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Destiny Skywalker

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  1. We got E's genetic testing results back and they were thankfully mostly benign. The one variant that did pop up is related to growth hormones. So I'm glad that there was nothing scarier than that. However, when I start googling that gene there are a few other things that might be explained as well. Apparently there's some things in there that can be associated with ADHD, clumsiness, and social issues (gee, you don't say). We are still on the waitlist for an autism evaluation. However, he got this variant from me. So this explains why I started off tall and ended up short, and why I'm significantly shorter than my biological parents. We've been talking to Q's pediatrician about how she seems to have fallen off the growth curve. So I have a feeling she has the variant too.

  2. Oh I've done that upper body drill. You're right, it is freaking WORK.

    I think we are in for a bad year up here. We've had like 2 weeks without rain. It's cold af (for Seattle) but no precipitation means not a lot of snow, either. 19" so far at the top of Alpental, 1" so far at the base of Summit West. Not good. May not have been a good season to buy passes.

  3. So earlier this month I was all about decorating the tree. My family told me to chill until Thanksgiving weekend. And now that it's here... I don't want to. I think I'm in a little bit of a funk because of our upcoming remodel that is going to last 2-3 months starting in February. It's going to restrict us to our bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, the dining room, the office/den, and our small family room. Losing the downstairs bathroom is not a big deal, but losing the kitchen and washer/dryer for so long is going to be rough. So the idea of rearranging the living room to fit the tree does not have a lot of appeal right now. I might move it to the billiard room this year, even though that's not a great spot for opening presents. My husband noticed last night that I seemed off, and the best I could explain was I'm just thinking too much.

    However, this year I actually got Christmas cards early because I didn't have to wait until Christmas day to beg everyone for a family picture because a friend who is a realtor set up a bunch of family mini photo sessions this fall. It's an ongoing joke that I do New Years cards because I can't get my shit together for Christmas cards. I stuck with my usual funny theme instead of pretty/nauseating perfect family cards.

    So far I've bought all of the kids gifts. I'm going light this year, they have a lot of stuff already, and I can't tell you how much stuff they've never played with. They have their favorite toys and they play with those 90% of the time. E is getting an indoor climbing gym that mounts to a wall. Q got a bedroom makeover and a ski bag. I got my dad some cheap Bluetooth earbuds because he listens to his cheesy Christian worship music on his phone on full blast and the sound quality is TERRIBLE. I also bought us a new desk so I can get rid of this gigantic corner desk that my husband HAD TO HAVE like 7 years ago that is beat to heck because he also had to have a gigantic desk chair that doesn't fit into it and it's beat the desk up so bad and I'm tired of banging the chair every single time I get in and out of the desk. Now that we don't get work from home benefits anymore because our executives are mad about their apparent lack of control over us, we need a smaller desk and we're changing the office back to a den/gaming room/playroom.

  4. I hate so many choices. Honestly what helped with this one was I showed my friend who was over for Thanksgiving some haphazard choices and she pointed out that our hardwood floors have a lot of character and said do you really want competing wood? So that eliminated any wood look LVP and we went to tile, which there was a lot less of. Haha

  5. Flooring choices!

    We're going to do LVP in the pool table room and the mudroom. We have kids and a dog and the bar will be there too. So anticipating lots of mud, spills, and scratches.

    I think we've already kicked out the gray one on the left. We put this on the step down into the room because I do want it to look good against the hardwood floors above.

    I think the one on the right looks really good with the wood cabinet sample, but it also reminds me of Sulphur stains from the nasty ass water in Florida.  The one in the middle is really close to the current carpet, so it wouldn't be that big of a change, might lighten up the room a bit? But it's kind of boring.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Zathras said:

    So I have been renting a house at a resort (manufactured home) for 5 years.  The other day I got notice that they won't be renewing the lease this March because they want to sell the house.  They said if I want to stay, I have to buy the house.  However, while I would own the house, I would not own the land underneath it and would still have to pay rent.  The thing is, I am totally not prepared to move this March.  I am leaning towards buying, but I still have to discuss numbers, but I don't think it will be more than $75K.  Theoretically, I could buy it outright and pay cash, which would mean I would only have to pay the rent which would be less than I am paying now for the land and house.  Anyone ever find themselves in a similar situation?

    No, but it doesn't sound like too terrible of a deal. How much is the land rent? Is there property tax on top of that or no?

    What are the barriers to moving out in March? Place to live, I'm assuming. But is there anything else? Physical issues?

  7. We went a little more traditional in the kitchen, mostly because I hate the white kitchen trend. I'm not much of a rustic person but I've always loved wood themed kitchens. So for the bathroom, I think I want to go a little wild and be trendy. Our master bath screams 1995 (white tile everywhere, bathtub taking up way too much space). That's next on the renovation list. The kids bath we are going to try to do ourselves (mostly just change out the vanity and pull out the vinyl floor and tile it, I'm not in love with the shower/tub insert but it's a secondary bath and its a least a little nicer than most of the builder tubs I see).

    So, the first style is sauna/spa inspired. Wood-like shower tile with black floors. The second is the blue/gray theme. The second feels like a safer choice, but like I said, I love wood theme without going rustic. Is it too much?

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  8. They are red oak hardwood floors in the kitchen. Those are staying and getting refinished. They're a little darker stain than I'd like, but full refinishing with removing stain is out of the budget.

    We will do something else in the parlor, probably LVP, maybe tile. Not gray, it's gotten too trendy and I fear in 15 years it will horribly date the house. But considering going really dark. It's going to depend on the countertops, though.

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  9. The in wall one that we are removing is gas. The one at our old house (built 2005) was not this bad. I'm convinced our house (built 1995) is not well insulated. Or it's just a shitty unit. We could've replaced it with electric and no issues with code, honestly. My husband just doesn't like how electric looks so fake. And we do already have the electric insert in a really nice entertainment center so I think we will just use that one. So we are just going to Cap the gas line and drywall over the space in case someone wants to put one in later.

    The cabinets are actually a little more red. We went with the Cayenne stain, with Alder wood (similar grain to Maple).

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  10. Yes, they are the same room (kitchen and parlor) from different angles. I think we need the tall cabinets because those are our pantries. This house actually sucks for storage. We are currently using a linen closet as a pantry plus another small pantry. Right now that whole space just has a banister between it (yes, like stairs) and it's dumb as heck. The parlor is 2 steps lower than the kitchen. Maybe the original floor plan was an entertaining stage? In any event, we are losing some of the kitchen storage as well because we are knocking out the island because it's too crowded (can't open the refrigerator drawer without standing off to the side, can't load pots and pans from dishwasher because when the dishwasher is open, the door can't open). I also have a huge box of China that I haven't unpacked because somehow I ended up with 3 sets of China (mine, my grandmother's, and my parents because they were both being petty and didn't want the other one to get the China in the divorce).

    Yes, its a wine fridge. It holds 250ish bottles and it's already full and we have 6 cases in boxes, too. You can't say I'm an alcoholic, more like a hoarder because I have more alcohol than I need. We are still working our way through our 2016s and we are starting to pick up 2020/2021 wines lately.

    Yeah fireplace is gonna go. The mantle is oversized and we need room for the door, and I'm not sure we would be able to meet code for the hearth width and fit the door. It's also very inefficient and right now I avoid turning it on because it makes my heating bill insane. We do have an electric fireplace that will probably be moved out of the back room and into the living room as part of the remodel and turning that back room into more of an office/guest suite instead of den.

    So, black, white or gray countertops?

  11. This is what it looks like now.  Not entirely decided on cabinet colors, counters, sink, etc. Of course we are over budget and have to order cabinets by Friday. We have not done much work on the 2nd bathroom but I think we are already going to have to go kind of cheap on the bathroom. Gonna be the Home Depot bathroom.

    Also have to rip out the fireplace, hence the very naked back wall. We tried to change it out and the only way to bring it up to code was going to be very expensive. We might turn it into a closet instead of just closing it out. 

     

     

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  12. My husband and kids like to use the Bing AI to make funny images. Today it was something like, you're a powerful warrior, but you have to take care of a puppy. My daughter has been using some website lately to design her characters for stories or D&D campaigns. She already really loves drawing but she's gotten more into anime so that's the style she's trying to replicate. I don't think it's true AI, more like it gives you a bunch of options, like internet paper dolls.

  13. Well, we got Q a Gizmo watch that has phone and GPS. I decided we are definitely at least doing some walkie talkies this year because we did get separated once last year and it was really upsetting for her, but we get good cell service so I think that will work. I can force her watch to pick up, so if she wasn't picking up (say her arm was trapped), I could change a setting real fast to force it to go through. My Garmin watch also tracks me going down with force (like a bad fall) and sends an emergency alert to my husband. I've activated it once by accident...

    Do those sit in your helmet? I think in a real emergency, something voice activated would be key.

  14. So this wasn't someone posting, but we stopped at a store for coffee and my husband went inside. Another car parked next to us and a couple got out. I started to notice that the car seemed to be rocking and heard thumping. I thought maybe there was a dog inside. My husband got back and said there was a kid making a ton of noise in the car, so we rolled the window down and distinctly heard HELP. My husband told me to call the cops, so I called 911 and reported a child in distress. I couldn't tell how old the kid was because the windows were heavily tinted. I got out to read the license plate number and the kid starts tapping the window at me. Another person thanked me for calling 911, he was also very concerned. Then 2 teenage boys get out of the car and try to act like they weren't doing anything. So I told the operator it was just some asshole teenagers. Then the kids went to the front of the store to wait for their parents, and they all come back smirking, including the father. They left before the police arrived, and I let the operator know they were leaving. They told me I could hang up but took down my name and number.

    Why are people idiots?

  15. It was awful losing Isis. I just wanted more time, at least to feel like I said goodbye properly. Just don't wait until Murray is in lots of pain.  I promise you that you will absolutely regret it and it will haunt you. Honestly I'm sobbing right now writing this, 6 years after the fact. The way she died is one of my greatest regrets, and losing that dog hurt more than losing my own mother. I recommend looking for a mobile vet that will come to you so Murphy can go to sleep one last time at home and not in a vet office. You may or may not want the boys there, you may not even be able to watch, but I can tell you it will be much more peaceful than losing him naturally and you will get to say a proper goodbye, on your terms. Talk with your wife about who should be there, my husband chose me to say goodbye because we both couldn't be there, and he knew I needed to be the one with her, even though she was his dog.

  16. That is amazing!

    Yeah they sound short. But he used her chin to measure.

    I've never replaced bindings either. I don't think I put enough days on my skis each year to justify it. I appreciate that they do it for season rentals because I think they get abused and treated like crap because people don't own them. I don't do that, but I've had way too much stuff that I've lent out get returned as broken. We've talked about buying an RV and someone suggested renting it out to pay for itself, but I know it will get trashed that way.

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