@garli I can't even imagine. I went on a couple of dates with a dude who turned out to barely eat vegetables (like, picked the green onion out of fancy ramen) and it drove me nuts.
I just bought one of these at Duane Reade last week http://www.amazon.com/Chromo-2600mAh-Lipstick-External-Battery/dp/B0094JCZ5G Probably a different brand, but same idea. Little lipstick-sized portable battery that can live in my purse. I've already used it a couple of times, and it's so useful for those moments when you're running around and no where near an outlet, or don't have time to get to an outlet.
@cuminafterall I'll add to the "use up your harissa" recipes with this one! Carrot salad with harissa, feta, and mint. Delicious. A little more spring/summery though, don't make this one until it's warm out.
@Marge Um, I wouldn't do that if I were you. Bell peppers have basically nothing in common with the flavors of the chiles in harissa. Pureed roasted bell peppers will be sweet. Harissa is killer spicy.
@terrific So I've been skiing since I was three or so... and I've never worn a helmet. They started to become a thing for kids when I was a teenager and my family no longer had money for annual ski vacations out west like we had done in my childhood. They became an all-ages thing more recently, and since I've only skied twice since 2006 (and one of those times was dreadful Vermont skiing) I just have never worn a helmet? Basically, the ski school at Steamboat, CO didn't make little kids wear helmets in the early 90s. So I just never have.
I've been saving for a while with a plan to buy myself an iPad when I hit a certain savings goal. I'm SO close - if I save a little more above my automatic deposits, I could do it by the end of January. So that's the goal!
My one thing: go to Bed Bath & Beyond on my way to tonight's holiday party (progressive politically-oriented people in NYC throw a LOT of holiday parties) to buy a cheap set of twin sized sheets. At work, we're donating to a local homeless shelter's Christmas wish lists, and apparently they need a lot of sheets, so we're all doing either cash to buy sheets or sheets, and I have a BB&B coupon.
@jquick Nutmeg goes in a lot of baked goods - it's one of the items blended into pumpkin pie spice, and it's also standard in gingerbread. I grate a little fresh nutmeg into french toast batter. It's also called for in some savory applications - I've seen mac & cheese recipes that call for a touch of nutmeg in the sauce. Nutmeg is in a lot of curry blends, too. It's WONDERFUL.
@EvanDeSimone But Americans are mostly monolingual, which limits their access to those opportunities. What countries are you thinking of where employment opportunities are more plentiful AND business is done in English? Because I think the fear of foreign languages is one of the biggest deterrents to living abroad for most Americans.
@aetataureate Exactly! All work has value, even work that requires more training/hand holding. My non-profit pays our interns the state minimum wage, which is $9/hr. No one can live off that here in NYC. But it's something, and it's symbolic of the fact that we place a dollar value on their labor. Also: if my non-profit can manage to pay minimum wage, when we have to raise every dollar we spend, I find it shocking to imagine a for-profit company that has enough work to justify hiring and training an intern can't find the money to pay minimum wage. If that intern isn't going to contribute enough for you to pay him/her minimum wage, maybe you don't have enough work for that extra person.