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Mrs Shrew

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The Infant Shrew is due in a week. I'm intending to breastfeed but have backup bottles etc just in case.
Should I sterilise these now, on the basis that it will be One Job Less To Do With Newborn, or next t, on the basis that actually they would need doing again next week anyway?

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This might be 20 years out of date, but my midwife told me to make no back up preparations for bottle feeding. She said the time to make preparations for bottle feeding was 30 minutes after I had decided that solo breast feeding wasn't working.
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FWIW my daughter gave birth last month. She acquired (mainly from friends) the hugest lot of baby bottles you ever saw -- all types, all styles, all totally incompatible with each other. She boiled them all, before birth, and they are stored in boxes in her pantry. (Her parents had the pleasure of matching up all the assorted bottles, rings, nipples, caps, etc. -- it was a huge puzzle.)
She is nursing now, but plans to start law school in August (!!) and will probably need to switch to bottles by then.

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Mrs Shrew

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Thank you both [Smile]

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All the best, Mrs Shrew!
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Hello Mrs Shrew

Things don't stay sterile for very long, so make sure they're clean now and sterilise later. And if you're hoping to bf ask everyone you see for help if you think it's not working as well as you'd expected.

//currently dealing with mastitis//

Good luck!

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Jengie jon

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For those interested in the final selection they are:

  • Jane Goodall
  • Stephanie Shirley
  • Mary Somerville
  • Amy Johnson
  • Carole Chaski

My niece can choose three of the five. Carole Chaski is probably the hardest, but I wanted someone with her sort of expertise because of my niece's own skill set. My niece is maths mad and a pretty good linguist (first in the family).

Jengie

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This week I'm in charge of the projects table for our church's vacation bible school. The theme, besides the theological, is science. I am planning on using the old salt garden creation for one evening's project on transformation. The only problem is that the usual ingredients include ammonia. I don't want ammonia around the kids. The ammonia is evidently used to speed up evaporation of the water in the salt and bluing solution. Would anyone know if a little added alcohol would work similarly? Thanks.

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Lyda Rose--

I did a search on "how to grow crystals non-toxic". This looks like it might work for you:

"Growing Salt And Vinegar Crystals" (chemistry.about.com).

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Lyda*Rose

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Thanks, that looks good. Vinegar is a much better option.

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Jengie jon

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Alright

Walking shoes have changed since I last seriously considered a pair. I bought a pair that is by my standards comfortable from a specialist shop. Today by accident I went for a walk without the footbeds in. Walking shoes did not use to have footbeds. I noticed before I realised I had forgotten these, that despite walking about nine miles I was in no hurry to get the shoes off. This is not a long walk but it is a reasonable length.

So the question is, should I try them out on a longer walk without footbeds or should I continue to use only with footbeds?

Jengie

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Huia
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Personally I wouldn't, Jengie. Mainly because I used some shoes with the insufficient cushioning (which weren't painful to use) and developed plantar fasciitis, which took over a year and a pair of very expensive custom fitted orthotics to come right.

Having said that - the next pair I tried were deemed by the podiatrist to have too much cushioning so the effect was like permanently walking on sand, and there wasn't enough support.

The whole sequence sounds a bit like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears so I'm hoping the current pair will turn out to be "Just Right".

If you do decide they are better without the foot beds it might be wise to discuss it first with the people who sold them to you. The specialist shop I now use sometimes has a podiatrist in attendance, which was how I solved my foot problems. (Fingers Crossed)

Huia

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Jengie jon

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Actually, a bit of reading around and I think I might need to change my foot beds. My feet take largely after my mum's which are unusual (straight, narrow and with a relatively high arch). This is something of a discovery for me. Mum never allowed that my feet took after hers, so I was told I had broad, flat feet. I suspect the default one is for the average person which basically is slightly flat footed.

Jengie

p.s. I still got my Dad's arthritis though but at present foot exercises keep the bunions at bay.

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Can anyone recommend a newish Christian book from a con-evo perspective? I am needing to write a book review for a particular audience.
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Lothlorien
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Evangeline, I don't know if this really counts as "newish" but it certainly fits the bill in other areas for Sydney. I can tell you from years of experience in SU bookshop that this is the go to resource. Quite small.

Just for Starters From Matthias press and all! Perfect for Sydney, covers everything Sydney deems as necessary. [Big Grin] we used to sell out of these almost as soon as I ordered more.

The other one which requires some knowledge and experience of reading books which are definitely more than little pamphlets is Jim Packer's Knowing God. Much more depth to it than the first one I mentioned.

Do not try Tom Wright who has a very poor reputation here as you probably have found out.

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Lothlorien
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OK, on re-reading this I see you probably want a newish book, not a book for newish Christians. My brain has been a bit frazzled. Sorry.

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Thanks anyway Loth, yeah I am looking for a recently published book [Smile]
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Jengie jon

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Evangeline


How about My Story So Far by Canon Andrew White? I have not read it but it is the sort of book which I could see myself getting something from with very good Evangelical credentials.

Jengie

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Thanks Jengi, I'll check it out. xx
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Evangeline--

I followed Jengie's link. (Book looks interesting.) I'm not up on recent evangelical books. But at that link to the Good Reads site, I plugged "evangelical" into the search at the top, and got tons of hits. Looks like some are for evangelicals, and some are about them.

If you're at all in the mood for something controversial, you might try Rob Bell's "Love Wins". He's a pastor (don't remember what denomination, but I think it was Evangelical) who came to believe in universalism, as part of Christianity. (I.e., God will save everyone.) He brought relief to many people, and angered many others. IIRC, he got into some trouble over it. Not sure where he is now.

If you're interested in books from the '60s-'90s, I can make more suggestions. I think Anne Lamott's "Traveling Mercies" is from the 2000s. Not Evangelical, per se. But it's a gritty, down in the gutter, finding God account. Basically, a born-again story. She eventually wound up in an unusual Presbyterian church (IIRC, even Jews and atheists went), with a great woman minister. Anne makes some pithy, witty comments. Like saying she'd done something so bad "it would make Jesus want to drink gin out of the cat dish". [Smile] Much beloved of many Shipmates. Great if you're down on yourself, feeling like you'll never be a good Christian, etc.

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Sarah G
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quote:
Originally posted by Evangeline:
Can anyone recommend a newish Christian book from a con-evo perspective? I am needing to write a book review for a particular audience.

quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:
Do not try Tom Wright who has a very poor reputation here as you probably have found out.

Best to avoid Tom Wright if you're looking for con-evo, but only because he's not con-evo. (Although he is orthodox.)

I would very strenuously challenge the claim that he has a poor reputation on this site. There is a Purg thread to discuss this here.

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Lothlorien
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Sarah G, i think you have misinterpreted my comment about a poor reputaion. Evangeline and I are both in Sydney where his reputation is the pits. Absolutely rock bottom. She and I would have understood my allusion, nothing to do with the Ship in the slightest.

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Sarah G
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quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:
Sarah G, i think you have misinterpreted my comment about a poor reputaion. Evangeline and I are both in Sydney where his reputation is the pits. Absolutely rock bottom. She and I would have understood my allusion, nothing to do with the Ship in the slightest.

Now I understand the context, it all makes sense.

Which, ironically, is what Tom Wright does so well.

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I have passed on my doll to my great niece, with a small allowance of clothes, what she was wearing when my mother finished dressing her last. I had the sudden idea that this is what I could use my spare material for, but no.

Mary Rose (how did I know about Barrie's lost bride?) is a 20 inch doll, and all modern doll clothes patterns which are not for Barbie are for 18 inch dolls. Not only that, but they are emphatic about being for one size only, so they know that people want other sizes, but they don't care. We've obviously lost Mum's patterns, since I can't remember seeing them, and they were probably worn out.

Any suggestions, possibly with advice on sizing up?

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Penny S
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She's not a baby doll, more a toddler.
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Try Googling?

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Penny S
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Did that first - well, DuckDuckGo'ed, since I avoid Google.
And ebay'ed.
Where I found that 20 inch dolls were assumed to be babies - Mary Rose is a walking doll - sort of.
Just been reading instructions in making toiles aka 'slopers' using vilene.

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Penny S
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But thanks, anyway.
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Curiosity killed ...

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Etsy have a range of different styles of dolls clothes, as do Pinterest, but I find Pinterest a pain. (I probably have some knitting patterns)

Or there's a book to teach dressmaking for dolls - apparently available on Amazon

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Penny S
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I also find Pinterest difficult. And try to avoid Amazon, as well! Picky, aren't I?

I used to make smaller doll clothes as a child by wrapping things round and working out where to cut, so I'll probably go the toile route. And then, when I have the basic, I can riff on it. But it is irritating.

My Granny used to knit us girls sweaters, and when they came, beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, there would be a matching sweater for the doll in with it. Knitting patterns for 20 inch dolls seem to be available, but are probably old. They won't wear out like sewing patterns.

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quote:
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Mary Rose (how did I know about Barrie's lost bride?) is a 20 inch doll, and all modern doll clothes patterns which are not for Barbie are for 18 inch dolls.

Not quite. The majority are - as you'll have discovered almost everything is geared towards "American Girl" - but it's still possible to find other sites.

(I have a doll I rescued from my mother's house before clearance, a beautiful little creature only 12" high who, by way of project, I'm attempting to restore to her former glory as it was before my impatient 7-year-old self got hold of her. This is how I know about the link, because finding replacement clothing items for a 12" doll is a struggle, even on eBay.)

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Yeah, I dug into an Etsy store, and this pattern looks good. And at $4.75, it's a deal.

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Penny S
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And that one is not too baby style, either. I think I can get it over this side, as well.

So many of the things are like the baby clothes we were supposed to make in Needlework at school, very delicate little things with lace and embroidery, and tiny French seams, that took so long to make that the making lasted longer than the baby would have stayed the size to wear them. At least dolls wouldn't grow out of them, but I've seen my great niece playing.

And someone after my time has dislocated the arms, so they need work as well.

And Ariel, I did find that site, which is where I got the idea of the toile. Some of the photos of the doll being fitted for pants look very odd, don't they?

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What in Sam Hill is 'cocktail festive' for a dress code for a wedding in Boston? Can anyone illuminate me?

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I assume this is in summer, or at least in the warmer weather. If this is so, then I would wear a sleeveless or short-sleeved short dress in some festive and dressy fabric or color, but not black. Not denim or tee shirt material, in other words. Something that you would wear to a cocktail party of the fancier sort. Sexy and revealing, if your tastes/figure run that way. Dangly earrings? Striking necklace? High heels, if you can manage them.

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Penny S
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I have just found a site with a brilliant idea for changing the size of doll patterns. Photocopier with size adjustment. 18" patterns here I come.
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quote:
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I assume this is in summer, or at least in the warmer weather. If this is so, then I would wear a sleeveless or short-sleeved short dress in some festive and dressy fabric or color, but not black. Not denim or tee shirt material, in other words. Something that you would wear to a cocktail party of the fancier sort. Sexy and revealing, if your tastes/figure run that way. Dangly earrings? Striking necklace? High heels, if you can manage them.

This is my take on it as well. Plus take along a wrap or shawl in case the venue is chilly.

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quote:
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What in Sam Hill is 'cocktail festive' for a dress code for a wedding in Boston? Can anyone illuminate me?

Would you be able to ask one of the organizers/person who sent the invitation/someone else you know who's going?
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quote:
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What in Sam Hill is 'cocktail festive' for a dress code for a wedding in Boston? Can anyone illuminate me?

"Cocktail festive" doesn't exist, so clearly it's a naturist wedding.

If you don't fancy that, then I'd suggest a sparkly cocktail dress rather than LBD. Sparkles, sequins, bright colors. Glitzy shoes, showy jewellery.

If there's a Mr. ACGirl, perhaps a jewel-tone pocket square? It should complement, not match, his tie.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by AngloCatholicGirl:
What in Sam Hill is 'cocktail festive' for a dress code for a wedding in Boston? Can anyone illuminate me?

"Cocktail festive" doesn't exist, so clearly it's a naturist wedding.

If you don't fancy that, then I'd suggest a sparkly cocktail dress rather than LBD. Sparkles, sequins, bright colors. Glitzy shoes, showy jewellery.

If there's a Mr. ACGirl, perhaps a jewel-tone pocket square? It should complement, not match, his tie.

ACToddler would be down with a naturist wedding, he certainly loves running round sans clothes. Maybe I should let him attend au natural [Big Grin]

Sadly Mr. ACGirl is unable to attend, so there goes the opportunity for jewel tone pocket square. I'll have to keep it in mind for future events though!

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I think the only dress code I could manage is Weird Frumpy.

Google 'cocktail festive' and you get lots of pix of red drinks in rim-frosted glasses in which various red (or green) things have been drowned. So I think your best bet is a red satin dress, white feather boa and some holly in your hair.

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I suspect it means "dress up but we aren't going to follow the black tie/white tie rules or anything out of an etiquette manual." Basically, look pretty and do what you want. (Well no, NOT those rainbow tennis shoes)

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Fredegund
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Sounds to me like something from the 20s. Definitely the feather boa - if you can avoid shedding. I once left a trail of shocking pink feathers over the lawn of a retreat house after an Open Day. The Warden's kids had a field day tracking me.

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Lamb Chopped
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Ooh, awesome!

Rhinestones. Lots of rhinestones.

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Golden Key
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Re dress code:

Sounds like a fun wedding. Haven't been to that kind. But, if I may suggest, be mindful not to upstage the bride. IMHO, some of the outfits discussed might.

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Brenda Clough
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The other no-fail solution is to ask other wedding guests what they are wearing. If everyone else is wearing rhinestones, yours will fit right in.

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Firenze

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
If everyone else is wearing rhinestones

In that case come in floral taffeta with pearls, pumps and a straw hat.
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Pigwidgeon

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One of the joys of living in Arizona is that dress codes are extremely flexible. People asked to wear 'cocktail festive' might show up in anything from nice jeans to evening gowns and hardly raise an eyebrow. (But I personally would still go with Brenda's suggestions above.)

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As much as I'd love to roll up in a feather boa and sparkly rhinestones with nekkid ACToddler in tow, it's going to have to be a floral knee length dress so as not to upstage the bridal party. *sigh*

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Lamb Chopped
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Ah drat.

You could put the boa on the toddler!

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