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  1. 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
  2. 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.
    45 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
    28 points
  8. Unless you do this, your display is not a comparison to your neighbors.
    27 points
  9. 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
  10. 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!!
    26 points
  11. I would tell them to invite whoever they wished, and I would deal.
    25 points
  12. I thought you were going to say your dh bought the pretty light up deer but put them in a... compromising position 🙂 I have seen that a few times. I was going to say that yes that is in poor taste. By the time your got to Buddy the Elf I was relieved. I think it is fine.
    23 points
  13. to protect themselves from predators. Generally they wear shells, but people started 3-D printing them hats, and they are ADORABLE. This article has pictures. https://www.boredpanda.com/sea-urchins-tiny-hats/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
    21 points
  14. She said that she wanted you both. The gracious response is “Invite us both. We will be there for you on your special day.” Then deal.
    21 points
  15. so it turns out our lockdown was based on the fact that someone claimed to have contracted it after buying a pizza from a pizza shop. They apparently lied and had been working shifts at the pizza shop over a period of time. The health minister was worried because the initial transmission appeared to have occurred on else than 24 hours from buying a take away pizza. Actually it was a case of close contact over a period of time and probably infectious for a longer time. As of today restrictions on exercise outside the home are lifted and we will be going back to much lighter restrictions
    21 points
  16. I've been wondering where all our socks are. Years ago, I got tired of folding socks, and switched to a system of buying all the same kind of socks. For awhile, we had a bin of "kid socks," and a bin of "adult socks." (This works because my kids are only 17 months apart.) Then we moved to just one sock bin, with all identical socks for everyone. But the quantity has been dwindling. Today, I had to take the cat to the vet. This took a long time of chasing the cat once she saw the carrier, because I'm an idiot and didn't bring the carrier upstairs several days ago. I wind up poking
    21 points
  17. The company that dh and I both work for is going through a massive downsizing. Dh heard about 3 weeks ago and I did on Tuesday that we've survived and will not be retrenched. I've been reassigned to a new job, but at the same job level that I was. It is a huge relief and I'm extremely grateful. Many of my colleagues have not been as fortunate.
    19 points
  18. But the wedding is not about whether you enjoy it or not - it's about the couple. She clearly wants you both. If you ever hope for reconciliation with the other person, having her uninvited because of your preference isn't going to make that likely. All that said, my WWYD is that I would not be attending any wedding at all in the forseeable future.
    18 points
  19. I guess I'm officially old, bc being locked in a hotel room for two weeks sounds pretty fabulous 😄
    18 points
  20. I felt a bit hesitant about this vaccine because it is getting rushed out... but then I talked to @maize on here about it, who pointed out that while the vaccine isn't PERFECTLY tested, the virus is really not tested at all 😉 . So then the question becomes whether I think a vaccine is riskier than the virus, and I do not. So I will get immunized unless I see very alarming data on the vaccine... goodness knows I've seen very alarming data on the virus.
    18 points
  21. I'm not sure you can trust them to quarantine even if they say they will.
    17 points
  22. I saw this on FB and thought of this thread, lol
    17 points
  23. This is a great idea. I am in a better place now than I was a few years ago with the gratitude. Despite all of the hardships of COVID, I am grateful that it has led to me connecting with a casual FB friend who has become a friend and outdoor, active buddy. We have walked, hiked, day backpacked, kayaked, biked, and even mountain biked twice now. Lot of great, outdoor, safe physical activities. We are now planning a future backpacking trip (I have never done that) and cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.
    17 points
  24. How's this one? It's so fun watching him run around the yard in his sweater and coat. It reminds of those videos of the tiny goats leaping around. It just snowed last night so I'm hoping to get a video of him bouncing through the snow today.
    16 points
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  26. What exactly is the question that she wants an answer to? Is the question really would you enjoy the wedding more or less if this person is there? Personally, I would be much more troubled knowing that someone was not inviting another person to their wedding based on my enjoyment level. I think an honest answer could be "I want you to invite the people it is important to you to invite. It isn't about my level of enjoyment. Any discomfort I might feel pales in comparison of my care, concern, and support for you."
    16 points
  27. This really infuriates me! These people are dying because they have Covid. If they had not been infected with Covid they would still be alive. Yes they have pre-existing conditions, but so many of them were living quality, productive lives before they got Covid. This illness is horrible. I have never in my 30+ years as a nurse seen so many patients with such profound hypoxia! Honestly it just makes me sick and demoralized to hear the whole of Covid, with Covid thing. I’m sure there are 1 or 2 miscounted people but not many. It’s just a way to minimize and deny what is happening. By
    15 points
  28. @Terabith Do you live in the middle of the Utah desert? Or are there more of these things out there?! How many mysterious monoliths are there in the US? Are these things communicating? Replicating? https://www.9news.com.au/world/alien-like-monolith-found-in-utah-desert-during-wildlife-assignment/05433e5a-2b6e-47e5-be7d-57540fb145fc
    14 points
  29. And today 2 of the 3 no dog people, asked to hold him and even smiled while he sat on their lap! They're coming around much faster than I expected.
    14 points
  30. I honestly don't think anyone should travel or mix households indoors at all.
    14 points
  31. Gently, it's not safe to travel, you know that. Cases are spiking all over the country; Christmas won't suddenly be better. I know you want to see them. I don't think you can and remain safe. What you want them to do is asking a lot. We all have found our ways of surviving this pandemic, physical AND mental health intact. Church, for instance, is absolutely necessary to my family's mental health. We do mask, but we wouldn't stop going. I know it is painful, but it is not a good idea. Stay home. Plan a trip for next year.
    14 points
  32. 100% agree. I intentionally do not respond too quickly when people first text, in order to not set up that expectation, lol. Plus, I'm doing things pretty often that take a few hours or more, I don't think that's unusual? And I may have my phone with me, but I don't want to be in the habit of interrupting every activity to respond to texts.
    14 points
  33. My dd was accepted to Cedarville. She knew that was where she wanted to go so we are done.
    14 points
  34. As great as this is, I was hoping Putin's brother or the Monolith was somehow involved! And was I the only one who thought the cat was to blame until I read the big reveal?
    14 points
  35. Yeah, I’m surprised for so many people to think a 10% chance of being hospitalized or at least sick for weeks is no big deal. Me or dh being hospitalized would be really difficult for our family.
    14 points
  36. Cinnamon rolls are rising on the counter right now! The Monolith has become so important to me, I'm planning on having DH build me one for the garden next spring. https://empressofdirt.net/garden-obelisk-ideas/ I feel like having something metal on top will better help me be able to communicate with the mothership.
    13 points
  37. The vaccine companies only filed data in the last week! Typical vaccine development time is four years. I think curfews can help with reducing people drinking/dancing over multiple establishments but I doubt that will do anything on its own without other measures.
    13 points
  38. Anybody else hearing in their head, "Wouldn't be prudent at this juncture."?
    13 points
  39. I am rarely on here any more (I've just dropped in to look for Christmas gift ideas) because, just over a year ago, I bought my own small law firm from my now-former boss after she retired suddenly for health reasons. I went from two days/week to six an seven literally overnight. It has settled down a lot now, but that first year was insanely stressful. I now have two full-time and one part-time attorney, but I do all of the firm management. So, with that background, I want to offer a couple of tips: 1. Our state bar has a TON of resources available for small firm. You can check out firm
    13 points
  40. You want 5, but will settle for 2.
    12 points
  41. We used to be all about the one-room schoolhouse, multiple ages learning from each other, distanced learning was meh, not our thing. Now we're homeschooling high school, college, and grad school. Negotiating bandwidth is the new chore chart.
    12 points
  42. My friend is a hospitalist in the COVID ICU ward for the major hospital system in our area. She put out a plea last night, 15 hours into her shift for blood and plasma. She said they are almost out of blood due to high demands. Also, there is a huge need for plasma donations from those people who have had COVID and recovered. I realize that not everyone can donate, but every unit counts. My son and I bumped up our appointments to this afternoon and will be tested for antibodies. The plasma donations really do make a difference as that was likely the life saving treatmen
    12 points
  43. We feel the same, but I am aggressively fighting the urge to feel fearful and sad. Today I am making my COVID Winter Bucket List. Training myself to think of it not as a season of fear, but as a season of resolve, to persevere well through to a hopeful spring. As a person of faith, asking God to help me fully grasp the lessons He has for me in this time. On the lighter side, if I stick to my exercise plans for the next two months, my arms should look fabulous and be powerful for spring paddling!
    12 points
  44. I would not trust them. If they say, “Yes, we can quarantine for you!” they won’t do it correctly. It would mean they can’t do ANYTHING for 10-14 days. At most, they can get groceries, as long as they mask very, very well while at the store. They can’t go to work, they can’t go to church, they can’t see any friends (kids or adults) for two weeks, they can’t go browsing for clothes at Kohl’s, they can’t do any activity (music, sport, whatever), they can’t go to any Christmas gatherings. Nothing. And if they don’t take things seriously right now, they won’t understand that
    12 points
  45. I keep seeing comments like this, but I think it's clear that the reason is to get people out of bars and restaurants late at night without totally shutting them down. I live in a college town and can see the advantage. Ohio had 11,885 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. That's concerning.
    12 points
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