The time has come, the Nea said, to talk of many things:Bentos
There are two websites for "Americanized" bentoish food containers:Laptop LunchesLunchopolis.com
This one I discovered because a screaming pink polka-dotted one
was at the local organic market. Despite the Barbie Memorial Suitcase, I'm not that into pink, but when they get the online ordering up, I'm going to see if I can get my mitts on the water
Also, I have discovered through empirical research that putting multigrain Wheat Thins in a bento box in the refrigerator does not make them go stale (unlike bread, sooner or later). This is useful information, at least to me, because I like multigrain Wheat Thins. The plan is to make a spaghetti-based bento this week, with the role of garlic bread being played by garlic 'n' herb Alouette cheese and crackers. (Spaghetti enriched w/chickpeas; other slots filled with grapes and some sort of candy - probably the last of the mini chocolate pretzels.)Forward Into the Past
I believe that the phrase "bed linens" should be literal, and thus have previously bought linen sheets from Buy the Things
, but I keep wearing out the bottom sheet. The first time I found a thick linen tablecloth in a yard sale and sewed it on as a patch... but then I wore through *that* too. I must thrash around a lot in my sleep.
So today, I took a step back in time. I bough cheapish linen on fabric.com and have sewn two flat sheets with a big seam down the middle. The idea is that 1) the sheets are interchangeable top and bottom, 2) the sheets are reversable so the "bottom end" won't always be the bottom end, (both of these will keep one spot from taking all the stress) and 3) when I apparently inevitably wear through something after all, I can do what they did in Laura Ingalls Wilder - rip out the center seam, flip the pieces of fabric so the worn edges are on the outside, and sew a new center seam out of the solid outside edges.
The remnants of the former sheets will work their way into my rennie wardobe in time. And I figure when I utterly wear through all possible configurations of the new sheets, they'll go into the rennie wardrobe too, and I'll start all over again. So not only is it cheaper than ordering stuff from Belaruse, I'm going to get every bit of possible use out of the fabric in the end.Sunday 7
The universal remote I had kicking around doesn't really handle DVDs. (!) So this week's seven, out of the office and bedroom are:
1 & 2 - Two old universal remotes, to be freecycled
3 - White coverlet, never used. To be freecycled.
4, 5, 6 - Three old blouses that don't fit me - offered to friend.
7 - goth-style hair dye. To be freecycled.
Another, more metaphorical form of clearing out is also going on - I'm making a conscious push to finish up the entire review queue.Fannish RecsStephen Colbert vid
recced by diannelamerc
. It has got to be good to be Stephen Colbert & David Tennant; they're both getting to live their geekiest fantasies!
Two vids for all the companions to date - The Women to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
and the guys to "Let's Hear It for the Boys"
My ZoneAlarm subscription is about to end. I also run Spybot. Since almost this time last year I clicked on a website that had malware that forced me to re-install my OS and start from scratch, I want to have an active firewall/scanner/etc., that isn't just Spybot/teatimer.
Suggestions? "Worst" case scenario I'll up and resub to Zone Alarm, on the basis that it has kept the sharks away.