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Wednesday, November 8, 2020
We??re having bad weeks
From Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured - view blog entries - visit this blog
November 8, 2020 at 3:45 am ET
this was supposed to be a kitten post with adorable kitten pictures of #2??s adorable kittens… but… work is hard and we??ve both been getting bad (work-related) news… so we??re gonna punt today Friday we??ll post an ask the grumpies about college savings. Advertisements Tagged: grumble, woe, work ... (more)

Monday, November 6, 2020
We??re trying the ??bunch your property taxes?? thing
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November 6, 2020 at 3:22 am ET
[HEY- TUESDAY IS VOTE DAY IN THE US!  MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!!!!  LOCAL ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT!   Also: If Ed Gillespie wins then every single Republican in 2018 will replicate his racist, hate-filled playbook. We can't let that happen. — Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) November 4, 2020 Ditto all the racist xenophobic ... (more)

Saturday, November 4, 2020
Link love: the links concierge
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November 4, 2020 at 4:22 am ET
I’m here with a hand-selected variety of tweets, along with any other links we could dredge up for fun or interest.  Please enjoy! Racism is shitty. Pumpkin being gross. For trash people who argue the civil war wasn’t about slavery: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22cornerstone+speech%22 Why is California great? Get Rich Slowly is going ... (more)

Friday, November 3, 2020
Ask the grumpies: Apps for 3-5 year olds
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November 3, 2020 at 3:48 am ET
The frugal ecologist asks: You did a toddler app post I think, but any other apps that your little one is into? Thinking for the 3-5 set?. Ooh, we need to know the answer to this question too. We did like endless words, but boy was it an ipad memory ... (more)

Wednesday, November 1, 2020
Suggestions for making classes more interactive
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November 1, 2020 at 3:23 am ET
One of my introverted junior colleagues asked for suggestions on how to keep students engaged for a 3 hour block class without completely exhausting him and also to make sure they don’t skip the readings before class.  Here’s some of my suggestions. I really like Boice’s suggestion with teaching, “get ... (more)

Monday, October 30, 2020
Update on the gift card donation thing
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October 30, 2020 at 3:02 am ET
So we asked you all for suggestions on how to get a cash-value gift card to DC2’s teachers. Becca noted: To actually address your preferred option-it looks like Gift Card Mall will sell you a $500 Visa card for a fee of $5.95, probably with a $2 shipping fee. It ... (more)

Saturday, October 28, 2020
Lazy Link Love
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October 28, 2020 at 11:45 am ET
Local elections are happening and where they’re not happening, they’re coming up- check out your local area- google “where to vote“.  Your local indivisible might be able to tell you about what’s on the ballot.  Or maybe your league of women voters.  Or maybe your local democratic party. weather channel ... (more)

Friday, October 27, 2020
Ask the grumpies: What did you enjoy about boarding school?
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October 27, 2020 at 3:55 am ET
Leah asks: What did you enjoy about going to boarding school? #1: what did I enjoy? boy howdy, where do I even start it was a paradigm shift that changed everything about my life The rules and curfews were actually more generous than my mom’s #2:  I enjoyed being around ... (more)

Wednesday, October 25, 2020
Brag about your kids/pets/loved ones/etc. here!
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October 25, 2020 at 3:58 am ET
It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these threads, but the internet is not always a safe place to be proud of your loved ones (that is, for anything other than sports).  We say F-that. We love hearing about how proud you are of the people and creatures ... (more)

Monday, October 23, 2020
Another real vacation for the family (that I won??t be going on)
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October 23, 2020 at 3:19 am ET
DH’s grandmother died earlier this year and she left a small inheritance to her daughters.  DH’s mother has decided to put that money into a “Disney World” savings account and take all 6 grandkids and their parents to Disney World.  She wants to go in June. This is very Midwestern.  ... (more)

Saturday, October 21, 2020
Link Love
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October 21, 2020 at 3:29 am ET
Housing, mobility, opportunity We don't appreciate Nick Offerman nearly as much as we should. pic.twitter.com/gHQV4K4DUW — The Babahuck (@TylerHuckabee) October 16, 2020 Zika is back. Everything that is Hillary Clinton’s fault because everything is (note:  it isn’t really- this is satire) Dads Dollars Debts talks about his frightening sudden evacuation ... (more)

Friday, October 20, 2020
Ask the grumpies: How do you reduce your taxable income if you??re high income? (2 clicks)
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October 20, 2020 at 3:12 am ET
Michelle asks: What if you make more than 186K jointly and want an option for reducing your taxable income? Can you still invest in an IRA? Standard disclaimer:  We are not professionals.  Consult a professional with fiduciary responsibility and/or do your own research before making important monetary decisions. In 2017, ... (more)

Wednesday, October 18, 2020
Random comment on a small-penis-man #notallsmallpenismen from like 6 years ago
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October 18, 2020 at 3:56 am ET
So about 6 years ago, this douche named Ed Rybicki wrote a really sexist short story that inexcusably and inexplicably got published in Nature, because the board of Nature was (is?) full of sexist asshats.  We talk about it some in this post from November of 2011. In that post, ... (more)

Monday, October 16, 2020
Should you ever fill a non-tax-advantaged IRA (answer: maybe): An obnoxious post from having upper-middle class income (1 click)
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October 16, 2020 at 3:50 am ET
Now that DH’s income is back and I’ve GOTTEN PAID(!) for the first time this school year, it’s time to start up our obnoxious money posts again.  (Maybe you’ve noticed the new tag?) This time we turn to planning for college.  If I’d known where we were going to be ... (more)

Saturday, October 14, 2020
Link Love
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October 14, 2020 at 3:19 am ET
Man another exhausting week.  I’ve been doing a lot of work and this week was mostly service-free, so that’s good, but I am tired.  And, you know, horrible fascist US politics, especially the executive order destroying the ACA.  I don’t even know where to start with protesting that one. per ... (more)

Friday, October 13, 2020
Ask the grumpies: What music do you enjoy?
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October 13, 2020 at 4:45 am ET
Leah asks: what music do you enjoy listening to? Do you like going to concerts? #1: I sometimes like going to concerts, although I often find them more trouble than they’re worth. I have many and varied musical tastes.  Bagpipes are the best.  [Really, she loves bagpipe music.] #2: I ... (more)

Wednesday, October 11, 2020
RBOC
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October 11, 2020 at 3:49 am ET
Amazing discovery:  TJ’s Happy Trekking mix left in a hot car and then taken inside results in the most amazing fruit/nut chocolate clusters.  A+++ would recommend. I have been really enjoying fancy fruit balsamic vinegar mixed with seltzer. I finally got a letter from George Soros.  He wants me to ... (more)

Monday, October 9, 2020
It is harder to give directed donations to a public school than to a non-profit
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October 9, 2020 at 3:55 am ET
This year, we want to give money to DC2’s classes (English and Spanish) to help them purchase items for “differentiation, independent learning, and/or enrichment”.  This is mainly because DC2 needs them, at least on English days.  (“Mommy, I’m in the green group which means that we have the trickiest problems, ... (more)

Saturday, October 7, 2020
Link Love
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October 7, 2020 at 3:06 am ET
The headline says it all. Americans want jobs, not low paying work. Every member of congress who took money from the NRA and tweeted thoughts and prayers to las vegas 2) And if you're guilty of saying "Nothing happened after #SandyHook so nothing ever will," you're not only wrong - ... (more)

Friday, October 6, 2020
Ask the grumpies: Favorite constellation?
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October 6, 2020 at 3:42 am ET
Leah asks: What is your favorite constellation? #1:  Orion because it’s the only one I can find consistently! #2:  Doesn’t have one.  No wait, I agree with #1.  Orion is also the only one I can find consistently. Advertisements Tagged: ask the grumpies, stars but not rockstars ... (more)

Wednesday, October 4, 2020
Excel vs. traditional math
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October 4, 2020 at 3:07 am ET
Excel makes it a lot easier to brute force problems. DC1 was doing some Hard Math for Middle School students problems with different bases. An example of one of these:  (p.14, #8):  Find all the values of A for which the base 63 number A7894321 (base 63) would end with ... (more)

Monday, October 2, 2020
I now pay convenience fees
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October 2, 2020 at 3:23 am ET
Time is at such a premium these days that I just pay the little “convenience” fees that I used to refuse to pay out of principle. It started with me deciding it wasn’t worth it to drive to a farther gas station just to not get hit with an extra ... (more)

Saturday, September 30, 2020
Link Love
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September 30, 2020 at 3:03 am ET
Nobody is showing up to office hours today.  :(  But I can do the link love while I sit here since I don’t wanna do real work. Fake black activist accounts linked to the Russian government sought to amplify racial tension during 2016 election https://t.co/GPizbMcHtC pic.twitter.com/itvWyLfDtF — CNN (@CNN) September ... (more)

Friday, September 29, 2020
Ask the grumpies: How to deal with a needy friend
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September 29, 2020 at 3:49 am ET
Taylor asks: I have a long-time friend/acquaintance with a lot of social anxiety. Sometimes it comes out in small ways like saying of herself ??I??m so stupid??, constantly seeking affirmation, projecting her desires onto me because she is feeling insecure about them. Sometimes it comes out in big ways like ... (more)

Wednesday, September 27, 2020
A homemade language arts plan for school
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September 27, 2020 at 3:19 am ET
One of the irritating things about being in a backwards part of the country is that the Language Arts classes in the public schools are pretty much garbage.*  We thought last year that it was just that DC1 wasn’t in advanced language arts, but no, it’s a thing.  K-4 was ... (more)

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