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  1. Pet Peeves

    I understand those laws. I'm reminded of a meme I shared on Facebook the other day. It said: 'Yesterday: Fixed hair and makeup. Saw no one. Today: Looked like Jack Nicholson from 'The Shining'. Saw all the people I know. All of them.' Peeve: Why do some co-workers send me an e-mail and immediately walk down to my office just so they can say 'I just sent you an e-mail. Did you get it/read it yet?' Since my computer made that little 'ding dong' sound about 10 seconds ago, no I haven't read it yet. I'm not known for ignoring e-mails. I don't know why some people do that.
  2. What's For Dinner?

    Oven BBQd pork chop, roasted Brussels sprouts and green salad.
  3. Favorite Sandwich?

    I love sandwiches, but these days I seem to only have the occasional deli ham on whole wheat bread for lunch. I can't choose just one, but here are my favorites: Po'boy: Since I live in the deep south, I've had many a po'boy. The best is Shrimp (piles of fried shrimp on a foot of chewy French bread--preferably baked in New Orleans and quickly trucked to points north, east and west--with mayo, shredded lettuce, and tomato slices.). Other good ones are roast beef or BBQ beef. Both very tasty and messy (if you don't have juice or gravy dripping down your elbows as you eat, it's not a good one). Pimento cheese on white bread (preferably with a layer of Fritos to give it a good salty crunch). I will eat pimento cheese on whole wheat bread if I must. Grilled American cheese or pimento cheese on white bread. Open faced American cheese sandwiches in the toaster oven are good, too. It's funny that I don't usually care for rye bread or Swiss cheese as sandwich ingredients on their own, but I love them on a Reuben (and I'm always a fan of sauerkraut and the dressing). I echo the praise for BLTs, but I sometimes substitute ham for the bacon and that works, too.
  4. What's For Dinner?

    Baked chicken thighs (with Cajun seasoning) and a green salad. I was going to make roasted Brussels sprouts, but didn't want to take the time to trim them and get them ready for roasting. Probably tomorrow night.
  5. Chit-Chat

    I got a little more fall housecleaning done today. My bathroom is nice and scrubbed, and I hope to get the hall bath and two more bedrooms done by end of day tomorrow. I should have gotten more done, but I set a goal for myself to get the house clean by end of next weekend, so I'm pacing myself!
  6. Chit-Chat

    I put it off as long as I could, but I finally had to make a Wal Mart run after work. I think it's been several weeks since I've been there, which is probably a record for me. But, I was down to eating cheese sticks and cottage cheese/pineapple combos for lunch (not that those are bad, but not every day!), popcorn for breakfast (although I did have oatmeal for a few days) and rummaging through the freezer for the last couple of pork chops and veggies for dinners. A few nights I zapped a few bags of brown rice in the microwave, too. Now I have fresh fruit, salad ingredients and the fixings for some pots of beans and some soup (to freeze portions for lunch). I was going to heat up a Marie Callender's chicken pot pie for dinner and lounge on the couch watching TV, but I'm so tired that I might go to bed early. (I have a library copy of the movie 'A quiet place', which I've been wanting to watch, but I might have to save it for tomorrow night).
  7. Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I read an article several years ago (or maybe even longer ago than that) from an actor on a sitcom who said that eventually royalties from syndication stop. The amount gets less and less every year (or there's some type of formula that's followed) and then they stop. It was interesting to read, because I always thought that royalties could be negotiated for life. I want to say that it was one of the Brady Bunch actors, but I forget.
  8. Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I noticed that TV One didn't show 'The Cosby Show' for a while after the scandal broke, but the channel went back to showing re-runs not too long afterward (and still does show it almost daily). So, I wonder if the actors are now getting royalties again, but it's not very much if that is the only channel (or one a very few) that is airing the show in syndication.
  9. Pet Peeves

    Why can't various weather reports for my city be similar? I hate it when I want to go somewhere or work in the yard and when I check my local weather it says something like '20% chance of rain' and when I check the weather channel site it says '60% chance of rain'. You would think that they are both getting information from the same source (national weather service? NOAA?) It makes it really hard to plan. I shouldn't have to be like a 19th century farmer and go outside to look at the sky and horizon for storm clouds.
  10. Chit-Chat

    I heard rain last night and the forecast was for rain today, but I took a chance to go out and mow my yard. The ground was a little mushier than I like, but I realized that if I didn't mow today I wouldn't have another chance until Saturday or Sunday. I got the front and one side done and have come in to cool off and get some water before I tackle the other side yard (and the tiny bit of back yard that has grass). I probably don't have more than 10 more minutes of mowing, but I had to take another break. There are a few dark clouds around, but I haven't heard thunder yet. I have to work the evening shift today, so I'll be totally wiped out by about 8pm, but you do what you gotta do!
  11. Chit-Chat

    @MINDTHINKR, stay safe. I'm in hurricane country myself (and am keeping an eye on Isaac), so I know how scary it can be.
  12. Chit-Chat

    I don't mind that kind of party. I know I've talked about my neighbors before, but the husband (I'm assuming) has been pretty good about not playing his country music really loud on the back porch. He did do it about a week ago, and I said something about it (very nicely). For the first time, he seemed a little put out that I said something, but he did turn it down and has been as nice as he was before. I feel a little bad (but just a little) that I was kind of happy to see the whole family pile into their car earlier today and go off somewhere. When they do that, they are usually gone until after dark. So, I've had relatively peace and quiet while working in the back yard. I do hear some music coming from a couple of houses away, but I also hear sounds like someone is getting a new roof installed, so they are probably connected. I'm probably going to go out and pull enough weeds and stuff to fill one more trash bag and then call it a day. I plan to eat an enormous dinner of oven-BBQd chicken and green salad and just sit around and watch some TV or read tonight. After a full day of working in the yard, I usually need one day to recover (my back! My knees!), so I'll probably just do a little more fall housecleaning tomorrow. But, if I see that my neighbors have gone off again, I might just go out and pull some more weeds (but in a shady spot).
  13. Chit-Chat

    I'm taking advantage of this reasonably nice day ('reasonably', because although the sky is clear with only the occasional gray cloud passing over, it is still very hot outside. At least the occasional cloud brings a moment of respite from the sun and sometimes there's a cool breeze--for a moment or two. I'm getting a nice big patch of my weedy yard cleaned out. I want to get the main part of the yard nice and clean of weeds, briars, etc. In a day or so, I plan to mow (if the weather cooperates) what little grass I've uncovered. Once the yard itself is clear, I will tackle the flowerbeds. A ton of work, but I am happy to see some progress.
  14. In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    I felt very old today. I was checking Facebook while at work and mentioned to a student worker who was at the next workstation that Burt Reynolds had died. He said 'who is that?'
  15. Pet Peeves

    Two pet peeves re: travel-- People who plan out every second of a trip and those who plan nothing. I tend to be in the middle, which is why I usually travel alone. I like to make a plan for the sights/places that I absolutely can't miss, and fill in the spaces later once I get there and get a 'lay of the land'. It helps that I don't like to fly, so I always have a car which makes planning a little more flexible. Gardening peeve: Weeds. And vines. Specifically pepper vine (I think that's what it's called) and Virginia creeper. It's almost impossible to get all of the root to a pepper vine, so it keeps coming back. And if you don't catch it quickly, you find yourself pulling on big Tarzan-sized vines that are all through your crepe myrtles, which results in backwards walking across the yard pulling said vine until it either breaks (leaving a bunch of the vine in the tree to dry up and look ugly) or it comes loose and leaves the tree swaying just like something flung from a catapult. Virginia Creeper lives up to its name. I will pull up yards of the stuff and if I look away from that part of the yard for just a few days, it has crept back halfway across the yard. I hate weeds, vines and briars!