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1 general / Re: Can I ask her to stop texting...?
« Last post by NyaChan on Today at 06:01:11 PM »
I think it would be better to be straightforward about it as you make your next appointment - "NailPerson, I love the work you do, but to be honest, our appointment times get stretched out longer and longer when you use your phone while you do my nails.  What can we do to keep us on schedule?"

I'd keep in mind though, that she may deny it is a problem or even if she overreacts, get upset about it.  This extra time may just be the added cost to getting these nails at that monetary price.
The Queen isn't a particular object of media interest, so probably not. Her role is ceremonial, not political, and she doesn't say or do anything controversial. She is an 88 year old woman, so she also doesn't do anything particularly interesting or exciting.

On the other hand, if Kate Middleton cuts a half inch off the end of her hair or says she prefers milk to dark chocolate, it makes the front pages.
3 general / Re: Can I ask her to stop texting...?
« Last post by Lynn2000 on Today at 05:55:26 PM »
To me it seems rude. I assume you're paying a set amount and not by the hour, but it's still irritating to having your time lengthened by what appear to be nonessential activities.

Could you try asking her what the text was about? Like, "Oh, nothing's wrong, I hope? It's not your mom, is it?" or whatever, related to something else you've been talking about. If you do this a couple times it might point out to her that you are noticing the amount of time she spends doing this. She might also not really realize how often she does it and think it's only once or twice, but if you mention something about it each time, she may understand how frequent it is.

The other thing is, by asking, you may find out that it's something perfectly understandable to you, like her daughter home sick or something else temporary. So it might be good to start from a place of being concerned, rather than assume it's something frivolous. At least, I know that whenever *I* assume something frivolous, it usually turns out to be legit, and then I feel bad. :(
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by HoneyBee42 on Today at 05:54:34 PM »
They're having a scrub sale at the hospital where I work.  (My job is clerical, no scrubs for me.)  The folks running the sale set up in a hallway and direct people who want to try on scrubs to our restrooms.  Fine, kind of annoying for us (blocks one of 2 routes in, plus having to wait to use a stall when you need it for its intended purpose), but it's only 2 days, so we can all deal.

Now to be honest, I've always been amazed by people who assume that everyone is capable of moving/holding BMs at will.  So, yes, I do think that it is SS to come in the restroom to use it as a fitting room and complain out loud about smelling unpleasant things.  It is a toilet, people do poop in there.  The air freshener will go off soon, the toilet is auto flush ...
5 general / Re: We can't all sit still- should we stay home?
« Last post by DavidH on Today at 05:54:15 PM »
"It might be considerate of the OP to choose a specific seat - although that's veering *way* too much into 'sit far away from me' territory for my liking." 

"Choose a specific seat" is not synonymous with "sit far away from me".  If, for example, you have a bladder disorder causing you to need to visit the bathroom very frequently, I would suggest you sit as close to the aisle as possible. Next to me on the aisle side is fine, on the inside, I will not be nearly so pleased. 

If the case is someone twitching, or with Tourettes syndrome, then yes, many people will want them to sit far away since the behavior is quite distracting during a theater performance.  It doesn't mean that in all settings they would think the same way.  Similarly, if you have strong body odor or something of that nature, many people would want them to sit away from them.

The point is that while they are allowed to sit anywhere they please, it is considerate to plan for a disability.  If you cannot get up from your seat without assistance, then an aisle may not be the best choice, particularly if you arrive early, since it will pose a problem each time someone needs to enter the aisle.  If you are claustrophobic, then a middle seat is a poor choice, since you are maximizing the chance you will need to get up and thus disturb those around you. 
Humor Me! / Re: Things that you just should NOT laugh at.
« Last post by Ms_Cellany on Today at 05:52:19 PM »
I admit I know nothing about hens, so the idea that they like marshmallows made me laugh. The things you learn!  ;D

They're also insanely fond of bananas. We give them our overripe ones. They do a feeding frenzy, then daintily wipe their beaks on the straw.
Humor Me! / Re: Things that you just should NOT laugh at.
« Last post by Ms_Cellany on Today at 05:51:16 PM »
I admit I know nothing about hens, so the idea that they like marshmallows made me laugh. The things you learn!  ;D

It would be even more humorous if they were marshmallow Peeps...

Oh, it's too bad Peeps are out of season. That would be too good.
I really don't know if this is hosting....or just a family tradition that has outgrown the area. I would probably do 1 of 2 things.

1) talk to BIL. You and DH pay for rooms, BIL pays for food. They cancel out. everyone gets food, everyone gets a sleeping space. you and DH have 1 room with sleeping space for x amount of people. BIL has 1 room with y amount of sleeping space. The "kids" can draw straws for beds that are left. Then for the couch(es). the rest get the air mattresses.  or

2) if the "kids" are now college age, contact them and let them know that while you don't have a problem with the sleeping arrangements as they are, you recognize that they are getting older and may like to have their own space/all want beds. If they would like to contribute to an additional room, you would be happy to reserve one or two rooms - the rooms cost $x and split 4 ways (so everyone can have a bed) would be $y.

(the second option will not be attractive to everyone, and they may not want to pay, or they may come last minute, but those are the ones that get the extra spaces - couch, airmattress. again, this isn't necessarily a hosting as a family tradition. This could help with the transition to SO, spouses, families having their own room/space and contributing if they are interested in keeping the tradition going.)
"Why would I want to do that?" / Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Last post by lakey on Today at 05:40:11 PM »
It IS a normal thing to do for people who think they are entitled to impose on others. And you are right, you are not supposed to let others have access to your bags.
Humor Me! / Re: Things that you just should NOT laugh at.
« Last post by mmswm on Today at 05:36:37 PM »
Grossout warning on this one for those of you who don't like insects . . .

The girls and I are visiting my parents this week.  Yesterday Dad and I took Babybartfast out fishing (by canoe) - her first time.  She got sick of fishing halfway through and proceeded to name all the worms (waxworms, actually - little white caterpillars) and declare they're her "new best friends" and they all love her very much.  Then yesterday evening she demanded to be allowed to read them a bedtime story and sing them a good-night song before putting them back in "their room", i.e. the spare fridge.  Today she spent a good hour playing with them on the front porch.  (My strict "no insects intentionally in the house" rule extends to grandparents' homes . . .)

The fun part: I went up to change into pajamas tonight and discovered that a) Babybartfast had left her discarded shorts on my bed, and b) SHE HAD WORMS IN HER POCKETS.  Now in my sheets.

Yeah, I changed those sheets fast and checked VERY thoroughly for any escapees.  Luckily waxworms are dry and not really all that gross.  My parents are the ones laughing the most, though, because apparently I used to bring home similar "surprises" all the time when I was Babybartfast's age . . .

When my boys were preschool/early elementary school age I had to make them turn out their pockets at the front door to make sure there were no worms or other new "pets" coming in the house.

Also, I have a little brother a few months younger than my youngest.  One day my brother and my youngest were outside playing (read worm hunting).  They were about 5 years old.  Anyway, suddenly, my brother comes in the house shouting "Look, mmswm!  Look at the really big worm I found."  I looked over, sighed, and told him to get the snake out of my house.
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