12 18 months

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on "self-weaning"? There's a small warmblood stud near where I live and the lady leaves the foals on their mothers until they are 12-18 months old (or whenever the mare has had enough lol). Each mare is only bred every second year. She says that the mares and foals are happier and less stressed.

Good in some cases if the horses actually stop nursing, sometimes the moms dont wean them and they are still nursing well into their first year. Even though Houdini was self weaned, i would have preferred to wean him the normal way. If you’ve seen horses never weaned ever from their mommas there is usually something very wrong with them and they are terrible to handle away from their mom. Thankfully i moved houdini before he got to that stage, it’s like having a buddy sour horse but 10x worse sometimes.


Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team.
Law Enforcement’s Tier 1 Counter-Terrorism unit.

The FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The HRT is trained to rescue American citizens and allies who are held hostage by hostile forces, usually terrorists and/or criminals. The Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and completed its final certification exercise in October 1983.

It was originally composed of 50 operators. However, this number has since increased to well over 90 full-time operators. The HRT commonly functions as a high-level national SWAT team in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations. Today, it is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and is based at the FBI Academy at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, in Stafford County, Virginia.

The primary roles of the HRT are hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Secondary roles of the HRT include:

- Apprehending barricaded subjects
- Executing helicopter operations and rescue missions
- Executing mobile assaults
- Performing high-risk raids, searches, arrests, and warrants
- Coordinating manhunt and rural operations
- Providing force protection for FBI personnel overseas

To a lesser extent, the HRT may deploy teams or individual operators to act as snipers, or to provide protective service details for certain high-profile federal witnesses or dignitaries. Teams provide support for missions overseas and support Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Teams at home and abroad perform typical law enforcement activities, such as making arrests, processing scenes for evidence recovery, and testifying in court.

The HRT has provided traditional law enforcement during hurricane relief operations, tactical surveys, and special events such as the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and political conventions.

Prospective HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a six-month initial training period known as “New Operator Training School” (“NOTS”), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Both the selection course and NOTS are near mirror images of the 1st SFOD-D (“Delta Force”) selection and training courses, with some minor adjustments for mission differences. Experienced HRT operators assigned to observer/sniper teams are sent to the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course. After successfully completing the course, they receive further instruction from HRT snipers. Maritime platoon operators are sent to a variety of maritime special operations courses, including Phase II of U.S. Navy BUD/S at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. HRT operators receive other specialized interoperability training from various U.S. Special Operations Command entities. HRT operators also conduct training with Allied nation counter-terrorism units such as the British SAS and German GSG-9.

When not operationally deployed, the HRT conducts full-time training for its members at various sites across the country. Two to three hours each day are set aside for physical training, a defensive tactics session, and combative training. One day a week is devoted to maintaining either perishable skills (such as fast roping, breaching, and photography) or specialized skills (such as mobile assaults, manhunt and rural operations), maritime operations, helicopter operations, parachuting, weapons of mass destruction training (provided by the United States Department of Energy), and cold weather operations. Three days are spent honing sniping or close quarters combat skills on the various training ranges available to the team. Biweekly, one day is allotted for gear maintenance. Discretionary time to be used by team leaders is built into the schedule. During a routine week of training, it is not unusual for HRT operators to fire 1,000 rounds of ammunition to keep their shooting skills honed. Every 12 to 18 months, the HRT also participates in at least one major combined exercise that may involve a variety of governmental entities, such as the FBI and the departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Three teams rotate through three 120-day cycles: training, operations, and support. During the training cycle, the team refreshes its skills and takes part in exercises, attends other courses, or trains with foreign and domestic units. During the operations cycle, the team is available for deployment (domestic or foreign). During the support cycle, the team works on special projects, maintains the HRT’s equipment, and conducts research.

The HRT is known to conduct joint training exercises and participate in exchange programs with US military units such as the US Army’s Combat Applications Group (otherwise known as 1st SFOD-D or Delta Force) or the U.S. Navy’s DEVGRU. The HRT routinely trains with other federal tactical teams such as the DEA’s FAST Team, the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit or the United States Capitol Police’s CERT. Occasionally the HRT trains with French GIGN, British SAS and Special Boat Service, Irish Garda ERU, the Australian SAS, German GSG 9, and other international units. In addition to the HRT’s own facilities, the HRT routinely uses private and 1st SFOD-D Delta Force shoot houses and ranges. The HRT has also been known to train at Camp Peary and Harvey Point.

anonymous asked:

Why do you think Snape keeps his hair long?

I love this question - because it’s such a curious thing that he keeps his hair fairly consistent throughout all of the times we see him in the series.

What’s interesting is that he has long hair, which is more difficult to maintain than a traditional male cut - and yet if the descriptions of it being greasy are accurate, he doesn’t seem to like looking after it - so why doesn’t he just cut it?

Two things that I think are important are that wizards seem to have longer hair more often than perhaps their Muggle counterparts.  That would explain Snape’s hair being longer when he was a kid - perhaps Eileen saw that as normal.  After all, the important points about his neglect are that his hair is dirty and overlong, not just long.

…and then, I think it’s important that Snape was a teenager in the 70s - where long hair on men was far more common even in the Muggle world.  I also think those early years of neglect mean that he doesn’t really see how terrible it is to have greasy hair - he’s used to it.

I also understand the logic of him having long hair when he’s spying, because those lank curtains are useful to hide behind.

…but what about those intervening years?  If he never cuts his hair, I think that possibly points to there being some sort of battle with his father - where his dad wanted him to cut his hair, and Snape refused.  This perhaps fits in with him believing (maybe from Eileen) that male wizards had long hair, and therefore, he doesn’t want to be like his dad and have short hair.

Most people deviate somewhat with their hair over the course of their life, although I’d guess it’s more common for men to have the same haircut as opposed to women - but it’s not impossible that he just maintained the same style.

Maybe he felt that long hair covered his features - perhaps he thought it helped his nose, or maybe he doesn’t like his ears…  Or maybe he maintains it with a spell, and doesn’t know how to deal with short hair?  Maybe he only knows how to trim the ends of long hair, so just gets on with it as it is?

Still, I have a semi-formed headcanon that he cut his hair short between 1981-1991 and then grew it back again by the time Harry was at school.  Chamber of Secrets is the first book where his hair is described as long (I think it’s shoulder length) - which is perfectly achievable over the course of 12-18 months, perhaps fitting in with him knowing that it was nearing the time he’d have to return to spying.

The one thing I was scared about happening to Robron = Robert cheating on Aaron with Rebecca.

How I feel now that worst thing has happened = upset, disappointed, angry with Robert for regressing so hard. I wanna give him a good slap. I want him to know it’s not OK, and I won’t take this lying down. But I still love him, and I can see what drove him there, and I can see how much he’s hurting, and I can see how sorry he is, and I can tell how this is different to whenever he’s cheated before, and I know he would never do this again in a million years, because he’s realised what he has to lose now. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get past it, and I believe in his ability to learn from his mistakes now and to grow, especially seeing the progress he’s made in the last 12-18 months. And I will forgive him, in time. 

The one thing Aaron was scared about happening with Robert = Robert cheating on him with Rebecca…

Can you see what I’m getting at?

Hey let’s take a quick trip down Memory lane, shall we?

Mad World: 3 year dev cycle

Bayonetta: 2.5 year dev cycle

Vanquish: 3 year dev cycle

Metal Gear Rising: 18 month dev cycle

Bayonetta 2: 2 year dev cycle

Wonderful 101: 2 year dev cycle

Korra and Transformers: 12-18 month dev cycle

Ninja Turtles: 8-12 month dev cycle

Nier Automata: 2 year dev cycle


I’m sure that doesn’t matter, I’m sure it doesn’t matter at all.

Developmental Milestones


From Birth-12 months of age

1 month–they can lift up their head

2 month–they can smile in response to faces

4-6 months–form a bond with caregiver, and can recognize familiar faces

6 months–develops stranger anxiety, they can sit up, roll over, and they can pass toys from one hand to the other 

8 months–They crawl

9 months–they develop object permanence (they know objects that are hidden are still there), separation anxiety develops

10 months–they can stand, and develop pincer grasp 

12 months–they can point at objects 

12-18 months–they can walk without assistance

Certain reflexes will disappear as they get older:

3 months: Moro reflex disappears (Moro reflex: when they are startled, they extend their arms and legs)

4 months: Rooting reflex disappears (when you stroke the side of a baby’s cheek, they look for nipple) 

6 months: Palmar reflex disappears (infant reflexively grasp fingers placed in its hand)

12 months: Babinski reflex disappears (in response to brushing the sole of the baby’s foot, the big toe dorsiflexes) 

anonymous asked:

Oooh you're a nursing student? Can I ask what that's like and if you like it? I'm contemplating going to school for it <3 ty!

I’m still finishing up my associate’s in preparation for the actual LPN program, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be, college is literally high school with more freedom 👌😩 when I begin the program next spring I’ll keep y'all updated!

I’m back at court for Ray’s permanency hearing, take 2. His dad was assigned a new public defender.

I chatted with his mom and dad a bit more this time. His mom asked me what kinds of clothes Ray sleeps in, so that was a good 90 seconds of chatting. She brought in a bunch of clothes for him, but I’m not sure any of them will fit - I wrestled him into a size 18-month polo-shirt onesie and size 12-18 month shorts this morning. It’s like he’s growing a size every week!

They were thrilled to hear how well he did for the Easter Bunny and how happy and good natured he is. I told them about how he loves to play with toys on the floor and is getting better at sitting - even when he falls over, it’s more controlled now.

They’ve just gone out into the hall together, so back to silent waiting for me…

Interesting Facts About Hyenas:

  • Hyenas vary in size. Largest are spotted hyenas with 35 inches in height and 90 pounds in weight. Smallest are aardwolves with 20 inches in height and 60 pounds in weight.
  • Females are larger and more dominant than males.
  • Hyenas live in territorial and large clans that can consist of up to 80 members. Aardwolves are solitary animals that gather only during mating season.
  • They are both hunters and scavengers (they eat carrions).
  • Aardwolf eats termites.
  • They are nocturnal animals (hunt at night).
  • Hyenas mark their territory with white droppings produced in the anal gland. This substance has a strong smell and it informs other hyenas that territory is already occupied.
  • Hyenas use various sounds, postures and signals to communicate with each other.
  • One of the most characteristic sounds that hyena produce is laughter. This sound alerts other hyenas that new food source is located.
  • Worst enemies of hyenas are lions and hunting dogs. Hyenas are cannibals. They may attack and eat other hyenas, especially when they are young.
  • Male and female hyenas look alike and have very similar genitals, but they are not hermaphrodites (animals that may act both as males and as females at the same time). Only female hyena gives birth and takes care of her cubs.
  • After mating season, it takes 90-110 days for babies to be born. One female gets 2-4 cubs and she takes care of them in the “natal den” (special den reserved only for mother with cubs) for 4 weeks.
  • Cubs fight with each other to establish dominance and achieve best feeding position or desired order of feeding. This fight might end up fatally.
  • Mother feeds cubs with milk 12-18 month, but they will start eating meat as soon as they reach 5th month.
  • Hyenas live 10-12 years in the wild and up to 25 years in captivity.

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on neutering at around 12-18 months? Do you think it's a good compromise? :) (if you don't want to deal with what this might start, then don't bother answering - I'm just curious - but it's not worth you getting hate)

My opinion is that if you’re going to neuter; 12-18 months for little dogs and 18-24 months for big dogs would be the youngest I personally would do. However, that said, because I currently own a dog that is not neutered and not allowed to be neutered without breeder permission, Creed will not be neutered until he is old and already going into surgery for something else or until he develops a health problem easily solved by neutering. If that never happens, then he will never be neutered.

NextDog it depends as she will likely be a bitch. If I get a retired show dog, she will likely have already been spayed by her breeder, so the point is moot. If I get a puppy, then it will depend if she is co-owned for breeder breeding purposes (in which case she doesn’t get spayed until her breeder says so) or if I own her outright (in which case she will be spayed at ~4-6 years old for pyo prevention as the risk spikes around that age). If I get a rescue, she will have been spayed by the rescue, so again the point is moot.

Remember that I am not a breeder, so my dogs are not being kept intact because I want to breed them. They are being kept intact until there is a significant health benefit to put them through surgery, which has always been my stance for all non-essential medical procedures.

You know what… I’m proud of Louis. 

 Louis was never my fave. I never tried to pass him off as my fave. And he’s still not my fave, because Niall Horan holds that crown – but, my goodness, I have so much respect for Louis Tomlinson. 

 The other day he said that he doesn’t know if it’s true, but that he likes to think that fatherhood has made him more mature. And he’s fucking right, because it as. Yes, he’s still a guy and he likes to party and he likes to do dumb shit, probably, but he’s matured so much over the last 12-18 months – since finding out that he was going to be a father, since raising his precious son. He’s grown up. He’s become a man. He’s a man who loves his son. He’s a man who’s proud of his son. And he’s become a man who doesn’t give a fuck what gross people say about him – or about his son – anymore. 

Once upon a time he would have lashed out at the truly horrendous comments about his baby boy, but instead he focuses on staying positive. Instead, he focuses on thanking people for their lovely, sweet comments. But more than that, he focuses on his son and loving his son and protecting his son and wanting what’s best for his son. 

 He hasn’t cared what Larries think of him for a long time. And he’s just proved to me, today, that he doesn’t care what Larries think of his relationship with his son – and that’s, no doubt, because he’s too busy loving Freddie Reign Tomlinson to care. 

 That’s love, y'all. And I have so much respect for that.

anonymous asked:

hey em, i've recently been recovering from super disordered eating patterns (due to extreme stress at university) and my appetite has literally skyrocketed. i'm aware of the re-feeding process your body can go through after being neglected nutrition for a long period of time but I was wondering if it will ever level out? I'm vegan too and try to always eat whole foods but it's such a huge increase in appetite that i was a little concerned. thank you so much xx

It definitely levels out! For me I had a HUGE appetite for I’d say about 12-18 months at least, like you do notttttt understand the amount of food I could put away when I first went vegan. Every single day I was easily eating way more than my boyfriend at the time. But my appetite has slowly become less and less, and these days I’d say I eat a more “normal” amount of food x

anonymous asked:


🔮: Any paranormal experiences?

Okay well I don’t know if this really counts bc it’s just me assuming things but I use to work at a preschool and I swear my classroom was haunted. My classroom was for 12-18 month olds and we would always see them talking to the outlets in the wall or going back into this like nook and talking to the wall, well babbling but still. Oh and sometimes they would move toy buckets off the shelves and crawl into the shelf and start talking. Sometimes they would just stare up at the lights and giggle or something. It was weird. 

Unsolicited Advice

Although I am not “active” on Tumblr anymore - I watch you all soar, transform, and triumph. I check in daily. I may be a silent observer, but I see you, I applaud you, I admire you.

Nearing three years post op Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, I am old news. A broken record of disordered eating and exercise addiction. Stagnant. A participant of non-consensual maintenance. I don’t feel like I have much to contribute.

Tonight, like most nights, I’m awake. Staring at my ceiling. Ruminating thoughts fighting slumber.

This is on my mind:

Looking back on the past three years, my biggest weight loss surgery mistake, my deepest regret is the emphasis I placed on the "honeymoon period.” The notion that the bulk of my success would only be achieved in the first 12-18 months following surgery put me on mission with a vengeance. All or nothing. Tunnel vision. No room for living. No room for moderation. I followed my diet to a T. I exercised consistently. I put all of my effort and passion into winning this race. My hobbies fell to the wayside. I lost myself. I sacrificed everything, but I never reached that illusive goal weight. I was a mere six pounds shy. I never recovered and I’m left with an internal clock that is wound too tight. Constantly ticking. A driving force of anxiety.

Sometimes I weigh 184 pounds, sometimes I weigh 200. Regardless of where I fall on the spectrum my body fat percentage is in the normal range, my resting heart rate is classified “Athlete” and I have the most goddamn beautiful quads. This should be the validation I need to consider myself a success, but it’s not. When I reflect on my journey as a whole I don’t exclaim “I lost 179 pounds!” Instead my mind says “Why can’t you lose those last 14-30 pounds?”    

Using beratement as motivation is a dangerous, dangerous thing. This tactic was ultimately more destructive than the prior habits that initiated my weight loss journey. You may reach the numeric and physical goals you set for yourself, but you run the risk of never feeling satisfied. Your success will never be enough.      

I am a firm believer in “You Do You,” but sometimes I slip and fall prey to human nature and assert my opinions where they don’t belong. This is one of those times. 

So here it is. I am unapologetically giving you my unsolicited advice:

Be kind to yourself. Be gentle. For every ounce of pressure you put on yourself to succeed, double those efforts to love yourself. You are kind. You are worthy. Show yourself the grace and compassion you extend to others.

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anonymous asked:

What type of schooling is required to become a registered nurse?

There’s a few types, depending on what you’re planning on doing and where you may want to work.

It still exists, but it is going away quickly: certificate/diploma RNs. Back in the day, a large amount of nurses were trained in hospital, and not taught “formally”. 

Associate’s degree RNs: a 1.5 to 2.5 year program (or a 12 to 18 month bridge if you’ve previously gotten your LPN license) that gives you more or less all the things you need to pass the NCLEX. If your area has mostly Magnet hospitals (or hospitals striving to become Magnet designated) you may have difficulty finding a job, because they must have a certain amount of Bachelor degree RNs.

Bachelors degree RN: your typical 4 year degree in nursing. May make it easier to find hospital work and/or managerial type work. Basically everything you learned in an ADN, plus english, algebra, and electives to round out your education. It is worthwhile to note that many people get their ADN and begin working as a nurse while they complete an RN-to-BSN course to get their Bachelor’s degree.

Accelerated Bachelors/2nd degree Bachelors: This is becoming more common. If you already have a Bachelors degree in a different field, you can take an “accelerated” course to become an RN. These programs are usually 1 to 1.5 years and move extremely fast.


No matter which route you take, you must pass the NCLEX-RN to become a real-live registered nurse. 

This was a quick and dirty run-through, but I hope it helps a little :)