Yes! Oh, I am so intrigued by all of this. I've read a ton of dramatic articles and the New Yorker piece and some stuff on exscientologykids.com etc etc etc. But never such an intimate and non-sensational first-person recollection. (Sidenote: I have no personal connection to Scientology,I just find it really fascinating and fall down Google/Wikipedia k-holes sometimes.) I'm excited to see where this series goes, thanks for sharing!
I love to cook with coconut milk. Quinoa, brown rice, curries, etc. So good. And I know, I know, t has a lot of saturated fat, but whatever, everything in moderation yo.
@PistolPackinMama Instead of cooking it in water, boil the quinoa in equal parts chicken (or veggie) broth and light coconut milk! Throw in some red pepper flakes, and sea salt! Mix in delicious kale, chard or spinach. Feel free to serve a protein on top of it (maybe with some peanut satay sauce?).
Seriously, any grain you want to make tastier: stop cooking it in water and cook it in flavorful thangs.
@Cat named Virtute If I may suggest a book: The Body Mind Soul Solution
Bear in mind usually I HATE self-helpy shit. My awesome former therapist recommended this book to me a few years back when I was going through a really tough time with anxiety, and she even said to me "I know you usually HATE self-helpy stuff, but..." and I really liked it! It teaches you ways to use anxious/stressful/sad thoughts as fuel for exercise, and on the flip side, how to use exercise as a way to exorcise said thoughts. Instead of training your brain to just shut up, it trains it to think constructively while doing kinetic activities. It helped me become a more purposeful, motivated, (and faster!) runner.
(Also: haha, I got to say both "exercise" and "exorcise" in the same sentence. It's the little things)
@JoanTition IT'S THIS SANDWICH
now you want to eat it even more, sight SEEN! I'm going back to visit Seattle in a few weeks and a trip to Paseo is like #1 on my list (along with Thai Tom, my favorite curry in the city, which you will have to eat all the time if you move there).
With any place there's a give and take. Down here in Texas, I complain on a weekly basis about the lack of good, accessible Thai food... and how hard it is to find good sushi at a decent price... but at the same time, the food truck scene is super badass and this city is a Tex-Mex & BBQ paradise. So much here is delicious and amazing in its own right. (Daily access to queso! I mean come on!). Buuut... miss u forever, Asian food and seafood.
@JoanTition As someone who just moved outta Seattle after 6+ years (and was a food/restaurant writer no less) here is what I can tell you, as I, too, base everything on goodass food/drank:
- great seafood, obv
- awesome and affordable sushi
- an abundance of great Thai & Vietnamese
- street food scene has been rapidly expanding and improving over the past 3ish years
- not much good Mexican ;( it was rough, there are a few acceptable options though
- not much good Southern/BBQ (but Kingfish Cafe in Capitol Hill is awesome)
- lots of awesome options for vegans/vegetarians
- tons of good happy hours with delicious food options
- the best sandwich I've ever eaten in my life (at Paseo, a Cuban sandwich shack)
- boozing is expensive compared to where I live now (Austin)
In my experience, Portland has a lot of the same pros/cons. I'm not as well-versed in Oregon, though.
Want specifics or restaurant recommendations? Let me know!
@Jen Alien-Spouse@twitter Sure, but read that last paragraph. Once again: REALLY? I lost any compassion for her problems at that point.
Poor form to point out weaknesses of the ex she treated like shit and then brag about the "best guy ever" and "amazing orgasms" she's enjoying now. Totally unnecessary and worthy of the most enormous eye-roll ever.
LW4, really? REALLY? Do some of these people bother to read their own questions before they send them in?
Sorry for hating, except for not really, because COME ON.
On Why Go Out?
@whateverlolawants For serious. I enjoy almost all parties I ever go to. Ever. I live to go out and experience new activities, events, people, parties. (And there are board game parties! Whatever!)
"And truly, who has ever been satisfied by people?"
Wtf. I have, dude.
(That being said, I was bothered by most of this, but I liked the end well enough!)
@stuffisthings Just wanted to jump in here to say that I loooooove eating in bed, sorry for partying.
(Agreed with everything else you said though! Some people are just easygoing/chill and it is AWESOME, why would you ever try to make them complain more?!)