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  1. DS had braces put on in January, and I am very thankful that we decided to go with Invisalign instead of traditional braces. They give you a box of braces that you switch each week, so he was able to keep making forward progress through all of this. We went to see the orthodontist for the first time since getting them just two weeks ago. and then again Monday. Now we don't have to see him for three months. Our ortho is being very good - masks, extra face shields, patients rinse with a peroxide solution at the beginning of appointments, only one other patient in each time we went it, and they were at opposite ends of the office. Plus we're in CT, and our numbers are good and getting better. With all that being said... no, I wouldn't choose to have DS start braces right now. Why add extra risk factors if you don't have to?
  2. Side note: I recently came across this story about a real life "Lord of the Flies." Spoiler: it did not go as William Golding predicted. (I've got it saved for when we do LotF in high school.)
  3. It's my understanding that PRK came before Lasik. Instead of making a flap and lifting it up, they burn off the top bit of the cornea with acid. It takes longer to recover from, and your eyesight isn't instantly better like Lasik (because you have to wait for your cornea to grow back). But after it's done, you don't have a flap, which is nice. My regular eye doctor is amazing and wonderful, and he recommended the guy who did my surgery, and told me that if I was his sister, that's the guy he'd recommend. The surgeon told me I wasn't a good candidate for Lasik because I have really large pupils, but I could do PRK. He did one eye at a time (because during recovery, you can't see well out of the eye that's been done). When I was a kid we lived in Salt Lake City, on the bench of the mountains. After I'd got a new prescription once, I was amazed that the mountains had trees on them - I thought they just had blurry edges! My eyes were so bad before surgery that I couldn't read without my glasses or contacts on. The book would have to be basically touching my nose for me to read the words, and then my eyes would cross because it was so close. When I was doing the prep work for my surgery, everyone (doctors and nurses) made sure to point out that I would most likely need some sort of reading glasses in the not too distant future (I was in my mid-30s), even if I got the surgery. I'm okay with that!
  4. "There's nothing wrong with a person's eyes who goes to get LASIK," Waxler told the television station. "They have healthy eyes. They could go and get a pair of glasses." I disagree. There is something wrong with their eyes- they don't work correctly! Telling people to just go get a pair of glasses is so flippant and dismissive, and completely ignores the realities of living with glasses or contacts. My BIL, who flies in the Air Force, got Lasik. He wouldn't have been allowed to do so if he still wore contacts. I got PRK ~5 years ago. I went from about 20/2000 vision (couldn't read the big E on the eye chart when sitting in the chair), to 20/20 vision. Life changing.
  5. I have a pair of Lems (the Primal 2) and I adore them. Zero drop, minimal. They make the 9 to 5 for women in black.
  6. I wore Keds when I was younger, but Converse have always hurt my heels (and felt very stiff). I now swear by Lems. I've had a pair of Primal 2's for four years now, and they are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn (particularly the back of the heels, which are often a problem for me).
  7. Is it possible you could help her work through this book? It's a self-teaching method aimed at adults, but if she had someone to help her with it? (I learned to play cello last year, and used that book in conjunction with a teacher. I really liked the book, and my teacher was impressed with it, too.)
  8. Sammish

    Baby Names

    I can not hear the name Regina without immediately thinking of Regina Phalange.
  9. Now I'm confused. TheWikipedia page linked earlier says he is predicting either "six more weeks of winter-like weather," or an "early spring." And farther down in the page it has a chart of his predictions, along with "Impartial estimates place the groundhog's accuracy between 35% and 40%." So that seems to be saying that he is predicting two different things, right? And the history page of Punxsutawney Phil says, "If, according to German lore, the hedgehog saw his shadow on Candlemas Day there would be a “Second Winter” or 6 more weeks of bad weather. " Also no mention of a joke? (I have now officially spent more time thinking about groundhogs today then in my entire previous life 😄)
  10. DS12 will be 13 in a two months, and his brain fog is driving us both crazy. In math, in particular, he can't remember how to do things he used to have down (which is know is common after summer vacation), but more worryingly, he is having a hard time re-learning those things. Basic logic just seems to be eluding him. He's a kid who's always been pretty mathy, and picks things up quickly. The past year or so not as much, but this year... I was trying to remind him how to find the area of a complex figure (break it down into things you know how to find the area of, then add those areas together). This was something he had down last year, but couldn't remember at all. So I backed up and broke it down into individual skills. I've now had to back up to the point where I'm asking him "if the whole line is 8m long, and this piece of it is 3m, how long is the other piece of the line?" And despite going over this repeatedly, from a variety of angles, for the past two days, it still seems a mystery to him. (This is just one example.) And it's frustrating both of us! He told me today that he feels like he's going backwards. Secretly, I agree with him 😟. (It's not that he's not trying - he is! And is frustrated with himself! But the connections just aren't being made.) It's not just math - in science I was repeating the same thing to him over and over again, but he couldn't seem to remember it. I wrote it down, pointed it out to him, but he still couldn't seem to figure it out. However! He loves chess, and is doing just fine at that. Taking classes, doing well, plays it a ton in his free time. So not all brain function has ceased. 😏 We just started week 4, and it's not gotten better. He's eating and sleeping fine. He doesn't appear to be currently growing (at least, not currently eating us out of house and home). He does recover well - is upset for a while, but later on is okay. I'm just not sure what to do. Any advice?
  11. I went looking for this (because I thought it might be useful for DS). Are you by chance thinking of the Buddhist Jataka tales? Because I found this, but couldn't find a Hindu version. (Which, btw, thank you, I'm totally going to use when we study Buddhism!)
  12. We're doing world religion this year, too! I'm going to have DS read Ramayana: Divine Loophole. I pre-read it this summer, and really enjoyed it (and loved the illustration style).
  13. I'm using this book with my son this year, and I really like it. A good overview of the five biggest religions, their backstory, what their followers believe, etc. Highly recommend. Along with it I got a children's bible, and I'll have him read the various stories mentioned in the Comparative book. I also picked up some picture books about Muhammed and Buddha (both by Demi), Ramadan, and Passover. You might also check out Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know from The Great Courses. (I really wanted to use it, but DS doesn't like videos 😕)
  14. We used EIW 6 last year, and while it didn't work for us as a writing program, the first half does cover grammar, and that went well for us. I didn't add spelling, because DS is a pretty natural speller (although we have used Sequential Spelling in the past, and liked that).
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