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The new grandniblet came to visit for the first time yesterday. :) We'd gotten to meet her once a week or so ago, but this is the first time she's come to our house.

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And, yes, they are in our "bubble", and we are in their bubble. Aside from the S/O having to go to work, and Thing 1's fiance having to go to work, Thing 1 & her household are the only folks we spend time with outside of our household (we see my parents occasionally, but always at a distance, and always with masks), and we are the only folks they spend time with outside of their household.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 8
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Oh, so very darling. Thank you for sharing with us!! ❤️

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 6
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Welcome to the world new grandniblet!

 ‎· Galadriel 1
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She’s a cutie!

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RT @cgrymala: “I'm not sure how anyone is expected to keep up with this stuff. I made this flow-chart to show how Berkeley County School students have to determine whether or not they have school on each given day (not shown is the fact that they only check the "red" status 2/week).” https://twitter.com/cgrymala/status/1357356772269297664

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SVG copy of the flow chart: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvhbHD5kAXrxmMVwLFm-y45awyt-NA

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TIL that the official Twitter handle for the American Bar Association is "ABAesq", and, while I get it, I can't help but wonder if the person who created the handle is a fan of Erasure (for those not in the know; Erasure has an ABBA cover album called "ABBA-esque"). Abba-esque - Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba-esque

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Love this EP.

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A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, we picked up a box of mini "pretzel dogs" on a whim. We had them for dinner a few nights ago, and they were pretty good. Went back to the grocery store yesterday, and planned to pick them up again, but, when I scanned them to add them to my cart, I noticed that they were $20 (and that's on sale; normally they're $25)! I guess we weren't paying any attention when we picked them up the first time. They were good, but I don't think they were $20-25 good.

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😯

 ‎· LB. Just LB.
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what are pretzel dogs?

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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Oh, wow, that's steep. The Auntie Anne's ones in our frozen section are usually $6-8 for 4 full-sized ones.

 ‎· Jennifer D.
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^^ In this case, they were cocktail franks wrapped in pretzel dough; similar to pigs-in-a-blanket, but with pretzel dough wrapped around them instead of biscuit dough.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 1
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^^ This was a box 36 mini pretzel dogs; the full-sized Nathan's ones were ~$8 for a box of 4. That's what we picked up this time to see if they're as tasty. With a family of 3, though, the 36-count box was a lot easier to split up than the box of 4 full-sized ones will be.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 1
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So, for $60/visit, we can call and have HVAC folks come out and do regular maintenance on our system, or, for $200/year, we can sign a maintenance agreement to have them come out twice/year to do the maintenance. I know they say we get discounts on other things (for instance, if they have to repair something, we get a 20% discount on the repair) if we sign the annual agreement, but I'm having trouble imagining that it's worth it. Anyone have any insight?

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i actually started doing this. it's nice, because we get automatic reminders for the service (which we have been known to forget). The other thing I like, at least with our plan, is we get priority service for emergencies. I view it more like insurance, in that I may not need it all the time, but it's sure nice when I do need it. like the time our AC went out in the middle of a summer heat wave.

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Meanwhile, we also have a problem with mice (mainly in the garage, but they occasionally show up in the house, too). We paid $200 yesterday for them to come out and set some baits (apparently the bait they use is safe for cats, because the antidote for the poison is found in cat food), and, it would apparently cost $600/year to sign up for an annual contract with them. Not sure that's worth it, either, but I'll have to spend some more time evaluating that.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 1
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Wow. The free "Stellar Lumens" I got for being a member of Keybase have gone from ~$75 initially to over $400, now. That's nothing like the story @app103 told about having ~$40 worth of BTC that's now worth >$2,000, but it's not bad, regardless.

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Let me correct you there. That was $0.42 USD of BTC that I started with, which makes the whole thing even more insane.

 ‎· April 1
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If you want a really crazy story, google "Bitcoin pizza day"

 ‎· April 1
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Ordered a printer from Costco on Christmas Day (it was apparently on a 1-day sale). They charged me for it and informed me that it shipped on Dec. 26. As of today, UPS still says they are waiting for it. I initiated a chat with Costco to find out what's going on with it, and they basically said "we don't know; but that printer is out of stock now, so, all we can do is issue a refund." I wonder if I'd hassled them sooner, if I would have still been able to get the printer. I'm really disappointed; I really need a new printer and that one was exactly what I wanted.

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Finally got all of my media restored on my Plex server (the hard drive died), but, I didn't realize that all of the metadata was stored in another directory alongside my media, so I never backed that up. As a result, I lost all of the meta data I had associated with my media, and now I'm having to rebuild it all (as much as possible; I set it up so long ago, I honestly don't remember what items I had to manually set up). I am, however, using this as a lesson to make sure I back up even more things in more places.

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I've had 3 separate drives die on me in the past 6-8 months (not counting the brand new drive that was corrupt from the beginning - I'm working on getting Seagate to replace that under warranty), so, I'm grateful that I had a pretty robust backup plan in place already, but, I have learned a few lessons about how/where to back things up. Thankfully, because my backup procedures were as strong as they were, I didn't really lose anything that can't be recreated, but I am having to put a lot of effort into restoring things and re-configuring my backup procedures.

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RT @cgrymala: “It's amazing to me, in the past 24-36 hours, how many Republicans apparently are now huge opponents of the Hobby Lobby & Citizens United court cases, and how many are now huge proponents of Net Neutrality & Section 230. I guess they never thought it would be used against them” https://twitter.com/cgrymala/status/1347988312070496257

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It sounds like, sometime tonight, I will be a grandpa for the second time.

Thing 1 has been in the hospital for the past 24 hours, under constant supervision for severe preeclampsia, and, after a round of tests performed this afternoon, the doctors have decided they will have to induce labor tonight.

Prayers and good vibes for Thing 1 and the new Grandnugget would be appreciated, as this is not how any of us would have planned this.

It sounds like, sometime tonight, I will be a grandpa for the second time.

Thing 1 has been in the hospital for the past 24 hours, under constant supervision for severe preeclampsia, and, after a round of tests performed this afternoon, the doctors have decided they will have to induce labor tonight.

Prayers and good vibes for Thing 1 and the new Grandnugget would be appreciated, as this is not how any of us would have planned this.

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Fingers crossed.

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Hi little Ivy. We're so glad you're here. ❤️ to your mama & your grandpa too

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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Thing 1 is in the hospital, and it sounds like the new Grandnugget might be coming a bit early.

She went to her doctor's appointment yesterday, and they noticed her blood pressure was extremely high, so they decided to monitor her for a few hours to see if it went down. It didn't, so they decided to admit her to the hospital until at least tonight. Apparently she has preeclampsia.

Thing 1 seems to think they're going to keep her until they can safely deliver the baby sometime in the next week or so. She entered week 34 yesterday, so, in an ideal situation, they wouldn't induce/deliver until at least 3 weeks from now, but, I'm guessing it's going to happen earlier than that.

Thing 1 is in the hospital, and it sounds like the new Grandnugget might be coming a bit early.

She went to her doctor's appointment yesterday, and they noticed her blood pressure was extremely high, so they decided to monitor her for a few hours to see if it went down. It didn't, so they decided to admit her to the hospital until at least tonight. Apparently she has preeclampsia.

Thing 1 seems to think they're going to keep her until they can safely deliver the baby sometime in the next week or so. She entered week 34 yesterday, so, in an ideal situation, they wouldn't induce/deliver until at least 3 weeks from now, but, I'm guessing it's going to happen earlier than that.

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btdt. pretty scary. hoping she can go another week at least. Best wishes for your family.

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Best wishes for Thing 1 & the grandnugget!

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RT @cgrymala: “I don't think enough credit goes to the folks that translate Japanese films/shows into English; in many cases, they do a fairly painstaking job of translating it in a way that the English matches up with the original mouth movements without significantly changing the context.” https://twitter.com/cgrymala/status/1345927514473066496

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In case you missed it, the governor of West Virginia made a few major announcements related to K-12 schools yesterday. Among those are the following:
A) teachers over the age of 50 will begin to get vaccinations on Jan 4. Keep in mind that that means even the first teacher to receive the vaccine will not finish the vaccine treatment until at least Jan 25 (or, if the vaccine treatment requires 6 weeks between adminstration, that would make it Feb 15, I believe). There is no word yet as to when younger employees will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
B) Starting Jan 19, all K-8 classes will resume in-person instruction.
C) Starting Jan 19, the only high schools that will not be conducting in-person instruction will be those in counties that are "red" on the COVID map (previously, counties in "orange" were also completely remote).
Another thing to keep in mind along with these announcements is that, as of today, there is only 1 county in the entire state that is not red or orange. There are 13 counties that are orange. The other 41 counties in the state are all red.
Regardless, all K-8 students will, according to the governor, be back in school on Jan 19, while, if the map remains similar to the way it is today, the high school students in 41 of those counties will still be remote-only.

In case you missed it, the governor of West Virginia made a few major announcements related to K-12 schools yesterday. Among those are the following:
A) teachers over the age of 50 will begin to get vaccinations on Jan 4. Keep in mind that that means even the first teacher to receive the vaccine will not finish the vaccine treatment until at least Jan 25 (or, if the vaccine treatment requires 6 weeks between adminstration, that would make it Feb 15, I believe). There is no word yet as to when younger employees will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
B) Starting Jan 19, all K-8 classes will resume in-person instruction.
C) Starting Jan 19, the only high schools that will not be conducting in-person instruction will be those in counties that are "red" on the COVID map (previously, counties in "orange" were also completely remote).
Another thing to keep in mind along with these announcements is that, as of today, there is only 1 county in the entire state that is not red or orange. There are 13 counties that are orange. The other 41 counties in the state are all red.
Regardless, all K-8 students will, according to the governor, be back in school on Jan 19, while, if the map remains similar to the way it is today, the high school students in 41 of those counties will still be remote-only.

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😒

 ‎· LB. Just LB. 1
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The more I read about people’s responses to COVID-19, the more convinced I am that the majority of people don’t understand A) how the virus works or B) how the vaccine works

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RT @cgrymala: “As of today, there is 1 county in WV that is classified as "green" on the COVID map, and 2 counties classified as "yellow". The other 52 counties are all classified as either "orange" or "red" (with most of them being red). At what point will @WVGovernor see this as an issue?” https://twitter.com/cgrymala/status/1343607187252244482

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The strangest thing happened to me yesterday. I was eating my lunch, and, all of a sudden, I got extremely nauseated and immediately had to go vomit. Once I was done vomiting, I felt fine again. I didn't feel badly leading up to it, and I didn't feel badly afterwards. That's never happened to me before.

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That’s unexpected. Hope it’s a one off thing.

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I ate some yogurt once that barely went past my tongue before I had to throw it up.

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This person is also simultaneously asking for prayers for multiple family members who are on ventilators because of the virus.

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:(

 ‎· LB. Just LB.
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To me, this sounds like sarcasm. I think the curfew is kind of pointless. I also think that the 10 person gathering limit with exceptions for just about every place but your home is pandemic theatre. They could have done more effective things, but instead chose the semi-spineless route that will continue to have this magical thinking about the virus transmission.

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@acreech: I don't disagree with you about the curfew, but, this person also doesn't wear a mask for "medical reasons", so, there's a history of them acting as though the virus is nothing to worry about, and that it's a big democratic hoax. This just happened to be their latest post about the virus not really being anything to worry about, and it's the first one I've seen since I saw them asking for prayers for their very ill family members a day before this.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 2
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I was just reading an obituary of a local man that one of my friends posted. The first thing that jumped out at me was the fact that the guy's name was Gerald, and his brother Jerry died before him. Assuming Jerry didn't die before Gerald was born; I imagine that might have been a little confusing. The second thing that jumped out at me was that the obituary said Jerry "proceeded" Gerald in death.

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A very lazy #caturday afternoon picture for @barrywynn #cats4beedub

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That's doing it right.

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Can anyone help me figure out a math equation? I've set up an online form to allow people to donate to various non-profits that our church helps to support, and, for the credit card portion of the form, we're allowing folks to choose to cover the credit card processing fees. The credit card processor charges 2.9% + $.30 for every transaction. Of course, like a dummy, I used ( ( {total} * .029 ) + .3 ) as the equation to figure out the credit card fees, and, it wasn't until we got our first contribution that I realized that wasn't right (as the 2.9% + $.30 will be taken out of the new total, so, it's a little higher than I anticipated - for example, if someone contributes $100, the equation I'm using makes the total $103.20, but, when someone contributes $103.20, the total that our church gets is only $99.91). So, what equation can I use to figure out what extra to charge for the credit card processing fees? I figured out, for $100, at least, that it's closer to 3% + $.30, but I'm sure that's not an exact or scalable equation.

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Total *(1+0.029)+0.30

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@barrywynn: No problem; thank you for trying. I'm just glad I was able to find the solution; obviously, it wasn't obvious.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 1
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The idea that there are states where you can track whether your absentee/mail-in ballot was accepted, processed, counted, etc. kind of blows my mind. Here in WV, you get 3 statuses: "Request for ballot received", "Ballot mailed to voter" and "Ballot received by mail"

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Pointed out to one of my Trumpet in-laws that police, military, public schools and public roads are all examples of socialism, and she decided that meant I was attacking her and that, because Biden looks like he'll be elected president, none of us will be allowed to have "opinions" anymore.

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I posted it as a comment on her post about how we need to split up the country, and how the republicans don't want socialism or redistributive taxes, but they plan to take the police and military with them.

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She really took offense to my comment.

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*shakes head* and *offers support*

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 1
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Something that hadn't occurred to me until I saw someone mention it on Facebook, and now it scares the crap out of me. If Trump loses the election (fingers crossed), he is totally eligible to try this all over again in 4 years.

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I mean, if he's not on the run from international justice.

 ‎· Jennifer D. 5
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@jenn2d2: That's the key right there, yeah. But, he's avoided any meaningful prosecution for decades, so, we'll see if anything happens over the next 4 years.

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He'll be eligible, but he'll also be old (or possibly dead), has numerous legal problems, and has banks (and possibly foreign governments) that want their money back. Even if he escapes the legal system, this loss combined with financial problems might damage his image enough for Republican voters to look for someone else. I expect that alternative will be worse than Trump.

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Would the Republicans even have him?

 ‎· Julian
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The GOP base totally would, assuming he's within spitting and video-editing distance of appearing compos mentis. That said, I'm on the whole more worried about them finding a version of Trump to run in 2024 who is actually competent.

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RT @cgrymala: “How is it possible that both of our absentee ballots were mailed back to the clerk together at the same time, and mine was received yesterday, but hers apparently hasn't arrived yet?” https://twitter.com/cgrymala/status/1321962457108115456

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USPS unreliability? Dumped in with others that did arrive but wasn't registered in the system yet because it was time to go home?

 ‎· April
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Her ballot was apparently received on the same day mine was (Wednesday), but it didn't show up as "received" until this morning.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 1
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Thank goodness it is confirmed arrived.

 ‎· Julian 1
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For crying out loud. The S/O has been sick in bed all day. Normally, we'd just assume it was due to the ridiculous weather swings or possibly the flu, but, in the current situation, you can't take any of that for granted. She texted her boss to tell him she won't be at work tomorrow, and that she might have to go to the doctor, and possibly get tested for COVID, and he responded with "Don't go get tested if you don't have symptoms. If you get tested, you'll have to take 2 weeks off. Not every sickness is COVID." First of all, what symptoms does he deem appropriate for COVID testing? Secondly, no, she doesn't have to take 2 weeks off just because she gets tested; if she tests positive, she has to take a minimum of 2 weeks off, but if the test comes back negative, she can go back to work whenever she feels up to it.

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Most of her direct co-workers are elderly (in their 70s+), and one of them is getting ready to start radiation treatment for cancer. If she went back to work, and found out later that she does have COVID, she'd never forgive herself if she spread it to them.

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these are crazy times. I hope your S/O is ok.

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 5
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Hope she feels better soon

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Depending on how long it takes to get the results, she may be required to take time off between testing and receiving the results, even if the results ultimately are negative, because when you don't know, it's better to side with caution and stay home.

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Went to the doctor this morning and they administered the test. The paper says it could take 7-10 days to get results, but the doctor said it's usually 1 or 2 days. Hoping it comes back negative, and that this is just some other seasonal crud.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle 3
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It drives me absolutely crazy that, because everything is basically open, people are acting like COVID is gone, or that it's at least gotten much better, despite the fact that the numbers are actually getting worse, or, at best, staying flat. People aren't paying any attention to the data; they're just paying attention to their so-called "leaders", and it scares the hell out of me.

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For those of us that are genuinely concerned, it means we have even less freedom to move around and do every-day things.

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The headline in my paper today was that infection rates are back down to ~5%. It made me so happy. (all the while thinking that in other countries, 5% would be cause for alarm).

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