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  1. What an interesting first post on a homeschooling forum.
    17 points
  2. I’ll probably get flamed for this, but I’m going to be the lone voice saying something different. First, I’d want to make sure all is well physically, like PPs suggested. I was this way as a kid and had undiagnosed illnesses, blood sugar issues, and I have Addison’s Disease. So there may have been issues that were not caught. So I fully agree with a check up, vitamins, lights, all of it. I’d also work hard on sleep hygiene, and consider melatonin if needed. Lying in bed thinking or with one’s mind racing for three hours doesn’t sound good. But then I, personally, would consi
    10 points
  3. As many of you might remember, my granddaughter has Down Syndrome and had open heart surgery at the age of five months. She had her two year "heartiversary" last week. Although many of her therapies had to either stop or go virtual, she's an amazing little girl and is making great progress. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is Emma giggling on the day of her heartiversary. That's her aunt (ddil's sister) you hear blowing big kisses. ETA: OMG I'm sorry it's so big! emma giggling.mp4
    9 points
  4. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/meet-olivia-the-covid-19-era-american-girl-doll?fbclid=IwAR1Pxmv8oM_H2POBFbnRQ5UM88v6kCd7t59lrEu9bgZz59u1A7X6k5Evoto
    9 points
  5. I don’t regularly post much anymore and tend to hang out on the college board. I plan to cross-post this article there as well. Pertinent information for those looking at college admissions in the future. I think this poses a bit of a challenge for homeschoolers at certain colleges and universities. https://www.compassprep.com/sat-changes-announced/?fbclid=IwAR22J1Ir7jzolmsw4OACo-pGBhutUJZWdQ3V6iKeGF1R1iQjYXJju2zkFJ0
    8 points
  6. Dh and I have been in disagreement on our financial priorities for the next few months, so we sat down with a dry erase board and wrote out roughly how much we expect to be getting in additional stimulus plus tax return money, listed the various uses either of us would like to put those funds to, priced them out, and came to an agreement. I feel like it was a great way to deal with it. It was easier to see the opportunity cost of each choice, it wound up clarifying some non-financial plans for us as well, and my dh had a great idea I hadn’t thought of. I am very satisfied with our compromis
    8 points
  7. That definitely sounds like migraine to me.
    8 points
  8. I agree. And granted, some of it is. But I’ve read numerous articles this week about people who were there whose neighbors were shocked to see them there. They’ve become radicalized. I looked at just a handful of videos this morning from the repository of them now being hosted by propublica, and stopped after this one. This man is almost to tears with emotion at having broached the Capitol, and then joins in a communal prayer with a group of other insurrectionists. It’s just unreal the brainwashing that has occurred to bring people to this bizarre place: https://projects.propublica.org/pa
    8 points
  9. I am a lifelong night owl. I woke up at 6am for four years of high school and it never reset my night owl rhythms. I did make it to school everyday despite often falling asleep on the bathroom floor after my shower! It's hard being a night owl in a society that values morning larks. Lots of judgement. (I hate when people pass judgement about the time stamp on an email. I don't pass judgement on morning larks who can't stay awake past a certain time or send email or post on Facebook at 6am.) I think night owls need to learn skills for sometimes waking up earlier than they nat
    7 points
  10. Though to be fair, there’s been way weirder first post or not. 😆
    7 points
  11. I had some great teacher-designed classes in high school. It's really sad to me they get pushed aside in favor of AP.
    6 points
  12. I would be more ok with this IF test locations were forced to be available to everyone. It's so hard to get access as a private homeschooler.
    6 points
  13. I agree @Dmmetler Access is now unequal. All students, whether private, ps, or homeschool, are at the mercy of a school not only offering but also granting access for an AP vs being able to independently register for a test anywhere SATs are being offered. It is a power grab and control. Not to mention that APs are supposed to be representative of college level work and subject tests high school.
    6 points
  14. No. CB is trying to normalize achievement by bringing down access to AP to every student and thereby controlling content. All it can possibly do is lead to a reduction of content bc the vast majority of 9th graders are not ready for college level work.
    6 points
  15. This is a bizarre post. Livers are commonly nicked during abdominal surgery, especially if they are enlarged. They get patched up. It’s a vascular organ but it’s a known and common complication. It is not a big deal.
    6 points
  16. I meant to check in yesterday, but things got away from me. I didn’t actually meet my tiny little goals for the week, but I did make progress towards them. More exercise than the months before, and better eating than the months before. It counts, even if I didn’t check all the boxes! I did lose about a pound. I’m not a fan of living by the scale, but it was nice to see a little affirmation. I have some highly motivated days and some #%& it days, and I think that may help me through the latter.
    6 points
  17. My extra activity today was a walk with dh, wheelchair kid, and the lab. We had gorgeous sun which we don't see all that often in winter, so we took advantage of the holiday to get out of the house. We walked through this covered bridge, along with the 100 or so other people who were out and about on this sunny day.
    6 points
  18. We're getting more snow now and the temps are dropping. All good news for skiing and skating! Dd and I just got back from a walk around the neighbourhood to check out our new community of snow people and animals. There's a great variety of sizes. I'll have to take photos next time. 😃
    5 points
  19. I finished the book of Numbers in the Bible. I'm doing it as part of an Old Testament challenge. It's not particularly lengthy, but can be a challenge to read so I'm counting it toward my total. 🙂
    5 points
  20. FWIW, University of Toronto, which did want SAT subject tests or AP exams was willing to accept college courses at the same level/areas, stating that while they preferred exams from US students, they understood that there wasn't really enough time to do both paths. Having said that, another young person I know who has a lot of college credit and is applying to schools in the UK, Australia and NZ did end up taking AP exams after completing college coursework because they needed to prove English proficiency. I do hope that either the college board allows direct registration for AP e
    5 points
  21. Yes, I agree, @8filltheheart If a course can be successfully completed by 9th or even 10th graders (with the exception of PG kids), it is NOT being taught at the college level.
    5 points
  22. I have no idea but enough people in my family have eyelifts somewhere around age 60 that I think it might be worth a consult. When it changes vision it’s covered by medical insurance. Doing it for vision means they will go for a mild approach with natural looking results.
    5 points
  23. Today is a rest day but I think I'll do yoga and some walking. b: homemade granola, yogurt, and blueberries l: thai coconut curry soup w./ vegetables(cabbage, carrots, onions, ?) and tofu d: beef curry w/ rice- sweet pot and green beans s: pate and gf crackers; fruit, some 'healthy' treat- TBD
    5 points
  24. I looked through one of the lists in the OP, and eventually just went for the first book that was available to me through a library resource! The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox. “ In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete
    5 points
  25. Here's their new song about covid vaccines: And in case you don't remember them, this is the video that made them go viral at the beginning of quarantine:
    5 points
  26. It is literally blasphemy. (And idolatry too.)
    5 points
  27. @SusanC regarding the Eyre Affair .......no s#x scene type things of an adult nature but there are so many times the f bomb is dropped......that said the book is hilarious and I let 13 yo dd read it because I knew she would love it. She actually was allowed to give a copy to her bestie back then after I had it preapproved with her mom so the girls could enjoy it together. We are so not the f bomb type of people and it normally makes books get rejected.
    5 points
  28. My hike in the woods with a friend was great. We had beautiful crisp temps, nice snow and a visit from a porcupine. I tried to take a photo, but even though he waddled pretty slowly it was still fast enough to get away. He's the blackish blob in the middle left - the thing that's clearly not a tree. 😉
    5 points
  29. Fun system for vaccination organisation: a local vaccination programme in Yeovil in the SW of the UK is naming cohorts by garden bird. The first cohort was over-eighties with underlying conditions - storks; old people in care homes - robins; other over-eighties - bluetits.... The cohorts are called up by phone (almost everyone in the country is registered with an NHS GP) and invited to come in. It's then very easy to know who needs to come in for their second dose: okay, this week it's the robins... They can chase up any robins who miss their second appointments very easily. Among that ag
    5 points
  30. I usually wash PJ's twice a week. I shower immediately before bed, so I figure I'm pretty clean?
    4 points
  31. Ok, just called the HOA.....apparently it is a city ordinance and in the bylaws, we cannot have a 2nd dwelling on our property. I will look through the documents tonight about parking a trailer or wheeled vacation type home on the property. But it looks like we are going to have to make it work inside the home. I am reading a lot about how popular multi-generational dwellings are though and so it might be a really good thing for resale. The really nice part about that room is that if we were to eventually let a kid use it, the ceiling height would allow for a nice loft area, w
    4 points
  32. Well, I managed to put so much on my to-do list - in order to distract myself from the news cycle - that I haven’t left enough time for reading! I’m going slower at it these days. I did decide to turn in the couple books I mentioned last time, instead I just finished How to Party With an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Interesting concept, I liked the characters she created. However I felt there were blurry spots when it came to point of view, which made it less readable, which would not be an issue except the level of this novel is escapist reading, not a literary classic worthy of de
    4 points
  33. Hit the wall today in terms of exercise. Played and BW danced. Foam rolling done and epsom salt bath later. Feeling tired, sore but in a good way.
    4 points
  34. You bring up a great point. I've noticed when I take a day off, I do better the next day. Can you share how you deal with rest days? TIA!! Wendy
    4 points
  35. Outside of CA (and maybe a few other states requiring validation of homeschool courses), teacher-designed courses are perfectly acceptable. It takes more effort to demonstrate meaningful accomplishments in a few subjects, but it is possible.
    4 points
  36. I think you need to find a different approach. Dragging a kid out of bed and/or throwing him in a shower is not helping your problem. Also, public school will not solve this problem. In fact, my guess is that it will make it worse. You should figure out how much sleep he needs and work from there. Some of my kids need more sleep than others. Also, I would work with him to find out the best time of day for him to do his schoolwork. I am a night owl and I absolutely have a hard time functioning before 9am. I also don't work well between 2pm and 7pm. I'm on a pretty good sl
    4 points
  37. Walked 4.8K for the Winter Warmup, making up for yesterday's slightly shortened walk. Did my daily PT exercises. Did a very gentle 20-minute Pahla B. workout with weights as today's arm work. As always, I will take another walk later in the day to count towards the Year of the Ox challenge and meet my daily step goal.
    4 points
  38. Many people have enlarged livers, and they are slippery as well. And bleed easily. They tend to get in the way of abdominal surgery so this doesn't sound unheard of at all. When I had bariatric surgery part of the plan was you had to agree to a special VERY low carb/calorie diet for a full 2 weeks, mostly liquid, to shrink the liver in order to minimize the chances of this kind of thing happening. Livers heal nicely, so I don't think you will have any problems from this, and therefore are likely to have little chance of a malpractice suit. For those you have to prove lingering harm/damag
    4 points
  39. I like to read a wide range of things so I can pick up what makes sense and ditch the rest. I’ve found that SO MUCH out there can be pretty toxic. Even at a nice income, I’ve yet to find anyone with a “system” that really accounts for high medical costs. I was struggling to figure out why it still seemed so hard as our household income increased and eventually realized my giant (post-tax) insurance premiums (plus dh’s pre-tax insurance premium) didn’t really fit into their pretty plans. It was almost a relief to finally figure that out. I leaned heavily on DR’s snowball system to get ou
    4 points
  40. When I was at that point, I had an appointment and yelled at my doctor and he happily gave me a nice little med that can be used as needed. Later I found out about stress leaching the B6 and zinc in some people. If you have an indication of low zinc (white spots on nails) or low b6 (ridges on nails), you could try a bit of either, see how they do for you. I could see in my genes the indication, but I suppose it could be common. And the b6 form I'm taking is P5P, something that is ready to go in the body, no strain, no drain. Once I got on it, it's like super zen. I take 3 capsules a day (
    4 points
  41. Meds. Zoloft changed my life. YMMV ETA...I have “high need” adult children who used to be high need younger children. Mental illness. I can relate and hope you find some relief soon. I wasted too many years due to fear of medications.
    4 points
  42. sold that video game 2 hours after listing it
    4 points
  43. uk new cases look like they have possibly started to drop. US both cases and deaths seem to be flattening off so really hopeful that things might be improving. Israel appear to have seen very quick results from their vaccination so hopefully other countries see similar results as they catch up.
    4 points
  44. My favorite was the last one, but it would depend on how it fits. I suggest ordering several, and returning the ones you don't want. I can never tell how a dress will fit until I have it on! With the wedding you describe, I think navy, plum, or garnet, possibly a little sparkle on the dress.
    4 points
  45. Ok, so after biking I did my 30 minutes of PT and then a 47 minute live DDPY class on facebook. Also took measurements and was down an inch on my chest and my hips, waist was the same. It's squishier though, I can tell that there is less visceral fat. And took my photos. Crazy how my flexibility has improved! If you have facebook this is set to public so you can see the photos. https://www.facebook.com/katie.loeschmeyer/posts/10158087504638666
    4 points
  46. I can’t even believe some of the things that are coming out of some people’s mouths. This weekend I was chatting via text with an old friend. We worked together in my life before ds almost 21 was born. So I quit there 21 years ago. We stay in touch. We are FB friends. I never even knew her to be political although I did think she was religious. I have seen a shift since 2016 and I hear all politics out of her and very little religion,, So in our conversation I was asking her if she was thinking of retiring, if she had a plan, etc. that led to a discussion about social security.....
    4 points
  47. I think of jealousy as different than craving something for yourself or feeling wistful about relationships you wish you had or grieving. Jealousy just connotates certain outward behavior in my head. But I can see how someone else might use those words interchangeably when you talk about it like that.
    4 points
  48. I would feel totally comfortable. I would air it out and wipe crucial surfaces (even though surface transmission is not a major factor). I wouldn't eat out or visit indoor attractions. FWIW, we are on the cautious end of the spectrum of people I know. But fewer people will have breathed in that Airbnb in a year than in my workplace in day.
    4 points
  49. I don't think that there are any quick fixes or any pat responses that will be "heard". I have thought a lot about Romans 13 lately and how the admonition to submit to governing authorities was given by Paul to believers who were under the rule of Nero, of all rulers. Now, there are rebuttals to this written by people who don't want to follow it so I flat out know that people will do the "yes but" reply. Even if you ignore those admonitions (and there are other passages other than that one), there is also the fruit of the Spirit: you know, things like love, gentleness, kindness, patie
    4 points
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