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  1. Agreeing with what everyone else said. I went through this a year ago. It's a weird place to be. Particularly if you have homeschooled for a long time. For me, the pandemic has sort of kept me on hold for the past year too. If you can, I highly suggest you just let the situation be what it is. Don't fight it and panic that you don't have the next thing planned. I think many people rush right into the next thing, without taking the time to be still and enjoy the mountain-top. I liked homeschooling, and I miss it in some ways. But it is really nice to have accomplish
  2. We did it for the first few years of DD's life and it was a logistical PITA. Now it would be impossible. DH worked full time, so I had to bring him in and pick him up 2-3 times a week and literally stay home the other days. So it was "doable" in the sense that DD had nothing going on at that point in her life, and I could stay home a couple of days a week. But things would come up, like we have to get our cars inspected every year (or the 27 random other things...sudden doctor visits etc). The second car is priceless in these situations, when your alternative is to wait at the me
  3. I don't think you're a wimp at all. I have so much work I need to get done, insert loooooong story here, and I am terrified. It always goes badly, and I just hate it. So yeah, I get it. And good for you!
  4. I have never heard this theory before! I like Billy Joel, and I like this song, and I don't care if it is a gay bar....but I am having a hard time believing the song was meant to be THAT deep. I think the guy "who never had time for a wife" was pretty obvious, even at the time. But, it certainly fun to speculate.
  5. I think it's a letter opener! We had one like that (with a hole in the top) when I was a kid. Letters, BTW, are paper documents that we used to send instead of emails, 100 years ago when I was a child....🤣
  6. Because the chat board reaches a wider audience, and fulfills a greater need now. Things have changed so much in 20 years. When I first read the original WTM, it was SO much more "DIY". It was hard to sometimes figure out how to do things. You didn't have easy access to educational items, and so many of them just didn't exist at the time. Homeschooling was still considered a weird fringe thing too. I didn't know anyone IRL who homeschooled when my dd was a toddler. My family was horrible about it, and never accepted it. I felt completely alone and overwhelmed. I never fou
  7. I ordered a fridge 3 months ago, and it's been delayed twice already. My fridge is old and not doing well, and we have a tiny kitchen with only 1 possible smaller spot for it so we don't have many options in normal times. I've heard stories of people having their fridge die and having to go months without one.
  8. At first I was upset because no one on this thread seems concerned with what color the alleged crockpot is. I mean, priorities people. But then, someone brought up "cupcake mix". You should all lose your denim jumpers over the mere thought of using a mix. I need to go calm down now and watch something relaxing, like a debate.
  9. I agree with this. It's just hard to discern sometimes if someone is actually taking advantage or not. The OP is obviously more intimately involved with the person and a better judge of the situation though.
  10. That's my thinking too. So maybe she doesn't need the food. But could she use someone checking in on her every day? Because then she's not taking advantage of the program.
  11. On a personal level, if I knew this person it would probably irritate me. BUT, it's my understanding that MOW also exists to sort of keep on eye on people that live alone. I volunteer at a food charity, and I've just decided to take the attitude that the majority of people really need the food and to just not worry about the minority that don't and are possibly taking advantage. If that helps you any.
  12. I was thinking either Dueling Banjos or Santa Baby, but I am afraid they would LOVE IT and beg me to blare it constantly.
  13. OHHH, now I know where my former neighbors moved 🤣! Seriously, the noise has been out of control in my neighborhood. Our neighbors had a HORRIBLE dog. And they would let it out at 1 am, 5 am, 11 pm, you name it and it would bark its head off. Every time I went into my yard to go to the car, take out the trash, or I don't know USE my yard it would bark it's head off and throw itself at my fence! For like, a half hour! I spoke to them, I was incredibly nice, and they had "NO IDEA the dog was doing that!" Bull****! This isn't a yip, or 2 minutes of barking! There is NO WAY y
  14. I think you have to be in a mental space where you can handle it. You need mental resources to lose weight and eat better. I don't think it's good to justify being overweight by saying you are too busy or whatever. But, I also think there are times in life where you are just overwhelmed, and simply not GAINING weight is a real accomplishment. This summer I've lost a lot of the weight I've been trying to lose since I had my dd. Part of it was just from anxiety, which isn't healthy. But, part of it was being done homeschooling my dd and finally having some energy to put toward
  15. I really think the key to growing a bumper crop of mint is to hate it, and be actively trying to get rid of it. Maybe you just need an attitude change...🤣
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