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[ - ] I was checking back on my post from yesterday about help with a 3 yo's bedtime. Someone assumed I must SAH to implement such an early bedtime. This seems snarky and ill-informed in my opinion. Don't any of you come naturally to the right bedtime for babies/toddlers? For the longest time, my now 3yo went to bed at 6.30. Her baby brother goes to bed between 6.30 and 7. Can't make it any later! Has nothing to do with my working or not. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 06.19.08, 07:34 AM Flag
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i can understand her assumption. most of us who work get home around that time and it does matter if you work because when would you see your child? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:48 AM Flag
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I think people tend to do that. You do one thing differently than I do so you MUST be completely different in every way. Or, maybe that was a tired mom who wishes she could spend time with her kids and still get them to bed super early so she could have some grown up time too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:59 AM Flag
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so wait, if your dc go to bed that early you must see them like 3 hours a week! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:59 AM Flag
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np: there you go with assumptions. what if she works but is home by 3pm every day. you don't know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:00 AM Flag
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so what if she did? my dh sees my kids only briefly during the week but would never think of trying to adjust their natural schedule so that he could see them more. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:01 AM Flag
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man, 6:30 seems like such an early bedtime to me no matter what the kid's age, and I SAH. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:13 AM Flag
[ - ] Anyone go to the PS166 orientation this morning? How was it? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 06.19.08, 07:31 AM Flag
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Good, informative, and a nice, mellow group of people. Not to mention some pretty mellow reps of what neverthless appears to be a highly-organized, kick-a$s PTA. I think it's going to be great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:47 AM Flag
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Our daughter had a lot of fun on the tour. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:45 AM Flag
[ - ] NAME POLL: Is Max the new Jack? I mean aside from Jlo and Xtina, is everyone naming their kid that? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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they were about 6 years ago. Jack is the new Max. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:29 AM Flag
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i only men in their 20's named max [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:30 AM Flag
[ - ] what's a single word for bringing together? i.e. merging 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:26 AM Flag
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joining, uniting [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:27 AM Flag
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unifying [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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bonding [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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unifying. (By the way, you meant to use e.g., not i.e. E.g. means "for example." I'm a writing coach, and I advise my students not to use e.g. or i.e. unless they are 100% confident they can use it correctly. Most people, like you, use the wrong one.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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ita. i.e. basically means "in other words" and you should use it when paraphrasing or restating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:30 AM Flag
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but isn't "merging" in other words? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:32 AM Flag
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In the context of the OP's question, she is using merging as an example of the kind of word she is looking for. E.g. would have been more correct. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:34 AM Flag
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In my experience, unless you are a former Latin nerd or grammar nerd (double check here!), you just can't remember which one means which. That's why most people shouldn't use them. Use "for example" or "in other words." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:33 AM Flag
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i always remember it by putting on a really fake accent and saying "In Ether Werds". get it? the i.e. means 'in other words'. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:41 AM Flag
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Heh heh! That's a good one! I'll add it to my repertory. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:42 AM Flag
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ok thanks. what's a single word - for bring global & local expertise together? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:31 AM Flag
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Hmm. You want to convey that by bringing them together you are making more than a sum of their parts. Leveraging? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:40 AM Flag
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does unifying marketing make sense? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:35 AM Flag
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streamlining; coordinating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:40 AM Flag
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coalescing [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:30 AM Flag
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consolidating [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 09:23 AM Flag
[ - ] Anyone know if any NYC movies theaters have special screenings for parents with babies? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Newborn 06.19.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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the place on houston does, so does bpc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:25 AM Flag
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and check out the other movie theater at 86th and Third, not the AMC. It used to have it too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:30 AM Flag
[ - ] I've heard urine is sterile, but is that true? Potty training Newbie here. DS inevitably grabs onto the nasty toilet seat in public restrooms. I try to clean the seat beforehand etc, but I'm wondering if urine is "sterile" or if he could get ill from touching urine from an ill person. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:17 AM Flag
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Afterwards, clean his hands with a wipe and then use a little Purell. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:25 AM Flag
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just wash with soap and water [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:26 AM Flag
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Think about it for just a minute. As long as urine is inside the body, it's sterile, but as soon as it leaves the body it is a breeding ground for bacteria. Wash his hands with soap and water every time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:27 AM Flag
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if you have a UTI, wouldn't there be bacteria in your urine? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:32 AM Flag
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yes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:34 AM Flag
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so the statement "urine is sterile" is false. Urine might be/can be sterile. But even as it leaves your ureter, it might not be sterile. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:37 AM Flag
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statement should have included "in a healthy person", all bets are off when a person is ill. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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urine is only sterile when it comes out, that doesn't mean that all sorts of nasty bacteria accumulate on toilet seats. There's a good reason why you wash your hands after going to the bathroom each time. Just was his hands before he has a chance to stick them in his mouth. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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If you carry a Potett with you, ds can sit on that, (even if you are in a restroom)...just one possible idea to work with .... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:51 AM Flag
[ - ] help out a clueless newbie. andersen is a public school? citywide is also? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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learn to tag. this is NOT general topic [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:17 AM Flag
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are you the same person who keeps complaining about this or are there more of you? (serious question. i'm wondering how many people are bothered by this. i never even check to see what boards the posts are in) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:20 AM Flag
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there are more of us. I hate posts about ny schools, especially since I have them turned off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:21 AM Flag
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^ as this is honestly my first post about tagging. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:21 AM Flag
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It annoys me too, so there are at least 3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:26 AM Flag
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#4 here! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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my apologies. i'll try to be more careful in the future. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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np: if you only watch one or two boards, you would notice it. (I don't really care.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:21 AM Flag
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Citywide is not a specific school. It is a classification of schools. It means that anyone in NYC can attend (assuming they meet eligibility criteria/pass test/etc.) Anderson is one of these schools. There are only three citywides which have kindergarten programs- Anderson, NEST and TAG. They are all in Manhattan. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:20 AM Flag
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thank you very much. are those schools considered better than the average public school or is it mostly an attraction for kids in districts with bad public schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:22 AM Flag
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Anderson has the best reputation of the three, by far. I don't know much about TAG. Better than average, Yes. There are those who would argue that some of the really good local (zoned) schools are better than TAG or NEST(?). NEST has a checkered past and, IMHO, suffers for it. The self selection thing means a lot too. Every kid there has involved parent(s). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:50 AM Flag
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i think that's a big reason people choose gifted and talented programs. it's as close as a public school can come to the self selection of a private school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:57 AM Flag
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OR: that was it for us. Would have stayed local for elementary but our zoned school sucks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:48 AM Flag
[ - ] Work vent: I negotiated a part time schedule. Its been great. Now I have a new a-hole team leader who keeps scheduling events on my off day or after I'm supposed to leave for the day. I've accomodated some of the requests, but now I have to put my foot down. i just scheduled a meeting with him. I feel like it's a total power struggle, like he thinks I'm gettin away with something by working part ime. UGG 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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maybe he's not cognizant of your hours from week to week. if they are consistant, maybe you could email him your sched for the month and ask him to try to sched meetings pertinent to you during the times that you are in. after that, if he persists, i agree he is being a jerk. can you speak with a superior if all else fails? good luck, i hate coworkers who sabotage [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:23 AM Flag
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oh, he knows. I work a standard schedule, just 20hrs instead of 40. I sent an email off to our joint supervisor, and she's going to talk to him. I've been on this schedule for 4 years, its not news, he's just an angry short man looking to rule the world. thanks for responding. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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is he doing it to F* with you, to accomodate somebody else, or is he just insensitive? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:34 AM Flag
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I don't understand why he's got such a stick up his butt, it's not like you're getting paid for full time work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:36 AM Flag
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Some people have really weird responses to parttimers. I work for a consulting firm, they have very family friendly policies, but there is a whiff of slacking to some people if you actually take advantage of the options [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:39 AM Flag
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I work with several part timers. Sometimes it works out great, other times it sucks. One of the part timers will routinely schedule the shitty stuff for her off days. She also thinks since she is half time she should never have to work more than 20 hours. But the FTEs work 50-60 hours on a regular basis. Part time takes awareness on both sides. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:46 AM Flag
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Very true. I made my scheduling needs very clear 4 years ago--I'm happy to work from home when needed, or rearrange my childcare when I can, but I took the pay/hour cut for a reason. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:59 AM Flag
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I think a lot of times too, the institution (HR and senior management) understand the relationship BUT the peers/subordinates don't. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:14 AM Flag
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I think it's a combo or insensitive and f'ing with me. I've been with the company longer than he has, and am well regarded--I think it pisses him off that people will come to me for help before him even though I'm "ony" part time. I think he also resents that I could have his job if I wanted to be full time again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:37 AM Flag
[ - ] My comment made it into the latest InsideSchools blog post. It was about how citywides are not truly citywide unless children from all boroughs can access them. Hope this issue gets some attention. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 06.19.08, 07:14 AM Flag
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Is this in reference to bussing? If so, I completely agree. It's absurd they don't offer bussing beyond 5 miles. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:22 AM Flag
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or it is absurb to place schools where they do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:23 AM Flag
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Accessible in every sense. There are enough top scorers in Bklyn and Queens to warrant at least 1 citywide (accelerated) program within easy access for these boroughs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:38 AM Flag
[ - ] Are water wings okay for a 2.5 yo or is that too young? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:12 AM Flag
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ok if you are with her/him. never alone [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:13 AM Flag
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oh, I shouldn't leave him alone in a pool at that age? had no idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:15 AM Flag
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don't tie weights to him either. signed safety mom [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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oops. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:18 AM Flag
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Water wings are poor flotation devices. A flotation device that you can strap on is a better idea. Speedo makes them for children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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like life jackets? the other other thing I saw was a speedo suit with a floatation device built in. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:20 AM Flag
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Yes, but they aren't called life jackets. I'll get a URL for you... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:23 AM Flag
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Here it is. It's called a "swim vest." It comes in better colors than the one pictured; DD's is purple and blue. http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1841.htm [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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thank you so much! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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these are good. 2.5 is too young for waterskiing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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although my 2yo does enjoy snorkling [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:29 AM Flag
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you don't let him spearfish do you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:31 AM Flag
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goodness, no. too sharp. But cliff diving is ok, so long as he wears his helmet. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:39 AM Flag
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ditto [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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Water wings are terrible floatation devices. Other than PFDs that are certified for use on boats, no floatie-type things should be used with DCs until they can swim on their own. They give both parent and child a crutch that can lead to parents being less diligent about supervising a DC in the water and a DC to overestimate their ability to swim. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:48 AM Flag
[ - ] I dont know why this stuff gets me so worked up but it does. 7.5 mo ds had been sleeping 7:30 - 6:30 for a good number of months. This past week, waking earlier and earlier. then slept to 6:30 for a couple of days, then this AM up at 5:45. What gives? Is it temporary? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:05 AM Flag
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wish i knew, but we are having a very similar thing recently with our 7.5mo. i think with sleep it can just go up and down, babies change, etc. i'm just grateful she sleeps through the night, after 5mo+ of my getting NO sleep until we cio-ed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:24 AM Flag
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The sun is coming up much much early...the earliest it wioll com eup all year. Make sure you have black out shades [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 08:27 AM Flag
[ - ] Quote of the day, courtesy of a poster below, "Life is too short for skim milk." Love you 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:03 AM Flag
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lol. that reminds me of my coworker who told me in november of 2001 that after 9/11 she realized life is too short and so, instead of splurging on starbucks once a week, she now buys it every day. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:09 AM Flag
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op - some people thought we were odd, but after september 11, we moved back to ny. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:10 AM Flag
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that's interesting? was it b/c of 9/11? did you move back to manhattan or the nyc area? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:12 AM Flag
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2 kids later, i could no longer afford manhattan. i live in a northern burb. i would have to say that it was b/c of 9/11 in the sense that i decided that life was too short to be away from the people and the city i loved because of a job. so glad i did, too, b/c i was able to be near my mother in the last years of her life and dh was able to help with his father's care in the last years of his life. so although it has been a sad and difficult time in many ways, we definitely did the right thing in coming back [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:19 AM Flag
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that's great. good for you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:20 AM Flag
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Ita! Why drink anything other than whole milk? The other stuff tastes like water! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:35 AM Flag
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Go straight for the good stuff - I keep Half and Half in my fridge for my coffee (I don't drink milk otherwise). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:51 AM Flag
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Hey, that's me! And thank you. Bottoms up, ladies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:55 AM Flag
[ - ] Anyone ever on the Boston board? 0 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 07:02 AM Flag
[ - ] 4 1/2 mo is home from daycare with coxsackie...what are the chances his 3 yo sister (who goes to the same daycare, and went in today) has it? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 06:52 AM Flag
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Pretty high, and probably a lot of the other kids there will have it too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 06:54 AM Flag
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op: that's what I was thinking...I'm hoping that we caught it from another kid, and they didn't catch it from us (lessens my feelings of guilt, no matter how common this is!) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.08, 06:57 AM Flag
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