Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Open Thread (Talk about whatever the heck you want!)

I Want us to get into the habit of starting an open thread on every page, because some folks feel funny talkin' about somethin' that isn't what's on the "menu". I had some generic questions this week (for instance): Are Illinois schools on Spring break this week? We've got ALL the local schools on break this week (including Elementary). Em went to a movie on Monday (as is our habit except I didn't go because it was the show that has the bad chairs that hurt my back so he went alone) and he came home because there were too many people there. Is there really "whale watching" in the Pacific Northwest? What's new with YOU?

23 comments:

Oldnovice said...

and sardines taste great on crackers for breakfast...

and the really cool thing about couponing is when the Walgreens pharmacist needs to assist you because the Advil Cold medicine is behind the counter because it contains something routinely stolen by folks who maintain crystal meth labs and she brings it out and the sale price is $1.99 and you have a $2.00 coupon and get it for free.

Oldnovice said...

Oh...No. 2: *I* think you'd do good in Marketing or Politics. You have that "power walk" thing going for you that COMMANDS attention. IMO, you could major in underwater basket weaving, get the sheepskin and take that walk into an interview, get the job and take over the company in 6 months...but I'm a bit biased.

Th3Yungin said...

Underwater Basket Weaving? That is in a NOFX song called "Anarchy Camp"!

Oldnovice said...

It was a popular term in the 60s-70s for any degree program that didn't have obvious job implications...Liberal Arts programs. Then, workplaces decided that the Liberal Arts graduates seemed better at thinking and could be "molded" easier than graduates who'd majored in disciplines that demanded one correct answer.

No. 2 said...

To answer about Spring break, mine just ended last week, but a lot of the schools just started this week.

Mom, whoever told you that sardines on crackers was a breakfast food...

And underwater basket weaving is a lot more appealing to me than accounting and algebra.

No. 2 said...

And yes, there is whale watching in the Pacific Northwest.

Th3Yungin said...

I haven't even heard of spring break! Sucks to me for being on Trimesters...

I wish i had more time so i could take some more fine arts classes. Some of my classes are REALLY boring...

Oldnovice said...

Mike's on a weird schedule...don't know if it's trimesters, though. He gets several weeks off every once in a while (it seems).

My breaks from school were always spent studying for the midterm or final that came right after the break. That was actually an advantage for someone working and going to a commuter school. My extended family didn't sympathize much with it, though. I recall my mom's sister saying, "Isn't your brain big enough without all this studying?" as I begged off another Thanksgiving dinner to study.

One of the travel books arrived, so I can dump the garden and concentrate on travel planning. (j/k...ALMOST...'cause that's how I tend to operate) Function of a low attention span, I guess.

Got about 40 recipes into an Access Database this week. Didn't make a dent in the pile I have left, AND I'm not sure I can add other subcategories later. I only created it with 5 fields and recipe title the primary key. Purpose, product, Title, x-ref1(product-2), x-ref2(method). Thinking I should include at the least some indicator of desirability. Of course each field extends the data-entry time spent. [sigh]

Got leftover chicken to chop and freeze, new pork roast to cut and freeze, office to organize again, garden to check and dinner(s) to make. It's a different kind of busy than the paying job, but stuff still piles up when all you feel like doing is vegging. Later.

thereyago said...

Anita, I have been checking your Blog since you sent the notice to me. Reminds me of some of the unique online conversations we had messaging back and forth at 3am working on some system problem or other. Just love to follow others lives vicariously.

No. 2 said...

My mom. The social online butterfly. :)

Oldnovice said...

Reminds me of some of the unique online conversations we had messaging back and forth at 3am working on some system problem or other. Just love to follow others lives vicariously.

Good to see you here. Thought about mentioning YOUR major in school and how like so many others with degrees having nothing to do with computers you ended up programming them. Have I mentioned that I can't find Mickey anywhere?

*I* like to live vicariously, too.

My mom. The social online butterfly. :)

This is a longtime meatworld friend, Sweetie, but it IS a whole lot easier for me to type than it is to talk. Em and I Email all the time. LOL.

thereyago said...

Have not seen Mickey since I worked in the GO 6 years ago. She was still contracting. Ran into Archie Patterson at a Scout event in Crown Point Indiana in January. He is an associate director for one of the Chicago Tech schools.

Oldnovice said...

Archie Patterson...for goodness sakes! As Em would say, "THAT'S a name from the past!"

How are your boys doin'? Carol still doing the hula dancing? [I'm "into" hula-hooping lately, myself]. Y'all still working? I can't get into your website anymore; don't know why.

No. 2 said...

Did you FINALLY get your hula hoop????

Do you have video? This is something I'm very interested to hear about.

Oldnovice said...

HERE'S an idea for easy entertaining if you have several guests:

"ZIPLOC OMELETS"
Have you ever heard of this? This works great! Good for when all your family is together & no one has to wait for their special omelet). Have guests write their name on a quart-size ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker. It's also good for when you just don't want to clean up an omelet skillet after breakfast!

Crack 2 eggs (lg or extra-lg) into the bag not more than 2) shake to combine them.

Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, olives, tomato, salsa, etc.

Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag & shakes. Make sure to get the air out of the bag & zip it up.

Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.

Open the bags & the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

Nice to serve with fresh fruit & coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process & it's a great conversation starter.

Did you FINALLY get your hula hoop????

#1 found one in Camille's garage. Camille thinks it might belong to one of the neighbor kids and if someone comes to claim it I need to give it back. It was harder to get going than I'd remembered, but after about a week of short practice sessions, it finally got the hang of me.

That little Kodak Easyshare digital I bought recently claims to be able to take video. I put reading the manual on Em's honey-do list.

Diane said...

Is this where I whine about the fact that SevenTrees blog link doesn't work? The linkypoo has a double http in it and I'm usually too lazy to type it out.

I need something to read while I nak (Nursing At the Keyboard). I did start learning Italian (my new online mental self-challenge) but the puny brain needs a break once in a while, si?

Oldnovice said...

Is this where I whine about the fact that SevenTrees blog link doesn't work? The linkypoo has a double http in it and I'm usually too lazy to type it out.

SHEESH! Thank you. I think it's fixed now, as is YOUR link. [mumblin' obscenities at myself as I walk away for not checkin' on that myself]

Oldnovice said...

Heather: Are you ever gonna type somethin'? Are you afraid of us? Just askin'. #3 said you were readin' and it's unclear to me why you're sittin' in the corner over there.

Go for it, girl! Get out your hula-hoop and just DO IT!

Oldnovice said...

Tip on hula-hooping: You can't expect to be successful at it in baggy clothes or with hair down to your waist. You need to tie up your hair and let the hoop work with your natural waistline. Doesn't mean you need to be naked...just means you need to have clothes/hair that don't interfere with the swing of the hoop. Heh. THAT was my tip for the day.

Diane said...

Those aren't omelets. Those are rubber eggs with a bunch of crap mixed in.

Nekkid hula hooping. Hmmm...

Oldnovice said...

Those are rubber eggs with a bunch of crap mixed in.

But ... but ...

Th3Yungin said...

Those do sound pretty good. I am SO going to try those.

Do you think they would be more omlet like, if you fried them afterwords?

That totally seems like the pre-made omlette to me.

thereyago said...

Anita, Have had the ziplock omelets. Are good, quick, easy, makes for easy cleanup.... Our Boys are doing good. Our #1 finishing year 2 of pre-vet med at Purdue Lafayette. Our #2 starting this fall in Management, also at Purdue Lafayette. Will be quiet here. Carol still exercising but gave up middle eastern dance. We, unfortunately still have to work. REALLY looking forward to retirement and focusing our work savings/investments toward that. As far as the WEBsite goes...service was BAD and we dropped it for DSL and just have not brought up a new web page.