"God blesses those who take out his sweet spirits." - Just Another Cassio
Question #45024 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Further important information about Board Question #44911 and starting babies on solids:

1. Babies (especially breastfed!) shouldn't start solids until the middle of the first year, and that should be based more on the individual child than watching the calendar. Signs of readiness for solids include: ability to sit up without support, loss of tongue thrust (one tsp in...one tsp back out), increased hunger, developed pincer grasp (imagine picking up Cheerios), etc.

2. When starting solids, experts recommend offering them after breastfeeding, so that the solids "experimentation" does not replace superior nutrients found in breastmilk. Yes, some babies turn down breastmilk after a heavy meal of solids (and some babies keep eating solids after they're "full" - just like some adults I know!)

3. As The Cleaning Lady said earlier, this is the time for experimentation. Breastmilk should still be the primary source of nutrients for at least a full year. There's plenty of time to transfer over to solids after that - no need to rush.

For more information about breastfeeding and starting solids, I recommend checking with La Leche League, the world-wide expert on breastfeeding. Check here: http://www.llli.org/NB/NBsolids.html If you have more questions, there are many La Leache League Leaders who are ready and willing to answer all your questions!

And good job on giving your baby the best stuff! You will never regret this time.

- La Leche League Leader - and Mom

Question #44955 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you feel about fruit stickers?

- JJ

A: Dear JJ ~

Ummm.... I feel fine about them?

But it reminds me of a story I heard once of an amazing, harmless practical joke I once heard about. This older lady worked at a hospital. On the IV bags were stickers that said "Pull" with an arrow pointing which way to pull. After using the IV bag, she'd take off the stickers and save them. Then, when she'd go to the grocery store, she'd take the stickers and put them on the bananas with the arrow pointing to the stem.

This kind of fruit sticker I approve of greatly.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear JJ,

-They should be worn proudly, as badges of honor won in the battle to keep the forces of vegetation at bay.
-They don't taste good.
-They're probably the mark of the beast.
-Someone doesn't get paid nearly enough to put all those stickers on fruit.
-Does this sticker match my outfit?
-If worn, they could become part of a viral marketing scheme that would lead to status wars and endless arguments over the relative merits of Dole, Sunkist, and Chiquita. Collectors would obsess over misprints and rare PLU codes. They would be banned in schools to prevent the inevitable class wars between the rich kids who can afford expensive imported fruit, and the poorer kids who only get fruit from low-end supermarkets. Exposés would be written on cheap sticker imitations from foreign countries with only a fraction of the fruit-holding power.
-They may be on their way out.

—Laser Jock
Question #44954 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is your position regarding Windows Vista?

- Wants to switch back to XP as soon as possible

A: Dear Wants ~

Nothing can state my opinion of Vista better than this video.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear wise one,

I, for one, am glad that I will probably be able to skip Vista completely on my personal computer. I got my laptop a bit before Vista came out, and it should be just fine with Windows XP until the next version of Windows comes out and Microsoft has a chance to redeem themselves for some of the mistakes they made with Vista.

If you want to switch to XP, you'd better do it quickly: Microsoft is stopping all sales of XP at the end of June, and all retailers will be forced to pull it from their inventory at that point. Installing an operating system isn't tons of fun, but it's not that tricky either; if you need some pointers, feel free to either ask here or send me an e-mail at .

—Laser Jock

I have been buckling under the weight of this miserable OS for a year now, and I'm wondering what horrible crime the world of computer-users committed to invoke Microsoft's wrath like this.

For example, when I clicked on the link DL provided, my browser crashed. This didn't surprise me, because all sorts of things crash randomly on me since my switch to Vista. You know, nasty, CPU-munching things like Mozilla Firefox or a word processor.

When I did watch, I saw the other thing that bugged me, which was Vista's ridiculous paranoia. That little window wouldn't be so bad, I suppose, if it didn't take a full ten seconds to load each time I try to do insidious things like move files from one folder to another. I suppose it's my fault for getting a machine with a meager gig of ram (compared to the 512 that Vista recommends).

A lot of my software doesn't work; stuff that worked marvelously on Windows XP.

Oh, but the Windows Vista desktop sure is pretty.

~Hobbes still hates Macs, and has just pretty much lost his faith in everything.
Question #44953 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I learned that "Cc:" in an email meant "courtesy copy" but some people here are telling me that it means "carbon copy." Who's right? And please don't tell me that either one is right. If so, which was is the ORIGINAL meaning?

- BizzleTik

A: Dear BizzleTik,

"Carbon copy" makes more sense. However, since actual carbon copies are obsolete, I can see how many people wouldn't make the connection. It used to be common to use carbon paper to make an exact duplicate of a document. This makes sense, since using the "Cc:" field sends an exact duplicate of your message to someone else. However, as you can see from the first link, you aren't the only one who has heard that it means "courtesy copy." This new term may have arisen to replace the archaic "carbon copy" and the obsolete technology it represents.

—Laser Jock
Question #44952 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What amount of power usage does one revolution of the wheel in an electricity meter represent? I'm thinking it might be one watt-hour, but don't ask me why I feel the sudden need to know this. Thanks a bunch.

- El Guapo

A: Dear Handsome One,

It depends on your meter; it will probably say either how many revolutions are one kilowatt-hour, or how many watt-hours are in one revolution. (Apparently 7.2 watt-hours per revolution is a common rate.)

—Laser Jock
Question #44951 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When somebody offers you something to eat is it usually best to accept it or refuse it? Which is more polite? And are there exceptions?

- Lucy Pevensie

A: Dear Lucy,

It's usually fine to say either one; the choice is up to you. A polite host won't take offense or try to put pressure on you if you decline. And if they're offering, it's fine to accept. There are exceptions, to be sure: for instance, remember to never accept any offer of food or drink from the White Witch, or you may find yourself with an unquenchable craving for more.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Lucy,

I know that when I offer someone food, I do so with full intention of offering it to them if they say yes. In that regard, I don't think it's at all bad to accept it if you're hungry. And if you're not hungry, it's just fine to say no thank you.

-Claudio, who likes offering people food
Question #44948 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a huge problem with judging people and I don't know how I can get myself to stop. I am extremely judgmental about SO many things without meaning to be--I think less of a person when I find out that they like a book I think is dumb, for instance, or if they've made a choice in their life that I think is dumb (even if it's relatively unimportant) and so on and on and on. And I know I shouldn't be judging people, but knowing that doesn't make me stop doing it. I don't know HOW to stop, because even if I tell myself, "Hey, he's not a bad person for liking (whatever book or movie or song)," I can't stop myself from thinking, "But that book/movie/song is SO DUMB, he must be a TOTAL MORON if he likes it." I guess I can't seem to accept that people can have different opinions on things than I have.

Or, for a probably more important example, a friend of mine got married at 19, got pregnant after like 3 months, and her husband has a totally crappy job and doesn't seem very ambitious to ever get a better one. And even though she has told me (and I believe her!) that all of her decisions were prompted by the Spirit, I can't help judging her for making what I take to be poor decisions (marrying so young and to someone who doesn't seem to care about their future, and bringing a baby into the relationship so soon). I just keep thinking that she was so stupid to get herself into this marriage and so stupid to choose to have a baby already and so on. I don't want to judge people and I don't mean to; it's almost like an automatic reflex that I can't seem to control.

How can I become less judgmental and just accept people without thinking less of them for their opinions/choices?

(I hope I don't sound like a total jerk in this question. I realize that this is a problem, which is why I am asking for advice. Also, in case it matters, I don't tell people what I'm thinking . . . like, I don't say, "Are you kidding, that book sucks!" or anything like that, if that affects your answers.)


- Pot/Kettle

A: Dear pot / kettle,

How about this: Every time you catch yourself having a judgmental thought about someone, try to think of one — no — two good things about them. If you think "She's dumb for liking that book" tell yourself "Well, at least she's a reader" and "She's got a really nice shirt on." You you may think that your married friend has made some unwise decisions, but she did wait to be married before she got pregnant (which is smart) and she is apparently trying to live by the Spirit.

If you force yourself to make nice observations about people and to see the good in them, maybe it will become habitual and you'll be able to change your judgmental mindset.

Good luck!

- Katya
Question #44946 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a hiking buddy: he's a guy, I'm a girl. Whenever we go out on our adventures, it doesn't feel like a date. It only feels like hiking with someone else who happens to be opposite sex. But everyone under the sun tells me that we're planned and paired-off, so we're obviously dating.

Granted, we went on an actual date a while back (which was awful), and I think he may have developed the hots for me recently. Or maybe just the warms, who knows? But I still don't think we're dating, and I wouldn't call our four-hour adventure last night a date.

What do you think? Does it have to be a date if it's just one guy and just one girl?

-Hiker Buddy

A: Dear Hiker Buddy,

I don't think that every single guy / girl activity is definitely an official date, but I do think that such activities fall into a sort of gray area where it's easy for misunderstandings to occur. Put another way: You may not think you're dating (or that you're ever going to) but he may consider that you are, or that you're working up to it.

- Katya
Question #44945 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Curious Physics Minor,

Thank you for being an enabler to my laziness and using two hours of your life in order to drectly link the Ask a Question feature.

- [super duper] lazy

A: Dear lazy,

You're welcome, I guess.

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #44942 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you think it's weird/inappropriate to be really good friends with an opposite-gender married person whom you are not married to?

I, a single female, used to be in the same (very small) major with a certain married male who also had my same job. Basically, we had identical schedules for over two years of our existence. Naturally, we became good friends.

Whenever I went home, I would talk about him in conversation with my roommates because, not only was he my good friend, but I saw him WAY more than anyone else. He saw me more than he saw his wife for a while there. But it's not like we were hanging out. We just had work and school together.

Before long, I couldn't even mention his name without my roommates cringing and telling me that there was something really inappropriate about that. Great, I can't even speak the guy's name in my own house. Thankfully, I don't work directly with him anymore, and we're no longer in the same major. So we're still in touch, but not nearly as much these days.

Enter married male two. We work together, just the two of us driving around campus fixing things all day. Is there anything bad about it? I don't think so. I enjoy his company, and I find him quite a bit more pleasant than some of the single fellows on other crews. Frankly, I think a lot of the single guys at work act like idiots, and this guy is a real gentleman with a personality. But that doesn't mean I'm attracted to him or would even think of doing anything inappropriate. But I hesitate to even talk about my day around other people because I'm afraid they're going to go off on me about how I shouldn't be friends with this kid.

I guess the real question is, is there a good way to talk about people and things without provoking any heckling from people who don't know what they're talking about? I can't help it if the guys at work are married. I'm just so sick of hearing it all the time.

-Friends...and that's it.

A: Dear Friends ~

I don't think it's inappropriate. I am good friends with Claudio and Humble Master. Both of which are married and I am not. Humble Master gets talked about all the time in my home. People who have never even met him know all about him. Goodness, I even have a quote board named after him. Claudio I chat with on almost a daily basis. We have inside jokes and plan get-togethers. I don't believe any of this is inappropriate. In fact, my roommate encourages it. Granted, this could be because she is also friends with both Claudio and HM. So, here's a suggestion. Put together a game night or movie night and invite your co-workers and your roommates. Invite several single co-workers as well. Make sure it's clear that the married guy's wife is invited as well. Tell him you want to meet her after all the great things you've heard about her. Let your roommates get to know the people you work with, let them see how great the married guy is. Then, when you talk about him later, they'll realize it really is just because he's a likable guy.

Really, most people won't judge you just because you talk about married guys when you talk about your work day. They shouldn't even judge you when you talk about married guys when you talk about your school day. People realize that there are married men on BYU campus. (Anyone shocked by this?) You're going to interact with them, whether you like it or not.

So, what can you do? Don't focus on the fact that he's married when you talk about him. You don't have to start every conversation with, "So, there's this guy at work. He's married. And he did X, Y, and Z. And then he said A, B, and C which were just so funny." Don't talk about him in a way that sounds like you're flirting or interested in more than just friendship. In fact, make a concerted effort to do just the opposite. Make an effort to become friends with your other co-workers, and be sure to talk about them often at home as well. Make sure your conversations don't become centered around the married guy. Your life isn't centered around him; why should your conversations be?

Good luck! And remember, married people are people, too. They also need friends. Just be a little more careful in your relationships with them.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #44940 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the coolest thing you've ever done in your life?


A: Dear hoagie,

Given birth.


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear hoagie ~

Going swimming in the Dead Sea. Twice.


~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear sandwich,

Served a mission.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear hoagie

I'm not sure what the single coolest thing I've ever done in my life was, but this last weekend may have been the coolest pop culture weekend of my life. It involved:

1) Purchasing and playing MarioKart Wii, which was a prize Mrs. Master got me for completing a comprehensive exam on pop culture theory
2) Seeing Bill Cosby perform live
3) Being able to return from seeing Bill Cosby perform live in time to watch the Utah Jazz defeat the Houston Rockets and move on to the next round in the playoffs (thank you Eastern Time Zone)
4) Seeing Iron Man

Yeah...that was a cool pop culture oriented weekend.

-Humble Master
Question #44939 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you know of any good crepes recipes? Or German/Swedish pancakes (is there a difference between those two?)? What are your favorite breakfast foods?

-so sweet and JUICY!

A: Dear so juicy sweet,

Ask and ye shall receive!

I've had a good deal of success with this recipe. It's good stuff. Look at the bottom of the recipe for instructions on how to make both sweet and savory crepes. And if you want to learn a lot more about crepes, you can read up here.

As far as German Pancakes, I need look no further than my dear mother's recipe collection:

German Pancakes
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
4 tbsp butter (1/2 cube)

Heat oven to 425. Melt butter in a 9x13 pan. Beat eggs well, add milk, salt, and flour. Beat well. Bake for 18 minutes. Don't open the oven door before then!

Serve with syrup, jam, or (my personal favorite) lemon juice and powdered sugar.</QUOTE>These seem to be a bit different than the pictures of Swedish Pancakes that I've found. Swedish seem to be more of a crepe kind of thing (in fact, recipes I've found online seem to be very similar to the crepe recipe I linked to earlier), while German tend to be a big puffy ordeal.

As for me and breakfast...well, there are few things better than a good Belgian waffle. With bacon. Mmmm. Board Question #43468 lists some other favorite breakfasts.

Question #44937 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently I've realized that I don't really eat healthily. At all. And I used to eat really healthy, so it bugs me. Thing is, I seriously don't remember how to eat healthy. I mean, I remember the food pyramid stuff (though I haven't really seen it since it changed), but as I have been trying to come up with menus to get myself back on track, I am having a hard time coming up with stuff to make, that's healthy. And I'm just not feeling creative. As in, all I can think of for a breakfast that is healthy is cereal or oatmeal and a banana. That'll get old fast. Lunches: a sandwich. And a piece of fruit and a vegetable. Also uninspired, and will get old fast. Also, I think I'd be hungry again in like an hour. And then snacks. I really need some snack ideas. I just get so hungry in between meals, and then I haul off to the vending machines and inevitably end up with some ho-ho's or a candy bar, or those dang drumsticks. The only snack ideas I can come up with are string cheese (will get old fast), crackers (I've heard they're really not that great for you, though admittedly better than ho-ho's), or fruit. Ah yes. Fruit. I know I need to eat it...but I struggle. I've never been a huge fruit-fan, but now I'm even less interested. What are some non-scary ways to reintroduce fruit into my diet? Dinner is the one meal I think I can handle, unless you've got suggestions.

-Petite girl who is afraid she's going to get a heart attack if she doesn't change her ways

A: Dear Petite,

Chips? Ho-hos? Gross. Okay, for breakfast, you can have cereal or oatmeal, and if you get different kinds of cereal, it doesn't get so old. You can also have eggs and toast, or pancakes or waffles if you have the time. For lunch you can have yogurt (different flavors, plus you can always mix in nuts or cereal), a bagel (also different flavors available), and different kinds of sandwiches. One day you could have peanut butter and jelly, another day you could have a ham and cheese, and maybe mix it up with honey and peanut butter or raisin and peanut butter or something like that. You could also look into eating pita sandwiches - just get some pita bread, slice it down the middle, and fill it with lettuce, cheese, some chicken, and your dressing of choice. You can also eat granola bars and trail mix. They might be more expensive than junk food but most healthy food is more expensive. Just think of the extra money you'll spend as helping you feel better about what you eat.

If you want to jazz up apples, you can eat them with cheese or peanut butter (those are high in fat though, so only if that's not a concern). Pears are great raw; so are grapes. I like celery with peanut butter and raisins. Bananas are good on cereal or just plain, or with chocolate chips or with dessert (ice cream). Seasonal fruit like peaches are great with cottage cheese (jam is also good with cottage cheese). More exotic fruit is a little easier to find dried - I love dried mangoes.

You could also look into trying different kinds of breads - personally I like cinnamon raisin bread plain or with some cream cheese. You could also try having leftover dinner for lunch, if you don't mind having spaghetti in the afternoon.

I feel like you are too worried about healthy food "getting old fast." Haven't chips gotten old? Does your food really need to be sensational and new every time? I know it's not what you asked, but maybe you could adjust your attitude about healthy food. It can be just as (or more) exciting than those pieces of petrolium-made processed food that is hostess treats and big macs. I think part of the problem is that vending machines are so convenient but have little healthy food choices (and the foods that are healthy seem like they are even more overpriced). Try to be prepared with lots of food wherever you go so you won't have to resort to vending machines. You'll save money and you'll probably be healthier.


PS http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/edu/healthySnackIdeas/index.html has some more good snack ideas
Question #44927 posted on 05/08/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I need your advice. This is not meant as a medical question, but more of an ethical question.

I have to take birth control pills for medical reasons--I won't stop bleeding otherwise. I've been on them for nearly six years, but I've never had an exam. But the issue I have now is that at the moment I'm out of prescription refills, and I currently have no health insurance and no job. So basically I can't afford to pay for the whole exam thing, but I know that the vast majority of doctors won't write a prescription for it if I don't get an exam because of my age (which is twenty-three). If I had a job I'd just pay all the money out-of-pocket, but I don't have any money, so I can't do that. I don't want to go off the pill, though, because bleeding every day sucks. There is another option, but some people I've mentioned it to say it would be better to bleed constantly than to do it. What it is is going down to Planned Parenthood and getting the pills for free. I've heard various arguments--someone might see me going in there and think I'm secretly having sex (although I feel that what I'm going in there for is nobody else's business so I don't care what they think); I might be supporting the whole mission of Planned Parenthood, which some say is just to enable girls to have sex without their parents' knowledge and without consequences; and finally, some say I might be taking the resources away from someone who really needs them because I'm not using any of it for actualy pregnancy prevention when someone else could. So what do you think? Would it be alright to go in there and get the pills for free, or would that be wrong, for any reason?

-The bees, I'm trying to read them!

A: Dear Trying,

Just to see what Planned Parenthood would say, I called them and asked about your situation. I explained about just being on it for medical reasons, and your worry about taking it from someone who needs it more. She said that they actually have people come in all the time for reasons like that, and it's fine.

If you also get an exam, they can adjust how much you pay based on your income. If you choose not to get an exam, it's $30 for the first month for birth control pills and $15 each month thereafter. I'm no doctor, but bleeding for that long can't be good. If you've never had an exam, you might want to see what their prices are like and see if you can afford one. For more information, you can check the listing for the center in Orem. And remember, getting an exam may even be cheaper in the long run, since the price of the birth control may be lower.

The other ethical concerns you raised don't seem too important to me. Like you said, it's no one else's business why you're going there. And although they're most well-known for pregnancy prevention, their "About Us" section prominently includes statements such as "Wé’ve done more than any other organization in the United States to improve womeń’s health and safety." They're really not just about birth control. Your situation is well within their mission, and I don't see anything wrong with going there for your birth control. Good luck!

—Laser Jock