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  1. You've gotten lots of good ideas. I would add--rocketry or build his own drone, learn to cook and be responsible for one or two meals per week--even if it's making breakfast, get The Dangerous Book for Boys and let him read through that. Lots of good ideas in there. Are you interested in Scouting? Many of the merit badges are online right now in our council. I would also encourage all of your kids to learn to spend time together and tell them arguing is NOT an option--give them a certain time (maybe as little as 30 minutes to start) and let them earn rewards for being together and getting along. That's a golden lesson, right there! Hope your summer ends up being a good one--sounds as though you're a good mom who is looking out for each child!
  2. I would unfriend, unequivocally. Silence = agreement in my book. I'm sick and tired of racist views going unchecked and unchallenged. You lose nothing by unfriending. Don't look back.
  3. Please know, mlktwins that I'm not picking on you specifically, but more generally to people everywhere who are thinking they must go out and about shopping to make baskets for their children: My love language is more globally focused, I guess. Every time I go out, I am at danger of catching the virus and bringing it home to a house full of people I love. It's not worth that risk to me to have a basket of candy for someone. Please, please understand that in staying home, you are helping to keep safe lots of other people: the grocery checkout lady's husband with cancer, the person you would have stood close to in the produce aisle's pregnant daughter, your immunocompromised neighbor--and the list is endless. "I wanted my kid to feel special" is just not a good enough reason to not do everything in one's power to flatten the curve.
  4. My children are middle school aged and up, so they understand the need for shelter in place and that going out for candy is not appropriate. If we don't have it at home currently, we don't need it. Nothing for Easter baskets. Life goes on.
  5. I am horrified for the residents of Wisconsin who were supposed to vote today. Many had to make a choice between voting in person or losing their opportunity to have their vote heard, as thousands of absentee ballots had not arrived and had to be postmarked by today to be counted. I am so angry that anyone with power believes we should be encouraging people to congregate in this way. I'm angry for the poll workers and others who had no choice but to show up. So, if you're there, did you go to vote?
  6. At our recycling drop off center, one would pull in, give the person their zip code and then pull forward to the huge bins for holding the recycling. One could conceivably drop off all of their recycling without touching any of the containers or anything else there. It that's the type of situation you're talking about, I can't imagine not doing it. We have 7 of us here instead of the usual 3, so we are generating much more recycling than normal--gotta put it somewhere!!
  7. OMG--I am so sorry!! I didn't know you were dealing with the military system. That is awful, because there really is probably no work around with them. I think I would call the closest (non-military) urgent care and tell them your situation and that you are very concerned about possible exposure and ask if is there any way a doctor can help you over the phone. They may be much more willing to do a workaround that the military. I would be stressed, too. You have every right to be anxious and angry. It is crap like this when we fail to treat people like humans that makes everything twice as bad as it needs to be. Hugs to you. I hope you find a way to get your meds.
  8. I am horrified by the doctor's office response to you! WHY would they send someone with an autoimmune disease to the urgent care?!?! What terrible care!! I would be my own best advocate and call the pharmacy first. I have two family members who are pharmacists and I can tell you that they are bending over backwards to help their patients. If they honestly can't help you (they SHOULD be able to call your doctor on your behalf) then I would call the doctor's office and ask to speak to the nurse. If the front desk refuses to put you through to a nurse, I would ask, "Let me get this straight--I am an established patient of this office with an autoimmune disorder and you are refusing to even let me have a conversation with a nurse? AND you want me to go to an urgent care clinic, where I am likely to be exposed to Covid 19? I would like to make sure this is the medical advice I'm being given because my next phone call is going to be to the local newspaper and television station so that everyone in town can hear about he appalling lack of care and compassion coming from your office." And then, I would call the newspaper and tv station.
  9. Of course I know. What I'm saying is that the guidelines are not in synch with reality. People are being told to act according to testing--in MANY parts of the country, even people who are symptomatic are not being tested. What I'm saying is that people need to act responsibly even without access to testing.
  10. Bolding mine--this is going to vary via region. Where I live, there is no testing unless one is ill enough to be hospitalized, so no one I know, even those who have symptoms, have actually been tested. The best thing to do would be to assume a positive test and act accordingly if you have symptoms, but you aren't necessarily going to have access to testing to know for sure.
  11. She's adorable! Have you chosen a name? Are you going to crate train her? If so, remember to feed her inside it, give her special treats inside of the crate only and in general make it an awesome place for her to go and feel safe, to nap, etc. Have plenty of heavy chew toys at her disposal and make sure everyone is extra diligent about picking up things she should not have access to. I keep new puppies with me (on a leash) so that I can control their movements during the first 3 or 4 months (no hunting around the house looking for a puppy who has found mischief!). It's a bit of a pain, but that's the beauty of crate training--got an appointment? put the pup in the kennel. Her bladder will seem much smaller and less reliable than you remember from other puppies you've had. LOL Plan on taking her out very often. Start good habits now--sitting before she eats, staying off furniture unless invited, not chewing on things she's not authorized to chew on. Practice having kids sneak outside and ring your doorbell and ignore them--that's the easiest way to teach her to ignore it, too. I actually put an app on my phone and played noised at various times because our household tends to the quieter side and I don't want my dogs going crazy at every single sound. Post photos!!
  12. @Quill--I think you misunderstood my post...there are actual GSD and lab mix puppies on Pet Finder. Puppies, who will know only your training and which are probably accidental breedings, which generally make the best pups, anyway!
  13. There are several lab and GSD mixes on Pet Finder--pups in the DC area
  14. A tall plant and umbrella stand or coat hook to the left would also help fill out the space and make it fit in more with the space. On top, I agree with the ideas for baskets for entryway needs--keys, sunglasses, etc.
  15. Sorry, no. No one at my house has taken this course, yet! I just became aware of it. But I will say that it looks fantastic and we are seriously considering it.
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