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  1. THANK you for this #2! I don't think she has any dementia, she just likes to chase down anything she sees as an intruder. When a mama deer charged her two years ago, she was a bit cautious for awhile. But now she's brave again.
  2. My daughter graduated from George Mason two years ago. She was in the Honors Program. (More below.) My dd did not feel academic pressure at Mason, she's just not that kind of person. I don't think there's a connection between student stats and class difficulty. For example, the difficulty of an American Lit class is going to be based more on the professor rather than the school. In a same level class, you could expect to find the same range of difficulty at the Virginia Community College System, William & Mary, and a lower level VA public university. Some professors are going to be easy, some will be more challenging. There are a lot of variables. If your dd is worried about taking classes where she already may know the material, she can email the professor ahead of time and ask for a syllabus. My kids have always used RateMyProfessor to get ideas about what the class will be like. It's usually been spot on, but you need to read between the lines and decide if the instructor will be a good fit for *you* based on the reviews. Dd found loads of opportunities, mostly based on her major, at Mason. It was not her first choice initially, but she ended up loving the school. She had a lot of flexibility in her classes, peer review mentorship, fellowship program, for example. Mason didn't seem to be a big party school, most of the students seemed to leave for the weekends. My ds went the CC route and then transferred to VCU. He's made a great transition; however, considering that Mason and VCU are about the same size, I've been surprised by the lack of opportunities for his major. He needs to work harder at making things happen for himself (a good challenge, but it'd be nice if he had options laid out by the school). We are so fortunate to live in Virginia where there are so many great options! This is not the first time Tech has "over enrolled." I find it hard to believe it's an accident--1,000 extra freshman? It's always good to be in the news for positive stories though. I call it a big fat PR stunt!
  3. I am laughing! (Okay, I'm crying!) Actually, your citronella collar idea is helpful. My always-before well behaved 11 year old dog has begun running outside barking. I'm not sure what she's looking for, squirrels, deer, or anything? And it's at night. She only goes out for a few minutes, but I about die each time she takes off running and barking. After your post, I have absolutely NO plans to test it!
  4. I have been following Dominque Sachse on youtube. i was first attracted to her makeup tutorials, but she has great fashion/style videos, hair, how to look good in photos, etc.
  5. I posted in general about our county's procedure for unclaimed bodies, and I can only speak for our location. I don't know what even neighboring localities do. The ashes of each individual we have are scattered legally on public property. It's not an enviable task, the ash is very fine. But it's done in a manner than I believe is solemn and honoring and is taken seriously by the person who chooses to take that responsibility. There's no accommodation for any long term storage, it takes up space, and funeral homes don't do that. (And thankfully they are not stored in some hidden room where I work.)
  6. I know the OP has resolved, but I thought some may find this of interest. I work with our county's unclaimed bodies. In our suburban county, we might see 6-8 unclaimed bodies each year. We don't have the challenges that our local metropolitan city does (deceased homeless, may have difficulty identifying, etc.). In our county, we are contacted if the police are unable to locate a next of kin. The medical examiner refuses the body unless there is to be an autopsy (only for foul play), so the ME would have no record. If there is family (or close friends) who are unable to pay, they are referred to social services to to apply for funding for basic cremation (this bypasses our office), and they can take possession of the cremains. We obtain a court order for funds to be released to the funeral home to cover basic cremation expenses, and the cremains are disposed of. If there are any assets (typically bank accounts or cash found on the person), we request the court permit us to seize those assets to cover the costs. There usually are zero to minimal assets. There is no obituary. There is no media release. They are not buried, so there would be nothing on findagrave. The county's court records are available online, so if one knew where to look, they could be found that way, the names of the pleadings listed would make it obvious they were deceased. Eventually they would end up on the Social Security Death Index, which is free online. That's pretty up to date, last I checked, it took 2-3 months, but it may be sooner. So much of this depends on the location. We found my husband's cousin's name online after tracking him to Denver. There was an online posting of all of the homeless who had died that year following a public reading of their names as a tribute, or awareness, or something like that. Some of my friends think this part of my job is creepy, but I think it's a privilege. It's tragic when people pass with no one; most of the time, that break was due to drugs/alcohol or mental illness. It's handled with the respect and somberness that everyone deserves.
  7. All four in our family use prepaid. $40/mo, unlimited calling, texting, and 3G data for Verizon. (My husband and I use different carriers, as we found it beneficial when Verizon went out for several days due to a serious weather issue.) We buy our own phones used on ebay. The $40 payment is autocharged to our credit card. I chose Verizon because the Verizon store is WONDERFUL at helping with any issues. It's a night and day difference from calling a foreign call center that T-Mobile uses.
  8. Are you required to use Command Strips? They were the only permissible hanger at my daughter's school, and some them tore off big spots of paint (new dorms) when removing. My son's college apartment bans them because they can damage the walls so badly! Can you do small nails or pushpins?
  9. I had a similar situation last week at work with an Amazon package, where I received an "undeliverable" notice. I contacted Amazon via chat, they did some checking and contacted UPS. UPS contacted me later that afternoon, and the driver came back. I work in a 4 story local government building with open access to anyone who walks in. There is a simple directory listing departments and floors at the elevators. There is a security guard. There is an additional manned window that is visible from the lobby. The driver ADMITTED that he marks every package to our building as "undeliverable" if there is not a suite number. He told me that UPS then makes a call to clear it up, and he the delivers the next day. He told me he already KNEW what floor I was on (which has a total of 15 people), but that he will never deliver without a suite number. All I could think was that a LOT of people would LOVE to work at UPS, that he is lazy, and that he could at least make a SIMPLE EFFORT at his job.
  10. We had similar concerns about a large university with our first homeschooled kid. She got into an honors program, which provided the smaller community atmosphere that we wanted. The size of her school (25,000+) was not an issue, and she did very well, using resources that worked for her and reaching out to her profs. Our second child also chose a big (but different) university. I don't know if it's because of the particular schools, or different majors, or what, but it does seem that there are a LOT fewer opportunities for him than there were for dd. However, he's also an excellent student and does a decent job of forging his own path. Both took CC classes while homeschooling high school, and my son got his AA degree before transferring. The CC class experience was the most helpful, imo, even though they both had doubts that they were prepared. (They were absolutely prepared!)
  11. Margaret, what do you usually drink? And congratulations on controlling your T2 and on your weight loss. I know what kind of commitment that takes. That's what I'd be drinking the day before--they want you to eat differently for three whole days? 😮 You might try making your own bone broth, if that interests you at all. That's just in case they perforate, worse things happen as a result, and you sue them. At that point, that signed piece of paper is likely not that relevant, since an attorney would claim they *really* did not explain the risks, and you certainly were unaware of what could happen as a result of the perforation.
  12. HILARIOUS!! Yes, although I was well past high school, and although I knew the reboot would surely be awful, yes, I watched it. It lived up to my expectations, sadly. By midway through it, I texted my sister: "9-0-2-1-NO." Next thing to look forward to is the Brady Bunch House reno, and they'd better not dash my dreams!
  13. I'm curious why you agreed to let them do anything to your driveway. Did you think they were legit? (It seems like just another version of the "meat truck" scam, which I first heard about here.)
  14. It woud have been very difficult to begin that day without caffeine. I drank caffeinated tea instead of black coffee.
  15. Something else will come along, or perhaps even this house will be up for sale again when you are in a better position to buy. In the meantime, you know what you want exists at a reasonable price, and that can be an encouragement to you also!
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