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  1. On 4/3/2020 at 11:50 AM, TripleH said:


    At the risk of being nit picky, that article was from almost two months ago.  It was really rainy December through January.  


    On 4/3/2020 at 4:00 PM, Cyradis said:

    Where is the legendary Vancouver rain? I see blue sky and clouds out the window. I want it to be NASTY out so no one else will be outside and I can go biking truly alone. After sundown helps, but gross weather helps more. Broccoli upon the beautiful spring time. Give me the gray skies I was promised when I moved here!


    It will probably rain more than you want in June.  Somehow it always does.  Nice sunny spring days are what makes the rest of Canada hate Vancouver.  :poke:  It's kind of a thing.  

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  2. 1 hour ago, Kangaroorex said:

    I so don't want to work today, even with caffeinated stimulation!


    You and pretty much everyone else.  I am chief motivator in our house.  It's a hard job right now.  


    5 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    So you Washington State folk

    Should I cancel my Apr 20 trip to central WA now, or wait a week before making the decision? 


    Schools in the state are closed until the 27th, but most people expect it to be longer.  Even parks and most stores are closed right now.  I'm not sure what you want to do in Washington, but options will definitely be limited.  

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  3. Just thought I'd update...  I tried a layer of gloss sealer first, waited overnight, used brown liner with extra flow improver and tried to wick it into the sculpted text.  It looked okay when wet, but the text vanished as it dried, like disappearing ink.  I tried again and again, but it just wouldn't stay in the crevices.  It was exactly the same behavior I usually get with Bones, so I'm giving up and just filling in the sculpted text so I can freehand something in.  Will probably be easier.  It's irritating, because it looks like a wash should totally do the trick.  

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  4. 37 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

    Poor little Sephy... she’s got another ear infection ::(: she has stronger antibiotics (which will most like give her diarrhea) and should be feeling better in a couple days. Just have to keep an eye on that diaper situation.


    I prescribe lots of baking soda baths.  Generally just lots of baths, but baking soda helps with bad rashes.  

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  5. 55 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:


    Please tell me this was as cute as it sounds :wub:


    It was pretty cute, and cool to get the attention, too.  This was back in the 80s, when interacting with a character personality was pretty rare.  He didn't talk, though, so it was more of a "surgery sucks" empathy moment.  My childhood knee surgery involved two 3" scars, almost 1/4" wide, with obvious suture marks.  But it was hot, so I was wearing a short skirt.  

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  6. 50 minutes ago, Zink said:


    I've always liked the pics I've seen of Dartmoor forest. That area is on my to visit list if I ever get to the UK. An example


    There's a Real-Life Enchanted Forest and It's In Dartmoor, England ...


    Plus the rocky crags and moors look cool to me too.


    If it wasn't for the rocks, I'm pretty sure that's a picture of Olympic National Park.  We've also got some trees like that 5 minutes from my house.  There's a reason why Washington is called the evergreen state.  

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  7. I have had exactly the same problem with Laurana.  Mine is 90% done if you don't count the scroll.  I will try again tomorrow and see if I can make it work, maybe I was too enthusiastic with the dry brushing.  Flow improver can help with the wash, as can sealing the blank scroll before washing.  At least, those tricks have helped with other models...  :rolleyes:

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  8. 33 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    Ever been tempted to take a garbage bag and some cheap plastic recorders to make a set of bagpipes?


    The Auld Grump - tempted to do this project with Brigid - only fear for my life prevents me from doing so. (Megan would kill me!)


    I mean...  Oldest has a set of actual bagpipes.  I'd rather season the bag than build from scratch.  

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  9. 6 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:


    Well technically, if you use salt water it would break the rna bonds (i.e., kill) some of the viruses, but only those still on the surface of the rather limited area it can touch, so it really won't accomplish much other than making you feel like you are doing something.



    At least telling people to gargle salt water won't actually hurt them...  Although gargling vinegar might be bad for your teeth.  


    Listened to the live stream Q&A about high school graduation.  Sounds like the only thing they think they know is that second semester won't be graded, it will be pass/fail.  So hopefully my eldest daughter gets better soon, since she's got a sore throat and fatigue right now.  

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  10. So I'm very (VERY) late to the party, a lot of things went crazy at the start of 2020.  I have been saving my box of goodies from Warlady until I actually sent out my gift.  Fortunately, today I tossed everything in a box and got it in the mail, so I could open my box of saved goodies.  I absolutely love the adorable Christmas Rogue I recieved, I keep meaning to paint all the Christmas adventurers so we can have a family D&D game when everyone's home, but somehow I've only ever painted them to give away.  


    Thank you so much, and many (MANY) apologies to my poor recipient.  It should be there by the end of the week!



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  11. 9 hours ago, haldir said:

    As a person who can't do my job from home (impossible to throw grocery items to shelves this way), some may have been going to work to do similiar jobs. We (the state) is in shelter lockdown, but while walking home from work this morning, you couldn't tell. Felt like a Sunday morning here.


    My 21 year old son is about to join your ranks.  He's been aimless and unproductive for too long, so we pointed out that the grocery store is desperate for workers and right now it genuinely benefits society to keep those shelves filled.  And hey, he mostly keeps quarantined in his room when he's home anyway.  :rolleyes:


    5 hours ago, Pingo said:

    We had Chinese takeout (delivered) for dinner. We were all pooped from the drive, the cleaning out of the dorm room, and the stress, and no one wanted to cook. Also we’re supporting a neighborhood business.


    Also, Chinese food, yum!


    If it makes Red feel any better, my 12 year old daughter spent much of today listening to Blue talk about history while drawing in her sketchbook.  Then she spent the rest of the day watching Avatar: the Last Airbender.  Seemed to hit the spot for her.  

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    On 3/22/2020 at 1:09 PM, ShadowRaven said:

    I am one of the unfortunate souls who never slept through the night until I was like 4. Guess what, even toddlers can have anxiety issues and panic attacks. Hope Sephy's sleep training goes much better than mine. 


    Funny, out of 5 kids, 2 had serious trouble sleeping.  One ended up being asthmatic and slept like an angel once he got inhalers to help with his cough.  The other turned out to have sleep apnea.  Sometimes sleep training doesn't work, and usually there's a reason why.  


    23 hours ago, Pegazus said:

    Today's grocery trip again failed to supply eggs or tofu. Being Japanese, that's hurting my wife quite a bit. We had to take our daughter to the high school to clean out her locker. They're going online for the rest of the semester. Poor seniors are losing their prom, and quite possibly a graduation. Feel really bad for them to all just be done with it all of a sudden.


    My eldest daughter is also class of 2020.  We'd already bought a prom dress.  She started making plans last August, she and her BFF were going to invite two friends who are juniors.  BFF managed to arrange it so that my daughter was then supposed to invite the male-friend-who's-totally-just-a-friend-really.  Which she did.  Last August.  I'm really hoping I didn't buy a fancy dress for nothing.  :down:  There's going to be a webinar or something on Wednesday, no one really has said what's happening other than everything's on hold until the end of April.  Maybe, since Washington State cases are going down, we might be able to do some of the grad events in June.  :unsure:

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    On 3/20/2020 at 8:19 AM, Marvin said:


    I'd be a little reluctant to judge based off shopping carts unless it's, you know, comically blatant. I've seen a number of instances of self-righteous Internet commentators wringing their hands and trashing people for stacks of toilet paper and some other supplies that, honestly, aren't even that bad for a household of one or two planning ahead but are absolutely nothing for a family of four or five or six or more. It's easy to overreact right now going both directions, so it's probably best not to get too worried, with too little information, about what the other guy's doing.



    So much this.  There are six of us living in the house.  A week's worth of groceries is often $200, and includes at least one jug of distilled water for CPAP machines.  What's stupid is that because the grocery store keeps running out of stuff, we have to make more trips than usual.  Also doesn't help that I'm the one who normally does the shopping but I've been self-quarantining because I was sick.  


    I'm finally feeling mostly better, though.  Which is good, because apparently my skills are needed managing this diverse team.  

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  14. Somehow the days just slip by...  Decided to skip to the end and then work my way back a bit, but thought I'd say hello first.  Still sick, but starting to have enough energy to do things like the dishes.  Didn't help that this week my teenager was supposed to have multiple medical appointments and everyone decided that they're either doing tele-health or rescheduling for later.  


    And I'm with @Inarah, WTF with everyone stockpiling flour?  I know I normally go through a 5lb bag per week, but I never saw anyone else buying it before.  Not that I'm doing a ton of baking, but I've got the menfolk trained on how to make pancakes from scratch, and I don't want that to stop!  Do people not understand that there's a massive stockpile of wheat just waiting to be made into more flour??  

    1 minute ago, SparrowMarie said:

    I'm so tired. Probably should nap before Roll20 D&D tonight. 


    I'm still around, have been lurking some. Haven't felt great, have been sleeping weird, and brain weasels. I have a sinus infection going on 3 weeks now, already went through a course of antibiotics. Emailed my doctor about it and she said it should start clearing up soon but definitely don't go to urgent care right now.


    Those NeilMed sinus rinse bottles help a ton.  Amazon might even be able to deliver them.  

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  15. 14 hours ago, TGP said:


    I just look at the labels on the nasty little sachet packets to tell whether it is really honey or maple syrup. Usually it is not. If all else fails, it tastes different.



    Was going to say that real honey tastes amazing, adulterated honey does not.  But I grew up with fresh honey from my Dad's hive.  Apparently he learned how to keep bees as an impoverished child during the war.  They got an extra sugar ration out if it.


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    12 hours ago, Cyradis said:


    Someone better know how to make moonshine. Who wants to go through the apocalypse sober the whole time? 


    If we run out of alcohol there will be raids on local warehouses.  A shockingly large number of local businesses produce alcohol on site.  Not that I'll need any, we've got lots.


    47 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

    Our kids had bad diaper rash too.  Awesome Wife ended up mixing up a batch of tripple cream ointment and that helped immensely.  Used it on all three of our girls.


    Frequent baths help a lot too, and I used to feed my girls kids probiotics interleaved with the antibiotics.  You can mix packets of culturelle in a sippy cup with whatever they normally drink.  

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  16. I've been meaning to test out D&D online stuff, our old group keeps moving farther apart and it's really hard to get people together.  I guess now is the time for that....


    I was lucky enough to get sick with a 101 degree fever yesterday, so now I need to wait an indeterminate number of days at home.  I mean, I am obviously sick with something, just no idea what flavor of plague it is.  :rolleyes:  Not that there's a lot of places to go, schools are closed until late April, churches aren't holding services, the public library just closed, even my favorite Seattle park just closed.  We'll probably be able to find some outdoor space here in the wilds of unincorporated King County, and there are a couple of families we spend a lot of time with that I'm sure we'll see over the next month, once I've been better for a few days.  'Cause honestly, I think they gave me this plague in the first place--half of them are sick too.  


    Seriously, though, it's a THING.  I've got this weird feeling that I'm in the middle of the leading edge of a once-a-century event.  At least, I'm really hoping this doesn't happen again for an extremely long time.  A month ago I was all, "SARS didn't impact the greater community that much, it'll be fine."  Now it feels really different.  :down: 

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  17. 19 minutes ago, TGP said:

    I hate to break it to you...



    This was not written by an optimist:



    I totally understand that it's going to get worse in terms of number of people sick, but the question of how long does it make sense to keep schools closed over it is different.  At some point there's just enough community spread that isolating the least vulnerable group isn't as helpful.  At the very least, I can't see our lone school district staying closed for more than a month if the other school districts are staying open.  And since many other school districts aren't equipped to switch to online-only, if the state closes all schools it will mean that the school year is fundamentally altered for everyone, which should mean things will be re-scheduled.  Right now everything is just being cancelled with the hope of maybe being rescheduled later.  I can handle delays, but I don't want my daughter's senior year experience (concerts she was to perform in, prom, graduation) to just not happen at all.

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  18. 8 hours ago, TGP said:


    Maybe it’s time to pull the plug on the public schools and just homeschool ...go full on Kahn Academy or something. 


    See, the thing is that my kids don't thrive in an online environment.  Especially my high schooler, who is supposed to be graduating this year.  She gets her energy from singing in her choir and being in her Japanese class with her besties.  


    I don't really fault the school district for doing this temporary online school thing, it is the socially responsible thing to do.  Heck, lots of the parents are working remotely too because we're in tech central and Microsoft, Amazon, Google, et al all told employees to work from home.  


    If that seems like overkill, my neighbor disagrees.  She was told to go to the local hospital last week, where she tested positive for influenza A.  But the local hospital is Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, and she said that it was full on Ebola-style precautions there.  We've got multiple care homes getting positive covid-19  tests, so the hospitals are about to be swamped.  The schools have logistical concerns because parents were keeping their kids home and many of the teachers are over 50.  In a way we're really lucky that we can do online school instead of just closing.  I just have kids who don't like it and a smallish house for this many people.  I'm desperately hoping this doesn't drag on.  

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  19. On 3/8/2020 at 11:27 AM, Marvin said:

    Coming soon: a sonnet corona exploring coronavirus. A sonnet coronavirus?


    I really think you should do this.  If anyone could, it would be you.


    Online school is off to a rocky start.  Starting right after a time change was less than ideal.  Really awful allergies are also not helping.  High schooler is struggling to find motivation in her allergy fog, middle schooler is at her desk pretty much all day and the elementary kid is doing whatever?  I don't even care, she's bright and she's doing mostly what she needs to.  


    I feel like this is going to get old extremely quickly.  This craziness after last spring's two week snow closure has me wondering what we'll have to put up with next year.  :unsure:  Floods, probably.  <_<

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  20. 57 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    Have you seen what's going on in Australia?  Stores are running out of Toilet Paper due to panic buying. 


    Oh there's no toilet paper here either.  :rolleyes:


    Hubby is supposed to work from home while the kids do school from home.  The house is not that big, and when we have snow days we get sick of each other pretty fast.  We'll see if the online school thing works or not, I definitely don't prefer it, my kids need social time!  I need time to get stuff done!

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