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    Oh, dear. A whole week since roll call? Whatever is the world coming to?! Well, I know what it's coming to on my end. SPRING FEVER!!! We had our first spring thunderstorm last night and it was a doozy. But, the trillium, blood root, Oconee bells, and of course daffodils are lining the wooded trails around here and it's got me in true spring-fever mode. Strawberries and snow peas are safely planted and I can't WAIT for the harvest!!


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    We had our spring break last week, but we are taking it pretty easy this week too. Pretty much just math and reading around here. Taking the extra time to do some spring cleaning and garden work. With the extra daylight the kids have been enjoying walks, bike rides and playing with neighborhood friends.

    The weather has been wonderful, very warm. And no wind! Spring is usually awful around here (due to wind) and I dread it, so this is a treat. However, at this rate, I think all my spring veggies will hardly start producing before everything bolts or stops flowering. We are opening our pool on Friday, which is the earliest we've opened it by about 4 weeks. These 75-80 degree days, not sure they will stick around, but because of algae (eek!) it is best to get chemicals in it and the water moving. For me, the water will still be too cold for a few weeks to swim, but looking at a blue pool (vs. a green cover) is very soothing. DH and the kids, don't mind freezing water as much.

    Anyone on break this week?

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
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    College kids were home on spring break last week; the weather stunk but I still liked having them home.Hiked, saw Beauty & the Beast, and saw the new armor exhibit at the Art Institute.

    Using my laptop is a bit of a pain right now as my space bar doesn't work, so I have to use Alt32 to insert spaces,or.all.my.messages.look.like.this or theylooklikethis. When I have to, I resort to my phone, but I hate doing email on my phone.
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    The kids had a virus the past two weeks (son the first week and then daughter). My son spent four days on the couch/in his bed. My daughter wasn't as sick. I do not send them to activities when sick; but I hate paying for lessons/classes that they don't attend. Luckily, they rarely get sick.

    Right now they are having a skype German class. They didn't do their homework and were rushing to do it ten minutes prior to class. That really irritates me. I just heard them tell the teacher they didn't do it and were rushing to do it prior to class. At least they were honest instead of making up excuses.

    Last night we went to hear Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak. We really enjoyed it. He went through movie clips and explained why the science was wrong. We live in between Chicago and South Bend. He was going to be in both locations and we chose South Bend. I wonder if his lecture would have been a bit different in Chicago - not near a Catholic college, a different demographic, etc. When it came to the Q&A, a couple of the questions were about religion vs science.
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    We are well, had inlaws in town last week so my husband got some good time off work. My online Medical Transcription course is going well; I'm getting towards the end. We are tired of our all in one curriculum (T4L) yet again, so I am making some end of the year tweaks to avoid monotony. Maybe after we cancel this time we just won't go back again. On the good side our new math curriculum, TT, has been going great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
    Last night we went to hear Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak. We really enjoyed it. He went through movie clips and explained why the science was wrong. We live in between Chicago and South Bend. He was going to be in both locations and we chose South Bend. I wonder if his lecture would have been a bit different in Chicago - not near a Catholic college, a different demographic, etc. When it came to the Q&A, a couple of the questions were about religion vs science.
    So glad you were able to go. I had looked into it but had a schedule conflict.

    Did you know Purdue's Spring Fest is the weekend of April 8-9? There are soooo many activities, including the Bug Bowl and the veterinary open house. I have to admit, though, that I never participated in the cricket spitting contest. I tried meal-worm stir fry, and watched the cricket races, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    So glad you were able to go. I had looked into it but had a schedule conflict.

    Did you know Purdue's Spring Fest is the weekend of April 8-9? There are soooo many activities, including the Bug Bowl and the veterinary open house. I have to admit, though, that I never participated in the cricket spitting contest. I tried meal-worm stir fry, and watched the cricket races, though.
    I didn't know about Purdue's Spring Fest. Thank you for the info.

    I believe Tyson is going to be giving the same lecture we saw at other locations - “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies.” If anyone can go I think it is worth it. It was interesting and funny.
    Starting in May, I believe his lectures will be about his newest book: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    However, at this rate, I think all my spring veggies will hardly start producing before everything bolts or stops flowering. We are opening our pool on Friday, which is the earliest we've opened it by about 4 weeks. These 75-80 degree days, not sure they will stick around, but because of algae (eek!) it is best to get chemicals in it and the water moving. For me, the water will still be too cold for a few weeks to swim, but looking at a blue pool (vs. a green cover) is very soothing. DH and the kids, don't mind freezing water as much.
    Opening the pool in March!!! Wowee!!! I could actually go for a swim right about now. That sounds divine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Using my laptop is a bit of a pain right now as my space bar doesn't work, so I have to use Alt32 to insert spaces,or.all.my.messages.look.like.this or theylooklikethis. When I have to, I resort to my phone, but I hate doing email on my phone.
    I.would.have.thrown.mine.in.theyard.bynow. That is some fortitude, lady!!


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    We're still trying to adjust to my husband's new schedule. My sleep schedule is off right now, so that has everything thrown off. Right now I'm up far too late and just now getting tired. I am ready for spring though, maybe tomorrow we'll get outside and do a bit of work in the garden.
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