Can you ever escape Jury Duty?: Tea/coffee Date November 2021



Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, I am grateful you give us this opportunity to get together virtually!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I was working on my pumpkin post (click here if you want to know how to cook pie pumpkins in your Instant Pot), and I came across a typo that made me chuckle: I’d meant to type cutting board, but somehow typed cluttering board (which is totally appropriate for the state of my kitchen right now).

I did feel guilty that my sister had to handle the aide change on her own. Not guilty enough to drive out in the Nor’easter to help. I thought about it . . .

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I’d wanted to go away for a couple of days around our anniversary. That’s what we usually do (although we hadn’t for the last couple of years). It didn’t feel right with my mom in the hospital and then the aide change, though, so I decided on the daytrip to Lake Moreau State Park instead.

After my mom came home, I started looking at places for the next week. I immediately found one that looked perfect and we decided then and there we’d book it. A couple of hours later my brother told me they’d had to change the date for the aide change to  yup, you guessed it — the following week. 

I felt badly, because my sister had shouldered a lot during my mom’s hospital stay, but like the time she broke her hip, we couldn’t get our money back. Both my siblings told me to go and not feel guilty. My sister rarely goes anywhere though, and her life hasn’t been what she’d hoped it would be — so yeah, there’s going to be some guilt. 

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you for the first time in a long time my body feels pretty good. I’m sure some other niggle will pop at at some point, but it definitely is nice to be niggle-free at the moment.

I have never gotten mailings from NordicTrack before researching treadmills!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I laugh at people who think Alexa is a security risk. Do you use FB? IG? Siri? As you know I’m researching treadmills (anyone have a Sole F65 or F80, by the way?). The above postcard from Nordictrack arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. I own zero Norditrack equipment, but I did visit their site and research Nordictrack.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that at my last visit to my mon, she handed me an envelope with the jury questionnaire for my father. You can’t make this stuff up! I took care of it, and they didn’t even ask for a death certificate (my father’s been gone almost two years, by the way).

Do you get postcards from places you visit online? 

Would you have driven out in that Nor’Easter (about an hour’s drive)? 

Tell me something you’re looking forward to in November!

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25 thoughts on “Can you ever escape Jury Duty?: Tea/coffee Date November 2021

  1. I’m looking forward to some races. A 15k a half marathon and a turkey trot. Also an anniversary dinner with my mah jongg friends. I’m also thinking of volunteering to help refugee kids with their homework. And finally two days off- Veterans Day and thanksgiving. I guess I have a busy November.

    It depends on the reason. I would have driven to work or probably a race in a Nor’easter. Why not plan a trip for your sister as a thank you?

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  2. Everything we do is a security risk! That is just life these days. I hope you do go on your anniversary trip. Family does have a way of making us feel guilty but you also have to live your life. You and your husband deserve some away time as well together. You have had a stressful few years!

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  3. Jury duty. UGH. I got summoned (twice) and got chosen (both times) right after Id’ started a new job (this was before we had kids). Fast forward a few years, when we did have kids, we were living in Michigan with no family around. And, guess who got summoned again? In a different state? Twice! I didn’t get chosen for either of those, though. Then we moved back to Iowa…all the kids were in school, and able to manage on their on if need be (and my parents three blocks nearby). I’ve had to call in a few times, but have not stepped foot in a courtroom here. Ironic? Anyways, I’m really looking forward to a real Thanksgiving this year…with all three kids, my parents and sister (and her guy).

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    1. Oddly I was never called in VT. But it TX it was like clockwork & here, too. In TX I was self employed so it definitely wasn’t convenient. Luckily no kids but there was one time when one of my cats was very elderly & very sick — I guess they do have a heart because I explained the situation & was assigned a 1 day trial (which only lasted half a day).


  4. I’m over here singing Let it Go…. Glad you had your getaway. Sounds like you have some understanding siblings.

    One of my medical assistants has a Grand Jury duty. 18 months, once a week. It could always be worse.

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    1. Well, I’ve also dealt with handling the incoming aides on more than one occasion, driven in rainstorms & a snowstorm once to take my dad & mom to drs . . . we all pitch in. I’d cleared the week to help & then they switched the dates.

      Thankfully I’ve never been called for Grand Jury, but just about every other kind. There are many different kinds of jury duty!


  5. Virginia lets attorneys off the hook for jury duty, so I have never had to serve. I think my husband’s made up for it though.

    I should be looking forward to my birthday, but I’m not very excited about it. It’s just not a big deal.

    I hope you enjoy your getaway without feeling too guilty. You deserve it too!

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  6. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to this month is my son coming home for Thanksgiving!!!!!!
    Family stuff is hard… sounds like you have understanding siblings though. i’m sure you’ve picked up the slack many times, and will again in the future. It all evens out!

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  7. We’ve gotten ads pitched to us online after talking about something without researching it. Yes, we have Alexa, but I assume it’s our phones or MacBooks snooping on us in those cases. I’ve never gotten a postcard that I’m aware of, though, like you did from Nordictrack.

    I’m really looking forward to getting away to Florida in a couple of weeks for our son’s wedding! And, yes, Pablo will be walking down the aisle wearing his beach cocktail attire appropriate bowtie!

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  8. I am looking forward to start my in person race season after 2 years of virtual races and, maybe, a trip to Naples with my wife.
    Everything we do in internet and every web page we open is a risk. We must pay attention.
    Have a good week end.

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  9. Oh geez. The jury duty thing is ridiculous. At least your dad doesn’t have to go! Haha! My daughter always tells me my phone is listening. I’m sure it is. Never got a postcard though, just all the pop-up ads. Ugh.

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