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  1. Yes, sorry to say, I automatically pictured a granny with antlers.
  2. I am not making any preemptive selections. If I have two grandchildren near the same time, I might, but otherwise I'll likely end up going with whatever the first grand lands on. Unless it's completely unspellable.
  3. We found it very effective for the early elementary years. IIRC we started with the K book at age 4-5 and went through level 3 (maybe 4?) until switching to Saxon 54 in third grade.
  4. And nobody really needs a 10,000 sq ft house. 🤣
  5. Thanks for the replies so far. I actually do have rosacea, which is very well managed but I have the broken capillaries. I have found going gf/low dairy to make a difference (and am actually pursuing the possibility that my skin & eye issues are extraintestinal celiac symptoms). This summer I will probably be doing photo rejuvenation therapy to remediate some of the redness and capillaries. I've been on a skin care regimen that has been gentle and effective, but I do have the occasional need to exfoliate. The aesthetian told me that I should never use a scrub to exfoliate, then recommended the clarisonic with the sensitive head for occasional use. I commented that it might be a good gift for my daughters, and she said yes, that it was just important to use the changeable brushes as recommended. I guess because of the price, I really wanted to survey your experiences before buying. Thanks for all so far - I will take input til the board goes to sleep. 😄😴
  6. I guess this is a spinoff of a couple different threads! One of the things worth splurging on as I age is better skin care. I'm sort of past the years of paying for braces, dermatologist for my children, etc, plus my skin has issues of its own that need attention yet I've linked along doing the bare minimum. Now I am seeing a dermatologist and her aesthetician recommended a clarisonic device for gentle exfoliation. She said be sure and get that brand since it has a motion that is patented and different (more gentle) that other copycat brands. So - seeking advice before the great shutdown! - do you have one? Tell me all about it. Especially if you have sensitive skin. And since I'm always bargain hunting, if you have a source that would be helpful. Thanks! Counting down....
  7. Thank you for this clear statement. It helps me to better understand your pov.
  8. I really don't understand what other action you would have expected of them. Scratching their heads and muttering, "Well, that was random!" would not have been productive. What specific action did they fail to take? As others have said, it wasn't a serial bomber situation until there was a series of bombs. Sincerely, I am not trying to be argumentative but I am having a tough time trying to discern your clear point and suggestion for change. What action are you seeking beyond acknowledgement of white privilege? Because I do feel you saying that.
  9. Key phrase in the first paragraph: "...in the absence of other evidence..."
  10. I have been reading a lot lately about teen text addiction. One thing that stood out to me is that, especially for teens, understanding & developing empathy requires taking in another's tone of voice, facial expression and body language in addition to their words. When our communications are narrowed down to read-only, we actually have less empathy for those we're communicating with. For teens, they development of empathetic communication is stunted. Scary reading. But yes, we really do suffer if we don't maintain IRL relationships with face to face communication. We're often letting easy take the place of good.
  11. Yes! I still have my ovaries and based on other symptoms, they are still functioning. But I no longer have to stay at home one to two weeks a month, because the flow is too heavy to go out, wondering if this would be the day I met the limit set by my doctor and would have to head in to the ER for the excessive bleeding. No more missing work. No more missing kid activities. No more anemia. I had an ablation that was successful for a little over 4 years. That was a nice stop gap measure. But I began having other symptoms and turned out like you, having a cluster of large fibroids that were both contributing to excessive bleeding and reducing bladder capacity. I was not incontinent, but had the urge to go all the time. I am very glad I had it done. I do think it's all about the timing - it's a permanent change that you don't want to do prematurely- but after years of heroic performance, there definitely came a time in my life to bid that uterus adieu. FWIW, my ovaries looked good via ultrasound, but I did go into the planned vaginal laparoscopic ovary sparing procedure fully aware that if my ovaries looked decrepit on visual inspection, they would be taken, and that if old scar adhesions posed problems, the procedure could revert to an old fashioned abdominal incision in the OR. I would only know what actually happened upon waking in recovery. So, I cleared my calendar for a full 8 week recovery just in case. All went well and I feel better than I have in years! My doc told me after looking at my uterus that it was definitely a good decision to retire it. Also, she said that since they're learning that a majority of female reproductive cancers actually start in the Fallopian tubes, she'd take those too, and I was fine with that. Don't miss em!
  12. lol I actually think a lot of gals under 50 and finished with childbearing could benefit from a hysterectomy, I guess once someone hits that half century mark it's solid blanket blackout advice!
  13. Best thing I did with my girls was to have a talk about hormones and emotions and how to recognize when we are overreacting. How to identify and name emotions. I will say, though, it was very tempting to just have my own day(s) of modeling their level of drama, so they could get a clue about what it looks like to live with. Hugs, patience, personal stories, chocolate, time. All help.
  14. If you've never done this, go to your settings, then to "Ads." I've removed/blocked everything. Not sure how much it really helps, but I feel like I've at least tried. Just didn't see the switch to choose to deafen my phone.
  15. Add a pan of mac and cheese for the youngesters - easier than tacos for them. When I have a group like this, the entree varies, but I always have two or three trays that are easy to make ahead and easy finger food for guests - Cheese & crackers/charcuterie Cut veggies Cut fruit
  16. Over 50? Go ahead and have that hysterectomy. You'll feel great and wonder why you waited so long.
  17. Yes, I thought the victims were diverse.
  18. I rarely post anymore, but two organizations we are part of use fb groups for vital communications. I would otherwise happily ditch it. And yes, I'm convinced my phone is listening.
  19. And can you enroll at one location and then use the others, if you're traveling?
  20. Three weeks? I thought the headline I read said it took 19 days to solve the case. Were they onto him before the first bombing?
  21. Good grief, I've probably driven past one or more many times! Thanks for the link.
  22. I do BUT when I am the one who brings a meal, I certainly don't expect it. If someone is in need of a meal, they're likely also in need of a break from such unnecessary social extras. A heartfelt "thank you" in words when food is dropped off, or the next time you speak with them, would be quite sufficient.
  23. I feel sadness for all of them, in the vein of how tragic it is when any human inclines himself (or herself) towards evil in such a way as to deliberately inflict pain and suffering upon others. I'm sad about that person's "could have been." But I do not feel sympathy to the extent of not serving justice.
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