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    I need new meat meals

    I usually use thinly cut beef in asian style stir fry. Or larger cubes for stew dishes - I primarily make Indian food, so nihari, haleem, shami kabab are my go-tos for non-ground beef. Food fusion (youtube) has good recipes, just use a little bit less chili powder/cayenne powder if you don't like a lot of spice.
  2. I don't believe sex before marriage is ok, but I support condoms being available to teens, even through the schools. It would be great if they were more available - I worry that some would feel embarrassed to ask and would take the risk of going without. I plan to make them available to my kids when they become teens, even though we are strongly, religiously against pre-marital sex. Kids make stupid choices sometimes. The presence of condoms isn't going to encourage them to have sex, but it can prevent them from getting STDs or pregnant if they do find themselves in that situation.
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    Constantly having to log in

    Mine was constantly having me log in, about 2 wks back it seemed better, but now it's been asking me to log in every time again. On the upside though, when I log back in, it automatically (although slowly) redirects me to the forums. Before, I was having to click my way back to the forums from the log in page.
  4. I was going to recommend the bolded and similar books. Perfectly Perilous was the only one I looked at (library.) My 9yo DS, who is actually a bit below grade level in math loved it. he didn't know the math involved, but was willing to give it a think. I enjoyed the puzzles too. Murderous Maths was a hit too, but it might be better suited to kids closer to 9. I don't have it in front of me so I don't recall what exactly was in it. We both like Fred, and I appreciate that it introduces concepts that aren't typically taught at his age level. And it's more story+lesson than practice problems. At least in the elementary levels. Regarding the Christian content in LoF: We're not Christian and still enjoy it. Fred is a 5yo Christian living in the American south. Sometimes the Bible gets brought up, but it took 8 books for him to go to Sunday school (where he learned about how God made bees or something like that.) DS was old enough by that chapter that we took it as a lesson in comparative religion. There was something mentioned in an earlier book that I decided to skip because it felt preachy without really adding to the story, but I don't remember what it was now. Really just a paragraph or so. Of course, the case might be something totally different with your boys, but I grew up thinking I hated math, and scared of math, while still doing well, but making "careless mistakes." Took me years to realize that in my case, "careless mistakes" equated to mild dyslexia/dyscalcula, mixed with ADHD. I'd get 4 mixed up with f and 5 and instead of writing "8459.034" like it said on the calculator screen (I was in precalc/chemistry by this point), I would accidentally write "8549.054" or when typing stuff into the calculator, I'd type "843*490" instead of "834*590" and get the answer mysteriously wrong even though I understood the concept. I'm planning to go back to school this year and, reviewing my transcripts and test scores, I should place into Calculus. I'm terrified, but working hard to review and perhaps get ahead before the class starts. And I got a copy of Life of Fred: Calculus so my favorite 5yo (well, so far, he's only 3 days old in the Calculus book, lol) can teach me about something I've been terrified of for over a decade. I will say, there is a ton more practice questions in the calculus book than there is in the book intended for 4th graders.
  5. Without glasses/contacts, I can't make out writing (or faces, or anything, really) if it's further than a foot away from my face. My eyes were only slightly different for the longest time (0.25/0.5 difference between the two eyes. Still are probably, but it's barely noticeable now and I can get along just fine with the same prescription strength (contacts) in each eye. Simplifies the contact wearing process for me a teeny tiny bit.
  6. Well, that's great /sarcasm I made powdered laundry detergent for 4 or 5 years. Recently switched to store bought liquid for convenience. I've been telling myself I ought to make it again, but now you've got me rethinking that...
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    A slightly different "would you eat this?"

    Mentioning metal cups reminded me of when we were in Pakistan. At this one monument we went to, the only water they had was in a water cooler, and the only way to drink it was a metal cup that sat on top of it. Dozens of people had probably used it that day, if not 100s, and if my memory is correct, I was thirsty enough to drink from it too. Didn't even get sick, lol
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    A slightly different "would you eat this?"

    Not if it's a potluck or community event where kids are involved (especially because i've seen parents at these kinds of events take food out of their kids grimy slobber-covered hands to put back on the tray - sometimes with a bite taken out of it!) Particularly near the end of the event, and particularly if the tray was within kid reach and it was out of sight most of the time. But in our culture - Muslim culture - and particularly Pakistani/Indian culture, we sometimes eat rice or salen/curry off the same plate with a group of 5 or so people (using bread or fingers as the utensil). That I wouldn't do except for immediate family, but dry food is no big deal. It's common practice, even at big 400+ people functions to rip a piece of flat bread into half and put one half of it back on the bread platter. In my house, a bowl of m&ms, mukhwas, or a giant cookie probably wouldn't be served with utensils. Actually, mukhwas usually is set out with a spoon, but I try to avoid it, because my 3yo has a tendency to put the spoon in her mouth before putting it back into the communal bowl...
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    Aggressive men

    I'm wondering the same thing. I feel like it means "showing his strength" or "showing his manli-ness" but how does that relate to cereal? Oh! hang on! I'm seeming to remember old cheerios commercials with men and little boys flexing their muscles -- is that where the phrase comes from? And is that a common phrase where you live? or just a family thing? I've never heard it and I'm in the midwest. I was thinking of commercials from the 90s, but found this along the same lines:
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    Deception involving inheritance to children

    We have a close relative who has threatened the bolded, and DH and I still find ourselves going back and forth on whether it is right that we no longer visit them 😥(sad face because logically, I know it's the right decision, but emotionally... it's tough.) The kids have a set of grandparents that are great to them, and respect us. It's been over a year since we've cut off visits with them, and it's good to be (mostly) free of the manipulation and drama that accompanied it.
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    Graphic Novel Suggestions

    My library has a huge section for kids graphic novels and I'm always finding new and great things there. My DS liked Tin Tin (they are almost 100 yrs old now, so watch out for questionable themes that were common in that era- misogyny, smoking, racism, swearing - seemed common in the books we found, so I pre-read and chose to either not let DS read those ones or explain why that was written into the story, depending on what it was exactly. He's enjoyed a graphic novel version of Sherlock Holmes. We've got a MaxAxiom book right now that is a hit - it's called Science and Engineering Activities. He liked the other MaxAxiom books too. I try to stay away from super hero books, but have been pleasantly surprised with the # of graphic novels that aren't super hero themed. I recently found a My Little Pony comic book that he enjoyed a lot. He also liked the Beast Academy guide books, just for reading on his own for fun. Last time I was at the library, I saw a graphic novel version of The City of Ember, and contemplated getting it, but decided against it in the hopes that he will soon read the original version on his own (he's getting into reading small/larger font chapter books on his own and want to "save" something that I hope he'll love for when he's ready - I the series as an adult and enjoyed it) They aren't graphic novels, but share a lot of the same characteristics. I found that my DS also really gravitated towards picture-rich non-fiction (eg. eyewitness books, single topic encyclopedias, etc.) He wont read a full magic treehouse book in one sitting like I would have at his age, but he will sit for hours with non-fiction sci/hist books or a book about lego building, etc.
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    office key - new laptop, vent

    Oh that's cool, I didn't realize you could transfer the key/code. I was annoyed that my new laptop didn't come with office included. Decided to go with libreoffice rather than buy a new copy of office.
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    who decides where to put things in a new house?

    If you're having a conflict about it, I think that's a problem. Stuff gets moved around in our house all the time. Not in a "where did you put all the spoons today" sort of way, but in a "let's try out a new home for these items, and see if it works better." We just rearranged the furniture in the living room today. And by "we" I mean "I told DH where to move the couches to while I was busy in the kitchen." If I want to try out some new arrangement, he doesn't fight me on it. If he wants to move things around, I don't fight him on it - unless it will impact my daily function (eg. plates too high for me to reach) But whenever he makes a crazy suggestion (like the time he wanted to put the mixing bowls I use all the time on a high shelf when they had a perfect home on a low shelf) I explain to him why I need them where they were, and since he is reasonable/not controlling, and we have a good working relationship, he either asks me to try it out for a few days, or he gives up his argument and realizes that I have reasons for putting things where I have them. Same for if he thinks I'm making a crazy decision - we try it for a few days, and if it's working, it works, and if it doesn't, we move things. It's not like things can't be moved later if it's not working. They aren't glued down, so it's no big deal where they go initially.
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    Marie Kondo Series on Netflix??

    You can hire someone to do your laundry? 😱 (Probably obvious to most of you, but it was mind blowing to me for some reason) So... that's my takeaway from episode one. Thanks for sharing, Umsami! I'm excited to watch more episodes.
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    Are you able to fully function if you are

    My DH has gotten a thorough period-education these past 10 or so years. Before we met, he didn't know anything other than the fact that blood comes out and still sometimes surprises me with how little he actually understands about periods. "But why do your legs hurt? that doesn't make any sense" "Remember when I was giving birth and my legs were killing me? Same thing" "But your uterus is up there" [scowl] "just bring the heating pad and massage me!"
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