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  1. I have seven siblings and we all played multiple instruments growing up - lots of piano, a couple of violins, a couple of cellos, trumpet, flute, guitar, and voice. Sometimes several of us would practice at the same time (in different rooms of the house) and we’d all try to play louder than anyone else. Obviously trumpet and piano had the advantage here but those high notes on the flute and violin could cut through sometimes too. 

    I should maybe apologize to my mother for this. 🤔 

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  2.     My DH is also in law enforcement. When he first started we already had our four kids (ages newborn to 5yo). It was rough! The first 6 months he was in the academy, which is a live-in program here. I had our 4th baby two weeks after he started. After that he rotated shifts every month.
         I think the thing that made it doable was that I was a SAHM and I homeschooled. That gave us the flexibility we needed to make it work. It was still difficult though. I taught piano lesson at the time so I had a set schedule while he did not. Also, it was difficult for him to keep track of the family schedule when his was constantly changing. That created a fair amount of frustration for us. I tried all different types of schedules to make things work better. Sometimes they helped, other times not so much. 
          Now, his shift is constant, 3pm-11pm (not counting overtime, of course) but his days off rotate weekly. This is a challenge too. Our kids are all older now and have pretty set schedules due to activities. I have to handle most of this on my own. I can only schedule activities for the kids if I can be the one to take them as DH is only available to help with kid stuff sporadically. And with his days off rotating weekly he almost never remembers what the kids and I have going on each day. It definitely feels like single parenting sometimes. He likes to spend time with us, which is nice, but his days off are often on days that are busy for the rest of us and he finds it frustrating that we aren’t available to have a day “off” when he is. 
        We have made it work for over 10 years now but it isn’t easy. Our marriage has had it’s challenges as well which adds to the difficulty. But we’ve managed. If I was working too I don’t know if we would have made it. I can definitely see why so many shift work marriages and LE marriages specifically end in divorce. 

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  3. 6 hours ago, Farrar said:

    I totally read this as if you could buy and sell your pet peeves to other people and I thought, well, I'd love to get rid of some of mine, but who would want them? And then I realized what you meant.

    Same. I was thinking “What? I can sell my pet peeves? Cool! But who would want them and why in the world would I want to buy anyone else’s?!” Then I realized I should probably get some sleep or something. Ha! 

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  4. Thanks! I hadn’t thought to google kid’s habit trackers. There are so many ways to google this. I want to do this myself too for some habits I’d like to work on. Seems like doing it with my teens would be a good idea. I’ve found close to what I want but not exactly so I may just modify something meant for another purpose. 

  5. I have sedentary kids and would like to encourage more activity for all of us as we go into a new school year. I’m thinking an activity tracker similar to the sheets available from the 1000 hours outside page (but with fewer spaces) would maybe be fun for my artsy kids. I’d like to make each coloring “space” only 15 minutes so I don’t want too many spaces. I also would like to know how many spaces there are without having to count them up. Does anyone know of anything like this? There must be something but I can’t figure out how to search it. 

  6. 1 minute ago, AbcdeDooDah said:

    Go to account. Then ignore users. You can add him from there. I learned this last night. 😊

    Thanks. I’ve been here for years and typically don’t mind reading “all sides” or just scrolling by some people. But some posts are too short and I read too fast. I end up catching everything before I get past things I’d rather not see. 

    Off to find this “ignore” feature. 

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  7. On 8/5/2021 at 3:55 PM, Momto6inIN said:

    I think you're supposed to find them on your own online and provide them for the students for the beginner level. I found it confusing too, and we ended up just picking our own topic and researching it instead of trying to find the articles that were suggested.

    Thanks. I like the looks of it overall and I think the step by step instructions will be helpful. It’s just not laid out as clearly as the other IEW materials we’ve used. Maybe I’ll choose a new topic too. The suggested articles are pretty dated at this point anyway. 

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  8. 9 hours ago, PeterPan said:

    It happens, lol. Sometimes you can think yourself in circles! The best thing is always to go figure out someone else. Much easier than solving your own quandries. 😁

    Yes! I was definitely thinking in circles! Took a break yesterday and will get back to it today. The goal is to finish the planning by the end of this week and this middle school history/literature thing is the last one. The end is in sight! 
    But yes, solving other’s “stuff” is definitely easier! I’ve gotten a good amount of school planning done for my sister lately and found that to be MUCH easier. LOL 

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  9. 17 hours ago, Lori D. said:

    Not a lot out there in that time period -- most booklists jump from Ancients into mid/late Medieval. Below are a few titles to get you started.

    You might also consider adding in some folktales from around the world, as well as Norse mythology, and the Arabian Nights, as those tales were in oral tradition during the late Ancient/early Middle Ages -- just not written down/translated until much later. Also, especially for China, a lot of nonfiction history that is called "Ancient" is really set during this early Middle Ages time period.

    Another thought is to look at a few history timelines, pull out ideas of major people, and look for biographies or historical fiction about them that would work for your ages. (Adult historical fiction often includes adult topics, so you'd want to preview...)

    BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.

    4th century (300-400)
    - ?

    5th century (400-500)
    - Britain = King Arthur (Pyle) -- classic literature
    - Roman Britain = Black Horses for the King (McCaffrey) -- historical fiction; King Arthur
    - Roman Britiain = The Lantern Bearers (Sutcliffe) -- historical fiction

    6th century (500-600)
    - China = Royal Diaries: Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South (Yep)
    - Korea = Royal Diaries: Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars (Holman)

    7th century (600-700)
    - Britain = Beowulf (Morpurgo retelling, or other retelling) -- classic Anglo-Saxon literature, written between 600-900AD

    8th century (700-800)
    - Middle East = Arabs in the Golden Age -- nonfiction (flourished from 8th-14th centuries)
    - Africa = The Empire of Ghana (Green) -- nonfiction; (empire ran from 300-1200AD, but esp. flourished 700-1000AD)
    - Mesoamerica = Royal Diaries: Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal (Kirwan) -- historical fiction/real person
    - France = Son of Charlemagne (Willard) -- historical fiction/real person

    9th century (800-900)
    - Middle East = Arabs in the Golden Age -- nonfiction (flourished from 8th-14th centuries)
    - Africa = The Empire of Ghana (Green) -- nonfiction; (empire ran from 300-1200AD, but esp. flourished 700-1000AD)
    - Mesoamerica = Well of Sacrifice (Eboch) -- historical fiction, Mayan culture

    Thank you Lori! I always appreciate your posts. I’ll look through these ideas and see what my library has.

    Your “confused” reaction was completely warranted. LOL I was confusing myself at that point. I think I was on my fourth edit of the post and/or title and was completely confused myself! I was definitely overthinking and then I started mixing up dates and time periods in my head and wasn’t sure if my question was making sense. So I just deleted it. I just needed to take a break, I think. Anyway…thanks again!  

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  10. This conversation about fetal cell use in vaccine production is a good one to have, I’m sure, but that wasn’t my question. I was actually just wondering if anyone knows whether J&J is at all effective against delta. I suppose I could go look for that information myself but I’ve been busy and the women here are usually so informed I thought maybe I could save myself the trouble. One more shot and I guess then I’ll have to stop being lazy and go do my own research. So….does anyone know how effective J&J is against delta? My friends’ hesitation could POSSIBLY be because of fetal cell use, but I don’t actually know that it is. 

    Also, does anyone know how close novavax is to being approved? Or how it’s looking against delta? 

  11. 29 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

    Do you know why they are opposed to Johnson and Johnson?

    Possibly because of fetal cells but I don’t know if that would be an issue with Novavax as well. Primarily, these friends are among the vaccine hesitant who are now considering getting off the fence and getting a vaccine. The J&J would be a first choice (among approved vaccines) but if it doesn’t have any effectiveness against delta it seems kind of pointless as delta is responsible for the vast majority of cases around here. 

  12. Does anyone know how the J&J is holding up against delta? I’ve seen reports about how “they” think pfizer is doing but nothing about J&J. 

    Also, has anyone heard anything new about novavax? When it might be approved? How it does against delta? Last I heard it was highly effective, comparable to the initial effectiveness of mRNA vaccines, but with significantly reduced side effects. I believe I read that it was extremely effective against variants as well but I don’t know if delta was one of them. I read an article about it a few weeks ago (that I can’t find now) suggesting this might be the better vaccine option once approved. I know several people who are hesitant to take an mRNA vaccine that would happily take this option if it was available. 

  13. Deleted because I’ve been planning for next school year non-stop for days and I no longer know what I’m talking about or what I actually need. I’m going to come up with a loose plan and then wing it for the rest. Ha! 

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  14. I’m going to be working through IEW’s Writing Research Papers with my high schoolers this year. The beginner level uses pre-chosen articles on Social Media for the first “research” paper. Am I missing something regarding finding these articles? Are they all together somewhere? They don’t seem to all be in the book. Only a few. Or am I just supposed to find them all online. Not a big deal, I guess, but if I’m missing an easier way I’d love to avoid the extra work. 

  15. We like ear cuffs here. I don’t find that they hurt if I adjust the tightness to fit my ear. All of my daughters and I wear them for an “edgy” look but without the commitment of a cartilage piercing. One of DDs has one that connects to a matching earring with a chain that she wears if she wants something a little more bold. 

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  16. 9 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

    I guess they aren't lying, per se, they are just not following CDC guidelines. But you're right that there's no reason to assume people are, and lots of us don't follow them in many other parts of our lives. (I like my eggs over easy, for example 😛 . ) 

    And I have no intention of giving up raw cookie dough! Ha! 

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  17. 17 minutes ago, kokotg said:



    If someone starts a thread asking how people will respond to the CDC announcement and three people immediately say, "I'll stop having my unvaccinated children wear masks" I think it's pretty safe to assume that they were actually answering the question about how they'll respond to the CDC announcement. If they're not, it's really on them to say that. The CDC announcement did not change masking guidelines for children.

    MAYBE the people who responded saying that they would no longer require their under 12s to mask come from states that already don’t have a mask mandate for anyone regardless of vaccination status (there are quite a few from my understanding). Perhaps they had decided as a family to mask anyway, per CDC guidelines, regardless of what their state was or was not mandating. But now that the CDC guidelines have changed again, and a large majority in their state will no longer be masking, maybe they’ve just decided to let their unvaccinated children go maskless as well. No longer following CDC guidance, but also not breaking any of their state’s rules. 

    I don’t live in a state without a mask mandate so none of this applies to me, just thinking we could give people the benefit of the doubt rather than assuming they plan to lie. 

  18. 49 minutes ago, Terabith said:

    A little girl I taught in preschool, who is now 8, caught covid and had minor symptoms but afterwards lost the ability to walk.  That seems like a pretty major thing.  

    This happens to kids with other viruses too though. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen more often with covid (I haven’t looked in to it so I don’t know what the incidence rate is), but it’s also not unique to covid. The daughter of a friend of mine experienced this after getting a common cold several years ago. She was treated and eventually regained her ability to walk but will regress sometimes when she catches other minor childhood illnesses. 

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  19. 53 minutes ago, AbcdeDooDah said:

    What do you all think of the head of the WHO now calling vaccinating children in rich nations while other nations go without a “moral catastrophe?”

    I completely agree. Wealthy nations like ours hoarding vaccine to vaccinate low risk populations while impoverished nations have people dying in the streets due to lack of vaccine is immoral and unethical. I’m all for vaccinating high risk people of all ages in wealthier nations. I also support continuing our research on lower age groups so that the at risk in those groups can receive a vaccine as soon as it’s proven safe. But I don’t agree with vaccinating younger people with no risk factors while poor countries have nothing. 97% of deaths in this country are in ages 45+ (according to our governor yesterday). We could end this pandemic worldwide so much faster if we sent vaccine to places like India rather than vaccinating those under 30 or 40 in our country (those younger and at high risk excepted of course, and maybe even those who share a household with them). We should be be sending vaccine to hard hit and poor countries where the healthcare systems are crumbling instead of vaccinating our healthy teenagers and young adults. 

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  20. 2 hours ago, Kassia said:

    Maybe I shouldn't have posted that - I'm not familiar at all with the new points system and don't know how the free foods work. 


    There are a lot of free foods on purple. All fruit and vegetables (including potatoes), eggs, chicken, fish, non fat dairy, beans, brown rice, oatmeal...It’s definitely possible to eat well with the free foods but it’s not always easy. I think the green plan only has fruit and vegetables (not including potatoes) free. You get more points, but not enough in my opinion. I think I would be hungry all the time if I was doing green. Blue is somewhere in the middle. I tried it for a while but it just wasn’t a good combination of free foods/points for me. 

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  21. 7 hours ago, Kassia said:

    23 points seems way too low.  No wonder you were starving.

    How does a continuous glucose monitor work?  Maybe I should look this up...

    I only get 16 points a day, and 28 weekly, on Purple. There’s enough free foods that it’s doable without leaving me hungry. It takes a lot of work though to put together meals that are low in points but also fill me up.

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  22. 9 hours ago, Alicia64 said:

    Down fifteen in nine months is a huge accomplishment! I truly believe: the slower, the better.

    I tried to look at plateaus as my body needing time to adjust to my new weight. (If I lost too fast, my body would think, she's starving!!, take control and dunk me in ice cream until I gained the weight back.)



    I have tried to think this way too. I don’t want to destroy my metabolism or mess up my hormones in an attempt to lose weight, so slow is probably better. Losing a little, then maintaining that, then losing a little more will hopefully give my body time to adjust to a new, lower weight and keep my metabolism running. I’m not willing to severely cut calories to lose weight. I don’t think it’s healthy and it certainly doesn’t fit my lifestyle.   So I’m trying to be content and happy with a slow loss and gradually changing over my lifestyle to be healthier. 

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  23. I’m forever “up and down”. I’ll have a good week where I stay on track, cook all the healthy, filling, low point foods, walk every day, and lose a pound or two, then I’ll have an off week where I gain a pound back. Ugh. Usually it’s just because it takes so much thought and effort to really do it right. Right now, at the end of the school year, I’m running short on the energy to put that kind of thought and effort in. I keep reminding myself though that I AM down a consistent 15 pounds from when I started 9 months ago. It’s not huge progress but it IS progress. 

    Last week was a “down” week so I’m expecting a gain when I get on the scale this morning. I’m going to try to turn that around this week. 

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  24. What plan are you on? Are eggs free? Non-fat Greek yogurt? We have our main meal at lunch because my DH works second shift so a common dinner for me is something like 3 “fried” eggs over sautéed vegetables with fruit mixed into plain Greek yogurt makes a filling zero point meal. Or 2 points if I cook the eggs in butter. I also don’t have a problem using my weekly points to make my meals work for me. I’m going for a lifestyle change and that doesn’t include being hungry all the time. So I’m fine using weekly or fit points for a meal with a friend, a small piece of a treat one of my kids made, or just being satisfied with my meals on a daily basis. And as I go I’m learning how to make my meals healthier overall and support my health, fitness, and weight loss goals. I’m trying to stay in a “marathon” mindset rather than a “sprint” one. It’s a work in progress. 

    I had a smoothie for breakfast. Whole milk, nonfat yogurt, spinach, banana, berries. 4 points

    Lunch was whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and sauce and salad with yogurt dressing. Total of 8 points. 

    I think dinner will be eggs, with whatever veg and fruit I have in the fridge. Zucchini and sweet potato maybe. I have 4 points left for the day so I have room to play around a little. 

    A few months ago there was a thread here about eating a certain number of varieties of produce a week. I don’t remember what the goal number was but I’ve tried to up my produce intake ever since by just counting how many I eat. And it works great for filling out WW meals with zero point, healthy foods that help fill me up. So far this week I’ve had:

    Fruit: Apple, green grapes, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, banana, pineapple, and lemon.

    Veg: White potato, sweet potato, red, yellow, and green onion, garlic, broccoli, spinach, radishes, green beans, red and yellow bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, peas, purple cabbage, carrot, zucchini, and a salad mix with 10 or so varieties of greens. 

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