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  1. DS also calls them "Yorks." DH calls them peppermint patties, or York peppermint patties. I am guessing there was probably an advertising campaign that seared "York peppermint patties" into people's brains, because if you look at the packaging (which I can do because DS got some for Halloween), of course you would just call them York. I had to really look to find "peppermint pattie" on the packaging.

    When I was a kid they were advertised during the Peanuts holiday specials. We call them worm patties because my mom was unfortunate enough to get a wormy one. Nobody in our family eats them now.

  2. Really? I've never seen one in real life, but this video was going around FB last week and it made me want one for a pet. It's about a dog and possum who are best friends:



    The possum looks pretty cute.

    I accidentally cornered a possum once, and it hissed at me. Its mouth full of needle-like teeth really made an impression on me. Lol


    Our local zoo has a possum that is tame, and my kids have patted it, but I can't bring myself to touch it.

  3. Re: plugging holes


    The twofold problem is that we have an attached garage, and there are gaps around the garage door. (By this I mean the part where cars drive in, not to the house - that door is well sealed.)


    Also, we have kids who leave doors open. 


    I'm sure more vigilance on our part would be helpful. We're all kind of bad about leaving doors open to the outside :(


    That is our problem too. I actually saw a mouse run into the house when I was taking out the trash once. You'd think I'd learn, but I still leave the door open when I take out the trash.  :confused1:

  4. This is my least favorite part of fall--all the critters trying to get in the house. Last week we had a mouse in the cat food--I took the whole bag out, threw it away, and went straight to the store to buy new cat food and a trash can with a lid to keep it in. I had a dream last night that we had possums in our house. I think I would cry if I had a rat in the house. I'm sorry.  :crying:

  5. In my area the tendency is for the stores that are employee-owned or union (Winco, Safeway. Fred Meyer) to have friendly, helpful cashiers, and the non-union places (Wal-Mart, K-Mart) to have cashiers who range from disinterested to surly. Trader Joe's is somewhat of an anomaly--I'm pretty sure they aren't union, but they tend to have extremely upbeat, bordering-on-manic cashiers. Maybe it's the cookie butter?  :lol:

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  6. When my kids are a bit older I plan on teaching them to sew on my old Singer model 99 hand-crank machine. It is a 3/4 size machine, so it's a bit smaller than a full-size. It is extremely sturdy, though--the kids will not be able to careless knock a cast-iron machine off the table! 

  7. Are you sure? Maybe medical TV romanticizes the whole thing, but it seems to me that it has some kind of an ethos towards saving and improving lives, pushing boundaries of knowledge, discovery, innovating towards excellence, conquering obstacles and illnesses... Is that all for show? Nobody in the whole system cares for your bodies or what's wrong with them for its own sake -- just for what you will pay them to fix it?


    That just seems like a broad brush. Just because medicine-as-a-system in the U.S. doesn't (allegedly) have much of a social-agenda ethos doesn't mean it's own ethos isn't its own thing, noble in its own way.


    Of course there are healthcare workers, researchers, and hospitals/medical groups that care deeply about patients and providing the very best healthcare they can. As a whole, however, our healthcare system is for-profit, and that means that making money for the shareholders is the ultimate goal. 

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  8. Apples and Pears is working well for my 8 y/o. I'm not sure why or how it works, but he can magically decide whether to use l or ll, c, k, or ck, etc. I made letter tiles for him, one color for single letters, another for digraphs, so it's a bit more multisensory than usual. We are also using sandpaper word cards for difficult-to-remember patterns. 


    Rod and Staff math. He has math issues--either dyscalculia or nvld-related math problems, but he recently scored at grade level in a math computation assessment. :) 



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  9. I grew up in an immaculate home. As a young adult, I rebelled by being a total slob, but when I had kids I had to be a bit neater just out of self-preservation. I still thought that my house was a disaster area, but my standard was skewed by my mom's standard. After visiting lots of friends with small kids, I think that I have a more realistic view of neat/messy.


    As for decluttering the kids' toys....we live in a small house. My kids know that we do not have endless storage space, so they are on board for deciding which toys they will donate. I also have a rule that broken toys leave the house. I do throw out happy meal toys at night. They have never been missed, to my knowledge. 

  10. These are the things that help me:


    I am sitting in front of my SAD light right now. I find it very helpful in the gloomy months.


    Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.


    Don't catastrophize. Missing one subject doesn't undo the rest of the subjects that got done. One unsuccessful lesson doesn't mean the day, the curriculum, the month, is ruined.


    Have a routine.


    Get outside and get some exercise.


    Find time for hobbies and relaxation.


    Find time to just play with and enjoy the kids. 



    Now I'm off to try to remember all of this today!

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    Also note that many places in Europe that I've visited do not keep the heating on at levels like we're used to keeping them in the US, esp. for people coming from warm climates. So make sure some of the layers you have will be comfy indoors too w/out feeling too bulky or anything.




    I think this makes it easier to dress. The only thing worse than cold weather is a 100 degree temperature swing when you enter or exit a building. When I attended college in Minnesota I would bundle up to walk to class in the -20 degree cold, then have to strip down to a t-shirt to sit in an 80 degree classroom. When it's chilly both inside and out, it's easy to wear a shirt with a wool sweater, and then add a light waterproof jacket for outside. 

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  12. I haven't posted in forever, and I am behind. I've read 32 books. Can I catch up? Probably not. :)


    I did finally read the Harry Potter series. Before I had kids, I completely blew off the whole idea of HP. When I worked in a bookstore, I was one of the only employees who preferred to skip the big release parties. Now my ds has been begging for HP as a read-aloud, so I read the whole series. And I'm kind of obsessed. I was expecting twaddle. I was pleasantly surprised. :)

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  13. re: sharing faith vs. evangelizing:


    Speaking as neither an atheist or a Christian:  I love sharing faith traditions with people of other backgrounds.


    The different paths of both individuals and of established faith traditions are, for me, among the world's great conversations, rich and deep and, for me, fascinating.  I've participated in two standing interfaith groups, one for more than five years and my current one going on four, and can honestly say that the encounters and discussions and what I've learned within them have changed both my worldview and my day-to-day life.


    Sharing faith is different from evangelism.  Evangelism is explicitly setting out with the intention of persuading others.  Sharing faith is two way, predicated on mutual listening; evangelism is one way and predicated on a view that one tradition is superior to that which the conversion "target" already has.


    Yes! I have found that sharing faith happens naturally as relationships deepen. As intimacy develops between friends, we naturally share what is most important to us, including faith. 

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  14. I agree with finding one that you can clean easily. I had a kettle that was open at the spout only, and after a few years in an extremely hard-water area, I think its capacity was halved. This was before I had heard of vinegar to remove scale. :)

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