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  1. A quick squirt with a water bottle will do the trick. Make a noise while you do it -- a loud hiss or a certain yelp (in order to avoid confusion, choose a noise you don't usually make, could even being shouting STOP) -- and the cat will learn that the noise means the squirt of water is likely on the way. Soon you should be able to simply make the noise and the cat will know to knock off whatever it's doing. If the cat is really sensitive to noise, a quick hand clap might also do the trick, startling it into stopping. OTOH, that's how my neighbor calls her cat in when it gets out (the sound carries well), so that might be a noise that you want to save for a positive reinforcement.
  2. Other universities not on the official list have auditions adjacent to Unifieds. In other words, they're in town having auditions at the same time, but in different locations. Others at Chicago last year: Julliard, Boston Univ, NYU, Minnesota Guthrie, DePaul ... I think there were others, too, but I don't recall who all was there. Some schools will have walk-in spots -- if you're there at Unifieds and they have an opening, you can audition, then fill out the University application later.
  3. Yeah, younger dd is running into a bit of that -- she had so many dual enrollment credits that she has to make sure she isn't eligible to graduate until she's actually completed all the courses she wants to take.
  4. Um, getting into *ANY* MT program relies on a heck of a lotta luck, and a widely cast net. If he honestly wants to double major with one of the majors being MT or acting, he needs to apply to many schools that offer the chance for theatre students to double major. CMU lists that 2,900 students applied to the School of Drama in 2016. They took 80. The number of applications has probably gone up since then. I assume you know this, right? That MT is a totally different game than getting into a school for things like Econ or Engineering or English. That people may audition to 10-12 schools in hopes of getting accepted ... somewhere (often involving a trip to a Unified audition and doing several auditions in one weekend). That thousands of kids are competing for a handful of spots (although, being ruthlessly honest, it's easier for boys because fewer are in the pool). That the reasons a person is accepted or not to various programs seem sort of ... capricious/mysterious ... since the schools are essentially building a team, and may already have several kids of your "type" on the roster. (Also, bonus impression: getting into MT seems even tougher competition than getting into an acting school.) Having said that, we have a friend at NYU Tisch who was planning to do a double major with Econ. I think at Tisch you start in theatre, and then after a year or two you're allowed to start your other major. Tisch does have a MT studio, although they use their discretion to stick you into whatever studio they think is appropriate for the first 2 years. If he really wants to pursue MT, I would SO MUCH NOT CARE about the SAT, and be spending all the time on monologues, solos, dance numbers ... because each school will want something slightly different for all of those (eg, monologue length varies, CMU doesn't care about a dance audition but other places do). Many kids use a coach to help them with this process; MT college auditions are a special type of crazy.
  5. How fun! -- What led you to homeschool? We wanted more control over the process. Dh and I are very DIY. Also, I had just been working at a university that had a lot of El Ed majors, and was sort of shook up by the quality of those students. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? We mixed WTM with other things. We used learning centers, co-ops, online classes, a guy who taught chemistry classes in his basement. Dual enrollment started sophomore year, and by senior year most classes were dual enrollment. -- What did your child do after graduating? What is your child doing now? Both attended university. Older graduated 1 year ago with a BS in Theater Tech and is living in Brooklyn doing various theater work plus working for a milliner in Manhattan during race season (official featured milliner of the Kentucky Derby). Younger is finishing up her First Year (her school no longer uses the gendered term "freshman") in Theater Studies. Her goal is to sell rich people things they don't actually need.
  6. Katy Bowman is the queen of the functional movement discussion. Aside from her several books, she has a website, an instagram account, a podcast, and a large following of people who discuss this concept all over the internet (and, ideally, in your actual real life community). You can join the online party here: Build Your Movement-Rich Life or check out her books (and some other media) here: Build Your Exercise Program From there you'll discover all sorts of other people with blogs, podcasts, and general inspiration. I have most of her books. At the moment I'm sort of partial to Dynamic Aging -- maybe I'm feeling old now that the kids are out of the house.
  7. Okay, digression time here -- what's the deal with silver nanoparticles? I looked up to see what they do, so I get that. Why are people avoiding them? This is one of those moments when I realize how out of touch I am with normal clothes shopping. Edited to add: Okey dokey, I finally found some articles on it. You may return to your regularly scheduled discussion. I'll be over here muttering to myself that underwear is really easy to make and doesn't take much fabric.
  8. What an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing it -- I'm so excited for your ds!
  9. Dh was diagnosed with MS that turned out to be Chronic Lyme's. He, too, follows an anti-inflamatory diet, but not Wahl's -- he's figured out what works for him. He started with GAPS, and went from there. He's more of an "eats to live, not lives to eat" sort of person, so the bit about food not tasting good isn't such an issue. If I eat corn my joints will hurt. Dh is fine with corn, but avoids all other grains. If I take turmeric I itch. I think if I took it several days in a row I'd break out in hives.
  10. Dd hopes to live in a house off campus next spring (she'll be overseas for fall semester). Typically students have to spend their first 2 years in the dorms, but she thinks she can use her DE credits to argue that she should have the same latitude as the transfer students -- it's a small school, so the powers that be are a little more open to considering individual cases. The cost will be about the same, I think. She dislikes the dorm food, and wants to have a kitchen. Her dorm roommate moved out during the 2nd week of school, so, honestly, she's had a pretty cushy dorm situation so far. The house she's considering is very close to campus. It's considered one of the "department houses" -- usually lived in by students in her department. She's been invited by the student who has that house's authority to invite other students. Most of the houses like this have room for 5 or 6 kids; they share in the house rent and utilities, negotiate who purchases toilet paper and who cleans the kitchen, etc. Then when they graduate, groups of students move to NYC or Chicago, and rent apartments together, pretty much doing the same sort of thing as they did in the houses, now that I think about it -- older DD was in a house for 2 years, then graduated and moved to Brooklyn with one of her housemates, plus a student from another house, and a random person they picked up along the way, and they're still having "house meetings" to figure out how to handle purchasing the toilet paper and dish soap (last I heard it was an Amazon subscription). These days she rarely posts sink-shaming pictures of the dirty dishes left by roommates, so I assume everyone is getting a little more mature now that they're out in the real world .... It's easier to navigate since we've been through the entire thing with an older student.
  11. Okay, you may have shared this multiple times, but it's the first I've read it! Oh my, what a sweet story. I just texted it to dd, who has had many rats through the years. Edited to add: As far as the actual point of the thread, most animals strike me as pure of heart.
  12. Me: Back when college costs were sane (yes, I'm that old) my parents paid. Dh lived at home and worked to contribute to his, but, as I said, that was back when a few hundred dollars could make a huge difference. Dds: Attended/attend private university that hands out lots of merit scholarships. Both got scholarships for over half the costs of tuition and room/board. We pay for the rest via 509 savings. Travel costs to the area are low, as is COL in the area (important when they move out of the dorms into local housing). Older dd has graduated and is out in the real world. While she was in school she thought it was nice that we were paying the entire tab so she didn't need to take out loans. Now that she's out earning her own way, comparing budgeting notes with her peers, she REALLY thinks it's AMAZING that she has no student loan debt. It's given her a whole new perspective on life; she realizes the trajectory of her career can be totally different because of this. She has spontaneously written us lovely notes about it. (None of which is to say everyone should pay for their kids' school, but, rather, to say that our kids appreciate that this is a life-changing gift.)
  13. I adore Lindsey Samper yoga on Amazon Prime. She has a good variety, from 10 minute to hour long. Her instructions are top notch. Edited to add: Oh, hey, I just went onto Prime and it recommended another yoga video for me that looks interesting -- Yoga for the Inflexible by Julia Marie. I haven't tried it, but it might be worth taking a look at.
  14. Nothing. Earthquake zone. But, even if we didn't live in an earthquake zone, I wouldn't have anything there. We stayed in an Air BnB in London with a painting over the bed, and it fell down on us in the middle of the night with no apparent provocation.
  15. Netflix and Amazon Prime seem to be less disappointing if you're just sort of open to what happens to be available at the moment. We have access to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Hoopla, and Kanopy, and if I decide, "Oh, hey, I'd like to watch XYZ movie right now," I'm often unable to find it available. Honestly, lately I've had better luck checking the library catalog for specific titles and checking them out as DVDs (I tend to be looking for stuff that's a little less mainstream, though, so there's usually not a bunch of holds on them -- things like The Rider and Death of Stalin are just sitting there on the shelves ready to give me relatively instant gratification). On the other hand, if I just randomly browse through streaming services I often come up with something interesting. Tonight we watched The Tuskegee Airmen, which we had never seen before -- we really enjoyed it. There were a couple of other choices, too, that sounded interesting, although I wasn't thinking of them when I started looking ... okay, honestly, I'd never heard of them, but now I'd be interested in watching them sometime.
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