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swimmermom3 last won the day on February 16 2018

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  1. My thoughts are that handing out a condom is less likely to have a potential health implication than perhaps giving someone ibuprofen who may have an allergy. I know the policies regarding medications are irritating, but there are some good reasons for them. That said, I've done serious battle to have my kids carry asthma inhalers with them when there was a potential for flair up. With regards to the "wrappers," I am good with it. As Blue Goat pointed out, the STD rates in not just that age group, but across the country, are rising rapidly. I thought our local high school did a very good job in covering the benefits of abstinence AND how to take effective precautions.
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    What's with IKEA? Holy cow!

    You may be right about Target being out of fewer things due to it being spring semester. I hadn't thought of that. He was tired, but sent a video of him putting the bed together at about 11pm last night. Of course, that's when he discovered there was no support. He unpackaged the new mattress and slept on it with his jacket. Borrowed his roommate's towel. I feel rather guilty. IKEA was my idea, while the third roommate suggested they just rent everything. DS graduates this spring and plans on staying in D.C. This apartment is really meant to be his home, hence some of the new furniture.
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    What's with IKEA? Holy cow!

    DS spent the fall semester in Chile and just returned to D.C. for his final semester. He has a new apartment with two other roommates who also just returned from abroad. DS and "A" placed orders with IKEA for beds, linens, sofa, and dining table/chairs. "A" accepted the delivery yesterday as DS was doing the cross-country flight. There was no receipt from the driver and no paperwork. The guys are missing a bunch of stuff. They don't have the middle supports for either of their beds and all of the bedding, towels, and shower curtains are missing. Form online initially said 24-48 hours for response. Now it says 5 days. That's just to hear what they will do. It could be longer to get your stuff. Customer service lines say they are experiencing an unusually high volume and disconnect. The reviews online that I am just now reading are horrific - that you can almost never get through for customer service. DS needs mattress cover, sheets, blankets, towels, etc. now. Waiting a day or two would be workable, but after the things I've read, I almost think it might be better to order from Target or rent a Zip Car and just go get what they need. Of course with everyone returning to school, there will be a shortage of some items. I"ll go through the appropriate process, but online comments have left me with little hope other than to contest the charges. Has anyone had the same experience? We've made our purchase at the store, but that wasn't feasible for our student in D.C.
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    Cookbooks for Young Adults

    All three of my young adults are moving into new digs in the next few months. Can you suggest good, basic cookbooks that offer quick, tasty meals, but that also teach some of the basics?
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    Voting when in college

    We live in Oregon and probably take ease of voting very much for granted as we can vote by mail. Ds attends school in Washington D.C. and utilizes absentee voting. This last semester he was in Chile, so he was able to print his ballot and mail his vote. I believe there is a way to check if your ballot was received. We simply drop ours off at the box in the local library.
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    Health insurance for adult children - questions

    We didn't think she could utilize COBRA because her company does offer insurance, just not to her. She meets all of the employment qualifications, it's just inconvenient for them to process the paperwork now when they are discontinuing that plan.
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    Health insurance for adult children - questions

    She completed the insurance application in the month of October.
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    Students currently studying abroad?

    Kareni, I definitely need to catch up with you, in person, and find out what you and your dd are doing now!
  9. Dd turned 26 in October and aged off of our health insurance. She works as an esthetician and is fortunate to work for a salon that offers health insurance. She filled out the required paperwork and turned it in to the company. They denied her coverage even though she qualifies for it, because they are changing to a new plan at the end of November. She has 20 days to wait and this means she has no health coverage. She suffers from severe anxiety and depression. Her meds can run up to $500 per prescription, not to mention counseling. Can her company legally deny her coverage if she meets all of their requirements?
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    Just popping back in...

    Hobbes is at university? He can't be. He's still something like 11 - in my head. It's so good to "see" you.
  11. Are you serious about the part in bold? Ds earned a 26 composite on his first test and a 31 on his second test. He drilled and drilled on speed and made sure he understood exactly how to approach the science portion. His math stayed the same with the English and science going up. Now, three years later, he has taken the GRE twice, within three weeks of each other. The situation and scoring are almost identical to the ACT. It really does depend on what the student wants. Mine needed the financial help that the higher ACT gave him access to and was willing to study for it.
  12. Who currently has a student studying abroad this semester/term? How is it going for your student? Sailor Dude is currently in Santiago, Chile. He left here mid-July and will be home mid-December. The boy still colors outside the lines and making me somewhat crazy, but he is living his dream. This is my lazy-girl way of reconnecting with those of you that were so instrumental in helping shape the Dude's academic path.? ( I miss our old emoticons!)
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    Employer accusation of theft?

    You know, I was thinking that would be a reasonable place to start before you publicly accused an employee of theft. Seems kind of practical and possibly a lot less litigious.
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    Employer accusation of theft?

    According to dd, she did not open an account with Brand X lash extension company using the salon name. I don't know enough to say an artist would never use a brand they aren't certified with, but I think it would be somewhat uncommon. Dd is certified with Borboleto and does not use any other product. An extended family member who has owned a highly successful salon for several years has offered to go over the situation with dd, to see where she could be at fault or where the salon owner might take offense. Dd makes $12 an hour at the front desk, which is her predominant source of income. She makes slightly more for services with tips, but it is definitely not a living wage in our city. One of my concerns is that she mentioned on social media her need for extra income. Some of the staff and one of the managers follow her on social media. This could be potentially embarrassing (to my way of thinking) for the owner. What is not mentioned is that the owner is one of the few salons in the area that offers full health benefits and retirement savings. I've tried to think of this from a couple of different angles. The family member is going to go over dd's contract and another one for a recent wedding where dd was the makeup artist. This was the first wedding she worked for the salon and they had her sign the contract after the event. They also told her they were pulling a few strings to get her more money, but not to discuss her pay with anyone. The contract totaled $1300, with the hair stylist and the makeup artist (dd). The hairstylist brought his own assistant, which he paid on the side. Dd worked close to 5 hours and did makeup for 5 women in the bridal party. She was asked to drive her car to transport staff, and she used her makeup as the salon's was inadequate for the job. She made a little over $100 and has no idea if this was fair or why the contract would be signed after the fact. One of the salon's top hair stylists asked dd if she could hire her directly to do all of the makeup for the stylist's upcoming wedding. This is a huge opportunity and I am pretty sure the photos will make amazing portfolio material, but I am equally sure that there are some ethical mine fields here and I am hoping dd can get some good advice on the correct etiquette in these situations.
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    Employer accusation of theft?

    I appreciate everyone's feedback and have a few more facts and background information. Background: DD holds a state license as a hair stylist and one as an esthetician (skin care). In our state, if you do not work out of a salon, but say wish to go to the customers' homes, you have a freelance license. The license has very specific rules with regards to sanitation, disposal of products, etc. A stylist or esthetician can also be "certified" in additional services or products. For example, my dd is a certified artist with Borboleta. This means she has undergone their training for applying lash extensions. She is also certified for microderm abrasion and chemical skin peels as well as a couple of makeup lines. Discounts with these vendors depend on dd's training and certification, NOT on the salon's business account. Event: Dd works only as an esthetician for the company which has, I believe five or six upscale salons city-wide. She has worked for them almost five months. They are routinely short of front desk staff, so often dd will lose time from services in order to work the front desk. She is only allowed to do waxing, brow tints and make-up currently. The salon does not offer lash extensions. They told dd if she completed 10 sets of lash extensions and documented her work, then they would probably open up a room for her to do lash extensions. She can start do facials when she has been trained on their "specific procedure," but right now, they need her at the front desk. With me so far? Yesterday, when dd opened the salon, there was an email addressed to the front desk staff. A note from a "X-Brand" lash extensions thanking the company for opening an account with them was attached. The store manager was asking if the owner knew anything about it. The owner responded that DD had probably used the company's name to open the account, and that the owner wondered how dd was doing microderm abrasion at home. She then said that they should watch the supply bar. Dd has no non-compete clause. However, the work she does at home is almost exclusively work she is not allowed to do at the salon. She does lash extensions, the micro-derm abrasion, and chemical skin peels. She also has a few regulars for haircuts and color. The few friends she does waxing or facials for, could never afford the salon's rates where a facial is $125. DD charges roughly the cost of her supplies. She figures that right now, everyone is doing her a favor by allowing her to continue to hone skills that she is not allowed to work on at the salon. This just seems so out of left field. Dd is really passionate about her work, especially skin care, and has been so excited about the extra work the salon has asked her to do, like researching and writing a proposal on replacing their existing line of makeup. She spent hours researching and sourcing the paper on her own time. I don't know. My mom heart is irked.
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