@Sarah Todd@twitter Here's what I do: slice the block of tofu into thirds horizontally, then wrap the slices in a towel. Weight them down with whatever heavy things you have lying around your kitchen, and leave them for a bit to get as much moisture out as you can. Cut into cubes, then fry in a nonstick pan with neutral oil. They come out just like restaurant tofu! I like mine really well done. Be careful with the cast iron - I once tried to make some tofu in a babysitting client's cast iron and it stuck so badly I thought the pan was ruined. Probably was not well seasoned enough...
Shoutout to the J. Crew student discount!
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@ThatJenn Yeah, me neither, and I woke up kind of mad about it ... but then I remembered that I worked two days last week because of Mardi Gras. We sure know how to maximize our vacation days here in New Orleans.
My boyfriend and I did A, with not very much savings, and it worked out fine. The key was to pick a cheap city with lots of hiring opportunities in our fields (AKA not NYC). Came down to New Orleans, networked my butt off, and it all worked out. New Orleans is the absolute best.
@laluchita Yeah spices are sooo expensive but here is my spice secret: The bulk spices at Whole Foods! (Maybe not all the stores have them?) Anyway, you just put a couple of tbs of whatever you need in a little baggie and it's always like under $.50 I swear to God. Just save your empties when you run out of a spice and you will never pay full price for spices again.
@aetataureate My boyfriend's sister did TFA and still teaches at that grade level in a charter school (though she moved to be in the city where she grew up). She did take like a year off traveling after TFA, so not sure if she reeeally counts.
"Sometimes in life, you are miserably, soul-crushingly bad at something. Own it." Um, but what about the kids who end up wasting a (usually very important) year with a shitty teacher? I feel that this piece is indicative of a deeper problem with the TFA system - it's very focused on the experience of the teachers (You'll learn so much about yourself! It will change your life!), often to the detriment of the students.
@Slutface Agree! My Christmas list is just an assortment of things that I would have to buy myself anyway. See: bike helmet, raincoat, etc.
AND don't forget this recent study: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/23899.aspx "A study to evaluate birth-control methods has found dramatic differences in their effectiveness. Women who used short-term methods like birth-control pills, the patch or vaginal ring were 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who used longer-acting forms such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant." THAT'S RIGHT, IUDS ARE 20 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN PILLS. #ShoutoutToMyParagard
@minijen The cramping WAS the worst, for like 2 cycles. Now it's totally normal levels. I think part of it was weaning my body off hormones (I had been on for almost 10 years... basically went on birth control within 2 years of getting my period!) Anyway, as you can probably tell, I am a Paragard evangelist!!