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  1. Would you mind sharing which test you used? I'm looking for something similar to assess my dd's Latin.
  2. Other than buying online, the only other thing I've found are Tetley British Blend tea bags at Walmart. The taste is good and tastes like British tea but they aren't very strong. Not too bad if you leave it to steep. They are under $3 for 80 tea bags, so a lot cheaper than those on line. I love Yorkshire Gold tea myself but that is more pricey. You can get it online from both Amazon and Walmart online. I always bring as many as I can back when I'm visiting England and my Mom brings as many as she can for me when she comes this way.
  3. I think the girl may just be too embarrassed to come back to the class after her mother made such a fuss.
  4. Sorry did not mean to imply that they don't care, just that they don't say anything about it, which seems strange to me as it seems usual to comment or acknowledge in some way when tragic things happen, especially when it involves the deaths of children. Not sure why they don't. ETA - The perception of these things is always very interesting. I just looked up the homicide rates ( per 100,000 ) and the homicide rate in the US is quite a bit higher than in the UK.
  5. So sorry you have had to experience this. Must be a very difficult time.
  6. My dd's college had a 2 day orientation with several options for dates during the summer. We thought we were going to be away for the early ones, but in fact were able to fit in an earlyish one and were glad we did because they chose their schedule and there were more class options still open. They then had the freshmen arrive a couple of days before classes started and had activities etc for them - this was a really good thing to go to as it definitely helped them to find their way around campus and be aware of a lot of the options open to them.
  7. My dd is going to work at an ice cream place. We live in a summer tourist area. This place pays quite well and is known to be a good place to work. The lady she baby sits for is also trying to persuade her to work at a restaurant they're opening but she has never done anything like that before and is unsure about it.
  8. Yes you're right. I guess no one will want to comment on that. I just don't think people on the gun rights side of the argument will be over on the WTM politics group, so I'm probably not going to get an answer.
  9. Thanks Stacia for all the information above. I know this isn't the right board to discuss the politics of it. I just wondered if there were people reading this thread who might be against gun control laws and who could say if they too agree that shooting in schools aren't more common here in the USA than other countries. I was so surprised to hear him say it. It's very difficult to ask around here where I live because almost everyone here is a strong supporter of gun rights, and to be honest nobody here even says anything about these shootings at all. They just seem to ignore them. I don't think I have heard anyone start a conversation about one when it's happened or say how dreadful it is unless I say that first and then they may agree that it is sad. But that is about as far as it goes.
  10. I am just wondering if those who do not wish for further gun control do acknowledge that the amount of incidences of kids shot while at school is higher in the USA than in other countries. I had a very bizarre conversation with my dh last night in which he said that it is not true that the incidence of occurrence is higher here but rather, that it is not publicized like it is here. I honestly do not have anyone that I can think of, here where I live, that I can have any kind of rational discussion with about this, so that's why I'm asking on here.
  11. Both my dds have taken Physics with Jetta at Clover Creek, 2nd dd just finished, and yet again an absolutely fantastic class! Jetta is the most fantastic teacher! I am so pleased with this class! I helped my dd review for the final by quizzing her on various things and her level of understanding and retention was amazing! I can not recommend this class enough! It is fantastic and I am so thankful that both my girls have been able to take it.
  12. I loved Enid Blyton as a child! We had few books in our house as a young child, lived in the middle of the jungle in South America and you just can't carry a lot of books with you. But we had several "Famous Five" and "Secret Seven" books and I read those over and over. Later on I read the "Malory Towers" school series over and over.
  13. I'm not quite sure what they wear underneath but it isn't much! We were recently at a scholarship awards event and a girl sitting in front of us, wearing just what you described kept standing up to take pictures and we were treated to the sight of her entire bare butt each time!
  14. So sorry to hear about this. I hate to think of the fear and sorrow experienced by those students, staff and families! So sorry for those of you who are so directly affected!
  15. I don't have any real words of wisdom but just wanted to say, from your descriptions, it would seem that the larger school will be more likely to get her where she wants to be in the future. I should say that I'm more on the end of the spectrum of viewing college as a means to an end than as a stand alone experience, so that may factor into the way I read your post. It sounds like both have their pros and cons so I would probably tell her to go with her gut. I tell my dd in situations like this there is no one perfect choice but, rather, several good choices so not to sweat trying to pick the perfect option.
  16. I have an old Outback and I love it. It has 318,000 miles on it. The thing I really like about it is the all wheel drive. I can drive down my gravel road in the snow now and don't have to park my car up by the main road and walk 1.5 miles to it, through the snow, when I have to go to work and it's snowing.
  17. Hope you were able to get some sleep and will be praying for a better day today.
  18. Actually ibuprofen is the treatment of choice for pleurisy.
  19. I really recommend taking one of the hop on/hop off buses like the Big Red Bus or one like that in London if you can fit it in towards the beginning of your stay. I lived in London for many years, but when I went back with my dds we took one of those bus tours and it was fantastic, especially if you aren't there for a long time. You get a really good overview of the city and the guide on the bus really has a lot of knowledge about the history etc so you learn a lot. We then bought our tickets for the Tower for a discount but you wouldn't need to do that if you buy the London pass. I think you could also buy the London pass from them too, at a discount so you may want to check prices. We also did the short Thames river cruise that was included in the ticket. I think you can also go down to Greenwich on the boat, which is a really cool place to look around, but would take a fair bit of time. The tube passes can be good value but I always find that I tend to use them for only a few journeys and then I like to walk as much as I can so I can see everything. If you are seeing several places that are quite far apart on the same day then it can be really useful to have a pass. Honestly London Bridge is just a nice bridge, I used to work right next to it, so I wouldn't go out of my way to see it, but you may well see it on your way somewhere. There are so many great things to see in London. There are tons of nice parks and squares to have picnics in if the weather is ok. Look out for Tesco and Sainsbury's mini supermarket stores, I think they call them metro stores. They have loads of sandwiches and other picnic foods that are quite good and fairly inexpensive, especially if you get their lunch deals which include a sandwich, chips and a drink. My favorite is to get food from Marks and Spenser's ( M&S) thoughas they have some really nice things, although not as cheap as some of the others. They have small shops around London too. A quick, fairly good lunch place is Pret a Manger. There are lots of those around and sell coffee and tea etc, as well as food. If you only have time for one church I would recommend Westminster Abby rather than St Pauls - there is so much to see at Westminster and it is an older building and you can also see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben ( if it isn't still being worked on) while you are there. I absolutely love London. It is a fantastic city to visit. Hope you have a great time.
  20. TCB

    Mental Load

    Mine too! And you know that might be a little bit of the silver lining I'm looking for lol.
  21. TCB

    Mental Load

    This is exactly what I get from some of the women on this thread too. You've said exactly what I was thinking but couldn't quite put into words. Some of us maybe aren't such paragons of virtue as some of you and maybe we had the misfortune of marrying someone who is less than great, or has become less than great. It might be nice for some of you to maybe just think to yourselves that you don't get it.We're not all the same and we didn't all marry the same type of person. Maybe it seems strange to you because you just aren't living that kind of life. Be thankful and maybe be compassionate.
  22. TCB

    Mental Load

    I don't think that there is one right answer and that some have that answer and some don't. Reading through the thread I really get the feeling that some people's lives are similar to mine and some aren't and the ones that aren't just don't get what mine is like. I haven't discussed mine here but I can really identify with what some are saying so imagine their situation is somewhat similar to mine.
  23. Yes I think you need to keep the cat caged for something like 10 days or 2 weeks to be sure. I'm sure a vet would be able to tell you.
  24. I would want to know that the cat was definitely up to date on rabies vax. I might even want written proof or something, confirm with vet. But then I would just wash the bite really well with soap and water and keep a close eye on it for signs of infection.
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