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  1. Budget Bytes has lots of good cabbage recipes:https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/11/20-recipes-for-leftover-cabbage/
  2. Travel Another one for updating my wardrobe. I bought a few new things from Stitch Fix but have consistently worn them this fall. Well worth the money. Especially since I hate shopping with a passion. Also, a Bravewriter class this fall for my oldest. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it but I was really impressed with the amount of feedback that ds got. It helped take off some of the burden from me as we started 9th grade. And even better, he recently agreed that it “would be ok†to take another one in the spring. This is a HUGE step forward from a kid who has hated every other writing curriculum/approach/class/etc. we have done.
  3. My daughter loves the series by Liz Kessler...one is called Phillipa Fisher ( a fairy) and the other is Emily Windsap (a mermaid). She said lots of exciting things happen in them. :) She is also really loving a new series called The Hundred Dresses (unrelated to the classic by Eleanor Estes). This one is about a girl who discovers a closet with 100 dresses and each time she puts on one she becomes a different person. Apparently lots of adventures then happen. The first is called If the Magic Fits. Another series with a main character who is a girl is Tuesdays in the Castle, my son really loved all those. If she likes mystery there are Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew.
  4. We went on a 10 day trip to California last May. At the time we had a 13, 10 and 7 year old. Joshua Tree was a highlight for us, of all the things we saw. (We drove from LA to SF along the coast, went to Monterey, back through Yosemite, then to LA again). It was otherworldly and amazing. We timed the trip so we were there at night. The stars were unbelievable to us East Coasters. It was absolutely worth the drive, even though it’s out of the way. SD Safari Park was great. We did not pay for an extra safari and loved it. You cannot feed the animals from the Africa Tram that is included, so it that’s high on your list you may want to pay the extra. Getty Villa and Getty Center were both really beautiful. If I had to pick one I’d do Getty Center, the building and grounds were almost as cool as the artwork.
  5. I do it in intervals just because I find the treadmill so boring that I can only do it if I keep myself engaged. I do 5 minutes at a good normal pace (about 3.0), then do 5 min of a “fast†set where I do 2-1-2 minutes at a speed that pushes me, right now that’s 3.2 for 2 minutes, then 3.5 for 1 min then 3.2 for 2 minutes. Then I do 5 minutes at my normal pace. Then I do an incline set where I do the same 2-1-2 pattern and increase the incline. That only works if you don’t mind pushing the buttons a lot. I only do it when I’m at the gym waiting for my son in swim practice. I’m about the same as you it sounds like as far as age and fitness level.
  6. I was a Bio and Chem double major and that sounds about right. I don’t remember the exact breakdown but I do remember that the work for the lab was more equivalent to a second class than the one extra credit hour you got for it. I was pre-med but went to a school where there was no separate pre-med track so that was the workload for anyone taking bio or chem (unless it was “baby bio†or “kiddie chemâ€...the classes to satisfy requirements for non science majors).
  7. Mine too. Also, numerous other soundtracks (Pirates of Caribbean, Harry Potter, Star Wars). Ds listens to the Pirates of Caribbean theme song for every Lukeion quiz or test. It’s become a bit of a superstition for him because the one time he didn’t listen, he didn’t do as well. :)
  8. I think for the toddler it’s all in the presentation. If you make it a big deal (like some of the people here described) and throw in a new lovey or sheets or something I think it becomes an exciting gift. For the other kids, depends a little on age. I can’t see a lot of kids getting jealous about “fairness†when the big present is a bed. If it was something like a bike and everyone else got small gifts....that’s a different story.
  9. We only have three kids so it’s easier than if we had a lot. They each buy their subs presents. They do it online, with my help. They get an allowance so they use that. We do the same for birthdays. Two are very into giving gifts and typically make something for me and dh.
  10. Just to be clear...I liked a lot of posts but I’m not liking that you are going through a rough time. Consider it a virtual hug instead of a like. Or a thanks for commiserating with me, rather than a “Yay, you are miserable too!†:) And for Arctic Mama and Lavender’s Green and others going through really rough stuff...that’s not what I would consider Grinchy. That’s real stress and grief and totally different. Big virtual hugs to you. For me, it’s that every year I know I get grumpy and vow that I won't be and then I find myself grumpy again. And it’s all for good stuff. Like family stuff that is annoying but involves people that love us. Or things like grandparents that buy too many gifts. Or just having too much fun stuff to do. So that’s why I would characterize myself as a grinch...I’m being negative about things that are good. I have a good friend whose husband also hates the season. We go out for coffee together semi-regularly but we joke in December that I should go out with her husband so we can be grumpy and cranky together and she should go out with my husband so they can commiserate about what it’s like to live with a Grinch. :)
  11. Anyone else get really irritable this time of year? I have gotten so I really hate Christmas. I’m a Christian and I love the religious part....but not all the rest. So many reasons ...gift-giving, family drama, all the added activities, the pressure to feel happy and cheerful. All the normal activities and work and school are still there and then all this other stuff is piled on. I find myself basically just counting down until it’s all over. This isn’t really a JAWM thread. It’s ok if you like Christmas. More that I want to know I’m not the only Grinch out there.
  12. These are fantastic. I have a young teen and I always so appreciate these kind of positive threads. I don’t have any advice to add but will add another voice for people with younger kids who might be reading...so far having a teen has been really fun. Not always. But for the most part I think my teen is such a great person and love hanging out with him.
  13. Yes we do this. I actually do it for all three kids. Two are very “mathyâ€. One is not. The one who is not doesn’t really struggle with Math and he hates to be bored more than anything so he actually does better with harder problems. We just go slower than his sibs do. We do the textbook almost completely orally. Depending on the topic we do a couple of examples either orally or together on paper. Then they work through the IP. I use the textbook reviews for the one kid who needs a bit more review and I use the Mental Math sheets in the HIG for some drill. It’s worked so far. My oldest is in 9th and went into AOPS and loves it.
  14. Something new: Having kids old enough to be able to go out to dinner without getting a babysitter. Life-changing! Summed up in three words: Not enough time Favorite memory: Not one in particular, but a whole bunch from a 10 day trip we took to California in May. Yosemite and Joshua Tree were the stand-outs as far as memories but lots of other places were amazing also.
  15. Math: Depends a little on the kid. At that age I aim to spend about 30 min. I have one kid who loves math and probably did more at that age. And one who has ADD and has the most complaints with math. He’s actually fairly good at math but it frustrates and bores him. So for him, it would depend more on the day. We do a lot more working together to keep him on focus. If we do that it could easily be 45 min. If he’s working alone I do it more by a certain amount, and I know that the amount I assign can be done in 15-20 min. I prefer to keep him less frustrated than to have him do more. Writing: That has depended on the stage our homeschool is in. With my oldest we used WWE at that age and did it four times a week. He could have written a coherent paragraph but it was painful for him. With my next two I’m a lot more loosey-goosey about writing. They do a lot more projects. We use more of the Bravewriter approach. I aim to have them do some kind of writing at least once a week but sometimes it’s more if they are working on a specific project. Science: In 4th grade we do more of an interest led approach than a curriculum. We just read a lot of books, watch a lot of videos, talk about stuff. I don’t really worry about it being a certain amount of time or days a week.
  16. We were joking about that earlier today when we were wondering what had happened. My kids were like “maybe we should go knock on the neighbor’s door and tell them to check their guest roomâ€. :)
  17. Further update...we did hear back from him early afternoon when he must have finally seen our texts. He just decided to stay with someone else from his college last night. A couple of posters wondered how he traveled, he flew (we didn’t know flight info) and then was going to take Uber here. So, it wasn’t that he was driving and ran into traffic or something and decided to go somewhere closer. It may have been that he felt awkward coming in so late and that’s understandable. But it still would have been nice to tell us that this early this morning. Anyway, he’s still staying here the rest of the weekend so we’ll get a chance to meet him. :)
  18. I heard from the conference that he checked in. So the answer is just flakey. :) I’d rather that than something bad.
  19. A Lego Mini-Fig. I buy the ones in the surprise series every year. They aren’t even as into Legos now but I think they would be sad not to get them.
  20. We also have the Zojirushi and use it a ton. I’m pretty sure it’s the same one we got for our wedding 17+ years ago. I don’t like the splashing out through the little steam hole, so I use a little metal cup and put it over it. It doesn’t affect how the ride is cooked. The cup doesn’t fit perfectly so steam can still get out, but the liquid doesn’t splash everywhere.
  21. As I was writing, I decided we should follow-up. I’d want someone to do that for my kid in a similar situation. We did tell him earlier when we texted and emailed that if his plans changed it was totally fine, we were just making sure he was ok. I ended up having the friend’s number and sent her a text. And I just called the conference to see if he checked in. They were going to look and call me back. Thanks, sometimes just writing something out here makes the decision more clear.
  22. So we had a houseguest who was supposed to be arriving last night. We don’t know this person at all, he’s a friend of a friend. It’s a college student who is coming into town for a conference. They asked if anyone could host him for a few nights and we offered. He was supposed to arrive late last night (around 11 pm). We told him that we’d leave the door unlocked and that we’d be asleep but that he could go downstairs to the guest room. We left lights on. We also told him that we have a dog and that she would likely bark but not to worry and that if we work up we’d come say hi. He never arrived. No emails or texts. We emailed him and texted him today just to check in but haven’t heard back yet. Thoughts? On the one hand, I’m guessing he’s just a slightly clueless kid who got another offer or decided not to use our house but forgot/neglected to tell us. Or many his travel plans changed and he’s coming today. It was initially a little unclear what day he was coming but in the emails he definitely said Thursday night. But maybe that changed. On the other hand...I’m a little worried and wondering if we should do more to find him. To find him would mean contacting the person who we know who knows him...but she is a college student and I’d have to contact her parents at work to get her number. And she’s away at college so there isn’t really anything she would do other than text him...which we already did. I guess I could try and find the conference he was going to and call them but I also don’t want to create a big hullabaloo if he just changed his plans and didn’t tell us. I’m going back and forth between “he’s an adult and it’s not my business if he changed his plans†to “he’s a kid and I would want someone to find my kidâ€. WWYD?
  23. We finished the Intro Algebra book first because I’d heard that Geometry was harder. He’s enjoying Geometry as well and not necessarily finding it much harder, but he is a year older so that might have been a good thing. We also took a break in the middle of Algebra (I think after Chap 13) and did the Intro Counting and Probability Book. He loved that.
  24. My parents got my son one a few years ago. It never worked well and was a bust. I’m not sure if that was us or the particular pen or just how they are but it seemed like a cool idea that ended up being disappointing.
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