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  1. I wanted to resurrect this thread to add this slow cooker beef and barley soup to the list. I made it today and it is delicious! I’d consider it more stew-like than soup-like, but it’s a keeper!
  2. Oh, and ornaments! Hmm. . .will have to think about this. I usually pick up ornaments from a trip as souvenirs and give them to them on Christmas Eve, but the beach is the only place we’ve been. I guess I could give them a family beach picture on an ornament. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I need to think this through . Thanks for the reminder!
  3. So far I have a little box-type craft bag with handles and pockets that @Ktgrokshared a few weeks ago for my teen girls and a nice leather wallet embossed with his initials from a local-ish business for dh, and that’s it. We’re generally experience people, too, and we’re still trying to figure that out.
  4. I hoped to have two books to add to my “read” list this week, but alas, unless I sit and read for a while this afternoon, it will only be one. It is Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. I listened to it via audiobook, and I found it very compelling, almost suspenseful. The first 2/3 (?) of the book is about a famous rash of murders that took place in Alabama in the 1970s. The last 1/3 focuses on Harper Lee and how she intended to write a book about the whole confounding situation. There’s a lot to this work of nonfiction, and I was quite involved in
  5. I’m not sure how trendy these are, but I just got Dansko Fawna maryjanes, and so far, so good. I have no pain while wearing these, and that’s almost unheard of for me. Here’s the link, and I’ll try to upload pictures of them on my distinctly unmodel-like feet. 😀 I also own a pair of an old version of the Dansko Sam maryjane clog (in embossed suede—so cute!), and they are quite comfy, too.
  6. Ok, tell me more about Altra. I really like my Hokas, but I’m willing to experiment. However, what I’m REALLY looking for is something that doesn’t look like an athletic shoe but feels like one. I was looking at the men’s Cayd style, but the zero drop makes me concerned. I’m not sure I know what that means, but I have plantar fasciitis that I try very hard not to aggravate, and a cushy heel is vital. I actually do better with a wedge heel, but I don’t always want a “dress shoe.” I teach elementary school so need something serviceable with jeans or more casual pants, but something that I c
  7. Thank you! I read a YA biography of VanGogh a few years ago and was entranced—Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.
  8. I can for sure relate! I did fairly well at the beginning of quarantine, but then our move and my new job has totally thrown me for a loop!
  9. Thank you! There is so much to chew on here. I hope I can come back to it this weekend when I have a little down time.
  10. Thank you for sharing this. This is EXACTLY what I need help with—the mental roadblocks. The most successful strategy for me by far is following WW, and I’m an online member. Spending time on the message board there is extremely motivational for me, but once I go “off plan,” I lose my desire to pop on there due to guilt (I think). Also, reading books (the one that has helped me the most is The Beck Diet Solution—kind of CBT around dieting) can be helpful but also guilt inducing (& hence I avoid it just when I need to read it most.). Makes me realize that it’s mostly a head game and not
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