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- BF/EBF (breastfeeding/exclusive breastfeeding) Lately I've been reading about low milk supply & strategies to help. This is part of planning for the birth of our little girl in September. I'm hoping to avoid the BFing struggles I had with Sprout.
- ASAP (I don't need to gloss this one, right?) A classic, applicable to practically everything, I feel like I've been saying & typing this one a lot lately, with assignments due a few weeks ago, new freelance writing clients, not to mention my job search for PR work. Which leads me into my next item on the list:
- PR (public relations) I've just finished the certificate program in public relations, during which I probably used this particular acronym at least a gazillion times.
- SFU (Simon Fraser University) just finished there & have spent at least 14 semesters there over the past decade & a half. I completed my undergraduate degree there (Bachelor of Arts in French) plus an ESL teaching certificate in 2001. After nearly a decade teaching ESL, I decided to change directions & took a number of courses in Linguistics & Psychology between 2010 & 2012. When I realized that it would take me years to get all the prerequisites & the perfect grades to get into the Speech Pathology Masters Degree Program at UBC (sorry, another acronym) I decided to rethink my plan. When I found out about the PR program at SFU, it seemed like a really good fit. So here I am, with yet another certification from SFU.
- NDP (New Democratic Party) I've gotten some temporary work making fundraising calls for the NDP until the election May 14th. Every time I actually connect with a human being, I introduce myself with this acronym & ask members & past supporters for donations. Sometimes it even works!
- TMI (too much information) I've seen so much news coverage of various gory tragedies lately. When I know it's fiction, like the TV show Bones, I don't mind at all. But when I know that the image is showing real human suffering, I just need to say TMI & look away. On a lighter note, this acronym also gets thrown around our house a lot when dealing with diapers. I'm going to be really happy if we can manage to have just one child in diapers by September.
- TTYL (talk to you later) This is probably the only 'textism' that I regularly use. Though I am a pretty prolific texter (well, maybe not compared to some teenagers) I actually tend to type out my words in full, rarely using U, R, 2, 4, etc in place of you, are, to/too, for when I'm texting or tweeting.
- RSVP-(pop quiz--can you actually tell me what this one stands for?) Not to brag, but we've been getting lots of invites to things lately, it seems.
- EI (Employment Insurance) One of my goals this summer, besides finding a PR position ASAP, is to work enough hours to qualify for EI by September. Maternity/Parental EI, specifically. For my American readers, if you didn't know, Canadians get up to 50 weeks of leave after the birth of a child, care of the government EI program. To qualify, you need to have worked at least 600 hours in the past year. I'll be cutting it close this summer, but if I can qualify, it will make a HUGE difference to our family to have paid leave for a year.
- TLDR (too long; didn't read) Here's hoping you didn't think this in your head before reaching #10 on my list... ;)
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