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I know there was a thread for this before, but I can't seem to find it, so here we go again:
I got a new pedometer for Christmas to replace the one I've carried for a couple years now. The old one automatically reset to zero at midnight every night. The new one is the same brand, but doesn't do this. The only way I can figure out how to reset it is to hit the "set" button, which means I have to recalibrate it. There's got to be a simpler way, but I can't find it.
I have $175 to spend on books but the one I really want (The History of The Hobbit) isn't in stock.
I know there was a thread for this before, but I can't seem to find it (#1)
I suppose that counts as a first-world grievance!
@DaynaRT: Thats quite the delicious dilemma to have. :D
It strikes me that I recycled whatever instructions came with it when I dumped the plastic packaging it came in in the recycle. It was one of those horrid vacuum sealed things that can do nothing but convince someone that companies HATE their customers with a burning passion and are convinced they're all criminals. I suppose thats another first world grievance right there.
#1: Here's a link to the first FWG thread. Was gonna wait until the new year to start a new one, but this works, too. Last post was yours on December 13th. I hope you and your apartment can come to an accord. Mine's just too darn drafty.
#2: I received a $25 gift card for Barnes&Noble, but couldn't find anything that I wanted. I was planning on purchasing the sequel to Dragon's Kin, but bookstores seem to typically have the first and last books in stock, leaving out the middle. While that was a bust, I bought next year's Christmas cards at a cut rate price of 50% off.
I spent an hour washing dishes and wiping down the counters last night. After I dried my hands off, I found that I needed lotion. After letting the lotion settle in, I found that I needed to use the restroom. ~_~
Working over the holiday week and there not being enough people on the internets to keep me from dying of boredom.
We are here! we are here! Don't die! Read a book!
p.s. washing dishes, wiping down counters = use rubber gloves. I finally found some that actually fit! And I have some at my house, and at the kids' house (where I spend many hours washing dishes for that 5 member household in which NO ONE does dishes all that often, excepting ME). Finally, my hands are not drying up and trying to crack open! For me, the key was finding gloves that really fit, I went to the hardware store to find them.
Bought a treadmill ridiculously marked down ($1200 off) to help with my resolution to keep fit and run 3x a week (yay winter running!) It doesn't come until January 10th. So much for starting off the new year right ;)
My Mustang has sprung a leak...somehow water is seeping into the back seat and the carpet is soaked. No telling how long it's had the problem. Due to the fact that the car has always been in a garage until now, and we experienced a 6-month long drought which has recently been ended, we didn't know it. The dealership can't get to it for another week. Also the motor to the ragtop is toast, which we found out today when we tried to put it down so the sun could dry the carpet some. And today was nearly 72 degrees; a perfect day to drive around with the top down, :( Hope to get a decent estimate on replacing the motor; the car is nearly 9 years old, paid for, and runs like a top under the hood. Hoping a few hundred dollars will get her back into her old self. I love this car more than any other vehicle I've ever had. Due to the water in the carpet, I now have condensation on the inside windshield pretty much every morning. There's also seepage in the trunk.
8: I'm still on the lookout for the perfect pair. I've got an octave reach, hubby has an octave and a half, so we'll need to pick up two pairs. OOOH! I think I can list that as a FWG! ^_^
My Brita water bottle (with filter) leaks every once in a while, and I can't figure out the cause.
Rozax: usually within days of coming into my possession, anything I've purchased to carry liquids begins to leak. Water bottles, thermoses, anything. I got all of 3 or 4 uses out of my Camelbak before it, too, began to leak. I'm cursed.
ArmyAngel: At least I'm only dealing with water, right?
I just avoided what could have been a grievance.
I just discovered that LT uses HTTPS, which is more secure than HTTP, but whenever I typed in LibraryThing, it auto-completed with HTTP. I finally wised up and cleared my history of all HTTP related to LT.
Just remebered a FWG from Christmas day - Mum forgot to save me a croissant so I had to have camenbert & biccies for breakfast!
"camenbert & biccies for breakfast!"
I understand only two words out of that statement. Two nations, separated by a common language...
I'm guessing (probably wrongly) that 'biccies' are biscuits? But no idea what 'camenbert' is.
Camembert - yummy soft, fairly stinky French cheese, a bit like Brie. I wish that was my fallback option for breakfast food! And yes, biccies are biscuits.
Same here. I just don't think the average Camembert qualifies as stinky ;-)
Oops, I didnt realise biccies was an Ausie'ism - yep short for biscuits :) & Yep camenbert is soft cheese like Brie but a bit milder, I probably wouldnt class it as stinky either but it is good cheese (IMO) :)
Yah, have to concur that Camembert isn't stinky. Yummy stinky blue cheese...mmmmmm.
A FWG from a friend - her Ipod has run out of room for her all songs. She's heartbroken and immensely guilty as she's just started sponsoring a child who lives with 7 others in a one room mudheart. Heh.
Every one here loves stinky cheese, the names may differ, but the joy is the same!!
15: Reminds me of a time I made gingersnaps in college. There was enough for everybody to have one (we had guests). I had to run to the laundry room to toss my clothes in the dryer, and when I came back, they were all gone. I announced that I thought I'd made enough for everyone and my roommate's boyfriend confessed, "I had two." I gave Groxx a sharp look, but conceded that he wasn't in charge of babysitting everyone.
With such thoughtfulness commonplace, the roommate's boyfriend lost his charm in her eyes very quickly. But thanks to the advent of Facebook, they were "officially" together for much longer than she would have liked. I think this last part is also a FWG.
Concerning cheese: CHEESE FOR EVERYONE!!! I tried a Wensleydale last month, and was disappointed that I didn't like it very much. I'm a huge fan of Wallace&Gromit.
I find Wensleydale a bit boring, but Wensleydale with apricot is delicious.
"yep short for biscuits"
Yes, Discworld knowledge FTW! And I have no FWG today, seeing as how my one class is over, I think I passed the quiz we had, and I have a three-day weekend ahead of me. :)
OK, so you can use the word "biccie" and still be viewed as a credible adult?
It do sound like a word kids would use...
No offence meant. Just a reflection.
I don't hear it used much anymore but it was very common in the part of Canada where I grew up. Now it's more a nostalgic term that reminds me of my grandparents who would have both biccies and cookies with their Sunday tea.
Interesting that it is a term common among the Canada cousins (commonwealth countries) -- yet another remnant of our shared ancestry and/or British imperialism.
>33 Jenni_Canuck: I'm from Canada (Southern Ontario) with a very Scottish/English leaning family (we still use our great grandmother's recipes brought over from England and Scotland) and have never heard the term Biccies, but I was able to tell what it was just by looking at the word ;) So I would say it is not prevalent in Canada, but it is now my mission to make it so!
Here it's spelled as 'bikkie' as two cc's would be a soft sound, rather than a hard k sound. Is it the same elsewhere?
I don't know, Busifer, I equate it as being just as silly sounding as 'waffles', which is commonplace in the US. Or 'kitty' or 'puppy' which adults use the world over. It's such a part of the language that it's just a word - a mere abbreviation of the word biscuit. Also, it's often used for cat biscuits (and possibly dog biscuits but as I don't have a dog I'm not sure). 'Gotta grab some cat bikkies too' etc.
ETA - thinking on it, 'cookie' sounds a little childlike too. That word is creeping into NZ lanuage more and more, mostly due to our increasingly global culture. In the 80s it was never used; It was downright weird to me as a kid.
I don't think they have any others do they? I only had them once, when I visited the states. They were like...pikelets I guess. Closest thing I could equate them to here anyway.
Here we have "våfflor", which is the same as waffles. It's from the German wafel, some 800 years ago.
To me cookies are "sweet" (kaka, in Swedish), crackers "salt" (kex, in Swedish), and biscuit the family name, kind of.
One of the most commonly used silly-sounding words I know in English is hubby.
Sounds kind of demeaning, in my ears, even if I know it isn't used that way...
I agree, Busifer. Maybe not demeaning, exactly, but cutesie and a bit childish. Ditto with 'wifey"
As far as cookies and crackers are concerned, I'm in Busifer's camp there too. Cookies are sweet and crackers are salty. Biscuits, on the other hand, are more bread-like,
Baking powder biscuits! Bread-like, yet flaky! Yummy. We can make our own cookies, and our own biscuits, but does anyone here bake their own crackers? I'd be interested in a good recipe for some savory, salty healthy ingredients crackers!
Cambozola - strong cheese with blue streaks but soft and creamy like Brie - best of both worlds
hfglen - whoops, missed that!
Busifer - here's what 'kaka' is in New Zealand: http://www.new-zealand-pictures.co.nz/photo/kaka-bird-picture-new-zealand-native...
MerryMary - have a look at this heh: http://www.griffins.co.nz/
Language is so damned fascinating.
I don't believe I've ever had the occasion to spell biccie/bikkie before. I think it's an Eastern Canada expression because I'm pretty sure I haven't heard it used in the 40 years since I moved to Central Canada. I was disappointed to find no entry in my Book of Newfoundland English :(
Maybe I'll start using it instead of cracker and see what kind of reaction I get.
I'm from Western Canada, and I use bikkie but that may be because my husband and his family are from Eastern Canada. 18 years together, something must have rubbed off. I can't remember if I used the term before we met. We use it to mean people cookies, or dog biscuits.
Edited to clarify that I mean sweet cookies.
On the cheese side I have a Goat Bleu resting in the fridge, which is a pure deli. And my FWG would be that it's so expensive I normally can't justify buying one, even if I can afford it.
(10) theexiledlibrarian, I think that your 6 month long drought dried out some rubber or silicon caulking, which then allowed water to seep in.
Biscuits (never heard the term biccies) are big here in the southern United States: just about anything and everything is added to or placed upon biscuits, baking powder biscuits or buttermilk biscuits especially.
Re: cookie/cooky, cracker and biscuit, the first is definitely sweet, the second is salty and the third is more cake-like. However, when I make scones, they're sort of a cross between biscuits and cookies!
Waffles: there is a diner 'chain' here in the S. US called 'Waffle House'. You can get hamburgers or pork chops, eggs or toast, but their specialty is waffles. They make a pecan waffle that is so good, there is no need for syrup or sugar. Yum.
FWG: I love Havarti cheese, but it is so hard to find here!
Have I mentioned how much I hate it when people turn the lights on during the day? Even when I'm at someone else's house, it really bugs me.
I arrive at my niece's house most mornings at around 7 am; in fall and winter that means it is dark outside. Her husband was a submariner so he prides himself as being able to function well in the dark and he fusses sometimes when I turn on the lights, and it is also getting lighter outside.
My response: wait until your are old, getting cataracts and can't see or hear worth a damn. Electricity is my friend, day and night.
51: If it's that dark, I'll be lenient. Even in that case, when it's just me, the lights stay off, and I have a darker than average apartment, even on sunny days. In this case, though, we had overcast, but it was in no way dark. Turning the lights on added nothing to the room.
52: I'm not there yet, so I'm saving on my utility bill. I have roughly $50k in student loans to pay off, not including my husband's. ~_~
~looks guiltily at light in office~
We always have it on - the light from the windows glares off the computer screens so curtains are shut (plus we don't want nosy neighbours seeing our stuff (the only stuff worth stealing).
@48 - that's my very favourite cheese!
I'm kind of with Karen/Maggie on this one: I have the lights on in my living room whenever I'm awake, basically. I do use the energy saver ones, but it's quite dim and, to be honest, I keep my shades down most of the time for privacy. I don't need my neighbors seeing me sitting around in my nightgown eating breakfast or whatever.
There are so many circumstances and solutions differ. I also keep curtains closed for good parts of the 24 hours as they assist in keeping the warmth in the house and the heating costs reduced somewhat.
In my part of the world we have long, and dark, autumns, winters, and early springs. At the winter solstice we have day light for only 8 hours. As I said, electricity is my friend. I've tried, during outages, to do without and my goodness, I did get a great deal of sleep. (-:
I'm not drawing lines in the sand; I just don't like artificial lighting during the day.
I used to use lights during the day a lot less when I lived in sunny California or when I lived in a one-story house with three skylights. But here, now, in gray and gloomy upstate NY--thank goodness for Edison.
I used to live in a dark house and hated that I had to have lights on during the day. But it really was necessary. Where I live now is much better :-) My current irritation is at work, where my colleagues leave the light on in the kitchen even after they have left the room. It is so wasteful.
I try to avoid putting on any lights during the day if I can. The only place this doesn't apply is in my bedroom. Since I work nights, the windows are as covered as I can get them to keep the light out so I can sleep. So, have to turn on a light there to do my reading in bed before I actually go to sleep!
Even at night when I'm home for a night off, I usually get by with just one light in the living room on all night. Which light will depend on if I'm playing on the computer or sitting on the couch to read.*G* Other lights will get turned on then off again in the kitchen and bathroom as needed.
58: The irony there is that I'm living in CA now, and this is the darkest apartment I've ever had! XD
When a friend came to visit (from WA) he insisted upon turning my lights on. My husband's position was that it was only for a few days, so I sucked it up. Using my father's rule, "That was his one-time-visit as a guest! Next time he's here, we battle!" Just like when we all lived back in WI. :)
New FWG: I need to get a new phone, soon. I've had the same one since 2007, and the keys are starting to get weak. I can afford a new one, but...mrr...
My office/study area is in the basement with very few windows and none where I am set up, so basement lights on are a must at all times. However in the rest of the house there's no need. :)
FWG: My iPad has crossed an ocean, and is still not in the same country as I am. *sigh*
I have no phone, internet, or cable (failure on my part to give Time Warner the money they want in a timely fashion). Well, sort of: I can walk across the street to use these things at the neighbor's, I'm picking up internet from another neighbor's wireless, and I've been watching DVDs instead of regular TV. Suffering, I tell you! it's horrible!
The ragtop on my Mustang is toast, and the Ford dealership in town cannot replace it with the correct color (tan); they can replace it with black, and oh, it will cost $1000. I'm thinking I'll use duct tape fix the holes until I can find the $$$ to replace it. At least that will keep out the rain, hopefully. And the reason it won't go up and down easily is not the motor, but some cylinders that need fluid to be replaced. And the dealership says they can't do it...so the top may have to stay up. Totally blows the cool factor of the car. :(
oh, I'm sorry. Can't imagine having a convertible which won't convert!
It's cold and I don't want to drive to the grocery store that's so close I can see it from my house.
I'm without internet at home. Waaah! It'll be better tomorrow, I hope. I still think it's weird that I signed up on the 4th and it still hasn't been hooked up.
I forgot to buy milk and soap while I was out, today. I, too, have a grocery store within a stone's throw of my residence, but they don't have the type of milk that I like. I vastly prefer glass bottles.
#69 Roz....if it makes you feel any better, I WORK at a supermarket and I often forget to buy things I want/need before I head for home.
My dh and I are home from work today (holiday) and the weather has warmed up enough to work outside stringing the coax cable from our newly mounted television antenna into the attic and down into the rooms...but my dh bent over this morning and pulled a muscle in his back...
...he's down for the count, with a heating pad, guess no antenna work until next weekend, weather permitting.
I hate it when company managers answer the telephone as though it's their own, personal number. Anyone else run into this? At first, I'm not sure if I have the right number, so I say, "I'm calling in regards to..." and then they respond with an affirmative, "Okay?" and then scramble to think of what to say next. Shouldn't they have a protocol or something? How about a simple, "How can I help you?"
My nearest grocery store keeps running out of Neuro Sleep.
This is the stuff.
It seems they put in orders every two weeks, because we'll have a full stock of it for about three days, then it disappears, and there's nothing for at least that long. I'm pretty sure some jerk is buying them out whenever it comes in, while honest people such as myself buy one or two. Last time I bought three, but I'd like to avoid escalation. Couldn't they just keep extra stock in the back room?? It's called supply and demand. Shouldn't the supply be meeting the demand? It won't depreciate in value. People won't get tired of it. Without it, we just get tired. :(
Rozax, what is Neuro sleep? Is it kind of like vitamin water? I'm intrigued :D
#73 I'm pretty sure some jerk is buying them out whenever it comes in, while honest people such as myself buy one or two.
How in the world is purchasing as much of you want of something, in an open market that has set no limitations, dishonest? You may not like the competition, but its not dishonest. The store is entirely at fault here for not noticing a demand, and increasing supply to meet it.
I'll give some background. My wife drinks zero calorie Power Ade - a lot of it. For reasons I don't need to discuss here, she can't drink sugared energy drinks, or much else, needs the electrolytes in them, and power ade is the only thing around that has the best option of what she needs (according to her physician). Her favorite flavor is Lemon Lime, but it is rarely available. Let me make it clear - it is the only flavor that doesn't make her choke in disgust. I hate seeing her grimace at the other flavors. Who wants to see their wife sad? So, when I find it, I purchase every bottle I see, because I know she will certainly go through them - there is no waste here. She does the same. Ordering them online is cost prohibitive and our requests for special ordering from a grocer is met with blank stares, and we've tried multiple grocers.
I often end up driving many miles out of my way to find that one green flavor, and I take them all. (And I can't stand that flavor myself).
I don't feel a bit of guilt doing this. If she could tolerate other flavors, or other options, I'd get them. But she can't, so I am a lemon-lime zero calorie power ade hoarder.
Sometimes there are consumer products that - for whatever reason - are needed by some people more than others. Please don't assume that there is a selfish lack of ethics.
I recently ran out of genuine red Thai curry paste. It was bought in Thailand from a local vendor who, I think, made it herself. No brand, no name. I loved it.
Every single substitute red Thai curry paste that I've tried this far is a disappointment.
Even if bought at a Thai or Asian grocery shop, and with Thai script all over the package.
I agree with JPB, the problem is with the store and whoever does their inventory and ordering. I think some of this arises because much of this is done automatically or by someone in a main "corporate" office. If it is done locally, then someone isn't paying attention. If you are really concerned, try speaking to the store manager about it. See if they can increase their order, or possibly let you know when it arrives.
If it is a product sold in a lot to the store, in other words, with several other products, and those other products are not selling well, that may be why there is a discrepancy. For instance, when our hotel buys Hansen's or Vitamin Water from Costco for our little market, it comes as a mixed box of flavors. Some sell faster than others, but the owner won't restock until almost all are sold.
I'll remind everyone of the title of this thread. I live near a major university (so, small wonder it disappears so quickly), and I can survive without it. I've managed for over two decades, thus far. If I'm really in a pinch, I'll pop a Tylenol PM (with which I went without for 18 years), even though it does some crazy-ass things to my system as I'm falling asleep. Not to mention the weird hangover-like feeling I have (though I've never had a hangover) throughout the next day (which never happens as a result of Neuro Sleep). I'm just griping because it's always gone, and I prefer sharing.
Another first-world grievance: Why can't someone else talk to management? Why do I always need to tell them when something's broken?
74: It's an orange-flavored drink with melatonin. More information can be found here.
76: I'm having that problem with a few delicacies (that I took for granted) from home that I just cannot find around here.
Waaaa! The pool's out of order until next week! However will I live?!
I take melatonin every night with my medications and I love how it helps me sleep more soundly and not wake every couple of hours. The Tylenol PM morning hang over is real, and very icky. Can't imagine what nasty things it does to our systems to make us feel so punk afterwards. Melatonin is so much more gentle. You could find it with vitamins in the stores, or in a health food or vitamin store.
I need to get some melatonin. I was completely bone tired last night and still only slept four hours. So I'll probably be inconveniently napping this afternoon.
Tomorrow I'm going out of town to do a focus group session and I will NOT get to read during the train ride because I will have company by a new colleague who is joining me to get to learn the trade.
1.5 hours there, 1.5 hours back again. A total of three hours lost reading time... oh well ;-)
I'm with jillmwo on this. That is a bummer. I hope you'll have enough to talk about. There's little worse than getting stuck with someone who requires your attention and your conversation is constantly punctuated by awkward pauses. That was me and my first roommate. We got along, but we didn't see each other much after the first week.
Eh, it turned out he wanted to spend the train ride sleeping.
I did not bring a book, which I knew I should had done, so ended up reading/answering emails etc on my phone.
I did survive, but next time I'll bring reading material!
I have learned to never leave home without a book no matter how busy or otherwise entertained I think I'll be. You never know what will come up!
Well, if you're already towing a shoulderbag jam-packed with at least 5 kilos of stuff (large-screen laptop, power cord, a large notepad for mindmap-style notetaking, a file of papers that pertains to the assignment, a huge assortment of coloured pens...) the volume needs to be very slim to fit in there ;-)
I mixed up my credit and debit cards today and missed the train because I couldn't buy a ticket. For some reason, the blasted machines won't accept debit.
>89 Busifer: Of course, you can sometimes download books or go to websites such as Project Gutenberg to read books as long as you have web access . . .
I'm looking forward to my first real trip with my Nook--I've lost count but must have at least 60 books on it by now, many of which I haven't read. Barnes & Noble's "free Friday" books are a great help in this respect.
My laptop is quite old. Some keys stick, the DVD drive doesn't work, and the whole thing is painfully slow no matter what kind of maintenance I do. On the other hand, it does actually work . . .
ejj1955 - you and me, too, pal. My lap tops screen frame is coming off and I have to be very careful when moving my baby. But it works!
Yestereve I was watching some football, streamed live over my laptop, which was connected to the TV for larger picture.
Suddenly it just... beeps loudly, and dies. I go frantic, and the laptop at first refuses to wake up.
Then I realise - when I moved the laptop I forgot to plug in the power cord.
How many years did you say you had worked the computer biz? 21? Are you sure about that?!?!
:) Thank you, Busifer, that is very comforting to me.
Mine, I was given a raise at the beginning of the year. Very nice, right? Well, before Feb. is even over, they have cut our hours to essentially remove the raise. I don't think it's the hours cut or lower wages I mind so much as the fact that the raise was just lip service. It seems so deceptive and wrong to me. :(
I'm not sure that's a FWG, it's too bad for that - I'd be real angry if it had happened to me.
I ordered & paid for (well mum paid for & I'm paying her back) my DSLR camera 19 days ago, they had to order in stock, I was told I should have it within a week or 2 at most - 19 days is more than 2 weeks! Boo!!! I wanna play with my new toy now!!!
I am coveting an iPad2. I don't need one; I'm not sure if there would be any return on the investment. BUT all the cool kids have 'em! And I want one too and Wednesday there will be an announcement about the iPad3 and I can't justify purchasing that one either.
I'm cheesed off at this video player. I can't go a minute without the thing hiccuping. Actually, I can't go two sentences without it hiccuping, and it freezes in the middle of a punchline. I'd love to buffer, but the video was posted in fragments, so there is no buffering.
I was having trouble with video sites all last night. They just stopped loading and waited forever to catch up. It was on multiple sites, too, not just youtube.
@Rozax, if ever I have that kind of trouble with a video file on my computer then I try it in VLC. Probably gives the smoothest playback of all the programs I've tried. Version 2.0 was released not too long ago. If you're streaming something though I can't offer any advice.
I got a new keyboard for my work computer. They keys are in a slightly different configuration than on the old one (or on my laptop, for that matter) and I keep making mistakes because of it.
102 - I was streaming. Hence my complaint about buffering, or lack thereof.
Maggie, I found this recipe a while ago for olive oil crackers with sea salt, but I haven't tried it yet.
My FWG for right now is that I have drunk too much tea already and this evening I'm supposed to meet my family... for tea. x-( If only every grievance was like this, right? ;)
Thank you. I hope I'll make some time to try the recipe! So many things to do, so little time....
As posted inthe marvel/mayhem thread: I took 584 photos yesterday on my new camera, that part was fun, but sorting through that many is painful! Especially the continuous shoot groups where I've held the button down to get multiple shots - which seemed like such a great idea at the time, but looking at 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 pics that are almost identical & trying to work out which one is the best = Seanie's head done in!!!
I left a new bottle of milk in the shopping bag last night and just rediscovered it. ~_~
My son had a FWG the other day - he washed his racing suit last week and then it got soaked in champagne. :)
He was co-driver in a rally on the weekend and they came in second.
*applause and the masses cheer* Congrats to your son, tardis!
I have never been soaked in champagne. Upon reflection, I might be tempted to bathe in it.
I want to put a youtube video together, but I don't want to put myself on the internet, though I don't mind sharing my voice. I want to be heard, not seen, but I can't think of a way around it. I guess I could invest in a wig and gaudy makeup.
...I don't know the first thing about makeup...
#112 Roz...if you're on a Windows machine, use sound recorder to record yourself, then use Movie Maker to create the video, using the sound file for the vocal and some graphic you like as the picture for the whole thing.
Does it constitute a first world grievance if you realize that you're nine years behind on your leisure reading?
Proposal: count your TBR piles and add your average number of books acquired each year for 10 years and then divide by your average number of books read each year... oh, no, that wouldn't work.
let's see.... maybe just divide your TBR piles by the average number of reads per year. And then double your answer assuming you'll buy at least that many new books each year.
Bwahahahaha! @ #114~116 :P
Is it a FWG if I complain that mosquitoes are eating me alive right now? :(
I'm burning two sticks of incense, have two electric RAID stick thingies on, sprayed some bug spray, applied some baby mosquito repellent on my skin, I'm burning some candles... and still I've seem to have turned into a banquet for the darn pests to feast upon... *sigh*
Youtube is running slow. :( Where am I going to get my fix of Spanish Japanese-inspired electro-pop (La Casa Azul) now?
How's this one?
By the time the hotel scared up a valet and got my car to me, most of the intense color had gone out of the sunrise and I had to settle for not so great color. Bah.
So, Bookmarque, your camera was in your car? Or you needed to drive to the sunrise? So sorry. I know that was frustrating.
Delirium9 - Take some stress strength Vitamin B. Mosquitoes hate the smell of vitamin B. Really.
No, I had the camera, but needed to go a fair way down the drive and then onto a waterfall nearby and I got the sunrise late because of the no valet thing. I'll survive, but it was kind of a bummer.
Mercifully, the sun will set again tonight, so maybe you'll get another chance.
I have a pile of books waiting to be entered into LT, but no time to do it (properly). I could do it half-assed, but I think that would bother me more than leaving them un-entered.
A related FWG: I haven't read a book since December. I have extra money now to buy all the books I've been lusting after for years, but no time or mental energy to read them. I'm trapped in the broken glasses Twilight Zone episode.
I will, but not where I was. The Mount Washington Hotel is such an icon though, it's not going anywhere.
123 - I know that trap! Hopefully you will adjust soon to your new schedule and find a way to work reading back into it. Probably not in the same quantity as you did before. I had to just read fluff for about a year, and not much of that, either.
I too have been putting off working on my LT entries. I want to go through my shelves checking entries and using my LT stamp to mark my books as entered properly, but I feel that I need time to do that, and so I procrastinate.
Cat has fallen asleep on my hand on the keyboard of laptop. Hard to type.
And we mustn't wake the sleep fluffy. :3
I bring you a FWG in picto form.
I am feeling neglected, and a little lonely. No one seems to be reading my Green Dragon reading journal, nor my 75 Books Challenge! and I just read an outstanding book which deserves to be noticed. Maybe my "reviews" are just too boring, or mundane. If you have some constructive comments, please, share.
I'll take a look today, maggie. I've been easily distracted for the past...several years. I blame school, but having graduated, I'm on the mend.
maggie-love, I read your thread always, but only comment on the reading threads if I've read the book or have something to say. I just haven't felt wordy much lately.
I also always read your threads. We talked often talk about the books we are reading in chat, so I don't usually comment on your thread, too.
I know, I know, I was being silly. But it is hard sometimes to talk to yourself here....
I always check out your thread, maggie. I find I just don't usually have anything to say. (I'm always the quiet one at parties.)
OK, all you lurkers out there, and this is for me, too. I think we should always leave a little note just letting the writer know she/he is not posting in vain. Like "hi, just stopping by" or "good stuff" and then move along. What do you think?
Not enough hours in the day unfortunately, maggs. I couldn't keep up with everyone, so I ignore them all. Sorry. It's like when people come to work and hawk their kid's school fund raising shit. A person could go broke supporting all of them, so I bought nothing. If it makes me a curmudgeon, so be it. I see where you're coming from though and that's why I stopped my reading thread early last year. Too much like talking to myself.
Bookmarque, I do understand what you are saying. I limit myself pretty much and only read the threads where I think something will be said that is amusing, or enlightening, or informative, or whatever. Those folks, I can say "hi" to, I think. Not that many of them. I am kinda picky.
I read between 40 and 50 personal threads a day. I just don't think it's possible. And other people who read a lot of personal threads dislike the "drive-by postings" since they have to read all 50 "hi" posts as well.
Yet one more reason a "like" button would be good here, or a "Thumbs up" or a "smile" button. I too could never take the time to post in each reading thread, but I do check them to see what others are reading and if I'm interested in that.
Agree a like or smile button on LT would be great!!!
My FWG - bought some pita pockets on sunday, planning on making pita pizza for dinner last night, so I chopped up my vegies & got everything ready, then opened the packet of pita breads & they were mouldy :( Best before date is tomorrow so they should have been fine last night - boo! I jumped in the car to go buy more pita pockets - but the supermarket had none! So had to go with the less healthy (but prob more tasty) actual pizza base option...
>141 Seanie:: So annoying. I hope the store at least gave you your money back for the mouldy ones.
>141 Seanie:: Sakerfalcon is right. You should certainly try to get your money back.
Just found out I'll have to wait until late May for Sherlock, season 2. x-(
I got rid of everything but basic basic cable (13 channels) so I won't be watching the new season of Mad Men or Game of Thrones. I might be able to watch Mad Men online (?) but I'm going to have to wait for the DVDs of Game of Thrones. Boo hoo. On the other hand, by not paying for all that cable, maybe I can actually afford to buy some DVDs. Glass half full, you know.
I am sneaking up on that very same action ejj1955. I think the cable is usually a huge budget drain, without much value.
The SF/F bookshop has changed order system (or something) and have managed to mix up no less than TWO recent pre-orders.
First Intruder, of which they forgot to notify me about, and now Outcast Blade (book 2 in a trilogy) - I received a notice of its arrival the other day but wasn't able to go to the shop until today... and when I went to pick it up they gave me Fallen Blade instead (book 1 of 3)!
I went home and checked and Yes, I was Right and they were Wrong - my initial order was for the correct book (Outcast Blade), as stated on the order confirmation issued by them.
Both times the clerk has made me feel like I was in the wrong; no apology offered :(
(I also think they should skip sorting SF and F separately. I hate when I have to check one author on two different shelves...)
Maintenance has finally caught me at home, so they can work on the dishwasher, but they showed up while I was fixing dinner, and just as a scheduled Google Hangout with my friends was about to start. *le sigh*
149 - I know plenty of guys like geek girls. I get a similar feeling when it's explicitly stated that all men are incapable of doing anything useful without a woman to do things for them.
My first world grievance: the lottery winner is not in my neighborhood.
If he/she/it was, would your first world grievance be that you didn't win?
150 - That one bugs me, too. My husband is perfectly capable of taking care of himself.
oh, AnnaClaire, I am just too embarrassed to be in grief that I did not win. But I did go buy another lotto ticket and that drawing is tonight and the winner gets $8 million. A mere pittance, but I would take it.
I lent my Jekyll DVDs to a friend on Friday night, because we were watching them at his place and were supposed to finish last night. But then last night he told me that he had checked the second disc... and it wasn't working. :'''(
I have only watched the first half of the series, and was looking forward to the second half. *sigh*
At least I got it on sale from Amazon. BUT they were new DVDs, not used ones. Thing is, it's now too late for me to complain. More than 90 days have passed since I bought them (don't remember if it's 90 days or less, but anyway...)
I had that problem with some audio disks one time too and I swore I'd check the disks next time I bought any! What a drag.
I had bad luck with the Torchwood DVDs. The first series 1 set I bought was missing a whole DVD. Fortunately I found out right away and returned it to Costco for a replacement and I checked before I left to make sure it was complete. The Torchwood series 2 set ordered from Amazon.ca first went missing in the mail (they said it was delivered but it wasn't) and so they re-sent the whole shipment and when it arrived turned out to have a huge scratch on one of the DVDs. Then the first shipment arrived so Amazon told me to take the Torchwood DVDs out of the first shipment and keep those, and return the damaged version with the extras of everything else.
Oh, I had the same issue with Torchwood Series 1. I was shipped two copies of the same disc (disc 3, containing episodes 6 & 7), but was missing one disc (disc 5, episodes 10 & 11). Since I bought them from an Amazon vendor and not Amazon directly, I was told they couldn't send me a replacement disc (just the one, the others were perfectly fine.) So they issued me a refund for the whole boxed set.
I just remembered that. I guess since I got the set "for free" I might as well buy a new one and hope it includes all discs. ;) But first, I'll check online to see if this was a batch of sets that were all missing the same disc, which is probably the case. Was disc 5 the same disc you were missing, tardis? I bought my set two years ago (January 2010).
Incidentally, I had downloaded all the series first as .avi files, so at least I was able to watch the episodes I was missing.
Oh, and I just checked and my set of Torchwood Series 4 is scheduled to be sent by Amazon tomorrow. Yay! -- I haven't seen "Miracle Day" and I don't care if it's as baaaaaaaaaaad as online reviews say it is ;)
Gosh, I don't remember what disc was missing. Was a long time ago :)
I should order Miracle Day - there were parts I loved and parts I didn't but overall, it was so nice to see Captain Jack and Gwen again that it would be worth owning.
I just looked at my email addresses, and b/c I didn't always name the person's real name, just their email address, there are people there I have no idea who they are. Also, several people have more than address & I've no idea which is the correct one. So I need to do some serious housecleaning. I'm afaid to delete anyone even though I know if I don't recognize the address I probably am not ever going to contact them again. It's sort of the equivilant of not wanting to throw clothes away because you might just need it again.
>147 Busifer: Busifer, do you know about The Book Depository? Decent prices, free shipping . . . might be an option. Even if it's generally better to use local stores, that doesn't apply if they are rude to you!
Aauuugh!! Almost done printing the *($^*@ tax returns, and it's out of paper. WHY do I have an apparent 5,000 sheets of legal and no 8.5"x11"???
My FWG - We've moved into a new building at my work - you'd think that'd be great right? Wrong! New desks have less than 2 thirds the space of the old desks & we're crammed in like battery hens - well its not really that bad, we do have a bit of room to move, but in comparison to the office group directly behind us, they have 4 people in the same amount of space that we have 9, hard not to be a bit bitter about that!
165: That's insane! Sounds like an experience of mine. My student organization of ~15 people was crammed into a tiny room (and our meetings lasted for ~4 hours) while the room next door was reserved for a dinky little Bible study of 5. We tried multiple times to switch, but the reservation desk told us that we needed to talk to the other organization. To do that, though, we needed to know when the hell they met, because they weren't their at the beginning of our meeting, and they were gone after we got out, but the ****** reservation desk wouldn't tell us the time of their meeting because that was "invasion of privacy", or some such nonsense. Turns out that there was someone in reservations who didn't like me, and that's why we kept getting crammed into that little room instead of the one we registered early for.
I'll stop now. I've been graduated for two years now, but the whole situation still pisses me off.
I have to get up early in a couple of days to fly back to hometown for a few days. Oh, the pain! *dramatic faint*
Going today to get an estimate on replacing the top to my car. Hopefully it won't cost too much (over the phone he estimated it to be about $1000). And hopefully, they can take the car in on Friday and be done by Monday, b/c I have those two days off from work. If the stars are in alignment. Cross fingers.
And then I'll be able to put the top down for a while...at least until the Texas summer forces it back up again. But that's a grievance for later. :)
#168 *crossing fingers for you*
OK, so now I'm done with 1Q84 and now I don't know which book to pick up next. :( *sigh*
#161 - ejj, no, I didn't know, but we do have two real good domestic web-based bookshops, both of which can deliver about any book they have in the SF bookshop and more. I just feel like I ought to help a brick'n'mortar independent stay in business. When they behave this bad, though, I'm not that sure they deserve it.
ETA - my FWG is I'll never catch up on all the talk that got done during my absence!
California, you have no weather. There is no reason that all of your stoplights don't have sensors. What could possibly cover them up? Dust? I'm pretty sure those sensors can handle dust.
Yesterday I put off the demands on three of the computers to restart until the end of the day. One computer lost its bookmarks, connections to printers and a greeting card program. My computer's hard drive crashed and a third computer (the online catalog) had nothing but a black screen. Arghh!!! Luckily I have an extra laptop that I hooked up to use. The computer tech is working on them now. He took my computer (*sob*) to his lab to work on.
I had to clean my house for inspection this morning. Oh, the trials and tribulations of having a modern house!
The public library has a book I want to download (it's actually available!!!), and I can't find my library card. :(
>174 Choreocrat: Who is inspecting your house? What are they looking for? If it's dust bunnies, do not send them to my house!
176 - A standard rental inspection. All rentals here are inspected by the real estate agents quarterly just in case you're wrecking the house or something (or, deities forbid, putting up posters!).
Reminds me: I should go visit my rental house and see if my tenants are destroying it. But then again, I might find out things I need to fix. Ah, a conundrum!
There is much to be said for the approach that says "Ignorance is bliss". It frequently means you don't spend money until it is CLEARLY UNAVOIDABLE and ABSOLUTELY A REQUIREMENT. You can roll a little while longer in those piles of cash.
huh? there are piles of cash around here? where? where? I have to clean my house, don't I?
#179 - On the other hand, we had a house thoroughly destroyed by a renter who seemed such a nice woman. Problem was, she moved her daughter, her daughter's boyfriend, her grandchildren and about 5 cats into the house without our knowledge. Apparently, none of the cats knew about litterboxes, because when they finally left, there was cat poop molding all over the house.
#181-I think we had the same renter!! She was supposed to have been vetted by the real estate agency we used, was a real estate agent herself, and seemed so nice. She signed the lease (with plans to buy the house), with just herself and a teenage daughter. When she left 9 months later, she owed $7000 in back rent, had moved in 2 more daughters and their boyfriends and 2 babies, and a son. And a dog. In a 3 bedroom house. The screens to the sun room were trashed, one bedroom was painted purple, one black, and a living room wall was black. She left food in the fridge and garbage in the garage. Took me 3 hours to clean the fridge. The walls took 3 coats of Kilz to cover.
My daughter and SIL are my renters now, but they will be moving this summer. Then we have to go thru the aggravation of finding another renter.
There are always stories. Good ones, bad ones, and who knows what happened ones...
OK, so I know that I'm probably counting as a *good* renter, then. The worst thing I'm likely to do is forget to clean the oven.
I still don't have my computer back and I have been working on a laptop. I have gotten too used to Outlook which fills in the name of the person you are emailing. I have to use Access which means no stored adresses and I have to fill in every address completely. Curses!
#164 Thanks. I have often said a sledgehammer should be standard office equipment for every computer station.
You know it's a Monday when you get stuck by road division in your own SUBDIVISION!!! Apparently they are resurfacing half the streets, and were blocking streets off this morning. Grrrrrrrrr.
And the day went downhill from there.
187: That is incredibly annoying. I lived right by road construction for six months and moved before it was finished (looks nice now) but was there long enough to enjoy a street light posted in the most useless place imaginable. I've always wondered how people could stand that yellow light blinking all night. Now I know...
My day's been good, though. However, I've been feeling cantankerous for the past hour, and I have no idea what brought it on or why I can't make it go away.
I returned home last night at the end of spring break, and got up this morning actually feeling refreshed and not jet-lagged (I spent nearly 24 hours in planes or airports over Sun/Mon). I arrived at school this morning wondering where everyone was (people ought to have been in the halls or the cafe), so I went to peek in the classroom, and discovered the class was already in session. It turns out my iPod (which is my alarm) set itself to the correct timezone, but didn't take DST into account, so I was an hour late. Curses! Foiled by technology.
#187 You have my sympathy. There is one road (and only one) into and out of our suburb. About 18 months ago the Powers That be decided to resurface it, which they did by putting down a new bed on top of what was there already, and tarring on top of that. Needless to say, the water people were there within a week of the road builders' departure to dig slots all over it. Now they're re-doing all the streets in Kloof, our nearest shopping area. They have made the whole place impassable.
#190 Out city is actually grinding off the old surface before laying the new. It's an extremely noisy, dirty process which will be followed by the stink of hot asphalt in a few days.
#191 Our lot do that too sometimes. They're doing it now on some but not all of the roads in Kloof.
>192 Busifer: Slightly curved, serrated on both edges, right? I haven't seen one in ages! I've taken to making fruit salads and cutting out the sections. Directions and illustrations (in case you don't watch any food TV) can be found on the Wikihow site. My family will gobble up prepared fruit salad like this any day but wouldn't peel one orange themselves to save their lives! I make extra since my fruitophobe husband likes to take it for lunch the next day.
I think I have a grapefruit knife. I'll look. The meds I'm on mean I can't have grapefruit anymore anyway.
$%^*& *&(())$^&$ @#$#!#%^&** accounting software!!!! I don't normally cuss, but I was ready to let loose today, along with the sledgehammer. I'll spare you the morning's stupidity but the worst was when I went to enter expense sheets. I click add for a new expense batch and it tells me "batch not saved--already exists." Noooo, I checked, there are no batches. I am stuck in the worst possible neverending, pointless logic loop with a program that apparently can't locate itself. It took customer service for this ^*&^%% program over an hour to get it running again. By the grace of God I got everything done, because it sure wasn't by my grace.
#192 My grandma used a serrated grapefruit spoon. Can you find one of those?
>serrated grapefruit spoons
We had some serrated grapefruit spoons when I was a kid: they had a pointy tip and the serrations only went about as far back as the pointiness. Like this:
Not sure where they are now. Possibly living in my dad's silverware drawer.
oh, yes! I so wish everyone knew the basics. But I guess some think it does not matter.
#195 et al - Yes, slightly curved, serrated on both sides. My mum have one so I grew up eating halved grapefruit using one and I still think it's better than a spoon. Did an internet search and those I could find where very "high tech" in style - not what I want, I want a 50's style knife.
I'll have to continue using a pointed spoon... The horror! ;-)
I had to reinstall Chrome because it wasn't auto-completing my requests. The URL would show up under the letters LIB, but it wouldn't come up to the search bar so I can simply hit enter.
First weekend with my new ragtop, and the weather's too cool to put the top down.
I'm on Pinterest. Last night I got an e-mail that one of my boards there had been categorized by a passerby as somehow belonging in the "sports" category. Most of my pins have nothing to do with sports. That goes for this particular board (link available on request by PM), which is rather akin to "junk drawer" member photos here on LT.
AnnaClaire, it may be that the individual hasn't quite mastered the interface over there. I know I may have made the same mistake when I was initially poking around on Pinterest. (And it's not clear how to reverse one's mistakes on that platform once you've made an error.)
I find Pinterest clunky compared to Muzy, but the two fill slightly different niches. Muzy fosters the creative types, whereas Pinterest seems to attract advertisers.
Waaah! A couple of months ago, I picked up a shampoo and conditioner (new, usually quite expensive, but on special offer at Boots). And it was fabulous! It left my hair sleek and shiny and just wonderful.
And now it has magically stopped "working" and leaves my hair dull and greasy. Is there no justice?
I won't swear to the truth of it, but I vaguely recall reading once that a lot of "personal care" products stop "working" after awhile and that you need to occasionally make a change in what you're using.
That's the irritating thing - I did swap to a different shampoo and conditioner for that very reason, and it didn't make any difference - grrrrrr. Curses on L'Oreal and all their works!
215 - Mix one T. vinegar with a cup of water and rinse your hair with it. I don't do this every time I wash my hair, but about once a month. It makes my hair happy, soft and silky again. The phosphates in shampoo build up or something and the vinegar rinses them out. At least I heard something like that.
Yeah, I heard something about something-or-other in most shampoos that can be unpleasant, particularly for hair that, like mine, is on the curly end of things.
#216 - I like the vinegar advice and I may try that.
As for phosphates - this *$@*ing product's loudly-trumpeted USP is that it is phosphate-free! I say again, grrrr ...
New grievance: The modified 747 ferrying the space shuttle Enterprise to New York tomorrow is supposed to do flybys of some of the landmarks here, but I can't for the life of me figure out where to be when. The best I could find is that it isn't announced, and that I should be tethered to my computer (since I lack a cellphone) to follow NASA's Twitter feed -- which keeps me inconveniently out of the way.
#213 - 218 - On a related note, I'm incredibly irritated that I can find a wall of Nature's Gate products at any grocery store (with an organic section), but Kiss My Face is so difficult to come by. Is it the name? Are people embarrassed to use a product that has Kiss in the brand name?? I've tried both products, and Nature's Gate left my hair feeling like straw!
By chance, I had a chat with a friend of mine who majored in Environmental Studies on this matter. It came up because he'd shaved his lovely hair off for a dusty job, and he kinda liked being able to save a few pennies by using cheap shampoo. I'd recently discovered that spending a few more pennies (eh-hem, dollars) on a decent shampoo was actually worth it, especially if they're a more environmentally-friendly brand. I told him that I'd settled on KMF, but did not at all like Nature's Gate. He agreed that Nature's Gate wasn't all that great, and explained a few reasons why he wouldn't use it. Unfortunately, I can't remember what those reasons were. ~_~
In case anyone was wondering, my friend found a job worthy of his caliber, so he's grown his hair back out. His wife (who is also a good friend of mine) is also very happy to see it return. I wonder if it has anything to do with their baby being at a grabby phase. ^_^
#219 - That is a pain. Do they not want people to see the flybys? Isn't that what flybys are for?
I'm so engrossed in my book I don't want to go to work. I just want to sit here and finish reading it!
#221 and #222, I hate it when I'm at a really good part of a book and my commute comes to an end. As in Geez, we couldn't let the train get stalled outside the city limits for a little while?
My FWG - Just received the copy of Lord of Emperors I ordered last week, thats a yay, but its a B format book & oh so much prettier than my standard paperback copy of Sailing to Sarantium...
This is the cover I have on book 1:
& this is book 2:
So - do I just deal with a mismatched duology? Or do I hunt me down a copy of book one in the same format as book 2??? Methinx that my OCD wont let me go with option one, but my bank balance really doesnt like the idea of option 2 - boo!!!
#218 - *shuffles in looking embarrassed*
It's actually sulphate-free rather than phosphate-free. Humph. Not my fault I'm shortsighted. And it's still annoying.
*wanders off muttering*
I hate it when the local news leads with some college football player has signed on for some NFL team. I don't care if he is a big cheese in the football world. I don't care if he did win the Heisman (he got a lot of air time/lead story for that too). Save it for the sports section, and let me see some real news at the beginning of the news.
**wanders off contemplating a world with no professional sports.
I posted a request for "neighbors" on the Facebook game's forum. In it I said that I would not friend people whose game posts are not in English (I can't tell what they are for just from the graphic) and I "unfriend" anyone who uses third party software for the game (bonus checkers) as they are against the TOS.
What do I get? Half of the friend requests are from people whose game posts are in a foreign language and/or they use bonus checkers.
ARGH! READ MY POST PEOPLE!
>228 theexiledlibrarian: Front page of the San Francisco Chronicle was a beautiful picture of a Great Pyrenees protecting a herd of goats from coyotes. Not that there aren't other problems plaguing the city like homelessness and crime, or anything! Maybe they thought we needed some good news for a change.
My dad adopted an abandoned Great Pyrenees. She takes her job of patrolling his property very seriously, day and night, even though there aren't any animals to herd.
Our old Rottweiler, Magnum, would gradually herd any few people who stopped to chat with us near our driveway or yard. We'd all start out at normal chatting distance and after a few minutes we'd all be uncomfortably close and squished, like we were in an overcrowded elevator. It was funnier to watch it from the deck though. : )
~230 It's because I am really NOT a sports fan (and am particularly opposed to All Things Football, which is practically a sacrelige in the State of Texas) that it annoys me so much. I realize that this is Important News to some, but it interests me not at all. If I had seen the picture you described, I would have gone "aww" and thought it nice. Perhaps I should have posted it in the "Stabbity" thread. :)
I think it fits just fine here. I agree that football is really not front page news, even if it is soccer.
Spent most of yesterday afternoon at work with very limited internet access, because there was a power failure where the main servers live (a town 5 hours away) and those are our only DNS servers. Also our mail sever is at that site. One of the techs was up this week (we no longer have one on site) and assured me that we had access to multiple DNS servers but, as this proved, we don't. I have an email message composed to request that the oversight be rectified - I'll send it Monday when I have access. Friday is my day to catch up on things - some of which require internet access.
The YMCA aquatics director has not called back. I'm trying to schedule swim tests for the Scout troop. Sigh.
It was rainy and windy all weekend here, very unpleasant. Today I am back at work and it is beautifully sunny and warm outside. Grrrrr . . .
It was beautiful here (not to rub it in much) and I was able to go out and pull weeds and cut back the lemon tree so that I can get to the grill without feeling like I need a machete! My goal is to fill the yard waste can every week. (I really could use 5 or 6 at this point.)
I once tried Wensleydale cheese because I am very fond of the fleece of Wensleydale sheep, long lustrous curly fibre. The cheese was horrid.
Well, I'm just exhausted. I had to reboot two Kindles and then register and de-register a Kindle app. Because the devices weren't syncing as they ought to have done. Technology was supposed to make my life EASIER. You can understand how this has just worn me out.
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