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heaven...
though i can't complain too bad as the girls do their own so i only have 3 or so a week. (I do the towels and bedding for me and DH).

but it's still fun schedulign the washing machine amongst us all.
Part of me figures that at some point I should have the boys do their own laundry. But it just seems to make better sense to me to pool everyone's stuff into bigger but fewer loads.
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Love the woe/whoa pun.


It was a typo


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DH set up a wi-fi hotspot in the car. So hello from I-95.

Jane, I did wave and say "hi" as we passed your exit.
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I'm late for work - gotta go dry my hair and skeedaddle.
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Yay! The "America's Favorite Cow Manure" billboard is still up!

I haven't seen the "Paddle Your Kids" one yet.
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I'll have to take some Cookie-only pix for you guys - the only ones I have are with one or both kids...
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Both your girls *are* beautiful! Amber's oldest DD is, too.

How is YDS supposed to choose among these three? LOL
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Did she ever get it straight about the football special teams?

So what's the most recent story?

And how is she doing after the other cheerleader fell on her?
No..but she dumped her fb boyfriend. So, she didn't care about football anymore. Hello!!! This is KY. We're basketball people.

Most recent story...

Went out to do some shopping last saturday and DD is in the backseat texting w her gf. She later asks me if she can go to D's house and spend the night. I tell her to make sure that D's mom is ok with it and if so, its fine w me. I will take her there after I eat lunch. So, drive DD out to D's house around 3 and pull up in the drive way.

D's Mom: Hey, girl. Whatcha doing here?
Me: Aren't you expecting Grace?
D's Mom: Well,I just got in from the grocery. She must have asked dad.
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Me: Just dropping my kid off to you guys. Not much else.
D: DD, hey! What's up! What are you guys doing here?

I'll send the convo there. DD had been texting all day with D's former phone number. Upon rereading the conversation, it was definitely a guy and he was definitely playing with her and she didn't get it. One comment exchange went like this:

DD: I need to get a shower before I come over.
Person thought to be D: Nah, no need to shower. We're gonna get dirty. Real dirty. You can shower here.

Yeah....She's pretty. Ugh.


Doing ok after the injury. Couldn't tumble for a couple of days, but other than the bruising she was ok. Had a black eye for team pictures, but now they just have a story to tell!
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Woe. I rarely do more than 2 loads a week. Some weeks, just one.
I do about 10-14 per week, for about 45-60 per month.
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Ehhh, it's up to you. My motivation was washing folded clothes from the last load. Um, no.
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Happy Happy Birthday, Marge!!!
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A typical week of laundry for me will consist of

2 whites
4 colors
2 jeans
1 delicate hang to dry
2 towels/sheets

The sheets and blankets loads can very greatly based on nightly accidents. SOme weeks I was the same bed clothes every single day and some weeks none at all.
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I should get some stuff done around here. I tried to skim through and catch up.

E, DH is not right. What she did is not funny. Ten years from now it will be funny. Today, it is not funny. Not even a little.

PH, I'm sure ODS will have no trouble achieving his JMU goals.

Marge, your dinner menu sounds lovely!

V, don't work too hard over the holiday. I'll text you if I can't find something on the shelf. Bwahahahaha

Wrose, glad to see that you're happy with DS and his gf. That's so important.

ERk...I didn't see anything from ERK??? Everything ok?

Alyson, glad hubs is home for a while and you've landed a job! Exciting stuff!
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V, you know what works great for gravy? Put it in a creamer. So much easier to pour without dribbles.
Have we met? I put it in a cast iron dutch oven. Stays hot and those gravy boats are only single serving sized anyway
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when do they go back to school?
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OK!
One kid cleaning his room the other in the tub and I got the chocolate chip cookie dough made up. Next is the cheddar bacon spread.
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OK!
One kid cleaning his room the other in the tub and I got the chocolate chip cookie dough made up. Next is the cheddar bacon spread.
So long as you don't put the cheddar bacon spread on the chocolate chip cookies.....
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Kids here are still in school. But there were a TON of cars at the school just after noon today. Not sure what's going on.
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Kids here are still in school. But there were a TON of cars at the school just after noon today. Not sure what's going on.
a play or something?
We have the whole week off.
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Another thing off the list!
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A typical week of laundry for me will consist of

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The sheets and blankets loads can very greatly based on nightly accidents. SOme weeks I was the same bed clothes every single day and some weeks none at all.
Sounds like my world, minus the accidents... This, too, shall pass Amber!

Now, when I get behind, I get REALLY behind. We recently had an invasion of cloth beetles, so I'm having to re-wash (mostly kids) clothes I had stored (from FOREVER!) then set aside to sell during the winter season. I think between the invasion, my surprise job, which has taken up the majority of my time this last week, and my procrastination (why do I always procrastinate then regret it when I'm caught with too much undone!!!???), I probably have about 15 loads of laundry to do... (is there a "woe is me" emoticon?)


So my goal for the next week is to get through Mt Washmore I resolve to start again fresh, sell or donate the extra stuff, and attempt to keep up with the much-reduced potential mountain in the future!
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I'll send the convo there. DD had been texting all day with D's former phone number. Upon rereading the conversation, it was definitely a guy and he was definitely playing with her and she didn't get it. One comment exchange went like this:

DD: I need to get a shower before I come over.
Person thought to be D: Nah, no need to shower. We're gonna get dirty. Real dirty. You can shower here.

Yeah....She's pretty. Ugh.
Oh, that's really scary, Amber.

I think I was kind of similarly naive, though obviously the technology for me to get into trouble didn't exist 30 years ago... Once I was stopped at the side of the road in my red VW Bug and a guy on a motorcycle stopped to help me get it started. He successfully fixed whatever was wrong, but he really got greasy, so I told him he could clean up at my house if he wanted.


Imagine his surprise when my Aunt Cathy answered the door and let him into the bathroom... Then he had to meet my mom, both grandmas, assorted cousins, etc. Poor guy probably thought he was walking into a Penthouse story and got Leave It To Beaver instead, LOL.


The scary thing is that I would have probably offered even if I hadn't known there were people at the house... Could have simply been a nice guy, or... not.


Maybe there are self-defense/assertiveness classes for teens near you to temper the naivete? I hate to see innocence diminished, but a certain level of skepticism should be encouraged, don't you think?
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How do you do that??? Tethered from the cell phone?

DD went with my mom to visit her cousin last spring and I asked her what she wanted to take to keep busy during the drive. She said "Oh, I'll just go on my computer - it has travel mode!". Poor sad girl when I explained that it wouldn't help her connect to the internet, LOL.
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We use the gravy boat but the spout becomes the holder for the handle of the 2Tbsp ladle. No dribbles.
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Well, it's done. DS's girlfriend wanted to come out and visit and it be a surprise to DS. She arrived this morning, I picked her up, made an excuse to be able to pick up DS from class, with her in the car.

Wow. His face. Well worth it. He said he didn't think I was capable of such deception! ha ha ha
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I'm glad your family is able to spend more time together this holiday week. I hope Christmas plays out in a similar manner.
I'm pretty sure xmas will be the same. There's a new boss coming in at the New Year, but DH's coworkers will testify that he is as available, if not more available, when he is telecommuting compared to being in the office with people dropping by, etc.

TBH, this is the best possible schedule, perhaps even better than if he was working in Seattle, commuting with a day approaching 14 hr, exhausted on the weekends. At least this way we have him for a full 10-11 days a month, and he's working a normal length day without an exhausting commute. He's a morning bird, so he takes the kids to the bus in the am then works til late afternoon. We all get to eat dinner together at a reasonable hour.


If it weren't for the expense of keeping the SD apt and separate housing 2/3 of the month it would be perfect...
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Well, there really was no potential for anything bad to happen. It was her gf's old ipod phone number and she hadn't deleted it. So, rather than text D on her phone, she was texting her old ipod number. Names never came up, so she assumed she was actually talking to D. She knows not to ever give out personal info over text even to her friends bc you never know who may have gotten a hold of a friend's phone. She makes friends call for personal info. That's in her phone contract that she has with us. And since I would have to drive her to any gf's house and I always go inside to talk to parents when dropping her off...there's no potential for anything to really happen. Other than showing up at someone's house unexpectedly!
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Amber, I'm glad the text convo DD had ended up ok, no real harm done.

That was one thing I liked when ODS was on my cell phone plan - even though I never read his conversations, we had the billing set up so I could see the numbers of the people he was texting. He and I would occasionally sit down together and he'd tell me who belonged to which number. AT&T lets you assign names to the numbers. So it got to where we could say, "ODS, why were you texting M at 12:30 a.m. instead of sleeping?"

But DH moved ODS to his Sprint plan because it's cheaper, and set up YDS on it too.
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We have ATT, and she has to leave her phone with us at night. I do enjoy att a lot.
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Ehhh, it's up to you. My motivation was washing folded clothes from the last load. Um, no.
YDS has learned that if I find clean clothes not put away reasonably promptly, I will go in his room when he's in there and just sit in there until he puts them away. That's enough action on my part to annoy him into getting the job done.

When I ask them to, both of the boys will start a load of laundry, or move one from the washer to the dryer and start the dryer, or sort out a load of clean clothes. So they do have some laundry skills. Both of them need to work on folding, lol, but they aren't completely helpless.

One of the girls I lived with my freshman year of college would go home every two or three weeks so her family's maid could do her laundry for her. Ferreals. She had never washed a dish until she came to college. She was crazy spoiled.
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One kid cleaning his room the other in the tub and I got the chocolate chip cookie dough made up. Next is the cheddar bacon spread.
Yum.
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How do you do that??? Tethered from the cell phone?

DD went with my mom to visit her cousin last spring and I asked her what she wanted to take to keep busy during the drive. She said "Oh, I'll just go on my computer - it has travel mode!". Poor sad girl when I explained that it wouldn't help her connect to the internet, LOL.
I don't know the specifics but it involved his cell phone and his laptop. He was giving ODS instructions for what to do on the laptop while having me test for a connection with my iPad.
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So we are safely at the in-laws' now. Just chilling.
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I have to admit I was a little confused by all the billboards here in FL picturing a baby with the caption along the lines of "18 days after conception, my heart was beating". Does the organization that set those up really think they will deter all the senior citizens down here from seeking an abortion?

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:48 PM   #278
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:54 PM   #279
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I took 2 hours off yesterday and 2 hours today, will charge a 1/2 day vacation. Yesterday I did my big Thanksgiving shopping with the spare 2 hours. If you wait much longer the grocery stores are a madhouse.

Today I did little errands with the extra time (post office, stopped and got flowers for the table, that sort of thing).


I'm going to mop, vacuum and dust tonight and that will leave Wednesday night after work free to start food prep, set the table, etc.


In a way I hate that I am so **** about the prep and all. I do it every time.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #280
This reminds me of a Star Trek episode....
 
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YDS has learned that if I find clean clothes not put away reasonably promptly, I will go in his room when he's in there and just sit in there until he puts them away. That's enough action on my part to annoy him into getting the job done.

When I ask them to, both of the boys will start a load of laundry, or move one from the washer to the dryer and start the dryer, or sort out a load of clean clothes. So they do have some laundry skills. Both of them need to work on folding, lol, but they aren't completely helpless.

One of the girls I lived with my freshman year of college would go home every two or three weeks so her family's maid could do her laundry for her. Ferreals. She had never washed a dish until she came to college. She was crazy spoiled.
I had a friend in Atlanta who had an apt. nearer downtown, but his parents lived out in the suburbs. He would go out every Sat. and his mom would do his laundry, said it was because she was just glad to see him every week! Ha ha ha And I could see that, it wasn't a hardship for his folks, he was a good guy, working and going to school.... I know my mom charged my sister when she came home to do hers - said she'd have to pay at a laundromat and it cost mom, so why not. But mom didn't need the money either. I think some kids need the lesson.... some not so much. DD needed the lesson; I gave her more than one chance. lol And for a long while, I was always right next to her while she did it.


My little sister taught her kids to do laundry out of necessity when she got sober, got custody of them back, and was working full time and going to class at night. She said that for years there was a spot of bright nail polish at the "start" point so her kids knew where to put the dial! They were like 9 or 10, kind of young but capable.
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