• DH on why go to protests:  A typical protest I attend is simultaneously a demonstration to 1) the people in charge to say that we know what they’ve done and we disagree with it, 2) the people under attack to say that we stand with them, 3) the people sitting on the sidelines to say that something is wrong and they should care, and also 4) other protestors that they are part of a group of like-minded people. The protest generates pressure, pushing in multiple directions. It doesn’t create new laws, end old ones, or oust dictators, but I feel like it is the base form of democratic action. It says that a group of regular people care about this, and everyone in the country should know.
  • DH’s relative’s kid’s tuition was a LOT higher this semester, but I think that’s because she’s taking 5 classes instead of 4 because of the math class kerfuffle that ended up in the class being cancelled last semester.  The increase is just a little more than the cost of the class.  Another possibility is that she’s been promoted to manager at her part-time fast food job, so she could be getting less financial aid.  In any case, it’s about $1200 instead of $350 which we can afford (plus however many hundreds of dollars her textbooks end up being– last semester they were more that tuition), but a bit of a surprise.
  • DH and the kids are playing a game called Stardew Valley.  They each have their own separate games.  In DH’s game he is planning to romance and marry a character called Maru who is an engineer.  My subconscious has seized on this and I keep having dreams where he needs to make money but he can’t because his axe is getting upgraded so Maru’s parents hire him to tutor her in like history or something and she’s definitely got a crush on him and he’s oblivious (and wouldn’t date someone he was tutoring anyway) but I’m like, no I must protect you from her machinations, you are engaged to me!  Let us get married now!  I’m not sure what is up with my subconscious that I have to be jealous of a computer character that he just wants to marry to get to her robot anyway.
  • (In Stardew Valley) DC2 married Penny, but discovered you can start dating other people while married (!)  I don’t think DC2 discussed this with Penny.
  • DC1 is getting a lot out of To Kill a Mockingbird– maybe there are benefits to reading it in high school instead of in 7th grade like we did in the midwest.  (Or maybe 7th grade is fine because we’d been training on CA textbooks instead of TX ones…).
  • DC1 told me that he thinks DH is a lot like Atticus Finch because he’s nice and he does the right thing.  *sniffle*  I have such a wonderful family.
  • Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they accidentally picked a nerd Bachelor and he made one of the group dates be a D&D game with him as the DM?  OMG it would be hilarious.  And video games!
  • I’ve decided that I do like Brussels sprouts.  I feel like a large part of my identity has been stripped away.  I take comfort in the fact that they’re not the Brussels sprouts I grew up with, and therefore I may still be the same person deep down, it’s just the sprouts that have changed.
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9 Responses to “RBOC”

  1. Michael N Nitabach Says:

    Brussels sproutz are f*cken KILLER iz allz I’m saying.

    • monsterzero Says:

      I put them in a bag with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, parmesan, and whatever else I can think of, shake them, let them sit for a while, then shake them again and bake them until they start getting black. SO GOOD.

    • bogart Says:

      That is so fascinating, about the sprouts. When I “discovered” them, it felt like, “where have you been all my life?” But now thanks to you I know! They were in a cellar in the Netherlands …

  2. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I disliked sprouts when young, because they were always boiled, and I strongly dislike boiled cabbage. Then one day I made SK’s dijon/wine ones (https://smittenkitchen.com/2011/11/dijon-braised-brussels-sprouts/) and then I roasted them until crispy the next time and it turns out boiling was the problem all along!

  3. K Says:

    Yeeessss! To brussels sprouts. My neighbors don’t appreciate when i cook them though (apartment living).

    In my high school in Massachusetts in the mid to late 80’s no-one read to kill a mockingbird in seven grade, no matter how advanced(well for school anyway). I think I read it in 10th grade….
    Anon in mass

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      We read To Kill a Mockingbird and As You Like It and Antigone. and short stories by O Henry and The Mouse. 8th grade was Taming of the Shrew and The Lottery and I think a unit on Poe– we did a lot of short story stuff and watched Leiningen Versus the Ants but with Macgyver.

  4. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I’m so glad that brussels sprouts have been tamed to be less bitter now! I like having a vegetable to like. But it still needs bacon half the time.

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