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  1. I'm pretty sure it was the Kirkland Brand.... (With Covid, we haven't been back to the States for two years, so I may be mis-remembering). In any case, we were very satisfied with its tastiness as well as convenience.
  2. I don't know how I forgot this! We love having the precooked bacon. I have to admit when I first saw that, I rolled my eyes. BUT! No frying! No splatters! No ruined shirts, dresses, aprons! The slices last for weeks and weeks so there is always have a slice or two ready to go in a salad, top a potato, make BLT's, and more. Yes, it is more pricy per pound (however, we are back down to a household-size of two with all the kids gone which helps), but still.... I loved having it on hand for all the reasons mentioned above.
  3. We've been active members for decades--way back when it was Price Club. Currently, we live overseas so we don't buy many household supplies there (detergent, tp, etc) but did when we lived Stateside. However, we ALWAYS hit up Costco twice before heading back to our tiny little country, the first trip for non-perishables, the second for perishables. Merchandise does vary a bit by location (we buy in So. California). When Stateside, we regularly use the gas station (good prices and our credit card never seems to get compromised) and the pharmacy (YMMV). So, FWIW, these are my standards for my "US wishlist": Choco. chips Soy Sauce Maple Syrup Vanilla Extract Pace Salsa Vitamins (D, Multi for men, multi for women) + others my husband buys for himself. EmergenC Kirkland Aspirin and Ibuprofen (not readily available where we live) Reading glasses (a 3pk because I misplace glasses all the time) Kirkland's Moisture Facial Wipes (I do this instead of soap/water at night). Individual Hummus cups (Kirkland brand, I think) Cheddar cheese Brie Cheese Kirkland's Nut bars Macadamia Caramel Nut Clusters (yes, we haul this overseas and indulge once weekly until it is all gone). If I'm in the States, I regularly peruse their book offerings and clothes and small appliances--these switch all the time so no guarantees but I've gotten some decent items over the years--from electric candles to cast iron to dress shirts to socks to cookbooks.... Costco has a wonderful return policy, so I feel confident buying without trying on because I know I can return an unusable item with no problem. HTH!
  4. I know a previous poster or two mentioned the possibility of seeking out Physical Therapy. I would recommend going down that avenue as well as following up with the cardiologist. In Feb., I had pain in my back, by early April my back, neck, shoulder, and arm seriously hurt all the time. I tried exercises and stretches on my own but to no avail. By mid-April I sought medical care. Step one (since pain on right side, not left. Whew) was Physical Therapy. I was convinced there had to be more to it (like cancer or something because I hadn't "injured" myself in anyway). And the Dr. concluded there might be, but recommended PT to see how far that got me before taking more drastic measures. And, I am amazed at how much it is helping me, even getting rid of some of the aches and pains that I associated with age....
  5. This reminded me of the time we were able to attend a much beloved church after not being there for awhile. During the announcements, the elder made a little announcement about "the silver-haired gentleman and his wife here for a visit." We looked around to see who these visitors were--and were shocked to realize it was us. Up to that moment, I would have sincerely said my husband had brown hair..... but in reality, it *was* completely gray.
  6. For us, meds were number one. Sheets that fit the actual beds (dorm rooms vary) was number two. Everything else was way, way, way down the list. Especially as they will probably have roommates who are ALSO bringing things. If your child gets roomie info ahead of time, they can co-ordinate who buys what--silly to have two teakettles (for example). Double-triple check anything to do with electricity/electrical appliances and putting things on the wall. A PP suggested a multi-outlet because not enough plugs.... That would be a strong NO in a number of situations. Our daughter couldn't hang the flag of her native country even following the "how to put things on the wall" rules--it was considered a fire hazard.... (She was able to keep it inside a Wardrobe--hanging inside the door, so still somewhat visible.) Less is definitely more--all that stuff has to be moved/stored AGAIN in a relatively short time....
  7. Yes, it will be delicious! And, we love polenta here as well.... so thanks for the good idea!
  8. There is also a Frank Lloyd Wright house to visit. Made for a not-too-long pleasant outing....
  9. I just made this delicious dish: Tomato-poached Fish with Chile Oil and Herbs giving me even MORE reason to freeze summer's abundance of cherry tomatoes....
  10. For freezing I just wash, dry, de-stem, and lay on a cookie sheet. Package in a Ziplock when frozen solid. I don't bother with blanching.... I don't blanch when eating fresh..... I also make dehydrated cherry tomato snacks. They work great as a savory tidbit, in salads, chopped up in breads/savory muffins, or anywhere dried tomatoes might be used. Wash, dry, halve, lay on trays. Sprinkle with some salt, some sugar, some basil, and drizzle the tiniest bit of olive oil over. (I have a special olive oil pourer--if you didn't have a way to spray or drizzle with control, I'd brush the halves FIRST with oil, then sprinkle with salt, sugar, basil.) Dehydrate until pliable. I store in the frig. SO good. If you didn't want to halve them, I would definitely prick them so the moisture can escape more easily. Otherwise, it might take a very long time..... I've also really enjoyed this Tomato Chutney recipe.... To my mind, it is a flavorful ketchup which is how I use it--any where I might want ketchup.... (As opposed to chutney eaten with Indian food) I planning on making a triple batch this year.....
  11. Tomato Cobbler! (It is a savory dish and SO delicious. I freeze a dozen bags of cherry tomatoes so I can make this all year around....) And, I most often just make my own version of biscuit topping, with or without cheese. Leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully. Works as a side or main....
  12. We are ex-pats living overseas--we got vaccinated via the local gov't drives. Like others have said, US expats are ALL over the world -- I never would expect the US gov't to provide ME with a vaccine while living in another country. If we weren't able to get one here or only ones we didn't want, we'd undergo the inconvenience of flying back to the States for vaccines. Living abroad has plusses and minuses...
  13. Late boomer. First real job out of college in the mid-80s. As the newest person on board, I was given the task of encouraging/following up with all my colleagues to donate to the quarterly Red Cross blood drive. I was very diligent about asking/reminding and finally one of my workmates explained that it just wasn't safe for him to give because he was gay. He had mentioned earlier about going to a certain beach which he *thought* explained everything, but since it wasn't on my radar, his hint went right over my head....
  14. We met in college at a 36-hour dance marathon (a fundraiser). He wasn't the friend I went with, but by the end of 36 hours (!), everyone had danced with everyone. We continued to meet up and 3 years later were married--recently celebrated 39 years!
  15. Not in Nebraska, and technically not even in the States (expat living overseas currently), but I just wanted to encourage you wrt an Aspie son. Ours is now 29 and I am amazed beyond belief where he is at--happy in his own skin/life, working, pursuing activities that bring pleasure, a great (if mostly silent 😉 ) person to be around. One thing I can say now, is that while at age 19 he was very immature (like a young teen--needing lots of scaffolding), he *did* continue to mature and mature and mature. I do think it is important to not let a diagnosis *limit* one's options; rather, use it to figure out ways to accomplish what he wants to accomplish....
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