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Food and Naked Yodeling / Re: Chips
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on March 20, 2020, 06:05:16 AM »
Jalapeno Cheetos, local brand buttery pretzels, Honey Sriracha Combos.
Hardware / Re: Gaming computer
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on March 20, 2020, 06:01:41 AM »
Can always return anything that doesn't pan out.  Keep us updated.
Food and Naked Yodeling / Chips
« Last post by Jake on March 19, 2020, 10:36:59 PM »
I have a new favorite in the chip world:
They are super expensive on amazon, but a big bag (22oz) is less than $5 in costco. They have just the right amount of heat, but you can still feel the other flavors. My son is also a huge fan. Thumbs up.

What are your favorites?

Some that have stood the test of time for me (even though they are all effin horrible for you):
1. Sour cream and onion pringles
2. Sour cream and cheddar ruffles
3. Flaming hot cheetos

that is the golden standard for sure. I rarely buy them any more, but always enjoy them.

relatively "new" chips that I love
1. baked ruffles - the cheddar and BBQ kind - both are awesome, just the right amount of flavor and I love the crunch
2. BBQ pop chips - I haven't had these in a while, but every once in a while Costco caries them and I'll buy a bag - delicious.

honorable mention: good ol' BBQ Lays.
Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by charlie on March 19, 2020, 10:24:10 PM »
Yeah, that's been our assumption for awhile as well. Obviously would be great if they re-opened this school year but I'm not holding my breath.

My kids are doing fine with distance learning. The older one is doing great.. ahead of schedule on her work. That's odd because she tends to be a procrastinator but I think it's just that the work is fairly easy at the moment so it is more like 2 hours of work instead of 3-5.

My younger one is treating this more like a sick day where she does 30 minutes of work then goofs off the rest of the day. We've got to nag her a bit more and now I'm going to have her write down all assignments so we can make sure she's keeping up. I'm not worried about her academically I just don't want her to get away with not doing the minimal amount of work here.
Open Discussion / Re: Covid-19 mental health check-in
« Last post by Mike on March 19, 2020, 10:02:04 PM »
I hear ya.  I only took one monitor home for the laptop.  Today I went into the office and got a rolling whiteboard and also grabbed a mouse.  Don't want to get a second monitor and ruin my view :D

But, it was also nice that I was able to just take a 30 minute nap after lunch and I felt a lot better.  Plus I got some directions on priorities and was able to put some easier tasks ahead of the deep thought tasks.
Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by Mike on March 19, 2020, 09:59:05 PM »
The CA governor made a comment that we should be prepared for schools not to return until after the summer.  While we don't know that will be for sure we are already preparing as though that will be the case.  I would think you'd want to at least have that in mind as well.
Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by micah on March 19, 2020, 09:50:27 PM »
we're still holding at "through the end of march" for school...but the national trend is obviously increasing that.  My brother's in Indianpolis and his whole state is now May 1st for a return date.

I'm supposed to be visiting my parents with the girls for easter. Its only a 5 hour drive....but they're thinking of canceling.  Plus, they see all this stuff on facebook and are pretty much convinced that by then, the whole nation will be locked down and you wont be able to cross state borders. 

part of me wants to roll my eyes and assume they're crazy....but then again, all of this is so freaking crazy already.
Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by Jake on March 19, 2020, 09:43:13 PM »
We have fiber here at the cabin, and I was paying for the lowest bandwidth - but with everyone using it now, it was not enough - a quick phone call, and $24 more a month and we are at double the speed almost with a snap! sweet.
Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by Jake on March 19, 2020, 09:41:14 PM »
How are your kids' doing while at home? Our school started e-Learning this Tuesday and so far so good! my son's teacher(s) are doing an awesome job. My daughter's teacher is a little older (but not much, maybe like 7/10 years older than me) and she is doing OK. My son's instructions each morning are quite detailed and many activities are "interactive". My daughter basically has a list of 5 to 7 things she needs to do. Each day it takes them between 3 to 5 hours to complete everything (including the "may-do" assignments) - they seem to like it. And so do I. We are treating each day like it would be regular school. They get up at the same time, have breakfast, get dressed and start school around 9. Then I make them at noon and they go out side (not today because it was raining/sleeting).

Looks like this will be the norm through April - at least that is what Chicago public schools just announced and the suburban districts often follow what CPS does. I anticipate that they will not go to school for the rest of the school year.

How does it look in your neck of the woods?
Open Discussion / Re: Covid-19 mental health check-in
« Last post by micah on March 19, 2020, 07:32:29 PM »
I hear you on the productivity/focus issues of working from home.
I've been fairly good at doing it in the past (pre the anxiety-of-early-2019 debacle) but with this job, I'm kinda forced to use my laptop and not my home computer...and at the office I have 2 big and 1 giant monitor... I need to set up my home workspace better because its hard to work from a 14" laptop with its lame keyboard and crappy trackpad.  Plus, it's easier to get distracted... obviously with kids...but even when they're not being annoying, the temptation to procrastinate is really hard to fight
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