An interactive thread but with zero pressure to interact for fear of whelming everyone involved.
The underwhelmed Fab Five and the curious case of the catapulted crickets.
|by Anonymous||reply 602||05/03/2019|
The old thread is still open. I was just R602. How did that even happen. I am whelmed.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/15/2019|
I was just about to link this thread in the old thread but it was closed. Fingers crossed we can work it out.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 4||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 5||03/15/2019|
Hopefully the Fab Five (and fab wannabes) will be able to find this new thread without the link.
Great new title, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/15/2019|
Maybe bump the new one so I can figure out what you're talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/15/2019|
My apologies. What was the name of the old thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/15/2019|
No fucking pic?
What's wrong with you OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/15/2019|
Pick of what r9?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/15/2019|
May I humbly suggest...
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 13||03/15/2019|
Link to the old thread
Let's continue talking (and interacting) about our dull, dreary lives right here....
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/15/2019|
We have a competing thread. So many people want to be underwhelmed these days.
The other thread just closed. Continue on with your droning accounts of life lived in the slow lane.The duller the better.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/15/2019|
This is the actual correct thread, though. The title of this one is far more titillating.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/15/2019|
I agree PML. But not too titallating, or we’d all need a lie down.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||03/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 19||03/16/2019|
What does the "L" in "PML" stand for? (I get Purple Martin, but "L"?)
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/16/2019|
I have already had one cup of coffee today, around 4:30 am eastern.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||03/16/2019|
Why did you stop taking it r22? Isn’t it dangerous not to take your diabetes meds?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/16/2019|
I think the L is for Landlord r20
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 25||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 26||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 27||03/16/2019|
Wrong thread in which to be overwhelming, r27. And you [italic]are[/italic] overwhelming me.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/16/2019|
Sorry, too late for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/16/2019|
r29 r27 are you the queen who mocked the guy who had the flame Le Creuset?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 31||03/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 32||03/16/2019|
Today I am going to a double-bass symposium.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/16/2019|
I can’t tell one bird from another r31, it very impressive that you can.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/16/2019|
Home Alone was on E4 (British TV channel) earlier this evening. In mid-March. Who scheduled that?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/16/2019|
I have never seen Home Alone. I find all Culkins to be without whelm.
But I am old.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/16/2019|
Out and Proud here with my flame Le Creuset. And dramatic yet tasteful potholders.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||03/16/2019|
I thought the Le Creuset Queen left in a huff.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/16/2019|
I bought Cool Mint for a friend as a wedding present. It's not being made anymore, at least not in the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/16/2019|
I don't like that at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/16/2019|
It was his color, r41. He got a KitchenAid mixer the same color. Ice, it's called. I like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/16/2019|
There's a new color in town.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/17/2019|
Flame is rather horrible.
It has a sort of graduation of color that's rather unpleasant.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/17/2019|
I like Rosemary. Apparently it's only available in the UK.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 46||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||03/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 49||03/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 50||03/17/2019|
Only a cunt would choose grey.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 52||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 53||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 54||03/17/2019|
I [italic]am[/italic] "our friend who left in a huff."
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/17/2019|
I’m so sorry, I didn’t realise it was you r55. I’m glad you’re back.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/17/2019|
[quote]I am "our friend who left in a huff."
Mary - you came back! That didn't take long.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/17/2019|
[quote]I am "our friend who left in a huff." —the original Flameur
Are you also >>> ?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/17/2019|
Thank you, r56. I thought people would get "the original Flameur."
Anyway, Good Queen David is offering Le Creuset in Emerald this year.
A-plus cookware gets an upgrade. The Signature Series boasts a more wear-resistant interior, as well as a bigger knob and handles so you can get a good grip even with oven mitts. Page 1 QVC.com
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 60||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 61||03/17/2019|
[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?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 63||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 64||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 65||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 66||03/17/2019|
We even have a multicolour option r65, which I find odd. Who would order that, I wonder?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 69||03/17/2019|
a typical Fiestaware collection (colorwise). I find that many colors at once cacophonous.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 71||03/17/2019|
I find it hard to take in more than three colors at a time, r71. My brain starts to hurt.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/17/2019|
I'm going to try and get some sleep now. Good night, r71.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 74||03/17/2019|
What is "coze"?
|by Anonymous||reply 75||03/17/2019|
I'm guessing that it's different from "cooze," a rather whelming concept for most posters on this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||03/17/2019|
[quote]I thought the Le Creuset Queen left in a huff.
Were you having your huff reupholstered and detailed?
|by Anonymous||reply 77||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 78||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 79||03/17/2019|
There are so many color names, r79. What country do you live in?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/17/2019|
What about white Le Creuset cookware? I don't have any LC, but if I did, I'd get white.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 83||03/17/2019|
Hard to say, r83. Is the interior grey instead of beige?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/17/2019|
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.
Le Creuset cast iron skillet #20 has a double pour spout and green bottom. Condition is used but very good. Skillet measures 7-1/2" Please look at the pictures as they are part of the description and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking and check out my store. Invt shelf | eBay!
|by Anonymous||reply 85||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 86||03/17/2019|
r84 It's beige.
And I'm finally getting WWs again.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/17/2019|
Here's another, r87.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 89||03/17/2019|
[quote]And I'm finally getting WWs again.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/17/2019|
WW is working on Firefox - not Chrome.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/17/2019|
Can someone send me a W&W plz?
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/17/2019|
I'm getting them in Chrome now. All's well - or rather better anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/17/2019|
I never see WW notifications. I used to.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/17/2019|
WW is not working for me in Firefox AFAICT. I sent myself one...nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||03/17/2019|
I sent myself notifications in Chrome and Safari, too. Nothing.
If any of you have sent them, I have seen nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 97||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 98||03/17/2019|
I have received three WWs today. None from this thread so far (HINT, HINT).
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/17/2019|
I did receive someone's WW for r99 about an hour ago. Thank you. I guess it's (suddenly) working.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 101||03/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 102||03/17/2019|
That was a bold move, R102. A totally naked bed would probably overwhelm me.
Oatmeal for breakfast. With blueberries.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||03/18/2019|
For breakfast: a bowl of yesterday's red lentil soup.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||03/18/2019|
I had some leftover homemade baked beans for breakfast. I felt rather British.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||03/18/2019|
I've been up since 4:30. Going to take a nap now.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||03/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 107||03/18/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 108||03/18/2019|
So nice of you, R107, and Apple Fritter Bread sounds delicious!
|by Anonymous||reply 109||03/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 110||03/18/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 111||03/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 112||03/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 113||03/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 114||03/19/2019|
Well, Bruce Willis turns 64 today.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||03/19/2019|
In music class yesterday, we listened to parts of Dvorak's Requiem, which most of us had not known existed. Also, Verdi and Fauré.
Záznam zahajovacího koncertu Svatováclavského hudebního festivalu v Ostrav?. Ú?inkuji: Simona Šaturová (soprán), Veronika Hajnová (alt), Richard Samek (tenor...
|by Anonymous||reply 116||03/19/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 117||03/19/2019|
Careful, R117.Too much whelm can show on your face, regardless of the products you use on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||03/19/2019|
I was underwhelmed but reading this thread has rewhelmed me. Thank you all.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||03/19/2019|
Cute comment, R118. I'll watch the whelm quotient.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||03/19/2019|
Had the chicken and black bean tostada for dinner with a side salad. Quite yummy.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||03/19/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||03/20/2019|
Winter continues apace where I live. 32 degrees out.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||03/20/2019|
"The tyranny of good weather." Very nicely put, R122. I guess we can always hope for lots of spring rain.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||03/20/2019|
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.
Maslanka: Wind Quintets Nos. 1-3, an album by David Maslanka on Spotify
|by Anonymous||reply 125||03/20/2019|
I woke up a little after 1 AM, and still haven't gone back to sleep.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||03/20/2019|
I can’t hear it r125, I’ll try to find it somewhere else on the net
|by Anonymous||reply 127||03/21/2019|
Try Wind Quintet No. 3 here, r127.
NYO Canada 2018 Student Concert - Jun 29 Good Foundation Chamberfest Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University Allison Miller, Flute Rachel ...
|by Anonymous||reply 128||03/21/2019|
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.
Aaron Copland's "Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (with Harp and Piano)" performed by Benny Goodman (clarinet) and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra,...
|by Anonymous||reply 129||03/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 130||03/21/2019|
Yes, it appears to be just that, r130. I'm 67 now.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||03/21/2019|
I'm also 67, R131. I'm a little whelmed by the coincidence.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||03/21/2019|
When will you be 68, r132. For me, it's next month.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||03/21/2019|
Next month for me, too, R133, although I coyly omitted that detail earlier.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||03/21/2019|
I'm also retiring next month, so I'm looking at a lot of whelm here.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||03/21/2019|
I turned 41 last month, but people are always shocked to find out I'm not 67.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||03/21/2019|
^^This certainly makes you an anomaly on DL, Pml. Here, most everyone looks at least 20 years younger than their actual age.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||03/21/2019|
"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 Anonymous||reply 138||03/21/2019|
Aries or Taurus, r134?
|by Anonymous||reply 139||03/21/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 140||03/21/2019|
Well, I am an Aries. So we are not birthday mates. But close!
|by Anonymous||reply 141||03/21/2019|
It would have been overwhelming if we had the same birthday.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||03/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 143||03/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 144||03/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 145||03/21/2019|
^^It would certainly be overwhelming if, in contacting him, you discovered that you were switched at birth.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||03/21/2019|
Indeed, r146. But he was a freckle-faced boy, something that cannot be said for anyone I was related to.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||03/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 148||03/21/2019|
That's fairly whelming, r148.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||03/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 150||03/22/2019|
I had an Italian sub for lunch.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||03/22/2019|
You're clearly not from New England, or you would have called it an "Italian grinder."
|by Anonymous||reply 152||03/22/2019|
Excellent deductive skills, r152.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||03/22/2019|
Just call me Jessica Fletcher.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||03/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 155||03/22/2019|
My favorite color is green, followed by blue. I especially like them together.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||03/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 157||03/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 158||03/22/2019|
I like turquoise Fiestaware.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||03/22/2019|
I like Cornishware.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||03/23/2019|
I like both the cornishware and the turquoise fiestaware. Not that I own either sort.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||03/23/2019|
Would your dinnerware choices overwhelm us, r161?
|by Anonymous||reply 162||03/23/2019|
[quote]Would your dinnerware choices overwhelm us, [R161]?
Your posts are becoming tiresome, as opposed to underwhelming.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 164||03/23/2019|
Then go somewhere else, r163.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||03/23/2019|
[quote]Then go somewhere else, [R163].
There's only one boring person with the same repetitive lame joke.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||03/23/2019|
What is my "same repetitive lame joke"? I wasn't aware I'd made any jokes.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||03/23/2019|
Girls! Girls! We try to keep the "Underwhelmed" threads a snark-free zone.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||03/23/2019|
I know... but those moronic posts were dragging this thread down to gutter level. He HAD to be stopped.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 170||03/23/2019|
I didn't post the soup question on this thread for that precise reason. It was not meant to be interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||03/23/2019|
Not to add fuel to the fire, but the original intent of this thread was to post *uninteresting* details of our lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||03/23/2019|
I ignoredared myself. I did not tell a single joke in this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 174||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 175||03/23/2019|
gurl, NO! >
|by Anonymous||reply 176||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 177||03/23/2019|
If they had it for tea they probably had this stuff spread on bread or toast.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||03/23/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 179||03/23/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 180||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 181||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 182||03/23/2019|
Best of luck, r182.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 184||03/23/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 185||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 186||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 187||03/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 188||03/23/2019|
Tell us how it worked out, R182.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||03/23/2019|
Watching Iyanla because my husband has a strange affinity for her and Dr. Phil. I am underwhelmed by both of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||03/23/2019|
Until tonight, I thought Iyanla was some old female relative of Cheetolini.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||03/24/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 192||03/24/2019|
Can't you ask them to leave him home next time?
|by Anonymous||reply 193||03/24/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 194||03/24/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 195||03/24/2019|
Sorry r195, I meant to type bf as in boyfriend. My days of fuck buddies are long gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||03/24/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 197||03/24/2019|
What r197 said. You did not bring this monster into the world. You don't need to entertain it.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||03/24/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 199||03/24/2019|
Must be so hard having a difficult child.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||03/24/2019|
Especially r200, when it appears to be nature rather than nuture.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||03/24/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 202||03/24/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 203||03/25/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 204||03/25/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 205||03/25/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 206||03/26/2019|
That happened for me with Pretty Little Liars, r206. It became especially bad when I read one of the books.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||03/26/2019|
Speaking of old episodes, I never "binge watch" anything. The very idea seems whelming.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||03/26/2019|
I like binge watching r208, especially in winter on cold weekends.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||03/26/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 210||03/27/2019|
I am overwhelmed by 28 degrees in the northeast USA. Must get back to underwhelmedness, but how?
|by Anonymous||reply 211||03/27/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 212||03/27/2019|
SoCal - mostly low 70s this week, but inching toward 80s soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 213||03/27/2019|
I will be draining my pasta today. Angel hair. Too many broken pieces to do otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||03/27/2019|
We promise not to tell anyone, R214.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||03/27/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 216||03/27/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 217||03/27/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 218||03/27/2019|
r216, yes, Fahrenheit. It is now 53, however.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||03/27/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 220||03/27/2019|
I’ve done nothing but procrastinate today. I hate it when I waste time like this. And yet here I am on DL...
|by Anonymous||reply 221||03/27/2019|
Woke up at 2:39 this morning. Who knows when I'll go back to bed. Nothing specific to do today, so...
|by Anonymous||reply 222||03/27/2019|
[quote]I’ve done nothing but procrastinate today.
You've just described how I spend each and every day.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||03/28/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 224||03/28/2019|
Lunch worked fine, though. I had a shrimp, crab, and salmon cake, mashed potatoes, and cole slaw.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||03/28/2019|
I just got an e-mail from UPS telling me my blood pressure cuff is being delivered tomorrow.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||03/28/2019|
I hope you don't get any whelming readings from it, R226.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||03/28/2019|
What the hell are you people talking about?
|by Anonymous||reply 228||03/28/2019|
Thank you, r227.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||03/28/2019|
I had my annual physical today. My blood pressure was 130/70. But I take a pill for it.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||03/28/2019|
Which pill, r230?
|by Anonymous||reply 231||03/28/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 232||03/28/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 233||03/28/2019|
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.
Found on Google from thenewdaily.com.au
|by Anonymous||reply 234||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 235||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 236||03/29/2019|
[quote]my A1C went down quite a bit.
From ___ to ___?
|by Anonymous||reply 237||03/29/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 238||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 239||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 240||03/29/2019|
We want to help you de-whelm, too, r240.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||03/29/2019|
Well, this is where I always come to be de-whelmed.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 243||03/29/2019|
That's wonderful, R243.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 245||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 246||03/30/2019|
High pressure is expected to bring balmy temperatures of up to 19C (66F) in southern England today, but a much chillier picture is forecast for the week ahead with rain and gales forecast.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 248||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 249||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 250||03/30/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 251||03/31/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 252||03/31/2019|
R247 is this the much ballyhooed “ Ibiza”?
|by Anonymous||reply 253||03/31/2019|
I found a lizard in my house this morning.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||03/31/2019|
The horror, r254! How big was it?
|by Anonymous||reply 255||03/31/2019|
It wasn't as big as this, was it, R254?
|by Anonymous||reply 256||03/31/2019|
It was about four inches long.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||03/31/2019|
How did you deal with it?
|by Anonymous||reply 258||03/31/2019|
I covered it up with a large plastic bowl, then scooted it outside.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||04/01/2019|
Deftly handled, R259.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||04/01/2019|
I just signed up for my summer classes.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||04/01/2019|
What will you be studying, R261? Now that I'm retired, I could use some enrichment, as long as it's not whelming.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||04/01/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 263||04/01/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 264||04/02/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 265||04/02/2019|
I don’t r265, but I probably should one day. It would be great to spend a day doing virtually nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||04/02/2019|
I’m lying here with insomnia, aimlessly looking at my phone. I have a very specific craving for Chinese food.,
|by Anonymous||reply 267||04/02/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 268||04/02/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 269||04/02/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 270||04/02/2019|
Is there nothing you always wished you could do, r270, only you couldn't, because you had to go to work every day?
|by Anonymous||reply 271||04/02/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 272||04/02/2019|
R272, Sounds wonderful. Congratulations!
|by Anonymous||reply 273||04/02/2019|
I'm glad, r272.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||04/02/2019|
Thank you, R273 and R274!
|by Anonymous||reply 275||04/02/2019|
All of those things sound fantastic r272, I’m very envious.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||04/02/2019|
[quote]All of those things sound fantastic [R272]
|by Anonymous||reply 277||04/02/2019|
Yep r277, imagine staying home and being able to do what you like all day, every day forever. So great.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||04/02/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 279||04/02/2019|
Well, R279, that makes you about 66 now, so it's certainly not too late.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||04/02/2019|
Up early. Paid bills. Need to order new subtrou.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||04/03/2019|
What’s a subtrou?
|by Anonymous||reply 282||04/03/2019|
Awake again at 3 am, on the dot.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||04/03/2019|
[quote]What’s a subtrou?
Underwear. It's Latin, sort of. Sub = under. Trou = trousers.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||04/03/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 285||04/03/2019|
It's not a real word, r285. It's slang.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||04/03/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 287||04/03/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 288||04/04/2019|
I went out to dinner this evening and had crab cakes. They were quite good.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||04/04/2019|
I had a "little" 5 Guys cheeseburger and fries for a very early dinner.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||04/04/2019|
How was it, R290.
Can you rate it out of ten?
|by Anonymous||reply 291||04/04/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 292||04/04/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 293||04/04/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 294||04/04/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 295||04/04/2019|
I just woke up at 12:20 AM (eastern).
|by Anonymous||reply 296||04/04/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 297||04/05/2019|
Have done the taped toe thing, r293. It works. Good luck.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||04/05/2019|
The taped toe thing effectively uses your neighbor toe as a splint to help the injured toe heal.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||04/05/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 300||04/05/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 301||04/05/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 302||04/05/2019|
Gallery opening followed by Thai food tonight. The art was delightful, the restaurant was better a few years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||04/05/2019|
Did your annoying co-workers keep asking you what was up with your foot, R302?
|by Anonymous||reply 304||04/05/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 305||04/06/2019|
I hope it's feeling better soon. Now get out that tape and take it easy this weekend, R305!
|by Anonymous||reply 306||04/06/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 307||04/06/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 308||04/06/2019|
Did you have wine with dinner r308? I find I don’t sleep very well after a couple of glasses of red.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||04/06/2019|
No, r309. Just iced tea.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||04/07/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 311||04/07/2019|
I went to sleep for three hours apparently, and am up again around 6 AM eastern time.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||04/07/2019|
Well I guess 6am is not so bad. I hope you aren’t too tired today.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||04/07/2019|
I'll probably go back to sleep again. Thank you, r313.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||04/07/2019|
How's the toe, R305?
|by Anonymous||reply 315||04/07/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 316||04/07/2019|
I'm glad, r316.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||04/07/2019|
I'm glad, too, R316.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||04/07/2019|
Thanks guys. What did everyone else do today?
|by Anonymous||reply 319||04/08/2019|
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.
Everyone has nose hair. Especially those people whose nose hairs protrude from their noses. So can we all just get rid of them already? In this episode of De...
|by Anonymous||reply 320||04/08/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 321||04/08/2019|
I don't pluck. I cut. I heard about the brain thing, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||04/08/2019|
I have been whelmed by WWs this morning in the Richard Madden/Brandon Flynn/dog threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||04/08/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 324||04/08/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 325||04/08/2019|
Brisket is for braising. I have not tried this specific recipe, but it looks as if it would work.
You know those dishes that everyone says taste even better if you make them ahead of time? This is a perfect example. The flavors continue to deepen as the braise sits, and it’s that much easier to skim the surface when the sauce has a chance to chill.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||04/08/2019|
I’m going to make that r326. I think I’ll have it with mash and greens beans.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||04/09/2019|
Let's eat chez r326 tonight.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||04/09/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 329||04/09/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 330||04/09/2019|
Thanks, R330. I have been going out with friends, so I haven't become a shut-in. Not yet, anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 331||04/09/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 332||04/09/2019|
I started taking classes at one of the local universities when I retired. This semester I'm painting and taking music appreciation.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||04/09/2019|
Sounds so great r333
|by Anonymous||reply 334||04/09/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 335||04/09/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 336||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 337||04/10/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 338||04/10/2019|
I'm adding an entire lime green forest, r338.
|by Anonymous||reply 339||04/10/2019|
Bob Ross always emphasized that there are no mistakes in painting, R339, just "happy accidents." Hence, your happy lime green forest!
|by Anonymous||reply 340||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 341||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 342||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 343||04/10/2019|
Actually, I did a lot of theater years ago, and have thought about trying to get involved in it again.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||04/10/2019|
Oh, I hope you do, r344.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||04/10/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 346||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 347||04/10/2019|
Would we have seen you in anything r347?
|by Anonymous||reply 348||04/10/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 349||04/11/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 350||04/11/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 351||04/11/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 352||04/11/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 353||04/11/2019|
Is everyone looking forward to an underwhelming weekend?
|by Anonymous||reply 354||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 355||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 356||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 357||04/12/2019|
New Opera concert tomorrow night. "Good" pizza beforehand, made in the Detroit style.
|by Anonymous||reply 358||04/12/2019|
underwhelming sheet pan dinner tonight:
BSCBs carrots potatoes
|by Anonymous||reply 359||04/12/2019|
Your poetry makes my head hurt, R356.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 361||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 362||04/12/2019|
Clearly, R362, you must continue to document all your major cooking projects on this thread. We'll be waiting to hear about them.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||04/12/2019|
Yes, obviously we make food better. I don’t know how, but there’s obviously a correlation do keep posting.
|by Anonymous||reply 364||04/12/2019|
I had lentils for my midnight snack, with a bit of EVOO and RWV.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||04/12/2019|
I'm now watching a PBS British import, Unforgotten, series 2.
|by Anonymous||reply 366||04/12/2019|
This is a nice thread, with nice people.
|by Anonymous||reply 367||04/13/2019|
It is a nice thread r367. There is one cranky poster who occasionally pops up, but we all just skip over it.
|by Anonymous||reply 368||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 369||04/13/2019|
I think that's a common feeling among all of us who have lived with BFs, however much we love them.
|by Anonymous||reply 370||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 371||04/13/2019|
I'm sure the resultant baked potatoes are delicious, but it seems like an almost whelming amount of work.
|by Anonymous||reply 372||04/13/2019|
Especially the "painting-with-vegetable-oil" step, r372. I know I'd burn my hands or get oil all over a potholder.
|by Anonymous||reply 373||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 374||04/14/2019|
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.
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 Anonymous||reply 375||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 376||04/14/2019|
But this doesn't make sense to me:-
[quote]Transfer potatoes to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet
|by Anonymous||reply 377||04/14/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 378||04/14/2019|
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.
Nordic Ware's line of Natural Commercial Bakeware is designed for commercial use, and exceeds expectations in the home. The durable, natural aluminum construction bakes evenly and browns uniformly, while the light color prevents overbrowning. The oversized edge also makes getting these pans in an...
|by Anonymous||reply 379||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 380||04/14/2019|
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.
J.S. Bach - Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale ?– Matthäus Passion - Pasión según san Mateo, BWV 244 A Bach Passion in November? Almos...
|by Anonymous||reply 381||04/14/2019|
r377 It's to allow the hot air to circulate under the potato.
|by Anonymous||reply 382||04/14/2019|
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.
The vegetable oil made it greasy and the salty water thing, I couldn't even taste it.
|by Anonymous||reply 383||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 384||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 385||04/14/2019|
Thank you, R385. I'll get one of those as well.
I MUST make this bread. I WILL succeed.
|by Anonymous||reply 386||04/14/2019|
That's the spirit, R386.
|by Anonymous||reply 387||04/14/2019|
Took me years to figure out that my oven is 5° off. The realization changed everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 388||04/14/2019|
Went to bed early...nine-ish. Woke up between midnight and one. I'm going back to bed now at 1:43.
|by Anonymous||reply 389||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 390||04/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 391||04/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 392||04/15/2019|
Game of Thrones always underwhelmed me. I gave up in season 3.
|by Anonymous||reply 393||04/15/2019|
I made really good guacamole yesterday. Perfect avocado, some diced red onion, serrano chile, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt.
|by Anonymous||reply 394||04/15/2019|
Sounds delicious r394
|by Anonymous||reply 395||04/15/2019|
It was, r395. I must get more avocados today.
|by Anonymous||reply 396||04/15/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 397||04/16/2019|
At least you got yourself an oven thermometer, R397. It could make a big difference in how your recipes turn out.
|by Anonymous||reply 398||04/16/2019|
Yes, plus a thermometer for when I make the yeast for my bread, R398.
(I got that tip from DL fave, Ina Garten)
|by Anonymous||reply 399||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 400||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 401||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 402||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 403||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 404||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 405||04/16/2019|
Spread is something like margarine. It is a cheap substitute for butter, made of chemicals.
|by Anonymous||reply 406||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 407||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 408||04/16/2019|
What would you call those little butter things, punnets?
They have a sort of gold lid that you peel back.
|by Anonymous||reply 409||04/16/2019|
What [italic]would[/italic] I call them, r409? I'm going to have to think about that. I'll get back to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 411||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 412||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 413||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 414||04/16/2019|
Can you use a rectal thermometer for breadmaking?
|by Anonymous||reply 415||04/16/2019|
This is Pamela's. It is lesbian-owned, and serves the very best pancakes. I just wish they'd use real maple syrup.
|by Anonymous||reply 416||04/16/2019|
Yes, r415. It's recommended, in fact, for making crackayourassbread.
|by Anonymous||reply 417||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 418||04/16/2019|
Thank you for the Pamela's link.
I find this SO interesting.
[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 Anonymous||reply 419||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 420||04/16/2019|
[quote]Big, fat, pillowy pancakes.
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 Anonymous||reply 421||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 422||04/16/2019|
[quote]IHOP is horrible
I love it
and I love the little Hansel & Gretel chalets with the blue roofs.
|by Anonymous||reply 423||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 424||04/16/2019|
[quote]What would you call those little butter things, punnets?
|by Anonymous||reply 425||04/16/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 426||04/16/2019|
[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.
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 Anonymous||reply 427||04/16/2019|
They bring those little patties to your table in little a white dish.
|by Anonymous||reply 428||04/16/2019|
OMG - LOOK!
I found a pic!
(this is of the "little containerlet" - not the patty, obviously}
|by Anonymous||reply 429||04/16/2019|
Amazon describe them thus:
Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter Cup,5 Gram
Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter Cup, 5 Gram -- 288 per case.
|by Anonymous||reply 430||04/16/2019|
"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 Anonymous||reply 431||04/16/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 432||04/17/2019|
"Cups." That's it...butter cups.
|by Anonymous||reply 433||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 434||04/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 435||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 436||04/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 437||04/17/2019|
Maybe they come like this now.
|by Anonymous||reply 438||04/17/2019|
[quote]I love the name "Land O Lakes" - very poetic.
It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 439||04/17/2019|
[quote]even though I googled "Smuckers maple syrup individual"
How clever if you!!
I posted @ R438 at the same moment as your post.
|by Anonymous||reply 440||04/17/2019|
[quote]It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.
Oh, I see.
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 Anonymous||reply 441||04/17/2019|
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).
Happy Shrove Tuesday! Here’s where to get your pancake fix in the capital
|by Anonymous||reply 442||04/17/2019|
England's version of American pancakes.
(and trust me they're all doughy and undercooked)
204 Likes, 41 Comments - where the pancakes are (@wherethepancakesare) on Instagram: “Some days Some pancakes fly - today it was the American with #maplesyrup #blueberries and curvy…”
|by Anonymous||reply 443||04/17/2019|
Is this about One Direction?
|by Anonymous||reply 444||04/17/2019|
R435 they’re either the gold foil kind or in plastic where you peel the top off.
|by Anonymous||reply 445||04/17/2019|
[quote]They bring those little patties to your table in little a white dish.
Called "butter pats" by geezers.
|by Anonymous||reply 446||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 447||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 448||04/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 449||04/17/2019|
"Stingy" is commonly used in the U.S., R449. And I couldn't agree more about those miserable foil condiment packets.
|by Anonymous||reply 450||04/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 451||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 452||04/17/2019|
Also, London, it turns out London has a Five Guys.
Do try it.
They say, "You can't visit London and not try Five Guys". Voted by many to be the best burger in town, prepare yourself to wait in line,…
|by Anonymous||reply 453||04/17/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 454||04/17/2019|
[quote]It's from Minnesota, the USA's Land of Lakes.
& in England we have "The Lake District" - YOU decide!
|by Anonymous||reply 455||04/17/2019|
There's a town called Land O' Lakes in Florida. My uncle lived there after he retired.
|by Anonymous||reply 456||04/17/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 457||04/17/2019|
My blood pressure keeps getting lower, but it is still not good. 145 has been the lowest.
|by Anonymous||reply 458||04/18/2019|
145 over what, R458? Are you taking anything for it, or is that something you're working to avoid?
|by Anonymous||reply 459||04/18/2019|
145/80, r459. I'm taking 3 different pills. Two weeks ago, it was around 190/100.
|by Anonymous||reply 460||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 461||04/18/2019|
80 is good? Yaay! I thought it needed to be lower, like 20 or 30.
|by Anonymous||reply 462||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 463||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 464||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 465||04/19/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 466||04/20/2019|
r466, like most Americans my knowledge of geography is only slightly above my knowledge of molecular physics.
|by Anonymous||reply 467||04/20/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 468||04/20/2019|
R467 haha, well Canberra is on the east coast of Australia. South of Sydney and north of Melbourne if that helps.
|by Anonymous||reply 469||04/20/2019|
Made a soup.
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 Anonymous||reply 470||04/20/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 471||04/20/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 472||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 473||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 474||04/21/2019|
[quote]All of this went away when I stopped taking all this shit for BP.
You were invited to Buckingham Palace?
|by Anonymous||reply 475||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 476||04/21/2019|
~I just re-read my post @ R470
[quote]I HATE making bad soups.
Stupid thing to say. Who doesn't?
|by Anonymous||reply 477||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 478||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 479||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 480||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 481||04/21/2019|
r480, you sign on as London from time to time, don't you? I think of you as London.
|by Anonymous||reply 482||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 483||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 484||04/21/2019|
r484 Swimming is out because chlorine gives me a migraine. Too bad. I love to swim. Or I did once.
|by Anonymous||reply 485||04/21/2019|
r483, tell us about the stock you used.
|by Anonymous||reply 486||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 487||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 488||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 489||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 490||04/21/2019|
[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 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 Anonymous||reply 491||04/21/2019|
Well, then back to the add cream, salt, and basil idea, r491.
|by Anonymous||reply 492||04/21/2019|
Yes, I'll try it. Thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 493||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 494||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 495||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 496||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 497||04/21/2019|
They both want to be "part of my team," r497.
|by Anonymous||reply 498||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 499||04/21/2019|
We'll want to hear all about your appointment Tuesday, R498, including, of course, the hot medical student.
|by Anonymous||reply 500||04/21/2019|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 501||04/22/2019|
Frankly it’s more excitement than most of us here can stand r501
|by Anonymous||reply 502||04/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 503||04/22/2019|
Sounds like he might get a rise out of you, R498.
|by Anonymous||reply 504||04/22/2019|
Wouldn't that be something, r504!
|by Anonymous||reply 505||04/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 506||04/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 507||04/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 508||04/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 509||04/23/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 510||04/23/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 511||04/23/2019|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 512||04/23/2019|
R511 I don’t think contacting him on insta is the way to go.
|by Anonymous||reply 513||04/24/2019|
That's what I suspected. Bye, Mike. Good luck in your career, life, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 514||04/24/2019|
Over the years I’ve found the ones who are meant to wander back, do.
|by Anonymous||reply 515||04/24/2019|
Mike, we hardly knew ye.
So, R511, what's the current situation with your blood pressure? A change of medication?
|by Anonymous||reply 516||04/24/2019|
r516 My blood pressure yesterday was 135/87, averaged. Huge improvement over last month.
|by Anonymous||reply 517||04/24/2019|
Happy to hear it!
|by Anonymous||reply 518||04/24/2019|
Thank you, r518.
|by Anonymous||reply 519||04/24/2019|
Woke up around 2:15 am. Now it's 4:11. What to do? What to do?
|by Anonymous||reply 520||04/25/2019|
I did too, around the same time. Do you have a sleep disorder, r520?
|by Anonymous||reply 521||04/25/2019|
I don't know if that's what you call it or not, r521. I go to bed fairly early, last night a little before ten, and then I wake up a few hours later. I'm retired, so I don't have to get up in the morning to do anything in particular most days, and I enjoy being up when there's less noise in the world. So why rush back to sleep?
However, there are nights when I wake up around this time and I can't get back to sleep. Overall, I believe it may be related to the arsenal of pills I take (four for BP, one for diabetes, others), but I don't know this for sure. I've switched from coffee to decaf, so I'm comfortable making a cup when I wake up this early. Generally, I go back to bed around 5:30.
|by Anonymous||reply 522||04/25/2019|
I retired recently and have been waking up very early ever since. I never wanted to stay in bed more than I did on days when I knew I had to get up and get ready for work. Suddenly, staying in bed isn't all that appealing. I keep my Kindle at my bedside and, when I wake up early, start to read whatever book I'm currently reading. That usually causes me to fall asleep again.
|by Anonymous||reply 523||04/25/2019|
The cutest, queeniest man works as a medical assistant now at my doctor's office. Extremely pretty, and no one—no one!—will ever mistake him for a heterosexual. And then yesterday when I read my after-visit summary, I noticed his name at the bottom. So I googled him, and don't you know, he's got all these huggy closeup pics with some girl, whom I take to be his partner, at least. A girl. I'm sure my BP went up ten points owing to the utter shock of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 524||04/25/2019|
Maybe he's her gay BFF.
|by Anonymous||reply 525||04/25/2019|
One so hopes, r525.
|by Anonymous||reply 526||04/25/2019|
Or it could be one of those coming out situations r526 where he bursts from the glass closet with great fanfare only to have everyone sigh and mutter “yes, we know Barry” with him the only surprised person in the room.
|by Anonymous||reply 527||04/25/2019|
I was just reading the What Ever Happened to your First Love thread. So much sadder than I expected. Lots of first loves have died, many from AIDS. And, although not sad but surprising, is that almost as many first loves went on to marry women.
|by Anonymous||reply 528||04/26/2019|
[quote]And, although not sad but surprising, is that almost as many first loves went on to marry women.
It happened to me, and it was plenty sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 529||04/26/2019|
I thought about that after I posted r529 and I guess I was comparing it to losing someone to AIDS, but it’s still very sad. I would never want to minimise someone’s heartbreak. I’ve had my heart broken and it was awful, so I’m sorry.
|by Anonymous||reply 530||04/26/2019|
Thank you, r530.
|by Anonymous||reply 531||04/26/2019|
r516 Today's averaged blood pressure is 136/88. This is excellent for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 532||04/26/2019|
I was REALLY in the mood for soup today. It's turned chilly again.
That failure I made last week is still sitting in the fridge.
I made the Linda McCartney vegetable soup - but I was more relaxed this time. I didn't have all the ingredients, so I did some substituting.
Also, at the end, she says you can add a tin of tomatoes, which I've never done before, so I threw caution to the wind.
And BOY! YUUUUGE success!
PLUS hand grated parmesan cheese (I bought ready grated for years - not nearly as nice).
So, I'm very happy. Success with a soup makes me as happy as flop soups make me miserable.
I think her vegetable soup is the best basis for any vegetable soup I've ever made.
Also, I had fresh rosemary from the garden and fresh thyme growing on my windowsill...which I'm sure was a big help.
|by Anonymous||reply 533||04/26/2019|
What veg does she put in her soup, London? I love rosemary with potatoes.
|by Anonymous||reply 534||04/26/2019|
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups trimmed sliced leeks
2 cups chopped celery
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups unpeeled, sliced carrots
1 cup white cabbage
2 cups unskinned cubed new potatoes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
|by Anonymous||reply 535||04/26/2019|
I love everything but the cabbage, r535. Can't stand the smell of cabbage cooking. Love cole slaw, though.
The rest of it sounds wonderful. I'm glad you finally made one you like.
|by Anonymous||reply 536||04/26/2019|
I didn't have celery or white cabbage - I used broccoli instead.
In fact the cabbage isn't so great, as it tastes soggy the next day, so I'm glad I didn't use it.
|by Anonymous||reply 537||04/26/2019|
We posted at the same time R536...we agree on the cabbage I see. I won't use it again.
|by Anonymous||reply 538||04/26/2019|
and thank you.
|by Anonymous||reply 539||04/26/2019|
I would not have used broccoli, either. But that's just me.
And you're welcome.
|by Anonymous||reply 540||04/26/2019|
The broccoli kind of melted into the soup, in fact.
What would you have used?
|by Anonymous||reply 541||04/26/2019|
I don't use anything in the cabbage-cruciferous-broccoli-cauliflower family. I just don't like them.
Generally, when I make a soup, I start with the soffrito base of onions, carrots, and celery. I did this just last night, in fact, to make lentil soup. In this case, I also used garlic, which I did not add until the first three had been sauteed until softened. Don't want to burn garlic.
I generally use bay leaf, but I was out. And a Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, but I didn't have one last night. I use a lot of salt. More than most people, I think. Salt makes all the difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 542||04/26/2019|
I must have a go at lentil soup.
|by Anonymous||reply 543||04/26/2019|
For each pound of lentils, I dice two large stalks of celery, two large carrots, and one large onion. Plus, I chop two or three cloves of garlic into a paste. I get everything prepped before I start to cook. I dice my onion last because to avoid tears as long as possible.
Also, I use bay leaf and, if I have one, the rind from a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano (you can buy these separately here if you don't have any in your fridge; don't remove it from your current wedge). The P-R makes all the difference. I like a little thyme in this, too.
Rinse your pound of lentils in a colander, a strainer, whatever you use. I leave them in water until I'm ready to put them in the soup.
Soften your soffrito. Start with the celery. It takes longest to cook. Give it ten minutes, then add your carrots and onion. Add bay and thyme. Cook for ten more minutes, then add 8 cups of water and your P-R rind. Let it come to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
Add your rinsed lentils and cook until they are soft enough for you. I generally cook them for 30 minutes. Correct for salt and pepper.
These times are approximates. Vegetables and lentils will soften at different rates at different times. After you've made your first batch, you'll have an idea of whether things need more cooking time or less. Your stovetop may be more powerful than mine. Variables, variables, variables.
Let me know if you try it and how it works.
I usually top it with sour cream or grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Or just some olive oil.
|by Anonymous||reply 544||04/26/2019|
Sounds LOVELY, R544.
I've never heard of soffrito.
[quote]Soften your soffrito. Start with the celery. It takes longest to cook.
What do you mean soften your soffrito?
and what kind of lentils do you use?
|by Anonymous||reply 545||04/26/2019|
r545 Soffritto is how you start your flavor base, by cooking onions, carrots, and celery together. The first time I ever heard of it was when I made Bolognese. Marcella Hazan also has a meatless tomato sauce with a soffritto base. I use it for any kind of soup other than cream soup (I tend to cook Italian). It's indispensable for chicken noodle soup, for example. Or making osso buco (though I haven't made that in decades).
Fan of onion & butter? Wait till you try olive oil & vegetables.
|by Anonymous||reply 546||04/26/2019|
r545 My favorite are the red lentils, but I often choose the grey-green ones because they're so much cheaper. You end up with a good soup either way.
|by Anonymous||reply 547||04/26/2019|
[quote][R545] Soffritto is how you start your flavor base, by cooking onions, carrots, and celery together.
[quote]The first time I ever heard of it was when I made Bolognese.
I make Bolognese all the time and Marinara, but not that way. I'll try it, even though my sauces are very successful.
|by Anonymous||reply 548||04/26/2019|
Tell me how you make Bolognese, r548, svp.
|by Anonymous||reply 549||04/26/2019|
Olive oil, fresh basil, onions - as the base. Cook for ten minutes until soft.
I add the beef, sauté until very well cooked.
Then I add chopped mushrooms. Continue to sauté...about 5 mins.
Then a can of Italian tomatoes.
Add soy sauce, Lea & Perrins, Mushroom Ketchup, Salt and Pepper, Bay leaf and simmer for about half an hour.
Serve with grated cheddar.
|by Anonymous||reply 550||04/26/2019|
I also sometimes use turkey mince, it's much lighter than beef and with all the flavourings, tastes very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 551||04/26/2019|
[quote]Today's averaged blood pressure is 136/88. This is excellent for me.
Good news, R532.
|by Anonymous||reply 552||04/26/2019|
Okay, r550. That is not Bolognese.
Here's something that's very close to Marcella Hazan's recipe. The only differences are that she starts by cooking the onions separately for a while before adding the carrots and celery; she does not use cayenne; she does not add much water in the beginning. I don't think any of these is a bad idea, though. I almost always end up adding water towards the end. Cayenne? Up to you. It cooks so long, I think adding carrots, celery, and onions simultaneously works just fine.
Anyway, this is Bolognese.
None of these things goes in Bolognese: mushrooms, soy sauce, Lea & Perrins, Mushroom Ketchup, Bay leaf, or grated cheddar. You can use them to make a sauce for pasta—it actually sounds pretty good—but it's not Bolognese.
|by Anonymous||reply 553||04/26/2019|
I was all in for trying that recipe UNTIL...he said 4 to 6 hours!
I just don't cook anything for that long.
But thank you all the same.
I like sound of that chef though. He's great.
[quote]Okay, [R550]. That is not Bolognese.
It's MY Bolognese and can be made in about 45 minutes from scratch and tastes just as good as any Bolognese you've ever had.
|by Anonymous||reply 554||04/26/2019|
You are welcome to call it whatever you want, obviously, but the name "Bolognese" is taken.
|by Anonymous||reply 555||04/26/2019|
One sauce I learned how to make properly recently was Carbonara...from videos on YouTube. I always used cream before.
Carbonara is so simple to make.
|by Anonymous||reply 556||04/26/2019|
This morning I slept until 4:35 or so.
|by Anonymous||reply 557||04/27/2019|
Made the first batch of hummingbird nectar of the Spring. I’ll put the feeder out this am.
|by Anonymous||reply 558||04/27/2019|
What is "hummingbird nectar of the Spring"?
|by Anonymous||reply 559||04/27/2019|
Where did everyone go?
|by Anonymous||reply 560||04/28/2019|
I asked about "hummingbird nectar of the Spring." No one answered.
I've been up since 2:30 am. Took a nappette around 7 AM. I'm reading an interesting book that may have a bit of gay to it, The Gustav Sonata.
|by Anonymous||reply 561||04/28/2019|
[quote]Made the first batch of hummingbird nectar of the Spring. I’ll put the feeder out this am.
I didn't post this, but hummingbird nectar is a mixture of sugar and water that people make and put into feeders (usually near windows) to attract hummingbirds. My sister does this, and I have seen many hummingbirds at her house. The poster was merely saying he had mixed up some hummingbird nectar for the first time this spring.
|by Anonymous||reply 562||04/28/2019|
Thank you, r562. I was imagining something closer to hummingbird stock.
|by Anonymous||reply 563||04/28/2019|
I guess, with all the talk of soup around here, that's understandable.
|by Anonymous||reply 564||04/28/2019|
I went crazy cooking yesterday.
I saw an Apple Crumble recipe online and thought I HAD to try it out. Well, the crumble aspect was good and I achieved a nice crunch following his technique. But he also suggested caramelising the apples, which seemed like fun, but it's WAY TOO sugary as a whole. So I'll just do his crumble and use just a teaspoon of sugar with the apples in future.
I also made a tomato soup, just following my instincts this time and it came out pretty well. Bit thin. It needs croutons.
And as I was on a roll I attempted bread making. The yeast managed to rise and the bread seemed to rise in the oven and the bread tasted really nice but it was way too...um..hadn't risen enough, ABOUT AN INCH HIGH...so that's no good. I think I know where I went wrong, so I'll have another go this week
|by Anonymous||reply 565||04/28/2019|
Impressive. You really did go crazy, R565.
|by Anonymous||reply 566||04/28/2019|
I love making croutons. I use the outside of a good, crusty loaf of bread, usually Italian, to eat with a soft cheese, such as St. Andre. I save the inside to turn into croutons the next day.
I tear the bread into bite-sized pieces, toss them in salt and olive oil, then put them on a sheet tray that goes into the oven at 400 for 5-7 minutes, longer if needed. Keep checking. Do not let them burn.
|by Anonymous||reply 567||04/28/2019|
Yes, R566 - I didn't know myself.
Thank you R567 - I'll try that tomorrow.
My bread wasn't quite as bad as one inch I've discovered, probably two. I'm having it now, toasted, with Wild Blueberry Jam and mugs of hot tea and it tastes nice. Bit dense and hard, but not bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 568||04/28/2019|
Got terribly sick on Friday - I think maybe the flu, even though I had a jab. Almost went to the hospital on Friday night because I couldn't breathe. I'm feeling better and I can breathe now, but still as weak as a kitten. Managed to eat an English muffin with a bit of Jarlsberg melted on.
|by Anonymous||reply 569||04/28/2019|
I hope you're back on your feet soon, R569.
|by Anonymous||reply 570||04/28/2019|
R569 I was sick too on Friday. Gastro. Horrific. I’m fine now.
The flu vaccine only protects you from the nastiest strain going around, it doesn’t protect you from all of them. So it’s possible you caught a strain you weren’t vaccinated against. However you’ve inspired me to go get the vaccine, if there’s a strain of the flu this year worse than what you had, and you seemed like you were in the wars, I really don’t want it it. Get better soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 571||04/28/2019|
I had a migraine on Friday. It was so bad, I didn't go to my painting class.
|by Anonymous||reply 572||04/28/2019|
I put my glasses on and found (to my shock) that my bathroom needed a serious cleaning...
|by Anonymous||reply 573||04/29/2019|
Does anyone else who takes blood pressure drugs have vision problems? It's hard for me to focus on my computer screen for about the first half-hour, and can't see street signs as well as I can when I'm not on these things.
|by Anonymous||reply 574||04/29/2019|
do ya get headache too? sounds like increased intracranial pressure and is dangerous. I got it from another pills side effect. had to stop. Returned to normal within few days after
|by Anonymous||reply 575||04/29/2019|
[quote]Does anyone else who takes blood pressure drugs have vision problems? It's hard for me to focus on my computer screen for about the first half-hour, and can't see street signs as well as I can when I'm not on these things.
If I were you I'd start a thread about this - there are only five people here at the best of times, whereas a thread about blood pressure pills would expose you to a much larger section of the DL community - you could therefore probably banter all day about blood pressure pills and its side effects.
Just a suggestion.
|by Anonymous||reply 576||04/29/2019|
Thanks, r576. I may do that.
R575, I get headaches from lots of things, but I haven't noticed a worsening since taking these pills. If anything, I believe I've had fewer headaches. Friday was the first bad one in a long time.
|by Anonymous||reply 577||04/29/2019|
Too much illness among the Fab Five! Stay well, everyone, lest we become the Frail Five.
|by Anonymous||reply 578||04/29/2019|
How are our ailing Fab Five members feeling today?
|by Anonymous||reply 579||04/30/2019|
How are YOU feeling, R579?
|by Anonymous||reply 580||04/30/2019|
Feeling fine, thanks!
|by Anonymous||reply 581||04/30/2019|
My first blood pressure is 137/88, excellent for me. I do not have a headache. I'm wondering if something I eat makes me itch. Like dairy, maybe. I eat a lot of sour cream compared to the rest of the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 582||04/30/2019|
Cut out the dairy and see what happens R582. There are plenty of dairy alternatives.
Also wheat allergies.
|by Anonymous||reply 583||04/30/2019|
[quote] I put my glasses on and found (to my shock) that my bathroom needed a serious cleaning...
Wouldn't it have been easier to just take your glasses off?
|by Anonymous||reply 584||04/30/2019|
[quote]Wouldn't it have been easier to just take your glasses off?
Once while I was driving I thought my car's engine was making a funny noise, so I turned up the volume on the radio.
|by Anonymous||reply 585||04/30/2019|
It's May already. Another year flying by.
|by Anonymous||reply 586||05/01/2019|
Yes, it will soon be The 'Twenties!
|by Anonymous||reply 587||05/01/2019|
I hope they're as interesting as the 1920s were. Not that I was there.
|by Anonymous||reply 588||05/01/2019|
We're up to 580 posts. Will there be another edition of this thread, or is everyone feeling too whelmed?
|by Anonymous||reply 589||05/02/2019|
^^Oops, 590 posts.
|by Anonymous||reply 590||05/02/2019|
It’s 5 am and I’ve been up for hours. Reached the point of throw in the towel, get up and make coffee, stagger through the day. It’s because I ate a lot of ice cream last evening. Eating poorly gives me tinnitus and disrupts my sleep, now that I’m oldish.
|by Anonymous||reply 591||05/03/2019|
I have tinnitus, too. I've grown so used to it, it no longer keeps me awake at night. I keep the radio on all night long (classical music). Maybe your version is louder than mine. Some drugs exacerbate it (gabapentin, too much ibuprofen), but what excites it most are white foods: flour, sugar, pasta, and worst of all, rice. I can pretty much live with it if I don't eat too much of any of those things, but I try not to eat rice at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 592||05/03/2019|
Interesting R592 - I had rice AND vanilla ice cream. I knew it was a recipe for disaster as I was doing it.
|by Anonymous||reply 593||05/03/2019|
I'll bet it was the rice, r593.
|by Anonymous||reply 594||05/03/2019|
I will participate in the next volume of this version of Underwhelmed, but I do not have a headline at the moment.
|by Anonymous||reply 595||05/03/2019|
The new thread!!
C.U. there!! >>>
This is where we bore each other and interact over the dreary minutiae of our very tedious daily shenanigans.PLEASE JOIN US!
|by Anonymous||reply 596||05/03/2019|
I hope you all like the new title and pic.
All we need now is a few new members.
|by Anonymous||reply 597||05/03/2019|
Please head over there and let's get the show on the road!!
Soup recipes and all sorts.
|by Anonymous||reply 598||05/03/2019|
new tread @ link >>
This is where we bore each other and interact over the dreary minutiae of our very tedious daily shenanigans.PLEASE JOIN US!
|by Anonymous||reply 599||05/03/2019|
sorry, I meant THREAD.
This thread's been good to us, that's for sure - but now it's time for pastures new.
This is where we bore each other and interact over the dreary minutiae of our very tedious daily shenanigans.PLEASE JOIN US!
|by Anonymous||reply 600||05/03/2019|
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night.
|by Anonymous||reply 601||05/03/2019|
Now it's time say goodnight, goodnight... sleep tight.
|by Anonymous||reply 602||05/03/2019|