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That experience makes me nervous about asking for balance with my life (work/life) ROTFLMAO.gif

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See upthread (maybe on the December thread) my post about praying for Patience when I was getting sober...sigh... lol.gif

 

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Sooo, I have some thoughts if that is cool. I used to be a regular poster, but life happened. I am here again, and boy has it ever been a year or three. Phew!

 

 Let me get right to it:

 

1. Identifying as a witch. I am starting to.  I have and continue to ID as a "Pagan, Buddhist", but I am starting to say "witch" regularly. After much much "stuff". Who else does? Was or is that title/name problematic for you? In what way yes or no? My things about that to follow.

 

2. Runes and other divinations. They are starting to become a huge (actually unavoidable) part of my life. Tell me about your experiences if you are comfy.

 

That's all for now. I  have more "stuff" later. Sooooo great to be in good company.

 

 Peace, Un

post #43 of 521

i always used a tarot deck. i felt very comfortable with it and was right most of the time when reading for friends. but i always doubt it when reading for myself. i have been using a pendulum lately. not sure what i think of it yet.....

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Unschoolin', I've been referring to myself as a witch for years now, or Pagan. But mostly witch. Just seems right.

 

And I like tarot decks and pendulums, but I tend to fin I want to read too much into them in terms of what I want to see, rather than what is there. Big problem for me.

 

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Welcome ladies :D  Coyote, we DO get a bit chatty lol... usually we average about 1pg (of 20posts) a day from what I've noticed! 

 

I still don't have a firmly decided upon word for the year, but I am leaning towards equilibrium .. as there's going to be a lot of stuff to balance this year.

 

Thanks for the welcome!  Now I know I belong here...another Cari spelled Cari.  :D
 

 

You are LITERALLY the 2nd person EVER, I have 'met' spelling their name like mine hehehe.  The other one was in world of warcraft  lol.gif .. someone that worked on star trek : the next gen spelled their name this way too ... I remember reading in the credits a million times. 

 

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I never noticed the "views" count for a thread. 1 day old thread with 22 posts and 133 views. Wow. (I have to admit I'm a little creeped out but the number of lurkers- but I had a bad incident a couple months back likely from a MDC stalker, which then resulted in me being more a lurker than normal.)

 

I need some ideas for a large stash of felted wool sweaters - besides soakers and bags. I use them for soaker pads on the mattress but that is hopefully becoming less of an issue soon too.

 

thanks.

I figure a lot of us check regularly for new msgs, and sometimes it just seems odd to reply a 'me too' to a post... or I'll get distracted by kids and forget I was going to reply LOL.  At which point I'll come back hours later to a flood of posts to reply to :P  Plus,  I'm sure others on the board are just curious as to what us pagans are up to ;)  Which is fine by me really,  it lets people see that we are just average mamas having mostly average conversations ...
 

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Good Morning and Happy New Year Mamas:)

 

Welcome Midwitch, Coyotemist and Sharon71.

 

I never made it until midnight on New Years Eve, fell asleep at 10:00p.  I have been trying to get rid of this cold I have had for about a week now.  It's almost gone:)

 

I have to do some thinking on my word for the year.  Nothing speaks to me yet but I have not really been tuned in either.

 

I wish everyone a wonderful 2011 filled with many blessings and good health.


Glad you're feeling a little better hun!  We were up far enough past 12 to make up for your sleeping ;)  
 

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I was contemplating my word and wondering what I really mean't by it- wellness, wellness...hmmm. At first I thought it was because I am taking my healthy seriously, getting to a naturopath, eliminating foods, changing diet but then I started thinking about being "well with". As a christian I used to find comfort in songs, and I will admit to hearing a song when I decided on the word. Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. Well, since I do believe in karma and things happening when they are supposed to happen, I really decided to focus on looking at my choices and my decisions and allowing myself to follow what feels right, rather than what I believe to be right. This is not to say that I feel I deserve bad things, situations or difficult problems, but once they are before me- I have a choice to make it work, find peace within it, be well with it. I still don't have to like it, but I fight myself and others over ideas/thoughts, when I can choose to be well with it. So wellness of body, mind and spirit is my goal for the year. Does that make sense, or is this just a coffee induced rant?

I think that makes perfect sense... wellness can have several facets!
 

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 Tor is right on the edge of some developmental milestone and I need him to get over the hump.  He is getting so unbelievably frustrated... he is biting everything, even himself, and I can tell its frustration.  He'll babble something or point or whatever and then, if we don't understand or can't/wont do what he wants he'll yell and chomp down on whatever he can reach.  Sometimes it's comical (Ro wouldn't give him her toy, he bit her dress, and she dragged him across the floor... kind of like an adult might drag a puppy latched onto their leg?) but I know it's serious to him and, frankly, annoying/painful to everyone.  We don't condone biting, and there's the added stress of having visiting family around.  Almost a 24/7 "lets see how the ap parenting works" thing.  Especially since my mom doesn't like ap and is always "testing" their behavior (and by extension, our parenting).  I know we just have to wait out the developmental issues but dang!  I wish I could help hurrying this along a bit.  Ro has a big bruise on her arm from a chomp and that's not cool.

 


UGH!  Will he accept something of his own that is just for that purpose?  I think maia's idea of a little signing might help as well... if he felt like he could get across what he wanted he might not rage so much.  I have one that schreeches if he gets the least frustrated... at least he isn't biting, but it has happened when he was younger.  I think both of his brothers ended up with a bite shaped bruise or two during that period :S  It WILL pass though,  is there anyway the sisters can learn to recognize when he's about to go off?  Not that it's their job to keep themselves safe totally, but every little bit helps!
 

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And *gulp* I have been seriously considering letting both kids go to school next year. I am very VERY torn about this. On one hand, I know it's a possibility that the big one still doesn't quite "fit" in a public school setting. Which is ok! I do like having my little man home ;) But I also know, my daughter...will probably THRIVE. And then there is the whole "germ-fest" thing and I know my kids do.NOT wash their hands as well as I would like them too. And I just don't deal with illness well.

  

Anyway, back to kids-school...it's still something dh and I need to talk about, and I need to put as a topic on my meditation list. Our son is finishing up some evaluations this coming weekend, "ADHD" type eval....so, it's possible we'll have something we can work with as far as going back to school, and maybe an IEP to go with it.

  


My 2 previous home schoolers start public school in January (new school year here) so I know how you feel.  I was VERY torn at first... I think Lucas (who will be 9) is going to have a huge adjustment.  He has some impulse control issues, and gets a bit ridiculous & silly.  He also 'seems' to have an auditory processing issue that the school is aware of and plans to have evaluated at the very start of the year.  I read a suggestion on a lunchbox site, of all places, to maybe get a clip on bottle of hand sanitizer (which i don't love  , but is better than un washed hands!) and clip it onto the lunchbag :)

 

I have, after a couple of months,  gotten to a place of acceptance about it.  This is what our family needs right now... my stress levels have been high the last 3 months with the job issues etc... and we have NOT done all the things I planned, and honestly I grump & yell far too much :(  I need a break... the kids NEED a break from me, at least until life is less stressful.  They are now looking forward to going to school!  Excited about their uniforms and new lunchboxes & new friends to be made.   Even if it's only for a couple of years, it's what we need NOW.  Later on it's up for negotiation ;)

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I love the description of your newly-organized home, more pantry storage.  I spent a full day cleaning out my pantry and kitchen cupboards last Wednesday - got rid of all plastic bags and put all dry goods in canning jars and bins.  That makes me happy too.

 

I was up in the night with a sick 4 year old -- I suspect he has strep throat, like the cousins he played with last week- the incubation period is about right.  But to find a medicenter on New Years Weekend? Argh.  Better start checking.


Ick.. hope little one feels better soon!    I'm on an organizing/declutter kick... pantry... that may be my task for the afternoon lol.  Had planned the garage but it's hot as hades in there!!!!
 

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okie... here's a weird thing i've been thinking about.... energy but not my own biological energy but the kind that fills your home.  when we were visiting, i could tell that our arrival stirred up the energy of my parents' house, then settled.  then it stirred up again when my bil arrived a few days later.  then it settled down again...  but mostly i noticed this by watching my infant niece.  her sleep patterns changed each time the house energies were stirred up.  has anyone else ever noticed this?  or am i being too metaphysical (even for a pagan thread!) ?

 

i just realized that i'm still annoyed with my mother from our visit... she gives me grief about being too strict with ds's food options, in one breath.  but in the next breath she tells me that it's ok to have strict behavioral expectations/limits because i'm the parent.  bah - if ds eats properly and stays away from the junk, he easily controls his own behavior and makes good choices for activities and subsequent snacks, etc.  but when he eats crap (like the tempting 10 yr old candy canes on her tree :jaw - thankfully he didn't) his control over his behavior goes out the window.  this inconsistency (contradiction?) coming from a retired schoolteacher who could point out the kids in her class who had food allergies/intolerances.  crazy crazy crazy.  she wonders why i just smile and nod.  dh hasn't learned that art yet - he lets a lot of her comments/advice get under his skin and he falls into her "i want a heated discussion" trap.

 

i think i've settled on a response to my aunt (with the PITA teeny gift check).  dh suggested that i find an overtly pagan charity and ask her to make a donation to them instead.  tee hee.  as tempting as THAT is, i think i'll suggest that instead of sending us her check that she make a donation to a local child services organization in her area.  i'll probably mention something about wanting to have ds learn than it is more about giving and helping others than receiving for ourselves.

  


Re: energy... it makes absolute sense to me.  I notice a different feeling in the air when we have guests... seasonal stuff stuff changes the energy as well :)  For me, I really notice the energy change when I finish clearing out a space and getting it decluttered/organized.  I think it shakes loose the stale chi and gets it moving again :)
 

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Hi everyone. Happy 2011. :) 


Hey you!  I was thinking of you a month or two ago,  even went searching for your blog again.  Not quite sure what brought you to the front of my mind after so long away, but it's good to see you!  I hope life is treating you well... you kids must be damn near grown, if not, by now!
 

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Sooo, I have some thoughts if that is cool. I used to be a regular poster, but life happened. I am here again, and boy has it ever been a year or three. Phew!

 

 Let me get right to it:

 

1. Identifying as a witch. I am starting to.  I have and continue to ID as a "Pagan, Buddhist", but I am starting to say "witch" regularly. After much much "stuff". Who else does? Was or is that title/name problematic for you? In what way yes or no? My things about that to follow.

 

2. Runes and other divinations. They are starting to become a huge (actually unavoidable) part of my life. Tell me about your experiences if you are comfy.

 

That's all for now. I  have more "stuff" later. Sooooo great to be in good company.

 

 Peace, Un


I do  identify as witch (with a small w) as well as pagan.  It's not something that comes up often in non pagan company, as I'm quite private with my spiritual leanings.  So usually that level of specificity isn't required with people that don't know me... among those that do, it doesn't surprise them ;)

 

Runes... I lurve runes :)  the elder futhark is my favourite, if only because I'm most familar with it!  I have a bit of norse heritage, so I often wonder if it's a genetic memory type of familiarity... because while I like my tarot... I really feel a connection to runes.  I'm seriously thinking about getting some fimo clay and making my own.  Fimo isn't the most natural lol but it's easily accessed ;)      Must feed boys lunch, back to write more later!
 

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hello everyone who is new. :)

 

i also check the thread at least daily but don't post everyday. 

 

maia: i had a weird dream and it was about you, although you looked like me. lol and you were making a list for M. it was very strange. lol

 

so baby is due in 1 week, although it probably won't show up until the week after. dh and i had a bit of "alone" time yesterday and i have been having alot of BH yesterday and today which is new. i haven't really had more then 4 of them the whole time. anyway...

 

dh took down the tree and all the holiday related goodness while i was shopping... sorta sad. i love all those things, the lights, the tree and green, and now i have a naked house. waaaah. BUT i didn't have to do any of it which was a plus. lol

 

ok, i am going to bake cookies cuz i want something sweet, but not too full of sugar and chemicals. lol

 

h

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cari (goddess of the multiquote, i bow down before you) - re the energy - my mentor is quite ritualistic in his approach to dealing with patients.  he chit chats for a few minutes once the patient enters his exam room because he wants to let the energy settle down.  i just never noticed disturbed energy before - probably because we don't visit family very often and when we do, it is usually for a short fly-by visit, with others coming and going a lot, so the energy never does settle.  it's kinda like when i finally felt someone's deranged (i.e., not so normal) pulse - really felt, not simply counting the beats - i finally had a sense of what "not normal" felt like.  it was this same way with the energy.

 

MO3 - if you hold off until the 11th, your babe and i would share a birthday :D

 

yes, lice are gone - the electronic Robi comb blew them away.  though we continue to be diligent and use TTO/Rosemary oil shampoo.  i'm a bit paranoid, so we're combing 2x per day.  did i mention that i think this might have been spurred on by a homeopathic remedy that i took?  still pondering that possibility - i suspect ds only picked up a few of them because he sticks his head so close to mine.  if that weren't the case, it really would only have been me with the little buggers and there's no way that i'd shared hats with anyone, rolled on gym mats, etc.  my hair goes everywhere 'coz it's so long, so it's more likely that i'd spread it to everyone, not gather them myself.  anyhow, i'm too chicken to mention this notion to my homeopath/mentor because, well, i was self medicating.  DOH!  this would classify as a doozy of a healing crisis, but if "itch" is indicative of deeply held stuff being expelled, this was quite a productive way to expel that stuff.

 

and as for castor oil, i cannot emphasize this enough:  DO NOT USE IT TOPICALLY FOR MORE THAN ONE DAY.  my poor liver and gallbladder are still recovering.  on top of that, it's my moon time, so my liver is processing all that castor oil and these pesky hormones - the chocolate fondue for lunch didn't help.  i ate a raw dandelion leaf earlier and felt momentarily better but then i broke down and took a couple of lipase enzyme capsules.  feeling much better now.

 

i've told ds that i'm a witch.  somebody at school taught him  (through the classic fairy tales perhaps?) the "bad witch" stereotype so i intentionally used that word and told him that not all witches were bad, that most were good, blah blah blah.  but that he wasn't to go blabbing to his friends at school that mama was a witch because they just don't need to know that.

 

did i mention that i got my hands on "The Joy of Ritual" (http://www.amazon.com/JOY-RITUAL-Spiritual-Milestones-Transitions/dp/1596058420) ?  lovely book (enlightening given the whole ritual notion of dealing with patients), even though i'm not very ritualistic (it's becoming clear that i need to become more so).  she's got one for families that i would love to get my hands onto as well.  

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Aww I haven't been here in many moons.  I miss the discussions even if I was never as involved as I'd like. 

Anyways!  Happy new year, sisters!!!

I've been busy, busy with (fashion design, woo hoo!!) school, and kids and such.  I came to browse around mdc and this is always my first stop.

Just wanted to say hello and wish everyone a fun and fruitful 2011! namaste.gif

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There's more I want to respond to, but wanted to say, bluets,  re: lice - I've seen a few cases over the years, with all the young children and the families I deal with.  It has amazed me in the past how often just one person in a family gets lice and others seem untouched.  Ime, usually the girl or woman with long hair, but not *every* girl in the family with long hair necessarily.  It may not have been your self-treatment or your long hair - you may just have been  biologically prone somehow.  For another parasite example - I am the family member who gets pinworms bad,  and my younger ds gets moderate ones, and the other three members of my family, none, even on lab tests - not just asymptomatic, none.  There are so many factors in diet and lifestyle that could affect you getting these things already. It may not be the self-medication  I'm just glad for you that they seem to be gone!

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i just read a scary birth story. i wasn't expecting it to be scary so that is why i read it. i thought dr were not suppose to use cytotec any more. *shudders*

 

anyway off to bed. 

 

h

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biting/frustration- it really is whatever is closest when he gets frustrated... a chair seat, the edge of the coffee table, his high chair, his sister, the bunny cage, my leg, and so on.  He'll start shaking, turn red, and CHOMP!!! the frustration out.  We do use ASL a good amount (my SIL and one of my aunts are ASL interpreters and are very keen our us making sure the kiddos are at least functional conversationalists) and Tor has maybe six consistant signs and probably 6 or 7 reliable words.  Plus the all powerful "baby point" technique.  LOL  We can generally figure out what he wants but often it's something he can't have (the toy his sister is holding, the hot sauce on the table, my mother's antique glass nativity set that she leaves right at his eye level, to get out of his car seat, to run around the store, and so on).  I almost feel like communication is the problem... he KNOWS how it works but he can't grasp yet that we might not "do" whatever it is that he just communicated.

 

I need some "stay calm, stay healthy" vibes... this past month has taken more out of me than I knew.  Today we go back to our "normal" routines (DH had the last week off due to the miracle of academic calendars) and I just don't know how I'm going to muddle through.  I've been getting maybe 5 hours of sleep a night, I'm double busy during the day, and while I adore my brother/sil and don't want them to leave... their being here means almost daily interaction with my mom.  Which is more stress than any human should have to endure.  LOL  I'm worn to a nubbins!  I know it sounds silly, but I could surely use some happy thoughts.

 

Joyful! 

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Home from the medicentre visit, snuggled up in bed with my little guy who does, after all, have a chest infection.

 

New moon articles are up at  Mooncircles and Tracy has hers up, too.  Good, motivating reading for those getting started on New Year's resolutions and such.

 


Thanks for the links:)   Hope your little one feels better asap!!

 

I identify as a Witch, Pagan .  Just this past year I have been chanting with a Buddhist group.  I live out in the sticks and haven't been able to find anyone who I connect with Witch wise and just happened to find a Buddhist group.  I enjoy the energy, and am looking at Buddhism to possibly add to my practice.  I use Tarot cards, runes, my dreams and meditation, I journal almost every day.


 

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Clay, you have had such a busy last few months, doesn't sound silly at all to need some happy thoughts/vibes.  You have such a busy life, I don't know how you do all that you do.  I remember how difficult the biting stage was.  I had on DD who love to chomp on things/people too.  It felt like it took forever for her to get past that stage but she is my most expressive child now.  I hope this stage passes quickly for you and your little one and wish you those happy thoughts/vibes..

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Can't make this a long post because I have to finish the last bit of packing. DH and I are heading back home today and DD is staying a bit longer for a visit with grandparents :) I am going to miss her to pieces but she will have fun, I know.

 

Clay - sending peaceful happy vibes your way!

 

Words I identify with - I usually say Pagan, as broad as I know it is. I haven't used witch too often - I think I haven't quite reclaimed that word for myself at this point.

 

On the bright side, it is snowing lightly, one of my favourite sights! Watching the snow fall has always made me think of peace and stillness.

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I just enjoyed a mostly unplugged, no clocks - 11 days.  It was simply lovely. 

 

Back in the office.

 

And now hoping I have at least one working home computer before classes start in 15 days.  ...sigh...

 

Happy New Year everyone!


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Back to a hopefully normal work week. A girl can hope. 

 

I have to schedule our final home energy audit so I can submit for our rebate from the state - and have to finish up a few weather stripping projects.  I'm really hoping we get full credit, but its based in part in the amount we have sealed air leaks. Other stuff (amount of insulation, type boiler & water installed) is pretty straight forward but the blower test will be a surprise. I had a task of basically sealing up cracks and other gaps in our house that totaled up to the equivalent of a 9 inch by 9 inch hole. We're eliblgle for nearly 70% of our expenses so far - and really need it. Fingers crossed.

 

Gotta run, kids to dress and all.

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:hugs clay!

 

i am one who reads every post but doesnt actually post much. i go through cycles of being tired and then being fine, then being tired etc. it is the fibro. so if i drop off the face of the earth it is bc i have not been feeling well.

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Clay- Mega energy coming your way!!!!

Boys tend to get fustrated with lack of language/physical developement more than girls, infact, they usually work on the very physical stuff before working on language and we often see biting. Offer him stuff he can bite, maybe a teether. I imagine you do the "biting hurts, no biting" and giving all your attention to the bit child. *hugs* I hope he moves through it soon.

 

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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa View Post1. Identifying as a witch. I am starting to.  I have and continue to ID as a "Pagan, Buddhist", but I am starting to say "witch" regularly. After much much "stuff". Who else does? Was or is that title/name problematic for you? In what way yes or no? My things about that to follow.


I identify as "Pagan" to non-Pagans, and "Witch" to those In The Know winky.gif I think "witch" can be scary to the uninformed. Of course, then, it also depends on the conversation. I often let people get to know me as a person before I come out as <whatever>. As in my recovery, I might be the only <person in recovery, Witch, Pagan> that someone meets, so I feel an obligation to represent us all in the best manner I know how.



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Originally Posted by bluets View Posti've told ds that i'm a witch.  somebody at school taught him  (through the classic fairy tales perhaps?) the "bad witch" stereotype so i intentionally used that word and told him that not all witches were bad, that most were good, blah blah blah.  but that he wasn't to go blabbing to his friends at school that mama was a witch because they just don't need to know that.


I think your ds is about the age mine was when I started having the "Witch" conversations. Distinguishing between "movie witches" and "real witches". He's 10yo at the end of this month, and while he knows that we can't do magic like Harry Potter now, he still wishes we could. Back then he didn't understand that "real" magick is not like movie magic.

 

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Originally Posted by mamaofthree View Posti thought dr were not suppose to use cytotec any more. *shudders*


Haven't kept up with it, but there was a class-action awhile back, after ds was born (wrenched out, lucky to be alive, etc...) but I couldn't get in on it because I didn't have a crisis birth. Well-- I consider it a hugely crisis birth, being that I was put completely under and had to have him ripped out of me at the last minute, but being that he didn't die, and I didn't lose my uterus or my life, they didn't consider me eligible enough for the lawsuit. I ought to check and see whatever happened with it.


 

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostI need some "stay calm, stay healthy" vibes... this past month has taken more out of me than I knew.  Today we go back to our "normal" routines (DH had the last week off due to the miracle of academic calendars) and I just don't know how I'm going to muddle through.  I've been getting maybe 5 hours of sleep a night, I'm double busy during the day, and while I adore my brother/sil and don't want them to leave... their being here means almost daily interaction with my mom.  Which is more stress than any human should have to endure.  LOL  I'm worn to a nubbins!  I know it sounds silly, but I could surely use some happy thoughts.

 

Joyful, indeed! om.gif namaste.gif goodvibes.gif There you go! hug2.gif

 

You know, guys...it wasn't at all like 3 icky days with M. It was more like half a day. It just seemed like that because I was there by myself all the day while he was working. He was pissy to me in his sleep, and was completely shocked and befuddled when I told him about it. He'd had no idea. And I knew it was real because of the look in his eyes when I told him about it. We are working on solutions and plan to implement what we've come up with, so far, next time I'm there.

Which, who knows when that will be, now...I was hoping for early March, but now my cousin has called up and wants me to drive to Disney with her and her two youngers. At first I said No Way, being that I don't need more debt, but then...ds and I have been dying to go to the new Harry Potter world at Universal, and it's been on my TM for two years, and, well, maybe this is the Golden Opportunity. It's worth going into a bit more debt for. Next year, ds might not care a whit for Harry Potter. Who can predict. Plus my cousin is into doing it on the cheap, too. I hope we can really go!

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maia: can M go with you to disney world? i hate to say it but i LOVE disney land. lol we are planning a trip there for this coming october. 

 

clay: ((HUGS))

 

well off to finally start the day. the boys all slept in. :)

 

h

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