So what’s on your mind?

We’re going to try something new and see how it goes. I may have to repost a new one each night but I won’t write anything. If we don’t do that and there are a lot of comments, there will be too much scrolling and it will get messy.

So the same rules apply, be kind and respectful. Watch what you say and don’t hurt others. Pretty much the rules you learned in Kindergarten apply here.

So the tab at the top of the page that says “So what’s on your mind,” click and get busy.

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45 Responses to So what’s on your mind?

  1. SKL says:

    Well, tonight the weather was too treacherous to drive much, so I went home and watched The Polar Express with my kids. This was our first time watching the movie, though we did the Polar Express train ride and read the book a few times last year. Miss E really liked the movie. It was a little scary for Miss A.

    Last night was their school Christmas program. Miss E had told me she was nervous and didn’t want to perform, so I wondered how it would go. True to form, Miss E goofed around and drew the wrong kind of attention to herself. Miss A was her usual serious, perfectionist self, apparently oblivious to the nonsense happening on her left, LOL. Since it didn’t even start until 7:30pm, we were all pretty exhausted by the end. Whew, one more big thing down.

    Tomorrow I have to spend the day getting my car serviced. Speaking of that, we have 4 cars here, and 2 of them have been in accidents in the past 2 days. In fact, make that 3 in the past 3, if you count the fact that I slid into a rock while rounding a curve on Monday. (I don’t think mine did any damage though – thanks to my plastic car.) Gotta love winter driving! So I think we’ll have 3 cars in the shop tomorrow, coincidentally.

    So what else is happening?

    • Jenny says:

      How old is Miss A that she was scared of the Polar Express? And at what parts? My son will be 3 in a few weeks and loves that movie!!

      • SKL says:

        Miss A is 4. She did watch the whole movie, but she didn’t like the parts where it seemed the folks were in danger, like when they speeding on a steep track like a rollercoaster, or when they slid down and fell through a hole (and ended up in the bag of presents). I think part of it was that she didn’t know what was going to happen next. I think if she’d seen it before, it wouldn’t bother her as much.

        My kid has some sensory issues and it was only recently that she began to tolerate some things that other kids love. Like being pushed in a swing – she learned to pump her own swing at 2 because she would not allow anyone to push her. She also hated the kiddy rollercoaster she went on this past summer. So when the movie had a lot of that type of stuff in it, she was very uncomfortable. She also has vision issues – stuff that moves too quick gets out of focus and she can’t see it. She only recently started actually watching movies from start to finish. So that might have been part of it, too.

  2. Jason says:

    Well last night I attended my first meeting for the Meeker County Sheriff’s Reserves, nothing really exciting during the meeting but there isn’t really anything going on this time of year. However, I have to do 60hrs of ride-alongs in the next 90 days, once that is done the officers I rode with will turn in their evaluations of me to the liason and they will decide whether or not to vote me in to the Reserves. I plan on using this as a way of getting my foot in the door for when I finish school. My brother is coming up to visit us after Christmas, so I am pretty excited about that. Jenny has already promised to stay at home with Hunter, that way my brother and I can out and tear the town apart ;). Well thats all I got for now.

  3. Jenny says:

    Well my back has been hurting me for a while now. And this weekend it just got way worse! Could hardly stand up and walk. Really hard to take care of Hunter when I can’t move. Good thing I work for a Chiropractor 😀 It’s getting better day by day. Really hard when my job is to stand and give people massages when I’m the one in pain too!
    It’s literally a pain in my butt!! And back… LOL

  4. Ellen says:

    Yesterday, I went to the doctor to let him remove a small mole on the side my face. I asked also something for my coughing at night. He checked my throat and sinuses and it appeared I have a throat and sinus infection! Weird!
    This evening a guy came buy to do an estimation for painting the exterior: 9217 Dollars!!! I am shocked.
    Also, we recently had a water-softener installed. My goodness, what a difference does that make! I love it. So nice to was your face as if it is so smooth 🙂

    Tomorrow an important meeting with the parents of my student at school. Look forward to discuss with them.

    Have a wonderful weekend you all.

  5. shanef says:

    Well I recently switched my cell phone service from Sprint to T-Mobile. I have been with Sprint for 8yrs. and was tired of being under a contract agreement and paying way too much for how often I talk on my cell phone which is not much, I only use about 100 min./ month. So I went with a pay as you go plan-$100/1,000 min. and it’s good for a year. I’ll save a LOT of $$$ !!

    I’m sick of winter already. I work nights, so I only see daylight for about 20 min./day during the work week and about 2-3hrs./day on the weekends. Pretty depressing. Plus I really miss my car already but I won’t ever drive it in the winter, which has it’s bonuses I guess. I won’t put many miles on it, it won’t get a salt bath everyday. But what really pisses me off is the fact that I still have to pay for Full Coverage on it because it’s finainced. I would of saved about $400.00 if I was able to switch to storage insurance. Oh well “nothing I can do about it”

    And next week we’re having our christmas party at work. We get a catered meal from Famous Daves, and they hand out tickets and do a raffle drawing for prizes. They usually give away some really cool gifts. In 11yrs. I’ve won a air compressor “which was made by us” a digital camera, wild tickets “twice” an ipod, and a personal day. Hope I win something again this year. And we actually get bonuses this year, due to the sh–ty economy we didn’t get a bonus last year.

  6. Morocco says:

    Hmmm, my late mother’s 49th birthday is tomorrow and I’m thinking about baking a cake in her memory. Of course, she can’t partake in a bite, lol, but I like to bake. And maybe it will make me feel better.

    • Laura says:

      That’s a really sweet thing to do. I know people who practice the Jewish (?) tradition of setting a place for loved ones who are absent, to remember them. It’s a lovely idea, and a nice way to remember.

  7. Sue says:

    I get to go shopping today with my mommy 🙂 I have Christopher’s presents from Santa to get and a birthday present and I’m done! I will get done today b/c I don’t have time to go again!

  8. Nikki says:

    What’s on my mind? My sisters grandpa, which I grew up with also. He had a stoke last night, couldn’t remember what month it was and asked to see my dad. He’s been gone for 10 years now, that was hard on my sister. So, my mind is with her today.

    Other than that, not too much. The boys had their weekly whiffle ball game last night. 15 showed up this time. Every time a kid brings a friend, or a kid just happens to go to open gym that night and see’s it going on and joins. It’s been a lot of fun, for all of us. In the 15 there are about 5-6 that are close and I think they will be life time friends. Which is extremely important for Bailey to have. It’s important to me, that he has that.

    I have to pick Bailey up from school early, 1:40. He has a doctor appointment. He has been seeing the same doctor for years, and we both love her. The problem is she requires a visit every 3 months and she’s 30 minutes away. It’s getting to be too much. This new doctor, here in town came recommended, however he is a male and Bailey isn’t thrilled. So this is just an appointment to meet him, and see how Bailey likes him. Hope it goes well, and he is comfortable with him.

    That’s about it for me. I have a few gifts that have arrived. Waiting on a few more, then the rest will be bought directly from the store. I finally have some good ideas about gifts for Bailey. He’s never been so hard to buy for. It’s not that he’s picky, he just has’t asked for much. He needs a new sled, so that will be a good gift from Santa! 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      Seems weird to me that the Dr. requires a visit every 3 months!! Why is that? Its not like a whole lot changes in 3 months. More money I guess!

      • Nikki says:

        He has ADHD, and she requires that for those patients. And no, it’s normal either. I asked around and a few docs here in buffalo thought that was outrageous, a few run at the same track I run at. I am friends with the HR director for Allina Clinics, and she said that is insane. Another deciding factor for switching over.

      • Joy says:

        I can understand the dosage thing because he weight changes but every three months is crazy. I’d hate that. That’s as bad as braces. Damn Jason. He had to do ever 3 weeks.

        • Nikki says:

          That’s just it, the dose isn’t based on his weight. There are people 150 lbs on a lower dosage than he is, and kids that are 50 lbs on a higher dosage than he is. It’s all about the imbalance in his brain. We haven’t changed a thing in at least 2 years. That’s what irritates me. I can see if we were having problems but we haven’t. The ones I have talked to about it, say it’s for the money and that isn’t right.

          • SKL says:

            None of my business of course, but have you talked to her about your concerns? I could see the 3-month interval for the first year or so to be sure the doctor is fully aware of how he’s responding to the meds. Maybe they just stuck to the old schedule because it was “easy” (for them), and she’d be willing to change it if she knew you were looking to switch. Can’t hurt to ask, I’d think.

            I do know how you feel, though – I dumped my kid’s ophthalmologist because they didn’t bother to tell me about a problem they found (which was causing learning delays) – until a year later. Yeah, thanks, bye.

            • Nikki says:

              I expressed my concerns at his last appointment. She said she understood and she’d work with me. So when it came to getting his prescription refilled. (I have to call it in to the clinic and it HAS to be picked up or mailed, not called into the pharmacy) I was told that she had to see him first, because it had been more than 3 months. I even reminded the nurse about what I had talked to her about. She said she’d get back to me , which she did. She said she’d only give me one more prescription (one month) and no more until she saw him. That’s when I said, okay fine, send it and I’ll make an appointment. I didn’t, I had his records faxed over to the clinic here in town. Unreasonable don’t ya think?

              • SKL says:

                Yes, I would say you have reason to be pretty frustrated. I’d probably leave her too.

                I just remembered, I also ditched my kids’ first pediatrician after 1 visit. He rolled his eyes and laughed at me for asking to discuss an immunization before he administered it. Yeah, thanks, I think I’ll go to a doctor who doesn’t treat me like an idiot.

                Now if my doctors would quit leaving the practice I go to . . . .

                • Sue says:

                  Christopher’s doc said we didn’t have to come back until April as long as things were fine. I was a little concerned at first b/c you said you were going every 3 months, but that’s good to know it’s ok!

  9. Laura says:

    I’m feeling a little Bah-Humbuggy today. I think it’s because I know we’re going to be travelling over Christmas. I love to see our families, but the travel gets old, you know? Makes me not want to decorate the house, because we’re not going to be here to enjoy it, really, so what’s the point? And then I see how much Josh enjoys it, so I pull out more decorations. Slowly, the house is getting put together.

    I think we’re going – or at least I am – to the mall today, to knock out some Christmas Shopping. I got most of the way through my Christmas Cards yesterday, just have to add some pictures to a few of them, and then I can get them out. I’m hoping the shopping will lift my spirits – it usually does.

    I also have to whip up a batch of cut-out cookie batter, Josh asked to make some after school today. Don’t know if we’ll have time today, since tonight is his school’s Christmas Program (yes, CHRISTMAS program! Love our Catholic school, we can do forbidden stuff like that!), so I just don’t know if we’ll have time to have dinner, clean up, and get to the school by 6:15.

    So, all in all, it’s a busy day. With any luck, I’ll drop my Grinchy Attitude, and it’ll only get better.

    • Nikki says:

      Oh I hope that humbug attitude leaves….that’s never fun! I’m not sure if Christmas shopping will help or make it worse! I’ll hope for that it helps!

      • Laura says:

        It actually helped. I knocked out a good chunk, got something fun for my mom, and got a gift for the Grab Bag that I won’t mind keeping if it comes back to me. Always a bonus. Josh is done except for Stocking Stuffers, but I still have a few other people, and I’m waiting on inspiration for them. It’ll come, I’m sure, I just want it to hit NOW, not the day before Christmas! And the stores weren’t bad, either. I hate dealing with crowds, but the mall was pretty good today. People there, crowded lots, but at least nobody was being stupid.

  10. SKL says:

    So there’s a debate on “one of my sites” and I’ve managed to get myself name-called, etc., again. So I thought I’d ask you all what you think, just for fun.

    Suppose you had little girls (tots, preschoolers) and you needed an occasional or part-time babysitter. Assuming none of your friends/family were available, and both male and female candidates applied, would you hire a male? Or, what would it take for you to hire a male over a female?

    My answer was, at the age my girls are now, I would not leave them alone in my house with a male whom I didn’t know well. (I would revisit when the girls are bigger and more streetwise.) For that, I am a man-hating, sexist bigot.

    I know many of you only have boys, but what would you say if you had girls? Would your answer be different given that you have boys?

    • Nikki says:

      I agree with you 100%. I have a boy and at that age, I still would go for a female. Not to say females have never done anything wrong, but I would feel more comfortable. Certainly until they were old enough to communicate with me about their day, and like you said, until they were more “streetwise”. And then still, I would prefer a women.

      • Nikki says:

        Unless I knew them well of course! Uncles and best friends are the exceptions.

        • SKL says:

          I agree, I even pointed out that I let my dad babysit, and I could think of other men I’d allow (and women I wouldn’t allow). But the example was of a woman with a 3-year-old daughter, interviewing folks she didn’t know for after-school care. Personally I probably would not have even interviewed the guy, assuming I had a bunch of “qualified” women to choose from.

    • Jenny says:

      I probably would still pick a female. Unless I knew the male really well! Women have better sense when it comes to kids. IMO that is…lol

      • Nikki says:

        Yes, they are usually more gentled natured and common sense when it comes to kids is usually more apparent in females. I also know of females I wouldn’t dare let watch my son…to call names because of what YOU prefer is just immature and ignorant.

        • SKL says:

          You guys wouldn’t last one minute “over there” with such subversive thoughts! LOL!

          • SKL says:

            They had two commenters raked over the coals because they said they work with numerous teenage boys who have committed sexual abuse while babysitting, so their experience would not allow them to be comfortable leaving their daughter with a guy they didn’t know. You’d think those moms were the scum of the earth.

            • Nikki says:

              Yeah, how dare they want to keep their children safe and be more careful than most, or maybe more than they had been in the past. The nerve they have! Geesh….

    • Laura says:

      Wow, those people got a LOT more rabid than is normal over there!!! That “conversation” was *insane*. I’d have left a LONG time ago with a, “yeah, I discriminate sometimes. You choose coke over pepsi. You discriminate, too, based on your particular tastes and experiences, so I guess that makes YOU bigots, too. Deal with it.”

      • Joy says:

        Do you guys still go “there?” Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I ventured “that way.”

        • SKL says:

          No, it wasn’t “that other site.” It’s a different site where most of the time, I agree with what they are talking about. But it has its share of extreme posters. I mean, one of the guys referred to my hesitance as “fervent hatred” of men in general. A little weird, no?

      • Joy says:

        I just went over there and only one writer, Amy Hatch, look familiar to me. There are NO comments. I went and looked at 4 pages and in all those pages there were only 7 comments!!! Oh, I can so remember the day……..

        • SKL says:

          I have peeked at “that other site” once or twice since I “quit it.” I have had no temptation to post a comment. Did I mention that they asked me to contribute on selected topics sometimes (not for pay)? I said, no thanks. That was right after the LL fiasco, and I just wanted nothing to do with anything she had ever been associated with.

          As for the competing site I discovered, got addicted to, and quit this year, I’ve snuck over there a few times just to see what they are saying about stuff. Like I wanted to see what kind of whining they were doing over the election. I’ve been tempted to post a comment here or there, but I’ve refrained. I just know that if I post something, I won’t be able to stop coming back to see what people said about it, and then I’d feel the need to answer it, and you know how that ends up.

  11. SKL says:

    Another comment bites the dust . . ..

  12. SKL says:

    So I’m still at the car repair place since 9:30am (it’s 4:30 here). They tell me they are targeting 5pm and if they are not done by then, they will give me a rental because they can’t stop it at that point. Something about them programming the ignition? Without which it will not start anyway. They tried it 2x and it’s not working. Oh, joy.

    I do not want to move 2 car seats and all my other junk from one car to another only to move it back the next day. I do not want to learn how to drive a rental car. I do not want to have to come back tomorrow (this place is 40 minutes away without weather and traffic figured in). I have had enough of not being able to send work emails except on a blackberry (without attachments). Have you had enough of my whining now?

    Did I mention that I have not eaten today? Coffee gut probably isn’t making me feel mellow either . . . . And now I’m getting a headache . . . .

    • Laura says:

      ALL DAY AT THE CAR PLACE? I’d be grouchy, too! Man! I think if they’d have told me that up front, I’d have INSISTED on a loaner. I did that once a long time ago when the klutch on my Saturn (may she rest in peace, I LOVED that car) crapped out on me when I was on my way to a family party. I told them I was on my way, and they gave me the same model car, only updated by several years (it was the latest model). It only had like 5 miles on it, and it was even the same color. When I returned the car to them the next day, I asked if I could just trade them – mine for the new shiny pretty one. They said, “that’s why we give those as loaners. You wouldn’t BELIEVE the return customer rate we have!”

      Even if it’s *just* a car place (and not a dealer), you’d think they would have some sort of loaner or shuttle service for you – at least drive you to work or your home. You can find rides from there.

      Geez, they should at least give you survival food: Mt. Dew and M&M’s.

      • SKL says:

        Yeah, I knew it was not going to be a quick deal, because I had a number of things I needed them to work on. But I thought maybe 4-6 hours tops. I finally got out at 5:15.

        This was my first time going to this particular car place. They closed the repair place behind my old Saturn dealer. What a difference. The old place was a lot nicer, cleaner, more comfy, it had stations to set up a computer and work all day, free tidbits to eat, nicer bathrooms – everything. It was also walking distance to a Borders and two shopping centers. But alas, all good things must come to an end. After looking around for an outlet and not finding one, I asked for a place to plug in my computer, so they put me up in a nice room. So it was comfortable, but no windows, and I was afraid to get up and leave my computer unattended. There was no close shopping, but they told me there was a restaurant across the street. But I didn’t want to shut down my computer and I figured I didn’t have that much more of a wait. They offered me pop, which I don’t drink, and the sales lady even offered to give me some coins for the vending machine, which I did not accept. (I didn’t have any coins or small bills with me.)

        I guess it was a learning experience. The old place was a great place to spend the work day; the new place is not. So next time, I will plan accordingly.

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