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  1. Long time, no chat! I had a few extra minutes this morning, so I thought I'd log on and see what's up in this "blast from my past" message board. We are still in Amarillo. I certainly have a love-hate relationship with the house we bought. It was billed as "move-in ready". Let me just say, it was not. We have spent a boatload of both money and time fixing and repairing this house, and we're not even close to being done. I love the house for the potential it has, but I hate that it is a money pit in constant need of repair. I'm still homeschooling my two youngest boys. My "bab
    64 points
  2. I have not read all the replies; I was at the interview. It went well. I don't think the guy is so much of an a-hole as he seemed to be. I think he goes for a dominant style, but he could probably be a teddy bear once he's comfortable with someone - that was my impression on meeting him IRL. I did not leave with a job offer but he *says* he will let me know either way and will not leave me hanging. I think he was truthful about what he sees as my biggest liability (haven't been in a law firm since pre-internet filing days), though I think he was also convinced I'm no dummy and I ca
    62 points
  3. 10 days early. Baby boy - 22 1/2 " long., and 9 1/2 lbs. All safe and sound. Now, i have two grandsons. I'll talk to them later about if they want me to come early or wait and come when I planned. (no change fees) Actually - I'd rather talk to my dsil about that one.
    51 points
  4. We got the pathology report back!!! The tumor is a pilocytic astrocytoma, which is pretty benign. We have high hopes that this means he won’t need chemo or radiation therapy, but we won’t know until his next MRI in three weeks. We made it down here okay, and Ri met his therapists and was evaluated by them. Tomorrow the work begins.
    48 points
  5. I do not find it realistic to expect immediate answers. Almost everybody I know works. And then there are other responsibilities. And there are actually people who do not carry their cell phones 24/7. I don't have notification sounds on on my phone; I see messages when I choose to check for them. ETA: As somebody who has a computer or phone nearby pretty much all the time, unless I am in the woods, I am actively working on freeing myself from what I like to call the "tyranny of the immediate response."
    46 points
  6. I was able to dispute the insurance company's offer and get my parents $2416 more on their vehicle which totaled. 🙂
    46 points
  7. Replying so it will bump: I was offered the job today and am accepting it.
    45 points
  8. One more little update that I think you all will like: I was chatting with the lawyer on the phone today (I start tomorrow) and he again mentioned that he had been hesitant on the fact that I had been out of law for so long. “But,” he said, “I admire that you devoted twenty years to your family and homeschooling your kids. I think that says a lot about you; I dig it.” ☺️ I had been feeling a bit sorry for myself, feeling maybe I misspent all those years. (I still feel this way some.) It was very validating to hear him say that, though.
    43 points
  9. A specialist did an assessment this morning, and he had at least some motor response back in all but one muscle area of his left leg. And it’s definitely getting stronger—from a twitch up to a little wobble when asked to move his foot. His right leg movement is mostly normal except that his hip is weak, and his knee slightly weakened. His sensory perception is affected from the hip down on the right and from the armpit down on the left, with nothing registering in his left leg at the levels of pressure used for the assessment—but he does now have some feeling to stronger pressure/tickling.
    41 points
  10. WE HAVE AN OFFER LETTER!!!! On Monday dh will call with a few questions/clarifications, schedule a drug test and (hopefully) sign on the dotted line!! Hurrah, and the best Thanksgiving EVER! Working from home, almost the same salary, a field dh is familiar with, a family-owned and solidly established company. Now we need to set up a home office for dh. LinkedIn is the bomb. Friends who coach you on LinkedIn are super, and we've had an amazing prayer team and generous friends (y'all included) with us through this 10-month (!!) job search.
    38 points
  11. So this little guy joined our family today. He's a chihuahua/terrier/? mix. His name is Joey (yes my children have watched the otter way too much). Oldest 3 have pretty much ignored him which is totally fine. Although 2 of the 3 have already shared pictures with their friends which I do find a bit comical since they said they don't care about him. But the youngest 3 are are thrilled! He just arrived this morning from a long trip from Texas so he was pretty wiped out. He slept about 3 hours this afternoon and my youngers were literally sitting outside staring in the carrier, waiting for him
    38 points
  12. I honestly hope no one gives me anything this year and that truly would be the best present. DH broke his leg in September and has been out of work since, which means we won't be able to buy gifts this year. Our savings is being consumed quickly. So I would feel terrible if others bought us gifts and we didn't have anything in return. Well that's not exactly true. I am making gifts for my grandchildren from my stash of craft items. They are still small and won't care one bit that their gifts are Gigi made. Here's what I'm making for my granddaughter for her birthday. It's a traveling dollhouse
    38 points
  13. Sorry -- I keep editing this! Maybe I am just too old but I don't have a lot of patience for this new trend (not sure that is the right thing to call it). My daughters are 23 and 25 and they are "woke". That basically means everything I say is wrong haha. Seriously, though, I feel like it is such a radical movement. All white men are "canceled". Masculine toxicity is a common topic. You can't just be non-racist, you have to be anti-racist. Some man that my daughter worked with was inappropriate at a company party. He touched her waist a few times - which is completely inappropr
    35 points
  14. Although I normally respond within an hour or two with close friends and family, I sometimes read it and forget. If it’s more of an acquaintance, I might wait until later in the day. But I don’t like people to think that texting means they can reach me immediately. I like to think of it as a more of ‘called and left a message and I’ll get back to you when I can’ type of thing. But I might be weird. 😂
    32 points
  15. Is it now ( Hugs ) because of social distancing?
    32 points
  16. I had a pretty much symptom free day today, day 12. I am a little tired but nothing like last week. And my heart rate is a little high. But I really do feel almost completely fine. I have asthma and fibromyalgia and I honestly expected this to be much worse for me if I got it. I am very very thankful. I am still concerned that I will have more fatigue issues going forward but I'm trying not to borrow trouble and just be grateful that I seem to have made it to the other side of this without a severe case. Taste and smell were only gone for 2 days and then partial for a few more. Seem no
    30 points
  17. I have two things to say: First, I have a friend who is a single-person lawyer, and the biggest challenge he has faced in the past 5 years, as far as business goes, is finding a STABLE paralegal. He is in a different position than this guy re: plans for his business after he retires, so it isn't exactly a parallel situation, but the fact is that finding an assistant/paralegal that will a)show up b)not looking like she just rolled out of bed and c)stay for more than a year has been THE biggest time sink of the past 6 years. ***SHOWING UP*** and doing an honest hour's work for an fair hour's
    30 points
  18. And it’s to one of his top schools! I'm so proud and excited, I just had to share. 🙂
    28 points
  19. Thank you for the kind words. It does really help to know that people care about us. Hard as it is to watch, I am so thankful that we can be there with people going through this. I have seen the people I work with do so many kind and caring things for our patients.
    28 points
  20. Unless you do this, your display is not a comparison to your neighbors.
    27 points
  21. wow...I use plenty of sarcasm, and make jokes on facebook. My friends do even more than me. And no one I know has EVER been fact checked who wasn't actually spreading disinformation. Are you saying you personally got fact checked on Facebook? Also, I find it interesting that fact checking is viewed as a bad thing by anyone, let alone educators.
    27 points
  22. I live in PA. I feel like Joe and Kamala’s best friend. 8 - 10 emails a day! So many phone calls! So many texts!! How are you Florida/Michigan/ Wisconsin peeps feeling?
    27 points
  23. While I didn't see the thread, I understand that using three parenthesis to indicate hugs, sympathy, empathy, concern, support, love -- like this --> ((( hugs ))) -- is no longer "safe", because the number 3 is somehow connected to White Supremacists. I don't see the number three specifically listed anywhere in this list of hate symbols designated by the Anti-Defamation League, but in case it is a more current social media trend that I missed out on since I'm not on social media, I am taking a stand. I use the hugs sign (with random number of parenthesis of hugging, it's not always t
    27 points
  24. I was MedicMom....But I had requested my account be deleted after the Great UnMasking and it just happened. My kids picked the new name. If all goes well tomorrow with my interview I will have a new career anyway, and my 5-year-old is a huge Beatrix Potter fan. So still here, because you’re all my friends. Probably my only friends these days. Still have Covid. My kids are still running around like uncivilized children and not listening. If you think of me tomorrow, say a prayer. I’m just finishing my M.Ed and this is a master’s degree level job; the only one I’ve found that is
    27 points
  25. No more denim jumpers. Sadly, no more hilarious waxing stories. No more basement classrooms. No more kilts. No, we are different now. We are all about monoliths, 2020 Bingo, hunting cats, Christmas light contests, and leggings are so pants. Luckily, we are still all about cinnamon rolls!
    26 points
  26. I am going to try this, as a method to focus on gratitude this next week—even though this is a very difficult time to do that. Or, maybe especially because this is a very hard time to do that. I welcome anyone so inclined to join in with me. Here goes. I am grateful that, when Ri fell from a tree several months ago, we were set on the path of discovering what was wrong with my little boy earlier than we otherwise would have been. If it had been even just a month longer before we found the tumor, it likely would have caused far more (potentially permanent) damage to his nervous system
    26 points
  27. I'm sure everyone has read about the Moderna vaccine by now. My aunt (immunologist with decades of experience working for big pharmaceutical labs) emailed me about it. She is VERY, VERY EXCITED about this vaccine. She said she read through all the data that has been released so far and says the safety data looks excellent. My aunt is a completely unflappable person; she gets excited about nothing. I can remember exactly two times in my life when she animated about anything, lol, and this is one of those times. Her words were "Sign me up!" and "There is an end to all this!"
    26 points
  28. I am truly struggling with judgment lately because of this. I have a friend who works as a nurse on a blood cancer floor. If one of her patients contracts COVID from her or another nurse, that patient might not make it. Yet, I see people posting on social media that there is no way that they are not gathering as a family for Thanksgiving because "tomorrow is not promised to us" and they have "waited long enough to see family" etc. The trouble is, some of these same people are out doing social things multiple times per week and generally not being cautious. It's not like they are locking down
    26 points
  29. I'm starting to think you live in Eerie, Indiana or something. Also, from every sci fi TV show ever, I know that weird weather patterns around a physicist's house means he has a secret laboratory in the basement and is about to break the space-time continuum and spend 23-87 episodes trying to put it back together. Just to prepare you in case you want to pencil that into your 2020 plans.
    26 points
  30. So I have a funny story to tell that brings home the stress I am under. This was related to me by Dh. I have zero memory of any of these events. Dh and I had been asleep for some time. I got out of bed and turned on our bathroom light. Then I walked over to dh’s side of the bed and took his phone. He said, ‘what are you doing’. I said, ‘I need it.’ So I go into the bathroom and he thinks I used the bathroom. He is thinking to himself, ‘why does she need my phone. Maybe she wants to look at the pictures I took of the dog earlier. No I don’t think she even knew I took pictures. Maybe
    26 points
  31. We are *cautiously* hopeful that there will be an offer letter before Thanksgiving. WHAT a blessing this would be! This is a company where dh applied and then found through linkedin that a former co-worker was a manager there; when he reached out to his friend, it turned out he was the hiring manager for the position! We know they've been calling dh's references, and then the hiring manager called to let us know they'd heard good things and were putting together an offer. We expect it to start in January, but are so hoping for something to bolster our spirits this week!!
    25 points
  32. I would tell them to invite whoever they wished, and I would deal.
    25 points
  33. Dolly Parton donated a million dollars to Vanderbilt, which helped lead to the Moderna vaccine. I propose all statues of Confederates should be replaced with statues of Dolly Parton. https://musicrow.com/2020/11/dolly-partons-1-million-donation-to-vanderbilt-helps-fund-leading-covid-19-vaccine/
    25 points
  34. My DH came walking down the stairs at lunch time singing, "Vaccine, vaccine, Vacciiiiiiinnnnnneee" to the tune of Jolene.
    25 points
  35. MRI looked good on what they could see, but couldn’t see clearly enough to tell if/how much tumor is left, so we will have to wait for another MRI in a few weeks to know.
    25 points
  36. I think we need move civic involvement. The more people work together to improve their community the more we will be unified as a country regardless of political affiliation. Joining League of Women Voters, delivering Home Delivered Meals, volunteering with Boy Scouts or Girl Scout, PTA, food banks etc. gets us out of our silos and working together. Working towards a goal together that is not defined by Democrats vs Republicans let’s people get to know each other in a more neutral environment. I think the death of civic involvement as a natural default for adults is a major contributor to this
    25 points
  37. All in all, while there are still a lot of things to wait and see on, it’s looking pretty successful and he could have had significantly worse damage.
    25 points
  38. There is absolutely nothing magic about social distancing, robust testing availability, tracing, quarantining those exposed, and masking.
    25 points
  39. I think seeing people being careful feels like they are showing solidarity and that really helps me. We have had people donate meals and cookies and fruit, and something that was really good was a donation of those small water bottles. Things like that mean that you can grab something to eat and drink easily when there is so little time. I don’t really know of other things, but it really helps my heart to know people are thinking of us.
    24 points
  40. My dd and her bf adopted a young kitty. She is reportedly very sweet and curious. They have named her Pepper. Say hello to Pepper!
    24 points
  41. I think that part of the problem is that people who are on extreme ends of the red/blue spectrum think that *everyone* is on an extreme end. They think that everyone is a radical. I really think that getting out of the echo chambers is key to success in this area.
    24 points
  42. The bolded sounds like you're inwardly rolling your eyes. It makes perfect sense to want a female counselor if she wants to discuss her feeling of being inappropriately touched by a man. I would actually be concerned whether the episode she related to you wasn't just the tip of an iceberg and she had unpleasant experiences before that and was triggered by this. It is very possible her strong reaction is not actually about the recent occurrence (she may not even realize), and if that were the case, speaking to a therapist is entirely appropriate. ETA: Not feeling safe could be her re
    24 points
  43. I'd say she was sexually harrassed. Assault is too strong a word for that man's actions, creepy and inappropriate as they were.
    24 points
  44. Yeah, either way half would be unhappy, but one course of action leads to way less dead people. So I pick the one with equal unhappy but less dead. Why pick the other way? And of course there are things that can be done. Or why are the Asian countries doing so much better?
    24 points
  45. I think they are both terrible sentences. I would rephrase the whole thing as something like, “The key is not to be distressed.”
    23 points
  46. My current (albeit imperfect) attempts: Listen to people. Really listen. Not to better argue my own point but simply to understand. Avoid (and recognize and call out) dehumanizing and demonizing characterizations of others (CovIdiots, morons, libtards, Nazis, etc.). Turn off the social media. Just let it go. Don’t feed it with my views and clicks and likes and comments. (I do still scroll at least once or twice a day, but I’d love to cut it out entirely. It offers some value, but I’m continually weighing the cost.) Find common ground. I had a conversation with a relat
    23 points
  47. ...the metabolism of my youth.
    23 points
  48. My Instagram feed will stop asking me if I'm registered to vote. And telling me where to vote. And asking if I'm registered to vote. So that's a win.
    23 points
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