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  1. And the federal employee vaccine isn't even a full-out vaccine mandate (bolding is mine):


    "President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday a requirement that all federal employees and contractors be vaccinated against Covid-19, or be required to submit to regular testing and mitigation requirements, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter."

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  2. 5 minutes ago, Plum said:

    Some of the changes are for the good though too. Manufacturing is returning closer to home. More parents are homeschooling. Curbside pickup. 


    Doesn't seem like a trade-off when considering how many are dead (and a pretty horrible way to go) or those who have short- or long-term issues as a complication.

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  3. 40 minutes ago, Plum said:

    Instead we're driving a wedge further between us so that even when we do get out of this, we'll never be the same. 

    We are already not going to be the same.

    This pandemic has already killed over 600,000 in the US in a little over a year and many more will die. There's a mental and emotional toll for that from an individual level up to a nationwide level (not to mention global impact).

    Then there are the survivors with long-haul symptoms. Will there still be imacts from that a year from now? A decade from now? A generation from now? If so, what? What type of care or treatments will be needed? How will those be provided? What will quality of life be for those folks? For their families?

    We have a medical system that has been working in crisis mode for over a year. How long can that continue until that system starts cracking?

    Then there are educational impacts. Economic impacts. And so many more.

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  4. 20 hours ago, busymama7 said:

    We had some people over swimming in our backyard pool.   I was nursing my youngest and my next who was 2 came and told me he needed to go potty. I told him to ask his brother to take him inside. Apparently said brother told him to pee in the pool 🙄😡. Anyways he walked right up to the edge of the pool and dropped his drawers and sent a nice arch of pee into the pool.  In front of everyone 🤣


    4 hours ago, Danae said:

    My son did something like that around the same age.  My mom had taken him to her sister’s lake house and when he had to go someone (mom was a little vague about this detail) told him he could pee in the lake.  He apparently protested, but was told (again, vague) that fish do it so it’s okay.  He shrugged, climbed up on the dock, pulled down his suit, and peed into the lake.

    Ds did the same at the ocean.

    Gave a couple of surfers and a nearby fisherman a good laugh.

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  5. I don't belong but my sister does, so I go with her when she's in town.

    I am always amazed at how huge everything is. It looks "normal" in Costco because the building space/ceiling height is huge. Then I get the items home and they are HUGE in relation to my pantry/storage/fridge/freezer shelves. Just an observation. Lol. (Many, many years ago, I bought a "take & bake" pizza that turned out to be wider than my oven! Admittedly,  my oven is small. But still...)

    From the prepped food area already mentioned, my young adults love the salmon with herb butter, the mac & cheese, & some kind of sandwich roll-up spirals (maybe turkey?).

    I always find plenty of things from foods (love the giant bag of frozen stir-fry veggies) to non-perishables like parchment paper to seasonal items like plants & decorative solar lights.

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  6. Years ago, I was dog sitting for my sister. She and her dh had left a few days earlier and had a couple friends fill in until I could get there.

    Early the next morning, the dogs and I are sleeping in the bed. The bedroom door suddenly flings open and I hear a guy telling the dogs to come on, it's time to go outside. The bed had a very high footboard, so I knew the person couldn't see me. In the meantime, the dogs are standing on the bed, barking like crazy, refusing to get off the bed (protecting me). He keeps telling the dogs to get down and come outside.

    I'm thinking if I don't sit up and say anything, this dude will be coming closer in a minute to get the dogs. But if I sit up, I will probably give him a heart attack.

    I sat up. I can still see the look of complete shock on his face and it still makes me giggle thinking about it. I didn't want to get out of the bed in my pjs, so we're basically screaming to each other over the barking dogs to establish that, yes, I was now in town and, no, he didn't need to come back to take care of the dogs. (I don't know why he didn't notice my car in the driveway.)

    I laughed all morning about it. I couldn't wait to tell my sister but she was in a different time zone so I called her a few hours later.

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  7. My mom had one done about seven years ago. The doctor put in the wrong lens & it was basically medical malpractice. She was very depressed for over a year (& she doesn't do surgery lightly because she's highly allergic to common anesthesia).

    I'm saying that because she (understandably) refused to get the other eye done for years. Finally, her other cataract was so bad she was effectively blind. She had the other eye done this summer. She's 77 & currently going through chemo for two types of stage 4 cancer.

    Everything went fine & she healed well. And she's so glad that it's fixed (even though it was more complex because the cataract itself was so large/advanced). She had no problems.

  8. I just do an equal amount of oats and whatever "milk" (usually soy for me) or water.

    I tend to add chia seeds (a small spoonful), cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, sometimes vegan mini chocolate chips, berries (fresh or frozen) & mix it up. I will also sometimes add additional fresh fruit the morning I am eating them.

    Eta: Since I tend to eat about the same combo everytime, I store all my pantry items together & I make 3-5 jars at a time. I often also add nuts or some nut butter, but it sounds like that won't work for you.

  9. I saw something (I think it was in a big Miami Herald overview article, but I can't find it right now) that addressed something I've been wondering about. There are different dog search teams there, some for detecting the living & some for detecting the dead. There was a statement early on that the search dogs (for the living) weren't tagging anything. That's what I had kind of guessed looking at the devastation, the fires that have cropped up, & more, but that seems to be a piece I haven't seen in most of the reporting. I haven't seen anything saying if the cadaver/death-sensing dogs are detecting anything/more....

    It's a horrifying tragedy.

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  10. 6 hours ago, Home'scool said:

    One time we had friends over who had just come back from a cruise. They were talking about how they took a banana boat ride off the back of a boat. Before I could stop my mouth, I said "off the back of the cruise ship?!" 

    I was so embarrassed! Imagine being towed on an inflatable banana behind a cruise ship!

    I keep randomly picturing a cruise ship towing a banana boat now! 😄

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  11. 2 minutes ago, TheReader said:

    The worst "pregnancy/new mom" thing I did was once upon a time, we're at Toys R Us looking at things for our new baby, who was a few months old at the time. He has a terribly dirty diaper, so I go off to the restroom to change him. The doors are labeled "boys" and "girls" (not "men" and "women") and so, as I am changing a boy baby, I go into the boys' room, where I find nothing out of the ordinary -- there's a changing table, a small child sized toilet, a regular stall, a urinal....I just register these as being for the little boy children. Obviously. 

    While I'm standing there changing him, a man walks in. I give him a very incredulous stare. He looks at me, confused. He steps out, looks at the door to check he's in the right place. He comes back in, I give him The Look, and he turns around and leaves. 

    Only as I am walking back through the store to my husband does it dawn on me that it was me in the wrong restroom, not the man who tried to come in. 

    I'm dying. 🤣

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  12. In my 20s, coming back from a work lunch, I suddenly stopped and said, "Oh no! I think I left my glasses on the restaurant table and need to go back." My co-workers were staring me until one finally said, "They're ON your face."

    A different time (also when I was in my 20s), I was riding with my sister and her friend. Friend casually gestures at an apartment complex we're passing and says, "That's where I got stoned for the first time." I was aghast (and naive). I asked incredulously, "They threw rocks at you?!?" (I figured it out right after the words left my mouth. And, I have never lived that one down. Lol.)

    When I was about 12 (back in the days of landline phones and no answering machines), some guy called for my dad. I asked if I could take a message and the guy gave his name but I didn't write it down, knowing I could remember it. Hours later, I remembered to tell my dad about the call but couldn't remember the name. He tossed out a few guesses,  none were it, and I finally said something along the lines of, "It was something like Bill Robertson" and my dad immediately goes, "Oh! Rick Schafalasky!" And I said, "Yes! Exactly!" My mom and sister were very confused at this exchange but it made sense to my dad and me.

    Last one is not about me. I worked at a library. A woman came in to meet with the branch manager. But first, she had some things to take care of, fines she needed to pay because she forgot the due dates, help resetting her password because she had forgotten it, some other things due to forgetting. (She looked familiar and I finally realized it was because I had once, years before,  taken an "Intro to Yoga" class from her.) Got finished helping her take care of her various items, then went to get the manager for her. She was there to talk about an upcoming class she was going to teach at the library. Topic? Mindfulness. I had to chuckle a little.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Bootsie said:

    I have found it is much easier to work with streamlined pantry ingredients--flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, milk, salt, and a few other items and I can make pasta, cupcakes, bread, pancakes, pudding, and a wide array of other foods with a few simple recipes. 

    This reminds me of a tip a friend had when our dc were young. Hers were very into pancakes at one point, wanted them every morning.

    So, she mixed up enough for the whole week, then put the batter in a squeeze bottle. Then, she would just shake the bottle, squeeze the batter out, & quickly cook pancakes.

    I thought that was a brilliant idea!

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  14. 1 hour ago, bibiche said:

    Here’s an article on reparations. I think it makes good points. It also addresses the “it’s too long ago” excuse.


    Thanks for the link.

    A couple of quotes that stood out to me from the article:


    In both the case of Germany and the US, reparations call on a nation divided—made up of citizens who mostly didn’t directly participate in the crime—to apologize and pay for it. In 1985, German president Richard von Weizsäcker made the case for intergenerational responsibility and solidarity in a powerful speech. “The vast majority of today’s population were either children then or had not been born,” he said. “But their forefathers have left them a grave legacy. All of us, whether guilty or not, whether old or young, must accept the past. We are all affected by its consequences and liable for it.”



    But proponents of reparations in the US are less focused on the details than they are interested in securing political and societal support for the simple idea of debating the details. And with new tools like public genealogical databases, activists like Washington say the challenges underpinning such a program have never been more surmountable. All in all, he argues, “anybody who says it’s too hard or too complicated is just too damn lazy.”



    Yet in spite of public opinion, Germany’s efforts at reconciliation didn’t stop at reparations. The country has engaged in vergangenheitsbewältigung—the process of “overcoming the past.” It erected monuments to victims of the Holocaust, the most famous of which lies at the heart of Berlin (and was only approved in 1999 after a lengthy and contentious debate.) It created the Foundation for Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future, an educational institution dedicated to promoting “the continuing political and moral responsibility of the state, the private sector, and society as a whole for Nazi injustice and towards the victims.”

    “The German process has been long, continuous, difficult,” says Feldman. Similarly, “one can expect that in the American case.”

    In their book From Here To Equality scholars William Darity and Kirsten Mullen outline a model for reparations they call “ARC.” Reparations, they argue, should accomplish three things: acknowledgement, restitution, and closure. America is still in the middle of the “A” stage: While it has mostly accepted “that there has been a wrong committed,” it has not yet agreed that “some form of repair” is owed to the victims.


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  15. 20 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

    I'm not artistic enough to know what a chalk pen is. Surprisingly, the masking take doesn't leave any residue . . . even when you run it through the dishwasher.  Still, this chalk pen deal sounds promising.  Is this a Michaels purchase?

    Yes, Michael's has them. Lots of other places do too, probably anywhere you can get craft stuff (WalMart, Target, amazon, ...).

    I have these. There wasn't a lot of choice when I got mine. Since I use them for labeling, next time I would get a fine tip (the ones I currently have are like writing with those old, thick highlighter markers) & brighter colors. Next time, I'd probably get something like this. I think there are also different brands, but I've only tried the ones I've linked.

    I'm usually writing on glass or on a metal lid, sometimes plastic. You can rub them off with your finger (so if you have little ones that constantly handle stuff, these may not be for you). If it doesn't come off completely, I just use a little soap on my fingertip & rub over it before sticking the item in the dishwasher.

    ETA: I keep them in a kitchen drawer, so they're handy for quickly labeling leftovers/stuff heading into the fridge or freezer.

  16. 22 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

    I just cleaned out my purse today after not doing it for a year.  I found NINE pens.  Just yesterday I was wondering why I couldn't find a pen. 😄

    My sister stores them in behind-the-door shoe bags for her large family.  I've just pared down to two-per-person because we cannot keep ALL of the water bottles that find their way into this house.  In fact, I've mostly switched to using dishwasher-safe travel mugs because they're easier to clean.  I use the wide silicone straws in them. 

    Dd's friend doesn't carry a purse. She says she only carries her id, a little cash, her keys, & her phone. Pockets work. If she needs a pen, in her words, "there's always someone nearby with a pen". You are that person, I guess. Lol.

    Even for the supposed non-dishwasher-safe bottles (insulated metal), I put them in the dishwasher. They seem to still do fine.

  17. 17 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

    Years ago on this board someone said they washed their socks in a separate load because of "foot flakes."  This is still hysterical to me and I sometimes think of it as I carelessly mix the socks with everything else. 

    Ooooh, here's a tip I stole from a friend's mother.  I label my leftovers with masking tape and a sharpie.  It turns out that my husband will eat the leftovers if he doesn't have to open twelve containers to find them.  

    Foot flakes. 😂

    Instead of labeling leftovers like that, I use chalk pens. Love them for labeling jars/containers. Stuff washes right off & no potential for sticky goo to mess with.

    16 minutes ago, importswim said:

    I also have a shoe organizer over my pantry door. Do you have the back of a laundry room door free? Is it close-ish to the kitchen? You could use that. I used to store all of ours in a bin and I got so frustrated with it. Switched to the shoe organizer about 7 years ago and it's been perfect!

    Laundry room won't work because it's also where a litter box is. So, part of my layout/routine is keeping stuff in cabinets & such because of pet hair, etc....

    I fell down the steps years ago, hit the pantry doors hard, & one swung out easily for awhile until it got fixed. Guess I could make it work that way. 😉 Lol.

    Another random tip: ban glitter.

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  18. 2 minutes ago, Seasider too said:

    For water bottles and thermal cups like tervis, I have a hanging shoe bag on the back of the pantry door. Super efficient. DH thought me a little crazy when I hung it up, but we love it. I was sick of those water bottles falling out of every cabinet. I have also put a limit on how many of those we keep, which has become easier as each kid flew the coop. 

    That's a cool idea. I have folding pantry doors. I will have to ruminate on this, though, & see what else might work.  Also, @regentrude, thanks for your comments. Probably I should just see if I can find a bin that will fit in there so at least it would be easy to pull out.

    Will also second an earlier suggestion to run the dishwasher at night, unload in the morning, & fill it up throughout the day.

    Also, from when my dc were little, I stored cleaning stuff on the top shelf of the pantry & not under the sink. I kept hand towels, extra paper towel rolls, & such under the sink. Nothing that could harm them & it's handy if you have a leak! Lol. It got switched around again at some point when my dc were older, but I need to rethink layout of stuff again. Don't be afraid to rethink stuff. (Though your family may complain at first when you switch it up, lol.)

    I store empty food storage containers with the lids on them. That way I never have to look for a lid. (And it helps keep inventory down.) Mostly, mine are glass containers with snap-on lids or Mason jars.

    I use cardboard magazine holders sideways on my pantry shelves to hold stuff like boxes of ziplocks, saran wrap, aluminum foil, parchment paper....

    I like the Marie Kondo way of storing (my few) folded clothing items. That way, you can see & access what you have easier than from a stack.

    I keep things in the bathroom cabinet & drawers, rather than on top of the sink area. Yes, it's a little work to clean out/pare down so stuff fits solely in the drawers/cabinet, but so worth it to have a bare countertop in the bathroom. (It's so easy to wipe.)

    I got a battery holder a few years ago & I love it. (I will note that the lid doesn't latch so it may not be good if you have small kids. Also, we just keep ours stored on the top shelf of our coat closet, so we do have to keep it flat when lifting it out/putting it away. So it might not be the holder you want. It works for us.)

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  19. Also, I tend to view the half-full mark on my vehicle's gas indicator as "empty" (& I taught my dc to do the same). Therefore, when I'm getting close to half a tank, I go ahead & refill while I'm out. Keeps me from running out of gas or needing to get some when I have an emergency & don't have time to stop. (Can you tell my life has been filled with too many emergencies in the past few years?)

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  20. 29 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

    I feel like my rate of "accidentally stuffing things into the dryer that shouldn't be dried" into the dryer is lower if I separate the dryables and the non-dryables. 

    I have mesh laundry bags (small, medium, & large sizes, hanging on a hook on the back of the laundry room door). If there's something in the load that I want to NOT toss in the dryer, I wash it in a mesh bag. Easy to see/pull out as I'm transferring stuff to the dryer.

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