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  1. She's baaaack....

  2. Hello, I was here for a long time when DD was a small one, thinking I would homeschool or afterschool her. Life threw us a few twists and turns and I find myself in Turkey with a third grader going to a Turkish private school. We've done well with just her school - she even reads at or close to grade level in English thanks to their English program and Harry Potter (All hail JK Rowling!). Today she expressed a desire to learn American history (which is obviously not covered in school). I looked in my cache of resources and I have nothing on American history. Ancients, yes. Middle Ages, a bit. Early Modern - nada. I know SOTW covers it, and I can use that, but she wants JUST American history - not combined with the rest of the world. I'll get there eventually, but she's been resisting any form of afterschooling so I want to approach this carefully - you would resist too if you left for school at 7:15, got home at 5:30, and then had homework! Oh - and I need a downloadable curriculum. Shipping to Turkey is sometimes a bit unreliable, and always a looooonnnnggg process. Thank you! Giraffe (aka Hope)
  3. My daughter can't wait to get back overseas and get her Kinder eggs. Amazingly, she has no problems not eating the toy inside the plastic egg, despite being American by birth. :P My suitcase will contain: peanut butter for a niece that recently discovered it, box mac-n-cheese (yes, THAT stuff) for DD who loves it, guacamole mix for when I can't stand not having Mexican food (I can find avocados, thank goodness), chili powder, and candy sprinkles. Non-food: gummy vitamins, iron supplements, vitamin D3, and deodorant!! PS: I finally just made vanilla extract with vanilla beans I brought back last year. Much safer for my clothes!!
  4. Ziplocks: God's gift to travelers. You have reminded me to stock up on quarts and gallons before my flight Friday. Thank you!! P.S.: I'm so sorry about the suitcase and clothes!!
  5. I think I'm late to this, or at the very least missing something, but: postcards?? If someone(s) would like Turkish postcards, clue me in? I return next week....
  6. I am winding down my library binge. Finished The Buried Book, abandoned Frames Of Mind. Too academic for me right now. Which is silly considering I've abandoned it for Homeric Moments. Ah well, c'est la vie. More once I'm back from the parents' home and I'm able to concentrate a big more, but I do like the sound of Flufferton Abbey...
  7. Hugs to Mumto2 and all those dealing with family health issues. I fear the day that comes to my doorstep. Still reading, still library bingeing....
  8. Omeprazole does nothing for me. I have to take Pantoprazole (I might be misspelling). Different people respond differently so maybe try another type of PPI?
  9. In Turkey we have "beş çay" or 5:00 tea, which is tea and some snacks to hold us until the evening meal at 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening. I always thought that was close to the British tradition but I am likely wrong. If we eat enough at tea, then dinner/supper becomes something simple vs. a full meal. DD's "beş çay" is very often her evening meal, just because she fills up from it. The word for breakfast in Turkish is "kahvaltı", which translates to "before the coffee". It always includes copious amounts of tea and then is followed by, you guessed it, Turkish coffee. I find it interesting that westerners view the morning meal as breaking a fast while Turks view it as preparation for the first coffee of the day.
  10. I've had two cats now who have made it their mission to protect me from The Shower. One sat outside on the closed potty and waited, silently, kind of like a lifeguard. If I took too long, he would, ever so carefully, peek his head around the curtain and give me a disapproving stare. The second cat would do the same, but wail with increasing intensity until I emerged from The Shower. He couldn't believe I went into that tub of torture voluntarily. I used to wonder if he was mourning my passing or calling for help. My other cats at the time ignored him. Yeah, cats.
  11. Hello all! Finished "Anathem" quite unexpectedly while waiting at the DMV. I found myself without anything to read (let's just pretend there weren't about 400 other books on the Kindle - I'm on a library bender, remember?!) so I now carry my big WDW bag with at least four books in it in case I find myself waiting somewhere again. And a notebook for notes, of course. Have breezed through "How To Tutor" and slotted it for return. Not what I was looking for, unfortunately. On the other hand "Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer is fascinating. My neuroradiologist MIL pronounced the science something quite unpleasant and unmentionable, but I'm really enjoying the looks into how we come up with ideas and insights. It's giving me a glimpse inside my DH and DD, both of whom are dreamers. Balancing that book with "Frames Of Mind" by Howard Gardner and "The Bookseller" by someone who's name escapes me. I just love library benders!!
  12. Hugs to those who fly often, especially over uncertain regions. I am still reading "Anathem" and have my brain completely turned inside out. I may have to reread parts. But that will have to wait because I am in the USA and have access to the library!!! I put the brakes on the reserve list at 23 (some are for DD, really!). I cannot wait to head over there tomorrow and pick up my first batch of little treasures. Books! Glorious books!! And my mom GAVE me her copy of the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of "Anna Karenina" to take back with me. Heaven!!
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