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GailV last won the day on December 7 2015

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  1. Dh was diagnosed with MS that turned out to be Chronic Lyme's. He, too, follows an anti-inflamatory diet, but not Wahl's -- he's figured out what works for him. He started with GAPS, and went from there. He's more of an "eats to live, not lives to eat" sort of person, so the bit about food not tasting good isn't such an issue. If I eat corn my joints will hurt. Dh is fine with corn, but avoids all other grains. If I take turmeric I itch. I think if I took it several days in a row I'd break out in hives.
  2. Dd hopes to live in a house off campus next spring (she'll be overseas for fall semester). Typically students have to spend their first 2 years in the dorms, but she thinks she can use her DE credits to argue that she should have the same latitude as the transfer students -- it's a small school, so the powers that be are a little more open to considering individual cases. The cost will be about the same, I think. She dislikes the dorm food, and wants to have a kitchen. Her dorm roommate moved out during the 2nd week of school, so, honestly, she's had a pretty cushy dorm situation so far. The house she's considering is very close to campus. It's considered one of the "department houses" -- usually lived in by students in her department. She's been invited by the student who has that house's authority to invite other students. Most of the houses like this have room for 5 or 6 kids; they share in the house rent and utilities, negotiate who purchases toilet paper and who cleans the kitchen, etc. Then when they graduate, groups of students move to NYC or Chicago, and rent apartments together, pretty much doing the same sort of thing as they did in the houses, now that I think about it -- older DD was in a house for 2 years, then graduated and moved to Brooklyn with one of her housemates, plus a student from another house, and a random person they picked up along the way, and they're still having "house meetings" to figure out how to handle purchasing the toilet paper and dish soap (last I heard it was an Amazon subscription). These days she rarely posts sink-shaming pictures of the dirty dishes left by roommates, so I assume everyone is getting a little more mature now that they're out in the real world .... It's easier to navigate since we've been through the entire thing with an older student.
  3. Okay, you may have shared this multiple times, but it's the first I've read it! Oh my, what a sweet story. I just texted it to dd, who has had many rats through the years. Edited to add: As far as the actual point of the thread, most animals strike me as pure of heart.
  4. Me: Back when college costs were sane (yes, I'm that old) my parents paid. Dh lived at home and worked to contribute to his, but, as I said, that was back when a few hundred dollars could make a huge difference. Dds: Attended/attend private university that hands out lots of merit scholarships. Both got scholarships for over half the costs of tuition and room/board. We pay for the rest via 509 savings. Travel costs to the area are low, as is COL in the area (important when they move out of the dorms into local housing). Older dd has graduated and is out in the real world. While she was in school she thought it was nice that we were paying the entire tab so she didn't need to take out loans. Now that she's out earning her own way, comparing budgeting notes with her peers, she REALLY thinks it's AMAZING that she has no student loan debt. It's given her a whole new perspective on life; she realizes the trajectory of her career can be totally different because of this. She has spontaneously written us lovely notes about it. (None of which is to say everyone should pay for their kids' school, but, rather, to say that our kids appreciate that this is a life-changing gift.)
  5. I adore Lindsey Samper yoga on Amazon Prime. She has a good variety, from 10 minute to hour long. Her instructions are top notch. Edited to add: Oh, hey, I just went onto Prime and it recommended another yoga video for me that looks interesting -- Yoga for the Inflexible by Julia Marie. I haven't tried it, but it might be worth taking a look at.
  6. Nothing. Earthquake zone. But, even if we didn't live in an earthquake zone, I wouldn't have anything there. We stayed in an Air BnB in London with a painting over the bed, and it fell down on us in the middle of the night with no apparent provocation.
  7. Netflix and Amazon Prime seem to be less disappointing if you're just sort of open to what happens to be available at the moment. We have access to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Hoopla, and Kanopy, and if I decide, "Oh, hey, I'd like to watch XYZ movie right now," I'm often unable to find it available. Honestly, lately I've had better luck checking the library catalog for specific titles and checking them out as DVDs (I tend to be looking for stuff that's a little less mainstream, though, so there's usually not a bunch of holds on them -- things like The Rider and Death of Stalin are just sitting there on the shelves ready to give me relatively instant gratification). On the other hand, if I just randomly browse through streaming services I often come up with something interesting. Tonight we watched The Tuskegee Airmen, which we had never seen before -- we really enjoyed it. There were a couple of other choices, too, that sounded interesting, although I wasn't thinking of them when I started looking ... okay, honestly, I'd never heard of them, but now I'd be interested in watching them sometime.
  8. Example of the crapshoot: I'm reading this thread because DD's Lenova Yoga has been a hot mess for several weeks. It was great for the first couple of months then started to have screen flicker, then occasionally simply shut down. She's figured out that there's a screw loose inside it, but Best Buy can't fix onsite -- they'll have to send it away, which can take up to a month -- quite unhandy when you need to have a laptop in class a couple of times a week. Currently she clips a wooden clothespin to the spot that needs shoring up, and will send it in after the semester is over. Edited to point out that she figured out the problem because many others have been through the same thing with this particular line of Yoga laptops.
  9. We always DIY toilet issues. Dh has been known to take the toilet out and put it back in just for the sake of easily painting or wallpapering behind it. Other than being heavy and bulky, they're pretty straightforward. Our basement toilet didn't have a shutoff valve when we moved in, so that was the diciest one we've dealt with. We had a plumber install the valve, btw.
  10. In my head this entire thread now has a soundtrack of Joyce Country Ceili Band, even though they use a male lead and thus I can't pretend it's you singing. The snow coming through sounds like it could be stressful to deal with -- we're at the other end of the storm track, trying to figure out return-to-college travel.
  11. DH eats at least 2 salads every day: 1. "Breakfast" salad -- spring mix, cucumber, blueberries, roast turkey, dressed with olive oil and fresh lemon juice 2. "Lunch" salad (or bedtime snack) -- spring mix, cucumber, avocado, pickled red onions (pickled with ACV and honey), roasted salted pumpkin seeds, roast turkey, dressed with olive oil and fresh lemon juice My salads usually involve arugula and quinoa (I make large batches and freeze in small containers), bottled dressing, pumpkin seeds, other protein, something orange (eg, carrots, butternut squash). I aim for a Pret a Manger vibe with my combos.
  12. Insert typical comment from me that there are swathes of women who have given up on purchased underpants and bras, and make their own. Lots of patterns out there, online and IRL shops selling necessary notions, fabrics suitable for sport or stunt (or just plain everyday), the exact amount of froth/lace/trim you want, endless group discussions on nuances of fit and style (sort of like public school vs. homeschool, but for underwear).
  13. Total thread derailment moment -- dd just did a Broadway musical tour as wardrobe assistant, and one of her jobs during prep was purchasing underwear for all the performers (4 sets each since they had a 4 show day at one point). So, if you really want to pursue this dream there's an actual career path.
  14. Hmm, my request to join is still pending from ... last time this came up, which was at least several weeks ago. I can see other people have joined recently, so y'all are apparently still accepting requests. So .....
  15. That's exactly what I like about fermented foods! (Also why I liked teaching elementary school science -- it had much of the same vibe.) Alas, no one else here really likes eating what I come up with. Dh likes Bubbies sauerkraut better than the home-fermented. As for raw cheese, when the kids were younger that's what I bought all the time -- especially brands like Organic Valley that are distributed fairly widely. As a matter of fact, it was on sale at Whole Foods just last week.
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