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The change of weather is getting to me. Does it bother you as well?

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5/1/16 10:20 A

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I am dragging today. Had terrible headache last night and didn't sleep well.

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5/1/16 8:39 A

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Sunday...waiting on the rain and my dad for his weekly coffee visit. Then I am on my feet for a busy morning. I need to pay some bills later as well. Should be a good day.

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4/30/16 8:46 A

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Our first grade takes kids to the Big E every year. Sadly they spend less than 3 hours (including travel). I never understand that. The buses cost $250 and the kids have to pay for t-shirts the teachers tie dye. It never seems worth it.

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4/30/16 6:52 A

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Another teacher friend of mine took her class to O.S.V. yesterday. It was a summer camp field trip that got Abby interested in the place.

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4/29/16 11:39 A

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The H.C. Museum doesn't do much else for our kids, but it is a safe, appropriate place for them.

I was just saying today that I don't understand why our kids don't go to O.S.V. I know my kids did when they were little.

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4/29/16 10:24 A

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My daughter's field trip to the town library is a WALKING field trip with no buses. They will spend more time walking to and from the library than they will at the library itself probably. It is over a mile each way.

I did Abby's birthday party at the Holyoke Children's Museum last year. I can't imagine why it would be a field trip unless they do something special for school groups.

I WISH our school took the kids to Historic Deerfield. The school groups get so much more than you do going on your own. It's also a pretty horrific tale which I'm not sure I'd want to be responsible for telling. I'd rather have it be school work than be something we did on a weekend. At some point I will take her but I keep hoping the school will do it.

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4/29/16 8:21 A

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Not many classes here took field trips this year. The PTO doesn't have the money to help with buses and we can no longer go out of state. The CT Science Center was a great trip for many, but because of new regulations we can't go. A couple of years ago the 2nd grade went to Mystic. What a nightmare! They had to charge the kids over $25 and ended up being late coming back. It happened with the Lego place in Boston 2 years ago as well. We have so many great places to go locally. I don't get to go with my students typically because I have other grades.

We are taking a field trip in June to the Holyoke Children's Museum. I can't really say I am looking forward to it. It's pretty disorganized so far. We have to do fundraising within out classrooms to get help to pay for it. And we will still have to charge around $8 per student. If students don't pay, I usually cover it. I hope most of them pay!

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4/28/16 8:12 A

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Wow, that is a lot of field trips.

I have noticed that in our school the 3rd and 4th graders kind of hit a field trip dead zone. There is very little planned for them. Even the trip to the town library keeps getting postponed. It's just not a priority for the teacher I guess.

I know the 5th and 6th graders do more and I am looking forward to that.

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4/27/16 12:21 P

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The fifth graders had several trips planned at once before testing started. This week's trip was actually 2 full days at Forest Park where they learn a lot of different things about nature. The trip 2 weeks ago was to Bondi's Island where they learn about the water cycle. Friday's trip will be to the Springfield Science Museums. On May 6th we will have an all day Science EXPO where kids will go to stations and learn different things. Most of these trips are Science based to help with Science testing that will be coming up next month.

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4/27/16 8:15 A

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Not sure I understand that message. 3 different days to attend a field trip... ?

My daughter is doing PARCC testing yesterday and today. She has accommodations which may be a drain on the staff, but oh well. She was in a positive mood yesterday at the end of the school day so that is good. The school is stretching the testing out over 6 sessions during the next month.

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4/26/16 7:49 A

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What makes it worse is that one of my students and a staff have 3 different days this week to attend a field trip. I know one of my other students will be out today. Tuesdays after a vacation are often worse than the Monday. I hope having 2 kids out won't be horrible, but I will be down one staff today.

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4/26/16 7:35 A

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I figure the kids are off the wall at school this week, especially yesterday. It's hard to get back into the routine after a vacation.

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4/25/16 7:49 A

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I am glad to be back at work! I need a vacation from my busy week. I didn't get a lot done around the house, but I did do some dusting. I hate dusting! I need to get my act together and get going on cleaning more. I want to either have a tag sale or donate stuff to a local place. I am sick of the clutter.

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4/25/16 7:45 A

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Good luck at work today... changing the subject......



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4/24/16 2:45 P

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He is paying the credit card. I just want him to sign a contract that he will continue doing so, along with for the truck. His lease is up in January. Hopefully he will figure this out by then so he won't need me to sign for it. I believe he wants to buy it.

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4/24/16 10:34 A

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You are nicer than I would Be. If it was me the truck would be gone. You can't get your money back on the credit card but you can cut your losses on the truck.

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4/23/16 7:46 P

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On the positive side, he contacted me to pay this month's truck payment. I know he doesn't want to lose the truck and I really don't want to be that person to him and take it. I will if I have to, but I know he needs to work and his kids need him to have a vehicle to get back and forth to places. Tomorrow I pay off another half of his debt when I pay for the farm share we bought together and claim it solely as mine.

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4/23/16 5:56 P

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You really sunk yourself in deep. How many thousands of dollars did you give this loser? Doesn't matter. I can see why your kids were upset. You got conned big time. Sorry you got screwed like that. Hope you can cut your losses soon.

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4/22/16 9:47 A

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If he wants to continue driving the truck I co-signed, he won't have a choice.

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I wouldn't expect him to sign anything at this point. I don't think he would have any interest in doing that. He spent the money. I hope you have a plan B.

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4/21/16 10:15 A

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Waiting on some documents to be sent me before meeting with her. I am hoping to draft up a contract by which he signs it so that I am given some peace of mind to be paid back.

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4/21/16 7:45 A

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You took a big risk I guess. What did the lawyer say?

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4/20/16 8:16 A

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I sure hope so. It is sad how you think you know someone and then you find out how wrong you are.

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Ouch! I hope the lawyer can help you.

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4/19/16 9:05 A

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It doesn't matter if I cancel it at the moment or not. He's maxed it out and there is no credit line left.

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Glad you are meeting with a lawyer. That is a lot of money. Good luck. I hope you have cancelled the credit card by now.

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No loans thankfully. It is a credit card in his name, a contract for a farm share, and a truck lease I co-signed. I meet with a lawyer tomorrow. It has gotten pretty bad unfortunately.

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Ouch! Good luck!
Did you put the loan in writing? Maybe you can take him to court.


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Sadly...a lot of money. I am hopeful I will get some of it back. I am working on figuring out a lot of things.

Spent this beautiful day with friends enjoying the sun. It was so wonderful outside!

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Ugh... you loaned him money? I had forgotten about that! I have been saying all along I do not know the details on this. It's not my life, not my drama. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Enjoy your vacation.

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You can say this, but until you are aware of the entire situation, it is probably not as clear cut as you think. His wishes are not important to me anymore. I no longer wish to have him in my life due to recent circumstances. I wish him well and as soon as he pays me back the considerable amount of money he owes me, I will be happy.

Nothing planned. My plans all changed so now I am going to be sticking close to home.

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Like I said, I'm on his side on this. As long as you are still living with your husband then you're living a married life. Maybe the paper isn't needed but just you or your husband needs to move out.

Another PV member is also going through a divorce. I was feeling sorry for her until I realized she has a new boyfriend already. Her ex-husband-to-be has moved out of state and she is moving on with her life.

In other news... any plans for school vacation? It looks like I'll probably be going roller skating on Tuesday or Wednesday. Also plan on playing some cards and some games. Abby's been asking for both and we just haven't had a lot of time for those things lately. No big trips for us planned. I do think we will probably hit OSV at the end of vacation week and I do want to get up to my dad's farm very soon, maybe this weekend. We shall see. I'll be working part of the week at least, but Monday is a holiday so at the very least I have a 3 day weekend.

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The papers are ready. I just need to file them. We are working on getting the house ready for sale. I know I prolonged this situation, but it does take time. I am ready to move forward and he knows this. In my eyes, a piece of paper should never had had to be needed to show my commitment.

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Sounds like you have a decision to make Janine. If I am reading your posts correctly you need to choose between your friend and your husband. You've been talking about getting a divorce for a long time now and it hasn't been moving along. I think you can see why your friend is upset. I'm not close enough to your life to know all the details, but that's the way it reads from where I am sitting.



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4/7/16 11:45 A

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I am not really looking forward to the vacation. My friend and I had plans with his kids and now that isn't happening. UGH.

Tonight will be a test for me. I have a Relay meeting and will have to sit with my friend in a room and not let his whatever he feels about me affect me. It will be hard I am sure.

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4/7/16 7:28 A

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Supposed to rain all day today is the last I heard. Maybe that has changed.

Are you counting down to April 15th yet? School vacation is coming up fast!

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The snow is almost gone! Now we just need the weather to warm up a bit. I hear tomorrow will be better. I hope so.

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I will. Thanks. And you enjoy Abby's snow day as well.

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Enjoy your snow day!

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You may be right. I never thought he'd turn his back on me though. We've been through a lot together and I stood by him many times. His loss for sure.

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Maybe he's tired of waiting for your divorce.

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Go for it! Nothing can make this situation worse I feel.

The cough is a bit better, just tough at night.

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I could guess at what is going on with your friend, but I think that would only make you hate me.

You might need to see the doctor for that cough. I had to get a prescription.

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The coughing continues to keep me up at night. I am thankful I am still able to take a walk at the park, although I sometimes have to stop to cough. I hope this goes away soon!

Still not talking with best friend. He's really adamant that he's done with our relationship. It is getting easier, but there are moments that are still hard. After 7 years of talking with someone almost every day and spending as much time as we have together, it's hard. Keeping myself busy is helpful.

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Yeah, completely different setting. I'm out in the country. Parents, staff, buses all need to get into the parking lot. The driveway is long enough that you can't just drop your kids off at the end and let them walk in. That wouldn't be safe.

I'll be single parenting next week from Sunday-Wednesday so I'll get a pretty good dose of our school parking lot.

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We have a custodian who stands at the entrance of the parking lot and only lets in buses and staff thankfully. It is still hectic. People double park on Sumner Avenue in front of the school, and some even park across the street and let their kids run across the 4 lanes of traffic. Arrival and dismissal here is a nightmare!

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I've been at my daughter's school at 8:30am. It IS a mess and it's a small school.

It takes me 10 minutes just to get from my car to my desk so I allow extra time. It may be a 20 minute drive but I try to allow 30-45 minutes if I can.

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Thankfully I only live 15 minutes away from work. I didn't care if I made it before start time (8:30) because sometimes the parking lot is a mess in the morning. However, a LOT of staff were out yesterday so I got a spot.

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That is cutting it close Janine! Oops!

I have had similar things happen to me before too, especially if I set an alarm on the weekend for a later time than I usually get up.

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I rolled over this morning, feeling rested, looked at my Fitbit and realized it was 8:05! I had forgotten to set my alarm! I have never run so fast in my whole life! Clothes on, teeth brushed, dogs let out, lunch packed, and arrived at work in 25 minutes, just as the kids were entering the building for the day!

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Today is going horribly so far. I hope the week gets better.

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I am not sure if I ever did a sleepover at a friend's house. Really! I did sleep over at a boyfriend's house once and told my dad I was staying with a friend instead. She lived across the street from the boyfriend. I did lots of sleepovers at my grandparents' homes and at my father's house but that's different. We hosted though. We took a friend of mine to Hampton Beach for a week and other stuff.

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Happy Easter everyone! May the day bring you joy and help you discover all the blessings in your life.
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My son, Steve, did Boy Scout camp for years and I know he had a hard time with sleepover ones sometimes. Kate never went. I remember going to someone's house for a sleepover when I was around 10 and after my mom left I got very upset and had to be brought home. I don't think I was invited back there again, even to play.

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I did day camps but not all summer long. Tried overnight camps twice and got super homesick each time.

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That sounds like fun! I don't think I ever went to camp as a kid. When I was younger my mom worked in the school library so she had summers off. Ironically, my first job was an assistant camp counselor at a summer program for preschoolers.

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When she was younger the school staff were different people and they were agreeable to doing early mornings. She also did a different camp back then that was less structured.

The staff we have now works 9am-noon. Not before. That makes camp really hard. Plus the camp she wants to go to during summer school time is more workshop based. It's like having classes all day long in different subjects. It's just that those subjects are sewing, storytelling, art, dance, etc..... instead of math and science.

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That's great news that Abby doesn't have to do that split camp thing! So glad she is doing better in her learning.

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We had Abby's IEP meeting this morning. I am happy that she will not have to do summer tutoring this year. She can focus on having fun at camp instead.

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Sonia is known by some of the librarians here for some reason. I guess she was an advisor to a former employee.

Did you just get bypassed again?? I hope not.

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Remind me how good it is when I am bypassed for another job I applied for though. Ugh!

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Good for you.

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Sonia Nieto was simply amazing! She reminded me that I do have a voice and I need to use it to make the changes my students deserve. I know my voice gets me in trouble. People look at me as a problem. What they neglect to see is that what I am doing is just advocating for students. Most of my kids don't speak, and most of their parents wouldn't know how to speak up without help. So I do it and this makes me a troublemaker. My kids have rights just as the other kids do.

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Me too. Oh well. I am hoping to go to another event today at the Holyoke Library. Sonia Nieto from UMASS is speaking. I have heard her before, but hope to find some inspiration from her today. I need it.

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Sorry you missed it.

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Shelter was on Tuesday night. Last night was Kaitlyn Greenidge's We Love You, Charlie Freeman. It sounded right up my alley. I am disappointed to not have made it.

Sorry you are still sick!

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That author talk was for the book "Shelter", wasn't it?

We just had a couple of requests for the book, including my boss wanting to read it.

I am still so sick. Will post more about it on the Massachusetts team. :-(

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Today I don't feel as exhausted, although I should given that I was awake on and off throughout the night. I can understand Abby's teacher's frustration. Been there myself.

Counting ballots for our union delegate election later today then going to an author talk in South Hadley. I should be nice and tired at the end of it all.

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My daughter's teacher said that Monday was absolutely awful in school. I think she yelled at the kids, perhaps inappropriately, because she was so fed up with their behavior. Luckily Tuesday was better. I guess the time change really messed them up.

I know Abby is struggling with it, but I was blaming the trip for that. It could be both in her case.

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I am struggling with the change of the clocks and the weather myself. I feel like I am barely getting to sleep when the alarm goes off, yet I went to bed on time last night because I was tired.

Good luck at the dentist and doctors.

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Trip was good except for the hotel.

I'm back to the doctor today. She called last night and wants me to come in. I haven't started the Augmenten yet. I also have a dentist appointment.

Workwise this week is shot.

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Sorry to hear that! I hope you had a good trip at least.

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Not feeling better. Calling the doctor today for Augmentin.

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Rebecca....feeling better?

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I am amazed at how much medication is! It is no wonder that older people struggle to pay for their medication on their social security. I hope it all helps soon. You have been sick long enough.

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She told me to get Flonase which is over the counter, and also got me a script for a rescue inhaler (which I had been resisting but finally caved on). The Flonase and the rescue inhaler plus the antibiotic (which was cheap)...over $60 for the 3 of them. I just about died when I saw the receipt from CVS. Complete sticker shock. Inhalers are so damned expensive!

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I hope the antibiotics start working soon!

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I went to the university's urgent care clinic this morning, after getting a tip that my primary care doctor would be working there. I'm going to start Z-pack tonight but she had some thought that Augmenten might work better so we'll see what happens.

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I will hopefully get someone out in the next couple of weeks to give me a quote for money and time. I have allocated $2000 and hopefully that will be enough.

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Ah... good luck with that. I don't think that's a one day job, but I guess it depends on the type of floor you have and the extent of the work that needs to be done.

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