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Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the wake of all of the controversy surrounding Penn State I am struggling to understand something.

First, I think it is important to point out a few facts about myself, so perhaps someone may better understand my question.

I am a 2002 graduate of Penn State
I grew up less than 20 miles from the main campus
My father worked for Penn State for 35 years
I grew up "State" - my parents and grandparents were always taking me to Penn State to the Ag Barns, the Deer Pens, Ag Progress Days, the Creamery (which has the most fabulous ice cream in the world) - As I got older, I attended concerts on campus and went to exhibits.

So, given all of that, why is it when people shout WE ARE... PENN STATE the only thing I think is... shut the $&%^ Up? I don't feel any sense of school pride. My coworker owns every Penn State shirt known to man, and I own nothing. He, by the way, didn't even attend Penn State.

When I asked this question to a few other people, my boss said that the reason people have such a strong affinity for a school is because it helps identify them as part of a group. It helps people identify with other people and gives them a sense of belonging.

Ok, that makes sense, but that still makes me wonder what it is that I am not understanding. Is it that I have no desire to be part of a group? Or, is it that they have something figured out that I haven't?

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MRE1956 11/13/2011 7:37AM

    I only have about a year's worth of community college credits to my name, so I definitely have no strong pull, either, as far as that goes - frankly, I don't get why people feel the way they do about colleges (scandals or not - I live in an area where a large collage also had a big scandal brew recently)

I mean, REALLY, people - what gives here? It's an institution you attend for 2-4 years (or whatever), get your credits and degrees, LEAVE and GO FORTH WITH YOUR "loyalty" at this point in my life needs to be to ME (and those closest to me, of course).....

Just sayin'.....


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DIANITAH 11/12/2011 6:47PM

    I don't feel a strong pull to my undergraduate institution either. I am very supportive and loyal to the school where I teach but that's more of a loyalty to my students.

You shouldn't think you are weird. A former students of mine played a big time sport for a major university. He loved his teammates and his coach but thought the blindly loyal fans were psycho. He was embarrassed about their boorish behavior. His first status after his last NCAA game last year? "Let's see how many of you care about me now that I don't wear the uniform."

I don't think it's bad to love one's school but being blindly loyal in the case of those supporting Paterno is actually quite pathetic.

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Robin Eggs

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

a little white lie never hurt anyone right? My doctor wrote me a prescription for Adipex, and I am just going to lie to her and tell her I took them when I really didn't. I mean, I have taken them before, and bad things happened, so I just want to avoid that all together. I am going to tell her I took them for a week, they made me want to smoke and i flushed the rest. I think that is an acceptable answer.

We figured that we would try them because the insurance company is going to want to know that I tried that. I have an extensive history of being prescribed diet pills and them not working, so why should this time be any different?

On a different note, I made an awesome Cranberry-Apple chicken salad to take to work tonight. I don't know what it is about that combination that just sends my taste buds into orbit!

3 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 small onion
1/2 c of shredded carrot
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 Fuji apple cut into small chunks
3 oz of chicken breast seasoned w/ cracked pepper
1/4 cup of reduced fat blue cheese

I use a light raspberry vinaigrette dressing to top it off.

I love it. I actually made 2 of them. One for today and one for tomorrow.

Salads make me happy. I am so glad that they are not a food I will have to give up once my surgery is complete. I realize that I may need to make some changes to them, however I will still be allowed to include them in my diet.

I think that is all for now.

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CORTNEY-LEE 11/10/2011 10:40PM

    The problems with prescribing something else is, there really is nothing else. As far as prescription diet pills go, you are very limited. All of them have the same sode efects - some of a greater or lesser degree. Having tired all of these options in the past with little or no results, it seems pointless to put myself and my body through these things again.

Prescription diet pills (Adipex) are powerful drugs. They have a high risk for dependency, and a very large potential for abuse margin. I don't want to put myself at risk for developing another issue with them. While it has never been documented on my medical file, I have had issues with misusing prescription diet pills in the past. (I chalk it up to being a dumb college student) They make me irratable, irrational, and sometimes downright mean.

I think a little white lie in this case won't hurt anyone. The insurance company will want to see it, so might as well get it out of the way.

Does that make more sense?

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BILL60 11/10/2011 8:46AM

    Don't quite understand why you have to lie to the person who is trying to help you get better. Why not ask the Dr. to prescribe something else?

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Shame on you Penn State!

Monday, November 07, 2011

I grew up very near the main campus of PSU. I graduated from PSU. My father worked for PSU for 35 years. I never, ever thought I would be so ashamed of my Alma Mater.

They all need to be fired and charged.

It makes me sick

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BILL60 11/8/2011 8:00AM

    I don't get it. PSU is a great institution. Just because a handful of idiots do wrong does not mean that the school is out of control. Let's be fair. Yes, let's prosecute the guilty, but let's not condemn the innocent.

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W5VEOTX 11/8/2011 7:04AM

    Sports too big at all schools - greed - money - what are we teaching?

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my kitty is home

Monday, November 07, 2011

after several hospitalizations and a surgery - my Lucy cat is home.
We picked her up today.

The vet advised that she is to take it easy for ten days, Needless to say, she is not listening and her and Leroy are running around this house like two crazy cats.

I am hoping that she starts resting. I realize that she has spent four days penned up without a playmate, but she needs to heal and take the time to do that. She needs rest. Now, if she could only understand what I am telling her, we might get somewhere.

I talked to my surgeon's office, and I have now completed all phases except for the six months of Doctor supervised diet and exercise program. I have completed two months of that.

I will get the results from my sleep study on December 21st. That seems like a long time to wait. I will say that the sleep study was horrible. I was uncomfortable and I didn't sleep well. I am guessing that I did enough of it though to count.

The psychologist gave me the green light and the RD was amazed about by knowledge of nutrition.

My gym membership expired, and I was going to renew it, but I think it is going to have to wait until next month since the cat's vet bills pretty much wiped me out. I am going to be checking out a new gym. In the meantime, I think I will just ride my bike and walk.

that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/9/2011 12:20PM

    Glad she made it home and is better. Our dog had an operation a week last Monday and he has recovered so well. He is 10 but still acts like a puppy. And yes, vet bills are so expensive, here too. But it is worth getting our friend back.

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    I'm glad she is home and all better!!

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stupid cat...

Thursday, November 03, 2011

We finally got to bring Lucy home, and she had to go right back to the vet. The vet did blood work and it all came back alright. The next step was surgery. The vet performed the surgery and found that there was a string wrapped around the back of her tongue. It was so far down, they couldn't see it until she was knocked out. The string was into her stomach and into her small intestines.

She still has recovery ahead of her and will be staying at the vet office for the weekend allowing her to heal. Then once she comes home, she is still going to have a long road a head of her.

I feel a lot better now

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KAILIIA 11/4/2011 11:20AM

    Glad to hear that Lucy is on the mend now - might be a long road but each day is a step on that journey!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/4/2011 10:25AM

    I'm glad she will be okay. Our dog has had his issues this week but think he is on the road to recovery. Don't want to lose our family members.

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-POOKIE- 11/4/2011 3:26AM

    Indeed, cats can be the most idiotic creatures.

I AM glad however it was a physical cause and not a disease or something incurable for her.

Pet her, love her and welcome her back despite the idiocy!

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SPAYYOURCAT 11/4/2011 1:22AM

    I'm glad they found the problem and she can begin to get better now.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/4/2011 12:45AM

    I hope Lucy heals very soon!! We have 2 cats (13 and 14) and can't imagine life without those 2 silly felines :)
Take care! emoticon

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SCOTTGARAN 11/3/2011 10:38PM

    I am so glad your prayers were answered!

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