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    Happy Tuesday afternoon! Sorry for the late post, but today was busy so far. Needed to shop and fill my kitchen with food and produce again. Also saw the podiatrist about my foot pain. Loved the guy, as he realizes I don't only want the pain to go away but also get back to the activity level I had before it started. So we're going to work through a list of ideas (least bothersome to most invasive) to see what works.

    Dh and I are starting to plan our annual Mardi Gras party. This year we have up to 12 very eclectic people, so we'll be feeding a crowd. But the hubby loves cooking and decorating for this. I'm just the sous chef and clean-up person---and hurricane bar tender.

    So good to hear that those of you who responded to yesterday's roll call are not feeling the February doldrums this year.
    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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    Mardi Gras party?!? Im guessing its more subdued than the stereotypical New Orleans festivities with bead necklaces being tossed to topless women?
    Im not judging or anything. (Imagining, after cops come to break up the raucous party and newspaper is printed with incriminating photos, one of the algebra students.... "hey, thats my teacher!")

    What do you cook for such a party? What do you do? Do you pretend to be catholic?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Im not judging or anything. (Imagining, after cops come to break up the raucous party and newspaper is printed with incriminating photos, one of the algebra students.... "hey, thats my teacher!")
    No, but that would be absolutely hysterical. One of our guests is a public school English teacher (who homeschools his kids and is one of my algebra kids' parent), so he'd be in more trouble than I!!

    Food...let's see what I can remember: Blackened catfish with shrimp sauce, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish pies, muffalletto sliders, Ferdi po' boys, mardi gras salad (peas, pimentos, french cut green beans, onions, green pepper, celery in a oil/vinegar mix), King Cake (or King Cake bread pudding with whisky & butter sauce which is absolutely decadent). Hurricanes, bloody Marys, Abita beer, and whatever libations our guests bring. DH has learned most of these recipes from cookbooks by New Orleans chefs or buy visiting the restaurants and trying to replicate the meal.

    One year we had an awful snowstorm that shut down many roads. I was certain no one would come. THEY ALL CAME. Hubby is an excellent cook. So we eat, drink, and generally be merry. One couple homeschool their kids. Another are very politically active (think whole family participating in women's march). A third are high school friends of dh with whom he recently reconnected. The 4th consists of a legal secretary and her husband who is a long-time cameraman for a major news network in Chicago (sooooo many stories). The last couple are a 50-60 year old gay couple from down the street who are super friendly.

    Like I said, a very eclectic mix of people. We change it up every year a bit and it always results in 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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    No doldrums - but I am feeling ready for spring. I'm ready for tank tops and skirts, for morning swimming while drinking coffee, for different bird songs, for sun tea, for patios, for camping, and the slow, relaxed pace of lite-school. But first we have to make it through the wind and dirt season of NM (Feb and March are the worst). I did, in rebellion, drink iced tea today at lunch - and had to put on my down vest after brrr - ha!

    Your party sounds fun Carol and I'm glad you had a nice trip!
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    Sound like a fun, yummy party Carol

    I too am ready for spring. Though in Colorado you THINK it's spring and BOOM snow storm on Mother Day

    Today is going good (Tuesdays are hit or miss). I have my book club tonight so I think that has motivated my good mood. We read The Art of Racing in the Rain and I finished it while the dudes were at the rec center pool. Let me tell you, with an aging dog back home, it was VERY hard not to cry pool side I am not a fan of sad dog stories. My DH worked on A Dog Purpose and with free tickets in hand both first born and I would not go see it. The soon to be 19 year old said, "No thank you, that's a cry alone in my room movie... not a see in a movie theater movie"
    Elizabeth

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    We're having another productive day here.

    A year into HS'ing I started to appreciate what the kids do on their own and accept the fact that the day rarely (ok,never) goes as I plan. I still have my moments of nagging, worry and frustration but most days I am ok with their self-directed education.

    For example, today they spent a lot of time on German, playing piano/guitar, writing a story(dd), reading(ds) and working on research papers (reading and preparing outline & bibliography for an outsourced class). This is not what I had on their list, but as long as they do some math too, I consider it a productive day.

    So, two good days in a row
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Ooooh, its "eat like a new orleanser having a feast"
    Im now craving a po boy, and dont even know where to get one around here.
    (Braised short ribs cooking here.)

    Today was productive... DS worked on school stuff all morning, and I bought a half wine barrel (for my dwarf kumquat Im planning on). That, folding laundry, and groceries, its a day for me.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
    A year into HS'ing I started to appreciate what the kids do on their own and accept the fact that the day rarely (ok,never) goes as I plan. I still have my moments of nagging, worry and frustration but most days I am ok with their self-directed education.

    So, two good days in a row
    And isn't self-direction what we want for our kids as the get older? Sounds successful, dream!
    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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    LOVING the idea of a Mardi Gras party. Alas, as an introvert, the concept of me hosting a party is about as likely as me hosting a Ted Talk but nevertheless I think it's an extremely fun plan! I'd even attend, if I lived closer, as long as you didn't mind me hiding in the corner talking to whatever pet you have handy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Topsy View Post
    LOVING the idea of a Mardi Gras party. Alas, as an introvert, the concept of me hosting a party is about as likely as me hosting a Ted Talk but nevertheless I think it's an extremely fun plan! I'd even attend, if I lived closer, as long as you didn't mind me hiding in the corner talking to whatever pet you have handy.
    Alas, I am also an introvert. But I muster all the extrovertness I can for one evening. It's the only bash we throw like this all year--bigger than xmas or any other holidays . My husband LOVES doing it.
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    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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