SarahScoot

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  • in reply to: Smoothies vs. Breakfast Bars? #802841

    SarahScoot
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    I eat the free instant oatmeal at work. Plain, please! :-) On the weekends, it’s pumpkin steel-cut oats.

    in reply to: Smoothies vs. Breakfast Bars? #802837

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    Agreed with Jan; toasted coconut (not sweetened) is also a nice addition for fat and flavor. I haven’t made smoothies in a few years, but one of my favorites for a while involved plain Greek yogurt, coconut flakes, slivered raw almonds, and frozen raspberries. Sometimes some frozen mango, as well. Delicious!

    in reply to: Smoothies vs. Breakfast Bars? #802835

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    Whole foods always win, in my book, so a smoothie would likely be my preference. That said, it’s easy for a smoothie to be sugar-heavy and have few other redeeming qualities. Are her smoothies nutrient-rich and low on excessive starches and sugars? The best combos, IMO, are things like leafy greens (spinach or kale), berries, and plain, high-protein yogurt. If they’re something like orange juice, sweetened yogurt, and banana, I think some of that nutritional value is negated by empty calories.

    in reply to: Bar Soap….boring #802733

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    I like goat milk soaps. No specific brands; they’re often sold as bare bars at Whole Foods or PCC. Very moisturizing and mild.

    I also like Method or Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day liquid hand soaps.

    in reply to: To microwave or not to microwave, what’s your decision? #802501

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    Giant eyeroll to 2MW. Yes, as someone who works full-time outside of the home and has a toddler, sometimes I dare eat frozen convenience foods such as Amy’s Organic brand. Like, almost monthly.

    My point, which clearly flew over your head, was that when I must use the microwave, I avoid putting anything plastic in there. I avoid the microwave because I prefer the taste of food reheated other ways; I avoid plastic in the microwave because I believe there are risks to my health from exciting the molecules of those chemicals via heating.

    in reply to: To microwave or not to microwave, what’s your decision? #802496

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    To metrognome’s point: If I happen to be heating a convenience frozen food that comes in plastic packaging, I pop it out and put it in a stoneware baking dish before it goes in the microwave. I have a small Le Creuset dish that is perfectly sized for those Amy’s or Trader Joe’s frozen meals. :)

    in reply to: To microwave or not to microwave, what’s your decision? #802495

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    I prefer not to use a microwave. We actually didn’t have one for two years between moving into our house and a few months ago. I gave in and bought one for the convenience of reheating leftovers for my young toddler; prior to that, we were doing all reheating in a convection toaster oven.

    I still use the microwave sparingly, and do not like to put plastic in a microwave… or in a dishwasher, for that matter. Yes, I realize I’m weird for this, and I certainly don’t judge what others do. :)

    in reply to: Getting Rid of Cable TV #791523

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    We were already doing the package singularname mentioned, but the price kept going up after the promo period ended. I canceled cable TV entirely and signed up as a new customer to get cable internet for $30/month for six months. Once that’s up in April, we’ll evaluate other options, but $30 is pretty decent. We have a Winegard flat antenna to receive basic channels, an LG smart TV with integrated Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime interfaces, and my husband *occasionally* downloads current TV shows and loads to a USB drive that can be plugged directly into our TV. This setup works great for us and is so much more streamlined than having a cable box, DVD player, Roku, etc. Bonus is there’s less tempting equipment for our young toddler to reach for. ;-)

    Total monthly cost: $30 Internet + $8 Netflix + $6.67 Amazon Prime ($80 amortized over a year; of course the shipping benefits are part of the value, too)=~$45 for pretty much all the content we want.

    Edit: Oh, and the antenna was $30 from Costco… but it went out of stock pretty much right after I bought it, and I haven’t seen it since.

    in reply to: Questionable Sign for Wax On Salon? #801087

    SarahScoot
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    Ooh, I’m lucky #100!

    I have been watching this thread since the beginning, but refrained from posting, even after the ridiculous assertion that a bikini or Brazilian wax is genital mutilation. But I have a few free minutes and want to weigh in (and maybe push this over to three pages?). I am most certainly a feminist, and a fairly traditional one at that (as in, I don’t buy into the theory that stripping or prostitution can be “feminist” behaviors, because they are first and foremost rooted in misogyny), but I will defend a woman’s right to a clean beaver if she so chooses. And guess what? There are plenty of women who do like to be waxed because they feel it heightens sensation. For that matter, there are many men who choose to do so for the same reason. It is not mutilation. To claim so in the name of feminism is ridiculous and is what has made “feminism” a bad word to so many Americans.

    in reply to: West Seattle toy drives? #801131

    SarahScoot
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    Thank you, all! Great suggestions. Honestly, I will probably drop off at Les Schwab because it is close to home, but there are so many great organizations out there, and I hope every kid out there gets a fun gift this Christmas. :-)

    in reply to: Help! Cobbler….where did he go? #800374

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    I’ve been going to Admiral Shoe Repair for a few years now and highly recommend it!

    in reply to: Bus-only lanes… except in heavy traffic? #800384

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    KBear, that would be nice… or at least some kind of signage that clarifies how the lanes should work. I genuinely think I’m doing it right, and a few others are, too, but most people just line up in the bus lane, and then are peeved when people like me “cut” in their line. The way I see it is there’s no point in having a bus lane if it’s just going to fill with cars during heavy traffic… right?

    I’m still annoyed at the X3 driver from this morning, if you can’t tell. ;-)

    in reply to: Bus-only lanes… except in heavy traffic? #800382

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    Smitty, I’ve done the same when traffic is moving and I don’t see buses immediately approaching, because I know I’ll clear the lane without impeding a bus. Today, though, traffic was backed up from the high bridge down 35th; since no one was really moving anyway, I knew I wasn’t blocking anyone from continuing straight to get onto the high bridge… but I knew if I got over into that turn lane, I’d be one more car blocking that bus from getting to the stop.

    I can see both sides. I think the only thing that is clear is that not enough thought went into how traffic actually flows when those portions of the lanes were made bus-only. I wholeheartedly support bus-only lanes, but in practice they don’t work so well if they’re not dedicated lanes, like on the bridge.

    in reply to: YET another THING that Drives Me Crazy! #799979

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    I’m with you, 2MW, which is why I don’t even bother with sites such as AllRecipes.com, where this style is rampant. I stick with verified recipe sites I trust, like MyRecipes.com, Cook’s Illustrated, Alton Brown, etc. It’s amusing that other people have noticed this phenomenon and have also been annoyed! I thought it was just me. :-)

    in reply to: RAVE: Dentist Dr. Joon Kae is awesome! #760268

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    RarelyEver: Have you verified lately that your insurance plan still is not accepted by Dr. Kae’s office? The same thing happened withy husband’s insurance in 2011, but Kae’s office and the insurance company resolved the issue and they’re working together again. :)

    in reply to: Bridge backed up? #798455

    SarahScoot
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    When I drove by at 4:50, there was an SPD car pulled over to the right at the crest of the bridge next to an empty late-’90s white compact sedan. I saw no other people around, nor any other cars. I hope nothing happened, but I have a feeling someone jumped. However, I couldn’t find anything on the city 911 log when I looked, so who knows.

    in reply to: Found Cat in Westwood: What to Do? #798385

    SarahScoot
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    I want him! ;-) Darn allergies.

    in reply to: W.SEA Sticker #798073

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    I have a few extras floating around if anyone wants one. We got to EBB regularly. ;-)

    in reply to: Nice birthday lunch? #797580

    SarahScoot
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    Another vote for Cactus. I’ve never been disappointed. :-)

    in reply to: RANT – cut off at Avalon/Harbor Ave intersection #746112

    SarahScoot
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    This still happens all the time. It happened to me this morning–I had the solid green light to turn right onto Chelan to get onto the bridge, and approaching traffic wanting to turn left needed to yield. As I approached the intersection, another car started to turn left in front of me instead of yielding. I kept going (we weren’t in danger of colliding at that moment, and I would have stopped if it became clear he wasn’t going to); he ended up behind me and flipped me off, I assume because I didn’t let him go ahead of me.

    Some people apparently are in sore need of a refresher on traffic signals.

    in reply to: Eucalyptus Oil #797257

    SarahScoot
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    Super Supplements is much cheaper than Pharmaca for EOs. I shop at and like both stores, so that’s nothing against Pharmaca. :-)

    in reply to: Eucalyptus Oil #797255

    SarahScoot
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    Super Supplements in Morgan Junction. :-) It’s also a great tension headache remedy, in my experience. I mix it with lavender essential oil in an oil warmer and let the scent disperse throughout the house.

    in reply to: Ages In Stages Daycare Center #797134

    SarahScoot
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    Your experience raises all sorts of red flags. I would definitely proceed with caution. Ditto Erica; if you are considering Bright Horizons in West Seattle or at Starbucks, I would be happy to talk to you about my family’s experience. :-)

    in reply to: Broad Daylight break-in near 36th&Juneau #796432

    SarahScoot
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    Ick. This is very close to me (37th and Graham/Raymond vicinity). Any info on the car would be great.

    in reply to: Need a Smart Car? 2 dumped on my parking strip #796401

    SarahScoot
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    KBear, apparently the Enterprise management on 35th just north of Morgan interprets that law to mean they *can* park their cars on the sidewalk. Not on the street, so it’s OK, right? ;-) I have a few pictures of Enterprise cars parked two abreast across the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians into the street to go around. Ridiculous.

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