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  1. Two great novels are: The Golden Goblet The Sand Reckoner - this is an amazing, memorable book
  2. How much is the woman exercising? Does she restrict her food intake at all? The woman might be interested in reading articles on the female athlete triad - it really varies from person to person when the lack of a cycle begins to become apparent. (Anecdotally, my BMI was about 17 when I lost my period and I was running 5-8 miles per day. But, I know of women in the eating disorder recovery community who lost their periods at BMIs between 19-20.) If I were this woman, I would ask my dr if it made sense to stop the bcp for 6 months or so to see if the cycles came back. Then I would know whether it was the hormonal birth control causing the issue or whether there is an underlying biological issue to be addressed.
  3. Is miso soup gluten free? My kids eat that for breakfast a lot (the kind with greens and tofu).
  4. Ha, I must be the laziest person in the world. I just wrap the gift and write the recipient’s name on top with a Sharpie 🙂
  5. I cannot deal with chewing gum. The whole idea that a person puts this in their mouth and chews away for a while, then it is sticky and hard to get rid of - just no. It makes me retch to even think about it. My kids know there is no chewing gum allowed anywhere near me! And if they chew it at someone else’s house, they can’t come home and throw it in my trash can.
  6. My DD wants: fairy lights for her room air pods a hydroflask I am also getting her an assortment of multi colored duct tape (she keeps taking mine for various projects and I think she’d like having some colorful ones), and a few clothing items she needs.
  7. That definitely sounds way too low for a man and would indicate eating disorder territory. What does his exercise routine look like? I wonder if adding some weight training or some sport that involves a bunch of heavy muscle work (rock climbing or rowing or something) might help him add muscle and feel hungrier.
  8. Stepping in gently as this is not a forum I typically post in. When was the last time you had her vision checked? Some of the issues with reading sound a lot like one of my kids before they got their prescription corrected. Just a thought.
  9. We used Oak Meadow Beginning and Intermediate Recorder. They are the only recorder resources we used, so I don’t really have any comparison, unfortunately. I do have a music background- played flute and piano. The introduction in the Oak Meadow book for the parent is pretty good - explains the fingerings and the notes pretty well. We often learned the music together and played together, which was a lot of fun for both of us.
  10. I taught one of my kids recorder with the Oak Meadow recorder series starting in first grade and it was very easy, fun and painless. He didn’t choose to continue with the instrument but I was glad he was exposed to reading music and things. It’s there for him if he wants to pick it back up again.
  11. Oh, my kids do this and I hate it! Especially when it was something that they all liked last time, argh. I have taught them to say “That doesn’t suit my taste.” If they don’t want what I am serving, they are free to help themselves to something else. Even my 5 year old can get a yogurt cup and the baby carrots out of the fridge. But I make one dinner and that’s it. Much whining ensues. And I would really like to know how to make tortilla soup. It sounds fantastic!
  12. Have you seen Pearson Physical Science with the lesson plans from Kolbe Academy? I had the same reaction to Apologia and this seems to be suiting us nicely.
  13. My 5th grader is an owl compared to your all’s kids! She usually starts school around 10 and is done by 2ish with breaks. She also chooses to work ahead the night before on some independent assignments (maybe an hours’ worth?) so she doesn’t have to get up quite as early in the morning! She literally can’t fall asleep before 11-12 so this has been a good compromise for her this year. Extra activities are martial arts (5 hrs a week) and spelling (7 hr a week - aiming for NSB). She’s very active and social and can usually be found outside with friends during her free time. She has asked for voice lessons and I am trying to figure out how we can fit it in. She loves screens and sometimes has a difficult time self regulating that so we have been working on that a bit recently. Oh, and we have homeschool enrichment one afternoon a week where she takes classes and hangs out with friends.
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