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Welcome to the September 2013 Dingo thread. run.gif



New visitors to the Dingo Thread may ask, "but, what is a Dingo?"



Dingoes are mamas (defined loosely, when needed) who run, walk, cycle, tri, and participate in whatever sport they need to sustain their awesome mama selves in lives that are definitely dynamic. Sometimes, a Dingo is injured, or life takes a turn, and she has to take a break from her chosen sport. Whether active or aspiring, Dingoes support one another in spirit. When two Dingoes are in the same place at the same time, something incredibly special happens. This is called a Dingo Meetup. They are relatively rare, and so we try to record them with photographic evidence.



Are you a Dingo? You just might be, if:

You sometimes perform acts of brilliance in order to squeeze a workout into a busy week.

You're never ashamed of coming in at the back of the pack, even if you're used to coming in faster.

You have found yourself sincerely respecting and admiring moms in all forms, observing how they're doing it for love, and growing from their experiences as well as your own



You won't know until you try, and all comers are welcome.



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Good morning, Dingoes!

 

Plady, I apologize if I offended you about the sugar/shaming thing. I didn't mean to! That was my own narishkeit (hang up) about what happens(ed) to me when I go off the sugar rails. Ugh. Bad legacy in my family.

 

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Lofty - Thanks for the reminder about it being September today!  White rabbits before breakfast everyone!  The girls went to see the new Percy Jackson movie yesterday as a sisters-on-the-town treat and C loved it beyond words (she was literally crying all the way home mumbling "it was so good, it was so good') and she mentioned something about learning Greek so I mentioned that I thought G and D were learning Greek and she's curious about how and where.  I'll go back through your blog because I think I saw you list your materials but I thought you might like to know she was very impressed!

 

Ah the September detox.  My few remaining chickens are enjoying the bag of cheetoz I just tossed them (happily? no one else is up yet and I only am because our wayward kitty came in to the bedroom with a vole and started playing with it.  Dh claimed he doesn't do blood and went back to sleep so I got to grab it by the tail and throw it outside.  No going back to sleep after that when the sun is up and everything.)  The dog ate all of the nibbled bits of cheesecake and rice krispie treats left over from the party so we're pretty much back to a sugar/wheat-free household.  I'm also going to take some time off of morning coffee.  Periodically I switch to yerba mate and it feels like time.  I also just got an order of some probiotic capsules that were highly rated on amazon that I'm starting to see what if anything feels different.  All the stories about gut flora effecting mental health have me too curious to resist.  That and reading The Art of Fermentation, which has inspired me to start some kefir and pull out my sauerkrauting jars.  

And, dd1 and I are going to go out for a walk/run when we finish our tea.  Yay!

 

Sparkle - Meant to add my condolences on the destruction of your campground.  I know it's not ever going to be quite the same but maybe there are other places that could provide the same sense of freedom.  We were so impressed with the provincial parks we camped in on Vancouver I.  It's not camp like yours but maybe halfway there.  So many families, so clean and well laid out and tons of things to do.  We're ready to go back next summer and just park it for a week and let the kids bike around and swim and do the ranger talks and whatnot.  Maybe that could be an option?

 

Gaye - i just love hearing about how you spend your non-working time.  You really seem to make the most of it and it's so inspiring.  And still curious about the date (especially why you really really really like him)! 

 

Jo - notes2.gif on the bcp thing.  That weight fluctuation and sore boobs thing rings familiar.  I wonder if my 12+ years off of bcp might be enough.  Please keep reporting!

 

Geo - Your math notes also pulled me back in time.  I more or less gave up math when I was just on the verge of understanding this which never bothered me until now!  Looking backward and being able to see where we cut off options for ourselves is kind of fascinating but also a poignant reminder of how little we understand when we're young.  


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Geo - Your math notes also pulled me back in time.  I more or less gave up math when I was just on the verge of understanding this which never bothered me until now!  Looking backward and being able to see where we cut off options for ourselves is kind of fascinating but also a poignant reminder of how little we understand when we're young.  

God YES. You say poignant, I say totally depressing lol.gifbag.gif

Plady - yeah on the camp. We are feeling ready to move onto something else (France for a month next summer anyone wink1.gif, although I think we werent ready to have the transition forced on us. I think it also symbolically sad. Good luck with the sugar!!

Nic - Well Done on the run!!!! You rock!! I am so sorry about the school crap. I empathize so strongly. We would be suffering so much more if we didnt have the options we do. I am just now thinking ds could do ok in a mainstream GT setting, but when he was 5 I knew he would chafe in a conventional class. Montessori has been a great fit for him. I so wish you had more options. I wonder if, ironically, my community has many school options b/c the public system is so 'challenged' and so many of the yuppies/"mothers of excellence" create or support alternatives, whereas wealthier communities might just have public (which is assumed to be good b/c of the student population) and private...
Can you get in their faces more about his needs. It sounds like you might need to go a little Geo on them. More work for you alas. Sigh. You have a lot to hold up these days hug.gif

JG - I honestly think there is likely a yeast thing going on with you. I have had the experience you describe once in my life: overwhelming cravings for carbs/sugar. I was literally eating food I wouldnt normally eat, and I couldnt NOT eat it. It was very bizarre. Then I started seeing an accupuncturist and she was like 'whoa! you have a lot of yeast' (my tongue was coated in white - ew). Went on a hard-core candida diet WITH anti-fungals for 6 mos. and ever since, have had very modest interest in carbs/sugar. I eat both, but reach a satiation point after a modest amount. I cant overeat them anymore b/c they just.dont.appeal beyond a certain point shrug.gif I'll take it. My diet is better now than its been the rest of my life (speaking of Plady's quote above)

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God YES. You say poignant, I say totally depressing lol.gifbag.gif

 I told her she's starting to get breasts, but dont worry, "you'll be done by tomorrow", and then glanced at my own flat chest, and we laughed lol.gif

:lol That's funny re: breasts and yes, 'depressing' was a word I considered too. 

 

Re:yeast, somewhere in my recent online travels I saw a reference to testing oneself for yeast by spitting into a cup of water first thing in the morning and letting it sit.  Supposedly if it developed strigy bits it was an indication of too much yeast.  Does this sound familiar?  And, though I've ruled out anemia, yeast is a definite possibility.  I think it's time for me to schedule up a well-child visit with our local naturopath.


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Math:  Math is taught so poorly in this country it ought to be a criminal offense.  The primary problem is not curricula or teaching methods, but the elementary teacher's own innumeracy and math anxiety.  There are actually data on this account.  Girls pick up on this more than boys, but both are often left with this sense that math is a disjointed set of tricks and drudgery.  If a child can maintain a positive sense of their own mathematical abilities until high school, they might be blessed with a teacher who actually understands it.

 

Seriously, I have very few mathematical formula memorized.  I narrate how I figure stuff out when I teach, and in every single lecture, I get a college senior hollering "woah, is it really that straight forward?"  Yes, math is logic.  I reason my way through each step.  Nope, I never try to memorize the derivative of cosine.  I'm bound to screw it up.  The simple rule to know if what you add or take away from one side of an equation you must do to the other, just as you would with a balance.  The rest is notation.

 

So, if you feel freaked out by seeing something mathematical, be it a page out of the middle of lecture notes (folks, notice that was page 12, and in Friday's lecture I presented just page 12 and half of page 13 in 55 minutes), in a journal article, or in your kid's homework, blame your elementary school teachers' innumeracy, decide that you are a logical individual, and tackle it.  I know you can do it.

 

Setting a positive attitude and example at home, particularly from the mother, is shown to go a long ways to counteract the elementary school teacher problem.  "Wait until your father gets home" is a good way to perpetuate the problem.  If instead you say, "ok, tell me what this means, and explain what your approach is," you demonstrate to your child that you have the confidence that the math can be reasoned through.  (Of course, this is said by someone who never had a bad math teacher.  Ever.  I also didn't get any classroom instruction in math until 6th grade. The rest was sitting by myself or with Jason and Marcia working on stuff on our own. I recognize the huge leg up this has given me in life.)

 

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Yes Geo, on all of that! I did not 'get' math as a high schooler, and now as an adult have learned more about how it works than I did in years back then, and now that I know this, I rue that no one ever told me what I know now, back then. Mostly Dh has framed math for me in a different way, and contextualized it, starting with describing to me that math is a language (whoa and duh! I 'get' language with ease somehow; i.e. writing has always seemed second nature and foreign languages same). So why did I never put together the logic inherent in each!? And then how to apply it. I learned it as a set of formulas and drills, not as a language that communicates phenomena.

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Wow, a new thread on the actual first day of the month? Weird. Good work, plady! lol.gif

Back for more later, going to try to go back to sleep for the hour I have left (I'm sleeping terribly today, grrrrr).

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Math: you know, I think it's so weird that I totally don't understand at all how one doesn't see the language in math and how it could possibly not be understood. I wonder, after reading Geo's explanation, how much of it had to do with my dad who was a CPA and who kept a Thoreau-style ledger of everything we every bought and whose Wall Street Journal I read from cover to cover, as hungry as I was to be in touch with the rest of the world. Plus, I went to "work" with my dad who kept an office in town. Fodder to chew on.
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Math:  Math is taught so poorly in this country it ought to be a criminal offense.  The primary problem is not curricula or teaching methods, but the elementary teacher's own innumeracy and math anxiety.  There are actually data on this account.

This is the same conversation I had last spring with moms from other countries who homeschool. Why is Math taught the way it's taught here?! Specifically a math professor in Australia and other moms around the world talked about just this problem. But, according to them, it's not just *how* it's taught, it's the textbook, too. The over-simplified gist of it was that math is taught so ... hmm... so conveyer-belt-ish, broken down into so many pieces you miss the whole picture. For instance, Algebra skills are taught in the early elementary years. From both my boys earliest ages, we played algebra games in the car the way one might play reading games with signs. Just the idea of needing a pre-algebra class was thought to be absurd.

Plady, Day 1 - so far, so good. Now we've got the whole long week to go w/o sugar. It was hard, though, because there was homemade cake at church. So glad to hear dd1 loved the new PJ movie! Maybe I'll take the boys this next weekend as a reward for cutting out the sugar. Oh, Greek. Ds1 used Memoria Press Greek last year, then moved on to Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek which he still uses somewhat but mostly is using Rosetta Stone. Maybe they could write to each other? We are saving for a trip to Greece next year where ds1 can be our translator. lol.gif We'll see...

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WHAT?  That's *free* at my university to do the irb app that is.


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Oh Lisa hug.gif. I am so sorry greensad.gif.

sparkle - I think I need to do a bit more research on the yeast thing. Other than constantly craving sugar, and the nasty fungal toenail I have, I don't think I have any other signs of yeast overgrowth. But maybe I'm missing something.

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Lisa - I'm sorry.  Please give my condolences to your dh.

 

Lofty - Day 1 was going very well.  Until I totally sneaked (snuck?) a chunk of rice krispie treat without thinking about it!  I did at least have an active day.  Walked ran with dd, spent an hour in the pool tugging girls on the lifeguard tube since nobody else showed up to swim, and staked at least a cord of wood.  But still, doh!


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JG - those are symptoms. In any case, you're already doing paleo, an antifungal could just be added in, see what, if anything, happens after a few weeks. Just curious, do you get bloated or have any other g.i. symptoms when you eat carbs/sugar?

RM - goodvibes.gif So very sorry!

Plady - the spit test has been pretty roundly b.s.-ed redface.gif

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Lisa~I'm so sorry. hug.gif Sending continued thoughts of peace for your whole family.

plady~It's kind of hard for me to pinpoint, is that weird? We have really great conversation when we're together (phone conversations are improving orngtongue.gif). We talk for hours and the time flies by. He's a great listener. His texts make me laugh and/or smile. A lot. And he has an amazing butt. bag.gif


I never did really get back to sleep today...I was awake pretty much every hour, and then gave up entirely around 2 and just got up. On the bright side, I did some baking, got inspired to do some cleaning, took the recycling to the recycling center... 3 am is going to be really painful.

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Sparkle - It sounded too good to be true.  Alas.

 

Gaye - Good listener and funny texts!  2 good starts and a nice butt certainly doesn't hurt. :mischief


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JG - those are symptoms. In any case, you're already doing paleo, an antifungal could just be added in, see what, if anything, happens after a few weeks. Just curious, do you get bloated or have any other g.i. symptoms when you eat carbs/sugar?

Sparkle - bloating, yes, definitely. And I'm pretty sure the room-clearing gas is also a symptom bag.gif. I looked online last night and I do actually have quite a few symptoms. What kind of anti-fungal did you use? Do I need a prescription? And how do you make sure you're not wiping out the "good" bacteria with the "bad"? My Paleo eating has been not so Paleo recently and I can definitely tell a difference. The rash on my knees and elbows, the itchy, bubbly skin between my fingers are all back in full swing. But still, I cant.stop.the.sugar!

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rm~:HugThinking of you and your family. My dad was diagnosed with an AAA earlier this summer. 

 

gaye~Talk for hours?!? Love it! Makes me nostalgic for my teen years. :happyt

 

sugar~:goodvibes to those of you trying to give it up. I'm not much of a sugar person myself, but try to take my salty indulgences from me and I might knife you.

 

nrr~DD1 (age 10) just had her first period. I figured it was coming--she's 5'2'' and has bigger boobs than some of my friends. I'm actually kind of glad it's here. I didn't realize how nervous I was about it's obviously pending arrival until it actually came. I just didnt' know how I/we would handle it. I'm not really a red tent type and wasn't feeling the crunchier take on the whole thing. I took her lead, super secretive and shy at first, now we joke about it a short three days later, and it's been surprisingly no big deal. (Okay, I did give her a special book, a cute container that includes a variety of pads, and some fun new underwear.) I also introduced her to period-tracking apps. Are girls regular when they first begin?

 

rr~Slogging through my half-mary training. I think it's week 6 now. Of course, there's no actual half mary on the horizon. Guess I should do something about that.

 

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"Wait until your father gets home" is a good way to perpetuate the problem.

But wait--what if her father is the guy who teaches statistics to nurses (and previously to psych PhD)? lol.gif Actually, it's not an issue now and sometimes it's better if I work with her because I let her tell me how she's figuring it out and we talk through how she wants to represent the problem, whereas sometimes DH tries to tell her to do it his way and that ends badly. I'm hoping the fact that he's the one who teaches math will make him the obvious choice later--not because he's a man but because this is his area of expertise and we do spend a fair amount of time talking about areas in which we excel, either naturally or because we've studied and practiced them for years. We try to frame it along the lines of both being pretty good at all of the areas, but DH knows more about some things and I know more about others. DH is pretty committed avoiding the girls and math issue, so that will help a lot too.
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Those who have done IRB involved studies: did it cost you $ for IRB review, and if so, did your program/dept. pay for it? I'm looking at the IRB app. and I see $2000 in fees bigeyes.gif
sparkle--DH has never had to pay for an IRB app, not when he was in grad school, not when he was a postdoc, and not now. That's extremely unusual.

lofty--I'm not sure this comment every made it from my sticky note to a reply, so my apologies if this is a repeat about your son's piano video: very nice! He did a really nice job of bringing out the melody with his right hand and not letting the left hand over power it. I also noticed that he a really great hand position--curved fingers, flexible wrists (not necessarily what he's looking for in terms of comments but good technique that will take him a long way).

tjsmama--no worries! I'm just reminding you that if you do want a partner, I'm here. smile.gif

Nic--hope you're feeling better about school this week. I don't mind the behaviorist approach so long as it's focused on positive feedback rather than punishment-oriented. Then again, if I do a good job I like to hear "good job" or "did you knit that? Wow, nice job" even now. I'm not sure if that means I was too shaped by my schooling, or just that it's human nature to want good work or hard work to be recognized. My guess is the latter, and if so, that means your teaching style is awesome. In any case, I hope the doubts can fade into the background this week.

Plady--hope they are able to get an extra teacher.

sparkle--I'd imagine school choices are influenced by the area they're in, but Douglas County--one of the wealthiest counties in the entire nation, has no shortage of charter and option schools and now is still battling to have vouches for their private schools too. Mind you, the "Dougco" system is not challenged--very little poverty and posting some of the highest test scores in the state (rivaled by the also wealthy Cherry Creek and the mixed bag that my district is of wealthy areas and very, very poor ones).

All the school talk also reminds me of a quip I heard on a podcast: "Well, we have school choice here which of course means that no one is ever completely happy with their choice." It is very easy to fall into a "grass is greener" state of mind, when the reality is that very few systems are perfect in every way.

RM--I am so very, very sorry about your FIL.

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RM, adding my love to what I hope is being piled on your family both those near and dear to you. :Hug

 

Math: on this other forum I visit, a HSing mom is taking this course right now. As she put it, "because math tends to be taught as a collection of routines and operations," rather than a language or way of decoding information, she wants to improve as her kids progress. It's a Stanford MOOC, started two days ago. I honestly don't have time myself right now, but if we keep HSing, I very well might find myself doing a course like this together with ds in the near future. Might anyway.

 

RR: :( Please take my half off the list. I have not been able to get out. As soon as I got well, dd got sick. Now we are thick in the transition of starting school, and we decided to hang on to our travel plans, so we are leaving at the end of the month. Add the DC trip this week and I am toast. Not happening. My spare time between teaching and wrangling the learners here has to be spent sorting/packing/purging and spending what's left with family, some of whom I have hardly seen this summer, it seems. I hope to put about 25 miles or more on while in DC, so there is that, but realistically, I don't see being able to train for 13.1 in a week. Still may walk it.

 

Dd has today and tomorrow to get better. I am sure she will be, but meantime it's all about tea and elderberry syrup.

 

Other recent preoccupations have included travel pillows, melatonin, and I think I mentioned packing cubes before. Also leggings and probiotics. We are actually looking forward to getting back to AUH and I am talking the kids through this reverse-culture-shock experience, and considering a plan for next summer that may involve a lot less USA, as in 3-4 weeks. :meditate We're becoming third culture. Not sure how I feel about it.

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RM - My deepest condolences.  Peace and love and healing to you and yours. 

 

Math - Math really didn't click for me until I failed Algebra my freshman year of high school.  Now, I was very sick that semester, and they let me drop it (as well as several other courses) so it never appeared on my transcript.  I made it up in summer school, and it just clicked.  I don't know why.  My junior year of high school, I took another algebra class, along with physics.  For most of the 1st quarter, the two classes really parallelled each other with math concepts and from there, I got it.  I never went higher in math, though.  I'm not sure why.  I kind of wish I had.  I understood it, and enjoyed the process of figuring out an intense problem.  It gave me that satisfaction that doing a hard sudoku gives me now (but more so).  I always try to see math through Katie's eyes (discalculia), and trying to understand if the reason she doesn't get it is because of a learning disability or just a fundamental failure to teach numeracy.  I don't have the answer to it. Math is much more fraught here than just trying to understand math facts. 

 

RR: After not feeling well most of the weekend, we finally got out yesterday for our long run.  10 miles in the books.  Emily was flagging between miles 6-7, when I gave her a salt tab (we were doing Nuun and shot blocks).  Half a mile later, she had perked up and was running 2 minutes faster per mile!  Making a mental note of that!  Then, I took Katie out for a walk around the forest preserve to collect leaves for a science project she has going on.  That was good for another 2ish miles.  Later in the evening, I had promised another friend that I would take her on a run (only 2 miles, and very slow, even for me).  Between the getting there and home, it was another 3.5 miles.  So, all told, I went around 15.5-16 miles yesterday (or a mile more, if we go by DH's Map My Run count)!  So, that leaves me wondering.  At what point do I just call this marathon training and just start tacking on more miles to the long run days?  Things to think about!


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RM, You and your family are in my thoughts. May you all feel supported in the coming days and weeks. Your fil's strengths will surely be missed by many.


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Bec, your run cracks me up. I think your math experience speaks volumes regarding: readiness of student (and not simply previous math work) Kids are ready at so many different stages and sometimes waiting for that stage can mean certain success.

RM: hug.gif I'm so sorry.

Jooj, your plate is really full! I've been following comments re: Coursera and Moocs/Stanford/Edx for some time now with much interest. Glad to see you reference it again. I may find something in there for ds's algebra...

RM, I'll pass along your comments to ds2. He'll love that, coming from you. He is absolutely crazy about piano and plays it 3, 4, 5, 6 times a day for lengthy periods of time. Not sure if it's an inherent thing or if it's because I finally stopped making him take violin and cello lessons. He hated them with a passion and is crazy about piano. He plays every piano we come across in any setting: church, homes, schools, stores, etc. He's composed 2 songs so far and is working on more. Re: School choice "No one is ever completely happy with their choice" applies to us all.

Towson, nice job sticking to your training! How's school going so far?

RR: Did anyone see this link I posted on the last thread: The 10-minute Workout, Times Three? Might be interesting to some...

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