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Serenity Now

Posted by parsingtime on November 30, 2007

So yesterday kind of sucked…between the eBay disaster (and Paul from Utah sending me more hatemail), shopping for the cruise we are taking with my in-laws (who may or may not send me secret hatemail) and dropping raw meat on my foot and the floor because I hadn’t noticed the cutting board was half off the counter (I’m now sending hatemail to myself for being retarded) the day was a wash…a wash doesn’t even appropriately describe it the day started out sucky and just got worse from there.

So Husband being the smart man that he is (sometimes) took me out for Burdick’s hot chocolate (which is melted belgian chocolate in heavy cream, none of that powdered stuff). It sort of worked until I got more hatemail from Paul in Utah.

I’m chanting “serenity now” a la Seinfeld and Friday is going better.

Husband and I are hosting a very large party tomorrow (about 90 people) so today was spent running around getting supplies and tomorrow I will be doing lots work to get ready…hopefully it will be fun. My biggest fear is always that no one will show up for a birthday/party/dinner etc which is just humiliating.

Serenity Now.

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Why I Hate eBay

Posted by parsingtime on November 29, 2007

So I bought a book on eBay a month ago and only received it yesterday, despite paying expedited shipping. I sent multiple emails to the seller only to receive one response a few days before Thanksgiving saying he would send it immediately. When I still hadn’t received it this last Monday I sent another email. I received it on Wednesday and posted negative feedback because the book was late and came used not new as advertised.

The seller then left negative feedback for me saying I was angry because he ignored my repeated requests for gay porn. This is a blatant lie.  I sort of want to sue him for libel. I hate this seller. I also looked at it old feedback and everyone who has left him negative feedback has gotten some ridiculous response from him.

He is awful and no one at eBay seems to be able to help. He is clearly violating the community values laid out by eBay but all my emails (because you can’t call anyone) are responded with a we’re sorry but you should contact the seller. And that is really not helpful to me at all, given how he uses profanity and twists everything I email to him.

I have thus far not reduced myself to calling him names, but just so you know, Paul in Utah you are a biggest asshole I’ve ever emailed and I hope you get run over by an eighteen wheeler and then get dragged a hundred miles with your intestine flapping down the highway while you slowly bleed and feel torturous horrible excruciating pain before someone finds you and then you have horrible pain and a colostomy bag for the rest of your life. And you have to change the bag yourself because you are alone and no one loves you.

So given those feelings unless something changes or eBay sends me more than just a canned response my eBay days are over. I’ve bought many things from eBay including two laptops, jeans, books, candles and goodness knows what else. I’m a good customer. I pay immediately and leave feedback as soon as I receive at item and have not had any issues thus far, but the fact that eBay is not taking my concerns over this seller seriously tells me they aren’t really interested in customer service.

I’m so upset. I do not watch gay porn and have always received positive feedback. I feel like this guy has besmirched my entire reputation and I’m pissed about it.

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Green

Posted by parsingtime on November 29, 2007

I’m not a super green person…we own an SUV which we will not be selling any time soon because it is still works, we don’t drive it that often and Husband’s tuition per semester costs more than that car was worth brand new.  Clearly I’m not doing enough to save the planet etc.  But I have discovered the greatness that is the reusable bag:

I have two and take them with me to the store every time I go. I highly recommend spending a dollar to get one, for several reasons: they fit way more than a plastic bag so you would only need one or two for a grocery run; they also have long enough handles which means you can throw it over your shoulder giving you a free hand (especially handy if you have to walk a distance like me) and you look like you and Al Gore are buds on the save our planet train.

Of course if Al Gore is not your thing you would look very fashionable with a reusable bag regardless.

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Posted by parsingtime on November 28, 2007

Bread Pudding Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch squares (about 6-7 cups)
  • 1 qt milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips 
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Soak the bread in milk in a large mixing bowl. Crush with hands until well mixed and all the milk is absorbed. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together. Gently stir into the bread mixture. Gently stir the chocolate chips into the mixture.

Pour butter into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour in the bread mix and bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, until set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. Can also make in individual ramekins.

Parsingtime Thoughts: Serve with ice cream on the side.  Warm pudding + cold ice cream =  yummy; Makes 8-10 servings. I’ve eaten this reheated the next day and it was still good.  Also I think you could make this with white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips or any other chips you can find or even something gross like raisins or craisins. Ugh.

I also make this as a half recipe using half a loaf of bread, 2 eggs, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup sugar, 1tbsp vanilla, 1/2 cup chocolate chips. It’s good I promise. I made this for a dinner party last week and everyone asked for the recipe.

One word of caution, use a hard loaf of french bread. Soft-ish french bread makes this a big soggy mess…and then you look like a fool in front of your in-laws because you have to throw away a whole dessert. Not that that would happen to me.

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Jowls, Therapy and Obsession

Posted by parsingtime on November 27, 2007

I think that if I write about Thanksgiving I will make myself look like a petty selfish person who can’t realize she is the one who will have to change, so I won’t.  One thing I will say is that as a general rule whenever anything goes wrong I tend to blame myself for everything even when it isn’t entirely my fault.  I occasionally let people in my life run over me because I feel bad about my part in what happened without letting them share in their part of the blame. I think I listed that on my 100 Things post. I feel exceedingly bad if I embarrass someone or hurt their feelings or whatever…and what’s worse I remember the bad things I do more than the good.  There must be therapy for that or something right? <rolls eyes and decides to move on>

Suffice to say Thanksgiving was lovely and we enjoyed spending time with family that we had not seen in a while.  Everyone thought Husband looked skinny and like he had lost weight and my 86 year old great uncle told me I looked “stout” while making a “you look hefty arm motion to go along with the “stout.”  Clearly working out is not working out for me. Yes, I’m obsessing about this weight thing. But would it kill the scale to move even a pound down? Why bother cutting out sodas, sugars and eating spinach if nothing is going to come of it? <still bitter I see, I wonder if I’ll ever let that go — probably not, so lets move on>

Ahem, back to Thanksgiving. We got to see the Plano Crew, play whirlyball and break the air hockey game all of which were lots of fun.  Husband’s friends are all very successful and have wide ranging interests. It is always nice to see them and get to catch up.  We  hung out with Husband’s family and ate lots of good food and now are back in Boston.  We also made it to Boston and back without any major delays or problems which was great since this is the first time we’ve flown on Thanksgiving.

Oh and the greatest sighting of Thanksgiving? The groom at the wedding we went to was about 300 lbs (on a 5’7ish frame) and wore a white suit with a vest and a skinny goatee that emphasized his jowls.  This I think was my first personal sighting of a jowl close up.

I hope you all had wonderful Turkey Days.

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Why Texas is Better

Posted by parsingtime on November 21, 2007

Texas Clementines $3.88
Boston Clementines $7.99

Texas Eyebrow Threading $7.00
Boston Eyebrow Threading $17.00

Texas Spa Mani/Pedi $25.00
Boston Spa Mani/Pedi $45.00

We are back in Texas and enjoying the 80 degree weather, my mom’s food and the cheap finds at Steve & Barry’s.

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Thanksgiving 2007

Posted by parsingtime on November 19, 2007

The weekend has passed and I think Husband and I had more social activities this weekend than we have had in the last two months.  Because of that we got next to nothing done all weekend and every time we went out I had a fashion crisis and drove Husband crazy.  I did however make an excellent Bread Pudding and Champagne Cocktails for a dinner party and they were such a hit I’m going to post the recipes here.

This week is just a busy. A sell dinner tonight and tomorrow we leave for Thanksgiving. Our tickets were ridiculously expensive but it will be worth it when I’m rolling around my house stuffed with turkey, more champagne (seriously, I didn’t start drinking until I was 25 but I think it was because I hadn’t discovered champagne and it’s fizzy goodness) and lots of dessert. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s all about the food and family. You don’t have to stress out about gifts, deal with mall crowds or decorate with tinsel.

The airport however is not an exciting prospect. My dad flies a lot and already the airports are busy. It is also supposed to snow today and tomorrow so I’m not sure how that will effect our get out of Beantown plans. We shall see.

Anyway, I hope you all have great Thanksgivings and I’m looking forward to seeing the majority of you guys this weekend.

Also, in random news, on this day 8 years ago Husband and I had our first date. Crazy.

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Man v. Wild

Posted by parsingtime on November 18, 2007

Yesterday while watching Man v. Wild, Bear (yes that really is the guy’s name) was dropped off in the Sahara and was showing the viewers how to survive the heat and other elements of Saharan Africa. The first thing he said was to pee on your tee shirt and wrap it around your head (to keep you cool), to which Husband responded:

I would pee on you so that you could survive the heat of the Sahara.

Gross, I think I’d rather die than have your urine dripping into my eyes.

You’d rather die than have me pee on you?

Yes.

I bet you wouldn’t even try to pee on me. You don’t love me.

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I’m So Not Bitter

Posted by parsingtime on November 15, 2007

I’ve been working out every other day (and sometimes every day) since Labor Day (and was working out in India too), which equals 12 weeks of working out, eating lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains and GUESS WHO HAS LOST TEN POUNDS?

Just guess.

Freaking Husband sits on his ass for months, eats fresh baked Pillsbury cookies every other day and all of the sudden his jeans don’t fit and he needs extra holes in his belt.

I am so bitter it is not even funny.

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Only in India

Posted by parsingtime on November 12, 2007

This article was on Drudge…random Banker and I did not run into any rabid monkeys while in Delhi but thank goodness her mother didn’t know about this particular pest. The whole southeast Asia trip might have been cancelled.  Of course we have been attacked by gang raping ducks in Austin.

Just weeks after the Indian capital’s deputy mayor toppled to his death fending off a pack of monkeys, the animals have gone back on the attack, sparking fresh concerns about the simian menace.

One woman was seriously hurt and two dozen other people were given first aid after monkeys rampaged through a neighbourhood in east Delhi over the weekend, media reports have said.

“There were about three or four monkeys involved,” deputy police commissioner Jaspal Singh told AFP.

“Wildlife officials are trying to find them. As police we’re not experts in dealing with monkeys. We can deal with mad bulls but monkeys are more difficult,” he said.

Along with an estimated 35,000 sacred cows and buffaloes that roam free in the capital, marauding monkeys have been longstanding pests.

They routinely scamper through government offices, courts and even police stations and hospitals as well as terrorise neighbourhoods.

I especially like the part where the police say they are experts in dealing with mad bulls but not mad monkeys.

Hilarious.

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