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Book Worm

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The series I am currently reading has 6 books to it instead of the 4 I thought it had. I have 4 of them. I put a hold on one of them and then requested the library purchase the other one since it wasn't there. I get an email saying that the book is no longer able to be purchased since it's not printed any more. I did manage to find it and as well as dozens of other books on Amazon for the kindle. So once I get the money I'll be buying the book on kindle and either reading it on my phone, tablet if I could get it to work or the computer. I finished a book last night. I ended up staying up later than I usually do because even tho I knew I needed to put the book down and go to bed I just couldn't put the book down and go to bed. It was 11:30 when I finished the book. What's interesting about this series is that there is 6 books and each book has a different author. The three books I have read so far have been interesting enough to hold my attention to finish reading the books with the exception of the book in the series. I'm not planning on picking up any more books until I finish the books that I already have here. I have about a dozen books left. I can finish the small ones by the time Elijah starts school. The bigger ones I can finish within a week or two after he starts school. I love to read. I am so thankful for my library card. My sister finally got a library card but she can only borrow 10 books while we can borrow 50 books. I have some things to pick up at the library. I am hoping that by Saturday that the book will be at the library.

I decided yesterday that I wasn't going to text my neighbor to see if he was going to the fitness center with me last night. There were several reasons why I didn't text him. One being I had the fitness center to myself for all but the last 15-20 minutes I was there. Another reason he gave me some attitude on Monday. He had a bad day so I suggested he come down and work it off and he said he'd come down and sit and watch me sweat. No dude. I told him I didn't like being watched and I didn't like people sitting in the fitness center. That's not what the fitness center is for. I ended up telling him that if he was going to sit and watch me he could stay home. Later on that evening he said he was joking about sitting and watching me. I didn't find it funny. The other reason why I didn't text him was because he knows what days and time I go to the fitness center and if he wanted to come with me he would have without a reminder from me. I am going to love to break it to him that when Elijah starts school my butt is going to be working out after Elijah gets on the bus in the mornings. I prefer to exercise in the morning any way. I haven't been going on Saturday mornings very often because I can't get up before 6am to go. I downloaded this app at some point last year and started using it and then ended up deleting the app. It's an app that pays you to exercise and if you skip you pay a minimum of $5. I saw on Tuesday night that Good Morning America was showing an app that pays you to go exercise. I set my alarm to watch it. I'm sitting there waiting to see what this app was. It was over an hour later when they finally showed it and it was the app that I installed before. So I decided to install it again and create a new account. I didn't finish the new account. It pays you $0.50 a day to workout at the gym. So I am debating on if I am going to keep the app and use it between the time Elijah starts school and the time I start work or just delete the app again. My luck I'd pick the 5 days and end up forgetting to check in with the app.

I am so hoping Elijah sleeps til at least 8 this morning. Elijah got up a little after 7 yesterday and we went for a walk around 9am and 1pm. I went to the fitness center last night and when I got home mom and Elijah were outside. Me and Elijah stayed outside in the back until 7:30. He played with one of the neighbor boys. They were running around for a little while. Since Elijah about 4 wanted to go on another walk I decided that we would about 7:30 since it was still light enough so we did. We went on 3 walks yesterday. I am hoping that with the 3 walks and the time spent with the neighbor boy wore him out. Elijah at one point came out of his room. His dog Humdrum is sitting on the couch and Elijah can't sleep without Humdrum. I am going to check on Elijah and put Humdrum in his bed and take my shower. Yesterday Elijah decided several times to clean the toilet. We have the magic wand and Elijah used 6 of the scrubbers yesterday. The toilet is really clean now. I told him that I appreciate his efforts in cleaning the toilet but it doesn't need to be cleaned with 6 of the scrubbers. He climbed up on the washer to get them. This kid is a monkey. I had to move the windex from above the washer to under the sink. We have one scrubber left. I keep reminding myself that school starts soon. Less than two and a half weeks until Elijah starts school. The reminder seems to help a little bit.

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MILPAM3 7/31/2014 7:19PM

  No doubt you say with many others, "God bless Andrew Carnagie!"

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NILLAPEPSI 7/31/2014 1:50PM

    I love to read. You can usually find me with my nose stuck in my Kindle when I have some spare time.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/31/2014 11:23AM

    I love having a book that's so good I can't put it down!!

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COOP9002 7/31/2014 10:36AM

    Reading is a great way to unwind and get recharged. Thanks for sharing.

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ROBBIEY 7/31/2014 8:56AM

  I love to read as well. Good Luck with you new gym routine in the morning after Elijah goes to school. Keep on Moving!!!

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Little Damp

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Elijah is completely potty trained and has been for about 2 years now. For the longest time he used the potty training potty we got him. Then a few weekends ago we got rid of it. So now he uses the big potty. I know he's only 5 but he goes thru 3-4 pairs of underwear a day most days because his underwear and shorts (if he's wear them) become a little damp because Elijah waits until the last possible second to go the bathroom. It seriously annoys the crap out of me and I am tired of constantly changing his underwear. I don't know what to do when he starts school other than send a few pair of underwear with him. We keep telling him that he can't do this at school because the other kids will make fun of him. Most kids are mean. I don't want him picked on because of his underwear. I don't know if I should take him to the doctor about this or if this is normal for a boy. I am definitely looking forward to school starting in 3 weeks. We get to take back some of the glue sticks we bought. I emailed the principal and she said that kindergarten is "hands on" and each school district is different with the supplies. They do weekly projects. That is great that they are "hands on" and do weekly projects but that still didn't explain why he needed 72 glue sticks since there are 36 weeks in a year. I told her that and she said that they need 12 glue sticks not 72. The paper clearly says twelve six packs. 12 times 6 equals 72. She said she'd update the list so that other parents don't get confused. Thanks but it doesn't help that we have 72 glue sticks sitting in my closet. We are sending two of the 8 packs to school with him. I am going to try to keep one and send the other 6 back to the store so mom can get her money back. We are picking up Elijah's last two uniforms for school today. He'll have 7 uniforms for this year which will be nice because then I could still do laundry on Mondays instead of over the weekend until I get a job. Thanks to the stupid garbage truck coming at 6:30 Elijah is up. I am grateful that the stupid garbage truck comes but I don't appreciate them coming this early in the morning because not everybody needs to be up this early in the morning. Elijah will be up early once school starts but that's not for another 3 weeks. As of right now he does not need to be up before 7am every single day.

I am done making the bib and the baby hat for my neighbor. I tried crocheting baby booties but they weren't coming out right. It doesn't help that Elijah wouldn't stop talking, singing or getting into stuff so I could sit and watch the video or concentrate on the pattern yesterday. I told my neighbor that I tried but I couldn't do them and that I was sorry She's like OK. After I decided to stop trying to make them I picked up a book. The book I am reading is book 3 of 4. I read either book 1 or 2 of the series. I have book 4 which I found in my bag after I put a hold on it so I deleted the hold and I'll read that one next. I'll probably finish book 3 today at some point and get started on book 4. I'll put a hold on the book I didn't read. Once Elijah is in school I am going to finish up the books I haven't read between now and then. I'm thinking about taking a bus to the library in the morning one day and spending some time there looking at the books and going on the computer. I have numbers for all 3 of our cards and if I go during the week and early enough during the day I could use all three cards to print stuff out and to be on the computer. Once Elijah starts school I'll start going to the fitness center after he gets on the bus. I'm looking forward to that. I love going in the mornings. If I don't go to the fitness center in the morning I'll put in a DVD after I get the apartment cleaned up.

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DEEKELLYE 7/30/2014 7:46AM

    I am excited for the start of the school year and to have some time to myself. I'll be bored after a while but it'll be a welcomed break for Elijah and I to not be together all day every day like we have been for almost 3 years now.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/29/2014 3:01PM

    I raised both my son and my grandson through that potty-training stage. I don't recall problems with either one, but then, maybe having a man in the house (my husband) had something to do with it. In any case, peer pressure has its problems but it also serves to take care of some of these issues. Hang in there and good luck.

As for the glue sticks, I love elementary school teachers because they have the patience to deal with all these kids at a time and teach them things they need to know. But sometimes I have noticed that they get really literal about some things and so don't quite flex in complex communications. I think it's a hazard of the profession. I had one teacher write a really cryptic note on one line of a 4x6 card. It turned out to sound unnecessarily critical and she later said she didn't mean it that way, that she just didn't have any more space than one line to write in. The whole rest of the card was blank! Seems she had to leave the other lines for other teachers (ok, I'll giver her that) and turning over the card wasn't in "actions permitted" part of her instructions! Really??? Just get used to it and cut these poor teachers a little slack. Yes, the principal too. Although I have to agree, sometimes situations can be frustrating.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/29/2014 11:35AM

    I don't have kids, but all of my relatives have made comments that with boys, it's a bit harder. They like to play & don't want to miss a thing, even to go to the bathroom.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/29/2014 10:50AM

    Sounds like my son Aidan. He waits til the last possible time too! I'm still dealing with peeing the bed with him! My daughter, 3 yesterday, hasn't peed the bed since she was potty trained 6 months ago!

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Shopping and School Supplies

Sunday, July 27, 2014

So that is a list of Elijah's school supplies. That is just for kindergarten. If you look down the list to the glue sticks it says 6 pack. The number right next to it is 12. 12 6 packs of glue sticks. That is 72 glue sticks PER PERSON. What does ONE person in kindergarten need 72 glue sticks for? That does not include the bottle of glue. It's not a little bottle of glue. It is an 8 ounce bottle of glue. I am completely baffled but the amount of glue ONE PERSON needs for kindergarten. I emailed the principal asking her why they need so much glue. Her response is kindergarten is "hands on." I get that. Truly I get that. She also says that they do weekly projects. That's great. Wonderful even. My question is what exactly are they making for them to need 72 glue sticks AND a bottle of glue? There are 4 9 week periods during each school year for a total of 36 weeks. Is each kid going to use TWO glue sticks for ONE project? I highly doubt that. I replied back to the principal that 72 glue sticks per student is a bit extreme (not to mention expensive) and one glue stick can and will be used on more than one project. I want to know if we get the unused glue sticks back at the end of the year or if the teachers keep them and if they keep them then why does the next year's students have to bring the same amount of glue sticks. We were looking at glue sticks and trying to figure out the cheapest way to get 72 glue sticks. Walmart didn't have the 6 packs but they had individual glue sticks for $0.50 each making it $36. Target had the 6 packs for $1.99 each pack and 12 of them would be about $24. Little bit cheaper. Dollar Tree had 8 packs for $1. So guess what?! They are getting 9 of the 8 packs because that is $9. Which makes more sense for the amount that is supposedly needed. The other things on the list like paper towels and the ziplock bags and the hand wipes and 3 boxes of tissues still have me scratching my head. I'm surprised they didn't ask the parents to bring in toilet paper and soap and other bathroom needs. My best friend in PA doesn't have to get anything for her kids. Like seriously. It's retarded. We made a trip to Dirt Cheap yesterday because they have school items for 70% off. I got a pack of pens that were 80% off. The pens were $0.99 originally and $0.20 with the 80% off. I paid $0.02 a pen. Not bad. The filler paper was $1.99 which came to $0.40 with the 70% off. I bought 6 packs. I spent less than $3 on all of this. I got so many packs of the paper because I write weekly letters and they are somewhat lengthy to Elijah's dad. I make the grocery lists on the filler paper as well. I got 2 packs of filler paper at Walmart and I have that in my purple binder. Mom gave me a 2 inch binder for the filler paper that I got yesterday. Last year the paper was 50% off. I was able to get more this year than last year. I have decided not to get the tablets any more. I still have an unused tablet but I'll use that for something else. Notes or something.

I requested the library to buy four of the newer Biggest Loser exercise DVDs. I didn't really care for the first three but maybe somebody else will. The fourth one is the Last Chance Workout DVD and it's been on hold since I could find it on the library's website and I can finally go and pick it up at the main library until a certain date. I placed holds on a few CDs at the library. A few of them are ready to be picked up. I have some more on my saved items list that I am going to wait to put holds on until I pick these ones up since you are only allowed to borrow 10 CDs at a time. You can borrow 10 DVDs at a time and 50 books at at time. The DVDs have a 7 day loan and the books and CDs have a 3 week loan. You can renew them twice before you reach the max number of renewals. Pretty nice for the books and the CDs. Pain in the butt for the DVDs. We usually go to the library every 2 weeks unless there is a hold on one of the DVDs then we go back the next week. I like the library. My collection of songs on iTunes is becoming a nice collection. I add songs from the CDs and then I get to pick and choose the songs that go on my phone. I think I have over 300 songs on my list on my computer. A little over 100 on my phone. Need to get rid of a few on my phone that I don't like. Once I get a job I am going to save up the money for either an MP3 or an iPod (may not need if I get an iPad) or an iPad (which I am definitely getting that). Which ever one I find that I like so that way I won't need my phone at the fitness center to listen to music and it'll give me more space on my phone.

Once Elijah starts school I'll be going to the fitness center or putting in a DVD once he gets on the bus until I get a job. I would much rather exercise first thing in the morning than in the evenings. I've heard that you burn more calories in the mornings than you do later in the day. Not sure how true that is but I'd rather get it done in the morning and get it over with. I am going to be working on a new routine. Some mornings I am going to do the bike and the treadmill. Other mornings will be one or the other. Not sure how much time I'll be doing on the machines but I'll get to spend more time at the fitness center in the mornings after Elijah gets on the bus than I would in the evenings after mom gets home from work. I am going to use the first day or two of Elijah being in school to do some heavy cleaning in the apartment. I'm going to leave mom's bedroom and bathroom up to her but the rest of the apartment is going to get cleaned. In the kitchen the cabinets and drawers need cleaned out. I am going to use the carpet cleaner in the living room, dining room, Elijah's bedroom and closet and my bedroom and closet. Once the heavy cleaning is done picking up during the week is going to be a breeze. I am going to clean out the coat closet and the pantry. I'm excited to be able to clean the apartment in the morning after Elijah goes to school and the apartment actually stay clean all day. No toys returning to the living room. No spills on the floor after it's been mopped or on the counters after they've been wiped down. I'm looking forward to the peace and quiet and not hearing constant chattering, singing or the occasional crying or whining. I'm going to spend some time on the computer looking for a job. Once I've put in applications then I'll be reading my books for a little while.

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DEEKELLYE 7/28/2014 7:31AM

    Thanks y'all! I emailed the principal. She said that kindergarten is "hands on" and I can understand that and she didn't have a way to compare the districts here to other districts in other states. That's what the internet is for lady and friends who live in other states. I replied back that 72 glue sticks per student is a bit extreme for 36 weeks. She replies back that the total number is 12 not 72. The list clearly says twelve (12) six (6) packs. Not 12 total. It should be 2 packs of 6. So now we are going to take all but 2 or 3 packs of the glue sticks back to the dollar store. I am going to try to keep a pack of glue sticks here at home so I can do stuff with Elijah. The principal said she'll update the shopping list so it doesn't confuse other parents.

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MILPAM3 7/28/2014 12:03AM

  I'm glad you know where to get bargain supplies. Good shopping, Mom!
Remember, young children are careless and messy. They leave the caps off glue sticks and they dry out, necessitating a new glue stick.
Depending on your school system, money may not be allocated for supplies. I was amazed when subbing at a large city school, that they provided paper for the students. Then I realized these were inner-city children who couldn't afford it or else didn't care enough to bring anything to the table (so to speak), and if the school didn't make the paper available, they wouldn't be doing the work. They didn't want to anyway. Sad when there is such an attitude toward education, when education can be a means to a better end.
Best of success with the plans to clean and organize.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/27/2014 7:48PM

    He's getting so big!! That is quite a list.

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DEB62BIE62 7/27/2014 5:22PM

    Hard to believe school is almost here.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/27/2014 1:35PM

    That list of school supplies is a reflection of the larger economy. People scream about taxes so the government cuts tax rates and there is not enough money for the schools to provide what they used to. Politics at its finest.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Elijah drank too much in the evening last night because he had an accident in his bed and ended up in my bed with a new set of clothes on. When he sleeps with me mom doesn't wake me up before she leaves because in the past Elijah has waken up and not gone back to sleep. It's a little after 7 and he got up at 7 yesterday so I am hoping that Elijah sleeps in until at least 8 this morning. He played with the neighbor kids for a little while. One of the neighbors came over because he was one egg short on the banana nut bread he was making. Then a short time later my phone rings and it's the neighbor with the kids Elijah played with wanting her son's clothes to be delivered to our apartment because they weren't home. Then another neighbor came down for dinner. He went to the store and got a big bottle of wine for mom and I to share. Mom's not going to drink any so I'll be drinking it. She's got this no alcohol rule because the last time she drank she got dizzy and then said no more alcohol. I like to have a glass or 2 every once in a while. Nothing wrong with that. I wait until Elijah is in bed to have wine. Since I don't have a job I started making wine. The first batch I didn't like and gave me heartburn. The second batch was the best. I have a bottle of that batch in my closet I want to save for a few more years. Then the other two batches I've made didn't turn out good. So I dumped them out and got rid of the plastic jugs I was using. I think that's why it didn't turn out so great. So once I get a job I'll be getting glass jugs and bottles/corks from eBay. My upstairs neighbor said that once he's settled then he'll buy me two of the one gallon jugs. One of the reasons is he wants homemade strawberry wine and wants me to make myself some wine. So if he does buy the glass jugs then I'll be looking for a recipe.

Wednesday my upstairs neighbor went to the fitness center later in the evening instead of at the same time as me because he was waiting for a delivery. Today I'll be going to the fitness center earlier in the day because after mom gets home we'll be going to Stage and getting Elijah some uniforms for school. I am hoping to go to Dirt Cheap afterwards because their school supplies are 70% off and I want to get some paper. I have decided to stop getting tablets for when I write to Elijah's dad and to start getting the paper you put in binders. It's cheaper than tablets and you get more paper to write with. I am hoping to get a bunch of the paper and maybe possibly grabbing one of the binders mom has in her room. I am hoping that Elijah will behave at the fitness center today when we go. I can't wait to go in the mornings during the week after Elijah gets on the bus. I love early morning workouts at the fitness center. I have a better chance of having the fitness center to myself.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/26/2014 1:37AM

    Good luck making the wine. Strawberry sounds a bit sweet but I'll bet when you make it then it will be delicious.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/25/2014 5:35PM

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    I'm so blessed with a late riser! Cuz I don't go to bed til late so if she wakes up early, I'm super tired. The boys wake up right before me, but are pretty good about playing quietly til I am up. Daddy is up before me though and he watches them til he goes to work.

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Possibly Stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Since moving I have noticed that there are quite a few pawn shops around here. I started thinking about going to one and getting money for a couple of pieces of jewelry that a couple of my ex's gave to me. I told mom this idea last weekend. One of my ex's bought me a really pretty dragonfly necklace with purple stones from Sears for my birthday. I never gave that back to him because crap happened and I ended up putting a PFA on him and after the PFA expired I didn't see him again and I wasn't looking for him either. Another ex gave me his navy ring. After I quit working at Ponderosa I didn't see him again because he ended up on house arrest and he ended up having a pregnant fiance. I always kept the necklace in my jewelry box and the ring on top of the other one. I remember not seeing the ring before we moved. I got to thinking that I haven't seen the dragonfly necklace after we moved. Which makes me think that they were stolen out of my bedroom. Mom's soon to be ex husband was home a lot more than I was because I worked and he didn't so it's only logical to think that it was him who went into my bedroom since he had a habit of doing so and took them. I'm angry that I can't find these things even tho they were from guys I have dated. I sat in at the voting booth one day a few years ago because a family friend had asked me too and I didn't have to work that day. I got a check for doing that. I left it in my car so I'd remember to cash it. I was looking for it later on that week and it was no where in my car nor was it in my purse or in my room so again I'm thinking that mom's soon to be ex stole the check. What he did with the money from the check and the jewelry if he pawned them I have no idea exactly but mom thinks that he bought alcohol with them. Before we moved I had no privacy in my bedroom. This guy would go in and go thru stuff and take whatever. He didn't know boundaries. I couldn't even lock my door because he'd kick it in. He kicked in my sister's door once when she locked it. I had to get a P.O. box because I had found two opened letters with my name on them in his glove compartment of his truck. Two weeks in a row. He wasn't smart enough to open one and then wait a month or two let alone put them in different locations. One person told me he was doing that to protect me and I told her that he wasn't and he didn't know boundaries and didn't respect privacy. The letters were from my son's dad. He wasn't protecting me. His only concern was himself. I told mom that I am so glad that we moved. I don't have to hide food in my bedroom so my son could have lunch for daycare. I do hide chocolate because the other two people living in this apartment don't have any self control. A bag of Dove's dark chocolate could last me a few months unopened and it would last them about 2 weeks if I left it out like I used to. I don't have to get a P.O. box to get my mail. Elijah and I are the ones who get the mail. Mom rarely, if ever, gets the mail here since we are home and she's at work.

My upstairs neighbor started going to the fitness center with me on Monday. Fortunately he didn't go with me last night because he was waiting for his bed set to be delivered. I think he's more interested in me than he is actually working out and losing weight. He split up from his girlfriend because she got mad that he took care of his kids. She wants him to forget about his kids and only take care of her kid. He asked for my opinion and I told him that his kids are his priority over her kids. I'd put my kid before somebody. He's looking to get out of the complex. She doesn't want him to leave because she can't afford the 3 bedroom apartment (her son from what he said only works one day a week) and she doesn't want to pay the deposit or the first and last months rent on a smaller apartment. Crap happens. She's going to have to do it when her lease is up on the 3 bedroom. Sorry about her luck. I'm not interested in dating him. He's 49 I think so he's not that old but he's still old. I am going to love to break it to him that when Elijah starts school I am changing my exercise schedule from Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings to Monday thru Friday mornings. I'll have a better chance of getting the fitness center to myself in the mornings during the week than I would in the evenings. Most people go to work during the day during the week and the kids will be in school soon so no teenagers in the fitness center. I am going to take the time and figure out a new routine between now and then. I'll be working on my food choices as well. Elijah will probably be getting on the bus about 7:30 since school starts at 8 so I'll be able to get to the fitness center pretty early.

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DEEKELLYE 7/25/2014 7:55AM

    Thanks y'all! I am angry. There was no privacy before we moved.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/25/2014 2:13AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your things being stolen. The monetary value is secondary to the sense of being violated by having your personal space invaded. It's a good thing you moved even though there have been some inconvenient trade-offs.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/24/2014 10:22AM

    So sorry that your stuff is missing. emoticon emoticon

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