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  1. My dog had a similar incident, though with a strange (to the dog) kid. We talked to the vet, who recommended a specific dog trainer. She came out and evaluated the dog. She felt he could be rehabilitated. We are doing in-home training sessions to deal with this dog's specific issues. They are more expensive than a class situation, but considering we get a 1hr private lesson, they are reasonable. I hesitate to give you all of the parameters that made her decide the dog could be saved, because there are probably some that she didn't verbalize. So, my advice is to get a professional to help you.
  2. The only thing I would ask is if the styles/colors are current or dated. I only asked because you said 15 years of stuff. :). Pristine condition won't count if it is out-of-style. Some things won't matter as much, but I have a relative who wouldn't put her dd in much of anything from me (her dd is 2 and 4 years younger than my 2 girls) because "The popular colors shifted.". I guess brown got popular after my kids. :)
  3. It took me a year to work up to running. My weight trainer believes C25K sets many people up for joint problems. That, from a true couch start, it needs more cross training and a slower build up. That muscle builds faster than ligaments and joints strengthen. People follow what the muscle can do and injure a joint, ligament, tendon, etc... I would say: -stretch after running, not before. You don't stretch cold muscles. -take rest days and/or do cross training. Swimming, weights, elliptical, yoga, etc.... Something low impact to work muscles and joints in a different way. -Reduce running mileage and build up VERY slowly. ETA: A year to work up to running very far. I began exercising last summer. I did, mostly, lots of walking. Hill walking, slow walking, very fast walking.... Lots of variety. With a little running. At the beginning of this summer I could run a mile and was doing lots of other exercise, too. Now, I'm able to add mileage a little faster without pain. I can do 3-4 miles and I joined a half-marathon training group that starts in a few weeks. If all goes well, I'll do a half at the end of November.
  4. http://whatscookingwithkids.com/2011/05/27/forget-hard-boiling-eggs-steamed-eggs-are-easy-to-peel/ I follow this "recipe". I found it when someone here suggested steaming, after I posted a similar vent. It works great.
  5. The problem, as I see it, is that the term camisole is used more broadly than what it, traditionally, strictly means. For example, you can find "camisole dresses" that have very thin straps. That's the way I use camisole. It describes a top with thin straps. The below item is called a camisole. It is a tribal print "camisole top" from the juniors department at Target that I would consider outerwear. I would probably choose to wear a camisole UNDER it, but the model isn't wearing it layered and I wouldn't blink to see the shirt on someone at the store. The same search also pulled up various lacy undergarments and some items that I would call a tank and some that they called "camisole tanks." http://www.target.com/OpenZoomLayer?template=scene7-image&image=Target/13999035_is&swCellSpacing=10,10&swHighlightThickness=1&swBorderThickness=0&itemTitle=Xhilaration%26reg%3B+Juniors+Camisole+Top+-+Tribal
  6. I voted other. I have a variety of camisoles and tank tops. The strap thickness varies enough that there isn't always a clear differentiation as to whether it is a cami or a tank. My general rule is that the bra strap should be covered. By either the tank/cami strap or by the shirt over the cami. But that's probably just me. I can't even tell you where I picked it up. I have huge issues (not really, but I won't do it) with the current trend of wearing racer back shirts and standard bras.
  7. My kids are at a similar age spread. I voted yes, but we would generally give the other child a turn at doing something different and fun by themselves. Either by splitting up for the night, one child per parent, or on another night.
  8. I think it would be too short, then. I just checked the requirements at their website. It must be pulled into a ponytail or braid and be 10 inches from tip to tip.
  9. Have you measured? My hair is bra length, now. If I make a ponytail at the base of my neck, I have more than a ruler-length of hair. Cutting it off right there would leave me with an angled bob (longer in front and shorter in back.) Isn't that how they do it? Make a pony and cut it off? That right there would be a less dramatic short cut. A little stacking in back gives you the feel of short, with a little length in front. Easy to grow out, because you can pull the front back. Going on to cut the sides and front (a LOT) is what gives you a pixie, but would be unnecessary (the way I understand the process) for the locks of love.
  10. I have had hair that ran the gamut. Down to my rear and up to a short and spiky back. BECAUSE she is young, and starting 10th grade, and awkward haircuts can be painful..... I would probably insist that she went short in stages (and I have had stylists say they recommend that method also.). Cut it and give it a week. Cut it and give it a week. I understand that a pixie cut may, ultimately, be more desirable(easier, attractive on that person, etc...) than shoulder length, but I have found a lot of emotion tied into my hair length. And once it is chin length, she can really get a better feel for it what it means to have short hair. Chin length isn't as painful to grow out, but you know what it's like to not have long hair. But if it is not for you, you aren't that far from a ponytail. Once you get shorter layers in the sides and front......THEN it is a long and tedious process to grow. So, (*I*) would tell her she can go short. But if she wants locks of love, she needs to wait. ETA:: this POV comes from growing up with my sister (naturally wavy) and I (stick straight) not being guided on appropriate cuts for our hair. We both wanted the opposite and suffered through many awkward hair styles. We weren't happy with them and oblivious to the silliness.... We just didn't know what to do and my mom isn't in to that kind of stuff.
  11. For our VBS, one dd missed a day for a dentist appointment and one missed a different day for an activity. I saw another child leaving early for a doctor appointment. It was no big deal. In our case, her teacher gave us the craft to do at home.
  12. How awesome. We live in a city/state without good public transportation and there really isn't public transportation between cities. Large cities might have very limited bus service between them. When we do travel, we try to point out the mechanics of using public transportation and talk about decisions we make. I think the car culture makes it harder to think of letting my kids do this (because one of the kids would have to be driving), but what a wonderful experience for Calvin and his friends.
  13. Weird, weird, weird, weird, weird, weird, weird. We pet sat for a friend and we went in (dd's and I), took care of pet, left. We didn't play with toys, search anything, or go anywhere besides straight to the pet area. Would you feel comfortable saying something to them? I'd certainly never hire them again.
  14. I googled. I didn't link, because it's an easy google with tons of replies. Even in professional instances, the answer was that flesh toned stocking are out-dated. The general talk was very anti-stocking, with some exceptions for tights and such. The hosiery area of the store sells "no-shows" which are very low slip-on stockings that the shoe hides.
  15. No. I just think most women are busy. I do get distracted. But, occasional distraction is different from an inability to focus. I have a bigger problem of getting so engrossed in an activity that I tune out everything. ETA: And maybe the "instant gratification"/"quick activity" is more of a result of the way our culture works? Everything is fast/instant/easy.
  16. This is a very interesting theory. I am an introvert and I do feel this way. While I need time to myself and I don't like crowds that require mingling or making small talk with people I barely know...... I STRONGLY dislike standing out. And I constantly second-guessed every curriculum decision....almost every daily decision.
  17. I felt incredibly isolated while full-time homeschooling. I don't think I was depressed, but I was unhappy. My older dd started school last year and I still felt isolated. :). Both are going next year. The biggest help for me was joining a gym, in April, and going a lot. I do lots of classes and am getting to know instructors. I meet friends there a few times a week. I am getting in pretty good shape, enjoy the classes, feel good and feel good about myself. The problem, though, is that I don't think I would work out as much if I was still homeschooling. I'm there for 1 1/2 to 2 hours most weekdays and then have to go home and shower. That may sound like a lot, but I just try to get in cardio, weights, and flexibility on a regular (alternating) basis. The girls tolerate the child care just for the summer, but going year around that much might be a stretch. Working out takes up our whole morning. That's fine for summer, we can still go home and do our short summer-schooling. But it wouldn't leave much time for full homeschooling. dh works out before work and we have frequent evening activities, so my exercise has to be during the day.
  18. It happens. I know my kids have received far fewer burns than I had by their age, so I just do the best I can. One good thing that came out of my kids getting sunburned: They quit complaining about sunburn prevention measures. They got a taste of sunburn (and theirs wasn't bad enough to peel, but was uncomfortable) and they were much more compliant.
  19. I tend to look at what month the Monday falls on and call the week that. Having that many days in August, I would probably use the word "full" to talk about the last full week in July. Or the last Monday in July/first Wednesday in August. I would not call it the first week of August. In the end, I would clarify dates. We had an issue with our violin teacher being gone "the last week of July." Our lessons are on Wednesday (August 1.). She leaves July 29.
  20. Does anyone remember the hubbub where Tom Cruise said some things about Brooke Shields (who was public about her battle with post-partum depression?). I think they eventually made nice. ETA: Ah, here is a bit about what Tom said/believed. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/8427947/ns/today-entertainment/t/brooke-shields-blasts-cruises-ridiculous-rant/
  21. Did you get nitrous? That helps me. Did you try an I-pod (I know you said it wouldn't help, but I didn't know if you tried it or assumed.) I like loud music that I can focus on, as opposed to meditation type to relax. It doesn't block the sounds, but with the nitrous, it gives me a "closer" sound to follow. My dentist will also give you a Valium (or whatever the equivalent is.). The hitch is that you need someone to drive you, so I haven't resorted to that. And I have seen an advertisement for someone that does sedation for cleanings. Can you do sedation to get a deep cleaning and the cavities filled? After that, I would think the visits would be less traumatic and you might get by with the Valium.
  22. Joanne--here is dh's and my theory... FWIW.. And I don't know where your dad fits in to what he will keep up on his own. We think the dietitians pick a moderate course of action, in an effort to get people to make SOME changes. While huge changes might make medicine unnecessary, they don't do any good if done for a month. Or cheated on. Knowing that they must make the changes for life....Well, I've heard more than one person say they would rather just enjoy their food. We were in a diabetes education course with people who were distressed about giving up mountain dew. And went and ate an Arby's Sandwich and fries on our lunch break. So, the dietician pushed diet soda on them. Is that the healthiest choice? No. I don't really think the dietician thought so, either. I think the dietician understands that getting people to make a life-long change in their habits is difficult. And diet Mountain Dew, at least, avoids a huge sugar spike (though we have read things about artificial sweeteners causing spikes.) We (dh and I) want to keep him off meds as long as possible. But he has shown a huge commitment to exercise(he often goes twice a day to work out) and diet changes (he hated salads and now eats them, almost daily, as one meal.). Many of the people in that class, I think, will be lucky to keep their numbers under control with meds. It's difficult to describe the defeat and inevitability for progression that they showed.
  23. Yes, he has the amounts right. When dh took his class, those are the exact amounts the dietician gave him. It was based on gender and sex. Beyond that, they said everyone needed to experiment with number of carbs/activity/etc.. For example, we had a marathon runner and she told him to just experiment and see what worked for him. We, personally, thought it was too many carbs. But dh is on no medication and managed to lose 60 pounds post-diagnosis. And I read a few things that even further contradicted standard diabetes advice, with regards to things like saturated fat. dh doesn't believe that so I cook the way he wants to eat (that would be very difficult to do if he wasn't doing a good job managing numbers.) dh eats some pizza, sandwiches on whole wheat bread, etc... But he also skips the fries/potatoes/hash browns and eats salads and as sides and meals a lot.
  24. I'm one that does better by counting calories. But I am an emotional eater. And as soon as I can't have something, I want it. And think about it. And end up eating 12 of them. So, counting calories (while limiting processed junk, sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc.) works for me. The big problem that I see is that you don't like meat or eggs and can't eat a ton of veggies. With that combination, I'm not sure how you would maintain a primal diet long-term? I think you need to find what works for you and that will be different than what worked for anybody else that you know. One of my fitness magazines had a recent article about Primal vs. Vegan. Their conclusion was that it depends on the person. :001_smile:
  25. When we took the diabetes education course, they brought in a bunch of wrappers. There was actually a thin crust pizza that fit within dh's guidelines for a meal. With his height, he was allowed, something like, 60 carbs a meal (maybe it was 45.... I don't know, he doesn't really use that number, but it was fairly high.) I will say that we always thought their guidelines were high and dh usually eats lower than that. But, what if you made a thin crust, with pizza as an appetizer for dinner? I would make the pizza small enough to limit everyone to an appetizer portion. Then make the rest of your meal high in protein and veggies. If he's craving pizza, I would stick to a good pizza and adjust the portions. My dh manages his diabetes with diet and exercise and he does eat normal pizza, at times. But he also exercises a lot. An hour of cardio most days and weights on some. So things he can get away with may not be good for everyone. And, about recipes: South beach is a good place to try. Dh was taught to just count carbs and not to worry about exchanges or fiber content to get net carbs. Now, fiber helps and he does always look at it. But any site that gives you low/lower carb recipes will be helpful. Or, just remember high lean protein and veggies as the base for your meals. Fruits like berries are good for desserts and treats. Stay away from bananas.
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