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  1. Hi all, @JHLWTM @Not_a_Numbermy son had a hard time with Intermediate Algebra back when it had the Alcumus component. He said the sets were easy, the Alcumus oppressive. I think the Alcumus part has since been removed, so it likely wouldn't be that bad.
  2. I'm signing off until January for Christmas vacation. Merry Christmas and may everyone taking a break have a good one. 😉

  3. LOL, my kids are the opposite of yours in this respect! Calico Critters have been a favorite since day 1. DD12 has had Calico Critters since 4 and still plays with them occasionally. She's got whole worlds made up about them with a friend and sometimes they talk about them like friends. They make things for them out of Fimo and Sculpy, as well as out of cardboard and cloth. Lego went over like a lead balloon here. The kids find them tedious to build with and get annoyed with them. They come out for about a week every six months, people play with them, and then they get put back into
  4. Nope, no snoring or known allergies.
  5. Sorry about your shed. We dealt with this stuff from the other side last summer. We have a large tree that a few neighbors enjoy the shade from and we ended up talking with our insurance agent about it because one of the neighbors had a nervous breakdown and started calling trees "weeds" that needed to be destroyed. The idea with the insurance is that multiple people benefit from trees and therefore share the risk. (Imagine if all of a sudden everyone in a city or town had to cut down their trees due to liability concerns.) However, if you had reached out to your neighbor and told th
  6. Hi all, You guys are such an amazing source of info! I'm a teeth clencher. I've worn various styles of night guards for a few years, but I'm wondering if there are any more natural treatments to at least decrease clenching. Are there stretches? Exercises? Sleeping positions? Being 100% stress-free probably isn't a possibility, LOL. Emily
  7. My sister had appendicitis in Africa at a great hospital. She got laproscopic (sp?) surgery at the hospital and full treatment for $1500. The issue was that she had to pay before they admitted her! She said the care was wonderful, though. DH had appendicitis the same month and the "sticker" price was $10K. The insurance paid something like $3K. Our co-pay was $150. Emily
  8. DS15 loves loves loves Wingspan. It is an engine-building game. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate. Sometimes the younger kids (8, 12) don't want to play the whole game, though we have gotten faster as we've played it more, and then we let them each play a round and rotate through. If anyone in your house is slightly interested in birds, I highly recommend it!
  9. Still, according to the agency my friend contacted, the agency had never heard of a doctor transferring from the USA to Germany. I think if what you wrote were correct, there would be some who made that decision. Emily
  10. If you look at the numbers I quoted above, it looks like it'd take about 4 years for an American doctor to get ahead of doctors in Germany, even when college and graduate school debt is taken into account. I'm not saying that the system is *good*. Just people like to demonize insurers and health conglomerates for making oodles of money; doctors are benefitting, too, and you can't criticize the insurer for overcharging the patient without also criticizing the doctors. This gets left out of a lot of discussions of the pros and cons of other health care systems. ETA: I'm not criticizing
  11. Hi all, Maybe you can help me with this. A few weeks ago, I was looking for a subscription box for my son that was craft-focused, but that built real things. I kept coming across 1) junk or 2) girl-focused crafts. Finally, I found a website that focused on high quality handwork by teenage boys and up. I think it was run by a homeschooling family. They had things like glass-etching and wood burning. Now I can't find it again. Do you know of this company? I'd like to buy something. 😉 Emily
  12. Doctors are also earning a lot. To have medical care like in Canada and Europe, we'd have to significantly decrease doctors' wages, too. 22 High Paying Countries for Doctors in the World to Immigrate - WiseStep From this website, the average specialist in Canada makes $70K less per year than in the USA. In Denmark a specialist would make $140K less and an GP $50K less. In Germany it would be a pay cut of $150K/years for a specialist. From personal experience, my German friend was calling an agency in Germany to find out what her husband would have to do to work in Germany as a
  13. It isn't just US health insurance that is expensive, it is anything with liability for Americans. Our kids went to camp in Israel for 3 weeks and the cost for American citizens was $100 extra for extra liability insurance.
  14. We're doing half-ish days this week; just foreign language, math, and labs for our science that we've neglected. It is pretty restful without the chaos that often accompanies a break.
  15. I know one manufacturer does every 3-6 week nasal swabs, so that should give some info eventually, though it will take more time because they have to get enough data to analyze well. I think they didn't do this because they were going for *fast* and everything extra you do slows things down. Also, the goal was preventing severe disease and, at the beginning, people didn't even know that this would be possible. Even the TWIVers said yesterday that we're extremely lucky this vaccine is working out so well and that it is easy to think you were smart when really it was luck. Obviously a ton of res
  16. I bought the kids Peptide a few weeks ago to "practice" some DNA-related things and we're really liking it as a game. I can play nice with dd12 or ds15 can play cutthroat with DH. Emily
  17. Thanks to everyone who responded; it gives me hope and encouragement during a time that has been rough. Also, it feels good to know I'm not quite as strange as I thought I was. 😉 I think I was really hopeful this fall because it looked like I was going to be spending a fair amount of time with someone I think I could click with and then BAM, rates are way up and life shut down again. I appreciate your stories and they give me a lot of encouragement and hope, to not give up, to look in strange places, and to keep going. Deleting top post now... Emily
  18. Hi all, Deleted - thanks for the input and encouragement. This has been very helpful. Maybe saved me $$$$ because I won't be pushing DH for us to move to the suburbs! Emily
  19. My aunt was in a bad accident that required multiple surgeries and a twice-weekly cleaner/helper. They needed to get an attorney and it was a multi-year thing as their state has some weird laws about when settlements take place. They need an attorney.
  20. I made nutella / tahini challah this morning from the cookbook, Cook in Israel. I promised to make stollen so I made candied citrus peel last week. I stuck them in the freezer last night because I don't expect I'll have energy to make it very soon. I bought persimmons for Christmas persimmon pudding this week. It is a favorite in this household! I think I will outsource all cookie baking to the kids this year. Emily
  21. Our friends emailed us about taking care of their dog before they even got one. We said we would, as needed, which freed them up to get one. (Then they got one and turned out to be allergic and had to rehome the dog after a few weeks. Oh well.) Emily
  22. In NYC they are talking about drive-through vaccination (Dr. Daniel Griffin - TWIV updated #40). Emily
  23. DD14 has very thick, straight, waist-length hair. I'd like to give her some sort of gift for helping her put her hair up. She isn't into looks very much and doesn't spend much time on her hair, but would probably like something that is sturdy, sort of cute, easy to use, and different than just a ponytail or braids. It has to be strong. Her hair weighs a lot! Thanks, Emily
  24. Use it! We visited my in-laws a few years back to help them unpack after a move that was taking months longer that it should have. I was unpacking the kitchen and there were four sets of formal china. Huh? I asked MIL about it. Apparently, she kept on inheriting china. She tried to resell it and learned it was basically worthless. So she had one set she used daily in winter, another for spring, another for summer, and another for fall. It was so lovely and made her so happy to use the beautiful dishes that had happy memories on a daily basis. ETA: My grandparents and MIL always
  25. So, I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but I had known a woman who was a counselor. She lives in another state. She did two counseling sessions with me when I was facing catastrophic loss. Despite being online, it was very good and incredibly useful. I would highly recommend her to others and also say that IMO we didn't lose anything by being remote. I voted "didn't pay" because she refused to bill me. I would have been happy to have paid the $200, though, because it was worth it. DH got online counseling this year after his mother's sudden death. He saw two people, one focused o
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