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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Royal Albert China
« Last post by Roe on Today at 11:32:41 AM »
Lucky!  The best part of china is what it comes with special memories.  My mom, in her divorce to my dad, doesn't remember what happened to all of her china.  (my dad probably threw it away) 

I was never intestested in any kind of china until the last few years.  I don't have a favorite (depends on my mood) so mixing and matching works great for me. 
Have I mentioned how much I hate finding gum/half eaten cookies/crackers in the hymnal holder at church? On Easter, my hymnal had gum on it. Just ew.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Old letters and long to keep?
« Last post by Girlie on Today at 11:28:13 AM »
When my grandmother died, we discovered that she'd been a lot more sentimental than we'd ever given her credit for - we found lots of postcards and holiday cards dating back to over a hundred years ago to the 1980s.

While these things meant nothing to the rest of my extended family (their intentions were to toss without examination), my mom and I grabbed them all up and now I am the proud owner. They mean a lot to me, and some of them are very beautiful and others are charming and some are just...meh.

My grandmother was born in the mid-19teens in a rural community where her family were sharecroppers. There aren't really many "family treasures" to pass down, so I am grateful to have these. My favorites are the Valentine's Day cards she received as a youngster when she was only in grade school. :)

That being said, when it comes to my OWN cards - I keep the ones for important occasions (graduations, special events, special birthdays, etc.) and the ones that mean a lot to me (a Valentine's Day card from my DH is one thing - a Valentine's Day card with a very personal, handwritten message is another), and so on. I keep the other ones for a while and eventually trash them. I hope my grandchildren like my cards and letters as much as I love my grandma's.
This one happened to my boss.

Some woman called today asking to speak to her. Boss had not arrived, so I took a message complete with phone number. My library does not have a direct line given out to customers- all customer calls are handled through the headquarters.

I just received an email from boss stating that no matter what time she calls the number given, it always renders a message from the phone company stating that it cannot be reached!!!

How are you going to be reached if your phone number is unavailable? And she did not provide an alternate contact info, such as an email.

Beyond entitled and into impossible. I even lampshaded to my boss saying that it will not happen due to her not being able to cast spells like Harry Potter.

Expecto patronum! Wingardium leviosa! Make her phone work like magic!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Using E-Textbooks
« Last post by BigBadBetty on Today at 11:21:54 AM »
I've used both. I don't think there is a right answer. The things I liked about the ebooks:

1. I could access it from anywhere - my phone, my tablet, my computer. You didn't have to worry about forgetting your book.
2. I could do a text search.
3. Textbooks are often heavy and bulky.
4. Sometimes you can get the ebook from the library for free. Probably, not for your courses, but I was taking IT classes. They had a subscription to the O'Reilly books.
5. You can change the font size. I like big print.
6. Electronic bookmarks don't fall out of the book.
7. Ability to look up a word by clicking on it.

For me the biggest disadvantage is that I couldn't draw in the margins. Ebooks vary in format so some will let you highlight, some won't. Paper is generally easier on the eyes.

Family and Children / Re: MIL and her "request"
« Last post by gramma dishes on Today at 11:17:52 AM »
Or you could already have booked a vacation - April/May is not too far out to have booked a holiday trip!

Yes.  They have already made reservations   ...
for the room(s) in their house that contain the DVD player and comfy seats with reading lights. 
Nonrefundable.  :)
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Royal Albert China
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 11:15:13 AM »
I don't have fine china, but I do have what were my grandmother's "everyday" dishes that are what I consider my good dishes. Sadly, i live in a small apt, and am lazy, so they are packed away, because they're fragile and should be hand washed. My mom and I have had, but thankfully no more, a number of sets of fine china, but now, neither one of us really needs or will use i.t

Mom had my great aunt's set of Lennox, which was 12 place settings plus every serving piece imaginable. mom really didn't care much for the pattern but felt obligated to use it, since there was no good reason to buy something she preferred when she had this! Every holiday she would bring it out, along with her silver, which we also had multiples of. I then had my grandmother's good china, which was a simple Noritake pattern, cream with gold trim. Thankfully, we managed to sell adn donate both of those.

My grandmother's dishes are English, Booth's Chinese Tree in case anyone was interested. For me, while it really isn't particularly valuable, it has sentimental meaning to me, since we would have tea parties, and anytime I stayed with Grandma, which was pretty regularly, we'd use those.

And then there's the silver: we had, Great Aunt's for 12, again with every serving piece imaginable. GA never married and was able to buy nice things, so I guess she figured since she never married, there was no reason why she shouldn't have china, silver etc. like all her friends did! Very simple pattern.

Then we had my Grandmother's, which is very pretty, and a bit more ornate than GA's. Then my mom's, which was for 8, i think. And finally, a very dear family friend had made his wife a silver chest and my mom said if he ever thought to downsize, she would like to buy it. Well, he took her up on it, and not only gave her the chest but his wife's silver! Which made 4.

When I turned 30, mom gave me GA's since i had always liked it. She did too, but i ended up with it. In a lovely box. Well, my taste changed, and i decided i liked my mom's pattern better. so GA's silver went to a cousin on that side, and his then second wife. He's now on wife #3 :)

Mom has Grandmother's and family friend's and I have Mom's. Mom still uses the good silver evern if i just come for breakfast or lunch, as well as holidays.

Eventually it will all be mine. And then I have to figure out what to do with it!

Family and Children / Re: MIL and her "request"
« Last post by greencat on Today at 11:14:15 AM »
Or you could already have booked a vacation - April/May is not too far out to have booked a holiday trip!
Par-Tay! / Re: Bachelorette Party... with MLM
« Last post by bloo on Today at 11:11:33 AM »
Adding that I don't think bachelorettes are gift-giving parties.

Agreed.  I thought that was the bridal shower. I was invited to a couple of lingerie showers (outside of the regular bridal shower) and refuse to go to those now. I *definitely* would NOT want first-hand knowledge of the BTB's interest/acquisition of sex toys.
Family and Children / Re: MIL and her "request"
« Last post by Chickadee on Today at 11:10:28 AM »
That is an excellent point!  I think many of us are raised to believe that if we can acquiesce to a request, we should - no matter how inconvenient or just not-what-I-want-to-do it is.

I've told the story on here before about how my MIL was outraged when we had "plans" for Boxing Day instead of coming over to her house for dinner - and, when she demanded to know what those plans were, I told her that they were "shopping the sales then eating Chinese food in my pyjamas."  Then she was even more outraged, because faaaaaamily trumps all other plans, dontcha know.

That's part of the problem for Christmas - I think the idea is that, because Christmas is still so far away, we can't possibly have plans already.  It would probably never occur to her that we simply don't want to be there.

There was a great Pearls Before Swine cartoon the other day that's kind of similar to my situation:

Pig:  It's the Andersons.  They want to know why we haven't RSVP'd to their dinner party invitation yet.
Rat (takes phone):  We don't like you.  (hangs up)

But you do already have plans for Christmas! You and your DH and daughters plan to hang around in your pj's and read your new books or watch your new DVD's. Those are legitimate plans even if your MIL doesn't agree that they are.
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