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  1. cash_da_pibble says:

    So…. Who’s doing what this weekend!?

    My pops’ birthday is tomorrow, so we are going to go to the CA State Fair to celebrate!
    I love the state fair, and have been goign since I was a wee girl. I haven’t been in years though, and am really excited to go.
    All the nifty gadgets and free take-home goodies, deep-fried twinkies, and yard-long glasses of Pina Colada!

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      It will be a 3- day weekend for me. I have a bridal shower/bachelorette party tomorrow. Then Monday is the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh and Chicago is playing a concert!

      • TheMonkeyKing says:

        Playing in an outdoor, sand volleyball tournament. It won’t be a test of skill as much as a will to survive 100+ temperature.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Running errands. Lots of errands. We have a ton of things to return (it’s what happens when you redecorate), and none of the stores are near each other. Such is life.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Going camping for two nights, 1.5 days. Exciting stuff!

      • cash_da_pibble says:

        I haven’t gone camping this year, and feel kinda bad about it.
        Hopefully next month- This summer has been crazy.

  2. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Anyone have experience buying beds? I want a new one because I think the one we have is ugly. It’s a sturdy bed, it’s just not what I would have ever bought for myself. Given that it was free (parents’ donation) I can’t gripe too much about it, but the more I look at it, the more I feel like I’m just keeping it because it was free and if we don’t just jump in and spend the money to get a bed we want, we’ll never escape the the fact that this bed isn’t our style, and before you know it, we’ll be going on 10 years with still the same bed with a design we’re never, ever going to like.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to buy from and what kind of construction we should be looking for in something that’s high quality?

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      I picked up my bedframe from about a year and a half ago; first bed I’ve owned that doesn’t squeak. My roomies picked up their mattress and boxspring there as well, they have pretty good deals from time to time. I kind of like the beds our local Costco has on the floor.

    • MamaBug says:

      ugh – i know about keeping parental stuff – my mother in-law gave us some curtains that are atrocious. I mean, old-lady cabbage roses atrocious. and we’re keeping them right now because they’re cheap. I never go in the guest room anymore.

      I’d say look at local furniture outlets first – they will negotiate with you better than big box places like rooms to go and such. Also, they usually have better service, since they want you to come back and get more business by word-of-mouth.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Unfortunately, I can’t really help. I’ve only had one bed buying decision and it turned out that we didn’t do very well. I still like the look of it, but it started falling down after we moved a couple of months ago and my dad had to come and help us fix/rig it where it wouldn’t fall down anymore, it was cheap chineese construction. I still love our matress though, it’s a Serta.

      It seemed like all the other more expensive beds were HUGE though, I don’t really understand why you’d need your bed surrounded by four columns that look like they could hold up a front porch. I’d be interested to see what you finally settle on though.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Yeah, I saw a lot of canopy beds and beds with heavy wood columns. We have a pretty small room, so giant beds are out of the question. I’m looking at beds from Room and Board. It’s expensive, but I’ve read a lot about the great quality. We want something relatively minimalist because we have such a small room.

    • Roloboto says:

      Get a memory foam bed. Then, have a hard time getting out of it because you’re sleeping so deeply, every night.

    • It'sRexManningDay! says:

      We bought our whole bedroom set from RoomStore and had a really good experience. My husband is a pretty good haggler, so we got what we think is a fair price for solid-wood construction and a quality mattress. They have a ton of furniture styles, so you can find something that is nice to look at without being stuck with a huge four-poster. We both prefer a firm mattress, so that cut down on the cost too–those are always cheaper for some reason.

      If you are in the city; definitely consider a split box-spring if you are getting a queen or bigger!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        You had a good experience with RoomStore? Amazing. We considered RoomStore when we were looking for a couch, and everything about it just screamed “RUN AWAY!” It seemed like a really unreliable business. The reps were trying their hardest to get us to buy on the spot, and they were upselling like crazy. Regardless of the quality, we didn’t want to deal with any of the sales reps.

        • It'sRexManningDay! says:

          Maybe it’s a store-by-store thing? We go to the one near Towson, MD, and never had a problem. I mean, sure the salespeople are pushy, but as soon as they heard we were “not buying today” they backed off. They also gave us a ticket to a “friends & family event” thing where they kept the store open late one Sunday and had food and drinks and stuff. We jotted down our notes, went home and did some research, then went to the “event” later that week, had some buffalo wings, and bought the bedroom set. That particular store is clean and not sketchy to me, but it’s the only one I’ve had experience with.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      Avoid a pillowtop, no matter how comfy! We bought one a few years ago, and have discovered the downside to not being able to flip your mattress. Already looking to buy a new one.

      • MaytagRepairman says:

        Wife and I bought a pillow top when we married. Had it for 2 years and then gave up and bought a new mattress set. The manufacturer suggested rotating it once a month but it was too much of a hassle.

    • DoubleBaconVeggieBurger says:

      Does your town have an unfinished wood furniture store? That’s where we got ours – it was actually already finished, they carry a few sets that are. It was a good price, real wood, and the salesman was really nice and knew what he was talking about.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        You know, the weird part about living in a major metropolitan city is that you are not as likely to get the things you might get living in a smaller town – I have no clue whether there’s an unfinished wood shop in DC! But I bet there’s probably one 4 hours away in Maryland or Virginia. I’m not sure I’d be willing to go that far, and I’m not sure that unfinished wood is what I’m looking for, style wise, but thanks for the suggestion.

    • Magspie says:

      I was going to recommend Washington Consignments on Wisconsin, I used to see beautiful things there, but I looked it up to link to and found out they are closed :(
      We got our mattress at Costco and are in love with it.

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    I’d like to know when people forgot how to pick up after themselves and/or put things back where they found it.

    Really, it’s not that hard, I do it all the time but every night when I close my store up my racks look very messy (often due to children) and there are pieces of garbage floating around all over the place. What’s funny about this is we have three trash bins in our store, and it’s not a very big store.

    The other night I witnessed a grown man all but destroy three shelves inside of two minutes. Seriously, they looked like a pack of 5 year olds had torn through them by the time he was done.

    It’s not just my store, the roads around here are routinely littered with trash and debris on the side (especially tire tread remnants), even the public parks and beaches are not respected and I sometime want to cry when I see what people are doing to “ugly up” this place where I live.

    What’s happened?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      People suck. I can’t get anyone to turn off a light around this place. They go into the file room, get a file and then blithely walk out and leave the light on. Drives me buggy!!!!!

    • kjherron says:

      Nobody “forgot”. They just don’t think it’s necessary. Do you bus your own table after eating at a (nice) restaurant? Why not? It’s usually pretty obvious where the dishes go.

  4. MamaBug says:

    I thought the breastfeeding article had 400+ comments? Just wondering :)

    On a separate note, has anyone tried Chantix to quit smoking? I’ve never known anyone to use it, so I’d like some firsthand comments on it before me and my husband try it. It’s a big way to cut spending….oh, and there’s health benefits and whatnot.

    • Jfielder says:

      No firsthand experience…. but some of the stuff I’ve heard about it is pretty scary (causing severe depression/ thoughts of suicide)…. I would consider it only a last ditch effort. Try nicotine gum… start with the stronger stuff, and use it a lot when you first start. Obivously don’t use it more than recommended, but if you keep yourself loaded up with nicotine, you won’t crave that cigarette so much. Eventually you’ll start getting sick of using the gum… but just stick it out, use it for the recommended 12 weeks and taper off your usage… It’s easy!

      Just remember, the biggest factor is you have to want to stop. You can’t just think “ok, I use this gum and I won’t want to smoke anymore”… because in reality, you’re gonna wanna smoke. Just fight through it though!

    • It'sRexManningDay! says:

      I think many antidepressants have the side effect of making you not want to smoke. Chantix is just capitalizing on the effect. I say this because I stopped smoking for a while when I was on Prozac for a few months in my early 20s. I hadn’t planned to stop, but when I was on the drug, smoking simply became very unappealing. The thing is, when I came off the antidepressant, I went right back to smoking again. If Chantix has a similar effect, then I think you’d have to watch out for when you come off it to see if your desire for smoking returns.

      I ended up quitting smoking a few years later for good–and I did it “cold turkey.” The key is to make a decision to not ever buy cigarettes again. Sounds too simple, but not having cigarettes to smoke means you won’t smoke them. Do this 1 day at a time, and reward yourself for every milestone–the first meal that doesn’t end in a cigarette, the first sex without a cigarette afterward, the first full week, etc. It works! Good luck.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I did. It worked fine for me. The only side effects I had were about three days of nausea at first, then a day where I felt really spacey and then it was fine. I didn’t have the freaky dreams. I was looking forward to that! Although my dreams are pretty freaky anyway!

      It makes it so when you smoke, you don’t get the high off it. You can still do it, but it’s like sucking on a pen. That way you don’t get a nicotine jones while you’re trying to break the habit part of it. They recommend you take it for at least three months, although I was able to quit in two.

      I still want a ciggie occasionally, but it’s not a physical craving. I can blow it off pretty easy. Since I’m addicted to nicotine, however, I can’t ever smoke again or I’ll have to start all over.

  5. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Last weekend, I finally had my cake fix. Cake in my rice cooker was once again highly successful. See?

    It was about 2/3 of the made cake mix batter, but I think next time I’m going to try to split the batter in half, and make a layered cake. Mmmmm…more icing.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      That cake looks so delicious. I just finished lunch…now I feel like I need dessert.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        It was, I am really proud of myself. Cake mix is so cheap and cooking it in the rice cooker makes it the most moist cake EVAR. lol.

        Also, the other day I made steel cut oatmeal with it. The water, (3 rice cooker cups) oats (one rice cooker cup) and a little salt in the night before and set the timer, and it was ready for me the next morning. Amazing. I love this thing. I want to get a book about rice cookers so I can try more things with it. It has a steamer, and I haven’t even tried it yet. I’ve had this rice cooker since the end of 2007 and I go through periods of being really excited about it. Lol.

        • cash_da_pibble says:

          I have a rice cooker and I didn’t know you could make cute teenyweeney cakes!
          I steam veggies while cooking my rice, so awesome! Makes my frozen asparagus perfectly, and way better than sautteing it in oil.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I’m getting one. I am. Imma ask for it for Christmas.

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            YAAAYY! : ) I’m happy for you. It’ll be most awesome. Did you see the newer version of mine on amazon? It has the CAKE button as well ; )

          • katstermonster says:

            I bought one on Amazon the other day as a direct result of seeing these pictures. True story.

            It is even more amazing than you can imagine.

    • Dustbunny says:

      I would like to place an order for your rice cooker cake. K thx bai.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Needs mor bakon.

  6. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    So I’m starting to get out of my hoarding mentality a little and starting to consider making a profit. To that end, I have started selling some Pyrex Applicator Jars I bought 10 of for $13. I already sold one for $10 shipped, and just sold two more for $12 shipped.

    I also bought some vintage Double Edge Razor blades for $0.50 a pack. On eBay, they have been selling (and every auction ended in a sale) for ~$9.50 each 5 pack shipped, and I have 16 packs. So tomorrow I have to brave the heat to head to the other flea market in my area to pick up padded mailing envelopes and mailing labels I can use in my typewriter. I can then start to think about selling things on eBay. Any tips?

    Finally, I completed my first Cortex Mollusk Monster Hoody(Not “Brain Slug”, which I’m sure is trademarked to Futurama), and since Busted Tees bought up Monster Hoodies, I feel a little better about selling these myself. In taking a look at them, what would y’all think is a good price to charge? The Mollusk’s attach to the side of the Hoody with button snaps, so you can remove it if you want.

    Lastly, DAMN, it’s hot out, and tomorrow is supposed to be 108 heat index in NJ!

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Are you selling the whole hoody?
      or just the “cortex mollusk”?
      Cause I would probably buy just the mollusk for around $10, since I can sew my own clasp onto the hoodie of my choice.
      Or MANY hoodies, so I don’t have to be forced to wear a single sweater when sportin’ teh brain slug.
      Also- this way, your profits can be spread to several styles of snap-on hoodie head accessories, as opposed to having to spend a portion of your earnings trying to buy cheap hoodies.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Oh man, that giant googly eye is what makes that!

      I’d say $35.

    • Fidget says:

      Your dog is adorable.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        He’s for sale. Cheap. But a warning. He is hiding another three dogs somewhere on him, judging by the amount of hair he sheds.

  7. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Apologies if I came off a little aggressive this past week.

    Question: One of my best friends is pregnant. She lives in a different state. Am I supposed to send a card or something? Or is that frowned upon until wayyy into the pregnancy? I think she’s about 4-5 months. Or do I just wait until she has the baby and send a card and gift?
    Do most people have baby registry things for this?

    Even though my friends are in their late 20’s/early 30’s, she’s the first to become pregnant – so I’m not familiar with what to do – especially since I live out of state.

    • MamaBug says:

      maybe send something for a shower, but id say an e-mail “congrats” and a card/gift when the baby comes is appropriate.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I agree with MamaBug. You’re under no obligation to do anything other than say “congratulations.” If she invites you to a baby shower (probably around month 7) you can opt to send a gift, but that’s not required. Once the baby is born, you can send a gift if you want, but I really don’t think there’s nearly as much etiquette as there is for weddings.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        okay. Thanks for the advice – like I said, I have no idea about this kind of stuff. !

  8. Fidget says:

    Cat adoption papers are in. We’ll be meeting this little guy: and two others at least in late August/early September. And already the wet-food dry-food debate is raging with the friends…any advice for a first-time cat owner?

    Also, need to start learning to query books. Poetry is straightforward enough (and the new Word for/Word comes out soon *cough cough*), but books are a whole ‘nother mammal…

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Dry food keeps better and is cheaper, but wet tends to be more nutritionally sound and palatable for cats. My cats refuse to eat wet (weirdos) so I feed dry.

      And as a suggestion- Don’t free feed ( leaving a full bowl down all day). This causes obesity in all manner of pets and doesn’t help you regulate their consumption. I feed mine twice a day- once in the morning and once at night. And even then, be sure not to overfeed- let them eat as much as they want in 5 minutes, and then pick up the bowls.

      • Fidget says:

        Ooh, good to know. We had planned a coke bottle hunting toy with a couple of kibble to be factored in to regular diet as well (make ’em work for it).

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          With cats, planning is useless. Whatever you plan, they will ignore, and instead focus on something else. I made my own scratching post with carpet, sissel rope wrap, and burlap, and they use the sofa to scratch and the scratching post to sleep on.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Are you definitely adopting Dudley, or are you “auditioning” cats? Cause I have to say, I already love Dudley.

      • Fidget says:

        We’re looking at Lydia, Dudley and Sophie, unless anyone gets adopted between now and then (going to be gone for a month before we meet the kittehs) or if anyone new comes in that can be adopted alone. But yes, Dudley is very much the front-runner. He’s the oldest of the three, but I can’t resist the chub! Boyfriend and I keep going back to look at the pictures; it’s pathetic, really, we’re going to spoil the hell out of this cat.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Just my experience raising all my kittehs. Except for my outside cats, I feed them all Purina ONE, from when they were born, up until today. I’ve never had any health problems with my kittehs, and every vet visit is stressful only because the techs love playing with them, so they keep them in the back for like 15 minutes after they do whatever test they are getting done. Purina ONE’s first ingrediant for many of their formulas is meat, so you can feed less which helps it last longer. It also leads to firmer stools so there is less mess to clean up.

      Just a personal word of advice here: Add cedar shavings to your litter. I have three indoor cats, and two litter boxes. I use the boxes with a top that clips on that makes the walls taller, and don’t use liners. When I change, I rinse them out, swish a little vinegar in them, dump that out, let them dry, then put down a nice 1″+ layer of shavings, then a 10lb bag of Hartz PH5 litter on top. With three cats, I change the litter boxes maybe once every two-three weeks with no scooping. Your mileage may vary, of course, but recently I went too long changing, and someone used a box with a blanket in it that I had around for them to sleep in it instead of the litter box. While the smell from the litter boxes when emptying is sometimes strong, the blanket stunk up the whole house when I pulled it out and made the area around the house reek when I put it out on the front porch. I think between the PH5 and the shavings, it does a lot to neutralize the urine and cut the smell.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Google “novel queries” and you will come across a PLETHORA of stuff. I’m doing that right now. You MUST learn before you do it or you’ll do it wrong. Seriously. A novel query is different from a non-fiction book proposal. Agents have submission guidelines on their websites, and if you do not adhere, it’s instant trash can.

      Anne Mini’s blog Author! Author! is a great source of info. Very dense posts, but packed full of stuff about formatting, querying, editing, etc. Various agent blogs such as Nathan Branford, Pub Rant, Miss Snark, etc. can also help.

      Hopefully you’ve finished revising and editing and have found the help of some books. You didn’t say if it was fiction or non, but William Brohaugh’s Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise is GREAT. It works for either. You can find it at Amazon Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King is awesome too. Also at Amazon. These resources helped me a LOT.

      I’m still getting rejections but I’ve only sent out ten queries for this book. Once I hit 20, if I’m still getting rejected, I’ll stop querying it and put it away for later. When I do get somewhere, I might be able to publish it then. Very few writers hit on their first book anyway.

      Hope that helps. :)

  9. Dover says:

    I just want to say that I love ING Direct. I made a suggestion about a month ago that they include an optional memo line on transfers because I was always forgetting what transfers I had made. When I made a transfer yesterday, there it was! I’m sure many other people had similar requests that contributed to the feature being implemented, but it was wonderful to see a specific suggestion I made be implemented.

  10. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    It’s almost 5PM and I haven’t eaten yet…

    What did everyone else have for lunch?

  11. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Yippeee! Friday!!!!

    Not doing much this weekend. I have queries to write up and get in the mail before the big August exodus in the pub industry. Not much time, but at least they’ll be there.

    I was going to take the kitteh to the vet tomorrow to get her shots, but I had to reschedule since I spent all my money on a plane ticket to see my honeybunch! Three weeks and I’ll be with him! Also I’m going to make him take me to the beach, because it’s been years since I’ve done that.

    The kitteh can wait a week. I had to book now. Has anyone ever flown AirTrans? Please don’t scare me if you have! Also, any hints on how to use the trains in the Atlanta airport? I don’t really want to run through it like I did last time.