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Everything posted by shawthorne44

  1. This is one of those things that 'They' say, but it makes sense to me. That girls who weren't clearly loved by their daddy and weren't told that they were pretty by their dad are more likely to 'actively seek' *ahem* affirmation from boys when they are teens.
  2. For venue, the most important considerations were a) comfort of guests (so no outdoors) and b) ability to do our own catering. You can hire helper(s) For example, a good friend of mine is a wedding photographer. The best idea he saw for self-catering was fajitas. The tortillas and meat were wrapped into tubes which had been heated in a roaster. Then there was crock-pots of beans, rice and onions/peppers. Then the unheated toppings. You can fit a couple of hundred fajitas in one roaster. I did my own flowers. They were arrived on Tuesday for the Saturday wedding. It takes an artiste to make sparse flowers look pretty. But, ample flowers can just be plunked into a vase. My MIL and nieces enjoyed assisting with that.
  3. I had a realization on this topic a few years ago. DD is very attractive. It isn't just the sparkles that my mommy eyes place around her. In fact, I eventually figured out why I was so disturbed to put dance recital makeup on her. In makeup she looks like Jon Benet, only more attractive. Strangers comment on how pretty she is. I've never felt attractive. People have said that DD looks like me. Which I've always rejected. I was playing a card game with DH and my parents. Someone said that DD looks like me. I said, "That can't be. She is so pretty." Mom said, "You were a pretty child". I said, "If that were true, this wouldn't be the first I heard it." I think that is why even as a cute teen, I did't feel attractive. What I did hear was criticism. I have curly hair and my parents have straight hair. They instructed me to brush my hair, and then complained when it looked bad. Even now, they want to criticize. My hair is almost waist length and curly. It is my most attractive feature. But, my parents grew up in the 50's and expect hair to be contained and unmoving.
  4. Have you looked into getting a water softener and RO System? A water softener is a few hundred from Home Depot or Lowe's. My RO was $150 from Sam's Warehouse. You can add the RO system to the water line to the fridge. With the water softener you do have to plumb it in, which means diverting the main water pipe into your house to the water softener and then back again. One thing that drives me batty is that guests prefer drinking from water bottles even when I explain how filtered and healthy the water from the fridge has been made. But, I must be a good host.
  5. SMU is more a place for GQ than Down to Earth. For people in Texas when you are explaining what a Local Ivy is, you say SMU and then they understand. Pretty campus, but not my cup of tea.
  6. When I was a teen my mother was bedridden for a month after getting the flu. We always got the flu shot together and we hadn't gotten it yet because I was a busy teen. So, I tend towards earlier rather than later. But, now a work buddies wife is head nurse at a pediatric office, so she has the inside scoop. Sometimes the early shots aren't effective. Sometimes the nasal ones are better, sometimes they aren't. So, early September I ask him to ask her. Then we do what she says.
  7. I used to have a Miata. They don't have a trunk. They have a rear glove box.
  8. The weight you are now, were you that weight for a long time? I've read studies that say that happens, and it seems true for the people I know.
  9. Women worked extremely hard unless they were very wealthy. But, work done alongside servants isn't valued. My dad talked about growing up on a farm, regardless of gender, children were taught all skills. This was normal.
  10. This is me, and yes, if you had to, you could. I was in Germany when my rental was totaled in a non-tourist area, so no automatics available for replacement. The guy that delivered the car watched me with an eagle-eye as I left the parking lot. I did well enough to satisfy him, but I was really sweating it. The trouble was that it was a fancy BMW and there is this idea in Germany that only really good drivers that love to drive buy BMW's. There was this left-turn on a steep hill and PEOPLE KEPT STOPPING RIGHT ON MY BUMPER! I decided to park the car and walk instead. That made a German co-worker cry.
  11. And being a secretary was a valued job back when men did it.
  12. I don't think it was ever appreciated. Even middle-class people had servants. There had been the post-WWII propaganda campaign to promote the importance of the housewife and what she did. But, that was about getting women out of the workforce to make room for the returning soldiers. So, that was an exception.
  13. I recently read the Pre-Suasion book and it talked about this. It works because of the ingrained idea of reciprocity. Someone does something for us, so we feel compelled to do something for them. An example is that religious group that used to hand out 'gifts' of flowers then asked for a donation. Robert Cialdini, said that he watched that group at work. He watched one of them leave to replenish the flower supply by digging them out of trash. Beggars do the same thing.
  14. It will still be easy. Was this his residence? Was he flipping houses a couple of years ago? Selling you residence is excluded unless you also did it less than X years ago. I forget what X was, but it was a reasonable number. Also, look up the rules on penalties. Unless it has changed, as long as you pay throughout the year as much as you owned last year, then you are fine. There is a list of If any of these things are true, then no penalties.
  15. What is extra weird about that is that no one would ever say that were from New England. They would name their state and/or city. Someone might do a New England vacation, or say that they are thinking about moving to the New England area when they haven't narrowed it down more than that.
  16. The worst for me was the time I was changing an existing flight from DFW to Manchester, England. I was just changing the date. She also changed the flight to Manchester ... wherever that is in America. She was so proud of herself that the flight was cheaper. If it was a new flight, I get that it would have been my fault for not being clear. That is why I usually used the airport codes. Fortunately, I caught the mistake before the flight.
  17. I have read that if you have too few hens per rooster, that egg-laying goes down. The idea is that some of the hens spend so much time avoiding the rooster, that they have less energy for egg-laying. I have also read that if you have two neighboring free-range flocks, that sometimes hens will leave a flock with lots of hens per rooster, for one with less hens per rooster. I am pretty sure that we lost our first hen this way. If you'd like a non-chicken but interesting rabbit-trail.*uckers An example, in a deer herd a beta male sneaks off to the bushes with a female while the alpha males are fighting. But, to the OP, look at the hens. If they are glossy and happy, then the eggs will be fine. Well, unless they are molting and then even spoiled hens are funnily ugly, but that isn't the right time of year for that.
  18. That is how I read it too. Note, I have no opinion on him.
  19. I am really shocked that you can't tell a difference. But, then I always really liked eggs, so maybe my taste-buds are fine-tuned to them. Before we got chickens I bought from someone local. At one point I noticed a decline in taste. I mentioned that to some moms during a play-gathering. One of the women said, "He is my neighbor and he doubled the number of chickens." They were still free-ranging. They were just more crowded and it impacted the eggs. We just got back from vacation and I am eating eggs as fast the chicks can produce them. The eggs in restaurants looked like eggs, but they did't taste like eggs. So, I went into egg withdrawal.
  20. Thank you for the replies. We don't pay attention to anyone's schedules. So, good scheduling isn't important for us. Trying to stay on one caused too much parental angst.
  21. That really hit home for me when I toured an old house that had his and her closets. It was a fancy house but not a mansion. For example, it had a large amazing library. Each 'closet' was about 4' deep and 2.5' wide. It had this gizmo that you might see at a dry cleaners. You could pull out the gizmo and the rod with hung clothes would come out. So, this woman had a library and her clothing in regular rotation fit on a 4' long rod. Of course, she'd have had servants and special occasion clothes would have been stored somewhere else.
  22. What do you guys of Bookshark's American History at the elementary level? This is the secular version of Sonlight. We started out homeschooling with the first Sonlight preschool level. Half the books were in the books that mom saved from my childhood. So, it was cheap and a no-brainer. Then by second grade we had completely switched to SOTW + Activity Book. I'd like to insert American History after SOTW4. History read-alouds is a part of bedtime so done year-round, and that means that we like the book-heavy way of doing history. Also, inserting an extra history 'year' isn't a problem. DD will be on the high end of the Sonlight age range. I was also thinking about listening to all four SOTW audiobooks one right after another between end of SOTW4 and American History. Anyone else done this?
  23. I would't think that there would be poop on them. Mud, yes. And when I talked about the chicken collecting a nest full of eggs, I was pointing out that even after two weeks, outdoors and untended, a fertilized egg is still fresh enough to produce a chick. The eggs from our chickens have the same protective covering.
  24. I think that there is a lot to that. You shouldn't go looking for someone in a meat market, and then be shocked that you are treated (and maybe rejected) like meat. I used to work with a nice guy that always dated gold diggers. I was talking to him once, and he exclusively looked for dates who worked in a job that I would classify as a Waiting-To-Get-Married job. Then he would impress them with his good job/wealth/status. Then in a few months he wondered why they were gold diggers who wanted to get married yesterday. I just thought of something else. If a guy is looking at this from a hook-up perspective that status difference might be true just on a supply-demand perspective. The quantity of men seeking a hook-up has to be much more than women seeking the same thing. So, say there is a 10-1 ratio. The women looking for a hook-up could afford to be MUCH more picky.
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