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    #179149 - 01/10/14 01:13 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Yay, congratulations to HK's DD!
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    #179161 - 01/10/14 06:57 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
    Oh-- and same day, the Navy recruiter called her about service academy/ROTC. She could have just mentioned that she was only 14... but took a different approach by politely informing the recruiter that she is "ineligible to join any branch of the armed forces due to a disqualifying medical condition." There was clear disappointment on the other end of the line, and DD had a moment of no small amount of schadenfreude, I could see, because she regards that list of automatic medical DQ's as being the most ridiculous thing ever.


    If I recall correctly, your DD has some life-threatening food allergies, and while I don't know what other medical DQ's the two of you might find amusing, I can promise you that, with the way they prepare foods, the Navy is almost guaranteed to kill her. Space is at a premium, and therefore cross-contamination is nearly guaranteed.

    There was a meal offered just before midnight for those on late watches. It consisted of the reheated leftovers of food nobody wanted to eat at lunch or dinner. The only other option was every food allergist's worst nightmare: peanut butter.

    Heck, I have no food issues, and they took a toll on my health, just from poor quality. I was already underweight to begin with, and I dropped 15 pounds in a 3-month cruise. The next time I went out for 6 months, I dropped another 15 pounds, and this despite advance planning... we hit Costco the night before and stored a ton of non-perishable food in our work space.

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    #179167 - 01/10/14 07:25 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    HK, This is awesome, no kidding, wonderful news!Hooray to your DD! Is the school close to where you live now?I remember reading in some of your other posts about possibly having to move so you can stay with her when she attends college. I am curious to know about the logistics of sending a 14yo to college. Maybe you would start a new thread to discuss some of the "yay, this is so cool" to "OMG, what are we going to do about that" conversations that your family is having.
    CONGRATULATIONS!

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    #179182 - 01/10/14 08:57 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    GREAT news, HK! smile

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    #179195 - 01/10/14 10:40 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Fantastic (and inspiring) news.

    Big hooray to HK's DD indeed!
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    #179204 - 01/10/14 11:17 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Congrats to HK's DD!

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    #179241 - 01/10/14 10:13 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    First, HK, yay! Congrats to you and your dd!


    I feel kinda silly posting, but so proud for my ds6.

    Even with his fine motor weakness and vision issues; he has just mastered how to read and play music on his violin. Last week, his homework was to read and pluck. After 2 tries, he developed a strategy and increased speed. At his lesson today, using his bow was added and a song! But to see the moment early this week when he "figured it out" was awesome to see! He was so proud (which is much easier to deal with than the extreme frustration as he was working on it).


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    #179243 - 01/11/14 05:57 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Melessa, please don't feel silly. Every brag here is celebrated equally and you have very good reasons to be proud of your little one. I came here not to brag but to ask if anyone can shed some light on the legitimacy of Creative Communications (poeticpower.com). Someone on this board mentioned it and I entered dd4 poem in their contest. I got an acceptance email but now I am thinking it is just a scam. Sorry if this is not an appropriate post.

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    #179244 - 01/11/14 06:07 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Hi LovemyDD- first, totally agree about the brags, I love to read all of them!

    When DD was younger she entered a contest through Creative Communications, organized by our school's gifted teacher. Mixed feelings- DD was super-excited when her work was chosen for the published book, so it was a great motivator for her, and gave her some external recognition for something that didn't really get any notice at all among her peers/school. However, my feeling is that the contests exist mainly to get parents to purchase the books. You certainly don't have to buy one (and our school stressed that they purchase one for the school library so parents don't feel pressured). So, knowing that, I think it really depends what you want out of it. There is no downside I'm aware of to sending in her work, but because we went through the school, I didn't really have anything to do with that. We do still get email invitations for DD to enter things and also to review entries for other contests, but she has not participated since the school contest.

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    #179245 - 01/11/14 08:20 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Lovemydd]
    Irena Offline
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    Originally Posted By: Lovemydd
    I came here not to brag but to ask if anyone can shed some light on the legitimacy of Creative Communications (poeticpower.com). Someone on this board mentioned it and I entered dd4 poem in their contest. I got an acceptance email but now I am thinking it is just a scam. Sorry if this is not an appropriate post.


    Oh interesting. My DS entered this, too. His was also picked to be published and then supposedly a published poem is in the finals from which they pick top ten winners. Gosh I hope it is not a scam. But he feels proud to see his work in print and be a finalist. If he is actually one of ten winners, it'll have been worth it. He's also in the Totem Head Short Story Contest. That definitely does not seem like a scam.

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