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Suzanne in ABQ

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About Suzanne in ABQ

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  • Birthday 04/01/1963

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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. Suzanne in ABQ

    Suspicious mole, what to expect today?

    Good plan to stop googling. You'll drive yourself batty. I'm glad you got an appointment so quickly. Much less time to google! I hope it's an easy fix.
  2. Suzanne in ABQ

    Suspicious mole, what to expect today?

    Look up Seborrheic Keratosis. They are basically raised, bumpy moles that are completely benign. They tend to show up in your thirties, but can pop up at other times. I had one on the side of my nose that was removed by freezing it with liquid nitrogen in the doctor's office (she sprayed it on from a cylinder). It required two treatments to make it flat, but it left a dark spot. Then, she gave me a prescription cream to bleach that out. I did that, and there's nothing left. No scar, no dark spot. Nothing.
  3. My mom is in an independent facility (which has Assisted Living at the other end of the building). The only rule they have about guests is that they can only stay overnight seven nights per month. There are no rules about children visiting. It's totally okay. My brother's kids are younger than mine, but we have both let our kids spend time there. The residents love it where there are children hanging around. My dd used to go do puzzles with these two ladies downstairs. Another time, she went down and played the piano for her Nana, and several residents gathered around. She used to love going to the dining hall with my mom and ordering from the menu. (Dd is 13 now, and lost interest in most of those things, though she's always happy to perform for an audience). I am sure your son spreads sunshine in an otherwise dull world. Even if your dad WERE babysitting, that would be totally okay. No one is going to think badly of you because you allow your child to spend time with his grandfather. Really! If anything, I'm sure they are wishing more of the residents had children visiting and feeling comfortable there. If you are uncomfortable, read the contract that your dad and/or sister has signed. I'm sure there is probably a clause about guests. But, if the staff said it was okay, then it really is okay, even if it feels weird to you. It is your dad's home. Not a hospital. No one comes in my mom's apartment without knocking first. They do have a key, and they'll give her a chance to answer the door before coming in, but they always knock first, and then call out to her as they are entering. You're right, it does feel different than a private home. It's some kind of hybrid between private apartment, hotel, and rehab. It's hard to get used to. That being said, no one has ever stolen anything from my mom in the six years she's been there. Even when she lost things (and blamed the staff), it turned out that she had misplaced it. ETA: The staff always has a reason for being there -- maintenance on the heating or plumbing, cleaning the apartment, or just checking on Mom if she didn't come down for breakfast.
  4. This doesn't seem like a vision problem to me, especially since it happened with listening as well as reading. It seems neurological, like your brain just wasn't processing input for a time. Get some rest! Lack of sleep has profound effects on your brain's ability to process information. If it happens again, see your doctor. It might take awhile to see a neurologist, but ask for that.
  5. Suzanne in ABQ

    What else do I need?

    I didn't realize you'd done so much clearing out already. I was just thinking of what I needed to do all the times we sold (we were in the military for 21 years, so there were lots of moves). If your worst problem is towels and dog bowls, you are in great shape!
  6. Suzanne in ABQ

    What else do I need?

    I love the ideas shared already, and I thought of a few more. Your dryer is your friend. Have everyone hang their towels in the laundry room, instead of in the bathroom. Then, if there's gonna be a showing, have the last person to leave put them in the dryer (and run it, of course). A dryer sheet would smell nice, but would make the towels less absorbent, so I'd probably skip that step. Anyway, it'll be a bit of a pain to have to retrieve your towel every time you want to shower, but not insurmountable. Pretend your home is going to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Look at each room from the entrance, with the perspective of a photographer, and get rid of anything you wouldn't see in a decorating magazine. TV remotes. Knick-knacks. Family photos. Loose paper on your desk. Homework/backpacks. Crafts/projects. Off-season clothing from closets. Excess stuffed animals and toys. Just box everything up (remember, you're moving anyway. Think of it as getting a head start For stuff you need to use, laundry baskets are your friend. You could have one in each closet. Everyday, (or every showing), swoop around with the baskets and toss in everything that isn't part of your staged setting. When you come home, pull out the things you need, then put them back when you're done. Create a lot of negative space to make your house look bigger than it is. Get rid of 1/3 of your furniture (or store it somewhere). Re-distribute the rest to create happy little sitting areas or nooks or essential areas that look inviting.
  7. Suzanne in ABQ

    Ha! That was easy!

    I just got a robo-call. Me: "Hello?" Robot: "This is Christine. How are you today?" Me: "Terrible." Robot: "OK. Goodbye." (click) I'm thinking maybe that anonymous caller may have gotten the message? Why didn't I ever think of that before? (I usually just hang up)
  8. Suzanne in ABQ

    Swapping dining room w/living room?

    Wow, Patty, those are some great examples of using available resources (space) to create an environment that works for the family living there. It's sort of like homeschooling in that no two homeschools look exactly alike, but they each work for the family at a given time, they're flexible and can be changed as the need arises, and none of them look like traditional school. You can definitely repurpose your home spaces to suit your needs. Noreen, what a great description you gave of your house! I can picture the whole thing in my mind. I'm guessing you have another space that you use for a family room (maybe the basement?) If you don't all use the "living" area at the same time, then it does make sense to put the dining room table at the back of the large space on the left. The bonus is that even with the large table at the back, you'll have room at the front of the space for books and school stuff, maybe a reading nook or a desk/worktable for you, or something. As for the additional distance to the new dining area, people will adjust. You might just need to be a bit more organized preparing the table for family meals. Is it possible to set up a small eating surface closer to the kitchen for quick snacks?
  9. Suzanne in ABQ

    what color towels with black and tan bathroom?

    I love turquoise (my towels are turquoise), but it could clash depending on the undertones of your tan. Some tans look green, others grey, others look pink, and it will cause some colors to look 'off'. If you like turquoise, try it. Otherwise, I really like the idea of using white. "Hotel Towels" are widely available in all price points. Thick, absorbent, white towels against the tan and black would be striking.
  10. Suzanne in ABQ

    Need chapstick recommendation

    Yes they do add add a chemical to make your lips chap. It's called phenol. It feels good going on, but it dries your skin/lips. In more concentrated form, it will actually burn your skin. Carmex contains phenol, as do some Blistex varieties (not all). It causes a sort of addiction in that you need to reapply it over and over, and it stresses you out to not have it available at all times. I always look for it when I'm trying a new lip balm. I like Burts Bees Grapefruit, only because I love the smell of grapefruit. I've seen in other contexts that grapefruit is supposed to be nourishing for your skin. I don't know if works better or worse than the other BB varieties,. Some people are averse to the peppermint oil in the regular Burt's Bees, and I don't know whether it dries or not. The Honey variety mentioned above sounds lovely. If you have access to DoTERRA products, their lip balms are very good, but they're also pricey.
  11. Suzanne in ABQ

    Buying something knowing that it will be returned

    I see no problem with your example. I've done it on occasion, and I typically inform the sales rep that I'm taking more than one home "on trial". I ask what their return policy is, and they tell me "It's no problem, as long as you return it, clean/unused, within such-and-such time period". I've done this with rugs and tiles from b&m stores. I've done it with online shoes and clothing -- it's expected from Zappos, which offers free shipping both ways because they expect you to return what doesn't fit, and there is no way to know how a shoe fits until you try it on.
  12. Suzanne in ABQ

    I'd like to share a music video by my nephew

    Thanks for sharing. It's a beautiful, touching song, and it's well produced. Well done. I hope he gets noticed.
  13. Suzanne in ABQ

    Making kids practice...

    I consider music to be as important as the "core" subjects, so all three of my kids took piano until they got through Level 3. Practice was part of the school day, and I gave whatever level of support each child needed at any given time. Sometimes that involved sitting with them. Other times, I only needed to provide a reminder and a timer. Once they completed Level 3 in the piano book, they had the choice to either drop music (none of them did), switch instruments (one did), or add another instrument (two did this). That being said, on holidays, I wasn't structured about their practice time, and sometimes, it fell through the cracks of the disorganized days. But, I continued to nurture their love for music. My goal was that music be a part of the fabric of their being, and the goal was achieved. They all became at least proficient at playing piano, two also became really good at playing guitar. All three of them sing beautifully. Two of them compose beautiful music themselves. And two of them incorporate music as a large part of their careers and lives (jury is still out on the youngest, but gladly she takes private piano and voice lessons). So, don't stop their musical learning just because they haven't self-initiated practice time during their holiday vacation. Young kids need to know that progress is the goal. Encourage them to practice, but don't become a task master. If you play yourself, scaffold their practice, supporting them until they gain the skills they need to go it on their own. If you don't play, then consider learning with them. Have them teach you to reinforce what they're learning. Most of all, give them lots of enriching musical experiences, so they can see how what they're learning fits into the larger tapestry of the musical world.
  14. Suzanne in ABQ

    Semantics games vs. effective communication...wdyt?

    Yes. All of this. Well said, Garga.
  15. Suzanne in ABQ

    Semantics games vs. effective communication...wdyt?

    Some people are just concise, in their thinking and their speaking. They see introductory phrases, such as, "In my opinion..." or "I believe..." as superfluous. Such words are just fluff because they don't add any information, and they may make it seem like I'm not certain about my own beliefs. If the subject matter is subjective and/or controversial, then I don't need to state the fact that my thoughts are my opinion or belief. Of course they are. If you (the person I'm talking to) feel strongly about your beliefs, then my adding a bunch of cushy words to my statements won't stop you from trying to convince me that I'm wrong. I'm open. Go ahead. Prove it. Note: I switched to first person to show a possible train of thought of such a person (I know several). I don't typically just tell people they're wrong. Though, when I am speaking to one of these concise people, I drop the "I believe...s" and "In my opinion...s" because such phrases demote my views on the topic (in their eyes). I do use "In my experience..." because that adds credibility to what I have to say.
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