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  1. I don't do much backpacking any more but still pack like one in many ways. Tarps are heavy and bulky so we don't use them over or under the tent. Our tents are older than dirt but the rain flies and bathtub floors still work fine. They are all low end backpacking gear....a few steps up from a Walmart tent. On one backpacking trip, we were in a campsite that we learned (the hard way) was in an area that floods under certain conditions. Conditions that happened in the middle of the night. We were set up in what became 4+ inches of water. Our tent felt like a water bed. It was so weird! A
  2. I see this a lot in campgrounds and I have always been too chicken to ask someone what this is about. At first I assumed the tent might no longer be waterproof or they lost the rainfly, but it is so common that cannot be why they are all doing it. It looks like a lot of work!
  3. I do a lot of camping. In fact I am heading out this afternoon for four days. One thing I always hate is losing my headlamp or other essentials in the dark if I am awakened suddenly. I have an old tube sock safety pinned to the outside of my sleeping bag. I put my headlamp, chapstick, and glasses in it when I go to bed so I can find easily in the dead of night. When backpacking or cold weather camping, I always stuff my morning clothing into the foot of my sleeping bag. Actually what REALLY happens is I go to bed fully clothed then as I warm up, I shed layers while still in the sle
  4. That is actually the funny thing. She DID use APA format. That is what she has been required in her DE classes all along. But she has never used that format for me. She usually uses single space, 10 pt font, which is what I taught her to do early in high school just to keep the paper bulk in check. So, when I set a minimum page number, I had our "normal" in mind. She would definitely have grounds for challenging the length requirements. The general half-assed-ness, she would not.
  5. Thanks everyone! That is really what I want to do. I just needed some sort of "permission." Now I have it!
  6. My dd is graduating. She had four subjects this semester. Two were DE and those courses ended two weeks ago. Both were very challenging for her and took a lot more time and effort than she expected. She worked really hard on those courses. The third subject is outsourced and wrapping up this week. The final course is US History, designed by me. History is dd's least favorite subject. I have never attached mommy-course grades to exams. I have always approached assessment from a mastery standpoint. Basically, we never moved on until she had full mastery of a topic. That means that
  7. Thanks! Bummer on the pressure canning. I use one of the huge ones from the 1970s that I'd hate to replace. But I could always use a stand alone burner (outside!) if I ever go this route. I am intrigued for sure.....and because I am, my gas stove will probably live forever.
  8. I second Cedar Point! It's a really fun park and the weather will be better. My family is sadly not into amusement parks and even Ohio is too hot for us in summer, so I will probably never go again but I think it is a great alternative to Florida parks at that time of year. They have some of the best roller coasters in the country.
  9. Dd is just finished Calc II at a 4-year university as a DE student. It was her third math class to use WebAssign. She eventually figured it out but it was a painful ride. Luckily she had great professors who promptly answered any type of questions but had she not been at home for me to literally hold her hand through parts of it, I'm not sure she would have been successful. I was no help for the actual content but was often called in to help decode the correct-answer-wrong-format problems. I swear she spent more time trying to crack the code than learning the actual content. So frustrati
  10. Can you speak on how well this works with cast iron? How about canning, both water and pressure? I much prefer gas, which is what I have, but I cook a LOT and the health issues with gas have me concerned. And the oven does not work as well as electric. So when we go to replace, I'd like to consider other options. I had a glass top electric way back when and it had many benefits. The slow-to-heat-and-cool, especially when canning, was a big reason for us to go with gas.
  11. Our school did graduation as an outdoor parade. Spectators were allowed to spread out all over campus and the graduates paraded while distanced from each other all the way through. Each college had a "station" with their faculty where that part of the parade split off so graduates could be paraded through, granted their diplomas, and get a photo. Spectators were encouraged to camp out near their graduate's college area. University-wide speeches were piped over the campus speaker system with screens set up all over for viewing. Its as also streamed so if you were a spectator that chose a s
  12. My 17yo has had both doses. Aside from a sore arm, there were no significantly side effects....other than HUGE relief.
  13. Dd will be attending Michigan Technological University in the Environmental Engineering program. Her total aid package covers about 80% of tuition, room, and board.
  14. Dh had Covid in early March 2021. He had a pretty textbook case. About one week of sore throat, headaches, fever, fatigue, chills, and body aches then a slow recovery. The slow recovery has been mostly just getting full energy back. By some miracle, no one else in the household got it, even though we had all been traveling in an enclosed car together for a full day during what was likely to be his most contagious time. We isolated him in the house and we all quarantined as specified by the CDC at that time. He has since been vaccinated and for sure had more pronounced side effects that t
  15. Our neighbor walks her rabbit around in an umbrella stroller. It is better than the ice cream truck....the kids all flock to her.
  16. It probably will. Mine is old and was a cheap no-frills version. So if it has it, yours probably does too.
  17. I am guessing there are good apps for this but I just keep an eye on my monitor to stay in the zone. It was REALLY hard at first because I felt like I was running in slow motion. My monitor has a feature where it will vibrate if I go over whatever number I set. I found that obnoxious but I can see it would be useful for times when I cannot peek at my monitor. But once you get the hang of it, you will start to recognize where you are without even looking. I am still awaiting the magic day when I will suddenly get faster while staying under my threshold. I found the Maffetone books useful.
  18. Yes, the tests will pick up all kinds of drugs. But most (I think all, actually) other than pot leave the body quickly whereas pot use going back up to 30 days will be picked up by the test. So, someone can use a hard core drug on a Saturday and have a clean drug test on Monday but if that same person ate a pot brownie three weeks ago, they won't. And let's not even get into prescription drug abuse. I'm not saying I am in favor of any drug use or that employers should not be concerned about the safety issues and liability associated with it. What I am saying is the testing methods we use
  19. Hmmm. I missed that memo. I heard to not schedule a mammogram but nothing about exercise. Although, I do heart rate training staying completely in the aerobic zone so I don't consider my runs strenuous at this point in my training cycle. But now I know that if we have to have boosters later to look into this.
  20. Today's run went much better so I have hope I have turned a corner. I only got slightly lightheaded during the last few minutes and not enough to even feel like walking.
  21. Well, I haven't run it yet so..... As someone who came into running later in life, I feel like an imposter most of the time. I really only do it for health and sanity but got talked into this ultra by evil college friends. I ran a marathon 6 years ago and nearly died so this may not end well. Ha ha!
  22. Well, of course not. I am not advocating for people working while high. Just pointing out that these drug tests are not actually making a work environment safer, they only indicate when a person has specifically used pot within the last 30 days. No other drugs or alcohol. Which makes them pointless. I do not care one little bit if my painter smoked week last weekend.....any more than I care if they had a beer. I DO care if they are a raging meth-head, but the test does not pick that up. To me, that makes drug testing a pointless barrier. It does not make the workplace or employee safer
  23. Yeah, I have seen this in the vaccine thread too. I just didn't know if it was concerning to otherwise feel perfectly normal but then have this odd thing happen when heart rate is elevated. It sounds like my experience is within normal expectations. And I agree! If I have to vaccinate periodically and it will always trip up a full week (or more) of training, that is going to be a problem. I really feel for people who have to be active as part of their jobs. I can just adjust my training.....a landscape or road crew, etc... worker does not have that option.
  24. Has anyone here experienced or know someone who has experienced difficulties with athletic training post-vaccination? Pfizer, second dose, if that matters. While I don't really consider myself an "athlete," I am a runner and currently training for an ultra. I am pretty early in the training cycle so running between 5-10 miles at a time. I got my second Pfizer dose last Sunday morning. That afternoon, I did my planned 8 mile hill-training run (which is the most challenging of my runs during this part of training) and felt normal. Side effects kicked in the next morning so I did not ru
  25. This probably deserves a spin off, but why? My understanding, which might be incorrect, is that this kind of drug testing is only going to pick up pot use. The harder drugs leave the system quickly and therefore are not detected. I personally would WAY rather have someone working on my HVAC system that might smoke a little weed here and there than a heroin, meth, or coke user. Even heavy alcohol use would be more concerning to me. Someone could be falling down drunk of the job and still pass a drug test. I feel drug testing has more roots in racial and class discrimination than anything
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