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Laura
Mount Laurel, NJ
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I just want to direct your attention over to Shannon @ Welcome to the Nuthouse. She's running a 48-hour auction to benefit a dear family friend in a time of crisis. Please do her a favor and check it out. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2009 at thicker than water
Gordana sounds like a wonderful woman; hopefully she can still stay a part of your lives in some capacity. I have so much admiration for you and the decision you're making. I know how much second-guessing I do as a parent of one child who, up to this point (knock wood and pray to God) hasn't had much in the way of special needs. To add that dimension to your caregiving concerns must be truly overwhelming some days. Hang in there!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2009 on My Hardest Break Up - By Far at DC Metro Moms
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Dear Dr. Yancy: I am writing to inform you of a disappointing encounter I had with one of your volunteers this past weekend. Before I detail the exchange, I would like to say that I have made several donations to your organization during the course of my lifetime, and I will continue to do so. However, I felt obligated to pass along this information in light of the AHA's position on promoting healthier lifestyles, as stated in your Ethics Policy: "At the American Heart Association we are dedicated to working with our employees, volunteers, partners, vendors and customers to build... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2009 at thicker than water
Thank you everyone for your sweet comments! I really wish I had more time to spend in the kitchen on a regular basis, although maybe it's for the best given my lack of willpower.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on mmm...cake at thicker than water
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Mmm...I could seriously use a good bottle of vino. Thanks for the tag, man. Come to think of it, maybe I should skip the wine and pick up a six-pack.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on wanted by the karma police at thicker than water
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Can I put that on a needlepoint pillow so I can read those words every day?! I am SO bad at that.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on wanted by the karma police at thicker than water
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What sage words---"the little stories we tell that keep the fabric of our relationships intact." I know whenever a friend confesses to making up an excuse to avoid doing something because they're feeling overscheduled, my response is almost always: Saying no doesn't make you a bad person. I think I need to start taking my own advice---thank you so much for reminding me of that!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on wanted by the karma police at thicker than water
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You are so right...it's all about getting through the day! I think that's why this is so therapeutic for me. Putting things into writing gives me perspective so I can do just that---get through. Thanks so much for your words of support and encouragement.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on wanted by the karma police at thicker than water
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It's funny, whenever I write a post like this, it's very therapeutic. Especially after I look back at the comments, I realize that I was freaking out somewhat needlessly. Maybe I've got a little of my parents' "mountains out of molehills" mindset! Thanks so much for the tip on Interfaith Caregivers--I didn't realize that you and I must practically be neighbors! I wish I could get my parents to relocate closer to me because there aren't many resources like this where they live (in Millersville, PA, near Lancaster). I've contacted every grocery store/supermarket/farmer's market/fruit stand within a 25-mile radius of their home and not one delivers. You would think that at least one would either want to be modern and progressive and cater to busy working people or provide old-fashioned customer service, but I haven't had the fortune of encountering one yet. I've ordered some things through online retailers in a pinch, but it's hard to find a single source that carries any variety of products. Until something like that comes along, they've hired a woman who they pay by the hour to run errands for them and take to appointments (it alleviated their problem of feeling like they were imposing on friends and neighbors). My brother, who is 9 years older than I am and whose only son is about to turn 15, lives about an hour closer to them than I do. I've told him reportedly that things have to change, but I don't get much response. I suppose I could (should?) press him harder, but I do realize that I'm also serving as my mom's shrink when I come to visit and I know she values that time we spend together.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on wanted by the karma police at thicker than water
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And for a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself ~ Radiohead, 1997 I try not to lose sleep thinking about the afterlife, because, frankly, I have enough things in the here-and-now to give me insomnia. Still, a phone call I placed the other day makes me wonder if I'm truly a cold, selfish you-know-what who will be judged harshly when my time has come. Allow me a moment to step back to one week ago. I called my parents in a panic because our condo neighbor downstairs was throwing around words like "lawyer" and "I'm not the one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2009 at thicker than water
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I have to laugh about your Mafia comment, because I just don't get it. I felt like I was connecting with a girl I went to high school with because it seemed like our lives had become more similar with the passage of time, but then she lost her job. Now, her only status updates consist of begging for more "family" to help her get more points. Wouldn't all that free time be better utilized doing something to restore your income? Call me crazy.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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I'm so glad you stopped by---it's been interesting to hear everyone's take on the subject. I know what you mean about the sensation of spying...I look at photo albums and don't know anyone in the pictures but my "friend," and wonder how the other parties feel about total strangers looking in on their lives.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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I too have a hard time saying no to people, and I really try to avoid burning bridges. Given the ages of these girls, I'm sure they've given no consideration to Facebook diplomacy. In such cases, I'm especially sensitive to the possibility of coming off sounding like a heel!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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I like the term "dumping ground." The good news is that my depressed caregiver seems to have moved on and is no longer dwelling on the status of her love life in her posts. The bad news is that I'm becoming so jaded that my response to the bulk of the status updates I read is, "who cares?" FB has been a great tool to help me reconnect with people I went to high school with who I mistakenly thought I had nothing in common with, but in other cases, it's just confirming that I really don't feel compelled to reconnect with a lot of my so-called friends.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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The community brings me comfort (and much needed sanity checks) even when I'm feeling most crazed. I will most definitely track you down---I'm compiling my list of questions to ask everyone I meet in person!
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I haven't encountered the suggestive pics yet, but I am becoming more and more put off by some political commentary that ends up on my wall. I haven't defriended anyone over it yet, but it has made me much more conscious of the kinds of things that I "Become a Fan" of.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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Hi Cara, I like your characterization of kids "collecting" friends. It does seem to be a numbers game, doesn't it? If you looked at my Facebook profile and believed that I truly had 92 friends, I'd have to say that you're sadly mistaken!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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Hi Christy --- I'm happy to report, that after a week's vacation, my melancholy caregiver seems to have snapped out of her funk and her posts have returned to their original innocuous nature. You gave me a useful tip though---I didn't realize that I could customize my settings to the extent of blocking individual status updates. In hearing what some others have said to me, these high school girls might notice defriending more than the average Facebook user, so I'll probably rely on my privacy settings to keep everyone at arm's length.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on will you friend me? at thicker than water
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Okay, let me catch my breath! My apologies to anyone out there paying attention who noticed that I've been MIA since last week. I've got one two-word excuse: Ryan's birthday. Granted, I took off from work last Friday with the express intent of feeling less harried as I finished (um, started... continued... finished) preparing for a family gathering on Sunday followed by a celebration at daycare on Monday, his actual birthday. Ironically, the child has been answering the question "how old are you going to be?" with "2 in August" for the past 2 months, yet he refused to believe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2009 at thicker than water
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Okay, I admit that my first instinct is generally to avoid anything that causes me to make a verb out of a noun (is that some kind of reverse gerund?).* And then I usually realize that my being a stickler for grammar has once again caused me to be left in the dust. So, there I was, late on the bandwagon, joining Facebook in November 2008. Yes, 2008, for crying out loud. Now, I'm not even going to get into a discussion of Twitter, even though you guys are slowly getting me to warm to the idea of setting up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2009 at thicker than water
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Oh, that would be so fun...I may even buy some red shoes for the occasion! But I do need to do some homework between now and then...my nerves have a tendency to get the better of me when meeting new people, so I need to be sure I'm at least speaking the same language as everyone there.
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Hi, Christy---thank you so much for the encouraging words and the tip! I do like that I've got a fairly simple, clean design, and my current color scheme appeals to me---but it bugs me that somebody else out there might be using the same template that I am. I've been seeing so many pretty ones out there, so now that I've got my feet wet I feel ready to take things up a notch (even if it's just a little notch). I'll have to check out your designer...stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on a day in the life at thicker than water
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Hi Christy---thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am most definitely reading...I truly wish I didn't have to sleep because there's so much good stuff out there. I'll have to check out Marinka's tips because I really feel like I could use some remedial help. A lot of the tip sites out there seem to be speaking a language I barely understand, so I clearly have a lot of catching up to do. As for my pasted comment, I feel really embarrassed about that. Obviously, infertility and adoption are very emotional topics, and I found myself feeling quite a few pangs in my gut as I looked back on my own experiences. With these thoughts so fresh in my mind as I read your post less than 24 hours later, I felt compelled to write to you but tried to bypass the route of re-opening old wounds again by taking a shortcut. It was a cheesy thing to do, and I feel as though I cheapened the exchange after you poured out your heart. I've learned my lesson, and I truly hope that you will accept my apologies.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on baby bites at thicker than water
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I completely agree! If there's some way of doing this already, I haven't stumbled upon it. Blogger seems to make things very easy for its users, but I purposely chose Typepad because I had heard that it offered greater capabilities---but I'm still waiting for that to pan out. And now everywhere I read that I need to get on Twitter if I really want to be found. Do I really need to work yet another site (besides Facebook) to prevent myself from being invisible?
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2009 on What's Following All About? at Everything Typepad
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Before I begin, I want to thank those of you who took time to comment on my “Getting Serious” post about my newfound sense of blogging purpose. As I wrote that post, I was feeling a little stressed about my dwindling bank account and probably gave a little too much emphasis to trying to eek out some advertising dollars for my blog. You guys gave me a much-appreciated reality check, and, during the interim, I finally had a check in my mailbox [cue trumpet fanfare] and connected with a freelance client that will be a little more of a sure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2009 at thicker than water