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    I'm sorry for all the sadness and loss.

    My main crab story is coming face to face with a very large one on the bottom of the sea during a night dive, so it was unexpected. I couldn't see much, and then all of a sudden there was this gigantic crab right in front of me in the glow of my light. It had all of these things in the front of its face wiggling around, back and forth, moving, which is normal for a crab, I guess, but I'd never seen it that close, that large, and that active. DH was there with me and he was almost as horror-struck. I have not been able to eat crab since then, and that was more than 10 years ago. To this day, he can wiggle his fingers in front of his face and I will know what he's talking about. It looked like Cthulhu. And I'm not normally someone who is much afraid of water creatures. I can pet a shark, no problem.


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    eek L!

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    Jeezh! How big WAS that thing, L? I have a paranoia of octopera (). I've had a fear of them since I had this dream about giant ones covered in raw chicken skin that were attacking one of the aunts who checked my backpack in Houston. And they were in Lake Champlain, VT of all places. Which explained my fear of roasting a chicken for awhile too, but I'm over that now. And then they had this crazy episode of CSI once about female Japanese exotic entertainers who would perform lewd acts in bathtubs with them. I know they're supposed to be highly intelligent, and sensitive creatures with amazing camouflage ability. But I think of them and ... ewwwwww. I can still eat little octopus-shaped calamari, though.

    I remembered another crab story. I was on a yoga retreat on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, and the lodge we were staying at was right on the tip - Pacific Ocean on one side, the Golfo Dulce on the other. Anyway 3 other girls & I were walking back to our house in a heavy rain on a dirt road. All we had to see were handheld flashlights. Anyway, off in the distance it looked like the dirt road was mudsliding sideways. We were totally confused because of the low light and the rain dripping into our eyes. Long story short, as we got closer, we realized it was a massive purple/orange crab migration and we were totally blocked from getting home unless we wanted to wade through the solid wave of crabs covering the road. Literally thousands of them trying to get from the gulf to the Pacific. Some of the faster ones were skittering across the slower moving ones. We had to wait it out for About 25 min before there was enough of a break to get by, and even then, we were dodging shellfish in our Tevas and flip flops. The next morning we kept finding crabs in our living room. *Shudder*

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    oh, yeah. And L, where were you when you saw the giant crab? Have you ever seen a giant clam? If I ever dive again, that's what I want to see.

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    I was in Cozumel. The crab legs were probably about as long as my arms and the body was maybe a little bigger than my head. So it wasn't a GIANT, but it wasn't like these little rock crabs you see scuttling around on the shore, either. And it was right in my face.

    In Fiji there were crabs all over the place, but they were generally kind of cute. There were tons of little ones all over the beach with one big yellow claw that looked like they were waving miniature airplanes in for landing.

    I've never seen a giant clam. Or at least, if I have, it was closed and I didn't realize it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3andMe View Post
    I was in Cozumel. The crab legs were probably about as long as my arms and the body was maybe a little bigger than my head. So it wasn't a GIANT, but it wasn't like these little rock crabs you see scuttling around on the shore, either. And it was right in my face.
    This is where I show my ignorance, because I didn't realize they could even get that big. Or bigger.



    I have a crab story. I had them once.








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    My mom did a lot of Buzz-Driving when we were kids, I am sure. We had it out once (actually me, her, and my aunt) because we went Bowling with them and they basically sat there and drank beer the entire time. Neither of them DRUNK, but definitely too intoxicate to drive (and my Aunt was a dispatcher for goodness sake, she knew better). They argued with me, yelled at me, and my Aunt didn't speak to me for THE longest time after that. I think I was 16 or so, I know I was already with William at the time. I've always been a stickler about drinking + driving though and I don't care who I tick off about the situation My family is full of buzz-driving individuals though. Grandpa, to Aunts/Uncles, to most of my cousins.

    We went barefoot around the house all.the.time. I hated, hated (well, still hate) shoes. It drove my mom insane, she was constantly yelling at us about it.

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    Oh L! I knew they could get big and I would be terrified to see a big one that close. I do find them creepy.


    Did you guys hear about the giant African snails showing up in Florida? *shudder*

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies View Post
    Did you guys hear about the giant African snails showing up in Florida? *shudder*
    I hadn't! I had to resort to Google That's quite interesting, I mean, we already have giant snails here (I see them at our park all the time), but I guess our native giant snails aren't a big threat \

    Kind of funny 'invasion of the giant snails'

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    LOL the story I read was kind of funny. I think it was from CNN.

    Are the ones you have that big?

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    LOL, you guys. Thanks for the laughs this morning. Needed 'em.

    Question: Do your kids read The Magic School Bus stories, and if so, can you recommend any other series that are similar? B cannot get enough of them. I keep buying them in lots on eBay. He's into the illustrated books and also the less-graphical chapter books too. I like them because they have just the right level of matter of factness AND compassion AND fantasy AND wonder AND appreciation for learning for a kid as young as B. I used to really dislike them because they're written in comic book style and with sidebars, so it's difficult to keep a flow going when you're reading aloud, but B just loves them so much. They're practically all he asks for right now. And there are some hours in the day where I honestly have a hard time making conversation with my 4 year old, it's great to have those books because I read a page, and then talk around it and answer his questions. We can easily fill a half hour with the book. It feels kind of weird doing "bedtime stories" in the middle of the day, but it's actually a good thing that we're reading mid-day too, right?
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    What about the Magic Treehouse series? I think both L and Bridget have read a lot of them. I've read a couple. It's about a young brother and sister who find a treehouse full of books that can take them to the time and place the books are about-dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, etc.

    Josh and I read during the day too. I think any time you can read is great.

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    Bridget, I'm so sorry about your aunt.

    Giant crabs and giant snails ... yuck yuck yuck!!
    I do have a story about an undersea creature, though. When dd1 was seven, we went to Hawaii. She was a very strong swimmer and we did a lot of snorkeling. She kept talking about sea turtles, and what she'd do if she saw one up close. "I'd go down and pet it, and grab its flipper, and ride it around!" The whole trip, she was saying that, but we only saw turtles from afar. On one of our last days there, we were out snorkeling. We were in about 8 feet of water, treading water, talking to each other, and all of a sudden I spotted a big turtle right under us. I smiled and pointed down to dd to look. She took one look down, looked back up at me with huge eyes, spit out her snorkel and screamed "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" I had to swim back to shore with her clutching me in terror.

    Fast forward, though, to her and dh scuba diving in Hawaii a couple of years ago, when she was 13. DH took a picture of her on the sea floor next to a 6 foot long shark. The photo caption says "Don't tell your mother." (But of course she couldn't keep it to herself.)
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    I do not like these sea creature stories. Lol. Chrissy, I snorted at your crab story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmeriBrit View Post
    I do not like these sea creature stories. Lol. Chrissy, I snorted at your crab story!
    Good. I was beginning to think either everyone missed it, or they were politely ignoring it thinking it was a true story Ha!

    I love that "don't tell your mother" Classic!

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    Cthulhu!

    And Myles, you get a gold star for remembering to say octopera.
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    Oh Chrissy, I meant to say I was going to make the same joke about having crabs. LOL

    I tried snorkeling once but I hated that feeling of floating above everything.

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    Lydia, do you remember my posting about M knocking a kettle bell over on my leg and my subsequent hematoma?

    Anyway, it's still there, 6 weeks later. It feels hard to the touch and is painful even when I am not touching it. There is still a slight discoloration (it's a darkish pink). How long does this take to heal? Should I have it checked out?

    The swelling has gone down some, and it's not crazy psychedelic colors anymore, at least.
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    Kate, I went snorkeling with DH and didn't care for it either. I am not a strong swimmer and I have a hard time getting water in my nose. It's not something I care to do again, but DH loves it.
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    I don't know if it was a hematoma but I got a couple big, hard bruise-looking marks on my leg when it went through a rotted board on our porch last year. It was painful for at least a couple months. I didn't think it was anything worse than bad bruising so I didn't get it checked out but it eventually went away. I'd just get it looked at if you're worried!

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    I have never been a bruisy person but dbf gets some crazy dark bruises that last forever and he will not even know when they happened. I remember my bff telling me that her brother told her if she pushed on her bruises as hard as she could, the would go away. Brute! lol

    Do any of you have some advice for me regarding my situation with the dept of children and families? I still have not received authorization for this family and it's just beyond any reasonable explanation at this point. And the thing is, when they finally send me the authorization forms, then they have to send me the time sheets for 3 months worth of childcare! And you can bet that they won't send it all together. Then I have to fill it in and send it back and wait for them to cut me a check. So I can't even imagine how much longer I will be waiting. I would like to file a formal complaint against the dept. The thing that keeps nagging at me is when I talked to my certifier the first time about it, a few weeks ago, and she made the comment about how the caseworker for this family had sent her an email asking for my information and then laughed when she realized she'd had it for quite some time and "did nothing with it". It just angers me that in our state, funding is being cut for these programs left and right and I now darn well that this is not a complicated case for them to put through. This family has been in the system for years. WHAT are they doing??? Anyway, I don't know who to file a complaint with. The governer? LOL! Whenever I google it, only thing that comes up is how to file a complaint with them, not against them.

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    I wish I had some great advice, Bridget, but that seems to be par for the course in terms of government agency reimbursement so far as I can see. From what I hear, people who do speech therapy and bill through our state agency wait six months or more for reimbursement. It's pervasive.

    Then I heard a family (incidentally, the father is a military lawyer) say that their speech therapist simply stopped returning their calls and the only reason they could see was that she wasn't being reimbursed by Tricare (military insurance). Two days later, I heard a coworker say that when she was in private practice she completely wrote off her Tricare kids and saw them for free because she never was reimbursed. Anyone I talk to in this field will tell you how difficult it is for a small provider to get the government to pay for anything. Eventually they either find a different job, or refuse to accept that as a form of pay.
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    I really have no idea who you'd complain to Bridget but I remember when I was first laid off from my county, I thought I'd call my local dept of social services to see if we'd qualify for any assistance. NY maximum benefit for unemployment is very low-something like $425/week and we were a family of 5. I wasn't sure and didn't want to waste my time filling out the paperwork if we were over-qualified. So I called to ask and I'll tell you what-I don't think I've ever talked to a ruder person in my life. Talk about condescending! And what was really sad was that she knew I was a recently laid off county employee. My title happened to be higher than hers, it's just they had decided to cut from mental health (that year) and not social services. It was only luck of the draw that it was me and not her. She absolutely refused to tell me what the income guidelines were for a family of 5 and insisted I must complete all the paperwork and make and appointment. Either I'd be approved or denied. It wasn't just what she said-but how she said it. And I admit, my emotions were raw from losing my job. So I called the legislature's office and told one of them about it. Through the conversation I was so upset, and he ended up being so nice (I really think he felt bad I'd lost my job with the county) I ended up crying. The next thing I knew, the dept head of health and human services Sean Yetter called me himself and apologized profusely. And he had the information I was asking about-we were indeed overqualified for any assistance.

    But the point of my entire hijack really is...maybe try calling someone in your county office like the legislature. Look in the phone book (or perhaps online?) to see if you can locate a name/number for a director for that department. Every state is set up different, but here mental health, social services, as well as daycare assistance and other social-like programs all fall under the director of health and human services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    ...Eventually they either find a different job, or refuse to accept that as a form of pay.
    and this too. United Health Services is a huge medical provider in my area with countless hospitals, family practices, specialists, etc and they refuse to take the state's insurance because of the slow/no pay issue

    But still. I think it's worth trying to call a bunch of people "at the top" and complaining. There has got to be a recourse. And I'm sure they're governed by the state. Look at the state's office of health and human services web sites too. You may find a place to complain there.

    When I really get bent about something (and what you're going through would classify in my book) I call/write to a bunch of people. Both county and state level. Eventually someone will respond.

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    Bridget, try calling your congress critter. It won't hurt anything, and they might help.

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    congress critter?!

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    Mandy, I bruise really easily and horribly and I've had some doozies that left hard knots under my skin for months and even years, and were painful for most of that time. They really can take a long time to totally heal.
    I've never tried it, but I've heard arnica is a good herbal remedy for bruises.

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    Yeah, Chrissy, when I call, they treat me like crap. It's as if I am trying to leech money off of them. And I'm sorry but aren't they the department of CHiLDREN and FAMILIES??? Am I not a high quality (if I do say so myself) childcare provider? I mean, who the hells interests are they serving anyway? But I feel like if I am at all assertive, they just use the power they have to make me wait even longer. Once they did not pay me for entire week of care for a child because I had crossed out a time on a timesheet and changed it. The situation being that I had switched her time with another child's time. It was so obvious to be a clerical error because said child had the same hours every day for 2 years. I couldn't do anything about it because I spoke to the highest person in the office and she basically said too effing bad.

    Congress critter it is!

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    Oh, Bridget, when I first applied for my SLP license I swear they held it as long as they could. I couldn't start working until I had my license and I had just graduated and had no income. I called daily to see if I could get them to process my application more quickly. By law, they had 60 days to do so and they took every one of those 60 days. Every day I called and explained that I had no income and was waiting for one piece of paper from them to start working. Not to mention the kids on my future caseload all going another day without speech therapy every day it took. I swear they put my application on the bottom of the pile through sheer annoyance. It's ridiculous, petty beaurocrats taking what pleasure they can in making other people suffer.
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    That is awful, Mandy! Why go into a job like that if you have no compassion?

    Myles, I meant to say that Magic Treehouse is a wonderful series! If he likes magic schoolbus, as mine do to, I really think he will like MT. I just took up mamasource on a deal for a years worth of magic schoolbus science kits. I had wanted to get them that for xmas but it was too much. I got 1/2 off! I wonder if the deal is still going on? Maybe B would like it.
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