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    <3 Paris. This blogger (habituallychic.blogspot.com) recently moved to Paris. She has great advice on packing for Paris, but she is truly trying to fit in with the locals.

    I co-sign no shorts and...
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    Totally an aside, but I hope that Betsee Parker...

    Totally an aside, but I hope that Betsee Parker continues to support Tori as she (presumably) moves up to international show jumping in the future. She would be a wonderful supporter of American...
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    A few thoughts: DO NOT use your debit card...

    A few thoughts:

    DO NOT use your debit card overseas. It's just too easy for it to be stolen, especially at stand alone ATMs (that are highly prevalent in Mexico). In fact, the last time I went to...
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    This is in fact what the showrunners are planning...

    This is in fact what the showrunners are planning on doing. :)
  5. If you have a smartphone, you can watch via the...

    If you have a smartphone, you can watch via the NBC Sports app. That's my plan!
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    Fraternity party in college. We were both 19....

    Fraternity party in college. We were both 19. Dated for about 8 years before we got married this past December!
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    Nothing wrong with coating your salad in dressing...

    Nothing wrong with coating your salad in dressing - just make sure it's DIY salad dressing.

    Here are my two favorite dressings that I make at home regularly:

    Mustard vinaigrette:
    Lemon juice...
  8. We did. I actually didn't want to look at the...

    We did. I actually didn't want to look at the place because the pictures he posted where so underwhelming (i.e., shot at sunset and into the light so everything looked orange/red in the apartment)....
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    What Appsolute said re: clothing. The summer...

    What Appsolute said re: clothing. The summer weather isn't great. Pack sweaters and dress in layers. Last weekend, I needed a fleece-lined Barbour jacket + sweater + oxford + tee + cashmere scarf to...
  10. We found a place this past weekend! It's in...

    We found a place this past weekend! It's in Potrero Hill and close enough that DH can walk or bike to the Caltrain station. We're also close enough to 280 that he'll probably drive some days (and...
  11. Once we're out and settled, I'd love to do a...

    Once we're out and settled, I'd love to do a meet-up! :)

    It looks like we may have found a place! DH found a condo for rent in a building with a great management company in SoMA. Pet-friendly,...
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    Frequent flyer here (3+/month). Buy your...

    Frequent flyer here (3+/month).

    Buy your ticket eight weeks out if you can for the lowest price, or at least two weeks of your date. The cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Thursdays, and...
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    Jingles. Talk to me about stress fractures...

    Jingles.

    Talk to me about stress fractures and the prognosis. Even a "severe" stress fracture sounds "better" to me for a successful recovery than say a shattered bone. Yes?
  14. Our building in Chicago has been under...

    Our building in Chicago has been under construction for the past 2 years we've lived here and HATE it. Thanks for this tip! :)
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    Ditto what another poster said - 3 days at a...

    Ditto what another poster said - 3 days at a conference + 4 days afterwards is a LONG time to be in Las Vegas. I go every year, but typically hit my saturation point around 36 hours... and I only go...
  16. Yeah, and unfortunately, after so many weeks of...

    Yeah, and unfortunately, after so many weeks of looking, you just become used to it. :(

    It's tough to leave Chicago where's it's more affordable to pay a mortgage than to rent. Our current...
  17. Well we've expanded our search to include SoMA....

    Well we've expanded our search to include SoMA. The commute on the train is reasonable enough for DH and I'm buoyed by the abundance of new, large apartment complexes. Hopefully, that will make the...
  18. Thanks for the all input! I'm going to add a...

    Thanks for the all input! I'm going to add a couple of these suggestions to our itinerary in two weeks. We've been using Craigslist, Lovely, and Padmapper to aid in our search. At this point, we'll...
  19. *Update!* Calling all Bay Area residents - tips for finding housing?

    DH and I are moving to the Bay Area in late June... if we ever find a place to live. We're in the rental market and have a decent budget to work with for a 1- or 2-bedroom, but we're not finding...
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    OP, sorry for the rudeness, both here and on the...

    OP, sorry for the rudeness, both here and on the part of your guests.

    We ran into the same issue. We did a couple of things, depending on who the guest was: if it was on my parents' side, my Mom...
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    Thanks jenm for the saddleseat recommendation!...

    Thanks jenm for the saddleseat recommendation! That could be a fun and different experience to try.

    I think I might try out Stanford first since it's so convenient and seems like it's more...
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    Bumping this as we are officially Bay Area-bound...

    Bumping this as we are officially Bay Area-bound come July 1! We are likely moving to Palo Alto, so any other suggestions are more than welcome. :)

    ETA: Reiterating my interesting in other...
  23. Very cute! He looks like a Rocky Mountain Pony to...

    Very cute! He looks like a Rocky Mountain Pony to me. Does he have the natural ambling gait and/or striped hooves?
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    I recently read the two foolproof bets are an...

    I recently read the two foolproof bets are an Argentinian Malbec and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Malbecs are my favorites.
  25. FWIW, we used to have a lot of milkweed on our...

    FWIW, we used to have a lot of milkweed on our farm, including along the fences. Our ponies never touched it.
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