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  1. MIL and I have completely different ideas and tastes. This year she got me an electric fly swatter. It was the same thing she gave me last year. Older DS has decided that he wants it so he can use it on his brother. Then DH told her I wanted new heavy duty, dark cookie sheets in a certain size (I think it was 12x18, he measured my existing ones so she couldn’t screw if up). I got shiny ones that were so big they literally do not fit in my standard size oven. At least this year she didn’t try to get me clothes.
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    Laptop help

    Thank-you Lanny. I didn't see your reply until after I posted but it's great to see you confirm what I thought I was seeing.
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    Laptop help

    This is where I'm having a problem. I have no idea how to tell what the best graphics card is. All the specs give info, but I don't know how to compare them. I think from my reading that a solid state drive is faster than a hard drive (and laptops with SSDs seem to get better reviews on bestbuy.com) and I know that roblox and minecraft and word processing don't require much memory, but then I heard that not having enough RAM could also make the laptop slow. I feel completely lost and helpless. I was looking at the HP 15-bs121nr which has Intel HD Graphics 5500 with a core i3-5005u (2 G
  4. All older DS has asked for Christmas is a laptop. I've been looking into them and I'm lost. He wants to be able to do his schoolwork on it, but also play minecraft and roblox. After spending days searching, I'm overwhelmed by the choices. I'd like to spend about $300 but could go a little higher if needed. Does anyone have any suggestions or could point me in the right direction? thanks!
  5. Have you considered using the Student or Learning Coach guides that go along with the book? They include review questions, words to define, and some worksheets. My 2 boys are "bare minimum" when it comes to doing schoolwork, so using the guides allows me to zero in on the things that are important.
  6. You can definitely scan bar codes with the basic version of MFP. I can also bring up macro nutrients for the day without having to subscribe to the premium version. It also connects to the apple health app and the garmin vivoactive.
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    Thank-you all for your opinions. It was interesting to see the range of responses. Jenn
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    Hive - I could use some advice. Long story short: DS11 asked to play Fortnite saying several of his friends play. DH and I went to download on the Xbox and thought that the violence was too realistic (shooting lifelike people) so we've said no. We're not opposed to shooting as DS is allowed to play Roblox and uses the air gun to shoot and kill chipmunks that are in my gardens. What say the Hive? Thanks!
  9. All the medical practices at my husband's hospital (New Hampshire) have practice managers. Their role is to oversee all the administrative personnel and lower level medical staff - including the front desk, schedulers, physician assistants, and nurses. They also "oversee" the physicians and nurse practitioners administratively - vacation, calling in sick, expense reports, and handle some patient complaints. They do not have anything to do with medical decisions.
  10. The price may or may not be reasonable. But having used a company where the owner had an attitude like that - avoid them at all costs. Every night before they came, I would almost be in tears as I was trying to straighten the house and dreading what she would say to me this time. I finally got up the nerve to fire her when my husband was changing jobs and we needed to save money. A couple months later, a couple of her employees (who were always nice) stopped by to see how we were doing and let us know they were going out on their own cleaning and to keep them in mind if we ever needed help
  11. Not addressed to me, but I would have a hard time spending any time in that room even after it was picked up. There is something "jarring" about it (for lack of a better word) that would make me want to leave the room. In my house, my rooms are comfortable - Lots of earth tones, area rugs breaking up the large expanses of hardwood, and pictures on the wall framed in natural wood tones to break up the walls.
  12. There's something discordant? about that room. Even with every item picked up, I think there would still be something jarring about it. With the white, white walls and dark furniture and rug on the floor, it just doesn't feel comfortable. Because of that, every item that is out of place seems wore than it is. I have a throw blanket (or 2) on my couches, but they don't seem as messy. The room just doesn't feel joyful for some reason.
  13. Just went through this a couple months ago with our 17 yo cat. No medical problems found, so vet suggested a hormone collar (Feliway), cosaquin, and adding an extra litter box. Problem gradually went away when I started watching cat like a hawk and physically moving her to the litter box whenever she was near the area she was peeing on the carpet. In the meantime, puppy pads are your friends. Good luck! Overwhelmed - MIL is in hospital ICU for complications from flu 5 hours away. Drove DH down Sunday night and he doesn't know when he'll be back. It's been tough but then I spiked a
  14. This sounds more like a temporary phase in life and you just aren't getting the support you need. Before you turn your whole life upside down to go back to work, you and your DH need to decide who is doing pickup and drop off, getting kids up in the morning, making lunches and dinners, etc. also, who is going to stay home with any sick children. Somehow I have a feeling that would all fall in your shoulders. When my kids were that age, I hired a mothers helper to keep the kids occupied a couple hours a week so that I could just keep the house manageable. Is that a possibility? Otherwi
  15. Update: I just wanted to post a quick update. I gave the old gym 2 weeks to come up with a coaching plan. Their solution was to bring over 1 of the girls' Excel coaches with no experience in mens' gymnastics for the 6's. And then, on Martin Luther King Day, when they had the opportunity to split upper and lower practices and have the head coach train both groups, they chose not to. We tried out a new gym the following week and officially moved DS January 19th. We have now been at the new gym 3 weeks. DS is extremely happy. He is the weakest of their 6's skill wise as he had been c
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