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“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#80158 Feb 13, 2013
Hey, if the kid and parent are cool with it, I think it's a great idea. Photography as all about "Capturing" a moment or emotion anyway, and in this case your kinda trying to capture the past by looking thru the person in the present.
Done correctly it would make for some very stunning photographs.

Matilda77 wrote:
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Well, yeah. But it's funny because those are the pics everyone with newborns has these days.
J should do that, his bio dad burned most of his baby/toddler pictures in a bonfire. I've seen one picture of him when he was under 7 or so.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80160 Feb 13, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
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and for what reason did he burn them?
He was mad at my MIL for something. And probably drunk. And high.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80161 Feb 13, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's a frickin' miracle that J turned out the way he did, considering the fucktard adults in his life.
Blows my mind every...single...day. SIL, too. As many beefs as I had with living with her, she's a damn good human being. And not angry or sullen, like you'd think a teenager in that situation would be. A bit of the victim mentality, sure, but if you met her, you would not guess the crap she's been through.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80162 Feb 13, 2013
Oh, and my MIL gave J some old post-bonfire picture albums to look through; from after she met SIL's dad.

There were pics of all kinds of things--cars, friends, random obits from all their hard-living friends, but still,*very* few pictures of J. And the pictures of my SIL as a baby/toddler were almost universally taken by J. Really shows you where their priorities were.

Since: Jan 10

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#80163 Feb 13, 2013
Don't your ILs chain smoke cigarettes (not to mention other stuff) in their home? And MIL thinks if she has grandbabies, she'll get to babysit them there. She's nuts.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80164 Feb 13, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Don't your ILs chain smoke cigarettes (not to mention other stuff) in their home? And MIL thinks if she has grandbabies, she'll get to babysit them there. She's nuts.
My MIL actually quit smoking a few months back. But yeah, he still smokes like a chimney in the house. Yeah, not a chance I'd leave my dogs, let alone a child, alone over there with either or both of them.

And she thinks...like...her lifestyle or whatever is normal and that we'd let her babysit. No concept that most people don't live that way. Her white trash friends' white trash kids have kids and then plop them off at Granny's while they go off and make meth or more kids or whatever. Nope. So much nope.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#80165 Feb 13, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
someone in my wapo forum posted that at a big school band meeting, the director said "If every family gives me $15, we don't need to do any fundraisers this year." Then said it was a flurry of reaching into pockets and purses.
i saw one school has a "fundraisign option" on their tuition scale. it was like an extra $1500, but then, yeah, you don't have to trot the kid out to the same set of family and neighbors every ohter month.
i buy from any *kid* who asks me to buy stuff, which save me a bunch.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80167 Feb 13, 2013
http://craftfail.com/

Pinterest crafts gone wrong. Funny stuff.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#80168 Feb 13, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.
J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
add "or missionaries" to the sign.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#80169 Feb 13, 2013
Mathilda--I've said it before and I'll say it now: I have *tremendous* respect for how you've raised SIL. Seriously, if it weren't for you and J, that poor girl would have no idea what normal life is like. I hope that someday she is mature enough to appreciate what you've done for her.

Since: Jan 10

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#80170 Feb 13, 2013
I'll say this in MIL's defense: She must love her kids, and makes it clear to them, or they'd be messed up. They know their mom loves them, despite all her other crap, and i think that counts for a lot.

Since: Jan 10

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#80171 Feb 13, 2013
Looking for Chicago info.

Partner at work is retiring a bit early in April b/c of family concerns (mom is in a home w/alzheimers). He's from south side of Chicago. He explicitly said he doesn't want a retirement gift. My boss of course won't obey that. But she wants to get him a gift cert for something like a really nice restaurant that won't take him an hour to get to. So we think home base still is south Chicago. restaurant doesn't need to be in s. chicago; near 'burbs would do, too.

By nice, I'm pretty sure she means, two people eat (without tip) for at least $100.

I told her I knew several people in the Chicago area who could maybe help.

Thanks in advance!

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#80172 Feb 13, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Looking for Chicago info.
Partner at work is retiring a bit early in April b/c of family concerns (mom is in a home w/alzheimers). He's from south side of Chicago. He explicitly said he doesn't want a retirement gift. My boss of course won't obey that. But she wants to get him a gift cert for something like a really nice restaurant that won't take him an hour to get to. So we think home base still is south Chicago. restaurant doesn't need to be in s. chicago; near 'burbs would do, too.
By nice, I'm pretty sure she means, two people eat (without tip) for at least $100.
I told her I knew several people in the Chicago area who could maybe help.
Thanks in advance!
i;ll check at work tomorrow... one guy i work iwth is from far south side and will be a good resource for nice places.

Since: Jan 10

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#80173 Feb 13, 2013
Aisle Sitter wrote:
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i;ll check at work tomorrow... one guy i work iwth is from far south side and will be a good resource for nice places.
Thanks very much!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#80174 Feb 14, 2013
Amy

http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/TSOVR6H7UO...

Abby

http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/TQIAGNQD9S...

Happy Valentines Day! Will you be my valentine, Jammer?

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#80175 Feb 14, 2013
J Alexanders, best prime rib on the planet. Oh, you said south chicago... eh, dominos pizza.

RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Looking for Chicago info.
Partner at work is retiring a bit early in April b/c of family concerns (mom is in a home w/alzheimers). He's from south side of Chicago. He explicitly said he doesn't want a retirement gift. My boss of course won't obey that. But she wants to get him a gift cert for something like a really nice restaurant that won't take him an hour to get to. So we think home base still is south Chicago. restaurant doesn't need to be in s. chicago; near 'burbs would do, too.
By nice, I'm pretty sure she means, two people eat (without tip) for at least $100.
I told her I knew several people in the Chicago area who could maybe help.
Thanks in advance!

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#80176 Feb 14, 2013
Happy Valentines day to all you scrumptious hotties. You are all smoking hot in my book!

Since: Jan 10

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#80177 Feb 14, 2013
I like St. Valentine's Day! I don't need flowers or candy, just a card is fine. Nick and the boys and I are going to Perkin's for supper.:) Perkins has red velvet cake for the evening.

Then tomorrow night, I'm having girlfriends over to help me plan where to hang all my wall stuff i my new place, so tonight after supper, I have to go to the liquor store, Target, and grocery store to get ready for that.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#80178 Feb 14, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
Happy Valentines Day! Will you be my valentine, Jammer?
Of course!
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#80179 Feb 14, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Looking for Chicago info.
Partner at work is retiring a bit early in April b/c of family concerns (mom is in a home w/alzheimers). He's from south side of Chicago. He explicitly said he doesn't want a retirement gift. My boss of course won't obey that. But she wants to get him a gift cert for something like a really nice restaurant that won't take him an hour to get to. So we think home base still is south Chicago. restaurant doesn't need to be in s. chicago; near 'burbs would do, too.
By nice, I'm pretty sure she means, two people eat (without tip) for at least $100.
I told her I knew several people in the Chicago area who could maybe help.
Thanks in advance!
A Lettuce Entertain You gift card is for a chain with something over 20 restauarnts in the area a couple of which are very nice, some more modest. They come in different denominations. I have receieved them as gifts and they are always welcome.

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