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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25665 on: February 26, 2014, 04:37:56 PM »
My "shower" isn't going to be until after the baby is born, probably when he's about 3 months old. My sisters want to host it together and they're interstate. And baby is going to be born midwinter, so we've set a tentative date of "sometime in September" when the weather is better.

I have to admit, this hurt my brain for a few moments.  I was thinking: How could the baby be born mid-winter and then only be 3 months old in September?

Then I remembered, you're in the southern hemisphere, so your winter is during my summer.

I had the same problem! I was like..wait, but the baby will be there...and then was like, oh right wrong hemisphere. Never mind.

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« Reply #25666 on: February 26, 2014, 05:11:06 PM »
A lot of times with the dog poo problem it's "everybody else does it" (or in this case, doesn't do it - namely cleaning up after the dog).  And then when one person gets caught they get indignant. "Well I don't see you ticketing my neighbor who does it too!" they exclaim while someone's writing them a ticket for littering (saw this one happen in person), or "the management doesn't stop those nasty people in the next building from doing it, so they won't stop me."  (Also witnessed) ... There is no real way to stop every single one, and as soon as one does it someone else thinks "oh well it's okay" and it snowballs (pun not really intended). 

I don't LIKE cleaning up after my pets, be it poop or hairballs or what have you, but I do it.  Although... granted, in my own yard/house I do tend to let it "sit" a few minutes so it's not quite as... warm and goopy, because I have a terrible gag reflex.  But it does get cleaned up!  When I was a teenager and had first gotten my dog, I did the "Well nobody will notice in the snow" and then the terrible discovery come thaw time.  Learned my lesson. 

SS store: there's a store near me that sells an item that I love.  Except they seem to have some issues keeping it in stock. I don't know if it's simply that they don't order enough and people buy it out (it's a popular item) - or if they have it in the back and stockers don't keep up with refilling it on the shelf, or if the warehouse doesn't send them enough in a regular, timely manner... but every now and then they go for weeks without having any on the shelf when I go to do my weekly grocery shopping.  The tag is there, etc etc.  I've asked about it, and they just shrug at me and say "come back later."  (Once, out of curiosity, I checked three times in a week to see if there was a trick to the stocking cycle, and nope - never showed up on the shelf.  I actually had a clerk start mocking me out loud for wanting this item.  No, it's not necessary to live, but it's tasty and I want to pay you for it, so what's the problem? 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25667 on: February 26, 2014, 05:30:01 PM »
SS store: there's a store near me that sells an item that I love.  Except they seem to have some issues keeping it in stock. I don't know if it's simply that they don't order enough and people buy it out (it's a popular item) - or if they have it in the back and stockers don't keep up with refilling it on the shelf, or if the warehouse doesn't send them enough in a regular, timely manner... but every now and then they go for weeks without having any on the shelf when I go to do my weekly grocery shopping.

I'm not sure what the item is. But here's the problems our store has with keeping things in stock:
- We have warehouse shelves in the store room (plus a dairy room and a frozen food room). They're packed to the gills, but only with a couple boxes of each product. There isn't enough space to keep a full supply of every produt.
- Some products (like Nabisco cookies) are vendor products. Our store doesn't keep vendor products in the store room. If we run out of Nabisco cookies, well, we're out until the Nabisco rep comes back next week to stock his shelf.
- Our products go through some sort of weird inventory system. A truck will dump off, say, a couple cases of candles with us. But until the candles are scanned into inventory, it gets listed as "not in stock" on the store computers. 
- Stockers don't have a say in what needs to be put out. Trust me, they're not going "Yeah, I don't feel like putting out more laundry detergent today."
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« Reply #25668 on: February 26, 2014, 05:56:20 PM »
SS store: there's a store near me that sells an item that I love.  Except they seem to have some issues keeping it in stock. I don't know if it's simply that they don't order enough and people buy it out (it's a popular item) - or if they have it in the back and stockers don't keep up with refilling it on the shelf, or if the warehouse doesn't send them enough in a regular, timely manner... but every now and then they go for weeks without having any on the shelf when I go to do my weekly grocery shopping.  The tag is there, etc etc.  I've asked about it, and they just shrug at me and say "come back later."  (Once, out of curiosity, I checked three times in a week to see if there was a trick to the stocking cycle, and nope - never showed up on the shelf.  I actually had a clerk start mocking me out loud for wanting this item.  No, it's not necessary to live, but it's tasty and I want to pay you for it, so what's the problem?

For us, it is Chobani plain fat free yogurt (the big tubs, not single serve). Both my sister and her roommate ate this for breakfast every morning, and they started a mini (but good natured) war over the scant Chobani stock at their local grocery. One day, sister said to roommate that she was going to stop at the store because she was out of yogurt. The store was all out -- Sad. She gets home and goes to put her other purchases into the fridge, and what should she see on her ROOMMATE's shelf of the fridge but FIVE brand-new Chobani yogurts. Roommate had gone to the store over lunch and bought them all out!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25669 on: February 26, 2014, 06:10:25 PM »
I've stopped buying bananas at the grocery store when I go because they never have any green ones.  Usually I prefer to get two bunches, one mostly yellow, the other green, because my li'l guy loves bananas and I know he won't want to wait till they ripen and being 2 he doesn't yet get that Green=not ripe.

I don't really want to have to make a special trip to the store on another day for bananas, and I shop on Fridays cause DH gets paid Thursday nights so changing the day of shopping wouldn't really work either.

I did find that Target has nice green bananas on Fridays so I might have to make a trip there and figure out other things to get so I'm not just going for bananas.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25670 on: February 26, 2014, 08:37:55 PM »
Target sells bananas over there?  ??? Here it's a low to kid-tier department store with homewards, clothes, books etc. No food.

I find some products DH and I used to get from our local supermarket have been disappearing. Like a certain flavour of pizza bases, we like the herb and garlic but they only have plain. Or ginger beer cordial that I like. They have other products of that brand, but not those ones which we like. We have to go to the other supermarket near where DH works to get them sometimes.

As for the hemisphere thing...some people just don't get at all we have Christmas in summer. Like the season and the date somehow go together. The weather is, hopefully, getting cooler now we're moving into autumn. It's been a long hot summer where we have had som 40+C days.

It does make me feel a bit funny when people complain about snow and cold...you can do something about snow and cold. There's not much you can do about a day that's 43C and you are outside.

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« Reply #25671 on: February 26, 2014, 09:15:09 PM »
Target sells bananas over there?  ??? Here it's a low to kid-tier department store with homewards, clothes, books etc. No food.

Some of them do, yes. There's also "Super Target" stores with an all-out grocery section, instead of just a small one.
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« Reply #25672 on: February 26, 2014, 09:47:02 PM »

My SS Sister hosted her own baby shower when she was less than 4 months along. She also sent out a registry list (not something done in Australia). The registry had nothing on it under $150.

She then invited absolutely every one she had ever met, including the nurses from her doctors office, and even the check out lady at her supermarket. She was most upset that only about 5 or 6 people came and no one bought a thing off her registry.

SS was heard to say 'what am I going to do with all these nappies and wipes! I need a car seat and crib!'

I was busy washing my hair that day and declined the honor of attending.

My response to that would have been, "Guess." 

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25673 on: February 26, 2014, 10:23:10 PM »

My SS Sister hosted her own baby shower when she was less than 4 months along. She also sent out a registry list (not something done in Australia). The registry had nothing on it under $150.

She then invited absolutely every one she had ever met, including the nurses from her doctors office, and even the check out lady at her supermarket. She was most upset that only about 5 or 6 people came and no one bought a thing off her registry.

SS was heard to say 'what am I going to do with all these nappies and wipes! I need a car seat and crib!'

I was busy washing my hair that day and declined the honor of attending.

My response to that would have been, "Guess." 

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning.

I tend to go for the larger size stuff for baby showers myself.  Those cute little newborn things are not going to fit all that long.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25674 on: February 26, 2014, 11:28:01 PM »

My SS Sister hosted her own baby shower when she was less than 4 months along. She also sent out a registry list (not something done in Australia). The registry had nothing on it under $150.

She then invited absolutely every one she had ever met, including the nurses from her doctors office, and even the check out lady at her supermarket. She was most upset that only about 5 or 6 people came and no one bought a thing off her registry.

SS was heard to say 'what am I going to do with all these nappies and wipes! I need a car seat and crib!'

I was busy washing my hair that day and declined the honor of attending.

My response to that would have been, "Guess." 

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning. 

I remember that with my two and with DGS...babies really can grow "overnight"...

And keeping a few outfits hanging in the closet in the next size up can come in handy when getting a kid dressed on "one of those days".  What got scary was the one or two times that they outgrew a size of shoes or clothes in just a few short days (less than two months in one size at about 3 years old). 

Because I didn't keep SHOES in several sizes on hand and I didn't have much two sizes too big in the house...unless there was a relative a little older.  DD was the oldest grandchild on one side and about three months younger than the oldest on the other side - no such size difference....DS was three or six years younger than the other boys in the family (two grandsons on each side - he's the younger one on both sides) - so, all the boy clothes had been sold at garage sales years ago (that and being 1000 miles from the rest of the family - so not cheap to ship anything).
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25675 on: February 27, 2014, 08:00:37 AM »

My SS Sister hosted her own baby shower when she was less than 4 months along. She also sent out a registry list (not something done in Australia). The registry had nothing on it under $150.

She then invited absolutely every one she had ever met, including the nurses from her doctors office, and even the check out lady at her supermarket. She was most upset that only about 5 or 6 people came and no one bought a thing off her registry.

SS was heard to say 'what am I going to do with all these nappies and wipes! I need a car seat and crib!'

I was busy washing my hair that day and declined the honor of attending.

My response to that would have been, "Guess." 

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning.

I tend to go for the larger size stuff for baby showers myself.  Those cute little newborn things are not going to fit all that long.

At the baby shower when I was pg with my eldest, I got a LOT of outfits for 3-6, 6-9 months and my aunts told me that he wouldn't be in the newborn stuff very long and their children seemed to pop out fitting into the 3-6 already.  Ironically, first Piratechild was swimming in the newborn outfits and it took a while before I could stop rolling up the pants of the 0-3 months clothes, mostly cause the child was long in the torso and had very short legs.

He's now closing in on 13, with very long legs and nearly as tall as I am (5'2")
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25676 on: February 27, 2014, 08:19:37 AM »
At the baby shower when I was pg with my eldest, I got a LOT of outfits for 3-6, 6-9 months and my aunts told me that he wouldn't be in the newborn stuff very long and their children seemed to pop out fitting into the 3-6 already.  Ironically, first Piratechild was swimming in the newborn outfits and it took a while before I could stop rolling up the pants of the 0-3 months clothes, mostly cause the child was long in the torso and had very short legs.

He's now closing in on 13, with very long legs and nearly as tall as I am (5'2")

One of my nieces was born wearing *doll clothes* (1-lb preemie), and now at age 14, she's as tall as I am.(5'8")  Her twin sister is even taller.    Yup,we grow them TALL in my family.

As an interesting note, I made clothes for the girls when they were young, and that one wore the SAME SIZE from age 2 to age 6.  She just kept getting taller those years.  It was very odd.

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« Reply #25677 on: February 27, 2014, 08:38:51 AM »
When DD was born, I wanted to keep the cute little dress that Favorite Aunt (FA) gave me for a "special occasion".  When "special occasion" finaly came around, DD didn't fit into the dress and I couldn't get a picture of her to give to FA.  Lesson learned.  With DS, even going to the grocery store was an "occasion", so he got to wear all the gift clothes before he outgrew them.  I got strange looks when people realized that the baby was wearing a little shirt with attached bowtie and vest in the vegetable aisle. 

When giving clothes as a shower gift, I go for the larger sizes.  Eventualy the kid will grow into it.

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« Reply #25678 on: February 27, 2014, 09:24:27 AM »
At the baby shower when I was pg with my eldest, I got a LOT of outfits for 3-6, 6-9 months and my aunts told me that he wouldn't be in the newborn stuff very long and their children seemed to pop out fitting into the 3-6 already.  Ironically, first Piratechild was swimming in the newborn outfits and it took a while before I could stop rolling up the pants of the 0-3 months clothes, mostly cause the child was long in the torso and had very short legs.

He's now closing in on 13, with very long legs and nearly as tall as I am (5'2")

One of my nieces was born wearing *doll clothes* (1-lb preemie), and now at age 14, she's as tall as I am.(5'8")  Her twin sister is even taller.    Yup,we grow them TALL in my family.

As an interesting note, I made clothes for the girls when they were young, and that one wore the SAME SIZE from age 2 to age 6.  She just kept getting taller those years.  It was very odd.


Sounds like my family - my baby brother & I did the same thing - he did it longer, as he ended up 6' 4" or so (not much less than two meters).  For years, he had to wear either a belt to keep his jeans up or have jeans that were way too short, because they didn't make his waist & inseam, even in slim sizes.  After he got a job managing a restaurant in college, he was no longer quite so thin, though.  I filled out a bit during puberty - gals grow in other directions than "up" earlier than guys do.

He was in no danger of blowing away in a light breeze by 23, although at 10 you were wondering....if he'd been wearing loose clothing (to act as a sail) he might have been in real danger in a high wind.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25679 on: February 27, 2014, 09:30:55 AM »
At the baby shower when I was pg with my eldest, I got a LOT of outfits for 3-6, 6-9 months and my aunts told me that he wouldn't be in the newborn stuff very long and their children seemed to pop out fitting into the 3-6 already.  Ironically, first Piratechild was swimming in the newborn outfits and it took a while before I could stop rolling up the pants of the 0-3 months clothes, mostly cause the child was long in the torso and had very short legs.

He's now closing in on 13, with very long legs and nearly as tall as I am (5'2")

One of my nieces was born wearing *doll clothes* (1-lb preemie), and now at age 14, she's as tall as I am.(5'8")  Her twin sister is even taller.    Yup,we grow them TALL in my family.

As an interesting note, I made clothes for the girls when they were young, and that one wore the SAME SIZE from age 2 to age 6.  She just kept getting taller those years.  It was very odd.


Sounds like my family - my baby brother & I did the same thing - he did it longer, as he ended up 6' 4" or so (not much less than two meters).  For years, he had to wear either a belt to keep his jeans up or have jeans that were way too short, because they didn't make his waist & inseam, even in slim sizes.  After he got a job managing a restaurant in college, he was no longer quite so thin, though.  I filled out a bit during puberty - gals grow in other directions than "up" earlier than guys do.

He was in no danger of blowing away in a light breeze by 23, although at 10 you were wondering....if he'd been wearing loose clothing (to act as a sail) he might have been in real danger in a high wind.

Hedge, we still feel that way about one of my cousins. He's at least six foot, but an absolute twig. There's an ongoing joke that he wears weighted shoes so he doesn't blow away in a light breeze.
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