@celeec4@twitter Full fat foods are totally more satisfying. I stopped buying crappy ice cream a while ago and now just buy the stuff that's about 95% butterfat, which is totally worth the cost premium anyhow. Also whole milk yogurt tastes better than nonfat by a whole lot.
@Madeline Shoes Yay rugs! The day I put the rugs down in our new place was when I finally felt like we were really living in our place.
@granny squares Everything! Turkey, mashed potatoes, whiskey glazed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole from scratch, brussels sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pie (at least an apple, probably a pumpkin for later), rolls, spiced cider. I'll have help with the cooking, and we're on year four or five of hosting, so we've got this down at this point. Also, we'll have a total of four people for dinner, so leftovers galore!
@upupandaway Also, here is the tactic I used when test driving/ trying to figure out what I wanted, and it worked great and no one tried to pressure me beyond "let us know and we can cut you a good deal."
Go to the dealership. Hit up the reception desk and say "I want to test drive the XYZ" They will try to tell you all the things about the car- you can look these up online. I just said "you know, how the car feels is the most important thing for me, so can we just drive one?" Make sure that on the test drive you take the car through the conditions you're most likely to drive it in- highway, city streets, whatever. Then thank the salesperson and tell them you'll think about it.
Then, I'd take notes about what I liked/ didn't like about the car. I had my top things that I cared about: how well I could see out of it, how it handled, how the brakes/ accelerator felt, how well the car/ seats fit my body. You'll have different things- write them down.
Once you know which one you like best, hit up the internet, figure out what options you want, google "how to buy a new car," and then negotiate via email/ phone- that gives you time to think about things and it's harder for them to pressure you.
@upupandaway I had similar requirements to your (although I like some vim and vigor in mine as well), and I test drove: The VW Jetta, the VW Golf, the Mazda 3, the Volvo S40 (used) and the Subaru Impreza.
Hated the Jetta (little things, but in general just didn't enjoy it), liked the Golf but it is super sucky in the 0-30 mph range which is most of my commute speed. The Mazda 3 is a fun car to drive and a good value but I can't SEE out of it. Volvo S40 is a super solid car, good to drive, but $$s new and semi-sucky gas mileage. Safe as houses, though, and a reasonably good deal used.
Subarus are my one true love (which I knew but tried to prove otherwise to myself- hence the extensive test driving), so I wound up with an Impreza wagon in the "premium" trim for 22K including taxes, with 0% financing. I love it so, even though my need for AWD is almost nill- it's sooo much zippier and less squirrly than the Civic hybrid my husband owns (which I hate with a fiery passion) and the new continuously variable transmissions get pretty darn good gas mileage. And the visibility out of it is excellent.
@squishycat Smoothies are my breakfast because it is a fruit and yogurt delivery mechanism I can take with me in my car, which saves me half an hour of waiting to be awake enough to want breakfast.
@ladybee The Umlauf scuplture garden and the Zilker botanic gardens are nice and low-key (also inexpensive)
I really love the drive down 360 where it crosses the colorado river- the bridge is really cool. Take 2222 from Mopac for optimal driving enjoyment (assuming you like driving curves), then head south on 360.
Guerros for margaritas and tacos. And about a zillion new restaurants I haven't been to yet.
@Onymous This rec is a few years old, but my old dentist was Mark Castor- he's down south off of Ben White, and I really liked him. The office was super, super good about telling me how much stuff would cost up front before they did anything and were really cost conscious, checking what my insurance did and didn't cover, etc.
@antilamentation I have been reading it slowly to avoid dying of laughter. The slow dog/ helper dog moving story had me laughing so hard I was crying, and that was a re-read!
@planforamiracle too add to the anecdata, I met my husband on OKC and am still quite fond of him! I actually had a reasonably good time meeting people on it in general- even the awful dates were story fodder, which is a helpful life resource.