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Shawna in Texas

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  1. I think it would be very difficult and I can't imagine doing it. When DH and I got together we were both apolitical, but I became much more so around the '96 election. He was apolitical until around the '04 election. He has a very utopian, black and white thinking, "I'd be all for tyranny if I was in charge" sort of thing. No checks and balances if things are going his way. Luckily, it's only me he talks to about this stuff. :p I actually can't think of any political issue we disagree save the implementation. LOL I do know a couple that are opposites. He's outspoken and she's not. Her face has a permanent condescending smile, though. I don't think he realizes.
  2. The film Romeo + Juliet might help them enjoy it a bit. It's the only way my dd enjoyed it.
  3. I think that if you could see that not believing in a deity doesn't, for one second, make one lose a childhood or wonder. There are so many wonderful, fantastical, and scientific (just watch a Hawking documentary) natural things that can make even those without faith become awestruck. It wasn't until I became an atheist that I could really see the world and the magnificence of the universe and I even dabbled with a bit of paganism in my early 20s. :-P I have a 14yo atheist and she's pretty wonderful herself.
  4. I'll just post the first that popped in my head when I read the thread title. My favorite is fluid, but this one I've loved for many years. Maybe not loved, but certainly one that does affect me. I read quickly and this is one of the only poems that I read very slowly. Every time. Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy Not a red rose or a satin heart. I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light like the careful undressing of love. Here. It will blind you with tears like a lover. It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief. I am trying to be truthful. Not a cute card or kissogram. I give you an onion. Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, possessive and faithful as we are, for as long as we are. Take it. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring, if you like. Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife.
  5. I don't know. I've never lived anywhere that had proper seasons. My perfect weather would be dreary and no more than 50F as a high. If I didn't have all my extended family down here, we'd be going north. As it is, we are looking into the future. I don't really want the snow; it's the rain I want. I'm hoping we get that rain on NYE that is predicted. I'm stupidly excited about that. And we plan on a North Padre trip before Spring Break. The beaches are empty and the weather isn't horrible yet. Yet, my grandfather loves the heat. He's 88 and mows the yard in his bikini. Of course he gets something cancerous burnt off every year... The only bad thing really is the static electricity. All that friction from our sweaters. We went to HEB this evening and ouch, that buggy! My youngest wanted to push and I finally relented. She's not going to ask again. DH got dirty looks when we let him have a turn. He didn't talk very nicely to it.
  6. One of my fondest childhood memories was when we got an Atari. It was the early 80s and I was in elementary school. I used to play River Raid with my dad. In Jr. High, my friends and I were all about Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario. We played when we couldn't get rides to the skating rink or the mall, and there was only so much loitering you could do at the convenient store. And our parents stopped letting us build ramps for our bikes and skateboards. Probably wise. In high school it was Mortal Kombat (Finish him!) and Street Fighter. Right after my oldest was born, DH bought Silent Hill and we had so much fun freaking out over that game. I've got pictures of DD in DH's lap as he's sitting cross-legged on the floor playing Madden. I'm hoping some of my girls' favorite memories will be them playing Mario Kart together. My 5yo is *very* good, and my 14yo is not a sore loser. And the fencing. 5yo is very good at that, too.
  7. DD5: a kitten from two weeks ago. She's ridiculously pleased with anything we get her, but she squealed when she opened a bracelet kit and glittery watercolors. DD14: single serve blender/food processor Me: Le Petit Prince Moleskine 2013 planner DH: fleece sheets (which I should have washed and put on the bed tonight because it's finally cold)
  8. We have 3 Acer Aspires. Two 10" and my newest, an 11.6". One of 10" is nearly 5 years old. I accidentally destroyed the HD a couple years ago, but replaced it for $40 and installed Ubuntu on it. We've replaced the battery and charger once. It still works fine. The second 10" is about a year and a half. It has 1G ram and dd plays World of Warcraft and Mindcraft on it. It also has Ubuntu dual installed. My 11.6" is only a couple months old, 2G ram, dual installed Fedora. It's zippy enough for my needs.
  9. I've not done any. The kids got their big gift (a kitten). This weekend we'll go get some long jammies for the little, a few DVDs, books, art stuff, and a bunch of paraphernalia from Hot Topic for my oldest. Maybe a few other things if something catches my eye. My kids are really easy to buy for.
  10. Heather, I really appreciate your posts in this thread. It's another division for our country. Those who feel safer with more guns and those who feel safer with less.
  11. DH has been pretty much watching the news non-stop for the last few days. I'm cooking dinner and I hear him laugh in a way that honestly scared me a bit. He screamed out, "They need those types of weapons to hunt squirrels! Squirrels!" I'll have to ask him tomorrow about the clip. Honestly if you need a weapon of that caliber to kill a squirrel, they've won. Eat something else.
  12. My Papaw is 88. He texts a lot. We're getting him a phone with a qwerty keyboard for Christmas. He's going to be so excited. Both grandparents know how to use a DVR and they both know what Facebook and Twitter are because they watch tons of TV.
  13. My DH reads these and is in a quandary. He wants to go see the movie, but Tom Cruise plays Reacher. It makes him cry a little bit. You are forgiven for not liking donuts since you amuse me so. :tongue_smilie:
  14. We get our tees from Othertees, Woot, Tanga, $6 Shirts, Think Geek, Amazon, and Hot Topic. I've never ordered from Teefury, so I've put that on my list. My favorite is Othertees. I um have several Sherlock shirts from there.
  15. Gary Mitchell. (Though in the Japanese trailer, there was a bit of Wrath of Khan there at the end. I might have cried a bit. I'm hoping Abrams is just a giant troll, though.) I am thisclose to calling the theatre and asking if I can watch the preview in the IMAX (while paying for that), but going to the regular after, but I'm sure it will be too crowded. I'm the one who doesn't do IMAX very well (headache and motion sickness) and dang, it's a long movie. I didn't think about youtube after, though. Hm.
  16. Nope. Sometimes he'll ask me to make him a couple sandwiches to take, but I usually do that before I go to bed. If I'm up and he asks for it, I'd do it, but I'm usually not and he leaves 20 minutes after he wakes up. He's usually not hungry then. But if it was something that I was challenged to do so, I'd probably make quiche, baked oatmeal, and baked French Toast to cook ahead. That way I'd only need to reheat. But that's me. I'm useless at 6AM.
  17. I have a phablet (5.3", I think) and a netbook (11.6"), DH has a smartphone and a 7" tablet, he can do most everything on those. He's thinking of getting a phablet for his next phone and letting the 5yo have his tablet. I can't remember the last time he used my computer. About missing something, I don't know. I *loved* my last smartphone. A Samsung Galaxy S with a 4" screen. I used it heavily for 2 years. That and my netbook were all I needed. I'd mess around on DH's tablet occasionally, but really it was just a larger version of my phone and it wasn't terribly useful to me. Then I got the Galaxy Note and It's just perfect. We do have a 10" tablet that we use for school and I do find that useful. Mostly for the 5yo though.
  18. I'm not sure if I can be helpful or not. I think people assume I'm permissive when I'm really not. DD and I have ongoing conversations about the stuff that she puts on the internet. I have access to her Facebook at any point. I've helped her set up lists because the only three rules I have are her dad and I are in all of her lists, no inappropriate personal pictures and absolutely no bullying or meanness (this has never ever been an issue, but since it's a non-negotiable, it's out there). I do remind her that just because she's put people into lists doesn't mean that her friend's parents can't see what she's posting, so she needs to be mindful there. As for song lyrics, it's not on my radar, but that doesn't mean she won't be judged by other parents who come across their kid's FB. She knows that not everyone has the same privacy settings, so she knows she has to be conscious of what she's putting out there.
  19. In Bruges A Very Long Engagement Howl's Moving Castle
  20. Go to Amazon and read the preview. It will give you a good idea of the content. I don't really censor anymore, but I'd try to put dd off. It's not a comfortable read.
  21. There is an app called Textplus that allows you to make calls and text without any plan, but only covered by wi-fi. My dh's tablet has this because he texts on it sometimes and we've confirmed that it does work as a phone (a giant 7" phone :laugh: , and he laughed at my Galaxy Note). The phone bit is free if calling other devices with the same app, otherwise it's something like $1 for 40 minutes and $20 for 1,000. We're seriously considering something like this when our contracts run out since I don't usually make calls when I'm out, but if I did, it would be easy to find a hotspot. I'm not sure if you can carry your current number over, but I know you can use the same number on numerous devices.
  22. I wonder how elections in Texas would work. Or would we declare him Caesar? I also wonder how long it would take us to repeal our own law of only letting people born in Texas be president, because we've forgotten George Bush was born in a foreign country. Yes. It would be entertaining all round. I might need shelter somewhere north for a quick getaway.
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