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About marbel

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  1. My daughter loves making pizza for herself with mini naan (purchased at Aldi and other places), pesto, and provolone or havarti cheese. We pretty much always have pesto and mini naans in the freezer, and of course there is always cheese in the fridge.
  2. I mostly buy pesto because it takes an enormous amount of basil to make even a little bit. 😄 I never manage to grow very much. But when I have made it, I have used this recipe, it's pretty basic: We use it for pasta and pizza mostly. A grilled cheese sandwich made with roasted red peppers and a smear of pesto is lovely; a slice of turkey slipped in makes it more like dinner for some of my people. One of my kids loves shrimp tossed with it. A spoonful into tomato or other soups never hurts. Cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half and tossed with pesto, garlic, and more cheese and then baked for a little while is awesome; even my tomato haters like it. Looking forward to more ideas.
  3. I usually wear a mask that ties around my head, but bought some ear loop masks for my kids to take if/when they go back to college. I am keeping a few for myself for haircuts and such. It was fine. At one point the stylist accidentally combed too close and one loop popped off; I just put it back up, was exposed for mere seconds. I go to Great Clips, and they had pretty much all the protocols in place as mentioned in the OP. I checked in; they texted me when it was just about time for my "appointment." When I walked in in they they took my temp, asked me about exposure, then did have me sit in a lobby chair for about 2 minutes while the stylist cleaned the station after her last client. The chairs were spaced far apart and I was the only one sitting there.
  4. I have read to freeze some water in a plastic cup, then when frozen, put a coin on top of the ice. If you open your freezer and see the coin has sunk... But we have an alarm/thermometer. I don't know the brand; there is no name on the thing. My husband said it was between $20-30. It looks kinda like this one: I love having it because I don't have to check the freezer every night before I go to bed, out of fear someone has left it open. If I was going on a trip I'd still do the coin or water bottle thing so I would know if the power had been out a significant amount of time and then back on again while we were away. (I am pretty sure there are alarms that will keep that history, or text a phone under certain conditions, but the cheaper one works for our purposes.)
  5. Like Matryoshka, I use it on popcorn., several times a week. I love it. Sometimes I sprinkle some over cooked vegetables. Today I made a beautiful kale salad with almonds and herbs, and sprinkled some on that. It just adds a little something. Close to cheese, as has been said, but not quite. Here is a little article about it, not super informative, but makes me want to go eat some on something right now:
  6. I make a lot of mistakes when I'm stressed. I am a great typist, very fast and accurate, but when I'm stressed, forget it. At work, when I am doing online chat and have a difficult customer/situation, and I'm stressed, I make so many mistakes. Also, if I am multi-tasking I will make errors. Once I typed a whole sentence to someone that made no sense and was completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, because I had been distracted by an internal communication; I carried the thoughts of that memo into my chat. This is not criticism, but I have a pretty strong sense that you are under a lot of stress. Based on your posts in the Covid threads, I get the impression that you spend a lot of time reading/researching on the topic. I know you live in a difficult area for Covid right now. If you think that might be the case, can you bring yourself not to keep up on the news quite so much? If I am wrong, feel free to ignore. Just sharing my impressions and again it's not criticism.
  7. I just bought a 36 roll pack at Costco, and we already had one unopened, so 80+ rolls. That will last a very long time. I normally wouldn't keep that much around but reading the stock up threads was getting to me so I bought a few things we reliably use today. Also, in theory my kids are going back to college next month so they would take some along. I am less and less confident that that's going to happen, but it's not like TP goes bad.
  8. Because of this thread I have a strong urge to go to Costco today LOL. I have limited space for everything - we have a regular fridge/freezer and an upright freezer, but the house is small with little storage area. As it is we could probably go a month or two without going to the store, if we were not picky about food combinations and such. I have never tried freezing eggs but may look into that. I get itchy if we have fewer than 2 dozen in the fridge. Only 4 of us but we go through a lot.
  9. We always encouraged saving and giving a portion of any money they earned. But I did not make them pay for essential items like clothing and personal care (toothpaste and such). I would have my daughter pay for part of an essential item that she wanted to "upgrade." So, for example if she needed jeans, and I was willing to buy the $15 pair, but she wanted the $20 pair, she paid the difference. I never paid for any makeup unless it was a gift. I agree with the poster who suggested that if the paycheck goes to pay for essential equipment for the job, it might remove the incentive for the job. We didn't have the same situation, but sort of similar: we wanted our kids to drive, so we paid costs associated with driving. At some point we started having our son pay for his own part of the car insurance but it was a few years before we did that.
  10. This, and... I think if someone does end up getting sick (whether from this event or not), you are going to second-guess yourself, possibly lose trust in your friend (if you think they were not forthright in discussing their outside interactions with you). I'm just basing this on your posts on the topic, so of course I may be wrong. But that's what came to mind when I read your OP.
  11. This idea has come up from time to time during much of my adult life, at least the part where I was paying attention to K-12 education. Massive change is needed, sure. In a huge country with 50 states, who knows how many school districts, that is indeed a massive undertaking. You have people who say 'give back local control' and others who say 'education must be standardized across all school districts in all 50 states, so that if someone wants to move from rural Vermont to Los Angeles, they can just fit right in with no gaps.' Others have vested interest in keeping things pretty much the same as they are now. I remember when someone/group started floating the idea of year-round schools. Why do we need summer vacation anyway? That was a massive flop. If I recall correctly (and I may not), teachers and other public school employees didn't want to give up their summers of travel. I would imagine there were parents who had fond memories of their own lazy summers and fought it as well. You'd have to start by letting the states take control of how they run their schools. But there will still be massive pushback on that.
  12. Is someone suggesting actually telling their kids that their lives will be ruined if they miss a year of school? I do agree that for some kids it can be catastrophic. If my kid's senior year of college has to be done online, it could be catastrophic for them as far as future education and career plans. I'm certainly not going to tell them that. Of course parents will/should raise their kids to be flexible, that there are many paths to success, etc. I'm talking all the time about it with my kids. But parents worry about it privately. Parents can talk about it on a message board with other parents.
  13. Some people will lose some of what they learned the year before the skipped year, so will have to repeat. Also, older kids (high school) will likely go to work (if there are jobs) and then when school starts again, if they are already doing OK at a job, the impetus to return to school may be low. If you lost a parent during the pandemic, your paycheck might be needed. Imagine you are 18 years old and senior year of high school doesn't happen. You can get an OK job working for a local contractor. It's not what you wanted but it will help pay the bills. When school opens back up you are now 19. Are you going back to high school or going to continue to work? Would you be able to go directly to college? Would there be money for college? For younger kids, a delay of a year might not matter so much, except for the skills they lost during the skipped year. For older kids, it can mean a lot. Homeschooling families will have a different experience, obviously.
  14. Right, that's why the invitation has to be clear that everyone is staying outside. So the invited guests can calculate how that would work for them, and decline if needed. No way would I ever refuse to allow an invited guest to use my bathroom unless I had told them ahead of time that there would be no bathroom available. That would be horribly rude. It is pretty normal to expect to be able to use the bathroom when visiting someone, so the host has to advise in advance if it's not going to be available. ETA: Pretty normal in my experience in the US, wherever I've lived or traveled.
  15. I have known a few people who married a teacher from their high school. They embarked on the romantic relationship after the student graduated, no big deal. A new high school teacher can be, what, 23, 24? A senior can be 17, 18, 19. Not a huge age difference.
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