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  1. Never cooked a turkey frozen, but we have defrosted in the sink in water the morning of cooking day. Usually takes 4 hours or so - makes a big difference to pull out the innards as soon as its defrosted enough to pry them loose, goes a lot faster at that point; we also switch out the water occasionally. Many years we do a combination of fridge defrosting and sink defrosting, if we don't get it into the fridge in time for it to defrost fully - just finish up defrosting in the sink in the morning before cooking. So if you take 2-3 days to clear space, you can still get it partly defrosted in
  2. Ideas: *Libby app (library ebook app) *Any sort of online journal archive (I use my dh's alumni access to a theology journal archive a lot for research) *NYT or other newspaper website Might work better to list out all the apps/websites she *does* use (regardless of the reason), list why she uses them, and think about what connection those activities have to either learning ("scholar") or accomplishing things with people ("leadership"). If there's any app/website she's particularly passionate about, it might be worthwhile thinking about how to connect whatever that app/site contrib
  3. Is that the order she did it in: drew the new Paul/Dad bars *and then* added three years to each? If so, that may be where she is getting into trouble. (Also, if she's doing it on graph paper or is otherwise a real stickler for drawing the bars perfectly to scale, she could be having problems, too, because to draw it accurately on graph paper requires you to already have solved the problem (I've spent 15min attempting it in Excel and still haven't solved it yet), but to do a rough not-to-scale sketch is the work of a minute and illustrates what's going on perfectly.) Here's what I did.
  4. Take a year off? Don't start reading lessons at age 5, but wait till age 6? Or at least give yourself permission to? I mean, next school year's a long way away - maybe you'll feel up to all the sounding out next year, but there's nothing wrong with planning to wait till the year after, when she's six.
  5. Yes and no. It is doable for us to quarantine if we needed to (exposure, etc), in that we keep enough food in the house and dh wouldn't lose his job over it. But it isn't something we could just do easily. DH is the sole pastor at our church, and I'm effectively the sole tech person - our being quarantined for 14 days would be a big disruption. Doable if truly needed, but not for something optional. Eta: in general we are pretty careful, in part because church can't run well without us - if any of us get sick, dh can't pastor effectively. So we cant be taking unnecessary chances. Also
  6. See, I thought the opposite - that while small churches can source 50-100 masks plus a few containers/month of hand sanitizer and wipes and such, larger churches would find it very hard to source masks, etc., for 1,000s. We're small, and we've had no problems keeping the church in hand sanitizer and wipes and masks, even during the shortages (to be fair, we didn't aim for masking till May/Jun). Between one woman sewing masks and me and a few elders buying disposable masks, we have more than enough; after the first week, when half the people needed one, we've barely gone through one mask/week
  7. In some ways, I think this might be their attempt to *not* bring contention into the church. I mean, one masked, one unmasked - that's kind of trying to be all things to all people. I can see this as an attempt to *lessen* the contention, by giving everyone a chance to pick the service that matches their comfort level. In other circumstances, that's the preferred mode of action, really - sidestepping contention by allowing all the options. But that's not helping pastors figure out what to do now, when there's really no fence-sitting option, no compromise position. ~*~ I'm happy w
  8. SheaMoisture Strengthen and Restore Conditioner I can find it in most stores (often, but not always, in the ethnic section). It works great on both my hair and my girls' (fine and straight).
  9. Yea for a starting point! (What follows are just some hopefully helpful thoughts - use if helpful, ignore if not. I was in a hurry, trying to write it during lunch, so idk if my tone reflected my intentions.) That particular question from WS is a hard one, though, at least to me, though I'm probably over-thinking it a ton. (I'm a decent writer but even with all that I read, lit analysis has always been my weak point.) I wonder if she'd do better with topics she was interested in, or at least topics in subjects where she is successful at the type of thinking requried (it sounded like hi
  10. I've had them since the 90s, and, although the delay never bothered me, they definitely change faster now. Maybe I'm just used to it, but they are invisible to me, just like they are supposed to be.
  11. My oldest enjoyed both of those around that age (and still does). She rec's the Redwall series, by Brian Jacques, and also Septimus Heap, by Angie Sage (my current 11yo also loves Septimus Heap). Another good series is the Wilderking Trilogy, by Jonathan Rogers. My middle *loves* Green Ember. She says the second and third books end on cliffhangers, making you want to read the next one right away.
  12. My list of things I get on mine: high index (thinner material, to avoid the coke bottle effect), transitions, progressives, anti-scratch, anti-glare. Personally, I *love* my transitions. So convenient. Progressives take some getting used to, but are great if you can't read with your distance prescription. (I spent years carrying reading glasses with me at all times because my eyes hurt within seconds if I tried to read or do any close-up work, even just reading a label at the store.) But if you don't need bifocals, you don't need progressives. Don't skimp on the anti-scratch
  13. What did you use, and how was it unsuccessful?
  14. Learning to read and spell has been an adventure here, so I've done both SYS and an SWR-like approach with both girls; they complemented each other well, and I blended aspects of them together, but at the core they are fairly different approaches. SWR can be used to teach reading - it's whole thing is spell your way into reading - but SYS would require a separate reading program. SWR is pretty strict phonics all the way through, while SYS starts off with basic phonetic spelling and then, after phonetic spelling habits are hopefully established, incorporates a visual approach. SYS is very ope
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