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  1. 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, one.step.at.a.time. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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! 

  4. 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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  5. I don't remember. I've blocked it out. Lol.

    Seattle to San Francisco, SF to Seoul, Seoul to Beijing. We got to our hostel and napped. When our host came to wake us for dinner, I couldn't rouse my traveling companion. Host was very concerned that she was ill and wanted to call a doctor. I convinced him that she was just tired, and we left her while we ate. She missed the pickled pigs ears and little packages of pigeon meat. I claimed to be vegetarian because I'm a wimp. Lol. 

  6. I have found that increasing the amount of cream a bit made coffee without sweetener more palatable. My favorite way is a good glug of heavy whipping cream stirred in, but that's a bit much for most mornings, so I compromise with half and half. lol

    Edited to add: I tried the monkfruit/erythritol sweetener, and it was okay, I guess, but I think monkfruit doesn't read "sweet" to my tastebuds. And erythritol makes me feel like I'm drinking cough drop coffee, with the tongue cooling effect. 

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  7. If the club assignments were evidence of data mining, I have to say that the algorithms really stink. None of the clubs I was assigned to were of any interest to me. And it’s not like I’m super secretive on the interwebs. Hmmm...she frequents Ravelry, Amazon, and Gardenweb...she must be into celebrity gossip, extreme sports, and chess!

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  8. 17 minutes ago, Stacia said:

    Give them the benefit of the doubt. I think most people are honest. And I reduce prices if anyone asks anyway. My goal is to get rid of stuff. Period. (What is not sold is donated anyway, so whether something sold for a dollar or 50 cents is fairly irrelevant by the end of the day, imo.)

    Yeah, sure. Maybe someone was dishonest. But it was just as likely an honest mistake or mix-up. Perhaps you just made someone's day because of the mistake. Maybe someone was able to get something they need because of it.

    Is it really worth the stress of worrying about that or of arguing with a stranger for the difference of a few cents or a dollar? For me, no. Just my personal outlook....

    You must have a different demographic who frequent yard sales in your area. Garage salers here are happy to argue that a trek mountain bike has a 5c label, or to bargain down an item from a buck to fifty cents, then try to pay with a counterfeit hundred dollar bill. It’s just not worth it to me anymore. 

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  9. They're sneaky around here. In the nearby city, there is a police vehicle that is a small, beat up honda, similar to the ones that drag race down a main road, that often watches the speed trap. Out where we live now in the sticks, there is a sheriff's vehicle that is a beat up old pickup. 

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  10. I need to do this. We've been bleeding money like crazy for the last several months--tenants had to be evicted from our rental house, and repairs to the rental house that took wwwaaaayyyyy longer than expected. I've also been putting off non-house expenses and at this point need to buy some things--shoes, for example. Underwear. (uh, hon, is that supposed to be a string bikini? or is your underwear just strings now? lol) Ugh. I'll take stock and see what I can do.

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