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    Chrissy – can I just give you a right now? It would make me feel better too. I can hear the frustration in your “voice” and can definitely relate to that feeling that you’re being pressured on all sides. I know my stuff isn’t the same as your stuff, but with all the conflict in my family, and worries about my dad’s health, and feeling like I can’t be the kind of mom I want to be for Bodhi, I do feel life putting on the squeeze right now. I have been investing more of myself into my job than I generally want to for a job EVER (long hours, sleepless nights trying to write calculations in my head). And instead of feeling rewarded for my efforts, I feel like I’m somehow disappointing my team and my manager. I don’t know why, but I’m getting that feeling. Sometimes, I think it might just be professional insecurity on my part. Everyone always seems to know the “politically correct” thing to do in situations, whereas I feel oblivious to all these political undercurrents in the office. Maybe a part of it is that I’m always a consultant, so I’m usually the new guy and no one tells consultants anything anyway. I just want to go about my job, do the best I can, and go home feeling good about a job well done. It can’t be that way, though, because I always get this feeling that I just should have known that e.g. I couldn’t state the problem as a limitation of System A because the people who built it are going to feel offended, even if it truly is a limitation of the system. Plus the vice president already threw $6 million into building System A, so we don’t want to make her look bad for backing that horse. Crap like that. There’s more annoying stuff to share about work, but I know I’ll have other opportunities to gripe about the same things.

    So there’s the whole work thing, and then there’s the feeling that I’m carrying the family financially these days. DH is slowly getting more business, but his primary responsibility is to take care of Bodhi right now, so even if he’s working at full sail, it’s not going to be enough. I have to be the one to make sure our debt gets paid down, and the major expenses are taken care of. It really bothers me when DH gives me attitude about how I don’t do enough to take care of the household. Like this morning, he was complaining about having way more cardboard than can fit in the recycling bin and I told him to list usable boxes for sale on Craigslist. He said to me resentfully, “YOU list the boxes on Craiglist.” As if I hadn’t just worked 50 hrs last week, and spend another 1.2 hrs commuting most days so I can pay 75% of our bills, and don’t see an end in sight to all the stuff I have to do for the project that I’m on. Hearing him say that just started my day off on the wrong foot today.

    Chrissy, is your May 30 deadline totally non-negotiable? Is it a regulatory thing? I hope you can get some wiggle room into your timeline, otherwise that’ll be a huge PITA, I know.

    Jennifer, regarding the kitchen tile, I know what you mean about the cuts. I think some of the pics I posted show the little diamond-shaped tiles on them. I can’t tell you how many tiles we wasted trying to get the right cutouts for each of them. And we have the same diamonds on the floor too. It took half the amount of time of the whole project just to do those special cuts. Ugh. Yeah, I can see why you’d want your contractor to do them. We were cheap, and realized we’d save $10-15k doing the work ourselves, so that’s why we went ahead on our own.

    AmeriAsh – no, DH hasn’t told my BIL about my sister yet. DH’s own brother – the one who just got a divorce last year because his wife was cheating on him with a guy who looks like Saddam Hussein – was the one who changed his mind. His brother told him it was all going to come out in the wash one way or another, and that he didn’t want to forever have strain between himself and my family if he becomes the reason my sis and her husband split up. I don’t know about that. I mean, DH is also my BIL’s friend, so I can see the other side, how he’s withholding vital information that BIL might want to know. But it’s not for me to tell DH what to do. I already barely made up my own mind that it’s not my job to tell BIL either, so who am I to dictate anything to DH. I hate it that my sister had to even bring us into this stupid tangle in the first place. Pardon my crassness, but the woman really just needs to keep a cork in it.

    Molly, would it have to be a full commitment to the woman if you start looking after her kids? I think it might be good for Abbey as you said, and your whole layout is really good for that sort of setup, so it would be easy to get started with it. I don’t know if you’d end up driving around as much with that many kids in your care, so you’d end up at home a lot more. So that’s something to think about. Anyway, I think you should go for it as long as you leave yourself a way to exit the situation if it doesn’t feel right.

    Mandy – are you getting excited about your hubby’s visit?

    One last confession - I'm sorry how all my words get strung together when I'm typing on my phone. For some reason, the Space Bar hates me. Soifyoufindsentencesthatlooklikethis,pleaseacceptm yapologies.

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    Hugs to you Chrissy for all you're going through right now. If it helps, my DH is the same as your DH. I have just decided not to let it bother me anymore because it was stressing me out too much about 6 months ago and I was feeling to angry and like a rage was building up inside of me if that makes sense. I am the only responsible person in our house with money, do all the shopping, 80% of the childcare (if DH does do anything for the kids he takes 4 times a long or asks me a million questions like "Where's Elle's pjs?" like her pjs aren't in the same drawer they've been in since she was born, but anywho....) I also work 40-50 hours per week. I just try to focus on all his strengths right now and sometimes it is hard to find some if you know what I mean. I know it is horrible and it is, but I have even told DH this, but I do feel that eventually I'm going to get tired of him and divorce because it is too exhausting dealing with him. A part of me feels that it would never happen but I do have this feeling in my heart even though I do love him.

    Demigraf, wanted to give you hugs about your dad too and the stress you are under. It must be so difficult. I will also admit that I had to LOL at your SIL cheating on your BIL with a guy who looks like Saddam Hussein!!

    And Elle is two and usually will do things the second time that I ask her, Ky will as well. Actually Ky usually does it the first time, unlike DH. I can't remember if he did between 3 and 5 though (Ky I mean) but I doubt that he would have done something the first time at that age when Elle is way more low key and listens way better than he did and it usually takes her 2 times at the most, usually the first time I ask she does something as well. Our daycare provider is always amazed at how well she listens and I am too but I don't expect it to last much longer, she is 2.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbeysMom View Post
    So I'm wavering on working for this woman taking care of her two year old (6 days older than Abbey) a couple times a week. We could really use the $ and Abbey might really like the company, but I'm just not sure. I really like the freedom of SAHM-dom.

    And Chrissy: My husband once came home from the store with 20 cans of hot turkey chili (I'm a vegetarian and Abbey obviously won't eat anything spicy). He was so proud because they were on sale 10 for $12. I had sent him there for a gallon of whole milk. I got the chili and a gallon of 2%


    I'd give the daycare thing a go. What's the worst that could happen? You don't like it and you have to give notice that it's not working out. I don't think having 1 more will really hamper your sahm-dom. But then again, I'm insane.

    Quote Originally Posted by daylilies View Post
    Remember I told you guys my therapist asked me, "Well, does your husband do something the first time you ask? Do you do something the first time you're asked?" Yeah...no.
    That's right! I remember that! I'll have to try to be more careful about not getting annoyed too. I don't think I do often, but I'm sure it happens, especially if I'm in a hurry. And especially lately.

    Quote Originally Posted by demigraf View Post
    Chrissy – can I just give you a right now? It would make me feel better too. I can hear the frustration in your “voice” and can definitely relate to that feeling that you’re being pressured on all sides.
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    Chrissy, is your May 30 deadline totally non-negotiable? Is it a regulatory thing? I hope you can get some wiggle room into your timeline, otherwise that’ll be a huge PITA, I know.

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    One last confession - I'm sorry how all my words get strung together when I'm typing on my phone. For some reason, the Space Bar hates me. Soifyoufindsentencesthatlooklikethis,pleaseacceptm yapologies.
    Thanks. to you too because your job sounds overwhelming to me, and I'm just reading about it. What a pickle to be in. I guess I never really thought about what it could be like for a consultant.

    Our deadline is actually May 1st. I'm so stressed about it that I mentally gave myself another month. It's not going to happen...but I don't think we'll get in any real trouble for it. It's just not fun and it's a huge pain to get people to bring their laptops in to be scanned. Or even respond to our emails, actually.

    and finally... your sentancewithoutspaces cracked me up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ky'sMom View Post
    Hugs to you Chrissy for all you're going through right now. If it helps, my DH is the same as your DH. I have just decided not to let it bother me anymore because it was stressing me out too much about 6 months ago and I was feeling to angry and like a rage was building up inside of me if that makes sense. I am the only responsible person in our house with money, do all the shopping, 80% of the childcare (if DH does do anything for the kids he takes 4 times a long or asks me a million questions like "Where's Elle's pjs?" like her pjs aren't in the same drawer they've been in since she was born, but anywho....) I also work 40-50 hours per week. I just try to focus on all his strengths right now and sometimes it is hard to find some if you know what I mean. I know it is horrible and it is, but I have even told DH this, but I do feel that eventually I'm going to get tired of him and divorce because it is too exhausting dealing with him. A part of me feels that it would never happen but I do have this feeling in my heart even though I do love him.

    Erin
    gosh, I could have written this post myself. I know exactly what you mean...and I fear I'm also going to get so bitter I'll just walk away and divorce him one day. It's sad, really, because he has so many other great qualities. It's just too easy to forget them when I'm overwhelmed and he does nothing but add to my stress.

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    Ugh, I'm so tired of not being able to say no and not being able to think on my feet. I went to a free personal trainer session today not planning on buying any sessions. I walked out of there with a year long monthly session at $30 a session. Then I went to Goodyear with a coupon for a $15 oil change and walked out having spent $80 on a better oil change and a filter that needed replacing. They said there was a mouse in my car and brought out a cardboard box full of acorn shells and fluffy fur. I suspected it was a setup but I couldn't say no. I hate being a pushover.

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    Oh Kate. I hate high pressure sales! Did they charge you extra for the mouse clean-up? I have seen nests in cars before, so it's not totally unheard of.

    Ironically, when I was driving home last week I caught a reflection of something 'scamper' across the passenger side floor in my peripheral vision. It scared the crap out of me and whatever was reflecting the sunlight luckily swung the other way when I was looking so I knew it was just a reflection. If I really thought a mouse was scampering around in my car, it would not end well for me.

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    i'm sorry for all of you with stress and husband issues. I've definitely had times when I felt that way, too.

    My latest work stress is that the fridge in the staff lounge broke, all the food spoiled, and it stinks. There is an ice pack in the freezer that is soft. The site manager came by, stuck her hand in, felt the ice pack and declared that it was cold and I should "let her know when it dies." Umm ...it can't keep food frozen and it reeks of spoiled food. She said when it goes they won't replace it. I'm pretty sure a fridge they are require to have a fridge on site... We are expected to take 30 minutes for lunch so keeping food on site matters.

    Myles, I am excited. He will be home for good, not a visit. And it's soon! And I can't believe you typed all that from your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    i'm sorry for all of you with stress and husband issues. I've definitely had times when I felt that way, too.

    My latest work stress is that the fridge in the staff lounge broke, all the food spoiled, and it stinks. There is an ice pack in the freezer that is soft. The site manager came by, stuck her hand in, felt the ice pack and declared that it was cold and I should "let her know when it dies." Umm ...it can't keep food frozen and it reeks of spoiled food. She said when it goes they won't replace it. I'm pretty sure a fridge they are require to have a fridge on site... We are expected to take 30 minutes for lunch so keeping food on site matters.

    Myles, I am excited. He will be home for good, not a visit. And it's soon! And I can't believe you typed all that from your phone.
    No kiddin about typing that all out from a phone. I feel like I'm doing good if I can type/post 5 words from my phone!

    That is really rotten (pun intended) about the fridge. Of course they have to give you some place to store your food. What are they thinking? I'm annoyed on your behalf.

    It'll be great to have your dh home for good.

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    Gwenn, do you have any maintenance people or anything? Or a thermometer? There are required temperature ranges for food refrigerators, and just sticking a hand in and saying "it feels cold" may be okay if there isn't an issue, but if there is an issue you can get some backup.

    I can't believe you typed that all from your phone, either, Mylah. When I'm on my phone I browse APA but pretty much refuse to post anything.

    Kate, mouse problems in cars are actually pretty common. My mom was dead-set against getting another silver car because she superstitiously thought the mice kept getting into her hub caps and dying because they had an affinity to the color. She thought if she got a non-mouse-colored car, it would be different.


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    Tonight was heartwrenching.
    Lately when Savana loses self control she has to take a two minute break in her room. Well tonight she was screaming at me so i told her she needed to take a break. 7 out of 10 times she will take thw break quickly and she's snapped out of it but sometimes she loses it and screams, kicks her door so I give her one warning and shut her door. Tonight was the latter and about 2 minutes went by and she stopped screaming. I could here her making soft noises in there and figured she started playing as often happens.
    I was getting Kai out of the tub and dressed so sbout 15 minutes went by before I went to chech in her and she was sitting on the floor crying. Just sitting and crying quietly. For all that time. I felt like a piece of ****. I asked her if she had just been sitting there crying the whole time and she started crying harder telling me yes and she just started rambling about how she's not even mad she's just really, really sad. And that she used to have all these great stories in her head and now she can't even remember them. And you guys, she is just CRYING. Telling me how she used to love those stories and now she doesn't even care about them.
    And she did used to have great stories and imaginary creatures she made up and she hasn't been doing that. I sat on the floor and hugged her and cried too. I don't know what it is. Is it her adjusting to Sawyer? Is it OCD thoughts cluttering her mind? Is she bored?
    I desperately need time alone with her and I don't quite know how to do that. We have been reading together some books that are written for children about OCD and she's so receptive and saying yes that's how she feels and wow that's like me, Mommy! But as soon as I start talking about what she can do to change it she completely shuts down and says she can't do it.
    Oh, I just feel very much at a loss. And very much like it's at her expense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    It'll be great to have your dh home for good.
    Yes, it will.
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    They didn't charge me for the mouse cleanup but they did for the new filter of course, and they said there was also a nail in one tire that they didn't charge me for either...
    Oh Bridget, that makes me so sad. Have you ever thought about going to a therapist or other specialist for her? It sounds like there's a lot going on that I would have no idea how to handle if I wasn't going through it myself.

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    Bridget, is Savana experiencing childhood depression? I don't know much about depression in kids but loss of interest in things she loves is ringing alarm bells for me for depression...

    I haven't been able to write, either, lately...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    Tonight was heartwrenching.
    Lately when Savana loses self control she has to take a two minute break in her room. Well tonight she was screaming at me so i told her she needed to take a break. 7 out of 10 times she will take thw break quickly and she's snapped out of it but sometimes she loses it and screams, kicks her door so I give her one warning and shut her door. Tonight was the latter and about 2 minutes went by and she stopped screaming. I could here her making soft noises in there and figured she started playing as often happens.
    I was getting Kai out of the tub and dressed so sbout 15 minutes went by before I went to chech in her and she was sitting on the floor crying. Just sitting and crying quietly. For all that time. I felt like a piece of ****. I asked her if she had just been sitting there crying the whole time and she started crying harder telling me yes and she just started rambling about how she's not even mad she's just really, really sad. And that she used to have all these great stories in her head and now she can't even remember them. And you guys, she is just CRYING. Telling me how she used to love those stories and now she doesn't even care about them.
    And she did used to have great stories and imaginary creatures she made up and she hasn't been doing that. I sat on the floor and hugged her and cried too. I don't know what it is. Is it her adjusting to Sawyer? Is it OCD thoughts cluttering her mind? Is she bored?
    I desperately need time alone with her and I don't quite know how to do that. We have been reading together some books that are written for children about OCD and she's so receptive and saying yes that's how she feels and wow that's like me, Mommy! But as soon as I start talking about what she can do to change it she completely shuts down and says she can't do it.
    Oh, I just feel very much at a loss. And very much like it's at her expense.
    Huge hugs Bridget.

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    Oh, Bridget, that is so distressing. I'm so sorry she is so sad. Is it all the time that she feels sad or do you think that her emotions carry her off sometimes? I know that at times I get more sad when I cry and it tends to feed off of itself until the only thing to do is go to bed and hope that I feel better the next day, and usually there is an emotional hangover for several days at least. I hope you can find a way to help her.

    Myles, I am sorry about your Dad. That would make me feel upset and unsettled. It is so worrisome when parents start displaying signs of getting old. I just hate it that my own mom over 65, approaching 70. Scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia View Post
    Gwenn, do you have any maintenance people or anything? Or a thermometer? There are required temperature ranges for food refrigerators, and just sticking a hand in and saying "it feels cold" may be okay if there isn't an issue, but if there is an issue you can get some backup.

    I can't believe you typed that all from your phone, either, Mylah. When I'm on my phone I browse APA but pretty much refuse to post anything.

    Kate, mouse problems in cars are actually pretty common. My mom was dead-set against getting another silver car because she superstitiously thought the mice kept getting into her hub caps and dying because they had an affinity to the color. She thought if she got a non-mouse-colored car, it would be different.
    About your mom.

    And as far as the thermometer in the fridge Mandy, I can't believe I totally forgot that they are supposed to have one...at least, in NY we do. When I worked as a receptionist at one place, one of my duties was to read it every day. If it got below a certain temp (can't remember what now!) I was supposed to notify everyone and all the food was to be considered garbage and tossed out. And either the fridge would need to be repaired or replaced before it could be used again. It was a health department law. I'm sure each state has one to protect employees.

    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    Tonight was heartwrenching.
    Lately when Savana loses self control she has to take a two minute break in her room. Well tonight she was screaming at me so i told her she needed to take a break. 7 out of 10 times she will take thw break quickly and she's snapped out of it but sometimes she loses it and screams, kicks her door so I give her one warning and shut her door. Tonight was the latter and about 2 minutes went by and she stopped screaming. I could here her making soft noises in there and figured she started playing as often happens.
    I was getting Kai out of the tub and dressed so sbout 15 minutes went by before I went to chech in her and she was sitting on the floor crying. Just sitting and crying quietly. For all that time. I felt like a piece of ****. I asked her if she had just been sitting there crying the whole time and she started crying harder telling me yes and she just started rambling about how she's not even mad she's just really, really sad. And that she used to have all these great stories in her head and now she can't even remember them. And you guys, she is just CRYING. Telling me how she used to love those stories and now she doesn't even care about them.
    And she did used to have great stories and imaginary creatures she made up and she hasn't been doing that. I sat on the floor and hugged her and cried too. I don't know what it is. Is it her adjusting to Sawyer? Is it OCD thoughts cluttering her mind? Is she bored?
    I desperately need time alone with her and I don't quite know how to do that. We have been reading together some books that are written for children about OCD and she's so receptive and saying yes that's how she feels and wow that's like me, Mommy! But as soon as I start talking about what she can do to change it she completely shuts down and says she can't do it.
    Oh, I just feel very much at a loss. And very much like it's at her expense.
    My words are inadequate to describe how much my heart aches for both you and her. I have no advice to offer and it breaks my heart. I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix it.

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    Bridget.
    Not sure what books you have been looking at but this is one we have in our library http://www.amazon.com/What-When-Brai...1584697&sr=8-1
    It's a bit older in age than Savana but maybe it would be ok since you would be reading it with her. We also have the what to do when you worry and what to do when your temper flares.....all three are very good books.

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    AI talk.....so who is going home????? Favorites of the night? I just love me some Elton John and really liked knowing all the songs. Was a bit surprised nobody did Can You Feel the Love Tonight..... But one of my favorite songs of all time is Your Song and that was performed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmosmom View Post
    Bridget.
    Not sure what books you have been looking at but this is one we have in our library http://www.amazon.com/What-When-Brai...1584697&sr=8-1
    It's a bit older in age than Savana but maybe it would be ok since you would be reading it with her. We also have the what to do when you worry and what to do when your temper flares.....all three are very good books.
    Thanks. That's exactly the one Abbeysmom told me about and the one we were reading last night. Today she has been asking me if I have any "junk thoughts" so i've been sharing with her some of the things I used to do as a kid. I used to worry about germs just like her but I would blow on my skin thinking I was blowing the germs away.

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    I haven't watched all of AI yet. I only got up to James (who I predicted would be doing that song )
    I'm worried about one of Josh's friends. We were at the playground yesterday and she fell off a climbing thing and wouldn't stop crying. She wouldn't say what hurt. They went home. Today she wasn't at school, nobody called to say she wouldn't be there and nobody answered their phone. Good thoughts, please.
    Oh! A mutual friend just called. She talked to the girl's dad. Apparently the girl has a scratch on her leg, but she's okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    My words are inadequate to describe how much my heart aches for both you and her. I have no advice to offer and it breaks my heart. I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix it.
    I feel the same way Bridget. Poor Savana. That is just heartbreaking to hear about her crying like that and feeling so sad.

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    Thank you ladies. Today has been good. This morning we made a book of all her pretend creatures. She mentioned at one point that the movies we watch on friday are all she can think about and that they push the stories out of her head. I thought that was quite profound.
    All day we have been working on getting rid of the "junk thoughts" to make room in her head for her pretend stories. I also did a puppet show where all the puppets shared their thoughts and had the kids yell out if that thought went to the junk pile or the keep pile. Savana was very involved and laughing and giggling the whole time. One puppet said, "When my mommy puts me in a timeout I think that means she does not love me." Savana said that was a very junky thought but her little chin quivered like she wanted to cry.
    I'm going to come up with something different than timeouts when she needs a breather.

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    Bridget, you are phenomenal and I'm sitting here at my desk fighting back tears for you. Tears of happiness, pride, and hope for both of you.

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    Jesi used again. If she does it one more time, she's going to rehab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    Jesi used again. If she does it one more time, she's going to rehab.


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    Oh, Chrissy.
    Did she tell you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missychrissy View Post
    Bridget, you are phenomenal and I'm sitting here at my desk fighting back tears for you. Tears of happiness, pride, and hope for both of you.
    You are phenomenal, Bridget. That's exactly the word.

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    Jesi used again. If she does it one more time, she's going to rehab.
    Oh, Chrissy.

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    And as far as the thermometer in the fridge Mandy, I can't believe I totally forgot that they are supposed to have one...at least, in NY we do. When I worked as a receptionist at one place, one of my duties was to read it every day. If it got below a certain temp (can't remember what now!) I was supposed to notify everyone and all the food was to be considered garbage and tossed out. And either the fridge would need to be repaired or replaced before it could be used again. It was a health department law. I'm sure each state has one to protect employees.
    Chrissy, that's NY ... this is AZ. Monitoring the fridge temp? That's crazy talk! Kidding - but I've lived in both states and let me tell you, it's very different here. That said, I wonder if OSHA would be interested to hear about the refrigerator?

    I confess this parent showed up for an appointment today half an hour early. It was 12:30 and since half of the trailer that we use for our office is the staff lounge, several of us were sitting around eating and chatting. Instead of going into the main office where parents check in, the woman walked into our office along with her 2 year old daughter. I was eating and had spilled a package of soy sauce all over my pants. She announced she was here for the meeting and I commented that she was really early and we weren't expecting her yet, and she said she didn't mind and she would just sit in the corner and play with her daughter (with our testing materials) while we finished eating. Does that strike you as odd? My co-worker convinced her to wait in the waiting room while we finished, cleaned up, and got the paperwork in order for our meeting. She was nice and everything, it just came across a little strange.
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    DH just called me! He's in the US!!! Of course, the stupid cell phone dropped his call, but I feel so much better knowing he's back here!
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    Yay Gwenn!
    That is kind of weird about the client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgetwu75 View Post
    Oh, Chrissy.
    Did she tell you?
    She only told me because tonight was her counseling session and her counselor did a surprise drug test. Otherwise I don't believe for a minute she would have told me.

    She says it was just once since 2/17, but he's sending her sample away to test the level. He'll be able to tell whether she was being truthful or not. I guess from my perspective, it doesn't really matter if it was 1 or 100 times. She's throwing her life away. Whether she thinks it should be legal or not, it's NOT legal now and the ramifications of this can haunt her for a very, very long time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    DH just called me! He's in the US!!! Of course, the stupid cell phone dropped his call, but I feel so much better knowing he's back here!
    Mandy, I'm so happy for you! and him of course.

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