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[ - ] Corpse flower is blooming! 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:05 PM Flag
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How stinky is it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
[ - ] For the past year I've been teaching DC (who will be in 2nd in the fall) reading, spelling and math before the school day- just 20 minutes on reading/spelling and 20 on math (slightly more on weekends and more now that it's summer). I keep it game-based and fun. Just about everything he knows with regard to phonics and numbers is from me--not from school. He goes to a decent neighborhood public school in NYC--these lessons are my way of making sure he's solid on these subjects. It's really worked and I'd love to continue this but don't know that it will work out forever. Is assigned homework eventually going to overtake the lessons? Should I just take this time to give him test prep and try to get him into G&T instead of supplementing his education myself? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:04 PM Flag
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^^^He didn't qualify for G&T in K despite test prep. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:05 PM Flag
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I never once did this for my dc. Dc learned all necessary info and then some. And yes, hours of HW are headed your DCs way [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:06 PM Flag
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Must be nice to have an only child... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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op: haha, if we could afford a 2nd one... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:08 PM Flag
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Can you share more about your games? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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Ok.. so I feel bad about my parenting now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:08 PM Flag
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I guess if you think your child needs it and isn't self-motivated. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:10 PM Flag
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LOL, "just" 40 minutes a day before the school day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:12 PM Flag
[ - ] Pick one: Flora or Bess? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:03 PM Flag
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I like both very much. Flora is more common than bess [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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Flora [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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Bess. Flora is awful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Any clue what time HRC will speak tonight? I've done some Googling, but don't see a specific time. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:00 PM Flag
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It is highly choreographed- likely start time 10:15-10:30p Eastern [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:02 PM Flag
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Ok, thanks! Don't have cable, was going to drop in on neighbors to watch. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:03 PM Flag
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Stream online [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:04 PM Flag
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PBS will carry it live. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:06 PM Flag
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Not before 10 for sure [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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My guess is aittle after 10 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone else notice the tea party had been really quiet as of late? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:58 PM Flag
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*has [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:02 PM Flag
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Thank goodness, and I'm a Republican. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:04 PM Flag
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Do you think your party have them a little sorry down during this presidential election? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:08 PM Flag
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??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
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Wait until they impeach Trump and Pence becomes POTUS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:05 PM Flag
[ - ] Our hhi is 90k. we own our outer borough house, our 2 kids are in good schools, and grow 401k by about 20K a year due to employee match. We visit family 4 hours away twice a year...rent car 2 weekends a month. We have no childcare costs and we will get full tuition remission for both dcs (not faculty). No family help. I work part time, so I expect our income to go up a bit when I go full time, and then we will sAve more, travel more. etc. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:56 PM Flag
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Awesome! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:59 PM Flag
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Thank you. Thank you very much. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:06 PM Flag
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You're very welcome. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
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$90k HHI even in the outer boroughs is rough, especially with two children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:05 PM Flag
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Yes, it is. Kids are entering MS and HS and I plan to ramp up my earning capacity next year. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:11 PM Flag
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We are in outer borough with $1200k maintenance in paid-off apartment. Our business (pre-HHI income) covers: car and all car expenses, multiple vacations (except for DCs' airline tix), many meals out, car service, life insurance. We save as much of the $80k as possible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Have you ever posted something and forgotten about it and you accidentally see it on MP? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:51 PM Flag
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we really need to get the blowhard faux child psychologist off MP now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:56 PM Flag
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That would be a yes. I hate it when it happens. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:57 PM Flag
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op: Me too. I posted something about an issue with my dh once and I was mortified to see it there because I got too specific. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:08 PM Flag
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I only had one post make it to MP, and it just started as a simple vent about a slight I received from someone. It wasn't on MP for days, but I certainly didn't expect reactions! Most of my posts are pretty mundane, and I talk a lot about my cats. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:02 PM Flag
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op: Well there was only that one but I thought of it while scrolling down and accidentally seeing a regular post I wrote and forgot about. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
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what is MP? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:02 PM Flag
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I did once, was kvetching about inlaws unfenced pool and OMG did I get flamed! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:12 PM Flag
[ - ] I really hope Trump doesn't refuse to participate in campaign debates; I am positively salivating at the thought he may come completely undone on national TV. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:46 PM Flag
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If he refuses, he will look like a jackass. If he participates, he will prove he is a jackass. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:50 PM Flag
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this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:54 PM Flag
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I say it's even odds. He probably knows his supporters won't care what the hell he does between now and Nov. 8th. If he was found standing over Melania's dead bloody body they would still insist he was framed. But I secretly suspect that he also can't handle being called a chicken, and will basically be Marty from Back to the Future and fall for it every time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:52 PM Flag
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No, they would say that Hillary had her killed and he was just the one who found her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:53 PM Flag
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Probably. At this point he has everyone not believing their own lying eyes and ears. They just wait for him to tell them what they've just seen. "These aren't the droids you're looking for." "These aren't the droids we are looking for." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:54 PM Flag
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More likely Clinton will - too much to hide. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:00 PM Flag
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this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:06 PM Flag
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They wont be able to agree on moderator. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:00 PM Flag
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Who will play his role in debate prep? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:06 PM Flag
[ - ] I just bought DCs' favorite food for dinner, and got some chocolates for the housekeeper. Sometimes doing small, kind things for others really does make your day. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:46 PM Flag
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helping an A$$hole get comeuppance also makes my day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:49 PM Flag
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What did he/she do? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:51 PM Flag
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Somebody who was working in my building was smoking inside. Cigarette smell was in my apartment and when I saw him and mentioned it, he yelled at me calling me a liar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
[ - ] We just started TTC and it's all I can think about. How do I calm down? All that's working so far is distracting myself with future travel plans. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:44 PM Flag
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Good luck. It's consuming. I was the same way. Are you tracking ovulation and using test strips, etc? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:12 PM Flag
[ - ] I feel like something's wrong with me for not wanting to climb the ladder in my career. NYC female here. I'd rather be a stay at home mom. I hate working fulltime. I have zero "passion" for my office job. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:41 PM Flag
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I feel for you...nothing like being a true woman, mother and wife. Let's stay at home, taking care of our children and husband. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:43 PM Flag
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True woman? LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:00 PM Flag
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Thanks, Donald! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
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I think for certain people once toy have children, you don't want to waste extra time doing work. You rather work 9 to 5 live a comfortable life and spend that time with your family. And there's nothing wrong with that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:50 PM Flag
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I started working at a blue chip firm right out of college. A place that was noted as an awesome place to work and great to their employees. i saw the tide turn and people who had dedicated their life to the company were shoved unceremoniously out the door with a retirement package. It taught be the lesson early on that a job was just a job. At a certain point, unless I was willing to give up on a life that it would be a pie eating contest where the prize was more pie. It was not for me [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:54 PM Flag
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I WOH but I wouldn't want to stay at home. The issue for me is being challenged and excited about what I do. I only have one kid and she's already a tween, so SAH for me now is sort of moot. I believe, though, that we're not entitled to feel passionate about our jobs/work, as part of it is economic and sometimes people have to put themselves into uncomfortable situations because they need the pay. I always think that I'd love to have my own business so I could call the shots, but that too, comes with its own price. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:08 PM Flag
[ - ] What is South Street Seaport like these days? Smorgabord worth it, or is the place too much of a construction ground? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:35 PM Flag
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Eh. Wouldn't make a special trip down for it. If you are in the neighborhood, drop by. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
[ - ] Why is Julian Assange supporting trump? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:24 PM Flag
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Wait.. I missed that. He said he's supporting Trump? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:25 PM Flag
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Anybody who releases damaging information about Obama or Clinton must be supporting Trump, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:26 PM Flag
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OR: No, not IMO, I think he's motivated by his ideology more than by personal favoritism or animus. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:32 PM Flag
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Clinton came after him when she was secretary of defense and he hacked into U.S. govt. websites. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:28 PM Flag
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*secretary of state, sorry [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:28 PM Flag
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He is furious with Clinton. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:28 PM Flag
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he is opposed to clinton because 1. he believes she wanted him to be indicted for the diplomatic leaks (she probably does) and thus believes she is more of a threat to a "free press" (which i guess shows he's never heard trump go off on libel laws or knows that he yanks credentials fo papers that say bad things about him) and 2. thinks she is too hawkish. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:31 PM Flag
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He believes in the political process not being corrupted. That happened only on one side. If the Republicans wanted corrupt control of their nomination, Trump wouldn't be the nominee. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:33 PM Flag
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they were naive, didn't think it would happen until it was too late. and the polls showed he had the best chance too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:11 PM Flag
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Because Clinton has already said she wants to prosecute him. Assange has addressed this explicitly in a recent interview. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:36 PM Flag
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Clinton is the establishment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:42 PM Flag
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He hates women. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:10 PM Flag
[ - ] To all the oldie goldies out there (I'm 53 and on UB, I'm that demographic): has the recent heat wave made you physically ill. I've always prided myself on being able to be productive in all environmental circumstances, but this morning I was physically sick from the heat. I was standing on the subway platform and I felt like I was going to pass out. Feel lame but was wondering if others are experiencing this. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:18 PM Flag
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not that bad but wow does it slow me down. I feel like i'm walking through molasses. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:20 PM Flag
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OP: I totally get that. Didn't know if it was me or if the heat has been affecting others too. The weather is actually pleasant today but it seemed to have had a cumulative effect. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:25 PM Flag
[ - ] On a diet and lost a few pounds. Sure it is water but when will real weight loss start? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:17 PM Flag
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when you realize it is a permanent lifestyle change and not a diet [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:41 PM Flag
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Few days [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:41 PM Flag
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In 5...4...3..2...1....there you go [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:42 PM Flag
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1.5 lbs/wk, starting in a few weeks. GL! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:47 PM Flag
[ - ] Newly pregnant (~5 weeks). In laws planned a trip to Aruba for the family in February - I will be due end of March. As of now there is no Zika there. DD will be 18 months and it would be great to get away before baby but I am not sure if it's cutting it too close. Obv I will ask my dr but I havent had my initial appt yet, 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:12 PM Flag
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I'm sorry, but I don't think this is a good idea regardless of Zika. I just know too many people that were a few weeks early. Including me with my first. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:14 PM Flag
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My doctor's rule was pre-viability travel anywhere you want. But after 27 weeks or so, only travel to places where you would be comfortable delivering a baby and that had a Tier 1 NICU [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:15 PM Flag
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Congratulations! Can you say yes but get trip insurance? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:16 PM Flag
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Thank you :) Trip is already booked... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:17 PM Flag
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Yes, have a great time! We're going to Bermuda in March when I'm on spring break (in MBA program) and we just started ttc. I hope I'm pregnant soon but who knows! Just in case I am, I bought trip insurance. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:23 PM Flag
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Good luck!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:25 PM Flag
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Thanks! And congrats to you:) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:54 PM Flag
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Nope [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:17 PM Flag
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I was due in April but had DB in February. So I say no. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:26 PM Flag
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This. I would never do this. You don't know how the rest of the pregancy will play out and Aruba doesn't have the best medical care. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:59 PM Flag
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ask dr. for a note to get you out of the flight ticket [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:29 PM Flag
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yeah, 5-6 weeks from due date is too close IMO. putting aside that you could go into labor early, you will be reall uncomfortable and aruba is a lengthy flight - 5 hours. plus all the prep for a trip, plus prep for baby. i don't think that's the getaway you imagine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:33 PM Flag
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I would love time off of family and 18 month at 8 months before new baby. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:45 PM Flag
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You're not supposed to fly after 7 mos. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:55 PM Flag
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This is not true [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:59 PM Flag
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That is cutting it too close and I wouldn't want to deliver in Aruba but that's just me. And I delivered at 37 weeks with my first. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:11 PM Flag
[ - ] MD mom. I know nothing about finance or saving and neither does dh, my family, or his family. Where do I begin to learn? Thanks! 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:10 PM Flag
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Kahn academy has some good stuff. Might be a good place to start. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:11 PM Flag
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op: Thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:45 PM Flag
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Check out LearnVest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:14 PM Flag
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op: Thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:45 PM Flag
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Spend less than you make [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:15 PM Flag
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op: I do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:45 PM Flag
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Save first before you spend. Vanguard stock index funds. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:16 PM Flag
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op: I got that. Learned that here last year. Thanks guys! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:46 PM Flag
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figure out your annual burn rate (or the aspirational burn rate in retirement), then divide that number by .04 (4% conservative rate of return) and that will give you the principal that you need to have saved to live off of the income. This is VERY rough. From there you can see how much progress you need to make and you can adjust your income accordingly. If you go to Schwab or fidelity they will have an "investment advisor" who can walk you through the basics. AT the end of the day, it comes down to spending far less than what you earn. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:21 PM Flag
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op: Yikes. I have no idea how much it will cost to be elderly and I am planning to work as long as they will let me. I don't really have much control over income either so can't adjust that. The 2 major factors I can't control for is dh's income or ability to work and how much elder care the two of us will need. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:50 PM Flag
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Check out the white coat investor web site. Specifically for people like you who've been too busy in their medical education and career to learn personal finance. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:28 PM Flag
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op: Excellent. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:50 PM Flag
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No joke - Personal Finance for Dummies is a good place to start. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:36 PM Flag
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op: Will get it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 07:50 PM Flag
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Good luck. I didn't know where to begin when I got out of law school. I thought it was well written and very helpful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:01 PM Flag
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op: Excellent. Thank you. I love simple books like that series. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:10 PM Flag
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Hire an actuary from a top notch firm. Don't you have any connections at the hospital? The wealthy always share their money secrets with other rich people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:07 PM Flag
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start by reading on personal finance. then ask 2-3 people whom you find to be financially savvy (not the wealthiest by any means) and ask them whether they work with an advisor/financial planner and then interview a few. you want one that is interested in client education, not one that just says "i'll handle it and you don;'t need to know anything". they should help you set up a plan and teach you about how to go about achieving it - help you have realistic expectations, but also understand that you need to save $ for the future. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.28.16, 08:09 PM Flag
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