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  1. Okay, that's actually a little comforting -- dd's Cruze doesn't have a spare, and dh tends to act like it's a quirk of that exact car designed to make his life miserable. We ended up purchasing a tire and wheel (full size) that she keeps in the trunk. As for the original discussion, heck, older dd moved to a place with decent public transport so she could totally ditch the car (regardless of transmission) and its need for upkeep and insurance. I supposed one could bash back at the pro-stick people with an argument about the morality of forcing the U.S. to be so heavily reliant on individual automobiles for transportation in the first place. See also:
  2. We finally finished today, having watched it one episode per day. I liked it so much better than season 2. There were still plot holes, like sometimes it took forever for the Mind Flayer to get from place to place, and why was Billy sitting in the mall parking lot revving his engine all that time? -- but I'm willing to forgive because the overall story was decent. Coincidentally, dh and I had watched Red Dawn a couple of weeks ago. So much of this season arc seemed lifted from that, including the helicopters at the end. Also, as an aside, I'd forgotten that Red Dawn is such a crappy movie, although it's so much fun to see the main kid characters before they all hit it big in other movies -- anyway, don't go watch it unless you feel really really compelled. And, yes, the boys' outfits in Stranger Things 3 were on point. I went to high school in small town Indiana during that period, had clothing very similar to Nancy's wardrobe myself, heck, one of my high school bffs has cleidocranial dysplasia in her family -- it's always been so wild to watch this and reminisce. We're at the point of analyzing accents over here (dd attends college in small town Indiana, and had voice classes for acting last semester, so in total nitpick mode about this).
  3. OMG, I forgot about Urinetown! Sheesh, I knew I should've waited until dd was up until I answered this -- I'm forgetting all the good stuff.
  4. Another theatre/MT family sounding off. EDITED TO INSERT: DROWSY CHAPERONE! So much fun! We've seen Music Man so many times we could probably perform it spontaneously -- a family favorite. When Shrek first started touring after Broadway we went to see it -- I thought it was going to be totally stupid, but ended up loving it. Every production I've seen since then, though, has been a little worse than the one before, so I guess the writing isn't impervious to bad production. This sounds like our family, lol. Dd really wanted to like it, went to see it with original Broadway cast, and ended up thinking it was really so-so. Same with Come From Away. OTOH, older dd says the best thing on Broadway right now is Oklahoma because she loves what they've done with it. The music is lovely, but if the leads aren't top notch you'll want to die. Caird (book) and Gordon (lyrics and music) also wrote Daddy Longlegs, and, again, if you see it with good performers (there are only 2) it's amazing. We also go see operas, some of which you'd probably enjoy. Grapes of Wrath is incredibly long but an incredibly moving way to tell that story, and everyone I know wishes I'd shut up about it because I saw it 2 years ago and still go on and on. Barber of Seville is just plain fun. Best tip: Find a place you can volunteer to usher. You'll usually get a comp ticket to everything you usher, and can see all sorts of things that way.
  5. Our church had a Bible study group specifically for parents who had a child leaving. We met about once a month, and talked about the mixed emotions of them leaving AND of them coming back home for breaks. The participants were pretty much all over the spectrum on the road to empty nests -- first child going off to college, last child finishing up Masters degree. It was nice to know there was a group who would automatically listen to all the thoughts. And the fact that the church had the group gave it a vibe of "everyone here in this congregation gets it, even if we don't need to be in this group right now ourselves."
  6. I'm so sorry. The same thing happened to me decades ago (college roommate and BFF all 4 years of school, then POOF I was apparently no longer useful) and it still rankles me.
  7. Congratulations on successfully launching another kiddo! And ((hugs)) for how tough that transition is.
  8. One of the female scientists I follow on Twitter does this when she goes to various research conferences, and it never really struck me one way or the other -- it's just something she chooses to do with her time. Putting pictures on Twitter does make it more likely that people will look at what you're posting, so maybe there's aspect of making sure people are aware that female scientists who are going out and doing interesting things actually exist. I don't know if I've ever actually seen a picture of her. I've no doubt she posted that sort of thing regularly she would be deluged with crappy messages about her body and looks because there are tons of people just waiting for an opportunity to pull that sort of nonsense. Also, tangentially, following female scientists on social media is great.
  9. Woohoo -- I'm next up on the Meal Train for someone, and the temps have suddenly soared (mid 90s today) so cooking indoors is sounding icky. This salad is going on the menu in place of an item that involved turning on the stove. Thanks!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. What an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing it -- I'm so excited for your ds!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.)
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Example of the crapshoot: I'm reading this thread because DD's Lenova Yoga has been a hot mess for several weeks. It was great for the first couple of months then started to have screen flicker, then occasionally simply shut down. She's figured out that there's a screw loose inside it, but Best Buy can't fix onsite -- they'll have to send it away, which can take up to a month -- quite unhandy when you need to have a laptop in class a couple of times a week. Currently she clips a wooden clothespin to the spot that needs shoring up, and will send it in after the semester is over. Edited to point out that she figured out the problem because many others have been through the same thing with this particular line of Yoga laptops.
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