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Garga last won the day on November 3 2014

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  1. We had bedbugs about 9 years ago. It was horrible. I posted all about it here on the forums. My dh brought them home from a hotel in New York state. It cost about $2500 to get rid of and a TON of work. We ended up throwing away a lot of our possessions in the room that was infested and our bug guy said that helped a lot. Bedbugs will hide in anything, so you have to visually inspect everything in the room, and even then it’s hard to find them. Like...they like to live inside wall sockets or on the backs of picture frames, etc. Any possessions that we kept, had to be kept in big black sealed trashbags for 6 weeks. Slowly, we’d open each back and put the items back out, and the bug guy would come and reinspect after each bag had been out for a week to see if any bugs had been inadvertently packed away. We had to wash every single garment we owned in hot water and use an industrial dryer at a laundromat to get the clothes hot enough. Oh, it was just AWFUL. The worst part was that I said to the bug guy, “I am NOT sleeping in that bed!” And he said, “Well...if you move to another room for the next couple of nights,” (we had to wait a couple of days for him to treat the rooms because we had to have time to bag everything up), “the bugs will follow you. They’ll move from your bedroom to your living room where your couch is, if you sleep on the couch. And then you’ll have to treat that room, too.” So we had to keep sleeping KNOWING that they were crawling all over us while we slept. I guess we could have gone to a hotel, but then what if we brought the bugs with us and infested the hotel? And the chemicals he used to treat sets the females into some sort of mode where they head out to feed more than ever. And when they set out to feed on us, they walk through other chemicals that will kill them. So, even after the treatment, we knew that bugs would be swarming out to feed on us in order to get them to walk through the other chemicals. OH IT WAS HORRIBLE. And lice?! No. Just no. Never had lice and NO NO NO. ——— When TV shows show men urinating. Not close up...they’re just in a bathroom standing near a urinal....but yuck. I hate that sort of scene. It’s like I can smell it and I haaaaate that sort of scene. I also hate it when TV shows show someone throwing up. NO. NO NO. NO NO NO. I hate that. The actor has stuff spewing out of their mouths. Just no. When little kids have runny noses. I cannot take that, people! And when very little kids (like still in high chairs) eat. Oh, it’s just too disgusting. It was ok when it was my own kids, but no one else’s kids can eat messily without it grossing me out. ——— Million-leggers. Those bugs with all the legs. Shudder. It’s a visceral reaction. I just can’t.
  2. Moving here. —Once we moved here, my parents (who are odd ducks) took that as a sign that we didn’t like them anymore (they’re very odd ducks), and so they packed up and move 2500 miles away. They regret it now and it took me about 12 years to finally come to terms with it. —We used to live about 6 minutes from a community college and within walking distance of a state university my kids could have gone to. Now, we’re 20 mins from the nearest CC and an hour from the nearest state U, and my kids don’t want to board at a college, but they’ll have to now that we live here. —Shopping. I’m 30 minutes from groupings of stores—like there is an occasional dollar store or grocery store, but if I want a Target/Walmart/HomeDepot/Kohls set up, it’s 30 minutes away. It used to be no more than 8. —Jobs. Lived in an area with sooo many businesses to pick from. Here, the population is less, so there just aren’t the jobs. I worry that the kids will move far away from me. (And I have issues about relatives leaving me...see odd duck parents above.) —For homeschooling, there just aren’t the opportunities here. Harder to find museums and places to go and co-ops and plays, etc. All that enrichment stuff is an hour’s drive away. I do like it that the house is 1 level, except for a little bedroom upstairs. I do like that the pace of life is slower here. I like that a lot, but I feel it was a mistake overall to move here.
  3. Usually a star, but this year the 14 yo boy created the topper: a Santa hat and Santa beard with sunglasses and a pinecone nose.
  4. I think it’s a way to show the weather and time of day. You can bike in the rain and snow (see the rain and snow out of the window? But you can still bike, because you’re inside! Yay!). You can bike at night (see how dark it is, but there you are in your bright home biking away! Yay!) I didn’t see it as it was a gift to her husband. It seemed like she was just showing him how happy she was with what she’d gotten the year before. I’m 99% sure that the next time we see the couple, she’ll be presenting him with a key to a car in the driveway with a big red bow on it. 😄 My first impression was that it was for strength. I’m thin right now and I seriously need some strength. I need to start working out for health reasons beyond my size, fer sure. I’m just being lazy about it. I interpreted her apprehension as being, “I’m sooo out of shape, I hope I can keep up!”
  5. Congratuations!!! He’s so handsome!
  6. Good point. Years ago, the majority of people were vaccinated and didn’t know of people who refused them. Now it’s all over the news. My friend’s daughter had a baby and she insisted on people being up to date on their vaccines if they wanted to hold the baby when it was very young. She was the first I’ve heard of it about a year ago.
  7. Our cats pretty much ignore the fake tree. They’re all over 2 years old now, though. The first couple of years we had them, we wouldn’t put on the last few rows of branches, but now I can put all on the rows. Now...if it was a real tree, that might be a different story. I’m not sure they could resist sinking their claws into the trunk and taking a little climb.
  8. I didn’t know there was an uproar so came at this post cold. I watched the commercial and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I tried reading what the problem was in the article, but it didn’t say until waaaay at the end of it. The posted article assumed the reader already knew what was wrong. By the time I figured out what was wrong with the commercial, it was a complete let down. When I watched it all I thought was, “Oh she wanted one of those expensive treadmills and was a bit dramatic about starting her new routine and then got strong and in shape by the end.” People being upset with it are being dramatic and looking for devils behind doorknobs. (Meaning looking for problems that aren’t there.)
  9. I put my kids in an online cyber school this year. There were many good reasons to do so and it’s been a great choice for us. It’s too long to type out all the reasons here (I’ve been trying and it’s just too complicated and distracting.) My 12th grader works almost entirely alone. I check in with him each week to help him plan his week and I look over his writing to see if he needs to edit anything before he turns it in, and that’s about it. For the youngest, though, I sit side-by-side with him for 4 of his 6 classes. And for the remaining 2, I stay on call to help if he needs help. For me, using the cyber school wasn’t about me stepping away from their education. It wasn’t about me getting free time or going back to work. It was about making the best choice to educate the kids. And for “reasons” it is the best choice. And for us, that means that my 9th grader uses the cyber school, but I sit next to him engaging him with the material and learning alongside him. For example, I know that math is his weakness. And I further know that I’m a bad Algebra I teacher: I earned that with the oldest (who is strong in math, so I didn’t entirely mess him up.) But it was a rough year and I quickly outsourced math the next year. So, for my 9th grader, we sit together and watch the teacher’s lessons and then we both work through the problems and see if we come up with the same answer. And when I see my son not understanding something, we review and we practice. For history, there is a lot of reading. So we sit side by side and read silently together and then talk about what we’ve read every few paragraphs. For English, I read the books he reads for school and we talk about what we read. For his Spanish, I know nothing about Spanish, but I help him remember what his teacher said, and I help him keep moving forward when he’s getting confused or overwhelmed (so many moving parts in learning a language.). Etc, etc. I spend as much time side by side with him this year at the cyber school as I did last year in a pure homeschool setting. I don’t help him a lot with 2 of his classes because he finds those very engaging on his own and as a 9th grader, I want him to be learning independence. I could sit by him with those, but I chose not to for 9th grade. Next year, I’ll back off form a couple more classes. By 12th grade, the plan is for him to be working almost completely independently, like his older brother does, so he’s ready for college. You might want to consider whether you need to do that with your daughter as well: Do her school day with her. Do’t take the full lead, but come alongside for support and questions and interaction. Edited: for clarification
  10. Normally I’d want one, but in this case I think it looks cleaner without.
  11. I know. Soooo disappointing. It was such a gentle curric.
  12. Whoops!!! Well, I’m glad to confirm that it’s a good choice. 🙂
  13. For fun, he could read “The Stars: A New Way to See Them” by H. A. Rey. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the author is the same man who wrote the Curious George books. I used it as a fun little supplement for my son’s 9th grade astronomy elective. I read that a professor at MIT would use The Stars in his classes for fun. It’s not a curriculum or anything heavy. What makes it fun, is that H.A. Rey shows the constellations as we know them with the dots connected as we are used to seeing them connected, but then he reconnects the dots differently, or overlays a drawing on the stars, so that the constellations look a bit more like what they’re supposed to look like so it’s easier to find them in the sky. My 9th grader and I read it together and it was a nice little book. It has some general facts about constellations in it as well, so it’s certainly not all just a bunch of drawings. It gets great reviews on Amazon, and some of the reviews left give you a good idea of what the book is like.
  14. It’s probably not, though someone may know of a link somewhere (isn’t there some sort of wayback machine that gets you to old information online? Not sure if it works for videos.). Last year she announced that that year was the last year she would offer the curriculum, so I’m assuming she meant it and shut down all the videos.
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