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Brookside

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  1. Brookside

    Pet Peeves

    I don't answer if I don't recognize the number. I reckon that if it's important, they'll leave a message. Apart from not wanting to be bothered by a call from someone blathering on about a service/item that I don't want, my understanding is that if I answer, my number will be put on a list specifying "live bodies" and the calls will never end. Then again, I am a grumpy, anti-social old fart.
  2. Brookside

    Pet Peeves

    Pet peeve - women who complain that they can't get back to their pre-pregnancy weight, and how come I managed to so quickly. Well, for starters I gained around the recommended 30 lbs rather than the 50 plus you did. Also, I breast fed, which you chose not to. And I went back to eating as I did before I was pregnant, with a few more calories for the breast feeding. Oh, and "You're eating for two" is a canard that should be burnt at the stake. Of course, I don't actually say anything.
  3. Brookside

    Masterchef (US)

    At this point I'm just watching for the Aaronisms. "Look at how it's hugging the casing." "Heavy brooding light and fresh." "Your presentation had grandiose ideas,"
  4. Brookside

    Chit-Chat

    Is your brown rice cooked from "raw"? If so, can you give me the rice/water ratio and time? "Dog's dinner" describes much of my food since I eat a lot of microwaved leftovers. More power to us pooches, I say.
  5. Brookside

    Family: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    prise verb [ T ]UK (US prize) uk /praɪz/ us /praɪz to use force to lift something off something else, for example by pressing a tool against a fixed point or to separate things using force Cambridge Dictionary
  6. Brookside

    Pet Peeves

    This is making me tear up, so apologies. My pet peeve today is "keeping things for best." So I just took my mom's engagement ring out of its original box, from the drawer. It's now on my finger, and will stay there.
  7. Brookside

    Family: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Thanks everyone for the help! The ring is still on my finger and I've decided it will be there until it's prized off!
  8. Brookside

    Chit-Chat

    Thanks for the recommendation!
  9. Brookside

    Chit-Chat

    I just killed another house plant. My justification for continuing to buy them is that $3.99 every couple of months is better than $9.99 for fresh now and again. But I do feel sorry for them when they die. They always look so indestructible when I buy them. I thought this one was a cactus but I still managed to over water it. I have ten fingers, but apparently not a single green one amongst them.
  10. Brookside

    Family: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Thanks Bastet. Just to clarify, he's a very sweet kid, and I'm sure didn't mean anything by asking beyond keeping the ring in the family. Thinking further, his father probably suggested he ask me since he's the first grandchild to get married since her death. Again, no money-grabbing involved!
  11. Brookside

    Family: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Reaching out to you for advice/comments - I just received an email from my nephew saying he's going to propose to his girlfriend, and do I think he could have my mother's engagement ring to do so. My mother's will only covered financial affairs, so the few personal items she had at her death we just picked one at a time. Her engagement ring was the first thing I chose. As background, my family has never been wealthy, and the few things left to my siblings and myself on the death of my parents are of no real value beyond sentimental, including this ring. I'm sure you can tell I want to (will) say no, but how can I do so without seeming churlish? Thank you all.
  12. Brookside

    Worst Cooks In America

    There were several times when Bobby looked seriously pissed off and unhappy to be there.
  13. Brookside

    Worst Cooks In America

    If you want to see a truly funny example of a "Worst Cook in America", watch this video. Believe me, it's worth it. (And don't be put off by Gordon Ramsay - he's not doing his obnoxious MasterChef schtick.)
  14. I would have but I forget them as soon as the video is over! Here's one - marsupials don't produce placentas. And another (with apologies to any male readers) - the star-nosed mole's testicles swell up to 9% of its body mass during the mating season. The equivalent of a bowling ball in a human.
  15. Those of you who like animal/mammal/insect trivia should check out Ze Frank's True Facts videos - he's hilarious. Here's a link to one about the star-nosed mole - www.youtube.com/watch?v=fio1NUxszhY If the link doesn't work just Google Ze Frank True Facts star nosed mole' (Just be aware that if you like his style and the weird things you learn, you will be sucked into a wormhole!)
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