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PSA, ranting about gaming and smokers.

Public Service Announcement: kenwestervelt will arrive back here a day later than expected. He'll be sleeping afterward, so give him a few days to get back on his regular schedule. Yes, that means I'm making him blueberry muffins sometime this week. (:

Gaming is tentatively planned for Sunday night, any cookie suggestions welcome. Right now I'm torn between trying something with the cinnamon chips I scored on sale (usually I use them in an applesauce coffeecake, recipe on the wrapper) and classic chocolate chip, which is Jake's favorite.

For those of you this is relevant to, especially Jose, dinner will be beaner (just like me! *g*): carnitas, refritos (simmering on the oven now) and various condiments, all in homemade flour tortillas (bring your own masa if you want corn tortillas). I'd like to make posole for a future dinner, but want to get a bead on what y'all eat first before I ask red or white.

Since we don't mind doing groceries on payday, we did our monthly major grocery shopping yesterday. During the course of the day (trying to ignore the fact that Himself decided we should kill two hours in the mall while the car was being worked on), we picked up the strategy guide to GTA: Vice City (we redeemed the end of our trade-in credit at Phatboy's for the game), found shaving soap at Home Bazaar, and picked up a second modem at Sam's Club.

Laurel got her little legs walked off since she eschews using a stroller, but now thinks she's hot stuff because we bought a bag of neat mutant superballs at the dollar store. I'll take a pic of one once I find the old digital camera -- they look like clusters of smaller balls and go off all over when you bounce them off something.

We had our one dinner out for the month at Brooklyn Pizzeria, which I now regret. At least at Sonic we can roll up our windows to keep the smoke out... We purposely went at an off hour to minimize the chance of running into a smoker (I've been unable to find any non-smoking restaurants here other than fast food) and then sat as far as possible from the table with a huge ashtray on it. As luck would have it, two teens came in with an adult woman and after sitting down at the table across from us, the woman lit up a cigarette and proceeded to walk all the way down the dining area to get that damn ashtray.

Himself's so well-trained he got my meds out of my purse while I concentrated on breathing (you would too if your airway closed up in response to smoke exposure) and after dosing, I was just mildly wheezy and watery-eyed. Himself asked a few minutes later how I was doing and if we should leave, but since our food had just arrived and we were there first, I was wavering. The smoker and the teens made quite a few unfunny remarks about how some people are oversensitive while I silently hoped that woman figures out someday she'll be the oversensitive one when she reaps the health "benefits" from smoking. One of these days I'm going to start telling people off, because I felt awful later for tolerating such stupidity and enabling my own health to get worse.

That said, I really don't want to give up going out for dinner once a month but as long as we're living in this ashtray of a state I'm not sure where we can eat closer than Raleigh that's non-smoking. Any suggestions are welcome. All the clothing we wore out has been washed and we've all showered (Laurel bathed) and my throat and ears still hurt.


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Nov. 12th, 2002 07:49 pm (UTC)
*nods* I think I'm spoiled from Colorado and their nonsmoker-friendly laws, especially in Boulder.

I went to Nino's back in September and had mostly forgotten about it (they were a bit too pricey for our budget). I've found Hikari's is practically smoke-free in their off hours and Robert's offered to order carry-out from Brooklyn in the future, which is super since I love their garlic knots.
Nov. 2nd, 2002 03:34 pm (UTC)
I so hear you on this one. Sheesh! My argument is this. If someone were to strap me down and pump those toxins (poisons) into my veins, it would be considered assault and maybe even attempted murder, but NOoooo! Someone can light up a cig in public and expect me to inhale as usual. I so hate smokers for doing their thing in public. Anywhere. I even have problems when I'm driving and my intake vent pulls it in from the mobile ashtray in front of me. Ugh!

I am just like you. My throat closes and I wheeze. I seriously get dizzy from lack of oxygen. It's like my body recognizes it as a poison and everything begins to shut down so to keep me from suffering. Too bad the old body doesn't realize I need something to breathe. I usually have to step outside.

Like you are headed. I now don't have a problem asking someone to put their cigarette out. I'm being poisoned for goodness sake. As far as I am concerned cigarettes should be homeland securities first call to action, cause I am terrorized by toxic fumes from these biological attacks.

Nov. 2nd, 2002 03:36 pm (UTC)
that would be *chemical attacks. heh
Nov. 2nd, 2002 04:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, are you allergic to smoke, or is it athsma? My brother was allergic when we were kids, but he does alright in a crowded bar now, although once in awhile his athsma acts up. Apologetically, I am a smoker, but I can't stand smoking indoors, especially in restaurants. I have quit several times in the past few months and will hopefully kick the habit soon - it's just difficult because in order to do so, I'll have to stay away from my smoking friends for a while! It'll be much easier in Georgia - no one I knoew really smokes down there.
Nov. 12th, 2002 08:02 pm (UTC)
I was severely asthmatic as a child, but now I just have busted sinuses. Smoke, strong perfume, rapid changes in temperature... they all set me off. Between that and my few-yet-serious allergies and I'm a walking medicine cabinet. Luckily I don't come in contact with too much kiwi, mango or penicillin.

Good luck kicking the habit. Maybe rainingvodka can offer advice? He's been mostly smoke-free recently, although I know he was smoking last night since he was pretty upset and it semi-calmed him down.
Nov. 2nd, 2002 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sadly enough I admit I am a smoker as well. Though I try to take other people's feelings into consideration. I know the feelings they have all too well. In fact I did not start smoking until I was 25 that was 4 years ago! Until then I was a bitch to be around if you smoked. I will admit I smoke in public places that have appropriately spaced smoking and non smoking areas. I don't know if you have a Ryan's there but the Ryan's here does not allow smoking at all in their place on Sunday's. You might check there if there is one and see if they have the same policy as the one here. Good luck and sorry you had to endure such rudeness. If it had been me and I had seen you were uncomfortable I would have put it out. :o)
Nov. 27th, 2002 05:47 pm (UTC)
I cannot begin to grumble enough about smoking...*but*, the real reason I'm commenting is that I read your cut and the word "carnitas" has just about given me the shakes.

Dec. 3rd, 2002 08:28 pm (UTC)
Would you like the recipe I use? None of my Mexican relatives seem to actually cook very much (I don't get it, but there aren't any panaderias or carnecerias within a reasonable distance of here so I can't just buy everything like they do *g*) but I found a decent recipe for them in Sunset magazine a few years ago. I've been dragging that issue around with me ever since... and it made really good carnitas. (:
Dec. 7th, 2002 07:24 pm (UTC)
OH! You wouldn't tease a girl like that now would you? I would LOVE it. I'm in the same boat as far as not having very easy access to the artery hardening wonder that is carnitas. Soleramail@yahoo.com. And now I must go and drool =)


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