offbalance: (mm talk to humans)
After two hours, FOUR grocery stores, and a farmer’s market I STILL do not have all of the items I need in order to attempt to make a soup recipe I was interested in making. Exasperatingly enough, some of the employees didn’t even know what barley was. I only wish I were kidding. Looks like it will be tuna casserole tonight, even though awesome husband of excellence is going to attempt to find me some instant barley and ground ginger. So perhaps soup might happen, even if in leftover format.
offbalance: (stupid by dunc's icons)
Ever since before I moved in, [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl has had a silver torch-style floor lamp in his possession. His apartment did not come with a ceiling fixture in the living room, but there's an outlet that's somehow wired to a switch on the wall near the entryway to the living/bedroom, so that was the light source.

It was a source we feared lost about a week ago, when the thing just plumb stopped working.

It had been sort of flickering and not quite working well for a tiny bit, so we thought for sure it was just the lamp's time to go. Because of the flickering, neither of us thought that maybe perhaps there'd just been a bad bulb, perhaps just a loose wire or a dead socket. My dad is pretty handy with lamps, and he said he'd take a look next time I came over.

Friday was my last summer Friday, and I had a few things in mind of what to do with it. First and foremost was to hit my favorite dumpling joint in Chinatown. Secondly was to hang with the very excellent [livejournal.com profile] lwoodbloo, whom I hadn't seen in far too long. So, after work, I headed down and grabbed some dumplings and a scallion pancake veggie sammich, and ate them in the park nearby. Then, on my way back to the train, still a smitch hungry and feeling adventurous, I headed into a bakery nearby I'd been to before. I forget the name, but it's on Grand street, not far from Eldridge. All of the signs are in Chinese, but it's always packed and the selection is huge. I got a few goodies (after asking what was in them) and headed home to Brooklyn. (This turned out to be a bad move. Although I asked and the counter person I spoke to spoke fine English, she wasn't honest about what was in one of the buns, and I had a nice allergic reaction to shellfish. [which for me, involves a lot of barfing] Which pretty much tanked the rest of my Friday night and most of Saturday. I'm not going back there any time soon.)

A short time later I met up with [livejournal.com profile] lwoodbloo, and I picked up a lamp at Target. Not an expensive one, but enough to keep things brightly lit. I took it home, and decided to try one of the bulbs from the broken lamp in it. It didn't work. I found another bulb, and left the old lamp in its place, since it was plugged in behind a bookshelf.

When J came home the following evening he set about moving the shelves and switching the lamps around. He asked me if I'd checked the bulbs to make sure that hadn't caused the problem. I told him that I'd thought he'd checked the bulbs.

Turns out?

The old lamp was fine. It just needed new bulbs.

So we now have two lamps. Since we wanted that for the living room anyway, it's fine, but I could have accomplished that without a week of sitting in the frigging dark!

So, remember boys and girls, always, always, always check the bulbs FIRST before making any new lamp purchases. *sigh*
offbalance: (Bones - Smarter than You)
I know there are several gentlemen on my friends list in search of female companionship at the moment, so I thought I'd come in and leave a helpful hint to men here and everywhere.

When trying to court a young woman on myspace, perhaps it is in your best interest to wait until you've met in person a couple of times before you mention that you just "bought a huge bag of weed" and think that it's "the best thing to play scrabble with" before suggesting that said young lady come over and smoke some of it. I can understand not wanting to advertise your interest in herbology all over your myspace page, but maybe it's best to hold back that little tidbit until you're slightly better acquainted, at least for the sake of appearances? After all, if said young lady's first words were wanting to talk about her love of engagement rings, wouldn't that put you off some? It could just be that she was a jewelry designer with a particular interest in a certain design, but wouldn't you be a bit suspicious that she might be obsessed with matrimony?

You may also want to take into consideration that when meeting strangers on the internet, a young lady might want to spend a little time with you in a public place first, before going back to your place to smoke pot. What can I say? Some of us tend to be a little wary in that respect, and we've been given good reason.

Remember! It's okay to talk about your love of music, and art, and the fact that you support the green party to make a good first impression. Leave your devotion of Mary Jane off the table at the beginning.

(Unless the lady brings it up, of course. Then, by all means - expound on your love of Maui Gold.)
offbalance: (Bones - Smarter than You)
I know there are several gentlemen on my friends list in search of female companionship at the moment, so I thought I'd come in and leave a helpful hint to men here and everywhere.

When trying to court a young woman on myspace, perhaps it is in your best interest to wait until you've met in person a couple of times before you mention that you just "bought a huge bag of weed" and think that it's "the best thing to play scrabble with" before suggesting that said young lady come over and smoke some of it. I can understand not wanting to advertise your interest in herbology all over your myspace page, but maybe it's best to hold back that little tidbit until you're slightly better acquainted, at least for the sake of appearances? After all, if said young lady's first words were wanting to talk about her love of engagement rings, wouldn't that put you off some? It could just be that she was a jewelry designer with a particular interest in a certain design, but wouldn't you be a bit suspicious that she might be obsessed with matrimony?

You may also want to take into consideration that when meeting strangers on the internet, a young lady might want to spend a little time with you in a public place first, before going back to your place to smoke pot. What can I say? Some of us tend to be a little wary in that respect, and we've been given good reason.

Remember! It's okay to talk about your love of music, and art, and the fact that you support the green party to make a good first impression. Leave your devotion of Mary Jane off the table at the beginning.

(Unless the lady brings it up, of course. Then, by all means - expound on your love of Maui Gold.)

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