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    Quote Originally Posted by gwenn View Post
    lol! Too funny.

    Even funnier, first time i read bo's head not bo's bed. So i had to go back and try to make sense of it. They were both funny visuals!

    lol!

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    Awwww! You are lucky that Gwennie is putting him in his place. Jeez Cosmo STILL will not do that to her baby. She will bark at her if playing with toys together but doesn't even try to correct Molly when Molly is climbing on her back and humping her. So than I have to get involved and deal with the poogle. We think Cosmo likes her though....she is very protective of her. Not quite so into snuggling but tolerates it sometimes now. And yeah it's cute when Molly is all trying to kiss her face. I do try to stop some of that though just because I don't want Molly near her eyes.....that and we put a&d on Cosmo's nose because otherwise it gets super dry and cracks.

    Cosmo also likes to go in Molly's kennel and scruff up her blanket and leave.....it's almost like she is trying to get it just right for her baby.

    Molly was taught by my parents dogs that it's super fun to wrestle and bite each others necks....except when we got home and she tries it on Cosmo, Cos is less than thrilled with that....and even that doesn't get a correction from her!

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    Awww, the pet stories are so cute! I love them.
    Pawprint is just getting over some nastiness. We aren't sure what happened because she goes outside (I know, I know but whatev. She will bust through a screen to get outside) she had a nasty infection on/in her mouth. Maybe she ate some poison? I noticed when she came home a couple of days ago she was skinny and I picked her up to find that she had not washed herself in awhile and she had this strange gel like substance around her mouth. She also had a huge sore on her tongue.
    I took her to the vet asap and they gave her fluids and I'm giving her a round of antibiotics (which, btw smells like bubblegum. Can't they make tuna flavored meds for kitties?). She is already much, much better eating and washing.
    Honestly, she is a really annoying kitty. I didn't even think I really liked her. But when I thought she was sick, I was very scared that is was something serious. Things would not be the same without that little stinker.

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    I wish Obama would not have kept pausing so much. He could have said more!

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    Awww...I hope she makes a full recovery. I'm glad it made you feel affectionate for her. I know I've missed Millie more than Bobbie these last few days. How sad is that? But Millie has only ever been sweet to me.

    I was disappointed by the debates.

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    Me too. So repetitive.

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    Yes. And Obama wasn't himself at all. He could have done better.

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    Debates were very boring too IMO. Romney was like a cartoon character and almost remind me of someone on some uppers lol. But I think he did well, even though he told a lot of lies and wasn't specific. I think he will get a boost in the polls though based on his performance.

    I think Obama was too laid back. Maybe he thought it would be easy sailing or something and didn't prepare enough. Romney has had a lot of debates though over the past year so he is more used to the format and more in his element now whereas Obama hasn't debated in 4 years so I expected Romney to do better. Even though he was getting on my nerves with his insistence on getting in the last word and evading specifics. I hate it when politicians do that. I thought he was at least honest in saying he would cut a lot of programs.

    ETA: Obama always pauses a lot IMO when he is asked questions. He seems to mull over answers and I do think that is a good trait, he thinks about what to say before saying it. That's why he is not caught up in so many oral gaffes IMO. I was happy he didn't say a lot of "ums" he used to say "um" a whole lot but has gotten better. Now he says "uh" lol! Luckily he doesn't say "uh" as much or as long as he used to say "um." I used to count the "ums" during his speeches or any time anyone asked him a question.

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    Aw man, MA isn't that far from me, but I have plans in the other direction this weekend! Bummer!
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    You're right Erin, Romney was putting on a performance and nothing more. How can people forget what he said about the 47%? He's done nothing but talk making us 'pay our fair share' for months, and then last night suddenly he's concerned about helping the middle class? I don't buy it. And if giving tax breaks to the 'job creators' created jobs, our economic crisis and massive job losses would have never happened.

    Obama does think before he speaks. I'm afraid people will mistake that as being uncertain. It's not that he doesn't know what to say, he's carefully phrasing how he wants to present it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MashedUp View Post
    Aw man, MA isn't that far from me, but I have plans in the other direction this weekend! Bummer!
    Oh, bummer is right!

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    I haven't watched the debate yet, I dvr'd it for tonight. This old woman went to bed early last night. I wish I were one of those people who can function on 4 hours of sleep. But I cannot. Before G I slept like a rock, now I hear every little noise in the house.

    In my college speech class the professor counted the number of times you said um or uh, if you had too many you had to do the speech all over again. The advisors need to hook up a shock collar and give 'em a zap when they say it too many times. Anyone remember on Cheers. Carla put one on Cliff Clavin and she would zap him every time he annoyed her. Which was all.the.time.

    Completely random and off subject but the other night on Jeopardy one of the categories was called "In a van down by the river" it made me LOL!!!
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    My college speech professor did the same thing Shelley!

    She really had us in tune with the "ums" also with saying "like" during the middle of sentences. She gave me an "um" and "like" complex lol as I cannot stand to hear them either anymore. They make me grimace.

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    At the time, I didn't even think about it but when I worked for my county's mental health clinic, I first started speaking in our little clerical meetings. Because I became so knowledgeable about state mandates in relation to mental health care, I ended up sharing what I knew in administrative meetings. Ultimately, I began presenting (not knowing what it was, just calling it "telling them like it is" to myself) to state officials, including Ray Case who was NY state's commissioner of health and human services. Some of those meetings had 65-70 people there and I was never nervous. I knew my job very well and wasn't afraid to state facts and answer questions. When the county first proposed layoffs and budget cuts specific to mental health, I went to the town meeting and spoke in front of at least 100 people.

    It wasn't until I was in college after being laid off from that job that I was told I'm a natural at public speaking. Last night I was trying to envision what # of people it would take to make me nervous. I'm sure there's some cut-off because I know I couldn't do what Romney and Obama did last night. But locally, in my community, I wouldn't be afraid to stand up in front of the entire county. Providing I knew wtf I was talking about. There's also a huge difference in trying to do it when you're not certain of your topic (like in public speaking class) versus talking about a topic you know inside out and backwards.

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    I didn't watch the debates. I'm just not into it this year. Last time was exciting have to do primaries on both sides but this time I have known for years who I would vote for.

    I do NOT like public speaking. I am ok when I have to do it but I really dislike it. Once in a while I have to teach a class and I don't like doing that either....and they are small classes, usually not more than 15 but usually 10 or less. LOL

    The one that drives DH nuts is "you know".....when they interview some of the Brewers, there are a few guys where you know is every other word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raspberry View Post
    I haven't watched the debate yet, I dvr'd it for tonight. This old woman went to bed early last night. I wish I were one of those people who can function on 4 hours of sleep. But I cannot. Before G I slept like a rock, now I hear every little noise in the house.

    In my college speech class the professor counted the number of times you said um or uh, if you had too many you had to do the speech all over again. The advisors need to hook up a shock collar and give 'em a zap when they say it too many times. Anyone remember on Cheers. Carla put one on Cliff Clavin and she would zap him every time he annoyed her. Which was all.the.time.

    Completely random and off subject but the other night on Jeopardy one of the categories was called "In a van down by the river" it made me LOL!!!
    LOL, what were the answers like in that category? Was it related to that Chris Farley SNL skit?

    I tried to focus on the debate, because I knew my driver would talk about it today, but I just couldn't wrap my head around most of the babble. I seem to have some sort of mental block against understanding politics. I listen to it and then I can't even repeat what I've just heard.

    I didn't have to worry about discussing it with my driver anyway because I went in to speak to my boss about the recent medical issues I've been having. I had to call in this morning again because I was unable to be away from a bathroom again. So I went in to talk to her and she said I could be put in substitute status meaning I would only be called if my replacement can't make it. She said I could take a month (she actually offered two but I said I would call her after a month and let her know what's going on) My appt. with my new GP is on the 15th and I hope from there I can get to some specialists and get on some medication or a special diet or something.

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    I hope they have a solution for you Kate. That must be tremendously frustrating

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    I hate public speaking. I can speak to a roomful of children! lol

    Just returned from Kai appt with a urologist. We got in right away! I just called yesterday and they had a cancellation today. She is concerned. In the 30 minutes we were in her office, he had to pee 3 times. She measured each time and was very surprised at the amount even though he hadn't drank much liquids today yet. Plus, he peed twice on the 20 minute drive there. They took some pics of his bladder but want us to go to the hospital for a more extensive ultrasound and blood tests. Thank goodness the ball is finally rolling.

    I talked to the nurse at our regular dr office a couple of times yesterday trying to explain that I want a referral and not to come in again as we've been in several times and clearly we are at a road block. She kept saying they find a referral to be jumping gun and would like to rule out some things first. I kept asking her what the plan was, what tests? What are we ruling out? She wouldn't give me an answer and just kept saying they'd like me to bring Kai in for an appt. I asked if I could please have a phone call directly with the dr. and she sais she would call me back.

    She called back on my way out of the urology office and I purposely did now answer because I feel like I am in a really "eff you" sort of mood toward them for not listening to me and believing me and acting like I'd be wasting the urologist's time. Truth is, the urologist did everything, and put the orders in for everything I've been asking them to do for over a year now.
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    Just piping up to say, Bridget, that I'm glad someone is finally listening to you and doing *something* for Kai! This urologist sounds promising. I hope you will be finding a new "regular" doctor.
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    Kate, I'm sorry that your health problems are so disruptive to your job.

    I'm fine with public speaking. I notice it raises my cortisol levels, but my actual 'performance' is fine.

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    Myles, it would be neat if we could meet up this weekend. I had kind of hoped to go to Carver this weekend. Both King Richard's Faire (a ren fest) and Thomas the Tank engine are going to be there (two different locations, but close to each other) I checked and Carver is about 45-50 minutes from Dennis Port which is actually closer than where I live. Do you think you could fit one of those in? The kids might have more fun at Thomas but it's up to you guys. Sunday, I think it is supposed to rain but Saturday might be decent.
    Thomas the Train would have been so fun! They sell out every year when we try to buy tickets at the one near Santa Cruz, CA. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be able to meet up this week. We are going to be spending a lot of time looking after DH's folks. It has gotten so bad that the sister who cares for them doesn't feel they can be left alone. DH's dad has become incredibly grumpy, and has started to piss himself. He refuses to wear Depends and he has to be forced to take a shower and change out of his wet pants. Everyone is sure he has dementia, and the hard part, of course, will be convincing him to get help. Once he gets a dx and a prescription, we're hoping he will come more to his senses. We all thought the major hurdle would be getting them into a new assisted living facility for his mom, who had a heart attack.The siblings almost found a place for them, but after evaluating my FIL who obviously would live there too, they were told he wasn't a good fit and might need a more attentive center tailored to Alzheimers or dementia, depending on his diagnosis.

    Quote Originally Posted by MashedUp View Post
    Aw man, MA isn't that far from me, but I have plans in the other direction this weekend! Bummer!
    I thought of you too, because we thought of going to Old Orchard again. I hope to meet up with you one of these days.

    Watching the debates and discussing politics will certainly be interesting with DH's very-conservative family. So far, nothing too tense. It's been most interesting talking to the my younger teenage generation of nephews/nieces who are so influenced by their teachers and parents. Watching them watch the debates last night was kind of eye-opening. Granted, Mitt Romney performed very well and seemed poised and prepared. But he would make a statement about healthcare and, where I would see holes, they would say he hit it out of the ballpark. And if Obama would point out that Ryan/Romney's plans are light on details, they would say "He's so smug... he always has to make these digs at Romney." I don't think pointing out the need for more detail is a dig. Different perspectives, I guess.

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    I'm glad you're making some progress Bridget!

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    I'm sorry about the conflicts in your DH's family, Myles! Also disappointed that we can't meet up. Maybe next time!

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    B, I'm so glad that you got him and so quickly! And at least he was his normal at the office. Nothing like going for an appt (like a car making noise...or an illness)....and you get there and everything is "normal". I'm so glad that the specialist is taking this seriously. I much prefer to see specialists if it's something that isn't usually family med stuff.... There is only so much a person can know and something as complex as the human body, I think often needs specialists who focus on just a particular system and have a lot more knowledge in that area.

    Honestly I would say eff it to that doctor. I have very little tolerance for a doctor or office to treat me that way....I pay good money and they should be listening to me and doing what I ask within reason. I have definitely left doctors I felt didn't listen to me before.
    I don't think that the kids even need to see a ped necessarily.....a family doc might be a good option too. Maybe you even have some osteopathic family doctors locally for in the future? A DO might be inline with your beliefs a little more than an MD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
    I hate public speaking. I can speak to a roomful of children! lol

    Just returned from Kai appt with a urologist. We got in right away! I just called yesterday and they had a cancellation today. She is concerned. In the 30 minutes we were in her office, he had to pee 3 times. She measured each time and was very surprised at the amount even though he hadn't drank much liquids today yet. Plus, he peed twice on the 20 minute drive there. They took some pics of his bladder but want us to go to the hospital for a more extensive ultrasound and blood tests. Thank goodness the ball is finally rolling.

    I talked to the nurse at our regular dr office a couple of times yesterday trying to explain that I want a referral and not to come in again as we've been in several times and clearly we are at a road block. She kept saying they find a referral to be jumping gun and would like to rule out some things first. I kept asking her what the plan was, what tests? What are we ruling out? She wouldn't give me an answer and just kept saying they'd like me to bring Kai in for an appt. I asked if I could please have a phone call directly with the dr. and she sais she would call me back.

    She called back on my way out of the urology office and I purposely did now answer because I feel like I am in a really "eff you" sort of mood toward them for not listening to me and believing me and acting like I'd be wasting the urologist's time. Truth is, the urologist did everything, and put the orders in for everything I've been asking them to do for over a year now.
    I'm so glad that you got right in and they're on the ball with finding out what the root of this is! I can't tell you how happy this makes me!!! I'm beyond irritated with the crap his primary office is trying to put you through. It's beyond aggravating.

    Myles, I'm sorry about your father-in-law. It's so hard to watch our loved ones as they age like that.

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    The questions had nothing to do with SNL or Chris Farley, but rivers. Boring topic for Matt Foley!

    I hope your doctor appt is a step in the right direction.

    I hate public speaking. When I get nervous I break out in a rash all over my face and throat down to my neck. It's not as bad now, but when I was younger it was bad and so embarrassing.

    B, that is great news about the urologist appt. Let's hope the answer is right around the corner. Have you looked for a local Naturopathic doctor? I wish we had one closer, for us it's 2.5 hours away.

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    Bridget, I'm glad you are hopefully finally going to get some answers! Poor Kai

    Public speaking doesn't bother me, I have to host meetings all the time and it's just routine for me now.

    I hope we can meet up soon, Old orchard is only about 20 min from me! But it's getting pretty cold and nasty up here already, not good beach weather at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmosmom View Post
    B, I'm so glad that you got him and so quickly! And at least he was his normal at the office. Nothing like going for an appt (like a car making noise...or an illness)....and you get there and everything is "normal". I'm so glad that the specialist is taking this seriously. I much prefer to see specialists if it's something that isn't usually family med stuff.... There is only so much a person can know and something as complex as the human body, I think often needs specialists who focus on just a particular system and have a lot more knowledge in that area.

    Honestly I would say eff it to that doctor. I have very little tolerance for a doctor or office to treat me that way....I pay good money and they should be listening to me and doing what I ask within reason. I have definitely left doctors I felt didn't listen to me before.
    I don't think that the kids even need to see a ped necessarily.....a family doc might be a good option too. Maybe you even have some osteopathic family doctors locally for in the future? A DO might be inline with your beliefs a little more than an MD.

    I agree with all of this.

    So happy they got you in quickly Bridget and am hoping that they can get to the root of it. I am also one to quickly go to a specialist. I am being nice in waiting for an appointment for myself with my PCP about some health concerns I am having - not losing weight, tiredness, and I have been feeling really down lately, and just not myself. I feel something is really wrong with me versus my normal ways. I also think I have been too nice to my doctor and thought about what I would do if it were one of the kids and honestly, I wouldn't have waited as long as I have for my own health for them and I would have been more forceful, not mean, but just about my business like I am with the kids.

    On another note, I'm on my lunch and Benihana was down in the food court at the mall that is below my building today giving out free California rolls and since I went at the end of their giveaway, they gave me enough for me not to have to buy lunch. I had to give some to my pescatarian co-worker who was stoked about the freebie.

    I think they were extra giving because I asked about having my company's holiday party there as they are close and it wouldn't take so much planning. We usually have about 60 people at our holiday party. Last year it was at Fogo de Chao, a Brazillian steakhouse and that was based on suggestions from my carnivore co-workers but I totally forgot about the pescatarians with that decision. Luckily, Fogo has a great salad and seafood bar so they were satisfied from that and raving about it but I think Benihana might be a good fit. I wish we could go to a more local place but most of the good restaurants here are dinner only and my boss likes to have a luncheon. She lives over 2 hours north of Atlanta and my co-workers joke that she is afraid of the big city and wants to get out before it's dark lol.

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    Bridget, that is excellent news about Kai and the urologist! I agree with Jennifer that I much prefer specialists. I'm a little sad because I used to have a plan where I didn't need a referral for a specialist, but the prices just went up so high that I can't afford to keep that plan so had to downgrade and now I need a primary care doc and referrals for anything outside that. Since I don't have a good doc, I'm hoping that goes okay. Bridget, I do hope you find an new general doc for Kai. You have more than enough reason to fire that doctor.

    I always hated public speaking but I learned in grad school that if you really know your topic inside and out, it can be a lot of fun. I have gone on to do talks and trainings at work and while I don't love it, I'm proud of myself when I can do it. I used to get horrible stage fright when singing, to the point where my breath became shallow and it affected how I sounded. That's when I decided I needed to stop, although I can't help but wonder if meds would have helped. I have heard that some people do well on beta blockers when they have stage fright.
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    Oh, Myles, how do you test your cortisol levels? I have been kind of stressed at work lately. I really am needing to make a change even though I do love my job's location and do feel I contribute and am appreciated, at least in my face, it is just becoming too much of a hassle and I think I am working too much.

    My boss called me on my vacation to Chicago at midnight one night and I couldn't believe it. Plus they keep threatening me on the sly about an upcoming audit. I only recently started doing procurement, they made me the head of our Atlanta procurement department but really, no one knows much about it but they want to threaten me in regards to audit when our auditors are the type of people who will fail you just because they don't like you, which is what happened last time. They didn't like one of my co-workers who was doing most of our procurement and he got kind of loud with them. He is like that and we are used to them, but I find southerners kind of sensitive actually and I think the auditors over-reacted with their response. Due to that we got an F when usually we get a high B, when my previous boss was here we always got an A. They loved her and she was very knowledgeable about procurement and basically everything in our business so she was a great repository of knowlege and I could ask her anything and she'd know the answer or could point me in the right direction. Not so this time. Our auditors like me and I do feel we will get an A on our audit but really I just don't like the threatening that goes on around here. They threaten to fire people all the time and I don't think that is a good way to motivate anyone. Especially not me because it makes me feel that I shouldn't be working for them. I have been trying to hang in here because I want to see if our contract will expire at the end of this fiscal year. Our housing authority will be putting our contract out to bid so we are no guarantee to win the new 10 year term. Plus I had only committed to working here for 3 years. I have been here about 2.5 years now and really am ready to move on and I think they are going to make me move sooner rather than later.

    But I think my cortisol might be up. I really think that I might be experiencing some sort of stress that is not readily apparent by me. I rarely get overworked or frazzled but I have been kind of steeming in anger recently at things at work and even at home so I think I am starting to break down. Even my knees have started to hurt, which has never happened before. I stopped exercising thinking I was doing too much for about a week and they still hurt so I'm going to start exercising again tomorrow and work my way through the pain but I just have a feeling that I am stressed about things and I need to step back and reassess and make new goals.

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    Oh, Erin. That sounds miserable.
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