Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents

On Christmas Day I gave my father, amongst other things, a modern 'reinvented' watering can. Dad tends to collect rainwater in old buckets, etc for future use. The can I found had a more open design and a flat area that catches rain and feeds it into the can. As a bonus there is a 'frog ladder' built in to it (basically an area with enough traction for frogs to climb out of the can.) He admired it for a while and then asked, "What's a frog ladder?" I explained. He looked sceptical. "I don't think that's necessary," He said.
"It's just there on the off chance that a frog should fall in. It's really just an extra feature for the label."
"I've been using watering cans for over 60 years and I've never found a frog in one."
"The watering can could be near a rockery. One could hop in from a rock." Dad didn't look convinced. I went on to construct elaborate scenarios that could lead to a frog landing in the watering can including the existence of a hither to undiscovered European species of tree frog. "We'll any way I'll give it a go." he said. He laughed when I added, "Let me know how many frogs you catch."

Last night Mum was stuck for what to do for tea. She's a fantastic cook but we were kind of between meals with odds and ends that needed using up. There were some uncooked slices off a huge pork joint and some old mashed potato. We minced the pork and Mum made the potato into potato cakes. Frying the pork in a pan with onions we looked for something to add to it. Mum found an old, one third full jar of sweet chilli stir fry sauce that had been in the fridge for months and tipped that in. "I've been watching episodes of Nigel Slater back to back," she said by way of explanation. "You probably shouldn't do that before cooking tea," I suggested. I remembered we had one stray chilli in the veg drawer. I chopped that up and put it in. While with the vegetables I saw we had a ton of carrots. "I'll grate some carrots." I though we could warm them and have them as a third item on the plate. After grating four carrots I had a huge mound of orange. Heating them on their own suddenly seemed a bad idea and the pork mince still looked a bit pathetic. "I'm going to put some carrot in with the pork." Mum agreed "We're experimenting," she said. I put a little in and then, seeing how it looked ok, I added the rest. We then threw in half a tin of tomatoes, to add some liquid, and added some 'mixed herbs for meat' from a jar.

When we sat down at the table it was smelling and looking good, "We're calling it: Pork and carrot chilli with potato cakes," I said. It was rather good. I'll definitely cook it again. I may even share the story with Nigel Slater.

Good story but it definitely should have ended with a frog in the bucket

karmajay wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents

On Christmas Day I gave my father, amongst other things, a modern 'reinvented' watering can. Dad tends to collect rainwater in old buckets, etc for future use. The can I found had a more open design and a flat area that catches rain and feeds it into the can. As a bonus there is a 'frog ladder' built in to it (basically an area with enough traction for frogs to climb out of the can.) He admired it for a while and then asked, "What's a frog ladder?" I explained. He looked sceptical. "I don't think that's necessary," He said.
"It's just there on the off chance that a frog should fall in. It's really just an extra feature for the label."
"I've been using watering cans for over 60 years and I've never found a frog in one."
"The watering can could be near a rockery. One could hop in from a rock." Dad didn't look convinced. I went on to construct elaborate scenarios that could lead to a frog landing in the watering can including the existence of a hither to undiscovered European species of tree frog. "We'll any way I'll give it a go." he said. He laughed when I added, "Let me know how many frogs you catch."

Last night Mum was stuck for what to do for tea. She's a fantastic cook but we were kind of between meals with odds and ends that needed using up. There were some uncooked slices off a huge pork joint and some old mashed potato. We minced the pork and Mum made the potato into potato cakes. Frying the pork in a pan with onions we looked for something to add to it. Mum found an old, one third full jar of sweet chilli stir fry sauce that had been in the fridge for months and tipped that in. "I've been watching episodes of Nigel Slater back to back," she said by way of explanation. "You probably shouldn't do that before cooking tea," I suggested. I remembered we had one stray chilli in the veg drawer. I chopped that up and put it in. While with the vegetables I saw we had a ton of carrots. "I'll grate some carrots." I though we could warm them and have them as a third item on the plate. After grating four carrots I had a huge mound of orange. Heating them on their own suddenly seemed a bad idea and the pork mince still looked a bit pathetic. "I'm going to put some carrot in with the pork." Mum agreed "We're experimenting," she said. I put a little in and then, seeing how it looked ok, I added the rest. We then threw in half a tin of tomatoes, to add some liquid, and added some 'mixed herbs for meat' from a jar.

When we sat down at the table it was smelling and looking good, "We're calling it: Pork and carrot chilli with potato cakes," I said. It was rather good. I'll definitely cook it again. I may even share the story with Nigel Slater.

Good story but it definitely should have ended with a frog in the bucket ;)

Or in the Pork and Carrot Chili.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Hehe, Mex is DEFINITELY not normal. :D

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fleabagmatt wrote:
karmajay wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents

On Christmas Day I gave my father, amongst other things, a modern 'reinvented' watering can. Dad tends to collect rainwater in old buckets, etc for future use. The can I found had a more open design and a flat area that catches rain and feeds it into the can. As a bonus there is a 'frog ladder' built in to it (basically an area with enough traction for frogs to climb out of the can.) He admired it for a while and then asked, "What's a frog ladder?" I explained. He looked sceptical. "I don't think that's necessary," He said.
"It's just there on the off chance that a frog should fall in. It's really just an extra feature for the label."
"I've been using watering cans for over 60 years and I've never found a frog in one."
"The watering can could be near a rockery. One could hop in from a rock." Dad didn't look convinced. I went on to construct elaborate scenarios that could lead to a frog landing in the watering can including the existence of a hither to undiscovered European species of tree frog. "We'll any way I'll give it a go." he said. He laughed when I added, "Let me know how many frogs you catch."

Last night Mum was stuck for what to do for tea. She's a fantastic cook but we were kind of between meals with odds and ends that needed using up. There were some uncooked slices off a huge pork joint and some old mashed potato. We minced the pork and Mum made the potato into potato cakes. Frying the pork in a pan with onions we looked for something to add to it. Mum found an old, one third full jar of sweet chilli stir fry sauce that had been in the fridge for months and tipped that in. "I've been watching episodes of Nigel Slater back to back," she said by way of explanation. "You probably shouldn't do that before cooking tea," I suggested. I remembered we had one stray chilli in the veg drawer. I chopped that up and put it in. While with the vegetables I saw we had a ton of carrots. "I'll grate some carrots." I though we could warm them and have them as a third item on the plate. After grating four carrots I had a huge mound of orange. Heating them on their own suddenly seemed a bad idea and the pork mince still looked a bit pathetic. "I'm going to put some carrot in with the pork." Mum agreed "We're experimenting," she said. I put a little in and then, seeing how it looked ok, I added the rest. We then threw in half a tin of tomatoes, to add some liquid, and added some 'mixed herbs for meat' from a jar.

When we sat down at the table it was smelling and looking good, "We're calling it: Pork and carrot chilli with potato cakes," I said. It was rather good. I'll definitely cook it again. I may even share the story with Nigel Slater.

Good story but it definitely should have ended with a frog in the bucket ;)

Or in the Pork and Carrot Chili.

Yeah, I kept expecting to see a frog turn up somewhere

soonerjudd wrote:
fleabagmatt wrote:
karmajay wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents...

Good story but it definitely should have ended with a frog in the bucket ;)

Or in the Pork and Carrot Chili.

Yeah, I kept expecting to see a frog turn up somewhere :)

You've just given me an idea for tomorrow's lunch

Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents

Says something about my relationship w/ my family when I read this and immemorially assumed I was in the lothe thread. I was very confused because both stories sounded like such good times.

We got some very nice praise for the podcast. And I've noticed that the show has an explicit rating on itunes, using the same black & white label warning that was on rap albums I bought as a kid.

Poutine. Especially the butter chicken type.

Radical Ans wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Christmas with my parents

Says something about my relationship w/ my family when I read this and immemorially assumed I was in the lothe thread. I was very confused because both stories sounded like such good times.

Sometimes I think I shouldn't get on so well with my parents. It doesn't seem right.

1Dgaf wrote:

We got some very nice praise for the podcast. And I've noticed that the show has an explicit rating on itunes, using the same black & white label warning that was on rap albums I bought as a kid.

Well if you will break out into spontaneous rap battles mid podcast what do you expect?

Higgledy wrote:

Well if you will break out into spontaneous rap battles mid podcast what do you expect?

I think you're missing a C.

1Dgaf wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Well if you will break out into spontaneous rap battles mid podcast what do you expect?

I think you're missing a C.

Overheard my 5 year old niece to her mom.

"After elementary, what school do I go to to be a Jedi Knight?"

I got her Star Wars for Christmas.

Making s'mores over our new fire pit during last night's party. FIRE!

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Yellek wrote:

Making s'mores over our new fire pit during last night's party. FIRE!

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Man S'mores are hellagood

Yellek wrote:

Making s'mores over our new fire pit during last night's party. FIRE!

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Shouldn't you have some sort of fireproof mat underneath that?

My brother-in-law insisted on building the fire as high as he could....

My brother said there was no way I could sing Owner of a Lonely Heart on Expert. I proved him very wrong.

I was just entering my holiday vacation time and realized I did the math wrong and was one day short. Told my boss expecting to be read the riot act since I had already taken the time off. His response: "It's fine, you've put in enough OT. You can have the extra day."

Bell Canada, and the conversation that their "retention specialist" had with my wife when she called to cancel our accounts with them.

We have been with them for over 10 years non-stop. Lately, the service in our area for DSL has been crap. Over the summer, we lost the internet for 3 days at least 4 times. Finally, we lost it about 2 months ago when my wife was in the middle of an addiction to a show via NetFlix. I pounced on this, and got her to dump Bell Canada for Videotron and TekSavvy.

When my wife called today to cancel, the retention specialist offered her a total of about $50 off our bill if we would stay. She then mentioned that (a) it would have been nice if something like this had been offered to us after the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th time we lost internet; and (b) Videotron was already installing our new stuff.

The end of the year "clearing o' the booze cabinet" is always a magical moment. The cabinet must be cleared, and, sadly, this year ended with some Kahlua left over, with no milk or coffee in sight. My girlfriend and I dutifully tackled the remaining liquid with two shots each. Kahlua shots are not a pleasant thing, but tradition must be preserved, and we made it through admirably. I was sort of amused by her tumblr photo evidence of the event (her posts in parentheses)

(.. so apparently I am doing a shot of Kahlua)

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(… because it has been deemed to be important that we ‘finish off all the 2012 booze and start fresh’
…………………….. right, then)

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Ha ha ha her tags
#kahlua#being an adult is terrible and wonderful#this is probably more a terrible moment#but what the hell right#you get all the prizes if you catch the KoL ref

Good times. ^.^

Craft Coffee. For their Flat White Hawaiian Kona:

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Finish all the 2012 booze? Man, no way I could survive that.

Puce Moose wrote:

Ha ha ha her tags
#kahlua#being an adult is terrible and wonderful#this is probably more a terrible moment#but what the hell right#you get all the prizes if you catch the KoL ref

Sweet, what prizes are there?

(Disco Bandits are good but Accordion Thieves are more fun.)

I used to follow a podcast called NoobToob. For giggles I went back today. Turns out they did a Pax show bacl last Sept. I may watch that tonight.

I did enjoy that podcast. Not sure if its considered good or not. I liked it. The guys had good broadcast personalities.

http://noobtoob.com/community/showth...

Puce Moose wrote:

wacom pron

Will we see some art in the painting/drawing thread?

My birthday present from the wife just arrived.

It's only a goddamn Theramin!

OOOOoooooOOOOOOOOoooooOOOooooOOOOoo

That will be me for the rest of the day!

THAT IS AWESOME.

Jonman wrote:

My birthday present from the wife just arrived.

It's only a goddamn Theramin!

OOOOoooooOOOOOOOOoooooOOOooooOOOOoo

That will be me for the rest of the day!

Nice! What brand?

Radical Ans wrote:
Jonman wrote:

My birthday present from the wife just arrived.

It's only a goddamn Theramin!

OOOOoooooOOOOOOOOoooooOOOooooOOOOoo

That will be me for the rest of the day!

Nice! What brand?

Theramaniacs? At least, that's who's on the return label.

It's still in the box. My birthday's not for 2 days and I've yet to receive express permission to open it. Them's the rules in my house.

They're zany to the max, or so I hear.