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Sue in St Pete

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  1. Hmmm. I'm a bit confused about tickets. General admission (oos) is $13, but that must not include the Monet exhibit? Because that's $27. Or is that for the audio tour? Thanks for asking. I'll be in Denver over Christmas and this will be a welcome indoor activity.
  2. You need noise cancelling headphones. I think I'd look like a dork in class wearing them, but if I had some, I'd seriously consider it. I'm too cheap to buy some though.
  3. I hear ya. I am a gym rat. I go nearly every day. 90% of the people working out on the equipment are wearing earbuds, so why the loud music? Why the heck are their 3 televisions with sound in the changing room that includes the piped in music? This year, we were offered a program through work that allows me to go to most of the gyms in my area for $25/mo. I love it because I can pick and choose the best teachers/classes I can find. I never work out on any of the equipment because I find it so boring. So, I go to the classes and stay the entire hour. I find the music in the gyms and many of the classes just miserable. I have to wear earplugs in some classes. I need better earplugs. OTOH, I know I am in the minority. Most people in the classes enjoy the music. I don't know why the teachers feel the need to have music louder than their voices. Which do you think I'm going to hear - the loud music or the softer voice? Oooh. Look what you made me do, what you made me do, oooh. Blah, blah, blah, shut up and dance with me. I'm in love with your body. Blech. I wanna ask the teachers why they want to share some of those songs...
  4. Congratulations. I wish you every success in keeping it off. I've gained/lost 25lbs twice in my life - the last time the weight went on with menopause. I tell people I'm on a perpetual diet because it goes on easy and comes off hard. Next time you are in Walmart or Target or a pet store, pick up two 25lbs bags of dog food or rice or bird seed or something. It is amazing to think about carrying around all that extra weight.
  5. Like deep fried? Ewww. I have 2 other Indian recipes for okra. Bhindi Masala and Stuffed Okra with Pearl Onions and Cherry Tomatoes. I went to Indian cooking classes where she sliced the okra lengthwise and stuffed them with a mixture of spices, then cooked with pearl onions, adding cherry tomatoes at the end. I thought to myself "there is no way in heck I am ever going to slit and stuff okra". When we ate them, there was a burst of flavor and I thought, "maybe I will". I do it on special Indian feast days.
  6. I am in search of a butternut squash soup. Would you share the recipe?
  7. Okra. Here is one recipe I use. Okra is not often available at my grocery store, but the Asian market nearby almost always has it. Fresh Okra with Tomatoes and Ginger Modifications: I greatly reduce the amount of oil, the most calorically dense food on the planet I will use a 15oz can of diced tomatoes for 1/2 recipe To avoid the dreaded "okra slime," thoroughly dry the okra (and your cutting board) before slicing it. Moisture brings out the slime.
  8. Wow!!! I love it. I have never seen that website either. I am a very bad shopper. I am a terrible clothes shopper. I always want things that do not exist. Like pockets. I'm gonna bookmark this one.
  9. Yes, I've had 2 types of laser surgery a total of 6x on my left eye and doc is talking about a 3rd type next. 🤔 I have spent a fortune on alternative treatments, all to no avail.
  10. My first experience with acupuncture was for peri-menopausal symptoms. The acupuncturist was also an MD on my health insurance plan and it was dirt cheap. $20/visit. I felt improvement after 2 visits but continued for 6 visits. It was amazing how my symptoms disappeared. Then, repeated a few years later. Eventually, this doctor went off my insurance. 😥 My next foray into acupuncture was for glaucoma. There is some evidence that it works for glaucoma. I went to a Chinese doctor and acupuncturist that came highly recommended by a friend. It was expensive. $55/visit 3x a week for several weeks, then 2x a week for several weeks, then 1x a week for a long time. She also did cupping on my neck which I liked. I spent a total of $1,730 over 7 months. Alas, it did not help the glaucoma. 😥 My last foray into acupuncture was for medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow). I went to a community acupuncturist recommended by a friend. Pay what you want. I went for 6 visits. There was no improvement. 😥 4 visits to PT helped, but I'm still not 100% a year later. HTH! Good luck.
  11. Positive thoughts heading your way. Thanks for letting us know.
  12. I find this interesting. The body is so amazing. I know one woman who was thisclose to diabetes who was able to lose weight and keep it off by going and staying low carb. She eats mainly lean protein and veges. She eats very little processed food. She eats almost no fruit. Now she's developed Parkinson's. I personally think all carbs are not created equal. Sugar is definitely bad. White rice, white flour, bad. But, beans, sweet potatoes, blueberries? Can't convince me. I don't claim to be an expert. I've only been overweight 2x in my life and nowhere near obese. The 2nd time, I learned about eating a whole food plant based diet from Eat to Live by Fuhrmann. He also has a fasting book. He says that if you want to lose weight, you are going to have to eat fewer calories long-term. The goal is to make those fewer calories be as nutritious as possible. That makes sense to me. So, I can completely understand your concern about her nutrition. I would encourage her to eat as nutritiously as possible. Dr Neal Barnard has a scientifically proven program to reverse diabetes using a whole food, plant based (vegan) diet. I probably have met a few people who have used it. I don't know how easy it is to maintain in this day and age, though. IMO, your cousin is blessed to have you in her support group.
  13. I am not so sure of what is typical, but I can speak with authority as to what happened to a student who was a junior in college and got caught cheating on a final computer science project. The student's final grade was dropped from a B to a D.
  14. Fascinating. We did ask at Emory (ds graduated high school in 2014) and they were adamant that they needed the 3 SAT subject tests. It didn't matter to them that he had 60+ CC credits. He did take them, but wound up not applying to Emory. IMO, stupid rule.
  15. -- What led you to homeschool? We lived in TX and the local school district was very proud of their brand new full day kindergarten program. Ds's nickname was "Our Lord of Perpetual Motion". Full day K would have been torture for him. I also figured I could do better than any teacher with 20+ kids. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? (Did you use WTM as a guide? Did your child take out of the home, online classes, or college classes?) I only taught 2 classes in high school - English and Math in 9th grade The rest was mostly CC starting in 10th grade, a few online classes, a few PS classes. I wouldn't say we followed WTM in the high school years - I was not capable of WTM sytle high school level english/history/rhetoric. Math would have been no problem. -- What did your child do after graduating? What is your child doing now? Ds graduates with his 5th year master's degree tomorrow. He played basketball throughout college and only had 2 years of season ending injuries. 😬 He moves into his own apartment on Friday. Starts his new job (which he is happy and excited about) on June 3rd. Soon to be self-supporting. Yay! And he will remain 2000 miles away. Boo! I can't imagine South Korea. Kareni, I will be forever grateful to you for sharing your school profile and letter of recommendation with me. 🌹 I will be forever grateful to Lori D, Laura in CA, and Janice in NJ for taking the time to critique ds's high school transcript.
  16. Sloppy Joes Serves: 13 people 2 # lean ground round 1 1/2 c. chopped onion (1 large) 1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper (1 small) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2/3 c. water 1/2 c. catsup 2 T. mustard 4 t. chili powder 1 1/2 t. ground cumin 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. pepper 16 oz. tomato sauce (2 cans) 15 oz. black beans (1 can), drained 14 oz. diced tomatoes (1 can), drained 6 oz. tomato paste - (1 can) 13 hamburger buns (13) Cook first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove mixture from pan; drain and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel. Return meat mixture to pan. Add water and next 10 ingredients; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 13 servings (serving size: 1 bun and 2/3 cup meat mixture). Source: Cooking Light, May 1994, page 88
  17. Mines has 2 career days a year where a number of companies come to campus to market/interview. Ds had several on campus interviews, several away from campus interviews (including one an airplane ride away), declined a few airplane rides away interviews (due to rural locations), and was rejected by a few companies he wanted. Two days ago, he was offered a job at a company that he likes that is local to him. He is happy to stay in the area. The salary is average for someone with his degree (mechanical engineering undergrad and engineering and technology management graduate) according to Mines salary outcome report. The offer comes with all the standard benefits. He accepted today. He will start in June after graduation in May. A terrific Xmas present for us all. I was a little worried because he never worked a summer internship, so I'm relieved it all worked out. For those who have followed the ups and downs of basketball over the years, he made it through to Xmas with no injuries. Yay! (2 of his 5 years, he did not) I really need to change my signature. I hate to give up my beach gal, though.
  18. Acupuncture was remarkable for me. I felt better after 2 treatments and after 6 treatments didn't need any more for years. I used an herbal formula from a local store called 'Change of Life'. They claimed it was their #1 seller. I tried progesterone cream and it was ineffective. ETA: I can relate to the first 5 points your friend experienced in addition to being very irritable. I also changed to a healthier diet and continued lots of exercise at this time.
  19. Ds played on 3 AAU teams over the years. On one, he was a year younger than the others. That team was instrumental in his playing college ball. They went to the USSSA finals and they played against (and lost to) an elite team while D1 college coaches watched. They lost, but they held their own. Ds got an invitation to a D1 school's elite camp from that. He went to the camp, but chose not to pursue the school. That team is similar to the one he is on today. No super stars, but all solid players. His college coach called this AAU coach and ds got the official visit after that. We had contacted the school with marketing materials before that. Sigh. I hope I'm making sense. Ds was on a decent high school team as well.
  20. Will respond more later today, but there should be no problem repeating 8th grade academically but remaining on the 9th grade AAU team. One of my son's AAU teams, coached by 2 dads who had played college basketball, always played a year ahead of their son's grades. So, my son was in 9th grade playing on their 9th grade team, but the coach's sons were in 8th grade playing on the 9th grade team. The boys are at University of Miami and Kansas State now. ETA: Ah. Oh. Ah. She has been playing at the public school with a team that is a year older than her. That makes a difference. I thought she was playing on an AAU team with these girls. Does she play AAU at all? You've gotten some good responses on the chat board.
  21. Thank you! I have a vague memory of my son being invited to a People to People Ambassador program years ago. I remember scratching my head since he was not a full-time public school student.
  22. My 13yo dgd, 8th grade in PS, was nominated by a teacher to attend a 2019 Ambassador Leadership Summit. The summit "helps promising students develop leadership skills, build confidence, and prepare for the opportunities and responsibilities ahead". She will join outstanding students from as many as 140 countries to: experience college life at a top university like Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, or UCLA. gain a competitive edge for college and career - more than 80% of their participants were accepted into their college of choice meet the change-makers and learn from industry experts while exploring medical careers at outr specialized Medicine and Health Care Summit develop new friendships and fresh perspectives with motivated students form around the world She would like to attend the summit at Harvard - the week-long summit costs $3,195. They would like her to register by Dec 17th because space is limited. Here is a link to the itinerary. Has anyone heard of this program?
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