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About lauraw4321

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  1. The reason I think Trump would continue in power isn't because I think that's the military's choice, but rather because I think the democrats would be the first to back down in a truly contested election. (But that's probably my bias talking).
  2. The reasons there are no dems running locally (I also live in Madison County) has a lot more to do with the wretched state of the Alabama democratic party. And you're simply incorrect regarding the number of democrats vs. republicans. From wikipedia: As of May 2020, Gallup polling found that 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, 25% identified as Republican, and 40% as Independent.[3] Additionally, polling showed that 50% are either "Democrats or Democratic leaners" and 38% are either "Republicans or Republican leaners" when Independents are asked "do you lean more to the Democratic P
  3. It could go to Pelosi because there would be no president or VP. All we have are people agreeing to play by the rules. And neither side trusts that the other does/can/will. So...? I foresee chaos. And probably 4 more years of Trump and horrible disruptions to society as a result. No military leader would ever say publicly or on the record anywhere that they would have a role in the transfer of power because under the constitution they clearly DON'T. But imagine that there is truly no winner similar to Gore v. Bush and neither candidate concedes and both claims to be the winner. Do you thi
  4. I'm not sure I'd call Madison County "red." If you look at the % who vote straight party, you'll see 46% voted Dem. While Hillary did poorly here, there were a lot of votes for Jill Stein and and Gary Johnson. I think Madison County is quite diverse, and not strongly affiliated with either party. I wouldn't be shocked to see a slight edge to Biden this election. I do think that we are at an inflection point and on the brink. There is rule of the majority by a minority (if you look purely at numbers, i.e. the majority of voters are Dems, but GOP has majority Senate. Also Rep. senators re
  5. You have all convinced me not to even try with the stuff issue. Instead I do plan to at least try to have a conversation about their plans and financial situation. At a minimum I want them to know that I’m not planning on providing for them.
  6. This sentence basically sums up my relationship with them.
  7. The thing is, it's hard to separate responsibility to my parents and responsibility for their stuff. Eventually one of them won't be able to walk. The state of their house will prevent them from being able from staying in it. So what will my choices be then? They have made no plans for their aging and decline.
  8. What if I said that in order for the kids to come and visit, things needed to be cleaned up more? I have a lot of leverage. The thing is, it would be my dad who would end up doing all of the work.
  9. But, here are my concerns (which I should have put more clearly). What happens when one of them has a disability and can no longer move around their house? What happens when my dad can no longer work - do I let them sink their few resources into a new house?
  10. Long, so TIA. My parents are in their mid-late 60's. My mom is retired and has been for some time. Our house growing up was always "messy" and I was always embarrassed to have people over. After I moved out, the house has devolved into hoarder level issues. Thankfully there's no bugs or gross food, because my parents eat out or get fast food for every meal. My mom has several hobbies, including sewing. She had the garage of the house turned into a sewing room. It is packed to the point it's difficult to get around. There is fabric everywhere. Nearly every horizontal surface is covered.
  11. I can think of a lot of reasons, but they are all improbable. There is evidence of a crime there that they are waiting for the statute of limitations to run. The house has an asbestos, mold, radon problem and there is some limit on liability after 30 years. They inherited the house and had no desire to do anything with it but needed to wait for certain family members to pass away before selling.
  12. Had to laugh at this - asked DH to pick up a pregnancy test (he's out, which is a first for us in many many weeks) and he was like... but... how would that be possible? And I was like.. you healed? And then he said "ok, I thought you were trying to tell me something else." LOL. Yes, I have time/energy for a secret affair during a pandemic when I've barely left the house in 2 months.
  13. I don't know what good a telehealth appointment would do? No way to do an exam, no way to test my blood? I may try to find a pregnancy test to take. Ugh. I've heard of V babies, but usually within like the first 6 months of the V, not 7 years later!!!
  14. I am just shy of 40. I have had a 21-22 day cycle, when not pregnant, for... as long as I can remember. About 2 months ago, I had an exam relating to some issues, and was told that I had a lot of estrogen and likely wouldn't undergo menopause for 10 years or so. My current cycle is now on day 36. No reason to think I'm pregnant, because my DH has had a vasectomy since 2013. I also have no pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness, weight gain, breast pain). I have had two instances of bright red spotting (very light) during this cycle, and one instance of pain. I chalked them both up to ovulation?
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