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  1. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    I’ve been living in Germany for the past four months and head home in a week. While I’ve enjoyed the food here, I can not WAIT to gorge myself on all of the unhealthy stuff we talk about here on Consumerist. Probably the healthiest thing I will eat for a week will be Chik-Fil-Lay. You don’t know what you got til it’s gone…

    • nrich239 says:

      My work is serving chick-fil-a today and i’m so excited for it.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Hehehe. When I was in german class in high school, our teacher would make us have “daily conversations” like we would with waiters and such, and our favorite was, if I recall correctly, “mit sauerkraut” on every single food order. I cannot stand sauerkraut, but it was a good joke. :D

      Almost-welcome home! :)

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I love Chick-fil-a. We’ve driven 20 minutes out of the way just to get some, and it’s delightful.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      After being back here for a bit, you’ll miss Germany.. works both ways.. I’d kill for some brats mit brochen from the fest..

      • SonarTech52 says:

        ahh only 4 months.. maybe not then.. I lived there for about 6 years, i cant stand drinking regular american beer anymore (bud, coors, etc..)

        • Jachim says:

          I’ve never lived in Germany, and I can’t stand mass-market American beers.

          As they say, like making love in a canoe.

          • SonarTech52 says:

            I think the most awesome part about the beer in Germany, is they deliver it to your door by the rack!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      You’ll get to try Domino’s new recipe!!

      (It’s not bad – garlicky, which I LOVE.)

  2. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    It’s not even 11 here and I’m hungry for some lunch. I’m not sure what I’m going to have – probably a sandwich. What’s everyone else having for lunch?

    • SonarTech52 says:

      I’m thinking pizza from a local italian place.. they made somegood, bigg-ass pizzas… mmmm.. Can never eat more than 2 slices.

    • Rocket says:

      I’m going to get a ‘patriot’ from my local hots place. It’s a hot dog on top of a hamburger.

    • slyabney says:

      I think we’re going to Veggie Grill for delicious fries (and sandwiches).

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Well, I made okonomiyaki last night, so it’s leftovers today. But it reheats well, so it’s all good. Oh, and fresh sweet corn. One of the sellers at the local farmers markets have a variety called “Mirai” that is so sweet and delicate, you can eat it raw.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      Leftover Olive Garden.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      A stupid chicken patty and salad, applesauce, milk and whatever chocolate noms I can get out of the vending machine.

      If I were at home, I’d make something GOOD.

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        I try to make something GOOD that I can bring with me. I never have change for the vending machines, curse this plastic lifestyle! XD

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I do too, but I didn’t really cook last night, so I just threw a ton of crap in my lunchbag. :P At least the salad, milk and applesauce (no added sugar) are somewhat healthy.

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            I didn’t cook either but I had this random mix of leftovers. I didn’t want just green beans so I added some leftover pasta and even though the combination should be good, I just didn’t want it so I left it at home today. I had a sandwich and some fries, and now I’m sleepy.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      I am still full from breakfast; I could not finish it before it was time to leave, so I brought it. Leftover mushrooms from dinner the other day–sauteed with onions in some steak drippings with some wine, omg the best ever–served over some over-easy eggs. Will be doing taco salad later. :D

    • Etoiles says:

      Going to Chipotle with my husband (his office is 3 blocks away from mine) and one of his co-workers. Mmmmmmm, carnitas.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Chipotle is one of my favorite places. If there was a Chipotle inside a Target, I’d just be so happy. I’d live there.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Awww, that’s nice that yall can have lunch together. Being that close sounds nice. Unlike how my husband and I used to work in the same office….. that was…… well let’s just say that now that we have both seperate jobs/offices we’re happier people in general. Hehe.

        I did like seeing him so often though, but your situation sounds like the best of both worlds!

        • Etoiles says:

          It really is, we’re lucky. We carpool together and once in a while have lunch together (maybe a couple of times a month), and it’s just right.

          Also saves me about $200 a month in Metro fare.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      Leftover eggplant marinara! Yum.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      morning star chikin nuggets and a nectarine.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      A sandwhich with Kraft American Cheese and Mayo, pared with Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk. It’s like a kid lunch, for the kid sized Kimmish. Hehe.

      Oh, and I have Wheat Thins for my snack. I guess those are pretty healthy….. better than the Chocolate Milkshake and Onion Rings I had last night.

    • Daverson says:

      I’m having tomatoes from my garden. Like four of them.

      My garden has gone crazy this year. I pick about 10 pounds of tomatoes a day and can’t eat or give them away fast enough. I think Sunday I’ll be canning a couple dozen quarts of tomato sauce.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        That reminds me that I have two yellow tomatoes sitting in my fridge in dire need of nomming.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Potato Salad, an orange and sweet tea.
      I also have yogurt for a mid-morning or late-afternoon snack as well…
      as I imagine i will not eat much of the potato salad- “so bad for you!” my brain sez-
      or even actually eat the orange- too much effort. :(

    • Magspie says:

      I’m having leftover eggplant marsala with quinoa. It’s a mixture of continents.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      I’m probably going to get lunch in a few minutes. I’m getting a burrito. The current level of frustration I’m at requires cheesy Mexican food.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I cut up a jalapeno pepper, half an onion, and threw it into the rice cooker w/two strips of bacon. Hit cook, and after the onions browned a little, turned it off, added water and rice. Hit cook again. After it finished, I threw in some Monty Jack cheese and a little honey take the edge off the jalapenos. It was yummy.

  3. cynical_reincarnation says:

    What breed of cat is that, i’ve never seen anything like it! :p

  4. slyabney says:

    A puppy! Just like my first dog! It made the worse week ever a little better.

    Not sure if I wanna talk about the cute puppy or vent about the horrible week at work.

    Here’s hoping everyone has a good weekend though.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      same here, my first was a cocker spaniel named Rusty.

      Ive had a bad week, but I never let anything get to me..It may at the moment, but I just let things go. My wife will thing I dont care, it’s not that, I just dont dwell on things.. Sometimes I feel like the guy in Office Space that was hypnotized..

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      Hehe. I just read pecan’s “What’s everyone else having for lunch?” post, then I scrolled down and read “A puppy!”

      • slyabney says:

        Hyacinth! I love Brit Coms, so much awesome.

        • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

          I especially love Keeping Up Appearances! I recently watched every DVD of the series. I found them in my library system!

          • slyabney says:

            My Mom and I use to watch that one, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, One Foot in the Grave, Red Green (ok it’s Canadian but was on PBS at the same time).

            So many good things for the end of day relaxing.

    • Daverson says:

      Congrats on the puppy!

      We’re going to the pound on Sunday with our dog to meet a New Dog we hope will be his new BFF. Wish us luck.

      • slyabney says:

        Oh I don’t have a puppy yet. :( I won’t get to master that skill again until after I finish my Master’s degree. Otherwise, it’d be mean to leave him home alone so much.

      • slyabney says:

        And good luck! I hope to adopt from a shelter as well. But my future dog will look like the one in that picture up top.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I too have had a very rough week-

      coming to terms with possibly deciding to let go of the house-
      we can afford it, but it is becoming everyone’s safety net and crash house, and ultimately it will never really be mine.

      Also, been fighting the City Attorney over the Mandatory Spay/Neuter for Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas.
      While I understand their point of view, i have issues with it-
      1) singling out breeds (breed specific legislation)
      2) City can’t afford to enforce the ordinance

      But I am realizing that my breaking point is far lower than everyone else’s in the NoMSN group…
      I am only against BSL (and have a fixed dog), while everyone else has show dogs or are breeders.
      I will talk to my NoMSN group tonight to explain my stance.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Without having much context, is the city being breed specific because pit bulls have a bad reputation? If so, why chihuahuas? Is it because pit bulls are less likely to be adopted? I know whenver I take a look at the dogs for adoption, I completely skip the pit bulls. Not because I think they’re dangerous, but because I don’t think they’re cute at all. Same with chihuahuas.

        • Daverson says:

          It’s probably the bad reputation that pitties have gotten from asshole owners.

          I have a pit now; he’s sweet and gentle and friendly to everyone, including other dogs. He’s also the smartest and most eager-to-please of any dog I’ve owned, and he knows lots of tricks. We’re going this weekend to a local pound to scope out a younger female pit as a companion for him because he loves playing with other dogs so much that we think he’d benefit from having a BFF. Even though both dogs are fixed – and I wouldn’t have it any other way – I’m still against mandatory spay/neuter and other BSL. It just rubs me the wrong way. But I also understand why such laws are passed when I see the number of dogs (especially pits) in shelters and the jerkish owners who feel the need to abuse their dogs into aggression.

          I’m really thankful for the spate of recent TV shows, like Pit Boss, Pit Bulls & Parolees, and so on that highlight the positive attributes of a pittie’s personality. Maybe it will counteract some of the hysteria that mainstream news media stirs up to sell their advertising.

          Whew. TL;DR. Sorry.

          • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

            I love Judge Judy, but sometimes she comes out with the whole “locking jaws” thing, and I yell at the screen. Which causes my dog to come wandering in to see whats up.

        • cash_da_pibble says:

          To be short, the Shelter thinks the shelter is overpopulated- The Chihuahuas account for 23% of the shelter intake rate, and Pit Bulls 18%.

          But the problem is much deeper.
          The “No Adopt” pit bull policy kills 85% of the Pits that come in, combined with a lack of a solid low/no cost spay/neuter program, and zero community education.
          Tack onto that a bureaucratic volunteer process, terrible shelter hours (mon-fri 12 -5) and an ACO staff of 3 people for over 50,00 residents…

          and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    • DariusC says:

      Cute puppy

  5. Rocket says:


  6. charrr says:

    needs more cats

  7. TheMonkeyKing says:

    Now I know why Harlon Ellison is always in such a pissy mood.


    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I saw him at my school once. He was hilarious and IIRC, ate his first Krispie Kream donut.

  8. dragonfire81 says:

    How many gamers are out there?

    I’ve been playing video games since the Atari days in the 80s. I still own my original NES and SNES, my old gameboys (the big grey one), my Nintendo 64 as well as current gen consoles Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. I’ll probably add a PS3 eventually too.

    I like all kinds of games, shooters, action games, RPGs, some sports. I find them to be very relaxing at times and frustrating at others. I’ve recently gone back to a number of old games I missed playing the first time around because I can find them so cheap on Amazon.

    It does make me feel old though when I’m talking to teenagers who have Xboxes but have never played an NES.

    • slyabney says:

      Totally into games. Well not as much as when I was younger. Working on domination on Starcraft 2 again, waiting for Civ 5 and stoked for some of the Wii games that will be coming out.

    • Etoiles says:

      *raises hand*

      Our household kind of revolves around it. At any given time I have an MMO, a “me” game, my husband has a him game, and we have an “us” game. Right now our us-game is the very first Gabriel Knight title, since neither of us played it along the way in the ’90s. I’m having fun spending my weeknights making fun of Tim Curry’s “New awleens” accent.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I love video games, but I really can’t play them for hours now like I used to when I was in my teens. I don’t think it’s an attention span issue since I can sit and read for hours, but I think it’s more of a stimulation issue. Most video games are just not that stimulating for me. I prefer FPS games and I think sometimes the repetitive motion is just not rewarding enough. I think if I played multiplayer or co-op I’d definitely be able to sit and play for hours.

      Does anyone have experience running Counterstrike on a Mac?

      • Etoiles says:

        That’s the real tell of a game that is, to me, successful. (And I mean specifically successful in reaching me, and not successful in the marketplace.) If I play for more than three hours without realizing time has passed, then it’s hooked me and I’m in.

        Gone are the days when I can suddenly realize it’s dawn and I haven’t gotten up to eat, pee, or sleep since 8:00 p.m. (long gone), but when my husband used to get home from work at midnight there were times when he’d find me sitting at the PC completely unaware that 9:30 had come and gone. Blame Fallout 3 for that.

        • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

          yeah, I have clocked somewhere over 500 hours on Fallout 3. My roomies were on the verge of staging an intervention.

    • pop top says:

      I’m waiting for ME3 or Borderlands 2. :( There’s nothing really on the horizon for the rest of the year that I’m interested in, except maybe Halo Reach. My hubby and I have played all the Halo campaigns together on launch night since Halo 2. Other than that I’m just playing this highly-addictive DS game called Picross 3D.

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        I have started Mass Effect 1 like three times now, and keep losing my saves. I am tempted to start all over again on my own Steam account, on my own computer, where I will hopefully not lose such things, especially because I have played enough of the game and seen enough of part 2 that I know I would not want to later resell it.

        But playing through the same plotorific and sidequestastic stuff, without actually finishing the game, has gotten frustrating. But Garus is totally the smecks.

        • pop top says:

          Garrus is my favorite character. But if you think he’s smecks, wait until you see Thane in ME2. ;)

          • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

            Eh, I do not like Thane so much–I saw him when my roomie was playing. I like Garrus because he’s all spiky and cool, but if Wrex was a romance option, I would be all over that.

            • pop top says:

              No way. Wrex is your bro, you can’t romance him. ;) Thane isn’t Garrus, but he’s pretty cool. I like the voice a lot more. Although Brandon Keener (Garrus) is a really good voice actor.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      I am kind of a gamer. Parents never bought us game systems until a couple years before I moved out, so I missed out on a lot of good ones; it was like, I went from Atari to Playstation 1, as far as consoles go. The friends with Nintendoes and Segas and Playstations never wanted to play when I went to their houses. I missed out on some classics, I am sure … grew up playing Wolfenstein and Doom on the PC instead, so I can handle myself in some FPS’s.

      I am such a girl though, I am all about Pokémon. …Though, I am absolutely slobbering over Fallout: New Vegas, and am eagerly awaiting the upcoming Borderlands DLC.

    • 333 (only half evil) says:

      I like Mario Kart Wii. We still have our Atari 2600. My favorite game was SeaQuest, but I don’t have a copy of it. My in-laws had it.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I played the hell out of Atari, NES and 80’s PC Sierra games.

      I know nothing about anything past Sega Genesis!

    • ArcanaJ says:

      I’ve been gaming since my brother got Pong as a birthday present (back before the earth’s crust cooled.) In high school we all avoided actual work by playing text-based RPGs on the marketing class’ lone computer. When I was 18, I finally got a chance to play AD&D and later moved on to other tabletop RPGs and the rest is history.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      Oh yeah.. COD MW2 on the PS3. waiting for Black Ops to come out.. Wife and I play DDO on the PC… wondering if I should get Starcraft 2, from what I hear its pretty good..

      • slyabney says:

        Starcraft 2 is totally worth it! Although I got stuck in the campaign and moved into

        Just make sure you can run it first, graphics card really seems to be the sticking point for a good play right now.

    • Daverson says:

      My daughter and I are both gamers. I started out in the 70’s with Pong, and today I still have every console I’ve ever owned, from the Atari heavy-sixer right up through the current-gen machines (yeah, we have a 360, a PS3, and a Wii, not to mention a PSP, 2 DSis, 3 DSLites, and 1 original DS.) Can’t wait for the DS3D, we’re each going to get one of those, too.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      The only things I’ve played are PC-based games, like Myst, Riven, etc. I’m stuck in URU right now; must get back to that so I can finish the series!

      I never played many console games except my brother’s Atari way back when. But the bf plays lots of PS2 games and has made a list of the ones he says I must try. He let me play a bit of Okami and Katamari Demacy when I visited him last time, and it was fun. Now I want a PS really really BAD.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I would probably be classified as a “casual gamer” it takes a special game to get me to really play it.

      That said, I’m married to what most people would say is a “hardcore gamer” who must have all the new games, on PC because that’s just the “right way” to play, and such things like that.. so I know more about games than I’d ever really want to know. Heh.

      Right now I’m trying to get into Portal, I love the idea of it and think that GLaDoS is HILLARIOUS, but some of the levels are too hard for me. I have Mr. Aroo do the parts that I can’t do so I can enjoy the rest of the game. Also, I looooove the song at the end. We’ll just keep on trying till we run out of cake!

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I’m a casual gamer on the Xbox360, but if I find a game I adore, I can play it for hours.
      My first foray into gaming was FF7, and am still a big fan of RPG’s and Action/Adventure games.
      The BF is avoiding getting me FFXIV becuase if he does- he will lose me for a month.

      I can’t seem to do FPS, Halo is the fastest I can play-
      I’m a sitting duck in Quake.

      I don’t often finish games- I still haven’t beat the FIRST Assasssin’s Creed and I have some games waiting for me.
      But I did stomp a mudlhole in Borderlands, tho.

  9. pop top says:

    Went and saw the Rifftrax crew do a live riffing of Reefer Madness (the original from the 30s) last night. It was hilarious. They’re doing one in October for the original House on Haunted Hill. I haven’t missed a live show yet. They are incredibly funny and make me miss MST3K.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I’m always so jealous when you talk about this. I’m going to have to make a trip to Austin to see them, and I really hate that I missed Weird Al and UHF.

      • pop top says:

        You should be jealous! They are always hilarious. Weird Al was only a guest once. Usually it’s just the three Rifftrax guys by themselves.

  10. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Cute puppeh!!

    I hope everyone had a great weekend last weekend. My trip was awesome. Never read before you fly, though!

    Savannah was beautiful. So were the coastal islands, the live oaks with the Spanish moss, even the marshes; all so pretty. Great food and getting to see my honey, too. :) I was just thinking I wish I could rewind this week and do it all over again.

    What’s everyone got planned for this one?

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      Date night! Date night! Date night! (Can you tell I’m the mother of two young children and don’t get out much?)

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      SHOPPING! For me this time! WOOHOO!! And Tax free, too! I’m *very* excited about this.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Lots of research, but I don’t mind.
      Two evening parties so that should wash down all my hard work well-
      one of which is for my mum!

      Also, want to do something fun with the dog-
      maybe a hike, maybe the beach again.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Not a whole heck of a lot, really. Need to plan my time off for the rest of the year – just looked at my vacation time, and I’m at 15 days of “use it or lose it” time. Other than that, laundry, knitting. That’s about it, I think.

  11. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Has anyone had success getting stains out of carpeting?
    I still don’t know why apartments still use carpeting… I hate it.
    How do they get the stains out? Do they just replace carpeting constantly?

    Are those rentable steam vacs worth it? i’ve never known anyone that removed stains with them – just seems to “freshen” carpeting.

    • slyabney says:

      The steamers work well, we used one before we moved out of a place a year or so ago.

      My current place has hardwood in some unit (original) some don’t. I asked why and they said it was a lot cheaper to replace carpet than the upkeep on the hardwood. They replace between tenants if needed, if not they get a deep cleaning. Makes sense to me since hardwood can be hard to take care of and/or repair.

    • ArcanaJ says:

      It depends on the stain, actually. As for the carpet steamers, yes, they work very well, but don’t use the shampoo they provide. It never rinses out completely and attracts dirt faster. Use hot water with a little vinegar instead.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It depends on the stain. I’m not a huge fan of wall to wall carpeting either but my apartment complex actually replaces the carpeting every few years. We’ve had the fortune of always finding a unit in the building that is 1) available to rent and 2) has new or newish carpet. If we found one with carpet that was near the end of its run, they’d definitely replace it though. I think our carpet now is only a year old.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Since I have two cats and live in apartments with carpet as well, I ended up buying the Bissell Spot Bot pet version, and suprisingly it does work really well.. especially for kitteh barf. (ew.)

      I usually let it run like the instructions say, and then let it run again with just clear water to really rinse the soap out of the carpet. The hose on it is really great for “OMG I JUST SPILLED MY COKE!” moments, too.

      What kind of stains are you dealing with?

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      Our carpet is over 10 years old and has heavy traffic. The cleansers we used before would get the stains out but the stains would return a few days later. For a while there it was looking a bit dingy, but then my wife found a good cleanser for the steam carpet cleaner and now looks like new. I’ll have to ask her the brand.

      Those guys who offer to clean carpet in rooms for free tend to be complete rip-offs. “Would you like us to use a garden hose on your carpet or do you want to upgrade to steam? Do you want to pay extra for soap? Do you want to pay to have us suck up the water?” In the end, the free carpet cleaning will cost far more than a good steam carpet cleaning machine which will last years. It pays for itself the first use.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Do they just replace carpeting constantly?

      Judging by the horrifying smell that occurs if my bedroom carpet ever gets wet for any reason, NO.

    • Algae says:

      We’ve made this for 3 generations now and it’s removed everything from food spills to Sharpie.

      1 Tbsp an allergen/dye/etc-free laundry detergent (We’ve used mostly Dreft in the past.)
      2 Tbsp White Vinegar

      Combine in a jar (like an empty mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jar), until the jar is a little more than half full. Shake before use. Use a clean cloth, dip in the shaken mixture and blot at the mess. Let dry.

  12. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOOOOOOHOOO!!! Open thread!

    I’m at work all day today by myself, so I’m glad the open thread is early.

    This week has been a good week for me in regards to customer service. I ordered a hair dryer from Amazon, it’s one of those little wall mounted ones like they have at hotels. I used it the first time and it was really powerful for about 10 minutes, and then it slowed down to a warm breeze and had a funny odor. I thought maybe I just overheated it, so I turned it off and waited until my next shower to try it again. The powerfullness never returned and it remained a warm breeze with a funny odor. I went through Amazon’s website and requested an exchange, and they’re shipping one overnight to me for free.

    Then today I was going to wear my Carbon Atom shirt to work for casual Friday and I noticed that one of the shoulder seams is pinched and sewn wrong, so I couldn’t wear it. I emailed them this morning and they got back to me within an hour saying that they’re sending me a replacement via 2nd day air. Woot! indeed.

    So that’s good. Last night I hit up Groupon for the 25 dollars for 50 dollars at the Gap and I’m hoping to go shopping tonight because it’s Tax Free weekend in Texas. WOOHOO!

    I’m excited, I need new clothes so badly.

    So all in all, I guess this week has turned out pretty well. My Rice Cooker Cake was also featured in this week. How cool is that?!

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      The Carbon Atom woot shirt is adorable. I wore my PROCRASTINATE yesterday, and I would be wearing the How Evolution Works today, except that I decided that I might as well wear my work t-shirt since I will not want to on the weekend.

      A coworker of mine also Woots, and whenever one of us wears a Woot shirt, we point and say “Woot!”

      It is cute and silly. :D

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Lol, that’s cute. I keep hoping if I wear one one of my customers might come in and recognise it, but so far.. no. I guess woot is my little secret. Right now I’m wearing that one with the blue moon record on it and the musical notes. I can’t remember what they called it. At Christmas time I wore the Gone Away is the The Bluebird shirt. I love it, it’s so pretty, it was my first woot.

        Mr. Aroo got the one with the swallows and the coconuts.. I really wanted it for me but I had JUST bought the Carbon Atom one and he said “But you just goooottt ooonneee. This one is for ME!” so I couldn’t argue with that. lol.

    • pop top says:

      I need new clothes too, and Fashion Bug is having a sale, but we’re close to going over our budget for this month because of some car issues. :(

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      LOL I love how excited you get over open thread. I love it too. I was actually on the plane last Friday thinking “Crap, I’m missing Open Thread on Consumerist!”

      That is so cool about your cake. And the dryer? What brand was it? I was thinking about getting one of those because I never have a place to put mine. But not if it sucks.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        It’s called Jerdon I picked it because it looked exactly like the ones I’ve used in hotels. The user uploaded pictures there are ones that I posted. I posted all the pictures I wished that it showed because it didn’t even show if it plugged into a regular outlet (it does.) or whether the back grill comes off (it also does.)

        It has really good reviews, so I’m willing to give it another shot. I also might try the other version if this one turns out to be a dud as well. (There is another one, same brand, that clicks in sideways and looks a little more modern so it’s probably a newer model.)

        Hehe, I do get really excited about Open Thread, it’s true. I look forward to it all week and I’ve been missing it lately due to my days off being changed to Fridays this month. Most of my Consumeristing is done at work. At home I’m usually either really busy or trying to rest and recover from the week, lol.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Thanks, Kimaroo – I’ll check that out. Let me know if the next one doesn’t work.

          LOL it’s always fun to see what people will post!

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Yay for new clothes! I almost bought a belt last night, but I refrained because it was the only thing in the entire store I actually wanted and I had a coupon with a minimum amount. I love sales, but I’m getting much better about not buying anything if I can’t get the exact deal I want. I failed miserably yesterday though. I bought a set of vintage vases and when I put in the coupon code I had, it netted me a good discount. But the store owners emailed me and told me that the code wasn’t supposed to apply. I paid the difference just because I loved them and they were still a great deal without the coupon.

      I know, I caved. But I’m also a sucker for vintage goods.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        You just reminded me that I do need a belt. The ones I have (I should get rid of them) are from in highschool when I grew out of my pants…. now the belts don’t even almost go around me. LOL.

        That sucks about the online coupon. I am suprised that they would email you like that and not honor it anyway. Boo on them, I say, BOO! But yay for pretty new(old) things!

  13. Blueberry Scone says:

    I am SO looking forward to date night tomorrow with DH! Does anyone else have some great plans this weekend?

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Sounds like fun!

      I want to get out of the house. I was thinking maybe some tubing since summer is coming to an end… or maybe going to one of the caverns around here.

    • Daverson says:

      Going to a friend’s annual Band Jam & Pig Roast on Saturday. Can’t wait.

  14. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    For those with Android Phones:

    How does the Android Marketplace work? I have an iPod Touch right now and to buy Apps I just buy gift cards from the store so that Apple doesn’t have my credit card on file. Is there a similar solution for the Marketplace, or do you have to give your card number to them? Most of the apps I use on my iPod were free, are most in the marketplace free or do most of them cost something? What does a typical app run money wise?

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I have never found an app that I wanted that wasn’t free – but my boyfriend recently purchased some guitar/music app thing – it took him through google checkout process.
      I believe if you have T-Mobile, you can just have it added on to your monthly bill.

      Typical app is about $1.99 – $3.99. they’re usually for popular apps that have no ads (the free ones do have ads – but I hardly notice them) and speciality things (which you can usually find something in comparision for free).

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thanks for letting me know, that does help. I have AT&T and have pretty much settled with getting an Aria. I wanted an iPhone at first, but Mr. Aroo has one (3GS) and suddenly with the new update his phone can barely make calls reliably at all. I need it to be able to make calls, it’s a phone darn it!!

        I just don’t like having a card sitting in a website just waiting to be charged for any random thing. Also using the gift cards kinda makes it easier to budget.. I hardly ever buy paid apps, so a $15 gift card lasts me a good looonnng time.

        I’m not going to swich away from AT&T, so I guess the Aria is it…. unless I want that shiny Palm Pre Pro……..

        I keep thinking about this and it’s going to drive me NUTS until the end of August when I can actually get a phone. Lol.

  15. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    Ha! I follow Southern Living on Twitter and wrote in about a “Southern Secrets” article they were comprising. My suggestion was featured, along with my two cents about the place. It’s the Tuscaloosa, Alabama suggestion.

    it’s not like getting your own article published, but I feel a wee bit cool right now.

    • Not Given says:

      I know, right?

      I just had a blogger, in a later post, mention a formula and the URL to the scientific paper it was from that I had given in a comment to one of her previous posts.

      I felt so honored, it’s pathetic.

  16. DJ Charlie says:

    Arrrgh! Too many people with my name! So far today I’ve gotten 18 emails to my gmail account, for OTHER people with my name! My gmail address is, but the way gmail is set up, is automatically “mine” too. And apparently a wave of idiots think that when the signup process says “that name is taken” that means THEY can use it!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      That has been happening on my gmail as well, some girl had her LA Fitness gym membership with my email address, so I always got her billing updates and then finally she cancelled the membership. Then they kept emailing about a refund that was on it’s way to her, and to call if I had any questions.. lol

      I’ve also recieved some person’s resume that she was asking a friend to read and edit, it had all of her personal info on it. Perhaps she is friends with the girl in LA.

      Most recently I’ve been getting emails from a company in Australia that is moving their employee to New Zealand, and they wanted to email her from the travel agency about her tickets and meetings. They were asking for more details about her flight and what her frequent flyer numbers were… That one may have been social spam, but I’m not sure.

      • DJ Charlie says:

        Lucky for me, one of the emails I got was from this person’s wife, and had a telephone number attached. Unluckily, when I explained the situation, all I got was “Listen, I work for the state! Stop trying to steal my husband’s new email address!”

        The signature in her email says she works for a skeezy looking loan consolidation company.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          I wouldn’t have thought that gmail would let you go ahead and sign up with an email that is already taken. I always figure that they’re misspelling it or forgetting a number or something. My last name is commonly misspelled, especially if you are trying to tell them how to spell it over the phone. Ugh.

          But yes, in gmail, your address is your address with or without periods in the middle. You could even send an email to and it would still get to you.

  17. Cantras says:

    Went to try to call the place I applied the other day, but my guy on the inside gave me a number that leads to a humanless phone tree. (“Huh. That’s kindof useless,” he said when he asked me how it went.) He’s telling them good things on my behalf, which is great, but I need to dig and find a number to talk to a human.
    Today’s other phone project, calling some car insurance and being all “‘sup bitches, I haven’t heard from you in the two days since I sent you photos and an estimate, a confirmation you got them would be great” — dude scraped my bumper with a horsetrailer. Getting that cleaned up is surprisingly expensive.

    All the maggoty floor tiles are replaced finally (if you remember me talking about calling the health inspector). It’s amazing what a little push like that will do for your expedience. >.>

  18. Dustbunny says:

    I grew up in Germany & around this time of year I miss plum cake (Zwetschgenkuchen). I’m debating trying to make it using pre-made pizza dough – that’s yeast-based, isn’t it?

    • Dustbunny says:

      wth? this was supposed to be a reply to a different thread….move along, nothing to see here…k thx bai.