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Lady Florida.

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Lady Florida. last won the day on January 14

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About Lady Florida.

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    Done homeschooling but can't bear to leave The Hive.
  • Birthday October 30

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    former public school teacher

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  1. I spent years trying to find a pillow that allowed me to sleep comfortably and not wake up with my neck hurting. I tried various types of fiberfill and memory foam pillows. I tried cheap ones and expensive ones. I made sure I bought pillows for side sleepers. I tried the kind with the neck cutout for side sleepers. I tried pillows that were recommended here on WTM (I might have even started a thread or two asking for pillow help). Each time I either hated it from the first night or it was fine for a week or two, but then started giving me neck aches. Finally one of the searches I did brought up this latex foam pillow. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself. When I was a kid my mother always got me what used to be called "foam rubber" pillows and they were perfect. I think at some point they fell out of favor. This one is basically the same kind of pillow I had growing up. I bought it in January and am still happy with it.
  2. Mine too. Even as an atheist I'm terribly upset over this but there's nothing religious in my sadness. I didn't even know that mass was still said there so I didn't think of it as an actual active church. To me it's all about the history.
  3. There was a worldwide outage of all their services for several hours. I used both Facebook and Messenger shortly before coming here so it seems they're back. Whether it's back for everyone or whether it's back consistently, who knows.
  4. Before we moved to Florida all the white people I knew or knew of were either Catholic or Jewish. I hadn't heard of Protestantism in general but I knew some Baptists. They were all Black, so my young, immature mind told me "Oh, okay. Baptist must be the Black religion.". And no, I didn't think to ask any adults, though I don't know why not. When we moved to Florida one of the first friends I made was white and Baptist. Only then did I start wondering and asking questions. I didn't know some Christians don't consider Catholics to be Christians until we started homeschooling, so that would have been the early 2000s. I was well into adulthood then. I know I wasn't explaining it well which is why I tagged Laura. It's more about an attitude towards Christmas than an attitude towards how Christmas is celebrated. Check her posts above, esp. the one with the clips from Love, Actually. When I first saw that movie I thought the writers were just being silly, but as Laura said, it's somewhat over the top but not completely.
  5. I went bowling with my boyfriend when REO Speedwagon was popular. There was a guy in the group next to us named Mario and all night long his (very loud) friends were calling him Mario Speedwagon. We laughed at first but were so tired of hearing it by the time the night was over.
  6. Oh I remembered another one. The Long and Winding Road ( @Dotwithaperiod's Uncle Albert post made me think of it). It came out after we moved to FL but at that point we were still making frequent visits to family in NJ. I had cousins who lived at the top of a hill and at the end of a long, winding road. We used to sing the first line because the long and winding road really did lead to their door. 🙂 I was listening to the Beatles station on Sirius not long ago and heard the song. It transported me back to those days. There are really so many. It's funny what music does to us in relation to memories. Kodachrome by Paul Simon was actually playing on the radio as I was on my way to my high school graduation. "When I think back on all the crap Iearned in high school" 😂😄 I still think of that when I hear the song. In case you're wondering why I still hear all these old songs, it's not me listening to oldies stations. Ds likes 70s and 80s music so we listen to it a lot when he's around, and we've been listening to it since he was in his early teens (he's 21).
  7. Ah, okay. Thanks for clearing that up. For some reason I thought it was a church choir. This is what I was trying to explain. The lack of angst extends to celebrating Christmas.
  8. I have some questions for those of you who buy your glasses from Zenni or any other online provider. Do you wear glasses all the time? Do you stick with the same frame style each time? Have you ever gone to a local store and tried on different frames before coming home and ordering online? Frame styles change and while I will keep the same frames through a few prescription changes, at some point I want new frames. I wear my glasses almost all the time (I wear them more than I wear my contacts) so frame styles are something I care about. My glasses are a part of me and I want them to look as good as they can for my budget and insurance coverage, plus keep up with changing frame styles. Do they have a photo thingie where you can "add" glasses to yourself? Even then I don't think it would be the same as actually putting on frames to see and feel them. I have a hard time imagining how frames would look and feel without trying them on.
  9. From what I've heard from friends in the UK (both online and RL friends) the attitude is different than it is in the U.S. It's very common for the holiday to be seen as just a secular celebration. Non-Christians aren't looked down on for it. I don't know how to really describe it. An example is our own @Laura Corin who sings in a church choir even though she's an atheist, And that's accepted. It would not be seen favorably if atheists in the U.S. joined church choirs just because they like to sing and like the songs/music. (I'm hoping that by tagging her she'll see this and do a better job of explaining than I've done).
  10. This makes sense. In Western societies even many (most?) non-Christians know the major stories so it's become part of our literature tradition to allude to them. Sometimes it has a religious meaning, sometimes it doesn't.
  11. I live in an older but still desirable neighborhood. By older I mean the newest houses were built in the 90s. There are really 3 sections - houses built in the 60s, the 70s, and the 80-90s. Our house is at the end of the oldest section and was built in 1969. We have an HOA but it has no teeth. None. They can't even truly require the dues, which are $25 a year. Yes, $25 a year. We have an elected board. The only thing that the HOA really does is keep the entrance looking nice and decorate the entry wall each season/holiday (the kind of wall that has the subdivision neighborhood name on it). I was looking at a gated subdivision near where we want to move to and was surprised at the relatively low prices of the houses there. Most nearby subdivisions are much higher for the same type and age of homes. Then I found out the HOA dues are $752 a month! They have a pool, golf course, two clubhouses,, and they do all your lawn maintenance. They do roof repairs/replacements, stucco repairs, and keep your irrigation system (which all of the houses have) maintained. They also paint the exterior of your house and pressure clean your driveway. I still think it's crazy. I could handle all of those things for less than the monthly fee, and while we'd use the pool, we have no interest in golf and are unlikely to ever use the clubhouses. I immediately crossed that place of our list of possibilities.
  12. If you get tired of the no-resolution type of true crime, I just started listening to Case Closed. As they say in the intro of every episode, it's a true crime podcast about the times the bad guy didn't get away with it. I'm only a few episodes in, but they're all pretty short. There's one full season and they're two episodes into the second season.
  13. I think I was posting while you were. I saw that the neighborhood with amenities has "older" homes.
  14. Florida has done a little of that. HOAs used to tell people what kind of grass and plants they could have in their yards. Keeping a lawn is not only expensive in Florida, it uses a lot of water. Around 10 years ago the state passed a law known now as the Florida-Friendly Landscape Law. HOAs can't prevent people from having "quality landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought tolerant." The ink on the bill barely dried when some HOAs tested it. They lost. A qualifying word is "quality", so an HOA can still tell you that you can't have a ratty looking lawn and claim that it's because the plants are Florida friendly. They can insist it be landscaped and not just full of random wildflowers. And just this year the state legislature passed a law that allows people to have a vegetable garden in the front yard. I haven't seen the details of the bill but basically it's what it sounds like. There will probably challenges to it and they'll settle on some do's and don'ts but I'm glad this passed. We're going to have to deal with an HOA when we move. The area we want to move to has almost nothing but HOA neighborhoods. It's not something I'm used to and I'm not looking forward to it. @DawnM, I agree with calling to try and find out what the difference is all about.
  15. I'm not denying that the wizards celebrate Christmas, just questioning why.
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