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  1. This article might be useful for further research on yourNative American heritage: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Blackfeet_Indians
  2. I'm a vegan, but the rest of the house eats meat. I am also the primary cook, so I use a meat thermometer every time I cook something more complicated than hot dogs.
  3. If you have been exposed, you can also do everything possible to keep from spreading it to others. Wash hands, review all the flu prevention advice, stay home. Those with compromised immune systems will thank you.
  4. Snuggling with DS8.5 right now. Wondering if I'll get my evenings back before he goes to middle school... He is already growing so fast!
  5. I recently bought Hari's new book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions. Is anyone else reading it? I'm finding the book absolutely fascinating, but it is really challenging my inner "story" about depression/anxiety. I can read a few pages and then I get frustrated, have to spend some times with the footnotes, have to process, and then can go onto the next few pages. I haven't finished the book (I'm about a third of the way through), but I'm interested to hear others' thoughts?
  6. This thread is so relatable. I didn't know that you could buy hamburger and hot dog buns when DH and I married. It just never occurred to me that buns were things sold in markets. DH can't eat a hot dog or a hamburger without the appropriately shaped bun. Mystifying. Growing up, we always were getting calls from creditors. Mom could never control her spending... And still can't. DH and I are both professional, and we are financially careful. Unfortunately, enterprising bill collectors have started calling us (mom doesn't have a phone, so she gives out our home number). I cannot belie
  7. I really appreciate the guided breathing routine the Charge2 has. It's really a great way to focus in and calm down.
  8. Squee! I love the Hive. Thank you! Didn't even know such a thing existed. This will be so helpful! I've never heard of the Civil Air Patrol, but there's a squadron within an hour of us, so I'll show it to DS and see what he thinks. Thank you!
  9. DS12 is very interested in the Coast Guard Academy. We don't have family or friends in the Coast Guard. Are there any Hive families that have experience with it? DS12 wants to start preparing now. He has wanted to be in the military since he was four (it might have been three). He really likes order and structure, and he loves military history. He obviously needs to work on core "school" topics, but for admissions purposes, where should he be focusing? We're not proposing he do anything that he doesn't want to do (or doesn't like doing), but he wants to know what he should be doing. DH and
  10. DS9 and I really enjoyed Prime Climb, but we are simplifying the rules a bit until we learn the nuances. We also enjoyed Exploding Kittens. I got sucked into the other game post pre-Christmas, so we have a number of additional games to play... :-)
  11. We are doing a German-inspired night of sausage, spätzle, cheese fondue, pretzels, beer...
  12. I found the word-of-the-year thread for 2017 (here: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/633145-if-you-do-a-word-of-the-year-what-was-your-2016-2017/). Unfortunately, 2017 was a bit of a bust for my word (JOY). I think for 2018, I'm going to focus on RESOLVE. That is, I'm solving problems, deciding on courses of action, and having the determination to get stuff done. I really do enjoy these annual words.
  13. Family names: LaDonna Ulah Pauline Mildred Wilhelmina
  14. Just FYI, Amazon has champagne yeast and stoppers... Prime... less than $15... Just in case you're *really* lazy and don't feel like leaving the house. ;-)
  15. And... I have the yeast and stoppers ordered. Can't wait! This is my kind of beverage making.
  16. Well, the apocalypse is upon us. My kids *begged* to start school early yesterday. So we started school today and they did their work cheerfully. Maybe they were abducted by aliens? Or that Stepford Wives thing is happening? This is just terrifying!

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    2. 3 ladybugs

      3 ladybugs

      My child needs what they are having!!


    3. cintinative


      Enjoy it while it lasts!!

    4. mama25angels


      Please just roll with it while it lasts. Believe me, it doesn't last long, lol

  17. From the bathroom: "Mom, does the conditioner go on first or the shampoo? Why do I have to wash my hair again?" Personal hygiene is *tough.*

    1. PollyOR


      Oh my goodness. That's so funny!

    2. Kat w

      Kat w

      Baha! Know how many times I've heard that same exact thing? ...must be a big lol...

    3. Kat w
  18. Sick for the last 10 days. Now I'm paralyzed by all the stuff I need to catch up on! I'm not even sure where to start first... there's just so much of everything. Darn.

    1. goldberry


      OMG this is me and DD. We were down for two weeks and then snowed in once we were better. Feel your pain.

  19. Oh, dear. Allegedly all children are oppressed because they cannot decline to do school. And to make matters worse, they cannot vote for president. The indignity! The injustice! Dear nine-year old, I made the same arguments to my fourth grade teacher 33 years ago...

    1. Tsuga


      Well I tell my kids they are welcome to exchange the fascism of living at home and going to school for the tyranny of living in a rental and working full time. Nobody's taken me up on it yet!

    2. idnib


      Help, help, I'm being oppressed! (Monty Python reference)

  20. Uttered from my mouth, "If you go put on deodorant, I'll make you a snack."

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    2. dragons in the flower bed

      dragons in the flower bed

      No one who has witnessed someone else's puberty is judging you.


    3. IndigoGlitter


      This is along the lines of "Please remember to use soap and shampoo when you shower". LOL

    4. AmyontheFarm


      I swear there were days my son was participating in a some sort of B.O.-warfare.

  21. Rain, baby, rain!!! I only hope it keeps up all weekend.

    1. Jean in Newcastle

      Jean in Newcastle

      Me too. Only ours has stopped for now. They say it might storm tomorrow. I hope it does all over our state and puts out the wildfires.

    2. swimmermom3


      Dh drove a van for the Hood to Coast race. Typical NW weather humor to have had an incredible dry spell, but then rain on a big event.

    3. mommymonster


      I've driven H2C a number of times. Nothing like trying to get a 10 passenger vehicle to some of those handoffs. Your hubby is amazing! And I'm loving the rain. It looks like it will be off and on this week!

  22. It is not ** quite** hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. We tried today! :-)

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