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Noreen Claire

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  1. Could I get an invite, please? I have an alleged adult living in my basement. 😒
  2. Hugs, Mama. I was like your daughter, going from long lovely hair to a buzz cut. I've actually done that dozens of times, though many, many fewer as I have gotten older. I have never enjoyed alcohol, never done drugs, and didn't smoke so, for me, shaving my head was therapy. It was the way I dealt with frustration, anxiety, or feeling smothered. I followed with nose/tongue piercings, which I have let close as I got older. At the time, my mother was very unhappy with my decisions. However, she now jokes about it and likes to tell people about how radical I was. 🤣 Good luck to you both.
  3. I only started knitting two years ago, but I only knit with Chiaogoo metal needles. I have mostly circular (not interchangeable), with some DPNs. I like them, they are slippery and fast! I tried to use plastic/wood needles before, but just didn't like them.
  4. I keep my library books either in my desk or in top of a bookshelf. Books checked out for school are on the top shelves of the school bookshelf. We have two baskets next to each other in the living room for the kids to keep their library books, one for picture books and one for smaller books. Books are scattered *everywhere* in my house. If someone (usually just DS10) takes a book into the car, it needs to come back out when we get home. Other than that, we have no real rules about how many books someone can have at a time, they all usually just end up in 'the library box'. FWIW, we currently have 120+ books checked out. We have lost only one book in recent memory, and it turned up under a couch after I paid for it. (We did pay for two other books this year, after an unfortunate bout of car sickness and a water mishap.)
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    For future reference, she should be aware that antibiotics can interfere with birth control pills, rendering them ineffective, and she should use a back-up method of birth control for the remainder of that pill pack. The reason I know this turns 24 next month...
  6. My SIL has a pair of those, in white. She only wore them to the beach, she had a pair of regular Birks for everyday wear. FWIW, the white ones looked like they were turning yellow. Ick.
  7. It's $2+ per gallon, supermarket brand, around me in the northeast. We pay $3.25/half gallon for nearly-organic local milk, delivered every Tuesday, plus delivery fee. I do end up having to buy another gallon every weekend to get us through to delivery day, and usually spent about $3 for a brand name gallon. My fridge isn't big enough for all the milk my family goes through. 😕
  8. DH works two jobs so that I can say home. Homeschool is my responsibility; I am the one who decides curriculum, plans lessons, teaches, and deals with the paperwork. DH helps with his areas of expertise (astronomy, physics, Greek, Latin, and chatechism) if /when I ask. He listens to me complain/brag and bankrolls everything. DH is a high school teach/adjunct professor, so on weekends and during summer he takes the lead in laundry, dishes, and general housecleaning. During the school week, household chores fall on me.
  9. It's hard to say. He does well with the exercises. We are ramping up the writing output this year, so I guess we will see soon if it's working out not.
  10. We've done Killgallon Sentence Composing for elementary after finishing WWE3 in 3rd, and have just started Sentence Composing for Middle. We do it almost completely orally, so it goes pretty quickly. I'm hoping to also get through most of Paragraph Composing for Middle this year (5th).
  11. There is a list of recommendations put out by SWB, but I can never seem to be able to link to it. If you Google "WWE and WWS explanation" your should find it. I'll try to attach it here. WWEandWWSexplanation(1).pdf
  12. Oh! Alan Doerr and Ken Levasseur were my instructors in my undergrad! Both really, really nice guys. I think I actually took Discrete Math with Prof. Doerr.
  13. I think we (I) need a way to keep track of how long someone is (or is supposed to be) working on a subject during the school day. I'm also trying to leave my cellphone in another room, so I'm not distracted. The dining room doesn't have a clock; should I just get a clock or should I get myself (each kid?) a timer? Do you use timers in your homeschool, and is there one you really like? Thanks for any input.
  14. I usually say, "ALL THE PROFANITY!" I used to swear a lot. A. Lot. Catholic school taught me most of it. 😉
  15. DS2 (3 in October) has finally stopped nursing. We had been down to only at nap times, and not even every day, and then we went away for last week with family, and he was too busy with cousins to have any interest. I've been putting him down on the couch with an audiobook the last few days, and he's been taking a nap without needing to nurse first. The last time must have been sometime two weeks ago. I'm sad this part of my life is over now. I nursed my first baby almost 24 years ago! I've been nursing for pretty much the past 10+ years (the last 7+ nonstop), through multiple pregnancies, through tandem-nursing babies and toddlers, through several miscarriages, through way too much sleep deprivation and a 40lb weight gain. I'm glad to have (that small part of my) body back! I just am sad that I can't remember the last time. Now, if he could just sleep through the night and give up diapers....
  16. Does anyone use an app to keep a list of homeschool book titles? I would love to be able to scan UPCs or enter ISBNs and have it populate a list automatically. Anyone have something they can recommend? Thanks!
  17. If the boy has been diagnosed with hypospadias, the surgery can be later in life (elementary/middle) and can involve using the circumcised skin to make the necessary repairs.
  18. Oh! We have half a dozen other of those books! How did I miss that one?!?! Thank you!
  19. We will start the year in science studying dinosaurs & paleontology. Can anyone recommend some good dinosaur science books for 5th grade, 2nd grad, and K? Thanks!
  20. Has anyone used ANKI cards for spelling with their children? DS10 will be using Spelling Workout E this year, and I was considering setting up an ANKI deck for him to use for review. He's going to be using ANKI for Portuguese and Latin, as well. I guess that I could (maybe - I haven't tried yet) record the words and have him type them out on the computer. How else have you used ANKI for spelling?
  21. I always borrow from the library (usually through inter-library loan) to compare before I buy.
  22. For DS10, who did BA3 through 5, he would start by reading an entire chapter in the guidebook one day and then working for +/- 45 minutes each day on the problems in the workbook. He would occasionally reread a section in the guide, but not often. For DS7, who just started BA2, he's reading one section of a chapter and then working through the problems that go along with the section, working for about +/- 30 minutes/day until the section is finished.
  23. I saw a video clip of him apologizing to fans, saying that he was as upset as everyone else but he understood the need for Logan to go. I thought he had the best character development and story arc of anyone on the show. Was definitely a contrast to Veronica, who hasn't seemed to grow/mature much at all. And I like her!
  24. I've adored Logan since his mother died. He was the only one with the wit and sarcasm to match Veronica's. Duncan was... spoiled and childish. Piz was nice, but too plain. Leo is *yummy*, but too easy. Logan was perfect for Veronica, IMO. At least the didn't have her break his heart. Again.
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