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  1. This thread makes me think of dh's grandmother. When she was moving out of her house, she invited me to look in her spice cabinet and take anything I wanted. I eagerly said yes--spices are expensive! When I opened the cabinet was full of spices from the 1950s, in perfect matching bottles. Mostly full. I politely declined, but inside I was thinking, how did you cook for 50 years and never use up a bottle of cumin? I go through a bottle in a couple of months. lol 

    I think that it does have to do with your taste buds, though. We did the food coloring dye-your-tastebuds and count a sample area thing and figured out that my dh who hates vegetables is a supertaster, and I am a nontaster. Makes sense, considering I think that cabbage and kale are on the sweet side. lol The only flavor where this falls apart is salt--dh always wants more salt, and I always want less. 

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  2. We are taking a trip soon, and I am looking for new audio books for my kiddos. They are 5, 7, and 10. Recent favorites include the Chasing Vermeer trilogy, The Matchstick Castle, The Carpet People, The Wind in the Willows, and Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Recent duds include The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew...well, I guess that was the only one they didn't like. If your kids liked the above stories, what are some others that they liked? Thanks. 

  3. I am currently reading a book that speaks to me, but I have the sense of humor of a 12 y/o boy so it may not work for you. It's called "Unf*ck Your Habitat" by Rachel Hoffman. It recommends NOT doing a giant cleaning marathon, but starting out the way you'll be continuing--short bursts of cleaning followed by a break. There are lists of things to clean and instructions for basic cleaning tasks, and directions like "clean all the sh*t off the top of your nightstand." I like it, many may not. lol

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  4. I know that I'm supposed to hate Amazon, especially since I've worked at bookstores, including one that has since shut down, for multiple reasons but a big one being Amazon....but I still love it. Not especially for books--I tend to check my library, my local bookstores, and Better World Books before Amazon--but for all of the random stuff that one needs for life that necessitates going to a million stores for one thing each. Ordering online is orders of magnitude easier than dragging my kids into 27 stores for one thing. And we love Amazon music. Yeah, the interface stinks, but we're in the car a lot and having a variety of music keeps us sane. 

  5. What are the most useful add-ons? I recently bought a used Magiscope listed "for parts" for $25. It's actually in great shape, but it needs a new lumarod. Since I have to order a replacement lumarod, what else should I consider? I'm pretty sure I'll order the 10x eyepiece and the 10x objective, since my scope only had the standard 5x eye and 4x obj. Are any of the other accessories must-haves? Thanks. 

  6. 11 hours ago, Ellie said:


    I had the worst fear-of-heights experience there.

    Mr. Ellie and the dc and I went to visit my mother, who lived in Graham (south of Tacoma). I knew I had had acrophobia, but none of us expected that to be a problem. We arrived at the visitor's center, and climbed up the hill to where you can see the crater. We stopped about halfway up, where there's  a bench where you can catch your breath, and I turned around and looked over the valley...and it almost knocked me down. I had to sit and put my head between my knees. The others continued to the top; Mr. Ellie stayed with me and walked me down the hill, with me clinging to his arm and looking only at my feet, Honestly, for a few minutes I thought they were going to have to get the ranger to bring a stretcher to take me down.

    The others thought the crater looked kewl. :-o


    I'm not particularly acrophobic, but driving over the Hoffstadt bridge made me pretty nervous. Ack. 

    We really enjoy Mt. St. Helens (as you can probably see from my avatar) but it is an awfully long ride from Seattle, especially for kids who don't do well in the car. There are visitor centers at various points along the Hwy, and all are well worth a visit, if you go. Seaquest state park is a nice place to camp, if you wanted to make a weekend of it. I can't imagine driving down, visiting all of the sights, and driving back all on the same day. 

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  7. 16 minutes ago, bolt. said:

    Oh, come on.

    You aren’t so sheltered that you don’t yet know that “polite-ness” varies by location and subculture. There’s no reason to be baffled. It’s just an interesting variation on a known phenomenon.

    In your location my children’s complete unawareness of any conversational role for ‘sir’ (and quite possibly an unawareness of the definition of the word ‘ma’am’) would render them very rude — in spite of having no rude intentions.

    In my area, your children would sound quaint — and possibly garner sympathy (because they would appear to being raised in a very strict household). As teens (unless they had accents or were known to be from elsewhere) they could be read as snarky — particularly by authority figures.


    I would say that it's on the adults to not take offense to kids' accidental conversational missteps. But it seems common that children are held accountable for not offending the adults in their lives. 

    Our area is not an area where people use sir or ma'am, other than in a getting their attention sense--excuse me, sir, you dropped your hat--but I never thought of it as rude. But now I wonder if part of the reason my former neighbors who moved here from the deep south had such problems with the school system is that their kids were misread as rude when they were being polite. I had assumed that the problems they described were due to racism and bias against the mom who had trouble code-switching between AAVE and standard English. It was probably a combination of all of it. sigh. They ended up moving back down south, and a big part of the reason was the trouble with the schools. 

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  8. We have only done a BYL unit study so far, but it has been so wildly successful for our family that we're switching over to BYL next year for our history/lit/science. And in the unit study, at least, there are several activities and projects included, so it's not just a list/schedule. The BYL site has detailed lists of what is included in each level. For example, level two includes

    • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
    • reading list
    • a set of 6 – 8 narration cards
    • vocabulary words, discussion questions and copywork passages all tied to the literature readings
    • poetry memorization
    • timeline figures
    • research projects
    • 22 activity pages (including mapwork)
    • science lessons and 34 science activity pages
    • art projects

    (copied from BYL site)

    It's well worth it to me. Actually, since most of the books are available at the local library, this is going to be pretty inexpensive for us to implement. :) My biggest problem is the kids fighting over who gets to sit next to me on the couch while we do read-alouds. :D No, that's not really a problem....I'm relishing it because I know that it won't be long until they want to be anywhere but next to me! 

  9. I quit. At first I really liked it, but after about a month I started to feel soooo depressed. It occurred to me that this had happened other times in my life when I did a very low fat diet. So I stopped. I'm back to doing a lowish carb plan. I did lose about 12 lbs on WW. I'm down a few more now. When I start to feel bad about how I'm doing I remember that I'm down 30 since January of 2017. Slow and steady is best, right? lol

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