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  1. You were just answering the question that was in the subject line. The message in the body was phrased in the opposite way.
  2. A kitchen scale. Not this one, but it looks similar. https://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-ZK14-S-Digital-Multifunction-Kitchen/dp/B004164SRA/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_79_bs_lp_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9VN2N83Q2GB51ZS15XNG You want something with a tare function and (probably) the ability to change units. Here's how to use it -- Put your mixing bowl on the scale and hit the tare button, so it reads zero. Then if you are supposed to add 400 g of water, pour water in until it says 400 g. Then hit tare again. Now do the same for your next ingredient. Easy. No need for measuring
  3. King Arthur Flour -- they have a fantastic website full of recipes and in-depth guides on baking. They also have baking experts who will answer your questions by email. Their recipes are great, and you can choose to measure by volume OR weight for every recipe. I measure by weight whenever possible -- it's more accurate and easier once you're used to it.
  4. I just remembered that I do have one sweatshirt that my dad gave me as a gift. He got it on HIS vacation, so it's from a place I've never been. And dh has a t-shirt from Stanford because they were giving out free shirts at a conference (he works for a different college). So, ironically our only place-name clothing is from places we have no connection to. I use mine for gardening when it's cold out.
  5. I never buy things like that. It's one of those things that I think I've put in a category of "things other people do that I don't" like going fishing or wearing sunglasses. It just doesn't appeal to me for whatever reason. (Also, I don't really wear t-shirts or sweatshirts, so doesn't really make sense for that reason either.) But I have never thought it was *bragging* when other people wear location t-shirts. Never even remotely. I don't think that's a common reaction at all.
  6. That makes perfect sense. That's how I was expecting the set-up would be. So I was confused by the poster above who said that they still plug their phones into their wall jacks. I'm just curious, that's all.
  7. See, this is how behind the times I am. I didn't even know we could get DSL from other companies besides the phone company. That's physically a new line to your house? Wow. I will be investigating options in my area!
  8. Ah, taxes. That makes sense. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the technology part of this. The phone conversation is actually traveling in packets through your internet connection, right? It doesn't go through the standard telephone network at all. Well, at my house where we're using DSL, it would because all internet traffic goes through the phone line. But in your case, you are getting cable internet, so internet traffic goes through a completely different piece of wire (the cable connection). So why does the phone need to plug into the phone jack? I understand that it needs to c
  9. I don't see these options on their website. I see "Basic Service" which looks like it's free after paying for the device and "Premier Service" which says it's $9.99 per month. Do you know where you saw the other options? https://www.ooma.com/telo/ This whole concept is so intriguing to me (and kind of bewildering). We have DSL, so if we did something like this, I guess we would be using our phone line to get internet access and then using that internet access to make phone calls. And not using our phone line as a phone line at all. Weird, huh? Actually, I don't know if we can get DSL
  10. We painted our kitchen in our old house an orangey tone. It was called Warm Cocoon, and it made the kitchen feel so warm and cozy. I loved it! Our current house has lovely maple cabinets that wouldn't go well with that kind of color (we have RED) but I did love our warm, sunshine-y kitchen. Go for it. I think it would look great with the white cabinets and dark window trim. I would paint the soffit the wall color.
  11. Ooh, that's a much better deal than I saw on tracphone.
  12. I don't like having no landline and don't plan to ever get rid of ours. But a dumb pre-paid phone for emergencies is probably cheaper. Tracphone has phone+text for one year at $100. It keeps going up, though. A couple of years ago we were paying under $50 a year for phone+text. But still, that's cheaper than a landline. FYI, you can use these "dumb phone" plans on smart phone. It's much easier to text on an old iphone than a flip phone.
  13. Help me, please! I'm listening to it as an audiobook, and I'm confused. I feel like I've missed some crucial details about the premise. With an audiobook I can't just flip back and skim to find what I've missed, but I don't really want to go back and listen to the whole thing over again. I've tried googling for info, but every article I find starts giving away spoilers from later in the book. So, I'm hoping someone here has read it and can help me out. For those who haven't read it, it's a speculative fiction novel about a second American civil war in the late twenty-first century. h
  14. Do you have good knives? It kills me when I have to prep food at other people's houses because often (usually) they have terrible knives. And that makes it take FOREVER. With a high-quality vegetable peeler and sharp, quality knives, I can peel and cube a butternut squash in just a few minutes. I haven't timed myself, but I never think of prepping vegetables as a time-consuming part of cooking, so I don't think it takes too long.
  15. I lived in a hot humid climate (close to the equator) for one year as an exchange student. My home, like most, had no air-conditioning at all. I was surprised at how quickly I became used to living with the heat, having come from Houston,Texas, which had similar temperatures but where everything was air-conditioned. Our house was very open to the outside. The dining room was really a covered patio, and the kitchen was a separate building from the rest of the house. It was actually very comfortable. I live in New England now, where summer heat is comparatively mild. We have no air conditio
  16. I hadn't thought about that but you are right. My dh says at his office he is the only person who uses a ceramic coffee mug at the office coffee machine. Everyone else uses paper coffee cups that are thrown away. So much waste! It's hard for me to understand. They work in the same office every single day. Surely it would be easy and much more pleasant and sustainable to use a real mug and wash it at the end of the day.
  17. I guess it's whatever you consider normal. I'm always shocked at the number of people who go out to eat every day for lunch. I do pack dh's lunch. We get up at the same time and while he is showering and dressing, I cook something for breakfast and pack a lunch (and feed the cat, start the coffee, etc.) If he did it himself, he would have to get up earlier, so it just makes sense for me to do it. I work too, but my hours are fewer and irregular, so I don't need to pack a lunch for myself. Lunch, whether packed or at home, is almost always leftovers. I also cut up some fresh vegetables and
  18. I thought our car (Subaru Outback) was a hatchback, but I looked it up and apparently it's a station wagon. Not sure what the difference between a hatchback and a station wagon is, but I love the ability to fold the seats down to fit cargo in the back. We haul brush to the dump, transport furniture or building materials, and have plenty of room for luggage on a long trip. Our previous car had just a trunk and we won't do that again unless we had multiple cars. We need at least one vehicle with space for "stuff" and since we are a one-car family, the Outback is great for us.
  19. Yes, this is exactly what I'm starting to worry about, especially with my ancient hotmail account. I've never really looked into these kind of programs, but you may be right that this is exactly what I need. Does it run in your browser or is it a separate program? My computer is very old and I prefer running just a browser most of the time because if I have open lots of programs, my computer can't handle it. Thank you!
  20. I don't think I'm familiar with what you are describing. I don't use an email program. I simply access my email accounts in my browser at the website. Once the accounts are gone, all the folders I have will be gone too. I don't have anything to import them into at the moment, but I will research Thunderbird and see if that would be helpful.
  21. Yes, certainly, for my current email accounts. This is for messages in my old email accounts that I want to shut down.
  22. Quill's thread about abandoning email reminded me of this question, but I thought it would be best in a separate thread. I've been in the process of cleaning up and consolidating several email accounts. Two of them I am planning to deactivate once I get everything associated with them transferred elsewhere and all my contacts updated. That will take a while still, but I'm starting to wonder how to save the emails I want to save. The overwhelming majority are ones I can safely delete. I don't need any record of projects from five years ago or things I bought seven years ago. Any links
  23. I don't know what taco pie is (sounds yummy though!) but it sounds like you need some vegetables. My suggestion is a big green salad. Also that would allow those who eat lighter to make the salad their main dish. Maybe a bowl of whole fruits (apples and clementines) as well.
  24. Did I kill the thread with my petty complaint? I'm not the type to complain to the manager. I really would just like to do it myself, but it's often quite awkward to do so when there's a bagger standing right there. I've discovered a counter-intuitive trick that helps -- I look for a line that's full rather than empty. That gives me enough time to get all my stuff on the conveyor belt before they start scanning my stuff. That way I can get to the end and start bagging on my own before a bagger comes over (as they would if scanned merchandise starts piling up at the end).
  25. I just want to bag my own groceries at the grocery store or to meet a bagger who doesn't do things like putting raw meat on top of strawberries. Last time I was at the store, I asked the bagger to put the egg cartons on the bottom of the bag. She said, "Oh no, not at the bottom!" (Have you seen the crates eggs come in? They will not get hurt at the bottom of a little grocery bag!) Then she proceeded to put two cartons of eggs on top a bag with lettuce and fresh basil, instantly crushing them.
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