Okay Shanti - I'll send you the list...is that okay? Or we could split it in half, I'll take your name to pair with someone, and you can take mine? does that make sense?
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Dingoes Defy the February Slump: Keep Running, Mamas - Page 9post #161 of 4892/10/12 at 2:51pmpost #162 of 4892/10/12 at 3:37pmpost #163 of 4892/10/12 at 3:46pmpost #164 of 4892/10/12 at 3:51pmpost #165 of 4892/10/12 at 4:03pm
BBm - if shanti is participating, why don't you send the list to me and I'll do the pairings? I don't feel organized to participate this year, but I can do that part!
Zub - also crossing everything and sending you so many well wishes! Grow, baby, grow.
Sparkle - meant to ask you before, are you sure you don't have pertussis?post #166 of 4892/10/12 at 4:16pmpost #167 of 4892/10/12 at 8:30pmWow. A girl takes 24 hours off to go up to the mountains, and you all just
geo~Sending you anti-anxietating vibes Here's hoping you are sound asleep as I type, and remain that way until a reasonable hour in the morning.
shanti~I also smiled at "chesterfield"...and promptly started singing if I had a million dollars...
jaygee~DS has a 7 year old in his class, although I'm not sure it was a redshirt. I think he might actually be repeating K. BUT, my friend decided to hold her DS back, who is exactly 2 months younger than DS (so turned 5 at the end of July). I really don't understand why, even after having a discussion with her where she explained her reasons. The kid is smart, great socially, and is a giant. Seriously. He looks like a 2nd grader already. I worry a little for the fact that he is going to be like three feet taller than all the other kids in his K class next year... Oh, and as for XH...I'm really just selfish. It's not like I actually WANT to see him more often, but having him here would make my life SO much easier in so many ways! Selfish!
alex! Congratulations!!! And many, many sticky to you!
Oh my, ladies. THAT was a girls night out to remember last night! We had dinner reservations at this place that is both a restaurant and a bowling alley. We were sharing some small plates and cocktails, when this gentleman walks up to our table, and GET THIS...tells us that he and his friends are buying our dinner! No strings, no expectations, although they would like us to join them for some bowling after we finish eating. Um, SURE! Turns out that these guys were on their annual ski trip. 3 of the 4 were married (and all acted entirely appropriately, as such), and the one who came up to our table was not (and as the night progressed, was clearly very into our one friend). So, nearly $200 worth of dinner and drinks later for the four of us, we bowled a little with them, and then all headed to another bar to hang out and have some more drinks. My stomach was a little upset, so I volunteered to be the DD at that point, which is kind of a shame, since we had (clearly wealthy) men buying us drinks. Seriously, the one guy ordered a bottle of Veuve Cliquot (quite pricey champagne) and wanted to get another bottle, but we talked him out of it! The bar we ended up at was ridiculously full of men (I have no idea where all the women were last night, but NOT at the Red Lion in Vail!), and at one point, I ended up the focus of a social experiment wherein my friends left me sitting by myself at the bar to see what would happen. What happened was a lot of guys hitting on me! Unfortunately, it was a very LOUD bar, and as such, not really the type of place to be able to strike up any kind of meaningful conversation with anyone--and they were all from out of town, anyway--but it was still fun. I am still kind of in shock that I did not pay a single penny for my quite nice dinner and 2 1/2 drinks last night! That was AWESOME!
So, we got a slow start this morning as my friends were a wee bit hungover, but it was nice taking our time. Conditions on the mountain were pretty good and we found some hidden powder. And then we decided to splurge a little for lunch (since we didn't have to pay for dinner last night!) and had the most amazing bloody marys and lunch at an actual restaurant at the base (instead of the on-mountain lodge food, which is overpriced for what you get) before taking a few more runs.
And now, it is back to real life for a few more days. Which is kind of good. All this fun is wearing me out, I'm too old for this! After we get back from Mexico, I'm going to need to go into hibernation to let my liver recover, I think. I am not so much looking forward to working 3 out of the next 4 days, though. I'm tired and I just want to get some sleep!post #168 of 4892/10/12 at 9:17pm
So excited for SS! I'm already planning my packages!
Zub - Everything is crossed, and all good wishes, prayers and vibes are being sent into the universe for you!!!
Dr.Jen - So good to hear from you! Your mileage is always so inspiring!
Gaye - Of COURSE you got hit on a bunch, you silly woman! Hot mama, sitting by herself! Duh!
Education - I've got both sides of the equation between gifted and special ed. I have to say, I have had to do a LOT more advocating for the gifted one than the special ed one. I am profoundly thankful that they are both in good places this year, though. Geo, as always, I am in awe of you and your ongoing fight for your kids.
RR: Well, not exactly running, but I did take a nice, long, snowy walk today! I'm going to try for some sort of running related motion tomorrow!
NRR: I have one more overnight shift to work on Sunday, and then a 6-9am shift on Tuesday. That should be the end of the silliness as far as work is concerned for a while!
In other news, I have dropped another pound! I am about 11 pounds down from when I started South Beach 4.5 weeks ago! I am getting close to being fully on Phase 2, where I have all my starches and fruits back (not quite there yet), and am feeling much more balanced and satisfied with my food. Not so many cravings! I will admit, though, that I do have a shameless diet coke habit. I know it's bad. I do. But, sometimes, it feels like it is my only vice, and I worry about how deprived I would feel if I tried to cut it out. I worry that I would feel really sad about it, and would end up sabotaging myself in other ways. So, I'm not even looking at it as a problem right now. It's not on my radar!post #169 of 4892/10/12 at 9:35pm
Zub, congrats! Holding my breath and thinking sticky thoughts for you
sparkle, get better soon!
Shanti, I didn't blink at chesterfield, since I grew up cuddled on grandma's chesterfield. I have a couch at home, though. When I lived in the US my co-workers used to tease me about some of my Canadianisms. The most common was "washroom", because I knew so many global variants and could never remember what I was supposed to call it. Restroom in Oregon, but hard to come up with the word when I really needed to pee.
Gaye, what an amazing girls trip! I hope you can find some time to rest before Mexico!
The tales of red shirting are amazing to me- 7 year olds in kindy?! We have a Dec. 31st cut-off for kindergarten, so I started a 4 year old with a Nov. 1st b-day. Some kids with Sept-Dec birthdays might wait an extra year, but its not very common, and they're still starting at 5. And I agree that the red-shirting and dismissal of underlying challenges as maturity-related is problematic. I struggled a lot with parents wanting to take a "wait and see" approach when I worked in public health. I tried not to be pushy with referrals, but liked to strongly encourage clients to do their waiting while on a waiting list for assessment with developmental pediatrician, speech & language, etc. etc.
There was more I wanted to say, but was interrupted by the youngest waking up. She is at hour 70-something of this fever, and it's lower but not gone. I had both kids home again today, and I'm feeling a bit sniffly and a lot stir-crazy. I made the kids go outside for a short walk this afternoon, they are feeling enough better that they have been whiny and bored. I had a good whine and wallow myself today to my husband after he told me about his runs for the week. Wish me luck for a decent night of sleep- last night I spent between 2 and 3 am trying to calm down a 2 1/2 year old confused by the (anatomically correct) doll she had taken to bed with her and talking to "baby sally with a penis" about what colour she should dye her hair. I'm praying for fever-free by midnight.post #170 of 4892/11/12 at 12:06amThread Starter
I think there was a line about a Chesterfield in a play I was in back in the day when I was in plays. Funny.
bec, I am taking you as inspiration to keep going! Way to go, mama. You'll be back in your comfort zone in no time!
tjsmama, that sounds like a truly fun time. And just what the psyche needed, no?
OK, dd has informed me that Flat Reb was mauled by cats. She made a second one. I'll keep her stashed in my bag and start a snapping her around town. Might run on the track tomorrow, which takes me pretty close to Burj Khalifa.
Just finished 6 miles barefoot on the beach, first 4 were fine but obviously I have not done more than that in ages so any mileage beyond 4 miles now is an increase. Not easy, but I'm doing it. Funny that 6 miles used to be just what I'd run before going to work a lot of days and now it's kind of a big deal.
Plady, I think you get me.
Ugh. Now the whole house is on eggshells because dh insists on helping ds with his science project. He is truly the worst teacher of kids I have ever, in my life, seen. Impatient, short and demeaning. Doesn't help that he seems to be trying to quit smoking. Again.
Edited by 1jooj - 2/11/12 at 2:33ampost #171 of 4892/11/12 at 4:25ampost #172 of 4892/11/12 at 4:38am
Ditto x 1000. Math and driving. Oy. Once when he was trying to teach me stickshift, I got so frustrated that I just got out of the car where it had stalled in middle of an intersection and walked home. With math, it was like "just skip these totally obvious steps, and there you go!" not so obvious to me, Dr. PhD from MIT.
DD1 had a friend sleep over last night, so I am wiped. DH and I were in bed before they stopped talking and that was close to midnight. She's not going to be very useful at gymnastics today....
post #173 of 4892/11/12 at 7:09am
Popping on quick for Dingo love before my Gram's services today. I love you ladies! <3
Real ~ CO would probably be the only place I'd really move if J needed to get a "real" job and we needed to leave the homestead. I have a friend that lives in Nederland who is an unschooler and I'm always reading about all the wonderful things her and her kiddos are doing. But for now I'm in the sticks and in a really conformist area where homeschoolers keep to themselves mostly. I'm the outgoing one (which if you know me in real life will make you laugh), and I'm always asking for connections to other homeschoolers or AP-like parents.
Last night, DH and I brought up the adoption discussion again. So far we are looking into an agency down where Jo used to live and are planning to go to the orientation within the next few months!
Okay... off to get ready here.post #174 of 4892/11/12 at 7:10amDitto for the Dad and math here too, however!, he started tutoring in a public middle school when he retired. The tutors have to go through some training for it, and last year. as he was describing some interaction with a recalcitrant boy, he said "I was such an awful math teacher for you! Im sorry. Now I see what I should have done, and I was really bad at it" Made me feel good to be validated
Drjen - Thanks, but I doubt its pertussis as 4/5 of the family have the same illness (and much of the USA from what it sounds like - Bec?). I think its viral bronchitis; I just seem to get these things worst nowadays The cough is slowly subsiding, but I do have these hacking, wretching fits that can last an hour about twice a day. on the winter running I know it was a goal of yours and you've done it
Gaye - Fun!
Jo - 6 miles I know it feels hard, but small steps. Fwiw, I got more writing in that soporific year in DE than I have in the past 5 total. Maybe that's what you are supposed to do. Would you have written a novel on the farm? Not that this is the only way, but maybe the way you needed to get the first one done?
NRR; Party last night at the E.R. Yo! Sigh. DD2 has a nascent ear infection that "huuurrrrtttttssss" so bad she couldnt stop screaming, despite being on acetaminaphin and ibuprofen. So finally at 1am I took her to the ER to get some ear drops that stop pain (name ? ) But of course, first I had to drive to the wrong one, as Dh was OOPS, working at the other one! All this while leaving my 9 year old and 7 year old asleep at home alone. Shhhhh. Scosh stressful, needless to say. The drops did the trick thank g-d, so I finally got to go to sleep....
On the up side, AF arrived yesterday, so if I can just kick this reactive airway to the curb I can start some good work-outs
Edited by sparkletruck - 2/11/12 at 8:11ampost #175 of 4892/11/12 at 7:30amI have those drops on top of the fridge. We couldn't use them because after seeing the doc but before using them dd3's eardrum burst. You should have come by.
School dates vary by as much as six months across the country and if the educational situation is not great there is no reason to rush into it. Maturity never hurt a 13/14 dealing with high school or 17/18 year old dealing with leaving home for college in the long run.post #176 of 4892/11/12 at 7:32ampost #177 of 4892/11/12 at 9:03am
Dipping my toes back in, after spending an hour trying to catch up. I'm sick again, with another head cold that I've been trying to chase away with NyQuil. It's marginally working. A week from tomorrow we leave for our annual school vacation Florida trip, so I'm hoping a week in the sun will bake all of the germs out of me once and for all.
JenLove--I'm so sorry about your grandmother. My grandmother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is now in an assisted living place, and it's really hard to watch her deteriorate.
Shanti--Ugh on the chicken pox. I had a mild case as a child and then got whacked with a second case when I was 19. It was about the sickest I've ever been, and I had pox in my throat and my ears and on my eyeballs. It was a pretty terrible couple of weeks.
Zub--I'm sending all of my good thoughts in your direction, hoping that you have the healthy pregnancy you've been trying for. Please let us know how things are going.
I'll hope to be able to keep up from here and be a more meaningful contributor. And, eventually, be able to run again.post #178 of 4892/11/12 at 10:08am
Sparkle - Yep! And it seems to be a slow moving virus. I think the girls are mostly back up to health, and DH is much better. I woke up with a sinus headache, so may not be out of the woods after all! Rats! We will see how things progress. I took the 12 hour mucinex, and that has cleared things up for now.
School cutoff dates. My problem is not having guidelines on when the grades should be broken down. My problem is when a district is so very, very rigid as to not understand that a parent just might know their own child and those needs more than the school. Emily was such a poor fit into kindergarten because of this. We had to fight the entire year to get her skipped a grade. Abby, on the other hand is actually closer to the cutoff date, but is so obviously in need of the social and emotional lessons that are taught in kindy, despite being near the same level academically as Emily at that age (3-4 grade levels ahead in reading and writing, and more like 1-2 years in math skills). The biggest difference, I think, is that her teacher is working and actually making effective differentiations for Abby, so she is continuing to progress academically, is engaged in class, and learning all those big life skills that are taught in kindy. I wish that educators would be more willing to collaborate with the parents! Then again, that may just be my experience with this district.post #179 of 4892/11/12 at 10:09ampost #180 of 4892/11/12 at 11:32am
bec ~ hope you're feeling better soon. I agree that parents should also have more input into their kids' school placements. And nice work on the weight loss!
JenLove ~ love to you today as your mourn your grandmother .
jooj ~ 6 miles barefoot on the beach sounds lovely (especially considering that winter finally arrived in the midwest with a chilly 14 degrees this morning)!
tjsmama ~ that sounds like one heck of a night out! And no wonder all those guys were hitting on you!
RR ~ none, no motivation, no drive, too much chocolate
NRR ~ I do not like DD's friend who spent the night last night. There, I admitted it. She's rude ("I want bacon!" and then she ate every last piece without even asking my kids or DH if they wanted any), mean to my little DD, and has no common courtesies (ie. Thank You, Please, etc.) Her whole attitude is that she's entitled to all of it. DD1 is very strong willed and doesn't let her friend push her around at all, but I do notice some subtle behavioral differences (rudeness, backtalking) after they've spent time together. I'd like to minimize their contact, but they are in the same class at school and end up hanging out together at recess, lunch, etc. There definitely won't be any more sleepovers though . Apparently this same friend caused some problems at a party DD1 went to last weekend where there were 5 girls. More of the friend thinking SHE was entitled to the best dress up outfit, the best spot on their "stage" show, the biggest cupcake, etc. Argh....
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