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  1. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Haha @Barb23 I just went to cover up the birds, and it reminded me of your question. My birdies are suuuper adaptable, lol! I joke that they are like children of divorce, because they are between my place and my parents' house so frequently! They have two homes, with different cages at each! They also go to the beach with my family every year! I was reading an article about moving with birds and how hard it is for them, but mine have had zero trouble! They're so used to being in different places anyway. Ahhhhhh wow!!! So cool!!! It's nice to know that Donny and Marie are really good people. They definitely seem like it!
  2. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Awwwww @Barb23!!! Thank you so much for your kind words!!! And yes, that is how I felt when I sold my car. I wished we had a high school or college kid in the family who could have just taken it, because I got a TERRIBLE deal when I traded it in. I would have happily given it to someone I love instead. Alas, we don't have anyone that age currently! I will admit I got SO sad years later, when I heard it was in an accident. I got a call one morning from my insurance company about the wreck I had, and I was so confused! The wreck did occur in my city, so the car didn't go far, but it was at a time when I was at the movies or somewhere memorable like that, so I had an alibi. I didn't need it anyway, though; apparently this sort of thing happens more than you'd think. I called the agent and they got it straightened out. I will admit it made me feel so awful for my car, even a couple years after I sold it!!! We had a lot of good times together. I hope it wasn't hurt too badly.
  3. I agree about lauren wanting attention, and this is her "brand" within the duggar family right now. Just like Jinger's the "hip" one and Kendra is known for her honeymoon baby, lauren can take the slot of "grieving mother." It guarantees her attention since no one has had a miscarriage in a long time (and it makes me more sure that Jinger was using family planning, because if she'd struggled to get pregnant or miscarried, this would be the sensible time to open up).
  4. I'm with everyone who thinks the picture was a bitchy move. If she had JUST posted the text, I'd find it a little too "look at me making this dramatically about myself," but it would have been acceptable. And a picture of a star or whatever would have been way better, or even a picture of her and lauren (with Jessa NOT pregnant). But the way she wrote it and included the picture made it OBVIOUS that she's one upping Lauren. And am I the only one who thinks they had the same due date because neither went to a doctor, so they have no idea when their due date actually IS?
  5. Christina87

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Hahahaha send it to the TTH! 😂 For real, though, it surprises me that it's so hard for you to give that away. I'd think lots of people would be dying for free baby stuff!
  6. Christina87

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Omg. I know someone EXACTLY like this. He grew up with me, and he has a stage mother. He's always had a huge ego and thinks he's super special because he's the descendant of a famous person (and now he claims the famous person was awful, but that doesn't stop him from name dropping). He flunked out of divinity school, but still considers himself a pastor, flitting around just like Jeremy giving speeches at churches by using his family name. He had a brief fifteen minutes of fame a few years ago where he was on a major award show, which led to talk show appearances, and he's trying so hard to keep his fame alive. He's the liberal counterpart to Jeremy, and is the same way...100% on the far left, and won't entertain any other ideas. He loves to blather on about white privilege, and then takes exotic vacations on Mommy and Daddy's dime. But the thing that bothers me MOST is how hateful he is for someone who professes to be a pastor. While he says the "right" things, like black people matter and LGBTQ people should have rights (so his beliefs aren't inherently hateful), he is SO NASTY to anyone who says anything that doesn't kiss his ass. One of our former teachers suggested he slow down on his appearances for his mental health, and he was SUPER nasty to her back. She was genuinely concerned for him, and not rude at all! He assumes anytime something doesn't go his way, he is being persecuted for his liberal beliefs by a racist, and attacks anyone who suggests that maybe he didn't get the gig or whatever for other reasons. Plus he has made a career talking about how backward our hometown is, while he still chooses to live there! He is equally as infuriating as Jeremy, but really even worse, because Jeremy can be charming and non-aggressive. Thankfully, this dude has tried to get into every major denomination, and they have all seen right through him and sent him on his way. Even very liberal ones.
  7. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Awwww I'm glad you still get to be in contact with them! I had a hard time emotionally when I moved two hours away for school, because I was in a graduate teaching program with very few people, so it was way harder to make friends than it was for others who were in more traditional programs. While I eventually found some great friends, I remember trying so hard to keep in touch with my old friends, like in the ways you have mentioned. When I got my job, I moved back closer to my family and old friends, and several of my university friends ended up moving here too! Plus I immediately met a TON of awesome young women as soon as I started working, as the teaching profession is rife with them. This move will be way easier, becsuse I'm staying in the same area. And I think it's awesome that you and Mr. Lookeyloo have mostly separate friends. So many couples, ESPECIALLY the duggars, expect their husband to be their everything, who complements them in every way and never leads their side (Jill, anyone?). That's how I thought of relationships as a teen. I thought my future boyfriends would always want to do every single thing I do just because our romance is so magical. Now, I think it's so much better to have your own friends, because my FRIENDS are more likely to want to watch chick flicks, or go to a cute winery, or gossip, than any boyfriend I've ever had! My last boyfriend hated going to the movies, which would have made my teen self die inside, because I love it! Instead, I just went with friends or alone (honestly, I don't find going alone to be the least bit embarrassing), and it in no way detracted from my relationship. One person can't be your everything, and many duggars need to hear that...especially Jill! Jinger IMO is the second most clingy duggar, but at least she values her close friendship with Jessa, and seems to realize that some activities are more fun with Jessa than Babe.
  8. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Awwww I'm so glad it turned out good for you! I went over to my friend's house tonight to put the birds to bed (Hahahaha aka put their cover on and change their water, not tuck them in 😜), and it made me soooo excited!!! I think it will be a lot of fun to move, especially when I am able to personalize some things, namely my bedroom! Also, my friend doesn't cook much, or care what I do to the kitchen, so I'm excited to get it set up! How far away did you move? Do you still get to see those friends somewhat easily? I've had the same thing happen recently, with a lot of my friends getting married and becoming incapable of spending a few hours without their husband. Finally, I realized that I wasn't looking hard enough, that I had plenty of friends who wanted to hang out, if I put a little more work into it, and I'm finally happy with my social life again!
  9. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Awwww thanks for the kind words!!! You are so right too. As the afternoon has gone on, I have just gotten more and more excited!!! You're so right about new memories, and I can't wait to invite my friends over for a good meal in my new home. 😃 Also, I may eventually fall in love in this home and leave it to get married...and another exciting possibility is that when I have a job, I can save sooooo much more money so I can put a good down payment on my own house in a few years! I feel like I'm going up, and to good new things, and I will always have these good memories of my first apartment!
  10. Christina87

    S09.E06: Cry It Out

    I agree with all of this soooo much, plus great insight there! I bet that's exactly what she's doing...hiding her own flaws!
  11. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    Thank you so much!!! It really is. Letting go is harder than I expected, but I'm sooo pumped about where I'm going!!!
  12. Christina87

    Small Talk: The Prayer Closet

    I just did something momentous (for me) and I feel like you guys will understand how I feel a mix of emotions right now. I just broke my apartment lease! i have a friend who just bought a very nice house about 5 minutes from where I live, and I spend a lot of time over there anyway. It's in a beautiful suburban neighborhood, with all the nice amenities my apartment complex has, like pools, fitness center, etc. My friend invited me to move in for free in exchange for being my housewifey self (Hahahaha! If you know me, you know this is so true). Of course, I will offer rent when I get a new job, but it's just taking soooo I much longer than I thought to find something, and the rent at my apartment is 1K a month! That's really a lot for NC. I've talked to a few recruiters recently, and I have decent confidence in this last one, but nothing's set in stone, and I can't just keep spending this much money every month. I feel like I'm moving because I failed, but literally all my friends don't see it that way, and think it's a great decision. So do I, and I feel very at home at that house. I'm really looking forward to living there! but then again, I'm the kind of person who gets really attached to things, and I always get really emotional when moving, trading in a car, etc. I literally BAWLED for hours when I traded in a car I was meh about for my dream car, but I was okay after I cried. I've lived here six years now, and have soooo many happy memories. Really, I think I'm sad to leave because of what the apartment REPRESENTS, not what it IS. I lived in a tiny studio apartment before this while in school, where I dreamed of having a washing machine, real kitchen, dishwasher, and multiple rooms! Then, I found a job in the exact city of my dreams, fell in love with this apartment immediately, and had SUCH a fun time decorating it with my mom! We have probably never had more fun doing anything together! Every piece of furniture and art has a real meaning for me, and a lot of it is my grandmother's, since she died around that time. I do get to bring a lot of it with me, but it does make me sad that I can't bring it all. I'm giving some things to my sister, who just bought a house in a different city, so at least everything will stay in the family. Anyway, two weeks after moving into this apartment, I met a boyfriend that I thought would be the love of my life; I'd struggled with crappy guys right before that, and my first date in Charlotte was with a dreamy law student who was crazy about me and wanted to commit! I started my dream job and immediately met lots of good friends, whom I entertained, with my perfect boyfriend in tow, in my wonderful new apartment! This apartment has such sentimental value, because it represents my dreams coming true. Of course, there have been both good and horrible memories in it along the way, and I've been quite miserable here at times (including when my "perfect" bf came over to break up with me, as well as a couple more meaningful breakups), buuuuut it represents a time in my life where everything was perfect! Even though I feel this way, I'm more than excited to move, and I feel like I'm going to enjoy living with my friend a lot. The house is gorgeous, and I'll have it to myself frequently, even when I get a job! I've never once been sad because I think I'm making a mistake, but because I see my apartment so nostalgically. Another really good reason to move now is because I have a new neighbor (after six years of no incidents) who hates my birds. He bangs on the floor at the slightest noise they make, and freaks out if I watch TV or anything either. And he is there ALL DAY. Idk what he does lol. I feel like I'm close to getting a noise complaint, which is honestly hilarious because I am very quiet. The birds can't stay here long term anymore, and I've gone ahead and moved them to my friend's house. I go over there a couple times a day to take care of them, and can't wait to be back with them. We don't have a long-term future here, which makes it easier. Hahahaha sorry for all the rambling. I just knew you guys would understand! Change, even when you're excited about it, is hard. Actually going ahead and making the plans made me feel excited and relieved, but also more sad than I expected. Has anyone else ever made a move that you were sad about? The only thing I've had that's comparable was leaving undergrad / the dorms, but I literally had no choice, so I think that made the change easier.
  13. Christina87

    S09.E06: Cry It Out

    Hahahaha slightl O/T, but it's always so exciting for a kid to go shopping with their dad! My dad and I had a tradition where we went to Walmart on the evening of the last day of school to celebrate! He let me get basically anything I wanted on those trips, and the first time we did it, we got new backyard furniture. He had a truck at that point, so my mom was shocked when the truck pulled up in the driveway with a swing and several chairs! Although my dad worked pretty normal hours, he played sports every evening, and most of the time on weekends. Even as a young kid, I recognized that he was doing that so my mom could stay home with us, and I also realized that he deserved to do things that he found fun in his free time, like sports. My mom never would have tried to guilt trip him into giving up his sports, because he was an amazing dad (very much like Randy, and a dentist to boot lol!) who spent good quality time with us often. Since he set his own schedule, he was able to come to important things, even lots of our basketball games growing up! I used to love when he'd come to my high school JV games in a slightly bigger town, and the two of us would go to O'Charley's after. Back on topic, just because your dad is busy working, and even if he (gasp!) spends some of his free time doing other things he enjoys, it doesn't make him a bad dad! Quality time really counts, and even busy dads can create occasions to have that. No part of me looks back and thinks that my dad was too busy for me, or absolutely anything other than him being the best dad in the world! Now, Jeremy does have some douchey qualities, but I think he does love Addie, and spending quality time with her will only get easier as she gets older. As long as he keeps consistently making an effort, Leah should realize she is lucky. It sounds like maybe Jeremy could do better with the calls / FaceTime, but I have no issue with him not seeing Addie every day.
  14. Christina87

    S09.E06: Cry It Out

    I am just now watching the episode, and I'm having the best laugh I have ever had in my life!!!! WTF is Jenelle blathering on about? She doesn't need MTV? She has other things going on? What exactly? And the viewers have never, in a decade, seen who she "really is?" Ummmm, she has a choice while the cameras were on to be her "real self." If we haven't seen who she really is while she's been on a reality show for ten years, it's her damn fault! and way to prove to everyone that her husband is an abuser. When she started going down the list of friends she never sees anymore, I was thinking, "has she never googled abusive relationship? She is proving that she is in one by describing all the red flags!"
  15. Christina87

    Except Chelsea (and Cole)

    There were rumors that that's how she lost the weight. I don't think she necessarily abused it, but I could definitely see her legit having ADHD and that being a good side effect! I rewatched the series a few years ago, and her focus / drive was night and day different after the show took a break. I could definitely see her getting much-needed medication to help her get through school and thrive as a single parent, but I don't think she's pulling a Jenelle and taking someone else's. Chelsea was always so distracted when doing schoolwork, so I can buy that she actually has ADHD and focuses better when she takes it. Not taking away from her weight loss at all, because obviously she has also worked hard.
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