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  1. I had Moderna for my first two and just got my Moderna booster this morning. So far so good! No side effects yet, but it took 18+ hours for the side effects to kick in for the first two shots, so I won't expect anything until tomorrow if get any.
  2. Yikes - ER and I hope you feel better quickly!
  3. Olive oil and garlic for a sauce, lots of fresh spinach, very thinly sliced potatoes (I like yukon gold), red onion, cheese on top. So good!
  4. I went w/ my mom to get her pfizer booster this weekend and tried to get them to give me a moderna booster while I was there. They refused. So I wait. I hope your sister feels better soon!
  5. I feel like "what can we bring" is what everyone always asks in my family/friend circle. If they don't ask and it's a common theme, I'd feel fine with suggesting - "would you like to bring an appetizer or a side dish?" and then suggest- cheese and crackers, hummus and veggies, salad, etc.
  6. No - a vaccinated person would not have to isolate unless they tested positive (according to Vermont's interpretation at least).
  7. I was in a very similar situation recently - I got tested to make sure I was negative. I didn't want to be an asymptomatic spreader. Good luck and I hope your co-worker feels better quickly!
  8. Covid is so weird - I wrote about this in a different thread, but she's been super careful. Picked up takeout one night the week before she got sick and we're pretty sure that's where she was infected. She and I share a room and will take regular mask breaks in there. I had my second Moderna shot in Feb and did not get it, despite lesson planning with her while eating tortilla chips unmasked a couple of days before she started having symptoms. Thanks for the HBOT tip - we have a place nearby and I'll let her know! https://www.hyperbaricvermont.org/
  9. I've had to sit through many many very boring union meetings at school. They never talk about teaching or children. Building cleanliness seems to be a bit talking point. Contract stuff ALL.THE.TIME. All the things they feel the admin team is doing poorly. Leading questions trying to get us to say we're being treated badly and we have a hostile work environment (we don't). And many pleas to "wear red for Ed!" I am pro-union in theory. I'm very happy we're not making widgets on an assembly line for 20 hrs a day and kids aren't sent to work at 10 to mine coal. But, I'm not a fan of the back and forth of the minutiae we have to listen to at least monthly. They do not get into what to teach, how to teach, how to indoctrinate kids? or anything along those lines. Lots of "how are the bathroom sinks?" though or "has anyone asked you to work outside of contract hours?"
  10. She was fully vaccinated (Moderna)- I think she had her second in April? April or May. As of today she is winded quickly and really tired, but the cold type symptoms are abating.
  11. I think it's really hard to distinguish right now. My coworker who is sick w/ Covid thought she had a cold. Headache, nose stuff, etc. It took a few days to move to her chest and she started experiencing shortness of breath at about the 7 day mark. Testing is the way to know - I'll keep my fingers crossed that you feel better soon!!
  12. Maybe it's because the school year has been so busy or because it seems that we're still waiting for fall to actually start (65 in mid october??) - but I seem to have forgotten about 90% of the things I like to cook during the fall/winter. I wanted to start a meal sharing thread in case anyone wants to help me come up with new ideas or read for ideas! I'll start: Stuffed spaghetti squash (going to do italian sausage, spinach, marinara sauce and parmesan this week) Ditalini and bean soup Stir fry with lots of veggies and either tofu or chicken Chili Root vegetable soups - I want to try this one but will tread carefully w/ the Allspice because a teaspoon seems like a lot! On the heavier side, DH loves to make stuffed shells, lasagna, and eggplant parmesan
  13. I'll third or fourth this. Also, you should be able to talk to his doctors regardless of consent. The consent would come into play with what the Dr's are allowed to tell you. And invite uncle to the soccer game. 💜
  14. Snorg Tees has some fun ones: https://www.snorgtees.com/t-shirts/new
  15. Off to google cow's hitch! And yep - it's so hard. I'll be so happy when/if Covid finally ends although at this point, I feel like I'll be masking forever. On the plus side, I haven't had a cold in over a year and a half, so that's something.
  16. I may go back to that - I have headbands too with buttons I can loop the earloops around. I don't feel it gives me quite as good a fit around my nose/mouth, but ugh. I may have to. I'm sorry to be a downer on here - I've never been quite so tired. Vermont did so well for so long w/ Covid guidance and now it feels that they are just saying "everyone's had a chance to be vaccinated - good luck to the rest of you." Which isn't fair to the under 12 set. The majority of our cases are now children/child care providers/school staff. Schools aren't getting any support from the department of ed or the department of health with contact tracing. We've also been told that if a whole school has to go remote, it won't count as a school day (even though we do live teaching online) and will have to be made up at the end of the year. Overall, it's really disheartening.
  17. Not for the pickup, no. She's been masking in grocery stores and places like that. We do not have a mask mandate right now so although she wasn't as careful as I would have been, she was almost definitely part of a large majority unmasked in the restaurant. We've both been very careful overall, but it's honestly exhausting wearing a tight mask 8+ hrs a day without a break. (I probably sound like a baby to all the medical people here - sorry!!) Given that we're both vaccinated and there is no current mask mandate, we have taken an occasional opportunity to be unmasked while together. I know it's not strictly ideal, but sometimes I need 5-10 min without a mask when there are no students around. I won't take it off in the bathroom because I feel that less safe than my office with an air purifier running. The area behind my ears hurts all the time, my face is broken out and teachers are getting so much pushback this year since the district mandated masking. Parents and kids both - "covid is fake", "you think we're sheep", "masks are harming the kids". It's exhausting.
  18. PIcking up takeout at a local restaurant.
  19. My vaccine got its first (that I know of) real test last week. My coworker who shares an office with me, tested positive for covid last week. We are generally masked, but there are definitely times during the day when we're alone in the office that we take mask breaks or are eating. A few days before she tested positive, we were munching on chips and salsa and making lesson plans together (unmasked). She has a breakthrough case and I got tested this week. My test came back negative yesterday. Between the vaccine, the air purifier in our room, and limiting mask-less time, I am very thankful. We are fairly confident when/where she was exposed - she's a very cautious person and has been socializing almost 100% outdoors and with only vaccinated people. She had one 20 min window the week before she got sick when she could have been exposed. So far this year, our school has had a number of cases - way more than last year when I think we had one. But there has yet to be any spread in school, which tells me that masks, even worn imperfectly, are doing an amazing job. We had 6 kids get sick from a birthday party, but there was no post-birthday, pre-remote learning spread in the school. We had to move 2 different grades remote last week for a similar situation and so far there have been no additional positive cases from school. Anecdotal, but it's a relief for me working in a school.
  20. I'm pretty horrified - I had to send an email home to a parent of one of the kiddos on my caseload. This student has a very terrible trauma history and when they let me know they were watching the show, I reached out. Glad I did because they were sneaking it and the parent was on it.
  21. It seems that most of the 5th graders at my school are watching it - I watched the first 15 min and it was already too much for me.
  22. OK - now I've got one in my amazon cart! Will report back!
  23. Had to google and apparently you can buy online! Popcorn seasoning We've been on a peanut butter and fluff on graham craacker kick here recently!
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