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Garga had the excellent idea of dispensing critical advice during The Great Blackout of 2018:     I thought it would be good to formalize this idea to make sure all bases are covered! :D   Every

Yes, you are probably overreacting but I understand how you feel.   *hugs*

- If your child is just not getting it, wait six months and try again.

We are quickly approaching the deadline: probably only have about 18 hours left, if that...

 

Here's an important one (which, again, is credited to Garga ;) ):

 

- If you do have a meetup during the blackout, be sure to meet in the back of a large, dimly-lit room just in case any creepy internet man-trolls show up. That way all the nice, not-the-least-bit-creepy internet ladies can slip out the back if/when the man-trolls show up!

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Hey! You just ended up on an even number of posts! You should see if you can get 200 more before the blackout. Then you can start new at 15000! 

 

SWB said she was going to transfer *everything*, but I wonder if that really includes the post counts.  If not, there will be a mad scramble next week to get to 100, 1000, 10000, 100000, etc.

 

Just something else for everyone to fret about for the next few days...

 

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Inconceivable!

 

I can't believe no one has suggested lots and lots of TEA while we're on our forced hiatus from the boards.

 

Also, don't take Ambien, do watch The IT Crowd and/or Doc Martin, Shark makes good vacuums if you don't want to spring for a Dyson, and consider getting a Movie Pass. 

 

But definitely have TEA!!!!

But if you do take Ambien, make sure you post while on it, because we all could use the laughs!

(Who was that, anyway? Anyone remember?  :lol: )

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Okay, but whose going to add house hunting advice?

I need some for next week - during the Great Blackout!

 

:seeya:  I'll do it!

 

- Get the BIG one.  It may be a bit of a stretch, but you already have four children and are likely to have several more if you are like many of us here.

- Make sure to meet the neighbors BEFORE you purchase.  Neighbors can be a real blessing or they can ruin everything!

- Good luck!

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When buying a house, prioritize the kitchen and the back yard. Kids can spend forever outside (and even sleep there depending on your climate)!

 

No need for a homeschool room; everyone will still lie about the couch, their bed, or their floor to do their Latin.

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We are quickly approaching the deadline: probably only have about 18 hours left, if that...

Here's an important one (which, again, is credited to Garga ;) ):

- If you do have a meetup during the blackout, be sure to meet in the back of a large, dimly-lit room just in case any creepy internet man-trolls show up. That way all the nice, not-the-least-bit-creepy internet ladies can slip out the back if/when the man-trolls show up!

Hey, I watch Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Can’t take the threat of a man-troll too lightly, ya know?

 

Guys, I’m heading off to the Doctor Who Convention in half an hour, so this goodbye for me until the conversion is done! I’m in my 10th Doctor costume, mosty because I get cold and he wears an ankle length coat all the time. My other costume is of Petronella Osgood, because she wears a lab coat all the time.

 

Last bit of advice: if you get cold, wear a hat, even inside, especially while you sleep. And lots and lots of layers. A fluffy robe over your clothes works well.

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Guys, I’m heading off to the Doctor Who Convention in half an hour! I’m in my 10th Doctor costume, mosty because I get cold and he wears an ankle length coat all the time. My other costume is of Petronella Osgood, because she wears a lab coat all the time.

 

That sounds pretty cool!  Please fill us in when you get back.  (...when WE get back?)  It will be interesting to hear about the time-traveling side of Garga!

 

A fluffy robe over your clothes works well.

 

Done! (In my best creepy man-troll voice "Clothes?")

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Hey, I watch Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Can’t take the threat of a man-troll too lightly, ya know?

 

Guys, I’m heading off to the Doctor Who Convention in half an hour, so this goodbye for me until the conversion is done! I’m in my 10th Doctor costume, mosty because I get cold and he wears an ankle length coat all the time. My other costume is of Petronella Osgood, because she wears a lab coat all the time.

 

Last bit of advice: if you get cold, wear a hat, even inside, especially while you sleep. And lots and lots of layers. A fluffy robe over your clothes works well.

Have fun! We expect photos upon your return!

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And we can’t forget “what are you reading this week?â€

 

Mini challenge - read a book with well, trained, or mind in the title or has a picture on the cover of a well, train, or mind.

 

Happy reading!

 

💋📚🥂

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Hmmm.....I think I am spending way too much time on this thread! But I had another Blackout-related thought. For those of us not on Facebook, Twitter, etc... there used to be- though I don't know if they are active any longer- WTM groups in both Ravelry and SparkPeople. If we get *really* desperate, we could revive those groups. (I cannot believe I am actually thinking of these things.)

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This thread is absolutely hilarious!! I don't think I've laughed this hard here in awhile. And I seriously just remembered something I need to research frantically before we go dark!

 

I also just realized I was never approved for the WTM FB group. HMPH!!! Going to need to look into that...

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Hmmm.....I think I am spending way too much time on this thread! But I had another Blackout-related thought. For those of us not on Facebook, Twitter, etc... there used to be- though I don't know if they are active any longer- WTM groups in both Ravelry and SparkPeople. If we get *really* desperate, we could revive those groups. (I cannot believe I am actually thinking of these things.)

There’s a couple of us on Low Carb Friends too. We can totally form support threads :D

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How can I be out of likes the day before the Great Blackout of 2018????   :svengo:

 

I'm out now, too.  Rest assured everyone, I DO like all the posts in this thread!

 

I'm sure in a week or so we will all come out on the other side with infinite likes!

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Such a fun and heartwarming thread!

 

Even if I don't post every day, I do read the boards every day and value them greatly. Looking forward to seeing all of you again next week!

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Yes! You got it!

 

Sorry I don't know how to link on my iPad, but it's on hersheys.com . They say it's the number one recipe on their site. I believe Quill uses their Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting recipe which is on the same page.

Yes ma’am! That’s it! The cake and the frosting directly off the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder can.

 

And Reg, just because I’ve been to Paris - and seriously, no lie, they have some amazing treats around here - doesn’t mean I have lost my Inner Hershey. I will happily make them again when we meet up.

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Let’s not forget to help out our beloved trolls during the blackout:

 

Dear Trolls,

 

No, you should not make her wear the jacket.

Yes, you should trade your station wagon in for a golf cart.

Yes, you should buy the French Maid outfit to clean your neighbors house.

And yes, you should absolutely run everything by your pastor before doing any of the above.

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Inconceivable!

 

I can't believe no one has suggested lots and lots of TEA while we're on our forced hiatus from the boards.

 

Also, don't take Ambien, do watch The IT Crowd and/or Doc Martin, Shark makes good vacuums if you don't want to spring for a Dyson, and consider getting a Movie Pass. 

 

But definitely have TEA!!!!

 

Wah - DH will be out of town Sunday through Wednesday.  :(

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"Pass the bean dip" is always the right answer when talking to inlaws.

 

Something I've always wondered about this.....what IS bean dip?  Is it dip made from beans?  Or do you dip the beans into something else?  Is it like dips for chips?

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Let’s not forget to help out our beloved trolls during the blackout:

 

Dear Trolls,

 

No, you should not make her wear the jacket.

Yes, you should trade your station wagon in for a golf cart.

Yes, you should buy the French Maid outfit to clean your neighbors house.

And yes, you should absolutely run everything by your pastor before doing any of the above.

And nobody really needs a 10,000 sq ft house.

 

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So, you know how in emergency evacuations it is important to have a meet-up place for the family.... I'm thinking that we need to designate several locations around the world as WTM Blackout Shelters.  If the boards don't come back up, we can get in our cars (or on planes) and meet at the designated locations.  

 

Really this is an important thing to have in the case of a solar flare, or an EMP, or an internet disaster...

 

maybe we could start with these lists:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140327-worlds-most-beautiful-bookshops

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/50-of-the-best-indie-bookstores-in-america_us_58fe472ae4b06b9cb9192bb3

 

 

 

 

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Yes, you should try going gluten-free to see if it helps.

 

Yes, many boys try to whine their way out of writing. Wait a year or two and try again.

 

Yes, you should take away their screen time, smart phone, or gaming system.

 

No, you shouldn’t think talking with your pastor will result in anything at church changing. Few people are humble enough to really listen without getting defensive. Just leave quietly.

 

Never agree to attend any event that sounds remotely like an MLM party.

 

Try to salvage the day by watching Takeshi’s Castle on YouTube. Find the episodes with English dubbing. Enjoy laughing at the dangerous obstacles in this 80s Japanese game show. Make sure to exclaim that American lawyers would never approve such a show.

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Yes, your teenager has lost his/her mind.  No, it won't be fixed soon.    ((Hugs)) and chocolate for you.

 

No babies are to be born during the Blackout.  Put your feet up, cross your legs, breathe.  It would be selfish to give in to the urge to push.

 

Your dog ate your bathrobe?  Call the vet.  And get a new robe.  You won't want this one back.

 

Your (insert family member) said/did that?  Again?  Permission to use nuclear response granted.

 

He/she didn't get you a gift?  Get thee to the mall.  And remind yourself he/she would want to be generous.

 

Should you eat it?  Probably not.  But if you have the aforementioned teen lurking about, it is okay to let them do the sneak preview and then make a decision.  They are young, they will bounce back if you are wrong.  And they most likely deserve some discomfort for something you will find out about next week.

 

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A long time ago, I used to make bean dip.  A lot.  It was really good, and one day a friend was over, so I dumped a can of beans in the blender to start a new batch.  When it was time to check to see if it was done, I took the lid off the blender.  Then peered in the pitcher ... and forgot myself and turned the blender on.  I became spectacularly covered with bean dip!

 

And I never made it again.

 

Every time someone says to pass the bean dip, I remember looking into that blender.

 

Have a wonderful WTM Black Out, everyone!

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Yes, your teenager has lost his/her mind. No, it won't be fixed soon. ((Hugs)) and chocolate for you.

The blackout hasn't even started yet, but that is SOOO apropos right now! I showed her your post and she said, "What? Have you been posting about me?" I told her, "No, this lady on the internet just knew that I would need this advice without me even having to ask her for it."

 

Then her head exploded! :)

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