RBOC

  • DC1’s algebra teacher quit to join administration a couple of weeks after the second semester started (after a week long absence).  I guess we’ll have to keep a closer eye on the rest of the semester since algebra is so fundamental and I’m pretty sure zie doesn’t now how to factor polynomials even if zie does know how to multiply them.
  • Super bummed that Teen Vogue is no longer doing a print edition.  The last few issues were AMAZING, including one guest edited by HRC.  Irritatingly, they switched DC1’s subscription over to Allure magazine “the magazine for people who care about beauty” or something like that.  Full of “beauty tips.”  This month’s issue was on nudity and had a nearly naked airbrushed stereotypical model on the cover.  Completely not appropriate for an 11 year old or really anybody.  And very different from a magazine that features people like Malala Yousafzi on the cover.  I will be getting a check for $2 in the mail for my cancellation– Teen Vogue should have been charging more.  It’s a different market and was worth much more than the ridiculous $10 for 2 years or whatever it was I paid.
  • Forgive me, for I have referred to a paper about fertility as “seminal” in published work.  Next up:  referring to a paper about religion as “canonical”.  And a paper about building cities as, “ground-breaking” (or should I save that one for agriculture?).
  • it is weird to me that my kids have had macarons before having had macaroons.
  • DC2 has moved onto chapter books at school.  Zie is in love with the Geronimo Stilton that DC1 read maybe once or twice.  They have such different taste in books.  Really the only commonality is that they both love Jim Benton, author of Franny K Stein and Dear Dumb Diary.  I so wish we had Scholastic so I could indulge in buying sets of series we don’t have (like Thea Stilton!)
  • Preserved walnuts are really good.  If you ever get the opportunity to try/buy them, take it!
  • My cholesterol is fine this year (whew!), so maybe all that additional lunchtime walking did some good!  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have helped with my vitamin D levels (which may explain the fatigue I’ve been having), so my doctor wants me to go from 2000 iu to 5000 iu.  I’m going to compromise and do 4000 iu because that means I can have a 2000 iu when I brush my teeth and keep another bottle of 2000 iu in my office when I get my mid-day slump.
  • It isn’t a bargain if you can’t afford it.
  • We owed an additional $2846 in taxes this year, not counting the estimated taxes for this next year.  [Update:  We forgot a whole ton of donations– didn’t go through the school email folder or the check register, so it’s actually $100 less than that.  With the additional donations, we’re just a little over the standard deduction.  Also turns out there’s no point for us to declare a home office since we don’t get anywhere near the minimum for it to count for us– We make too much and our house is too big and too cheap.]
  • DC2’s school was having a performance for parents/relatives and one of their dances had them shooting with finger guns.  This disturbed DC2 enormously given that they started practicing right after the FL school shooting.  Thankfully someone decided to change that number to something in less bad taste.
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12 Responses to “RBOC”

  1. Leigh Says:

    I had hazelnuts for the first time last weekend and they were good! (I’ve had many hazelnut spreads before, but never the actual nuts.)

    It is weird that your kids had macarons first! I definitely had macaroons first. My mom and husband both call macarons macaroons, lol.

  2. chacha1 Says:

    Macarons, meh. Macaroons, YUMMY YUM YUM.

  3. rose Says:

    Just got email from Washinton Post that they are setting up a LILLYLINES newsletter so women can read about striving for equality. Am I alone in thinking that is misogynistic and if they really meant it it would be human news and on the front page of their paper? Because equality requires men as well as women and POC as well as N Europeans. Asking because I needed a place to vent about the total tone deafness. THANK YOU for being that.

  4. Cloud Says:

    Can you just buy books off the Scholastic website? Our school sometimes sends the fliers home, but I don’t have to send money in an envelope- I can buy from the website. I’d think you could, too even without a school flier. Why wouldn’t they want to take your money?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      They’re not inexpensive off the regular scholastic website, and we can’t buy them off the bookclub site if the teachers aren’t participating, which they aren’t. We don’t buy them off the actual flyers, but the flyers going home mean that the teacher has signed up the class. (And I have checked to see if they signed up and just didn’t sent flyers, but they haven’t.)


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