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  1. You did it correctly. There are different ways to get it done, and if using a simple timer works for you, doesn't create any issues with the student such as timer anxiety, then it's perfectly fine. You are looking for progress as well as accuracy/speed. Over time, the speed should increase. By the end of 8/7, I think, my daughter did her speed drills in about 2 minutes or so.
  2. We've rented cars in Europe and have never needed an international license, but you should check country rules just to be sure. As mentioned in other posts, definitely request an automatic if you are not comfortable with the manual shift. Someone mentioned that you need to look behind you as well as in front of you. What that meant to us in Germany (and other countries also, but Germany in particular) is this. On the Autobahn in places there is no official speed limit. In practical terms that means that there will probably be people who are driving faster than you, but this works well. If someone pulls up behind you, they will put on their left indicator signal, which means they are politely asking you to move over so they can pass. You move to your right, they zoom, and everyone is happy. It's easier to just keep right unless overtaking to be honest. When we rented our car last time in Germany, the rental company asked us not to take their vehicle into the Eastern European countries, which were all listed specifically on the rental agreement (such as Poland, etc). When we drove through Switzerland, the main thing that the border control cared about was the road tax decal. I think someone mentioned this upthread. Even though it was a rental vehicle, we had to buy the decal at the border control office. The decal is good for a year, I think, but we had to buy it anyway. It wasn't very expensive. As mentioned upthread, the road signs are excellent, particularly in Germany and Spain, but you need to know how to use them. Unlike the U.S., the signs do not show direction, i.e. South. Instead they show the next large city in that direction. Once you figure this out, it's easy. I like to have a paper map so I can trace the road and see what next big city is, and then we are good. Nav is a good thing to have, too. Some rental cars/companies have this. Request in advance just in case. I agree with taking full insurance, including scrapes and scratches. We didn't want to expose our own insurance. Your credit card company, as long as you rent the car with their card, may offer some insurance - check if it works in the countries you are visiting. Neuschwanstein Castle is beautiful, very much worth the visit. But. You won't get to see it the way it is shown on postcards. Those photos are taken by people who climbed a very steep mountain nearby. It is on a steep hill, and the last part of the climb is quite steep. At the bottom, there are (or were) notices to the effect, advising people with physical challenges to take a shuttle or a horse cart. When we visited the castle, it was snowing and the road was slippery. The shuttles were not running, although the castle was open to visitors. The horse carts were still operating, but the wait was long, so we just walked/climbed. It was quite a challenge, but we are not exactly in great shape. Since it was snowing, there was really no line to buy tickets. You have to wait for a tour in your language. We had to wait until there were enough people who wanted a tour in English. There were several groups that went before us that had Chinese language tour. ETA I forgot to mention that the same road/expressway can have different names or numbers. So on your Nav it may be called I5 or something, but what you see on the road sign in front of you is something like K28. This is normal - the same road has a EU name as well as a country name. This is where a paper map is useful because it shows both the EU and local country name for the road. It's confusing for the first hour maybe, but after that it's fine. ETA 2 In cities we mostly parked in underground garages or other garage-type structures. I never figured out how the on-street parking meters worked. 🙂
  3. Our church has small groups, and our previous one did, too. They handled it differently, and I liked both implementations. Our previous church had small groups for specific reasons, with a start and end date, such as to go through a book or watch/discuss a video series. This was done, I think twice in the several years we've been there. Our current church is growing, active, and has Sunday school (multiple classes based on interest - fundamentals of the faith, discipleship in general, women's Bible study, etc.). There are mid-week services with a mix of classes for adults and children, monthly mens' breakfast, womens' dinner, elder (65+) dinner, young adult (18-30) lunch, etc. There are also small groups, which meet weekly in people's homes. These run in 12 week sessions, with a month break, and then another 12 week session, etc. Everyone is encouraged to sign up, but there is no pressure to join - the pastor mentions it one or two weeks before each session starts. People who want to join do, change groups if they want, etc. Each group has a leader or a leader couple, and the leader typically doesn't host in their own home. That makes it a bit easier and reduces the burden. The host only needs to tidy up, set up chairs and make some tea or coffee. Everyone brings dessert or some snack to share, and the leaders facilitate discussion. I am an introvert, and I don't feel pressured at all. I can sit quietly and listen, join in if I want to, but nobody will call on me or make me feel uncomfortable. We share prayer requests, praise reports, talk about life in general, and discuss that week's sermon or anything else that may be pertinent. We've moved around in several groups over the years, and I've never felt bad for leaving or felt that I had to explain why I wanted to try another one. It helps that groups have defined start and end dates, so it makes it easy to change. We've made friends and grown closer to people that we would not likely connect with beyond saying hello, and I really like that.
  4. Oh, it's awful, isn't it? I get it like this sometimes when I am recovering from a bad cold and it can last for a few weeks. What helps me, and I know it probably sounds silly, but it really does help - is sipping apple juice through a straw from a kids juice box. The little straw is key - it makes me sip slowly, and there is something in the apple juice that soothes my throat enough to stop closing up and settle. Sometimes I need two juice boxes, but usually just the one. I now keep some juice boxes in the house just for this. My mother carries a small thermos bottle of hot water with her everywhere as she is prone to sudden coughing fits. Sipping hot (as hot as you can handle) water helps her. Big hugs, I know what this is like.
  5. I cut out a small piece of Telfa non-adhesive dressing and slide the rest of the Telfa piece carefully inside its covering and store in a ziplock bag. This is instead of gauze. Then I cut out small strips of Hypafix (there is a grid line printed on the adhesive covering ) to keep the Telfa in place. I find that it works well. There's also Hypafix Gentle Touch for extremely fragile and sensitive skin, but I have no personal experience with that type. I can tolerate regular band-aids for short periods of time, but for anything requiring a longer period of time I use the above combination.
  6. If you don't feel like driving, or even just to look at itineraries to get some ideas, I recommend Rabbie's Tours. They leave from Edinburgh and are really good. My husband and I visited Edinburgh a few years ago and took two of their tours. We love history and nature, and we enjoyed the Loch Lomond and castles tours. Our guide was fantastic, and we got to see amazing things. What I like is that the tour coach is small - it can only handle fewer than 20 people, and because of that the company can take you places that regular sized buses simply can't fit - smaller roads, old local pubs for lunch, etc. Our guide sat with us for one of the meals (you choose, order, and pay for what you want), and it was great to chat with him. We only did the day tours, and I don't know what their overnight tours are like. We went in early March, and yea, rain gear is a must, but don't let the weather deter you from doing things. I don't know the ages of your children, but I think they only take kids aged 5 and over, that's the only thing to really know. Oh, and they leave promptly on time, so you need to be there about 15-20 minutes early. ETA As I was writing this post, I was flooded with great memories. One of the most fun ones was making an acquaintance with Hamish, the Hairy Coo on our tour. We stopped ... somewhere..I can't remember exactly... on the way from Stirling Castle. It was clearly a touristy spot, but it was fun and understated. Here's a link to a blog post (not mine, don't know the author) with some pictures if you are not familiar with these animals.
  7. I would go with bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I would not want to go through chemo, surgery, and potentially radiation more than once if I could help it. The nurse was wrong to tell you that implants need to be replaced every 10 years. That was the case in the 1960s and some of the 1970s. The current implants have a rate of approximately 6% to 12% rupture in 10 years based on clinical studies and depending on manufacturer. The article quoted below has failure rates for multiple manufactures, this is just a sample: "A 9-year average core study of Sientra cohesive gel implants published in 2016 consisted of 1,788 patients with an MRI cohort of 571 patients. The 8 years MRI cohort rupture rates were: 6.4% for primary augmentation, 5.2% for revision augmentation, 2.8% for primary reconstruction and revision reconstruction data is not currently available. Additionally, rupture rates in the 10 years MRI cohort for primary augmentation was 9.0% " source: There are no issues with imaging of the implants themselves. They do not impede MRI or other scans. They are imaged on a regular schedule to check for integrity. If you were to choose a flap-type reconstruction, it can be easier to recover if the tissue is taken from the back rather than the abdomen according to an acquaintance who's had both types of flap surgery done. Please note, however, that the flap surgery may need to be done twice to achieve the desired look because cells tend to die at rather high rate.
  8. I was at work, in an office building a bit away from downtown, around 18th Street or so. We had an amazing wall of windows overlooking the downtown and the Twin Towers. At some point I got a text or a message saying that something was happening with the Towers. I thought to myself, no way, I can see them! Then I looked up. Just at that moment, the second plane hit the tower. It was surreal to watch. Somehow my brain supplied that it was there to help, but of course that was not the case. After that, my memories are in snippets. My coworker on the floor, crying hysterically. All the subways open, free of charge, all trains leaving the city. Everyone just walking away, away from downtown, in a daze. Some people covered in soot. Every once in a while we would all turn back and just look. The towers were still standing then. One of the towers collapsing, the top section sailing down, intact for a while, before breaking apart. Fighter jets in the sky, with a vague thought of I hope they are ours. I don't remember exactly how I got home, but it was ok somehow. There was no work the next day. My husband and I went back a couple of days later as his company was helping set up a counseling center on Pier.. something, I don't remember. We had to get passes and went through a Federal command center or something like that. All the major agencies set up in one giant space, with telecom reps and all utilities. Very organized. Got spare phone batteries, all charged from the phone company. Setting up computers in booths that were already set up with desks, chairs, and tissue boxes. A food area set up, piled up high with donations. That was incredible, that part. There were plates of home-made peanut butter sandwiches next to fancy catering boxes. You just took what you needed and went to work. Smoke. Lots of dark and then later white smoke. Had a friend who worked in one of the financial center buildings. He was late to work and missed the attack. Should have been there. Have neighbors who did not come home.
  9. You may find it helpful to have a packing list, organized by category, something like this: Shelter -tent - tarp (for under the tent, make sure nothing is sticking out, or you can get a puddle under the tent) - mallet or hammer or something to pound the tent stakes in - nice to have - a little broom/dustpan - tents seem to get tons of dust and sand Kitchen - stove with gas canister - cooking pans/utensils - eating dishes, utensils - trash bags - some way to wash dishes like a dish pan, dishwashing liquid, dish towel Food (organized by day) - cooler with reusable ice packs or ice (if food is perishable) - day 1 lunch (sandwich bread, peanut butter... - whatever you like) - day 1 dinner (the meal you are planning) - day 1 snacks (trail mix, granola bars, etc. that you like) - day 2 breakfast (eggs, cereal, bagels, whatever the plan is - remember any tea/coffee/hot chocolate/sugar/salt/ketchup, etc.) - day 2 lunch and so on Water - either water container to fill on site or enough water for drinking, brushing teeth, dishes, etc. Light - headlamps/flash lights for each person plus at least one lantern with extra batteries as needed Safety - first aid kit - bug spray - sun screen - tick removal tool if it's an issue in your area - prescription meds - over the counter meds like Tylenol or whatnot if not in first aid kit Bedding - sleeping bags - blow up mattress/sleeping pad as needed with any tools needed to blow them up - pillows Sanitation/Showers - toiletries - towels - shower shoes (flip flops - yikes, you don't want to stand on that floor barefoot!) Clothes and Shoes - remember sun hats or caps - whatever clothes you need for the time you will be out Nice to have - some kind of camping chair, although the picnic table may be enough - some way to hang up towels like a camping clothes line, but can do without usually
  10. I have the third edition, which probably won't help you. I'm sorry. When we were working through 7/6, I bought the workbook/test book that comes with 4th edition because I didn't want to make so many copies of the drill pages. We suffered through a big portion of the workbook before tossing it and buying the test/drill book for the 3rd edition. It was frustrating because tests had about 80-85% material my student knew, but it was impossible for them to get 100% on tests since the rest was completely unfamiliar.
  11. Which edition do you have? You probably already know this, but the tests/drills are in a separate book, and the answer key is a separate book also. The tests in different editions do not line up - ever slightly different topic sequence, but enough to make it difficult.
  12. Be on the lookout for ringworm. My friend added a new kitty about a year ago, and the shelter swore he was free of parasites, etc. The symptoms started about a week after the new kitty was introduced to the resident kitty in the home, was petted, carried around, and handled. The humans came down with it, too. The entire household, animal and human, had to be treated for ringworm, and it took a while for it to clear.
  13. We use this nail repair kit. It might be cheaper at your local Target or CVS or something. You paint the nail with their polish, dip into powder, and then file down to relative smoothness when the powder sets. Works rather well.
  14. My daughter puffy heart loved Memoria Press Astronomy in 3rd grade. She loved it so much that she begged me to do it the second time, and did it all by herself. She is a workbook, get-er-done person, and she enjoyed filling out constellations, memorizing star names, and going back and forth between the astronomy book and her D'Aulare's (sp?) Greek Mythology book. She used to draw constellations with chalk on the sidewalk, which looked very impressive, and talked to everyone and anyone about the different constellations visible in the sky each season. She can't do the constellations anymore, after 5 years, but she still remembers seasons, stars, major constellation locations in the sky, and star classification.
  15. This our big boy, not being particularly amused by being caught enjoying his nap at the top of the basement steps.
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