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  1. No. But a qualified "no". I have a long story about trying to get a garage built. I was quoted $70k, and the builder flat out told me 15k was just for the lumber increases. And that was back in October. He also told me I had to get on a waiting list for a year. Same story with my other quote. I had quotes originally scheduled for March 2020, and then couldn't actually get them until October. I also have a story about waiting months for a fridge, and then having to settle for a piece of crap because we really needed a new fridge. And finally, there are 2 houses being built in my neighborhood that have been hold for months because they are waiting for some material they can't find. It's not just lumber, it's EVERYTHING, and it's random. I would only do it if I was comfortable maybe paying too much, getting on a long waiting list, and then having the project stopped indefinitely midway because they can't find enough paper clips (or whatever 🙂 ). I am not at all comfortable doing that with an expensive garage, for a house I am not even sure I want to stay in. Building a deck, depending on where it was located on my property, might be different.
  2. I can't seem to edit the title of this, but I always like updates to threads, so here's mine. I found something good enough at the LLBean factory store for 40% off. Just lucky they were my size and what I was looking for. They are lightweight and my phone fits in a zippered pocket, which was the biggest issue I was having. If anyone is interested... https://www.llbean.com/llb/search/?freeText=vista+camp+pants+women&init=1
  3. But, they somehow managed to keep her on through October when they started getting less busy. The school-day restrictions would have started in September. It had nothing to do with the restrictions, they were less busy and made an excuse. If you are DESPERATE for people you keep on the 17 year old (good employee) you have had working for you for months now, and deal with the restrictions. That's all I am saying. All I can think is there is some sort of vicious cycle we're all caught in right now. You can't find employees, but in every stage of the process you treat them like crap and they can't trust you, so therefore you can't find employees...
  4. OP I am glad you posted this. DH and I have been pretty surprised at how hard it was for DD (17) to find a job. I've been shocked at how rude and unprofessional potential employers are. Had I not watched DD go through it, I would have (naturally) thought, the news is saying they need all kinds of workers, there are signs everywhere there must be plenty of jobs out there! DD turned 17 last summer. She worked for a local coffee shop, and they were desperate for workers because no one was willing to work last summer. Suddenly in October, when things slowed down, they decide they didn't want to deal with the restrictions of a 17 year old anymore. I don't honestly know what restrictions they were talking about, that they didn't mind dealing with all summer when they were busy. There are no state restrictions. They didn't fire her, they just "couldn't" give her any more hours. I mean, WTH. She's well-spoken, reliable, flexible, and has been taking college classes. I got no indication they didn't like her, and they gave her a good reference when she started looking for work this spring. DD had to apply for a lot of jobs this spring, and didn't hear back from many of them. 2 different coffee shops emailed her this and offered her a job, without meeting her, over email. Because of the other debacle, we advised her to first tell that she wouldn't be 18 until July. Both places completely ghosted her after that. Ignored her! Couldn't be bothered to reply "no thanks" after literally asking her when she could start. I was confused the first time it happened, and the second time it was clearly a pattern. She ended up getting a job she likes, but it was like pulling teeth for awhile. It's 15-20 hours a week and a completely unpredictable schedule. She keeps getting called in because they are short staffed! She wanted full-time hours for the summer, but that's not how anyone seems to operate anymore. They want 737 part time employees they can constantly call in. It seems like teenagers would be their DREAM employees. Especially ones that prove to be reliable! They will come in whenever, and be treated like crap! So, don't believe the hype, is what I have learned. Maybe you can't find workers because your standards are too high. Or maybe the system is so broken at this point it's just a mess for everyone involved.
  5. I do not understand the backlash either. When I am fully vaxxed, I am going to ditch my mask exactly where the CDC says I can. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why I would be judged so harshly for believing the CDC. Yep, people are going to lie about being vaxxed. I feel comfortable mostly ditching my mask anyway. And if you don't feel comfortable, continue to wear a mask. But don't judge me, or assume things about me just because I am comfortable following the advice of the CDC.
  6. Lots of great leads here, thanks everyone!
  7. What is with that, phones not fitting in pockets. Argh. I might think about a vest, but the other problem is that I get very hot and don't want to wear another layer. What a silly problem I have.
  8. Okay, so I am not the only one seeing this. It's so weird! It's very odd in 2021 that women's pants are still about "fashion". We're so woke about everything else.
  9. I volunteer at 2 different places. And the weird thing is, neither place has any sort of "area" to put my stuff. Coat, purse, etc. So, I am having to leave it all in my car, which makes me nervous. I have a little tiny cross-body purse that fits my phone/keys/a couple of cards. But it's really annoying to wear the whole time and drag around. It slides around, my phone gets pounded into things, etc. I've thought about a fanny pack, but they are always uncomfortable when I have tried them before. The only solution I can seem to think of is cargo pants! With pockets big enough to hold a phone, my keys, a debit card and license, maybe a feminine hygiene item sometimes, or tissues or whatever I might need. I'm a pretty low maintenance person, but you do need a few things on you. And I don't even CARE about having my phone on me, but I don't like leaving stuff that could get stolen out in my car. I am having a heck of a time even finding a good pair of cargo pants online. There is no pocket big enough for a phone, or the pockets don't close or are just on the butt. I am wondering if anyone has a good pair they could tell me about? Or any other ideas???
  10. (I'm not laughing at you, but I am laughing because I had to do the same thing in my post!)
  11. No one wants to be in a nursing home. But, that doesn't mean people don't have to go into nursing homes! I don't think it should be about "oh they DESERVE to not be in a nursing home" or they "really don't want to go into a nursing home". It's about if someone can take care of someone else, and is willing to. And no one should ever feel like they should have to be a full-time caregiver if they don't want to be. It's about boundaries, and knowing your own limits and respect for your own life too. A lot of times, you cannot provide care at home. No matter how wonderful or deserving your parent may or may not be. You just can't do it! No one is ever going to understand, and honestly you just have to choose to not feel guilty about it, probably over and over and over again. ❤️
  12. I think the benefit of being like this, for me anyway, is that I never fail to amuse and entertain myself....🤣 I like to call it a "rich inner life". 😉
  13. I really wonder if it is just my brain trying to stop me from ruminating.
  14. ALL THE TIME! I read somewhere, that earworms get stuck in your head because you only hear part of a song. And so to "cure" it you need to hear the entire song. Which does work for me, but then I just get stuck on another song. And ANYTHING seems to trigger it! I feel like my brain is just constantly trying to connect things to songs.
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