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happytears.gif You are a womb of wisdom. Thanks for helping me stay sane. I just am not processing anything well these days. You are right about checking your work and cutting through a problem for its essence. Great advice. I will use it use this as an opportunity to work on that very important lesson. I have heard from others that test-taking is a weakness among the homeschooled, so this is definitely the time for me to start tackling that with both the one in school and the one at home. I've gone from being demoralized to seeing it as an awesome opportunity, which probably gives you some insight about my emotions these days.

Sparkle, hug.gif It must be SO frustrating to be doing so many things right and still not see improvement and to not have answers. UGH!!! How is the exercise going for you these days? Meditation? That study sounds fascinating. I wonder if you might learn something by going that hasn't been published? I don't know what to tell you at all except I think you are amazing and I want this to be over for you. Would a solo retreat be helpful? Maybe not - I'm just thinking of my own fantasy. heartbeat.gif

Plady, you're right. she is WAY too young for this! Have you heard anything yet? Is she a relative of the Donovans that I know? The name sounds so familiar. Sending some special prayers up. Please keep us updated!

Geo & Kerc, I know you have your own plates full. Thanks for the advice and sharing your experiences!

Gaye, you mentioned a birthday brunch. Is it yours? Glad everything is working out in the DR category!

Off to swim...
post #142 of 296
Plady, praying for your friend and for you. Happy birthday to C!!

Lofty, I'm glad you had the learning experience with your son and I hope the transition to school goes smoothly from here. Wishing lots of peace for your whole family.

Sparkle, I hope the clinic might offer a bit of hope and treatment options for you. The SSRIs take time, as you know, so fingers crossed for some improvement still to come. It means a lot to me that you can understand my situation, too.

Gaye, good thinking to clear the schedule for Cozumel wink1.gif

My grandma had surgery yesterday afternoon, and is doing okay but in intermittent pain and confusion from the pain meds. She walked a couple very assisted steps today. My cold persists, but is hopefully passing.
post #143 of 296
Lofty-- if you can, remember not to put too much weight into test scores, either as an evaluation of what you're done or what he's doing. Much of the reason some schools spend a lot of time doing practice tests is specifically to get their students used to the format so it isn't alien and so they don't have kids who can do better working posting low scores. Also, I don't know what kind of tests they're using there, but there's no shortage of tests that are expecting children to be working above grade level these days. Our state assessment is a joke for tenth-grade math. It tests students on advanced algebra and trig material despite the fact that many of the tenth graders are enrolled in geometry. Then people stand up at school board meetings and rant about how less than half of our tenth graders are proficient in "basic math." Clearly not. There are published studies about the issue, but the test remains as is because it is serving as a baseline of sorts and because it allows those of certain mindsets to rant about how "badly" schools are performing. Also, you can pull him out if this turns out to be a disaster, so it's not like you'll cause permanent harm no matter what happens.

sparkle - goodvibes.gif

Plady--praying for your friend.

That's all I can remember. We got hit by the stomach bug here. R yakked in the hallway at school, and I was already feeling poorly last night. We're on the mend, J seems fine (and wasn't feel well this weekend so maybe she had a touch of it?) and hopefully DH dodges it all.

Besides feeling miserable for a good portion of the day, the piano tuner came and told us he could restore the thing for like $4k or not tune it at all. He's a craftsman--I get it--but he kept using car repair analogies and I was finally like "look, the engine died on our car last month and it wasn't drivable. But I can still play the piano even if it's not in the greatest shape." Maybe we'll restore it one day, but the budget dictates that this is not that day. Really, all I want is for it to be more or less tuned, at least to itself. It felt like a judgement of me. I know it's not and not having eaten food in hours didn't help, but the downward spiral was set in motion anyhow. (The piano belonged to DH's grandmother and needless to say, replacing it isn't an option, like, ever.)
post #144 of 296
Still with fleas and it is so much more complicated than that.

Shipping company rep totally dropped the ball and shipment is now at least 3 days behind.

Wedding parties start today and go through our departure and beyond.

I am so done with all of it.

Bright side: dh and I are still speaking and I get some time with one SIL whom I like.

Also, figs.

Major hugs. October is working out to be a crapper for too many and in too many ways. Should have read my horoscope. I should link it. You guys would laugh at how canny it all is. Heh.
post #145 of 296
Jo - I must compliment you on finding the bright side, in the face of such adversity.

lofty - I just want to echo what all the others have said re: testing. I think the reason they have so much prep for the state tests is because the exam itself is a test of test-taking, not really measuring much. On our math test, the kids have to write out, in text, step by step, how they solve the problem. Hard for any of us to do, but for a 3rd grader? Very difficult , to say the least.

Real - 4K to tune a piano? I don't think I'm even going to call the tuner for mine....

MelW - praying for a recovery for your grandma.

Plady - praying for your friend too.

RR - it's biking morning, but it rained earler and there are tons of leaves on the roads and I just can't ride on wet leaves. So I'll run and swim instead.

NRR - I've been hovering on the edge of depression for weeks now and started taking 5HTP again yesterday. Here's hoping that it makes a difference. I can feel myself getting closer and closer to a true depressive episode every day and don't want to go there.

DD1 is currently obsessed with reading all the Percy Jackson books and can't.stop.reading! I found her in the bath this morning, reading. Putting on her shoes, reading. Eating breakfast, reading. It warms this book-loving Mama's heart!
post #146 of 296
I had one of those conversations this morning with the kids while they ate about my lack of a job and dad's job - dont remember how it got started - where I explained how dad and I figured out that it would work best for all of us if I stopped working b/c for 8 years dad was gone 80-100 week and I pretty much single parented, and we didnt want to put the kids in day care so I could also work, etc etc., and DS says, "so basically you said to dad, hey, how about you work 100 hrs/week for 8 years and never see your kids so that one day you can get a job that pays for everything we want, like this granola, and I'll just pour the granola for the kids"

Ok, I was biglaugh.gif and rolleyes.gif and crap.gif and greensad.gif

goodvibes.gif to all who need them
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Oh, Sparkle. What stinkers kids can be sometimes. :HugTalk about saying something that isn't true, but has enough sharpness in it to prick you right where you're sensitive. In my house it's dh who says stuff like that. 

 

I am sending you :goodvibesfor good health and waiting to hear what your research and the evaluations tell you. I don't know if my issues are serotonin related or hormonal, but although I don't think they've been as acute as yours or debilitating, they feel like going into a dark tunnel and wanting to curl up and disappear. IT tends to be seasonal for me although it is triggered by stress also. JayGee too, :grouphug We can use all the Dingo love and strength we can get.

 

Speaking of Dingo love, our Northern Dingo is hanging in there but also feeling kind of fragile these days; I'm sure she'd appreciate another round of kind words and love sent in her direction.

 

Jo, sorry to hear your visit has been so difficult in so many ways. I remember what Dysentery feels like and it is AWFUL. I hope you find some peace of body and mind soon. 

 

JayGee, so your dh should head back to work soon, right? I hope it alleviates some of your anxiety.

 

Lofty, holding you and your family in my thoughts. You are such a strong mama, I very much admire you and how you forge your own path with grace. Testing is the pits...don't even get me started. I'll rant for days. soapbox.gif

 

Some of my students did a funny thing -- they want me to 'run' for head of school (they don't understand that's not how it works I guess) so they made me a 'campaign' poster, took two Obama "O"s with the blue and red waves thing and fashioned it into a B for the beginning of my last name, wrote my last name, and then a slogan under it. They photoshopped the whole thing and gave me a copy. It's cute and was flattering. I seriously doubt I'll be a contender for it, at least as the job is currently structured, but it's nice to get such positive feedback.

 

In my personal life, things with ds at school are still shaky...who knows. Sigh. Actually I must admit that there is nothing really to pin my finger on right now as causing huge angst but my anxiety is ramping up and twilight time is a bad time of day for me...

 

RR: today, just 3.8 iffy miles (stomach), yesterday and the day before were better runs at 6.5 miles and 6 miles respectively. Very hilly half mary coming up on Nov. 10.

post #148 of 296
Nic - my accupuncturist gave me a homeopathic anxiety pill that noticeably helps. It says 3x/day but I just take one when I 'need' it (I think I actually forget I have them until Im really bummin' and then reach for them out of desperation). Point is, they can be a twilight aid maybe.


Im thinking of sending DS to aftercare today so I can work on this IRB application, and telling him "this is what it looks like when mom works! Enjoy sucker"
post #149 of 296
1jooj-- more goodvibes.gif. May it be over soon.

JayGee--to restore the piano, not tune it. The piano is close to 100 years old, has rusty strings, is apparently in need of a good cleaning inside, has stuff that's broken and frankly, the keys all need to be done (were originally ivory, now many are broken, etc). I'd never teach lessons on it in its current condition, but it's fine as an instrument to practice on, seeing as it's not like I'm going to be on the concert stage anytime soon. So $4k would get us new strings, re-padded dampers, new keys and more. Hope you had a good swim and run!

sparkle--Ugh. And not comforting that it's coming from the boy, of course. I might very well send him to the aftercare as a life lesson (and in hopes that it curbs similar comments to any potential future wife one day in the future!).

Nic-- more goodvibes.gif to you too.

tjsmama--just so you know that I don't always ignore my own advice, I am resting tonight rather than trying to grunt my way through a run before the half-mary in two weeks. wink1.gif

NRR: my mojo is gone. I feel fine otherwise, but just want to knit and read and maybe work on R's halloween costume. Which now requires me to ask: does everyone feel tired most of the time, or is this an aging/not-sleeping/other kind of issue?
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Hi mamas,

If you can muster some more prayers my friend is doing worse.  gloomy.gif  It sounds like she's already left the building and is just being kept alive on machines.  But that hasn't been said by her dh, just by a mutual friend who is a cardiac nurse.  This morning I sent her an email talking about all the memories I have, she is such an important person in my life I can't get my mind around losing her forever.  Today was all about magical thinking.  As I boxed I kept thinking "if I hit the bag really hard right there she'll wake up!" "If I do a perfect push up she'll wake up!" I do believe in fairies, I do, I do.  So please send prayers, just in case her spirit is sitting with her husband and could just possibly slip back into her body.  It could happen right?

post #151 of 296
plady~praying.gif and goodvibes.gif for your friend. So scary.

lofty~Yes, my bday is on Sunday. In past years, I've done a trail run with friends, followed by brunch, but Rock n Roll Denver is on my bday this year and kind of threw a wrench in the works. So instead I'm having a brunch after the race. Which I had invited J to before I ended things and he didn't un-rsvp for it until just a day or two ago, making me nervous about the awkward possibilities of both J AND C being at my bday brunch. orngtongue.gif

jo~hug.gif for you, my friend. I really don't know how you do it and still manage to find a bright side.


I survived yet another 5 out of 6 nights stretch at work, whew. I was admit nurse again last night, which made me really nervous since admit (which used to be my absolute favorite) has just been getting killed lately. And sure enough, we started our shift off with two babies downstairs (in high risk l&d) who had been born a good hour before the end of day shift but hadn't had a single thing done. So that was not an auspicious start, but it ended up being fine. I think we had 5 or 6 babies total, which is totally reasonable. It could have easily been 8! And then a bunch of us wrapped up our shift by going out for breakfast. And breakfast cocktails, of course! That makes three out of my five shifts that were followed by breakfast cocktails. bag.gif I :heart breakfast cocktails.

In other news, just getting settled into having DS back home again. I missed the little booger, and he's already driving me crazy. orngtongue.gif We went over to my friend D's house for dinner so the kids could play and D and I could get caught up on life with some takeout and a bottle of wine. Ahhhh. I also made a start on copying files over from my old laptop to my new one. Ugh. What a pain. I mean, I'm pretty excited about the new laptop (in fact, I kind of love it), but I really want someone else to just put all my stuff on it for me.

Time for bed, I think, since I only got 5 hours of sleep after this morning's round of breakfast (and cocktails, lol)....
post #152 of 296
Plady- prayers are being sent to you and your dear friend. I'm so sorry this is happening and am praying she can pull through.

Jo- why are there so many bugs on your trip? Do your IL's live with this bug issue all the time? How did you get stomach sickness? Was it something with food consumed or bad water?

Sparkle-praying for relief and answers. I had anxiety and panic attacks so bad I became agoraphobic within a week. Started lexapro but NP also put me on (is it called) Xanax (?) for a few weeks so that I could function. It saved me until the lexapro kicked in. Scary, scary time. I also did therapy to cover another angle. I was desperate for help.

Gaye- I honestly don't know how you do it all! With the work hours, ds, work outs, such little sleep and all the drinking I wouldn't be functioning too well! Sounds like you are in such a happy place, makes me smile.

RR: ran 12 yesterday, first 6 outside and second half inside on TM. Florida heat totally zaps me. I ran 6 on Tuesday and Wednesday's 2 miler was a combination of 2 miles of sandy beach speed walk plus beach run, plus ocean swim. Got the distance but not the traditional way. smile.gif

NRR: really struggling with ds1 and could use prayers, good thoughts, well wishes on how to cope, decisions for plan of action and schooling, etc. thanks.

Bec-I saw your post about bullying and I'll tell you I want to come up there and kick some 8th grade butt!!!! So angry!!
post #153 of 296
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Plady: I am so sorry to hear about your friend. So sudden and scary. Yes, I am sending good thoughts her (and your) way today.

 

RM: :goodvibesfor your struggles with DS1

 

Nick: How's your DS doing? I am intrigued by the director's position - is it something you would consider?

 

Sparkle :hug Kids do sometimes say hurtful things. I think they can't appreciate what they have when they haven't experienced the other side of it. Never had to be alone, both parents working and busy. Sometimes I tell my DD1 that when she's a mom, she can do it all the right way. Earn lots of money, have perfect kids, a great job, plenty of vacation time, a spotless house .... just everything :wink

 

Lofty: I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with all the PS testing, but it sounds like you might just understand it even better than the people administering it. I am sure that alone will give you confidence in helping your DS get through this and making sure that he is placed appropriately. I have heard similar stories from many parents moving from HS to PS... kind of validates that whole teach-to-the-test mentality, doesn't it :irked

 

Real: :( about your piano. That is so expensive. It sounds like a lovely old piano.

 

RR: A light week with 2 short runs, 1 track session and my final long run tomorrow. I'm supposed to do 20. According to an article in the latest RW magazine, they suggest using over half of the final long run to test the race pace. So I am going to try to run my final 12 of the 20 at 11:15-ish miles. Since I am doing the run/walk thing, that means 4 minutes of 9:45 ish and 1 minute (not slow) walking. I'll give it a whirl tomorrow. Most of my long runs have been with RPs lately, and I think I need to strike out on my own tomorrow, and do this thing as if it were a test run for the marathon in 3 weeks. EEK!! Marathon in 3 weeks!!?? Gaye, I am so excited and nervous, I can hardly stand it!! :nut 

 

ETA: Just checked the countdown clock on the NYC marathon website, and make that 15 days! Holy cow, why was I thinking I had another week?yikes2.gif


Edited by Mel38 - 10/18/13 at 9:01am
post #154 of 296
Plady - keeping your friend in my thoughts and prayers today hug.gif

Mel38 - three weeks! So exciting!

RM - I hope you find clarity with your DS1 hug.gif.

tjsmama - your life is a wild, wild ride! Love reading about it.

Real - ah ha! Now that $4,000 price tag makes more sense. The piano sounds like a lovely old instrument though.

Nic - head of school?! That would be awesome!

RR - swam yesterday, but no run. Wearing my running clothes right now so I need to get out the door asap.

NRR - I am getting increasingly frustrated with my library responsibilities this week. Every time I try to take a day "off", my phone is ringing constantly with volunteers needing help solving computer problems or parent problems or book problems. Yesterday morning alone I got 5 calls and ended up cutting my workout short (no run) and heading into the library to explain to an angry parent why their child was unable to check out a book. I think none of this would bother me if it was actually a paid position.
post #155 of 296
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Gaye- I honestly don't know how you do it all! With the work hours, ds, work outs, such little sleep and all the drinking I wouldn't be functioning too well!
Sheesh, I sound like a lush lately, don't I? bag.gif I swear, I really don't drink that much! And in fact, usually go weeks without alcohol, quite happily. And when I say breakfast cocktails, I really mean breakfast cocktail (singular) because if I had more than one, I would be snoring at the table. redface.gif
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ETA: Just checked the countdown clock on the NYC marathon website, and make that 15 days! Holy cow, why was I thinking I had another week?yikes2.gif
lol.gif I was kind of wondering when I read that...
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tjsmama--just so you know that I don't always ignore my own advice, I am resting tonight rather than trying to grunt my way through a run before the half-mary in two weeks. wink1.gif

NRR: my mojo is gone. I feel fine otherwise, but just want to knit and read and maybe work on R's halloween costume. Which now requires me to ask: does everyone feel tired most of the time, or is this an aging/not-sleeping/other kind of issue?
Glad to hear you're sabotaging your own long runs and not just mine. winky.gif And on the tired...I do feel tired most of the time. For awhile I chalked that up to night shift/crazy life. Then it was that I was hypothyroid, but then I got medicated and it didn't get better. Now I think I've pretty much discovered that here's what it comes down to: I need more sleep. I think we talked about that during our run...the fact that this training cycle has gone so much better for me, and I'm relatively sure that the majority of that can be attributed to actually getting some sleep. No more staying up late...if I'm tired at 9 pm, well, then I go to bed at 9 pm. The result has been less internet time, a lot less pleasure reading, and my DVR is so backed up that I will probably never catch up, but there you go. And I know your sleep patterns...she-who-was-up-till-3am-the-night-before-running-with-me... orngtongue.gif


I had grand plans this morning to either do an easy shake out run or go for a hike, but instead woke up to a couple of inches of fresh snow. It really wasn't that cold outside and the snow was only on grassy areas, not on the pavement, so I could have toughed it out and still run outside, but I wimped out instead and went to the Y. I have to say, though, the snow on the trees with the leaves changing color was just absolutely gorgeous this morning. Ahhh. I'm heading to the expo to pick up my packet for Sunday's half in a little bit, and then DS and I had plans to go to the pumpkin patch after school, but the fields are closed right now because of the snow (aka mud). So we'll see, I guess. We could always go tomorrow, but it gets absolutely crazy up there on the weekends and we have plans to do something with C in the afternoon, but DS wanted to keep the pumpkin patch as just me and him, so we'll see, I guess. It just stinks because if we don't do it this weekend, it will probably be Thursday next week before we can get up there, which is leaving it a little late. greensad.gif

I just had a quick powwow with my coach who I haven't officially hired yet, but still just called to check on me even though I haven't paid him a dime yet...awesome, huh?! He's from NY and has run NYC multiple times, so wants to chat in a week or so to give me some tips. Nice!

rr~A quick 30 minutes on the hamster wheel, which got me 3 miles of hills. It's always amazing to me how I can barely hold onto 10 min pace on flat ground outside, but put me on the treadmill, and it's easy for some reason. Even with hills. Then it was off to spin class for an hour of fun. I kept it pretty easy and light, mostly just trying to spin my legs out so they don't get too tired/sore for Sunday's race.
post #156 of 296
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NRR - I am getting increasingly frustrated with my library responsibilities this week. Every time I try to take a day "off", my phone is ringing constantly with volunteers needing help solving computer problems or parent problems or book problems. Yesterday morning alone I got 5 calls and ended up cutting my workout short (no run) and heading into the library to explain to an angry parent why their child was unable to check out a book. I think none of this would bother me if it was actually a paid position.

Here's what it sounds like to me -- time for you to get cozy with the list of nonprofits who give grants in your area. You are looking for a few year-funding part time position to manage/organize the library at your school.

 

Where the heck did today go?

post #157 of 296

Oh mamas, they decided to disconnect my friend from life support at 3:00.  I feel so sad and helpless.  All I can do is keep checking in on FB to see if there are any and-now-what updates. 

I want to go there and say goodbye and I could leave tomorrow morning and make it there by midnight and then come back here on Wednesday in time for the final dress rehearsal of a play I'm in that opens on Thursday.  But I don't know if that's the right timing.  If I wait it will be so much harder to go.  But I also don't want to get in the way.  I just don't know what to do!!!  And maybe they'll be all modern and hold a memorial service in a few weeks or a month and if I go this weekend I won't be able to go twice.  

I just don't know.

post #158 of 296

Oh, no, Plady. I'm so very sorry. :(

 

Unbelievable school (my kids) aggravation today. Sigh. crap.gif

 

I have an article out today on forbes.com which is pretty neat.

 

RR: swim this morning.

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Oh, no, Plady. I'm so very sorry. greensad.gif

Unbelievable school (my kids) aggravation today. Sigh. crap.gif

I have an article out today on forbes.com which is pretty neat.

RR: swim this morning.
Link?


Plady so sorry to hear you lost your friend.
post #160 of 296
Kerc - google forbes dot com and enter her name in the search box

Plady - So very sorry. Its tragic greensad.gif

Nic - broc1.gif
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