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  1. Most depressing thread title ever. Sorry. I'd be grumpy too. :grouphug:
  2. I had a full-time job all the way through college (undergrad and grad school), and paid my own expenses. I took out student loans and paid them all off on my own (took me until my mid-30's to do so). My mom (single mom - dad was out of the picture) didn't pay for anything, nor did I expect her to. DH's parents didn't pay for any of his college expenses either. We're saving up money to help our kids with college, but that will be for tuition, room/board, and books. My current thinking is that they will need to get jobs to pay for anything beyond that.
  3. I second the Khan Academy suggestion. I've brushed up on some of my own math skills via Khan Academy. It's excellent (and free!). http://www.khanacademy.org
  4. Go to your profile (click on your name in the top right hand corner of your screen) Click on the "Edit my profile" button (black button on right side) Under "My Settings" click on "Display Name" Make your changes and click on "Save Changes" ETA: or do it Jen's way. Much quicker. :p
  5. I agree. I don't even think topics/threads should be rated. I'm sure all of us regularly come across topics here that don't interest us or even annoy or offend us. So what? The best response is to ignore and move on. Not provide a "rating".
  6. If schools around here closed for "the threat of snow", kids would have most of November-March off.
  7. I don't think you can. You can only star people once on their profile from what I can tell, but you can also rate threads they started which affects their rating as well.
  8. That's true here too. We take the snow in stride. School is more likely to get canceled for extreme cold. DD is attending PS this year, and school has been canceled a few times already. Not for snow (it was below 8" each time), but for near-zero/below zero temps.
  9. The map says I live in 24" country, but school gets canceled for a lot less than that around here.
  10. My people! :p I'm like this too, although I've gotten better at holding back the tears when I need to (e.g. at work). But yes, sappy commercials, heartwarming baby or puppy videos, feelgood FB posts, etc. - I can't help it. My go-to tricks are looking up (seems to stem the flow if you do it right away), biting my lip, and mental distraction. That said, it's a funeral. Let the tears flow. :grouphug:
  11. I just gave you 5 stars, so now your average is up to 4. :) I had 5 stars last I checked, but I must have ticked someone off too, because now I have 4. :001_rolleyes:
  12. Katie summed up the purpose well. I have a Twitter account, but haven't really used it much. However, I did find it extremely useful this past summer when we were evacuated for over a week during the Black Forest Fire. I followed our local sheriff on Twitter to get the latest updates from the command center.
  13. Dandelion


    I had a kidney infection which was accompanied by severe vomiting, and was rehydrated by IV. I felt better after a few hours and they let me go after about 5-6 hours.
  14. I buy the Everyday Shea shampoo for DS: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/alaffia-everyday-shea-shampoo-lavender-32-fl-oz/ai-1002?sourceType=sc&source=FG&adGroup=40-60&keyword=AI-1002&cm_mmc=Google+Shopping-_-Product+Listing+Ads-_-40-60-_-AI-1002&gclid=CKTR3ZeaobwCFc5DMgodEnUAww&gclsrc=aw.ds#.UufPUnkQHs4 Ingredients are Shea Leaf Extract, Shea Butter Soap, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Polyglucose, and Lavender Essential Oil. It's gluten free, paraben free, and synthetic fragrance free.
  15. Somebody just posted this to my FB. :) View of Pikes Peak from Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs.
  16. #1 - boy - born one week before due date - 7 lbs 3 oz #2 - girl - born one day before due date - 9 lbs
  17. Thought of another one: we eat at Chipotle 1-2 times a week, and they are always super-friendly and fast (at all three locations we frequent).
  18. We've had outstanding service from USAA for close to 15 years now. Every Apple store I've been in has provided excellent service as well.
  19. I've seen evidence of eastern Colorado on a map. So theoretically, I know it's there. :tongue_smilie: Just kidding. We drive out east every once in awhile. :)
  20. I've changed a lot over the last ten years. Ten years ago, I was 32, working full-time and obsessed with my work and career. While I was very successful, I didn't have balance. I allowed work to come first, and it negatively impacted my marriage, my family, and my own emotional/physical health. My focus and priorities were very different, and elements of my personality were too. I was the embodiment of the Type A personality - ambitious, over-achieving, and impatient. I was much more judgmental and cared way too much about what other people thought of me (funny how those two characteristics go together). Politically, I wasn't very well informed but held very strong opinions (that's ironic too). I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life, and did not handle variations to that plan very well. Funny how life has a way of giving us exactly the lessons we need to learn. :p I never would have dreamed that at 42, I would be a stay-at-home mom of two, and homeschooling one of them (I homeschool DS - DD is in PS-K this year). After a terrible year in preschool, it became clear that a traditional school environment was not going to work for DS (he was diagnosed with Asperger's a few years later). That's what brought us to homeschooling. It felt like my life was being turned upside-down - and it was. But leaving work to stay home and homeschool is the best thing that ever could have happened to me. It's made me a better person. I now put my marriage and my children first, I'm much more patient and kind, I'm more relaxed, and I'm infinitely less judgmental. I'm a better wife, a better mom, a better daughter, and a better friend. Some of my views and positions have shifted significantly as well, in terms of my faith and politics. I'm able to see more gray now, whereas ten years ago I saw everything in black and white. The only thing I miss about the me from ten years ago are my rock hard abs. Once I miss them enough to do something about it, I'll work on getting them back. ;)
  21. Hope they take good care of her in the ER, and that she feels better soon! :grouphug:
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