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Everything posted by sassenach

  1. We were just talking about this the other day. I don't think they all match up, but I do think that each kid has their hard years and their fun years. When you're in the hard it feels like it'll last forever, but they do emerge again. For ds, the worst was from about 13-15.5. He's 17 and just the best right now.
  2. Is his age in your siggy correct- 10/5th grade? My best advice is to lower your expectations and not take anything personally. You've addressed the big 4 here- food, sleep, exercise, and social time. Keep working on those. Pursue more social opportunities for him. If there's any way to get him time with dudes doing dude stuff, try to work that out. Increase exercise as much as you can. Academically, the memory/brain fart issues are real. Go back to your kindergarten strategies- short lessons interspersed with physical movement and food breaks. Expect to have to repeat lessons. I cannot overemphasize the not taking it personally thing. Do not emotionally engage. Let him feel his feelings and set your boundaries on the treatment of others, but do not get on that rollercoaster with him.
  3. Welp, this power outage has turned into carb-fest 2019. Not a whole lot of shelf stable foods that don't have carbs. And I'm just indulging because I'm bored and annoyed. No working out because the air quality is garbage. So pretty much just sitting around eating chips and cookies, lol. And my period came a week early.
  4. We lost power around 8:30 Saturday. We were at a Halloween party and it was actually pretty funny when the whole crowd cheered. We have a generator to keep the essentials running (ds’s medical equipment and the fridge). Dh ran over to Safeway yesterday and it was chaos. Lines stretching to the back and around the store. He didn’t buy anything. I’m going into the city today for an interview at SFSU so I plan to make a pit stop at Target next door. Now that it’s looking like this may stretch into the end of the week, we need some more snacks and activities and toilet paper. We’ve discovered that our furnace doesn’t function without electricity but our water heater does, thank God. There have been some local generator fires including the nursing home that my friend works at. Thankfully, everyone was ok. The smoke hasn’t been bad at all here. Stargazing was crystal clear last night. It’s eerie. We’ve had very little cell signal at home so I’ve been cut off from the news. It’s weird knowing the kincaid Fire is going on but not being able to keep up with it unless we leave home (which we haven’t done much of to conserve gas). We had church unplugged yesterday and that was lovely.
  5. We’re anticipating power loss starting today and likely going through Monday or Tuesday. I’m in denial but I did go pick up a bunch of canned goods last night. The timing is TERRIBLE. Dd is bringing up her fiancé to meet the sibs for the first time. I have a very important interview on Monday.
  6. Jon Foreman of Switchfoot has some really special EPs that are named after the seasons. Not exactly cleaning music, but lyrically profound.
  7. Some favorites I didn’t see above- (both these bands have A-mazing harmonies) All Sons and Daughters Gray Havens
  8. I agree! I think it's both. She's still going to mourn the loss a little, but that doesn't mean she isn't adjusting or that it won't ultimately be beneficial for her to have this season of rest. But I get it. I have a couple of athletes and a long term injury is more than just the loss of activity. It's a whole identity shift.
  9. All in all, that's a pretty good update. Best wishes on your continued recovery!
  10. This sounds paranoid to me. He’s saving you a ton of money vs getting a professional but if you’re that worried, maybe you should just hire someone and spend it (around here, a professional would be $300-500 plus prints). I kind of feel sorry for him that you’re so suspicious.
  11. Am I the only one wondering why Amazon needs any employees with high national security clearance?
  12. Wow, so many options! When I have a day to myself, I usually visit shops that I’ve been wanting to get to and also get some stuff done at home.
  13. I don’t think 3 World Series trophies in the last 10 years qualifies as long-suffering! Unless you’re talking about how much parking costs at AT&T (it will always be AT&T, I don’t care what they say). 😉
  14. We usually can’t bring ourselves to root for the team that beat us in the post season but this year it felt like we beat ourselves.
  15. This is my suggestion, too. This is the only creamer replacement I’ve found that’s actually creamy and doesn’t taste like coconut. I order 4-packs of the small carton off of amazon for about $14 and go through one a week (2 cups of coffee a morning). I’m currently enjoying their pumpkin spice flavor but always keep the original on hand.
  16. Maybe he should start an intense job search locally. If this whole thing has crystallized that he’s unhappy, but you are firmly in place in your town, then a yet to be explored solution would be a different job in the same location.
  17. Had a rough weekend, ate a ton of pasta. I had multiple essays due and left dh in charge of food. I’m probably up in my weight but it’ll be fine. It’s amazing how hungry eating grains makes me! Did get In weekend pilates. Hit 9k steps and 10 floors yesterday. exercise goals: 2 barre, 1 elliptical, 1 yoga Eating goal: stay off the crack/pasta!
  18. I’m sure he’s fine. Not to skeeve you out, but he’s probably ingested that mold previously. You just hadn’t noticed it yet.
  19. My mom of teens and older perspective: those kids never have kid guilt. They never carry any weight for our sacrifices and missed opportunities. And the truth is, the things we always feel bad about are the things they completely forget! The things they resent tend to be 1) decisions I stand behind or 2) things I couldn’t control. So for the love, don’t carry that guilt. It’s like resentment- it only harms the person feeling it and everyone else moves on with their lives.
  20. I can kind of imagine not wanting to look out at your guests and see a bunch of phones instead of faces (during the ceremony). Overall, I think it kind of depends on how strictly it’s enforced. If their expectation is reasonable, understanding that they likely will see a few pics online but the overall quantity will be lower, that’s fine. If they plan on policing their request, that’s obnoxious.
  21. The seller won't ship it, even if you sweeten the pot? I grew up about 30 min away, but unfortunately don't live nearby anymore.
  22. As an aside, I took a microbiology class last semester and it was absolutely fascinating how the virus hijacks neurons. The whole time it’s in there, it’s suppressing the neuron’s ability to show your immune system its presence. Then when your body is under stress, changes in the neuron force the virus out of its suppressive position within the cell, so it escapes to nearby epithelial cells.
  23. Church isn’t optional in our household but I would definitely dig to find the root of her objections.
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