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  1. No picture for a couple days because I am out of data (yet another mystery). But the ladder is gone. The monolith is wearing a hat.
    20 points
  2. And I'm so absurdly tickled that it turned out good! I made brown, and DS thought it was a bit chewy. So I added another 1/2 cup of water and pressed "Cook" again. It took another 20 minutes or so to cycle thru (so it was about 50 mins the first time and 20 mins the second) but he said It was good 👍! I am assuming it will take less time if I add the additional water from the start. Yay! This is MY YEAR to bust out, ladies. I own very few kitchen "applicance-y" type things. But I have my Griddler, and now this... Y'all better hold me back before I buy an immersion blender...
    11 points
  3. I had a busy weekend. I had adorable grandbaby cuteness Friday night and all day Saturday. She slept in the bed with me and slept 6 hours without waking. She likes to snuggle. She is smiling and laughing. So sweet. Then I had her again Sunday night and Monday. It was a good school day, but now I'm tired. It is raining here, finally.
    9 points
  4. What a day up before 3am. travel with twins to Melbourneby public transport train was delayed twice. Once by a crazy person standing on the track who had to be removed by police. That took 30 minutes. then there was signal failure. Another 20 minutes. It really dragged out a long trip. It normally takes 6 hours. . DH came as we had to see a very special specialist and I couldn’t do it without help. DH wept. The twins were amazing. So so brave. The specialist was so amazing, he had a clown in the office to distract. I couldn’t believe it. DH is travelling home tonight. We are staying in hotel. twin 1 will have casts removed and come out of the wheelchair tomorrow. He is so looking forward to walk again.
    8 points
  5. I get that generally men are more likely to have a personality with the tendency to jump in and set themselves up as an authority figure by patronizingly explaining things to people, but I’ve never personally met anyone who did it in a sexist way. The men I’ve known who do this do it to everyone, not just women, though particularly to people with less forceful personalities. And the person I know who does it the most is a woman. If the same action done with the same intention is not sexist for her, it doesn’t become sexist based purely on the gender of the speaker. So for “mansplaining” to be a sexist act, the man doing it would have to consistently do it only towards women. I’m sure there are people like that out there, but I don’t think it’s nearly as widespread as some think, as I’ve yet to meet one.
    7 points
  6. 6 classes popcorn orders grocery list homeschool? cook dinner help dd3 cook breakfast NAP emails; various account things etc
    7 points
  7. Peaknip. Obviously an under bra boobie holder upper. Think, people! You'll need a second one to avoid lopsidedness.
    7 points
  8. Thank you all. For now, I'm being sent home on blood pressure medicine and monitored closely going forward. My Dr happened to be on duty at the hospital so it was nice to actually have him in the room with me being the one working directly with the nurses. Rather than it all being over the phone. I got an ultrasound at the hospital to check babies growth, placenta health, etc. But will get a more thorough one in the morning which will be nice.
    6 points
  9. So grateful that the ladder is gone. The ladder was bugging me.
    6 points
  10. Dd thought it was easier than the prep PSATs she did. That can be a double edged sword if it compacts the curve for scoring. I dropped her off and she joined the herd of homeschoolers who wandered around for a while before they found their room. At least they all arrived together. She's taking the SAT in December and, if all goes well, will be done with college testing.
    6 points
  11. Oh goodness. I'd be tempted to call that choir teacher and give her a piece of my mind about spreading old wives tales with no evidence in a population prone to eating disorders. DD needs to drink milk. If she has food allergies and is picky, cutting out the healthy calories she will eat isn't an option. She's already aware of which allergies cause her problems. There have been many studies over the years on the myth that dairy causes mucous production, which could affect the voice. Almost all of them found that there is either no connection or that there is a connection in less than 10% of people, all of whom have a genetic issue. She's old enough now that she shouldn't assume that every authority figure knows what they are talking about. Maybe the choir teacher is one of the few people who do produce more mucus. Maybe she's a dolt who was told that cutting out dairy was a good way to stay skinny and it was good for your voice back when she was a kid and she has no critical thinking skills whatsoever. DD should not take everything this woman says as gospel when it comes to areas outside her expertise, like nutrition. Dramatically lowering calories raises cortisol (stress) levels to force a person to get up and go find food. That's fine in hunter gatherer survival situations, but today, when the stress isn't about finding food but about a million things off in the future it can be disabling. I'd flat out tell her she needs to either go back to drinking the milk or she needs to come up with nutritionally sound ways to make up the calories because if the biggest thing that's changed is substituting junk food for healthy food and her mental health is at risk she isn't making good decisions. She has to take care of herself and she isn't doing it. She deserves better and she should treat herself better.
    6 points
  12. Mansplaining is a derogatory and inherently sexist term. Maybe jumping in with unsolicited information or opinions is a thing that men do more than women, I don't know I haven't done objective research on the matter. It certainly isn't unique to men though. In any case calling a person out on behavior that is perceived as rude does not need to be done using a gendered put down.
    6 points
  13. Incorrect. The answer we were looking for is yes.
    6 points
  14. 6 points
  15. Jean, I like your list today! 😄 On mine: -laundry. If the kid goes to practice today I want to be sure he's not wearing stinky underwear. -start dinner in the dutch oven -school -tutoring (I get ALL my kids today! 😮 ) -take ds to practice? We'll see how his head feels in the helmet before we make that decision -dinner (oldest will finish it while I'm out) -maybe finish the last half hour of Zombieland with dh before we fall into bed.
    6 points
  16. They are old enough to stay home alone for short stints, but nails are kinda time-consuming. Plus, I can see the headlines now: Horrible Thing Happens to Five Homeschooled Children While Negligent Mom Gets A Gel Pedi.
    6 points
  17. Just want to say GO NATS!!!!! :-) We are so excited in our house. Our area is going NATS crazy.
    5 points
  18. Need more info - what kind of hat? Cowboy? Fedora? Toboggan? Ski mask? I wonder if they left the ladder in place because they knew they were going to add a hat and now that the hat is in place, the ladder is no longer needed. Perhaps it will change hats with the seasons?
    5 points
  19. Happy Wednesday! Mine did not start out so great. I wanted my kids to get up early and do some things that didn't get done yesterday. I woke them up 4 or 5 times. Each time I went back to bed because I was short on sleep. And I am really good for nothing in the morning anyway. But I should have stayed up and nagged more, I guess. Kid 1 had homework corrections ... that would have been OK, but then as I was trying to review her math homework, we realized that she did the wrong page. So she needed time to fix that, and I had to drive them to school. On the way, I got some lip. My kids choose the worst times to give me lip. I grounded a phone indefinitely, cussed, and eventually suggested one kid walk to school (4+ miles in the rain). She opted for keeping her mouth clamped shut instead. Part of me hopes I remember how mad I was when they get home from school ... so I can be super bitchy and make them clean their dang rooms etc. etc. Other than that, things are great! 😛 Done: 2 emails re AHG. Kid's homework reviewed, corrected. Lunch order for today entered. Kids driven to school. Put on my "posturific brace" which my chiropractor suggested. Garbage out. Kitchen cleaned. Also some clutter .... Texted driver re schedule changes. 1 coffee. Reviewed school stuff. A little reading. Caught up on social media, emails, news. To do: More coffee. Shower. Find out what I need to get Real ID. Gather it. Dentist appointment 11:30. Renew my license. Work work work. Organizational / filing stuff. Exercise. More housework. More reading. Kid 1 is to do make-up work and homework after school, then walk to trumpet lesson. Kid 2, after homework, is to clean her dang room. It is horrific and she isn't having a phone again until it is decent. Most likely fast food for dinner. Both kids are getting shower/hair wash before bed time "or else." 😕 Whatever else gets done.
    5 points
  20. This week I needed a small and sturdy book I could take on a plane and fit into a 10x10 category, so I put all else aside and grabbed Mrs & Mrs Stevenson's The Dynamiter, a sort of strange comedy that they wrote quick because, as Mrs Stevenson explains, they were frankly out of money. So it's light, but enjoyable, featuring incompetent anarchist terrorists, Bertie Wooster-style impoverished gentlemen, a down-on-his-luck foreign prince-turned-tobacconist, perfidious Mormon bogeymen, a mad scientist, a wealthy cat lady conveniently eager to give away her mansion, a voodoo priestess, Cuban spies, exploding buildings, narrow escapes, poisonous swamps, a spontaneous deus-ex-machina tornado, and a happy ending. Whee! 10x10 category: Scots Wha' Hae. Almost done with John Updike's Rabbit, Run. Still working in the occasional Hugh MacDiarmid and Guillaume Apollinaire poem. I find I have to look up MacDiarmid's words a lot more than Apollinaire's, which is kind of sad. Back to Proust at some point, I swear. By the way, Boston, which I had never before visited, has some very nice used bookstores. I picked up a first edition set of Raby's Secular Latin Poetry, which being medieval is within my translation abilities, for $20 instead of the usual three-digit price. We got to visit the tomb of the Mather family, whose literary importance I only appreciated after reading Perry Miller's The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry earlier this year. A plain and unostentatious tomb under a sycamore, right in keeping with their theology and literary style. And Middle Girl got to run an authentic printing press, printing out her own copy of the Declaration of Independence. The guy doing the colonial printing press reenactment, it turns out, homeschooled his own daughter, and was eager to have another interested teen involved in the demonstration. So loads of literary and historical fun. Okay, off to read the thread now.
    5 points
  21. dog stretch/pray cat boxes birds more dog Learning some YNAB/checking balancing post vacuum tidy up still more dog wash loo's Learning some YNAB/checking balancing post dog yet again dishes & cooking did I mention the dog? thank you notes continue storage/donate project Learning some YNAB/checking balancing post Hope you all have a productive, happy day!
    5 points
  22. If I did the same thing this guy reportedly did (jumping into a conversation to offer unsolicited information) you wouldn't call it mansplaining. And yeah I've done just that on multiple occasions. Using a gendered derogatory term for something females are stereotyped as doing (say, criticizing a woman who reminded a man to do something for hen-pecking) would be sexist. The fact that sexism is more often leveraged against women does not make it A-OK to throw sexist stereotyped insults at men.
    5 points
  23. I have been up and taken ds3 to practice with his coach. Also moved cars- which involved a text to dh as to where he left the keys. He has a history of taking them with him to work after a late night. Fortunately, they were just in a pants pocket. Now I am having coffee and planning my day. dd2 has a half day- no PSAT for seniors! coffee/paper clean kitchen bills/bank water when it gets light pick up ds3 home to do some school and pack grocery store for bread for team lunch with ds3 drop off at school at noon dd2 to school relax, read chores somthing for dinner Have a great day!
    5 points
  24. I'm up and have coffee and laundry is running. School ✅ Pick up milk and bagels Pick up mom's Rx and take it when we visit. Online class for me! Order checks Piano lessons Church
    5 points
  25. Good morning! I am up and at 'em early because the horse vet will be here soon for our fall dental appointment. finish morning chores get stalls tidied up with fresh bedding vet appt. loads of office work - mainly bills vacuum Weds. coffee date with dh?? if time allows water plants sit down with my planner and try to get a little more organized (feeling very scatterbrained lately) dinner: leftovers
    5 points
  26. Good Morning! Happy Wednesday! Dd15 was supposed to take the PSAT, but the Christian school where my kids always take the test couldn't accommodate her. Apparently the College Board sells the tests in packs of 5 and the school had none left over this year. I can't say that dd15 is heartbroken over this. And as she's only a sophomore it isn't a major big deal. I didn't get anything else done on my to-do list last night, but the Nationals did win the NL Championship and are on their way to the World Series. And I chatted with ds19. Maybe I just put the wrong things on my to-do list!
    5 points
  27. Oh, how stressful, I bet twin is very excited!!!
    5 points
  28. My husband is in the bathroom playing the door stop like an instrument. I assume he thinks no one can hear him. We're having a thunderstorm so all of the windows are open. It's fabulous.
    5 points
  29. I got quite a few things crossed off on my weekly to-do list: scheduled 6 doctor's appointments, chauffeured, emptied the trash, emptied my suitcase from my weekend trip, completed some duolingo lessons, supervised some homeschool lessons, bought a coat for dd9, ordered groceries I'm hoping to get at least one or two more items knocked out this evening. Right now I'm listening to the presidential debate and keeping up with the Nationals-Cardinals game.
    5 points
  30. Monday was New Hampshire for me (foliage!). And tomorrow is Bible study first thing. So, since I never manage to get online until night, consider this Wednesday’s “Good Morning COFFEEEEEEE!”
    5 points
  31. I would have been nervous to Google “peaknip” 🙈
    5 points
  32. It's been a month since I last posted! Wow! Busy with our schoolwork and Fall yardwork, but I have been reading. My mom has been reading these "Asperger's Mysteries" by Copperman/Cohen, and suggested I might like them, since all three of my kids are ASD. She was right, I did enjoy them! 52. "The Question of the Absentee Father" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 51. "The Question of the Felonious Friend" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 50. "The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 49. "The Question of the Missing Head" by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. 48. "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. Audio book for just DD9 and I when the two of us took a trip together. She loves animal stories, as long as the character she gets invested in doesn't get killed. Not going to be doing "Red Fern" or "Old Yeller," for instance. 47. "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. Audio book while we traveled to give DD9 something she liked. 46. "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finished our family audio book listening quest! 45. "Math with Bad Drawings" by Ben Orlin. 44. "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 43. "Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russall M Nelson" by Sheri Dew (LDS). 42. "Live Up to Our Privileges" by Wendy Ulrich (LDS). 41. "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System -- And How to Fix It" by Natalie Wexler. 40. "Blood, Bullets, and Bones" by Bridget Heos. 39. "World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 38. "The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 37. "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tokien. 36. "Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. 35. "The Clipper Ship Strategy" by Richard J. Maybury. 34. "The Money Mystery" by Richard J. Maybury. 33. "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This" by Richard J. Maybury. 32. "Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today" by Richard J. Maybury. 31. "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confusted?" by Richard J. Maybury. Funny title, because I thought I knew what I was, but now I'm confused! 30. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Richard J. Maybury. 29. " The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works" by Timothy Taylor. 28. "White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing" by Gail Lukasik. 27. "Personal, Career, and Financial Security" by Richard J. Maybury. 26. "Rascal" by Sterling North. 25. "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. 24. "Joy in the Covenant" by Julie B. Beck. (LDS) 23. "The Essential 55" by Ron Clark. 22. "How to Tutor Your Own Child" by Marina Koestler Ruben. 21. "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce and Marie Hafen. (LDS) 20. "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope" by Jane Clayson Johnson. (LDS) 19. "Leap of Faith" by Bob Bennett. (LDS) 18. "Covenant Keepers" by Wendy Watson Nelson. (LDS) 17. "Manga Classics: MacBeth" adapted by Crystal S. Chan. 16. "One Dead Spy" by Nathan Hale. 15. "Stellar Science Projects About Earth's Sky" and "Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather" by Robert Gardner. 14. "Stuff Matters" by Mark Miodownik. 13. "Led by Divine Design" by Ronald A. Rasband. (LDS) 12. "Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab" by Robert Gardner. 11. "Manga Classics: The Jungle Book" adapted by Crystal S. Chan 10. "Donner Dinner Party" by Nathan Hale. 9. "Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" adapted by Stacy King. 8. "Bodies We've Buried" by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. 7. "The Forensic Casebook" by N.E. Genge. 6. "Shaken Faith Syndrome" by MIchael R. Ash. (LDS) 5. "Fingerprints: Crime-Solving Science Experiments" by Kenneth G. Rainis. 4. "Forensic Investigations" (6) by Leela Burnscott. & ("Bones Speak" by Richard Spilsbury) 3. "A Reason for Faith" edited by Laura Harris Hales. (LDS) 2. "Left Standing" by Mason Wells, et al. (LDS) 1. "Camino Easy" by B. G. Preston.
    5 points
  33. Cleaned a bathroom Last load of laundry is in the washer Put away clean towels Let horses out to graze Dh brought home Panera for lunch
    4 points
  34. Kitchen is clean Laundry is going Unpacked UPS boxes Watered plants
    4 points
  35. I'm so sorry... I hope you get some good advice! Bc mine involves drinking caffeinated pop and eating soft-style cookies 🍪. 😞 I read your post title too quickly and I thought it said, "When you are arrested" And I was like, "Damn, girl! What did you DO? How much is bail?"
    4 points
  36. I like what the pp said. One thing I try to do is have one thing to look forward to every day. I used to be better about this and I just realized I need to do it again. Whether it was planning even 15 minutes to read for fun, watch a show, or drink hot apple cider and listen to a podcast. I usually feel like I can get through the normal stressors if I know that at some point during the day I will get a bit of time to do whatever I want. I also agree with sleep. I have had a few threads about moving and dh traveling and how I don’t really like either one. I have realized that when I make it a priority to get all the kids to bed by 9:00, I do so much better. I still don’t always do it, but it makes a huge difference when I do.
    4 points
  37. The vet had an emergency call and is going to be at least an hour late. Guess I could have stayed in bed a little longer. Oh well! I was half expecting this to happen. Horse vets have crazy and unpredictable schedules!
    4 points
  38. Good morning! Happy Doctor's Appointment, Bookie! I remember the days of having to bring 4 kids along to my dr. appointments. Godspeed, my friend! I've decided that I'm NOT a morning person. At least not *this* morning. I need everyone to stop touching and talking to me! I have to bring back ds14's trial cello this morning and hopefully will bring home his second choice trial. The trial cello that was supposed to get here Monday should be here some time tomorrow. Church children's choir is tonight. Vegetarian shepherd's pie for dinner. Mucho Coffee!
    4 points
  39. A MIB movie was released in June this year, so it’s not too crazy to think someone would be discussing it this year. I only know because DS recently rented it. 😊
    4 points
  40. Adding appointments doubles the stress of any day! Speaking of which I need to schedule flu shots for my kids.
    4 points
  41. No. I think it was one out of an official College Board prep book. He had taken one in the spring just to give me an idea of it was even worth calling the school and trying to arrange it and did pretty well. He has prepped on Khan extensively since then and then did 20 points worse the other day. Oh well. He drove himself to the school this morning for the test. It’s a huge school we are entirely unfamiliar with and the school is not used to having homeschoolers come in to test. He texted me a few minutes ago that the school is crazy but a nice lady is waking him to the room. So it is a useful exercise in getting out of his comfort zone and navigating an unfamiliar situation which is not bad for this kid. So I’ll decide it was worthwhile just for that 🙂
    4 points
  42. 4 points
  43. I'm trying to decide if I want to do a Halloween party. Halloween is a Thursday and that's might Teen/Tween Hangout afternoon. I have a few parents that have already mentioned they'd definitely come and could help out. I wouldn't go crazy with activities or anything but I think it could be fun. And just a couple blocks from the science center is a neighborhood that does a super elaborate thing for Halloween. Lights, music, etc. So after the party we could walk down there and trick or treat. My kids would love to have other kids to trick or treat with.
    4 points
  44. Good Morning. It's Humph Day! The good thing about our water situation is I washed all my teaching shirts and my bras before things went wrong. If I have no choice I'll probably go to a laundry mat to finish things. I could go to my moms but it would take all day and I don't have an all day to sit around there doing laundry.
    4 points
  45. The horse isn't bad, either 😎
    4 points
  46. It would appear to have been D) Sleeping Aid. Yawn. Tis time for me to sleep as well. Goodnight y'all.
    4 points
  47. Perhaps he should've started off with "I was involved in making that film, in fact, I'm one of the writers, and I could answer your question if you like" rather than jumping to the end part. Even if they'd already exchanged small talk it sounds like he hadn't established any bona fides. They were shooting the breeze, and he was "I CAN ANSWER THAT", I mean, I'd be a little annoyed myself.
    4 points
  48. At least I got my laundry done tonight. The underwear situation was getting a little desperate there for a while.
    4 points
  49. There are several foods/cuisines that I literally never tried as a child because my mom didn't like them. I just assumed as an adult that I wouldn't like them either. Indian- yes the entire range of foods!- was on that list. I am so glad to have finally dared to try it as an adult! Now there are many dishes I really love!!! So I've been learning to cook it as well.
    4 points
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