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  • #879413 Reply

    You’ll nail it. Remember to be super excited and thank them all so much for their time today.

    #879420 Reply

    good luck LadyE!

    BGM, growing up my mother had the classic glass container with yellow “sun tea” lettering. Sooo sweet and delicious.

    Sunny this afternoon in Chicago. Glad for it as we face down another “official” 30 days

    #879422 Reply

    @Kate that is a fantastic anecdote. I wasn’t sure how I was going to vote in the primary, but she was the candidate for whom I had the highest regard.

    #879465 Reply

    @anonymousse and @Helen, you two have been on my mind. Wishing you both a complete and swift recovery. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    @allornone you’ve got this. You seem strong and smart and kind. That’ll get you through.

    And ugh I wish we lived in an alternate universe where Warren was somehow president right now.

    #879516 Reply

    @BGM – that sounds fantastic. I must remember to look at the pics later.
    @TheLadyE – you got this. You’re the fucking finalist. And good on you for stating what you needed and good on your bf for delivering.
    @Kate – damn. I’m jealous.

    #879530 Reply

    @Kate That’s a great story. I’m pretty jealous. I’d love to meet Elizabeth Warren, but would love even more to meet her with Bruce and Bailey. Still sad that she’d ended her campaign by the time my state got to vote. I also wish she was somehow our president now, through this crisis, and have actually taken some comfort in her online presence, knowing she’s still fighting for us, through all of this. Several months ago I almost bought a “persist responsibly” pint glass from her online store — I thought it was hilarious! Kinda wanting to do that now again.

    To those of you who are sick, I am thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recover.

    Good luck, @TheLadyE! I hope knowing you’re the finalist gives you that extra oomph of confidence for your presentation.

    #879534 Reply

    Welp, my company is going to cut everyone’s hours to 36/week instead of the 40, thus reducing pay. They’re doing this so they don’t have to lay people off or furlough people and I’m totally on board for the greater good of everyone.

    This is why I’m annoyed/pissed. I already work 50 hours a week and get paid 40 (including since Covid started, actually more) and I don’t get paid OT. Since we’re a large, publically traded company it’s all for stockholder show.

    I do realize people have it far worse and I’m lucky. I needed to vent a second.

    #879536 Reply
    avatarMiss MJ

    Hi, all. I’ve been following along. Sending good wishes to those who are feeling ill and @Allornone and @LadyE. This is such a difficult time.

    @Kate: I’d be absolutely awestruck to meet Elizabeth Warren! So cool!

    @BGM: I’m super jealous of your tales from the desert. Having tons of outdoor space with no one around would be fantastic during this.

    And, @Wendy, if you’re checking in, I hope you and your family are safe and doing well.

    As for me, unfortunately, even with the social distancing and obsessive hand washing and grocery delivery, it looks like COVID found me. I can’t get tested because I’m not ready for the hospital, but the fever, chills, shortness of breath and cough (damn, the cough!) started last Saturday. Fortunately, it’s not too bad and if it stays where it is, I’ll be fine. I have asthma, though, which is a bit of a worry. Fortunately, my husband hasn’t shown any symptoms. Don’t know if that means he doesn’t have it, hasn’t shown symptoms yet or is one of the asymptomatic ones. Honestly? I’m hoping for asymptomatic so that Once I’m better and the quarantine period has passed, I can put him in the safe column.

    This whole business is somewhat surreal and I keep repeating to myself that this too shall pass. I was in NOLA for Katrina and while not the same, there are similarities in seeing your entire way of life changed overnight. As devastating ad things are – and they are – we will get through this. On a big picture level, life will return to something resembling normal. Businesses will reopen – some the same; others different. Sports, theater, movies will resume. People will congregate and gather. That reassures me. But on an individual level, when I think about all of the losses that individual people are going to endure during this – the deaths, the loss of livelihoods and family businesses, the inevitable bankruptcies and loss of homes, ways of life and things that cannot be recovered – and I think about how the deaths and losses could have been greatly mitigated by even just a smidgeon of competence or giving a goddamn at the federal level, I am so fucking furious. And I honestly don’t think I will ever move past that. Nor do I think I want to. These people who didn’t care, who turned their backs on science, experience and human lives – it’s not enough just to vote them out; there should be legal consequences.

    But that’s for later. For right now, everyone stay safe, stay as healthy as you can and tell your loved ones you love them. Also, wash your hands.

    #879537 Reply

    Sending you good thoughts @missmj!

    #879538 Reply
    avatarMiss MJ

    Thanks! Everyone stay safe! We’ve basically been hermits and it still got to us. (Hermits surrounded by spring breakers and idiots in the same building, but still.)

    #879553 Reply
    Dear WendyDear Wendy

    Just popping in to say I’m thinking of you all – those who are sick, those who are afraid of getting sick, those who are losing income, and those who are just bored and lonely and isolated at home. I am all of these things too except sick (and I am grateful for my health!). We are holding up ok. The kids are doing really well and I think that’s a big credit to their dad who is amazing. I’ll take credit for keeping them fed and keeping their clothes clean!

    Our school lost a third grade teacher to coronavirus this week – I believe the first public school teacher reported to have died of the virus – and it has been traumatic. I did not know her personally though many of Jackson’s friends and former classmates were in her class this year. She was a face we saw nearly every day and she was beloved by her students and the school community. I worry about the losses still to come. It’s been a heavy week.

    Hang tight, everyone. Eventually, we will get to the other side of this.

    #879555 Reply

    I’m glad you checked in Wendy! I think of you and your family often and I hope you are getting the break you need. Truly. Be well and stay safe.

    Oh, I do have a bit of good news. My friend announced her pregnancy on a virtual happy hour last night. They conceived right around my 40th birthday brunch so I’m going to pretend my super fun party was the catalyst. In sad but understandable news, they are delaying their wedding.

    In other good news, my new little niece is doing well. She was a week old yesterday.

    In my final bit of news, my company is helping outfit the local, very large convention center with beds. 500 should be up and ready in a couple of days. I really hope I don’t end up there.

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