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  1. EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens. They have camera body sizes similar to a compact point and shoot and utilize a familiar electronic viewfinder system, but they have interchangeable lens systems like you would find in SLR cameras.
  2. I am not fond of DPReview or Ken Rockwell. I found Steve's Digicams to be the friendliest camera forum on the web. If I had it to do over, I would choose an EVIL instead of the dSLR I have now. It would be the halfway between not enough camera and too much camera.
  3. She was probably given Ativan and/or Versed. Maybe another drug or two depending on what the office might have had. These drugs won't make her forget. They'll dull the horror, but she'll still need PTSD therapies/counseling.
  4. I'm assessing each child individually. My oldest was 10 weeks pre-term and is definitely suffering from "wimpy white boy" delays. All of his delays are attributable to developmentally not being ready for some things when his calendar age put him there. Lat year, we called him grade 6.5. This year, we're full out calling it grade 7 and he will graduate with his cousin who is 4 months younger who was a year "behind" him in PS. His two younger siblings will graduate the same year they would had they remained in PS.
  5. If it's the Nabi2, it's hands down the best kid's tablet on the market.
  6. I'd give meds every 3 hours like I posted in the other thread. Each med will be every 6 hours, but alternating every 3 hours one or the other.
  7. Download it only from Cnet or OpenOffice.org. No other source. Open Office is not very resource heavy.
  8. I suppose this would count as a spin-off from that thread. I commented on my own family's situation, which isn't great but it's not bad. (It's not great in that we're not homeowners even though we have a good income.) How do families adjust as their income declines or their obligations increase? Do "normal" people have 3-6 months of an emergency fund? What is "normal" anyway? I just downloaded a spreadsheet linked in another thread and built a debt snowball which revealed 2 years to pay off our unsecured revolving debt. (I didn't add cars or property into that equation.) While doing that, I also updated my family budget spreadsheet to include the snowball payment and increase our grocery budget. (I have been grossly under-reporting our food expenditures. The new figure is still less than what we have spent recently, but should be reasonable with more at home eating.) I also recalculated our income based on the average take-home pay over the course of the YTD. (Yes, I have been busy in the last few minutes!) While our amount of debt sort of surprised me, what shocked me even more was our average take-home YTD was higher than I thought it had been. Where does it all go? :001_huh: :confused1: I'm pretty sure it is all going here, there and yonder without much direction. One of my homeschool mom friends teaches Dave Ramsey's FPU. I think I need to take it. :crying: Anyway, what do other families do when their circumstances change? I know my sister has mentioned the only place they have to cut their budget is the groceries, and they already eat way cheaper than we do.
  9. Yup the Vertex42 sheet download had several templates. One was for Open Office, which is what I use.
  10. Google Nexus. Nabi2. Those would be my choices for an Android product. I have anti-Apple issues, so we're a Droid household.
  11. I just downloaded the Vertex42 one and entered our revolving debt only. I didn't add our car loans. Two years. It'll take 2 years to pay off what we have accumulated right now. I have to stop spending so freely. :(
  12. Rotate Tylenol and Motrin. Here's some good dosing charts: http://marbleheadpediatrics.com/dosage_chart.htm We dose this way around here: 0000: Tylenol 0300: Motrin 0600: Tylenol 0900: Motrin 1200: Tylenol 1500: Motrin 1800: Tylenol 2100: Motrin
  13. I second getting a bili level. You may need a bili blanket or paddle for a few days. On the positive side, y'all are nursing well & baby is pooping well. Sunlight will help, but it's October...
  14. Fisher Price Little People, Playskool Weebles, Imaginext, Geotrax. If my youngest, 10 now, who could tear up an anvil still can't manage to tear these up, they're a good buy.
  15. Brown a half pound of ground beef and add to the pork & beans. Maybe a little BBQ sauce, peppers and onions if you have any.
  16. I just read this whole thread. I am sooo very, very, very grateful and blessed that our situation has largely been insulated from the entire economic downturn. We moved into a tiny, paid-for mobile on family land right aboout the time the housing bubble was starting its burst/collapse. Yes, it's tiny. There's no privacy. Yes, it's a mobile. It's paid for. It's on family land that is also paid for. The roof doesn't leak and most of the floor is solid. The insulation is terrible, so we use heat or A/C only in room that we are occupying. (Portable heaters and window a/c units.) Even with its problems, we're blessed. We have multiple electronic gadgets and gizmos. We have satellite TV and DSL internet. We typically eat out 3-4 times a week. (We're going to have to cut that out though to have Christmas. Can't do both.) My husband's job hasn't had a real raise in a very long time, but the company has absorbed the rising cost of health insurance instead of passing it through. We pay less than $50 every other week for a BC/BS PPO. Now that I've said how blessed we are: I do see things getting tighter, even for us. I am having to reevaluate our grocery and miscellaneous expenditures because they're making it difficult to make sure our necessities are paid. I am finding myself in need of menu planning, when I've never really had to worry about it before. I'm fussing at my boys for going through milk too fast. I'm making my children choose in season, cheaper fruit instead of whatever they want. A hospital nearby just closed down. I have nurse friends who have been looking for work for months. Nurses! (Of course, they could take travel assignments out of town, but that's not always reliable work. It's hard to do that when you have littles at home needing their momma every night.) Milk is $3.59-$4.09/gal. Gas is $3.40/gal. Decent bread is $2-3/loaf and the loaf is smaller than the cheap stuff. It breaks my heart to hear that some of our ladies are eating the leftovers and crumbs from their children's plates and that a child has no shoes or only shoes with holes in them. Again, ladies, I am humbled and awed and just when I was fretting about my own problems, I am reminded that I am truly blessed.
  17. Primatene isn't available worldwide due to restrictions against CFC propellants. Asthmanefrin is available in the US. I don't know if it's available in Malaysia.
  18. Are epinephrine inhalers still available? He would have to know about an exposure to be able to inhale a good dose before his airway tightened too much I would think.
  19. I want to live where Jpoy85 lives. Milk is $3.50-$4/gal average here.
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