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In my crazy personal vocabulary, I would claim that penultimate means the "first to the highest". I have always called the item in the second position the "first to the..." instead of "second to the...". For example, the person that finishes a race in front of the last person is "first to the last" because they are the *first* one next to the last one. Yeah, I'm quirky.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2011 on phraseology at she's just saying...
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I get most of my daughter's clothing at garage sales. The best part of that is if she gets something dirty, it never bothers me since I've only paid $1 for it. I also pick up items on Freecycle, at Goodwill, and from neighbors. I only buy a couple items a year at retail stores.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2011 on Win an Old Navy Gift Card! at Cozi Blog
I have all except 3, 5, and 10. I use a 4 to achieve the effect of a 5. I use kitchen twine instead of 3, and a meat tenderizer instead of 10. I also have a spaetzle maker, 2 yogurt makers, and 3 coffee grinders (2 are for spices). Phew. Have you ever considered using your cooking skills to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house making a meal for the residents? I'm in the process of looking into it.
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Hot-water-bath method for yourself...ha ha. I'm one of those that just started canning this year. Borrowed the pot, tongs, funnel from a neighbor. Got all the jars on Freecycle. Just had to buy some seals. So far have done Blueberry jam, Cherry jam, peaches, and plum applesauce. I may be done with jams, however, because (purchased) pectin is a pain and in my family we just like fruit anyway (doesn't have to be gelatinous). I'm loving it. Interested in making ketchup, however. We go through a lot of that.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2010 on Yes, we can! at she's just saying...
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Follow up now that the first day of school has passed: We blindfolded her and put her on the back of the tandem with my husband. We managed to trick her into thinking we were heading to High Lakes by riding in alleys (for a gravel sound) and circles, even though the ride still took a fraction of the time. When the blindfold was removed, she was initially disappointed and grumpy, but we only had to deal with it for 20 minutes, then school started and she was off! By the end of the day she was thrilled with the new school, just as we expected. Phew.
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Yeah, that's the thing. She may not be 100% thrilled with the outcome (she expressed concern early in the process) but then what 8-year old is? At least springing it on her at the last minute is somewhat exciting and I don't need to listen to her moan in the meantime. What's the worst that could happen?
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1. Have an "adults-only" BBQ potluck and party Aug 28 (daughter is vacationing at grandma's). (Interested in attending? Lemme know! The more the merrier!) 2. Family reunion in CA Labor Day weekend. Retrieve daughter from Grandma's house and bring her back to OR in time for school year. 3. Not tell my daughter what school she is attending for 4th grade (potential enrollment at magnet school closer to our house instead of High Lakes). I know the answer, but I'm not telling. It will be a surprise to her on the 1st day of school.
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When I was a kid, my cat used to eat moles and mice and leave some portion of their innerds on the front doorstep. Something green and irregularly shaped. We never knew what it was but theorized liver or gall bladder. Apparently it wasn't that tasty...or maybe it was the tastiest part and was our "gift"? In other news, our new kitten from the humane society loves the gray knitted mouse toy.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2010 on Earning his keep at she's just saying...
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I am also about to join that Jersey cow share to get their raw milk (and other products) each week. Please keep posting about the different uses of the cream/buttermilk, etc. so I can get some ideas. I already make my own yogurt, but just use the culture they sell at Nature's (YoGourmet), and keep propagating from previous batches. Is there something special about the Bulgarian culture that you like?
Toggle Commented May 27, 2010 on Dairy-full at Berlin's Whimsy
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Always wanted to try fiddleheads. Maybe this year. Maybe they will show up in my CSA box? Yes, I concur with the "kids need to try something 10-12 times" axiom. Last night I watched my 8-year old devour crab cakes and drunken clams at 5 Spice. But she still said no to the sushi because she doesn't like the seaweed(!).
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That video sure is "zomething different". The amount of your life spent watching that video is likely on par with the amount of my life spent adding different products to Zima to make it taste better. (I think the winner in the end was Chambord.)
Toggle Commented May 3, 2010 on I know comedy at she's just saying...
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Do you make pear shaped cozies? Or is that just asking too much? My cat isn't playing with the mouse much, but at 10 years old he's not much of a player anyway, and he always seemed immune to catnip. We're considering getting 1 or 2 more cats in the near future, though, so the mouse will be subject to an entirely new audience. Are you going to Science Night at High Lakes tonight? Not sure if we are or not - daughter might have a bladder infection (w/o going into too many details).
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Chim chim cheree.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2010 on Winds of change at she's just saying...
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I attempted to read the Mountain Goat story, but couldn't get past the photo. The article said something positive about the presence of the Mountain Goat (like this was the first one found in a while, which indicates the population is improving), but the photo said something totally different. As if a helicopter pilot accidentally dropped a net on the only Mountain Goat in a 20 square mile area, then tried to detangle it before anyone found out. And the poor goat laying there thinking, "That's the last time I leave the herd...stupid! stupid!"
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Graham crackers with cream cheese and jam are a childhood favorite. If I have no prep time, I grab dried apricots. If I have plenty of time, it's pasta (any shape) with my family recipe pasta sauce. It reminds me of pasta feeds I would host in high school. I have no memory of actually cooking in high school, but just lots of friends around the table thinking we were so grown up sitting in the formal dining room under a chandelier eating a real meal. And also an egg fried in bacon grease on an english muffin with american cheese (one of the few fakey things I let into the house).
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on "Cold, tired, hungry... at she's just saying...
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I remember "falling into" the GAP with your wife in high school for our coordinating shaker-knit cardigans and pink sweatpants. Those early retail experiences helped build my loyalty to GAP, and I have a BR card (if for nothing else, the annual $15 credit they send me). I hardly ever step foot in their stores, however, unless I am desparate. (The Old Navy in our town is a disaster, with half the clothes on the floor. My husband refuses to go inside.) My retail destinations are garage sales, Goodwill, and consignment stores, but my brands of choice at those locations remain GAP and BR. Their quality and timeless style easily prolong the life of their products past the original owner. I guess that speaks well enough of the brands that the manufacturer still "benefits" from my purchase, even though my dollars go to the reseller. Those types of purchases may not earn me any promo mailings (expired or not), but I still come out ahead financially.
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