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  1. 5 points
    Thanks so much everyone! It’s been a roller coaster bummer of a few days this week, but I feel better knowing I’m not totally a ticking time bomb right now. my husband is smuggling me some dinner and then I’m sleeping, hopefully very hard. I think I’ve gotten seven hours total among naps and bedtime since Tuesday 😴
  2. 4 points
    I know, right? It’s like once you’ve seen the scary side of pregnancy complications or kind of ruins your innocence and optimism for things going well, and it’s a fight for me to not feel like fear is a self fulfilling prophecy. But unlike Benjamin or your sweet baby, I’m hopeful that the hugely increased vigilance the whole way through will catch anything disastrous before it becomes fatal for either of us. But yeah. It’s hard emotionally, even more so than physically, and I’m trying to shake the fear that I won’t have a living baby by the end of this 😞
  3. 4 points
    I still have to write today. Been doing all the things--except the writing, but the kitchen floor was truly awful and in need of help. I came to look for a Cheeto, but I guess he's still in the laundry basket?
  4. 2 points
    Well. Baby looked good at my appointment yesterday but my blood pressure was again rather high. As was protein. This morning though my pounding pulse actually woke me up. My blood pressure went past my call in numbers twice and home and I proceeding to notify the OB, I also felt like garbage and could barely sleep. So fun times, I’m in labor and delivery getting monitored for my blood pressure and some chest and back pain - it was 141/99 this morning, then 172/112 and 169/109 this afternoon, then all the way up to 188/108. They think I have unmasked chronic hypertension at this point, and fortunately we did some IV labatelol and it dropped my blood pressure in minutes, then they dosed me with procardia to smooth it out. Protein looks okay but I’m still doing a 24 hour urine collection to verify. Platelets dropped a lot, but thus far my doctor suspects it’s not HELLP again but just pregnancy induced thrombocytopenia. We are watching that and talking with MFM to figure it out. They will also stop by tonight or tomorrow and action plans and management will be discussed. Biggest fear right now is abruption, so the procardia needs to keep my blood pressure in the 140/90 or under range. We are aiming to make it to the third trimester without much more drama. I’m in a room now and will be here until tomorrow morning, at least, but barring further complications I get to go home with a prescription, ongoing blood pressure logging, and hopefully continue to bake the kiddo longer and without feeling like garbage. So that’s the news. Siiiigh.
  5. 2 points
    If my car worked the way the Flintstones cars work I'd be in amazing shape.
  6. 2 points
    Yippee! Road trip to Renai's! Pretty sure the ones I've had were made with poblanos. I say that because I've actually seen a poblano but have never seen or even heard of a Hatch or Anaheim til now. Well, I kinda have: Anaheim is a city in California and Hatch is a movie character played by Will Smith.... No, that's Hancock! 😂
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    Hugs! There are lots of us drifting out here who care. Best wishes to you both!
  8. 2 points
    Yes, it seems to. ETA: Speaking of Sisyphus, I saw this recently and it cracked me up:
  9. 2 points
    As soon as I saw the tree in the field, I knew it was the one! My kids make fun of it saying it’s a Charlie Brown tree. Youngest is the one who decorated. It has fallen a couple times now because dh broke the tree stand last year and I’m skeptical of his fix. It has more ornaments than what shows up in the picture. I don’t smell a tree scent from it, so we burn a Christmas tart for the tree smell.
  10. 1 point
    We started 4 years ago when he was 12 years old with him writing at 8 words per minute regardless of typing or physically writing, and with him being unable to spell 70 out of the top 100 words. He could write for 3 minutes at a time tops. He had NO idea what a sentence was no matter how many grammar programs we did. He was still trying to remember how to write letters (yes, form them!) and he was still sounding out words like 'cat'. His phonics were fine, his phonemic skills were fine, he knew all the rules. He just could not encode his thoughts. Nothing was automated. It wasn't that I had not been working diligently on writing for all those years, but I think I just scaffolded so much, I just couldn't see it. And I believed his work was age appropriate because when he dictated to me it was just so good. I actually didn't really realize he was having trouble until he was about 10. I just though he couldn't spell and that he was a slow writer. By the time he was 11, I figured he had dysgraphia, and we had made a big naive push on spelling programs, copy work, and speed writing. None of it did a thing to help him, and only left him stressed. I was ignorant, with my head in the sand. His amazing skill at composition had completely masked his dysgraphia. At age 12, we started a new path. We abandoned physical writing and went full focus on typing. The goal was 40 words per minute before high school. This was wishful thinking. Dysgraphia is an *encoding* problem, and typing did not make encoding much easier. The only thing it removed was the need to remember how to form the letters. But he still had to get some letters typed that were reasonably close to get spell check to fix them. This took 2.5 years -- to go from 8 words a minute to 25 words per minute typing speed took 2.5 years at more than a hour per day year round!! This was with me sitting right there with him, teaching him how to encode - sounds, thoughts, grammar, punctuation. All of it. After we got him up to 25 words per minute, we switched from dictation to high interest research papers in geography that I have described here before. The high interest meant they were heavily scaffolded but it also meant that he *loved* them, and was willing to work on his writing for 2 hours per day, typing 2 paragraphs every single day. In the past 1.5 years he has written with lots of help 8 research papers that are about 10ish pages long each. And his typing speed is now at 40 words per minute, and he is only mis-spelling about 10% of words. It is through is hard work and diligence that he is where he is at now. So, the success that I want to share: In the past month, ds has independently written the most wonderful essay. He has modelled it off National Geographic essays. We spent 3 weeks 45 minutes per day studying this type of writing together. And then I helped him over 3 days to convert an experience he wanted to write about into a thesis of National Geographic quality. He started off my mimicking one Nat Geo essay paragraph-for-paragraph, but quickly abandoned this approach as he began to really get into his writing. The last paragraph where he brings it all together took him 3 hours over 4 days to write and rewrite and edit and re-edit, to try to bring the entire essay to a close. This paper was HARD for him to write, really really hard, but I think we have finally aligned his intellectual skill and his encoding skill. There is still much more to do, but we are now set on a good path to get him ready for university in 2 years. I am immensely proud of him, and have waited impatiently for the past week for him to finish his edits so I could post here. PLEASE DON'T QUOTE Where Tussocks Grow The car lurched. The dusty two track meandered its way across the tawny landscape, covered in patches of tussock and dry grass, in some places dotted by pines. Far in the distance, in every direction, the great snow clad peaks of the southern alps towered over the featureless plain, like giant sentinels constructed of ice and rock. Finally, after several minutes of the jostling ride, we turned a corner and beheld what we had come to see. Inside the sheltering arms of a worn river valley was an old sheep shearing station that had been active in the 1880s, called Quailburn Station. After several minutes of investigation, we noticed a hiking trail leading into a patch of forest. Escaping the sun, we entered. The forest was older than we had originally thought, far older. It was a remanent from over 800 years ago, when a forest like it had covered the entire South Island. Despite its age, it was remarkable cheerful. The alpine beech trees provided dappled shade and covered the ground with their tiny leaves. A little to one side, was a brook which tintinnabulated mellifluously over the rocks. However, after closer scrutiny, I saw small reminders of the forest’s age. Lichen covered the branches of the trees as well as the immense boulders which littered the secluded valley, and moss abounded on the creek’s banks. But then we beheld a scene of destruction. The steep sides of the valley were covered in the fallen carcasses of ancient trees, blown down by some immense storm. The obliteration was absolute. Only the trees on the banks of the brook still stood strong. But there amidst the devastation, almost hidden from sight, stood one small sapling. I then beheld another – the slopes abounded with new life. Despite the destruction, the forest survived. It thrived. Nestled in the heart of the South Island, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, lies the Mackenzie Basin. Unlike many of New Zealand’s outstanding natural assets, the Mackenzie has been heavily impacted by humans, with a long history of extensive sheep farming and hydro-electric power stations. In my brief stint in the Mackenzie, I saw not only the superb rugged beauty of its landscape, but also the colossal impact that humans have had on its history. Many people forget that the broad expanse of tussock that covers the Mackenzie Basin today was not its original ecosystem. Almost a thousand years ago, before the Maori burned great swaths of it, a vast forest of mountain beech, much like the forest remnant I was walking through, covered the Mackenzie. However, the eastern side of the Southern Alps is dry, very dry. The great forest was burned to the ground and never recovered. But then down from the Alps they spread – a great flood of enterprising tussock flowed into the Makenzie, and they remained. To this day, the majority of the Basin is covered in tussock – and sheep. In 1855 James Mackenzie stole a thousand sheep and forced them, by himself, over Burks Pass into this wide expanse of tussock. This brash escapade earned him five years of hard labor as well as the title of folk hero. His name has been immortalized in the Basin. Although it took the shepherds several months to regain their sheep, they soon saw the valley’s potential as a sheep station. By the 1870s the sheep industry was thriving, with the largest property being Benmore Run. Quailburn Station was once part of Benmore Run, sheering tens of thousands of sheep every year. Surprisingly, the forest remnant I was walking in had not been cut down to construct the buildings, nor felled to feed the fires despite its proximity to the station. For reasons unbeknownst to me, it seemed unaffected by a thousand years of Maori and Pakeha influence. The great plain of tussock beside it was not so lucky. After 150 years of settlement, the tussock in the Mackenzie has been badly damaged, leaving sparse and stunted patches scattered across a landscape of mostly grass. Early on, the farmers realised that setting fire to the plain left behind scrumptious little shoots of newly grown tussock, perfect for nibbling by the sheep. These fires in combination with the constant grazing started to deteriorate the Basin. Its downfall, however, came at the paws of the rabbits. By the 1870s rabbits had infested large swaths of New Zealand, including the Mackenzie. They had been introduced for food and sport in the 1830s, but soon overwhelmed the country. In 1884 rabbiters at a single sheep station killed 244,000 rabbits. Despite this mass culling, the next year they killed an additional 270,000. Rabbits are voracious eaters and the quantities found in the Mackenzie were large enough to decimate the already struggling tussock. Farmers soon noticed extensive erosion on the bajadas. Assuming the loss of vegetation was causing this erosion, farmers planted pine trees on vulnerable slopes. To this day the descendants of those pines continue to spread across the landscape, in some places dotting the plain for kilometers in every direction. It was only decades later that geologists discovered that the erosion was caused by natural geological processes – not the lack of vegetation. Today, farmers and ecologists struggle with the impacts of decisions made over 100 years ago. Despite having a major role in damaging the Mackenzie, farmers today are diverting substantial resources into protecting their land from further degradation. Their style of stewardship conservation is mutually beneficial. Every year farmers cut down thousands of the encroaching wilding pines and kill hundreds of thousands of rabbits, protecting the tussock and ensuring the size of their pasture land does not decrease. If not for the assistance of the farmers, the Department of Conservation (DOC) would be swamped by the work required to maintain the great expanse of the Mackenzie, and the basin would languish. In contrast to this large-scale maintenance, DOC is focusing on restoring small sections of the tussock ecosystem. This land was sold to the government as it was too damaged to be economically salvageable. Some parcels were devoid of vegetation; others were covered in pines. In these areas DOC is restoring the tussock by enclosing the new nature reserves in specially-designed rabbit-proof fencing; removing all the pines and vermin from within; monitoring for infiltrating rodents and trees; and documenting the ongoing progress of the ecosystem. Without the influence of these pests, tussocks have been able to outcompete all other plants and revert to their original state. DOC hopes these reserves will form a network of seed reservoirs which will enable tussock to spread more thickly across the Basin. As we drove away from the Quailburn Historic Area, we beheld the Mackenzie Basin stretched out before us with Benmore Peak’s icy slopes glittering in the distance. A great plume of dust lingered behind us. As I glanced toward the setting sun, I beheld the worst pine-infested plain I had seen during my trip – the ground was obscured by scraggly trees, both alive and dead. We stopped the car. A small green sign, newly erected, read, “Ahuriri Conservation Park: Wetland Complex.” At the time we thought those who named the park were either delusional or hopelessly optimistic. I did not see any water, any reeds, or any birds; all I saw was wilding pines. But lurking in the tall weeds was a rabbit-proof fence. This “Wetland” was under construction. Like so many other damaged areas of the Mackenzie, it is a work in progress. It may take many years for the results to be apparent, but in time, like the small sapling in my forest, the tussock will survive and flourish.
  11. 1 point
    They can actually do a whole lot of programming on a Fire.......my ds proved it. He did have internet. He basically removed the kindle system and I believe it now runs with Linux. He still plays his games occasionally on it ......games he programmed btw. We let Ds back online after a year or so totally off at maybe 12 or 13. My mom gave him the fire. For months it was Fire only and if I said drop it he had to right then. I had no clue what I was looking at most of the time but I knew I wasn’t looking at my fears. He entered programming contests etc on the fire. He used to read me hilarious emails from the professional running the contest about his need to be upgraded off the fire!😂. Working really hard to learn was so good for him although I felt huge mom guilt at the time. Eventually we allowed him to do hard physical labor to earn enough money for a basic desktop, so we could walk by his room and see. He taught himself so much programming wise. Now has cyber security degrees.
  12. 1 point
    I thought I would update. We actually went for it and bought MUS Epsilon and Zeta. After initially looking through, I believe it will be a great fit for my oldest. In fact, after starting, my 4th grader begged me to get it for her too, so we are now waiting on Delta. The amount of written work is just what she can handle and I think the visuals in Epsilon are amazing! I’m also impressed by the word problem work too.
  13. 1 point
    AM. Praying for you and the little one. I’ve been wondering how your appointments were today. @hjffkj sending prayers your way too.
  14. 1 point
    Ok, thank you. I was thinking, “How could they have done that?” ... but I thought that about cursive too.
  15. 1 point
    My kid is in AoPS geometry this year and he just finished ch 13. I love AoPS and I love that their geometry is heavy on proofs, but good heavens, we are both sick of proofs! I think I am just going to have him say the proofs to me for half the remaining proof problems. All I want is some answers with honest-to-goodness numbers in them.🤣
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  17. 1 point
    If he only has a Kindle, how does he do programming? I came to the (admittedly obvious) conclusion a few years ago that pretty much any teen can run circles around pretty much any adult when it comes to computers. We can pretend that we are in control and can impose all kinds of restrictions, but they are all pretty easy for any reasonably determined modern kid to get around. I totally get that protecting them online is more concerning for some parents than others, for all kinds of reasons. If your son is interested in computers and you want to encourage that, he really needs one of his own. A good laptop can go a long way (not Mac if he wants to program). There’s endless cool tech he’d probably like, but I’d start there. He can’t learn if he doesn’t have the basic tools. At 15 you might need to give up some control over his internet use. I know it can be messy, but teaching smart skills will serve him much better than simply imposing strict limits. I absolutely understand all kids—and parents— have different needs, but it seems to me he needs space to learn what he wants to learn, if that’s your goal.
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  19. 1 point
    Praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry you're going through this, especially at this time of year.
  20. 1 point
    Do you think he might enjoy something like a 3D printer? There are some nice options available, and many prices are lower than last year.
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  22. 1 point
    Nobody told me they had a specific preference.
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  24. 1 point
    Sending best wishes that the medication continues to help, that you feel better, that baby is safe and sound inside for another couple of months.
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  26. 1 point
    I remember your pregnancy with Benjamin. Praying that you don't have the same complication this time.
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  28. 1 point
    Way to go, Jean! Today was a day out and about for art. I caught up with some of the cleaning I didn't finish yesterday because my legs had turned into sandbags after the sedation for the MRI. My MIL said she wanted the same medication to help her sleep. I told her it didn't help me sleep. Just made doing anything really difficult. Sleep was its usual hassle, but worked out okay. Not putting down my list today, but aside from my writing, I got everything done. Just going to write for the rest of the evening, do some reading, and call it a day. Tomorrow should be busy. We have school, family members are coming home after an extended trip, I have to go to the library, and we all have a hair appointment before we all disappear behind our bangs. Then work on Saturday. Then comes....the Dreaded December. We'll see if my planning preparation will hold or if I'll be screaming by the end of the week.
  29. 1 point
    We have the last one by Rey and like it.
  30. 1 point
    Ah, yes. Chile relleno. We make it often. "Relleno" means "stuffed", so yes, a stuffed pepper, but using hatch or other green chile (not bell pepper, but not jalapenos either) and stuffed with cheese (usually). I heard the most common pepper to use is poblano, but we use, and every restaurant in our area that I've seen uses Hatch or Anaheim. Anaheim are pretty mild, but Hatch can range in heat. Dh likes chile so hot (sometimes) that he's turning red and crying real tears. He's even had pretty hard hiccups with really hot chiles. I, um, don't like them that hot. I mean, I like to taste some spice, and peppers that remind me of lettuce makes me mad, but I'm a big believer in middle-of-the-road, lol!😂
  31. 1 point
    That IS a traditional proof. The two column proof is a bizarre abomination...
  32. 1 point
    I tackled a pile of laundry that had to be handwashed. I took dd9 to the dentist. No cavities. :) Chicken pot pies are in the oven (dd15 did most of the work :) ).
  33. 1 point
    I forgive myself for not seeing my grandmother more during the last year of her life. I was caught up in my life......a severely mentally ill teenager, a toddler with newly found special needs, and my own PTSD (that was not been treated adequately at the time). My grandmother was everything to me and I miss her and need her just as much as I ever did (probably more actually) than I did when she died 11 years ago.
  34. 1 point
    DD sent in all of her applications on/before December 1st. I sat down to fill in the FAFSA. We are DONE!!! Then - DD gets an email from her last-minute add-on school reminding her that she needs to complete... the... CSS Profile!!! 🤯🎇😬 We were so close! I HATE that thing! But the professor personally contacted DD, encouraging her to apply because he had additional scholarship funds to use this year (this music school is known to be $tingy, so even though she had a good history with the professor there, she was not planning to apply there but changed her mind after several conversations with him). I just want to crawl into a hole. Ugggghhhhhhh. Whiiiiiiiiiine. I just needed someone to listen to me play my tiny violin of sorrow. I'll get my backside in gear tomorrow and visit the website to re-learn wth to do...
  35. 1 point
    I'm trying to forgive myself for not understanding my dd's mental health needs when she was struggling with anxiety and depression in college. Luckily she is on top of things and reached out for help. She is a great example to me of self care and seeking help.
  36. 1 point
    I forgive myself for not playing with my kids enough.
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    Servant's bothering me!
  38. 1 point
    We have got caught out the other way with email where the insurance company got our email address wrong. We rang to check that everything was renewed but they missed one policy that had expired by a couple of months. Cost us three months of stress when we came to put a claim in but they finally honoured it. So we are back to paper renewal on everything though that also obviously has its risks. I really want to set up a calendar with renewal dates etc.
  39. 1 point
    I have decided that in 2020, I am seeing through my fabric stash. It got the Black Friday ads from JoAnn and my mom is a fabric stash enabler and keep encouraging me to buy more fabric. (She who dies with the most fabric wins, right?) Then I looked at the giant stash of fabric under my sewing table and said “NO!” I am gonna use up what I have first. Then next year I can go around buying all the fabric lol. So, sewing through my fabric stash day 1. (Well I suppose technically day 2, I took all the kids updated measurements yesterday) i turned a piece of scrap into a cover for my electric tea kettle
  40. 1 point
    I am working on a quilt with some Newfoundland dog blocks for my bf’s Christmas Present. Here’s a block......5 Newf’s and 4 star blocks in red and white.
  41. 1 point
    Haha. With a waiting list until 2021 I can pick and choose. 🙂 I have also been known to become 'too busy' when a parent tries to micromanage me or doesn't like my policy of paying if your kid comes or not. So you as the parent also have to be nice to me!! As for currency exchange, it is wild here. Since I have lived in NZ (21 years) it has been as low as 0.39 and as high as 0.91. Currently, as it drops, we are paying more and more for MIT. Our bill went up 7K last year due to currency translation. sigh. But as I posted in the tutoring thread, my goal is to make the same salary as a top teacher here with me working only 20 hours a week. I figure since my hours are restricted to after school, people are paying me to be available. So currency exchange masks cost of living here and I make double the hourly wage of a top teacher (and I do charge for noncontact hours). But I do have friends who say I should raise my rates again. 🙂
  42. 1 point
    Try googling "deaf mute scam". This happened to me in a grocery store parking lot at night as I was getting out of my car. I was scared and told the store manager about what happened and he walked with me to my car when I was ready to leave.
  43. 1 point
    I think the OP said there were going to be 16 children there, so I suppose it's possible a puppy would just get lost in the crowd 😄
  44. 1 point
    If OP's car operates like mine, her doors would still have been unlocked, and the guy could have instead opened a door if the mood had struck him. Just the thought of that possibility would have left me a bit shaky after the fact. I regularly spend time waiting in my car, and I try to remember to lock my doors just so that if someone walks up to the car I still feel some control.
  45. 1 point
    I had that happen once to me. I was terrifying! I'm glad you're okay.
  46. 1 point
    someone tapping on my car window while I wasn't paying attention would have startled the heck out of me. I am super jumpy on a good day. LOL But I also would have given the guy some money. The issue wouldn't have been him asking...it would have been HOW he asked that startled/scared me.
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    Re-eally, I had no idea styrofoam could do anything but fill up landfills! This sounds like a great side-job, collect used styrofoam, breed mealworms, sell them to @Margaret in CO, pay for college.
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    I think this is a problem in girl groups in general. In our case, it was when DD moved from junior to senior in cheer. The difference between 12-13 yr olds being the oldest and generally being on their best behavior for the 7-8 yr olds and being the youngest seemed to bring this out. And yes, the worst offenders was the kids of the parents who would both call victim the quickest and tended to use the same tricks. Plus coaches who said "you're a senior team now, work it out", while the junior coaches tended to keep an eye on things or turn it over to parents to monitor.
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    This very thing happened to me many years ago (before I got married, I was still living in the US); I had gotten in my car but was kind of getting myself settled; guy came up to my window, asked for something, my door was unlocked and he opened it.. he wanted the car. Thankfully I was able to make enough noise that he ran off, but I came out of that encounter with a black eye (punched in the face) and a lifelong compulsion to have my keys in hand and ready before I leave anywhere to get in my car, and to lock the doors as soon as I get inside. edited to add.. ..and yes, I do feel a little frission of.. discomfort?... when someone appears at my window "uninvited".. and it's been a lot of years, like 30, since that happened..
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