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No, no incident. I've been invited by both teachers to explain Eid to their classes, since it's "Holiday Season." They have info and materials on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza...and want help with Eid. Ds's class has been asking him to explain, and he's self-conscious. Dd's class includes a veg Indian who I think is Sikh but could be Hindu. It's just a "who we are" sort of thing. As it is, they sit out of music class (they're practicing their Christmas songs for the concert) and have some other obvious differences. This is an info-only thing. But it's totally normal for our kids to come home with holiday-related info, songs and handouts from other faiths. I have no problem with my kids' learning about Jewish, Christian, African and pagan holidays...I just don't want to cause the teachers trouble if they get negative feedback from parents.
post #1042 of 1055
back to bras, i like to watch the sale page at Garnet Hill to try to pick up fancy bras at not so fancy prices. however, my current fave was purchased during my bigger period last year and now the cup size is a little wrong and the band is almost too big as well. In fact this is the case with most of my bras. i'm the type that gets one or two and wears them until they are dead and then throws them away and gets another.

Well, my first indoor bike workout is complete. I did an hour with some intervals. it sucked, i'd much rather be riding outside on an actual bike. Allow me to whine just one moment. The pedals are too wide, i have to wear my old cruddy uncomfortable bike shoes because they have the cleats for those pedals, the seat is not as comfy as my little racing mtn bike seat and it's just not set up for me. blech. </whine>

But i'm thankful to have the opportunity and thankful to make myself get out and do something.

Parent conference at school this afternoon, I hope it goes well. DS seems to be trying.

Oh - DS and I have been reading illustrated chapter books at night. We've finished Charlotte's Web and are about to finish Wind in the Willows. He's getting some Roald Dahl books for christmas, but I'm looking for suggestions for a book to read between now and then. 6 yo boy - what are your thoughts?
post #1043 of 1055
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Thanks Mommajb, that sounds delish.

So, I"m very seriously on the verge of pulling at least dd2 out of school and starting to homeschool. I just took out a boatload of books from the library today on homeschooling (this is the way I roll...research everything ad nauseum, then proceed...it's a little OCD but it did get me those three cute letters after my name )
This sounds like the way I roll, too. Ad nauseum research. Listen to your gut.

Mommajb, that recipe does sound delish!


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So all the raw garlic and various other vitamins seem to be working to keep the cold my kids have at bay, but man, I reek of garlic! I tried to exhale as little as possible when I was out running around today for the benefit of those around.
Ditto this, too, on the raw garlic. I detest vitamins/pills of any sort but def on the garlic. We've also been keeping onions in the rooms. I know, I know, no research on it, but wth!

Re: bra help. I'm no good. I just wear a camisole. I'd suggest a contrasting color camisole, perhaps.

Jo, the information you're providing is just what I would've wanted when I taught ESL. Of course, it was a Social Studies ESL class but it was definitely relevant. I had so many cultures and religions in one class; it was awesome to let them see the diversity. I, however, never "asked" for it b/c I was too paranoid about religion in a classroom; I guess you could say I nurtured the natural, organic curiosity between the children and let them write their descriptions in rough drafts, etc.

Forward Motion: kicka$$ workout last night at TKD and I am so sore today! Love it! Both my boys got extra stripes on their belts AND trophies for participating in all the area events. So cool; since we homeschool, I cherish all these little outside sources of appreciation, applause, relationships, etc. And next week is testing! Run today? Prob'ly not. I still can't find my advent calendar and it's the first. I can picture it in a box somewhere in storage but I don't know what box! And the kids are so bummed it's not ready! That plus school, plus bills, plus groceries probably means no running even tho' mama could def use a run! I seriously need some goals. Oh, wait, Janurary 1st is coming up, right? I'll make goals then.
post #1044 of 1055
oh, grnmtnmama, have you looked for the ms. piggle wiggle books? my boys loved them!! and they were never too boring for me to read.
post #1045 of 1055
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Oh - DS and I have been reading illustrated chapter books at night. We've finished Charlotte's Web and are about to finish Wind in the Willows. He's getting some Roald Dahl books for christmas, but I'm looking for suggestions for a book to read between now and then. 6 yo boy - what are your thoughts?
Hmm... not exactly a boy book, but Shannon Hale has some nice books for younger kids, and we read those aloud. Book of a thousand days or Princess Academy. Oh, both my older kids loved The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. Maybe Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Jean Craighead George's books starting with My Side of the Mountain were popular at bedtime. I don't know, some of these might have been at 7-8 years old. What about the Indian in the Cupboard series? I forgot the author.

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But it's totally normal for our kids to come home with holiday-related info, songs and handouts from other faiths.
Then definitely yes, imo. I think it's nice, as a parent, and I would appreciate it. It kind of makes me cringe to think that all the other religions would be ok with some parents, just not the Muslim religion. That ain't right...

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Mel38, what do you MEAN at your age?!! Yes, I kind of think the speedwork is needed, but you are brilliant and can find a way to love intervals. I ran a half with a 65yo woman who runs 5 marathons a year, and gets faster and faster through the season. This was at the start of the season (Easterish). She starts around 5hrs and finishes close to 4. She ran us at about 10:10 minutes per mile (faster than we ever thought we could) and took off 2 miles to the finish to smoke us. She started running in her mid-30s or 40ish, if I recall correctly. Got all that?
You are totally right!

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Nice run tonight, spoiled by Mr Temper down the street. We could hear him from a block away. He ran out of the house and drove away. RP knocked on the door to check on our neighbor, and she totally laughed it off. Three kids in that house. I think we're both worried she and the kids are getting hurt.
Oh gosh, I sure hope he's just a hot head and not physically abusive. He sounds immature (getting mad + driving off).

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Oh, wait, Janurary 1st is coming up, right? I'll make goals then.
me too

It's miserably chilly, dark and wet today - kind of like the sun never came up. Despite that, I'm going to try to go out and meet a running group at 7 pm. Totally not my time to run, but what the heck. I just need to get out there, and it's the only time that works. I'm a little intimidated because I don't know anyone in the group personally.
post #1046 of 1055
Don't think, just swim.
Workout done. I feel soooo much better now after the fact. I was forcing myself to get out the door on this cold day. And now I'm enjoying a bowl of chicken wild rice soup. mmm.

On fliers: how annoyed would you be that they let the fliers come home for cheerleading (for pee wee football or the like) and not the intro to cross country skiing ones?

Garnet Hill. ah yes. I was hoping I would get to the outlet this summer, but it just didn't happen....perhaps the next time I return to the east coast.
post #1047 of 1055
One incredibly tough Boot Camp, in the bag! Walter (our instructor) really had it out for us today, I swear. He's got this evil laugh and smile when he has us doing yet another minute of squats or lunges. I'm always so happy to have done it by the end of class though.

Jo ~ DD had an Eid presentation just yesterday! Two of the boys in her class are Muslim and both parents came in and presented information about the holiday. I believe they're doing a presentation on St. Nicholas Day on Friday, by one of the German parents. I think a little printout would be welcomed; at least I sincerely HOPE it would.

GMM ~ I am asking for an indoor bike trainer for Christmas this year. Any recommendations? Nothing super-duper expensive (don't really need a powermeter), but quiet would be good since I'll be riding at 6:00am when the rest of the house is still snoozing.

kerc ~ I'd be MIGHTY annoyed . And I'm also a little jealous that you HAVE cross country skiing !
post #1048 of 1055
It's gorgeous but freezing out. I need to rethink my gear before hitting the road today.

Can a just vent a teeny bit?

I've stopped taking doula clients for the most part so I can focus on my apprenticeship. I still need income (duh!), so I am encapsulating placentas.

Last night at the birth, a lovely couple with 6 kids that are definitely struggling financially, they were discussing planting their placenta since they are finally in their own home. Great idea! Symbolic! Meaningful for the child! My preceptor then decides to start spouting the benefits of encapsulation to the family and volunteers my services, as in "Megan can take your placenta and encapsulate it for you!".

I'm glad she is on board and understands that it's beneficial, but it's a very long process, one that involves supplies out of my pocket and time that I don't have, for no paycheck. She really has a soft spot for this family and I understand that.....they are really incredible people....and I respect her right to give to them (she didn't charge them for any of the out of pocket expenses we normally have- prenatal vits, tub rental fee, etc), but when she is giving away a service that I normally charge $200 for I get a bit irked.

Sigh. I must not be bitter while doing this as it will just cloud an otherwise lovely day.
post #1049 of 1055
5 miles in the bag!

But, I am feeling like I'm coming down with another cold. I just got over this damned swine flu, and now this. I really hope this isn't what my winter is going to be like! I'm trying to tough it out with Esberitox and vit. C. Someone speak to me about the garlic. Do you chew it, or can you swallow a clove whole? how much do you have a day?

memiles - I would be very irked about having my services given away for free like that. Maybe you could say that you would love to do it, but really can't afford to do it for free?

kerc - I wish we had a cross country ski team! Or maybe I just wish I was on one! Yes, that would annoy me if they wouldn't send fliers out. Why wouldn't they? That's a head scratcher.

loftmama - Awesome work for your kids!!! How exciting to get recognition!
post #1050 of 1055
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5 miles in the bag!

But, I am feeling like I'm coming down with another cold. I just got over this damned swine flu, and now this. I really hope this isn't what my winter is going to be like! I'm trying to tough it out with Esberitox and vit. C. Someone speak to me about the garlic. Do you chew it, or can you swallow a clove whole? how much do you have a day?

memiles - I would be very irked about having my services given away for free like that. Maybe you could say that you would love to do it, but really can't afford to do it for free?


I am swearing by Vitamin D this year. There is tons of research that's linking it to immune function (among other things). I'm taking 2000 IU per day for maintenance, then boost it when I feel like I'm getting sick. I combine it with elderberry, vitamin C and oil of oregano when I'm trying to kick something.

It really wasn't a situation where I could have asked them for money, and really didn't have an option to say no. Don't get me wrong, I think every mama deserves to have the option if she likes, just like I think every woman deserves midwifery care and doula support without regards to income. It's just the combination of knowing we are struggling financially, then having my one income source right now given away without my consent.

And when I type it out that way it sounds really mean of me.
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Do you mamas think it would be good/helpful to make up a sheet of paper with info on it for the teachers to photocopy and send home with the treats for parents to see?
I'm a pot stirrer by nature but I still think it would be a good idea. I wish I was getting one!

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I'm looking for suggestions for a book to read between now and then. 6 yo boy - what are your thoughts?
Harry Potter? I started reading those with dd when she was 5 or 6 and she loves them. My brother was always into the Swallows and Amazons stories about British kids in the lake district doing stuff on their sail boats.

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Both my boys got extra stripes on their belts
I got two stripes yesterday too! My testing is on Dec 16 for my low blue. Good luck to you all at yours!

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a service that I normally charge $200 for I get a bit irked.
I'd definitely spell that out to your supervisor midwife. Maybe she doesn't realize how much you charge or that you don't normally do it for free? Are you talking about drying the placenta and putting in capsules as a sort of energy medicine?

Kerc - Before I spent too much energy getting pissed I'd find out why the other flyer didn't make the cut. Maybe the x-country skiers don't have enough to send home? Or aren't as motivated?

Mommajb - I do hate typos (mine particularly) but I haven't noticed any of yours. I think my keyboard battery is dying though because I keep missing letters somehow. Let's blame it on that anyway!

So, anyone want to make a December thread?

RR: I did a good lower body workout and then swam for 15 minutes. That wasn't so long but I felt wiped by the time I was done. There was a guy a couple lanes over that I just couldn't help myself from trying to race. He had those underwater earphone thingies that I'm now coveting.
post #1052 of 1055
My lap is full and the same people that populate my lap dirty my keyboard. I think that explains all muddy thought processes and dirty keyboards.

I am logging my runs on daily mile. Is that what others are using? Any tips to get the most of it or feature you love? I am 'practicing' this month to see if I like it for the new year.
post #1053 of 1055
memiles~I would be very , too. I mean, it's bad enough when people I know volunteer my services as an athletic trainer without asking my permission, but that only takes up my time and energy, it doesn't actually *cost* me money. I'm sorry.

mommajb~I use Dailymile, and I really like it. There are some things that I still like mapmyrun better for, but I'm anal, so I just use both. I like the social interaction, I really like their facebook interface, and I like their mileage tracker.

8 more miles, in the bag. 4 by myself, followed up by 4 with friends. Not too bad, although I wasn't very enthusiastic about it. It's supposed to get really, really for the next few days, so this might have been my last semi-enjoyable run for awhile. I may even have to resort to the dreadmill on Thursday...
post #1054 of 1055
Memiles, it really does not sound mean of you. I totally understand, having given away a ton more honey than I sold this year. for you.

I've decided to make the sheet and send to the teacher so she can print and copy if she likes. It will be focused on what we do as opposed to what we believe.

I missed lunch today, as well as my workout.
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