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|22 weeks 9 hours ago||awww||
have to jump in and offer a different perspective as a wife, since i think my husband enjoys his game days with his family. as this is our first football season with a baby (8 months), they aren't quite 'traditions', but.... zingerman's coffee and pastries for a late breakfast, watch the game if it's at noon, go out for a walk if it's later, hope the baby takes long naps during the game, laugh when he invariably doesn't, look forward to the day when we aren't trying to prevent him from looking at the screen all the time and he hopefully wants to watch the game too (most two year olds like watching a football game, right?)
|29 weeks 5 days ago||petoskey||
we're in petoskey for the weekend - any advice? we have our 6 month old with us, so looking for something a bit family-friendly (also our first season figuring out how watching football with a baby works).
|34 weeks 1 day ago||congratulations!! we're five||
congratulations!! we're five months in with our first - best thing ever.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||i do love my concrete.||
i do love my concrete.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||yeah, i just embrace the||
yeah, i just embrace the etching. and try to work with the more acidic foods on the concrete perimeter, but i'm not super uptight about it.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||my mom has had white laminate||
my mom has had white laminate in her kitchen forever, with a butcher block island. they re-did some of the kitchen a few years back, and she went with white laminate again. it's so durable and cleans up really nicely with a mildly abrasive cleaner. not the trendiest/most beautiful thing, but really hardworking.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||how do you reheat coffee? or||
how do you reheat coffee? or spaghetti?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||marble||
|42 weeks 1 day ago||yeah, it's the last year they||
yeah, it's the last year they offered a manual on the outback. my understanding is the reason they don't anymore is to meet fuel efficiency requirements, as the manual transmission added too much weight - but don't quote me. the forester and crosstrek still both have a manual trim level.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||hey jeepin' ben||
just wanted to thank you, as well as hatter, skurnie, swan flu, ghostofhoke and dr jaws for weighing in last week on subaru/other options for a crossover-ish family car. in case it's interesting to hear the resolution (i know a lot of people ask advice in tct threads about buying a car), we found the unicorn - a 2014 manual outback - and bought it saturday. my contribution to #savethemanuals. and i'm pretty sure this means i can just drive however i want in the snow since it's awd, right? i hear it's especially good for helping you stop.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||when you say better off with||
when you say better off with the third pedal - do you mean the benefit of, say, downshifting to get up a slippery hill outweighs 4wd? i've only ever owned manuals and never had 4wd so i have no experience comparing, but i feel like i use the manual transmission in snow in ways that help me that i wouldn't be able to with an automatic - but i'm not really a car person, so i don't know if there are better words to articulate what i'm saying or if it's not as much of a benefit as i imagine it to be. and i feel like the 4wd debate is confusing - i hear people saying the majority of drivers don't need it, just get good snow tires, but there are definitely people who have it on their every day car and love it for weather conditions. are they just imagining a benefit? is there any sort of objective testing on 2wd/good tires vs 4wd?
|43 weeks 1 day ago||if only i had a nickel for||
if only i had a nickel for every time someone told us to get a minivan.... though it seems like most people who say it don't own minivans themselves.
the plan is for this to be the primary car for kids/vacation until a minivan is necessary. we currently have two older civics ('97 and '01), so when we find our unicorn of a car (did i mention i'd really like it to be a manual?), we'll get rid of the '97, keep the '01 for an in-town work commute, and then sell it once we get a minivan.
pretty sure the rule only applies to original owner. hence used.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||wife here||
as far as the space we need, we do lots of trips around the state, and while we had stuff we liked to take before (biking, water sports), with a baby there's just so much more. we want a car that can handle all that, as well as another kid(s) at some point in the future. we test drove a cross trek, and it just doesn't seem to have enough space. plus, a real downside for me is how most cars now seem to have such poor visibility out the back with teardrop shaped windows, which was true in the crosstrek but not the outback or forester. (we also test drove a mazda cx-5, which i really liked, but had similar rear visiblity issues and had less cargo space).
as far as needing 4wd.... eh. we both have civics that are fantastic in the snow, which seems to be a result of how the weight is balanced over the car. there have been situations where higher clearance would have been helpful, and maybe 4wd? for me, it's more of a question of if subaru outback/forester ticks all the other boxes better than other cars (reliability, cargo space, availability, price) and then the 4wd is a bonus, of which we'll see how useful it is?
budget would be $15,000-20,000, looking at used, 2010 and onward.
|46 weeks 10 hours ago||only home workout||
this is the only home workout where i felt like it was close to as intense as working out with a trainer:
it's free, you can search by many different metrics (time, difficulty level, equpment, body area, technique) and they are legit good work outs (ametuer opinion, based on working out with a trainer for 3 year and trying various home workout methods). it really helped for me because my biggest obstacles to working out at home were/are boredom and getting off track if i was doing a method (e.g., oh, i didn't do the video yesterday, might as well give up until next week). no matter what time i had or how i was feeling, i could find something to do on here. you can come up with your own weekly outine, do whatever you're feeling on a day to day basis, or pay a bit of money for a structured plan.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||malfunction in the UP||
in high school i drove a ford escape across a chunk of the up (cedarville to houghton). i had cruise control on for those 55mph, 2 lane roads with no traffic on them, but started noticing my speed kept creeping up. turned cruise control off, no change. i pulled over on the side of the road, which caused the brakes to smell horrible, and called ford (it was a lease car). they told me my fastest bet was to continue on into marquette to a ford dealer and have it checked out, as we were in the middle of nowhere and a tow truck would take an eternity. that was fine for the time we continued on the two lane roads, but trying to drive through marquette was too much for my 16 year old nerves at that point - sitting at every stop light, the engine continuosly revved and the car smelled like burning rubber. so the dealership came and towed the car. turns out the connection to the gas wasn't disengaging after the crusie control had been turned on (a car person could explain this much better, i am sure), therefore the continuous acceleration. they were able to fix it in a couple hours and we continued on our way to houghton.
as an aside - anyone have any tips for negotiating a used car price at a dealership? think we may be close to pulling the trigger, but don't have any experience with car buying.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||my husband is getting dinner||
my husband is getting dinner together so i can read mgoblog. pretty good valentine's day.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||apparently||
|1 year 8 weeks ago||wait||
So in honor of that and Brian's new addition, let's talk some ideas for Michigan legacy baby names!
did i miss something?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I had looked at the||
I had looked at the countryman but was turned off by consumer report's low ranking of brand reliability. Wasn't sure if they have a generally good/poor reputation.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||late to the party....||
but i'll throw in a request for advice as well.....
we're expecting our first baby in a few weeks and have been looking at getting a more baby friendly car. we're drive cars into the ground type of people - we currently have a '97 civic with 160k and a '01 civic with almost 200k on it. we're looking for a hatchback AWD, 2010 or more recent, around $20,000, reasonably compatible with a car seat. we'd really like to have a manual transmission as well. the majority of driving would probably be short distances in town (ann arbor), with a few road trips a year. from what i've been looking at, a subaru crosstrek seems to fit the bill pretty well. anyone have any other suggestions?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||there is also some interesting research||
there is also some interesting research about the health benefits of full fat dairy products coming out.
obviously it doesn't help for people who are lactose intolerant, but i don't think we can say 'milk is actually far from the healthiest option'. there is so much about metabolism we don't understand.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||there was another one||
there was a ponderosa on stadium, near liberty. it's gourmet garden now. (not actually relevant to the topic, but just for historical accuracy :)
|1 year 29 weeks ago||this.||
21 years olds should be idealistic and think they can change the world, making them a bit insufferable to be around at times. at least he's thinking and trying. the cynicism and apathy comes for too many too quickly. and he's even taken it beyond normal college-age idealism of sitting around in coffee shops and talking about things - he actually built something and is trying out this lifestyle. i would guess it will teach him some things, most of all that very little in this life is simple. but bravo to him for trying it out - and it would be really interesting to have a follow up interview in a year or two.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||i think yost deserves the credit||
granted, bo's quote about a michigan man is much more well known, but yost used the term in speeches. this is probably the best known one:
"My heart is so full at this moment, I fear I could say little else. But do let me reiterate the Spirit of Michigan. It is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways. An enthusiasm that makes it second nature for Michigan Men to spread the gospel of their university to the world's distant outposts. And a conviction that nowhere, is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours."
this is what i think of when i think of a michigan man - it doesn't matter where you came from, went to school, who you coached under - 'getting it' is getting how wonderful michigan is, which anyone from any background can get, therefore getting rid of that inbred nonsense.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||from our time there||
my understanding is that it's b.c the unroasted beans are all sent to roasters out of country, and there are very few people who know how to roast in country. we visited a small plantation near atenas run by a family who have taught themselves how to roast and are trying to actually sell some costa rican coffee in costa rica. the guy who gave us the tour said that historically, only the very lowest quality beans were kept in country, to the point that supermarket coffee is often pre-mixed with sugar as it isn't really drinkable on it's own. we also had a fantastic cup of coffee in monteverde prepared with a chorreador (costa rican pour over). i think it's the best cup of coffee i've had in my life. so hopefully things are changing and great costa rican coffee will be available in costa rica.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||i'll jump in||
we went to costa rica for our honeymoon in fall of 2013 and had an absolutely amazing time. we started by dominical over on the pacific coast, so i'm thinking that's south of where you'll be. regardless, there is no problem with not knowing spanish. my husband and i both had taken spanish in high school, but we didn't need it - everyone spoke english or there was someone close by who did. we rented a car and moved around a bit, which was very easy and really enjoyable to see some other parts of the country. it's amazing the variety in landscape and climate in such a small area. tell your wife it's going to be great - a super friendly, beautiful country who does the tourism thing extremely well.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||headed up to lake superior||
headed up to lake superior tomorrow. sans passport, unfortunately. we'd love to get to some of the more remote regions of the UP, especially the porkies, but the central UP was about as far as we could go from A2 this time. this thread just provides further motivation to make the effort in the near future, though.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||we're staying in brimley, so||
we're staying in brimley, so munising is an option, but we want to balance time in the car with actually being somewhere. looks like the area north of newberry you're referring to is the newberry state forest area?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||we're going to be at||
we're going to be at tahquemenon on friday for a day hike. we've done the paved trail to the falls several times, but finally have time to explore other parts of the park. any recommendations?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||31 Housewife A2 Yes - '06 and||
Yes - '06 and '13
Made a "Navarre for Heisman" sign and hung it outside his house the night before the OSU game so he would wake up and see it. Later realized they slept in a hotel. The black shoe polish we used to make the sign stained my parents driveway for the next five years.