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Ellie last won the day on June 19 2013

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  1. But didn't you see all the positive reviews? Because there are a boatload of those. If he *likes* TT, and he doesn't want to switch, then do TT.
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    Ignore this thread!

    FTFM. My bad. Also, points for quoting myself.
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    Need Recommendations For A New DIshwasher

    I have been very happy with my mid-line Whirlpool. When it is time to buy a new dishwasher, my plan is to buy a high-end model (because the high-end model is only a couple of decibels louder than the Bosch).
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    Ignore this thread!

    Tomorrow the island is supposed to be installed. Tuesday I'm meeting with a designer at Floor Decor to choose backsplash tile (I hope I can make a choice. Ugh.) Wednesday I'm getting my nails done. I'm going to San Diego the last week of June. That is all.
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    Asking for exceptions

    Oh, I know why people ask for changes. 🙂 I was wondering about people who make multiple changes, such that it isn't even the same thing when they finish. A friend used to do that. She changed every.single.thing that could possibly be changed on each and every thing she ordered, ever. I just thought that was strange. 🙂 But I understand things like not getting chipotle sauce or the pepper sauce. 🙂
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    Asking for exceptions

    I would probably not have allowed my dc to ask for the exception at the library, especially if she had another class for her age group. In fact, my children would have asked me first and not the librarian, and I would have said no. Sometimes the other siblings get to do things that they do not. When we are guests at someone's home where we have never visited before, we would not not not ask for any exception to what was served. If the hostess asked ahead of time if we had special food likes or dislikes, I would tell her, but once we're there, we eat what we are served (we follow Miss Manners' recommendation for food that we just cannot tolerate: we play with it. Stir the food we don't like, take a bite of the food we do like, stir the food we don't like, take a bit of the food we do like.) I don't mind substitutions at restaurants necessarily, although sometimes I wonder why someone would order that thing from the menu and then make all those substitutions. o_0 If a first-time young guest at my house asked for a peanut butter sandwich instead of the nice meal I had prepared and served (after I had asked the parents if there were any special needs/dislikes, etc.), I would be so sorry when I said that I regretted I couldn't do that. If the parent had warned me ahead of time that her dc was picky/allergic/whatever, then I would prepare a peanut butter sandwich (but even that can be problematic, such as the time I invited a long-time friend to visit me after I had moved to another part of the state, and she brought her obnoxious 10yo son, who almost ruined our trip to San Francisco with his behavior; I fixed tacos for dinner that night, the way I knew they liked them because I had eaten tacos at their house. He refused to eat them and asked for PBJ; I gritted my teeth and made one for him, and he said the jam was too sweet. Yeah. I told him life is hard and then you die. Also, I did not invite them back again.) Applying for a job that asks for three years' experience when you only have two is not the same thing. Sometimes employers want the kind of experience, or the quality of experience, or the personality/character.
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    Help me with 3rd grade curriculum choices

    Well, if you want something with a little independence (and only a little, because he's just eight years old 🙂 ), there's always Rod and Staff Publishers for English and spelling. The third grade English is still pretty gentle, but it is a complete grammar and composition course. It is a textbook; that means he'll write his assignments on actual paper, which is a good thing; it addresses penmanship, and everything counts as *writing,* even if it isn't an official composition lesson. Everything he needs to know is *right there* in his book; you can go over things with him a little bit (in fact, many lesson begin with an oral review), but then you give him his assignments and let him work. Some people do all the assignments orally, but IMHO, doing them in writing is more valuable. Spelling by Sound and Structure at this level is still addressing phonics, but it is a workbook, and he can do it independently (with just a little face time from you, because you still want to have some warm fuzzies).
  8. Yes, I "semi-rinse," although I'm not sure exactly how that is defined, lol. I don't run my dishwasher daily, because empty nester. So I don't want days-old food to be smelling up the dishwasher, KWIM? So I lightly rinse. My dishwasher doesn't have a soft-food disposal, so when I'm going to be running it right away, I scrape off/lightly rinse any solid food.
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    Ignore this thread!

    It's FRIDAY!!! And therefore HULA!!! There just can never be enough (or too much) aloha in the world. 🙂 So here's some aloha from me to you. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
  10. The strokes that Zaner Bloser (and others) teaches are those which facilitate the actual writing of English. Zaner Bloser (and Spalding, for that matter) teach the strokes first, then the letters that use those strokes. Children don't have to learn a new rule for a new letter, because the know that we write vertical lines beginning at the top and going down to the baseline.
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    Oh good grief. Slanted much?
  12. Math 87 is pre-algebra, but you should give your ds the placement test before deciding what book to put him in. We should *always* do Saxon's placement test. I would find it problematic for CC to arbitrarily decide that all students should use a specific Saxon text rather than having them take the placement test.
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    Thyroid--TSH only?

    That may be true with many doctors, but a knowledgeable doctor will do all three--TSH, Free T3, Free T4. And we cannot trust doctors who say that the TSH is "in range," because that means different things to different doctors. All of our levels should be *optimal,* not "in range" or "normal." TSH should be in the lower fourth of the lab's ranges, which is going to be lower than 2 with most labs; yet, with the HMO I was with when I was first diagnosed, they won't do anything until the TSH is above *9*.
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    Thyroid--TSH only?

    Can you call back and request Free T3? Also, you should have an ultrasound of your thyroid to check for nodules. Nodules would indicate Hashi's, even if there are no antibodies. Be sure to get a hard copy of your lab results, and hang on to it. Your TSH should be in the lower fourth of your lab's ranges; Free T3 (if you can get it) in the upper fourth; Free T4 in the upper half.
  15. Ellie

    Thyroid--TSH only?

    You MUST also run FREE T3. And if they won't do the full panel (Free T3, Free T4, TSH if your heart is set on it), then don't even bother going in. Seriously.
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