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  1. Books. My Hero Academia funko pops. T-shirts. (MHA and Avatar) a MHA book bag. Eta: one of our traditions -- each kid also gets a "coffee table" art book each Christmas, usually from a favorite animated movie or television show. (i.e.: the art of Clone Wars, or whatever...)
  2. We have several college students that DH works with that recently tested. (They had a housemate that tested positive.) Their doctor told them, after their negative test, to continue quarantining for 10 more days.
  3. We tend to buy separates: a rash guard and boy shorts. We buy from Amazon, usually $40 per kid. Eta: this is for 12 & 14 year old girls. We don't swim super often, just the summer.
  4. DH wants to invest in some of those emergency food kits. We do have a grill...dependent on propane. All our house is electric. We don't have storage (no pantry, no garage), so something like a kit that can be stacked in the back of a closet and ignored for a couple of years sounds attractive. Buying and storing normal food sounds great, but only if you have the space to cycle it (use/replace)...
  5. I just ordered a pastry cutter, dough/bowl scraper, and a zester. I can't tell you how excited I am to not cut in butter with two knives, plus to no longer mince fresh ginger by hand. I have no idea why it's taken this long to take the plunge...🤔 ETA: full disclosure - I have been (re)binging Great British Baking Show these past two weeks.
  6. And from what I've heard, many school systems are charging for this service. So you're doing public school AT the public school, but now you're paying a fee for it. (And I realize the supervising adults must be paid, etc, but I'd bristle at paying for an education that's subpar to what was previously free...)
  7. Ah, I need to introduce my kids to part 1 & 2 in preparation! I (often) sing the "Every party has a pooper..." song to my girls, lol.
  8. Yes, to the chiles! My grocery orders have been hit or miss, usually with a substitute brand.
  9. Last week, the radio station I listen to (klove) said there were shortages of paper towels and canned tomatoes.
  10. If I had a list like that every day, I'd be overwhelmed. It's not a lot...but it looks like a lot. He should totally be paying his bills and making calls re: his car. Those are nice reminders -- I still have to remind DH stuff like that. No biggie -- I'm more organized/time-aware than he is. If your DS is the main user of a specific bathroom, he should absolutely be responsible for cleaning it...but I wouldn't say WHEN. Just require it weekly, but give him the freedom to schedule it. And of course he should clean up after himself (stove, counters, etc). But I'd expect that of every
  11. Yes, the change in dynamics would frustrate/annoy me. Because if something is working well for me, almost on autopilot, to make changes creates more work/mental energy. I have had a similar situation here, but literally in the kitchen, lol. DH works with a university and has been home since March. (SINCE MARCH, PEOPLE!! 😣) Anyway, he's gotten into YouTube food channels and wants to make things. Well, fine, but I've been doing this for our family for 20 years. It's a (fairly) well-oiled machine -- I don't want to change and adapt! Sigh. All to say - I hear ya.
  12. Makes sense. I'm trying to plan in advance for potential holiday travel. Every year we end up eating junk, and I'm thinking something similar to a picnic loaf (but simpler) would be nicer than Happy Meals. Like a charcuterie to go...
  13. Thanks! I was able to see it, though not any reviews (which stinks cause I like to read the recipe reviews). 🙂 So the recipe calls for a bland beer. Any suggestions? I couldn't tell you one beer from the next.
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