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2023.06.06 23:57 Thesourking I’ve nobody to share this with but I made my first banana bread today!
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Today I decided to take a stab at making banana bread. I followed an online recipe but, shocked myself with how good it turned out on the first try! Tasted incredible too. submitted by Thesourking to Breadit [link] [comments]
2023.06.06 22:29 GoNads1985 Tweaking a banana bread recipe
I make banana bread muffins from a recipe that my.mom used to use, and my sons absolutely love it, but I am trying to adapt it to make it to have a little more protein and a little less sugar. I already use whole milk Greek yogurt in it. Can any experienced bakers in here help me figure out if I can cut the sugar amount (not sure if it will change the texture if I do?) And maybe add some flavorless protein powder (does that exist?) and would that change the texture? Recipes is below:
1/2c butter 1c sugar 1c mashed over ripe bananas 1 1/2c flour 1tsp baking soda 1/2tsp salt 2 eggs 1/2c sour cream (I sub whole milk Greek yogurt) 1tsp vanilla
Very simple recipe, basically cream the butter and sugar then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full and bake for 30ish min. They're delicious as is, but would love if they could be a little healthier!! Thanks in advance.
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2023.06.06 19:42 TheHealthAndWellness Healthy Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Honey Toast Recipe (A Delectable Delight)
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2023.06.06 15:31 TechTalkNTales Smoothie Time
With the ingredients you have, you can make a delicious oatmeal smoothie. Here's a recipe for you:
Ingredients: - 1/2 cup oats - 1 apple, cored and chopped - 1 banana, peeled - 1 cup milk (you can use dairy or plant-based milk) - 2 tablespoons black raisins - 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar (adjust to taste) - Handful of walnuts (optional, for added crunch)
Instructions: 1. Start by soaking the oats in water for about 10 minutes to soften them. Drain the water afterward. 2. In a blender, add the soaked oats, chopped apple, banana, milk, black raisins, honey or brown sugar, and walnuts (if using). 3. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed. 4. Taste the smoothie and add more honey or brown sugar if desired for additional sweetness. 5. Pour the smoothie into a glass, and if you like, you can top it with a sprinkle of oats, raisins, or walnuts for garnish. 6. Serve the smoothie immediately and enjoy!
This oatmeal smoothie is a nutritious and filling option for a quick breakfast or a refreshing snack. Feel free to customize it by adding other fruits or adjusting the sweetness according to your preference.
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2023.06.06 15:10 hey-mr-curiosity 所有精神病和情緒慾望的問題本質都是從「潛意識」對「顯意識」的「依附」開始 The root cause of all mental illness and emotional desires lies in the attachment of the subconscious to the conscious mind.
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佛教有所謂「十二因緣（或稱十二緣起）」，意思是由「無明」所引起基於人心意識屬性所產生的各種情緒慾望和意識問題。十二緣起當中所有「緣起」 都是人心內升起的主觀感受。所謂「緣」， 其實是「潛意識對顯意識的依附」的意思。「無明」是所有人心問題的起點，意思為「顯意識被潛意識依附所引起的愚昧」。
In Buddhism, there is a concept called “The Twelve Nidanas” (also known as “The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination”), which refers to the various emotional desires and consciousness issues arising from the inherent nature of the human mind and consciousness, triggered by “ignorance.” Among the twelve links, all “dependent originations” are subjective feelings arising within the human mind. The so-called “Nidana” actually means “the attachment of the subconscious to the conscious mind.” “Ignorance” is the starting point of all human mind problems, meaning “the foolishness caused by the conscious mind being attached to the subconscious mind.” From the perspective of original Buddhism, our conscious mind can easily be influenced by our subconscious mind; if we have ever carefully observed our own thoughts and emotional fluctuations, we would find that we are often affected by “another self (the subconscious mind).” This “subconscious mind” has been automatically absorbing various kinds of information since our childhood without our awareness. The subconscious mind, accumulated from the past to the present, forms certain personality traits, which in turn affect all the choices in our lives. When receiving some external information at a certain point in the future, it will stimulate your subconscious mind to attach to your conscious mind, resulting in emotional feelings, desires, and even illusions, causing your conscious mind to believe them to be true and to be controlled by the subconscious mind.
顯意識和潛意識的特性以及潛意識對顯意識的依附The characteristics of the conscious and subconscious mind and the attachment of the subconscious mind to the conscious mind:
顯意識的特質是 The characteristics of the conscious mind are:
- 理性 Rationality
- 沒有任何情緒與慾望的特質 Absence of emotional and desire traits
- 當下的覺知 Present moment awareness
- 可以作出一種旁觀視角、意識抽離和第三身的角度觀察 The ability to adopt an observer’s viewpoint, detached consciousness, and a third-person perspective
- 決定一個人可以多大程度控制自己的身體（包括大腦） Determining the extent to which a person can control their own body (including the brain)
潛意識的特質是： The characteristics of the subconscious mind are:
- 過去既生活經驗以及生物本能等等訊息組成 Composed of past life experiences and biological instincts, etc.
- 情緒、慾望和「念頭」的「工廠」 A “factory” for emotions, desires, and “thoughts”
- 一個人基於過去不自覺所接受的各種「垃圾」訊息 A collection of various “garbage” messages that a person has unconsciously accepted in the past
- 會因為被動物感官從外界接收訊息而受到刺激，甚至失控 Can be stimulated and even lose control due to passively receiving external information through sensory perception
- 腦內的另一把「聲音」 The “other voice” inside the brain
For example, when you’re running, you’re aware and conscious of which foot you’re stepping with, left or right. You’re aware of the temperature around you and your own breathing. You have an observer’s perspective of everything happening in the present moment, representing your conscious having full control.
But then a thought pops into your head about work this morning or something else unrelated to the present moment, and it might even trigger an emotional desire. If your conscious mind actively engages with these thoughts, it’s being attached and controlled by the subconscious, losing awareness of the present moment, and your thinking is no longer under your control or from an observer’s perspective.
When certain thoughts from the subconscious suddenly emerge and are “believed” on a conscious level or actively engaged with due to attachment, it can trigger emotional reactions. Of course, if you lack sufficient awareness of your own consciousness, you may not know why you’re feeling a certain emotion and may just think that it arises out of nowhere. But this emotion must have been generated by a specific thought triggered by some external or internal stimuli. (Emotions can be seen as the excretion of certain specific thoughts in the mind.)
This issue also affects the connections between your past and present, and the strength of these connections can vary. For example, if you had a childhood fear of insects for some reason, the connections between your past and present might cause you to faint at the sight of insects or just have a mild startle reaction.
其他例子一：對動物的恐懼 Example 1: Fear of Animals
Many fears of cats, dogs, or other insects are established in childhood. After being hurt by a certain animal, one can still feel anxious, fearful, angry, and other emotions towards that animal in adulthood. When receiving information about that animal at a certain moment in adulthood, the subconscious will try to attach to the conscious mind, causing the person to believe that the animal will immediately attack and flee the scene. Some people can even feel the “pain” of the injured area from years ago. This is the “feeling” of a certain animal lingering in the subconscious and continuously affecting our lives in the future.
其他例子二：人際關係間的影響 Example 2: Effects on Interpersonal Relationships
Our social relationships with parents, romantic partners, friends, etc. can all create many feelings that accumulate in the subconscious. For example, if one loses their father at a young age, they may be more likely to seek an older partner in adulthood. If one relies on their mother since childhood, they may be more likely to seek a partner with similar external characteristics to their mother in adulthood. Especially for people with strong sensitivity, if they experience some serious emotional shocks in their romantic relationships, such as discovering betrayal in a romantic relationship, it may cause them to have a lot of suspicion towards their partner in the future, feel particularly insecure, and even constantly imagine their partner cheating. The subconscious will be continuously stimulated by information and attached to the conscious mind until the conscious mind believes that the partner is unfaithful and this “fact” will continuously affect the person’s future romantic relationships. 以上兩個例子就是在說明一種過去的「因」如何影響現在或未來的「果」，這才是對「因果」的正確理解。而「因」與「果」當中的連結力度為「業力」，「無明」就是經「因果業力」令潛意識因某種訊息剌激後對顯意識產生「依附行為」。「業力」強就是代表過去與現在的連結很強，就是潛意識對顯意識的「依附力度」。
The above two examples illustrate how a past “cause” can affect present or future “effects,” which is the correct understanding of “cause and effect.” The connection between “cause” and “effect” is “karma,” and “ignorance” is the “attachment behavior” of the subconscious to the conscious mind caused by “karmic force” after being stimulated by certain information. The strength of the “karmic force” represents the strength of the connection between the past and the present, which is the “attachment strength” of the subconscious to the conscious mind. The strength of “karmic force” mainly depends on the person’s value judgment of the harm or sensitivity to the harm. For example, in conservative countries, women who are sexually assaulted have a high risk of suicide, or they may go into shock at the sight of a certain animal, resulting in serious situations.
每個人的情緒和念頭產生的量和質都不同，這取決於你的意識層面的控制權有多大，以及潛意識有多強大的影響力 Each person’s quantity and quality of emotions and thoughts are different, depending on how much control their conscious mind has and how strong the influence of their subconscious is.
Populations with particularly strong sensory capabilities, such as children, women, or highly sensitive individuals, maybe more easily influenced by their subconscious. This may be because their rational guarding ability is weaker, making them more likely to be dominated by emotions, or they have suffered significant blows and oppression before their rational guarding ability has developed.
The reason why women and teenagers are prone to emotional disorders is also due to this. Due to the physiological and endocrine effects, their sensitivity and emotional intensity are too strong, and their rational guarding ability is challenged to a greater extent. Therefore, the emotions generated by their thoughts will be more intense. It’s easy to forcibly impose subconscious acceptance based on external values, causing the subconscious to eventually rebel, and the conscious mind to lose partial or complete control. This constant emotional impact of thoughts can ultimately lead to the occurrence of emotional disorders.
Many people also lack the ability to think about the essence of things. Their self-values are mostly or even completely established not by themselves, but by external social value standards that they excessively pursue. This can easily lead to the occurrence of emotional disorders. If you impose some secular values or ideologies (such as “studying is important,” “getting high grades is necessary,” “without studying, there is no future,” etc.) on your subconscious to bear, the subconscious is like a weak baby, and your oppression will cause it to rebel even more. Many emotionally disturbed patients have not established correct self-values. They rely on external value standards to locate their lives, but they do not realize that human capabilities are very limited, and they cannot even control their own bodies. Life, death, and disease are unpredictable, let alone other things. Therefore, it is essential to clear out a large number of unnecessary ideologies from your mind, examine the definitions behind these ideologies, and treat useless ideologies as garbage to be discarded.
The quantity and quality of thoughts and emotions produced by each person are different, depending on how much control their conscious has and how strong the influence of their subconscious is.
意識控制練習，讓顯意識與潛意識的連結分離Consciousness control practice separates the connection between the conscious mind and subconscious
Consciousness practice is a training method that helps the conscious gradually separate from the subconscious and gain more control. There are two main types of consciousness control practice – “Cessation” and “Observation”.
The human brain produces approximately 15,000 to 30,000 thoughts per day, many of which are of no value and instead consume the brain’s resources. Emotions are the excretion of these thoughts, which intensify and further consume the brain. We need to let these thoughts “pass through” us and let them flow away naturally. Don’t get caught up in these thoughts and emotions, which can cause excessive brain consumption https://preview.redd.it/tfohdau4de4b1.png?width=1078&format=png&auto=webp&s=300676eda92e4edbc4a79e512beae8c6257dd7c7 「止」的使用方法 How to use “Cessation”?
First, observe your own consciousness state from a third-person perspective, as if you have an inner eye that constantly monitors your emotions. When you perceive thoughts, emotions, and desires, or find yourself being affected by them, immediately escape their influence and slowly return to what you are doing. For example, if you are listening to a YouTube talk show, but your attention is not focused on the show, try to focus on what you are doing, such as your breath. When you find yourself being attracted by the content of the show, slowly return to focusing on your breath. Usually, you will only know that someone is talking continuously, but it won’t affect you.
Another example is when running, you can focus on the feeling of each step, even silently saying “left foot”, or “right foot” in your mind. When any thoughts or emotions arise, you can slowly return to focusing on the feeling of your footsteps. Focusing on rhythmic exercises (such as breathing, running, etc.) usually requires you to be present and focused, replacing multiple thoughts with one thought, so that you don’t generate too many thoughts. This is also the meaning of ‘cessation’. Simply increasing serotonin levels is not enough, you need to let the conscious mind work together with serotonin (for example, by eating foods that are rich in tryptophan, then finding ways to reduce excessive thoughts). Another method is breathing meditation, focusing on the inhalation and exhalation of each breath. When you perceive any thoughts or emotions or find yourself being caught up in them, you can return to focusing on your breath. 「觀」的使用方法 How to use “Observation”?
例子一：觀察自己打噴嚏前的意識訊號 Example 1: Observing one’s own consciousness signals before sneezing
- 在感到自己將要打噴嚏前立即轉換第三身視角觀察自己。 Immediately switch to a third-person perspective to observe oneself when feeling the urge to sneeze.
- 放鬆自己的身體 Relax the body.
- 抽離地觀察在鼻附近的意識訊號。 Observe the consciousness signals near the nose from a detached perspective.
- 認知到這些訊號是身體的雜訊干擾，並不是身體運作的一部份。 Recognize that these signals are just noise interference from the body and not a part of how the body operates.
- 最後並不是把噴嚏「忍下來」，而是它會漸漸消失與流逝。 Finally, instead of “holding in” the sneeze, it will gradually dissipate and pass away.
例子二：觀察自己的生理排洩感 Example 2: Observing one’s own physiological elimination sensations
- 在感到自己有便意時立即轉換第三身視角觀察自己。 Immediately switch to a third-person perspective to observe oneself when feeling the urge to eliminate.
- 放鬆自己的身體 Relax the body.
- 抽離地觀察在大腸或膀胱附近的意識訊號。 Observe the consciousness signals near the colon or bladder from a detached perspective.
- 認知到這些訊號是身體的雜訊干擾，並不是身體運作的一部份。 Recognize that these signals are just noise interference from the body and not a part of how the body operates.
- 最後並不是把便意「忍下來」，而是它會漸漸消失與流逝。 Finally, instead of “holding in” the urge, it will gradually dissipate and pass away.
例子三：觀察自己在噪音環境的情緒 Example 3: Observing one’s own emotions in a noisy environment
- 在感到自己因為噪音而開始覺得憤怒時立即轉換第三身視角觀察自己。 Immediately switch to a third-person perspective to observe oneself when feeling angry due to noise.
- 放鬆自己的身體 Relax the body.
- 抽離地觀察在大腦潛意識的意識訊號。 Observe the consciousness signals in the subconscious of the brain from a detached perspective.
- 認知到這些訊號是身體的雜訊干擾，並不是身體運作的一部份。 Recognize that these signals are just noise interference from the body and not a part of how the body operates.
- 最後並不是把怒意「忍下來」，而是它會漸漸消失與流逝。 Finally, instead of “holding in” the anger, it will gradually dissipate and pass away.
以上三個例子的核心意識行為都是 The core conscious behavior of the three examples above is:
- 感知自己的情緒慾望和意識訊號，並立即轉換第三身視角觀察自己。 Perceive one’s own emotions, desires, and consciousness signals and immediately switch to a third-person perspective to observe oneself.
- 放鬆自己的身體 Relax the body.
- 抽離地觀察在大腦的意識訊號。 Observe the consciousness signals in the brain from a detached perspective.
- 認知到這些訊號是身體的雜訊干擾，並不是身體運作的一部份。 Recognize that these signals are just noise interference from the body and not a part of how the body operates.
- 最後並不是把這些情緒慾望和意識訊號「忍下來」，而是它會漸漸消失與流逝。 Finally, instead of “holding in” these emotions, desires, and consciousness signals, they will gradually dissipate and pass away.
Frequently, by relaxing and maintaining awareness and observation of one’s own consciousness in daily life, and establishing correct cognition towards consciousness (recognizing that these signals are just noise interference from the body), many times people can easily achieve emotional and desire control and greatly improve the efficiency of emotion control.
有益腦分泌的飲食和行為 Diet and behavior that benefits brain secretion
Diet and behavior that promote brain secretion play an important role in both physical and psychological health. While direct consumption of serotonin can increase serotonin levels, it also has many side effects.
以下是一些可行的方法 Here are some feasible methods:
- 節律性運動（如跑步、呼吸冥想和跳繩）可以促進大量血清素的分泌，進而幫助身體合成維他命B、色胺酸等重要物質。 Regular exercise (such as running, breathing meditation, and jumping rope) can promote the secretion of a large amount of serotonin, thereby helping the body synthesize important substances such as vitamin B and tryptophan.
- 每天定時曬太陽半小時以上，太陽光可以刺激身體分泌大量血清素。 Expose yourself to sunlight for more than half an hour every day at a fixed time, as sunlight can stimulate the body to secrete a large amount of serotonin.
- 食用營養補充品，例如每天攝取維他命B群、色胺酸、茶胺酸和牛磺酸等。建議早上空腹食用色胺酸（100mg）和茶胺酸（100-200mg），並在飯後食用維他命B群。不要一次攝取太多的維他命B群，每次最多攝取50mg，食用一個小時後去曬太陽。 Take nutritional supplements, such as daily intake of the vitamin B group, tryptophan, theanine, and taurine. It is recommended to take tryptophan (100mg) and theanine (100-200mg) on an empty stomach in the morning and take vitamin B group after meals. Do not take too much vitamin B group at one time, and take a maximum of 50mg each time. After eating, go out and expose yourself to sunlight for an hour.
- 多攝取富含色胺酸的食物，例如牛奶、芝士、納豆、豆漿、堅果、雞肉、雞蛋、鮭魚、鮪魚、瘦肉、牛肉和乳酪等。 Eat more foods rich in tryptophan, such as milk, cheese, natto, soy milk, nuts, chicken, eggs, salmon, tuna, lean meat, beef, and cheese.
- 攝取維生素B6可以幫助色胺酸更有效地合成血清素，例如香蕉、全麥麵包、菠菜、深綠色蔬菜、南瓜、燕麥、奇異果、蒜頭、堅果、豆類、乳製品和魚類等食物。 Taking vitamin B6 can help tryptophan synthesize serotonin more effectively, such as in bananas, whole wheat bread, spinach, dark green vegetables, pumpkin, oats, kiwi, garlic, nuts, beans, dairy products, and fish.
以上方法可以幫助你提高血清素水平，進而促進身體和心理的健康。但是，每個人的身體情況不同，建議在咨詢專業人士的建議後再進行相應的行為和飲食調整。 The above methods can help increase serotonin levels, thereby promoting physical and psychological health. However, everyone’s physical condition is different, and it is recommended to consult a professional before making corresponding behavioral and dietary adjustments.
對潛意識內的各種「意識垃圾」反思來建立對事物本質的認知，清除一些不必要的意識形態 Reflecting on various “mental garbage” in the subconscious mind to establish a recognition of the essence of things and eliminate unnecessary ideologies.
It is important to read and think more often, cultivate a thinking consciousness, and explore the essence behind intangible things (concepts). Extract the ideologies in the mind and examine them. For example, why should people be filial? Why should people pursue success? What is the definition of success? Explore the definitions behind ideologies. Be brave in thinking and do not let these ideologies bind your life.
Through reading and thinking, we can broaden our thinking and better understand and interpret the world around us. In this process, we can better understand ourselves, understand our position and role in the world, and promote personal growth and development. This helps us to break free from the constraints and limitations of ideologies.
Therefore, it is important to read and think more, explore the essence behind things, constantly expand our thinking, and better adapt to this complex and ever-changing world.
2023.06.06 14:43 bootsforever Searching for Culinary Institute of America Banana Bread Recipe
When I was in college, I had a CIA cookbook that I scored at a used bookstore. All the recipes were huge because they were intended for feeding massive groups of people; I had to do the math to get a reasonable size recipe for a single household. The banana bread recipe was amazing. I recall that it was sweetened with honey. I think it also may have possibly had walnuts and shaved dark chocolate, but I'm less sure about those ingredients.
Fast forward to today. The cookbook has been sadly lost to the sands of time (I have no idea what happened to it. Did my ex take it? Who knows), and my google searches have not been fruitful. Does anyone have this recipe? I have four bananas that are ready to be devoted to the cause.
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2023.06.06 14:22 Late-Difficulty-5928 Getting out of a funk
Tldr: This got a lot longer than I intended. A lot to catch up on! The first part is about where we were. The second is what we are doing to fix it. We organically folded into a holistic method of dealing with clutter and made a lot of important connections while doing it. The kitchen experience has been, by far, the best and most healthy decision we have made.
It's been a while since I have participated here. Some pretty sad things happened and I had not made much progress. I've never been good at sharing when I am being a fuck up or asking for help. I wasted away my entire winter and now warmer weather is rolling in, which is going to prevent me from working in the garage until this coming winter.
Its not all bad, though. I managed to avoid backsliding and engaging old coping mechanisms that compound the hoarding situation. I managed to hold the house together during a time of grief and while it wasn't ideal, it's about a lifestyle, not a meal. Right? It's not that I haven't felt any guilt over not moving forward. I definitely have. It just hasn't been a particularly helpful or motivating feeling.
Depression and grief wreck everything, though. While that part of my life held the line, I still have a drinking problem and I don't really eat my feelings, but I do care less about my body, in general. I quit being active and let my diet slip enough to gain thirty pounds of organ strangling fat, caused by pouring 2-5 beers on top of 3-6 shots of booze every night. Then day drinking on the weekends. I have never been a day drinker. I've always been a functional alcoholic - meaning I can abstain, but when I start, I dont stop until it is all gone and most of the time I want more. The majority of my life, I would probably drink once every few months. The drinking every day is relatively recent. I know this isn't AA, but I will get to how it's related.
About a month ago, I woke up and thought, living like this is going to kill me. What if something happens to my partner? Because he is right there with me. Along with the unhealthy choices and their consequences, I was not sleeping well. That hard, visceral fat makes it incredibly difficult to breath and get comfortable. That's on top of serious health problems I already have. Six months of this and something had to give.
We woke up and started searching for a healthy eating challenge. You know the whole ADHD thing and turning things into a game usually yields some type of immediate success. We made a grocery list and cleaned out the fridge. We took three garbage bags of expired food out of the fridge. I'm not a food hoarder, even. I could give a shit about anything in there. We've both just been too depressed to worry about cleaning out the fridge - for six months. He went to the store. I did a deep clean on the fridge, which was nearly empty. We unpacked the groceries together, and let me tell you. I was super giddy over seeing all the fresh produce and how clean and organized the fridge was. I opened the fridge a few times, just to look at it, it was such a beautiful thing.
We have carried on this schedule for a month. Wake up on the weekend, meal plan for the week and make a grocery list. He goes to the store, I clean out and wipe down the fridge, check the pantry, and print any recipes we need for the week or grab them from our binder, and put them on a clipboard that hangs on the kitchen wall. Only recipes we love go in that binder. Life is too short to eat mediocre food. If we don't love it, the recipe goes in the trash.
The first week, I started meal prep, which is something I have never done before. Like having smoothies for breakfast - buying just enough bananas for a week, cutting them up, splitting into servings and freezing means zero bananas go in the trash. I haven't thought about making banana bread, that I am obviously not going to make, all month. I also spent enough present and sober time to notice the walls were getting a little dusty and grimy, so I washed most of those. The one left requires moving furniture, so it had to wait.
During the second week, I did some more meal prep and did a cursory clean out of the pantry, checking dates and organizing where everything could be easily accessed and seen. That was another trash bag of expired food out the door.
I used to get so angry because I would spend a week cleaning and organizing the kitchen. He would just stuff things in there, not paying attention to how things were organized. Yesterday I opened one of the cabinets and it struck me. Seeing the contrast between the pantry and fridge and these cabinets, I don't think any of those spaces have ever been organized in a way that makes much sense. We don't have upper cabinets, but instead two six foot tall floor cabinets. One cabinet has been things we use often and the other things we use less. Kind of. Then two cardboard boxes of plastic. God knows what. Then we have a lower cabinet, with random shit shoved in there.
I spent the day reorganizing and keep in mind, I've been through all this stuff at least once in the past two years. Barely anything in the cardboard boxes has been used. Lots of tupperware from the 90s. Lids with no bowls. Stained bowls with no lids. Don't ask me why I didn't toss these last time, because they were gross looking, even when clean. All of that went away and there are no longer two cardboard boxes stuffed in my cabinet. Two trash bags and a box of (recyclable) plastic later and you can see and access everything easily and like items are together. Everything has a place and it's evident where everything goes.
So . . . Now there is no more cabinet, fridge, or pantry Jenga. It's more pleasant to cook in there, easier to clean the fridge, easier to put the dishes away. With food being such an integral part of living, it just makes life easier. I hate to admit it, but for the first time in my life, I understand why having highly organized cabinets matters. And for the first time in a long time, I am not just ready to get rid of things. I feel like going through this process is gently rewiring my brain to think about objects and space a lot differently. I felt nothing but excitement over the prospect of an organized space, as I was tossing all that plastic in the bags. I've been motivated sans the period of depression. I've never been this motivated. I have been aware for a while that I wasn't going to organize my way out of the garage hoard or the house clutter. I believe cleaning out a space, where the objects inside were meaningless to me and seeing just how much of a difference it made has highlighted how much I need to get rid of if I want the rest of my life to be as beautiful as my refrigerator.
Health wise, we quit drinking beer and went from six shots a night to four. We are cutting back as we lose weight. We no longer buy booze for Sunday. We chill and have a few glasses of wine. Cleaning and organizing, I am on my feet more and getting more activity. I'm eating a Mediterranean diet and three meals instead of two. I weighed in this morning and I have lost a total of 12 lbs in a month. I still have another 18 to get to my weight before the depression and another 20 for a healthy weight. My body is squishy again, which is better. I sleep better. I have more energy, which feeds into being able to do more work around the house. I feel better mentally and physically.
So, yeah. I missed out on garage season. It's house season, though and I have a very productive Summer ahead. It's amazing what focusing on my nutrition has done for us. That's not in the general sense that just eating better will fix your mental illness or disorder. But focusing on the entire experience of nourishment and making it easier and more pleasant to cook healthy meals. Bonus points are that we are having fun cooking together and actually saving money by not overbuying and doing a little meal prep. That also resulted in a very insignificant amount of waste over the past month.
Over the Summer, I hope to add a kitchen island for more counter space, give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint, get the brand new dishwasher hooked up, and continue to make my kitchen a pleasant place to spend time.
Anyway . . .
If you made it this far, thanks for joining me on this journey. I know it was a novel. I appreciate you!
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2023.06.06 14:08 Significant_Shop_364 Top Guide To Select Party Venues In Hong Kong
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Make party arranging simple with our manual for the best settings and occasion spaces in Hong Kong.
Arranging a major occasion? To make it somewhat more straightforward to find the right space for you, we've assembled a definitive rundown of the party venue
. Whether you're commending an extraordinary event, a major birthday, an occasional occasion or even a work, we take care of you. Searching for someplace comfortable and private? Or on the other hand what about a party adrift, or on the top deck of a cable car? Anything you're searching for, we're certain to have every one of the containers ticked.
In the event that you're searching for a space that can take special care of any sort of occasion, Metro Studio may only be an ideal one for you. Found only two minutes from the Focal MTR station, the scene is appropriate to private occasions and gatherings, but on the other hand, is ideal for more conventional business dos. Whether you're facilitating a work occasion, meeting, class, or studio, Metro can situate up to 60 individuals (or 100 standing!), and is accessible to lease for only $2,000 to $2,500 each hour. You can likewise utilize a 100-inch projector, Apple television, remote receivers, and theater-style seating. Looking for corporate event venues
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R ONE Space
With areas in both Boulevard Sound and Kwun Tong, any place you're hoping to have your next event, R ONE will take care of you. Exceptional and geared up for whatever might happen, the space can be utilized for a different cluster of occasions, going from workshops, meetings and gatherings, shows, merry gatherings, and even yoga classes - the potential outcomes are huge! Removing the issue from arranging, the group at R ONE can likewise assist you with sorting out catering, embellishments, and decorative designs and that's just the beginning, making your occasion a breeze.
Found in Wong Chuk Hang, The Space is a confidential occasion space by Pirata Gathering. Crossing 4,000 square feet, the space can serenely fit up to 80 individuals and is ideally suited for corporate occasions, cozy individual festivals, and energetic gatherings. Different menus are likewise accessible, including all that from breakfast dishes to informal breakfast top choices, sharing-style snacks, debauched meals, and even outdoor grills. With dishes on offer from city top picks, for example, Pici and TokyoLima, quality is ensured. Email [email protected]
The Space, 1/F, The Production line, No. 1 Yi
Assuming you're needing to couple your occasion with sea sees, look no further than The Rebuff Sound. With various, cafés, bars, and occasion spaces, there are a lot of decisions to suit your requirements, whether it's a birthday celebration, a confidential occasion, or even your important day! Track down more data here. https://preview.redd.it/06jinx342e4b1.jpg?width=1024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=65aa478fb34db9758abeb972f2240abec353f886
ABOVE by Komune
Set in the Ovolo Southside Inn in Wong Chuk Hang, ABOVE by Komune is a cool housetop bar highlighting all-encompassing perspectives and creative mixed drinks. Some degree indoor, to some extent outside scene is perfect for private occasions, fitting up to 70 visitors. Taking special care of everything from huge birthday slams to corporate classes, drink bundles, and canape choices can likewise be dealt with by the scene to remove the problem from arranging!
Situated in the core of LKF, Chalk Party is a confidential occasion just scene, great in the event that you're searching for something somewhat unique (and beautiful!). Wear all white and attract all over yourselves and the walls the blacklight party room, prior to moving outside and appreciating shisha, brew pong, and BYOB on the selective roof party region. The most extreme number of individuals the scene can hold is 60, with a three-to-four-hour schedule opening accessible for every occasion.
Three Visually impaired Mice
On the off chance that you're searching for good food, a lot of beverages, and a casual space for a pleasant occasion, Wan Chai's Three Visually Impaired Mice is for you. The supportive and cordial group will exceed everyone's expectations to oblige your solicitations, and alongside a scope of free-stream food and beverages bundles accessible, the confidential higher-up room (fits 16 to 29 visitors) or even the entire eatery (fits 40 to 50 visitors) can be reserved for your occasion. More data can be seen as here.
The Blending Bowl
The Blending Bowl is a baking studio in Sheung Wan with classes covering everything from cupcakes, bread, and bagels, to Hong Kong egg tarts, macarons, and pizza and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Decide to either join a class for a pleasant evening out on the town or book out the entire scene for your own confidential occasion. You can likewise tweak a class as indicated by your inclination, and all classes incorporate the fixings, gear, and recipes you really want, alongside the opportunity to plunk down with your prepared post-class, or bring them back home to appreciate later! Figure out more data here.
Get ready to get dynamic and somewhat serious with Crossfire Field for your next slam. With bubble soccer, bows and arrows tag, dodgeball, and laser label on offer, consolidate a scope of games and fight to dominate the competition at this invigorating occasion space! The space can hold a limit of 100 individuals, and costs range from $250 to $500 per individual.
2023.06.06 09:00 LivingHealthy9347 Gluten Free easy and delicious Banana Pancake Recipe #short #shorts #sho...
2023.06.06 02:31 CookieButterLovers [MEGATHREAD] May 2023 Wrap-Up Discussion Thread: List of NEW and Limited Spring Seasonal Items - to help others, let's discuss which new May 2023 products you liked and didn't like and which Spring and Summer Seasonal products you're excited are back or are looking forward to! 😊
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Note: Not all products arrive in all stores at the same time and some might only be available regionally. Please contact your local store for product stock questions and estimated arrival dates.
There were a few new May products that were VERY limited and may no longer be available in stores as of June (Beach Day Gummy Candy, Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Fraîche, S'mores Clusters). 😔
Please leave a comment if you've seen a new or seasonal item from May that's not listed here!
As always, please upvote this post if you find the monthly product list Megathreads helpful to you. 🆕 New for May 2023 (some may have shown up end of April or beginning of June)
Not new but may be changing suppliers or packaging in some regions, YMMV
- Aura Berry Ginger Collagen Tea - $2.99
- Beach Day Gummy Candy (Very Limited) - $1.99
- Blueberry Preserves, Organic (Limited Availability) - $4.49
- Brazil Nut Body Wash (Limited Availability) - $5.99
- Breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds - $4.99
- Black Tea + Lemon Cold Brew Iced Tea, 18 Tea Bags - $2.69
- Campanology Peach Ale (Limited Availability, YMMV) - $7.99
- Chocolatey Coated Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Bites
- Coffee Syrup (not new, but hasn’t been around for years - has anybody seen this?) - $4.49
- Crunchy Chili Onion Hummus - $3.99
- Diamond Crystal Salt Co. Kosher Salt Flakes - $8.99
- Diamond Reserve Pauillac, YMMV - $19.99
- Donuts Forever! Donut Shaped Chocolate Truffles - $4.49
- El Cortijo Dorado Cow’s and Sheep’s Milk Cheese
- Enchanted Jangle - $4.49
- French Heritage Orange Rind Saint Paulin Cheese (May’s Spotlight Cheese) - $3.99
- Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins - $4.99 for 4
- Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Strips (refrigerated, not sure if new, or new in some regions?)
- GT’s ALIVE Ancient Mushroom Elixir - Lemon Lime
- Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Fraîche (Limited Availability) - $3.99
- Mafalda Corta Pasta Macaroni Product (Limited Availability) - $2.49
- Milk Chocolate Bar with Corn Flakes - $2.99
- Mini (Almost) Everything Bagel Sandwich Crackers with Cream Cheese Filling
- Oat Chocolate Bars with Crispy Rice & Cocoa Nibs - $2.49
- Organic Blueberry Preserves (Limited Availability) - $4.49
- Organic Chiapas Mexico Small Lot Coffee (not new, but hasn’t been available in years) - $10.99
- Organic Mafalda Corta Pasta (Limited Availability) - $2.49
- Organic Plain Cream Cheese Spread - $3.49
- Pink Insulated Bag - $7.99
- Raspberry Icelandic Style Skyr Lowfat Yogurt
- Salted Caramel + Pistachio Scented Candle (Limited Availability) - $5.99
- Shortcake Biscuits (not new, but new to some regions) - $4.49
- S’mores Clusters - (Very Limited Availability, no longer available) - $3.99
- Spicy Honey Sauce (bigger 12 oz. bottle is new, no longer organic) - $4.99
- Super Sweet Marzanino Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Tomato Juice
- Sweet & Salty Umami Crunchies Rice Snackers - $2.99
- Trio of Soft Licorice Twists (Raspberry, Mango, and Green Apple)
- Whole Grain Waffles - $2.69
- please comment with your region if you’ve noticed new packaging for the Pesto, Pizza Sauce, Tabouli, or Tzatziki):
🌷Returning Spring & Seasonal Limited Items that returned in April / May / June:
- Balsamic Glaze
- Pesto Genovese (refrigerated)
- Pizza Sauce (refrigerated)
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Tabouli (I think they spell it Tabbouli)
Back In Stock after being Temporarily Out Of Stock (YMMV, may not be back in all regions):
- BBQ & Black Pepper Toscano Chopped Salad
- Blueberry Dreams Frozen Dessert Bars
- Blueberry Fields Hard Cheese - $4.99
- Body Essence Aloe Vera Gel - $3.49 (is this new or returning?)
- Brazil Nut Body Butter
- Brazil Nut Body Scrub
- Brie Cheese with WIld Mushrooms - $11.99/lb.
- Brie Cheese with Green Peppercorns - 11.99/lb.
- Cajun Style Alfredo Sauce -$3.99
- California Sun-Dried Tomatoes - $2.49
- Cheddar Cheese with Scotch Bonnet Chili and Red Peppers
- Chive Cheddar Cheese - is this seasonal?
- Chocolate Fudge Oat Bars Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
- Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate - $5.99
- Coffee Bean Mini Hold the Cone! Ice Cream Cones - $3.79
- Cold Brew Black Tea Concentrate (Organic) - $4.99
- Cold Brew Coffee Bags - $7.99
- Crunchy Jalapeno Lime & Onion - $4.29
- Dark Chocolate Watermelon Sticks - $3.49
- Dill Pickle Mustard - $1.99
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Snackers - $3.99 (not sure if seasonal or back in stock after TOS?)
- Glazed Sour Cream Donuts
- Grapefruit Scented Candle
- Halloumi Cheese (not sure if seasonal or returning after TOS) - $5.99
- Horchata Inspired Ice Cream
- Jalapeño Limeade Lime Juice Beverage (shelf stable) - $2.29
- Just The Lobsters Lobster Shaped Soft & Chewy Gummy Candy
- Key Lime Pie (frozen) - $5.99
- Mango Flavored Black Tea
- Mango Jicama Slaw - $5.49
- Marshmallows - $2.99
- Mini Cheesecake Cones - $4.29
- Mini Chocolate Mousse Flowers
- Organic Poppy Seed Dressing
- Organic Sugar Cones - $2.99
- Out Of This World Ice Pops
- Patio Potato Chips - $2.69
- Peaches & Cream Tarte (frozen) - $5.99
- Peanut Butter Caramel Coated Popcorn - $3.79 (not sure if seasonal or back in stock after TOS)
- Peonies (Peony Flowers) - $9.99, YMMV
- Peony Blossom Candle - $3.99
- Peony Blossom Foaming Hand Soap - $2.99
- Pink & Whites Dark Chocolate Bar - $2.99
- Pink & Whites Shortbread Cookies with Yogurt Coating and Sprinkles - $4.49
- Portuguese Custard Tarts - $2.99
- Salt Water Taffy
- Seasoning In A Pickle Seasoning Blend - $2.49
- Shortcake Biscuits (bakery) - $4.49 (may be new in some regions, and returning seasonal in other regions)
- Sparkling Strawberry Juice Beverage - is this seasonal or year-round, I thought it was year-round but the Watermelon one is seasonal? - $3.99
- Sparkling Watermelon Juice Beverage - $3.99
- Spicy Buffalo Cheddar
- Spicy Mango Lemonade (refrigerated) - $3.29
- Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette - $3.99
- Strawberry & Jalapeno Crisps - $3.99
- Strawberry Lemonade Joe-Joe’s Sandwich Creme Cookies - $3.49
- Strawberry Shortcake Sandwich Cookies
- Strawberry & Vanilla Flavored Yogurt Pretzels
- Sweet Basil Foaming Hand Soap - $2.99
- Sweet Corn, Burrata & Basil Ravioli
- These Sprinkles Walk Into A Sandwich Cookie - $3.49
- Tomato Ketchup with Black Summer Truffle - $3.49
- Tres Leches Cake (frozen) - $7.99
- Truffle Aioli
- Truffle Flavored BBQ Sauce - $3.49
- Ube Ice Cream - $3.79
- Ube Mochi Pancake & Waffle Mix - $3.99
- Ube Pretzels
- Ube Spread - $3.99
- Ube Tea Cookies Purple Yam Shortbread Cookies - $4.49
- Watermelon Cold Pressed Juice - $2.99
- Watermelon Cucumber Cooler Juice Beverage - $3.49
- Watermelon Lemonade Sparkling Water - $3.49
- Watermelon & Peach Macarons - $5.49
- When life Gives you Lemons Make Ice Cream - $3.79
- White Stilton Cheese with Mango & Ginger - $11.99/lb
- Wildberry Cheesecake Ice Cream - $3.79
Temporarily Out Of Stock in some regions, YMMV:
- Bamba with Hazelnut Creme Filling
- Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets
- Crispy Crunchy Spicy Mochi Rice Nuggets
- Daily Facial Sunscreen
- Mee Krob Snackers
- Salsa De Cacahuate
- Savory Banana & Nuts Trek Mix - I thought this was discontinued, but may be back?
- Squiggly Knife Cut Noodles
- Tangy Turtles Tart & Sweet Gummy Candy
- Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts
- Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
- Instant Cold Brew Coffee has been recalled
- Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings
- Steamed Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings
- Sweet & Salty Umami Rice Crunchies
- Taiwanese Green Onion Pancakes
- White Miso Paste?
- Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies - can anybody please confirm if these are being discontinued or not?
- Golden Berry Blend (Raisins, Cranberry, Blueberries)
🔮 Sneak Peaks rumored to be coming sometime in 2023:
- Discontinued in 2023:
- Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
- Bamba with Hazelnut Creme Filling is still showing as “discontinued” in California stores, other regions may vary, supposed to be returning to Northeast region in May
- Big Soft Pretzels
- Chili Sesame Oil
- Cilantro and Jalapeño Hummus
- Classic Hummus
- Cocoa & Sea Salt Instant Oatmeal
- Coconut Cashews
- Corn Poblano Chowder
- Dark Russet Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips discontinued in California only
- Dried Bing Cherries
- Grass Fed Angus Beef Burgers
- Herbed Tahini Sauce
- Hi-Protein Veggie Burger
- Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks
- Just… Grilled Chicken Strips
- Glucosamine Chondroitin for Dogs
- Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomato Ravioli
- Multigrain Toaster Waffles - replaced with Whole Grain Waffles
- Organic Valencia Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter
- Ricotta & Lemon Zest Ravioli
- Savory Banana & Nuts Trek Mix
- Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage
- Spicy Hummus Dip
- Uncooked Ground Buffalo Burgers ?
- Vegan Ranch Crunch Salad Kit
- Golden Caramel Swirl Ice Cream (not new, but returning previously discontinued product)
- Organic Midnight Moo Chocolate Syrup - looks like it might be from a new supplier?
- Portuguese Bacalhau Pie (Tarte de Bacalhau)
- S’mores Ice Cream
- Taco Gouda Cheese
- Tiny Fruity Cuties Sweetened Corn & Oat Cereal
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2023.06.05 21:16 ChandlerGilbertCC Convert Desert Mesquite Pods Into Food for World Environment Day
Sustainability Effort Tastes Sweet
The desert is a surprising place. For those unfamiliar with the environment, it can feel like it’s nothing more than just hot and, well, brown. But if you look closely, the desert ecosystem is quite impressive. Kendra Stanger, Environmental Technology Center (ETC) Coordinator at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), helps students learn about Arizona through programs that bring environmental lessons to life.
at CGCC is more than just a garden; it is a program developed by a collaboration of instructors from various departments and academic disciplines who worked with students from their classes, Honors programs, clubs, and community groups to experiment with sustainability theories. Through their collective knowledge, this group transformed a dusty, two-acre plot of land into an outdoor garden-based classroom.
The current ETC project teaches how to convert desert mesquite pods into food. Mesquite shrubs or small trees are common in the Southwest, and their bean-like pods can be a nutritious food source to humans and wildlife. For this sustainability initiative, Stanger describes the process of converting the pods to flour: “Don’t let your mesquite pods go to waste! They may seem like a nuisance, but they are some of the most plentiful FREE food products around the valley. Mesquite is a high-protein food, highly nutritious, rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and lysine. It digests slowly, has a high fiber and protein content and is low on the glycemic index. In a few simple steps, you can turn those pesky pods into usable flour for many different recipes. All you must do is:
There are some facilities that will mill your pods for you. It took me about half an hour to turn one five-gallon bucket of already toasted pods into 2 pounds of flour using a food processor. So, if you’ve got much more than that… it might be worth the trip. Mesquite flour is gluten free. If you have experience baking with gluten free products, use it as you normally would another gluten free flour such as almond or coconut. Keep in mind it is on the sweet side. If you are wanting to use it to cook or bake with like regular flour, use 1/4 cup mesquite flour and 3/4 cup regular flour for 1 full cup. Mesquite flour has been used to make tortillas, sweet breads, pancakes, cookies, muffins and cakes because it is sweet, but it can also be added to soups, gravies and sauces, casseroles, vegetable and meat dishes, and pie crusts."
- Harvest the pods. They are available from June-September, but it’s best if you get them right off the tree. Set up a tarp underneath the tree, shake to dislodge, and all pods that fall without pulling are ready. The best way to find out if your mesquite tree has pods worth harvesting is to taste them! Here in the Valley there are several varieties, but the two most common are Honey and Velvet mesquite. Take a pod from the tree, chew it just a bit, if you like the flavor, harvest from that tree. Due to cross pollination and hybridization, some won't taste good. If you taste the pod and it's bitter, or sucks the moisture from your mouth, move on... there are better trees.
- Sort through and get rid of twigs, leaves and other debris you’ve accumulated while harvesting.
- Toast or dry the pods to get rid of beetles and other undesirables that may have gotten into the pods. (We toasted in CGCC’s Ceramics Kiln at 185 degrees F for 1-2 hours.)
- Blend in a food processor or mortar and pestle until you have a flour-like consistency.
- Sift with a mesh strainer to get all the unblended seeds or husks out.
Instructions, videos, and recipes for using the flour are available online. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers ideas at https://www.desertmuseum.org/centeedu/docs/k-2_TIP_recipes.pdf
. And if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, Stanger welcomes emails to [email protected]
Projects such as the Mesquite Pods harvest support the Chandler-Gilbert Community College vision for its students to be prepared to lead the community into a promising and sustainable future. To find out more about CGCC interdisciplinary Experiential Learning, visit https://www.cgc.edu/academics/experiential-learning/environmental-technology-center
, and degree paths to support sustainability career options are described at https://www.cgc.edu/degrees-certificates/sustainability
. Sustainability is more than a buzzword, it’s a way of life—and a possible career!
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2023.06.05 17:58 No_Computer5421 Sakara bread base
So I really enjoy the Sakara style of cooking/eating, and am a bit obsessed with their banana bread in the Eat Clean, Play Dirty cookbook. I’m hoping to come up with a similar base for bread but generalize this to make blueberry bread, oatmeal raisin bread, etc. does anyone know how I could borrow the foundation of this bread for other recipes? Is it just a matter of swapping out bananas for other ingredients?
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2023.06.05 15:55 DrRavineOfficial [Deep Sixed] Chapter 69: Back To Headspace
Sunny is going to bring back Mari, but there is a problem? They have to go to his Headspace to find a key component on Mr. X machine. https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/312158558-deep-sixed
One day, Sunny was sleeping, and he got a phone call from his mom, after a long time.
*Sunny's phone rings*
Aubrey: Sunny, would you turn off the phone?
Sunny: It just rang in the middle on the night, what's going on this time? *Checks phone* It's my mom.
Aubrey: You mean our mom?
Sunny: Oh, technically yes. *Picks up call* Hello?
Sunny's Mom: Oh hey Sunny, it's been a while since we talk to each other. So how's Aubrey?
Sunny: She's fine, but why would you call me in the middle of the night?
Sunny's Mom: I have something to show you. Come at the coordinates that I'm going to send you to the messages.
Sunny: Ok. *checks the image in the messages* Here? Why?
Sunny's Mom: You'll see, and I think you will be happy when you see it.
Sunny: Ok, I love you mom.
Sunny's Mom: I love you both. *Call ends*
Aubrey: So what's going on with your mom?
Sunny: I think she wants us to go there. I think something's wrong.
Aubrey: Why don't we go, we never see her since for a while.
Sunny: Well, let's go tomorrow.
The next day, we went to the place where my mom wants us to go.
Aubrey: So, this is where she wants us to go, right?
Sunny: I think so, we followed the map.
So we went into the door, and we found Sunny's mom, waiting for us.
Sunny's Mom: Children, you're here!
Sunny: Yeah what do you want us here?
Sunny's Mom: Come this way, this should make us happy for all.
Aubrey: I'm scared.
Sunny: I know, she has been through so much, which includes us.
As we enter the room, a voice of someone we never heard of.
????: Hello Suzuki family, you finally came. It's time to act the plan together Ms. Sunny.
Molly and Jonathan, just hang out like they usually do.
Molly: So, what are you going to do for your third year of college?
Jonathan: A lot of self improvement, and then try to research on how do I became a human again.
Molly: I don't think that's possible, but why don't we ask Omega Domino to do so?
Jonathan: We just can't request Domino to do that, we need to do something worthy just to do it.
Molly: Oh, well that sucks, but don't worry, I'll be here whenever you need me.
Jonathan: And you will be the person that I would never, try to hurt you.
Molly: Awww. Well, so what are we going to do?
Jonathan: I don't know, maybe you have something to do?
Then I got a phone call from Mr. X.
Molly: Mr. X, wazzup?
Mr. X: I need your help, and bring some people with you and some weapons to fight.
Molly: Ok? *Call ends* Jonathan, were going on an adventure. But first we need to bring in some people and some weapons.
Few hours later...
Sasha: So Mr. X called you and told us to come here?
Molly: Yes, and I don't know why. Maybe they manage to make the portal stable?
Dorian: Who is Mr. X?
Jonathan: A bald person who works in the government and made crazy inventions.
Dorian: I wanna see that guy.
So we reach the place where Mr. X runs a lab, which is where he created a portal that supposed to lead us to Amphibia.
Mr. X: Hello kids, seems like you brought some extra help.
Sasha: I don't trust you. One time you got us stuck in a different dimension for a week.
Mr. X: I know, but now we fixed it. We just need to set a target location on the other side of the portal where it spawns, and the test subject voluntarily sets it in the White Space on his mind.
Dorian: White Space?
Molly: Uh oh, I think I know who the text subject is... SUNNY!
So we ran to the room where the portal was located, and we saw Sunny's body in a contraption, where there is a dead body right next to it.
Molly: Oh my gosh, what did you do to Sunny?
Aubrey: I'm so sorry, there's a reason why we did it. There is something in Sunny's mind that we just need to do this.
Molly: Do What!?
Aubrey: That one.
So the dead body that was right next to Sunny is her used to be his older sister. Mari, and Mr. X found a way to revive her.
Sasha: Oh my gosh, who's that?
Molly: I think, it's-
Aubrey: Mari. It has been 24 years since she died. When Sunny shut himself in, his mother met Mr. X, who was young at that time and he wants to donate her body to him, just to do an experiment. Thanks to cryogenics, she's intact, although a lot of the process has been made.
Molly: Process, what process?
Mr. X: Repairing her spinal cord after internal decapitation, which is the cause of her death. It took a lot of effort to repair the spinal cord with the help of the doctors from around the world secretly. That took 14 years to do it.
Jonathan: That was so damn impressive that you managed to do this, but why didn't you want to show it to the world?
Mr. X: It's too long, so we need to find another way. And this one is experimental that is too risky and the legal and moral problems that it needs to face in society.
Molly: So what are you going to do to her?
Mr. X: Were going to revive her.
Molly: Using Sunny's soul?
Aubrey: No, we use something to our imagination and bring it to reality.
Sasha: That seems dumb.
Aubrey: No, it's not. A long time ago, Sunny made a headspace from the first four years during Mari's death. His headspace was a place to survive during is shut in phase on his life. When I lived with him, we both filled in with crazy headspace plans that can help Sunny's future outside life. And then we came up with a plan to revive Mari by trying to create a life jam, which is called the Ultimate Life Jam that can actually revive a dead person, not a toast of bread after defeat. Problem is, this was on his mind and there is no way to replicate it in real life. Right now, he hasn't gone back to the headspace for a long time and we forget where we put the Ultimate Life Jam.
Molly: Who's plan was this?
Sunny's Mom: My plan. I spent so much hard work that I rarely interact with Sunny during his 4 years of shut in. I tried to help him by giving things he needed to survive, until we moved into a new place where Mr. X's base was near me.
Molly: Ms. Suzuki?
Sunny's Mom: I know. We were grieving a lot, and I'm the only one who can't recover at all.
Jonathan: I'm not sure if this should work, but I want to see what Sunny's headspace looks like.
Mr. X: Well that signs it. So what weapons did you bring?
We show all of the weapons that we brought to fight something in headspace.
Mr. X: Molly, why did you use a violin as a weapon?
Molly: It has Nokia strength, and I have calamity powers to back it up.
Mr. X: Sasha just brought a sword. You could have a cooler sword just like what Jonathan has.
Sasha: It was forge on Amphibia you know?
Mr. X: Jonathan, you are having a hard time using the sword, right?
Jonathan: I know, but this sword can float mid air.
Mr. X: Ok? So Dorian, you bought-
Dorian: A glock?
Mr. X: 45 caliber bullets? This seems fine. Do you have extra rounds?
Dorian: Yes, 200 ammo, and probably more lootbox in Sunny's mind.
Mr. X: Hmmm, I think you're all set and Sunny is in a state of controlled coma, which has a 24 hour time limit in our time to retrieve the jam, but we can wake him up if you finish it early though.
Molly: I won't disappoint you.
Jonathan: Uhhh, I think 24 hours will not be enough to find something in his headspace?
Aubrey: I have to remind you, time runs 48x slower in headspace, so you have a lot of time to go around and explore in the headspace.
Dorian: 48x slower, so that means we have 48 days. That's cool but we wouldn't waste it, right?
Jonathan: I'm skeptical.
After this, Mr. X reactivated the portal again, and it all leads to Sunny's headspace, or I like to call it, his infraverse.
Mr. X: Terri will keep you in touch on your headspace adventures.
Molly: Got it!👍
Mr. X: Alright, the portal will be activated in 3, 2, 1. *Portal activates*
Dorian: ... Ok, so we go in?
Jonathan: Of course we go in.
Then we went into the portal, and it landed us in Sunny's headspace, which was the most central part of his mind.
Molly: Where are we?
Jonathan: Were in Sunny's mind.
Molly: According to me, you will see his inner version of himself.
Sasha: This feels creepy.
Molly: Of course, it used to be scarier during the first four years, but as the time passes, he said that it gotten less scary since he managed to control himself to not let his alter ego take over his mind.
Dorian: Alter ego? Who is it?
Then we saw Sunny, in his inner form of his mind, panicking.
Sunny: Oh my gosh! How did you all get in my mind? I didn't plan to make you all in my headspace.
Jonathan: We used Mr. X's contraption to travel into different places, and he sets it to your mind and you have something to do about it, right?
Sunny: Oh, you mean the Ultimate Life Jam? Well you can take the jam, because I can't get it out on my mind. But since you weren't, you can bring it into the real world.
Sasha: Oh, I now the context on what Mr. X wants us to do: Find the life jam thing in Sunny's mind and bring it out in the real world using Mr. X portal.
Molly: He said that he won't open the portal until we get the jam or the time runs out. By the way, what's the problem?
So he sent us to the control room in the White Space, which is where everything in his mind was controlled.
Sunny: So this is my headspace control room, and this is where my world is controlled. Normally, before I wake up, I must shut the headspace down to avoid incidents in the headspace when I was gone. However I forgot to turn it off one day and left it for NEARLY A DECADE!
Molly: So, is there a problem after leaving it for a while?
Sunny: Well, based on the map.... 4/10 headspace sectors are in serious situation right now. First is the Otherworld is in constant war with the Infinity world, which they are constantly suppressed by each other, then In Sweethearts Castle, there is a huge issue because Perfectheart deposed Sweetheart and it didn't go well for the townspeople, then someone breached my prison that I made for Dreamworld Kel from Dankistsn.
Sasha: Dreamworld Kel? Who's that?
Molly: Did you just imagined Kel as a prisoner?
Sunny: I just locked him in because if I set free one of the main 3 Dreamworld destroyers, Omori will come out and destroy me, including my mental health.
Jonathan: Oh no, we can't just go on and let Dreamworld Kel do destruction, I want to showcase the pain now?
Sunny: Well, we should get out using one of the doors that leads to outside White Space.
Molly: Can we go now? I want to see what is the rest of your mind be like?
Sunny: Ok, ok, let's go.
So we go outside the White Space and explore to save the Dreamworld. This is where the new adventure starts.
Snake: Sunny? Who are these guys?
Sunny: Oh, these arent in my mind, and they came from the real world.
Sunny: Some portal contraption made by a bald scientist.
Snake: Hmmm, I'm gonna ask them. Hey blonde girl with a dye on her hair, why are you here!?
Molly: I'm Molly, and we are going to find the Ultimate Life Jam to revive Mari, in real life!
Snake: Sunny loved her so much... He wants her back, right?
Molly: Most likely yes, according to his accounts.
Snake: It's true. The sun shined brighter when she was around, but one accident was enough to send her into her demise.
Molly: I know the story, he accidentally pushed her down stairs and framed her death as a suicide, not realizing she was still alive.
Snake:... Did you tell that story to her?
Sunny: Yes. She also wonders what she was like when she's alive.
Snake:... Hmmm, that seems great, because we have a replica of her when she was still alive. He uses her to talk to his problems out
Molly: I want to see her!
Snake: Go for it. Sunny, here's your allowance, 30 clams to go around the world.
Sunny: Thanks snake.
We went outside White Space, and we're in the Vast Forest part of his Headspace.
Sunny: Welcome to the Vast Forest, be careful of hostile sprout moles, they are hostile when they are lost.
Sasha: How hostile are they?
Sunny: Very hostile...
So there was a path that leads to a playground, which was now abandoned after 15 years of stagnation. In the abandoned playground, a treehouse was built on the center of the playground itself.
Underneath the tree, we saw Mari, and acted like what she could have been when she was still alive.
Sunny: Mari, I'm back!
Headspace Mari: Sunny!
Under the tree...
Headspace Mari: Where have you been?
Sunny: Focusing myself in real life. A lot of things has happened. Getting a job, having a wife, and raising two kids.
Headspace Mari: Oh my gosh, that's a lot, but who are those guys? Did you programed it up into your imagination?
Dorian: No, were real humans, we came from real life.
HeadspaceMari: Oh, thats what happened.
Sunny: And I forgot to shut the headspace down when I was gone, and now there is chaos in some places and I need to fix it with the help of them.
Molly: So you're Mari, before you died, right?
Headspace Mari: Yes. I'm basically a replica of real life Mari, and I'm aware the real one died after accident.
Jonathan: Listen here, we're going on an adventure in this place and we're looking for the Ultimate Life Jam.
Headspace Mari: Ultimate Life Jam? Oh the life jam that can revive anyone that didn't die as a toast. I don't know where but it was being abandoned for a long time because Sunny forgot to shut the headspace down when he left.
Sunny: Yeah it's my fault and now there are some places in Headspace that are now suffering from humanitarian crisis and I decided to ask them for some help.
Headspace Mari: Oh, well if you need to fight, then here are some food and items that can help you in battle. You already have weapons right?
Everyone in my group: *raises all of their available weapons*
Headspace Mari: That's a, lethal weapon choice. That can work.
So we analyzed the food and items that she gave us. She gave:
- 5 toast - 5 hotdogs - 3 life jam packets - 2 Banana smoothie - 5 rubber bands - and a disposable shield, which helps to negate damage.
Dorian: Life jam packets? I don't think we need to go further.
Sunny: Those aren't Ultimate Life Jam though, but they function as a way to revive in the battle.
Headspace Mari: So, are you ready to tackle your own world after more than a decade of working in real life?
Sunny: Well, I'm ready. Guys, are you ready too?
Jonathan: Is it ok to cause as much damage as possible?
Sunny: Well yes, you can.
Molly: LETS GOOO!!!
Sasha: I have a bad feeling about this...
Dorian: Just let them enjoy, seeing these two side by side is pretty entertaining because Molly and Jonathan's dynamic is somehow worth it.
Sasha: Yeah, it should.
Headspace Mari: Also meet Headspace Basil when you are going around. He is somewhere though.
Sunny: Got it! 👍
Then we go around the adventure to fix Sunny's Headspace Humanitarian Crisis, then find the Ultimate Life Jam to be given to Mr. X
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2023.06.05 15:21 srisriomg Asking for tips for a complete beginner
I have started living alone in Tokyo since this April. While the food here is amazing, I would like to start baking soon! Not only to save some money but also cuz I suddenly got very interested in cooking & baking. I am considering buying an oven on my birthday this June but I have never ever baked anything so I am not confiudent :( I also don't want to spend a lot of time on it since I am a student here. I would like to start with simple things like a bread loaf or a banana bread, make some oatmeal cookies later. I have already started writing down recipes and I am excited,, but again, I am not confident enough. What if I buy the oven, fail multiple times and give up? I'm so sorry if this sounds very dumb, it probably is.
Any tips regarding this will be appreciated, thank you :D
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2023.06.05 10:57 meharorganic Flour: The Versatile Ingredient That Powers Culinary Creativity
is a fundamental ingredient that has been a staple in kitchens around the world for centuries. Derived from grinding grains, legumes, or nuts, flour serves as a versatile building block for numerous recipes, enabling culinary creativity and bringing delight to our taste buds. In this article, we will explore the world of flour, its various types, uses, and its significance in diverse culinary traditions.
- Flour: An Overview 1.1 Understanding the Basics: What Is Flour? 1.2 A Brief History: From Ancient Grains to Modern Production
- Types of Flour: A Spectrum of Flavors and Textures 2.1 All-Purpose Flour: The Kitchen Workhorse 2.2 Whole Wheat Flour: A Nutrient-Packed Alternative 2.3 Gluten-Free Flour: Embracing Dietary Diversity 2.4 Specialty Flours: Unleashing Unique Flavors
- Flour in Baking: The Heart and Soul of Pastries 3.1 The Role of Flour in Baking 3.2 Achieving the Perfect Texture: Tips and Techniques 3.3 Flour Varieties in Baking: From Tender Cakes to Flaky Pastries
- Flour in Savory Dishes: From Soups to Coating 4.1 Thickening and Binding: Flour's Role in Soups and Sauces 4.2 Coating and Breading: The Crispy Magic of Flour 4.3 Flour in Pasta and Dumplings: The Foundation of Comfort Food
- Global Flour Traditions: A Culinary Journey 5.1 Flour in European Cuisine: Bread, Pasta, and Beyond 5.2 Asian Flours: Rice, Buckwheat, and Chickpea Varieties 5.3 Middle Eastern and African Flours: Embracing Ancient Grains 5.4 Flour in Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine: Corn and Yuca Flour
- Flour Alternatives: Exploring Beyond Wheat 6.1 Nut and Seed Flours: Boosting Flavor and Nutrition 6.2 Legume Flours: Adding Protein-Packed Punch 6.3 Ancient Grains: Rediscovering Forgotten Flour Varieties
- Flour Storage and Shelf Life: Keeping It Fresh 7.1 Proper Storage Techniques: Moisture, Temperature, and Light 7.2 Signs of Spoiled Flour: Recognizing Rancidity and Contamination
Flour is a foundational ingredient that plays an integral role in countless recipes, serving as a canvas upon which culinary masterpieces are created. With its diverse range of flavors, textures, and applications, flour has become a key component in various global cuisines, from bread and pastries to soups and coatings. Whether you are a seasoned baker or a curious cook, exploring the world of flour opens up a realm of possibilities in the kitchen. So, next time you embark on a culinary adventure, don't forget to embrace the power of flour and unlock a world of delicious possibilities. View Poll
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2023.06.05 08:03 Dorothy2023 "Hilarious" Australian Sov Cit Scammer Dave Oneeglio & Quack Peter Evans
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I clicked on an article called Hilarious in-fighting derails ‘sovereigns’
thinking it would be funny but nope, disturbing.
Aussie scammer Dave Oneeglio
- Followed by murderers Gareth, Stacey and Nathaniel Train who killed two cops and another man. Dave's comment “When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.”
- Misused $500,000 money meant for flood victims on jet skis, etc. Source
- Backed by Rebel News Source: Dave Oneegs: Punished for helping Lismore flood victims
- Trying to raise money to challenge the court -- GiveSendGo - Dave Oneeglio Supreme Court Challenge fund: The #1 Free Christian Fundraising Site. Only $7 out of $100,000 requested LOL
- Sells fun Sovcit merchandise like these Why Are We Dying tank tops!
Even clothing for kids
From his website
On a recent trip to Melbourne I caught up with Vicky Derderian.
At the time of filming last week,
Vicky was being denied a heart transplant unless she submits to 3 doses of the you know what.
Today, Vicky has now informed me that the Alfred Hospital has now suddenly told her she is simply no longer eligible for a heart, which is basically a death sentence for her, unless she somehow finds a way to get a transplant overseas.
I don’t think we have seen a more callous example of medical apartheid in the last 3 years.
This is a case that affects ALL Australians.
Remember to always be honourable and respectful, but at the same time do not be afraid to tell them how you feel about this complete lack of compassion, empathy, and common sense.
Friends with quack Pete Evans who:
- Suggested recipes for new moms with "extremely deadly for all babies" recipes according to health experts. Source: Pete Evans relishes claim he ‘wants to kill your babies’ in the wake of his paleo diet book being delayed
- Advice for osteoporosis sufferers: Stop eating dairy products as it really removes calcium from bones. (Doctors don't know this.) Source
- Promotes brief and direct looks into the sun. Source
- Said a doctor who died from pancreatic cancer didn’t know how to "deal with" his illness, and should have talked to him. Source
- Sold a BioCharger NG for AUD$15,000 as a cure for COVID Source
- Posted Nazi symbols on his website. Source
Source: Sovereign citizen Dave Oneeglio starts charging for website membership
Sovereign citizens are up in arms after a decision by prominent conspiracy theorist Dave Oneeglio to start charging for access to his radical beliefs.
February 2, 2023
Sovereign citizens in one of the movement’s most popular Aussie chatrooms are up in arms over a decision by their de facto leader Dave Oneeglio to begin charging $20 per month for access to his conspiracy theorist website.
Oneeglio, who runs the chat under his username Dave Oneegs, announced he would be adding a monthly payment option for access to his website, supposedly to make his radical conspiracy beliefs more accessible — except that it is significantly more expensive than paying annually upfront.
Oneeglio is frequently spotted online peddling radical and, at worst, dangerous anti-government conspiracies that fall under the sovereign citizen umbrella.
His most recent move, though, has garnered backlash even from within the community.
Followers slammed the decision to grant access to Oneeglio’s website for $20 per month — $239 per year — as opposed to the currently available $192 annual payment.
“Dave, read the room, mate. The market sets the price for what a product or service is worth, regardless of what you believe it’s worth. And your audience is telling you that you are overpriced,” one user, Tash, wrote.
“No point getting offended and defensive by that and making people feel like s**t. You will NEVER win people over that way.”
“You’ve completely lost the plot if you think that people are going to pay more than their streaming service subscription that they can turn on 24/7 for something that comes out on Tuesday’s (sic) and Thursdays,” said another user, Fox Hunter.
“I’ve supported Dave since the beginning but tbh (to be honest) I feel like he’s talking down to me and attacking me because I can’t afford to sign up to his website. It’s pretty tone deaf to tell people what they can and can’t afford. I’m on a disability pension so there no way (sic) I can afford $97. And I don’t think that’s my fault but Dave makes me feel like it is,” wrote a third.
The critics earned the vitriol of Oneeglio, who insisted even a “homeless person” could front up the cash.
“I guarantee a homeless person can find $5 a week. I guarantee it! We have a media that has decimated this country … and I’m doing something about it,” he wrote in one rambling response.
“The team and I and everyone who is supporting are tired of complaining and we are actually going to DO. something about it. If you can’t find $5, that’s fine … It’s not because you don’t have it … It’s because you don’t see the value yet in how important this is and u will spend the $5 elsewhere.”
He later doubled down, posting a videoed rant in which he accused the chat’s members of “shooting (him) in the back”.
“Why don’t you actually put yourselves in our shoes just for two seconds and think, wow, these people have been going non-stop for three years now. They might actually give a s**t about this country, they might actually be doing their best that they can,” Oneeglio said in a vlog from his car.
“We don’t plan on stopping but just stop trying to shoot us down when we’re fighting for you. Had enough of it. Over and out.”
Inside the conspiracy beliefs
The term “sovereign citizen” encompasses a broad range of ideologies, including anti-vaccine, anti-mainstream media and anarchist beliefs, but at its core refers to an insistence that the government and its actors are illegitimate.
The movement shot into public consciousness late last year after three of its members, the murderous Train trio, shot dead two Queensland police officers and a bystander.
One of the Train brothers was a member of Oneeglio’s own Telegram channel, and had referenced the conspiracy leader in his writings.
It is not suggested that any member of the group, including Oneeglio, was involved in the events at Wieambilla.
Unsettling screenshots of conversations being had inside the chat showed participants sympathising with the Train trio and even praising the cold-blooded killing of Constable McCrow and Constable Arnold.
One of the most disturbing comments came under a post from Oneeglio himself asking how his followers were “feeling”, after sharing a photo with the phrase: “When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.”
“How is everyone feeling? I feel flat and unsettled. Something feels very ‘wrong’ on some level today. Please share a comment below,” he wrote under the image.
One follower replied to this comment, urging others in the group to “take up arms” just like Nathaniel Train and his brother had.
“It feels very strange today. One of our fold has finally carried out their promise to make a difference. It will make a difference,” they wrote.
“They can’t keep suppressing us forever. Time to take up arms like our brother Nate.”
In other posts, commenters referred to one of the Train brothers as a “modern day Ned Kelly”, warning the “same thing might happen” if police officers tried to come onto their land.
Oneeglio has created a career for himself off the back of the movement and his Telegram channel, which has more than 61,000 subscribers.
The self-purported “influencer” has even started a merchandise range.
One shirt has the lines “Pharma funds the media, the media funds your fears. Your fears fund your disease, your disease funds pharma,” while another design states, “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
In recent months, he has been linked to numerous public clashes between sovereign citizens and police.
Oneeglio is currently facing a legal fight over allegations he used money raised for northern NSW flood victims inappropriately.
Oneeglio, also a friend of controversial chef Pete Evans, has been charged with one count each of failing to comply with lawful requirements, conducting unlawful appeals for support and person assisting an appeal converting money for own use or failing to properly account for the money concerning the flooding in Lismore.
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently told News Corp that charges against the 48-year-old had been filed following an investigation.
Magistrate Colin Strofield adjourned the matter to March 17 to set a trial date if required.
2023.06.05 05:47 EzekialX Vulturebeard: Bad Roomies Part 3
Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/ReddXReads/comments/13lfqkw/vulturebeard_the_legbeard_that_ruined_roomies_fo Part 2: https://www.reddit.com/ReddXReads/comments/13u79ht/vulturebeard_bad_roomies_part_2/ Hi again, it’s the bunny. I’ve just barely stepped into Reddx’s discord, but Ezekial is still posting this saga for me so thank you, Z. Trigger warning: This will deal with a lot of aspects relating to child neglect (and possible abuse) and Kid being ignored or taking the brunt of Vulture’s anger. Sorry for the spoiler as well, but I think we saw this coming, too (especially if you’ve seen Z talk in the discord). Don’t push yourself to read if you’re not okay with these concepts. The Cast List Bunny (author)
: 33, female. Recovering lifelong doormat slowly building a spine. Neuro spicy gym rat with major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, and most recently diagnosed with ADHD. Unfortunately, very familiar with surviving trauma. Z (poster)
: My partner. 31, nonbinary (they/them), also neuro spicy with depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD, autism, and also familiar with lifelong trauma. One Liner Beard (OLB)
: 33, male, neuro spicy with ADHD and depression. His nickname here comes from the fact that in messenger, he usually has one-word replies like “oof” or “mmm” as an acknowledgement he had seen the message but has nothing further to contribute. VultureBeard (Vulture)
: 30, female, neuro spicy and disabled with multiple conditions. She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTs (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), autism, depression, anxiety, chronic migraines, but also possibly a list of things that may or may not be real. The star of this unfortunate circus. Her name comes from how she always pops up when I’m cooking food, complaining about how hungry is and how she’s unable to cook. Kid
: 3. Female. OLB and Vulture’s child. Likely neuro spicy like we all are, but she’s also only 3 years old. Slightly speech delayed and not potty trained yet. Take a deep breath. Now take another one. This chapter will likely make you mad.
Chapter Three: “Do You Want Bologna?” Or, Vulture as a Parent Imagine this
: it’s eight in the morning and you’re cozy in bed. The blankets are warm, and you hit snooze on your early alarm so you can sleep in before you have to get up.
Your peace is shattered by a toddler crying, followed by the screech of, “WHAT!”
or “GET DOWN FROM THERE!”
Yeah, welcome to The Life
Vulture has a messed-up sleep schedule. It’s partially because Kid doesn’t sleep soundly through the night, but it’s also because Vulture’s sleep schedule is essentially flipped backwards to where she stays up all night and wants to sleep during the day. Vulture says it’s “insomnia” but sometimes she’s up late gaming with Discord friends or watching anime. I couldn’t tell you which issue it was day by day. Sometimes if I go to sleep late, I hear Kid crying from her room because she had night terrors or had potty troubles. Sometimes I hear OLB and Vulture awake shuffling between rooms in the hallway.
Because of this, Vulture and mornings don’t mesh well. Kid is usually put in her room for bedtime around 7 PM, usually with her tablet to keep her company and either give her something to watch, or to play white noises for sleeping. Kid does not have a real sleep routine as well. She’s just kind of shut in her room. Sometimes there’s a bit of a routine like winding her down with chocolate milk and giving her a countdown of “okay, ten more minutes and then bedtime,” but for the most part she just does not want to go to bed. Bedtimes are met with a lot of crying, and the beardy parents telling us that she will be upset for a bit.
Kid has an attempted daily schedule, if Vulture is awake enough. Theoretically
- 9 AM: Awake and watching TV while Vulture is on her computer in the same room
- 1 PM: In the room for naptime (but it’s usually play time)
- 4 PM: Free to run around while dad is home
- 7 PM: Bedtime (but she’s usually playing then too)
But a lot of times, that schedule gets thrown out of whack depending on if Vulture gets up on time. When she sleeps in, Kid is in her room from 7 PM to 1 PM. Sometimes Kid will make a fuss to make Vulture get up earlier than 1 PM, and Vulture will be grouchy because she “went to bed at four in the morning” because she either had “insomnia” (read: gaming or watching anime) or because Kid wouldn’t sleep. Or Vulture will be up to take care of Kid and make sure she is in a clean pull up and has eaten. Then she shuts her into her room and goes back to sleep. Sometimes if Kid is too much of a handful, Vulture will say, “It’s 12:45. That’s close enough to 1.” And put Kid in the room because that’s close enough to nap time.
Sometimes because Kid won’t go to sleep, she’ll still be up at 9 PM and that breaks her schedule too. A lot of times, it works out that OLB is the “fun” parent while he’s home, because he’s up at 4 AM to leave for work by 6 and doesn’t come home until between 4 or 5 PM. Then she spends time with him while he’s home.
There’s also a child lock on the inside of Kid’s bedroom door, those doorknob covers that you have to push and turn, so she can’t open the door and wander around unsupervised. I was originally the one who suggested the child lock, back when she was younger, and they didn’t have the secondary child gate they currently do now that’s stored in the garage. Since then, with her potty training and Vulture’s likewise awful sleep schedule, I’ve suggested more than once that they take the door handle blocker off and put up the second kiddy gate they have to block the living room and kitchen off, so she can get up if she needs to, but the child lock still remains. At most, she would have access to their room, since it doesn’t have a kiddy lock on it. Me and Z’s bedroom has a child lock on it, as well as the bathroom door. She could freely wander between her room and her parents’ room that way.
I hear Kid playing in her room by herself a lot
, squealing and having fun and playing pretend. Or moving her furniture around. And no, the furniture is not secured to the wall, so she can move her bed around the room. I’ve also told OLB and Vulture they needed to make sure she can’t topple it and chain it to the wall but, yeah, that hasn’t been dealt with.
When Kid really needs attention, she will cry and wail. And I mean wail
. The two beardy parents don’t have baby monitors or anything that can hear into her bedroom, so she has to wail loudly enough to be heard through the walls. Luckily, the house has thin walls. Because of her early bedtime, she’s often awake early in the morning. Sometimes Vulture will respond, sometimes Vulture won’t wake up until around noon. Yes, that means Kid is by herself a lot.
Kid is a bubbly three-year-old. She loves it when Z and I give her attention, which admittingly isn’t as often as I would like to give her. With my own Depression™
, I spend so much time fighting to just gather enough mental energy to be a productive human. Despite me wandering in a mental fog, Kid remains a bright spot in my day. I met her when she was a fresh baby bean just barely out of the hospital, and I immediately fell in love. Since then, I’ve seen her grow almost her whole life, except for when they were all in north Texas. She has blue eyes and brown hair that will curl on its own. She loves dinosaurs, Baby Shark, Octonauts, and occasionally whatever anime the parents are watching. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve heard the Baby Shark song. I don’t want it stuck in my head for another solid week.
She used to watch a lot of Ms. Rachel’s Songs For Little videos, because originally Vulture wanted Kid to learn sign language to help communicate. I’ve rarely seen Vulture attempt to upkeep the sign language lessons. She did at one point. I think after Kid started becoming more vocal, the idea was dropped. I have heard some of the familiar videos so often that even I learned the kid’s songs, but I guess that’s also part of the collateral when dealing with kid’s media.
Kid usually exists in a half-dressed state, usually just wearing a pull up and that’s it. Unfortunately, because Vulture is so hard on her tangles when she tries to brush her hair, Kid doesn’t like hair care and will fight being brushed. Her hair used to exist in a perpetual state of being matted with at least one major knot, until Vulture’s mom ended up giving her a bath and getting her to stay still enough to endure the brushing, even with the wailing of a protesting Kid going strong. Her hair was then cut to make it more manageable, and strangely, that fixed a lot of the matting problems.
Kid is let out of her room when Vulture wakes up, usually needing a diaper change. At three years old, Kid is not potty trained yet. Just from what I’ve heard from my bedroom, it sounds like OLB and Vulture are finally starting to step up on potty training, but it’s been an uphill fight. I know a few of my other parent friends have had an extremely hard time potty training their kid. I’m not a parent, so I don’t actually know how challenging it can be. I do know though that it shouldn’t sound like the toilet is some kind of punishment for peeing in her cloth panties that they’re trying to switch her to. Or, that they try to get her to sit on the toilet when she has no interest in it and she ends up throwing a tantrum. Unfortunately, without much context, that’s how some bathroom trips sound.
Kid wears pull-ups to bed and the cloth underwear during the day, or sometimes just pull-ups. They’re trying to teach her how to recognize when her body has the potty urge, which she still doesn’t quite get right now. She has literally peed on the tile floor through her cloth undies. Vulture messaged the house chat once saying, “Kid just lifted her leg while in the rolling chair and peed all over the floor.
You know. Like a dog
With the potty-training trouble and Kid only sometimes in pull-ups that can contain her mess, Z and I don’t let her into our room as often as we’d like to, because she doesn’t recognize when she has to go. It sucks, because Kid adores spending time with us and our room has cool animals, like my retired psychiatric service dog and our three ferrets. She loves the ferrets. But if we spend time out in the living room with everyone, Z’s patience tends to have a shorter fuse because they can’t stand Vulture (that’s also another tale I have
). We’re also stuck out in the general mess of the living room if we are out there with her. It’s either the general mess that toddlers make, spilled food, and general filth. The best times we’ve had spending time with Kid is just chilling in our room as she ooh’s and ahh’s
over the ferrets or watches TV with us. Z and I quote SpongeBob line by line daily, and she has watched some of the show with us.
I feel awful about shutting Kid out so much, when I see the way Vulture interacts with her. On Vulture’s bad days (if you read the previous post, that’s almost every day), she acts like Kid is a chore. She will snap at Kid, act like Kid is choosing to act out of maliciousness and make “tired mom” jokes that sound like she just flat out doesn’t like Kid. When I had liquor in the fridge, Vulture would ask if she could take a shot because, “I need it. She’s trying me today.
Some choice quotes talking down about the kid:
“I’m being hard on her because she’s not using her words. Like I know she can. She just doesn’t want to.
” This was what Vulture said to me after Kid kept trying to get her attention and wouldn’t explain what she wanted. Kid was just making noises at her and getting frustrated. Vulture full on shouted, “WHAT!
” at her, then turned to me to try and explain why she shouted.
“This is the bad part about being a mom. She’s not letting me do anything right now.
” This was said after Vulture cleaned her desk and was attempting to watch YouTube videos and play her Switch.
On her good days, Vulture will be that kind of smiling parent that does some art activities and engages with Kid in a way that’s more than just screaming. They color together. She offers Kid choices so Kid can have some control over what happens in her day, like, “Do you want bologna or fruit?
” It has helped Kid become more vocal and even though she’s still speech delayed, she talks more and has a bigger vocabulary.
The house has a different atmosphere when OLB is home, compared to when Vulture is just watching Kid by herself. I’ve told OLB that I think Vulture is burned out. Her entire life is her disabilities and being a mom. She only has friends on Discord really, and OLB had to push her to start talking to them again just so she had someone to socialize with.
Old Doormat me pitied her at the beginning of our friendship. I tried being her friend. I tried to include her and Kid in a lot of things. My own mental health, my daily obligations, my gym schedule, and just me changing rapidly since 2020 altered my life, exhausted me, and left me unable to deal with Vulture talking a million miles a minute, info dumping about whatever she’s currently doing every single time I run into her. And as I shed my doormat self, I started seeing her clearly.
I told OLB once that if Vulture is truly burned out or if her health problems are causing that much trouble, Kid might need daycare or another caregiver to help. OLB is aware but can’t afford other care. He’s working for bottom of the barrel pay at a full-time job. Most days after work, he just wants to zone out to his own games in front of his computer but has to step in and parent both Vulture and Kid, because Vulture often needs help organizing through executive dysfunction to do something. Or, because she will call for his help.
There was one time where Kid climbed on top of her, and Vulture called for OLB – who was in the same room – to pull Kid off her. There are quite a few times where Vulture calls for OLB for help with Kid, and I’ve heard him say that he’s also busy too. One time he asked, “Why are you asking for my help when you’re closer?
Z has offered to look after Kid at times because they don’t mind Kid being in our room or just hanging out. She has hung out with us when I also have the mental energy and the room is clean enough to accommodate a toddler crawling on everything. The problem that we both see is that our stepping in isn’t a full solution. She can spend a few hours with us, but ultimately after, she goes right back to Vulture and OLB. Vulture is the one who acts like being a parent is a chore.
There are times that OLB has snapped at Vulture for the way she gets on to Kid, emphasizing, “She’s just a child.
” Their parenting styles are like looking at two entirely different planets and trying to find similarities. OLB is very much into the gentle parenting side of Tik Tok. He talks about breaking generational trauma. He’s usually gentle with Kid, explaining why she’s not allowed to do things like stand on top of her highchair or why I’m too busy to play with her as I’m zooming around the house in and out repeatedly some days. He has talked her down from meltdowns and keeps his voice even to where she can’t bounce off him to amplify her tantrums. He spanks her, but as a last resort, and then also talks to her about why the punishment happened. She will wail through everything and likely isn’t fully listening, but ultimately, I see him trying to work with her. He very rarely loses his actual temper with her.
Vulture is the total opposite. She yells at Kid, spanks with no hesitation and doesn’t explain why. One of Kid’s favorite games to play is “Block the door
” when I’m trying to get through the house. She will block my bedroom door, cling to me, then circle around me as Vulture or OLB tries to distract her or lure her away by asking “do you want chocolate
” or some other treat. Sometimes Kid just likes to play ring-around-the-rosie around my legs, as her parents try to grab her. I try to make it fun and seem like I’m not mad at her, because I’m never actually mad at her for blocking my way. Usually, I’m just in the middle of some arbitrary task or running an errand or coming back from the gym with my one remaining brain cell barely hanging on for dear life. I try to engage with her and play it off as a game because she’s not actually doing anything wrong.
Vulture has lured her away with chocolate and treats, with offers of food, with trying to get her to pick a show to watch. If that fails, she will come and fetch Kid by hand. One time involved yanking her physically off me and spanking her on the bare bottom because Kid was happy playing a game instead of listening.
The bare bottom is a thing, too. Because Kid used to live in soiled diapers for much longer than she was supposed to, she had constant diaper rash that she had to see the doctor for sometimes. She also didn’t want OLB or Vulture to change her diapers and would scream when it was diaper change time. I don’t blame her. The diaper rash hurt, and Vulture wasn’t exactly gentle with changing. Kid bled sometimes with the changings. So now, sometimes Kid will be dressed like Donald Duck in only a top to air out her bottom. Or because now, with the cloth undies, she will pee straight through them, and they just let her air out after.
Kid always smells a bit like pee. So does her room. And her bedding. After I pointed out that her bedding straight out of the dryer smelled like urine, OLB went about cleaning the washing machine with a machine cleaner, and bought scent beads to help cut the smell, after I told him that a little vinegar in the wash load will cut the smells down. Now her bedding doesn’t smell so much like urine, but it’s still there.
Her bedroom frequently smells like a public bathroom. It always looks like her bedroom has been turned upside down, with toys everywhere, her bed pushed to the middle of the room, the mattress on the floor. Books she was given were shredded, even the cardboard ones. There was straight up garbage left in her room because she was given food to eat there that had wrappers. It usually takes Vulture a full day of cleaning to get the room organized when she had the energy to do it, but she usually sanitizes with just a baby wipe, if she does at all. Maybe a pet cleaner sometimes.
There was one time where I was letting the dogs outside and I stepped in a puddle on the tile floor. That was when I realized that it was a pee puddle and Kid’s cloth underwear was dripping. I asked Vulture to clean the puddle up. When she asked to use my steam mop, she didn’t clean the cloth pad after, so when I turned the mop on next, it smelled like hot, steamed urine. I had to clean the mop pad off myself and rinse the pee out of it. When Kid again peed in front of the TV in her cloth undies, I told OLB that if they’re going to use my steam mop to make sure that the mop pad is rinsed off or it will smell like pee the next time it’s used, but he said he was just going to use his mop and bucket. Thankfully.
Because of the diet that OLB and Vulture has, Kid also eats like them. She gets a lot of macaroni, a lot of random odds and ends like pieces of bread, baggies of cheerios, sometimes fruit and vegetables. Lots of chicken nuggets and frozen instant food. Occasionally, Kid will have an interest in vegetables she sees us cook with or that she’s never had. Like once she insisted that she wanted to eat canned peas, until she tasted them. She chewed on a lettuce leaf and put it down, then asked for another one because she wanted to eat something, and it looked tasty to her.
The two halves of the household make separate foods now and keep out of each other’s food, but sometimes Vulture will give Kid some of the food I cooked because Kid saw my spaghetti noodles in a bowl and insisted on having them by way of tantrum. Instead of asking me if it’s okay (which obviously, I’d say yes, Kid can have some), Vulture just gave her my food and then told me after. Maybe I’m just projecting my own frustration, but it feels like Vulture uses Kid as a shield sometimes, to get food. Unless I have a specific purpose for food like what I put in my meal prep containers, I wouldn’t say no to Kid.
Kid’s diet makes me worried for her as she grows up. OLB is big and tall, over 6 feet tall and over 300lbs. They aren’t an active family at all. Kid drinks soda when they get fast food. She eats as much processed food as Vulture. Right now, she’s growing like a weed and is tall and actually has some power in her tiny limbs, which is most noticeable when she climbs you like a ladder, but her parents are gamers that just sit around. Her own screen time is almost as lengthy as theirs is.
I worry about Kid, constantly. Z does too. We have theorized calling CPS, or trying to adopt her, or just getting her away from Vulture. We have thrown around ideas about talking to OLB and convincing him that Vulture isn’t a good person for Kid. A lot of it has stayed in theory because the anxious part of me is still afraid to make life-altering waves like that. I second-guess and gaslight myself into realizing how bad things are, but then telling myself, maybe I’m just blowing it out of proportion. Maybe it's just something they have to handle. Maybe it’s something a first-time parent needs to learn. Maybe Vulture just isn’t feeling good that day. Maybe, maybe, maybe
It’s a leftover of the doormat I used to be, and I know that. The tiny fragment of anxiety that tells me I’m blowing things up into too big a deal. The tiny fragment that escaped a toxic marriage and just wants peace after arguing every single day. The side that hates confrontation.
Maybe I’m just a plain ol’ coward. I don’t know yet. I just know my patience is running thinner with every passing day
I don’t think I could convince OLB to dump Vulture. From what I’ve seen on the surface, they’re not openly affectionate. Vulture complains all the time that OLB doesn’t give her any physical affection, and she (unfortunately
) tells me when they’re intimate, which doesn’t sound often. They almost look like they could be friends that are co-parenting. She calls him her husband when they’re out in public, and OLB has stated that he doesn’t want anything to happen to her, because he doesn’t want a single parent. I assume at the very least that he does love her, even though he sounds exhausted all the time. Z and I wonder if maybe he feels trapped.
OLB is good at asking for help if he needs it, although he hates being a burden to others. He will speak up if Vulture needs a ride to a doctor’s office, and he forgot to leave the car seat at home. I’ve driven to his work to pick it up after he messaged me asking if I could. They ask his family to babysit Kid if they want to go out and just have a good date or see a movie together. They are clearly capable of asking for help.
This is just an acceptable standard for both, or at least that’s the way it seems to me. Sometimes, I don’t truly know if OLB is aware of what Vulture does while he’s at work. He didn’t know that she used his 11-year-old dog as a vacuum cleaner to clean up spilled table scraps until I pointed it out and then he pieced together why his dog wasn’t losing weight on a reduced kibble diet. Sometimes I have pointed out things to him that he might not notice in the house chat.
I started keeping a log in Google Docs about things I notice, and Z and I talk about it in discord, so it’s not heard by ears that are too close to our bedroom. The log started helping me see that I’m not just blowing out of proportion and that in turn helped me come here to reddit. As a former doormat in recovery, I still have to tell myself that it’s okay to realize that something is wrong, and that I may need help getting my voice to speak up.
I haven’t worked since 2017, when my mental health took a sharp nosedive. Z is currently looking for work. Both of us are home all day exposed to Vulture and how she treats Kid. With my own daily tasks, errands, struggling with mental health, there’s still a side of me that berates me that I need to be taking care of Kid. Getting her up, making sure she eats. Pestering Vulture to get up. This is also where I tangle with the former doormat that still lives in me, because one, I don’t want to enable Vulture to get even worse. With someone taking the burden off of her, that gives her more free time to just sit back and game. It isn’t my job to make sure that Vulture is a good parent, yet somehow, I feel like it’s also my fault that she’s as bad as she is while I sit by the wayside and just talk about her behind her back. There are times where I have pestered OLB through discord about Kid crying, or how Kid is trying to beat the door down, or asking if Vulture is up for the day because I haven’t seen her up at three in the afternoon.
I started speaking up when I noticed something that’s off. I call this the “cheese incident
.” We had a block of cheese that was cut in the wrapper and not in anything else, so the exposed end got all hard and inedible. I cut it off and threw it away. Vulture made her way into the kitchen because Kid saw me cutting cheese and wanted some. Vulture
: Who threw away that cheese? (SHE PICKS IT UP OUT OF THE TRASH CAN) Me
: Yeah, it’s got that hard bit Vulture
: So? I know someone who will eat it. (She calls Kid over) Me
: But it was in the trash. Vulture
: It’s okay, I cut off the part that was touching the trash. Me
: Dude, that’s fucked up. Vulture
: (hesitating now) Should I not? Me
: That’s probably going to make her sick again. (Kid has been sick back-to-back at this point) Vulture
: Okay, then I won’t. (To this day, I don’t know if she threw the cheese away or ate it herself, and I’m afraid to ask)
That was the point where I started pointing out that what she’s doing is problematic. It’s a slow process, but it’s helped me put the doormat side of me away again. I’ve explained to Vulture that Kid isn’t crying to be malicious, she just can’t express what she wants. Especially with Kid’s speech delay!
Kid gets frustrated fast when adults don’t understand her, and the wailing begins. There’s no maliciousness behind it, just frustration. Or how Kid doesn’t like being told “no” because she doesn’t always understand why. Strangely, every time I call something out, she doesn’t really have much of a fight against it. But why am I having to say it in the first place?
There’s little things that just rub me the wrong way in how they interact. Sometimes Vulture will call Kid over in the same way you’d call a dog. Repeatedly
. Sometimes Vulture, in a state of migraine or other illness-related grouchiness will scream at her “Leave me alone!
” and OLB will have to fetch Kid. One time, Z told me that Vulture outright mocked her crying by making her own crying noise.
What’s awful to watch in person is that when Vulture’s mom or siblings are over, Vulture is suddenly a doting mom who isn’t perpetually exhausted or loudly complaining about how her “everything
” hurts. She talks in an overly sweet voice to Kid. It unsettles me with how two-faced it seems. OLB, Vulture, and Kid go have dinner with OLB’s family every Sunday evening, and I can’t help but wonder how two-faced she is there, as well. Some of OLB’s family doesn’t like Vulture to begin with.
Slowly, I am losing patience at how Vulture behaves, especially with the Kid. I had to un-gaslight myself, start logging her behavior, and talk to other people to really see it for what it was. I told multiple friends about it and we all generally have the same consensus that Vulture is just an unfit parent. If her chronic illnesses are truly interfering with her life that much, she shouldn’t be the majority caregiver through the day. But it’s not like OLB would be able to work from home or be the stay-at-home parent. In a perfect world, I would be able to help more as well, but I’m barely the “fun
” aunt. I’m barely equipped to help care for a three-year-old. Hell, most days I’m barely an actual person. Kid deserves better.
Bottom line, Kid deserves better than what this house can give. I am upset with myself over my lack of action, but the logs have only been growing bigger. Every day, the doormat dies a little more.
Vulture herself though, will likely always be a side show. One thing that Z pointed out to me was that, as the doormat I used to be, I would give everything to help someone even when I was mentally exhausted. I enmeshed myself too much into the lives of my friends because I loved making them happy and making their lives easier. It’s gotten me into some awkward territory with Vulture, because some things were interpreted as more than friendship.
You ready to cringe more? Because the next part is going to deal with polyamory, the desire for open relationships, and the main reason why Z despises her – and that’s putting it mildly. Take a moment to un-cringe yourself. It ain’t over yet.
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2023.06.05 03:38 PotentialCrazy1 Did I hear P. Terry's gonna have a location in the valley? Maybe im confusing for another place. This is from San Antonio.
2023.06.05 03:35 jcarranza00 I decided to start baking and I made a gluten free banana bread with coconut oil instead of butter and it came out so good 😊
2023.06.05 02:47 VaderOnReddit If "The Onion" existed during the Dark Ages
2023.06.05 01:32 Sensitive-Subject0 (Results) my GF chicken tenders!
I posted earlier that I was attempting to fry my own GF tenders tonight and here’s how they turned out! The breading on these was AMAZING. I’ll post the recipe down below. The only thing I’d change is maybe omitting the buttermilk brine — it seemed to make it a little more rich and I got full after only 2 pieces. But not bad for a first try!
- Cut your chicken breast into strips and let them marinate anywhere from 4 hours to overnight in buttermilk seasoned with black pepper, smoked paprika, and hot sauce.
- Make a flour mixture using GF flour (I used Cup4Cup) seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
- Take the pieces out (make sure to shake off the excess brine WELL — I think this is where I went wrong) and dip them into the flour mixture, into a beaten egg mixture, and then back into the flour mix
- Fry them 2-3 pieces at a time. I did anywhere from 6-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the pieces
- Hit them with a little flaky salt as soon as they come out of the oil
I will probably tinker with this recipe next time I try it, but definitely the best tenders I’ve had since going gluten free! Thanks everyone who responded to my last post!
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2023.06.04 22:42 cat_bakerz They’re out.
Please send help. Last week i flew out to Calgary to see my family for spring break. I hadn’t seen my parents or my twin sister in about seven months, so i decided id pay them a visit. It was also nearing our birthday, so i thought to buy her a gift.
“Good morning, sir! Where are you headed to today, and ill need to see your passport.” The CBP officer asked.
“Uh, here you go. Im headed to Calgary to visit my family on spring break…” I nervously tumbled around in my bag, searching for my passport.
“That sounds wonderful.” I handed her my passport. “Okay, seems good. Have a great break, sir.” She said, closing the small book and handing it back to me.
I thanked her and moved along into the airport. I decided to text my mom to see where she was.
“Hey. Im about to get off. You here?”
“Hi, Alec. Just about here. Pulling into the parking lot now. See you soon! ❤️”
“Okay, see you soon.”
I spin my head around looking around for a sight of my mothers dark brown hair. Even in her 60’s she never managed to grey. I found a few signs that were in big bold letters. “LEIGHA” one read. “SHAYLEE MOM MISSED YOU!! ❤️” another read.
Then, i saw a sign that a shorter, older lady was holding.
“WELCOME HOME ALEC !” I saw her bobbing up and down, trying to catch a sight of me.
“Mom!” I yelled, running up to her. “Alec!” She hugged me tight and showered me in kisses.
“I missed you so much! So did dad and Mila. They’re both waiting at home right now.”
My house in Calgary was about a ten minute walk away from the airport, so it made sense why the two didn’t come to get me. Id see them in no time, anyway.
We arrived at the house, and Mila opened the door almost immediately after we knocked.
“Alec! Oh my god, you’re back!” She hugged me tight and dad came in to say his greetings.
Dad was never a very verbal person, but today seemed different. Today he was very open and touchy.
“Alec, my boy! How have you been!?” He pat me on my back.
The first thing i noticed was that dad didn’t have his arm tattoo that he got with me a few years back. We got matching tattoos of race-cars on our left arms, symbolizing when we used to play cars all the time back in my childhood.
“Dad? Where’s your tattoo…?” I asked, unlocking from the tight hug Mila gave me.
His face seemed to gloom for a minute, then he was brought back.
“What are you talking about, Alecrisos?” He stopped himself as he called me by my full name. He seemed so distant from me. He had never EVER called me Alecrisos before.
“Uh…” Mom said, shoving me into the house. “Dad? what are you talking about?” Mila questioned him.
“Haha! Just playing around with my boy. The tattoo faded off my arm, thats all.” He smiled with his teeth. Dad never smiled with his teeth.
At supper, my mom made my favourite meal of soup and bread. But, when I ate it, i had a hard time stomaching the food. I remember thinking she must’ve just changed the recipe.
Then, when i went to bed on my bunk bed that i shared with Mila, I remember her turning her butterfly light off. She always had it on when she went to sleep, and i always had to turn it off when she went because I couldnt sleep if it was on.
“Goodnight, Alec. I missed you. We all did.” She said.
I smiled and thought i must’ve just been too homesick, that i was imagining things. As i flipped over to face the wall, I managed to catch a glimpse of two red glowing eyes.
“Mila?! Did you see that?!” I panicked.
However, only muffled screams came back. It sounded like it was from under the bed.
“Jesus fucking christ, Mila! Where are you?!” I freaked out, jumping out of the bed and turning on the light to the room. However, when i did, Mila lay still on the bottom bunk, snoring away.
“Mila!” I said, confused. I turned the light back off, and the muffled screaming started again.
I didn’t sleep that night. I don’t think Mila did, either. Because I knew that underneath those covers, she was just as scared as I was. Or maybe Mila was underneath the bed. Maybe Mila was the one screaming. Because i know for a fact that Mila on the bed wasn’t Mila.
No. She wasn’t my twin. More of a distant cousin. Most of the night a constant clicking noise came from Milas bunk. Numerous messages came from my phone from Mila, reading;
“ALEC PLEASE WE’RE HERE IN THE BASEMENT, WHOEVER THE FUCK IS IN MY BED ISN’T ME. PLEASE, ALEC!”
I waited til the clicking stopped, and slowly got up from the top. I opened the door and crept down the stairs into the hallway, and then down the basement stairs.
Banging came from the door, and the handle rattled like crazy.
“LET US OUT YOU CRAZY BITCH-!” Mom screamed. “Mom? Mom- its me. It’s Alec.” Why are you in there?” I asked.
However, before i could reach an answer, other Mila walked up to me.
“Alec? Who are you talking to?” She stared at mw with glowing red eyes.
“Who are you…?” She pulled a wooden plank from behind her back, and stunned me with it.
Next thing I knew, I was in the basement, trapped just like the rest of my family. And so if you are reading this right now,
They’ve already gotten out.
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