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Christine in DC
Interests: music, cooking, reading, writing, traveling, eating, decorating, crafting, the office, organizing, musing, alfred hitchcock films, italian everything
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Thanks for the tips!
Toggle Commented May 1, 2011 on Caulk-Sure at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Thanks!
Toggle Commented May 1, 2011 on Hangin' Tough at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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It's driven me crazy for a long time. I might have to just suck it up and change over.
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Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2011 on Hey, That's MY Wine! at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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So I guess the make-your-own with vodka is also out, Colleen? :) I don't know if you would like to try this, but I saw on another blog somewhere that you can also make anise extract with water, you just have to do it much longer. I don't know if I believe that. Have you ever tried just the beans or vanilla bean paste?
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2011 on Make Your Own Vanilla at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Hey Julie, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I did call the meter hotline. My problem is actually with the stupid changed hours. I had another story, with my mom and I going to dinner at Founding Farmers. Because we were going to the National Geographic afterwards, I couldn't park at a 2-hr meter, nor did I have change. For some reason, I didn't see the lot that was right across the street from the restaurant. I ended up driving around for awhile and lot after lot downtown was closed. Then, I finally found one at 17th and I and it closed fairly early from what I recall. In the end, sometimes the parking can affect the amount of time people spend in a place.
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I don't mind my airbake pan...it's okay usually, at least in comparison w/ the dark pan. But, in general, neither of my pans thrill me to bits!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2010 on Cracking Up at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Yes, they do. I guess I'm a sort of licorice connoisseur. It's more the thickness and texture that differs from American licorice. And, full disclosure, this stuff is "Australian-style" but made here. Bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond before a movie...nothing too fancy!
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Mar 15, 2010
Definitely, Eric. I really think that the decisions cities make on parking need cost/benefit analyses (and not just because my company could potentially do them!!!). Some cities do engage consulting firms to look at parking provision and costing, and others don't. For all I know, the District has. I actually just today saw an exhibit on parking at the National Building Museum. It wasn't the most interesting exhibit I've ever seen there, but what I found interesting was how deciding where and how to put cars is intrinsically linked to economic development and the different approaches to this.
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Ha--Kim, it seems one can add "liquor" to the typical "milk, bread, toilet paper" snow stock up list from what I'm seeing on facebook!
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I was smiling ear to ear this weekend...it was so beautiful and people were being so friendly.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2009 on Winter Wonderland at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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yes indeed, Kim, I have seen those lovely baubles! :) I have some Shiny Brites at my parents house that belonged to my grandparents...but could always use a few more!
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Thank you, my fellow numbers woman!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on Walmart's Shady Economics at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Amen, Anne!
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Thanks...I tried tonight yet again. Turns out the Bloomingdales in NW DC doesn't have a Plus size dept. I asked someone, and she was like "no, because this was designed to be like a boutique." Oh, right, like a boutique that doesn't carry fat people clothes.
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Thanks, Eric, er, Dirt. :) Good point. There are many forces at work there. As someone who is often assessing retail demand, stores will try to go to an area that is on the edge of both the poorer areas and richer areas, to take advantage of both markets. I think the idea that poorer people don't buy nutritious food is largely because of cost. One of the most poignant parts of Food, Inc for me was the family looking at buying apples versus some kind of processed food...the processed food won out because it was ostensibly cheaper. Even despite my education on these matters, I find myself making similar choices on a higher price point when I'm at the supermarket. The other big part of food that people overlook is that food is wrapped up in culture and memory and attitudes that you form early on. People eat to bond with the community in which they live...and while people in my "community" now might eat sushi, if I still lived, say, in Western PA where I'm from, my community would eat sandwiches that have french fries on them! :) You get my point. The "obesity epidemic" sits at the confluence of all these forces...but the one people focus on most is "personal responsibility" and the idea that it's a personal failure of a weak person. It's irritating.
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Hey everyone! Thanks! kmsy--I've been thinking about a food processor for awhile, but haven't wanted to get one since I had a blender! Since that isn't a problem.. Hmm, well, on the condo front, I'm not really looking at buying...I'm holding off for awhile!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2009 on Busted Blenders at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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True--It just gets my goat when people are rude. But, I've also met great freecyclers and have had appreciative freecyclers. This time, I requested a "story" to decide who to give my old flower pots to. It was great--I got some good reasons. I chose to give it to a grandmother who wanted to teach her grandkids how to plant. (She can teach me after). When i called her, she was at the grocery store and started off by saying "I'll be right out, I have to get some Murphy's Oil Soap." She thought I was her friend waiting outside for her. This endeared her to me further!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2009 on I mean, it's free... at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Thanks!
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Indeed, I was surprised as well. Anne, you'd probably like these because they have a kind of sweetness but aren't as starchy as potatoes or sweet potatoes. They look like a somewhat hairy round root veggie and are sometimes in the "latin" or exotic area or might be by potatoes or root veggies. I forgot to take a pre-cut pic...
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2009 on Hey, Jicama! at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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I did love it!!! My fellow traveler, though, got kind of claustrophobic and said it bothered her allergies, but I loved it! Beth, we ended up taking the cheating way out of that maze...
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Thanks everyone! I'm leaning towards staining right now. I'm not sure how long it will take me to get the motivation up. Another lesson--do the feet first. My dad told me this AFTER, of course.
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Yeah, I'm super excited! You know I'll be sharing a lot of pictures and finds with everyone!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2009 on Hotel Ressies Made! at Compass & Coffee Spoons
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Ha!
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