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Old 01-08-2007, 02:28 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by brewer12345
The ol' distraction tactic didn't work, t hen? That's usually our gambit. Failing that, an offer of a gummy bear usually does the trick.
Good point, we'll have a treat in the car awaiting her return from the hill next time!

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Old 01-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #22
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How sweet! She looks like she was having a ball. Yep, bribery usually worked.

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Old 01-23-2007, 07:02 PM   #23
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The only problem was, she was livid if we stopped sledding, just heartbroken! We had to plan sledding for late morning so her hunger would kick in before Dad's exhaustion!
oh those are great pictures! there is an old buddhist saying that in life there are a thousand blessings and a thousand sufferings (or something probably more eloquent than that) but even in the midst of hard times, if you look around there is something good too. pretty analogous to having kids - they make you very happy, and very tired/grumpy all at the same time!

a friend who worked at a daycare told me when i had my first turned into a toddler to do the minute warnings, 5 more minutes! then a few more before 1 more decreases the shock and dismay the little ones experience and enables them to transition and get their last giggle, slide, coloring in before it's time to move on...i do it all the time and it works (no negotiating).

however, i will say that i've seen parents say 5 more minutes, then let it go on for a half hour, or bend to constant pleas for another 5, and another - so if you are firm, it works, if not it won't!

good luck and happy sledding...
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:47 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by saluki9
I've lived it so for me it's true. Go through some serious suffering in your life and all the sudden the mundane things in life seem like miracles and your appreciation for the good things in life grows. At the same time you find that the normal BS of life just doesn't bother you like it used to.
Just found this thread after being away for several months.

Laurence: Welcome back. Hope thiings settle down for you for a while.

I agree with the above quote. Serious life events have a way of making the daily BS melt away into nothingness.

BTW, thanks for the kind thoughts and concerns about my absence. I am back but on a much reduced scale. Too much going on and too little down time to be much of a contributor here.

Short version:
DW had back surger in June. Readmitted to hospital 2 days after discharge with uncontrollable pain.
June-August DW dealt with disabling pain and being incapacitated due to surgical problem that was not detected until early August.

August...had second surgery to remove 20 oz. of metal hardware from her spine. A screw was on her major leg nerve. No improvement after surgery. Surgeon says the problem is scare tissue from the two surgeries. There is no cure for this and no surgical option. Sorry about that and try to have a nice day!

Currently she lost her job due to not being able to return to work. She is on long term disability and will be forever. She lives on major pain meds and tries to get through each day.

My boss left in December. The GM left a month before that. Several key employees in my department have also left the company. Oh, and our regulatory agency walks in to do an audit..........while I am in the middle on one already from another agency. Nice!

ER is sure looking good right now.

Now where did I put that resignation letter?
Work? I don't have time to work....I'm retired.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:07 PM   #25
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Now where did I put that resignation letter?
Steve, sounds like a miserable time for you. Here's wishing for better days.

Anything stopping you from FIREing? Sounds like you could use some time.

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