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Excelsior! Academy

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  1. Thank you for the break down. You make it sound so doable! I'm happy to hear your party went so well!
  2. Great idea about the name tags! I am afraid that it may be hard to host in character, even though the game we purchased and the Amazon reviews say it is easy to do so. The three youngest that are playing have all played one before; it is just us old folks that are new to the game but I am hoping it is fool proof as it is heavily scripted.
  3. This is exactly what I was hoping for! Thank you!! We haven't decided the courses yet. There is a wonderful local Mediterranean place nearby that caters, so we may go that route. Dh thinks we should do food that fits the theme better since the party is set on the Orient Express. What do you suggest?
  4. Ahh! You are scaring me. Fortunately it is just our immediate family, dd's boyfriend, my parents and a couple that are close friends of ours so everyone knows everyone and regularly spends New Years Eve together. There may be a kid or two that live up to their parts, but those children would anyway and everyone knows them well. No opera singers in the list of players, thankfully! That would give me a headache, too!!
  5. ...and would love ideas for when to serve food and how to make the evening flow in general. We are doing this specific party. I've never hosted or attended a murder mystery party. The party has three acts with an introduction preceding the acts. It also has a question "menu" that is required for players to hear the answers to, but can be done by mingling. If it matters, it will be a mixed group of children and adults with no alcohol on New Year's Eve.
  6. I have known several people who have had it done, including the eye doctor I see regularly. Only one of them mentioned issues after the fact, but they were told it was normal and would correct itself in a few weeks. My eye doc again wears glasses. When I questioned him about it he said that as you age and your eyesight changes and sometimes Lasik needs to be repeated. He loved not wearing glasses for several years, but may not repeat the surgery. I would love Lasik, but might not be a candidate with my extreme astigmatism. I also would refuse to do both eyes at the same time. I've heard that most Lasik facilities and doctors require you to both eyes at the same time, so I will be wearing glasses and contacts.
  7. We don't. Our adopted children lived with us 8 + years prior to adoption and very much remember all aspects including living with bio parents. Our children much prefer stories about their infancy and toddlerhood, knowing that some of those stories happened before they were part of our family.
  8. I would love to get multiple Alexa devices and use them as an intercom system. I would also love the option of calling my children from my cell phone through the Alexa when I am not home. I do. not. want to download my entire contact list. Is there any way to call and intercom without the device having my entire contact list?
  9. We were just gifted a bunch of PS3 games and accessories. I am considering purchasing a PS3 for Christmas for my children. Do I need to connect the PS3 to the internet for it to function or can we just use the games and accessories?
  10. It runs in my family. Because women of childbearing age have a menstrual cycle they aren't diagnosed as quickly or have as many medical problems. The right kind of genetic test can rule you out or in. Unfortunately, a lot of doctors aren't aware of hemochromatosis and it can register as anemic on standard tests. It is very simple to treat. Give blood regularly or have dialysis. Monitoring your diet and getting your iron levels tested every so often while watching for symptoms helps. Things that are good for others like cooking on a cast iron skillet would be a bad idea for someone with hemochromatosis.
  11. We've tried to limit activities to the fewest days a week possible. Several years it was every day of the week and other years it was nothing other than doctor's appointments and church services.
  12. Mini cereal boxes, snacks and junk food they don't normally get, travel size toiletries, tool sets, low $ gift cards, socks, joke books, miniature gifts like tiny Lincoln logs or tiny etch-a-sketch, extra cell phone charger, cell phone or ear bud holders, chocolate, candy, fun socks
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