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There's a version of Febreeze that's unscented. Maybe that would remove the essential oils.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Silly things that have made you happy recently
« Last post by artk2002 on Yesterday at 08:35:00 PM »
Just spent 5 days at Disneyland. It was a (big) milestone birthday for Mrs.k2002. For three of the days, we had her daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters (7, 9 and 12.) It was the girls' first visit. Their dad is someone who didn't like DL... until he went with his girls. He was like a little kid! Everybody had a great time and the girls were *very* well behaved at the fancy restaurant we went to for dinner.

Bonus: The five of them are all vegetarians, but we were able to find great dining options for everyone.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Let's Plan Outdoor Girl's Wedding!
« Last post by artk2002 on Yesterday at 08:32:05 PM »

I will toast OG, (despite not knowing her beyond what a lovely lady she is here), and use my toast to announce a pregnancy.

Yours or hers?  ???

Neither. Another guest who was keeping it very, very quiet because it is a high-risk pregnancy.
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Family and Children / Re: How to handle conflicting travel plans
« Last post by Zizi-K on Yesterday at 08:31:56 PM »
OP, can you confirm if this is a pattern of bad behavior on the part of your in-laws?

Also, where does your DH stand with all of this? I assume you are not making the decision about how to proceed unilaterally. These are his parents--does he feel able to tow a hard line with them?

I originally advocated for compromise, assuming that this was a one-time mistake. But if it is part of a larger pattern of boundary crossing, I am inclined to agree with the other PPs that they won't change unless they experience some consequences. However--I can imagine that this could be pretty hard to do with one's own parents.
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Somebody used a mimic of mine here--like, with a space in front, or a dash in the middle.

Otherwise, I haven't seen either of the two I use elsewhere.
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When I was living in Asia I had a friend, Jinna, who was a local who was always offering to help with things but somehow it would usually go haywire. She always meant well, and usually did not pick up on the fact that her "help" had caused an issue. One year a large group of us went skiing and Jinna, being one of the only ones who spoke the local language, offered to call and reserve the cabin. Which was great. It was a huge place and was able to fit the 20 of us who went. The following year we went again, but with a larger group. Jinna couldn't go that time but insisted on booking us a place, we said we just wanted to stay at the same place again.

After she called, she let us know that the specific place we had stayed the year before was completely booked but she reserved another place down the road that was the same price. We were thrilled. When the weekend arrived we took a three hour bus ride and got dropped up in a very fancy cabin community which we were surprised by and were led to our cabin. It was a very fancy two bedroom place... for 20+ people. People were cramped and sleeping on floors and even in a linen closet. We were all super annoyed but we felt we couldn't say anything to her because she had tried to be helpful. She brought it up later and gushed about how nice and fancy it was and didn't seem to register that it would only have been a fancy place if 4 us us were staying there...

Wait. You never told her?  Maybe it wasn't even the cabin she actually had reserved for you.  Maybe the resort made a mistake!
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Wow, it never would have occurred to me that a houseguest would bring a scent diffuser with them to use.  A humidifier maybe I would have understood.  I guess from now on for that guest you can tell her/him when they arrive - "I hope you don't mind, but husband and I are very sensitive to scents so we've been asking our guests not to use diffusers or air freshness during there stay."  You could probably preemptively tell all your guests, but I'm thinking most wouldn't do that to begin with.
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Life...in general / Re: Where did the GoFundMe go? s/o Presumptuous much?
« Last post by artk2002 on Yesterday at 08:20:50 PM »
Maybe sister was holding it in an investment account so that he will have much more than 10k once he reached college. Sounds smart to me. He has no need for the money now, anyway. 

If that were the case, than an honorable person would have set up an UTMA or UGMA (Universal Trust for Minors Account or Universal Gift to Minors Account) and let the guardians (and donors) know about that. Refusing to give any information is highly suspicious to me. Frankly, had I set the thing up, I would have made the father the trustee for the account. That's what my dad did when he started college funds for my sons -- I'm the trustee. I can't spend the money without consequences but I, as the parent, have control over it. Sister is either being dishonest (my vote) or over-controlling.
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A guy who was visually impaired (walked with a cane) asked me for directions to the bus stop for the number 333 bus. I helpfully gave directions and looked on afterwards to make sure he made it to the spot. Then I boarded my own bus feeling like I'd done someone a good turn.

As my bus was pulling out of the interchange, I realised that I'd sent him to the wrong 333 bus stop for the direction he wanted to go. I should have sent him to the opposite side.

I can only hope that he stated his destination when he bought a ticket and got set right. Felt really bad but there was nothing I could do at that point. If I'd realised sooner, I would've run after him.

Hope he didn't think it was on purpose. It was just a good deed gone wrong.
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Anyanka, Big (((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))) How are you and the kids going?

❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜

Thanks.

DD2 and DS are doing well. DD1 is struggling at college. She's thinking of dropping this semester and going back in the autumn. If she stays, you risks losing her place if she fails her courses but if she leaves now given she fulfills enough qualified reasons to retake, she'll be able to resume with out any penalties to her schooling or scores.


I'm still doing the last of the paperwork, snow clearing and generally being a SAHM..with the odd crying jag when I see, hear or think about something which meant something to us.
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