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  1. *particular brands of dogfood

    *how to choose a good vet?

    *need to take dog to vet soon after adoption despite/in addition to shelter shots etc.?

    *frequency of grooming/bathing? (not me, the dog)

    *do shelter dogs have indoor "accidents" for the first few days after they come home? if so, how to break this habit, reassure?




    FOOD:Premium brands are worth the extra money, even though as soon as I type this, someone will invariably tell the tale of their pup that lived 26 years on tobacco and catfood, or whatever. Premium brands have a leaner form of protein, so each calorie counts more. large breed and small breed dogs really benefit from specialized foods, in my opinion.


    VET:I think personal recomendations are the best. Ideally, close by in case of an emergency. And, ask about emergency coverage..I prefer a veterinary group i/o a solo practitioner so that I know calls are answered. Puppie never eat a package of bic razors during office hour time.


    I always bring new additions within a day or two..I would say this is especially important for ashelter pup, since they have a greater exposure to various canine diseases


    ACCIDENTS:If its a puppy, it will need full training..it has been in the crate/cage for most of its life, so most likely has not been started on training. An older dog might have be trained, but depending on how/why they ended up in the shelter, might regress.


    MISC:I am a big advocate of crate training.


    Good Luck.


    leslie, Robbie has such a soulful look in that picture! How handsome!

  2. Suite Francaise by Irina Nemirovsky is truelly a crafted book....and when one considers the circumstances in which it was crafted, is all the more amazing. The first book is simply so beautifully written, the character development so precise and effective, that I was slightly disappointed with the second half. When I read the last page, I immediately returned to the first and started over again...and this time, found the second half the better of the two, and was more aware of the way it unfolded.

    This is a book for a person who loves unvarnished characters, and paragraphs about unsaid thoughts.

  3. He's maintained a close friendship with the Peter's family during his entire career, and I think its a very special opportunity for him to slow down a bit. I was there a few weeks ago and the Fromagereie really has great flow and classic proportions..I think it can continue to be one of the Shore's more elegant restaurants.

  4. Yesterday, I walked around the back of a pick up truck parked outside my local hardware store. I neglected to notice the two by four's that were sticking out of the back of the pickup's hold. Smackedd right into it, got a nice sized egg on my head, along with some serious lookings scrapes and bruises on my cheek/chin. That was more painfful than annoying..but what was annoying was that today it was very apparent that at least a few people I interacted with did not believe me when I told them how it happened. :lol:

  5. Is here a standard timeline that the PR and print journalist use/expect to cover an event?


    I am interested in sending a simple release to NJ daily and weekly newspapers and monthly magazines, along with a few wine publications, regarding a wine tasting in a private home. ( yes, it's special and has a "hook"). Do I send it a month before, and then a reminder a week before? Send it 2 weeks before? fax it 3 days before...etc, etc. Any guidance appreciated.

  6. I really have to ask a dumb question. It has been 16 years since my last pregnancy. when these pregnant model types wear thos low slung jeans,, does their bellies just kinda flop over the top..like, don't their waist sizes expand as well? back in the day, you wore maternity pants, or sweats. I just can't figure it out.

  7. I just don't get how she can be so hugely pregnant for so long. For the last two minths, there have been photos of her "ready to pop"..what is this baby's gestation period?

  8. If you sheetrock over the ceiling, you will need to pick out molding..if the room sizes and housing style allow for it, crown molding is a nice upgrade. And something comparable for the floor, as well. See how a "simple" improvement snowballs?..."because if we have the nice molding, well maybe we should add a chair rail, and if we have that, maybe we should get the top part faux finished, but then the old dining table in our new dining room will look shabby..let's go furniture shopping!"...and so on. :(

  9. There are two approaches to the ceiling: you can either remove the existing ceiling, and replace it, or sheetrock over it. I would personally feel confidnet that a 20 year old house would NOT have used asbestos, especially if it is in a development with like aged homes built by the same builder. If you're not too involved with recessed lights, sheetrocking over it is perfectly acceptable...assuming the popcorn ceiling is not peeling, etc. Otherwise, if there are many electrical components, you'll need to replace it.


    As far as wook flooring, to retain your resale value, you need to spend the extra bucks for solid surface floors, not a stained veneer. Basically, if you scratch a solid surface, the scratch is just the color of the wood. That way, right before you go to sell it, you can either refinish or get it buffed to have it gleaming for your prospective buyers.


    Congratulations on your new home. I've been selling real estate for 12 years, and I never get tired of sharing the thrill of new home ownership with my clients.

  10. It's all too personal..his weight, his food choices, his wife. Leave it alone. Geez, he might be reading this. Have a heart. His great fault, as far as any of us should care, is that he let a great website just become a good website...other than that...let it go.


    edited to add that I myself have a great personal dislike for a person that some of you still seem to engage in on OA...so I do get the personal side of it. I would never knowingly join any conversation or event that SP was a part of....and perhaps someof you feel the same way about JP...but just avoid them, don't get involved in what you have determined to be a negative aspect on the internet food world. just my 2 cents. of course! :(

  11. Ok, here is my cookbook shelf and cooking area


    Then, the dining area, and the view. The spruces are over 80 ft tall, the pool is in the foreground, the pond in the background




    This is my favorite spot in the house…to sit and read and think


    The pantries, open and shut. The stairs under the artwork lead to the finished walkkout basement, which has another kitchen used for outdoor entertaining or prep.




    the basement kitchen, needs seriouls help but has a big sink and new GE oven I use to bake or roast.


  12. Rancho, the book is ok...easy, fresh preperations of basics...if it weren't for my daughter, I certainly wouldn't be adding a cookbook that includes seared salmon with mustard and herb crust to my collection :(


    Actually I liked the sweets section...simple desserts that are more composition and combos than actually baking...I don't enjoy baking too much.


    this weekend we're doing 40# of crawfish for a group of friends...after dirty rice, crawfish, some greens, cornbread and beer, I could care less about dessert. Usually I have someone bring it, or put out those Pirouette wafer cookie things and some berries...I might try some of ther alternatives which don't seem like much more work, but are at least "guest worthy"

  13. She is very well proportioned, her hair is a bit mane-like, perhaps that adds to everyone's views? I love her voice, by the way...her ennunciation.


    Re: her cooking skills. My 21 yr old daughter has never shown any indication, even after much "including kids in the kitchen" type of efforts, to cook anything more than a frozen pizza. During the past year, with a lighter work load at school, she took to the terrible habit of channel surfing, and was finding herself landing on TFN pretty often,..then she would ask me about Giada, then she made a few dishes of hers,and Ray's and many of those beginner chefs, then she asked for a good sautee pan for her b'day...so you see where this is heading.


    Kate might not go any further in her interest of food than where she is right now, or she might join me in homemade shellfish stock and food boards...but either way, she looks with disdain on frozen pizza.

  14. I had the opportunity to ( VERY briefly) meet Giada DeLaurentis, from the FN, at a book signing yesterday. She is prettier in person than on TV...very petitie, very expressive, looks right into your eyes...really the kind of person who stands out at one of these long line, autograph after autograph things.

  15. In the area I live, hunting is a way of life...1/2 of the kids are out of school the first day of hunting season. It's a bit offputting when its muzzleloader season...hunters walk from to their hunting areas with these long almost historic looking guns...there are a number of butchers who dress the kill, and there is a lot of respect for the land around here. This might be of interest to some: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/hunting/instruct.htm

  16. thanks for the heads up...strangely, this son-of -a-chef will no doubt love cafateria food....he's a bagel/pasta/pizza kid, and I'm lead to believe that most collegee food programs are heavy on the carbs.


    I brought Connor to all the colleges he applied to, EXCEPT U of C@Boulder.



    When Connor and I visited collleges, I tended to drive there, or use a discount airline. Once there, I often opted for the Days Inn or eqivalent...For example, we drove to the Univ of VT from NJ....we checked into the Days Inn, walked around Burlington, went to a Brew Pub for an early dinner, went to the B&N, and my big concesssion was to let Connor rent a pay per view movie while I went to sleep. The next day, we took the college tour,and got on the road afterwards. Pretty much the same drill when we did the Cornell/Syracuse drill and the U of VA, GW. GT and Vtech HOWEVER, Connor checked out U of Colo w/ his dad...they rented a Hummer... and David let Connor drive. They went out w/t he staff of a place called "The Kitchen" ( dont know anything about it) but Connor apparantly had a drink at the bar...which at 18, rocked his world and lets not get into what the hell his dad was thinking. Yes, I've considered that Connor chose this because of the percs... but he's a pretty pragmatic kid, and really, his 18 yrs on earth so far have amounted to way more than a illegal drink.


    I felt really part of his process...and I feel really good about his decision. I knew he was favoring a large public U, so when we got the Cornell acceptance,, a part of me fell into the junior ivy mind set....but its not what is right for Connor, and so I worked it through ( hey, I won't lie..in my world, a CORNELL rear window decal speaks volumes) (and my husband is dealing w/ Connor rejectng his Alma mater, Middlebury..also a coveted decal!) but...LIVING WITH THE KID, HIS ENTHUSIASM AND CONFIDENCE IS CONTAGIOUS. Everyone who loves him agrees he will thrive in this atmosphere.

  17. My son has rec'd full acceptance to every school he applied to, and has decided to attend th University of Colorado at Boulder. I would have preferred Cornell or U of Vt, simply because of location...but he fell in love with Colorado, and seems so energized and excited now that the long testig/application and acceptance process is over...does anyone remember that feeling...60 days left of highschool, your world unfolding before you, and that glorious feeling of overwhelming confidence...he's almost glowing, and his friends seem to be the same way.


    Really, the college application process is so arduous, so stressful and for many kids it's the first time they're being compared and judged on a national level..when its over, its like the entire family can take deep breath.


    And, I am looking forwrd to exploring Boulder. I'm proud to have raised a son independent enough to feel comfortable with being so far from home, and being smart enough to be able to choose what college he wanted, instead of letting colleges choose him. He's very committed to a public university, after attending a small private prep school. At this time, he's planning on a Political Science degree

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