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Out of the past twelve days Steve has been away for ten. He woke me up briefly on Monday morning but apart from that I haven't seen him since last weekend so as much as I love you - which... Continue reading
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This morning Edward reached into the freezer, extracted two waffles and shut the door. Then he opened it again and peered inside. "Mom?" he said. "Yeah?" "Why is there a pair of shoes in the freezer?" I laughed and walked... Continue reading
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I have no idea what is going on in this picture. I don't know why Edward is reading the dictionary. I don't know why Caroline is planting a kiss on the back of his neck. I don't know why he... Continue reading
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On the smallest of scales, few feelings can match the satisfaction that comes from tidying a space that has been accumulating clutter for years. In fact, I believe Milan Kundera originated the unbearable lightness of being after helping a friend... Continue reading
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From the back seat Caroline asked, "Mom, what does persistent mean?" "Doing something over and over again despite resistance or failure." "Oh," she said, thoughtfully. I half-turned my head and saw that she was reading The Girls' Book - How... Continue reading
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Dear Football, At times you have baffled me and I don't just mean the seemingly arbitrary distribution of cards both red and yellow. I mean who plays whom and where and when and why and don't even get me started... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Julia
This is Steve's system as well and I agree it works. He and the kids have their 'woods clothes' hanging on hooks in the garage. The ticks are so bad right now though that just being in the yard seems to be a problem and I have been less than successful at getting the children to change every time they walk out the front door. It's a dilemma.
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I'm on an organizing spree right now, so thanks! I will.
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Oh yuck, sorry. The ads pull from browser history (on my machine I see Lands End and something called edx right now) so I'm not sure what is going on with that but I can universally block certain ad subjects. I have already blocked all the adult type places but I will take a look again and see what else might be in there. Thanks for letting me know!
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Sorry about that and thanks for letting me know. I think it is Internet Explorer issue? I am working on it.
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As much as I like to have the children outside getting fresh air, exercise and vitamin D now that the days are warm there is a significant drawback. I had to remove four (4) attached deer ticks today from two... Continue reading
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First, forgive me while I shake my cane but: ay yi yi, kids today. The resources with which the modern child is able to communicate never cease to astonish me. When *I* was in seventh grade I would say goodbye... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Julia
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Caroline and Edward's rooms were most likely designed as two rooms but were built as one long chamber (for what purpose the original owners intended I can only guess - indoor shuffleboard?) When we moved in we put a TV... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Julia
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That's exactly what Patrick said when he showed it to me: be careful what you wish for.
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This is close to the version I know http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/irovedout-2.html
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on I Have No Idea What I Am Doing at Julia
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+ I sang as I was making breakfast this morning and had just gotten to the part of As I Roved Out in which the girl asks if he's going to marry her seeing as how she's all ruined and... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Julia
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Assignment: First graders had three weeks to research an animal and its habitat, assemble their findings and display what they learned (with pictures) Parental Reaction, initial: Incredulous Parental Reaction, eventual: Grudging Parental Involvement: Absolutely Minimal Results: Extremely Individualized Exhibit A... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Julia
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I told him he has something to look forward to next year. We went to Hershey Park when I was in sixth grade and it was AWESOME. Today if I consumed that much chocolate and then tried to go on a ride I would be sick for a week.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Even A Dour Clock Is Something Something at Julia
School is grades 6 through 12 and only the 8th and 9th graders went so I expect they needed a lot of teachers to stay and man the fort.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Even A Dour Clock Is Something Something at Julia
Me either. I now get nauseous when I turn my desk chair too quickly.
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Ohhhhhhh! Ha ha! No! I meant he resents quadratic inequalities that graph as parabolas... like x blabbity blah is greater than or equal to x squared minus fifty-two x etc. So I wasn't surprised he didn't finish the test because he doesn't like this specific unit and I'm sure he poked along at it. Yeah, he'll go next year. I was mostly just amused that he finally had a legitimate peg upon which to hang his hat of woe: entire class on cotton-candy spree while parabola-hating boy is left alone to graph parabolas. Oh the humanity.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Even A Dour Clock Is Something Something at Julia
Ha! He can be glacial when he feels put upon and for whatever reason he really RESENTS inequalities.
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Not too late! I read this this morning and mentioned it to Patrick who thought it was terrific. We dropped Edward off at OT and then Patrick ran into the grocery store to pick out a couple of muffins for himself and his teacher. They're still stuck at work/school while everyone else is having fun at Valley Fair but... at least they have baked goods. What a charming idea this was - thank you so much.
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In general when Patrick tells me about his day I am bracingly noncommittal. There is such a strong Eeyore streak to his narratives; such a pronounced tendency to gloomily suppose that his history teacher will most likely defenestrate herself rather... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Julia
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I was pretty certain that Edward was shrieking with laughter but I went to my bedroom to investigate nonetheless; mostly to make sure that they hadn’t knocked my pillows onto the floor and gotten the blankets all twisty. I hate... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Julia
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