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Yeah just my tired old brain making random connections. Damn I need a vacation. Apart from a few days off while Ice visited a couple of months ago, and week in February where I worked 10 hours a day on home improvements I haven''t had break since Christmas. I can't remember the last time I felt this exhausted.
 

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Forgot to put my ice packs in the freezer yesterday when I got home from work..... went to put my packed lunch in my lunchbox this morning and found I have no ice. Guess I'll be eating out for lunch today. Worst part is that I'm totally sick of all the lunch options around work.
 
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Apologies to Matt2000...

Waiting months for your shiny new Tesla Model 3 Performance only for it to arrive during a pandemic so all you're allowed to do is wash it.

That's basically the automotive equivalent of boxing gloves at bedtime.
 
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Why You Need to Stop Baking Bread

WRITTEN BY Caren White

I was walking down the baking aisle to see if the organic flour was on sale. Organic flour is expensive and I am poor so I always try to buy it when it goes on sale. There was no sale and no flour. The shelves were bare. My eyes travelled up to the top shelf. The shelf with the leavening ingredients. Also bare.

How could this be?

When I got home, I logged on to my laptop and started reading articles on the pandemic. I had stopped reading most pandemic related articles weeks ago because they were upsetting me too much. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t concentrate. I needed to distance myself. But I knew that the pandemic had something to do with the bare shelves in the baking aisle so I exposed myself to the turmoil once more.

It seems that there has been a run on flour and yeast because people are bored so they are baking bread to pass the time.

Seriously?

Baking bread is a way of life for me, not a hobby. Not something to do just to pass the time. I don’t eat store-bought bread. I rarely eat prepared foods of any kind. If you visited my kitchen, you would find food but nothing to eat because I only stock ingredients. I do all of my own cooking and baking. On Saturday nights, I don’t order pizza, I make it. From scratch. Including the crust. I also grow my own popcorn, but that’s a topic for another day.

You see, I am one of THOSE people. You know the ones. You offer them a plate of food and they look at it suspiciously asking “Is that organic?” I want to know what is in my food so I make it myself. By the way, croutons? Made from my homemade bread. Breading for fried chicken? Made from my homemade bread. Stuffing for the Thanksgiving turkey? Made from my homemade bread. So when you buy up all of the flour and leavening ingredients for the sake of pretty photos on your Instagram feed you are literally taking food from my mouth. And the mouths of other families who also do their own their baking so that they can provide healthy food for their families.

Here’s the problem. It’s Economics 101. Supply and Demand. Before the pandemic, very few people did scratch baking so the grocery stores carried only limited supplies of flour and leavening. Both go bad, so they don’t want it hanging around the shelves for too long. Hence the limited quantities. That was okay. There was always enough for those of us who needed it. But there is not enough now that we are competing with a bunch of dilettante bakers who care nothing for anyone but themselves.

Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but I’m willing to bet that not a single one of them stopped to think as they grabbed the last of the flour and the yeast that they were robbing other people’s children of their daily bread. Nope. I’m certain all they cared about was how impressed everyone was going to be with their picture perfect loaves of bread.

Here’s an idea. If you are bored and want to learn new skills, why don’t you learn how to garden and impress everyone with your tomatoes? Or how about learning how to sew to make masks for hospitals and first responders? I know, learn to crochet so you can make those cute market bags for when you go to the farmer’s market.

But, please, please, I’m begging you, stop baking bread.
And it was even written by a Karen! OK, Caren.:lmao:
 

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Washing a brush that's been used for a clear, water based varnish.

If the medium is clear then how the fuck are you supposed to know when the brush is clean?
 

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I don't know if this is a first world problem per se, but I have so much stuff I planned to order from China, and if I order too much stuff at once, the customs office might declare it all one package, and charge me with tax and customs fees. Which are exactly the reason why I'm ordering from China in the first place.

Also, related to this, starting from July the 1st next year, thanks to some EU directive, taxes will apply to all packages, even those under €22, which were exempt from taxes and customs fees. But that's definitely not a first world problem per se.
 

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One cannot argue much with that. :D

When I said it might not be a first world problem per se, I was thinking more in lines of 'if it's something that could happen in a third-world country, then it might not be a first-world problem'. 😅
 
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