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  1. (for the record -- this formula can be simplified to "Average the height of the parents. Then add 3 inches for a male child, subtract 3 inches for a female child" and will give the same results, without having to remember which parent you add or subtract inches). 


    That actually works in our family. Dh is 6'4" and I am 5'0". By your formula, our girls should be 5'5". All 3 of them are 5'5" to 5'6".


    But in my birth family, my brother should be 5'7" and he is 6'. He was the shortest guy in his graduating class and had a big growth spurt after graduation.

  2. I think I've been reading up on this too much. Now I can't even decide if I want a canister or upright.


    The Shark Navigator and Shark Rotator can be used as a canister or upright. :-)


    Based on the reviews I read, the Rotator may be made a little better than the Navigator with some of the plastic parts less likely to break.

  3. I just bought a Shark Rotator Professional and I got half a cat from our dining room rug. It had just been vacuumed a few days earlier! It sucks the way my old beloved Hoover did. It's lightweight, but I didn't find it easy to maneuver on the area rugs. I worked up quite a sweat vacuuming a few rooms. I was using it as an upright, but I'm going to try it as a canister vac and see if I like that better. Even if it's not easier that way, I'd rather have a vacuum that gets up all the dirt than one that is easy to use.


    When my Hoover died, I replaced it with a Kenmore that was lighter weight and easy to use, but it didn't do the job that the Hoover did or the Shark does. It wasn't cheap either! It was a major disappointment. The Shark is replacing the Kenmore.


    The reason I started looking at Sharks is because one of my facebook friends bought one and said it got up dirt that her Dyson wasn't getting up, and the Dyson cost significantly more. When I was carrying the Shark to the register, a guy stopped me to say that they have a Kirby but they like their Shark much better.

  4. As far as literal interpretation being a long-held belief - isn't there some discussion about the Hebrew/Aramaic word for "day" also possibly meaning "era" or period of time?  So, even a literal interpretation of the original language does not necessarily lead to a YE conclusion?




    Yes, the Hebrew word can refer to a 24 hour day, or an era or age. I always feel like it's a trick question when someone asks whether I believe the Bible literally. Define literally. :-)

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  5. That seems a needless distinction to me. YEC who believe in a literal 6 day creation see the age of the earth as being more or less the same as the creation of the first man and woman, separated by a mere 5 days. It is, in fact, more or less the same thing which is why the headline on the polling is about creationism vs. evolution.


    Are there any people who believe in "Old Earth" who think that then, sometime in the last 10,000 years (the number used in the polling), God decided to create man in their present form? If so, they are not literal Genesis believers, not by half.


    Yes, there are people who believe the earth is old but the rest of the creation story took place in 24-hour days 6,000 or so years ago. They believe there was a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 and that the earth was originally created for life other than humans, but something happened to cause the earth to become void and formless. I think they teach that in the Hebrew, the word "was" in Gen 1:2 is more accurately translated "became." Back in the early 1980s, I had a pastor who taught this view. There are also books that teach this view.

  6. The Teaching Company/Great Courses has a course on The History of Evolution. He talked about how early on, Christians accepted evolution, but at some point, people began to see evolution as an attack on faith. I don't remember all the specifics, but it was pretty interesting. I might have to check it out of the library again to refresh my memory.



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  7. I am a rule-keeper by personality, but I don't agree with rules that keep kids from contacting their parents unless you know the people there very well. I understand that they don't want phones to be a distraction, but if you trust your daughter to keep it turned off and in her purse, I would send it with her.

  8. On YouTube you can search "How to make a hair bump using a sponge". Perhaps this will cut down on the tension baldness. They do take extra bobby pins to stay snug. We use the extra long ones which I bought at Sally's.


    I will definitely have to look for that. We've tried socks, curlers, and almost anything else we can think of. For competition, the pouf has to be big, and with her fine hair, most things peek through unless we tease it. For bobby pins, we have the extra long, regular, and short, extra tight for keeping the wig from sliding backward, you name it. LOL. 

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  9. I had to google the Kardashian bump.   :)  I didn't know that had a name, but I've definitely seen it! 




    Is that the bangs pouf? DD has a bald spot in the front center of her hairline from all the teasing. I try not to it tease as much as we used to. She usually wears her hair down for local performances, but has to have the pouf and wig for competitions and certain performances. Most ID'ers, if they get a bald spot, get it behind the bangs where the wig is attached and the bobby pins rub. At least it's not so visible there. But dd's is small enough that it looks like it just be her natural hairline, so it's not horrible. I've tried using a pouf maker instead of teasing (a bump attached to a comb), but her hair is too fine and it just doesn't work right.

  10. And just to be the dissenting opinion, I tried Progressive lenses and hated them.  I could not get used to them.  I wear my glasses from the time I get up until I go to bed.  I tried for about 2 to 3 weeks and just could not get adjusted.  I will need bifocals of some kind at my next eye appointment, but I don't really want the lined ones either. (vanity issue!)


    The problem with the Progressives for me is that I use my peripheral vision instead of turning my head, and I hear that is a big no-no.


    I hope you are one of the lucky ones and adjust easily! 


    It might help if you get computer glasses. They are normal progressives except that the vision area is extended further out so that you can use your peripheral vision somewhat, at least for what's in front of you. They are designed for people who work on computers a lot.

  11. My first pair of glasses were bifocals. I wore them for an entire year and could not adjust to them. I constantly felt like I was falling, especially on stairs. I've worn progressives ever since. They were perfect from the first time I put them on. I have always worn either Varilux or Zeiss and there is no adjustment period with them (for me), except one year I decided to save a little money and got Nikon progressives. When I put them on, it seemed like everything in my peripheral vision was coming at me, and I felt like I was walking as if I were drunk. It took me about 3 days to adjust to them.

  12. Yes, her scholarship is for more than the cost of books and required supplies.  Is the filing threshold the same as the standard deduction, which is $6200?  So we only have to file if the taxable scholarship plus income is more than that?


    Generally speaking, yes. From IRS website:


    Single dependents—Were you either age 65 or older or blind? â–¡ No. You must file a return if any of the following apply.
    1. Your unearned income was more than $1,000.

    2. Your earned income was more than $6,200.

    3. Your gross income was more than the larger of—

      1. $1,000, or

      2. Your earned income (up to $5,850) plus $350.


    Earned income.    Earned income includes salaries, wages, professional fees, and other amounts received as pay for work you actually perform. Earned income (only for purposes of filing requirements and the standard deduction) also includes any part of a taxable scholarship. See chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on taxable and nontaxable scholarships.


    Dependent taxpayers would also need to file if they owe any taxes other than income tax, such as self-employment tax on self-employment income exceeding $400 or the penalty tax on early withdrawals from IRAs.
  13. We have not filed our taxes yet because I am still trying to figure this out.  The only income my daughter has is the scholarship she received, which is for more than the cost of tuition and fees.  So if we claim her as a dependent, does she need to file a tax return and claim the scholarship amount (the taxable part)  she received as income?  The only form she received was the 1098-T from her University.



    Here's a link to the IRS pub about education credits.


    In addition to the tuition and fees reported on the 1098-T, books and required supplies are qualified education expenses. 


    If her taxable scholarships exceed the filing threshold for dependent taxpayers, yes, she would need to file a return.

  14. She needs to file a tax return and report the taxable scholarship on the line for wages. The scholarships are allowed to be used in the calculation of her standard deduction, so if she has no other income, her taxes may be zero or minimal depending on the amount of the scholarships.


    She cannot claim herself as an exemption if you provide more than half of her support. Even if you don't claim her, she still can't claim herself as long as she qualifies as a dependent of you and/or your husband.  She needs to remove the exemption and then her return should go through.

  15. I've been frustrated by rehearsal contracts. But I get why they exist.


    My daughter is on a dance team that is going to Worlds in five weeks. One girl only shows up to practice less than half of the time. It's infuriating to see kids who work so hard because they want to recall and get a good placement, and one person who is risking it all by not honoring her commitment. She is probably going to get kicked off the team after Worlds. It's just not fair to those who are comitted. Of course, everyone might have to miss a practice here and there. But more than half? No.

  16. Same here. I don't think Tara has a grasp on the reality of rural America. My guess is that more areas than she realizes do not offer recreational sports. There is nothing offered here in my town. No YMCA, no community rec sports, no little league. The closest is over 25 miles away. Many areas just do not have the money, and the parents don't have the funds, either. They do have sports in schools, but homeschoolers are not allowed.


    That's interesting to me, because I grew up on a farm 5 miles outside of a town of 250 residents. One of the nearby towns had Little League baseball and rec football even when I was a kid. A lot of my family still lives in that area, and my nieces kids play recreational sports. I guess it all depends on the area, its resources, and having enough dedicated parents to make it happen. Another town had an adult baseball league that my brother played on for years.

  17. For us, it's Irish dance. I never pictured us getting in this deep, but it's my 13 year old's passion. She eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps dance. (That's almost not an exaggeration. Some of the moms have seen their kids' feet dancing while they're sleeping.) She is going to Worlds on Easter weekend; I'm not thrilled, but that's when it is, so she either goes then or misses it. One of the regional competitions (not our region) is on Thanksgiving weekend every year, so there are families who plan on spending Thanksgiving there and they've given up their previous traditions. I never thought I'd be ordering dance shoes from England and spending more on them than I've ever spent on a pair of shoes for myself; or paying more for a dance dress than most people pay for a wedding dress. The money is the most stressful part of dance for me. 


    So why do we do it? For us and many of the other families in our school, dance has transformed our kids. My kid has dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD. If it weren't for dance, she'd probably still be in occupational therapy. Dance gives her the sensory stimulation that she physiologically craves. When she has a break from dance (snow days, Christmas break), she is stir crazy and her ADHD starts raging. Dance has taught her rhythm, and lack of rhythm and timing is a part of the dyslexia puzzle. In addition to the therapeutic value of dance, she has learned winning and losing gracefully, discipline, the value of hard work, and speaking to people in any social situation. She has poise and confidence that I've not seen in many kids her age.


    As for family time, she and I have had some of our best talks driving back and forth to competitions. Hours together in the car can be good quality time. We've traveled as a family to competitions and sometimes make a vacation or long weekend of it. Our older girls are in college now, but if K. goes to Nationals in July in RI, they both want to go. None of us has been to RI except maybe my husband. Besides the dancing, we'll do something fun for the whole family while we're there.




  18. I have changed my views on salvation.


    If you don't think that's big....


    For me, evangelicalism to Catholicism. There is someone in my life who has never been mean to me about anything except this. For now, very few people know and I dread coming out in the open about it because I know how some people will react.

  19. Does that apply for non-children? I thought it was limited to those for whose medical payments you would be responsible. Non-children dependents were tied into the dependent tax deduction as a stick/carrot thing absent legal responsibility? I couldn't find anything on non-child dependents when I searched today and was searching on my phone. The search terms were too general to be helpful.


    This is from the IRS website:

    2. Who is subject to the individual shared responsibility provision?

    The provision applies to individuals of all ages, including children. The adult or married couple who can claim a child or another individual as a dependent for federal income tax purposes is responsible for making the payment if the dependent does not have coverage or an exemption.


    The class I took on the ACA Individual Responsibility in November or December didn't differentiate between children and non-child dependents. That said, I am not an expert on the ACA by any means! so I don't claim to have the final word.

  20. Was the fine because of the Medicaid? DH is self-employed so his income is a big guess. We bought a policy on the marketplace and I'm nervous about how it will all play out with taxes.


    Also, in case anyone doesn't know, if you get a subsidy for your insurance, it counts as income for tax purposes. I think. Oy.


    The subsidy isn't income. However, you will have to do a reconciliation on your tax return to see whether the subsidy was too much or too little. If he qualified for a higher subsidy, it will increase your tax refund or reduce your balance due. Conversely, if he got too much, it will increase your tax liability.

  21. The details are going to matter... More than likely they would qualify for an exemption. The alternative is not to claim the non-child as a dependent on taxes. California has expanded Medicaid, right? I would guess that a child with no assets being cared for by non-parents should be eligible for the state child health insurance program (CHIP).


    Not claiming a dependent doesn't relieve one of the responsibility to provide insurance under the ACA, so the penalties apply either way.

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