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post #21 of 2000
HA HA! Bonus!
post #22 of 2000
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Originally Posted by RainbowEarthFaerie View Post
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We got keys!!!! WE GOT KEYS!!!! And when we went to clear out the mailbox, we found that the house comes with a free subscription to Playboy...
:

And...uh...yay for Playboy?
post #23 of 2000
YAY for free playboy!! lol. There was also People and some other stuff, but I thought the playboy was worth mentioning...
post #24 of 2000
that is so funny!

Did she say why she didn't show up yesterday?
post #25 of 2000
Hi everyone! I guess I better introduce myself before the thread gets far too large and intimidating! I'm Nicole and have been lurking on MDC for years. I've been in and out of PDX over the past two years for a PhD program over at PSU. Luckily, DH found a job in PDX for this coming year, so we are all going to be there together starting August 20th! Hurray! Oh, and "we" includes myself, DH, and our 8 month old son, Martin and a cat named PITA.

We live off of Belmont and SE 39th. Part of the reason why I'm introducing myself is I know that baby needs more interaction with children and I wouldn't mind more with like minded mamas. So, I'm going to try and keep up with this thread and see if we can't come out to one of the play/park dates in late August.

I also am thinking that I need some mornings during the week to work on some research (seeing as that is the reason we are in PDX... well that and people are wonderful there!). So, if anyone is interested in doing some sort of pre-Preschool (I'm thinking 9-24 months of age in September) childcare swap/coop in close-in PDX, I'm all ears.

Finally, I'm trying to learn how to knit. If anyone wants to be my knitting tutor (really, just show me how to finish shorties and longies... I have the basics down), that would be great. I'm an excellent seamstress, so perhaps I could provide some hints there in return.

Alright. That is enough for now. Looking forward to getting to know you all better!
post #26 of 2000
post #27 of 2000
Howdy Nicole! its def a good idea to jump in at the beginning of the month, before things get too hectic

i got my woolies today!!! YAY! so soft. so scrumptious.
off to give em a quick wash in monkey farts
post #28 of 2000
i'm not having any pre-nostaligia for halloween i will grasp onto the straws of summer til the bitter end

if natural gas prices go up 40% we could spend a couple of grand on insulating our 100 year old house and it would probably pay for itself in ONE winter. this house has nothing in the walls. nada. zip. zilch. superbad. our bill was up to $250/mth last winter. insane!


hi urbanmamma - i'm pretty close to you. ~45th and lincoln. i have a nanny at my house 2 days a week for my 14 month old. maybe we could do a share or something.
post #29 of 2000
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Originally Posted by RainbowEarthFaerie View Post
YAY for free playboy!! lol. There was also People and some other stuff, but I thought the playboy was worth mentioning...
YAY!! KEYS AND PORN!! How much better could this morning get?

I hope you have enough help moving Eliza. If I didn't live on the complete other side of the metro area I would be there in a flash. Good luck, happy move!

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Originally Posted by UrbanMamma View Post
Luckily, DH found a job in PDX for this coming year, so we are all going to be there together starting August 20th! Hurray! Oh, and "we" includes myself, DH, and our 8 month old son, Martin and a cat named PITA.

I love the name of your cat!! And



I am no help with anything else as I am not close in, can't knit or sew.
post #30 of 2000
I think I need to lay off the steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. I keep having horrible vertigo after I eat it. Ugh.
post #31 of 2000
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Originally Posted by UrbanMamma View Post
Hi everyone! I guess I better introduce myself before the thread gets far too large and intimidating! I'm Nicole and have been lurking on MDC for years. I've been in and out of PDX over the past two years for a PhD program over at PSU. Luckily, DH found a job in PDX for this coming year, so we are all going to be there together starting August 20th! Hurray! Oh, and "we" includes myself, DH, and our 8 month old son, Martin and a cat named PITA.

We live off of Belmont and SE 39th. Part of the reason why I'm introducing myself is I know that baby needs more interaction with children and I wouldn't mind more with like minded mamas. So, I'm going to try and keep up with this thread and see if we can't come out to one of the play/park dates in late August.

I also am thinking that I need some mornings during the week to work on some research (seeing as that is the reason we are in PDX... well that and people are wonderful there!). So, if anyone is interested in doing some sort of pre-Preschool (I'm thinking 9-24 months of age in September) childcare swap/coop in close-in PDX, I'm all ears.

Finally, I'm trying to learn how to knit. If anyone wants to be my knitting tutor (really, just show me how to finish shorties and longies... I have the basics down), that would be great. I'm an excellent seamstress, so perhaps I could provide some hints there in return.

Alright. That is enough for now. Looking forward to getting to know you all better!
Nicole! I love your cat's name

A few of us gather most Wednesday nights at Abundant Yarn on SE 13th, sans kids. Anytime you want to come meet us, I'm sure one of us could teach you how to finish. What pattern are you using? Abundant also has a Mom & Kid knitting on Friday mornings, but I can never make it due to Chase's nap time. And I would personally love some tips - or maybe just motivation? - to finish my half-done sewing projects!
post #32 of 2000
Eliza, hooray for keys! :
post #33 of 2000
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Originally Posted by jstar View Post
i'm not having any pre-nostaligia for halloween i will grasp onto the straws of summer til the bitter end

if natural gas prices go up 40% we could spend a couple of grand on insulating our 100 year old house and it would probably pay for itself in ONE winter. this house has nothing in the walls. nada. zip. zilch. superbad. our bill was up to $250/mth last winter. insane!
It's not halloween I like so much as fall. I the fall. It is my favorite season!!

OK... I thought my highest bill last winter was $220 but I just looked and it was $174. Still a lot. I would still like to bring it down.

I called a fireplace store and you can definably convert a gas fireplace "space" to a rear venting pellet stove.. so I think that is the route we are going to take. I found one online that also burns corn or cherry pits. While I don't see much use for that at the moment, the option to covert to something else may be useful in the future.
post #34 of 2000
I saw something recently where they were using dried soil blocks as fuel.
post #35 of 2000
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Nicole! I love your cat's name

A few of us gather most Wednesday nights at Abundant Yarn on SE 13th, sans kids. Anytime you want to come meet us, I'm sure one of us could teach you how to finish. What pattern are you using? Abundant also has a Mom & Kid knitting on Friday mornings, but I can never make it due to Chase's nap time. And I would personally love some tips - or maybe just motivation? - to finish my half-done sewing projects!
I love that place.

I wish it were closer to me.
post #36 of 2000
Hmmm...when we were in Portland, our electric bill for the winter was $300 a month...for a duplex! I know nothing about heaters, coming from Hawaii. It seems like it was a weird heater though - the ceiling would heat up.
post #37 of 2000
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Originally Posted by RainbowEarthFaerie View Post
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We got keys!!!! WE GOT KEYS!!!! And when we went to clear out the mailbox, we found that the house comes with a free subscription to Playboy...
The PB was just a housewarming gift. Now you just need a night sans kids to enjoy a new empty house with the PB.


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Hi everyone!

Finally, I'm trying to learn how to knit. If anyone wants to be my knitting tutor (really, just show me how to finish shorties and longies... I have the basics down), that would be great. I'm an excellent seamstress, so perhaps I could provide some hints there in return.

Alright. That is enough for now. Looking forward to getting to know you all better!


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Originally Posted by SleepyMamaBear View Post
Howdy Nicole! its def a good idea to jump in at the beginning of the month, before things get too hectic

i got my woolies today!!! YAY! so soft. so scrumptious.
off to give em a quick wash in monkey farts
so I think I missed it, but what does monkey farts smell like?


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Originally Posted by karen1968 View Post
Nicole! I love your cat's name

A few of us gather most Wednesday nights at Abundant Yarn on SE 13th, sans kids. Anytime you want to come meet us, I'm sure one of us could teach you how to finish. What pattern are you using? Abundant also has a Mom & Kid knitting on Friday mornings, but I can never make it due to Chase's nap time. And I would personally love some tips - or maybe just motivation? - to finish my half-done sewing projects!
must remember to go on wed. nights. I didn't go the last few weeks of of BB10. but they switched to thurs. so I'm free again

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Originally Posted by aniT View Post
It's not halloween I like so much as fall. I the fall. It is my favorite season!!

OK... I thought my highest bill last winter was $220 but I just looked and it was $174. Still a lot. I would still like to bring it down.

I called a fireplace store and you can definably convert a gas fireplace "space" to a rear venting pellet stove.. so I think that is the route we are going to take. I found one online that also burns corn or cherry pits. While I don't see much use for that at the moment, the option to covert to something else may be useful in the future.
One thing I wanted to mention with the pellet stove is that there are different companies that make pellets and the pellets are not equal. brand a might work great in joe's stove but not work well in yours.(so don't go out buying a ton of pellets the first time out. buy a bag or two of each kind so see which burn at a steady pace in the stove you pick out). Also, was it last year or the year before there was a shortage in pellets. And some of the pellets that could only be found were for animal bedding.

Also you'll want to get one that has a programmable thermostat and a push button start or they're a PITA to try and start with the fluid stuff.

When we bought our from Gordon's on Broadway. Back in 2001 they were the cheapest and I didn't feel pressure from them when we first went in and said that we were just looking.
post #38 of 2000
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

And I wish I could take credit for my kitty's name, but she predated me. It is all DH doing! PITA does all she can to live up to her acronym. But we love her anyways.

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hi urbanmamma - i'm pretty close to you. ~45th and lincoln. i have a nanny at my house 2 days a week for my 14 month old. maybe we could do a share or something.
I'm certainly interested. I'll try to PM you in the next couple of days to chat about the details.

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A few of us gather most Wednesday nights at Abundant Yarn on SE 13th, sans kids. Anytime you want to come meet us, I'm sure one of us could teach you how to finish. What pattern are you using?
What time do you meet on Wednesdays? I'll have to stop by the next time I'm done with the torso and dividing up into the legs. I'm not really using a specific pattern... rather calling up my sister who knits quite a bit asking her. She helped me finish off my first pair during a visit, but she is out of state, so I need a local tutor!
post #39 of 2000
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Originally Posted by papayapetunia View Post
Hmmm...when we were in Portland, our electric bill for the winter was $300 a month...for a duplex! I know nothing about heaters, coming from Hawaii. It seems like it was a weird heater though - the ceiling would heat up.
Oh yeah, we lived in a rancher that had ceiling heat when I was a teenager. I HATED it. So very, very, inefficient, since heat rises.

Our apartment in Eugene had ceiling heat too, but it was a two story townhouse. We figured out that it was more efficient to turn the heat on for the downstairs room than upstairs, since the heat would come up through the floor.
post #40 of 2000
Wah. All the Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli DVDs are on sale at Amazon, and I can't spend any money. I want them all. Wah.
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