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nuit93

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14820 on: February 20, 2014, 10:35:23 AM »
My sympathy for those with  uncooperative little ones.   Mine's been a bit of a pill today as well. 

We have a guinea pig in the living room and until today her food was kept in a cabinet next to her cage.  Reason I say "until today" is that I'd been cleaning up the office and then heard an "Oh NO! Big mess!"  ::)  Piratebabe had spread a good amount of the food all over the floor.  So I had to vacuum that up and he spent some time in his portajail.

Just now I was in the kitchen making lunch for the two of us and came in the living room to find the little guy had drawn over himself with a permanent marker one of his older brothers left on a shelf. Apparently the little man climbed up on the couch to get to it and drew all over his hands and face.

At least he didn't draw on walls or anything but himself but good grief.   ::)

I did the same thing, but it was one of my dad's permanent markers from his office (as in, at his place of work), and I was 7. Don't ask me why I thought red permanent marker looked good on my stomach, but the scrubbing Mom did that night made me never want to do that again. She wasn't trying to hurt me; it's just that permanent marker doesn't come off easily with soap and water. We were going to visit relatives the next day, and Mom didn't want me looking like a fool.

When DS was very little, under 2, he stayed with an in home child care provider.  This lady's husband came home every day at 4:30, so around 4:15 she'd get the kids settled (she only had 3, I think) and take out her makeup kit and 'do her face'.  DS was fascinated with this, and we had a rough patch where he was applying 'lipstick' and 'nail polish' with markers.

One morning I put my makeup bag in the diaper bag before running off for church.  Later that day one of my older two was changing the diaper and yelled down he needed wipes.  The other child, instead of just grabbing the wipes out of the bag, just carried the whole bag upstairs and left it there.  Now I didn't realize this until I went up later to put the 2 year old back in his bed for naptime and found he'd gotten into my makeup.

It wasn't too bad really, just a small smear of eyeshadow on his cheek, but he'd taken everything out of the little pouch and was looking up at me with a brush in each hand like "What do I do next?"

That sounds like a Kodak moment if I ever saw one!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14821 on: February 20, 2014, 10:38:13 AM »
My ex proudly announced that he never read anything except Tom Clancy books.

He also refused to watch anything he called "kids' films" (with a sneer) - any Disney, Harry Potter, Pixar etc.

It was the beginning of the end...
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14822 on: February 20, 2014, 10:50:37 AM »

I will never forget this woman who was in one of my Library Science classes.  Yes, library science.  She actually said that she didn't approve of children's books where animals talked because "that's not realistic."  I was thunderstruck.  Just think of all the children's classics that she "didn't approve of":

Charlotte's Web
Black Beauty
The Tale of Despereaux
Any Little Bear, Olivia, Angelina, Frances, Franklin, or Piggy and Gerald picture book (Bears! Pigs! Mice! Badgers! Aadvaarks! More Pigs and an Elephant! Talking!)
Most fairy tales
And on and on and on!

Plus, adult books like Maus!  Watership Down!  Traveler!

She was studying to be a school librarian as I recall.

Wow, Aunt Pittypat (formerly known as Blanche) used to work with her!

Years ago when she worked as a community relations manager for store in a major book chain the head buyer for children's books was someone like this.  When parents would come in to buy the latest Harry Potter she would try to persuade them to buy something else.  I wish I could have been there to see her at the Harry Potter midnight parties she was required to attend.   ;D





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14823 on: February 20, 2014, 11:04:49 AM »
Reading fiction often got me interested enough in the subject, setting or time period to learn more about it so I'd count reading fiction as learning. :)

Reading fiction can be very educational.  A novel set in a time or place new to me can send me looking for the reality.

On the opposite end, I once had a co-worker who was extremely proud that she never read non-fiction.
Something I've run into but just cannot wrap my head around -- the notion that fiction = made-up = lies.  Because it "never really happened" (or in the case of SF/fantasy, "can't really happen.")  What a dreadful, drab way to live, with no color or imagination!

That makes me think of all the arguments against the Harry Potter books because they were about magic and worrying that the books would teach their child to do magic.  I saw something on Pinterest though that made me smile, as it said that a child has as much chance of becoming magical by reading Harry Potter as an adult has at becoming a doctor by watching Gray's Anatomy.  ::)

Course I don't see the harm in letting kids use their imaginations at least.  I have fun watching my youngest wave wand-like items (straw, crayon, pencil) while trying to say "Wingardium leviosa" or "swish and flick", or when he straddles a broom hoping to take off.  Last I checked, waving a straw while saying "Petrificus totalus" does not actually immobilize a person but kids have fun trying. :)

Heehee...as for Balzac, I can't hear the name without thinking of Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn saying it.  "BALLzac".

But oh I knew my DH was the right one for me when, before I was even expecting our first child he wanted to see Toy Story in the theater. :)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14824 on: February 20, 2014, 11:17:10 AM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14825 on: February 20, 2014, 11:21:47 AM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.

I agree.  I love my ebook reader, but have been told on mopre than one occasion that it's not "real books".  Someone once looked down her nose at me and said, "You can't curl up with an ebook reader like a 'real' book."  FTR, I really love bundling up next to the fire with my ebook reader...

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14826 on: February 20, 2014, 11:25:37 AM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.

I agree.  I love my ebook reader, but have been told on mopre than one occasion that it's not "real books".  Someone once looked down her nose at me and said, "You can't curl up with an ebook reader like a 'real' book."  FTR, I really love bundling up next to the fire with my ebook reader...

I've heard that too and find it an odd thing to say.  If anything I find it easier to curl up with an ebook because it's easy to turn the pages with just the button.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.  You have a right to be here. Be cheerful, strive to be happy. -Desiderata

RingTailedLemur

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14827 on: February 20, 2014, 11:34:11 AM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.

I agree.  I love my ebook reader, but have been told on mopre than one occasion that it's not "real books".  Someone once looked down her nose at me and said, "You can't curl up with an ebook reader like a 'real' book."  FTR, I really love bundling up next to the fire with my ebook reader...

I've heard that too and find it an odd thing to say.  If anything I find it easier to curl up with an ebook because it's easy to turn the pages with just the button.

I really like that I can lie on my side in bed and read with an ebook reader :)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14828 on: February 20, 2014, 11:39:34 AM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.

I agree.  I love my ebook reader, but have been told on mopre than one occasion that it's not "real books".  Someone once looked down her nose at me and said, "You can't curl up with an ebook reader like a 'real' book."  FTR, I really love bundling up next to the fire with my ebook reader...

I've heard that too and find it an odd thing to say.  If anything I find it easier to curl up with an ebook because it's easy to turn the pages with just the button.

My DH - the English teacher - has read easily twice as much this year with since we got an e-reader around December. He says it makes it a whole lot easier to jump in for a few pages when he has a minute, pick up exactly where he left off, and really relax, since he hardly has to move at all when he's tired out.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14829 on: February 20, 2014, 11:46:21 AM »
I prefer my e-reader, you cna set the font to whatever size you want, and its easiser on my eyes to read one, flat surfae, than moving my eyes back and forth between two pages, which don't lie flat. I have issues with my eyes "jumping" as in when they focus, it takes a couple of seconds for them to settle. so the e-reader is just easier on my eyes, overall.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14830 on: February 20, 2014, 11:48:30 AM »
Trying to program my DVR online from work. I can get to where you program is, but selecting what to record is a PITA. you have to hunt down the listings, or if you search, it only gives you the pay per view options, not what you think you should get. Like if I wanted to search for a specific show, it will give me results that have nothing to do with the show, but maybe are on th same subject, PPV movies and such. Drives me nuts.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14831 on: February 20, 2014, 12:06:45 PM »
People who boast about how much they read and/or how many books they buy, like 'being a reader' automatically makes them some kind of superior being.

Of course not everyone who reads a lot is like this, but there is a definite 'type' who do this, and they're really annoying.

Yeeeees! Thank you. This has been bugging me for some time. There is a subset of this group that brags that they only read "real books," not those awful computer-based ones - the implication being, obviously, that people who prefer e-books are inferior and probably stupid.

While it's fine if people prefer one type of book over another, there is no need to view one's personal choice as being superior and sneer at people who have a different preference.

I agree.  I love my ebook reader, but have been told on mopre than one occasion that it's not "real books".  Someone once looked down her nose at me and said, "You can't curl up with an ebook reader like a 'real' book."  FTR, I really love bundling up next to the fire with my ebook reader...
Do they think that you can only read self-published fanfic porn on your e-reader?  ??? Because the text is the same, no matter what format.  I like mine -- it's a lot easier to take traveling than 5 or 6 hardbacks! And a lot of my favorite books that I've read to death in dead-tree format I've replaced with e-texts.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14832 on: February 20, 2014, 12:35:59 PM »
I'm no longer replacing worn out paperbacks with others, instead, I buy it on my chosen device and have it forever!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14833 on: February 20, 2014, 01:48:47 PM »
By the same token, don't call me a Luddite because I refuse to have an e-reader.  I don't care that others have them and I think they're nifty inventions, but they're just not for me.  I've heard all the reasons why I should have one, but looking at any type of computer screen for any length of time makes my eyes go wonky.  It has nothing to do with the glare or backlighting or size of the font.

Since having two eye surgeries I have to take breaks from computer screens several times a day or the text starts acting like it's forming waves.  I also love the feel and smell of traditional books and will never part with mine.  If ever there comes a time when traditional books are no longer published I'll adjust.  Right now, just let me enjoy my books.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14834 on: February 20, 2014, 01:57:35 PM »
I've heard that many people who did not grow up reading from a vertical surface have a hard time reading/comprehending a lot of text that way.  I have a Kindle and really like it, but I do notice that I can't read as long on it before my mental focus suffers.