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The Chili Diaries

Posted in Entertainment, Food with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2012 by urbannight

Earlier this week:

I was sitting on the couch, pretending to stitch, I was feeling pretty poorly and just didn’t have the energy.  My roommate comes out of the computer room and sits down in his recliner, looking at me expectantly.  I wasn’t sure what he was up to.  It was definitely an I’m-up-to-something look though.  You never know where those are going to go.

Do you make chili? – Him

Now I had made my spicy beef soup earlier.  At first I thought I mis-heard him.

No, oh, wait, do you mean can I make chili? – Me.

He nods his head.  At this point, I feel like I’m having a conversation with a kid.

Yeah, I make chili.  I haven’t done so in a while. – Me

What do you put in it? – Him

Wow, a whole sentence.

Beef, Kidney Beans, Tomato Sauce and Chili powder. – Me

He didn’t say anything.  He just sat there looking expectantly. Still.

Do you want me to make chili? – Me

Chili dogs – Him as he nods his head.

It feels even more like a conversation with a child.

Needless to say, this is why I am now making chili tonight.  He bought the ingredients so I can cook it so he can have chili dogs.

Toilet Protectors and Inconsiderate Germophobes.

Posted in Life, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by urbannight

If this past week at work hadn’t made me so grumpy and tired, I might have found to energy to write about one of my biggest public restroom pet peeves.

These paper sheets drive me bonkers.  Okay.  Maybe not the sheets so much as the people determined to use them and leave them on the toilet.

The logic is that this seat cover protects you from the germs of previous users.  And then when you flush, the bit that hangs down into the bowl is supposed to pull the rest of it in.

The reality is that ever since they changed the amount of water toilets use to flush out the bowl, these sheets rarely get pulled in when the toilet flushes.  Not even in the more industrial toilets for public restrooms.

The proper thing to do is make sure that happens.  If it doesn’t, it only has your own skin flakes and germs on it.  So push the edges into the bowl and re-flush.


Think about it.  If you are so worried about other people’s germs, why would you leave your germs and paper you peed on for someone else to clean up.

I have a term for it.  Germ hypocrite.  Someone who thinks everyone’s germs are bad for her but thinks her germs are good/okay/safe/beneficial for everyone else.

And while I’m at it, I keep trying to figure out why some people think holding conversations while on the toilet is a good thing.  Maybe I’m the one who is weird. But I think it is a little bit on the creepy side.  Something about using a toilet is rather intimate.  Only we don’t have a lot of choice about using the stalls when at work.  It’s private so holding a conversation at the same time seems wrong.

It would be like trying to hold a conversation with a third party while having sex.  You just wouldn’t do that.