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post #61 of 380
Yay SuperFeather for the speedy appointment! Tell me about The Namesake - I haven't heard of it (but I live in a cave and never hear of anything!)

Meg, my DH came up with "not a deliberate assault" and that's just one of the many reasons I love him.

Sherri - I watched that video (you were the magical third person to mention it in a short period of time, so I listened) and wow, it did amazing things to my heart. :
post #62 of 380
I watched that video this morning, too (different source - it's viral!) and loved it.

Hugs to challenged mamas.

I am feeling challenged by school and call. Pretty hairy birth on Saturday kind of rocked me. Great experience, but wow, intense. Still reeling a bit.

Lily's latest thing is asking us to pretend strange things...e.g., "Mama, pretend you don't know where the living room is." And then she'll lead me there and I have to be amazed. Or "Pretend you don't know what a fork is" and I have to watch her use a fork like it's the first time I've seen such an amazing tool. I don't get it.

Today I have an exam in my Newborn class. Luckily I know most of it already.

S.
post #63 of 380
wanna share more about the amazing birth?? (*curious*)

good news hf

now the day of my departure is here isaac wants to go with (of course!). so i'm packing our bags. it was really me wanting a lower stress weekend (a break from that whole 3 year old thing). but my mom is coming up and staying in a hotel and SIL said she would come and get him for a sleepover tomorrow night. it would be his first sleepover away from us! so my weekend with friends turns into yet another.....family trip! this is good and bad. obviously there are perks to that. but my mom wants me to stay in her hotel with her instead of with my friend. ah well...i'm going with the flow. next time i fly to CA it is going to be a SECRET!!

i want to read all of those books. i've only read kite runner
post #64 of 380
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Originally Posted by mcsarahb View Post
Lily's latest thing is asking us to pretend strange things...e.g., "Mama, pretend you don't know where the living room is." And then she'll lead me there and I have to be amazed. Or "Pretend you don't know what a fork is" and I have to watch her use a fork like it's the first time I've seen such an amazing tool. I don't get it.
This really made me laugh, hard. It's not easy to make me laugh, so I have a hunch I'm gonna really like this kid.

I would love to hear about the birth too. Maybe would help for you to process it? Could do oy for greater privacy.
post #65 of 380


just saying hi. had a great convo with an old friend who i just felt the need to call and process my dilemma with. now left wondering why he and i never got together early in our friendship... hmm... could be the, umm, boyfriend i had at the time. and oh yeah, he was technically an employee of the university i attended. so yeah, that's why. but a great friend. yay for great friends!

feeling really good right now. i friends, really, i do.

excited about change looming in the political arena, too. and btw, it's okay to talk about politics in the course of everyday chatty kinds of things in this thread. this from a mod on the portland thread when the politics issue came up over there since yesterday was such a big primaries voting day and it's likely to come up.

more later oy...

~claudia
post #66 of 380
Funny you should mention the Kite Runner, heather, 'cuz I checked that one out today. I put Eat, Pray, Love on hold to be delivered from another library per your suggestion jus. I also put "Hold on to your Kids" on hold because TC is reading it and liking it, and it's been on my mental list to read for awhile. I also got a fiction book, can't think of the name or author at the moment.

Have a great trip, whatever you decide, Jstar!

Jacquie-great Annie pix! Those eyes....

Renae, sending cold-be-gone :vibes
post #67 of 380
I *loved* Eat, Pray, Love.
Made me jones to be a travellin' single woman, but hey. Most anything brings out that jones these days.
post #68 of 380
Someone tell me to get to bed and stop worrying already.
post #69 of 380
I also really enjoyed Eat Pray Love. Sometimes Oprah does get it right, you know? Actually, she gets it right so much, it's uncanny. late night tivo can be so fulfilling.

I listened/watched that obama video about ten times yesterday. I was even humming it when I went to vote. Or caucus. or whatever it was where I stood in line then marked a box for Obama with all the optimism of a boy at his senior prom.

Moms, I'm having a difficult time these days. I co-facilitate a support group and my other facilitator wigged out and "terminated" the group. But see, the group is for women with cancer, and you can't just pull the rug out like that. So they came to me and we decided to start a new group but since it's a group process sort of thing I had to go to my co-facilitator and tell her she was on crack. So the whole day has been phone calls from women trying to figure out this whole thing. I don't want to be in the middle of this, I just want to serve these women so they don't feel totally abandoned.

Aaaaand I'm still struggling to get my work done on this damn dissertation. Will it EVER end?

Aaaaand my grandmother cut us off, so we're short a few thousand bucks this month. Tomorrow I get to grovel and try to convince her that this dissertation isn't just about me, it's about helping people all over the damn place get better care for their cancer pain. and that she has to help us because we have been depending on her and she can't just cut us off without any warning. Seriously- no warning. This morning I looked at my bank account and realized that the automatic deposit hadn't happened and we're totally screwed financially after the great appliance fiasco of January ought eight. wah wah wah, I know. We've been talking about what if this were to happen, but we never expected it to happen just like that for no reason. We expected there would be some sort of warning.

Oh, I'm so glad to have you, friends. I need some sort of friendly happy support these days, and just seeing how everyone supports everyone else makes me all warm and fuzzy.
post #70 of 380
Heather, get to bed and stop worrying already!
post #71 of 380
Heather, get to bed and stop worrying already! Everything's gonna be fine!

And you too, Emmalola. Glad to see you 'round these parts. I am so sorry that a major source of funding has pulled the plug for NO APPARENT REASON. I mean, if you'd had a few months to prepare, that's one thing. Money worries are so horrible, and they age me tremendously. Mommy's no fun if mommy's stressing about how to pay the bills.
Hm. I'd like to work on that, maybe have mommy be fun anyway, even if she po'.
post #72 of 380
Hi guys, I am sorry I fell out of the thread. I have the flu and I now understand why people actually die from the flu as I have never been so sick in my life. Three days of 101+ fever and delirium is pretty horrible and it's showing no signs of lightening up. Good god, mercury. Thankfully the girls and Alison have been spared so far.
post #73 of 380
Lisa, I am sorry you have been so sick! It sounds like it's done a number on you mentally and physically.

I started Eat, Pray, Love, but just when I got over my bad attitude and started allowing her to enjoy Italy, she went to India and pissed me off because she reminded me of the mom of a kid in my life, who is too busy following her Teacher to take care of her kid. Which is silly, because the author wisely decided NOT to have a kid, so as to have time to do things like follow a Teacher. But I seem to have it out for the author, so I've put down the book for awhile.

Heather, I hope the appt goes well tomorrow.

Claudia- glad you are feelin good after a great convo with an old friend.

Emily- is it possible granny just forgot to deposit? If not, that it really terrible not to communicate FIRST.

My babysitter is homeschooled (sorta), and I've been tutoring her in math when I get the chance (which has been rare). She's now wanting help in math AND science, and I could use the extra cash, plus I care about her and want to help her, but I'm not really thrilled about losing my hour or so before bedtime, my only personal/dh time. le sigh.

I had my big meeting today with the executive director at work, and may soon be FINALLY switching hours/ job descriptions. It looks like I'll do part-time behavior plan writing, and part time employee training and records. Dh will have to spend an extra day at home and the kids will have to go to the nanny one day a week, but these are transitions I can live with.
post #74 of 380
Please pray for my nephew(a micropreemie with cp). He's in the icu on a ventilator, not breathing on his own. I got a text from my sister this morning saying this and I can't get anyone to answer their phone to tell me whats going on.

...and my breast pump isn't working right so my milk supply is low, I thought I had fixed it, but no and I'm 99% sure I have a uti, i'll spare you the details.
post #75 of 380
First, let me share that I JUST figured out oy. Yeah, I'm a slacker.

Secondly, hi. Sickies are pretty much gone, went back to the "regular" routine yesterday, with my friend M. and her DS coming over to hang out with Rowan while I went to work in the afternoon. All went well with that, Rowan was SO HAPPY to see L., it was so sweet. M. sent me a pic on my phone and it warmed the heart.

This morning, Rowan has expressed his express desire to NOT go to the library for story hour. And here is my dilemma, please tell me going with my instincts is the way to do it with this;
Dude, *I* don't wanna go to the damn library this morning either! He wants to sit and watch PBS and relax, I want to sit here and catch up with my May Mamas, read a blog or three, and drink my tea. Tomorrow, since we're back on our regular schedule, we leave the house at 9:30 and do not return until early evening. And we HAVE TO do that (swap with M. and then work).
I called DH with all my various insecurities and worries and doubts, and he said, simply: "Keep the baby happy. Who cares how we do this if it isn't hurting anyone?"
He's SO right, I know it. But I am just bombarded with my obsessive doubts like "oh god, he's an only child what if he never learns how to be social?" (DH says, "Look at US...he's never going to be that social!" )

And then add to that my own really weird mood the past couple of days (THANK YOU, Lisa, for reminding me about Mercury! ) where I feel like my house is a mess, my cat is a jerk, and I am lazy, fat and miserable and not raising my kid "right"...whatEVER *that* is!
Okay, enough of my whining. Sorry.

Meesa, so totally sending thoughts to your nephew! Hope you get some sort of update soon!
Lisa, SO glad you're feeling better...yeah, we just got a bad cold over here and UGH, so the flu? Yeah. I'm feeling you. Take care, mama!

Books/movies: I put them together because I SAW the Namesake a while back, whenever it came out. I Kal Penn (who played the lead in the movie) and I really enjoyed the movie and I KNOW it's a book, I just haven't read it yet. : I don't usually listen to Oprah's book picks much. Everyone keeps talking about Eat, Pray, Love so I guess I may as well pick it up!
It would probably do me some good to put down the Chuck Pahlniuk (or however you spell it--he wrote Fight Club, and I've read a bunch of his other stuff--currently in the middle of "Haunted"...I cannot even TELL you how f'ed up his writing is! It's NOT something to read if you want a feel-good book, TRUST me...hey, maybe THAT'S my problem! ) and pick up something less...dark.
DH has also recommended that I read this Love & Rockets (comic book/graphic novel) compilation he has that he thinks I would really like. I haven't read a graphic novel in FOREVER.

I am going to echo EL with the needing happy fuzzy support these days. I am SO in a funk, and it hit me without warning. : Sucks to be me.

I will stop whining now, chances are we're staying home and being lumps all day, but hey, maybe we need it. I dunno anymore.
Have a good day, everyone.


post #76 of 380
Lisa, I am SOOO SORRY to hear you've been ill. That SUCKS. Being that sick is no fun for anyone, let alone a mother of two.

Renae, I agree with dh. TAke a load off of your poor brain! Relax and enjoy life as much as you can.
post #77 of 380
Lisa, I am SOOO SORRY to hear you've been ill. That SUCKS. Being that sick is no fun for anyone, let alone a mother of two.

Renae, I agree with dh. TAke a load off of your poor brain! Relax and enjoy life as much as you can.

Meesa, thinking about your sweet nephew.
post #78 of 380
Lisa, I am SOOO SORRY to hear you've been ill. That SUCKS. Being that sick is no fun for anyone, let alone a mother of two.

Renae, I agree with dh. TAke a load off of your poor brain! Relax and enjoy life as much as you can.

Meesa, thinking about your sweet nephew.
post #79 of 380
A little hometime and pbs never hurt anyone.

Praying for ur family Meesa.
post #80 of 380
thinking of heath and hj...

lisa: sickies be gone!

EL: poop abt the $$$. but what fernie said, is it possible that she actually just forgot?

sarah: thanks for sharing oy. wowza.

renae: you just got oy. : that's funny. and you are clever.

meesa: thinking of your nephew...

i need

~claudia

p.s. are anyone else's smilies and buttons looking broken with little x's where the pics should be? hmmm... dang server...
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