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  1. I've done this for multiple relatives. VA burials are indeed easy; you cover the funeral home expenses and then they take it from there. Keep in mind that they decide the date and time, so you'll need to be flexible. Funeral homes do that type of burial all the time. The tax records will tell you a lot in terms of income and expenses. One of my relatives was a hoarder, and we had quite a time finding everything. The military discharge papers with in a glove compartment and the tax documents were under an old couch that was stacked high with junk. When the tax documents were found, the tax preparer was a wealth of information. Some bills hadn't been paid in awhile, but we found that creditors were lenient when they were provided with a death certificate. It takes some looking, but you'll get it.
  2. Yes, it's bad. I looked at my options about a month ago, and it wasn't encouraging. My sibling on the other hand (different state) had no problems getting something decent. He was recently hospitalized and now has a chronic, serious issue, and they are covering most of it.
  3. We had a septic field in another house for twenty years and am on one now in a rental. I don't cook with a lot of fats, generally wipe out pans and such that have a little grease with a paper towel before rinsing to be sure. Little bleach, and I'm careful what types of detergent and cleaning supplies I use. In the other house, we pumped every five years because that seemed about right, and we live in a climate where repairs are required periodically. When we sold that house, there had been a very hard winter months before, and it did require a concrete repair. In the current house, my landlord said we'd probably pump every 3-5 years. We hope to be out by then, and my lease does say it must be pumped as part of check-out.
  4. Mine commute, but my younger one graduated from high school and went to college early. She had completed all of the needed credits and was ready to move on. Absolutely no problems.
  5. They do it because it works for them. It's cheap to send out emails and/or texts, and they get business out of it. I worked for a major department store, and certain people came there almost weekly and were known to the salespeople. It was a social thing in addition to the purchases. On Sundays, I sometimes would see particular families come after lunch. I still subscribe to their emails because I like their products and know their sales cycle now, but the texts were too much. All of the ad stuff goes into a separate email folder so I can go there if I need to buy something and see what the deals are.
  6. Neither of mine liked school, even my oldest who topped out the SAT. I did a lot of work trying to help them find their passions and approach things in ways that had some enjoyment for them, but it was rough at times. Neither had much interest in career planning, and I had to nudge a bit that way. It all worked out. They found their groove in college and are doing beautifully as a junior and a senior. They'll probably both graduate with a GPA higher than mine, and both are talking about graduate school. One is probably going to go an extra semester to double major in a related area. I do know some people's kids who had trouble getting it together in college, but mine figured it out. It's very satisfying to hear that they are doing their own academic planning, meeting with professors, going to career fairs, etc. etc.
  7. They probably looked at it as a practical issue versus how it would weigh on you as you returned to work. A friend recently observed that we humans sometimes are oblivious to what others are going through unless we've been there via a close friend, a close relative, or ourselves. It's a double blow to come back and find out you don't have your own space. I was telling my son this morning how I showed up for an internship between college semesters with no office and no desk. They eventually found an old desk near the loading dock and put the desk in the hall in the basement. It was literally the worst place in the whole building to sit. But thankfully my work stood out, and when I returned for a graduate assistantship, they gave me a shared office. Then when they hired me as a staff researcher, they gave me a single office in an area they were remodelling, so I even got to pick out my layout. I hope they get this worked out for you quicker than planned!
  8. The community college I teach for does a lot of 8-week classes, four sessions of 8-week classes in a 16-week semester. The whole motivation is flexibility. You get more students registering for that because life sometimes requires that people need a month or so with a lighter load or no classes. The reality of course is that the 16-week classes fill up first. As an instructor, I'm fine with it. I of course have double the grading for one of those, but I get more sections that way too. Right now I have two 16-week classes, and three 8-week classes. One of the 16-week classes is very small as is one of the 8-week classes, so I have a full adjunct load of 12 credits. I will say that more students fail the 8-week versus 16-week. It is a lot more homework than some can handle. I am working on a tech support certificate myself, and I've had three 8-week classes. I actually don't like them that concentrated, but it worked. One had an exam every other week and a group research paper, so it was way more work than I'd like. The others were more reasonable IMHO. I was busy, but felt like I was keeping up. The 4-year my kids attend only does concentrated classes in the summer. My oldest was planning to do two 4-week classes this summer, but ended up with only one because the professor bailed at the last minute. He was very busy. And for some reason they charge way more in the summer. He had budgeted, figuring the regular tuition rate, but then the bill was way more. He had to borrow from me. So I don't think either of them will do another summer class.
  9. My daughter went through something like this although he began asking her out and complaining when she said no. She told him to leave her alone period with a friend in the class as a witness. Her brother offered to chat with security (he's a National Guard MP) and drive/escort her to/from class after that with security knowing what was going on. I was relieved that he was available to do that. She did not file a report either. She later found out that he had been reported previously for stalking women, and that there was a form report even after she graduated. My daughter learned from that to get to know people in a group setting before giving out her number, and to cut it off if it goes personal in a way she's uncomfortable with. She only does study sessions in groups. Thankfully her professors use class listservs for asking questions and helping each other, so that reduces some of that.
  10. Poor sweetie! Like your kids, trust your gut. If doggie is off, they need to see a professional.
  11. I had no idea. I know that the oldest vehicle has one because I stashed things in the well for many years, but I'll have to look at our newer ones.
  12. Yes, it's going to be more on the quarter system. I teach at a community college that does a lot of 8-week classes. My syllabus says 12-18 hours of homework for those. Math is just time-consuming. It's actually good that she is doing a lot of problems. I've heard of classes where they didn't, and frankly they didn't learn as much.
  13. The realtor we used put the sign up and then spent a week working her contacts to see if she could get a quick sale. There were a few minor things that still had to be done anyway.
  14. Such wonderful news! What a breakthrough. Yes, the psychiatric practice we used for medication management also does TMS. The therapist sent us there because they are well-thought of in both areas, and she had some amazing turn-arounds with TMS. Medication management was all we needed in the end, but I'm glad it's there if we ever need it.
  15. I've been teaching at local community colleges for over twenty years, and many of my public and private school students fail the first test if it's their first semester. It's not just homeschooled kids by any means. I just gave a departmental midterm and everyone passed, but I had some in the 60's. Several are distraught and have appointments set up with me. I gave very clear guidance on how to study and topical outline of what to study (it's a freshman-level class), and I'm guessing that they ignored that. The average for those who took it was an 82%. Being that it's community college, I had a bunch of no-shows of course. By all means she should see the professor and perhaps get tips on how to study for future exams. FWIW, my oldest once didn't do at all well on a departmental test and went to see the professor. It turns out that she hadn't graded the last part of the exam at all and had just totalled up his score to a certain point and recorded that. He ended up getting an "A" once she graded the rest of the exam. Over the years I've had a few cases where I regraded or gave extra credit for a bad question or two, but never one like that! Many colleges offer study skills classes that teach you how to study for different types of tests.
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