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Jan 8th 2013 2:07PM Just spent 3 1/2 yrs in Utah. A very different state than any I have ever been in (and I have traveled in 43 U.S. states and Canada and Mexico in a car). The only redeeming things in Utah are the wonderful ski opportunities. They have a particular weather system that produces more powder like snow and is awesome for skiing. The resort areas are more open minded than the rest of the state. Other than skiing I found the state boring. The culture in Utah is very interesting as almost everyone is Mormon. They are very clique-ish and do not warm up well to outsiders. The percentages of non-Mormons is higher in the resorts and thus you are in a more normal-like atmosphere. The only way I would visit Utah would be to ski or to see the Red Rocks in southern Utah or as a flight into Utah going on to go to places outside of Utah such as Jackson Hole in Wyoming or to see Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Jun 27th 2009 4:33AM I am 5'10" bare foot.Growing up I was always tall.But in high school one girl was taller than me so I didnt get too many of the jokes my way. Being taller than most of the guys was the hardest b/c at that age not all of them were self confident enough to deal with the height issue. I did have one time in High school when asked what it was like to be so tall.I laughed and said sorry,I am the shortest person in my family for 3 generations so when I am home I am always looking up to someone else.After that I never had anyone ask. I was also a thin built which I think helped and for some reason even tho our family is tall everyone has reg size shoe size.I wear a 7 or 7 1/2 ladies which drove alot of my girl friends nuts b/c they were shorter and wore bigger shoes.The hardest thing back then was finding long inseam pants.Tall lengths were not around back then. I have dated taller(6'5") and shorter men(5'6"). But most shorter men are not comfortable with a tall girl,the ones that are are terrific. My husband claims to be 5'9" but at our age now we are shrinking so I am much taller than him these days.We have 5 kids.Our oldest daughter is my height and our youngest is 5'4"(my husbands mom is petite)Our 3 sons range from 5'10 and 5'8 to our 11 yr old who is almost as tall as his 15 yr old sister.I have ALWAYS loved being tall.Ok except the 7th grade dance when my boyfriend was chest height-HA I like not having to ask for things on shelves,to be able to see in a crowd,etc. I a just me,have always been this way and could care less if others dont like it.I cant imagine being petite(my 15 yr old is coming to terms with being petite-and she is a Basketball player-go figure huh).I am glad in the last 20 years tho that long inseams are easier to get.I really hated wearing high water pants as a kid-HA But I am only 5'10 and have a 34 in inseam.My brother is 6'1" and he has a 34" inseam. Life is too good to worry about size.My 15 yr old says she isnt short she is fun size. I am tall,but not an amazon or whatever other remarks people come up for tall people.Oh and I wanted to be 6 ft.
May 20th 2009 10:31PM Common sense and the approach of the depression generation to life would serve us al very well.Hopefully,however this turns out everyone will remember the lessons learned. Cut where you can,turn the temp higher on the a/c,turn down the temp on the hotwater heater and take quicker showers,learn to cook inexpensive but good and filling meals,make your driving errands a big loop all in one day or as few trips as possible,grow a garden-your kids will enjoy the process,dont live for things live for people.Get back to the basics and we will all do better.Me I am cheap by nature and tend to live that way.We have 5 kids three grown and raised them all frugally and it didnt do anything but teach them life lessons.Good luck to us all.
Apr 7th 2009 11:15PM My oldest 3 children went to Catholic school. I loved it and they loved it.My 4th child went until 2nd grade when we transferred her to a private prep school My 5th child started at the prep school in 4K. I LOVE what Catholic school is all about but unfortuantely in our area there are few Catholics and thus our school was small and very limited in what it could provide education wise.For my oldest 3 it was perfect-better discipine,decent cirriculm,and faith based but for my younger 2 there was not enough of an advanced cirriculm.It broke my heart to move my 4th child.She missed Mass at school and other religious activities.My 5th child has never been in Catholic school so he knows no difference.The youngest two are getting a wonderful advanced education and being private some faith ideals.I wish where we are we had a Catholic prep school.That would be perfect! In the end I had to do what was best education wise by each child.The Catholic school was a good school inline academically with the public schools but for the youngest 2 they needed more and it was not available.The first 3 got the advantage of a good education,better dicipline and faith based ideals daily.the younger two get a better education,good discipline and some faith ideals. Both options were better than public school and my oldest 3 are proud to have gone to Catholic school.I wish I could have had the Cathoilc prep option for the youngest two. And boy
Apr 1st 2009 12:47AM Ok this is an ongoing joke between my kids and I. I have teased them for years that when they are retirement age all kinds of new products will be made to accomodate their generations crippled,arthritic or otherwise damaged thumbs.(yes, their fingers may be damaged as well but I figured between gaming and texting the thumbs would be most effected).I can see the time coming when you will have a steering wheel that has a smaller connected wheel inside the reg wheel so this generation can drive with their index finger and second finfger on the outer wheel and their ring and pinkie finger on the innner wheel since their thumb will be immobile due to gaming,texting etc. Then of course their will be new pot lids designed to be grasped by 4 fingers and no thumb---you get the idea. There will be a whole new division of ergonomics design to enable this generation to continue to functioning independantly as they are older. Hopefully,the gaming industry will help accomodate these future seniors with such devices to enable them to continue gaming. I mean what else would my kids want to do in their old age-LOL LOL
Mar 24th 2009 4:15PM WAY TO GO! You can do anything you set your heart and mind to. Keep it up!
Jan 21st 2009 2:37PM Mark twain said it best when he said that when he left home at 17 his father was the dumbest man he'd ever known,but upon returning home at 21 he was amazed at how much his father had learned(paraphrased)
Jan 5th 2009 2:06PM I didnt have much luck with dryer balls but by accident left a dry bath towel in the dryer and then dried a load of jeans.Drying time was substantually decreased! I leave a dry bath towel in my dryer all the time now and drying time is much less.Plus,the towel gets so soft(I know from being dried so much etc but I like them better so swap out the towel for a more rough one once a week). Just the reduction in drying time is huge as I have 5 kids who seem to wear an awful lot of clothes-LOL
Nov 28th 2008 7:27PM Any current trendy slang for the 14 to 17 age group.Most annoying as the words rarely are appropriate and by the time you hear them enough to GUESS what they mean they have moved on to a new slang word-Boy,do I sound old now!!!
Nov 5th 2008 10:33PM I personally liked the ideas but also I do not think Christmas has to extend to everyone you ever knew etc.Christmas is for family and for Charity.If you can and wish to include your friends so be it but it is expensive. We buy for our parents,our kids and the neices and nephews.My father-in-law said years ago the kids get a gift as until they are out of school(HS or college) or marriedwhich ever is first.I loved that idea.My nieces and nephews are now grown so we buy one gift for each of their children.My children pick and buy gifts from "the angel tree" and thru a program at their school, both for needy children. Within our family,the grown children get one gift.The children at home get a few and Santa comes.We give a few to our Granddaughter. There is no need to go into debt and many items can be handmade or second hand.I have made all the gifts in past years(except for the children).I have made needlework ornaments,pillows,made the previously suggested food items,and my daughter made everyone jewlery one year.Things that mean something are more meaningful in sonme ways to some people.Be creative and give LOVE most of all.