Friday, November 17, 2017

I am a yogurt enthusiast, and I have loved Chobani since the company first got started. I recently bought some Noosa brand yogurt at The Store, and it is incredibly delicious! I am not abandoning Chobani entirely (which luckily The Store sells as well), but I encourage you to try Noosa!

Friday, November 10, 2017

I don't understand the trend of tearing down buildings that have been the scene of violence. It's not that I think congregations or school communities don't have the "right" to do it, but do people think the tragedy will somehow be erased or that the building itself is responsible?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Election Day. So here is my annual complaint post. I know, I know...they weren't always accurate, they weren't modern, they weren't efficient, the records weren't good enough, blah, blah, blah. But even after several years, I still miss you, lever voting machine, and feel nostalgic for the past. The click of the little levers...scanning the top for ballot initiatives...trying to write upside down during a write-in campaign...the turquoise curtain...the loud snap of the big red lever in the beginning and end. I will never get used to the scantron system, which always seems confusing and not private enough, and as a result, I now dislike voting. RIP, charming dinosaur :-(

Monday, November 06, 2017

I will be so glad when tomorrow's election is over. Tired of throwing mailers into the recycle bin. I should just put the bin under our mail slot so they fall in when the mailman delivers and save myself the trouble. How much $ did the candidates spend on them?

Friday, November 03, 2017

I've had a drop in the number of posts here over the past two years, but very recently, I've felt like writing a flurry. Not sure whether it will continue. But today's post is about Massachusetts considering year-round Daylight Savings Time, but not wanting to do it alone.

“Massachusetts should only consider moving to what in essence is year-round Daylight Saving Time if a majority of other northeast states, also possibly including New York, also do so,” Commission chairwoman Sen. Eileen Donoghue said.

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want my hour back & I don't want it to be dark at 7 AM. Can't wait to be back on EST - REAL TIME. I am still pissed that DST is starting earlier (in March) and ending later (in November).  DST is torture. I guess I am OK with it in June, July, August -- but hate it in October and March. If a switch to consistent time is considered, it should be to real time -- EST -- NOT DST.

I searched this blog, and see that I have written about my dislike of DST many times before, especially regarding Springing Ahead. So I made a new label. If this idea is considered in NYS, my opposition will make Save Our Stewart's look like apathy.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I hate to admit this, but I think I am getting burnt out on teaching. Not at the graduate level, but at the undergraduate level. I say "they are getting younger and younger," but it isn't that I can't relate to them or keep up with them. What bugs me is the (admittedly small) proportion who just don't care and make no effort. This type of student has always been present, but it bothers me more now. Why would someone (fairly) consistently come to class, but make no effort and do no work? I have five small five point assignments due throughout the semester. Why would someone just not hand them in? Four of the five are done at this point -- so this is a loss of 20 points already. I don't get it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

So I've been doing Blue Apron since late August. Overall, I like it. I don't think it's too expensive or a bad value, the vast majority of the recipes have been delicious, the ingredients are both fresh and unusual, and it saves me from having to go to the supermarket (something I hate) so often.

At first I struggled with all the steps on the recipe card, and with the amount of dishes generated. But after a couple weeks, I figured out how to streamline things and use some of my own methods, instead of theirs. I also have been able to use ingredients for something else, when I suspect the recipe will not work for me.

A few times there have been missing ingredients, but customer service has been great about issuing refunds. I took the opportunity to give feedback, but I don't think they are using my suggestions. As a vegetarian, the recipes tend toward too much reliance on carbs (pasta especially) and do not include ingredients like seitan. Only twice have the recipes been things I consider truly inspired from a vegetarian perspective (both were lentil dishes). I did a little looking on the 'net, and there does not seem to be any vegetarian or vegan service. Or rather, there are, but the recipes sound no different than Blue Apron.

My most significant criticism, and it is quite a serious one: the packaging. They use far too much plastic, and it is mostly, if not entirely, unnecessary. Every little thing is in a film plastic bag. Why? I don't need 10 red pepper flakes in a plastic bag. I don't use the red pepper anyway, but I would feel this way even if I loved it. I don't get it. If I discontinue the service, this is likely to be the reason why.