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For love and money
This morning's song in my head when I woke up: New Pornographers - Use it.

Zack's mom just moved out into her new place-- transitional housing a few miles away. She won't get food stamps 'til next week, so I packed up box after box of food from our pantry, extra bedding, cleaning supplies, pots & pans, etc., to send her on her way. Even printed out some photos of her and us, a family collage for her fridge.

She had been with us just over one month.*

What a long, strange trip it's been. I hope she's OK in her new place.

Paul and I shall now resume breathing.

Photo of Zack's mom with Gracie

I'm buying a webcam so that I can record small video segments for a project I'm doing at work. My old 3com vicam is performing poorly, and besides, I need synced audio.

Seems to me that this is the best option:
photo of logitech fusion webcam

Though this one is really QUITE teh sehksay:
photo of logitech ultravision webcam

Truth be told, I like the second one better (ooh, happy glass lens!)... but am concerned about reports of its being a resources hog. My comp is getting older; I'm already getting a USB 2.0 PCI card just to be able to use the Fusion. Plus, the Fusion's pretty cheap right now.

If you know anything about these cams, I'd love to hear about it :)

In the personal arena, I'm also considering buying some "real" cookware. All my pots and pans are hand-me-downs from my mom.

I'd ideally love a set of all-clad, but don't want to spend the big bucks. So, what I'm looking for is stainless steel, preferably tri-ply up the sides, but I'd settle for something with a good core.**

Overstock.com has a nice set of tri-ply from a relatively unknown manufacturer here:
photo of Lauren Creek cookware

Meanwhile, Amazon has a nice couple of sets of Cuisinart Classic Stainless at good prices:
photo of Cuisinart cookware photo of Cuisinart cookware

The 10-piece is comparable in size (more or less) to the Laurel Creek set. I want the 14-piece set, but it's more than I wanted to spend.

The Laurel Creek is gorgeous, but kinda small. I dunno.

I just need stuff I can cook on, yo.

If you have any helpful advice on this subject, that, too, would be appreciated.

OK, enough of my indecisive consumerism for today. I haven't forgotten about the groceries entry; I just haven't gotten around to scanning a couple things yet. It's coming :)

And sorry for all the photos, dial-up folk. I tried to keep 'em small!

~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~

* I was initially apprehensive, but quickly became OK with the situation.
** You see, stainless is a great surface to cook on, but it doesn't conduct heat particularly well. To get around this unfortunate fact, many cookware manufacturers sandwich a layer of heat-conducting aluminum between layers of stainless steel, or use a core of aluminum on the bottom of the pan.
*** heads down thumbs up; two sips from the cup of human kindness and im shit-faced; just laid to waste

I'm feeling all kinds of: unhouseguesty
What I hear: The New Pornographers - Use It

21 tall tales or Tell me a story
elysiangirl From: elysiangirl Date: November 9th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC) (permalink)
you are an angel. an absolute angel.

now gimme that kitty.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Git in line! Already, at least two of Zack's friends are scheming to catnap her.

In fact, Z and one of his good buddies have had something of a falling out... the buddy's girlfriend was reported as lamenting "but if you and Zack stop hanging out, when will I get to see Gracie and Carolyne?!"

She's one of the potential catnappers, by the way.

Kitty is adorarablblble, but a little wacked out. We've considered slipping her some of Maxine's antipsychotics ;)
elysiangirl From: elysiangirl Date: November 9th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (permalink)
MINE! GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!!!! she would love my cleo and my thomas!!!

i NEEEED five cats to be the crazy cat lady!
wolffepsyche From: wolffepsyche Date: November 9th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I was lucky enough to receive a set of Calphalon pans as a wedding gift. I love them. Mine are the tri-ply stainless which have an aluminum core. They're pricey, but they last forever.


Other than that, the pot I use most often is my cast iron skillet. I couldn't cook without that thing.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oooh, sexy! I have a calphalon hard-anodized everyday pan that I use all the time (though not quite the advertised "every day"). I love your set :)

And I, too, am a cast-iron afficianado! I just baked some cornbread in mine, not ten minutes ago. I probably use the cast iron more than any other pan. Except maybe this one, which I also love:
wolffepsyche From: wolffepsyche Date: November 9th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ooohhhh, I like the blue. :)

I put the Calphalon pans on my registry thinking I wouldn't get it in a million years. I am very lucky to have generous family members. I would never have gotten it otherwise.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Part of me just says "wait, darnit, you're getting married (eventually)!"

The other part is hungry, and needs to cook NOW. Heh!
ellie From: ellie Date: November 9th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Le crueset is awesome! I love my green pot from them, bought cheaply at the outlet store. And all-clad... swoon!!! Macy's does a knock-off set I have my eyes set on.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I came THIS CLOSE to buying a Macy's Tools of the Trade Belgique set. It's got such gorgeous lines!

But they totally screwed me over on my reuinion dress... I had gotten it altered there, thinking it would save me time, and promised it would ready the Wednesday before I left. When I called Wednesday, I was told that the woman who does altering wasn't even supposed to be in until Friday. It was handled very badly. Getting the darned thing back and taking it elsewhere for overnight alterations was a pain in the arse. I was livid.

I would have bought a set that day if they hadn't screwed me over so badly. Now I'm loathe to spend any more money there. Tempted to write their corporate hq, actually.

Penney's actually has a house brand set that's closer to all-clad:

Not as sexy, maybe, but it's a true tri-ply. I'm strongly considering that one.
ellie From: ellie Date: November 9th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I'm upset with Macy's for another reason entirely. When they bought out Filene's, I was excited! Kingston, as you know, doesn't have a good high end store, and Filene's really was a bargain basement. Not that it was bad, but there wasn't a lot of their high end items in the store. For that I had to go to Albany or Danbury. Not a problem, but sometimes it's nice to pick things up on a Saturday morning.

Anyhow, the Macy's took over and there's almost nothing in the store. It went from a good deal of tables full of men's ties to one palty square glass display. They don't have any INC and the Style and Company selection is limited.

My issue is the sales. Filene's used to take 20% off clearance items too. Macy doesn't. And my fiestaware? They won't put the sets on sale, just the misc. pieces.

Write to HQ. Let your voice be heard!
sunshine_two From: sunshine_two Date: November 9th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Poor lady. It must have done her a world of good knowing she had a home with you until some state assistance was available for her. I can't imagine the stress she must have been under. I'm sure Zack is appreciative of the kindness you have shown his mom.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I know. She's had a rough time of it. She's been doing great, though. I really hope she sticks with her program.

And I hope the kindness we've shown her has influenced Zack in some way.
lifeofreilly From: lifeofreilly Date: November 9th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC) (permalink)

If you can fine them

If yo ucan still find them- I use Farberware all stainless steel pans. No copper bottom, no non-stick. Multiple layers of sandwiched aluminum base encased in stainless steel. They are solid- large, useful, and damn near indestructable. Oh- and very reasonably priced (4 years ago). Looks like this is the current version.. Mine are polished, not brushed- but they are (IMHO, YMMV) great quality. :) The other option is to take a look at the Kirkland (Costco) all stainless set. I will assume that Costco has taken over the entire world and finding one won't be a problem. :)
ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Re: If you can fine them

Believe it or not, I don't think we have a Costco here. I don't think we had one up north, either!

Love the Farberware. Tri-ply rocks! For that price, though, I'd probably go with the Cuisinart 14-piece set. I will poke around and see if I can find any deals on 'em, though :)

Thanks for the input!
lifeofreilly From: lifeofreilly Date: November 9th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC) (permalink)

*find, not fine

Anyway- I bought a set of the Cuisinart for someone and they love them- but there is Cuisinart and there is Cuisinart. Go to a Bed Bad And Beyond or the like and hold them in your hand.

The discount (too good to be true price) Cuisinart stuff just doesn't have the same weight or sturdiness of the Farberware (or Kirkland).

Find some place that sells them and perform your own Pepsi Challenge. Again- just a recommendation. :)
From: cisforcorrie Date: November 9th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ten years ago when I received my first paycheque from my current job, I bought myself a set up three Lagostina cookware. Cost me a fortune, but I still have them and they still look brand new.

I didn't get one of those fabo stainless steel fry/saute pans though and I've been jonesing for one ever since. Also one of those pasta pots too.

I love All Clad cookware, but it is really quite expensive.

ldy From: ldy Date: November 9th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC) (permalink)
The good stuff always costs so much, doesn't it?

Lagostina's nice! I'm not sure we even have it down here-- perhaps they're solely distributed in Canada.

Certain the type of stuff I'm looking for, though, no doubt!
aetra From: aetra Date: November 9th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC) (permalink)
What I would do (and actually have done, come to think of it) unless you must have a matching set, right now, is buy the All-Clad one piece at a time. Some sites/places (Cooking.com, Amazon, Williams-Sonoma) have sales from time to time. Or outlets come up. I mean it is SO good and you will NEVER have to buy that piece again - you can leave them to Z in your will. Of course these should also be supplemented by Le Creuset and regular cast iron as needed.

And you are SO GOOD to be so wonderful with Z's mom.
aetra From: aetra Date: November 9th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
OH, OH, and I got a lot of mine at places like TJ Maxx.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 10th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC) (permalink)
Excellent advice!

Right at this moment, I just want something in the $100-$200 range (preferably leaning toward the former) to get me through the night, as it were.

I'll probably save the all-clad for the wedding registry :) (And maybe pick up a piece here or there when Paul isn't looking) ;)
vanilla_christ From: vanilla_christ Date: November 10th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I use a set of "Emerilware" pots, the black non-stick ones. They're basically the same quality as the rest of the All-Clad line, but so much cheaper by far. They work great too.
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