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  1. He was born yesterday. He is beautiful. We couldn’t be there of course thanks to Covid19. We hope we can go see the baby tomorrow.
    78 points
  2. Can you please indulge me in a mama brag? I can't/won't do this IRL, but I want to share it with someone. My third and final child . . . just got official notification of being a National Merit Semifinalist. (And her score is very high, and she will no doubt be a Finalist and then a Scholar.) Both my older two kids did the same, so I'm 3 for 3 for nailing this particular achievement. I've screwed up a lot. But, at least I did educate them well.
    61 points
  3. I posted this on FB today: ( besides being a paramedic, I’ve been doing paperwork for a county coroner and have become really familiar with the death certificate process) I keep seeing the 6% CDC numbers shared, so I thought I’d look at the actual comorbidities and numbers. Death certificates can list several causes of death, some of which don’t always make logical sense. The comorbidities reported include 50,000 causes of respiratory failure, 20,000 cases of adult respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS), 3000 cases of respiratory arrest, and 19,000 or so cases of cardiac arrest. To remove
    51 points
  4. Sorry I haven’t been back to update. I have been having trouble staying logged on to the forum, and I finally gave up completely for a few days. I think it’s back to normal now. Update: The doctor was 100% positive it wasn’t Covid. We talked at length about the insane levels of precaution I have been taking and the minor symptoms I was having, and she said there was just no way it was Covid. So... YAY!!! Personally, I am still wondering about that weird bite, and after @Bootsie suggested West Nile Virus, I checked the symptoms of a mild case, and they matched mine very closely, so w
    44 points
  5. This is a follow-up from an earlier thread. IIRC, it was @bolt. who suggested I could go, remain masked, don’t eat the food, and make an appearance for a short bit. So that is what I did. I had spoken with my niece (sister of the pregnant niece) so she would know not to count me in for food. It was very nice to have an opportunity to lay eyes on my nieces IRL and see other friends and relatives. My BIL, who was not masked (he had stated that in the past; he doesn’t mask when its not required and he doesn’t SD), was surprised and taken aback when I said, “I’m not hugging. But I’m happy to
    43 points
  6. We started homeschooling our DSs. I just realized that the 2020-2021 school year marks the 20th anniversary of our family starting to homeschool. DSs were grades 1 and 2. We homeschooled through each of them graduating from high school -- which is now years ago in the rear-view mirror. I am old. That is all.
    42 points
  7. No, she was involved with older teens who are now ALL adults. She has nothing to do with this. The truth is that child trafficking has always been an issue, it got more visible with the advent of the internet, and the government has been increasingly cracking down on it since the Obama administration. Not that anyone cared less or more about rescuing children, it's simply that databases and computer facial recognition has improved so much it's easier to identify and track child victims than it's ever been. As a foster parent, the idea floating around on social media and movies like
    40 points
  8. On the first page of the Chat Board, we have: Laundry Gnomes The Breakfast Club Muffins Bidets Backyard Chickens Is This Safe to Eat? Sauerkraut Edition [And many other serious and not-so-serious topics] It's no wonder I come here first every day. 🙂 ❤️
    39 points
  9. First backpacking trip today. I had only 15-16 pounds or so in my back but made it 7.26 miles to camp. Changed into my Crocs (that my friend laughed at me for carrying), Hung my hammock that the kids bought me, ate my dehydrated meal, enjoy some good time with friends......and then drove home tonight so my kids weren't alone overnight. Next time I try sleeping in a tent. I loved it. I will be 50 next week and am just out of the morbidly obese category (after losing 25# since mid April). I honestly could have done more miles. I didn't wake up sore today. My goal is by next sp
    38 points
  10. I’m loving all these happy things! 🙂 Mine is a new pair of Dr. Martens boots. I bought my first pair when I was 16; I remember all the details of buying them. At the time they weren’t available in my town, and there were only a couple shops in San Francisco that carried them. I drove down to the city with my boyfriend, tried them on and pretty much didn’t take them off until my early 20's. I don’t remember why I ever got rid of them, but I recently decided I needed a pair back in my life. My feet feel like they’ve come home. Lol. 🙂
    38 points
  11. Gotta be fair here - I think this gets a bit twisted. Almost 70% of adult Americans have at least one pre-existing condition, and many have more than one, even while living fairly active and unaffected lives. When scaling risk, we tend to minimize our own risks and overestimate those of others. But when they’re talking about pre-existing conditions, that’s you or your dad or wife. Not some other person, generally speaking. I’m mid thirties I still have two of the known risk factors for Covid even though I’m generally considered a healthy person and live with no ongoing medications or chal
    34 points
  12. Around 3,000 people died on 9/11, and we launched a multi-year, trillion-dollar war that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in a country that had nothing to do with the attacks, and two decades later we're still taking off our shoes and getting body-scanned before we can get on a plane. More than 180,000 Americans have died of Covid in the last 6 months, and millions of Americans shrug and say "Meh, 180,000 isn't that bad" and complain that wearing a 6" piece of cloth is too much trouble. Twilight zone, indeed. 😥
    34 points
  13. I am just astounded that there are still people who think Covid's numbers and risk level are low. It is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, "ahead of accidents, injuries, lung disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and many, many other causes." https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200818/covid-the-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us How many people have to die before people start caring? Most people in my area only mask and distance when they are forced by law to do so, and sometimes not even then. I feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone, seriously. I have t
    33 points
  14. You make them today, eat half. Then make a new batch tomorrow and eat half. Then you'll have a whole batch and a bonafide science experiment. Report back with your results.
    32 points
  15. Sun room. I like too how open it is to the garden - there are doors from the kitchen and the sun room, and we walk outside all the time This is the sun room.
    31 points
  16. Totally separate from my other thread....a positive thing. Before his hip surgery, he was contacted by a guy about a potential job prospect. This guy had interviewed DH way back in 2014, during the time when DH was unemployed. Unfortunately, he couldn't offer what we needed. So then out of the blue, I want to say it was April, the guy contacted him again. DH told him that he already has a job now (hello, 6YRS later?!?!? lol) and said that he would be interested in talking only if the guy could do better than what DH makes now....and gave him the number (which is WELL above what the gu
    31 points
  17. It is positively surreal to watch a democracy slide into fascism. And that Americans are voting for it to happen. That is all.
    30 points
  18. "When we get married." She has been dating her boyfriend for 2 years and it's been very obvious that they are very serious. For many months DD24 has kind of danced around the subject. And for a while, what was obvious to me, as her mother, as well as to other adults within the extended family, wasn't so obvious to DD. But yeah....today, she just snuck the phrase "when we get married" into normal conversation. We were like "Woah Woah Woah.....back up......say what?!?!?!?" Apparently, marriage is actually specifically in their plans. Her BF however is apparently w
    30 points
  19. If I'm near DS while he's wearing his wireless earbuds (with built in microphone) and I say "Google" clearly ... it sets off his google assistant on his phone. So I randomly walk by and shout out "google frogs" , "goggle Tajikistan" and weird things appear on his phone.... This is very fun.
    29 points
  20. We are a dog family. The first thing DH and I did when we got married and rented a house, was to get a dog to add to our new family. However, we have been through 3 dogs in our family, 2 have passed away, and we were down to our 14 year old black lab. DH loves dogs but is adamant they not get on the furniture, not get on the bed, and if they roll in something outside, he would complain a lot about them being a pain. He also would never pay for a dog. Craigslist, friends rehoming, etc....only. In comes Finn. I paid for him (DH said not to tell him how much!) and my h
    29 points
  21. Christmas Eve service, the year youngest was two, all the children go up front for the children's sermon. The pastor asks if anyone knows what makes Christmas so special. Two year old grabs the microphone and begins to explain in great, comprehensive, scientific detail how babies are formed, as the pastor tries to thank her and take the microphone back. She is having none of it. Stands up, walks further away, and continues with her lecture before concluding, "But it didn't happen that way with Jesus, because Mary was a virgin and the Holy Spirit didn't have a penis." Then she hands over t
    29 points
  22. Aaaaarrrrgggggghhhhhh! I'm venting here because I've already explained it as explicitly as possible twice at the FB homeschool group. You can disagree, it's not a JAWM post. It really bugs me when some poor struggling public school parent stumbles onto a homeschool page thinking "homeschool" means public school at home and then asks for advice for her struggles. I'm guessing it's the newer homeschoolers who won't pay close attention and ask questions to clarify if they're actually homeschooling. Then when one of us does and it turns out they're ps at home, we explain the difference betwee
    29 points
  23. To the point of the original post and speaking of memes...
    29 points
  24. Everyone else's dryer that I know eats socks. My dryer gifts us things. First, it was a really ugly towel. It was about four colors and badly knitted, but I assume the laundry gnomes were learning how to knit. Then there was the mystery hoodie, and then the mystery blue jeans, that actually fit eldest child. It's been about a year. Today, I discovered three pairs of mystery underwear. All different sizes, none of which are worn by anyone in our house. I blame the monolith.
    29 points
  25. Went Etsy shopping -- for the dog! Totally unnecessary, frivolous and fun collars for the holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day):
    29 points
  26. How many flu deaths are due to "flu alone" with no pneumonia or other complications? How many deaths due to heart attack or stroke do not involve ANY other factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, previous history of heart disease, etc.? It's been known since the very beginning of the pandemic that certain underlying conditions, like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, advanced age, etc., increases the risk of dying of COVID. Nearly half the population of the US has one or more of these factors! If someone who is obese and has high blood pressure contracts COVID and dies, it's not as
    29 points
  27. I am extremely happy with where I live because of the sensible and cautious response to the pandemic. . I can tell you that I have crossed certain places off of my mental list of places to live though.
    28 points
  28. Yeah apparently DH just logged into our Amazon account and it recommended nut-harvesting equipment. He told me he doesn't know what I'm doing, it just better not be a nut farm. (I told him he already lives in one) (He hasn't laughed yet.)
    28 points
  29. That's the average, right? To see how Covid's affecting the number, there have been 200,000 excess deaths this year. So that's about 830 extra deaths per day so far this year, just from one largely preventable cause. Yes, there are going to be excess deaths from Covid. But it doesn't have to be that many. Anywhere near that many. That's the thing. This isn't an accident or natural catastrophe or normal aging, or anything that's just going to kill us anyway. It's a communicable disease, and we know how to reduce contagion, and the resulting sickness and death. Eliminate, no. Reduce,
    28 points
  30. I just bought my first academic text book for my own use in thirty years. I start an evening degree module in January and I want to get a head start.
    27 points
  31. Muppet Boy (19) saw the Breakfast Club this weekend. He was discussing it with DH. MB says "I don't think the Breakfast Club holds up as well as, like, Ferris Bueller" DH " I think it's pretty universal..." Discussion continues.... MB says "Yeah maybe it doesn't do it for me because I didn't go to High School" Look of shocked realization for DH... "Yeah, I guess that would.do it." Homeschool.culture gap lol
    27 points
  32. All y'all wanting these biblical Jewish people to your table and you don't keep kosher? I'll be your caterer - kosher food for your ultimate dinners!
    26 points
  33. There is so very much of hypocrisy and fomenting more division on this thread I’d love to quote and point out, from some of the very people supposedly decrying it, but it’s not worth the headache. Needless to say when you characterize your neighbor or random peaceful citizen as a fascist or a socialist because of policy preferences, and ignore the ones actually burning and looting and shooting cops or threatening violence over election results? There is a bigger blind spot here that can’t be addressed through someone else simply pointing it out. I will add that, as obnoxious as I fin
    26 points
  34. Clearly, I’m imparting a lot of heartfelt wisdom to my 3rd grade DD. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️
    26 points
  35. I'm with you. I am deeply concerned about the erosion of civil discourse and social norms. The whole post-truth mentality on both the right and the left is truly frightening. I am hoping that the rational middle--who I believe are the vast silent majority--will rise up to reestablish the rule of reason.
    25 points
  36. On the topic of social media modifying real-life behavior, I think homeschool forums are the most insidious of them all. I mean, you join, thinking you'll get some kindred buddies and solid information out of it, and all of a sudden amazon bills you for $1,754 and you make travel arrangements to go somewhere that has one particular bookstore.
    25 points
  37. Yesterday: Boy: I fail to see how any of this history stuff is relevant to my life. Me: Do you think getting your butt kicked would be relevant to your life? Boy: Yes. Me: Then get busy. (Note: Nobody around here ever literally gets their butt kicked. ) Today: Me: Stop talking about computer games, you can only talk about school subjects. Boy: This is censorship! Me: Exactly It is distinctly unfair that my son is so much like my youngest brother; I had to live through age 12 with my brother and now I get to do it all again. Sigh
    25 points
  38. A strip of masking tape OVER THE OPENING, and no one can claim they did not see it. No writing means "see if there is already an open container." "NO!" means do not eat this. If my dh got petty like that with me, I'd cheerfully say that YES, actually, I do need those Goldfish and that banana for a meal. And then I'd serve him a smashed banana garnished with crushed Goldfish. Because I can out petty you, son. Don't even try.
    25 points
  39. Brandolini's law: "The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."
    25 points
  40. Whatever. I'm sick of trying to debunk FB meme bullshit for people who have zero interest in actually understanding the truth.
    25 points
  41. In other words, millions of Americans really don't care about things that affect other people, as long as they themselves aren't inconvenienced. Even when other people are dying. Which is exactly my point.
    25 points
  42. Seriously. All that is being asked of people is for them to mask, to socially distance and to limit group sizes.
    25 points
  43. I have posted on here many times about DD(now)12’s math struggles and how I jumped around in curriculum and math wasn’t her thing even though it was mine, etc etc etc Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I got a hold of Dolciani’s Pre-algebra and realized she was totally ready to do it. I thought we were at least a year away from pre-algebra and that she was “behind” and this was keeping me awake at night and I would question my unorthodox, curriculum free methods in the early years... Y’all, she’s fine! We’re doing a mix of Dolciani and Gattegno now, supplementin
    24 points
  44. Some people can’t not worry about it, as one person here said she just doesn’t worry.Another poster writes about having food snatched and cops shot, etc, while seemingly not mentioning the anger over cops making themselves judge, jury, and executioner, the millions of peaceful protests, etc. That is done on purpose. When the leader of the US can not say that he will agree to a peaceful transferral of power, he has basically said he ok’s violence. Why aren’t we as upset at that as people are at buildings being burned? I don’t give a flying flip at those who say we see this every 4 ye
    24 points
  45. This is my last comment on the subject, and I'll shut up. I'm honestly shocked at the number of posters who seem to think this whole thing is somehow acceptable because it's art... it has a message... it isn't as bad as (insert some other grievious act against children)... the parents were there... there's some group or agenda behind the criticism (other than speaking out against exploitation). I sincerely doubt many of these same posters would give an action or statement a pass because "it's just a little bit racist" or whatever "ist" or "ism" you want to apply. The film maker may have h
    24 points
  46. You know those seeds that came through the mail? Well, I'm not surprised about all the people who planted them. What I am surprised about is that a bunch of people ATE them. Seriously, I think we as a species are too stupid to survive. We had a good run. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akz9qk/hundreds-of-americans-planted-chinese-mystery-seeds
    24 points
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