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1. 
Rosie took her test on Chapter 9 of the Exploring Creation with General Sciencetext and got a solid A-. I'm hoping her classmates did as well.

Next week we are doing a quick look at biology and classifiction systems, but I noted in the text that there was a little bit about bacteria and disease. My rabbit trail for this unit is going to be food safety and the story of Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary). I think that will hold the students' interest.






2.
When I was a little girl, my sister and I would rush off of the school bus and burst into the house just in time to watch  Dark Shadows on ABC.  My favorite storyline was probably it's most popular - the forlorn vampire, Barnabas Collins played by the incomparable Jonathan Frid. Barnabas was the perfect vampire. He didn't glisten in the daylight, but he wasn't a complete monster either. True, he needed blood to survive and had to hide in the daylight, but he mostly yearned for what he never had in life - true love. In my pre-teen years, he was an object of fascination and fear.

When my mother thought we were too young to be watching these ghost stories, she told my grandmother that we were not allowed to watch. Grandma's solution to that was to keep us in the other room and describe what was happening on the small screen. She had a way of making it sound even scarier in the words she used and her own reactions.

I was delighted to discover that Dark Shadows was free on Amazon Prime.  It's my new TV binge!






3.
Noah is taking a course in philosophical ethics this semester. That means he will be doing an internship in a hospital once a week all semester, with much of that time spent in the ICU. He will have to wear a suit, or at least his suit pants and a nice shirt on his hospital days because he has to have a professional appearance. He also had to get a flu shot and a TB test.

Noah has always been very sensitive, but he is also very analytical and I'm finding that he is using his philosophy training in almost every conversation we have. I think he is going to find this fascinating, but at times heart wrenching.

4. Noah is also an official double-major (Philosophy and Government). He told me that he had been trying to at least minor in government, but thanks to the credits he earned from his CLEP testing, he had more than enough time in schedule to pursue the double major. That was nice to hear.

5. Rosie tried out for a part in our co-op's production of Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice. Did you know there was a musical version of this?  I had no idea!

6.  Which means that my 12-year suspension from sewing is about to come to an end as I will probably have to make her a costume.  I put my sewing machine away 12 years ago because it was too much to try to sew with a house of boys, a little pre-schooler and a new baby. Isn't it ironic that the baby is now the one that will make me get that sewing machine out!

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