Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Instant Mashed Potatoes… In Twenty Minutes

Today’s post is inspired by The Bloggess and my own overly logical brain.

The other day, I decided to be helpful and make dinner. As you can presume from the headline, one of the items that I made was instant mashed potatoes, which turned out to be not so instant. I read the instructions/recipe which told me the following:

1. Measure 2 cups boiling water into serving bowl

2. Add pouch of Idahoan Potatoes all at once, using a fork to moisten all potatoes. Let stand 1 minute.

3. Stir well and serve.

That sounds simple enough, right? So I put around 3 or 4 cups of water into a pot to heat up. While that was heating, I pulled out a bowl and the measuring cup to get them ready. At this point, I realized that the measuring cup was glass and warning bells went off in my head. Those bells typically tell me that I need to ask Jason for advice or suffer the consequences. So I did.

Me: Can I measure this boiling water using the glass measuring cup?

Jason: No. The measuring cup will break. (see, the warning bells are usually right. That would have been messy)

Me: So how do I measure the boiling water for the potatoes?

Jason: *blank stare* (these stares typically mean that my overly logical brain is trumping common sense)

Me: Do we have another measuring cup that I am forgetting about (as I open the cabinets)

Jason: Why wouldn’t you just measure out two cups of water into the pot and boil it?

Me: Because then I would have less than 2 cups since the boiling means water is evaporating.

Jason: *blank stare* Continue reading

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Anonymous Donors Pay Strangers’ Layaway Accounts : NPR

This article speaks for itself. The only thing that I want to say is that I actually shopped at a store that had the evil bell ringers out front because this article had put me in such a great mood.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.

He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.

“She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,'” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”

At Kmart stores across the country, Santa is getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.

via Anonymous Donors Pay Strangers’ Layaway Accounts : NPR.

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Regretsy Community thwarted by PayPal for raising money for people instead of cats. WTF?

Some of you may know about a site that I like to visit called Regretsy. If you don’t know what this site is about, just head over there and take a look. It will be easier to see it for yourself than to try and explain it. Also, please share this post on your FaceBook page to get the word out. We need to pressure PayPal into letting this wonderful community of people continue on with their plans to buy gifts for kids who need them.

So, the owner of the Regretsy blog decided to do something good for her community. She decided to raise money for children in need. She made the mistake of using Paypal, which is now biting her in the ass.

After collecting money to buy the toys, Paypal froze her account and told her that only Non-Profit companies could use the “donate” button. She then had to refund all of those donations one by one. There were thousands of donations.

After talking with the representative and doing some research, the owner found a PDF file on Paypal’s website that states a person/company can use the donate button for a worthy cause. When she brought this up to the representative, she was told that raising money for a sick cat is a worthy cause but not poor people.

The rest of this story is just too freaking hard to believe, and the Regretsy owner is a much better writer than I am. If you want to continue reading about the entire fiasco, click here and here. This link will take you to the original story of how this all started off so innocently. Continue reading

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Grey’s Anatomy: Zander does Jesse Williams

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