Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat May 19 - May 25




BillBlueEyes
05-19-2014, 06:26 AM
Spring is arriving ever so slowly. To date we've only had one day with all house windows happily open.

I've cancelled almost all events this week where I'm around people to spare them the sound of coughing. I went to the doctor; I have a cough; it isn't pneumonia; I need to cough it out.

(Every time I type P-N-E-U-M-O-N-I-A I remember the joy of learning to spell that word in the fourth grade. My head doesn't hold memories of each word I've learned to spell, but it does that one.)


Mudpie
05-19-2014, 07:09 AM
Holiday here. I slept in 'til 5:15 :lol:. Set my alarm by mistake but I rarely sleep late enough to hear it so it's a bonus. I'm planning on getting down to the lake tonite to see the fireworks. I'm within walking distance from the dogs' house.

Bill I loved spelling in grade school as it was the one thing I excelled at. I was always the last one or second last one left standing on "spelling bee day". If we missed a word we had to sit down and I hardly ever missed a word.

Hope your cough leaves soon. Warmer weather definitely helps with morale - we've had one day where I could be outside without a coat and I want MORE!

Dagmar :cool:

CalCounter1003
05-19-2014, 07:18 AM
I used to be an excellent speller but because of spell check I seem to have lost it! However, I'm very visual so I never did well in spelling bees. I had to see the word written to know if it was correct. Also used to know tons of phone numbers, now I hardly can remember any. The cost of technology, our memories.

Weather was beautiful this weekend in Fl. Low humidity! A rare thing in Florida.


silverbirch
05-19-2014, 08:25 AM
:wave: I'm present.

paperclippy
05-19-2014, 09:10 AM
Good morning all! I am starving since I have an appointment for my physical this morning and I have to be fasting for bloodwork. Sadly my appointment isn't until 10:00 and I get up at 5:30 in the morning. I came in to work a little early to offset the time I'll be missing at the doctor. I really hope they can get a vein today. If they don't get one on the second try I will make them send me to the lab instead. Strange how the lab almost always gets a vein on the first try and the doctor's office typically takes 3-5 attempts. Anyway, I don't even want to think about BMI. I just hope they don't think I'm pregnant because of my big fat belly.

In other news, the weaning process is going well so far. DDs are down to 2 bottles per day and I'm down to pumping 3x/day as of yesterday. It wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it would be so that's a plus. They are also getting better at drinking their milk from their cups.

Taryl, I hope for your sake it's not twins! :lol: I love my girls but my pregnancy was miserable. Or maybe you will be like some of those magical women who can carry two babies to term and still be running around doing everyday things the whole time. When do you go for your first ultrasound to find out? Anyway, I did get hit with terrible morning sickness with my girls, and what I eventually found to be most effective at controlling it was a steady stream of sour gummy life savers all day long. :o Not exactly on-plan for a diet. Ginger candies worked for a while until I got totally sick of eating them. A friend of mine had hyperemesis gravidarum with both her pregnancies -- basically morning sickness so bad she had to have home IV treatments for months and was in and out of the hospital the entire time. Yuck!

ICUwishing
05-19-2014, 09:16 AM
Ah, spelling bees. :) I won my grade 3 out of 4 years as a youngster (3rd to 6th, I think - would have to ask my mom). I distinctly remember the 5th grade bee - I won it on "wax", believe it or not. My opponent failed to ask about a definition and went with "whacks", no doubt thinking it was impossible to have a 3-letter word that late in the game. Alas, our school system no longer does them, because there's no way for everyone to win. :rolleyes:

Bill, around here we're having an outbreak of the "4-week virus" that seems to be 3 cycles of worse/better before it succumbs. Not fun. I hope some good fresh air and sunshine make you better quick!

Dagmar, happy Victoria Day!

silverbirch, :wave: !!

Pre-BBQ prep for us. My GF and her kids came over this weekend and they helped us recover the front flower beds, which hadn't seen the light of day for a couple of years, and helped DH catch up on the gardening and other labor tasks. And then DS's friend showed up and he picked up a shovel too. We went from a labor force of 3 to 7 ... and the job went from impossible to dang near complete. It was so successful that we were talking about a "labor commune" for the summer. She needs a deck and help with raking in the fall. We figured that if we all band together and just do it (thanks, Nike), there could be a lot less stress and more time for summer camping. :) I am feeling lucky, sore, accomplished, and optimistic this morning. It's a lovely way to start the week!

saef
05-19-2014, 09:31 AM
I'm sitting here at the office in a Ralph Lauren brown pinstripe suit, since I'm interviewing someone for a job later this afternoon. Funny how clothes affect us; this suit makes me sit with my spine straighter and my head up, and even makes my movements more formal.

As usual my day has been made chaotic by coworkers who were busy working over the weekend. Sometimes when I come in on Monday, I've got so much email that it feels like I took a vacation, rather than a weekend. Today I'm writing on deadline something about how the elections in India will affect the IT industry. I may be able to do this, as I've got just two other hour-long meetings today besides the interview.

I'm very hopeful for California Chrome running in the Belmont in June, even though lots of horses have won the first two races of the Triple Crown and fallen short over the mile-and-a-half. One of my most thrilling childhood memories is Secretariat "running like a tremendous machine" on that track, pulling away & away & away, and me and my best friend Suzanne screaming deliriously with excitement and falling over ourselves dramatically on the living room carpet, the way girls used to do for Justin Bieber a few years ago. Still the most exciting moment in sports that I can remember. (Granted, I don't watch sports and DEEPLY RESENT my Cablevision bill's monthly sports tariff.)

alinnell
05-19-2014, 10:26 AM
California Chrome might not win Belmont and might not even run. The controversy of his use of nasal strips might end his chances. Funny how professional athletes can use nasal strips but horses cannot (at least not in New York). It's not a performance enhancing drug even.

I can't believe it's May 19th already! This month (and year) are just flying by.

traveling michele
05-19-2014, 11:23 AM
Add me to the list of spelling bee winners. I won in third grade and went to the school spelling bee only to miss the word "candor". I hadn't heard it at that point in my life and misspelled it. I will never misspell it again. I also used to have an amazing memory for phone numbers-- not really needed now with technology remembering them for us.

Jessica-- I'm sure your doctor won't think you're pregnant! Glad the weaning process is going well. I remember my girls being pretty easy to wean except at bedtimes. They didn't know how to fall asleep without a breast in their mouths.

Glad your cough wasn't anything more serious and good thing you went to the doctor just in case.

Busy day at work for me. It's my last week to see students. I'm no longer checking books out to them so rather than having 15 minutes to read (or whatever) and then 15 minutes to look and check out books, I'll have each class for 30 minutes. It's a little more challenging to plan. I'm attempting some reader's theater with the older students. We'll see how it goes. I also have the local fro yo place coming today with free yogurt/toppings for 5 of my winning classes from our local read-a-thon. It's been quite an ordeal to organize (how many are nut or dairy free, who can't have photos taken, etc) and I hope it goes smoothly. It will be outside our MPR (cafeteria) and I'm sure all of the non winners will somehow think they're entitled. I'll be running back and forth across campus checking on things and we have a huge campus! I'll surely get my steps in today. We are also having a local author come to talk to some of the classes so I want to make sure I go meet her, get some books signed and watch one of her presentations.

I had gotten my Jawbone UP band a couple of weeks ago-- thanks Allison and Shannon for the peer pressure. I really think it's too big as it buzzes to tell me I'm not walking when I am and it counts most of my sleep as deep sleep so I don't think it's counting much of what I do. I had heard they have great customer service so I called yesterday. They're sending a smaller band to try and then I just send back whichever band I don't want. Great customer service so far!

alinnell
05-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Racing officials just announced that California Chrome will be allowed to use the nasal strips. Hoping for the triple crown!

JayEll
05-19-2014, 01:51 PM
saef, I envy you, seeing Secretariat win in real time! Wonderful! That race always makes me cry.

But then, in my family we all cry easily at horses. Some sort of "genetic memory"?

JayZeeJay
05-19-2014, 03:48 PM
Go Chrome!! I recently found out that his regular vet is a friend of a friend of mine - now I am REALLY rooting for him!

Arctic Mama
05-20-2014, 01:15 AM
I'm enormous. It's ridiculous. Not only did the weight I just lost pile back on, my belly is massive. I'm sick weeks and some change and don't have a prenatal appointment until ten weeks, at the end of June.

I'll take a picture and let you all gave at my enormity. Everyone keeps saying twins, but that is statistically improbable and more likely my body just 'knows' what to do and goes with it earlier and earlier every additional baby.

Bill, that is so great it isn't pneumonia. I've never had it but it looks atrocious.

I couldn't care less about horse races and have never followed them, despite living all my life quite close to the Del Mar tracks. I'm hoping for everyone else who is hoping that the underdog wins in this case, though :)

Arctic Mama
05-20-2014, 01:16 AM
Okay, here's me as a whale. It's ridiculous. And excuse the massive size and blurriness.

http://www.giessel.org/~taryl/weightloss/data/phoo/2014_05_20/image.jpg

CalCounter1003
05-20-2014, 07:33 AM
Taryl, I think it is true that your body gets bigger faster with each pregnancy. So your body is a pro by now! I'm sure you feel massive but you don't look massive. You just look pregnant and adorable! It will come off again after baby comes, of course, not as fast at it jumps on. :hug:

JayEll
05-20-2014, 08:07 AM
I'm bigger than you right now and not even pregnant. Perhaps your perception of "enormous" is just a little bit skewed? :)

Megan1982
05-20-2014, 10:27 AM
Morning all,

Unlike some of you further north, it's about summer here and coats are long gone. CalCounter, you're right, the humidity has been low which is amazing for FL this late in May. I've been resisting turning on the AC to save $ but I think if the humidity comes up by this weekend I will have to. My house gets a lot of afternoon sun, heats up, and takes hours to cool down in the evenings because the air circulation isn't that great. It's getting to that time of year when it's hard for me to deal with if I've been out in the sun all day already.

I had my first heat freak-out of the year yesterday after being out in the sun for about 10 hours for work. BF was frustrating me while trying to cook dinner and I behaved badly. Oh yes, it's that time of year, crankypants Megan over here when she's in the sun all day. I'm going to buy some lemons and cucumbers for my water to encourage me to drink more of it, step up food prep so dinner is fast at hand, and keep up my weekly yoga practices. Those tactics usually help minimize freak-outs.

Poor BF. He said, "I know it's usually my fault, but that wasn't my fault." I admitted it and apologized (after I ate and got my blood sugar under control). Bless his heart. :D:dizzy: And that after we had such a nice weekend together relaxing and sailing and riding around on our golf cart. We were both off at the same time which is a rarity.

Taryl, I will echo what others have said. You're pregnant! And cute! What would you tell a friend who said that to you in the same situation? I'm sure you wouldn't call her a whale. Be kind to yourself. :hug:

Becky, your labor commune sounds like a great way to get everyone's yards in top shape!

Dagmar, what event were the fireworks for? Hope they were nice. I love fireworks!

I'm happy to be in the office today so my head can finish cooling off. :beach:

traveling michele
05-20-2014, 11:25 AM
Taryl,
I agree with the others-- it's all in your perception. I feel "huge" right now because my weights up a few pounds. I'm sure no one else would see it. Be kind to yourself.

Sorry you had a freak out with bf, Megan. Glad he was understanding.

I've been frustrated with dh from afar and hope that I will be all sweetness and light when he comes back from China tomorrow. He forgot to include forms for both our taxes and dd's taxes, so the refunds we had been expecting are going to be quite delayed. When he gets back, he has to figure out what he didn't send and send it. It's the first time we didn't use Turbo Tax, and I guess it helps walk you through what to send in.

Arctic Mama
05-20-2014, 01:35 PM
Well that makes me feel a bit better. I've been getting askance looks over this, especially since just two months ago my stomach was as flat as it was ever going to get. So the difference is quite dramatic in person. But if it isn't ridiculously glaring to someone with zero context I'll take it!

Mudpie
05-20-2014, 05:52 PM
I decided to reduce not only the junk food going in to my body but the junk media going into my brain. So I signed up for an online course (I think the term is MOOC) in Scandinavian Film. i really enjoyed taking the course and I got a certificate of achievement after grading at the end.

Now I'm taking Behavioural Genetics. Slightly harder :yikes: particularly since I'm more of an "arts" rather than "sciences" person. I am determined to get through all of the 8 weeks of course material and at least pass all the tests. I seldom challenge myself mentally any more and it's time to firm up those brain "muscles" and trim all that TV "fat" lodged in there.

Dagmar :chin:

Arctic Mama
05-20-2014, 06:12 PM
Behavioral genetics? What on earth would that involve, exactly? How the karyotype influences brain chemistry?

Mudpie
05-20-2014, 09:36 PM
Behavioral genetics? What on earth would that involve, exactly? How the karyotype influences brain chemistry?

This is the intro posted by the prof.

https://class.coursera.org/behavioralgenetics-001/wiki/Read_Me_First!

I see now that I should have taken an introductory course in statistics. Had I noticed this I would not have taken the course. I think it interested me because I thought of the "nature/nurture" debate when I saw it and it also looked like something I could get through re quizzes only, no essays or projects etc.

We are on unit 3 this week and reviewing Mendel's work and basic genetic terminology. They have posted a link to a site with an overview of genetics that is aimed at (I'm guessing) 11-13 year-olds - perfect for me!

Dagmar :dizzy:

CalCounter1003
05-20-2014, 10:41 PM
Dagmar, that's so great that you are taking those classes! Keeps away the Alzheimer's if we keep learning! I hope!

paperclippy
05-21-2014, 09:10 AM
Taryl, I have definitely heard that the more babies you have the faster you get big. It also depends on your own body. Some of the twin moms I know didn't get big until late and didn't gain much weight, but with my twins I was in maternity pants at about 8 weeks and probably should have been sooner. Anyway, just because something's statistically unlikely doesn't mean it's not going to happen -- heck if I know how I ended up with identical twins! We were shocked!

Dagmar, your classes sound interesting!

Megan, LOL at your BF. Good luck getting through another summer without too many "hangry" incidents!

Michele, I hope your DH can help sort out the tax situation when he gets home.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to take the day off tomorrow to go to the member preview day of the new orangutan exhibit at our local zoo. I'm sure it will be packed all summer long, so this might be the best chance to get a slightly less crowded view. On the other hand, there are a lot of members, so it might be packed anyway.

traveling michele
05-21-2014, 11:21 AM
Go to the zoo Jessica!!! I love the monkey exhibits! Such fond memories of taking my girls to the zoo.

Taryl-- one of my friends is PG with her third. Her other two are older and I didn't know her when she was PG with them but she swears she barely showed the entire pregnancy. She's not very far along now and she is huge! And no twins...

Hope the morning sickness is abating...

Arctic Mama
05-22-2014, 04:04 PM
Morning sickness has stayed pretty steady but manageable. A few things are triggering, but oh well. We're off for our busy out of house day in a little bit, so hopefully that goes smoothly. We're having a ton of fires here right now and smoke is trapped in the Anchorage basin, so here's to hoping the air quality doesn't bother my kids too much while we're playing today!

Jessica, I hope you went to the zoo, that's always fun!

Dagmar, I bet you'll be just fine even without the intro class. Statistics is really easy and something you can brush up on without much ado. It's not like diving into partial differential equations when you only have a C- in pre-calc, five years prior :lol:

Mudpie
05-22-2014, 05:39 PM
Dagmar, I bet you'll be just fine even without the intro class. Statistics is really easy and something you can brush up on without much ado. It's not like diving into partial differential equations when you only have a C- in pre-calc, five years prior :lol:

I stopped taking any kind of math classes in high school. I enrolled in one algebra class and was lost within 2 weeks, despite intense tutoring by the teacher and one of the "smart" kids. Same thing with calculus. Never and still don't have any problems doing "arithmetic" using pen and paper but the rest is beyond me.

Just took the most recent course quiz for the second time. Got 9/10 correct, much better than the initial 4/10. The one question I missed? Something to do with stuff squared and ratios and such.

Intelligence is not measured by test scores and aptitude for math alone. Good thing!

Dagmar :dizzy:

bargoo
05-22-2014, 09:57 PM
Another Spelling Bee winner here. In the 5th grade I was ln a Spelling bee.

neurodoc
05-22-2014, 10:33 PM
"It's not like diving into partial differential equations when you only have a C- in Pre-calc, 5 years earlier." Boy Taryl, that sounds like the voice of bitter experience to me :>)

Yet another spelling bee champ here. Are we all grown-up geek girls here? Is that the secret of maintenance success, being a good speller? Someone should do a statistical analysis. Dagmar, I'm looking at you.

Mudpie
05-23-2014, 06:33 AM
"It's not like diving into partial differential equations when you only have a C- in Pre-calc, 5 years earlier." Boy Taryl, that sounds like the voice of bitter experience to me :>)

Yet another spelling bee champ here. Are we all grown-up geek girls here? Is that the secret of maintenance success, being a good speller? Someone should do a statistical analysis. Dagmar, I'm looking at you.

:rofl: I wouldn't know how to start Andrea. I seem to recall DH had to take a stats course while he was doing his CMA - maybe he can be my consultant? :lol3:

Dagmar :dizzy:

paperclippy
05-23-2014, 09:23 AM
I am finding the conversation about math hilarious because I found stats particularly confusing, but was pretty darn good at differential equations. :lol3: (Also, count me in the grown up geek girl crowd.)

We did go to the zoo! I'm glad I took the day off. The orangutan exhibit was packed so it was a little hard to get close, but we did see several orangutans....including a big male who decided to pee right on the window everyone was looking through. :lol: In any case we didn't see too many other exhibits because we were trying to get it in between naps, but the girls had a good day in the morning before we went. They spent about 20 minutes straight chasing each other around their little play house and giggling hysterically. One would be inside the house and the other would crawl around the outside, and every time they saw each other through a window or door they would squeal and giggle. Super cute!

BillBlueEyes
05-23-2014, 10:10 AM
Count me as a geek who is comfortable with differential equations and statistics but was usually first eliminated in a Spelling Bee. Spellcheck was invented for the likes of me.

alinnell
05-23-2014, 10:33 AM
I fail miserably at math. I quit math in high school when trig was too confusing. I managed to get a B in class but I'm sure it was just for attending. I couldn't do the homework and failed every test. After my 30th high school reunion I found out that the whole class felt the same way! I ended up having to take a test in college to get out of taking remedial math! I ended up in Algebra (which I aced) but hated it because I had taken it in 7th grade!

My kids are whizzes at math and statistics. DH, too. I'm the one that excels in English which my kids detest.

ICUwishing
05-23-2014, 12:00 PM
I love the statistics side but suffered horribly through calculus and all the rotten advanced math. Which, I might add, I have not used for one single nanosecond in my career. :p I am convinced that basic statistics should be a required class, simply because it's necessary these days to understand how much politicians and news media use/abuse it to lie to us and fuel "shocking" headlines. Yeah, right. :rolleyes:

Jessica, it just gets sillier and cuter from here, for about another 8 or 9 years. :D

alinnell
05-23-2014, 12:18 PM
I bought my son an xkcd t-shirt that had a statistics comic on it. On Mother's Day my daughter said I needed to buy one for her, too.

xkcd (http://xkcd.com/552/)

Arctic Mama
05-23-2014, 02:09 PM
I'm laughing at the orangutan, Jessica! Fun times at the zoo, right?

For what it is worth I am enjoying math much more now as an adult than I ever did as a kid. Poor teaching methods made it very difficult for me, but now that I'm relearning it from the ground up math is my favorite subject.

And alas, I was a spelling bee finalist for not the winner. That honor went to another in the little group of friends I always competed with.

krampus
05-23-2014, 03:59 PM
I won the spelling bee 3 out of 4 years in middle school, but once I got to regionals those pesky home-schooled kids always won :P

I didn't know how to change a tire until last week, though!

Mudpie
05-23-2014, 04:38 PM
I bought my son an xkcd t-shirt that had a statistics comic on it. On Mother's Day my daughter said I needed to buy one for her, too.

xkcd (http://xkcd.com/552/)

I :lol3: at this, particularly the last part, when I went to the link.

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

Dagmar :dizzy:

alinnell
05-23-2014, 05:06 PM
I :lol3: at this, particularly the last part, when I went to the link.

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

Dagmar :dizzy:

I don't think I'd seen that before! Too funny! This is one of his favorite comics. I think the year I got him the shirt I also got him a book of the comics.

CalCounter1003
05-23-2014, 10:45 PM
I don't think I'd seen that before! Too funny! This is one of his favorite comics. I think the year I got him the shirt I also got him a book of the comics.

Love all math except geometry! Love the xkcd website! I'm off shopping there now!
DD leaves Vegas in the morning. Seems like it's been a fun trip but she's ready to leave. She goes to Portland to visit my sister for a few days next.

Megan1982
05-24-2014, 10:59 AM
Morning all,
I had a full week of field work out in the sun here. I've dealt better with it since Monday. I marked my first sea turtle nests on Monday, so my field season has officially begun. I've worked late and gotten home late every day and feel bad that the dog hasn't gotten her exercise. I tried to make up for that last night & this morning. I think tonight we're going to a wedding reception for some friends of friends and tomorrow evening a yard party. Today I got up early to walk the dog and do a JM video, and will clean the house. Oh, and I promise I will crack open my study guides too (see below). Pfffft. The JM workout sounds easier and like more fun than studying. BF is rebuilding the front end of his truck today (again JM sounds like fun. In what world is JM that much fun?). :p I'm actually feeling really good physically with all this activity after a long winter of not making/having time for more intense workouts. It feels good to feel strong. And fit in my summer shorts! :strong:

Another grown-up geek here. I did well on both sides of the liberal arts to math and sciences spectrum, but always enjoyed the arts most. I had a really inspiring AP Biology teacher senior year of high school, which is how I ended up in the marine sciences. I laugh when the "liberal arts" crowd shrinks away from science or vice versa. It's good to be well rounded and appreciate both! A few weeks ago I took a practice test because I need to take my GRE this summer. Ouch. I did well on verbal (bookworm and English teacher's daughter here). Math needs to come up. It is frustrating because I think if I brushed up on my algebra skills I would be ok, but keep running out of time on the timed GRE. The practice guides try to teach you tricks. It doesn't seem to test my math skills. I guess the point is to test my reasoning skills, but still. I'm going to have a rough summer.

Krampus, way to learn a new skill! The ability to change a tire, put a plug in a tire with a hole, and jump a dead car battery are not to be underestimated.

Jessica, your zoo trip sounds fun and your girls in their playhouse sounds even more fun! It's so nice they are a bit older and are starting to play with each other.

Dagmar, your class sounds interesting. If my program works out as planned I'll be taking grad level biological stats in a few years. Even though I won't be able to claim credit for it, I'm hoping to find an intro/undergrad stats class to take before the grad one. I haven't taken stats since high school but it's really really important in biology. (Thank you for not telling me that college bio advisor.)

I hope everyone has a nice weekend, long weekend for those who have it. Thank you for your service, Granddad.

saef
05-24-2014, 03:02 PM
Megan, I've actually developed fondness for a turtle that I see nearly every day while walking to the gym, but it's not a sea turtle, of course. It's a red-eared slider (I think) which suns itself on top of a rock protruding out of the Bronx River, and I look for this turtle whenever I cross the walkway on the stone bridge that arches over this river, built back in the 1920s, when the Bronx River Parkway that runs alongside the river was one of the first scenic routes created in the U.S. People in Manhattan would drive up these parkways on weekend day trips and picnic on the side of the road. Of course they don't do that now, but there are interesting specimen trees and bushes still planted there, like Osage orange, which you don't see much around here, and weeping cherry trees.

I'm so relieved to have made it to Memorial Day, with a three-day weekend. Of course, I have to catch up on some work, and am about to do that now, but if I finish, I will have two whole days for doing whatever I please.

I've got a friend visiting next weekend. She wants to see the 9/11 Memorial, and I don't really want to go there. I just don't feel ready yet. But I will be a good hostess and take her, if she really wants to go. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I could cry while walking through the exhibits, as if we were at the movies, but maybe that won't look weird to other people, even if most of them are probably from out of town and relate somewhat differently to that day. Probably while we're down there, we'll also go to Ellis Island, which I do enjoy taking people to see, as that was a place where people landed with a lot of hopes for the future. My great-grandmother Parascevia landed there. I can barely remember her, but I'll try to think of her and thank her for leaving her country and taking a big chance on America.

alinnell
05-24-2014, 04:19 PM
saef~a few years back I found myself in Oklahoma and went to the bombing memorial there. I cried through the entire thing. A docent pulled me aside and asked if I had lost a loved one there. No. But the memories were still fresh and its was really painful. I doubt you'll be the only crying if you go.

Mudpie
05-25-2014, 06:47 AM
saef~a few years back I found myself in Oklahoma and went to the bombing memorial there. I cried through the entire thing. A docent pulled me aside and asked if I had lost a loved one there. No. But the memories were still fresh and its was really painful. I doubt you'll be the only crying if you go.

I still remember the exact details of when I found out 911 had happened.I drove around all day working while fighting back tears and started crying and couldn't stop after I got home. And I'm not even an American.

I think the memorials of such tragic events are places where people can share their grief. This is a violent world we live in and I think everyone has something/someone they are grieving for or about.

If I ever get to NYC I will go to the memorial. Not to cry, though I may do that, but to think about what happened and to honour those innocent people who died.

Dagmar :(

Mudpie
05-25-2014, 06:48 AM
My clients made their connection and are on time - scheduled to arrive this afternoon. I'm finally going home. :yay:

Dagmar :dance:

bargoo
05-25-2014, 10:03 AM
saef, a number of years ago I went to Hawaii with a friend.She wanted to see the Pearl Harbor Memorial I didn't want to go but went anyway. This was one if the most moving experiences if my life,

traveling michele
05-25-2014, 11:45 AM
Megan,
I can only relate my own experience, but I thought the GRE was much easier than I feared. My time lapse with math was much longer than yours, and I didn't find it that difficult. I did better in the language and essay portions though. I was shocked to receive a 6 on my essay portion, which is the highest score possible. I'm sure you'll do well.

CalCounter1003
05-25-2014, 12:35 PM
Dagmar - yay on going home!!

Saef, I am sure a lot of people will be crying but I don't blame you for not wanting to go. There is a 9/11 memorial in DC at the Newseum and I saw that a few years ago and everyone was crying it seemed like. As I've mentioned earlier I cry very easily at everything so I was, of course, crying nonstop.

JayEll
05-25-2014, 01:17 PM
Look, folks. It's only bad to cry in public when you have to sit down on the ground because you're sobbing so hard and tears are running out of your nose. Even then, most people will offer a hanky.

I didn't cry at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.--but I was overwhelmed by it. Rendered speechless, all that.

Arctic Mama
05-25-2014, 05:18 PM
Well it looks like my oldest needs to go into the pediatrician today. She's crying with stomach pain off and on, with some light GI symptoms. And we want to rule out appedicitis. Not exactly the way I wanted to spend Sunday afternoon (I had a potential nap planned after church). It's probably nothing, but it also don't want to leave it and have something go undiagnosed.

CalCounter1003
05-25-2014, 07:53 PM
Well it looks like my oldest needs to go into the pediatrician today. She's crying with stomach pain off and on, with some light GI symptoms. And we want to rule out appedicitis. Not exactly the way I wanted to spend Sunday afternoon (I had a potential nap planned after church). It's probably nothing, but it also don't want to leave it and have something go undiagnosed.

Hope all is okay!