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  1. I’m 39 and starting grad school on Monday. I am SO excited! It’s a great fit for me - something that allows me to work with numbers yet still be a part of a team. I am 100% introvert and think I found my calling. If you want to, have the energy, and your dh is supportive, I say go for it!
  2. Many pros can be cons depending on the family. And vice versa. OP, take a look at your personality and see how it meshes with your goals. Pros: already stated in many posts. Ability to control what grade level the kids are working at. In our case we have accelerated learners and there's only so much they can do about that in B&M school. I personally miss the ability to go on vacation when others are in school and to hit up pumpkin patches and whatnot during the week. Cons: Lack of exercise. I actually found the exercise bit for the kids much improved by going to B&M school. In the winter, I would have to get them bundled up just to hear whining 8 minutes later. If I wanted the to have good exercise, it usually involved driving to an activity, which becomes a pain quickly. Now they walk to the bus stop, take gym class, have two recesses (outside in the winter and I don't have to keep picking them back outside!), etc. It's a lot less work for me. Less diversified academics. My kids write quality essays and read books they would have balked at for me. They do it without any hesitation at school. Stress on mom due to being everything to everyone. I don't hear about any working men having to clean the bathrooms during their coffee break or keep a toddler and a baby quiet while on a conference call. Younger kids getting ignored and left to fend for themselves while mom is working with the big kids. Now that my homeschooling days are over (at least for now) I can clearly see how some aspects of homeschooling are clearly unhealthy for the mom. I wish homeschoolers as a whole would stop idealizing everything and be honest. It's not for everyone. If you like it, great! If it doesn't work for you, then send them to school without guilt.
  3. Keep in mind that she'll be in high school in just a year. Academically, things could be very different. It's a lot easier to accelerate and take more challenging course in high school.
  4. We have an adult Rescue and it’s not that hard. She doesn’t eat multiple times a day. We give her greens each day and feed crickets or super worms maybe twice a week. Baths twice a week. Baths are easy and we just put water in a small sterilite bin with certain drops (removes chlorine maybe?). She chills in there for a few minutes (it’s how they hydrate) and sometimes poops. Proper equipment is a must. Heat lamp plus uv light (Repti-glo 10.0) is critical. Calcium spray for food. Our beardie has metabolic bone disease because the previous owner didn’t use the right lights. You can leave them at home for about 4 days if you need to, which makes vacationing a lot easier. Just put the lights on a timer. We have never taken care of a baby though, so I don’t know how much work that would be. They’re so cute that any extra work would be worth it!
  5. I’d just get her to the dermatologist. You’ll drive yourselves crazy trying to figure this out on your own. (Says fellow celiac sufferer)
  6. Pamela’s bread mix. Don’t even bother with anything else.
  7. This is like 50% of people I meet. I don’t get it. Even the tiniest bit of effort on their part would give me somethjng to work with.
  8. I assume you mean not snow boots? Booties are all the rage now and come in a variety of styles. http://m.solesociety.com/natasha-dark-mushroom.html Or https://m.zappos.com/p/born-trinculo-brown-leather/product/8735710/color/216
  9. Oh, and if you bring something, put some in a Tupperware for yourself beforehand in case it gets grossly cross contaminated while you’re waiting to get food (like someone drizzling gravy all over the potatoes).
  10. I always assume I can eat the turkey and nothing else. We usually take along a side, a veggie, and a dessert that are safe and eat those. It makes a complete meal. If I’m feeling crazy, I’ll eat mashed potatoes, salad, veggies.
  11. Dead lift. Or trying sticking your butt way out when you squat. It’ll still hit the quads but bring in more butt/hamstring action.
  12. Altra. They are the best if both worlds (barefoot and conventional).
  13. Ugh. I hate that. Does she put in effort to keep the conversation going or is it just you? Try to think back to last time you saw her and follow up on 1-2 things she mentioned. “How’s little Johnny’s soccer team doing this year?†“Is your mother feeling any better?â€
  14. I want a masters degree so badly too. I don't even know what I would get it in. I'd just like to be really educated in one area.
  15. Same thing happened to me. It was like an identity crisis. And I still had 2 at home! I'm done to one who will be in k next year. I had to make a plan so I wouldn't get depressed. I had gone from feeling like I was responsible for way too much to being chauffeur and cook. Nothing wrong with that, but it was just a huge change. My plan: Give myself a whole year off to decompress. After that: Volunteer 1 hr per week Learn a new skill (i OS programming) I'll figure out what's next in a year. Strangely, now that I have this plan I'm perfectly content to not do anything. 😳
  16. I love everything about it except the time from 4:30-5:50pm. So help me. Grades 6, 4, 1. This is our second year and I keep waiting for my bubble to be burst. I love the principals, teachers, guidance counselors and office staff, curriculum, specials (gym, art, music), recess. Basically everything. It's like a huge load has been lifted off my brain. I can just be mom and it feels so good. I'm no longer responsible for making sure they're up to educational standards, have enough time with friends, get enough exercise, keep them from fighting. Whenever I see my homeschool friends now, I silently wonder why they put themselves through it. 😳
  17. I'm glad it went well! You can lower your standards too. Pbj &a fruit makes a decent lunch. Or leftover spaghetti in a thermos. Takes less than 30 minutes. Matching clothes? Nah. My k-er went with his shirt backwards a lot last year. I figured if anything it would make the teacher chuckle.
  18. I never cry and wa shocked that I almost did at totality. Was not expecting it. I was not excited to go and dh pretty much dragged me 9 hours to see it. I'm an eclipse concert. 100% totality is way cooler than even 98%.
  19. "Friend, I'm sorry but this is more than we can afford. Here is $100 for your effort."
  20. I don't know how to quote from my phone My reactions aren't too terrible, which is a blessing or a curse. I take way more risks than I should. Living on the edge is not healthy. It just gets so old being the gf person. I hate that eating out as a family and going on vacations is 10 times harder because of me.😩 Sadly I seem to react more as time goes on. I really hope they find a cure in the next 14 years. When I was diagnosed, I told myself not to freak out because surely there will be a cure in 20 years (this was 6 years ago) and I can enjoy my 50s without food restrictions. It's not looking good though!
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