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  1. lightenup commented on Cathy 25 days ago

    And fortunately for most of us, our pets still love us no matter how crazy we are!
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    Hello Cathy clan! Well the packing is finally done and our stuff is gone. The next step is to get the cats on the plane on Friday morning and then I will heave a sigh of relief!
    I hope you all are enjoying a nice Tuesday!

  2. lightenup commented on Cathy 26 days ago

    This reminds me of my husband and artichokes… for some reason, I can’t ever remember if he hates them or loves them. So I just don’t make them. :-)
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    Hello Cathy friends! Happy Independence Day to my American friends!! I really wish I were in the US right now. Today was packing day for us and it wasn’t a great experience, so I’m trying to think of it as a step toward our independence. :-)
    Happy Monday to the non-Americans!

  3. lightenup commented on Cathy 29 days ago

    Or just keep it simple and it’s usually fine in the end. But… this is Cathy, so that would be absurd! ;-)
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    Hello Cathy friends! Happy Saturday!
    Jr is better today, so that makes me happy! And we are cleaning up and getting ready for the packers on Monday, so that’s a step in the right direction. Less than a week until we move!
    lindz.coop, we are going back to the same house. So it’s good that we don’t have the pain of buying a house and we left a lot of things there (like our beds), so that will make the move easier. The difficult part will be squeezing all this stuff into our already over-filled house. There will be a big purge when we get there!

  4. lightenup commented on Cathy 29 days ago

    Yeah, I’ve always been in the group where I buy a house based on what it is now. Sure, it’s probably not perfect, but I’ll change it on my timeline and budget, not what a stranger thinks. Or maybe I’m happy with things, even if they’re not perfect.
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    Hello Cathy friends! One week until Move Day, and a few short days until Pack Day! I’m happy yet stressed at the same time. And poor Jr was really sick today, so that didn’t help productivity. But sick children come first…
    Have a great weekend all, and happy Canada day!

  5. lightenup commented on Cathy about 1 month ago

    So it’s basically HONESTY?? Actually, that would be fantastic. I really like people who are direct (without being rude of course), because it makes things so much simpler and there are no guessing games. I don’t have time for all of that!
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    Hello Cathy clan!! Happy Wednesday!
    Lil graduated from primary (elementary) today!! So proud of her. She did a fantastic job on her final project, and has really done well adjusting to a new system. (Just in time to move back home, haha! ;-)) But I really am happy for her, although I’m a bit sad now that I don’t have any more children in elementary and I won’t have that special time with them anymore. I was able to even spend time with Jr this year because she never really fit in at this school and it doesn’t bother her to be seen with her mom. I think those days are pretty much gone… :‘-(
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    Thanks, lindz.coop! We’re happy to be coming home also!!
    QuietStorm, I know you have a child the same age as Lil… Is she your youngest also?

  6. lightenup commented on Cathy about 1 month ago

    I’m so glad I watched most of this madness, rather than participated in it. Seemed a bit over the top at the time.
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    Hello Cathy friends! Our AC was fixed yesterday, but it almost wasn’t. The guy came, looked at it and said a motor was broken, so we’d need a new one. Unfortunately there wasn’t one in Madrid (the largest city in Spain!), so it would take 3 days to get another one. 3 days, when I can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Even if it’s coming from another country, it can be overnighted when it’s close to 100 degrees outside. Or… we can suggest that they take the part from another house in the same complex where no one else lives and use that one. So that’s what they did and we have AC! This is why I emphasize to my kids that using logic and sense is just as important as being intelligent.
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    Tomorrow is Graduation Day for Lil! Then 1 more day of school after that. Phew… QuietStorm, I know… I feel like we are the last ones that I know who are still in school. It’s so painful. We will be thrilled to get back to the August-May schedule next year.

  7. lightenup commented on Aunty Acid about 1 month ago

    That “joke” is older than dirt.

  8. lightenup commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    In the beginning, it’s always difficult to get used to a new place.

  9. lightenup commented on Cathy about 1 month ago

    Hahaha! Cathy’s mom is having fun with this… good for her!
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    Hello Cathy friends! Happy Monday! It’s finally our last week of school. Very happy about that. I’m also happy our A/C will get fixed today. Why is it that things always break on Fridays after 5pm??
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    @*gypsylobo* – It’s more the fact that this was written in 2005, which was still in the middle of the housing bubble. According to Wiki, housing prices peaked in 2006, so people were still overpaying for houses in 2005.

  10. lightenup commented on Cathy about 1 month ago

    lindz.coop, I’m sure your husband’s family is in shock! I still am and it isn’t even my country. But since this is history-making and will affect the world forever, it’s absolutely crazy to me. I’m hearing different stories… the one side that says even the ones who voted “leave” now want to stay, and the other side that says many are happy and don’t regret a thing. Any thoughts on that? I’m guessing different regions are different. Like, since London most voted to stay, people there are not happy at all, but how about the regions who voted to leave? Are they truly still happy now that reality has sunk in?