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Everything posted by sassenach

  1. It doesn't matter if it's been less than a year. We get them at all different times of the year, depending on how together I am. This year we're definitely getting everyone done asap. Three down, two to go. I'm getting the next one done on Monday. My 18yo is being squirrely, and to be fair, his schedule is completely packed right now, but I'm trying to get him in soon. Kaiser is doing a drive through flu clinic.
  2. I am going into nursing and I decided both to protect my body and, tbh, to make me more marketable, I needed to lose about 40lb. I've gained about 5 of that back over quarantine but I'm determined not to fall back into old habits. I also REALLY notice how crappy I feel when I'm eating poorly. I've been sliding into some bad habits the last few weeks but I have a plan to turn it around.
  3. Don't do it!!!! This is a grass is greener situation. Moving is SO HARD. Discovering all the hidden, expensive issues in a house is hard and expensive. I'm telling you, find another outlet. My neighbor, who can't be happy without a home project, put up a she-shed in her back yard. They did all the work and it's an adorable work space. Then after that, they bought a small cabin in the woods to fix up. Maybe you'd like to rehab an RV? IDK, anything to not sacrifice a paid off house that already works for your family.
  4. It's a privately owned space, so I think SWB can do whatever she wants.
  5. This has been mostly a season of loss, but here's a few good things: With my classes moving online, I'm losing much less family time than I would have otherwise. DS had a nagging injury that was able to fully heal because his baseball season was delayed. DD was able to get her license despite the chaos.
  6. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I’m in a fairly dense neighborhood but it’s also pretty quiet. I’d call myself noise sensitive. I could never do actual country living. I’m too spoiled by the convenience of the suburbs. To the OP- if you’re going to move, I would actually do it soon. You can’t beat these interest rates.
  7. I don’t have thinning hair and they don’t sell it, so...
  8. My friends with thinning hair rave about Monat.
  9. The news says we're supposed to go bad again this weekend but we're still in the green at the moment. I really hope we don't have to cancel church again. We have a whole outdoor tent set up and it's been so nice to go in person.
  10. I've taken MANY online college courses and the typo thing is a common problem in online tests. It is completely standard for instructors to issue credit for those questions. I've never had an instructor refuse to adjust a test grade when it is clearly a computer formatting issue. She's a jerk.
  11. 16. Twelve were in our first 11 years of marriage.
  12. Dh has become a TOTAL pushover with our most recent dog. Dd says he’s ruining the dog because he’s treating it like a grandchild.
  13. Dd danced at a studio that had a specifically stated value of not sexualizing in dress, choreography, or song choice. The quality of the program didn’t suffer one bit.
  14. Some of those clips were shocking and I didn’t go into this on the “cancel Netflix” bandwagon.
  15. Togo was really good. Action packed. It does have dogs in peril, but there's a happy ending.
  16. DD 23 homeschooled through 7th grade and private schooled through high school (at a teeny tiny school). She's still in touch with 1 friend from high school. Almost all of her friendships at this stage are from college. I think high school friendships matter, mostly for the relational training they give you, but there is definitely an impermanence to them.
  17. What stands out to me is that your teen isn't independently pursuing his relationships. Your involvement is likely acting as an obstacle to friendships at this age. For example, my 16yo has a long time homeschool friend whose mom texted all of the other moms about a birthday beach trip. My teen was SO ANNOYED, 1) because she believes her friend should be capable of organizing her own gathering and communicating such, and 2) because I don't run DD's calendar, she does. She wants her social engagements to run through her and not me. This puts a strain on their friendship because they're operatin
  18. I really loved Ramona and Beezus, though I don’t remember if it 100% meets your standards. I think it may.
  19. Re: Clearplay We watched transformers so many times on Clearplay that we forgot the real movie has a bunch of sexy references. When we eventually retired the clearplay, I was so taken off guard. It was like watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation without the TV version.
  20. We much preferred Hulu's live TV interface over YouTube. I can't remember but there was something really clunky about YouTube (but this was also back when it first came out so they might have improved it). Dh regularly rotates us through different providers depending on who is handing out the best deals. We're back on cable for the moment but I'm sure we'll switch at some point. I don't even blink anymore when our remote changes.
  21. I just licensed my last driver, too! My kids all got friendly people but we also chose the DMV with the best reputation. There's one DMV in my area with an infamous proctor who has made more than one kid cry.
  22. Our friends got a discontinuation of coverage notice right before the CZU fires started, then obviously no one would issue coverage on a house that was under an evacuation order. Their only option was state insurance. I feel like it shouldn’t be legal to drop people in those circumstances.
  23. This was us all day yesterday. Today is a little less apocalyptic but the air quality is actually worse.
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