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  1. PM quark as she would be more familiar and she does college counseling. A high school diploma is not required. From UC admissions webpage “If your home schooling curriculum is not provided by a U.S. regionally accredited school (or approved by the State Board of Education) and you will not receive an official transcript and high school diploma from a U.S. regionally accredited school: You can be eligible by meeting requirements for admission by exam. If you do not meet the requirements for admission by exam, you may still be considered for admission by exception. ”
  2. I have not heard that ditty before but my husband does stick to blue or grey for work attire. My friend who is a lawyer jokes that lawyers wear “penguin” attire (white and black).
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    Does homeschooling mean we will be sick less?

    Not for us since we still go for group sports lessons, activities, libraries and supermarkets. The only difference is we can recover at home if we are too sick to attend outside activities without having to worry about school attendance. My kids get seasonal allergies even at home as long as my patio door is slightly open. We have to make more effort to make PE happen. Their public school has a multipurpose hall for PE when it rains or is too hot. I live in a condo so we are kind of restricted to stretches, yoga (which my kids won’t do), sit-ups, push-ups for indoor exercise when weather is bad as we have upstairs and downstairs neighbors. My kids are happy to be sedentary 24/7 so we really have to get them to move around even if it is a less than 1 mile walk round trip to the supermarket.
  4. CTY math isn’t that rigorous either. The free MEP math which goes up to 12th grade is actually quite a good integrated math curriculum for foundation (and the student can just go deeper using other resources on whatever they like). “The branches of mathematics covered by the course are Pure/Core Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.”
  5. I only had one disapproving colleague but she is just very critical of everything, as in nothing pleases her. Everyone else was just partaking in water cooler gossip while getting their coffee, kind of like small talk (new electronic gadget, new haircut, new tie). My husband did say no one would say anything now for fear of being misconstrued compared to in the 1990s, early 2000s. It’s more of which stores are having sales kind of conversation now. I don’t know if Steve Jobs or Simon Cowell started the trend first. Mark Zuckerberg definitely followed. When I worked in the tech industry in the 90s, the engineers I worked with were wearing company logo polo shirts with jeans in the office and company logo oxford shirts with pants when more formal attire was required. The company logo tops were free.
  6. I am also in a single income family in HCOL. I would be comfortable paying up to $3k for airfare and hotel for a childhood best friend and treat it as a reunion of childhood friends at her wedding. However my mom would have paid for everything (including gifts) other than my airfare if she was also invited because that’s how my parents are when it comes to expenses. When my husband flies back to visit his parents on non-negotiable dates (parent’s birthday) he ends up paying $2k or slightly more for round trip airfare including airport tax.
  7. I am reading “same 4 tops” as same distinct four tops, which makes it obvious that those four tops are in rotation. Since OP and the person making the comment are old friends, I am thinking the person making the comment is making it as a casual comment. Like when my ex-colleagues were commenting that my ex-boss likes pink shirts, I don’t think anyone was intending to be sexist. I am also thinking that my parents generation would plan for days needed plus one spare. So I had six sets of school uniforms and my mom had five sets of nursing uniforms (she worked four days long shifts and three days off). My dad had more than five shirts and pants when he worked as a teacher. Like I said, I could wear very similar outfits for work and no one bothers or notice. My ex-colleague who wears a very different outfit daily gets noticed. Another department’s secretary who wears very different shoes daily (but similar outfits) has people noticing only her shoes. Another colleague has people commenting on his tie collection. Someone was commented for his eccentric socks collection. So something about the four tops make the person comment on it. It does make me wonder how distinct the tops are. I mean if the employee has a red top, a blue top, a green top, a yellow top, (just for illustration purpose) it would be very obvious that the employee has four tops that she choose to wear for work.
  8. I don’t think it is necessarily sexist. My female friends (accountants, lawyers, lab based researchers, doctors) have worn “identical” attire daily and that’s considered okay. My male friends and ex-colleagues who wore bright outfits has gotten more attention for their dressing, something like bright yellow, bright pink, bright stripes shirts. I wore very similar attire daily when I worked in the office and no one cares. Colleagues only noticed when I change laptop bags. DS13 wears a red polo shirt daily and he has a dozen of those. His friends have only commented when he is not wearing red. DS14 wears mainly blue or gray T-shirts. When he wears a white polo shirt, his friends would ask what is the occasion. i know plenty of straight guys who commented on dressing while browsing magazines at waiting areas but now don’t dare to due to worrying about political correctness. My engineering lecturers said that restroom/locker room gossips among the guys are just as bad or worse than what their wives heard in ladies restroom.
  9. My mom took me clothes shopping for my civil engineering (office desk bound) internship decades ago. I was “correctly” dressed for that company’s dress code but ironically the three guys interns (mechanical engineering) and me in the same company came across as upper middle class kids. We (interns) looked more well to do than the engineers.
  10. I am thinking that it’s either very distinct tops which makes it obvious or that there is a cigarette smell on her clothes and he is just complaining in a roundabout way. My husband’s department people can be having a whole wardrobe of almost identical Oxford shirts and jeans/khaki pants and no one bothers. My husband has three navy blue long sleeve shirts that are almost identical though different brands. My working wardrobe was larger as I can be smart casual (polo shirt and jeans) in the office but need formal wear for being on duty at marketing events.
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    Ketogenic eating / adhd, asd, or LDs

    Diet has some effect. Those in my family including myself with some GI issues are shorter than our similar age relatives. I have no idea about Keto diet though. My extended family is a mixed of vegetarians and omnivores who eat junk food in moderation. This BBC article explains some factors. “Questions such as these inspired Komlos back in the 1980s as he pioneered the field of anthropometric history. It explores how the waxing and waning in a population's average stature varies according to economic and social conditions. In particular, Komlos dug through archives of governmental military records – which happen to track soldiers' heights – to explore the relationship. The research revealed that the literal ups and downs of individual human height closely track variations in two factors: diet and disease. Particularly, where these two factors are at work during childhood. If children do not get enough food to eat or cannot absorb nutrients because of diarrhoeal illness, say, their chances of sprouting into their full potential adult height are greatly diminished. "Bottom line," says William Leonard, a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University in Illinois, "the major drivers behind increased adult stature are improved nutrition, health, and in general a better quality of life." ... "The average height today in the US is not appreciably different than it was in the mid to late 70s, even the late 60s," says Leonard. "We're talking about 40 to 50 years of relative plateau." How have Northern Europeans pulled ahead? Komlos strongly believes that unequal access to nutrition and healthcare in the US compared to more socialised systems in advanced European nations is the difference-maker. Millions of Americans lack medical insurance and do not see doctors regularly. Pregnant women are afforded little aid in the States, whereas in Holland, "they get home visits from nurses absolutely free", says Komlos. In addition, a third of Americans are obese, thanks in part to eating too much junk food. Calorie-dense, processed foods can shave centimetres off consumers' growth, owing to developmental and metabolic issues. "The Coca-Cola, hamburger, McDonald's diet is not going to bring you up to the Dutch level, to put it simply," says Komlos. ... Rather than natural selection, from a genetic viewpoint today's record heights speak to genes getting all they desire for maximally performing their developmental jobs. "The major changes we have seen over the last century-and-a-half in height are due to populations now being able to achieve their genetic potential in height, or more closely approximate it, than was the case previously," says Leonard. "The big lesson," says Komlos, "is that the environment puts its stamp on the human body. It's not just genetics."” I was born 3 months early and my identical twin died of cardiac arrest and pulmonary failure at 3 days old. I was in NICU for many weeks before going home. I have had weird feelings of foreboding but they are mild compared to my dad’s stress related anxiety attacks while working which he saw a psychiatrist for. While I am agnostic, I do fall back on my childhood upbringing of Buddhist family and Roman Catholic schooling. So going to the Buddhist temple and/or saying the rosary (15 Hail Mary’s) has a calming effect. My SIL’s identical twins were born premature but did not need NICU. They didn’t seem to have any foreboding feelings though I didn’t ask of course.
  13. In my area, there is a race. With Algebra 1 in 8th grade being standard for California previously, students on accelerated math track takes Algebra 1 in 7th or 6th grade. Some parents are going to push their kids into the accelerated track for multiple reasons. Then there is college admissions saying to take the most rigorous courses offered. My neighboring school districts offers Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra in high school for those who finish AP Calculus BC by 11th grade. My district is going to offer as well, now in planning stage. So the pressure on parents and students is there. My kids favorite summer school provider (private micro school) has many students taking geometry or algebra 2 during summer to accelerate math. Public schools want to attract parents too for a strong PTA and having accelerated math tracks is an incentive. It might not be the intention of former President Bill Clinton but the race is there.
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    What do you have hanging above your bed?

    None because we are near the earthquake zone. My cousin who isn’t in an earthquake zone has recessed bed lights installed and that’s nice for reading in bed. Something like this link
  15. I am not from the US system. I found this Brookings 2008 article which is what I understood as the reason for the push for algebra in 8th grade. “President Clinton lamented, “Around the world, middle students are learning algebra and geometry. Here at home, just a quarter of all students take algebra before high school.”1 The administration made enrolling all children in an algebra course by eighth grade a national goal. In a handbook offering advice to middle school students on how to plan for college, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley urged, “Take algebra beginning in the eighth grade and build from there.”2 Robert Moses ratcheted up the significance of the issue by labeling algebra “The New Civil Right,” thereby highlighting the social consequences of so many poor and minority students taking remedial and general math courses instead of algebra.3 The campaign was incredibly successful. Several urban school districts declared a goal of algebra for all eighth graders. In 1996, the District of Columbia led the nation with 53 percent of eighth graders enrolled in algebra. From 1990 to 2000, national enrollment in algebra courses soared from 16 percent to 24 percent of all eighth graders. The surge continued into the next decade. Eighth-grade enrollment in algebra hit 31 percent nationally in 2007, a near doubling of the 1990 proportion. Today more U.S. eighth graders take algebra than any other math course.4 In July 2008, the State of California decided to adopt an algebra test as its eighth-grade assessment of student proficiency. The policy in effect mandates that all eighth graders will be enrolled in algebra by 2011.”
  16. It is a 13 min YouTube video and touch on the race to calculus as well. “Published on Jan 23, 2019 School math is a ruthless and ineffectual substitute for the real thing. Students often experience “math as a race” where quick memorization of tools pays dividends and powerful and authentic mathematical behaviors are marginalized – along with the students themselves. Jennifer Earles Szydlik is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she specializes in preparing future teachers and studies students’ beliefs about the nature of mathematics. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a specialty in mathematics education.”
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    Verb usage in kids

    High volume - not a red flag usually for that age unless the child obviously can’t hear well. My kids talk louder when they have lots of ear wax monotone - seems odd if it is really monotone. My oldest talks in a very measured (very cautious) tone since infancy (early talker) but it’s not monotonous. He talks in a solemn way most of the time. verb usage - depends on what language exposure (verbal, written) the child has and what the child has been taught. Some kids in public school catch on to formal grammar later than their classmates, like around 3rd grade. My “chatty” DS13 had lots of grammar errors when he was talking excitedly until he was around ten, but his written work was grammatically correct since he was six.
  18. Channel News Asia link New York Times link (same article, paywall) “People of South Asian descent, which includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives, have four times the risk of heart disease compared to the general population, and they develop the disease up to a decade earlier. ... Experts are only now beginning to uncover why rates of heart disease are so high in this group. For the last seven years, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Northwestern University has followed more than 900 South Asians in Chicago and the Bay Area. Their ongoing study, known as Masala for Mediators Of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living In America, has found that South Asians tend to develop high blood pressure, high triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes at lower body weights than other groups. South Asian men are also prone to high levels of coronary artery calcium, a marker of atherosclerosis that can be an early harbinger of future heart attacks and strokes. “South Asians represent almost 20 to 25 per cent of the world’s population, and this is a major public health problem in this huge population,” said Dr Alka Kanaya, a professor of medicine at UCSF and one of the Masala principal investigators. Born in Mumbai and raised in California, Kanaya was inspired to launch the Masala project after seeing many of her friends and family members die from heart disease at relatively young ages. In November, the American Heart Association and other medical groups issued updated cholesterol guidelines that, for the first time, urged doctors to consider ethnicity when determining a patient’s cardiovascular risk and treatment options. Citing studies by the Masala researchers, the guidelines identified South Asians as a “high risk” group and “stronger candidates” for statin medications when other risk factors are present. Some of the most striking findings to come out of Masala relate to body composition. Using CT scans, Kanaya and her colleagues found that South Asians have a greater tendency to store body fat in places where it shouldn’t be, like the liver, abdomen and muscles. Fat that accumulates in these areas, known as visceral or ectopic fat, causes greater metabolic damage than fat that is stored just underneath the skin, known as subcutaneous fat. Studies show that at a normal body weight – generally considered a body mass index or BMI below 25 – people of any Asian ancestry, including those who are Chinese, Filipino and Japanese, have a greater likelihood of carrying this dangerous type of fat. Despite having lower obesity rates than whites, Asian-Americans have twice the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, which promotes heart attacks and strokes. Heart risks tended to be greatest in South Asians, the Masala researchers found. In one recent study, in the Annals Of Internal Medicine, they found that 44 per cent of the normal weight South Asians they examined had two or more metabolic abnormalities, like high blood sugar, high triglycerides, hypertension or low HDL cholesterol, compared to just 21 per cent of whites who were normal weight. The Masala researchers also found that using the standard cutoff point to screen for diabetes, a BMI of 25 or greater, would cause doctors to overlook up to a third of South Asians who have the disease. “Many of them may never get to that BMI and they will have had diabetes for years,” Kanaya said. The findings helped prompt the American Diabetes Association to issue updated guidelines in 2015 that lowered their screening threshold for diabetes, to a BMI of 23 for Asian-Americans. A public awareness campaign, organised by the National Council Of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, has drawn attention to the issue, and at least three states, including California, Massachusetts and Hawaii, have enacted policies to promote more aggressive health screenings of Asian-Americans. ... Most of the participants in the Masala study are first-generation immigrants, and the researchers found that their cultural practices also impact their disease rates. Cardiovascular risks tended to be highest in two groups: Those who maintained very strong ties to traditional South Asian religious, cultural and dietary customs, and those who vigorously - embraced a Western lifestyle. Those with lower risk are what the researchers call bi-cultural, maintaining some aspects of traditional South Asian culture while also adopting some healthy Western habits. This discrepancy plays out in their dietary behaviours. Almost 4 per cent of Masala participants are vegetarian, a common practice in India that is widely regarded in the West as heart healthy. Vegetarians who eat traditional South Asian foods like fried snacks, sweetened beverages and high-fat dairy products were found to have worse cardiovascular health than those who eat what the researchers call a “prudent” diet with more fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains (and, for non-vegetarians, fish and chicken). People who eat a Western style diet with red and processed meat, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and few fruits and vegetables were also found to have more metabolic risk factors. Dr Namratha Kandula, a Masala investigator at Northwestern, said she hopes to study the children of the Masala participants next because they tend to influence their parents’ health and lifestyle habits, and the researchers want to understand whether health risks in second-generation South Asians are similar or not. But for now, some experts say their goal is to increase outreach to South Asians who may be at high risk and neglecting their health.”
  19. I still crave coffee and dark chocolate. My husband and I did change dietary habits to no sugar in coffee for us and less carbohydrates (ETA: rice, noodles, soda) and dairy for him. Our lifestyle is more sedentary now that kids are more independent (compared to running after them when they were younger) and my husband doesn’t need that much calories per day.
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    Bags get checked, makes my kids feel like going through a milder version of TSA. We brought a double jogger as my kids were much younger then and we went to both Disneyland and California Adventures for five days while my husband had a work conference nearby. Hyatt Anaheim where the conference was had lots of issues. We stayed at Marriott and had a great stay in a room with kitchenette and dining area. We brought beach towels and change of clothes as my kids didn’t like to stay wet.
  21. My condo’s “backyard” is Canon, Samsung, Light Rail headquarters and we picked this location because we are surrounded by potential employers and decent high frequency light rail system. Supermarket with pharmacy, library, dental, optician, hair salon, cafes and restaurants, cellular providers and a hotel is just across the street. It’s great for our family because I don’t drive and my husband prefers not to drive. We are used to urban city living so bright lights, road noises and UPS/DHL/FedEx trucks don’t bother us.
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    medic alert bracelets

    I just set up the Medical ID info on my iPhone as a backup to the bracelet. I could put more detailed info there like my oncologist name and contact number. There is probably something similar for Android smartphones. “Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone Medical ID helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency.”
  23. My kids’ public schools said to set up an appointment with the teacher. The parent teacher conference has the student present while the parent appointment doesn’t. I asked to see my kid’s work and tests. His teacher took out an inch of papers of his tests and work to discuss with me. The school’s policy was the teacher keeps the work for work samples in her/his classroom cabinet just in case they get audited. They even show me the textbooks and other curriculum if I ask. I have had these private parent teacher meetings and the teachers have always been obliging as long as I let them know what I want to know through email when I make the appointment. They took an hour or more to talk with me about my kid and how to help him.
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    Could you call and let them know that you would like both your daughter and you to be seen if they can squeeze both in? My dentist would either come early or have a shorter lunch break or leave later to see if she can squeeze a customer’s family member in as she is the boss and she rather have more customers.
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    Chair recommendations for sitting 12 hours a day?

    I had the Herman Miller ergonomic office chair when I was working long hours at a cubicle desk. It was easy to adjust but rather expensive.
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