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About edithcrawley

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  1. Where I live (middle of Indiana)---people will generally hold the door open behind them (as in keep a hand on it til you grab it), but won't hold it open for you to walk through and then they walk through. Ma'am/Sir isn't really heard here aside from the occassional person shouting "ma'am/sir you dropped your wallet" or whatever. As far as chatting w/ store employees/wait staff--some do, some don't. I really don't chat--I'll say hello and thanks, but I don't like getting into conversations with random people, plus it just slows things down.
  2. We use an online service called "You Need a Budget" there is a 34 day free trial, then after that it is just a few dollars a month. We like it because of how easy it is to use.
  3. This rule is really dependent on the classes involved. Most of the classes I took (state university, BA in Marketing), barely needed 2 hrs outside of class per week, normally even less (graduated 5 yrs ago) For the classes mentioned, I'd assume the following based on what I remember from a few years ago when I was at college (this sort of effort was at least B+ worthy in all the classes I had--ymmv depending on the difficulty of your univ.): intermediate economics class--2-3 hrs a week if there is homework/readings involved. Also depends on if you're naturally "econ minded" or not and how well the prof. explains things. English 102 --Weeks with no papers, probably about 1 hr a week if that (is this a composition course or a Lit course? Normally the papers for 101/102s (comp based English to satisfy core credits) in my experience don't require much thought, they're looking more for structure/grammar etc. An average 5 pg paper should only take an hour or two to crank out assuming no research needed, another hour or so if you need to research the topic (for persuasive essays etc) Arabic--do you have any experience with this? I'd imagine this might be the most involved of your classes general art class---Gen. art as in creating art or art appreciation? If the latter to complete core requirements of the college, it is normally a cram before the test for a few hours kind of course, week to week won't require much work. If it is creating art, who knows. You mentioned you were at college for about 8 hrs 2x a week, I'm assuming 3 of your classes are 3 credits, and the 4th is a 4 hr so 1.5 hrs lectures each/day for the 3 credit, 2 hrs lecture for the 4 credit which works out to 6.5 hours in an 8 hour time period--this gives you 1/2 hr for dinner/snack, and an hour where you're at college but not in a class where you can get some work done at the library or something. If you spend Tue/Thur morning working on homework as well, you probably won't need to spend much time at all at home working on stuff.
  4. Normally the tire places put the nuts on so tight (because they do it with a machine), that they are nearly impossible to budge manually with the tool that comes with the spare.
  5. We stayed at the Capitol Skyline Hotel:, it was about 140 a night or so. It is at the corner of SW Capitol and I Street---5 blocks from a metro station or 8 blocks from the National Mall (closest to American Indian Museum and Air and Space). We never went to the Metro stop near the hotel, as we normally just walked into the mall and it was quicker to walk the extra few blocks than it was to go to the metro, pay, wait for a train, etc. According to my parents (who used to live in DC), the area around the Capitol Skyline was super sketchy in the 80s, but I felt perfectly safe walking around by myself in the early evenings about 2 or 3 years ago when we were there.
  6. Ticket to Ride Apples to Apples (basically a tamer version of Cards Against Humanity---though depending on the group it can get fairly offensive as well) Dixit--a pictoral version of Apples to Apples. You get a picture card and have to use a few words to describe it. People turn in a picture card they have that they think matches the description, the cards are mixed up, laid face up and people vote with tokens to see if they can figure out which card was the main card. It is a lot easier to play than explain :)
  7. I feel the same way---I've had several of them get up in my face and demand to know why I'm not donating----so I explain my stance on why I'd never ever give to the Salvation Army and then that specific bell ringer leaves me alone whenever I see them after that, but there are always others who keep bugging me. I don't mind the ones that just stand quietly off to the side and ring (though the noise is annoying when they're at Kroger since they're in the front entryway with all the carts and it echoes a ton.
  8. I wouldn't use it for a craft project. Check out the thrift store, I'm sure they have a bunch of old metal pie plates etc.
  9. We had about 15-20 at the house, but the weather was awful tonight. They also started doing a new event downtown so most people just went to that and skipped going from house to house.
  10. I've seen invites where the couple includes info about their wedding website which will list extra info about the ceremony as well as info about the registry. If that isn't the case, I'll just go to and search for their information. It always turns up something.
  11. Here it depends on the store---the Aldi cashiers just say the total and ask if you want any cash back, the ones at Wal-Mart are way too talkative, the ones at Kroger even more so---I use the u-scan as much as possible to avoid small-talk. I don't mind the "how are you", but I hate when they're asking about plans for the weekend/evening whatever---it is none of your business, and I don't want to know what your plans are since I don't know you. When I cashiered, I hardly spoke to people beyond their total etc., and I always had a steady stream of regulars come through my line who loved that they didn't have to talk to a person. I can't wait til there are u-scans in every store/touch screen ordering in every fast food restaurant. .
  12. As a kid, I remember having fire drills and tornado drills. We did have to stay after school an hour or so one time when someone made a bomb threat and mentioned the school buses. Now the kids have tornado drills, fire drills, as well as active shooter drills. I (substitute teacher), only got the training for the active shooter drills because I happened to be subbing in the building that was having the training for the kids that day (so I have no idea what the plans are for the other buildings in the district). The kids are supposed to try to run out of the building and go to a designated safe space (normally a church or public building). If we're unable to leave for whatever reason, they're supposed to barricade and lock (only possible in schools where we get a key) the door and grab whatever they can find to fight back (books, desks, etc). I don't mind the training and drills, I just wish they'd make sure that we all received the training and had an opportunity to ask questions about it---the regular teachers had a pullout session for it, but the subs didn't, and there are some questions you just don't want to ask in front of all the students at the entire school training (such as "am I responsible for making sure all the kids in the class make it to the safe space or is it an everyone for themselves situation" etc)
  13. Yeah that is definitely not a typical substitute assignment. The schools that I work at have us fill out a form that has us rate the usefulness of the lesson plans etc.---I definitely give people a lot of slack if it is a last minute emergency thing, but in this case, I'd definitely write down the issues I had---there is really no excuse for that level of disorganization. Many teachers use a "boilerplate" lesson plan, where they type up all the procedural junk (arrival, lunch, dismissal etc), and save that then all they have to do is insert the stuff specific to that day. It makes life a lot easier for everyone involved.
  14. I don't make $100 a month with the following things, probably closer to $30, unless I get really motivated and spend more time on Mturk, but every little bit helps! Here are some of the sites I use, if you have any questions, feel free to ask! A lot of this stuff I can do while surfing the internet without really paying much attention to it. None of the following require a mobile phone. -Swagbucks---I do SB tv, the daily poll, NOSO's, and occasionally do an offer if I feel like it. -Bing Rewards For this one you search using the Bing search engine and get 1 point for every 2 searches, and you can earn so many points a day. You can then convert your earnings into either Swagbucks (SB), or Amazon gift cards, or some other gift cards whose names are escaping me right now. If you do sign up for this, sign up for SB first and see if they have an offer to get a certain amount of SB for signing up for Bing Rewards. -Amazon Mturk. You do various tasks/surveys etc and any money earned can either be transferred to your amazon account (no minimums), or cashed out to a bank account ($10 minimum I think). You are limited to how many tasks/surveys (known as "hits") that you're allowed to do for the first 10 days -PrizeRebel of like Swagbucks, has a ton of different gift cards you can earn. On this one, I do the "Daily points" section til it maxes out if I have time.
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