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How do you shop for music? Are you as selective as you might be when shopping for a gourmet holiday food gift for a girlfriend? Maybe you think that though food is perishable, you want her to take some time for herself. That’s really the point of gluten-free pistachio studded biscotti. Right?
Back to the original question: how do you shop for music? Do you know the elements that causes you to gravitate towards specific albums or bands during their less commercially popular era? Don’t expect gift music if you don’t know thyself.
When you answer in a vague music that you listen to screamo, do strangers to the subgenre of heavy metal present you with egift certificates for downloads for death metal? Instead of feeling like a greedy kid making a dissertation-long wish list for Santa, this is a fun way to know yourself better and communicate more effectively why you enjoy what delights you. Consider the following example:
First, the screamo you prefer has the techniques common to heavy metal giants. See Youtube’s timegrinder channel for “How Music Works”or truefire channel for “50 Metal Guitar Licks You Must Know” for clarification. Second, you invest your time to listen to intelligible lyrics. No condemnation of other preferences. You weren’t proficient in any foreign language class in junior high through college so vocalizing that is hard to translate feels like work rather than recreation. Third, because your late dad watched westerns with you as quality-time you seek a cowboy archetype in the heavy metal storytelling because it is nostalgic for you.
What is the proper response to an ill-suited gift? Simply, thank you. Remember the gift of handmade crosstitch of Stephen King’s evil clown “It” given with love. The only acceptable reply is, “Thank you for thinking of me.” What you do with it out of the giver’s sight such as re-gifting, donation to a charity raffle, or incineration is private. Once a gift is given, it’s hurtful to lecture a friend why it’s not you. “I’m allergic” might work.
However, I tend to agree with A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say by American Girl as the warmest and brightest response. Happy Holidays! Disclosure: SGL received a review copy of said book from American Girl publishers.
Twists on tradition can be awesome-face or awful. Spiderman re-interpreted as a luchador by my friend’s bilingual Spanish-English toddler. Yes. Captain America costume worn by my friend’s African American son. Heck-yeah!
What are some nos? Unseasoned tilapia prepared without love and served microwaved on a dull ceramic plate as a gluten-free dish. Re-baked, real sugar, Halloween cookie dough served to diabetics as Thanksgiving dessert.
Do you want to take a culinary dare that is a sure crowd-pleaser? I give you brussel sprouts. Why is this daring? If you’ve watched Alton Brown’s warnings about this cruciferous cousin of broccoli, you know that water methods of cooking will raise a stink literally. So wash these spheres, dry them with a clean kitchen towel and break out a small sharp knife.
Cut these rollies into hemispheres. Heat up a non-stick fry pan with canola oil. If you purchase a package of brussel sprouts, cook the contents in 3 batches. If you crowd them, you’ll create too much moisture and release the terrible genie, water!
1. Stir fry the hemispheres in canola oil. Let them char a little. Add a pinch of salt and Gomasio seasoning.
2. Add a drizzle of pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Do not add enough to pool or your veggies will turn skunk-like. Repeat to yourself: dry fry!
3. Lastly, for sweetness to the salty-sour-pleasantly-bitter combo, add a toddler’s handful of pomegranate-infused dried cranberries.
Done in 3 minutes per batch. When bringing this to a gathering reheat in the oven rather than microwave. Otherwise, it will increase moisture and release the fart-scented genie.
Here’s the result! I bought my Gomasio at a Batchmade festival in the Valencia district of San Francisco, when I was on assignment to cover Forage SF’s fish cleaning workshop.
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Thanksgiving Brussel Sprouts Seasoned with Gomasio by Spice Child|
Don’t be surprised when Captain America and Spiderman ask mom for seconds on this superhero healthy and delicious side. Visually appealing! Snack-food flavors without the guilt! Think of how you fiend for kale chips. Great to eat without utensils!
Happy Thanksgiving to SGL friends! Special thanks to Captain Erin Hammack for introducing me to her apple, bacon roasted brussel sprouts some years back!
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She sang Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” in my car with her boyfriend Josh. I find them to be a comic duo worth a wait in a trendy West Hollywood ticket line.
|Photo Credit: Facebook Comedy Duo Anita & Josh|
On the way to the restaurant, pet parents dining alfresco at other eateries were just as beguiled by Anita as I was. She spoke to their dogs as if they were people.
Anita is a kind, gentle, fun-spirited expert on dogs. It’s her profession. She received her training from the Animal Behavior Institute of North Carolina.
What is one thing more you must know about Anita? When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was, “a puppy!” If anyone deserves to be an honorary puppy, it’s this expert.
|Photo Credit: Facebook Anita Bemi and twin with holiday turkey|
A: This is actually a sad question, but a very good one.
First off, who gave you this puppy? Maybe, they want it back…. ; )
Secondly, Is this a purebred puppy? If so, the breeder is usually the one that will take the puppy back. If not, look for a dog breed rescue. That goes for whether it’s purebred or not. Usually, rescues will take in dogs that are part whatever their breed rescue is. This can help ensure the puppy gets placed into a home where they are wanted.Is the puppy a purebred from a breeder? If so, the breeder should be able to take it back. If not, look for a dog breed rescue. That goes for whether it’s a purebred or not. Usually, rescues will take in dogs that are part whatever their breed rescue is. This can help ensure the puppy gets placed into a home where they are wanted.
|Photo Credit: Old English Bulldog Puppy via Pinterest|
Q: If I am already a pet owner, how do I instruct my pet sitter to play with your dog daily if I must leave for holiday vacation?
If you have very strict rules for “play-time”, be sure to write them down. For example, if you don’t let Rex “win” when playing tug o’ war, or Peppy plays fetch for 20 minutes each day, etc.
Q: What are some suggestions for transitioning my dog to a new schedule with a new sitter?
But, because this is usually a very short and temporary thing, owners and sitters should try not to stress too much. Everyone should try to have fun and be in the moment. It’s what’s best for the owner, sitter, and dog alike.