Things I Don't Understand

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I must admit this is just a random compilation of things that have been confusing me lately.  Or in some cases, just things that have been driving me nuts.  So here we go, a few things that make no sense to me.

Cake mixes and canned frosting make no sense to me.  Now I like to bake, but I understand that isn't true of everyone.  However, making a cake is not complicated.  The chocolate cake recipe I use simply requires you to dump everything in a bowl and mix it for two minutes.  There are no unusual ingredients and no complicated directions.  Why would you use a box mix if cooking from scratch is that easy?  And frosting is made out of only a handful of ingredients.  Simple.  I just don't get it.  Homemade tastes so much better.

People who don't ask questions also are incomprehensible. I worked with someone new today.  She was friendly and pleasant but she expressed zero interest in me and my life.  I don't think all conversations should be about me, I just think it is common courtesy to express interest.  ( I read a post by Forever Amber that mentioned the lack of questions.  I was glad to know I was not the only one who evaluated people on their ability to ask questions.)

I don't understand people who don't read.  I think this blog makes it obvious how I feel about books.  Just like with baking, I understand it isn't for everyone.  However, why do some people seem to take pride in not reading?  And how is it possible to literally have no books in your house?

And then there are the people who get annoyed with you for not keeping in touch but who never contact you. Don't they realize communication goes in two directions? Maybe you just got tired of being the one who always initiates contact.

At the risk of sounding as if I belong to a different era, why don't people dress up for special occasions anymore?  My husband and I used to go to the symphony with fair regularity.  We would see people there in jeans and sweatshirts.  Why not wear nice clothes and make it a bit of an event?  And don't even get me started on the people who wear their pajamas to the grocery store. If you are not a baby in arms you should not wear your pajamas in public.

Again at the risk of sounding ancient, why do people insist on abbreviating words in such a ridiculous way when they are texting?  Sometimes it looks like a communication in code. Why abbreviate a word that is already very short?  Do you really save that much time typing "thnx" instead of  "thanks"? I have to say, I feel very proud of my teenage son because he insists on texting with proper grammar and spelling.  I seem to be doing something right.

I realize I sound old and curmudgeonly with all these complaints.  Unfortunately, I feel old and curmudgeonly today.  Though I must admit my day has been immeasurably improved by the fact that I just used curmudgeonly in a sentence.








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  1. I really enjoy a good dose of curmudgeon :) and I agree with you on so many of you. When I bring a scratch take to something, people act like they've never tasted one before. And they are so simple, of course there are many more complicated recipes as well. In different tastes each person does her own thing yada yada, I will never understand not reading. And taking pride in not owning books.

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    1. Please excuse errors, of course I meant cake, not take. And I agree with "your points".

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    2. I am glad you enjoyed a dose of curmudgeon. I was hoping I didn't just sound grumpy and miserable!

      I don't understand why people view the two things, baking and reading, as so difficult. And they seem to take pride in not doing either. And both add immeasurably to your life. Oh well, to each his own.

      Though I was horrified when I baked for some kids and they didn't like my cake because it wasn't a funfetti cake mix.

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  2. Once, when I was at university, a girl showed up to calculus wearing pajamas and even carrying a pillow. I was stunned! It crossed the line from laziness to just pure disrespect. Our professor kindly said nothing, but I felt sorry for him.

    Honestly, the daily ritual of dressing up and making yourself presentable automatically wakes you up anyway. Pajamas keep you sleepier and lethargic longer (that's my theory at least).

    While baking from scratch is so joyful and satisfying, I will slightly defend instant brownie mixes. Try as I might, I can never make my brownies as perfectly fudgy as the ones from a box. Can anyone direct me to a brownie recipe that rivals Betty Crocker? Much appreciated.

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    1. I think that is my problem with the slovenly way people dress lately. It is a form of disrespect. I can't imagine showing up in your pajamas, carrying a pillow.

      I used to have a brownie recipe that I really liked and made a lot. I will have to see if I can find it.

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  3. I love to bake. I will merrily bake up a cake from scratch when I have the time, energy, and ingredients. Ditto for cookies. I love baking cookies more than anything.

    However... I have three kids, I homeschool, and I have this weird addiction to reading books. Sometimes getting all the ingredients for a from-scratch cake out of the pantry takes longer than the actual prep. Sometimes I don't have the energy for it. And those "sometimes" coincide with when I need a cake sometimes. So on the Saturday that I am frantically cleaning up my house because I'm having company for lunch the next day, give my kids baths, run a load of laundry so my son will have clean "nice" pants for church, and take a shower myself, I would rather bake a cake from a mix to take along to Sunday school to represent "wedding cake" when we teach the story of the wedding at Cana than buy a cake at the grocery store on my way to church the next morning. Does it taste as good as a cake from scratch? No. Do the toddlers in my Sunday school class care? No. They get cake! They would have been perfectly happy with one from Food Lion, too.

    But I'm with A Reader of Literature on the brownies. Boxed brownie mixes rule, especially if you stir in a healthy dollop of chocolate syrup and a couple handfuls of chocolate chips. The only from-scratch brownie mix I have ever liked well enough to make it more than once is this one.

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    1. Oh dear, perhaps I sounded a bit too curmudgeonly about cake mixes? Everyone does what works for them. Speaking for myself, I find baking from scratch quick and easy as long as I am not trying a complicated recipe. However, I am not living other people's lives! I just enjoy the process of baking and I regret the fact that, for some people, it has become a completely lost art.

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    2. Hello Hamlette! Thank you so much for the recipe link. It's almost as though you have access to my personal taste. I love anything spiced, so this brownie recipe sounds perfect!

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  4. Yeah I'm with you, especially on the pj's in public and people who don't read. I just don't get those kinds of people :)

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    1. I know, I just want to force books upon them and tell them what they are missing, but then they will just really think I am crazy. They already think I am kind of crazy for reading a lot....

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