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General Discussion / Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2015, 09:22:23 PM »
May 2016 be all that you wish, full of light, happiness and love. May you have the grace to pass through life's storms and not be swept away by their fury.

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Best and worst this week:

Best:  it was a dismal food week. The buttermilk chive dressing on my salad
Worst:  tonight's biryani (made at home) and Mac and Cheese at work. 
So-so:  the dark and stormy at a bar last night.

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General Discussion / The little things that bring you joy
« on: November 03, 2015, 08:15:17 PM »
Sometimes it's the little things that make me happy.

Tonight I strolled into a comic book store (confession: in a past life I may have been a nerd and collected comic books and Star Trek memorabilia - note Star Trek is cooler and thus less nerdy than Star Wars) and dug through thousands of stacks (it was actually pretty organized) and found two issues of the Bob's Burgers comic.  I'd looked for these earlier this summer with no luck. I was pretty happy.

Then I asked if they had any old National Lampoon magazines in stock and they did!  I'm now the proud owner of five late 70's issues of my most favorite humor magazine ever. National Lampoon is responsible for my sense of humor (from my parents I got being short and bad eyesight. Thanks a lot!), my love of The New Yorker cartoons and introducing me to the wonderful writing of P. J. O'Rourke.


What are the little things, small wonders, that bring you joy?

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Epicurious / Your "must order" dish?
« on: September 07, 2015, 07:49:25 PM »
What dish(es) are you unable to pass up if it appears on a menu?

For me:
Enchiladas - cheese and onion, chicken, chicken spinach, suizas, verde, mole, cheese, enfrijoladas, you name it
Any Asian dumpling -hoping to visit Seattle and fit in a dumpling run


Yours?

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General Discussion / Best and Worst parts of your week
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:11:16 AM »
I'll start.

Best: Sailing on the Charles River followed by a clambake
Worst: the overly drunk woman in the seat behind me on the flight home

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News, Current Events, and World Affairs / Minas Tirith
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:32:29 PM »
There is virtually no chance for this to succeed, but oh, how I wish it would. A campaign to raise $2.9B to build a live version of Tolkien's Minas Tirith.  I'd gladly spend a night or two there.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/realise-minas-tirith#/story

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General Discussion / Halloween is almost here
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:24:14 AM »
 /clap2. Halloween is my favorite holiday by far. I'm likely to blow the entire year's holiday budget on just one day. I buy tons of candy, haul out the decorations, buy new decorations, stress for weeks about what to dress up as and put together special Halloween packages for the little kids in the neighborhood that I know well. They wind up with toys and coloring books and pencils and pens, erasers, stickers and parachute men along with candy bars as big as their heads, all stuffed into a Halloween-themed pail.  Even the kids I don't know well make out like bandits.


Last year I was a pirate wench, in a custom corset with long ragged skirt, hip pouch with gold candy coins and tall boots, and long wig.
This year I think I'm going to be a spelling bee. (Can't wait for the kids to guess what I am).

Anyone else excited for Halloween?


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Travel and Leisure / Wanderlust -then and now
« on: August 11, 2015, 07:19:14 PM »
Where do you want to go and where have you been (and any recs).

I dream of:

1. Scotland:  maybe for Burns day next year?
2. Italy for a year or two. This is on tap for next year - not a full year. Two weeks. Off the beaten path.
3. Greece - I'm a sucker for the underdog.
4.  Spain and Portugal
5.  Everywhere in the Middle-East
6.  Cuba (need to get there before it turns into Disney-Cuba).

I've been here:

Puerto Rico:  Ritz-Carlton was fantastic. Handwritten notes from the staff, their signature scent, the food, waterfront room on the top floor.

The Netherlands: Eindhoven, Den Hague, Maastricht.  Visited NL three times. Enjoyed the people, food -schwarma and frites, the trains, bikes, bars (giant jenga, pounding nails into tree stumps while drunk), the scenery and the lack of warning signs on windows.

Belgium: Ghent and Brugge. I love Western Europe. Trains, beer, more frites, chocolates, waffles, castles.

Mexico: annual visit to playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. Mahekal is an incredible hotel on the best beach in playa. Full of Europeans and Canadians. No tv or internet in the rooms. Gorgeous water and people.  Tulum and akumal are not to be missed.

Italy: Rome. I'd wanted Italy since I discovered it was where pasta came from when I was 6.

Canada: Ottawa. Lovely city and people.

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Art and Entertainment / Hit shuffle and share what plays
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:28:45 AM »
Pull out your music player of choice, hit shuffle and tell us what the next 5 songs that play are (you can keep this going by contributing as often as you'd like).  And no cheating by skipping over those uninteresting songs that come up.

This is from my iPhone which contains a small portion of my music library.

Windows are Rolled Down:  Amos Lee
Son's Gonna Rise:  Citizen Cope
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing:  Stevie Wonder
FourFiveSeconds: Rihanna, Paul and Kanye
The Good Life:  Tony Bennett

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Listmania! / Favorite Words - what are yours?
« on: August 05, 2015, 05:43:30 AM »
What are your favorite words?

Czechoslovakia - this was my favorite word when I was 12. I thought then, and still think, it is a beautiful jumble of consonants with just enough vowels to make it interesting. I love the way it feels in the mouth.

Gloaming - one of my current favorite words. I love the sound and meaning.

Mundane - i love for the alternate meaning of non-magical. I like the notion that life is supposed to be full of magic, whimsy, delight.

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General Discussion / It's the weekend!
« on: July 25, 2015, 05:46:54 PM »
The weekend is here, what are you up to? 

Saturday
For me, it's 92 degrees today with a heat index of 101, so what's a girl to do?
  • up early to the farmer's market for cukes (bread and butter pickles), eggplant, cantaloupe and chioggia beets
  • an hour of cardio outside, climbing stairs
  • used book store
  • picked blackberries from the neighbor's bushes
  • saw Ant-Man
  • stopped for tequila and tacos
  • now watching Sharknado 3:Oh Hell No!
  • making banh mi vegetables later

Sunday plan
  • long walk in one of my favorite places, maybe tennis
  • weeding the garden
  • museum for the Ferran Adria exhibit:  notes on creativity, visualizing the mind of a master chef. Adria was head chef at ElBulli in Spain.   
  • making bread/butter pickles and pickled beets

What are you up to this weekend?

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General Discussion / Fear or Fantasy vs. Reality
« on: July 11, 2015, 06:22:10 PM »
Hi there,

I know there's a sticky with advice for noobs, but I thought it might be helpful for those who have not yet engaged a companion or are only in the beginning stages of thinking about this, to have some idea of the fear/fantasy that those more experienced had prior to their engagements and how those fears/fantasies compared to reality.  I know some of these may be contained within the endorsements, but many aren't.

As an example:

Fear:  That the companion would xyz (take your money and run, hide in the restroom all night, etc.) or that everyone would know you were with a companion.
Reality: No one knew at all, it was as though I met an old friend and we caught up over dinner.

Fantasy: Woodland creatures would flock around us and the townspeople would break into song as we ...
Reality:  No woodland creatures were present or harmed during our date.  It was normal, except he was better behaved and more attentive than if he were a stranger.  The female townspeople did chant my name as I walked back to my hotel and several gave me a high-five.

Hopefully some of the more experienced ladies will chime in and help set some of our fears to rest.  If you are not yet experienced, feel free to add your fear or fantasy and then come back later to comment on how reality compared.

LF

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Introductions / Hello, from Paris of the Plains
« on: July 09, 2015, 05:24:18 AM »
Hi there,

I'm a married woman new to this world.  I live in the midwest, travel more than any sane person should for work, love to laugh and finally decided that writing about some experiences was no substitute for living them.

I look forward to getting to know you all. I've been through the general archives and you seem like my kind of people.

LF

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