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Yeah when it gets hot, you are usually hotter than me, as I'm way closer to the bay.


We never do need a "real" coat, do we? Not like I had back in NE PA. Not unless you like to go up to Tahoe in the winter or something.
Nope. Well for the kids I do if we are doing stuff like sitting outside for a game or something. But this year we didnt' even buy one for Zach and J has worn the hand me down exactly once.
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I do have one and used it on my honeymoon in Canada. The ferry ride from, what was it, Vancouver to Victoria was COLD!
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Idea meatballs is horsemeat??
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At least that explains Marge's "face" - I didn't get it!



Whoosh.......
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I wonder if my feet can handle a little walk. I need to start small, last time I did 25 minutes and couldn't hardly walk for three days.
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Supposedly. They pulled massive amounts out of the stores because of that. Mostly European markets tho? I dunno only scanned the story.
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Oh man, I completely missed that.
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Sheesh, I didn't even put out any green yet this year! Might just not bother. I'll wear green on Sunday.
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I haven't put up my easter stuff yet!
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Le Gasp! With little ones, you need all that stuff!

I'm pretty much going to skip Easter here. DH and I don't need the junk, so .... and it's not like we'll be going to church.
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Mom always observed Lent pretty strictly and would never put out decorative stuff for Easter until the day before. I guess I got used to that and never really thought much about decorating for Easter, period.

I just now realized that I ought to get something for the boys' Easter baskets.
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ODS wanted to drive to school today, because he had both Phoebe and Clari here at home and he needed to take them both to school, and it would have been awkward to manage both instrument cases and his backpack and his lunchbox on the bus.

But I had YDS ride the bus. Usually when ODS drives I let him take YDS, but this morning it was pouring down rain and I didn't want ODS to have to deal with making an unprotected left turn from the middle school to the high school when there are still a bunch of nitwits who don't think to turn on their headlights when it's raining. Anyway, it's a good thing YDS rode the bus because he brought home a note from the bus driver. Effective tomorrow, the kids in our neighborhood won't be riding his bus any more. He gave us the new driver's name and bus number and said the kids should be picked up in the morning around 7:20.

YDS will need to ride the bus tomorrow morning. ODS has jazz band practice at 7:30 and YDS can't be dropped off at the middle school before then. So I guess we'll see how it goes with the new bus.

I find it rather abrupt and odd that they are making this change in the middle of the week.

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I just now realized that I ought to get something for the boys' Easter baskets.
You know, I don't think we had any Easter decor at all. My mom really was not into knickknacks or anything at all not one bit. "One more thing to dust" seemed to be her motto. Probably a Spartan in a previous life. I don't know. But yeah she just got the baskets out the night before, we were all pretty strict about the whole thing back then, always went to Holy Thursday and Good Friday services, and the Stations of the Cross every Friday....
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It's funny now to realize that dad was the lifelong strict no-questioning one, and mom has had plenty of questions.
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You know, I don't think we had any Easter decor at all. My mom really was not into knickknacks or anything at all not one bit. "One more thing to dust" seemed to be her motto. Probably a Spartan in a previous life. I don't know. But yeah she just got the baskets out the night before, we were all pretty strict about the whole thing back then, always went to Holy Thursday and Good Friday services, and the Stations of the Cross every Friday....
One year my sister got a paint-by-number set for her birthday (which is today, actually). She finished the painting and had paint left over from it. So for Easter, I guess it was Mom who did the actual work of making a hole in each end of some eggs and blowing out the whites and yolks, and washing out the shells. Then my sisters and I painted the shells for Easter eggs.

I was young enough then that I remember the paint-by-number picture more than decorating the eggs, LOL. (It was a tiger.) I couldn't have been more than 5 years old.

But my mom saved those egg shells, packed them up carefully, and put them out for Easter each year as my sisters and I were growing up. I honestly think she still has some of them. They'd be about 40 years old.
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You know, I don't think we had any Easter decor at all. My mom really was not into knickknacks or anything at all not one bit. "One more thing to dust" seemed to be her motto. Probably a Spartan in a previous life. I don't know. But yeah she just got the baskets out the night before, we were all pretty strict about the whole thing back then, always went to Holy Thursday and Good Friday services, and the Stations of the Cross every Friday....
And yes, we did the church routine too, especially once my sister started playing the organ at church and my sisturd and Mom and I were in the choir.

The Holy Thursday tradition in our church was that each family was supposed to bring a loaf of homemade bread to the service. Some of the women would spend the service cutting the loaves in half and then each family would get a half a loaf to take home. (I imagine some families would "forget" or for whatever reason not be able to bring a loaf.) I guess if there were extras, they were donated to the poor. But anyway, the homemade bread was always kinda neat.
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And speaking of birthdays...

Happy Pondiversary, Pondies!!!




Thank you all for the joy, laughter, friendship, tears, listening ears, and love you've given me over the last six years. I ♥ you all so much.
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Supposedly. They pulled massive amounts out of the stores because of that. Mostly European markets tho? I dunno only scanned the story.
Yes, they found horse DNA in ground meat products (even things like frozen lasagne with meat sauce). I think it was Europe.
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I'm sorry, but it seems more seasonable to me to have 14 inches of snow in March than 90 degree temperatures.

After all, it's considered winter until March 20 here in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter is more closely associated with snow than hot temperatures.

I don't mind 90s in June, July, August and even early September, but in March? Le gasp.
And all I can think is heaven. We r only getting up to the 80a this week.
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Mom always observed Lent pretty strictly and would never put out decorative stuff for Easter until the day before. I guess I got used to that and never really thought much about decorating for Easter, period.

I just now realized that I ought to get something for the boys' Easter baskets.
We never decorate for Easter for just that reason. We did Santa but never the Easter bunny....

The girls got small baskets but the wer from us...
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Signed back up fir ww online today. I'm within 2.5 pounds of where I was when I started last year.

I WILL lose my weight and keep it off this time....

I'm going to have to really figure something out for the holidays. They r going to be the death of me
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Well E, I have about 15 to lose. I've been having sore feet issues so I'm working on them.
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And yes, we did the church routine too, especially once my sister started playing the organ at church and my sisturd and Mom and I were in the choir.

The Holy Thursday tradition in our church was that each family was supposed to bring a loaf of homemade bread to the service. Some of the women would spend the service cutting the loaves in half and then each family would get a half a loaf to take home. (I imagine some families would "forget" or for whatever reason not be able to bring a loaf.) I guess if there were extras, they were donated to the poor. But anyway, the homemade bread was always kinda neat.
That's neat about your egg shells that your mom kept.


Never heard of the loaf of bread thing. I do remember that sometimes we'd get hot cross buns from the bakery, but I really didn't care for them.
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Can you think of anything specific you can change? Is there a lot of alcohol consumption then, moreso than usual? Too many treats around? Too many things that make you say, "but we can only get it at Christmas!"? I used to have that problem but then I started to say, "oh I will see it again next year." lol
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There's a player on the St. Louis hockey team named Shattenkirk. Every time they say his name, it sounds like Shatner Kirk.
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My friends were all coming out with the horseracing puns and jokes when the news broke. It came through Eire and France. I have had horse in France but I knew what it was before I ate it.
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Very productive day. Went to Home Depot for some bedding plants, veggies and seeds. Then Joanns for dye as the kids want to dress up in tye die t-shirts on Friday as part of spirit week. Got my laundry in when I got home then started planting and weeding. Got old veggies taken out, tomatoes in, everything planted, hanging baskets freshened up. Picked kids up from school then after homework we did the t-shirts. Then cooked dinner and even found some happy juice! Finally got my feet up.
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I'm tired just reading that, ERK!
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We need to rinse and then wash the t-shirts tomorrow. I may do that while they're at school though. A little calmer and cleaner I think!
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Our bins get collected on a Tuesday and I even managed to stuff about a dozen palm branches into the top. I got creative and stuffed and folded and jumped on the lid to at least make it look reasonable otherwise they wouldn't have taken it!
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We aren't allowed to mix yard waste (branches, weeds, dead flowers, etc) with regular waste. We need those big biodegradable paper bags and a special landscape waste sticker. Regular waste gets a different color sticker, and recycle is free. We pay for trash removal by usage -- a sticker on each waste can or bag. Stickers cost a bit over $3. Needless to say everything that conceivably could be recycled, gets recycled. Great motivation.


I put out the recycle bin every week. I don't fill up a trash bin for 3, sometimes 4 weeks, except around the holidays. I'm so frugal that the trash doesn't go to the curve with its $3 sticker unless that bin is absolutely full.
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Ours is paid as part of the water bill each month. If you don't have the need for the big bin they now do smaller, cheaper ones for regular waste. Twice a year we get a "brush and bulky" collection where palms leaves, broken cactus etc will be taken away in boxes. Our palm leaves were dead and needed to come off or I would have waited. However, we had a very windy day on Friday and next door lost their ocotillo. That will go over the next couple of weeks in very small pieces!
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I'm back to the 40ish to lose according to ww. But I think I'll be happy closer to 25... I lost 18 last fall and felt good about. Was wanting about5 more before I had all my foot surgeries.

My goal is 10 before my birthday in may.. I should lose 5 pretty quick and then that would give me 6 weeks to lose 5 more.. I think I can do that. Dd1 is doing t it with me... Kinda. She's cutting out the junk. Bringing in more fruit and then exercising with me
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Can you think of anything specific you can change? Is there a lot of alcohol consumption then, moreso than usual? Too many treats around? Too many things that make you say, "but we can only get it at Christmas!"? I used to have that problem but then I started to say, "oh I will see it again next year." lol
I think it's mostly the stress. I'm a huge stress eater to start with. And the holidays have always been super stressful for me. I hate the commercialism and the fact we have to buy stuff. I'd rather skip all the presents and focus on the spiritual part...

This year was especially stressful with my dad and then the dd2 thing...

And then to top it off I love to bake and I try to limit my baking to the holidays instead of year round...

Plus it's cold and I don't do much but hibernate in the winter AND this year I had that foot surgery in December.....
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I've also had a donut habit the last 2 months. I've been so exhausted I haven't gotten up in the mornings to cook breakfast so I run by and get a donut or 6....
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:31 AM   #4836
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We aren't allowed to mix yard waste (branches, weeds, dead flowers, etc) with regular waste. We need those big biodegradable paper bags and a special landscape waste sticker. Regular waste gets a different color sticker, and recycle is free. We pay for trash removal by usage -- a sticker on each waste can or bag. Stickers cost a bit over $3. Needless to say everything that conceivably could be recycled, gets recycled. Great motivation.


I put out the recycle bin every week. I don't fill up a trash bin for 3, sometimes 4 weeks, except around the holidays. I'm so frugal that the trash doesn't go to the curve with its $3 sticker unless that bin is absolutely full.
We pay per quarter for three bins. Well one if "free" I think but you get them all regardless. I always have my huge recycle bin full. IT's about chest high and larger around than I can hug. We have the smallest trash and only make one kitchen bag full a week. Then we have a large green waste bin that gets all food scrap, tree trimmings, weeds, food soiled papers and the like. The rates went up. Of course they went up the most for people who make the least amount of trash. The other larger trash bins only went up a little in pricing.
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We pay per quarter for three bins. Well one if "free" I think but you get them all regardless. I always have my huge recycle bin full. IT's about chest high and larger around than I can hug. We have the smallest trash and only make one kitchen bag full a week. Then we have a large green waste bin that gets all food scrap, tree trimmings, weeds, food soiled papers and the like. The rates went up. Of course they went up the most for people who make the least amount of trash. The other larger trash bins only went up a little in pricing.
If we had a "green" bin for scraps/weeds etc we'd have barely anything in our regular bin, either. We had 3 in the UK which I loved. TX was twice a week collection as much as you had and no recycling.
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Are you guys watching? It's kind of exciting. Just sitting here wondering how my grandmother is feeling and how many popes she's seen come and go.
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Are you guys watching? It's kind of exciting. Just sitting here wondering how my grandmother is feeling and how many popes she's seen come and go.
I watched. I remember when the pope died in 1978 - Then they elected a new one and he died like a month later.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:34 PM   #4840
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We aren't allowed to mix yard waste (branches, weeds, dead flowers, etc) with regular waste. We need those big biodegradable paper bags and a special landscape waste sticker. Regular waste gets a different color sticker, and recycle is free. We pay for trash removal by usage -- a sticker on each waste can or bag. Stickers cost a bit over $3. Needless to say everything that conceivably could be recycled, gets recycled. Great motivation.


I put out the recycle bin every week. I don't fill up a trash bin for 3, sometimes 4 weeks, except around the holidays. I'm so frugal that the trash doesn't go to the curve with its $3 sticker unless that bin is absolutely full.
Good for you! That's the way to do it - motivate people through their wallets.
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