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  1. This is me at Calvin's graduation last summer Deleted
    25 points
  2. No, you are not being unreasonable. I would not want to take a trip like that, and if my husband said "I'm going to take a 'boys trip' to the Bahamas for a week, spend all our vacation money, and no you can't come", I'd be really hurt and angry. I'd also raise an eyebrow over a "friend" saying my family was being jealous. Not cool.
    24 points
  3. Mine is so old so I tried to change it and it didn’t want to cooperate. Drat. I’ll try again. Here’s me and dh watching the World Series...
    22 points
  4. This is me while on a cruise about a year ago.
    22 points
  5. But you wouldn't mind sharing what you look like, post one in this thread! I wouldn't mind sharing one except I can't seem to size it small enough. Here's a selfie. Add yours! I would love to know what you like! #greasyhair #nomakeup #whocares
    21 points
  6. me and one of my kids at Christmas 🙂
    21 points
  7. It's not the number of deaths that has me concerned. It's that 18% of the currently infected people are considered serious/critical and need hospitalization. You don't see those sort of numbers with the flu. Less than 2% of diagnosed flu cases require hospitalization. I've read infectious disease experts saying that 40-70% of the population will get this virus over the next year. If 40% of my town gets this virus, that's 10,000 people. If 18% of them need hospitalization, that's 1,800 people. My local hospital has 125 beds. Even if the 1,800 critical patients are distributed evenly over a year, (unlikely to happen), that's still 150 patients needing significant medical support every month for a year, on top of all the "routine emergencies" that the hospital sees. Most of those patients would live, yes, but they'd also place an enormous demand on the medical establishment. Patients and staff all do better when there are adequate supplies and staff coverage. It would be a huge challenge to meet the needs of the community in this situation.
    20 points
  8. Can I play too, even if I do have a profile pic? I love seeing what everybody looks like irl 🙂 This is me and DD on our new living room carpet
    20 points
  9. Crossing fingers that the picture isn't totally gigantic when I attach it!
    20 points
  10. 19 points
  11. Well this is dh and I at Atlanta Botanical Garden earlier this month.
    19 points
  12. This thread made me realize I don't have many pics of me! (And every attempted selfie has 41 chins...) Here's a quick snap of a Polaroid that my 6 yr old niece took at Christmas (testing out her new camera): ...
    16 points
  13. I really want to have a profile picture, but I cannot for the life of me get it to work. 😞 This is me before leaving for DH’s work Christmas party last year.
    16 points
  14. Yes, I'm sure the people who have reasons to be worried are the most worried. People's perspectives are going to be based a lot on what stage of life they are in and how vulnerable their loved ones are. If I were young, completely healthy, and in college, I'm sure my mindset would be very different than it is now. As previously posted, my early 40s DH is high-risk. His job requires a lot of local traveling, so that puts him at an even higher risk. We aren't looking for him to be a statistic of something that will likely be able to be at least somewhat controlled months down the road. At least with the flu, he can get an immunization to help protect him. There's virtually nothing to protect anyone right now. People need to develop compassion for those who are vulnerable. Most aren't done living their lives yet. They're not sitting around waiting to die. They're functioning members of families and society. I convinced my mom to stock up on a few things. She went to our small local Walmart to do so yesterday. The store was packed but she was the only one she saw who had anything much in her cart. She ran into several people she knew. They all made fun of her for stocking up and proceeded to slather her with hugs and kisses. She's high risk too (stage 4 cancer, among other things) and they all know it. She came home and took a shower. We live in the Midwest.
    16 points
  15. How does anybody actually know these numbers? They can only be guesses because nobody knows how many mild cases there are where the person does not suspect they have this virus and does not seek medical attention. They won't get diagnosed if they just think they have some respiratory bug and don't go to the doctor for their cough or fever. There could be many more infected people and we just have no clue. Which would then of course reduce the above percentage.
    15 points
  16. This is a couple years old - my hair is shorter and whiter LOL.
    14 points
  17. Worrying isn't going to do any good. The biggest danger I see is panic. When hospitals have to ration face masks for their surgeons because people are hoarding them, even though they are largely ineffective for a healthy person, we have reached an unreasonable point of worry. I think the best message is to be prudent, but not to worry. Worrying and anxiety lead to irrational behavior.
    12 points
  18. The hydrogen peroxide solution you bought will be at least 70% water (if you bought a 30% solution) so it's not the hydrogen peroxide you need to worry about expanding, it's the water that makes up most of the solution. So yes - the solution will expand if it freezes. Signed, Your friendly neighbourhood chemistry teacher 🙂
    12 points
  19. The first picture is from me getting ready this morning. I had curled my hair with an iron, but hadn’t run my fingers through it to loosen the curls. I thought, “Wow, I look like Medusa!” And I took a selfie to send to my friend so we could get a good laugh out of it. The second one I took just now, with loosened curls.
    11 points
  20. We are a good looking lot, aren't we?!
    11 points
  21. It seems to me that a bunch of discussion (rational discussion) not only isn’t “panicking”; it could help to stop what to me does seem like panicking, such as the Ukrainians who attacked the busses with people who were being sent home from cruise ship.
    11 points
  22. Yes, I'm hoping to have a lot of extra nonperishable foods to donate this or next fall. I'm okay with that if it means the virus passes us all by.
    11 points
  23. I constantly refer to you guys as my invisible friends. “Dh, my invisible friends say we should get some extra vitamin D in case the corona virus comes to our area.” You guys aren’t quite so invisible anymore!
    9 points
  24. This is why it is hard to have friendships between single folks and married with children folks. The people are the same but the circumstances are so different they make it almost impossible to bridge the two. Your friend is clueless and you are not wrong.
    9 points
  25. No, THANK YOU for your post. We get all kinds of posts here= what to buy, where the virus is, what to do with certain medical conditions, how shopping is in your area, how the virus is or is not in your area, questions about travel, and on and on and on. You are always welcome to post in this thread. Again, thanks for explaining the conditions at this nursing facility which you experienced personally.
    9 points
  26. Went to visit mom at rehab and she's highly motivated to get out of there fast. Which is good, she'll work hard. She's 74 and she said she's the youngest person in the place. Dh got a new stove today. He returned the one we got a month ago because it stunk. Two of the burners were unusable. One was always too high and one was always too low. New stove is just right. ETA: A goldilocks booya
    9 points
  27. Perhaps the virus will change people's perspectives on the type of government systems we need here in the United States -- from paid sick time to our healthcare system. Or, it could make people even more individualistic and focused on self-reliance. Who knows? ETA: I meant to quote Pen: "I am afraid of getting sick enough to need hospital, and then surviving, but in a financial crisis."
    9 points
  28. I'm going to add this here, for those looking for teas. This is a recipe I shared w/ my family. You really need to use FRESH ginger. According to Stephen H. Buhner in Herbal Antivirals, fresh ginger has much stronger antiviral properties than dried. All of these are kitchen herbs and are commonly used in cooking. Ginger Tea 1 quart water ¼ cup chopped or grated FRESH ginger (no need to peel) 1 Tbsp of dried thyme, oregano, sage or rosemary** (optional) Pinch of cayenne pepper* (optional) 2 Tbsp raw honey or to taste Juice from one lemon or lime Bring water to boil. Remove from heat and add ginger and other herb(s). Cover and steep for 20 minutes to 1 hr. Strain into quart jar. Add honey and lemon or lime juice and shake or stir to combine well. Keep sealed to retain the aromatic oils. Drink the whole quart throughout the day. You can use a warming burner to keep warm or microwave a cup at a time. **These are very good herbs for respiratory issues including sore throats and coughs. Kitchen herbs are fine! Double or triple the amount if using fresh herbs. You can also use any combination of these. *Cayenne pepper increases circulation and helps to move this through the body, but if it’s too strong then feel free to omit it.
    9 points
  29. I just took this because I stopped dyeing my hair and have sooo many greys dh calls me sparkly and started wearing reading glasses. Yay middle age....
    8 points
  30. I don't have a lot of photos of myself so this is from 2018, that's my youngest ds on my lap--and I assume that is chocolate on his nose!
    8 points
  31. Thanks everyone for your input. I don’t think I’m a martyr mom.....I spend time with friends, go to a book club, go get my hair cut/colored, have hobbies, etc, and also spend a lot of time with my family because I like spending time with them. I think I’m pretty balanced overall. I think my friend truly just doesn’t get it. She had a pretty weird childhood, and has never been in a relationship as an adult, so she’s never had to consider anyone but herself when making plans. We’ve had some of these issues in the past with her expectations not matching my reality (and I’ve never had this problem with any other friends, so I think it’s more her issue than mine). I’ll see her in a couple weeks and will tell her then that the week long trip isn’t going to work for time/money reasons, which is completely true. I have some suggestions for closer places on the coast that would be a lovely weekend getaway. I expect she’ll be disappointed, but don’t expect additional pushback. I just wanted some outside input on whether or not I wasn’t being reasonable about it.
    8 points
  32. I'm not a very visual person, but in my mind each Hiver is kind of a hazy combination of a woman-next-door actress (pick your favorite--I said it's hazy in my mind 😉) and my three very long time real life best friends. Because I'm not a visual person that will probably remain the case for me despite the pictures. LOL!
    8 points
  33. I haven’t seen any reports of that. I have seen people continue to post all over the internet that this is all a BS cold that won’t affect them in any meaningful way.
    8 points
  34. Reading the stat. above that they expect 40% to develop this I went searching for more stats, from what I read here even in the epicenter only .11% contracted the virus and rates are now falling. Even assuming China is likely lying and it is many times higher it still is not close to even approaching 10% but maybe I'm missing something. I aim to always keep a somewhat stocked pantry and freezer but am more conscious of things I'm low on and need to get right now but don't plan on prepper stocking. I am feeling more aware of hygiene when out or trying to be. It is hard to separate the facts from speculation out there.
    8 points
  35. Congrats to everyone on all the wonderful news! A good friend of mine's daughter is graduating this year from FSU and she has loved. every. single. minute. She's had the most amazing opportunities for research (her "thing") that have paved the way for her to enter grad school with a lot of experience behind her. Seems to be a school with unlimited options for those kids who take advantage of those opportunities. DD has been accepted to all her schools now, officially, except for one conservatory (her last audition, so it's an outlier on the timeline). Deep breaths are happening now as her last scholarship deadlines are today and then she will have a nice, mini-brain-break. She sure deserves it!!! This has sure been a lot of work and she's super happy to have been in a gap year juggling all of this instead of a senior year! We honestly had zero idea going in to this that she would be invited to apply for as many scholarships and amazing programs as she was. She cast a wide net and, so far, that appears to have been a very wise decision for her. (and, like DD1 before her, her current Top 2 are polar opposites... lol!) We'll see if the $$$ holds up in the end... DD2 is in the middle of proofing her final essays before her deadlines today and DD1 was chuckling over the phone with me because she flat-out refused to write even one more essay sometime in late December/early January of her senior year. So she left honors colleges unapplied to, additional scholarship dollars on the table, etc. She was just DONE. They are the tortoise and the hare - DD2 is one to just keep chugging along, slow and steady - it's been a masterful performance to watch. If she can handle college with half as much grace and grit, she will rule the world someday. lol
    8 points
  36. I'm not so much stocking up to avoid the virus. I'm stocking up in case of a lock down situation. I still have travel plans, shopping plans, life as usual... but if there's an outbreak in my area and I'm told by the government that I need to stay home...I'm prepared. I have no idea what to expect honestly. I do have asthma. I'm preparing for whatever may come.
    8 points
  37. This is a beautiful sentiment, and I will pray for all of us that it holds true. ❤️
    8 points
  38. My ds has been accepted at all of the schools he applied to that have released admission decisions. He was admitted to UF yesterday (and was excited that he could try to "crash the server" with all of the tens of thousands of students all trying to log in at the same time to see their decisions). Right now he is trying to decide between FSU (waiting on Honors College/Presidential Scholarship decision, but admitted to the university with the Freshman Scholarship), Eckerd College (Presidential Scholarship), and USF (Director's Award). He's strongly leaning toward majoring in Environmental Science with a pre-law track, and possibly getting into Environmental Law. Embry-Riddle is an outlier at the moment but still in his top 4 schools - they offered him a Presidential Scholarship for their Spaceflight Operations program. He has also been admitted to Liberty, Colorado State, Miami, and UF. He has also applied to Harvard and Duke, but they haven't released admission decisions yet, and unless they come out with some really impressive merit aid, the likelihood that he'd go there is very low.
    8 points
  39. My dd was accepted to University of Florida! She is over the moon -- and still in shock, I think. Not sure if it's true but I read that many more people applied to UF this year, and the acceptance rate went down to 29%! This was the last of the universities she applied to -- I'm very proud of her. She got into all the (6) universities she applied to -- and now for the decision on where to go looms large. Congrats to all the high school seniors and good luck to those still waiting on college decisions!
    8 points
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