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  1. Avatar Damon says:

    Yah, so a bit late, but some wise advice from a former boss of mine who went to disneyworld with his family of 3 daughters:

    They rented a place outside the park with a pool and alternated one day at the parks and one day at the house by the pool. Allows for parental and child recovery I guess. His wife also bought princess costumes at the disney store where they live after xmas during the sales. The deal was “if you are good and behave, a fairly princess will deliver you a new outfit each night while we’re in the park. If you are bad, no presents”. He said it was the best idea everrrrrrrrrrrrr. I have no evidence to support that claim.

    Food for thought. Enjoy :pReport

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Damon says:

      Oh, we aren’t going to visit a Princess Makeover Salon. I hope.

      Those places are worse than Build-A-Bear when it comes to extras.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Damon says:

      The first time we took the kids to Disneyworld we went with my in-laws. My father-in-law believes that a yogurt and an apple are should be a sufficient breakfast to make it until lunchtime. So that was what he fed our girls every morning. By 10am they were asking when we could get lunch and it was miserable. I swore never again. So my advice I give for anyone traveling with kids ages 0-20…feed them a huge breakfast. If you’re (ideally) staying somewhere with a free breakfast, make them eat until they pop and then steal a few bananas or something you can take for a snack. It makes the day go much better.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Damon says:

      We are fortunate in that while it is our first time at the park, it is our niece’s 3rd? 4th? So sister and brother-in-law have things down pat.Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    I have an old friend/roommate coming to visit. Flying today, after seeing a fantastic show last night. Got to meet Mike Schilling, Aaron David and Saul DeGraw face to face for beers on Wednesday.

    Saul called me the least political person on the site, and I wasn’t sure if that was an insult or a compliment. I’m going with the latter.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    This is my first weekend that I will not have to get up at 6am since November, so I am pretty excited to sleep in until 8am or so. Lots of chores to accomplish. Weird that i am actually looking forward to them.

    We have a spaghetti dinner fund raiser to attend on Saturday. A Louisville women’s basketball game on Sunday (Go Cards!) Tonight I am trying to correct a terrible injustice. The wife has never seen Godfather. This cannot stand. So we’ll watch it tonight and if she likes, maybe Godfather II next weekend.

    Oh – Walking Dead is back on Sunday!Report

  4. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    I’m going to the opening of my wife’s show tonight, then to a meditation retreat on the weekend. For this, I have not had a beer in two weeks. I recognize that my energy levels are higher and whatnot, and I’m certainly looking forward to the retreat. But I’m also looking forward to sabotaging my energy levels with beer next week .Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to dragonfrog says:

      I was just reading this earlier:

      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811914010702

      Abstract:

      Experienced meditators are able to voluntarily modulate their state of consciousness and attention. In the present study, we took advantage of this ability and studied brain activity related to the shift of mental state. Electrophysiological activity, i.e. EEG, was recorded from 11 subjects with varying degrees of meditation experience during Zen meditation (a form of open monitoring meditation) and during non-meditation rest. On a behavioral level, mindfulness scores were assessed using the Mindfulness Attention and Awareness Scale (MAAS). Analysis of EEG source power revealed the so far unreported finding that MAAS scores significantly correlated with gamma power (30–250 Hz), particularly high-frequency gamma (100–245 Hz), during meditation. High levels of mindfulness were related to increased high-frequency gamma, for example, in the cingulate cortex and somatosensory cortices. Further, we analyzed the relationship between connectivity during meditation and self-reported mindfulness (MAAS). We found a correlation between graph measures in the 160–170 Hz range and MAAS scores. Higher levels of mindfulness were related to lower small worldedness as well as global and local clustering in paracentral, insular, and thalamic regions during meditation. In sum, the present study shows significant relationships of mindfulness and brain activity during meditation indicated by measures of oscillatory power and graph theoretical measures. The most prominent effects occur in brain structures crucially involved in processes of awareness and attention, which also show structural changes in short- and long-term meditators, suggesting continuative alterations in the meditating brain. Overall, our study reveals strong changes in ongoing oscillatory activity as well as connectivity patterns that appear to be sensitive to the psychological state changes induced by Zen meditation.

      Report

      • Avatar Kimmi in reply to Chris says:

        Now I’m wondering what “self-hypnosis” would look like under an EEG…
        (Self-hypnosis into doing mindless tasks accurately that one would not be able to do otherwise…).Report

  5. This weekend started off on a bad foot, as Lain declined to eat until she was starving, and then she was too angry to eat, and then she got even angrier when instead of doing what she wanted, I kept trying to feed her.

    She got so angry that when I was trying to take a picture to send to Clancy, she tried to swipe the phone out of my hand. Failing that, she tried to kick it out of my hand. She was sitting on my lap at the time, which meant that she flipped backwards. I caught her with no damage, but the trauma made her even angrier.Report

  6. In other news, we’re officially trying for #2. That’s always fun!

    We’re months behind from when we planned to start because we had a dickins of a time getting my wife’s IUD out. One canceled appointment pushed us back one month before they could see us again. Then on the second appointment they changed the date and time without notifying us, which meant another 6-8 weeks before she could see them.

    No joke, she managed to take it out herself. Despite that injury which still has her on crutches.Report

  7. Avatar Maribou says:

    I am running around having one of those weeks where every time I start to feel like I’m making my paces and will eventually cross the finish line, life goes “Oh, there’s just one more thing,” and I say “WHAT NO MORE ONE THINGS!!” and life doesn’t listen.

    Fibromyalgia has officially been added to the list of things that are wrong with Maribou.

    I have 28 things on my to-do- list for today, or rather, not my to-do list, but the list of things that, among all the other things I am getting done, MUST be done because if I forget them I will be mildly to extremely hosed. So far I have completed 14 of them (6/11 of the work related ones, in about an hour of being at work).

    All that to say I cannot farking WAIT for the point in the weekend in which I look up, look around, and realize “Hey, I’m ON VACATION NOW!!!!!” I’m hoping for Saturday evening (which we will spend with dear friends) but will cheerfully settle for Sunday afternoon once we are in our hotel.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Maribou says:

      Ugh. Hope the vacation is relaxing.

      Also, my son’s little brother (6) is obsessed with volcanoes, and Vesuvius in particular. As a result, he knows a lot about Pompeii, so when he heard the song “Pompeii,” and I told him the title, it instantly became his second favorite (after that song from Frozen). He hums it all the time now.

      Thought you might get a kick outta that.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        That must be an age thing because my six year old boy is obsessed with volcanoes right now too. Whenever we discuss a state* or country or locale, the first thing he wants to know is, ‘does it have volcanoes?’ (he feels we should not travel to Hawaii). He’s watched a bunch of eruptions etc. on YouTube.

        *the library at his school has a rug with a huge US map on it, and each state has an icon representing that state: a peach for Georgia, corn for Iowa, etc. We had to pretty much go through it with him state by state identifying the ones without volcanoes (that is…almost all of them).Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Chris says:

        Netflix is filled with volcano shows, of you’re looking for some.

        He’s here right now, and in the other room watching something about super volcanoes.Report

  8. Avatar zic says:

    Prettin incredible:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yja2VmZOfdA&feature=youtu.be

    I just want ya’ll to notice just how many of those cars are oil cars. This remains the reason I support Keystone. The only reason.Report

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