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<p>Time to start up the fun.  I don't have anything in particular fun planned, but am looking forward to the evening with the family tonight. </p>
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<p>I was feeling so happy last night after our last track workout.  I feel so blessed I get to do it with both of my boys.  The kids group did hill repeats and a 4x200 relay.  My kids were super excited to do hills!  And, they had a contest to see who was most positive and most encouraging of others.  DS#1 won.  Yay.  I am so proud of them and so happy they like to participate in a sport I love. </p>
 

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<p><strong>Wip</strong>, you can write about us!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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<p>My kiddo woke up in the middle of the night screaming her head off.  I've never seen her that upset before.  She was wailing for a good 20 minutes, so violently that she couldn't even explain what was wrong.  She finally tired herself out and went back to sleep without us ever figuring it out.  We assume it was a bad dream, but we don't know.  This morning she woke up and everything seemed fine.  I hope it was just a one-time thing...</p>
 

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<p>It could have been a dream, Bob. That happened to both of my girls when they were about Jilian's age. Sometimes their dreams are just so vivid. I hope it doesn't happen again to her.</p>
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<p>Hmmm, <strong>Wip</strong>. Could you write about your hobbies? I think you have a super interesting life, so I think there's lots for you to write about. It's just hard to write about yourself sometimes (says the girl who is stuck on her writing sample for school).</p>
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<p>It's awesome your boys share your love of running. Obviously, you're a great influence on them <strong>RIL</strong>! Sounds like some awesome running last night!</p>
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<p>I have an interview today, so I could use some good interview vibes. It's for a middle school special ed. assistant. However, the assistant principal didn't tell me anymore, so I'm not sure what category of special ed it is.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Bob</strong> that is quite scary!  I've heard of kids having nightmares like that.  I hope it doesn't become a common thing for her.  Lena will wake up through the night at times and end up in our bed.  But then she'll wiggle around like a nut and we just put her back in her own bed.  I don't even think she's fully awake when she does it.</p>
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<p>That's really cool <strong>RIL!</strong></p>
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<p>Fun today...hmm...well, it's another gorgeous day!  We've really lucked out so far this summer!</p>
 

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<p>Bob-  that sounds like <a href="http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/night_terrors.htm" target="_blank">night terrors</a>.  She is about the right age for them to occur, my nephew went through it too.  Still does from time to time, I think, actually.  He will be 4 in October. <br>
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<p>First, I want to thank you all for the vibes yesterday. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>I have no idea what to say about how it went. The first hour I met with the head of the dept; she spent a good amount of our time together talking about the company and her plan for forming her team & rebranding the company. It was more a general business experience/company conversation than a Q/A session.</p>
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<p>1. The first thing Holly said to me after we introduced ourselves was "Great hair!"   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" title=""></p>
<p>2. She liked that I have both corporate and agency experience</p>
<p>3. She likes my "simple but elegant design style." <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif" title=""></p>
<p>4. She said "That's a really good question" to a LOT of my questions.</p>
<p>5. I think she would be a great boss. Demanding, but reasonable. She really knows her stuff. I could really learn a LOT from her.</p>
<p>6. She said that while she was more interested in filling her job description (see #1 below), the other 4 people I interviewed with (panel style) were more concerned with how I would fit into the company culture. I feel like I got along with the 4 women pretty well. I was comfortable talking to them & they all seemed pretty comfortable too. I made them laugh a few times and was able to commiserate with the 2 design/creative people there.</p>
<p>7. I'm the only one from out of town, which is why she had me meet with the other women. The other 3 (local) candidates will meet with her first, and then if she likes them she'll have them come back a 2nd time to meet with the 4 other women I met with. So I guess I'm a step ahead of them at this point.</p>
<p>7. It's a big scary job with a lot of growth potential.</p>
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<p>The I-don't-know:</p>
<p>1. The job description I applied to is old. Right now each division has their own design team, which means that none of their materials have a consistent look. So they are in the process of restructuring & consolidating the creative people so they can effectively re-brand the company. She gave me a new job description, which is more a giant list of .... qualities & skills she is looking for in a person. (Not actual job duties.) If the person has those qualities they'll be able to do the job. I didn't have a chance to read the description while I was there, and while I thought it went pretty well while I was talking to them, after I read the list I don't know if I demonstrated the qualities/capabilities she is looking for. </p>
<p>2. I'm the first of 4 candidates she is talking to. She has a person coming in on Thursday and then 2 more next week. If she is satisfied with the 4 and doesn't feel like she needs to look further, she will pick two and bring them back to interview with the VP and President. She has a really good poker face though. She kept saying "If she is happy with the 4 of us", "If I need to keep looking..." I couldn't get a sense of her being into me or not.</p>
<p>3. My portfolio presentation didn't go as smoothly as I would like. THey seemed to like the work, I just don't think my explanation of it was all that smooth this time.</p>
<p>4. When she asked why I left HF I told her an investment group bought the company and cut the work staff by 2/3. She made a note next to that section of my resume. Then she asked why I want to leave the agency, and I had to tell her that they cut staff by 1/4, and she made another note next to that section of my resume. I don't know if it just looked bad because it was in red ink or what. I couldn't read what she read. She did say "yes, agencies have been hit hard." But.... I don't know if it looks like there is something wrong with my work or work ethic or what. At the agency I was a target because I was one of the highest paid designers. At HF the new pres had a # he needed to meet and cut everyone to meet that budget. It had nothing to do</p>
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<p>Oh, and for the record? She didn't ask ANY of the 45 questions I prepared.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>(((Jillian))))</p>
 

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<p>~~~~~~~~~ vibes for Bex</p>
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<p>I think I need a nap. The dogs are both pooped from their walks, so now would be a good time.</p>
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<p>FUN: knitting tonight with the ladies.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Bob</strong>, my oldest use to have that happen <strong>a lot</strong>, and right about at the age Jillian is right now, even earlier in fact. It is quite freaky every time it happens but it's quite normal. Sometimes I wouldn't even be able to hold her she's be flailing and hitting so much. I'd just let her lie on the floor and work it out. I'm not even sure if she ever actually woke up during the episodes. She also use to have horrible temper tantrums when she was young. She's completely grown out of all of that and rarely shows that kind of emotion anymore.</p>
 

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<p>DS has night terrors, I had them and so did my Dad.  I think it has to do with how deep we sleep.  DS has always slept really hard - when he was little and still in the bed wetting stage he'd sleep in a cold wet bed until morning because he was sleeping that deep.  And I know that now when DS is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">really</span> tired the chances of him sleepwalking or having night terrors increases a LOT. </p>
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<p>It's creepy to have him looking right at me and talking nonsense but sometimes it's funny.  Like the time he walked into the laundry room where I was sorting laundry and started talking to me.  The conversation started off normally enough, and then suddenly he reached out and hugged me and said, with catch in his voice, "Mom, I love you, but I have to go".  And I asked him where he was going and he said "IHOP".  We don't even HAVE IHOPs around here.  It was strange, and I knew right away he was sleepwalking. </p>
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<p>What has worked for me 99.8% of the time is getting him to go in the bathroom and pee and that gets him conscious.  I don't know why, but it works.</p>
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<p>I left my phone at home.  I feel naked and vulnerable.  I may have to run home and get it.</p>
 

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<p>Vibes to you <strong>Bex</strong>.</p>
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<p><strong>Kath</strong> - interviews are so tough to process after the fact.  I really hope it all works out for you!</p>
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<p><strong>Bob</strong> - I hope it's a one time thing.  Both my kids went through patches of night terrors.  DS #1 had them almost every night for several weeks.  Not fun.</p>
 

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<p>Morning, everyone!</p>
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<p>Good luck vibes to <strong>Becca</strong> and continued good luck to <strong>Kath</strong> until she hears from the company.</p>
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<p>I have string ensemble tonight, but I haven't practiced since last week, so I think I'll go home a little earlier than I planned to get in a little extra practice.  We only have two rehearsals left and then we may have a concert for family and friends.  That will be quite funny.  I am definitely glad that I decided to do the group thing; it's definitely more fun than individual lessons.</p>
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<p>Have a great day, everyone!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for all the help, guys.  I guess it really does sound like night terrors.  My wife heard her first and went in first.  Then a minute or so later, I woke up, and I went in too.  Jillian reached for me and wanted me to hold her for a little while, then soon went back to Mommy.  A little while later, while Mommy was holding her and she was wailing, she looked at me and then complained that "he's looking at me!"  She was barely able to get it out becuase she was crying so hard.  And I was really freaked out, because it seemed like she was scared of me.  But maybe she wasn't really even recognizing me, so I guess I feel better about that...</p>
 

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<p>Bob - my kids used to be so inconsolable, I had to just try to get them to chill and bring them back to "real life."  I remember my son used to FREAK out over owls. </p>
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<p>He would be hysterical and we'd come in and it seemed like he had no clue what was really going on around him.  Scary and disturbing.  Not to mention really sucky when it starts happening every night.  Good luck.</p>
 

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<p>Here's a couple more recent pics of Evelyn.  One is her and our friend Trevor.  He adores her.  I like the looks on their faces, as if they're old friends sharing a laugh about a funny story.  The next one is what happens when I leave DH alone with my babies.  *sigh*</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/41651/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="evelyn1.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="12588" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/12588/width/640/height/475" style="; width: 640px; height: 475px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/41652/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="evelyn2.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="12589" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/12589/width/578/height/480" style="; width: 578px; height: 480px"></a></p>
 

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<p><strong>Bob</strong>, I had a dream early last night that had me yelling out in my sleep just as DW was getting into bed.  In my dream I was confronting a prowler (dressed in something like a cross between a mummy and a tattered Michelin Man costume) and he screamed then I screamed.  :D </p>
 
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