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Garga last won the day on November 3 2014

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  1. We have 2 packs of 12, plus whatever’s left in a 3rd open pack. I used to keep only 1 pack or 12 on hand, and when we were down to 4 rolls, I’d buy a new pack. Now, I’m keeping 3 packs on hand, and when we’re down to 4 rolls in the open pack, I’ll buy another pack. So, I’m keeping 2 unopened backup packs at all time and will dip into those packs if I must.
  2. I never felt any fear in the past. It was more like, “Ok, troops. There’s an enemy out there and we’re going to dig a trench and prepare and take no chances!” But now I feel like I have a better idea of where the enemy is and what their capabilities are. So instead of implementing sweeping cautionary activities, I feel like I can pinpoint the actual areas of risk in my life and relax areas that aren’t as risk filled. I don’t spray bleach water and let it sit for 10 minutes on all cold my groceries before putting them in the fridge/freezer anymore, and I don’t make my canned goods stay in a 48 hour jail until I put them away. I don’t put the mail in mail jail for 48 hours anymore. I did all those things until early June. I was at the point where I would use a rock to ring doorbells (I didn’t do that, but I would have done something like it) and I’m not at that point as much anymore. I don’t worry that I’m contaminating my mailbox handle for the letter carrier anymore. Information kept confirming that It’s just not likely to catch this from objects. It’s from all the breathing. However, I do still carry a bottle of water and a dispenser of soap with me and I wash my hands in the parking lot after I load the groceries in the trunk before I get into the cab of the car. Don’t want germy hands all over the interior of the car. Touching one or two things is ok, but when I’ve bought 2 weeks’ worth of stuff, I feel grimy when I”m done handling it all. With a pained sigh, I am letting my sons hang out indoor with some friends because I fear for their mental health otherwise, but my husband and I don’t go indoors to be with friends. In the past, it would have been a hard no the kids for hanging out indoors with friends for the boys. I know it’s risky, but it’s always the same set of friends, and I am just simply going out on a limb and taking the risk by letting them be with friends. They’re 15 and 17 and if they were younger I wouldn’t let them. But something about them being older and needing peers makes it really hard to say no. We mask up in public, especially indoors. I never had fear and still don’t. I do feel like I have a better understanding of where the danger is, so I can relax my high alert status. We went from red alert and are at yellow alert right now.
  3. Manchester by the Sea. I sobbed all through that one.
  4. OP here. I’m going to leave the poll as is. I was mostly curious to find out how many people I personally know who had/have covid. At the last minute I decided to add on the part of the poll about members of your household, but not for any real reason. I just sort of tossed that second question on there for kicks. Some of you know a lot of people IRL who have had it, but I don’t know any. So, I thought I’d ask here since I interact with you all so much to see if it turned out that I actually do know a lot of people with covid. Even if it’s not IRL, I still do interact with you all a lot and it feels like I know you. And it turned out that 8 of you are pretty sure you had it. A couple were even confirmed with tests or xrays.
  5. I don’t know anyone IRL who has/had covid. But what about here? Has anyone here had covid? Or a close family member of someone here? The poll will not make voter names public.
  6. Yes, something like that would be really good. Our oldest isn’t irresponsible with money, but goodness! An 18 yo suddenly having to deal with a mortgage, life insurance policies, paying bills in the house (gas/electric/water/car), and I don’t even know what else is a LOT. It’s more than he can handle. I think it would be more than I could handle alone as a widow. We would either just tell him, “Ask your grandfather to do it for you,” or we’d make it legal that my FIL is in charge of everything and doles it out to DS as appropriate until he is older and can take it on for himself.
  7. Yes, I suppose I mean executor. They are beneficiaries. Good point about the POD. Thank you.
  8. Our oldest will be 18 in September. Our other son is 15. When your oldest turned 18, did you change anything in your will? Make them the beneficiary? Or is that too young? A beneficiary, but with someone older overseeing things? How does all that work?
  9. Hm...good points, but I forgot to mention that my son is starting at a CC, so he’ll be living at home with us for the next two years. But these are good points for thinking ahead for when he goes to a 4 year. He has executive function issues from his ADHD, so I wasn’t picturing him paying his own bill at all. I was picturing us sitting side-by-side each month to pay it for right now. He still needs that kind of scaffolding, and we meet together every day for half an hour to plan his day/take care of important issues (like, today we need to order books for his classes.) And since he lives at home, if there’s a big emergency, we could be right there on hand so he wouldn’t need a big credit limit. But when he’s ready for the 4 year, we’ll have to reassess. I’ll have to see if he’s going to be ready to pay his bill properly and if he’ll need a bigger limit. Thanks for pointing out those things.
  10. What about a student credit card? My son just graduated high school and could get a card of his own. He’s very conservative about his money, so it would be completely shocking if he abused the card. We’re thinking of getting him a student card. Is there a reason everyone posting on this thread added their students to their own cards vs getting them a student card?
  11. My friend who is 48 finally just joined FB. I was a little nervous when she did because I knew that eventually I’d figure out where she stood politically and I wasn’t sure if we matched. Turns out we do, so that was nice. But she sent me a PM saying, “Wow! I never knew what people believed before! I’m finding out all sorts of things I don’t think I wanted to know!”. Just like your DH, my friend was finding out that she didn’t have as much in common with people as she thought. It can be so disorienting.
  12. I was thinking the other day that I’d like to get a job. Just so that I can put 20 hours into something and have someone say, ‘Great job, Garga! We’re glad you’re on our team!”. There’s so much work involved in the stupid high school paperwork, and nary a single “Great job!” from anyone. Sigh!!!! 😄
  13. Note: do the course descriptions. A school that I would have never thought wanted them, wants them. Call around and ask a few colleges that your student might end up at if they are going to want course descriptions for homeschoolers. They might and then they’re a pain to try to create quickly. I got mine done just a few weeks ago and it took me about 20 hours to do them. Seriously. Because I had to research how to do them and then sit there and come up with what to say. I created a little document on how to do course descriptions with examples of my son’s. If you want it, PM me your email address. (And don’t be like me and wait until 12th grade. Do them all along. Once you wrap your head around them, they’re really not that hard, but it can be time consuming.)
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