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  1. Around here, only ds is really into strategy games. Dh enjoys them, but not like ds. I don't care for them at all, and middle dd is *very* resistant to board games in general because she always "feels stupid." I like games like Scrabble, but I'm the only one who does. Dh, ds and I all find fast-paced games like Dutch Blitz, but again dd doesn't, and youngest dd can't keep up at all. With all that, it's next to impossible to find a game we all like. And yet I persist! I got Bob Ross Happy Little Accidents specifically for middle dd, the artist. And it was a surprisingly good game that really was nearly a hit all the way around. Each player draws squiggles on 3 pieces of paper. All the pieces of paper are put into the center face down, and then each player randomly picks one. The host takes a game card, calls for a number between one and six, and reads the corresponding word. It might be an adjective, noun or verb -- you name it. The host turns over the timer and everyone has 30 seconds to try to turn the squiggle in front of them into something representative of the word. Because of the squiggle starts and the very short time, the pressure is completely off of everyone, especially the non-artistic types, to really produce "art" - although artistic dd did manage! The results are hilarious. After times up, everyone goes around and explains/argues how their drawings interpret the theme. So funny! Laugh out loud, tears rolling funny. You're supposed to play three rounds, then each player picks their personal favorite and everyone votes on it. With squirrels. That part got a little fuzzy to me. Rule-oriented ds liked it but the rest of us are considering some sort of family modification to end the game. Nonetheless, the whole drawing on the squiggles thing made it worthwhile.
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    Need help finding a biography

    My youngest keeps telling me about Mary Anning, the paleontologist. She was born in 1799. I don't know of any biographies but it might be worth looking.
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    Cold weather clothes... where to buy?? Help me, please.

    I know you said online only, but if you could go to a Costco you should find a wide variety of shells, parkas, lightweight down jackets, etc., and then you'd be able to touch, feel, try... My Costco has a full complement of coats right now, and I'm in South Texas. Of course, I've seen folks here wear full-on parkas with scarves and hats when it gets below 60...
  4. I have been upgrading my sad, sad scissor situation this season (and alliterating, lol!) and the review I read while looking for general purpose scissors recommended the Oxo Good Grips Multi-purpose Kitchen and Herbs shears. I have loved the ones that came with the Victorinox knife set my brother gave us years ago, but they're about to give up the ghost, and I will probably grab the Oxos as a replacement.
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    If you know a young lady who LOVES (BOOK/GIFT IDEA)

    I'm so glad this was a helpful suggestion! They were such a wonderful find for us -- and I'm really surprised and impressed by the amount of solid science in them. I did a little inward giggle of delight when my dd asked me how to pronounce " a-g-a-r" and started telling me about how they were testing for bacteria!
  6. This looks great and I just ordered it - thanks! (I found it easier to find new copies on eBay).
  7. science, dragons, magic, unicorns and tabby cats or even some of those 🙂 and who's maybe around 7 or 8 or 9 and ESPECIALLY if she's needing a push into chapter books, speed click to your Amazon tab, or run to your nearest bookstore, and get her some Zoey and Sassafras books! They are SO good. My young lady loves them, and read through them faster than the Dragon Master books (which is saying something) and was very sad when she got to the end of the 6th book and found out there's not (yet) a 7th.
  8. I guess the reason that this still concerns me is that in the months prior to my ds's diagnosis, and with increasing frequency in the 4-6 weeks beforehand, everything happened in bouts. Because sometimes his body could keep up the insulin production, and other times it couldn't. So he'd have days/meals where he'd eat like *crazy* but most of the time, he ate normally. He had times when he had sudden, uncharacteristic meltdowns/moodiness/tiredness (coming in abruptly from play, grumpy, laying down, resting for an hour or two and then back to himself) and days when he was just fine. He'd have times when he was thirstier than normal, or even frantically thirsty, but then they'd go away. So I'd definitely still encourage ruling it out, especially since you've already got "see the doctor" on the table. PERSONAL STORY ALERT: Although looking back we could see subtle hints going back 6 months, in a single week my ds's symptoms went from concerning to alarming. The day I called to get him an appointment, the appointment line wanted to give me an appointment two weeks out. I still wasn't thinking type 1 but I was so unsettled that I insisted on a same day. Because we caught it early (by Type 1 standards), he was only in the hospital 36 hours. He wasn't in DKA. He didn't already have any permanent damage to his eyes. That's not how it usually goes. It can get bad so quickly, and often even doctors miss it.
  9. Weight loss, thirst, hunger, sleep disturbances -- you need to rule out Type 1 immediately. Honestly it seems a bit unlikely because at his age his age I really think you'd be seeing urination issues also, but it is SO easy to check and SO dangerous to ignore.
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    Lego sets for girls (Christmas gift help)

    My 8 yo is Lego obsessed. She loves the Lego Friends sets, and the Elves sets. She especially is always looking for sets that have animals she doesn't already have. She also likes sets with Technic pieces (a lot of the Elves and Friends sets will have these) for making working mechanisms -- winches, hinges, that sort of thing. She does have the advantage of being able to raid big brother's stash for Technic pieces when she has to, but she really prefers the brick colors of the "girl" Lego sets. And by that, I mean, not just pinks and purples, but because there tend to be lots of trees/tree houses/gardens/houses, there are more browns and greens and whites too. Today she re-purposed pieces into a working crane with an adjustable arm and a winch, as well as a rotating driver's cabin. I'm pretty sure they were all originally Friends pieces, so don't worry about being limited by them! There are plenty of base plates, plain bricks and fun specialty pieces to do lots of interesting builds! (It's perfectly okay to end up with multiples of Lego Mini-Dolls. My dd likes to be able to change out outfits, but what she really loves to do is completely remake the dolls. She paints their hair, paints new clothing, makes and bakes on new hair using Sculpey clay, etc...)
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    House slippers for Florida?

    I have a pair of Reef flip-flops for my "indoor" flip-flops. I love them because they have good cushion and arch support and come in lots of cute styles. (To be honest, because we frequently move, I still have a pair of warmish real slippers from colder climate locations and I break them out a few days a year here, but if I didn't have them already, it really wouldn't be worth it to get them. I'd just add a pair of socks to the flip flops.)
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    Onset of stuttering (me)

    IF you can see your PCM in the next few days, I'd give him/her one more chance to do the right thing -- lay it out: sudden onset stuttering, vision disturbances, and the lesions he's unconcerned about. If he doesn't work right then to get you a neurology referral (preferable would be to CALL neurology directly -- my dh's PCM did something similar for him earlier this year and he was seen within the hour), then go to the ombudsman, and then go out the building and back in to the ER. This really doesn't sound like anything to futz around with! You're at an MTF? Is it a major medical center? If you're in driving distance of Madigan, Reed or BAAMC, I'd go to the ER there instead of a smaller MTF.
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    Spray Mop Recommendation

    I have the red and black one. It's fabulous. My favorite mop ever. I love being able to use whatever solution I want, and to pull a dirty pad off and throw it in the washer and put a new one on. And did you know you can even get a dust mop pad for it? I would spray paint it and have a good mop.
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    Talk to me about the ER for mental health

    Spryte, I read your post in the middle of the night last night, and responded at about 3 a.m. It was pretty raw -- it's the first time I've ever written any of that out -- and I'm sure it was not easy for you to read in the midst of the crisis. I'm very sorry if I caused any pain, but I also know for me one of the worst parts was assuming that everyone would be both willing and able to help us, and the fact that the reality was so very different was a trauma in itself, on top of the obvious trauma occurring that brought us to the ER in the first place. My situation had a lot of similarities to your current situation. Please feel free to message me if you'd like more info or a BTDT ear.
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