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  1. The uni dd attends not only does price matching and rentals, they encourage you to find the best price. One book she rented they didn't have a used copy for, so they marked a new one as used and gave it to her for the used price.
  2. Is this the kind marketed with a "shelf bra"? They often have spaghetti straps and are meant for layering.
  3. My first Stitch Fix box was a win. It contained a striped tank top, peach shorts, white skinny jeans, denim jacket and blue floral dress. The stylist definitely looked through my Pinterest account and took my notes into consideration. I already own white jeans and a denim jacket so those went back, but I kept the other three items and have gotten compliments on them every time I have worn them. My only complaint (so far) is quality. Both the dress and tank look like they will/are pilling already. The clothes are too expensive to pill after just a month's or so worth of wear. The next box is scheduled for September, which is weird because I chose monthly and my last box came in July.
  4. We store our clothing in our garage and our dryer is out there, so everyone in our family is in the garage every day. Recently we found mice near our cat's food also in the garage, albeit in a walled off area. In the process of catching the mice, we've caught 5 snakes!! Snakes go where the food source is. We figured out how they are getting in and plan to plug the area, but before we could we caught 2 snakes. I texted dh to tell him and he planned to remove them when he got home. Now one of the snakes is gone. It is almost certainly still in my garage. I must move now.
  5. We have owned pit bulls and I agree they are and can be very sweet dogs. However, I am leery of ANY unattended dog off of a leash especially an unfamiliar one on my property. Dogs are territorial and anything with a mouth can bite. They can develop a pack mentality when in groups of two or more, though a single dog can bite just as easily. Just recently two dogs killed a woman in our neighborhood. ******link removed for privacy****** My children were playing with those same dogs the day before and they were sweet as can be.
  6. I'm shocked! I live in Okc and know people who know people who know the Greens, so take that for what it's worth. :p But from what I've heard they are pretty moral. I *want* to believe they were just naive, but as all Christians know the truth eventually comes out. It sickens me to know it may have given any $ to ISIS in any way.
  7. Praying! When you stick to your convictions, you will be blessed because of it! God will provide.
  8. I'm curious. Do you (or have you always) lived in the USA? The reason I'm asking is because a friend of mine adopted internationally and the children that were adopted at older ages never developed a taste for sweets. The child that was adopted younger (2ish) absolutely loves sweets despite not eating many until after his adoption and subsequent moving to the states.
  9. Agreed. You definitely should keep updating us. It's, um, really important for us to know or keep us busy in the monotony of life or something like that. :D
  10. Hee hee...I clicked because the title cut off at O not Oprah. So I was here to explain WHY the appeal of the O. Carry on. :leaving:
  11. You all are scaring me!! I am only (?) 41, but I know its around the corner.
  12. Yes, its low. Our library has done their summer reading goals different ways for different years. My favorite was the year one could choose 8 hours, 8 books or 8 something else, (I can't remember!!). I really liked the hours log for my older kiddos, but it was still an easily obtainable goal for voracious readers. Now the logging in process is all online and a pain for families with several children. The prizes are no longer things we would like or use. Our library used to give things like a free ice cream cone or sandwich meal from Whataburger with an entry for a bigger prize after each goal was earned, then the prizes became a coupon book with buy one get one free type junk in it. It has been years since we participated, so maybe they've changed, but its was no longer worth it when we stopped.
  13. I was always taught applying makeup in the car was okay as it can be considered an extension of one's private space (provided you are not the one driving of course!), but in other public settings is was a no-no. I will admit to touching up lipstick in public on occasion, knowing full well it's a faux pas. I. just. don't. care. :001_tt2:
  14. What the heck? Why would someone continue to push you? I would state my case kindly. Then firmly. Then rudely. They are being rude and disrespectful. Under no uncertain terms tell them no. The end.
  15. I guess it depends on how general or specific your categories are. To me the bigger question is why would one spouse want to sock away money without the other spouse knowing. Is it to eventually separate or to just put away for a surprise gift? I am not questioning why you, specifically, would want to, just wondering what the circumstances would be for avoiding the software for that particular reason. I have a pretty big grocery/household category and I often pull $100 out of that money to keep on hand for petty cash, but I don't log it in YNAB. I either take $ out from the ATM and set aside $100 labeling the whole withdrawal in YNAB as grocery/household knowing it will be spent as such or I just take an extra $20-$40 out in cash when using my debit card at the grocery store. So it can be done without being tracked.
  16. Agreed!! Our neighborhood is trying to transition everyone from the HOA's paper newsletter to posting solely on NextDoor. While, I understand it is cheaper than postage, not everyone wants to see another whiney post about your latest solicitor or random stray dog. I also don't like that surrounding neighborhoods can see all of your neighborhood's posts. Too much personal information can be found, like say your name and address. I will say it was very helpful during the recent dog attack that was near where we live. Eta: Sorry for adding a link and no explanation. My keyboard quit working then my computer did a forced restart.
  17. Agreed!! I was going to suggest something like this. or maybe this In light of my recent thread, I also want to say I LOVE this idea!!
  18. What is the "norm?" Eta: Poll added. Explanation for question to come later. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ The poll results were exactly as I expected. :) And yes, the question was worded intentionally. Extended family member, who will be known as Mr. Moneybags and would have no problem being referred to as such, asked ds what he would like for his birthday. Mr. Moneybags likes to spend $$$ for certain children's birthdays. DS, who LOVES Star Wars and Lego, requested a specific Lego set knowing it would be in the price range and one we likely wouldn't purchase. Mr. Moneybags has repeatedly told DS and me privately on the phone that while he purchased said Lego set, he didn't know why a 13 year old boy should be still playing with Lego. Of course, DS "should" play with Lego if he so desires. Lest you think I think it is merely a boy's toy, I do not. My girls have Lego too, that was just not part of Mr. Moneybags concern. Edited to add: Younger DS whose birthday is a couple of weeks from older Lego loving DS requested a tablet. Mr. Moneybags had no problem with that request. :rolleyes:
  19. I found the jeans for you!
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