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Mary in VA

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Mary in VA last won the day on October 8 2018

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  1. I don't have any specific advice, but thought I could share an encouraging story about my dancing DD. My youngest DD, about to be 25, was a pre-professional ballet dancer. Which means 20+ hours a week in high school, a lot more when counting rehearsal. She wanted to major in dance in college but began having injury/chronic pain in her sophomore year of HS. Ran around to PTs trying to find someone to help, but particularly who understood ballet. Finally ended up going to a wonderful practice with a lot of former ballet dancers who were now PTs. They could speak the same language and "got" what my DD needed. Two years later she had surgery to fix a tendon with an ortho who understood ballet, rehabbed and went off to college. Majored in dance while taking all the pre-reqs to get into PT school upon graduation. Sophomore year she was struggling with pain again. After A LOT of angst she decided to cut to the chase and change majors to Sports Medicine. She excelled AND had time to be involved in student government and a lot of volunteer opportunities. She got some the of clinical observation hours needed for her major during the summer at her old PT practice.😀 Graduated and took a year off to apply to PT schools. Worked in admin at her old PT😀. Got into all the PT schools she applied too. She is now on active duty in the Army at their stellar PT school. Being paid to go to graduate school. It has been the perfect fit for her. We can clearly see how the ballet experience taught her discipline and determination, but the injuries also taught perseverance and about PT! Ballet also gave her great kinesthetic awareness which is very valuable in instructing patients in therapy. All of her experiences helped mold her for what she is doing now! But boy were there a lot of ups and downs! As the mom I was there for ALL the tears, pain, angst, etc. And it was HARD. But I can see how in the end it all benefited DD. Mary
  2. I breastfed both dds until 18-20 months. I am so glad I did. I don't remember feeling any pressure at the time, they are 24 and 28 now. Oldest dd gave birth to twins on Thanksgiving. Leading up to the delivery she got incredible pressure from acquaintances (I won't call them friends) to breastfeed. Her answer was, "My intension is to breastfeed, but I'm having twins, I'll do what I have to do!" Some of the women got VERY pushy about it. As it turned out, both babies had different latching difficulties, and one had a sensitivity to cow's milk. That made tandem nursing impossible. So dd supplemented with formula and pumped breast milk. She was exhausted. Finally, after a couple of months, after consulting with the pediatrician, she went to formula exclusively. They babies are doing very well. I think her answer to the breastfeeding advocates was perfect. We all want the best for our children, but that looks different for each situation and we will do what we have to do.
  3. Mine matches because I've lived here for 18 years. But non-matching doesn't phase me at all, because I live in northern Virginia. People are moving in and out of here all the time between the military and government. I don't expect people to change their cell when they move. That's one of the benefits of a cell number.
  4. My whole family loved the movie. But we love musicals and don't generally expect them to be accurate biographies. Which isn't to say I don't love accurate biographic documentaries also. I just don't need them to be together. One dd and I love Hamilton also, and it is far from accurate. I think Hamilton is a work of genius as a play/musical. (I am NOT saying the The Greatest Showman is comparable to Hamilton!!!) We also saw TGS in the theater first, and it is beautiful on the big screen. I also have a dd who was a serious dancer, so she LOVED the dancing scenes. I put TGS in the category of entertaining, not thought provoking.
  5. We went on Princess and it was wonderful. The food was superb. I'm not a "foodie" but I could become one if I went on cruises like this often! A couple of times we paid more for the New England boiled dinner ( my dh LOVED seafood) and a meal in the fancy steak restaurant (where dh got lobster). The entertainment on board was fun, and we enjoyed the trivia competitions and other activities. I truly don't remember how much it was, BUT I am positive we paid a sale price and we got an inside cabin. We did tours at every port. Loved Boston and the Canadian ports in particular. In St John's, New Brunswick we saw the "Reversing Rapids" where water rushes in and goes up the river from the Bay of Fundy when the tide is coming in. You can see video of it on YouTube. We stopped on Cape Breton Island which has a large Celtic influence. Prince Edward Island was fun - we did the Anne of Green Gables Tour there. I made my dh watch the 1980s video. He protested a lot but ended up really enjoying it. I told him he wouldn't appreciate the tour on PEI if he hadn't seen the movie😉 Quebec was beautiful and we had only one day there. Two days would have allowed us to see more. It was an absolutely wonderful cruise. We had cruised twice before in Europe over twenty years ago with our children - Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. This was just as fun, maybe even better because it was just us. Not to be a downer, but I am so THANKFUL we went. My dh passed away this January. I am so glad I have these memories!!!
  6. There are beautiful cruises in October to New England and Canada. My dh and I took one in 2014. It was ten days and went from New York to Newport, RI; Boston; Bar Harbor; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; and Quebec. It was fantastic!
  7. Does he have sleep apnea? That can cause all sorts of problems.
  8. Yes, DOs do NOT do chiropractic care, it is osteopathic manual manipulation (OMM) and is very different . My SIL is currently a second year medical student at a DO school and stresses that when he explains OMM to people. DOs also receive all the same training that MDs receive and can do all the same residencies that MDs do. The differences are more philosophical about the approach they take to the practice of medicine. The best doctor I ever had was a DO. What I loved about him is he really listened to what I had to say. He really got to know me. Unfortunately he was a resident at a military treatment facility and was reassigned overseas.
  9. My daughters gave me a 12 pound one for Christmas. It's twin size and feels good.
  10. Oh, I LOVE Celtic music. It must be in the genes, I'm 56% Irish. And I live in northern Virginia, so I can see your group in person. Yippee!!
  11. As a BIG Hercule Poirot fan, I will have to strongly share my opinion of the film adaptation!! I have seen it and enjoyed it, BUT Kenneth Branagh DID NOT portray Poirot correctly. The actor who owns the role is David Suchet. He portrayed Poirot in a television episode or movie for every single short story or movie over a 30 year period. Before doing so he studied the books and stories and made a list of all physical and personality characteristics described by Christie which he used in his portrayal . He is the only actor who portrayed Poirot on film that depicted the man in the books. Of course this is all just my humble opinion 😉 There is a great DVD available of "Murder on the Orient Express" from 2010 with David Suchet available on Amazon. Warning, the Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express" is a darker, moodier Poirot than usual, as he struggles with his morals and ethics. No more, or I'll give too much away! Mary
  12. As a former church financial secretary, I would suggest your church check the law on this. It is only allowed in very precise circumstances. For it to be allowed the money has to be going to a ministry the church is supporting, not an individual. So, for example, if the church has decided to help a member who had their house burn down and are doing so out of a specific fund, members can give a designated offering to that fund to help. They can't give the money to the church and have it go directly to an individual with the church having no say-so in it. Then it is considered a pass-through only for the purpose of getting a tax deduction. That's a big no-no and can get the church in trouble. Mary PS I reread your post, and maybe what you are describing is the same thing I am saying? But basically, to get the deduction the authority has to be the church's about what is done with it. The individual can designate the fund though.
  13. Amazon has done it twice here. Both times they took pics of a VERY LIGHT package that they left on the door step. The first one had blown away and I found it in the garden. You would think common sense would say to put it behind the screen door, particularly on a blustery day!
  14. We have had two dogs put down over the years by the same vet. They brought us into the exam room which had been prepared with a soft towel placed on the exam table. They took them into the back and put in an IV line and gave them a sedative. They then brought them back to us, carrying them, and put them on the exam table. They were obviously sedated, but were calm and lay quietly on the table. When we were ready, after we said our goodbyes, the vet gave the final injection through the IV and they very quickly passed. It was sad and emotionally hard, but the way they did it made it easier. ((((HUGS))))
  15. I put other. We have the verse for the week's sermon on the screen and in the bulletin. When there are references to other verses during the sermon, I look them up on the Bible app on my phone. My dh would always take his own Bible
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