Thursday Open Thread

Been thinking about our next vacation plans. Heck, who am I kidding, I am ALWAYS planning our next vacation! We’re pondering Hawaii with the kids, or a weekend on the central coast of California to visit some historic missions (they’re part of the 4th grade social studies curriculum). I am even thinking about a weekend escape for DH’s birthday in December.

Know what I’m not considering? Taking my 9-year-old daughter to a firing range so she can shoot an Uzi for funsies.

A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killedan instructor on Monday morning when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use.

A partial video of the incident — which does not show the instructor being shot — shows a slender young girl in a ponytail and pink shorts beside a man clad in camouflage pants, a black T-shirt and sunglasses. “Allriiight!” he says, congratulating her after she fires the gun in single-shot mode. “All right, full auto!” he says. Then comes a spray of bullets and a child’s scream before the video cuts off…

…Sprawling across more than 30 acres in the Mojave desert 26 miles from Vegas, Bullets and Burgers advertises itself as an “Outdoor Machine Gun Adventure” with a “Desert Storm atmosphere.” “Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons,” the Web site says. “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. … Let ‘em Rip!”

The shooting range’s Web site says the minimum age for the “ground adventure” is 8, and children ages 8 to 17 “must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times.”

I know one of our MotherTalker mantras is not to be Sanctimommy and judge other parents’ choices. Breast vs. bottle? Whatever works. Public school vs. private school vs. homeschool? You do you. But I am judging these parents, and quite frankly all adults involved, BIG TIME for putting this innocent 9-year-old child in such a horrific situation.

Parents have recently been arrested for leaving their kid in a car while running a quick errand, or for letting their kids play at a park while they work. But these parents, who literally put an Uzi in their 9-year-old kid’s hands, will face zero consequences.

So there’s your mind f*ck for today. I got nothing, except white hot rage.

What’s boggling your mind today? You got any cheerful news or anecdotes to share?

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Tuesday Open Thread

Did you watch the Emmys last night? What did you think of the winners and losers?

Which TV shows are you hooked on lately? DH and I are finishing up season 2 of Orange is the New Black, and really enjoying Masters of Sex.

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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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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