Come to think about it, I don’t think I have voluntarily used any of the unlimited voice minutes so far on the new contract. In over 6 months 😅

I accidentally dialed Mr. C a time or two, but that’s how much I do voice calls anymore. The occasional text and some 4G, but I’ve mostly just been paying like £40/month for the phone.

Also, some fun with the relatively new S7 Edge this evening.

It decided to pull a “hang up and suddenly reboot itself” number when I was just using Chrome. Not much of a problem with that phone so far–so fair enough, I can wait.

Nope, it then decided to hang up for a while on the Samsung logo. Then it stayed totally nonresponsive with a blank screen and the blue LED steadily on. No luck with any of the button combos for a force restart. And of course that’s a model that won’t let you just pull the battery. 😬

Current plan: let the battery drain itself, then try charging it and seeing if it will boot back up. Apparently that does work in some cases, and I’m really hoping not to have to take it in to an EE store. Especially with all the trouble getting out lately. (Rather try that than shipping it to them, though.)

At least I haven’t been getting out much to need the actual phone plan, and I do still have the S5 which is fine on WiFi. Still aggravating, though.

Now we’ll see how long it takes for the battery to run out, since it was at probably 70% when it pulled that shit. And that does have the best battery life of any Android phone I’ve used so far 🙄

Finally below 80F! Even if it took until about 10:30 p.m.

(Inside the house is still a different matter, but I don’t even want to hunt down the thermometer to find out by how much.)

Not really looking forward to the rest of the week coming up. The forecast back home is (unusually) about the same, but that’s with air conditioning and things just generally set up better for it as standard summer weather. The constant humidity here also adds that special touch to any temperature extreme 😵

At least I think the dizziness and nausea weren’t quite as bad as yesterday, but we’ll see tomorrow. I’ve never done that well with heat, but the worsening thermoregulation BS the past few years really doesn’t help. Trying to sleep with no AC is the worst, as always, and I’m really not looking forward to trying that again. I woke up and guzzled some water earlier before going back to sleep, but still got up dehydrated enough that the muscles were really going haywire. Talk about some sensory overload. On the plus side: no weird freezing cold attacks for a couple of days so far! *wry smile*

Plan for tomorrow: a lot of iced tea, electrolytes, and some cold sesame-peanut noodles. I’m tempted to try cooking the noodles tonight and stashing them in the fridge. Worst case, if the texture seems weird? I get to cook more tomorrow evening. Or just get something delivered, to avoid dealing with boiling water when it’s the hottest in here already 🙄







my grams just called me TWICE because tr*mp’s interrupted her soap operas for like the fifth time with a press conference and she’s officially had it. there’s gonna be a revolution of elderly black women who can’t watch young and the restless because tr*mp stay butthurt.

update: my grams just called me at work because tr*mp interrupted her young and the restless. “i don’t know why they gotta turn off my stories just so he can lie. he knows he doesn’t treat jewish people right. he wasting folks’ time. i wanna see if phyillis gonna kiss billy.” she’s this close to calling her representative.

update: … i just heard a voicemail on my phone. he’s interrupting y&r again? “he doesn’t know what to do, honey. why is he talking about airplanes? EVERY. DAY. sick of this man. i turned it off and got my word search. he better be off before bold and the beautiful, i know that much.”

plot twist: grams is totally fine with the comey hearings interrupting y&r. “honey, if it gets that man impeached, i can miss a day.”

she our granny too now


Actor Stephen Furst of ‘Animal House’ Dies at 63



Babylon 5 has lost another actor, Stephen Furst who played Vir Cotto. I myself only know him for this show but he has been in a host of other things.

He brought so much to his role as Vir, a character who could have easily been some two bit side character but wasn’t. He loved his fans, credited them with saving his life. 

He will be missed. I leave you with one of his more iconic scenes…..


Actor Stephen Furst of ‘Animal House’ Dies at 63














french recipes: if you’re not making this in paris then what’s the point. fuck you

italian recipes: use the left leg meat of a pig from one of three farms in this specific area of tuscany, or from this day my grandmother will begin manifesting physically in your house

american recipes: buy these three cans of stuff and put them in a pan congrats you cooked

chinese recipes, as handed down from mother to child: season it with a pinch of this and some of that. you want to know the exact amount? feel it in your heart. ask the stars. yell into the void. 

English recipes: boil and salt it. Okay that’s it enjoy

Greek recipes: You followed all the right steps but this isn’t quite right. I don’t know what to tell you.

Australia recipes: chuck it on the barbie

Latinx recipes: you will never make it better than your abuela, face the facts

Armenian recipes: spend eight days laboring over the stove. the food will be flavorful with the sacrifice of your sanity. no one will appreciate it.

Canadian recipes: It either needs more bacon, more maple syrup, more gravy, or an unholy combination of the three


Every time I see this post, I learn more about how different countries’ cuisines AND neuroses.

Indian recipes: there are 500 cuisines and that means 500 versions of this dish that has 500 spices so gl 

ashki jewish recipes: no, no. no. more onion.