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  1. I ended up with just $10 for today, she said that was what her mum suggested. I feel like I maybe should have gone up to $15 since that seems to be the going rate but I’ll see how she goes first and then decide what to do if we are both happy to keep going with it weekly. This is her first babysitting job.
  2. Babysitting alone, but no requirement to do anything other than supervise and play with him (no meal prep etc) at this stage. She's a neighbour and there are plenty of well known adults nearby if something she can't handle comes up but she's a sensible kid so I don't think that's likely. I think I'll have $15 in mind going into the discussion and see where we end up.
  3. Thanks, that gives me a start...she's new to babysitting and hasn't set her own rate and I didn't want to low ball. My rates from 25 years ago are a little out of date.
  4. Anyone know what a reasonable amount to pay a 13 year old to watch a 5 year old for an hour is? I have no idea! Edit for more info: Would be an ongoing thing once a week and actually less than an hour but I figure it's fair to pay her a full hour or it may not be worth it for her. Thanks
  5. It's not just regional, it's all Perth public hospitals as well. We are screwed when we have a Covid outbreak here.
  6. I assume hesitancy but honestly I don't really know. I don't really understand how having a state identity is any different to having a national identity.
  7. I think of myself as a West Australian, not necessarily before 'Australian' but probably on about the same footing. I don't think it's any more bizarre than a national identity. I would say WA people have always had a fairly strong state identity, maybe due to our isolation. Politicians tend reinforce this with an us vs them narrative. Covid has also reinforced it, the secession jokes were all over the place last year. Our premier has definitely taken a protect WA first stance which has kept him extremely popular. I'm not saying I agree with it, I think we can afford to decrease our share of vaccines, but not giving away our doses is consistent. We are also behind the curve with vaccinations, opening it up to younger people might make it seem like we are doing well but we have the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated people in the country, we need to get more people over here vaccinated to have any hope of opening up our borders.
  8. Cross posting from the covid megathread. This seems promising regarding protection against the delta strain. Not sure which vaccine but would have had the Pfizer or AZ depending on age and when they had it. 'The highly contagious Delta strain of COVID-19 infected everyone who attended a Sydney birthday party except for the six people who were vaccinated, the NSW Government said.' https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-28/vaccinated-attendees-west-hoxton-birthday-party-avoid-covid-19/100249612
  9. There is no report on which vaccine they had, but this seems like really good news re vaccine efficacy and the delta strain: 'The highly contagious Delta strain of COVID-19 infected everyone who attended a Sydney birthday party except for the six people who were vaccinated, the NSW Government said.' https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-28/vaccinated-attendees-west-hoxton-birthday-party-avoid-covid-19/100249612
  10. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone participating in this thread, my views on all of this are still evolving so it has been really interesting to read.
  11. 1 new case in WA today (caught from the case returned from NSW). I am surprised we are not going straight into a short lock down given previous responses and the proximity to school holidays. People are reporting 6 hour plus wait times for testing in the area the cases are from. Positive - people are getting tests, negative - a couple of the exposure sites were schools and I know I wouldn't wait in line for 6 hours with young kids. We have 177 close contacts from the mine camp, most have returned negatives already, some results still pending so that's looking good.
  12. Of the latest 5 cases one has been mentioned as being in intensive care and one in a stable condition in hospital. The lack of medical status of the other 3 would imply they are doing okay. A Melissa said it is certainly increasing vaccine hesitancy but I feel like most of it is confined to that particular vaccine. Most people I know would be more than happy to get the Pfizer but we have a very limited supply of that so it is only going to high priority under 50s at the moment.
  13. I picked up a couple of games outside our normal interests to play with the extended family group. Telestrations was a big hit, a lot of fun and if you are terrible at it it just makes it funnier. Concept is interesting but we only last a few rounds before we are ready for something else. For the little kids (4 & 6) I got My First Castle Panic which they enjoy. I also got Rhino Hero but they don't have the dexterity for it yet, they knock the tower over too early to find it fun. My husband and I got Pandemic, only played once so far and we weren't that taken with it. Found it a bit boring but will try with more players when we get a chance. I also got a backgammon board, I haven't played since I was a kid and am enjoying that. @happypamamais Space Escape the Peaceable Kingdom one? I've been trying to find it but no one in Australia seems to stock it!
  14. I had a friend who moved countries to work for them (in software dev), he enjoyed it at first but after he had kids found the hours expected were not conducive to a happy home/family life.
  15. I loved the squirrels when I visited friends in Seattle! We don't have any small cute animals that you can actually see easily (they all like to hide) so it is quite novel.
  16. Best wishes for his appointment. My mother was diagnosed about 2 years ago and she has not needed any of the more aggressive treatments, just low dose aspirin and regular check-ups. She does still suffer from increased fatigue but has no other symptoms or side effects.
  17. I just had a look at various sauce bottles in my cupboard and most just list ‘spices’, one listed the actual spices after but it was definitely not the norm. I’m in Western Australia.
  18. I'm surprised you didn't get made painfully aware at the time that you were kidnapping, magpie parents are scary!
  19. My daughter had mesenteric adenitis after a virus, inflamed lymph nodes in the abdomen. I can't remember what the initial virus was but I don't think it was stomach related. It was extremely painful at first, she could barely walk for a couple of days, after that it was a lot better but she would often seemly randomly complain of stomach pain. Thankfully it only lasted a a few weeks but our GP said it could last a lot longer and it could flare up on occasion. She did get stomach aches more often than typical in the months after but not severe ones.
  20. Yes, these threads have exposed me to a viewpoint I'd never heard before and it has made me rethink how I view some of the issues surrounding transitioning.
  21. Why does it matter if someone wears the same thing every day? Most employees should only be expected to be clean, tidy, and fit the expected dress code. I work in an office 4 days a week, I wear the same pants (slacks) every day unless they get visibly dirty and I have 4 shirts I mostly wear. Plus spare pants and another few shirts I wear occasionally. Sometimes I don't even wash my shirts after every wear, I work in an air conditioned office so I don't get sweaty and if I don't spill anything on them they stay clean.
  22. To me it sounds completely reasonable to attend practice even if injured, but where I am that would usually mean once a week unless you were competing at a state or national level.
  23. I'm in Australia, lots of street decorations already up here. Probably shops too but I can't remember if I've seen them. I don't usually see houses decorated until December 1 though.
  24. If my memory is correct the Circle of Magic serious is aimed at a younger audience than her more popular Lioness books, I remember nothing in the way of sex or even really romance (maybe a little?) in the Circle of Magic books.
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