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post #1201 of 1361

More move-in stuff getting done; today is young, so I'll go through yesterday:

 

- routine morning tidying up but more so because people were coming over

- made my mother a loaf of GF bread with an egg replacer (DS2 is allergic)

- washed dishes

- chatted online with DS1, who just got his first "real person" job -- so happy!!

- started lunch (more of a main dinner meal):  seasoned a roast, got that, carrots, and potatoes staged in their pans

- picked up my mother

- brought her over for a visit with her OT and PT, who

- went through a home eval and found things mostly in great shape for my mother to use

- sent them on their way and fed mother lunch

- went through some bank paperwork

- took her back to rehab facility with ten minutes to spare on her pass; mom with a curfew is sweet payback, by the way

- called the bank about some of her CDs and investments

- found some more things to donate

- hung out with DH when he got home from work; cobbled together dinner from our embarrassment of riches in the fridge

- talked a little on the phone with DS1 -- great news about his job, but feeling miserable with pressure from a head cold

- fell asleep while holding a book and actually reading it

 

Today I have to do more moving stuff plus the regular work; I think the repetition is getting to me  :eyesroll

 

- washed and hung a load of laundry

 

Wow.  That's it.  Back later to make that embarrassing list longer.

post #1202 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MariaMadly View Post

 

Wow.  That's it.  Back later to make that embarrassing list longer.

 

Not embarrassing - impressive! Dang. 

 

I got considerably less done today - 

 

- Sorted through the closet for old clothes to donate to Goodwill. 

- Set aside some old clothes that still fit but are not all that stylish to go in our "emergency kit". 

- Printed and clipped coupons. 

- Heated up dinner for myself. 

- Tidied the house. 

- Laid out my clothes for work. 

 

And that's pretty much all I intend to do. Going to spend some time mindlessly internetting, then read in bed. 

post #1203 of 1361
Today is better than yesterday. I think I was having an allergic reaction to something. I felt SO exhausted and sick, I had to call hubby home (just working on farm equipment next door) to help me with the baby... and all we were doing was sitting on the couch cuddling and watching a VeggieTale. It took me 30 min to get the energy to reach about two feet around the baby to get the phone.... I really hate those days.

Today, I feel myself, or at least more human. Lol Today I:

Folded and put away diapers and got some of the laundry fine
Made pancakes (gf)
Did dishes a couple times
Helped hubby cut up tomatoes to cook down, he plans to help can them when he gets home, so guess what I'll be doing about midnight? At least then he'll know how to do it and can, theoretically, do it himself if I'm not able.
The baby and I went outside and planned the yellow mums, purple asters, and ornamental cabbage and kale I picked up at Lowe's last shopping trip. She had a BLAST. She's just getting old enough to where I'll let her crawl on the yard alone AND touch the dogs. As I said, we have German Shepherds - outside country dogs, that sink and roll in cow poop - and she puts everything in her mouth, so I want excited for her to touch them. Let's just say after crawling all over the yard and kissing the door mat, she also had a bath.
I tried to get her down for a nap, but nope. Not till 4:45, she will wake up soon.
I called my Mom for a while
Forget what else I did.....

Still need to work on more laundry
Get everything laid out to can
Eat supper
Save some tomato seeds
Grade the rest of yesterday's school
Put the sheets on the bed
Check if cold vinegar, salt and dish soap really kills weeds as well as hot vinegar dumped on them does
Shut the Windows
Move the c charcoal out of the sprinkler. The wind shifted....
Get hubby's chonies out for his shower tonight
Get ready for bed
Etc etc etc
post #1204 of 1361

Not really a relaxing day here - a lot of running around. 

 

- Made pancakes for breakfast. 

- Put away clean dishes. 

- Loaded the dishwasher. 

- Swept the kitchen floor. 

- Stopped at Target to pick up a gift card. 

- Dropped husband off at work. 

- Stopped at Binneys to see if they had a special bottle of liquor for a gift, but they didn't have it. 

- Went to a family birthday party. 

- Stopped at Babies R Us - between the awesome sales they were running and coupons, I got $120 worth of diapers, wipes and fruit pouches for about $50. Major score! 

- Stopped at a junky thrift store. 

- Stopped at Goodwill. 

- Fed Little Man dinner and did the bedtime routine. 

 

And now I'm just going to putz around online for a few more hours. Unfortunately since I have the car and husband couldn't find a ride home, I've got to wake Little Man up around 10 and go pick up husband. Oh, the woes of the one car household... but he didn't get a nap today, so he'll probably fall right back asleep when we get home. 

post #1205 of 1361
I've been up since about 5:30 so it's going to be a long one today.

- Did a few hours of office work.
- Started the dishwasher.
- Made an egg casserole for breakfast.
- Started two loads of laundry.
- Put photos into two Halloween picture frames.
- Put new hand towels into the bathroom.
- Tidied the kitchen.
- Squeezed in a shower.
- Organized my coupons.

Need to check in my office work periodically, and I'm debating going over to the garden and doing my Target deals this morning.
post #1206 of 1361
To finish off last night, I got most of my goals done. Including 7 pts of tomato sauce canned with his help. Finished at midnight and had 5 more done at 7 this morning that were too thin last night. Now there's a bunch in the sink waiting to be cut up and a crock load of Italian Diced tomatoes cooking down for tonight or first thing tomorrow. I also did 2 pts of jalapenos thus afternoon. Did I mention there is more in the garden that could be picked? There's a good 7-8 weeks left must likely, but it should taper off in time.

Also got diapers washing, they're about to go for the final rinse.
There's a load of laundry in the dryer, I got that far anyway....
I made a "how to cut an onion with no tears" video for hubby to enter on Instructibles.com. I did it under water while the baby babbled away in the background. Cheap and cheesy, but he wanted to enter something. Lol
I made bean and ham burritos for breakfast and hotdogs and canned organic chili for lunch.
Say down and held the sleeping little girl for an hour this morning and looked at photo ideas on Pinterest
Helped/did the afore mentioned canning things
Dishes
Showered
Fed the dogs
Text a lady about the dogs
Arranged the remaining canning jars

Still need to:

Cut and cook the rest of the tomatoes, do something with the bell peppers and Cukes.
Dishes again and then again
Straighten up after this kid
Grade the books from Friday
Fold that laundry and put it away
Put the sheets back on the bed... She was way too grouchy when she woke up for that last night!
Finish diapers
Paint my toes
Make my grocery list
Load pictures to the pc, order some free cards from Shutterfly
That's the short list, and its unlikely to be done. Sigh. If only there were 4 or 5 of me.....
post #1207 of 1361

Did a bit more today, so overall pretty productive. Not restful... but productive. 

 

- Swept the kitchen floor (after I tracked dirt from my shoes all over it...)

- Went to Target for this week's stock up deals (only two - cereal and pumpkin puree, plus I picked up some more battery operated tea lights from the One Spot). 

- Went by the garden to harvest tomatoes, peppers and squash. We also pulled a few plants that were done producing. 

- Made potato soup for lunch/dinner. 

- Did another hour or so of office work. 

- Packed my lunch for work tomorrow. 

- Packed my work bag. 

- Laid out my clothes for tomorrow. 

- Had a nap. 

- Got rid of the half-deflated balloons from Little Man's party last week. 

- Played cars and read some books with Little Man.

- Helped Little Man pick up all of his toys.  

- Did the dinner, bath and bedtime routine with Little Man. 

- Froze some tomatoes. 

- Diced and froze the sweet peppers. 

- Reorganized the chest freezer. 

- Tidied the pantry. 

- Baked pumpkin muffins. 

- Handwashed some pots and pans. 

- Tidied the kitchen. 

- Loaded the dishwasher (for the second time today). Just have to turn it on before we go to bed. 

 

And now I'm going to run the bath so I can have a nice soak and read my book for a little while. I think I've earned it! 

post #1208 of 1361

kitchensqueen and MrsKoehn I'm exhausted reading your lists!  Hope you both got some rest.

 

Today was more moving, plus the usual

 

- visited my mother (that's getting old too, having her live here will be hard but I won't miss having to haul out every single to day to see her)

- stopped by her house and got my father's desk into the car to bring over to her room here

- had lunch with DH

- went back to my mother's with DH and tried to get her loveseat into our CR-V three. different. ways. until we gave up and

- called our neighbor to see if he could help us with his p/u

- texted with DS1 re some food allergen questions he had

- got home in time to see DH and neighbor already coming down the stairs after getting the loveseat put away

- went to the food coop with DH

- caught a break on the couch

- made teacakes for DS2

- pulled together a couple of frozen lunches for DH

- assembled most of DS2's weekly care package

- packed a retirement gift DH got for a regional office admin who is retiring

 

Now I'm sitting down to the internets and a book too.

post #1209 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MariaMadly View Post
 

kitchensqueen and MrsKoehn I'm exhausted reading your lists!  Hope you both got some rest.

 

Ha - mine is nothing compared with all of the heavy lifting your doing with you mom's move and care!

 

But we are kicking back a bit tonight and watching the season premiere of Downton Abbey season 4!

 

After work, did a few things - 

 

- Printed and clipped coupons. 

- Went by the library with husband and Little Man. 

- Picked up prescriptions. 

- Made dinner. 

 

And now it's time to watch Downton! 

post #1210 of 1361

Did a few things today outside of work - 

 

- Went to the train station and bought my monthly pass for October. 

- Popped into Bath & Body Works (at the train station) to redeem my coupon for a free mini candle. 

- Printed and clipped some coupons. 

- Started a new spreadsheet to help me track bill paying and expenses easier. 

- Made a to-do list of random things I want to accomplish over the next few weeks. 

- Started an index of the recipes I want to include in our family recipe book that I'm putting together. 

- Organized the projects and photo folders in my Shutterfly account. 

- Rearranged Little Man's bedroom - he could reach his bookcase from his crib, which was a climbing incident waiting to happen. 

- Did the dinner/bath/bedtime routine with Little Man after playing cars for a little while. 

- Made dinner. 

 

Now I'm going to eat dinner (way late because I was really unmotivated) and just relax. 

post #1211 of 1361

Today I accomplished almost nothing for most of the day. Slept in, cuddled with a child home sick from school. This evening I helped dd with her 7th grade paper. I'm glad we have that bond that she asked me for help and we worked together well. :-) 

 

I wanted to share a typical work day. I worked yesterday night and this is a summary. I work on a unit with sicker, very medically complex kids.

 

Last night's shift as a peds night nurse:

1. Getting to know the complicated histories of three small patients in 30 minutes time.

2. Collecting, looking up, double-checking, and giving 37 medications. This includes pills that had to be crushed and mixed with water, liquids drawn up into vials for feeding tubes, liquids drawn up and diluted into IV solutions, hanging generic IV fluids, and hanging TPN and lipids (IV nutrition for kids whose guts don't work). Each of these have to be checked against the child's weight and age to make sure they are safe doses. Very few of my patients take adult doses of medications or know how to swallow pills.

3. Starting one new IV. Starting fluids on a child who is still not eating or drinking as expected and looks a bit dehydrated. Explaining to mom that the child may be there for a few more days.

4. Dealing with one tempermental Broviac line.

5. Untangling one baby from lots of tubing/lines/circuits countless times. Seriously. Countless times.

6. Suctioning trachs. Making sure emergency equipment is at bedside for trach patients.

7. Changing diapers, including treating severe diaper rash due to frequent diarrhea. Treating severe diaper rash with a special nurse treatment of Cavalon, stomahesive powder, and a thick layer of zinc cream. Doing this multiple, multiple times as child had endless stooling.

8. Disconnecting an older patient from the IV fluids, wrapping the PICC line site, helping to the shower, changing the bed linens while they were in the shower, getting snacks, and tucking in bed. Taking time to chat with same patient, even though I really didn't have the time. I tried to make the time.

9. Calling or paging doctors 6 times to update about changes and/or verify orders.

10. Having a heart-stopping moment when one patient showed significant bad changes-- and giving the doctor minutes to show up or else I would have to call a Clinical Assessment Team. (he showed)

12. Wishing I had more time to hold the small patient whose parents could not be there. Knowing there would be very little chance of that happening.

13. Keeping track of everyone's vital signs all night long. And Ins & Outs. And general appearance.

14. Charting. It. All. Every detail. Because if it's not charted, it's not done, legally speaking. Literally hours of charting.

15. Restocking the rooms, checking the dates of the lines and feeding bags one last time, making sure the day nurse has all they need to get started in the day. Preparing to give complicated history of my patients to the next set of nurses. Checking the charting. Staying late to finish charting and make sure it's all in there.

16. Praying. For myself. For the patients. Giving thanks that I work with such a great team.

17. Getting a text from daughter that she's feeling bad at school and wants me to pick her up. Driving to school and getting her. Falling into bed-- the two of us-- as the rest of the world is waking up and starting their day. And looking forward to doing it all over again.

post #1212 of 1361

USAmma....You sound like a great nurse.

The importance and gravity of your list is a reminder to me what is, and isn't, important.

 

When my children were in the NICU and have been in the hospital over the years, I appreciated the good medical professionals.  But I wish I w/h let them know how much I appreciated them.  At the time, things always seemed so overwhelming.

post #1213 of 1361
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
 

USAmma....You sound like a great nurse.

The importance and gravity of your list is a reminder to me what is, and isn't, important.

 

When my children were in the NICU and have been in the hospital over the years, I appreciated the good medical professionals.  But I wish I w/h let them know how much I appreciated them.  At the time, things always seemed so overwhelming.

 

I know-- because before I was a nurse, I was a mom of a child who also had medical issues. :-) I thought nursing would be about half bedside caring and half technical things. It turns out that even with the low patient/nurse ratio at my facility, the patients are very busy and I don't have enough time to spend with the patients just talking or cuddling. I wish I did, but their live-saving needs come first. I love coming home after a day or two of work and doing absolutely nothing. Twelve hours of being on your feet and alert needs a good amount of down time.

I am so glad your baby was able to graduate from the NICU and I hope your kids stay out of the hospital. I love my patients, (especially my frequent fliers) but I love it most when they go home.

post #1214 of 1361
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Originally Posted by USAmma View Post
 

 

I know-- because before I was a nurse, I was a mom of a child who also had medical issues. :-) I thought nursing would be about half bedside caring and half technical things. It turns out that even with the low patient/nurse ratio at my facility, the patients are very busy and I don't have enough time to spend with the patients just talking or cuddling. I wish I did, but their live-saving needs come first. I love coming home after a day or two of work and doing absolutely nothing. Twelve hours of being on your feet and alert needs a good amount of down time.

I am so glad your baby was able to graduate from the NICU and I hope your kids stay out of the hospital. I love my patients, (especially my frequent fliers) but I love it most when they go home.

 

I am the opposite, I was a Pedi ICU nurse before the mom for a medically fragile child, and I had many nights like yours, which is why I never leave DD at the hospital alone.  People always say, "the nurses are there to take care of her," but I know first hand that they have multiple patients to take care of, and I can focus on DD.

 

Now for what I did yesterday:

-Woke up at 5 am to check on DDs new night nurse and make sure she was still doing OK (it was her 1st full shift and I had been up with her until midnight),

-washed syringes and bottles from night for DD

-Woke up my son to get him ready for school

-made & ate breakfast

-packed him a lunch

-washed dishes

-ran a load of laundry

-waited at the bus stop while looking for centipedes

-went back inside and checked DD who was awake (and had a rare day time nurse

-went to DS's school to count $$ and check orders for the Fall Fundraiser

-called several parents who can not follow instructions or add

-stopped by grocery store for some stuff for dinner and to blend for DD

-ran another load of laundry

-played with DD and read stories

-waited at the bus stop for DS

-went through his weekly report and discussed his papers with him

-took report from nurse

-welcomed DH home from traveling

-took care of DD while DS & Hubby played

-made dinner

-played with kids while DH cleaned up kitchen

-took care of DD until 9pm when night nurse came,

-blended up feeds for DD for next day

-showered etc

-went to bed

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post #1215 of 1361
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Originally Posted by anj_rn View Post
 

 

I am the opposite, I was a Pedi ICU nurse before the mom for a medically fragile child, and I had many nights like yours, which is why I never leave DD at the hospital alone.  People always say, "the nurses are there to take care of her," but I know first hand that they have multiple patients to take care of, and I can focus on DD.

 

Now for what I did yesterday:

-Woke up at 5 am to check on DDs new night nurse and make sure she was still doing OK (it was her 1st full shift and I had been up with her until midnight),

-washed syringes and bottles from night for DD

-Woke up my son to get him ready for school

-made & ate breakfast

-packed him a lunch

-washed dishes

-ran a load of laundry

-waited at the bus stop while looking for centipedes

-went back inside and checked DD who was awake (and had a rare day time nurse

-went to DS's school to count $$ and check orders for the Fall Fundraiser

-called several parents who can not follow instructions or add

-stopped by grocery store for some stuff for dinner and to blend for DD

-ran another load of laundry

-played with DD and read stories

-waited at the bus stop for DS

-went through his weekly report and discussed his papers with him

-took report from nurse

-welcomed DH home from traveling

-took care of DD while DS & Hubby played

-made dinner

-played with kids while DH cleaned up kitchen

-took care of DD until 9pm when night nurse came,

-blended up feeds for DD for next day

-showered etc

-went to bed

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Did you find centipedes???  They wig me out but are so cool!

 

Getting used to having my mother live with us.  She moved in Thursday.  So far so (very) good, but I hate transitions or adjusting or anything growthful.  :P  Today I:

 

- got the dog's day going and started the coffee (pushed a button -- DH makes it the night before because his tastes better)

- had breakfast while checking our banking and credit card activity online

- walked my mother through where to find things for her breakfasts

- washed and hung a load of laundry

- helped DH get household hazmats ready for drop-off at the dump

- went out with him to do that -- hot date!!! -- and buy a few groceries

- had lunch, some of which I spilled on myself

- changed my clothes

- took my mother to her old house and picked up a few more things; we're doing her move one short trip at a time now that the furniture she needs is here

- emailed one of my mother's neighbors about a book I left for her at the house

- chatted briefly with DS1

- proofread a policy document for a municipal committee I serve on

- made my mother a light dinner

- started our dinner

 

Now to turn off for the evening.  What a blessing.

post #1216 of 1361

I've got a bit of a cold (thank you coworker that came into the office so sick he could barely hold his head up!) but the show must go on, so I've had to power through today. 

 

- Went with husband to get his haircut so we could run errands afterwards. 

- Got Dunkin Donuts as a breakfast treat. 

- Went to two stores looking for my pair of fall boots - finally found something my style and affordable at Meijer, of all places. 

- Had a nap for an hour. Husband has been really amazing about asking me to take naps since my chronic illness diagnosis. It helps (especially with a cold on top of it). 

- Handwashed some pots and pans. 

- Started the dishwasher. 

- Made two batches of croissants - one plain, one cinnamon sugar - for breakfast tomorrow since we'll need a quick meal. 

- Organized some photos on the computer. 

- Uploaded some photos to Shutterfly. 

- Made two mouse pads and two sets of address labels to use some free codes I had. The mouse pads will be Christmas gifts. 

- Worked on a wall decal set of photo frames that I want to get from Shutterfly using a $20 credit I have (which means I'll only need to pay about $10 - good deal!). Need to find one more photo I like for it. 

- Clipped some coupons for me and some box tops for a friend. 

- Packed a day bag for tomorrow's activities. 

- Laid out my clothes for tomorrow. 

 

So tomorrow husband works a day shift, so I'll have the car. Little Man and I are going out to my sister's to go to their annual Autumn Pioneer Festival. We try to take the kids every year because it's something my sister and I did when we were kids and loved. Should be a fun day - if I can just shake this cold. I'm going to finish my cup of tea and go to bed soon I think. 

post #1217 of 1361
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Originally Posted by USAmma View Post
 

 

I know-- because before I was a nurse, I was a mom of a child who also had medical issues. :-) I thought nursing would be about half bedside caring and half technical things. It turns out that even with the low patient/nurse ratio at my facility, the patients are very busy and I don't have enough time to spend with the patients just talking or cuddling. I wish I did, but their live-saving needs come first. I love coming home after a day or two of work and doing absolutely nothing. Twelve hours of being on your feet and alert needs a good amount of down time.

I am so glad your baby was able to graduate from the NICU and I hope your kids stay out of the hospital. I love my patients, (especially my frequent fliers) but I love it most when they go home.

 

USAmma, I posted a response days ago...not sure where it went.

My children are nine and although they have health issues they are doing very well.  The most difficult time was when my daughter came home from the NICU after 22 days but my son had to stay 6.5 weeks.   My husband had to go back to work, we had no family help and we live an hour from the hospital.  I wasn't able to take my daughter with so I couldn't spend all day and night at the NICU and it was very difficult leaving my son there without us.

 

 

I have been more relaxed about how much I am getting accomplished lately.  I'm still trying to loosen up and be more available for the kids and hopefully fitting some learning into our day.  They go to an ex-Montessori teacher's house 1x/week all day with a few other children, this gives me time to catch up on the house or errands.  The house and yard have been in order - mostly - but needs some detailed cleaning, like baseboards, and there are areas that need organization.

 

I've realized lately we probably have the kids do too much household 'stuff' every day.  It was nothing formal but I was constantly asking them to do something.  We have started a very simple chore chart with only 3 or 4 items per day and it is has been going really well for the past two weeks.  I let them do it whenever they want and I do not even need to ask them to get it done!  Since one of their daily items is 'put away all of your stuff', the house has been less cluttered.  We did that daily prior to the list but I felt like it required nagging throughout the day or my piling things in the foyer for them to take upstairs.  This chore also requires them to put away their clean clothes, not just take them to their room as in the past.  This helps a lot since clean clothes are no longer being accidentally rewashed.  They have taken my request a little farther than I planned and are picking up all three floors of the house...including their playroom!  I hope it continues.  Their other daily chores are really simple like 'walk the dog', empty all trash cans, clean their bathroom counter, etc.  But having these things done regularly without asking is nice.

 

Kitchensqueen...you are a Shutterfly regular! I always intend to make photo books but have only made two over the years.  They are so time consuming for me.  I ordered thank you cards recently with the kid's names.  They were free...sort of...there were S&H costs.

 

My husband is listening to music with the kids and I can't decide if I should clean the kitchen floor, WAH - it is month end and I have quite a bit to do, or read.  I should work or clean the floor...but I think I will read the book I got from the library instead reading.gif.


Edited by dbsam - 9/28/13 at 7:27pm
post #1218 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MariaMadly View Post
 

 

Getting used to having my mother live with us.  She moved in Thursday.  So far so (very) good, but I hate transitions or adjusting or anything growthful.  :P  Today I:

 

I think it is great that you are having your mother live with you and I am glad it is going well.


Edited by dbsam - 9/28/13 at 11:03pm
post #1219 of 1361

Ugh. Today is not going like I planned at all. I woke up feeling worse than ever with this head cold, so I had to cancel going to the Autumn Pioneer Festival with my sister. Which sucks, it's an immensely gorgeous fall day. So all I've managed thus far - 

 

- Dropped husband off at work so I can still have the car. Hopefully I'm feeling well enough this afternoon to at least take Little Man out for a little while.

- Stopped at Lowes for orange spray paint and masking tape for a Halloween project I intend to do. If I'm home sick, I can at least spray paint a few cans while Little Man naps today...

 

I've got so much I need to do today - I've got peppers, tomatoes and squash that need to get in the freezer, do some baking for the week and make some more pumpkin butter. But I am loathe to deal with food when I'm sick - totally not sanitary. So we'll see... if it's starting to go south, I'll have to throw on some rubber gloves and have at it. And I do want to make sure Little Man has a fun day, so we'll at least do playdoh and coloring and all his favorite things to do. He's asking to play blocks now, so off I can do. I can certainly play blocks while sitting on the couch and cuddling a box of Kleenex. :-) 

post #1220 of 1361

Hope you feel better, kitchensqueen.  I hate the "what I won't be able to accomplish today" lists.

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