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[#] Wed Feb 08 2017 19:01:07 EST from Ladyhawke

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Wow, 12!  When they hit the bakers dozen, do you still wish them Mazel Tov?  lol

[#] Mon Feb 13 2017 12:04:41 EST from Shazam

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There was a really good book Adina had to read for school called Cheaper by the Dozen, by Gilbreth. I was very impressed with the story.


In any case, my husband's sister had her baby, a boy. She let me hold him, he's so tiny and delicious. 


My Yaakov is learning math! He's 6 so I know he is supposed to, but I was so proud of him, yesterday he told me "In five years, Akiva will be 20" and my first instinct was like "No, that isn't right" but then I looked at Akiva and realized it's true.  Goodness. 

[#] Mon Feb 13 2017 12:07:58 EST from Shazam

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I want a new computer, one that will run Excel and Quickbooks but be incapable of running Minecraft or Roblox, so I can keep my computer to myself. I know, I'm selfish and all. But every single time he plays on my computer I need to reboot because after that everything moves too slowly to be usable. But he works so hard at school, leaves home at 6:20am, comes home either 7pm or 9pm depending on the night, and he wants to play a little before sleeping, so I don't want to tell him no. But I hate sharing because I failed kindergarten, apparently.  Anyway, he can HAVE my old computer if I can just get a new one that will do what I need it to do, and not do much else. 

[#] Thu Feb 16 2017 17:01:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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A kid that age probably ought to have his own computer, but if that's not possible, maybe just ask him to reboot when he finishes on the computer each evening?

There are computers that can run Excel and Quickbooks but not Minecraft or Roblox. They're called "20 year old computers" but you will have to run very old versions of Excel and Quickbooks.

[#] Wed Mar 01 2017 12:28:12 EST from Shazam

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Ig, I hear that! That was actually the solution we came up with too, he reboots each evening when he's done. 

But now I can't back up my phone because the computer is out of storage space and for the life of me I can't figure out what is taking up so much space on this computer and my husband said to just buy a new computer. So I will get a new one anyway, so in fact he will get his own computer. 


I don't think anyone else had babies since I last logged in.  Oh well, hope no one is disappointed.  My baby brother's wife is expecting now. I think today is actually her due date. No, wait. Actually the 5th is her due date. We've been warned that IF the baby is born on its actual due date, and IF it is a boy, THEN the bris will be on Purim. That would be so cool. 

I know a lot of people like to "be surprised" about whether the baby is a boy or a girl, but my take was always that if you find out before the baby is born you ARE surprised anyway, you're just surprised a few months earlier than otherwise. But whatever. Can't talk logic to people. I'll have to wait and see like everybody else. 


Yaakov's first adult tooth came in! Yay. BUT his baby tooth didn't get loose or fall out first, the adult tooth came in way behind the baby tooth. I'm going to have to bring him in to get that baby tooth yanked. 

[#] Wed Mar 22 2017 17:12:57 EDT from the_mgt

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Try something like CCleaner ( on ) with that computer.

Our son has the same trouble with his teeth. Always messy and looks nasty. Was about to use some pliers on it, the last time...

[#] Mon Apr 03 2017 14:22:07 EDT from Shazam

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Thanks, I'll give it a try!


Yaakov's tooth actually DID come out, he was eating something and heard a crack and it was loose. Then it took a few days and finally he came to me and told me to pull it out. I thought once I made motions to actually do it, he'd run away scared. Pretty sure that was my experience with all the other kids who asked me to pull out loose teeth. But he stayed and kept asking me to do it, so even though it was kinda weird, I grabbed it with my fingers and pulled up. Third pull it came out. 

OH MY GOODNESS! I just remembered that we completely forgot about the tooth fairy thing. Oy vey. oh well, I guess there will be other teeth. Anyway, instead of giving him money, I can buy gems in his games or something. 

[#] Fri May 12 2017 12:13:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Some tooth fairies are better organized than others. :) These days they're running some sort of tooth recycling program or something. Back in 2013 when my daughter lost a tooth while we were at Disney World, I had her (and the hotel staff) convinced that Tinkerbell was the acting tooth fairy for all Disney properties. Appropriate treats (balloons etc) were left at the hotel room door.

These days, my kids both hate Disney Corporation as much as I do ... things got really bad when they ruined, and then eventually shut down, Club Penguin.

[#] Fri May 12 2017 12:29:38 EDT from fleeb

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Not gonna try Club Penguin Island, I take it. Heh.

[#] Mon May 15 2017 17:35:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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No need ... someone somewhere is running "Club Penguin Rewritten" which appears to be a copy of the site taken from 2009 or so, right before Disneyhitler ruined it.

[#] Wed Jul 19 2017 16:38:52 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This will make Aahz and Ragnar feel old. :)

My son just passed his road test.

[#] Thu Jul 20 2017 07:24:14 EDT from fleeb

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I doesn't make me feel any younger.

[#] Thu Jul 20 2017 07:24:19 EDT from fleeb

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It doesn't, either.

[#] Thu Jul 20 2017 08:43:11 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Oh gods.. Congratulations are in order for the Dread Pirate Foobar...

That's really great news IG.

and yes.. we are old.

[#] Thu Jul 20 2017 16:15:12 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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How could I feel much older? My oldest daughter bought a condo a couple of months ago. So thanks for adding yet another grey hair!

[#] Thu Jul 20 2017 19:47:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, from what I've heard from people who knew you before I did, you've been a cranky old man since the day you were born. :)

Enjoy the grey hair. At least you *have* all of your hair.

[#] Fri Jul 21 2017 12:14:06 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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True. On both counts.

[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 20:56:10 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Wow, congrats, IG!  Crazy...I think the last time I saw him, he was barely in elementary school!

Oh, and enjoy the second "honey-do" list, Ragnar....that will definitely help with the grouchiness!  :-D

[#] Thu Aug 17 2017 18:47:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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As much as every parent worries about their kids being on the road, I have to admit it's nice that he can go hang out with his friends or run errands or whatever without us having to shuttle him around, especially with me in my current condition.

You all know that thinking about my kids growing up has always been a trouble spot for me. Although I thought I'd been managing it pretty well for the last couple of years, a couple of days ago after my mind started really processing the trauma I've been through, all of my old baggage came crashing down on top of it.

[#] Thu Aug 17 2017 19:05:41 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Time to get new baggage... The old ones get worn.

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