A story about a big squirrel and a baby squirrel.
This natural health forum is the latest place I’ve discovered for ahem, “alternative” medicine. I originally wrote a paid review of it for mturk and I’ve since given it a deeper perusal. It’s not too busy, but it has a dedicated bunch of regular posters. Sometimes I don’t want to go to Mothering.com’s boards, or I want another viewpoint. Sometimes I like to rubberneck the biomed autism cure crowd – they have a different perspective than I do, to be sure, but we all have autistic kids who will become autistic adults, and it’s my experience (very limited) that most parents come around to accepting autism.
I like the Nutrition subforum. I’m not as crunchy woo as some of my friends but I try to avoid GMOs in my food (no Roundup Ready for me, thanks!) and high fructose corn syrup when possible. It’s kind of nice to go to a forum where I am absolutely not the weirdest. Although, again, the Mothering.com nutrition forum, esp. Traditional Foods, has this one beat by a mile.
So that’s one of the places I’ve found. Any interesting places y’all have discovered?
My son is developmentally disabled.
Every time I hear the word “retard” or see it, or hear someone flippantly refer to something they dislike as “retarded” I wince inside because it stabs me. I have some younger relatives who use it as a default insult word, and I guess this is my passive-aggressive way to ask them to stop.
Stop saying retard.
Stop saying “ur so retarded!” in Facebook comments.
Eliminate the word as an insult from your vocabulary.
I found these dolls looking for “organic doll” on Amazon: Planet Pixies!
They’re cute little Groovy Girl-esque soft dolls, and I was thinking of suggesting them for out of town relations as gifts for the kids. Then I read the description:
All over the planet, Pixies are losing their homes due to pollution, deforestation, and global warming. Now these Pixies need good homes and friends that will care for them and for the environment. Together you & your Pixie can learn about the environment & what you can do to protect it to ensure no more Pixies lose their homes! Planet Pixies are made with all natural and organic cotton. Each adorable Pixie provides information about a specific endangered region of the world from which they’re from, along with tips on what you can do to help.
I get that we need to teach children to be good stewards of the Earth. I’m all for it. But I think the effect of all this crud is going to be DEAF EARS and a strong sense of futility.
Can’t we just have little chemical free pixie dolls without the guilt? Please?
My friend Tabitha quit all milk and milk products this week, and she’s had possibly the worst week ever. Tabitha darlin this one’s for you.
Lloyd Bridges as McCroskey, in Airplane!
…researchers discovered what they believe are “signatures of autism” that show a delay in processing individual sounds.
That delay is only a fraction of a second, but when it’s for every sound, the lag time can cascade into a major obstacle in speaking and understanding people, the researchers said.
Imagine if it took a tiny bit longer than normal to understand each syllable. By the end of a whole sentence, you’d be pretty confused.
Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had 64 autistic children ages 6 to 15 listen through headphones to a series of rapid beeps while under the helmet-like device, which recorded the brain’s response to the sounds. Those brain waves, shown as highlighted areas on an imaging screen, were compared with responses in a group of non-autistic children.
In autistic children, response to each sound was delayed by one-fiftieth of a second.
Yet another reminder to speak slowly and clearly, and to wait for a response. I tend to pile more and more words on, when I don’t think I’m being understood, and in this case it likely just makes it worse!
I confess, I don’t quite get Buy Nothing Day. It seems to me that the day to buy things would be the day when they are priced the least, rather than some other day when they are priced higher. I think I must be missing something.
The general notion of voluntary simplicity is one I can get behind though, and do.
The Pilgrims that sailed on the Mayflower did not wear the stereotypical black accented with buckles.
Pilgrim adults and children wore bright solid colors since their religion did not object to colorful clothing. They had many dyes so that red, green, beige, burgundy, blue, violet, as well as brown and black were worn.
from Pilgrim Clothing.
This blog post brought to you by someone who would be a right stickler if she ever got to make SCA garb again.
I think it’s time to watch Colonial House, haven’t seen it in several years.
We got some Rubbermaid shelves today. I got the four-shelf version but now I wish I’d gotten the five-shelf one because I didn’t realize how modular they are. I envision building play structures with another couple-few of these. So sturdy, no tools to put it together, no sharp edges…
Jennifer Z and family stopped in on the way home from San Antonio!
Zane and Bede reading.
Bede does the trademark “Zane lean” to Jennifer as Zora wubs Gloria.
They were only here for a few hours and we miss them already. Jennifer has many more pictures at her blog too.
Here you go.
I was trying to find the name of that book Bre liked so much, Melissa #2, about PBS? And I found this site which is awesome!
They have all the station idents and studio logos you can think of, and they include the ‘scare factor’ for each one. I thought I was the only one creeped out by that kind of thing.
Bede loves station idents and studio logos almost as much as he loves fonts. He’s been reproducing them as well. So far he’s right on track for a career with his daddy in graphic design. He makes a mean PBS P-head – complete with intoning, “This is PBS.”
I made this one – not my kid or my cat though.
moar funny pictures
Sean got us some of the Walmart fair-trade coffee. It was difficult to find and it’s not cheap, but it’s excellent coffee. Next we’re going to try to find Yuban coffee, which, while not fair-trade, at least makes an attempt.
I read the What was that book? community at Livejournal. Anyone can post what they remember of a book they can’t remember the title of, and anyone can post what book they think it is. It’s the sort of thing the Internet excells at, you know? There’s an unspoken informal competition going on to be the first to correctly identify a book*, and I’ve had several where I knew the book instantly but was not the first to post, consarn it.
It’s the little things that make a day, you know.
*Having worked in a bookstore really gives one an edge, but mine is dulled by the intervening years – I haven’t kept up with genres I don’t habitually read.
Can’t contain my geeky excitement!
I have an Etsy shop, yay!
Only one item in it for now, and the banner isn’t up yet for the shop, and, and. But still.
It’s at http://sleepykats.etsy.com and be sure to tell your friends. And tip your waitresses.
In my extensive coffee research (that is to say, what you guys said combined with one Google search) I have learned that you can buy green coffee beans, that Episcopalians like fancy coffee, and that Walmart has fair trade coffee. Here’s some background on that, and here’s the actuality. These guys are against it because they say Walmart is evil.
Walmart here we come. And if it stinks then we’ll try the other suggestions.
It be Talk Like A Pirate Day, mateys! Our wee crew be plannin’ a pirate park party with some of our ne’er do well pirate friends, avast!
In the meantime, ye should watch this song me hearties, sung by the inventors of TLAPD!
I am all about breastfeeding.
But I know several women who HAVE TO use formula because they have very low milk supply. Low supply affects a lot of women, I’ve read various statistics, but I’d say five to ten percent is reasonable. And that’s not to mention all the women I know who were misinformed by doctors and others and ended up with formula because they eventually had no milk due to poor advice on breastfeeding.
The current theory is that someone is diluting the milk with water, then adding melamine powder to make it look like it’s actually high-protein milk. It’s not accidental.
Somebody in China just doesn’t care that this is killing babies. Living, breathing, lovely babies. It’s just luck that this hasn’t happened here.
MOM-NOS links to the video. The son’s autistic, you see. And a Toy Story fan.
Impossible not to cry watching Christopher’s arm pump the air at “To infinity… And BEYOND!”
I got the button at http://tools.blogflux.com/buttonmaker/ with the following specifics:
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I’ve started a new blog for our homeschool stuff. It’s at http://unschoolmonkey.wordpress.com and you’re welcome to wander by, but it’s mostly notes for me. I was inspired by Melissa Wiley’s Bonny Glen Up Close.
Also, I debated whether or not to add a political allegiance button to the blog and as you can see, decided yes, I would. I hope my more liberal friends remain with me, and I promise I won’t blog about politics!
I think that’s all for now.
Everything is Trixie’s. “Hey! At’s MINE dolly!” “Hey! At’s MINE chair!” And my personal favorite, when she sees another kid in my lap if she has recently vacated it, “Hey! At’s MINE holdyou!”
Gloria is commando crawling everywhere. And very interested in food.
Gilbert is reading, thank you Starfall.
Faith is very indecisive about her Halloween costume and has become interested in costume design.
Abby is writing adventure stories, mostly fantasy, and some poetry.
Bede is watching old television station IDs and movie studio IDs on YouTube. Like this, I mean. For hours.
And that brings you to now.
How long were your labors?
How did you know you were in labor?
Where did you deliver?
Who caught the baby?
Coats and Clark is trying to get enough scarves for every Special Olympian in the 2009 Winter Games, and you can help! The scarves can be any design, knit or crochet, but must be in delft blue (885) and white (311) Red Heart Super Saver yarn. More information can be found at the Coats and Clark website.
I think we can manage at least one, with three knitters in the house – Abby learned too!
I’m a milk donor and you can be too.
I am pumping and donating directly to a family in need and many (many!) more such families can be found through Milk Share, a list which connects donors and recipients. We are cash-poor and spare time is also hard to come by around here so it’s not often that I get to really help someone. It’s just a wonderful feeling.
Another option is to donate to a milk bank. There’s a controversy as to whether you should donate to a HMBANA bank, the nonprofit organization that collects freely donated milk and only charges a very minimal processing fee to hospitals, or to a Prolacta bank, which collects freely donated milk and resells it for up to $45 an ounce. You can google, decide for yourself. Personally, if I wasn’t donating directly to a family I would donate to HMBANA.
So go on, get pumping!