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    Ivy League Interviews- What to Wear

    For a young woman, my vote would be dress pants or a skirt with a blouse and cardigan sweater. Flats for shoes. I think a dress or a suit is too dressy. Just my $0.02 My son’s sole Ivy interview was at his school, so he had on his school uniform. His G’town interview was immediately after school, so he had on his school uniform. Khaki pants and a long-sleeved button down shirt with the school crest. Or a golf shirt with the school crest. But, Ithink it was winter time, so it was probably the long-sleeved shirt.
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    Somewhat catching up on this thread. I don’t have a lot of decorative stuff other than art on the walls. However, I would say that our new condo probably looks open house ready most of the time! Or it could look that way in about ten minutes at any given time. I really like it that way, and I don’t think it is impersonal at all! I have a few family photos out. To me, having less is calming, not impersonal. And, I karate chop my pillows on a daily basis! Lol! BUT, we are empty nesters with no pets which makes keeping things tidy quite easy.
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    Ds is graduated and in his first apartment with a roommate now. What I notice when he comes home is that he is much more considerate about cleaning/tidying up after himself in common spaces like the kitchen and living room. His room, however, still continues to look as if a bomb exploded in it. To be fair, he is having to live out of a suitcase, but it’s unbelievable to me how much stuff is just strewn about the floor. I got a lot tidier when I got married.
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    I mentioned in the 2019 get rid of it all thread that we have a 5 x 5 off-site storage unit. About one third of the items in it are ds’s. There are two large tubs of his sheet music. I am taking my time and mailing one of those large, flat-rate, USPS boxes every other month or so. When we got rid of stuffed animals (which was when we did the downsize two years ago, so ds was 19 - this is the problem - if you have space to store stuff it often doesn’t get purged), we kept four Beanie Babies and his one very special lovey from when he was young. Those Beanie Babies were just too dang easy for grandma to give for EVERY occasion! We had so many dang Beanie Babies in a flat tub under our guest bedroom bed! Ack! But, we kept four. At any rate, when I filled the most recent box of sheet music, there was sort of a gap along the edge, so I crammed in two of the Beanie Babies! He has no idea they are coming along with his music. Brahms, Beethoven, Bach...and Beanie Babies! 🤣
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    Get rid of it all 2019

    I have two issues that hold me back. 1) On books - when we married, dh and I signed up to get the “100 greatest books every written,” (or something like that) from Eaton Press. We paid about $43 per book per month at the time for 8.3333333333 years to obtain them.. I would love to get rid of them (ds has said he does NOT want them when we die), but dh won’t let them go. However, they are nicely arranged on shelves and aren’t truly taking up any space that could be used for anything else. 2) We have an off-site storage unit (5 x 5 in size only) of which, 1/3 is “carp” that belongs to ds. Even if we could figure out how to get that to him in a cost-effective manner (he’s on the opposite coast!), I still don’t think we could be storage-unit free. We are in a 935 sq ft condo now. Not much storage at all in the unit. We do have on-site storage, but it’s not climate-controlled and holds “beach stuff” and financial documents. I truly am glad we down-sized, but it might have been TOO drastic of a change. I wish we had about 1,200-1,300 sq ft. I think that would make all the difference between off-site storage and not. So, I sort of feel defeated before we ever start. I just don’t think I can get out of off-site storage, and I just don’t have that much left too purge. I’m not very motivated because I don’t see that I can gain that much. 😞
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    Did you keep or get rid of your wedding dress?

    I have not read all the replies, so forgive me if someone else has shared a similar idea. I still have mine, preserved (hopefully!) in a box. I learned of an organization called Angel Gowns that takes wedding dresses and makes them into burial attire for infants. These are donated to families. The first outfit they make is designed to reflect the “style” of your dress. So that you can definitely tell that it was crafted from your dress. After that, all remaining materials are incorporated as needed into other burial outfits. As far as I can tell, there is no overarching organization for this group. I found one in my state by searching on FB with the words “Angel Gowns - name of my state.” I contacted them awhile back, but they were not receiving any gowns at the time. Their space for storage is limited. I was told I could send it in February, so I recently recontacted them again, and was told that, yes, I could send it anytime in February. You bear the costs of mailing the gown to them. If you desire, they will send you via email photos of the first outfit made from your gown. They will also post it to FB if you so desire. You can submit a photo of your gown as well and they will post that alongside the burial outfit they create. Before shipping, you are welcome to cut a piece from the hem if you want something to keep. I plan to to do this in the hopes that it might be somehow incorporated into either a ring bearer’s pillow or perhaps a Christening gown for a future grandchild. If neither of those things happen, I won’t get my feelings hurt.
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    Need new exercise

    I’m sorry. 😞 I wish I could offer advice. I am the opposite of someone who needs external motivation. If I had to GO somewhere to exercise, it would never get done. I exercise at home with DVD that incorporate light-weight, circuit training three days a week and run twice a week. My cost outlay is for DVDs, 5-, 8-,and 10-lb weights, and running shoes. I might be cheap. 😬 But, everyone is different as to what works for them. Have you *tried* home exercise?
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    Get rid of it all 2019

    I had a LOT of photos from my parents. They were all in two LARGE tubs. I went through and culled them before we downsized. As an example of culling, I kept one photo of my mom graduating with her friends - I ditched ten others. I, too, had multiple photos that were similar. I think it was the risk of not knowing if the one taken would be a “good” shot. Now, you can just check your phone. Then, you had no idea until the film was developed, so people would take several from the same perspective to make sure they got a “good” one. So, there would be basically ten identical photos in front of the Eiffel Tower! Anyway, after I culled them, I put all their loose photos in photo boxes I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I basically arranged them chronologically with divider tabs. So, I have “Mom,Grandma, and extended family,” on one tab. Same for Dad. Then, “Mom and Dad early marriage” on the next tab. Then “‘My name’ - baby” on another tab. “Toddler and early childhood” on another. “Other family members” on another tab that holds pics of my parents’ siblings at various stages of life, generally arranged chronologically. “High school,” “College,” etc. Boxes hold SO many more photos than albums. I do have some photos labeled on the back with, “No, idea where this is - sorry!” I don’t have a lot of those, but if they are good photos of people I know, but I don’t know the location, I opted to keep them. I have three boxes that hold smaller (4X6 or smaller) photos. I also have two larger boxes (probably 12x 12) that hold larger photos. One box holds photos prior to the birth of our ds, the other those after his birth. So, that second box has team photos, larger portraits (5 x 7 or 8 x 10), etc. I do have albums as well. Until ds was 7 and we started homeschooling I was very good about printing photos and putting them in albums. After that, everything went to you-know-where in a handbasket! Then, we all entered the digital age. But I have found boxes to be the best solution for older photos. For one thing, the sizes are highly irregular. I have some that have zig-zag edges, too. There is no consistency of 3 x 5 or or 4 x 6 as there was in my era. Boxes are more conducive to holding irregular sizes. HTH!
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    Get rid of it all 2019

    “Second set of prints free!” was the bane of my existence for awhile!
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    Get rid of it all 2019

    Lucky girl on the flowers!
  11. I am enrolled in a class for a graduate certificate program. This is my fourth of six classes, and thus far, I have managed to escape having to prepare a PowerPoint presentation. The final project for this class is a PowerPoint presentation that accounts for 35% of my total grade. I might be the MOST un-techie person in the world. My dh has the program on his personal laptop (which I am loathe to use because I prefer just using my iPad with keyboard for everything), and he is happy to help me learn how to use PP since he has used it extensively. However, for the sake of our marriage, I am thinking it might be better if I could do some learning via tutorials, YouTube videos, something. In addition to being un-techie, I am also impatient. And, TBH, I have a bad attitude about this to begin with. Dh says that those who enroll in and take classes should expect to learn new things - I know he is right, but I am completley intimidated by this. have no idea how long it will take me to learn how to learn PP and prepare the presentation. The requirements for content for the project are very vague and open-ended to begin with, though I am hoping those are clarified as the course moves forward. The only places I have ever encountered PowerPoint presentations are in church. Any suggestions on where to start? Any ideas on the level of time commitment to become reasonably adept at using PowerPoint? Thanks in advance for any hand-holding and or reassurances that I can do this.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    @Lawyer&Mom - no live presentation. Just turning it in online. Something to keep in mind if I think I might ever actually use it, though. Thanks! And thanks for the vote of confidence.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Oh, gosh! No, my dh can teach me! I was only half-joking about “for the sake of our marriage.” Though, you might say a prayer for him as I am no Job when it comes to patience! 🙂
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Well, I have it, but I have never used it. I have to learn something new whether I want to or not! Lol! Is Keynote more user friendly than PowerPoint? It’s not an issue for me to use dh’s laptop. I just don’t like it as I am not very mouse proficient and always just want to touch the screen to make things happen (which doesn’t work).
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Ohhhhhh!!!! Okay, good to know! Thanks for clarifying. I will definitely keep that in mind. I am not a procrastinator at all, but it’s good to know that you had to devote significant time to the actual PP piece. My last class offered the option of a PP or paper. I had intended to try to learn PP then, but we had so much dang out-of-town, overnight company last quarter, I just couldn’t make myself do it.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Oh, this is my fourth course in this certificate program. I will not underestimate the requirement for content. I have certainly spent double digits on many assignments - especially final projects. It’s just that I have not had to present my content in this format before. But, I appreciate the tip!
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    This is good to know! Thanks!
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    All the courses list having Microsoft as a requirement. I just haven’t had to use it yet being able to substitute other things. Fortunately, dh does have this on his laptop.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Thanks! Checking with the library is a good idea. Dh does not have the most recent version of PP - will the linked tutorials still be helpful? Can anyone give me a sense of how long I I could expect to learn to be use this? I don’t want to be a rock star at it, but I have no sense of the time commitment of what it will take to learn it enough to put together something different. Should I expect to spend 5 hours? 50 hours? Knowing a time frame (and I’m sure everyone is different - I’m just looking for a range!) would really help me plan out how to schedule mixing in the learning of PP along with my other assignments - none of which require PP. It’s only for the last assignment which is a final project due in 9 weeks or so.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    It specifically says PP in the assignment.
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    Most efficient way to learn PowerPoint

    Not really! I sometimes use Pages on my iPad and covert that into a PDF. I did ask dh about this, and he immediately started rattling off combinations of numbers, so that will be helpful for sure!
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    S/O decluttering. Suggest minimalist blogs podcasts

    Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker. He has a new book out (I haven’t ordered it yet) entitled Minimalist Home. He has a website as well as a Facebook page. I really like his stuff! I also like Marie Kondo and am eager to check out her new Netflix series. I am a fan of Living Well, Spending Less and No Sidebar. Both have FB pages. Joshua Becker is by far my favorite, though. Whatever you decide to use, my best advice it to implement whatever works for you and disregard the rest. I have used different components of all that I have listed. We did a major downsize this year, going from a 3,450 sq ft house to a 935 2 BR, 2 BA condo. It has been pretty drastic but, overall, pretty good. Our ds “launched,” as he graduated from college, and our condo is fine for just the two of us. Awfully cozy when we have company though! Which, happens often now that we have moved to Florida! Honestly, I think I would be happier with about 1,200-1,300 sq ft, I am committed to this plan for five years, and we’ve been at it for almost the first one of those. If and when ds marries and has children, I really would like more space. But, I will never go back to what we had before. Prior to the 3,450 sq ft house, we had 4,300 sq ft! Never again! I’m sorry you have had a difficult year. 😞 Here’s to a better one in 2019.
  23. I didn’t see your other thread, and I am not sure what PRP is. I took Accutane in my early 20s. It definitely helped with cystic acne. I think the success rate is something like 80%. I was in that 20% who didn’t have my acne completely obliterated. At the ripe old age of (nearly) 55, I can say that the coexistence of wrinkles and mild acne sucks! When I was on it, my only symptoms were chapped lips and dry skin - the latter was a VERY welcome change for me. Ds had bad acne on his back, and mild on his face. He also took Accutane. He did not quite complete the entire course. He had a huge loss of appetite toward the end of what he was prescribed to take. This did coincide with his leaving for college across the country, so it’s hard to say if the Accutane caused that or nerves did. He just didn’t complete the course. Probably about 2-3 weeks shy of what they had thought he would take. His long-term results have been better than mine were. They started him on a low dose and then increased. Mine was a consistent dose throughout, and I did complete the course. I think it was four months. Can’t remember how long they wanted ds’s to be. You have to have triglycerides checked frequently - maybe once a month?? Taking it is riskier for girls because of birth defects if pregnancy occurs while on it. Depression is often cited as a side effect, and they are VERY strict about prescribing it. The good thing about it, as I told ds when he started it, is that taking it is completely optional. Thus, if problems of any kind occur, you can just stop taking it. When his appetite dwindled so significantly, he just stopped taking it.
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    When to move?

    Oh, we could have afforded to have stayed where we were. We just didn’t want to pay to maintain space (we were at approx 3,450 sq ft) that we only needed a couple of weeks out of the year. I, however, would like a bit more room than we have! I’m committed to where we are for five years, but we will reevaluate needs/location depending on where ds is, if he’s married, has children, etc. *I* am the only one that thinks we *need* any more. Lol. We are enjoying being in a state with no state income tax though! We hope to continue to build wealth even in retirement. Less house and less taxes contributes to that ability. It sounds like you should just stay put!
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    When to move?

    My dh retired a little less than a year ago. We wanted to lower our col and relocate to a state with no state income tax. So, we did a major downsize and moved into a condo in Florida that we already owned. Florida is my home state, and I have about half a dozen truly good friends in the area we moved to. Even with that, it has been a bit challenging. We lived in our area in Arkansas for 23+ years, and I miss THOSE friends. We are working on getting plugged into a church, but that isn’t easy either. I did love our (much larger) house, but that hasn’t been an issue. We are much happier with a smaller space with less to maintain. But, even though Florida is technically “home” for me, I miss the “home” of Arkansas. Does that make sense? Do you have an option of downsizing but staying where you are? If I had my “drathers,” we would have a place in both places, but that really isn’t practical for us without dh working. Ds is on the opposite coast, and I don’t see him being near us ever. If he had returned to Arkansas, we would have kept a prescience there for sure. Edit - downsizing might make you feel less “unsettled” about your financial situation. Everything is less expensive for us with a smaller footprint. Our basis in our condo, the electric, etc. Our condo association fees are about the same as our yard maintenance was for our home. I’m not saying you have to go to a condo, but maybe a smaller house??
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