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Tiny silver stud earrings, on my left wrist my hockey MudLove bracelet and on my right wrist my "dream" MudLove bracelet.
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Life...in general / Re: Finances and roommate situation
« Last post by MommySloth on Today at 09:21:44 AM »
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

We pay electricity and gas, so we pay a substantial amount more in utilities. Babies = massive piles of laundry :D

We could definitely afford our own place, and could have from the beginning. She was just really eager to get out of her hometown, so we thought it would be a "mutually beneficial" type of temporary arrangement.

I'm not relying on my parents to deal with it; on the contrary, I'm worried about their involvement only because it's ridiculous that they should have to.
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Very true there .... we have a certain way to say things or we get marked down on quality assurance monitors.

There would still be some complaining from people who want the service to be 24/7, but what you are offering to do for them would be a lot clearer. Of course, your company may not allow you to change the script you use.
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Someone talking about tickets and queues would confuse me completely - It took me a few readings to work out what you meant, that noone is able to fix it till Tuesday and the person will be rung then.

Yes, I think this is a case where the customer doesn't understand the business's jargon. Tickets and queues and service hours.

It would probably be simpler to say, "We only offer Service Y Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm. Would you like me to put you on the list for a call back on Tuesday, as the service is closed Monday for the holiday?"

There would still be some complaining from people who want the service to be 24/7, but what you are offering to do for them would be a lot clearer. Of course, your company may not allow you to change the script you use.
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I would say that I am a medium packer.  I try to keep it fairly basic, but it seems like I always need a good amount of stuff.  For example for a 3 week summer trip I packed a pair of capris, 4 tops, a sweater, workout clothes, sandals that can be worn with a dress, a dress that can be a swimsuit cover-up, a swimsuit, sneakers, and 6 days worth of underclothes.  I try to make my clothing mix and match so I can mix up the tops and bottoms on the trip.  I wore jeans on the plane.  I realized I could have done without one of the outfits, but don't mind having an extra.

I never really travel light anymore.  I could fit my stuff and DD3 and DD1's items in a large suitcase.  I will usually pack 5-6 outfits each for them because there is a greater chance they won't get through the day without needing to change clothes.  This is usually just right for them.
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Earrings only today -- had to take my wedding rings off because my hands were swelling a little.   :(
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Life...in general / Re: Finances and roommate situation
« Last post by HannahGrace on Today at 08:26:58 AM »
Agree with Blarg314's advice - nicely put. Ask yourselves what you and your family want (and what you can afford). Put yourselves first in making this decision.

Not clear on what the other sharehouse issues are aside from the money owed. But if there's no progress being made towards paying you back, then that is not a good basis to move forward to a new place with that housemate. Something is obviously making you hesitate - it's a good time to listen to that now, while there's plenty of time to give your housemate reasonable notice that she needs to take over the current place/find another when the lease runs out.

Have to question one thing YummyMummy66 said, "you are not using that much more utilities than she is, so I can see paying a bit more than everyone else, but not a substantial amount".  If utilities are energy and water, two adults and one kid are going to use way more than one single person, generally speaking. How much that difference costs is going to depend a bit on individual circumstances and where you live. I live in Oz A lot of the bill here is from hot water (electric) - which adds up with more people in the house. Also heating/cooling. There can be a big difference if one or more people tend to be home all the time using the heating/cooling while others work/study outside. No way I'd be sharing with a family of 3 (soon to be 4) who said we should pay close to the same amount. Something to consider for working out a fair split with your sister.

Agree. If the utilities include hot water and electricity for laundry machines, the baby probably uses more than an adult. Certainly two adults and a baby use way more than a single adult.
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I've done all 3 at one point or another.   One time, too much.  One time, just right. One time, not enough but I've done so.  I hope on my next international trip this fall, I will strike a happy medium!
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Life...in general / Re: Finances and roommate situation
« Last post by Psychopoesie on Today at 08:07:32 AM »
Agree with Blarg314's advice - nicely put. Ask yourselves what you and your family want (and what you can afford). Put yourselves first in making this decision.

Not clear on what the other sharehouse issues are aside from the money owed. But if there's no progress being made towards paying you back, then that is not a good basis to move forward to a new place with that housemate. Something is obviously making you hesitate - it's a good time to listen to that now, while there's plenty of time to give your housemate reasonable notice that she needs to take over the current place/find another when the lease runs out.

Have to question one thing YummyMummy66 said, "you are not using that much more utilities than she is, so I can see paying a bit more than everyone else, but not a substantial amount".  If utilities are energy and water, two adults and one kid are going to use way more than one single person, generally speaking. How much that difference costs is going to depend a bit on individual circumstances and where you live. I live in Oz A lot of the bill here is from hot water (electric) - which adds up with more people in the house. Also heating/cooling. There can be a big difference if one or more people tend to be home all the time using the heating/cooling while others work/study outside. No way I'd be sharing with a family of 3 (soon to be 4) who said we should pay close to the same amount. Something to consider for working out a fair split with your sister.


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I tend to get it just right or a slight underpack.  I absolutely despise schlepping stuff.  A month long trip needs 2 pants, one skirt, 1 yoga pant and T-shirt for sleep, two or three tops, one windbreaker, one pashmina, four sets socks/underwear, two pairs of shoes and my trusty Tiley hat.  Of course, there is a small bag for meds, toothbrush and other sundry supplies.  Since there are stores everywhere, I buy shampoo, soap, sun lotion when I get to my destination. That leaves lots of room for souvenirs, which I will send by postal service if the overall volume of stuff gets too large.
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