November 10th, 2015

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Volunteering abroad

So, I'm Canadian and I'm looking into volunteering abroad (looking more into Australia because my brother is currently backpacking in New Zealand and I'd spend some time with him before or something). So, I'm looking

So, my question(s) are:
1) Has anybody heard anything, negative or positive, about Go Eco?
2) Do you know of anything similar that you, or someone you know, has done and really loved it?

ETA: I signed up for Go Eco. I guess I'll find out the hard way if it's terrible or a scam.

DK/DC: What TV shows are you starting to watch this fall/year?



Toothpaste in Eye

Has anybody ever gotten toothpaste in their eye? I recently did this morning and spent a good five minutes rinsing it out. At first it felt much better but then I ran water through my eye one more time for good measure and I guess that irritated it more because it started burning a little again. Finally the burning left and my eyes cleared up but now it feels all scratchy in that corner. I've read like 80 different things and was just looking (no pun intended) for opinions. Most likely I am still going to go to the eye doctor to be safe today.

I'm on a huge tea kick.

What are your favorite flavors of tea and your favorite companies that sell tea?

I recently bought the David's Tea Advent Calendar (which must wait patiently until December!) but I also got a few samples. I'm currently sipping Cardamom French Toast flavor, which is a black tea blend with cardamom, cane sugar, and cinnamon.
Minion - > Giant + Small

Health paranoia

I have queries about two health things - eyesight and thyroid/general health issues.

How often do you get your eyes tested? When would you consider a re-test before you'd usually go?

I'd suspected my eye sight was no longer 20/20 for a couple of months and went to the opticians and got glasses in July. Recently, I've got the impression that my eyesight is more blurry than it was when I got it tested, but I worry that it's unlikely that it has got worse than therefore would look silly to get it tested again.

The other thing is that I've been feeling generally ill and seem to have caught continuous colds since August. I went to the doctors about three weeks ago and they gave me a blood test.

Everything was fine except my thyriod which was underactive. They booked me in for a second test a week later and I didn't hear back. I called up the reception phone a week and a half later, which was answered by one of the nurses, and she said the most recent test said it was fine: 'no action'. I queried the difference between the first and second tests and she simply said 'the test on (most recent) says all fine: no action.'

Should I book an appointment with the doctor herself or just leave it? Either my thyroid was low and is now fine, or one of the two tests was faulty, right?

Look it up in the dictionary

I know these days are gone, but was looking it up in the dictionary a good strategy for anyone?
Im dyslexic and always found this super confusing. I would forget how to spell THE into my 20s, this was quite easy to fix, my strategy was to find a book that i thought may contain whatever word was troubling me.


The ethics of cat-sitting

I'm cat-sitting one of my friend's two cats for a week. Every other day, I drive about 10-20 minutes to feed them, refill their water, clean out their litter box, and take in her mail. I like cats, so I don't mind doing it, but of course it does take time out of my day.

When she texted me to ask if I could do it, she said she'd pay me $40. One night, after she and her husband fed my boyfriend and I dinner at her house, she handed me the money. My boyfriend was appalled and refused to take it. When we were alone, he argued that we don't need the money and that she is working two part-time jobs to make enough money, while her husband serves in the Coast Guard, although they are making enough to not live paycheck to paycheck.

They left the $40 on the counter for us to take, insisting that we take it.

What are the ethics of cat-sitting for a friend? Would you take the $40 or leave it?