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    Oh, Erin, what a nightmare! You're right, that's what emergency savings are for, but it doesn't make it anymore fun to spend emergency savings on emergencies. I'm glad you had it available, especially for your dog's sake.

    My poor kitty has racked up a lot of money in vet bills over the last couple of years. Two surgeries, visits to the kitty dermatologist (as I call her) and now we seem to have her condition under control through medication which is great but those stupid meds cost $70/month and she fights so hard against taking it. I hate spending that much on a cat, particularly seeing how much she hates it, but it's the only thing that helps and she's well worth it.

    Bridget, I don't know where to begin on the subject of your dbf. Ugh ... you own a business and regardless of what he makes when he works, you have a steady job and keep everything running. He's just a moron.

    On the subject of my family party, I don't think I can truly get out of it. For one thing, I only ever see my sister and her kids once per year and the kids are growing up so fast. My niece is 16 already, and my nephew is 12. You miss so much in between. They'll be at the party and since it's a weekend and actually a good time for me to see them, doesn't make a lot of sense for me to be somewhere else. But I do resent being the only child who lives near home and there's an expectation that I will be participating in things my brother and sister are never asked or expected to do. Every mother's day and father's day I take my parents out to dinner, so with four of us including DH it's a minimum of a $60 meal. One mother's day after DH lost his job and finances were tighter, my mother commented on how my sister and brother send a card every year costing perhaps $3. Over the past ten years, I'd probably spent about $1200 on mother's/father's day where my brother and sister had spent about $60 each. She said I should consider I'd paid my dues for a while. I actually confess I took her at her word and didn't take her out last year or this year. They were totally fine with it.

    Oh, and when I asked DH if he thought the party sounded as unpleasant as I did, he thought I was overreacting, but he did complain about the parking situation and then added, "well, we're the young ones so we can just park really far away and hike in. We'll park lower down on the mountain so we hike up to get to the party and down to get back to the car." So if the party wasn't inconvenient enough, I will now be hiking. Which means that, since the only shoes I own are either flip flops, ballet flats, or clogs, I'm going to have to buy some shoes suitable for hiking halfway up a mountain. And then I'll have to break them in before actually hiking in them. This is getting worse by the minute.
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    Oh no, Gwenn! That does sound bad. Is there any way you can see you sister elsewhere that weekend? It just seems like an awful lot of effort and time for something you don't want to do.

    "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov


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    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    But I credit Mandy for educating me on the fact that my dad & I both get something out of him getting the chance to talk and have someone listen to the ins and outs of his medical saga.
    Thanks, Myles. That means a lot. I remember you bringing up your father's situation before but I can't honestly remember what I may or may not have said in relation to the situation. But my parents are both 70+ and I am seeing signs of mental aging in both of them, and after having taken courses in dementia I find the slightest mental changes terrifying. It's really hard watching your parents age.
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    Oh Erin, and I am so sorry about you having to spend all your money. That would make me feel sick to my stomach.

    "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov


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    Oh, and Katy, I hope you have a fabulous time in Chile! Great way to get out of the heat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Oh, and Katy, I hope you have a fabulous time in Chile! Great way to get out of the heat!
    I am finding it virtually impossible to pack because my body cannot imagine what it would be like to be cold!

    "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov


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    I can so relate!
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    Ha..I'd have a hard time with that too right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Bridget, I don't know where to begin on the subject of your dbf. Ugh ... you own a business and regardless of what he makes when he works, you have a steady job and keep everything running. He's just a moron.
    I know you probably didn't mean it that way Gwenn but the bolded area cracked me up, all of what you said is so true!!!

    I hope you enjoy seeing your niece and nephew.

    And Katy have a great time on your trip! I am so envious. I have had dreams of Chile after reading poetry by Pablo Neruda.

    Myles to you regarding your dad's health. I sometimes worry about my parents' health and they don't even have health problems. My mom has gained a whole lot of weight though since she and my dad broke up and so I do worry that it will cause her problems in the future. She is only 49 though and has no health issues to speak of. My dad has high blood pressure and I really think the primary reason is his smoking. I try to encourage him to quit again, he quit years ago when he stopped using drugs but started up again since he and my mom divorced a couple years ago.

    Erin

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    lol ... okay, I didn't mean it quite the way it sounded! You all know what I meant!
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    Hey, being a moron is hard work! LOL

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    Where's the "like" button?
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    Haa! You guys kill me!
    you all.

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    Seriously though Bridget, how has he been since that period you said was so much better? Is he back to normal antics or is he still a little better than before Sawyer? I had high hopes that he was going to make a major change

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    Erin-that stinks about all the stuff that went wrong. When it rains, it pours right? We must have the same black cloud hanging over our heads!!

    Katy-have a great time in Chile! Your trip sounds wonderful!!!

    Mandy-I kinda thought the hike made it sound worth it. heehee

    Myles-good luck on your new job! I cannot believe it's that time already. I really hope you love it.

    I'm exhausted. I got a bit crabby tonight It seemed like the kids were really wound up and wouldn't settle down. I just wanted 10 minutes to collect my thoughts. I snapped at them Everyone is ok and it wasn't terrible, but the silence afterwards didn't help my peace of mind. I don't know what I was thinking.

    Kate-that was a riot about Josh! It's like the kid that gets more pleasure from the box than the toy. I think we've all probably witnessed that happen.

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    Chrissy, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself; you have a lot going on right now, so everyone should be able to forgive a little crabbiness.

    Myles, good luck in the new job! Sorry your sister is still being like she is; I haven't spoken to my own sister since January. It makes me a little sad, but then again, I'm kind of relieved on the other hand to not have to deal with her issues.

    Erin, I hope the bad luck stops soon for you! I hate when big expenses like that happen. They all do seem to happen all at once, don't they. I guess that's where that saying "when it rains, it pours" comes from. My SIL just got a speeding ticket and it's her second one in a few months. They fine you and give you "points" on your license here. I don't know if they do that in America? It's to do with insurance and how insurable you are. I think if you get either 3 or 4 tickets, you temporarily lose your license.

    Mandy, I'm sorry your dealing with family issues, too. They are the worst to resolve.

    Bridget, I just can't believe your boyfriend some times. I can imagine everyone looking at him like, 'who does he think he is, really?' Speaking of being a SAHM/WAHM, I'm taking another year off work. This is to spend as much time with the boys and to try to get back in to teaching. Any how, when we worked out how much I'd make if I did go back to work vs. what we get in "tax credits" for me not working, they were nearly the same, so staying home is definitely in my advantage! There are things I don't like living with a socialist government, but I have to say, this is one part that I do like about it. I love how the UK does value family very much.

    Kate, I so know what you mean about it being frustrating taking kids out. But it's nice to get of the house, right? Well, that's how I always think of it.

    Katy, Chile sounds like an amazing place to go! I took snowboarding lessons way back in the day and we had planned to go skiing somewhere nice but I had a nasty fall, hurt my back and never did take the lessons back up, so we haven't ever gone. I always wanted to go to Jackson Hole. Maybe we'll just go and do touristy things instead.

    My 30th birthday is in a few weeks...I always get soooo emotional around my birthday because it makes me feel so sad to be away from my oldest friends and closest family at my birthday. I love birthdays; I like to celebrate and make a massive deal about my birthday...it's like the one day that things can just be about me. DH, on the other hand, is just so laid back about birthdays. He doesn't care to celebrate his own. This causes us tension because I always want him to do something amaaaazing for me and he's all "what do you want me to do?" And I feel so silly because I don't know what I want him to do for me but I want him to do SOMETHING....lol...I'm such a dork. I think I might suggest that we go up to Scotland or something and rent a cottage for the weekend...that might be a nice birthday present.

    Phew....that was a long post!!!!!

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    Ash. Can't your dh talk to someone else to get ideas about what to do for your birthday? Surprises really aren't that great if you have to tell him what to do or get.

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    Yeah, the fair is still fun, and I think my inlaws are going to take him tomorrow, so they can spend the money this time! LOL

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    Ash, a cottage in Scotland sounds like it would be a very fun birthday weekend! I hope you find a way to enjoy yourself.
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    Thanks, y'all. He's just clueless about gifts and stuff. And I feel so materialistic about it....I told him it's my birthday and I just want to feel special. I think I would be better off just trying to get over how unromantic he is.

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    My computer came in today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smplyme89 View Post
    My computer came in today!
    Yay!

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    That's awesome!

    I confess I'm developing a crush on the architect guy from the show Curb Appeal. He's really hot. Also gay.
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    I took all three children out alone from 10 am until 4pm. We went to a small fair, out to lunch, to the beach, to the grocery store.

    Not one melt down. I am seriously on a high from this. It was such a nice pleasant day!

    But if I don't get Savana to bed soon it wil all come crashing down.
    And then I plan to wake them around 10 for the spectacular firework show over the lake because we have the best seats in town from our deck and they just can't miss it. They have to see it. Wish me luck!

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    Good luck! Sounds like an awesome day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    That's awesome!

    I confess I'm developing a crush on the architect guy from the show Curb Appeal. He's really hot. Also gay.

    Pics please?

    Sounds awesome Bridget.

    I read somewhere a list of things you should do with your kids and one of them is to wake them up in the middle of the night and do someting cool.

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    I'm watching a movie called Frailty that's sort of a thriller about a man who claims God told him he has to kill demons so he takes people to his house that God has told him are demons, and kills them. He has two kids, one believes him and one doesn't. It's really very scary on many levels. It's really hard to watch but I'm interested to see where it's going.

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    I've heard that movie is good, but haven't watched it yet. DH doesn't really want to see it so I haven't had a chance to watch it yet

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    DH doesn't want to see it either, tonight he's playing world of warcraft so I'm watching it.
    It just went where I thought it was going...
    OMG...no it didn't LOL nevermind
    (yes I multitask when I watch movies, especially disturbing ones)

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    I actually had to stop using the computer there because I missed a really big twist while I was typing.
    It was decent..but disturbing.

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