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    Wednesday Roll Call, 5/10
    Apologies for the absenteeism on Roll Call lately. Things have been busy here!

    I picked up ds Sunday from Purdue. He had a bumpy yet still successful year there. I got to meet his girlfriend. Seems like a nice, sweet kid with a quirky sense of humor, so I can see why he likes her. We drop him off in Indianapolis on Sunday for a three week mini-internship. After that he'll spend his summer working as a programming intern (same company he worked for during high school) and as a line chef at a local cafe (also a former high school job). We are now into "negotiations" about the car--using it to go see the girlfriend on the weekends....

    I brought dd home from Iowa yesterday (what a BORING drive along I-80 through the cornfields of Illinois, for the most part). I think her dorm room just exploded in my front hallway.And this doesn't even include the big stuff like dorm fridge, microwave, chair, and book shelf that she conned a friend to store for her over the summer.

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    She also had a challenging but successful year. She leaves in 3 weeks for Dublin, Ireland for a study abroad writing and literature program.

    I had a bunch of cardiology-related tests done Friday and saw the cardiologist on Monday. Everything came back just fine, which is a relief. Apparently I have something "signal-ish" going on where it wants to race while exercising at times. Right now we're just keeping an eye on it until/unless it starts to occur more frequently or for a longer period.

    My math tutoring has strangely picked up this month, both for public school and homeschool kids. It keeps me on my toes!

    So what's been happening in your neck of the woods this past week or so?
    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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    May is always crazy for us, and this year we have girl and boy scouting to add to the mix. The Husband completed an associates' degree that he's been working on for several years (prepping for post-retirement career - he is SO done with teaching in the schools); we went to the graduation ceremony Saturday - 4 HOURS. Girl had her orchestra concert Sunday (last practice was Saturday morning before graduation), and a recital last night, which was also Boy's first Boy Scout meeting. Monday was the final choir concert of the school year (Hubs videos them, and the director is a good friend, so we always go), and also Husband's birthday. Tonight, Girl has Scouts and I have choir.

    I am itching to get to my garden, but although the snow is almost gone, the ground is so waterlogged and gushy right now, I can't do much to prepare the beds. We are going to have rabbit problems this year - we've been seeing a pair of arctic hares in and around our yard since Easter (we got to watch their white winter coats turn brown over the past few weeks), and lots of other folks have been seeing hares in their yards. Last year it was moose that got my brassicas, this year it'll be rabbit. On the plus side, we might see more eagles than usual if there are lots of rabbits around.

    For school, we are down to math for both (which is going to continue all summer - I am NOT fighting through the inertia created by 3 months off again), and German for Girl. Our hs organization had its Curriculum Fair yesterday and Monday. I found two companies to investigate - Lincoln Empowered Homeschool Options and TPS Publishing's TK-8 Creative Curricula STEAM programs. I haven't run a search yet - I will, but if anybody want to jump in with reviews here, I appreciate it.

    Carol - I envy your daughter! I'd love to go to Dublin (and points north, to visit family in No. Ireland). I also envy you, for having a house in which that much stuff looks like an "explosion." Glad to hear the cardiology thing came back fine.
    Melissa

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    Enjoy your dd, inmom. Mine is still in the Bay Area and probably has work responsibilities so I'm not going to stress if she doesn't come home for a visit. I have decided to continue saying, "I have a daughter at UC Berkeley" even though I'm not 100% sure that grad school counts and some people may think it's ten years too late for that mommy brag or that I am saying it in the political sense rather than in the mommy brag sense.

    ds25 is still off being a hero somewhere. He was shocked that I hadn't figured out where because I hadn't tried to figure out where. If the Army wanted him to have a wife, it would have issued him one and if it wanted me to know where he was, it would have told me. Hooah and all that other stuff I'm supposed to say.

    Ds9 is not getting on any sort of yellow bus at 7 AM or anything, but homeschooling continues to evolve and the balance between parent-directed and child-directed learning still feels more like the gentle swing of a pendulum (or a comfortable hammock swaying in the breeze would be a better metaphor for our climate at this time of year, lol) so the ball is kind of in his court if he wants more parental involvement for this last little mini-unit study length stretch of time before our local public schools let out.

    He has achieved functional literacy this year and is slightly behind where I wanted him to be in arithmetic, but it seems a fair tradeoff. He thinks the order of operations is cool, but that came about in the context of social conversation with a collegeish aged math-o-phile during online gaming rather than from a lesson in an elementary level mathematics textbook.

    I'm glad you were able to get things checked out by your cardiologist. Scary heart symptoms can be benign symptoms of perimenopause, but they sure don't feel benign when you're going through them so I'm sure it was well worth the hassle and expense of making sure.

    She will love Dublin! She's just a tad older than I was when I went, but I was just a tourist. It's a great time of year to hang out at Phoenix Park and buy a cute T shirt from the Trinity College Student Union for a souvenir.

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    Wednesday Roll Call, 5/10
    Wooo wooo for kids returning, Inmom! And for kids on their own, IEF. And for long-awaited degrees, BakedAK!

    Tomorrow our tile-setters arrive for replacing our nasty old carpet with... tile. I had 3 rooms to clear out, so I figured one Monday, one Tuesday, and one today. Hah. Mondays room looked like this, and is only now cleared out and all the toys stashed in bins upstairs.
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    Do I get the explosion award?
    So now Im giving myself 2 hours for each of the other rooms. We will see.
    School is floating along... Ive been in cruise mode for a couple weeks, focused on other stuff.
    Oh, and I made some "cajun blackberry dumplings", and some "kheer", and learned how to debone chicken thighs (yay youtube!). So Ive been up to culinary adventures too.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Do I get the explosion award?
    Indeed! I do NOT miss those days.

    Funnily enough, I emptied out a huge rubbermaid bin of those same kinds of blocks (to take to pick up college students and their stuff). It still had some partially intact buildings with signs and such on them. One instance: "Building elevator. CAUTION: Building MAY fall down." Guess it's a good thing neither is going into engineering!
    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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    Everyone is so productive

    Our trip to Newport was a success... and I call it a success because it was the first time the man child was home alone AND he didn't turn our house into a brothel OR dump his dads car in a lake (Risky Business reference there )

    After his week alone he did tell me he thinks he wants to go to college in the Fall... this working full time not doing what he is even remotely interested in has got the best of him. SO he met with the college counselor on Monday and said it went GREAT... buuutttt... he hasn't registered yet we will see...

    Happy Hump Day
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    .... it was the first time the man child was home alone AND he didn't turn our house into a brothel OR dump his dads car in a lake (Risky Business reference there )

    After his week alone he did tell me he thinks he wants to go to college in the Fall... this working full time not doing what he is even remotely interested in has got the best of him. SO he met with the college counselor on Monday and said it went GREAT... buuutttt... he hasn't registered yet we will see...
    So good to hear about your man child. We will be leaving ours alone for the first time this June when dh and I head to Maine. We left both kids alone when they were 16 & 17 for a long weekend in New Orleans once, but they had each other (and just about every neighbor and their grandparents checking in on them.)

    Hope the college try is a success!
    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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    We had a productive day.

    I did a lot of work for my job. Unfortunately for everything I accomplished a new problem arose so I don't feel like I made a dent in my to-do list.

    The kids did a fair amount of school work.
    We are trying to all work at the same time since I am too tired lately to work late at night.

    I rushed out to cut the grass but it started raining so I only finished the front.

    I had twelve yards of mulch delivered last weekend and the next truck is supposed to come Friday. But, we've only gotten through half of the pile so I need to reschedule the next delivery. Prior to having the kids, I would take a vacation day and mulch from sun-up to sun-down. Now I drag it out over days; even with the kid's help.

    My daughter has her last performance of her play tonight and my son has his only performance Monday. I'm glad we will have a break from the theatre for a while.

    My husband is taking the kids to the theatre tonight.
    I am going to work, clean, or go through stacks of paper that need attention.
    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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    Hi! This is my first post in roll call. Over the past two weeks my grandmother has been having health problems. Yesterday she moved in with me. I am both excited and nervous. But so far, she is doing better here than she was before. So, we rearranged beds to make room for her and got her started with home health today.

    This is going to add a bit of a challenge to getting school done. I barely had time to do school with DS yesterday, cancelled today and tomorrow. We were only supposed to have 3 more weeks after this week, but I think it may take 4.

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