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Moonhawk last won the day on May 14 2020

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  1. (and also re @Plum's post on Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, I just can't quote it for some reason) I know that locally the officials are trying to balance: getting word out about vaccination options (types, locations, no appt, at home options) the importance/effectiveness of still masking despite no mandate the importance of testing for any symptoms (and how easy it is to do and where) what to do if you get Covid (stay home, isolate, watch for these signs, who to contact, when to hospitalize, at home care recs) to ask for monoclonal treatments if they are available and if they'd help you The majority of their messaging has to be centered around preventing more spread primarily because that's going to do the most good for the community and what also is going to be relevant to most of the community. They are already having problems getting people to listen in the first place so the secondary and tertiary messages tend to go unnoticed even when they are trying. Also, you don't want to give the impression that "Oh, if you get Covid, just ask for this treatment, you'll be fine" or "it'll cure you" or "it's no longer a big deal" or "follow these simple steps and you will recover" etc. This can backfire in so many ways; people may stop taking preventative measures, and also loss of public trust when the treatment doesn't magically fix things, among others. So letting people know of treatment options, but where it has a net positive effect, seems to be a hard line to walk for officials. I agree they need to communicate as well as possible, but it's harder when it falls on [selectively] deaf ears.
  2. I think I'm all spent up as a partner, I just don't think I'm good marriage material anymore. And, I like my own company, I don't see myself seeking out companionship that doesn't expect a few weeks of silence between meetings. But, love can strike at any moment, even if you aren't looking for it, and I'd be a fool to think for sure I could resist going all in. I'd probably dip my toe in the water and say, "Oh, no, too cold for me" and then be diving in the deep end 5 minutes later, lol.
  3. I mean, the "freedom" to have premarital sex without fear of conception and without medications/preventative measures for STDs is fairly new, so Idk why it seems like "such a loss" to not partake, when the mores were in place for a reason and a lot of generations seemed to cope. Yes there's always many (many) that chose not to follow the expectations of the day, which we love to romanticize, but I don't see it as an actual advantage. For every argument like, "How will you know you're compatible?" you can reply with, "How do you know you're not using sex to paper over incompatibility in other areas?" Premarital sex does not necessarily prevent mismatches, and may prolong some. Some couples do rush into marriage because they really want the forbidden fruit and don't look at the longterm commitment, the adage of "Marry in haste and repent at leisure" so obviously there can be drawbacks. But too-quick marriages even happen with people ok with premarital sex so... ? Basically, if you are raised with the same values and have similar interests, etc., it's not necessarily necessary to test out, though you can have frank conversations about what type of sex drives/outlooks you and your partner assume will happen. Premarital sex, if it's in the "values" of the couple, may not hurt them, but it *not* being in the values of the couple doesn't doom them to sexual frustration any more or less longterm than their test-driving counterparts. eta: Toxic purity culture is a huge other topic that I think is a much bigger culprit responsible for poor expectations/fulfillment post-marriage than actual waiting until marriage.
  4. I had to google what a Salisbury steak was, it looks interesting! So you make mashed potatoes and steaks (and gravy?) at the same time, then freeze separately? Or is the gravy frozen with the steaks? Or is the gravy made fresh? Are all Salisbury steak gravies with mushrooms, or was that just what Google served me? (Mushrooms are fine, just never frozen anything with mushrooms before)
  5. I've heard the counterargument to this idea to be, "There isn't a labor shortage, there's a wage shortage." Generally if you offer higher wages, you will get applicants.
  6. I've struggled with food scarcity mindset for years, and with our move to this house in 2019 I was determined to *not* stock like I have in the past because the house is maybe 800-900 sq ft useable space and I just didn't want to have to figure out where to put it, and wanted to keep more mobile in case we had to move quickly again. Then 2020 happened... This week I bought 3 new shelving units and have made stock up priority instead of walkways: Last year pasta, flour (esp bread flour), and yeast were impossible to get for 3+ months. I have enough of all of these for probably 6 months. Eggs also ran out, so have some egg substitute for baking, maybe 2 small bags. Milk ran out on 5 different weeks last time, so have 3 bags of dried milk. Tuna and canned sea stuff (sardines, oysters, etc) I've also stocked up on, since we had a limit of 4 cans per trip, if the store had any. I'm going to buy probably another case of tuna, then will have enough for 3 months. Protein powder, found a sale on my brand so I bought a ton. Rice, also was out of stock for at least 2 months, last year I gave my 25 lb to my cousins because they couldn't find any. So I have probably 50 lbs of rice right now. Freezer this week is getting stocked with meatballs, taco meat, and a chicken dish. Probably 5-10 meals of each. (open to any suggestions for no-bean, no-tomato freezer meals...) We'll probably eat down on this stock until about half the shelves are empty, then I'll decide if we need to restock and what with, or if I'll go back to minimal stores. Stock up fail: I'm donating dry beans, maybe 50+ lbs worth, because last year couldn't find any for a few months and we used them substantially -- most of our dishes had a bean component -- and so I stocked up once I found some again. But then, maybe a month after my big purchase that should have lasted us 8-12 months, we found out my DH can't eat any of them at all for medical reasons. So...that kinda hurt, lol, but my loss is someone else's gain. eta: Also, I'm going back to work, so I know that If shortages happen again I can't do the driving to multiple stores/towns through the week looking for what we need, like I did last time. So this is a big stress relief on that front, too.
  7. I still cringe thinking about this. So newly married me and DH went to a fancy-to-us Italian restaurant. Anyway, when my food comes out the noodles are really soft. Just overcooked completely, no firmness. I tried to explain this to the very nice waitress, but she was a little confused, "You don't like your noodles cooked?" So after a little back and forth she got the manager. Went through the same story, and he asked how would I like my noodles? And I don't know my full explanation but it certainly ended with, "You know, al dente?" but unfortunately came out like, "you knooow, Aaal den-tayyy?" And unfortunately it was during a lull in the rest of the restaurant conversation and I was apparently sitting in an acoustic area. So tables turned around to see a snotty 20yo seemingly-sarcastically telling the manager of an Italian restaurant about al dente pasta. His face twitched a bit then went to reorder my food. I don't think I said another word, even to DH, for the rest of the meal I was so embarrassed. They comp'd the meal. I left what should have been the price of my meal as a tip. Never went back. And now whenever DH sees me making pasta he asks if I could make it, you know, al den-tay?
  8. I was a waitress so always tip, give usually benefit of the doubt if it's slow since the kitchen is their own thing. Good-great service: 15-20% depending on what was involved. Okay service: 12-15% There was service: 10% On only one occasion have I had truly knockdown horrible service. She was obviously trying to be rude to us to get us to leave before we sat down, then she decided to punish us for staying, ha. 2 pennies underneath a water glass, and I hope I am never even tempted to do it again.
  9. I'm looking at the curriculum map on AoPS's website and see that they have the Intro to Counting & Probability as a core book with Number Theory as a supplement at the same time. How do you actually schedule these two together? Do you do a chapter or a section from C&P then one from Number Theory, or split your math time in half daily, so you work on both concurrently? Are there certain chapters that are supposed to match up, or sections that should be done at the same time? I'm trying to figure out what to buy. I've already ordered the C&P book and had planned on that being the book to do until I saw the map. I need to get all of the different lessons/chapters kinda scheduled out by the end of this week though, at least drafted on how they work together. I'm going back into an office full-time starting next week so if I don't figure it out now I'm probably not going to, lol.
  10. My parents stamped concrete lasts/lasted pretty long. Front porch was done in 2000, experienced water damage about 8 years in (water from the roof drops directly on it). Back patio porch was done in 2009, still looks great. Maybe it's the climate? My dad says make sure there is rebar in the concrete otherwise it may crack. I know the front porch part did get slippery when it rained. Maybe not totally slippery but more than regular concrete. I don't know if that is true of all paint types or if you can add something to get better grip. Another option is putting tile on top of your concrete, which is what my dad is considering for a different section.
  11. "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life.” — Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek "Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again." — Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings." — Cassius, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare. I greyed out the part that I usually leave out when quoting. “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest my goodness I'm not being uplifting, LOL. Something a bit funnier to end with: “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  12. My parents are not vaccinated, and refuse to mask going forward. They said that if it bothers others [vaccinated people], they can wear the masks if it's so important to them. So, yeah. This is a thing. OP, sorry about inlaws. Some people will be difficult about anything, and when given an already-difficult topic it's like a field day.
  13. We did Chemistry 2nd and 4th grade, using Creek Edge Press cards as the spine and MEL Science kits. Finding books that covered chemistry for them use use for reading/research was the hardest part, but a few encyclopedias and a few other books gave enough depth to do the cards well. Online videos and a few apps, the kids really enjoyed it, got a lot out of it, and the cards were easily flexed to their grade levels.
  14. Sequential Spelling has this, yes. I guess I didn't pay attention to the first levels since I didn't notice any errors lol, or they updated it, but you can buy a DVD that plays the word, gives an example, a pause, and then shows how to spell it before moving on to the next word. My kids like it well enough, it suits our purpose well.
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