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  1. Who knows what the truth is 🤷‍♀️. I can absolutely see it happening, though, moreso than it not being believable. I don't think anyone here is claiming to know exactly what happened, but what they think. I get that you're doing the same based on your experiences 👍 I don't think the issue was with when they were in their own home, it was outside of it.
  2. This isn't an agree to disagree situation, though. One person's experience doesn't negate another's and both can simultaneously be true. I am also English and all of my family reside in the UK (though I live in the US). I have experienced lots of racist attitudes and very much come from a family where we don't talk about our feelings and have to retain a stiff upper lip at all times (and I'm no where near aristocracy). My Mum's favorite phrases are "Hey ho, there you go" and "Life still goes on" when any sort of conflict arises. When I talk about feelings now or am too honest it's commented on as me being "too American". I do believe that you have had a different experience than the pp and me but don't think it should be hard to believe that others have had the experience they're portraying (talking about the PP here and not the interview).
  3. This has exactly been my experience, unfortunately. I have a few doctor/nurse friends and unfortunately here they seem to be the same way. It seems to be consistent, though, with the mindset I saw pre-Covid. I live in an area where there's not a lot of diversity in all meanings of the word and I think people are pretty insular. We have been one of the most careful out of our peers (and I got Covid) and have faced some light ridicule for it.
  4. People seem to be more open now about sharing that they've had it in the past. It's been a real issue for us of reading in between the lines at the time of their vagueness and then later having them confirm. I think it's probably the first two and I would hope not the last one, though I would probably say that it's other things, also. I was very open about getting it and about that we were quarantining. I started to hear from more people during that time who had already had it (I hadn't known). Not unlike after I had a miscarriage and I had a lot of people confide in me about their previous experience. I will say that I didn't want to tell my parents or DH's family (they don't live anywhere near us) as I didn't want to hear an I told you so or judgement for getting it because they are all have been pretty much in their houses since the beginning (which I am grateful they can do and have no problem with as it's their comfort level) and we have been more risky.....ETA: I did tell them right away, of course, and it wasn't great... but I dealt with it.
  5. Nah, I'm not really upset. Don't feel bad. I did avoid the other thread but I do know things like that exist.
  6. (I laughed at your data quote) Well, thanks for adding to my anxiety. 🤪 I had to stop reading the big covid thread because I just didn't want to know.
  7. Oh and get this, DH hasn't had it. He, thankfully, wasn't home when I got it and was able to stay out of town while I was in quarantine. He's an airline pilot who has been working constantly flying this past year. That's craziness to me. I'm hoping he can get his vaccine soon!
  8. None of those were children and other than myself I only know one other person who has had a child tested (both mine and the other child tested negative), so I'm assuming that would answer the MIS-C question? All kids that I know have been fine. I only know 1 teenager who lost their smell/taste and I didn't count them in my numbers (though they probably did have it and quarantined as if they did. So, my number of cases I "know" is probably higher than stated, I was pretty conservative with it) No strokes/heart attacks or any other issues, however, can that happen any time after or is it just right after? I just remembered someone told me they got Covid in December and were still dealing with issues with it (so that's 42). There were a couple that had lingering fatigue (but felt better after 2 months) and a lot still have issues with taste/smell (including me). This is highly anecdotal evidence, though, because I haven't spoken to a few of them in a couple of weeks and not everyone is quick to share.
  9. I'm not as mathy as you are so I'll try but it definitely won't be recorded properly and is entirely from who I can think of at the time. HA! In my area I know 41 people including myself who have tested positive. There are probably more but I just informally went down my contact list on my phone and added up who I know personally that have tested positive. Out of those 41, 4 people were hospitalized (all over 70), and 2 died. I live in Florida, in an area where people are not being careful. Unfortunately, I got a blase with things and caught it recently off someone at a homeschool class. I will say that the anxiety during covid of what could happen was much worse for me than the symptoms that I had. Mentally the what ifs after finding out I had tested positive were horrible. Anyway, I hope that helps answer your curiosity!
  10. Just to give you a positive story. I had Covid last month and had some fatigue/nausea and gastro issues (as well as runny eyes and a stuffy nose with headaches). I lost my sense of taste and smell and still haven't gotten it back BUT even though I had all of those other issues they were relatively mild and now I'm back to feeling great. It may not mean a severe case for you. I know a large number of people who have had it, unfortunately, and most were mild cases even though they had gastro issues. Anecdotal at best, though. I hope you're feeling better.
  11. Yes! I agree with you, for the most part! For my hurricane supplies I bought a tiny bit extra each shop. You don't have to go hells bells and gangbusters with buying up everything right away. I also advocate buying things that you actually eat that store well that if you have to rotate them into your regular meals (due to use by date status) it won't cause your digestive system upset with strange foods. We have things that are close to what we usually eat stored. Any money that you don't have to spend on food is money you don't have to worry about (and you need to eat) so I'm not worried about paying the bills in spam 😂. 2 weeks worth of food won't get you very far but it is enough to cover a quick crisis. Right now the most likely scenarios for my pantry needs are hurricanes/power outages, having to quarantine due to covid, and job loss (fire could happen but we have insurance that whilst it won't replace everything we'll have bigger issues than loss of 2 weeks worth of food). For those eventualities I think having 2 weeks worth is a wise decision. 6 months is a lot and that would be much too much for me, but I do know that people sometimes manage their anxiety with excess planning and so if they feel like it helps and the food will be eaten then who am I to say it's wrong?
  12. We live on the Gulf of Mexico and I always keep a fully stocked hurricane supply kit. We are eating down some of the foods in it in order to replace with food that has new use by dates. If something happens again to the food supply, or another hurricane hits we'd have food either way. I think it's beneficial for most people to have at least 2 weeks worth of food in back stock as you never know what will happen. DH's career is very volatile and I like knowing that if he loses his job we could scrape by on food that we have here for a little while.
  13. My parents live in Yorkshire and have had both doses. Apparently they got phone calls from their GP and from a couple of other official NHS groups (can't remember exactly who) to make sure that they'd been able to get an appointment. All offered to help them get one if they needed it. My Mum said it was very efficiently organized and she was very impressed with how they were handling it.
  14. This is a great idea, thank you! I might have to add an extendy cable to the handles as they all seem to walk off and no one knows what has happened to them...😂🙄
  15. This is our house with kitchen scissors. Unfortunately, the one pair that doesn't cut well at all (and I want to throw away but DH is resistant to the very thought of it since they were expensive 🙄) are always available and never lost....Sigh.
  16. We binge watched it on Amazon this week. Everyone loved it but we're big Herriot fans here. My parents sat at Alf Wight's table at a dinner once and they said he was a lovely man. I'm from Yorkshire originally and it was filmed close to where my grandmother lived. I spent many a childhood summer up in the Dales. It really made me miss my parents and curse blasted Covid for us not being able to visit. Can't wait for the second season!!!
  17. Look up Enneagram 2 personality type. I have these tendencies and I hate that part of my personality. Reading through Enneagram 2 has been helpful to me in that I was beating myself up for a moral failing when it was actually part of my personality. Because of Jesus it's gotten much easier for me to assume the best of people, and understand that not everyone is going to react as I do to situations, but I do struggle with this. It's something that the Lord is sanctifying me with. I wouldn't judge someone as being not "completely given over" (not sure what that means!) because it's a struggle of theirs. ☺️ ETA: I'm not at all passive aggressive and have been called blunt before, lol! I think this type of personality, though, can definitely fall trap to "martyrdom" and a PA tendency.
  18. You're definitely not crazy. I've lived in the states for 30 years and haven't found anything that tastes like Lyles (except, of course, Lyles from the International section of Publix. LOL!)
  19. England, too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_syrup
  20. Yes, that's how I thought pancakes were eaten for the first 10 years of my life, then we came on vacation to America and one of the few foods I remember from our hotel were the giant dinner plate fluffy pancakes with maple syrup. My dad ate a giant stack every morning. LOL! I still think lemon juice and sugar make the best tasting pancakes. The pancakes are really thin like crepes, though. Also, we always used granulated sugar. Lemon juice first then granulated sugar then roll up and eat. Yum!
  21. Thank you! I was hoping that regular silicone bags for food storage would work well as ideally I'd like to have more than one use for kitchen items. I'll take a look online.
  22. Bill, do you have a recommendation as to which sleeve you like the most? I like the idea of having a reusable option.
  23. Yes, you're doing the right thing as hard as it is. Is there a reason why you're still teaching Sunday School yet not going to the service (I do understand based on your PP why you're not going to the service)? How is the church leadership treating the classes and masking? Is it up to each teacher? How are the parents in your class reacting to their kids having to wear masks? I'm asking because I'm wondering if the other Sunday School teacher would be Ok with requiring kids in their class to wear masks so that your daughter can go? Can you talk with them or do they think you're being silly about masking? I'm so sorry that you're in this hard situation. I've been rolled eyes at by fellow church members and my kids have borne the brunt of some hard decisions as well. It's no fun.
  24. We live by a beach and these are my most favorite chairs (Walmart): https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Reclining-Blue-Beach-Event-Backpack-Chair/659071491 Umbrellas are neither here nor there (as to efficacy as I've found they all work well) but if you get one then you want a sand anchor. I've had mine a long time and it works well. I think I got it at Walmart. I leave sunblock, bug spray, talc powder, a washcloth, and a book in the backpack part. I also tie it up to the very back seat of my car with a bungee cord so I always have it ready when I want it. I also always have a towel in the back. The talc powder is to get stubborn sand off your feet at the car. It dries out your skin and makes the sand brush off easily. I leave a gallon of water in the back seat of my car and refill it from the sink in case I need it to wash off feet or anything when we get back to the parking lot. We really like to take this game with us so the kiddos have something to do (other than build sandcastles and jump in the waves, of course): https://www.amazon.com/GoSports-Tipsy-Toss-Flying-Bottle/dp/B07YYZDB32/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=tipsy+toss&qid=1611615344&sr=8-2
  25. We were supposed to go to Tokyo in 2020. I'm still slightly hopeful that we can do it this year. I found out last night that one of my friends is moving to Japan in April. Now I have a second reason to visit (we have another set who live there, who we were already going to visit). We love traveling and it's been very hard this past year to not go anywhere. I have a million vacations planned, just hoping that things start to open back up again soon and this vaccine is evenly distributed and works well!
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