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Egg problems

So, it's been awhile. But I finally found something worth posting about, something confusing and mind-boggling. A problem my education has not equipped me to deal with. A matter of conversion that math classes up through pre-calculus and science classes through AP Physics B did not cover. The conversion of eggs to tablespoons.

So, as many of you know, I struggle with maintaining a decent, healthy weight. A struggle which I admittedly fail. So I went to the calorie counter provided by Google to see how many calories I am consuming. It went fine, and I have to say, the tool is quite easy to use. It is well designed and understandable, etc. Until I got to the matter of eggs.

So, I enjoy eggs. I think they are one of the better breakfast foods invented. This coming from somebody who would rather undergo various tortures than have anything to do with food before 10am. So, I looked up the calorie count for eggs. I found the scrambled eggs, and went to input the appropriate serving amount, and there I hit a snag. Now, I'd like you to take a moment to consider how you portion out eggs when you use them. If you approach eggs in the same manner as I do, you take out the carton, and count out the number of eggs you want: 1egg, 2 eggs, 3 eggs, I think you get the point. Apparently the people who designed the Google calorie counter don't use this method. Maybe Andrew knows why, I don't. No, they measure their eggs in tablespoons. Perhaps I'm outside the norm in my measuring eggs by...number of eggs. I go to get my eggs to scramble, and I count them out: 1, 2, 3... Maybe many people DO measure their eggs in tablespoons (after all, some people choose not to use the metric system). But you would think they would provide a conversion table. Alas, no. I had to use the Google search engine to find this out. According to this site, your standard large egg is 3 1/4 tablespoons. Not that the application allows for this. You cannot have partial servings. Who ever eats just part of an egg on a regular basis?!?

Frankly, I'm disturbed. I may have been counting my eggs wrong for 22 years. But, thanks to Google, my ways have been mended! Now, if the need shall arise, I will be prepared! In the absence of knowledge, I will be able to stand up and say with confidence, 1 egg=3 1/4 tbsp!
I bet I would have gotten higher than a 3 on the AP Physics test if I'd been prepared with that knowledge. And most importantly of all, when getting eggs to scramble, I will know that I must count them out: 3 1/4, 6 1/2, 9 3/4...

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I blame Particle_Mann

Well, as particle_mann pointed out, it is once again time for the First Line of Each Month post. So, here goes.

January: So...I'm taking a semester off from school because I have fibromyalgia (it's essentially a
February: "ADOS is the newer, more accurate diagnosis for those previously diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
March: Disturbing thing in Psychology class today. The teacher was giving us various mind-benders, riddles, thought
April: "Then what? You think your Lil Witch daddy's gonna stop with us? You saw her! She's a truck driving Magic
May: I have a USB flash drive from around 2000 or so (yeah old, whatever). I recently discovered that it still actually
June: One Headlight - The Wallflowers
Somebody ate my water-buffalo
August: 1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
September: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/navigation/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf
October: 01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
November: 5 p.m.     Hijab Story 2

and I didn't post in December, so that's the complete set.
It's been a looong year.
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Shower: 30min         
hair: 20min                   
clothes: 3min             VS.        Violin Jury: 8min
makeup: 10min           
Total: 1hr, 3min      
Am I the only person who finds this disproportionate?
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Don't ask me questions if you don't want the truth.

So, Mrs. Kroumovitch canceled/rescheduled my lesson within hours of when it was supposed to be yet again. She arranged for me to have a lesson with the current violin pedagogy student on Saturday, b/c his and my schedule really don't mesh. This mildly irritated me, because:
1. A lesson with him is not equivalent to a lesson with her, and Stetson is being paid for me to have lessons with her. And the reason I'm having a second lesson with him is because I gave a bad review of the first one (justifiably...I've never had a private lesson where I might as well not have been there...and I have a low opinion of questions that indicate what the answer 'should' be).
2. We are required to reschedule lessons with a teacher at least 24hrs in advance (the one time I tried because of medical reasons, I got told no, and then got kicked out of the lesson because of the exact reasons I told her I needed to reschedule), and I really wish that the respect for time was reciprocated. I understand that emergencies happen, but to me, an emergency involves bodily injury/illness/something very drastic.
3. If I had known about this 24 or more hours in advance, I could have scheduled a meeting with a teacher in the afternoon, rather than in the morning, and slept in at least an hour later. An hour of sleep isn't a lot...until you only have time to sleep 4-6 hours a night Monday through Thursday.
I guess I looked a little peeved or something, because after studio she asked to talk to me. She asked if I was stressed/upset/unhappy with the arrangement, so I told her that lessons with the pedagogy student were not equivalent to lessons with her, and that I wished that I could get the 24hr. rescheduling notice she gets, in as polite a way as I could come up to phrase it. And she started telling me that I have a bad attitude about rescheduling, that I'm her only student who feels that way about it, etc! I wouldn't have mentioned it if she hadn't asked, and even told her that! She even had the gall to mention how we scheduled my lesson so that I had time to eat first (i.e., for the first time in 5hrs, usually the first time of the day). Because my fainting from hunger/low blood sugar during lessons would be sooo much more convenient.
She's probably right, I probably could have a better attitude towards the situation, and I know that everybody else has demands on their time. But if you're going to ask how somebody feels about something, be willing to cope gracefully with the answer! I mean, really! It would be one thing if I had initiated the conversation, but she asked. If you ask for it, don't be upset when you get it!

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I had to photocopied some music today, which happened to have that little blurb we all know and love, forbidding illegal copying. To make the copy fit on the page I had to exclude part of the top margin.
The top of my temporary copy of Stravinsky's Russian Maiden states that "this publication is illegal."
Given Stravinsky's history, I find this apropo. Between that and the irony, I have been snickering to myself on and off for quite a bit. I wish the rest of you the same reaction.


a poem by an American Muslim woman

5 p.m.     Hijab Story 2

Got up this morning
soooo excited!
I bouthg
the most
Perfect pair
of jeans.
my thighs are held
in a loose embrace.
Perfect sandblast
to my purple sweater-tunic
and lavender-purple-plum scarf .

Perfect jeans fit perfectly
but the sweater was a
casualty of the monthly.
Yet I remained
modesty in motion
(as they say)
and thus
my lavender-purple-plum sandblast day began.

At breakfast
my mother's eyes
"that shirt could be a little longer."
I smiled
and went to the car.

Reaching the annual community expo
where speakers rant to periodically filled auditoriums,
merchants sell out of Hamza Yusuf tapes
and 5 dollar scarves
Sister "so and so" greeted me
whispering between cheek kisses
"pin (kiss)
your scarf tighter (kiss)
a turn of your head (kiss)
a glimpse of your neck. (smile)."
I smiled broadly
and responded to the adhan.

After prayer
Sister "I don't know you from adam"

you can't pray in pants."
I began to smile but was interrupted with
"pants never conceal."
I completed my smile
and went to the bazaar.

As I entered
the Imam's wife
pulled me to the side
"Don't forget to stop by the masjid'd table,
and sign up for the sisters' class
about motherhood, marriage and proper modesty."
she wasn't finished-
Because frankly dear,
Purple is a bit Provocative."
I grinned
and calmly
took off
my lavender-purple-plum scarf
my purple sweater tunic
my perfect sandblast jeans
placed them neatly in her hands
and said...
"you know, you're right."

You see I figured
if they were going to treat me like a whore,
I might as well dress the part.

-Su'ad Abdul-Khabeer

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Stolen from particle_mann

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favorite and least favorite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you re post this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Dear Inconsiderate Person,

Watching tv in the common room is no problem. I give you props for watching a concert of classical music, even if you are a music major. But seriously, turn the volume down. My room is literally the room farthest away from the common room on this floor. And you had the volume up loud enough to wake me from a sound sleep.  That means that EVERYBODY ON THE FIRST FLOOR is able to hear your music well, as well as a significant portion of the second floor. When politely asked to turn it down, your response should not be, "You know it's not quiet hours, right?" You know what room I'm in. It isn't an issue of following the rules, it's an issue of being considerate of the community around you.

Tired Person Recovering from an Illness.

P.S. - It would have been bad if you were just another resident, but you're an RA. One would have hoped that you knew better.
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