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  1. I know I posted about drills, but the above makes a very sensible point. I'm a tool junkie and didn't see the obvious, that is, use what you have. LOL.
  2. This. It can be Helpful to go to a Home Depot, Lowes, etc. and actually handle some drills to see what feels comfortable for your grip. DeWalt, Bosch, Porter-Cable are just a few of the mainstream manufacturers of portable power tools. It's nice to have variable speed, a good chuck and similar features. Btw, many hardware stores are competitively priced with the big box stores, because they order through cooperatives such as Ace, True Value, etc. A smaller store can often give you more personalized help than a big box store. A decent tool will repay you many times over in ease of use and reliability. I think it's a great idea for you to assemble your own toolkit! ETA Dewalts are bright yellow, so if your dh does not have one of those, it might be a choice....
  3. I can give you a perspective from someone who is older, been around for many years, and accumulated a *lot* of papers. Some can be noted and discarded, but others -- taxes, mortgages, investments, legal documents -- may be ones that you want to keep. No matter how neatly you file, it adds up to a lot of file cabinets. I ended up sorting out older documents that I wanted to keep into 1" and 1 1/2" inexpensive vue binders from Amazon and putting those into bankers boxes. Very, very organized, but still too much. I started scanning things on s Canon printer with document feed. Much better, time-consuming, but a good way to go. I ended up getting a dedicated document scanner, fast, but $$$, and not the way most people would go, IMO, though it works for me. I agree with Regentrude that, if you can start by getting as much as possible digitally, that is a good way to go. A good book on papers is Nolo's Getting It Together. Wirecutter had some good reviews of electronic backup systems. I'll find and link. ETA ETA again I have found the app Scanner Pro to be a lifesaver. It was set an iPhone or iPad camera to create PDFs of documents. I often use it for shorter documents, especially when I am out of the house.
  4. I have a friend who is an audiologist. She had a masters, but a few years back, did a PhD, because that is now required for licensing. I did not google, so I am not sure if that's a state specific requirement or not.
  5. Hello to everybody. I will not do the group texts, but will be thinking of everyone and looking forward to updates once the boards are back. It's a beautiful spring day, at last, even though the ground is covered with snow. Home this evening, at last. Dinner is chicken tenders, just supermarket ones. Tomorrow will be our last corned beef, with red cabbage and apples. Order lamb for Easter and get some decent candy for same. Figure out something for Easter dessert. We've been doing a Nigella Lawson chocolate cake with whipped cream and Cadbury eggs on top (like a birds nest), but I don't love it. I am wondering about Russian paska and kulich. We will dye eggs with ordinary food coloring. I have been through the Martha Stewart thing with natural dyes. The only reason I'd do that again would be if I had an Instagram and wanted to show off a bit, lol. We also have a supply of egg wraps, which are shrink wraps that go around eggs and look a bit like Ukrainian painted eggs.
  6. Had an early start this morning, trip to city, had to shovel driveway first. We kept on top of yesterday's snow -- I did my last shovel after midnight, lol. The snow makes everything so bright that it was almost like daytime -- not too cold, no wind, gentle falling flakes -- beautiful! Out tonight, but kids have leftover meatloaf for dinner. I make Ina Garten's recipe, but with more meat (about 3 1/2 lbs beef/pork), so enough for leftovers.
  7. I hide my smoked salmon in the vegetable bin, where Ds never looks.
  8. Is there a name for a minor disappointment post? Dang it? I got the buying price list from Replacements -- a plate they sell for $119 is only worth $17 if I sell it them. And lesser priced items hardly worth the trouble. Similar very low offers across the board. I may keep a few things, less than a box full, until after AP exams and take up Ds on his offer to sell them and keep the money for himself. Now I am thinking it would be a good experience, and he could probably get a few hundred dollars. He takes good photos, likes online things in general, and wants to make money. ETA Ds asked about a commission. I told him he could keep any and all monies. Smiles!
  9. Not looking forward to this day. Snow, again, another nor'easter. Heavy, wet snow, 12-18 inches predicted, beginning this morning. NYC schools will be closed, not a good sign as this hardly ever happens. I find it hard to concentrate when I am in the midst of a snowstorm. I have plenty of food. ETA Selkie, this is for you, vegetarian recipes today on
  10. Here's the case The documentary was called Rotten. On Netflix or Amazon recently.
  11. Oh, I figured out flour-thickened sauces, but I had not realized about soy. I saw an episode on a Netflix food video about a place in England that lied about its ingredients and almost killed a child. (It was a nut allergy.)
  12. Check the Bangladeshi place I added above too. I am sorry to be so ignorant about gluten free. But I do know you can eat cheaply in NYC.
  13. Well, I picked this at random. Another random I can't remember if I've eaten at either of these, but I have been to similar ones in same area.
  14. That's a more generous budget than I had imagined. There are zillions of quick food places in east 50's used by office workers, commuters. Restaurant Row in west 40's has bargain price dinners after 8 pm, when theater goers are gone. Lenwich is a chain ds likes, he happens to use one in Greenwich Village. They make salads and hot things to order quickly. You can choose what is included. NYC is actually not that expensive to eat out in. Apartments are so small that people eat out a lot, so competition. I know this is not a gluten free example, but a bagel with cream cheese is cheaper at Lenwich than it is in a similar sit down place here in NJ. Find a place where there are lots of restaurants together, like Indian restaurants in East Village -- I think they are still there on 6th street -- so the restaurants are competing with each other. There is also a wide variety of inexpensive ethnic cuisine in Queens, easy subway from midtown. so worth checking if you have an adventurous palate.
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