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LisaK in VA

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About LisaK in VA

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  • Birthday December 30

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    Hampton, VA
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    Public Policy, Debate, Scrapbooking, caking and some other crafts, Reading, Swimming, and helping my kids become the best version of themselves I can.

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    Wife of one, mother of five
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    Hampton, VA
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    Scrapbooking, decorative painting
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    Asst. Coach Coast Guard Blue Dolphins; Teacher GAC , wife & mother, and free-lance writer

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  1. Updating on Ponygirl ... A "yes" from Macalester (hoping to see more financial aid in 11 days, thus far just one of their top academic scholarships...but not close to being enough). "No" from Swarthmore (but, she also didn't do her part in communicating with the swim coach there -- and it was a swim school). She really, really wants USCGA, but feeling like that's less and less likely with each passing day (most of her friends from last summer have all been notified, and either accepted there or USNA). She does have one full-ride offer, but it doesn't include swim, so she's on the fence there. For all intents and purposes, her senior swim year is over.
  2. Like mine ... I received wonderful news in that my NCAA forms were good to send in. Whew. I was all kinds of dreading copying it into a new format. Although, I didn't receive an answer as to them wanting outlines of Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, health & P.E. and things of that nature ... they are trying to determine the academic rigor of the homeschool. But, that doesn't stifle my happiness at NOT having to do more forms!!!
  3. Mom - sorry about your kitty. I still miss mine, and it's been about 7 years. I keep telling my husband that once we're moved in, I'm getting another one. Maybe that's why moving in is taking longer than it should... 😏 Swimming & Reading Failed at making Daikon Radish Chips... trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the daikon. I may just shred it and try to make "hash browns" Work...I'll be logged in. Work is pretty quiet at the moment. Unpack some new storage things (already put the papers and magazines inside them, moved my dish towels to new baskets in the kitchen). Clean off my desk Clean up the other things in the office area I want to eliminate Move my swimming books back downstairs to my office Unpack some more books, clear off a table Laundry ... because I leave tomorrow. Swimming & Coaching on deck. BED
  4. Swimming (Yawn) Household chores (laundry, unpack something) College Swimming stuff with PonyGirl Work (can I say that, if my only requirement is to log-in? I alternate between relishing and hating weeks like this. I don't mind the down time as much as I hate the 2 weeks at the end of the month when I suddenly have so much writing to do that I'm putting in 70 hour weeks) Conference Call School check-ins with my no longer babies. Swimming Again I'll work in a nap somewhere ...
  5. About a month ago, I thought we were done with college applications. Well, I knew USNA wasn't complete, but based upon the non-response from one Senator, the rejection from the 2nd, and PonyGirl's impressions of her interview, she didn't think she would get a nomination. I tried to tell her to complete it anyway, she never knew what could happen ... but as the weeks passed when she was supposed to have been notified, she just felt like it was a waste. Well, 31 January -- at 6pm, a letter arrives in the mail from our Congressman's Office. I tell PonyGirl that her "we're sorry" letter is here, and she came down to open it. Then you hear, "Oh No!" -- I spin around and say in mixed shock and horror -- "You got the nomination?" She replies, yes, to USNA AND USMMA! USNA's application closes at 11:59 on 31 January, and USMMA's closes on 1 February. While most things are done, she hasn't completed her Personal Statement, her CFA (Candidate Fitness Assessment) OR her BGO (Blue & Gold Officer) interview. (Her DodMRB (Medical) was done for USCGA). I shoot off a message to an old friend of mine (USNA '92), and he's like -- she's still got 5 hours... tick-tok! I'm like -- not sure how that's going to work, she still has her CFA and BGO interview. He asks, if she could get those done tonight, would she? Yes, of course...which led to a flurry of texts, phone calls and flying out of our home at 8pm to meet up with her BGO officer at ODU (where my oldest son works), to complete her CFA and her interview. Keep in mind, the child (and I) have been up since 0315 in the morning. She's already had two full workouts that day. She begins the fitness assessment at 8:45pm. Basketball Throw (oldest son teaches her how to do it), Pitches it 30 feet (a little below average -- but not too bad). Pull-ups -- 1 (she normally does 3, but 1 isn't bad apparently) Shuttle Run -- 12.5 seconds (kinda obvious from her turns that she's not a basketball player) Sit-ups -- 89 Push-ups -- 52 Mile Run -- 7'23" Then, it's interview time. We bolt out of the ODU gym at 11:00pm -- arriving home with 10 minutes for her to finish her personal statement (she had been working on it in the car on the way to/from meeting the BGO officer. All submitted by 11:59pm. All this to say, if your child is hoping to go to a service academy -- complete everything that is within your control. I have it on good authority that if your child is someone they WANT, they won't let something like not getting a nomination get in their way. Just complete the process. (I have no idea what will happen with USMMA, as it wasn't a nomination she requested, or was expecting -- we have the feeling someone else turned theirs down and they sent everything to PonyGirl at the last moment. King's Point was showing her nomination was received, but USNA was not). Thankfully, I will not go through this with PokeMan or Blondie. I don't expect it for Boo -- but she's got a few years left and could surprise me.
  6. I sit here, in the lobby of an athletic center. Waiting for the head age group swim coach to descend upon me to "talk." About what, I have no idea -- but being the type of person I am, I dread it. Questions roll through my head, "What did I do wrong?" "Has she decided to fire me?" "I guess it's serious, as it couldn't wait until I saw her tonight", "Maybe she just wants to talk through some other things and doesn't want to be distracted by the kids swimming." UGH. Adjusting to coaching here has been rather difficult. A sea of unknown expectations. I am frustrated. Moving, my jobs, my family -- it's all be complicated. Today -- I have: Swim practice (4:30-6:30) Meeting (6:30=?) Regular job (work from home) mixed in with about 3 loads of laundry, and unpacking some more books, getting rid of more stuff, and if I remember, signing up for the HEAV convention. UPDATE: Well, I unleashed my frustrations at this morning's meeting -- which was welcomed by, "well, this was the conversation I was hoping to have 2 weeks ago." But, someone gave them the idea that I had complained about the team to USAS! On a forum no less!! Good flipping grief. Not my worst fears. I feel better. I hope they do, too.
  7. PonyGirl has an interview with USCGA this week (tomorrow or Friday -- exact time TBD). She's already been there for both AIM and an athlete candidate "cadet for a day" programs. She has outstanding scores -- but we weren't able to get an outside teacher recommendation (I did two, dh did one, and a USNA grad/family friend did a 4th). When we were there for the candidate program, I was told that interviews were for "helping fill in blanks" about the candidate. I know her PFE was just okay (had planned to retake it in Dec at the special program, but it was canceled due to snow). I know a lot of kids (especially those who graduated from Naples Middle High School -- where she did some of her work) are offered the Prep program -- but with so many APs (mostly 4's a couple 5's) and 1550 on the SAT/35 ACT, I don't think they are really questioning her academic preparation -- so kinda looking for other things they might be inquisitive about (I'm thinking the grit/determination/overcoming struggles)? Or might there be something else? Thank you!
  8. PonyGirl -- Virginia Wesleyan (Swimming, Honors College, Academic Scholarship); Liberty University (Honors College, Academic Scholarship -- Swimming TBD) Two down, 5 more to complete (we should hear from VMI and have an idea about the two Service Academies next... and Ivies are all RD, so awhile to wait there).
  9. My oldest daughter has never really had an issue with acne -- barring the occasional hormone-related pimple here and there. However, in the past 5 months, she has developed quite a bit of acne that doesn't seem to clear up. The last time she had acne this badly, it was firmly rooted in her diet, she had gone vegetarian and her milk/whey/sugar consumption went way up. A year ago, she went vegan. She is a highly competitive athlete, so her nutrition is carefully monitored to make sure she's getting a full complement of bio-accessible micro-nutrients (and the macros). She has strong food sensitivities to tree nuts. She can (and does) consume pine nuts, seeds, almonds and peanuts. She uses Almond/Flax milk and pea protein powder, and then eats quite a bit of Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan. My first thought was this could be dietary again. The only change she had made in her diet was switching brands of pea protein powder. She did notice that the new brand seemed to upset her stomach. She switched back and those issues resolved, but the acne remains. **full disclosure, I am extremely sensitive to peas and pea protein even today, although I can now tolerate peanuts -- which I really couldn't eat as a child** DD only responds to cashews the way I did to peas. DD does not consume much bread or sugar** We've already tested and ruled out anything that she's putting on her face, and she did recently grow an inch... could have another inch hiding in there somewhere I suppose. The changes we made all had some minimal impact -- but she still has quite a bit of acne on her forehead. The acne on her cheeks seemed to clear up when we switched her wash cloth (to a Norwex one, and just uses water). I'm guessing I need to take her to an allergist and have a full compliment of testing done again. DD knows we need to do this, but a part of her is dreading it, because if dietary issues do come up, she will be very upset. Maintaining her lifestyle has been fairly difficult already with the limitations she's had due to the known food sensitivities. -- in the meantime, is there anything else I should look into?
  10. Today is my first day of full time employment in 10 years... Swim Practice Write (and get paid for it) College application stuff for PonyGirl Dental Appointments (attempt to make) Window Replacement Kids' School check-in/oversight/planning Clean out Refrigerator (check food status) Work on some online coach training Leave for more swimming & coaching; do some additional work after I'm done GO TO BED. GET SLEEP.
  11. I'm struggling today. Spent the weekend in NC helping out (and not getting much sleep). So, my Monday is off to a bit of a tired start. 5am Swim practice, where I work on video coaching job Home, do more video coach training Work at getting set up (email/programs) for my REAL job (I was offered and accepted an incredible opportunity -- first day is tomorrow) 45 minute power napish (yeah, I know it should be 30 minutes... 45 it was) Pack up to leave, packing up writing projects that are due Weds, and I need to get started on) Unboxed NORWEX stuff, did a quick video with the girls showing them clean the windows with water (err...clean BUTTER off the windows with water -- what sorcery is this??) Heading out to coach now -- and do a bit of writing work. Have a great day everyone!
  12. My oldest grandparents were born in 1910. All of my grandparents were born in the U.S. On my dad's side, my grandfather was 1st generation American citizen, my grandma was 2nd. On my mom's side... pretty much that is a hodge-podge of way-way back, came on the boat and met the boat and everything in between. My husband's side, both were 2nd generation US citizens, with a strong dose of native Americans (confirmed by DNA and family genealogical record -- but apparently they never joined the rolls and all descendants are ineligible)
  13. Thank you -- this job is like my life coming full circle -- a return to what I left mostly behind 17 years ago when PonyGirl was born. Virtual office that only cares that work gets done, not about sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day "working." It almost sounds too good to be true -- but it's a very well respected agency (Fortune 5000), with retirement/profit sharing/training opportunities, etc. Pay-wise, it will bring me to roughly 70% of what my husband makes (not as much as I could make freelancing -- which would be about 1.5 times what DH makes), but without the stress of having to actually beat down doors to find the work -- which is the stressful part).
  14. Leaving town today... Swim Practice Class 2nd interview with agency (am actual job that would allow me to STOP trying to cobble together a bunch of PT work, and ease a lot of financial/mental stress on my part) Pack/clean up Leave a "to-do" list for the men and PonyGirl Spend the evening with my parents -- maybe actually get a good night's sleep for the first time in 2 weeks.
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