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    I have been taking belly dancing classes. And, if I keep eating like I have been today, I will have plenty of belly to dance with. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Well yesterday my oldest turned 16 and I got to go to the school to have it out with the principal - lol.

    Seems he isn't doing well and when I mentioned that because he is a big kid -- 6ft -- that all the guys want to fight him to prove a point -- the G@!*&$$#!! principal said -- and I quote -- "well you have to understand that is the culture of this community" :eek: !!! (my kid has never been in trouble for fighting and has been able to avoid any so far)

    Then his teachers told me that he was going to fail this 6 weeks -- mind you this is the first week :mad:

    Then the principal tells me -- "you have to learn to play the game." So that is when I went off and told him I don't kiss a-- for anyone.

    So, the long and the short is that we are going to be homeschooling - yeah! I figure I can't screw them up any worse than the school can-lol.

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    Got married about 3 weeks ago [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] Haven't got in all the photos yet, but will be uploading 'em [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    SSanf -- ha, ha, I hear you! I don't eat a lot, I just don't exercise enough!

    Vicki - Sorry to hear that, my son goes to a private school, because of stuff like that! Every since I switched him from public to private, no problems. I thought about homeschooling too but felt it was unfair to both of us!

    Dynamoo - congrats!! How's married life?

    me? same ole same ole -
    my doggies been sick with a kidney infection, they want to test to see if he has cushings disease. poor thing! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    I'd consider home schooling but with six kids/step kids I just really really enjoy them leaving the house! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Seriously though, I've been able to see just how lacking the public schools are. My three go to Catholic School and Brian's three go to Public School. My daughter in Grade 8 is learning the exact same stuff as my step daughter in Grade 11 (who btw turned 16 yesterday also!). Pretty sad, eh?!

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    I didn't like public schools either and did home school my son. When he took his GEDs he blew the public school educated kids out of the water in all areas. He even scored in the 99th percentile in science compared to graduating high school seniors nationwide.

    Public schools [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    Dynamoo - congrats!! Best wishes!!

    MsMarySunshine hope it is good news about your dog and that he gets better soon

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    thanks SSanf! the antibiotics are working well, so I'm hoping the tests will be negative. Having sick pets is like having sick babies, they can't tell you how they feel and I just feel so sorry for the little thing.

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    Parentsworld, say Happy Birthday to your daughter from me! I know what you mean about having time to yourself with the kids gone, but with teens I think they will be out of pocket a lot anyway :cool: lol, too cool to stay home with Mom all the time!

    MsMary, hope your dog gets better! I wonder if you can give a dog cranberry juice, like we drink when we have kidney infections?

    SSanf, I like to walk so that is what I do to get excersise. What program did you use to teach your son? I HS mine when they were younger but they wanted to try out Highschool. We didn't use just one program then, we were kinda eclectic. They did very well and scored high when they tested them coming into the 8th grade. What did you do for the higher math and science?

    Dynamoo, hope to see those pictures soon!

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    Mostly, we used regular text books.

    There is a Time Life CD for biology called "Virtual Body" which is very comprehensive and also enjoyable. Also, many of the TV shows on the Learning Channel are great. The public library has a wealth of material.

    Generally, the older the text book, the better. Some of the ones from the 1920s are so much better than todays, especially for math. They don't have all the glossy pictures trying to make learning all fun and puddin' and pie. They just cover the material in a streightforward manner.

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    Vicki--GREAT for you, to do homeschooling!!!

    I HATED public school to no end, but was about 10 years "before my time"--in other words, I was stuck with the regular way most of the time (I did manage to wangle out of the last year and still get a diploma out of them).

    Public schools suck. Congrats to you for providing the parole papers to release him from the Prison!

    Mary--good luck with your dog and hope he recovers!

    As for what I've been doing--pages, pages, pages...too many pages! So today I was playing FF8 again and looking at these forums--no HTML! As they'd say in a factory I breezed through a few years ago--BREEEEEEAAAAAAAAKK!

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    This is strange (and nice to hear) I had no idea there were so many home schoolers out there.

    We've been homeschooling our two older kids from the start. You hear more and more people making that choice but I'm glad to learn of people here having done the same.

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    No time for fun here. I start working on my pages at 8:00 a.m Quit working on them around 11:30. Make my Mom her lunch. Then off to my sisters house. She is trying to work on a page. So I spend about 2 hours helping her. Then off to the grocery store. Do a few things around the house. Cook and serve dinner. Then sign on and start reading the forums. Usually get off the computer around 10:00 p.m. Hopefully I will finally learn enough and then make some money and then I can have FUN!!!!!!!
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    Fun? What's that?

    Me - I call BS merchants and CJ and <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon29.gif>

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    Well, since you asked ...

    Been singing with joy around the house for the past two days, a little TV Commercial "Jingle" for the "Goofy Jalopy" toy .

    The TV commercial for it came on just as I found out I have the #1 spot on AOL for
    "free Stuff" this new index, and I'm getting a flood of freebie seekers .Gotta love AOL users, putting up some "special" freebies just for them this weeek [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Anyhoo ...Don't know what it is about that Jingle, but it kinda stuck now, and it's put me in a goofy mood, so I can't get it out of my head !!!

    Have you heard it ?
    It goes a little something like this:
    "Goofy Jalopy, it's out of control ! "
    "Goofy Jalopy, ... ???
    Repeat first verse over and over agian !

    This is what happens when you let the kids watch Nick Jr. too much and you spend too much time online [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Wow Lisa, that should be a biggy, way to go. I hope ya rake in the big bucks. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon14.gif>

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    Phew! I forgot what fun is all about. I wake up at 7:00am, go to work until 4:00pm, have lunch, sleep for 1-2 hours, and then online until 4:00am-5:00am so I can catch up with you people from the other side of the ocean and do some work.

    Is that fun?

    Well, at least I have the weekends to relax and TRY not to be online. LOL!

    Hey, it's the weekend! You people from North America have to wait for 6-9 hours more for the weekend. Hehehehe !!!!

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    I've had some off-line excitement lately. I am co-chair of the Westman Recycling Council and the amount of recycling in Brandon has been going up every year. At present, people have to bring their recyclable materials to our depot. We're bursting at the seams in our existing facility, so we're planning a new building. We did a business plan and have been approved by the banks to borrow what it will take, but recently we also became aware that some aspects of our project might qualify for an assortment of government grants. We're a volunteer organization but we co-operate with the public works department. A couple of weeks ago I made a speech to city council and they voted unanimously to support us in our applications for grants from federal and provincial infrastructure programs, and not only that, but we were to be considered the city's #1 funding priority from these programs for 2002. I later had the heady experience of signing a grant application worth over $1.4 million! (Canadian dollars)

    Whether we get grants or have to finance it all ourselves, construction on the new building will begin when the frost comes out of the ground next spring. Our goal is an efficient facility that can handle much larger volumes, and -- the long-time dream -- household pickup of recyclables in Brandon.

    Recycling is like anything else - the easier you make it for people, the more business you'll get!

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    Well, it isn't what I had in mind but it does sound like fun. Nothing is more fun than success at doing what you love.

    As a Pagan who loves Mother(earth), I totally hope your recycling moves forward with all deliberate speed. Let's leave a little of what is good behind for our next incarnation. We're going to need it!

    "The earth is our mother, we must take care of Her." (Words from a Pagan chant)


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    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes for the doggie! He seems better everyday, but haven't had the blood tests done for cushings yet.

    Took the kiddo's to Harry Potter tonight, enjoyable. It was long but no body got bored. Anyone else seen it today?

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    Well I've had a bit of excitement...
    Last night hubby says "How about some jam doughnuts and a cup of tea"
    As I'm working on the 'puter and notice a strange smell...yeap he'd nuked the doughnuts alright, and nearly burnt down the kitchen!
    Covered up the 'puter and we spent the next 2 hours sitting outside in the cold waiting for the smoke to clear!

    Congratulations on your marriage Dynamoo [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    and glad to hear your doggy is on the improve MsMarySunshine, hope he keeps on
    getting stronger!

    Merlin was on telly last night before Lee nuked the kitchen, I have a mirror set up beside the 'puter so I can watch telly while I work...Oh! anyone know where there's a time machine, just love that movie, any movies set around that time and would love to go back...agh!

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