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  1. I love Columbus. My grandmother lived there. It is such a gem and so close to Houston. We love eating at Schoebel's when we go out that way.
  2. Holy crap, I STILL sing the Mailman song... "I don't mess with keys or locks, I just stick it in your box..." ROTFL!! I also remember "Men, men, men....a ship all filled with men...so throw your ru**ers overboard, there's no one here but men!"
  3. Shanghai River is the first place I ever had Peking Duck. I thought, where has this been all my life? LOL! My roommate at the time and I would get that with some fried rice to cure our hangovers. Ah, those were the days!!
  4. Holy crap Puma! My Uncle sent me that first pic that Editor posted in an email; it was titled "How to Know You've Pissed Off a Mathematician"
  5. I'm going to the store when Feebs wakes up and we're gettin' some snacks and non-perishables just in case the power goes out for a little while, we'll still have some goodies. Ya know, now that I'm thinking about it, I've got about 1/3 of a container left of the most delicious Blue Bell flavor out there-- Pecos Canteloupe and Cream. I might have to eat that first if the power goes out. The sacrifices I make!
  6. I don't know whether this has ever been posted here, but I posted it over at another board the other day and I just love it. Hilarious! I can't remember who sent it to me. Those who have ever admined a board, oh boy, does this hit home!! *How many forum posters does it take to change a light bulb?* 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs 6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp" 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct 19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb forum 11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum 36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty 5 People to post pics of their own light bulbs 15 People to post "I can't see S$%^!" and their own light bulbs 7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs 4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's 13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too" 5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy 4 to say "Didn't we go through this already a short time ago?" 13 to say "Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs" 1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that George W. isn't the brightest bulb. 4 more to get into personal attacks over their political views. 1 moderator to lock the light bulb thread. 1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again...
  7. Looks very nice, Red! I like the hammock. Now you need one of those galvanized buckets with ice and some longnecks in it!
  8. Chinese food here in America is loaded with cornstarch, sugar, and salt. MSG is short for "Monosodium Glutamate" or glutamic acid. It is a food additive and popular as a "flavor enhancer", especially in Chinese food. It creates crummy side effects in a lot of people--headaches are the most common complaint. Soy sauce is the least of your problems when you are eating chinese food--but I'd use it sparingly, anyway. The sodium content is insane-- 1 T. has roughly 1000 mg of sodium.
  9. I think everyone is going to see some changes here very soon. We are not immune to the issues going on in the mortgage banking industry. If I were a home flipper I'd start getting a little more selective and perhaps work on plan "B".
  10. Not chocolate on a hot day though--gotta have something refreshing... coffee ice cream? Pistachio? Key Lime? Mmmmmm....
  11. Strawberries are terrific and extremely low on the glycemic index, as are blueberries. Canteloupe and watermelon rank highest; bananas are a bit high but not like melon. All fruits are good for you--if you're of a a normal weight range. If you're overweight, fruit is like any other sweet--best in moderation, or not at all, until you get your weight down to a manageable level.
  12. I would not avoid avacadoes. They are a wonderful fat, not a bad fat. Plus, because of the fat content, you will feel full faster, so I say go for the guac but skip the corn tortilla chips...try it with celery! I also really like RW Garcia's Flaxseed Tortilla chips (but they are a treat for me as I try to stay away from soy).
  13. Here's my big weight-loss secret: take in less, expend more. Oh, wait, that's not a secret! One of my favorite things about Atkins and other low-carbohydrate programs is that it sort of automatically does that for you. Whenever I am eating off-plan, I almost always take in 2200+ calories (I use fitday.com to log my foods) but when I am on plan, and without effort, I manage to stay between 1500-1900 calories every day. Gotta love that! When I was doing Atkins flawlessly, I lost 36 pounds. Unfortunately, I have gained it back after going completely OFF plan. Now I am back on it for good, per my endocrinologist. I am on Phase 4, or Maintenance (roughly 100 carbs per day, in the form of low-glycemic fruits, veggies, and grains), during my pregnancy. I am also an insulin-dependent gestational diabetic so I *really* have to watch my carbohydrate intake, and how I eat them as well (combining carbs with proper fats). I have some other issues, PCOS, Thyroid disease, random girly things, stuff you guys probably don't wanna know about. Anyway, that's how I lost weight....and how I plan to do it again after baby #2 is born!
  14. She's great! Thanks for asking! Phoebe has an announcement to make, too: We're not sure she's really all that excited to be a future big sister, right now she doesn't like the cats or the dog much so.... Baby #2 due in March! Sorry I hijacked this thread! It needed some good vibes anyway gwilson, if your friend needs any resources, please don't hesitate to ask!!
  15. Really, my only point was what the pledge meant to me as a kid. It was in response to a previous post about the pledge not meaning anything. Dang it, I forgot to put you back on ignore. I took you off a few weeks ago because I noticed in someone's quoted response you actually made sense with something. I see it was just a fluke. ...and so I head off to my control panel!
  16. jmancuso, wow! That is really amazing that you started talking at 6! So many developmental windows close by that time, I am very happy you were not subjected to that. Did you have speech therapy often? Feebs gets it twice a week and sometimes I wonder if that's enough. I just want to thank everyone again. RedScare, sev, spiderman, Chamo, I really appreciate your donations. Mark, thank you so much for doubling your donation! I know I have been in debates with many of you, but your character comes shining through when you see past party and personal differences to help one who cannot help herself! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!
  17. gwilson, your posts in this thread are 100% correct. It is refreshing to see someone who understands the Constitution as it was intended at the time it was written; not how it is interpreted (er, twisted) for life today. I, for one, was always proud to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. To me, it was about being proud of my country. I feel that pride today, whether I am singing the National Anthem on the 4th of July, or "Deep in the Heart of Texas" at an Astros game.
  18. I know I already PMed you guys, but I would still like to thank you so much! Architectural PRGirl too!! I don't expect anything, really, if people could just read up a little on it, awareness is the key as in any disease or disorder. I am attempting to edit some video together to put on YouTube so you all can meet my sweet little girl and see how far she's come. She was completely non-verbal two months ago (after having about 5 words at 18-19 mos and dropping them) and now she's trying hard to say about 10 different words. It's truly amazing what she does every day. She has a LONG way to go, but we have her in the very best therapy we can afford (ABA therapy). She has speech therapy twice and week and O/T once a week. She is actually starting to use a spoon!! It seems like such a small thing but it is HUGE, esp if you know her! She has been such a blessing to me and I thank God every day for showing me that!! Thanks again for your help and support!!
  19. My wedding reception was at The 43rd, the restaurant at the top of Wedge Tower. The gift room, adjacent to the restaurant, was Kickerillo's old office. It was paneled in ostrich skin. Absolutely incredible. The 43rd at Wedge Tower
  20. Has anyone here lived in Kingwood besides me? Yes, Kingwood went a bit downhill after the annexation; most people in Kingwood were against it. They knew what happened to Clear Lake City and they didn't want that happening to them. Thanks to Lanier and Co., they really had no choice about it. As for Deerbrook Mall and uh...septic tanks? I don't know about any of that. I don't believe we had septic tanks and the mall was AWESOME until the early '90s... Kingwood was annexed in 1996. Friendswood development was sold around the same time wasn't it? I think annexation hurt Kingwood for sure, but I think it was just one of a few things that contributed. Some of you seem to think we little Kingwood suburbanites just couldn't live without the big ol' COH. Well, you couldn't be more wrong. We did, and just fine, thanks.
  21. LOL! Shhh...don't let my secret out! Most people don't know in my other life I'm an ass-kickin', karate choppin' mama...!
  22. http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/kho...o.92e18636.html An admitted terrorist who once lived in the Sharpstown area was sentenced to 10 years Friday. Daniel Maldonado pleaded guilty to training with al-Qaida in Somalia. How was this guy not tried and hanged for treason?
  23. If I'm still holding the keys to my SUV, I would most definitely beg to be able to take my daughter out. If he wouldn't let me, my God, I don't know what I would do if there was a gun pointed at me--probably try to run all zig-zaggy away from him until I got to a public phone or place. People react so differently under stress and I am sure it happened so fast. I cannot imagine what she must have been feeling.
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