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Michelle Conde

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  1. This is a sign of severe anemia. Go see a doctor.
  2. It's this one: https://carlsbadcravings.com/creamy-white-bean-ham-tortellini-soup-recipe/ I've never made it before, but so far my family has loved pretty much everything I have made from this website.
  3. I did meal planning again yesterday. Specifically trying to use up some things in the freezer and pantry. Yesterday: Pizza Movie night, with walmart pizzas and salad Today: Bang Bang Shrimp and rice with pear sauce cake for dessert Monday: dh and I are going on a date. The kids are having tomato soup and grilled cheese with the babysitter. Tuesday: Minestra soup (because I love it but dh does not, and he will be gone teaching) Wednesday: Creamy Ham and White Bean Tortellini Soup Thurday: Honey Balsamic Tuna Veggie Bowls Friday: Rigatoni Saturday: ? ? Leaving this one open, as I’m not sure of our plans yet. Sunday: Enchilada Casserole and cilantro lime rice This will use up rice, beans, canned tuna and tomato soup, shredded cheese, and some frozen ham and turkey and pear sauce.
  4. This thread has me thinking about the anime series Hetalia. It is hilarious (but don’t watch if you will be offended by the stereotypes).
  5. I think with us it may have been that we have four stair-step kids with mostly fair hair--several tried to pet my daughter's very straight, blond hair. We don't get it as much now. Not sure how much of that is the kids not being as little, or their hair darkening as they age, or how much is me learning to be more assertive when it comes to strangers near my kids.
  6. My (US public school) education covered certain topics in history very thoroughly, while glossing over or never mentioning all the rest. I have learned so much as an adult and while teaching my kids. I'd of course heard references to and excerpt of Churchill's "we shall fight on the beaches" speech, but never knew before setting out to memorize it with the kids last year that the next part was an appeal to my country to come rescue the European Allies. "Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."
  7. I have a question. First, I agree that this is totally ridiculous and rude : But I'm curious, do you think the Allies would have won WWII without the US's involvement?
  8. This is the only foreign tourist behavior that really bothers me. I've had Asian tourists following us to take photos of my kids, trying to get their attention, and stepping around me reaching for them taking more pictures as I am actively stepping between the tourists and my kids asking them to stop. I could get it if it were just that this was acceptable in their culture so they didn't realize it might be a problem, but trying to sidestep me to keep shooting pictures as I'm asking them to stop, and following us for ten, fifteen minutes through the crowds after we decided to leave the area to get away from them?
  9. The second here is interesting. I didn’t know it could be rude to ask for a bill. Just in case I can ever afford to travel someday, where is this considered rude? In Asia?
  10. Sometimes, but not often. It’s quite common to wave down a passing waiter with your hand, but the snapping thing always seemed really rude to me, like you were getting a dog or small child’s attention.
  11. Thanks to all those non-Americans who were willing to come and share! Musing now on how closely people I know from other countries do or don’t fit the stereotypes that exist about those cultures. Our long-term Aussie expat family friend is one of the nicest, funniest people. She’s also very loud and projects a self-confidence that fills the room (in a positive way). Now I’m wondering if she has always been like that or if she would consider herself “americanized”, or even if she does it on purpose to try to fit in?
  12. I’ve never actually heard of the swearing drunk Aussie stereotype before. The American stereotype of Australians that I have encountered is: really friendly, great sense of humor, great food, and perpetually surrounded by kangaroos, koalas, and crocodiles. 🙂 This is probably the result of us all growing up loving Steve Irwin. I’m from the west, but was born in Tennessee while my dad was serving a judicial clerkship there. He’s told me how occasionally, a northern lawyer would take a condescending attitude with the slow-drawling southern judge, and the judge would eat him for lunch. Out of curiosity, where is this perspective from?
  13. My school-agers each have a checklist to complete each day. They mostly choose what order they want to do them in, with some interference from me to insure we don’t have everyone wanting the two devices at once or all four instruments playing at the same time. I’ve included some specifics on my what my oldest two do. Our days are shorter on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we have out-of-the-house activities during the afternoons. 5 Days a week Math—3rd grader: 2 sections Beast Academy Online per day, or 5 pages (one side) of Singapore. 5th grader: one section from AOPS Prealgebra (one set problems or exercises or review or challenge questions) or from alcumus or 5 pages of Singapore CWP. They are each about 75% independent with these, and I move back and forth helping kids when needed. Each also does xtramath independently. Music—they each do what their music teachers assigned. This is 30 minutes on a timer for the 5th grader, done when the list is done for the 3rd grader. Oldest is completely independent. 3rd grader is about 50% independent. Free Reading—daily at bedtime Monday-Thursday Language Arts—3rd grader: 1 “day” from Treasured Conversations and about 20 minutes AAS. Both of these are 100% teacher involvement. (Spelling is tough for her as she is dyslexic. We work together on AAS daily and stay on a lesson until she has learned to spell those words, which might take a week or three.) Also handwriting independently. 5th grader: MCT Voyage, currently Essay Voyage, mostly with me. This one’s really hard to schedule, but I try to cover a few pages in the book with one exercise and one discussion or writing assignment from the end of the chapter each day, with longer writing assignments given 2 or 3 days to complete. Also a practice grammar sentence daily. R&S Spelling by Sound and Structure independently except for tests, one lesson per week. Foreign Language—3rd grader reviews vocab assigned by German tutor. 5th grader completes assigned work from CLRC Latin class. Monday/Wednesday/Friday Assigned Reading—After lunch they choose from a basket which I fill with history, science, poetry, & literature selections. Logic —one page from Logic Liftoff/Orbiting with Logic each on Monday & Wednesday History—On Monday or Wednesday, I read a chapter of SOTW to the youngers and 3rd grader dictates a narration then writes and illustrates it. 5th grader reads 3 chapters from OUP world in ancient times series per week and chooses one to write on. She does this independently, with some reminding. Every other Friday we do some map work and a fun history project. Science—On Monday or Wednesday and every other Friday we watch a science documentary or read a book or do a science project. Art—I try to do an art project every Friday. We often don’t get to it.
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