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  1. That would be a cool trick, and my mom did it at an older age than I am, but I really don't want to. (I'm older than many here, including Maize, & my surprise baby sister turns 18 tomorrow!)
  2. Well, they say Eight is Enough, so you could do one more and then avoid cute pictures until you're older... and then you should get some grandbabies! 🙂 Me, I'm admiring the li'l pamphlet and going oh, a newborn whose clothes fit without rolling up the sleeves, wow! ❤️ But I'm not tempted; our baby stuff is long gone.
  3. Middle school and often even high school science curricula presume little background knowledge, so interest-led is fine in 5th as long as it's happening. We have a well-stocked public library, so while I did insist on something like BFSU to make sure basic topics got covered, just having the kid read and talk about any kind of science regularly is great. Amoeba Sisters videos on YouTube are a nice supplement, too. Something like All About Atoms is nice if you want some activities, but a lot of phenomena don't require a special demonstration, just attention drawn to them. Also, if he's a "What if...?" kind of kid, that would explain why he's not getting anything new out of an elementary science book--everything they're telling him, he's already found out by looking and asking. ETA: Pleased to see I am in good company with other posters! 🙂
  4. I didn't have to make my child do homework. We have a lot of school days, but when school is over for the day, it's over.
  5. Besides the usual things that bother people? Butterflies. As in, "Ew, a butterfly." Which I made sure never to say out loud when DS was little. Even when I was very brave and took him into a butterfly exhibit and one of them landed on me and stayed there and another one fluttered about trying to flirt with her and an employee had to come rescue me. I know a lot of people dislike or are disgusted by other insects, especially in large numbers, but people seem to think I'm weird with this one.
  6. Again, not coming from the perspective of germs, but of allergens: An event like this will have food there that is definitely unsafe for my immature kid that he will wish he could eat. There may be other things you've thoughtfully and lovingly made that you claim are safe, but unless you are also an allergy/celiac/etc. family, I have reason to doubt you. Many people have horror stories of well-meaning loved ones (just like restaurant employees) not understanding how small an amount of something is dangerous, that something innocuous-looking like "natural flavors" is a big fat red flag of danger from which to run screaming, that a shared knife/spoon/platter is an issue. So if an event, including our travel time, isn't at a meal time, not such a big deal--we will have eaten and you should be comfortable with a "no, thanks," right? (Some people are not good with that at any time, but people we spend time with tend to be.) I still might feel like I need to have something in my purse for DS, whose motto is "I'm Hungry," and let him eat that instead of your beautiful food, but maybe not until the ride home. If it's at a meal time, I don't want to to refuse something my (probably hungry) DS does want to eat and that you are claiming is safe to eat, because then it's clear that I just don't believe you. And if it's on a weekday, especially, I don't want to deal with both feeding us at home and attending an event, although there's less pressure if we are not expected to bring something to share. This is not my idea of a good time. Nothing to do with food is really my idea of a good time nowadays, even though (maybe even more so because) I know so many people enjoy making food to share. I'm almost two years into this scrutinize-every-food (and beverage, and medicine, and toothpaste...) life, and it's exhausting at times. Food-centered events can be among those times (why, yes, I do know how to keep a slice of cake cold in my purse for an out-of-town wedding reception!), second probably only to pharmacy visits (which is why I want to throttle my senator for claiming that labeling medicine better might be too much of a burden for manufacturers, but that's another story).
  7. That's where allergens make it different. We can't eat the food whether it's potluck or catering--it's not a matter of preference--we spend money on food we won't be eating either way, and if we don't attend any, we are left out of events at the rate at which they occur. ETA: I voted avoid but occasionally tolerate, meaning "We attend if needed but don't eat." Events that are not at meal times are so much nicer! Let's hang out and enjoy each other's company.
  8. I was teaching school, and we got married the weekend after school let out so we could have a honeymoon.
  9. I would go but return a bit early, even if it meant spending less time visiting than driving.
  10. Wheat products have to go directly into the compost, sorry. We'd rather have a little card or paper snowflake or the like if a neighbor wanted to give something, and recycle it guilt-free at the end of winter. I don't like to waste food.
  11. We had an event like that here in central NC around 2004-2005, I think. The roads were gridlock on ice, with some people stuck at schools or in cars overnight. So now they close preemptively if they're told it might start snowing in the middle of the day. Wake County has 160,000 students in 180 schools, and parents drive many to/from school, especially for those who don't attend their base schools. There is no ability to plow the school parking lots, so even if roads are decent, the schools can't always open. And the geographic spread is huge, so if part of the county is affected, the whole district closes, even if half the schools would've been fine; otherwise, it'd be confusing, and some teachers wouldn't have care for their own kids. This makes it tricky to have other community groups say they follow the school district re: delays/closings--if the weather is fine at my house, I don't necessarily think to check.
  12. I'm sorry for your losses. In your shoes I would take a break for a while and focus on healing and health, and revisit & talk it over with my DH when the feelings are not so immediate.
  13. I can't stand potlucks, but it's not specific to this time of year. I have to figure out something quick to make to feed us, and we have to eat before we go, and I have to plan/buy/make the thing to bring. I don't worry too much about germs, but I do have to worry about people not knowing what they're talking about if they say something is safe for DS to eat, or having otherwise safe items cross-contaminated either in preparation or serving. (I didn't grow up with a food=fellowship mentality, either, so it's all just an inconvenience. I would be delighted to get together and drink tap water with people, if it were just a matter of spending time together.) ETA: We also can't eat at restaurants, generally. So it's nearly all events that include food, not just potlucks. But next week I have to come up with a "side" for 8 people that doesn't include anything that has to be kept out of my kitchen (and "side" is a distinct category from "veggie" in the assignment list), feed us early, and get there with it at dinner time on a weeknight--bear in mind that DH works an hour from here--and mostly hang about waiting for the actual event to get started (which is not set for any particular time, or we'd just skip the potluck part). Because this is what I need to be doing the week before Christmas, right? But it's not an event we can really miss. What I can't stand about this time of year is that the addition of all the holiday stuff to do does not subtract any of my regular things to do; it's just harder to schedule them.
  14. This is me wrapping Christmas presents if I try to use paper. I gather the gifts, wrapping paper, scissors, tape, labels, pen, right? So obvs that takes eleven trips around the house. Then I will lose the scissors every.thirty.seconds. the entire freakin' time. It is ridiculous.
  15. Here are some of our favorites (and we're not vegan): homemade pizza (or cheesy cauliflower pizza casserole) with Miyoko's mozzarella, topped with pineapple or roma tomatoes I do vegan Mexican-ish by omitting sour cream (I like guacamole) and cheese (use a plant-based one if desired), and cooking black beans with onion and spices, served with tortillas or tortilla chips, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, and sometimes corn and/or sweet potatoes. And if I want to be fancy, roasted pineapple is great with it! veggie stir-fry with lots of peanuts (to make sure there's enough fat, or it's not filling) and rice no-crab cakes - Vegetarian as written; I haven't tried them with an egg replacer yet, but everything else works, so I would expect good results. Miyoko's butter works well. smoked apple veggie burgers (We had these tonight, actually.) French lentils with mushrooms and kale, which sounds like I wouldn't like it a bit, but everything takes on the flavor of lemon, garlic, and thyme. These are all also gluten-free (We use Bob's Red Mill GF pizza mix with the flax egg option, and Siete almond flour tortillas or Late July chips, and gf bread crumbs), alcohol-free, and, if you use coconut aminos instead of tamari or soy sauce, can be soy-free.
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