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  1. Have y'all seen some of the bat-shit insanity coming from CPAC? I mean, more than the usual bat-shit insanity that is typically CPAC.
  2. Crap. I thought it was the 8th. ok. Well let’s pick a Friday
  3. ...will be old enough to legally buy and consume alcohol in all 50 states in about 3 weeks. I was a few months shy of turning 21 myself when I first joined, which now means that I have lived more life with Nightly than without. My Nightly-aversary happens to be on a Friday, so...Zoom party??
  4. Update! Despite having these dreams regularly for over a decade, I actually have not had a single one since I posted this almost 18 months ago. Therapy works you guys. Even if it's just ranting online.
  5. My heart goes out to you both. That's just so painful to read. Mean girl behavior is excused just like "boys will be boys" bullshit. The guilty parties just don't believe that they're doing anything wrong. They feel that they're entitled to be that way.
  6. Jesus! What little bitches are people raising up there? I know kids are mean and cruel at times, but this just seems over the top. I don't see how the adults in charge can just let this behavior continue.
  7. Definitely not too harsh. Setting and enforcing boundaries is very important. Especially when it comes to safety. And yeah, that's a bit odd for that age.
  8. Ah yes. When you get your gentle parenting ideas from TikTok. I see shit like this a lot in gentle parenting groups. Parents are straight up permissive and don't understand why their children are brats.
  9. I get that. I tune out when they start offering opinions. Mostly I watch their recaps or Easter Egg videos for the Disney+ series.
  10. I think I should change my goal. I'm at 12 books so far this year, and I have 2 more that will be finished probably before Thursday. The list so far in no particular order: Fourth Wing Iron Flame The Thursday Murder Club The Man Who Died Twice The Housemaid Wrong Place Wrong Time A Good Girl's Guide to Murder The PARA Method Veronica Ruiz Breaks the Bank Murder on the Orient Express The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches Legends & Lattes Almost finished with: Everyone on this Train is a Suspect A Court of Thorns & Roses
  11. Same. Cinema Therapy Midwest Magic Cleaning Legal Eagle How to ADHD Heather Kell of Kell of a Plan Planning with Bumble The Speech Prof Mothers Against Greg Abbott Hannah Bayles Mended Light Clutterbug And some I'm not subscribed to but must watch a lot because they're always on my home page: Ms. Mojo/WatchMojo CNN all the late night talk shows Mama Dr. Jones Charisma on Command TED-Ed Howard Ho Brandon McNulty ScreenRant Mountain Rug Cleaning
  12. I really hope the moderate right jumps on the Haley train. I mean, they won't, because nobody thinks she's electable, but it would go a long way in restoring some semblance of sanity on that side of the aisle. Republicans as a whole need to get their shit in order and stop kowtowing to their fringe.
  13. Yeah. I won't go as far as to say that Biden or Harris are in public service for the right reasons, but I do get the sense that they're not in it for power or ego alone. And that lends to them being open to the advice and counsel of others. That's the low bar I require of my elected officials.
  14. I hate this stupid template because the colors are backwards. Like why is red at the top at the good thing? Red is bad. Green is good. Red stop, don't, danger. Green go. Stupid tier ranking template.
  15. I still fucking just love girl power scenes. Even when they're on the nose or in your face. I guess it means that I'm old enough to remember a childhood where females were still just sexy lamps in movies and TV. Even minor representation gets me. I cried at the inclusion of female background characters in TFA (I was also very, very pregnant but still).
  16. I don't mind a 2nd Biden term because I don't believe that he's actually doing much behind the scenes. I'm mostly ok with his cabinet and the people he's surrounded himself with, and I believe that if Biden were to like fall into a coma or something, they would carry on without him and things would continue on their current course. Now granted, I also believe our current course could be a hell of a lot better, but given how we've seen how it can also be a hell of a lot worse, I'm sticking with another 4 years of this bullshit than that bullshit.
  17. Sounds like a classic case of not wanting to take responsibility. We had Luke's ARD meeting last week. They're changing his one-on-one supports. He's now doing well enough in reading/LA to no longer require an aide to be with him every day during that time. Instead, they're going to reallocate that time to having an aide with him while they're doing individual work during stations (where they rotate through several stations and one-on-one time with the teacher). He apparently cannot stay on track by himself. He's easily distracted. Shocking, I know. So yay and *sigh*. Also, Luke received an Evite for another kid's birthday party, so I told him that he got an invite to this kid's birthday and his response was "ugh, no. We're not friends. I don't want to go." Not what I was expecting but ok. But then when I went to decline the invite I noticed that only like 12 invites went out and several look like they're to family members. They didn't invite a lot of people to this party, and somehow Luke was chosen. I also didn't recognize any of the other people who were invited, so I sent a quick screenshot to a friend of mine who regularly volunteers at the school and knows everyone I swear. She didn't recognize anyone either, but she told me that this kid is also in the special education program. So I questioned Luke a bit more (always a fun exercise with a child with an expressive speech impairment). By this point it had been a couple of hours, so I started the conversation over. (Mind you, we do this with Luke all the time. If we get an unexpected response, it likely has more to do with his circumstances in that exact moment than anything lasting. Example, if we ask him if he's hungry when he's actively doing something, anything really, he will say "no". But if we wait until he pauses for a second or force him to break his attention and then ask again, he'll change his answer to "oh yeah!") So this 2nd convo went a bit like this: Me: Luke, you got invited to Max's birthday party! Is Max your friend in Ms. E's class? Luke: This answer is still no. We're not friends. Me: Oh. Why aren't you friends? Luke: Because we're not friends. (Answering "why" questions is one of his impairments) Me: Is it because Max is mean to you? Luke: No. Me: Is Max a good student? Does he get 3s and 4s or 1s and 2s? (Me trying to determine if there's a general behavior issue that's turning Luke off) Luke: He gets 4s like me. Me: Why aren't you friends with Max? Luke: Because...we're not friends. Because...he follows me and I told him "don't follow me!" Me: Does he follow you because he wants to be friends? Luke: He follows me. I don't like it. We're not friends. And then he ran off. That's about the maximum amount of conversation we typically get out of Luke. So I'm thinking given that Max is also in the special education program, he likely could also be on the spectrum and have difficulty interacting and making friends. If that's the case, I absolutely want to ensure that Luke goes to his party. I typically wouldn't force my kids to be around someone they don't like, but I also hate it when special needs kids try to throw parties and everyone ditches them. It's happened to a few of my friends' kids before and it's absolutely heartbreaking. I'm really torn on this one. I'm heavily leaning toward taking Luke to the party anyway. It's not until the middle of next month, so we have time to prime him or things might change naturally. I'm also tempted to email their gen ed and special ed teachers to see if they have any insight into Luke and Max's relationship. I'd hate to force Luke to go if there's always conflict between them. But if they get along decently well at school, then it's likely that Luke is just being a grumpy-ass this weekend, which has already been a thing this weekend actually. So maybe I'm making too much of all of this.
  18. I forgot as well. I'll PM you.
  19. Yes. Absolutely. If they want to apologize, Q can accept that apology. But forgiveness is internal and, honestly, for the victim. Forgiveness does great things to one's mental health - letting go of anger and resentment is healing. She doesn't have to forgive them, but she should for her own sake. What she absolutely should NOT be pressured into doing AT ALL is reconciling with them. She's allowed boundaries, and not being around those girls should be one of those boundaries.
  20. Every time I find myself job hunting I tell myself to just go into escrow at a title company and work my way up. And then I don't. I should probably listen to myself. And you.
  21. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be looking for a new job this year. I'm not terribly satisfied with the job as it is or with my crazy boss's weird demands, but I'm willing to deal because the flexible schedule allows me to work at home when Luke is out of school but Noah isn't or when I want to go out of town or anything like that. But the real estate market is going through a thing and it looks like we won't be building many houses this year. Without that, there isn't much for me to do. My boss isn't really focused on building a business, which is something I would be willing to stay on for. He's just focused on making money. Most of that money goes directly into his IRA or his friends' and family's IRAs, so it's not like the company is profiting. And I pretty much AM the whole company. So yeah.
  22. And by reading, I also mean listening to audiobooks. I "rediscovered" books this year, and I can't believe how much I've missed reading for my own enjoyment. The last 10ish years I've only really read books for work, parenting, or general self-improvement or reading books to the kids. I've read A LOT of this stuff in the past decade, but not too many adult books. So for 2024 I'm making it a goal to read 60 books. I did 37 from June to now, so this is very doable for me. I spend about 4-5 hours alone in a car each week, so that helps a lot. I'm doing this challenge. And in doing so, I also have a goal to pair 6 fiction novels with a non-fiction book about a topic or theme from the novel and also to read one career/productivity and one health/wellness focused book a quarter. These extra goals can also satisfy the goals from the 52 Book Challenge, so I'm not crazy. Anyway, I'm on Goodreads. Add me on there. Anyone else have a reading goal for the year? Or anyone have any good book recs for the challenge or otherwise?
  23. Thank god someone said it. Best Star War scene of the 21st century.
  24. My sister, her sister-in-law, and I all got AirPods from our significant others. I was highly impressed with the coordination between the guys until I found out that they didn't coordinate at all. It was a coincidence, but one my brother-in-law noticed when he saw all 3 under the tree, so he made us all open them at the same time after covertly confirming that the other 2 boxes did indeed contain AirPods. This made me even happier because this means that Trevor actually heard me mention that I'd like some AirPods and he executed this without me knowing. I didn't get much else. Noah bought me some Friends themed booties. "Luke" picked out this massage thingy that fits over your hand (and the first listed benefit on its fairly plain packaging is that it "Reduces the appearance of cellulite!"...so hopefully Luke did actually pick that and neither Trevor nor Noah actually intervened). My mom gave me cash without making all of us play a silly game for her amusement this time. And my dad and stepmom gave my siblings and I our usual stockings with the staples - toothbrush, Lifesavers candy book, candy canes, Reese's PB cups, and other random dollar store trinkets. However! I went ahead and filled my own stocking with mini bottles of booze while I was at the liquor store getting Trevor's gift and I bought myself a planner sticker book I really wanted. So Merry Christmas to me! The kids made out like bandits though. Between the two of them, they got a PS5 (from us), 5 PS5 games, 6 LEGO sets, 8 board/card games, $120 cash, and probably 20+ other things each. Bandits. Starting on Saturday, we had 7 rounds of gift opening/receiving (that does include Christmas morning from Santa). I'm exhausted from just watching them be spoiled by everyone else.
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