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  1. I finished The Count of Monte Cristo. It was an interesting book, and though I had to look up summaries near the beginning of the book to keep up with the plot It is a fairly easy, albeit long, read. The copy I borrowed from the library was on a Playaway device that kept cutting out at important plot points and frustratingly left off the last five minutes of the book. I was able to read the ending online, but it was just not the same as finishing with the same format I started.
  2. Yep. I respectfully disagree. I've been taught registries are borderline rude. While I know they are pretty much commonplace, showing up to a shower and being told what gifts to bring bothers me a bit. Yes!! Yes! I found a large, 6 or 8 quart, Pioneer Woman crockpot for $15. You better believe I scooped it up and plan to give it to a friend of our daughters at her wedding shower next month. It is worth double to triple that amount. It is also a style I know the bride to be would appreciate. She frequently attends potlucks, so the size will be appreciated as well. Of course I don't want to gift something someone would hate, but isn't it a little rude to dictate what people gift you?
  3. Ugh! When flying you walk past people in close promixity that don't necessarily sit within 10 rows. You share lavatories and such. If one was showing signs of illness and wants to get tested, shouldn't they be able?
  4. I wonder if this contributes to fewer cases of cold and flu in the summer months vs winter ones?
  5. Dh and I just finished Containment a CW series that is currently on Netflix. That show has creepy similarities to this outbreak.
  6. I'm am on chapter 95 in The Count of Monte Cristo. For a book club I am reading What is a Family? and am continuing Black Robe Fever. 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier, Bingo) 3. 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond (Making Stuff up, Pick Your Poison) 4. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon (Inspirational or Quick Decisions, Pick Your Poison)
  7. Is she fairly immature? Maybe she has a lot going on in her life and is directing the anger at her situation onto others. I would be kind, but blunt as others have suggested then limit contact if necessary.
  8. I finished Whiskey in a Teacup this weekend. It is a lovely, easy read coffee table book. I'm not sure whether to classify it as Inspirational or Quick Decisions. I was able to visit my mother in California over Thanksgiving and she slipped this book in my daughters suitcase to give to me on my birthday in early December. It wasn't one I chose, but am glad to own. The photographs are beautiful and I love Reese's down to earth, conversational tone. You can tell she likely didn't use a ghost writer. Amazon video has a miniseries called And Then There Were None created in 2016. The characters and setting are true to the book, but they did throw in a little s @ x as true to Amazon. I wish I had been forewarned before watching it with my teen daughters. Nothing too graphic, but there nonetheless. 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier, Bingo) 3. 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond (Making Stuff up, Pick Your Poison) 4. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon (Inspirational or Quick Decisions, Pick Your Poison)
  9. I seem to have lost the link to the Pick Your Poison sheet. Would someone please share it?
  10. I will likely be finishing Whiskey in a Teacup this evening. I'm currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo, Black Robe Fever, What is a Family? and Paddington Bear. I'm not counting this one, but it is delightful! 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier, Bingo) 3. 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond (Making Stuff up, Pick Your Poison)
  11. Number the Stars is one of my favorite historical fiction books and as gentle (is that the right term?!) an introduction into that dark period of time as one can get.
  12. I guess I haven't read the original. I will be adding it to my reading list.
  13. I am still currently savoring Whiskey in a Teacup. It is a coffee table-ish book that I pick up occasionally when I need a quick read that is visually appealing. I am also reading Black Robe Fever, which is about judicial injustice. The Count of Monte Cristo is my current audiobook. I have needed to look up the synopsis more than once and have been having trouble keeping up with certain characters after a particular point in the book.
  14. Beautiful photos! Except that blasted Great Expectations. The ending was depressing. I agree! That is the reason I don't care for a lot of memoirs. They just seem like a way to air one's dirty laundry. It may be your story, but it is also their story. Unless someone has chosen to commit a terrible crime and in such chosen to lose one's right to privacy for said crime, then an author should do their best to protect another's privacy.
  15. I finished the 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond. I have started incorporating some of the suggestions and have already lost 3 pounds. I am currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo. It is interesting and not at all quite like I thought it would be. Since it is an audiobook, it is likely I will finish it in the next week or two. 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier, Bingo) 3. 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond (Making Stuff up, Pick Your Poison)
  16. Good suggestion! I wouldn't think to check to see if they were plastic!
  17. How much does it generally cost to remove a cast iron tub and replace with a shower? What about tiling an area that has damaged wainscoting? The room is tiny. Just barely holds a tub and toilet. Our children's bathroom has a large walk in area with double sinks and a separate tub/toilet room with a door. What would it cost to remove the wall and inner door to have one large bathroom? _______________________________________________ We aren't wanting to do a full remodel, just add a prefab shower and possibly remove a wall.
  18. Yes! Where do I start? One political party to another. Giving weird looks to those strange homeschoolers! Why would anyone smother mother like that!? Now? My youngest children have never even been in a public school and I've graduated 3 from homeschool. I used to believe all children's misbehavior was a discipline issue, until I adopted a child with RAD and FAS. All the sticky subjects...vax, pro vs con you know what, patriarchy, etc. etc. etc.
  19. Bold is my emphasis. YES! I literally cannot go without washing my hair regularly. I don't care how many times people say you can train your hair to be washed less frequently. It just does not work for everyone. Really.
  20. Bolded emphasis mine. Have you tried BB Cream? It's much lighter and doesn't have the foundation smell. My favorite is Maybelline Dream Fresh.
  21. I have been working hard to look classy. I signed up for stitch fix a couple of years ago and get a box 3 or 4x per year. Their style cards and clothing selections have made a huge difference in how I put outfits together. My favorite youtube blogger is the Daily Connoisseur. She is an author and homeschool mom of four. Her videos, Ted Talk, and books all discuss a 10 item wardrobe. I've learned a lot watching her videos. I may be over 40 and have about 40# to loose, but I'm not giving in to the frump yet!
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