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Today is Thanksgiving and our hot water heater died  :'(
Better the water heater than the only toilet! Or the stove, as happened once to my grandmother.

Thanksgiving seems to be a popular time for critical failures!

A few years ago we lost our fridge Thanksgiving night.  It was full to bursting with leftovers.

This year my in-laws had already planned to come to our house for Thanksgiving, which turned out to be a good thing because their house was without power for a full week and it just came on this morning.

We lost the whole sewer system twice when serving 35 people. Fortunately, we are half a block away from two gas stations. That did however mean no rinsing the dishes - we use real China or Corelle and silver or stainless - so I had a gluey mess to soak clean the next day. I put my foot down the summer following and we had the whole system redone.

I didn't mind when the power went out because it was plenty cold to put the food in the garage from the fridge and outside in coolers from the freezer. And we had lots of candles. That year guests left at a reasonable time! I don't mind washing dishes by hand, and the power came on late in the evening  so the house didn't get too cold for us and we were on schedule with washing and ironing the linens.
22 general / Re: "Why I will ask you what I'm not supposed to ask"
« Last post by ishka on Yesterday at 11:15:03 PM »
This is a really strange assortment of questions that she is so desperate to ask. It ranges from the "just making conversation" (how do you tell the twins apart?) to the "almost certainly intrusive and offensive" (will you try for a girl?) with a good dose of the weirdly "I'm taking a survey" ( how long will you breastfeed?  Will you have another baby?)

Her tone is also unpleasantly demanding and dismissive of boundaries. If you are told that questions are likely to cause pain or are simply none of your business it takes a very special snowflake indeed to respond with "Yeah, but I wanna Knooow!"

As so often happens with these "I'm so much more evolved" click bait articles the writer comes across as socially deaf and entirely self involved. I'm not surprised she finds it difficult to make the sort of relationships she feels are her due.
I send a few cards each year to friends who are far away--include a letter--and to the few older relatives that we have left as they love to get mail.  Also, have a few friends in our city that we exchange with.
Holidays / Re: 2015 Thanksgiving Menus
« Last post by kudeebee on Yesterday at 11:05:46 PM »
Spiral ham on the smoker
Turkey in the roaster
Riced potatoes
Cranberry relish
Green bean casserole
Sweet potato casserole
Hawaiian sweet rolls
Pumpkin pie--one with gluten free crust, individual tins without crust, individual tins made with sugar substitute
Humor Me! / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sapphire23 on Yesterday at 11:02:39 PM »
Family and Children / Re: Birthday party- "Siblings welcome"- but only girls?
« Last post by kudeebee on Yesterday at 10:58:41 PM »
I think I would be careful with a general "sisters welcome" phrase on the invitation unless you are willing to accommodate all ages of sisters and not just the ones that are close to your dds' ages.  For example if your dds are 8 and 10, do they want 3 and 4 yr olds at the party?

I agree with other posters to just invite the guests that they want.  If they know and play with some of the sisters, then invite them specifically.
Holidays / Re: 2015 Thanksgiving Menus
« Last post by #borecore on Yesterday at 10:45:40 PM »
We had a mix of traditional and less traditional dishes:
Snacks: vegetables and ranch dip, pretzel chips with hummus and tabouleh, and my dark chocolate and cranberry cookies

Mashed: sweet potatoes, potatoes, and turnips
Brussels sprouts with almonds
Cranberry: relish and canned sauce
Stuffing: with turkey and vegan
Couscous with black beans, acorn squash, caramelized onions and cranberries
Turkey and gravy

Dessert: pies and vanilla ice cream: cherry, pumpkin, and apple-almond tartlets.
Based on my personal experience, there's another possible reason why the adult kids don't want to visit Mom and Dad with their kids - it's because Mom and Dad's house isn't welcoming for children.

Back in the day when my two daughters were small, my in-laws refused to "kid-proof" their house.  Now, I wasn't asking them to do anything untoward - looking after my kids was the job for me and my husband, not my in-laws.  However, MIL refused to put away fragile knick-knacks, saying smugly "You'll just have to keep an eye on your children."    I spent that entire weekend on tenterhooks waiting for something to break.  It wasn't relaxing in the least.
Not holidays - but my Parents used to have an argument about this. Mom would move kid magnet but fragile knick knacks out of reach when they were having a family friendly social event. Dad thought it was insulting to the parents. Until he overheard a conversation at the business he owned. A new employee was talking to another employee. She was worried about bringing her kids to a family friendly holiday party because she had dropped some paper work off for Dad one evening and seen my parents living room. The other employees assured her the kids would be fine. Basically they said Mom was a gracious hostess that made sure kid magnets but fragile things were out of the way.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Last post by WolfWay on Yesterday at 10:18:20 PM »

As we were getting ready to put the current release together, I got an e-mail from Grant. The borked-up version wasn't there and why did we remove it!!??!?!?! Didn't we realize that the customer was expecting it? (The reason he thought it wasn't there was an unrelated bug that made it look like the borked-up version wasn't in the product any longer.)

Works as coded  >:D

Or as our testing team likes to say, "fix in production"

I got this awesome t-shirt for myself. It is so true:
I showed that to my department, now everyone wants one.
30 general / Re: Reaction to news of death - I didnt know what to say
« Last post by Roe on Yesterday at 10:12:44 PM »
A friend said something similar about a politician once and I haven't thought the same of him since. It's a horrible thing to say about anyone, ever. Horrible. And I wouldn't think highly of anyone who says such callous things.

I don't think you could've said anything polite. Silence is the only thing I can think of.
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