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I bought this for my daughter in law to give to my stepson for Christmas. He loved it, and upgraded to the bigger one, so he gave this one to me. My wife found out you can play Words With Friends with people the world over, so now I rarely get a chance to use it.
It's more than a game pad, however. The limitless apps you can get make it a productive tool. My wife has weather trackers, shopping reminders, games, books, magazines, and even Facebook on "my" Kindle Fire. She accesses the web, chats with friends, reads the news, and reads her email.
The Kindle Fire is really nice. I'm thinking about getting myself one.
SCD gave me my life back and completely cured me of my ulcerative colitis. I have 2 clear colonoscopies to confirm that I no longer suffer from UC. I have been well now for about 5 years and am now cautiously introducing some non SCD foods.
I came down with UC in 2003 after the birth of my son. The meds i was given helped but did not stop me from having flares and they seemed to become less effective over time. It reached the point where every day of my life was ruled by my gut and i was continually tormented with symptoms. I found discussion about SCD on the internet. After reading a book by Raman Prasad called Colitis and Me i was so convinced that SCD had helped him, that I decided to give it a go.
I noticed a positive effect after about 3 weeks. After several months I was completely fine and stupidly decided to re-introduce some non SCD foods. I continued to be fine for several months and then had the flare from hell. I re-introduced full SCD but it took ages to get that flare under control. I was continuing with meds throughout this time. After having such a horrible flare I was completely committed to SCD and plugged away with it. I had another flare even though i was compliant with SCD, however it turned out that this flare was the last flare I ever had. After working through that flare I have been in good health for about 5 years now. I have had 2 colonoscopies each separated by 2 years and each completely clear. I have now ceased taking the small remission dose of medication that I used to take and continue to be well.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that SCD is what healed me (however I think it helped to also continue with meds until completely well and beyond for a while). A cynic reading this might say that maybe I just got better on the medication, but I know the SCD was critical because I know how much better I felt on the food - I could feel how this food was more digestible and gave me a fighting chance. I also know how poorly I was doing on the meds before I introduced SCD into my arsenal.
I think the most important thing for someone trying SCD to remember is that it may not work instantly and you may still have flares in the early stages. UC is a tough disease and it took your body a long time to get sick so it may take a long time to get well too. If you persist through ups and downs hopefully you will have the same perfect result that I did. It's also important to pay attention to how foods affect you specifically and avoid any foods that you can't digest (even though SCD legal) until your digestion improves. In my case I could not handle raw fruit other than ripe bananas for a long time but cooked was OK. Also, during a flare I could not handle almond meal baking. The first type of nut product I could handle was nut butter (pecan or macadamia) - because it is smooth there were no rough bits to bother my inflamed gut. Over time I progressed and was gradually able to handle all SCD foods - even lentils and beans.
After many years of good health I am now cautiously experimenting with SCD illegal foods - treats like chocolate and icecream. No problems, however I am still cautious.
I would like to thank Elaine for all her hard work and selflessness in studying and writing her book so she should spread the word about what she had learned through her daughter.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my UPPAbaby VISTA (2012 model, in Drew-- tangerine with graphite black frame). Dare I say, this is a sexy stroller.
My daughter is 16 months old now, and really enjoys this stroller. It was beneficial to have the seat facing me while was younger, and now that she is older the seat is forward-facing. As many people have mentioned, it is a huge advantage to have several different options for seat recline. And the basket.... oh my gosh the basket! I have upset many people at Target when they get in line behind me thinking I'll be quick since I don't have a shopping cart...wrong! I can load up the under storage basket with SO MUCH STUFF!!!
Another MAJOR advantage of this stroller is the weight distribution. I can have my diaper bag and a few other grocery bags hanging from the handle bar (I have the Might Buggy hooks--another great product, FYI), and the stroller DOES NOT TIP OVER. It's helpful because I can load my daughter into the car first, and then worry about putting the bags into the car (whereas with our previous stroller I would have to put bags away first before taking my daughter out of the stroller, otherwise it would tip over).
There are several other positive features about this stroller, as many other users have mentioned, such as the very smooth ride (don't have to worry about putting air in the tires either); great air circulation; extended canopy; foot brake; easily adjustable harness; option to add rumble seat for 2nd child; etc.
There are two things that my husband loves about this stroller: 1) the handle bar is height adjustable (he is 6'3"), and 2) the black/orange color combination.
This stroller is HEAVY. We live in Chicago, but very rarely take the train or bus (and would not take this stroller even if we did). If you have to rely on public transportation, this stroller is not for you--it will kill your back! Just lifting it in and out of our SUV's trunk sometimes hurts my lower back if I don't remember to "lift with my legs."
Overall, the UPPAbaby VISTA is on the pricey end, but is worth every penny in my opinion, especially when compared to its competitors.
I didn't have much to sort out for my beneficiaries, so I decided to give this software a try. And in less than a day, I was able to create & print 4 separate documents (will, health care directive, power or attorney, & final arrangements), and felt tremendously relieved when that was all done.
Everyone is complaining about the DRM and the limited activation when the game is about spore. I thought the game was very well made and creative. Unlike most games this game can be played for endless amounts of hours with diffent things to do, create, and explore. I have over 100 creations and have played 20+ hours altogher on the game and I am still amazed at what there is to create and see in the game. Also even though there is limited activations why would you need to download it to multiple computer in one house. Finally itunes has a limited amount of activations for one account as well and there isn't nearly as much complaining about that as spore even though it is the same problem. I also can wait for Spore Galatic Adventures to come out, it will add even more possibilities to the game