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  1. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    My poor husband- I have no clue about what looks nice or clashes, and seldom notice what anyone is wearing. It’s a good thing he’s an engineer and nobody expects much out of him, fashion-wise.

  2. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 4 days ago

    Lynn is right. A clean house would be AMAZING! Usually, I come home after even just an hour to a shell-shocked husband in need of pampering after his trauma.

    The kids aren’t bad, but his idea of clean is well above mine, much less theirs! And even though he grew up with 4 siblings and I KNOW it wasn’t ever quiet, he has forgot that.

  3. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 16 days ago

    I’m pretty sure many Canadians would LOVE to see some mud right now! Yesterday, I saw yet more new snow from a friend in NB

  4. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 19 days ago

    I definitely tip better than my husband. I am also very polite and friendly (but quick!) in engaging the wait staff, and I never get bad service, which makes tipping well easier.

    Even if there is still a “tip-gap”, if a server makes assumptions that women won’t tip as well, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and women will tip worse, as they get worse service.

  5. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 30 days ago

    I avoid almost every service that involves tips, whenever possible. Including haircuts, luggage-carriers, etc. I’d rather do the job myself than figure out how to deal with tip awkwardness.

    We do enjoy going out to eat, but I tip about 5-10% more than my husband does. They’d better hope I take the check, and that they treat me like a person! We are both pleasant and polite, so I’ve only had bad service a few times, and terrible once. Mostly, we get and tip for excellent esrvice.

  6. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    I love chatting with pastors, especially literary-minded ones. They will be the first to tell you that, once people know they are pastors, they are often quite uncomfortable.

    Normally, I am too busy reading my own books to talk to the people near me, but in this case, I’d love to talk theology. Of coruse, the pastor would probably like to talk something else. And so it goes.. :-)

  7. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    I felt this way every time I was sent on a business trip. I didn’t have the kids at the time, but the amazement that someone like me would be chosen for such an expensive trip, get to stay in a hotel and eat out every meal, was thrilling!

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

    I find it interesting that not one person has blamed Michael’s dad for not driving him to hockey.

    This sort of thing happens all the time here. Parents have an appointment that runs late or double-book sports/school stuff, and call me to ask if I can take their kid somewhere. It’s not a big deal if it’s reciprocated, and time in the car is just meh.

    I like that we spend more time with kids now but think we overdo it if parents just become cheerleaders following their kids around. I think it’s good for kids to see both parents doing things that are important to them in addition to playing and talking with them. Not just expecting the dad to drive them everywhere, stay home every evening in case they wake up, that he leaves his job and that he doesn’t volunteer or have hobbies or friends. What is that teaching kids? Not much good.

    There was a lot of “lassez-faire” when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, but mostly it was excellent, from the POV of the kids. As long as kids can entertain themselves, do their school work, are fairly active, and have parents who will play and talk with them, and show love, they don’t need 24/7 everything, and I don’t think it benefits them.

    I’m home, possibly going back to work this year as my youngest starts K, so I’m not taking my own advice, but being in the “at home, molding young kids the way we’re supposed to” trenches, I can definitely see what we’re doing wrong.

  9. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    Truth, @She1943! We have the same issues even now- no battery or I’ve taken the memory card out.. And @lightenup, you are so right- my youngest is 5, and I already wish I had more of that stuff! It’s as hard to get recorded as the idyllic moments!

  10. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    @c.davies fborfw.com/strip_fix— under the cartoon, she usually (but not always) puts notes. I love them too.

    Oh, and my 7 year old just learned that doing your own hair is less painful. It was a wonderful day! Sadly, she has my knotty hair that never stays nice. My 5 year old has hair that never ever knots or looks messy. I am jealous! :-) And neither will let me do anything, even ponytails are rare. Learning to french braid isn’t happening, which is funny because my mother had the same issues with me <3. She never did learn.