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  1. Ah, thank you for the camaraderie. ๐Ÿค— We will be traveling in Europe and the rooms are the size of postage stamps. I seriously need to SEE each room. ๐Ÿ˜… I need to SEE the kitchen! Is the fridge sorta normal sized, or is it the size of a beer cooler? These are more important than the stupid case photos! And yes to the person above who mentioned making sure there are FIVE chairs for your family of five. Or EIGHT forks for your family of 8. EXACTLY! lol One place with sleeping space for EIGHT had a TINY loveseat only in the living room and four hardback chairs at a tiny, square table. Ummm....
  2. 1) Why are the reviews NOT in chronological order??? It's like the evil algorithm monsters from facebook/insta got a hold of Air BnB and thought - "Why be basic and let customers read reviews in an orderly fashion? It'll be fun to mix up the reviews!" ๐Ÿ˜ I have to look through pages of reviews and be sure to check dates to calculate the validity of the review (I mean, someone saying "the beds are super comfortable" or "the carpet needs replaced" in 2015 isn't exactly helpful to me now, kwim?) My favorite was a place with hardwood floors throughout in the pictures. Did a last scan of the reviews and saw that the one that said "the floors are carpeted, not wood" was NEW (and on the next-to-last page of reviews). The other reviews were from 2017. This one was from early 2019. The photos are still hardwood floors. Whut. Or the listings that will show dozens of photos and then, on a small line of text say "We've switched the furniture out since these photos were taken" and nothing more! TAKE MORE PICTURES! Where we'll be SITTING is a very important matter! Sheesh! 2) The pictures and the lack of captions. And the lack of order to it all. Some hosts will post (with NO captions explaining what the photos are of): #1 Living Room View 1 #2 Bedroom Two #3 Closeup of a Flower Vase on a Coffee (or bedside? who knows?) Table #4 Croissants on a plate on a kitchen counter (are they going to provide freshly made croissants for us upon arrival? If so, I am THERE!) #5 Bad Angle of Sofa in Living Room #6 Partial View of a Bathroom #7 Different Angle of Bedroom Two? Again? Maybe? #8 Another Bedroom. Wait, no. I recognize that lamp and picture on the wall. It's still the same bedroom, but with a different quilt on the bed. Wth? #9 Master Bedroom. There it is. #10 Close up of flatware in a kitchen drawer #11-#30 PHOTOS OF THE AREA I AM VISITING! I AM ALREADY PLANNING TO VISIT! THIS IS NOT THE CITY'S TOURIST WEBSITE (although the photos were lifted from there... ๐Ÿ™„) STOP IT!!!! #31 A Partial Kitchen View #32 Another Bedroom. Waaaait. Nope. It's the Second Bedroom again with a different picture on the wall and the same quilt. View out the window is identical. Why do I need to see this same bedroom again?? #33 A Third Bedroom. Different Window View and two Twin Beds. โœ”๏ธ Where are the photos of the fourth bedroom? Where are the photos of the whole kitchen? There are two bathrooms, and we only saw part of one? Is there a dining table? A dining room? Do such wondrous items exist in this house?!?!! 3) The map of the area. I need a place in a specific area. When you zoom in a bit, the available places pop up. When you zoom/shift the map any teensy, tiny bit - whole new bubbles pop up! Another dozen available locations in the EXACT same area. Zoom/shift again? Omg! MORE appear. So I can't just *search* and get ALL of my options listed... nope. I have to keep shifting and zooming in and out. (I do think maybe they are all listed over to the side, but I'm searching the MAP specifically because I want to be in a very specific location! The map should SHOW ME THAT! Argh!) We are traveling this spring as a family of EIGHT. We need an Air BnB, not a hotel. My brain is going to explode from all this nonsense. There. Vent completed. I do feel better even though it changed nothing, lol. โœ”๏ธ
  3. Just sitting here nodding my head! Yes to all!! Honestly, in my daughter's college experience, she hasn't been able to find any peers who sit and have thoughtful / deep / meaningful / productive conversations. I mean, they'll have long, deep conversations where everyone is complaining about something/someone, or about some reality TV show or YouTuber. She needs a "Sounding Board" in her life for her ideas to come full-circle - talking it out increases her productivity a thousandfold. I love being that person for her for this phase of her life.
  4. Okay, that's really cute. I love it.
  5. My DD is going to schol far away (but in the same country....) but other than that difference, I could've typed your entire post. Especially the bolded above. We all pitch in whenever we see a need. Recently, DD2 has been doing the heavy household chore lifting while DS was really busy. Now that he's freed up, he's back helping out, but not having to "repay" DD2 for her help. He'll simply wait for an opportunity to return the favor in whatever manner it manifests itself. I've found that, so far, when each kid reaches a point they "don't need my assistance or support" it has been very obvious to both of us and I've stepped back. When DD1 was mentally/emotionally having a tough time at college, I stepped in a LOT. I sent her good food and gift cards to Whole Foods, constantly. We talked every day, multiple times. She gave me her schedule and big assignments so I could keep up with them and remind her of their existence. I called before classes on particularly bad days to make sure she was up and heading out the door in time to make it. Now that she's so much healthier in that regard, I barely assist her with anything (I definitely DO order plane tickets! We're paying the bill and I'm willing to check and re-check prices and dates to ensure the best deal!) Once she's graduated, I imagine I'll help her research her future plans because she'll want that help/discussion/camaraderie - not because I'm making her decisions FOR her. Letting a child fail in 6th grade on a project is (of course, depending on each personal situation) probably a good and safe idea. However, I often feel that letting them fail at any point beyond 6th grade is a luxury for the wealthy. Grades Matter if you need a scholarship. Juggling a LOT of extracurricular balls successfully Matters if the student is aiming for a higher-level program or university. But, I do try to keep my "help" aimed at teaching THEM along the way, even if I have to repeat the lesson many, many times. And, so far, I do not even slightly regret that decision.
  6. No cheap leggings. You wonโ€™t be able to truly know if you do, or do not, love leggings if you try some that are thin, partially see-through, donโ€™t wash well, donโ€™t hold their shape well, etc. i love anything from athleta. They have leggings, pants, and jeans that are amaaaaaazing. Pricey, yes. But they have sales (and petite sizing iirc!). The way they fit through the waist/stomach area is a dream.
  7. I gave them up, but MISS THEM SO VERY MUCH!! We used to have a huge wreath of Christmas cards and I loved watching it grow each season as more and more cards came in. ๐Ÿ˜• Our family/friends stopped sending them because "we post photos on facebook anyway...." but most of them now only post political stuff, forward funny memes, etc. Only a few still post photos and what they're up to. I feel farther from them than ever before! ๐Ÿ˜• Seems most ppl are on facebook to keep up with their Candy Crush games or to keep up with whatever news/entertainment pages they follow. I think the rest gets swallowed up.
  8. THANK YOU all for the tried-and-true tips and recipes! ๐Ÿ† We're planning to try a few of these over the weekend!!
  9. Seems that Baylor has a lot of repeat customers! Canโ€™t think of a better recommendation than that!! DS plans to get his doctorate, so hopefully I wonโ€™t have to worry about him getting *stuck* in TX if he does opt for Baylor... ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜†
  10. I'm pretty sure my library has that book. I'll check it out. Thank you!!
  11. I don't have a membership to America's Test Kitchen, but I think this one is essentially the same? Does this look like what you remember? https://food52.com/recipes/24966-cook-s-illustrated-foolproof-pie-crust 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon sugar 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into 1/4-inch slices 1/4 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces 2 tablespoons vodka, cold 2 tablespoons cold water
  12. There are plenty of reasons to have a Totally Fair prejudice against Texas!! It's too hot, it's too big, it's too much never-ending construction, it's too much never-ending traffic, it's too conservative, it's too dusty, it's too much concrete, it's too empty, it's too full, it's too... Texan. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜› My son, god bless him, is more open-minded than his Mama and is willing to consider Texas schools if the program is appealing. I'd be tolerably okay with UT Austin, but he isn't even kind of interested. *sigh* It's going to be a fun year between the two of us!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And if he winds up in Texas, HE is making the drive to college himself. I'll fly in and help him unpack. ๐Ÿคฃ
  13. I don't think I have ever had a meringue crust. We've been watching the British Baking Show, though, and we're all pretty fascinated by the meringue episodes, so sounds like it's a good time to try it out! Is your recipe similar to this? https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12258/meringue-crust/
  14. I love to make pies. But, they are always.... not perfect. I have many books, many website recipes, etc. I want to know what YOUR favorite recipes are. How do YOU adjust those recipes to ensure perfection? How do you finish/decorate the pies? Egg wash/egg whites/egg yolks/nothing? ๐Ÿคฏ What are your tips (that you're willing to share)? As detailed as possible if you have details available (my brain can't process general instructions... which is probably part of my problem. lol!) I'm tired of online random reading. I want to know what Real People are doing to make perfect-to-them pies. I want to make a couple for Christmas gifts for a few people who love pie, but hate making it. But I don't want to make sub-par pies. Figured if I start practicing something that has for-sure worked for someone here NOW, I'll have it mastered before Christmas. ๐ŸŽ‡
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