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  1. Cookie got a bath and absolutely did not like it and the stress wore her out completely. She just sorta passed out before I could even finish drying her off. Chip did not care at all about her plight.
    27 points
  2. I can't imagine doing math with anything other than my accountant doing the calculations himself, by hand. It's the old fashioned way 😉
    21 points
  3. Would anyone like to join me in praying for peace over the next month? Please check in daily or whenever you are able. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." All are welcome. I'll start. Father God, we do not as a nation deserve your blessing. We ask that in your abundance of mercy you preserve peace in our land. ETA: Don't feel you need to be formal. Just "praying" or whatever you want to say will be wonderful and appreciated.
    20 points
  4. Abc (us) Chris Christie has been released from the hospital following COVID-19 diagnosis: "I want to thank the extraordinary doctors & nurses who cared for me for the last week... I will have more to say about all of this next week” I thought I was easier to start a new thread than dig up an old one but I know some where worried about him so they’d be happy to know.
    16 points
  5. I mean, the answer is basically the same. "Every student is different. Use the method that works best for this particular student."
    12 points
  6. Man, what a week to begin my new "social media on weekends only" policy . . .
    11 points
  7. Forget math, your avatar makes it look like you've been beheaded. Oh dear. I lost my head..over math. Bill
    10 points
  8. You don't need a TI-84 graphing calculator. A Casio scientific calculator can solve most problems.
    9 points
  9. Oh, noooo I’m so slow..... I was totally seriously thinking about technology and mathematics 😔😳
    9 points
  10. Now I’m really hoping your dh is an accountant...
    9 points
  11. My mini lionhead bunny, Hausenpheffer, and Cookie sharing an apple.
    8 points
  12. You realize I normally clean on Saturdays, and instead I'm sitting here researching calculators. This is ridiculous! Making Math Great Again, the MMGA we can all agree on.
    8 points
  13. You may have already done this since I know that you were very careful about all illnesses. But I would put getting flu shots as a priority for the entire extended family: your FIL, your Dh's siblings and families as well as your own nuclear family. The reasoning behind this is to vaccinate for what you can so that at least you are cutting down the fall/winter viruses that can attack besides just COVID19. Bike riding is very low risk in my opinion. So is walking outside where there are good air currents. Could your hockey loving son get some rink time when the rink is almost empty - just to get some skating in and exercise?
    8 points
  14. We are basically being 100% cautious. However, I'm keeping excellent track of the risks, so I call tell them to you with no judgment. Here's what seems to be true right now: a) Most spread seems to occurs in crowded environments indoors. There seems to be limited outdoor risk, except with prolonged close contact. b) Most people apparently don't spread the virus. So this is a game of rolling a 1000-sided die with ONE bad side many times. That means that lots of decisions won't lead to badness until they do. You can't assume that something is safe because it was fine one time. This has to be a long game. c) As far as I can tell, the IFR of this illness hasn't budged since March, despite progress with treatments. I imagine that at some point, the treatments will actually improve enough to make a dent in the IFR, but we don't seem to be there yet. d) Kids do seem to spread it, last I checked. If I remember the study correctly, kids of age 6-10 spread it more effectively than adults if anything. However, they tend to have mild cases. So... what does this all mean? It's really unclear. I'm not sure you CAN be particularly cautious if interacting with someone who is going out into public. But it's also not clear that in your situation that the worst risks are COVID and not mental health and other needs. If you wanted to be mildly cautious, I'd socialize outside and with masks on. But if that's not feasible, I'd just do whatever your mental health needs. I would also try to remember that all of these probabilities are being multiplied together and it's not a "if I do one thing, I may as well do them all." The fewer interactions you have, the better. I'd make yourself a risk budget and think about the most important things are. Then do those and don't get more relaxed in other situations just because you feel like you are already not being careful.
    8 points
  15. I cancelled my piano lessons on election day because my center is a polling site (for that day only), and I just plain don't want my kids in the midst of what might be pretty volatile. I'm using COVID as an excuse, but voting is at the other end of the building with separate entrances, and they will have the windows open in that section (while my county has a mask ordinance, and as a city building, my center had a required masking policy even before the county ordinance, they cannot require it for voting), So the increased COVID risk on my side of the building is probably minimal. But I just plain don't trust adults to act like adults. The preschool director is also closing her programming for the day, as is dance-for the same reason.
    8 points
  16. And yet that's where we're at. The support for white supremacy terrorists among LEOs is the thing about this that worries me the most, I think. I'm positive that sheriff is far from alone. It's one reason we desperately need some police reform.
    8 points
  17. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/us/lyon-gardiner-tyler-jr-dead.html Grandson of President Tyler, 10th president of the US dies at age 95. As of 2012, his life, his father's life, and his grandfather's life overlapped to include 222 years of American History. His brother is still alive, so this 3-generation time span is now at around 230 years and counting.
    8 points
  18. 8 points
  19. Rest in Peace, Xena. (Since this the death of an alter ego it does not violate the rules as set forth by the former hawk.) But don't worry, Xena is like a cat. She will rise (eventually) to fight another day.
    7 points
  20. Here's an old photo of a puppy we fostered for a bit. He looks like he's deciding whether this material is edible. Of course it is, silly, you're a lab. 😉
    7 points
  21. I also want to mention that.........this is a thing. Your grief is very fresh and right now, it's ok to not have all the answers. It's ok to take time to just breath. Just do what works right now. And what works today, might not be what works tomorrow.....and that's ok.
    7 points
  22. I took the vacuum apart and unclogged it. 🏆
    7 points
  23. 7 points
  24. I am so tempted to just call you Ethel... 😉
    7 points
  25. Good Morning! Happy Saturday! I slept in. I still have the remnants of a migraine. Things to try to get done today: putting away summer clothes sorting fall/winter clothes (what fits, what doesn't) grading! lots of grading piled up from the weeks I was planning science labs planning a writing course for dd14 cleaning up the house a bit
    7 points
  26. I’m 49 now so, solve the basic equation; close up the books for the night. No need to drag it out and finish the whole textbook.
    7 points
  27. Well, no, not in real life ... but for the purposes of this metaphor ... 🤣🤣🤣
    7 points
  28. The picture is missing mom and one of the kittens.
    7 points
  29. It is deeply frightening. Let's call them what they are: domestic terrorists. How come terrorist gangs get called "militias" when the terrorists are white?
    7 points
  30. @PeterPan My accountant has never been great at intuiting how I'd like the books done. I think his neurodiversity completely prevents him from picking up the usual clues. I long ago developed the habit of exaggerating any, ah, expressions of approval while he's busy calculating. It took some time, but eventually my preference for, say, addition became clear. Once he mastered addition, exaggerated expressions anytime he ventured nearer to multiplication, and so on. At this point in time, he's much more comfortable discussing it, so I can be more straightforward. But in those early years, this strategy proved very helpful. The downside of this is that it actually did become a habit for me, whereas it was not naturally so. I now find it tricky to do math quietly. 😂
    6 points
  31. I vacuumed. Sort of. Except my vacuum was spewing dirt almost as quickly as picking it up. So, it might be clogged. And we might have blown a fuse. Ds wisely asked me what I have learned from this experience. Never vacuum again? 🤣
    6 points
  32. Yes, I will pray! God, I know you love every single person on this planet, and desire the very best for everyone. Help us to not see people as our enemy, but all the things that bring about hate, poverty, fear, neglect, loneliness, deceitfulness, and so on. Help us be people of loving kindness who can cross barriers and help bring peace.
    6 points
  33. Good morning! Extra coffee over here if anyone needs some. Yesterday we did a huge push toward getting the major cleaning done, so today we're going to organize all the cupboards and maybe get all the boxes finally unpacked! I'm also picking up the grocery order. If all goes well, I'm hoping to break out the school books and finish planning our year, so we can start school soon!
    6 points
  34. Rainy morning here & not much going on. I do need to do more things before school resumes Monday.
    6 points
  35. Mr Toto brought bacon, egg and cheese on a hard roll. A yummy and infrequent treat. Once I eat, I'm waking up dd, letting her wake up a little bit then going through the stuff in her room with her, hopefully getting rid of some stuff, pulling down her shelves, replacing them with cubes. Then I'm taking one section of shelves to the storage unit (others are going in garage), dropping off anything getting donated, and working at the science center for a while. I need to do my monthly payroll taxes.
    6 points
  36. How awful for a sheriff to suggest that it might be ok if the citizens wanted to arrest the governor!
    6 points
  37. This is how my dad was, except he got home just before 4:00. We ate dinner at 4:00 every night. So early! (But, that's what he wanted so that's what we did.) He would get home at 3:45, hop in the shower for 10 minutes, and we'd be eating at 4:00. One evening (when my sister and I were both home from college) we watched an episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry goes off about his parents insisting on going out to eat early to get the Early Bird Special. (I just looked it up. Jerry's parents wanted to eat at 4:30.) "Four thirty! Who eats dinner at four thirty?!" My sister and I laughed so hard!
    6 points
  38. They are absolutely on one side, the side of strongman, authoritarian leaders. They are not anarchists. They hate women and gays, and ethnic and religious minorities to a large extent. They explicitly support POTUS and are rallying to his side according to national intelligence agencies. They will attack/kill LEOs to advance their larger goals of starting a civil war. They have, as the indictment and media reports indicate, positive ties to LEOs. The only reason the informant came forward is that killing LEOs was, for him, a bridge too far.
    6 points
  39. Oh my god, we really *are* revisiting all the old threads! Lol! The last time this question was asked (that I know of), one poster was absolutely amazed to learn that there were people who really and truly only did the math by hand. She thought there was really no way to expect answers before the sun went down if you didn’t use the technology. IME, it could be literally better, not merely more efficient.
    6 points
  40. If any communities had actually received threats or been targeted by ‘antifas’ that might make sense. This is a blanket call to send armed people to polls all over the place. Are you aware of any such ‘antifa’ threats statewide or was your area affected by an angry response to extrajudicial killings? State officials in Minnesota seem taken aback by this effort. You’d think they’d be aware if there was some threat from ‘antifas’. I do hope their funding sources are revealed tho.
    6 points
  41. You know, it’s ok to say that “I can’t decide these things right now. Let’s just do x y and z for the time being and well reevaluate in 6-8 weeks.”
    5 points
  42. These are very hard times. I work in EMS, as does MM, so have been constantly exposed to various illnesses, including CV, since late February/early March. My area was hit much harder and much earlier than MM’s area and, while there was a lull in the late summer, numbers are creeping back up and people tend to be much sicker now. My parents live in different cities than I do; so, I don’t have the option to easily visit them. Neither of my parents (they are divorced) are at the sanitizing groceries level of cautious, but they are at a mask, social distance, don’t go out unless necessary level. I haven’t seen my dad since late 2019. My mom has cautiously visited us a couple of times and it’s been fine. She is at a higher risk than my dad, health wise. My kids are altar servers and, between the Vigil Mass and two of the English NO Masses on Sundays, they serve three Masses every weekend. They and the priests/deacons also mask during Mass. Confessions are still by appointment only and my family is happy with the precautions that are taken. They also attend in person TWD classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays. They are usually the only people in the classes (in person, the classes are also offered via Zoom) and the instructor takes precautions very seriously. Personally, I would not make decisions for my parents or other relatives as to whether or not they should see us. I do have boundaries (I won’t travel to see them, for instance, because of my work), but we give everyone all the relevant information and they make their own decisions. My dad has decided to stay in Houston (another hotspot) and my mom decides on a situational basis after ensuring no one in my household is ill in *any* way. I’m not sure if what I wrote is helpful for you or not. My husband, who usually takes the kids to Mass and is the head cat — I mean, altar server — coordinator, also serves as needed. I occasionally sing at Mass (masked and distanced in the loft). We have decided to cautiously allow our family to participate in limited, vetted (by us for reasonable safety precautions) experiences.
    5 points
  43. I think you're right on the contradiction! My accountant WANTS to be a good accountant! Just not really talkative about the math. So you're saying have a meeting to discuss accounting before the actual book keeping, hmm. Dinner and a calculator, with it just sitting on the plate. Can you imagine? Oh, THAT'S why some of these calculators and abacus come in pretty BOXES!!
    5 points
  44. Morning. Darn I gave up too early and Lynn got the booya. Maybe next time. I'm up and waiting for dh to come back from wherever he went. He left a note saying he's bringing back breakfast. He also brought all the cubes in from my car. I mentioned to him last night that I needed his help but I would have helped too.
    5 points
  45. Good morning! It's every homeschool mom for herself this morning for coffee. I'm hoping to grab a cup while I'm out for swim and errands. Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday.
    5 points
  46. I am nonreligious but I am sending my healing thoughts towards our citizens.... I strongly wish for calmness, serenity, and understanding among all the people in our country.
    5 points
  47. Well, there you go, @PeterPan. Spy Car has given you is opinion on the legit, best calculator. But it is expensive, he says. And it might not be exactly what you have in mind.
    5 points
  48. That really puts into perspective how very young our country still is!
    5 points
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