Tuesday Open Thread

Today’s the last day of summer vacation around these parts. We will head to the psychologist (DD’s insomnia is not yet resolved, though we have seen significant improvement) and then we will see a movie, just the two of us girls. Later we will get her new uniform ready, and decide on a first day of school hairstyle (I always give her a special ‘do on the first day).

Another first day tradition: a trip to Dairy Queen after school, so she can tell us all about it. It started during her kindergarten year, when I was still working full time and was a hot, crying mess for much of the day. I ended up leaving work early so I could be there to pick her up when the bell rang, and the after school ice cream tradition was born.

Do you have any first day traditions?

It always feels so bittersweet, sending her off for yet another new school year. How can she be a 4th grader already? It’s madness!

How are you feeling about the new school year? Anxious? Elated? Chat away!

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Weekend Open Thread

This is it, our last summer weekend. DD goes back to school next week, so we are San Diego-bound. This is the second year in a row we have joined friends and their two sons for one last out-of-town hurrah to say goodbye to summer. I’m hoping it will become a tradition for years to come!

How do you say goodbye to summer? What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

Ferguson is on my mind, but I can’t find the words to express the depth of my anger and bewilderment.

Please use this thread to share any new information, make suggestions for action, or just vent. Because this is beyond f*cked up, and I have no idea what if anything we can do about it.

What’s on your mind?

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Tuesday Open Thread

So many of us were left reeling by the news of Robin Williams’ suicide. Because I first saw it reported on social media, my first instinct was to think (and hope) it was a hoax. That such a gifted comedian could be so tortured just doesn’t seem to compute.

I was left thinking of his memorable performances. My favorites were in The Birdcage and Good Will Hunting.

I found this tweet to be the most poignant. May he rest in peace.

What’s on your mind today?

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Weekend Open Thread

DD attended a musical theater summer camp for the past two weeks. They rehearsed three hours per day, and yesterday performed an abbreviated version of Oliver. She played Bet, and handled dialogue, singing and choreography with aplomb. It was a joy to watch.

But she proceeded to spend the rest of the day in and out of tears. “I’m sad it’s over! I want to do it again. The same show with the same people!” I did theater throughout high school and into college, and I remember the sadness when a show was over. Looks like I’ve got a budding theater nerd on my hands. Aaaawww.

What is making your kids tick these days? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

Today DD has her second appointment with a psychologist, to treat an ongoing case of anxiety-fueled insomnia. The focus of this session will be biofeedback, which I am curious to learn about. The psychologist is warm and encouraging, and really seemed to put DD at ease during our first “getting to know you” appointment.

That said, we’ve had a few promising nights lately where it only took her about 30 minutes to fall asleep (KNOCK WOOD). Our ritual: a shower, a dose of Benadryl, a calf massage with lavender lotion, and reading aloud (she likes to snuggle up and listen to me read). She also has a white noise machine, and we got one for our bedroom too (I am a light sleeper and was subconsciously listening for noises signaling she was awake. I was a tired mess).

I also lowered the thermostat a couple of degrees at night, in hopes that a more comfortable temperature will be conducive to sleep, electric bills be damned.

What are your ideal sleeping conditions? What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Weekend Open Thread

Behold the power of social media: After a mom’s letter taking them to task for their gender stereotypical selection went viral, Land’s End has started selling science-themed shirts for girls.

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After all, not every girl likes rainbows, lollipops and unicorns, amirite?

Meanwhile, Lego has started selling female scientist mini figurines. The “research institute” set features a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist.

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Happy shopping!

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

Do you remember when you first grasped the concept of mortality?

I must have been about 6 or 7 years old when it hit me: someday, my parents would die. The realization was devastating, and I remember lying in bed, fighting back tears, and trying to chase away thoughts of a world without my parents in it. That is some deep, dark stuff for a child to grapple with!

So this viral video touched my heart. It features a 5-year-old girl crying her eyes out because she just realized that her baby brother won’t stay a baby — AND she’s going to die “when she’s a hundred.” And the baby? He just gurgles and smiles at her. OH, MY OVARIES.

I feel you, little girl. I SO feel you. That’s also kind of how I feel about my own kids growing up!

That said, if my child was bawling about her deepest fears, it wouldn’t occur to me to pick up a camera and record it. Not quite sure what the thought process was there!

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Tuesday Open Thread

We visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this weekend and got a behind-the-scenes tour, thanks to my BIL, who is a donor. We were among the first visitors to see a lioness and her four 1-month-old cubs. They were nursing and toddling around and she was grooming them and SQUEE!!! So cute.

Then we saw this:

10556238_10101068931255494_2332324762942573064_n12-week-old cheetah is being raised alongside a 13-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. Mama rejected the cheetah, so the puppy will be its lifelong companion. I think my  ovaries might have exploded.

What has given you the warm fuzzies lately? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

 

 

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