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  1. Whaaaaaaaat?!!! I don't know if our Ikea rents vans like that! They truly are merchandising geniuses.
  2. Seriously!!! I desperately want the big Expedit shelves for both girls' rooms, but we don't really have the money right now. And I know that if I go, I'll end up buying those shelves--and picture frames, and glasses, and a loveseat for the schoolroom and...:auto:
  3. Our is about 14 years old now. It was getting very uncomfortable, but then we bought a memory foam mattress topper, and it works just fine for both of us now. We talk about buying a new, king bed occasionally, but we don't have the money for it, we don't seem to really need a new bed, and we're fine with the size of the queen we have.
  4. If you have one, what brand/kind do you have? Do you like it? Is it easy to use? Could you make your own replacements easily? I'm in the market for a new mop, and I've always used the kind with the roller head that squeezes out the excess water. I'm OK with that kind, but I don't like that it takes forever for the spongy head to dry, and the heads seem to get destroyed quickly from the pressure. If you love your mop (of any kind) or method, can you tell me about it? TIA!
  5. :lol: I thought the exact same thing! If you have a groundhog, get ready for a fight. They are horribly damaging. I have read that the best thing to do is just kill them off as quickly as possible, because otherwise you're just relocating them into other people's yards/other groundhogs' territory. Also, they tend to hang out in families, so you'd be potentially taking parents away from babies etc. That said, my friend doesn't have the stomach for killing them and has been relocating the ones in her yard. She's caught and removed all but one, which is proving to be the MacGyver of groundhogs. It is, indeed, destroying her garden :( I think she might be slowly growing more amenable to a permanent solution, IYKWIM!
  6. We just use whatever container is handy at the moment--typically some container that already needs to be recycled, like a big Earthbound Farms box--and dump it every day or every other day. Then we rinse it and drop it into the recycling as we go past. Sometimes we use a plasticware container (like a Reynolds-ware or Tupperware style) if we need something bigger, and it goes right into the dishwasher when we bring it in. I find that if I don't put a lid on it, it stays drier and doesn't get moist and yucky inside, even if 2-3 days go by. We haven't had a problem with fruit flies unless we let banana peels hang around :glare: Lesson learned there!
  7. Another vote for gluten here. I was bloated and gassy every single day. It was awful. I eliminated gluten and my symptoms mostly disappeared. I also found that taking the supplement 5-HTP eased my symptoms and normalized my digestive system. I'm not sure why that is. The book The Mood Cure talks about it a bit and said something to the effect of most serotonin in your body being manufactured in your gut. If you're not manufacturing enough serotonin, your gut won't work properly...something like that. I don't know, but I know that when I take it, my stomach feels much, much better. So if you can't find a dietary link, you might try taking 5-HTP. Good luck. I know how it feels to deal with the bloating and misery (and :blushing:) on a daily basis.
  8. South Beach, for one, allows them in any phase--even phase 1, in small amounts. We eat low-carb, not no-carb.
  9. I'm trying to reduce the amount of meat we're eating as well as our overall grocery bill, but restrictions are making it kind of hard. We all feel our best when we're relatively few carbs (plus DH and I are trying to lose weight and do really well on low-carb). I can't eat gluten, and substitutes are expensive, so I try to avoid them. I can't seem to get used to eating legumes. I can eat a small amount of beans or lentils in one meal one on day, but if I try to eat the same small amount in the next day or so, my stomach is so upset that I actually have pain. I feel like most of the low carb meals I see either involve meat heavily or involve lots of beans and legumes. I'm not seeing a way around lots of meat and a high grocery bill here, but I wanted to ask all you creative thinkers if I 'm missing anything. Given these food restrictions, WWYD? Am I not seeing a solution that's right there, or is there really none? TIA!
  10. Very interesting! With Youtube, Netflix, the AirPlay mirroring from my new MacBook Pro, and now this, I'm afraid my beloved Roku doesn't hold too much value anymore :(
  11. :iagree: If what I suspect happened is what actually happened, then I would be LIVID if my DH went anywhere without me, especially given his reasoning about your pregnant state. I would make it a Very Big Deal. :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug: I'm sorry, mama.
  12. Oh no. That will be the end of Facebook for me. I already hate it, and I hate myself a little more every time I post on it. To have ALL privacy removed? That's not going to work for me :glare:
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