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    I don't think we had a place with A/C until I was 12? Prior to that I remember my parents would always have a unit in their room and sometimes one in the living room, of the various places we lived. When we lived in TN we had a fireplace and a wood burning stove on opposite ends of the house.

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    Jennifer, yeah, our winters are pretty mild - 30s at night, 40s/50s during the day. No snow. We do have heat in the house, and a fireplace, so we're fine in the winter. Summers aren't hot every single day - we sometimes get some fog from the coast, and often a breeze. It's the no-fog, no-breeze days that are stultifying. We have fans in most rooms that help a little, and we have one portable a/c unit that we can set up in either the master bedroom or Noe's room. It's loud, in the way and kind of a pain, but for the really hot spells it keeps us from killing each other. It was most necessary during the summer I was pg with Noe. We do have a community pool a couple of blocks away, and sometimes I just fill Noe's little pool and get in myself.
    The house we live in is one in this style: http://www.eichlerhomes.com/ It's a small Eichler model, not all fancy like the ones in the pictures on the front page, but with the same construction: exposed beams, wood walls, wood roof, no attic, no basement. There's no good way to install a/c.

    We moved here 5 years ago, and before that I grew up in the central valley of California. Murderously hot summers (110-115 is not unusual), but everyone had a/c. You could always count on being cool indoors even if outside was blistering. Not so here in the Bay area. I'm with you on ideal temperatures -- I love temps in the 60s. Don't mind fog, clouds and rain, either. I'd be happiest closer to the coast or in the city of SF, or up in the pacific northwest. But dh is the opposite of me and gets really down in winter or anytime when he doesn't see the sun for a few days, so I'll probably never live in my dream climate.
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    Suja, it does seem like maybe with everything your dh is going through, it might be easier on him if he didn't have to witness Pan's last days. But that just puts more on you, and you already have so much. I'm sure you'll know when she's ready, but remember also that it will be a release for her. A sinking down into cozy slumber with no pain, no fear, no weakness, with her loving mama at her side. It will be so much harder for you than for her.

    I'm sorry - I know you already know all of that. You just let go of Khan recently. I just know that for me sometimes it's hard to remember when I'm in the midst of it.
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    Sounds like you'd like living in England, Gretchen!

    Those houses are expensive! Our house looks a little like this: (except that we have a better front garden courtesy of my MIL!)

    Suja, I'm sorry Pan is not so well. I hope that your aunt being with you will bring you some comfort.

    I am still suffering with man flu and trying not to complain about it too much. I think I've probably lost 5 pounds in the last 3 days and I am a horrible shade of pale. Yuckity yuck.

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    Holy woah those houses are expensive!

    Ash how cute is that!

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    Oh wow, that concept of home is so different to me...though the exposed beams are pretty. I mean no basement or attic...where do you store stuff? I have a gazillion pictures of our place on FB....I took them when we were building every few days so my family could see the process. Of we have tons of insulation...in the attic, extra on the walls, I added extra in the interior around the master bedroom for noise control since my DH sleeps days, in the basement we have double insulated walls plus all the joists....they used foam and after that the fiberglass rolled out stuff. It's built to energy star standards. Course in the winter we could go most of Jan and have daily temps below zero.
    the first few years I lived up here I rented a townhouse with no basement and HATED not having that when the sirens went off.

    Ash, I'm sorry that you have been sick! A nasty bug like is an awful time.

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    Bridget, I love how you can take a day that was unquestionably draining and find the humor in it.

    Suja, I'm so so sorry! You're going to get your reprieve soon. You'll have to. It's nice that you're thinking about your DH's feelings throughout all this. And I'm glad you have your aunt to bring you comfort.

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    The last house we were in across the bay was a ranch redone in Eichler style, so the entire back wall of the house was glass from floor to ceiling. Talk about inefficient. Even with solar panels, our electricity bills were a couple hundred a month.

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    Oh holy moly Myles. That was just electric? Ours are gas and electric....and my most expensive one for 1500 sq feet was 186 I think....and that was a Jan. when we didn't have a single day that wasn't below zero at some point. And my house is the last one with an open field to the west so we get hit hard with wind.

    Jennifer, 35, DH 36

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    Yeah, the houses are stupid expensive -- that's living in the bay area for you. Dh can't really do his job anywhere else, so we're stuck with it. It's a nice place to live, though, if you don't mind getting totally reamed for cost of living. And yes, all of the glass does raise the heating bill in winter. We have old single-paned glass walls in our living room. We redid the bedrooms with new energy-efficient windows, but replacing the big glass walls is so much, we've never had the extra money. We just try to keep the thermostat low, wear lots of clothes, and have fires when we can. And not having a/c does help keep our summer bills very reasonable, so I guess while I'm sweating I can think of the money we're saving.

    Jennifer, not having storage sucks! We are struggling with it all the time. Before Noe came along, we had an extra room for an office/craft room and we could store stuff in there. But now that that's her room and we've added all of the toys and kid stuff, we're really working on it. Right now the garage is storage, but we want to make that into an art studio/workshop/sewing room, so we just have to be ruthless about getting rid of stuff. I'm not very good at that, since I have hobbies that entail a large stash of fabrics, yarn etc, and I also have heirlooms and other things I have a hard time parting with -- but the clutter is hard to live with, so we're really trying.

    Ash, that's an adorable house! Love it. I want to see a pic of your pretty front yard! And I'd love living in England. DH's work has a setup in London -- I've tried to convince him to get transferred, but like I said before, the weather would be hard for him, so he says no. I'm so sorry you still have man flu. I hope you start to feel a lot better soon.
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    Hmmm. I'm trying to find the best photos to show what our quasi-Eichler (quasEichler?) house looked like across the bay (this was the one we rented from my sister), but the best ones are already up on FB, in B's 'Year One' album:

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    Yes, it was an expensive home to heat and cool. Don't ask me about what happened to our bill when I ran an oil heater in our greenhouse for much of the winter. :/ I've just started to think of the California dollar as a foreign currency. It helps me deal with the higher cost of living. I still am in love with living here.

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    Ash, I'm sorry that you're sick and I'm about to post pictures of my lunch. Feel better, ok? I hope your boys don't get whatever it is that got you.

    So, I took myself out on a date today, and I had a kale/arugula salad tossed in this walnut(?) oil with chicken, red quinoa and almonds. The drink was a honeydew kombucha:



    Definitely a calorie-dense lunch, but so yum. And I love imagining my insides turning all these different colors when I eat a bunch of 'superfoods'.

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    Awwww....Baby B!

    Jennifer, 35, DH 36

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    My old college friend just posted another piece for his "Notes and Errata" column. This time, it's about a group of parents who are suing the school district of Encinitas (a beachside town near San Diego) for teaching yoga to kids in school, claiming it indoctrinates them in Hinduism. That's so laughable. I've done yoga for nearly 13 years now and I couldn't tell you a thing it's taught me about Hinduism. The only thing it's ever taught me is to just get over myself already, live in the present, and set my best intentions.
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    I thought it was mostly for stretching and flexibility? Better yoga than something mean like dodgeball!

    Jennifer, 35, DH 36

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    Myles, that house is so pretty. What a big, beautiful yard! and B is sooooo cute. I just love that age.

    Your lunch looks delicious, too. it's calorie-dense in all the right ways. I had a lunch that was all the wrong ways. It was dd1's last day of school - finals all done, locker cleaned out. She had been supposed to go to Haight St. to loiter with a group of friends, but one of them was sick so they postponed it. Noe and I picked her up from school and offered to take her out for lunch. She requested noodles from our favorite junky Chinese place. We took it all out to the park and had a picnic on a blanket in the grass. My body is not thanking me at all for all the carbs, sugar, iron and other junk... but it sure was tasty. Junky Chinese is one of my big food vices. The bright red, sticky sweet and sour sauce... the deep fried meat... the carby, oily noodles. I'm always ashamed of myself afterwards but, like a guy addicted to porn, I'm always going to do it again.
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    It is almost impossible to eat healthy Chinese food unless you make your own or order a plate of steamed veggies and tofu, which I guess works for some people.

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    Chinese food is yum.

    DH & I call it "Shinese" food because it always glistens ("ooh, shiny!") from all that delicious greasiness.

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    Well, the other place we go to doesn't use any artificial colors in their sauces and includes a lot more veggies in their dishes, so it feels a little healthier than the junky place. But - yeah. It's always going to have the oil, sugar and carbs. Heck, if I want steamed veggies and tofu, I can do that at home. And flavor it with my tears.
    -- mom to DD1 1/98 and DD2 10/09


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    Speaking of food, does anyone here ever totally sabotage dinner by thinking, "hm, I'm peckish. I think I'll have a little snack before I cook," and then, after eating the snack, totally lose all desire to actually make dinner? I just did that. Got out all of the stuff to make a batch of veggie burgers, snacked on some rice crackers and garlic cheese, and now I feel like "ugh, can't we just eat leftovers tonight?"
    -- mom to DD1 1/98 and DD2 10/09


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    LOL, Shinese. Shinese food flavored with tears. Mmm...

    Actually, I haven't been hungry for dinner lately. I'm more likely to skip it and have a snack at night.

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    Well, that's part of my problem, because I'm not very hungry at dinnertime. So I'm completely happy with a little snack. But dh is ravenous when he gets home from work and he likes a full homecooked meal. And of course there are the kids, who need some nutrients. So I already sometimes (often) lack motivation to cook dinner because I don't always eat it, and it's really just about everyone else. And when I've already had a snack, I feel like "everyone else can just eat bread. Whatever."
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    LOL

    I usually end up making 2-3 different things. DH likes a big meal, like yours. Josh is picky and sometimes I eat something different too.

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    We have a grease pit Shinese place we go to every once in a while, because their chicken fried rice is A-MAZING! We probably have a hundred places closer, but nothing even comes close. The folks who work there do not eat anything that's on their menu. It usually looks like something soupy, with noodles, a ton of vegetables, and a little meat. At least they're eating healthy, I suppose.

    I hate to cook, and do the bare minimum to get by, hungry or not. One of the good things about DH not being here is that I can make just the one thing that I love, and then eat it for like 3 days. Thankfully, Mira's tastes run along my lines, and I can always just steam some broccoli or something for her, to add a little variety.

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    I have been in a huge cooking rut lately since my kids are incredibly difficult to cook for lately. But as I expected, our csa boxes are sparking their love of vegetables again. Kai munched on fresh mushrooms raw and Savana ate garden onions. But that does not dinner make so I had to make an omelette for me and Sawyer, pesto pasta for Kai, and fried eggs with toast for Savana.

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    I'm starting a new post because I again cannot make paragraphs with my laptop on apa. We went to a museum today. Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. I made the decision in the middle of the night during a nursing session when I did a random search. Anyway, i didn't realize the main exhibit was a blown glass exhibit which, yes, I understand may be a little scary with kids. But we go to museums all the time and my kids know how to act. Well, I carry Sawyer mostly, of course since he can't be expected to understand. But even Kai, my wild child, moves carefully and speaks quietly in a museum. The woman at the front desk was SO rude to us. She couldn't have spoken to us with more disdain if she tried. Repeated to me SIX times that the children were not to touch anything. Ok, we get it. I was very nice but I said to her that she did not have to keep saying that, that we had been to museums before and that is the rule in every museum. She said she tells everyone that. Really? SIX TIMES??? The place has a children center in the basement so it's not as if children aren't welcome there. She also told me that we couldn't bring the stroller in which was totally fine but I asked her if I could leave it in the coat room and I kid you not, she went, "I guess." And when i put it in there, there was another stroller already there so it's not as if I was requesting something insane. Oh I was mad. I'd have left if it weren't such a beautiful, cool place that we were all super excited about. The gardens there..omg...a child's dream. But I took a comment sheet on my way out along with the self addressed stamped envelope and wrote A LOT in the additional comments section. lol. Oh, and I did take note of how she greeted the patrons behind us and she was very friendly. Grrrr.

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    Yuck. She sounds like she nearly ruined your day. (Could've if you weren't so cool about it.) I would totally call her boss and complain about her, Bridget. But I'm vindictive that way.

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    Gretchen, I love your house! But, I do love Eichler homes, too. Did you know he was one of the first around here to start selling upper-class houses to minorities? At least around here. I'd love to have one of his houses here, but they're all up in the hills, and I don't want to live up there, hah.

    Aw, little tiny B! Boy, time flies...

    Ashley, that house is cute! I want to see yours.

    My house is tiny and pathetic. It's an old town home. A part of me really likes it, and a part of me really doesn't... I actually LIKE the town home part. I love that the area is SO cute. I feel like I'm camping. I like that so many things are taken care of for me. I don't, however, like sharing walls with my neighbors, no the postage stamp sized yard. Or the fact that there are two stories.

    Mmm... I love Chinese. And Japanese. And Italian. And Mexican. Eh, I just love food! But I never have more than one "meal" at a time. If anyone doesn't like it, oh well. They can get their own food! Gretchen, I've definitely done that! Though it's not really too bad, since I cook most of my food ahead of time and freeze it. So what happens more to me is that I snack, and then am not hungry, and still leave everyone on their own, because I don't even want to set it out for them!

    Suja, I may have the opposite problem from you. If it's just Maiya and I, I tend to eat horribly. I feed her well, but then I don't eat. When I finally do, I don't feel like "wasting" a meal (they're usually premade) on just me... So instead, I snack. Like tonight. It was just Maiya and I, so I gave her some left overs that were in the fridge, but not enough for me. After putting her to bed, I just... Snacked. Bad me!!

    Bridget, yeah, our CSA works that same magic, it's great! It's like Christmas every other Friday. Maiya LOVES seeing what's in it, and starts eating some even before I have it all out, hah.

    From what I hear, I am so lucky that Maiya eats so well. She eats slowly, and sure loves her junk food, but will eat just about anything I give her. I mean, one of her favorite things to eat is plain yogurt, and she adds whatever she wants to it. She likes to add spinach! Raw spinach. To yogurt. Usualy to chocolate yogurt (which we make with raw cacao powder and raw honey), but still.

    Man, Bridget, that's so tacky... I hope your complaint does some good! I hate when people treat kids like that... Hope you were able to enjoy it, anyway!



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    So a LOOOONG time ago we were talking about stories our kids tell. I mentioned Maiya tells stories like crazy, and I finally got one from start to finish, so wanted to share. Nothing really happens, but it does essentially have a beginning, middle, and end. Actually, considering that she's 3, I'm pretty proud of how she starts! The end is kind of abrubt, though, hah.

    Here you go, in all her glory:

    ****

    While... While this school goes rush hour, can I read a... One of my Diego stories?

    So one day, Diego and Alicia and Baby Jaguar and me at their house was getting a little bored. And I was thinking about something funner. So how about the Oakland Zoo? But then Maiya said "I want to go to Momma's doctor appointment."

    Um, that not really fun, he said. First, we are going to the Oakland Zoo, he said. Well, the little cars are going. And the tea cups and animal merry go round and the tea cups and the train, but not the roller coaster.

    So, finally we parked. And we got our seat belts off, and turned the car off. And then got in the Oakland Zoo, first we decided we wanted a stamp, so we gotted a stamp, a turtle.

    And then we decided the Sky Ride, so we got in line, and then Mugen went, and then Kaori went, and then Evie, and then Mark, and then Ruby, and then Max, and then it was our turn. Then we got on, and up and up and up. We saw the elephants, and the buffalo, and then it was time to go back, so we went back. And then we got off.

    Then we decided the tea cups, and we gave him our tickets. And spinned around so fast, and then we got off to the cars, and then that so long, and then we goed on the train, and it went choo choo, and then it went around and around, and then we went in the car.

    Now that is the end. The end!

    ***

    I have video too, but she is so hard to understand!



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    OMG, Janet, that is the cutest recount of a story. I can just imagine her telling it to you. Travis is like that with his stories, and he is very animated with his hands and face while telling a story.

    I'm still suffering man flu, so I'll pretend you all are not talking about food. I have had 3 pieces of toast and 3 popsicles in 4 days. I sure am a sorry sight right now. LOL. (Yes, part of man flu is the continuous reminding you all of just how unwell I am).

    I'll try to find some pics of the actual house to share. I'm sure I have some of our back garden; not sure about the front.

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    I am insanely busy with work this week, popping in to say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
    I'm starting a new post because I again cannot make paragraphs with my laptop on apa. We went to a museum today. Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. I made the decision in the middle of the night during a nursing session when I did a random search. Anyway, i didn't realize the main exhibit was a blown glass exhibit which, yes, I understand may be a little scary with kids. But we go to museums all the time and my kids know how to act. Well, I carry Sawyer mostly, of course since he can't be expected to understand. But even Kai, my wild child, moves carefully and speaks quietly in a museum. The woman at the front desk was SO rude to us. She couldn't have spoken to us with more disdain if she tried. Repeated to me SIX times that the children were not to touch anything. Ok, we get it. I was very nice but I said to her that she did not have to keep saying that, that we had been to museums before and that is the rule in every museum. She said she tells everyone that. Really? SIX TIMES??? The place has a children center in the basement so it's not as if children aren't welcome there. She also told me that we couldn't bring the stroller in which was totally fine but I asked her if I could leave it in the coat room and I kid you not, she went, "I guess." And when i put it in there, there was another stroller already there so it's not as if I was requesting something insane. Oh I was mad. I'd have left if it weren't such a beautiful, cool place that we were all super excited about. The gardens there..omg...a child's dream. But I took a comment sheet on my way out along with the self addressed stamped envelope and wrote A LOT in the additional comments section. lol. Oh, and I did take note of how she greeted the patrons behind us and she was very friendly. Grrrr.
    Good for you. I'm glad you guys were able to enjoy yourselves despite her rudeness.

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    OMG, Janet, that is the cutest recount of a story. I can just imagine her telling it to you. Travis is like that with his stories, and he is very animated with his hands and face while telling a story.

    I'm still suffering man flu, so I'll pretend you all are not talking about food. I have had 3 pieces of toast and 3 popsicles in 4 days. I sure am a sorry sight right now. LOL. (Yes, part of man flu is the continuous reminding you all of just how unwell I am).

    I'll try to find some pics of the actual house to share. I'm sure I have some of our back garden; not sure about the front.
    Oh Ash. I wish you weren't sick.

    I got a very emphatic, "I LOVE you!" on the street yesterday. I'm still floating on it. It's not the first time he said it, but we'd just had a misunderstanding and it came out of nowhere.

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