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by melsbells
Sun Jul 9, 14:12 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: What was your first pet?
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: What was your first pet?

My first very own pet was a dwarf hamster named Zazoo. I think it died of a heart attack thanks to a family cat.

Edit: Nice try Spacebot, but this question will not help you access my bank account.
by melsbells
Sun Jul 9, 14:07 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: What was the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Re: What was the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

I have a hard time picking superlatives. I've had a lot of food that's strange to my American palate since moving here. Mämmi is a seaonal (Easter) rye porridge that a lot of people hate and is unlike anything I've eaten before (I got lots of Finnish points for liking it). I've eaten sodium chloride...
by melsbells
Sat Jul 8, 1:50 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Just Can't Let It Go
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Just Can't Let It Go

Stuff around gender role prescription, especially among babies and toddlers gets to me. When my then two-year-old was jumping in every puddle the kid could see, I received the comment "He's all boy!" twice. Once along with the woman telling me how she loved jumping in puddles when she was ...
by melsbells
Sat Jul 8, 1:04 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Happiest Baby on the Block
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: Happiest Baby on the Block

This was given to me by my maternity nurse along with two other books in Finnish. I read something my cousin gave me about wrapping babies. If I had the option, I would have scoured the library, and instead I read a lot of articles via the Internet. That was something that my spouse hated because I...
by melsbells
Tue Jul 4, 15:40 2017
Forum: Feminism
Topic: permaculture
Replies: 0
Views: 125

permaculture

One of the places I browse on the web a lot is the permaculture forum at permies.com . When the term permaculture was coined, it was founded on the principles: care of people, care of the earth, and redistribution of surplus. I see permaculture used as a buzz word, and not always following those pri...
by melsbells
Sun Jul 2, 23:30 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Nails or screws?
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Nails or screws?

but I didn't call them sex bolts!
by melsbells
Sat Jul 1, 7:16 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Studies That Prove Link Between Autism and Vaccines
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Studies That Prove Link Between Autism and Vaccines

I didn't look through all of these, and don't have much insight when looking at methods, but a few that I did look at didn't make the claim that vaccines caused autism. A couple concluded that a closer study was warranted due to inconclusive data. A couple couple concluded that studies concluding th...
by melsbells
Sat Jul 1, 7:04 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Nails or screws?
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Nails or screws?

depends on the application? I've been really into Chicago screws lately. I've started using them for buttons.
by melsbells
Sat Jul 1, 6:53 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy 1st spacefemmiversary Taurwen!
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: Happy 1st spacefemmiversary Taurwen!

What, just one year! Have a dragon from my favorite book when I was eight (Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville). https://s14-eu5.ixquick.com/cgi-bin/serveimage?url=http%3A%2F%2Ft0.gstatic.com%2Fimages%3Fq%3Dtbn%3AANd9GcRS3Vgtj2Q2XO8gOIZdybhJRBb9inPL-DS4WsgPzHoac93w_ZSEWw&sp=b6fdd17f98...
by melsbells
Sat Jul 1, 6:41 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Muscle cramps
Replies: 13
Views: 225

Re: Muscle cramps

An old runners tip is to lie with your feet elevated way up against a wall after a run. It helps the lactic acid that builds up on muscles and causes cramps to circulate through the blood steam as opposed to pooling in the legs. But that advice only helps if the reason for cramps is aerobic exercise...
by melsbells
Fri Jun 30, 1:12 2017
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: what are you reading?
Replies: 155
Views: 46685

Re: what are you reading?

PPA was probably a really stupid thing to read. I find myself just wanting fairly light fluff with Dragons. It's surprisingly hard to find something that scratches that itch. PPA as in aphasia? I'm bad at acronyms and when I looked that one up, I found a lot of business buzz words, some computation...
by melsbells
Wed Jun 28, 6:01 2017
Forum: Polls
Topic: uninvited house guests
Replies: 19
Views: 504

Re: uninvited house guests

Spiders are always welcome to stay (non poisonous around here). I kill silverfish. I hunt down mosquitoes (they come in through our bathroom vent). I try to leave gnats alone until they cross some threshold of population explosion and then I hunt them down. I catch and release, seasonally. If they w...
by melsbells
Sun Jun 25, 11:58 2017
Forum: Polls
Topic: uninvited house guests
Replies: 19
Views: 504

uninvited house guests

If my own answer is at all common, this is a terrible poll.
by melsbells
Sat Jun 24, 15:36 2017
Forum: New Members
Topic: New Here, Hi There
Replies: 16
Views: 524

Re: New Here, Hi There

Welcome! It's been a while since we got someone coming to the forums from that super awesome due date statistic page. I hope you have a timely eviction of your uterus. When you says that your favorite food is all things spicy do you mean flavored with hot peppers or heavily flavored? If I gave you g...
by melsbells
Thu Jun 22, 15:51 2017
Forum: Careers & Education
Topic: What career should you have?
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: What career should you have?

I had a difficult time deciding on answers for the quiz. The first time, I got electrical engineer, and a bunch of stuff I'm certain I would hate/have no interest in/be terrible at such as advising other people. I took it again and got botonist. As it is, I have an interview on Monday or Tuesday (wh...
by melsbells
Thu Jun 22, 14:58 2017
Forum: Ranting
Topic: Summer Solstice
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Summer Solstice

I must have lost my vegan membership, no idea solstice was a thing for us weirdos. Around here, everyone disappears into the countryside for midsummer. Most businesses are closed and the cities are eerily empty. So you still might not get that reservation. I have no idea if restaurants are places th...
by melsbells
Mon Jun 19, 15:41 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: What does your ideal bedroom look like?
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: What does your ideal bedroom look like?

I think my ideal bedroom changes depending on the season. Right now, coming up on midsummer, I crave darkness. I want dark walls, shades, and curtains. In the winter I need something that gets me out of bed. The only constant is a low bed, sparse furniture, and a couple self calming objects. I suppo...
by melsbells
Mon Jun 19, 15:15 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: what do you dislike about children?
Replies: 14
Views: 429

Re: what do you dislike about children?

They're perfect for philosophical experimentation, but can't be used that way for ethical reasons. They have to be taught things like empathy and compassion. So they hit and kick and bite and scream and say mean things, and I'm expected to act like an adult because I am one. When interacting with th...
by melsbells
Mon Jun 19, 15:09 2017
Forum: Careers & Education
Topic: Workplace seating arrangements - WWYD?
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Workplace seating arrangements - WWYD?

I saw the question and immediately looked at the diagram and thought 2, before I even saw the F and M notations. Then I definitely thought 2, wanting to submerse the new hire in the midst of coworkers instead of on the end of the bench to be overlooked, not letting the other co-workers view her as p...
by melsbells
Sun Jun 18, 11:02 2017
Forum: Ranting
Topic: Quicktakes
Replies: 40
Views: 2744

Re: Quicktakes

I just got back from using a bunch of the tips in the what we do at boring parties thread. I stuck it out through conversations, played with pets, appreciated nature, tried to be helpful, consumed alcohol, consumed food, played with kids, listened, and still went off by myself and cried.
by melsbells
Sun Jun 18, 10:52 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: how do you travel?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: how do you travel?

horrifying stories The trip from two years ago that I mentioned was one of those horrifying stories. I think we hear about them all the time, or have been involved or witnessed them. What I'm trying to ask people here is, what works for you? It seems like my kid travels better when confined to a se...
by melsbells
Tue Jun 13, 15:55 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Another baby stars
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Another baby stars

Congratulations for when you're excited about the pregnancy, and good luck for all the time. I was depressed while pregnant and congratulations always rubbed me the wrong way. It's really cool that your daughter's excited, maybe it will turn out to be contagious excitement.
by melsbells
Tue Jun 13, 15:32 2017
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Sessions, Attorney General v. Morales-Santan
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Sessions, Attorney General v. Morales-Santan

I was excited to see this article about the results of Sessions, Attorney General v.Morale-Santan , which was about gender discrimination when it came to granting children citizenship when born abroad. The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law based on what the justices called "stunn...
by melsbells
Sun Jun 11, 15:34 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: how do you travel?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

how do you travel?

How do you travel with your kids? We recently went on a trip mostly traveling by car and the kid (three years old) was awesome. We're currently planning a trans-Atlantic trip. The last time we made that trip, two years ago, it was miserable, presumably for everyone on the plane. I'm hoping, that aft...
by melsbells
Sun Jun 11, 15:21 2017
Forum: Polls
Topic: What is the optimal amount of art to have in your home?
Replies: 14
Views: 709

Re: What is the optimal amount of art to have in your home?

My desire goes between "no need to look like a gallery" and "need to look like a gallery". In actuality, most of our walls can't take nails.

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