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  1. Thanks everyone. Feeling encouraged after reading everyone's comments and checking the links, I bopped out to Burlington. I had good luck and found a pair of simple, straight-legged black pants and a pair of reasonably comfortable shiny red flats. And for bonus points, I paid $16 each for the pants and shoes. The pants, of course, do not have functional pockets, so I poked around a bit looking for a little red clutch. No luck on that front, but I do have a little black bag I can press into service. So now I need to wait for the blouse to arrive and see how it all works together, but assuming that I don't hate the ensemble, it's possible I might have this covered.
    14 points
  2. Warm bed. Coffee. Drive to rosary & Sunday school. Home. Coffee. Bible. Lesson planning. Coffee. Drive back for mass. Coffee. Make dinner. Warm bed. ETA: Working up the will power to move past #1 ... any minute....
    9 points
  3. You can buy them anytime. That sounds to me like having access.
    7 points
  4. After classes this week, I'm off for Thanksgiving week so I can get the weeks through the end of the year done, plan school and get ahead of things again. I did order Excellence Essentials in Literature and a few books of Amazon to try for ds and eventually dd. I hope they work. Eta: whoops wrong name. and BOOYA!
    7 points
  5. Morning. I poured syrup in my tea this morning instead of honey. I hope that's not a sign of how this day is going to go. Dh was making pancakes while I was making my tea.
    7 points
  6. Day 10 goals achieved and logged
    7 points
  7. I'm sure this is NOT what your dd is looking for, but I couldn't resist the request. This is a typical shot of a labrador puppy under the Christmas tree!
    7 points
  8. Well sure! You've got the entire ITT along with access to the vast ITT staff, so access should be no problem at all! Bruce is usually available to deliver various DVDs by stealth 'copter.
    6 points
  9. So hypothetically speaking, if you wanted to order a curriculum that usually comes with dvd/video access but you found reviews on WTM that said that you really don't need the DVD/video access and your kid absolutely HATES DVD/video programs (odd since he's definitely visual) and it cost twice as much to get it with the DVD/video access, would you check off the little box that says you have access to the DVD/videos so you could order just the workbook? Hypothetically speaking if I searched far and long enough, I probably could find someone with access that would show it to me.
    6 points
  10. Interesting 3rd post. Have you read through the thread? What experiences have you had with your own children on this topic?
    6 points
  11. I fiiiinallly read something new. I have spent a year rereading, which is nice but not exactly postworthy. I just finished a Frank Herbert book. I love Dune so I was excited when I discovered Deep Pressure. It was not at all what I expected. At one point in time, I am sure this was scifi but at this point, it is much more of a spy story. I am also listening to something new - The Creative Curve. So far no concepts that I didn't know already from read books like Blink. Nan
    6 points
  12. Waving Wildly! Tell her hello from the ITT!
    5 points
  13. This is us too, except I'm Dave and dh is you. 😂
    5 points
  14. I'm moving to Angi's house. She's got it going on! I'm putting together the grocery list, waiting for the boys to bring me their school books for scheduling, and drafting everything from my NaNoWriMo novel to a guide for surviving December and January.
    5 points
  15. Good morning! Yay for Swim Meet! Swim ITT Kids, Swim! Ice cream and insomnia and falls, Oh my! We are struggling here, folks! (((Jean))) So Slache, I still eat ice cream, but it's one of those protein, low/no sugar, under 300 calorie pints, and it serves as one of my meals for the day. Easy peasy. No guilt. Church this morning. Dd16, ds15, and dh are playing/singing in the services. Someone has to leave during SS to pick up dd13 from her scout overnight thing. Ds15 has orchestra rehearsal this afternoon and dh is going to work with ds24 to try to get the heat working in his car. Coffee!
    5 points
  16. I meant to go back and reread how Susan lost a ton of weight but instead I'm eating ice cream. I'm not sure where I went wrong.
    5 points
  17. Wood! I'd've switched her to violin. No I got a sweet deal on a pre-owned Bobelock, made in the Phillippines, much nicer than the Bam cases which are plastic for the same price new. There was a significant scratch but Wee Girl added her own promptly.
    5 points
  18. No it's essentially fiberglass but much sturdier. It makes the cello case light enough to carry, flexible enough to absorb shocks, and strong enough to survive middle schoolers.
    5 points
  19. Perfect. It's Priming my way at this moment.
    5 points
  20. I love that. ❤️ I used to say "love you always and forever no matter what" every night when I tucked my kids in. Now that they're (mostly) grown, sometimes I just text "always & forever" and they text back "nmw" (no matter what).
    5 points
  21. Never posted to the Ignore Thread before. But where, I asked meself, shall I post this question? It's too trivial for its own thread. I know... So I have a badge, patch, you know the thing one sews and/or irons onto jackets. Wee Girl wants it, reasonably enough, on her cello case, which is carbon fiber. What's the best way to affix it? Which adhesive am I looking for? Tell me.
    5 points
  22. Whatever you find about me is probably what I SHOULD be doing, not what's actually getting done...
    5 points
  23. I can't believe this thread is still alive! I popped in on the boards to post in the Book-a-Week thread and discovered that I had notifications for it. Rereading the original felt very strange. I can tell you all, though, now that all three of mine are through university, that I still believe the things I wrote are true. : ) Nan
    5 points
  24. For me, there is the education I wanted and imagine that i would have flourished in as a child and then there is the education that my kids will allow me to provide them. Learning to "teach the kids I have" has been a challenging lesson for me. Oh, there is still a lot of my vision left in what we have done - especially in the elementary ages - but it hasn't been the seamless cohesive experience that I had imagined that it would be. I don't compromise on being active in my kid's education - especially when it comes to beginning skills. I firmly believe that kids need actual face to face teachers when learning something totally new. Or at least that that is the best. Once my kids had the basics down then they did move on on their own in some learning. In high school (after a bit of a transition in middle school) I moved into more of a facilitator role where I am there to provide whatever support I can provide. And because my kids were interacting with high quality materials they didn't really need someone to get in between them and what they were learning. I tried to provide a rounded home education. To me, the arts, languages, physical education etc. are just as important ultimately as the 3 Rs. I did a bit more pointing them towards opportunities and letting them explore in those areas but I put a lot of effort into finding those opportunities. I had a lot of anxiety over how my kids were going to turn out. But when my first hit college and brought home notes from his professors thanking me for my part in his education, I relaxed! I don't know if my second child will do as well in college (different kid after all and I taught her quite differently in some things) but I am confident that I did everything I could to prepare her for a future where she can learn and mold the life she wants. Emotional life etc? I am seeing how so much is totally outside of my control as a parent. I try/tried to provide a safe loving home for my kids. I have provided a framework of thinking that I think is important. But ultimately I have no control over what my kids adopt as their own thinking.
    5 points
  25. Church birthday lunch out birthday movie out.
    4 points
  26. You start by not pressuring yourself into feeling like you should be excited for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving or feeling like you have to have the holiday together the day after Thanksgiving.
    4 points
  27. Is there something negative about it that brings you down? Really I think it’s too early to get excited for Christmas before thanksgiving.
    4 points
  28. Happy Sunday! And welcome, Violet! (I'm a little late to the conversation but I think there was so much excitement over your glue question that --gasp!---you never got a proper welcome. So, hi!) Points for lots of exclamation marks!
    4 points
  29. Church was really great today. Very emotional. There is a Teen Challenge facility in our town (Teen Challenge was started by David Wilkerson, “The Cross and the Switchblade” guy for recovery for drug addicts and gang members) and once a year they do our church service. It is so amazing to hear their testimonies and see the hope and joy in their lives. There was over 100 guys in the choir singing, too. We had a combined worship service and lunch after. It was very good.
    4 points
  30. Good for you! I did a class during my yoga teacher training and enjoyed it. Ya, for more muscle and weight maintenance. ____________________ I nearly talked myself out of working out this morning but I made it through the workout and it was decent. I slept 7 hr 45 min last night!!!
    4 points
  31. I live in an urban area that values books and education. The schools aren’t bad here- just not what I want for my kids. We did not do any co-ops so I can’t compare so much. But the homeschoolers I knew varied from school-at-home to unschoolers. Honestly, we avoided talking academics. But we did all our studies at home and get togethers were solely for fun. I am a relaxed homeschooler who values learning Neither of my kids did AP classes or rigorous tests to prove their knowledge. Neither had formal lessons in how to write. (I tried with the second one but it just sucked the life out of writing for both her and me.). I have a experimental study size of two: the first one is doing very well in college, has been working in his field since 18 and has scholarships. We’ll see how my daughter does. For my very small experimental study, learning was as much about not crushing their spirit as it was about giving them opportunities. I am happy with our relaxed approach. Not everyone might need that but we did.
    4 points
  32. Storm coming. I need to clean up the yard from the work we did yesterday. Laundry Hockey game
    4 points
  33. church ✅ Finish getting the tree up and decorated ✅ Clean up college boy's stuff in the living room and dining room Purchase a nice kitchen table set I found at the local thrift store- decided to save the $$ and wait Laundry ✅
    4 points
  34. i think there might be something in the dungeon, if you get my Harry Potter movie reference...
    4 points
  35. Yesterday was good. I walked the dog for a couple of miles in the morning, then took my mum to lunch. I accidentally ordered a frittata with goats cheese which I don't like, so I just picked out the veg to eat. Later on I did my upper body and lower body Adriene combo, then went out for dinner (fish) and a concert with a friend. This morning I woke up snuffling, but I think that's just my weird post-exercise snuffle. I feel as if my bingo wings are getting firmer, so that's good. Overall a good week. Four sessions of yoga, of which three focused on strength. Lots of brisk walking and meditation. My weight seems settled in a comfortable zone - I'm at 58.2 kilos this morning at 163cms. I was heading out to Nordic Walk this morning but there's some doubt about the timing of our family Skype, so I might miss the tide. Oh well, family first. Have a great day! :
    4 points
  36. I just realized that I forgot to post last week that I read Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. I had never heard of this book until fairly recently and I really, really enjoyed it. Sabatini is Italian, but wrote in English. And the setting of the book is in France during the Revolution. Sabatini's writing reminded me of Dumas, but it was much more approachable. It was an easy read and a fun story.
    4 points
  37. I recently saw a stage production of Dickens' Great Expectations, so I pulled it off of my To Be Read stack and read it. Great Expectations is another classic that I should have read a long time ago and had never gotten around to it. It was much more enjoyable than Oliver Twist (which I also read recently), but not as enjoyable as A Tale of Two Cities. I also (finally) read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I had heard the story before, of course, but I had never actually read it. I think that Robert Louis Stevenson himself might have had a dual personality. Comparing this to A Child's Garden of Verses, you would never recognize it to be the same author.
    4 points
  38. The only Christmas decorations I enjoy are Christmas lights and a Christmas tree, and I would not mind having either up all year long.
    4 points
  39. The Christmas decorations go up when I get tired of the kids pestering me about them and they come back down when dh gets tired of me pestering him about them.
    4 points
  40. We put Christmas stuff up right after Thanksgiving and take it down before Lent.
    4 points
  41. It's nice to see you, Nan! I'm inclined to disagree as I'm interested in learning what books you consider worthy of rereading. I only tend to reread books that I consider very good. Regards, Kareni
    4 points
  42. Please feel free to return if any other needs arise. Thank you, and have a good day. -management
    4 points
  43. Attended my first Essentrics class today. It was nice mix: 60 minutes of stretching, work on balance and posture, enough strengthening exercise for a burn. It is a 20 minute drive, and I'm a reluctant winter driver to be sure, but midday on a Saturday is a good time, usually, so will try again in the coming weeks if I can.
    4 points
  44. That's true of Ruth's son (that his issue is asynchrony not 2e), but it's also possible for someone who does have ADHD and significant EF deficits to still understand what their limitations are, know when/how/who to ask for help, and then follow directions and make good use of the support they're given. I don't think that's a component of EF as much as it's a function of personality, self-awareness, and probably a certain amount of meta-cognitive explanation and instruction. Having known a lot of adults with ADHD and serious EF deficits (including being married to one for 22 years), my #1 priority with DS from the time he was very young was teaching him that (1) he should never be ashamed of the way his brain works (there are both advantages and disadvantages to his type of wiring) and (2) he should never be afraid to ask for help. I thought that learning how (and when and who) to ask for help, how to articulate exactly what you need, and how to build on the help you're given, was the most fundamental skill set I could give him — far more important than learning how to use a planner or put reminders in a phone or whatever. The "memory aid" stuff is helpful but superficial and relatively easy to pick up. Understanding that your brain is just different, not "wrong," and it's ok to ask for help with the things you're not good at, because there are lots of other things you are amazing at (and you can help other people with those), is a much harder lesson, because it needs to be really accepted and internalized to the extent that it changes how you see yourself and others.
    4 points
  45. We have the same as several PP. "Last Name" Crew (have CREW spelled out in big metal letters in living area, used a lot) "Make good decisions." "Don't die." "There's more than one way to skin a cat." --gruesome but true "Work hard, smile a lot." "If you can make 10s, you can rule the world." --from elem. math days that stuck around for no explainable reason. :) But our favorite (from a 1980s Cathy character poster my mom bought in a garage sale that I still have these many years later): "You are talented, gifted, creative, charming, brilliant, beautiful, sweet, thoughtful, witty, clever, gorgeous, dynamic, and a joy to be around." ~signed your Mother All 3 kids have this memorized. It's something I used to say every night to them tucking them into bed.
    4 points
  46. Mine is a little less inspirational. This is what I say when I send my kids off someplace without me, like to field trips or to someone else's house. "Don't be stupid."
    4 points
  47. Hugs to you, Maize. None of mine were anxious about me leaving (at least, not in a major way) so I'm not experienced with that, but DS12 has many sensory-related quirks that really impacted us out in public when he was younger. It can be hard, especially if you are also dealing with adults who aren't understanding about it. I'm glad you can stay with little kernel. ETA: It's a Snuggle-em-while-you-still-can Booyah!
    3 points
  48. I was going to suggest hot glue gun. I guess if the spray doesn't work, that could be the second string attempt. It seems early for holiday shopping and I don't think it's been like this in years past. We're nowhere near a military base, although now that you mention it, yesterday was the 15th and a lot of places around here pay twice a month on the 15th and last day. Could be that and I've just been lucky enough to not hit it in the past? Or at least not hit it on a Saturday. Which is possible, I tend to avoid stores on the weekend if I can at all help it.
    3 points
  49. My husband also started a little hand signal that means "I love you". He would flash that to a kiddo when they were on stage or after dropping them off, or as they took the field, or after a great performance, or after a rough performance, etc. The kids flash it to us, and we flash back or vice versa. This has been extra special through the years because it's like a secret, only-us in the midst of a crowd thing that we do. I thought it was corny at first but am soooooo happy to have it now.
    3 points
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