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Noreen Claire

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  1. I've lost 25+ lbs since April with IF. I have been doing anywhere from 18 hour (daily) to 42 hour (twice/week) fasts, depending on how I'm feeling. The longer fasts really help keep my sugar cravings in check. I've relaxed a bit this month plus I've had a lot of emotional eating because my grandmother passed away last week. I'm planning to get a bit stricter after the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! I would like to lose 5-10 more pounds before my annual physical in January. I'm expecting improved blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers.

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  2. I have a full set of really nice metal measuring cups and spoons, including odd sized ones (think 2/3 cup, 1.5 cup, 2 tsp, & 2 tbsp). They are really really useful, and I've hung them prominently in my kitchen because I love them. 🤣

    These aren't exactly the same (I bought mine a few years back), but you get the idea:|odd size measuring cups|4

  3. 1 hour ago, Thatboyofmine said:

    I want to call or text her girls and tell them to get their shit together and tag team or whatever and get down here.

    Do this. Now. You have gone way above and way beyond. You are a wonderful friend and neighbor, but you also need to take care of you!

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  4. First it's Bellatrix Lestrange as Princess Margaret and now it will be Dolores Umbridge as Queen Elizabeth? The Harry Potter villains are taking over the royal family!

    (I haven't been able to start season 3 yet - can't wait!)

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  5. Could it be sebhorric dermatitis, rather than eczema? That's what I have. Sometimes itchy, sometimes flaky, the worst when it's weepy. I get flare-ups when I'm stressed, hormonal, or scratch at it. It was so bad at one point that my ear was infected and it was impacting my hearing in one ear.

    My dermatologist said to scrub with a wet washcloth to get the flakes/crust off, and use a dandruff shampoo on my outer ear. I can also use cortisone cream or an athlete's foot/jock itch cream. She gave me an RX for when it's really bad. I also second the allergy nasal spray to help ease symptoms.

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  6. Rather than go full-keto (I also feel violent after completely giving up sugar/carbs for a few days), you can also read about intermittent fasting. I've personally found it much, much easier to implement. You can read anything by Dr. Jason Fung. I've lost 25+lbs since April and am hoping my insulin/cholesterol levels will be lower when I have them tested again in January.

  7. 1 hour ago, livetoread said:

    . They would love the south facing bookcase

    Sorry, it's a bookcase on the south wall, facing an interior north wall. It will get zero direct sunlight.


    Thank you, everyone, for the recommendations! I will do some research and maybe show him some pictures so he can tell me more of what he likes. Thanks again!

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  8. DS5 has asked for a plant for his bedroom for Christmas. It is the thing that he wants most of all, even more than a remote control car. I have a fairly brown thumb, so, I need recommendations for what kind of plant to get him. He will want to care for it himself. The options for a plant in his room are: 

    1. Hanging in an east-facing window, very close to a steam radiator.
    2. Hanging in a south-facing window with direct, unfiltered sunlight. (We live in New England, if that matters.)
    3. On a bookshelf on the south wall, with no direct sunlight.

    Please, can you recommend a small-ish, green plant, with or without flowers, that is relatively easy to care for and will thrive in one of those three locations?

  9. DS10 had been fairly asymptomatic from his PANDAS issues for (maybe) 18-24 months, but the last few months, since mid-summer, have been just frustrating. He's anxious and can be panicky, needing to be in the same room with me and checking often if I'm still there if we are in other rooms (like, if he's watching tv and I'm knitting in the living room). Plus, the repetitive motions and tics (that aren't so bad that other people notice them, but I am with him ALL DAY,  EVERY DAY, so I notice them, and he does, too).

    Any thing at all that can cause inflammation seems to set him off.  First it was a allergies, then a loose tooth that took forever to fall out, then an infected finger nail, and then another tooth! On top of it all, he's getting hormonal and has been growing like crazy (he's +/-95th percentile for height & weight) and grew FOUR shoe sizes this year. I've found antihistamines and Advil help when it's bad, plus I've been trying to get his daily vitamin and adding in vit D now that it's so damn dark. We're adding weights in, and he's prescribed himself more outside time and chores, because he knows that it helps.

    Thankfully, this is nowhere near as bad as it was when it was BAD (summer 3 years ago). Here's to hoping that it calms down again soon.

  10. I'm starting to think about Christmas gifts. DS7 has been coding/building/playing with my Dad once a week for a year, and he has varying amounts of experience with Scratch, Python, a Raspberry Pi,  and a Micro:bit. He is currently working through the 2nd Python course on I am considering a monthly subscription box from, which is having a sale through tomorrow. Does anyone have any experience with this specific subscription service? (I know it says it recommended for middle schoolers, but DS7 is obsessed and a very good reader.)

    My other option is to just buy him a book (he's borrowed dozens from the library, he probably has a favorite) and an electronics/robotics starter kit online. My Dad says that the Raspberry Pi they work with at his house belongs to DS7, so I could go with that or buy him a Micro:bit set-up to work with at home. Anyone have any recommendations for me? Thanks.

  11. 1 hour ago, vonfirmath said:

    When you go to grab it the second or third time, it's time to buy your own copy?

    I have done this with Lego titles and coding books for DS7. When he takes it home every.single.time we go to the library, it's time to buy!


    40 minutes ago, HomeAgain said:

    My library recently came to the decision that they want to reduce the number of books so that there are more seating areas and you can see across the stacks.  I went in today and just about cried.  They started in the children's non-fiction.  Half empty shelves (down to 2 per case).  Hardly anything on topic.  There were 3 total books on the civil rights era left from an entire shelf-full. The board's reasoning is that you can always ask for what you need and they will interlibrary loan it, but oh!  So much is lost!
    I filled my arms with discarded books today and they are being rescued to my home library.

    This makes me want to cry! 


    19 minutes ago, SereneHome said:

    Next year I am giving  kids book budget every qtr and will let them decide. 

    This is a great idea! If I can ask, what ages are your kids and what ballpark do you think your book budgets will be? (Feel free to not answer my money question.)


    13 minutes ago, Matryoshka said:

    When I used to put booklists together for my kids, I would do all the initial searching on Amazon, which does have the 'if you liked this, you'll like this other book', and it's actually reasonably good.  Also, Amazon lets you search by topic, not just author or title.  Then I would go with my list of titles and order from the library. 

    I do this, too! I search on Amazon and then request through interlibrary loan.

  12. How do you decide which books should live with you and which should live at the library?

    Example: I just finished reading aloud the last Vanderbeekers book to my boys. They loved all three books (the first and third made me cry!). I would love to own them, put them in the boys' bookcase BUT will they read them on their own? Would they be more likely to reread them if they were on the shelf? Or, should they just go into the memory hole of books & authors that we enjoy, and hopefully we will remember that when they are looking for another book to read? I feel this away about a bunch of other books, too, like certain graphic novel series that have been read & reread by multiple kids. I want to buy them all! 

    FWIW, we have +/-100 library books out of the library at all times, evenly split between 'school' books and 'free reading' picture books/novels/graphic novels, with usually a half-dozen for me. There are bookshelves in each bedroom, and the boys get books for Christmas, birthdays, and Easter. We have a bunch of kids books, but nowhere near as many as they read. I could not possibly afford to buy all of the books that my kids go through each week! But, how do you decide which books are KEEPERS, and which are not? (I have this same issue with audiobooks. UGH!)

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  13. 52 minutes ago, hellen said:

    If you lived in Boston, on January 3 your sunrise will come at 7:13am while sunset will be at 4:24pm.  Would a 3:24pm sunset be preferable?

    In Boston, if we stayed at DST hours, sunrise would be at 8:14am and sunset at 5:34pm. This would be much better! We were outside this afternoon, and the light dimmed and the temperature dropped starting around 4pm. It is just too early!

    I'm all for picking one and never changing again, but I would prefer DST hours to Standard Time.

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  14. 11 hours ago, Mom2mthj said:

    We just use copybook as well.  My son is a lefty and is 6yo.  We just started working on letter formation in K because he couldn’t seem to decide which hand he preferred prior to that time.  I really like the stabilo easystart pencils.  They have a comfortable grip that goes all the way down the pencil.  Stock comes and goes on amazon as stabilo doesn’t sell directly in the US.



    I second these pencils. We actually have both left- and right-handed versions for beginning writers in my house. The kids like them very much.

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  15. We are using Zaner-Bloser here. DS7 is a lefty. Even after going through the K book casually and the 1st grade book faithfully, he still prints most letters & numbers from bottom up and from right to left. He also has many reversals when printing. There was a while where everything he wrote was a mirror image of correct writing. We've recently started the 2C book, and he's really liking cursive. (DS10 is using the 5th grade book.) The only modification for a lefty is direction of paper slant. I remind him to keep his hand below his writing, and he does a good job. I'm hoping that the more he uses cursive, the better his printing will get.

  16. 14 minutes ago, Quill said:

    Isn’t this the kind of change people look to for PANDAS? I know next to nothing about PANDAS, except what I have read on here, though. I think maybe @Ktgrok is one of the parents on here who looked into or dealt with it. 

    We've been through PANDAS. This isn't it, though it *is* aggravating stuff that's always been just under the surface, like anxiety and tics. His last serious PANDAS flare was the final straw that convinced me to pull him from the public school, between 1st and 2nd grade. I really feel like this is hormone related. He's grown 2 clothing sizes and at least 4 shoe sizes since spring...

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