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    Although I only worked on frogs, our lab had rats. I can't believe I never checked that.

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    LOL, rat balls!

    Although, I have no right to talk. We're still waiting for M to mature before neutering. Those testicles are very impressive, I must say. And difficult to not notice.

    Bridget, the glue traps are THE most inhumane way to catch a mouse, period. Honestly, it's worse than killing them quickly because they get stuck and sometimes they suffer and starve to death. Absolutely horrid. Our rental house was infested with mice. I started with one, and DH doesn't like to kill animals. I think he put it outside once, but it moved back in and lived behind our stove where the cat couldn't catch it. Stove mouse, as s/he was known, was adorable and one of the family in an odd way. Until we became overrun with so many mice the entire house was infested. It was AWFUL. Don't let it happen.

    Mice are cute and can make great pets - but I have no desire for one personally after that experience.

    Suja, good for you for helping that woman. How sad no one stopped to help.
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    Suja, I wonder how you could not notice (like with a Rottweiler - kinda hard to miss).

    I'll just leave this here. Male vs. female rat. *oh, and I made it small... because no one needs to see that up close.

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    I. Can't. Unsee. It.

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    Have I ever mentioned that I love you girls?
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    Omfg....

    my sister had a rat and liked her but I wouldn't go by it. My kid wants a rat or critter other than dog.....my reply will be when you get your own house. I mean the kid will always have a dog and that will have to be enough. And a girl dog because balls are not meant to be seen and I don't think a dog wants to wear pants. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Have I ever mentioned that I love you girls?

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    How does that rat not step on those balls...or hurt them. I mean it looks like they would drag on the ground.

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    Speaking of gigantic parts of male anatomy... S. drew his first two actual people drawings in the past week. Face, body, arms, legs, eyes, etc. Before this it was pretty much just scribbles. His second person drawing had an enormous dingbat (he used the anatomically correct term when describing it, and so would I, but I don't know what the filters or web crawlers look for). He told me it was a picture of himself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Have I ever mentioned that I love you girls?
    Do you love us because we don't have balls, or because we show you pictures of balls? Have to know.


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    Because you show me pictures of balls, of course! Paired with sarcastic commentary, which goes without saying.

    And I am delighted to hear that S has such a - well-endowed - self-image.
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    I got back just in time to catch the giant balls conversation (and pic, thanks Gretchen!). It's so good to be home!

    We've been out in the snow! Maiya wanted nothing to do with it last year, but was SO EXCITED this year. We had fun! Not bad for a 24 hour vacation.

    I'm so sorry to hear about all the sick kids. Getting to be that time of year, ugh. I hope everyone's feeling better soon- including the Moms!! Get some sleep.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmosmom View Post
    Omfg....

    my sister had a rat and liked her but I wouldn't go by it. My kid wants a rat or critter other than dog.....my reply will be when you get your own house. I mean the kid will always have a dog and that will have to be enough. And a girl dog because balls are not meant to be seen and I don't think a dog wants to wear pants. LOL
    Gretchen wins the internets, for getting Jennifer to use the F-word.

    Maybe we mostly had female rats. That would explain the lack of balls.

    S is just too much! He is already inflating his numbers!

    Janet, glad you had a good time. Our winter was too warm last year, but this one is shaping up to be a lot colder, and we should be able to go skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    And I am delighted to hear that S has such a - well-endowed - self-image.

    This. That is so funny and you should keep that picture for him when he's older. LOL

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    LOL Suja...actually I can have a bit of a potty mouth at times. Never at work, not usually around my parents...the first time they heard an f-bomb out of me was after I was married and my dad told there was a mouse in the ceiling....one of those box lights and sure enough a freaking mouse was up there. Dad tried to push a corner up and drop the mouse into the bucket I had but the mouse didn't fall straight but at an angle and started running around. I think I said in all the yelling and screaming going on, get the effing mouse. LOL I ended up catching it trapping it by the tail with my bucket and my mom wacked it with a broom. Bye bye mouse!

    My MIL is a bad influence...she's got a mouth like a trucker so I tend to swear more when we are hanging out. And she's the one who got me into drinking brandy 7up.

    Janet, I was LOL at your snow pictures, especially the first ones. That was just a dusting or frost.

    I have never been skiing. Do you do cross country or downhill Suja? I'm just really uncoordinated so me skiing is probably a bad idea. Sledding I can do. Though last time we did that, after two times walking back up the hill, I was done. LOL

    It was a whole 9 degrees this morning by us.....kind of chilly but the sun is shining.

    Anyone's travel being affected the storm going up the east coast?

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    We only have to go around the corner for Thanksgiving, but man, is it miserable out there! I had to drive to Josh's school to drop off a form for Disney on Ice that I forgot to put in his bag. Then I figured I'd go to Walgreens to pick up a few things instead of braving the grocery store or Target the day before Thanksgiving. It is just downpouring out there. I just read that some of the balloons in the Macy's parade won't be able to go out if the wind keeps up I hope everyone stays safe through the storm!
    We are reaching the age where the genitals are fascinating here too. Josh makes comic books with a character he named Captain Vader. He's an inverted triangle with a little ball shape on top of his head. He recently told me that the point of the triangle is his uh...privates. (I too am trying to avoid using the proper word, but Josh said it)

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    Jennifer, I don't ski at all. I want to learn, though. Downhill looks scary, so maybe cross country, or bunny slopes. The problem here is that it isn't reliably cold or snowy, and the prospect of driving a long ways to freeze my tuckus off - not that appealing. But, I do want Mira to at least get a chance to try all this stuff. She want to do ice skating, but mommy doesn't do that either, and even most of the classes for this age group requires an adult who knows how to skate to be out there with the kids.

    I think we need to see Captain Vader!

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    I know some people who ski, we definitely have the cold and snow....but sometimes too much of the cold. Like in Jan....it's really too cold usually to do much of anything outside. I didn't know that they wanted adults out there for ice skating too. That sucks. I wonder if they do here. Hockey is pretty big here...high school games are sold out and covered quite well on TV.
    A lot of snowmobilers too. That I could consider trying but it would be expensive as I don't have the proper outwear for winter things and we would have to rent snowmobiles.

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    Love S's drawing! Obviously not lacking in self-confidence! I would love to see it, although I suppose not here. Does a child's drawing count as obscene?
    I want to see Captain Vader, too. Josh is so creative.

    I talked to DD this morning about the rats and I mentioned again how I hope she gets girls. She said she will be choosing them for personality, "not on their outward appearance," and suggested that I was not very nice for judging the poor boy rats on their, er, appendages. She also said that she thinks rat balls are much different than, say, man balls, because man balls "are all sweaty and sticky," (she imagines, but obviously she's not wrong), while rat balls are "fuzzy and soft." I agree that the fuzziness is an improvement, but I still feel like it would squick me out to handle a critter whose danglies would rest on my shoulder if he was perched there.

    Also, I do believe I've found a new favorite expletive. "Ratballs" has a great ring to it. "Ratballs! I just dripped ice cream on my sweater." "Which one of you little ratballs just pinched me?" And so on.
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    Soft and fuzzy....still ratballs!

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    Travis still draws himself sometimes with 3 "legs". LOL

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    OMG boys are funny little dudes.

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    We were just in Target and I overheard a young woman saying, "I forgot to get Harry's balls!"

    I don't know what the context was, but I though of this thread immediately.
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    I can't stop giggling.

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    Ratballs!! Does have a nice ring to it. But I dread the day Maiya asks "Why "balls", Momma?"

    You know how Freud always claimed there was such a thing as (are we avoiding the correct term?) p-envy. I think Freud got it backwards. We women have p-freedom, whereas poor males have to deal with those "danglies" all the time! Boobs are bad enough, I'm so glad I don't have to deal with anything between my legs, too.

    And I have say, as the Mom to a male dog, I'm really, really glad he's neutered! For more reasons than one, of course, but the aesthetics is definitely a part of that.

    Don't worry, it's way too warm here for snow, too. But, it was only a 4 hour drive away to get to the snow. I love where I live! Jennifer, I know, it is funny! Just a little frost... But that's in Tahoe, it is well known for getting REAL snow, too. Just not right now, too early. I had to take advantage of hubby being home and able to go, plus I figured a quick one night trip will let me know if it's worth it to go longer. Last we were there a few days, and since she hated the snow, it was a bit of a waste of a few days! Didn't want a repeat of that, ya know.

    We're all exhausted here. It's amazing how one 24 hour trip (which included a girl WAY too excited to sleep, in the hotel room, which prevented ALL of us from sleeping at all) can wear you out so much. Poor Maiya is exhausted, but has been really amazingly good. A bit volatile, but not nearly as fussy and cranky as she usually gets when she's tired. Poor hubby, though. We go up to see his mom for the first time, since, well, last Thanksgiving, and he's so worried that Maiya will be really tired and cranky (which is a valid concern). And that will be the only thing his mom knows about her! I'm not really looking forward to it. Normally, she has all her husband's family over, so we just kind of do our own thing and get lost in the shuffle. For some reason, it seems as though none of them will be there this year, so it will be just her, her husband, and us. We'll actually have to TALK to her. It's going to be awkward! Luckily, Maiya's really good at talking non stop, so hopefully I won't have to try to make conversation! Heh.

    But, on that note, I am tired, and my internet is sucking tonight, so I think I will put on a movie and then go to bed early! Good night!



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    The drawing is totally not obscene. It is barely recognizable as a person, let alone a person with a well-endowed appendage.


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    You know, I was thinking there is probably no reason we should avoid the word penis for fear of attracting people looking for porn or whatever, because there are plenty of threads about circ'ing and cleaning baby penises and such, that it's probably too late at this point to stop now. LOL.
    Next time I think of it I'll take a pic of Captain Vader for you guys.

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    You make a great point. In fact, I could tell right at the beginning that the thrust of your post would lead to the conclusion I was anticipating. No need to avoid the actual word.

    Hope you all have a happy ending to your Thanksgivings!

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    Well, I'm glad we're no longer avoiding the word penis, because I must share this story with you all. Completely on her own, unprompted, unknowing of this thread, Maiya sang this song on the way home tonight (when she SHOULD have been sleeping). Roughly to the tune of "Wheels on the bus".

    Boys have the penises, penises, penises. Boys have the penises, all around the town.
    Girls have the uteruses, uteruses, uteruses. Girls have the uteruses, all around the town.

    Yeah. 3 year olds!

    So Thanksgiving day was interesting. Just hubby's mom and her husband, and us three. Not surprisingly, the three of them spent most of the time watching TV (without sound, even!) while I played with Maiya. When she was not glued to the TV, that is. I'm so used to my parents, I always expect her Grandparents to want to play with her, or at least talk to her. Guess I shouldn't expect that!

    In other news, Maiya has been asking frequently to go see her SLP again, so I emailed her to see if she would humor my preschooler. I don't think she NEEDS an in person meeting (we've been communicating over email), but she wants it, I like rewarding her when she's been putting in this much effort. In other news, my 2 1/2 year old nephew, who is very smart and has great (average, at least) receptive language, only has about 4 words (spoken and signed), so he's starting therapy next week. I don't know if it's EI, an SLP, or what, but I'm glad he's getting help, too. I know Maiya's loved it and it's helped her, even if she didn't really "need" it!

    Speaking of therapists... I think I've decided to see a marriage counselor. I love my husband, and he's a great guy, but we have some issues. We've had them for a long, long time. Basically, the length of our relationship. But, well, when we first started seeing each other / got married, he was very willing to work with me on them, and really worked WITH me, so that was enough. I've often said that I know he's the right guy because we can work through anything together. Well, lately, he's just not working WITH me anymore. Everything becomes a "fight" (more like a disagreement? But it's negative, anyway.).

    I mentioned Maiya tonight did not sleep on the way home. Well, he got very mad at her because she "refused" to fall asleep. I tried to explain to him that she's only 3, and it's not that she refuses to, she just doesn't know how to settle down when she's so tired and overwhelmed and overstimulated. His response? "Fine, you're always right and I'm always wrong."

    If this was a one time occurrence, I'd probably brush it off. But lately, it's been happening a lot. I feel like, the last month or two, we have not been able to talk AT ALL about anything without it turning in to a "fight". I keep putting that in quotes because we don't really fight, per se, there's no yelling or name calling or anything, but there is anger and disagreement and it's overall very negative. And that's the only type of interaction I feel like we've had in two or so months. Which, yes, does exactly correspond with when I gave up STC. Is there a connection? Does this really stem all from me? I don't know. So I'm hoping that maybe someone can help us work this out.

    I'm not totally decided yet, though, because our insurance doesn't cover marriage counseling, and every ONE session is more than $100! Gah.

    Anyway, I've been looking online, and have no clue what I'm looking for! What do you all think of this person? I like that she mentions sex therapy (our sex life is kind of crummy, too, which I blame mostly on STC) and infertility. She's the only one close by that mentions both. But I don't know... $110 - $120 PER SESSION is crazy!! And, when I say "close", I mean she's in the city, which SUCKS, but no one on this side of the bay has anything to do with infertility.

    I REALLY hate that she's in the city. Boo. So, I've picked a second choice. What do you think of this one? She doesn't seem to be quite exactly what I'm looking for, but at least she talks a lot about grief and coping, both of which I think I need help with in regards to my STC and loss. I don't know. At least she's on this side of the bay!

    Of course, if any of you are better with Googling and might find someone better, or something better, I'm open to options!

    Also, just to add a bit of intrigue... I've started wheezing today. Not sure why. I had asthma as a kid, and this reminds me a lot of it. But I haven't had that in something like 25 years. Maiya and my Dad both are just getting over a cold that was deeply in their lungs, I worry that I'm fighting the same thing, though I have no other symptoms, except a mild headache. Hmm...

    Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving!!
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    Oh, I hope you can work it out. It sounds like every conversation I have with my DH. He resorts to saying "I'm wrong, you're right" when he wants to just drop it. He doesn't get it that I want him to see *why* he's wrong and I'm right. ;)

    I noticed that therapist focuses on LGBT issues. I wonder if she doesn't have as much experience with straight couples.

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