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Above The Rowan

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  1. If its available to you (I’m in Canada and I know some meds here are not available in the US) - zopiclone has been a lifesaver for me and my insomnia. The first time I took it, I slept that night like I hadn’t slept in ages. It isn’t cumulative so it works the first time you take it. I had crystal clear sleep, no grogginess the next day or nausea. I woke up to my alarm in the morning, maybe had to blink a few extra times (though, looking back I think it was more from the fact that I had slept for the first time, for real, in months), but up and at it with no lasting after effects. I started on a very low dose, 5 mg and that was plenty for me. I take it as needed. For me, I was REALLY anxious (i have generalized anxiety disorder, biggest trigger is medical fears) that I would not be able to get up inthe night, or if someone needed me I’d be unavailable. Honestly, if I am woken in the night by the phone or a kiddo who needs me, my head clears very quickly and I don’t feel ‘intoxicated’ or unable to function. And, most times, if I do wake up for whatever reason - I can go back to sleep almost immediately. It’s been a big win for me. I do take it ‘as needed’ but fairly regularly because I just am a nicer person when I get solid sleep. I haven’t had to increase my dosage and it still works the same as when I started taking it.
  2. Puck Bunnies are a very real thing. I first started watching this show bc I wanted to make fun of it since it looked like such a ridiculous idea for a show. Then I realized I quite enjoyed it. For my DH and I it’s fun to pick out which sub groups our various family members or friends might fall into. The Skids are my fave though, they CRACK ME UP.
  3. To my knowledge this decision has not been made yet. I wish we were not a part of the commonwealth, I feel VERY strongly that the monarchy ought to be totally dismantled. However, the fact remains that we are at the moment under the crown and if their family members live here (or visit here) we bear a significant burden of the cost. When Will and Kate last visited Canada, for I think it was about a week, it cost the RCMP alone upwards of 2 Million dollars to cover their security and travel safety. Then there’s our per capita amount we pay the crown - I think at last check, Canada pays 1.23 per capita to the Queen. Brits pay an average of $1.30 if I remember. So, the crown receives as much money almost from us as she does from her own British citizens. THAT makes me angry. Paying for security for M & H wouldn’t surprise me, and it’s not even ranking on the list of “Things That Upset Me About the Royals” and I suspect that paying for their security as they live a quiet life on the west coast, will cost MUCH less than we pay for them and other royals to visit here occasionally. I also suspect that once they live here, they’ll be forgotten about fairly quickly for the most part. We don’t tend to have a big obsession with famous peeps here in Canada. *shrug*
  4. I agree with this. One of my closest homeschooling friends are from Quebec, have lived in Ontario for a long time now with their family, and we still find there are some cultural differences as to things like speaking loudly, speaking very brusquely - and they are VERY ‘say what i think, no sugar coating’. It caught me off guard a bit when I first was getting to know her, and I swore she hated my guts for the first year we knew each other. But that’s just her way. Aside from that, I have never known anyone with a bigger heart or a bigger laugh, and man they are a FUNNY family - we always have such a blast when we hang out. My mother’s exhusband is from rural northern Quebec, and it was also a big culture shock when he merged into our family. His family would come to visit, and they CAN speak English, they all just chose not to. Even when my siblings and I are mostly angolophone, they would answer us in french when we spoke to them in English. They were VERY big proponents of keeping their French language and culture, and assumed it was the rest of Canada who should all make sure to speak French if they wanted to talk to them. Super snobby, they were. I lived in Ottawa for a number of years pre-kids, and had similar experiences with folks who would come across from Quebec. I was a server, and I would talk to them in English - they’d reply to me in French, and when I’d say in my battered-up French that I only understand a little, they’d get REALLY angry. This happened often enough that it was not a surprise to me after a few months of living in Ottawa. I think, too, sometimes people don’t realize how BIG some of our provinces are. And how isolated many towns and cities are from each other. Quebec, since we’re on that topic, is a very large province, but with a ton of small rural areas - so even regionally within the province there are big differences in culture and language and social behaviours. Same goes for Ontario - massive province in size - I can drive from my town in northern ontario for 18 hours and still not be at the north edge of my province. And it can’t be overstated how very very different each part of Ontario is from the others. I live, on the map, technically in upper central Ontario but we are considered “northern Ontario” because anything else north of us is SUPER isolated, and have very different lived experiences. Many communities further north than I am are fly-in only, or they are native communities, there are lots of timber and mining towns and camps. Folks who hail from those areas (and even in my area of ‘northern’ ontario) are very very different than people who’ve lived their lives south of my region.
  5. Can confirm. 🤣 Actually, there are quite a few peeps in my town who would qualify into the Degen category. But generally people are much more like the Hicks (and has-been never-were local hockey players who still want to be chased after by the Puck Bunnies lol). This thread made me go look for more seasons, and I realized I am 1.5 seasons behind so I’ve been binge watching it like crazy this week. Some episodes are lame, but some of them just get me rolling.
  6. Ive been reading this thread from the start, and I don’t actually often hit reply - but this comment made me laugh out loud for real. I live in the town where most of Letterkenny is filmed. That show is one of my faves and makes me laugh - mostly because it’s so terrifyingly accurate. The way they live, the things they do and say, is actual life in my area of Ontario (and from what I gather, also some small towns in rural prairie areas) I adore Letterkenney, and I feel strangely protective of it lol - but I do agree that it’s weird af.
  7. My 5th grader is working her way through Writing & Rhetoric, and it’s really lovely. Her writing has definitely benefited from it. She’s a strong writer naturally, so I feel like W&R is helping her polish her writing and find new ways to write more elegantly. We’re finishing Narrative 1 right now, and she and I both love it.
  8. Memoria Press isn’t secular, for sure. However, they do have their Charter site which is where I get most of my MP materials from and they seem to have done a good job of removing the religious content. I have not, however, used their Charter edition geography books yet but they’re on the plan for next year. The Geography 1 set (even from the Charter school line) still seems to have more religious stuff than I’d like - but levels 2 and 3 seem much better and look like they’ll be a solid geography curriculum (which we’ve not really ever done in a structured way because I could never find anything I liked). Worth taking a peek - it might still be not secular enough but I thought I’d throw it out there.
  9. We’ve moved into mostly Memoria Press this year, and I think next year the plan is for my youngest to hop into a full core package for 6th grade. We’re secular homeschoolers so we’ll use Charter/Public versions of whatever we can, which actually looks to be available for most of the components in the core 6th grade. All the important subjects have a Charter version, anyway. I’m still debating whether I want to move her into MP’s Classical Composition, too, or leave her working on Writing & Rhetoric since she seems to like it well enough. It might be less tweaking to just get her to do what comes with the MP box - she’s a very talented young writer and will likely do well no matter which composition program we choose. We’re in the midst of shuffling her math around, and right now just working on strengthening some areas. I have no idea what we’ll use for math next year. I don’t want to use the Rod & Staff math that comes in the MP core curriculum. She’s a good student, but isn’t super passionate about math really. She will happily work on whatever I ask her to work on but I just haven’t decided which direction to go in.
  10. My 8th grader will be moving into the 8th grade core package from Memoria Press. We’re going to use Charter/Public School versions where possible, since we prefer more secular materials, but will otherwise be using the full core as is. He’ll have to do Latin and Composition at the level he’s at, of course, which right now looks to be Second Form Latin and an accelerated plan to do Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim and Refutation/Confirmation. He’ll do AoPS Algebra for math, I think. Though, the MP package comes with Prentice-Hall Algebra so we may give that a whirl. That’s my loose plan right now. Things may change, but we’re feeling good about it at the moment.
  11. I am really enjoying the MP stuff. I am definitely looking forward to a day when they have full core levels from their Charter/PS editions. I’m finding their products so easy to teach from, so clean in their layout, and I do really appreciate the fact that everything is really cohesive and works so well together yet can easily be mixed and matched to whatever level you need. I wish I’d done MP from The get-go, though I never thought it would work as we’re a secular homeschooling family. I’m really grateful now for the Charter School edition materials. Even my more ‘resistant’ older kiddo is doing the work as asked. I think this might end up being a really great year for us, after a REALLY rocky start to the year.
  12. Misses: Oak Meadow 6 was a total no-go for us. We enjoyed it at the start, but I just couldn’t manage all the project-based kind of work. It was also hard to bounce from my younger doing OM and my older doing BYL Level 8 (although the book selections are excellent and will be on my son’s free read list for the year, and he can work through it at his pace and leisure). We scrapped BYL8 for my older, and kept the booklist. Hits: We decided to move to mostly MP, using their Charter edition materials. So far we’re loving it. 7th grader is using: First Form Latin, Traditional Logic 1, Book of Ancient Greeks + Iliad + Odyssey, and working on Poetry For the Grammar Stage with his sister during our poetry teatime. We’ve got a few other bits we’re rolling in but the MP Charter products have been a really big win for us. My 5th grader is using MP also: Grammar School Latin, Famous Men of Rome, and Poetry for Grammar Stage. She’s doing Writing & Rhetoric (about to move into book 3 soon), some BW-style writing projects, and loads of reading. Biggest hit is just getting both kids doing more similar style of work. That’s made my job much easier. The older doesn’t want to work alongside his sister for much, but at least having them doing similar products makes things more streamlined. Everyone seems much happier about the new path we’re on.
  13. We have the TG and the Student Quest book for Aristotle Leads the Way. I think the TG was more expensive than it ended up being worth in the end. Though, if you feel you need the answer key to the Student Quest book, then you may find you want the TG. That is the only thing I ended up using it for, when I did use it. I found it very geared to a classroom or group learning environment. The Student book was fun, however. My son would just sort of pick from it when he wanted to dig in to a chapter a bit more. If he didn't feel like doing it, I didn't push it either. It made a nice "filler inner" to go with the text. We enjoyed the student quest book quite a lot.
  14. I was hoping to use UM Year 7 with my oldest this school year, but back when I was ready to start ordering resources and getting the plans down, Year 7 still wasn't released. So we opted for a year of BYL8 (my son loves science, so I thought this would be a nice year for him since BYL8 focuses on history of science) and I'm pretty glad we decided to go this way. I think I may move him into UM7 next year, but he wouldn't have been ready for it this year, I don't think. I'm hopeful that the authors of UM are able to get back at it soon. I'd love to see their schedules - but I do know that they've had some life stuff come up that has put the brakes on production for a while. I think, if I were ready to use it and the schedules weren't out yet, I would probably just use something like the A Delectable Education scheduling cards and slot in the titles from Ursa Minor. I saw the booklist for UM7 and thought it looked like an awful lot, but spread out over the terms I think it would actually be alright. I haven't sat down to figure out what that would look like, though, since we opted for another curric this year. I'm interested to see their recommendations for non-US families. I do remember seeing that they plan to offer alternatives to replace some things for those of us not living in the US. I LOVE the look of Ursa Minor, and when I saw their high school outline I practically begged my kids to keep homeschooling through high school (one of my kids is hoping to do an IB program at a local public school for his high school years, and I'm already sad about it and he's only in 7th grade lol).
  15. My oldest is starting BYL8 tomorrow. He's looking forward to it, but it will be a pretty full year by the looks of it. For the first week of school we are just doing BYL8,nothing added (except math) and no Morning Time yet. Just getting a feel for what the workload will be like for BYL8 first. Next week we have a 4-day week because of a science center outing, so that will be a "just BYL" week as well, as we see how it works out trying to do it in 4 days instead of 5. He wants to do as much of it independently as he can, but we will work together on the writing assignments (he is not a strong writer, but working on it) and obviously the dictation will be done with me. Mostly he just wants to go through each day's checklist and work until he's finished.
  16. I went through this. I told my primary care that while I understand her reasoning for not wanting me to keep taking lorazepam for night anxiety/insomnia, it's me who has to cope with zero sleep and anxiety through the roof (which is exacerbated by poor sleep in my case, so just a couple nights of low/no sleep can trigger really intense anxiety for a week or so). Our agreement was that the lorazepam (0.5 mg before bed) was working. And if, at any point, I felt like that low dose was no longer effective then I would wean off it and try something else. And that's what we did, ultimately. I used the 0.5 lorazepam for probably 2 years, with regular check-ins to keep my doctor posted as to how I was feeling about it. About six months ago, I noticed I was not sleeping as well, and the Ativan didn't feel like it was doing the trick anymore at that dosage - so, I went in to see my doctor and now we're pursuing other options. In the interim, I'm taking 5mg of zopiclone to sleep which we also don't wantme on long term, but I have kids to raise and a life to live and for me sleep is a huge priority. So, I'm taking this for now, while keeping our eye out for other treatment possibilities. I'm REALY sensitive to meds, so the lowest possible dose of anything usually works for me for a good long while.
  17. Other: They smell really pretty, and a nice scent or aroma in the home can help me calm down a bit. But I don't think they really do anything besides just smell nice.
  18. Troy: Fall of a City is on Netflix, and I binge watched it this weekend. It's got some sex scenes but nothing crazy. I've been really disappointed with any of the Ancient Greece films/shows I've watched but this one surprised me - it was pretty good.
  19. If I don't think it'll cause a major accident, I honk. Then again, I live in Ontario and it's zero tolerance here for ANY distracted driving. It used to be focused on 'texting', but has recently been changed to anything that is distracting the driver. So...GPS, opening a coffee, phone for any reason, all are treated the same way. My Mom's GPS unit (she has the one that you can suction cup to your windshield so it kind of sits on your dash) slipped and she grabbed it and was trying to get it to just sit on the dash til she could pull over to reattach it. She got pulled over and was given a (hefty) ticket for distracted driving. I feel like it might have been in the $500+ range, and she lost demerit points on her license. I have an uncle who is an officer for the Ontario Provincial Police, and we were chatting about this. I said "texting while driving" was a stupid charge - my kids are far more distracting to me when I'm driving than any device ever would be. He said you could technically get pulled over if a cop saw you hollering at your kids or passing them something or digging in a diaper bag for something or whatever. If it's taking your attention off the road, you can get ticketed. We've had police officers go on the city transit bus, and they'll watch drivers at red lights for phone use. If they see it, they have another officer in a car ready to pull them over. I've been literally run off the road (with a 4 month old in the backseat at the time) by a distracted driver. I have zero patience for people who can't drive responsibly.
  20. I'm in Ontario Canada. About 6 hrs drive north of Toronto. I grew on the east coast of Canada (Newfoundland).
  21. Mine's in my signature. I'm just dusting it off after a big long break (needed to refocus some priorities around here). I used to try to write more regularly, now I write when the inspiration strikes or if I come across something I really want to share.
  22. Yeah I'd like to share it too, but I'd say a good half of my friends/family are somehow involved in some MLM or another. Like I said upthread, I sold tea via MLM. I just loved the product, drank a lot of tea, so did my friends, and so I ended up getting to where I was making legitimate side-gig money. Enough to pay for homeschool curric, pay some bills, etc. Eventually I gained access to the "group director inner sanctum" - and that's when I clued in just how predatory these businesses really are. "We" were making some really serious cash, and meanwhile the sales reps who were 'downline' from us on our teams were scrambling and hustling and oftentimes going into debt to keep their businesses afloat. When I saw the 'upper level' side of it all, I was really disgusted. With the whole business practice, and with myself for falling for it. I quit not long after "making it" to the director level, and people thought I was nuts. I just couldn't stomach it anymore. It's all so full fake-y fake-y positivity and bull**it that I just walked away. It was hard to do after investing time, and finally making an actual bit of money from it, and I genuinely LOVED the products. But after "party planning trainings" and "team building trainings" and all that other nonsense, I just felt ick about it all. I read a few chapters of that blog linked above, and it just really hammered home how stupid it feels to have fallen for it. I see my friends falling for it, and I tell them "its not what you think, here's why I quit", but they don't want to hear it.
  23. They're predatory. And I say this as someone who ran a (fairly) successful MLM thing for a couple of years. I sold tea, my friends all drink tea, and it was a super low-pressure gig. I posted on my personal fb wall recently about some sleep and anxiety issues I was having. Just venting, to my friends, not even asking for help. Just...sharing an experience. Within MINUTES I had 3 or 4 private messages from "friends" who "wanted to help". One was selling Plexus. I love her dearly as a friend, and I know that it's very easy to get caught up in an MLM and you try and try not to sell to friends or push too hard - but all of a sudden you find yourself spending LOTS of money just to "stay in your level" and you get desperate. I've been there (I also once tried, briefly, to do the Beachbody thing and it was a DISASTER! Financially and stress-level wise, it was just not workable). So I try to be understanding, but firm, when my friends hit me up. I've done the training, I've felt the excitement of it when you 'get promoted'. But I know the sales tactics. So it feels even more disgusting when someone sees your very real health/mental struggles and just leeches on to that. Like...lady if it was even in the REALM OF POSSIBILITY for me to drink some stupid magic elixir and make my problems disappear, do you not think I'd have done it by now?? I'm not broken, and I don't need your magic pill/drink/shake/vitamins that will not only NOT fix my issues but it will break my bank account. It's gross. It's just really...crappy when someone who knows you and cares about you suddenly starts to use your problems so THEY can make money and keep their stupid crappy businesses afloat. Gross.
  24. Yes, it's basically 'just' a schedule. But also a well-considered, robust booklist, plus lists of extra resources (documentaries etc) Curricula like this are serving a need - not everyone wants to take the time to research and put together a booklist and resources. Not to mention the time it takes to then sit down and sort them all out into a week-by-week schedule. A lot of curricula take this approach.
  25. She wants to do life science but isn't a fan of the usual workbooky kind of science. She loves ancient history and we like the look of some of the projects they suggest for that and I like that LA is intertwined with the history (and she's a very strong writer so that will appeal to her). She reads voraciously, it's like breathing for her, so I'm not worried that she won't get in enough lit. We will also be working in some BW Arrow issues too, I think, which should help to round out that part of it. I have wanted to use OM (and, in fact, have purchased OM many years) but always ended up second guessing myself and just sticking to what we know (CM/classical kind of style). I feel this coming year, what she wants and is asking for just all seems to line up nicely with the OM6 syllabus.
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