I still think the Barney song is the worst song ever.
G woke up at 2am demanding lotion on her arms and wouldn't go back to sleep until I got up and applied more lotion to her eczema. But luckily I went to bed early so I feel reasonably well rested.
DH made pound cake last night but it wasn't ready until after I was putting G to bed so we waited to have it for breakfast this morning. We sent her off to daycare on a complete sugar rush after eating pound cake, strawberries, and some chocolate frosting for good measure. Bouncing off the walls was an understatement, lol.
It sounds much better when I sing it as a lullaby. :) And then I hug and kiss E and he giggles and giggles.
Post by melmon0417 on Apr 23, 2014 11:55:47 GMT -5
Both yesterday and today, I have been so exhausted that I am struggling to keep my eyes open. My whole body just feels worn out. This is always how the beginning of a bad period of CFS/fibromyalgia starts. Makes me want to cry because I know how awful I'll feel for a while. Plus, I don't have time for this shit! I have my brother's wedding this weekend, and my sister's baby shower the next!
My DD started speech therapy through Early Intervention a few months before she was two. Her receptive language (what she understood) was advanced for her age, but her communicative language was that of a thirteen month old at twenty two months.
She did weekly in house therapy until she aged out of EI at three. Then she went to the school district and had three times a week therapy. After one year of that her team decided she needed more and she's completing her first year of special education preschool. She gets several hours a week there. We've noticed the greatest improvement in her speech this past year, but I'd still put her at a year behind, sound wise. She talks all the time now, she is just a little hard to understand and has trouble with a lot of sounds. But everyone can understand her now, where a year ago just family could. It's vet hard! I always feel like there is more I could be doing, is there more therapy she could benefit from?
A very hard part for me was I felt like I could never brag on my kid when all my friends were. What my kid was finally accomplishing, their kids had done months and months before. I hated the awkward pity looks when I would. It just sucked.
I feel this way too. He doesn't get much social interaction besides MH and I. I want to start going to playgroups but I have just not made it a priority.
I have a process. Dry hair clip back the top section, apply foundation style my first section, do eye makeup, style the second section, apply eyeliner and blush, do the final section, get dressed brush out hair apply mascara and lipgloss
I have a dumb question. Yes, I think that we need to control the guns. But is there anyone that can go in and try to wager a peace treaty amongst the gangs? I mean if this is going to be like a war zone might as well treat it like one.
Obviously people need to be arrested and charged and off the streets, but I am just curious about other methods as well.
I'd be interested to know if this approach has ever been taken in places like this before and if so, what the outcome was. Seems like a better idea than most I've heard (except federal gun control, but I might as well be asking for more unicorns).
I'm open to ideas, but I'm not sure how it would work. They are fighting for drug turf, right? So how does "someone" come in and say, "Hey, let's just agree that you get this area, and you get that area and so... stop shooting each other."
Here's what I see about Chicago. First of all, I think it should be noted that Indianapolis, has a higher murder *rate* than Chicago and not only does no one outside of Indianapolis apparently know this, but Indiana as a whole just further opened up its gun laws to allow people to have them in their cars on school property. Also, Indianapolis is happily welcoming the NRA to our fine city I believe this week or next week, I really don't know because I've reached a point of head in the sand. I just can't take it anymore. Also, this past fall/winter, there was a crime ring going around the wealthy Indy neighborhoods and raping and shooting people in their homes, so you'd think the folks here would understand that this isn't a "black on black" problem. And yet, Indiana is making it so fucking easy to buy a gun and whenever there's any talk of federal gun restrictions, like universal background checks, or clip capacity limits or whatever, Hoosiers lose their shit. Guns are cultural here.
So Chicago obviously shares a boarder with Indiana where the 2nd Amendment is king, and the (vast?) majority of guns used in crimes in Chicago are bought in Indiana. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-17/news/ct-met-guns-gangs-20130217_1_levaine-tanksley-gun-laws-gun-trafficker )
Chicago had some of the toughest anti-gun laws on the books, until a conservative corporatized SCOTUS overruled the handgun ban (and probably that was the right decision because the law was overly broad), but I think it's disingenuous to say that Chicagoans don't care about gun crime when Chicago's elected officials (elected by Chicagoans) had essentially banned the POSSESSION of almost every kind of gun anywhere within the city limits. The problem was that a City law is meaningless in the context of a neighboring state that treats guns like vending machine candy bars.
I don't know where whiskeyandwine lives in Chicago, but it is not my experience that people living *in* Chicago believe their "white neighborhood" is immune to gun violence. The way the neighborhoods in Chicago are set up make it pretty hard to disassociate yourself from a specific neighborhood's violence. For example, Lincoln Park, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city shares a boarder with Cabrini Green, which was an entire neighborhood of section 8 housing. When I lived in Chicago, I lived in Ukrainian Village, I was within walking distance of Humboldt Park, a notoriously violent neighborhood. Hyde Park where U of C is, shares a boarder with Woodlawn and Kenwood and is a stones throw to Englewood, all of which are incredibly violent areas. UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) is across the street from what used to be just block upon block of public housing. I mean, I think people in Chicago care because they know that the violence is really just around the corner in a lot of respects. I could see people in the suburbs being able to distance themselves from it. But those people don't even live in Chicago, even though when you ask them where they're from, they'll say, "Chicago." Yeahno. Wheaton isn't even in the same county as Chicago. LOL!
In addition, Chicago has been closing its public schools in many of the black neighborhoods because of low attendance, poor performance, and budget constraints. While I understand why you can't maintain an elementary school that is at 35% capacity, and that it is economically more logical to combine two or three such schools so you have 1 school at full capacity rather than three at 1/3 capacity, this has resulted in members and siblings of members in rival gangs, suddenly having to walk through each other's neighborhoods on the way to school, and then attend school with people in rival gangs. And that's why this year's "Back To School" looked like this:
That's CPS's "Safe Passage" program in which cops line the way to CPS schools to make sure no one gets shot on their way to school. Because this is Afghanistan America. Fuck Yeah!
But that's not all folks. So while I think we'd all agree that the Section 8 situation in Chicago was pretty fucking deplorable (not to mention unabashedly racist), the "fix" has been very, very complicated. The attempt to relocate section 8 folks into "mixed-income" housing - which is something I actually support - has forced "mixing" of people who's distinct neighborhood's section 8 complex (which now does not exist) was their gang turf. So what's your "turf" now? It used to be Cabrini Green, but Cabrini Green is condos now, some of it mixed income, so you're going to have a variety of people living there that may have been in rival gangs before. Now they're across the street from each other.
At any rate, a lot of rambling to say that I do not think that apathy *by Chicagoans* is the reason these crimes persist. I think the gun violence, which I would like to point out once again is STILL less than Indianapolis, is a byproduct of a number of different factors that boil down to poverty mixed with an unfettered access to firearms courtesy the Indiana gun pipeline. The only way to solve that is really with federal gun regulations. But, see my paragraph on Hoosier histrionics, above.
Mine broke before Labour started. I was just about to sit on my sofa when they gushed. Yoga trousers are surprisingly absorbent. They gushed a second time when I straightened myself up. I never messed any anywhere, lol. I changed before going to the hospital, but that is because my trousers were rather wet and I was home. Most people's waters don't gush when they break at home.
While it's not family, I did have a person in my life who we all had to walk on eggshells around. He's no longer in our lives. Gotta tell you- it's SUCH A RELIEF!!! OMG.
I get it that this is your sister and you "don't want to be next", but really think about this - "not being next" is probably now going to mean even MORE kowtowing on your part, more eggshells, etc. What kind of relationship is this really?
While you only gave us a little piece of the story, from what you told us- your sister is kind of striking me as someone who is very self-centered and ONLY sees things through her eyes and just doesn't make any room at all for different perspectives. It appears that she blames all the problems in her life on your parents. While they may not be perfect, were they really that bad? I mean, I do agree w/ the PP that her view on this is just that- HER view. And perhaps it's no ones place to say she's wrong.
But.... just my overall take-away is that she's someone who you will always have to be on high alert around. If you want to do that in order to have whatever semblance of a relationship you may have, have at it. But it just feels exhausting to me.
Yeah, agreed to all of this. People like this in your life are toxic as hell. And as awful and unfortunate that it is that this person is your sister, yeah. It's NO way to live.
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I got: Afterglo Two NYX butter glosses NYX liner in black NYX jumbo eye stick in milk Two Real Techniques eye brushes A travel Yes to Cucumber face wipe thing because I needed a dollar more to get to free shipping.
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Free Lorac primer with Afterglo and the free Philosophy kit.
I'm so excited!
I did not care for hope in a jar but I always love free stuff! And if that had been available when I purchased my stuff would have gotten it too!
We do them sometimes, if we are alone somewhere, but want a picture. I don't mind them if you are taking a picture of something or a background, but the ones of just a smirk face/duck face/sexy face, etc. are annoying. I think most people don't even look like themselves in them. I have a huge offender on FB, she is the worst. She also gets other people to take full body shots, accentuating her ass. lol