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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I'm sick of my food. on: March 27, 2006 11:42:28 AM
I'm a really picky eater... and pregnant, to boot, so I have a lot of aversions lately.  I'm really sick of eating ramen, potatoes, sandwiches and salad.  I need dinner ideas!

Difficulties:

No chicken--I can't stomach the thought of chicken lately.
No eggs--Hate them.
No milk--yuck.
No cheese--double yuck (I will eat moz sticks or pizza, as long as it's JUST mozzarella and no other stuff tossed in)
Hell, no dairy products, unless it's ice cream or chocolate milk.
No mushrooms.
No mayonnaise.
No lunchmeat (although I think I'd be okay with salami)
No fish, or anything that comes from a large body of water.
I dislike creamy sauces.
I'm sick of pasta.
I really don't like tomatoes, unless it's ketchup (or pasta sauce, but see above).
I have an extreme distaste for anything Mexican lately.  My husband is pissed about that one, haha.
I could eat Chinese until I burst.
The kicker: I work full-time, therefore have not a lot of time to prepare things.  I do own a crockpot, though.

So.. anyone up for the challenge?  I'm a pain in the ass, I know.  God forbid this child is anything like me...
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Telling hubby/parents about pregnancy on: November 10, 2005 12:44:41 PM
So. Not there yet (at least I don't think we're there yet.. it's possible!), but hubby and I are trying for baby.  "Operation population" as I've been calling it...  Grin

Anyway, I've been trying to figure out a crafty way of telling him (I've always wanted to do it surprisingly, not "take the test together" ways) and our parents once it happens...

We've been trying to time it to be able to tell them at Christmas.  Hahaha, and that way I can get out of heavy lifting when we move in June.   Wink

Any suggestions?  Also, anyone who has the experience, when did you "know"?  Before the tests, before the doctor.. when did your body know?  I, for instance, have been listening to "Gracie" and "Not the Same" by Ben Folds all day for some odd reason... I think it's just wishful thinking, though.  Plus, I'm going to see him with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night.. I'm uber-excited.  I love that man..
3  COOKING / Dessert / The Ultimate Jell-o Shot on: November 04, 2005 08:04:45 AM
So you think you've made the best Jell-o shots ever?  Think again.

This website (http://www.myscienceproject.org/j-shot.html) has taken science to a whole new level.  They've determined the alcohol threshhold of Jell-o.  They rock.

Reminds me of making Jell-o shots in ice cube trays with lime Jell-o and Seagram's Lime Twist Gin.  Actually was pretty good.  I recommed it.  Grapefruit Twist Gin with anything is REALLY bad, though.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share.  The other "experiment" they did was funny, as well, but it's NSFW (not safe for work, for the non-Farkers out there).
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can it all be done in time? on: October 27, 2005 11:55:31 AM
Who else is in the middle of holiday knitting wanting to throw things to the ground and have an ol' fashioned tantrum?

I've already given up on a claptios, as I've had to restart a few times (knitting on my lunch breaks can really screw up even a simple pattern), and I know it won't get done.

Still to do:

one lace scarf (probably Madeira Cascade) in a beautiful hand-dyed sport weight merino (pinks, greys and whites)

one Dayflower lace scarf, in Berocco (sp?) Denim Silk.  I was doubtful about the substitution, but it looks really pretty with 10s vs. 8s.  It's a dark lavender color.

one DNA cable scarf (for a nuclear pharmacist! how perfect), in an unknown yarn, as I cannot remember if the guy is allergic to wool or not.  I really need to figure that out soon.  If not, probably something from knitpicks.  If he is allergic, I'll find something.

Many, many baby hats (it was a special request, as Colorado is getting colder by the day) for my new niece, plus those adorable kitten mittens that I saw on here earlier today... those I can knit in front of the baby, since she's only a month old.  Grin

Plus, I really want to get a couple of cable clutch purses knocked out as well, because my MIL and SIL hoard purses like I do.

 Shocked Shocked Shocked

Who else is going crazy?

ETA: Did I mention that I work full-time and am also still doing my wedding thank yous from my May wedding?  Granted, I'm doing them at work, but still.  I'm ready to pull my hair out on these things.  I was raised to get them done right away, but when you're away for two weeks after the wedding, then moving, then having to find a job, then working full time... not so easy!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Converting posts to hooks? on: October 12, 2005 01:22:29 PM
I tried searching for this, but came up with a lot of posts about aprons... why, I have no idea.

Basically, I bought these really cute earrings right after I decided to retire my stretched ears.  They're posts, and my ears just aren't going down enough to wear them without a lot of awkwardness in the way they hang.

Is there a way to convert these from post earrings into hooks?

I have no jewelry knowlege or skill, so keep that in mind.
6  COOKING / Dessert / I need cookie recipes STAT! on: October 07, 2005 09:12:06 AM
So my husband was supposed to be going on his monthly trip to Boston for work when my mom is coming out to visit us... boo!  Fortunately, a co-worker agreed to go in his place, in addition to his normal trip, so he'll be there Thursday-Friday, then go back Monday-Wednesday!  What a guy, eh?

So... I decided that he needed cookie treats for being such a stand-up gentleman.. plus, I like making cookies.

Difficulty?  He's allergic to chocolate, and I swear every cookie recipe I make contains chocolate in massive quantities.  Too massive to just take it out and hope for the best.  Yeah, I mean it.

Can ya'all help?  I'm thinking peanut butter cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.  I know, I could go search allrecipes (which, I did...) but I want something from the inventive ones here at craftster! 

I'll be making them this weekend sometime, so get me those ideas soon!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I've got extra wool... what should I make? on: September 17, 2005 01:56:43 PM
So, I've got two extra balls of Classic Elite Yarns Lush (50% Angora, 50% wool... so soft!) and I just don't know what to do with it.  It's probably not enough to make a scarf (at least one long enough for my standards--I like them long and skinny so I can wrap a few times).  It's the most beautiful dark berry/maroon color I've ever seen.

I just don't know what to do!

Any suggestions?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My VK is missing! Help! on: September 16, 2005 05:45:17 AM
Yesterday at work, I started browsing the knitalongs, saw the VK leaf pattern scarf, forgot how much I loved it and wanted to start that someday (while planning a wedding 1700 miles away from its location and working two jobs, I was knitting a baby blanket for my sister- and brother-in-law, and didn't think of anything else until it was done!)...

I wrote down all the corrections that you fine knitters have made, checked VK for more and got all excited to start (I've had the wool since I got the mag - I was that ready to start once that blanket was done.  I finished the blanket a week ago, sent it off so fast I couldn't even take a picture so it would arrive before the baby did, and still no baby!).

I get home, look for the mag and IT'S GONE!  I can't find it anywhere!  We moved recently, so I can only imagine what happened to it.  I sat around last night, looking at my beautiful supplies all dejected... hubby even said he felt horrible I couldn't find it.

Could someone help me out with this?  Photocopy it, transcribe it, whatever?  I need this project!  As soon as I finsih the purse I'm doing now (soon - it's just a rectangle, some bamboo rings and some lining, after all) I want to start. 

Sorry for my early morning rants... my e-mail address won't work for some reason, it's gloomy today and I feel like crap.  What a Friday!
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