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What did you do this week?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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  1. Diff
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    A lot. A whole awful lot. Last Friday, my college announced that everyone needed to be out of the dorms by yesterday. Monday, they changed it to "Tomorrow by 5pm." In a week I somehow managed to...

    A lot. A whole awful lot. Last Friday, my college announced that everyone needed to be out of the dorms by yesterday. Monday, they changed it to "Tomorrow by 5pm." In a week I somehow managed to find a new apartment, get moved out of the dorms, get moved in, get settled in, get back access to the Adobe Creative Suite, and get two layouts finished up for Typography class all while working. If I've ever had a busier, more stressful week I'm struggling to remember it. But it's over now and I'm hoping next week will be calmer.

    8 votes
  2. tomf
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    The social distancing isn't so bad, but I also can't wait until we can go back to normal life. It's been nice to chat with certain friends more than I normally would. I spoke with one of my...

    The social distancing isn't so bad, but I also can't wait until we can go back to normal life. It's been nice to chat with certain friends more than I normally would. I spoke with one of my favorite people today for about two hours on the phone. I don't think I've had a personal phone conversation over ten minutes in the last fifteen years or so.

    Larger places are closed completely, but a lot of smaller spots are offering takeaway. I really don't want to see these smaller, mostly family-run, places go under. Some might not agree with going out like this, but the city is dead quiet and these restaurants are super slow. I'm tapping cards, not touching anything (which, it seems, is normal for me), yada yada yada.

    I'm really worried about the economy during this time and the early stages of the post -- especially for these mom and pop shops.

    6 votes
  3. [3]
    cwagner
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    The same as always, but only 2 store visits instead of 3 ;) Though wait, did some OSS contributions. Added German to the locales of a lib, helped add IE11 support and am currently working on...

    The same as always, but only 2 store visits instead of 3 ;)

    Though wait, did some OSS contributions. Added German to the locales of a lib, helped add IE11 support and am currently working on adding a feature :)

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      SUD0
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      Cool! What project is it? I'm guessing it is some sort of JS library since you're talking about IE11?

      Cool! What project is it? I'm guessing it is some sort of JS library since you're talking about IE11?

      3 votes
  4. SUD0
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    It was my first week of remote work ever. It has been super nice. I felt more productive when I was on task and I seemed to be on task a lot more. Next week is supposed to be my last week of...

    It was my first week of remote work ever. It has been super nice. I felt more productive when I was on task and I seemed to be on task a lot more. Next week is supposed to be my last week of working remote, but I would be surprised if this doesn't get extended.

    5 votes
  5. [4]
    Kuromantis
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    With social distancing and just plain loneliness being what it is, practically nothing.

    With social distancing and just plain loneliness being what it is, practically nothing.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      envy
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      Did you ever read that book for your school project?

      Did you ever read that book for your school project?

      3 votes
  6. Bullmaestro
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    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at...

    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at home for the entire week and we never got to see each other.

    This week has been a mix of playing League of Legends, studying my course and getting small things done.

    When I get back to work I plan to request a home working situation, which is probably going to put my chances of getting the team leader role that my boss advertised for recently in jeopardy, but at this point I don't care. I live with people that have been advised by the government to socially distance for at least 12 weeks due to age/pre existing conditions, and I'd rather not put them in danger by continuing to work as normal.

    4 votes
  7. bleem
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    trying to find ways to get myself busy. I'm usually home all day, every day, but the news is just depressing and I can't seem to get enough of it. I have adjustable dumbbells but I don't really...

    trying to find ways to get myself busy. I'm usually home all day, every day, but the news is just depressing and I can't seem to get enough of it.

    I have adjustable dumbbells but I don't really care about working out, or anything.

    4 votes
  8. asoftbird
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    Picked up Stationeers again, a game where you engineer systems on barren planets to help you survive. It's fairly complicated and the manual(what manual?) is severely lacking, so it's a fairly...

    Picked up Stationeers again, a game where you engineer systems on barren planets to help you survive. It's fairly complicated and the manual(what manual?) is severely lacking, so it's a fairly unforgiving game.

    I last played it a year ago but gave up on it since the inventory system was too complicated. Recently l saw they updated that and l decided to give it another shot. Still difficult, but now it's fun at least.

    Spent two days on it so far, with the "easy" things like setting up a sun tracking solar panel system(driving things with logic gates is something you get to do in the first 30 mins of the game!) and basic alloying(complicated and dangerous), now l'm heading to the fun part of atmospherics, climate control and not blowing up in the process as the atmosphere's about 60% oxygen.

    Recommended game for bored engineers / people who like "losing is fun"-style games!


    Other than that, mostly listening music (ordered a big box of vinyl a few weeks ago, still got a huge backlog), having second/third lunch, spending a lot of time on social media.

    Also ordered one of Susumu Hirasawa's records from Japan. He's an artist l found last week, with a musical style that's uncomparable to anything else. It's...electropop, traditional folk, rock- a lot of genres fused together. Sounds fairly otherworldy sometimes as well.

    An example:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M45jqwDj6p8

    3 votes
  9. [11]
    joplin
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    I've been working at home for the last 2 weeks. My spouse has an immune condition, so until Thursday, I hadn't left the house for a week and a half (other than to walk the dog). We've been...

    I've been working at home for the last 2 weeks. My spouse has an immune condition, so until Thursday, I hadn't left the house for a week and a half (other than to walk the dog). We've been ordering our food online and having it delivered, but it's been hit or miss. I probably mentioned this in another thread, but Instacart canceled one of our orders and failed to tell us. When it didn't show up I had to actually call to find out that fact. I ended up having to run to the grocery store to get some meat because it's all picked over by the time the delivery people get in to get your stuff.

    I've been trying to write checks to all the service people we hire and telling them not to come to the house. This is going to hurt some of them pretty badly, I fear.

    Old man story time: I've also been dealing with excruciating pain from some sort of gall bladder problem. I had an ultrasound 2+ weeks ago, but it came back normal. My GI wants to do more imaging, but with the pandemic going on, it's not getting scheduled. (And I don't want to go to a hospital or doctor's office and pick up something that will make my spouse sick.) So my mornings are normal, but around 1-2 in the afternoon, I get a strong, diffuse, dull pain in my abdomen, and then a sharp stabbing pain in my back. It lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours, and I can't do anything but lie down when it happens. I've been eating extremely low fat, but it doesn't seem to reduce the frequency or intensity of the pain as I've been lead to believe it should. And painkillers do literally nothing for it.

    So all-in-all, just trying to keep us fed and safe. I've also been reading and playing video games, and watching a little TV. That part's been nice.

    3 votes
    1. [10]
      cfabbro
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      My mother has very similar sounding issues, only hers stem from recurring bouts of diverticulitis. So if a low fat diet isn't helping, perhaps you should consider a diverticulitis diet to see if...

      My mother has very similar sounding issues, only hers stem from recurring bouts of diverticulitis. So if a low fat diet isn't helping, perhaps you should consider a diverticulitis diet to see if that helps?

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        krg
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        My mother also suffered from this. Interesting that the Mayo Clinic's own website offers conflicting information on treatment, as this page suggest a high fiber diet. Although, that's specifically...

        My mother also suffered from this. Interesting that the Mayo Clinic's own website offers conflicting information on treatment, as this page suggest a high fiber diet. Although, that's specifically geared towards prevention rather than treatment, so maybe that has something to do with it.

        3 votes
        1. cfabbro
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          As far as I understand it, from what my mother was told by her Doctor, the extremely low-fiber diet is only meant for acute bouts to help reduce bowel inflammation/irritation and give the...

          As far as I understand it, from what my mother was told by her Doctor, the extremely low-fiber diet is only meant for acute bouts to help reduce bowel inflammation/irritation and give the antibiotics time to work, but after it is under control, a high fiber diet is then recommended to keep the person regular, which reduces the frequency of any subsequent bouts.

          3 votes
      2. [7]
        joplin
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        Oh, interesting. I will look into that. Thank you!

        Oh, interesting. I will look into that. Thank you!

        2 votes
        1. [6]
          cfabbro
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          NP, hopefully it helps. :)

          NP, hopefully it helps. :)

          1 vote
          1. [5]
            joplin
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            It has been enormously helpful! Thank you so much. My pain is mostly gone now, and when it does come back, it's usually pretty mild. I was spending a lot of time just lying in bed unable to think...

            It has been enormously helpful! Thank you so much. My pain is mostly gone now, and when it does come back, it's usually pretty mild. I was spending a lot of time just lying in bed unable to think or do anything for anywhere from minutes to hours. Now, it's down to a minor annoyance that comes up every few days. I don't know why my doctors couldn't have been more clear about this. But I guess they are overwhelmed right now with COVID stuff.

            2 votes
            1. [4]
              cfabbro
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              Awesome, I'm super glad to hear that! Have you gone back to a somewhat normal diet now that it's a bit more manageable? If so, one thing the Mayo clinic and my mother's Doctor also recommended is...

              Awesome, I'm super glad to hear that! Have you gone back to a somewhat normal diet now that it's a bit more manageable? If so, one thing the Mayo clinic and my mother's Doctor also recommended is switching to high fiber diet as soon as the acute bout is over, and that advice has also seemed to help my mom... so that's something to consider as well, IMO.

              1 vote
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                joplin
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                Not yet. I'd like to give it another week or so, if possible. I can tell something's still not quite right, so I want to be a little conservative about it. But I will certainly do that when I feel...

                Not yet. I'd like to give it another week or so, if possible. I can tell something's still not quite right, so I want to be a little conservative about it. But I will certainly do that when I feel it's safe.

                1 vote
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                  cfabbro
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                  Probably prudent. Thought TBH if the issue is lasting this long it may be worth visiting your Doctor again for a consultation, and perhaps getting on antibiotics to help speed along your recovery...

                  Probably prudent. Thought TBH if the issue is lasting this long it may be worth visiting your Doctor again for a consultation, and perhaps getting on antibiotics to help speed along your recovery in case it actually is being caused by an infection like diverticulitis.

                  1. joplin
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                    I've been in contact (remotely) with my doctors. My GI doctor seems very preoccupied with other things (not surprising given the current situation). My PCP has been very helpful in the meantime....

                    I've been in contact (remotely) with my doctors. My GI doctor seems very preoccupied with other things (not surprising given the current situation). My PCP has been very helpful in the meantime. But I'm very hesitant to go in to see a doctor with COVID going around. Under normal circumstances I would have had this dealt with weeks ago.

                    1 vote
  10. moocow1452
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    Moved my work to my home, set up Remote D&D for my brother and remote Church Conference for my mom, cut my hair, got my grandma's new phone set up, so Mom can ask one of the workers to clean it up...

    Moved my work to my home, set up Remote D&D for my brother and remote Church Conference for my mom, cut my hair, got my grandma's new phone set up, so Mom can run the blockade ask one of the workers to clean it up and pass it along to her. If you want a dead simple phone for kids and seniors, Kidsconnect KC2 is an excellent choice, especially since who we got it from was super duper helpful in setting it up.

    Also, apparently T-Mobile is ass in our area, so I'm going to price check for AT&T in our area once society becomes a thing again.

    3 votes
  11. monado
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    i've been trying to make of this what I wanted. This was the first week of online instruction for my school. Just been trying to go with the flow you know!

    i've been trying to make of this what I wanted. This was the first week of online instruction for my school. Just been trying to go with the flow you know!

    2 votes