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Right now, I am…

-looking forward to having a little break from school next week (we’ll probably just do math, our U.S. Presidents study, and plenty of library trips and reading)

-surprised Thanksgiving is in just a week. How did that happen??

-hoping Sonia and Zoe will be more cheerful today. I’ve experiment with letting them stay up a bit later, and it’s become clear that Zoe, at least, is not ready for that. When she starts saying things like, “Books are boring! I hate books!” I know she’s just really, really tired.

-looking forward to writing another post about homeschooling, this time answering a reader who asked why we homeschool. Most of the time when I write about homeschooling, I’m responding to emails that question how well homeschooling works, so it’ll be fun to write about it from a more positive angle.

-wondering what percentage of people who worry about homeschooling know any homeschoolers in real life. Most times, when people meet us, they feel less nervous about homeschooling.

-thinking about how funny it is that Mr. FG, who went to public school, isn’t nearly as outgoing as I am. I could pretty much talk make small talk with a brick wall. 😉

-grateful that he and I both came into this relationship wanting to homeschool our then-future kids. It’s lovely to be on the same page.

-thankful that when we have relational bumps, we always manage to work them out, and even more thankful that these bumps are usually productive and change-producing.

-happy about how well My Job Chart is still working to keep Joshua on top of his chores.

-chuckling at some of these outtakes.

That kid over there on the left has some serious personality. 🙂

-wishing I was able to cross more things off of this week’s to-do list.

-feeling blah about cooking, but happy that I’m better now at fitting in cooking in the morning.

-still shooting in full manual mode some, and turning out some really awful pictures in the process.

It’s all part of the learning process, though, and I’m so grateful for the reusable digital memory I have. I’d ring up a terrible film-developing bill if I was learning back in the day. Either that, or I’d learn to be more careful!

-remembering my unusual but delicious dinner sandwich (fresh whole wheat bread, grilled peppers, spinach, mayo, and dijon mustard). The kids were duly grossed out, but politely said they were glad I enjoyed it.

-hoping that this day of homeschooling will be easier than yesterday. We got done kind of late yesterday and by the end, I was seriously starting to feel like losing my patience. But, by the grace of God, I made it through without raising my voice at anyone. Phew. If the mom loses it along with the kids, things unravel quickly!

Right Now posts (inspired by SouleMama) are really fun to write…if you write one today on your blog, feel free to leave the link in the comments. Or you can do a short 5-item Right Now list directly in the comments.


Today’s 365 post:I never get tired of seeing this.

Joshua’s 365 post: Something I really enjoy!

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Saturday 19th of November 2011

{giggle} ... the comment about how outgoing you are and talking small talk with a brick wall ... that's ME ... I was very very quiet when younger but then my first office job (thanks to my b/f Ellen working with NFL football players) answering the phones (um, yeah, receptionist) ... I was so very nervous that I'd be speaking to people I had never met (horrors!) ... she told me "just pretend that they are the best friend you never met" ... can I tell you that is my motto to THIS very day. Which is probably how I became the highest paid receptionist in town at the time =D ...


Saturday 19th of November 2011

Zoe's face in the second photo is absolutely cracking me up. Love the photos! :)


Friday 18th of November 2011

Right now I'm

looking... forward to Food Waste Friday going up! wondering...whether I'll be at my desk when it does! thinking...about what an earth to put with broccoli to make a nice soup as part of NWTG! grateful...that I have three slow-cookers and not just one to take the strain today! happy...that I have enough leftovers to excuse me from cooking lunch today - I've enough to batch cook without adding to the pressure!


Friday 18th of November 2011

My reflexive unease with home schooling comes from a long career as an investigator of child abuse. They were disproportionately represented in homes where sexual and/or physical abuse was going on---it got so bad that whenever I heard that the husband, in particular, was fanatical about home schooling, it made the hair rise up on my neck. I am not saying it is the majority of the home schoolers at all, please don't misunderstand. But when it is coupled with an element of a super-controlling father, it makes me very nervous. There were cases of physical abuse where we told the parents we would put the child in foster care unless the child was enrolled in public school and did not miss a day of school without a physician's note; it was the only way to insure that someone would see a child every day and notice bruising. When I read all the comments having to do with concerns about the quality of home schooling, it is reassuring to me because it balances out a decade of seeing it as a red flag.


Thursday 17th of November 2011

At the moment, I am:

- Reading your blog :) - Enjoying a glass of wine and chatting with my husband while we watch a taped TV show (Homeland) - Worrying about my 13 year old daughter, who has a sore throat, cough and a mild fever. She's miserable. - Wondering what to do about this horrible cracks on my super dry fingers and feet, that are bleeding. Nothing helps - trust me, I've tried every remedy out there. Boo.

Pam K.

Friday 18th of November 2011

Shana, I get painful cracks in my fingers in the winter. To remedy that, I go to bed every night with bandaids and Neosporin on all of the sore ones. It takes the soreness out overnight and I can function the next day without pain. By evening they are hurting again, and I may have to do that for several nights before they fully heal, but it does eventually encourage healing.


Thursday 17th of November 2011

I can only imagine how bad dry skin can be in your area. I remember when I visited my uncle in your state, I couldn't even wear my contacts because my eyes were so dry.

Skirnir Hamilton

Thursday 17th of November 2011

Ever see a doctor for that? I have excema and my dermatologist gave me some cream that at least helps mine. In the winter is the bad time for me, and yes, it has begun. My skin is dry and gets to where I look like an old woman and sometimes the skin pulls, like it is too tight or something and I get friction when I rub my husband's back and yes, I barely tap my hand on something and I bleed. Sometimes I think I am going to bleed if I bend my hands and stretch my skin too much.

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