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Humor Me! / Re: My Cat Is Meowing/Shouting At Me Because...
« Last post by PastryGoddess on Today at 12:01:25 AM »
It's time for the encore performance of the Song of Her People and NO ONE IS LISTENING TO MEEEEEEEEEEEE
I had brunch at a buffet place, so I had a plate of "breakfast" foods like scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage, breakfast potatoes, and fruit.  Then I had a plate of "lunch" foods, steak, salad, roasted potatoes, and deviled eggs.

Normally I have a bowl of flavored instant oatmeal when I am awake early enough in the day to want to eat breakfast.  Those days when my schedule involves getting up after 11, I usually skip right to lunch.
When my middle daughter will be out from school for a few months with her medical issues, she is hoping to continue remotely with her regular classes, skyping when possible.  Yes, we have already talked with the teachers. 

What I was wondering, it would be cool if she had a webcam attached to the tablet she'll be using, that she can control that would allow her to follow the teacher.  Can anyone tell me what to look for, or recommend a brand that is reliable but not terribly expensive?

You might check with your district's IT department especially the campus CITS if they have one.

If your daughter's classes are self contained something like our "portable" distance learning carts could be used for this. They have excellent mikes and her classmates and teacher could see her.

One problem with skyping is it will be taking up a whole computer. For example if they use the teacher's workstation - I'm not sure they can skype and control the promethean/smart board. Even if the software allows it, school computers tend to be under powered. Also, I know we had bandwith problems when we tried to skype instead of using the distance learning carts. The cart went through a different network.
The nearest Costco to me is walking distance.  A long walk granted, but still quite a reasonable walk (about 2.5 miles).  If I had to drive an hour, I wouldn't go at all.  It's just not worth the hassle of the weekend crowd crazies.
Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by Idlewildstudios on Yesterday at 11:47:45 PM »
I went with clothing and a gift, that based on my previous experiences, was normal.  I have not attended another shower where dresses or slacks were worn. Night wear was a common gift at bridal showers.  Like I said, overall we are a very relaxed and informal community.

The invite stated date, time and that munchies would be served.  No indication of a religious leaning.  No registery info or gift ideas was included.  The fiancÚ had always dressed casually at any events she attended with our family.

That's why I felt so blind sided.  It was like everyone was in on a secret except sis and I.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: This little piggy . . . and other rhymes
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 11:44:08 PM »
I learned:

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you're happy and you know it, then your life will surely show it, if you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!

The version I hear most people sing is:

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it...

Honestly, I think the "then your life will surely show it" better, but it seems like *everybody* sings the other version.

My daughters seem to have learned a version of "Ring Around the Roses" that says "Pussycat, Pussycat, all fall down," but the version I learned was "Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down."
Family and Children / Re: DH as chauffeur?
« Last post by bopper on Yesterday at 11:40:10 PM »
Good idea, LifeonPluto.

Otherwise I agree that you tell Grandma what you CAN do, and if she doesn't like it then she is free to take a taxi.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by weeblewobble on Yesterday at 11:40:06 PM »
ACH!  Poor Hillia's DS! I hope that after he has been "burned" enough times, he will eventually see the wisdom of not spending time with these people.
We recently got a Costco membership after not having one for some years.  When we had one before, it was in Phoenix, and I assumed that the horrible behavior (pushing carts, shoving in front of people, letting kids run free to destroy displays) was in part due to the large number of people that crammed into a Costco on any given Saturday.  We've moved into a much smaller city, and nope, it seems that Costco has some sort of ray beamed around the store that completely eliminates any sort of brain function:

- A group of 5 people who stopped immediately inside the front doors, in front of the carts, to have a lengthy conversation and gave stink eye to anyone who dared approach

- After I had managed to pull a cart by going around to the side of them, and was waiting to navigate around them as well as the people exiting the store, another couple managed to get a cart and shoved my cart out of the way so they could get inside first

- The parents who were loosely shepherding a flock of 5 or 6 kids through the store, who stopped at every single sample station and allowed the kids to swarm around, pushing in front of people and grabbing as many samples as they could while the parents looked on indulgently

- The people who stop dead in the middle of aisles to check a phone, reconsider their direction, whatever

- The people who whip out of the side aisles, completely oblivious to the fact that there were any other people in the store

And more.   Ugh, Costco, is it even worth it?  My eye twitch has started up again.

I refuse to go into Costco on the evenings and weekends.  Morning to early afternoon seems to be a lot better.

I would much prefer to go at off times, but the Costco is over an hour away - weekend trips only.
Holidays / Re: Dear Abby - Halloween advice?
« Last post by shhh its me on Yesterday at 11:36:25 PM »
  How about setting up a neighborhood watch.  Invite a like minded neighbor over to have coffee on the pouch etc. Ask the police for more patrols. Call the local news station. 

I do understand "We wont be able to catch a person no one saw."
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