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  1. That was pretty good. :) Just curious, though -- what was the Christian content? I didn't notice any mention of religion.
  2. Definitely this one -- The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old And maybe these two? -- The Uncommon Reader Portuguese Irregular Verbs
  3. According to Pew Research, as of 2015 -- Amid a changing religious landscape that has seen a declining percentage of Americans who identify as Christian, a majority of U.S. Christians (54%) now say that homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society. While this is still considerably lower than the shares of religiously unaffiliated people (83%) and members of non-Christian faiths (76%) who say the same, the Christian figure has increased by 10 percentage points since we conducted a similar study in 2007. It reflects a growing acceptance of homosexuality among all Ame
  4. Sounds like you handled it just right. What does gay mean? Oh, it means a man who falls in love with another man, like Uncle Joe and Dennis. It can also mean a woman who falls in love with a woman.
  5. Where does your recycling go? Can you just drop it off there yourself? We don't have trash pick-up (though some people do) and just take our trash and recycling to the dump ourselves. Is that an option for you to do once in awhile when the bins stack up? Our litter comes in bags. Is it possible to get your preferred brand in a bag instead?
  6. Yeah, I've tried doing that. But then everyone is trying to make the tacos at the table, and it seems chaotic. How much meat should I put on? Wait, can you pass me the sauce now? For me, it seems easier to just make one taco at a time at the counter, put on the toppings myself, and send it to the table. Possibly I have some control issues. :lol: We go back and forth between dry-toasting the tortillas and frying them in oil. For beef tacos I like frying them in oil. Indulgent but so yummy!
  7. So, what are the options you are considering? 1. Ds goes with team alone. CONS: he's nervous about it 2. Ds doesn't go at all. CONS: he misses the opportunity, it's already paid for, bad for the team 3. Dh and/or whole family goes along and stays at a hotel with ds? Is that an option you are considering? I can't tell from the OP. CONS: extra expense, uses precious vacation time I'm not sure if I've represented it accurately, but I always like to start by laying out what the actual options are.
  8. I wouldn't say it's weird if you're shopping in a way that minimizes plastic. That's great! I have gotten pretty good at eliminating the grocery bags and I'm working on eliminating produce bags, but I still seem to accumulate a bunch of plastic from other sources. Just in the last 24 hours, I have gotten plastic bags from: a package of corn tortillas a package of coffee filters (usually I get a brand that comes in a cardboard box, but I was at a different store) a package of rubber bands something in an Amazon box, can't recall exactly what a bag of coffee beans I don't think w
  9. More comments for you! :) Would you believe I was inspired by your post for our dinner last night? I stopped at the store to pick something up quick for dinner, and all I could think of was fish tacos. IT WAS SO GOOD! And the best part it, from the moment I walked into the house to the first tacos on the table was 15 minutes. You can't beat that! I do the same thing you do with the tortillas. For the cabbage, I bought a bag of premade coleslaw (I was going for fast and I was walking home, so I didn't want to carry a heavy cabbage). For the sauce, I mixed some mayo with the juice of half a
  10. If I save them, I do fold them into the little triangles. I try not to get them at all, but we do keep a few on hand in the same drawer as plastic wrap, etc. The triangles fit nicely in the corner. Ones that we're recycling just get stuffed in a larger bag until we have enough to take to the recycle drop-off.
  11. I used to make this, but I had sort of forgotten about it. It is really good and super easy. Maybe I'll add that to our menu for the week, which I still have yet to figure out. Another easy fish tacos recipe but for summer only because you need fresh peaches for the peach salsa-- https://pinchofyum.com/easy-chili-lime-fish-tacos
  12. That's a really good idea. Realistically, it it were me, I would just quit, because the job sounds awful. In an ideal world, I would be the kind of person who went to management with a list of my concerns and a proposed solution, such as Joules' idea. That would be showing some strong leadership skills. But I am a hypocrite because, while I might encourage my son to do that, I myself probably would not.
  13. Dh requested cheese and onion pie. Ds requested cherry pie. So . . . both? Actually we're in the middle of a snowstorm, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to go grocery shopping before tomorrow. I might have to work around what we have on hand, which would probably mean custard pie.
  14. Be glad he doesn't like it in his face! The problem here is the boy doesn't care but I can't stand it. Anyway, you could use a stretchy headband or bandana to hold it back.
  15. Do you have a recipe for this? We make a vegetarian shepherd's pie that's eggplant-based that we love, but lentils sound interesting too.
  16. Congratulations on paying off your mortgage! I had no idea it was that complicated. Our mortgage statements always have a little note to contact them if you are planning to pay it off, but I didn't realize the process would be so cumbersome. We will be getting to the end of ours in a couple of years so that's good to be prepared for. I guess if it's going to be a pain in the neck, you might as well make an occasion out of it. Take the day off work, do the paperwork and then do something fun to celebrate! Champagne lunch maybe. At least that's what I'm going to suggest to dh. :)
  17. Do you like cottage cheese? I sometimes have salad with cottage cheese on top instead of dressing. Something like lettuce, red peppers, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes. Then add a scoop of cottage cheese and top with some raisins and sunflower seeds. The combination of different textures is really good (to me at least). But that's more of a summer thing. Like others, I eat more cooked vegetables in the winter. How about some roasted sweet potato or creamed spinach? Those sound good to me right now.
  18. We had homemade pizza and salad. Pizza toppings were scraped together from what we could find in the fridge because I forgot to plan for it, but it turned out yummy. One pizza had mushrooms and gorgonzola, the other had pineapple, green olives, red peppers, and feta cheese. Sounds weird but it tasted good. Tomorrow I think we'll do roasted potatoes with sausage and peppers and the rest of the salad stuff. Then Tuesday I'll go grocery shopping.
  19. I am not a farmer, but you should know that depression doesn't always mean being sad or moping. Losing pleasure in your regular activities is another symptom. A few weeks is really recent. You are still in the middle of grieving and coping with a traumatic experience. I wouldn't make any big changes decisions right now or any assumptions about how you'll feel in the future. Give yourself some time and see how you feel in a few months. I'm really sorry about your horse. And I hope your dog recovers. :grouphug:
  20. I agree that A Man Called Ove could be difficult for some (themes of suicide). However, Backman's other books are equally touching, without that issue. I would recommend Britt Marie Was Here and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry. OP mentioned urban fantasy, so I must recommend the amazing book The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Other light-but-not-fluffy that I've read recently -- My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith Crosstalk by Connie Willis Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld These may bee too chick lit for the OP, especially the last one, but putt
  21. Android vs. apple coffee vs. tea vegan vs. paleo :lol: But . . . how do you make a fun spoof of a tragedy? Does everyone still die at the end?
  22. I went searching for the French metal spinner mentioned earlier in the thread and came across this blog post -- https://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/11/a-tale-of-two-plastic-free-salad-spinners/ She found the French metal kind and also tried using a pillowcase, though NOT in the washing machine. The pillowcase sounds like a decent option, actually, if you don't want to use a spinner.
  23. I don't transfer it anywhere, except to the salad bowl. Spin it dry, put in a salad bowl. Is there a reason you need to spin it far ahead of using it? (Again, just brainstorming here. Feel free to ignore if my questions are annoying.)
  24. I'm not saying you're crazy. :) I'm just trying to understand the benefit, especially if it seems to come with this added aggravation of constantly breaking spinners. Why do you find it helpful to keep it in the fridge? We might be able to help you come up with solutions that have the same benefit without the downside.
  25. Wait, you keep your salad spinner in the fridge? I've never heard of that. What is the reason? It sounds like that's the source of your problem. I keep my lettuce in plastic bags in the produce drawer. When I make a salad, I wash the leaves, tear them up, and spin them out in the salad spinner. Then I rinse the salad spinner and set it to dry on the counter. Put it away in the cupboard later.
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