On Flying Over The Ocean in Economy Class

@honey cowl I didn't even get a meal when I flew Iceland Air! Not even pretzels! It was pretty bargain-basement. Plus, had to hang out in Rejkavik for three hours in the middle of the night. I would definitely fly them again if if the price difference were huge, but I only saved like a hundred bucks, and free wine and movies are nice!

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm 0

On Building a Better Pancake

@RocketSurgeon Ugh yes, Cook's Illustrated recipes make the most dishes! I used their instructions for poached eggs the other night --it involves four small mugs/teacups and a very elaborate technique where you pick up two cups in each hand and lower them all into the water at the same time. (of course their method also works perfectly, and therein lies the essence of Cook's Illustrated)

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm 0

On Building a Better Pancake

I used mix for a long time and then I felt silly when I realized how easy they were to make from scratch. I like this Martha Stewart recipe because I pretty much always have the ingredients in the house (and the perishables are things you can get at 7-11): http://www.marthastewart.com/338185/basic-pancakes I really love buttermilk pancakes but I always feel bad about buying a whole thing of buttermilk to make pancakes for two people.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@jjjsmith exactly... like would people refer a nice "hey you"? And I'll definitely take ma'am or miss over sweetie or honey (although I feel like women can typically say sweetie/honey to each other without it sounding weird.)

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:08 am 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@CaddyFdot Trust me, don't bother telling an Irish guy from Boston he's not oppressed, unless you want to hear a long story about how he really understands racism because his great great grandfather saw a "No Irish Need Apply" sign this one time.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:04 am 4

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@Lily Okay I *love* saying ladies as a second person plural, i.e. "hey ladies!!!". I just like it better than "girls", which I tend to think sounds a little condescending if you use it for a group of women where everyone's over maybe 25, and if I'm addressing a gang of female friends I prefer it over my usual "guys". (although my 78 year old grandmother still refers to her friends as "girls")

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:00 am 1

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

Oh man, I wanted to be a doctor for YEARS as a kid, right up until I took high school chemistry. I majored in English, and now I work for a non-profit, so....not even close.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On The Trouble With the Simple Solution to Homelessness

What happened in the 1980s was Ronald Reagan completely gutted mental health care and literally turned thousands of people with debilitating mental illnesses out onto the streets and pretty much said, "get a job!" THAT is the missing piece here. We absolutely can't fix homelessness until we address mental health, which doesn't seem to be on anyone's radar.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm 1

On Welcome to Kingston. Now Leave

@TreeTownGirl Yeah I grew up crashing through the woods of New Hampshire, in a neighborhood where deer were a full-blown pest, and I was horrified by that! Actually a kinda compelling reason to stay out of upstate New York if you ask me.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:13 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

This is part of a series! I've seen another one where a woman is sort of catching a cello as it comes down a slide at a playground. Love the idea; wish I could have been in that concept meeting.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm 3