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The official, amazing, aimless chitchat thread.

So this is where we go to make small talk that doesn't really fit into other threads.
It's the thread with no attention span!

Frequent, arbitrary changes of topic are encouraged.  In fact, they are mandatory.

So, I was just thinking, wouldn't it be awesome to have the decor in each room of your house be inspired by a food?  Like, I was cutting up eggplant today, making my accidental eggplant chips, and I though, wow, this eggplant looks so pretty against this green plate!  I would love to  have a room inspired entirely by eggplant colors.  And then I thought there could be ones inspired by mangoes and apples and sweet potatoes and pretty much any other pretty food.

Hey, a friend of mine made these really awesome mosaics of all her food pictures based on color.  THIS is what I mean:
http://flickr.com/photos/bzms/2262377042/in/photostream/

So, what was I saying?

change of subject, but the other day at work I was constipated(sorry, probably tmi)  and I told this lady I work with, and she said "it's all that crazy crap you eat!"  I was like, yeah.....maybe I should be eating the 7 layer burrito from taco bell, like you......lol

constipated?? That's weird...I poop so much...

I've been constipated a couple of times in my life, years ago..b/c of medication....and it was HORRID!

Patrick always has poop that comes out in one piece (so he says)...mine doesn't do that...

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one of my friends thinks its because I eat alot of fiber, but don't drink enough water, and maybe it bulks up in my intestines.  It only happens every once in a while.  I wish I liked water, but I have to force myself to drink it

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You know what kills me--yogurt made with fiber so you poop more.  How about we don't eat the dairy, ladies?  There's a thought! 

There's a funny SNL clip about that Jamie Lee Curtis yogurt commercial:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/17002/saturday-night-live-activia-yogurt#s-p2-st-i3

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one of my friends thinks its because I eat alot of fiber, but don't drink enough water, and maybe it bulks up in my intestines.  It only happens every once in a while.  I wish I liked water, but I have to force myself to drink it

I used to be EXACTLY LIKE THAT (like..just a few months ago). I was never thirsty..and just drank b/c I knew I had to..but then I started making myself drink at least 4 16 oz glasses of water..and now I like drinking water..and I'm much more inclined to drink it. I don't know if you drink any other beverages...but try to start just drinking water, and that will help also.

I know some people drink a massive amount of water...but I probably drink b/w 5-8 16 oz glasses...which is definitely plenty for me.

eta (thanks hh!): I also find now that if I don't drink enough water..I can feel it...and my head starts to hurt a little (I NEVER get headaches).

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I have trouble drinking enough water too.  Even when I workout and sweat buckets, I might drink one 32 oz bottle total, when I supposedly need more.  I just carry a water bottle with me whenever I can so that I end up drinking when I'm bored.

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that's awesome about the possible move, hh!

me currently: at my parents house and my mother decided that since me and my older bro are here after her not seeing us for so long she is going to have a family get together. i said: only if i can cook. so i am cooking.
geez am i cooking.

the menu:

-chickpea cutlets
-mushroom gravy
-mashed potatoes
-green bean casserole
-spinach salad w/ _____ (not sure yet)
-quinoa salad
-cut up watermelon
-cookies

(everything from scratch EXCEPT the french fried onions... anyone know how to make french friend onions from scratch?!)

i hope this sounds like a helluv boring menu to you guys because that is what my family likes. they eat like they're english.

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sounds pretty freakin good to me

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(everything from scratch EXCEPT the french fried onions... anyone know how to make french friend onions from scratch?!)

i hope this sounds like a helluv boring menu to you guys because that is what my family likes. they eat like they're english.

That doesn't sound boring at all..sounds great! I read...somewhere on here..that to make french fried onions, you just soak the onions in ice water for a while, then dip in flour, then fry...I think..

Here it is:
"FYI homemade french fried onions are really good and really easy. Slice onions thinly and let soak in ice water for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 c. flour with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Thoroughly dry the onions when finished soaking. Heat canola oil and fry until golden and crispy. Drain fried onions on a cooling rack instead of paper towels for effective drainage." - http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6137.0 (5th comment)

I was going to try it one time..but didn't.

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oooh, spinach salad w/ strawberries and some toasted sesame oil. one of my favorites.

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You could make the vegan bacon to go on the salad...you know...if they like those traditional type things.

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7675.0

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ooh instead of fried onions..you should try frizzled leeks!! its the same process, but soooo good!

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VF78 has 78 posts....he should never post again.  ;)

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VF78 has 78 posts....he should never post again.  ;)

No, now he just has to post to 7878.  Long way to go, dude.

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i hope this sounds like a helluv boring menu to you guys because that is what my family likes. they eat like they're english.

Ha ha ha!!  I think I kind of get what you mean there - my mum only ever eats things like egg and chips (fries to you guys I guess), burger and chips, pork steak and potatoes, anda special treat of roast dinner at the weekends (as in roast meat with roast potatoes and maybe 1 or sometimes 2 veggies).  And she thinks MY diet is strange!!

PS I'm english!

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I made a purdy rainbow necklace yesterday out of big random foil beads.

How do you make a foil bead necklace?

Oh, sorry, I tend to abbreviate my descriptions for beads. Foil beads = coloured glass beads with gold/silver foil linings, usually made in Italy (Venice), Czechoslovakia or India (in order of quality & price). Like this!.....  8-)

http://www.earthenwords.net.nz/jewellery/foilnecklace01.jpg

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how pretty helia!!!

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:> I am being discussed. I feel so very postmodern-ized now. JK  >:D So... 7878 posts? Without being a post whore, that will be about another 200 months (/12 mo/yr = 16 years and 8 months) I'll still be here as long as the site is still going.

My family took me out to a late birthday dinner yesterday (Sat), the Indian place wasn't open yet so they took me to a rib joint - hooray for a $15 bowl of salad (facetious).

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I made a purdy rainbow necklace yesterday out of big random foil beads.

How do you make a foil bead necklace?

Oh, sorry, I tend to abbreviate my descriptions for beads. Foil beads = coloured glass beads with gold/silver foil linings, usually made in Italy (Venice), Czechoslovakia or India (in order of quality & price). Like this!.....  8-)

http://www.earthenwords.net.nz/jewellery/foilnecklace01.jpg

That's pretty awesome! Do you like dichroic glass? I really want to work in that media sometime in the future. I'm guessing that for almost all purposes that it can be done with lampwork and not require a kiln. Do you know anybody doing dichroics?

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Thanks, LA! Thought you might like it.  :D

That's pretty awesome! Do you like dichroic glass? I really want to work in that media sometime in the future. I'm guessing that for almost all purposes that it can be done with lampwork and not require a kiln. Do you know anybody doing dichroics?

Well, dichroic glass is pretty cool, very beautiful, and quite unlike anything else. Naw, unfortunately I don't know anyone who makes beads (of any kind). I've bought a few (expensive!) dichroic beads in the past, and found that they don't quite go with anything else...... *shrug*  :-X  So you gotta be able to afford enough to make a matching necklace/earrings/etc. I don't know whether I'll ever get into making beads myself. That might make it more cost-effective, and I could make my own styles. *scratches head* Let me know if you go for it, VF, and I'll gladly try out yr creations!  ;) ;D

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oooooh bead talk!!!!

dichroic glass needs to be done in a kiln, but they have small ones available...about the size of some kitchen appliances. i would love to work in this too!
Lampwork beading is much easier, in terms of equipment.

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