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Family and Children / Re: DH as chauffeur?
« Last post by blarg314 on Today at 12:15:54 AM »

If I were inviting a relative who couldn't drive over for dinner, I'd package in transportation with the invitation, and plan it so that I could pick them up and prepare the meal.

But if I'm hosting a larger event - like a Baptism reception, or Thanksgiving dinner - I'll invite them, but I won't be able to do my hosting duties and pick them up, so they'd need to get a ride with one of the other guests. Larger events tend to require a lot more prep work, plus the need to be there to host the other guests.

Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: surgery stories - who does this?
« Last post by Tea Drinker on Today at 12:10:40 AM »
I will tell people things like "take your time going back to work after you have your gall bladder out" and "when I had a punctured eardrum, it healed smoothly but I was told to see an audiologist for follow-up testing," and even "when I had that problem, Dr. So-and-so did a really good job" (if they were diagnosed by a GP and are looking for a specialist, or have doubts about their current specialist). 

No horror stories, and no competitive my-medical-condition-is-worse-than-yours.
Dress inappropriately for an event, knowingly, and then just expect everyone to accept it. I know you have the proper clothing for the funeral, and just because you decided to wear your peach capri pants and a shirt does not make it right! I will always remember that.

Anyone who dines with someone else and will not turn off their ringer or wireless earpiece. It's distracting and inconsiderate, if not rude.

For funerals/memorials - I think "dress etiquette" is very regional.  Around here, capri pants and a nice short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirt would not be considered inappropriate at all.  Cut-off jeans and tank tops - not so much.

A few years ago I attended a memorial where even the mother of the deceased wore long pants, sandals and a short-sleeved blouse.
94 general / Re: Outdoor weddings and dress codes
« Last post by kareng57 on Today at 12:00:19 AM »
I don't think that an outdoor wedding necessarily dictates "low heels only".    My DS's recent wedding was outdoors at a golf club, but the ceremony space was a wooden terrace with cement paths leading up to it, and the reception was indoors at the venue.  IMO most guests wore the about the same attire that they would have to an indoor wedding.  Anyone wearing higher heels (including me, for the first time in years!) wouldn't have had a difficult time.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Need Christmas gift ideas, please!
« Last post by SheltieMom on Yesterday at 11:40:07 PM »
Maybe a ceramic Christmas ornament? Anyplace that has a photo developing place (Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) will be able to make all kinds of things with them. Maybe a picture on one side, and the footprints on the other?
96 general / Re: Outdoor weddings and dress codes
« Last post by peaches on Yesterday at 11:37:04 PM »
To me, putting a dress code on a wedding invitation isn't required, or even necessary in most circumstances.

Very few of the wedding invitations we've received over the years have mentioned a dress code. We decided what to wear based on the time of day of the wedding and the venue. The formality of the invitation might also be a factor. I never had any trouble deciding what to wear. And of course, guests always can ask.

I do believe that in recent years including a dress code has become more prevalent. I see that as a personal preference of the hosts. Is their motivation one of consideration for their guests (now they have more of an idea what to wear)? Or do they want a certain ambiance at the wedding? I don't know, and I don't infer anything from the inclusion of a dress code or the lack of one.
97 general / Re: Outdoor weddings and dress codes
« Last post by metallicafan on Yesterday at 11:28:03 PM »
I base what I am going to wear by  where the wedding is being held.   For an outdoor wedding,  I would wear a dress with a sweater/shrug, and wedge heels. 
For cooler weather,  a fancy top, pants in a dressier fabric such as satin, wedge heels, nice coat.
Re: The significant other cleaning weird things, this happened with us *once*, way back at the beginning of our relationship.  Dh and I were both working, and neither of us cares to clean, so our apartment was a mess and his parents were coming for a visit.  The morning of the visit (they were coming around noon) I start cleaning up the public areas of the apartment.  He spends a solid hour straightening his tool box.  Which he had to pull out of a closet that no one would have gone into.  My,wasn't he shocked when I had to leave in the middle of the morning for my weekly, mandatory employee meeting at work?  He truly couldn't wrap his head around the idea that I still had to go to my *mandatory* meeting, even though his parents were on the way.  When I got back home, his mother was in the kitchen doing dishes.  It actually made her happy, but it never happened again.

I have a theory about this, and all the other similar stories. My DH does it too, to a lesser extent.

I think that they think 'It's cleaning time - I'm supposed to be cleaning. Vacuuming and mopping are boring. My tool box needs tidying - I'll clean that!' And off they go, thinking that they're doing the right thing.

I know, it's not logical, but I'm sure that's what happens in their brains.

My parents split the duties inside/outside.  Company coming means outdoor repairs, lawn mowing, pet wrangling etc for dad, and vacuuming, beds/baths for mom.  That doesn't work for apartment dwellers, but could be an idea for house dwellers.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Moving Support
« Last post by Morticia on Yesterday at 11:20:25 PM »
So, our offer was rejected. They gave us a new figure we agreed to. What's killing me is we haven't heard back yet.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: surgery stories - who does this?
« Last post by DianeRN on Yesterday at 11:11:51 PM »
When I was diagnosed as diabetic, my MIL took to telling stories of everyone she knew who lost limbs, went blind, ended up on dialysis, and/or died. She didn't seem to understand that treatments have changed considerably in the last 50 years. She couldn't stand me, so I think she was trying to project all those things on to me.
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