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Alisa in Florida

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  1. I have a Malinois X, a cross between a Belgian Malinois and a GSD. They are supposed to shed less than a GSD, but I've always had dachshunds before, so it seems like a lot to me. I have a Roomba, but it can't do the whole house at one time, so I use a Swiffer, too. A lot. I'm in the Orlando area and the heat hasn't seemed to bother him. We usually walk for an hour or so and he's good with that. We don't walk in the middle of the day, though. He's great with other dogs and the neighborhood kids, but I don't know whether that's just him or the whole breed. He's been really easy to train for the most part. The only issue is that he goes nuts when he sees lizards and the leash training goes out the window.. And those lizards are everywhere!
  2. It was five years ago, but I still remember that feeling. Very weird! He survived, though.
  3. That's the closest airport to me and it's very small, so he shouldn't have any problems navigating it. There is only one escalator down to baggage claim, so you can't get lost. There is an information booth very near baggage claim in case he needs help.
  4. My Shingles vaccine was free to me at the pharmacy with Cigna. That's the only one I've had other than flu shots.
  5. Trim Healthy Mama S meals are LCHF. There are a lot of blogs with THM meal plans that might help. Just Google THM S meals. You don't want the E meals, though; those are the opposite - HCLF.
  6. My stockings were exactly like this! And my parents were born in the 20s, too.
  7. My Marine son is in Kuwait this year and I wanted to send a couple of things from Man Crates for Christmas. Their website said they ship to APO/FPO addresses, but I couldn't get the order form to take the address. When I called customer service, I found out that this was a glitch in some new software and they couldn't even get the address in. They knew it was an issue, but said that they could ship it directly from the warehouse at no charge. I thought they meant no shipping charge, but they didn't even charge for the items themselves, which were over $150. The customer service rep said they were doing this for all of the military shipments until they got the software problem fixed. I was blown away.
  8. The Fall of Rome - my favorite Freakonomics Stuff You Should Know Trim Healthy Podcast
  9. No stores around here had sand bags or sand. I even tried ordering bags online, but couldn't get them in time. The counties and towns around here set up distribution sites, but limit each resident to 10 or so bags. It was 12 in my town, but that's not enough to even bother with. You have to bring a shovel and fill your bags from the piles of sand at the distribution sites. The lines to get those 10 bags were also ridiculous. People were waiting in line for hours with temperatures in the 90s. I just did without, but I'm not in a flood prone area. I can understand why your friend resorted to that, but I wouldn't have posted it on social media.
  10. My older son is 22 and in the military, so I've kept him on my Verizon plan, mainly because he doesn't get paid much. I have no idea how long I'll keep him on it, but not forever. My younger son is 19 and has some FASD related issues(still in high school.) I have him on a prepaid plan so that I can cut him off if he's misusing it or if his behavior gets out of control. I haven't had to do it, but just the threat has seemed to help him follow the household rules.
  11. I wear slippers all of the time in the house. I started wearing Vionic slippers (orthaheel) and the pain went away. They took some getting used to - kind of like walking on a tennis ball, but I love them now. I also make sure I wear shoes with arch support - Dansko, Clarks, or Vionic usually.
  12. Ticket seller at Walt Disney World the summer I graduated from high school. I worked there all through college.
  13. My younger ds turned 18 in January, but we early voted, so it wasn't a big deal. I probably should have waited until yesterday, though, so he could get the whole experience. When my older son voted for the first time in 2012, the poll workers would yell, "First time voter!" and the whole place would cheer and clap whenever a new voter showed up. My son was really embarrassed at first, but after he saw it happening with other people, he thought it was cool.
  14. I just painted most of my house with Revere Pewter. I was skeptical, but I love it now that it's done. It has a way of looking different in different light, so it's not boring. It really does go with anything.
  15. Anne Lorraine All of the others I thought of have already been mentioned.
  16. I went through this two years ago when my son went to Marine boot camp, so I feel for you. It really is an odd experience. I don't know about the Army, but there is a very active Facebook page for parents of Marine recruits. Once I found it, it was really good to connect with other parents going through the same thing. You might search Facebook for similar Army groups or ask your son's recruiter. My son is stationed in North Carolina, so he gets home several times a year, but it's still not easy when he leaves. You'd think I'd be used to it after two years. Praying for you and your son!
  17. I had both breasts removed, so maybe one isn't as bad, but there is no way I could have been left alone for the first two weeks. I couldn't do anything for myself. Couldn't even get out of a chair without help. It also may take several days to recover from the anesthesia. I really just slept most of the first week. If she has a surgical drain, she should probably have a nurse come to the house for a few days until she's able to handle that on her own. She may not feel like eating much at first, but it would be a good idea to provide meals for her. I could function after two weeks, but it was a full six weeks before I felt 100%.
  18. Mine was adopted when he was about a year old and has had stealing issues all of his life. He does have issues from prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. We've been to several different counselors, including a RAD therapist and nothing any of them said has made a much of a difference, unfortunately. They have worked on self esteem and confidence building, tried behavior point systems and I can't remember what else. Nothing has worked for very long. The only real improvement I've seen is that the stealing is now only from family members, so we can take him in stores now without any issues. At home, we use a lot of locks.
  19. I live in the Orlando area and Sunrail & Lynx (the bus system) are great if you want to go where they go. Sunrail is a north-south line that goes through downtown, but if you live east or west, it's of no use. The bus system is best in the central parts of the city, but service is sparse the farther out you go. I live about 15 miles northeast of downtown and the closest bus stop is about 3 miles from my house. Since Nikki already lives here and uses Sunrail, I'm sure she can steer you to the best areas for public transportation. It's available as long as you are in the right areas of town. I think Lynx has a website that shows all of their routes, if that would help. I've lived here all my life and can't imagine living anywhere else. It might take some getting used to after Colorado, but you can make it work. Good luck with your plans!
  20. You might want to check with your insurance company. With mine, as long as the surgery was in an in-network facility, they considered all of the providers to be in network, as well. I've had 3 surgeries in the last 2 years and none of the anesthesiologists were in network, but the insurance company processed them as in network. I was never able to find out who the anesthesiologist would be until the morning of surgery. Too late to do anything about it at that point.
  21. I've had a Ford Escape since January, when I down-sized from a mini van. I love it! There is plenty of back seat room and cargo room. I've been getting about 25 mpg - all city driving. My favorite thing about it is the back up camera, but that may not be on all models. I can't think of anything I don't like about it.
  22. My modular mates are almost as old as yours and for the last year or so, I've noticed the same smell that you describe. My whole pantry is filled with these things and the thought of replacing them makes me cringe. They were expensive even 18 years ago, so I hate to even look at the prices now.
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