• It’s amazing how much work stuff there is to do that’s not actually research.  Service and teaching (rec letters, commenting on PhD student papers etc.) just fills up time!
  • Poor DC2 had a stomach ache and we were trying to figure out what zie had eaten (zie throws up after eating red dye and also apparently caramel color) or how zie could possibly have gotten sick without having left the house/neighborhood in months.  Then zie tearfully confessed that the Naruto manga zie had been reading online had a naked woman in it and zie felt guilty which was causing said stomach ache.  Zie had also deleted the ipad’s entire history (meaning I had to re-input my logins which was a PAIN) to hide the manga.  We were like… people in other countries often aren’t as concerned with nudity as people in the US are, so when you read or watch stuff this will sometimes happen.  And stuff for adults sometimes has this.  It’s not a big deal, though other kids’ parents might think it’s a big deal, so don’t share it with them until you’re old enough. (But also if someone touches you in those places, do tell us because it’s your body but you’re too young to consent.)  People have bodies. You do not have to read this stuff — it’s written for older people.  Also, next time you feel the need to hide that you’ve been looking at a webpage on the ipad, please look up how to delete an individual webpage, not an entire history.
  • Also I had no idea that the Naruto manga got racy– I last read it 20ish years ago when they were still just kids!  Apparently they grew up and had kids of their own(!)  And they’ve got the stupid trope of the hero’s son being a terror, which I guess is more believable about Naruto’s son than it was about Kenshin’s.
  • DC2 (age 9) got hir first vaccine shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We also got hir flu shot at the same time.
  • The rest of us still need to get our flu shots.  Usually we do it on Black Friday morning (because nobody is at the Walgreens pharmacy then) but this year my sister wants Thanksgiving on Black Friday so maybe DH and I will do it the Wednesday before?  But I’m not sure when to have DC1 get it.  It looks like zie has the entire week off for break, so maybe earlier in the week.
  • I also wonder when we should get our Covid boosters (DH and I are both Moderna/Moderna so it’s not urgent).  I’ll probably put it off until December though there is a temptation to do it after my last class that week and then to be too sick to help clean the house.  But I should help clean the house.
  • Since supply chain issues means that everyone wants Christmas season to start early this year and we’re almost done with holiday shopping (usually I do it all from the couch on Thanksgiving or Black Friday after the guests have gone or my sister is entertaining the kids) I’ve decided to allow the kids to play holiday music if they want and introduced DC1 to the holiday music stream from performance today (DC1 is *really* into classical music).  There is some American music for Thanksgiving on the particular stream DC1 picked and DC1 was a bit confused about how Appalachian Spring is a Thanksgiving piece.  I suggested that maybe it’s the water kind of spring (zie did not buy that).  But really it’s just that it’s an Americana piece so it gets trotted out on the 4th of July and Thanksgiving, I guess.
  • I’m really tempted to buy a rosemary tree.  Our outdoor rosemary all died probably because it was too wet this year.  :/  But I don’t want to mail order a super expensive one.  And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!
  • While looking at Christmas candy yesterday, I realized that Dove is both a chocolate brand and a soap brand.  Don’t get the two mixed up!

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  1. Anonymath Says:

    We get inexpensive rosemary trees at the local supermarket around now. I think I’ve seen them out already at one store. The last one I purchased and planted has lasted over 10 years now, even with providing samples whenever I need rosemary for cooking.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      The only grocery store in town that we know of that regularly has them is a small local one in the next town where the owner prohibited his employees from wearing masks even when we had a city-wide ordinance about it. I could ask my sister to bring one from the Whole Foods in the city over Thanksgiving though.

      We had a very wet year and lost our planted rosemary bushes.

      • Debbie M Says:

        I lost mine in the freeze. It was too big, anyway. I’d read that they got to be 6 feet in diamater so I carefully planted it 3 feet from the house and sidewalk. It grew to be 18 feet in diameter. I am a black thumb–it was all about just getting plenty of sun but also protection from the house, I think.

  2. Katherine Says:

    Appalachian Spring includes the tune to the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts,” which seems culturally coded as a Thanksgiving song, so I bet that’s why it’s showing up in the Thanksgiving-y stream.

    I didn’t know about the performance today streams, but they look really good!

  3. gwinne Says:

    Oh, yay for the vaccine!!!!! Tiny Boy’s is tonight! Every day he comes home from school saying “so-and-so got their vaccine” and is so excited about it!

  4. gwinne Says:

    Also, now you have me thinking that even though I don’t plan to get a booster until December or so…it might be good to SCHEDULE it. Hmm.

  5. Matthew D Healy Says:

    Yay pediatric vaccines!
    I know several colleagues who are delighted their kids/grandkids can get vaccinated now.

    If you know parents who are hesitant about getting their kids vaccinated, this blog has great information that you can share with them:

    https colon slash slash yourlocalepidemiologist dot substack dot com/

    Munging the URL so it won’t trip any spam filters. Anyway your two fingers are the safest way to visit websites…

  6. bogart Says:

    Your attempted explanation of Appalachian Spring as Thanksgiving music reminds me of my favorite limerick:
    There once was a guy named McCall
    Who fell in a spring, in the fall.
    T’would have been a sad thing,
    Had he died in the spring,
    But he didn’t, he died in the fall.

    In other news (keeping with the RBOC theme), I bought (and am using) an Envomask. If anyone wants to know what I (a presumably run-of-the-mill consumer with no vested interest or particular expertise) think of it or has questions, happy to try to provide info.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      ROFL re: limerick :D

      re: Envomask: DH likes his for short situations in which an N95 would be called for– like going to the doctors office when covid rates are high. He would probably also wear it on a plane. He doesn’t like wearing it for long periods of time because it does push into his face. I didn’t get one for me– I’ve been really impressed with the extremely expensive respokare N95s for situations in which I am concerned about heavy transmission (see: southern airports), though I did just buy a bunch of 3M N95 for about 1/5 of the price but I haven’t tried them yet. (Currently our transmission rates are low so I’ve been using mostly Botn KF94.)

      • bogart Says:

        I didn’t know you had Envomasks! I have not tried the respokare ones but will make a note. I have a bunch of 3Ms and … they are fine (they were my initial N95 go-tos) but I find them less comfortable and possibly less good (Envomask keeps glasses from fogging up, 3Ms do not).

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        DH has one. It’s probably too big for me? I don’t know.

        I would not say that these are comfortable https://n95maskco.com/collections/n95-masks but I cannot smell my hand sanitizer when I’m wearing them, which is supposed to be a good sign that they’re protective against covid (I read that somewhere… is it actually true, I don’t know) and their extra padding around the nose means my glasses don’t fog up. So expensive though!

      • bogart Says:

        … Yeah, those ARE expensive. Yikes! I had googled after your earlier reply but hadn’t done the math on costs.

        My envomask seems to fit me OK — I’m ~5’6″ and ~150 lbs and as far as I know/can tell, have a reasonably standard-shaped (northern European heritage, if that matters?) face. I haven’t tried the smell test, but should. I looked up fit testing stuff and — got overwhelmed and/or uninterested, as it’s clearly complicated, at least for an amateur (fair enough).

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I got them back when all other N95 were out of stock everywhere and I only use them on special occasions.

  7. xykademiqz Says:

    Poor DC2! Sounds like you did a wonderful job with zir.
    We’re getting Smurf his shot in a couple of weeks. I still need to get everyone flu shots, and myself a booster if I am going to a conference in San Francisco. I really don’t wanna go.

  8. mnitabach Says:

    My wife had Moderna/Moderna for the first two doses & got pretty knocked out both times. She just had her booster (a smaller dose) & had nothing but a little tiredness.

  9. bookishbiker Says:

    My older nibling has gotten the shot! Apparently it was anticlimactic – they said “that was it??”! And did I see that younger kids (1-5? 2-5?) might get approved this year too? What a time of miracles we live in.

    I got my booster. I was Moderna/Moderna and got my original shots in late Feb, late March. I’m scheduled to give blood in early December and will be traveling for Christmas. I believe you have to be 30 days post-vaccine to donate blood, so I had to do it in early Nov or would have to wait til mid Dec. So, I decided to go on the early side just before the kids were able to schedule all the pharmacy time. I got Moderna again, didn’t seem like switching to Pfizer would make that big a difference. Anyway, I was a bit tired and had sore/itchy injection site, but not much effect, really.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I should see if the moderna booster is in stock— last I checked they only had Pfizer at all the pharmacies. I did see that the cdc says overweight counts now, which I currently am even if no longer obese.

      • bogart Says:

        … the university I work at decided we are all in education, whether or not we are in the classroom (I am not) and should all get boosters. I don’t approve on principle, but I still got the booster (Pfizer in my case, same as my earlier ones. I thought about going for Moderna but I don’t think we know whether that’s better or not).

    • Leah Says:

      M/M is such good protection. Boosting with Pfizer gives a little more antibodies than boosting with Moderna. I was P/P so boosted with Moderna. I didn’t get sick but had a really sore arm and was definitely fatigued the next day.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        The article I read said M/M/M seemed about equivalent to M/M/P. But P/P/M was way better than P/P/P.

      • Leah Says:

        yes, there’s less of a boost with mixing it up if you got Moderna as a primary series. People who got Pfizer or J&J as their first shot(s) should get a Moderna booster for sure! So I waited a bit to make sure I could sign up for Modern specifically. Thankfully, my county public health ran a Moderna booster clinic day.

  10. Allyson Says:

    Just a plug to get your flu shots early because it takes about two weeks for protection (I forget my source, some Bio talk from years ago). IIRC you are not traveling or meeting large groups of people so timing probably isn’t as critical. We are driving to see many unvaccinated family members for Thanksgiving in part because kiddos got COVID shots on Tuesday and therefor should have a few antibodies by then. We get a fall break in mid-October and traditionally do flu shots then.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      it’s just so EASY to remember to do it on Black Friday and it’s a day when all four of us can get them at the same time. We do get them earlier when it’s convenient like when someone has a physical. (DC2 got a flu shot with hir covid shot!)

      We don’t get fall break until Thanksgiving week!

  11. revanche @ a gai shan life Says:

    The subject of Dove the name brand being permissible for both the chocolate and the soap because they’re in two different industries came up the other day, in some conversation about brand names and Facebook’s nonsense.

    Yay vaccines! I am going to be due for my booster very soon. Had hoped to mix and match with Moderna (double Pf here) but I don’t think our Walgreens does Moderna. We have an appt for JB coming soon.

    Did you ever cook with your rosemary? I’m pondering a plant myself.

    Poor DC2 with the guilt tummy. I should have known Naruto was still carrying on today but I did not. I’m not up to date on my manga alas.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ha! What a small world re: Dove.

      Of course we cook with fresh rosemary when given the opportunity! We also have mint and chives in the backyard. (We used to have other herbs, but they eventually died and we haven’t had time to replace, so we basically let the hardier herbs take over.)

  12. SP Says:

    I’m waiting for boosters to be recommended for people like me – I don’t have any reason to qualify, although basically the criteria are so loose and unverified that it sounds like anyone who really wants one can get one now. I’m also curious about the timeline for under-5s. We all did flu shots early, and T got his booster since he qualifies by profession.

    I’m also curious when mask mandates will go away. I’m not an anti-masker, but I also really think it is not useful for my 3 year old to be masked while playing outside at school. It isn’t harmful really, but it just seems like health theater. (I’d personally be comfortable with 3 year olds unmasked inside, too, but I can at least understand the argument for not doing it yet.)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      What are mask mandates? (I kid, but it has been a long time since I’ve been covered by one.)

      • SP Says:

        Yeah, that is the other extreme, and yikes, I guess I shouldn’t complain.

        I also received an email form daycare “reminding” us that if our kids exhibit cold/COVID symptoms, they can’t return to care until “they are symptom and fever-free for 24 hours”… which is NOT the policy, we need a negative COVID test, a doctors note, and the kid has to be generally recovered & fever free… but completely symptom free? No. Kids would be home for most of the winter if that was really the policy….

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        We’re not allowed to ask if students have Covid.

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