Unofficial "dos and don'ts" of riding public transportation:
1. If you are sitting with someone you do not know and the bus/train clears out enough that there are many extra seats, do get up and move to one of the extra seats. Being boxed in by someone is never fun.
2. If you are on a morning bus/train and it is before 7:30 AM, please do not talk. Most people on the bus are trying to convince themselves they are still in their warm, cozy bed. Don't destroy that illusion by chatting.
3. Even during daylight hours, don't talk on your phone for the entire bus/train trip. Short calls to confirm dinner plans or to check on children are okay. Long calls to your mom about some weird rash that you have are not. The other riders can all hear you, and chances are one of they will have to sit with you in the near future. Don't make it awkward.
4. Don't skip the deodorant. Ever. And don't skip the deodorant, sit in front of someone trying to write a blog post about food, hold one arm on the baggage shelf overheard and point the air blowers on your face/armpit. No one likes BO blowing in their face, my friend.
5. Do warn the person behind you if you are going to suddenly recline your seat. If there is a computer user sitting behind you, she will thank you.
Following these simple rules on the bus will make you a very popular public transportation rider. I promise you. At very least I will be your new best friend. And just so you know I'm not a hypocrite, I follow these dos and don'ts myself.
Some dos and don'ts that I don't follow, however, are the regular dos and don'ts for making pretzels. You might have noticed this from the picture. Did I boil these pretzels? Nope. Are they coated with salt? No. Do they taste good with mustard? Definitely not.
Instead, they are sweetened, buttery, biscuit-like pretzels with a nice layer of toasted coconut. My apologies for breaking the rules. Hopefully you'll forgive me, because these things are tasty. They have just the right amount of sweetness and toasted coconut flavor. They get extra depth of flavor from letting the yeast rise slowly in the fridge and by cutting in small pieces of butter. The pretzels have a soft, chewy texture that just works perfectly. They are great as part of a breakfast or brunch, but would also be wonderful with a butternut squash or sweet potato soup. Or in multiples as a late night snack, or a wow-these-are-tasty snack. I think you get the idea. They're tasty just about any time. Just don't let yourself get boxed in by the traditional dos and don'ts of pretzels or you'll miss out on them.