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  1. 11 points
    I am happy to say that one of the neighbor’s husband is alive. I haven’t seen him in over a year and he is always in such bad shape that his death was not out of the realm of possibility. But it didn’t exactly seem like the kind of thing that you could ask about. And the more months went by I didn’t even feel like I could ask “how is your husband doing” in case the answer was “he died a year ago “. So I was very relieved to see him hobbling out to the mailbox. They have young kids.
  2. 10 points
    Good morning! Happy Father's Day, ITT Dads! I've been up a couple hours making 3 rounds of Father's Day breakfast pancakes. 1st round for ds23 who had to leave extra early, then round 2 for dh and two kids who are singing/playing in services today, and then for the rest of us. I'm ready to go back to bed. But instead I'll get dressed and try to look presentable for the next couple hours. Pantz! Coffee!
  3. 9 points
    Good morning. Dh is grousing. My father's day gift to him is to ignore him instead of gifting him with the Laser Death Glare of Doom.
  4. 9 points
    We're all home now. The day seemed to fly by! Booya!!
  5. 9 points
    Matt: "Smile." Alex: Squints
  6. 8 points
    Morning. So much writing to do this week. And painting to do, too. I really need to cook a bit today as soon as I get groceries to do it with. List time.
  7. 8 points
    Back from dinner. Ate too much. Had yummy prime rib and mashed potatoes and NY cheesecake for dessert.
  8. 8 points
    It's the permanent marker that is the problem, it bleeds through paint unless you can get all of it off. And permanent marker on not fully dry paint....I used rubbing alcohol to get off what I could and put a couple more coats of paint on but it still bled through; I'm going to have to wait until it is completely dry them top it off with another coat or two. Still love my baby to the moon and back 💕
  9. 8 points
    I am glad that I didn’t get the booyah
  10. 8 points
    Dh is driving to visit his dad who's in some kind of nursing home to get his meds regulated in the morning. If he gets stabilized and doesn't lose his temper/get erratic, he can probably get moved to the same assisted living place as MIL. Things are kind of looking like they have a chance of working out there.
  11. 7 points
    Good morning! I'm up, making first breakfast. Only other person up is friend's dh. They leave for their church way earlier than we leave, so I'm making a bit of breakfast for them, then will make ours later, since dh is sleeping in. It is Father's Day, after all. I think we're just grilling steaks, shrimp, etc for supper. Last night, ds12 said, "They said we might go to the mall tomorrow." Some of the kids have been asking to go. I told him we were absolutely not going to the mall on Father's Day when his dad so dislikes going there. Crazy kid!
  12. 7 points
    Good morning! Coffee! Happy Fathers Day to the dads represented here.
  13. 7 points
    He was soooo pleased with himself; he looked at his handiwork on the beautiful white walls and said "paper!" Clearly he thought I had just gifted him with the world's biggest sheet of fresh, clean paper 😄
  14. 7 points
    Hey Sweet Boy! We must squish you with hugs! P.S. Stay away from Sharpies.
  15. 6 points
    My kids like drawing on walls but dh's dad owned a painting business and dh worked for him a lot during school. So, he never sees it as a big deal to have to repaint something. Okay, time to take some Dayquil and go to bed. I can't take Nyquil, it keeps me awake. Dayquil makes me feel well enough to sleep. I know, I'm strange.
  16. 6 points
    I built a third bookcase and unloaded everything from all the cabinets, closets and shelves at the science center. Now I have to organize and put it all back. I was thinking I had all week to do it but we have 4-H Monday night. The meeting was going to be at the lake (an end of year celebration) but it's supposed to rain and be late afternoon thunderstorms. Which means we're back at the science center. Which means I have two days to put everything away and we are going out to dinner tomorrow night with my dad.
  17. 5 points
    Happy Sunday and welcome to week twenty-five in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. My Father, My Friend by Peggy Stewart For my father, my friend, This to me you have always been. Through the good times and the bad, Your understanding I have had. A gentle man at heart, This sets you apart From the others I've seen. You mean so much to me. The laughter we have shared Cannot be compared. The tears I have shed, As you lovingly nodded your head. You have always been there, With a smile and a hug, A precious gift from our God up above. he times that I have been down and sad, Your silly ways could always make me glad. You gave me strength to carry on, Even when all hope seemed to be gone. The lessons in life that I have learned Are from your genuine love and concern. With deep appreciation for all you have done. You, Dad, Are my number one. With all my love, Your Daughter, Your Friend Happy Father's day to all our dad's Celebrate fatherhood and read a book about a fictional or non-fictional father. Check out Fantastic Dads and Father Figures, Thirty most memorable literary fathers, as well as Fathers and Sons, and Eleven Powerful Books to Read on Father’s Day. What are you reading? Link to week 24
  18. 5 points
    While I agree with you in principle, I might make an exception for those hot dogs simply because it's trivially easy to toss them on the grill with everything else, isn't it? And honestly, I get where your daughter is coming from. It doesn't feel fair to her, and it wouldn't to most kids, I think, even if they intellectually understood the situation. (The person it's really unfair for is you, of course, but that's a lot of empathy to ask from a kid who just wants hot dogs.)
  19. 5 points
    Happy Sunday, and hugs all around. But if you see me here again before Thursday, I need you to Laser Glare me. DS has gone to camp and this may be the only time this year I can Do All the Things. I am taking Thursday off if and only if I have behaved. We fetch him Saturday morning.
  20. 5 points
    Ok, throw them really hard and I will catch them. Ready.....go!!
  21. 5 points
    On my nightstand for this week - Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg and James and I are reading together Nick of Time: A Nick McIver Time Adventure by Ted Bell. Last night we watched Wayne's World and it was fun watching James reaction to the movie. Brought back memories of Saturday Night Live and how great the writing used to be.
  22. 4 points
    This is stunningly beautiful. Que lindisima.
  23. 4 points
    Having liked Avalanche as my snow book, I’m now reading another book in that same series The Double-Jack Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery (Sheriff Bo Tully Mysteries) which I think can qualify under “father” category. The main character, Bo Tully is an artist and the Sheriff of “Blight” county, Idaho. ( There’s also a town called “Famine” to give a sense of mood.) Bo’s father, Paps, was a former Sheriff. Paps is working with Bo (and another quirky character, Dave) to deal with a murderer who wants to kill Bo. At the same time they are also trying to figure out what happened to the long missing father or grandfather of another character ... Unusual for sleuths, IME, Bo not only has a living father, who is an active character, but they seem to have a pretty good relationship and to have each other’s back. I don’t think prior books in the series are necessary for reading it. There’s a dog character in book one which this book gives away what happened to the dog, but by and large they seem to stand alone all right.
  24. 4 points
    Last week, I kept wanting to visit this thread more often than I did and to catch up, as well as to catch up on sharing some of our Spain vacation pictures. I'll try to come here more this week. Things have just been so busy since we returned. Here's a picture of a beautiful concert hall in Barcelona - the Palau de la Musica Catalana - if any of you visit Barcelona, this place is gorgeous. Pictures cannot do it justice. What's even better, is to try to also go to a concert, which we did. The concert (four incredible guitarists) was amazing! On our last evening in Barcelona, we had a night tour of Casa Mila (La Pedrera) - one of the Gaudi homes. The day visit was lovely, but the night visit was spectacular. This is a picture that we took on the rooftop. They had a lovely light show. I read Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall - 5 Stars - I love non-fiction that reads like fiction, and this book was truly remarkable. It’s a true story about a German family separated during the Cold War years. It captures the horrors of living under a totalitarian regime perfectly. I often tell my parents how thankful I am to them for taking us out of Iran when we did. I also feel grateful for not having had to ever live in a Communist country. The author, writing about her mother’s family, does an incredible job of engaging the reader right from the get-go. I felt a strong connection to them all, and this is not always easy with non-fiction. Another fabulous book that comes to mind is “Nothing to Envy”, which is about life in North Korea. While reading this, I realized that although I have read so many books about the Holocaust, I haven’t read that many about life under communism. Both systems were absolute nightmares, but communist regimes have killed and tortured far more people. It often surprises me that communism isn’t hated nearly as much as Nazism. These days especially, most people’s focus is on Hitler and labeling anyone that one disagrees with as Hitler or a Nazi Most people are unaware that communist governments have killed an estimated 120 million people in the 20th century. That’s far more than the evil that Hitler did. Don’t get me wrong. Hitler was a monster, but it puzzles me that most of the focus and hatred is towards him. Why not the communist governments and their leaders also? Since I spoke about this book to my husband constantly, he’s now pushing me to watch a show that he’s been telling me to watch for years, “Deutschland 83”. Some of my favorite quotes and other parts to share: “Children were encouraged to report rule breaking at home, such as whether their parents listened to forbidden West German radio or made disparaging remarks about the system. Vigilance in reporting others for their failings came with rewards: public accolades, special treatment, promotions in their youth group, the authorities all the while carefully noting who was and was not fully investing. What will become of a country, Oma wondered, when a mother cannot even trust her own children, and they, in turn, cannot trust their own families?” “’The world is infinitely vast and full of wonder,’ he had said. Then, paraphrasing Mark Twain, his favorite American author, he told them to ‘träumen, entdecken, erforschen’—explore, dream, and discover it. That day Hanna came to view the Heidelberg Castle as a symbol of the extraordinary world that lay beyond the lovely but ordinary provincial village of Schwaneberg’.” “At the height of their power, the Stasi had employed one informant for every sixty-six residents; factoring in part-time informants, the number more accurately approximates one in six East German citizens.” “… in 1979, a spectacular incident occurred when two families took their escape to the skies. Having fashioned a hot-air balloon from canvas, bedsheets, old scraps of fabric, and a homemade gas burner, Günter Wetzel, a mason, and Peter Strelzyk, a mechanic, and their families ascended into the dark night sky and sailed quietly over the Wall to safety in the West. The escape made headlines around the world, with Strelzyk saying, ‘Freedom is the most valuable thing a human being can possess. The only people who know that are people who have had to live without it. If you’ve grown up free, you don’t know what it means.’ After that escape, the sale of fabric and cloth was closely controlled in East Germany.” “Gorbachev would tell Honecker, simply, ‘Life punishes those who delay.’” “’’What is right will always triumph’. —President Ronald Reagan” If you're interested in seeing my review on Good Reads (with images), here's the link MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad. .
  25. 4 points
    Still haven't gotten to last week's thread. More life stuff coming fast and furious. But meanwhile, I read a book loaned by Middle Girl: Up To My Armpits: Adventures of a West Texas Veterinarian, by Dr. Charlie Edwards. Great reading! Pretty much unedited, so rough in places, but keeping lots of West Texas vernacular, super-dry humor, and charm. Edwards practiced from the late '40s through the '90s, and saw the devastation of the 1950's Big Drouth (which Middle Girl first learned about in Lois Lenski's Texas Tomboy, which I make everyone read as part of their Texas History unit) and the many changes brought by weather, demographic shifts, technological improvements, and the gradual passing of the last of the Old West. Favorite story: Dr. Edwards is applying pesticide to a herd, where the hands shove the cows into a chute, Dr. Edwards pours the "Ivomec Pour-On" all over the cow's back, and then, released, she dashes forward into the pen to lose herself among the already-treated cows. One cow balks, and the vet's assistant touches her with the electric cattle prod. She springs forward. "We watched in amazement as she burst into flames, the solvent in the Ivomec burning. She was headed for the bunch of cows.... We stood helpless, fearing the worst. Only Topper [the ranch manager] had the presence of mind to shout instructions, 'Lie down and roll, you dumb cow!' I don't guess she heard, because she didn't even slow down." Fortunately the stuff is super-volatile and scorches the cow's hair without burning her skin, and goes out before she sets the other cows alight. The hands, being cowboys, then attempt to re-create the flaming cow incident for the benefit of their friends who missed it. Dr. Edwards is only able to make them stop by pointing out how expensive the Ivomec Pour-On is. 5 stars. 10x10 category: Don't Mess With Texas. Back to Real Literature (TM) with Jonson and Dostoevsky.
  26. 4 points
    Still not all the way settled in new place but almost there. Books: "Twenty-one Days" by Anne Perry - this is a take off from the Thomas Pitt series. Now Pitt's son Daniel is the central character. "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey - this is also a re-read but I felt I needed a refresher. Audio: "Lonestar Angel" by Coble. Have read it before, now I am listening to it during commute. Almost finished. "Never Again Good-by" by Terri Blackstock - next on tap "Private Justice" by Terri Blackstock - next in line
  27. 4 points
    OHMYGOSH! TheAngiFamily are Hobbits!!!
  28. 4 points
    I don't remember the name of this practice, but I first heard about it on Clark Howard's radio broadcast and I've heard and read about it from other sources since then -- Insurance companies have for years used a type of forecasting in setting their premiums. The forecast says that the longer a customer has been with a company the less likely they are to switch. So the company has little/no reason to try to give that loyal customer the best rates. Quite the opposite--they feel very safe in going up quite high on that customer's rates, because statistically the customer is likely to go ahead and pay. When we switched we'd been with the same company (State Farm) for over twenty years. I've forgotten how much in total we saved by shopping around (but keeping the same coverage levels), but it was a lot. Much closer to $1,000 a year than a couple of hundred. My brother had been telling us for a long time before that that he saved a lot by switching every four or five years. We waited too long to believe him, but . . .he was right. Like with the cable/internet industry, it seems that the insurance industry believes in taking advantage of loyal customers, not rewarding them.
  29. 4 points
    This was the first year they used the Coalition Application instead of their in house app. The school is increasingly popular with over 30k applications a year for the past couple years. In a similar way to how students apply to several colleges, not sure which will accept them, colleges have to forecast which accepted students will actually enroll. This is their yield rate. I suspect that this type of thing will continue to happen. A couple years ago it was Purdue. UVA also has issues; they are trying a program where students start at UVA Wise and then transfer to Charlottesville. Colleges want to have a predictable yield rate. If it's not predictable they tend to move to things like early decision (more predictable because of the terms of the application) or using waitlists and then pulling more kids off the waitlist late in April or in May. Virginia Tech is a large school. Given the number of acceptances is usually sends out a change in yield rate of a couple percentage points would mean 500 more students arriving.
  30. 4 points
    We have redeposited their new check (well, DH did, I am out of town) and hope this one goes through. We STILL do not have a list of repairs or a full inspection report from them and we close in 2 weeks from tomorrow. At this point it HAS to be a credit, there is no time to fix stuff. We have asked the sellers of the other house for about $8k to fix their repairs (mostly the pool), which is only half of what the damage is. I guess we should have asked for 100% and bartered down to half, but I just don't have it in me to dicker back and forth for a week.
  31. 4 points
    Good Morning! Happy Sunday! Today is my first Father's Day without either of my dads. 😞 I am staying home from church today to continue prepping for my endoscopy/colonoscopy. I'll be glad when the procedure is over. I want some real food. :)
  32. 4 points
    As someone who tends to be on the opposite end of the spectrum--I bounced back from two c-sections and a hysterectomy within a couple of days and felt pretty darn great and had people telling me I shouldn't be feeling that well--I think you should listen to your own body. Don't worry about being lazy. After major surgery is certainly a time that you're entitled to be!! Recovery isn't a competition, and we're all different and follow our own trajectory. If you're worried, if you feel your pain level is more than it should be--then don't hesitate to talk to your surgeon or doctor or both and speak up for yourself. Recovery is about you, not about anyone else. Pain perception does vary widely, but if you perceive you're in more pain than you should be--that's all that matters. Because that's what's going to drive your BP up and maybe have other physiological effects. Better to speak up, figure out if something else is going on. Your body doesn't care how Jane or Jill felt at this point after surgery. It only knows what it's dealing with. (But OTOH I absolutely understand the pain conundrum and needing more guidance. I go through it with my rheumatologist about RA. I'm almost a year into treatment and I still don't fully understand what the goal is. Should I be totally pain free? That hasn't happened. So . . tolerable pain? I don't know. He just keeps saying "as free from pain as we can get you." And I don't know what that means, really. If I'm hurting every day but it's fairly tolerable does that still mean we need to adjust/change medication to hopefully make it better? How am I supposed to know when I'm "as free from pain as possible"? IDK. So yes, I understand what you're saying. Don't you wish we could measure pain like we do BP?)
  33. 4 points
    This. It could also be a sofa or chair, particularly if you have a favorite spot you sit in almost all of the time.
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 points
    It's entirely possible that the kid and parents were happy to just observe the activity. I wouldn't automatically assume the situation was sad or lacking. Without knowing the kid's physical and mental limitations you can't really declare the situation "bad." If he was rotating through multiple stations all day he might have needed a station where they weren't jumping through hoops to give him a workout.
  36. 4 points
    White. Semi-gloss, so you can clean it. Garage doors tend to get very dirty.
  37. 3 points
    Don't know the answers to your questions, but we've been very pleased with the auto + home insurance from AAA. Now, granted, we haven't had to make any claims, LOL, so maybe we'll be very unhappy with the service if we need to make a claim, BUT... we get a good discount for doing both through AAA, and when our DSs were teens and starting to drive they got a "good student" auto insurance discount. We also have really appreciated having the AAA service in general, as our old last vehicle needed towing to the shop several times, and it was great to not have to pay for that AND the towing service arrived in less than 30-40 minutes each time. Plus -- free AAA maps and guide books! And free passport photos! And motel/travel discounts! (:D [We switched away from State Farm many years ago, as they were more expensive and difficult to work with.] As far as buying a new truck for your 16yo DD -- If that puts your total cars to 3 or more, I'd suggest listing the newer vehicles with you and your DH as the primary drivers, and list DD as primary driver of the oldest of the 3 or more cars. There is definitely a big price jump for teens in age/model of vehicle when they are listed as primary driver. If the new truck brings your total family cars to 2, then be sure that DD is NOT listed as one of the 2 primary drivers -- that it is you and DH -- to keep rates lower. (ETA: I am assuming when I suggest this that *all* of you will be rotating around through vehicles and taking turns driving the new truck -- if that is not the case, and if it will *only* be DD driving it, then disregard my suggestion, as it would not be true/valid.)
  38. 3 points
    We've found that Geico charges less because their coverage is very sparse. Ds16 had a minor accident due to very slippery roads during a storm this past winter, and our insurance rate actually went *down*! They sent the assessor out the day following the accident, and we had the car repaired and returned by the end of the week.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    Good morning. human care done pet care done medical care done morning exercises done
  41. 3 points
    Perspective matters, doesn't it. In the Catholic Church, African priests see the US as a spiritual mission field. It is rare that we have belonged to a parish that did not have a priest from Africa assigned to it. (The US has a shortage of priests.) We hear their real life stories all the time during their homilies. They have a very different perspective on our life here and what our society values.
  42. 3 points
    Good Morning!!!! COFFEE!!!!~D Sunday!!!! Father’s Day!!! ((Junie)) for missing dads. Church then lunch with my dad and DH’s dad over for the infamous German sausage. I’m up early to make a pie. I’m having t9 make an apple pie, I had planned on making my Bad A$$ Fruit Cobbler, but I has no fruit. I cannot believe that I live in Central California in the middle of June and I has no peaches. Something is seriously wrong here.
  43. 3 points
    Good morning! Father's Day festivities & it is also our 29th anniversary plan my week paddock cleanup, if it stops raining mop main floor put new batteries in smoke detectors read, relax dinner: probably grilling again
  44. 3 points
    First airlines, now college?... <rollseyes> I would be so mad if this happened to us. Overcrowded dorm, overcrowded classes...or go to CC, which, I'm sorry, is NOT the same "educational experience" as attending Uni. Perhaps the lower level courses are ok, but many students are not taking basic education/core studies. I was surprised to see several majors that start sequential courses in the major the very first year. And, many courses are not available at CC, nor are they offered in the summer at the Uni. VT screwed up.
  45. 3 points
    I would paint it white. I think with the trim outlining it like that, and the color of the door seeming to match the walls, it highlights the white trim color too much, like a white rectangle is drawn on a gray (green?) wall. Even though it seems like a white door would stand out more, I think it would blend in better if the door matched the trim.
  46. 3 points
    You don't need to choose a pediatric dentist (obviously), but is is worth looking into the options before you decide that they aren't the right choice. My kids are now in school, so our schedule is different. But when we were homeschooling, I also had no child care available. Like another poster, I would schedule my own appointment at my own dentist for the first appointment (7 am ish) of the day, so that I would be back before DH had to leave for work. I would do that also for my own appointments with a doctor. What about finding a pediatric dentist for the kids. Then you and your husband can go to the same dentist as each other, schedule your appointments back to back, and take turns watching the kids in the waiting room. When my kids turned 14, our pediatric dentist would schedule each of them for an hour appointment. When they were under 14, their appointments were 30 minutes. I know you are confident that you are getting good care, but in my experience, getting through five appointments in an hour seems unusually quick. That, plus the dentist's willingness to have people under his care without even looking at them regularly -- I would have concerns with the quality of the care, even though the logistics are working for you. I hope you are able to find another office that will work for you. I've had my own issues with handling all of my kids at appointments without help, and I know it can be tricky to work it all out. It is a lot easier now that they are older.
  47. 3 points
    Brain dump follows: We might very well be crazy but I am really struggling with leaving our 1 year old german-shepherd mix with someone here. So we are trying to think through all the "things" and it is getting very complicated. <<snipped out irrelevant stuff>> After we leave Bradenton we will go to my family's near Coral Springs. They have a small dog (Maltipoo) which is very friendly with people and dogs but has not met our dog. I would love tips on introductions. Our dog is 42 pounds and has done well with other dogs. Our biggest issue is that he is still a puppy and wants to play. My brother's dog's best friend is a black lab so he doesn't have issues with larger dogs. thanks for "listening" and for any input. UPDATE AFTER OUR TRIP: We fit the crate in our X-Cargo carrier. That was awesome. Our dog did great! Our trip was book-ended with car trouble but he did well anyway. On our way down our A/C went out somewhere over the GA border and it was horrible when we hit Atlanta. It was about 95 without adjustment for humidity. I was worried about our doggie but I kept feeding him ice and we survived until we got to Macon where our hotel was located. The hotel went great--they took dogs. My only complaint would be the other dog owners who didn't clean up their dogs' number two in the grassy area they had for the dogs to use for bathroom and play. After many hours in the hotel and then several hours in the Honda dealership, we were given a loaner van for two weeks, which was great for all of us as it was bigger than our SUV. In FL, he did well adjusting to the new spaces and people. Fortunately for us, we did not need the immunization records or puppy pads we brought with us. He never got sick. 😃 The BringFido app was helpful for reading reviews and finding out more details about dog parks and beaches and finding dog-friendly restaurants. We also used it to help in our hotel search since our dog is not small (he's about 50 lbs) and some hotels have a size restriction and/or pet fees. It can be hard to find all that information on the hotel website, and it has it all there on the BringFido website/app. All the dog beaches near my brother's house required an annual membership fee and/or residency in that city so that ended up not working out. My brother's dog (maltipoo) was more subdued than normal (he's having some allergy issues) so I think that was a positive because otherwise I think he would have been trying to assert dominance over my dog the whole week (apparently he does this with another family member's lab) and my dog was not going to tolerate that (he thought my brother's dog wanted to play when he did it). So all in all that went well too. I was surprised when we got to my brother's area that pretty much none of the parks allowed pets (even on leash). You had to use a dog park, or a dog park portion of the park. We found a nice one but it was a bummer we couldn't just go for a hike/walk somewhere. Dog parks aren't good for all dogs either--their dog (a Maltipoo) is afraid of larger dogs because he was attacked last year. So they wouldn't bring him to a dog park (even if it had a separate small dog area). We ate a nice brewery on Thursday night that could accommodate my gluten-free kid (Celiac) and our two dogs. It was really nice. They gave the doggies water and treats. It was a great experience. I was hoping we could take some longer day trips but my family didn't find out about any doggie daycares and I didn't feel comfortable crating him for more than five hours or so. Next time I will have to research that myself. I had hoped they would be able to ask around and hear what other people used but they didn't seem to know anyone who used it. Maybe it's a regional thing? People do it here all the time if they work. On the way home we picked up our SUV at the dealer and the air went out within 10 minutes. The service was closing and wasn't able to get a new part until Monday, so we decided to drive straight through (a 20 hour drive total). About 10 p.m. I knew *I* wasn't going to make it. So we decided to stop north of Knoxville in another LaQuinta (apparently they are dog friendly?) and that worked out. So, my "hindsight" tips--use the BringFido app if you need it (it was helpful to learn about upkeep of dog parks, fees, etc.) and have ice in the car for your pup if your A/C goes out (LOL).
  48. 3 points
    Do you need to account for all your family members? Hmmm?. . . .
  49. 3 points
    It's hard to read intent online, but it feels to me like you are interpreting Lanny to be saying, "What were they thinking, disabled boys can't do scouts!" and I really don't think that's what he meant, based on many comments I've read by Lanny these last couple years. I think he meant, "What were they thinking? Was observation-as-participation the best/only option for the boy, were there arrangements that could have been made ahead of time to facilitate inclusion, could one of the parents have served as aide/facilitator or helped give ideas to the leaders? Were the parents there to observe a meeting or two, and then be able to make a plan for inclusion?" That is, he was asking an honest question, not a rhetorical one. I hope I have simply misinterpreted your intent, but Lanny is such a seemingly nice guy, I wanted to speak up.
  50. 3 points
    I would suggest doing what your child is capable of and not label her a non-STEM student in middle school. A lot can change regarding interests and strengths in middle school and high school.
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