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    It is a cold, sunny day in the PNW! Snow is forecasted for next week, but I am skeptical, as we get little snow.

    We have been decorating for the holidays, but I am waiting for the semester to be over to really get things out, so I can spend time enjoying the process.

    It's Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend?

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    They've got a live mannequin thing in the old-timey shop windows of our old-timey downtown on the beach. Tree lighting and luminaries and then these silly people acting all still and such. It's kind of funny, and probably the last year the kid wants to go, so we're doing that then going for beer

    My husband is doing an Ugly Christmas Sweater run tomorrow late afternoon, 10k in a sweater that lights up; I don't know if we'll join him if we get the "wintry mix" they say we'll get. But that might mean another dinner out and more beer
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I have a art sale tomorrow. This will be my first time setting up a table and selling in person. I'm going to try my best to finish one last drawing to bring, I also have to finish packaging up the last couple of aceo (trading card sized works). There are so many different things I'm worried about. I just need to focus on getting the last bit ready, and then face everything as it comes.

    I'm hoping it dries out enough for me to go outside and put up the decorations out there. The inside ones are mostly up. I have a few things we were planning to make and then hang up but otherwise everything is up. I only have a few more things to wrap other than Teemie's stuff. So I'm feeling pretty ahead of the game. Because of our Yule/Christmas countdown I already have days planned out to get the crafts done and bake cookies too. I should finally get around to baking the cake I promised Teemie around my birthday. She was supposed to be able to decorate my birthday cake all on her own. Maybe we can turn it into decorating a Christmas/Yule cake.
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    Spent the morning running errands after my regular swim. LOTS of people at the pool today--maybe don't want to exercise outside now that it is cold??

    Absolutely no holiday decorations up yet. I may get some out this weekend, but probably not. I think we'll cut our tree next weekend, and that's when we'll decorate. We've always cut a live tree every year we've been married (26!!), but this is the first year we don't have to stuff it into the trunk of a Honda Civic or Accord, as we bought a pick-up truck last January. Seems silly to be so excited about it, but I am.

    Generally, though, I've never gotten into the holiday spirit. I find so much of the "cheer" manufactured around here, I guess I'm a bit cynical. I totally enjoy spending time with my family, but the whole BUY, BUY, BUY mentality I just don't get. That and some people's fake niceness, especially after these same people were in your face about election issues just a month ago.

    Ok, need to end on a positive note. I'm making two angel food cakes today to use up egg whites left over from making egg noodles with my daughter over Thanksgiving break. Should by yummy with some raspberries that I froze last summer.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    They've got a live mannequin thing in the old-timey shop windows of our old-timey downtown on the beach. Tree lighting and luminaries and then these silly people acting all still and such. It's kind of funny, and probably the last year the kid wants to go, so we're doing that then going for beer

    My husband is doing an Ugly Christmas Sweater run tomorrow late afternoon, 10k in a sweater that lights up; I don't know if we'll join him if we get the "wintry mix" they say we'll get. But that might mean another dinner out and more beer
    The beer sounds like a good plan!

    Where is your husband's run? I'd love do an Ugly Sweater Run, but not this year! Hope he has a great time.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    The beer sounds like a good plan!

    Where is your husband's run? I'd love do an Ugly Sweater Run, but not this year! Hope he has a great time.
    Allegan, MI. Maybe 1.5 hrs from you? It's hilly too.

    And don't worry Carol I am the biggest scrooge here, I despise the holidays. We chop our tree down on Xmas Eve if we're lucky (from our property)
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I'm in the PNW too! I bet the snow will be icky, wet, sloshy snow, not fun, snowman snow . Our family is going to a tree lighting Saturday, and helping ds move into his own apartment (sniff) Sunday we are cleaning said ds's room so #2ds can move in

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    We're having unseasonable warm temps in Maine (highs in the low 50s in December is crazy! , more like Texas when I was a kid!) and that makes it a tad annoying to have a fresh turkey that had to be cooked today, in the fridge. No matter, just steeled my carbon-steel butcher knife and dismembered it, then cooked it on two cooking sheets, browned perfection everywhere, and in less than hours.

    Our good news is once again having a dishwasher. The one we replaced the last one with, had a recall notice out, and our choice was either 40% off a new Bosch, or a free service call, so we went with th e40% off deal and got one so quiet, it needs a red laser dot on the floor to let you know it's actually running. We'll see if it lasts even a measly 5 years without trouble, before posting an online review. I am sick of the new normal, in which ordinary people are somehow supposed to absorb the cost of appliances designed to last only 5 years, yet cost so much more compared to the average wage, than they did for previous generations. We can't keep up with it, and if this one craps out in a few years rather than at least 10, I will instead look for old models that can be fixed, or do without, because who can keep spending $500 to $1,000 a pop for major appliances that have to be replaced more often than once a decade? It's unsustainable.

    Other than that, life is quiet and I am reveling in it: the plumber is finally finished with the sink, shower, and toilet for my mother's planned moving-in. Now we just have to get drywall, paint, replacement windows, shelving, and heat in place.

    Our prelit tree is once again up, but 2 of the 4 sections don't light. Not sure why, but maybe I'll just string lights there rather than bother replacing lamps. We only have 22 days to get this show on the road, after all.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    I love real trees! We used to cut down a tree - but it made ds and me a wheezing mess. So now we have a fake tree. I don't even bother to take the decorations off anymore. I just put a bed storage bag over it can carry it out to the garage . I'm kind of a holiday scrooge too.

    The boiler is fixed! Hooray! It was in the teens the other AM, and the house was cold! That is my happy news.

    This weekend dh and dd are going to a Christmas parade. DH's company has a float in the parade, so dd is riding on the float.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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    Ramen to that, Crunchynerd! It was in the last few years that we bought our DW (love how quiet they are now! Do you hear that? No, of course you dont, thats our dishwasher!). But one repair ran us about $300 I believe. I hope you keep your filter clear!

    Been getting cold here, too.... Im about to get out the space heater to make DHs morning shower a bit more pleasant. Im up to wearing socks in the evenings.
    No house-wide heat yet, though. And got our first significantly negative power bill since installing solar. Woo hoo!

    Todays emotional highlight was at DS10s monthly charter meeting - DS4 was preparing to write on a whiteboard, and said "Mom thats too hard for me". Our Facilitator stopped what she was doing, said that was the first complete sentence shes ever heard him make. So, progress is being made.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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