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  1. My troops actually redistribute cookie numbers on a case by case basis and have for years. No one has ever said anything about it or seemed to care but that's partly because the troops aren't super into cookies. I can guarantee the not a single parent or girl is keeping a spreadsheet, except for me. And it's not necessarily a strict policy that I will for anyone. By case to case I'm not talking cases of cookies. I mean I'll look at the cookie totals at the end of cookie season: Girl A has 254 so she gets the prizes up to 250 boxes with 4 random ones left. Girl B and Girl C are 4 away from their next prize level. Girl B has worked her butt off at booths and just rocked it while Girl C came to one booth, didn't do a lot of door to doors or had a bad attitude. I'll switch the 4 boxes over to Girl B. No one is hurt and Girl B has been rewarded for her hard work. And before people say that's not fair, Girl B may have had a parent take their form around or something like that, I've been with these girls for 9 and 6 years. I know who's doing the work. If a girl has done what she can and is at 10 boxes, great! Every year I ask the girls to sell 100 boxes. I want them thinking high but there is no consequence at all for selling fewer. All of the money for cookies stays with the local Council, Service Unit, and troop. There are some not-so-great Councils that don't have a lot of programming. I'm lucky to be one that does a lot for the girls and you can tell. People know GS and are willing to donate to help us out. We also have something like 100 troops in my city alone which makes it interesting to try to sell cookies. It gets saturated fast. This year since my Junior troop is trying to go on a big trip we've also done flamingo flocking and created and sold cookbooks in addition to cookies. I can tell you though, that moving cookies isn't because the troop leader is being dishonest and she should have spoken to you first or at least announced it but it's really common and for me at least it's strictly to help the girls get to the next level for incentives. If you don't want her to, just let her know.
  2. DS18, dh, and I just got home from ds’ Eagle BoR. He passed! Thank goodness. We are super proud of him and his Scouting journey and deeply relieved that he passed.
  3. My kids have about 3 weeks off. The high schoolers end Dec. 20, the middle and elementary kids end December 21. They all go back on January 14. It’s long enough to actually go somewhere so we try to get out and about after Jan.1 every year.
  4. DS17 had his Eagle Project work day today. They had enough volunteers that those not needed to place the signs spent time cleaning the trail. They found several engine blocks so we told DS15 (16 on Wednesday) that he should keep cleaning and maybe he'll find enough to make a car. Things went really well and the recipient is pleased. He then spent a good portion of the afternoon on the paperwork and smiling. It was a good day. I've attached a picture of one of the signs--the numbers are tied to a location that 911 and the Rangers have. Hopefully people will be safer after today.
  5. You do. The class next to the one I'm in most often is the non-ambulatory kids that need the most help. It's amazing what those teachers and subs do. They deserve every bonus they can get! And more pay on a day-to-day basis.
  6. If you were here you’d be getting bonuses and roses strewn at your feet. The school districts around here are desperate for SpEd teachers. Our rates are somewhat higher which is good. We also get bumps at our 20th and 40th days working. I think aides get an hourly wage that’s equivalent to subs but I’m not sure—it’s not something I’ve looked into doing.
  7. That’s a good question. It does encompass history—basically any social sciences. My undergrad focused on European history and politics so I’m qualified to teach that, American History, government, those kinds of subjects. I wouldn’t go out and teach psychology though. I have a couple of ideas about why there are no jobs. In most states History/Social Studies isn’t a tested subject so there is less stress about teaching specific things. Also, while history is important and teaches skills, it’s not a skill like writing, math, or science. Most people don’t go up and say, “I’m a good historian” like they might with writing or math. It’s more “squishy” if that makes any sense. So people think they want to be a teacher but math is hard, science is intimidating, and English is scary...History is left. But those are just my opinions. I’m sure someone out there has studied it. I just know that when I look for jobs there are lots of science, math, and especially Special Ed. There are always a few English and very rarely anything I’m qualified for. So I sub and hope to make the connections that will lead to a full-time job. In the meantime I enjoy working when it fits into my schedule. For instance, I didn’t work today because no interesting jobs came up and my parents are coming tomorrow (needed to clean the house). But I am subbing in a history class tomorrow, so that should be fun. Hope something here made sense and was helpful.
  8. I’m a certificated Social Studies teacher which means I’m pretty unemployable unless I want to go back to get more certifications. So I substitute teach. Overall it’s pretty good. I only sub in middle and high schools because I would be a terrible elementary school teacher. My kids go to 3/4 of the schools I’m in so it’s fun to see them and have them stop by the room I’m in. And it makes school pickup easier. ? The pay is decent and usually the students are. It’s flexible which is really nice. I couldn’t raise a family on the pay but it’s enough to put some away for college or fun stuff. I work 3-4 days/week and never when my dh travels. Occasionally I’ll get an obnoxious class and have to get mean but more often than not the students get their work done and move on. I sub enough in one class that I know the kids when I see them around school. It’s good hear “Hi Mrs...” while wandering around or have them tell another kid, “oh that’s Mrs..., she’s nice.” I did have some kids recognize me while trick or treating which was a little unnerving. Really, I think it’s a good job for me at this time of life. I do hope for a “real” teaching job but for now subbing works.
  9. I must be in a good GS Council or something because there are older girl activities and a Council-wide group for older girls that want to hike and camp. It’s outside of the Troop so you need to know about it but it’s offered and very popular. My odd is a Cadette so I don’t have experience with high schoolers but so far she’s stayed interested. I’m her leader’s co and my ydd’s leader so I know that has something to do with it. But we make Journeys fun but doing them in a day or picking the Outdoor Journeys. We also don’t do a lot of crafts—partly because they cost money and I’d rather not spend it on lots of single-use things. They get expensive! We save for trips and adventures. My ydd is a Junior and her troop doesn’t do a lot of outdoorsy stuff because it would exclude our girl in a wheelchair. But every troop is different and has a different way of doing things. Sometimes it takes some trying to find the one that works for you and has space. The first part is true for Boy Scouts, the second isn’t. I don’t know that a lawsuit was the right thing but I do know that how BSA is using Scouts does make it seem like GS is an offshoot. There was a lot of confusion at our recruitment tables this fall. Most of it came from the Cub Scout Pack recruiters. Luckily we are all friends so we laughed, cleared it up, and moved on. I’m hopeful that can continue.
  10. My son scheduled his Eagle Project work day for next Saturday. We may survive this and he may actually earn it. There has been a series of annoying events and miscommunications over the past few months and he has a month in which to finish everything. But he’s getting there and now knows how tenacious you have to be to get something accomplished. Please cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly and if you’re in the area next weekend, let me know. He’ll put you to work! ?
  11. I just had a basal cell carcinoma taken off my nose in May. I keep the area completely covered with a small bandaid right now so the skin can heal without getting any sun. But for the rest of my fave I use EltaMD. It’s tinted so I can wear it like foundation and can reapply easily in the afternoons. It was recommended by my dermatologist and I really like it. Oh, and the area is still bumpy but getting better. The plastic surgeon said to give it a year. Some of my stitches finally worked their way out last week. That was weird.
  12. My joke when I taught Sunday School (and I did for years and years) was that if I could've learned the same lessons sitting on the couch, eating bon bons, I'd definitely choose that. But since I couldn't, I'll take the trials. Spoken light heartedly and without any competition, of course. But I do appreciate the talk and all of the comfort given, to bring everything back to Conference. I can't wait to hear the last session, no matter when I can listen.
  13. Honestly, if I could give up my current trial of my dh leaving the church and everything that's gone with it, I would; in large part because of the effect on our kids. Even with the knowledge I've gained from it. But...since I can't change everything that's happened in the last 15 years, I accept it and move on, trying to be grateful for my increased testimony and knowledge. Most of the time I succeed. ?
  14. I'm loving this talk so much. I rarely ever listen whe it’s actually on because it's so difficult but my dh took some of the kids out today so I am. I feel very blessed to hear this now.
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