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  1. This has been great, thank you for starting it!
  2. I truly enjoy a relatively small number of foods. A few others are just comfort foods. They make me feel better, but I probably don't truly *enjoy* the taste of them. If I don't have preferred foods available, and I get busy, I often don't eat. I get hungry, it's just not worth it to fix something that I don't actually enjoy. Now that I'm providing food for other people, it's not often that I don't eat, because it's always there and I have to fix it anyway. I get so tired of figuring out food; I'd love it if we could all just pop a pill and move on. I used to enjoy cooking. Dh is very picky and doesn't really like food, though, and I don't find it very enjoyable to spend time cooking for someone who is likely to take two bites and quit. So over the years I pretty well lost any enjoyment of it. One of my kids is very like that, but then the other is a real pleasure to cook for - so appreciative and has obvious pure enjoyment of the food. So that makes cooking feel a bit more enjoyable for me now. I'd still rather have a pill for a couple meals a day, though.
  3. We usually eat out once a week, with friends, Mexican. I'm actually glad that habit has been broken, because it was getting more expensive as the kids get older. It used to be that we could split 2 meals and feed the four of us, but not anymore. It just adds up, doing it weekly. I enjoyed it simply because I didn't have to think about food. I get so tired of figuring out food! But I like saving $ more, most of the time. If we had a larger family, we would eat out very rarely. I don't mind restaurants, and usually enjoy them. I think it's primarily because we almost never ate out when I was growing up. We kids really felt like we were missing out, because it was something all our friends did, but we would always head home. (As an adult, I realized there was no way we could have afforded it.) The magic wore off years ago, but the feeling of doing something special still lingers. I don't like loud, crowded, indoor places. I hate not being able to hear anyone. The exception to this is places where there is live music, because then I'd rather listen to the music than people. Either way I end up overstimulated though. Dh doesn't like eating anywhere that serves only food that is the same as at home. We still laugh about the time we were at a buffet and he said he didn't enjoy it because it was "the same mediocre food I eat at home." 😂 Gee, thanks, honey. Lol He meant it's not any kind of special ethnic food that I don't know how to make, it's just regular (to us) food.
  4. We are back from camping. Weather was good, 65/45, except wind was awful one day and night. I hate wind, it jacks up my nerves (I mean actual nerves, not just mentally). Fortunately, it was still the majority of the time. We hiked each day. This was car camping, so I brought an air mattress; I might not be able to move otherwise. Lol At first the air mattress was to make dh more comfortable (he's not a camper and does it only because we do) but it really makes a difference for me too. I'm paring down the car camping gear, but will keep the air mattress. 😁
  5. I'm catching up after a few days off the boards, so this is late, but wanted to give our experience using the Dynamic Reader. It wasn't used in dd's VT, because she was too young. Ds was older when he started, and they did use it with him. At the time, he was not reading at all (I'm thinking he was 6ish). We had recently started Barton. When they called me into the room after his session, to show me the Dynamic Reader and how to use it at home, I was less than thrilled but wanted to look it over before responding. At home I realized it was awful for him. He could "read" some of it, sure, after doing the same story multiple days, because he was memorizing it. The stories were heavy on sight words, and even had they not been, he wasn't reading anyway! The next visit, I told the therapist that he was not able to read the stories, so I felt it was too early to use that particular tool for him. She hit play on a story (that he had done over and over for days), and then when he recited the words, was like, "tada! he's reading!" I pointed out that he was simply memorizing the words, not reading, and I did not want him memorizing words at that point. She looked at me like I had three heads. We soon quit VT for him, for this and other reasons. I feel they were churning out "results" by pushing memorization and the office and staff had changed a lot in the years since we did dd's VT. We use the Dynamic Reader at home now, but I enter stories from Barton manually, so they are reading words they can actually decode (plus the few sight words in Barton). We also use the VT software at home. I keep going to this same office because I want to keep using these programs for now. I think the DR is a good tool, but NOT the way they were using it.
  6. I've been forgetting to check in; doing my 30 min of something has been working well. We're camping this weekend and will hike. Looking forward to that.
  7. My goal was simply 30 minutes of *something*. I spent 5 hours yesterday moving books, shelves, and other heavy things. I mentally counted it because I was too pooped to do anything else. (Naturally, still had to put sheets on the bed.) I can barely move this morning, so I think I'm ok counting that as exercise.
  8. Forgot to post last night. Done!
  9. I think I forgot to post yesterday. Done for both days.
  10. I wasn't allowed to pierce mine until I was 13. This was very late, compared to my peers, and that decision is not something I would make for my kids if they wanted earrings. As modifications go, it is really pretty standard. I had dd8's pierced when she was . . . I'm not sure. Three, maybe? It was no big deal, they were both pierced at once and it was over. She has adhd and is not great at remembering things, but that doesn't really matter because she just has a small stud that stays in all the time. I check periodically to make sure the back is still screwed on tight. She is one who needs good earrings or they bother her ears. Since she has no particular interest in changing them regularly, and good earrings are more expensive, we stick with the one pair. Re growing in, I had a second hole done in mine around the same time, (man, did it hurt! It's not high up, just above my original hole, but for whatever reason it was extremely uncomfortable and took forever to heal.) For the last few months I haven't been wearing earrings in those holes, but recently got a small stud to leave in all the time. One of them was partially closed in. I could insert it a little, but couldn't push it through. I had dh push it through. It took some time and I would not recommend the experience. I don't think age at which you got them matters so much as how long you've had them. Before we put the studs in dd's and left them, there were a couple times she didn't wear earrings for a week or two, and it was always a tight fit to get them back in. I have no doubt they would have closed up had we left earrings out a long time.
  11. Me too. I forget to do things if I don't leave tabs open, and bookmarks don't help that. My email and browser tabs are basically my to-do list.
  12. Yoga/stretching again, done. Will also walk a mile or so this evening.
  13. Yes! That's the one area where she is almost like a different person. I find that I brace myself multiple times a day, when things happen that I know will set her off . . . and then now she will respond mildly, or not at all, most of the time. I didn't realize how stressful it was. Hopefully soon I'll be able to be more relaxed, instead of being at the ready all the time.
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