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  1. Have you contacted the Backcountry office for information? They could answer a lot of your questions for you. My sons have done rim to rim a few times, ranging in age from 10-18, so i don't think it's as scary as others are saying. I think making it a two day trip is a better idea. How old are your kids? I'm concerned that you are only asking about stamina for a 3-mile hike. Rim to Rim is no joke, and being able to do three hilly miles isn't a good barometer to determine readiness for a GC hike. Also, I think the whitewater rafting trips are booked years in advance. If that's something you really want to do, make that booking ASAP. Good luck! Have fun! Be safe!
  2. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls is a great read! It's an accurate account of ranching life in Arizona in the early 1900s.
  3. I regret posting my whine about something I can't control. I'm sure it will all work out fine.
  4. It's up to TWO WEEKS! (Sorry to's something I'm passionate about) This is why it is epidemic...because people think they're fine at 24-48 hours. I don't think people should isolate themselves for 2 weeks, but they should be very, very careful to not spread their germs. This is two weeks AFTER you're done feeling queasy and/or have a fever.
  5. Omega-3s are still a good option (despite a recently published study suggesting they don't help). They have a long positive track record. A meta-analysis:
  6. 😞 I'm so sorry. I have no idea what else to say.
  7. I recently received an invitation with date, time, and city-but no address. You get the address when you RSVP! Brilliant! If I ever throw a party for anything, I'm totally doing that. I'm sorry it's so stressful. I was one of the forget-to-RSVP people years ago. I still feel bad about it.
  8. Have you checked Costco? Sometimes their men's dress clothes are a fabulous deal. ETA: A $40 cocktail dress at Costco:'-sequin-dress.product.100490382.html
  9. I just want to say I think it's super cool that you 'have' an airplane mechanic. And that you actually pay for that service on a regular basis. That's awesome! 😎
  10. This. My dh travels a lot, but it's predictable. Some weeks it's harder than others. Some kids take it harder on some weeks. I think the things that make it workable for one family might not work for another family. It's up to you to advocate for yourself and even for your kids. It's hard to create relationship when you're not together. I used to really worry about being called a whiner or a nag or needy or something derogatory every time I wanted to be honest about my feelings. But then I realized that was probably baggage from my childhood. My dh doesn't call me names like that or think of me like that when all we are doing is being adults and talking about our needs in the relationship.
  11. The good news is, there are so many wonderful programs to choose from! If you want grammar-heavier such as SYRWTLS, then Spanish for Children A might work well for you. It does move quickly without a lot of repetition, but it is easy to use. If you have the discipline to review more often than the program tells you to, you could memorize the material quite well. Some of my other current favorites: Easy Peasy online (set up an account & make a donation) and The Great Courses Spanish 1 & 2. We also enjoy Salsa Spanish by Georgia Public Broadcasting for new learners as well as Destinos for intermediate learners. Best wishes!
  12. What card do you have that is 2.5% cash back on everything? We are getting ready to do a DIY remodeling project and I'd love to get 2.5% back on all the stuff we have to buy for that!
  13. I don't play the perk optimization game. I think it's great if you are able to spend the minimum amounts easily and then redeem the rewards and you're willing to be locked in to a particular provider or chain or whatever. I liked his comparison of spending the minimum $2000 on a Hyatt card and then getting a free night VS spending $2000 on a 2% cash-back card and getting $40. That is a great illustration. I would probably prefer the $40 at this stage of life b/c that $40 will buy groceries and the night at Hyatt won't. Lol. The main things that affect your credit are 1) on time payments, 2) age of credit, 3) number of recent inquiries, 4) the % of available credit you use. It's not necessarily the number of cards you have that will bring your score lower. It's whether you use everything available to you, and 5) types of credit you use. (Source: Experian) If you do this, you should update us! As in, be the guinea pig! I do it old school...use a card that gives a flat % back on purchases and then pay it off each month.
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