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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Boyfriend/spouse with ADHD? --any advice/suggestions? on: September 21, 2005 03:05:04 PM
I know this isn't exactly crafty, but I do need some help.  My boyfriend of three years has ADHD, and is consistently forgetting things, procrastinating, not completing chores, et cetera.  And, though I love him fiercely, this is starting to be a big issue -- exacerbated by the fact that I'm not the most organized girl, myself (in fact, it's likely that I have ADD and was never diagnosed). 

I've just started researching ADHD (well, giving it more than a cursory look-over) and have found almost nothing relating to the spouses of adults with ADD/ADHD.  Everything is for diagnosis, or for kids and parents -- except for a few studies that make the whole thing seem rather bleak.   Embarrassed  And there is absolutely NOTHING on couples where both partners are affected.

So!  Who has any experience dealing with ADHD in adults?  Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the frustration and burnout?  Does anyone know of any support groups?  Experience with medication?

Also!  What are some quick (or fast-paced), relatively easy, manly-type crafts to involve him in?  What kinds of organizational things can I (or we) make?




Rest assured that I am not relying on you fine Craftsters to take the place of any kind of medical professionals.
I just want to know if anyone else has been here, and maybe get some feedback and suggestions.
This is also posted to the Misc. Topics board, for lack of a better place.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Boyfriend/spouse with ADHD? -or- Help us stay organized!!! on: September 21, 2005 03:02:46 PM
I know this isn't exactly crafty, but I do need some help.  My boyfriend of three years has ADHD, and is consistently forgetting things, procrastinating, not completing chores, et cetera.  And, though I love him fiercely, this is starting to be a big issue -- exacerbated by the fact that I'm not the most organized girl, myself (in fact, it's likely that I have ADD and was never diagnosed). 

I've just started researching ADHD (well, giving it more than a cursory look-over) and have found almost nothing relating to the spouses of adults with ADD/ADHD.  Everything is for diagnosis, or for kids and parents -- except for a few studies that make the whole thing seem rather bleak.   Embarrassed  And there is absolutely NOTHING on couples where both partners are affected.

So!  Who has any experience dealing with ADHD in adults?  Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the frustration and burnout?  Does anyone know of any support groups?  Experience with medication?

Also!  What are some quick (or fast-paced), relatively easy, manly-type crafts to involve him in?  What kinds of organizational things can I (or we) make?




Rest assured that I am not relying on you fine Craftsters to take the place of any kind of medical professionals.
I just want to know if anyone else has been here, and maybe get some feedback and suggestions.
This is also posted to the Bath&Beauty board, for lack of a better place.
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Name swap! sign up: sign up closed. send out by August 30th on: September 20, 2005 09:00:52 AM
I was just getting ready to PM you about this. 

But yes!  That is definitely fine by me.   Smiley
~ Lila
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: cupcake recipes on: September 17, 2005 11:26:54 AM
I love cupcakes.  Little cakelets of joy...  mmmmmm.

Recently, my favorite thing to do with them (since I almost never use proper icing - too sweet) is to cut them into layers (usually just three) and spread a bit of warmed jam on the layers,then reassemble.  Ta-Dah! Miniature layer cakes!  When made with devil's food cupcakes and strawberry jam, it's just amazing. 

If you want to get really fancy, you could ice them after assembly.  I think a thin icing of white chocolate ganache (melted choc. with a bit of milk or cream, so it stays soft and.. creamy) and a sprinkling of toasted almond slices would be incredible.

Now I want to make little fancy cupcakes!  *goes off to play in the kitchen*
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Good culinary schools? Recommendations, advice, etc - please! on: September 17, 2005 10:54:11 AM
Wow!  It's great to see other foodie Craftsters on here.  I've been cooking since I was about twelve (baking since 15) and I love it.  I love feeding my family and friends; I love the smells, the tastes, the way different ingredients interact with each other, and the getting dirty, haha.  I love mixing my ingredients by hand!  (My mom begs me bake her cookies when I visit, haha!)

So, I've been cooking for years and loving it for years and I sort of only recently realized it.  I've been doing a lot of aimless bouncing around lately (after finishing my rather inconsequential AFA), and then...  HEY!  Culinary school!!  That's a GREAT idea!!!

My only problem is, I have no idea how to go about researching good culinary schools.  I know my art schools really well, but I'm not in high school any more -- no access to a library of college catalogues, no helpful teachers, just me all by my lonesome with no-where to start.  I can Google to my heart's content, but that doesn't tell me much about how good the schools are.

Can anyone recommend some reputable culinary schools?  Does anyone know which ones are considered the best?  I live near Tampa, Florida but I may be willing to move....  (Albeit a little reluctantly, and the DBF has a bit to do with it, too.)
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Culinary Arts.... on: September 17, 2005 10:52:48 AM
Wow!  It's great to see other foodie Craftsters on here.  I've been cooking since I was about twelve (baking since 15) and I love it.  I love feeding my family and friends; I love the smells, the tastes, the way different ingredients interact with each other, and the getting dirty, haha.  I love mixing my ingredients by hand!  (My mom begs me bake her cookies when I visit, haha!)

So, I've been cooking for years and loving it for years and I sort of only recently realized it.  I've been doing a lot of aimless bouncing around lately (after finishing my rather inconsequential AFA), and then...  HEY!  Culinary school!!  That's a GREAT idea!!!

My only problem is, I have no idea how to go about researching good culinary schools.  I know my art schools really well, but I'm not in high school any more -- no access to a library of college catalogues, no helpful teachers, just me all by my lonesome with no-where to start.  I can Google to my heart's content, but that doesn't tell me much about how good the schools are.

Can anyone recommend some reputable culinary schools?  Does anyone know which ones are considered the best?  I live near Tampa, Florida but I may be willing to move....  (Albeit a little reluctantly, and the DBF has a bit to do with it, too.)

This has been posted as a new thread, too, for maximum feedback.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff for our SI (Signup 9-12 to 9-19) Send by 10/20 on: September 16, 2005 09:11:56 PM
Heehee...  and mine would adore a pair of fingerless gloves/wristwarmers.  (He does computer stuff at a HUGE corporation, so he basically works in a refridgerator.)

I can definitely make those! I have a bunch of awesome patterns I've been meaning to try. So excited!...

Hooray!  That's so rad!   Grin
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm ready, I'm set... but where to go? (newbie knitter patterns?) on: September 16, 2005 06:23:07 PM
Haha, I screwed up the last post. Anyway, I wanted to tell you I haven't got trillian yet, but I got MSN, same address/username.

RAWK!

Not to be a nag, but do you have any idea about the ribbing/casting-on bit?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm ready, I'm set... but where to go? (newbie knitter patterns?) on: September 16, 2005 06:13:41 PM
Heeeeeyy...  if I wanted to do a 2x3 rib (k2, p3), I would cast on in multiples of 5, right?

I'm thinking about trying those armwarmers again in the yummy boucle, and I'd like the ribs to have some definitions.  Also, it would be stretchier (and therefore, fit my big forearm / small wrist combo better).

Oh!  Also, I've been using the continental CO.  Partly because it's way, way easy and fast, and also because it stretches.  Is there another style of casting on that stretches more?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: putting holes in shells on: September 16, 2005 05:52:04 PM
Be very, very careful drilling shells.  The vapor/dust that some of them put off can be very toxic.
I believe I've been told that professionals typically drill shells under water, to protect against that.

Unfortunately, beyond that random safety tip, I'm not much help.   Undecided
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