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That moment when you realise you've lifted the electric hand mixer out of your cake batter a little too far - and you (and your kitchen) are now covered with buttery, sugary, floury goodness in teeny tiny little spatters which go a remarkably long way.  There's no going back, it's done.  You now have three times the cleanup you thought you had.

(Also applies to stick blenders and soups - which are worse if anything because the liquid is hot)

-narrows eyes- How did you sneak into my house and place a camera without me or the giant dogs noticing?

I seriously just got done cleaning up my zucchini bread mess.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Library Dragon on Today at 12:44:36 AM »
BG: We are moving from our current library building to new building.  We literally have every book in the  library packed in boxes.  They are stacked all over the main room.  We aren't open for regular business but one door is unlocked and clearly marked volunteer entrance (3" letters). /BG

A SS made my head of circulation (CH) cry.  She came in the volunteer door argue about paying for her adult son's damaged books.  There were returned with active mold growth.  Because one was older we were trying to be nice and we were only charging half the cost. 

First she insisted in seeing the books. CH explained that they were all packed but we always photograph damage with identifying barcode and CH offered to show her the photos.  No she insisted that wasn't good enough.

She ranted that her DS couldn't be bothered with this because he is a 4.0 student at Roll Tide U.  CH commented that she must be very proud of him.  SS responded that she had to pay for every penny of his tuition. Okaaaaaay.  By this time another staffer was trying to get me out of a meeting with the Board Chair to back up CH. 

SS starts ranting that former director from 20 years ago and the director that preceded me four years ago never made her pay damage.  (Probably true because they played favorites.) And her roof leaked and that's why the books were wet.  CH was being too OCD in looking at the condition of the books.

When I came out I asked if everything was okay and the SS thrust her check at CH proclaiming "I'm sure  you'll hear all about it.  Maybe my neighbor will leave you another million dollars" and stomped away. 

At that point CH lost it and started crying (it's been a stressful week).  I brought her in my office with Board Chair and listened to the entire story.  He will probably get a phone call because CH didn't grovel before SS.  He was stunned that SS complained after admitting that her roof leaked and the books got wet.  He laughed over the million $ comment.  We did recently have someone leave us that sum in his estate[/]. He cannot give us anymore.   

The SS & DYKWIA combination makes me want to pull my hair out.
Par-Tay! / Re: Guests paying their way at Bridal Shower - rude?
« Last post by CakeEater on Today at 12:37:59 AM »
OP, you're in Australia, aren't you?

This is a symptom of something I'm seeing here more and more - I can almost see the logic in the hosts' minds.

'Oh, fun American custom that I've seen on TV, or in a movie - let's do that! Of course the movie hasn't shown all the aspects of planning such an event, and people pay for their own meals at restaurants all the time. It's better for everyone to pay for their own instead of me going broke - I'll just have everyone pay for their own food.'

Not everyone is like that, of course, but it's something I'm seeing a lot - trying to 'do' events that people have seen in movies, but without the cultural context, so all the subtleties that make everyone happy about such an event are lost.

I'd definitely take a $30 less expensive gift, for sure.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Last post by katiescarlett on Today at 12:31:42 AM »
I am graduating in December with an English degree, and my friend teaches Freshman Composition I at our university.  Today we had a meeting and she was telling us about one of her freshman students.  They have had 3 essays assigned to them and on Tuesday Friend realized that all 3 essays this girl turned in have been plagiarized, literally copied verbatim off the internet.  What tipped Friend off?  The latest essay, turned in on Tuesday, had included a quote from Franklin Roosevelt that the student had not cited.

The student is lucky, because while she is kicked out of the class with an F, she is not expelled from the university.  She will have this following her on her permanent record, though.  What a way to begin your college career!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by metallicafan on Today at 12:28:00 AM »
Breaded pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes,  and corn.
Tomorrow I'm making a pot of pasta sauce with sausage and meatballs, and stuffed shells.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by WolfWay on Today at 12:19:44 AM »
Can you name a white goat Nirti?  It would be White and Nirti.
Oh now that is just beautiful.  ;D
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Instant justice stories
« Last post by kglory on Today at 12:14:14 AM »
I'll tell one on myself...

There is a library in town that has metered parking.  It's always a gamble - do you waste money on paying the parking meter when you're just going in for 5 minutes?  The likelihood is you won't get a ticket, but if the cops do come during that 5 minute period, you'll really wish you had paid that 25 cents to the meter.

So when I was young and cocky and parked there, I was going into the library without having paid the meter.  A car pulled up next to me and the man got out and asked, "Don't you have to pay for parking here?"  I decided to be friendly and give the newbie some advice.  I said, "Technically yes, but don't worry, you don't have to really pay because they never check."  The stranger said, "Are you sure?" and I said, "Yes, positive, don't worry about it!"

Went into the library.  Came out 10 minutes later.  You guessed it....I had a ticket.  The "stranger" must have been a meter man!

I definitely learned my lesson ;)

Interesting. I never see it as a waste. I always saw it as my payment towards the cost of the land and the parking spaces and just to government revenue. Not paying would never occur to me regardless of the chance of getting a ticket. Maybe that's why I've always been so baffled at why people seemed not to pay and hence got tickets. Thanks so much for that! I love seeing things from other's points of view.

For a quarter, it's not worth the risk of a ticket to me.

Oh, you both are definitely right -- I did the wrong thing.  Which is why I posted the story here, not to brag, but to show a time when I was young and stupid did get instant comeuppance for making the wrong choice!
78 general / Re: Outdoor weddings and dress codes
« Last post by kherbert05 on Today at 12:04:19 AM »
My cousin got married on our farm/wildlife refuge.
1. I wore nice slacks and a formal type blouse and good solid shoes to avoid turning my ankles or knees.

2. A bunch of the women wore dresses - but wore sneakers or changed into them after the dinner. Including the mother of the groom I think. I haven't seen her in anything else in years due to foot surgery*.

3. THe kids were dressed formally for the wedding and dinner. At some point they were all switched to farm clothes before they started climbing the tractors and trees not to mention exploring the creek.

*A bunch of women in my family have had to have foot surgery. It seems to be part genetic and part wearing high heels. I've avoided high heels because I was diagnosed with problems before I would walk. So when I was invited the Mother of the Groom told me wear something you won't hurt yourself in and could you call the caterer and double check about peanuts.
That moment when you realise you've lifted the electric hand mixer out of your cake batter a little too far - and you (and your kitchen) are now covered with buttery, sugary, floury goodness in teeny tiny little spatters which go a remarkably long way.  There's no going back, it's done.  You now have three times the cleanup you thought you had.

(Also applies to stick blenders and soups - which are worse if anything because the liquid is hot)
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: surgery stories - who does this?
« Last post by Diane AKA Traska on Yesterday at 11:59:12 PM »
Good surgery story: 12 years old, had my tonsils removed.  Next morning, checked myself out of the hospital at 6AM (I don't know what they were thinking) and went home and made toast for myself (you know, the flour version of steel wool!)

Mom called the hospital (I am not surprised she called, I *am* surprised she didn't unload on them about letting a young teen check themselves out of the hospital!) and asked the doctor about the toast thing.  Doctor asks "is there any pain?"  Mom responds that I appear to be eating just fine.  Doctor replies "it's a better way to start the day than a sugary cereal."
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