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I'm sorry I missed this! Happy belated birthday and I hope the cake was good. :)
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Happy 3-day weekend! I'm not going to Blogher this year either for the same reason -- with a kid heading to college (even if it is local and with a scholarship) we need to tighten belts. DG isn't going to Nationals either -- it's too expensive to get there.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2007 on Stuff at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Congratulations on the iPod (she wrote with grudging good will, because an 80 gig iPod with video sounds fun...)! Great report, too..thanks for giving so much detail!
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You chose wisely. BTW, I get about 300 shots before running through my batteries on the S3IS, or about 30 minutes of 640 x 480 video. Either way, it's not as much as my Nikon can get on one charge, but more than enough for the camera I carry with me for the "shot I didn't want to miss". :) Enjoy!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2007 on A Good Day at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Well, allow me to join you in the hot water, because I am in it too. My sin was daring to post video of my kid playing with someone fairly well-known. I've had nasty video takedown notices, phone calls and the whole nine yards. I am now considered a bootlegger. At least you're willing to own it. I'm still just pissed and defensive...no apologetic streak has crossed my mind yet. It would be better for everyone if I just ate crow and said I was sorry, which is what I suspect you will do. On the other hand, maybe this parent needs to hear what you had to say...and if you are confronted, you should apologize for not being direct, but not for what you said?
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The daughter murdered a RAZR a couple of months ago by putting it in the wash (in her case, the phone went through the entire cycle) -- I'd suggest a few minutes with a hair dryer just to be safe -- if any water got into the phone it could be a delayed problem -- better safe than sorry. In DG's case, if she hadn't tried to turn it on when it was wet, we could've saved it. But not only did she turn it on, she plugged in the charger. Sizzle...fizz...pop.
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Great post, Donna -- I just take issue with your self-criticism. :) I think you're a great writer -- it's why I look forward to your posts. Typepad's insistence on logging in probably has something to do with less comments -- I know I've had problems from time to time with them. Also, I think that when comments drop into a moderated queue they slow because people aren't interacting with each other the way they might if they had the 'instant feedback' thing going. This is one of the reasons I love Wordpress -- the comment spam catcher is amazing, so I can leave comments open, though I also won't hesitate to hit the 'delete' link if one is posted that's just intended to inflame,rather than interest, other readers. (I haven't had to do it yet, BTW) Anyway, I think you have more of a problem with the Typepad system than with your writing. :) Happy Passover, Karoli
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You know my story about dentists. It's so hard to overcome that fear and actually do it, so good for you for stepping up and taking care of business. The deep cleanings are not fun, but at the same time, they really do make a difference. I'm glad they're able to take care of your teeth without pulling them...I let mine go too long. Hang in there!
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You have my complete and total sympathy. we can swap stories...I swear aliens take them over. It has to be that way, don't you think? Hormones can't be all of it. Really. :)
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2007 on Foul Play at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Awesome! It's nice to have a silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud, and he did a great job. The nicest part? You know he did it to ease your mind and because he cares about you feeling safe in your own house. I'll bet that gave you a nice fuzzy feeling. :)
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I feel for ya on both counts -- not catching up on stuff that's needing to be done and dealing with the very natural fears that come when crime touches too dang close to home. There are certain things I just won't do anymore, and we live in a neighborhood that's safe by all measures. But after some guy was shot on the street right in front of our house, I nevernevernever walk the dog outside the gates, night or day, and I don't let DG walk home from school by herself -- something I probably wouldn't do anyway because of an experience I had in Jr. high. While I was sitting in insane 405 traffic last week while taking the boys to the airport I heard that gang activity has really increased in the Valley. That made me grateful to have moved when we did (though I was already, for a number of other reasons). It may be time for the Valley to separately incorporate and create it's own police force and the like -- so many resources are going into LA city gang control that the Valley is being left behind, sadly.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2007 on Distraction at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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What a crummy way to wake up in the morning. I know that feeling of being violated, too...it's awful. I'm really glad, though, that they stopped at the cars and didn't go any farther. Hugs to all of you, Karoli
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Congratulations!!! Good For YOU!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2006 on I DID IT! at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Oh, it sounds like a night in our house. Did I mention that I am the plunger queen? I can unstop the worst stoppages ever, because I do it at least once and sometimes twice a day. Props to HWSNBN for letting you post this story -- it was an encouragement to she who plunges toilets daily. :) And hey -- 2000 words is a lot of words. Particularly in a creative writing context. This is why I don't opt in to these projects -- instead of viewing them as an opportunity for creativity they become a bit of a millstone that crushes it (for me). Keep at it the best you can and have fun...don't stress! DnW
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That is just AWESOME! Frickin' awesome. Huge, high fives for her, and I certainly hope you got photos of her with the team trophy. Does she get medals or anything for placing first all-around? She's a go-getter! The cough/asthma thing is likely allergies with the Santa Anas blowing so hard lately....Sticks has the same problems. For us, the key was managing the allergies on a daily basis preventively (Zyrtec-D and Singulair) to keep him on a steady course and away from the intermittent cough attacks. You might want to consider talking to your doctor about that or having an allergist see her. SHE'S ONE AWESOME KID. Tell her I said so....she comes from good genes. :) DnW
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I can't imagine having to use FP anymore -- it's so dang convoluted! On the other hand, GoLive, like all Adobe products, seems to take about a year-long learning curve to master. That's my biggest complaint with their stuff. There are some web-based development packages - Microsoft has one (check the Live site). I haven't played with them but I've read pretty positive feedback. Good luck with the web stuff and the novel!
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I didn't think much of The Nine, but Six Degrees is definitely growing on me as long as I keep reminding myself that these shows are the 2006 equivalent of the 1980's prime-time soap operas. What's been disappointing are the openers of the shows I love -- I really didn't like the Without A Trace opener, and the CSI franchise seems a little flat out of the gate. Maybe they'll pick up some steam now that they have the cast list changes/additions all laid out for the audience. :) Glad to see a post from ya! DnW
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2006 on What's Goin' On at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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I got chills reading this -- I felt like I was sitting right there next to you! Congratulations to her again...what a wonderful accomplishment! Whether she goes on higher or not in the future, the lessons and discipline that she's learning from this sport will help her in whatever she decides to do. She's a special young lady!
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So, I know I should be incensed about the important points you and Cooper raise, but I've gotta be honest. I am SO JAZZED for your daughter and it's so delicious to be happy for her that I'm having trouble getting my dander up. For today, just CONGRATULATIONS to her. I will defer my dander for tomorrow, when I do promise to be much more attentive to that message. She does rock -- 1st all around. Good on her!
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I'm with you. I hate that school is back in session, Dancergirl has similar studio hours to your girl's gym hours, and teachers from hell. At least...one teacher from hell. Both of mine scored well on the state tests too...better than the year before. How they manage that with their lives, I do not know, but they do. It's US who get crazy trying to get everything done. Good thing there's not a standardized parent test..I'd fail.
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These are such great travel-blogs! I'm really enjoying them. I've been to all the places you've described so far and you're spot-on, so I'm bookmarking all the entries for places I haven't been so that I'll know where to go and what to do. DnW
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I must drive it tomorrow or bust!!!! Great shot and thanks for all the fun tonight. :)
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LOL, I was there! And missed you. What a dweeb, eh? I'll have to look harder at those name tags. I was having such difficulties with connectivity that I finally just used pen and paper for notes. :)
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Ah...and the Sheraton has those great beds, too. I use Priceline whenever possible and haven't yet had any complaints. :)
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In another life I was a Civil War re-enactor at Ft. Tejon. It's a beautiful place to visit and the best part of the Grapevine. I have never found that drive north to be much fun -- even the 101 gets boring after it turns inland, but the incentive is knowing what is on the other side. :) See you in a couple of days! DnW
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