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  1. She may knowingly or unknowingly suffer from Social Anxiety and/or an Avoidant Personality Disorder, in which case social situations and people in general, can be terrifying. No matter the cause, I think she would find it reassuring to know that you accept her on her terms and are open to whatever kind of interaction she is capable of. Subtextual warmth and acceptance can often transcend overt social gestures. And babies are great ice breakers!
  2. I have wicked dental anxiety. I take 1mg of Ativan an hour beforehand. It really helps. My doctor says I can take another one if needed, but that has never happened.
  3. So jealous...he's adorable. I voted to name him Harley. I thought it suited you story: we Harley knew where he came from, the cats were Harley disturbed by his sitting at the window, the kids could Harley wait to bring him in, he Harley makes a peep in the bathroom, we can Harley think about a day without him. I think Harley has found his fivecathome. But seriously, I think what you are doing for him is amazing. And I'm sure he does too.
  4. I just finished Moonwalking with Einstein:The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer and quite enjoyed it. Not being a visual thinker, I found the various memory techniques explored fascinating, especially the memory palace. I also read Mansfield Park. This week Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond and Persuasion will accompany me on vacation.
  5. INTJ Married to an ESFP Parent of an ESFJ and an ENFP
  6. According to the Canadian Dyslexic Center, over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. They are deliberately sought after because they have superb problem-solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness, which I guess more than makes up for their dyslexic spelling. Dyslexia is a specific language-based disorder characterized by difficulties in single word decoding, usually reflecting insufficient phonological processing. These difficulties are often unexpected in relation to age and other cognitive and academic abilities; they are not the result of generalized developmental disability
  7. I'm reading The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt while awaiting its Booker fate.
  8. I just finished reading The Informant, by Kurt Eichenwald. This book reads like a factual, riotous, 90's, price fixing, version of The Bonfire of the Vanities. Which means that the book was :lol:, while I fear the upcoming movie will be :glare:. This week I've started The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow. Despite my belief that perfection achieving, interventionist control freaks rule the world because the others are simply incapable of handling such matters properly, the book is highly enlightening.
  9. Math - Jacobs' Algebra and Life of Fred Algebra Science - finishing Apologia Physical Science then starting Apologia Biology History/Geog - TOG English Vocab - Wordly Wise 3000 Book 9 and Vocab From Classical Roots Book C Grammar - Winston Grammar Writing - Writing Strands 5 Literature - LLATL Gold Book - British Literature Shakespeare - 4 plays French - French In Action Logic - Thinking Toolbox Rhetoric - Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle Art - Artistic Pursuits - Senior High books 1 & 2, classes at AGO/OCAD and local art school Music - guitar lessons, compo
  10. Me- INTJ Early Career Aspirations - Wizard Later Career Aspirations - Writer or Lawyer Degrees/Education - Commerce, Education, Political Science/Public Policy Career - Professional student, Curriculum Writer Volunteer Work - Tutor for underprivileged kids Pre-Mid Life Crisis Dream - Think Tank Strategist and Policy Writer DH - ESFP Early Career Aspirations - NHL Player Later Career Aspirations - IT Degrees/Education - IT, Engineering Career - IT, Entrepreneur - Computer Consulting Volunteer Work - Hockey Coach Mid Life Crisis Dream - Have his own hockey school
  11. I'm reading Descartes Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto. I also have Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstock Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party) by Rod Dreher on my nightstand because the title made me :lol:.
  12. This week I read The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop, a look at the cultural and political dynamics of lifestyle segregation. It was a fascinating read that left me wanting to add some rainbow colours to the kids' election maps...or at least some burnt orange, magenta, cyan and indigo. I am currently reading Nixonland:The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein, which is so wickedly engaging that it's crying out for multi-coloured highlighting and margin notes. I have therefore added it to my Christmas list.
  13. The plan was 100 pages a day for 15 days, so that I would finish it by my birthday. I figured this would work out to about 3 hours of nightly reading, curled up in front of the fireplace. However, I apparently miscalculated the density of the book, because the reality was 3-5 hours of nightly reading. So starting at 9pm and ending between midnight and 2am, I developed a new appreciation for caffeine, the invention of socks and Proust. I also learned that when I schedule something in pen, it gets done...no matter what. It seems that Tolstoy is not nearly as intimidating, as a day book
  14. My list so far: 1. The Writing of Fiction - Edith Wharton 2. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 3. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 4. The Hours - Micheal Cunningham 5. The Enchantress of Florence - Salman Rushdie 6. Gorgias - Plato 7. War and Peace - Tolstoy (2 weeks) 8. All The President's Men - Woodward and Bernstein Still on my nightstand: Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson
  15. I knew that some of us lived outside of our heads.
  16. I finished Plato's Gorgias and am 1/3rd of the way through War and Peace.
  17. I'm reading The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie and finding it quite enchanting.
  18. We call ds Ilmma - it's an acronym for something I want to put on his hockey jersey...but he won't let me!
  19. Finished: Jane Eyre and The Writing of Fiction by Edith Wharton. Started: Pride and Prejudice.
  20. After years of hockey, here's a quick summary: He will need some under armour to wear beneath his equipment. Under armour pulls the sweat away from his body, and ensures his equipment does not rub against his skin. Over this, he will need to wear some protection - which you can get in shorts format, that will include the jock and garters/velcro which are used to hold up his hockey socks. This version is less cumbersome, and in the change room looks just like sports shorts. Then he needs a good pair of hockey pants, padded to protect his spine, tailbone, kidneys, thighs and hips. His pants
  21. We pay $18.00 for 30 minutes of private lessons from the local music dive that all the neighbourhood kids rave about. Mine show up weekly with a " Can you teach me to play...this week?" Something magical happens, they practice because they want to learn to play...and happily return the following week. It's a little unorthodox...most of the neighbour's kids actually learn chords, get homework etc., but hey...they seem to love it.
  22. We had a blast today, between the school work, Italian operettas, and the discovery of the "Naked" Mathematician...aka Archimedes...Eureka!
  23. Our hockey team collects $50.00 per family, not including the families of the coaching staff (3), training staff (1), and manager (1). Since we have a staff of five, the $50.00 ends up being $10.00 per coach. At the team Christmas Party the kids do a Secret Santa, and then get team related presents from the coaches. Meanwhile, the parents give a nice little speech about each coach, trainer, and manager, while presenting them with gift certificates to a restaurant they frequent. The gift certificates end up being $120.00 each, but the speeches are heartfelt and funny, and usually mean more
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