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i bought myself a mother's day gift but i won't get it til mid june

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Thanks for the happy birthday wishes! We ended up meeting another group of friends at the game that had better seats. When they cut off booze around the fifth inning we went back to my friend's house and drank homebrew and they got me a frozen custard pie.

courtnoodle, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have no idea what to buy my wife for mother's day.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was delicious.

courtnoodle, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xpost. Your kid hasn't got a job yet?

Jeff, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

No, you'd think he would've started one by now. Sure, blame a lack of mobility kid.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

what does your wife like to do that she doesn't get to do very much?
alternately
sears family portrait, start early, could be lol or poignant, your choice
or if you prefer
a plant that is likely to live for a very long time

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

a plant that is likely to live for a long time is sort of an oxymoron in our house, we have the worst luck with plants. i was going to get her like a massage day thing, but she went and did that with her mom this weekend, so dammit, back to square one.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

you could buy her a piece of art that she would like
something framed or not, something to look at and remember and also appreciate aesthetically

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

i was going to get sarah an air popper (for popcorn) because we've been eating a lot of popcorn but it has been heavily hinted that sarah's sister is getting me an air popper for my bday so now i don't know what to do either.

apparently people use those air poppers to roast coffee beans

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

The frozen custard pie was delicious and so was the coffee syrup! Why doesn't the whole country know about this stuff? It's delicious. Apparently in MA and RI, coffee milk is a thing.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

really? i use my air popper (thanks, colette!) for popcorn

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

and i love it!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Guys. Guys. You can pop regular popcorn in the microwave using a brown paper lunch bag. You put a quarter cup of kernels in the bag, add optional oil and salt, and put it in the microwave for about two minutes.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

The problem with popcorn is that it's the most disappointing food.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah but tbrr i like the hot air excitement of the air popper -- standing in front of the yellow popcorn machine while it spews out hot hot hot air and noise and !popcorn!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have a whole thing set up whereby i spritz with olive oil mister as it falls into the bowl and then add salt, nutritional yeast, and spicy paprika at the end and let it shake down
it's very flavorful, you would not be disappointed

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

if that was the kind of popcorn popped everyday in my office i would be a lot more excited about it, tbh

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like nutritional yeast on popcorn. It's very good.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh yeah there is popcorn every day in my ofc as well
it's a scourge and we all have considered asking someone to do something about it, but battles/choosing etc

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tell them how much money they'll save if they pop regular popcorn in a paper bag instead of nasty, stinky microwave popcorn.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

maybe i will give supplies as backhanded end of semester gift

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

Add up the savings over a year of popcorn making and then point out what they could buy with those savings instead.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have one of these thingies. It works well, in the microwave without buying icky microwave popcorn and is a bit more convenient than a paper bag.

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

ha! i love silly one-use devices like that. like a donut maker that takes up two sq feet of space in the cupboard.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

You have to buy proprietary replacement parts for that popcorn popper, though. Bags are just bags, and you can also use them as bags.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Pop your popcorn, carry your lunch, make a hand puppet, conceal your liquor in a public park. It's the bargain of a lifetime.

Oh, I forgot the VERY IMPORTANT step of securely folding over the top of the bag before you put it in the microwave. Some people say you can close it with a staple, but I don't care to live on the edge. I fold it over and then do this thing - http://www.bloomize.com/how-to-bind-papers-without-staples-or-clips/

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is just the size of a large bowl, such as one you would eat popcorn out of anyway.

The replacement part argument is relevant, but the little paper inserts (which have some sort of microwave-reflective material inside) last for probably ten poppings and are small. Not much waste!

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

You both make a good case, but mh: can your device make hand puppets or conceal liquor in a public park?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

If you want to use your greasy bags that you popped popcorn in to do so, you may.

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love popcorn (homemade, not the microwave kind with chemically enhanced butter flavor) -- but I never ever think to make it. We even have a bunch of Spice House spices that are great for it (Vulcan Fire Salt, Bridgeport Seasoning, etc.)

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

I prefer creamed corn.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Could I put actual butter instead of olive oil in the brown paper bag with the popcorn and salt, or would it burn?

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

we've been eating a LOT of popcorn lately, but it's oil-popped on the stove so not as healthy as it could be. i'm into balsamic vinegar on my popcorn.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Pop corn is the worst. Getting it stuck in my teeth, which happens almost every time, can ruin an entire day. Sometimes I can't even floss it out.

Jeff, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

these are all delicious options

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't know about butter in the bag. I always figured if I wanted to put butter on it, I'd pop the corn dry, and then add butter and salt later.

mh, I don't reuse the bags I used to pop popcorn. They are too greasy. I just meant that a package of lunch bags is in general a useful and multi-purpose thing to have in the home.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hey - have any of you checked out an ePub book from the library to read on an iPad or other Apple device? I'm trying to find out whether that's a thing I can do but I'm not having much luck.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Another disappointing thing: hot tea. Disappointment water.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think epub will generally work on most readers except the kindle?

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have a snazzy reusable lunch bag made from recycled materials so I don't tend to buy those *smug*

Not that I use the lunch bag that much, I mostly just go out to eat

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

these incredibly detailed instructions seem to be saying "you download the epub and put it on your ipad" basically: http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=8920

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

That makes more sense than the directions on Overdrive. Thanks!

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dixon-comptroller-to-be-arraigned-on-charge-of-stealing-53-million-20120507,0,2940029.story

Court appointed attorney! Although I guess she can't afford an attorney now that they've frozen all of her assets.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

This could be fun?
http://www.halfacrebeer.com/blog/2012/05/08/the-sands/

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jeff and I were just emailing about this. Only 350 tickets, going on sale Saturday morning. Jeff's prediction was that people would start lining up around 4 a.m.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, with only 350 tickets I don't think I'm even going to bother trying.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes, and I'm sure the first 175 will all buy two tickets. Then riots.

Jeff, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Going to be out of town at a graduation anyway on Saturday, so problem avoided!

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

that whole process sounds really stressful
can't i just get tacos and beer and eat them at the time and place of my choosing?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink


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