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  1. The changes I would have liked to make in my 20’s would have required changes to happen long before that, with some people making different choices in *their* 20’s starting, oh, about nine months before my birthday, IYKWIM. 😉
  2. When they were preschool age, I tried to let mine play with Lego while I read aloud, but my now-10yo would narrate and add sound effects to whatever he was doing, louder than I could read. One time, I asked him to keep his voice down, and he said, “But mom, if I’m too quiet I’ll be able to hear you read the story!” Argh! Now I read aloud while they are shoving food in their faces. And “He Who Would Like to Ignore the Stories” is now an avid reader and spent part of the weekend writing his own book. Muahahahhaha. He also built a very complicated rubber band gun out of LEGO pieces last week, so I guess I didn’t inhibit his skills in that regard, either!
  3. Oldest is playing (non-travel) baseball, and the older two will possibly play the county golf tournament in July. Soccer was cancelled, swimming is still closed. We kept our youngest out of peewee ball, because it's practically a contact sport at that age, and he still can't keep his fingers out of his dang nose. We play a lot as a family (I think he robbed my oldest of extra bases this morning, haha), and he's had to keep up with the big kids before during park day sandlot games, so he'll be fine to jump back in next spring. Between the MASSIVE rule changes/guidelines and our county's numbers, I'm fine with baseball going on. For many reasons, we had already decided it would be the first priority, even before family gatherings. I haven't registered them for golf yet, but I have until mid-June to make that decision. Usually my kids are in the same division and group, but oldest moved up this year. It would be nice if they switch to primarily sibling groups for this year, even if they are playing different divisions.
  4. This would be a flat-out no to us even before COVID, simply because of the celiac/food allergy issue. We are actually supposed to be in FL right now at my BIL's now-postponed wedding, and the idea was floated that three households (ours, FIL, and SIL) could split a large rental house together. NOOOOOOOPE nope nopey McNopersons. No kitchen sharing with gluten people. We had rented our own house for the trip (darn, it only sleeps five...). I should be sitting at my private pool side tiki bar right now, sigh.
  5. My DH had a lumbar fusion a few years ago (at MoBap). I’m surprised he’s being released so quickly, DH was in for three days! His was a 2-level though, longer surgery and longer recovery. If you are caring for him afterward, I had to use a whiteboard to keep track of medication timing, especially as he weaned off the narcotics. It was like tracking newborn feedings, complete with lack of sleep and bathroom help, lol. Colace, Colace, Colace. One of those claw grabber tools came in really handy too when he needed to pick things up without bending. Hope his surgery went well, and he’s on his way to less pain in the future!
  6. None. I'm not even sure where my hairbrush is these days.
  7. Maybe try the Drury Inn at Hampton and I-44 (I think it’s the Drury at Forest Park). It’s not too far from the Botanical Garden, and you’ll have all the restaurants of The Hill in between. It’s a generally safe area of the city, with a lot of tourist attractions nearby.
  8. I had an aversion to homemade hamburger buns during my first pregnancy. Not all homemade breads, just hamburger buns. I’m still gagging just thinking about it, and that child is almost 12 now. But I have no idea when the milder aversions went away. I was pretty bad at tracking and remembering those kinds of details.
  9. I have nightly nausea issues due to IBS, GERD, allergies, probably stress too. Menthol cough drops + an electric heating pad + binge watching The Office. Rinse, repeat.
  10. I bought GF orzo from Sam's about a year and a half ago (some brand that started with a T). It took FOREVER to cook on the stovetop, burned badly in the instant pot, and was still crunchy in the middle despite all that. I used about 1/3 of the bag and threw the rest away. GF pasta is difficult but not impossible to adapt to "mixed" recipes (like pasta cooked with something else), but orzo was the one thing I couldn't get to work. Rice would not be a good substitute if you were trying to use it in a salad or something. Ew.
  11. Two pairs each of tennis shoes, boots, and flip flops - one newer pair for inside stuff, the old pair for outside and gross stuff. A pair of Toms to go with my "Witches' Night Out" costume, a pair of nicer shoes to go with my funeral/wedding/concert outfit (yes, it's the same outfit). A pair of snow boots that I pilfered from a bag of hand-me-downs meant for the kids (they already had pairs in that size... I snagged two t-shirts out of there too, lol). I have a pair of hockey skates in there too, but I suppose those don't count. So, nine pairs.
  12. The Walmart lot here has been full when I drive by, even when the grocery stores I'm actually going to are empty. I suspect the employees from restaurants nearby are parking over there so they can leave their smaller lots open for delivery drivers and well-spaced curbside pickup. And since I can only see the rear side of the lot, not the front where people shopping in Walmart would be parking, it looks a lot more crowded than it really is. I bet people picking up to-go food orders are also parking over there and waiting in their cars until their pickup time.
  13. That’s what I did to mine. Kind of like what you do with a plastic necklace your kids make you that hangs down to your knees (might have a couple of those... lol). My first idea was to pull the elastics around my ponytail but I nearly suffocated in Aldi. Knotted behind the ears works better. If that doesn’t work it’s possible the mask is just too big. My mom ordered mine from a family friend, and I’m pretty sure she requested “youth sized” for mine. And I still had to tie the elastics.
  14. I'm the non-D&D player in our household (DS6 literally taught himself to read and write using the Dungeon Master's Guide and Monster Manual when he was supposed to be sleeping), but there's a few things I know get used frequently for their RPGs. LEGO and board game parts pilfered for characters and terrain (we have the Wrath of Ashardalon game, and they'll repurpose those figures for different campaigns). Extra clipboards. Extra printer ink. Dry-erase grid map. One thing I wish we had is a dice-rolling mat or tray. The sound of dice clattering on the wood table drives me crazy.
  15. Ooh, we make something similar: cottage cheese, sour cream, and a packet of ranch dressing mix (the powder stuff). Mix it up and eat it with Fritos. I haven’t made it in years because I can’t eat that much dairy, the kids won’t touch it, and I have no idea if the ranch dip packets are GF. We used to make it for sleepovers in middle school and split the whole thing over the course of the night (ugh, maybe that’s where all my GI issues started, with the utter garbage I ate as a kid...). We also did PB&J toast and peanut butter on pancakes growing up. DH and DS11 put ranch dressing and hot sauce on chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Yes, I know it’s chemically no different than buffalo wings and fries but... aaaaaargh.
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