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All In A Day's Work / Re: Feeding an office on a budget
« Last post by rose red on Yesterday at 06:28:34 PM »
Why not ask for weekly restaurant suggestion/vote from the staff? Maybe they even know great places you haven't heard of. They can then look over the menu and check off orders that fit their various dietary needs.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: NaNoWriMo 2016 anyone?
« Last post by AngelicGamer on Yesterday at 06:04:27 PM »
Yep! I'm writing book 2 of my dhampir series. At the moment, it's a seven book series and I'm still editing the first book. I might be making it six instead of seven books but we'll see. ;D
Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Alicia on Yesterday at 05:51:27 PM »
Fyi beetroot is the british way of saying beets.
Also try purple beets for some very odd bathroom colors.
Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Marga on Yesterday at 05:47:23 PM »
It turns other stuff red, too.  :)  Startlingly red. 
It's a delicious vegetable, and IMHO worth the next day terror.

Terror? Fun!
Yes, I will admit it, I am almost 60 and I still get a kick out of seeing what happens the day after I eat beetroot. It is awesome!
65 general / Re: How to approach Noisy Neighbor about this
« Last post by asb8 on Yesterday at 05:42:51 PM »
I'm sorry but I'm not really sure what you plan to approach NN about. She's having work done during customary work hours. I'm sorry about the dust but leaving your windows open means you take that risk. Now that you know she's doing work, you'll know to leave them closed until its done. Nor do I think you can ask her to clean the outside of the house. Work happens, pollen happens, grime happens. Part of having a house is dealing with this stuff. What exactly would you say to her anyway? Please come wash my windows?
My son had just turned 3 when we found our cat.  She is now 19, and no longer a scaredy cat.  People did not know we had a cat for over a decade!  She still likes to hide, but is no longer ghost cat when we have company.

She is also MUCH more determined to sample humsn food.  Till this past year, it was only my eating tuna that would attract her.  Now, anything!

Kitty is not showing signs of slowing down, but I had no idea we might still have her another decade! 

Both kids are out of the house now, (college and career) and she likes to hang in their empty bedrooms. 

We adopted an elderly dog years ago and he basically told us when he was ready to go.  Stopped eating, literally had a glory day and goodbye to the sunshine with entire family in the yard with him, and privately had a goodbye with each of us.  Even Kitty.  She has seen hamsters, dogs, a guinea pig, a lizard, mice, and fish, come and go. 

If only I could translate her meows!!
Know it hurts to have someone you care about (and have helped so much) lash out at you.

Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: In-Law Stories - The good, the bad and the wacky
« Last post by Reika on Yesterday at 05:26:35 PM »

Regardless of how you feel about personal clippers, yanking out an entire drawer and sanitizing everything with alcohol instantly does sound like a drama queen reaction to me. You didn't have to make a scene just to ensure your stuff was clean.

It would never occur to me to be disgusted by using someone else's clean nail clippers. Nails are just dead stuff. I'd offer up my clippers or scissors or tweezers to a guest without a thought. They're easy to wash if anything weird happens.

However, I would also respect my host's wishes. And I would never personally have a notion of using kitchen implements on my nails! I can't imagine having toenails long enough that you could, but perhaps he was crafty. And kitchen shears are definitely only for food. :)

We don't know if he had any foot fungus or conditions that could be contagious. I won't share clippers with mom because her feet tend to be nasty. Sometimes even gag worthy.

Then there's the fact he put the scissors into back into the drawer. I could see myself doing something like that not knowing what else may have been contaminated.

Like other posters said, that attitude and actions would've been the end of his visit and never being allowed in my home again.
69 general / Re: BFF using me as safety net, more info #44, update #107
« Last post by lakey on Yesterday at 05:13:13 PM »
Her lashing out at you is very clear evidence that she hasn't changed (grown up) and may not for some time. It sounds like she refuses to own the consequences of her own bad choices. Her friends and relatives don't owe it to her to provide her with housing. 
There are people out there who blame everyone but themselves. Allowing someone like that into your home could have terrible consequences, including harming your marriage.

If this anger and lashing out at others is her attitude, then her sobriety may not last. Part of successful sobriety is accepting full responsibility. She apparently isn't at that point yet.

She may yet reach a point where she straightens herself out. I've seen it happen. Until then keep your distance, and don't let her drag you down with her, or lay guilt on you.
70 general / How to approach Noisy Neighbor about this
« Last post by jpcher on Yesterday at 05:03:25 PM »
I call her Noisy Neighbor (NN) simply because I've posted about her here before. But this has nothing to do about her noisiness. However my approach to her does have to deal with the background and our relationship with each other due to her past noisy problems.

BG: She thinks that I'm the one that called her landlady (over a year ago) about her noisiness (very loud music late at night, etc.) but it was the neighbor on the other side of her that made the complaint. NN has been coldly cordial to me since then, and her noise level has been toned down quite a bit. I know she's having a party tonight . . . GO CUBS!  ;D and I deal with these occasional parties. No biggie (even though I have to work OT tomorrow and would enjoy a quiet night of sleep.::) ) /endBG.

The point is that I'm unsure as to how to deal with a new problem. Talk to her in person (I rarely see her)? Leave her a note in her mailbox or tucked inside her doorway? Talk to her landlady?*

There's been some work being done on NN's rental home. Today, being Saturday, was the first I heard about it. I was snoozing, reading, comfortable in bed ;D and my window is open. At 8:00am I heard NN talking to someone "Oh, and I'm having company tonight. Could you hose everything down? I mean really clean it up. Would that hurt the brick work?" mumbles that I didn't understand. Didn't really care.

I listened to what sounded like saws on wood for a few hours (so much for a quiet, relaxing morning in bed ::) but I took it as normal neighbor noise when work needs to be done. And then I heard a hose/water spraying things down. Okay. They did what she asked them to do.

The problem: When DD#2 came home this afternoon, we were chatting and I mentioned that NN was going to have a party tonight. She said "What the heck are they doing over there? I came home yesterday and saw them drilling on the side of the house. My (open) window and screen is filthy! I moved my lap top (which she keeps on her bed) and saw an outline of where it was! I slapped my pillow and a pile of dust just flew up into the air!"

I looked at my open window (I had my shades closed) and sure enough, inside my shade was a whole lot of grime. (yes, we're doing bedding laundry today ::)).

I went outside and saw (Murphy's law) the two windows that were opened were covered in dust. All the other windows don't look so bad. Looking at NNs side of her house it looks like fresh tuck pointing(?) was done. A lot of cement dust is covering the side of my house plus the windows.

I don't think that I should be responsible for the clean-up on my side of my home. The inside part? Bugs me, but we'll dust and wash as necessary.

So, how would you approach this? I mention the landlady because I'm sure that NN didn't contract this herself. Given the iffy communication between NN and myself, what would you do?
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