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Sorry you're having a tough time, Lord Synos.

Welcome back, Rosita.

Slaithwaite North End 0, Partisan Baildon 2 (Reynolds, 45, Chaudhry, 70). Naked elves stopped play.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Since when do sableyes eat people?

More their PF counterpart, the hobkins Gremlin.

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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I guess Boyd wasn't too happy with Crookshanks and tried to lash out at one of her friends.

Yeah, big mistake.

That's one of the really weird things I'm seeing about this generation of teens: "xxx wronged me, so you cannot be friends with both xxx and me. You have to choose. And if you choose xxx, I'll hate you forever, and you'll go on my list, too."

I don't know whether it's just the group my kids are with (a lot more emotional instability there, as Impus Major seems to have a calming effect on all of them) or whether it's more prevalent with this generation, but holy cow!

"How dare you be talking to xxx?!?!? He's on MY list!!"

Of course, the Impii are perfect about it. "Why should WE care about YOUR list?"

I do love my Impii.

I remember this from my teenage years. I wasnt that much involved in that kind of drama.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
More snow here today, Saturday, and Sunday. Thank you, Freehold. That's enough for now. I want more snow

Okay coming up.


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Freehold DM wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
More snow here today, Saturday, and Sunday. Thank you, Freehold. That's enough for now. I want more snow
Okay coming up.

What are you doing, man! Send it here!!


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I guess Boyd wasn't too happy with Crookshanks and tried to lash out at one of her friends.

Yeah, big mistake.

That's one of the really weird things I'm seeing about this generation of teens: "xxx wronged me, so you cannot be friends with both xxx and me. You have to choose. And if you choose xxx, I'll hate you forever, and you'll go on my list, too."

I might not be a particularly social fellow, but I have seen folks doing that since, well, as far as I can remember.

I tried to avoid that since I became aware of the stupidity of such behavior, though often it was also connected to keeping more limited relations with all involved.

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I don't know whether it's just the group my kids are with (a lot more emotional instability there, as Impus Major seems to have a calming effect on all of them) or whether it's more prevalent with this generation, but holy cow!

"How dare you be talking to xxx?!?!? He's on MY list!!"

Of course, the Impii are perfect about it. "Why should WE care about YOUR list?"

I do love my Impii.

I'd like to be like Impus Major when I grow up!

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I really hated the part if you're friends with X, you can't be friends with me because I hate X. Can't you guys just get along or at least don't drag me into this mess?

I guess the office equivalent is A tells you to do B, C tells you not to do B, so who the F do you listen to?

I hate conflicting orders. Gimme a clear set of orders, I'll carry em out. Don't give me if and maybes.

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LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Sorry to hear about that - but the things that are in your name - what are the consequences if you don't pay? Will the company repossess them or something? It may be an idea to let some of the non essentials lapse, then tell the company to contact the other, and say that well, I really can't foot up all that bills so..if you want them, I guess you'll have to pay some.

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Now I think there might be something cultural I don't know about but all Barney meant to me was a big purple dinosaur. I don't really get all the disgust or revulsion.

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Just a Mort wrote:

Not really a dinosaur type. I prefer critters with fur. So fluffeh!

I'm not a feathers person myself to be honest.

I love furry creatures too! And feathery creatures! I pet anything that I get the chance to.

I don't think feathery creatures will let you pet them. Of course feathery creatures tend to be rather skittish around me, like if you read the thread on Big Norse Wolf makes you question your humanity here, you would have heard me complain on my attempts to try to photograph those elusive feathery critters.

I can sort of understand why they might be skittish around a large cat though. Considering I could come up with ways to cook them.


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Barney the dinosaur is, to most people who encountered the show growing up or around someone who was growing up, shorthand for obnoxious. His very existence strikes a perfect brown note to resonate on your last nerve. I think he may well be the most hated character in children's television history through a combination of stupid face, grating voice, overly twee show presentation, and over-saturation via marketing omnipresence.

Barney is so awful that sheer force of hatred of him pulled a man out of a coma

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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of venting and so forth, after my tirade about housework, I really couldn't be more proud of Impus Major after I went down with the flu. He:

- Folded at least 20 pieces of laundry a day
- Took out the trash, the recycling, and the green waste
- Loaded the dishwasher and hand-washed the stuff that couldn't fit
- Prepared dinner for the entire family according to my verbal instructions Tuesday night

He just stepped up big-time and took care of the house and the family. Yeah, he earned around $30 in allowance money in just 2 days, but it was all voluntary, and holy cow did it feel good!

Nice job, Impus Major! Well done.

It's good training for when he is living alone. Now about me and housework. I have rather large blind spots. I might do the laundry, cook, and throw trash, but I would not mop/vacuum the house nor do the dishes, or wipe the table(or anything else for that matter) . So I'm not exactly sure how my house would look like.

I don't believe we should be slaves to housework, like my mom is.

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John Napier 698 wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
A lot of police activity right now. Three cars just drove by, all within a minute. And now an ambulance. WTH!
sounds like a quiet day.
Much more quiet than on Tuesday. Which was the same as Yesterday with the inclusion of two SWAT vehicles. One of which was an armored car.

I think you live in an interesting place. Love and peace please, thanks.


My kids hate Sid the Science Kid with a passion reserved for [redacted] and Joss Whedon.


Just a Mort wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of venting and so forth, after my tirade about housework, I really couldn't be more proud of Impus Major after I went down with the flu. He:

- Folded at least 20 pieces of laundry a day
- Took out the trash, the recycling, and the green waste
- Loaded the dishwasher and hand-washed the stuff that couldn't fit
- Prepared dinner for the entire family according to my verbal instructions Tuesday night

He just stepped up big-time and took care of the house and the family. Yeah, he earned around $30 in allowance money in just 2 days, but it was all voluntary, and holy cow did it feel good!

Nice job, Impus Major! Well done.

It's good training for when he is living alone. Now about me and housework. I have rather large blind spots. I might do the laundry, cook, and throw trash, but I would not mop/vacuum the house nor do the dishes, or wipe the table(or anything else for that matter) . So I'm not exactly sure how my house would look like.

I don't believe we should be slaves to housework, like my mom is.

Possibly like my home. Dusty and webbed at corners.

Though I do the dishes.

Once I start needing a plate. Or don't have enough space in the sink for more. Or just feel like it.

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I would buy a Roomba for my vacuuming needs. Then force my BF to do the dishes with the horse whip Cover Turtle gave me =P

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Scintillae wrote:

Barney the dinosaur is, to most people who encountered the show growing up or around someone who was growing up, shorthand for obnoxious. His very existence strikes a perfect brown note to resonate on your last nerve. I think he may well be the most hated character in children's television history through a combination of stupid face, grating voice, overly twee show presentation, and over-saturation via marketing omnipresence.

Barney is so awful that sheer force of hatred of him pulled a man out of a coma

Ah I knew I was missing something. When you grow up not watching television you miss some cultural fads. Not to mention I'm not American so sometimes I feel like a space alien trying to talk to earthlings.

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Also his advice/life lesson of the day is often incredibly bad.

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Cover Turtle wrote:

*Waddles up to Synos, gives him a couple of shoulder pats and nudges a glass of scotch over to him*

Raw deal Synos.
Yea it sucks being alone (this turtle knows all too well), but you're doing the right thing if things keep breaking apart for the two of you. You're there for your kid that's what's most important for now.
Though the loan thing just seems spiteful (by your former significant other) to me...so if you ever decide to solicit donation, I'll gladly contribute.

*accepts glass of scotch happily*

Thank ya kindly.

Appreciate the offer. :) It's not great, that's for sure. The loan was mainly for wedding stuff, and she takes the view, she didn't cancel the wedding, she didn't get no wedding, she ain't paying for no loan for a wedding. Though in the end, only about half the loan money went on the wedding that didn't happen, and she knows it as well as I do.

I could probably drag out the argument, or go back to the courts about the level of maintenance I pay on the basis of my now much-more-restricted finances, but at the end of the day, what do I gain, at what cost? A little money, at the cost of a working relationship with my son's mom, and possibly making things harder financially on my son. I'll take the hit there, every time.

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About eating babies, Scint, I know a literary piece on that but CY will get my hide so no, I'd like to keep my fur.

No cannibalism, remember?

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Just a Mort wrote:
Now I think there might be something cultural I don't know about but all Barney meant to me was a big purple dinosaur. I don't really get all the disgust or revulsion.

It's certainly Irish. They translated him and his cousins into Gaeilge (Irish) for TG4 (Irish television channel).

*shudders*

I can't stand that flippin' purple gobshite.

Orthos wrote:
Also his advice/life lesson of the day is often incredibly bad.
Scintillae wrote:

Barney the dinosaur is, to most people who encountered the show growing up or around someone who was growing up, shorthand for obnoxious. His very existence strikes a perfect brown note to resonate on your last nerve. I think he may well be the most hated character in children's television history through a combination of stupid face, grating voice, overly twee show presentation, and over-saturation via marketing omnipresence.

Barney is so awful that sheer force of hatred of him pulled a man out of a coma

Also, what they said. :P

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LordSynos wrote:
Cover Turtle wrote:

*Waddles up to Synos, gives him a couple of shoulder pats and nudges a glass of scotch over to him*

Raw deal Synos.
Yea it sucks being alone (this turtle knows all too well), but you're doing the right thing if things keep breaking apart for the two of you. You're there for your kid that's what's most important for now.
Though the loan thing just seems spiteful (by your former significant other) to me...so if you ever decide to solicit donation, I'll gladly contribute.

*accepts glass of scotch happily*

Thank ya kindly.

Appreciate the offer. :) It's not great, that's for sure. The loan was mainly for wedding stuff, and she takes the view, she didn't cancel the wedding, she didn't get no wedding, she ain't paying for no loan for a wedding. Though in the end, only about half the loan money went on the wedding that didn't happen, and she knows it as well as I do.

I could probably drag out the argument, or go back to the courts about the level of maintenance I pay on the basis of my now much-more-restricted finances, but at the end of the day, what do I gain, at what cost? A little money, at the cost of a working relationship with my son's mom, and possibly making things harder financially on my son. I'll take the hit there, every time.

Ouch. Sorry, I can't really help much except for moral support. Unless you wanted grocery shopping advice to cut on bills(I think eating out tends to be very expensive in Europe and America).

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Just a Mort wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
Sorry to hear about that - but the things that are in your name - what are the consequences if you don't pay? Will the company repossess them or something? It may be an idea to let some of the non essentials lapse, then tell the company to contact the other, and say that well, I really can't foot up all that bills so..if you want them, I guess you'll have to pay some.

Consequences:
Well, the loan is with one of the bigger banks in my country, so there would probably be legal proceedings, resulting in me having to file bankruptcy, and the seizure of my assets, meagre as they are. I also work in a professional financial career that reputation can play a big part in, so I could well lose my job, my ability to get further ones, and my accreditation. So, not super great, unfortunately.

Even if the potential consequences weren't so great though... I would find it very hard to not pay a bill that's due. It's not part of how I was raised. It would definitely bother me.

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Just a Mort wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Cover Turtle wrote:

*Waddles up to Synos, gives him a couple of shoulder pats and nudges a glass of scotch over to him*

Raw deal Synos.
Yea it sucks being alone (this turtle knows all too well), but you're doing the right thing if things keep breaking apart for the two of you. You're there for your kid that's what's most important for now.
Though the loan thing just seems spiteful (by your former significant other) to me...so if you ever decide to solicit donation, I'll gladly contribute.

*accepts glass of scotch happily*

Thank ya kindly.

Appreciate the offer. :) It's not great, that's for sure. The loan was mainly for wedding stuff, and she takes the view, she didn't cancel the wedding, she didn't get no wedding, she ain't paying for no loan for a wedding. Though in the end, only about half the loan money went on the wedding that didn't happen, and she knows it as well as I do.

I could probably drag out the argument, or go back to the courts about the level of maintenance I pay on the basis of my now much-more-restricted finances, but at the end of the day, what do I gain, at what cost? A little money, at the cost of a working relationship with my son's mom, and possibly making things harder financially on my son. I'll take the hit there, every time.

Ouch. Sorry, I can't really help much except for moral support. Unless you wanted grocery shopping advice to cut on bills(I think eating out tends to be very expensive in Europe and America).

I would always welcome advice on shrinking grocery shopping. :) I'm currently back to the auld student diet of koka noodles with an egg cracked into them, but I reckon that's not going to be the healthiest long term. :P

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Freehold DM wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
[spoiler]I know you shared a lot before and I hope you continue to share. That is what we are here for man. I hope things get better for you. If you want to start a GoFundMe, I will be happy to contribute. Mine is still going, and it is helping even now.

*fist-bump*

Appreciate the offer bud. :)


Scintillae wrote:

Barney the dinosaur is, to most people who encountered the show growing up or around someone who was growing up, shorthand for obnoxious. His very existence strikes a perfect brown note to resonate on your last nerve. I think he may well be the most hated character in children's television history through a combination of stupid face, grating voice, overly twee show presentation, and over-saturation via marketing omnipresence.

Barney is so awful that sheer force of hatred of him pulled a man out of a coma

and I thought my Haterade was strong.


Just a Mort wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
A lot of police activity right now. Three cars just drove by, all within a minute. And now an ambulance. WTH!
sounds like a quiet day.
Much more quiet than on Tuesday. Which was the same as Yesterday with the inclusion of two SWAT vehicles. One of which was an armored car.
I think you live in an interesting place. Love and peace please, thanks.

Well, not to get political, but sometimes people just snap. When that happens, there's usually a standoff. And the standoff was in a neighboring community. News article

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Sorry Synos, I thought it was more like repayments for Cable TV etc. I just didn’t like the idea of people enjoying the benefit at others expense, when they did not bear the burden(ticked off the sense of justice within me). Is there any possibility of cancelling the wedding plans and hopefully getting some money back?


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LordSynos wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Cover Turtle wrote:

*Waddles up to Synos, gives him a couple of shoulder pats and nudges a glass of scotch over to him*

Raw deal Synos.
Yea it sucks being alone (this turtle knows all too well), but you're doing the right thing if things keep breaking apart for the two of you. You're there for your kid that's what's most important for now.
Though the loan thing just seems spiteful (by your former significant other) to me...so if you ever decide to solicit donation, I'll gladly contribute.

*accepts glass of scotch happily*

Thank ya kindly.

Appreciate the offer. :) It's not great, that's for sure. The loan was mainly for wedding stuff, and she takes the view, she didn't cancel the wedding, she didn't get no wedding, she ain't paying for no loan for a wedding. Though in the end, only about half the loan money went on the wedding that didn't happen, and she knows it as well as I do.

I could probably drag out the argument, or go back to the courts about the level of maintenance I pay on the basis of my now much-more-restricted finances, but at the end of the day, what do I gain, at what cost? A little money, at the cost of a working relationship with my son's mom, and possibly making things harder financially on my son. I'll take the hit there, every time.

Ouch. Sorry, I can't really help much except for moral support. Unless you wanted grocery shopping advice to cut on bills(I think eating out tends to be very expensive in Europe and America).
I would always welcome advice on shrinking grocery shopping. :) I'm currently back to the auld student diet of koka noodles with an egg cracked into them, but I reckon that's not going to be the healthiest long term. :P

Freehold's Cheapskate Cookbook

- Pasta with Sauce

Go for unusual shape plus unusual sauce to trick your brain into thinking you are eating fancy. Campanella with vodka sauce is an old favorite.

- Beans with Rice

Got a rice cooker? Get one, a good one(zojirushi FOREVER) and make tons of rice. With that you will enjoy beans. Black tends to be the cheapest(hey!! shakes fist), but little red beans, kidney beans, and pink beans are also great. One can plus a few spoonfuls of sofrito stirred into it over a slow flame until it bubbles, add some cheese, and its dinnertime. Yum.

- Bagged Salad

One bag(go for the cheap stuff) plus your own mix-ins equals gooood eatin'. Go for thinly shredded cheeses, garbanzo beans, and or apples along with a bottle of your favorite dressing. Yum.

- Exotic tea

Who needs soda when you have hot water and a teabag? Get dry bulk tea(cheaper than the tea bags actually) and a tea ball and experiment with your own tea combinations. Lapsang souchong is a weird flavor, as are some Russian teas. They are also quite cheap because nobody buys them. Slurp.

- Crudites

Just chop up some veggies that didnt make it into your salad, and make some quick and cheap onion dip. Yum.

- Cheese and Fruit

An apple and some sharp cheddar cheese can keep hunger at bay for a long time, especially if you mix it with leftover onion dip. Yum.

- Egg toast

Cut a circular hole into some bread and crack an egg into it in a pan over low heat.

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Synos – I rather you went to buy yourself some pasta since instant noodles tend to be very high in salt and oil. Also look in the supermarket’s quick clear section for bargain deals. It’s ok if the fruits are a little over ripe, or bruised, if you intend to eat them quickly. So at least you get some fruits in your diet if you can’t get any vegetables – though I think quick clear also works on vegetables section. Is milk expensive where you are?

I tend to be a waste not want not kind of cat so I'm not particular if the office apples are bruised etc, I'll just eat em.

For the cheapest meat it would probably go to chicken – check as usual, the quick clear groceries section, and get some garlic powder, light soya sauce, salt, and ginger for a stir fry. Down here, they sell pacific dory(basically catfish fillets), which are also relatively cheaper then other types of fish.

Cut alcohols, cigarettes (if you smoke), the alcohol and cigarette tax costs a ton. Not sure if it is more economical to take public transport instead of driving in where you are. At least in Singapore, oil prices are a bomb.


I got 4 full-time players (my girlfriend and 3 reddit recruits) and 2 part-time players (from my PF group) to join my upcoming L5R game! SO PSYCHED!

I have a few modules I found online for inspiration, and a few campaign ideas I've had bouncing around for a while, but if anyone has any ideas for hooks, arcs, and other stories that's familiar with the setting, I'm willing to hear!

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Drinking more water also helps keep hunger at bay, but that is more of a...dieting thing I think. I live on fruits on somedays for lunch and dinner. Oranges and Apples work best for that kind of thing. It was part of the calorie cutting plan.


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So, to continue with Freehold's cheapie cookbook:

Macaroni and cheese - Any boxed variety will do. Before the sauce is prepared, add any of the following: Ham cubes, pulled pork, or Tuna.

Spanish rice, Mexican rice, or Taco rice - use the packets from the supermarket shelves. Add ground beef, onions and garlic. Top with shredded cheese. Chicken works well, also.

Rice and pork - prepare cooked rice. When finished, add pulled pork and a bottle of BBQ sauce. mix in a can of peas. Tuna works just as well.

Sausage and peppers - Prepare a box of penne pasta. At the same time, boil a flat of five Italian Sausages until they firm up. Remove the sausages from the water and cut them into slices. They will still be uncooked on the inside, so put the slices back into the boiling water. Peel and cut into slices a good-sized onion. Remove the seeds and cut into slices one each of Green, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers, throwing away the ribs. Add the onion and the peppers to the pasta to cook over the last several minutes of the pasta's cooking time. Strain the pasta and the sausage slices. Combine the two along with a can of Spaghetti sauce. Top with Grated Parmesan.

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If you’re trying the coffee in your office for science (since people are complaining the coffee is bleh), and you’re trying to see what’s wrong, when does it become an addiction?


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This is why my brothers infuriate me.

"Crookshanks expressed an interest in babysitting our child, if she wants a different uncle (who has no children) can train her"

Um, she's 14 years old and has had a younger brother over half her life, she changed just as many dirty diapers as I did, and I changed my fair share of diapers.

It's like they have this vision of me as a screw up and default to projecting that on my kids.

Meanwhile, my boss is sending me pictures of the kick ass projects he has lined up and is super excited about how awesome it's going to be.


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So it turns out that the underground cash economy is thriving in certain parts of Dallas, mostly Spanish-speaking. And if you want a really good deal, it is there to be had. Tonight I got four new (used but with plenty of tread left) tires, balanced, and a full-synthetic oil change (required for my old Honda hybrid), and paid about 60% of the current local market value for both services.
Which is great, because my tires were bald and sliding in the rain last weekend, and I hadn't changed the oil since before we left California.


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Oh, and she said she'd babysit and suddenly they're trying to have her for an overnight stay.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned (I'm not), but in my day babysitting was for a few hours tops.


Clocking out. Good night, all.

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Baby sitting is a lot of work. I don't think I'm particularly good at it, mind passing me the kits when they can walk and talk?

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lisamarlene wrote:

So it turns out that the underground cash economy is thriving in certain parts of Dallas, mostly Spanish-speaking. And if you want a really good deal, it is there to be had. Tonight I got four new (used but with plenty of tread left) tires, balanced, and a full-synthetic oil change (required for my old Honda hybrid), and paid about 60% of the current local market value for both services.

Which is great, because my tires were bald and sliding in the rain last weekend, and I hadn't changed the oil since before we left California.

Good that you managed to change your tires, bald tires don't grip the road well and you may end up with skidding and possibly an accident.


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LordSynos wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Cover Turtle wrote:

*Waddles up to Synos, gives him a couple of shoulder pats and nudges a glass of scotch over to him*

Raw deal Synos.
Yea it sucks being alone (this turtle knows all too well), but you're doing the right thing if things keep breaking apart for the two of you. You're there for your kid that's what's most important for now.
Though the loan thing just seems spiteful (by your former significant other) to me...so if you ever decide to solicit donation, I'll gladly contribute.

*accepts glass of scotch happily*

Thank ya kindly.

Appreciate the offer. :) It's not great, that's for sure. The loan was mainly for wedding stuff, and she takes the view, she didn't cancel the wedding, she didn't get no wedding, she ain't paying for no loan for a wedding. Though in the end, only about half the loan money went on the wedding that didn't happen, and she knows it as well as I do.

I could probably drag out the argument, or go back to the courts about the level of maintenance I pay on the basis of my now much-more-restricted finances, but at the end of the day, what do I gain, at what cost? A little money, at the cost of a working relationship with my son's mom, and possibly making things harder financially on my son. I'll take the hit there, every time.

Ouch. Sorry, I can't really help much except for moral support. Unless you wanted grocery shopping advice to cut on bills(I think eating out tends to be very expensive in Europe and America).
I would always welcome advice on shrinking grocery shopping. :) I'm currently back to the auld student diet of koka noodles with an egg cracked into them, but I reckon that's not going to be the healthiest long term. :P

Curried lentils with creamed coconut. Foreign food shops are also good if you want to buy staple foods in bulk

Also, brewing your own booze is vastly cheaper than buying it (in the UK, anyway - not sure about ROI)

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I'd suggest chickpeas but I'm not sure if importing it into UK makes it expensive. Down here they aren't, really.

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Just a Mort wrote:
Sorry Synos, I thought it was more like repayments for Cable TV etc. I just didn’t like the idea of people enjoying the benefit at others expense, when they did not bear the burden(ticked off the sense of justice within me). Is there any possibility of cancelling the wedding plans and hopefully getting some money back?

They are all cancelled at this point, but unfortunately, all the contracts specified that deposits and whatnot were all non-refundable. Despite pleas to the better nature of the various vendors, no luck was had on getting any money back.

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FOOD:
Freehold DM wrote:

Freehold's Cheapskate Cookbook

- Pasta with Sauce

Go for unusual shape plus unusual sauce to trick your brain into thinking you are eating fancy. Campanella with vodka sauce is an old favorite.

- Beans with Rice

Got a rice cooker? Get one, a good one(zojirushi FOREVER) and make tons of rice. With that you will enjoy beans. Black tends to be the cheapest(hey!! shakes fist), but little red beans, kidney beans, and pink beans are also great. One can plus a few spoonfuls of sofrito stirred into it over a slow flame until it bubbles, add some cheese, and its dinnertime. Yum.

- Bagged Salad

One bag(go for the cheap stuff) plus your own mix-ins equals gooood eatin'. Go for thinly shredded cheeses, garbanzo beans, and or apples along with a bottle of your favorite dressing. Yum.

- Exotic tea

Who needs soda when you have hot water and a teabag? Get dry bulk tea(cheaper than the tea bags actually) and a tea ball and experiment with your own tea combinations. Lapsang souchong is a weird flavor, as are some Russian teas. They are also quite cheap because nobody buys them. Slurp.

- Crudites

Just chop up some veggies that didnt make it into your salad, and make some quick and cheap onion dip. Yum.

- Cheese and Fruit

An apple and some sharp cheddar cheese can keep hunger at bay for a long time, especially if you mix it with leftover onion dip. Yum.

- Egg toast

Cut a circular hole into some bread and crack an egg into it in a pan over low heat.

Just a Mort wrote:

I rather you went to buy yourself some pasta since instant noodles tend to be very high in salt and oil. Also look in the supermarket’s quick clear section for bargain deals. It’s ok if the fruits are a little over ripe, or bruised, if you intend to eat them quickly. So at least you get some fruits in your diet if you can’t get any vegetables – though I think quick clear also works on vegetables section. Is milk expensive where you are?

I tend to be a waste not want not kind of cat so I'm not particular if the office apples are bruised etc, I'll just eat em.

For the cheapest meat it would probably go to chicken – check as usual, the quick clear groceries section, and get some garlic powder, light soya sauce, salt, and ginger for a stir fry. Down here, they sell pacific dory(basically catfish fillets), which are also relatively cheaper then other types of fish.

Cut alcohols, cigarettes (if you smoke), the alcohol and cigarette tax costs a ton. Not sure if it is more economical to take public transport instead of driving in where you are. At least in Singapore, oil prices are a bomb.

Drinking more water also helps keep hunger at bay, but that is more of a...dieting thing I think. I live on fruits on somedays for lunch and dinner. Oranges and Apples work best for that kind of thing. It was part of the calorie cutting plan.

I'd suggest chickpeas but I'm not sure if importing it into UK makes it expensive. Down here they aren't, really.

John Napier 698 wrote:

So, to continue with Freehold's cheapie cookbook:

Macaroni and cheese - Any boxed variety will do. Before the sauce is prepared, add any of the following: Ham cubes, pulled pork, or Tuna.

Spanish rice, Mexican rice, or Taco rice - use the packets from the supermarket shelves. Add ground beef, onions and garlic. Top with shredded cheese. Chicken works well, also.

Rice and pork - prepare cooked rice. When finished, add pulled pork and a bottle of BBQ sauce. mix in a can of peas. Tuna works just as well.

Sausage and peppers - Prepare a box of penne pasta. At the same time, boil a flat of five Italian Sausages until they firm up. Remove the sausages from the water and cut them into slices. They will still be uncooked on the inside, so put the slices back into the boiling water. Peel and cut into slices a good-sized onion. Remove the seeds and cut into slices one each of Green, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers, throwing away the ribs. Add the onion and the peppers to the pasta to cook over the last several minutes of the pasta's cooking time. Strain the pasta and the sausage slices. Combine the two along with a can of Spaghetti sauce. Top with Grated Parmesan.

Limeylongears wrote:

Curried lentils with creamed coconut. Foreign food shops are also good if you want to buy staple foods in bulk

Also, brewing your own booze is vastly cheaper than buying it (in the UK, anyway - not sure about ROI)

Thanks for the food/shopping tips all, really appreciate it. :D

I don't smoke, rarely drink, and don't own a car (couldn't drive one even if I did), so my worst spending habits are my sweet teeth and my Humble Bundle habit. Milk is a €1 per litre, I don't know how expensive that is comparatively though. Chickpeas are €0.39 for 400g, which doesn't seem very expensive at all. Don't have a rice cooker, but will look at investing in one, next time I have excess cash.

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Morning FaWtLers! Hope everyone is doing well today, and has a grand auld day ahead. :) Happy Friday, to my fellow M-F, 9-5'ers, a weekend ahead also good for a break. :) Happy Friday to my non-fellow 9-5'ers as well, but I know Friday is just another day as opposed to something special then. :P


Milk here can be had for half an Euro. Chickpeas might be actually more expensive. Not sure. Regular peas are my choice... Though I have an old bag of dried chickpeas waiting for being put to pot one day.

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The good news about chickpeas is they keep you full, and while they're at it, you've got your days worth of protein and fibre.

Chickpea recipes

Personally I'd just soak the dried chickpeas, steam with salt and curry powder. And call it a day.

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Meh being on a diet sure cuts off your desire to bake... Since all that stuff is calorific. But also in part for preparation for the Chinese New Year steam boat which is on 4th February, so we're trying to keep our fridge as empty as possible so there's space for steam boat stuff.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Oh, and she said she'd babysit and suddenly they're trying to have her for an overnight stay.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned (I'm not), but in my day babysitting was for a few hours tops.

Everything you've said about your family makes me think they're insane.

I think I've got a quick fix for this, though. Crookshanks should ask for at least $10 an hour. Overnight's going to be probably in the arena of 8-12 hours. I bet they'll balk at having to drop $100 or so.

EDIT: Actually, the national average for sitting is about $13.50. She should probably ask for about that.


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Back to cheap food...

Would it be a faux pas to suggest potatoes as cheap but nourishing food to Irishman?

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