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Lady Marmalade

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  1. Nope. We have a pet-free home because of allergies. I should not have to take several antihistamines that make me feel drowsy for MY holiday hosting. We have denied family who asked to bring their puppy to our home for Thanksgiving. Made it real inconvenient last year because one of them had to excuse themselves and drive 30 minutes one way to let out and spend time with the puppy, but that was a choice they made when they got the dog in the first place. Summertime when the dog could be tied up outside at all times? Different story and I might say yes, but it would be weather dependent.
  2. For upbeat music I really like the older Jesus Culture music- the albums We Cry Out and Your Love Never Fails get a lot of play time for me. Hillsong: United and Hillsong: Young and Free also tend to get the blood pumping when I'm cleaning with them in my ears. K-Love plays a lot of great music for sure!
  3. This! Proboards is extremely easy to set up and use. (And free!) They have easy-to-follow tutorials for getting set up, and it's really easy to customize and tweak to your liking. They can be set up as public or private. In the public setting your forum would show up on the proboards list of forums, and you are likely to get random traffic as well as spammers. With the private setting, your forum is invisible unless someone has a link or direct address to find it, so drive-by traffic is extremely rare and thus required little in the way of moderation. Sharing pictures is the only thing that is a little difficult, as you need to have your photos stored somewhere online to be able to share them- UNLESS you want to pay a premium to have proboards store them. There are ads unless you pay to remove them, but they really are not intrusive and I've never found them to be inappropriate for most audiences. If you have questions about using proboards, I'd be happy to answer if I can.
  4. This is just one example as to why I wait a few weeks at least before updating my ios. That being said, this one is hard for me to wait out because I'm beyond excited for dark mode!
  5. Oh my. That is a beauty! I need a butcher block so that I can use my cleaver without worrying about damage to cutting boards and countertops. I feel like DH might think one that size is a bit overkill. 🤪 But now I want it!
  6. I run two Proboards forums, as well as participate on two others. If you have questions, feel free to PM me!
  7. You can set up an internet forum with that can be accessed via computer or phone using the tapatalk app. The forums are free to create and use, and they make it super easy to get one started.
  8. My contribution to this thread is Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I read it this summer for the first time and have recommended it half a dozen times already. It's set in the WWII era, but not where novels of that time are usually set. Instead we're taken to the Seattle area and the Japanese-Americans during that time. Told through the eyes of a twelve year old boy named Henry who befriends a Japanese-American girl, the book showed me a piece of history that I'd admittedly not given much thought to before. Occasionally we'd get a chapter about Henry as an old man many years later, and by the end of the book these two storylines came together in such a beautiful way.
  9. Agree with @Terabith! By itself, when I finished The Sparrow, I definitely felt traumatized. Getting the cracks to the story filled in by Children of God totally changed The Sparrow into a much better book.
  10. Yes! This book was Amazing. I would read a bit, and then have to set it down and think about what I had just read. The best way I can describe the book was that it was rich. It was like eating a decadent dessert and needing to pause to savor the richness before returning for another bite. I laughed, I cried, and I really felt like I was a part of that world for a time. When I turned the last page I couldn't decide whether to cry because I was sad it was over, or stand up and give the book a standing ovation. Truly a wonderful book.
  11. I think you have my favorite post of the day! Way to just git 'er done!
  12. Episode 1: I think this was a combination of the factors you mentioned, plus that shake was not just a drink on top of a meal, it was a meal-in-a-can. Waaaaay too much for her tummy at that time so it came back up. My DS tossed his cookies once (violently) after forcing himself to drink an entire strawberry custard shake after he'd decided he was full. It did not take long at all for that shake to come back up. Episode 2: Her tummy, tastebuds, and sensory memories are remembering the prior incident with that chocolate shake, making her feel nauseated. I don't know about other people, but when I throw a food up, it is a very long time, if ever, that I can even taste the offending food without feeling nauseated. DS still can't think about drinking a strawberry shake and that was several years ago. Episode 3: In episode 2 she had chocolate milk followed by chocolate shake. Now she's having ice cream with chocolate syrup. Any chance the chocolate milk was made with the same chocolate syrup? If not, the combo of ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate syrup is really not that different from a shake flavor-wise. It might be something more serious, but I think I would start with the idea that the chocolate flavor is triggering that digestive memory and causing flashbacks and struggles.
  13. I had no interest in using their 3.0 product because of all the glitches and was glad that I already had discs on hand for DS to start school tomorrow. Only it's being installed on a new computer for a new year and the serial code comes up as invalid. 🙄 The website tells me they have issues now with MY product as well. I sent an e-mail, but I work at 5:30 am, and DS will do schoolwork while I'm gone. So he won't do algebra tomorrow and will start out the year behind. So annoying. I hope they respond tomorrow so it's only one day that I can maybe talk him into doing extra of later this week.
  14. I think for those in the dorms, junk food for sure, regardless of the allergy situation. If you accidentally send something they can't eat, there will most certainly be someone else in the hallway who will enjoy it! I know my DD has already been hosting a group of kids to play some video games and being able to pull out a snack or bag of candy to share would be so awesome!
  15. Isn't it still a thing though where ANY working cellphone can be used to dial 911, regardless of whether it has wi-fi or is connected to service? I remember donating old phones to a women's shelter several years ago just for that purpose.
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