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by Elsebet
Thu May 28, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: Bread failure question

The other day I tried a no-knead recipe. Followed it exactly. Very basic, flour, instant yeast, salt, water. initial proof - 12 hours covered with plastic, around 90°F . Baked in a cast iron dutch. oven. Didn't rise much, wasn't eaten. :( The video specified "cool" water mixed with the dry ingredie...
by Elsebet
Mon May 25, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed regarding debt
Replies: 42
Views: 3234

Re: Advice Needed regarding debt

Around 2004 or so I ran up a pile of credit card debt and was paying for both a small mortgage and rent along with car/student loans, all on one average income while my boyfriend (now husband) was looking for a job. It was one of the most stressful 2 years of my life paying that debt off. There were...
by Elsebet
Mon May 25, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 106
Views: 5390

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

For me, the only thing that works consistently is counting calories (portion control). I stuck to 1500 calories per day for awhile and lost a lot of weight, however as others have mentioned I stopped tracking and gained a bit back. I've repeated this cycle a few times. The last time I adjusted upwar...
by Elsebet
Sat May 23, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal spending out of control after Covid-19
Replies: 120
Views: 9574

Re: Personal spending out of control after Covid-19

Hubby and I both gained weight. I have been working from home since Mar 3 and still am. I took a new job and we moved across the country during the lockdown. What's funny is I started my new job a month ago and haven't yet been to the office, don't even have a badge to get in. I was so stressed out ...
by Elsebet
Thu May 14, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 10795

Re: Dentist charges $10 for PPE

I got an email from my dentist notifying me of a $22 charge for future visits for PPE, $10 sounds reasonable in comparison. :)
by Elsebet
Tue May 12, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?
Replies: 132
Views: 8270

Re: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?

We don't prep in the sense of having a concrete bunker, guns, and large supply of freeze-dried meals. However my family always had a nicely stocked pantry when I was young and my husband and I now do the same. We keep a healthy supply of pantry items in airtight canisters that we use regularly like ...
by Elsebet
Thu May 07, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Still looking for a volunteer! :) Hi all, I am moving out of state so I will need to have someone else take over the meetings and seattlebogleheads@gmail.com email address. Please PM me if you are interested, thank you! It was really fun to lead the meetings here and I will miss the folks that regul...
by Elsebet
Wed May 06, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Uncut gems. As someone who has lead a somewhat financially boring life this movie was a little stressful to watch. I kept thinking "Oh no! What are you doing!?" so many times. Really enjoyed it, it's pretty rare for a movie to give me that kind of emotional jolt.
by Elsebet
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: What have you baked recently?

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:52 pm
How do I store it once opened?
j :D
I store mine in the freezer once opened.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made these last night: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars-recipe In my opinion (and as I left in my review), the 510g of chocolate chips was way too much as all I taste when I eat them is chocolate and very little cookie. Next time I will use half that amount ...
by Elsebet
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: What have you baked recently?

I've decided I want to give baking my own sourdough bread a try. I'm a total NOOB at this, so what do I need to know? Any 'inside baseball' tips, hints, suggestions? :confused Seems like King Arthur flour is the right stuff to start with. Here's a starter recipe . I use this actual bread recipe KAF...
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: What have you baked recently?

I make this cake regularly using my sourdough discard. It's heavenly, however it took me a few tries and tweaks to get it right. https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-chocolate-cake-recipe Here are my tweaks: - I use sifted cake flour instead of AP flour - For the initial step of mixing ...
by Elsebet
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20114

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

I have naturally curly hair so I really don't have it cut normally. Occasionally I might trim the ends of the curls after a shower.

My husband uses clippers with a guard to cut his hair and I even up the back for him, been doing that for years.
by Elsebet
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Hi all,

I am moving out of state so I will need to have someone else take over the meetings and seattlebogleheads@gmail.com email address. Please PM me if you are interested, thank you! It was really fun to lead the meetings here and I will miss the folks that regularly attended!
by Elsebet
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72453

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I made a mask out of a cut-up pillowcase and rubber bands today based on this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLXEhSjVsw

Not saying it is going to prevent anything but it's possibly better than nothing. :)
by Elsebet
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 17134

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

Visit my mom (84)
Visit my Aunt (70's) and Uncle (81)
Visit my friends in Pittsburgh & Cincinnati
by Elsebet
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What have you learned from this situation that you will take action on?
Replies: 158
Views: 14391

Re: What have you learned from this situation that you will take action on?

I already had a pretty full pantry and I am pretty consistent about keeping it that way.

I did learn that my emergency fund, while fairly large, feels much smaller in this situation. I will probably increase it a bit going forward.
by Elsebet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 268
Views: 31185

Re: What have you baked recently?

It's strange, I used to love baking and always had plenty of extra KAF flour in my pantry. However now I eye each bit of flour I use fearfully because the last two shopping trips we did the flour aisle was completely empty. I hope I can find some on our next trip. I have quite a bit in our pantry bu...
by Elsebet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Jojo Rabbit - thought it was well acted and produced.
by Elsebet
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Device For Streaming HBO Now
Replies: 13
Views: 637

Re: Device For Streaming HBO Now

We use a Roku 3 and get HBO via Hulu.
by Elsebet
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?
Replies: 359
Views: 25886

Re: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?

wkimdds wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:01 am
I know I should keep bogle way but it is pretty stressful to see vanguard portfolio going down in value every day.
I have not looked at my Fidelity account nor my employer's 401k since this whole thing started and that has prevented a lot of stress for me.
by Elsebet
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it time to GET OUT?
Replies: 125
Views: 10725

Re: Is it time to GET OUT?

I feel that time is now here, but I must admit looking at my portfolio fall is excruciating. Why do you keep looking? I intentionally have not logged into Fidelity or my employer's 401k websites since this whole thing started to prevent myself from worrying about it. I'm 43 and I won't need the mon...
by Elsebet
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Hi - in light of the Coronavirus issues I'll reschedule this meetup in May - sorry for the late notice.
by Elsebet
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Decision for Job Change
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Decision for Job Change

You mention no career growth. Can you explain why? Are you at the top of the food chain? Can you ask your manager or a mentor for some guidance on how to get to the next level? Is there anything else making you want a change? Do you have a spouse and/or children? The travel will probably keep you aw...
by Elsebet
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Hi all - My humbles apologies for having to reschedule again but I was just scheduled for a mandatory meeting starting at 11am this Friday and must reschedule to 3/13/2020. The next Seattle Bogleheads lunch meeting will be Friday, March 13 2020 at 11:15am at the Crossroads Bellevue Public Market. Pl...
by Elsebet
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

I'm a Seattle newbie to this blog. Can anyone tell me what the topic is for this Friday's meeting in Bellevue (Mar 6, 2020)? This is the topic I mentioned in my post above, however I imagine the topic of the day will shift to Coronavirus and its affect on the market. :) February's topic is somethin...
by Elsebet
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Bumping as a reminder. :) Looking forward to seeing folks this Friday! Apologies all, I got scheduled for a training/design session with a vendor on the week of the 28th so I'm moving this to Friday March 6. I'll send an email out this week also. The next Seattle Bogleheads lunch meeting will be Fri...
by Elsebet
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Belko Experiment - I could not get into this movie and fell asleep halfway through, woke up near the end in confusion.
by Elsebet
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I had to travel last week and on the plane I watched 2 things I enjoyed previously (Joker & Once Upon a Time in the West). The one I hadn't watched before was "The Kitchen". I was intrigued because I usually like anything Margo Martindale is in but I was a bit disappointed in this one. It just felt ...
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Set my heart on a Navy Federal Credit Union mortgage...anyway I could join?
Replies: 23
Views: 3040

Re: Set my heart on a Navy Federal Credit Union mortgage...anyway I could join?

Thank you for this post. I thought NFCU was only for active military, had no idea family members of veterans were eligible. My father is deceased but he served in the Navy, I just requested a copy of his service records and will see if I can join once I get them.
by Elsebet
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are you spending Valentine's day?
Replies: 64
Views: 3890

Re: How are you spending Valentine's day?

Like every other Friday we will have Nachos made at home with spicy refried beans (my own spice mix). Yum! Depending on how bad traffic makes my commute home I may stop at the store and buy my husband some Coronas and an avocado and maybe some conversation hearts for myself.
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1910
Views: 207482

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just started Season 4 of "Better Call Saul" on Netflix. I can't explain why but I love these characters and the world they live in so much. My husband and I spent a good 30 minutes talking about one interaction in the 2nd episode.
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 48088

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

Apologies all, I got scheduled for a training/design session with a vendor on the week of the 28th so I'm moving this to Friday March 6. I'll send an email out this week also. The next Seattle Bogleheads lunch meeting will be Friday, March 6 2020 at 11:15am at the Crossroads Bellevue Public Market. ...
by Elsebet
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming more reclusive as I age - is it OK to be OK with it?
Replies: 101
Views: 7257

Re: Becoming more reclusive as I age - is it OK to be OK with it?

We live in the PNW, and for the past few weeks it has been miserable with rain, flooding, and landslides. Today it finally stopped raining and the sun came out. I went outside onto our property for the first time in a long while and did a bit of light cleaning up, removing branches and some blackber...
by Elsebet
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?
Replies: 99
Views: 7173

Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

We buy the 13 gallon Costco bags for our kitchen trash can. It's just two of us here and we recycle and compost, so we only have about 1 bag of trash every 2 weeks. For our offices we just have wire mesh cans and I line them with a smaller bag, however we do not throw those out. On trash day we just...
by Elsebet
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?
Replies: 62
Views: 8544

Re: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?

I was a "3 at a time" customer for a long time and we always had discs (blu-ray or dvd) delivered very quickly here in the Seattle area. They would often ship the next disc right after I dropped it off at the post office. When I switched to being a "1 at t time" customer I noticed immediately that m...
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax withholding, why do we owe so much?
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Re: Tax withholding, why do we owe so much?

I'm also interested in this topic. We had 150k income last year (MFJ) and HR Block is saying we owe $3700! Even with the mortgage interest/property tax we do not have enough itemized deductions to get even close to going over the standard deduction. One thing we weren't doing is maxing my husband's ...
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the best way to pay off large debt?
Replies: 16
Views: 1116

Re: What is the best way to pay off large debt?

I had about the same amount of HELOC debt after some major work on my home. I have about 29k left and am just paying it off month by month as I have extra funds, usually about 1-2k each month.
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched Stalker last night, unfortunately I fell asleep near the end. Definitely a unique kind of movie, slower and more thoughtful than a typical action sci-fi movie.
by Elsebet
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: who do you bank with and why?
Replies: 97
Views: 6949

Re: who do you bank with and why?

We use a local credit union (BECU) for our joint account (checking/savings) and both have Fidelity CMA (cash management accounts) as a backup.
by Elsebet
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 288
Views: 37540

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

Today while I was playing my current game I thought "I should make a thread about video games on Bogleheads!". Luckily I did a search first and found this one which I am resurrecting. I just finished Chrono Trigger for the first time. I really enjoyed it! At first I was very confused by the time tra...
by Elsebet
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life
Replies: 207
Views: 17488

Re: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life

I have the Griswold cast iron pans my grandmother and mother used, love them. I bake my own bread (in a cast iron dutch oven) from a sourdough starter that is a little over 2 years old now. Cooking and baking (without the fancy gadgets, just normal oven/stove/microwave) if that counts. I also do not...
by Elsebet
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda 3 v Civic Si
Replies: 46
Views: 2790

Re: Mazda 3 v Civic Si

We have a manual 2006 Honda Civic Si, has about 120k miles on it. We are very happy with the performance and reliability of the vehicle, it has required very little work besides routine maintenance, the 1 exception being a large repair due to my husband having an accident in an unplowed parking lot....
by Elsebet
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5437
Views: 1349911

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Peanut Butter Falcon - good indie flick, enjoyed it.
by Elsebet
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to save BIG in a HCOLA
Replies: 64
Views: 5146

Re: How to save BIG in a HCOLA

We live just east of Seattle, WA. When we moved out here, we knew the home prices were going to be an issue. To compare, our home in Cincinnati, OH was $137,000 which I thought rather pricey at the time. When we moved out to the Seattle area in 2013, I set a hard maximum price of $400,000 but wanted...
by Elsebet
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Happy Birthday Taylor! 96 years young!
Replies: 139
Views: 4023

Re: Happy Birthday Taylor! 96 years young!

Happy Birthday Taylor!
by Elsebet
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thicker/Flatter Dental Floss or Tape?
Replies: 34
Views: 2509

Re: Thicker/Flatter Dental Floss or Tape?

I love the Oral B Glide tape they sell at Costco.
by Elsebet
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed
Replies: 352
Views: 26564

Re: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed

I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband.