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The Lounge "Oh God, it's mom" Dec 18 2014
19:33 (UTC)
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It made me think of the Heat Miser and Cold Miser and Mother Nature in the Year Without a Santa Claus. Loved it!

The Lounge oh this wild wild CHAT of ours, it can't be tamed... Nov 14 2014
20:48 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

I was, like, 8 years old.  :D

:D

The Lounge oh this wild wild CHAT of ours, it can't be tamed... Nov 14 2014
20:35 (UTC)
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It was a great surprise! DH and I each entered 51 different weeks (it was an online contest through Australia Someday (left one entry off as it involved motorcycles and neither of us ride) and actually won week #20.

A pool raft is a great thing! (If you have a pool to use it in ;)

The Lounge oh this wild wild CHAT of ours, it can't be tamed... Nov 14 2014
20:30 (UTC)
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Australia. We actually won a trip, then added on to it because it's so far away. We'll mostly be on the West Coast - we haven't been on that side before.

 

ETA: thanks for posting the link to that blog page for the meringues, Pav. I'm looking forward to making them next month.

The Lounge oh this wild wild CHAT of ours, it can't be tamed... Nov 14 2014
20:26 (UTC)
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Super excited! I just got home from work and *should* actually pack, but I'm procrastinating on here ;)

Happy Early Birthday, btw!

The Lounge oh this wild wild CHAT of ours, it can't be tamed... Nov 14 2014
20:20 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

*whips up a batch of gingerbread meringues dipped in dark chocolate and crushed almonds*

never mind. just saw it on the next page.

Happy Weekend Chatters!

The Lounge I was lost in Chat in love Nov 13 2014
18:04 (UTC)
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Thanks Runes - I may take you up on that one of these days.

The Lounge I was lost in Chat in love Nov 13 2014
18:02 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Of course you do, that's what Russia smells like - Trouble and vodka and despair.  And beets.

Hiya Chatters!

I almost never post in here (I tend to lurk at lunchtime though - you all can be very entertaining!) But I had to come out of stealth mode because this particular string of comments had me laugh out loud. Thanks for making my Thursday a smidge better :)

The Lounge Gift Idea for booklovers Nov 13 2014
17:26 (UTC)
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Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

I thought I'd report that I got a tote bag and it's awesome too.

I'm so glad you bumped this. I missed it the first time.

I'm still looking through, but I'm loving the Persuasion tote.

Me too! I already sent the link to DH for Christmas. There are SO MANY good choices.

The Lounge Good language course apps for Spanish? Sep 15 2014
13:59 (UTC)
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Original Post by Stephanie0205:

Duo Lingo! It's a free app and it has several languages. I'm doing the Spanish right now.

I second this one! I use it, too, for Spanish. The little owl reminds you to play a little bit each day :)

 

The Lounge a TINY kitchen pet peeve Aug 27 2014
14:25 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

I thought of another one, actually several:

  • letting a glass or bowl used for a milk product sit on the counter without rinsing so it has to be scrubbed
  • leaving rinsed dishes in the sink
  • not filling up ice cube trays
  • not setting out a new stick of butter after using up the old one

I know I'm late to the party, here, but, ^this. Why is it so hard to fill ice cube trays?

The Lounge Your Top 10 Places in the World Aug 08 2014
22:18 (UTC)
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I love thinking of this topic! And, as Lys mentioned, my list changes often. There are too many interesting places to visit and not enough vacation days to do so. I've been to 7 of your top 10, Nomo and was fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling with my family overseas. As of tonight, my top 10 places to visit next are:

1. Kruger National Park, South Africa

2. Cape Town, South Africa

3. New Zealand

4. Argentina (Mendoza)

5. Indonesia

6. Bora Bora

7. Egypt

8. Morocco

9. Chile

10. Banff/Lake Louise

 

And like anew (I think) , my #11 is also my #1 - Australia. I've been before and I am returning this Fall, but I would move there tomorrow if I could find employment.

The Lounge What the... what? Jul 07 2014
18:43 (UTC)
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Wow. I just...don't even have coherent words for this. The lengths that some people will go to in an effort to display their hatred (and/or ignorance) is stupefying.

Fitness Correcting running gait Jun 05 2014
19:22 (UTC)
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Thanks Lys. I have downloaded a couple of apps for cadence from my time in PT. I have to remember to use them again! I didn't experience the shin pain before and would like to run free of that pain again.

 

Fitness Correcting running gait Jun 05 2014
19:20 (UTC)
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Thanks Oldguysrule. Good points about the mirror. I do have access to a treadmill (although I haven't run on one in ages outside of PT) and can make use of that to help.

Fitness Correcting running gait Jun 05 2014
17:52 (UTC)
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Thanks Bier. I'll watch that tutorial tonight. It's a bit of a frustrating change, but at least it's fixable with some time and attention to how I'm stepping.

The Lounge Spending "diet" Jun 05 2014
17:12 (UTC)
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Personal capital is a pretty cool resource! There are also lots of other free web-based products you can use to track spending etc. Squawkfox has several different programs listed and some downloadable spreadsheets available for free. Dave Ramsey's site does as well.

We're on a spending diet as well. As WG said, it can be sobering to see where it all goes, but watching your savings grow is a really great feeling.

Good luck!

The Lounge Advice for a (soon-to-be) first time server? Jun 02 2014
17:44 (UTC)
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Try to top off water glasses/coffee etc when you see them getting low, so people don't sit with empty glasses/cups.

Good luck!

The Lounge Dear Apr 05 2014
17:53 (UTC)
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Original Post by amethystgirl:

I sometimes put it in emails. More likely, I'll write "Dearest [name/relationship]". I might sometimes write overly formal emails to invite our friends over for pizza.

I had a coworker who used to (maybe still does) sign off on emails with "Best". A fellow coworker responded and asked him to not do that, because it always felt like he was breaking up with us.

 

Amethystgirl - thanks for the laugh! That's generally how I sign off on emails at work and I never thought of it like that. I will also use "Regards" when I am not familiar with the person I'm writing to and the situation seems neutral. (I work for the government.)

Like Mayflower, I try to get away with "good morning" or "good afternoon" in lieu of anything else. If it has to be stern, I revert to either "Mr./Mrs./Ms." or "Dear."

And Cajun - I still use "Dear" on greeting cards and snail mailed notes, too. What else would one start a personal note with? Just a name feels a little unfriendly.

I am apparently old school ;)

The Lounge Mad Scientists Mar 21 2014
01:58 (UTC)
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Huh. That article made me feel a little lame (for a scientist.) I suppose I better retreat to a lab and figure out what madness I can test.

I'll brainstorm with two of my former lab students tomorrow night when I meet them for drinks. This could be very interesting...   ;)

 

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