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  1. No, I was a homebody and had no interest and as my mother was very permissible, I had no reason. My kiddos also have no interest and are free to come and go as they please.
  2. Maize, thank you, this is awesome, I love the Narnia books. Luckily my hubby has just talked me into subscribing to Audible again.
  3. Lawyer&Mom Thank you for the link, I was not familiar with it. When I started hiragana and katakana, I read children's books that I knew in a different language and was going to start on those that also have kanji. I think I will do the readers first as they really do look like a lot of fun. I am okay with recognizing kanji if I can link them to a picture or see them in context so these readers will be very helpful. For some reason writing them is another story.
  4. Tell me about it 🙂 We spent a couple of years in Japan and are planning to go back. I was tired of not being able to read signs in public spaces, ingredient lists or whatever because it would have made life much easier. I work with native speakers for both languages and took classes at the university because once I was past hiragana, katakana (Hangul characters) and basic grammar I did not trust myself to continue on my own. All our Japanese friends are fluent in English, French or German and love practicing their skills with me. Outside of that group I do not interact frequently enough with people to have conversations other than ordering food, asking for directions, items or something similarly basic. My Korean endeavor came out of watching Korean shows on TV and wondering how close the subtitles are to what is actually being said. As with Japanese, I would prefer to be able to read signs in public spaces myself rather than keep asking. I do acquire conversational skills but they are not my priority.
  5. I am studying Japanese and Korean. My primary goal is reading but I am not opposed to mastering the conversational part as well 😉 My French and Ancient Greek are dusty but I have recently started to read and listen again and particularly the French is coming back rather quickly. I used to be fluent but have neither spoken nor listened nor read it for the last 35 years.
  6. My husband is on active duty. Our children receive in-state tuition in the state he is stationed in and will continue to do so if he receives PCS orders. #2 and 3 who are commuting will hopefully be done by the time we PCS and #4 will be half way through and probably end up in the dorms or an apartment.
  7. I wanted to be an archeologist, oceanographer, or go into medical/bio research. Then I realized that I cannot work on dead people and the university I ended up attending did not offer oceanography as a major so I opted for geology. I always pursued archeology/history and Latin as a hobby though and still read Latin texts for fun.
  8. #3 son will follow his brother to the University of Hawaii for Mechanical Engineering.
  9. My son does not have a smart phone, neither does he take a laptop to class. Now what? If he attended one of these schools, would he automatically fail because he could not be tracked? Would the school pay for a smart phone? Can a student only successfully study in the library? Needless to say, I have a major problem with tracking students like that.
  10. AOPS math books, Giancoli for physics, Chang and Zumdahl for chemistry, Genki for Japanese, Campbell&Reece, Miller Levine for biology, not sure about others yet.
  11. My first year at Purdue in 1991 cost $2324 in-state tuition and now stands at $9992; it has more than quadrupled.
  12. When my husband and I went to college ('91-'97) we had his GI Bill of $350 a month for 9 or 10 months out of the year, we each worked 40 hours a week, I once had a Pell Grant and we had some student loans. In grad school, he was a TA and I an RA and worked 20 hours each in addition to that. We did not want that for our kids so started saving early and will pay their tuition and expenses as they go. They live at home so no extra boarding cost and their school is great about using free or low cost books and other materials. Edit: #2 son also has a scholarship and hubby's MIT degrees later on were paid for by the Navy.
  13. I would probably do both. Go on vacation now and keep saving money until I have made up what we spent on the vacation and renovate the kitchen a couple of years down the road.
  14. We pretty much got the same as always.
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