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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Last post by Lillybet on Yesterday at 07:49:58 PM »
My grandad used to knit in WW2. Apparently when he came home after the war he used to wear this old jumper that was army green with an occasional random line of red or blue. My mum asked once and it turned out he had knitted it while he was a POW in a German camp. He said that the Red Cross packages always contained too many socks when what he wanted was a jumper. So he unravelled the socks and knitted himself one. Apparently he credited it with saving his life during the very cold German winters and so it was one of the few reminders of the war he kept around (along with a love of cabbage and thick, seeded bread...go figure).

My CKIA is a friend who not only argues with my DH about the chemical composition of things (DH has a degree in chemistry, CKIA has not) but when I fell pregnant after his DW he told me that he wasn't surprised as he knew we would start trying as soon as they fell pregnant  :o  and then told me all the things I would currently be experiencing. After both our babies arrived he has also taken it upon himself to RSVP for us to events as he has proudly told other friends that our baby isn't that portable and we wouldn't want to take him out to events (despite the fact we haven't talked to CKIA in months). Luckily we have friends who ask us and expect us to reply (rather than taking CKIA's view) and so we go out to lots of things with Little Bet in tow.
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Guacamole question . . . when it starts turning brown/black, does that really mean it's gone bad, inedible?

I'm under the impression that it's an air-interaction thing (like sliced apples) that causes it to change colors if left out for a few hours, but it's still edible, right? I mean it might not look as pretty, but it's not poisonous is it?

Even leaving the guac in the fridge for a couple of days, if not stored properly it will quickly turn colors . . . I've learned to press seran-wrap over the top of the guac so that there is no air between the guac and the top of a tupperware-type lid and it keeps it's color for days.

Guac is all veggies, no mayo or eggs or anything else that is dangerous if left unrefrigerated . . .

So is eating Guacamole that has been left out for several hours and has started to change colors a bad thing to do?

It turns brown due to oxygen exposure. You can squeeze lemon juice in it and give it a stir to return it to its normal green color.

The refrigeration issue I have no idea on, but I'd personally wouldn't leave it out at room temperature.
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Guacamole question . . . when it starts turning brown/black, does that really mean it's gone bad, inedible?

I'm under the impression that it's an air-interaction thing (like sliced apples) that causes it to change colors if left out for a few hours, but it's still edible, right? I mean it might not look as pretty, but it's not poisonous is it?

Even leaving the guac in the fridge for a couple of days, if not stored properly it will quickly turn colors . . . I've learned to press seran-wrap over the top of the guac so that there is no air between the guac and the top of a tupperware-type lid and it keeps it's color for days.

Guac is all veggies, no mayo or eggs or anything else that is dangerous if left unrefrigerated . . .

So is eating Guacamole that has been left out for several hours and has started to change colors a bad thing to do?
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Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by Yvaine on Yesterday at 07:36:41 PM »
I agree with JoieGirl7.  Clearly the Bible is important to the bride, who was GOH.  If the OP did not want to participate, I think that is fine, but I also do not think it was rude to incorporate what is important to the GOH, and it seems the OP had reason to know what the GOH was like.  I also point out that the wedding itself likely incorporated things the OP does not believe in.  I would hope that she would either attend respectfully or make her apologies.

I agree with all of this.

But there's a difference between a wedding and a shower. Weddings are typically religious ceremonies or have religious overtones. Of course, a wedding could be a civil ceremony. But I'm not surprised when one isn't, or if there are religious aspects to the wedding.

I don't expect a shower to be religious in nature. I've been to countless showers - many at churches - and never run into that. I can imagine a prayer being shared. But if religion is the theme of the shower, or dominates the proceedings, I'd be surprised and uncomfortable. That's different enough that, in my opinion, it would be a courtesy to let guests know ahead of time.

I agree. I, too, have been to showers that were actually held in churches but didn't have this much religious content, or really any at all.
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Travel / Re: Montreal to Ottawa - Greyhound?
« Last post by ArtsyCat on Yesterday at 07:35:20 PM »
The trip from  to Ottawa from Montreal is not very long (by Canadian standards! We tend to measure distance for trips in TIME  rather than kilometres or miles) only about two hours so you should be fine and will see some lovely scenery, whether you are on the bus or the train. I lived in Ottawa for fifteen years and it is a beautiful city. Enjoy your visit!
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His feelings are his feeling and he is entitled to them.

The thing to understand is if this is what it feels like it is--Does Miles truly not prioritize Ivan lower than some random chick his son knows?  Or is it his wife that prioritizes him that way and Ivan has to go along because, well, its his wife.

This is but one data point.  Are there others?

That's what I would look for.  How much can I count on this person to have my back and what extraneous circumstances affect that.
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Ivan needs to buck up and spend the $20 to get a TV from a thrift store or something.  Yes, it's understandable to be disappointed that it's no longer available for his use, but it was never *his* so it's not worth being possessive over.
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I believe that it is understandable that Ivan is upset over the prioritization.  It does appear that Miles is prioritizing a random hopeless crush of his son over his brother.
However, Miles probably sees it as prioritizing his wife over his brother.  The wife, though, is prioritizing a random hopeless crush of her son over her brother-in law.
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All In A Day's Work / Re: Bring your family to work
« Last post by POF on Yesterday at 07:23:21 PM »
I think it depends on the place and the visitors.  We have two that I find problematic.

Professor A has a foster son who is home schooled.  She routinely prints lessons for the boy on our copier and sits him in the student lounge to work on them.  Each day she manages to get one of the students to sit with him and assist him with his school work.

Professor B is driven to work by her husband because she has a medical condition that will not allow her to drive.  They are what I call a "crunchy granola" couple.  Very hippie like.  While she teaches he sleeps in her office at her desk.  Now we have a lounge with couches and several places on campus he could wait (other lounges, coffee shop, cafeteria, library), but he sleeps in her office.  A student once reported that there was a homeless man using the restroom in the lounge.  Yep, Professor B's husband.  The cleaning crew unlocked her office and found him sleeping.  His response?  "Do you clean at this time every day?"

I wish they would both be told this is inappropriate, but not my circus; not my monkeys.

I am stealing this line.  I typically use the phrased demented circus monkey ... but this is wonderful !
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Life...in general / Re: Help Drafting a Letter
« Last post by wheeitsme on Yesterday at 07:21:46 PM »
I think what you are doing is thoughtfull.
I also think you also need to be prepared for her to be upset that you have her email address.  And she might tell you to give it -back- to her. 

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