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  1. I know one person who does it. For her, it's to share her travels with family and friends in a fun way. It's very low on my list of social media annoyances. (And I have a lot, LOL.)
  2. I'll have him ask at health services. Disabilities Services may have mentioned it for all I know - he may have missed it. I could see value in them storing all but a week's supply for him, if it's an option. Thanks for that suggestion
  3. Oh yeah. Fortunately the school is only about 60 miles away. But that and how to manage the quarterly visits during the school year is a hot topic right now and is on the agenda for the next appointment with the prescriber. I thought the school's health services would have some way that visits could be made at school (with a school physician or PA/NP), coordinated with the regular prescriber. But no. I have wondered what people do when school is far away and travel is impossible.
  4. He's certainly not going to talk about taking ADD meds; he knows they can be a hot commodity on a college campus. I am dubious that in a shared housing situation, esp. where the bedroom is shared, that it's going to be that easy to keep daily pill-taking a secret. We talked about this thread and other things we've read on the topic over dinner tonight. We have sort of come to the conclusion that a safe that is not accessed daily may still be a good idea for cash, cards, and the main supply of pills. And, a weekly pill case he can have in his backpack. He can access the safe when the roommate is in the shower or class or something. I assume they will get to know each other's schedule to some degree.
  5. Good thoughts, thank you. I am not sure which makes me more comfortable, a safe or no safe. I would never have thought of it if people (such as someone from the school's disabilities services) hadn't suggested it. I will add that he safes I have seen recommended have a cable to attach it to a piece of furniture, like a leg of the bed - as in AK_Mom4's link above. Otherwise, a person could just take the safe and find a way to break it open elsewhere.
  6. This is a sort of followup to the recent steamer trunk thread. My ADD kid is going to live in a dorm for the first time and was advised to get a small safe for his ADD meds. I have seen loads of different types of safes so I know one will not be hard to find. But I am wondering: Is having a safe going to lead to curiosity about why a person needs a safe, and possibly lead to someone attempting to break into it? And/or, will getting into the safe daily to get meds out bring too much attention to it? He may not always be able to wait till his roommate is out of the room to get his pill out. (I suppose lots of people take daily meds, and he is not going to broadcast what it is but then why would something innocuous and with low value like an allergy pill or multivitamin be kept in a safe?) Or, are dorm safes so ubiquitous that it's not a big deal? I can think of lots of things one might want to keep in a safe: extra cash, debit/credit cards, certain documents though I can't think of what documents a kid would have at school. (Ah, next I will start wondering what documents my kid should have at school.) If you are about to shake your head at my stupidity, please note that I did not go away to college, and my husband says that when he was living in dorms, no one ever gave a thought to locking things up. You can see I've given this a lot of thought, LOL. What says the more experienced Hive college moms?
  7. My kids had theirs taken out at around 16-17. It was all fine. Even my one who is prone to stomach problems with the slightest provocation was fine. If anyone suffered, it was me, over the whining in advance of the procedure and constant calls for ginger ale and popsicles for too many days afterward.
  8. That is so sweet! Now that you mention it, I can think of an older gent for whom I would make mushroom soup and bring chips and onion dip! 🙂
  9. Increasingly curly hair, for sure. My hair was always very thin and straight and blah. A few months ago I saw my sister for the first time in a few years and she thought I'd gotten a perm! It is so curly now. A positive surprise - I went back to work at age 62 after not working for 20+ years, and I was surprised how quickly I was able to pick things up. (It is not difficult work, call center using a bunch of different computer applications to assist customers. There is a lot to remember, though.) I thought I would be slow and stupid. Maybe that's more of a self-confidence thing than an aging thing though. I am somewhat surprised at how easy it is to hurt my back now. I had never had any back problems. However... in my workplace there are mostly "mature" workers. In my group of about 12 people, I am the oldest (the youngest is I think about 48), but I am by no means the one with the most health problems. One person who just turned 50 has started using a walker. I haven't been the most physically active person and am overweight, so I am surprised I don't have more health issues. Good genes, I'm sure. I'm a bit surprised that I don't feel older. Most of my age peers seem so old to me. Not surprised exactly, but sad at how badly my face has aged. Droopy eyelids, and those lines from the corners of my mouth that make me looking angry all the time unless I make a conscious effort to smile. Resting bitch face. My mom had it too.
  10. LOL, nope, thinking of regular corn flakes. They have a sweetness to them, to me anyway. I've tried a recipe for oven-fried chicken that turned out terrible because of the sweetness of the (plain) cornflakes. I might be in the minority on the topic, though.
  11. So, Indigo, from your sig I see your kids are grown now. They were toddlers a long time ago. What sort of memories do they have of those times, and what sort of relationship (if any) do they have with that side of the family? I don't really expect you to answer because the thread isn't really about them. But wondering, if you care to comment. And, agreeing with a previous poster that you can't beat yourself up over this that happened so long ago - some things can't be "nipped in the bud." I can spend a lot of time thinking about how I could have done things better years ago... that thinking leads nowhere. I really liked what @Carol in Cal. said and can think of some ways to incorporate her advice into my life. Yeah. When I met my husband's family I couldn't believe how stiff and dull they were. When my husband met my family he couldn't believe how loud and rude they were. Of course think we are in the happy middle between both extremes!
  12. I've heard of this before but never bothered to look up a recipe. I think mostly they sound pretty good, except for the cornflakes, which seems like it would add too much sweetness. Anyway, from one of the links from Katy's google link above: Funeral potatoes get their unique name from being a crowd-pleasing casserole served as a side dish at after-funeral luncheons (particularly in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). As sad as that might sound, it shows how comforting and delicious this dish is to have become such a STAPLE. Many people also call them Cheesy Hashbrowns.
  13. In Philadelphia, I see trucks with hot dogs, Mexican food, Middle Eastern food (shawarma, gyros, etc), burgers, chicken in various forms, Chinese food, barbecue. I wonder if food trucks that people hire for parties, or are at festivals and fairs and such are going to be more expensive than those that have more settled locations, like in a city. When we used to go to U of PA (Penn) for orthodontics, there were always the same food trucks along one street. They were not "gourmet" food trucks and though I never bought from any, the food smelled great and the prices were very good. Those are probably more akin to the roach coaches that would go around to business locations (my recollection from the '90s).
  14. Just some thoughts... how often does toddler visit grandma? Is it an occasional occurrence or common? I'm not particularly bothered by occasional sweet before a meal, depending on how much before. Lunch in an hour or two? Have at it. If in 15-30 minutes, I'd wait. But on an occasional basis, wouldn't bother me too much. Re: the gas passing - it seems there is almost always one relative within extended family who finds such bodily functions hilarious and loves to exaggerate them. I had one, fortunately not someone we saw a lot of. I just taught my kids what I thought was best for handling unexpected bodily noises, etc. (Be discreet as possible, try to excuse yourself to the bathroom if possible, not make a big deal out of it, etc.) Re: her comments about not wanting him to be too "prim and proper." My husband's family was very prim and proper, and honestly he can be very stiff and uncomfortable when he is in a social situation where all the rules are not followed perfectly. There were loads of rules around food, passing food around the table, asking for something to be passed, to the point that he would rather not ask for something to be passed to him rather than break an etiquette rule he was taught. So, I like to bend the rules myself sometimes, within the bounds of being polite to others, so my kids aren't so stiff. I hope it's clear I'm not insinuating that OP has restrictive food/etiquette rules. Just riffing off the "prim and proper" thing.
  15. Yeah, I have fond memories of the Roach Coach at a place I worked long ago... it would announce it's arrival by playing "La Cucharacha." Great breakfast sandwiches! But not like the trucks now. LOL
  16. I was thinking about this last night, and about how I like to eat. There is an Indian restaurant near us that has very good food. It also has a very formal atmosphere - white linens, heavy silver, big water (and wine and beer) glasses. I like the food, but I don't like eating there. It's just uncomfortable. And no matter when we go, it's so quiet. Not necessarily empty, but the atmosphere is just sort of hushed. I'd rather eat in a festive atmosphere where it feels like people are having fun, even if the food isn't as good. I guess a food truck is about the opposite of that restaurant!
  17. I think they're fun, because they are generally at a festive event are or in a city, and since I enjoy walking around cities... it's a fun way to get a quick, inexpensive snack or meal. As others have said, a way to try something new.
  18. My standard answer to this sort of thing: "the Smith family finances and spending are none of our business and have nothing to do with us. We are talking about how much money our family can and will spend." I hope you figure something out that will make everyone happy.
  19. I'm curious what you mean by "unnecessary." Some people like having books on a device so they can take more when traveling. My kids, though older than yours when first exposed to ebooks and ereaders, never took to them. They would still pack a bunch of books. Anyway, seconding the recommendation for checking out ebooks from the library. I always have a bunch borrowed on my Kindle.
  20. So, I just got back from my first Walmart pickup. Oh, so easy. And the employee who brought my order out was so sweet and polite, so different from the store people. The only thing I didn't like was that the stuff came out in single-use plastic bags. I am not sure what I was expecting. Of course they have to bring it out in something. I still don't think Walmart is an awesome company, though I have known a few people who would have been, shall we say, hard to employ without Walmart. And one person in particular to whom Walmart and her store management has been extremely kind and helpful. But I hate shopping at my local store; it's just so frustrating. The place is always a mess and there are huge swathes of empty shelf space all the time. Like, bottled water unavailable at random times (not related to storm sellouts). Most of the employees and many of the customers are rude and just hard to be around. But for convenience* and pricing, it is hard to beat and in this time of my life convenience and price are pretty important. So, I'm sold on pickup. I've already thought of some things I should have added so I'm starting my next list. *By convenience I mean it is close to home, easy to park, and if I have a varied list of items it makes the most sense. Sunscreen, a t-shirt, socks, protein bars, hand soap, windshield washer, frozen pizzas all in one place. Though I don't generally find decent produce at my local store, and their meat is expensive compared to the big "regular" grocery store in my area.
  21. Inspired by this thread, I just placed my first order, to be picked up tomorrow. It's mostly personal care stuff, and the grocery items are all nonperishables. I can't believe how excited I am about picking up my order tomorrow!
  22. Why do people - my people, specifically - continually put the leftover half (or whatever portion) of raw onion in a plastic container when I have repeatedly asked that they use glass, and have plenty of glass containers for them to use? I have even explained WHY - glass does not retain odors the way plastic can - for the people who need a REASON for everything. And yet...
  23. Curious, so I googled, and found this on a golf cart company site: In all states, a Street Legal Golf Cart must be operated by a licensed driver. Below we’ve listed the federal requirements that each street legal and and low speed vehicle must have: {I omitted the requirements but they are in the link} eta: I don't think it's curmudgeonly at all to be worried about something like this. I don't think it's at all like riding a bike. Though maybe the carts you are seeing are not what I am picturing. And, I know it can be hard to be the one complaining about people in the neighborhood.
  24. How about a non-emergency call to the local police? Just ask the question about the legality. I can't imagine that it is legal to for an unlicensed child to drive a motorized vehicle on a public road anywhere (in the US). But of course I could be wrong. Anyway, if it's illegal, the police can step up patrols in the neighborhood. Catch a kid in the act, take them home and confront the parents - no tickets or citations or anything, just tell them to knock it off. Maybe?
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