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    Definitely starting to look like fall, and hopefully feel like it this weekend. We are also in the zone for some much cooler temps. DH and I are running races at Purdue on Saturday (half marathon for him, a simple and enjoyable 5K for me), and it's supposed to be in the low 40s. At least it's better than hot and humid. We'll visit my Purdue son while there as well, so that's fun! So interesting to see his apartment, how he runs his life, etc.

    I've been keeping fairly busy with my homeschooling classes--algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and physics. The kids are all great; no stinkers in the bunch! I like that I still get to see some "light bulb" moments shine on some students' faces when they finally get a concept.

    Still getting tomatoes, raspberries, and okra out of the garden. We also managed to grow a dozen pumpkins, so we'll have a few jack-o-lanterns, and I'll make some pies for a Thanksgiving meal for a homeless men's shelter later.

    Those in the way of hurricane Michael, please be safe!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    It's Balloon Fiesta! Which means crazy (good and bad) has arrived in Albuquerque. Crowds are the big thing, I had a hard time finding parking yesterday at the science museum for DD's clay sculpting / geology class. It was nice to see all the out of state plates. This morning, up the street from my home, a balloon had landed and the crew had set up their fancy tailgate style breakfast complete with glassware for mimosas. 9 AM day drinking on a Tuesday, in a random parking lot - yes you can, just invoke the Fiesta .

    Good luck to you and DH Carol - hope you have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    It's Balloon Fiesta! Which means crazy (good and bad) has arrived in Albuquerque. Crowds are the big thing, I had a hard time finding parking yesterday at the science museum for DD's clay sculpting / geology class. It was nice to see all the out of state plates. This morning, up the street from my home, a balloon had landed and the crew had set up their fancy tailgate style breakfast complete with glassware for mimosas. 9 AM day drinking on a Tuesday, in a random parking lot - yes you can, just invoke the Fiesta .

    Good luck to you and DH Carol - hope you have fun!
    We saw a clip of the Balloon Festival on the news. One day we hope to be one of those with out-of-state plates (or at least in a rental car) accidentally taking up the parking space to go see it.

    And 9am mimosas sound just grand......
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    We saw a clip of the Balloon Festival on the news. One day we hope to be one of those with out-of-state plates (or at least in a rental car) accidentally taking up the parking space to go see it.

    And 9am mimosas sound just grand......
    Oh yes, let me know! We'll get you guys all the tips!
    Rebecca
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    Roll Call, 10/9
    Inmom, Im always admiring of your enthusiasm to run and keep moving. When I grow up (or my kids grow up), I want to be like you!
    A few months ago, we bought a set of couches on Craigslist to replace the ones that 15 years of bad housekeeping, 2 boys, and pets had worn out. Two new looking couches for $200 total, what a deal! Except they werent super comfortable. The old couches, waiting for our free dump coupon to arrive, went to the previously empty area where homeschooling occurs. And wow, what a good idea, I can read to the boys, and keep an eye on DS12 as he “works”.
    So yesterday, I went to see more craigslist furniture - and noticed it was a little dirty. Failed to notice that we were in deep shade. I got the furniture home and realised they really were quite grimy. ($60 for 3 pieces, cant really complain.)
    I can tell this is going to take several rounds to get rid of the previous guys grime, so we can infuse our own. Ive used leather cleaner (meh and toxic smelling), Mrs Meyers (meh but smells better), and Murphys Oil Soap (ding ding ding! Cleans and I love the smell).
    Here is the ottoman (Round 1 cleaning done), and the chair, the color of all the furniture. I anticipate cleaning these guys all week. At least my watch agrees that Ive done my exercise!
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    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Looks like you're making progress on the cleanliness. And they look totally comfy!!

    DS and I spent a lot of time this summer/fall cleaning furniture items we picked up cheap or free for his apartment. The last item is a solid cherry kitchen table, previously stored in a shed, that a neighbor had sitting at the end of his driveway!! After clean up, it looks beautiful! DH has told my son that if he ever doesn't want it, we'll take it off his hands.

    And the drive to keep moving? Purely cheapness. Don't want to pay health care costs for high blood pressure, and don't want to re-purchase large sized clothing that I got rid of!! It helps that I feel better when I exercise too......
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    DH and I are running races at Purdue on Saturday (half marathon for him, a simple and enjoyable 5K for me).

    I've been keeping fairly busy with my homeschooling classes--algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and physics.

    ...I'll make some pies for a Thanksgiving meal for a homeless men's shelter later.

    Those in the way of hurricane Michael, please be safe!!
    I’m so impressed by runners. I might run if a cop were chasing me. Might.

    Do you teach for a co-op group or take on individual students?

    Thank you for making a pie for a shelter.

    My husband’s name is Michael and last year was hell for us bc of some chemical dependency problems he had, so I feel like I’m always in the way of Hurricane Michael.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    So yesterday, I went to see more craigslist furniture - and noticed it was a little dirty. Failed to notice that we were in deep shade. I got the furniture home and realised they really were quite grimy. ($60 for 3 pieces, cant really complain.) Here is the ottoman (Round 1 cleaning done), and the chair, the color of all the furniture.
    Those look so much better! I’m jealous of the deals you find. Our couch is trashed, but money’s tight and our cats will just scratch up new furniture, too. I just checked Craigslist and I’m seeing a set that’d be great, but it’s $750! I’ve got to keep an eye out for the $200 bargains you’re finding.
    We took the summer off as I couldn’t get anything started w/o a regular routine in place. Doing 3rd grade now and so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    And the drive to keep moving? Purely cheapness. Don't want to pay health care costs for high blood pressure, and don't want to re-purchase large sized clothing that I got rid of!! It helps that I feel better when I exercise too......
    Carol, these are my reasons for running too. It's much cheaper to move and cook food myself than to pay for medical care and meds. I just put on my favorite music and do rounds around the park while DS meets for baseball practice. It also becomes "me" time which is always in short supply.

    I'm fiddling with my sewing machine. DS sewed a couple of bags and a pillow case for his bunny pillow, which he hugs to sleep. Today, the machine wasn't behaving at all. I've been having tension issues and I can't figure out why.

    I'm scheduling Saturdays to devote to the garden even though the cleaning and the sewing machine keep calling me.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    I hate mysterious tension issues in the sewing machine! (Assuming the usuak suspects of rethreadind and dusting havent worked.j I usually scowl at the machine for a few days, then when I rethread it and use different threads it will work fine. If it still doesnt work, I complain to my mother in law, and when she tries it, it will work fine. I do try putting all sorts of crazy thread through the machine, though, especially when Im doing applique. Good luck, I totally hate the mysterious tension disorder, too!

    Craigslist is great if you have the patience to wait weeks for what you want, and to patrol a couple times each day. Moving week is the best time for deals, in my limited experience. Money has been excruciatingly tight here too, but replacing the eyesores and embarrassments that were our old couches has really helped my morale.

    My formerly Sandia friend used to love the hot air balloon festival, RTB! I hope you have fun this week, and thanks for reminding me of her!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Only View Post
    Do you teach for a co-op group or take on individual students?


    My husband’s name is Michael and last year was hell for us bc of some chemical dependency problems he had, so I feel like I’m always in the way of Hurricane Michael.
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    I hope this next year gets better for you. Has he/your family been getting help for his dependency?

    My classes are made up of individual students...mostly from word-of-mouth at this point. Classes are as small as 3 and as big as 10 students per class.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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