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  1. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that was internal pressure. Having known a few perfectionistic, highly driven kids, you can tell them they are more than their accomplishments until you are blue in the face and it doesn't really register because their internal narrative is so fierce. Peace and acceptance for flaws might come with age and experience, but it's a tough road getting there.
  2. I remember watching the Shrug vault and hearing just a snippet of what Bela said to her. It was basically him ordering her to go do it. They were showing something else and it was just a brief clip in passing, but I remembered that when he told the media how he was encouraging her to do it and telling him he had faith in her. Nope, I remember the look on her face as she looked at him for instruction and he gestured to her and yelled at her with an angry look to go do it in no uncertain terms. Made me sick. It was all a big show and everyone played along with the narrative, including the media who knew better because they had it on tape.
  3. Lol. Yeah I draw the line at upper 80s, but I've been real lucky so far in that this is the first week I haven't found two days where the temp is below that without major threat of rain. I draw the line at major rain and upper 80s. Hate mosquitoes, too, but they love me.
  4. I've been camping by myself for two days every week since May. Next week I will be gone three days. I go to a different place each night, and hitting all these new parks is great fun to me.
  5. I read an article recently about elderly people (mostly women) who have subsequent relationships after their spouse died but are refusing to combine households or marry and take on care giving roles. I was intrigued by that. I'm in my mid 50s with almost launched kids, and have a great relationship with dh. If something happened to him, I could see myself finding someone else for companionship, but I have a hard time seeing myself remarrying and intertwining lives to that extent. I would gladly care for dh through sickness and in health, and he would for me, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to do that for anyone else. I see my elderly folks and what it can entail, and I am sort of over that level of intense giving unless it was for someone I already have a very long history with. So separate households, separate finances, and friends with benefits sounds good to me. Depending on someone or someone depending on me does not.
  6. Do you think the parties have equally failed? IOWs, do you think they bear equal responsibility for the pandemic being as bad as it was/is? For me, I can agree with your statement but also say I think the Rs bear way WAY more responsibility for it being as bad as it was/is, and they continue to do so.
  7. I think younger teen sex is almost always a bad idea, 16-17 might be okay if already been in a healthy relationship awhile, and 18 plus fine if in relationship. In this situation, I would probably say no because it's an early relationship and even if they were already having sex, I wouldn't want to bring him because it's too early for that sort of family support at that age. My kids are now 23 and 20, and if they wanted to bring a new boyfriend/girlfriend along on something, we'd pay for a room assuming that's what they wanted. I am supportive of premarital sex in a healthy relationship, but also believe it is a serious thing, particularly for younger teens. Waiting until you are old enough to deal well with the serious is a good thing.
  8. Family recipe for really good meatless meatballs: 1 c pecans, 1 c celery, 3/4 c diced onion, 2 cloves garlic - chop all fine or pulse in food processor until fine (but can still identify different ingredients so not a paste). Add 1/2 c dry bread crumbs, 1 c wheat germ, 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese, 1 t salt, 1/8 t pepper, 1/4c veg oil, 2-3 eggs beaten. Mix well. Form into small balls, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with veg oil and bake 350 degrees until browned. Place in ovenproof dish and cover with tomato juice. Bake, covered, until bubbling. There are ways to alter like you can fry instead of bake the balls, and you can use tomato sauce (but I think the juice works better - the sauce gets too thick). I freeze the balls after the first bake (before putting them in the tomato juice) and they do well.
  9. My teen was the same, compliant but forgetful. She did great with them. It was the same price as traditional, and we were allowed three lost sets before we were charged for more. She only lost one set - much better than I had anticipated she would do. I had both and Invisalign are much less painful except for the first week when you are figuring out how to get them out easily. Much easier to keep your teeth clean, too.
  10. Can I just say I love the typo, "one is going to love with my daughter"! It's so fitting when it comes to pets.
  11. I know, right? I can imagine the director saying, "Alright, you know the drill. Stare into each other's eyes with The Look and then we'll cut!" And, yes, the glasses.
  12. I'm in the middle of Season 2. I thought the show was interesting at first, but I'm getting tired of all their pained looks at each other all the time, lol. It feels like it's dragging out with constant crises that don't really lead anywhere. I will probably keep watching, but I'm ticked about there never being a final resolution. Then again, since it's getting good ratings, maybe Netflix will change their minds like they did with Lucifer.
  13. I love tent camping, but gotta say I felt really smug in my rv at the campsites looking at the poor tenting souls out shivering in the drizzle trying to cook their food. Not to mention the mosquitos. Weather can be iffy, particularly at Denali, even leaving aside the whole bear factor. There was a mother moose with her calf wandering through the Denali campground too. So while I'm sure there are folks who had a great time tent camping in Alaska, I'd at least want a back up plan because 40 degrees and drizzling isn't my idea of fun.
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