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  1. so....ours, serious and not..... ....right now, the biggie is that we let oldest DS take tons of stuff at the community college during/after high school. He had no idea what he wanted to do (still really doesn't). He took a TON of stuff, a lot of which won't be used/applied to his degree. We found out when he eventually transferred into a 4-yr university that our state has a law against too many excess credit hours (which *includes* all attempted hours, not just completed hours. Which means if you drop due to a bad grade, then retake that class, it's now 6 hrs or 8 hrs instead of 3 or 4....). Once you exceed your degree plan by 30 hours or more, *including attempted hours* you may be charged out of state tuition. It is highly likely his final year will cost us/him double, thanks to this. (it does exclude stuff taken in high school, which saves him some, but it also includes full withdrawn semesters, even though those don't count as drops. It also includes drops/retakes. It is freaking ridiculous and is just one of many state laws we've learned about that make no sense and serve no purpose other than to penalize students/parents who are already paying more as it is.....). ....on a non-serious note, though, when youngest was around 5 or 6 or so, he asked us if Jesus was real or made up. This was at Christmas, and we were discussing the Christmas story, and he had no clue. That was awesome. (we are Christians, so, big time fail.....). ....same kid, same year, also then asked about Lent and the concept of giving things up for Lent. We don't actually practice that, but we explained the concept to him. He wanted to give up school. Ha. Fun times.... .....then of course, first sunburn of the year every year. :sigh: Youngest is soooo fair, and burns sooo easily (even more than me) and every year, first pool day of the year, I'd forget and he'd end up so red and so sore and I'd feel so bad......
  2. This is kind of how I feel lately.....kid #2 just went to college "away from home" (ha; he's home every weekend) and let's just say, neither boy is doing super great. DH said "We seriously did not prepare them to survive away from home....." Talk about a punch in the gut (he has no idea I took it the way I did, and he didn't mean it that way, but.....oof.) My oldest is coming out of a major depression and middle battling anxiety. When we finally took oldest for therapy, after he came in our room one night admitting to suicidal thoughts, he eventually blurted out "why on earth did you wait so long?!" (to get him help) No amount of reasoning through all of our explanations on that, no matter how logical/reasonable our actions had been all along, would convince him (or heck, me, after he said that) that we hadn't been deeply at fault. He is to a point now, a few years down the road from the original appointment, that we're starting to see the him that he was before this started.......I hope & pray you get there again soon with your dd. Hugs & prayers, in the meantime. It's so insanely hard. ....and now I'm crying too. We've spent the last few years feeling like we're scaling (and having the rope cut) the cliffs of insanity......this feels like Inigo lowering the rope. I know this was meant for Terabith, but......thank you a million thank yous.
  3. I tried to talk my hubby into this, but he insists that at 2 dogs and 2 cats, we are *full*. :sigh: He's right, but......boo. I hope they are able to find homes for all.
  4. We have a cream we get in Brazil; it's a cream form of phenergan, the anti-nausea drug (usually given here as a suppository). I don't know why it's not available as a cream in the US, but it's sold OTC as a cream in Brazil as an anti-itch ointment, and it's fabulous. I make my DH bring tubes back whenever he travels down for work. We did not have any odd laughing that I remember from the dengue, but maybe the general delirium of being in bed for so long just makes you go a little loopy.....? Just everything hurt, then we had no energy, then the itching. It was awful (but our kids were also still really young, and just coping with that on top of the dengue was crazy, so....).
  5. When we had dengue (dh & I) in Brazil, it ended with a crazy itchiness like that. I don't think you have dengue, obviously, but I have had that virus-caused-itching type of itch before. It was awful. I would offer to send you some of our fantastic itch cream, but by the time it reached you, you'd likely be done with the itching (I hope). (well, and all my tubes are open at the moment, because we have gobs of it, but everyone just grabs one, opens it, uses a tiny bit, puts it back....so all the extra tubes get opened all the time).
  6. I got a 57, and this is exactly how I managed to do as good as I did.
  7. I am nearly certain I'll score low on this. I'm curious, so going to do it and see if I'm right about myself.....
  8. I am the same way with movies, though. I once told DH I wanted to rewatch a movie. Didn't know the name of it. Described it to him as "the one with the grass, remember??" When that, surprisingly, did not immediately jog his memory I was able to elaborate with: "Yes, you know....it had sharp grass. And an assassin. Or something. A girl assassin person. Remember? With the sharp grass????" He was able to figure it out from there (Aeon Flux), because that is one of his super powers, interpreting and understanding my vague references to things.
  9. well, by 'know the song' I mean "can kind of sing along on the radio, and can come up with enough of it when telling DH that he knows what song I mean. For example, if Nickleback ever comes, I was able to convince DH I do in fact "know" 5 of their songs. The conversation went like this: Okay, so, there's that drug song. Oh, also, umm, Eyes Wide Open. DH: Nope, that's (someone else I have no idea) Me; What, are you sure?! No, Nickelback sings that! DH: No, they don't. Look it up. Me: You are wrong; it's Nickelback. (looks it up) Oh, huh.....who knew..... DH: ummmm, me. Me: (resumes naming NIckleback songs) Okay, but, they sing....ummm, that one....about being a rock star...? YOu know? Also, ummm.....the one about Kim's the first girl I kissed, was so nervous that I nearly missed.....you know??? DH: stifling laughter as he rolls his eyes and mumbles actual song titles under his breath Me: oh! and, ummm, that other one!! Remember? Ummm, shoot....Umm, the one about finding a person....somebody out there for me....you know! That's 5, isn't it? DH: four, because you got one wrong. Me: Danggit. Okay, ummm....also that other one. With the girl, and the DJ, and don't mess with my girlfriend.....you know! DH: hmm, okay. Me: oh! Also, if today was your last day!!! See, that's *six!* I *definitely* get to go to Nickelback if they ever come!!! DH: (begrudgingly) Fine, yes, okay also, laughing, because.....this is really as good as it gets with me -- I still to this day confuse 2 songs that DH swears are nothing alike, and I swear sound so similar they MUST be by the same group (they are not). The two songs are referred to in our home as "The Seinfeld Song" and "Not the Seinfeld Song" because one was played in the final goodbye episode of Seinfeld (stops to think, hard, which one it was.....), "Time of Your Life" by (I have no idea). (but it's subtitled Good Riddance). The other one was, as you might guess, NOT played in the final episode of Seinfeld. "Closing Time." (by someone else, apparently). We've been having this conversation for decades now, and I still pause when either one comes on and ask DH "This IS the Seinfeld song, right??" (usually these days I am actually right, but it took a long time to get there....). As you can see, I use the term "knows the song" very loosely.......
  10. ah, yes, this. We've seen all kinds of artists, in all kinds of places, and this seems to be mostly accurate. Some standing at certain times/songs, but mostly sitting. Man, I wish we could afford all the concerts I'd like to go to.....DH says I'm addicted to concerts, LOL! We manage one or two a year.....DH has a rule that I have to know (be able to name, off the top of my head) 5 songs by the artist before we can consider it. I find this grossly unfair because, especially with new/popular/current stuff, I never know who sings what (I have an old-tech radio that doesn't tell me the name/title scrolling across like his does....). But probably he's right, because really, I'd go to anything. I'll tell him, "Oooh, I love them!!!" and then know roughly 1.5 songs they sing......he just laughs. :sigh:
  11. We do a Google Maps search of the area, look at how many stars each place gets, and look at the reviews specifically to choose from there. Trip Advisor works as well.
  12. Prayers/good thoughts for your DH; sounds scary. Hopefully they are able to take care of things. Sounds like good, fast progress with the house, though! Yay!
  13. LOL, maybe not black, then! Sage green would be lovely, I bet!
  14. oooh, paint colors! I always love blues personally. We have a super pale blue in the living room/main areas downstairs, and a kind of sea foam green in the dining room, with a dark green accent wall (like a teal-oceany green). Browns/tans/creams are good and you can do all kinds of accent colors that way. What colors do you wear a lot? For the dining room, what color are your dishes? And pick an accent color that works with any/all holiday decorating you might do in there (like, mine is pretty beachy, but my Christmas decor in there is also semi-beachy, so it works; if I went super traditional in there it wouldn't work). Choosing paint colors is the one fun part of moving for me.....
  15. (((hugs)))) I don't see the ages of your kids, but I found that timers set for regular breaks (even really short ones) helped, as did specific job break-downs like "get all the things out from under the bed; T, you pick up anything that's clothes, C, you pick up anything that's toys, then we will all pick up the trash." May be too late for that method today, but maybe for playroom day? We also did "okay, pick up all of the cars. Okay, now all of the super heroes. Okay, now all of the...." Which meant we went over and over and over the room, but it broke the job down into manageable chunks for them. Be sure you set a "mom break" timer, too, though, for some rest/time off.
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