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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed May 15, 2013 7:38 pm

That's how my mother refers to me, too.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby ygmir » Wed May 15, 2013 8:29 pm

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Savannah » Wed May 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Happy "Anniversary", Tamarakay! You have a lovely family. :)


This made me smile today:

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby maryanimal » Mon May 20, 2013 5:12 pm

So, take that mister! *smiling*
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby FIGJAM » Mon May 20, 2013 5:20 pm

Sounds like a threat. :shock:
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby tatonka » Mon May 20, 2013 5:34 pm

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby maryanimal » Mon May 20, 2013 7:46 pm

**Happy Dancing** *Cart wheeling*


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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby tatonka » Mon May 20, 2013 9:05 pm

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby ygmir » Mon May 20, 2013 9:06 pm

why would they laminate women?
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby tatonka » Mon May 20, 2013 9:10 pm

makes em happy i guess :)
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Dr. Pyro » Tue May 21, 2013 10:56 am

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/21/543471 ... n-new.html

Check out the fourth paragraph! That's daddy's little meal ticket!
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Savannah » Tue May 21, 2013 11:03 am

Aww. Super cool, Doc. :D




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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 21, 2013 7:55 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/21/5434716/dissolute-lives-crumble-in-new.html

Check out the fourth paragraph! That's daddy's little meal ticket!

Are you sure you raised her narcissistic enough to thrive in the climate of Hollywood--for maximum earning potential, you know.

I'm sure you're very proud, Doc. And I wish her happiness, not my snark.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:30 pm

breathe deep, the playa is the dust of your ancestors

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Patsh » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:45 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:it doesnt get much happier than this.


Wow, Simon... that's so neat! :shock:
Makes me want to see more about her. And, you're right, it probably doesn't get much happier than that!
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Foxfur » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:18 pm

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Foxfur » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:24 pm

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby maryanimal » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:37 pm

I saw this and t was so cute!

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and this one:

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Sic Pup » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:17 am

Clocksandmirrors found his way back!


WOOHOOO!


All is right with the world.

I hope where ever you've been hiding off to was worth all the agita and concern you've put some of us ePlayans through..... don't ever do that again without notification/explanation....m'kay?
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Savannah » Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:48 pm

Sic Pup wrote:Clocksandmirrors found his way back!


WOOHOOO!


All is right with the world.

I hope where ever you've been hiding off to was worth all the agita and concern you've put some of us ePlayans through..... don't ever do that again without notification/explanation....m'kay?


You were just as truant in the last year, and for longer. :P
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Sic Pup » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:02 pm

Oops didn't think anyone noticed.

So yesterday I find in my basket:


boneless/skinless chix - Woohoo! the roulade is on and I don't even have to dissect the beast (save 5 minutes) ...no pork butt which a colleague of mine once got..... do you know what it takes to break down the collagen in a butt? Not one hour that's for sure, not without a pressure cooker anyway.

portobello mushroom - didn't I mention risotto yesterday? Did someone hear me?

purple kale - okay we'll still do a salad albeit one of an entirely different nature

endive - ditto - workable

cottage cheese.... wait COTTAGE CHEESE...... COTTAGE FUCKING CHEESE???????? I think - "I'm fucked".

The kitchen is tiny, they carve me out a sliver of a work space, there were literally 5 workstations in what would be one at my kitchen and people are tripping over each other. My spot was right in front of the rotisserie which was constantly being filled/emptied the whole time I'm there which made it so I couldn't get to the walk in, to the dry goods, to the utensils or platters without walking behind 4 other people and in front of the fryer, the range, the oven and tilt skillet. I said "behind you" more times in one hour than I normally say in a month and in rapid succession,to boot. First thing Chef says to me is "you guys are fucking interfering with my fucking production" (verbatim)..... I feel welcomed. I do as much mise en place as I can carry, although I made many more trips that I cared to count throughout the hour.

There is nothing in the pantry, I wanted to do a mushroom farro risotto, there's no farro, there's not even any arborio, I wanted to an apple/kale salad with an apple vinegarette, no apple cider vinegar, no apple juice, nada. I wanted to do oven roasted caramelized asparagus simple with parmesan, sea salt and pepper, no asparagus. I wanted to do a roulade, no mallet. No fresh herbs, only dried. No whisk. I want to sanitize my knife after butterflying the chix, no sanitizer (thankfully I was gifted a second chef knife not too long ago and had the foresight to pack it with me).

So I pounded the chix with a bottle of sirracha stuffed it with a spinach, garlic, feta, oregano and cottage cheese (I had to something with the shit) filling. I made the risotto out of long grain rice (WTF the only other grain in the house was some quinoa). the salad was finely shredded kale, miniature dices of apple, grilled endive, candied pecans in a balsamic/agave(no honey) vingarette. The kitchen was a bear, there was only one burner open at any given time. I heated my stock (thank god they had that!) and put it on the grill to keep warm (which I would have used had it not been chock full of veggies being grilled), I sauted my garlic/spinach filling, pulled that, started my risotto, pulled the risotto off to pan sear the roulades (luckily I found a free shelf in one of the ovens to finish them) put the risotto back on, still not done but I had to get my pan gravy done so I pulled it again, got risotto back on with 15 minutes left and just barely got the risotto done. Oh, at some point I sliced, thymed and roasted the portobello. At another point I had to give up my broth space on the grill so I put it on top of the oven, problem was it was so high I could not safely lift the ladle out of it so every time I needed to add more I had to pull the thing down, awkward, at best.

The other candidate was one of the cooks there (big disadvantage for me) and she was a half hour ahead of me in the staggered process. She also had the advantage of being at the end of the line and right in front of the ovens/range. What I saw of her dish was simple grilled chix (way to put yourself out there, girl) with some sort of white sauce (cottage cheese.... yummm) and a salad, I didn't see what she did for a starch. I passed her while she was plating and commented that it looked awesome, which it did (she was doing all sorts of squiggles and dots on a black platter).

I walk the green mile from kitchen to meeting room, some young busgirls comment how nice it was for me to bring them lunch....I tell them "not now, I'm about to get chopped" and they laugh and say "save us some either way" (thanks girls, for the confidence boost). I made it to the interview just as she was walking out, we wished each other luck and I presented my dish and bumbled my way through the interview. To the question of what do you consider your greatest asset I replied, resourcefulness..... and then someone bought up that they had seem me pounding my chicken with the sirracha bottle and illustrated the point for me.

I suck at interviews, I'm fine one on one but put me before a group of people (panel of five) and I clam up or just start randomly muttering totally unrelated gibberish. I was grateful for the whole basket thing (my kitchen doesn't do them) because it kept my mind off how much I suck at interviewing in the days leading up to the interview (rescheduled 4 times) which would have made it even worse. I'm asked where I could be reached and dismissed at 2:30.

I run through the inteview a thousand times in my head.... FUCK! I forgot to add parmesan to the risotto... and just how to you get creamy out of long grain rice?...did I forget I made a killer pilaf?....damn, I should have said this or that..... I come up with six different examples of my mentoring when I couldn't come up with one during the interview. In the ensuing hours I check my cell every 15 minutes just to make sure I didn't not hear the ring....at 5PM I get the call.

It starts " Hi Sic (defaultia equivalent), this is Jill, from Name Withheld" (like I didn't know who she was, why she was calling and wasn't waiting with baited breath and sweaty nuts to hear from her).
"Ummmm" (oh no, I think to myself)... "Chef and I agree you bring an awful lot to the table and would like to offer you the position".

Woot!

I start in two weeks, the first thing I'm going to do is grab that bottle of sirracha and probably have it bronzed. Oh and I'm glad the other candidate and I were cordial since I'm now her boss.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:12 pm

Congrats!!!!!! 8)
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Savannah » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:22 pm

Congratulations, Sic Pup! :mrgreen:

Of course I noticed you were gone. You're an engaging writer.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:04 pm

And Savannah knows engaging writers!

And congratulations. Well done.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Sic Pup » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:21 pm

:oops:

Thanks all, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

The cherry on the top is I reunite with my travel mate and culinary school partner but this time I get to tell HER what to do on a daily basis.....payback is a bitch.....bwahaha.
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby maryanimal » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:41 pm

Congrats SicPup! The dish you made sounds yummy! and what a great story! Now, what's in store for you in Chapter 2? :D
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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Foxfur » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:45 pm

Yay SicPup!!! Great job!
There's resourcefulness and then there's Burner Resourcefulness.

Met up with a dear friend today, Quick from M.A.S.H. 4207th (a suburb of Terminal City), for lunch and art. I commissioned a painting from her a couple months back inspired by a previous work she painted.
Her typical canvases are 30 inches and up (!) so I requested a smaller one as I collect small and miniature original works. She said mine is the smallest one she's ever done. Wait, that sounds all wrong... :oops:

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Savannah » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:41 pm

How mischievous-looking, Foxfur! I like it.

Great to see you. :)

Here's the thing that made me happy today.
6 Awesome Stories of Bystanders Becoming Heroes

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Re: Time for a Happy Thread

Postby Foxfur » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:10 am

And it's even better to see you, Sav!

That story is very happy making :)
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