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    North Carolina
  • Interests
    Ice skating, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess and Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere that I don't have to get up at 5am and go to work

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  1. They flew back to CA the morning after the party on a 6am flight. I'm not sure they got any sleep. We spent just enough time together to not get tired of each other. I am part of a set of birthday triplets, one a former coworker and still friend, and my first skating coach. I'm the middle child. 😆 I also have a niece and a ton of friends and coworker. I agree. As I tell patients, "April babies are the best!"
  2. We were planning our honeymoon cruise (10 years in June!) My favorite color is purple and my new last name was going to be Hays. Thus, PurpleHays. I've used it in a couple of other places, including PurpleHaze.
  3. @piercesI may have to convince the hubby to get a mixer stand. We have so little counter top space and it takes up quite a bit of it.
  4. That looks scrumptious! April birthdays are the best. Hubby's was the 4th and mine is today. We had a cocktail party yesterday (Saturday) with a ton of hand made by me appetizers. I cooked for eight hours and was almost too pooped to party. My younger daughter made two cakes--peanut butter and jelly and walnut/pomegranate. Both were delicious. We invited several folks that have April birthdays and sang Happy Birthday to all of us. I sent a lot of leftovers with my hubby and his cousin when they went to WV today. My gifts included my older daughter, grandson, and her boyfriend vis
  5. My Dad's family is from Missouri, mostly down near Dexter/Sikeston. We lived in Jefferson County when I was a teen and my parents live in Howell County now. I've been in NC since 1987 and am pretty much settled here. I debated moving to STL or Denver when the ex and I split, but decided I had enough friends and one daughter here, so I didn't move. CA is very expensive. My daughter isn't sure she'll ever own her own home. The one thing I miss is the abundant produce. Nothing else.
  6. I just checked my Oct 2022 cruise and the price hasn't changed.
  7. That's a lot of outlet changing. And if your house is like the early 80s apartments that I lived in in CA, there were no ceiling lights--the light switches went to outlets to plug lamps into. Weird, but I imagine it saved builders a fortune. We still have hardwired internet. It was necessary when I was attending grad school and the only internet provider when we moved into this new-build house had iffy wifi. We've since changed providers and have much better wifi.
  8. Your kitchen is gorgeous, and I envy the size. We have the typical tract-built narrow-with-an-island kitchen. It's functional, but not outstanding. And never enough cabinet space. Are those metal tiles on the ceiling? And how do you like your stand mixer lift? The ex and I had a house built with custom oak cabinets. The last time I saw it for sale, the owners had painted it all black. I couldn't believe it. It always appalls me when people cover good-wood with paint. We have an Ace/True Value hardware store nearby.(My) Dave tries to use it as much as he can since it's
  9. I lived in Norco/Corona in Riverside County in the 80s with the ex and when the oldest was a toddler, then in Merced/Atwater in the ?Central/San Juaquin? Valley (also in the 80s) while I was active in the Air Force. Castle AFB is closed now. My older daughter lived in Irvine and lives in Sonoma County now. She's in law, so she spends some time in Sacramento. She loves it there--other than the cost of living. I am somewhat familiar with both those area. My BFF lives in the greater STL area, so I get friends living far away. At least it's easier to keep in touch now that when we ha
  10. You could always do temporary color. It washes out in about 20 or so washes. Since Hubby does most of the grocery shopping and cooking, I'm kind of at his mercy. By myself, I tend to get what works for me. I told him he can eat all the carbs he wants, but he has to hide them from me. If I know they're there, I'll eat them. Plus, I plan to start skating after my daughter goes back to CA (that way, I don't have to lie if she asks about it) and walking. I hope the weight goes away then. Opened second batch or limoncello today. It's even better than the first one.
  11. @pierces My husband is in the process of making outside planter boxes and racks. His next project after that is a bookshelf for my SheShack to replace the too-deep, ancient TV stand. He loves to build things too and sometimes his results don't match his imagination. I have the same results when I sew or craft.
  12. I hope not, that's when my DD is flying in! If I can figure it out, I'll be rich and I'll share my secret here. Best I've ever done was 23 pounds in two weeks when the ex and I separated. When I get that emotionally stressed, I don't eat. Realistically, if I could just quit the carbs and have my belly get a little flatter, I'd be happy. Hubby says he'll go back on low carb after our company leaves in a couple of weeks. I can't do it by myself since he does most of the cooking, plus, I need his buy-in. One person in a house of two has a difficult time trying to lose weight solo.
  13. Ah Raleigh. It's right next to Durham--where I live. And I work in Raleigh. What part of CA is your BFF moving from?
  14. That requires me to remember to print them from the printer upstairs before I start my coffee downstairs on my very structured morning schedule. 🙄 Yeah, I'm a PITA. I do the same, but one color for me and one for the hubby. If it's something we're both interested in, I overlap the colors.
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