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  1. One of them went to the Keys and the other to the mountains in North Georgia. Both drove but stopped along the way for gas, something to eat, etc. The one who went to the Keys was obviously around more strangers but she felt safe. Like your son, they'll probably never know where they got it.
  2. I know two people, both women in their mid-late forties, who are fully vaccinated and have symptomatic covid. One is a homeschool friend who I really only see on facebook these days but ds23 and her oldest son still hang out. In fact, he's gone there a few times over the last months to play video games after work. She's a fitness instructor and has held some in-person classes and she recently traveled. She said it's like having a very bad case of the flu and one that lasts longer than the flu. She had Pfizer and has been fully vaccinated since April The other is one of dh's adult nieces who lives about an hour from us. She too traveled recently. I don't know which vaccine she had but she's been fully vaxxed for several months. She too said it's like having an awful case of the flu. She also said she's sure if she wasn't vaccinated she'd be in the hospital. I'm sure both women felt safe because they were vaccinated. Both thought they were traveling safely and with people they thought were safe. Finally, not a case of knowing someone vaccinated who has covid, but dss is a firemedic with our county fire department. He said they're transporting more and more people to the hospital each day - it's back up to peak times. One of the first questions they ask the person or their family member is whether or not they're vaccinated. He works in one of the busier stations and said everyone they've had to transport so far is unvaccinated.
  3. At my age, no. I'd have zero interest in remarrying. I didn't marry until I was in my mid-30s and before that I either had roommates or lived alone. I lived alone for 8 years before dh and I moved in together and I was perfectly happy with my living situation. I could happily live alone if anything happened to dh. I might want a platonic companionship but I'd be in good shape financially and wouldn't want to combine finances with anyone else. Yes this. I actually am part of a close friendship with 3 other women and we call ourselves the Golden Girls. We have plans for if any two or more of us outlive our husbands. Dogs and (not or but and) cats would also be in the mix.
  4. Whatever the reason or however it happened I'm glad it's gone.
  5. Welcome! I've never read Dune or watched the older movie but it's one of dh's favorite books. I'm sure he's going to be interested in the new movie. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is on my to-read list this year and I hope to get to it fairly soon. Thanks @mumto2. This series looks interesting.
  6. I've finished a few books since I last posted in the weekly threads - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - This was my June pick from my jar but was both chunky and a bit of a slog. Not such a slog to make me give it up but enough that I often put it down for days at a time (or technically didn't open it on my Kindle). I'm glad to have finished it and found it interesting overall. Who Speaks for the Damned - A Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - This was my pick for book club and we had the rare occurrence of all of us having enjoyed the book. I usually like to stay away from books with a lot of hype but this one was on my radar and some bookish friends I trust gave it a thumbs up. Currently reading - Leonard and Hungry Paul - I've been at this one for a while. While I love the slow meandering style about everyday people's everyday lives, it's not the one I open when I want a page turner. I'm slowly enjoying it. Since it's an Overdrive loan I had to renew it but fortunately there were no holds so I was able to get it back right away. The Pagan Lord - Number 7 in The Saxon Tales (aka The Last Kingdom) The Girl with the Louding Voice - August book club book. Our meeting is a week from tomorrow. I'm still listening to the biography of U.S. Grant and have about 5 hours left. It's not the book making me take so long to finish but the fact that I don't seem to have as much audio book time as I once did. Finally, my nonfiction pick after finishing the Genghis Khan book is Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. I thought it would be a lighthearted but informative look at internet speak but it's much more academic, at least so far. The author is a linguist and though I'm early in the book so far she's talking about how language changes and how the internet is causing changes to happen faster than ever. As a word nerd, once I realized it's not what I thought it was, I started getting more interested. I'm woefully behind on The Count of Monte Cristo. When we started I was keeping up and some weeks I was ahead. I plan to try and catch up this week. If any of you are Goodreads friends I should say that I'm way behind on listing my books read for the year. Updating it is on my list of to-do's for the week.
  7. I don't know that it's essential to have premarital sex but I think it's not a bad idea. Yes, that's only one aspect of the relationship but you don't go into the marriage never having discussed your likes and dislikes, children and child rearing, and all of the other things a couple should know about each other before making a commitment so why go into it knowing nothing about sexual compatibility. As for me, I married at the age of 38 so of course I had partners before dh. I can't imagine having reached that age and never having sex, though I suppose there are people who do wait regardless of age. Also, dh and I lived together before we married.
  8. When I get a shot or get blood drawn I look away. Everyone knows it hurts less when you don't see it. 😂
  9. I didn't want this to get lost in my reply to Katie's posts. A friend of mine has a not so mild breakthrough case. She's been fully vaccinated since April (Pfizer) and not only tested positive but has some pretty awful flu like symptoms. I know her from our homeschool days but haven't seen her in person since our sons were teens (they're in their 20s now). Ds however, still hangs out with her son and often stops by his house (he lives at home too) after work to visit and play video games. No one else in the house tested positive but one of her other sons tested positive for antibodies. She has no doubt, considering how bad her symptoms are, that if she wasn't vaccinated she'd be in the hospital right now.
  10. As usual I'm way behind on a thread I'm interested in. My county is also next to Katie's and is at 12.2% according to Covid Act Now. Earlier this week I saw 16% which did seem high and I haven't been able to find where I saw that. Cases more than doubled since last week. One hospital system says 95% of hospitalized covid patients are unvaccinated. Another nearby hospital but not part of the same group says 98% of their covid patients aren't fully vaxxed. Dss (Emma's dad) is a firefighter/paramedic with the county and says the past week or so they're transporting as many people to hospitals on a daily basis as they were during the worst of the pandemic. Our state representative was a covid skeptic until he was hospitalized last year and almost died. He now has long covid. He's young - in his 40s - and I believe fairly healthy. Now he's trying to convince his followers to take covid seriously, get the vaccine, and wear masks especially if you're not vaccinated. However, he's still against mask mandates, closing anything down, and requiring masks in school for unvaccinated kids. His official facebook page is still full of people questioning both covid and the vaccine. Like a lot of people of his ilk, he's trying to backtrack and not getting enough of his people to backtrack with him.
  11. In this case unfortunately no. These are the same nurses who complain about the fact that annual flu shots are required as a condition of employment. They don't vaccinate their children, and not for legitimate medical reasons. They're truly anti-vax. 😢
  12. ^^^This^^^ I don't get it. At all. My daughter in law is a nurse and works in a hospital. She works with several nurses who are anti-vax. It doesn't make sense that people in the health care field should ignore the science and fall into the anti-vax trap.
  13. I'm way behind on this thread but am going to give my planned reply anyway. I don't have young children but I do have young grandchildren, including one who has Down Syndrome and is immune deficient. If she gets Covid she will likely have a more severe case and will have a harder time recovering. Also, the heart issue with Covid is a major concern in people with DS. Our middle grandchild will be 7 the end of this month. He already "lost" his 6th birthday celebration to Covid but as things were getting better DSS and DDIL were planning a small party at an Orlando hotel that has a pirate ship at the pool. It was just going to be a few family members and one school friend. As the numbers are going up and the Delta variant cases are exploding they decided to cancel it. There's no Plan B yet but it will probably be just the grandparents on both sides and possibly a few cousins (2nd cousins). The boys are 9 and almost 7 and Emma will be 3 next month so none of them can get vaccinated yet. All the adults in our close family are vaccinated as are all kids 12 and up. It's still a concern though and we're all hoping for the emergency approval for younger kids sooner rather than later. So my answer is I wouldn't lock down completely but would definitely pull back a good bit. I don't know what I'd do about the outside park issue. I think my stepson and dil are making the right choices in pulling back on activities and reducing contact with outside people. They haven't decided what to do about school yet. The boys didn't do well at all with virtual schooling and were thriving once they started in person school again.
  14. Not all abbreviations are just the shortened word for the very reason that's the title of this thread. When I first quoted your post I had some in mind and now for the life of me can't remember any. 😂 Picturing the chickens staging a coup is hilarious! Two of the misspellings that bug me the most aren't phonics related. Both are based on the way people speak. I don't know if you'd call it mispronouncing the word/phrase as much as just lazy pronunciations that cause the misspellings. Prolly for probably is so annoying to me and makes my skin crawl. Could of, would of, should of don't make my skin crawl but do make me cringe a bit. I'm about to start a book called Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, and I hope it will help me to NOT get so irritated with evolving language. Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time.Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another.
  15. I think we understand but @Corraleno's question is still a good one. Who decides we should have childish badges? Are these automatically added by the company WTM hired? Does someone sit down and say we'll add this and this, and would you like us to add that too? The new "features" that come with updates are often head scratchers. We also understand that this is one of or maybe the only truly free education forums offered by a curriculum provider and we're grateful. But some of us who have been here in its various forms for 10, 15, even 20 years feel a sort of ownership. 🙂❤️
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