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  1. You can set notifications so that you get a notification when someone quotes you. (Notifications are in the little square box in the upper right of the page, to the left of your username). I just rely on that. Or are you saying that does that not catch everything either?
  2. Here's a guide to solving crosswords. It says it's for solving the NYT, but I think the advice applies to most puzzles -- https://www.nytimes.com/guides/crosswords/how-to-solve-a-crossword-puzzle
  3. Me, me, me! I love crosswords. Some of it is age and accompanying knowledge, but some of it is just crossword experience. My dh and I have always been about equal at crossword puzzles, but I have been doing a lot of them over the past year and I'm now definitely better and faster than he is. There is a certain amount of crossword knowledge that you pick up by just doing puzzles. I do the NYT and it's so good I don't bother to do any others. My subscription gives me access to their 25+ year archive, so that's thousands of puzzles. I don't spend much on myself, and the subscription
  4. When we visited the Grand Canyon several years ago, we got off the shuttle bus and walked about ten paces down the walkway, and ran into a friend of dh's from our little New England town. The funny thing was both of the men were so low-key about it. They just nodded heads and said hi to each other and kept walking. They didn't even stop to talk! I couldn't believe it.
  5. Can someone record the class for you? I don't think you have any business being in class with a fever. And chances are you wouldn't get much out of it. Stay home and work on getting better.
  6. I've never been to a baby shower or a wedding shower.
  7. That's a good description. I've had that type of illness twice -- once when I was a teenager and again a few years ago when dh, ds, and I all had it at once. I'm pretty sure it was the flu because it fits all the descriptors, but we weren't tested.
  8. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years Old https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Diary-Hendrik-Groen-Years/dp/0718183002
  9. The bathroom thing is interesting to me. I would say that's the one place we DON'T regularly accumulate clutter. Everything has a spot and people generally put things back where they belong. Everywhere else in the house, we do get clutter -- Kitchen -- mail, books, scraps of paper, groceries not yet put away, etc. Living room -- books, magazines, papers, projects Bedroom -- clothes, books But the bathroom? Occasionally a hair product or a hair pin is left on the counter but that's about it.
  10. I would take someone with flu symptoms to the doctor if they were experiencing: trouble breathing or shortness of breath fever that doesn't respond to medication something feeling "wrong" I would take someone with gastro symptoms to the doctor if they were experiencing: lasts more than three days can't keep anything down after 24 hours severe vomiting Calling the doctor is always a good option. They can help you figure out if it's time to go in or not.
  11. For those working on decluttering -- https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/i-was-getting-buried-in-clutter-heres-how-i-finally-got-free/2018/01/16/c6592f1a-e054-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?tid=pm_lifestyle_pop&utm_term=.39a33f205d3c There's nothing particularly earth-shattering here, but I found it interesting. The biggest take-aways for me -- 1. Declutter slowly and steadily rather than as a one-time project. Both because it's more realistic for most of us but also because we are more easily able to let go of things if the change is gradual rather than all at once.
  12. These were my goals for last week -- 1. Keep up with daily routine (I'm already decent at this but I should start earlier in the day). DONE 2. Clean the clutter out of the kitchen or find ways to make it look better (winter boots, ski boots, etc.) No 3. Vacuum the whole house. DONE and I also cleaned the bathrooms and did some other cleaning 4. Try to fix the dryer. It's a good thing my goal was to "try" to fix it. I have been unsuccessful so far, but I did try, so this is DONE. 5. Add some beauty somewhere in the house. No. 6. Finish organizing receipts and tracking expenses. No No
  13. Spiced nuts are always a hit too. I would probably keep it simple and put out a plate of cheese and crackers, a small bowl of nuts, and some fruit.
  14. Cheese and crackers Hummus and pita chips Puffed pastry things with pesto or other toppings Mini-quiches Spinach artichoke dip with bread cubes
  15. Oh yeah, corrective goggles are the best. They make swimming so much more enjoyable (and I love swimming). Mine are -7.5. It doesn't give me perfect vision but good enough that I can walk out to the pool without tripping on things. No need to spend more than $10 a pair. Goggles wear out (and get lost) so it's not just a one-time investment. I buy 2-3 at a time.
  16. Adjustable measuring cup for gloppy stuff like peanut butter, sour cream, etc. The silicone lip scrapes the sides so nothing is left behind and there's almost no mess to clean up.
  17. The only reason I would do this is if I lived in an area where all students wear school uniforms, and the uniform would help kids avoid attention or suspicion when out and about. Or if I had kids who thought it would be fun or helpful. I could see my ds years ago going for a Gryffindor cloak. :)
  18. Wow, I'm just super impressed with your system. So organized and logical! Years ago I read in the Tightwad Gazette that she had a three-shoe system and I sort of adopted that for workout shoes. First pair is used only indoors at the gym. Second pair is for outdoor walking and running. Third pair is for gardening. When the first pair wears out, they get bumped to second position and the second ones get bumped to third. Unfortunately I waited waaaay too long recently, trying to save money. I would guess I probably put well over 1000 miles on my shoes and started having major foot pain. B
  19. Cosmos


    Please don't discuss it with her.
  20. Don't feel dumb. You are in today's lucky 10,000!
  21. If I need to do something important, I put a post it on my laptop. So old school but it actually works. Then for following up, I would put an entry in my google calendar in a month or so: "Check cc account" or something. Like Angie, I leave the papers in my mail basket until the thing is resolved, but that might not be enough to help me remember to take an action.
  22. I have no idea what the bolded sentences mean. The rest of it seems like a fine apology. I'm sure it is hard for her to remember. I think the easiest solution would be to create a new facebook account with the sole purpose of following that group. You don't have to friend anyone or even check the page. Just set your settings to get email notifications from that group. I'm sorry your son was late for his meeting. I can see how that would be upsetting.
  23. I don't think his point of view is uncommon at all. In fact, I'm surprised to see so many people agreeing with the OP. In most houses, the master bedroom is the largest and in most families, the parents use that bedroom. It's "the way things are done", and many people would find it strange to consider any other arrangements. I agree a different arrangement may be more logical, but I don't think it's unusual for someone to assume the parents "deserve" the biggest bedroom.
  24. I would renew it if there's any chance you will be in that 3 month window. My aunt was denied traveling to Italy a couple of years ago because of this issue. She was at the airport and had planned the trip for months. So disappointing!
  25. Hi everyone. What a great thread. Hope it's okay if I jump in. I initially wrote way too much. Thinking better of it now, and sorry if you waded through my long post. I have saved it for myself in my journal, which is where it really belongs. Goals for this week: 1. Keep up with daily routine (I'm already decent at this but I should start earlier in the day). 2. Clean the clutter out of the kitchen or find ways to make it look better (winter boots, ski boots, etc.) 3. Vacuum the whole house. 4. Try to fix the dryer. 5. Add some beauty somewhere in the house. 6. Finish organizing
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