“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#76032 Nov 18, 2012
Having fun in Florida, except when my mom and step-dad are bickering (which happens alot). But we brought crappy weather with us, so not too happy to still have to be wearing coats. Love that the pools are heated, tho!

We just hung around the "villa" today. Went shopping at Publix. I LOVE that store; wish we could have some in Chicago.

We start our Disney adventure tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#76033 Nov 18, 2012
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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I've been busy off and on all week. School takes up so much of my time that I kinda have to parcel it out in small increments. I've made about 6 pies, which will be one per person this year. My son's gf is coming which will be nice as I haven't seen her in a few months, then just some of the family.
I have most of the veggies cut up and put in containers in the fridge (per Alton Brown), turkey will come out of the freezer tomorrow. It's only 10 pounds so it won't take long to thaw out (or cook!). I have a (small) prime rib marinating in my blue cheese and pepper marinade and a leg of lamb marinating in my super secret lemon mint marinade (lemon curd and fresh mint).
I'm doing the default (yuk) green bean casserole with the soup and fried onions because everyone (not me) likes it and sweet potatoes but no yams. I'm going to do the sweet potatoes "breaded" in pulverized toffee nut peanuts in a gratin with Parmesan. I tested it already. Yummy. Oh and NO MARSHMALLOWS. I hate marshmallows so I don't even want them in my house.
I also added roasted parsnips to the menu this year. Everyone looks at them like they are an alien plant. It's my mission to add them wherever I can until these people open their minds to something beyond Hamburger Helper.
I ordered a dinner and am only making two or three side dishes and a dessert, all quick and simple ones. Have a sale on the Saturday after T-day and the Saturday after. Also getting more stuff packed up for the next pick-up by VOA.
I finally got a cell. Sucker had better be worth it, credit card reader should be here before both of the upcoming sales. I've had other vendors tell me it should increase my sales by 25% or more. We'll see. Did freak the elder son to get my call saying I had one. He says once the land line is gone, it will have been the last phone number he ever memorized aside from his own.
Signed the papers, settlement check should be here in a couple weeks. December will be a LOT of packing and sorting so we can be out of here sooner. Next year we go from a 10000sq' lot and a 1900sq' home to no land and less than 600sq' home.
Lots to do.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#76034 Nov 18, 2012
NWmoon wrote:
<quoted text>I ordered a dinner and am only making two or three side dishes and a dessert, all quick and simple ones. Have a sale on the Saturday after T-day and the Saturday after. Also getting more stuff packed up for the next pick-up by VOA.
I finally got a cell. Sucker had better be worth it, credit card reader should be here before both of the upcoming sales. I've had other vendors tell me it should increase my sales by 25% or more. We'll see. Did freak the elder son to get my call saying I had one. He says once the land line is gone, it will have been the last phone number he ever memorized aside from his own.
Signed the papers, settlement check should be here in a couple weeks. December will be a LOT of packing and sorting so we can be out of here sooner. Next year we go from a 10000sq' lot and a 1900sq' home to no land and less than 600sq' home.
Lots to do.
I missed the details, Moon. I assume B settled his case against his employer?

I saw that you are going into RV- is this voluntary?

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#76035 Nov 18, 2012
squishymama wrote:
Having fun in Florida, except when my mom and step-dad are bickering (which happens alot). But we brought crappy weather with us, so not too happy to still have to be wearing coats. Love that the pools are heated, tho!
We just hung around the "villa" today. Went shopping at Publix. I LOVE that store; wish we could have some in Chicago.
We start our Disney adventure tomorrow. Wish me luck!
We do, but it's called "Meijer" I think.:) Meijer's has just about everything.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#76038 Nov 18, 2012
PEllen wrote:
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I missed the details, Moon. I assume B settled his case against his employer?
I saw that you are going into RV- is this voluntary?
Yes, and yes. He is still getting attacks of vertigo, although thankfully not as often, but that means he can't do any roof work.(ours has a really steep pitch) We can't afford to hire all the things done that have to be done up there over the years. He can't lift as much as he could before, so a lot of the work on the house and yard is out, too. Same thing with that.
They wanted Bear to go back to school for re-training. Hello? His lack of short term memory and anger problems are tied with the pain for #1 on the list of symptoms he may never completely get over! Not a good combo for going back to school. I mean really,
does it make sense to send someone into a new school situation when they have severe short term memory loss?? To start on something completely new? No. So, we managed to get more on the settlement instead of him trying to do that.
If it hadn't been for the brain damage, he'd have LOVED to go back to school. Would have worked out even better for us short term, too, but this will be okay.

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76039 Nov 18, 2012
I met him!

He complained about being cold, about how cold it's going to be in PA over Thanksgiving, he yawned a lot, our mutual friend C (who knows a lot less than I do) told me privately that she thought he seemed controlling, he called me out on being 4 spaces off from my parking spot (he and A drove to my car at the end of the night because she's giving me some moving boxes).

Overall it wasn't a bad night, lots of laughs, but definitely a huge element of suspension of disbelief on my part.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#76040 Nov 18, 2012
j_m_w wrote:
I met him!
He complained about being cold, about how cold it's going to be in PA over Thanksgiving, he yawned a lot, our mutual friend C (who knows a lot less than I do) told me privately that she thought he seemed controlling, he called me out on being 4 spaces off from my parking spot (he and A drove to my car at the end of the night because she's giving me some moving boxes).
Overall it wasn't a bad night, lots of laughs, but definitely a huge element of suspension of disbelief on my part.
As in you couldn't believe what a whiny douche he was?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#76041 Nov 19, 2012

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#76042 Nov 19, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
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Love Meijer. It's like Wal-Mart, but, yanno...clean.
I am not a Wal-Mart fan but I often stop at the one on Veterans Parkway and that is clean and well stocked

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#76043 Nov 19, 2012
Goodmorning. Long weekend of moving. Can't find the cable that connects my very old monitor to the outlet, so I can't hook up my old computer to get some files off of it before tossing it. I'm gonna check with the IT guys here.

Can't unpack much yet, landlord is finishing the kitchen today, and will replace the shower/tub plumbing and paint the bathroom today. so the living room and library are jam packed with most everything I own.

Rose spent Saturday night crying in the hallway because Mia wouldn't let her come to bed with us (mia was weirded out for a while). Long weekend.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#76044 Nov 19, 2012
j_m_w wrote:
I met him!
He complained about being cold, about how cold it's going to be in PA over Thanksgiving, he yawned a lot, our mutual friend C (who knows a lot less than I do) told me privately that she thought he seemed controlling, he called me out on being 4 spaces off from my parking spot (he and A drove to my car at the end of the night because she's giving me some moving boxes).
Overall it wasn't a bad night, lots of laughs, but definitely a huge element of suspension of disbelief on my part.
See, it was Toj and my paranoia spasm which forced him into the open (Superstition and magical thinking will do it every time).

Why did he come here from Peru? Is it business, permanent?Could the controlling part be cultural?

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#76045 Nov 19, 2012
No, it's not cultural. he's just a messed up guy dragging Jmw's friend down to his level.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76046 Nov 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I am not a Wal-Mart fan but I often stop at the one on Veterans Parkway and that is clean and well stocked
Really? It's better than the other one in town, but I still think it's kinda gross. Produce section leaves a lot to be desired.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#76047 Nov 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
No, it's not cultural. he's just a messed up guy dragging Jmw's friend down to his level.
I believe that, too. He's afraid of losing the gf so her best friends might tell her negative things about him after meeting him.

JMW -- glad you got to meet him! It gives your friend more connections to you, thankfully. Keep trying to go the route you are. You are a good friend to her.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#76048 Nov 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I am not a Wal-Mart fan but I often stop at the one on Veterans Parkway and that is clean and well stocked
Walmart is great for cleaning supplies, socks (for men/boys) and milk.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76049 Nov 19, 2012
Aiight, now I have time to elaborate on my weekend.

It was actually *really* good. J and I have just been astounded at how SIL is growing up. He went to pick her and Boyfriend up at school and usually, she's very interrupt-y in conversations on rides like that, but she wasn't at all. And she wasn't like that on the weekend at all. So, we think all the school socialization has been very good for her. Boyfriend is super sweet and smart and gets jokes. He can hang.

We had *our* Thanksgiving on Saturday, which consisted of J and I, SIL and Boyfriend, my MIL (step-FIL won't come over. Fine by everyone.) and SIL's high school friend H. Was good to talk to H; she's not had the easiest life, but has a job and is in school and is doing well.

My MIL kept steering the dinner conversations toward who she's a-feudin' with on Facebook or which of their white trash friends got arrested for what. It's time to pass out dessert, and my MIL doesn't want any, and I'm like "F**k, that means she's just going to ramble about stupid stuff while we eat." I was not disappointed. Then after dinner, she got all weepy for no apparent reason and then left.

We were discussing how one of SIL's classmates is pregnant and is leaving school at the end of the semester. Is keeping the baby. My MIL gets on her high horse and goes "Well, at least she's doing the right thing and raising her own baby." I had to bite my tongue. Please, yes, let's discuss what raising a child entails, MIL...

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76050 Nov 19, 2012
Also, MIL brought over all this food that she said my SIL left at their house when she moved out (yes, 2 years ago). Mmm! A 2-year-old open box of rice that smells like smoke and has cobwebs in it! All of it went in the garbage. Thanks for the crazy!

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76051 Nov 19, 2012
Toj wrote:
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Walmart is great for cleaning supplies, socks (for men/boys) and milk.
Prescriptions are cheap there. I started going there because J goes there for his and it's just easy to pick them all up together.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#76052 Nov 19, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
We were discussing how one of SIL's classmates is pregnant and is leaving school at the end of the semester. Is keeping the baby. My MIL gets on her high horse and goes "Well, at least she's doing the right thing and raising her own baby." I had to bite my tongue. Please, yes, let's discuss what raising a child entails, MIL...
Ugh.

She will be among the world's most annoying grandparents if you or SIL have a kid.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#76053 Nov 19, 2012
But good news re: SIL! Sounds like college suits her!

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