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  1. I guess maybe it's not odd, but I wasn't expecting to see a huge $1,500 safe at the furniture store...
  2. This happened to me, with my correct name, address and SS#, but the unemployment letter was from a state three states east of me, in which I have never lived! I can't figure out why they sent something to my address from another state. I filled out all the fraud forms for that state and federal, and I am still getting frequent mail saying they are still working on my claim for unemployment.
  3. I had J&J in April: fine the day of the shot. I woke up at about 4 a.m. with a severe headache that caused nausea. I woke up dh and asked him to get me some ibuprophen and some camomile tea (to settle my stomach so I could take the ibuprophen). I fell back asleep quickly, and those symptoms were gone when I woke up at 10 or 11. I was tired and a bit mentally spacey that day, but it was the day before Easter, and I was able to do the cooking I wanted to do before and after a late afternoon nap. I had minimal soreness at the site, and I haven't had Covid, to my knowledge. One note from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html: Reports after the use of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine suggested an increased risk of a rare adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). Most reports of this serious condition, which involves blood clots with low platelets, have been in adult women younger than 50 years old. A review of available data showed that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks. However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare but increased risk of this adverse event, and they should know about other available COVID-19 vaccine options for which this risk has not been seen. ETA: And I'm satisfied with having gotten J&J. It was what was available soonest for me. It seems like there are different strengths/weaknesses to each one, and news and findings about the "best" shot seem to change weekly.
  4. My husband has a minimally interest-bearing company HSA, and we plan to move some of the money to an new interest-bearing HSA of our choice next winter. In our circumstances, the company HSA does charge a small transfer fee. (I'm not remembering the amount.) The company HSA encouraged my husband to leave it all with them since "ours is interest-bearing as well." It makes like 0.02%. 😆 We will keep the company HSA because his employer does contribute some, but only to that particular HSA. Then, we will try to only move money once or twice a year to avoid multiple transfer fees.
  5. I'm much more likely to engage IRL. I have been active on this board for many years and read it most days, but I only comment when I have real information to add or a unique encouragement due to common experience. I grew up in a critical household, and I'm overly sensitive to criticism/snark; plus, like purple owl, I overthink my responses and often just end up not posting.
  6. I know of a couple who just named their daughter Nova Lee Lastname, but I think they intend to call her Nova.
  7. Our youngest is back on her campus for her senior year too. Your post—with all the excitement and poignancy—resonates with me! I'm so going to miss those long breaks with our dd too! Edit: And, yes! I love your son's view!
  8. Yes!! ReadyWriter and CalcuLadder! You all are awesome! I purchased the math and the ReadyWriter pages loose leaf, and they came in a box. It looks like Rainbow Resources still carries spiral-bound ReadyWriter. (Oh, and I see Terebith mentioned that School Made Simple does too.) My daughter and her preschoolers thank you! 💓
  9. I'm posting here rather than on the curriculum board because this is a question about a curriculum we used 20 years ago. Does anyone know the name of a curriculum that had math drill worksheets, but you could also order prewriting, fine-motor skill worksheets? The prewriting worksheets had various story lines. The one I remember was "cut the brownies." I think there were some farm-themed ones too. It came in a cardboard box (I think white with rust-colored trim and lettering?). Our kids loved those prewriting sheets, and—if we can find the curriculum—our dd26 would like to use them with a group of preschoolers.
  10. I was rather worried by the way some questions were worded and I answered that I would get Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. 😆
  11. Best. quiz. ever! I got a 91% match as Legolas (Lord of the Rings). 😍
  12. I voted other because I use Crystal mineral deodorant (potassium mineral salt). It's kind of like a rock...
  13. It's definitely a sellers' market. Someone backed out of their driveway into our son's car and totaled it. It was hard to find a replacement. He looked in his city and we looked in ours (about 5 hours apart) and and it still took a couple weeks to find something. (Time was of the essence since he was paying for a rental.) Insurance only paid value, not replacement, so he received $2,000 below the current price of the car he lost (not that there really were any just like his available anyway). He paid $250 under the dealership's asking price, and they replaced the battery (had another mechanic inspect the vehicle and say the charge was low), put new weather stripping on the roof, and cleaned the upholstery. (Yeah, the last should have already been done, but there were some stains, and they did come out after he asked them to work on the seats.) I agree, they did not seem particularly interested in our business (as far as returning phone calls, etc.). If you need a car now, I think you can buy the one you want with a clear conscience that you probably wouldn't save a lot of money buying elsewhere.
  14. We recently visited the ocean, and it was particularly seaweedy one day. As we were bobbing around, kicking seaweed off our feet and flicking it away with our hands, I said in exasperation, "This stuff is just like weeds but in the sea ... oh." We laughed.
  15. This may not be relevant, but I'll throw it out there: I felt like that in my 40s, and supplementing with vitamin B and also topical progesterone helped me significantly. Are there any vitamin deficiencies or hormone fluctuations that could be adding to your "meh" feelings about where you live?
  16. I think this article is so interesting about what was going on behind the scenes with determining COVID is airborne: https://www.wired.com/story/the-teeny-tiny-scientific-screwup-that-helped-covid-kill/ I am so thankful for all the brilliant and hardworking people who have worked so hard during the pandemic for the common good.
  17. You are doing a great job of going on/planning the trips she wants to take and has been looking forward to taking. You might see if there is anything else she particularly wants to do. My mom wanted to have a big birthday dinner at the town's senior recreational center. She provided the food but donations were accepted, and that money was donated to the center. Friends and family members flew in from all over the United States. It was a lovely celebration and a great way for people to spend time with her. Consider palliative care. People can have palliative care while still getting treatment (unlike hospice). Then, they can transition to hospice care, as needed. This is probably obvious but should she choose chemo, plan on giving your parents extra support the week afterward, if possible. I spent a lot of time reading to my mom. Also, her doctors said walking was the best post-chemo thing she could do. So, we took short walks together. I know your dad will be there for your mom, too, but primary caregiver breaks would be good. I'm sorry your family is walking this road.
  18. I generally only wear an apron when I am wearing nicer clothes (like during holidays). I will occasionally put one on when I am making something like noodles or bread dough, but I don't make those things often. I have a cool one a friend gave me that was made in Africa that is my go-to, and I have a fun Christmasy one I wear seasonally.
  19. They are! I used to take them to the park for a snack for my preschoolers (yes, past choking age).
  20. Inhaled nitric oxide also looks like it may also be promising: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/clinical-trial-confirms-nasal-spray-efficacy-in-treating-reducing-transmission-of-covid-19
  21. Speaking of nasal sprays, have you seen news about SanNotize? The trials in Canada and the UK look promising: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/clinical-trial-confirms-nasal-spray-efficacy-in-treating-reducing-transmission-of-covid-19
  22. Would it help your anxiety if you signed up for a one-shot J&J? Is that vaccine available to you in your area? I'm sorry this is causing so much anxiety. 💓
  23. Make Orange Julius drinks? We enjoyed this: https://www.happyandharried.com/2014/02/14/creamy-orange-julius-orange-smoothie/
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