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07-10-2013, 11:58 AM
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My twins are in preschool in my town and I'm like that too. We go to meet with the teachers about their IEP's, and I'm a giant PITA. My wife gets mad at me when I voice my disapproval about something, but I don't care. If you don't advocate for your kids at that age, who will?
Right on brother.
I switched my daughter out of 2 preschools because of it. When I "tour" your school prior signing my daughter up and I bring up my concerns and you persuade me that "things aren't like that here", guess what, When i find out that "They are" you will hear from me. And hear from me, and hear from me.

One time, ONE TIME hearing "do you know how many children are in this school". That one time was enough times for me to tell the owner "no I don't know how many kids are in your school but I do know there aren't enough teachers"

The wife doesn't argue any more, she just hangs her head while I "take care of business".

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As far as bags go, I only have one. I got a leather sling bag from Duluth Trading Post For Women and I paid $ 80, the most I have ever spent on a bag. I love it.

I've never understood my fellow females' obsession with matching shoes/bag/whatever. I get one bag that goes with everything and I don't drive myself crazy.

But then I am a life member of the less is more school.
Undies, bras, dresses, flip flops, Vera bags, and bruins jerseys for me.

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I'm a sunglasses guy as far as any type of accessories go...which is funny cause 2 years ago I would have told you a 10 dollar pair of aviators will do the same...until I met Mr. Maui Jim.

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My wife has 3 big Vera bags, a smaller vera bag, a vera baby bag, a vera wristlet, and I still owe her a vera bag for Mothers day (they were sold out of the style and pattern she wanted).

That **** is like crack to women.
I think they're hideous. Sorry. Just don't get it.

nor do I in any way understand this weird jewelry trend with charm bracelets.

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She charges us $30 a day.
Everyone tells us that is a deal.
The YMCA of greater springfield charges 65$ a week, but that's still a great deal

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I got this bag for Christmas.

http://www.verabradley.com/product/C...2/p/154766.uts

I can fit a pair of heels, my iPad and charger and my lunch in the main part of the bag. There are 6 pockets on the inside and they are all filled.

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I think they're hideous. Sorry. Just don't get it.

nor do I in any way understand this weird jewelry trend with charm bracelets.
Alex & Ani or Pandora?

I never got the Pandora thing, but I love me some Alex and Ani.

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This is a fascinating topic, and I also love both.

Hash browns are excellent when cooked on a flat top because you get the best of both worlds...the outside layer is nice and crusty, and the inside layers are soft. IMO, ihop has the best hash browns around, and also their pancakes are far superior to Bickfords.

Homefries have a bit more substance to them, but in my experience, it's more difficult to get the seasoning to potato ration corroect. When done well, a good home fry is hard to beat.
When Mike mentioned hash browns, these were exactly what I envisioned. Done right, they are better than home fries.

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As far as bags go, I only have one. I got a leather sling bag from Duluth Trading Post For Women and I paid $ 80, the most I have ever spent on a bag. I love it.

I've never understood my fellow females' obsession with matching shoes/bag/whatever. I get one bag that goes with everything and I don't drive myself crazy.

But then I am a life member of the less is more school.
Same here. I buy one (large) bag and use it until it falls apart.

It has to be big because I use it to carry my lunch to work. And books.

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I forgot how much I like grits
We were just discussing grits today at lunch. So good. I also discovered cheese grits, which can be excellent, or done very poorly. Hard to mess up good ol' plain grits.

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Dad has improved tremendously the past 24 hours. He is off the ventilator completely.
When I went to see him yesterday evening he was sitting on the side of the bed scarfing down lasagna- they are really pushing him to eat in order to rebuild his strength. I couldnt believe my eyes....48 hours earlier he was in critical condition & dying. He will be having respiratory therapy starting today and eventually he will be discharged to a nursing home for further rehabilitation.

While I am tremendously relieved I am also very concerned that this quick turnaround in his condition will only give him another reason to keep denying the overall seriousness of his situation. I am not at all sure he realizes just how close he came to dying- he doesn't remember anything that happened in the ER. He was stunned when my mother told him what had gone down. Modern medicine can do incredible things but it can also lead to unrealistic expectations.

Thank you all again for your support & understanding. You rock.
This is fabulous news! glad to hear he's on the rebound, Betsy!

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I bought a new work bag at Vera yesterday and spent $370 on....girly items.

I ain't even mad. WORTH IT.
Dayum! That's like a whole season of hockey! I'd much rather get the ice time. But that's because I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag that holds everything I ever need it too. And it doesn't have to match.

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My twins are in preschool in my town and I'm like that too. We go to meet with the teachers about their IEP's, and I'm a giant PITA. My wife gets mad at me when I voice my disapproval about something, but I don't care. If you don't advocate for your kids at that age, who will?
Almost every teacher, specialist and aide I've dealt with regarding my son's IEPs welcomes parental advocation with open arms. The only difficulties I've ever had (and I've had more than a few) has been with administrators.

One year my son was supposed to have a one-to-one aide, and when school started, no aide. His teacher complained to the school department personnel office, the principal of the school complained, I complained, all to no avail. After a week, I called an education lawyer, who told me to call the school department and drop her name. I did. The next day my son had his aide.

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Almost every teacher, specialist and aide I've dealt with regarding my son's IEPs welcomes parental advocation with open arms. The only difficulties I've ever had (and I've had more than a few) has been with administrators.

One year my son was supposed to have a one-to-one aide, and when school started, no aide. His teacher complained to the school department personnel office, the principal of the school complained, I complained, all to no avail. After a week, I called an education lawyer, who told me to call the school department and drop her name. I did. The next day my son had his aide.
Sadly, that's what it takes these days, it seems. Something else that was really hard to take, was trying to advocate for a gifted kid who was bored out of his mind, and being stonewalled at every turn. Every time we talked to the teacher, or the principal, we got the "yes dear, EVERYONE thinks their kid is gifted" attitude. We even went so far as to have him tested (99%ile two grade levels above his) and they wouldn't do anything to differentiate the curriculum. The most they would offer is to give him even more of the work that bored him silly. We finally gave up trying to deal with the school system and enrolled him in a talented child program through Johns Hopkins. At least it gave him some challenging things to do, which saved him from some amount of boredom. But it was damn near impossible to deal with the school about it.

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Undies, bras, dresses, flip flops, Vera bags, and bruins jerseys for me.
I admit I have a weakness for shoes, preferably the classics like Dexter, Eastland, etc. [can't wear heels because of my back] Thankfully I've never had enough closet space otherwise it would all be taken up by shoes.

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Same here. I buy one (large) bag and use it until it falls apart.

It has to be big because I use it to carry my lunch to work. And books.
I downsized to the sling bag because I was carrying everything except the kitchen sink in my old one. It is just big enough to carry my wallet, phone, glasses and keys.

The books I carry myself

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Sadly, that's what it takes these days, it seems. Something else that was really hard to take, was trying to advocate for a gifted kid who was bored out of his mind, and being stonewalled at every turn. Every time we talked to the teacher, or the principal, we got the "yes dear, EVERYONE thinks their kid is gifted" attitude. We even went so far as to have him tested (99%ile two grade levels above his) and they wouldn't do anything to differentiate the curriculum. The most they would offer is to give him even more of the work that bored him silly. We finally gave up trying to deal with the school system and enrolled him in a talented child program through Johns Hopkins. At least it gave him some challenging things to do, which saved him from some amount of boredom. But it was damn near impossible to deal with the school about it.
We've been very lucky in that most of my son's teachers have been great, with just a couple of exceptions. The exceptions do drive you mad, though.

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I downsized to the sling bag because I was carrying everything except the kitchen sink in my old one. It is just big enough to carry my wallet, phone, glasses and keys.

The books I carry myself
My husband gave me a Nook a couple of years back for my birthday. I'm not a huge fan - I like actual books, for many reasons - but one advantage it does have is portability. I carry it in my bag all the time and always have several book options on hand.

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My husband gave me a Nook a couple of years back for my birthday. I'm not a huge fan - I like actual books, for many reasons - but one advantage it does have is portability. I carry it in my bag all the time and always have several book options on hand.
I have considered buying a Nook or Kindle but like you I prefer the actual feel of a book in my hands. It's a bibliophile thing Plus I'm technologically backwards

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We were just discussing grits today at lunch. So good. I also discovered cheese grits, which can be excellent, or done very poorly. Hard to mess up good ol' plain grits.
Have to disagree with you and JR. Grits are nasty.

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I have considered buying a Nook or Kindle but like you I prefer the actual feel of a book in my hands. It's a bibliophile thing Plus I'm technologically backwards
I'm the same way, but I've adjusted to my Kindle quite nicely. It's pretty nice, TBH...

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Almost every teacher, specialist and aide I've dealt with regarding my son's IEPs welcomes parental advocation with open arms. The only difficulties I've ever had (and I've had more than a few) has been with administrators.

One year my son was supposed to have a one-to-one aide, and when school started, no aide. His teacher complained to the school department personnel office, the principal of the school complained, I complained, all to no avail. After a week, I called an education lawyer, who told me to call the school department and drop her name. I did. The next day my son had his aide.
We're having a similar struggle with that now. During the school year she had a one on one aide, but summer sessions she's got a very incompetent person who doesn't even do the bare bones minimum. She gets OT, PT, and ST 3 days per week there, but her aide isn't the one doing it thankfully. Plus they're supposed to put an aide on the bus with her, yet that isn't happening. Instead they've been calling my wife to come pick her up. Very annoying.

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