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[ - ] if 300k HHI.. no substantial help from parents (monetarily), and both parents work FT, does it make more sense to stay in the city (UES or PS public schools) or burbs? I am from the burbs and I HATE commuting but I worry we will be too cramped. Anyone else in this situation? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:44 PM Flag
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How old are kids? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:46 PM Flag
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3 and 14 mos, so we have some time. don't think private is feasible, we won't get FA (which is fine) but need to save for college. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:48 PM Flag
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It's a personal choice but for me, location trumps space and once DCs get a bit older, the space issue is less important. The ages 18 months to 3/4 were the most difficult with limited space. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:50 PM Flag
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don't you think that kids 4-18 would enjoy having space to entertain their friends at home, swimming pool, backyard more than a tiny bedroom in the UES? that area of town is close to a cemetery demographically wise. TONS of old people, not fun. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:06 PM Flag
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They have the whole city to hang out with their friends..Central Park, ice skating, music, player, Street Fairs, fresh bagels and some of the best food in the planet. The UES is not a cemetery. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:12 PM Flag
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"fresh bagels"? for real? who cares that much about bagels? i don't see the appeal at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:29 PM Flag
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same here. i'm totally on board for a French or Italian bakery close by. but bagels!? seriously? dullest piece of bread ever invented. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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Having good food around is important. I'm in a city just outside manhattan and my food choices are seriously limited. If we have takeout I have to bring it home on my way from work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:21 PM Flag
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"The UES is not a cemetery." sorry, it always looks like that to me. i never see so many old people in any other part of town. i'd raise kids in other parts of the city, but why the UES? pick a more lively part of town with kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:31 PM Flag
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I would stay put and re-think it when around grade 3, when it's time to think about middle school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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i don't like the UES at all for kids, seems it's full of old people and it doesn't have much going for it. from the kids perspective, i'd prefer burbs and once they go to college return to the UES as an empty nester. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:03 PM Flag
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Not with both working though. Really? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:09 PM Flag
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of course, move back to the UES as old people once retired. that's pretty much the demographics in the UES. OP doesn't need to be stuck in the same place forever, just optimize areas at main points in her life. with kids: space, burbs, great schools transitions w/out hassle. when retired empty nester: UES. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:12 PM Flag
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I loved growing up on the UES. My guess is that you grew up in the burbs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:15 PM Flag
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sounds like you did it like 40-50 years ago. check it out now, at least 50% of the people that walk by in the sidewalk are OLD. seriously! they are less than 15% of USA population. kids need kids around, not a ton of old people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:32 PM Flag
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No, I am in my mid 20s [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:40 PM Flag
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UES is better than the burbs, uws is more family oriented though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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on UES and the old: didn't old people move to Florida because of the weather? are they staying put now? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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Yes. There was an interesting NYT article about this recently. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:50 PM Flag
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I don't know what you mean by "too cramped". We raised two kids in an apartment that's 1500 square feet. Some people would consider this "too cramped", but we were fine (ALTHOUGH - when they were teenagers, I really wished that we lived somewhere where the kids could invite friends over and have more privacy.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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what about a more kid friendly area? say Battery Park? UES is for old people "Upper East Side is top retirement spot in the country, survey finds" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/upper-east-side-top-retirement-spot-country-survey-finds-article-1.174017 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:42 PM Flag
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really? feel like most of the people we know make this or less and have 2 kids in the city. live east 80's near 1st ave. You will feel very comfortable at ps 290, ps 150 or ps 151. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:00 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone else read the New York Magazine article on Basic Bitches? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:34 PM Flag
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No, but now I understand that post from yesterday that flew over my head at the time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:41 PM Flag
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Haha, that's funny. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:43 PM Flag
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No, but I've read the Buzzfeed article on basic bitches.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:51 PM Flag
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No. Summary? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:55 PM Flag
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Basic means those who like things that are "expected". Lauren Conrad, Beth Stern, Jessica Simpson, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:04 PM Flag
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Those who like things that are expected?What does this mean? Entitled? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:26 PM Flag
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No, it's things like wearing uggs, using emoticons, reading 50 shades... Basically women who are into fads. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:24 PM Flag
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No, but just read the cover story about the mom trying to kill the autistic dd. Heartbreaking. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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I read that too. Speechless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:20 PM Flag
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I started to read it but I thought it was so over the top misogynistic that I threw the magazine out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:24 PM Flag
[ - ] Thoughts on Glen Ridge NJ with two small kids and both parents commuting to the city, close to Penn? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:28 PM Flag
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I assume you already know the taxes are outrageous. Door to door commute time depending one where you live/work ..40-80 mins [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:37 PM Flag
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Realize, a large number of the moms don't work. Afterschool activities will require a nanny to drive the DCs around. Difficult to make school events during the middle of the day without taking the entire day off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:48 PM Flag
[ - ] I feel horrible. I need to lose weight by cutting my carbs & sugar yet I can't seem to stop. I feel so bad not having the self control to do this. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:28 PM Flag
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Me too! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:30 PM Flag
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Me three [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:32 PM Flag
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Cutting sugar is a bear - your brain craves it, and the more you give your body, the more your body adjusts to it and just wants more. I front-load proteins & vegetables & unprocessed complex carbs, and it helps control cravings, somewhat. Try to make a rule that you can't have big sugars or processed carbs until you have eaten three servings of lean proteins and five servings of vegetables, and then when you want sugar, start with ice water and fresh fruits before you cave in to candy & breads & processed foods. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:31 PM Flag
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I've found it's easiest to cut carbs at the end of the day. Just eat a small dinner, then if you're craving more, brush your teeth and go to bed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:47 PM Flag
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+1 At 7pm, get ready for bed, and go to your bedroom for the rest of the evening. Read, surf, watch tv, play with the kids. Don't go to the living room or near the kitchen. You'll avoid food and you'll go to sleep earlier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:54 PM Flag
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Actually it's best to have your carbs at the end of the day, rather than in the morning or afternoon. It's how our adrenal systems were designed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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I have tried this. I just can't seem to keep it up past 3 days. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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Are you familiar with Katherine DesMaisons' sugar addiction books? Following just the first few steps of her program made it possible for me to get off sugar and white carbs and not miss them. And I was addicted - could eat a bag of jelly beans at a sitting. Her website is radiantrecovery.com. Program is: eat protein at ever meal, eat a good breakfast, cut out obvious sources of sugar, cut out white carbs. There are some other steps that I didn't need. Now I can make chic chip cookies for kids and not want any. Good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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Thanks I will look into this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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For the first three days, allow yourself to eat as much fat and protein as you like. Eg cheese, eggs, meats etc. Lots of cheese. Also buy some Atkins indulge products, chocolate, protein bars. After three days when you've broken your addiction you can lay off the fat and indulge products. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 06:03 PM Flag
[ - ] I need to cut my expenses and will need to cut nanny's hours. Do you think she will be less P/O if I offer 4 full days or 3 full days and 2 half days? 63 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:24 PM Flag
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Neither. You plan cut to her pay by how much a week is what she will be focused on? She won't be able to get a job 2 half days a week unless your giving up afternoons, then maybe. The 1 day is useless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:26 PM Flag
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Even more useless, though, are the couple of extra hours during those "half" days. No matter how you slice it, she's getting fucked over and won't be able to make up that lost income without cutting into her weekend and ending up working 7 days a week. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:39 PM Flag
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She is fucking me over right now. She does 2 hours of work every day while being paid from 9-2:30 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:40 PM Flag
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Then get rid of her, don't cut her hours but realize a good afterschool nanny who can drive, cook, do homework and laundry is difficult to come by and expensive. The ones I know make in the mid-20s per hour. So, I have no idea what you pay but expect to shell out $500 a week for PT [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:45 PM Flag
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I don't need driving, hw helping nanny. I just need someone nice and efficient who will get things done [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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You want them to do laundry, cook, watch multiple children, clean up after them...anything else? What are you paying an hour for this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:01 PM Flag
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Yes, she basically wants a slave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:02 PM Flag
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I want her to clean, do laundry, make some food from 9-2 every day and watch kids from 2:30-6:30. I pay $800/wk [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:05 PM Flag
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She works 45 hours a week so you pay her $17 an hour. A thorough house cleaner is going to likely cost you $150 a week depending on the size of your place. A PT nanny that is not going to clean but cook is going to need to start at 12:30 pm..so 30 hours a week. You'll be paying a PT nanny more so, $22 an hour or $650 a week. Your not going to save any $$$. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:21 PM Flag
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This is a fair analysis but I also have another option and that's to hire someone who is able to do all this, will get paid less than $800 and will get more done. If she is fast and efficient she can make $20 an hour which is really very good rate [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:02 PM Flag
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I think she pays her nanny probably $450 a week for 45 hours. No wonder the Nannh sits down for a couple of hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:08 PM Flag
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I pay almost double this but you will still flame because you think it's fine for an employee to do nothing for hours of paid time [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:08 PM Flag
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Frankly, that sounds like MOST of Corporate America. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:49 PM Flag
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I am not a large corporation however [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:51 PM Flag
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You are also clearly not really in a position to employ domestic help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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This is such a silly argument [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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It's really not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:02 PM Flag
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She's not fucking you over. You're the employer, here. You decided to employ her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 06:58 PM Flag
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How would we know? Ask her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:26 PM Flag
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Nanny here: Don't expect her to take the cut lightly, less money is less money don't matter how you out it, she might agree at the beginning but don't be surprised if she finds another job. I am in a similar situation right now, and the Mom thinks is great I get some time off to "relax" of course without pay. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:34 PM Flag
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How you put it* [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:34 PM Flag
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OP: what do you do while kids are at school? There is a reason I feel the nanny needs to be cut it isn't out of thin air [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:36 PM Flag
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NP: if you don't need her and need to cut expenses, just tell her you don't need someone 40 hours a week now that DCs are school and your going to hire someone for 20 hours....but GL finding someone who wants to work 2-6. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:40 PM Flag
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I don't need driving, hw helping nanny. I just need someone nice and efficient who will get things done [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:55 PM Flag
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What are your expectations, hours needed and the pay you want to offer? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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I expect a clean house, cooked dinner, laundry folded and put away and all this done in 25 or fewer hours a week + 20 hours of childcare and I can afford to pay $800 for this work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:12 PM Flag
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^ also, I don't expect kids to be constantly entertained while they are home. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:14 PM Flag
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Right now I do cleaning/grocery/organizing and meals tbh this is more work than before and for the same pay, at the beginning my boss (the mom) thought that just cutting my hours was best because I would have time to relax (she doesn't understand that I need to pay rent/bills) I told her that I need F/T so cutting my hours wouldn't work, she came out with some ideas organizing/meals/grocery but after time has passed it has become laundry/meals/personal errands/grocery/general cleaning/organizing/you name it, even though kids only go to school 4hrs a day/2 days a week, i also do picking up and dropping off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:42 PM Flag
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So on a flip side you can see how I feel since my kids are at school every day till 2:30 and she doesn't always find the time to make dinner for us or if she does then kids laundry isn't done. She has 9-2 (pickup is at 2:30 3 blocks away) every day to get this done. I know someone who is efficient can do all I need in 3 days working 9-2. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:49 PM Flag
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Gay Uncle here. Let me ask you something, nanny. How much would you charge for doing everything you do for this woman MINUS the child care stuff ... say for a single gay male employer? I'm just curious. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:54 PM Flag
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NP: you can pay $15 an hour and get all this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:10 PM Flag
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How would you like it if your boss wanted you to work from 6-10 AM, then take a 5 hour break, and then work from 3-7? It's still only 8 hours a day, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 09:10 PM Flag
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She will probably look for another job. She's not "nannying" for fun but for money. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:37 PM Flag
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I need her to either 1) make her ft pay worth it to me 2) work pt 3) move on [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:39 PM Flag
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Don't be so passive aggressive. Take control of the situation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:46 PM Flag
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Most likely it will be number 3. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:48 PM Flag
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I spoke to her. She chose #1. Now she isn't sure 5 hours is long enough to make 3 dishes. I am fed up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:53 PM Flag
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She is no longer working out for you, move on.tell her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:55 PM Flag
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Yeah that's ridiculous. In five hours I could shop, make a weeks worth of meals, and clean up after myself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 05:44 PM Flag
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Wait - do you "need to cut expenses" or are you just peeved she "does 2 hours of work every day while being paid from 9-2:30"? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:47 PM Flag
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I can not afford to pay her for nothing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:53 PM Flag
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So you can afford to pay her full time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:07 PM Flag
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Yes but not her + housekeep because she isn't getting the work done [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:05 PM Flag
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You need to 1) realize you really can't afford proper full-time help 2) Let this nanny go so you can find someone who's only looking for PT 3) cut your expenses elsewhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:53 PM Flag
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Yes, I can afford PROPER ft help but not one who will get very little done [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:55 PM Flag
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Actually you can't if you need to "cut" your "expenses". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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Why is it that women who really can't afford full-time help (otherwise they wouldn't need to be "cutting expenses") don't realize the profound impact they're having on another person's life when they start economizing on the help? Either you can afford full-time help or you can't. These people who you hire as full-time need to work full-time. Period. If you can't employ them full-time, then figure out how to get along without them. Period. Just because YOU need to economize doesn't mean SHE is in a position to take the hit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:43 PM Flag
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OP: because in my case, nanny feels she gets to relax and do very little from 9-2. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:50 PM Flag
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Then don't lie about why you want to reduce hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:54 PM Flag
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+1,000,000 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:58 PM Flag
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Agreed. This is not about cutting expenses, this is about cracking the whip. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:58 PM Flag
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It isn't a lie. If she did do a good job I could save money on food, cleaner etc. KWIM? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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So you don't need a nanny and you can't afford one. Fire her already. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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What are her hours? How much do you pay her and how long has she been with you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:56 PM Flag
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OP? It all comes down to $$ so what do you pay? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:07 PM Flag
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800 a week. $17/hr. she has no kids to take care of from 9-2:30 and I don't expect an educated American nanny like the ones who make 20+ an hour and hang out in UB [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:04 PM Flag
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Math was done she pays $17 an hour..not horrible for multiple children but below market [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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Did you read the part if the post where she has no kids 3/4 of the work day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:05 PM Flag
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I guess a WOHM's job is a piece of cake since THEY have "no kids" the ENTIRE workday ... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:23 PM Flag
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This is a SAHW job: housekeeping [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:33 PM Flag
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^ although yes it is also equivalent to WOHM with no qualifications who basically makes minimum wage [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:37 PM Flag
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I would ask her that way she is involved in the outcome and then she can see if she can line something up for the new time off [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:02 PM Flag
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Let her choose. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 08:13 PM Flag
[ - ] Stopped using shampoo and only use conditioner now, maybe once a week. It's gross for a few days, but holy crap does it work well. My hair is better than it has ever been. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:21 PM Flag
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Yeah, I grew up being told that hair had to be washed every day. About ten years ago I overslept and had to run to work without washing my hair, and it was the best hair day ever. I started leaving more days between shampoos. Now I only shampoo once a week, and just rinse it on gym days. My scalp is healthy, and my hair is soft & manageable. I really want to go back in time and give my past-mother a good talking-to before she ruins high school for past-me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:25 PM Flag
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Your hair was greasier then. Once you grow up and dry out you need to shampoo less. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:27 PM Flag
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It really wasn't. I never had greasy hair or oily skin. I thought my hair was just naturally dry & brittle & shrub-like. Once I switched to sulphate-free shampoo and dropped to once a week, I had the best hair of anyone I knew. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:36 PM Flag
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A lot of people get greasy hair because they are using harsh shampoo too often and irritating their scalps. People with greasy hair usually just need to switch to a gentle shampoo and wash their hair less often. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:39 PM Flag
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I should try this, I wash my hair everyday, but it is soft/silky. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:34 PM Flag
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I have pretty thin hair that gets greasy easily. I don't wash every day, but on the no-wash day I have to do a ponytail. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:48 PM Flag
[ - ] Taylor Swift's music is seriously bad. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:17 PM Flag
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But her branding is pretty savvy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:29 PM Flag
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All her songs sound alike, but it works. [ Reply | More ]
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+ Pop is pop. Cecilia Bartolli she ain't. [ Reply | More ]
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If we're going to talk about pop stars or movie stars without talent, I'll need more room. [ Reply | More ]
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So fucking annoying. Her little-miss-goody-two-shoes act makes me want to barf. [ Reply | More ]
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Hey listen, I don't mind at all that mu teen dd loves a goody two shoes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 06:39 PM Flag
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i like it and i like her. esp compared with her contemporaries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 06:47 PM Flag
[ - ] What's a fun thing to do with kids in London? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Room escape game [ Reply | More ]
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Ice skating at the Natural History Museum [ Reply | More ]
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How old? [ Reply | More ]
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5 and 9 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:14 PM Flag
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Sewer tour [ Reply | More ]
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London Eye [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:14 PM Flag
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Go to the Londonist website. They have a ton of info and focus on what's happening this week. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:15 PM Flag
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Watch some Sharia Patrols [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:24 PM Flag
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The science museum is fun. If the kids are into planes then the RAF museum. The imperial War Museum is great, but I don't know about it for a 5 yo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:38 PM Flag
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Go to church and pray. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:44 PM Flag
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory play in the west end. Boat on the Thames. Boating in the Serpentine. London Zoo. Ride the bus so you see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square etc. British Museum. The older one may like the Shakespeare Theatre. Kew Gardens. Day trip to Windsor. The Harry Potter theme park. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:16 PM Flag
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory play in the west end. Boat on the Thames. Boating in the Serpentine. London Zoo. Ride the bus so you see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square etc. British Museum. The older one may like the Shakespeare Theatre. Kew Gardens. Day trip to Windsor. The Harry Potter theme park. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:16 PM Flag
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Sherlock Holmes exhibit, the on and off bus tour. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 05:51 PM Flag
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Science Museum South Ken [ Reply | More ]
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Tower [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] How is tri state are suburban RE market? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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You have to be more specific than that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:05 PM Flag
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Is the market overall strong or not? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:08 PM Flag
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For buyer or seller? What kind of suburb? What state? What town? What type of dwelling? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:08 PM Flag
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For buyer. Not top suburb. Most likely ny or nj. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:17 PM Flag
[ - ] I desperately need new underwear. Favorite brands/stores? I'm not into super-skimpy, but don't want dowdy. I'm a size 10, age 41. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Century 21 [ Reply | More ]
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Gap...all cotton [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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Calvin Klein or dkny [ Reply | More ]
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hanky panky - most comfortable [ Reply | More ]
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Journelle, La Petite Coquette [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] People who claim they "love to bake" and use candy and other similar ingredients in their recipes probably went to a school with a greek system. 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:57 PM Flag
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Why would you put someone down for baking? Are you that miserable that you have to dump on people doing innocent things that bring joy to others? Are you lacking a nurturing gene? Go eat your daily allotted 2 kale leaves and leave the happy bakers alone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:00 PM Flag
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I am simply saying that putting m&ms into a cookie does not make a baker good. Get down with some actual good quality creations that do not involve manufactured products. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:04 PM Flag
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I misunderstood. Well, now I agree with you! [ Reply | More ]
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Huh? I actually love to bake and cook because I grew up with a mom who insisted on working, didn't like being a housewife and never made anything more complicated than roast chicken with mashed potato flakes in her life. Sometimes we got hot dogs boiled in water or fried in butter. I don't remember much else because she left my dad for her boss when I was 8 because dad was just a plain old HS teacher. I had two really good friends whose moms were fantastic cooks. They made birthday cakes and decorated them. They had gingerbread houses at Christmas. I loved being at their houses. I went to an Ivy and have a humanities degree, but if I ever go back to school I'm going to take cooking classes. No sororities in my past. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:05 PM Flag
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talking about quality of baked goods, reread OP. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:08 PM Flag
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That wasn't exactly specified in the original post. (NP) Actually, the OP was poorly written. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:10 PM Flag
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I am still the kind of person who makes those amazing brownies with candy bars and things. I also cook with Crisco. Yes, it is fattening, but you want it to taste good, don't you? If you are on a diet, eat lettuce, not what I make. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:13 PM Flag
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If you have to put candy in your brownies to make them "taste good" you are not a good baker. Learn the basics and go for quality. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:16 PM Flag
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You know that everyone has their own mouth, right? Only a snob tells others what should taste good to them. Are you one of those people who tells others what kind of music is "good" as well? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:40 PM Flag
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Funny how moms against Crisco have no problem popping all kinds of Xanax and such. [ Reply | More ]
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They don't sell butter where you live?! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:19 PM Flag
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I bake for my kids' friends and they absolutely love it. Maybe that's why everyone always wants to play with my kids! [ Reply | More ]
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ITA [ Reply | More ]
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Hmmmm. I would substitute "baking mixes" for "candy" in your sentence if I were being snobby about baking, and regardless, I'm not sure I see the logical tie in to a greek system (yale, harvard and princeton all have greek systems...soooo, a person who was a pie phi at princeton, loves to bake and occasionally puts m&ms in cookies fits your correlation index? seems like a not very revealing set of traits). Signed, baker mom who went to the french culinary institute. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:09 PM Flag
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Fake [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:44 PM Flag
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And the award for most random post of the day goes to... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 08:23 PM Flag
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Clearly they are not real bakers like OP. Freaking baker posers. Nothing worse, IMO. Scum of the earth. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 08:27 PM Flag
[ - ] Fun irony: I'm in Europe right now, and today we have an anti-austerity march... followed by a zombie walk. :-D 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Maybe Malcolm Gladwell could connect the dots on that. [ Reply | More ]
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He combines disparate info and comes up with theories no one else has thought of. [ Reply | More ]
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Malcolm Gladwell is not a scholar but a pompous populist who wouldn't connect the dots on your doodle. You probably would need at least a Friedman for any kind of economic sketching. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:16 PM Flag
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Lol at taking the retards Gladwell or Friedman seriously. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:19 PM Flag
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You don't sound too bright yourself... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:26 PM Flag
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It's not meant to be complicated. Zombies are frequently metaphors for people who just follow the government without thought. Protesters are pushing back on corporate-driven government policy instead of just taking it. It's just cool that they're both marching on the same day. Just a little funny tidbit for a Saturday. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:21 PM Flag
[ - ] Is there a trick to boiling eggs such that it's easy to remove the shell once you're ready to eat? I boil a bunch at a time and lv in the fridge for quick breakfasts/snacks, but lately it's been impossible to peel off the shells- they're practically glued on, break into a million pieces or large chunks of the white come off w them.... TIA! 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:54 PM Flag
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The fresher the egg, the harder they are to peel. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes. Your eggs are probably too fresh to peel well. [ Reply | More ]
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OP. Well they are straight from the farm... This makes me feel better at least :) [ Reply | More ]
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I would wait at least 4/5 days if they are farm fresh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:31 PM Flag
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Did you put into ice cold water after boiling? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:57 PM Flag
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I peel them immediately as they're done cooking while holding then under cold running water. Works like a charm [ Reply | More ]
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OP cool, thanks! [ Reply | More ]
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Exactly. [ Reply | More ]
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The easiest IME is to let eggs sit in cold water and peel after they are cold. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:06 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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let them sit in the fridge for a while, like days. they longer they are in there the easier they are to peel [ Reply | More ]
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OP.. That's what I've been doing... But still hard as heck to peel! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:10 PM Flag
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They need to sit in the fridge longer BEFORE she boils them... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:31 PM Flag
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Peel under cold running water. [ Reply | More ]
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I have heard to put a little salt in the boiling water with the egg, I haven't tried it myself yet. I usually rinse the egg for a minute in running water before peeling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:16 PM Flag
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serious eats did something on this. apparently the easiest to peel are steamed hard-cooked eggs. look it up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:23 PM Flag
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straight from pot to icy cold water [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 06:04 PM Flag
[ - ] I have fine, blonde hair and I wear short because of its texture (pixie). So bored and over short hair but do not want to go the extensions route (tacky!). Give me some inspiration please. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I have the exact same hair and have also worn it short 90% of my life. But when it was longer it looked something like this (probably 2 inches shorter since it doesn't grow that long due to thinness) [ Reply | More ]
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Most recently mine looked something like this. When I went out I would mohawk the middle section. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I'm five months postpartum and according the scale, I've lost all 40 lbs of my baby weight and then some, but I still have this fatty (it's skin and some blubber) pooch? Will it eventually go away or am I going to have to lose more weight? I'm happy with where I am now except for my belly. Plus, I'm still nursing so I don't want to lose too much weight until I'm done. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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How many situps and pushups do you do every day? How long can you hold a full plank? [ Reply | More ]
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go away [ Reply | More ]
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I'm being serious. If you aren't doing exercises that build core muscles, of course you aren't going to have a strong, flat midsection. Are you doing any exercises that work your core? [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, but I don't have time to work out as frequently as I did pre-baby. I think I'm just going to have to deal with it after he's a little older. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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You sound insufferable. Fit but insufferable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:09 PM Flag
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Astounding. Someone asks for advice on getting more fit, someone else asks about (gasp!) exercise, and the reply is called insufferable. So UB. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:17 PM Flag
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give it seven more months and don't panic. [ Reply | More ]
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I agree with OR. I had a super flat stomach before DCs without much of an exercise routine. To return to a somewhat flat stomach, I had to Pilates, a lot of crunches and planks. If your home with the baby, just do an Ab routine while the baby naps ..20-30 mins 5 days a week. [ Reply | More ]
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(Sigh) I wish I had that kind of time. By the time I ger home from work, get the baby ready for bed and clean and prepare his bottles for the next day it's time for bed. I do meet with a trainer once a week and go to spinning afterward. I'm hoping once the baby gets a little older I can resume my 3x per week routine. But thanks for responding! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] http://www.trulia.com/property/3119867076-401-E-74th-St-6L-New-York-NY-10021#photo-1 why is this place so cheap? what's the catch? seems like a great deal and so much cheaper than Brookyln 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:48 PM Flag
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975 sq ft. Maintenance? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:53 PM Flag
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$1400 [ Reply | More ]
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I did not see a floor plan, but thinks it's a 1 bedroom they are tying to sell as 2 bedroom [ Reply | More ]
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Yeah I didn't see windows [ Reply | More ]
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It's referred to a an office/bedroom. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:10 PM Flag
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Because it is tiny, has 1 bathroom, and the choice of dark frumpy wood is awful? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:56 PM Flag
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975 sq ft. / 2b 1bath / $1400 main. Seems reasonable to me. [ Reply | More ]
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yay! [ Reply | More ]
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I live nearby and have seen 1000 sq ft apts in my building priced less than this. [ Reply | More ]
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There is no dining room/nook/area, just the island with counter and high chairs. The whole apt. is very narrow. And you find this cheap??? [ Reply | More ]
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It's a jr 4 with a terrace. Looks ok. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:16 PM Flag
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Brooklyn is now overpriced and manhattan often has better deals [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:20 PM Flag
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I love the part of the listing of this $929K apt where a great feature is that the laundry room washers cost only $1 per load. [ Reply | More ]
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I bet the balcony counts in the sq footage. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:31 PM Flag
[ - ] My friend's nanny left and she had to hire a temp. Her regular nanny will be back soon and my friend's sister hired the temp pt. I was interested in hiring the temp ft. Is she off limits now? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Make an offer and find out. [ Reply | More ]
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I know the nanny will take my fr offer over sister's pt. I don't want to lose a friend over a nanny [ Reply | More ]
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Don't expect your friend's sister to be happy about it. [ Reply | More ]
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That's my question. I know the temp will dump pt job as soon as she finds ft but I guess I shouldn't be the one to offer the ft [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:48 PM Flag
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Poaching nannies is the cardinal sin of NYC motherhood. [ Reply | More ]
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So this is still poaching? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 01:50 PM Flag
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Yes. Talk to the sister and see if she still wants her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 02:42 PM Flag
[ - ] Best root/temple gray touch-up? Tired of spending $200 for an inch of gray. TIA 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Nice n Easy [ Reply | More ]
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Love the conditioner that comes with this! [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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Loreal root kit [ Reply | More ]
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best root kit for someone who is pregnant? is there such a thing? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.25.14, 04:12 PM Flag
[ - ] Lets start going to the spammed sites, searching for the products and leave HORRIBLE reviews. If they are sold on Amazon in Russia or whatever I will totally hire someone to translate them. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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You have too much time and money [ Reply | More ]
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Do you really think they are going to stop spamming? [ Reply | More ]
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