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  1. 13 hours ago, Ali in OR said:

    For my 21 days of extra activity in '21 (21 in 21 from now on), I had nice walks with lab Molly yesterday and today, taking our longer loop through the neighborhood (and today adding one more little street to make it past 30 minutes). Yesterday was pouring rain and I had my rain gear on (and labs don't mind the rain), and it was actually a nice walk with no people. Today I timed it for a sun break and there were so many people out and about! I got a little too cranky at having to change sides of the street all the time. During the week I may do treadmill or yoga if it's raining after school; after a long day, I may not want to head out into the elements. And we have rain in the forecast as far as the iphone can see. Oh, and I used the workout app to time my 33 min walk and still only got 27 minutes in the "close the ring" exercise portion. And it doesn't always give me standing credit either, so I don't think I'm going to be setting a goal to close the rings. Maybe it will happen if I get lucky some day.

    I went on a long walk in the rain yesterday also. It was great. I made my kids come and they enjoyed it too even though there was much complaining beforehand. Weirdly, I have the one lab in the world who hates water. She will usually walk with me even if it’s wet but she puts the breaks on for anyone else. 

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  2. Hello! 

    I'm on a journey to being healthier. I had some successes last year. I gave up a decade's long Diet Coke habit (I don't even want to admit how much I drank a day). I started tap-dance classes which has been a long time goal of mine but I think I had been waiting to do it until I lost weight. I finally just started and it's been so fun. The teacher is awesome and so good with beginners. We are able to go in a safe way in person and they also have it on Zoom. The people on Zoom look really fun, so look forward to when we are all together. At 48, I'm probably the average age in the class and the Zoomers are all older. I also started swimming semi-regularly last summer and continued in the fall. 

    My current exercise goals:

    -Walking outside every day at least 15 minutes. This is as much for fitness as mental health. I find that I really am in a much better mood when I'm outside at least a little every day. I set the bar low because I do better at being consistent when I'm trying to keep up a streak BUT I also tend to get frustrated and give up entirely if I break that streak. So I didn't want to do mileage or steps. I wanted to do something that I knew I could do every day, even when it's horrible weather or when I have a really long day at work. 

    -Swimming consistently. This is a little hard becuase we have to sign up for lap lane space at the Rec Center and it can fill up. But my goal is to go 2-3 times a week. 

    -Tap class 

    I'd like to add in Yoga and Strength training slowly. My daughter is a dancer and has been doing "stretching sessions" with the whole family over the pandemic which has been really good. 

    We are going vegetarian as a family for the month of January. My middle son has been a vegetarian since he was 6 by his own choice and he went vegan in October. So we're fairly used to having veggie options. I also signed up again for Noom. I had tried it once before but ended up giving up because we had a house fire last year and I just got off track. I think it's a reasonably good program and if nothing else it keeps me accountable. And they had a huge sale so the price was pretty minimal. 

     

     

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  3. 2 hours ago, GoodGrief3 said:

    Alice, I missed that you had a Messiah acceptance too. I loved that school. Older daughter also got into Calvin, and liked it. She preferred Messiah though. Both wonderful.

    Thanks. We really liked Messiah when we visited. But partially it was because we went for a swim recruiting event and so got to really meet a lot of people. I think both my son and I felt like it was a great fit...but we also realize that it’s hard to judge a lot of other places because we can’t visit.

    We also like Calvin, although haven’t visited. My son’s name is Calvin so that is providing us all kinds of amusement right now. They have sent him  stuff with “Calvin” on it so our family joke is that if nothing else comes out of it he’ll have a glass straw and banner and socks with his name on them. 😁 I told my other kids their new strategy is to find school’s that have their name so they can also get personalized swag if accepted.

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  4. I just bought a bunch of the Subpar stickers for various family members. We went on a trip to Utah last year and did a bunch of National Parks so I think the kids will love it. 

    I personally LOVE the wooden anatomy ornaments. I can't see spending $24.00 on one just for me though and I can't think of anyone else who would appreciate it in my life. 

    If you have a Math lover in your family this is a great website: https://mathsgear.co.uk. It is international shipping but the things themselves are pretty reasonable. Oldest son is a huge fan of Matt Parker so I got him the newest book and it's a signed copy. Amazon had the book, but not signed. I also got him a 120 sided die which he is going to love. 

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  5. 19 hours ago, Stacia said:

    I have been laughing my head off at some of these items.

    Calamity Ware has fun stuff. A lot of it is pricey but there are more reasonably priced things too.

    https://calamityware.com/

    Thanks for this thread, Karen. And thanks to everyone who posts. I have found some great gifts thanks to you guys!

    I got the mugs for my sons for their birthdays this fall. They are really fun and actually also very attractive. 

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  6. 3 hours ago, Halftime Hope said:

    I'll have to bite the bullet and admit that my inner 8th grader comes out to play at Christmas.   😉   

    We have some National Parks aficionados in the family, so I'm purchasing something from Subpar Parks.  Her artwork is just slightly cheeky, publishing less-than-stellar comments from visitors to the parks:   https://ambersharedesign.com/collections/frontpage/products/subpar-parks-postcard-singles  

    🙂

    ETA:  She has different sizes, up to 11x14, or similar, not just the postcards.  

      

    These are too funny. I might have to get the Grand Canyon one for my 11 year old who famously (in our family) declared it the most boring hike she had ever been on last year. Granted, we had just been to Zion and Bryce so she was a little over the beautiful rocks and scenery. 

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  7. Ds has gotten into three: Messiah, Calvin and Clark Univ (in Mass). 

    He’s working on Honors program and scholarship applications as we speak. Some are due this weekend. He had an interview with the Honors Program at Messiah. He did get offered a scholarship at Clark, athough not enough to make it a great financial fit for him yet. The bigger ones are the ones with applications. 

    He’s also planning on swimming. It will be D3 so no money but it does add a layer of recruiting and coaches to talk to and such. 

    It is really a sigh of relief to have acceptances. 

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  8. If your high schoolers would be willing to fill out this quick survey to help my son with his statistics project that would be great! He needs it by next Friday and it should take no more than 10 minutes. (If they know their Myers-Briggs personality type it’s about 2 minutes, if they don’t know it they can follow a link to a quick test and it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete). 

    Link for the survey is below. 

    Thanks! 

    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu75eXfeVNB_Oi7AEVO_6VQW5eCd3m61C6jgn7XVEDYUmReg/viewform&sa=D&source=hangouts&ust=1604779843714000&usg=AFQjCNE9NeTnp4A2WqbM859_yCLkFHq7Gg

  9. If your high schoolers would be willing to fill out this quick survey to help my son with his statistics project that would be great! He needs it by next Friday and it should take no more than 10 minutes. (If they know their Myers-Briggs personality type it’s about 2 minutes, if they don’t know it they can follow a link to a quick test and it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete). 

    Link for the survey is below. 

    Thanks! 

    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu75eXfeVNB_Oi7AEVO_6VQW5eCd3m61C6jgn7XVEDYUmReg/viewform&sa=D&source=hangouts&ust=1604779843714000&usg=AFQjCNE9NeTnp4A2WqbM859_yCLkFHq7Gg

  10. If your high schoolers would be willing to fill out this quick survey to help my son with his statistics project that would be great! He needs it by next Friday and it should take no more than 10 minutes. (If they know their Myers-Briggs personality type it’s about 2 minutes, if they don’t know it they can follow a link to a quick test and it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete). 

    Link for the survey is below. 

    Thanks! 

    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu75eXfeVNB_Oi7AEVO_6VQW5eCd3m61C6jgn7XVEDYUmReg/viewform&sa=D&source=hangouts&ust=1604779843714000&usg=AFQjCNE9NeTnp4A2WqbM859_yCLkFHq7Gg

  11. We have a hoverboard. I don’t think it’s inherently more dangerous than a bike or a skateboard or anything with wheels. A favorite uncle gave it to the kids. The kids loved it, but I made it stay indoors so it wasn’t really something they did for exercise. My middle son could vacuum while riding it and usually did that when it was his turn. It made chores more fun for sure.  

    We also have rip-sticks, bikes, skateboards, unicycles, and scooters. They all used to get a lot of use when the boys were in middle school. The rip-sticks in particular were beloved. 

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  12. I did what EKS said, and used the simple system with no pluses or minuses. 

    I did include a weighted GPA as all the schools around here do that. I know a lot of colleges then unweight it, but I figure at first glance it looks better to be similar to others. I added 0.5 for Honors classes and 1.0 for AP classes, that is also what the local school system does. 

    So an A in an AP class becomes a 5, a A in an Honors class becomes a 4.5 

    I put a brief explanation in my school profile about the system I used. 

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  13. Kids are much more likely to break than sprain compared to adults. (Weak bones, strong ligaments compared to adults with strong bones, weak ligaments). Fractures can be a bigger deal if they involved the growth plate. 

    I’d take him unless he is almost back to normal tomorrow. My daughter broke her foot a few hears ago and I kind of blew if off for a few days (that’s the downside to being the kid of a pediatrician). But it was indeed broken. 

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  14. 4 hours ago, teachermom2834 said:

    A dear old lady friend of mine who is Baptist but very loving and accepting of me said about ACB “she is Catholic but if you read about her not really.”

    She meant it as a compliment 😂 

    See, I really am not thin skinned on the issue. I have some really close evangelical friends. In fact, a good friend of mine actually started a co-op that I couldn’t join. (I could have joined if I just signed her statement, so it wasn’t personal, she would have happily let me join if I would just sign her paper). 
     

    My mom was Baptist and my dad was Catholic...so I really see more common ground than most folks I guess. 
     

    I actually think anyone that knows me well would be happy for me just to sign their paper and join their co-op because I am nice and hard working and share their conservative values. But they think I am the exception. One of the good Catholics like ACB. But they need to keep their rules to keep the bad ones out. 
     

    Anyway- it is just really interesting to watch the commentary and I wonder how it is all reconciled. 

    I first responded to this with a laughing emoji, but then I read the whole post and it seemed mean to laugh. 

    I laughed because the old lady friend of yours reminded me of my Grandmother. She was Catholic but my Mom didn't grow up Catholic. To make a long story short, my grandmother grew up in Paris during WWII and then moved to a tobacco farm in Virginia after meeting my grandfather who was a soldier. There was no Catholic Church for miles and miles so she sent my Mom and aunt to church with their paternal grandmother, a Baptist. But my Grandmother remained a devout Catholic and when there was finally a church in their town she became a regular attendee and my grandfather converted. 

    Anyway...she used to tell me all the time that I "was really Catholic because we're all Catholic at heart" and she had baptized me Catholic in the kitchen sink as a baby. I would tell her that I didn't think that was accepted by the church and she said it was an emergency so it was ok. I asked what the emergency was and it was that no-one else was going to do it. 🙂

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  15. Our co-op is sponsored by a Baptist church. It's very large and probably about 50% Catholic or more. Or maybe it's just the people I know happen to be Catholic. There is a SOF but you don't have to sign it to attend or to teach. You do have to promise not to teach anything directly opposed to the statement of faith, which is the same SOF as the one for the church. So a Catholic can teach pretty much anything but Apologetics. The SOF is young-earth creationism so I don't have my kids take Biology there and although I've been asked to teach it multiple times, I've made it clear that I can't teach it from their perspective. I do teach Anatomy there and don't have a problem with that. I taught Bioethics there and it was a good discussion with a mix of kids from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds. 

    I have many very good friends who go to a private school that is associated with the same group that ACB is associated with (and I think it's a branch/relative of the school her kids go to). I know the school very much embraces the idea of bridging the historic gap between Catholics and Protestants. It's sort of one of the things they are proud of and known for. It's actually a school that a lot of homeschoolers here end up at for high school. 

    I do think the "Catholics aren't Christians" idea within the evangelical community is very real and very sad. 

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  16. I’m a pediatrician. Dh and I have never isolated from each other or the kids. In all honesty, I worry much less about catching Covid at work in a professional setting than I would at the grocery store or out in public somewhere where people are walking around unmasked and I have no idea if they have symptoms and what their level of safety is. We see people sick all the time in my office but I’m wearing proper PPE when I do so. And our patients all have masks on. None of the nurses/docs in our office distance from loved ones at home. 

    Dh does have pre-existing conditions that make him higher risk. Two of my kids have asthma, which isn’t really a major risk factor even though it seems it should be. 

    That doesn’t really answer your question, I know. Just another perspective. 

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  17. 4 hours ago, Spryte said:

    Agreeing that red is a pain later.  But that didn’t stop me. Hahahaha.  We have a red dining room.  

    Red can be tough to find the right shade.  Get lots of samples and paint some big areas to see how the light hits. Live with it for a bit, see what he likes.  The shade will change throughout the day.  I’d prefer one wall red over half and half, for aesthetic reasons.  Otherwise, I’d go grey on top. 

    Sounds fun!

    DS16 here has a very dark purple.  It appears almost black, sometimes blue.  Sounds horrible, but oh my goodness, it is stunning.  I dread repainting, but for now, it’s gorgeous.

    Ha! My two boys are about to paint their room dark purple. They just really wanted something very unexpected. 
     

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  18. Derek Owens is working well for my current 9th grade son who is not really a Math kid. I like that he can self-pace and really take the time to learn it. I also have been very impressed with the feedback. For example, on a problem set that my son did poorly on, Mr. Owens sent extra help to make sure he got it and then had him redo that homework. Which gives him the chance to improve his grade but also focuses on mastery rather than just getting through it. He’s taking longer than a year to do it and I also like that he max you pay for is 9 months, no matter how long it takes to do. 

    I’m considering using him for my daughter who will likely get to Algebra next year in 7th grade. She’s a strong Math student but is not at all going to want to do AOPS (I also have an older kid who is a senior and who has self-taught himself with AOPS all the way through). She can do Math but it’s not really her thing. DO seems like it might be a good fit her. 

  19. So far, it looks ok for us. We live in a big county though with a lot of options. 

    One thing I didn’t know if others realized was that the fees are refundable this year. I was really glad to see that, because ds is signing up for 6 exams. If they are all online again, he might change his mind about taking them. Makes it a little less annoying to write that check. 

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  20. Ds is a swimmer and wants to swim D3 in college, so that has impacted his search. He’s looking at small liberal arts schools with swimming that are strong in Math/Science. He has a list of about 12 places he’s still interested in and where he’s been talking to the coaches. We visited two colleges in early August. We’ve done virtual visits at others and because of the swimming angle he’s been able to get more of a feel for some places- either through talking to coaches or virtual sessions with the team (and other applicants). He’s also had a couple of places set up calls for him with swimming math majors, which is nice. So our search has ben a little different. 

    He emphatically does not want to go anywhere in state and many of the places are fairly far away. Several are in states with mandatory quarantines so we can’t visit. So the plan right now is to just apply and then to see where he gets in and what the financial packages are. We’ve been very open with him about which places we anticipate will not be financially doable. Hopefully, that will narrow it down to a few and then we can visit in the spring, after he is accepted. I know it’s highly likely there won’t even be classes going on then and the campuses will be closed...but it’s the best we can do at this point. 

    He has enough good scores from the SAT and ACT that he doesn’t have to take it again, so we’re ok there. He’s signed up to take the SAT in October, but I don’t know if that will happen. The last time he took it was in 9th grade so he’d like to do it one more time and hopefully score higher to help with some potential scholarships. 

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