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    Here we are, running headlong into the last week before Labor Day. Where did the summer go?

    I'm spending this week cleaning/organizing my math/physics classroom, as classes start next week. I need to find a place for all of the physics lab equipment I purchased over the summer!

    DH and I just came back from our New England trip. We've been once before, but I am again amazed at how GREEN and how CLEAN the northern states are. We were through much of Vermont and New Hampshire, and only once did we see trash sitting on the side of the road. In Indiana, you can't go 10 feet w/o seeing litter. It's depressing.

    We climbed Mt. Washington. Whoever suggested to go on a weekday over a weekend day, THANK YOU. It was a challenge, but so worth it. And it IS really cold and windy at the observatory at the top. When we were there, on an August day, the temp was in the low 30s with wind of 50 mph. And I think that's considered balmy there.

    Are you or your kids trying something new this year? What are you excited about as fall approaches?
    Carol

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    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 are midway through our third term of the four term year (NZ school year run start Feb to mid Dec). So thinking more about finishing than you all, and heading into spring (thank goodness).

    Drainage issues to sort out today. Overflow coming out outside. Hoping it is not the foul sewer. I cannot figure out if the toilet and grey water (kitchen/laundry etc) go to the same drain from our plans or in the NZ system. And it has been so long since we have had plumbing done, I cannot remember. Have definitely had grey water coming out when washing machine/showers were on. Hoping no sewage. Yuck. And so not appreciating what it will cost to fix as its at least 40 meters from the street mains to our house. A lot of pipe that needs to be checked and could need clearing (neighbours have lots of trees alongside = roots in drains). Just booked a long weekend away for my birthday soon, which is our first holiday in forever, and now we have this.
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    Drain cleared with the minimal plumber-input option (plunger in the outside access point). Thankfully! It was looking like it would not clear with that, and he was talking about getting a jet machine, and using a camera, which would involve lots of digging and time etc. etc. But he tried plunge it a second time and it cleared. So it should be only around $200 rather than the at least triple that it would be if he had to hire the jet machine and get a camera down there.

    Oh and yes the toilet and grey water go to the same drains. It was not pleasant when he took the cap off the outside inspection point.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Yay for vacations, cool weather, and drain expenses dodged!
    We are still getting our stride with schoolwork - trying a more formal structure to our days, mostly so Im not led around by the whim of a capricious tweenager.
    Not much else to report here! Catching up with being ahead on schoolwork has been taking all my energy.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    The kids started a class last week, swim team started back up today, and we have one more class that will begin after labor day. The class that starts after labor day will have us in the mountains for the better part of Tuesdays until mid December. We haven't really settled into a firm routine yet, but things should shake out in the next few weeks.

    A month ago I sprained my ankle, while hiking in OR. It was a really nasty sprain. Boy oh boy, do I ever feel over 40! This thing is taking forever to heal. I think it is going to be a solid 8-week recovery. I'm trying not to be too bummed about missing late summer hiking.

    Otherwise life is good!
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    Carol, glad your hike was wonderful and yes midweek is always better for Mt. Washington. I hiked it in September on a beautiful cool fall day and there was a line of people all the way up the mountain. AM, we too are getting into the school routine and it does seem to take a lot of energy, but I am better about cleaning since I finally have reason to want to be able to focus. NZ - so glad the plumbing worked out with fairly minimal expense. RTB - so sorry about your ankle, DH did that last spring and it was a good 8 week rehab. A bad ankle sprain can actually be worse than a fracture and take as long to heal. PT can be really useful to avoid future sprains. At least it happened while it is still hot so you can enjoy the cooler fall hikes!

    So far school is going well, we are enjoying our eclectic mix of schoolwork. I forgot that I ordered Atlas Crate from the Kiwi crate company. I forgot because I preordered and it hadn't come out yet and then it took 8 weeks before we got the first crate. My kids love it - I was really surprised at how much excitement they had yesterday while opening it. So if anyone is doing a geography year, the atlas crate is pretty cool.
    Beth
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    I'm glad everyone's doing well! Well...except for RTB. I'm sorry about your ankle.

    NZ, looks like we're facing a potential plumbing problem as well. Last week, I discovered a little dampness around the toilet bowl, and when DH pressed on the floor around it, it felt soggy. We're just waiting till the in-laws leave to get it looked at and fixed.

    In-laws have been here for over a week, and the house didn't blow up! MIL is behaving herself. I'm actually impressed. Well, "behaving" for her. She had a few moments. Right when we picked her up from the airport, she whipped out a map and made DS read a page full of city names and states from the index. The next day, she takes out a kid activity booklet from a department store where he had to unscramble the words for each department even though he had never been inside that store before. Then there was the quizzing of real life math problems. And FIL gave him a decimal division problem, something we had not covered yet. I had to explain to DS that math is really a years-long, lifelong discipline, and he's just not going to know everything. And it's okay.

    I just let them test him. Whatever. They were relieved that he knew how to read and do math, and afterwards, they went back to doing grandparent things.

    Yesterday, MIL told DS to skip breakfasts because she thought he was fat. The thing is, he's just average weight. She didn't say this in my presence. He told me later and was very upset at the prospect of not eating breakfast because he's hungry in the morning. I had to point out to him that MIL herself has a weird relationship with food. She's always watching her weight and skipping meals, and that that is not normal behavior.

    I'm looking forward to the end of this week, even though in general, DS has really been loving their company. He especially loves the long bike rides in the morning with his grandpa, and cooking with them. They are excellent cooks; it's just MIL really watches what she eats.

    Next year, they want us to go visit them in MI. Sounds good to me, because I won't have to overhaul my house, and we can only stay for one week, so shortened visit.
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    Vicsmom, oh man that sounds tough. You are doing so well! Weird about the food. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kick starts your metabolism for the day so it functions properly and then you won't be all wanting to snack all morning. I think many older people are weird about food. Whether it be restrictive or the "you have to eat everything on your plate". We have been really diligent about teaching our DD's to really listen to their bodies, eat till you are satisfied (not still hungry, not full, just not hungry anymore). So they are really good about just stopping when they have had enough, even if it is a treat food or dessert, and it really annoys some people when they eat with us and the DDs will stop with like three mouth fulls left on their plate. Even if it is in our house, and something I have made. If I don't care, they should not care. Good luck with the plumbing issue!

    Hawaii, I always have found it rather hilarious that Kiwi Crate just appropriated a quite iconic name that is distinctly connected with NZ, when they have nothing to do with NZ. I remember reading an article about how they chose it because they had a soft toy kiwi. The Atlas crate sounds great though.

    RTB, hope the ankle sprain heals soon. I hurt my back "falling" off a horse in one of my early lessons a year and a half ago, and it also took ages to get back. (I did not really fall off; I bailed because I slightly lost my balance and then decided to bail rather than try stay on. I landed on my feet but really heavily and jarred my back.)

    Alexsmom, good luck with the structure/routine. We love structure in our house (I think I would go a little crazy without it and trying to fit my work in).
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    @NZ - My MIL is the finish your plate kind. It is not even just finish your vegetables, it applies to junk food too. I don't want my kids wasting food, but I also don't want them choking down a slice of cake!
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    We have a weird food issue here -my oldest boy especially is underweight, and the pediatrician and endocrinologist have stressed how important it is that he gains weight / eats more.
    Its a struggle, though, and I wonder how many people have eating issues based on good intentions.
    (The pediatrician says if he doesnt finish a meal, he goes to bed, and that he needs to eat at least every three hours, for examples... )
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