Categories Open Thread It’s Already the Weekend Open Thread Post author By [E] Selena MacIntosh* Post date Friday, July 27th, 2012 365 Comments on It’s Already the Weekend Open Thread Hop on in and get to commenting! By [E] Selena MacIntosh* Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair. View Archive → ← Persephone Movie Club: “A League of Their Own” → Lunchtime Poll: Buns are Literally in the Oven 365 replies on “It’s Already the Weekend Open Thread” My awesome new/first-ever boyfriend, who I adore, has some sort of circulatory blood clot issue he’s had for years, and he won’t be able to see a doctor about it until the whole pre-existing condition thing isn’t a problem anymore. So, not for two years. Then he’ll get health insurance and see someone about it. My uncle died from a rare blood disorder. I remember that he was on a blood thinner, I think cumadin. I don’t know if what my boyfriend has is similar or the same thing, and I guess I won’t know for quite awhile. I can’t sleep. I keep worrying. I hate the healthcare system in this stupid country. D: D: D: Has he checked out where the nearest free clinic is? How can the weekend be ending already? I’m just getting started! And the month is ending too? AAAAHHHHH…. I don’t know, but I wish the weekend were just a bit longer. I know right? I am just now getting around to uploading my June pictures to facebook, too. No kidding! I’m finally getting around to doing the stuff I meant to at the beginning of summer and here it is, almost over. Okay glorious editors, I have a question. I just dropped about 2500 points for no reason. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened this weekend. Did I do something to get them taken away? And if so what? I’d like to not repeat it. I like playing with the points, but only within the system, so I’m confused now.. I’m pretty sure that’s a bug. I know I’m not taking them away. It could be 10x points is too much for the system. I can add any points you lost back, if you can give me a number. 1720 is my best estimate. I haven’t kept track all day. I bumped you up to 85000. Happy birthday! You are fucking amazing! :D I love you! :D Congratulations @veruna! Plenty of time for your birthday. @selena, you are the coolest editor ever. Between this and your love of Tennant, I’m pretty sure you are secretly a unicorn wrangler. I figure @selena just made it a birthday month for me! :D And you are so right. She is such a unicorn wrangler! That IS Donna’s grandpa! I don’t remember this happening in DW though. I guess I have to go rewatch all the episodes now! Happy birthday, Veruna! It’s going to be the BEST month! End of time part 1! If it’s not in the episode (I think it is though) then it is in the associated Doctor Who Confidential materials. Your knowledge of the Doctor amazes me. :D I donated about 3k this weekend, so maybe it’s the donate system is perplexed by the number of points? Probably, but Miss Selena in her awesomeness has pushed me fully into The Wrath of Julia Sugarbaker status. :D I saw that! All Hail our glorious leader! This is the first time I’ve opened my computer since Friday afternoon. I have no regrets! My niece and nephew came for a visit with my brother, we’ve been watching Olympics, and went to a birthday party. I kind of feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. There never seems to be enough time for work, fun, and relaxing. :-) I second this second weekend thing. This weekend was glorious! I saw my friends for the last time until Christmas last night at the monthly mixers we’ve been going to- nobody cried at the bar, we just had a delicious dinner and then a few hours of drinking + dancing + everybody making out with one another. I drank a $15 ‘mini-pitcher’ of gin + lychee liquer + lime + soda and got a lapdance from one of my girlfriends (amazing). My best guy friend cried this morning as I was leaving to go home- of all the partings, that one is one of the hardest. But I’m starting to realize that moving is less than 48hrs away- and there’s a little excitement there. Lychee Liquor. That has me all excited full stop. Right? Where do I obtain some of this stuff? Check it out! Right?! It was SOHO and originally would have been finished with cranberry, but the bar ran out. The drink’s called a Red Lantern so I had to get it- geek references in my alcohol? Sold. Geek Refs = Win. Have you seen the Way Station’s drink list? It’s a bit of a hike, but worth it. Oh my Godddd, all of these drinks, into my face immediately. I has a story for you! So, I was going on my first date with the boy. I had met the boy back in November of 2005 at a Bauhaus concert in NYC, and we’d kept in touch via the interwebs since then but hadn’t seen each other in person. So it was an anxiety producing event. But the Date went well- We went to a Pinball arcade a couple blocks from st Mark’s place, and we had some food. After that, I mentioned the Way Station and that I wanted to go there some day. Even though he doesn’t drink alcohol at ALL and before then hadn’t watched Doctor Who, he offered to take me. It was a bit of a hike for me (no cane and no arch supports at that point!) but he let me use him like a cane half the way. I had a 10th Doctor’s Screw Driver and A Dark and Stormageddon. I am in Love with the Dark and Stormageddon. OMG. Best date ever. I love lychee anything.Â That sounds so yummy!! That sounds like an awesome way to say goodbye! So glad you and your friends were able to do that, even if there was a tiny bit of crying. Poetry for queSarahSarah: QueSarahSarah What Sarah Sarah? Your screen name makes me smile Because people sing that song to me too. Sarahs smile like Sarahs don’t care. No time is a good time for goodbye. This is the best thing ever. My party was a smashing success! Lots of people showed up. Different friend groups mixed and talked with each other. I think I’m finally succeeding at this life thing and having friends. I still have dishes to clean up, but it doesn’t look that bad! Yay! Yay! Successful party! It’s always nice when different friend groups can get along. Yay! That is the BEST kind of party! Finally, I get to sip ice tea whilst basking in a glorious heatwave. Also, a new Bat for Lashes song is out. WAIT WAIT WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHY DON’T I KNOW ABOUT THEM YET??? I love Bat for Lashes! I was so excited for this song and was not disappointed AT ALL. I am the only one in my group of temp people at my job that is remaining in the same work environment (most of the group is going to another part of the bookstore, but I’m staying in the shipping-and-receiving area). I also make a point to do whatever work is available, even if it’s taking out the trash or filing paperwork or reorganizing/separating shipments-in-progress. I am thinking this might could be a good sign. Boyfriend and I went to the new Batman movie yesterday, and it’s excellent. Great closure to the trilogy, great representations of characters (I like how Nolan presented Selina Kyle/Catwoman), and just the faintest glimmer of hope at the end. Not in a cheesy or schmaltzy or unrealistic way, but there’s definitely a sense that things will get better and the “good guys” won’t quit. Of course, I hadn’t seen the first movie in this version (movies are expensive, y’all!), and Boyfriend decided that would be a good way to finish the evening with our breakfast-biscuit-dinner. Until we were stuck at the grocery store for an hour because of crazy thunderstorms, and since he lives about half a mile from that store, we walked there (with a quick detour to his brother’s house to walk the dog, who saw lightning and all but ran back to the house after the “taking care of business” part of the walk). So we watched the first ep of season two of Buffy instead, since we got back to the house at 10 and still had to make dinner. I’m moving next Monday, you guys! New apartment and new roommates (only two, not four or five!!!). And I can get netflix and get caught up on all of the movies I’ve missed! Even though it’s not quite as convenient (the closest bus stop is the city bus that I have to pay for, not the university bus that is free) it will be great. Especially if the job goes full-time. I’ve been trying to get to this point, where things are working and I’m not on the verge of being unable to pay rent (much less eat), since December. I really, really hope I’m almost there. I want to start planning grad school applications and things. That’s awesome! Yay for fewer roommates and for having employers who notice good things. :) I’m going to see Dark Knight Rises in about an hour. I can’t wait. I’ve been dying to see it. I’ve been hearing so many good things about it. :3 Whoo hoo for awesome things! Fingers crossed for you on the job front. Ok more randomness, cos I excel at it – anyone have a tried-and-true remedy for gassy puppies? Snoopy may be cute as a button but his favorite sleeping spot is under my desk and he’s killing me. Changing his food isn’t an option right now; we have a big bag to get through first, and Google gave me so many options I don’t know which to try first. Gas can come from a food-related issue, an illness, or taking in too much air. If he has already been checked by a vet to rule out gastrointestinal disease, it could very well be a food allergy/food based issue. In that case, a food change would be necessary to stop it. Unless he is also throwing up or has chronic diarrhea, it is probably ok to wait until the current bag of food is done to switch to a different food. If he does have chronic vomiting or diarrhea, I’d change the food asap to avoid chronic dehydration/electrolyte imbalances. Lots of shelters will take dog food donations, even if they are opened, so you wouldn’t necessarily have to waste it! As for what to switch him to, it might take some trial and error to find out what works for him. The big things that usually cause food allergies in pets, from my experience, are corn, soy, and wheat. Try him on a grain free diet and see how that works. I’ve had dog walking/cat sitting clients who have had allergies to chicken and beef as well and had to eat other protein sourced food. If the gas is caused by taking in too much air, it would probably be because he is eating too fast and gulping down air with his food. If that is the case, just put some water in with his kibble, enough to just cover it, and it will help slow him down a bit. Thanks so much for all the info. I’m guessing it is from eating too fast (he does everything at top speed), I’ll try the water trick and hope it helps. Boy do I hope it helps :-D My lady dog will plow through a bowl of kibble in eleven seconds (I’ve timed it), so I put her kibble in a Kong, so it slows her down considerably and she doesn’t get food-scarfing gas. Oh that is the coolest thing, and the way he’s growing he’ll be big enough for before too long. I have a feeling the mancub will enjoy it as well :-D I second the water-in-the-food thing. My dog actually prefers her food with water in it. Don’t know why. Other than that, she only gets gassy if she’s gotten into any people food, mostly things with wheat in it. I currently feed her the Blue Buffalo Basics Salmon and Potato recipe. Since she’s allergic to sweet potato and needs a high-fiber diet (oh, the joys of dog constipation… no, it’s pretty terrible, the anal glands get blocked and then it’s a whole THING), and the only commercial dog foods I’ve found that are high in fiber have sweet potato, I also give her baby carrots as a snack. She loves them. Up to 3 a day is not bad, and it’s a good healthy treat. Oh would have never thought to give carrots, will keep that in mind. I’ll check into that dog food as well, thanks so much :-) I love Blue Buffalo! If I could afford to feed it to my cats all the time I would but having four cats and no money…yeah not happening. :( I also recommend VeRUS brand (for cat food anyway, I haven’t had any experience with the dog foods they make). Oh cool, thanks so much, and Kimble thanks you for the catÂ recommendationsÂ :-D Clogged puppy anal glands just suck. D: I’ve had to milk them before and. . . yeah. gross. That sure puts the farting into perspective Â :-D I’m just going to say, this is why I love you guys: When I set an arbitrary goal to level up in an insane amount of time, not only do you not mock me but you help me. You’ve knocked off a third of the points I need in one night, not even 24hr, more like 12. I’m down to needing 10,777. :D You guys rock. You are totally deserving of it. And it’s not because you posted a picture of David Tennant in a kilt. Although that does help. /fluffs hair Â I do what I can. But really, I’m super appreciative. :) How have I not seen this before?! You can see it in his face. He knows how sexy he looks. Also, your passion for gaining a rank just ignited our love of pointless gamification. I love P-mag. Silliness is a feature, not a bug. Indeed, and I bet there are more than just a few of us who miss being able to see who the 13 highest rankers are. I know I do, but I’m silly and broke top 6 for about a day just to see if I could do it. :P P-Mag a place where happiness thrives on random points, unicorns, and David Tennant. Purrr, kilt Tennant. I love how we all have the same reaction to this photo. I know right. It’s like we’re a bunch of puppies and Tennant is the ball that is thrown in front of us. That is probably the best analogy to describe our Tennant reaction. Plus I’m sure he enjoys a good game of chase and pounce. ;) Happy to help. Especially since part of that help was David Tennant spam. If I’d done it without the Tennant, then it’d just be annoying. But this way everyone wins! :D I just cleaned the communal areas of my apartment in 90 minutes and now I’m contemplating making banana bread with my usual recipe, substituting the banana bread for blueberries and/or strawberries. Warnings/suggestions welcome… That sounds delicious! But what are you using for a binding agent if you take out the banana? The recipe already has an egg, so I figure if the texture isn’t quite right I’ll add another… here’s to baking experimentation… Sounds good! Let me know how it goes. :) Ok, I used mashed-up strawberries (mashed using garlic crusher) and sliced blueberries. Concoction now in oven, time will tell… the raw mixture is tasty though:) ok, could have done with a teensy bit more flour and baking powder… but still damn tasty. om nom nom. So call it a a pudding instead of bread and no one will know it wasn’t on purpose to detract from the deliciousness! :D I’m really really curious as to how that looks- I’m imagining a kind of mottled blue/pink cake? Yeah it’s a mild pinkish colour with bursts of dark maroon from the cooked blueberries. I suppose one could also mix up two batches and make a marbled cake…. hmmm… I want! And pictures? If there’s any left and some picture-taking device at hand. I’ve to bring it in to work so I’ll try to take some pictures before it gets eaten… hopefully it does get eaten! MMMMmmmm, nom nom nom. The blueberries have been fantastic lately. I bought a huge thing of them today and I’m about to make this guy:Â http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2012/06/blueberry-boy-bait/ Blueberry cakes and breads for everyone. :) Okay time for brunch. And to not forget turning on the stove this time, to only wonder why my egg doesn’t turn into omelet. I think I’ve posted this gif here before but it seems especially appropriate now. That is hypnotizing. One of my favorite gifs. I adore this gif. Could watch it for hours. I’m having a Kulfi making marathon, and realized I needed a “prove you’ve mastered this skill” attempt- that is, an attempt where I make up half the recipe on instinct. I’ve decided since I have a watermelon in my fridge, that attempt will be a watermelon Kulfi. I’m trying to figure out what if any additions I should make- I have a mango, but I already made mango kulfi, and I have cardamom and. . . not sure what else. My alternative would be to attempt a veggie kulfi, which could be. . . interesting. I mean, Cucumber kulfi? Bizarre. Actually, I have a plot for the cucumbers now, ignore them. *cackles* Haha that’s what I do to cucumbers too! And then turn them into tatziki right before they go bad cause I can’t waste things and tatziki is marvelous! I’m going to make Watermelon-Cucumber Curry and also experiment with cucumbers, watermelon, and alcohol. After I get some sleep of course. *all nighter kitchen badge naow?* That sounds delicious. And if I were you, I’d add some mint and or lime to that cocktail and call in wonderful. :) Spoilers for article for unicorns, but I’m using ginger garlic and if I can get some lime juice in there. My eyelashes are fluttering just thinking about it. Oh goodie! I can’t wait to read it. :D I’m two hours in to reducing milk, and at this pace I have another two hours. Why did I have to choose one fo the old fashioned ways again? Because most of the time the old fashioned way is better and worth it. Plus, what else were you going to do? Today (er, well technically yesterday) I helped my best friend and his boyfriend move into their first place together. And in the process ended up having a mini filing cabinet dropped on my foot :( No bruising yet, but the top part of my foot is really swollen and hurts. Also hurts to bend my toes too far down. What do you think, P-doctors–just a bump or do you think I might have fractured some stupid tiny foot bone? :-/ On the other hand, moving them into their new place in 90 degree weather was a continuous 4 hour work out and I was rewarded with baked ziti, beer, and brownies. Why are mini-filing cabinets such assholes?Â Wow.Â I got a pretty decent goose-egg by banging my head into the corner of one in my classroom this last spring… Ice is your friend if you have swelling.Â Ice or frozen veggies.Â 20 minutes on 40 minutes off and stay off your feet tonight.Â As for doctors, see how it looks and, more importantly, how it feels tomorrow.Â I’m not a doctor, so feel free to ignore my advice, but I don’t think they can really set the little bones in your foot.Â I’m sure they’d take an x-ray, and if something is fractured, put you in a boot or give you some crutches.Â If you can put pressure on it tomorrow without too much pain, I’d think you’d be okay (again…not medical professional), but if it hurts, go to the doctor.Â I don’t know your money/insurance situation, but if that’s covered, all you’ll lose by going to the doctor is an hour or two of your day.Â That’s better than further messing up your foot. Ibuprofen, I think, can also cut down on swelling, as well as the pain.Â (I don’t think acetaminophen will help with swelling, but it will help with pain.) Hope you heal quickly, and I am super jealous of your ziti and brownies! Thanks to Obama, I’ll have insurance until November 2013 under my dad’s plan so if I do have to go to a doctor, I’ll be able to swing it financially. It’ll still be a pain in the ass since I’ll have to take off work….which is dog walking. Oh the irony. I have off the next two days so I’m just going to try to keep off of it as much as possible. The ziti and brownies were definitely enviable! Yeouch. I banged my foot up pretty good a few months ago now. Â I had a big purple bump on top of my foot, swelling, couldn’t move my toes without sending sharp pain up my foot. Â Fun stuff. Â I was convinced it was broken, but the pain went away within 4-5 days so it obviously wasn’t. I just made sure to keep it elevated when I could, took ibuprofen (aleve/naproxen would also work as it’s another type of NSAID), and iced it. Â :) But I really hope yours isn’t broken! Definitely get it checked out if it keeps bothering you. You never know how much you depend on your feet working properly until something fecks them up! I’m hoping it’s just a few days of soreness and not a few weeks of soreness and pain and limping and busted bones! I’d guess (not a doctor, just talking from lots of previous experience with foot injuries…) that if you haven’t seen any bruising yet – and I’m talking wicked dark bruises – you’ve probably avoided a fracture. Stick with the ice and rest plan but if things are getting worse rather than better you probably need an x-ray. Depending on the type and location of a metatarsal fracture, they can put it in plaster or just strap it up. Ouch that’s rough but, I do think you’re probably okay. As long as you can move your toes and you don’t see any bruising, you’re probably fine. I would add wrapping your foot up though to everyone else’s suggestions… You know the old adage: Rice- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. It works wonders for all foot ailments. It’s still sore this morning but a lot better. I hesitate to say that it’s going to be ok though because my body tends to hold off a few days before being like, “Hey! Remember that time you bumped into something/dropped something on you/twisted an appendage weird? Well it’s been three days and you think you’re ok BUT HERE’s SOME BRUISES/PAIN/BUMPS/SPRAINS!” Stupid body. Haha and here I thought my body was the only vindictive one like that! :P But really if that’s the case, I’d keep it wrapped for the next few days, especially when you’re walking the dogs. That .gif is an accurate portrayal of my life. I wasn’t at all into gifs before I discovered this website. And now I’m obsessed with them and have found that I can describe my life, thoughts, and emotions much easier using them rather than using words. P-mag, see what you have done?! We’re not sorry. Thought some of you would love this: This totally reminds me of Brave. Finally saw it. Loved it. I”m looking forward to it coming out on netflix so I can watch it with my niece and my mother. Aunt Nico and Grandma know how to throw a (kid’s) party! I have that shirt and am buying it for my nieces! I want one for my niece soooo bad. Lately if she wants to be the rescuer she’ll say she’s the prince (until it is time for the wedding, then she’s a princess again) and that just makes my brain boil. That is fucking awesome, and I would totally get that for all my nieces in a heartbeat. (All two of them) One of them is a lot like me as a kid, she looks to reject gender norms but is caught in the place of feeling “different” because she’ll never be “one of the boys.” She doesn’t have the vocabulary of feminism yet to really articulate how she feels about things. So I think she’d love something like this. It’s now past midnight in my time zone, which means IT’S MY BIRTHDAY.Â :) I LOVE that movie, and now I love you for this GIF.Â Thank you.Â :) I am totally saving that awesome GIF. More July birthdays! Happy birthday! Yay! Happy Birthday! :D Happy happy Birth-day! Happy birthday! Happiest of happy birthdays!!!!! A little late but I think I’ve still made it! Happy Birthday! I hope it was fabulous. :) I’ve been really down this weekend and I need to snap out of it. Bah. Will this running baby duck make you feel better? Awe! Baby duck, :)Â I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes looking at Lucy gifs and she always makes me laugh. Her and baby animals are a sure way to my heart. Baby animals help, you say? Awwwweeee! I love little baby grumpy owl. :) I just spent all day with my FFIL. I needed this BADLY. In that case: Also, baby sloth wants to give hugs! (but only if you consent. he’s a conscientious baby sloth.) I will ALWAYS consent to sloth hugs. :-p I burned Ramen. Well, only the bottom of it, but still. On the other hand, success! I’ve ingested food! Also, my downstairs neighbor’s taste in music is dreadful. But I think her living room is under my bedroom, and I think if I can hear her singing off key, she could hear my sex noises when my boy was visiting. So. . . trade off? Ha. This reminded me…I lived under wrestlers in college and whenever they decided to have a little fun (aka have sex), our entire dorm room would shake. The mirrors and closet doors and yeah, we’d let it go for awhile but if it was an extra long session, we’d get on our bunk beds and pound the ceiling with our feet which always got them to settle down a bit. :) Noisy neighbors are fun. I just made a fabulously simple dinner for some friends & I. Guacamole, beans, rice, salmon on tortillas. I guess that’d make them salmon tacos? So. Good. Whatever they are. Spamming up the ol’ PMag before they come back in from a smoke break. I officially love this weekend. That sounds delicious! Do you make your own guac? And if so, what do you put in it? I use 2 avocados for just me and add one more for each additional person who comes – cut into bite sized cubes. With the basic I throw in one smallish hot house tomato diced small (seeds discarded – just the flesh). About 3-4 cloves raw garlic (I love garlic) chopped itty bitty. Sometimes I’ll add a little shallot or green onion if I have it but I didn’t tonight. Roughly chopped fresh cilantro. The juice of a lime – or lemon if it is all I have. Sometimes I’ll zest them and add that if I’m feeling fancy (I was tonight). Mix together for deliciousness. Salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes a touch of cumin or chili powder if it tastes a bit bland but mostly just as fresh and raw as I can make it. So good. Have never had a complaint about it. That sounds amazing. That sounds awesome! Thanks. I’m totally going to make this next weekend. :) Do you have a set way that you chop garlic? I’ve grown up in a household where we eschew proper knives/knife skills so when it comes to garlic I tend to chop it roughly for fear of taking off my fingertips- but I want to be able to do it itty-bitty style. Hmm…Â GenerallyÂ I cut off the end then I smash the garlic to remove it from the casing (which helps with the mincing sometimes if it doesn’t get obliterated). Then do a few horizontal slices and some lengthwise ones – leaving the end intact and dice it into roughly cous cous size bits. I’m a little bit crazy with my mincing – probably Â not at all how you’re supposed to. It’s really unnecessarily small and nit-picky. I don’t really mind big pieces of garlic but I just like having tons of it all over the place. I am not sure this helps? Viva la garlic! Gauc should be a basic food group. Or even just avocados. I fuckin love avocados. God yes.Â Avocados are definitely one of my major food groups. So good. I’ve been known to open up an avocado, sprinkle a little salt on it and nom the entire thing. They go with everything. Mmmm avocados. Had half an avocado scrambled with my eggs this morning – soooo good! Chopped it into bite-sized pieces. It retained its shape, but was soooo gooood warm. ← Older Comments 1 … 3 4 Newer Comments → Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.