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    February 8, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

    :: 1 ::

    My computer has been mighty slow lately. I mean the painful, fight-that-anger-sin-problem sort of slow. That’s why AfterCast didn’t come out yesterday — no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my internet to work properly.

    I really thought it was my internet service because both my desktop and my laptop were running slow, and the laptop ran fine when (in desperation) I worked for a while at Starbucks.

    My husband had the brilliant idea to have me try a different browser. Long story short, I tried Firefox on my desktop and … wow! Not only did performance speed up right away, but the laptop — still using Chrome — sped up as well! Turns out, something (who knows what) was going wrong with Chrome on the desktop, and that was sucking up bandwidth all the time, and this made it look like the problem was with the laptop as well.

    So hurrah and all that, but really I’m sharing because this solution was way easier than, say, saving up to buy a new computer, or remaining on hold with our internet service. If you ever have a similar problem, maybe try a different browser!

    :: 2 ::

    In other news, it’s time to clean out your Instagram followers again! I do this regularly, and try to remind you all from time to time.

    Look, there are some creepy (and I mean creepy) people out there. If you have a public profile, they will follow you. You do not have to let them! Just go into your followers and remove them. If they follow you again, you can go to their profiles and block them.

    I regularly remove creepy guys dressed in fake military uniforms, scantily clad women, and people without profile pictures. Every once in a while, this means I delete a real follower, but I consider this worth it because I don’t want to be on the radar of weirdos.

    So … go, delete, block, and be blessed! ♥

    :: 3 ::

    Speaking of AfterCast, I did finally get an episode out … just today instead of yesterday:

    Magazines as Continuing Education (Charlotte Mason)

    Click here to listen, but it’s better to subscribe in your favorite podcast player. If you ever have trouble finding the show in a player, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2015:

    Preventing Homeschool Burnout: Get Some Sleep

    I did a whole series on preventing homeschool mom burnout. This is first post.

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  • Reply Tricia February 9, 2019 at 11:34 am

    My husband will be happy to hear you are using Firefox on at least one of your computers. He has worked for Mozilla (the maker and maintainer of Firefox) for 8 years. 🙂

    Thanks for all your work sharing about homeschooling and Charlotte Mason. I don’t really ever comment here (or anywhere), but yours is one of the few sites I do read when I get a chance to read something besides Ambleside pre-reading. Also, we’re just about through using the Bob Books printables we bought from your other site. It has been a fabulous way for our third child to learn to read, and I plan on using it with the next few too.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 9, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Well, please tell your husband thank you because I can’t BELIEVE how much faster Firefox is. And today I added the magic to protect me from Facebook’s prying eyes. I’m a very happy camper. ♥

      Thank you for commenting, and I’m so happy TRWBB has been helpful. ♥

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