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post #41 of 213
Glad you got lucky, Plady. WTH happened?!
post #42 of 213
Plady--glad the barn is ok (and you!). What an awful thing to see first thing in the morning.

Everything else I was going to say just fell out of my head. So I'll wave at everyone! wave.gif

We had the strings and choir concert today, with all sorts of interesting fun stuff as a side dish. There was the dad who was angry because he thought our music teacher called out his kid in front of everyone. We didn't know what he was talking about but he wanted to yell at her in between the strings and choir concert and wanted to know where she was. As if. I managed to find our principal who was there to watch his kid, and he neutralized the situation. And then there was the kid who fainted (but is ok, if mortified).

Tomorrow: Empty Bowls, for which I'm making soup and the orchestra is playing. Saturday: Holiday Shop, featuring all the junk that JayGee was complaining about. lol.gif We only run ours on Saturday and I'm chairing it this year. Moved all the boxes of merchandise for that today. I just need to finish painting the sign for it tonight, pick up a few food items (bagels, cream cheese, maybe the fruit tray) on the way home from Empty Bowls, and then get coffee (and the fruit tray if I didn't get it Friday) on Saturday morning. Maybe balloons for the sign, though I'm not sure how they fare in frigid weather.
post #43 of 213
Plady - how awful! Do you know what happened? Thank goodness it didn't spread to your barn. That truck is literally and figuratively toast though.

Real - have fun running your Holiday Shop! I'm glad we packed ours up yesterday since we have a snow day today. I will admit that it really is fun helping the littler ones pick out special gifts for their family smile.gif. What a bizarre experience at the holiday concert. Some parents are a little over the top about things like that. Glad the principal was there to diffuse the situation.

NRR - snow day! We only have about an inch or so on the ground, but the prediction is for 5-7 inches over the course of today.

And finally, Happy St. Nikolaus Day! The kids put their shoes out last night and woke up WAY too early to discover what treats they got. Now, they are all getting ready to go out in the snow.
post #44 of 213

Real - Yikes!  Sorry about the drama at the concert.  Not that this happened but sometimes calling a kid out in front of everyone is the only way to get the kid to notice they've been called out on something. :eyesroll

 

Gaye - I dreamed about snorkeling last night and I'm pretty sure it's your fault. :lol

 

Jo - Here's a link about what probably happened.  If we ever got a recall notice I don't remember, but we got the truck at an auction a couple years into its life with no paperwork beyond the title.

 

RR: Still got to boxing yesterday which felt good.  

 

NRR: Busy as ever with work.  This weekend is the big fundraiser party for which I'm singing two songs and the kids are going to play little stodgy accountants and try to haul in some pledges for the endowment fund.  I'm getting a mani/pedi (last year's cast gift) today and the esthetician has no idea what she's in for.  My knuckles crack and bleed almost every time I make a fist and all my nails are nubs.  I wouldn't do this to her except that the gc was about to expire and I'll have open toed shoes tomorrow night. 

post #45 of 213

Woah, Plady, those are amazing pictures, and actually look like something out of a movie.  I cannot see how the barn didn't catch fire.

 

I'm leaving to SF tomorrow for a conference.  This is not going well.  I'm totally uninspired.  And it's a snow day.  I've been up since 4:30 trying to get work done.  This is not shaping up well.

 

Ahhh, sports sidelining goes to school music performances.  It's good to see that little aspect of life is branching out into the arts...

post #46 of 213
I'm behind, but swinging by to say it's not appendicitis (or a bowel obstruction)!!! Whatever stomach pain/ailment it was has passed and she's off to preschool on this snowy morning.

It was my last day of teaching yesterday, and the only thing left as a student is an epidemiology/Biostats exam next Friday. Today is dentist, three violin lessons (two individual, one group), bootcamp, dinner with FIL and a night out with friends to a concert while FIL sleeps over to babysit. Chanukah party tomorrow night an assorted concerts, end of year meetings etc next week

Plady, I'm so glad you're safe and your barn is safe!

To everyone else: I hope that you're thriving in the bustle and still getting in some RR smile.gif
post #47 of 213
RR today was a family ride. Family ride and fish lunch seem to be our new weekend tradition for this country. I like it. Of course went to prayers, spent the afternoon doing math, and then hit the beach to watch the sun set.

Plady, that sucks about the truck. But thank goodness no one got hurt and the barn is all right.

Real, you made me laugh.

Geo, enjoy SF, I hope!

Happy St. Nick's to you who celebrate!



I have it in my head that I want to find a camel-trekking-and-overnight-camping offering. You'd think it would be easy; longest camel ride I have found so far is under 2 hours. Dd's bday is in 2 weeks and I would love to sleep under the stars and have someone else be in charge of food and sleeping bags. Clearly asking too much.
post #48 of 213
Jo, have you been following the story of the guy who is trekking across Africa? Paul Salopek, I believe is his name.

Plady, omg, I am so glad you're okay!!! You wrote that post on FB so calmly. I swear, you are the CALMEST person I've EVER met! (Said with lots of non-calm energy.) smile.gif I guess N will work out the details.

Sparkle, Nic, I am so having a mid-life crisis right now. I just want to drive drive drive all night long to sit on a Dingo couch. All the other stuff that's going on isn't helping. Plus AF just arrived. I feel like right when my view gets a tiny spot that's clear and I lean in and try to make it bigger, something bigger than me, just blurs it all up again.

RR: yoga was very hot and sweaty last night. Then I ran/walked 3 miles this morning after drop-off. My exercise has been pretty decent but I think I've put on a few pounds anyway. Not muscle, either. I think it might be from the last 2 months of weird eating. We've lived in the car since September and I finally capitulated and just ate out all the time. The grocery store trip + fixing food + cleaning up just couldn't happen at all on a daily basis. I don't think I cooked a single meal in all of Oct and not more than a handful in all of Nov. Wow! Writing that down makes me see the last 3 months with a different perspective. For a supposed health-food advocate, my diet has been a train wreck, I suppose. Do you think that could explain an extra 5 pounds even though I did manage to do weights, yoga, and swim every week? We are still so busy, but I am finally cooking again. I bought a new, larger, crock pot yesterday (sale + coupon + store credit = $20) and I'm going to try to just put some huge amount of food in it 3 or 4 days a week. Double batch of bison chili yesterday. But here's the thing. I still am so crazy busy. Mil's house sold already!! So we have tomorrow and Sunday to get everything out - in time for me to take ds2 to his piano concert which is 3 hours away. dizzy.gif We've had something every single night this week and something every single night for the next two weeks. So many of these activities require 2 - 4 hours in the car. I haven't had time to even get my already put together Advent calendar out of storage! Plus, add to the mix that that laundry room/school room renovation ... well, it's still in my living room. I don't want to decorate at all with all those boxes everywhere. Pick one spot in the dining room to decorate maybe? Any advise about food, meals... Seriously, I try not to eat out & I'll go to the grocery store deli but this is no better. help.gif I think I've maxed the capacity of what I can handle at any given moment. And, I've done nothing for my mom's 70th birthday or my kid's 10th birthday or Christmas. Oh boy, I can't even go there...
post #49 of 213
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Originally Posted by 1jooj View Post

I have it in my head that I want to find a camel-trekking-and-overnight-camping offering. You'd think it would be easy; longest camel ride I have found so far is under 2 hours. Dd's bday is in 2 weeks and I would love to sleep under the stars and have someone else be in charge of food and sleeping bags. Clearly asking too much.

AWESOME!!!

 

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I don't think I cooked a single meal in all of Oct and not more than a handful in all of Nov. Wow! Writing that down makes me see the last 3 months with a different perspective. For a supposed health-food advocate, my diet has been a train wreck, I suppose. Do you think that could explain an extra 5 pounds even though I did manage to do weights, yoga, and swim every week? We are still so busy, but I am finally cooking again. I bought a new, larger, crock pot yesterday (sale + coupon + store credit = $20) and I'm going to try to just put some huge amount of food in it 3 or 4 days a week. Double batch of bison chili yesterday. But here's the thing. I still am so crazy busy. Mil's house sold already!! So we have tomorrow and Sunday to get everything out - in time for me to take ds2 to his piano concert which is 3 hours away.

Here's my plan for next week:

Monday: chili

Tuesday: Jo soup

Wednesday: leftovers or noodles of some kind

Thursday: fish from freezer (likely oven baked in tinfoil with lemon and butter and dill)

Friday: home made pizza

Saturday: tacos/burritos/nachos (you pick) with beans, chicken pulled from

post #50 of 213

Loft, how's school going for your DS?

 

This week's meals:

Jo's soup

kerc's pumpkin soup

corn pancakes with black bean sauce & cheese

pasta and meatballs

beef stirfry and fridge/freezer found veggies over rice

 

I came home from a Xmas party with a quart of peanut sauce, like you'd use for sate.  Ideas?  I've got fresh spinach in the fridge, and a lot of home made pasta.  It's a snow day, so I've got a few minutes to actually cook tonight.

post #51 of 213

Geo, I have been riffing off of asian quinoa salad and raw pad thai a lot lately. Both would be good with peanut sauce as the dressing.

 

Lofty, your schedule sounds insane!! I have pork for pulled pork in the crockpot for dinner tonight, to be served with rice and roasted veggies. Tomorrow we're out for a party, and next week includes:

Beet and cauliflower soup, with hummus and veggies

Turkey sausage and yam & butternut squash fries

Something with kabocha squash- either stuffed/wrapped pasta (if I have time) or maybe roasted squash salad

Spaghetti and ragu and steamed broccoli

 

The rest is still a work in progress...

 

Dentist done, but I got a fat lip in the process. I'm still to numb to feel it, but it looks yucky. They were replacing fillings on my wisdom teeth and it's hard to work back there, so I understand how it happened. Now onto an afternoon of violin/fiddle...

post #52 of 213

Lofty, like MelW said, that schedule sounds insane.

 

I don't meal plan in advance, but when I cook, I always intend to have leftovers. A typical week for us looks like:

Sunday: Roast or stew of lamb and veg (usually carrots, potatoes, onion, and whatever else might look good)

Monday: Roast chicken (make 2) and chopped salad

Tuesday: Leftovers, maybe stewed chicken gizzards for dh

Weds: Beef something, either stew with veg or ground-beef based like burgers or Mex

Thurs: Probably lamb again.

 

We usually have leftovers for lunch; dh doesn't eat lunch. He makes eggs with tomatoes most mornings. Weekends usually involve Friday afternoon fish from the market. Today, we are slumming for leftovers.

 

When dh travels, I change the routine, and throw a few soups in: the Moroccan one, Tom Kha Gai, beef mushroom. Or I make a green curry. More salads. Weekend grilling is more like our entertainment budget than food, so we'll drop money on good lamb chops and Australian rib eyes.

 

We keep tinned sardines on hand in case dh doesn't like what I cook. It's not a big deal, but he'll pop a tin of sardines and have it with tomatoes. 

 

Maybe I will book that desert overnight just me and dd.

 

Also looking at planning a trip. Dh should be able to get off sometime in Jan, but where to go? I feel like there's either unrest, threat of Mers-CoV, or too much planning needed. Egypt is out, Turkey is questionable. India? We wanted to plan for Mecca, but the Mers thing is making us think twice. And yes I know just how first-world my "problems" are, and we will never pass this way again, so there it is.

 

Did I discuss the school visit? The kids are thrilled at the prospect and so am I! Writing across the curriculum, projects are done IN SCHOOL (not by parents on evenings/weekends), daily foreign language, gorgeous fine arts facilities and electives including drama, non-competitive and competitive sports options, swim team, rock wall in the gym. No GT program by philosophy. Math structure differs from typical US starting in middle school because of IB. The biggest obstacles will be getting in. Dd's paperwork is complete, ds's should be complete first thing tomorrow morning, and then we wait until at least April to hear. Which basically coincides with my hearing about acceptance into grad programs.

 

So a trip might be a good thing in the middle of all that. Where would you go if you were in my shoes?

post #53 of 213
You are so close to India.

Saychelles?
post #54 of 213
Jo, I'm so glad the kids are excited about the school plans! I second India.

Thanks for the recipe ideas! Looks like you guys make a bigger amount of food than I normally do so maybe doubling will help. The new crockpot holds way more than the smaller one I was using so I made a double batch of bison chili and my whole family was so happy to have it again the next day. Lunches are probably my weakest point but if I double the recipes, maybe that will work for lunches. What do you do for lunches? For kids' lunches? Thanks for the ideas!

Geo, ds2 is loving it though he won't admit it. eyesroll.gif He likes saying that he's still trying it out, but he's always very happy to go everyday and always very happy and full of stories when I pick him up. He tells me every little detail on the way home and we study for tests on the way there. His grades have made there way up to As now that he's getting the hang of it. I miss him - but what mom doesn't miss their kid? - but I'm so happy for him!

Okay, we have the moving from 8-11. Must move furniture out now.

Hope you all are warm and toasty wherever you are. cold.gif
post #55 of 213

Jo: No suggestions for your trip, but it sounds like a great time for a get-away. And I just get the feeling that all the hard work and planning is really beginning to pay off for you and your family! When would this school start?

 

Lofty: great news that the house sold so quickly! Good luck with the move!

 

I love hearing about your meal plans. The yam & butternut squash fries sound so good :yum My meals are so impromptu, I am lucky if I know that day what I will fix each night lately. Luckily DH has been super helpful about picking up children and fixing meals.

 

Finally got away from my desk for a run this morning. I feel much better. Only about 10 more days of solid work and I will be done for the year. But it will be 10 full days in a row... which kind of puts a kink in my pre-holiday rituals like baking, crafty gifts especially with the kids, some decorating and then getting gifts together for my out of town family. We will manage anyway, I'm sure. 

 

One thing I am sure of, that I need to run or exercise every day. The sitting is killing my legs and my mood. And my waistline. Yes, it's the Blerch! So I moved some furniture around in my office so that I can lay out my yoga mat for impromptu stretches and inversions. I might try doing something every hour.

 

We had our first of 2 follow-up appointments with DS, this first one with an OT. She was nice and found very little (read: nothing) wrong with DS. I don't have the report yet, but her suggestion was that he do some writing exercises to make writing more automatic, less like drawing. That makes sense to me, as he still has to think about each letter he writes, and it slows him down. If he could focus just on the words he wants to write and not the task of writing, it would speed up the whole process. The next appointment is with an educational specialist in January.

 

The doctor (I can't remember if I already said this) did mention several times that a mild stimulant would work great for him. I answered every time that all other avenues have to be exhausted before I would consider medication. His teacher is documenting his "inability to focus" on every piece of writing I get from her. Worrisome. Starting to revisit the idea of holding him back and switching to another school.

 

Back to work...

post #56 of 213
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Thanks for the recipe ideas! Looks like you guys make a bigger amount of food than I normally do so maybe doubling will help. The new crockpot holds way more than the smaller one I was using so I made a double batch of bison chili and my whole family was so happy to have it again the next day. Lunches are probably my weakest point but if I double the recipes, maybe that will work for lunches. What do you do for lunches? For kids' lunches? Thanks for the ideas!

How can this even be possible?  Your boys are older than mine. They must eat all day.

 

When we have leftover chili or soup:  I put it into pint sized jars. Label the outside (right on the glass) with a sharpie.  I put 1-2 in the fridge and the rest into the freezer (leave room for expansion). Lunch for me is usually frozen soup. We make two school lunches each day.

Hints on packable lunches:

  • If I'm in charge (about 60% of the time), I make it as I'm cleaning up dinner. So one lunch this week was leftover roast chicken pieces as a wrap + veggies or fruit, I forget.
  • Leah likes stuff like tuna salad or chicken salad - I send it with a fork/knife and nut thin crackers. (vs. a sandwich)
  • We keep a handful of "lunch" staples on hand. Only my husband adores sandwiches so not usually a lot of sandwiches for lunch.  I do keep in the pantry or freezer 1-2 things we can make/eat quickly. Packaged granola bars for instance. I don't send them all the time, but they help me maintain my sanity. So I keep them in the basement pantry and get them when we're low on energy or easy food.
  • We like PB and apples. We like cheese and crackers (keep cheese separate from crackers when you send it or the crackers get soggy). I love leftovers. My kids like nori and I'll send them sticky rice and those seaweed snacks or a sheet of nori.
  • When I make lunch the night before if there's anything I need to add in the morning (for instance Erin is picky and will only eat yogurt if we include an ice pack), or if I'm adding soup:  I just write a note and use a "chip clip"  to clip it to the outside of the bag.  When I send my girls soup I heat it up (this is why I use canning jars -- easy to either heat on the stove or the microwave), I boil water, pour into a thermos to pre-heat it. Then put warm soup into warm thermos (after dumping out water).

 

I also make a bunch of meatballs and keep them frozen in the freezer. What I do is make up the meatballs, bake them in the oven, let them cool and put them into the freezer on a (clean, with no drippings) flat cookie sheet (actually I use a brownie pan because I'm clumsy and they're less likely to roll off). When they are frozen I pop them into a big ziplock and we can do lots with them:  meatball sandwiches. meatballs in soup. meatballs with tomato sauce, meatballs with cream sauce. sweet and sour sauce. etc.  I make smaller meatballs because I find them more versatile.

 

I do the same thing with beans -- dried beans, soak, cook. cool. then I put them into the freezer in ziplock baggies. easy burritos. My husband likes canned beans -- too salty for me.

 

My husband bakes pizza. It's his thing. When he's not busy I have him whip up 3-4 batches of pizza dough in the mixer. He then loads it into a ziplock bag and freezes. The night before I pull it out and put it into the fridge. That significantly reduces the time from start cooking to end.

 

IMO when you run around a lot or work outside the house it's useful to have an "emergency" dinner option. Ours is to keep beans, rice and tortillas on hand. My girls don't love eggs. But eggs were a standby pre-children.  Pancakes for dinner is also a great option for us. Crepes are a bit of a pain to make, but when I do my kids need to have "savory" AND "sweet" toppings. Savory is ham, spinach, cheese, sausage, leftover chili. whatever.    sweet is powdered sugar, jam, maple syrup or sometimes whipped cream.

post #57 of 213

Mel:  "he still has to think about each letter he writes, and it slows him down"  How old is he?  That's a huge, big, red flag if he's 2nd grade or beyond.  That screams dysgraphia or a developmental coordination problem to me.  An OT is often someone to identify it, but it needs to be diagnosed by someone who can diagnose out of the DSM, so an educational psychologist or someone similar.  He also needs to have his working memory tested, as too much focus on one task taxes the working memory to deal with other tasks.

 

If you get no concrete direction, I have a lot of suggestions for you to address these things.  Get started typing, too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

 

Packing for San Francisco.  I don't really want to go. 

post #58 of 213
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Mel:  "he still has to think about each letter he writes, and it slows him down"  How old is he?  That's a huge, big, red flag if he's 2nd grade or beyond.  That screams dysgraphia or a developmental coordination problem to me.  An OT is often someone to identify it, but it needs to be diagnosed by someone who can diagnose out of the DSM, so an educational psychologist or someone similar.  He also needs to have his working memory tested, as too much focus on one task taxes the working memory to deal with other tasks.

 

If you get no concrete direction, I have a lot of suggestions for you to address these things.  Get started typing, too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

 

Packing for San Francisco.  I don't really want to go. 


Thank you! DD2 loved those typing lessons, what a great idea. DS loves basically anything on the computer

 

DS is 7 and in 2nd grade. His b-day is in April. So, an OT can't diagnose things? The pediatrician's suggestion to start with OT and the educational specialist don't seem to be diagnostic then, really, but more of a treat-the-symptom approach. The ped. mentioned that 7 is early to diagnose anything like dyslexia.

 

I hope the trip to SF turns out well. Is it another conference?

post #59 of 213

Your ped is poorly informed about dyslexia (that's pretty typical, nothing against the ped - he did steer you in the right initial direction):  Our district is not reliably identifying it with 80% accuracy in the 1st week of kindergarten.

 

OTs have different skills sets.  They are probably generally best at dealing with poor fine motor coordination as it affects handwriting, but not all would be as good at the automaticity.  You might have to go and interview a few to find a good match.  Having a diagnosis come from a ed psych will help guide that search for an OT, and will guide the OT in identifying the underlying causes.

 

Dyslexia and dysgraphia can be inherently linked in a decoding/encoding struggle with regards to the phonological parts of language, or dysgraphia can be more of a physical issue with fine motor coordination, automaticity of motion, and other aspects of the physical ability to write language by hand.  Or it can be an issue of a working memory problem in which the child can't hold onto a thought long enough to put it down onto paper.  The underlying cause of the dysgraphia (DSM is "disorder of written expression") is key to identify to guide intervention.  Typing can help with many of these issues because it simplifies the letter formation issues, and it also taxes less of the working memory to produce, freeing up brain space to compose language.

 

Start here:  http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/test.written.lang.htm

 

Yes, it's a conference. 

 

I'm happy to talk by email or on the phone if I can be of help.

post #60 of 213

Yeah, India came to mind. Tons of flights, too, and not too expensive. Question then is where in India. Dh has wanted to go to Kerala. Guess I could start the research. Seychelles would be nice for a luxurious getaway. I want to see Santorini and also Malta, but probably not now. India could really be a cheap week or so. Off to dig a little. :namaste

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