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  1. What's the best way to freeze eggs? Does the texture change when they're thawed? Can you still serve them as eggs (like scrambled) or just use them in baked goods? I've never tried freezing eggs, but it sounds like a great idea. How do you freeze your garlic & ginger paste and herbs? Do you freeze individual portions in ice cube trays or baggies or some other kind of container?
  2. I have limited freezer space (just a side-by-side fridge, no chest freezer), so I can't stock up much on frozen fruit & veg. If things really go south, I do have a few lbs of broccoli & kale seeds for sprouts and micro greens, and a few lbs of freeze-dried veggies I can use for soups & stews. But even during the worst part of the shutdown I never had any trouble finding fresh produce, so hopefully it won't be an issue. I don't eat meat, but if it starts looking like DS will be home this fall, then I will probably stock up on jerky and start freezing some ground beef and chicken breasts for him. I do have 3 separate pantries, though, so I'm totally set for nonperishables. I've got ~10 lbs of quinoa, 8-10 lbs of various types of rice, 8-10 lbs of various dried beans & lentils, a few lbs each of barley and oats, a couple of cases of canned tomatoes, about a case each of almond milk, coconut milk, and vegetable stock, lots of different kinds of pasta and dried noodles (plus durum wheat so I could always make my own), ~10 lbs of organic sugar, and probably 2 dozen boxes of different teas. I also have ~60 lbs in total of various whole grains (wheat, spelt, durum, rye) plus a grain mill and a robust sourdough starter, so I'm probably set for bread and other baking needs for the next 6 months to a year (depending on where DS is living). I've started buying extras of toilet paper & paper towels, and I should probably start stocking up on Clorox spray. I have bleach and isopropyl alcohol, and a few small bottles of sanitizer to keep in the car, but I don't like to use a lot of sanitizer. I prefer bar soap to liquid soap and I have plenty of that. I have plenty of OTC meds, but I should probably order additional bottles of stuff like D3, NAC, and quercetin.
  3. Nothing has changed for me. I never thought surface transmission was likely so I was never disinfecting packages/groceries/mail/etc. I've worn a mask everywhere in public from day 1, and probably 90-95% of people in my area were masking even before the state-wide mandate, but now I'm seeing 100% compliance everywhere I've been. I took the dog to the groomer this morning for the first time since February, and they are only allowing one client inside at a time, you have to be masked, and instead of handing your pet directly to the groomer, you have to put them in a gated area and then someone takes them back. I haven't been to the hairdresser since January, and probably won't for a while. I'm still trying to keep my trips to the store to once/week or less, and am there as soon as they open, and I'm getting groceries delivered every other week. No restaurants or even take-out (but I don't eat out normally anyway). The big question for me is what's going to happen with DS's university in the fall. He really wants to go back no matter what, because all his friends are there, but if all classes end up online and there are no varsity sports, then I think the possibility of him getting seriously ill 2500 miles from home outweighs the benefit of being able to see his friends. It just doesn't seem like there are going to be any good options this fall, just a choice between two sucky options. ☹️
  4. I think a cloth mask with a non-woven filter layer is as effective as a surgical mask (which is non-woven), and a 2-layer cotton mask without a filter might be as good if the weave is tight/thick enough. The more I see of reviews of masks, the more I think the real key is the non-woven bit. For example, the Happy Masks seems to have extremely thin/light (even perforated?) inner and outer layers sandwiching a good non-woven layer, and those are supposed to be even more effective than a surgical mask. But I've tried 5 different cloth masks from 5 different vendors, and I keep going back to surgical masks because they are by far the most comfortable to me. (ETA: surgical masks fit me really well, with minimal gapping.)
  5. I certainly don't think he's trying to earn bonus white-people points, I think those are being bestowed upon him for being nice to the poor flustered white lady who just accidentally did something she knew could get him killed. If that's genuinely his response, that's fine. I just don't like seeing it held up as an ideal response and a sign of great character, saying that he deserves even more respect for responding this way. Because the implication is that someone who does not want to "forgive and forget" an act of racism is of lesser character and less deserving of respect.
  6. I'm really disappointed that he decided not to cooperate with the prosecution, because I think she absolutely deserves to be prosecuted. If that makes her a martyr in racist circles because it seems like she's being singled out, then the solution to that isn't letting her off the hook, the solution is to prosecute ALL these bullshit racist callers. It makes no sense to me to say that systemic racism is the real problem, therefore there's no point in prosecuting individuals who leverage systemic racism for their own selfish, entitled ends. Systemic racism isn't some mystical force that exists in the universe outside of human beings. It bothers me to see Christian Cooper being lauded for showing forgiveness and mercy towards the poor fragile white lady who wasn't really racist, she was just flustered and upset when she threatened him with actions that she knew could get him killed. I feel like he's being pushed into that choice at least partly out of fear of backlash against him, and in return he's being rewarded with bonus white points for not being the "angry black man." To me, that is not even a question — I can say with absolute certainty that I would never, under any circumstances, "act like her," because it would never even cross my mind to weaponize the police against a black man who asked me to leash my dog. I don't buy Amy Cooper's "I'm not racist, I didn't really mean what I said" for one. stinking. minute. I don't think she "accidentally" lied to the police that a black man was threatening her life, or "accidentally" raised her voice to fake a higher level of fear. She just never expected her racist actions to have the consequences they did.
  7. Deaths are already the highest they've ever been in Texas and Arizona, are way up from a month ago in Florida, and are trending up in many other states with spiking case rates. But I'm afraid that even when people see the death toll climbing, too many will still believe the conspiracy theories that deaths are being vastly over reported, that most of those people died "with CV, but not of CV," that they were just old/sick/disabled people who would have died anyway so it's a reasonable trade-off to keep the stock market up, etc. ☹️
  8. Some of it is due to low reporting over the holiday weekend, but even if you look at 7-day averages, which include the low reporting days, deaths in Texas and Arizona are still the highest they've ever been: Texas is at a 7-day average of 47 deaths, up from 20 in mid-June (previous 7-day peak was 37 in early May). Arizona is at a 7-day average of 42, up from 17 in mid-June (previous 7-day peak was 27 in early May). Florida is at 48, just below their early-May 7-day peak of 51, but up from 30 in mid-June.
  9. Legos, Thomas/Brio train stuff, DS's large collection of Schleich (and similar quality) prehistoric critters, a few stuffies (DS's teddy & killer whale, DD's now-stuffingless dog), and a ton of books. DD did not want to keep any of her dolls, doll house, or her really nice wooden barn and Breyer horses, so we gave those to friends.
  10. I usually have a couple of servings of fruit for breakfast (plus toast, oatmeal, or yogurt), a big chopped salad for lunch, and then dinner is some form of vegetable-based curry, pasta, or grain bowl. I also eat a LOT of fruit for snacks, and sometimes hummus with carrots & red pepper strips. So there's at least 4 cups of raw veg in the salad, another 3-4 cups of cooked veg in dinner, and probably 5-6 servings of fruit throughout the day. I find it much easier to eat healthy if I do a big meal prep thing a couple of times/week. My salad "base" is cherry tomatoes, red & yellow peppers, cucumbers, and green onions, so I will chop up huge bowl of that, dress it with olive oil and lemon juice, and keep it in the fridge. Then for lunch on Day 1, I might have several cups of that with romaine, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and some chili-lime seasoning. Then Day 2, I might have it with arugula, marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mozzarella, cannelini beans, and fresh basil. Day 3 might include spinach, chickpeas, feta, and mint. So all the chopping is done on one day, and then each day I can have a different salad just by grabbing a few handfuls of greens and then adding things from cans or jars. I will also chop & roast a bunch of sweet potatoes, red peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, garlic, etc., and use those for various dinners. So I might make a curry with some of the sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and onions plus fresh or frozen spinach and chickpeas or lentils. I'll portion that out into individual servings and store in the fridge or freezer. I'll add roasted peppers, garlic, and broccoli to sautéed kale and mushrooms, and dump it over with pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, capers, fresh basil, and shaved parmesan. I'll throw a little of everything in a bowl with a grain (quinoa or brown rice) and a legume (chickpeas or lentils) and top it with garlic tahini sauce. I think the best way to make a habit of eating more veg is to get away from the idea of dinner as meat + starch + veg. Try serving big bowls of soup with tons of veg and a little beef or chicken, served with slices of sourdough toasted in the oven with garlic butter & parmesan. Make black bean chili with carrots, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and just a little beef and serve with tortilla chips or corn bread. Make a stir fry with lots of broccoli, edamame, bok choy or shredded cabbage, carrots, snow or snap peas, red peppers, and strips of chicken breast, served with a small portion of rice. If you have leftovers, dice the veg, mix it with leftover rice and an egg and serve veg-heavy fried rice for breakfast or lunch. Instead of sandwiches for lunch, add whatever you'd put inside the sandwich to a salad — instead of ham & cheese with a slice of tomato and one lettuce leaf on bread, make a chef's salad with lots of lettuce and tomato and cucumber and green onion plus chopped ham & cheese.
  11. I was happy to see that the Manhattan DA filed charges against Amy Cooper yesterday, for making a false police report:
  12. Nick Cordero died today. Four months ago he was a fit, healthy 41 year old with an 8 month old baby. He was hospitalized at the end of March, spent 13 weeks in the ICU, had his leg amputated, and finally passed away today. His little boy turned 1 in June. People who think they "just want to get it and get it over with" — you have no idea whether you'll have a sniffle and be "done" in a few days or die a slow painful death over the course of several months, separated from your loved ones. That's a hell of a gamble. 😥
  13. An executor and a trustee have different roles, although you can appoint the same person to both. The executor is in charge of disposing of your estate — making funeral arrangements, getting death certificates, filing taxes & other legal paperwork, selling the house, closing accounts, etc. If you don't want your assets to go directly to the beneficiaries, then you need to set up a trust with a trustee who will manage the assets and ensure they are dispersed according to whatever conditions you set (e.g. only for educational or medical needs, or to buy a house, or X amount per year for Y years, or whatever you want). ETA: You can also appoint co-executors and/or co-trustees, although that can complicate things if you need two people to sign off on everything. But it can also be useful (especially in the case of trusts) to have a second person (could also be a lawyer, or a bank) to keep everyone accountable. All of my current assets, except for one bank account (which is the one that is immediately payable to DS if I die) are in a revocable family trust, with me as both grantor and trustee. That includes my house, investment accounts, bank accounts, etc., all of which are titled in the name of the trust, not me personally. A revocable family trust is great because you can change or amend the terms at any time, but it avoids the hassle of going through probate when you die. I also have separate trusts for each kid, and when I die everything in the family trust automatically pours over into their individual trusts. Currently DD's individual trust is set up to have a trustee, but DS's is not. I purposely set up separate trusts so I could have different criteria and requirements for each of them, since DD is totally irresponsible with money while DS is very frugal. DS is the executor of my estate, but he is not a trustee of DD's trust.
  14. Do you mean executor? I assume both of your sons are beneficiaries, aren't they? I did change my will to make DS executor as soon as he turned 18. I showed him where all the important documents are kept, including contact info for the lawyer who drew up my will, trusts, POA, etc., so she can guide him through all the legal stuff. [ETA: I am divorced; if I were married I would have my DH as executor, with DS as the alternate.] I also gave DS POA in case I were incapacitated (and I also have POA for him), and I made him POD (payable on death) for my primary cash account, so he would have immediate access to money to cover expenses, get legal & financial advice, etc.
  15. How did they come up with the factor of "positivity rate x 100"? What do you think of these responses:
  16. I took a screenshot of the whole thing when I saw it on FB the other day:
  17. Thanks for linking that. There are quite a few issues with the Detroit study, including the fact that the HCQ group were younger and healthier to begin with than the nontreatment group, the exclusion of 267 patients who were still in the hospital, and the much higher use of beneficial steroids in the HCQ group: ""Finally, concomitant steroid use in patients receiving hydroxychloroquine was more than double the non-treated group. This is relevant considering the recent RECOVERY trial that showed a mortality benefit with dexamethasone." The steroid dexamethasone can reduce inflammation in seriously ill patients. Considering that the British study, which was a properly randomized clinical trial, found that steroids were very beneficial and HCQ was not, the Detroit data should be reanalyzed to determine how much of the benefit they saw in the HCQ group may have been attributable to the higher steroid use. The problem with these retrospective studies of nonrandomized treatment outcomes is that the same factors that make patients not good candidates for HCQ also make them higher risk for dying of Covid, so the patients that get HCQ are often less likely to die regardless of treatment.
  18. I just ordered a couple of Happy Masks, and I do wear glasses. 😕
  19. Does the lining stay away from your face even if you breathe deeply? The biggest problem I've had with cloth masks is that when I breathe in, the lining gets sucked against my face, which makes me nuts. I have bought 5 different types of cloth masks, from 5 different vendors, ranging from plain cotton pleated ones to stretchy ones with a pocket for filters and even a highly structured one supposedly designed for sports, and none of them are as comfortable or easy to breathe in as a plain old paper surgical mask. I've gotten to the point that I'm thinking I may as well just order a box of surgical masks, but if the Happy Mask really is that easy to breathe in and does NOT stick to your face when you take a deep breath, then I may give that one a try.
  20. That policy isn't just for kids, though. I think, at least in the past, it was common for credit cards to be in the husband's name if the wife didn't work, and then the wife would be an authorized user, even if she was the one who was mostly using the card and paying the bills. If the couple later divorced, it would be unfair if those years as an authorized user didn't count at all towards building her own credit.
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