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February 24th, 2014
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  1. RC

    President Obama-"I got high." I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you!! Next he'll tell us he's had s*x with a girl......oh, wait.....

    February 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I wouldn't give a **** if any president smoked. Stressful job

      March 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
      • RC

        Doesn't bother me either, although it was a long time ago.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm |
  2. mary shannon

    Wow...just turned on the tv and saw the comedian Billy Connelly (who remembers him?). He looks terrible, completely grey, long hair, full beard and recently diagnosed with Parkinson's as well as being through prostate cancer. Still has his humor, though. I always enjoyed him.

    February 28, 2014 at 11:48 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Just saw him, too! Took a sec to recognize. I just have always adored his humor.

      February 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Always thought he had a cool look

        February 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      So what you're saying wouldn't hit it?

      February 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm |
      • Mary Shannon

        Nope, not anymore, even if I've always *enjoyed* a good Scottish accent.

        February 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
  3. AleeD®@The Editors

    Ok. The girls are firmly in place and I still got moderated. Dagnabbit. Wassabi?

    February 28, 2014 at 9:10 am |
    • RC@ AleeD®

      Once the Genie's out of the bottle, nothing's ever the same.......

      February 28, 2014 at 10:49 am |
      • MicheleG™@incognito

        I'm going to call them "Genies" now.

        February 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm |
        • AleeD®@MicG

          B-b-but they're not Genies, they're mine. [:-?

          February 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
        • MicheleG™@incognito

          noun not a name, silly!

          March 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
  4. mary shannon

    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. I am challenged to find food that qualifies for the low/non fat diet I'm supposed to follow for the next month. Any suggestions? Not a fan of spinach or broccoli so they can be excluded. :-)

    I ate crackers for dinner last night.

    February 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm |
    • Truth™@Mary Shannon

      I like to take boneless chicken breast, grill is, then serve with teriyaki sauce over white rice. Easy, tasty, filling and low in fat.

      February 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
    • TNT

      Hi there! Crackers, mmmm! (lol) The ranting chef down there has an interesting recipe for turkey breast. Sounds low fat, too. Only 2 ingredients & a crockpot. Glad you're doing well!😃

      February 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      I am partial to seafood - a good white-fleshed fish should be nice (say, red snapper or something), baked with lemon and perhaps, pepper - if your system is up for pepper yet.

      Are you a fan of asparagus? You can even cook that in your nuker, with a little water and light seasonings drizzled in there. Oatmeal, the real stuff, is also a possibility, and the real stuff has levels of health that the instant can only pretend to have.

      Sweet potatoes have a lot of potential. I'd bake or roast them (covered so they don't dry out and you aren't tempted to add butter to moisturize them).

      How about a grapefruit (or orange) salad, with various greens and a little onion or scallion? Chop in some apples, too – I find that if I add enough interesting flavors into salads I don't need or even think about salad dressings. (Yes, I know there are low fat salad dressings, but those usually up the sugars and the really weird chemistry experiment ingredients.)

      Glad you are doing well, and good luck on this!

      February 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm |
    • AleeD®

      Nice to see you thinking about future food so soon. Hope that means you're feeling better.

      Some general food suggestions:
      Lots of veggies, poultry, grilled fish, pasta, tomato-based sauces, vinaigrette dressings. Turkey products are much lower in fats than pork. Turkey sausage has less fat than pork sausage but it's usually spicier. It's great as a meatloaf or as an alternative to pork if you combine meats.

      While cooking , keep in mind "low / non-fat" also means less moisture. Look for alternative ways to add moisture. Adding more veggies to your recipes is a great way to add moisture. Rice, pasta, bread crumbs & oatmeal are great add-ins for holding in moisture. Beans (navy, kidney, et al) are great low-fat sources of protein in any dish.

      Hope this helps. Cheers to a speedy recovery!

      February 28, 2014 at 8:05 am |
      • mary shannon


        February 28, 2014 at 11:45 am |
  5. Sir Biddle

    A little something smooth for you on Thursday.....

    February 27, 2014 at 11:35 am |
    • Sir Biddle

      Annnnnnddddddd a little something for both techno and cat fans.

      February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am |
      • Thinking things through

        Yeah, before it actually happened, I recognized: HAIRBALLS. Sigh.

        February 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
        • Thinking things through

          (I stopped before watching the whole thing. Sorry.)

          February 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        I lol's. Especially when another cat gets a facial.

        February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
        • Sir Biddle

          Figured you'd like the cats one.

          February 28, 2014 at 8:56 am |
    • Thinking things through

      Way Kewl, and THANKS.

      February 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
  6. Truth™

    Good morning all, and I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far. Best wishes to Mary Shannon for a healthy and complete recovery with no complications.

    As to television, it has to be "Law & Order SVU", but also "Justified", "The Americans" and "Mad Men" hands down.

    February 26, 2014 at 11:44 am |
    • TNT

      Oh yeah, The Americans, forgot about that one. Yup, like that one, too! New series starts soon. 👏

      February 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
    • Sir Biddle

      Forgot about House of Cards – another good one. A little too familiar as it shows the real way politics get done in DC (aside from killing people)

      February 27, 2014 at 8:27 am |
  7. mary shannon

    Reporting in from my hospital bed. Surgery went well, I feel good and wish I could go home before tomorrow.

    My favorite regular channel shows are The Amazing Race, Justified, Downton Abbey NCIS and others. Also like house of cards on netflix.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
    • TNT

      Hello! So glad your surgery is over & to hear you're feeling well! 😃 You'll be home before you know it. Hang in there!

      February 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm |
    • ∞ Weeds ∞

      Glad everything went well. I know you are complaining but you know you don't feel much like moving or anything. A little hospital pampering (if waking you up every 2 hours at night is pampering) before you go home will do you good. And when you get home, its going to be a few days before you'll feel like doing yoga. Make it into a mini-staycation.

      February 26, 2014 at 1:36 am |
    • AleeD@Mary S

      GoodONya! Rest up and lean on those nice nurses while you can. You'll be out of there before you know it. :)

      February 26, 2014 at 6:23 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        I know a few nurses I'd like to lean on.

        February 26, 2014 at 10:17 am |
        • AleeD® @ JDizz

          Nurses know how to party – and it ain't no conga line folks. ;)

          February 26, 2014 at 10:32 am |
    • Thinking things through

      Good to hear! You'll get home soon enough... Maybe Eatocracy could do an article on how unhealthy hospital food can be, sometime...

      February 26, 2014 at 8:02 am |
    • RichardHead@Mary S.

      I am Sooooo glad the Frontal Lobotomy was successful, Oh wait-the harvesting of human organs ? Get Well Soon,Ms.P. :))

      February 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
    • mgcady

      *speedy recovery thoughts*

      February 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      So happy to hear the good news! Rest up while you can.

      February 27, 2014 at 11:55 am |
  8. Sir Biddle

    HELLLO!!!!!! Anyone there?

    February 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
    • TNT

      If I'm anyone, I'm here. (lol) Ice dams are successfully beaten off roof! Now where did I leave my ☕️? No HBO for me, so, no True Detective for me, either. Good show?

      February 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
      • Sir Biddle

        Awesome show indeed!

        February 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm |
        • TNT

          New show?

          February 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
        • Sir Biddle

          Kind of, its been on the past 6 weeks.

          February 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
        • TNT

          Ah bummer. HBO isn't part of my movie pkg. Do you have any favorite shows on "regular" channels?

          February 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
        • Sir Biddle

          Walking Dead, and kind of loosing interest in The Blacklist.

          February 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Walking Dead F T W

          I been watching me a lot of Dexter on Nelflizzle recently. Never got into it when it was on Showtime, good show, though

          February 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
        • TNT

          Man! I finally found someone who watches WD!!! I like that show, one of my faves. What about the Following or Haven? Another one of my faves is American Horror Story.
          Jdizzle, I regret not watching Dexter, I've heard a lot of good things about that show.

          February 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
  9. Sir Biddle

    Anyone watching HBO's True Detective?

    February 25, 2014 at 9:16 am |
    • ∞ Weeds ∞

      I got sucked in pretty good. The tv was on in the background and when I looked at it I thought it was a detective movie and I was at the end of it. I caught it again the following week and paid close attention because I wanted to catch the ending of that movie and dang – it turns out to be a new series. A real good one. I'll put it up there with Walking Dead, Dexter, House of Cards...

      February 26, 2014 at 1:45 am |
  10. RC

    Yay for snow! A whopping 2" (sorry AleeD) that's already gone. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    February 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      We're only a few days shy of setting a record here. Number of days this winter below zero approaching 60.

      February 25, 2014 at 10:45 am |
  11. The Ranting Chef

    Does anyone here actually cook? ;)

    February 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
    • AleeD® @ TRC

      Some of us in ways you could only dream about. ~_~ Others more traditionally.

      February 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm |
    • suj

      cooking what? meth?
      no drug cooking here except maybe a few pot brownies on occasion.
      me, i'm no chef – i cook to live. i do know how to live well.
      what do you like to cook

      February 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      Cook? Nearly every day!

      February 26, 2014 at 8:03 am |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Where is Turth?

    February 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
    • suj

      on travel to his favorite vacation place. truth or consequences, nm.

      February 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        I got a nasty sunburn there once. Elephant Butte.

        February 24, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
  13. AleeDepressed

    Harold Ramis has died. [:'-( The world is a little less funny now.

    February 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      He made Ghostbuster's for me. RIP

      February 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm |
  14. AleeD® @ The Editors

    Why was my post moderated?

    February 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
    • Sir Biddle

      Because Mardi Gras starts NEXT week. Tuck the girls back in!

      February 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Did I miss something?

        February 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
        • Sir Biddle

          Alee's Over The Shoulder Boulder Holders broke and she tried to post a selfie. Naturally the modbots said "not today."

          February 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Too bad.

          February 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
    • AleeD® @ Sir Bid

      Damn wardrobe malfunction. Girls firmly back in place. Making things SFWN.

      February 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
    • suj

      because you were chosen to be picked on today. all your posts will be moderated for the next 24 hours and maybe more.
      whip it. whip it good.

      February 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
  15. Breaking News!

    CNN has announced the cancellation of Piers Morgan due to low ratings and his blatent bias. In related news, Satan has backordered new skis, a snowmobile and a truckload of fibreglass insulation.

    You may now return to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy...

    February 24, 2014 at 10:24 am |
    • suj

      how could anyone that grew up in england understand american culture? as far as being in the know, the man was a fake from the get go – he was only good at speaking his writers words.

      February 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
  16. Dick Longwood

    Photo caption:
    The Target hackers take pleasure in both new snowfall, as well as Switzerland's non extradition laws...

    February 24, 2014 at 10:08 am |
  17. AleeD®

    She: I'm getting a registration alert on our 3D cad software. Did IT change something over the weekend?

    IT: Just go ahead and go thru the registration process for that software and I'll be happy to help you with any questions you have.

    She: So I should just accept all the defaults?"
    ....time, time ticking away ...

    IT: I'll stop by in a bit.

    In her head: yeah, that's what I figured. Igit.

    Good morning and how was everyone's weekend?

    February 24, 2014 at 10:05 am |
  18. Mary Shannon

    Good morning! Wow, 10 am and I'm first in to the lounge. Coffee's on.

    Last work day before tomorrow's surgery and my 23 hour hospital stay. That's right, I'm permitted 23 hours and not a minute more. Frankly, I'd rather go home right after but my doctor likes to keep people overnight. Then a few days off to recover and stay all over again.

    So, if I'm not around for a few days, don't worry, I'm sure all will go fine and dandy. Enjoy your week!

    February 24, 2014 at 10:05 am |
    • AleeD® @ Mary S

      Best of luck on tomorrow's surgery. I'm sure everything will come out all right. Oh wait ... ;) You know what I mean. (;

      Positive thoughts to you for a speedy recovery. Remember, a nite in the hospital is worth it's weight in gold over an unexpected ambulance ride. ))))))hugs((((((

      February 24, 2014 at 10:10 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        Thank you very much, nice lady!

        February 24, 2014 at 10:26 am |
    • Sir Biddle@MS

      Not sure why you're going under the knife, but hope all goes well.

      February 24, 2014 at 10:15 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        Gall bladder removal. Thanks!!

        February 24, 2014 at 10:25 am |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Gonna keep it in a jar?

          February 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
        • TNT

          @Jdizzle, I had a kidney removed & they wouldn't let me keep it for a conversation piece. "But it's mine!" No luck. (lol)

          February 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      You're in my prayers for a speedy recovery!

      February 24, 2014 at 11:43 am |
      • Mary Shannon


        February 24, 2014 at 11:46 am |
    • TNT

      Good luck to you!

      February 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
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