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Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:11 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Today was an up & down day and I'm too tired to write anything but then I saw this and it's really just the best.
Victoria_Keith @FHVictoriaKeith
· 10h

If you know anyone working in horse racing in the Lexington area who has been affected by the coronavirus, not getting a paycheck and having difficulty affording food, give me a call and I’ll go buy them groceries and deliver to them. 859-227-5441.
(I was iffy abt leaving the phone number on, but she put it out there herself in a public tweet, so.)

I know she doesn't hang here anymore, but YOU ROCK VICTORIA. <3

Re: Day 2

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:55 pm
by Mylute
Last thing I purchased was a new phone charger (which I was in need of), a new screen protector, and two new bulbs for my wax warmer, which I have gone without for a few months. You can't get the bulbs it needs in my area so I got them on eBay. This is my wax warmer if anyone is interested in getting one. It turns on and off by touch. Mine has a chord, though and the top is a little different. Guess they updated.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Plug- ... Swgo9dzwKg

A guy from about 30 minutes away from me in my county, a friend of my mother's, got tested for COVID because he traveled to the county in Alabama with the most cases about 2 weeks ago.

Also, does anyone here like dark movies, or movies that are disturbing? I watched one on YouTube last night and it truly shook me.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:25 pm
by Modern Renaissance
Day 5, or whatever day it is
- 10 bike bike ride
- cleaned my fridge
- cleaned my kitchen floor

Sadly, everyone is still moronic and I bet the NYS parks system will be shut down within the week. No one can even attempt to control their children, people won't move over to let others pass, and people still letting their dogs meet other dogs. People are still getting out of different cars to meet up. Very sad. Thankfully the paths are not terribly overgrown so I can just pull off to let people pass me to maintain the 6 foot distance. And I have a script for doxy in case I do have to pull one off. I feel like I'm back in school where all the idiots ruin everything for the rest of us.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:28 pm
by Flanders
My mom talked to my aunt who is a nurse for New York State on the social services side and she said we haven't seen anything yet.

We had the first case in my county and the guy said, Yeah I've been sick but it hasn't stopped me from doing anything. I just want people to be respectful to others and stay home if they are sick. I know not everyone shows symptoms but this guy was.

I'm just spending time at home. Thankfully I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have close neighbors so can go outside and not be bothered by people. I haven't left my house in over a week because I didn't feel 100%. I haven't had symptoms but I was trying to be careful. My brother visited for a week at the beginning of March then got really sick a few days after returning to California. He hasn't gotten his test results back, even though they said 2-3 days, its been almost a week now and no results. But he has been feeling better so it may have just been something else. Either way, I'm definitely not going to the store until he gets his results and I've been self quarantined for 2 weeks+.

As for wax warmers, I do have one electric one, but for the most part the ones I use need tealight candles. I have a bad habit of forgetting to turn the electric one off and the tealights only last for tops 3 hours. I have a hard time finding scents I actually like and don't give me a migraine, so its usually uh what I would assume are Christmas scents in mine, orange/clove/apple.
These are my 2 favorite everyday ones.
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Re: Day 2

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:00 pm
by Mylute
My mom has one similar to those at her work desk.

Most of the waxes I use are from the Sent Sationals and Better Homes and Gardens brands. When I have a regular candle that is burned to the point of being unable to light, but still has lots of wax left, I heat a knife and cut out the unused wax for the melt.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:05 pm
by Modern Renaissance
Flanders wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:28 pm
As for wax warmers, I do have one electric one, but for the most part the ones I use need tealight candles. I have a bad habit of forgetting to turn the electric one off and the tealights only last for tops 3 hours. I have a hard time finding scents I actually like and don't give me a migraine, so its usually uh what I would assume are Christmas scents in mine, orange/clove/apple.
Hope you are feeling ok!

Can you make your own with essential oils? I know MLMs are bad, but they do have some practical uses. I only use for aromatherapy and they can help my allergies, but making your own candles with them is not that hard. The scents aren't artificial an at least you can control how much "scent" you are getting since overall they are pretty potent. I got everything at Michael's - and they are never full price when the world gets back up and running.

I got my wax warmer at Target for $20 and it was such a great purchase. I am a whore for candles, and that last little bit at the bottom lasts forever in the wax warmer.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:06 pm
by starrydreamer
Well, Wisconsin is going under mandatory lock down starting tomorrow. It's about time. Judging from the comments on Nextdoor, plenty of my neighbors are not taking social distancing seriously. They are, however, stockpiling guns and ammo. Community spread has been detected in my county and I'm not thrilled. Thankfully, my kid can get outside when it's nice out and still be isolated from anyone else. With me being pregnant (and occasionally having trouble breathing, which is pretty normal) and his pre-existing lung disease, we're not leaving the house.

I'm just glad my kid has a cheerful disposition. He's been crying occasionally, which he hasn't done in at least a year (he's 5.5 years old, a "big boy"), but he's been doing pretty well for such a social child. He's made strides with his reading and that's occupied us quite a lot.

Husband goes for lots of long runs (alone, away from everyone else, like usual) to deal with being cooped up, but he's going a bit stir crazy. I just miss my normal routine and having time to care for a foster dog. At least I can still make a little time for art.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:50 pm
by Modern Renaissance
Netflix recommendation: Tiger King

Re: Day 2

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:03 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Modern Renaissance wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:50 pm
Netflix recommendation: Tiger King
I'm seeing that all over twitter and on the hockey podcast I listen to... the synopsis sounds surreal. :lol:

I have been balancing my viewing between Kim's Convenience (Canadian comedy, very cute), Neon Genesis Evangelion (insert eyebrow-raising emoji here), and a Korean drama that I just started.

Had a work vid conference today, we will (finally!) be allowed to supplement the student work the district is going to begin pushing out tomorrow... thank goodness the 3-week learning plan that I spent an entire weekend on - ten days ago! - will actually be useful. 8-) And I'll be able to vidchat with my students and their families and really help them continue learning, rather than just stay busy.

Met up this afternoon with a teacher friend for a good hour-long socially distant walk, which we finished up right as the rain came in. It felt soooo good to be outside somewhere other than my front or backyard, and the endorphins were a nice bonus. :lol:

Now off to wash some dishes. :roll:

Re: Day 2

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:23 pm
by starrydreamer
Modern Renaissance wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:50 pm
Netflix recommendation: Tiger King
We're watching it at night after the young'un goes to bed. Husband listened to the podcast about it, so he keeps telling me "it gets crazier!" And I don't doubt it, but shhhhhh. :lol: Everyone is nuts.

Another good documentary on Netflix is Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. I've actually done some bikram yoga before and well, it turns out, Bikram Choudhury is a narcissistic nut.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:46 pm
by Starine
Late to the thread, but here goes:

My mood/attitude seems to vacillate between, "I'm okay; I will get through this" and "I can't handle this/The world is ending." I'm fortunate enough to at least have a job where I can work from home but it gets lonely not being in the company of another person (though I am in the company of a dog and three cats). It's my birthday tomorrow and it seems to weird to think I won't spend it with a single person. Maybe I will try to wrap up work early and take the dog on a long hike and get some take-out for dinner.

I worry a lot about my father, who is 73 and is in Los Angeles. He used to live nearby but he needs a new heart and Cedars Sinai was the only hospital that would agree to do the procedure. He only goes out for walks and wears a mask when he does, but I still worry about him. I'm also prone to bouts of depression and it's challenging when a lot of my coping mechanisms --roller derby, powerlifting at the gym, and endurance riding-- are no longer available.

But, even still, there are positives: Being able to work from home. Warmer weather and longer days (I would find this all very crippling had it happened a few months ago in winter). Being able to go for runs outside in the fresh air. I even appreciate the really funny memes being shared on Facebook.

Even now, as I sit here wringing my hands anxiously, I have to believe things will turn out okay.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:42 pm
by Modern Renaissance
Happy Early Birthday! I bet you find a well to make it special. Maybe order yourself a gift online? Are any restaurants doing pickup near you? May many happy and healthy years be ahead of you.

It has been a weird 24hours for me - a good friend had asked me to be the executor of her estate should she pass. She is fine but the idea of her passing is strange; we have known each other since we were 11. My boyfriend's uncle is not expected to last the night. They won't let anyone in to say goodbye, even his wife, which to me seems the worst of all. I can't imagine not holding my boyfriends hand... but anyway. A childhood friend's mom had stage 3 cancer. Somehow, work is very busy and it's hard managing very large accounts when things arent running 100% since everyone is remote.

All I can do is count my own blessings - I ate today, have many people who love me, and have a job. And a roof over my head. My dad is thankfully off work with pay for 2 weeks. My mom is able to sew her own masks as she is essential. My sister can drive herself to work. My mom reminded me that our grandmothers had it so much worse and she is right. My sister and I have a good argument going over where we go to eat after all this is over. The sun is going to be out all day tomorrow and tomorrow we are one day closer to this being over.

It will be ok. If its not the end, it's ok, and it will not be the end.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:46 am
by lurkey mclurker
One day at a time... *hugs* for you, MR, I am right there with you.

And this is for you, Starine! :mrgreen:
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Re: Day 2

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:46 pm
by Starine
Thanks for the GIF, LM. Very much appreciated! :D

Thank you, also, MR. I am sorry to hear about all those people in your sphere who are dying or ill. Sometimes it feels like death is all around us, but life is, too. It sounds like you have some very healthy coping mechanisms in place and a positive perspective. Cheers.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:00 am
by Tessablue
I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Starine! Any chance you could hold a virtual party and maybe see the faces of some loved ones tomorrow? I haven't managed to convince my mother to learn Facetime, but just hearing her voice is nice too. As for all of this... it will be hard, but it will be ok. And as sad as it is to think about all the fear and anxiety out there right now, hopefully it's a small comfort to know that so many people are willing to reach out and talk about these shared fears. We're in this together, every person in the world.

Haven't had time for anything except work and teaching lately. Not sure I've ever been this busy in my whole life, and I haven't even left the house. But I'm safe at home and I get to see the faces of my students, so I'm lucky. I'm basically turning this ridiculous online laboratory skills course into a bunch of tiny Dungeons and Dragons sessions, and today one student said it's "like a murder mystery game, but with science!" Honestly, that makes it all worth it.

Wishing the best to everyone out there. I hope the changing weather is helping make this easier. Last year I planted my first batch of daffodils, and they are starting to come up all over the place, they look like a mess and I'm so happy to see it. And my rosebush that everyone said would die over the winter is budding! It was a mild winter, but still. It's going to be the most pampered rosebush in existence this year...

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:49 am
by Tessablue
Oh, and for anyone looking for something to occupy their time or ease some anxiety, I strongly recommend jigsaw puzzles! They are relatively cheap and lots of places are still shipping them or offering curbside pickup. I just ordered a bunch of lovely puzzles from galison.com, can't wait to work on them.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:24 am
by starrydreamer
Tessablue wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:49 am
Oh, and for anyone looking for something to occupy their time or ease some anxiety, I strongly recommend jigsaw puzzles! They are relatively cheap and lots of places are still shipping them or offering curbside pickup. I just ordered a bunch of lovely puzzles from galison.com, can't wait to work on them.
I love jigsaw puzzles! Sadly, physical puzzles are a no-go for me, because I have a meddlesome 5.5 year old. :lol: I have a jigsaw puzzle app on my phone, but it's definitely not the same.

I've been coloring in adult coloring books and painting happy flowers, though. Also soothing. Johanna Basford, who creates my favorite coloring books, has some free pages to print and color on her website, as well as tutorials: https://www.johannabasford.com/happyplace/

I found out that my kid was exposed to Covid19 two weeks ago, the day before they closed the schools. Thankfully, the two week incubation period is about over, so he would have showed symptoms by now. (He has congenital lung disease, so he's high risk.)

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:01 pm
by Catalina
Starine wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:46 pm
Late to the thread, but here goes:

My mood/attitude seems to vacillate between, "I'm okay; I will get through this" and "I can't handle this/The world is ending." I'm fortunate enough to at least have a job where I can work from home but it gets lonely not being in the company of another person (though I am in the company of a dog and three cats). It's my birthday tomorrow and it seems to weird to think I won't spend it with a single person. Maybe I will try to wrap up work early and take the dog on a long hike and get some take-out for dinner
Belated happy birthday, Starine!

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:23 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Tessablue wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:00 am
I'm basically turning this ridiculous online laboratory skills course into a bunch of tiny Dungeons and Dragons sessions, and today one student said it's "like a murder mystery game, but with science!" Honestly, that makes it all worth it.
:lol: That's fabulous - just think, you might end up inspiring your students to become scientists! (or teachers :mrgreen: )

Our TK teacher and I helped our principal and safety officer give out 175 work packets and 200 meals to students & families yesterday - our drive thru got a little bit stacked at times and I definitely got a LOT of steps in but it was so worth it. I was able to see a few of my kiddos and former kiddos and the sun was shining, the birds were singing... just a beautiful day all around. Today is pajama day so I don't even have to fuss much this morning before I head over! :lol:

Oh and I got two letters back from the bunch I mailed last week to my class \o/.

Re: Day 2

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:55 pm
by Modern Renaissance
Welp, boyfriend's uncle has it. Which means his aunt has it, which means this entire house was exposed except myself and my boyfriend... nothing you can do, it was an emergency. Mostly concerned for his parents. I still think he and I had it in February.

Today's positives:
- My assistant told me today that she was happy I was her work person. Amidst all this craziness I'm glad I can at least make her life a little easier.
- Virtually drinking with my sister
- Found another candle buried in my closet
- 15 mile bike ride. My times are improving ha. It is supposed to rain all weekend so I tried to make it count - otherwise it is online yoga
- Finished first embroidery since the summer at lunch
- Face-masked
- Ordered a tarte chrome pot. I don't need more makeup, but I will take a $20 treat