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  1. We used Uber while traveling recently, with all good experiences. You rate the driver and Uber does background checks on all it's drivers.
  2. 2003 and it has almost 200,000 miles. I love my Yukon XL.
  3. I loved the first movie and dd and I went to see opening night. I liked the first one best, but I also thought PP2 was great.
  4. My husband is 6'5" and drives an 04 Silverado. He fits in there easily with all four of my very tall sons. :)
  5. Before https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201232855325463&set=t.525633206&type=3&theater(Purple dress is me. This was taken before surgery. I was actually about about 20 pounds heavier than when this picture was taken.) After (9 months out) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152735111208207&set=t.525633206&type=3&theater
  6. Hi, I think I missed the previous thread, but I thought I'd post about my experience. I had a roux-en-y last June, so I'm 9 months post op. I have lost almost 100 pounds and have had a great experience. I started at around 265 pounds and I currently weight 166. My goal is 150 so I'm confident I will hit that weight. I have a host of other medical issues (lupus & ra). While those conditions haven't improved, (They have remained about the same.) I'm off all medications I was on for blood pressure and I'm no longer pre-diabetic. My blood pressure is completely normal. Exercise is so much more pleasurable now that I'm not overweight. The only issues I have had are with hypoglycemia. This started recently and is usually associated with me not eating breakfast. Not eating breakfast has always been an issue for me. I'm being more intentional about making sure I eat in the morning and it hasn't been as much of an issue. I do have to be careful though as my A1C is actually pretty low and when my blood sugar was checked recently it was 41, which is way too low. I know this is a common problem from other people that I have talked to so I just wanted to put that out there for you. I won't lie, this has been hard. Transfer addiction is very common. Food is very emotional for many people, me included. I didn't realize how much I would eat/snack when I was happy or sad or bored, etc. I discovered just how much of an issue that was for me after the surgery. I just never thought it was an issue to eat what I wanted because I cooked from scratch, didn't keep processed stuff around, etc. I keep healthy stuff around, but I like to bake. I don't bake much anymore because it just doesn't bring me joy like it used to and neither does going out to eat. I just don't want to go out to eat because it isn't fun anymore for me. The good thing is you won't be hungry initially so it won't bother. At around 6 months post-op cravings start to come back and you will start to feel hungry again. I ended up finding a therapist to help me work through some of my food issues (and other issues, too). It really has made all the difference. I just thought I'd mention it because I didn't know just how emotional this journey would be. I found out after the surgery and sadly I have shed many a tears over this. It is so embarrassing to admit that. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. It is not an easy road, but I would do it over in a heart beat. The confidence I have, the improvement in my health, and the ability to exercise/ do physical things has been so.....so....so worth it.
  7. We used a similar type charter when we lived in California. K-8 it was a great experience. Once my oldest hit high school it was a nightmare. So I checked out the link and it was the same kind of deal we had. You get to choose curriculum. I saw the WTM Academy was on the list of vendors. So were Timberdoodle and Rainbow Resource. We ordered lego robotics kits, took classes at the local learning center, took PE classes, etc. EMH sports is what we used and they are statewide. I think it's a great idea to provide materials to your kiddos that you may not be able to otherwise. I have six kiddos and spending $400 on lego kits, is not something I can just do all the time. KWIM? Testing was easy. Two days a year for a couple hours. It was pretty painless for my kids and we didn't do anything to prepare other than our normal deal. We had to submit learning records once a month. Basically, you had to list one learning activity per day. It could be "we did page 40 in our math workbook that covered place value to 100" or something like that. Our contact teachers were great. There are a few hoops to jump through, but nothing I feel is super annoying. Totally worth it for us when we lived in Cali. Lots of education opportunity.
  8. I purchased it, too. I received a refund and also received an email about beta testing. I looked around the site and wasn't overly impressed either. I would stay far away. Last year it was supposed to be finished by Septemberish?? Almost a year later and beta testing starts. It makes me angry that people paid for this and are still waiting for a functional site. There are way better options. OLLY for Mac. Homeschooltracker has an online version now so you can use with any operating system. Homeschool helper for ipad and maybe android. I'm not sure since I just have an ipad.
  9. I taught exactly what you are describing at coop last year. The kids loved it and are asking what I'm teaching this fall. :) I used the Elemental Science: Intro to Science. http://www.elementalscience.com/intro-to-science/ It has all the things you described.
  10. We used it when my oldest was in younger. I liked it a lot. You can substitute other books for the recommended books. I didn't care for the penmanship or spelling program. I like something more structured like All About Spelling and Handwriting Without Tears. I used the Volume with the Day by Day and that was it. I also used this sight. It was very helpful. http://www.unofficialweaver.com/v1books.html
  11. I have. We've lived in a lot of places. Raleigh, NC has the best library system I ever seen. I lived one county over and paid $50 a year to use it. I would have spent more, if needed. It really was that awesome and had tons of homeschool friendly items. Here our library is ok. I wish I had access to a better one. I would spend that if there was a really good, better option.
  12. I found it. http://www.crossroads.org/homeschool http://www.freewebs.com/generationshomeschool/ Here is the local homeschool yahoo group. It is very active and people post all the happenings on it. spice-line-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  13. We used to live in Raleigh two years ago. We were involved with a homeschool coop at Crossroads Church. It was fab. I think I still have a contact that lives there. I will see if I can find the info. I know it was difficult for me as well finding info about coops when we moved there. I will post more info as soon as someone responds to my email. :)
  14. The supplemental books are great. They give you all the sorts for each level and have instructions and literature/activity directions. I use it to supplement another program, but it really isn't difficult to implement if you have the supplemental books. If you have a Barnes and Noble, they usually carry the books so you can look at them before you buy them. Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with.
  15. I just wanted to post what a great experience I had with Biblioplan this weekend. I emailed customer service to ask if there was a discount or some sort of incentive to get the updated version of the guide, since I already purchased it previously. Within about two minutes, I was emailed with a link to the updated version. I was so excited I didn't have to repurchase the guide that I just wanted to share. It is rare to get such an expeditious response and to get a free updated guide, so I just wanted to share.
  16. I totally understand this. I had to stop anti-inflammatories, a few years ago because I have kidney involvement with my lupus. At that time, I didn't have full on arthritis yet. I was dealing with pain, but now I can never tell how I will feel when I wake up. I never thought these problems would be part of my life at 31. I hope you feel better soon.
  17. I get the same type of rash, especially on my scalp. I'm grateful that I don't have bald patches because of it.....a friend of mine loses her hair where the rash develops. I am looking into the adrenal supplement you suggested. Have you tried anything on the rash that has helped? It becomes so painful just to wash my hair and every time I get my hair cut, my hair dresser always comments how horribly red and irritated my scalp looks. I'm not even sure what to try to get rid of it because it seems like it never goes away on my scalp. The one I get on my face comes and goes. Its really weird.
  18. Jean, Can you tell me a little bit about adrenal supplements? I have had only had cortisol levels tested and honestly don't remember the numbers. My main struggles are with fatigue and pain. I'd love to hear about how these have helped you.
  19. I was just about to say my kids don't have these issues, but I do. I have a super, highly sensitive sense of smell, sometimes to the point of nausea. I've always been this way. I also get migraines with aura that are triggered by smell, but not exclusively.
  20. I liked and used the voltaren gel for a while. It caused my gfr (kidney function) to plummet, so I couldn't use it anymore. I have the same experience every time I try to use any type of NSAID, which stinks because they are helpful with my joint issues. That is crazy that it was found in your spine. Are they labeling it as anklosing spondylitis? I think that's what it's called anyway. My doctor has recommended I move anywhere north of here. I don't know how much difference, if any, it will make, but we are moving anyway....for different reasons though. I hope you find a good doctor. It makes all the difference.
  21. Sorry to hear you are feeling so bad. I hope you get some of your energy back soon.
  22. Anti-smith was the other one I was thinking of. Anti-DNA is usually associated with lupus nephritis, which I have. I also have the joint damage as well. I was told for several years that there was nothing wrong with the joints in my hands....basically that it was just pain associated with the SLE. Well about 18 months ago I presented with ulnar deviation in both hands and my thumbs are affected as well. That is when I was told I had RA since usually lupus is non-erosive like you were saying. So, if you don't mind me asking, what is your doctor treating you with. I didnt meet The requirements for the Benlysta trial. I've been on several biologics and methotrexate for the past 14 months or so. It is really hard to tell if it is really helping or not.
  23. Is it the anti double stranded DNA marker? I have always had that marker. I know there is another one also, but I can't remember that one and I don't have that marker. Having a name for what is wrong is psychologically helpful, but treating lupus, and most other autoimmune diseases, is tough all around.
  24. Christina, I understand about appointments. I am blessed in that my children are all healthy. I can't imagine having to juggle even more doctors appointments than I already have...it gets really old. I have the same issues with fluorescent light, and sunlight for that matter. Do you have lupus, too? UV light of any kind sucks the energy right out of me and leaves with a gross rash. It is really annoying because my husband and boys are very outdoorsy. They like to go camping, hiking, and sports, and most of the time I cant go b/c of my issues with the sun. I actually went with them on Saturday to this really cool place near where we live to go hiking. We were only out there a few hours and I was up all night with inflamed joints and in major pain even though I was exhausted. Does this happen to you, too?
  25. I'm so sorry to here about your son. I have several in my extended family with Crohn's. It definitely is tough. I have Hashimoto's and so does my 14 yo dd. I'm just curious why you want to cut your meds? I haven't heard of anyone ever having side effects from Synthroid. Are you having any? I would definitely keep up with the diet, but Hashimoto's literally kills your thyroid. Eventually, from what my endo has told me, your thyroid will cease to produce hormone at all. Keeping your tsh less than 3 is really important and I don't know of any reason not to want to take Synthroid. So I guess I'm just wondering what has prompted you to decrease your meds.
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