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We have been to her house for dinner once and a party she co-hosted at a VFW hall. Otherwise, the loose group has gone places together here and there where we all pay our own ways.

Knowing Joan, this isn't the last of it. I don't think she'll bring food again, but that doesn't mean she won't try to needle me in other ways. I have a feeling the dessert will be brought up again in the future at some point.
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by rashea on Today at 09:36:19 AM »
You could do stuffed peppers. I do a veggie version with rice, cheese, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, and nuts if I feel like it. It's filling, looks cool, and tastes good.

Sort of like this one, but with some slightly different fillings:
Right now, it's my MIL.

Two weekends ago, DD and I went to a pumpkin patch.  We each got a beach ball sized pumpkin (mine was a little bit bigger).  This past weekend, MIL picked up DD to spend the day with her.  I asked her (MIL) if she wanted to take DD's pumpkin with them to carve it.  I ensured to say this out of DD's earshot just in case MIL said no and let MIL know that DD didn't know I was suggesting it.  MIL agreed.

When she dropped DD off with the pumpkin, it was gutted with a giant hole in the side.  MIL had cut a huge opening in the side, gutted it, then put plastic cupcake toppers inside that said "Happy Halloween".  She then wrote "Our Street Cemetery" above the opening.  I was astounded that such a perfect pumpkin had been wasted as such, but I said nothing and my face belied nothing.  DD, on the other hand...she's 7, I can't blame her.

"Momma, can we carve your pumpkin for real, like with a scary face instead of just a hole?"*

DD and I had a talk, later, about how stuff like that can make other people feel bad.  MIL?  She went PA on DD and I had to bean dip like mad to get her to knock it off.  You don't pull that manipulative excrement on a child.  This isn't the first time she's done it, either.

*We have a few stairs leading up to an enclosed porch, on which was sitting my pumpkin.  DD only said this, I'm guessing, because she saw my unmolested pumpkin sitting there next to hers where MIL had just sat it.

I don't get it. What does that even mean? Is she anti-Halloween? And if so, she seriously used a small child's pumpkin as a way to express that to the parents?
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Last post by pierrotlunaire0 on Today at 09:27:59 AM »
I have a friend whose hobby is folk singing, and she 'collects' old authentic folk songs.  Before singing to me a lovely Scots ballad (Lizzie Lindsey), she had to warn me so that I wouldn't laugh when her suitor reveals his name to be Laird Ronald MacDonald.  Now there's a name which has acquired quite a different connotation!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Last post by Winterlight on Today at 09:23:42 AM »
I think, to me, that that's part of it.  If the name needs to be odd for a *reason*, and there's an explanation for it, then I have less of a problem with it.  Same with naming systems in general.  If there are two characters named Emily in the book, and it's a big deal because they're always getting the wrong papers graded at school, or one Emily pretends to be the other, or the "lesser" Emily is taunted by the socially greater Emily, etc., then I don't object to it.

Yes, if there's a good reason I don't mind. It's when everyone is Jasmine and Diamond and Rock and Colt because the author thinks those are sexy names it gets on my nerves, especially in historical romances.
16 general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by JenJay on Today at 09:21:36 AM »
Bravo! I'm sorry she decided to test you, but at least she learned what will happen and, hopefully, won't try it again.
I go to a local con each year- it's well run and has great focus on things I like, plus it's in a small enough place that I can get from room to room easily. It's a lot less stressful than a big con and much more family-feeling.
Great update, what a nice shiny spine you have!  ;D
Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by Sharnita on Today at 09:15:04 AM »
Totally agree with lollylegs. OP wasn't rude for talking more with her sister because she knew her best, right? And I bet an outside observer would say OP smiled at her sister more than at the other guests.  Not rude for her or them.
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