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Laura Corin

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  1. The only thing that I always pack when going to live overseas is Marmite. 

    What I missed the first year that I lived in China (1985-6) was cheese and bacon.  There were pork products, but not the bacon of home - I hadn't thought that I cared about bacon, but apparently I did.    My step-aunt visited Beijing that year and treated me to lunch at one of the international hotels.  She ordered cheese for me and they popped it out of imported cans onto the plate.  I had taken a year's supply of tampons with me, as I knew they weren't available.

    The thing that I miss when someone else is cooking for me is copious amounts of veg, well above five a day.

  2. 22 minutes ago, soror said:


    I remember Jamie Oliver came over and worked on changing lunches but he was mocked and they just went back to what they served before, they said the kids wouldn't eat it anyway. I think it has to start at home though and that is a hard sell.

    Jamie Oliver had a hard time trying to do the same in the UK.  At least here his not-very-posh background (his parents ran a pub, but that probably doesn't mean they owned it) made it a bit easier for people not to feel preached at.  It's a whole different thing when someone comes from overseas to tell you what to do.'s_School_Dinners

  3. 2 hours ago, Donna said:

    I agree. For real change to occur, children need to be taught healthy eating habits. Children need to be offered healthy foods in order to develop a taste for them rather than fried foods and sugar. 

    While visiting nursery schools in the slums of Bangkok, I was amazed at the lunches the children were offered...seasoned rice or noodles served with steamed vegetables and some sort of protein and a piece of fruit. The food was delicious, freshly prepared, and whole/not processed. I wondered how these schools in poverty stricken areas were able to get children's lunches so right while American schools with much more resources do it so wrong. 

    The lunches when I taught at a (public) high school in France were amazing.  Starter, main, fruit, wine for the staff...  I remember dishes like lamb cutlets on a bed of lentils with a green veg.

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  4. 2 hours ago, Carol in Cal. said:

    See, yeah, me too, that is why I went into program management.  It’s just so natural to me that I don’t really have to think about it.  It was several years before I realized that that’s actually pretty uncommon, even in the tech world I was working in at the time.  It applies to a lot of things.

    It explains a lot about office behaviour if that's not natural to some people.

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  5. 6 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

    I'm guilty of that sometimes, when the pooch does his business quickly and I don't want to carry the bag for the entire walk. But -- it's in our smallish neighborhood and I always pick the bag up on our way back. Everybody knows us, and they know I'm going to pick it up. So probably not what you're referring to.

    I've seen that too, and that's fine. But there are also abandoned bags, and bags stuffed into bushes.

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  6. 3 hours ago, Pawz4me said:


    I still stand by my belief, though, that we do women a disservice when we insist it's easy to get a healthy meal on the table over and over and over. It's not. 

    I agree.  Among the things that make it much easier for me to cook from scratch than many people:

    - transport and not worrying about the cost of going to the shop

    - adequate space to store food, a work surface, decent utensils, a good hob, and an oven that I can afford to heat just to roast some veg

    - enough space in my head to think about these things rather than poverty, eviction, bankruptcy due to medical bills, dire mental or physical family illness, abuse, more children than I can manage, three jobs, etc.

    - a mother who cooked frugally from scratch every night

    If someone asks me about improving their diet, I usually just focus on veg.  After all, if half the plate is veg, then the junk will be displaced.  And I stress that frozen veg is just fine.  If I'm not asked, I don't say a word.

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  7. 1 hour ago, moonflower said:

    In Colorado they have signs up on many highways that say "slow traffic keep right" or "stay right except to pass" or something similar.  It seems like basic driving 101 and you'd think no one would need the sign to know not to drive (especially slowly!) in the left lane when traffic isn't heavy, but here in Missouri, and most other places we've lived, it's like no one has heard of this concept.  They just stay in the left lane, driving the speed limit or 5 under, with an open right lane beside them.  If you come up behind them, about half the time they'll eventually get over, but sometimes not, which is the kind of driving obliviousness that makes me nervous.  

    Lane discipline is very much the social norm in the UK, and passing on the wrong side almost never happens.  I have to look out the side window when Texan Husband is driving on the motorway here, because he does sometimes sit in one of the overtaking lanes when there is space in the driving lane.  Eeek.

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  8. 6 hours ago, Jenny in Florida said:

    I know nothing about the vehicle, since it is not the kind of thing I would ever want to drive. But every time I see one on the road, I shake my head at the name, wondering if the people who name these things even bother to look up definitions:

    noun: enclave; plural noun: enclaves
    1. a portion of territory within or surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct.
      • a place or group that is different in character from those surrounding it.
        "the engineering department is traditionally a male enclave"

    Yes, I imagined embattled Buicks surrounded by a phalanx of sinister Priuses.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Carol in Cal. said:

    Pretty much!

    Critical path is more that there are things that have to happen in sequence in order to finish.  Those get priority over things that happen in parallel.  Plus there are things that must happen right before you completely finish, and you make sure that those are completely staged so that they can happen very quickly.  So you finish in the fastest possible way.

    So, say I’m making a simple dinner—lean beef burgers on sesame wheat buns with red onion, a green salad, and watermelon chunks.

    Cutting up the watermelon can happen anytime.  Toasting the buns and actually tossing the salad should happen right before serving.  Making the salad dressing has to happen before mixing the salad.  Mixing up the burger meat, though, has to happen before cooking the burgers.  And cooking the burgers takes 15 minutes or so.  So if I’m thinking critical path, I quickly get out everything I want to mix into the burger meat, and mix it up, shape the patties, and put them in the pan to sauté.  THEN while they are cooking I stage the buns in the toaster, tear up the lettuce and put it in the salad spinner to dry it, and mix up the salad dressing.   Etc.  Whereas my husband might start by setting the table, and then start cutting up the watermelon, and then get around to mixing up the burgers.  He’s doing fewer things in parallel, and he is spending some downtime waiting for the burgers to cook.  

    Wow. Okay. Doing things in an efficient order is so normal to me I had never really thought about it.

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  10. Does the 9yo fall asleep in the car?  Hobbes was in a high-back booster until he was 11 - he was a late developer, so he didn't have the height to do without a booster, and he used to fall asleep.  The high back stopped him from sliding out from the seat belt.

  11. I often choose to spend longer (lentils, beans, etc), but a basic supper is often 45 minutes or so

    - switch on oven and boil water. While oven heats, slice and season veggies to roast

    - put in veggies to roast for half an hour. If required, find pasta, bulgar wheat, couscous or quinoa and use the boiling water to get that going in a pan.

    - season/marinade fish or meat or tofu. Chop veggies for steaming and put in separate pan.

    - when roast veg is ready, steam second veg and saute fish or meat. Drain, season and oil steamed veg and starch component.

    I clean up as I go, but there will be a bit to do after supper.

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  12. On 6/5/2019 at 7:08 PM, Ktgrok said:

    Update - we have named her Sandy! Well, her full name is "Sandy Strudel the Goldendoodle", lol. Because, as my dd9 said, she's golden on the outside and sweet on the inside, like a strudel 🙂 


    Lovely! Sandy is a common nickname for Alexander in Scotland, so you could call her Alexandra when she is being fancy.

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  13. 12 hours ago, Sue in St Pete said:

    I am not so sure of what is typical, but I can speak with authority as to what happened to a student who was a junior in college and got caught cheating on a final computer science project.  The student's final grade was dropped from a B to a D.

    I minute academic misconduct hearings at a university in the UK.  Proven cheating results in a zero for the assignment or the module. It would have to be a blatant repeat offence for expulsion.  Most people who cheat are, I think, in over their heads. One case concerned someone who didn't think petty rules applied to him, I believe.

  14. 2 hours ago, EKS said:

    The problem is that there are two conflicting messages about the best way to lose weight--carbs are bad and fat is bad.  But you need to choose one or the other, otherwise, all you're eating is protein.

    It's a shame people are so polarised. You can eat lean protein and tons of non-starchy veg with moderate amounts of plant oils. It's healthy and it works.

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