Help me email my asshole landlord, part 2 [Updated]

There's a leak in the salon downstairs and it seems to be coming from where our shower is. Yesterday the landlord emailed us asking if we had showered/done laundry/used the dishwasher during the time the leak showed up. We emailed him back this morning around 11, and he immediately responded saying that the plumber… » 8/26/14 5:51pm Tuesday 5:51pm

My boss just walked into a room...

...to find five of us (including the assistant director of the department) huddled around one of my coworker's computers watching Prancercise. (Because there's a new one we hadn't seen yet! With horses and zebra pants!) Then she offered us some marzipan and we all Prancercised back to our respective desks. It's just… » 8/14/14 3:43pm 8/14/14 3:43pm

Open Thread: What Do You Make For Leftovers?

I'll admit it: this week's open thread is a little selfish. Since I started working late nights on Thursdays and Fridays, I've found that I really need to make all of my food for those days on Wednesday. This usually means making extra of Wednesday's dinner and taking it for lunch and dinner the next two days. As you… » 8/01/14 12:00pm 8/01/14 12:00pm

​What Are Your Favorite Family Foods?

My dad and younger sister arrived in DC late last night. I haven't seen them yet, as they're staying with my uncle across town, but the second text I got from my sister this morning was, "Doing ratatouille tonight if you're up for dinner!" As you might expect, my family generally prefers to cook dinner rather than go… » 7/18/14 2:06pm 7/18/14 2:06pm

Open Thread: What Are Your Kitchen Staples?

Fancy recipes—the kind that wow guests and look perfect on a food blog—are great, but they're not always the most practical option. A lack of money, space, time, or all of the above often limits our dinner choices, and most of the time we rely on a handful of ingredients that are always there for us when we need them.… » 6/27/14 9:55am 6/27/14 9:55am

A Poll: What are your thoughts on "ma'am"?

I grew up in Oregon and distinctly remember a senior coming into orchestra class my freshman year and complaining about how the cashier at the grocery store had called her ma'am the night before. She was impossibly offended by it. And then a few weeks ago, one of my friends from high school (who still lives in Oregon)… » 6/18/14 9:57pm 6/18/14 9:57pm