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Old 04-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #5641
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Glad you're back safe, Marge.

KS is Kansas, I have a cousin there.
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Still really windy here. Steady 35 gusting 45. It's kicked up dust so we couldn't see the mountains, pollen crappy too.
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Our guests left on Friday after 2.5 weeks. Nice to have the house back to just us. We went to so many places. Grand Canyon was the Grand canyon - 5th trip there for me, 4th for the rest of the family. On to Monument Valley where we stayed at The View - looks right out onto the valley and the buttes. Amazing for the sunset and sunrise. Meteor crater was kind of an anticlimax after the valley. stood on the corner in Winslow! Fun but hectic.
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Our neighbour watched the cat while we were gone. She called him the ninja cat as he stayed hidden until the last day! He then hid from us when we got back to show his disgust!
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DH had never been so far on to the Navajo, or any other reservation. Food for thought. The reservations near us have the casinos on the edge so that is as far as anyone goes.
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Oops, wrong browser window. ROFL

In THIS one, I meant to say, hey ERK, glad you had a good time, you got to see lots of cool stuff that I've never seen!
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PH!!!

Thieves steal five tons of Nutella - Telegraph
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Not much to report here... just same ol' same ol' stuff but with nice sunny warm weather.
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Gorgeous here today. The morning was still windy like yesterday but it has tapered off. Now it's warm. Low 70s.

My mom had her right knee replacement surgery this morning and it went very well, the doctor was pleased. Said she's so healthy, he's very confident. She'll be 85 in June.

One of my sisters kept everyone informed.
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ERK, that was a LONG visit with your house guests.....it takes a very special host to keep smiling for that long a visit.
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Much to report--too pooped to do so.

Wrose, glad your mom's surgery went well.

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I hope everything is OK, Rainsong. Or, as "OK" as can be expected.
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Rainsong, I hope you can update us when you have more time.
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Love to you, too, RS. Looking forward to an update...
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BB I agree, group work is something we all need to learn to deal with. It's just when the desks are arranged so that basically your whole day is "group" time, that's not good for everyone.

And the CEO of Yahoo, getting rid of "work from home" completely, is insane, unless she's making sure everyone gets an office with a door..... yeah right.
I can see where you are coming from, I really do.

I've spent the past year working on both a district and state wide level in the education field recognizing strategies that will improve student learning. The number one priority is to create "career and college ready" students. The biggest complaint among prospective employers??? Unable to work in a group setting efficiently. Prospective employers rated that more important than educational background or previous work experience.

While I totally understand that group time is not for everyone, its essential if we are going to prepare students for the real world. Employers do not adjust their expectations to meet employee needs very often. In a nation like ours, you simply find an employee that is a better fit. I have a child who does not do well in groups at all and prefers to be alone almost always. School is going to be a huge challenge for him. My oldest hates group work, not because she prefers to fly solo like DS2, but because she feels like she is always paired with people who do not see the value in working as hard as she does. So, her options are to take on a much heavier work load than the other group participants or accept the grade they all agree is ok. It blows. I'm not gonna lie. They know she will do the work and they all get the A because of it. While I think this scenario is completely unfair, its is exactly how it plays out in the work force too. Real life scenarios.

It is a incredibly difficult to meet the delicate balance needed to prepare students for college and careers. All info we are getting right now shows that group work will become a major component of core curriculum, not just in KY but across the nation.
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Oh...and also a fun fact...

Parents report "group work" as one of the top things they dislike about their children's classrooms.
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That was a quick catch up and I'm thrilled to have finally been able to do one in a timely manner. It feels like it as been months since I've really had time to visit the pond on a regular basis. Life is just so incredibly busy with the kids.

I miss you guys!

RS, I look forward to an update when you're up to giving one. In the meantime, know you are in my thoughts constantly even when I am absent from the pond.
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I have a sick kid at home today. That's not surprising as I've had one or more sick children for three weeks now. I'm done. Totally. I am so tired of illnesses.

I have a council meeting at 4 that I am only slightly prepared for. I'm hoping I can wing it and not look foolish. Afterward, DD has tumbling for an hour and then stunting for an hour after that.(on the same campus, so that worked out well for me) Then I will go for a run and hurry home to try to get a handle on the evening needs of the house and children. Busy busy week.
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Tomorrow evening DD and I have to attend a pre-try out contract meeting for cheerleading. We have been given the contract, which requires our signatures prior to try out, for review. Tomorrow the coaches and athletic director will go over every detail and allow us to ask questions. Try outs begin monday. Signature is required prior to try outs. Its 15ish pages. Serious stuff. I cannot believe she is going to high school next year. Wow.
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I have been planning a weekend trip(just an overnighter) for my friends and I for several months now. We leave Saturday morning at 7am. I am pretty excited! We are touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a driving trail designed to show off the bourbon distilleries and beautiful scenery in Kentucky. Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Where the Spirit Leads You

I've planned the entire trip...we have a 15 passenger van and a paid driver(wanted to go with a party bus, but it was $3250 even with my steep-almost 1500-family discount). So, we went with a van and paid driver instead. We will visit four distilleries on Saturday and the remaining two on Sunday. We hired the driver bc none of us wanted to be the DD and each distillery has sampling after the tours. We will kick off with a shot of bourbon(yes, at 7am) and begin touring. So, roughly 18-20oz of bourbon over a ten hour period. No one needs to be driving on that. Better safe than sorry! We're spending the night in Louisville and hanging on Fourth Street Live! for the night. Its going to be absolutely exhausting, but I know we will have a great time. Eight couples, age ranges from 21-53! Fun times. One of the guys is dating a younger woman, the 21 year old. They went to Puerto Rico with us. We joked that he had to get written consent from her father in order to take her out of the country. It is truly hilarious. Luckily, they are good sports.

We really cannot afford the trip, but we paid for everything other than food back in January. Thank goodness! Otherwise, we wouldn't be going. So, I'm looking forward to relaxing and exciting weekend of partying with great friends. I'm sure I will have a few stories and pics to share.
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alright...I had better get back to work before leaving for my meeting. Ugh.
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Wow, Amber, great trip!!!! Have a blast! I'll be thinking of you.
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I do know about group work and employers - I'm reading Quiet by Susan Cain, and seriously hoping it has an impact on people making these decisions. We are simply forcing everyone into the same mold.

Yes we should learn to work with groups but not to the exclusion of all else. The book is fascinating. Also reading The Introvert Advantage: How to thrive in an Extrovert World, by Mart Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

It seems like every other page, I find myself going, "Oh so THAT's what it is!" Insights all along the way. Our society has gone from one that values quiet thought and character to one that values only those who can get up in front and "shake their booty" or whatever.

Here's a link to Quiet,

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking: Susan Cain: 0030788707778: Amazon.com: Books

and here's a link to an interesting article by Leonard Pitts, a columnist for the Miami Herald.

Leonard Pitts: For introverts, working alone works best - Leonard Pitts Jr. - MiamiHerald.com

It's funny, I read this article before I got these books, and when he starts off saying that Yahoo's decision is not a women's issue, I remember thinking, why would anyone think it was a women's issue? Duh, because working moms who were working from home would no longer be able to do so. But I know the Yahoo campus out here, and I know traffic, and I was thinking, holy cow, people are going to lose a couple hours a day traveling now, in traffic! I never even thought about the problem with those having small children at home.

So while I agree with your points, I'm hoping we can change it. It shouldn't be necessary for everyone to be forced to be an extrovert.

I personally have kind of realized that I'm an introvert AND I'm shy. Apparently being an introvert has nothing to do with the way my body is not under my control when I'm forced to speak in public (which I manage to avoid pretty well). That's pure shyness.

And yes, I always hated group work projects for my kids for the same reasons you do. But I can understand SOME group projects having to be done. I just don't agree that it has to be that way all the time.
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I watched a 20 minute TED video of Susan Cain (author of Quiet) a couple of weeks ago, and then got the book from the library. Y'all know how much I HATE watching stuff online. You know when I post a link, I'll say something like, "only 30 seconds".... lol

And yet I was fascinated through her whole talk. Because it was SO meaningful to me, I guess.

If anyone is interested, here's the link:

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I watched a 20 minute TED video of Susan Cain (author of Quiet) a couple of weeks ago, and then got the book from the library. Y'all know how much I HATE watching stuff online. You know when I post a link, I'll say something like, "only 30 seconds".... lol

And yet I was fascinated through her whole talk. Because it was SO meaningful to me, I guess.

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Thanks for the link, Kathy. I subscribe to the TED videos on Hulu but I'm sure I miss interesting ones like this on a regular basis because there are so many!
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We can go through it together - I'm in shock, too.

We had to register DS about a month ago and haven't yet heard which classes he will be taking, though the number of electives for freshman were limited in number and availability.


I do know that he wants to take every single science class they offer and that the only extra literature classes he has interest in were the science fiction class and the class where they watch movies that were made from books and he wants to take shop so he can build a fence for our front yard so the dog can run free .


DH reminded me recently of a conversation DS initiated: "I want to be a scientist but I have a problem" "Oh, what is that?" "I don't know any scientists!"... This, from the son of two scientists, LOL. I don't know why I thought of that but it's kind of funny considering the number of science classes he wants to complete during his high school career.



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We really cannot afford the trip, but we paid for everything other than food back in January. Thank goodness! Otherwise, we wouldn't be going. So, I'm looking forward to relaxing and exciting weekend of partying with great friends. I'm sure I will have a few stories and pics to share.
Wow, Ambber - that sounds fun! Good job on the paid driver!


DH and I have often talked about a whiskey distillery tour of Scotland - we'll have to remember about hiring the driver to avoid the "who's the designated driver and who's the designated drunk?" question
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We just got DD's schedule for next year - I cried looking over it. I can't believe she's going to be a freshman either...

Though the only freshman classes she's taking will be English and Biology - everything else is a sophomore or junior class.

She's still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up...Luckily by getting her Algebra, French 1 and at least 1 if not 2 credits of her art out of the way, she'll have a lot more elective opportunities to explore different classes if she wants but still maintain the rigor that she needs for college.


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We had to register DS about a month ago and haven't yet heard which classes he will be taking, though the number of electives for freshman were limited in number and availability.


I do know that he wants to take every single science class they offer and that the only extra literature classes he has interest in were the science fiction class and the class where they watch movies that were made from books and he wants to take shop so he can build a fence for our front yard so the dog can run free .


DH reminded me recently of a conversation DS initiated: "I want to be a scientist but I have a problem" "Oh, what is that?" "I don't know any scientists!"... This, from the son of two scientists, LOL. I don't know why I thought of that but it's kind of funny considering the number of science classes he wants to complete during his high school career.



Has your daughter chosen classes yet Ambber?
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So four of us will have a high school freshman next year.

We won't know YDS's exact schedule until just before school starts. Besides the "normal" 9th grade classes (English, world geography, earth science, P.E.) he's signed up for French I, band, and something else I can't remember. He'll be taking geometry for his math credit because he's taking Algebra I this year.

I'll also have a senior. *snuffle* How the heck did that happen?
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Y'all are getting old, you're going to catch up to me! My baby sister has caught up with me too! lol
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Oh...and also a fun fact...

Parents report "group work" as one of the top things they dislike about their children's classrooms.
Personally I hated group work in school. So much wasted time and always a freeloader.


Speaking from experience, for working parents group work can be hard when you have to get your child to and from other kid's houses when they have to meet out of class.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #5674
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Fun trip Amber! Maybe more fun if you left the DH's at home
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #5675
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Personally I hated group work in school. So much wasted time and always a freeloader.


Speaking from experience, for working parents group work can be hard when you have to get your child to and from other kid's houses when they have to meet out of class.
Yep that was always a problem.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:55 PM   #5676
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So four of us will have a high school freshman next year.
Wow!

DS will have English, Math (not sure if it's Algebra or Geometry), a science class (Intro to Earth Science/Astronomy or Intro to Chemistry/Physics or Animal Care or Horticulture), and Spanish 1 for sure.


He's not taking band, which makes me sad, but it was band or Spanish, and he just never has integrated socially in the band, which also makes me sad - it was a real refuge for me, but he's been bullied multiple times by band kids We're going to look at continuing guitar with private lessons (he's been in group lessons two days a week after school for two years).


Other class possibilities that he put on his list are health, PE, intro to Word/Excel/Powerpoint (which includes keyboarding instruction), and Pacific Northwest History.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:57 PM   #5677
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My DD is starting middle school, too...

On the one hand, they'll both be on the same schedule finally.


On the other hand, she's not my baby if she's going to middle school, you know?
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #5678
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On the other hand, she's not my baby if she's going to middle school, you know?
My mom is the middle child of her family. She had an older sister (who is now deceased) and she has a younger brother.

When Mom's father was in the hospital shortly before he passed away, he introduced my mom to one of the nurses as "my baby girl".

Mom was 52 years old then... and still the "baby girl".
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:16 AM   #5679
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:19 AM   #5680
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It must be bittersweet for those of you with kids going to high school this year. Are your kids excited about going to high school?
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