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Harpymom

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  1. I too have been reading and occasionally liking bits of this post for months. The resonance for me here is that this is a group of (mostly) women who research, collaborate, and plan to the degree that I do and I don't have people like you in real life. I'm grateful. I was visiting my sister in February then came home to start stocking up - my dh finally noticed after a couple of weeks! @Garga I just agreed to be the guardian for two of my honorary kids in case their (widower) dad passes away. It opened up those questions for me too, since my dd15 has three majority-aged siblings to assume her care but my dh and I would be it for these girls.
  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. Yes to calling schools for a reconsideration, it can't hurt to ask. The frozen feeling is awful. Maybe take it a few months at a time, let the possible tuition increases be something you think about a little later in this process.
  3. English with the same amazing tutor as this year. Mr. D Algebra 2 Blue Tent honors chem German 2 format undecided. We originally thought she would spend time with her sister in Switzerland, doing classes online and learning German at a language school there - now seems unrealistic. World History - except she may start this now since all her extracurriculars are cancelled and she has waaayyy too much free time on her hands! Eclectic approach as she claims to hate history but actually loves everything she ever learns about it. I think this is more about not wanting to learn from me. I've asked her to come up with a plan that meets my standards and lets her self-direct. To be continued... Elective of her choice at the local LAC, possibilities include psychology, movement training, or a writing seminar in Spring semester. If social distancing is no longer operative, her extras will be handworks assistant teacher, water-quality and arsenic monitoring with a local lab, show choir and theater at the local high school. If social distancing is still operative, extras will be...umm...something else?
  4. I found myself signing up early for the two online classes dd will do next year for 10th grade. Call it stockpiling capacity, but my thinking is that some public school folks may decide "real" homeschooling is their better option next year (for a wide variety of reasons) and start snagging spots. I feel ashamed of this way of thinking. I know you're asking about in-person outsourced. Her only one of these is English with a teacher who has seamlessly switched to skyping classes with her, so I'm not as worried about that.
  5. Of course, our worries for ds-rising-senior's future plans are entirely secondary to what his financial aid package for senior year will be.
  6. My ds will be a college senior this fall. He was planning to apply for some fellowships or return to Maine and start working but is rethinking. We talked last night about how grad school might make more sense than fellowships, internships, or jobs. He's going to chat with his mentors for suggestions but is starting to reconsider some of his course choices for next year if applying to grad school is the better plan. Funding will be the biggest question mark and hurdle. Our oldest went off to engineering school in 2009, and his graduating cohort had a terrible time finding jobs even four years after the worst of the crash.
  7. Favorite thread ever. My ds brought a friend home from college thinking they were going to be able to go back, silly kids. So now I have 2 hungry young people plowing through the snacks. Smoothies, crackers n cheese, cereal, apples and pb, omelettes, luna bars, popcorn (sorry, Farrar,) toast, cadbury eggs - you know, anything that isn't nailed down.
  8. Of course you are right, Sneezyone, all places and people have the ability to build community. Many Mainers are armed to the teeth, but you almost always know somebody's brother or worked with somebody's friend.
  9. People are getting a bit weird about the out-of-staters already, which doesn't usually happen til tourist season.
  10. Dd and her cohort are "strongly encouraged" to leave, but she and the others are going to stay. Dh and I both think that is a better choice for her. She's been in her room for 6 days, the country is locked down, she has food, cleaning supplies, internet, and harps.
  11. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
  12. All US citizens world-wide.
  13. Level 4 travel advisory just issued.
  14. Cross-posted with the Expat thread: DD in Switzerland sent me this. We're talking about what she should bring home, what she can stash there, and what to do with the three baroque harps currently sheltering in place in her room. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/19/coronavirus-travel-advisory-level-four-137227 We'll cross the how to get her home bridge when they actually go to level 4. I'm someone who truly believes in having a plan b, but this one is tough to plan.
  15. DD in Switzerland sent me this. We're talking about what she should bring home, what she can stash there, and what to do with the three baroque harps currently sheltering in place in her room. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/19/coronavirus-travel-advisory-level-four-137227 We'll cross the how to get her home bridge when they actually go to level 4. I'm someone who truly believes in having a plan b, but this one is tough to plan.
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