• Seems like the busier I get the more RBOC and snippets of my life you get and the fewer thoughtful substantive posts.  Ah well!
  • Vaccine update:  Second shot of Moderna, arm was sore almost right away.  Next day I woke with a massive headache.  Then I had chills alternating with overheating most of the day.  I had a hard time getting to sleep, but also wasn’t any good for work, though I participated in several faculty meetings!  It was pretty miserable and I thought to myself that if this is covid lite, then I don’t want the real thing.  Then the next day I woke up and felt great although my arm was still a little sore.
  • In case you were not eating Annie’s products because they have yeast extract, they stopped using yeast extract like 5+ years ago.  I immediately went out and bought a bunch of their cheddar snack mix.
  • We keep dried fruit and trail mix near the cat treats, and nice kitty has been trained that when we make crinkly sounds by the trail mix, she gets treats too.  I keep chocolate things in the pantry and my kids have been trained that if they catch me, they get chocolate too.  Basically, if I go to the kitchen and make crinkle sounds I suddenly have extra shadows now.  I’ve turned into Pavlov.
  • One of our tenured faculty has started talking about the same hobby horse at every single meeting at great length.  Many of us have discovered that it is a great idea to schedule another meeting right when the faculty meeting is supposed to end rather than leaving extra time.
  • It’s sad that Beverly Cleary died.  If you haven’t reread her core books as an adult, you really should, especially the Ramona ones.  They’re delightfully layered with things for kids and things for their parents that go straight over the kids heads.  Also, I always identified with Beezus because my sister is SUCH a Ramona.  Which Cleary character are you?  (I can definitely see DH as Henry!)
  • My parents always made sure we had a mix of meat, veggies, and starches at every meal.  On Wednesday we had carrots (roasted with olive oil, pomegranate and cilantro) for dinner.  On Thursday we had sweet potato fries (with a little oil, salt, paprika, and chipotle powder).  On Friday we had Korean beef slices (with a marinade and green onions).  So… we get variety over the course of a week.  (They also tend to have healthy lunches, but those are not necessarily balanced either.  Breakfast is usually cereal but not always.)
  • Our uni is having a spike in Covid cases.  But we’re opening up completely for fall with no social distancing and vaccines can’t be required of students unless the vaccine gets full approval by the FDA instead of just emergency approval.  We got those three emails one right after the other, which was really bad timing.
  • The Great British Bakeoff is hilarious whenever someone introduces an American food.  Like they were wowed by Chicken a la King and super impressed by what I consider to be a pretty sloppy pineapple upside down cake (the ones I make for DH are always quite beautiful– you’ll probably see a picture in the next batch of baking photos and I’m sure there are pictures of earlier ones).  But the most hilarious thing was when a woman was saying she was going to use peanut butter and grape jelly together in a dessert and they were like, grape with peanut butter?  There’s no way that’s going to work.  And then they were SHOCKED, shocked! when it turned out to be great.  I had to pause it to yell at the screen a little bit before I could continue.  Peanut butter and grape jelly, who would have thunk it.  What an innovative crazy idea.
  • The other thing that got me was that none of them had any idea what pita bread was supposed to look like.  They all made them oblong.  The only person who had actually eaten them before thought they were triangles because they’d been served as wedges!  PITA BREAD!!!  Do they not have Greek food in the UK?  What is UP with that?  It made me love living in the US because we may not have madiera cake or chelsea buns (which look like slightly fancier cinnamon buns), but *we have Greek food*.
  • If you do watch the Great British Bakeoff, the diversity of contestants in Season 6 is pretty awesome.  We skipped Season 4 because the young woman student character was really irritating (so far in the three seasons we’ve tried, we’ve liked Martha and Flora, who were the young woman student characters in their respective cohorts– wikipedia notes that we were not the only people turned off by season 4’s student) and the cast was so very white.  Also it turns out that Tamal (my favorite in season 6) is gay, though it isn’t mentioned in the show itself.  According to Wikipedia he was interviewed after being put on some hunks list and he was like, sorry ladies, I’m flattered and single but also looking for my own Prince Charming.  (If you’re watching on Netflix, series 1 is season 5, series 2 is season 4, and series 3 is season 6.)
  • DC1 had to read an Ayn Rand novella for English.  I’m starting to believe that QAnon poetry site wasn’t an accident.  Did you know that there are objectivist societies that provide free Ayn Rand books along with propaganda-laden lesson plans to teachers?

29 Responses to “RBOC”

  1. Omdg Says:

    Omg season 4 — Ruby was SO ANNOYING. But also you could tell from day one that she would make it to the end because they spent so much time on her and her mental breakdown. Of course you knew they had to keep her because she looks like a supermodel and #drama. Spoiler: she never became less annoying. I was also disappointed in the finale because my favorite didn’t win. The judges didn’t like the aesthetic of her wedding cake, and IMO were completely wrong. I wonder if they were just trying to be controversial.

    I think we only have one more season to do, which makes me sad because I don’t have anything else that reliably lifts my mood like that show does right now.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      We’re taking a break because the next season we tried after Tamal’s season had a woman who looked and acted like an American contestant and I was just not there for someone who was “there for the wrong reasons” as they say in Bachelor Nation. (And indeed, wikipedia says she became a media personality/social influencer after the show.) Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that’s not why people watch the Great British Bakeoff. It’s why they watch US reality tv.

      • Omdg Says:

        Oh also, I loved both Tamal and Nadiya in season 6. Tamal is an anesthesiologist too!

        Were you referring to Candice is season 6? Agree she was also annoying. Can’t remember how long she lasted though.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I don’t even remember, but she had extremely distracting make-up and threw her cake on the floor in the first episode

  2. delagar Says:

    Anthem is the book my kid had to read in the tenth grade, and for the same reason — some society provided the school with free propaganda, er, books.


    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      OMG. Solidarity. I hate the way the South is so susceptible to these awful things.

      Also… why am I not surprised that Fie loves Ayn Rand. (Same reason I wasn’t surprised when after all her whining about being poor she turned out to have a higher household income than either of us did at the time, and we were not low income and #2 had way higher COL. So much less drama now.)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      If one wanted to stick it to pro-objectivists, what should people with money give a conditional grant to replace Anthem with and why?

      • delagar Says:

        Oo, good question.

        I really like Eleanor Arnason’s Women of the Iron People. It’s SF about anthropologists who go to live with some aliens. Lots of environmental concern, plus an interesting examination of what “right” and “wrong” mean, culturally.

        Or maybe Octavia Butler’s Kindred? Or her Wild Seed.

  3. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I remember one particularly hilarious episode where they were making pie but the judges didn’t really know what pie was supposed to be. They all looked not delicious.

  4. revanche @ a gai shan life Says:

    Snippets are better than nothing. :) And not like a consolation prize, because I enjoy the snippets.

    I suspect I am a Beezus too! But I need to reread those books. Must tell PiC to check them out for JB.

    You know, I always wondered why I couldn’t make myself finish a single Ayn Rand book. I tried really hard because there was a scholarship for reading The Fountainhead but I just could not do it. It wasn’t because I had half a clue how terrible she was as a writer from a critiquing standpoint or how terrible her views were from an ideological standpoint. I know that stuff now as an adult from other people but I myself could not manage more than a bit of her writing which was notable because I made myself finish almost every book I started. I’m now glad that I can set the burden squarely where it belongs.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Even though #2 loved the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in high school, she somehow knew not to apply for that scholarship even then.

      (I remember trying to convince her to because I had no idea! The prose was so turgid I couldn’t get past the first couple chapters… I didn’t realize they were actually evil. So ditto– she’s just a bad writer. Though unlike you, I never blamed myself for not wanting to finish a book. I would just say I couldn’t get into it. I mean, #2 also loved Anna Karenina (still does, unlike Ayn Rand books) and I… couldn’t get into it.)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ooh, I was wondering what would be something to offer to pay for to replace Ayn Rand (I mean, obviously one should be doing things like The Hate U Give and other excellent books by POC authors), but I just had a thought– in high school the other THICC naughty books people read were the Illuminati trilogies. That would be hilarious. It counts as dystopian, right?

      Or… something by David Leviathan. Except his stuff is worthy just like The Hate U Give is. Illuminati trilogy has the benefit of not actually being very good. (And yet… )

  5. CG Says:

    It’s funny, because of where I live I don’t really think about pita as being Greek as much as Middle Eastern. IMO Greek pita tends to be doughier and sweeter and Middle Eastern (the kind we usually eat where I live) is thinner and drier but more delicious. I was floored by that episode of GBBS because pita is a really common thing for everyone I know to eat and even my 14-year-old has made it!

  6. Foscavista Says:

  7. Debbie M Says:

    I just want to say that Belgium has Greek food. And the UK has Indian food. Just so you know.

  8. Natka Says:

    I have a practical question…. How did you train your kids to ONLY get chocolates when you are getting them? As opposed to, you know, kids just helping themselves to your stash of chocolate whenever they feel like it? (And then looking innocent, big eyes, and all, and shrugging their shoulders, when only 1 teeny little piece left…) We’ve got an on-going investigation at our house: “who eats half of mom’s chocolate and refuses to ‘fess up!”

  9. First Gen American Says:

    I remember loving the fountainhead in high school but I have no recollection of the plot characters, etc. I don’t think it was required reading but it was a popular book with the staff at the bookstore i waitressed at. I am pretty sire I read atlas shrugged too when it came out. All I remember is that one being still good but not as good as fountainhead. I have no interest in re-reading with my new adult lens on the content.

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