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  • #15378

    anonymous
    Participant

    A place to gather, get to know one another, chat about what's happening in your life, share jokes and philosophies, whatever is on your mind. I'll start -- my son (who was diagnosed with autism at 2.  I was told to start investing with an eye to his eventual institutionalization) sat the SAT today.  Yay!  He says he did well on the English portion, but struggled with the maths.

  • #16781

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    That's wonderful news, Carol! 

  • #16782

    anonymous
    Participant

    Thanks.  What's new with Kerouac?  HE'S a survivor!

  • #16783

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    He might be incontinent.  Over the last week he's peed in his sleep twice.  It's a challenge, that's for sure.  But we'll figure out something.  He's too good of a dog to give up on. :)

  • #16784

    Zoie
    Participant

    We definitely need more pictures of him on here. And give your son  high five for me Carol! That's great news! I'm taking my SAT in february and frankly I'm a nervous wreck.

  • #16785

    anonymous
    Participant

    You'll do your best if you find a way to relax, Zoie.  Try having a talisman in your pocket that you can touch when you're nervous that reminds you of all the people who are wish you well.  It helps!

  • #16786

    Tim the Enchanter
    Participant

    It will also help keep you from forgetting that you are inside someone elses dream!  ;)

  • #16787

    Zoie
    Participant

    Thanks Tim, very helpful ::)

  • #16788

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    It's been a very long time since I took the SAT, but I can tell you what helped me with the Bar Exam.  While I was studying for it, I would take breaks with my classmates and we'd play hacky sack.  We did this every day.While I was taking the test (it's a 2 and a half day test) every break we got, I'd go outside and play hacky sack.  Many of my fellow test-takers were busy trying to cram more knowledge into their heads, but me and my little circle were just trying to relax.  In the end, we all passed the exam.I've often thought about it and I think the reason it helped was a two fold.  First, it was the same thing we did when we were studying, so it jogged our brains into the same mindset we had back then.  I don't have any hard facts to back it up, but I suspect that it helped with memory.  And second, it was totally disconnected from the test and that allowed us to relax and get that adrenalin to stop flowing.  Even if it was just for 10 minutes.I'm not sure if any of that will apply to the SAT, but I can tell you that I'm pretty sure that Hacky Sack was a major factor in me passing the Bar so maybe you should find something you can do on study breaks that you'll also be able to do during the test.  It doesn't have to be hacky sack.  It could be reading a trashy novel, or taking a walk, or meditating, or something.  I think it's just important to have a ritual that's disconnected from the test.  I wish I could offer you more than that.Good luck!

  • #16789

    Zoie
    Participant

    That's more like it! And yeah, I sort of do the same thing already during finals. In between tests, my friends and I will get together and just talk and stuff. Someone will bring a manga and we'll read it together, or someone has an Ipod and we'll jam with that and make fools of ourselves until we have to go back in. It really does help. I guess it's sort of like a stress reliever.

  • #16790

    anonymous
    Participant

    for every hour of study, take a ten minute break.  It relaxes your mind and keeps you from going stir-crazy. 

  • #16791

    anonymous
    Participant

    Finally!  I've been working on a project for AGES and finally was able to submit it today.  Time for wine therapy.

  • #16792

    Diane
    Participant

    It is very odd to hear about stress over the SAT (what is it? I know it is a test for admission into post secondary education but is it just general aptitude/knowledge, like reading comprehension and math questions?)… Up in the great white north we don't have them. We have just general course end final exams (worth 50% of grade and standardized by the provincial government).

  • #16793

    anonymous
    Participant

    SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test.  It is a set of standardized tests that many colleges and universities in the USA require for admission.  It doesn't influence one's grades.  Most universities have admissions standards that include some combination of SAT scores and grade point averages (GPA).  The higher one's SAT scores, the lower the GPA need be to be considered.  The lower the SAT, the higher the GPA must be.  There are several parts to the SAT (reading, maths, etc.) and the student can sit the SAT as many times as they wish (and can afford.)  My son is considering attending uni in the USA, so he must take the SAT.  He is in year 12, which is the same as a high school junior in the USA.  He can sit the SAT again next year if he wishes.  It depends on his scores this time if he will do it or not.

  • #16794

    Zoie
    Participant

    So I felt I should share this with everyone. I was just now listening to another history podcast (stuff you missed in history class- pure awesome) and they did an episode about real life Amazons. guess who was number 1? That's right. BOUDICCA!!! But! They completely butchered Camulodunum's pronunciation, and breezed through the first 10 episodes or so of this podcast in about 15 minutes :P. But still, it was worth a mention. 

  • #16795

    doransimmons
    Participant

    I heard that SAT actually doesn't stand for anything anymore. No longer an acronym, it's simply the SAT. Just throwing that out.

  • #16796

    Eldgeth
    Participant

    I thought it was still the Scholastic Aptitude Test?  And, well, not a very good test of what you can do.  It's more a “how well can you regurgitate what someone else has told you” test.

  • #16797

    Zoie
    Participant

    which is exactly why all standardized tests are stupid. They don't tell you how much the kids know, and they take away lots of money from school programs that could actually use it, like, oh I don't know… working microphones in the music department? That would be nice.As you can see, I hate them.

  • #16798

    anonymous
    Participant

    Living in the developing world does have its disadvantages.  I have giardia.  Third time for me — first time was in Ashgabat, second in Port-au-Prince, and now here.  Sigh.  No fun at all.

  • #16799

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oh no!  Feel better!  (And boil your water if you are able.)

  • #16800

    anonymous
    Participant

    Feeling much better now — helped by catching up on podcasts and hearing you mention how active I am here!  ;D

  • #16801

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I was chatting with Mrs. British History Podcast about giardia the other day.  That doesn't sound like fun at all.  I'm glad you're feeling better.  And welcome back to the boards!  :)

  • #16802

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    So I've been dealing with all sorts of family members being very ill lately.  But here's an update on the gross nature Kerouac's health.So he's old.  I don't think I've ever told you how old he is.  But since he's a rescue we can't say for certain but he is probably between 17-19.  Seriously.  So he's a little old man and has been with me for ages.  But lately he's been urinating in his sleep because he's been drinking too much water (we are worried it might be kidney trouble) so we decided to change his food due to the fact that it's high in sodium and maybe it was making him drink too much water for his little body to handle.I think it was the right choice regardless of what followed.  So...His system had a hell of a time adjusting to the new food (which is designed for sensitive systems... he's a formerly homeless dog with rather expensive food allergies).  I've had him for nearly a decade so I know him pretty well and I know when he isn't to be trusted at night.  And he had "I may have an accident" written all over him.  So I made him a bed in the bathroom (which has linoleum) gave him a night light, and tucked him in and went to bed.Fast forward to 6am.Mrs. British History Podcast "... Jamie?  Can you come down here please?  Kerouac has had an accident."On my way downstairs I hear some dry heaving, some commotion, and "No!  NO!  Not there!  Just stay still!"  More commotion.So I open the door and the first thing I see is Kerouac in the bathtub COVERED in sh#t.  And I take a moment to take it all in.  His bed is demolished, the floor has it smeared all over, it's splattered on the walls, and Mrs. British History Podcast is stood in the middle of this looking horrified, sleep deprived, and in shock.  And dry heaving.And this is the kind of person your podcast host is... I had a hell of a time not laughing upon seeing this.  ;)Anyway, so it turns out that it wasn't that bad when she first went into the bathroom.  But Kerouac saw her, knew he did wrong, and panicked.  So he ran to his bed, which is where he goes when he's in trouble, and laid down in his mess.  So Melissa said "No!" which spooked him and he jumped up and tried to relocate, which prompted another "no," and which point he was panicked and running around our bathroom, slipping and sliding around on his three legs.So we clean everything up and I take K to the vet since Melissa was late for work thanks to these events.  It turns out he had doggy C. Diff.  Which is basically the bacteria in his G.I. going into overdrive.  He's on meds now and is doing much better.  Though he's still a little mopey because he's been bathed multiple times a day for several days now.  Heh.  But there you go, that's the update on K.  And as for how we're holding up through all of this... we've been burning a lot of candles lately.  ;)

  • #16803

    Zoie
    Participant

    Aaw! Poor puppy! And poor Jaime and mrs. British History Podcast! We recently had to put down our samoyed because he had some weird GI stuff too, so I empathize buddy. Glad he's feeling better!And thanks for the shout out, I just listened to that. Made my day.

  • #16804

    Chris
    Participant

    Sorry to hear about all the problems with Kerouac, glad to hear he's feeling much better; sending positve thought and best wishes across the pond for the old pooch :)

  • #16805

    Diane
    Participant

    Poor poor Kerouac! I hope things get better for him!!!!!A positive piece of news for me that I want to share with fellow history enthusiasts: I'm currently finishing my fourth and final year for my B.A. in Canadian history right now, and I got accepted into the University of Ottawa for graduate studies! I'll be studying western Canadian History for Fall 2012! :)I'm super stoked to be able to keep studying history academically (and of course in my personal life by listening to the BHP!).

  • #16806

    anonymous
    Participant

    Poor Kerouac.  He's so lucky to have you.  I think I'd have laughed, too, to be honest. Congratulations, Diane, on your acceptance!

  • #16807

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Congrats, Diane!  That's wonderful news!  Let me know if you decide to start a podcast on Canadian history.  :)

  • #16808

    Zoie
    Participant

    I would listen to that.

  • #16809

    anonymous
    Participant

    Been walking evenings lately.  I take the podcast with me and I keep moving along at a fair pace.  I've fallen a little behind lately and it's helping me catch up.  Ecuador is beautiful and some of the constellations are different to those I knew as a child, so it's altogether a pleasant thing to do. 

  • #16810

    anonymous
    Participant

    So, well, I've injured my Achilles tendon.  Not the done thing, of course, but there you have it.  I'm undergoing physical therapy.  I'll be right as rain soon, but, you see, it seems that physical therapy for Achilles tendons in Ecuador has a few surprises.  I understand the ultrasound, the heat wraps, even the electrical stimulator. . . but this morning the therapist had me put my foot into paraffin.  The only other time I've ever done that is for a pedicure.  It makes the skin soft.  So how, you may well ask, is it expected to help heal my tendon?  I haven't a clue.

  • #16811

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I checked with Melissa (my wife/doctor) about the paraffin, but she wasn't sure either. Her guess is that it holds the heat better and helps relax the muscles.  But she stressed that's she's not a sports medicine specialist. Anyway, I hope you feel better soon and be careful!  It seems like Ecuador is out to get you. ;)

  • #16812

    anonymous
    Participant

    It does seem so!  First the giardia and then this!  But I'll be over this soon, I'm sure.  I'm already feeling improvements. I've been taking care to keep off my feet so that it can heal itself.  After all, it's nothing compared to what you're going through with Kerouac!

  • #16813

    anonymous
    Participant

    Time to post something positive for a change!  I spent some time on Skype today with my layout editor/designer for the children's book I've written.  It's so much fun!  I think we'll be able to have it out before the Christmas sales.  Wish me luck. 

  • #16814

    anonymous
    Participant

    I am catching up on the various posts on the forum.  I am very impressed with you, Carol.  To have travelled as widely as you have and to have nearly published a book.  That is pretty amazing.  I believe strongly in the importance of knowing as much of the world as one can via travel.  I had two chances to study abroad (Sweden, for a summer in high school and Japan, for a semester in college).  I also worked in a study abroad office at my alma mater, Pomona College, for two years and helped students prepare for studying abroad.  After finally getting professionally and financially established several years ago, my husband and I have made a point of vacationing in Europe or some other country once a year.  I think it helps humble one to learn that other cultures see the world differently than at least most Americans seem to.  I find it sad that Oklahomans, at least, seem to regard foreign travel with skepticism.  They seem to think it makes one un- American to want to leave the US, on occasion.  I welcome the chance to see other countries.  Laura

  • #16815

    anonymous
    Participant

    When one is as old as I, one has been about a bit. . .There is a negative stereotype of US citizens that they are not aware of the world beyond their borders or, if they are aware, they mistrust it.  While there are some who fit that stereotype, I've met countless charming, well-informed, intellectually curious US citizens as well.  The world, for better or worse, is becoming smaller all the time and the latter group of US citizens, such as you, give me hope for the future. 

  • #16816

    anonymous
    Participant

    I am glad that I can change some of the negative stereotypes Americans have gathered over the years.  I think I get a bit jaded living where I do in the US.  I suspect if I lived permanently, on one of the coasts I would come into contact with more well-traveled Americans.  I am looking forward to my trip to Scotland and London this summer (June 29th can't come soon enough).Laura

  • #16817

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    When one is as old as I, one has been about a bit. . .There is a negative stereotype of US citizens that they are not aware of the world beyond their borders or, if they are aware, they mistrust it.  While there are some who fit that stereotype, I've met countless charming, well-informed, intellectually curious US citizens as well.  The world, for better or worse, is becoming smaller all the time and the latter group of US citizens, such as you, give me hope for the future.

    The problem with saying that is that you don't tend to meet the Americans who are not aware of anything beyond America.

  • #16818

    anonymous
    Participant

    True.  True.

  • #16819

    anonymous
    Participant

    It's true that, as I don't live in the USA, by definition the yanks I meet here are those who travel and expand their horizons.  All the same, I've been in the US, too, and one can't say they're universally ignorant.  Negative stereotyping does nothing for anyone.  Really, it's perfectly easy to look down one's nose at others, but can you name a country in the world that doesn't have it's share of, well, morons? 

  • #16820

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I don't really want to call them morons. They are more ignorant than moronic. And yes, every country has some ignorant people, so America is not alone in that, it is just that there are many more of them in America, due to a rather high population, which makes it much easier to notice than in countries with a smaller population.

  • #16821

    anonymous
    Participant

    You're right — I was using 'moron' as tongue-in-cheek for ignorant.  It was a very obscure “Blazing Saddles” reference.  ;)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHqL7dNujNc

  • #16822

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I've been meaning to get around to watching the entirety of Blazing saddles, but I have not the time.

  • #16823

    Digital Unicorn
    Participant

    My dads been suffering with his Achilles for a little bit now, thankfully he noticed the swelling before he hurt himself and has scaled back his physical activity til they calm down. He goes up and down ladders for work tho, so they never get truely rested, just no more playing football or wearing high heels :-P

  • #16824

    anonymous
    Participant

    I've just started listening to The History of England Podcast – recommended to all and sundry. It's more royal specific so Jamie need not get jealous! :)

  • #16825

    anonymous
    Participant

    I expect Jamie will be going royal on us soon enough.  British history is a big enough topic to make use of several podcasters!The achilles tendon is slowly recovering.  I've resumed some low impact exercise. Well, TBHPers, it seems I've been invited to bring one of my characters to the 4th July reception being hosted by the U.S. Embassy here in Quito.  I'll be working on my Amurrican accent.  Any tips?  It's not bad as it is, but there's always room for improvement.  Even Hugh Laurie admits to finding the R a bit of a bother. 

  • #16826

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I intentionally changed my accent to American when i was a kid. The R's were the real problem and it took years to master. I had to learn how to translate from one accent to the other on the fly.  And that's why I sometimes pronounce things strangely. Most often it involves R's because i change “uh” to “RR”. For example sometimes I pronounce indicator “indercator”. Heh. Another thing to watch for, but it's not as obvious, are pronouncing TU sounds. If your accent is like my real accent you probably pronounce tuesday with a little CH to it.  Closer to tchuesday. See also stupid becoming closer to stchupid. Americans don't do that, so make sure you just pronounce the TU part without any extra bits.  But that is generally pretty rare and shouldn't come up too much. Anyway that was a very long way to say the R is the bitch of the bunch and when it comes down to it you'll just have to practice. It's a very very subtle thing, too much or too little and its very noticeable for a native speaker. Just remember that too much R is as bad as, if not worse than, too little.

  • #16827

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oh and don't worry about me getting jealous about other podcasts. I'm in favor of education, period. And I'm actually friendly with some of the history pod asters out there. It's a small community and we are all on the same side. Unfortunately I'm generally a terrible neighbor when it comes to the community because I don't have the time to listen to podcasts anymore. I send my time researching, writing, or putting together little side projects. So I can't make any suggestions or weigh in on the quality of this or that podcast. But yeah, I really don't mind if people mention other podcasts here. I figure that there's room enough for everyone. :)

  • #16828

    Diane
    Participant

    Piece of interesting news… I'm presently working in a small town museum in Southern Alberta (Canada) for the summer, and as a bit of a summer project I'm putting together an exhibit on war brides from Great Britain mostly, but also 'Holland', France and Italy. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the term "War Bride" it basically includes women that traveled from Great Britain to Canada after (or in some cases before) they married Canadian military men from WWII (although the term also includes women from WWI, most have passed away... I should also note that war brides are not exclusive to Canada; there are American, Australian, and New Zealand War Brides too). Anyways, I get to interview one of the last war brides still alive in the small town I'm working in and create an exhibit outlining how the lives of war brides changed when they moved from urban 'modern' Great Britain to isolated and still relatively undeveloped Southern Alberta (many homes didn't have indoor plumbing, or gas/electric heating!)If anyone's interested in discussing war brides with me, just drop me a line!

  • #16829

    anonymous
    Participant

    Unfortunately my Great Aunts Ivy and Ruby are no longer with us. Both Yankee war brides from Cardiff.

  • #16830

    Liam
    Participant

    Just finished graduated from high school a few days ago :) would've said something sooner but you know how it is when teenagers celebrate something ;)

  • #16831

    Diane
    Participant

    Congrats Liam! Any big plans?

  • #16832

    Chris
    Participant

    +1 on the congratulations from me  ;)

  • #16833

    Liam
    Participant

    Haha thanks guys :) i've got a college place a football team and some cash in hand work for the next 2 years so im all set till 2014

  • #16834

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Congrats Liam!

  • #16835

    anonymous
    Participant

    Congrats, Liam!  Graduation is a big deal, brag away!  8)

  • #16836

    Digital Unicorn
    Participant

    Well done dude!What ever you do, don't forget to pick up your GCSE certificates, as it really sucks 5 years down the line you have to 100 quid to get duplicates sent so you can provide them at a job interview.

  • #16837

    Liam
    Participant

    Haha yeah i'll bear that in mind :P

  • #16838

    Digital Unicorn
    Participant

    Today, I am deeply saddened to discover that a history book author, whom I've been thoroughly enjoying reading several fantastic books written by and was one day hoping to meet him and tell him so, died quite a few years ago. He only lived about 50 miles down the road from me as well, I'm gutted, I was looking forward to our conversations in ancient Akkadian :-(

  • #16839

    Liam
    Participant

    Just got back from an 8 hour fatboy slim concert at the amex (brightons new stadium). Even better cos hes a massive brighton fan and it was the first ever concert in the stadium but now all i can hear is white noise

  • #16840

    anonymous
    Participant

    Well done, Liam.  How was the concert?My daughter is back with us in Ecuador after her first year at uni.  It's great having her home.  We've been catching up, so I've not been on line much of late.  That may continue a bit!  :)

  • #16841

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I just got back from a trip to the Somme and Ypres. Twas very interesting.

  • #16842

    anonymous
    Participant

    xkcd, one of my favourite comics, posted this British History edition today:http://xkcd.com/1078/ ;D

  • #16843

    Liam
    Participant

    Had prom last friday night. Its a whole weekend later and my hangover will not shift :( Was a great night though

  • #16844

    anonymous
    Participant

    We've got another Scottish Highland Games & Festival coming up in a couple of weeks!  It will be at the county fairgrounds this time, instead of the back fields at the farm, so I'm hoping that it will be bigger.  Maybe this time they'll have some more authentic food (I don't think corndogs and curly fries are traditional, just a hunch).But rumor has it there will be bigger games at this one and my husband has decided that he's going to talk someone into letting him try to lift a caber.  Right, so, what's the best OTC pain reliever for giants that throw their backs out?

  • #16845

    Liam
    Participant

    got my gcse results today: a* in history  :) no doubt the podcast helped!

  • #16846

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    got my gcse results today: a* in history  :) no doubt the podcast helped!

    I just got my GSCE results back and I happened to get an A* in history. I thank podcasts on WW2 for that but I'm sure Jamie helped.

  • #16847

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Well done, Jonny!  Was it Ray Harris' podcast?  You should let him know.  I'm sure it would make his day.  :)

  • #16848

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    Well done, Jonny!  Was it Ray Harris' podcast?  You should let him know.  I'm sure it would make his day.  :)

    Yes it was Ray harris' podcast. I found him to be much more informative than any of my school history lessons and i think I will tell him so.

  • #16849

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    He really has done a great job with his podcast.  Also, he's a really nice guy. :)

  • #16850

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I do quite enjoy the podcast, though I would say I enjoy the BHP more. And I knew it all podcasters know each other.

  • #16851

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    We chat on Facebook in this group.https://www.facebook.com/groups/380062628703530/You can join, if you'd like. :)

  • #16852

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    Seems like a fun thing to do, so I think I will

  • #16853

    anonymous
    Participant

    I've been away for ages.  Good to see everyone, and wonderful to have hired Jamie full time!  We expect great things from you. How I spent my summer hols:  Looking for a home for when I retire next year.  Looks as if it will be to California!  Being married 22 years to a Californian gives one an in, it would seem, on the visa issue.  ;)Visiting people.Oh, and skydiving.  My daughter had wanted to do it for her 18th birthday, but we weren't able to do it then.  She's 19 now and we went to this place:  http://www.skydivesandiego.com .  If you click on the link, there's a video in the upper left called 'tandem dive'.  That's exactly what we did -- same airplane, same field, everything.  Exhilarating!

  • #16854

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Fun!  I've wanted to sky dive for the longest time!  I hope you two had a great time. :DAlso, welcome to the states (almost)!

  • #16855

    Liam
    Participant

    Doing my first triathlon tomorrow… help!

  • #16856

    Tanja
    Participant

    :PI would just like to say hallo to all after drowning myself at Uni a bit of late and to inform you guys that I have just sat through "Arn" The Knight Templar medley, followed by a contemplative Templar-rama consisting of a few cheesey books, marshmellow kebabs, Branston pickle with Boussin cheese spread on SAO bikkies and have just realised that Arn didnt really have much Templar things in it. Now watching Ivanhoe (1982) starring Anthony Andrews, Olivia Hussey, James Mason and the slobber-worthy Sam Neill playing Brian Gilbert- The Templar. Templar-ramas rock!! I do not know what I would do if Sam Neill and Neil Oliver were in the same program...  :o

  • #16857

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Wow, I've never done a Templar-Rama.  It sounds fun!I have done a Russell-a-thon, though.  Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, Escape from New York, Backdraft, Stargate, Tombstone... and a lot of junk food.  The danger of Russell-a-thons is that I found that for days afterwards I was quoting Big Trouble and Tombstone in the middle of conversations (also in the podcast, which I later deleted... at no point did Caractacus say "Are you gonna pull them pistols or just stand there and bleed?"  But in the unedited version of the episode... he might have.  ;)

  • #16858

    anonymous
    Participant

    I fully support your Tombstone quoting.  I do this on a regular basis and find that these quotes are often appropriate at work.  Ring up shipping to let them know I'm coming back for packing slips… “You tell them I'm comin'… and hell's comin' with me!”  HR and the facilities guy at my desk needing a pen?  “I've got two guns, one for the each of ya.”  Totally appropriate at all times.  ;)(Also, that was the one and only movie I ever snuck in to see.  Well worth the panic over getting caught!)

  • #16859

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oh man, if I ever end up doing an American history podcast, it will be all tombstone all the time.  ;)I'm here, Huckleberry.

  • #16860

    Tanja
    Participant

    LOL, is it possible to O.D on Kurt Russell… for split second there, I thought you were referring to Russell Crowe, to which i had an urge to call an ambulance. And why does junk food go so damn well with O-ramas? Would love to hear a podcast with Tombstone all through it LMAAAOOOOOO!!

  • #16861

    anonymous
    Participant

    There is no such thing as too much Kurt Russell (or Jeff Goldblum, but that's my personal opinion)!  I'll be having a "Once Upon A Time"-o-rama this weekend, complete with the trashiest of trashy food (including that package of Tim Tams I've been hiding in the back of the pantry -- don't tell my husband, he'll eat them all before I get home).  It just feels right, junk food and marathons of [insert pop culture topic here].  Trashy viewing, trashy eating. 

  • #16862

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    I think I am the only person here who doesn't eat during marathons. And I assume a tim tam is some form of food or at least i hope it is.

  • #16863

    Tanja
    Participant

    A Tim Tam is a chocolate biscuit that has become an Australian symbol of gluttony, black market trade currency, hormonal bingeing and the harbinger of bliss when dunked in coffee and nobbled on. Comes in many flavours including Tia Maria, Double Coat Chocolate, Black Forest, Turkish Delight, Caramel amoung a few limited edition flavours. I used them as currency on my ship whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy… one roll of fancy, 100ply loo roll for one packet of Double Coat Tim Tams… :o    ;)    ;D  8)

  • #16864

    anonymous
    Participant

    They're delicious is what.  Trying to pick which package you're going to binge on is a painful, emtional process.  (We have to travel about an hour and a half south to the import shop to get the real Tim Tams.  You can get knockoff ones in the grocery store, but they're just not right.)  My friend brings about 2 dozen packages with her when she comes back to North America and I usually get first crack at the selection.  :D  Benefit to living nearest to the international airports!  I just wish they had a peanut butter variety.  That would make my life complete. 

  • #16865

    Tanja
    Participant

    Peanut butter!!?!! Why, thats easy, just smear peanut butter on them!! I hear that in Indonesia, they have a cheese variety which i think they should trial here in Oz. For the Tim Tam officienados of course. I sometimes crush them with snickers bars and make them into chokky muffins. There is the Tim Tam “Dangerous Liason”, “Sweet wishes” and 'Love Potions” varieties… not to mention the choc mud icecream that was out for a limited time. You know, reading these last few posts, i can see now why my diet isn't somehow working…  :P

  • #16866

    anonymous
    Participant

    But there's just something about that peanut butter they use in cookies…  Right out of the jar just isn't right!  (Oh yes, I drag the chocolate ones through the jar of PB.  Would it be so hard for them to slap some in the filling, though?)I'm thinking that I might need to hunt down the cookies 'n' cream ones (please have been on the last shipment, please oh please) and make some cookies'n'cream cookies 'n' cream ice cream.  Birthdays and whatnot, yes, that's it.  Mmmhm.

  • #16867

    anonymous
    Participant

    Rumours of my demise are premature. Hello, everyone!I had blood clots in my leg, had to check myself out of hospital against medical advice (the hospital assigned physician was a dinosaur and doctors I trust more were telling me no, I didn't need to stay in hospital for 15 days.) Other news?  We've been selling our worldly goods in preparation for leaving Ecuador this summer.  My son will graduate soon.  Oh, and I climbed an active volcano.  Cool!

  • #16868

    anonymous
    Participant

    I have been speaking rather oddly of late, it seems.

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