I've made a tweak to help/on-topic, modifying your edit from a week ago slightly to not imply that all food safety questions are off-topic (since some we answer and even the "bad" we mostly mark as duplicate), and want to make sure we're in an okay state.
@ElendilTheTall I'm about to become even less so for a while. I'm about to take a nap with a much younger (and much furrier) male. He hasn't had his normal late night walk, though. So the nap will only be long enough for me to not risk falling asleep on my keyboard.
Same old... Most excitement atm: Feline sitting on the windowsill, watching "Bird TV". He thinks it's too cold to be outside much (wise kitty) but is too awake to sleep. Have to get started with the minors' advent calendars asap.
Do you have these, too?
SE-wise I have fulfilled my "daily goal" of good deeds: I answered a few questions, did some review, even triggered a Meta discussion. I feel so "good contributor" today ;-)
I lost the battle a few decades ago (thanks to my MIL, who did this for her kids): No pesky chocolate one for our kids, but a full-blown affair with little sachets hanging from the "hands" of two hand-painted chubby angels.
@FaheemMitha Depends on how your colleague defines this. I am a proponent of "helping by putting my hands in my pockets", which means let the children do their things themselves or at least let them try. Or you end up like the mom over at Parenting SE who asked about how to zipper up her 8yo's coat. Sigh. I do watch very closely what is going on in their lives, though and try to do all the "soccer mom" taxi stuff and the "cultural traditions".
(But as I said before, ours are a bit different which requires us paying attention.)
@ElendilTheTall Ah, the "can I have a second pizza please" type. That was the absolute highlight of my Mom's parties: for my 18th birthday I had invited my entire advanced course in physics and a bunch of other male friends (and girls, of course, but they don't count in this example). She kept bringing out trays and trays of food and they kept eating and eating. Her ultimate hostess' dream... She still talks of it today.
@Stephie Well, I think my ex-colleague probably meant something similar. He seemed to have a somewhat amused and slightly distant attitude towards his kids. But they seemed to be doing fine, so I think he's doing Ok.
@FaheemMitha One, probably both are "gifted" - we didn't get daughter tested yet because there were no other problems so far, but as we know the "symptoms"... So both skipped first grade and are on average 1.5 years younger than their classmates. Unfortunately they tend to "overthink" exercises, assuming they must be more complicated than they are etc. Son has - as I call it - a brain like a racing car. Needs constant stimulation, has trouble winding down and trouble focusing on boring stuff.
Actually his two daughters seemed like quite attractive young ladies, the last time I saw them. They're Chinese.
@Stephie I see. So gifted means, a bit brighter than the average, basically?
Do you do anything special with them regarding travel, cultural activities, that sort of thing?
I know the overthinking thing. As a child and for a while afterwards, I was a neurotic mess, constantly thinking about stuff. Most of my concerns were misplaced, of course. As as adult, I've realised that mostly people don't think or care about stuff very much. And in most cases, you're better off trying to match what other people are doing.
@FaheemMitha It usually is defined as the right three or 2.5 % of the Gaussian curve. Translates as IQ if 130 or higher. (Scaley and meassurements vary a bit, but you get the idea.) And no, we shared our life with them, answered questins and travelled, but no special "early education" or similar. You can't "train" that really.
@FaheemMitha The screaming fans, the noise and - in case of a festival - the dirt and the beer are part of the experience. It is supposed to be very different from listening to the CD in your livingroom, over the good expensive, carefully set up sound system.
Or why do you think there are the so-called "Live Albums"? For those who missed the event and now get a meager substitute....
Not if the music is really good. And if you are at a live concert you don't only hear the music, but feel it. The sound waves make your body resonate. The term "my heart skipped a beat" gets a whole new meaning.
I am interested in sourcing a turkey and cooking it. Its not that easy to get a turkey from were I am. I am only wondering if it would be worth while to do so. Having never eaten a turkey, I cant help to be curios.
If there is not much of a difference between a turkey and chicken it would not ...
Hi @ElendilTheTall. I would like to talk to someone who is aware of typical intercultural pitfalls when people versed in German business culture are communicating with Americans. Do you think you are this person?
@Stephie I am preparing my job application for SE, I think I have mentioned before that I will be applying. This is the first time I am applying at a US company, and I'm not sure about all intricacies concerning the application papers. Do you have experience in that area?
Not much, but with the help of a few fellow Americans here we should be able to get you going? What does @Cindy think? Not only has she been through the process (and and we got to watch), I think she knows "the other side" too.
I have a typical Bewerbungsmappe, and wondered how to reconstruct it properly
I wrote a cover letter, that one is more or less clear
then I used my normal resume, but removed the picture - it is a legal problem in the States, right?
In Germany, I then add a sheaf of Arbeitszeugnisse and then my university diploma and my highschool diploma, both of which are in German.
So I now translated the Zeugnisse and letters of recommendation I had, except for two which are already in English
then I translated the diplomas, mostly keeping the format
then added the German originals of the translated stuff at the end
I wonder if this sounds OK or if it is somehow confusing
I kept the translations very literal, so they sound slightly off in English. Of course they are in the German grading system, 1.00 - 4.00 in the university diploma, 5-15 points in the Allgemeine Hochschulreife
and to top it off, I have a Diplom degree, not a Master's, so I suspect this is doubly confusing. But it is probably a kind of fraud to try to call it otherwise.
Oh and another thing @ElendilTheTall and @Stephie. Jolene mentioned that she might write me a letter of recommendation from the Cooking.SE users point of view. Do you think this would make a good or a bad impression? It is very unusual, but this is for Stack Exchange after all.
@Stephie Oh. I list the date of birth right under my address. It is listed in all my letters of recommendation too. I have removed the marital status from the German version too, I find it a bit nosy/irrelevant.
All right, I now have a cover letter, a CV, 2 letters from previous employers in translation, 2 letters from a previous employer and a university professor in English, and the originals of the translated letters.
The cover letter is separate, all the rest in a single PDF file.
I forgot to bring my keys to get into the building when I took shit-for-brains on his walk, so we stood there for a while waiting for someone to come through.
It took a few minutes, but a guy let us in and reached down to pet the dog.
I've been warned that Rylee is particularly not nice with large, dark black men.
The guy was exactly that.
I warned the guy without any adrenaline, or pulling back on Rylee. Sure enough, the little shit snarfed. It was a great training experience, I slam dunked Rylee pretty hard and the guy never stopped smiling.
@ElendilTheTall Absolutely nothing special. I've got a turkey to cook, but I may do that today, I may do that on Friday. I'm actually going to try to kind of put it out of my mind that it is Thanksgiving. For reasons I can't quite explain, Thanksgiving always makes me a bit misty that I'm not with family that day.
It's kind of weird, because I have no warm and fuzzy memories of Thanksgiving with family.
I'm completing ACCA. It has 14 papers. Only two papers are left. But they are very tough.
At least they seem tough to me.
Some friends of mine have already completed the qualification. I'm kinda slow in that.
I'm not the brightest bulb I guess :D
@Jolenealaska Both finance subjects. Very boring.
Waaay too boring. I'm stuck in this field though. Initially I took an admission into an engineering college but after a couple of semesters I left the place and got enrolled in this field. I don't know what I was thinking.
People here say money is good in this field. But I don't know I'm still a junior so...