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Kim

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  1. Real Estate Agents. Weencourage home sellers to purchase them...vanilla, choc chip cookies, cinnamon...prospecitve buyers always comment and respond..no hard evidence, but a lot of first hand experience...especially Asain homes, who use a lot of spices unfamiliar to many people, along with a lot of frying preparations. The combination can be too much for someone unfamiliar with curries or peppers. What's funny is when I buy an Indian client a candle to burn( Yankee candles, specifically, are very safe), and they wrinkle their noses at the "all american " smell of McCintosh apples.
  2. From my experience of Per Se, I think you can safely expect that the 20% will be based on food and wine. This is a restaurant which gives you a handwritten check which basically just tells you how much you need to pay them. I think on my first visit, it was charmingly simple: Food $1000, Beverages $1000. I've been twice, but was only part of the host couple once...and I'm quite sure my husband did the simple math in his head, and tipped at different percentage points for wine and food. The first visit was a gift from someone in the industry, and we left an enormous tip because of those
  3. I didn't feel like signing up to read the post article..if its page six, its a blurb anyway....but, has per se or the writer mentioned how they will include gratuity for wines? I tip 10% on wine, 15-20% on food...especially multiple bottles of eexpensive wine...While recognizing the value of great service, and willing to pay for it, I'd be less than delighted to have to pay 20% on a bill that includes $500 worth of wine.
  4. Until I Find You, by John Irving...enjoyable..although each new release of his fills me with disappointment during the first 50- pages, when I realize it won't be another masterpiece like "A Prayer For Owen Meany" is.
  5. A gentleman never tells.... I'm glad he's back, Tana..as someone said upthread, cats can be so resourceful.
  6. I do hope that's not the case...I lost Louie last week, but he was found well and happy 2 days later in the wine cellar ceiling tiles...hope you have a happy ending and he's just lying low.
  7. I enjoy fresh tart lemonade and coconut rum, especially after a day at the beach. I just failed at making blueberry sorbet (never solidified..) so now I'm thinking of mixing it with some vodka, maybe adding a bit more simple syrup because its tart. It's due to be 99 degrees at the beach today, there's not even a significant ocean breeze. I have a houseload of people coming down for the weekend, so if this weather holds, there will be a lot of hanging in the AC instead of on the beach..time to stock up on coconut rum and blueberries!
  8. I hang them. I tuck the corners in, like mentioned, and then just do a few vertical folds, plop them over a padded hanger. I have an obscene amount of closet space, however. This is such a strange detail to reveal.
  9. After not picking the cherry and grape tomatoes since thursday, this morning I had 112!!! On 8 plants...when I was on the third plant, I had to count what was in my basket, because I couldn't stop laughing at the sheer quanity of them! Had corm and tom/moz/basil salad for dinner, plus my first time ever home made peach sorbet... now I'm thinking...tomatoes, new IC maker..hmmmmm
  10. I'd be curious to see how many there are above 125th street. To me, its a heirarchy of needs. If you are lucky enough to have your basic needs met, then you have the luxury to decide how and where you want to spend your time or your money. I'd rather the single mom of four spend her Saturday's reviewing and helping her kids with their schoolwork or going to a museum...because I personally feel that breaking the cycle of poverty, thru education and exposure, will create a generation that will then have the time and money to choose where they shop. I'd rather she shop at Walmart and
  11. This , to me, is judgemental, unfair, and tops any stereotypes that Julie uses by far...YOU hate Walmart, but the MILLIONS of people who shop there each day LOVE Walmart, for their low prices and convenience. There are so many ways to change the world...and anyone who chooses the allocation of their food dollar to be the means, more power to them. But no one should be judged because they don't feelt he same...Could it be that the woman in Wal Mart with her cart full of Perdue chickens and green Giant corn is rushed and hurrying because she's going to throw dinner together, and run ov
  12. This , to me, is judgemental, unfair, and tops any stereotypes that Julie uses by far...YOU hate Walmart, but the MILLIONS of people who shop there each day LOVE Walmart, for their low prices and convenience. There are so many ways to change the world...and anyone who chooses the allocation of their food dollar to be the means, more power to them. But no one should be judged because they don't feelt he same...Could it be that the woman in Wal Mart with her cart full of Perdue chickens and green Giant corn is rushed and hurrying because she's going to throw dinner together, and run ov
  13. I met both of my husbands at the workplace. I like hard workers. edit to clarify, I worked with my first husband, but he was not my boss, and I met Bob at my workplace, but he was a client, not a co-worker.
  14. Helena, those eyes are mesmerizing. The new pup is cloming close to be named Cassie, though Abby and Matty remain contenders. AKA, Cassandra, Abigail a nd Matilda.) It should be noted taht this puppy has a substantail ass. Like, fat bottomed girls, they make the rockin world go round. Very impressive butt.
  15. Thank you all for the name suggestions..I love maddie, but that's my son's half sister's name, they vetoed it. Neddie is on the list, and I like Natalie, call her Natty or even Lee for short...Lucy is great, but thats one of the cats names...this morning, she is being rather Rosie or Tessie like. I like Julia, too, but I am fond of call names that end in "y", or "ie" sounds. picky, picky, I know. With the last cat, I had a bunch of names, couldn't narrow it down...my husband got so tired of it, he pronounced him Benjy, and it stuck. Helena, it sounds lovely. I'll be in touch. Dogs,
  16. After living with as many as three mastiffs, all slobber is relative. I try to explain, after 12 years of mastiffs, the boxer is a "toy" dog to me! The hair, however, will be a new thing to get used to. I amne, I have the maine coon hair, but this will be worse. Thanks.
  17. She doesn't have a name yet. She's very large, low keyed, very smart looking, not afraid at all of the new house, new dogs, etc. Contenders are ABby, Gennevieive ( Jenny), Sadie, Tessa. But open to suggestions. Lizzie would be perfect, but its taken by a family's dog. I was also thinking Ellie, for Eleanor Roosevelt, and Annie. The other dogs are named Atticus ( 200lb male mastiff, called TIKI) and Victoria ( feisty hyper bitch boxer called TORY) . Must be a people name, that's a family criteria. Derivitive can be not so people like, but main name must be a real name. Delilah? Tallulah?
  18. Sometimes, you don't need words.
  19. Ok, if some of your were responsible, you could have convinced me to show some restraint. But NOOOOO, not this animal crazed MF membership, it was all..."oh, great dog! " Oh, how cute!" AAAGGGHHHHH..Im picking up my new little girl in an hour....!!!
  20. David Cassidy and Donny Osmond could so kick Sherman's a**.
  21. Tana, sorry for your loss...wonder what he ate that casued that trouble? Cathy, I often look at my old cat and wonder..their eyes are so wise. I love when the younger pets go frolicking around him, and he just turns his head, looks back at me, as if to say "these kids today. Holligans, I say!"
  22. I've been thinking about my recent strong desire to get another pet. I've always loved animals, but understood that there wasn't always a place/time for them during the different stages of my life. Now, nearing 43, with only independent teens in the house, I am crazed about puppies and kittens. My mother's theory is that I am getting tot he end of my childbearing years, and it's my attempt to compensate. That might be true, but I decided, 10 years ago to not have more children, so I've been comfortable with that decision for a long time. The household currently consists of a three year
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    Supper

    grilled squid, angel hair, added to last Saturdays' leftover crab marinara...all the crab meat was gone, but not the flavor. Tuna, rubbed in EVoo and Spice Rub, and then, totally not matching, fennel salad w/ rice vinegar and dill. Not a composed meal, but a tasty one, AND the fridge is cleaned out!! Tomorrow I am hopefully home all day to clean and organize, and plan for a long weekend with lots and lots of guests.
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    Katie Holmes

    This weeks New Yorker is above par...the linked article, plus an article about the increasing use of maggots and leeches in medical applications. Coincidence? I think not.
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    Bok Choy

    gotta love NYorkers... They might be good with cliques, but boy are they lousy at shopping! Just joking, I certainly recognize the benefits of city living..but accessible, cheap organic goods is not one of them. The farm stand less than a mile from my house sells their cherry tomatoes for $1.50 a pint, and as the season peaks, it will go down to a buck..except for the farmstands that put up signs saying they are free, same with basil.
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