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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-28-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By Smokering
Honestly, I'm really glad I'm small-busted. A few...

Honestly, I'm really glad I'm small-busted. A few years ago my mother - who is also flat-chested and has apparently been sensitive about it her whole life - kind of 'apologised' to me for passing...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-27-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By Smokering
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I've read...

I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I've read enough books and blogs and studies about violence towards women that I feel I should nod sagely and say it's very, very common. It is, so they say.
...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   07-25-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,059
Posted By Smokering
Taximom5: I just wanted to say that I've read a...

Taximom5: I just wanted to say that I've read a lot of this forum over the years, and really appreciate your breadth of knowledge and focus on cold hard facts. Your posts here have pointed me in the...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   07-23-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 2,694
Posted By Smokering
Hmm. I've never greased my Dutch oven or had a...

Hmm. I've never greased my Dutch oven or had a problem with sticking. Is yours enameled? I use a really big oval Dutch oven. The bread isn't supposed to fill it up like bread dough in a loaf tin -...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   07-22-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 2,694
Posted By Smokering
Are you sure you weren't over-proofing it? One of...

Are you sure you weren't over-proofing it? One of the things I learned on The Fresh Loaf (great site, incidentally) is that one of the most common mistakes in breadmaking is to overproof on the final...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   07-22-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,059
Posted By Smokering
Heh. Thanks. Someone just told me, in...

Heh. Thanks.

Someone just told me, in response to pointing out that my family has twitchy immune systems (autism/Asperger's, food intolerances/allergies, asthma, psoriasis etc), that I shouldn't...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   07-22-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,059
Posted By Smokering
Can I just rant here for a second?

I am so, so sick of the constant hate directed at non-vaccinators by people who haven't done a lick of research into the issue.

First there was that ridiculous Upworthy infographic which was...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   07-21-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 2,694
Posted By Smokering
Oven spring? Cook it in a Dutch oven. Night and...

Oven spring? Cook it in a Dutch oven. Night and day, seriously.

I use a big oval enamelled cast-iron one. First I heat the oven up HOT - 250C - for about 25 minutes. Then I pop the loaf (boule,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-30-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 792
Posted By Smokering
Are you 100% convinced about that decision? My...

Are you 100% convinced about that decision? My feeling is that it'd be impolite to go without a gift, even a small one. It's her first wedding (presumably?), and custom states that if you go to a...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-30-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,082
Posted By Smokering
"Cheerleading is weird to me because you are...

"Cheerleading is weird to me because you are doing it to encourage another group of athletes."

That's how it started, but certain sectors of it have moved on and it's evolved into a...
Forum: Pregnancy and Birth Loss   05-26-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 744
Posted By Smokering
Quote: Can anyone say how long after a loss you...

Quote: Can anyone say how long after a loss you were able to have a positive attitude toward babies and pregnant women again??


I'm miscarrying right now - we discovered the MC about a week ago....
Forum: Pregnancy and Birth Loss   05-26-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Smokering
Everyone's been really nice after my...

Everyone's been really nice after my miscarriage. I've had lots of emails and FB messages of love and support, lots of offers of food and babysitting, and one lady rang up and just told me she was...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-24-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,471
Posted By Smokering
Quote: Anthropologists in the coming centuries...

Quote: Anthropologists in the coming centuries will look back on our century's differentiating materials as akin to the Victorian era's refusal to call the legs of a table "legs" and covering them...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-21-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 1,390
Posted By Smokering
Thanks everyone. I'm still kind of in shock. We...

Thanks everyone. I'm still kind of in shock. We were worried about a missed miscarriage earlier in the pregnancy, when my dating scan couldn't detect a fetal pole or heartbeat. But the next week,...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-20-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 1,390
Posted By Smokering
Just got back from radiography. I'm out. :(

Just got back from radiography. I'm out. :(
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-19-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 36
Posted By Smokering
Sigh. Nothing! Right now nothing appeals. I...

Sigh. Nothing! Right now nothing appeals. I *was* craving bagel crisps and hash browns and yum cha and sushi and Wendy's hot dogs, but right now all food is bleh. Well, I still wouldn't say no to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-16-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By Smokering
I'm sorry to hear your mom's like that. :/ Have...

I'm sorry to hear your mom's like that. :/ Have you talked to her about it? 
 
I don't think she was using the saying in the same way most people do, though. When I've heard it, it's never meant...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-15-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
Well, I think so - you need it when the neural...

Well, I think so - you need it when the neural tube is forming. Unless it has other, secondary good effects that come in handy later on...?
 
Had a good day today. Bible study in the morning,...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-14-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
I got my vanilla beans online - amadeus, I...

I got my vanilla beans online - amadeus, I think? If you buy them from the fancy grocer here they're $10 for two, which is obscene; but the 'extract-quality' beans (slightly less plump and juicy,...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-13-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
Whoa, mason jars full of vanilla! I'd LOVE a...

Whoa, mason jars full of vanilla! I'd LOVE a gift like that... but no-one I know bakes nearly as rabidly as me, and I can't afford all that vodka. So small, arty bottles it is. :p I found a...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-12-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
Here's...

Here's (http://www.lovelygreens.com/2014/04/how-to-make-natural-rose-lavender.html) the recipe I pinned. I bought some from Lush last year for friends. These sound cheaper and are probably more...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-12-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
Well, I *can* make soup, but bear in mind...

Well, I *can* make soup, but bear in mind Christmas is in summer here. Soup and chilli are a bit unseasonal. :p (Plus, it sounds scary - do you have to can them? Or do them at the last minute?) I...
Forum: November 2014 Due Date Club   05-12-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 56
Posted By Smokering
MamaBear7: Same here. I don't love pregnancy,...

MamaBear7: Same here. I don't love pregnancy, and I sure as heck don't glow. Although this time round I seem to have escaped the cystic acne I had with DD, so that's something. Probably as close to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-12-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By Smokering
I don't think so. It's pretty small. They used...

I don't think so. It's pretty small. They used to use coloured rice in sand-tables here at playcentres and kindergartens, until it was determined to be culturally insensitive (Maori beliefs prohibit...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   05-12-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 983
Posted By Smokering
God's gift to labouring women!   It's a...

God's gift to labouring women!
 
It's a fabric bag filled with wheat. You microwave it for 3-4 minutes until it's good and hot, and then knead it against your tummy or lower back or wherever...
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