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post #41 of 121
having a good day so far.
Finally warm too! OMG! it was 20F at my house, yipppee!
post #42 of 121
: No School today!!!!!!!!!! :

Wow, so we had like 2, maybe 3, days of glorious winter once again? Now, to the next stage? hmmmmmmmm

Hope everyone's safe on the roads today.
post #43 of 121
how do working parents handle NO SCHOOL days??

what's up with the weather?
It's like reliving 1999 all over again but in reverse! LOL
post #44 of 121
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how do working parents handle NO SCHOOL days??
That is a good question!

I don't know, because I'm not working, and besides that, my little ones aren't attending public school yet?
post #45 of 121
Yeah, I am thankful everyday that I am a stay at home mom by choice and things are okay.

I had to work for a few weeks back when DH lost his job and it sucked so bad! OMG. My kids were sick, schools had closed due to sewers backing up, etc.....and there was NO ONE to take the kids home or stay with them! I had to take a day off work to be home with my 8 year old who got pink eye.

And then there is day care........lets not even go there! Making only $9 there is no way you can afford to work.

I'm so sorry our society is like this. I wish we had more options for parents of young children to enable more families to have a full time stay at home parent.
post #46 of 121
Well currently my dh is a stay at home dad but for the three years we were separated, I either had to take off work or use day care. One must get good child care.
post #47 of 121
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I'm so sorry our society is like this. I wish we had more options for parents of young children to enable more families to have a full time stay at home parent.
This is why I am soooo grateful for DH and his job. I get awfully frustrated with both him and his job at times, but it allows me to stay home with our son and very soon our daughter.

I wish we had huge communities of women to gather around us, much like you would read about in The Red Tent.
post #48 of 121
NO SCHOOL again! WOWOW
How exciting. Roads are horrific though.

Stay safe!

Yeah, jobs are an interesting issue. I'm lucky to have one I absolutely love.
post #49 of 121
I feel blessed that DH has a secure job (teachers don't make a lot, but they aren't getting laid off due to the economy) and that he has never presured me to get a job. I have worked part-time a few times since we've been married--mostly from home stuff--but we both agree that my primary responsibility is to be with the kids. And I vastly prefer being home.
I agree, we need one of those societies where we have each other to help out...whenever I hear about polygamy (which obvioiusly has a lot of downsides) I think of the upside of having other sister-wives around to help out with that stuff (DH and I have been watching that HBO show "Big Love and I gotta tell you, it's quite interesting! )
post #50 of 121
That's one thing I love about my job. I don't go in until Andrew gets home or on a Saturday, so we don't have to pay day care and the kids always have one of their parents with them. I only work a couple nights a week and every other Saturday, so we still have plenty of family time, and the kids get their daddy all to themselves which they like.
post #51 of 121
It's too warm out up here! It feels like the midwinter thaws in Vermont! It's not supposed to be 40 degrees in January in Alaska! ...Or is it?
post #52 of 121
This chinook is fairly normal.
We can get as many as 2-3 of them during the winter.
The high pressure system shifts and the cold air hits the lower 48 for a few days, and then it comes back.
We have shifted back to the cooler portion of the 21 year weather cycle, hence the reason it has been so cold this winter.
Paula
post #53 of 121
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This chinook is fairly normal.
We can get as many as 2-3 of them during the winter.
The high pressure system shifts and the cold air hits the lower 48 for a few days, and then it comes back.
We have shifted back to the cooler portion of the 21 year weather cycle, hence the reason it has been so cold this winter.
Paula
you are such a wealth of information paula
post #54 of 121
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you are such a wealth of information paula
I've been "accused" of being like that guy on Cheers LOL!!!!
I'm an information studying fool
Paula
post #55 of 121
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: No School today!!!!!!!!!! :

Wow, so we had like 2, maybe 3, days of glorious winter once again? Now, to the next stage? hmmmmmmmm

Hope everyone's safe on the roads today.
I read on ADN today that Valley of the Moon area roads are closed off due to flooding and one person's home was evacuated.. OMG.
post #56 of 121
I work 3 days a week & my day care is closed when schools are closed. I stayed home yesterday from work & DH stayed home today. I understand the reasoning behind the day care being closed if schools are - I just hope the staff doesn't loose out on 2 days pay (my tuition is fixed). I can't believe how hard they work and how little they are paid.

There needs to be affordable childcare and an equitable living wage for caregivers. I've taken about 10 years off from being an "active" activist - I feel it rising up again.

Maternity Leave, Childcare, Sustainable Energy, Clean Water and now I'm pulling out my anti-death penalty material as well. I thought leaving Georgia for Alaska took that off my top "local" concerns list, guess not. I guess we have so much extra money in this state we're better off spending the $ trying to execute somebody than funding Denali Kidcare.

Okay, that is my random spiralling rant for the night.
post #57 of 121
lol Oh, Liza, I just read your sig and I love that part about dirt eating!! That is sooooooo my kids. Okay, I suppose in all honesty, it could include me, too. I used to gross out my mom when we'd go fishing because I would reach for the food without washing my hands after putting worms on the hooks. Oh, the good old days of digging for nightcrawlers to catch fish you were just going to throw back. I've not had the opportunity to do that with my own kids yet. Depending on where we move to I will have that chance this summer, I suppose.
post #58 of 121
Wait, you are closed when schools are closed? Why? Where are the kids supposed to go if they can't go to school?
post #59 of 121
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I guess we have so much extra money in this state we're better off spending the $ trying to execute somebody than funding Denali Kidcare.
Denali KidCare is being expanded. Palin took the money from the teacher's incentive program and diverted it to DKC.
post #60 of 121
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Denali KidCare is being expanded. Palin took the money from the teacher's incentive program and diverted it to DKC.
Okay but why can't they take money from something that is not useful ..... Sounds like extra teacher money might have been nice to have as well.
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