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EmilyGF

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  1. This is the norm in Israel. Could it be the landlord is from a different country? This might be a matter of cultural misunderstanding. Emily
  2. This is the norm in Israel. Could it be the landlord is from a different country? This might be a matter of cultural misunderstanding. Emily
  3. DS 14's school has a vacation homework ban. They aren't even allowed to have homework over Thanksgiving. It is a considered a competitive school. I remember studying and writing essays over my breaks. Maybe this is a new thing?
  4. I capitulated WRT meal planning a year or two ago. Now I use thedinnerdaily.com online. I tell it my store (Aldi), my food preferences (low carb, how many times I want each meat/protein etc per week), and it sends me a weekly menu tailored to the sales at Aldi. We eat oatmeal for breakfast daily (no planning there) and I have a list of things I buy to assemble lunches with (tortillas, shredded cheese, refried beans, yogurt, tahini, salad greens, whatever veggies look good that day, apples, etc). I get the list on the website while I'm at our weekly coop, then shop on the way home. This has really taken a load off my mind. The menu is only for five meals, but I find that suffices because we either have leftovers one night, or go to a friend's house, or end up making someone's favorite meal, or something. The service is available for something like 8 of the main supermarket chains. I know I sound like an ad, and I know this isn't for everyone, but I've been on this forum for 14+ years and have been super-pleased with this service, which I pay $5/month for. We've liked every recipe we've gotten, which are printable and fit on two sides of one sheet of paper for the whole week. Sometimes I ignore the recipes and just cook from the fridge, but I still have a fridge full of food sufficient for the week's meals. Before, I'd think I'd bought a week's worth of food and realize it wasn't... - Emily
  5. Our friend's son wanted to be a cook so they made him spend summers working in a restaurant. He did end up going to culinary school, but he went in with his eyes wide open. He now teaches elementary school, though. I just spent an evening with a clearly brilliant woman whose mother wanted her to be a doctor. She said she spent 1.5 years at a private college working on her med school prereqs before deciding to fail the classes on purpose, because that was easier than standing up to her mother. (End of story - she ended up teaching high school English before later going to law school and now has her own practice. She worked as a paralegal before law school so she knew what she was going into.) I love the idea of her working on a farm.
  6. When I used the service, I was able to choose what foods and amounts I wanted each week. Sometimes I would try things that were a bit odd for us (broccolini, for instance), but I always had the choice of choosing "zero" of any given food.
  7. We did Imperfect Produce for a while a few years ago. The prices were comparable to a supermarket but more expensive that our local produce market. For us, it really helped me to not have to go to the produce store weekly. I was able to focus on every-other-week or even less supermarket runs where I'd get things that were shelf-stable or freezable. It was lovely to cut out that extra errand during the week and kept us eating more fruits and vegetables because they just showed up weekly. I stopped using the service when I had life better under control and was able to look forward to going to the produce store instead of dreading it. Also, I realized that I really valued the small, family-run produce store and that if I needed to spend my money at places I valued. Emily
  8. We did Imperfect Produce for a while a few years ago. The prices were comparable to a supermarket but more expensive that our local produce market. For us, it really helped me to not have to go to the produce store weekly. I was able to focus on every-other-week or even less supermarket runs where I'd get things that were shelf-stable or freezable. It was lovely to cut out that extra errand during the week and kept us eating more fruits and vegetables because they just showed up weekly. I stopped using the service when I had life better under control and was able to look forward to going to the produce store instead of dreading it. Also, I realized that I really valued the small, family-run produce store and that if I needed to spend my money at places I valued. Emily
  9. We only tried one teacher and she didn't click with my son. After more experience with online language tutors, I realize that fit is important. I bet it would have worked well had we tried three and stuck with whoever clicked with him.
  10. When DS went to K, we had to spend about 45 minutes per night on homework with him in the evening. We had to get up early to take him to the school bus. So there is a time cost and stress to school. But I'm sending DS14 to school next year, and he's really opposed, so I understand. But I'm thinking it'll grow on him. I've told him he can come home after Q1 if he doesn't want to continue. Emily
  11. Our schools effectively spend 3 weeks testing per year. Not sure how much they spend preparing for testing. And they stop teaching after the last week of tests, sometime in early May, so they end up losing 6+ weeks per year for the testing. It kills me. Sigh.
  12. You could say the same about many many languages. Often you learn best the things you care the most about.
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