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Life...in general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by gramma dishes on Yesterday at 10:00:00 PM »

...   What's required of a host (IMO) are her/his presence at the event, offering appropriate hospitality (that debate can go on forever) for the type of event, and socializing with the guests.  I'm sure that I'm missing something ...

Paying the bill?   :-\
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Last post by greencat on Yesterday at 09:45:56 PM »
Dear Siamese demons,
How and when did you get so big?  I am pretty sure I did not sign up to share my bed with a pack of lions.  Make some space for me, you brats!  You too, Coffee Bean, Kettle, and Joker. 

Love,
The excessively warm human.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by kherbert05 on Yesterday at 09:42:27 PM »
I still don't get the timing, but my neighbors did some very nice things today.

The noise stopped after my last post, and I think has been quiet the rest of the day.

They kept the panels intact. They propped them up against my house (brick), and over lapped them to the back fence, creating a barrier. I've been going out with the dogs to make sure they don't knock it over, but Abby and Andi have been staying in the yard. Though they have been going nuts barking at the strangers, Ernie (the neighbor's dog), and the relatives dogs. So no long stays in the back yard.

It looks like they got the new posts up in concrete. I suspect the actual building will start early.

I must have been sicker and crankier than I thought. About 12 I decided to go to this hole in the wall BBQ place that is great. I went to check the dogs food and water before I left - the next thing I know it is 6 pm and I've missed a family get together that started at 3.

I checked my phone - my sister had called at 3:17 - and apparently I answered. We had enough of a conversation that she knew I was alive but sleeping. There was a text also to call her when I was coherent. They are still down at the farm, but I don't feel up to driving to Fulshear in the dark and negotiation dirt road and a dirt tract to get to the property.

I was starving. The BBQ place isn't open for dinner. So I went to a local burger joint. Had a great meal. When I asked for the bill, the waitress said that someone had paid for me. I know what the meal usually costs so I left her a good sized tip, just to be sure that was covered.

I'm guessing that the neighbors will start up early, actually building the fence. I have a nearly morning hike scheduled so that will work out.
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Life...in general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by JeanFromBNA on Yesterday at 09:35:31 PM »
To the people who argue that MM is not the only host but is a co-host with her husband, maybe you're right.  But I wouldn't insist that you are right.  His presence in the house doesn't make him a co-host.  That it's where he lives doesn't make him a co-host.  Even that it's his friend doesn't make him a co-host.

A co-host will do some of the following, plan the meal, clean the home and set up the dinning room, cook the meal, shop for ingredients, issue invitations, take drink orders, make sure everyone has had enough, help with any serving.

MM's husband may have done some co-hosting, but he may not have.  I don't consider sitting chatting with the guests a co-host.  That's just another guest, unless some of the above tasks were also completed by him. 

I have to disagree with this.  Hosting can be very involved or very hands-off.  For instance, at a traditional formal wedding, the bride's parents would be the hosts, but may not do anything except write checks for services and show up properly dressed at the appointed times and locations to socialize with the guests.

What's required of a host (IMO) are her/his presence at the event, offering appropriate hospitality (that debate can go on forever) for the type of event, and socializing with the guests.  I'm sure that I'm missing something, but if my husband and I have to do everything ourselves or forsake the title of host, we might as well quit while we're ahead.
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Techno-quette / Re: How Should I Address Her?
« Last post by LadyR on Yesterday at 09:07:48 PM »
If everyone calls her Kitty, call her Kitty. I don't think it's presumptuous at all.

Particularly as she has expressed it caused her to pause when someone who does not know her at all used her real name. Why she isn't using Kitty as her FB name is a beyond me, but that's obviously her choice.

It was one of her best friend's that called her Rebecca. It was in a private event and the person was just listing names and listed Kitty as Rebecca and there was confusion.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Yesterday at 09:05:31 PM »
If it were a normal Friday, I think starting at 7:00 is fine.  But on Black Friday, when many people have the day off?  Maybe not rude, perhaps illegal depending on the local bylaws but definitely inconsiderate.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by gmatoy on Yesterday at 09:03:40 PM »
I was looking forward to sleeping in this morning. 7 am the dogs go nuts. Next door neighbor's son and son-in-law are taking down the fence between the yards. The fence was pulled down by a vine they had climbing it and needed to be fixed.

I'm especially gripy because I can't really leave and go somewhere else. I'm in the US so indoor places are Black Friday Madhouses.  I don't feel very well. I choked hard yesterday - on water of all things. Afterwards my head was pounding. My throat still feels sore and rough. So my plan of going to the Arboretum and taking a nice hike, just doesn't sound like fun. I really just want to curl up and sleep. Thing is the way the houses are set up the fence they are working on is less than 3 feet from my bedroom.

I don't think anyone here is being a special snowflake. They need to fix the fence, and they aren't deliberately bothering the dogs. And you can't help being sick.

7 AM, the neighbors were very special snowflakes. If anyone wakes me on my day off, it better be something other than fixing a fence!

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Life...in general / Re: Thank you flowers appropriate?
« Last post by JEsMom on Yesterday at 09:00:09 PM »
Sorry.  It's this.

I asked a friend to write a letter of reference for me, despite the fact I knew she was going to be busy
(guilt)
She said she would, despite the fact she was busy and not feeling well.
(guilt)
She asked when I needed it.  I said, the deadline is in two days :-[but if she could write the reference letter within a week, I would apply for the job then send the reference letter, (with another I have) as a follow up.
(guilt) asking for a favour without giving the right amount of time.
She called me on a weekend when I was spending the day out and then going to a party....she called to get the job posting in order to write a job specific letter for me.
(guilt) When you ask someone to do something for you, you need to be available to help them help you.
I called from the party and left a message saying I didn't have the original job posting and I just needed a general reference letter, that I would try calling her tomorrow.

I didn't call tomorrow :-[
guilt, guilt, guilt.

I emailed instead and asked when was a good time to call.  She said Dec 28th? (It was around Oct 25 when this happened)

guilt guilt guilt.  Did I upset her?  Does she know how guilty I feel and has the right to not want to talk to me?

She sent the letter. 

I need to send her a thank you letter.  If I send flowers as well will my flowers be saying guilt, guilt, guilt?

I'm sorry I wasn't clear in the first posting.  I just want to leave out the parts where I'm guility. :-[
I still am really confused as to why you want to give her flowers for something that, as I read it, she hasn't even DONE yet and won't do for another month?  And why all the guilt over a perfectly normal request?
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Techno-quette / Re: How Should I Address Her?
« Last post by Perfect Circle on Yesterday at 08:58:42 PM »
If everyone calls her Kitty, call her Kitty. I don't think it's presumptuous at all.

Particularly as she has expressed it caused her to pause when someone who does not know her at all used her real name. Why she isn't using Kitty as her FB name is a beyond me, but that's obviously her choice.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Misc holiday stories
« Last post by gmatoy on Yesterday at 08:47:36 PM »
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We use the method from the Cook's Illustrated folks - microwave the stuffing until it is too hot to handle, then spoon it into the cavity right before putting the bird in the oven.  This helps the stuffing get up to safe temperature before the bird is overcooked.

I may try this trick. I always put stuffing in the bird, because you can't beat the flavor. But every year, I hear these food poisoning stories, and every year, I worry that I'm going to poison/kill guests, despite my rabid monitoring of temperatures, and the fact that all components of the stuffing are cooked before the stuffing is combined.

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Cook's Illustrated came up with another way, which I prefer to the microwave method.  Before stuffing the turkey, line the cavity with either cheesecloth or one of the stuffing bags you can buy. Make your regular stuffing, but do not add any eggs yet. Stuff as usual. Refrigerate any additional stuffing.

When the turkey has about a half hour to go, remove the stuffing from the cavity. Add the stuffing from the turkey to the reserved stuffing, mix well, the add any eggs the recipe might call for. Bake at 400F/200C after the turkey comes out to rest. About a half hour should do it, for about 10-12 cups of stuffing. Check with an instant read thermometer.

Not only does the stuffing reach the proper temperature, but you can bake it uncovered if you like crunchy bits in it.
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Eggs? I have never put eggs in my stuffing... no one in my family does. Hmmm...what other things do we do differently?
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