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About PeachyDoodle

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  1. I would book now, if you are sure of your dates. AirBnB refund policies are often pretty strict.
  2. Christmas decor. I bought a star made from tobacco sticks last year and hung it up on our fireplace, but it didn't show up well against the stone. I'm going to paint it a pearlescent white -- hopefully today. I bought spray paint yesterday but it's COLD out! I also want to make a new Christmas wreath. I know how I want it to look but I haven't had time to hit the craft store. Maybe next weekend.
  3. Not really quirky, but I designed courses in Eastern Civilization and Asian literature for this year at dd's request. Last year we did Dragonlore, which was a huge hit, but that was 8th grade, so we won't be counting it for credit.
  4. We use MM as a supplement to CLE. I like it for that purpose, but it would never work for us as a primary curriculum. The biggest issue is how crammed the pages are; it's too much for my ds visually, and there often isn't enough room for him to write. (And I don't feel that his handwriting is unusually large for a 3rd grader.) It is much more conceptual, and that makes it more difficult for my ds to process. But he does great when he learns the more standard procedure first and then extrapolates to the concept. It definitely pushes him to think harder than he does with CLE. The biggest problem I run into with supplementing is figuring out how to match CLE's spiral. Since R&S is a mastery program, that might actually make it easier.
  5. Yes, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. They re-published Saxon with fairly substantial changes, I think.
  6. DH wanted to watch Living with Yourself on Netflix. I acquiesced but was surprised that I actually enjoyed it for the most part. It was darkly funny in an insanely weird kind of way.
  7. I think you're hitting on something important here. Funding is a major issue, but not the ONLY issue. Our educational system is broken at so many levels.
  9. I use Zzzquil, sometimes occasionally, and sometimes more frequently. Depends on how I'm feeling. I often take only a half-dose. I don't know that it's better than any other sleep aid, pharmaceutical or traditional, but it works great for me.
  10. When I've needed to submit writing samples for a job, I've usually submitted entire pieces. But mine aren't terribly long -- <1500 words typically for the types of writing I do. If it was very long, I might send an excerpt instead. Chances are they won't read the entire thing anyway, but if they do, that's a GOOD thing! My personal thought on the travel is to bring it up after an offer has been extended but before acceptance. Think of it as part of the negotiation -- you've both decided this is something you'd like to make work, but here are our terms. It's no different than asking for a slightly higher salary or a consideration on schedule. An employer who has decided they want you will be likely to agree, but one who's still on the fence might be put off if you bring it up too early in the process. I'm sorry the position you were hopeful about didn't work out, but good luck on the new one!
  11. 1. I don't in any way think you are failing. At all. On the contrary, I think you have made great progress over the past few months! 2. I can completely understand that it feels overwhelming. And like you have a to-do list that will never end. I have certainly felt that way before, and it sucks. 3. That said, we all are doing what you asked for in this thread -- i.e., giving advice. Advice doesn't mean you *have* to do it or even *should* do it. It's just advice. A suggestion that the giver hopes might give you something new to try or a different perspective that hadn't occurred to you before. It might or might not work in your specific situation. Only you can decide that. But please give all of us here the benefit of the doubt that we are merely here on your thread trying to help and do what you asked. It's not fair to ask for advice and then complain that you are being overburdened by it. 4. I will bow out now. I sat on this thread for a very long time before responding precisely because of the above. All the best of luck to you! You are doing great!
  12. Heart, just to be clear, none of my posts above were intended to convey that you aren't training your ds "right." Whatever that means. I meant that training ds and dd can be a way to help relieve your own burden. It is not unreasonable to expect them to help out, and if they are able to help, they can take some of the load off of you. Maybe only a little bit, but that little bit might be of help. I am not shaming you. I am trying to look for options that might have real productive value, taking into consideration the reality of the situation as it stands now. Should your dh be doing more? Hell, yes! But he isn't, and his behavior is entirely out of your control. If you remain in your marriage, or if you leave it, you are unfortunately largely on your own here. If I lived near you, I would be there in a heartbeat helping out, if that's what you wanted. I'm not, so I'm trying to offer whatever practical ideas and support I can. I can't speak for others, but I expect that was their intention as well.
  13. There are also extremes between mowing the lawn unassisted and loading your own dishes into the dishwasher. I wouldn't necessarily expect an 11yo with asthma to mow, especially if it's a difficult yard. We have three acres and just began teaching dd to mow this summer. Definitely won't expect ds to learn next year when he's almost 10. Maybe by 13-14. We have a lot of hills. But an 11yo can do a LOT of things that are less complicated than mowing. Freeing you up to concentrate on the harder tasks.
  14. I tend to agree with you that expecting dh to pick up the slack if you are working is a pipe dream. Better to manage your expectations there. But this is why beginning to train the dc to take on some reasonable tasks is important. While you have them at home and are looking for jobs is a good time to start.' And I agree with the point above about teaching ds to have different expectations of his future wife/partner.
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