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Looking for strong Female protagonist? No YA by aresandnero in Fantasy

[–]Arjha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ahhhh just three days til my next audible credit gets in...!

Looking for strong Female protagonist? No YA by aresandnero in Fantasy

[–]Arjha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just had to comment because I just finished book 2 of this and I’m obsessed with this series. An emphatic second to this recommendation!

Question about wood stains by Arjha in DIY

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This was on a shelf that I had bought at a garage sale, covered in dust and dead bugs. I was just trying to take off the old finish.

Question about wood stains by Arjha in DIY

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Of course!

I used poplar wood, which is pretty light in color, almost silvery when unstained. Wasn’t really a choice; we wanted cheap Home Depot hemlock blend, and all the 12ft 2x12s they had in the construction section were...of poorer quality than we could use. We found an acceptable 1x12 a few aisles over in the poplar and ran with it. I made sure and got a three foot strip of the same stuff to test stains on before I actually went ahead with the main project. Definitely wish I’d done that with the desk, too. I had plenty of scrap lying around to use. Oh well.

I had several Verathane stains in my garage: Red Oak, American Walnut, and Kona. I also had a different stain called Jacobean from a different brand but I didnt use it and can’t remember the brand. I initially did two coats of each on the small strip, but wasn’t 100% satisfied with any of the colors and wasn’t going back to Home Depot. So then I combined them in a few variations and ended up deciding on an American Walnut base with Kona on top. I didn’t let things sit too long between coats on the strip so that dulled the color a bit.

When I did the actual table I stained the entire thing at once, then waited another 5-8 minutes for it to continue staining deeper before removing the excess with a rag. Two coats of American Walnut, one of Kona, with an hour—hour and a half between each coat to dry. It brought out the grain beautifully, I definitely recommend letting it work for a bit like that, even though the can says you only need 2-4 minutes.

Used a natural bristle brush for application. I had meant to use my staining pads I picked up for the project (used them on the desk, worked great) but I completely spaced. I don’t see a difference in the performance of the two. I just don’t like cleaning brushes lol

I am currently in between coats two and three of Varathane satin polyurethane finish.

Table: https://i.imgur.com/VQoMwax.jpg

Test strip: https://i.imgur.com/pz9sicV.jpg

Question about wood stains by Arjha in DIY

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Thanks! Shouldn’t be too hard to do then, it’ll probably be more work to set up my plastic barriers for the wall and carpet again. I just had visions of when I stripped and refinished a shelf last year—it didn’t go well. Cartloads of gummed-up sandpaper.

What's a sensation that you're unsure if other people experience? by murrayvonmises in AskReddit

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Sometimes when I walk on fine rough surfaces, like sand or rough concrete and sometimes grass, I get what I think of as a gravelly sensation in my throat and chest, but it’s a pleasurable sensation. Not quite orgasmic, and sometimes it can be almost like tasting something too sweet (like shitty grocery store cake frosting). Noticed it when I was really young, never mentioned it to anyone.

Korean online classes through a university or something similar? by 99deforgtfo in Korean

[–]Arjha 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Coursera has a couple small 5 week online courses for free. It isn’t very advanced but also not super great for absolute beginners as some concepts aren’t explained super in detail. But it helped cement some grammar and vocab with me.

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THESE PANTS by tornato7 in BuyItForLife

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My dad thanks you for his birthday present lol I've been looking for a pair of hiking pants like this for him for a year, but haven't bought any because after a while they all look the same and cost too much. Let's see how well these hold up to a hunting trip!

What was the grossest thing you´ve done this week? by [deleted] in AskWomen

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Groggily I woke up at 3:30 the other day feeling my nose running. I wiped it with the back of my hand, and wiped it on the sheets because, let's be honest, I'm not getting up to go blow my nose at 3:30am. Too much work. Still running, wipe it again. Look at my hand. Turns out it was a nosebleed. I didn't go back to sleep.

[Request] Hit me with your green bean recipes! by Arjha in recipes

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Perfect! Sounds similar to sigeumchi namul, just more Japanese flavors than Korean. Do you blanch the beans like you would the spinach?

[Help] Gift iris bulbs in July by Arjha in gardening

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Thank you! This is exactly the kind of information I needed!

[Help] Gift iris bulbs in July by Arjha in gardening

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Thanks! Do you think I should keep them dry or attempt to moisten them?

[Help] Gift iris bulbs in July by Arjha in gardening

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Yeah some of them are bearded iris. Would tomorrow be too late? I get off work a lot earlier tomorrow and would have more time to plant them then.

Please tell us your opinion about Korean food. by sanggil in KoreanFood

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Honestly, I don't care for kimchi itself enough to go through the effort, so it's just my husband eating it, and biweekly trips to Hmart take care of the need well enough. I mostly just use the leftover extra-fermented juices to add depth to a broth. Kimchi reminds me of how my grandma's laundry room always smelled in the winter when it was stacked with 5-gallon buckets full of homemade sauerkraut. It's more a mental thing than a taste thing, I think.

Please tell us your opinion about Korean food. by sanggil in KoreanFood

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  1. I live near Seattle and there is an abundance of foreign food here, which I'm sure has to do with the growing ethnic population. Lots of specialty grocery stores (Korean, Latin, Indian, etc) as well as a general love for ethnic restaurants. You can find pretty much any food or ingredient you look for around here.

  2. I am white, but my husband is Korean, so I try to cook as much Korean food as I can, and I try new recipes all the time. I keep easy small 반찬 in the fridge most days (시금치 나물, 멸치 볶음, store bought 김치, etc) and do main dishes and soup regularly, interspersed with more "American" type meals, in order to keep things interesting. I like a challenge in the kitchen, and my tastebuds get bored after a few meals being the same. My favorite main recipes include 삼겹살, 비빔냉면, 김치찌개, 짱조림, and 엄묵볶음. My most recent Korean meal I've made is 쇠고기구이 with delicious 쌈장 but on the barbecue on skewers, like kebabs, and I added big mushrooms too. Sooooo gooooood! When we visited Korea last year I had some very good 순대국 that I've been trying to replicate, but haven't had any success, yet.

(I hope my spellings are all correct, I'm slowly learning Korean)

3) Korean food helped me learn to love cooking. Before I met my husband, I barely knew how to boil water and would only eat about three types of vegetables. I am constantly trying to improve on my techniques, too, because I find sometimes in recipes that the people who wrote them overcook foods, or don't understand the chemistry behind certain techniques (like browning meat or sautéing onions/garlic before adding them to a stew) and neither Korean more American cooks are exceptions to this. My quest for delicious food is making us both fat lol! But at least it's from good nutritious home cooking :)

Edit: I forgot to add how I've gotten my family to try a lot of Korean food--my brother is the most accepting, he loves spicy foods. He and my dad both make me bring lots of 짱조림 eggs and 오징어채무침 to family gatherings and camping trips.