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  1. 22 points
    Success, Monday at nine pm! My wonderful sil made eggplant parmesan for me for lunch Monday, I enjoyed a nice hilly walk, and soon went into labor. The midwives arrived in plenty of time, my mother in law wasn't obnoxiously early, and my husband was able to get back just a little before midnight. It didn't go exactly as planned due to the two year old waking up and needing cuddles while I was nearing transition.It all worked out, though, and no children were traumatized. They enjoyed being fascinated/grossed out by the placenta and all stayed up way too late. Baby boy is nine pounds even, 21.5 inches long. My due date is tomorrow, I feel ready, and having the baby now would mean dh being home for about two weeks before being shipped to the middle east for nine months. I'm not going to do anything crazy to make it happen, but I want this baby to come soon! Any funny or helpful suggestions are welcome. This is baby four, and probably last. The previous labors were all very different from one another, so I don't really have any way of knowing how close I am, not that anyone ever does. Really I'm fine with any time this weekend, but I don't want to go late!
  2. 10 points
    I live way up in the mountains, and drive a LOT for Scouts and sports. I wanted to share my "commute" with you.This is Blue Mesa--the largest reservoir in Colorado. As you can see, it's very low, but it's still gorgeous!
  3. 9 points
    DS leaves to fly home in 5 hours! He has never gotten to an international flight on his own, so we are hoping that he has his alarm set correctly and can make the train then the bus then the plane to start the 30 hours home! His first semester has been a huge success. His classes have gone well. He thinks he got an A, A+, A-, and B+, although it is a pass/no record semester so it doesn't matter what the internal grades are. However, how you start is how you expect to continue, so I'm proud of him for giving it his all even though only we will know his true grades. He has made some wonderful friends and finally feels like he doesn't have to hide who he really is so that others don't feel awkward around him. He just found out that he got the top grade in his honors physics final exam, so he is really over the moon. He was lucky to get a single this year, and has loved the freedom and independence of living on his own. He told me that he really feels like he has matured into an adult this last 3 months as he has had to completely rely on himself. There have been a few hiccups, but he has managed some difficult situations with grace. I am more than a little pleased that sending my ds half way around the world to a competitive school has not ended in disaster. You really never know until you just do it. Can't wait to have him in my arms for a big hug and 2.5 weeks of rest and relaxation. Christmas BBQs in the sun here we come! 16 hours/day of sunshine will do my son well! Ruth in NZ
  4. 9 points
    No, it isn’t that easy. Some plain flavored yogurts contain starch that has gluten. Some cheese (like the pre shredded kind) have starch to keep them from sticking. Sometimes that starch is corn derived. Some times it isn’t. Some soup stocks contain gluten. I even saw some canned beans the other day that had gluten in them (as part of spices). Now I get gf versions of all of those and they aren’t hard to find. But it can be hidden in categories of foods where you wouldn’t expect to find it. This is one reason why when someone tells me “I just avoided grains- it’s fine.”, I still check. (Not commenting on your brands since I don’t know what they are and of course you could be making your own stock etc. ).
  5. 8 points
    For ds's upper-level maths class, the last problem-set was crazy hard last week, so a few of the mathy kids were working together. DS got the solution first, ahead of even the perfect-scorer mentioned above! Giving hints to solve the problem and then mentioning some missing cases has really increased ds's confidence. DS has decided that he is a better problem solver than competition-exam taker! It is tricky being surrounded by amazing kids and takes time to find your place. DS has found some wonderful friends and study partners, and definitely does not feel like the slow, stupid second cousin. 🙂 Also, DS just found out he got the top score on the final exam for honors physics! Homeschooling has clearly not been a negative, and this first semester's outcome has relieved this mama's worry.
  6. 8 points
    We celebrated my birthday for the first time in at least 8 years. This is a good indication of our financial state. We didn't even do a box cake mix because he couldn't find what he wanted so he got Redmill and all necessary ingredients. And for the first time in 8 years my birthday money went towards a gift and not toward buying other people Christmas gifts. My birthday never mattered to me, most people forgot it anyway, but I'm so grateful to have the ability to waste $10 and not feel guilty about it.
  7. 8 points
    If I ask, as a guest, what a dish is made of, I get answers like chicken stock, chicken, vegetables (perhaps with individual names). I don’t know from that who has made stock from scratch, who might have used bouillon cubes (which often contains gluten) and who might have bought pre-made stock. And as a guest, I am uncomfortable giving my host the third degree. But I am also uncomfortable with being sick for three days. I am not interested in arguing with you on whether you can cook safely for me. Since you don’t know me, that’s kind of a moot point. What I am interested in is explaining here how it is socially awkward to go to dinner parties. Honestly, I prefer less intimate gatherings like potlucks. I can bring one or two dishes that I can eat and limit myself to those. Or I eat at home and just socialize without eating. It’s hard to do that without giving offense if it is a sit down cooked dinner.
  8. 8 points
    I survived dd8's recorder concert. Yes, I have a headache. :svengo:
  9. 8 points
    And this faulty belief is why, as a celiac, I cannot eat food prepared by others and typically take my own meals to cook outs, family dinners, etc. Even though it's well-intentioned, a simple mistake will make me sick for days. A friend made me rice crispy treats. Unfortunately, rice crispies are made with malt and malt contains gluten. She also sprayed the pan with cooking spray containing flour (another source of gluten). There have been many times when the only food I feel safe eating is potato chips (that I have opened myself to make sure they haven't been cross contaminated by hands that had touched bread, brownies, or other gluten containing foods).
  10. 7 points
    Relax, read, make pancakes. Read Christmas books. Dd to/from a social event this afternoon. Take food! ✅ Return a library book. Get wrapping paper. Budget/bills. Meal planning and make a grocery list. Wrap a few gifts? Try to put some of our Christmas cds onto itunes? Dinner is flank steak, green beans, salad, and potatoes.
  11. 7 points
    In a lot of circles "from scratch" would still include packaged broth, or canned beans or whatnot.
  12. 7 points
    Good morning! Feeling very Eeyore-ish this morning. But mostly from still being tired. Bible, prayer. ✔ Chickens out and fed. ✔ Clean up shampoo spill (cats!) ✔ Everyone out the door with everything. ✔ Work til 6ish School Workout Budget and bills Check on car rental for Saturday. RENTED. ✔ Find six flags printouts. PRINTED AGAIN. ✔ Supper--tacos. Meat thawing Advent stuff Wrap presents? Find lancets that I like somewhere. ORDERED. ✔ Buy a couple of presents? ORDERED 4 Stop by mall to pick up orders from game stop and if penneys. Send more Christmas cards? Not sure of the rest
  13. 7 points
    Good morning! I just wanted to stay in bed this morning! ☕!! Working til 6ish. Tacos for supper. Not sure of anything else.
  14. 7 points
    Good morning! school w/dd office work (needs to be my main focus today - no distractions!) catch up on laundry order prescription refill order supplements order phone case - since I've already dropped my new phone about ten times unpack Chewy order and assorted other boxes in garage take dog to vet for Adequan injection at 2:00 dinner: veggie burgers & oven fries finish up Christmas decorating tonight
  15. 7 points
    I've made two - four more to go. I got this book to go with them - https://smile.amazon.com/Tomten-Astrid-Lindgren/dp/0698115910/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545093428&sr=8-1&keywords=The+tomten
  16. 7 points
    Hello everyone - just reporting that I've regained my sense of humor about this. I've already acted out Anne's tearful "he positively assured me it would turn my hair a beautiful raven black" while throwing myself down in a dramatic heap. That was fun Then I cracked myself up by remarking that "it's growing on me" I hit it with some purple shampoo and conditioner to no avail - if you listened closely you could hear my hair laughing at the idea that such things would have any effect. So right now I'm stuck with what is really shiny and decidely bright and very yellow hair. Like a demented christmas angel fairy godmother crossed with Tilda Swinton. Ds says I look like Tintin (I even have a silly cowlick on the front) which I leapt on to suggest that it meant I needed a small white dog in my life but the rest of the family ignored that idea. I've almost convinced myself it's a festive 'look' that I should just embrace. It's definitely not....boring.... Thank you for all the support and the hugs.
  17. 6 points
    Doctor appointment (print out labs) meet one of my dear friends for lunch not sure what else.
  18. 6 points
    Their was an announcement today, of funding for phase 1 clinical trials. Of a new treatment for Alzheimer's, which uses Ultrasound to trigger natural mechanisms. That remove 'Amyloid Plaques', where trials have shown restoration of memory. Importantly, it is 'non-invasive' and the equipment is low cost. Here's a link to an article about it: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-18/dementia-cure-possible-after-breakthrough-qld-study/10629688
  19. 6 points
    Dh had his vasectomy reversal in Houston. We found the guy on a billboard while driving to Padre Island. Dh's vasectomy was fourteen years old when he had the reversal. Ds11 is here as proof that the guy is a good dr. (Reversals that are that far out have a very slim chance of working) I absolutely loved our week at Rice! Dh had continuing education there so dd and I went with him. While he was in class we went to every museum we could get to, and when he was done, we went to the zoo and some other places. Ds32 hated living in Houston. And I thought the drive from there to Galveston was horrible.
  20. 6 points
    Day 328 steps Day 200 hips Day 98 bird dog. Day 18 bone broth
  21. 6 points
    most commercial yogurt is full of additives. even "plain" commercial yogurt has a ton of additives. (i only use plain greek yogurt) have you read the label for sour cream, or a carton of whipping cream? they're full of stabilizers. because most people don't realize how pervasive "grains" are in foods. to say "avoid grains" is naive about the depth of what is required. even foods most people would think are plain and don't contain "gluten" - contain gluten. you have to know how to read a label. just becasue it doesn't say "wheat" on the label, doens't mean it doens't contain wheat. that modified food starch? can contain gluten. those labels - it's not just what it contains. was it manufactured in a factory that also processes grains? many labels will now say that so people know the risk of cross contamination is there.
  22. 6 points
    I think the time has come to wean the lemon from Lynette. What should we do with it? I'm thinking we should just peel and pass around sections like an orange. We could have a ceremony and festive lemony music. #whyaminotasleep
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    I’m totally game. We can start a social group here- maybe after Christmas when things have calmed down for everyone?
  25. 6 points
    I was sent to my room and told not to come out. I feel like this should be an every day thing and not just a birthday thing.
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