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  1. There is a fine Blackadder episode, Nob & Nobility, sending up The Scarlet Pimpernel, with the dimwitted prince played by Hugh Laurie, who is Wooster in the Jeeves and Wooster tv series. See? Conjunction. Recommended. Also recommended: the Samuel Johnson episode and the Regency actors episode: a full plate of literary-referential humor. ETA: Where is Amy, anyway? This "busy with real life" excuse is unconvincing.
    7 points
  2. Thought y’all might enjoy a peek at the veggies. Start pic and 6wks pic. Battling blossom end rot on squash and zucchini already, but it’s early for those. Trying to beef up calcium and find patience. 🙂 Lots of tomatoes, jalapeños, squash and zucchini (though not in good shape). Pole bean vines already twined up to top of trellis. I followed the square-foot spacing advice for everything but squash and zucchini, which I am greatly regretting (4sqft vs 9sqft). Such is life. Still fun.
    7 points
  3. We did a trial run of the SAT today. The short person was able to make it through-whew! So on with the real thing on the the 4th (And what a cool date it is.) So, we are behind schedule for testing, but not horrifically so. No subject tests until after the summer, but she only needs them for her "oh, what the heck, I might as well give it a shot" schools. Spinal surgery in the middle of junior year is not the best thing, academically-speaking. OOF.
    7 points
  4. Asparagus finally came up. Coneflowers emerging, hibiscus planted, zinnia seeds sown. I put a few more herbs in the herb garden, it smells wonderful. Great crop of dandelions. Pictures are from past years, hopefully I'll get this again.
    6 points
  5. Dh and ds14 are camping. The girls and oldest ds and I had brownies and ice cream and watched the 1st episode of the Netflix Lost in Space. Yay Booyah! This is the thread that never ends, It just goes on and on my friends. People started posting not knowing what it was, And they will keep on posting here forever just because... This is the thread that never ends You'd best come join it with your friends 'Cuz it will replace Facebook as the latest web-based craze And everyone will post here instead for the rest of their days This is the thread that's always there They'll cheer you up so don't despair The group is growing well as more people start checking in And we'll keep sucking them in because our cheer is addictive This is the thread that never ends It's better than a Mercedes Benz It helps with coffee withdrawal and other troubles, too Eighteen hundred pages of friends all cheering for you This thread keeps going on and on with record-setting length and fun It started forty-eight months ago from curiosity and all the fun and frolic has shown this is the place to be This is the thread that never ends... And the place where one finds special friends, the kind that have hearts that are strong and true Yes, ITT ladies, I am talking to you! This is the thread that never ends Yeah, it's superior to other trends Friends start out scratching their head in confusion, perhaps But then the laughter strikes and they gratefully tip their caps... This is the thread that never ends....
    6 points
  6. Done! Thanks for keeping me entertained. My ADHD mind processes what I've read while being entertained by you folks, sometimes. Other times, I just stare at the screen blankly...
    6 points
  7. Dd did the best she’s ever done on academic testing. Though this testing doesn’t count for anything other than fulfilling a state requirement
    6 points
  8. I'm on my 15 minute break of reading 7th grade standardized test essays. Good golly. I'm going to jog around the house a bit.
    6 points
  9. Well, school went well today. My husband called the plumber and the toilet is actually functional, which is a massive, MASSIVE relief. I've combed and combed my hair with the lice comb and I haven't found more than the one louse that I found yesterday, nor have I found any nits. I got prescription shampoo from the doctor and will apply it and continue combing, but I'm hopeful that maybe I caught it before it became established. I'm less freaked out about the need to burn all of our belongings. The university in San Antonio actually has a sane online transcript request thing, so hopefully that will actually not be as much of an ordeal as I feared. Still stressed, tired, and getting over crud, but less stressed than I was.
    6 points
  10. About Scarlet Pimpernel....I had one ds read it when he was a teen (high school perhaps?) and he HATED it! Your mileage may vary, but just FYI... I never posted a reading recap this week, and at this point I ought to wait to do so tomorrow. In the meantime, I just had to pop in to share that I started listening to Code of the Woosters last night. I was in need of something different, and oh my, had forgotten just how delightfully silly and funny Wodehouse can be. I was thinking of AggieAmy the whole time.
    5 points
  11. Good morning! It's going to be a beautiful day today! The girls have scholarship auditions early afternoon today and I have a wedding at 5. Or somewhere thereabouts. I have learned to get to the wedding early because there's just no telling when the wedding will actually start. It's at the same place as the last wedding, so at least I know where I'm going. There's a youth group cookout for dinner that ds23 will bring the kids to. Coffee!
    5 points
  12. I got an order of scionwood in yesterday and tried my hand at grafting for the first time--I grafted three different mulberry varieties onto established mulberry and Osage orange trees, and also a new variety of jujube onto my existing jujube trees. No pictures, I was too busy awkwardly juggling grafting supplies because when I tried to put them down the chickens attacked them. I hope at least a couple of the grafts take! I realized this year that I really am running out of space to plant new trees so if I want to add new varieties I've got to learn grafting.
    5 points
  13. We’re done, and home! Loooong day. He should be okay.
    5 points
  14. DD got into: Calvin College (Merit scholarship) University of Minnesota (Merit Scholarship) University of Oklahoma (Merit Scholarship) *She has decided to attend U of Oklahoma on a full 4-year Air Force ROTC scholarship to study Physics. Her Merit aid will cover room & board 🙂 University of Michigan (Merit Scholarship) Missouri Science & Technology (Merit Scholarship)
    5 points
  15. Jane Austen's wit and social commentary (although she only commented on the class she wrote about) help keep her novels out of the romance category for me. I don't read much romance but I do love Jane Austen. I've only read two Heyer novels - The Grand Sophy and Cotillion. Of those I liked The Grand Sophy better but I'm not really interested in reading any more of her books. It would have to be "I have nothing to read. Oh, here's a Georgette Heyer book, I'll try it." These days though my problem is one of too many books to read, not too few. 🙂 My version of flufferton books are detective (often of the amateur variety) novels and there are some that straddle the fence between mystery and romance. In that kind of story there's often a relationship that develops between a detective and a wrongly accused character. I don't mind the romance aspect in those kinds of books. I liked Jane Eyre but didn't love it. I just don't get the appeal of Rochester and I probably will never understand it. I haven't read The Scarlet Pimpernel but have always thought I might like it. I don't know why I never seem to get around to giving it a try.
    4 points
  16. Oh, gosh! Blackadder has always been one of my favorite Britcoms.
    4 points
  17. The girls' auditions went well. I don't expect any of them to get a scholarship because they never do. But it's a good experience for them, particularly since they all want to audition for youth symphony. Have to leave in a half hour. More coffee!
    4 points
  18. Back from the Home Depot. Got some plants. Looks like my veggies are all going to be in containers this year. I got some cucumbers and colored bell peppers. Yay!!
    4 points
  19. Jeannie for President! Vote ITT - the ONLY party that makes sense!
    4 points
  20. Good Morning! Happy Saturday! Why do people schedule kids' events for 8 am? On a Saturday!?!? Thankfully dh was willing to take them, but I'm awake because of it and don't want to be. 😞 Maybe I'll go back to bed...
    4 points
  21. Writing with a Thesis is sort of structured this way. It has a section on narrative essays (for example) that explains what they are, then offers some topic ideas for the student, then has 4-6 essays for the student to study. It sounds like you are looking for just essays, but I'll throw this suggestion in just in case you want to check it out.
    4 points
  22. ((critter)) I think maybe I need to skip the island and pack up the bazooka for a visit to your neck of the woods... May the 4th be with her!
    4 points
  23. I'm glad for the extra paycheck, but I'm also glad it's only once a year!
    4 points
  24. There, there, Renee. It will be ok. 😉
    4 points
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  27. I think you need to join me on the beach.
    4 points
  28. iTired. I want a vacation. A real one, with a beach and a drink with an umbrella. And no schools to visit. Or pets to take care of. Or meals to cook. Or poop to scoop. Maybe I'll go hide in my room and read. After dinner and the dishes. 😐 I may perhaps be having a bit of a pity party.
    4 points
  29. drive 3 hours to a board meeting, have the meeting, drive home.
    3 points
  30. That's been happening to me lately too. I'm going to wait until the new thread tomorrow to post my update.
    3 points
  31. I understand you're looking for a curriculum to use at home, but maybe you'd be interested in this or it will help someone else: a class that does exactly this is Roy Speed's Logical Communication, and the follow-up course, Essay Writing and Appreciation. (Mr. Speed is known here on the forum for his Shakespeare classes, but he offers year-long writing classes online now too. He also teaches writing to corporate professionals.) My son is taking it this year and the difference in his ability from last fall to now is astounding. I thought he might be too old or too far along, as an 11th grader, to benefit from it much, but that is not the case at all. DS is unlearning lots of bad habits and "skills" that he learned in previous writing classes from other providers. DS has asked to be in Mr. Speed's class again next year instead of knocking out his college English credits through DE - that's how much he believes in Mr. Speed's process and enjoys the class sessions with him. A quote from Mr. Speed: An excerpt of the Logical Communication course description: From the course description for Essay Writing and Appreciation:
    3 points
  32. Susan, I feel like the ITT slogan needs a little asterisk at the end. 🙂 It... kind of makes sense. I got my hair cut, finally. [edpo] I'm tweaking spelling. Steck-Vaughn did not work for DS a bit. Moving Beyond the Page's online thingy is good (behold, he can now spell picture!), but I'm not shelling out $75 for a subscription to start now. Probably in September. Meanwhile, I'm taking Wheeler's-style lists and making a similar (spaced repetition) plan. [/edpo]
    3 points
  33. Good Morning!!!! COFFEE!!!!~D I slept 10 hours last night. I still don’t fell 100% this morning. Bleh. Not much going on today. I am glad. I was in charge of Events the last two Saturdays and that done wore me out.
    3 points
  34. People are not taking this thread seriously!
    3 points
  35. I agree with taking precautions and all, but you are fighting a very natural tendency for teens to think they are impervious to things like cancer and dangerous outcomes of risky behavior. And you can't control everything. It's good to make peace with the idea that you can't protect them always and that you do what you can, hope for the best and then let go.
    3 points
  36. Good morning! Today is prom and dd2 is in and out all day. She bought a used dress from a teammate that is really lovely (they go to different high schools- so I guess that was fine). Nails, jewelry and makeup are part of today- but first practice. Dh and ds3 are headed way south for ds3 to hit with his doubles partner for the tournament next weekend. I will be stalking UPS for my order of plants. It is supposed to get cold tonight and tomorrow- so I want to get them in and covered up. coffee/paper write enjoy the peace and quiet of the house work in the back yard when the plants come- get them planted read relax and enjoy the rest of the day Have a great day!
    3 points
  37. That’s what I was thinking!!
    3 points
  38. Now, that last page went by quickly. Hmmmm.
    3 points
  39. Oh, I forgot my most interesting attempted graft: I grafted shipova onto my mountain ash. Shipova is a rare cross between mountain ash and pear, I've found mixed reports on the fruit but wanted to try it just because it is so unusual.
    3 points
  40. Btw, these are not words for formal writing (I'm not talking about exceptions): gonna kinda lotta
    3 points
  41. One thing to keep in mind for high exposure stuff like water parks- if applied perfectly the SPF just multiplies the number of minutes until you burn. I always heard the average tourist in Florida burns in 3 minutes. If your kids are extremely fair and they're in a high UV area and there's water intensifying it, they might start to burn in less than two minutes. So even if they apply sunblock perfectly, and reapply it every hour on the hour in the water (and they won't), they WILL burn in less than three hours of exposure. If you really want them to stay out of the sun, buy them SPF blocking clothes they will wear. Rash guards, hats, etc. ETA: In other words, give them some grace. They may have done everything perfectly and burned anyway. And if they will wear rash guards or UV blocking shirts, there's some right now at Sam's Club for less than $12, or you can get cheap ones on Amazon, most outdoor shops, and pricier designer versions online.
    3 points
  42. Dd16 is taking the SAT on May the 4th, too.
    3 points
  43. I had to make and eat dinner. My kids are driving me crazy!!
    3 points
  44. Well it's almost 5am again here in UAE. Turns out my clients and auditors did not take Friday off. It turned out to be a fairly nice day. We drove to Dubai, went up the tallest building in the world, had a nice dinner, and watched a synchronized fountain show from a boat. Drove back from Dubai to Abu Dhabi after midnight. Then got the kids to bed and got to work. I am exhausted. I sure am glad Friday is over. Saturday is not entirely planned yet, but I think I'll be visiting an art museum and maybe a palace. The kids might do a Warner Brothers theme park and/or watch some movie that just came out. What else am I forgetting? Our flight back home leaves about 8am Sunday, and it's a 2+ hour drive to the airport, so I am not sure what sort of sleep situation I'll be in. Probably a deprived one.
    3 points
  45. Ok, I just gotta say this. The thread about storing books and making them accessible.... It just has to go away. I have been on these boards for too long and all our little “words” that mean other things..... 😩😩😩😩😩😩😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    3 points
  46. Speaking of cranky, my oldest and youngest girls are a wreck this afternoon. As soon as I am done with the bills I am going to hibernate in my bedroom with my cats and COFFEE!!!~D and watch Wonderland. I have been watching too much of that show. I am starting to talk to myself in an Australian accent.😂
    3 points
  47. Along these lines, a lot of teen friendly brands now make UPF clothing that don't look like swimwear--Athleta and Title 9 are my faves and have lots of options for teen/young woman. Columbia makes some me for boys, and I'm sure there are others. As for sunscreen use...sprays are easy and less messy than lotions, and sunblock sticks are easy to throw in a bag and use discreetly. Maybe just ask them what they are *most realistically* going to use.
    3 points
  48. I don't tend towards books labeled 'romance', but I love Jane Austen. I have not yet read Georgette Heyer; I plan to at some point. Other books I've read that have struck me as similar in tone but are not straight-up retellings or mash-ups (like with zombies): Together Tea by Marjan Kamali - matchmaking mother, unwilling daughter, all turns out well with someone unexpected. Really, really good. Modern times, Iranian-American family. Burning Bright by Melissa McShane (and two sequels) - set in an alternate history Regency period where there was no American Revolution, the Napoleonic wars are in full swing, and some people are born with Talent (like superpowers - telekinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, teleportation abilities - no vampires or werewolves here) - and those with high levels are of extra value on the marriage market. Plucky heroine does not want to be married off and finds love where she doesn't expect it. I really enjoyed this... I'm using one of the sequels for my Flufferton square this year! And yeah, I loved The Scarlet Pimpernel and Jane Eyre.
    3 points
  49. Is anyone else finding the little purple box extremely annoying? If you have adblocker, click on the adp icon, then block element. You have to do it four times to get rid of it completely. I'm continuing with my silence theme. Finished Night and Silence, now back to the psy changeling series which fulfills several categories in the silence challenge. Love the links to the Silver Petticoat review and other austeneque books. Lots of good stories and authors to check out.
    3 points
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