How can I access old email in Yahoo when I keep getting an Error Code: 44?

May 30, 2012

You too, huh?  Every time I search for an old (even two weeks old) email, I get this when I try to open it:

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Hitting “retry” merely leads to this Error Code: 44 again and again.  This has been the case for at least a week.

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I’ve cleared my cache, quit my browser and restarted.  I still can’t open an email I find through a search.

The only way I can get to that email is to clear my cache, quit my browser, open Yahoo mail again and scroll through the inbox to get to the message without using the search feature.  If I click on the message that way, it opens.  It’s awkward and a waste of time, I know, but when you really need that older email and there’s no other way to get it, this might work for you.


Alert: Good restaurant opens in Chelsea Piers!

May 18, 2012

Chelsea's Table

Chelsea’s Table

UPDATE JANUARY 2013: CHELSEA’S TABLE IS CLOSED!
Their website is still active, with no indication of closure, but I assure you, Chelsea’s Table is no longer at Chelsea Piers.  The location is now a ‘wichcraft.  I like ‘wichcraft, but I will definitely miss Chelsea’s Table.  In looking at their Facebook page, I’m not the only one.  I called them today to find out if they have any plans to re-open, either at Chelsea Piers or anywhere in Manhattan.  I was told they do not have any plans to do so.  Sniff!

Chelsea’s Table opened this month (May, 2012).  Last weekend, five of us ate lunch there and were all very pleased with the selection, freshness, price and taste.  One caveat – we were all dying of thirst later in the day – was it the heat, too much salt or both?  Another trip is necessary!  I had the cous cous salad with grilled chicken, which was delicious.  The pastas and sandwiches got high ratings from others in my party.  This place is a goldmine for families.  There are tons of kid-type things to do right nearby (waterside playground, all the facilities at Chelsea Piers, bike paths, lawns and skateboard park above Chelsea Piers, etc.), and the food here is healthy, delicious and fairly reasonably priced (for a desirable area in Manhattan).  I highly recommend it!

If you are interested in farm-to-table restaurants in downtown Manhattan, see this earlier post of mine.


What should I do about my smelly house?

May 18, 2012

Opening windows for at least 30 minutes a day, every day, is always a good idea.  In terms of air purifiers, I’ve tried a five and given away three (if you want to buy my remaining ionic breeze, drop me a note!), and the one I kept was the Sun Pure (thanks for giving it to me, Marcy!).  Zeolite on its own has done absolutely nothing for me (I keep having high hopes for it).  However, I just recently added potpourri to my get-rid-of-cooking-and-renovation-smells toolbox.  I get my custom-scented potpourri at the wonderful Good Home Store on 24th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. (UPDATE: as of September 2012, the store is no longer there!  I guess you can order from the website?)

Good Home Store

Good Home Store

The Good Home Store has much more than potpourri, and pretty much everything they have can be customized to your scent preferences.  I’m a fan.


Recipe for chia pudding?

May 7, 2012

My dear friend Marcy, just texted me to get my chia pudding recipe!  Natasha had just asked me for it a few days prior!  Fate has brought this recipe for chia pudding to you!  I could not escape blogging about it for much longer!  Please note: my recipe is extremely plain.  Google around to find some more interesting recipes.

All amounts are based on the amount of total coconut (meat and water) you have.  See instructions below.

  • Chia seeds (I usually order them from Natural Zing, Live Superfoods, or buy Navitas brand at the store)
  • Fresh coconut meat
  • Fresh coconut water
  • Dates (or sweetener of your choice)
  • Cashews (optional)
  • Spices (such as vanilla – I love to put freshly grated nutmeg in, but that’s not to everyone’s liking)

Put the amount of coconut meat and coconut water you want to use in your blender (use meat and water in approximately equal proportion).  Note how many ounces of coconut you have total and add the dates to the blender [I use 1 date for every 8 or so oz of coconut (meat and water together)] and add the cashews to the blender (you don’t really need the cashews – it’s fine without them – but if you are adding them, add about 15 for every 8 oz of coconut).  Blend this until it is perfectly smooth.

Put a layer of chia seeds in a glass container with a lid (use about 2-3 TBS per 8 oz of total coconut).  You’ll be putting this container in your refrigerator for a few hours to overnight, so that the pudding will set.

Perspective on amount of chia seeds to blended liquid.

Pour the blended mixture over the chia seeds.  It should seem like there is a lot more liquid than chia seeds.  With a spoon, mix the liquid and the seeds together in the container.

Chia seeds and blended liquid mixed – side view.

Chia seeds and blended liquid mixed – top view.

You can mix your spices in now, or wait to sprinkle them on the finished pudding.  Put your covered container in the refrigerator for 3 hours to overnight and mix it up when you can.  The chia seeds will plump and absorb much of the liquid, and your chia pudding is ready for eating!

Your pudding may look a bit like this after it thickens up and you stir it.

Chia pudding is a lovely breakfast, and like revenge, it’s best served cold.  Yes, the kid likes it – although I have to blend it again for him, so he can’t feel the texture of the chia seeds.

 


Best hairdryer?

May 7, 2012

Apparently, from the wonderful reviews it got on the Bed, Bath and Beyond website, the best blow drier is the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Portofino Dryer.  At $139.99, it better be!  BB&B regularly sends out 20% off coupons. I would wait for one of those before you shell out the clams for this baby.


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