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  • ktfran
    January 11, 2024 at 9:37 am #1127568

    How are yo doing Lisforleslie? And Rangerchic? Kate, I hope you body fights it off and that your husband feels better soon.

    I had that nasty cough thing before the holiday’s, where I was either choking on my own mucous or dry heaving for a few days straight. I still don’t really know what that was, but I know a few people who had it.

    I usually meal prep on Sunday’s. If I don’t, we end up picking something up most nights. My meal prep is usually three to four hours, but that also includes making a big pot of soup or some other kind of lunches for the week and dinner for Sunday if we’re not eating the soup for dinner.

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    January 11, 2024 at 10:18 am #1127569

    Ack. I hope your husband feels better soon, Kate, and that you don’t catch it. I never did both times my boyfriend had it (we slept in separate rooms both times).

    Last night I got three more meds prescribed and a referral to a specialist who will have the tool needed to look at my inner ears. Both ear drums are still filled with fluid and the right ear is, I guess, quite bad, which is why I’m having still having some odd symptoms.

    We have tried Hello Fresh and Gobble. I like both, but think it’s a bit pricey for what it is. We keep all the recipe cards. I like cooking, generally don’t mind/even kind of enjoy grocery shopping. We just… never have a plan for some reason. So we’ll go to the grocery store and buy the foods we know we like, then figure it out later. I think our situation is an easy fix of making the effort to communicate about dinners for the week before we go shopping. And three years of living together in, I still haven’t quite nailed the math of how long leftovers will last for two. I also like dinner leftovers for lunch when I go to the office, so trying to factor that into the plan, too.

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    Kate
    January 11, 2024 at 10:34 am #1127571

    I did test positive this morning. I wish we’d gotten the latest booster. I had an appointment to get it at work, but when I got to the clinic they said it was all still frozen. My husband didn’t want to take a day off of physical training by feeling poorly after the booster. Well now he’s out of commission for several days feeling like shit. I’m still mild, trying to figure out whether to take paxlovid or not, but this is a huge pain in the ass and I bet we wouldn’t be sick if we’d kept up with the boosters (we had them in Fall of ‘21 and ‘22 but not ‘23).

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    January 11, 2024 at 10:48 am #1127572

    Oh no! Hopefully it stays mild and you both recover swiftly. I do know people who have gotten sick pretty soon after getting their boosters, so you never know. It’s definitely prevalent here right now, I’ve been masking up more again and notice others doing the same.

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    LisforLeslie
    January 11, 2024 at 12:19 pm #1127573

    Ooof – @Kate that sucks! Take the Paxlovid. It can only help. I didn’t have stomach issues but about 90 minutes after taking it I would taste it as if I’d let the pills dissolve on my tongue. It was very unpleasant. Eating snacks helped but by that last day I could taste it the whole day. Even so, if I got it again, I would take the Paxlovid again.


    @Ktfran
    – thanks for asking. I’m on the mend and one of my clients said yesterday that I sounded better, as if I’d only been smoking for 10 years.

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    January 11, 2024 at 1:05 pm #1127574

    Hope all who are feeling under the weather get well soon. FWIW my dad and brother got the booster, I think the XBB, and they both still got COVID, my brother in December and my dad just now. It was both their first time. I’m hoping the vaccines helped a bit. I also got a cough/cold this past week. An expired COVID test said I was negative.

    My family has recommended using a neti pot or saline rinse. I just started last night. Not sure if I have the benefits yet but people like it.

    We don’t meal plan. I’m not sure if I could do a plan for all days of the week. I’d like to get some more meals in the freezer for rotation. I totally agree about accounting for leftovers, copa!

    Generally we shop what’s on sale in the flyer and that kind of dictates what we make, particularly vegetables. In the summer we’d go to the farmers market and get inspired by what’s there. We buy meat on sale and freeze it. On Friday we try to start thawing one meat and we make one meal on Sunday which might last Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday we might do a pasta. By Friday we do chicken fingers or fish sticks in the air fryer. I realize that’s processed but it’s more economical than eating out.

    I’d like to incorporate more plant based food in our diet? Like beans. My husband has Crohn’s so fibrous stuff is not awesome but I think if it’s cooked enough it’s ok.

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    January 11, 2024 at 2:01 pm #1127575

    We shop sales similarly. I got three pork tenderloins for like $10 last weekend. Two are frozen, one we have planned for tonight.

    No shade toward processed foods, they are convenient and can easily be incorporated into an otherwise balanced diet. Last spring I learned I have a stomach issue that is likely inherited from my mom. Between spring and now, I’ve been all talk about making some of the lifestyle changes recommended. I’m not what I’d call heavy by any means, but when my weight creeps up, I carry it in my stomach, which exacerbates the issue I have. And I am probably 10-15 pounds heavier than I was a handful of years ago (I don’t weigh myself, just going off of things like the fit of my clothes). I have zero desire to calorie count at this juncture, but have been evaluating my overall diet. My snacking habits in particular aren’t great, so that’s where I’m going to start making some changes.

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    Kate
    January 11, 2024 at 4:59 pm #1127576

    Glad you’re doing better, L, it sounds like you were pretty sick. I feel like it’s affecting me mentally. I had a crying jag today, and I only cry like a couple times a year. And I feel kind of depressed and also can’t focus. My husband and I are both irritable too, like we can’t handle anything.

    It sucks because there’s no Covid benefits at work anymore, they took them away a while back, and no one cares, they are like oh that sucks, but they expect you to work through it. My boss is away so I’ve been working directly with her boss, who pinged me and my coworker (who’s out today helping her dad who had triple bypass surgery) asking us to do some budget analysis. Like, come on. It says right there she’s OOO, and you know I’m sick.

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    LisforLeslie
    January 12, 2024 at 6:33 am #1127577

    That sucks Kate. I’ve been telling people that my timing for COVID couldn’t have been better. I don’t celebrate Christmas so I wasn’t around anyone but my mom for a short dinner (and thankfully tested negative) then I was out for the quietest week of the year. Followed by another really quiet week where I could get on some calls in the morning and be done with my meetings by 8am and then out for the rest of the day.

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    January 12, 2024 at 9:52 am #1127578

    The review nobody asked for: First impressions of Typology are very positive. The tinted face serum is lightweight and 3-4 drops evens out my skin tone… I’m probably in between the relative few shades they offer, the one I got feels a touch dark. The concealer feels very moisturizing and blended easily. The tinted lip oil is where it’s at for me atm though. The purple plum color is like my lips but better and as someone who usually opts into Aquaphor, I like the feel of the oil on my lips. Not sure of staying power yet but I’ve been wanting to try this brand for almost a year and so far so good.

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    January 12, 2024 at 10:22 am #1127579

    It has been weird post COVID and sickness. We are in the office. Mainly like pre COVID if I had a sore throat I’d still come in. During COVID I wouldn’t. Now, I do. I don’t mask (and nobody else does) but I probably should. I do wish we could go back a bit and have people respect when you are sick.

    I haven’t really written in this thread about my work stuff. I’ve been at the same job for eight years. Over the last four years I’ve known it’s not where I want to be. I finally applied for a job for the first time. I’ve been selected for an interview. I am happy but also freaking out a bit. It is a 40 min drive against traffic which is not insignificant. My commute is 20 min right now. I also need to find out more about the job.

    Also my husband and I are trying to start a family. I know you’re not supposed to make too many changes at once. But I don’t want to stop career/family for either. Anyway we will see where this all goes..!

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    January 12, 2024 at 11:11 am #1127580

    My company is good about being flexible with WFH when under the weather. I know people have been sent home as recently as this week for coming in under the weather. But I still face similar issues to pre-COVID. Namely, that work doesn’t stop for illness. I was in rough shape the week after Thanksgiving, but had an end-of-month deadline. So I was allowed/encouraged to WFH, but still had to work.

    Good luck with your interview @hfantods! You can take the approach I have to the handful of interviews I had last calendar year: It’s just information seeking for now. You’re in a good spot to see if the fit is right for you since you are gainfully employed. I was hopeful for a job last spring (that I did not end up getting), and honestly I was a bit relieved not to get it… I was uneasy about having to get a car and nearly doubling my commute time when right now I have a door-to-door public transit commute of about 35 minutes.

    I’m pretty sure both companies I interviewed with in December are ghosting me. Or still ramping things back up after the holidays. Either way is fine. One felt like a dream company but not the right job. The other felt like the right job but they were candid that the environment is “tough” with lots of micromanaging from the top, and we revisited salary expectations after my panel interview… they can’t even match my salary! Not interested in leaving for a shitty environment for less pay.

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