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  1. My daughter has a very hard time letting go of some things and is completely opposed to just donating her things to a thrift store. However, if I can come up with a charity or something with more of a specific purpose, she is better about it. For instance, she feels better about donating things to the homeless shelter and currently survivors of a devastating tornado in our area. Then, she feels that she knows more of where her things are going and can feel better about their new purpose. Just a suggestion. I have a MIL and DH very much like this so I feel your pain. It even has me second guessing what to get rid of nowadays.
  2. My favorite topic. Just recently saw Waitress. It is now in my top 10 musicals. I loved it Another favorite is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. This is probably the one I actually listen to the most often. Others include: Little Shop of Horrors Jesus Christ Superstar American Idiot Chess In the Heights Chicago An American in Paris Bright Star City of Angels Finding Neverland Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder The Lion King Dogfight The Color Purple Something Rotten Also, I haven't actually seen these yet but love the music for Come from Away and Hadestown. While not one of my favorites personally, the tour currently out there of The King and I is one of the most visually stunning things I have seen in a long time. It was a very good show. I am sure I am missing something. My 15 year old's new favorite is Waitress and my 17 year old's favorite is Les Miserables. The tour of that currently going around is absolutely amazing.
  3. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and other books by Phaedra Patrick The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan I really enjoyed all of these books. Not so much on the belly laughs but I liked them.
  4. All is well here. I live in city of Dayton and we had no damage. We were only about 2.5 miles from major damage though. Scary. We heard sirens but our first alert was that all of our iphones alerted us of the warning and we went to the basement, where we followed the news until it was over. It was a first for my daughters and my youngest was very scared. We had several good friends in the immediate path but thankfully no one was injured.
  5. I haven't been on College Confidential at all so didn't connect there. She is really excited about Kent and I am very happy that she has found some place that she loves so much. She loved the town as well. She initially only looked at smaller schools for walkability and small town feel but she got the same feeling from Kent.
  6. DD is going to Kent State University in the fall. She did receive a Trustee Scholarship which covers about 1/2 of her tuition. Accepted: Kent State, Ashland University and Wright State University Why Kent? She loved it there on visit last year. She attended a Discover Theatre Day where she attended classes etc and just fell in love. Not the most financially viable option she had but its where she really wants to be. Major: Theatre Studies (Performance concentration)
  7. Zombie Dogz on Brown Street just added a poutine with tater tots to their menu. I have not had it but I saw it on their new menu.
  8. My cousin's four year old has Dravet syndrome as mentioned above. It is a catastrophic epilepsy but CBD oil has helped tremendously with his seizures although has not eliminated. We have already lost his twin brother.
  9. For my dd: Kent State University (no word on merit aid yet) Ashland University (merit aid offered but don't remember name of scholarship)
  10. My oldest is my first going through this. She applied to two schools, Kent State University and Ashland University,and has been accepted to both through rolling admissions. Both schools are in our state. Now we wait for financial information as that will likely be the deciding factor. She says she would be happy going to either although her heart is really set on Kent State.
  11. My husband is my one and done. There is no one who will love me the way he does (and vice versa) and I can't even imagine trying. Honestly, I don't even want to try. I certainly would never do it as long as my daughters are still at home.
  12. This sucks. Praying for the best possible outcome.
  13. Happening here too. It works on my phone just not on TV. Must be a Hulu issue.
  14. We have a merit offer from one school although it could go up if she gets a better ACT score before March. This school will likely also offer her a theatre scholarship but we won't find out about that until after scholarship auditions. According to the department director, all of the theatre majors are on some amount of theatre scholarship so an offer of some sort is pretty much a sure thing. The other school has not yet formally offered merit aid but it is automatic with her GPA and ACT score. She has a chance for more if higher ACT score on December test. We will likely get no other financial aid so the merit aid is crucial.
  15. We did a bunch of college visits in the spring. Dd really liked two schools. She applied to both and has been accepted to both and has been offered some merit aid for one of the schools. Now, she just has to choose. It will most likely come down to the full aid/merit aid packages.
  16. Find whichever hospital is your level 1 trauma center in your city/region. I would look for a neurologist affiliated with that hospital. Those docs are used to seeing significant trauma related issues and will be more likely to take you seriously.
  17. My oldest daughter and I love Hamilton and are huge theatre people. For the two of us, I would likely go up to $150 each for the tour and probably $200 each for Broadway but that is pretty much it. I paid $100 for a ticket myself to see Chess at the Kennedy Center in February and that was worth every penny but typically that is about the max I will pay for theatre tickets unless I am in New York. It would pretty much blow our theatre ticket budget for the year.
  18. My favorite food memories from childhood center around my grandparents and visiting their house. Big farm breakfasts with the whole family. I still feel that pork chops are best with eggs, biscuits and gravy. This meal still brings me great comfort although I rarely eat it. I only really enjoy it when at my uncle's house, whose house now stands exactly where my grandparent's house stood. Also, chicken and dumplings remain a comfort food for me to this day and have become the favorite of dd14. Also, I have good memories of my mother's fudge. She makes the best fudge ever. My dd14 recently spent time with her to learn how to make it and wrote the recipe down. She also wrote a sociology paper on the fudge and the family traditions that went with it. I generally only like to cook when we are entertaining people. I am always in such a rut and have picky kids so it sucks the joy out of it. It's more fun when I get to try new things. Otherwise, it is mostly just drudgery.
  19. My cousin's son has Dravet Syndrome, a catastrophic epilepsy. They have had fairly good luck with the Charlotte's Web CBD oil although it seemed to help more in the beginning than it is now that he has been on it for more than a year. His brother did better with it but unfortunately, he passed away last November so I don't know how that would have held out had he been on it the same amount of time. He is on several medicines so I am not sure about side effects but he is still pretty energetic most of the time except when he is having a lot of the myoclonic seizures. He definitely still has good and bad days. I know that he is better with it than without.
  20. I don't have experience with this condition but my daughter was born with a clubfoot that eventually required tendon surgery. What was valuable to me was that I found an online support group of parents who sought nonsurgical treatment for clubfeet. Through that, I was able to get names of who the best doctors were for us to see. Eventually, we started going to an amazing doctor in St. Louis, which is approximately 6 hours from our home but I don't regret the decision for a minute. All of the doctors closer wanted to do much more invasive procedures and we were able to find a better way. My daughter is 14 now and has a fully functional, pain free foot, which she likely would not have had if we had not pursued the treatment that we did. I would research the condition and find out who is the best that you can see and make it happen. Even if it is only for a second opinion and they confirm what your current orthopedist has told you. Shriner's orthopedic hospitals are often a good resource to help find treatment.
  21. I was supposed to have an ablation in March but the doctor couldn't do it because my uterus is enlarged and the ablation couldn't be done. I am having a hysterectomy this summer and don't regret making the decision for a minute. I can't wait to reclaim my life. I know everything won't be all sunshine and roses but it can't be worse than this half-life I have been living for the past year. I want to open a bottle of champagne and celebrate.
  22. My kids haven't done this yet but I went to college 1200 miles away from home. I turned 18 in the dorms with a microwave cake baked by a friend of mine. I handled it all better than my mother did. I went home at Thanksgiving, Christmas and for the whole summer my freshman year. Then, I moved into an apartment and I only went home for Christmas and for about 10 days in the summer. I specifically chose my college because of how far away from home it was and I loved it. My mom did move stated while I was in school but I don't remember being bothered by that. I think that my college experience was the most formative of my life in who I am now as an adult. I think the experience of having to make decisions for myself while still in a relatively safe environment was critical for me. I am encouraging my daughters to go at least a little away for college. Oldest dd is currently looking at schools about 2-3 hours away from home but I am not expecting her to come home too often. I think she will thrive and she still has the safety of knowing that I am just a text away if she needs some support.
  23. I also recommend them. I have had great results every time and have only once ever had a shipping issue that delayed things about a week. I had my daughter's prom dress custom made to measurements and it was perfect. She was so happy that it fit her so well.
  24. Way to go! Honestly, I have had to resort to hiring someone to come in and help me. I have her come in once a month and do a deep clean on the bathroom and whatever else I haven't been able to get to for the month. There is just only so much time. I have her come at a time when I am also free and she works in one part of the house and I work in another. Often, I have her going behind me doing the dusting, sweeping, mopping as I deal with the clutter. It alleviates a lot of my stress.
  25. Throat coat tea and a throat spray called Singer's Saving Grace. You can get both at the health food store. Also, complete vocal rest as others have mentioned.
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