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    Neat Gwenn! What does it do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    I don't know if any of you care, but I downloaded Scrivener (a writing program for my mac) and it's the coolest.thing.ever. I'm in love. Sorry, just had to share.
    I've never heard of it...and that's pretty sad when you think the English Dept is one that I support. And...they're writers! lol

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    So Jesi was told by a teacher than she wasn't allowed to have her mohawk as it was a distraction. She piped right up and said that was discriminatory because another boy had had one for months and the same teacher never said a word to him about it. She said, "You just have that attitude because I'm a girl."

    I don't like my kids mouthing back to their teachers, but in this case I think she was justified. He didn't say any more about it, and couldn't. The charter school doesn't have any dress code except to keep the private bits covered.

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    I think Jesi was right, too.
    I just got back from getting waxed I only got upper leg and bikini wax (just the edges) It really wasn't terrible, but I have some spots that don't have much feeling due to spina bifida, so I can see where it might be agony for an average person.

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    I soooo want to have it done too Kate. I'm chicken though. And cheap. But there's no way in heck I'm gonna try that myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmeriBrit View Post
    Oh, gosh, Ashley, I'm so sorry to hear that. That's just seems so cruel. How are you and the rest of your family doing?
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    Just wow. What is wrong with our health care system today that they didn't do this before she passed away?
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    Ash,
    How is your mom?
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    Oh Ash, how awful. I'm so sorry that they didn't realize it was guillian-barre in time. I know that it's very rare with only 1-2 in 100,000 so many docs might not ever see it in practice....but I am kind of surprised that they never did a spinal tap.
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    Ashley, I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. How is your mother handling this?

    Thanks everyone.. The spinal tap was on the list of things to do, but they had to call a specialist in to do it because of the metal rods/plates she had in her back due to breaking her back in her car accident two years ago.

    I guess the specialist didn't make it into town before the neurologist report came back that she had no brain muscle reaction.


    I didn't talk to my aunt a whole lot, so it hasn't really affected me as of yet. My mom is pretty quiet about it, but I know she is upset. They are having a Celebration of Life for her on Friday, in their Michigan hometown, and my mom won't be able to attend

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    Hugs Ash

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    Ash, that's truly heartbreaking.

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    chrissy - Go Jesi! she's absolutely right.

    ashley - I'm sorry that your mom is very upset about your aunt. It's perfectly natural for her to miss her sister, and I hope she gets comfort from you and her adorable granddaughters.

    mandy - I had to Google Scrivener, and now am thinking it would have been perfect for something like the 80 page document that I'd created last month, since it was full of text, and diagrams and graphics. Now I'm looking into getting one for the next project. Thanks! ... I actually have a couple child language-related questions for you that you probably know something about. Bodhi has this habit of transposing letters in certain words of his speech. For example, he can't say the name "Ramon"; he always says "Marone". That's probably the only word I can think of, but no matter how many times we correct him, he goes back to saying it the wrong way. Is it a sign of any worrisome thing (like dyslexia) or do you think it's more of a tongue dexterity thing? Also, I've noticed him trying to "read" lately. He'll encounter the word and picture of an igloo for the first time. He'll hear me pronounce it the typical way "i-gloooo", and then he'll repeat it as "eye-glue", even though he's just heard me say it the other way. Do you think he's starting to try to apply phonics to the letters he's seeing in words? I know he knows the letter "I", but I don't know what to expect from a kid who's 2 years & 3 months.
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    I snuck a bunch of peeks in here yesterday but I couldn't respond because I was in a class, and I felt like I had so much to say. And now I just don't have the energy to go back and address everything I wanted to say.

    I will say that dh is very alpha male, but he is actually better at recognizing subtext and emotions than I am; a lot of times he just chooses to disregard them, or considers them weak (especially in men) or bothersome (especially in women). He can be impatient with how they get in the way. Nonetheless, despite spending quite a bit less time with our children than I do, he is quite good at recognizing their motivations and emotions and will sometimes have insights that I don't have. He is sometimes annoyingly perceptive. He does not mind at all that I'm not stereotypically feminine - he likes strong, independent types.

    Myles, I think it would drive me crazy to date a relationship expert. I would be paranoid that it would be used against me in every clash - "Oh, well, he's the expert so OF COURSE I must be in the wrong" etc.

    Ash, I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. One of the doctors I used to work with had Guillain-Barré syndrome and even though it was diagnosed immediately (I believe by himself), he had to be on a ventilator for a while and he has never fully recovered. He was young and healthy, too, in his 30s when he got it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies View Post
    Neat Gwenn! What does it do?
    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    I've never heard of it...and that's pretty sad when you think the English Dept is one that I support. And...they're writers! lol
    Here's the synopsis for Scrivener. It's cool to read about but even more cool to use - just one of those things you have to play with to really "get."

    Most word processors approach composing a long-form text the same as typing a letter or flyer - they expect you to start on page one and keep typing until you reach the end. Scrivener lets you work in any order you want and gives you tools for planning and restructuring your writing. In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. Plan out your work in Scrivener’s outliner and use the synopses you create as prompts while you write. Or just get everything down into a first draft and break it apart later for rearrangement on the outliner or corkboard. Create collections of documents to read and edit related text without affecting its place in the overall draft; label and track connected documents or mark what still needs to be done. Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later—or do a bit of both—Scrivener supports the way you work.

    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    chrissy - Go Jesi! she's absolutely right.

    ashley - I'm sorry that your mom is very upset about your aunt. It's perfectly natural for her to miss her sister, and I hope she gets comfort from you and her adorable granddaughters.

    mandy - I had to Google Scrivener, and now am thinking it would have been perfect for something like the 80 page document that I'd created last month, since it was full of text, and diagrams and graphics. Now I'm looking into getting one for the next project. Thanks! ... I actually have a couple child language-related questions for you that you probably know something about. Bodhi has this habit of transposing letters in certain words of his speech. For example, he can't say the name "Ramon"; he always says "Marone". That's probably the only word I can think of, but no matter how many times we correct him, he goes back to saying it the wrong way. Is it a sign of any worrisome thing (like dyslexia) or do you think it's more of a tongue dexterity thing? Also, I've noticed him trying to "read" lately. He'll encounter the word and picture of an igloo for the first time. He'll hear me pronounce it the typical way "i-gloooo", and then he'll repeat it as "eye-glue", even though he's just heard me say it the other way. Do you think he's starting to try to apply phonics to the letters he's seeing in words? I know he knows the letter "I", but I don't know what to expect from a kid who's 2 years & 3 months.
    Totally normal part of development. Reversals are normal in very young kids (I'd say until around 2.5-3, that might vary with who you talk to - much less common after 2.5). What happens is that children learn to identify/recognize the sounds they hear separately from the ability to produce them. They can actually identify the sound of their native language at 6 months old. But the brain/mouth have to learn to produce the sounds and it's like any complex motor activity, like dancing or playing basketball, you have to learn to do it. So his brain is likely telling his mouth to say "ramon" but it comes out the wrong way, if that makes sense. Correcting it won't do any good at this age, as he's trying his best to make the sound. It will probably frustrate him more than it helps him. Just keep an eye on it and make sure the sounds continue to come in and he gets easier to understand over time. If you need some references on speech development I can look for some good ones for you, but I wouldn't worry. It has absolutely nothing to do with dyslexia! And about phonics, kids develop phonolgical awareness (awareness of sounds in language) orally before they do for reading/writing (typically, at least).

    Chrissy, great comeback for Jesi!
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    Mandy - thank you so much for your knowledge. That definitely satisfied my curiosity. And good suggestion on not correcting Bodhi when he mispronounces "Ramon".

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    Myles, I think it would drive me crazy to date a relationship expert. I would be paranoid that it would be used against me in every clash - "Oh, well, he's the expert so OF COURSE I must be in the wrong" etc.
    Luckily, he was not a self-styled relationship expert while we were dating, just an aspiring one. I was there when he got his first book agent and then his first deal. His first book was about internet dating (which is how we had met). He was an aspiring screenwriter too (his script made it into the top 3 of the first season of Project Greenlight). His "credentials" as a relationship expert were simply that he used to work for JDate, and had coached people that would call in for customer service.

    Funny story there: So he was supposedly this "expert" internet profile writer. We both went to a Media Bistro party to promote his book, and for fun we entered our profiles into a contest. My profile won first place, and the prize was a Pure Beauty gift basket and $100 gift certificate to the place. His profile won nothing, and he sulked harder than I have seen anybody sulk. He was such a competitive person, that I think that might have been the beginning of the end of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    Luckily, he was not a self-styled relationship expert while we were dating, just an aspiring one. I was there when he got his first book agent and then his first deal. His first book was about internet dating (which is how we had met). He was an aspiring screenwriter too (his script made it into the top 3 of the first season of Project Greenlight). His "credentials" as a relationship expert were simply that he used to work for JDate, and had coached people that would call in for customer service.

    Funny story there: So he was supposedly this "expert" internet profile writer. We both went to a Media Bistro party to promote his book, and for fun we entered our profiles into a contest. My profile won first place, and the prize was a Pure Beauty gift basket and $100 gift certificate to the place. His profile won nothing, and he sulked harder than I have seen anybody sulk. He was such a competitive person, that I think that might have been the beginning of the end of us.


    So much that is funny here! Where to start? I think the customer service experience as a basis for being a relationship expert takes the cake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post


    So much that is funny here! Where to start? I think the customer service experience as a basis for being a relationship expert takes the cake!
    My favorite part was his sulking. Sore loser

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    Girls, I could really use some secular vibes from you ... DH has a job interview for a management position next week and it could be a great thing for us. And we wouldn't have to move to Georgia (at least not right away, although it's something DH wants to do eventually).
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    Ooo, good luck to your DH!

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    Good luck!


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    Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post


    So much that is funny here! Where to start? I think the customer service experience as a basis for being a relationship expert takes the cake!
    I agree with this. If customer service is the basis for being a relationship expert, then I must be an undercover relationship guru.

    Good luck to your DH on the interview!!

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    Good luck, Mandy! That'd work out so well for both of you!

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    Thanks, everyone!

    Myles, take a look at this link (specifically the part about recasting) for a great alternative to "correcting" speech. Don't worry about the number of repetitions, it's the idea behind it that matters for typically developing children.
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    Good luck, Mandy's DH!

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    Bobbie texted me from the bus. The road is flooded in two spots past our house and the bus drove right through both of them. She said the one was rushing so fast she felt the bus shake and slide. They obviously don't believe in "turn around, don't drown" here.

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    Chrissy, you guys are flooded?
    Sawyer's been up every hour or two the past few nights. YAWN. I love everything about having a baby in the house again, though. He's such a sweetheart that if I were younger and had more money and possibly a different partner, I'd certainly have another. A lot of stipulations there!

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    If only, Bridget! lol

    There are flash flood warnings all over and most schools are on a delay or closed altogether.

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    Stay safe, Chrissy!
    Bridget, I think I could have another child under those conditions too, LOL
    So you know I've been worried about being left out on the cruise, well this one girl I talk to on twitter and e mail messaged me the other day and said she wants to make sure she and I get some time together on the cruise. She's been on the other 2 nkotb cruises, so she knows a lot of people and she said she wants to set aside time to hang out with certain people and I'm one of them So I'll have at least one buddy...
    She also just sent me a bunch of her pics of Joey through Walmart's online photo store and I'm ordering one of each We have to decorate our room doors with pics
    I wish she lived closer but she is not one of the Boston girls, she's in Philly

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    That's awesome Kate! It sounds like you'll have at least 1 confidant. I'll be Ms. Negative will drive her crazy too.

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    Kate, the build-up to your cruise sounds fun just by itself.

    Mandy, thank you for the link. I'll check it out today.

    I've been married 4 yrs today. I can't believe it's only been 4 years. We're taking Bodhi with us on our "date" to a Brazilian grill on the beach.

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    Happy Anniversary!!

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    Happy Anniversary!!! And jealous of going to the beach.....I'm still in sweaters and it was snowing again this morning.

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