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  1. 11 points
    Ds24 has an interview for a promotion tomorrow. We are praying it goes well. They actually approached him and asked him to interview for the position, so that's a good sign.
  2. 8 points
    @Lori D.The Hobbit is one of the books I loved sharing as a read aloud with my kids. As I remember school took a bit of a backseat and we read for a couple hours each day. They loved the songs and they made up tunes and sang them for me as we moved through the book which was how we read books always. My kids did not enjoy The Fellowship of the Ring as much.....we left the story with Bilbo and Rivendell. Dd read on and I was so disappointed that my read aloud failed. I have started making a Hobbit quilt, or pillow, or mug rug.........now idea how far I will get but I am happily highlighting descriptions as I read. The free patterns can be found here http://www.fandominstitches.com/2011/05/hobbitlotr.html. I started with the road and am not finished. @loesje22000 My family calls your kind of cow an Oreo cow, they make the best chocolate and ice cream............😉
  3. 8 points
    Awww. I gotta say it's pretty awesome even seeing my book's title on a thread with Tolkien, Dickens, and Pratchett. My book has got some polishing I still have to do but it's getting much much closer. Here's the working description for anyone interested: 27-year-old Frances McArthur has just taken a teaching position abroad in Shrewsbury, England, and is shocked to see a face from her past at the school: Max Fahey. Ten years earlier (and on the other side of the Atlantic in Atchison, Kansas) Max had been her classmate, neighbor, rival, and the only son of the wealthiest family in their small town. When Max’s beautiful but temperamental girlfriend was murdered all eyes turned to him. Then Max and his family disappeared and haven’t been seen since. Frances’ time in England is limited, she only has until the end of the term. Despite the realization he is a man wanted for murder back home, Frances is falling for Max. Now Frances must decide if she should trust the facts of the cold case and report Max’s whereabouts to the police or trust her own heart which tells her Max couldn’t possibly be a murderer.
  4. 7 points
    We'd have to say then that you read Ten Years of Solitude! Regards, Kareni
  5. 5 points
    I recently finished Strange Love: An Alien Abduction romance by Ann Aguirre which I found quite unlike other books I've read by the author. It was entertaining; after all, who can resist a talking dog? (Adult content) "He's awkward. He's adorable. He's alien as hell. Zylar of Kith B'alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he'll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This 'human being' is not the Tiralan match he was looking for. She's frazzled. She's fierce. She's from St. Louis. Beryl Bowman's mother always said she'd never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn't know what the hell's going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange." Regards, Kareni
  6. 3 points
    Foreign policy was a side track the sneaker stereotype was raised by an American first up. It’s not something that would have come to mind for me. Everyone here wears sneakers too. the overweight stereotype has faded here because we’re mostly overweight here too. I also didn’t see it mentioned in this thread. I have no idea what OCONUS means.
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    I always felt that learning alongside my kids was a good thing as I was demonstrating the joy of discovery, the love of learning and of sharing books. Learning doesn't have to mean a young sponge absorbing everything spewed forth from a font-of-knowledge, kwim? I agree with LoriD -- just talk about what you are reading, what strikes you and why. That alone is more valuable than you realize! My now-adult kids still trade books with me and the family still has lively discussions, mostly about movies, but still. Alright, enough of my educational philosophy and back to the topic of books! Hooray to @aggieamy for finishing a book and having actual Beta-readers. And cheers to @Robin M for the Four Corners theme. I happened to have decided late last week to re-read all the Tony Hillerman mysteries set in the Navajo Nation which straddles the Four Corners region of the southwestern USA. I grew up in Albuquerque and the landscape is imprinted deep upon me, almost at a cellular level! I always loved how well Hillerman captured the area. The first book in the series, The Blessing Way, is good, and he does indeed capture the people and the land. It may not be the best place to start the series, though I'll reserve judgement on that as I continue my reading. Another book that I finished recently, and highly recommend, is Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker. It is the perfect armchair travel book, with effortless prose that draws you in and a delightful, energetic and intelligent guide who takes all over the world as he finds over 6000 birds in his Big Year quest. @Violet Crown I'm not planning as yet to read any more Dickens this year, but who knows? The Crown family might inspire me! I've still got 8 hours to go in David Copperfield. I know I mentioned it before, but just another big plug to this version read by the actor Richard Armitage. It is just brilliant.
  9. 2 points
    Good morning! office work (taxes, insurance, bills) clean & declutter my office take boxes of paperwork to storage order three test kits from Washington State for my Aussies (testing for the MDRI gene mutation that causes adverse reactions to many drugs - very common in herding breeds) add a gift card that I got from a rebate to my Amazon account scrub doormat (housetraining two puppies who can barely make it to the door in time is murder on my doormats) coffee date with dh this afternoon dinner: ??
  10. 2 points
    @soror Muscle lady, that's awesome, ha! Good for you for rocking your workout even though you felt blah initially. It feels so good to overcome that and accomplish something. And congrats on getting your chin to the bar!!!! Had an uplifting surprise this morning when I saw that I was down to 137. When I looked over my log, I realized that I have basically lost a 1/2 lb a week since Thanksgiving. I'm really happy with that! My mom usually takes me clothes shopping for my birthday, so it'll be fun to do so at my lowest adult weight ever, at 40 years old. Ankle is only a little swollen and definitely less tender, so I think cutting out exercise except for CKD classes this week was the right call. Should be decent for Saturday's test. I've been going through the drills mentally though, since memorization will be a big factor in this one. I swear, you have the best life, Laura!
  11. 2 points
    I’m not sure about wildlife but for helping people affected blaze aid is good. They replace fences etc after a fire. Labour is all volunteer so donations go toward materials.
  12. 2 points
    OK, that's interesting, because I taught my daughter when she was 4 that a vowel is a sound you can yell really loudly. It might have been unwise, since she then of course tried really hard to yell lots of sounds. But I think it taught her the idea.
  13. 2 points
    @WendyAndMilo -- sorry to have derailed your thread slightly, LOL. I will bow out of that side topic now and get back to your original question... re: "WWYD for college/career prep?" -- I'd suggest doing some regular career exploration, there are a ton of resources out there. Perhaps pick one of the curricula-based ones to work through, and see where that takes you: - Everything Career Tests Book (secular) and student packet resources from Rod & Staff (Christian); the book has 10 different tests; the packet walks the student through the book- Glencoe: Exploring Careers -- student workbook and student textbook- Career Exploration for Homeschool Students (Topp)- What Color is Your Parachute for Teens (Christen) Or, take the Interest Profiler at the CA Career Zone website, and then have fun exploring various careers that come up based on the list that matches the top 3 interest areas. Or, explore by "occupation group" (column at left on the home page), or use the search engine options (center of home page) at the Occupational Outlook Handbook website. Also, at the bottom of PAGE 6 of the "College Motherlode" thread pinned at the top of the college board are links to past threads with ideas about career exploration. Here are a few to get you started: Career guidance books/websites for middle schoolers? How to explore possible career/major fits? How do you do career guidance as a homeschooler?
  14. 2 points
    Congratulations @aggieamy! What a great accomplishment!!
  15. 2 points
    Wow. I only have five kids & two of those aren't 13 yet, but none of them is anywhere near the same as they were even three years ago. Some are still interested in something they were five years ago, but they have all changed a ton in that time. (My artist/author, for instance, still writes, draws, and paints, but she also started a non-profit, works in a job with children, and has a YouTube channel. Two of those are big stretches for her that I wouldn't have seen two years ago.) My oldest has loved math since 7th or 8th grade but only considered majoring in it during her senior year.
  16. 2 points
    That seems productive to me!
  17. 2 points
    We have had lots of bad experiences with loud, obnoxious Germans, We have had bad experiences with maybe not so loud but even more obnoxious Russians. We have had bad experiences with loud, drunken British men who were flying on cheap airlines to foreign places to get drunk (I guess maybe the price of liquor in England was such that it still was chaper to fly Ryan Air, get cheap lodging and get drunk in foreign lands????)./ I was on a plane with a large schoolgroup of Argentinian girls who were plenty loud and annoying. But you know what- I have met nice, quiet British people, quiet Germans who were not obnoxious, and quiet Argentinians too. (haven't met too many Russians on my travels). I have also met loud, obnoxious Americans but I have met more completely nice Americans or at least Americans acting totally non offensively.
  18. 1 point
    Agreed, you parent them as adults, not children. My son did not want to go away to school, nor was it feasible financially. I'm the one that went away for school and he has stepped into the young adult role quite well. He shares a house with my mom, who is quite healthy in her 80s but doesn't drive. I'm not sure he'll move out when he finishes school. He attends a local regional university and has worked with professors as a research assistant, done a study abroad, and is currently looking at local internships. He's the kind of young man that does well, but doesn't like a lot of "disturbance in the force" with his life. We just talked about his long-term job goals and he has no desire to live in a city bigger than where he is now (~80k people). Hopefully he'll be able to find a decent job in our city, I think that would make him happy.
  19. 1 point
    I'm awake but being a teddy bear for my two youngest who are both in my bed snuggling. Unfortunately they don't feel well 😞
  20. 1 point
    The thing with strict limits is that any half way savvy teen can easily figure out ways around them. There are unlimited ways, and you’ll never have any idea. Sorry if that’s unpopular and leads some people to think “well not MY kid”, but yes, your kid. Figuring out tech is as simple as breathing for this generation who has had it available their entire lives (even the strictly prohibited kids). I think more effective than trying to be strict is to encourage and model reasonable guidelines, keeping in mind the very real social (etc) role that tech plays. Not having a phone in the school room/workspace, plugging it in the kitchen at night (no phones in bedroom), and so forth are good guidelines for all of us. Pretending that we can limit access to certain apps or placing unreasonable limits on time just encourages teens to figure out ways around rules that don’t make sense to them.
  21. 1 point
    I'm having the same problem. Could you post the recipe here?
  22. 1 point
    Yes, but that is given in context, not in isolation, and at first, it's just when discussing the five silent e's. If anything, we would tell the children which letters are vowels, rather than giving them a rule that has to be discussed, KWIM?
  23. 1 point
    Sonlight uses Vol 1 and 2 in one year (Core G), and then 3 and 4 (Core H) the next year. You could use their lists for ideas....
  24. 1 point
    When my parents have taken care of the kids over multiple days, my mom has always appreciated having simple foods that the kids actually eat -- pizza bagels or chicken nuggets or whatever. Their favorite cereal or oatmeal. Favorite snacks. We have also sent easy card games such as Uno or jigsaw puzzles. Lots of books to read for down time. Favorite movies that my mom would enjoy with the kids.
  25. 1 point
    This is my favorite pho recipe. So yummy!! https://www.inspiredtaste.net/4307/vietnamese-soup-pho/ I also make a no-fry eggplant Parmesan offshoot that my family and friends love. It’s one of my most often requested recipes. You’ll need panko, EVOO, heirloom tomato slices (or good finely diced/puréed tomatoes, boxed are ok), 1/2 a sweet onion, grated Parmesan, fresh flat leaf parsley, fresh garlic cloves, one small eggplant, fresh mozzarella, salt, and a pepper mill. Slice the eggplant into 1/4” rounds. Generously salt one side and set aside to sweat. While those sweat, I mix 1.5 cups of panko with 1/2 cup of GOOD Parmesan, 2 large cloves of minced garlic, 2-3 Tbs of EVOO, 1 Tbs coarsely chopped parsley and 1/4-1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper. Then I slice my tomatoes 1/4” thick and slice the mozzarella. This is unnecessary if you buy it sliced or use bocconcini. Quickly slice and sauté the onions in a 1/2 Tbs of EVOO until translucent but not browned. Set aside to cool. Now, grab a baking dish. Mop the excess water off of eggplant with a paper towel. Layer the eggplant, the tomato/tomato sauce (sprinkle a bit of salt here), onion, cheese and 2 heaping Tbs of bread crumb mix. Repeat x2. Bake at 375-400 degrees for 30 min. You can make it ahead (unbaked) and store it in the fridge for later. It totally beats breading and frying up a bunch of eggplant slices!
  26. 1 point
    Just out of curiosity she called a pharmacist...according to him, he shouldn't have to wean himself off that particular medicine, however, if the doctor prescribed it for 3 months he needs to take it for 3 months because his stomach needs to heal and taking the medicine is allowing that to happen. So, when he stopped (and I just found out he tried one other time with the same results) his stomach got upset because it still needs to heal. So, because it happened one other time...my vote is not flu...but also not rebound...but rather what the pharmacist said...that make total sense to me.
  27. 1 point
    My 9th grader has been an admission ambassador/volunteer at his nationally ranked ivy league feeder school. The things that he learned sitting in admission committee meetings is startling. Frankly, I would not chance it. Even at the the middle school level, his highly selective school uses computer programs to check for plagiarism. If flagged, nobody is ever going to read the application.
  28. 1 point
    And yes, I mean add back in the potatoes for your DH, even if they aren't low carb. You can pre-bake them twice a week and keep in the fridge. They are the most filling food for the calories (assuming you don't add fat), and they are VERY high in potassium, which means a full stomach and lower blood pressure. Also if you bake them in advance and then cool before eating, even if you reheat some of the starch will turn to resistant starch, which prevents colon cancer.
  29. 1 point
    Since he's also going to eat out, you can look for low sodium options. The sodium in the baked potato I suggested is almost nil. https://fastfoodnutrition.org/wendys/plain-baked-potato I eat out 1-2X a week because of ds' therapy trips, and I've had to be very careful. Today I ate the caesar side salad and that's what I had my ds eat, and it's also low sodium. https://fastfoodnutrition.org/wendys/caesar-side-salad I'm not sure if that includes the dressing, but still it's a start. So if he needs to eat out, there are ways.
  30. 1 point
    Oh mama. Our grocery budget beats our mortgage every month (including property tax and insurance, lol.) Honestly, at some point I've grudgingly accepted that it costs a lot to feed a lot of people healthy food. <<<<<<<growl. That said, if we separate "Make a Food Plan" from "Make it Cheap" then I can be helpful. And it is far less expensive than PREPARED healthy food. I've been pretty public about the fact that I've stuck closely to Wahl's for a while now. So: Smoothie for Breakfast Salad and sardines for lunch Supper: Meat, Veg, and Salad To include daily: 6 cups of veggies 1 fruit No dairy No grains Fat, fat, more fat. The answer is always fat. Broth and Berries for snacks It's very, very simple. But the tediousness of it takes a mental adjustment for those who are accustomed to asking, "What am I in the mood for?" Because the answer is, "It ain't about your mood or inclinations." I eat to nourish my body and it sucks on a regular basis. I'm mostly used to it and still a little bitter in case you can't tell. That said? I am glad I'm eating well. If everyone ate like me, our grocery bill would go DOWN despite being organic. Expensive prepared foods labeled GF are ridiculous. Except the Off the Beaten Path Chips which are NOT okay, they ARE my singular cheat, and I do LOVE them. I get a bag (to share) every two weeks and dip them in guac.
  31. 1 point
    Lori’s list is great! We prepared similar things. Family found the movies to be especially helpful because it gave them some downtime. 24/7 caregiving is very different than a play date for a few hours. Building in some “breaks” for family was welcome (and needed).
  32. 1 point
    Thanks, SKL. Yes, so hard to know.
  33. 1 point
    haha, we're actually on our third summer watch of all the seasons. (But I still don't think that lets me 'know' America!)
  34. 1 point
    If she already has enough upper level courses (300 & 400 level) to meet the requirements for Thomas Edison, she may be able to just take a few CLEPs/DSSTs and 2-3 courses online with them and be done. ETA: It looks like they only require 6 courses (18 credits) at the 300-400 level.) Here is a list of the degree requirements for a BA in English at TESU, which she can compare to her transcripts to see what would be left to take: https://www.tesu.edu/heavin/ba/english I would also check the relevant threads on the InstantCert forums. See the section at the top of the page on TESU/COSU/Excelsior.
  35. 1 point
    Musing: It is really interesting how many aspirational vegetarian diets / vegetarian focussed cookbooks I have, since I am not and will never be vegetarian. I have two raw food ones, several vegan/superfood ones, no less than 4 smoothie ones (in fairness, I do love smoothies, but I don't really follow recipes for them), and some general vegetarian ones. I'm not counting the single fruit ones for peaches, apricots, and strawberries--those are just sensible, given that I have fruit trees in the backyard and great farmers' markets in the immediate vicinity; nor am I counting the seasonal harvest ones, ditto. I picked these odd ones up over a period of time, and it was pretty wasteful really. I didn't truly realize how many I had until I put them all together. Anyway, I'm not going to let sunk cost stop me from getting rid of about 8 of them. Sigh. Also, I have a bunch of low fat ones that are fully sensible given that I had horrendous gall bladdar and subsequent fat intolerances for years, but have happily discarded that lifestyle once I could handle fat in my diet again. So those are mostly going, but at least I don't feel like their purchase was a waste.
  36. 1 point
    I never used Math in Focus, but I used Singapore Primary Mathematics, which is similar. I loved the approach, but it required active teaching on my part. It was conceptual, and focused on one topic at a time, so if a kid was trying to do it on their own and didn't get it, they were stuck. CLE is in thin little booklets that are very unintimidating. They are written to the student, and a fourth grader can do them completely independently. Just like anything, it's better if there's teacher instruction, but most of the time, kids can read it and teach it themselves. It's spiral, so the whole concept isn't taught at the same time. The bites are a bit smaller, and there's lots of review, so even if a kid doesn't understand something in the lesson, there's lots of other stuff they CAN do completely independently. I used CLE for one year only (and while supplementing with Beast Academy), but it was my kid's favorite year because she was able to do it totally on her own. Fourth grade was the year we did, by the way. It's not my favorite curriculum in terms of depth of teaching, but it's definitely solid and it's good enough. It really built up my kid's confidence. There are timed drills and stuff that you're supposed to do to practice facts, and we skipped those, because my kids really don't do timed tests. But it's just a solid program that's very independent and super open and go. It's a workbook, so the kid doesn't have to rewrite the problems. There's enough white space to make it unintimidating. It just seems tailor made for your situation. For what it's worth, they have a language arts program, too, but I never used it so I can't speak for it. And it's a Protestant program. The math has very limited religious content. I'm not sure if that's true of the language arts or reading programs.
  37. 1 point
    Margaret, it has warmed up to 13 degrees here. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the wind isn't howling for the first time in days! Got two loads of laundry done. Watered plants. Planted two trays of microgreens. Dh is going to the barbershop, so I don't have to cut his hair - yay. I'm always nerve-wracked when I'm cutting hair because I'm not that great at it! Ordered tortillas from Siete. Also ordered from Chewy & Vegan Essentials. Cleaned the kitchen. My afternoon will be spent on horse chores and office work.
  38. 1 point
    I am studying Japanese and Korean. My primary goal is reading but I am not opposed to mastering the conversational part as well 😉 My French and Ancient Greek are dusty but I have recently started to read and listen again and particularly the French is coming back rather quickly. I used to be fluent but have neither spoken nor listened nor read it for the last 35 years.
  39. 1 point
    'morning! Today hit like a kick in the bum. But here we are! Starting: I think we'll do a few 5" cycles. 5" e-mail for me; about 5" room-cleaning for boys; 5" straightening the upstairs, then a round of piano before a little 10" electronics break for boys. Elder has earned them 10" electronics time each morning this week (usually a total no-no) by doing some very distasteful (to him) technique work in his daily piano practice. 😉 Then: 1/2-pace day + Christian Studies. Exercise all around (elder, younger, me). 30" planning. 15" yardwork or garden troubleshooting, water the indoor plants. Dinner is the chicken and sausages I thought we'd have Sunday -- I had to freeze the sausage so it wouldn't turn, need to thaw it -- and leftover roast veggies. Hope there's plenty of chicken & sausage leftover tonight to do something meaningful later this week. And ideally: general housecleaning, I read one or two articles. That would be an amazing day. Here goes! @Critterfixer: My sincerely felt congrats on wrapping up a round of Latin. Finishing up a Henle is such an accomplishment; it is inspiring, and encourages me to hang in there with our language work.
  40. 1 point
    Progressives are great! Here are my suggestions, though: 1. Pay for good lenses. Don't cheap it. These are OPTICS and there is a lot of warping that goes on and if it is shoddy work or crummy material it will not be worth ANY price. 2. Get someone to measure the distance between your eyes and your computer--otherwise the optician will use an "average" number and the prescription will be off. Same with eyes to laptop, eyes to book -- based on how you sit, where you hold the reading material. ALL the difference in the world. 3. They are actually doing the progressive "divisions" in the lenses now based on how you use the glasses--some people drive more, read less, so the distance vision is a bigger part of the lens. Some are on computers more than they are behind the wheel, so the mid-range is bigger. Ask about that kind of division. 4. Finally, I am really nearsighted and my reading prescription is pretty much my nekkid eyes. I've never really had a satisfactory lens for that, so I just take my glasses off. Annoying if I am multitasking, but it left more lens area for the places I need it most. And I just got a laptop so that means I am also getting a new prescription pretty soon. That wasn't in the mix before.
  41. 1 point
    Yes. In the early weeks, I can't get anywhere near the coffeemaker, coffee aisle, ect. I even struggle to hug/ kiss DH goodbye when he leaves for work because he's drinking coffee on his way out the door.
  42. 1 point
    Hmmm. We play things like blackjack and addition war a bunch, and if you play with “place value” poker chips, that’s excellent practice for both place value and addition (and some rudimentary probability.) We also play Blockout, which is a multiplication game. However, I don’t know if these are too basic? What are the skills he’s working on?
  43. 1 point
    Morning! DH left to take DS19 back to college; he's local, so stays here weekends and there during the week (he would full commute if he drove, but as he does not, we are not making extra trips) I went through his syllabuses and wrote down important dates - he has a seminar tomorrow on how to set up a planner (we went and bought one last night; that was fun for me, teaching him how to properly shop for a planner); hoping/praying for a stronger/better semester this go 'round I am up having coffee, and more coffee Next up: ....update my class HW pages and email the parents a summary email from yesterday ....get DS22 up, make sure I still have all my "notes for the doctor" in one place to take with us ....DS22 has his 1st appt with the psych today, trying to figure out what's going on w/him - why the weird symptoms - prayers for that appreciated please. I do feel very good about this doctor. ....home from that, make sure everyone eats lunch ....DS14 to fencing class ....home from fencing, science HW with DS14 ....figure out dinner ....fold/put away laundry ....dinner ....watch the end of "Look Away" (Netflix, Series of Unfortunate Events) if we have time
  44. 1 point
    Just a few quick thoughts: - You mention that he is still young (middle school/early high school). That sounds like you still have another 3.5 to 4.5 years of time, so I wouldn't worry too much about doing any specialization at this particular time -- end of middle school is the perfect time to explore all kinds of possible options and interests. And -- he will change a ton in the next few years, and by 12th grade, he may end up not interested in ANY of the careers that the two of you have been discussing. - Not every interest has to translate into a job. We can keep some interests as hobbies or side projects for dabbling in -- throughout high school and adulthood. So the one career area he is expressing interest in but doesn't play to his strengths could be a hobby or side interest. - I'd just do some regular, gentle career exploration together (like, one afternoon every few weeks), so he can see what kinds of skills and duties are needed for different kinds of jobs. There are videos of many occupations at the California Career Zone website (plus tons of other resources), and the US Bureau of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook website is a very clearly-laid out resource that explains what you typically do at specific jobs, plus lots of other information. The site allows you to search by "industry", and it also has a search-engine where you can generate a list of possible job ideas by plugging in different factors.
  45. 1 point
    That is the way it is in my state, where there are very large schools and very small schools and lots of medium sized schools. We have 7 categories of school size now.
  46. 1 point
    One other thing I think is important to keep in mind is that 99% of kids playing in youth sports will leave the sport before they are adults. Some play for a few years in elementary. Some play through middle but not high school. Most high school players don’t play after high school. Football players (and other atheletes) who are later discovered to have CTE have spent decades being hit hard. The vast majority of little leaguers (of all sports) will never receive even a quarter of the blows that NFL players receive. So in terms of risk assessment, I think it’s also important to think about how long the kid will actually be playing. A few years before high school in a rec league is probably going to be really low risk for a kid in terms of CTE. Once things start to get more competitive, then the risks start to go up (for all types of injuries)
  47. 1 point
    I would call the Attorney General's office in your state and ask if that is legal. That sounds sketchy to me.
  48. 1 point
    Would a "sweater blazer," which is just a knit jacket, satisfy the dress code? They would be harder to alter but potentially easier to fit. Here is an example, although there are plenty of them out there. I try on Banana Republic clothes all the time and do not like the fit of their blazers through the arms and shoulders. Ann Taylor is an easier fit. If she finds a jacket or some other line that fits, she may want to search on Poshmark and find it in other colors. I pretty much use Poshmark only for that, i.e., looking to replace a piece from two years ago that I've worn out or to buy another of something I already have, but it's pretty awesome for that purpose.
  49. 1 point
    He also admitted he has been having chest tightness off and on for a while. Sigh. I think he's in good spirits partly because he's been worried for a while so actually addressing it is a relief.
  50. 1 point
    Rosie, Just in case no one else is telling you this lately, you are a Pretty Awesome Mother. On all the weekends and all the school holidays. 🙂
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