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  1. So all the dwarf black-eyed-susans were just showing their baby leaves when I sent the kids out to weed (a completely separate flower bed). SMH because they're gone...! All I can do is laugh and try to convince myself that it's a good opportunity to switch up the landscaping...
  2. I would probably have anxiety in a high-pressure or loud environment. I'm introverted and prefer working alone or with a small group, but I've also done fine working in retail with oodles of customers. Well, my earlier biology jobs were in field work, insect curation, and scientific nomenclature, so the options above wouldn't be drawing from that experience. I might have some personal objections to working for pharmaceutical companies... but otherwise, I'm pretty open to trying new things. I'm not sure what my end goal is, beyond getting a foot in the door somewhere. I'd work for $10 an hour if there was good reason to hope for advancement. I don't think I would make a very successful tutor, though... I could teach math and science, but I don't have that natural positive kid-magnet charisma. Brushing up on Excel seems like a good place to start.
  3. The idea of "marketable skills" has always been a little nebulous to me. The term is sometimes used to mean specific, concrete skills such as small motor repair. At other times, it seems to mean an attribute (strong leadership, hard-working). I have an eye toward eventually getting some kind of regular part-time employment away from home. However, I'll be here caring for young one(s) during the day for another 1-2 years, and dh usually has inconsistent/long hours, so life just isn't flexible enough for me to commit to a job without paying for childcare. I have a bachelor's degree in biology. Without a career plan (truly, it's like starting with a blank slate), I'm not interested in investing in another degree for something unrelated. I'm actually afraid of pigeon-holing myself into one particular career path instead of being open for any opportunity. Perhaps I can start teaching myself marketable skills that can be useful in many different jobs, especially over the summer months. What highly/broadly valued skills do you think are most conducive to being self-taught in a home environment? Low-cost is a plus.
  4. One more hour until the local public library's spring book sale preview!  Today has been full of self-talk about restraint and budgeting, "don't get too excited and go overboard..." Yeah, right!

  5. The daffodils are blooming and the alliums are about 5 inches high. Our irises are scraggly from some cold snaps, but they seem to have made it through. I don't see any growth in the astilbe or butterfly bush yet. The garden is very neglected, because last year I was suffering from cubital tunnel and unable to do much of anything with my right arm. There is a lot of work to do this spring, and I still have to take it easy. We have major deer issues here. They eat all kinds of plants that are on the deer-resistant lists, so I was astounded when my oldest was able to grow corn and radish plants to harvesting stage in one of our front beds a couple of years ago. I used to love deer. Now, not so much! I'm going to try gladiolus, zucchini and maybe tomatoes this year, but who knows if the deer will feast or snub... If I could grow gladiolus I would be in heaven, because it is one of my favorite cut flowers.
  6. Marble Oreo Checker Patch Motley
  7. Then take a little break and follow it up with BBC North and South (2004, 4 hours). I'd like to add a special shout out for the Timothy Dalton version of Jane Eyre (1983, also 4 hours).
  8. I have a milestone coming up soon. Dh asked what I wanted to do to celebrate. I said we have some estate planning loose ends that I really want to get taken care of. He wasn't expecting a "facing my mortality" type of answer, but I'm tired of him putting it off! So I guess I'm not the person to ask, but I'll be watching this thread for ideas...
  9. Butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise, halves placed face down in a pan filled with about an inch of water. Baked until soft, flesh scooped out into bowls and mashed if necessary. Add to each hot squash bowl a pat of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar (or honey) and salt to taste. Serve immediately.
  10. I also spend too much money on craft supplies. I prefer vanilla instead of chocolate. I have never dyed my hair (even with temporary color).
  11. Sam Cook - Twistin' the Night Away Neil Sedaka - Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back Little Eva - The Loco-Motion Betty Everett - It's in His Kiss Paul Anka - Diana Chuck Berry - Rock and Roll Music The Monotones - Book of Love Bill Haley & The Comets - Shake, Rattle & Roll The Chords - Sh-Boom Curtis Lee - Pretty Little Angel Eyes The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight Freddy Cannon - Palisades Park Randy and the Rainbows - Denise Tommy Roe - Sheila Barry Mann - Who Put the Bomp
  12. That's great news! It's beautiful. Looks like the patterns are discontinued. If you ever need the booklet with all four horses/seasons, pm me and I will lend my copy to you.
  13. Lapis, Sunflower, and Paprika. They were a good addition to my already mismatched collection of very dark brown and oatmeal colored plates.
  14. Most of my bookmarked WTM threads include very helpful information from Lori D. You take a lot of stress away from high school planning -- thank you so much!
  15. I don't know... I don't think the analogy works. I choose to travel in a car or not travel in a car, and the accompanying laws apply only if I perform the action. I choose whether to build/live in a place with building codes or a place without them (there are a many rural areas in the U.S. which have none or close to it). No action on my part means no compulsion. Truly mandatory vaccination wouldn't involve an intial action on the recipient's (or their guardian's) part at all... Being alive = getting vaccinated. Not doing so leads to fines/prison time/loss of parental rights?
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