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12/23/14 7:10 A

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I would love to have quiet time at work to get some things done.

For some reason our school committee decided to give us the 7th as a professional day. So we have 9 days off and then come back for 2 days with kids before the kids have another day off and we had pd. How ridiculous is this?! My students will be a mess when we return for a week or two.

Hoping to finish my shopping today. Most everything is wrapped. It is easy to do when you buy gift cards and Groupons.

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12/23/14 5:10 A

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Aaron's working the 26th and I am working the 2nd. Fits us enough I guess. We always say that Christmas is my holiday and New Years is his. We do things my way on one and his way on the other. I am kind of envious that he is working on the 26th though. Work is going to be a ghost town and he will probably be able to get a lot done. The 2nd sounds like it is going to be busier and less quiet. Oh well. At least we get the 2 extra days (24th and 29th) this year because of the electrical project. That is a nice savings of vacation time right there.

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12/21/14 12:10 P

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Hopefully it will all work out for you. I was always fortunate to have time off for the vacation or my husband would.

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I think the day after Christmas kids should stay home and play with their Christmas gifts. Not get dragged to work with mom and dad. We are working it out that I will stay home on the 26th and Aaron will stay home on the 2nd. The rest of the time we should be covered. We have some extra days off because of the construction happening at the library.

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12/20/14 7:33 A

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Today is about getting organized for the holiday. I need to start wrapping things and hopefully will do that today. First I am delivering holiday baskets to needy families in town. It is a yearly activity for me and I always look forward to it. My niece has been my partner most of the years. The last two years she hasn't been able to make it, but this year she joins me again. I am thrilled!

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12/19/14 8:36 A

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As for the aide, I don't understand that work ethic so it bugs me.

Hopefully you will figure out the work schedule. I will assume Abby has the same days off as me. Take your daughter to work days coming up?

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12/19/14 8:33 A

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I am nervous about the time off. When I have time to think, it is bad. I am hoping to take my greats and my friend's kids for activities. It will help keep my mind busy.

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12/19/14 8:24 A

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That is ridiculous about your aide and the time off!

I may take Dec. 26th and January 2nd off. My husband has already said he plans to work the 26th so I have no choice to take that as a vacation day. Not sure what to do about the 2nd. I think I COULD work it, but it's hard to come in for just one day and feel productive. Still debating.

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12/18/14 8:25 A

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Glad the performance went well.

I was fine with the new aide until I heard he was complaining about being in my room. He said it was too much work, he told the principal and the new teacher that he wanted back in her room, and he has taken 14 days off already. I have a job to do and I take it seriously. I cannot worry about his nonsense and be an effective teacher.

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12/18/14 7:53 A

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I thought you were liking your aide this year. Sorry to hear that it's not going well.

We have a new principal this year at Abby's school and she is much nicer than the one we had last year. Very warm. I think her contract will get renewed certainly. We had a great performance last night and I heard people praising her efforts.

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12/17/14 8:28 A

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I have a meeting with the principal today to look over my paperwork for relicensure. It don't expect anything unusual, but he's not my favorite guy right now. I do not find his favoritism of my male aide to be of help to anyone besides my aide. I am pretty sure if I was on my 14th absence for the school year I would have been spoken to already.

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12/16/14 8:03 A

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You threw the cup out the window?? Oh gross! LOL! The things we deal with when we have kids.

I average 6-7 hours of sleep per night usually. I didn't get home until after 7pm myself last night. Hoping to go straight home today after I get Abby but I have a lot to do at home.

We have a dept. lunch today in Amherst. Not my favorite thing to do but I'm doing it.

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12/16/14 6:57 A

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It's going to be a long day for me! Not only could I not sleep (got about 3 hours), but I have my women's club meeting later. No rest. If it gets really bad, I may leave at my prep and try to sleep a little. Hopefully this headache will be short-lived.

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12/15/14 8:05 A

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That happened one year when I had my niece and nephew. I ended up giving him an empty coffee cup I found on the floor so he could pee and throw it out the window. We still tell that story and it was about 12 years ago.

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12/15/14 7:53 A

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I was just grateful that Abby didn't need the bathroom while we were stuck in traffic. I saw one mom take her 2 boys, one at a time, out of the vehicle and down someone's driveway. I assume they went pee by a fence somewhere. I felt so bad for her!

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12/14/14 10:46 A

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That is awful! I remember once going to Bright Nights and having that long of a wait. Never again for me either.

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12/14/14 8:25 A

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I'm not going to make it to Festival of Trees today. Abby and I didn't get home until after midnight last night. I'm done with Springfield for now. We got off the I-91 exit around 7pm last night and didn't make it into Forest Park for Bright Nights until after 9:30pm!

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12/13/14 6:24 P

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I made it to a few places today. Didn't make much of a dent on my list. Tomorrow is another day. Off to my daughter-in-law's birthday party now.

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Didn't see her regular pediatrician. Saw a different one that we have seen a few times before. She doesn't think Abby has strep thankfully but did the overnight test (not the quick one) anyway to be sure. Probably just a cold. She recommended the usual fluids, rest, and Advil.

Abby was supposed to have a daddy day today and go out but with a runny nose she is feeling like she going to want to stay home. :-(

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12/12/14 8:25 A

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Sunday is the last day for the Festival of Trees, but I believe Bright Nights goes through the beginning of January.

Hope Abby feels better!

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12/12/14 7:52 A

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Looks like Sunday is the last day for it. I don't know if we will make it or not. Abby's sick now. She's hopefully going to school this morning and then going to the doctor this afternoon. I'm hoping she can last through lunch. Got her a 1:15pm appointment at the doctor's office. It was the best I could do.

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12/11/14 4:13 P

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Let me know when you go. And get that ticket at Big Y. It is worth it.

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12/11/14 8:23 A

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Well surprised, Abby wants the Forest Park thing to be a mother-daughter trip so I might do Saturday after all. I will see about the tree thing. Still not sure. I am not a big fan of driving in Springfield.

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12/10/14 8:57 A

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I'll take a look. I need to get focused on the weekend here pretty quickly. We should do either Look Park or Bright Nights this weekend and whichever one we don't do we should do next weekend. Can't do Saturday night though unless we go early because hubby has a standing commitment that night. So need to figure out how to juggle it. I'll probably try to piece it together for either Friday night or Sunday night.

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12/8/14 8:30 A

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If you look on the FOT website, they have coupons. If you go to Big Y you can purchase a ticket for Bright Nights.

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Good to know the hours. No, we do not get the Val-Pak where we live. Must be that we are too far out in the woods. Thanks for the info.

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12/7/14 9:37 P

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I saw on the other forum that OSV was cold. I hope you were able to enjoy it too.

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12/5/14 11:18 A

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I forgot about Look Park!

Here is the information about the Festival of Trees:

Hours
Wednesday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thurs-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you got a Val-Pak, there should be coupons for both the FOT and Bright Nights in there.

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12/5/14 8:04 A

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Janine- What are the hours for that generally? I went to the website but couldn't find pricing for the admission or what hours. I do see that they will validate your parking at least.

We are doing OSV this weekend and then will want to do Bright Nights at some point. Maybe we could combine Festival of Trees with our Bright Nights trip.

Abby will also want to do the lights and trains at Look Park as well.

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12/4/14 11:22 A

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Heading to the Festival of Trees tonight. I am happy to have been a part of sponsoring two trees this year. If you haven't gotten there to see the trees, I hope you do. It is a treat to see!

http://www.sbgc.org/festival-of-trees-ho
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12/3/14 10:13 A

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When she sets it up let me know. I would be happy to go support her.

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Cool!

She is setting up her new studio slowly. She said she didn't sell everything that she sent to Snow Farm so she may have a studio sale at her new place soon with whatever is leftover plus some other pieces. She is moving her studio from Hatfield to Florence I think (Nonotuck Street). Hoping to see the new space before xmas. :-)

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12/1/14 7:09 A

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I bought most of my items in the 2nd gallery. I am not sure if I saw stuff specifically by Cycle Pottery, but there were so many good items in there. I bought 2 pieces for myself and 2 to give away.

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Glad you had a good time at the Odyssey. I have a couple of co-workers who live near there. One in particular that comes to mind who might have gone to the event if she was in town. I will ask her.

I am glad you made it to Snow Farm. I was sure you would have a good time there. Did you buy any pottery in the 2nd gallery? Curious if you found the stuff by Cycle Pottery or not. I supported her as much as I could, but supported other artists too. I hope she did well on her sale.

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Yesterday I went to the Odyssey in South Hadley for a special author event. It was a lot of fun talking with some authors I have gotten to admire over the years. I bought several presents for family. Then I went to Snow Farm in Williamsburg and bought some more presents and even made my own blown glass ornament. I will give that to a friend as well. It was a lot of fun!

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11/23/14 11:26 A

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When I went to the Wellesley to see Patricia Polacco, I was surprised by how small the bookstore was. It wasn't a B&N, but reminded me very much of the Odyssey. It was enjoyable anyway.

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Sounds like you had a good time with the McGuire event.

Mulen read first. She read a small piece of her "Miss Emily" book. She lives in Shutesbury I guess, probably in the January Hills section (which is practically Amherst). She has worked as a kindergarten teacher she said. I think "Miss Emily" is geared for mostly an older audience but I could be wrong. She spent some time with some other kids but it was over Abby's head.

Demas is a professor at Mount Holyoke, you are correct. I sent her an email apologizing for Abby brushing her off. I didn't realize that there was more than one "Trouble" book and she subtly corrected me in her response.

As you know by now we made it to the Rosemary Wells event. I'll post about that in the Massachusetts team so I don't have to repeat myself so much. The pool at the hotel was out of order which upset me. The store itself was fairly small and the children's area was extremely crowded of course. The Holyoke store is much bigger.

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I have had several nice conversations with Corrine Demas. I believe she is a professor at Mount Holyoke. We love her Trouble books. How was Muten? I was interested in the Miss Emily book. Heading to the Odyssey tonight for a reading from Gregory McGuire who wrote Wicked. It should be fun.


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Went to a local library event last night and got a book signed by Jennifer Rosner (which I paid for). Heard her read from "The Mitten String". Also heard Burleigh Muten read from "Miss Emily". Corinne Demas was there and she read "Here Comes Trouble". Paul DuBois Jacobs read "Fire Drill" and his wife Jennifer Swender read "123 Subway".

I think that most of them had books for sale. I know that Abby brushed Corinne aside at one point. Corinne was trying to get Abby to take a postcard for another book "The Disappearing Island" and Abby didn't make the connection that she was the same author who had read "Here Comes Trouble" (which she knew and liked).

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It should be fun.

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Have fun!

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Going to see the author who wrote Wicked. It works out well this week as I saw the play last night. I cannot go to the painting event tomorrow and am trying to find someone to take the ticket. I hate losing out on things like that.

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Which author event are you going to? I know there are several happening this week.

We are going to one in Shutesbury on Thursday night.

Hubby changed weeks to be on-call so he can go on the trip. Only question now is departure time. I'd like him to get out of work early on Friday so we can hit the road around 3:30pm but he's taking Tuesday off as it is so not sure if he will get out early on Friday or not.

2 painting events? Wow! You are busy. Good luck with the home visits.

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My birthday week and weekend are full already! I have several home visits, a couple of painting events, an author event, set up for our Festival of Trees tree, and training for Relay. My kids wanted to do dinner, but I had to change it to breakfast on Sunday so it can happen. I don't mind being busy, but sometimes it is days like this where they blur together.

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I hope you get that all worked out and get to enjoy your weekend.

This weekend I am going to Boston to volunteer for a Spartan race at Fenway Park. My friend wanted to volunteer so I offered to go as well. It should be fun, although I am scheduled to work 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM tomorrow. I will be wiped for sure!

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Happy Early Birthday! I am sure you will find something fun to do.

I am nervous about our plans. My hubby has been not well and he is still dealing with appointments. Plus he is supposed to be on-call that weekend. So very unsure whether or not he will be able to go on this adventure. If he doesn't go then Abby will be upset. Hopefully we can sort it out by Thursday (the cancelation date for the hotel room).

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I will search their site. It is my birthday weekend so doing something fun is what I like best about weekends. I doubt the Wells event will be as hectic as Mo's.

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In Westport, CT on the 22nd... Rosemary Wells, author of Max & Ruby.

I have to believe it will be crowded, but maybe it's not always as insane as the Mo Willems events at the Carle.

B&N is doing "Discovery Weekend" or something like that for Nov 21-23rd. You can search their website and see the events happening. Some stores have games or crafts. Others have author visits.

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I went to one at the B&N Enfield store. Very few people showed. It is much more casual. We got the opportunity to just talk with the authors because there were so few. I think Jeff Mack and I sat for over 30 minutes conversing. It was nice.

Who will be there on the 22nd?

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I bet it was fun!

We are going to an author event on November 22nd at a Barnes & Noble. I've never been to an author event at one of those stores before. What do I need to know? Do I need to call the store and sign up? Or just show up early? etc? Give me the low down on it Janine!

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Heading north today for an author event and some fun in Northampton. I love days like this!

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I looked for candy at Big Y yesterday, but they didn't have much. I will hit some places later and hope for the best. I bring it to work for the staff.

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Trick or treating was okay. We got a late start and walked over 2 miles. At home we divided up the candy among the 3 of us. I ate some of mine over the weekend and donated the rest to work. My husband hit a sale on Sunday and got MORE candy. I hit some of that last night too. Not good! Oh well.

I will try to get my pictures up on Tuesday. I have a little gizmo that lets me plug my camera card into my work computer and I forgot to bring it with me. Hopefully on Tuesday I will have it or my home laptop (which has a camera card slot) so I can upload those pics.

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Rebecca.....it was great seeing you and Abby today! I wish we had had more time to talk. Hope Aaron feels better. How'd trick or treating go?

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I'm going out with my Queen Unicorn Fairy or whatever she is....

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Happy Halloween! emoticon

What's everyone planning for tonight?

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If staying in our house was logical, I would. I just know the upkeep is getting to be too much and the waste of room use just seems stupid. Unfortunately on our first floor we only have a half bath and a small bedroom that I use as an office.

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My dad has a Colonial but the 2nd floor isn't finished. He has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and everything else on the main floor.

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I love a ranch house. My house is a colonial. While I love my house, my knees don't care for the stairs either.

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He has knee problems and has for years. I never thought I'd end up in a ranch but here we are.

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It's funny you say that because I have seriously been thinking about moving where I don't have to worry about stairs.

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My husband wanted something without stairs. Now we have stairs outside but not inside.

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We used to live in a townhouse too. Then we moved to our house. Now I would love that townhouse again.

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Our house is only listed as 2 bedrooms, 1000 square feet. It is too small for us but we aren't going anywhere. We can't afford to. The apartment we had when we first got married was a 2 bedroom townhouse and it was bigger than what we have now.

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It is a great house. I just think it's too much for us now.

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That is a big house. Lucky you!

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We have a 5 bedroom house with a finished basement. It is a bit much for two of us, even with 2 dogs and 3 cats. I don't think my husband wants to move. We'll wait and see what happens. I think we'll have to get through the holidays first.

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Does your husband want to move too?

I don't think I would move when Abby moves out, unless it was to move up to my dad's (assuming he needed us up there). I would just take her room over and use it as an office.

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The dinner was at a hall. I did have to clean up though and that bugged me a bit because all these people offered to "help" until the end of the night when they booked out and left a mess. The bride and one of her bridesmaids did stay though which I was thankful for.

Giving up my dogs will be very difficult. I am hoping to find someone in the family to take them though. It won't be easy for sure.

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Wow. Giving up your dogs to move? That's too much. I am not sure I would be willing to do that.

Sounds like you hosted the dinner in your house. Wow. Good for you.

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Thanks....the 4 lbs is great, but sadly not enough to get me in the dress I want to wear. The other one is fine. My daughter apparently hates it, but it doesn't look bad. I will have to post pictures once I am in it. The dinner went fine. I did find it odd that her mother and sister didn't say thank you. Her grandmother did though. The day will hopefully fly by so I can move forward. I a hoping to start the process to clear out my house so we can sell it. I am ready. It has been hard trying to decide this because I don't want to lose my dogs, but we don't need this big house anymore.

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4 pounds is a lot! Congratulations!!
How was the rehearsal dinner?
Good luck today with the wedding. I hope it goes by quickly for you and you can enjoy the rest of your weekend once it is over.

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The leg is better, still a little red but not nearly as bad. The dress still doesn't want to zip even though I lost 4 lbs. It is a bit discouraging, but I do have another dress. It is just not as nice as the shorter one.

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Enjoy your day off, and good luck with the rehearsal dinner. How is your leg doing?

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So far so good. She will have to get over her fear of germs, but other than that she seems willing to work.

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Good luck with the new aide!

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The new aide arrives tomorrow! I am beyond thrilled.

The fingerprinting is new. It is federally mandated. Not sure if it affects volunteers. CORIs are usually good for year or two. You may have to redo it.

I don't know much about Whole Children. I know one of the founding members and admire and respect her very much. That's about it. Maybe you can squeeze in a quick stop to the Open House. It might be worth the time.

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I think that fingerprinting stuff is new. When Abby was in Kindergarten I let the school do a CORI on me so that I could volunteer. I was under the impression that once it was done it would be valid for a while, but I don't know how long. Not sure if I will need to do fingerprinting if I help out this year or not. I am a state employee but we haven't been asked to do fingerprints here. Might not apply to us.

Glad the aide showed up. I hope the 2nd one gets in place soon.

Do you know anything about Whole Children in Hadley? Abby's friend is going to do a class there and I don't know if it would be appropriate for her or not. There is an open house on Sunday but I want to go apple picking on Sunday and see my dad. Not sure if we will have time for the open house.

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My aide thankfully showed up today. Not much discussion around it other than he was feeling stir crazy at home. He didn't say anything else and I didn't ask. The union is now involved in expediting the 2nd aide so that she can work. It could be as late as Friday of this week. She was hired when we came back in August, then there was a hiring freeze, and then the problem with the finger printing. Ugh! I just need that second set of hands please!

I am off Friday. My husband and I are putting on the rehearsal dinner Friday night so we will be cooking all week for it. I have made it fairly simple and will be making all my son's favorites and a few family favorites as well. We will not be able to attend the rehearsal itself though.

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Good luck! And I hope your aide shows up this week. Are you taking Friday off to get ready for the wedding?

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The long dress that I can zip will cover my leg. I may have to just use that one, but the other one looks nicer.

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Well you've got 2 dresses and from what I understand the zipper problem is only on one of the dresses so if you don't make your goal you have a backup plan.

Bummer about the infection though. :-(

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No thankfully...it is next Saturday. I am dealing with an infection on my leg (front of shin) and am hoping it will heal some before next week. Just my luck...a dress that doesn't fit and an infected leg!

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Is today the wedding? Good luck! Have fun!

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It's funny that I got one notification, but not two. I will figure it out I am sure.

How's Abby feeling? Still dealing with the sniffles?

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The new members posted on the wall or whatever it's called. You can also set something to be emailed whenever someone joins a team you are on (You don't have to be the team leader). You do that on the team page.

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Thanks for letting me know about the new members. I will have to set aside some time each week to look at that.

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