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Amy in NH

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  1. I haven't read any of the other responses, but wanted to say that I have engaged in that exact sort of behavior more than once in the past few years when visiting childhood neighborhoods with my mother in MA and again with my husband in PA. We drove up and down a few times and pulled over on the side of the road to determine if which house is the right one, rehash old memories, talk about changes to the neighborhood and particular childhood house, etc.
  2. Amazing Grace And if you like historical fiction: The Hornblower movies put out by A&E featuring Ioan Gruffudd.
  3. It was GABA. It was really bad. I did some research which pointed to GABA, and the symptoms stopped when I went off of it.
  4. It's certainly possible. I developed severe shortness of breath from an over the counter supplement.
  5. Later in the metabolism process it is converted to a histamine, which in higher concentrations it will have a stimulant effect. If the drinking took place before bed, it can wake you in the middle of the night, or just make you sleep lighter causing you to feel less rested.
  6. Smoothies are known to be high in sugar. A sugar high releases dopamine in the brain. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine. A runner's high is also a dopamine release. There are also other endorphins involved. FWIW, NSAIDS can help (in a minor way) alleviate the effects of anxiety and other emotional pain.
  7. Never heard of it, but I have a hard time believing that my adult teeth all grew in my skull crooked before erupting, one in the roof of my mouth, due to poor tongue and neck alignment. Does it also explain why two of my permanent teeth were never created by my body at all?
  8. Yes. That's what the biomass plants near us burn to produce electricty.
  9. I'd say he has a dopamine production deficiency. Small amounts of alcohol will increase dopamine, but larger amounts will decrease it (hence, the depressive effect). I've tried GABA w/arginine to improve blood/brain barrier absorption - worked great on my mood problem, but caused severe dyspnea, which I found out later is due to GABA receptors in the epithelial lining of the respiratory system. I've tried theanine, lysine, tyrosine, tryptophan, l-dopa, & d-l phenylalanine - all did nothing. I'm now trying ashwaganda, glutamine, and a high quality B-complex with mthf. I also take a regular multivitamin, and additional potassium citrate. Results are meh. I refuse to go on anti-depressants. I took them about 8 years ago for 2 years, with detrimental life-altering effects lasting an additional 5 years after going off of them.
  10. It's been a long time since I prepared taxes for H&R Block, but unless you are legally divorced I don't think he can legally file "single". He would have to file "married filing separately", and so would you. After the divorce, if the kids are living with you, you should be able to file "head of household" which used to have its own advantages but may not now that drumpf has overhauled the tax code.
  11. Niece went for two weeks in the fall and had a great time.
  12. I really like these. They have a nonskid silicon pad on the shoulders and cross-bar to prevent clothes from falling off, plus the side-hooks, and also a swivel-neck. I've been slowly changing all of our hangers over to them.
  13. Academic probation isn't the end of the world. It might give the student the impetus to work closely with an academic advisor, come up with a remediation plan, and have regular accountability-check-ins. That said, I pulled it back from the brink a couple of times in my undergraduate years by sitting down with the professor and working out a realistic plan to pass the class.
  14. I disagree with the bolded. I think they need to be actively taught how to negotiate, including active listening and conflict resolution, before they are left to their own devices.
  15. I've found that kids most often bicker because: 1. They don't listen to each other and treat each other with the respect due to other feeling humans. Make them stand eye to eye, use active listening skills, and develop empathy for other people. This includes respecting each other's property. 2. They are in each other's space and need a break from time to time. Let them each have some alone-time. 3. They need more structure. They don't know what to do with themselves and need to be redirected to constructive outlets for their excess energy.
  16. 16x6' Laundry Room: Picture what is essentially a long hallway with a door at either end.. Walls 1 & 2 are the long walls opposite each other: Wall 1 - washer & dryer next to each other below, two cabinets with open shelves between them above; laundry folding table with 3-compartment hamper/sorter below; hanging bar with shelf above for luggage, storage bins below with bed linens inside. We keep laundry detergents in the cabinets, and travel toiletry bags and gear on the shelves between. Wall 2 - Six 10' long wooden shelves on a bracket system - each family member has their own shelf with two cloth bins at the machine end of the room holding socks and underwear respectively, followed by piles next to each other for PJs, pants, shirts, sweatshirts, etc. Under the bottom shelf are more bins for bed linens. There is room at the far end for a very small dresser, with hat boxes on top. There is a ball-cap hanger on the door. Across from the hanging bar are the drying racks for delicate laundry. Up until very recently (when I got a master bedroom walk-in closet!) all of the hanging clothes for the whole family were on the 5 ft. bar at the end of the room. We don't hang it if we don't need to! Clothes go from the hamper to the washer to the dryer, then folded straight out of the dryer and put on the proper pile. No dressers taking up wall space in the kids's rooms. No messy balls of clothes hanging out of half-open dresser drawers. I usually keep a box on the folding table for clothes that have obviously become too small before the season is over, or new clothes for the following season that were purchased at consignment or on clearance - they get sorted onto the piles or into storage at the end of each season. If I'm pressed for time, I'll throw clothes onto the folding table and declare a folding party after I get a few loads' worth. The shelves corresponded with the height of each owner when we started, so they could all reach their clothes to get dressed, tidy up, or help with folding.
  17. We use Dermacool HC (1% hydrocortisone) spray for the skin problem, and green apple spray for the chewing.
  18. At the very beginning iTunes was great, then they really messed it up and it's been awful ever since. 😞
  19. Why is it a "stunt" outfit? You gonna be jumping off a building or doing a car chase while wearing it?
  20. Have you changed out parts? We have changed our Zoombo's brushes and put in a new battery and now he's almost as good as new. You can get the parts at a discount-price on Amazon. I saw some Roombas on clearance for $200 at Walmart just before Christmas, and now might be a good time to look for open-box sales.
  21. I haven't read the other replies. Here's my $.02. If you want to lose weight, learn to drink and enjoy water. I very rarely drink soda or juice. I have learned to like my coffee without sugar, but I have to have cream in it which kills my diet. If I want to lose weight I have to cut out the coffee (and other dairy too). If I want caffeine, I drink tea without sugar or milk.
  22. Thanks guys! That's what I was afraid of. A baked potato bar sounds like a great idea! I could make a big pot of chili to go with it.
  23. DH's 50th birthday is next month. I'm planning an evening/nighttime party which I know will involve drinking. We live kinda far from some people (1-2 hours) I'd want to invite, but we have room for people to stay over. I'm thinking dips, drinks, and desserts - and to ask people not to bring a gift, but a dip or dessert to share instead. What do you think would be a good start time? I was thinking 6pm, and people who want to go home could leave by 8 or 9, but now I'm thinking maybe 4 would be better? But then people might want more food than dips and desserts? Help.
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