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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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14th-Jun-2012 01:00 pm
B5: End in Fire
I need three pounds of chicken parts for tonight's crockpot dinner.

Dilemma: Chicken parts are in downstairs freezer, and kitchen scale is upstairs. (Yes, we have two full kitchens.)
Dilemma: I have no idea what three pounds feels like.

Option 1: Bring kitchen scale downstairs, weigh chicken, bring chicken and scale upstairs, profit.
Problem: I only have two hands. And my pockets are not big enough for chicken or scales.

Option 2: Estimate three pounds.
Problem: If I am wrong in my estimate, this means another trip up and down the stairs.

Note: Due to yesterday's big weather pressure changes, I was in a lot of pain yesterday afternoon and barely mobile in the evening; I'm better now than I was then, but am still very ouch, so trips up and down the stairs must be rationed. Spoons, y'all. Each trip takes at least one.

Option 3: Bring kitchen scale and two plastic shopping bags downstairs. Weigh chicken. Put chicken in one bag, scale in the other, bring 'em all upstairs.
Workable, but seems overly complex.

Option 4: E-mail Adam and Judah bitching about inaccessible chicken and threatening mutiny, showings of Grease 2, and cupcakes for dinner.
Problem: Does not actually solve chicken dilemma.

Option 5: Just bring up all the damn chicken.
Option 5.1: Put kitchen scale for downstairs kitchen on wishlist.

*decisive nod*

...this stuff is less complicated for other people, I am certain of it.

(Unrelated PS: Victoria is eating just fine and is making the horky sound less. Will still try to get some olive oil into her. When other people are home and can help/film it for YouTube.)
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14th-Jun-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Just to be clear, you're suggesting that I add even more complexity to the problem at hand.

..that is classically my style.

Option 5.1 is a good idea, but probably won't happen before dinner tonite.

But with the miracle of Amazon.com Prime shipping, it could be here by dinner Friday.

(Not necessary, though, and I cannot afford to splurge.)
14th-Jun-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
A pint's a pound ... of water. Is the density of chicken the same as water?
14th-Jun-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Or you could take the scale downstairs and leave it there after weighing the chicken. Note: this option only works if you don't need the scale until someone else can bring it upstairs.
14th-Jun-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I salute your solution to the struggle, but Option 4, with its elements of threatened mutiny and cupcakes, sounds pretty cool.
14th-Jun-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
When I saw this on Twitter, I thought it might have been a texture thing or a sensitivity. (I have some fascinating issues with certain methods of chicken prep.) But, ah, yeah, 95% of reason this problem is not at play here is because our apartment has only one floor.

Pressure: what is wrong with you? Why do you hate?
14th-Jun-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Give me a break. 3.

OTOH, if you're enjoying complexity, there's always Option 6: Build dumbwaiter. Lower scale. Measure chicken. Raise scale and chicken. Cook to taste.

14th-Jun-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
You could also threaten performances of Grease 2. Showings, they could walk away from. Performances could follow them from room to room.
14th-Jun-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ain't no shame in putting things in bags. When you're a gimp and you live alone, you have to get creative. Then again, there's no one around to make fun of the weird stuff I do.
15th-Jun-2012 04:15 am (UTC)


Or you could be sensible. Whatever that means.

15th-Jun-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
...this stuff is less complicated for other people, I am certain of it...

Bot as uncommon as one would think.

This scenario [inaccessible chicken combined with amazing disappearing flatbread] is exactly why it took me a week to deliver on my promise of homemade gyro to my household. Although in my case, chicken was in the attic, not the basement. [Two full kitchens here too.]

I usually go with something like option 3, while kvetching about option 5.1.

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