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[ - ] Anyone want to offer interior decorating help? DH and I are moving into our first house after 5 years of marriage. We still just have our junky college furniture, so we're starting from scratch. The first room we want to do is the living room (image below). We are design challenged and just want something that looks nice (generic is fine). We have a db and toddler, so kid friendly is a plus, but our main "hang out" space will be in the basement. DH thinks we should still have a tv in the living room, though, to make it more usable. Thoughts as to where to put it? Also, any ideas re general decorating/layout? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:19 AM Flag
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They make mirrors now that are actually flatscreen TVs. You can choose any frame and have the glass de-silvered so it looks older. Han as part of a salon style grouping on the wall. For furniture and lighting check out schoolhouse electric, Room and Board- and if you have the dough-BDDW. There is an antiques store in Millbrook New York called Yellow Church which has museum quality pieces for fair prices. [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks. Hadn't heard of schoolhouse electric. Some beautiful pieces but even those are at the top end of our budget. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:39 AM Flag
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You are welcome. The best inspiration is Remodelista. They have a search feature where you can just look up random things- like lists of their favourite wastebaskets, paint colors, sofas, etc. They'll have a list of curated items, all at different price points. [ Reply | More ]
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Get inspiration from Pinterest and Houzz. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] What could this headache be? I hardly ever have one, and usually very light, goes away after a while... but had this since 2pm today, feels like a lot of pressure all around the top of my head... Took one 500mg Tylenol at 4, seemed to help a bit, but then headache came back... I can't even concentrate on what I'm doing. Had a colonoscopy yesterday morning, so had to do the prep Monday night into yesterday, but I don't think this is related, otherwise I would have had it sooner... also have been drinking a lot to replenish fluids lost, but doesn't seem to help. Other thing I can think of, was at the hair salon around noon, to get color... but do this every other month and I don't see how it would give me a headache. Sorry, but I worry because this is new for me. Any advice? Natural remedy? Not sure that I can take another Tylenol after just 4hrs. Thanks 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:17 AM Flag
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B/c you just had the procedure, why not call your doctor to make sure it's nothing? Maybe just overtired or reaction to the medicine you took during the procedure? [ Reply | More ]
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I asked the doctor today around 3, after it started, but he thought this was not related... although I wonder if the medicine they gave me for sedation could have caused it. Although why would this come up after 24hrs... doesn't make sense. [ Reply | More ]
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Do you normally drink coffee/caffeine and skipped for colonoscopy? Skipping when your Body is used to it can cause headsches [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, I did stay off coffee yesterday, but drank it again this morning... I know I sound silly, but just worried because I don't know where this is coming from. As soon as I get dd to go to bed, I will too... hopefully sleep will help. Thank you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:43 AM Flag
[ - ] Need suggestions on a sportish shoe to go with slim jeans/pants/leggings. I walk one mile each way to take dc to school and not a sneaker person. Feet are killing me. Shoes must work on cobblestones. 25 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:15 AM Flag
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Classic Vans or Supergas, but if you really cannot do them, a good pair of d'orsay flats [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:15 AM Flag
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a nice pair of loafers with a soft sole. JCrew has some (now on sale) and they are as comfortable as slippers! (this is from someone who has problem feet) [ Reply | More ]
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J Crew are feet killers! If your feet are used to quality shoes, they will kill you for weeks before they get used to J Crew. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 i have scars on my feet from a pair of jcrew shoes from years ago. total garbage [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:29 AM Flag
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+2 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:18 AM Flag
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Manolo flats, Tod's, Hogan, Prada Sport [ Reply | More ]
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Snob. [ Reply | More ]
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huh? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:23 AM Flag
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this is sooo 90s [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:27 AM Flag
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appropriate w/ all the SATC talk [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:27 AM Flag
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right... Tom's, J Crew and Sperry are much better quality options. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:31 AM Flag
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definitely not jcrew. sperry is ugly. tom's fall apart but are washable. i would recommend the leather vans or the vince slip ons. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:32 AM Flag
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Vans are classic (if that's your style), but slip ons as a fashion statement are so last season. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:36 AM Flag
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Oh but tods are so current? Hahah [ Reply | More ]
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They are timeless classics. They were never trendy. [ Reply | More ]
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lol [ Reply | More ]
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NP- I'm so glad about that. Too much. [ Reply | More ]
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No Prada Sport. Logo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:19 AM Flag
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Finn Comfort. [ Reply | More ]
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Toms, Sperry [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:24 AM Flag
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Camper [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:33 AM Flag
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Become a sneaker person. Are you really this shallow? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:18 AM Flag
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Not OP, but am sympathetic. I would look at Camper, Merrell, J-41, etc. Will say to OP, however, that you should drill down and find a good shoe for this trek. I know a lot of women who have been careless and are now barely able to wear heels because they spent more time focusing on style than support in these instances. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:30 AM Flag
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Check Born shoe line on Zappos [ Reply | More ]
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Tod's flats [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I had parent/teacher conference with K teacher today who suggested i explore DRA series level I books. What exactly does that mean? Should i determine which books fall into that category and focus on reading only those books to dc? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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You can go to scholastic.com and get examples of which books are in that category. It's just a way of rating the books/provide a reading level. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:20 AM Flag
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Oh, thank you. That helps. I guess it is not as helpful to just read the books that the child shows an interest in? [ Reply | More ]
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Definite;y read some fun books, I think DRA is for DC to read to you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:32 AM Flag
[ - ] Preschool tours- Which schools have a best facilities? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 10.23.14, 01:07 AM Flag
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Riverside Weekday has the best facilities in the city. [ Reply | More ]
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+1, loved it, wish they had an elementary school [ Reply | More ]
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As in toilets? [ Reply | More ]
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I haven't seen Beginnings. I hear they have poor facilities but excellent exmissions. [ Reply | More ]
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WOW- these are the most insightful comments on preschools these days on UB? What happened? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:24 AM Flag
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Kids grew up. Same moms are posting about middle school! [ Reply | More ]
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Temple Emmanu El [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Any book recommendations for my 2nd grade boy? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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For him to read or for you to read to him? [ Reply | More ]
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Diary of a wimpy kid, Fudge series [ Reply | More ]
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Tom Sawyer--Great Starts, Wimpy Kid series, Rick Riordan, Roald Dahl--The BFG...this is what my 2nd grade ds likes. [ Reply | More ]
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Tom Sawyer???? [ Reply | More ]
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The Great Starts version--my son LOVED it. What is so off about that? [ Reply | More ]
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judy blume, fudge, double fudge...there are 4 of them [ Reply | More ]
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Harry Potter, Indian in the Cupboard, Ralph the Mouse series, Fudge series, Farmer Boy, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little [ Reply | More ]
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+1 all good [ Reply | More ]
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Harry Potter?? For Second grade ds??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:28 AM Flag
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sure, mine loved it at this age and read most of them on his own [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:18 AM Flag
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Mine read them in 2nd. Re read them all in summer after 4th. [ Reply | More ]
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The reading levels on these could not vary more. Ralph the Mouse is O, the first Harry Potter is V (and it goes up from there). [ Reply | More ]
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harry potter and percy Jackson (rick riorden) are both great, but too advanced for most 2nd graders. prob best for 4th grade and some advanced 3rd graders. [ Reply | More ]
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Not the ones on this site... [ Reply | More ]
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yes, I should know better, the kids here are reading at age 2! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:20 AM Flag
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either DC will be ok with a 500 page book, or will get scared and decide to advanced. They are big books [ Reply | More ]
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ittttttttta [ Reply | More ]
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For reading to self mine loves the "I Survived" and "Big Nate" series. Reading aloud we do all ki ds of stuff, currently Percy Jacson. [ Reply | More ]
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Captain Underpants, The Secrets of Droon (if he likes the idea of fantasy), the author Matt Christopher (if he's into sports), Knights at the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:48 AM Flag
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Cricket in Times Square, Pushcart Wars. [ Reply | More ]
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Love these!!! [ Reply | More ]
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Diary of a wimpy Kid, Captain Awesome, Galaxy Zack, Who was? series, Roald Dahl [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] My kindergartener told me tonight that he spends recess everyday by herself. She didnt seem upset about it, just said it matter of fairly when I asked her which friends at school she played w at recess. She socialized really well when we are in the park with one or two of her friends, or if a friend comes to our house. But she is at a big public school and I think unstructured recess in a huge school is really over whelming to her. She also is not as confident physically as the other kids which I think plays into it to. Oh well. Any btdt advice appreciated! Am I worryin for nothing? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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My son said the same thing to me (also in K) just last week. I think recess is seriously overwhelming to them right now! I did email his teacher to ask for her thoughts (so far she said she would check it out) but in the interim I'm trying to set up a few playdates for him so he might make a bit of a connection with a few kids in his class. [ Reply | More ]
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^^Also, do ask the teacher if she is friendly/social/having fun in the classroom. It is most likely only a recess issue and it's super common! [ Reply | More ]
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I think these are the kinds of problems that can work themselves out in time. I have found myself getting in a twist about things like this with my kids and then they solve it on their own and I wonder why I spent time thinking about it. As long as she is ok with it, I'd wait and see....and maybe encourage her to approach someone that you know is accepting and ask to play... [ Reply | More ]
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I pick up DS from K and we stay at the playground. Some days he runs around with a group of boys, some days he plays on his own. There are always kids wandering around alone. It's normal at that age - they get fried by being in school. [ Reply | More ]
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Aww I am sorry that is a tough conversation for parent ears. My dd is now 12 and in her younger elementary years we had that talk peroodically. She sounds a lot like your dd and, while still a somewhat reserved kid has really become more comfortable ina variery of social settings in the laat few years. Agree with above poster not to sweat it if ahe seems happy. Also, at that you g age a lot of kids do kind of play by themselves but alongside a bunch of others, monkey bars or whatever. Just keep givi g her chances to connect with kids ina range of aettings, bet she will be fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:14 AM Flag
[ - ] S/o Trey MacDougal or Harry Goldenblatt? 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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HARRY but without the back rash [ Reply | More ]
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+1. Especially because their sex life was much better than Trey's. [ Reply | More ]
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Harry, as long as I could get the image of the actor masturbating in Californication out of my head. [ Reply | More ]
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Omg yes! I can't watch SATC the same way after that... [ Reply | More ]
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+2 [ Reply | More ]
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Ugh, Bunny is the only MIL worse than my own, infinity points for Harry. [ Reply | More ]
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Bunny giving him a bath and he had that big dumb smile! Gross [ Reply | More ]
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OP: Lol that's the episode I'm watching right now! Also, that pre-nup sucked. [ Reply | More ]
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OP: Lol that's the episode I'm watching right now! Also, that pre-nup sucked. [ Reply | More ]
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Harry times a million! Loved him! [ Reply | More ]
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Harry! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:08 AM Flag
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Duh, Harry for sure. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:10 AM Flag
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Trey even if impotent. Harry Goldenblatt is hideous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:21 AM Flag
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gross [ Reply | More ]
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Trey wasn't attractive, especially with that horrible haircut. [ Reply | More ]
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alrighty then. [ Reply | More ]
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Lol! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:45 AM Flag
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Perfect! [ Reply | More ]
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Harry all the way! He's my favorite SATC husband. [ Reply | More ]
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Lol--true! I always wanted to like Steve more than I did but ugh--so whiny... [ Reply | More ]
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I LOVE steve [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:31 AM Flag
[ - ] Divorced moms who didn't want to get divorced, how did you pick up the pieces after and what helped you the most to get back to a happy life? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Good job [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:02 AM Flag
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Still working on that. All of it. [ Reply | More ]
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Thank you for saying that, it somehow makes me feel much better to not be the only one in that process. [ Reply | More ]
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Is it rough? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:11 AM Flag
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Horrible. But, I was a mess by the end--he was having an affair and being abusive--so I do see that it is better and that I should have done it a long time ago. But I did NOT want to be divorced, and we are just now in the process. [ Reply | More ]
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^That was OR [ Reply | More ]
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Do you have children? That's what makes it difficult -- you're never really separated if you do. But if you don't, remember that it's better to be alone than with an abusive dickhead. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes. And it makes it very difficult. He is a "high conflict personality," and we are just gearing up for the custody battle. How about you? [ Reply | More ]
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No, just very sad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:13 AM Flag
[ - ] Please recommend preschools on the UWS that are (1) affordable and (2) offer full day care. Thank you! 30 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 10.23.14, 12:58 AM Flag
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Where on the UWS are you? [ Reply | More ]
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We are moving there so don't know exactly where yet, but we're willing to be anywhere from the 60s to the 90s and don't mind commuting a bit to a great preschool. So we'd consider anything in that general area. [ Reply | More ]
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Purple circle, basic trust, twin parks Montessori, family annex. I don't know what you mean by affordable [ Reply | More ]
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^ may I ask your kids ages? [ Reply | More ]
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21 months now (but will be close to 2.5 by the time September rolls around) and my son will be 4 by Sept. [ Reply | More ]
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Basic trust [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks. I've heard of this one, but got the impression it was more of a daycare than a preschool. Is that the case? [ Reply | More ]
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It is a daycare, but I hear really, really great things - I assume they have a preschool curriculum for older kids. We actually applied twice and didn't get in. [ Reply | More ]
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I'll check it out - thank you! [ Reply | More ]
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The Red Balloon! [ Reply | More ]
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Will check it out - thanks! [ Reply | More ]
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Depends on what you mean by affordable and what you mean by preschool. Traditional preschools that go until 12 or 2:30 depending on whether DC is in 2s, 3s or 4s/preK are very expensive ($20-30k/yr) but sometimes have extended day until 5pm or so. Consider Montclare or Weekday. If you want day are which may start at a few months old and goes until 6pm option the. That's different. Maybe Purple circle [ Reply | More ]
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Also Morningside Montessori - goes to 6pm and is cheaper than Montclare or WSMS. The all-day option starts at 3 though. [ Reply | More ]
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You can go to the morning program and extend until 6. [ Reply | More ]
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I am looking for something that is around $2k per month or less (for full time) because I have 2 kids and around $4k per month is our max budget. It doesn't have to be a cutting edge preschool curriculum, but my older child currently attends a great preschool where we live now so I don't want him to go from learning so much to being under-stimulated/not learning/free play the entire day. I'd like somewhere where there is at least some focus on ABCs, numbers, science, art. [ Reply | More ]
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Try Smarter Toddler daycare on W 89th. [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks. This one is a little above budget ($2300 per month) but we will definitely consider it. [ Reply | More ]
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Do you only want to pay monthly? If so, day are is likely your only option. Most preschools don't have monthly option, you pay deposit in spring then a few equal installments all before school starts in September. [ Reply | More ]
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No I'm fine paying 4x a year or whatever. It's just that budget-wise, my budget is about $4k per month. [ Reply | More ]
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What's the full name of Weekday? I can't seem to find it online. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
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I just found it - nevermind. [ Reply | More ]
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How old is your dc? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:18 AM Flag
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Almost 2 years old and 3.5 years old. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:29 AM Flag
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You stand 0 chance at getting same good preschool for 2 kids this age this year. My advice is to hire an amazing nanny this year. Next year do public pre-k for 4 yo and you can look at private preschools for older 2s. You need to apply to preschools now for next year and you still have enough time to find an apartment first. (I am assuming your 3 yo isn't turning 4 before jan 1) [ Reply | More ]
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Sorry if I was confusing - I'm actually applying for the 2015-2016 year. I see that applications are due in January, so I don't think I'm too late. Am I missing anything? [ Reply | More ]
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Ok. Then given your budget why not just do public pre-k + nanny or public pre-k + daycare? What's your HHI? How much have you budgeted for an apartment? Are you planning on private school later on? [ Reply | More ]
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I'd like to do public pre-K, but I am still learning about it and don't know how much of a given it is. I thought it might be sort of luck of the draw to actually get into a UPK program. Is this the case? We are definitely not planning on private school later on, so all of these websites listing their "exmissions" kind of make me groan. I'd prefer not to have a nanny just as a matter of preference - I'd like both kids to be in a school environment. [ Reply | More ]
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Hi pp, a related question - what are some of the decent community-based UPK programs on the Upper West Side, if any? Are there any that are well regarded? I will also apply to the UPK available at whatever public elementary is within our zone, but also wanted to try some community based ones. [ Reply | More ]
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If they are "pre-school", they will by definition not offer "full day care". That said, the Family Annex is technically a daycare, but in reality a pre-school experience. We loved it and DCs did great there and after. The Family Annex is - open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or something like that, and only closed in August, unlike most preschools, which are closed for three months. Anyways - you won't find a spot until next fall. [ Reply | More ]
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Appreciate it! Will check it out - sounds like a great place. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:46 AM Flag
[ - ] Question about the G & T test for K-- Do the 4 year olds only get asked the "A level" questions? Or can they ask any B level or C level? I am quite confused, and the DOE handbook doesn't even cover it. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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they all get asked same Q, but younger kids can get more wrong, I believe [ Reply | More ]
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TY! [ Reply | More ]
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A level [ Reply | More ]
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TY! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Just had dB #3. Have babysitter help me from 5-8pm while i do dinner/bath/bedtime (DH works late). The idea was that she would help where necesarry but it seems she's partial to being w the baby and has mostly taken over attending to him / bathing him while I do the rest w the older two... Which is fine... But she closes the door to db's bedroom while she does his bath/pj's and it's bothering me- I want to be w him after we eat dinner and older kids go off to play on their own for the last 15 mins.. I always have to knock on. Door and ask for him... Annoying right? Should I insist she keep the door open? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Don't make a big deal out of it. Just say lightly "it's ok, db isn't worried about privacy. You can leave the door open. That way I can see you, db!" Or "hey, I haven't had any one on one with db today and I know dc would live to play Scrabble. I'll bathe db tonight while you and dc play." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:00 AM Flag
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Why are you knocking? And tomorrow just tell her to deal with older kids. You should be leadng this. Don't feel bad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:59 AM Flag
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This. I wouldn't knock and I would tell her to tend to the older kids. I wouldn't even think this would a question! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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Tell her how you want it to work. This sounds like the hand that rocks the cradle! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:09 AM Flag
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It's more that older dc's don't want anything to do w her... 4yo views her as dc's babysitter and, if I'm in the house, only wants to be with me, for me to play, help her get ready for bed etc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:16 AM Flag
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Db's babysitter I meant [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:16 AM Flag
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There are rare situations where I would knock on the door in my own house and a nanny caring for my infant isn't one of them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:17 AM Flag
[ - ] Parents of 1st graders: what are your child's reading and math MAP scores? What school? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:54 AM Flag
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What's MAP scores? I know dc's reading level, that's about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:56 AM Flag
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OP: they take MAP math and reading tests in the fall, winter and spring. We got results at the parent-teacher conference today [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:59 AM Flag
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Well, what were the scores? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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186 math; 189 reading [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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No idea, I don't think my kid took these. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:04 AM Flag
[ - ] I need advice on how to take a "mom" friendship to the next level. Met another mom in the park w same age baby. we became fast playground friends, we text eachother random things about our kids, have talked a bit about things in our lives an we seem to really click. I am realizing that all my friends I hangout w are friends I made long ago. I think I've forgotten what to do! She lives a couple blocks away. Is it weird to see if she wants to grab a drink one night? Oh and I live in a teeny tiny manhattan apt that is really not guest-ready so I don't feel havin them over for a visit is an option. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:54 AM Flag
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Not weird. Mane some plans! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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Not weird, but getting a drink might feel a little awkwardly date-ish. Is there some activity you can invite her to do, something thathusbands not likely to want to do so makes sense to invite a female friend? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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Not weird at all! In fact, she's probably open to new friendships as are you. We all were/are when children change the whole social constellation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:12 AM Flag
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Ask if she wants to see a chick flick one night or grab cocktails [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:13 AM Flag
[ - ] Do you allow your nanny to sit down and eat with you and the family? I know someone makes the nanny leave the room while the family eats and then come back to do the dishes. The nanny also has to turn down the beds, so essentially make the beds twice a day. Seems cold to me IMO 32 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:48 AM Flag
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Allow? Is it 1920s? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:50 AM Flag
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Yes! I tell her she is welcome to crawl around on the floor and we throw her our scraps. Sometimes, we even let her finish off our plates when we are done eating [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:52 AM Flag
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Time for bed, troll child! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:56 AM Flag
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I allow mine to eat what she wants and join us for everything aside from formal family dinners, like Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve but she is off those days anyways so not an issue. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:53 AM Flag
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Yes our nanny eats with us when she is there but frankly I don't love it. What does it mean to turn down the beds? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:53 AM Flag
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^ OP here: Her reasoning is so that the DC don't get too close to the nanny because they've had such high turnover, she doesn't want them to be scarred from abandonment. With the beds, they make it a certain way for the day and then around 5 pm (and not a minute before) they will take off all the pillows and put the duvet on instead of the decorative blanket, which is folded and put away. I know, ridic [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:54 AM Flag
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And they have high turnover, huh, weird [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:58 AM Flag
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Ha. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:02 AM Flag
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They have high turnover because they are not decent people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:58 AM Flag
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They have gotten sued two or three times by staff. But they pay really well and expect a lot. They are actually beloved in their community and highly successful, so nobody would ever guess that people in their house are treated this way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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Also: They had a holiday party on year and it took a village to get the house ready, the florist, caterers, cleaning lady, etc. The nanny had her cell phone charging in the bathroom and the mom FREAKED OUT saying it was ruining her clean house, caused a huge scene and the girl walked off and quit right then. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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one year [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:02 AM Flag
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A lot of people are "beloved in their community" until people find out who they really are. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:17 AM Flag
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^ totally it's so frustrating when you know the truth [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:19 AM Flag
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I guess this explains turn over to some extent. It sounds like they need to hire a governess and a housekeeper to serve family meals [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:01 AM Flag
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She sounds like insane bitch. No wonder they have high turnover. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:00 AM Flag
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I don't do this by any stretch, but if you live in a high design home with very high end bedding, and are willing to pay someone to do this as in a hotel, why not? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:04 AM Flag
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They live in a big mcmansion, hardly high design. But expensive bedding that gets dry cleaned and pressed. Which also seems weird to me, dry cleaning entails so many chemicals, why would you want to sleep on that? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:07 AM Flag
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You don't see the problem with a DC's "high end bedding" being turned down for them every night and made for them every morning? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:25 AM Flag
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I do see a problem with it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:31 AM Flag
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I have to say, those poor kids. What a wacko family. Gonna he hard to escape ddysfunction in that kind of environment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:06 AM Flag
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Kids go to TT schools and are excelling and overall good kids, but treat the staff like maids, without respect because that's how they've seen their parents treat them. They don't clean, do dishes, take out trash, etc… They don't even get their bags ready for school for the next morning, nanny does it. Nanny also walks dog, clean cars, etc etc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:09 AM Flag
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She must be well compensated. She could work elsewhere. It sucks, don't get me wrong, but she could leave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:58 AM Flag
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why is she allowed to eat? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:54 AM Flag
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That sounds rather grim and strange to me actually, like a family who imagines themselves as some weird contemporary Downton Abbey. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:55 AM Flag
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Huh? People have people watch their kids with whom they don't want to eat? That is strange. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:00 AM Flag
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We have a live-in and gave her the option if she wanted to eat with us. I didn't want to force her, but she's welcome if she wants to. She does, and it's fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:22 AM Flag
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This sounds like Mississippi circa 1960. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:22 AM Flag
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Why doesn't she go home when they have dinner? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:25 AM Flag
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sometimes she does, but most of the time the mom wants her to stay and do dishes, get the bags ready for tomorrow school, etc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:29 AM Flag
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That is pathetic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 02:56 AM Flag
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which part? i think it's horrible too, but i am not objective [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 03:11 AM Flag
[ - ] I have two boys who each have a bedroom. One is small, maybe 8x10, and the other is pretty regularly sized, say 12×14. Is it crazy to, instead of giving each their own room, turn the small room into a "dormitory" with nothing but beds in it that they only sleep in, and the larger room into a playroom/lounge that they can live in? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:47 AM Flag
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It's what I would do [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:50 AM Flag
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Yes crazy. What is age difference? Let older one have bigger one till he goes to college. 8 by 10 is fine. Or tell them to switch when younger one wants to have a friend over. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:49 AM Flag
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This. For introverts like me, absolutely crucial to have a room of my own w a door I can close when I need quiet and privacy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:03 AM Flag
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How old are they? Let them decide. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:51 AM Flag
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I love this idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:02 AM Flag
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I would have gone crazy without my own room as a child/teen. I am introverted and loved playing quietly- or thinking, writing, reading- in my room with the door shut, alone. But everyone is different. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:11 AM Flag
[ - ] How does one search this site? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:45 AM Flag
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You can't. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:47 AM Flag
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There used to be a way on google. Does that not work any more? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:51 AM Flag
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So if you miss a post, that's it , huh? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 12:51 AM Flag
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You have to put it on your watch list. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:25 AM Flag
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But if you don't what you want while you're on, that's it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:59 AM Flag
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it broke 2 yrs ago and was not fixed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.23.14, 01:11 AM Flag
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