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  1. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    That's awesome!!! How long does it last? I've always wanted to give blood, but I am so squeamish and afraid of needles. However, every time I've had bloodwork done lately, it's seemed better and shorter than I expected. Are you sitting up or lying down when you donate? I'd really like to be able to do it, but I've always been scared.
  2. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    My dad doesn't either! He still has a flip phone! Lol!
  3. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    I doubt he reads every text, though! I just find that creepy. I know my mom's passcode and definitely pick up her phone, but I would never snoop. I just feel like your friends' privacy is important! The way this girl was saying that he reads every text she gets, and not sharing something a friend told her in confidence was "keeping things from him" made the red flags pop up everywhere! I'd laugh if anyone I was with said, "you took the phone away before I read what Emily had for lunch today! QUIT KEEPING THINGS FROM ME!!!"
  4. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Omg that is so true! And I hate the whole "you're not married so you don't understand" crowd. I had a girl insist the other day that it's totally normal for her husband to read all her texts, because, "my loyalty is to him, and I'd never hide anything from him. You just don't understand because you're not married!" I said, "well, what if your friend confides in you that she has genital warts?" The girl insisted that it was not violating her friends' privacy for him to read their messages, and I'd understand one day. I said, "what if she specifically told you it was a secret? Or if you were a therapist and texting your patient, and him reading it was illegal?" Still the same response...they're one! They're a team! How awful of me to expect them to hide things from each other! And if your husband doesn't care about the minute details of your friends' lives, he sucks and doesn't care about you at all! i mean, one of my friends just got cheated on, and she said he was always super awkward about her seeing his phone. I do think that behavior is a red flag. But your husband isn't disinterested in you if he doesn't care what your friend ate for lunch, and IMO, a secret should remain a secret! But what do I know? I'm just too unloved to understand. (Barf)
  5. Christina87

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    I really think Jeremy is a paying customer at most of these places, but wants people to think that they're sponsoring or comping him! He's soooooo important, after all.
  6. Christina87

    Except Chelsea (and Cole)

    Aubree is soooo pretty!
  7. Christina87

    Except Chelsea (and Cole)

    Yes, I remember at the time I was also taking abnormal psychology, and I found it interesting that the professor said, "most eating disorders start out as restrictive diets." That makes so much sense, because you get on a high from restricting and resisting, and then it spirals when you start hearing excessive praise...especially if you were insecure and/or unattractive to start with. I'd imagine Chelsea has always been considered attractive by most people, but she's definitely insecure. And the whole theory about restrictive diets makes sense, because I've experienced it on a smaller scale. It is so much easier to resist foods when you're seeing results, but most of us just don't have extreme personalities, so we eventually cheat on the diet, or find restricting past a certain point unsustainable. another interesting thing I have carried with me from psychology is, "don't compare yourself to people in the media. They're in the top 1% of attractiveness, and they're getting paid to look that way...AND they're so edited that even they don't actually look like that!" Chelsea actually is part of the public eye, and I hope she doesn't feel she has to compete with movie stars and reality personalities who are truly in that 1% of looks. She's a beautiful girl compared to society at large, but nobody can compete with movie stars and supermodels. They all, with very few exceptions, have the naturally reedy thin frame that Chelsea does not, and it's okay that she doesn't. I was worried about her at one point, but now she doesn't share enough about her eating habits for us to know, one way or the other. The best we can hope for is that IF there's a problem, someone close to her will spot it before it's too late.
  8. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    I had the best evening tonight!!! Went to see Hello Dolly in Charlotte, and it was amazing. If it comes to your city, go see it! It's actually my favorite musical...besides, of course, my all time favorite, the sound of music...but it's my favorite musical that I discovered as an adult, for sure. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway last summer, as it was the only thing that's been on Broadway lately that I've been dying to see, and that was almost exactly a year ago. I had just gotten my county supplement at work and spent a lot on those Broadway tickets, but this was the exact same show, and I got a good seat for $25!!! Just slightly more than a movie and popcorn! I'm really glad these shows travel, and that some of them seem economically priced. I wanted to see phantom when it came to Charlotte a few years ago, and the cheapest seats I could find were in the $200's range. You could literally see it cheaper on Broadway! Hamilton was even more than that. @galaxychaser, weren't you also going to a show tonight?
  9. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    That's so funny! As a 90's kid, 25% of my classmates were named Emily! Oh wow! I heard about the blackout last night and was so shocked. How long were you stuck on the subway? Did they have emergency lights or anything, or was it pitch black? Eeeek!
  10. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    HMMMMMMM. Remember back in February when I got on that generic birth control pill and had migraines for a few weeks? That's around the time my hair thinned for the second time. Wow, I had never considered that!
  11. Christina87

    Except Chelsea (and Cole)

    I think it's also strange, if you look at her Instagram, she rarely posts pictures of herself anymore. It can't be because of body issues, because she's as thin as she's ever been! Maybe she is afraid people will comment that she's scary skinny? And no, I'm not her biggest fan, but I am really concerned for her if she's limiting her food excessively. She went through a period around the time she got pregnant with Layne where she was posting meals to he recently insta stories, and a serving size was like a spoonful. I know Americans eat too much, and this was NOT the difference between clearing your plate at Olive Garden and taking half home. This was literally eating a spoonful of veggies with a little tomato sauce and calling it dinner. I think she had to lose weight super fast after she had Watson, and went to drastic measures, but then got told at her wedding how amazing she looked, so she kept going. When she got pregnant again, she hung on for dear life to keep losing. There IS a point where you can go too far. My boyfriend in college was anorexic (the abusive one), and it was scary. He was a little overweight, and this mean girl called him fat in an insensitive way, so he immediately started walking 8 miles a day and eating a really restricted diet (he was a dude who always went to the extreme, as is Chelsea, honestly. Why else would she have 638733 mama shirts?). A few months later, he looked perfect, and I was soooo proud of him. Everyone told him he looked awesome, and it was intoxicating, because he'd always been super insecure. So he kept going. He and Chelsea seem so similar in being motivated by, "you look hot!"...motivated enough to starve. A year later, things were scary. He was barely eating, but was so insecure, much like Chelsea. I told him how hot he'd been a year before, and he said, "no! Eeeew! I was fat then!" However, like Chelsea, he didn't have a small frame, and though anther guy could have been his weight and been okay, he looked seriously unhealthy. You could see his ribs, his fingers looked like a skeleton's, and his ears were huge compared to his head, and he finally got counseling. Another friend of mine was anorexic before I knew her...she was a fashion model whose bones literally wouldn't fit into the size zero, and she was a week away from death when she was hospitalized. I share these examples because I can see Chelsea in them (insecurity about looks, being in the spotlight, being complimented, and willing to do literally whatever it takes to be "hot," doing things in extremes and lacking moderation). Chelsea gets on my nerves big time, but I don't want her to suffer with an eating disorder. No way would Cole mention it, but I hope Randy brings it up if he notices any worrying signs. With my boyfriend, I noticed the signs that he was obsessive and overboard about his weight before he even got underweight, but he was addicted to the praise. I hope that if there's a problem, Randy sees it. Sorry for the novel, but possible eating disorders just really worry me!
  12. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Oh yes!!! I would love to teach at a private school, Christian or secular! We do have a few in the area, and I check the listings regularly. Now that I have a roommate, I can definitely take the pay cut, because I don't have as many bills! That's a wonderful idea!
  13. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    I've thought about it, but the only drawback to subbing is that you have a completely different schedule every day, which would be awful for my migraines. I need to find a job (either teaching or an office type job) where I wake up at the same time every day, and eat my meals at the same time. I would, however, LOVE to fill in for a teacher on maternity leave, even if it's a different subject! The last year I taught music, one of the teachers did go on leave, and I sooooo wish she'd had her baby a year later! Also, it's weird, but in my dysfunctional school, we always criticized how being a sub actually worked against you, not for you! My ridiculous principal would nitpick every sub, and they neeeeever got a job if they applied for one. He'd take the unknown, inexperienced candidate over a human with any flaws, even if they were overall a good teacher. We had this one dude who was GREAT with the boys who acted out (which obviously is a great skill), and actually wanted to coach multiple sports. He was here almost every day, and everybody liked him. He was promised an interview for a job, and didn't even get the interview! He said he would sub at all other schools, but never this one again. Same thing happened to a friend of mine who was a long term Spanish sub. He hired a girl right out of college who wore jeans to the interview over her, because the bad kids thought she was "mean!" She wasn't mean as much as just direct, because English was her second language, so she didn't really say things in flowery ways. She'd just say, "Johnny, sit down!" instead of, "Johnny, I think you might want to consider going to your seat. Do you remember where it is?" But I'd definitely like to think it's different in a school that's not totally dysfunctional. My principal was obsessed with nitpicking and writing people off, so he can't be typical. Also, for a funny note...he implemented an illegal policy that said we had to call him the night before to get permission to take a sick day. He said this was because we had by far the most absences of any school in the district, annnnd had difficulty finding subs! Well no duh!!! You make working conditions so unbearable that people don't want to come (and they get sick), and run off all the subs! So yeahhhh. That's why you have this problem, dumbass!
  14. Christina87

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I really feel like they would all be a lot happier. That is, unless Derick was outright fired. If it was just a matter of not being used to the working world and having wanderlust (and maybe some annoyance at Jill's daily lunches with him), I think it would have gotten better if he'd just stuck with it. He would have a sense of accomplishment by now, having been in the same job for over five years, and using his income to feed and clothe his family. He would have likely had the money for regular missioncations, and wouldn't have the uncertainty of bopping around from one pursuit to the next, dragging his young children behind him. There wouldn't be all these tough choices and moving around. He also would have been close to his orthodontist, so maybe whatever happened with the surgery would never have happened. He would likely be moving up the ladder, and used to the daily grind if he'd just stuck with it. The first year in a "real" job is always hard. I remember thinking, "man, if this was college, I'd roll over and go back to sleep because [insert legitimate reason here]. You mean I can skip ZERO days with a real job?!" Jill would be happier because eventually, she would have realized it didn't make sense to cling to Derick so much with a baby, so she would have had a better chance of settling into the SAHM role. I don't think she would have resented izzy as much, because she wouldn't have been in a dangerous, uncomfortable place with him; she would have been living the life she signed up for. She seemed pretty happy in the first episode of counting on, when izzy was a baby, before they went to danger America. Jana would have been around to help, and she probably could have assisted her in becoming a better homemaker too, like trying new recipes, etc. Jill wouldn't have had the constant uncertainty and stress that has come with Derick's lifestyle, with all the moving and changing life direction. They also would have spent significantly less time together, with Derick at work eight hours a day, so I think they'd be less annoyed by the other's shortcomings. Derick never would have (presumably) gotten upset with Jill for not being able to qualify as a missionary wife, and though he'd still find her a little dim, she'd be okay at being a SAHM. I don't think she's good at it now, but I think she would have been better without being totally rattled the last few years with all the danger (real or perceived) and changes while she had babies, and without the resentment of izzy. I think Jill would be in a much better place emotionally and mentally. Obviously, the boys would be happier. They'd probably still be in their spacious McMansion, and their parents wouldn't be stressed out. They'd have settled into a decent routine by now, and there wouldn't be as much chaos and change. I don't think everything would have been perfect, but it would have been significantly better IMO. The best thing Derick could have done for his family would have been really trying to keep that job, or maybe try to move to another corporate job if he was so unhappy. I think this family has had way too much chaos, change, and aimless togetherness, and these things have bred a lot of resentment.
  15. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    RIGHT???? My doctor was right out of medical school and naturally super skinny, so I'd bet all my money that: 1. She probably just thought I ate Doritos day and night, and... 2. She had limited knowledge of how to diagnose it, beyond just the simplest tests. Now I'm looking for another doctor that I can use on my insurance. It would be so nice to get a job and better insurance soon!
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