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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your "I'm not that old!!!" moments
« Last post by blueyzca01 on Today at 06:34:17 PM »
BG/ I am 46 AND Im 12 years older than hubby.  Im told I dont look my age.  But every now and then, I feel it. And having a husband who still gets carded for cigarettes, despite the fact that hes 35, doesnt help. /BG

DH was telling me story about someone at his job.  He started the conversation by saying, So, this guy at work, hes middle-aged, ya know, pretty old, blah blah blah. 
And I asked him, so, how old is this guy, sixty, sixty-five?  He said, Nah, I think hes in his forties.  I just glared at him.  Gee, thanks, babe. :P

Hot vinegar & water solution to flush out the cleanout valve - possibly dumped on top of a box of baking soda to get fizzing action to loosen any debris stuck to the bottom of the tank?

Rinse with hot water & leave a bit of baking soda or vinegar (pick one) in the tank to help absorb odor?
BG: My brother and SIL have 3 small boys (under 7yo). DH and I have pets. Bro keeps asking us to go camping or rent a cabin or something like that with them. They do this every summer with my parents and I know they all enjoy it, but DH and I really do NOT want to vacation with them. While we like our nephews, we're not kid people and a few hours with the family is plenty.

We did try renting a cabin with them a couple of years back and hated it. Their idea of a great vacation is to sit around and do nothing, or to do only kid friendly stuff. Ours is completely the opposite - last vacation we ended up leaving them at the house and going for a mountain hike ourselves because the alternative was sitting in a room talking in a whisper so as not to wake the kids from their nap. When the kids are awake they tend to focus all their attention on keeping them entertained, which is understandable, but not exactly my idea of a thrilling vacation. I certainly don't expect them to change what they enjoy, so my solution is just not to put myself in this situation again.

Bro and SIL aren't toxic, but I'm trying to find a way to gently stop them from asking us, as I feel bad telling them no every single time they ask us to vacation with them. I mostly either bean dip when the suggestions comes up or say "sorry, we're not available for X dates" if a specific weekend is mentioned. Should I just keep doing this and hope they get the hint? I don't want to suggest "when the kids are older" either, because a) they may take offense at the idea that we don't like spending time with their kids and b) I really don't want to spend my vacations with anyone but DH, but can't think of a polite way to say that.
Or "conversated"

Nobody can "borrow" you anything they own, either.  You can borrow it, they can loan it.  But they can't "borrow" their own possessions.

And the next person over the age of six (who might be still learning some sounds in English) who "axes" me a question is going to be ignored - because I really, truly hate that usage with a pink & purple pin-striped passion.
35 general / Re: When "No Thank You" dosen't work...what next?
« Last post by Teacup on Today at 06:25:01 PM »
I work in one of these jobs that requires us to ask for all of your personal info.  I'm glad so many people realize it's a requirement.   :D

They do track our results weekly, daily, and even hourly.  If we don't meet our goals we get the pleasure of being on a before work early Friday morning conference call and, if that doesn't help, we get the pleasure of being written up.  They can even track false information by store and employee number, so we can't just enter and get credit (it's suprising how seriously they track the fake info gathering). 

Having said that, it's possible to be meet the goals and still be polite.  Saying "no thanks" or even "no" (in a pleasant tone) should be enough. Should this not be enough, you have every right to take your business elsewhere. 

You were polite, she was doing her job, and many wise members have correctly identified the correct people towards which to direct your ire, corporate.
"I do not think that means what you think it means" definitely applies here.

Homage to The Princess Bride intended.

Seriously, their comment makes no logical sense.

I prefer the "in lieu of thank you notes, we're going horse back riding" would at least be good exercise.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Things never to say to....
« Last post by nayberry on Today at 06:11:04 PM »

after years of being able to eat apples and pears whenever i liked, i now have to only have them cooked as my throat starts itching and lips go numb.
and i'm sad because pears were always my favourite fruit and i'm not a big fruit eater.

I could eat any raw fruit until I was a teenager, then I developed the same allergies! Now I have to eat most fruit cooked, not raw. I really, really miss it.  :-[

up until recently i'd risk it once in a blue moon if i'd taken anti histamine but its not worth taking the chance anymore :(
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by Missy2U on Today at 06:10:29 PM »
I got a box of Kraft Mac N Cheese at the store the other day for $.85 - it's the kind with the powdered cheese mix - not the deluxe version - I'm thinking I'll eat that.  Or a salad.  I'll see how ambitious I feel in an hour or two.  Don't know what husband is going to have - he can't decide.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by VorFemme on Today at 06:02:44 PM »
Parking lot vultures are bad, but parking lot spot holders are asking to be runned over.  I almost ran over two  that were "holding the spot" as I was turning to park.  Good thing I never, ever go fast in parking lots.

As for the Scout troup leaders that tipped the rock?  They should have gotten much stiffer penalties.  What they did was vandalizing.

Vandalizing doesn't quite cover it - they didn't deface it by putting their names on it - they destroyed it as a natural wonder & turned it into some broken boulder that used to balance on another bit of rock in an amazing way but you can't tell anymore because it's all just bits (well, big bits, but broken bits) of rock.

The good news is that none of the kids in the troup got injured by the results of their macho idiocy.

The bad news is that there were not consequences to speak of to demonstrate why rolling balanced boulders off their balance point is a really, really bad idea.

Wyle E. Coyote would have been flattened at least twice by the boulder rolling over him, up a cliff face, and then back over him - while missing the Roadrunner entirely...but that would be in a Looney Toons cartoon.  In real life, I'm amazed that the rock(s) didn't end up flattening something or spray broken bits into people.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by MayHug on Today at 05:56:00 PM »
I saw two today that me do a double-take.

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