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Suzanne in ABQ

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    Somewhere in the mountains, east of Albuquerque.
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    Music (singing, teaching Kindermusik, bell choir, etc.), BUNKO, sewing, home decorating
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    Homeschooling since 2000, Domestic Engineer, Kindermusik Educator

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  1. Yes. I looked there first. They don't have the option of two different diopters. Theirs are all clear in the top.
  2. Aaron Burr, in Hamilton. He stands aside and narrates the story from Aaron Burr's perspective, and also IS Aaron Burr throughout the show. The Wonder Years (TV show from the late 80s-early 90s). The main character, Kevin Arnold, narrates the story as an adult looking back on his own childhood. (young Fred Savage plays young Kevin Arnold, while adult Daniel Stern plays adult Kevin Arnold/Narrator)
  3. For me, the "Aha!" moment occurred when I sat down and tried to make a schedule for everything I thought I "needed" to do. As I tried to block time for all the tasks, I realized that there were just not enough hours in the day/week/month to do everything I thought I needed to do. Or, even if I could fit it all in, I would likely go insane. Something had to give. It was a wake up call. I still find myself wanting to walk away from a couple of volunteer things I've done for a long time. I just have no interest in the "cause" anymore. Mostly, I stay marginally involved because I like the people and helping out gives me a reason to hang out with them. I'm still trying to figure out whether or how to cut loose of that tie. I am pretty good at taking the time to examine new stuff that comes along. I just say, "Give me a day (or a few days) to look at my calendar and think about how it might fit into my life." Then, I do that. I stick the new "thing" in my iCalendar and see what it looks like (including Repeat events for weeks/months ahead). This allows me to see potential conflicts, or potentially stress filled days or overloads, and I decide whether it will work for me and my family. I also consider how the task/activity/chore fits into my personal mission. There are certain areas that very meaningful to me, and others that I am not really invested in. I am more likely to say yes to an activity that rings close to my heart (teaching a children's music class) than one that I recognize is important, but is not up my alley (coaching a kids' soccer team).
  4. Thanks Peter Pan, I was in a hurry when I got the glasses, and like I said, I didn't follow up because I just didn't have time. I just didn't want to deal with it. My fault. They would have honored their guarantee, but I waited too long. And, they may have honored it anyway, but I didn't give them the chance. I sometimes wish I could drive to a larger city (for lots of things), but I'm in Albuquerque, NM, and the next largest cities are Denver, CO or Phoenix, AZ, which are each almost 450 miles away! There are plenty of optometrists around, and I'm sure I can find a good one, if I need to. I'm not sure if they'll give me new lenses in my old frames, though. I may need to go to Lenscrafters because I bought the glasses there. I'll check into it. Thanks.
  5. Well, when I bought my glasses at Lenscrafters, they told me the timetable for the various guarantees. I don't remember the particulars, but I had, like, three weeks to get the full satisfaction guarantee (free replacement lenses for any reason), but they wanted me to wear them for some period of time to get used to the progressive lenses. So, that left a short window of opportunity for me to go in and get them replaced. I was just really busy that week, and then I was not up to arguing, plus I really wanted to like them, and yada-yada-yada, I did nothing. I should have. UPDATE: I just went to Zunni, as recommended by several of you, and I was able to order bifocals with no proof of prescription (regular glasses, not "Reading Glasses".) Yay Dh! I should have talked to him first, and saved us all a lot of time! Turns out, I couldn't get +1.0/+1.5, but I could get +1.0/+2.0. I had all my measurements from my original glasses order. The Zunni glasses came out to about $30, with shipping (no tax), so I went ahead and ordered them. I'll get them in 14-21 days, and then we'll see. Thanks for the Zunni recommendation! (Cheapest glasses at Glasses.com were $199 before tax/shipping! Way too much for an experiment.) I'm still going to keep my optometrist appointment in May. It's been a couple years since I've been in, so I'm due for a retina check and glaucoma test anyway. Besides, these glasses may not work for me at all. Thanks for your help, everyone.
  6. Thank you, thank you! Pen, I can totally understand what you're saying about needing a larger "reader" area set at counter level for your job. And, I wish someone had talked me out of the progressives. Ah well, now I know. I had not heard of Zenni. I talked to my dh at dinner, and he said that he thinks glasses.com will do what I want, but I need to go through the regular prescription ordering process, and enter the diopters I want, and that I won't actually need a prescription. I will try it from both, Zenni and glasses.com, to see what happens. Thanks All!
  7. Thanks for your thoughts and for helping me think through this problem. I have two sets of reading glasses now, one pair (+1.0) for the computer, and another pair (+1.5) for reading. I do not need glasses at all for distance, so I don't need glasses to wear all the time. I actually have several pairs of the +1.5 ones I use for reading. They go on and off my head, and I end up leaving them here and there, which is why I have so many. The +1.0s for the computer live on my desk. I only need to switch back and forth when I'm working from paper copy and computer screen at the same time. That's what I would like bifocals for. I'd rather not pay a fortune again (I paid over $500 for my progressives). I have an appointment with my optometrist, but not until May. It just occurred that maybe I can find something that would work in the meantime, and may even save me from spending a fortune on new lenses (I'd like to use my frames). The progressive lenses I got by prescription are meant to be worn all the time. Perhaps that is the problem (too much variance in correction). They have no correction at the top, but progress down to 1.5 at the very bottom. When I walk around a room wearing them, the walls, floor, and ceiling seem to swim around me. I can only see clearly through a small section of the lenses at a time, and it makes me feel like I am walking through a tunnel, having to turn my head all around to see the world around me (which causes swirling distortion of the objects around me). I wore them consistently for two weeks, and I could function, but I found that they made my world very small. I tried wearing them just for my desk work, but I can only focus on a small, oval shaped section at time because of the distortion problems, and have to hold my chin way up to focus on my screen (which strains my neck). (I can see comfortably out the window, so that's nice). I hate them, so I put them away and went back to wearing multiple pairs of readers, with different diopters for different tasks. Again, it's a pain if I am doing a task that requires me to go back and forth between my computer screen and a paper on the desk. I know what powers work for me. Readers are available everywhere in a wide range of magnifications, and bifocal readers are available with clear tops and a choice of power for the reader section (I have some sun glasses like this that I really love). If I know what diopter works for me, and I can just walk into a dollar store and buy two pairs that will do what I want, why can't I just buy both diopters on the same pair of glasses? I guess that's asking too much. I already have an appointment with my optometrist (in six weeks). I planned to get a new prescription, and use my original frames. (I will to ask for "work lenses".) It just occurred to me today that I might be able to get something OTC that would work. If folks are "allowed" to pick reading glasses that work for them, why would they not be "allowed" to pick some that would multi-task? Maybe there's a reason, or maybe I'm the first person to ever think of it, and I should go into the multi-correction OTC working glasses business. (I could be rich!!!!) Pen, I just read your suggestion of having one lens for computer and one for reading. That is an interesting idea. I know it works for cataract lenses (one for distance and one for reading). I'm gonna try it.
  8. I would like to have reading glasses to use at my desk that will allow me to view the computer screen and to read on my desk, without having to change my glasses. I have tried (expensive) progressive lenses, but they distort my computer screen, causing the monitor itself to change shapes and the image to swirl when I moved my head, yet only allowed me to see a very small part of the screen in focus. My distance vision is quite good (almost perfect), and I only need +1.0 for my computer screen and +1.5 for reading. Even though the difference is small, I get a headache if I use the 1.0 for reading, and a neck/back ache if I use the 1.5 for the computer screen from hunching over to get closer. I just want bifocal readers with two different powers/diopters on the same lens, for use at my desk. I can take them if I want to look or walk across the room. It seems like this would be a common problem that would be easy to solve, but apparently it's not. If I search "bifocal reading glasses", I only find "bi-focal" readers with zero correction on the top of the lens, and a choice of diopters at the bottom. I want +1.0 in the top section, and +1.5 in the bottom. Can I get this without a prescription?
  9. The beauty of solid surface (Corian or other) is that it is pretty much indestructible. If it gets stained, you can scrub or bleach the stain without hurting the surface. If it gets scratched, you can use sanding pads and polishing powders to bring erase the scratch and bring it back to it's original condition. The same is true for hard water deposits. They can be sanded off, then the surface polished to make the problem invisible. There are a gazillion choices in colors and patterns. I prefer solid surface to under-mount sinks because they are truly seamless. Under-mount sinks still get gunk stuck in the crack. Marble and granite scratch and stain, and there is no way to get fix them. You have to be so careful with them. The other thing I love about my Corian top is that I got the extra large sink. I don't have to worry about water splashing all over the counter when I wash my face. I've had Corian in my kitchen and bathrooms for 14 years, and haven't been all that careful, and they still look like new. We just had to replace the kitchen faucet, and there were rings of hard water deposited around the old one. I was able to scrub it off, then buff the countertop before installing the new faucet. Looks like new!
  10. Both of our now-20-somethings started carrying our credit cards when they started driving. They used them for gas and for emergencies, or if we asked them to stop and pick something up for us. The cards were set up to alert us when they were used. It was never a problem. They never abused them or used them without permission. Dd's wallet was stolen, but she let us know as soon as she found out, and we were able to report it stolen before much damage was done. Make sure he understands the importance of keeping track of it.
  11. I have a theory, and I want to do a poll to find out if it holds any water at all. So far, I have only interviewed four subjects (myself and my three dc), and it seems plausible for all of us. I'm wondering whether it is true for other singers as well. My theory is threefold: 1) Humans (and perhaps other animals as well), each have individual, physically resonant frequency ranges (frequencies which naturally resonate in their body) 2) Each person's singing range (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) is associated with that resonant frequency (either causal or consequential) 3) Each singer's preferred listening range for solo instruments matches their singing range (tessitura). I sing soprano. I have a wide vocal range, but my voice naturally resonates most in my high register. I have noticed that when I am listening to instrumental solos, I have a strong preference for oboe over clarinet, and violin over viola. Yesterday, I was at a rosary and before it started, they had an instrumental version of Ave Maria playing softly in the background, on continuous loop. The verses alternated between a solo clarinet and a solo oboe, with piano accompaniment. Every time the clarinet was playing, I was wishing it would just stop so I could hear the oboe again. Likewise, I have notice that when I'm listening to a viola solo, the sound grates on me viscerally, and I just want to leave the room. I'd much rather listen to a violin. I don't have this problem with tenor or bass instruments, just alto ones, even when expertly played. I interviewed my children, who are all singers, to see what they think. My dd, a contralto, hates high pitched instrument like piccolo or ukulele, but she loves saxophone and cello. My son, a tenor, absolutely loves the cello and bari-sax. My youngest dd, who's voice hasn't really settled yet, doesn't have a preference. My dh, not a singer, could only contribute that he knew a dog who would always howl (sing) along with Gordon Lightfoot. I'm wondering whether this preference for instruments of similar tessitura is true of other singers as well. Do we all tend to be attracted to instruments of the same resonant range as our own voice? And, if so, might there be a physical component (bone structure, something in the ear, etc) that makes it so? Why do some instruments just seem to set my teeth on edge? I created this poll for singers.
  12. My dh has a saying that has been passed down for generations. I believe his dad read it in a book by Charles Lindbergh, quoting his own father: "One boy is a whole boy. Two boys is half a boy. Three boys is no boy at all." The saying is true of girls as well. Basically, the more kids you have together, the more mob mentality and silliness ensues, and the less thinking tends to occur. Boys, especially, tend to try to show off their driving skills by driving fast, turning donuts, taking corners fast, driving with kids in the pickup bed, and other general recklessness. I saw it in a parking lot just the other night - a boy showing off for two giggling girls, first by careening around the empty parking lot with the girls screaming in the bed, then by turning donuts in the adjacent dirt lot. I've seen other teens riding together doing things like rocking out so hard to blaring music that the whole car was rocking, or passengers hanging out car windows while the car is moving. I remember it even more from my own teenage days, before the restrictive laws existed. Teens just act differently when they're with a group of friends than they do by themselves. Yes, there are very good reasons for those age and experience based restrictions. And, yes, we enforce them with our teens. So do our friends. It's common in our community to abide with the law. In our school carpool, some of the kids are of driving age, but they are only ever allowed to carry one other kid with them, and that is always with both parents approval, every time.
  13. My teens were always more open when I wasn't looking at them, asking prying questions, trying to get them to talk. Taking their ice cream and walking around outside might be a good option. Maybe a game of Bucce (weather permitting)? Playing a card game that doesn't require much concentration, like Uno, can be conducive to conversation. I always had the best conversations with my son when we were sitting in a room with the light off (complete darkness). That would probably be inappropriate for a youth group, but any way you can help them be less self conscious is good. Then, show them that you care about them and their thoughts and feelings, and that you don't have an agenda to change them. Show them that you aren't there to judge them, and make it clear that you won't let them disrespect each other. Create a safe space that's fun and relaxed.
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