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    At the halfway point for the week. Hooray!!

    After working with a homeschooled high schooler on his Algebra II this morning, dd and I are going to see Hidden Figures at the local movie theater. She's been hoping we could go see it together before she heads back to school this weekend.

    Other than that, I guess I should start packing for our trip. Shorts!!!! T-shirts!!! So looking forward to it!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    I miss warm weather. I'd love to tag along. I'd love to move somewhere warmer but that's not happening any time soon.
    I'm hoping to get some things done today. Like finally load that audiobook. Yesterday my big accomplishment was reorganizing my Goodreads. I labeled all the comics because I have a hard time keeping track of those. They take so long in between the collected editions and then sometimes they change the title or start over at vol 1. The library isn't very consistent with picking up every volume in a series either.
    I backed three Kickstarter projects last year and they were all due before Christmas, but they were all delayed. Now they are all ready to ship/shipping and I have a mystery package coming today. I think it's one of those three I'm very excited. I have two games coming and book. I'm not bothered by the delays at all. Every one of them communicated the whole time, and it's understandable. I'm excited the the delay wasn't actually that long. It's also funny that they all worked out around the same time too.
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    Yesterday's newspaper headline: Deep cold forecast for the Interior. So far, today is negative 8*, but that's not what they're talking about. Carol, can I please come with you?? There is a nasty cold snap on it's way; it could get to 50 below next week. There's a chance it'll miss us - eastern interior AK is supposed to get "warmer temperatures and some snow," while western interior AK is expecting the bad cold, and Fairbanks is right in the middle. They haven't defined "warmer temperatures" though, and when the comparison is to 50 below, "warmer" isn't likely to be very spring like. Still, if there's snow, it'll probably be at least 20 below (which is not bad if you are inside!!). SO not looking forward to it.

    Girl decided to build a set with Legos and put on a "play" of the life of Joan of Arc with minifigs. She is taking pictures of each set up to make a comic book. I think the idea is that it is a school play for the minifigs. I'll have to post a picture of the flaming pyre.

    Math went much more smoothly yesterday. We've been doing a thing where they take 2 suits of cards, from the ace to the queen, and flip through them, multiplying each card's number by whatever times table they've chosen (or I've chosen, if they say "I'm gonna do 'ones' today!") Boy had to do 8s, and he was worried - "8s are impossible!!! I know nothing about 8s!!" but once I got him started, he realized how many he does know, and he realized how to find the ones he doesn't know from the ones he does (ie, if you know 8 x 5 = 40, 8 x 6 is suddenly obvious, and 8 x 7 = 40+16). Usually, after the facts practice, getting to the workbook is nightmarish, and it was, but then Girl asked me something about her grammar, and by the time I got back to Boy, he'd done half his assignment on his own, and correctly. Might not happen again, but that was a good day for us.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, Riceball Mommy (and Teemie, too)!
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    I'm so over winter and wish I could pack up for a warmer location!!! Last week we had over a foot of snow in an area that usually doesn't see more than a couple of inches. Dear winter, SCAT!

    Tonight I get to escape from my kids! Woo hoo! I love them dearly, but we're always stuck at home. My toddler's multiple food allergies make it where we can't attend most local stuff because everything seems to revolve around food. Even story time at the library! Gah. I'm just ready to get out of the house and get a breath of kid free air! lol.
    Military spouse and mom to three (6, 4, and 2)

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    There is a nasty cold snap on it's way; it could get to 50 below next week.
    BRRRRR. It's never been that cold here. Our issue is usually lake effect snow. Every else gets 3", but we get 2 feet sort-of-thing. Sometimes the ribbons of snow that can be seen on the radar are only a couple miles wide but just STAY and dump snow for hours. Although, it's nothin' like Buffalo NY gets.

    Girl decided to build a set with Legos and put on a "play" of the life of Joan of Arc with minifigs. She is taking pictures of each set up to make a comic book. I think the idea is that it is a school play for the minifigs. I'll have to post a picture of the flaming pyre.
    I definitely want to see this. My kids were not creative in that way.

    I backed three Kickstarter projects last year and they were all due before Christmas, but they were all delayed. Now they are all ready to ship/shipping and I have a mystery package coming today.
    How neat! What did you back? I'm always kind of chicken about these things.

    Tonight I get to escape from my kids! Woo hoo! I love them dearly, but we're always stuck at home. My toddler's multiple food allergies make it where we can't attend most local stuff because everything seems to revolve around food. Even story time at the library! Gah. I'm just ready to get out of the house and get a breath of kid free air! lol.
    Although it seems like a long time ago, I DO remember those days. We didn't have a sitter for the kids until they were 10 years old. I believe the saying "When kids are small, the days are very long, but the years are amazingly short." Enjoy your night out!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Carol, hope you enjoy the movie; it's coming to our cheap theater soon. My friend's quibble with it: NO SLIDE RULES VISIBLE IN WHOLE MOVIE like wha? everyone would have had mad use of them
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I want to see Hidden Figures so much. I'm going to have to wait for ondemand or Netlfix or a library copy.

    My mystery package was one of my games. And the other game showed up too. I'm so excited but I'm probably going to have to wait for my husband's next day off to try them out. I'm excited anyway though. They're both so neat.
    Teemie - 11 years old, 6th grade with an ecclectic mix

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    Slide rules or not, Hidden Figures was AWESOME. It sooooo rekindled my ambition (never to be realized, sadly) to work for NASA.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Inmom, my husband grew up about 45 minutes from Buffalo. I spent 2 winters there and the winter they got 8 feet of snow in a single week was my breaking point. I was done. We moved to MY home state. And this week proved why. Friday we had temps that dropped down into the 20's. Today, it was in the high 60's. Which was great because today was ZOO ACADEMY!

    Today was Tech's first Zoo homeschool academy and he LOVED it! Dh and I dropped him off and then wandered down the street and got pizza. With no kid. It was magical! And then we wandered the zoo a bit until it was time to get him. I got to watch the giant pandas (the babies were still in the nursery sleeping) for an amazing 20 minutes! It was AWESOME! DH was excited about the bald eagle that was out (injured and unable to fly anymore). Tech got out of the Homeschool Academy and wanted to walk the zoo a bit, so we checked out the flamingos (they are his favorite) and hit a few other highlights before he was ready to go home.

    Then, we got home, and it was both still light out, AND still warm out, so we grabbed his drone, unpacked it from it's box, and he got to play with the little drone he got for his birthday. We talked about wind resistance, and air pressure, and how the quadcopter was able to rise from the ground. All in all, it was both cool and reasonably educational. And then he went inside and took a nap (we had to get up 3 hours early for the zoo).

    Today was one of those days that, while tiring, reminds me why we homeschool. He'd totally miss out on up close and personal with zookeepers and the animals if he went to PS.

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    And today he told us he got to touch a PANGOLIN! I'm jealous!

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