Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | April 1, 2020

Things to make you laugh during COVID-19 – take 6

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Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 29, 2020

How I’m staying fit during COVID-19

After 2 weeks at home, and some lazy gym workouts before all this happened, I’m feeling out of shape. Walks don’t cut it – even if I actually take a walk. I keep vowing to do stairclimbs on my home stairs. Hasn’t happened. So I got serious yesterday investigating various online workouts I could do, saving links, and then rewarding myself with a cocktail (using the cherry liquor Carmel gifted us before she left. Miss you Carmel!).

I decided to start with Crunch Live (which really isn’t live), since they’re giving members free access while the gyms are closed (and they are not charging us gym dues either). I got our home gym space prepared.


explosive cardio

I told Dori she should work out with me. One class a day. And I let her pick the class for today. I won’t let her pick again. OMG it was sooooooo hard!!! Read More…

Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 29, 2020

Things to make you laugh during COVID-19 – take 5

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Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 25, 2020

Things to make you laugh during COVID-19 – take 4

As usual, thank you to those who created these. I would give credit where due, but I’m not sure which are originals from the Facebook posts where I took them, and which were copied/pasted.

wash hands

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Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 24, 2020

Things to make you laugh during COVID-19 quarantine – take 3

Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague. Read what the writers had to say about that. It’s really funny.

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Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 18, 2020

More levity during COVID-19

Part 2 of things making me laugh while sheltering in place.

ipad time

wipe your ass

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Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 14, 2020

A little levity during COVID-19

Whether you’re following the news as closely as I am during this pandemic, or you’re trying to avoid it (while hopefully washing you hands with soap frequently), we all could use a few laughs. Here’s what’s been making me smile this week.

Gloria Gaynor showing us proper handwashing technique for the appropriate amount of time: 20 seconds. Sorry, it’s not letting me embed the video.

I’m seeing variations of these floating around the internet (would like to give appropriate credit but I’m not sure where all of them originate).

The cat-lovers’ view of flattening the curve, from Anna Marie Darling.



cvs receipt


See Rick McKee’s great cartoon called Facebook Experts on his website. A little snippet so it doesn’t get lost on this page.


claw machine

That’s a way to increase business!


updated olympic logo

Updated Olympic logo


The Quarantin


Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | September 2, 2019

What I learned from accident attorney letters

I finally went through the stack of attorney letters about our recent car accident. Because I’m weird. Here’s what I learned:

-Don’t bother spending the $5 to download the official police report from the (Carfax) site. Because 80% of the attorney letters provide a copy for you. Some provide the full report, some just 1 page. Some block out the drivers’ dates of birth. Some highlight the driver name. Some don’t.

-As a free gift, some attorneys provide a “police report decoder,” which sounds like the red film contraption you get in the cereal box to decode secret messages. In reality, though, you match up to the report to the decoder to see how the police entered certain things like road conditions, cell phone use, other factors that may affect who was responsible for the accident.


-Great advice from one attorney: “So, give me pictures of your injuries (do it NOW while our cuts and bruises are still fresh…it gives a better impression of just how serious your accident was.)” Read More…

Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | August 28, 2019

The college move-in

It’s not good to start college with strep throat. Or even to move in to college with strep throat. But the Sunday before move-in, Dori was in bed all day. We let her rest, not putting too much stock into the huge, painful lymph node in the back of her neck. Oops. The fancy Sunday night birthday dinner for Mark and farewell dinner for Dori overlooking New York City was cancelled. Mark and I celebrated his birthday at a local restaurant and hurried home.


thermometer, by Wikicommons

By Monday morning when she still didn’t want to get out of bed, I called the pediatrician’s office begging for an early appointment. Rapid strep test: positive. “We’d like to see you in a few days to make sure your fever is gone,” the doctor said. Uh, we’re leaving on a jet plane early Tuesday morning. For college. Hopefully those antibiotics will kick in quickly. Read More…

Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | August 3, 2019

Ambulance chasers of New Jersey

Last week someone in our family was in a minor traffic accident. We were rear-ended, and not at fault. We’ve not had an accident in a really long time. The police officer provided a card with a URL and report number – we could get this report online in a week. Turns out the site is owned by (a fine example of government outsourcing). We had to pay $5 to get a download of the report. Granted, I don’t know how it usually works – would we have to go to the police station and pay copying costs there? The town offered no information on its website.

Well, some attorneys also apparently paid for that report, or had someone at the police station sorting through the latest accidents.

The next three days, our mailbox was bulging (and who knows what’s to come). So far we’ve received 13 attorney solicitations. I’ll open them all up during happy hour this weekend.

attorney letters

Hopefully we won’t need any of them.

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