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  1. Good news- they did get her stabilized and she is now waiting to get a CATSCAN. (When I saw my my doctor last on March 11th, I was asking him what we would do if we thought I had COVID19 since there was no tests in the area then= he said the gold standard for diagnosis was the CATSCAN)
    27 points
  2. For no FOOD waste, we use the "Triple Trio" for ALL leftovers . . . they either go in a smoothie, on a pizza, or in soup. (Occasionally pancakes.) We are at the "many hungry teenagers" stage of the game, and we literally NEVER throw away anything edible. I'm also famous for making dessert on leftover nights, and nobody gets dessert until the leftovers are gone, LOL.
    14 points
  3. We were getting ready for our daily family walk. I put the baby in the carrier, hooked the dogs up to their leashes, and headed outside to join the other people who were ready. While in mid conversation my mom stops and exclaims,"Em(that's me) your hair looks so good! What did you do to it?" Sheepishly I reply, "I brushed it." Then we both laughed uncontrollably. Mind you I wear my hair up 90% of the time. But usually I brush it before putting it up. Somewhere around day 5 or 6 I think i just started throwing it up in the worse messy bun ever without doing more then running my fingers through it. Today I brushed it and wore it down.
    13 points
  4. Your son is a hero. It takes a lot of love and fortitude to make someone do something they don't want to do. He's strong young man. My thoughts are with you all and may she get the care she needs and recover quickly. Please keep us updated.
    13 points
  5. I can see both sides of this issue. I just don’t understand how in the world people can see this issue as black or white? Isn’t it more complicated than that? I haven’t left the house in a month, but I am fortunately financially able to do so. I don’t pretend that staying at home is as easy for others as it is for me. And for GOODNESS SAKES, can the world just stop using the phrase “blood on their hands”. I just quit listening to both sides when they start with this simplistic hyperbole.
    11 points
  6. Eat veg through the week based on how well it keeps, starting with leaves, moving on to flowers, fruit and pods, finishing with stems and roots.
    11 points
  7. I don’t see anything wrong with protesting, but blocking roads to ambulances is pretty unconscionable.
    10 points
  8. I see where you are coming from here, but many universities are not run like fast food restaurants where the price reflects the cost of the item you are getting plus a percentage of the overhead. In general terms it is my understanding that the major funding sources tend to be sports, international students, and majors that can support their own research. If we cancel all the football games in the fall and international students can't attend that is a big hit to funding. A university can't continue to offer all the same classes and majors if a large percentage of the funding is gone - to say nothing of offering a further discount. Ignoring practical issues that have been mentioned elsewhere, suddenly moving all classes online surely has, at minimum, some infrastructure costs. Furthermore, if we want universities to some day return to "normal", they can't just move everything wholesale online and prune away the expensive physical aspects. They will have to maintain buildings, finish out ongoing construction. I don't see how they can reduce costs for fall.
    10 points
  9. Thanks, all. He's doing well at home, and seems *almost* back to full strength. We have lots of follow-ups coming up, with multiple specialists, as well as the brain injury clinic. Thankfully, many of those will be telehealth visits, with more imaging to be done in a few weeks. His birthday was yesterday, and we are very thankful for his continued improvement. It could easily have been so much worse.
    10 points
  10. This is so clever!
    10 points
  11. Bored? Want a challenge? Need a laugh? Oh my, I can't stop laughing at this. 😂 Looks way out of my skill set. https://mctreeleth.tumblr.com/post/615290993946820608/here-it-is-the-instructions-to-make-a-pieced-and
    9 points
  12. I got dressed (all the way, not just a t-shirt and pajama pants) to teach my online class. It doesn't matter, I don't turn the camera on anyway. My sons asked, "Where are you going?" and "Can I come too?"
    9 points
  13. I thought it was weird that kids under 17 qualify. Not 18. Not 21/25. So college kids that we listed as dependents? No they don’t count for us, or for themselves. My college kids get nothing. Which thankfully is okay for mine for now, but there’s many it won’t be okay for bc they still have bills too. For example, I think it’s normal for the average 18-20 yr old to have their own car insurance and car payments to make. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to pay those extra bills for them. Thankfully mine happen to own beater cars and we pay with car insurance. But I think the stimulus should be for number of dependents, regardless of age. For example, there’s also families taking care of elderly dependents, like one of my best friends whose mom has Alzheimers. But something is for sure better than nothing.
    9 points
  14. We have a teen. We don’t have leftovers. 🙂
    9 points
  15. Yes, I agree. It reminds me of how we've taken to calling people who work at the grocery stores "heroes." When our kids go back to school, will we call our public school teachers "heroes" too? Making us feel better for asking them, these "heroes," to serve us without adequate pay and protection. But we call them "heroes" and maybe bring them a pizza so it's all okay. <eyeroll> I'm taken by the term "hero" in these contexts. The assumption being that it's selfless service. It's essentially dehumanizing because no one should be expected to place their job above their own best interests. If only there was enough money to provide a solution to take care of our kids and the people who care for them. Crazy talk...Amazon might have to pay a dollar in taxes so that's obviously not a workable solution. "We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas."
    9 points
  16. It was amazing! Seeing her doing what she loves at Radio City then arriving home in time to catch the limited release of the 25th Anniversary performance in a movie theater just before we went into strict quarantine were things we'll never forget. (She thought it was weird to see/hear herself on the big screen.) I hope she'll eventually get a chance to do it again, too. In the meantime, she just recorded herself to be included in an "isolation" video the RTE orchestra is putting together of the Riverd*nce theme, participated in a video with thirty young musicians/dancers from all around the world that is currently #1 on the iTunes World Music chart, and is creating her own projects she calls CoviDuets with other musicians she loves, young and old. Even if they can't perform in person with others, these musicians figure out a way to make music together. It's simply the love of the music because they can't not play/create. It's in their blood. They aren't making any money doing it. This is very worrisome for the arts especially those making a living in the arts who don't necessarily perform at huge venues...those who love music and make a simple living with no plans for riches and fame...those who play/exhibit in venues owned by small businesses or run on grants/donations (if people don't have money or donations are (rightly) going toward saving lives/helping those in need). Will those people's livelihood and those venues survive? The arts are vibrant communities with everyone from superstars to hobbyists to viewers/listeners. What will the world look like if these vibrant communities don't survive this? Our world would be less without them.
    9 points
  17. Pick up son's prescription Get spray paint from Lowe's and finish painting headboard Not sure what else. It's my birthday. Nothing really special planned, but also I won't do anything I don't want to do! 😁
    9 points
  18. I just bought a stationary recumbent bike because of you people. That is all.
    8 points
  19. Even with a relatively big family, we don’t have a particularly high rate of medical needs, and yet I feel like I work part time in ironing out billing and coverage @@. I got a call today from a debt collector on a medical bill for ds. Ds has only had preventative care for the past few years, so there shouldn’t be any bill for him, let alone an unpaid one! I vaguely remembered receiving a bill last year and telling the office to resubmit it because it was all covered services even though insurance denied some. I double checked my EOBs and, yup, insurance eventually paid in June of 2019. The health network looked at the old EOB and sent it to collections!!! Like, recently! Anyway, don’t give debt collectors money without triple checking everything.
    8 points
  20. I am not bitter but my young adults sure as heck are. This leaves a huge number of young adults with nothing. And it leaves a huge number of families with stimulus checks that don’t reflect how many people they have to help care for too.
    8 points
  21. Well, we have chickens so food scraps get fed to the chickens and transformed into eggs; chicken droppings likewise become fertilizer for the garden to grow more food 🙂
    8 points
  22. Happy Birthday, DawnM!! ~saute large batch of mushroom, and freeze in portions ~bread and fry eggplant ~help ds clean hamster cage ~make banana bread. I was planning on making it a few days ago but we lost power from crazy winds. We at least the bananas are even riper and sweeter now ~go for a walk
    8 points
  23. She has been released. Now that she is breathing okay and thinking better, she thinks she had an anaphylactic episode. They were asking her if she ate something new but most likely her blood pressure was too low and she couldn't figure out that then. She couldn't even figure out her age. Buy now she knows she drank a new juice yesterday and then again today. Getting allergic reactions often happens the second or third time. I talked with our doctor and he will see her tomorrow morning first thing.
    8 points
  24. He is back at the house since they won't let people stay with anyone in the ER but I was just so happy that they let him give the info, at least. Because even on Saturday, she wasn't able to call our doctor himself nor get the answering call people to give the doctor the message and have him call her---- she didn't tell the answering service that she was a high risk patient- she has severe asthma- and couldn't in any other way explain to them the urgency. Fortunately, dh and I have been paying about 3K a year extra in order to have a concierge doctor and since she was under 26 and still is, she is his patient too. So on Saturday I called him directly - I have his cell phone number- and he was the one who told me to have her go to the ER then. I called the answering service today and he called me back right away and told me that if she is admitted to call him and also we discussed that the test is unreliable.
    8 points
  25. Here's a new twist. Saturday through Monday were bad days. My anxiety was up and I had trouble following my meal plan and eating 100% of my food. I just couldn't snap out of it. Today started off better. I didn't have anxiety this morning when I had breakfast and was able to eat my full meal without any problem. Then later in the morning, my period started. I am in perimenopause and my periods are beginning to get a little irregular. My LMP was 25 days ago. My regular interval is 28-29 days. I didn't even realize what time of the month it was. So, could the extra anxiety beginning this weekend that resulted in poor eating be exacerbated by my cycle about to begin? I must say today has been pretty good! I've eaten every meal and snack and my anxiety never got above a 2, which on my scale is 'slightly bothered but can shake it off'. Usually my anxiety is about a 4 or 5. This past weekend it hit 9 once. I am just finishing my coffee after having had a very pleasant dinner. DH told me to please remember how good I'm feeling so that on my next bad day, I'll remember I am making progress and do have some good days.
    8 points
  26. Amazon: We're prioritizing delivery of the things you need most! Also Amazon: You can have coffee filters and laundry detergent in a month; fruit products or toilet paper never; sidewalk chalk in three days. 😷
    8 points
  27. 7 points
  28. Here's a video of one of the kittens barking at a lamp shade. Yes, I said a lamp shade. This isn't the first time he's barked at something and about half the time it has more noise to it. Hard to explain, really. This is the first time though where he did it repeatedly enough that I had time to record it. I really wish I knew what was going on in his little brain. As I've said in the past, kittens are weird. One is scared of everything including her own shadow and the other thinks he's part dog. Please excuse the chair cover. It's not holding up well to the kitten madness.
    7 points
  29. Howdy, happy Wednesday! I am procrastinating on a client project that has me stressed out. What ever happened to "just do it"? I had gotten myself to a point where I would just tackle things so they didn't stress me out ... but that disappeared during a life change and hasn't come back so far. Anyhoo ... I need to just do it ASAP and move on. Done: Slept pretty good. Woke up upon hearing the garbage truck. Quickly took out the garbage. Cleaned part of the garage and backyard in order to fill the garbage cans as much as possible. Cleaned the kitchen, bathroom, and some clutter. Took a shower. 2 coffees so far. A little reading. Sent out some work emails. Caught up on calendar, emails, news, and social media. To do: More coffee. Finish that stressful client thing already. Lots of other client work. Make the kids do things they should do today (on their own). Specifically want them to listen to the Gospels and test on them in AR this week. The week is half over! Kid's psych appointment online. Should get the kids to document AHG badge work while they are on school break! Also practice music. Might decide to do some laundry. Yoga, TKD practice, walking, etc. Whatever else gets done.
    7 points
  30. fasting bloodsugars were good fed Neko and Juliet fed myself have not gotten dressed (see previous post about no pants) brushed teeth made bed medicated myself medicated Juliet watered the cat called in a prescription
    7 points
  31. Happy Birthday, Dawn Bible Study Make bread decide on dinner tonight and next few nights try to actually make a mask or masks today laundry (doing this) watch tv and do my part in making pillowcases for the children's hospital maybe make dinner finish my spy book do virtual book club (missed it but am putting on calendar- I thought it was in the evening) Watch at least one episode on Netflix
    7 points
  32. Happy birthday, Dawn!! Done: breakfast, bible study groups, and tutoring 1 student To Do: go to the bank drop off sheets/pillowcases for someone making masks lunch (may pick up something out) tutor another student call to new co-op director about some next year stuff continue prodding ds about school dinner: see what I can come up with (I need to go to the grocery store soon.)
    7 points
  33. A friend shared this, and I thought it was interesting. FYI. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-comic-strip-tour-of-the-wild-world-of-pandemic-modeling/?fbclid=IwAR2znKjUQ8N39ClhlJwPehqjzVYhLd60cBInVltxFUvyuJZ-KxPIS9Qo42Y
    7 points
  34. Happy Birthday, Dawn! The snow shoul melt today-just in time for more tomorrow. I have some gardening things to do- coffee/paper school- or at least make sure the kids are working garden things when it gets warmer grocery store today not sure what else Have a great day!
    7 points
  35. Realized that I have some potatoes that need to be used before they go bad. Making potato soup for dh. Keeping busy in the kitchen this morning.😀
    7 points
  36. Happy Birthday, Dawn! 🎈 Today is sunny, but cold. I hope my garden will be ok. I didn't set up a tunnel on it this spring bc it required a trip to Lowes. Pick up fresh milk Drop off some grocery items and a mis-delivered Amazon order for my mom. Keep ds on track with his list and two online meetings. ✅ Online Literature class for me. An AHG BOR ✅ An online meeting ✅ Dinner is pork chops, green beans, potatoes and salad. ✅
    7 points
  37. The thing I hope opens up very soon is the so-called elective surgeries. I heard yesterday that includes cancer surgery, transplants, heart things like implanting something to stop arrythmias, etc. ALl these things are not elective and many more. In a lot of orthopedic surgery- the risk of getting more serious problems from the surgery and less likely good outcome increases if surgery isn't done soon.
    7 points
  38. I know this sounds crazy, but this whole episode seems to me like an opportunity to step back and really assess what we are doing with public K-12 education. To really think deeply about whether some of the trappings/routines are really the best we can offer or if it’s just the way we’ve always done it. Harness the change in the air. 1. MidAug through MidMay school. This is a vestige of a bygone (pre HVAC, and when mom or grandparent at home was more common) era. Working families would arguably be better served if the summer break became several-weeks-long quarterly breaks over the year. Childcare easier to obtain/budget while trips would still be possible for those who can afford it. 2. Gigantic fancy school buildings that are still overfull. At some point we lost sight of what a school building needs to be. We made them so fancy and expensive, we couldn’t afford the needed square footage. Maybe we could rethink small neighborhood schools, like 20 or less per grade small. This would scale down to the point where bussing isn’t even needed in a ton of urban and suburban areas. Some would be so close to each other that they could presumably share a central playground, ball fields, meals delivered to classrooms. I don’t know. I’m talking out of my hat. I have a tendency to question the way things have “always” been done, distrust economy of scale having the last say, etc. I’m a homeschooler after all.
    7 points
  39. Definitely not going to be a red flag next year. Everyone knows that opportunities are just going to be different. She'll still be doing rich things and be the student she is who is clearly stellar. It's fine. Also, you do understand that the schedule you're talking about would be nothing like a chill schedule for most kids. I get that when kids apply to college they want to see them pushing themselves and not slacking off from whatever level they're at and you're worried about that... but this is a plenty challenging year even if it doesn't reflect the work she'd like to be doing.
    7 points
  40. Hmm. I consider us fortunate that we didn't get the stimulus. Our income hasn't changed with the economic shut down and I'd rather the money go to those who actually need it. I wouldn't even consider hiding assets...
    6 points
  41. Michigan is #3 in the country for total number of deaths, #3 for number of new deaths, #3 for number of new cases (despite an extremely low level of testing — they are 32nd for tests per capita), and #4 for deaths per capita. They are almost certainly not catching all the cases and will soon be #3 for deaths per capita as well. And people are demanding that stores be reopened and people go back to work?
    6 points
  42. coffee/breakfast-done called some parents-done submitted my call log to principal-she wants to make sure we are staying in touch with students-done put several quizzes on google classroom for my students-done start on progress reports may cook dinner-dh cooked breakfast and lunch because I'm busy with schoolwork
    6 points
  43. I'm not in Michigan but a friend of mine is participating in the protest, and honestly she is the last person I would ever expect to do so. She is in her late 60s and is very quiet and law-abiding. Never did anything like this before, but although she supports the shut down, she thinks that the local governor has gone way too far. That tells me that this has legs, big time. That's not a demographic that normally does this kind of thing.
    6 points
  44. 1. Staying current on what's got the shortest shelf life and starting there. I write on the kitchen fridge calendar in pencil for the next few days what we need to eat soon so I don't have to rely on my memory or do it every day. 2. Strategically planning meals around what ingredients don't get used up in one recipe. For example, we use 1/2 a cabbage for Latin American slaw to eat with multiple Mexicanish meals in the same week (Chipotle Black Beans on rice, Barbacoa in tortillas, and refried beans and chorizo on tostada shells) and we roast the other 1/2 cabbage in mustard sauce with potatoes and apple chicken sausages. The leftover chorizo and salsa will also go into either a black lentil soup or a Spanish brown lentil soup if there isn't enough for both. When I used to have access to a large bunch of basil for cheap I made a Thai Basil Chicken dish, a Rachel Ray pilaf dish with pork, and Basil Chicken and Zucchini hash dish the same week. 3. All leftover meats and soups are labeled and frozen in single meal containers for those days when I don't want to cook or someone just doesn't want what's for dinner. Sometimes I roast a large quantity chicken thighs with olive oil, a little salt, and a little pepper serving one meal's worth with a pan sauce and sides and store the rest of it in the freezer. I can use that meat for all kinds of dishes: curried chicken salad sandwiches, fajitas on tortillas or rice, Monterey Chicken and rice, Caesar Salad, pesto chicken sandwiches, chicken tacos, chicken soup, etc. Today I'm slow cooking a 3.5 lb. chuck roast for pot roast tonight and Barbacoa for tomorrow with leftovers frozen in single meal containers. 4. Cooking 2 meals worth of a dish, putting one out to eat and putting the other in the fridge for later in the week. If you do that 3 days a week, you get 6 meals. Plan the leftovers for the days you don't want to cook. It's more efficient to shop for, prep, cook, use up, clean up after, and store a higher volume of ingredients that make 2 full meals and do that 3 times a week than it is to plan for 6 different meals with different ingredients or few ingredients that overlap in the recipes.
    6 points
  45. I save the ends from our (expensive gluten free) bread in a bag in the freezer. When the bag is full or I need freezer room again, I thaw the pieces, tear them up in a casserole dish, toss them in butter/sugar/cinnamon, and pour over the standard French toast milk/egg/vanilla mixture (1 egg per 1/4 c. milk, I usually need between 4-6 eggs). Voila, baked French toast! It takes us up to two weeks to go through a whole loaf, so we probably only have enough for this every 3 months or so. Everyone will eat it though, even the heel haters.
    6 points
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