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Chocolatl 12-13-2012 03:52 PM

Yum! Lucky you, zip!

Chocolatl 12-13-2012 04:01 PM

Today I am happy to receive a bit of perspective.

It becomes so easy to drown in our personal struggles. I am not diminishing mine or anyone else's, but I feel like today the universe tapped me on the shoulder and brought me up for air. I was reminded that, in the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty damned lucky.

A former student of mine had an (unplanned) baby her senior year. She was able to graduate, but she just found out she is pregnant again. She's 19. Her first baby is only 8 months old, and she has an on again/off again relationship with the father of her children, who himself is a drug addled teenager. They are currently off, and all her friends on FB are asking who the daddy is.

Meanwhile, for all that I may be struggling in my role as a new mom, my daughter was brought in to a stable home with two parents who love her fiercely and are doing their best to be good role models for her.

I'm on leave for a year from the high school I've taught at for three years. At school today, three students were arrested for bringing weapons to school. Seeing blood and ripped weave on the walls was fairly standard for a Friday afternoon, and I have several coworkers who have been punched, kicked, and shoved against walls trying to break up fights.

While my friends have to worry about their own safety and the safety of their students, my two biggest stressors today were trying to find a parking space at the mall and two stocking stuffers that won't fit in their stockings.

My life is awesome. Even when I think things suck, looking around with fresh eyes reminds me just how good I have it.

orthodoc 12-13-2012 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by zippyt (Post 843633)
Oh God !!! Another Shark in the water !!!
JK Ortho , congrats to your son !!!

Well, he's in intellectual property law, trademarks and patents - working at the PTO for a couple years - so I don't think anyone here has anything to fear. :p: Thanks for all the good wishes, folks!

And the salt - yeah, I got a little carried away with the salt. Not that I bought all that stuff, I'd just never seen so many kinds before.

Lunch sounds like it was awesome, zippyt! What a great thing to happen!

And thanks for the perspective, choco - as always your comments are full of insight. :)

xoxoxoBruce 12-13-2012 04:58 PM

But Choco, do you have an iphone 99, or hot and cold running maids, or other necessities of happiness? :angel:

Seriously, good for you. A lot of people would be a lot happier if the realized how good they have it. Your baby has a huge head start.

Clodfobble 12-13-2012 06:24 PM

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The Christmas season is making me happy today (and generally speaking, that doesn't happen.)

It started about 9 years ago, by my recollection. There is a Christmas tree sales tent that sets up every year along an empty-ish highway that skirts the west side of the city. It kind of comes up out of nowhere around a bend, so what they would do is decorate a couple of the roadside evergreen trees just before the bend, so they could tell people to slow down and start looking when they saw the decorated trees.

But people thought the idea of decorating still-living trees was awesome. And the tradition has spread each year, so that now the entire 20-mile stretch of highway is full of decorated trees, on both sides of the road. Some have themes, like a local rock-climbing organization that decorates one way up on the cliff face each year that you couldn't get to otherwise.

Anyway, Minifobette's vision therapy is at the far opposite end of this highway from us, so every Thursday I get to drive past all the trees, and it makes me smile. It just keeps going and going, probably close to 500 trees in all. Not the greatest picture of it since I am driving at highway speeds while aiming with the camera, but this gives you an idea:

ZenGum 12-13-2012 06:34 PM

I like the tree decorations, but if they're all along the road, how do people know when to stop for the shop?

Clodfobble 12-13-2012 06:35 PM

Eh, they just see it too late and make a U-turn, like they always did. :)

zippyt 12-13-2012 09:18 PM

Sound like you got it going on Choco

BigV 12-13-2012 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by orthodoc (Post 843641)
Well, he's in intellectual property law, trademarks and patents - working at the PTO for a couple years - so I don't think anyone here has anything to fear. :p: Thanks for all the good wishes, folks!

And the salt - yeah, I got a little carried away with the salt. Not that I bought all that stuff, I'd just never seen so many kinds before.

Lunch sounds like it was awesome, zippyt! What a great thing to happen!

And thanks for the perspective, choco - as always your comments are full of insight. :)

like what's his name.... Albert somebody....

glatt 12-14-2012 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 843666)
It just keeps going and going, probably close to 500 trees in all.

That's great!

nowhereman 12-14-2012 08:16 AM

That's a great idea - something that makes folk smile instead of being all wired out by the insanity that is the ***mas season. Me, I'm happy because my car AND truck (both of which I was afraid needed major repairs), turn out to be minor and easily fixable. :D

footfootfoot 12-14-2012 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by ZenGum (Post 843549)
It takes a special kind of salt to make a man pass a bar.

If he can swallow it, he can probably pass it.

footfootfoot 12-14-2012 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 843666)
Christmas cheer, blah blah blah...Not the greatest picture of it since it is DAYTIME but this gives you an idea:

:p:

Clodfobble 12-14-2012 12:30 PM

It would take a helluva lot of extension cords for any of them to be lit, although I guess some of the tinsel-ish garlands might reflect oncoming headlights at night...

footfootfoot 12-14-2012 04:13 PM

hmmm. I'll let you off the hook this time.

BigV 12-14-2012 04:20 PM

I'm happy today because my kid didn't get shot at school today, and neither did any of his schoolmates.

Griff 12-14-2012 05:06 PM

A guy who just started bowhunting our place this year heard about Merlin and actually spent a good chunk of today looking for him. Good people are good.

orthodoc 12-14-2012 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 843762)
If he can swallow it, he can probably pass it.

And since he passed it, we can deduce that he swallowed it ...

and he's totally worth it. ;)

ZenGum 12-14-2012 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 843796)
It would take a helluva lot of extension cords for any of them to be lit, although I guess some of the tinsel-ish garlands might reflect oncoming headlights at night...

You don't have solar powered Xmas lights over there?

Clodfobble 12-15-2012 10:19 AM

I'm sure you could order something like that online for an exorbitant price, but no, I've never seen them myself. We have LED bulbs, and people think that's weird enough.

xoxoxoBruce 12-15-2012 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Griff (Post 843863)
A guy who just started bowhunting our place this year heard about Merlin and actually spent a good chunk of today looking for him. Good people are good.

That's a good reminder, thanks, it brightens my day. :D

Griff 12-15-2012 02:46 PM

In the bitter-sweet department today, Benny had always watched Merlin catch Frisbees showing no desire to get involved. I figured he simply wasn't interested. Turns out he was just respecting the alpha dog. Benny is quite Frisbee mad actually. :)

glatt 12-15-2012 02:50 PM

That is bittersweet.

richlevy 12-15-2012 06:07 PM

My wife is downstairs making potato latkes. I've gone through almost all of Hanukkah without having any, except for a few (literally) made by my sister.

The house smells of oil and potatoes. These are the kind that are made from a dry mix from a box, but I love them. And she's making multiple boxes at once, so that we can reheat the leftovers for days.

My only dilemma is the age old ketchup vs applesauce decision.

Tonights the last night, so this is a great way to close out Hanukkah.

BTW, when I say 'my wife' and don't use her name, it's not intended to be a lack of familiarity. The Cellar is my hobby and I try to keep her name out of it, given that I don't use an alias. Sometimes I slip up with this.

Trilby 12-15-2012 06:11 PM

ketchup vs. applesauce??????


no no no---sour cream!

footfootfoot 12-15-2012 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by orthodoc (Post 843864)
And since he passed it, we can deduce that he swallowed it ...

and he's totally worth it. ;)

Good mom. Bask in your accomplishment.

orthodoc 12-15-2012 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 844056)
Good mom. Bask in your accomplishment.

Thank you. Although it's his accomplishment, not mine. :)

As for latkes/platski - sour cream first, last, and always!! (I learned that platski is the Ukrainian word for latkes, but I suspect it's Polish - probably all of my 'Ukrainian' is Polish. And my French is Quebecois ... I'm a linguistic mess!)

footfootfoot 12-15-2012 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by orthodoc (Post 844061)
Thank you. Although it's his accomplishment, not mine. :)

As for latkes/platski - sour cream first, last, and always!! (I learned that platski is the Ukrainian word for latkes, but I suspect it's Polish - probably all of my 'Ukrainian' is Polish. And my French is Quebecois ... I'm a linguistic mess!)

I think you can take some credit for not raising a slacker who feels everything is owed to him. We are hoping he is of the 1% of lawyers to whom the other 99% give a bad name.

Griff 12-15-2012 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Trilby (Post 844044)
ketchup vs. applesauce??????


no no no---sour cream!

I had them twice so I had applesauce and then sour cream.

orthodoc 12-15-2012 07:38 PM

Yes, he's in that one percent. His undergrad was in bioengineering and he still loves biotech. IP law is good. :)

(You can't tell I'm proud of him, can you? Thought not.)

sweetwater 12-15-2012 09:03 PM

A 5-month old puppy has finished her first week here. The 10+ yo dogs are accepting, if not enthusiastic, about her thus far. I like my kingdom peaceable.

Sundae 12-18-2012 04:41 AM

Haircut!
Haircut!

(dunno if the Merkins do that - Brits will know what I mean)
But yes, I am pleased with it.

orthodoc 12-18-2012 06:55 PM

I just finished my fall semester's work ... submitted my last two big papers at 6:15 pm. The most challenging semester of my educational career is done. Didn't know if it would actually come together ... very happy in spite of persistent blurry vision. Tears aren't helping the vision. Oh well. They tell me it's a chemo side effect.

Chocolatl 12-18-2012 07:08 PM

Congrats, ortho! Time to rest and recharge now.

Lola Bunny 12-18-2012 09:31 PM

Congrats, Ortho!!

BigV 12-18-2012 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by orthodoc (Post 844441)
snip-- Tears aren't helping the vision. Oh well. They tell me it's a emo side effect.

FTFY

on a more serious note, congratulations! seriously!

ZenGum 12-18-2012 11:02 PM

LOL.


Emotherapy. Make your cancer cut itself out.

orthodoc 12-19-2012 03:32 AM

:lol: haha emotherapy, I love it.
Thanks everyone. It was a little emotional to finish up; there were times I really didn't think it would all come together. But it's done.

limey 12-19-2012 04:22 AM

Great news Ortho! Here's hoping you can find time for a little holiday-style R&R now.

DanaC 12-19-2012 04:56 AM

Congrats Ortho! Well done m'dear. I remember a few months ago when you were at the start of all this heavy heavy shit, and the work you still had ahead of you to get through the semester seemed a mountain to climb.

So proud of you. You are an inspiration. I know you probably don't feel like that sometimes, but it's true.

DanaC 12-19-2012 04:58 AM

Oh and:

@ Sweetwater: puppeh pics? Pretty please?

@ Sundae: Haircut! Haircut!

glatt 12-19-2012 07:33 AM

Great job, Ortho!

Nirvana 12-19-2012 04:57 PM

Fabulous O! :)

orthodoc 12-19-2012 06:01 PM

Thanks so much, guys. You have all made a huge difference in how things went this fall, more than you know. You encouraged and cheered and sometimes stayed up late when I was struggling ... sent wishes and thoughts, gifts and strength, and each thing came at just the right time. I was terrified because I thought I'd be doing this alone, and I wasn't alone. Thank you.

Tomorrow is session #4. Two-thirds done with emotherapy!

glatt 12-19-2012 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by orthodoc (Post 844531)
Two-thirds done with emotherapy!

And that's awesome news too! Good luck tomorrow.

BigV 12-19-2012 09:04 PM

Emotherapy!

Now cut that out! :lol2:

monster 12-24-2012 05:25 PM

Son's FB update....


"That awesome moment when you say it's the biggest present under the tree and your mom says "for now..." "

....wait 'til he finds out might not be true... or it might... who knows... the night is young and I have plenty of cardboard...... ;)

ZenGum 12-24-2012 05:55 PM

:lol: Troll Santa!

monster 12-25-2012 06:29 PM

We wrapped his goalie stick (per his request -he's already been using it for a month) but we labelled it for the other two kids. :D

infinite monkey 12-25-2012 07:56 PM

I was hoping you had something up your sleeve. Good one!

infinite monkey 01-04-2013 07:24 AM

It's the little things.

I think my bed is the comfiest warmest bed on earth. Piled with fuzzy blankets in my chilly abode, it's hard to get out of bed in the morning.

Tomorrow, I will set my alarm as if going to work, then pull the fuzzy blankets up around my head, and go back to sleep.

footfootfoot 01-04-2013 10:56 AM

We ran out of oil in the middle of the night (I assumed the squeaky sound was squirrels in the attic) and I called the oil co. for a delivery and they were here in 20 minutes with no emergency charge tacked on.

glatt 01-04-2013 11:13 AM

yay, oil company!

footfootfoot 01-04-2013 02:16 PM

They are a great little mom and pop outfit.

Sundae 01-07-2013 05:08 AM

Back to school tomorrow!
Had a meeting with the Head today and am so relieved. School isn't open today as we have an inset day, so I only went in for the meeting and it only lasted 7 minutes.
Only back half-days to start, but I will earn nearly as much as when I'm full-time because I am back to covering lunchbreaks again.

Two weeks of that and I'll be back full time.
And I hope back at after-school club at that point too, if they haven't replaced me.

I have to have a brief catch-up with the Head every Monday and Friday, but although that's slightly daunting I shouldn't worry. As long as I do my job it's just an admin exercise.

I deliberately wore large baggy clothes today so no-one could see I'd lost weight. Didn't work, but then only three people saw me anyway. It will still be a surprise for the majority of the school. Question is, will they dare mention it, given I have been signed off sick for the best part of a month...?

limey 01-07-2013 05:35 AM

Oh Sundae! That is such good news! I am really pleased for you! !!

Sent by thought transference.

DanaC 01-07-2013 06:02 AM

Excellent news hon:)

glatt 01-07-2013 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Sundae (Post 846798)
Back to school tomorrow!

That's fantastic! Congratulations.

orthodoc 01-07-2013 07:44 AM

Great news! Congratulations.

classicman 01-07-2013 06:58 PM

Fantastic News!


/wet blanket/ Didja learn your lesson? /wet blanket/


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