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[ - ] I thought Trump was bullshitting when he said he was leading but he really is. Oh dear! 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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Is it just a matter of time before he offends everyone and drops out? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:14 PM Flag
[ - ] I haven't yet bought my 6-year old DD shoes that tie because I want to get in and out of the house quickly in the morning. While she still wears sneakers everyday I think that's okay. (and I haven't yet taught her to tie her shoes) I know. Slummy Mummy. Anyone else? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:09 PM Flag
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Same here. And nothing wrong with a girl wearing sneakers everyday. Boys do. She doesn't need those stupid girls shoes that hurt your feet and are all for looks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:10 PM Flag
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I got my son (just turned 6) sneakers with laces in May. Worst idea ever. Going back to velcro ones. He isn't ready to do it himself and it ends up being a pain in the butt having to tie them "just so!" each and every time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:11 PM Flag
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Same here. I feel bad about it sometimes but yeah.... [ Reply | More ]
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op: ahh, good to hear. i was just about to order another pair of velcro sneakers and started to feel a tiny bit bad -- last check up the pediatrician kind of scolded me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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Same boat [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:14 PM Flag
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I keep avoiding teaching my toddler to drink out of a cup because he's the messiest human being on the planet. It's cool if I send him to college with a straw cup, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:15 PM Flag
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sure. he'll figure it out by then if he feels like it...and if not, it will help prevent him from getting drunk if everything has to be in his sippy cup. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:17 PM Flag
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Me. My 8 yo is still going strong with Velcro. Me, I hate shoes with laces, so loss as far as I'm concerned. Ez on, ez off, no matter what age you are. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:16 PM Flag
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Mom of middle schoolers here. Do as I say and not as I did: take the easy route with no apologies when it comes to cups and shoes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:19 PM Flag
[ - ] We are on our third nanny in one year, and I am planning on firing her. Sigh. I really don't think it's us, but I am obviously doing a poor job screening. Does anyone do a trial run of a month? I could tell with each within a month it wasn't going to work out. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:08 PM Flag
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What were the issues with these 3 nannies? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:09 PM Flag
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one was too young, and realized she didn't want to take care of three kids (I was pg with #3 when she was hired). the next was late, and her attitude and communication was almost hostile, and the third is older, also late frequently (10-20 min at least once a week) and really strict. She creates rules that then I feel like I have to enforce for continuity, and I find that extremely frustrating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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and i spoke with each about my concerns....i didn't think it would be so hard to find a fit [ Reply | More ]
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It sounds like you've just had some bad luck. I think it's tricky because I'm sure even if you communicate things (punctuality, etc.), in order to get the job, the applicants will say that they value those things too. What about using a nanny agency so that you could swap out if someone's not working? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:17 PM Flag
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thanks for the validation.....not in nyc or major city where there is a good agency. i've looked into it. it's how we found a greta one before we moved [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:19 PM Flag
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You kiss a lot of toads when hiring a caregiver. My cousin found a great one, but she interviewed 50 people. Speed interviews at the coffee shop, and they were told right away not to expect an answer from the family; that they were interviewing many candidates. Good luck, OP. She's out there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:21 PM Flag
[ - ] Need $$$. Thinking of starting to day trade. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:54 PM Flag
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Bye-bye dollars. [ Reply | More ]
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do you have any special skills or knowledge? not talking financial markets here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
[ - ] MIL cannot stop dropping nasty personal attacks here and there when visiting us. To keep harmony I either stay quiet or walk away. The personal attacks get worse and worse over the years and it is getting hard to appear not to be irritated. DH is not a confrontational person. He acknowledges that his mother was in the wrong but cannot talk to her directly. WWYD? Thanks. 19 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:52 PM Flag
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Give examples. Are they attacks on you? Your parenting? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:53 PM Flag
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Attacks on me including parenting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:55 PM Flag
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So ideally next time she says something you respond right away: Ann -- when you (give example of criticism) I really feel hurt. I know I'm not perfect, but maybe there is another way you could let me know how to do things better." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:01 PM Flag
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examples? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:54 PM Flag
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OP: The personal attacks are about my background (I am from the Caribbean), sometimes under the disguise of jokes, sometimes outright offensive. I don't want to call her out (and create tensions), but it's getting worse and hard to deal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:00 PM Flag
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Then maybe make a joke of it back. Next time she says something, repeat it and start laughing hysterically. "I'm a bad mother? That's hysterical! You crack me up! You should be on TV!" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:03 PM Flag
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OP. Thanks - I wish I had more sense of humor! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:05 PM Flag
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oh man, you definitely need to have a talk with your dh. your dh needs to let his mom know that this is unacceptable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:03 PM Flag
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She should but I bet DH doesn't want to be in the middle of DW and mom. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:04 PM Flag
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neither did my dh. it took 5 years, but he's finally stepped up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:05 PM Flag
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OP. Yes...it is very hard for DH. And I know even if he talks to her he will downplay the whole thing to avoid any confrontation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:07 PM Flag
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I know, it was very very hard for my dh as well. but I think there were several situations where he finally realized his mom was over the top nasty/manipulative. it wasn't an overnight thing but lots of talking with dh about situations/my feelings and somewhere down the line, it finally clicked for him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:11 PM Flag
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Grow a pair and speak up for yourself. She's doing it to you because you let her. Next time she says something, don't make it a big argument, just say something dismissive, yet stern like "oh, knock it off Janet, you know that's not ok to say." [ Reply | More ]
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np: someday I wonder if I will have the cajones to say this to my mil. She is Korean and my Korean isn't so great so there is a language barrier. My mom teaches me how to say things so it'll shut her up, but I can't think of phrases on the go. subtle phrases where I'm not attacking, but I'm being firm and she knows she was in the wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:08 PM Flag
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"That's so kind of you to say. Thanks for caring." Repeat ad nauseaum. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:56 PM Flag
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Time for you to have a serious conversation with your husband. Even if he isn't "confrontational" he needs to tell her directly that these kinds of remarks directed at you are simply not acceptable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:57 PM Flag
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np: this. a friend pointed out that since my dh grew up with this, his tolerance for her crazy is much higher than mine. Lots of times, my dh will just ignore her, but in instances where she really has stepped over the line he will talk to her. also like another poster said above just say "that's so kind of you to say, thanks for caring" I've learned to say things like this as well, and it just shuts her up. just brush the dirt off your shoulders. GL I know how infuriating/upsetting it can be [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:01 PM Flag
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OP: thank you both! I will learn how to say that! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:03 PM Flag
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What does she say though? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:09 PM Flag
[ - ] City moms vs Suburban moms is the new WOHM vs SAHM. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:50 PM Flag
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Sounds like a wrestling match. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:51 PM Flag
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Not new [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:52 PM Flag
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I don't think they spend much time thinking about each other. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:52 PM Flag
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It is ridiculous. Wth are you arguing about when it is not one size fits all! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:53 PM Flag
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Does each group get divided into groups, ie city wohms vs city sahms, burb wohms vs burb sahms? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:54 PM Flag
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My suburban relatives and friends love visiting us in the city, and we love visiting them for their pool parties and barbecues. It's win/win for us! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:56 PM Flag
[ - ] What's everyone up to this weekend? 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:46 PM Flag
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Recovering from summer cold [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:47 PM Flag
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omg i have one too. I thought i came out unscathed from the winter (was in Boston for the terrible terrible winter) and now during this friggin heatwave I have a cold. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:06 PM Flag
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Seeing BF; unpacking; facial (empty nester here) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:49 PM Flag
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Hamptons [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:59 PM Flag
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Need to entertain 2 young children in the city. Any ideas? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:00 PM Flag
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Ages? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:05 PM Flag
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Plan something YOU want to do (museum, movie, exercise) and bring them along. Forget entertaining them. Entertain YOU. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:05 PM Flag
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Yes! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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OP: Well, we're going to paint pots after camp today. I fear this will be an inordinately expensive maneuver, but hey, something to do. Tomorrow is open house at park for new Pre K class. Dinner with friends tomorrow night. BBQ with other friends on Sunday. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:10 PM Flag
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Where do you get the pots? Why so expensive? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:11 PM Flag
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Just came back from vacation so will be finishing unpacking and cleaning up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:15 PM Flag
[ - ] Do most middle schools have lockers? My dd's MS dream includes lockers. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
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Mixed bag - some do, some don't. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:48 PM Flag
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We're in NYC. The type of school we are looking for is like a regular suburban-style junior high school but in the city (we are in D13 Brooklyn but will travel). Lockers, not hard to get into, not overly 'special', safe, fun, clubs and activities, nurturing. DC is in G&T and very talented singer/dancer, but wants to remain fairly anonymous (not auditions etc.) Something like Mark Twain but without the audition. Any suggestions? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:52 PM Flag
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lol, that's cute [ Reply | More ]
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Yeah, she can't wait to decorate that mythical locker. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
[ - ] So one of the parents of the missing boys in Florida has started a go fund me for people to contribute to. Thoughts? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I thought over $100,000 was already raised on go fund me days ago. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:43 PM Flag
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I thought the taxpayers are paying the Coast Guard and at least 20 private pilots have volunteered to help to. What would the money be used for? [ Reply | More ]
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My guess is the Coast Guard is going to suspend the search soon, and the parents want it continued. [ Reply | More ]
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I see. [ Reply | More ]
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op: I read somewhere that the grandfather of one of the boys is incredibly wealthy... thought it was weird that they were still doing this go fund me [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:46 PM Flag
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Hey, if it's free why not? [ Reply | More ]
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Sounds like they are going to need the $ b/c they will never give up. I think it would have been easier thinking they boys perished when the boat capsized. Must be torture to know they probably survived only to die, or be dying now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:56 PM Flag
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Gofundme is ridiculous. Everyone wants a handout. People are stupid to give in a case like this--unless the money is going to the Coast Guard to help defray costs (I have a bridge to sell you if you believe that). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:04 PM Flag
[ - ] Harlem moms - is Barawine okay for kids? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:41 PM Flag
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Please tell me this isn't a wine bar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:48 PM Flag
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Restaurant. And wine bar, but a sit down restaurant... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:51 PM Flag
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^^^ the food is good and we have friends coming into town , want to take them to a nice dinner that's also appropriate for kids [ Reply | More ]
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If you have been there don't you know if it's appropriate for your kids? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:00 PM Flag
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It's pretty small, so I've avoided it with kids. However, Boulevard Bistro is kid-friendly and nice. It's also small, but they cater to families. It's one block north on the other side of the street. [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks. Will look. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] My birthday is in August. I need to plan a birthday party. I can do a Sunday afternoon/Eve or a weeknight. Which days or times make the most sense. What should I serve? Should I bring in a cook to BBQ? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:38 PM Flag
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Sunday afternoon [ Reply | More ]
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Is it a milestone bday? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:39 PM Flag
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No. But last year I had a small private gathering on a boat so some people felt excluded. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:40 PM Flag
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Do a Sunday afternoon BBQ then, super casual so you can include everyone. If it's not a milestone, honestly it's a bit much to expect people to come out on weeknight to fete you (unless it's your closest friends, that is)... at a BBQ, it's more about hanging out/having fun together than an "all eyes on you" kind of thing. [ Reply | More ]
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I would do a small dinner at a restaurant but my feelings get hurt when people no show last minute. So maybe a casual BBQ is best. [ Reply | More ]
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Yeah, I hear you. I'm not trying to sound harsh, but birthdays sometimes aren't as important to other people as they are to those of us having them! Even worse than someone no-showing is knowing that someone is only there out of obligation. Weeknights are tough, and (especially if people have kids and work) require more sacrifice than weekends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:53 PM Flag
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Sun. after BBQ with a cook sounds great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:39 PM Flag
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I would do a weekend night over a weeknight...better attendance. Are you sure you want to do a BBQ? Tough to tell in advance how crazy hot it might be that day and it's also a ton of stuff to haul to the park. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:40 PM Flag
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Do you have outdoor space? We went to BBQ in the city last night and was lots of fun and very well attended! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
[ - ] A guy from college has texted me intermittently throughout the years. He had a girlfriend through early June. He's texting me again now and the girlfriend hasn't posted any pictures of them in almost two months when she used to post daily. How do I determine if he's single and what his intentions are? 37 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:33 PM Flag
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Do you ever rush over to have sex after he texts? [ Reply | More ]
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Are you married or single? [ Reply | More ]
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Single. We are both late twenties. I'm just not sure why he continues to text me after all of these years. [ Reply | More ]
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If you want to ask him out, ask him out. If you can't figure out why he is texting you after all these years, neither can we. [ Reply | More ]
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I kind of just want to figure it out. He's handsome and successful... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:39 PM Flag
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So ask him out and get it over with already. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
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So you're kind of surprised at his interest? I think posters below have it right. He's keeping you in the lineup in case his first interests fall through. Sorry but that's how it seems. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:53 PM Flag
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Yep. OP is second string. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:10 PM Flag
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You are a total loser. If he really is handsome and successful (meaning lots of money) he is texting many women. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:10 PM Flag
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Because you are back burner girl. If he were wanting to marry you (let's face it, that's what your fantasizing about) he would pursue you in person. You are a part of his little black book. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:09 PM Flag
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Maybe he's playing the field because he's not ready to settle down. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:18 PM Flag
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He should be asking you out. This already reeks of unnecessary "complexity". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:36 PM Flag
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Right? So why hasn't he? Maybe he's still dating that other girl? Idk. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:39 PM Flag
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Because you're both passive and want someone else to take the lead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:41 PM Flag
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Because he wants you for a random hookup. Not marriage. You want to think otherwise but it's not true. [ Reply | More ]
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You guys will never end up together because you're both the type to dance around for years "wondering." No one has the balls to suggest meeting for coffee. You need someone more aggressive because this is never going to happen. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:39 PM Flag
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But he clearly dates other women so he's either not into me or I scare him? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:41 PM Flag
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No, the other women are more aggressive and do the work. Neither one of you wants to make a move so nothing happens. For years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
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He will work for a woman who is in his league. OP is not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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You don't "scare" him. Quite the opposite. You are the back up plan for sex, not marriage. He will NEVER MARRY YOU. You are wasting your youth on this idiot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:11 PM Flag
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np. I think it's the opposite. But whatever. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:18 PM Flag
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What is he texting? And why can't you say..hey want to grab a drinks sometime? Or is he just being friendly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:43 PM Flag
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It's called keeping you warm. He knows he's not ready for you...so he keeps things warm, lines open. I'd wait until he asked you... if you push it you will be just another of the getting ready for the girl girls. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:44 PM Flag
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And who knows how many other girls he texts the same way. [ Reply | More ]
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Hmm. About 5 guys kept in touch with me after college. Once I got engaged/married these friends disappeared as I was no longer an option. One who didn't know I remarried just resurfaced after 20 years as a military officer....he stopped contacting me once I said I was married with kids. [ Reply | More ]
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..to be clear - these weren't dates for fwb. They were marriage material guys who saw me the same. [ Reply | More ]
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Tons. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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It's not about warm. It's that he wants to keep her available for possible sex when he's bored. If he's goodlooking and has money he has plenty of women available to him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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You don't know that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:17 PM Flag
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For what it's worth, I kept in touch with a guy friend from grad school over the years. When we met, he was getting out of and over a serious relationship, and I married someone else. Flash forward 15 years and we're happily married with a beautiful daughter. It took a while for us to both be in the right place, but I'm glad we kept in touch until we were there. [ Reply | More ]
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Nice! What was wrong with DH#1? What do you like better about this guy? [ Reply | More ]
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DH #1 was addicted to computer games and online porn. To his credit, he eventually grew up and has a lovely family now. I was instantly attracted to my current DH - he looks a bit like my celebrity crush Colin Firth. We're also the same religion, unlike my ex, and he's just more of a man - educated, charming, but can replace my brakes and change my oil, fix things around the house, etc. [ Reply | More ]
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Nice! [ Reply | More ]
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Ugh. Don't encourage OP. Your situation is unusual. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:13 PM Flag
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Ugh. You're pitiful. Stop obsessing about this guy who is most likely texting other women. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:08 PM Flag
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what is this casual texting? to say hello? if you live in the same place how come you don't see each other? i don't really understand texting vs email if keeping in touch with a real friend but maybe this is a generational thing. and did you ever date? do you do this with other friends (casually text intermittently) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:11 PM Flag
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do nothing. let him lead. and if he's interested, he will. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
[ - ] Going to be in London for 5 days. DD is a huge Broadway musical fan. Should I get tix to a show in advance (buy online, pay full price, risk being jetlagged that night) or is there a TKTS type system there? Don't really care which show we see. There are lots of good ones. Thanks again! 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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OP: Thanks a lot! [ Reply | More ]
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There's a discounted ticket booth to buy tickets day of or day before. I forget where though. It is in rick steves guide book. [ Reply | More ]
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OP: Thanks! [ Reply | More ]
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I think there's such a place right in Covent Garden, near all the theaters there. My mom and I always just walked up a few hours before the show - it was great! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Another mom today told me how "hard" and "awful" being a parent is & "thankless" and how I have "no idea what I'm in for". I know it isn't always going to be easy but what is up with all the negativity? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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That is definitely the negative spin, though I think all parents go through days/weeks/months.years like that... It is a life of relentless worry, but enormous upside. :) [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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It is what it is. I think some women were clueless and had a fairy tale picture so they got gobsmacked [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:28 PM Flag
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She's having a really bad day. How old are the kids? [ Reply | More ]
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She doesn't have her shit together. Ignore! [ Reply | More ]
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Wow - that's awful. Sounds like a miserable person. "Easy" is relative - what it is is life, with lots of joy and happiness to balance out the shitty stuff. [ Reply | More ]
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It sounds like she has too much on her plate and not enough help. This can make the whole thing miserable. [ Reply | More ]
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I sort of feel like this. Not going to lie. I think a lot of people jump into it thinking it will be all sunshine and roses. The truth is, kids are ungrateful, and they are never going to understand the sacrifices you made for them until they have their own kids. I think this is the worst part of being a parent. [ Reply | More ]
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^^should add one of my kids is very challenging. Not SN, but just very difficult personality-wise. No way to control this. Some people are lucky and have easy kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:33 PM Flag
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I'm assuming you're pregnant or TTC? I hate people like this. They have to burst your bubble of happiness. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:36 PM Flag
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yes I'm very pregnant! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
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Then listen up: you will find all the strength and wisdom you need to get through these early days and your baby will love you and you will be a great mother! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:47 PM Flag
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NP: THIS! Also - if you hit a wall in the first few weeks (sleeplessness, colic, etc.), remember if you can that the HARDEST part of that is over at the 3 month mark. Not only is your baby more developed and getting more into a routine then, but you've also amply recovered by then and are in your own groove. So my advice isn't to warn you about how "bad" it is... but more to tell you that IT GETS BETTER and the yucky stuff is SUPER temporary, even though it might not feel like it at the time. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:50 PM Flag
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This. Every week is better and better, even years later! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:07 PM Flag
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+1. People tell pregnant soon to be mothers so much about the hard stuff. I hate it. Sure there's a ton of scut work and sleep deprivation ahead, but there's a ton of joy and love too. I try to tell them about that stuff so they don't feel inundated with horror stories. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:42 PM Flag
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she's probably going thru a bad time, sometimes it's good and sometimes its bad [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:45 PM Flag
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It really depends on your DC's personality and how many you have. I have one DD and she is the best thing that every happened to me-the light of my life. Also a really easy kid. Being the mother of one well behaved DC is not hard at all, but I know it is not that way for everyone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:54 PM Flag
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She's having a bad day and/or her kids are a bit older and in a rough patch [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:55 PM Flag
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This. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:07 PM Flag
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You are not old enough to remember the famous Ann Landers survey that asked, "If you had your life to live over again, would you have children?" IIRC, 70% said no. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:12 PM Flag
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NP: So funny! That was mid 70s... I wonder if it would be different now, since the median age of motherhood is older, more women in the workforce, etc. (i.e. you don't have to "give up" your life completely to have kids). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:15 PM Flag
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Also divorce is more common, so people aren't as likely to stay in shitty marriages just for the sake of the kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 03:21 PM Flag
[ - ] Traveling to Europe and turning off my cell service (using just wifi). Is it free to use iMessage (text with other iPhone/Apple users) while abroad? Thanks! 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:25 PM Flag
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Yes. Can also use Skype/Whats App. Skype you have to pay for but its really cheap. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:28 PM Flag
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OP: Not much of a phone talker, so usually I text. I'm fine emailing and checking email, but lots of friends (including my DD who will have her iPhone Touch) are on iMessage and if it is free, that's a good way to go in some instances? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:29 PM Flag
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Yes, works really well. You can also use Facebook Messenger for people that don't have iPhones or don't text. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:33 PM Flag
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OP: Good point. Anything that is wifi only? Thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:48 PM Flag
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yes. but if you have an iphone 6 (and maybe 5s I can't remember) its now automatically unlocked so you can buy a pay as you go SIM card when you land, data is pretty cheap in Europe. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:37 PM Flag
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OP: I have a 5, cheapest one. I'll look into that. I am a crazed texter! Luckily I'll be able to check in on my UB ladies with wifi internet! lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:49 PM Flag
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The Viber app is great for texting abroad - it's free for texts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:38 PM Flag
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OP: Sounds good. I'm looking for options that won't require others to download software. But this for my kids looks great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:49 PM Flag
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I don't usually like to either, but I got it to keep in touch with my SIL while she's training police in Kiev. It was really user-friendly, even my tech-handicapped DH uses it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.31.15, 02:55 PM Flag
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