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Mama Geek

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  1. I voted accepting, but a little sad, but that mostly applies to my dh. Sometimes it just works out that a different day is better and it is what it is. I don't usually celebrate it with anyone other than dh and dd anyway.
  2. I am just checking in, we are about 30 miles from the beach as the crow flies and the eye is well north of here now. We have had winds in the 30-35 mph range and the rain has stopped for now. I heard there are only about 100 homes without power in my town which is a very small percentage.
  3. Update, dh is doing better, but I now have it. We have the Elderberry syrup and I have been taking zicam as well. We are still waiting on the hurricane which we will maybe start seeing tropical storm winds sometime tomorrow. Dh canceled the flight and will be able to reschedule anytime within the next year. Hopefully he can get through shortly after the storm to fly out. The people is actually supposed to interview won't know he isn't coming until tomorrow morning because they were out of the office Friday and closed today.
  4. So they had an instant pot on clearance for $35 at our local Walmart and I decided after all the talk to buy 1. We have been in survival mode trying to get ready for the hurricane and I have only cooked roasted carrots in it. Tonight I am planning tacos for extended family and thought I would try putting frozen ground beef into cook. I found a recipe, but it is for 2 lbs of meat and I want to make at least 3. How do I adjust the amount of water or does it stay the same. Here is the recipe I am planning to go by https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/how-to-cook-frozen-ground-beef-in-the-instant-pot/. In general how do you adjust the amount of liquid when you change the amount of whatever it is you are cooking from the recipe and do you change the time?
  5. He is coming down with a cold, we are in the hurricane zone although it will take a direct hit south of us by the looks of things, and he is supposed to fly out for a job interview out of state Tuesday which will likely be postponed unless somehow the airport stays open. We still have stuff to do around the house to get ready and if he isn't interviewing he knows how to run a chainsaw and really wants to help what he can after a storm. Please pray also that the dd and I don't get it.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Farley/e/B00B2MKHFS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 Years ago someone here told me about Mark Farley, but I think they are Kindle only. He has several that would fit your description.
  7. Manfrotto makes really nice quality good tripods. I bought one several years ago and love it. I don't know what they have right now but worth looking into.
  8. Broccoli, chicken, rice, shredded cheese, milk, cornstarch, salt and pepper. I just tried this last night after looking at a few recipes. I had leftovers of all of this and just through it together. There are variations you can find online. It turned out pretty good and my dd who doesn't care for broccoli liked it.
  9. In school often times the tech degree is not as rigorous and often does not include calculus and calculus based physics. In the working world, the job is definitely more of a technician's job. It is very difficult at best to get a PE license and the pay is much lower. I had a friend when I graduated college who had just started making starting engineering salary after graduating and working with and engineering tech degree 20 years earlier. Most, but not all companies will not consider an engineering tech degree for an engineering position.
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    DC help

    We will be visiting family about 2 hours outside of DC in late July early August and we are considering taking my dd9 into DC for a day or maybe 2. I am thinking a day for the Capitol Building, the memorials on the National Mall and the Air and Space museum of the Smithsonian one day and Mt Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery the other day. Does anyone know of any good documentaries on the monuments, the capitol building, Mt. Vernon, or Arlington National Cemetery? I have Amazon Prime, but am willing to get from other places if it is good. She doesn't watch TV other than an occasional movie so she really hasn't been exposed to what is there. Also if there are any good audio tourism downloads for an android that would be helpful too.
  11. My dh and I are both engineers...I don't think I have come across anyone with a BS in Engineering. Mechanical Engineering would leave a lot more doors open. I would probably do the ME degree for a BS and then Aerospace for a Master's because it would give you more flexibility than Aerospace for both a BS and Master's degree. Aerospace companies hire ME's without a problem. Also if he has any interest in doing Stress Analysis, there can be big money in contracting, just taking a quick look at a contracting site there are places paying up to $85 an hour with per diem worked into it one way or another.
  12. Maybe An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Anne Vanderhoof might be something you'd like. It has been a while since I read it but it is what I thought about when I read your post.
  13. I was mostly just curious partly because I am one of the youngest in the room and I think all of the women were married. It just seemed strange to me. If a friend was having trouble in that area a one on one conversation wouldn't be so weird. The group wasn't homeschoolers, it was a group of neighbors who are home during the day.
  14. I am mid forties and most of the women I hang around do not discuss their TEA time, but I have occasionally ended up in a group of women where it is fairly normal even around people they just met. I am just curious how normal these types of discussions are among real life acquaintances or friendships of the hive members.
  15. We are in one fairly long term right now, but not moving around. They are cheaply made and have problems frequently. We just had 2 floors in slideouts replaced and have read that if a camper is more than about 6 years old they are all going to have that problem. We have damage due to a nasty hour long hail storm where we wondered how on earth were we going to get to the concrete structure if a tornado comes by during the hail storm (the hail was a fair amount larger than golf balls and every camper in the local area had damage). Some people actually had the hail come through their roof. The air conditioners are loud, we have a floor that needs replaced in the bathroom, and furniture that needs replaced. We have had to replace the inverter, we bought a good mattress and a full size refrigerator to have in the toy hauler. We bought ours when it was 7 years old, but have talked to people who have recently bought new ones that were "luxury" and they still were slapped together and needed major work within a year of purchasing them. They require a lot of maintenance. That being said it has given us a better quality of life than living long term in an extended stay hotel and more flexibility than having to sign a lease on an apartment.
  16. Unbroken (I've read the book not watched the movie, the book was emotionally difficult but very good) North and South Gone with the Wind Luther (from 2003) Joan of Arc with Leelee Sobieski The Man From the Alamo (if you are into westerns) We watched this about a month ago and just covered the Alamo in Story of the World
  17. Does he have any possibility of getting a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant job in his department? That helped dh take out almost no student loans for himself during grad school. I had loans, grants, and jobs to work my way through college. My mom paid my car insurance until I got married in my sophomore year and had given me a car that was several years old to go to college on. She absolutely could not afford to pay for my college at all. If he is burned out before starting grad school that could be much more costly in the long run that anything he would make in the summer.
  18. I have a BS in engineering and my dh has an MS in engineering. Your son is being successful and has worked hard from what you have just posted. If he wants to take it easy this summer, why not? He probably needs it. By the time I graduated I was married and my mom wasn't nearly so involved in what I did and I would not have expected her to be if I hadn't been married either.
  19. Shoot I was thinking about Anchorage and Fairbanks when I typed we lived in Anchorage and toured Fairbanks 1 time. I am going to fix my post
  20. We lived in Anchorage for awhile. No way would I consider all you have talked about. You would miss a ton. I would probably fly into Anchorage and rent a car and tour from there. It would be very easy to see so much within 2 hours of Anchorage. Seward is a beautiful little town that runs sight seeing 1/2 day cruises and has a marine wildlife place, Alyeska is a big ski resort that you can take a tram to the top and spend some time. You could flight see out of Talkeetna to see Denali if and that is a big if it isn't fogged in. Hatcher's pass is a beautiful drive, Lake Eklutna is beautiful and has walking trails. Hotels and car rentals in the summer are crazy expensive and it is crowded. If you don't mind the snow go in March and that opens you up to snow machine tours as well as skiing. Look up Hobo Jim and see if he is in the area and playing anywhere.
  21. We are just across the border in LA off of I-10 and woke up to major thunderstorm at midnight with hail at least golf ball sized that went on for over 20 minutes. We then had flash flood warnings on our phone go of about 2:00 although we are high and dry.
  22. It might be easier than you think to get hired right now. I have a friend that hasn't worked in 20 years as a legal something...not sure which position and someone she knows was in a pinch. She is helping them out for the next few months until they can hopefully find someone. Also dh was talking to one of his coworkers about me who has been out of engineering for about 10 years. They would seriously consider me because they can only find people right out of college right now and some of them don't want to show up to work on a regular basis. The market is tight right now and you just may very well get something quickly.
  23. Kraft shredded cheese is definitely gf some others may not be, some vegetable broths are and some are not, if it says food starch don't use it, the adobo sauce I am not sure of...it could be in the natural flavorings. If you can find GF on the can it would be better.
  24. I do, dh works 50 hours a week right now and has to be gluten free. There are a few things he can eat out, but for lunch he would much rather not. I would rather him spend his time with dd and me than prepping food. Before dd came along and we both worked outside the home, we both did meal prep and it really didn't matter which meal.
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