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post scriptum

I am sneezing. And I think I might have a fever. But, in a stunning demonstration of my priorities, I have four meat thermometers and no human thermometers.

And no, it is not possible to get an accurate temperature reading by putting the probe of the fancy instant-read kitchen thermometer under your tongue.

I'm not telling you how I know that.

Bet you can't wait to come to dinner at my place, huh?

And man, I'm already bored with this vacation thing.** Who was it that had twelve hours, in the betting pool?*


*katallen and truepenny are laughing their asses off right about now.

**yes, I'm predictable.***

***yes, this is why I am flooding livejournal with pointless posts.

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And man, I'm already bored with this vacation thing

You need a child. Or two.

Since I had my son in 1992, I have not had one moment of having nothing to do.

(And no, I'm not one of those who thinks everyone should had kids --- I'm just being snarky :) )
Hee.

I have a pushy cat.

I suspect I would probably accidentally starve to death any child left in my care for too long; I have a hard time remembering to water plants.
I would probably accidentally starve to death any child

That's what I thought. I was married 20 years and my biological clock was broken. God, nature or the universe however had nothing to do one particular day and drafted me.

Biology takes over; never fear. We are all the descendants of good mothers and it's in our genes. If our foremothers were not good, we would not be here.

That said, having a kid (and I've had a half dozen pets ---it's really not the same) does give you perspective. I believe it saved me from the intellectual navel gazing that academics writing dissertations often fall prey to. I didn't have much time; when I did have it, I just had to get on with things.

Overall, I think it's made me more pragmatic and less self absorbed.

On the other hand, menopause might have done that as well. Old ladies are notoriously cranky. :)
I was well on my way to becoming the baby of our household (Honey? Could you get me a cheese sandwich? I don't feel like getting up.) when I had a baby. All of a sudden I wasn't and couldn't be the most important person in the house. It was useful. Of course, it also ate my brain for a good 13 years.

I don't recommend having a child to Change Your Mental Outlook, but that's certainly an interesting side effect. At the end of the process (or actually some time in the middle), you get people, and that's really cool.
All of a sudden I wasn't and couldn't be the most important person in the house.

I think that's the key. Suddenly, you're not the star of your own life any more but feel connected to something far bigger.

I don't recommend having a child to Change Your Mental Outlook,

I certainly don't either, but as you said, it is rather cool to actually create a real live person. [Cue the Victor Frankenstein music :) ]
Sounds like withdrawal symptoms to me. Have a little hit, just to take off the edge. You know you can stop any time you want.
Hi, I thought I'd send you the soup recipe from my Indo-Pak cookbook. I promise you, this will cure the sick and raise the dead. I get calls for the soup every winter when the flu starts going around. Take care, get well.

Chicken Corn Soup

1 can chicken broth
4-6 chicken thighs (preferably skinned and boned already) yes you can use white meat, but this is more tender and shreds better
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbl soy sauce or to taste
red pepper (at least 1/4 tsp, more if you can handle it)
black pepper (at least 1/4 tsp.)
Salt (1 tsp or to taste)
garlic (either diced or powdered at least 1/2 tsp, more if you can tolerate)
1 can creamed corn (or 1 can niblet corn and 1 tsp of cornstarch (if desired)
4 eggs

You can adjust on salt, soy, pepper and garlic to taste. I usually check it just before I add the eggs to see if it needs anything.

Combine all ingredients in a large pot (except eggs). If you are using a pressure cooker, no extra liquid will be needed. If you are cooking in a stewpot, add water to cover the chicken and cook (medium to medium high heat) until chicken is tender (you may need to add more water). Pull chicken pieces from the pot and shred, return to pot. Break eggs into a cup or bowl and scramble up before adding. Turn up heat to high and add eggs, stirring quickly for about 30 seconds. Turn heat down to medium-medium low and allow soup to cook for about 5 minutes longer. Serve. Should serve 4+.

That sounds good!

I'm actually going to make tom yum in a minute. Because that works too...
would love to have that recipe. Get well soon.
You need:

ginger or galangal
limes
lime zest or lime leaves
cilantro
garlic

***

tom yum soup base

(or)

shrimp or chicken stock
and
thai chili paste (or)
Matouk's hot sauce
and
lemon grass

Combine everything except the lime juice and cilantro.
Simmer.

When it smells really good, strain it and add shrimp or tofu or chicken and straw mushrooms, and then add the lime juice and cilantro.

mmmm.

You know, I don't think it *can* be meaningless coincidence that recipes look like poetry.
You know, I think you're on to something.
And in the case of (the Rev) Sydney Smith's recipe for salad dressing, is, at the very least, actually in verse.
Yum. Will find the soup base as soon as possible. Thanks.
I <3 you :)

*grimbles*
I still have not caved and written anything!

I am mighty!

I'm reading about saffron cultivation instead.
You Are mighty.

As for the meat thermometer. I feel you. I only had a thermometer for animal temperatures. :D

Like I was going to stick that anywhere near my mouth.
Oi.

Smart Jennjenn.
>And no, it is not possible to get an accurate temperature reading by putting the probe of the fancy instant-read kitchen thermometer under your tongue.

>I'm not telling you how I know that.

>Bet you can't wait to come to dinner at my place, huh?

It's not under your tongue I'm worried about...