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  1. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Regarding Saxx, I have Hulu (got it for 99 cents a month for a year around Black Friday last year, of course WITH commercials, but hey, it's only 99 cents a month) and Saxx commercials are on a lot during the ad breaks. To the point where I was starting to think maybe it would be a good gift idea for one of my uncles (then I realized, no, that would be creepy as hell and he probably wears what kind of underwear/boxers he likes already, he's a grown man). But yeah, Hulu's been making me sit through a lot of Saxx ads. Now, for some reason, Duluth Trading Co. ads on actual tv (not Hulu) for their "buck naked" underwear don't bother me. More clever ads and none of the nonsense about 3D technology. But for a second there (after being repeatedly bombarded by Saxx ads while binge-watching Fear the Walking Dead repeats on Hulu), I was thinking (as a single woman whose never given men's underwear much thought beyond the fact that some guys wear briefs, some boxers, some boxer briefs...never encountered anyone who went commando thus far except a female roommate once), so I was starting to think maybe men "need" or would somehow benefit from this new "technological advancement" in underwear. Thanks to CB, now I can erase that thought from my mind. Also on Hulu are ads are for "Thinx" underwear for women. Somehow it will substitute for using feminine hygiene products and/or prevent inevitable leakage from the feminine hygiene products you already use? Or maybe it was Knix. Or maybe both. Can we not go back to the days where there weren't all these underwear/condom/lube/erectile dysfunction ads on tv and the internet? Wasn't there a more genteel time of yore where the worst we were subjected to were those more subtle "not so fresh feeling" Summer's Eve feminine douche ads? Now we have women trimming their "bushes" like topiaries while I'm trying to eat dinner in front of the tv with my 70+ year old mom. (By the way, am I supposed to be creatively trimming or is my usual buzz cut ok, because I'm dangerous enough around my lady bits with anything remotely sharp as it is, without trying to get "creative". And no waxing for me thank you. I get ingrowns like crazy.) I'm not saying no one should be able to discuss these things out in the open. I'm all for progress in that respect. But I'm talking about advertisers and advertising. I don't need advertisers starting/framing the discussion around my period, my body parts/hair in general, my underwear, men's nut sacks, what this or that lubricant can do for my nonexistent sex life, and so forth. And most disturbing of all are those ads about men needing to contact their doctor if their penis is curved to much, like a banana I guess, or worse like some kind of freakish 90-degree angle crooked carrot? Sometimes they're a little crooked/curvy but apparently too much curve is a bad thing and you have to see your doctor about it. Frankly, the ad has (almost) ruined the produce aisle for me. (Not penises though, still like those.) Really, it's the use of fruit/vegetables in those ads that bothers me. Plus, might it not make men self-conscious who don't even have a real problem? I'd prefer cereal and laundry detergent ads only please. Tell me what kind of car I need to drive. Which paper towel is really the strongest and can clean up that spill on the counter in one swipe. That sort of stuff.
  2. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Spins dry? (There's a video on amazon). https://www.amazon.com/Dreamfarm-Spindry-Hygienic-Toilet-Brush-Spins/dp/B0757S4MHL/
  3. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Unplanned pregnancy ads from by a well-known adoption agency in my area. The only connection I can come up with is that about a week ago I googled something about "I stopped getting my period" because I haven't been getting my period for quite a few months and wanted to know if I should be worried. According to Dr. Google, it's likely because I've finally gotten so fat that things are all out of whack with my body. It probably doesn't help that I haven't been motivated to exercise anymore. And/or maybe something hormonal is going on. Dr. Google oftentimes isn't very definitive. First my periods started skipping months as I got to a certain weight but now I think I haven't had a period since July. I'm actually enjoying the break from periods and have no desire to ever have children. I'm too young for menopause. And unless it's a virgin birth, I'm definitely not pregnant. I know I should see my primary care doctor sooner than my annual physical next year and/or bring it up to my pdoc, but I'm really enjoying the lack of periods. It's a little creepy if that google search is what brought about the unplanned pregnancy/adoption ads. It's kind of like the time I bought a single package of those safety socket cover things from the baby aisle in Target. That had a ripple effect. Soon I was mailed free sample cans of baby formula (which I sold on ebay because I didn't want to throw them out), and baby formula coupons, and a Target baby catalog with coupons for baby stuff. It was freaky.
  4. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Well, that's something I haven't seen before. I'm wondering if it was discussed on ravelry. FYI, the video up next after that one is apparently "Blow Jobs: Sex+ Info You Need To Know".
  5. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Still being taunted by yarn, esp. jaded dreams, which I already have in lace weight (prairie)... But do I now need it in sock weight?
  6. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Ok, mystery solved. As I was falling asleep last night I remembered that a couple weeks ago I bought a GIANT roll of big orange bubble wrap at Home Depot (for ebay and care packages). So it's me losing my mind/memory, not Home Depot.
  7. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Still plagued by yarn ads. But it also now appears I will be moving soon using home depot moving supplies? Boxes, moving blankets, strapping tools, and a 440lb wheeled furniture dolly. I did recently buy some carbon monoxide detectors and playbox sand from Home Depot. But no plans to move, houses or bodies.
  8. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    Lucky for me there was a wikipedia article about it, so I think my ads are "safe". Maybe? Will let you know if anything "interesting" pops up. Right now I'm just getting women's jockey underwear ads, mainly of the granny panty variety. I did just buy some new jockey underwear last week-- also of the granny panty variety. For comfort. Not seduction. Maybe that can be Jockey's new slogan.
  9. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    You sir are a cruel, cruel man. You know I had to google that sh*t.
  10. aquarian

    Targeted ads on CB

    I am currently using all of my powers of resistance to not go down that particular rabbit hole....but then you tempt me with mention of penis tentacles?!? Sex-powered ninjas!?! (Not going to google, not going to google. Must resist urge to google!) Right now my targeted ads on CB are all vitamixes, I assume since I was getting one as a gift for someone and was researching whether the lower profile option was better/worse than my old school model. For weeks prior to this I had been plagued by nothing but women's diaper adds popping up all over after having to buy my grandma diapers so the parade of vitamixes is a welcome relief. I've also been getting a lot of yarn ads. Not sure if on CB or elsewhere. I went on an online yarn bender recently and having the yarn ads pop up is part of an ugly hangover I can't shake. Guilty reminders popping up everywhere. Google especially wants me to buy more madelinetosh prairie in the colorway "jaded dreams". I already bought it dammit!!! And at least 4 other shades of green by other yarn companies trying to find the perfect green for a certain project. Stop reminding me about my poor impulse control and how much money I've spent on wool in the last couple weeks! ETA: The yarn ads are definitely on CB as well as other sites. Google still wants me to purchase jaded dreams in both lace and sock/fingering weight.
  11. About 1/3 of disability applicants are approved at initial application. The other 2/3 are not. IMO, best to wait until you've been denied at initial and reconsideration to hire a lawyer. Most of the them won't take you anyway until you've been denied as shells already mentioned. There's not much for a lawyer to do during the initial application and reconsideration stages. You have to fill out all of the paperwork yourself in your own words and lawyers aren't always reliable about making sure all of your medical records are sent in at these lower stages so you can't leave everything to them. My pdoc referred me to a lawyer once I got to the hearing stage. I was approved at the hearing stage.
  12. This is the step most people use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007OWSXQ/ However, there is a circuit size you can get with either 2 or 4 risers that takes up less room https://www.amazon.com/Step-Original-Circuit-Aerobic-Platform/dp/B000GBKEWM But, eventually most end up getting the first one I linked to because if you become a full-fledged stepper, the circuit-sized step can feel cramped for some moves.
  13. Jessica Smith has a free youtube channel and sells dvds. Not really my "thing" though I tried one of her early walking workouts years ago (I like mainly like step aerobics and more choreographed stuff) but she is quite popular and maybe if I gave her newer stuff a chance I would like it better. I think she just had her first baby within the last year though and so is putting out stuff less frequently so as to spend more time with her baby in the first year. I hear Jenny Ford does some basic step aerobics on her youtube channel (never hurts to try and convert someone to step aerobics as we're a dying breed it seems). My favorite non-step dvd is from somewhat of a one (or rather two-) hit wonder: Kristin Dowell. I adore her Dressed Up Drills. I usually follow the person to her left (right side of screen) showing the low impact option but there's room to grow with that one depending on which of the 3 women you follow and you can easily just pick one or two segments to do depending on your stamina, how long you have to work out, etc.. I also like her Hi Lo Recharge but choreographed hi/lo is not everyone's cup of tea. I've done my fair share of choreographed hi/lo (think Amy Bento and Christi Taylor) so I picked up on it within a few times doing the dvd since it's pretty athletic and not too dancy or complex but Dressed Up Drills is a much safer, more mainstream pick. Plus, hi-lo recharge is out-of-print anyway I think. I can vouch that Dressed Up Drills feels a lot less tedious (for me) than walking (though I walk indoors on a treadmill) and it gets my heart rate up a lot higher and for longer than when I walk--though that's pretty easy these days since I'm at least 100lbs overweight and a couch potato. You can view a preview of Dressed Up Drills here:
  14. I should add that deeming income from a spouse is kind of complicated (this only matters for SSI) and I don't know a lot about the topic. I think it depends how much your spouse makes as to how much SSI you might even qualify for but even qualifying for a little SSI can be good if you need health insurance for yourself because SSI comes with medicaid coverage (for you). However, if you have more than $3,000 in savings, checking accounts, IRAs, etc., you won't qualify non-medically for SSI at all. Also, if you have more than one car, they will attribute a value to the 2nd car and it will count as part of your "resources", which can't exceed $3,000 for a couple.
  15. There are two kinds of disability in the USA--SSDI and SSI. If you haven't worked since 2008, it is unlikely you have enough recent work credits to qualify for SSDI, which is an insurance program one pays into during his/her working years, but your work credits "expire" and thus your "insurance" will not cover you unless you can prove your disability began while you were still "insured" (assuming you were ever fully insured) way back in the past (very difficult and usually impossible in most cases to prove remote onset except in rare circumstances, and I'm also not sure how it works with you having been a legal alien in the past). There's also SSI which does not require recent work credits and it has the same medical requirements as SSDI, but there are strict financial criteria you have to meet for SSI and if your husband is working and/or you and he have any savings over $3,000 in a checking account, IRA, or other resources (aside from one car and one house you live in), it's unlikely you would qualify for SSI. But it never hurts to apply online and find out. For SSI, you should apply right away because you can only be paid SSI benefits (if eligible) the month after application and going forward. There are no retroactive benefits for SSI. Basically, apply online. It will ask you all the important questions like when your disability began, when you stopped working, and so forth. With SSI you used to be able to start the app online but you would have to complete the application in person. But I think now you can do the whole thing online, but not sure. Generally, unless you know for sure you don't qualify for SSI, it's recommended to apply for both SSDI and SSI. You can receive both concurrently by the way if your SSDI benefit is low enough or some people receive SSI during the 5-month waiting period for SSDI. The first thing your local office will do in the case of an SSDI app you've filed online is to determine whether you have enough recent work credits now or in the past (if alleging a remote onset date). They'll let you know if you do or don't qualify non-medically for SSDI before they transfer your case for medical development.
  16. I clicked the "Thanks" icon not to thank you for your post per se but because I believe Aggie definitely deserves a trophy! I like mice and all and don't wish them ill will (well, except the ones that run the ceilings in our basement late at night prompting unsuspecting guests to ask us, "So, what's that scratchy-scratchy noise coming from the drop ceiling at night?"), but pets that bring us "presents" don't mean any harm. They're just doing what they do and want to be acknowledged for their skills (or at least I had a cat that used to be that way).
  17. Did I miss the qualifiers? I surely hope not. I was really hoping to make the team this year and go for the....bronze maybe? Ah, a girl can always dream.
  18. I like to knit cute little mini stuffed animals and things and little animal xmas ornaments that have little tiny accessories they wear. Little things on 4" double pointed needles. I love picking out yarn colors when I get a choice/chance to be creative (often I just go with what the pattern calls for). I knit a full-size stuffed animal once. Felt weird knitting with more normal-sized needles. And then he looked cold and a bit naked so I knit him a custom striped sweater. I had to use JSSBO (a super stretchy bind off) so it would fit over his big hippo head. That was my first sweater project. I also once knit a mini sweater for an elf ornament since he looked chilly and a bit naked as well. No human-sized sweaters yet. The only weird thing is I do most of my cheerful little knits while watching Dateline and 48 Hours reruns, ID and oxygen channel crime documentaries, and quite a bit of other disturbing stuff. I watch some silly shows like Real Housewives and Teen Mom as well but I really go for the true crime. And police procedurals, of course. And anything dark and/or gruesome in general. I get into my happy zone when I knit while watching tv. ETA: I love knitting all kinds of food items too. Fruits, a slice of cherry pie, etc. It's fun trying to find the perfect yarn for pie crust. I ordered a couple online and neither were quite right in person so I had to go in person to my local yarn store which normally I don't have good luck at but that day I found "Hug Me Gingerly" by Claudia handpainted yarns is the color of pie crust and bought a skein. Also, Cascade 220 superwash effects in the color lava is the color of salami. It's true. And sometimes you need to knit some salami. There was once another yarn even more the color of salami but it was sadly discontinued before my time.
  19. I've also tried Pristiq once upon a time instead of effexor. And latuda as an add-on once upon another time.* Neither did much of anything as far as I can remember except I believe one of the two gave me a horrendous case of dry mouth. I used to think that was a kind of a "lite" side effect but it's no joke. I had unquenchable thirst and was always parched. I drank a lot of water and then had too pee all the time due to the water and still was thirsty/parched. That's not why we discontinued whatever drug I was on though. I had so many things going on at the time I didn't even connect the dry mouth to a med change. I had a sleep study, brain mri, stored my pee in a bright red jug in the fridge for 24 hours, numerous other tests to rule out anything physical (turned out I just had single digit ferritin & Vit D levels). *My pdoc purposely skipped trying seroquel as an add-on because I was basically a walking zombie who slept a minimum of 12 hours a day for quite a time and had no energy. She was pretty sure seroquel would make me comatose since I was halfway there already. I didn't have a bad reaction to cymbalta from effexor so much as no reaction except it sort of destablized me because any time I switch a med entirely (even a gentle 4-week cross-taper), I play mind games with myself and think I feel "off". And my mom was going through some health stuff at the time which didn't help (all the health stuff has resolved and she's fine now). But eventually I was ok on the cymbalta but felt no difference compared to when I was on effexor so requested to cross-taper back to effexor again. My pdoc seems reluctant to do much of anything too radical at this point. No complete med overhauls for me, I guess. I did ask her a couple of appointments ago if there was anything left to try and she couldn't really come up with anything. She really wants me to just practice driving more to work through the panic disorder and agoraphobia. I haven't had issues driving for like a decade so it kind of sucks that it resurfaced during a med change** and time of stress. I'm not actively having panic attacks anymore though I occasionally come close (when showering or driving or grocery shopping) but I still can't drive more than a 15min loop with 1 traffic light independently so am reliant on my mom to take me everywhere. uber/lyft give me anxiety but i've recently been trying to use them when there's a conflict with my therapy schedule and my mom's schedule rather than rescheduling my therapy to when my mom's available. My tdoc is on my case too about driving more. **We were trying the effexor-to-cymbalta med change just to tweak things a little bit in hopes I could (maybe) be a bit more functional. But damn, I wish we had left well enough alone because I was pretty darn functional back then compared to where I'm at now. (Though again, my mom had a health thing going on then too which compounded things. There were 2 health things, one during the cymbalta-effexor med change and one about 6 months later.) The issue with adding/changing a med now (other than adding more valium) is that adding or changing meds gives me "issues" to where I don't feel comfortable driving until I feel "comfortable" on the new med. I totally psyche myself out during med changes unless it's something simple like going from 15mg mirtazapine to 30mg or vice versa, which we did awhile back "just to see". And the last thing anyone wants is to me to stop the momentum of my daily practice drives so that I can "mentally adjust" to being on a new med. I'm really hoping pdoc and tdoc are right that I can work through this with gradual exposure to more and more driving and doing more things independently. My panic disorder also goes nuts when my mom goes on vacation for more than a few days. She had to skip half her last 2-week trip due to me (I live at home with her). I haven't had that issue either for a long time. Tdoc wants me to take time to meditate during the day. I am resistant. I believe she has also suggested other things I am resistant to (apparently so resistant I've blocked them from my memory). Also, I am admittedly very avoidant so, for instance, I haven't driven for the past few days because I've let other obligations get in the way--family was coming to stay with us so I had to get the house ready (I have perfectionist standards my tdoc is trying to get me to work on) and then spending time with family at home is draining and stresses me out so I don't think I can handle my practice drives on top of that. Tdoc is not happy about this but is used to it. But, the obligation has now ended so I have no excuse but to resume my practice drives tomorrow, which I had been doing regularly for awhile so it's not like I'm not trying. My pdoc probably is open to more valium if needed but sometimes more just makes me tired or I get paranoid that I'm somehow impaired and can't drive safely. Sorry for the novella of excuses and thank you for your med suggestions. At some point, I may bring them up to pdoc, but for now I have to remain somewhat stable because my mom has a 1-week vacation in October I have to survive home alone during. Not to mention her 8-week halfway around the world trip spring 2020 (my tdoc tells me we'll focus on that after I make it through October). I'm an anxiety mess just thinking about it.
  20. My pdoc put me on buspar to (maybe) help my anxiety. Instead I find it activating (of all things). So much so that I found I could discontinue the small amount of adderall I was on. I prefer the energy the buspar has given me to the added energy from adderall IR which always caused an afternoon crash. I was on the adderall at least at year and am much happier with buspar. Now if only we could find something to help my anxiety other than increased valium and exposure therapy.
  21. I can relate to this. Similar to the spoon theory (I think?). Some days or even times of day I'm working with way less spoons and have a lower "threshold" for...whatever. And sometimes I can be very fragile (and prone to breakage), especially towards the end of the day. By breakage I mean...I start coming apart at the seams and either feel like crying (much too easily) or take things more personally than I normally would or snap at people for things I normally wouldn't snap at and so on. It's like being a full cup just about to run over and one stupid drop of anything and my cup runneth over (except it's the opposite meaning for my cup and running over is actually a bad thing, like a circuit blowing because I've got too many appliances going at the same time in an old house so they all shut down). Or maybe I'm just a fragile cup that can't take much handling. What a mess. I hope this makes sense.
  22. I really enjoyed this book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking . Apparently some extroverts actually get recharged and more energized by socializing and being extroverted and that's part of why they are so outgoing, because they need to fuel themselves and recharge. I always thought extroverts inherently had more energy (or super powers) to begin with and that's what fueled their extroversion. Note: I did read this book several years ago and my memory is poor, but that was one of the takeaways I got. I could be misremembering of course. I enjoyed the book all the same because I am a total introvert and find being around other people draining to some degree (though I admittedly do require some human contact and get some benefits from being around others at times).
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