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Just added the latest piece to my beautiful collection:


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Dang Reep, you went hard today.
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Oh, I only bought Rogue One yesterday lol

I bought those VHS tapes of the OT in 2005 and have gradually been building ever since. The only thing I still need is the Lost Missions. Smile
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I don't see the Ewok movies in that collection Laughing
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I've become a parent! My wife gave birth to a girl, whom we named Marilla, five weeks ago. She's great and I'm immensely happy.
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Taral-DLOS wrote:
I've become a parent! My wife gave birth to a girl, whom we named Marilla, five weeks ago. She's great and I'm immensely happy.


Congrats! That's amazing, I'm so happy for you! Very Happy
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Congratulations, Taral!
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Congratulations, Taral! That's fantastic! My husband and I had our first child in January, and he has been an absolute wonder. Parenthood, while difficult, is such an amazing thing to experience. The way your heart just melts when they smile at you? Priceless.

Speaking of our little guy, our lives have changed just a bit. Spending three months on maternity leave with my son, I decided I did not want to go back to work. At least I did not want to leave him and go into the office every day. Thankfully, I am in a profession that allows for remote work. I talked to my then current employer about working remotely, but despite having several remote developers around the country, they denied my request. Hence...I went looking elsewhere.

I am very happy to say I've found a 100% remote job with better pay, better benefits and more vacation. I could not be happier! I am so very grateful for the opportunity to stay home with Luke.

DIsclaimer: I am under no delusions that I can both watch Luke by myself and work. But my husband is self-employed, and we've found we are at a point in life where he can dial back his work enough that he can stay home most days. So we've become a dynamic at home duo of parenting awesomeness! [With the occasional new parent meltdown, I'm just being honest.] I am so happy that all of this has worked out so wonderfully! So that's my good thing for the year, really. Very Happy
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Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:
Congratulations, Taral! That's fantastic! My husband and I had our first child in January, and he has been an absolute wonder. Parenthood, while difficult, is such an amazing thing to experience. The way your heart just melts when they smile at you? Priceless.

Speaking of our little guy, our lives have changed just a bit. Spending three months on maternity leave with my son, I decided I did not want to go back to work. At least I did not want to leave him and go into the office every day. Thankfully, I am in a profession that allows for remote work. I talked to my then current employer about working remotely, but despite having several remote developers around the country, they denied my request. Hence...I went looking elsewhere.

I am very happy to say I've found a 100% remote job with better pay, cheaper benefits and more vacation. I could not be happier! I am so very grateful for the opportunity to stay home with Luke.

DIsclaimer: I am under no delusions that I can both watch Luke by myself and work. But my husband is self-employed, and we've found we are at a point in life where he can dial back his work enough that he can stay home most days. So we've become a dynamic at home duo of parenting awesomeness! [With the occasional new parent meltdown, I'm just being honest.] I am so happy that all of this has worked out so wonderfully! So that's my good thing for the year, really. Very Happy


Congrats Mara!

We're in Canada, so we benefit from a full year of parental leave. The rule is 17 weeks that the mother must take, and a further 35 weeks that either parent can take (all for dad, all for mom, or split in any amount). All of that gets paid by Employment Insurance (a good fraction of your salary), and some employers will "top up" to a good 90+% of your salary.

My wife is taking the entire year, and may indeed only go back part-time when she's done. I'm taking tons of vacation time (I had 10+ weeks banked, so used 3.5 at birth, and will take more later). It sucks being away from her, but I get her a lot in the evenings.
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Taral-DLOS wrote:
We're in Canada, so we benefit from a full year of parental leave.


Wow! That is fantastic. It really amazes me that the United States standard is only 6 weeks. That is WAY too early for a mother to go back to work. For the 12 weeks I did take, none of it was paid. I was only able to get a supplemental income (60% of my salary) via short term disability that I had paid into. So really it was my money anyway. But that only covers 6 weeks, since that is the standard. Horrible.

Time to move to Canada! Very Happy

Addendum: For any of you looking to become parents in the United States, the situation surrounding maternity leave is disappointing at best. As stated, our standard is six weeks, but that's six weeks unpaid. Your employer may choose to pay you, but most won't. So be prepared to live on no income for six weeks, OR pay into a short term disability that is only going to cover 60% of your salary. But it's better than nothing.

Now, if you work for a qualifying company (it has to be a certain size and profession...I don't know all the details), you are allowed by law to take up to twelve weeks, which is what I did. But again that's unpaid. So again be prepared to have no income.

All of this is horrible. Now that I've just experienced it (and experienced the best possible combination of options we have here), it's horrible.

1. No mother is ready to go back to work at six weeks. Your body has only just finished recovering physically, and mentally you probably aren't there yet.

2. You have a new child in your life, things have drastically changed, but you're expected to pack up and head back to work like nothing happened.

3. Chances are, unless you have a miracle baby, your child isn't sleeping at night yet. I don't even mean sleeping through the night, I mean sleeping at all. So now you have to go back to work with absolutely no sleep. That's great for you and your employer.

4. Now how about sticking your kid in daycare? At six weeks old?! They are far too young for such an experience. But so many Americans have to do it simply because of finances.

5. And finally, what about just spending time with your child? I guess that isn't important.

So anyway...I'm not complaining about my own experience, it was the best it could be given our current maternity allowances. But it's so much worse for so many others. And this is all concerning maternity leave! There's almost no paternity leave to speak about. Fathers should get to spend time with their new child just as much as the mother. It's a sad situation. In my opinion.
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Yay Canada!
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Had a fantastic 1st Mother's Day with this handsome boy! Smile


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"Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold."


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Ok that onesie is just all sorts of awesomeness!
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Just got rid of my cellphone. I feel strangely liberated.
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