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  1. It sounds delicious! I wish you could cook for me - I would be so appreciative of your risotto! :D
  2. Thank you all so much for the replies! The big parties sound like so much fun. But with most of our family being unable to attend, and with her being an introvert with only a few (but very close) friends, I'm not sure that would work for us. I should have thought to mention that in the OP. But she did think of something that might be better suited to a small group, and to her game-loving personality: an escape room (followed by dinner). I think she would really enjoy that. And we are planning a trip to DC because it's been a lifelong dream of hers to see the Smithsonian (she loves
  3. Ahh, there is a fantastic restaurant just outside of our city which she's never been to, but would love. It's too pricey to go often, so the fact that she's never been would make it special! (My dd is not really a party kind of person either.)
  4. This is our last year of homeschooling (insert wistful sigh here). DD is graduating in May, and I'm not sure how to mark the occasion. We're not part of any homeschooling groups. Family is all out of state (though a few might come). I've asked her what she wants to do, but she doesn't know either! I want to do something but I'm clueless. Please help!
  5. Oh, no! How did that NOT show up on my search??? Argh! Looks like that one hasn't been posted in for quite awhile. So should we "revitalize" it rather than starting a new one? ETA: I just saw that the older group's founder hasn't been on the boards since 2014. So I think it's okay to go ahead with another group, right?
  6. Oh, Lisa, I am so very sorry. :grouphug:
  7. My therapist recommends Jon Kabat-Zinn, both his books and his guided meditation apps. https://www.mindfulnesscds.com
  8. Done! Thank you all for expressing interest. It wasn't really my intention to spearhead the operation, since we have far more experienced vegans/vegetarians here than me. So if anyone else wants to take over the group, that's fine by me! But I went ahead and got it started: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/groups/301-vegetarian-and-vegan/ I can send an invitation to anyone who wants one.
  9. Yes, I agree with your point! I don't see why they couldn't just have the kids email friends and family themselves rather than handing over a list.
  10. I'd be happy to start one. Got any ideas for a good name for it?
  11. Yes, I'm not a big fan of these types of fundraisers either, and I don't give money for sports. Sports, in my experience, get quite enough in the way of funding, support, and general adoration as it is. I'd rather give to the less popular programs. Or the basic classroom necessities!
  12. If so, could somebody kindly point me to it? (can't find it!) If not, would anyone else be interested in one? Or is there an online vegan/vegetarian forum elsewhere that you enjoy and would recommend? Thanks!
  13. Personally I would much rather that someone I don't know/trust have my email address than my phone number or street address (and I'm assuming that fundraising means they'd need at least one of those three, but I suppose that depends on the type of fundraiser). Blocking an email sender that I don't want to receive further emails from takes like 5 seconds (I don't unsubscribe, that takes longer. I just block the sender). Reporting an email as spam takes three clicks. It's just not a big deal to me. When scouts come to my door selling cookies/popcorn, they already know where I live, but t
  14. Awesome, sounds like a good plan! Now to come up with that million.....
  15. Okay, apparently I'm alone here, but I'm going to admit that I really don't understand. Email is pretty much the least intrusive way I can think of to contact someone. Email is great because I can check it at my convenience, instead of having to drop what I'm doing to answer the phone or, worst of all, the doorbell. When I was a kid, we did our fundraisers in person, so that meant going to people's houses. Honestly, I would MUCH rather you shoot me an email than show up at my door. That way, as I said, I can read it when it's convenient for me. And, also, it's easier to say no by email (
  16. Wow, could you really do all of that for a million?
  17. What do you guys think is the ideal location to wear a fitness tracker? I currently have one on a wrist band, and since I usually forget to move it before I bike or use the stepmill (hands gripping the rail) it doesn't count all of that activity! Before this, I had one on a magnetic clip that could be worn anywhere, and I really liked that. But apparently the magnetic clip was not as secure as I assumed, because it fell off somewhere unknown to me and I lost it. I think the obvious short-term solution is that I have to start remembering to move it when I'm doing an activity that moves my l
  18. Laurie, this is fantastic. Thank you so much for going to all that trouble for me (us)! I am looking forward to reading all of these.
  19. Yes, the claim surprised me, so I wondered if anyone had any more information about it (or information to the contrary). I think the overall point he was getting at is that formal exercise can only do so much to make up for being sedentary all day, and that we have to make a conscious effort to be active and moving throughout the day. And I think that's a great point! But I would still be surprised if someone who walks 10,000 steps but never gets their heart rate up into the aerobic zone is healthier than someone who sits more but does a few hours of cardio a week. But if you're talking ab
  20. I appreciate all of the suggestions, ideas, and explanations of how you get it done. Thanks, everyone!
  21. I appreciate all of your suggestions, but these two brought a smile to my face because they reminded me of my grandmother. She loved to sit on the floor, and one of my fondest memories of her is how she would bring a pile of coloring books and a box of crayons and sit on the floor with my daughter, who was just a toddler at the time, and color with her for as long as my daughter wanted to. She had other health problems, unfortunately, but she was quite limber for her age! I think (outside of yoga or meditation classes) she's the only person I've ever known over the age of 10 who would routi
  22. My personal favorite is to press some extra firm tofu (I like the texture better once it’s been pressed, but that’s just a personal preference, not a necessity), then cut it into chunks, sauté it, and add to a curry. Hornblower’s tofu scramble recipe is also delicious!
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