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  1. We had Aetna for many years until a few years ago when dh's work no longer offered it as a choice. I also had them in the 90s when ds was born and I was still teaching. They were the company that covered my pregnancy and his birth. Despite the many complaints I've seen online, we never had a problem. They covered more for less than Cigna, which we had for the last few years. We no longer have Cigna and are happier with our current choice, but if Aetna was still offered we'd probably choose them. Of course it depends on what kind of deal the employer makes with Aetna or any other insurance comp
  2. Halloween decorating idea
  3. Same here. We were cautiously beginning to do a few things - go grocery shopping instead of curbside pickup, one or two outdoor, distanced, masked social gatherings with a small number of people. Still no dine-in though. Then our governor said "Open up! Open it all up!" and we backed off. We're back to doing less now that we can supposedly do more. Nope. Not happy with my state (Florida). Nor are most of the people in my circle. Nor are least a few of my fellow Floridians on this board. I see this was already answered. Walt Disney World in Florida has been open since July, as
  4. I've only recently started going to in-person doctor visits and those are limited. Up until a few weeks ago I only did e-health. No movies. Nope.
  5. Zero here too. Other than my age, my risk factors are very low. It said I'm as much at risks as 41% of other respondents. Whatever than means. I have not eaten inside a restaurant since March 3rd. I remember the date because it was a book club meeting. Dh and I were scheduled to go out to dinner for our monthly date the following week but we decided against it as things were ramping up. I think it was sometime around late July that we finally began to order curbside pickup. I just couldn't stand cooking anymore lol. I have not been to a movie theater since last December, but I rare
  6. The same thing, as you know, our governor is saying. We need to protect the vulnerable. In the meantime people who are supposedly not vulnerable are going out, getting Covid, and either dying or passing it on to someone who dies. Sigh.
  7. In Florida, hospitalizations are increasing, as are deaths. For the past six weeks there were almost 100 deaths per day. Our positivity rate has been fluctuating between just over 3% to almost 8%. As of Friday it was 5.21%. Sources: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/10/16/florida-coronavirus-cases-rise-again-as-death-toll-continues-its-climb/ The first county listed at the end of this article is where I live (they're in alphabetical order, nothing to do with numbers). https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/10/17/florida-health-officials-report-4000-new-cases-8
  8. I say err on the side of caution. When ds was 11 he fell at a skating rink and broke the fall with his hands. His situation sounds similar to what you describe and when he kept saying it still hurt I took him to the doctor. I felt like bad mom for blowing him off and waiting a week. It turned out he fractured the scaphoid bone, which is a common fracture but shouldn't be ignored. He ended up with a splint for a few weeks. I know it's all different now with Covid but from what I've seen most medical facilities are taking precautions and are probably safer than going to Walmart. Okay, mayb
  9. I love that book! I also love the musical but it leaves so much out that anyone who only sees the musical misses a lot. There's a PBS Masterpiece series that's very good and gives you more background than the musical. It's worth watching imo. https://www.pbs.org/show/les-miserables/ I haven't made meatloaf in ages but I use my mother's "recipe" which is basically a loaf of her Italian meatballs. There's no actual recipe but I use the same ingredients as in our family's Italian meatballs. We've never done any kind of glaze or added things like shredded carrots or other hidden vegg
  10. We live in a new subdivision so we have cluster mailboxes. They're not even on our street but on the street behind us so I don't usually see the mail truck and have no idea what time it comes. I have Informed Delivery so I can see what we get, but unless there's something important in our box we check it about every other day. If a package is small enough it either gets stuffed into our small box or put in a parcel locker within the cluster (the key is left in our mailbox). When it comes to larger packages that have to be delivered I haven't really paid attention to a difference in time betwee
  11. That makes sense since Florida building foundations are all basically concrete slabs. You don't often see hardwood here and I always assumed it's because of our humidity, plus the sand that calls itself soil. It's become more popular in the last 10 -ish years but most people around here who have hardwood have engineered hardwood.
  12. Regular hardwood yes, but can engineered hardwood be mopped too? Thank you! This really helps. I find it difficult to apply Bona without streaks. I've tried both spraying it on the floor and mopping, or spraying it on the (large microfiber) mop then mopping. Either way I get streaks. Since I can't stand the idea of never mopping I've just been accepting the streaks. I'm going to try your method, especially since you have the very same brand. I mostly get drips when loading dishes in the dishwasher and I keep a rag under the sink for drying those drips. We haven't had any actual
  13. I had ceramic tile for 20 years and hated it. We renovated that house when we bought it and if someone would have warned me, I wouldn't have chosen tile. It was terrible on my back and feet. I always had to wear shoes, usually Birkenstock sandals, Vionics, or Skechers. Always shoes meant to give you support and relief. Plus all of this. Before we put it on the market we had to pay someone to come in and make the grout look presentable. There were cracked tiles throughout but since we sold that house as-is, we didn't replace them (plus they weren't open stock and after 20 years the til
  14. Yes. I'm often disappointed when this type of book is turned into a movie or series, but that one was well done.
  15. Yes to both. See my post upthread. Editing to add robo calls and bot texts are not allowed. Although a bot could do much of what I'm doing, it requires a live person to keep hitting send. There have been replies with questions that can't be answered by a canned response so I can see the benefit of having a person send the texts (or make calls) rather than a bot text or robo call.
  16. It still exists. I've been getting a lot of spam calls too. I think spammer just don't care and with spoofing numbers reporting them is useless. I did recently report a call and the calls stopped for about two weeks, then I got one yesterday. https://www.donotcall.gov/
  17. I don't know about mailing but can give some anecdotes about calls and texts. I don't know if it's been researched. Often those of us calling and texting will get someone who says they didn't receive their mail ballot even though they requested one. We've had people ask where the early voting locations are, how do they do a change of address, can they get a ride to the polls on election day, and more. In my small corner of the U.S. texts and calls help get out the vote. Whether or not it changes minds or helps an undecide make up their mind, I have no idea. Our goal is to get our people to vot
  18. Another thing that's public record is the fact that you voted. Often when I'm texting people to return their mail in ballot they'll tell me they already sent it. One of our canned replies is to tell them it's not showing in our system, and then we give them a link where they can track the status of their ballot.
  19. One thing that really annoys me isn't about campaign literature. It's about my Supervisor of Elections office. I have been voting by mail since 2008 (we don't need a reason; anyone can vote by mail). I always get my mail in ballot within a day or two after they start going out. I fill it out and return in asap. About two weeks later I get a sample ballot in the mail from the SOE. Everyone I've talked to who votes by mail says the same thing. If I have a ballot in front of me at home I don't need a sample ballot. However, if they insist we all need sample ballots they should send them out befor
  20. I can answer some of this as I've been doing texting for my county's office of a certain political party There are many different groups texting and calling. There's the county party's office (the one I'm involved with), the state party's office. the national party, the specific candidate - who could be running for a national, state, or local office, and there are legitimate PACs. If your state requires a party affiliation and you're registered as an Independent or NPA (no party affiliation) you'll get calls from both sides. If you're registered for one of the two major parties you'll pr
  21. Thank you for getting them to change the blue. I noticed right away how much easier it is to read. This morning I was logged off while reading a thread. I couldn't understand why I was suddenly unable to quote or like posts until I reached the end of the thread and saw the message to either sign in or create an account. The odd thing is, at the top it showed me logged in as Lady Florida, and I could go to my account settings. One other thing I haven't seen mentioned is the sidebar on threads telling you who's participating, top posts, etc. If this is going to stay can we at least ha
  22. @Quill I didn't want to derail the book a week thread but I like your idea of watching Harry Potter in another language. We have the movies in both DVD and digital versions but I never looked at the language options. I'll check the digital first because that's just easier (lazier lol?) than putting in a disc. If not I'll watch a DVD. Has anyone had trouble with your spoken words being inconsistently accepted on Duolingo? I had it happen twice today in the same lesson, and a few times in the previous days. The first time it was marked wrong, when it came up again they marked it correct. T
  23. I asked about this last year after my cousin recommended it to me but didn't get many replies. I think there just weren't a lot of people here who had experience with it. She liked it when she first started but once she was using it regularly she had complaints. Not about Mercari itself but about buyers. Many would ask about an item, say they want it, but disappear without ever actually committing to the purchase. Last I heard, she was frustrated with it. It could just be what she was trying to sell. It probably can't hurt to have him give it a try.
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