movie voice overs? I know someone who does tv and radio commercials and voice overs for supermarkets. Last week I was in the kitchen and I heard him on TV talking about some brand of insurance in the living room. He has a great voice. I assume you do too.

by Anonymousreply 35004/11/2019

I did some cartoon voices that may have been heard in Australia, R350, including some work for Marvel. I think my voice was my biggest asset as an actor, especially on stage. I also did some TV commercial voice-overs. But all of that was quite a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 35104/11/2019

What a great career r351. Well I have five young nephews so i probably have heard your voice. Lord knows there are a couple of marvel fans in the pack. Now whenever they’re here watching cartoons I’ll wonder which voice is yours.

I did some theatre at university but it took me a while to project my voice properly. It’s certainly not my greatest asset.

by Anonymousreply 35204/11/2019

Theater was my first love, R352, I ended up in a quite different profession, but one that I found very satisfying. So, no regrets.

by Anonymousreply 35304/11/2019

Is everyone looking forward to an underwhelming weekend?

by Anonymousreply 35404/12/2019

For the past four weeks, I haven't eaten anything with flour or added sugar (and lost 8.4 lbs, look and feel great). Today someone in my office brought in a few boxes of Dunkin munchkins. In a moment of weakness, I took two to have with my afternoon tea. I only ate one because it tasted so disgusting. I can still feel all the fat left on the roof of my mouth. Are they always this bad and I just never noticed? Or could this be a bad batch?

In other whelming events, I have a gray whisker growing near my eye. It's not an eyebrow hair or part of my beard, just a random whisker sprouting. A few years ago I had one on the side of my nose.

by Anonymousreply 35504/12/2019

r354, doesn't "looking forward" suggest some level of the whelmed state thought?

And, would my utterance of "oxymoron" be too suggestive of a passionate pejorative disallowed by default in the annals of the underwhelmed?

by Anonymousreply 35604/12/2019

London.

I'm baking sausages (takes longer but no smell)...along with a baked potato.

I'll have it with a fancy coleslaw and a tomato.

I'm watching Greg Wise (husband of what'sherame) "on demand" on that cooking show for which he's received much criticism from The Daily Mail readers for being too competitive. His cake looked amazing. All their cakes look amazing, even the failures. Makes me long for some cake.

by Anonymousreply 35704/12/2019

New Opera concert tomorrow night. "Good" pizza beforehand, made in the Detroit style.

by Anonymousreply 35804/12/2019

underwhelming sheet pan dinner tonight:

BSCBs carrots potatoes

by Anonymousreply 35904/12/2019

Your poetry makes my head hurt, R356.

by Anonymousreply 36004/12/2019

I’ve baked sausages before r357. I forgot about that as an option.

Last night I made an antipasto platter to share with a friend, his dad took a turn and he had to take him up to the hospital. So I ended up eating way too much of the havarti cheese, quince paste, prosciutto, sicilian olives and salmon dip in my own. I left the rest, but it’s hardly an example of self control. Now my friend is coming over tonight instead and I’ll have to go out and get more.

by Anonymousreply 36104/12/2019

London.

My baked potato came out perfectly. Something I've been trying to achieve for YEARS.

Crisp on the outside, creamy in.

Combination of leaving it in 15 minutes longer and by accident (it rolled in) having the potato in the MIDDLE of the oven. Usually I have it at the front, for easy turning.

Sausages were nice too. I'm going to stick with Cumberland.

Odd, my cooking often turns out better when I post about it on here. My soups a few months ago, when I posted about them were also very good. But in recent weeks they've been awful. Just REALLY bad. Icky.

by Anonymousreply 36204/12/2019

Clearly, R362, you must continue to document all your major cooking projects on this thread. We'll be waiting to hear about them.

by Anonymousreply 36304/12/2019

Yes, obviously we make food better. I don’t know how, but there’s obviously a correlation do keep posting.

by Anonymousreply 36404/12/2019

I had lentils for my midnight snack, with a bit of EVOO and RWV.

by Anonymousreply 36504/12/2019

I'm now watching a PBS British import, Unforgotten, series 2.

by Anonymousreply 36604/12/2019

This is a nice thread, with nice people.

by Anonymousreply 36704/13/2019

It is a nice thread r367. There is one cranky poster who occasionally pops up, but we all just skip over it.

by Anonymousreply 36804/13/2019

My bf was away visiting his parents. He’ll be back in an hour. I love him, but it was so nice having the house to myself for a couple of days.

by Anonymousreply 36904/13/2019

I think that's a common feeling among all of us who have lived with BFs, however much we love them.

by Anonymousreply 37004/13/2019

America's Test Kitchen - Best Baked Potatoes:

Salt and pepper

4 (7- to 9-ounce) russet potatoes, unpeeled, each lightly pricked with fork in 6 places

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

To produce baked potatoes with an evenly fluffy interior, we figured out their ideal doneness temperature: 205 degrees. Baking them in a hot (450-degree) oven prevents a leathery “pellicle” from forming underneath the peel. To season the skin, we coat the potatoes in salty water before baking; we crisp the skin by painting it with vegetable oil once the potatoes are cooked through and then baking the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes.Serves 4

Open up the potatoes immediately after removal from the oven in step 3 so steam can escape. Top them as desired, or with one of our toppings.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Dissolve 2 tablespoons salt in 1/2 cup water in large bowl. Place potatoes in bowl and toss so exteriors of potatoes are evenly moistened. Transfer potatoes to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet and bake until center of largest potato registers 205 degrees, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

2. Remove potatoes from oven and brush tops and sides with oil. Return potatoes to oven and continue to bake for 10 minutes.

3. Remove potatoes from oven and, using paring knife, make 2 slits, forming X, in each potato. Using clean dish towel, hold ends and squeeze slightly to push flesh up and out. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

by Anonymousreply 37104/13/2019

I'm sure the resultant baked potatoes are delicious, but it seems like an almost whelming amount of work.

by Anonymousreply 37204/13/2019

Especially the "painting-with-vegetable-oil" step, r372. I know I'd burn my hands or get oil all over a potholder.

by Anonymousreply 37304/14/2019

I had tacos for dinner last night. I wish I'd realized I needed to special order corn tortillas, as their default is flour. Oh, well. Next time (they were really good in spite of the thick, gummy flour tortilla).

by Anonymousreply 37404/14/2019

London.

Thanks for the baked potato recipe

[quote]and bake until center of largest potato registers 205 degrees, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

You can bake a potato at that temperature in 45 minutes?

Of course there's the extra 10 minutes when you:

[quote]brush tops and sides with oil. Return potatoes to oven and continue to bake for 10 minutes.

Still...

my perfect (underwhelmed) baked potatoes took an hour and half in an oven @ 200C (400F).

But, I will try the salty water suggestion.

[quote]To season the skin, we coat the potatoes in salty water before baking;

and I'll probably experiment with this as well:

[quote]brush tops and sides with oil. Return potatoes to oven and continue to bake for 10 minutes.

When I do, I'll report back.

It would be great if one of the other five would also give it a try.

(sorry to use the word "great" on the underwhelming thread)

by Anonymousreply 37504/14/2019

Oops...

I misread the recipe RE oven tempº

[quote]To produce baked potatoes with an evenly fluffy interior, we figured out their ideal doneness temperature: 205 degrees. Baking them in a hot (450-degree) oven prevents a leathery “pellicle” from forming underneath the peel.

by Anonymousreply 37604/14/2019

But this doesn't make sense to me:-

[quote]Transfer potatoes to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet

by Anonymousreply 37704/14/2019

This, r377.

by Anonymousreply 37804/14/2019

Epicurious and ATK have named this the best half-sheet pan, r377. Buy a matching cooling rack. And one of those Sheet Pan Supper cookbooks if you're so inclined.

by Anonymousreply 37904/14/2019

Ah! Thank you.

Don't have one of those

and I can't find the thermometer I bought a few weeks ago (for bread making), anywhere!

So I won't be able to test the temperature of the potato.

by Anonymousreply 38004/14/2019

Because we're coming into Easter, I'm listening to St. Matthew Passion this morning. I was listening to classical radio, which had promised to play it this morning, but they only played what amounted to the greatest hits version, so I'm listening to the one I bought back in 1986, Philippe Herreweghe's first recording.

by Anonymousreply 38104/14/2019

r377 It's to allow the hot air to circulate under the potato.

by Anonymousreply 38204/14/2019

I cooked the baked potato recipe.

The skin was indeed crisp

and the inside (the flesh) was creamy, but the taste wasn't so good. It had that "undercooked" icky taste you get with an undercooked baked potato, something I managed to kick two nights ago.

So I go with a longer cook at a lower temp.

More feedback:

The vegetable oil made it greasy and the salty water thing, I couldn't even taste it.

by Anonymousreply 38304/14/2019

Moving on from baked potatoes.

Another thing I've never been able to master is bread making.

I have the simplest wholewheat loaf recipe and the several times I tried to make it, it was a big fail.

So, I'm putting it before the group to see if the magic will work again with this.

I'll have to go buy another thermometer....I'm hoping this will help with my yeast problem.

I'll report back with the results.

by Anonymousreply 38404/14/2019

r383 and r384, in addition to a meat thermometer, do you also have an oven thermometer. Essential equipment if your stove is off (mine runs 75 degrees too hot @ 350).

by Anonymousreply 38504/14/2019

Thank you, R385. I'll get one of those as well.

I MUST make this bread. I WILL succeed.

by Anonymousreply 38604/14/2019

That's the spirit, R386.

by Anonymousreply 38704/14/2019

Took me years to figure out that my oven is 5° off. The realization changed everything.

by Anonymousreply 38804/14/2019

Went to bed early...nine-ish. Woke up between midnight and one. I'm going back to bed now at 1:43.

by Anonymousreply 38904/14/2019

Up again at 5:30 (alarm time). Need to be somewhere at 7:00. I switched to decaf two bags of coffee ago, and I am sleeping so much better. Who knew? It was only possible because I found one I like, Peet's House Blend. Next I'm going to order Major Dickason's Decaf.

by Anonymousreply 39004/15/2019

I sometimes have a cup of coffee before going to bed. Caffeine seems to have a paradoxical effect on me. Coffee makes me sleepy.

by Anonymousreply 39104/15/2019

I watched the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones. It lost a bit of momentum by dragging out the time in between seasons for so long, but it was still good. I had to pause and google some storyline’s however. Occasionally i couldn’t remember why this one was mad at that other one etc.

by Anonymousreply 39204/15/2019

Game of Thrones always underwhelmed me. I gave up in season 3.

by Anonymousreply 39304/15/2019

I made really good guacamole yesterday. Perfect avocado, some diced red onion, serrano chile, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt.

by Anonymousreply 39404/15/2019

Sounds delicious r394

by Anonymousreply 39504/15/2019

It was, r395. I must get more avocados today.

by Anonymousreply 39604/15/2019

London.

Went out for breakfast. Went to a place where they make semi-decent American breakfast pancakes (because it's nice to have them cooked FOR me for a change).

She'd already poured maple syrup over the pancakes - I told her off (she was a sort of bossy woman herself). I just explained that she should leave it to the diner to do it. In America they'd never do such a thing.

My morning was downhill from there.

Went to a kitchen supplies shop for my thermometers (one for the oven, as recommended here).

Took the train home from Ladbroke Grove.

by Anonymousreply 39704/16/2019

At least you got yourself an oven thermometer, R397. It could make a big difference in how your recipes turn out.

by Anonymousreply 39804/16/2019

Yes, plus a thermometer for when I make the yeast for my bread, R398.

(I got that tip from DL fave, Ina Garten)

by Anonymousreply 39904/16/2019

[quote]American breakfast pancakes

In what way are these different from English pancakes?

[quote]She'd already poured maple syrup over the pancakes - I told her off (she was a sort of bossy woman herself). I just explained that she should leave it to the diner to do it. In America they'd never do such a thing.

Indeed, I have never heard of such a thing. The audacity. I would find it at least moderately whelming.

by Anonymousreply 40004/16/2019

Another thing I just realised. They didn't serve butter with the pancakes. In America they always give you butter, usually in a paper cup.

by Anonymousreply 40104/16/2019

[quote]Indeed, I have never heard of such a thing. The audacity. I would find it at least moderately whelming.

Thank you. I'll forward them your message for validation purposes.

by Anonymousreply 40204/16/2019

r401 Some places in America, even ones with excellent pancakes, will put "spread" on your pancakes if you don't specify butter up front. Be careful when you get here.

by Anonymousreply 40304/16/2019

[quote]In what way are these different from English pancakes?

English pancakes are pretty shit - to be frank.

They don't have raising agents or sugar, so they're thin and tasteless and not something you'd have for breakfast, more of a dessert thing, served with sugar and lemon. Even then, you don't really see them in cafes etc. much.

by Anonymousreply 40404/16/2019

[quote]Some places in America, even ones with excellent pancakes, will put "spread" on your pancakes if you don't specify butter up front. Be careful when you get here.

What do you mean by "spread"?

by Anonymousreply 40504/16/2019

Spread is something like margarine. It is a cheap substitute for butter, made of chemicals.

by Anonymousreply 40604/16/2019

Oh, no - I don't want spread.

Actually, I just remembered - your average New York coffee shop will give you butter in little plastic thingies when you go for pancakes.

by Anonymousreply 40704/16/2019

Where I live, r407, which is Pittsburgh, PA, I can get the best pancakes I've ever had in my life, but they serve them with spread unless I specifically ask for butter, which comes in those little plastic thingies. And they use fake maple syrup. I used to bring my own.

by Anonymousreply 40804/16/2019

What would you call those little butter things, punnets?

They have a sort of gold lid that you peel back.

by Anonymousreply 40904/16/2019

What [italic]would[/italic] I call them, r409? I'm going to have to think about that. I'll get back to you.

by Anonymousreply 41004/16/2019

[quote] And they use fake maple syrup. I used to bring my own.

You stopped going out for pancakes - or you just accept the fake stuff now?

by Anonymousreply 41104/16/2019

[quote]Where I live, [R407], which is Pittsburgh, PA, I can get the best pancakes I've ever had in my life

So, Pittsburgh is an especially good place for pancakes. Interesting. Or especially good to go out for breakfast in general?

by Anonymousreply 41204/16/2019

I don't go out for pancakes anymore. I had one particular friend who loved them, and we're not in each other's lives any longer. If I'm going to have carbs, I prefer good pizza, cake, or pasta. Oh, and ice cream.

by Anonymousreply 41304/16/2019

[quote]So, Pittsburgh is an especially good place for pancakes. Interesting. Or especially good to go out for breakfast in general?

Pamela's is the place for pancakes. I would not say Pittsburgh is otherwise a good or a bad place for breakfast. TTYTT, I don't go out for breakfast at all since that friend and I broke up.

by Anonymousreply 41404/16/2019

Can you use a rectal thermometer for breadmaking?

by Anonymousreply 41504/16/2019

This is Pamela's. It is lesbian-owned, and serves the very best pancakes. I just wish they'd use real maple syrup.

by Anonymousreply 41604/16/2019

Yes, r415. It's recommended, in fact, for making crackayourassbread.

by Anonymousreply 41704/16/2019

[quote]I don't go out for pancakes anymore. I had one particular friend who loved them, and we're not in each other's lives any longer.

So the whole breakfast/pancake experience was a sort of sociable thing - like going for a drink with someone and having the same drink.

by Anonymousreply 41804/16/2019

Thank you for the Pamela's link.

I find this SO interesting.

BUT:

[quote]Pamela's Diner is a prominent chain of diners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its specialties are[bold] crêpe-style pancakes[/bold]

Don't want that fancy nonsense. I want AMERICAN pancakes when I come to America.

by Anonymousreply 41904/16/2019

[quote]So the whole breakfast/pancake experience was a sort of sociable thing - like going for a drink with someone and having the same drink.

Actually, we usually did have the same thing, the strawberry pancakes, avoiding the syrup situation entirely.

[quote]I want AMERICAN pancakes when I come to America.

Well, as it happens, you can get them right around the corner from the Strip District Pamela's at a place called DeLuca's. Big, fat, pillowy pancakes. I don't like them as much. I would always get their breakfast burrito with sausage. They make a creditable salsa.

by Anonymousreply 42004/16/2019

[quote]Big, fat, pillowy pancakes.

Yes, please.

and thank you for the link.

But that place also looks a bit fancy for me.

To tell the truth - I fell in love with iHOP - but I know DLers are very snooty about iHOP. So I usually have to keep very quiet about this.

by Anonymousreply 42104/16/2019

IHOP is horrible. The friend and I used to joke that if the other wasn't good, we'd take him to IHOP next Sunday.

DeLuca's is not fancy, btw.

by Anonymousreply 42204/16/2019

[quote]IHOP is horrible

I love it

and I love the little Hansel & Gretel chalets with the blue roofs.

by Anonymousreply 42304/16/2019

I'm watching old episodes of As the World Turns, from the spring of 1990, when it was one of the best shows on TV, day or night.

by Anonymousreply 42404/16/2019

[quote]What would you call those little butter things, punnets?

Butter containers?

by Anonymousreply 42504/16/2019

[quote]What would you call those little butter things, punnets? They have a sort of gold lid that you peel back.

r410 here. I'd probably call them "little butter things." Or just "the butter." Or simply "butter," without referring to the little containerlet at all.

by Anonymousreply 42604/16/2019

[quote][R410] here. I'd probably call them "little butter things." Or just "the butter." Or simply "butter," without referring to the little containerlet at all.

Thank you for returning on this issue after due thought. You said you would and you're clearly a man of your word.

But in this instance, I needed to find the word for them.... "little containerlet" is good if not excellent.

[quote]Butter containers?

Yes. Good one.

I remember now (haven't been to the USA for 20 years, so it's all coming back to me) - in America, with pancakes, they also sometimes serve the butter in little patties. How do I describe it? Square things and you just peel the paper off the top.

by Anonymousreply 42704/16/2019

They bring those little patties to your table in little a white dish.

by Anonymousreply 42804/16/2019

OMG - LOOK!

I found a pic!

(this is of the "little containerlet" - not the patty, obviously}

by Anonymousreply 42904/16/2019

Amazon describe them thus:

Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter Cup,5 Gram

by Anonymousreply 43004/16/2019

Review:

"These are perfect. I've always wanted these for myself whenever I go into restaurants. Now, I have them! "

and another person is especially enthusiastic >

by Anonymousreply 43104/16/2019

I’m Australia I’ve heard them called a pat of butter. Mostly by older people. People my age call them one of those tiny butter thingies.

by Anonymousreply 43204/17/2019

"Cups." That's it...butter cups.

by Anonymousreply 43304/17/2019

I've seen douche bags take the top of the patties, then fling them up towards the ceiling, to which the (somewhat melted) butter then adheres. I guess if a place is air-conditioned enough, they may stick to the ceiling, but once, I saw one land on a table, causing its inhabitant to shriek as if the ceiling were falling in on her.

Shame, douche bag. Shame.

by Anonymousreply 43404/17/2019

[quote]I’m Australia I’ve heard them called a pat of butter. Mostly by older people. People my age call them one of those tiny butter thingies.

In England, where you can get them, they come wrapped in a sort of gold foil...and they're usually too hard to spread.

In some places here (in London) now you can get (inferior) American Muffins - but they don't "get" that in America (where they come from) you spread butter on them. They make a big kerfuffle about finding you butter. One time I was in Starbuck's (or its equivalent) in London and there was an American gurl working in there and we had a conversation about this.

by Anonymousreply 43504/17/2019

Also, back to cups/punnets, in (lower grade) coffee shops in the USA - they give you punnets of fake maple syrup.

Now, I'll have to go on a search for a photo.

Maybe I'll resist.

I love the name "Land O Lakes" - very poetic.

by Anonymousreply 43604/17/2019

[quote]Also, back to cups/punnets, in (lower grade) coffee shops in the USA - they give you punnets of fake maple syrup.

These, r436. Yes, fake: "breakfast" syrup (even though I googled "Smuckers maple syrup individual").

by Anonymousreply 43704/17/2019

Maybe they come like this now.

by Anonymousreply 43804/17/2019

[quote]I love the name "Land O Lakes" - very poetic.

It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.

by Anonymousreply 43904/17/2019

[quote]even though I googled "Smuckers maple syrup individual"

How clever if you!!

I posted @ R438 at the same moment as your post.

by Anonymousreply 44004/17/2019

[quote]It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.

Oh, I see.

How nice!

I love the names of things in America.

In Los Angeles they have a street called "Hyperion Avenue".

Where I live in London the streets are called things like "Beadon Road".

"Hyperion Avenue" or "Beadon Road" - YOU decide.

by Anonymousreply 44104/17/2019

This came up while I was searching re pancakes in London.

Some of them look totally disgusting.

And trust me - the American pancakes will be extremely disappointing to Americans (who know how they should be cooked).

by Anonymousreply 44204/17/2019

England's version of American pancakes.

Pathetic.

(and trust me they're all doughy and undercooked)

by Anonymousreply 44304/17/2019

Is this about One Direction?

by Anonymousreply 44404/17/2019

R435 they’re either the gold foil kind or in plastic where you peel the top off.

by Anonymousreply 44504/17/2019

[quote]They bring those little patties to your table in little a white dish.

Called "butter pats" by geezers.

by Anonymousreply 44604/17/2019

Those foil packets of syrup at R438 are horrid, aside from the fact that they contain artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. I defy anyone to open one without having syrup running down your fingers.

by Anonymousreply 44704/17/2019

Some of these, you peel back the lid and the butter patty has a floral shape. For some reason the butter even harder if it's come straight from the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 44804/17/2019

[quote]Those foil packets of syrup at [R438] are horrid, aside from the fact that they contain artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. I defy anyone to open one without having syrup running down your fingers.

Here in England all sorts of things come in those little packets now...ketchup, mayo, mustard. They're so stingy (do you use the word stingy in the USA?) you need to open about seven of them to get a decent dollop, by which time your food is cold.

I hate them very, very much.

by Anonymousreply 44904/17/2019

"Stingy" is commonly used in the U.S., R449. And I couldn't agree more about those miserable foil condiment packets.

by Anonymousreply 45004/17/2019

[quote]do you use the word stingy in the USA?

Yes. I generally go with "cheap" or "cheapskate" or "cheap ass motherfucker," but "stingy" works fine.

by Anonymousreply 45104/17/2019

I don't eat much that requires the type of packets shown in r449. I never eat McDonald's, and the fast-foodiest place I do go to, Five Guys (a LOT better than McDonald's), uses this sort of dispenser system for ketchup and mustard.

by Anonymousreply 45204/17/2019

Also, London, it turns out London has a Five Guys.

Do try it.

by Anonymousreply 45304/17/2019

[quote]Yes. I generally go with "cheap" or "cheapskate" or "cheap ass motherfucker," but "stingy" works fine.

Stingy works better for one of those nasty ketchup packets, cheap ass motherfucker ketchup packet is a bit strong.

[quote]Also, London, it turns out London has a Five Guys. Do try it.

Gurl, I have one down the street from me and their Ketchup/Mayo/Mustard dispensers are excellent and GENEROUS - so is their unlimted soda fountain, again generous. They add to the pleasure of the experience.

BUT it's way more expensive than McDonald's.

In England we also talk about people who are tight or miserly as "mean".

by Anonymousreply 45404/17/2019

[quote]It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.

& in England we have "The Lake District" - YOU decide!

by Anonymousreply 45504/17/2019

There's a town called Land O' Lakes in Florida. My uncle lived there after he retired.

by Anonymousreply 45604/17/2019

I was in a working class neighborhood near my house (Los Angeles County) last night and spotted a street called "Galatea." That seemed rather out of place. (No--it didn't intersect with Pygmalion Blvd.)

by Anonymousreply 45704/17/2019

My blood pressure keeps getting lower, but it is still not good. 145 has been the lowest.

by Anonymousreply 458Last Thursday at 8:28 AM

145 over what, R458? Are you taking anything for it, or is that something you're working to avoid?

by Anonymousreply 459Last Thursday at 8:40 AM

145/80, r459. I'm taking 3 different pills. Two weeks ago, it was around 190/100.

by Anonymousreply 460Last Thursday at 8:46 AM

So your diastolic reading is good now, and your overall reading has dropped significantly in two weeks. I think you just need to give it more time. Good luck!

by Anonymousreply 461Last Thursday at 9:00 AM

80 is good? Yaay! I thought it needed to be lower, like 20 or 30.

by Anonymousreply 462Last Thursday at 9:04 AM

No, R462! The ideal is for the bottom number to be below 80, but considering that it was 100 a couple of weeks ago, you're doing very well at 80. At my most recent check-up a couple of weeks ago, mine was 130 over 70. I asked my doctor whether 130 was a little high, but he said it was fine.

by Anonymousreply 463Last Thursday at 9:56 AM

I saw a production of The Comedy of Errors last night that I liked. I usually find comedies silly, and this was that, but it was also quite entertaining. The cast was excellent.

by Anonymousreply 464Last Thursday at 11:14 PM

I woke up at 2:30 am and, as of 4:34, have not gone back to bed. It's all the prescription drugs I'm taking, mostly for blood pressure. My blood pressure has improved enormously (I had stopped taking all of it for about a month, and my BP went sky high), but my vision is blurry now. I can't drive at night (I don't drive, but I absolutely would not be able to do so at night now. The new style of headlights take up my entire field of vision, which is not the case when I'm not taking these drugs.

And I wake up in the middle of the night and don't/can't go back to sleep. I feel like making coffee, but I keep thinking I'm supposed to go back to sleep. I only got 3 hours sleep so far, max. I only drink decaf now (Peet's doesn't suck), but I still feel as if I shouldn't drink it at this hour.

I end up listening to classical24 internet radio. I like Garrett McQueen's voice. Plus, he's gay. Sometimes he plays newer music. And sometimes black classical music. And the traffic here is so much less hostile than at other times of day.

by Anonymousreply 465Last Friday at 12:43 AM

I’m spending the Easter long weekend in the nations capital, which is Canberra and not Sydney like lots of people believe. It’s incredibly clean, very very quiet, has lots of big open spaces, the food is delicious and yet it’s quite possibly the dullest place I’ve been to in quite a while. Basically if my accountant morphed into a city he’d be Canberra, very nice, incredibly efficient, waspy and boring as all get out.

by Anonymousreply 466Last Saturday at 5:15 AM

r466, like most Americans my knowledge of geography is only slightly above my knowledge of molecular physics.

by Anonymousreply 467Last Saturday at 5:39 AM

I'm spending Easter weekend visiting family members near where I grew up in New England. I don't get back here as often as I once did, mainly because I don't have a lot of close family members left. Returning is always pleasantly nostalgic, but it also reminds me that it's pretty dull around here. I've gotten too used to city life and couldn't imagine myself living here again.

by Anonymousreply 468Last Saturday at 7:08 AM

R467 haha, well Canberra is on the east coast of Australia. South of Sydney and north of Melbourne if that helps.

by Anonymousreply 469Last Saturday at 12:56 PM

London.

Made a soup.

Big failure.

It was a tomato and carrot soup.

No onion, no herbs, no cream.

Just tomato and carrots and stock.

She says don't add anything else it will ruin its supreme taste.

So, I didn't and it was awful.

In the end I added a spoonful of cream and that made it a little better.

I HATE making bad soups.

And her cookbook was very expensive. So now I don't know if I can trust anything else in there.

by Anonymousreply 470Last Saturday at 2:11 PM

Who's the cookbook by, r470?

Add some more cream, and also some salt. What kind of tomatoes did you use? Do you have any fresh basil?

by Anonymousreply 471Last Saturday at 3:40 PM

The side effects of taking blood pressure drugs have come to bear in full force. My vision is so blurry, it takes about half an hour to see my computer screen clearly from ~two feet away with my glasses on. Instead, I look at it with my glasses off from about a foot away. And even now, there are things floating in my visual field. All of this went away when I stopped taking all this shit for BP. They say high blood pressure fucks with your vision. I say [italic]dealing with[/italic] high blood pressure is what fucks with mine.

Also, I see this red dot inside my head all the time when I change my focus. That had gone away completely, too. It's worse now.

And I'm waking up earlier in the morning. Today I was actually able to sleep until 3:58 am. Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles. Last night, it was around 2:00 am when I woke up.

But my blood pressure is much lower.

by Anonymousreply 472Last Sunday at 12:37 AM

[quote]Do you have any fresh basil?

Yes, I do - I have some growing at a great rate on my windowsill, which I've been longing to use - but she said not to add anything. Can I add it now, after the soup has been cooked?

[quote]Add some more cream, and also some salt.

I'm going to.

[quote]Who's the cookbook by, [R470]?

I was seduced by the look of the book (see pic). I also looked at a few recipes before I bought it and liked the look of them and the simplicity of the writing.

by Anonymousreply 473Last Sunday at 12:41 AM

[quote]But my blood pressure is much lower.

Meanwhile your whole body is falling apart.

Why don't you look into WHY your blood pressure is so high, instead of attacking the symptoms with pills.

by Anonymousreply 474Last Sunday at 12:44 AM

[quote]All of this went away when I stopped taking all this shit for BP.

You were invited to Buckingham Palace?

by Anonymousreply 475Last Sunday at 12:45 AM

Well said, r474. I think that has to be my next question to my doctor. Of course, the answer may be "Don't eat anything you like, ever again" and I don't think I'd do well with that. But I feel as if I've given this "meds" thing a fair shot—a second time, mind you—and I'm a mess.

R475 Yes, Rose, the Palace. Now, is it your day to be the Queen, or mine?

by Anonymousreply 476Last Sunday at 12:48 AM

~I just re-read my post @ R470

[quote]I HATE making bad soups.

Stupid thing to say. Who doesn't?

by Anonymousreply 477Last Sunday at 12:49 AM

The fact you're having such a negative reaction to the pills is a clear sign for you to stop taking them immediately.

In the meantime you need to read up on what causes high blood pressure and see what you're doing that might be causing it. Do you exercise enough?

I'd also find a new doctor.

by Anonymousreply 478Last Sunday at 12:54 AM

R473, I can't find the actual recipe you used anywhere online, but something I am able to glean about the author is that she wrote her two books as a response to her own overdependence on recipes. I hardly think she'd mind your not following hers to the letter.

Do you want to serve this soup hot or cold? If cold, I'd start to add cream and salt and chiffonaded basil and keep tasting it. If hot, I'd first heat it up, then make those additions.

Is the balance more towards carrot or tomato? If carrot, you may find orange juice or zest a helpful addition. But not too much.

What don't you like about the soup you've made?

by Anonymousreply 479Last Sunday at 12:58 AM

N.B. - R478 & R474 is me and I'm the same person who is posting about the soup - just so you know that I'd never post about soup and ignore a person who is in distress over blood pressure pills. That would be terrible.

by Anonymousreply 480Last Sunday at 1:01 AM

r478, because of arthritis and lumbar spinal stenosis, I have not done a lot of exercise in a long time. Walking is literally painful. But at this point, I feel I need to try something different than what I've been doing, so...

I did manage to walk an entire 0.6 miles, partly uphill, last week, however. Now that the weather is nicer, maybe I'll do that again.

I don't really eat that badly, though. I've given up, for the most part, things like ice cream and cake. I do eat pizza and pasta still, but not in huge amounts. I eat vegetables and fruits, and even meat, which is, I suppose, my least favorite category of food.

by Anonymousreply 481Last Sunday at 1:03 AM

r480, you sign on as London from time to time, don't you? I think of you as London.

by Anonymousreply 482Last Sunday at 1:04 AM

[quote]What don't you like about the soup you've made?

It's hard to say. It's a bit thin. It tastes like what it is - carrots, tomatoes and stock.

It's tastes like vegetarian food tasted in the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 483Last Sunday at 1:04 AM

[quote][R478], because of arthritis and lumbar spinal stenosis, I have not done a lot of exercise in a long time. Walking is literally painful. But at this point, I feel I need to try something different than what I've been doing, so...

Do you have access to a swimming pool? What's you immediate reaction to the idea of swimming?

by Anonymousreply 484Last Sunday at 1:06 AM

r484 Swimming is out because chlorine gives me a migraine. Too bad. I love to swim. Or I did once.

by Anonymousreply 485Last Sunday at 1:07 AM

r483, tell us about the stock you used.

by Anonymousreply 486Last Sunday at 1:08 AM

[quote][R480], you sign on as London from time to time, don't you? I think of you as London.

Yes, I'm London.

I say that so I don't have to keep explaining why I might use "strange" lingo and references.

by Anonymousreply 487Last Sunday at 1:08 AM

[quote][R483], tell us about the stock you used.

You won't like it (see pic). But there's no way I'm hassling with homemade stock. Stock cubes and this (see pic.) are usually fine for me, IF I'm using a good recipe which this clearly IS NOT.

by Anonymousreply 488Last Sunday at 1:11 AM

[quote][R484] Swimming is out because chlorine gives me a migraine. Too bad. I love to swim. Or I did once.

That's really tough.

Did you have any side effects from high blood pressure or were you only aware of it when the doctor told you?

by Anonymousreply 489Last Sunday at 1:16 AM

It might be the taste of the stock you don't like, r488, and if the soup is too thin, you may have used more of it than you needed. I use water when a recipe calls for stock and I don't feel like adding a meat element to what I'm cooking.

Also, what are you using for tomatoes? I don't use fresh tomatoes in soups or sauces unless I can get ones that are absolutely fresh and delicious, which tomatoes made in the USA except for a few months in summer are not. And when they are that good, I hate to waste them by cooking them. So...I use whole canned tomatoes any time I am going to cook tomatoes. I break them down by pulsing them a few times, using a blender or food processor. Diced tomatoes suck because they add some chemical that allows them to maintain their hard edge, a textural nightmare.

by Anonymousreply 490Last Sunday at 1:33 AM

[quote]Also, what are you using for tomatoes? I don't use fresh tomatoes in soups or sauces unless I can get ones that are absolutely fresh and delicious, which tomatoes made in the USA except for a few months in summer are not. And when they are that good, I hate to waste them by cooking them.

I agree.

I lived in NYC in the 80s and noticed how awful and often tasteless tomatoes were in America in comparison to England. Thirty years on they're just as awful here now. They taste like watermelon.

I use canned...Italian, good quality ones

[quote]Diced tomatoes suck because they add some chemical that allows them to maintain their hard edge, a textural nightmare.

Very interesting. I'll remember this.

Something I've learned from this - if a soup recipe doesn't sound good, it's probably NOT good.

[quote]It might be the taste of the stock you don't like, [R488]

No, I love the taste of this stock and it always works well with good soup recipes. Nigella also recommends it.

by Anonymousreply 491Last Sunday at 2:23 AM

Well, then back to the add cream, salt, and basil idea, r491.

by Anonymousreply 492Last Sunday at 2:25 AM

Yes, I'll try it. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 493Last Sunday at 3:20 AM

Another thought, London. You could cook up some more tomatoes and carrots, drain off the liquid, puree them, and add them to your soup. Add salt during cooking. Keep adjusting w/cream and salt. Oh, and the basil. If you're serving it cold, you may want to hold off on the basil until you serve it.

by Anonymousreply 494Last Sunday at 4:37 AM

R472, I'm not sure DL is the best place to be getting your medical advice. That said, you should definitely let your doctor know immediately about the side effects from the BP medication. Your blood pressure was dangerously high before, so stopping the medication immediately without first talking to your doctor might not be the wisest course. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 495Last Sunday at 8:18 AM

Oh, I haven't stopped taking anything. And I've already e-mailed my doctor. We communicate nicely. And I have an appointment with him (and his hot medical student) on Tuesday.

by Anonymousreply 496Last Sunday at 8:20 AM

[quote]And I have an appointment with him (and his hot medical student) on Tuesday.

Life does offer us certain compensations from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 497Last Sunday at 9:21 AM

They both want to be "part of my team," r497.

by Anonymousreply 498Last Sunday at 10:25 AM

Lucky you r498. There are so many blood pressure medication options out there, I’m sure the right one will be found. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 499Last Sunday at 12:54 PM

We'll want to hear all about your appointment Tuesday, R498, including, of course, the hot medical student.

by Anonymousreply 500Last Sunday at 5:18 PM

[quote]And I've already e-mailed my doctor. We communicate nicely.

That makes everything OK then.

[quote]And I have an appointment with him (and his hot medical student) on Tuesday.

PLUS excitement.

by Anonymousreply 501Last Monday at 2:54 AM

Frankly it’s more excitement than most of us here can stand r501

by Anonymousreply 502Last Monday at 2:59 AM

I did have to wonder at my last appointment if Mike was the right person to be taking my blood pressure. OTOH, maybe he would have a rather calming effect.

by Anonymousreply 503Last Monday at 5:15 AM

Sounds like he might get a rise out of you, R498.

by Anonymousreply 504Last Monday at 9:55 AM

Wouldn't that be something, r504!

by Anonymousreply 505Last Monday at 10:58 PM

I've been up since 2:30. Just made coffee at 4:25. Decaf, really. I'm going to make an asparagus frittata when I get up for real, later this morning.

by Anonymousreply 506Yesterday at 12:32 AM

How did the doctor's visit go today, R503? Is he changing your blood pressure medication? And what of Mike, the hot medical student?

by Anonymousreply 507a day ago

I got up this morning and used the toilet and it sounded funny when I flushed. Then I turned on the water in the sink and -- nothing. Usually when the water gets turned off due to construction or repairs, we get advance notice. Or when there's a water main break, we hear about it. So I went downstairs and discovered that someone had turned off the main valve outside my garage. Weird.

by Anonymousreply 508a day ago

Hi, R507. My appointment isn't until 4:30. It's now 12:46. But my average BP is down to 135/83. I'll let you know what happens later tonight.

by Anonymousreply 509a day ago

Oops...135/87.

by Anonymousreply 51021 hours ago

r507 Unfortunately, Mike is no longer my doctor's medical student. These little rotations they do only last a month or so. If I'd gone in tomorrow, I'd have met the new medical student.

I think I shall not contact him on IG. That seems a little stalker-y. Or should I? Is that what people do nowadays?

by Anonymousreply 51111 hours ago

I've been googling someone I dated in NY in the 1970s, and just discovered his brother and I lived a block from each other in DC for two years in the '80s. He's someone I didn't love enough to suit him, and though we'd been close for a season, we drifted apart. I would so love to go back and fix that. He died before the internet existed in my life, unfortunately.

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