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Everything posted by sassenach

  1. Artichokes are a weekly thing in our house when they're in season (this might be a California thing). If you have an instant pot, that's the absolute best way to cook them. About 10 minutes (12 if it's really big). My family loves to dip in butter but I prefer garlic aioli (mayo, garlic, squeeze of lemon). The heart is the grand finale and I would recommend Youtubing how to eat it because you're going to need to scoop out the middle part, not a big deal, but best to just see it done. Next level artichoke experience is to steam them, then cut them in half and put in a balsamic marinade. The next day, throw those babies on the grill and heat through. It's a real crowd pleaser.
  2. There are some groups that I would argue cursing increases one’s ability to witness to. Behavior modification is a pretty ineffective discipling approach. But I don’t view all “bad” language as sinful. Even Paul used the equivalent of sh*t in his letter to the Philippians.
  3. I always try to think of what a first-timer would experience. I think it's probably 50/50. Some would feel exposed, others would feel seen. Overall, I lean toward it being a good idea. I like the idea of it being like a once a month thing, or something.
  4. I have teens in high level sports. We spend thousands.
  5. Ok, I get your frustration with the pouting. But, you know, this is probably not about tea. My guess is that it’s about time together and connection. What he’s feeling is rejection and that’s a valid feeling. You (like most moms) are very ready to prioritize your connection to your kids- their emotions, their comfort... you can see where I’m going here. Your feelings are valid, too. I just wouldn’t be so quick to distill his down to purely tea.
  6. I would do it. I’ve never regretted prioritizing my husband and marriage. And my kids have always been fine. Better than I thought they would be.
  7. I’m ashamed to admit that I read through the entire Twilight series last summer because I was craving twaddle. Sometimes you need that candy!
  8. I’m so glad the seizures didn’t start while she was driving. Thank God you and your husband were right there. So many scary possibilities and I would call that best-case. She will need to stay off the roads until she has been seizure free for a length of time. In my state, it’s 6 months. I’m so sorry.
  9. I think you’ve captured the essence of how cats feel about cones.
  10. YouTube is a treasure trove of mat workouts. I like Trifecta Pilates.
  11. I think you buried the lead. She is 72 with diagnosed bipolar. I do think bipolar, The meds to treat it, and her age, explain a lot.
  12. This is so frivolous but we had that happen last year and I bought Taylor Swift concert tickets with it 😂. Two of them were for Christmas but one was for ME.
  13. I definitely notice a difference in my own reactions to these things now that my kids are teens. The whole janet Jackson fiasco happened when my eldest was 7 and I was very angry about that one. This time is totally different. Firstly, my teens barely paid attention. Dd was running an errand with dh, ds had ZERO interest in watching. I wanted to see part of it but then my dad was telling me a long story so I sort of wasn’t paying attention and ds decided to start fast forwarding (we had some room). I actually had to make him go back but then since we could tell Jlo was doing a whole pole dancing thing, we just breezed on by that part. All that to say, even if they had watched it, it’s easily talked through at this age. I do think parents of young kids are the keepers of the standards. After Janet Jackson, we went into halftime shows with caution. Sometimes we skipped them altogether. I think parents have to assume it may not be kid friendly.
  14. I married into a Mexican family and IME Latinos are much more comfortable with sexy costuming and dance. For sure. That said, pole dancing does not fall into the same category as samba. My Mexican best friend, who is a bad ass retired cop and not conservative at all, posted a rant about it today because of she thought it was a pretty base example of "empowerment." She was more impressed with Demi and the female football coach. I don't actually care about any of it. My favorite part has been the memes.
  15. I’ll ask my dh what we have on our kids’ cars. We have always, from day 1, had monitors installed and I think it’s an excellent deterrent to foolishness. Ours sends an alert if it’s unplugged, so that’s never even a thought. I think you’re handling it fine.
  16. This is such a healthy way for the family to navigate her aging. Too often, families want to force the new diet and do all the things and the poor aged person is put through hell. I love that she gets to eat her bacon. And your feelings are completely understandable.
  17. Sounds like a good outcome. You did good, Mama Bear!
  18. I am fuming on your behalf. I would go full mama bear on that. And, yes, I would email the whole IEP team, describe the incident and demand that “no public shaming” be put into her IEP. That will make a damn fine point.
  19. I may be totally wrong, but honestly, I wouldn’t. If I had made it clear to someone that I no longer wished to have a friendship with them, the very last time I would want to navigate those waters would be in the middle of A medical crisis. And I would be upset that someone I hadn’t invited into a situation would have so much information about what was medically going on in my family. That’s just my honest reaction from my perspective but the complete opposite may be true for her. This may be the perfect time to reach out.
  20. My 17yo had never heard about the rape until now. He brought it up to me and we had a good discussion about it. He presented it to me like a rumor, “Someone said...” and I responded, “Yes, that’s true.” And then we had a talk about how/why that event dissolved from public knowledge and how to think and feel about this whole thing now. I think we can hold all the realities in tension. It’s ok to feel shocked by his untimely death without hiding his history. Every form of loss happened in that crash. One family lost a dad and a sister. Two boys lost both their parents and their sister. Three young children lost their mom. A family lost their mom and sister. It’s heartbreaking.
  21. I was only speaking about the death of his daughter. There were a ton of rumors- including that all 4 of his daughters died while he was piloting. I had the TV on for awhile waiting for info about his girls but I guess the official word came in right after I turned the TV off.
  22. Has that been confirmed? I’m seeing all sorts of conflicting reports. ETA: I see that it's confirmed. Heartbreaking.
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