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  1. Thanks Kareni and mumto2. I have read the whole Captain Lacey series (Ashley Gardner ) -- after started it from previous recomendation on these threads 😄 -- I'll look into the Stray book though ETA: Apparently I already downloaded this one too, just hadn't gotten to it yet LOL
  2. I don't think I have book lust as much as I just love re-reading books over and over. Then again I have been comfort reading big time this year -- I know I posted some months ago about a close family member with pancreatic cancer -- then my Dad ending up passing away the end of July (relative with cancer is thankfully doing better than expected at this point but was touch and go at the same time). I was BINGE reading Murderbot series when we went out for the memorial -- it was funny because Murderbot talks a lot about how it wants to watch it's serials when it gets stressed out, and here I was reading Murderbot because I was stressed out 😆 Also re-read the entire Ilona Andrews Innkeeper series, plus a bunch of other random comfort reads (and general re-reads too -- that I knew would be fine). Thank goodness for books! As far as new things I have read: I have started trying to go through some things I downloaded from Amazon for free -- and unfortunately cannot recommend any of them: Ink Witch, Lindsey Sparks; London Stranger, Joyce Alec; House trilogy, Jenny Schwartz (this is actually 1 book but sold as 3 books) I did read a few T.Kingfisher's over the last months that I enjoyed: Paladin's Grace, Paladin's Strength, Swordheart, Clockwork Boys + Wonder Engine -- the only negative thing I would say is probably not a good plan to read them all close together as I did. Swordheart and Paladin's Strength were my favorites.
  3. We hung out at the local drugstore all the time -- but I would say it was the comic books that drew us. I could spend a couple hours purusing all the comic books. It had an old soda fountain when we first moved to that town but it was long gone by the time I was old enough to walk there by myself (although the downtown drug store kept it's fountain for another 10 years or so). I'm in those who would call Walgreens or CVS a 'drugstore' -- and I still see kids hanging out at our local Walgreens, although they tend to be out in the parking lot eating the candy they bought. No comic books anymore though.
  4. This may sound the opposite of what you want but I would suggest Plato's Closet if you have one near by. Being a resale shop they of course have all that stuff that your daughter doesn't like -- but IME they have all the other stuff too. My younger DD is 12 but shorter/smaller than your DD and about half her wardrobe is from there (most of her shirts and jackets but only a few of her leggings because she's still too small for most of the pants) even though she still fits in L kids clothing. It's actually way cheaper than buying her kids clothes new since she mostly wears workout shirts (t-shirt style with wicking material) -- which are hard to find in the kids section and usually expensive to boot. I've seen jumpsuits like what you've shown, and they definitely have normal t-shirts and all styles of jeans (which is much my older DD's go-to -- although she prefers leggings to jeans). For casual clothes they can't be beat IMO. The only downside is that of any resale shop --the selection is random on any particular visit, and you have to try everything on -- but as I told older DD, as she keeps shopping there she'll find her 'brands' and then she can buy them direct.
  5. "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" Have this one in my TBR pile -- maybe it will have to jump up to the top 😄
  6. Controls are not intuitive -- I still haven't figured out how to look at the chat at the same time as sharing for example. Sharing also sometimes slows the computer down and has caused lost connectivity (vpn connectivity not internet connectivity). Note: I have watched far more Zoom meetings than hosted so can't really compare one to one.
  7. My Murderbot is also pretty much genderless -- I picture a person where you can't figure out which gender via the normal social cues. Plus I think of it as wearing 'work' clothes -- not necessarily coveralls but close to that -- the type of thing that doesn't show off the body at all. Kinda like when you look at a picture of women in army combat uniforms, you can't really tell them from men, because the outfit itself is so generic.
  8. Rewards, hands down https://www.voyagersopris.com/literacy/rewards/intermediate-secondary It is not phonics though. It focuses on prefixes, suffixes and syllables. Fast Track/Dancing Bears was helpful too (that dmmetler recommended above). We did that before Rewards so it might depend on what level your son is reading at now which would be better. For my dyslexic, the phonics never stuck no matter the program (even Barton which she HATED!!!! and did nothing to improve her reading -- although according to Barton's philosophy we just didnt spend long enough at it) -- looking back (as she heads off to college) the things that helped her most were things that gave her different ways to attack the word.
  9. I don’t think of this as irony - more as proof that we can all be fooled. I think often we dismiss smart thinking from historical personages when they blew it on other things — but really it should remind us that we are all fools on something, and probably something that we are ( currently) not even aware we are being foolish about.
  10. The ufo thing cracks me up - I mean the article I read specifically says “unidentifiable flying objects “ AND conflates them with aliens. Unidentifiable is pretty clear IMO
  11. Lots of unhappy news in my family lately, capped with an diagnosis of pancreatic cancer for one of my siblings 😥 Interestingly, in response I have been overdosing on romances 🤯 Haven't made it more than a page in anything more serious -- except for Fugitive Telemetry, since I 💓 murderbot! Mostly Psy-changling (where last time I was reading these I got stuck on Heart of Obsidian and had to drop maybe 1/4 way in due to the triggering -- this time, I was prepared and was able to make it through and even enjoy it). It was actually an online review for the upcoming book being fantastic that even got me back reading them.
  12. Me too, swelling all the way up into my armpit -- could feel it every time I moved my arm. Only on 2nd shot.
  13. The whole reactions thing is super interesting to me -- for example, as I said above I get cold sores what feels like way too often, sometimes feels like first sign of a cold (there are things I do to make it less often like take lysine semi-regularly -- but then after a while of not getting one, I forget and then next cold symptoms - blammo! ) which would imply immune systems is working strong -- BUT I don't usually react to vaccines at all other than a sore arm. The flu vaccine for example, has never caused reaction. I did have a tired feeling from 1st Pfizer -- not sick feeling at all, just like I could go in and go to sleep in about 2 seconds (which I just powered through, sad to say). Anyway -- it just makes me feel like all the fuss about reactions to shot showing you already have immunity (or others) is just another internet story basically. Although I suppose that also just shows how easy it is to let your own reaction define your response to others.
  14. FWIW (2nd data point of one) I get cold sores relatively often when I get colds (even if very mild) and I did NOT get one with my first vaccine. I did get very tired the next day but no other reactions (haven't had 2nd shot yet).
  15. I'm old enough that I got at least 3 vaccinations at school -- and I highly doubt there's any record of that anywhere.
  16. There isn't a single state in the US that is over 43% with one shot, and the average is more like 30%. Not to mention that 'single shot' number is awfully misleading since you'd really need to use numbers from 2 weeks ago and not today -- when the average for the US was more like 20%. Which is not even counting that most herd immunity estimates I've seen have been 70-80% (some even higher) so we have a long way to go. IMO at this point ANY drop is great -- we're certainly not far enough along to be claiming that 'experts' are misleading us on this.
  17. My daughter was also tall for her age and didn't learn to ride until summer after 3rd grade -- she used training wheels that whole time. It sounds more to me like you have a bad set of training wheels than you need a new bike (and you should be able to buy training wheels that will work for her for much less than buying a new bike). FWIW, we tried balance bike, taking off the pedals, holding on, slight hill etc. with no success for 2 summers -- then the 3rd summer she just took off riding the first try (after winter off the bike).
  18. While these are new vaccine types. saying that because of that they will CAUSE virus mutations and make people more sick is just someone throwing out a scary theory based on no research or facts. Which is not to say there could not turn out to be unexpected consequences to these quickly turned out new style vaccines -- but if you're going to worry about something, worry about something more like thalidomide babies IMO. I do wonder how much our life will change 'back' after vaccines since some close family members have become quite a bit more germ phobic than I would have thought (far beyond following restrictions and being extra careful).
  19. I like the idea of (hopefully many of us) wearing a mask when we know we've got a cold (or signs of one) -- and it's become normal enough that maybe that will become the norm here whereas pre-covid, that would have been very strange here in the US (unlike Asia).
  20. So it's interesting that some have brought up seat belts as a comparable that we mostly all do with out complaining because it saves lives -- I remember (age alert!) when the seat belt laws started going in, and there was a LOT of complaining and ignoring going on for a LONG time. It is only as later generations have grown up always wearing seatbelts that it has become the norm. I think the mask thing hits the same buttons in people but worse in that it is 'only' a mandate and not a law, not to mention that people don't expect it to be long term.
  21. I don't think either one is all that clear on the different possibilities even they do state that there are other options. Here for example is my 1st cousin on 23andme -- notice the large 'tree' shown does NOT give the possiblity to click and see any of the other possibility: " likely share a set of grandparents. You could also be from different generations (removed cousins) or share only one ancestor (half cousins)." And while Ancestry doesn't make it quite that 'conclusive looking', you do have to click on "more" to see the possible half-aunt/half-neice option -- which still makes it appear more unlikely even though it really is the same % DNA:
  22. 23and me shows my maternal 1st cousins and uncle as 1st cousins and uncle. No other person that closely related to me is on 23andme. It doesn't appear to offer other options. It also offers others (who I don't know) as 1st cousin, once removed, 1st cousin twice removed, 2nd cousin without any details on how it decided between those (with close amounts of shared dna % wise) Ancestry shows my maternal and paternal half brothers and sisters and uncle as close-1st cousins. And 1st cousins as 1st-2nd cousins. Clicking in, it gives more options... half-brothers, half-sisters and uncle could be: Grandparent Grandchild Half sibling Aunt/uncle Niece/nephew 1st cousins could be: 1st cousin Great-grandparent Great-grandchild Grandaunt/granduncle Grandniece/grandnephew Half aunt/uncle Half niece/nephew Then there's a bunch of lower DNA matches that also show as 1-2nd cousin that offer a lot more options for possibilities.
  23. I have this out of the library but haven't been able to bring myself to read it -- I really enjoyed Bitterblue when it came out but haven't read it in so long I felt I neede to re-read before trying to to read Winterkeep, just haven't been able to get myself started. Have read the first 3 Victoria Thompson mysteries that I saw on these threads - they were good but not great (which won't keep my from continuing on! -- only being on hold for the next one is stopping me at this point). Although FWIW today at family movie night, my DH said I say that about all the movies we watch "it was good but not great" LOL Really struggling with my non-fiction reads this year --not sure what is going on there. They are all popular reads and ones I would normally be super into(Breath, The Cancer Code, Designing Your Life) but just can't seem to keep reading 😞
  24. Interestingly, your point reminded me that it has not bothered me when the person asked in a manner that was asking for help, like "I'm sorry but I'm in a big rush and I only have 2 items, can I jump in front of you?" Unfortunately that has been the rare case. Most times it has been "I only have 2 items, can I jump in front of you?" said in a manner that said "It's my right to jump in front of you because I only have 2 items" The one time I described above where I myself only had 2 items in my cart, the person even started to step in front of me as she asked ( before I said "No") Maybe I just look like an easy mark to shorten their wait LOL but I have MANY times stood behind people with very full carts with my 2 items and would never think to ask to jump in front of them since their time is just as valuable as my time.
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