Q&E Babble

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Q&E Babble
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Fri, 12-21-2012 - 7:34am

Okay, I give.   I am doing it.   I miss PPWM too much.

I want to babble.   I think you all want to babble.  So let’s babble here and then go back to PPWM when they finally get us fixed.   I know, it’s discouraging now, but I am too optimistic for my own good.   I do think iVillage will get this mess fixed.   One day. 

For those not on FB, Shelly is monitoring Waylon, debating on a trip to Pitt.   He ran a fever all day yesterday and most of the night.   At her last check in, he’s down to 99.   She’s calling the coordinator this morning.

I had my work party last night.   I took a platter of Jalapeno Cheese Grits.   I have never had 6 people ask me for a recipe before.   I heard they were, “on point” and “ready.”  I love it when I bring the most popular dish.   There wasn’t a scrap left.  

Off to get dressed for work.   As of 3:00 today I am done until January 2nd.   And then I can start counting down for my spring break beach trip.

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 1:45pm
Oh, Sandy - so sorry things are deteriorating for your dad. Prayers going out for all of you.

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 2:27pm

** WARNING***  Major Rant Ahead!

I cannot wait for DH to be done with his certification exam. He is beyond stressed out and is making me crazy! He is running another practice right now, and he makes such a God-awful mess every time, and he does his dishes, but the kitchen is not actually CLEAN after he is done. He has piles of equipment everywhere. Clean, but still IN THE WAY. Spills and drips on the fronts of the cabinets, fridge, stove, floor.  The freezers are crammed with stock and bones and scraps to make more stock  and the fridge is filled with produce and other product and the stuff we need for every day cooking is buried. He buys fresh stuff everytime he runs a practice because he doesn't know what we already have, and wants to start with exactly the product he is going to be packing to take to his exam. The mussels and fish and whole chickens are costly enough, but that he has to get every time - the produce prep he could be buying a lot less of for all these practice runs!

He is going to be depressed as hell if he doesn't pass (which is hard enough to live with), but he also intends to sign up to retest at the next opportunity (which is in May), so that means I will be living with the piles of crap and his obsessing for another two months!

Please, please, please let him pass this stupid thing next Saturday!

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 3:44pm

Tracy, have you found out what that smell is?  I hope & pray that it is nothing bad.

Well, I have never had a ruptured sewer line.  LOL, I have an outhouse so I don't have to worry about that one.  I do have hot and cold running water to my kitchen sink is all, but all the grey water goes into a bucket and I have to empty that when it gets full.

Today the sun is shining and I am debating going into the big city of Anchorage to Costco.  I do need quite a bit of stuff, but the sun is shining brightly and if you've ever been up here in Alaska it is rather lower on the horizon and very, very bright and I get bad headaches when I go out in it even though I shade my eyes.

So then today I don't know what I will do except play on computer. hahahaha.  My dogs need to be groomed so I may do that today.

caraleas what is your husband taking an exam in?  It sounds food related.  Hope things straighten out for you and he passes so he can then relax.

      Well, I better get up and start doing something.  Maybe I will go to Anchorage today.  I'll wear sunglasses and a hat both.  A headache is just a headache and I can live with that.  Not enjoyably, but can live with it.

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 5:52pm

It is food related, Linda - he is a sous chef and is taking his certified chef de cuisine (CCC) exam through the American Culinary Federation. He passed the written several months ago on the first try, but often  chefs don't pass the practical exam the first time. It is a three hour test and he has to make a chicken consommé (with classic presentation), an appetizer using mussels and sole and a chicken entrée with starch and vegetable sides, as well as a couple of sauces -espagnole and velouté.  The tricky part is doing everything in the precise classical manner, exacting technique (precise knife cut measurements, etc) and being organized and showing good utilization of product. Oh, and it has to be well seasoned and taste and look good. Any useable bits not used in the dish have to be stored, labeled and refrigerated for future use, etc. DH observed a test a few months ago - two chefs tested and only one passed. His coworker tested for sous-chef certification recently and did not pass, either, and he is good at what he does.

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Registered: 10-10-2003
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 6:45pm

Oh Tracy hope you get the smell figured out.. The foundation by the crawl space is made of ? Can you take a piece of it off?  Or just pull up a corner of the carpet?

Cara hope he passes and the kitchen is clean once again !

Linda - Welcome to the Board !  Glad you found us and looking forward to getting to know  you =)..  How did you end up in Alaska ??  I have read about the 'brightness',  How long have you been there?

Oh Missy how did Ray end up doing in las Vegas?  Does he want to go back and take you next time ???

Awesomness on raise Mel !  Hope taxes don't take it all like they did mine ....

Sandy BIG TIME Prayers going up for your Dad.. Keep us posted - OK ??

Got to work all week on time dispite the stupid snow..It can go away antytime !!

Hope everyone is enjoying their week -end ..  John and I got to hang out with Chase last night ,, Ran around today and tomorrow I am making lasagna.. And cleaning Johns office- blah..

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Registered: 02-12-2002
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:14am

Morning Ladies -

Cara all I can say is that test sounds like "Hell's Kitchen" to me.  At least it does not sound like he will have anyone yelling at him while he is making his presentations.

Linda what are spring time temps on averag in your area?  Whenever I hear someone lives in Alaska the old TV show Northern Exposure jumps into my head.  I loved that show and yes I know it was not actually filmed in Alaska.

Well my Dad seems to be doing ok.  They did keep him overnight again yesterday just to be safe.  We have a new doctor for him and we all really like him.  He did a few tests and said it looks like the dizyness and the high/low blood pressure is due to a pinched  nerve in his neck.  Everything checks out good today he will most likely go home.  I think they are going to look into an adult day care place in town for him.  He really should not be left alone all day and both my brother and sil work.  He refused the life alert thingy last time but I don't think that is so bad.  He is very social and I think he will enjoy the other old folks at the place.  

Well I need to get moving here.  We did end up going out for dinner last night with DH's cousins so I need to go burn off the big delicious burger I had last night.  Zumba here I come.

 

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:04am

Good Morning ladies!

Im still tired from working thursday overnight, and at 6am yesterday morning.... glad DH is working tonight so I can sleep better! and I have monday, tuesday off, yay!! Started to have a very slight toothache on thursday.... so Im going to the dentist tomorrow morning.... for a cleaning, and a checkup.... eeekk , hope it doesnt hurt too much, or cost too much lol.

Oh and DH's raise is permanent... not cause he worked extra on friday... so thats nice!

Sandy- glad you found a nice doctor for your Dad! continued prayers for him!

Cara- I agree what Sandy said... that does sound like Hells Kitchen! good luck to your DH!!

Tracy- I hope you figure out what that smell is soon!

hope you all have a great sunday ladies! Im demoing cookies today.... found out yesterday that the grocery manager didnt bother to order the product in, so there isnt much in stock.... so I have to try and stretch it out so I dont lose any hours..... Oh fun..

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:04am

Good morning.   I had a great time last night at the George Strait concert.   His opening act was Martina McBride and I can do without her.   She has a great voice, but I have never liked her music- just never onnected with anything she puit out except Independence Day.   I always liked that song.   She did a lot of covers too.   That gets on my nerves.   She told us she has 11 albums.   11 albums and you are covering Tom Petty?  Then to make that worse, George Strait, Mr. 59 #1 Songs, starting doing covers.   He brought back out Martina and they sang Golden Ring by George Jones.  Then "Jackson."  Why?   He had a ton of songs I love and he didn't play.  But what he sang was great.   The arena sold out: 25,000 people. 

Cara, vent away.  I think that would get on my last nerves too.  I bet he is no fun at all to live with during this time.   For many reasons, I hope he passes on the first attempt.

Great to see you sticking around Linda.   For those that didn't see what I posted in the Weekend Plans thread, Linda is an old head Foodie, a CL on another board.   It's great to have her over here.  

Renee, how much snow do you all still have?   It snowed overnight here, maybe 1".   Since I have been awake, 2 hours, it's already melted off the roads.  And it's not coming down anymore. 

Sandy, so sorry to hear your dad is having issues.   But great on the new doctor that you like, as well as an easy fix for his dizziness.   I think I'd be a senior that enjoyed the adult daycare too.   I like to be social, play cards, etc.  I hope he is open mided about it and it's a good fit for him.

My phantom smell has calmed down a lot.   It was still there yesterday, but very faint.   I had to really stick my nose to the basebaord to smell it.   Before you could smell it just by sitting in that area.  Does that mean it's a dead critter and the freeze we had yesterday contained the smell?   I sure hope so,   Jeff and I have been all around the outside of my house and we can't find any evidence of a sewage smell.   Renee, the addition is on a slab.   No clue how that would work for digging under it.

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 5:11pm

Helllooooo out there... echo, echo, echo.  

I just knocked a few tumbleweeds out of the way along my way here, but here I am.   Stupid format change.

Well, our snow is completely gone.   I couldn't see the first blade of grass in my yard when I woke up this morning.   Now there is not one flake of white anywhere.   DS has baseball practice.   He's getting ready to go now.   Welcome to KY weather.

We went to church, cleaned house, sat around for a while. then I prepped supper.   Where are the rest of you?

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 6:03pm

Im jealous of your no snow Tracy!!!! we still have quite a bit!

Work was pretty quiet and boring thank goodness lol, now Im off for 2 days!!

Dentist in the morning, and gotta get a blood test done after that( maternal serum screening) get all our crap done tomorrow, so I can relax at home on tuesday!

Im so ready for bed!

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