posted by [personal profile] albreda at 03:09pm on 17/02/2009
There is apparently a nation-wide shutdown on Oxycodone distribution right now, and my local pharmacies each report that they don't expect to get any more in for at *least* a month.  With that being the case, other narcotics are likely to be picking up the slack, so pharmacies will likely be running out of them soon too.  Just a heads up; being stuck without meds is NOT something I wish on anyone!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 11:24am on 14/02/2009 under
I really don't know WHY Disney has repackaged today as 'Valentines and Friends Day', because, since I love my friends, I have no problem giving them happy Valentines wishes anyway, but, well, since they have made a *point* of including friends in the occaision, I will too...

I have been on LJ for about a year now, and the social isolation I experienced being home with my girls when they were babies is a thing of the past - I am not only chatting with friends on a daily basis here, but I'm actually *keeping up with your lives* (which is just a wonder), and I can feel I'm telling you all about mine, but in a way that I know I'm not boring you to tears, since you can always just scan/skip the parent/family/A&S 50/angsty stuff if you want to do so! 

Talking on the phone is sketchy with little kids at home (crying in the background or having other must-deal-with-right-now crises, kids tugging on my sleeves, trying to avoid having the phone ring at naptime, etc), and, while my cup runneth over with wonderful friends, most of them tend to be (with a few notable exceptions) just not the sorts of friends I chat on the phone with, or at least not more often than once every couple of months.  Being able to have in depth, interesting conversations with folks I care about (not to mention the spiffy NEW folks I have met here, and you know who you are, and are just too numerous to name anyway), is just a SAHM's best thing EVER. 

So, Happy Valentine's and Friends' Day, folks, and thanks for helping me stay sane; I love you!  <3
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 06:29pm on 10/02/2009 under
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Princess Bride for $4.99 on DVD, folks.  If you don't have it yet, and are on my Flist, you either live in a cave or obviously don't have a TV.  Ergo, RUN, don't walk, to get a copy.  FMT (Funny Movie Therapy) is a critical part of my pain and stress management plan, and just *quoting* from this sucker works better than narcotics.

Favorite move EVAH!!  If you ever wonder how good a script needs to be to get sold, the answer is *total drek* - I have a preproduction script of this one (the glories of living near Harvard Sq during high school), and NONE of the jokes are in it.  Seriously - none!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 08:27pm on 09/02/2009 under
Anyone happen to know what the laws about either public breastfeeding or carseats in the UK?  I can find info on what the laws may have been changed to, but not if those laws actually went into effect, or what they may currently BE. 

For info's sake, I'd be nursing my not-quite one year old, and would be dealing with carseats for him, and two three year olds, both under 35 lbs.  Thank you!

EDIT: Found stuff on car seat law - using a registered hired car, NONE of my kids needs a car seat by law.  Frightening, but true.  (I'd feel ABSURDLY nervous having the girls in just seat belts, but no amount of valium on the planet could make me hold E in my arms on the M4 - sorry!)
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 06:41pm on 06/02/2009
If anyone has posted anything critical in the last few days, or does so in the next few, please don't be surprised if it doesn't make it past my headcold and into my brain.  The kids are all better (slight cold/fever for D and E), but I'm pretty screwed up (I know - no kidding, right?).

Enjoy - and avoid this cold if you can!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 11:26am on 02/02/2009 under
1) http://www.coolmompicks.com/2009/01/breaking_news_-_cpsia_delayed.php  That lead testing law that was supposed to go into effect next week has been delayed for one whole year, while they look at how to make it not screw over the little handcrafter.  Hurray!

2) Courtesy of Asim, and lots of futuristic fun; try the Star Trek story generator!  Link to Asim's story:  http://asim.livejournal.com/381555.html?#cutid1  EDIT: So it isn't Asim's story, but still...

3) Courtesy of Estela, and likewise full of fun, but of a Norman nature, and with little pictures and stuff to move around!  Wahoo!  Try the Bayeaux Tapestry Story Creator!  http://www.adgame-wonderland.de/type/bayeux.php


posted by [personal profile] albreda at 12:05pm on 27/01/2009 under
The relations cancelled (as I thought they might), so it looks like we have Saturday!  My mother has agreed to take care of the girls on Saturday, so I don't know if we'll *all* still come on Friday or not, but O, E and I will be at Birka on Saturday!  :)

O will be fighting, and I'll be socializing and shopping, and I'd LOVE to actually MEET folks, so if anyone might be willing to introduce me around a bit, especailly to folks from outside the Northern Region, I'd be very grateful.  :)
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 09:23am on 26/01/2009 under
Hi folks - can I pick your brains a minute?

Fact #1: An elderly relative is visiting my parents in Boston next weekend, and it would be nice to get to see her. 

Fact #2: O and I decided NOT to try Birka originally, since he'd want to fight, and I'd have at least E to myself all day, (IF the girls could stay at my parents, which is a big IF) which would be hard on my back, with no where to really put him down, other than an umbrella stroller. 

Fact #3: It has been well over a decade since the last time I went to Birka; it was NOT in a hotel last time, if that is any indication.  Thus, I have very little concept of how to deal with kids there at this point.

Thought: We are now contemplating that O can go to Birka on Saturday, so he can hit things, and I and the kids will stay at my parents' and see said relative.  That sounds great for O, and for family harmony, but no Birka for Albreda = envious Albreda.

So....

What can you all suggest about the following concept?  We ALL go to Birka Friday night (and ideally be there when it opens), and then leave for my parents' when the merchants close at 9 PM, then O goes back to fight on Saturday.  (There is also the VERY slim possibility that said relative would not be able to come at the last minute, and that the girls COULD stay with my Mom on Sat, so E and I *might* be able to come back up on Saturday, but, honestly, Birka will still be there next year, and this will very likely be the last time I see this person unless one of my parents dies before she does, which, well, I hope isn't the case.)

We didn't pre-reg, since this just came up; would the lines on Friday night be crazy long and prohibit making this worthwhile? 

Would taking two toddlers and a baby AT ALL when folks are just setting up be a disaster in the making?  I could have E on my chest, and the kids in a wagon, unless that would be worse, in terms of foot traffic??

Other thoughts, suggestions, etc, would be most welcome!  I'm even making this post public, so if others with more experience with little kids at Birka want to chime in, they can.  Thank you!!!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 10:48am on 05/12/2008 under
Given that there are over a half dozen folks interested in joining me for some mutual support in getting our lives together, Hugh suggested that I start an LJ group for this, so we can be - gasp - more organized about it!  So -

http://community.livejournal.com/partnersinclean/profile

Ta Da!

Members only everything, so we can air our dirty laundry, dishes, etc, with impunity. 

See you there!
AA

posted by [personal profile] albreda at 10:01pm on 30/11/2008 under
51286 words finished and submitted, with over 12 thousand of them written in the last fourteen hours.  >:D

EDIT:  O finished his too, at around 11:30 PM, having written 19 thousand in just that one day.  Oi.

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