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I used to be the queen of overpacking but it was just a hassle to deal with - even if you drive, you have to pack, unpack, repack, then shlep it all home again.

This was me too, and as I do most of my travel by car, I agree. I also have to sclep it back up from the parking lot to my second floor apt.

Last year, I took a week long cruise. Including an outfit for each night, including 2 formal nights, and my casual daytime clothes, I managed to wear all but one or two tops that whole week. That was a victory for me, and we drove to the port. Previous one? Flew, and took a huge suitcase and carryon (before airlines started charging for checked luggage) I wore half of what I took. And vowed next one, which was last year's, I'd being less, and have it washed, if need be. Which I didnt. I was also annoyed I had toack 2 pairs of dressy shoes!!!! To match my outfits

Last trip, was a weekend wedding which I flew to. I'm cheap, so no way I was paying for a checked bag. I got all, including my dress and shoes, in my carryon (which, because it was a smaller plane was gate checked at no charge) and my tote bag. I was so excited!!!!

I'm now at my moms for a week, and carefully packed. Even though I drive and can do laundry, I have this anxiety if I don't pack a lot. But my recent experience showed me I can pack light anything happens!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Nook questions
« Last post by jpcher on Today at 04:31:18 PM »
Thanks. That's good to know.
All In A Day's Work / Re: Do you confront a food thief?
« Last post by scarlett on Today at 04:31:11 PM »
I confronted a food thief at a previous workplace. I walked into the break room to find a co-worker in another section heating up my microwave dinner. I stopped him and said loudly, "Hey, that's mine!" He said he thought it was his and proceeded to get another meal from the freezer- with my assistant's name in large letters on it and start to heat it up. I quickly walked to my office and informed my assistant who marched down there to confront him. Where he gave up her meal and proceeded to eat someone else's meal.

He was the reason we got individual fridges in each office.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What Are You Wearing....?
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 04:28:49 PM »
Maroon jeans, a Hogwarts tee, sandals.
Complete Silence / Re: Didn't Have a Choice
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 04:27:21 PM »
You know how sometimes we say that when someone asks a prying question we should just pretend that they made the only -socially-acceptable comment (like, "How did you hurt yourself? or "what's wrong with you?" is prying; but "I hope you feel better" is acceptable, so pretend that's what they said, and say, "thanks for your conern; I'll be fine soon")?

It's a good idea for those of us who are making the comment to think, "what really do I want to say? I don't really want to pry into their life; I just want to say, "I see you're having some difficulties; I wish you well."

So say that.
I'm going to go against the grain here.  I'm actually glad she reminded him of what he'd said about the wedding picture.  It puts him on notice that things he says do have long term consequences in terms of how the recipient of such remarks will feel about him in the future.  I think he needed that and no one (apparently) has ever called this man to task for his unfortunate way of treating people.  It's about time.

Plus, she says she said it "nicely" and I have no reason not to believe her.

I agree with this, especcially if FIL has been saying his "nice" little comments again...

I agree as well.  FIL needs to be aware that his words have lasting consequences.  He was looking at the picture, it revived the event.  The way others reacted means they are used to his abuse.  OP doesn't have to take it silently too. 
17 general / Re: Nosey neighbor? Keep my mouth shut?
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 04:20:53 PM »
I think you could call. Just do it. The utility doesn't care who calls.
18 general / Nosey neighbor? Keep my mouth shut?
« Last post by jpcher on Today at 04:18:37 PM »
Several days ago I noticed that the wires going from the pole in the back corner of my yard to the back yard (kitty-corner) neighbors house were hanging very low -- so low that they rest on top of their garage (I can't see beyond that, the garage blocks the view to their house.)

I don't know these neighbors and, in fact, a tree was recently cut down that used to block most of the view to their back yard.

It just so happened that Neighbor Lady (NL) was in the back yard with her kids so I took a walk over.

Me: Hey NL, my name is jpcher. Wonderful weather we're having isn't it?

NL (a bit cool): Yes it is.

Me: I hear you and your kids out here all the time. It sounds like you have a lot of fun!

NL: Oh, yeah, we have fun.

Me (now feeling a bit awkward): I just wanted to mention . . . I don't know if you noticed or not . . . these wires are resting on top of your garage.

NL: We know.

Me: Okay, then. Have a great day!

Feeling quite awkward as it seemed that she didn't want to chat at all I went back inside.

There are two wires -- one for cable the other electrical. I don't know maybe I'm overthinking but any type of low hanging wires worries me . . . especially electrical. There is a transformer thingy at the top of the pole. I don't know how these things work but I'm thinking that a good wind/thunder storm could possibly cause some damage. I could be wrong.

It's a simple phone call and the companies will come out and fix the problem, free, they don't even come to your door. (I've had to do this myself.)

Should I make the call myself? Or keep my nose out of it?
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Nook questions
« Last post by cubemissy on Today at 04:18:10 PM »
For the tablet, you only need wifi long enough to download the books. Then you can put the tablet on airplane mode until time to purchase/download a new book.
    LOL! ;D I'm trying to think of a reason to pack even one roll of duct tape for a cruise.

    You'd be amazed what you can do with duct tape. I never leave home without it.

    Repair luggage. Zipper died? Just duct tape it up for the trip home. Hold the handle together   

    Went nuts at the market? Put the goodies in your good bags. Buy the local equivalent of a gunny sack, fill it with your underwear or whatever else isn't precious, wrap duct tape around the neck and check it as luggage.

    Patch a hole in a window screen.

    Temporary repair to a hem.

    Seal the sink drain so you can do laundry.

    Discreetly put a small bit on your cabin door to identify it.

    Make a clothesline.

    Tape those curtains shut so no light shines through.

    Wrap around your hand and remove lint.

    Place a strip on your bags & label with a marker--a new luggage tag![/li][/list]

    Temporary fix for glasses (vision or sun)

    Seal a hole in a rain coat.

    Reapir sandals

    What you can't fix with duct tape can often be coped with, with my other staple: dental floss and a big canvas needle.
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