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    Happy thread

    The good, grateful boy is so cute! Made me smile! When I need something sweet or soothing, I like https://www.cutesypooh.com/
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    For closet hanging, I hang short sleeves with short sleeves, long sleeves with long sleeves. Pants & the few skirts I own are together. For each of those sections, I sort/hang by rainbow color (ROYGBIV). I put white/brown/gray/black at the end of each section. (I'm visual so I like seeing the clothing in a pretty color arrangement.)
  3. I haven't had your scenario, but I learned years ago that my life is better if I assume something I use or lend out to someone will not get returned ever. It doesn't matter if the person is a close friend or a mild acquaintance, I accept that when it leaves my hands, I will not get it back. It makes me somewhat selective about what goes out, but it doesn't stop me from lending/using things. I just already accept that is has gone to another home. If it comes back to me, great! If not, it's something I was already mentally prepared for (in that it might find a new home).
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    Honestly, how do you handle this?

    Do all of these. If there is a location where the owner likely is (say, you're in a grocery store parking lot so it's pretty sure the owner is in the store), have your ds go take the other car's description & license plate number & ask the store to page the person. You know I live in the same state as you. My (ex) sil does too. She did the same scenario you're mentioning. She's a nervous driver, bumped a car when parking, leaving a small dent/ding. She got out looked at it, freaked out, didn't know what to do & ended up leaving & going back home. There had been someone in the parking lot who saw what happened & wrote down her license plate number as she drove away. That witness waited until the owner of the car came out & then gave the car owner the info. The car owner called the police. The police called sil at home & said she had to return to the scene. (She lives in the next county over so they couldn't show up at her house, they needed her to come back.) She refused because she was really too nervous to drive at that point; her dh wouldn't drive her as he had a beer right before then & didn't want to get in trouble in that manner. The police got very nasty on the phone to them & it was a big argument. They had to agree that she would turn herself in at the police station the next day. She was charged with a hit & run. She was booked into jail & had to wait for hours in a holding cell while her dh did all the paperwork/bail stuff to get her out. She later had a court date assigned where she was ordered to pay a fine. It is a big deal. Don't just drive away. Cover yourself with photos, leaving your contact info, etc. Make a strong & good faith effort to get in touch with the owner, witnesses, the police (if needed), & the insurance company (if needed). It might be nerve-wracking to deal with a peeved person but I would think it would be way more nerve-wracking to end up in jail for leaving the scene.
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    Get rid of it all 2019

    I have to agree. I've used "nice" crystal bowls that I wasn't using for anything else as pet water bowls.
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    Glad you mentioned this. I never watch tv (or Netflix or whatever), but my teens use Netflix. I logged in tonight & watched the first two episodes. I enjoyed her book & it is fun to see her working with others in person. Thanks!
  7. I started this (most of the time) about three months ago after getting my annual physical & blood test results. My cholesterol was in the mid-300s. (Don't google that as it will tell you are in imminent heart attack or stroke range. 😱) And I had been a vegetarian for over 20 years at that point. But, I was a "bad" vegetarian -- too many processed foods, too much pizza, etc. (I have actually had high cholesterol since I was in my 20s but never took anything for it.) I did get put on a statin, but because of snafus between the dr. office & the pharmacy, I didn't get it until a month later. In the meantime, I researched & read & decided that a whole food, plant based diet was the way to best lower my cholesterol. I haven't followed it 100% (yet). I'd say I'm following it about 85% of the time at this point. When I went for a recheck after three months (& 2 months of being on the statin), my cholesterol had dropped over 200 points. I don't think it was the medicine alone. I was stunned. Really stunned. (It's not like I felt "better" or healthier or could tell any improvements re: skin; I am hoping that changes/improves with more time.) I had also dropped ten pounds. I am continuing this lifestyle & hoping to eventually get off the statin & continue losing weight.
  8. Waaaay too long to write it out here, but suffice it to say, I don't like train travel, especially overnight train travel in Europe with young kids in tow & (my now ex-) mil who packed a zillion large, heavy suitcases. Snafus (that's too nice of a description) with everything from train schedules, accommodations, food (lack of), sleep (lack of), uncaring/unhelpful/thoughtless other adults in my group (ex & his parents), uncaring/unhelpful/thoughtless adults who were complete strangers, etc. Literally problems with every.single.step of the multi-part trip. Ds got motion sick on top of all of it. And it was just as bad on the way back. Also had a bad train experience in Denali. Done with trains unless I can travel in the style James Bond does. (Doubt that's going to happen, so I'll just say I'm done with trains.) (I am still ok with subways, but those are short trips! Lol.) ----------------------- Crank caller in the middle of the night in Spain, saying very unsavory stuff. I was so asleep when I first answered that I asked for the time in Spanish (he was polite enough to tell me 🤣), & then I cussed him out & hung up. But, still. My friend & I were shaken & didn't sleep anymore that night, wondering if this creep had watched us in the hotel & knew what room we were in. We were only on the first floor (or second, I suppose) & our balcony door was faulty & didn't lock. ----------------------- When I was around 12yo, my dad rented a trawler for us to have a one-week trip on the Chesapeake. He's not a sailor (embarrassing when we tried to dock anywhere) & my mom & I were supposed to be "the crew". (My sister was too young & too klutzy to help. Trip started with her falling off the pier between it & the boat. When my mom went to get her changed, she realized my sister had "repacked" her bag & all she had in there was a bunch of Barbies & about eight pairs of shoes.) My arm was broken & in a cast so that made tying up hard. I was so sick during one part of the trip that I threw up on a table in a restaurant we were in; I was so mortified that I will never forget it. One day, the power on the boat wasn't working correctly, so our meal was hot dogs that were in a pot that we sat on deck in the sun for hours. And pump toilets... not my thing. Never will be. ----------------------- Fire alarms twice during different visits (years apart) to Las Vegas. Both times in the same hotel. (I remember Bally's fire & so took these alarms seriously.) Turned out to be nothing, but we walked down about 17 flights of stairs in our pjs (along w/ a few other patrons) the first time, only to come out at the (very busy) taxi stand in front of the hotel... around 2am where they didn't know the fire alarms had gone off at all & wondered why there was a group in their pjs milling around. Had to walk through entire casino area in pjs to get back to the elevators to go to our rooms. (This was back in the days when wearing pjs in public was not a thing.) ----------------------- I get motion sick. Flying into Mexico (can't even remember where, just that it was mountainous) & the plane had to do a sharp spiral to land at the airport. Felt so sick (even having taken lots of Dramamine in preparation) that I practically crawled off the airplane. I laid down in the luggage area with my face on the cool, polished concrete floor for a long, long time until I felt well enough to stand. Unfortunately, I then had to ride on a very bumpy bus ride (ugh) to get on a moving ship (really ugh). So, so sick. Immediately laid on a deck chair for the next 12 hours in the cold night wind just to be in the fresh, moving air. Also got noro-virus on a different cruise. Thought it was just really bad motion sickness at first, but it felt like it was amplified about a hundred times. Had to see the ship's doctor for that one. I'm pretty done with boats too. ----------------------- Was on an airplane that was stuck by lightning while in the air. A little startling, that. Another time, coming in for a landing in NYC in the pouring rain, the guy next to me informs me that the runway of the airport we're approaching is technically too short for the type of plane we're on. Um, thanks for the info? Flew out of Montreal during an oncoming blizzard. Almost every other flight had been cancelled; not sure why our pilot thought it was a good idea to fly but we did make it. Scary, bumpy take-off because ice was forming so quickly. Trip was even more fun (not) because it was a work trip where I had been sexually harassed by a co-worker the entire trip. I was glad to get on the plane (seats in different rows), but then he told the stranger next to me that he was my husband & traded seats so he was sitting next to me the entire way back. ----------------------- Believe it or not, I do like to travel & love to fly. Looking back, I wonder if I should just stay home instead? 😂
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    Talk to me about acupuncture.

    I have never tried it. My sister tried it years ago & said it was one of the worst, most painful experiences she has gone through. (And she's had lots of health problems, numerous surgeries, shots, treatments, etc. Was desperate to try anything that might provide relief or help.) She said it was so bad (bleeding, pain) that she made them stop partway through & remove all the needles. It took her quite awhile before she even felt well enough to drive away. Her opinion? Never again. (This is said by someone who has terrible ingrown toenails & hates the pain shots in her foot so much that she goes without numbing when having toenail parts removed -- either by a doctor or herself using scissors. <shudder> Sorry if that's tmi, but it shows that she can generally withstand quite a bit of pain, imo. I think she was going to the acupuncturist for pain from compressed discs in her neck.) (If you've ever read Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened, her section about trying acupuncture seems similar to what my sister experienced.) Just her experience....
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    Goodreads 2019 reading challenge

    I'm a terrible audiobook listener, lol. I tune them all out w/out even trying. I guess "in one ear, out the other" would apply to me in this case.
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    And now her watch is done

    Hugs. So many hugs.
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    Goodreads 2019 reading challenge

    Hugs, happi duck. Hoping reading can provide some respite from the pain, a peaceful place to be.
  13. Best fiction (in no particular order): Augustown by Kei Miller Shantytown by César Aira, trans. from the Spanish by Chris Andrews The Illustrious House of Ramires by Eça de Queirós, trans. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, trans. from the Spanish by Heather Cleary Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue, trans. from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer Runner-up (fiction): A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman, trans. from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen Non-fiction (in no particular order): Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America by Laura Wexler The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode by Arif Gamal Odd addendum: And on a completely different note, here's a book I read this year that actually mentioned meat trucks (or in this case, a meat bus). Figured it might be of interest since meat trucks are a topic of conversation here on the boards. 😉 (Caveat emptor: Probably only for fans of bizarro fiction.) The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony
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    Need help finding a biography

    Madame Tussaud. Here's an article about her: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/04/madame-tussaud-edward-carey-little (I have not read the biography mentioned but did read a fictional account of her life written by Michelle Moran. Fascinating woman.)
  15. Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse Jack Weatherford's books about Genghis Khan & also the Mongol Queens probably straddle biography/history, but I'll mention him because I loved both books & his writing. Actually probably all of these straddle biography/history... The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley & Livingstone by Martin Dugard
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    A Little Bit Scary Start to the Holidays

    Good for your dogs! Reprogram your garage door opener for a different code so that the opener they have won't work anymore.
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    Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet help ...

    Had my follow-up dr. appt. I haven't implemented Eat to Live (& similar whole foods/plant-based eating) 100%, but I have gone more that way in the past 3 months. I'd say I follow it about 75-85% of the time. I have lost 10 pounds. I'm still considered in the range of pre-diabetic, but the numbers are better than last time. I'm close to the "normal" range now. In addition, the eating changes & the cholesterol meds have resulted in my cholesterol dropping over 200 points in 3 months. (I'm still in shock over that one. Waiting to see the actual paper printout that comes in the mail to verify in case the voice mail from the dr. was wrong, but.. whoa! I'm in the "normal" cholesterol range now & I'm not even on the edge of being high.)
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    Sounds like SWB could use some support, guys

    Sending hugs and wishes for continuing improvement each and every day.
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    Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet help ...

    This article pretty much explains my reasoning (after reading lots and lots about ways to reduce my cholesterol levels): https://www.karissasvegankitchen.com/oil-free-vegan-diet-beneficial-or-extreme/ I am not completely oil free but am getting closer and closer. I have eliminated much of the oil I used to use at home.
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    Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet help ...

    Also the How Not to Die cookbook has good recipes for this lifestyle.
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    Put our sweet chihuahua down today

    Many hugs...
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    Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet help ...

    Some websites or books that follow (or mostly follow) the no oil rules (you can omit salt if they do add salt)... Hello Nutrarian Engine 2 Forks Over Knives Sustainable Diet McDougall Straight Up Food I can provide links later, if needed, but googling should get you to their sites. I haven't super-strictly followed ETL, but in the past couple of months I have significantly reduced the amount of fat in my diet (&, in general, have bettered my overall diet). I was a 'bad' vegetarian for years & years (too many processed & prepackaged foods, take-out, etc.) & my cholesterol levels are to the point it seems like I eat about 47 cheeseburgers a day. I'm seriously altering my diet to see if that has an impact (in addition to cholesterol meds). I have dropped weight & will be getting a blood draw soon to see what my current numbers are.
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    book ideas for a teen

    The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers.
  24. @happi duck, I found the perfect thing for you! https://society6.com/product/duckling802038_duvet-cover?sku=s6-7755361p38a46v382 (This is for a duvet cover, but I think you can get the print on various type items. I think you should treat yourself! ☺️)
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    Christmas / winter holiday Movies?

    Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie. Ds & I agree that it is the best Christmas movie. 😄 This year is the 30th anniversary of the movie release; ds & I went to a special showing of it about a month ago. It has aged just fine. Plus, Alan Rickman. Can't go wrong there. 😉 And, from a reliable source (Time Magazine): The Die Hard Writer Just Settled the Christmas Movie Debate Once and For All (I also like Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually, and While You Were Sleeping.)
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