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umsami last won the day on January 13 2017

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    Mom of four great kids.
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    Former competitive intelligence professional, now SAHM

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  1. My neighbor and her church are sponsoring a boy and his Mom from Central America to come to the US for possible heart surgery. They are staying at the Ronald McDonald House near the children's hospital. What would help to make their stay more comfortable? Gift cards to restaurants near by? Gift card to Walmart/Target? Arts/crafts/? They will likely be here for quite a few weeks. Any ideas/suggestions welcome.
  2. This is what I read...or the case I'm thinking of. She used her father's address to enroll them....a grandparent. (Memories of "Beverly Hills 90210".) Nothing is mentioned about selling drugs. This woman did 10 days in jail, three years probation, but had to pay the school back $30,000 (Felicity's fine).
  3. I guess I'm more upset about the Mom who did jail time for trying to enroll her kid in a better district. That needs changing. As for this, I would have wanted far more in terms of community service. If the double the bribe fine holds, then Lori Laughlin is looking at a $1 million fine.
  4. Goshh. I really don't know. I think I would want to know more about the tumors, how aggressive they were, hormone receptors, etc. I may very well do both for a peace of mind....but I'm a single Mom to four kids, and I'm doing everything I can to stick around for them as there really is no safety net for them. ETA: Just saw your other post. Honestly, I'd ask on the forums. So many women there with lots of experience. As to reconstruction, I honestly don't know. My best friends Mom had the DIEP flap maybe five years ago and has been very happy with it. Sending prayers for guidance to you. Tough decision. I'm sorry.
  5. I face this to a certain degree with some of the stories/requirements in Islam. Usually, I'm pretty open with my kids and will say that some people believe that this literally happened, while others view this as a parable. If it is patriarchy crap (which exists in boatloads), my kids don't even have to ask what I think. 😄 But I'll point out the Muslims who did not act that way...or famous Muslim women...or famous scholars who were known to have learned from women scholars, etc. Patriarchy is sadly everywhere, though. So that's an ongoing discussion. So one of the rites of Hajj/Umrah (religious pilgrim mage) is that one "runs" seven times between Safa and Marwa...two mountains (no longer mountains...basically little rocks...and you're in this nice enclosed, air conditioned place.) It commemorates Hajar running around looking for water for Ishmael. Anyways, we went when my daughter was seven and she was happily running between them...and some guy told her, only men can run. Her father agreed. My daughter said, that's absolutely stupid. The story is about a woman RUNNING. What do you mean women can't run?
  6. "A Florida student obsessed with the University of Tennessee wanted to represent the Volunteers during his elementary school's "College Colors Day," but didn't own any of their apparel -- so he took the matter into his own hands. Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, says he drew a "U.T.", the university's logo, on paper and pinned it to an orange t-shirt. "When the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt," Snyder wrote Wednesday on Facebook. "I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label." But by lunch time, the spirited Vols fan was in tears....'
  7. Yes, I really liked Maya Hawke's performance.
  8. Something fun like these? (Language warning....KC*F cancer)
  9. Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid!

  10. So, almost every Friday night is movie and homemade pizza night at our house. We're adding in board games Monday. Saturday and Sunday (at least one of those days), I make homemade pancakes every morning. We like to take our dog to the dog park on Saturday, too. What are your family's weekly traditions? If they've changed due to the age of your kids, share that, too.
  11. I had one this year I did the Miralax two-step Prep and it worked great. My colon was clean as a whistle. Google. A lot of the big names have it on their site. You divide the dose...and the timing depends on when your procedure is. Cheaper than the Rx stuff too. Easier to tolerate. I mixed the Miralax with Crystal Light, as I hate Gatorade. Also involved taking some Dulcolax. Having a bidet helps, too. 🙂 They put in an IV...I was wheeled in.... CNA spoke to me and said I'd feel some stinging from the Propofol, don't remember if I did...but next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. Doc came in....showed me pics....said your colon is very boring 😉 ...see you in 10 years.
  12. I tried to search up this article, and cannot find it in a lot of independent media. The amount of time seems really atypical for any sort of dress code violation, even right after the Iranian Revolution. Radio Farda is a US government source. The only article I did find in a "name" I recognized was the Jerusalem Post. As best I can tell, the title is misleading. The sentence is much longer than typical for not covering.... and the JPost article said "Monireh Arabshahi, Yasamin Aryani, and Mojgan Keshavarz, three women who have been held in Iranian custody since April of this year for "disrespecting compulsory hijab," have been sentenced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court to prison terms of at least 16 years each for disobeying the country's Islamic dress code.The women were each given five years on charges of "assembly and collusion to act against national security," one year for circulating "propaganda against the regime" and ten years for "encouraging and preparing the grounds for corruption and prostitution." In addition, Keshavarz received another seven-and-a-half years for "insulting the sanctities" - a total of 55 years and six months.." Article then talks about somebody else receiving 3 years...and how people typically serve half of one's sentence. I think there's a lot more (not disclosed) to these sentences. I also think that if the sentencing was recent, it may be a way to piss off/upset the West due to growing Iranian/US tensions. Historically not covering was associated with prostitution.... but also covering one's head (and one's body) is actually a pretty sane thing to do when living in a dessert climate due to heat stroke and such. That's why, even where I live in Florida, the lawn guys all wear long sleeves, bandannas, and big hats in the 100+ degree sun. Iran (like Iraq) used to actually be a liberal, modern country. It's a good idea to research how the US's role in the 1953 coup. We're also responsible for reintroducing or introducing the concept of jihad and terrorism to Afghanistan. In France, women are fined...I want to say 100 Euros. They closed a swimming pool during the heat wave when women in burqinis went swimming. Quebec also banned the hijab for those in public office, including teachers. Of course, this did not fly well when a Quebec minister was pictured with Malala, who covers. But covered women can face discrimination in Muslim countries, too. In Egypt, a lot of the hotels and sports clubs that cater to ExPats and the wealthy ban women from wearing burqinis as well. I'll just add that as somebody who ordered one of the first ones from Australia in the early 2000s, I had more non-Muslim women ask me where they can get one, then I got flack. As somebody whose had 27 dysplastic nevi removed, I see the appeal. In general, Iran is better than a lot of Middle Eastern Muslim countries with regards to women's rights. Since the coup, literacy among women went up from 17% in the 60s, pre-Revolution, to over 80%. More than 55% of University students are women, and 2/3rds of STEM graduate students are women. (Far far better than the US....there are things we could learn in this regard.) Fertility rates are down from over 6 babies per woman to around 2. Average age of marriage is up as well. Women tend to not wear a black chador, as one saw in Revolutionary times, but a stylish manteau (think of it like a short rain coat) and colorful hijab. Yes, they are still forced to cover, but this isn't Saudi Arabia style restrictions either. Once again, I think the headline is sensationalized and I'm assuming there's a lot more to the story, as those sentences are atypical. I'll also add....well it's fine to get upset over dress restrictions, there are far bigger issues facing Muslim women (and women in general) than clothing choice. Look at divorce and child custody rights, forced marriage, ability to be employed, child welfare, domestic violence, etc. I'll also add that Iran, like Egypt and nearly every other country in the world, has paid maternity leave. Iran isn't the greatest... 90 days/12 weeks, with 2/3rds of the cost coming from public funds...but still better than the US. Egypt is more generous..." Female employees covered by social insurance are entitled to three months of paid maternity leave for each up to three children, provided they have been contributing to the social insurance for the past 10 months. Maternity benefits are paid at 75% of the last wage. Moreover, women employed in establishments with more than 50 employees are entitled to up to two years of unpaid childbearing leave per child as stipulated in the Labor Law. Women are also entitled to two half-hour nursing breaks per day, or alternatively one combined an hour long break, for 24 months after the date of birth of each child. A woman preserves all her rights and benefits upon return to workplace from maternity leave. Labor Law does not provide provisions for paternity leave. For establishments employing 100 employees or more, employer is obliged to provide for an in-house nursery, or alternatively, to take charge of placing employee’s children (until the age of schooling is reached) in adequate nurseries."
  13. We have two cats and one dog who shed, a lot. We've found ways to manage the fur, but one thing that I haven't conquered is how the pet fur accumulates (almost sticks) to our white baseboards...making them look super nasty. What are your tips for cleaning baseboards? What are your tips for keeping them clean? Not sure if there are different words for these in various countries, but think of this as wood trim, maybe 10 cms or so tall....which is flush with the floor. Of course, it's painted white (like the rest of my trim), so shows dirt/fur easily. 🙂
  14. There's a Mayo Clinic branch in Jacksonville, too. They are famous for their one stop shopping so-to-speak for medical care, coordinating care between specialists, etc. A family member went there for one issue, and one of the scans revealed potential other issues, and they left with a coordinated plan with multiple specialists addressing multiple issues.
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