P’neers, I Think This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Weekend Open Thread

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We are wrapping things up here in the [imaginary, but whatever] P-Mag headquarters. We’ve had a pretty awesome week, and it is time to get this weekend started. I am ready to get chatty all up in this open thread, how about you?

A few “business-y” reminders:

  1. Slay Belle announced on Monday that this month’s book club selection will be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Grab your copies and be ready to discuss in a few weeks!
  2. To the new members still slowly trickling in, be sure to check out pileofmonkeys’ wonderful post telling you all about how P-Mag works.
  3. If you run into any bugs Easter eggs, as Selena prefers to call them, be sure to tell us about them in Selena’s bug-catching post.
  4. And finally, I know y’all want to be connected to P-Mag all the time, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest. (No, this isn’t a shameless plug because it’s my job to run the social media, not at all…)

Have a good weekend, everyone! See you in the comments.

Oh, and 100 points to the first 10 people to get the movie reference.

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  1. Avatar of wannabemusicologist
    wannabemusicologist

    This has been such a random day, I am visiting my boyfriend because it’s reading break and today we got tons and tons of snow! I am so excited to cross country ski tomorrow morning! Also, I got an email this morning telling me that the teaching assistants at my school aren’t striking (which I am glad of because I am a TA) and went to a hockey game.

    1. Avatar of marthamydear
      marthamydear

      I can’t even tell you how happy I am you guys aren’t striking. I was caught up in the infamous York strike in my second year undergrad and it was hellish. For everybody. The TAs and contract staff here are still vilified under a thin veneer of ‘we’ve forgotten the whole thing, lalala’.

  2. Avatar of Alex
    Alex

    All week = I write nothing.
    1am – 5am on a Sunday morning = I write over 5,000 words.

    Fuck you, migraine brain.

    1. Avatar of ItsLikeIHaveEspnOrSomething
      ItsLikeIHaveEspnOrSomething

      Yay for writing (even if its at a random time and shit)! God I haven’t picked up a pen in years and I really, really want to start up again. I just don’t know how to get back into the fray of it all.

  3. Avatar of ThereIsNoFluffy
    ThereIsNoFluffy

    I just had the most disturbing end to a really awesome night. I went to an art show, met a bunch of friends, met a bunch of new people, drank wine, flirted shamelessly with sexy artists and had tons of fun.

    I then went out to get some food with my friend and her daughter who came to the show, and whom I hadn’t seen in ages. My friend sends us into the restaurant to get some apps while she’s parking and says she needs to make a phone call. 15 minutes later she comes in, says “I have to go. I can’t stay.” Her daughter goes out after her to see what happened while I get the bill. When her daughter came back in she was white and shaking. I asked if everything is going to be ok and she says “No. It’s not.” and walks back out. I follow and my friend is sobbing and getting into her car. I didn’t ask what was going on, because it was obviously really, really bad.

    I think someone died. In fact, I’m sure someone did. The best case scenario is that it’s her father, who is quite old and has been very sick. I don’t want to think about the other scenarios and I am very worried. And I can’t call my friend because she obviously is in no state to talk. I don’t know what to do, except give her some space and maybe send her a text in a day or two to tell her I hope she’s ok.

      1. Avatar of ThereIsNoFluffy
        ThereIsNoFluffy

        Thank you. She’s a deeply private person and the last thing I want to do is intrude. But my heart just hurts for her right now. Something terrible happened.

        1. Avatar of Lis
          Lis

          Legit need to make a quilt for a wedding and considering stealing that pattern. Triangles within triangles! Madness!

    1. Avatar of Alex
      Alex

      Would the improvised epithet “bitches be quiltin” apply here?

      Because gurl, bitches be quiltin.

      Er, imagine me Z-snapping right now.
      (in case it wasn’t clear, it’s awesome and I envy your talent =D)

    2. Avatar of upinalather
      upinalather

      That’s lovely! My mother is heavily into quilting. She enters quilts in competitions (for ribbons and recognition, not cash and prizes, sadly). She has mad skills. I can’t sew a straight line.

      1. Avatar of Bryn Donovan
        Bryn Donovan

        Ah thanks! I don’t have really good technique like your mom–she would probably shudder if she saw one of my quilts up close, haha! But I love doing it and people still like them for gifts. :)

        1. Avatar of upinalather
          upinalather

          I read somewhere recently (upcoming poor paraphrase) that receiving a quilt is like receiving love from the quilter, and I thought that was such a nice sentiment. I have the quilt on my bed that my grandmother made me, and it’s like a hug from my grandmother every night. Handmade gifts take time and are made with love and patience, and that is the best gift of all. :)

          1. Avatar of Bryn Donovan
            Bryn Donovan

            Ah, that is a nice sentiment. My oldest niece will barely use the quilt I made her…she folds it up at the end of the bed and won’t let anyone touch it. Her brother will drag the one I made him wherever. It’s kind of funny…two different ways of appreciating a gift.

            1. Avatar of upinalather
              upinalather

              Well, I think it is very sweet, thoughtful and loving of you to make such wonderful expressions of love for your friends and family members. I know how much time and effort goes into them, seeing what my mother does, and while I’m sure you are harder on yourself about your skills than reality would show, you will only improve with time and continued crafting. But part of the charm in a handmade gift is the not-perfectness of it. I make jewelry from time to time (rarely) and I understand being hard on oneself about the pieces not being perfect. I guarantee you the recipient doesn’t notice what you think are “flaws”; they see only the whole piece and the love that went into it.

    3. Avatar of ItsLikeIHaveEspnOrSomething
      ItsLikeIHaveEspnOrSomething

      That’s so awesome! Do you do it by hand or with a machine?

      I made a quilt for the first time in my life and finished it two days before Christmas to give to my SIL as a yay! you’re almost not prgenant anymore gift. It was so, so frustrating to work on but also so rewarding. Now I have to start working on one for my other brother and other SIL which will be made out of their college tshirts and I have no idea what pattern to use. Bleh

      1. Avatar of Bryn Donovan
        Bryn Donovan

        I bet your SIL loved that! My first quilt was very frustrating. The ones after that have only been intermittently frustrating. I do the piecing on the machine, and usually machine-quilt, too, but only because I’m usually up against a deadline (my niece’s birthday is next month.) I think hand-quilting is much more fun and I’m better at it! But it takes a while.

        I’ve never made a t shirt quilt but they seem like such amazing keepsakes.

  4. Avatar of Monica
    Monica

    I just ran 30 minutes on the treadmill today (5mph). I’ve never been able to do that before.

    I am so fucking proud of myself right now.

      1. Avatar of Monica
        Monica

        I’ve been going to the gym for a month and a half, about 3 times a week.

        So it’s not exactly a long stretch of time but …I definitely couldn’t have done more than 10 minutes a month ago. And I was a lot more exhausted then, too.
        I think I sweat more now, though.

        1. Avatar of
          CorinaDee

          When I was at the height of my physical fitness, I sweated (swat?) much more than I do now. I used to soak through shirts even when I wasn’t exercising. I was told that you begin to sweat more because your body becomes more efficient at recognizing when it needs to cool itself down or some such thing. I’m not sure I believe it, but I have anecdotal evidence that confirms your increase in sweatiness.

        2. Avatar of [M] QoB
          [M] QoB

          I know I’ve ready a study summary that correlates increased sweating with increased stamina but my google skills are failing me at the moment.

    1. Avatar of Crystal Coleman
      Crystal Coleman

      That’s amazing! Congratulations! I’m still working on getting my running bursts up… I’m up to 2 minutes now, and to sprinting at 7mph, which is huge for me.

  5. Avatar of marthamydear
    marthamydear

    First Skype date with the BF: Successfully completed. Somehow the internet when he’s 3500km away works much better than when he was ~500km away, wtf. We even got to use my webcam, which before has always been way too laggy. Hooray!

    Other highlights of this Saturday included finding an unopened tin of fancy Swiss cookies in the back of a cupboard and helping one of my friends train a new volunteer (who is GORGEOUS, ugh) while we were on shift at our helpline! All in all, I’m considering LDR day one a great success.

    *victory dance*

      1. Avatar of marthamydear
        marthamydear

        Luckily, he and I have done this before- we were long-distance for just over the first year of our relationship. Never four months at a stretch, just a few weeks to a month at most, but I’m always grateful that we had that prep.

        How far away is your other Moose?

  6. Avatar of
    CorinaDee

    I don’t know how to eat popcorn without putting my entire hand in my mouth. How have I gotten this far in life without learning this skill?

    I’m told that successfully bringing popcorn from bowl to mouth involves grabbing one piece at a time. I’ve tried this and while it reduces the amount of fingers entering my mouth, the total number of moistened fingers still remains greater than one.

    Persephoneers, I need your advice: How does one eat popcorn properly?

    1. Avatar of marthamydear
      marthamydear

      I think there’s a big difference between the way one eats popcorn ‘politely’ (read: with one-three pieces at a time, daintily, perhaps even wiping one’s hands every so often) and the way one really, truly wants to eat popcorn: In giant fistfuls, making an enormous mess.

      It’s okay. Nobody can really judge you because in our hearts we know that popcorn is just a salt + crunch conveyor and we want to stuff our heads in the bucket.

      1. Avatar of
        CorinaDee

        I suppose I’ve never been in the situation where I’ve been required to eat popcorn in a public setting. Surely the movies don’t count since it’s dark and people are not generally looking around for people to judge for their eating technique.

        And I’m not even sure I can eat popcorn daintily. I’ve been trying for the past half hour and I still look quite barbaric.

        What if I eat all finger food this way? This never occurred to me.

        Oh man. I’m now terrified that I will have a job interview and they will offer me popcorn and I’ll shove fistfuls of popcorn into my mouth like some kind of uncouth savage. But now, having been informed by my partner that I eat popcorn in such a way, I will have politely decline the popcorn. WHAT IF I HAVE JOB INTERVIEW AT A POPCORN RESTAURANT?!

        *hyperventilates*

        1. Avatar of AJ
          AJ

          “WHAT IF I HAVE JOB INTERVIEW AT A POPCORN RESTAURANT?!”

          Made me laugh so much. I think it’s SO IMPORTANT to worry about wildly improbable events. :-)

          Popcorn is a messy meal, and unless you are going to eat it with a spoon (which my the way, I am NOT recommending, unless you want to write a sitcom episode like in Seinfeld where they ate chocolate bars with a knife and fork for one episode. ANYWAY.

          Popcorn is FUN eating. The end!

    2. Avatar of Elfity
      Elfity

      I usually take three or four pieces with my thumb and first two fingers. None of my manners-centric relatives have commented on it yet, so I take that to mean it is socially acceptable. Then again, I typically only eat popcorn under the cover of movie theater darkness.

      1. Avatar of
        CorinaDee

        Aha. Only using three fingers may be a beneficial tactic for me. My hands are tiny though. I would probably only be able to grab one to two pieces at a time that way.

        I will not know until I make some more popcorn. I ate the whole bowl in a fit of panic.

    3. Avatar of Maus
      Maus

      In its Platonically ideal form, the popcorn eating experience requires a mechanical servitor named Servo-Pop who also pops the stuff for you in his abdomen.

      1. Avatar of
        CorinaDee

        How do you acquire such restraint?  If I were to only eat one piece at a time, I feel like I would get bored of eating the popcorn before I had made any significant dent in the contents of the bowl.

      1. Avatar of
        CorinaDee

        I was only just called out on this today. My boyfriend commented that I put my whole hand in my mouth when eating popcorn.

        And my weird inner critic that assumes that people are always judging me went all apeshit and said, “People will judge you because you cannot eat popcorn like a lady.”

    4. Avatar of Millie
      Millie

      I have a weird and socially dubious habit of putting some in my hand, then picking them up one by one with my tongue.  I suspect this is not a method to emulate (and I’ve no idea why I do it, but do it I do).

      1. Avatar of
        CorinaDee

        That’s awesome. Do you do this with other foods as well? Or does popcorn alone get the tongue treatment?

        I think I would frighten people with that technique. You see, I have an abnormally long tongue. It passes my chin when I stick it out. I can pick my nose with it. It’s great at parties.

        The moral of this post is that tongues always make everything weirdly sexual.

      2. Avatar of upinalather
        upinalather

        I worked at a movie theater for a while in college (never do this). ALL THE PEOPLE would take their bags of popcorn and “pick up” the first and maybe successive pieces of popcorn off the top with their tongues after purchasing and before turning to walk away from the concession stand. Things I never wanted to see in my life: many strangers’ tongues in a run-down movie theater.

        Seventeen years later, and I rarely eat popcorn.

        1. Avatar of
          CorinaDee

          Oh man. I do this sometimes.

          I’m so sorry for the years of disturbing tongues you had to endure. And that I contributed to this culture of popcorn tonguers.

          1. Avatar of upinalather
            upinalather

            It’s okay. It was years ago; I’ve gotten past it. (So much so that I brought it up on an internet forum.) I joke that I need to work in an ice cream factory and a cheese factory so that I won’t like those things anymore either, b/c popcorn is vile to me now.

            Ellen DeGeneres had a comedy bit about shoving fistfuls of popcorn into her face. It was part of a special several years ago.

            Found it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVEHuURb4to

    5. Avatar of
      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      Slotted serving spoon. Big mouthful of popcorn, unpopped kernels fall down, dry hands.

        1. Avatar of
          CorinaDee

          This reminds me of pomegranate a little. Such a messy fruit. I’ve decided that the only way to prevent staining towels and clothes is to eat it naked in the bathtub.

        1. Avatar of
          CorinaDee

          Excellent. My predictions? Gigglefits coupled with “Wha-?” for the majority of the film with the possibility of slack-jawed disbelief near the end of the film.

          Am I doing this right?

    1. Avatar of
      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      You’ve embarked on a Calvinistic journey as embodied in the Hayes code, where every human impulse towards pleasure and extra-ordinary sensory and mental experiences is punished. The poor souls in this picture are condemned by their total depravity to an afterlife where a few ingested nanograms of THC has roughly the same effect as a penetrating head wound packed with pellets of PCP and battery acid.

      I found it to be affirmative of legalization; what kind of argument do you have against it if this tightly-packed dung nugget of propaganda is the best you can offer?

  7. Avatar of mxandb
    mxandb

    I shall now attempt to study using 45:15 but with Supernatural in the background. It’s too quiet and I do not want to listen to a basketball game. There has been enough of that already today.

    I will also attempt this same method tomorrow but for much longer. I need 6 hours of studying under the belt this weekend.

    Lord help us all. And bring brownies.

    1. Avatar of Abadia Whackadoodle
      Abadia Whackadoodle

      Let me know how it works for you! I started trying the Pomodoro technique (25:5) but I think 25 minutes isn’t concentrated enough for PhD research/writing, but 45:15 seems like a good split.

      Oh, and you should definitely be eating brownies!!

      1. Avatar of mxandb
        mxandb

        It went okay but when I did the practice questions I sucked it up. I will have to abandon Supernatural but maybe I can find some good NPR to listen to instead.

        And I will be buying brownies at the grocery store during one of my breaks. :)

        I highly recommend the 45:15. It’s part of the great Unfuck Your Habitat method – created by one of our illustrious editors (there’s a tumblr for it too).

        1. Avatar of batg1rl
          batg1rl

          Belatedly thank you! You probably won’t ever read this, but I feel terribly rude whenever someone does something nice and I don’t say anything.

        1. Avatar of batg1rl
          batg1rl

          Moving Pictures! Thank you muchly, even though you’ll never read this (see above) because this thread is GIANT.

          1. Avatar of Bryn Donovan
            Bryn Donovan

            Supernatural. Dean and Sam are brothers who fight demons together. They have a complicated relationship and they love each other a lot.

  8. Avatar of a. brown
    a. brown

    I exerted my will over my bicycle for the first time today, and successfully got my husband to show me how to do something without just doing it for me (to his credit, he is oftentimes more feminist-minded than I am).  Changed the tubes, put in tire liners, put it all back together again.  Yes, I have a rear derailleur.

    Ladies who like bikes but aren’t comfortable working on them need to learn two things first, and they are really things we have to unlearn:

    1. You may have to use force, and that is ok.  Likely you will not break anything unless you are Feminist Hulk.

    2. You have to get dirty.  If you don’t get dirty, that tire isn’t going to get fixed.  Set aside your favorite Rosie the Riveter outfit (mine’s a comfy grey cami and my fave flannel shirt) and wear that to get messy in.  Sometimes a costume helps ease you into a new role.

    FIX ALL OF THE THINGS!!!!

  9. Avatar of hayduke
    hayduke

    Prompted by the joy that @drsong has brought to my evening, I’m just going to leave this here. And hope that you, my fellow Persephoneers (I don’t like “P’neers; it suggests pioneers rather than swashbuckling pirates. Oh crap, have I insulted the editors? Shall I now be banned, my fellow refugees ?!), will likewise share delightful gifs.

    Bring out the gifs!

    http://tmblr.co/ZquJNx6F4OG3

      1. Avatar of
        Helen Van Patterson-Patton

        That link’s not to the gif. Right-click on the image, then select “Copy link location.”

            1. Avatar of
              Helen Van Patterson-Patton

              To add pictures to posts, use this code in the above^ HTML tab:

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    1. Avatar of a. brown
      a. brown

      That was some inspired ass-showing.  Can you imagine the fresh hell of curse words they’d introduce us to if they could communicate verbally with us?  I bet Margaret Cho would blush.

      1. Avatar of hayduke
        hayduke

        *PBR up the nose*

        And I watch that, and get the sense that the cat at no point actually thought it was going to make that jump. What was going through its furry little mind?!

        1. Avatar of upinalather
          upinalather

          I have watched that gif for well over an hour, and I’m still cry-laughing over it. Something about the cat’s moves is Muppet-esque.

          I wish I could get it to embed, but my computer is having none of that. It came from http://mycatisadick.com.

           

            1. Avatar of upinalather
              upinalather

              He lands on his feet, as cats do. That’s what I’m telling myself. And it’s only four feet from the ground.

              My cats are mad at me for laughing at this.

        2. Avatar of upinalather
          upinalather

          I think I can almost see the “Oh, shit” moment when he realizes he’s not going to make it–right after he jumps, when he looks at the opposite wall, yeah. So he just goes into “flying squirrel” mode.

          1. Avatar of virginiadentata
            virginiadentata

            I am crying and gasping for breath. I don’t know what it is about this one in particular but damn, I’ve been solidly crylaughing for well on 5 straight minutes.

            I haven’t laughed like this since the Raptor Eats It clip. My dog just came in to check on me. Apparently the sounds of snorts and gasps interrupted his nap.

            1. Avatar of upinalather
              upinalather

              “Let’s put the team owner’s kid Jimmy in a giant yet flimsy dinosaur head that will certainly obstruct his vision, put him in the middle of a bunch of people on the sidelines of a packed basketball game, and make him wear rollerblades!”

            2. Avatar of LoveSunshine
              LoveSunshine

              Hahahahaha oh man, I have a history with this clip. The first time I saw it, I laughed forever and ever and watched it on repeat a ton of times. Then I had to show it to everyone I know. Most laughed as hard as I did. Good times were had.

              Months pass. I’m sick and in the hospital for the first time in my life and I’m fucking miserable. My boyfriend at the time was trying his hardest to just make me smile, telling wonderful stories and jokes and reading books outloud, but nothing was helping. Finally, he says, “Well, I didn’t think I’d have to resort to this, but … do you remember when the raptor mascot ate it?”

              It worked :)

              1. Avatar of virginiadentata
                virginiadentata

                This story gave me such joy!

                My personal tale with this isn’t as good; I first saw the clip when someone linked it on Jez, and I laughed way past tears and on into breathlessness and clutching at my throat gasping for air. The next day at work, a particularly crappy day, new student registration in a non-profit GED program, I pull it up to show coworkers and have same reaction. They all find it funny, but not quite as much as I do. One claims my reaction was funnier (but…how?) It just kills me. I quite literally had to run to the bathroom because I almost lost bladder control. From then on, whenever I was crabby, they’d say “raptor eats it,” and my mood improved!

                I am so glad I’m not the only one!

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          Helen Van Patterson-Patton

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    2. Avatar of
      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      Here’s a party animal as a faint addition to the theme. The moment that Patsy had the horrible realization that she actually enjoyed playing ping-pong.

       

    3. Avatar of Stephanie
      Stephanie

      It was voted on by the early members of the site at some point. I tried to make Sephies happen, but it didn’t. P’neers it is. I don’t think pioneer is a bad connotation, though! Pretty cool, actually.

      But we’re not in the banning business, really. I could probably count on one hand the number of people we’ve banned since the creation of the site.

          1. Avatar of
            CorinaDee

            Technically, you are correct in the pronunciation, but (and I don’t know if this is true for everyone) if I misread a word the first time I read it, the weird pronunciation sticks. Like Hermione which I still accidentally read as Hermoan.

            1. Avatar of Stephanie
              Stephanie

              I thought I was the only one! I still pronounce “folks” phonetically in my head, even though I know it’s pronounced “fokes.” And a lot of other words, too. I just can’t think of any off the top of my head right now.

              My mom makes fun of me because I pronounce everything phonetically. I blame all the years of Latin and Spanish. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE NEED TO BE LETTERS THAT DON’T MAKE NOISE.

              1. Avatar of
                CorinaDee

                Hahaha.

                That reminds me of my mum who, upon walking by an underwear shop, turned to me and said, “Let’s go get you some new ling-ger-ee!” I laughed for a good fifteen minutes.

                English is such a ridiculous language. I think you’d appreciate this poem attributed to Lord Cromer and published in 1902.

                When the English tongue we speak.
                Why is break not rhymed with freak?
                Will you tell me why it’s true
                We say sew but likewise few?
                And the maker of the verse,
                Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?
                Beard is not the same as heard
                Cord is different from word.
                Cow is cow but low is low
                Shoe is never rhymed with foe.
                Think of hose, dose,and lose
                And think of goose and yet with choose
                Think of comb, tomb and bomb,
                Doll and roll or home and some.
                Since pay is rhymed with say
                Why not paid with said I pray?
                Think of blood, food and good.
                Mould is not pronounced like could.
                Wherefore done, but gone and lone -
                Is there any reason known?
                To sum up all, it seems to me
                Sound and letters don’t agree.

                1. Avatar of upinalather
                  upinalather

                  My mother nearly died of laughter the first (and only) time she heard me say “adolescent”. I pronounced it “uh-dole-cent” (three syllables). Around the same time, I pronounced “Adirondack” (as in chairs) “uh-deer-un-dack”. My preteen feelings were terribly, terribly hurt by her laughing. I’m sure I cried dramatically.

  10. Avatar of Liadan
    Liadan

    Frivolous nail polish talk incoming!

    I got Essie turquoise and caicos today and I love the color! I usually use Sally Hansen something-or-other and can’t really tell the difference between the brands, except this one needed four coats before it really looked finished. Smudging is just as prevalent as it always is with me. But, pretty!

    \

    What kinds of nail polish do you guys like?

    1. Avatar of Silverwane
      Silverwane

      Oh, that is gorgeous!

      I don’t wear nail polish cause I’m 1) terrible at applying it and 2) terrible at maintaining it, but that is one damn fine color.

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        I am also terrible at applying/maintaining it, but it’s worth the day and a half of pleasure I get from staring at it!

    2. Avatar of hayduke
      hayduke

      Gorgeous! Worth the hassle of four (!) coats.

      Like @silverwane, I’m not great at application and maintenance, but I’ve got an additional problem beyond that: any “cool” colors (no matter how carefully applied)  tend to make my fingers looks shorter and stubbier for some reason. Maybe I’m imagining it; certainly, it doesn’t make the slightest bit of good logical sense. Has anybody else noticed(/imagined) this problem? Suggestions? Because I love greens and blues, so much.

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        I used to never paint my nails for that reason! Then I never did because I worked in food service and we weren’t allowed. Then I quit and promptly became obsessed. I don’t think the perceived stumpiness is something anyone else would ever notice, though, especially with an unusual color. I almost always wear blues, with the occasional green or acid purple, so that’s what stands out.

      2. Avatar of batg1rl
        batg1rl

        What I find helps with building up opacity is if you put white under pastel colors or metallic dark grey under metallic colors that take billions of coats, for more depth.

      3. Avatar of a. brown
        a. brown

        This may sound silly, but maybe try not painting the whole nail? Like, leave the sides bare and paint a wide stripe down the nail.  I have no idea if that would look too wacky or not.  It could also be the colors with your skin tone?  Again, I have no authority to comment on make up.

        1. Avatar of hayduke
          hayduke

          Hmm… makes sense. I’m thinking skin-tone (pale, so blue nails just look corpse-like, I guess), but maybe I’ll give the “partial” painting a try. If I don’t get totally frustrated half way through, of course. Wishful thinking?

    3. Avatar of Magenta
      Magenta

      That looks lovely!

      I’m not really much of a nail polish person, but I read about gel polish in an article recently and it seemed really nice, and the picture accompanying it was so pretty.  Maybe someday.

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        I think I saw some gel polish at the drug store, but it confused and frightened me, so I’ve never tried it. A little googling has me intrigued, though, as a chronic polish-smudger. The decal things also seem really cool–they have them in plaid!–but they’re pricey.

    4. Avatar of batg1rl
      batg1rl

      Pretty! Also I love nail polish, let’s be best friends/get married. It’s legal in NY.

      I love Essie’s Bright Tights (fluorescent orange), but the quality of my bottle’s gone way down and it’s gloopy now. Right now I have on Mattese Elite (from Ricky’s, if they have that near you) ‘Only the Pinky’; it’s really bright pink with a little red in it. Smudging is an evil bitch from the outer reaches of hell, but I’ve tried putting them in ice water after doing them and it sometimes helps. Until I wake with blanket marks. What I’ve also tried (if you do your nails before bed), leave the top coat til the next day so it covers up all the gross?

      Unfortunately, as I discovered yesterday when I was strewing chips and bits of blindingly pink nail polish around the lab whenever I took off my gloves, art conservationists (conversationists!) apparently never wear nail polish. That is probably why.

      Sorry that was lengthy. I really, really like nail polish…

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        I hadn’t heard the ice water thing! I finally bought a top coat today, but when I got home, the back was smashed within the package but held together by the back sticker (?!) and I haven’t felt like going back to exchange it. So I’ll just have to keep smudging. I dried my hands with my hair drier, but it didn’t really didn’t help much, to be honest.

        You may have inspired me to make bright pink my next purchase, though. Maybe if it’s a kind that chips, it will lead me back to things that I have misplaced (see: keys, phone, chap stick). No fancy arts in my life, so I should be in the clear there!

    5. Avatar of Anne (see the e?)
      Anne (see the e?)

      I just put on some of the new Essie “To buy or not to buy.” It’s a pretty shade of lilac. I topped the tips with Sally Hanson “Ice Queen” which is silver glitter with dark turquoise and and lavender confetti-ish dots. My nails have been getting more and more brittle, so I’m hoping keeping them polished will help.

      Love that Turquoise and Caicos! Very tropical.

       

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      Stephanie

      Turquoise & Caicos is one of my favorites! It is so pretty with Essie’s Shine of the Times over it; looks like mermaid scales!

    1. Avatar of Liadan
      Liadan

      “Calzones are pointless. They’re just pizza that’s harder to eat. No one likes them. Good day, sir.”

      I can’t say that I agree with Leslie Knope on this one. Calzones are yum! I am in awe that you made one yourself.

      (Just ate a whole frozen pizza)

       

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        Magenta

        I first made one a couple of weeks ago, and I think this one is way better. It was full of cheese. I really should have taken pictures.

      2. Avatar of marthamydear
        marthamydear

        I cannot even explain how badly I want to patronize the Low-Cal Calzone Zone and hit on Adam Scott as the sexy, geeky, flour-dusted owner. Unf x 1000.

    2. Avatar of Elfity
      Elfity

      That sounds so good right now. I think it would go well with this big glass of red I have. I’ve never tried to make one; I normally just hit up Grimaldi’s.

  11. Avatar of mxandb
    mxandb

    I have the oven on to season my NEW CAST IRON KETTLE (well, new to me, it’s my grandmother’s) so now that the oven is running, I feel like I should bake something when the kettle is done. But WHAT?

    Do you ever just want to bake crust and eat it? I love crust so much.

    Oh! I’ll make a little quick bread cake thing. That will be fun. Sorry Team Pie, I still love you. But Cake wins. Only because I have no pie filling…

    1. Avatar of hayduke
      hayduke

      Yes. I’m not Team Pie, but yes to just making crust. Just a little bit of butter and cinnamon/sugar on it is all you need.

  12. Avatar of Cesy
    Cesy

    I had a date with two very good looking much younger men that’s been cancelled on me! Their mother said they’re overbooked, so I can’t visit today ;)

    Mr. Cesy has made Tres Leches Cake. I have wanted to try this for a very long time, I am very excited.

    1. Avatar of Elfity
      Elfity

      Tres Leches is my favorite kind of cake. Sadly, I’m lactose intolerant, so I have to be all medicated before I can eat any, and it’s still a little ouchie. I envy your having of this cake!

  13. Avatar of Sharpest Shark
    Sharpest Shark

    Anyone else find the Lawrence Welk show to be as terrifying as I do? There’s…there’s just something wrong. Something horribly, horribly wrong in that universe.

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      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      Are you also home after a long day, waiting for Britcom night to start on PBS?

    2. Avatar of Lis
      Lis

      True story: I had no idea what Lawrence Welk was until at least my senior year of college, when I was visiting my Grandma, who got all excited that it was on, and was appalled that I’d never heard of it.

      1. Avatar of Sharpest Shark
        Sharpest Shark

        My grandparents watch it too. While it’s on, they have such a serene and happy look on their face. It’s the same expression I wear when I watch Spongebob while high or drunk.

    3. Avatar of [E] Sally J. Freedman
      [E] Sally J. Freedman

      My grandmother still tells the story of my brother and I, at the ages of 7 & 4 respectively saying, “We don’t want to stay with Grandma, she makes us watch Lawrence Welk & Archie Bunker”.

      All I really know about Lawrence Welk I learned from a Those Darn Accordians Song: http://youtu.be/RPtjPfgXRMA

    4. Avatar of Monica
      Monica

      I used to work at a nursing home, and I was an activity aid. That show was on ALL THE TIME and they all loved it. And I had to sit there, watching it with them, wondering what the fuck I was doing with my life – but at the same time being eternally grateful that I wasn’t on that show.

      THOSE COSTUMES. THAT HAIR.

      The whitest people who were ever white. You should youtube their version of Land of a Thousand Dances.

      1. Avatar of milly parkhurst
        milly parkhurst

        youtube is an awesome resource for crocheting tutorials.  i’m attempting to make wide, long scarf…definitely don’t think i got enough yarn. damnit!!!!!

    1. Avatar of a. brown
      a. brown

      Is it a dumb thing to say that crochet seems more free-form than knitting?  I’ve never understood how to do it, meaning, where to put the next stitch.  With knitting, it’s pretty straight forward. Have I been misguided, or do I just need to loosen up and stitch where I want?

      1. Avatar of milly parkhurst
        milly parkhurst

        i don’t know anything about knitting, but crocheting involves specific stitches.  there are so many different stitches, but because i haven’t crocheted in like…geez, two years…i’m making this scarf with a basic single crochet stitch.  one of the perils of crocheting (as may also be the case in knitting) is dropping a stitch. i’ve done this like 3 times with this damned scarf already.

        so, for example, to start this scarf, i did a single row of chain stitches, and then when i was done with that, i started doing the single crochet stitches.  i don’t know if that answers your question at all!

  14. Avatar of Dr. Song
    Dr. Song

    Guys I never used to be allergic to cats, but now I am cat-sitting for a friend and it is THE WORST. I’m on two (!) antihistamines, one of which is prescription and normally used to treat people in anaphylactic shock or something like that, AND I’m taking them twice daily, AND I’m still wheezing.

    NOW WHAT???

    As an incentive to comment, here is a link to a .gif of a cat kicking a baby in the head.

    http://mycatisadick.com/post/15622688825/fuck-you-baby-via-the-internets

      1. Avatar of hayduke
        hayduke

        Yes it is. Yes it is. I anticipate losing as much time to that site as I have to more species-inclusive “Animals Being Dicks” website.

        I’d offer some helpful advice, but nothing’s ever worked for my allergies, either. Sorry.

        1. Avatar of Dr. Song
          Dr. Song

          I can’t ever stop laughing when that .gif’s around. Someone do something smart and embed it! I don’t know how.

          1. Avatar of Liadan
            Liadan

            Ta-da!

            My favorite is the split second of the kid’s feet in the air at the end. The cat and I are kindred jerk spirits because this cracks me up.

            1. Avatar of Dr. Song
              Dr. Song

              OH GOD THE FEET. The way they just hover there, for a split second, before the kid is all smiling and running again. Those feet know that their dreams of running around the house unmolested by cats are completely unachievable.

    1. Avatar of Liadan
      Liadan

      What you don’t know is that cats are slowly genetically modifying humans to be allergic, so they can plot to take over the world without the interference of pesky humans.

      I just don’t trust those cats.

      1. Avatar of Dr. Song
        Dr. Song

        Those must be some powerful intravenous bugs they’re cooking up, then, because I sound like a thirty year smoker and look like that kid from Little House In The Big Woods who gets a face fulla bees.

        1. Avatar of Liadan
          Liadan

          Yikes! That’s pretty bad. I just get major sneezies/snotties when I catsit, which fortunately doesn’t require me to stay overnight or anything.

          Are you definitely going to be okay?!

        2. Avatar of [E] Sally J. Freedman
          [E] Sally J. Freedman

          I feel your pain. Are you spending the night? Can you close the door to where you’re sleeping? I’d definitely take a shower, wash your hair and sleep on a clean pillow case. Good luck!

           

    2. Avatar of upinalather
      upinalather

      I am HOWLING over the gifs on this site. I love me some cats like y’all don’t even know, but oh, my god, the redonkulousness! You, Madame, are Queen of the Internet today!

      1. Avatar of Dr. Song
        Dr. Song

        Hooray! And I hope that extends to GMT, because it’s nearly 2 am here and I’m going to bed. I will exercise my Queenly privileges tomorrow.

    3. Avatar of wannabemusicologist
      wannabemusicologist

      I too am really allergic to cats which is unfortunate because my boyfriend’s parents have three really cute ones. I have found this antihistamine combo to be highly effective/somewhat magical in it’s ability to combat my terrible cat allergies: 1 Claritin during the day (I think it’s real name is Loratidine) and then 1 Chlortripolon (it’s a super old-school one, I took it when I was a small kid but it works amazingly) at night. Plus, I use visene eye drops and some sort of saline nasal spray. I find that chlortripolon works almost as well as something super strong and drowsiness inducing like Benedryl but I can actually function the following morning.

    4. Avatar of Nicolette B
      Nicolette B

      When I was little we had a cat and I was totally fine. Fast forward to when I was 15/16 and hadn’t lived with a cat for a few years and I had the WORST reaction to my friends’ cats. Swollen itchy eyes, itchy face, runny nose, the whole deal. Fast forward again to four years ago when I started fostering kittens and eventually adopted my own cats and I’m completely ok, no allergy symptoms at all.

      Greater exposure to the allergen will almost always result in the reaction lessening over time, although it fucking sucks when you are actually getting used to the allergen. Keep taking the meds and take lots of showers, they helped me alot. Every now and again I’ll have a very minor reaction to my cats and jumping in the shower usually helps.

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