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Some people panic in situations like the ones you faced rafting. I would not do any high adventure activities with Lucy in the future. We had someone fail a wilderness first aid course because they couldn't follow instructions for their safety and for the rest of their group.
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Family and Children / Re: Comments about age gap in children
« Last post by blarg314 on Yesterday at 10:51:04 PM »
I find this an interesting topic, culturally.

Being able to accurately plan families is a pretty recent development - my parents had that option, my grandparents did not - there were some things they could to to try to control fertility, but the accuracy (short of celibacy) wasn't all that high. And the expectation that all of your babies would live is also pretty new - infant and child mortality rates used to be quite high. And for a third factor - people used to marry and start families a lot younger on average, so you had a much longer baseline for having kids.

So in my parents' generation, most of the examples in this post would be completely unremarkable - two kids a year or a year and a half apart, families spaced in odd intervals (WWII by itself led to a lot of 6 year gaps in kids), families spread out over 15 or 20 years. Mathematically, declining fertility with age would mean that the spacing between kids would tend to get larger as the family progressed, so a last, much younger child in the early 40s would be not unusual.

It's only fairly recently that there is the expectation that sitting down, deciding how many children you want and at what interval, and ensuring that this happens, is considered the normal way of doing things - with the expectation that what you will want is probably two children (one boy and one girl, by preferences) space 2 or 3 years apart.

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Family and Children / Re: My Mother's "Really?!" Moment
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 10:49:38 PM »
Well, it was a romance novel, I believe, and rude (or at least initially rude) and brash heroes are not exactly uncommon in such books.  :)  Maybe "hero" is too strong a word, but he would ultimately be the love interest, and this was like their second meeting.  I could see a hero such as Han Solo doing something like that.

I'm sure he did turn out to be a better guy in the end, but I honestly remember *nothing* about the book, or even what book it was, except for the cupcake-eating incident.  Sorry!

I'm pretty sure he had no real justification, he just saw it out and, not knowing about the diabetes/diet/etc., assumed that she had a store pack of a dozen or something and he was grabbing one.  She wasn't sitting at the table at the time, as she'd gotten up to answer the door and talk to him, so he may not have seen it as snatching something out from under a person so much as eating a snack that was on the table.  But it was still obnoxious.

It sounds like a book I have read - I remember the cupcake incident! If I recall correctly, he was a bit dim regarding her illness and her family was worse, but she gave the lot of them a figurative smack upside the head and they backed off.

To give him credit, he did feel really bad about the cupcake when he found out what it was for.

Wow, you recognize the book!  Do you remember what it was?  I thought maybe it was a Judy Baer book, and I looked through the summaries of the books of hers that I remember, but none of them sounded right.  I haven't really read much romance for years and years (somehow I lost interest after I got married  ;) ) but there were a few series that I'd pick up occasionally, or mystery/thriller types that also had a mystery in them.  I didn't remember that he even knew about the disease at the time he took the cupcake, but it's probably been 8-12 years or even more since I read it.
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Family and Children / Re: Comments about age gap in children
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 10:45:26 PM »
I think it's true that some people who make comments are comparing someone else's choices to their own, and maybe feeling a little insecure or can't see other people's POVs. My friend Amy and her younger sister are slightly less than two years apart, and she felt that was the perfect amount. However, she had a bit of trouble getting pregnant the second time, and as a result her own two kids are slightly more than two years apart. Believe me, this irks her. ::)

She has often commented to me disparagingly on people who have their kids "too close" together (especially if they break the usual 6-weeks-after-birth rule) and assumes any gap larger than about 2.5 years must be due to fertility issues, a surprise, or some other extreme circumstance--it couldn't possibly be that someone would plan something different from what Amy thinks is best. ;)

I'll admit that I like kids being closer together in age, and it irks me a bit, too, that the gap between my 3rd and 4th, and the one between the 4th and 5th, are more than two years.  Of course, the second gap particularly irks me, because I was very annoyed that the doctor suggested a certain birth control after I had #4, started me on it, and *then* told me about some serious side effects that I needed to prepare for and that I could only be on it for 2 years safely.  I had also specifically asked about being able to go off it to become pregnant and was told that there wasn't any waiting time or anything, I could get off it anytime.  And then it took me 10 months to conceive from when I started trying, which apparently is *also* a common side effect that he didn't bother to mention.  <sigh>
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your own personal mysteries.
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 10:40:48 PM »
I'm missing a math book I'd really like to look at right now.  And yes, I know that I have a *ton* of homeschool books, a whole wall of shelves, and that it seems obvious that it's there, I'm just not seeing it.  But it's a pretty fat book, spiral-bound, and the spiral is *red*.  I only see about 6 spiral bound books of the right size, and four are black, one blue.  You'd think it would stand out, wouldn't you?  I've looked all over the room, because I'm awful at putting stuff away, but I cannot find it anywhere.  I remember the last time I used it, but that doesn't seem to help, as I've found the small whiteboard and abacus I used with it, and they're the only things I can think of that I'd have put away at the same time.  Where is it???

Also, I cleaned.  And I still haven't found my smartphone.  :(  I wish I'd realized it was missing right away, so I could have called it before the battery died.  I don't suppose there's any way to find a smartphone with a dead battery and no "find my phone" app, is there?
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I got him a Kong and he showed no interest, of course.  ::)  I also have tried Nylabones, but he chews them so hard that they are prickly and sharp within a day or two.

I will check out the Jolly brand.  Thanks!

Also, I have bookmarked the homemade strip toy site and am going to check pinterest too - thanks!
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Family and Children / Re: Comments about age gap in children
« Last post by GoTwins on Yesterday at 10:39:41 PM »
My sister and I are 11 months apart. Growing up I always loved the time between July 20th and August 23rd:

How old are your girls?
They're 8

Are they twins?
No.

Are they adopted?
No.

????? :o

 ;D

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Family and Children / Re: My Mother's "Really?!" Moment
« Last post by blue2000 on Yesterday at 10:39:16 PM »
Well, it was a romance novel, I believe, and rude (or at least initially rude) and brash heroes are not exactly uncommon in such books.  :)  Maybe "hero" is too strong a word, but he would ultimately be the love interest, and this was like their second meeting.  I could see a hero such as Han Solo doing something like that.

I'm sure he did turn out to be a better guy in the end, but I honestly remember *nothing* about the book, or even what book it was, except for the cupcake-eating incident.  Sorry!

I'm pretty sure he had no real justification, he just saw it out and, not knowing about the diabetes/diet/etc., assumed that she had a store pack of a dozen or something and he was grabbing one.  She wasn't sitting at the table at the time, as she'd gotten up to answer the door and talk to him, so he may not have seen it as snatching something out from under a person so much as eating a snack that was on the table.  But it was still obnoxious.

It sounds like a book I have read - I remember the cupcake incident! If I recall correctly, he was a bit dim regarding her illness and her family was worse, but she gave the lot of them a figurative smack upside the head and they backed off.

To give him credit, he did feel really bad about the cupcake when he found out what it was for.

And that is why I hate most "romance" stories because the male characters do things that I do not consider romantic in the least, and the female characters are usually barely presented as people at all.

I admit, several years ago I went through a phase where I read a lot of romance novels (particularly the ones set in historic times). I also have known a few romance writers. What got me off reading them was too much of the woman putting up with boorish behavior and the man getting away with all sorts of things before he "reformed." Now I find I have no patience with the genre!  :P

Lol! Yeah, I have a lot less patience now than I did as a dreamy-eyed teen. Having some life experience means you know the idiot that eats your food when they first meet you will still be an idiot twenty years later. That sucks a lot of the romance out of it! ;D
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Anyone see Jimmy Fallon doing Iggy Azala's Fancy as Neil Young? I must have watched it twenty times. I love when CSY comes out for the chorus.

And of course there's video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ortY6H5jkEw
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My lab, Temperance,  is an extreme chewer. She does pretty well with Kongs and things made by Nylabone. (She eventually destroys some of them but it takes a long time.) There is a brand of dog toys called "Jolly" that makes very big, tough balls for dogs. We have one about the size of a basketball and one that is much bigger than that. She can pick up the basketball sized one with her teeth. The larger one she enjoys pushing across the yard with her nose (especially in the snow).  They also make an egg that is about 16 inches long. Temperance is crazy about that because  it moves unpredictably.

We cannot give her anything made out of  fabric, ropes or otherwise, because she chews them up and swallows them, with disastrous results. Our previous lab had a cute stuffed porcupine that she carried around with her but poor Temperance will never have anything like that.
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