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  1. You were just answering the question that was in the subject line. The message in the body was phrased in the opposite way.
  2. A kitchen scale. Not this one, but it looks similar. You want something with a tare function and (probably) the ability to change units. Here's how to use it -- Put your mixing bowl on the scale and hit the tare button, so it reads zero. Then if you are supposed to add 400 g of water, pour water in until it says 400 g. Then hit tare again. Now do the same for your next ingredient. Easy. No need for measuring cups. I do use volume for small quantities like 1 tsp salt, etc. For white sugar I go either way since it's very easy to measure sugar by volume. But brown sugar is much easier by weight. No more wondering it's "packed" or "lightly packed".
  3. King Arthur Flour -- they have a fantastic website full of recipes and in-depth guides on baking. They also have baking experts who will answer your questions by email. Their recipes are great, and you can choose to measure by volume OR weight for every recipe. I measure by weight whenever possible -- it's more accurate and easier once you're used to it.
  4. I just remembered that I do have one sweatshirt that my dad gave me as a gift. He got it on HIS vacation, so it's from a place I've never been. And dh has a t-shirt from Stanford because they were giving out free shirts at a conference (he works for a different college). So, ironically our only place-name clothing is from places we have no connection to. I use mine for gardening when it's cold out.
  5. I never buy things like that. It's one of those things that I think I've put in a category of "things other people do that I don't" like going fishing or wearing sunglasses. It just doesn't appeal to me for whatever reason. (Also, I don't really wear t-shirts or sweatshirts, so doesn't really make sense for that reason either.) But I have never thought it was *bragging* when other people wear location t-shirts. Never even remotely. I don't think that's a common reaction at all.
  6. That makes perfect sense. That's how I was expecting the set-up would be. So I was confused by the poster above who said that they still plug their phones into their wall jacks. I'm just curious, that's all.
  7. See, this is how behind the times I am. I didn't even know we could get DSL from other companies besides the phone company. That's physically a new line to your house? Wow. I will be investigating options in my area!
  8. Ah, taxes. That makes sense. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the technology part of this. The phone conversation is actually traveling in packets through your internet connection, right? It doesn't go through the standard telephone network at all. Well, at my house where we're using DSL, it would because all internet traffic goes through the phone line. But in your case, you are getting cable internet, so internet traffic goes through a completely different piece of wire (the cable connection). So why does the phone need to plug into the phone jack? I understand that it needs to connect to some sort of adapter to change the signal to digital, but then it needs to get onto the internet, not the telephone network. Oh, I just had a thought. It's so all the phones in the house can be connected? It doesn't actually connect out to the outer telephone network. It's just using the phone lines in the house to link phones together. Is that right?
  9. I don't see these options on their website. I see "Basic Service" which looks like it's free after paying for the device and "Premier Service" which says it's $9.99 per month. Do you know where you saw the other options? This whole concept is so intriguing to me (and kind of bewildering). We have DSL, so if we did something like this, I guess we would be using our phone line to get internet access and then using that internet access to make phone calls. And not using our phone line as a phone line at all. Weird, huh? Actually, I don't know if we can get DSL without also buying a phone service plan so it may be a moot point.
  10. We painted our kitchen in our old house an orangey tone. It was called Warm Cocoon, and it made the kitchen feel so warm and cozy. I loved it! Our current house has lovely maple cabinets that wouldn't go well with that kind of color (we have RED) but I did love our warm, sunshine-y kitchen. Go for it. I think it would look great with the white cabinets and dark window trim. I would paint the soffit the wall color.
  11. Ooh, that's a much better deal than I saw on tracphone.
  12. I don't like having no landline and don't plan to ever get rid of ours. But a dumb pre-paid phone for emergencies is probably cheaper. Tracphone has phone+text for one year at $100. It keeps going up, though. A couple of years ago we were paying under $50 a year for phone+text. But still, that's cheaper than a landline. FYI, you can use these "dumb phone" plans on smart phone. It's much easier to text on an old iphone than a flip phone.
  13. Help me, please! I'm listening to it as an audiobook, and I'm confused. I feel like I've missed some crucial details about the premise. With an audiobook I can't just flip back and skim to find what I've missed, but I don't really want to go back and listen to the whole thing over again. I've tried googling for info, but every article I find starts giving away spoilers from later in the book. So, I'm hoping someone here has read it and can help me out. For those who haven't read it, it's a speculative fiction novel about a second American civil war in the late twenty-first century. SPOILERS BELOW My biggest question is who are the "rebels"? Right now the family is at the refugee camp Patience. They have been there 6 years. I understand that the Free Southern States have seceded from the north and fighting is ongoing. The camp is right on the border and there are northern soldiers and the Free Southern army. But then there is mention of "rebels". Martina warns Simon not to join the rebels but to join the Free Southern army if he must fight. They also mention the rebels skirmishing with northern troops. So I am confused. Who are the rebels and who are they rebelling against? This might not be an ideal book to listen to, because I keep getting confused about the timeline too. Weaved into the narrative are excerpts from newspaper and textbook accounts of the war. I'm never quite sure if these are supposed to be depicting events that happened before our narrative, or are happening contemporaneously, or perhaps even foreshadow later events. I think they mention dates, but I don't seem to absorb that very well while listening. Ugh, now I'm starting to think I should start over again so I can get everything straight.
  14. Do you have good knives? It kills me when I have to prep food at other people's houses because often (usually) they have terrible knives. And that makes it take FOREVER. With a high-quality vegetable peeler and sharp, quality knives, I can peel and cube a butternut squash in just a few minutes. I haven't timed myself, but I never think of prepping vegetables as a time-consuming part of cooking, so I don't think it takes too long.
  15. I lived in a hot humid climate (close to the equator) for one year as an exchange student. My home, like most, had no air-conditioning at all. I was surprised at how quickly I became used to living with the heat, having come from Houston,Texas, which had similar temperatures but where everything was air-conditioned. Our house was very open to the outside. The dining room was really a covered patio, and the kitchen was a separate building from the rest of the house. It was actually very comfortable. I live in New England now, where summer heat is comparatively mild. We have no air conditioning, but we do put fans in the windows on hot nights.
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