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  1. The Duggars: In the Media and TLC

    Happy Heart, Hungry Heart, whatever ...
  2. Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    I’m on the other side of Seattle in Snohomish County, just in the flight path for the Boeing factory in Everett. But I’ve lived just about everywhere near Seattle other than south of it, and also in Oregon. I’m jealous of anyone who lives in Puyallup, such a short trip to the fair! And I should probably tag @Catfin since that was who posted the original question.
  3. The worst one of those, in my opinion, is the Trelegy ad that knocks off “ABC.” It makes me want to fling things at the TV — not 1, 2, or 3 things, but every single object on the coffee table, including the hardback books, the beer bottles, and the giant tin of popcorn. As much as the Fleetwood Mac one bugs me, at least they use the actual lyrics!
  4. Okay, I’ll play. From the Royal Weddings and Scandals thread: Thanks for the recommendation — I have a slow bus commute, so I’m always looking for good books to read. I downloaded it from the library here, and finished it a few days ago, and yep — really good. Kind of emotional to read, given my personal situation, but good. For such an, uh, unusual setup, it seemed very realistic, if that makes any sense? And I loved Ethan’s relationship with his brother. And I also appreciated that I’ve downloaded another book by the same author, and I’m looking forward to reading it. The book in question, for anyone who’s still reading here, is The Best Laid Plans, by Sarah Mayberry. It’s a Harlequin romance, but don’t let that stop you. Thanks for creating this thread, @Drogo!
  5. Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Didn’t Michelle leave baby Josie in the hospital to attend a liquor control board hearing? I don’t believe Josie was anywhere near out of the woods at that point.
  6. I do like the one where the kid drops the potsticker on the table (I think he’s learning to eat with chopsticks?) and everyone does the slow-motion “Nooooo” thing — except for the family dog, who does a slow-motion “Yesss!” and eats the potsticker as it slides off the table. Pretty much makes the same point with a much less annoying chain of evens and reactions.
  7. As Seen On TV: Does ANY of this crap work?

    Seconding all of this, except the Epilady thing — I’ve never tried one of those, thankfully. I’ve apparently turned into a character in an infomercial, because I actually bought a second Finishing Touch Flawless so I could leave one in the bathroom at home and carry the second one in my purse.
  8. Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    We had this Instant Pot wild rice soup for dinner last night, served with sourdough bread and fruit. (We did the vegan version, because we somehow managed to have coconut milk but not butter, and added extra mushrooms.) Definitely recommended, if you like the ingredients.
  9. Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I’m sure this makes me a terrible person, but my first thought after reading this was: ”Well, regardless of how he looks, Kenny Loggins wrote ‘The House at Pooh Corner,’ which automatically makes him a better parent* than Derek.” * I have no idea if Kenny Loggins even has kids or how his potential parenting skills are regarded.
  10. All Episodes Talk: Sanctioned Criminal Activity

    Hmmm ... maybe The Purge wasn’t developed to cut back and crime and punishment costs (or shady nefarious purposes) but to force businesses to reduce single points of corporate failure without making it seem like the government is interfering in their business... (I kid. But I hear about reducing single points of failure way too much at work.)
  11. Thanks — I was the one who was curious about the connection, because I haven’t managed to watch past the Hindu funeral yet. Since nobody in my family has been possessed by demons lately, I should hopefully be able to watch that part without falling apart.
  12. “He’s in touch with a higher power, by which I mean, he’s friends with Oprah.” Hah! I haven’t managed to make it through the whole episode yet, because I started crying at the Hindu funeral and didn’t think I could handle any more. I felt like I was in good company, at least. Last week, it was the near-death-experience part that set me off. I don’t know if this was a good time or a bad time for these episodes — there was a death in my family recently and I’ve been finding them both comforting and stressful. I’ll be interested to see the exorcism bit when I manage to finish the episode — as of yet I’m not entirely certain what an exorcism has to do with the afterlife.
  13. Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Costco business centers are dangerous, especially the aisle of coffee shop supplies! I can’t tell you how many things my husband has had to talk me out of buying. (“No, you don’t need 20 pounds of cilantro ... chef’s whites ... NSF shelving ... ten teapots ... a vending machine ...”). Thankfully their hours are limited, so we’re busy most of the time they’re open.
  14. I agree with Savannah; buckwheat-as-oatmeal just makes me wish for real oatmeal. (Although I admit that it may be my inability to cook it in a way that doesn’t make it a glue-like mush.) Buckwheat pancakes are a different story, though.