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Whoops, this post glitched. Sorry for the delay, folks!

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Hello JB, I assumed as much, and we understand.

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Thank you!!! <3
And have a great week Dramabeans crew!!! <3

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You know how trained I am?
When I saw there was no OT Thread, I thought, "Oh. It must NOT be Friday afterall."

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HAHAHA me too! I had to double-check my calendar to see if it was Friday, lol.

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SAME!! I went and double checked because I was like... but it should be on at 2pm.... it hasn't changed and I don't know because I haven't been on for a while right??
haha

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haha! Open Thread = Weekend Reminder :)

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Hahaha... I have the same thought.

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Ha! Me too.

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Thanks ;)
Enjoy your weekend

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Vengeance! Catch the culprit!

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To whoever caused the glitch with OT;
I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career as a Beanie. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let Open Thread back on now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
And then fix Open Thread myself.

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Lol! Leaf our saviour! You would make a great cop intimidating all kinds of criminals!

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LOL Leaf, well said :-)...

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Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh. Definitely wouldn't want to get between you and the OT.

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TAKEN!

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Oh My Gosh! I read this and died of laughter! In fact I'm still in tears. Nice with 'Taken' take! Ur hilarious! Happy Friday!

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LOL!! That is too funny. I'm so new to K-dramas but I'm a furious fanatic already. So OT every Friday. Good to know. My friends are all irritated with me trying to get them to watch something, anything korean. So I'm nomu-nomu happy to find u all. My peeps! I can take my post off FB and move the crazy over here. :D

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JB,

Thanks for all that you and crew do.

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Hi JV, no probs with the delay when the news of Lee Seung Si drama making my day already.

Hi Everyone.

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I knew it! It was a glitch! Haha! Thank you for still posting.

I've been out for weeks that when I saw that there wasn't an OT yet, I checked if a forum was made in place of it. Silly me.

:)

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yeah, slight panic all around, but now it's here ...

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JB I thought you forgot lol.

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I need a dramahug, I had a hard day of 13 hours, so many tours, I was the head of shift today, the museum was buzzing. I was about to lose my mind.

I am so annoyed at Faith cause the background music reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean theme so much. what do you think? There are so many similar parts.

Rewatching Gaksital stopped short of the last 2 episodes, cause I have so little time and I would also feel even more pain than the first time...
but I am still in awe of Park Ki Woong and feel like I want to see him as a complete opposite of Shunji....dressed up in a pink bear-sweater and furry boots liek a girl.

If you missed this in the last Open Thread, here is a gaksital- themed chistmas party where Damsari is Santa Claus:
http://www.4shared.com/photo/kNCFMaoM/DSC_8766.html

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Hello redfox,

That was an interesting picture. It sounds like you are working very hard, you should be proud. I am sending you a virtual hug, I hope you will feel better. Could you please post links of Pirates of the Carribean OST whose tracks sound like the ones for Faith? I haven't seen any of the PoCs (and I don't know that I will), but I would love to listen to their OST and compare. Thanks!

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thank you for the hug

here is PotC theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LZcMv0H1bI

couldnt find the exact bit, but here from 1:42 to 1:56 for example, it is quite similar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqihntDR58A&feature=related

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Thanks, I will listen to it right now...

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Redfox,
I just listened to it, and the PoC theme song actually reminds me not only of the Faith's one but also of the CH one, in which LMH is the lead (in both as we know). This is interesting, thanks for sharing...

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Hi redfox! I remember that a lot of people commented on the similarity between the main theme and Pirates of the Carribean when Faith first aired ... it was either on here and/or in the thread below the first and second episode. I remember well that I myself went like "What the... isn't that Pirates?", but now, the theme doesn't bug me anymore, I've gotten used to it. Actually, I've caught myself humming along!

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Also, Faith OST has other songs that are very Korean, so the OST CD will have a variety of songs, in the end. I think that in that industry, they copy from each other from time to time...

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yeah it doesnt buther me as much any more as well, because when lee Min Ho appears on screen I blank out for everything else.

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YEAAAAAH FRIDAY! HAPPY FIRDAY EVERYONE!

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Friday friday gotta get down on Friday!!

^shudders^ Sorry...

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LOL, it's a guilty pleasure of mine to sing it every Friday... =)

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Happy OT!

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Unni!!! Happy OT day!!

Hope you are having a good week!! <3

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Hello Dongsaeng Leaf, and back at you!!! I hope your weekend started well!

2--Enz, I left you a response here, and I will leave another one later on, so please check OT #261 if you don't mind, thanks!

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hi ivoire!! happy OT to you. you want me to check the last OT? ok. will respond after i read it.

hope everything is well on everyone's end of the world :)

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Hi Enz,

I haven't forgotten about you (on this OT or the previous one). I am moving this week again (Thursday) so I am busy repacking and getting ready for that. I will write a proper response when I am a little more settled. I would love to stay in touch with you however, so we could stay in touch via email as well (if you would like): [email protected]. I hope you will see this message, and that your week is going well.

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Hi ivoire.. Hah.. Went to the last thread to check for a response and then came back to this thread. Am not very good at emails cos am a facebooker.. Although lately I seem to update less. It varies from multiple updates in a day to nothing for a few days!

I will email you so that you can have my email address and we can keep in touch that way too :)

All the best with the move again!

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Hi Enz, I need to add another response (to your longer post), so there is a short response but I will write another (additional) one, so you could read now, but also check back again later, is what I am saying.

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ah araso.. will do. thanks

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Hi Ivoire!

I always see you around here, but I never actually talked to you directly. You seem like a very nice and warm person, so I wanted to wish you a nice weekend.
I read on previous OT's that you moved houses like crazy, hope you are a bit settled down now?

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Hello FishcalledWanda,

And thank you for your kind wishes and for your compliments and for "stopping by," :-). I am hoping that you will have a great weekend! I have one more move to do, and I should be "settled down" for at least a year (that's what I am hoping).

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Thanks for replying :) Good to hear your moving is almost over, hopefully the next one will be the last! I've only moved twice in my life and found it quite traumatic, so I don't know how you do it so many times!

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FCW, It's called rolling with the punches, I believe, and I just do it, because I have to, to be honest. You know, I usually answer to the comments made to me, so you are welcome (about the reply).
There are so many people commenting on here, I always appreciate it when someone "stops by" and says "Hello!" because honestly, they don't have to :-) They could chose to ignore me and "talk" to someone else.

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Hopefully you won't have to move so much after the next time! I always feel a little honoured actually, when people reply to my comments. I appreciate that they (and you in this case) take the time to write a reply and post it! : )

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Hello FCW (if I may abbreviate your screen name),

I will not have to move after my next move, but I will be traveling quite a bit, so I will be constantly "moving" from one place to another (for work). Like you, I do feel honored when people respond to my comments, which is why I make an effort to respond back. And like you, I appreciate that they take the time to write and post a reply.
I hope your week is going well.

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Bonjour, Iv! Always good seeing you!

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Bonjour Shukie!

Always good to be seen :-). How you be? How is life treating you? You must be excited about the upcoming BB concert. I think I read that you guys finally have your tickets? How are your parents doing?

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they're great - we are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary tonight. My father's back surgery is scheduled for the end of the month, and we are hoping this is the final cure.

I haven't done a lot of creative writing, although I made a spontaneous acrostic prayer last week using the word "Commandment" during my teen church retreat. Hopefully, I can get a couple of chapters out on both my stories before the concert.

So how have you been? Has your life settled down at all?

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Hi again Shukie,

OK, so I knew about your 1st fanfic, but not about the 2nd one. So, what do you mean by this "so I’ll have to step back and punt a bit?" (what does punt mean?)
And I thought this was funny, "I still plan on finishing everything before Armageddon 2012 (just in case :-) ). You sound happy and that's good and I know you like busy, so that's also good. Have a wonderful weekend, and have a great time celebrating your parents' anniversary :-)!!!!

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Iv -

It's an american football term, sort of a last-ditch play. Basically, if you can't get everything done, you try to move forward in little steps to get where you want to go.

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Shukie, thanks for explaining, once again. I just learned a new word :-). Have fun this weekend!!!!!!

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Congratulations Shukie, for your parents 56th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful occasion!!!!! I do hope that your dad's surgery will go well also and that it WILL be the final cure.

Huh, so you are writing 2 stories simultaneously? I know one is about war (or set in war times, right?) and the other one is about?...

I am good, preparing for my last move (next week) and then I should be settled for a while. I will be busy however because I will have different responsibilities (professionally) once I move in. Like you, I will be doing some writing (translating), still tutoring and working with children. Doing all that for different people, so life will be busy... which will be good.

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Yay for your life settling down for a while.
I'm writing two: the first is mult-generational romance where the grandparents were high school sweethearts in World War II. The other is a vampire fiction set in Mumbai (Ricky HRH's idea!).

Yeah, my life is a bit busy, but then, it always is! lol. They just changed my hours at work, so no more graveyard shift for a year! Of course, that was my prime creative time, so I'll have to step back and punt a bit. I still plan on finishing everything before Armageddon 2012 (just in case ;-) )

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Shukie, I answered, but posted in the wrong place. Here is my answer (higher or upper). Sorry about that:

3.3.1.1.1 Ivoire October 19th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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Just adding my smile amongst the brighter cheery faces.

Wishing well as always. : )

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Hello Sabah,
And may I say that I am very happy to "see" your smile amongst the brighter cheery faces. I hope that you will have a wonderful weekend :-)...

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Happy OT, Ivoire! Today feels like a LMH day, don't you think? (wink, wink)

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Yes it does, Kakashi!!! (and wink back at you with this :-)). I will get off the LMH train soon, so I am slowing saying "see you later...". Thought I would inundated B. when she is done with work. She is in for a treat :-). It is interesting to see his transformation over time...

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Sowhat time did the OT pop up? 5 minutes after I left for the beach? It was a glorious day, though, as the speedboat races were taking place in the ocean right off our beach. But so much catching up to do on the OT! Good to see you and Ivoire here!

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Hi KL, OT started around 9:08am. Good to see you...

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I see beach, I am jealous :)
have fun in the sun

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Hey Ivoire! On last week's OT you asked about where you could find some of the shows. I find the following site veryyy good in terms of finding ancient stuff. Also, no problems with the seeds & the legit-ness of the torrents.

http://www.asiatorrents.me/

Happy torrent-ing!! :D

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Thanks Saima, I will check it out :-)

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Saima,
I checked it out, and I don't think I know how to use that site. I am not that computer savvy, so I stopped before something wrong happens to my computer (I don't want to take any chances). I tried the downloading thing yesterday of ilivid thingy and I wasn't getting any results, so again, I stopped. I couldn't even find Faith, the drama on the site you recommended. I don't know how to navigate that site :-(, and what things mean over there. I would need someone to walk me through and explain things to me.

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1. hmm, if you're having problems with AsiaTorrents you could start off with the awesome semi-fly's torrents. The following's her blog: http://dramaredux.blogspot.ca/

You can find the currently airing shows listed on the right. And, that'll prolly direct you further to each episode's torrent.

2. As for AsiaTorrent you need to make an account. Make sure you read the rules (esp, the fact that you need to maintain your seed:leech ratio close to 1). I'll say get acclimated with semi-fly's torrents and then move onto this one. I usually download off here mostly for older J-dramas/movies.

The following's the link (which may not show up for you if you don't already have an account) for downloading Faith episodes: http://www.asiatorrents.me/index.php?page=torrents&options=0&search=faith&active=0

3. You can find a lot of stuff on d-addictsDOTcom as well.

4. Lastly, you should prolly uninstall iLivid. It's not good news...that's what my sibling mentioned.

'neways, have any questions ask away. Also, if I can learn how to go about dl'ing and stuff anybody can!! :D

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Hey Saima,

I couldn't correct you if I wanted to, because I simply do not know what a semi-fly is or what a torrent is. It's all Greek to me for now. I guess I will learn about it as I go along b/c to be honest, I have only only used streaming sites like viki and others. I was curious, b/c you suggested torrents right away, and not the semi-fly's ones. So I was wondering about the torrents then. Also b/c anything that is semi is usually 1/2 or close to the real thing, isn't? (per the word definition?) but not really the real thing?
That was why I asked all those questions.

Also, is the picture/image quality better with semi-fly's and torrents than the one on streaming sites?

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I would suggest that you do not ever, ever download iLivid, not only bad news but unless you are computer savvy to get that junk that comes with iLivid off your computer, Searchqu will make your life a living hell. Trust me.

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OK Saima,

thanks a lot and I will try again. Question: what is the difference then between semi-fly's torrents and torrents?

2--ON AsiaTorrent, can I monitor that my seed:leech ratio is close to 1? (Can I actually see it?) because I don't want to make mistakes.
I think I stopped the Ilivid thingy, but I will check again. Thanks for the info and for encouraging me. Is the quality of English subs good on those 2 sites you mentioned?

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Correct me if I'm wrong but most of the K-drama's torrents are semi-fly's. Other than being legit (as are most/all of the torrents on posted on d-addicts by different users) there really isn't any difference.

Yes, you can click on "Profile" on AsiaTorrents and it'll tell you your ratio w/ a happy/sad face, lol. The subs posted are taken from different sources (like yunno THE two famous K-drama streaming websites *cough cough*, etc). Also, you can tell by the comments/rating the quality of the torrent.

Hope this helped!

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Saima, I answered but posted in wrong place. Sorry about that. My answer is higher, here:
3.6.2.1.1 Ivoire October 19th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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Saima,

Asia Torrents is by invitation only, so I can't join. I won't try again, I think I will leave it alone.
2--For the semi-fly's, I don't understand what I am doing and I am trying, and it is not working for me. So I will also stop, as I really do not want to mess up my computer, I can't afford to and I am not getting anywhere. It is not as simple as you make it sound, at least not for me. This is not a straight procedure. I don't know what to open the torrents with, and I am still not sure of what is what. As I said, I did try. If I don't know what I am doing, I don't want to be running in circles.

Thank you for trying to help and for your time, I appreciated both.

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To the Faith watchers, I just wanted to share this bit of info, which explains why there was no Dr. Bin in epi. 19 (I think) and epi. 20 (for sure, b/c I noticed it).

http://enewsworld.mnet.com/enews/contents.asp?idx=18182

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Hi Iviore! I know I owe you a reply from like three OT's ago or something atrocious like that, lol. I'm driving out to MN Saturday and have been sick for almost two weeks so yeah, that's why I'm still scarce around these parts. (feeling better now, but still not 100% yet) About the only thing I remember off the top of my head was your offer to keep in touch though email which would totally be awesome and I do want to take you up on it! so here is mine: [email protected]
Once I'm out in MN and a little more settled, I'll be tracking that old post down to see if there's anything else I don't want to leave hanging. I hope you've settled in from your latest move alright and that all is well in your corner of the world. :)

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Hi Christy, thank you for your message. I will email you later. Have a safe trip to MN.

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TGIF folks :D

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Haha, just realised I subconsciously wrote 'folks' instead of 'people' because I saw javabean's first comment.

Anyway, haven't been watching much kdramas lately, besides Nice Guy. I've been faithfully following the Faith recaps (ha), mainly because Lee Min Ho is REALLY hot and manly here (first time I've felt this way about him, actually), and I want to find out how the main couple will overcome the whole time travel mindfuck issue.

Off-topic, but I've been marathoning Bones, finished season 1 in 2 days - and it is awesome! The cases aren't really as interesting as say, Criminal Minds, but the chemistry between Bones and Booth is friggin' awesome. Kdramas couples should have more of this sort of sexual chemistry. Vampire Prosecutor comes close though.

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Lemon -

Good morning!

VP!!! One of my guilty pleasures right now, even with the writer-nim's teasing.

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Hi Shukmeister! It's actually night here already, haha!

Yea, Vampire prosecutor is really fun to watch, but haven't really gotten round to watching this second season yet..

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Oh, VP second season is soooo good! I really like the new cast members. You should give it a watch when you have some time.

I love how VP mixes up the scary/gory episodes with funny ones. It makes it so much more interesting in my opinion. And the chemistry between the two prosecutors...so hot and so dangerous! :)

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Hi Lemon!
Bones is so awesome! I love that series! But sometimes the victims look so grose, I can't watch more than 2 episodes before I start feeling sick, lol.

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Hi fishcalledwanda! I remember you from a past ot where you answered my question on friday-movie-night recommendations. :D

Yea, I can't eat when I'm watching Bones - which is actually a good thing, since I tend to snack a lot while watching tv, hahaha.

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Yeah I did! Did you enjoy your movie night? ^^
I don't know what it is, but I always feel like eating while watching tv, lol (except for Bones, that is)

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Yes, used to love Bones ... before I became a KDrama addict :) I think I watch 4 or 5 seasons altogether (what season are they on)?

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Think they're on season 8 now. I'm starting on 2 now, hah.

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I would love to watch it but 8 commercial breaks during one show just gets me and I shut it down in anger and go to sleep. I need it on DVD so I dont get annoyed

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Maybe you can check out the books that the show i based on
Kathy Reich (TEMPERANCE BRENNAN)
I think the books are more intense but then reading is as intense as you allow your imagination to be.

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Criminal Minds give me the chills when I watch it at night. I never learn since I always watch the box-set at night.

I've never seen Bones but I loved David Boreanaz in Angel. There was this air of innocence around him that was endearing.

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true, same for me, for the first time I can get past his flawless supermodel-skin and I think the manliness comes from his attitude somehow...

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oh, I was crushing on him back when he was Angel in Buffy. But my current love affair with LMH doesn't allow me to look at other guys. He's so jealous. hehe

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I would rather it be Tuesday or Thursday haha.
Those are the nights we go out at Uni... lol

But for everyone else here TGIF!

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yay thread is up!!
Have a good week everyone!! <3

I've been super busy these past few weeks and haven't had a chance to get on here or watch much dramas THE HORROR!!
This sudden busyness is unfortunately not due to me actually studying and doing well but to a newly discovered social life!! YES IT IS AWESOME!!! <3

Also... there's a guy I think I like... and I think he may like me too... but it's early days and I am novice extraordinaire!!

Anyway love xxx

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Crossing fingers so your social life works out for the best. ^^

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Thanks!! So do I!!

Have a great week! <3

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Hey, new social life + new guy > watching dramas anytime man!

Sigh, haven't liked a guy in agesss- so lucky you! I was afraid I was becoming asexual, but it's most probably because the guys around me are... hmm.. unattractive and boring, haha.

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Haha well this is basically the first guy I've ever liked so I always thought I must be at least pretty asexual haha.
It was even the rumor about me at school lol
(I thought it was quite progressive of them as I just assumed I'd be labelled a lesbian...)

But yeah... I can now confidently put it down to the guys here being ugly and worse HORRIBLE.
I always knew it...

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LOL those things happen.
I got that lesbian label during my teens for similar reasons. Kids like to talk, I have to admit my feelings were hurt when I first heard they thought so just because I had never had a boyfriend.

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Leaf!!!

Glad you got one on the hook ;-)

Hope school is going well for you, especially after your marathon SEA trip! Everything settling down?

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Uni is Uni... I need to start actually doing some work... ^sigh^

And I WANNA BE BACK IN KOREA NOW!!! ^cries^

Hope everything is going well for you!! <3

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Yep, so far so good. Got my health, a good job, a reliable car, and BIG BANG!! lol

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Ah well Health is always the most important thing!! <3

And Big Bang is such a great bonus!! XD

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Happy Friday, Leaf! How did the SEA trip go? :)

Oh, and wishing you the best with the new guy. ;)

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IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! <3 I miss Korea so so so much!!!

And as I said.... it is super early days... but we shall wait and see ;)

Hope you're having a great week! <3

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Haha! Of all the places you went to, it's Korea that pulls you back. :) Same way here. I don't think I'll grow tired of visiting SK.

about your new crush... LOL, u know a kdrama sister is always giddy about these things. :)

week is great, thank you. (been seeing a lot of my crush too. haha!)

happy weekend! :)

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ohh good luck with your crush!!
And yeah... Korea is that awesome <3

And yes of course... I will keep OT up to date with any developments... so... yeah nothing is gonna happen probably haha
But I can always hope! I mean... lots of people date it can't be that difficult surely...?
LOL

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LOL! thanks. :)
I was hoping I could return to SK this winter, but I think the trip's gonna have to wait.

Aja!Aja! to the new guy. :) I'm starting wonder what he looks like. :)

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HAHA!!!

Well he can look whatever you think he looks like :P

Personally I think he's hot but I don't think he considers himself that...
Seriously when I walked into the bar thing I saw him straight away and went 'omg he's hot' and yes it helps that he was quite a bit taller than all the other guys...

But yeah it turned out he is in pretty much the same social group as me (he started this year so is a fresher but he took a gap year so he's actually a few months older than me)

So yeah... we started talking and we with another friend walked home at around 3am...

So yeah... we shall see what happens... (prediction: NOTHING)

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Awww, I love reading about good news announcements on OT. Good luck Leaf!

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Haha how is I've become friends with a guy (who I like) that much cause for celebration :P

But thanks!

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Good luck with the guy!

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Thanks I''ll need it!! ;)

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Best of lucks with love!!!
And enjoy your social life
We we'll patiently wait to hear from you from time to time

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I will definately inform OT of any developments... but I'm pretty sure there won't be lol.

Thanks! :D

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You have all the Unnis rooting for you
Have some faith in you
btw, are you playing quidditch this year?

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Of course I am playing Quidditch this year!!! Nothing could make me stop!! <3

And thank you everyone for rooting for me haha.

I've realised that I've never had to think about my self confidence in dating before because every time I imagined it I was famous or at least successful. Therefore I was 'worth' something.
But I don't have that (yet) so I don't know why anyone would like me.

It's a weird thing. Cause in my head I'm going 'don't be silly of course there would be someone who might like you' but I can't quite believe it.
I know I'm prettier than some girls who have had lots of boyfriends.
I know I'm considered to be quite a nice person too even though I think I can be evil.
It doesn't help though. There are many girls who are much prettier than me and have a good and more fun personality too.

^sigh^ Most people deal with this years ago not when they are already 19...

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You can't go around comparing yourself to others, since there are always people better and worse than you.
The important thing is being confident and believing in yourself.
We all fear rejection, and not all guys you'll like will like you back. But if you keep putting yourself down you'll miss a lot of chances , and I'm talking from experience

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By the way Leaf, you're not the only 19 year old having this problem. It sounds very familiar for me. I have the feeling I kind of missed this phase in the start of puberty, but now it's catching up with me! So don't worry, you're not the only one. And I'm sure it'll turn out alright, I wish for you it will! :)

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Really? I'm not alone in this?

AWESOME!!

Other people are suffering muhahah.

But seriously... it's nice to know I'm not the only confused one...

And good luck!!!! xxx

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Haha, no you're not! (I thought it was good to read here I wasn't the only one, lol). When I like a guy (which does not happens often, more like almost never), I think the same about myself like you do. I know it's stupid to compare myself to others, but still. I'm 19 for Pete's sake, I should be over this stupid self-doubting thing!
So I hope it turns out good with your guy (because that means there is also hope for me, ;p), be strong, fighting!

(and may I ask what this Quidditch thing is, did you find a way to make brooms fly? If yes, please tell me the secret!)

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Haha... not obsessively crushing over a guy at all times generally means you get labeled as quite weird doesn't it?
But seriously... how could girls crush over the guys at school? ^shudders^

But it's weird for me cause even though I think nothing will come of this this is the first time I've seen a guy in real life who I think 'I would date you'. It's a big change from my previous asexual existance. And not something that my billions of daydreams could have prepared me for.

THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU!!!
Seriously... I have nothing to do with that. You will meet some awesome guy. YOU WILL!

We will get over this lack of self confidence ok??
FIGHTING!!! <3

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And of course we fly in Quidditch! How else would we play it? ;)

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YES, you get that label, why? Generally only thinking of dating guys in school gives me the shudders. Only since I started university it's getting better. But I choose a study (arts), in which there are only 5 guys out of the 80 students (of which at least 3 are gay). So that doesn't make it much better! Where are the cute, sweet guys that I only read about in books and see in dramas? ;p It's possible I'm a bit delusional, lol.

Even though you think nothing may come out of it, I'm still happy (and rooting) for you! Keep the updates coming! And you sound convincing that I may meet an awesome guy, so I'm convinced that it may turn out really good with this guy you met!
Yeah, sista! We will overcome!

And omg, I've always wanted to play Quidditch! :D When I was little I threw a Harry Potter themed party in which we would walk with brooms and hit tennis balls with tennis rackets. We had capes made of thin paper. It was the most awesome party in my whole life!

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That's what I've always thought!!!
why are there decent guys in books but not in real life??

And yeap... I had a Harry Potter party too!!!
Harry Potter is the reason I learnt to read haha.

But truely... there are about 3.5 billion guys on the planet... some must be good right...?

And there's always hope!!! <3 Even if they aren't on your course!! :P

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Hi Leaf! I'm so late in the game here OT wise, but hearing you talk about a guy you like, who may like you.......ah, it just warms my heart to bits! Nothing is better than the beginnings of a relationship! I hope you have many hours of randomly bursting into smiles when you think about him!

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Hey Leaf!!

YG Entertainment just announced Big Bang UK tour dates:

Wembley Stadium
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 1930
Tickets go on sale October 26, 2012

FYI

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I ALREADY KNOW!!! And made a post about it at the bottom!!

I AM SO GOING!!! <3

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Woohoo! Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone had a nice week!

Being a student living alone also involves cooking for oneself. To my surprise I don't hate it as much as I thought, but I lack the inspiration and I noticed that lately I've been cooking the same things every week. I'm in for some new things, so who knows any delicious (and not too complicated) recipes? Can be Asian, Italian, or whatever, as long as it's tasty :)

Have a nice Friday and weekend everyone!

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FishcalledWanda -

I buy a rotisserie chicken, eat the dark meat (my favorite), and use the breast meat in other recipes, saving the carcass for soup. Below is one of my favorite recipes for chicken pot pie:

1 cup diced chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 bag frozen vegetables
½ cup milk
1 egg
1 cup Bisquick mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a 9-inch pie plate, put in the soup, vegetables, and chicken

In a bowl, mix the egg, milk and Bisquick together. Pour over the chicken and vegetables. Spread evenly.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden.

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Thanks Shukmeister!
It sounds delicious! The dark meat is also my favorite :) I'm going to try it somewhere next week! Hope I don't mess it up, but it doesn't sound to difficult!

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I use a glass dish, for the even heat.

Once it's made, I make it into about 4 servings, and freeze the extras for later lunches.
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Other uses for the chicken breast: 2 cups of rice (I have a cooker), a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, chicken and soy sauce, and make my own fried rice! That I also freeze in smaller portions for lunch.
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We have a full-size refrigerator/freezer at work, so I'll pile them up and pull them out as needed.

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when i was living in states, we survived on many simple dishes. i'll b glad to share but i think it will b easier for me to email u if u would email me your email add. it's mynick @ gmail . com :)

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Well this isn't a home cooked meal as such but really a delicious snack that I love, it's a really easy no bake cookie recipe.

Take around 30 digestive biscuits crush into breadcrumbs, as life sometime does. Add a packet of small (or large ones cut in two) of Marshmellows (seek out the hard to find 'suitable for vegetarian' kind for vegetarians like me). Add small tub of Glacier Cherries (optional, sometimes I also add white choco drops. My sister adds walnuts too but there are enough nuts in my already.)

Finally bind everything together with that most sweetest of things, a whole can of condensed milk.

Form into two long sausage shapes to represent your life and the life of your companion. Coat with desiccated coconut for that added je nais se quoi.

Wrap in foil and leave overnight in refrigerator, then take out and cut up into 1 to 2 cm sliced biscuits. Ah! The cold, cruel world. Hehe. Enjoy!

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Hi Sabah! Nice to 'see' (read?) you! Omg, whoever came up with that idea for a cookie is a genius! I'm definitely going to try that out! I like your comparison to life, but it does sound a bit depressive. But I guess, that's what life sometimes is!
I now feel a very big craving for cookies, I think I'm going to raid my hidden cookie stack...

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Sorry, it didn't mean to sound so miserable. It's my ultimate comfort food. I make them when I need cheering up, like today, so probably why I am down on life BUT not to fear, I always pull myself out of it. I have it too good to insult people who are truly suffering.

The recipe was given to me by a close friend from Ireland, she told me that they are called '15's' because you used to use 15 of everything in the recipe. I love sharing it with others because once they've made and tasted it, they love me forever. Seriously, they are that good!

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I read in your post below that you had a dreary day, so no wonder you sound a bit depressive. Sorry to hear about your bad day. But it's good to hear you are able to manage yourself out of it (with a little help of cookies). Cookies can make miracles. If everyone had some cookies to share, the world would be a better place.

Haha, I'm going to share the recipe too then! I like it that they are called 15's, must be easy to remember the recipe!

I hope your weekend will be better than today! ( and if not, I wish you all the cookies in the world :) )

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Aw, you really are a cookie pie! Yeah, I am all right, feeling better by the minute. : )

How are you doing? I really like fusion cooking, which is just a licence to experiment and call whatever comes out 'art.' Normally I just ask people how they make 'other' food, for instance, I ask my friend from India how she makes pasta, and mostly you'll find that the recipes are customized a little, a mix of both cuisines. Just a suggestion. Wishing you well. : )

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Glad to hear that :) Hope it will keep improving through the whole weekend! Do you have anything nice planned?

I'm very busy studying for mid-terms and I had to cut down my drama watching dramatically, so I still haven't watched the end of White Christmas. I want to savour it for a good moment when I have all the time to fully enjoy it.

I always feel a bit weary to experiment, cause I often end up with weird stuff and the feeling I kind of butchered my ingredients! But experimenting can also bring great things, like today I made something different with a courgette and a grill pan and some other stuff and it turned out great! But mostly I just make some kind of pasta, because I really like it and it's very easy (perfect for when you're feeling lazy). Do you have any favourite foods?

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Firstly, WRITE DOWN EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID! I find with on the fly experimenting that turns out well, you think, I'll remember what I did BUT YOU DON'T. Trust me!

One of our festivals is coming up next week and it's my favourite one. Lots of nice food BUT the drawback is that I have to cook all that nice food too, but still, I really enjoy it. Thank you so much for asking, it was really sweet of you.

It's funny, people always wish they could return to their youth but I never do because one thing I don't miss is revising for exams. Don't get me wrong, I love gaining knowledge and learning things BUT I just have this issue with modern education where it almost sucks the fun out of learning. Still, I know some people love it, and just keep in mind the long term gain of that degree which will take you towards that career! Also hard work is its own reward, so you are already successful.

Ah, that White Christmas ending, I won't say anything more but I would be interested to know what you thought about it when you do because it has people divided.

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I'll take that advice to heart! In fact I'm thinking to start some kind of notebook with stuff I invent and suggestions and recipes I find or hear from others (like the recipes suggested to me on this OT).

Sounds fun! What kind of festival? I hope you have a nice weather (with a festival I assume it's outdoors?). I read somewhere you live in the UK? I guess the weather is not always nice there this time of the year.

I really like my study and also learning new things and gaining new perspectives, but revising for exams not so much. I find it very stressful and time consuming.

Yeah I read that some people liked the ending and other.... not so much. I'm very curious on which side I'll end up!

Have fun at your festival this weekend! (and enjoy the food :) )

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Oh, I love sharing recipes! I've made this soup a few times for my hubby so far this fall, and he's obsessed with it. It's cheap and hearty and can go a long way.

Potato and Corn soup

1 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups vegi broth (I like the Swanson flavor boost, yum!)
1 can corn (or 2 cobs fresh)
1 cup milk

In a large saucepan, heat about a tablespoon or so of olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Next, add garlic and brown for a minute. Add the potatoes to the saucepan along with the corn and heat in oil. Add 2 cups vegetable broth. Cover and increase temperature to medium high. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the potatoes are tender.

Allow soup to cool then transfer to a blender (or hand blend) reserving about a cup of the potato/corn/onion mixture. Blend until desired consistency (I like mine really smooth). Transfer back to the pan on medium heat. Stir in the milk along with some salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few more minutes. Add the reserved potato/corn/onion immediately before serving.

You can also jazz it up with some hot peppers or cayenne. I used chipotle corn once and it was great! Bacon or diced ham can be added for extra flavor/protein, but not essential.

Hope you enjoy!

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Hi Ladytron!
Thanks for sharing your recipe! It sounds amazing, never thought about the fact that you could make soup of potatoes! I just ate my dinner and now you made me hungry again! Definitely going to try it, thanks!

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Peel and slice a few baking potatos and one onion. Saute the onions in a little oil or butter or a combo of both in an oven-safe frying pan. Take out the onions. If you need to add a bit of oil to the pan, do so. Put down a layer of potatos to cover the bottom of the pan and cook on med until potatos are beginning to turn golden-brown and crispy on bottom.

In that same pan, add some onions and shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the potato layer. Now add another layer of potatos, then more onions and cheese. Continue until you have run out of stuff or filled the pan, which ever comes first, but end with a layer of onions and cheese.

Pour a little melted butter over the whole mess, and stick it in the oven to bake until potatos are cooked and everything is a glorious golden, chewy, oniony thing of beauty.

I usually serve with some sort of savory sausage (not breakfast sausage, in other words.)

Most recently, my daughter and I were thinking that adding something like sauteed spinach to the dish could only improve it.

If there are left overs, we often toss them in a pan with some chopped bell pepper to saute for a bit, then mix in egg/milk for scrambled eggs and just scramble away.

If you don't have an oven safe pan, you could always skip the bottom browning step and create your layers in a casserole. I don't think it would lose much of anything.

For two people to eat heartily and have some leftovers, I will usually use 3-4 decent size potatos and one good-size onion. Probably a cup of cheese.

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Woo! Sounds super tasty! I like the expression of 'a glorious golden, chewy, oniony thing of beauty', it makes we want to eat it instantly! Thanks for sharing :)

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Thank you! I am going to try this for next week's roast.

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JoAnne, are you bringing some of your dishes to Newark? Sounds great!

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Yay, I'm glad I inspired you! I remember what it was like trying to cook for myself in college. *sigh* This is easy and cheap, so I hope you enjoy.

Because I spent a large portion of my life living in England, I'm familiar with a lot of ways to use spuds (as my MIL calls them)! You should look up recipes for white bean and potato and potato-leak soups. Both are good as well.

I love this time of year. All food feels like comfort food.

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Never ate white beans and potato(or spuds, lol)-soup before, but I like trying different things, so I'll definitely check it out!
My main problem with cooking for only me is that I always have many leftovers and no freezer and a teeny-tiny refrigerator. When I go grocery shopping almost everything comes in big portions, very frustrating!

I don't always like fall and the coming up winter, but the comforting food aspect makes it certainly better. There's nothing better than to curl up in a nice chair, while it's cold outside, with some delicious home-made food!

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FishcaledWanda - I remember the difficulties of not having much space and trying to cook for one (or even two sometimes). You can always half the recipe I gave you if you don't want leftovers.

Can you buy items like potatoes, onions, and carrots individually instead of in the large bulk bags? (At least you can here. I don't know what it's like where you live.) Very useful for winter soup making!

Also, here's another British potato recipe I used as a student

Jacket Potato

Wash a medium baking potato, pricking the skin a few times. Rub the skin with some olive oil and salt and bake (or microwave)

Once this is done, it can be topped with many different fillings. Just use your imagination. Good ones to try are-

- Tuna, mayo, and canned corn
- Beef and bean chili
- Diced ham, cheese, and spring onion
- Sautéed mushrooms and onions with a sliced sausage

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The problem is that onions and most other vegetables are sold per two or more. So when I want one onion I have to buy a whole bag! And I end up eating things with lots of onions for the rest of the week.

Ooh, another one! Thanks! When I read the name Jacket Potato, the first image to pop up in my head was a potato with a real jacket on. This one also sounds really good, and very easy to make. Will certainly try it out!

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ladytron33. now I know how to make jacket potatoes! thanks

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