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  1. So I had to test this today, because I simply don’t believe that you can buy a weeks’ worth of food in 15 minutes from the moment you get into the store to the moment you get out. I went to Aldi. I had a piled high cart (as usual.) I spent $200. And I was booking it. I was trying to get it all done in 20 minutes. I was not poking around to prove a point. I was on task and focused. I buy the same stuff every time I go, because we eat the same 7 breakfasts/lunches/dinners every week. The same. Every week. There is no looking for something interesting to get on a whim. There is no comparison shopping. There is no looking for sales. There is no reading labels. I have my list laid out to perfectly match the stores. Not only do I have it listed in order by aisle, but it’s also in order in the aisle. So, if the garlic comes before the lettuce, then garlic is first on the list and lettuce is second. I’m crazy-organized. As I walk down the aisle, I’m checking off the list in order and popping everything into the cart with no effort. I never, ever go down that aisle with the home goods. I skip right by it because I don’t want to take the time. Oh, and my Aldi is usually very empty when I go. There are almost no other people to navigate around. There was one person ahead of me in line, so it took 3 minutes to wait for them to be done. I had that huge cart to unload, and unloading it and having it checked out took 5 minutes. (I timed every step of this trip, so I *know* it was a 3 minute wait and a 5 minute checkout for me.) Bagging took me 5 minutes, but it’s usually longer. But this time ds16 was with me and helped me bag, so I was done faster than usual. I didn’t do my normal, time-consuming, special bagging of the cold stuff. I didn’t bag the cold stuff at all. I left it in the cart, and then tossed it all into the cooler at the car. I’m sorry, but it’s 8 minutes just to checkout and 5 minutes of bagging is 13 minutes right there. There’s no way people are buying a week’s worth of groceries at Aldi in 15 or 20 minutes. It’s not physically possible. And remember, I had only 1 person ahead of me. Not 5 or 6. I was there for a total of 32 minutes from the moment I set foot in the door until we stepped back outside. The thread was about your exposure indoors to covid, so the question was how long you’re in the store—not how long it takes to gather the items. You have to include the checkout time as well. I simply don’t believe anyone can do a weeks’ worth of shopping at Aldi in 15 or 20 minutes. I don’t think anyone is lying, but I do think their assessment of time is way off, unless you only buy 10 chuck roasts and 10 heads of lettuce and eat roast and lettuce all week long. If you get any assortment of goods, it takes time to physically walk up and down the aisles and pick it all up. Even if you don’t bag in the store, but do it at your car, there’s still 8 minutes or so for checkout. That leaves only 7-12 minutes to gather. I buy for 4 people, two adults and two teenagers.
  2. 🙂 I plan to spend 4 hours out of my house for “grocery shopping”. It’s 50 minutes just in drive time, plus I stop and get a taco for dinner at Taco Bell and read my book in the car for 30-40 minutes (precious alone time.). That leaves 2 hours and 30 minutes for the actual shopping between two stores. Oh, wait! I forgot Petsmart. I can get in and out of Petsmart in 10-15 minutes, but I’m only there for a few cans of catfood when I go. But I do stop and coo at the cats in cages whenever I go there. Petsmart is often included in my 4 hour shopping adventure, but I don’t have to go there every time I shop. I’m writing up my shopping list right now and will go tomorrow night. I hate going. I am not looking forward to it.
  3. I go once every two weeks. Aldi takes me at least 40 minutes from the time I walk in the door until the moment I walk out of the door. It takes at least 5 minutes just to checkout, and that’s if I’m the only person in line. If I wait behind a person or two, it’s a bit longer. About 15 minutes of my time in Aldi is just on bagging the groceries. And I’m not going slow. I’m booking it because I HATE grocery shopping, but it takes TIME. So 20 minutes to gather, 20 minutes to checkout and bag. My cart is filled to the BRIM (actually things are usually popping up over the edge and I have stuff on the bottom shelf of the cart) when I go to Aldi, and I separate out the cold stuff to put into 4 different coolers once I get to the car. It takes time to bag it all up into small enough bags that can fit in the coolers. I need the coolers because as soon as I’m done in Aldi, I head over to Walmart to finish the shopping and the food has to stay cool. And after WM, it’s a 25 minute drive home. When I used to shop inside Walmart, it was never less than 1.5 hours from the moment I set foot in the door until I was back in the car. In Walmart, I always would stop in their clearance aisle, but only spent maybe 5 minutes tops in that aisle, so there was a bit of dallying there. There’s just something about the huge layout of the store that takes time. I can never go into Walmart without having to walk the entire length and width of the stupid place. If I went every week, instead of every other week, I’d expect it would take about 1/2-2/3 the time for 1 week’s worth of stuff.
  4. Under the picture of the ring on that link it reads “ Ring is significantly distorted and damaged.”. Makes me wonder about the backstory. Did someone get disillusioned and try to destroy the ring?
  5. People simply have not changed from the days when they thought that if a doctor saw a brown cow on the way to treat you it would mean you would get better, but if he saw a black horse, you would get worse. Or the days when people burned people at the stake as witches. People just haven’t advanced like we all thought we had. They’ll believe the most ludicrous stuff and will stick to it with the self-righteousness of the person pointing the finger at the witch.
  6. (Note…there are pictures at the bottom…I couldn’t get them to insert in the right spots where I was talking about them…but you can figure out where they go by reading carefully. 🙂. ) You can’t go wrong going to the National Zoo and all the free museums around the mall. You could easily take all 3 days just staying at the mall and going into the museums. I loved the National Gallery of Art, but we especially loved it because I went on their website and found an art curriculum. We studied the art in the curric for an entire school year, and then went in person and looked at the art we’d studied. Some of the art was waaaaay smaller than expected, and some was much, much bigger. (Here’s the art curric.) It might be nice to see what’s in the museum before you go (especially art that you might be familiar with) and then make a point of finding it in the museum. (Side note: if you decide to look at the pix in the curric first and then want to find them in the museum, here’s how: Click on the link I gave to you. Click on a grade (not the pre-K/Kindergarten). Scroll down a bit and click on one of the pictures that’s linked to a lesson. On the top right, you can download a High Resolution Image of the artwork. When you do that, under the name of the piece of art, it’ll tell you exactly where the artwork is in the museum, like “West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 45.” And if you click on those words that say “West Building…” a map will show up, showing you where Gallery 45 is. End of side note.) I also enjoyed the National Museum of the American Indian. Incidentally, my family just spent 2 days in DC. We went to the Spy Museum and enjoyed it (but it costs to get in and you need to pre-buy tickets for a set time. If you just walk up hoping to get in, you’ll have to wait until they have openings for you and it could be hours until there’s an opening.). We also went to the bible museum (also costs money and I don’t think you have to pre-buy tickets). We liked it. There were lots of old bibles in there! And we went to the (deep breath) Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Shew! Long name! It’s the biggest church in North America and is one of the top 10 biggest churches in the world. Oh—and they have a HUGE parking lot, which is free, and they have an hour-long tour, which is also free! A few years ago, we went to the National Cathedral and the Basilica on the same day and the Basilica is waaaaay better than the National Cathedral (and you have to pay for parking and for the tour for the Nat’l Cathedral.) Here’s a picture that I took in the Basilica, trying to show its size (being the biggest church in North America after all). It is so hard to get the sizing right, but here’s how you know how big it is: Jesus is on the far back wall wearing red. The space between his hands is big enough to fit a school bus. This place is awesome. Here’s another picture I took, trying to show how big the place is. (see the tiny little person?) Oh, and it’s COVERED in mosaics. Like, every surface is one big mosaic practically. If you like looking at buildings/architecture and mosaic art, it’s pretty awesome. Here is some fun photography stuff you can do at the Lincoln memorial: Make sure you have a $5 bill, and hold it up next to your face (or a kid’s face) so you can see the Lincoln memorial on the money, while you’re standing in front of the actual Lincoln memorial. Also at the Lincoln memorial, you can look out and see the Washington Monument. It’s at just the right angle that you can take one of those pictures of your kids “touching” the top of the moment, like Sleeping Beauty touching the tip of the spindle. (I took these pix when we were there with the kids on another visit but I can’t find them. They’re some of my favorites.) Also note: We stayed just one night and were going to try to find a restaurant to eat in for dinner, but OH BOY were the prices crazy. Turns out that at the end of the day (the museums all close at 5 or 5:30ish), about 15 food trucks line up halfway down the national mall. For some reason, I always find it confusing to find food in that area, so we were pretty happy to see the food trucks. They saved us from having to spend $30 per plate at the restaurants. But maybe I’m just bad at finding food places, I dunno. There was a McD’s nearby, but we’d had that for lunch and were going to have to have it for Bfast and really did not want it for dinner as well. So, food trucks for the win.
  7. This is the info I have cut and pasted about UTIs and how often to use things like D-Mannose (like for an active infection, you take it every few hours, not just 2-3 times a day.). I haven’t read over this in a bit, and am just cutting and pasting everything I have in case anyone wants to read through it: UTI infection: D mannose. (if it’s not a UTI: I've also had times I was sure I had a UTI - my urine was super acidic and that was the source of my symptoms. (even the culture was negative) for that - my dr had me do 1/4 tsp baking soda in water 2x per day to neutralize the acidity in my body.—wtmer GardenMom5) There are a few methods: ***************** Per this article, 2-3 grams every 2 hours: https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/features/alternative-meds-update/d-mannose-an-effective-antibiotic-alternative/ (See screenshot:) HOW I TAKE IT WHEN I HAVE A UTI (note that I have NOT A single UTI since I started using this as prevention!!) Okay when you notice signs of UTI (aka the horrible feeling of death, burning, and would rather give birth again,) take one large teaspon in about 2 onces of water. now WAIT 45 mins so it can go through your body to your bladder, you want it to grab as much bacteria as possible, then start drinking alot of water like a large deer park water bottle at least 12-16 onces of water. Then wait 2-3 hours and repeat, then after the first two doses, do it EVERY 3-4 hours until sympotns start to disappear, I take AZO with it the first 24 hours to help with pain, but after about 20-30 hours, you are going to be shocked at how much better you feel. IN NON PARAGRAPH FORM: DOSE: Take one large tsp of D-Mannose in 2 oz water. WAIT: Wait 45 min, drink 16 oz or more of water. Wait 2-3 hours and repeat the DOSE and WAIT steps. Now wait 3-4 hours and repeat the DOSE and WAIT steps. Continue repeating the DOSE and WAIT steps every 3-4 hours until the infection is gone. (Round the clock.) Take Uristat/AZO in the first 24 hours, but within 20-30 hours the infection should be going away. ****************** After doing a little bit more research, I found something called the waterfall method. This method is meant to prevent UTIs from occurring after having intercourse. I mix 1 tsp. of D mannose in the morning with a full 8 oz. glass of water and drink it. Then, one hour before sex, I take it again (1 tsp. of D mannose with 8 oz. of water). Immediately after sex, I take another dose. Afterwards, I take another dose every 6 hours for a full 24 hours after to make sure that there's no bacteria left in my system. This method has worked for me every time, and since following this method, I haven't had another UTI. I am so thankful to have found this product and I hope that this helps others. I have not experienced any side effects from taking this product. ********************** My 20 yr old cat who has chronic kidney disease takes 1/8 tsp 2x a day in 5mls of water with her meds to prevent UTI's. I have been using it with her for over a year now and it works really well on certain types of UTI bacteria. The secret is to not mix with too much water so that it clings to the sides of the bladder, I think. I'm on our 3rd bottle in a little over a year. Will continue to buy for as long as it works for her. ********************** I read some medical research about the product, and the studies I read about found that D-Mannose is slightly more effective than Macrobid when used as a regular preventative measure. Each day I take a teaspoon of D-Mannose in a small glass of water. I make sure I drink plenty of tea and water throughout the day. If I happen to get a UTI, which only happened 3 or 4 times last year, I take a tablespoon in a glass of water. Then I take another tablespoon with more water about 2-3 hours later. I do this until the symptoms subside, usually in about a day. Then I take a regular dose in the morning and at night for two or three more days before returning to my regular dose. It's been a full year, and I haven't had to make a call to the doctor for a UTI. I've been able to completely clear them up with D-Mannose. I've never had any side effects. It's truly been a lifesaver! I am thankful every day that I found this product! ***************** This is truly a life saver for me. I get UTI's at the drop of a hat. Antibiotics weren't working for me and I was sick of telling doc's I still had a UTI after taking multiple rounds of antibiotics. I now use this along with Monolaurin. I don't usually have to use both, but if by chance I notice the D-Mannose isn't working, then the Monolaurin will. I followed another user's advice on using the D-Mannose, by first putting a heaping teaspoon in just 4 oz of water, then waiting 45 minutes before drinking more. Ever since doing that method I haven't had any issues whatsoever. I always make sure I have this in stock! ******************* Anyhow - now since using this product I haven’t had a UTI in 2 years. As soon as I feel a little tingle or anything “off” I take a dose of this in 2-4 ounces of water. I find it works best first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Wait an hour and the guzzle some water. Wait 4 hours and repeat. And somehow it works! I repeat this for a 24-48 hour period and boom all clear. ************** As someone who suffers from chronic UTIs, this stuff is a life saver. Wait until your bladder is empty, take a good-sized spoonful of the powder without any water or VERY LITTLE water. Wait about 45 minutes, then chug as much water as you can. This gives the powder enough time to stick to the walls of your bladder and flush out the bacteria. ***************** If you have a dog or cat thats prone to UTI's, this is a good supplement to keep on hand. If you have a cat with chronic UTI's, make sure to avoid all dry food and treats, cats in particular need a lot of moisture to keep kidneys and bladder flushed. For dog food, fresh food is always best, but if you feed kibble make sure its decent quality with no corn/wheat/soy, byproducts or dyes/preservatives. Also, email the company to inquire about ash levels. More ash= higher recurrence of UTI's. (ideally, it should be 7% or under). As far as dosage, for cats,- 1/2 tps mixed in with canned food or broth if they'll drink it. Dogs up to 40 lbs- 1 tsp mixed with 1/3 cup of goats milk or low sodium broth. You can add it to food, but it works better suspended in liquid. Dogs over 40 lbs- 2 teaspoons with broth/goats milk. You can give this up to 3 times a day until UTI clears. *************** Another article about D-mannose: https://kresserinstitute.com/treat-prevent-utis-without-drugs/ The typical dose of D-mannose for UTI treatment is 500 mg, in capsule or powder form, taken in a glass of water or juice every two to three hours for five days. It is a good practice to continue taking the supplement even after symptoms have diminished to ensure complete elimination of the bacteria in the urinary tract. This dose can also be taken as a preventative, or prophylactic, method. From the above article: If it’s not e-coli: Alternative Treatments for Chronic UTIs One caveat with D-mannose is that it is only effective with UTIs caused by E. coli infection. While this accounts for about 90% of cases, there are 10% that will not benefit from this treatment. In this case, supplements that help disrupt biofilms can be useful in treating and preventing UTIs. Biofilms are an accumulation of microorganisms and their extracellular products forming structured communities attached to a surface such as the lining of the urogenital tract. (5) The development of a biofilm can make infections extremely hard to treat, since they commonly return shortly after treatment is stopped. The antibacterial resistance of pathogenic biofilms is one of the major reasons why those who get a UTI are highly susceptible to getting more in the future – if the biofilm is not completely eliminated, the infection will eventually return at some point. This is why the use of biofilm disruptors can be helpful for preventing the recurrence of chronic UTIs. (6) The biofilm disruptors that I recommend to my patients are InterFase Plus from Klaire Labs or Biofilm Defense from Kirkman. These contain specialized enzymes to disrupt the biofilm matrix embedding potential of pathogens, and dissolve the sugar and fibrin components of most pathogenic biofilms. By destroying the biofilms, the recurrence of UTIs despite proper hygiene can be reduced. (7) Lauricidin is another supplement that may be helpful in treating UTIs, particularly those that are caused by bacteria other than E. coli. Lauricidin (a proprietary form of monolaurin) has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity, and is specific against pathogenic bacteria so it won’t disrupt beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is highly effective at combating gram positive bacteria in the families of Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, Listeria, Bacillus, and Clostridium. (8) It works by disturbing the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane, blocking replication and making it easier for the immune system to destroy the pathogen. Lauricidin is only helpful, however, for UTIs not caused by E. coli, which is gram negative and has a different kind of outer cell membrane than gram positive bacteria. Nattokinase from Source Naturals is another enzyme that has been shown to dissolve biofilms. (9) Produced by the bacteria found in the fermented food natto, this enzyme is proteolytic and can help break down the fibrin proteins that maintain the structure of biofilms. Because of its fibrin-breaking ability, it’s important that nattokinase supplements are not taken by people with bleeding disorders, or by people who are taking Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, or any other drug that influences blood clotting, unless supervised by a physician. Apolactoferrin (or lactoferrin) is one more supplement that I recommend to my patients with recurring UTIs. This multifunctional protein Lactoferrin is a component of the immune system with antimicrobial activity, and is part of the innate defense, mainly found in secretions and mucosal surfaces. (10) Lactoferrin has been shown to block pathogenic biofilm development by binding to iron and causing the bacteria to “wander” across surfaces instead of forming cell clusters and biofilms. (11, 12) One study found that the amount of E. coli bacteria in the kidneys and bladder of mice was significantly reduced 24 hours later by oral lactoferrin treatment, compared to a control group. (13) More research is necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of lactoferrin in treating UTIs, but I believe it is worth trying, especially if dealing with chronic UTIs.
  8. Same thing happens here. I never even knew chains could fall off, but when my ds16 started riding bikes a lot, his was always popping off and my dh taught him how to fix it, because apparently dh’s chains were always popping off when he was a kid. What are they *doing* on their bikes??? For the OP: There’s just something about mamas. My cats are the same way (except one who is completely besotted by my oldest son.). For the 4 other cats, they just act different around me. I’m their mama in a way that no one else in the house is. My friend’s kids used to wake her up from naps to ask her questions, while her dh was wide awake in the living room. She would get soooooo furious. And these were teenagers, not toddlers.
  9. I’m sitting in the doc’s waiting room right now waiting for a meningitis vax for my ds16. We’ve been here for 27 minutes and are still waiting. They used to be so fast—in and out. Why are we still waiting? Argh. This is the last place we want to be hanging out right now. 😞 When my son thought he had covid earlier this year, they had him sit in the parking lot to test him, but when some other friends of ours were sick with covid, the doctor had them in the office to be examined (listen to lungs, etc). So, it’s hit or miss as to whether covid patients are in the office. If I’d have known it would take this long, we’d have waited in the car.
  10. This is difficult for me to comment on. Lunchtime was awful for me. If there’s any chance that he sees a group of kids that seem nice, tell him it’s ok to go up to them at lunch and say, “Can I eat here?” Of course, doing that would have felt just about impossible to me at that age, because I would have been sure they’d have all pointed and laughed, but now that I’m older I realize that if the kids are somewhat nice, they’ll say, “Sure.”
  11. Double the price, but every pair of FitFlops I’ve bought are comfortable as heck and last for a loooooong time.
  12. I missed this when I posted the green and eggplant. Since you’re selling it, go for black. Some people don’t like colorful front doors.
  13. Can you buy yourself a test from CVS or Walmart? We have a few at home here. My vaccinated 16yo thought he had allergies, until his breathing felt a little different. We had him take one of the OTC tests we’d bought and he had covid. The tests are kinda like pregnancy tests where you can get false negatives, but not many false positives. The doc said to go to the Urgent Care place for them to listen to his lungs and the UC also ran a test that showed that he was positive. But he was vaccinated. So, it never got worse. (And his lungs were fine.) He said his toothpaste tasted funny twice. Otherwise, very, very mild allergy symptoms and breathing felt a little more difficult. The worst thing for him was being stuck in his room for 10 days. He kept asking if he could go out and ride his bike, but we were like, “Yo, dude, you have a respiratory illness. No riding your bike.” But he felt completely normal. So, you and your parents will most likely be perfectly fine since you’re vaccinated IF you’re even positive in the first place. The worry is for the rest of your family. Isolate yourself from your unvaccinated family until you get your test results back. Don’t panic. There’s nothing you can do now, except isolate and wait. It’s out of your hands at this point, except for containment. In the meanwhile, if you have these things on hand, start beefing up your family’s vitamins. It’s not going to cure anything, but it’ll give their immune system a boost. We had friends with covid back in January and they said that on the days they took their vitamins, they felt better, but on the days they skipped them, they felt super bad. Sorry for the funky font—I copied and pasted this from elsewhere on my computer: Vitamin C 500mg twice a day (can do 1000mg once a day) Vitamin D3 2000 - 4000 IU/day (some information says more...up to 6,000) B Complex vitamins Zinc 75-100 mg/day
  14. I’d need more backstory. So, some questions: Why do you think your dd would care? What do you think she is suppressing? If you protected your daughter against the narc, she might not have the same visceral reaction to a reachout that you would. She might not have the same punched in the gut feeling when the narc reaches out. If you protected her from being damaged, then she’s not damaged and she knows how to further protect herself: block the person and move on with her life. I have not been damaged by a narc, but I know two of them. If they reached out to me, I would quite easily block them and would feel no emotional gut punch about it, because there are no wounds for them to rip open. Now…on the other hand, my mother who was tormented by one of those narcs, would be put in a bit of a tailspin from a reachout, because of all the damage she experienced at the hand of the narc.
  15. “You know that homeschool resource group I belong to? The one with the mathematicians and doctors and statisticians from all around the world? Yeah, a lot of them are reporting back about overcrowding in the ERs. This is all across the US right now.” That’s how I do it.
  16. A record player (they’re not “turntables” to me…they’re record players). I finally got to listen to some records that I haven’t listened to since I was a kid. They’d been living out in the shed and are still good! https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PF5779Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And I got a monthly subscription for perfume. You get a new scent that you pick every month. I’m careful not to wear my scent around people who will get headaches from it. Mostly I just wear the perfume around the house because I like it for myself. (Scentbox.com)
  17. It’s just so stinkin’ ugly. No amount of foliage helps. Can’t they at least paint it? They could paint it white or put stripes on it like a lighthouse ought to have. I can’t get over how ugly it is every time I see it.
  18. Yeah, I’m like this. I can barely even remember the person I was in my 20s, I was so different. There are a lot of things about her I don’t like. But every day Facebook shares old memories, and when I see the ones from 2015 and earlier I think about how back then I had a sense that the world made some sense. I feel like I had a form of innocence at that time that is completely gone from me now. The world now makes no sense at all and I can barely stand being around people I used to adore. I’d love to go back to 2015.
  19. Over three different summers, I had 7 different Chinese students stay with me for a month each summer. The kids talked about staying in school until 7:00 every night and the older ones were in school until 10:00, so I don’t think that’s too much of a new thing.
  20. Yes you are! And so is Quill and so is Happypamama. When you can meet someone IRL, there is more nuance to them than online—there’s the body language and tone of voice that can’t be experienced online. But overall, for you and Quill and Happy, your posts all come across the same way that you come across IRL. For some groups of friends, I’m pretty much exactly as I am here. But for others, I do a lot of censoring.
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