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  1. At our former church there were always treats during coffee hour. Our current church has coffee for coffee hour. ? There is a snack during Sunday school, but it's almost always string cheese and mandarin oranges. The youth group does pancake breakfasts occasionally for fund raising, but they serve both regular pancakes and bacon and vegan pancakes and bacon, plus gluten free pancakes, so there's usually something for everyone. lol

  2. 18 minutes ago, heartlikealion said:

    I'm out of touch. Didn't know about all these. I went down a couple game aisles recently and they don't sell all these in the stores here. Seems like a limited selection of people would know about a game that isn't in stores (assuming some of these are buy online only or maybe limited to niche stores)

    That Labyrinth game looks fun.

    Ds has some new-ish games, but they are card games (Minecraft, Oregon Trail, Stranger Things)


    Most of the games listed are sold in big box stores around here. 

    We play most of these. Blokus is quick and fun and a good filler. Quirkle is nice--fun gameplay and nice tactile feel to the tiles. I'm surprised that Carcassonne wasn't on the list--it's usually considered one of the big three gateway games, along with Catan and Ticket to Ride. 

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  3. 7 hours ago, thessa516 said:

    I get a sweatshirt. It's my thing. Some people collect spoons, I collect sweatshirts. When we go on vacation, the kids look out for sweatshirts they think I'd like. Then I wear them all winter long because I'm always cold.  I think it's weird that someone considers wearing a shirt with the name of a location on it as bragging. But I also admit that I love looking at people's vacation photos when they share them with me. I don't have much of a brag-meter. In most cases, I'm genuinely happy for them.


    I love seeing friends’ vacation photos too. And this will date me, but when I was a kid I loved to see vacation slides. My parents spent many evenings gritting their teeth while relatives took the big picture off the living room wall and projected their vacation pics onto it for us to admire. ?

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  4. This thread makes me think of dh's grandmother. When she was moving out of her house, she invited me to look in her spice cabinet and take anything I wanted. I eagerly said yes--spices are expensive! When I opened the cabinet was full of spices from the 1950s, in perfect matching bottles. Mostly full. I politely declined, but inside I was thinking, how did you cook for 50 years and never use up a bottle of cumin? I go through a bottle in a couple of months. lol 

    I think that it does have to do with your taste buds, though. We did the food coloring dye-your-tastebuds and count a sample area thing and figured out that my dh who hates vegetables is a supertaster, and I am a nontaster. Makes sense, considering I think that cabbage and kale are on the sweet side. lol The only flavor where this falls apart is salt--dh always wants more salt, and I always want less. 

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  5. We are taking a trip soon, and I am looking for new audio books for my kiddos. They are 5, 7, and 10. Recent favorites include the Chasing Vermeer trilogy, The Matchstick Castle, The Carpet People, The Wind in the Willows, and Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Recent duds include The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew...well, I guess that was the only one they didn't like. If your kids liked the above stories, what are some others that they liked? Thanks. 

  6. I am currently reading a book that speaks to me, but I have the sense of humor of a 12 y/o boy so it may not work for you. It's called "Unf*ck Your Habitat" by Rachel Hoffman. It recommends NOT doing a giant cleaning marathon, but starting out the way you'll be continuing--short bursts of cleaning followed by a break. There are lists of things to clean and instructions for basic cleaning tasks, and directions like "clean all the sh*t off the top of your nightstand." I like it, many may not. lol

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  7. I know that I'm supposed to hate Amazon, especially since I've worked at bookstores, including one that has since shut down, for multiple reasons but a big one being Amazon....but I still love it. Not especially for books--I tend to check my library, my local bookstores, and Better World Books before Amazon--but for all of the random stuff that one needs for life that necessitates going to a million stores for one thing each. Ordering online is orders of magnitude easier than dragging my kids into 27 stores for one thing. And we love Amazon music. Yeah, the interface stinks, but we're in the car a lot and having a variety of music keeps us sane. 

  8. What are the most useful add-ons? I recently bought a used Magiscope listed "for parts" for $25. It's actually in great shape, but it needs a new lumarod. Since I have to order a replacement lumarod, what else should I consider? I'm pretty sure I'll order the 10x eyepiece and the 10x objective, since my scope only had the standard 5x eye and 4x obj. Are any of the other accessories must-haves? Thanks. 

  9. 11 hours ago, Ellie said:


    I had the worst fear-of-heights experience there.

    Mr. Ellie and the dc and I went to visit my mother, who lived in Graham (south of Tacoma). I knew I had had acrophobia, but none of us expected that to be a problem. We arrived at the visitor's center, and climbed up the hill to where you can see the crater. We stopped about halfway up, where there's  a bench where you can catch your breath, and I turned around and looked over the valley...and it almost knocked me down. I had to sit and put my head between my knees. The others continued to the top; Mr. Ellie stayed with me and walked me down the hill, with me clinging to his arm and looking only at my feet, Honestly, for a few minutes I thought they were going to have to get the ranger to bring a stretcher to take me down.

    The others thought the crater looked kewl. :-o


    I'm not particularly acrophobic, but driving over the Hoffstadt bridge made me pretty nervous. Ack. 

    We really enjoy Mt. St. Helens (as you can probably see from my avatar) but it is an awfully long ride from Seattle, especially for kids who don't do well in the car. There are visitor centers at various points along the Hwy, and all are well worth a visit, if you go. Seaquest state park is a nice place to camp, if you wanted to make a weekend of it. I can't imagine driving down, visiting all of the sights, and driving back all on the same day. 

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  10. 16 minutes ago, bolt. said:

    Oh, come on.

    You aren’t so sheltered that you don’t yet know that “polite-ness” varies by location and subculture. There’s no reason to be baffled. It’s just an interesting variation on a known phenomenon.

    In your location my children’s complete unawareness of any conversational role for ‘sir’ (and quite possibly an unawareness of the definition of the word ‘ma’am’) would render them very rude — in spite of having no rude intentions.

    In my area, your children would sound quaint — and possibly garner sympathy (because they would appear to being raised in a very strict household). As teens (unless they had accents or were known to be from elsewhere) they could be read as snarky — particularly by authority figures.


    I would say that it's on the adults to not take offense to kids' accidental conversational missteps. But it seems common that children are held accountable for not offending the adults in their lives. 

    Our area is not an area where people use sir or ma'am, other than in a getting their attention sense--excuse me, sir, you dropped your hat--but I never thought of it as rude. But now I wonder if part of the reason my former neighbors who moved here from the deep south had such problems with the school system is that their kids were misread as rude when they were being polite. I had assumed that the problems they described were due to racism and bias against the mom who had trouble code-switching between AAVE and standard English. It was probably a combination of all of it. sigh. They ended up moving back down south, and a big part of the reason was the trouble with the schools. 

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