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  1. Interesting. I just looked up dh's date and his was Tuesday. We had one dc on Saturday and one on Wednesday. 3 dc and I were born on Mondays (2 induced, however -- maybe they were waiting for Tuesday :lol:).
  2. :iagree: I was a rule-follower, too. My children? Not so much. I had one of those easy babies (my third). He was so content, easily instructed and corrected with just a word. I thought we had really become great parents, having applied all the wisdom and experience we'd learned with the first two. Ha. Then we had number 4. 2 of our dss have Asperger Syndrome. A couple of our dc get every compliment. The others? :tongue_smilie: Well, we have to stay on top of things to even be able to sit through a church service. Be thankful. Keep doing what you're doing. And be thankful.
  3. Can someone help me come up with an alternative? Because of my health and weight, I'm consciously avoiding sugar. And sugar substitutes. I'm doing pretty well from breakfast through lunch, but the afternoon munchies are tough. I'm not imposing my restrictions on my kiddos because, even though I think it would be best, dh isn't on board. He's a dear, but it isn't on his radar. He will go shopping for something and come back with a carton of ice cream. "Isn't this your favorite?" :tongue_smilie: It's the thought that counts, right? Sometimes he'll have a stressed day at work and call from the car, "Hey, let's take the family for ice cream!" or "Want me to pick up a dozen doughnuts?" These are occasional things and it's never been an issue before. I guess it's our family habit -- to jump in the car and pick up a treat to eat at the park and blow off steam. The thing is, I can't think of an alternative to take the place of this kind of activity in our family's life. Somehow, "Let's go pick up some carrot sticks and broccoli" isn't appealing . . . Not even to me. :tongue_smilie: If your family eats clean, what is an impromptu treat? P.S. I have had this discussion with him. He understands. He isn't attempting to undermine my efforts. It's just habit. I don't want to embarrass or disappoint him with my wet blanket -- just to have something else to suggest when that urge strikes.
  4. Ds is 13. Pretty smart and mature. Doesn't seem overly anxious (but, of course, we haven't exposed him to scary things given my sensitivity.) The movies include Poltergeist, The Grudge, Drag Me to Hell . . . I haven't seen any of them. If we don't allow it, of course, we'll say ds can't go at all rather than change the plans of the hosts and the other guests. It's too late to "just decline" without an explanation since I asked for the specific movie list before giving permission to go . . .
  5. their house? Ds has a close friend. This boy has a nice, friendly family and they include ds in many of their activities. He has been here several times, too. The boy is having a spend-the-night movie marathon. We do movies. We do spend the nights (with families we know). But we don't do horror movies. Ds told me the plan is for a horror night, so I said I'd like to know the specific movies they'll be watching. Young friend's dad called to get our email address. He sent a list of movies they're considering, along with descriptions and ratings. Despite his effort and reassurance, I still don't want ds to watch these movies. I can't really explain why except that they give me an icky feeling. Dh doesn't have the same qualms as I do, but he's backing me up. How do we respond to the other parent who has made this effort for our ds to be included?
  6. Have you talked to your dr about your options, given your health history? Paragard may meet your criteria.
  7. :iagree::iagree::iagree: (Although we've met many retired military folks who had worked an assignment in our area and came back when they got the chance!) Now I've been around enough to know there is good and bad anywhere you go. It's up to you to find the good and make the most of it.
  8. I'm not sure what to recommend since I don't know what style you really like, but a resource I frequently turn to is collagevideo.com. You can search by workout type or level or length of workout or customer rating. And you can watch video clips of the workouts. Another great resource to read reviews and forum posts is videofitness.com. I, too, was disappointed when Netflix removed many of the workouts from their streaming list. Some types you might want to investigate (that were on Netflix) are the 10 Minute Solution series and Crunch series. Two instructors with great reviews are Ellen Barrett and Kelly Coffey-Meyer. Ellen's combine Pilates with some other toning and/or cardio. Kelly's are more traditional high energy strength and cardio. Maybe your library has some you could check out? I've been surprised by my library's variety -- pleasantly surprised! hth a little
  9. Yes. My mother actually had two types of tumors. One was hormone receptor + and the other was not. One was knocked out by the chemo and the other returned. :crying:
  10. :iagree: When women go for screenings, they are likely getting pap smears and mammograms and blood tests and blood pressure checks. If "pink" reminds them to go, they'll be more likely to get early diagnosis for other health conditions.
  11. It doesn't bother me. My mother was a breast cancer casualty. I am undergoing treatment after my early diagnosis in May and three separate surgeries. It doesn't annoy me. I'm not on every bandwagon but I do think bringing awareness encourages screening. Early detection saves lives.
  12. For ut health I've been taking cranberry capsules. They were out of stock at my last shopping trip and I picked up a 2 quart bottle of juice. Because of the calories I want to limit myself to one cup a day. It will be over a week. Would you? Do you think that's okay?
  13. No, the dogs can't come with us. When I was a child and my family took a vacation, we hired a neighbor youngster to come over and feed our pets. My female dog is deathly afraid of anyone outside our household. She has a ThunderShirt that we have tried during storms (with little success), but her fear of people is debilitating. (Our male is cautious but gets over it and is friendly with our close friends.) If we have visitors (even regular company -- people who come over every week or so), she does one of two things: 1. hides in the bedroom corner or 2. stays outside, hanging around the back French door and barking constantly -- but running away under the shed if anyone goes outside. Sometimes it takes her hours to be assured "the coast is clear" and she can come back inside after our company leaves. :confused: We're happy with her. She's gentle and affectionate. With us. Believe me, we tried all the typical "socialize your pet" things when she was a pup and her issues just got worse. Well, not completely worse. It used to be that she would only come to me. Now she responds when the dc call her, too. So . . . if we go anywhere overnight, what can we do? If we have someone come to feed her, she'll be scared and won't come inside. And she may bark all night. Her brother would come in and out, but might be bothered by her barking . . . The same thing would happen if we had a house-sitter. If we board her, I'll know she's taken care of and not bothering our neighbors, but it may be traumatic for her. (She loses bowel control every time we have a car trip.) Or we could leave both dogs outside (when temps are mild with plenty of food and shelter). This may be less traumatic for them since they'd be together in familiar territory, but I'm not sure about barking. They are used to sleeping in my bedroom every night. Every time we think of going anywhere (which obviously isn't often) I get stumped on what to do with her. Anyone else deal with similar issues? Successfully?
  14. Was this appt set up by your dr? Does he know about the delay? Would you feel as comfortable with the drs at a new center? Personally, I would want to see someone asap. I guess you have to see a new dr either way, but I think I'd initially go with whomever could see me first. :grouphug: Praying for your peace of mind.
  15. My 4.5 yo lab mix dog has back trouble. The dr diagnosed him after x-rays last year showed 2 bulging discs. http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?p=3223324&highlight=dog#post3223324 We gave him a 2 wk course of prednisone and it worked! He was back to his normal self and I was so thankful it worked. This morning I got up and the two dogs got up to follow me out of the bedroom to go outside. The female ran ahead of me, but he stayed back. I let her out and went to check on him. He had given up and was lying back down beside my bed. He couldn't get comfortable -- couldn't even roll over to get his belly rubbed like he loves. :crying: Then he slowly tried to follow me again. Is there anything I can give him to relieve pain until we can see the vet Monday?
  16. 10th: dh went with me 20th: dh went with me and had as much fun as I did. Of course, my mom was still here then and she watched the 4 dc (at that time) while dh and I stayed at the hotel. ;) 25th: dh didn't want to spend the extra $ and knew one of my gfs was coming into town that weekend. He encouraged me to go with her. That way, I didn't miss it and she didn't have to go alone. I like having dh with me, but he's an introvert and it takes a lot out of him. I leave the decision to him. He knows I'm an extravert and I LOVE spending time with my old friends.
  17. My dad had auburn hair. My uncle red. Tons of cousins have red hair in all the different shades. I have/had the red headed complexion -- fair with freckles. Mine? Mine was light brown with reddish tones in the sunlight. Blonde streaks every summer that I tried to maintain with lemon juice. Once a high school friend noted my hair looked like copper when we were outside for an assembly. :D It was the nicest thing anyone had ever said about my looks. Of course, that fair skin drove me to the wisdom of sun-avoidance, hopefully before too much damage was done. :glare: That fair and sensitive skin is plagued by sensitivity to almost everything, and even though I've outgrown acne, it still breaks out in reddish patches of dermatitis similar to rosacea. I got older. I lost the bright color in summer and turned a mousy brown. Flat, like the woods in winter. And then gray. :tongue_smilie: And so I turned to boxes to brighten my head again like the sun once did. Early in this journey I tried a shade called "light reddish brown" and it looked so fake. :confused: I turned to ash shades instead . . . . Last week when we were discussing colors and I was saying something about whether I should choose a darker shade, a relative (not from the red-headed side!) told me, "You'd look so pretty with more red in your hair." I've completely avoided any red tones since that one unfortunate experience, and I was afraid to try because of the skin flare-ups I sometimes have. Could it be I've been wrong? Is there a red shade that would suit me? Can red flatter a middle-aged woman who was always supposed to be a red head? Is there an inexpensive way to find out?
  18. :iagree: On FB, when I talk about friends who are not on FB, it's never mean. I've reconnected with a lot of high school and college friends and we regularly say things like, "Did you keep up with xxx?" and the other replies, "yes, (s)he is married/divorced/passed away in Such-and-such-place." The first says, "Please tell him/her I said, 'hello.' We used to have so much fun!" Or, the second says, "No," and the first responds, "I wonder whatever happened to him/her." Once in a while I'll get a private message from someone requesting prayer for a mutual friend we've mentioned before who is dealing with a disease or loss. The p-posters are right. People mostly talk about themselves.
  19. Ebay. It may be a gamble, but I've bought plenty of non-oem stuff inexpensively. Replacement costs from the manufacturer can be :001_huh:
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