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  1. I second: -nasal spray -lip balm -lotion After that much time in the plane you will be pretty dried out. Also, I like to use the bathroom about an hour before landing to: use wipes to clean up, put on fresh moisturizer and deodorant, change underclothes, brush my teeth and hair. I feel pretty gross after that much time on a plane. I usually take some ibuprofen because sitting that long makes my hips and knees achey. Earplugs help because the engine noise can really start getting to you after a while. Yes, bring a change of clothes and chargers/backup battery for electronics. Also I like to pack things in my carryon that would be hard to replace upon landing if I needed to. I always make copies of credit cards, passports, and any other important documents and leave them with someone at home in case anything is lost or stolen. Only bring what you must and leave the rest at home.
  2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I am still waiting for Susanna Clarke to write another book. I loved the plot, the wit, the mythology, and especially her lovely writing style. I recommend this book all the time but only one friend has read it so far! “It may be laid down as a general rule that if a man begins to sing, no one will take any notice of his song except his fellow human beings. This is true even if his song is surpassingly beautiful. Other men may be in raptures at his skill, but the rest of creation is, by and large, unmoved. Perhaps a cat or a dog may look at him; his horse, if it is an exceptionally intelligent beast, may pause in cropping the grass, but that is the extent of it. But when the fairy sang, the whole world listened to him. Stephen felt clouds pause in their passing; he felt sleeping hills shift and murmur; he felt cold mists dance. He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands. In the fairy's song the earth recognized the names by which it called itself.”
  3. Thank you SO MUCH for the guidance, everyone! I can totally see how the Martingale collar would work for her. And that Etsy shop is amazing!! Their collars look so comfortable and they are gorgeous. And um... the fleece snood jammies?? I know what I’m getting my dog for Christmas. 🤣 Those things are perfectly ridiculous and she will love them.
  4. I like ibuprofen for ear pain. You can try a heating pad or hot washcloth pressed to the ear. I don’t know if the heat would help with drainage/pressure but it might help ease some of the pain.
  5. So I can blame my Italian greyhound puppy for my constant state of exhaustion? 😂 She’s actually come a very long way but we still have some work to do with her. Anyone know a good collar and leash system for these guys? Their heads are so small they can easily slip right out of their collars. One of my previous IG’s has even pulled completely out of a harness when spooked.
  6. We do a lot of veggie tacos. Corn tortillas with beans, cheese, peppers, avocado or guacamole, whatever veggies we have around (even stuff like broccoli). Often we will add in steamed sweet potato chunks (goes really well with black beans and is filling).
  7. My dd was completely outsourced by that age. We joined an online charter and she had to meet once a month with her advisor and go over the work she did with her in each subject. She did a LOT better being accountable to someone other than mom for her work, and our relationship improved a lot.
  8. Magnesium sounds promising. My dad uses it and says it helps him fall asleep, but not necessarily stay asleep. So it might be a good match for what you need.
  9. All I can say is, I wouldn’t recommend keeping a job because you’d feel badly for your boss if you left. Try to make a decision based on what is best for you and your family without that worry on you.
  10. Take a look at I’m planning to use their program with dd this year. It’s free.
  11. Thanks, this is one of the things I was wondering about. She will have enough credits to graduate just counting those 3 years but there are some courses in middle school that I would think colleges would be interested in as well. Are they more likely to look at middle school courses if the student only has three years of high school on the transcript? My other issue is that she will take the PSAT and SAT this year as a sophomore, so changing grade level after that might be odd as well.
  12. Ibuprofen. Mugs of hot broth. A show to binge on Netflix. Lots of liquids and sleep. Sorry, that’s all I’ve got. My dd had influenza A in March and even with Tamiflu it was bad. It spread through our dance studio and almost half of the people that got it ended up with pneumonia. My dd’s lungs were clear, but our conservative pediatrician gave her an antibiotic when we first brought her in because the sound of her cough was worrying her, and I think that was probably a good call. I would go back in if it seems like things are getting worse rather than better!
  13. It’s hard. My dd15 is in PT right now for some hip pain due to overusing certain muscles. She is working on strengthening the weak muscles she should have been using and stretching the tight areas that are causing problems. Luckily she doesn’t need to stop dancing completely. The PT said that she should continue doing what she can in class that doesn’t aggravate the area. She said it’s important that she keep going to class so she doesn’t lose confidence. I wonder if your dd can still go to some practices and just work on upper body work/stretching etc. while she is there? When my other dd was a competitive gymnast and broken her arm she still went to every practice and worked out what she could. It helped her feel that even though she was healing she was still part of the team.
  14. Thanks all. It sounds like organizing by subject might be a good way to go. I was thinking another way might be to label the most recent four years as 2019-2020, 2020-2021, etc. rather than assigning grade levels. It sounds like it will depend on the specific colleges she applies to whether they will want a copy of the charter school’s transcript or not? She might not do both AP Lit and English 101. English 101 at our CC isn’t literature based. I realize in terms of college credit there might be some redundancy but the content would be different. We’ll see what makes the most sense and what she is most interested in. If she ends up at a university she would likely double major in dance and something else (maybe math?) and hopefully some of these credits would count toward her general requirements so she could still finish in a timely manner. If she ends up going straight into a dance training program, she would likely finish up her GE through community college by taking a class or two per semester and then eventually enroll at a four year as a transfer student.
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