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So, comfort food...

Since Friday...

I've wiped up massive puppy diarrhea.

Spent over $100 on emergency vet visits.

Been custom-cooking bland dog meals.

Screwed up a pie crust (first time I have ever done this!!!!)

Burnt my entire dinner beyond repair

Wrecked a Cuisinart hand-held whisk component by mistake

Cut my finger slicing melon

Messed up a watermelon salad by adding champagne vinegar as an experiment (it failed).

Almost got run over by a truck running a red light, accelerating through a crosswalk with "walk" illuminated (literally truck brushed my fingertips as I jumped out of the way)

Been rejected for a job I was passionately in love with

And all this since Friday! It's only Monday!

What soothes your sorrows on a bad week?

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  1. I am awake with writers' block and sometimes drift over to ch.

    I think the only thing you should think about further is why you did not get the job. Are there other, similar jobs for which you could apply? (Sorry for the stilted English, it's my way when I'm especially hit by writers' block.

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    1. re: John E.

      too soon. i'm too emotional to do a post-mortem. right now i want comfort food and a massage - i'll think it over once i'm calm enough for it to be productive :-) and sure, there's always another job. but i was really, really passionate about this particular company - and no, that company doesn't have a twin sister. it's a bit like dating. there are always more fish in the sea, but right now i'm pretty crushed about losing this particular fish.

      1. re: chartreauxx

        I hear ya.
        Did you scan my Comfort Snack post that was started 2 weeks ago?

        You want salty? sweet? Or fat? $$ Indulgent?

        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          affordable but soothing. :-) i am on a budget! but salty, sweet, fatty, creamy, crunchy, fresh - all fair game. what's your comfort snack overseas? mine (when in japan for 3.5 years) was kraft blue box, ashamed to say!

          1. re: chartreauxx

            In Beijing:
            AYCE sushi-go-round as eat out.
            Planters Cheese balls in a can as couch & DVD fare
            or a street-food sweet potato with butter from my fridge..
            Also love //kaki no tane// without peanuts.

            I'm in the DC area now, as of 8/11.

            1. re: chartreauxx

              Mine's the blue box too.

              Here's a salty snack thread from the last few weeks: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973899

              1. re: chartreauxx

                <<salty, sweet, fatty, creamy, crunchy, fresh>>

                Ben and Jerry Salted Caramel core ice cream fits that bill!

                Not sure where you live but this ice cream is all those things too, and super fresh.

                For quick and cheap with ingredients you probably have is an open faced cheese sandwich with honey mustard!

          2. re: John E.

            "I think the only thing you should think about further is why you did not get the job."

            Wow. I can honestly say, if I had been asked to give ten thousand answers to the OP, I would have never come up with that one. Admittedly, over nine thousand of mine would have involved alcohol (also my writers' block cure), but I probably would have mentioned chocolate, melted cheese, and delivery as well.

          3. gelato, gelato, gelato

            coffee with REAL cream (not milk)

            (how is the pup doing? please tell me that it wasn't parvo)

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            1. re: westsidegal

              no, she is just a wood chipper with feet. she's fine now! that's the only good news. :-)

                  1. A bottle of prosecco and a delivery from a thai restaurant.

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                    1. I'm with Westside (well said, Westsidegal)...how is puppy?

                      AMEN to coffee with CREAM!

                      Cheese is a great comfort food for me...I tend to nibble it when I feel sad or wiped out.

                      I am so sorry the extended weekend was so sh**ty, in every way, for you. It's just a bad phase. It will pass.


                      1. Wasn't feeling well this weekend, a spicy bowl of cheap ramen did the trick for me.

                        But of course, I added in some really good wonton!

                        1. thanks for all the great suggestions, guys! i think several of these and a bender of junky tv are my agenda for the next few days.

                          thanks so much to those who asked after the four-footed one. suki is doing just fine - though she is extremely put out by the bland, limited-portion diet she's on. pets and their owners, you know... she's eager to get back to her normal diet and exercise. which happens tomorrow! it was nothing too serious - the vet gave an antibiotic as a precaution, but said more than likely she simply ate something stupid. which she does, several times a day, so it wouldn't surprise me at all.

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                          1. re: chartreauxx

                            Precious, sweet puppy with the big feeties. Glad she's on the mend!

                            1. re: chartreauxx

                              She’s so purty:-) Glad she’s feeling better. Mine eats anything he comes across, too. Drives me batty.
                              To answer your question…a pint of ice cream and vodka.

                              1. re: chartreauxx

                                What a pretty girl!!! :). Glad she's doing better!

                                I think you should eat and drink whatever you want... In mass quantities. ;)

                                1. re: chartreauxx

                                  This photo explains everything. I have a pit with the same eyes. She will eat the craziest things, and has a fairly sensitive GI tract. I have that same dog gate incidentally. And a friend with a blue nosed pit named Suki!

                                  Poor little thing; glad she's feeling better.

                                  Comfort foods: anything cheesy, anything salty, anything sweet. For the dog: cooked sweet potatoes (are supposed to help with diarrhea), baked potato flesh, oatmeal, white rice, broth.

                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                    her diet has been pretty steadily rice cooked in broth, and pumpkin :)

                                2. all of the above AND a good pet skritch (and maybe make a new ceremonial name for her for fun - mine is now 'Don Senor Perro Lujuriante de la Sangre sin Pantalones')

                                  but then he really only answers to food anyway.

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                                  1. in addition to having some of your delightful suggestions lined up, tonight for dinner is a real treat. i went to the japanese market and will be dining on japanese-grown akita komachi rice, with nippon kyuri, takuan, and gari - starring tuna otoro and shime saba sashimi. with homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie and ice cream with a movie later :-) lunch was mac and cheese, and i had baguette and a good cheddar for a snack - i think lunch tomorrow will be thai or congee.

                                    maybe my life should explode more often - the accompanying diet isn't so bad! ;-)

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                                      1. I would say "mac'n'cheese," except that I just burned mine! What's worse, it was in my fancy and expensive heavy ceramic double-boiler insert, and the pot underneath went dry maybe fifteen minutes before I realized what that funny smell was. The good part is that I caught myself before running water into the ceramic part …

                                        As for dealing with a bad week, I'll either cook something I really like and do it very carefully or precisely, or take Mrs. O to our favorite Mediocre Mexican place for mediocre (but delicious) food and excellent margaritas. Either Occupational Therapy or Margarita Therapy.

                                        1. Alcohol!! But food wise, I don't have a go to. It really is whatever I'm most in the mood for at that moment. That being said, some really good drunken noodles with chicken always warm me up and make things better.

                                          1. Popcorn.

                                            Salt, butter, crunch.

                                            It works well eaten on the couch (while watching insipid sit-coms) and pairs nicely with cheap wine (red or white).

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                                            1. re: pedalfaster

                                              It pairs nicely with all sorts of things!

                                              Chopped herbs/garlic
                                              Ice cream
                                              Nut butters

                                              + any cold drink