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  1. Christmas Eve service, the year youngest was two, all the children go up front for the children's sermon. The pastor asks if anyone knows what makes Christmas so special. Two year old grabs the microphone and begins to explain in great, comprehensive, scientific detail how babies are formed, as the pastor tries to thank her and take the microphone back. She is having none of it. Stands up, walks further away, and continues with her lecture before concluding, "But it didn't happen that way with Jesus, because Mary was a virgin and the Holy Spirit didn't have a penis." Then she hands over t
    25 points
  2. The least risky course of action for the majority would be for her to stay in the quarantine room at the school, with you in a hotel nearby to minimize your anxiety. Taking her to a hotel increases the risk for others staying at the hotel and workers there. Obviously you driving with her and making stops (even of she does not get out) increases the risk of spread. If you are high risk, it does seem like a bad idea for you to have contact with an infected person, even with precautions in place.
    15 points
  3. Personally, I would try to have the student stay at school. I have known some college students who have had COVID and have felt horrible for a day--draggy for a couple of days, and then felt OK; some have reported having felt worse from colds, flus, allergies, and migraines than they have from COVID. I would not want to make a long trip and risk additional exposure if it turned out to be a mild case. If it is where the student feels really bad, she probably isn't going to feel up to a long car trip; I would think staying put and getting rest would be better. If the student felt very bad I
    14 points
  4. Also, as much as you'd be anxious if she gets sick and can't care for her....how would she feel if she gets YOU sick, and you end up hospitalized or dead? Is that a burden she can live with? Stay nearby if you must, but stay SEPARATE.
    11 points
  5. If I was sick, I would greatly prefer to sleep it off in a dorm room rather than ride 12 hours in a vehicle and live in an RV AND risk getting my mother sick. That all sounds miserable. Health-wise it seems like she’d get more restorative rest staying put and being young she’ll likely recover in days.
    10 points
  6. Update on my niece: She had multiple MRI's and a consultation with the neurosurgeon. He doesn't think it is cancer and it is treatable. It will cause some brain damage, but he said he can enter at a certain spot (my sister couldn't remember the name) and the damage would be minimal and wouldn't affect her in day to day life. I may still get her the flannel sheets, but she will hopefully be back in the swing of things before cold weather hits.
    10 points
  7. This issue has been percolating in my mind for a few days. Here's what has come out of the percolation: There is room for nuance and reasonable disagreement with regards to the movie itself. I think it had a worthy aim, but that aim could have been met without putting everything on screen that went on screen and there are real concerns with the ways young girls were exploited as tools in getting the message across. I personally believe the harm side of the equation outbalances the benefit side but can respect thoughtful opinions to the contrary. With regards to Netflix, their ma
    9 points
  8. When you buy or harvest fresh herbs, trim the cut ends diagonally, put them in 2 inches of water in a glass or jar, invert an open ziplock bag over the top so that the herbs are enclosed in a loose bag and leave the setup on your counter. Change the water every 2 days. You have a temporary greenhouse for the herbs, they will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks and the mint, basil and parsley start growing little water-roots in the summertime so that you can harvest all the leaves and stick the stems into potting soil and get new plants.
    9 points
  9. When ds was around 4, we arrived at a gathering a bit early. A couple of acquaintances were there as well. We knew them reasonably well, but weren't close friends. They are a bit prim and proper, and the sort that you just never know how they will react to things (will they get offended, laugh, mad, what?) As we were taking off coats, Ds marched up to one of them and asked, "Do you know that I have a pe*is?" 😳 Her eyes got very round, and I cringed. What will she say? To her credit, she smiled and calmly said, "Why, yes, I do know that."
    9 points
  10. Well, bless your heart, isn't that a mature perspective! No, no state has a health department saying road trips are allowed while you are supposed to be quarantining. If you go to a doctor they have precautions in place for you to be there and you can only go to certain ones. They will have a special toilet area set aside for you, not one for the general public. And that bit about traveling and then becoming positive - that is WHY people are not supposed to be traveling! Because yes, if you come up positive while out of town, you are supposed to STAY there until you are no longer
    8 points
  11. Used powdered sugar instead of flour as the ‘dusting’ material on the rolling pin and board for sugar cookie or gingerbread dough. It melts into the cookies during cooking so you don’t get that splotches of flour look on them, and the dough doesn’t get tougher to roll out the second time because you are not adding more flour into it. Use grated sharp cheddar cheese for part of the fat in your savory pie crusts, like for chicken pie. Amazing increase in flavor AND nutrition. Double the garlic called for in almost any recipe. Ditto the dried herbs. You won’t be sorry. 70s reci
    8 points
  12. Eat and drink are basically miming what you’re doing (eat is a closed hand to the mouth, drink an open C to the mouth). They’re also really simple and are used a lot with little ones, so even teachers who don’t know ASL would probably know them. Actually, going through a list of the most common “Baby Signs” would probably give him a decent vocabulary for life skills needs for when the apraxia won’t let him talk. One reason I learned ASL is that I can sometimes restart my brain by signing or finger spelling what I want to say-even if the other person doesn’t understand, because once I
    8 points
  13. One of my sons Sunday school teacher brought in her new baby to show the class, and asked if there were any questions. He raised his hand and asked "Did you have a vaginal birth?" I am a midwife and my kids just hear it ALL. He was 8 and probably didn't entirely know what it meant. I recently told him (he's 20 now) and he died laughing. He has no memory of it . The church teacher thought it was hilarious but I was embarrassed when she told me and kept apologizing 😂
    8 points
  14. My sister told her 2nd grade teacher an elaborate story of my step-mother being pregnant and delivering twin babies while on a recent vacation in Aruba. Step-mom went up to school for parent-teacher conference, and the teacher was like "So how are the twins? You lost that baby weight so fast!" and my step-mom was like "I'm sorry, what???".
    8 points
  15. Ouch. No one forced @easypeasy to ask the Hive for comments and advice. And no one is forcing you to read anything posted here.
    7 points
  16. Another issue is that one of the possible complications of Covid is blood clots. Driving for 12 hours is ALSO a risk factor for blood clots. I would NOT want a Covid positive person sitting in a car for 12 hours. Nope. I'd be worried about creating a clot - which can cause stroke or heart attack.
    7 points
  17. Not ASL, but T for "Time out" like in football and maybe a number for how many minutes request would work for those providers who don't know ASL.
    7 points
  18. You know those recipes that say form into balls or patties with wet hands. Turns out it’s much easier if you actually have wet hands because the stuff doesn’t stick to them. Amazing I know.
    7 points
  19. The recommendation I’ve heard from health officials and universities is to leave the student at the university. As much as you want to be there to take care of your child, if all/most of the Covid positive students go home, that will greatly further the spread to other communities. I know some universities are doing a better job than others at caring for sick and quarantined students. Maybe talking to someone at the school will help you feel better about letting her stay if she’s sick.
    7 points
  20. Can you please indulge me in a mama brag? I can't/won't do this IRL, but I want to share it with someone. My third and final child . . . just got official notification of being a National Merit Semifinalist. (And her score is very high, and she will no doubt be a Finalist and then a Scholar.) Both my older two kids did the same, so I'm 3 for 3 for nailing this particular achievement. I've screwed up a lot. But, at least I did educate them well.
    7 points
  21. We live out in the country with no other people around for miles and miles. When my kids were little, they would play outside for hours. Instead of taking the time to run in the house for potty breaks, my boys would often just go behind a tree. Well, one day when younger ds was about 4 y.o., we were at the park in town. I was chatting with some other moms and I looked over and lo and behold, there was ds pulling his pants down so he could pee on a tree. I sprinted over and put a stop to it, and the poor kid was so embarrassed - he had completely forgotten that he was in public. After that, I m
    7 points
  22. My oldest ds was scared of basically all movies until he was about ten. No idea why but we must have terrified him with Finding Nemo or something. When he was 8-9 yo and kids would be talking about movies and I wasn’t around he would say that he couldn’t watch whatever movie because his mother said it was “a bad influence on children”. He played baseball with a bunch of public schooled kids. We were already the crazy homeschoolers and then (unbeknownst to me) he was telling people he couldn’t watch any movie anyone talked about because “my mom says that is a bad influence on children”. He real
    7 points
  23. mop cat's bathroom clean bunny cage Juliet - vet (make sure that I get a poop sample)
    6 points
  24. It is if you have a known case, or known recent prolonged exposure in a confined space. You are required to quarantine if that happens. Not use public toilets.
    6 points
  25. When it comes to PUBLIC health the ability to make decisions just about one's own family is gone. The greater public is also part of the equation. And sympathetically, if that is the case, from a public health standpoint she should not be on campus in the first place, if unable to stay there and unable to travel home in a quick, safe manner. The OP's daughter does NOT have preexisting conditions, and lives 12 hours away.
    6 points
  26. Hang them to dry, then let them sit until laundry. There's no odor when they are thoroughly dried.
    6 points
  27. What people “worry” about does not necessarily fit with actual statistical risk. And vice versa. It does suck. I am glad you aren’t being kept up at night. nonetheless Your possible bring a sick person home plans seem anxiety driven, not logic driven. They don’t fit with what I know of public health best practices so long as not absolutely necessary such as university closing down and sending all students home so that you really do have to have someone pick her up. I would strongly suggest that you go
    6 points
  28. Coffee! Laundry started Trash dumped Headed off to LEAD in a few minutes--we're making stilts this morning, and then doing tasting and tongues for science Dinner is last night's pot roast I have a District Board meeting--not sure I'll Zoom in. I hate Zoom! More LEAD stuff More Rendezvous stuff--all of my stuff is mostly done. Now I get anxious because dh isn't do HIS stuff! Walk after LEAD Write kids Read And I can say it now--Navy girls hits the US tomorrow!
    6 points
  29. Good morning! I am up early- ds3 had to meet his team for warm-ups (at their home court) and then he heads for regionals. No parent and no spectators allowed for the 12 hour day. Disappointing for me- hugely disappointing for parents of seniors (half our team). Apparently, players can go to the parking lot to pick up food- no team meals, no team snacks, even team provided water bottles are not allowed at the team tent. The parents have donated coolers and food to live in the coach's pickup bed in the parking lot- we'll see if that gets around the draconian rules and surprisingly enthusiastic
    6 points
  30. Good morning! Safe travels, Amy, and I hope the appointment goes well! It is nice and cool here this morning, in the 40s. The allergy sufferers in our family are having a bad time of it, so I'll be glad when we get our first frost. office work - bills, finances, file, odds & ends vacuum upstairs clean upstairs bathrooms lots of laundry call in prescription refill Schwan's delivery make a pot of beans dinner: creamy southwestern soup
    6 points
  31. I never made it back on the board yesterday. I hope you all are well! I go back to the ENT this morning for my CT scan results. It's raining terribly here, so prayers for safe travel would be appreciated since it's in another county. The usuals are done. coffee meals ENT visit school with ds possibly tutor a student this afternoon prep for all my co-op classes tomorrow. I've done very little of that this week! pack up all I need for co-op
    6 points
  32. I'd call a pest removal company. Many of the same ones who will spray for bugs also do wildlife removal, or will be able to recommend someone who does.
    6 points
  33. So, I have a plan. I made a list of meals that everyone can eat. I am putting them into a separate ring binder so I'm not overwhelmed by choice. I also made a shopping list for the meals where I can just print it out every three weeks or so and know what I need to get while crossing off everything I don't need. I also have a "go crazy" day once every three weeks where I can make/cook a bunch of things and freeze them so I can just throw them into the oven or just add to the recipe (for example, just browning all the hamburger at one time). I also have which recipes I can easily double and
    6 points
  34. Hmm. I've considered dropping when the teacher is a bad fit for my kid (or mean, or cruel, or just stupid), when the goals of the class don't match mine (not always clear before the class starts even with emails to the teacher beforehand), when there isn't enough timely feedback (writing class), when there is busy work instead of quality assignments, and when the class is not helping my child learn but making them hate the subject instead. None of those things would scream "drop" to me. I'm not sure why you are emailing the teacher instead of your kids emailing. Figuring out Canvas &
    6 points
  35. 6 points
  36. I’m starting to think about Christmas shopping. I’m not the most inspired gift giver so it is a little stressful. I did have a good idea for the girlfriends of my young adult sons. It is always a challenge but this year I think I am going to purchase them wristlets or wallets and put a gift card or two in them. There is a local non profit that teaches women in crisis to sew along with supporting them with other resources to get their lives on track. They make beautiful purses and accessories. I think the young women I am purchasing them for would like the wallets and also appreciate the s
    5 points
  37. Just wanted to say that this forum is awesome. The information in all of the sticky threads is beyond amazing. Thank you so much everyone. I will start reading and come back if I have some questions it doesn't answer. I've always thought about homeschooling, but Covid just made up my mind.
    5 points
  38. Afternoon. Doing some of the things. Got more things to do. I want to go to the island and maybe lounge in the hammock and do nothing for a week.
    5 points
  39. Thankfully, the CT scan showed nothing abnormal! It would be nice to have concrete answers, but at least there's no tumor. I have had one on my septum, and my sister had the same kind in her neck, so I know he was trying to rule that out. He said it could be muscular and physical therapy might help. The pain is usually just during the night, so I'm going to try some warm compresses before bed to relax the muscles and try different sleeping positions as well. We don't have the best mattress, either. The student isn't coming until next week before the quiz and test. I've done some pr
    5 points
  40. K prep is done 1st prep is done 2nd prep is done emails answered DS started on school, homework turned in grabbing lunch then onto the next thing.....
    5 points
  41. logged fasting bloodsugars fed Neko and Juliet. Cleaned up after Neko. fed myself medicated Juliet medicated myself Juliet wants to know why I'm being so weird and following her around the yard with a baggie. . . logged food, water, carbs updated Sparkpeople blog PT lower body workout - time to bring out my inner Xena made bed showered and dressed brushed teeth
    5 points
  42. 5 points
  43. Scout, you know that I still struggle some with this, but my sugars seem to be the most stable overnight when I eat two hard boiled eggs (protein) two hours before bed.
    5 points
  44. Juliet wants to know why I am being so weird and following her around the yard with a baggie
    5 points
  45. Good Morning, High bloodsugar number again this morning. So frustrating! Ds to school Check in with Dd about schoolwork Deskwork Laundry Walk! Lunch with a friend YNAB Pick up Ds? Dh might do this. Yes, dh is getting him and taking him to flag football practice. Dinner is random leftovers, plus green salad. Need to eat up what is here!
    5 points
  46. Some people apparently tack up shower curtains in the car between front and back to add an extra barrier. It would still be a big risk. I would personally leave her there.
    5 points
  47. One Halloween we were at a community event that featured a magician on stage. He asked for a volunteer and our middle dd shot her hand up and was chosen. He did a magic trick and made something disappear. At which point my then 4 year old knew she’d been tricked and she hauled off and kicked him. Really hard. She’s in her 30’s now and even though I thought I was dying of embarrassment, clearly I did not.
    5 points
  48. I was never a girly-girl as a kid. For example, I never thought about my wedding day (ever!) and I never played princess. I wasn’t a tomboy either. I was just a nerdy kid who always had her nose buried in a book. Then I grew up and felt like I was too old for lots of pink, girly stuff. But this year, I’ve decided to finally have fun with pink, girly stuff. I painted my bathroom pale pink and put up a pink shower curtain and ordered these prints of pink roses to hang on the wall: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SZ9LVDK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    5 points
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