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  2. I rarely, rarely buy an actual physical movie anymore. Sometimes I buy a digital one on Amazon because it's the only option available and we want to watch it, but not necessarily because I want to watch it again. For very special movies or Christmas traditions, we might buy a DVD. But more and more, we buy even those on digital.
  3. Could a passenger record while it is making the sound? Is it loud enough to show up?
  4. I'm praying a cure is found soon. I wonder if we're ever at Mayo neurology at the same time... we're there all the time. Thank you for being an advocate!
  5. If you can afford a laptop, fine. When my dd entered college, she/we chose a chromebook. It was perfect for her. She had it all four years of college. It might not work so well depending on your degree and if a particular software is required. For my dd, she could do everything she needed to do and felt good about saving money. For browsing the internet, writing papers, things like that, it worked seamlessly. I don't know if colleges have certain academic sites that require other types of computers though.
  6. I'm happy they're home for the summer (DD feels the opposite; I don't even make her do much with them). I don't want them to be in school; I just needed them to be (or thought I did? No clue). I was breaking down pretty badly and did need the mental and emotional break, one way or another. It also helped us all start getting up at the crack of dawn, which I like. The past few months have shown me a lot of traps I was falling into, and there's been a lot of evaluation going on--what would I do differently if we could start over, what can we do differently going forward? What are my must haves for self care? How can I keep track of all these perennial to-dos that are never to-done? What do I really have to let go? So on and so forth. And I agree, school is highly inconvenient; I have felt much busier while they've been in school than I did beforehand. I have no idea how families have two working parents and kids in school and do all the things. I will say, though, this house stayed soooo much cleaner and tidier these past two months. Something needs to give there, or I need to get over the idea that my house can be clean and tidy with kids and dogs in it.
  7. Before I read your entire post, I was thinking wheel bearings. So, I'm glad you're having them checked. The one time we had a wheel bearing problem, the sound did go away when under a certain speed limit. I hadn't had my car checked yet though and didn't know how serious it was, and one day, the entire piece that holds both front tires -- axel? (sorry, I'm not good at naming car parts) separated and fell off. Fortunately, I was just in the public library parking lot. I'm so grateful I wasn't on the freeway. I had my two babies with me. Please have your wheel bearings checked, just in case!
  8. Did they check the lug nuts on your tires? I had my tires changed and then a noise started that only happened on the highway. The lug nut must have flown off because the noise stopped and all the lug nuts had been intact when we started the trip.
  9. I've been thinking about this thread. I think I'm coming to the conclusion that having a large family necessarily does take some things away from our children BUT I'm also convinced that there are innumerable blessings in having a large family as well. I can't read so often to my younger children as I did with my older children but my younger children have so many more companions. I've noticed that when my older children were young I had more time for special projects but I also controlled much more of what they did. Now with my young children it's the opposite; I don't have time for all the projects but I allow them much more freedom because I just need them to be busy. My parenting style is completely different but I think that my children are better off now. They do get short changed in some ways but I really do think that it's worth it, even from their perspective.
  10. Yay! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I just finished listening to it this afternoon as I was cleaning out my garage. I liked it and the narrator did all the different voices so well. Hoping one of my daughters will want to read it, too! Robin, I'm sorry for your family's loss.
  11. The mechanic called and is going to have us come tomorrow morning and drive the car for him, to see if we can get it to make the noise. I'm impressed, honestly. Started piecing DS's quilt. Yay!!! Going with DH to pick up stuff for his plan for dinner (homemade pizza.....to go with How to Train Your Dragon.....makes sense, no??? LOL!) otherwise calling it quits for the night
  12. Oh, also, no water bottles. If it hadn't done it both with & without kids in the car, I'd wonder if it wasn't random kid noise. It's not. I did also check if there was anything in the glove box, etc., that could be rolling around; nothing there, either, that I could find. If it does turn out to be the bumper or something, I wonder how that works.....all of that was paid by my insurance (the wreck was my fault; we paid the deductible) and the work was done at the dealership and it's less than 6 months ago......I really don't want to have to pay to fix something that should have been fixed correctly when they did all of that.......
  13. I read this a couple years ago and had the same reaction! Sue was annoying and the plot just about beat the reader over the head with its obviousness. For some reason I gave it 3 and a half stars on Goodreads? I really should change my rating as I scowl every time I think of that book.
  14. We did get down and look the first time it made the noise; cannot see anything underneath that is loose, and I had the whole front bumper "unit" (more than just the bumper, down to the area behind the radiator) replaced in....I think October-ish? November-ish?, when I had a wreck. So.....unless they did a very bad job (conceivable, I suppose), that would be odd, right? For something to be loose? But we did look underneath, because it did at first sound like something knocking against the underneath of the frame. We cannot see anything, and they cannot see anything that might be causing it. (we have it at the dealership....) Also, it just had the 90K mile tune up/check up within the last few months, so it's either something not on that checklist, or something that changed drastically since. Tire wear seems.....I don't know. DH didn't seem concerned; tires are exactly 1 yr old/18K miles old more or less. The guy today said "we will need to look at your tires, they are getting close...." but didn't seem to think they need replaced *today* or anything. And dealership "getting close" is different than normal person "getting close," in our experience. I have suggested to DH that if I stay on the feeder instead of the highway, &/or take the back way everywhere, and thus just don't drive 70mph, problem solved. He has suggested that perhaps the problem will still be there, we just won't hear it, so does not find that a viable option. Hmph. (I am actually not keen to have to avoid the highway; we live "down the highway" from everything, so this is not especially feasible w/o adding a LOT of time to our various drives places). No steering wheel shake, alignment is not off, no pulling, no excess vibrating, etc. Nothing strange except the noise. It took me a few weeks of it happening to connect the dots as to speed being a factor (and at that point I then noted down as many details as possible: running about 2K RPMs, about half-way on the temp gauge, and once it begins, if you slow down, it stops, if you speed up, it usually comes back, but the longer it does it, the slower you have to slow down in order for it to stop; it does not always come back, though, once you get it to stop). Read about wheel bearings and steering towards/away from the sound to see if that triggers it; it does not seem to trigger it. No idea what a tie rod is, LOL! I am so very not a car person. I'll put that on the list to ask the guy. The ass't manager called me back to ask if we can be available to come drive him around in it until it makes the noise, because a tech drove it, no luck; he drove it himself, for 20 miles, no luck. He wants us to come drive it in the morning and see if we can get it to happen and point it out to him when it does so they can get to the bottom of it. I am beyond impressed that he's willing to do that (I had joked to DH, "I really want to just tell them, get in the car, when it makes the noise, I'll let you know..." because I didn't want them saying they couldn't find it and giving up.....so I'm really pleased the guy asked that, himself, rather than give up). I think they maybe don't want the liability of driving a customer car at 70 mph on the highway, for 10+ minutes or so until it starts making noise. Works for me.
  15. When we were looking at cabins, there was one that had a wine closet. It was very long and narrow, and had wine racks from floor to ceiling. It was on the ground floor and had no outside walls, so the climate control system was never really stressed.
  16. I would get a standard laptop, not a chromebook for college. Chromebooks are great for other uses.
  17. MCT Grammar Island and Sentence Island are really great for seeing the "big picture" of grammar and sentence construction. It might help your kids see why they have been memorizing all those definitions. It's a bit expensive if you buy the whole curriculum, but you can just get the teacher's manual of GI and SI to test it out. There are also free samples on the website. I modified some of the activities by printing out some Montessori symbols for the parts of speech and having my son label the exercise sentences with the symbols instead of writing it all out. I suppose that is a bit like the Winston approach, although, I haven't used Winston myself.
  18. There wasn't an option for multiple choices, so I buy DVDs, Blu-rays, Amazon digital, Redbox that never get returned so I buying them, and VHS from the thrift store because yes, we still have a vcr and I rent movies from Amazon and Netflix.
  19. Wildcat

    wallpaper?

    I despise wallpaper. As a child of the 70s and 80s, I grew up with it on nearly every wall. In the 90s, I hung it in my own house. Since I had helped my mother remove tons and tons of it over the years, I made sure to prime the walls well. It didn't work. When I took that paper down several years later, it peeled off in four layers: the design, the paper, the glue, and the top layer (and then some!) of wallboard with my primer. The walls were horrible with chunks coming off. It was the stuff of nightmares. I will never be convinced that the newfangled easy-to-remove paper will be any better years down the road when people are ready to peel it off. I will not buy a house with wallpaper in it if it's in more than a small powder room. Sadly, several homes I've recently seen online have it in all the rooms (from the 90s and 2000s) and they are asking top dollar, so it's not like they are acknowledging it might be a turn off. I don't even know how much it would cost to pay to have it removed so I just close the tabs and move on to the next house. I'm not going to get started on negotiations over wallpaper removal. Ugh. I can honestly say that reading this thread has brought up feelings I thought had been long buried!! Wallpaper is one of the "three never again" items for me. The other two are bell-bottom jeans and perms.
  20. My state was considering ending 3rd grade reading retention. 40% are struggling readers. While 27% had low enough scores to be held back, half of that group were ESL or a student with disabilities. The program is fairly new and they haven’t had much time to fully see results, but an independent audit said 87% of schools have seen better reading scores. This article also says 90% (!!) of high school dropouts struggled in reading in 3rd grade yet at the same time retained students have a “significantly increased” chance to dropout. The NV plan sounds pretty good. Too bad we don’t have the teachers and specialists to support it https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/threat-of-mass-retention-looms-large-over-nevadas-ambitious-read-by-grade-3-program
  21. Didn't she say that it isn't a phrase she hears in her regional dialect except for these few times? That makes it seem less likely that it is a colloquialism used to make everyone comfortable. We have frequent messages for our one in school that surprise me. "He needs more juices. We teached the alphabets today." There is a strong regional dialect here, but my son is an ESL student and we don't plan to live here forever. I would rather he learn English without the distinct dialect. It is definitely also educational level here though. We think our son's para might be illiterate. It's nothing about anyone's worth as a person, but it does influence whether or not the kids learn what they need to.
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  23. Ugh. Choosing paint colors is awful. I'm so over it. I'd choose something that compliments both the color of the travertine and hardwood. Are you wanting one color throughout your house or different colors? And I don't like either dark green or gray! LOL. I also prefer warmer colors, but I also think certain colors do better in certain areas. For instance, the love affair with all things gray. Florida houses near the beach with gray walls, gray counters, and gray backsplashes just look odd. And depressing. + 1 on the colors look different in different rooms. I have one color in my current home and each room looks different depending on the time of day and even the season. I would suggest a color swatch on *each wall* in each room and view it on sunny days, cloudy days, at night with lights on, etc. Yes. I like your description in another post about which shade, too, especially for a home in the PNW. Something that isn't drab but isn't bright. I also don't like bright colors in houses. Maybe 'muted' is the word I'm looking for.
  24. DD14 suffered from almost birth from this. Always a low level of never ending sinus struggles then massive flare ups in spring and fall. Finally became untenable because it flared up and persisted for so long. I finally relented and had her allergy tested. I cried in the office. I can’t believe what I had put her through all those years. Poor thing. I had resisted all her life regular allergy/sinus medications. I just didn’t want her on regular drugs if any kind. She’s pretty severely allergic to everything. Ugh. We opted for daily sublingual drops in stead of weekly allergy shots. Absolute heaven! She no longer has to carry Kleenex with her and have a constant red, irritated nose. She isn’t miserable anymore! Happily it has helped her overall immune system since her body is no longer “fighting” all.the.time. The allergy meds aren’t steroids, etc. I highly, highly recommend allergy testing. At least you would have the information to move forward.
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