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  1. When my anxiety hits hard, I have to up my magnesium and cut out all caffeine and chocolate (it can make my heart race and make me feel more on edge in general). The magnesium helps my muscles relax; I tense up a lot when I am anxious and then that creates other symptoms that I of course then get anxious about. Hot drinks help as long as they are decaf. I think it’s a vasovagal nerve thing. When I’m anxious, too much cold food/drink can make me feel panicky. I hadn’t had a panic attack for at least 15 years but have had a few since last November that were really bad. So you’re definitely not alone.
  2. I was just there a week ago. We ate at a great tapas place downtown called Mita’s. There is a bunch of street art in the area if you walk around. There are also a lot of food spots around Findlay Market. The market itself was super crowded so we didn’t go in, but there are shops and food vendors all around it.
  3. You might want to have him try taking a magnesium supplement. I like Natural Calm. It could help with a lot of the symptoms he is having: heart palpitations, muscle spasms, digestive issues, and just general stress/anxiety. I think that acid reflux meds make it harder for your body to absorb magnesium also, so a supplement would be good anyway.
  4. We have a ton of stamped concrete. It’s been 16 years now and it still looks pretty good. We should have sealed it but never did. It would probably look newer if we did. We live in CA and don’t get a lot of weather so that might explain the longevity. But also, the contractor we used was excellent and really knew what he was doing. I would recommend that you ask for referrals and drive by and look at the work that was done before deciding on a contractor. Edited to add that ours isn’t slippery at all, so maybe it depends on the type of finish.
  5. I would love a hug reaction!! Sometimes a like or a laugh just isn’t an appropriate response. Edit: I still plan to use whatever the best reaction is despite what it does to my (or others) reputation!
  6. Hey, I just earned three badges for making this post!! LOL
  7. The other funny thing is the reputation points. I figured out a while back that if you give or receive a sad or confused emojji reaction, it reduces your rep points. But sometimes those are really the only legit reactions to a post!! 😆
  8. Mine got her first dose of the B vaccine this week. She was a bit woozy after for about 15 minutes and then felt fine. Her arm was sore for a few days. Four days afterward, she had a few small red blotches on her face and back. It looked like she was reacting to something but they didn’t itch. Not sure if it was related or not, but I will mention it to her doctor. She is supposed to go back in six months for her second dose.
  9. I taught from the TM but typed up and printed out all of the poems on separate paper. I added blank lines somewhere on the page where they could write a reflection on how the poem made them feel or what was interesting to them. I also added a blank box where they could draw a picture of what they visualized when they read/heard the poem. At the end of they year we bound these, along with some poems they wrote themselves, trying some of the techniques in the book. We also kept notebooks where they added definitions and examples for different terms/elements as they came up in the book. This was just a section in our language arts notebook.
  10. We have used calculators starting in Algebra 2: 1) When working with exponents and logarithms. At the very end of the unit I taught them how to use the different calculator functions. They were also allowed to use them on application problems like exponential growth and decay, future value of money problems, etc. 2) When working with trig functions, after we had spent a lot of time working with special right triangles and exact values. 3) At other times when solving applied word problems where the numbers would be cumbersome to work with and not using a calculator would detract from the skills I wanted them to focus on. Or where having a decimal approximation made more sense than leaving the answer in radical form, etc.
  11. I voted a B for the first and a C for the second. Student X could have easily received an A if they had just checked their work. Student Y is missing some foundational concepts.
  12. Thanks Lori. I didn’t mean that the instruction would only take place during a few weeks in the summer, just that being away from my family for 2-3 weeks at a time would probably be workable, with the rest of the work happening at home. This program definitely sounds interesting. I am adding it to my list! I would want to take some more entry-level English and writing courses first before I’d be ready to apply to a program like this. Thanks for the other resources as well! I will look into them.
  13. That’s really too bad that the online instruction is lacking, especially since it seems that English and writing are areas where online instruction could actually work well. I hope you find a solution and are able to keep going with your studies.
  14. I’ve only taught Latin, but I feel that sentence diagramming helps a lot, because the location of each noun in a diagram gives away its case. My more analytical daughter actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. We did quite a bit in second and third grade.
  15. Honestly, I would really love to do this certificate program that is offered through Oxford’s continuing education school. https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/undergraduate-certificate-of-higher-education I could do a mix of English literature and creative writing courses, either online or as 1-3 week summer classes at Oxford. There is also a Foundation Certificate in English Lit that is a set two-year program. It includes 4 live 3-hour sessions and two one-on-one tutorials per session. https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/foundation-certificate-in-english-literature Do you think there is a chance a master’s program might accept one of these certificates (they amount to the first 1/3 of a bachelor’s degree, from what I can tell) to cover the requirement for previous work in the major?
  16. I saw you added to your response. 12 units is nearly halfway! I will probably only be able to take a max of 6 units per semester and maybe another 3-6 over the summer, so it will likely be a couple years before I start master’s level work. Are you taking classes at a school that you might stay at for the master’s? There are a few universities near me but they aren’t really highly ranked. But I could commute an hour (maybe more) each way to take classes during the summer at a good university. If I don’t need a bachelor’s degree, then maybe for my lower-level work I would be able to do a mix of in-person locally during the summer and online during the school year at a couple different schools...
  17. Re: credit hours, that is good to know. Some of the bachelor’s programs I looked at say they will transfer in up to 90 units of previous coursework, so the requirements might end up being similar to needing 30 credit hours in the field of study to apply for the master’s degree. But not needing a bachelor’s degree first might help simplify things. Hopefully within that preliminary coursework I will be able to produce some good writing samples, because I don’t have much to offer at the moment. I’ll try searching “low residence” and see what I come up with. That’s a great idea and I think a 2-3 week summer course would be doable, and it would be nice to have some sort of in-person aspect. As for publication, I don’t expect the degree to help, but hopefully my skills and confidence will improve through the process! I have so many ideas but lack the needed execution skills. I am also highly analytical and can’t get past wanting to immediately edit my work. I need to develop my process and learn from experienced writers. And if all that comes from the degree is being able to feel good about what I have produced (whether it is published or not), I’d be content with that. Thank you for the reply.
  18. Thanks, everyone, for all of the input. She ended up deciding on the smaller school. I have a feeling that if we had moved forward with the larger school, the credits would have ended up working out. But she felt such a strong connection with the smaller school’s program and campus that we decided it was worth the extra money it would take to send her there. And after more discussions with a few of her dance instructors, it does seem that the quality of the smaller school’s dance program is higher as well. She’s excited for fall and I am relieved that a decision has been made! 😅
  19. I am thinking about returning to school to get an English degree. I’m looking for a 100% online program and would like to eventually end up with a master’s degree. I already have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, earned around 20 years ago (yep, feeling old...). Do I need to start by getting a second bachelor’s in English? Or can I go straight into a master’s program? I have done a lot of self-study and have taught American and British Literature with a fair amount of success at co-ops and private schools. I have also taught argumentative writing and am helping to develop a 7-12 grade writing curriculum. But I don’t have much formal English education. My goals would be to be able to teach writing and literature at the community college or high school level, as well as to hone my own fiction and non-fiction writing skills and hopefully publish some work someday. I am really hoping for a high quality program with peers that care about learning and not just checking off requirements to earn a degree. I want deep discussions and lots of feedback. Most of the reviews and rankings I’m coming across are focused on affordability, flexibility, and speed with no mention of the quality of the instruction. Am I just out of luck finding an online program with the characteristics I am looking for? So far I have found a few options that seem worth looking into. These are for bachelor’s degrees, but SNHU also has an online master’s degree. University of Massachusetts Lowell https://gps.uml.edu/degrees/undergrad/online-bachelors-english-degree.cfm Southern New Hampshire University https://www.snhu.edu/online-degrees/bachelors/creative-writing I have also looked at Harvard’s extension school and even the UK’s Open University. These programs look interesting also.... Any suggestions?
  20. Our Italian greyhound has a serious prey drive. She wasn’t even a year old yet when she killed a rabbit in our backyard, brought it into the house, and left it on the couch for us. 🤢 Since then she has caught another rabbit and a squirrel. Poor squirrel tried to squeeze through a hole in the fence but didn’t fit. It was rather traumatic. 😓
  21. Dh had Covid. He was very tired for a couple days and had a fever. Then a cough that lasted a couple weeks. He isolated and the rest of us quarantined ourselves in one half of the house. None of us got it. We tested when his test came back positive and again a week later - all negative.
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