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My family only has one car, which my husband uses to commute an hour to work each day. But that doesn't stop my family from going out and enjoying our neighbourhood. I still drop my son off at preschool a few mornings a week, enjoy library programs, and our awesome local fair-trade coffee shop. If you've got two feet, a heartbeat, and some basic gear, sub-zero temperatures and snow can't get in the way…

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Get your "Oh shit, I'm sick" kit ready before it's too late

Being sick freaking sucks. But if there's one thing that sucks even more, it's having to go to the store when you're sick to stock up on all the illness accoutrements. During undergrad I worked at a pharmacy on campus, and was regularly exposed to all manner of germs and products with which to treat those germs. I started stocking up on supplies at the beginning of the year, so that when the inevitable welcome-back bug infected me, I'd be ready.

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How do I reclaim my balcony from the pigeons?

Homies, I need your help: pigeons won't leave my 12th-floor balcony alone. After putting up with two rounds of pigeon babies being born and raised because I had a heart or something, enough is enough. My cat chirps at them, and if they see her, they fly away — but then they come right back. I bought a plastic owl with a rotating head, but unless I move it around the balcony every day, they get wise to it and ignore it. Am I doomed to this owl-repositioning fate forever? Or are there other options?
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This app may help me get over my fear of buying perishables

There is an app that now exists that helps you keeps track of your perishable food. It's called The Fridge, and I think it's going to help me get over my fear of buying perishable food. Since I'm so unfamiliar with "real food" that I don't really know how long I have to use anything, I just end up saying "nope, nope, nope" to foods with a time limit.