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  1. Hello, all! Pardon the dust in here - I ...er, ...forgot...that I had opened the Lounge again. Oops! Come on in and Welcome to the Lounge! A place for teachers/parents ONLY, no students! Grab a snack &/or a drink, relax and chat or take a nap. Whatever you need. This is a place for you to unwind, de-stress, and just BE. Everyone start school already? Here: Yes, we did. Soft start in August, with planned weekly augmentation in September. I think we're still on our soft start, though. So unmotivated. Both of us. LOL Anyone else finding it hard to "get in the groove" of sc
  2. Thank you, all, for your responses. And I welcome more! As for the "college isn't too far off" responses, neither of my kids is really keen on college at this point. They see the expense of it, and my husband's and my own struggles in finding employment afterwards, and wonder about the wiseness of a degree with no promises at this point. And I don't blame them. We have been batting around the idea of trade school for them. But even with that, there is a money issue. For now. I know we'll figure something out. All that being said, if any of you have teens that are into Minecraft and/or on
  3. I have similar totes and they are VERY helpful/useful!
  4. Anyone else find it's difficult for your teens to retain friendships? Not really due to any fault of their own but other teens (or their parents) aren't good at keeping connected? We've made friends, or so I thought, over the years, especially through drama class, but not a single one of those families ever calls or invites us to do things. WE have made EVERY effort to invite them to do things, and they have come and enjoyed those events/activities. But only ONE family has ever reciprocated. It's very difficult for my 16 year old son to only have ONE friend. And I don't know what else to do as
  5. Good morning and welcome to the Lounge! We have COFFEE here! And tea. And water. If today and the rest of this week follow yesterday's example, I'm not sure I can do it. Yesterday was emotionally DRAINING and EXHAUSTING. DS struggles with OCD and even with a soft start to school, either gets angsty about it or has to question me on the purpose of each assignment. Top that off by my older dd not having a job, despite a year or so of looking, her frustration, and neither child seeming to understand respect for each other, and I was DONE by 5pm yesterday. I put myself in timeout becaus
  6. *walk with dog *decide whether or not to escape to a higher elevation for the day tomorrow *get some schooling done with DS before taking him to theater class this afternoon *do some actual meal planning for the weekend and next week *petition God, once again, to let me move (permanently, this time) out of AZ *finish content and workbook (by Sunday) for workshop I'm conducting next week (starting Monday) *trying not to melt in the desert heat
  7. Good morning, everyone! And welcome to the Teachers Lounge! I need to shop for snacks today. Any requests? 😉 In our household this week, we managed to get 3 days worth of assignments done for our soft start. Then yesterday, we were all crabby, two of us were having bowel issues, and the same two of us were having uncooperative-brain days. UGH. Hoping it will be better today. How has your week gone? Here: see above. Today, ds has his first day of theater class, after a school year's hiatus. He's glad to be going back - and I'll be glad for a couple of hours of a quieter house. Eve
  8. Glad to see everyone! I haven't had the Lounge open in a LONNGG time. Glad to be back, too! I'm not going to guarantee the Lounge will be open M-F but it will probably be at least twice a week. 🙂
  9. AND...we're back! For a time, at least! Welcome to the Teachers Lounge, for teachers (parents/guardians) only - no students! Come int, take a load off, grab a snack and a drink. Take a nap, chat, or read for a bit. Refresh! How many students are you teaching this year? Here: technically, I should be down to one. And I am, mostly. But my daughter who has Aspergers and dyslexia is really struggling to find a job and is getting frustrated and discouraged. Who can blame her? So, I'm having her do some studying to keep her brain active and to help her self-esteem. Even arranged for h
  10. Can 2020 just be DONE already? Anyway... For today: *post my FB Live required for the Holistic Business School i'm enrolled in *plan a trip to the lake for early morning tomorrow with a friend *probably take a nap (this heat sucks the wind out of me) *do some reading *oh, and I should probably fold the laundry and *clean up the living room a bit
  11. Yep. You can pretty much find somewhere in AZ that will fit/seem like the same climate as somewhere in all the other 49 states. Arizona Highways magazine did a layout on this years ago. We're a pretty diverse state in many, many ways. We also have many "non-native" plant species that have been so taken with the various soils here, that they've thrived and aren't going anywhere. Even so, many of those non-native species are actually medicinal herbs. so there is a positive to that. Even purslane can have some sedative properties from it, just from eating it.
  12. Jenny, you've mentioned a couple of times how the reconstruction surgery would be more invasive than anything you've yet gone through. To me, that's you trying to tell yourself you really DON'T want to go through with it. And there's no "should" here. It's totally your choice and it sounds like you just want to be DONE. So be done. I understand the self-consciousness of wondering what people think. I can tell you this - most people are too wrapped up in their own issues to really take notice of your chest area. I'm thankful you're alive! Even if I don't know you personally, I truly am
  13. Or, you buy same amount of food, only for the man-child to stare at it and say, "Do we have any food?" or "I don't know what to eat."
  14. The last two especially! My ever-growing-young-man wears a 15W in shoes already!
  15. Yes. Yes, you are. And it's just begun! Mwahahaha! 😉
  16. ...you often hear, 5 minutes after a family meal, "I'm hungry." ...said son sleeps close to 10 - 12 hours a night. ...said son grows every.single.day. and thus... ...said son cannot NOT run into walls, doors, etc. Anything else?? B-)
  17. Jean, no mail service today as it's a federal holiday. 😉 But I suppose it's still okay to put the card in the mailbox. LOL for me today: *personal Bible study *laundry *taking care of sick hubby 😞 *making an herbal concoction (haven't decided if it will be a liniment or a salve yet) *did I mention laundry? *possibly studying *probably a bit of lesson planning *hopefully some writing
  18. No, there is nothing really "hard" going on in said person's life. I know them fairly well and they would tell me. As for "bring drinks", that did not mean alcohol. We took two bottles of sparkling cider and soda. Next time someone says they will provide appetizers, though, I am going to get clarification! LOL Thank you all for your input and responses.
  19. Found a pic of what was provided. Let's see if I can fivure out how to upload it here... Did it! And yep, that was all there was for appetizers.
  20. So...here's what happened, and, thus, why I asked the question. Every Christmas we go over to a certain person's house, as they have room to entertain and we don't really. We both agreed we wanted to do something "different" food-wise, something other than turkey or ham. Initially we had agreed on breakfast for dinner. Then two days before Christmas, said person said they "just wanted to chill" on Christmas, and let's bump our gathering to later in the week. No problem. I was really kind of glad for that myself, actually. A few days later, person invites us to come over "Friday or Saturda
  21. When you're going to someone's house for a gathering (for 6 - 10 people) and they say they'll "provide the appetizers" to you, What does that look like to you? What do you expect?
  22. Love hearing about all these blessings!
  23. Whether it was today, this week, or this month, share your blessings with me! One way we've been blessed this month is that we were able to take home some wonderful food from dh's company Christmas party last night, including some yummy prime rib! How have you been blessed recently?
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