of course, rant, this is your chat thread/room! I can always skim if I'm in a place emotionally not to want to deal with it.
(I'm going reverse-order right now, not sure why)
Bell peppers, green onions, onion, and minced ginger sound like the start of a stir fry of some kind. Possibly an omelette? Or you could do an egg drop soup. Or leave out the ginger and do a vegetable stew. Or turn it into peanut-butter-noodles. Or leave off the ginger and use them as pizza toppings. Hm, the ginger is the hard bit to use from there, sort of. Normally it'd be super easy because ginger cookies or ginger bread, but if you're doing diet then I assume you'd rather avoid that. In which case spicy winter soups with ginger are nice. Winter squash and ginger soup is simple and good and filling. Or cooked carrot dishes with ginger in for a bit of zing against the sweet blandness of carrots. Or fried ginger rice is... not a diet dish. Right.
Er, what kind of diet was this? An anti-allergenic-foods kind of thing or one of those no-carb diets or a generic "trying to eat healthier" diet or what?
(I spend a lot of my cooking throwing things together and then tasting and amending, so recipes are hard, but I can do my best)
Yesss bookstore smell is one of the best smells! I don't have that impulse for all bookstores, just the used bookstores. New bookstores are easy for me to leave without buying anything. I always look at the prices and say, "yes but I could buy TWO used books I picked out special for that price... or a whole BOX full of random books from the library!" and then it's easy to leave without a new book. Amazon was hard at first but then I discovered the wishlists and save-for-later options and now it's not so much a vendor as it is a TBR-list organizer.
I am so happy with my house, though, in the amount of shelving space it has. That's been the very best thing about it. So many rooms are lined with shelves, it's fantastic. Of course, whenever an older family member moves in, there's a huge readjustment period of trying to integrate the libraries. But it's worth it; it's not a home until it has the books around.
Which are some of your favorite authors? Do you like to go for modern ones who are putting out new stuff or older ones where you can collect them all and read them all at once?
Yeah, reading up on a subject because school tells you "you should do this" is entirely different from reading up on a subject because you want to be able to talk to someone about it, or are interested in it yourself! The incentive and rewards are just so distinct.
Maybe? Not sure how old your grandma was. My grandmother is in her 90s, and she was the youngest child. I think her mother was 37 when she was born? Something like that. She wasn't quite a change-of-life baby. If I'm remembering the timing/family history right, her mother's mother died just a couple years before the Great War. (WWI). Well, it had to be, because the sugar rationing from WWI bankrupted the candy shop, so it must have been before that. I'm just not sure how much before.