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  1. Its actually quite helpful for me to hear some one else feeling anxious about this. We are in an area that is *sort of* taking things seriously, in a county that is lukewarm at best, in a state that is just so frustrating. So my community experience is varied. I have enjoyed a very low key summer and haven't worried but it's rising all around us again and I've got a 9 year old, too. I am really ready for a vaccine for these kids!
  2. I haven't posted for a long time, either! But I second the Pevear/Volokhonsky recommendation. I tried the Kropotkin translation, but realized it was abridged. The writing is beautiful, but I didn't want to miss anything, so I switched. I finished W&P in May of 2020 and I agree that it was just the right book for the year. It felt like an actual life changing experience, honestly. Fair warning, I read it with a friend and we both felt serious ennui afterwards. It was difficult to read anything else for quite a few months. I almost want to read it again this year, but I'll let it sit a bit before I pick it back up. I'm starting my year of reading with A Court of Wings and Ruin, it's the third in a series by Sarah J. Maas. I'm not usually a fantasy reader (is this considered fantasy?) but I needed something new and fun and this series has been the perfect fit for the break. I'm hoping to read wide and new this year. I may make an arbitrary number goal, but mostly I want to step out of my box and read things that I wouldn't usually. Last year felt so cloistered and I find myself needing to shake things up.
  3. Cameras are better now, too. So when we were seeing high thigh and booty in the 90's it was blurry and so we noticed it less. Now it's in high def and we are in no doubt that we are viewing someone's crotch :laugh:
  4. UGH. I feel your pain (smell your pain??). We have a dog that will clear out company with her gas. What has worked so far is atrociously expensive dog food (Taste of the Wild) and Digestive Enzyme powder that we put on every cup of dog food. The kids call it Fart Powder :D. We've tried EVERYTHING over the years and this is the only combination that makes her gas better. She still audibly toots (which is so awful and so awfully funny) but it's at least just noise and not the Silent But Deadly horrors she was gracing us with before the new diet. ETA: When I say smelly, I mean it was so foul you could almost SEE it. We started to wonder if she had an actual medical problem.
  5. I have diagnosed IBS as well, and drinking Kombucha regularly definitely helps me. It doesn't help if I drink it every now and then, only if I drink it regularly. And frankly, that is how almost everything with my stomach issues works. Everyday I take a multivitamin (Supermom), probiotic (Biokult), Borage oil, and I drink Young Living's Ningxia juice (I am entirely embarrassed to admit that, It may be voodoo or placebo but it honestly does help my stomach), and I drink Kombucha. Everything seems to work ONLY if I take it daily. If I do all of that daily and add in daily exercise and destressing measures, then I can eat *almost* anything if I only eat it rarely. I still can't eat whatever I want, whenever I want. But I can have a cup of coffee once a week and be okay.
  6. This is my favorite reason ever for not wanting a spouse to nose around your computer :lol: .
  7. I can't imagine being upset about this, mostly because I think it's nosey but not nefarious. I would *totally* browse through my Dh's documents if he had a briefcase. He's interesting! The things he does and says and is involved in are interesting. Maybe it's the difference between "nosey" and "snooping". When I think of nosey, I think of casual interest, like you'd read letters your grandparents wrote to each other to know them better. When I think of snooping, I think of purposefully digging around to find something unsavory. All that said, it's pretty known in our household that privacy between the two of us isn't really a thing and we like it that way.
  8. I think this is probably where the rub lies. To your MIL, you ARE her family. Your Dh is her son, you know? So when she is thinking family time, she is wanting the same thing you are - Christmas Day with her nuclear family. (edited for unintentional caps - lol)
  9. Kristen & Kristy were hugely popular names growing up. In my sorority in college there were at least 10-15 of us with Kristen/Kristy/Christy/Krissy type names. I've been wondering if those will ever come back around. Those and Tiffany, Jessica, Stephanie, etc. More early 80s names.
  10. We just quit Challenge B yesterday. DD13 and I were *miserable*. We started CC because I thought it would be helpful to not have to plan the curriculum for once, DD would get time with peers and time to discuss, and she would be challenged. What ended up happening was me modifying everything, me realizing I didn't agree with the educational philosophy that underpinned the lesson plans, DD getting frustrated every week because she was interested in the material but it moved so fast she never got to dig in and LEARN. It was all box checking. So we quit and I feel FREE. I'm sure there are people to whom this program is geared (some of my best friends are those people) but it was awful for us. In fact, after I hung up with our Tutor, DD ran around the house yelling "DOBBY IS A FREE ELF." :D
  11. I was entirely unfamiliar with the story when I began reading Gilgamesh. I am so glad I read the introduction, it helped me be able to luxuriate in the story telling, without trying to figure out what was happening. It was also helpful in viewing the characters as morally neutral. I didn't try to view them through my own moral lenses, although I'm certain I did to some extent, and I didn't try to decide who was acting "right" and who was acting "wrong". They just acted. I think my enjoyment of the book hinged on this viewpoint. I was so much more sympathetic to all the characters when I didn't hope they would align their behaviors with my morals. I was struck by how similar our current heroes and male stereotypes are to Gilgamesh! All the blustering and the fighting, the arrogance and the bravado, we still view those characteristics as Typical Type A Male. It has made me look very closely into traditional male traits and question how much of that is culture and how much is just Man. Our current American culture varies in how positively or negatively we view those characteristics, but they are still dominant stereotypes. How very enduring! Even if these epic journey have dictated our view of masculinity, how very telling that it strikes so many men so deeply. In addition, I don't know if I have ever been so emotionally moved as when Gilgamesh says he thought "If my grief is violent enough, perhaps he will come back to life again." Who can doubt the depth of his feelings? And who does not have some one in their own life whose death would make them think the same? I believe that this has entered into my top 10 favorite books of all time. Who would have thought?
  12. My husband has OS, he grew out of the pain (continued to play football and soccer) and now is still an avid runner. He wears a knee brace or ices if the pain flares up, but honestly that could also be aging. And he still has his knobby knees :)
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