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  1. Since perimenopause, I pretty much stopped getting acne, which is great. However, I still use Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming face wash and moisturizer, when I wash my face. And I will be honest and say I don't actually wash my face every day. https://smile.amazon.com/Aveeno-Naturals-Complexion-Foaming-Cleanser/dp/B00E4MKVP4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=aveeno+clear+complexion+foaming+face+wash&qid=1628100748&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyNVpNQzc3M0NVSEo3JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzA5OTkzMUJESDZRV0dQWDRDUSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTMwOTY0MUJWUUFRTERHM09WUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= https://smile.amazon.com/Aveeno-Acne-Fighting-Moisturizer-Breakout-Prone-Hypoallergenic/dp/B00006FRW7/ref=sxts_rp_s1_0?cv_ct_cx=aveeno+clear+complexion+moisturizer&dchild=1&keywords=aveeno+clear+complexion+moisturizer&pd_rd_i=B00006FRW7&pd_rd_r=356157bc-7ab8-4bfc-96a1-8c1d97c7020b&pd_rd_w=9RCKE&pd_rd_wg=jAv9j&pf_rd_p=c6bde456-f877-4246-800f-44405f638777&pf_rd_r=YT2XRC27ZAEJ7DJRE2J3&psc=1&qid=1628100807&sr=1-1-f0029781-b79b-4b60-9cb0-eeda4dea34d6
  2. My pup recovering from his surgery so he can play ball again. 🙂
  3. I always thought sleeping should be an Olympic sport. I would have a real chance at the gold. [Missing the slink-away emoji....]
  4. Hi, happy Wednesday. I wish the week wasn't half over already! Busy morning so far. Done: Client work in the wee hours. Slept fitfully with weird dreams. Up at 5:45 for morning pup duty including meds. Pup is high maintenance post-surgery. (But sweet.) Switched out the laundry. Took out the garbage. Found a baby raccoon in my garbage bin. Yay, this time it was alive. Need to put heavier rocks on my garbage bins. Kid1 up and driven to 7:15 soccer practice. Tried to get a tiny bit of work done. Woke Kid2. Drove kid1 home from soccer practice; grabbed breakfast. Both kids ready and driven to band camp. Caught up on calendar, emails, news, and social media. Working on coffee 2. To do: Lots of client work!! I got 1 report package and 3 invoices out yesterday, which wasn't enough! Kids back home around 3pm. Probably 1 or 2 loads of laundry. Evening pup duty. Exercise and reading. Make the kids do math at least. Hopefully play a game with them. Whatever else gets done.
  5. I keep thinking about this. When can I stop having work stress? I really think a life without anxiety over client stuff would be near paradise. Of course that probably isn't realistic. 😛 Honestly, my picture of my ideal retirement changes daily. Sometimes I just want to be home alone, enjoying tea, music, yoga, old movies, and naps. Other times I want to be out enjoying our national parks, rec center, library programs .... I can't decide whether I dread being alone, or dread never being alone. Hopefully my kids will still come around, and I would like to have a reasonable volunteer gig, maybe with kids (but not too stressful). Would love to visit with family and friends (whoever is still around when that time comes). The organizer in me envisions me keeping a neat, clean house and well-maintained personal files (health, financial, etc.). We'll see.
  6. OK so I am wondering why they mentioned measles in the article linked above.
  7. Another potential issue brought up by some of my healthcare worker friends is that too much strong-arming on medical folks could create or exacerbate shortages. The other day, someone posted a photo of nurses protesting with signs: "We spent ___ months taking care of Covid patients with no protection, and now they are threatening to fire us?" And today, another friend predicted that there will be a shortage due to a healthcare staff requirement to test multiple times per week if you aren't vaccinated. Personally I'm not against a requirement to test, vax, or use some specified (based on science) level of barrier if you work with patients. But as has been said before, there are more than a few workers in that field who will protest a vax-or-test rule, possibly by not showing up for work.
  8. If there's a measles outbreak, why isn't that the news? I agree that shutdowns have delayed some kids' vaccinations and other healthcare. Can folks down there take their kids to drugstores to get routine vaccinations? That's what I would do.
  9. 1) We still don't know how many "half" is. 2) How are they defining "preexisting health problems"? Before my friend's daughter died from a car accident, she was in the ICU and didn't have any "preexisting health problems." There are lots of acute reasons for kids to be in the ICU. 3) And another question - how old are these children who are in the ICU only because of Covid effects and had no "preexisting health problems"? How many are under 12? I'm not denying that there's an increase in cases, and that in rare situations, Covid can make kids very sick. But I still don't feel like the info provided here is sufficiently informative to conclude, e.g., that Delta hurts young kids (on a per case basis) more than original Covid.
  10. I still would like to know how many of those kids were in the hospital for other reasons and tested for Covid. Because I know at least some hospitals are testing every person for Covid. Symptomatic or not. Children's ICU beds are full, I understand that, but how many children's ICU beds are there per population, and are there still the same # of available children's ICU beds now as normal, or have they switched resources away from kids' ICU to accommodate increase in adults needing ICU beds? Or put another way, what is the raw number and % of child population who is in the children's ICU for no reason other than severe Covid effects? To me, the statement that the kids' ICU is at capacity really tells me very little. Other than there is an intent to alarm. Give me more info and let me decide if there is a legitimate need to be alarmed for all kids. (Because let's be honest, our media thrive on blowing things up for ratings and clicks.)
  11. I do feel that the tone of this board has turned more toward catastrophizing again, and that probably isn't helping those who take this to heart beyond their power to change things. I can understand Delta is taking up a bigger part of our minds though. It's human nature.
  12. Keep in mind that a high % of the deaths to date occurred before vaccines were widely available in first world countries. Vaccines still aren't widely available worldwide, but we're moving in that direction. If you look at the fatality rates for even less developed countries that have only recently had big Covid waves, you will notice the death rate appears significantly lower. I assume this is partly because of vaccines and partly because of how much was learned in the first year of Covid. There are going to be more deaths, but it's not going to stay the way it was at its worst. I think the worst is over for developed countries at least, and hopefully more. Then it goes back to, you can't control other people, and nobody lives forever. It goes back to what many of us feel about the choice to smoke or drive under the influence. I have lost a ridiculous number of loved ones to damn cigarettes. But I can't do anything about that. So I don't focus on what I can't do.
  13. A lot of things I do cut my chances of spreading disease by some percentage. Is there a work-at-home card? Ugh this is ridiculous.
  14. Nor do you. So I don't see how it's the government's job to make sure you get to do so in the exact way you prefer.
  15. We also have a fair number of people from other states being vaxed here. Not sure if it's because they are college students or what. On the other hand, apparently our death counts include our states' legal residents who died elsewhere. As we have sucky winters, a lot of elderly from here go to spend their winters in places like Florida. So if they died there, it impacts our state's numbers. It's frustrating that we can't get accurate information for the locations we are in.
  16. What's the point of a vaccine card if you can still get and spread Covid at a significant likelihood?
  17. I know you're trying to be funny, but I find this incredibly un-funny. But you're absolutely right. So once again, people who are law-abiding get punished and people who cheat get what they want.
  18. So people who can't get vaccinated are now on house arrest through no fault of their own. I don't love it.
  19. FTR I don't know anyone who isn't doing some level of mitigation to prevent spreading Covid. But even so, people are sick of hearing a different message every day. How do you even have a conversation about something that isn't going to be "true" tomorrow? Hard enough even with people who aren't being judgmental jerks about it.
  20. Yeah, I watched and waited until the respected info sources confirmed that the vax would highly likely prevent my spreading Covid, because I was not interested in vaxing to prevent myself (or my kids) from experiencing Covid symptoms. I really hope there is a frenzy of reliable research happening to clear this up soon! This is so frustrating. We're intelligent, educated people, and if we can't answer these questions, then it should be obvious why many Americans are holding back.
  21. Howdie, happy Tuesday! My mind isn't working the best because I have too many things to think about! Done: Slept fairly normally, other than worrying about work deadlines. Kid1 up at 6:30. Did some client work. Discovered I am missing page 2 of a document I need. 😕 Requested a reprint of the document. Kid2 up, kid1 to soccer practice, back home to pick up kid2, back to soccer field to pick up kid1, and dropped both kids at band camp. Varous pup stuff, including phone call with the vet office. Double checked my traffic court date. I had a sudden fear that it was yesterday, but it's today. Figured out how to use my new portable air conditioner. To do: Lots of client work! Squeeze a shower in somehow. Pup duty from noon to 3? Pick kids up from band camp. Traffic court at 4pm. Kid1 soccer 6-8pm. Probably some laundry. More pup stuff. Whatever else gets done.
  22. Personally, I dislike using my smart phone. It is purely a tool for me, with the exception that when I have no choice but to sit quietly doing nothing, I might play a game. My kids use theirs more than I use mine. One doesn't really go overboard. The other one probably does, but she is 14.5, and I don't feel the need to limit her except as discipline for poor choices.
  23. At least one of my extremely anti-vax Cuban-American facebook friends is a nurse. Possibly more than one. It just goes to show that being in a legitimate medical field does not mean one is objective about medical things.
  24. I could see someone like my dad, after thinking it over a long time, calmly saying something like "I just want you to know, your great-grandparents love you a lot. Nobody said anything about it, but I want you to consider this. Your choice to be present or not matters to your great-grandparents. They have very little to look forward to. Just something to consider for the future. I love you."
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