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You can call me NIK And never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be. ― Sarah McMane

Earworm swap thread

Thunder by Imagine Dragons has been stuck in my head for days. DAYS, people! DD keeps catching me humming the chorus, and she's had just about enough of it.

Willing to trade it in for someone else's earworm. Anyone care to share?

30 comments posted: Thursday, October 5th, 2017

April Fools!

One of my favorite days on SI!

11 comments posted: Saturday, April 1st, 2017

So... what's for dinner?

Every other Friday is pizza night at Chez NIK. Tonight's pizza is spinach, garlic, and tomato. My favorite.

What's on your menu?

13 comments posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

Holiday Hangout Thread!

A big holiday weekend deserves a holiday hangout thread. Think of it as an SI open house.

18 comments posted: Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Free Hugs

12 comments posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Happy Birthday Wifehad5 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

15 comments posted: Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Happy Birthday, sisoon!!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

15 comments posted: Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

So... what's for dinner?

I made a huge batch of pulled pork over the weekend, so tonight we're having carnitas. And they are utter perfection.

14 comments posted: Monday, April 25th, 2016

Happy Birthday, still2suspicious!!!

Have a great birthday!

4 comments posted: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Happy Birthday, StrongHeart!!!

Hope you are having a fabulous day!

4 comments posted: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday, seachelles!!!

Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

2 comments posted: Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Happy Birthday, poopylala!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

3 comments posted: Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Happy Birthday, earthangel!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

3 comments posted: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Happy Birthday, scared&stronger!

Have a wonderful birthday!

2 comments posted: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday, sadone29!

Hope you had a great day!

2 comments posted: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday, realgood2u!

Hope you had a wonderful day!

2 comments posted: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Lottery Dreams?

With the PowerBall jackpot currently sitting at a record $800 million, everyone seems to be talking about what they'd do if they won.

So, what would you do? Post your lottery dream here. No ticket needed to participate on the thread, but all dreams must be expressed with a picture rather than words.

I'll go first...

33 comments posted: Friday, January 8th, 2016

I need someone to...

I need someone to... move the Chex Mix out of my reach.

#homemadeawesomeness #cantstopeatingit

13 comments posted: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Things I actually had to say out loud this weekend...

"Fritos are not school supplies."

"If Pudge the miniature pony needs an email address, give him mine."

"Honey, please take the tampons away from the cat."

27 comments posted: Monday, August 10th, 2015


After decades of feeding people, I'm actually starting to enjoy cooking. It's less about filling stomachs now and more about exploring and trying new flavors and teaching myself new techniques. Fun!

I've got a largely improvised beef stew going in the slow cooker. It smells freaking fantastic, if I do say so myself. Can't wait to see how this dinner turns out.

What's cooking at your place this weekend?

34 comments posted: Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Cornstalk 2015 - Iowa g2g (pics start on pg 13)

Introducing - CornStalk 2015! The first ever (to my knowledge, at least) official Iowa g2g.

The g2g will be the weekend of June 26-28 in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

TrekFest is the weekend of June 27th, if that sways anyone who wants to visit Captain Kirk's future birthplace. It's just a short hop down the interstate.

Current plan:

Friday, June 26 -

Dinner and shenanigans about town

Saturday, June 27 -

On your own during the day: Trekfest? Amana Colonies? Hawkeye sightseeing? It's your call.

Party on NIK's lawn Saturday afternoon/night! Great food and lots of fun to be had. Yay!

Sunday, June 28 -

Brunch for those who are able to join in.

So... who's interested? Who wants to come play on NIK's lawn?

For Sure:


sisoon & plainsong

Ascendant & livewithhope (Saturday only)



Faithful w/Love

5454real & sosorry5454rl (Friday only)


tbkjcn (Friday only)



Grace and Flowers






little turtle




[This message edited by SI Staff at 8:32 PM, June 25th (Thursday)]

275 comments posted: Monday, January 5th, 2015

Holiday Hang out Thread

Open bar, plenty of snacks, and good company. Stop in and relax. We're open 24/7.

Just a gentle reminder - this is an infidelity-free zone.

109 comments posted: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Word of the day?

The word of the day at Chez NIK is -





(of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind.

ex: DD16's mercurial temperament drove NIK to the brink of insanity.

What's the word of the day in your neck of the woods?

5 comments posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Happy National Chocolate Day!

How will you celebrate?

12 comments posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Halloween Picture Thread

Costumes? Decorations? Pumpkins? Spooky treats?

Post 'em if you've got 'em, people.

43 comments posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Cure what ails me

I'm totally pathetic today - afflicted with sneezing, sniffling, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes, and all around icky-ness. I clearly can't care for myself, and there's a distinct lack of sympathy among the local natives.

So, SI family - who's got the cure? Chicken noodle soup? Hot toddies? Please take virtual pity on my sickly self and serve up the secret that will get me back on my feet.

15 comments posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014

D.W.T.S. Season 19 Pairs Announced

Meet the Season 19 Pairs!

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson

Lookout for the “Carlton Dance”! Ribeiro, best known for his role as the memorable Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” will dance with pro Witney Carson. Ribeiro’s hilarious dance moves on the hit TV series gained a cult following among '90s kids.

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas

The 17-year-old appears in A&E’s reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” alongside family patriarch Phil Robertson and the rest of camouflage-wearing clan. The daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson will trade duck calls for dancing shoes and sequins, pairing up with pro Mark Ballas this season.

"We don’t have much dancing experience in the family," Robertson said today on "GMA."

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater

Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s crown jewel event. He’s one of only ten multi-time winners, and went on to become a NASCAR broadcaster. Now, he will compete on "DWTS" with Emma Slater.

Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe

The season would not be complete without an Olympian! Track and Field star, Lolo Jones, follows in the footsteps of Sochi Olympic ice dancing duo, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Shawn Johnson, Apollo Anton Ono, and more. She’s paired up with newbie pro Keo Motsepe.

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker

Best known as Aaron Samuels in “Mean Girls,” actor Jonathan Bennett will bring his “fetch” dance moves to the ballroom with new pro partner Allison Holker. The American professional dancer, 26, joins the "DWTS" cast this season.

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev

The actress, best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in the “Back to the Future” franchise, will partner up with new pro Artem Chigvintsev.

Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke

The “General Hospital” heartthrob and iconic Calvin Klein underwear model, Antonio Sabato Jr., takes to the dance floor with two-time mirrorball champ Cheryl Burke.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff

The six-time World Ultimate Fighting Champion and Hall of Famer, known by his moniker, “Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture,” will battle for the mirrorball trophy with pro Karina Smirnoff.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy

The “Pretty Little Liars” star, who played “Mona” on the hit ABC Family TV series, will tango with Val Chmerkovskiy.

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd

The Grammy award-winning comedian, part of the legendary comedy team Cheech & Chong, makes up a new “Dancing” duo now, with pro Peta Murgatroyd.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough

The YouTube beauty guru and social media trendsetter is paired up with pro dancer Derek Hough, the only five-time champion in the history of "DWTS."

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani

The celebrated designer, known for her over the top designs, has rocked the fashion world since the 1960s, and will bring her colorful personality and pizazz to the dance floor this season with pro veteran Tony Dovolani.

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess

The celebrated talk show host and best-selling author will tango with pro Sharna Burgess.



56 comments posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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