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    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    I'm over the whole Native American thing. Technically, she does have some Native American heritage as proven by DNA, but I do think she exploited it a bit. The fact that Republicans won't let this go considering how their leader is a pathological liar is laughable. I like her. I think she's one of the smartest of the candidates and I like her ideals and values. I would like to see a more concrete plan on how to make her goals a reality. I won't mind paying more in taxes if I pay less for health insurance. I'd much prefer to pay more in taxes for things that do help the greater good, instead of golf trips, unnecessary border walls, and wars.
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    Saturday September 21, 2019

    Happy last weekend of summer! Summer has returned to New England, with temps in the 80s. It has been down to the low 40s at night. I went to work in true New England change of season garb yesterday: Fleece jacket, gloves, and sandals. The old saying "If you don't like the weather in New England, wait a minute", has been holding true. I'm closing my pool today, then will drive to NH to visit DS. We're planning on walking the beach and then having dinner. Tomorrow will likely be the last real beach day of the year. I have slept better the last 2 nights. A combination of the chamomile/ melatonin with a time release melatonin seems to be doing the trick. Tweety-glad you enjoyed your staycation. I hope today is kind to you and eases you gently back into work mode. Joe-Enjoy your trip. Safe travels! J22-I hope the eye is better today. I'm sorry you couldn't get any pain meds. Dianah-I loved your pictures from the cruise. Stars-I hope your gypsies have settled down, and Nannie is not too out of control. Herring-I'm glad your husband had a nice birthday. Hope you have a good weekend. Hope all who stop by have a good Saturday.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    If this is true, then I am fully behind impeachment.
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    Thursday September,

    Morning- Insomnia is kicking my butt again. I got some Camomile-melatonin gummies that are just not doing it for me. I've been up since 3 AM. My big issue is that I can't shut my brain off once I wake up, and then I'm up for the duration. I think it's time to talk to my PCP about this. Maybe I need some kind of cognitive behavioral therapy to learn how to shut my mind off. I do all the sleep hygiene stuff-no screens, no caffeine, bed room at the right temp, etc. Meh. I did read you all, but don't have the brain power to remember what y'all said. I hope Herring and J22 feel better, and that everyone else is ok.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Of course Trump had to make his remarks about Cokie Roberts' death about him. He's the bride at every wedding, and the corpse at every funeral. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/17/donald-trump-cokie-roberts-she-never-treated-me-nicely/2355597001/
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    Sunday, 9/15/19

    Good morning- It's a beautiful day here, after a night of thunderstorms. We're heading to CT in a bit to celebrate my MIL-to be's 80th birthday. I made a malted chocolate cake to bring. Dianah-Welcome home! I can't wait to hear about your trip. Stars-I'm glad Nannie had a nice birthday. I hope you and DH got to relax after all the guests left and she went to bed. J22-I love to bake bread, but since going low carb I've given it up. Nice that you were able to get out on your bike. Must get dressed and ready to go. Hope all have a great day!
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    Sunday, 9/15/19

    Yes, Herring, glad that DH is ok and wasn't admitted. I hope he enjoys his party tomorrow.
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    Saturday September 14 2019

    Morning- I'm working my once a month 3 hour Saturday shift today. So far, 2 of my patients have no-showed, but I have to be here anyway cause we do allergy shots and testing, too. Yesterday was a bit crazy, as Fridays tend to be. I had to spend a bit of time explaining to a lovely 89 year old woman that the localized pain, low grade fever, and body aches she had after her tetanus shot was not an allergic reaction. Her response was that she's not likely to need another one, so she wasn't going to worry about it! Lat night we went to see The Who at Fenway Park. They were in great voice and did not move like men in their mid 70s. They played with an orchestra for part of the show, which was really nice. Roger Daltrey said that Boston would always be special to him, because his voice was saved here by a doctor from Mass General Hospital. He did sound great. It got a little chilly out and I was glad I had my fleece jacket. The concert ended before 10 PM, which was a good thing since the band and most of the attendees are senior citizens, . We had dinner before at a big food hall that had stalls from several restaurants in Boston, serving a few selections from their restaurant menus. I had some great vegetarian tacos. Fiance went with chicken parm. Joe-have fun at the wedding! Tweety-I was wondering if you would get another dog at some point. Will you get another Italian greyhound? Stars-Happy Birthday to Nannie! Don't overdo the domestic goddess stuff! J22-That's strange about the "suspicious package". Glad it was nothing serious. Hope your pain is better. Herring-Glad the plumbing issue is finally resolved. Hi to everyone else who stops by. Hope all have a good weekend.
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    On 9-12-2019 Debate

    You didn't answer my question. Will you vote for whoever gets the Democratic nomination?
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    On 9-12-2019 Debate

    I'd still vote for anyone of them over Trump. Would you?
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    On 9-12-2019 Debate

    Beto O'Rourke won a lot of respect from me last night. Finally, someone with the backbone to come right out and say we should remove all assault-style weapons. There's precedent for this. The US required registration and taxation of tommy guns in the National Firearms Act of 1934, and in 1939 the Supreme Court ruled that the law didn't violate the constitution. Sales of those high powered guns dropped dramtically, and no one lost their freedom or their right to have other types of weapons. Let's do that again.
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    Thursday September 12 2019

    Morning- Yesterday was bizarro day at work. I spent too much time arguing with a parent that a milk allergy is a food allergy and needs to be documented as such for school. She kept insisting it wasn't, because milk is a drink, not a food. Where is the banging your head on brick wall emoji when you need it? Also had another parent wanting a list of all the milk and egg free choices at Dunkin Donuts. Umm-black coffee??? I don't have their menu and ingredients memorized. The last one was a patient with environmental allergies who said she didn't have any pets at home. I asked if she had any animal exposure at all. She said yes, my DD's dog and cat. I asked how often she was exposed to them, and she said everyday, because my DD lives with me. So I said, but you just told me you don't have pets. Her response-I don't own them, so they're not my pets. Maybe I expect too much... Woke up at 2 AM and by 3:30 decided to get up and go downstairs, where I promptly smashed my foot on the leg of the coffee table. My first 3 toes are nice and swollen, and turning purple. It's gonna be sandals at work today. Sorry, OSHA. Joe-will you be working full time from home or just a few days a week? J22-I hope you get some pain relief from the cream and the gabapentin. I loved the picture of your Main St. My town did something similar on the town common. A man from our town was killed in the attacks in NY, and has family decorates the common and holds a service every year on 9/11. Stars-I'm glad your pain is better, even if you haven't entirely convinced the gypsies to leave town. Wishing all a peaceful day today.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-admin-will-deny-temporary-protected-status-bahamians-who-fled-n1052561 I have no words that I can say here without violating TOS. Bahamians who are allowed to come to the US as refugees will not be allowed to work while here. So what are they supposed to do to support themselves? Collect welfare?? We can't have that, can we??? That's anathema to the right. These people have lost everything and need a place to stay while their country is rebuilt. Why not let them work so they can support themselves while they are in the US, and not be a "burden"? Trump touts his low unemployment rate, so I highly doubt they'll be taking any jobs away from Americans. I remember 18 years ago when other countries showed us support in the face of our disaster. Apparently that's been long forgotten, at least by Trump and his minion Stephen Miller. I pray that karma is a real thing.
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    Tuesday September 10 2019

    Good morning- Work was busy yesterday, and then we had a provider meeting afterwards, so I didn't get home til almost 8. I was a little hangry by then, but fortunately had leftovers so I could eat quickly. You don't want to be around me when I'm hangry, . I read on my town's FB page that the police arrested someone who had threatened to "shoot up" the stadium in town at Sunday night's football game. He had posted his intent on social media and fortunately, people took it seriously and called the police. These are scary times. Today's a regular work day, then I'll go to the gym. It's hard to exercise outdoors after work with the days getting shorter . Add the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and thanks, but I'll be indoors at dusk. Joe-Hope today is stress free for you. Wishing all a good day.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Trump has cancelled the meeting with the Taliban after they admitted to setting a car bomb that killed an American soldier. Here is a link to the article Nel mentioned. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/opinion/sunday/republican-party-2020.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
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    Sunday September 9, 2019

    Morning- Weather was glorious yesterday after a very cool start. We took a short ride down to Newport, RI to see if the surf was high after the remnants of Dorian. It was a little rough, but nothing major. We did the Cliff Walk, which is an almost 4 mile trail set up on the cliffs by the ocean. It goes past several of the old Newport mansions from the Gilded Age. Most of it is paved, but there are a few sections where you have to scramble over rocks. I got hit by a rogue wave that came over one the sections that is a little lower down. I was drenched, but the sun was shining, so I didn't care. We later went into town to have oysters by the water, and then some gelato. Today we are invited to go sailing with a friend of Fiance's. We will stay in the harbor, as their boat is small and there are still high surf advisories. I will take some Dramamine before we go. DD made it back to the mainland last night, as ferries started running again around noon. Tweety-I hope today goes well, whether you have a tech or not. I hope all is ok with you. Hope all enjoy their Sunday!
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    Friday September 6, 2019

    Good afternoon and Happy Friday to everyone! It's my once a month Friday off, and it's been a productive day. I went to the dentist, the gym, and had my nails done. I stopped at the local farm and bought a bunch of little cucumbers and made pickles. They also had little watermelons and canteloupes for a dollar each, so I bought some of those, along with fresh corn. I will feast tonight! I'll be leaving in a few minutes for a hair appointment, and will start a load of laundry before I leave. I also need to do a little research to find a reputable charity that is helping in the Bahamas so I can make a donation. Tweety-I'm glad the hypotensive patient is doing ok. I kinda like that kind of humidity. It beats freezing cold any day, in my book. Joe-I hope today is better at work. Do you think you'll stay with the choir? Herring-I'm sorry about the migraine. I'm glad you were able to sleep last night. Stars-That's great that your neighbor will Nannie-sit while you have your procedure done. Now you just have to find your way to the hospital. Hi to J22, Ted, Dianah (is she still in Alaska?), Amo, NurseBlaq, and anyone else who stops by.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Just because he slept with someone named Stormy doesn't make him a meteorologist. (credit to Joy Behar)
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    Thursday September 5, 2019

    Good morning! It's another gorgeous day here. I hope to get out for a walk at lunch, even though the only place to walk is around the building and the parking lot. I'm definitely going to skip the trip to the island tomorrow. The morning is supposed to be ok, but 7-9 foot seas and wind are predicted for the afternoon. There isn't enough Dramamine in the world to make that tolerable for me! Tweety-You certainly did right by your patient yesterday. She was lucky to have you as her nurse. It just goes to show how important good nursing care is. Joe-Congrats on your good review! I hope you get to work at home soon. Hope all have a good day. Stay safe if you are in Dorian's path.
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    Wednesday September 4, 2019

    Oh no, Herring! How awful! What a horrible tragedy.
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    Wednesday September 4, 2019

    Good morning- Not much going on which is ok. I was feeling a little down last night so I watched my favorite feel-good movie, Mama Mia. Now I want to go to the Greek Islands. Tweety and Joe-hope work goes well for you both today. Hope all are well.
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    Monday September 2, 2019

    Morning- I'm thinking of those in the path of Dorian. That is one scary storm and peoples' lives will be devastated. I am in deep denial that summer is over. Technically, we still have a little less than 3 weeks left. I was planning to go visit DD on the island on Friday, but we may have the remnants of Dorian by then. I can't do a rough ferry ride, and there's nothing to do there in bad weather. She'll be back on the 8th, anyway. Today Fiance's DD is coming for brunch with her new boyfriend. We haven't met him yet. I made an overnight blueberry French toast thing last night which I'll pop in the oven later, and I'll make a veggie frittata. There will be bacon, too. The beach was nice yesterday. It was a little cool at times, but I still went swimming. I'm hoping for 1-2 more beach days before all is said and done for the summer. Tweety-Apple cider donuts are bites of heaven. You boil down apple cider til it's syrupy and use it as the liquid in the batter. Add lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and you've got one of the only good things about Fall, IMHO. I've made them at home, but then end up eating all of them. I'm glad BF doesn't have any pain. Joe-What design are you making with your cross stitch? Is it a counted cross stitch or a printed design? Have a good day, everyone!
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    Sunday September 1, 2019

    Morning- Had a wonderful day yesterday. We went to my favorite beach, which is near where NSIME grew up and where I used to go as a kid. The weather was perfect and we ended up staying for about 7 hours. It was a terrible day for me diet-wise. We stopped at a farm to get something for breakfast, and I got myself 2 hot apple cider donuts. Bad BC!! I had a chicken caesar wrap for lunch, but didn't eat the wrap. Ok, not so bad. Then we stopped at a seafood place on the way home and I indulged in some fried clams and scallops, along with onion rings and a beer. I think I just need to have lettuce and water for the next week. We saw an unbelievably gorgeous sunset over the water to end the day. We're meeting friends at a different beach today. It's a little on the cool side, but sunny. A sweatshirt is in order, most likely. Tweety-We were talking with friends yesterday about the St. Petersburg area, and they are considering moving there. It's something we are also thinking about for 10 years from now. We will have to schedule a trip at some point to check out the area. Glad you had fun yesterday and had a good meal. Was BF ok being out and about? Joe-Have fun at the barbecue. Hope the rain doesn't interfere. Hi Siri-Hope you got your coffee! NSIME-glad DH is willing to move things along with Nannie. I thought of you yesterday while I was at Crane Beach. J22-Glad you are feeling better. Happy Anniversary! Herring-When is DH's birthday? I hope he enjoys his party. Hi Amo, Dianah, Ted, and the rest of the crew. Hope you're having a good weekend!
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    Domestic Terrorism

    Thoughts and prayers?
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I hear you. Up until now I was willing to give Trump supporters the benefit of the doubt, thinking that they can still be good people and support this monster. I'm done with that. Anyone who supports him must condone these acts of cruelty and are missing something crucial, like compassion and integrity. I'm not cutting them anymore slack.