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  1. a2z

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    Now I am curious. What in the world could you be stocking up that would fill your garage wall to wall?
     
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    Bath tissue, hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, hand soap, dish detergent, laundry detergent, paper towels, non-perishable food items, toothpaste, mouthwash, hair shampoos and conditioners, etc. I did this so I would not be forced to go into public spaces to purchase groceries and incidentals for the home.

    I am one of those hoarders mentioned in the media right now.
     
  3. a2z

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    I took your comment "before all this started" to mean this is typical behavior. Based on this post, I guess not.
     
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    Oh, haha! Heavens no. That would be bizarre. And my neighbors wouldn’t stop laughing seeing all the toilet paper going into my garage... I was literally the “butt” of many jokes. It was hysterical and ridiculous all at the same time.

    I mean, “future, what did you eat?”

    “Should we be concerned?”

    “This better not clog the plumbing underneath the streets because if it does, we now know who to bill for city clean up.”

    “If I can’t buy toilet paper, I’m coming over to your house and demanding you relinquish some!”

    “Are you that full of s-?”

    And they went on and on! Horrible, lol!
     
  5. a2z

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    Truly, future. How much toilet paper can one man use in a year? Even if you go through one roll a week two big Costco packs should do beyond a year. How much did you buy?
     
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    Haha, now don’t judge me, but I thought that it would end up like China with the quarantine and so I thought I would need at least a year’s supply. Now, I wasn’t sure if it would last longer than that — we still don’t know — and so I bought 200 packs of 50 rolls each. It filled one half of my garage and I am very embarrassed to put that forth. That IS a lot, lol!
     
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    So, what will you do if your neighbors can't get TP and need some? Give it or sell it?
     
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    I think I bought a lifetime supply, hahaha!
     
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    I actually am kind of fearful of their outrage at this time... They haven’t forgotten that I bought that much TP.

    With that said, since I spent thousands of dollars on TP, I probably would just charge them the price that I paid for it. Though, I would not be willing to part with more than half of the stock. I kind of like the idea of having my own private stash so I don’t have to go to the store pretty much any more. Hmm.
     
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    So what are you doing to protect yourself from the germs on the food you get from take-out/delivery on the packaging and potentially on the food after it has been cooked (if it has been cooked)? You are probably safer going to the store and cooking your own food.
     
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    I frequent only like 3 restaurants now and the managers have strict guidelines that the workers *must* follow where food preparation is concerned. Also, I have specifically chosen establishments that are pricier so as to ensure a higher quality of service is rendered. These eateries have very clean restaurants and higher standards and so that puts my mind at ease.

    And I don’t like the prep work that cooking entails. I can do it, but it annoys me. I would rather just have my food prepared elsewhere and then come and pick it up with, N95 mask and gloves on hands.
     
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    You can edit your cart up until midnight the day before you pick up. Our pick up times are all crazy far away, like 5 days, so we'll place an order and then just adjust the cart as needed for the several days until pickup.
     
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    They let you back into their kitchens to observe they are actually implementing what they say or do you equate price with something being better?
     
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    No, but I am a regular at these restaurants and the managers and I know each other. They have assured me that they appreciate my business and are going the extra mile to let customers know that proper sanitization is being followed. I trust these people and know they are forthright and have a strong sense of integrity — I’ve known them for many years and consider them friends.
     
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    So, it takes packages of toilet paper 1-3 years to disintegrate. Since you bought 200 years worth (for one person), aren't you going to be out lots of money in a few years?;)
     
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    Toilet paper goes bad.
    Here is the link - just supplying info to back you up, swansong.
     
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    All the pet groomers here are closed, too. The pet supply places are open, but not groomers.
     
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    We have been using Kroger pickup since they started it. We don’t have a Kroger in our county, but DH drives by one on his way to work, I’ll make an online order, and then he picks it up when he comes home from work. We haven’t used it since this stay-home order, though. We had just done our monthly stock up right before this started.

    I shop sales and coupons regularly, so we are always stocked on things like cleaning supplies and toiletries. I had like 30 rolls of toilet paper already. The two of us use one roll a week. I don’t know why people use so much toilet paper. It’s crazy.
     
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    I typically have a back up of just about everything, but every now and then I decide to work it down and start fresh. I was so happy I had my stash worked down to just what was left. Oops.
     
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    You eat out every single day? Like for every meal?
     
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    My EX’s parents ate out every meal every day. :dizzy:
     
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    I was so sick for so long, that when the moving van arrived at the end of November, I only unpacked "essential" items. After that, I got a lot more done, but very slowly. Well, as of a week ago, I still had the entire 2nd guest room full of boxes that haven't even been opened yet! It was a disaster.

    As of 30 minutes ago, I have unpacked every single box in that room -- and it was jam-packed. Eight boxes were full of clothes, and yes, I washed every single thing I owned -- even the stuff I'm put in the tubs for my garage sale later this year. It took me 4 solid days, but it is finished!

    Can you believe I have 29 size 3X t-shirts, that have all been worn exactly once, now re-washed and in the "garage sale" tub? My old school had a t-shirt for every event, and I'm not fond of the neckline for t-shirts, so I wore them for the required event, washed them, and then stuck them in a drawer. Since I've lost so much weight (51 lbs) over the last 7 months, I certainly can't wear a size 3X anymore, so I'm selling them (at bargain prices) in my garage sale. There were a couple that had stains of them, so I cut them up for dust rags and refinishing rags, but the rest all look brand new. I'm sure somebody, somewhere, will enjoy wearing them to work-out at the gym.

    I still have a huge "to do" list for the house, now that I'm feeling a bit better, so I'll stay quite busy, I'm sure. But it sure felt good to check-off one major item on that list.
     
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    Ima,

    I grew up eating out at least 5 times a week. I thought everybody did that. I was in high school before I realized that other families didn't do that. As an adult, I've eaten out most of my life. For one, I don't know how to cook very well, and two, because I grew up eating at restaurants, that is the only kind of food I really like. As a result, I'm an incredibly picky eater -- which has been a life-long problem. I can't make myself eat things I don't like, and I don't like so many things. Have you ever gone a pot luck and couldn't make yourself eat anything? I have! (I usually eat before I go to pot lucks, and then busy myself when it is time to eat, so no one notices that I'm not eating anything.) I'll go hungry rather than eat something I don't like. Not only do I not like many foods, I have a thing about textures too.

    If you think I'm joking about being a picky eater, here's a few things I don't eat -- ketchup, mustard, mayo, jelly, jam, pickles, fish of any kind, seafood of any kind, fresh fruit of almost any kind, casseroles (I can't stand foods that are mixed together,) raw veggies, ranch dressing, any creamy dressing, any creamy sauce, bleu cheese, goat cheese, yeast donuts, Brussel sprouts, eggplant, tomato sauce (unless it is perfectly smooth or just has meat in it,) pickled anything, beets, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, pizzas with more than one topping, mushrooms, green pepper, chili, guacamole, any Mexican food, any Indian food, curry, most Thai food, sauerkraut, or any kind of beans or legumes, and the list goes on and on...

    The hardest for me is that I don't eat any foods that are "mixed together." So I basically don't eat any type of casserole. If I eat pot pies, I have to pick out all the peas (it's a texture thing), or I can't make myself eat it. If I eat stir-fry, I pick out every vegetable I don't like, and only eat the ones I can tolerate. I can't eat spaghetti sauce if it has chunks in it of anything (including tomatoes.) I won't eat tomatoes in any other form. I will only eat scrambled eggs, not any other kind of eggs. Can you imagine what it is like to go through life like this? I have tried and tried repeatedly to expand what I will eat, but I've had no success. In the thirty years I've been trying to change, I've only managed to add asparagus, onions, and crème bruele. How pathetic is that?

    Potlucks and dinner parties are my nemesis . Can you imagine trying to eat at a potluck or a dinner party when you can't make yourself eat so many "normal" things? At church, I get on the "helping" committee for potlucks and just work through the entire thing so I don't have to eat anything.
     
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    Do you prepare/cook a separate meal for your significant other and/or kids?
     
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    YTG,

    I live alone. It is really no fun to cook for one. I mostly grill. I used to like going out to eat because I got to know the servers and the restaurant managers, so it didn't feel so much like eating alone.

    There is an older couple who lives across the street, who have helped me in so many ways since I moved here and got sick -- and I had them over to dinner once, to say thanks. It was the first time I've actually had anyone to my home for a meal in over 25 years. I was so nervous, but they seemed to have a good time. Then the virus came along, so now it isn't an option.
     
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    I completely forgot that you’re on immunotherapy! I’m so sorry, Rain! How are you feeling?
     
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    My husband and I (pre stay at home order) ate dinner out most nights. Rarely breakfast or lunch out, but almost always dinner. It's just more convenient, our kitchen is tiny, and neither of us enjoy cooking, so we'd prefer to get take out and have more time (of our limited home time) to spend on hobbies we enjoy. We can afford it, we don't have kids, so it works for us. Also, we love a variety of foods, and our area is know for the immense diversity of restaurants for a city our size, and just for a good culinary scene in general. We also eat totally different foods, and I have weird food allergies and other restrictions, so we'd basically be cooking two meals. We've actually been cooking more recently, obviously, so this has been an experience.
     
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    I am so happy to hear you are feeling a bit better. You have completed some huge tasks. I wish you will continue to feel better and better each day.
     
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    Like 99% of my meals, yes.
     
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    I'm doing incredibly well -- so many improvements. The pain is mostly gone, and that constant, overwhelming fatigue that comes with autoimmune diseases has passed. I finally have energy again. It is incredible!

    But now that I have all this energy, I can't go anywhere. So I'm focusing on my house right now -- unpacking the final boxes, organizing, etc. It keeps me quite busy.

    But if you think being stuck at home with your family for a couple of weeks is tough, try being stuck at home, completely alone (except for my cute dog) for over 6 months! That's where I'm at right now... over 180 days of isolation. Other than Facebook, and here on this forum, I don't have any contact with anybody. I'm even seeing my doctors via teledoc right now.
     
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    Congratulations on your weight loss! I'm also glad that you are feeling better. It's not fun to be stuck without much interaction. In my area, the beaches, hiking trails, and most parks on my coast are closed to even occasional people walking for exercise. You are on the opposite coast of me, so I don't know if they have closed things for you, too. It's a new way of life for those of us used to enjoying our natural resources.
     
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    I grew up in a really small town, so we had maybe five restaurants in town. Eating out was mostly for vacations. As a result, restaurant food is not my favorite.

    I have a couple of friends who eat out all the time. One doesn’t know how to cook, and the other finds it easier to eat out with her schedule.
     
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    I grew up the same way. My husband and I rarely eat out. If we do it's because it's for a special occasion (Anniversary, Birthday, etc.), or I just really need a break from cooking. My husband actually prefers my meals over restaurant meals but sometimes I do need a break!!
     
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    I'm pretty well stocked on food, water, TP/PT, vitamins, & hand soap too!

    I get takeout quite often as well, but for my safety, I'm stopping getting takeout as of a few days ago because you never know when you'll hear, "An employee at ___ tested positive" & I just got food there yesterday. I'd be so mad. :mad:

    As it is, they ALL need to take temperatures of all grocery store employees across the country/world if they haven't started already. The grocery stores to buy food is one of the only things we can do right now. But we have no way of knowing how careful grocery store employees are on their off time. They could be laxed & noncaring being close to people, still having people over, going to people's homes, & getting exposed, but then they go to work again the next day & handle our food. [​IMG][​IMG]

    I also never liked how produce has always been out in the open in the stores & are not wrapped up. They need to start wrapping them up these days to help prevent the spread!
     
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    I've always been pretty picky about buying unwrapped stuff. But, as long as you wash produce well it should be fine. If you want to be extra careful these days, maybe just buy things that would be anyway peeled before eating, like oranges.
     
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    I went to the ATM today with paper towels. Punched my code in with it. Sanitized my hands, went home and washed with soap for 20 seconds. This virus has us going mad!
     
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    Health officials state that they have no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from food.
     
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    True. I just feel with people handling stuff and interacting with each other and then with you by the time you get your takeout, better safe than sorry.
    I probably get takeout 1x weekly, if not more, and I miss it! I also miss my Dunkin Donuts coffee but I feel like it's more than the absolute necessary interaction than needed for just basic groceries. So I'm skipping it for now. Probably healthier for me all around, I had a wicked headache for a few days after stopping even with getting my caffeine fix from at home instant coffee. I don't know what DD puts in their coffee, but it's addictive!
     
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    I wonder why we worry about Hep A being transmitted on food and all of the health requirements? Are they just for show because viruses and bacteria can't be transmitted on food and the containers? It makes sense that virus can be transported on foods and containers. Why do they say to wash your hands before food handling if it can't be spread on food?

    No evidence can mean they didn't get around to studying it or didn't look for that connection.
     

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