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“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82337 Mar 15, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
Morning everyone. Happy Friday.
Today I will be focusing on finishing the editing of this paper that's due at midnight. Why do I DO this to myself? Swear to (any) god that anyone believes in, I never used to be like this. Tings we always done way in advance of when they were needed. <sigh>
At least it's just finishing up editing/revising/polishing...n ot like I have to actually WRITE it, but still...
Weekend plans?
Laundry, laundry, laundry. We have so much I think we'll have to pack it up and take it to the laundrymat. May even pay to have them launder some...

And maybe some spring cleaning tossed in there for good measure. Perhaps the Botanic Gardens. We didn't make it last weekend and the bulbs are starting to come up...

Yay Spring!!

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#82338 Mar 15, 2013
I don't wan to think about the weekend yet, so I'm going to post a link to a totally inappropriate craft project that made me laugh.

http://www.oneclassymotha.com/2012/12/11/tip-...

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82339 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
I don't wan to think about the weekend yet, so I'm going to post a link to a totally inappropriate craft project that made me laugh.
http://www.oneclassymotha.com/2012/12/11/tip-...
Her commentary was great!

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#82340 Mar 15, 2013
Now thats funny!
Jess in NJ wrote:
I don't wan to think about the weekend yet, so I'm going to post a link to a totally inappropriate craft project that made me laugh.
http://www.oneclassymotha.com/2012/12/11/tip-...

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#82341 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
I don't wan to think about the weekend yet, so I'm going to post a link to a totally inappropriate craft project that made me laugh.
http://www.oneclassymotha.com/2012/12/11/tip-...
That is gross.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#82342 Mar 15, 2013
Weekend:

Tonight: Supper with Nick and the kids, then errands, then home.

Saturday: Babysitting from 7:30 to 5 p.m.

Saturday night: Drinking and gaming to unwind from spending9+ hours with 2.5 yo and 1yo kids.

Sunday: More of Saturday night.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#82343 Mar 15, 2013
Haha! Just saw this on Facebook:

"I don't know much about how to change a baby's diapers but I pretty sure you don't do it on the table of a restaurant during lunch hour."

Made me thing of you guys.
;)

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#82344 Mar 15, 2013
Weekend:

tomorrow, running around, not sure if i want to go by my mom's nad the enegry/emotion sucking expereince that will be, given that she just moved the furniture out of the nursing home. christmas/birthday dinner w/ niece & nephew-in-law. she's into oysters lately, so we're taking htem to a steak & seafood place.

sunday, steak dinner w/ parents and brother. oh, yeah, this is the weekend i was kinda campaiging to have the funeral, since bro had a pre-planned buisiness trip here. it costs him a bunch less to fly from germany to chicago, chicago to somewhere else in teh US, then directly back to germany, so he stops by for 27 hours.

monday, meeting some friends for dinner.

wednesday, big client dinner.

not that i've been cooknig much, lately, but damn... my kitchen will wonder who i am before too long!

oh, and sleeping in a little, but im' betting i'll wake up around the time i usually start getting ready for work...

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Knoxville, TN

#82345 Mar 15, 2013
So, San. Portman of Ohio has changed his position after learning his son is gay, and he now supports gay marriage rights. Amazing how personal experience can shape one's viewpoint.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#82346 Mar 15, 2013
Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
So, San. Portman of Ohio has changed his position after learning his son is gay, and he now supports gay marriage rights. Amazing how personal experience can shape one's viewpoint.
I can't read tone through the computer, so I don't know if you are saying you applaud the Senator for reexamining his conscience and beliefs and having the courage to admit his mistakes publicly or if you are being sarcastic and saying that his epiphany that what he had been taught for years and has finally decided to be unjust doesn't count because of how he came to it?

I wish I could write as well as he does.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/edito...

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Knoxville, TN

#82347 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>
I can't read tone through the computer, so I don't know if you are saying you applaud the Senator for reexamining his conscience and beliefs and having the courage to admit his mistakes publicly or if you are being sarcastic and saying that his epiphany that what he had been taught for years and has finally decided to be unjust doesn't count because of how he came to it?
I wish I could write as well as he does.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/edito...
Certainly not the former. He only "re-examined his conscience" with a metaphorical gun to his head, i.e. his own son being gay. I am saying a little bit of the latter. Again, gun to his head. WHat I was really saying was exactly what the last sentence said, i.e. that it bears noting the effect on a person's position on something when they actually empathize or are directly affected by something. People are very cavalier with their positions when they don't have to concern themselves with the implications of that positions. Like men trying to drive the abortion rights discussion.

Since: Jan 10

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#82348 Mar 15, 2013
I agree, Sam. I remember a Republican politician (Dan Quayle?) being asked, what if it was your 14yo daughter who was pregnant, would you be opposed to abortion in that case? And the politician replied that they wouldn't rule it out, they'd just have to weigh her choices and decide what was best.

Right, when it impacts YOU, you're okay with it, but if it doesn't impact your life, then ban it.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#82350 Mar 15, 2013
Anybody here had some recent experience with train travel in Europe? I've done a lot of research, etc. but would love to hear any personal tips. Will be doing a total of 6 days between cities in a few weeks.

Assuming we get there. Supposed to take the Dreamliner. Polish airlines on top of it. We people have lots of duct tape so no worry.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#82351 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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It doesn't matter to me how a person comes to their decision on this subject, whether it is because they learn that a family member is gay or because they slipped on a banana peel and wake up with a change of heart after their concussion.
We are all products of our environments and experiences. The important thing is that we reexamine our beliefs and opinions from time to time, take a moral inventory if you will.
But doesn't it say something about him that he only re-examined his opinion because it affected his life? What does that say about his decision making ability when it comes to other issues that he will not have hands on experience with?

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#82352 Mar 15, 2013
dahgts wrote:
Anybody here had some recent experience with train travel in Europe? I've done a lot of research, etc. but would love to hear any personal tips. Will be doing a total of 6 days between cities in a few weeks.
Assuming we get there. Supposed to take the Dreamliner. Polish airlines on top of it. We people have lots of duct tape so no worry.
DO NOT, under any reasonable circumstances, use Lot if you cna... My SIL is from poland, and *she* hates it... they are sooo messed up. if you must, as in you already have reservations, call the day ahead or so to make sure you have a seat, be patient and bring a native polish speaker if you can. my bro, SIL and parents took Lot one time, and they all swore never again. SIL wonders even why her mohter likes it (beyond the polish-speaking staff).

As for train travel, what info are you looking for? I took a commuter-type train to antoehr country, and my parents will be going over night to a different country in a few weeks, so i can get their info too...

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#82353 Mar 15, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>But doesn't it say something about him that he only re-examined his opinion because it affected his life? What does that say about his decision making ability when it comes to other issues that he will not have hands on experience with?
Most people don't bother to really reexamine their opinions until something external strikes a chord with them personally. That is why you find people often change their thinking after having children, caring for an aging parent or experiencing a major illness.

I am impressed because of how well and how publicly he expressed his change of opinion. It is now a more educated position than previously.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#82354 Mar 15, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>But doesn't it say something about him that he only re-examined his opinion because it affected his life? What does that say about his decision making ability when it comes to other issues that he will not have hands on experience with?
I forgot to address your second point - I believe we should all be open to learning new things about ourselves and others. This topic happened to hit close to home for the Senator, but hopefully his response helps him to realize that none of us is infallible and that he applies this knowledge and empathy to other issues he is face with.

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Knoxville, TN

#82355 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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It doesn't matter to me how a person comes to their decision on this subject, whether it is because they learn that a family member is gay or because they slipped on a banana peel and wake up with a change of heart after their concussion.
We are all products of our environments and experiences. The important thing is that we reexamine our beliefs and opinions from time to time, take a moral inventory if you will.
You think his stated reason for the change in his public position doesn't matter? I could not disagree more. It's in the same vein as apologizing because someone makes you, not because you thought about it and realized your error on your own and have genuine regret. If this guy's son hadn't come out to him, he'd still be trying to suppress the rights of every other gay person in Ohio. It would take quite the set of cajones OR massive ignorance to continue with a public platform of being anti-gay marriage while having a son who came out.

To me motivation is just as important as the decision because it demonstrates a person's true mindset and goes to how reliable they will be.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#82356 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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I forgot to address your second point - I believe we should all be open to learning new things about ourselves and others. This topic happened to hit close to home for the Senator, but hopefully his response helps him to realize that none of us is infallible and that he applies this knowledge and empathy to other issues he is face with.
I agree with you on these things for normal people -- but for people who are representing the people I think they owe it to society to review their feelings and own what they promote. I expect better and more thoughtfulness.

It is great, though, that he did give it further thought. I hope he takes this as a lesson to review many of his thoughts on our countries issues because that is his responsibility that he took on in my view.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#82357 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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Most people don't bother to really reexamine their opinions until something external strikes a chord with them personally..
Just playing devil's advocate, but is that the type of person that we want making policy decisions? Someone who does not look at things from another perspective until it affects them personally? One could argue that a person like that is putting him and his family's interests above that of the general public.

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