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#476: This and That

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Saw my primary care nurse yesterday about the bouts of fatigue I have been having emoticon. She explained that many people who lose a large amount of weight feel this way as our bodies adjust to the loss. She said it is especially common with those who have the lap-band or stomach bypass surgery and suggested spacing out what has to be done over several days or just giving in to the tiredness and resting. A relief to hear this.
Today was filled with irritation and frustration until I ordered flowers emoticon emoticon for a long-time friend. On today's date we met many years ago. My life has been enriched by our friendship, like the way I feel about my SP friends. So I ordered online from ProFlowers, my usual source, ended up with a duplicated order, emailed and called and interacted with the most polite and courteous representatives that the foul mood lifted and the day seemed brighter. Amazing how some company's staff can be so pleasant while others so rude and derogatory. Shout outs to PF. emoticon
*** Check out www.reputation.com for a video on your online personal private information and companies that collect and sell it. emoticon ***
I dropped out of a SP writing team today. It was a constant battle with the team leader. Sad. emoticon
Phrases that have become tiresome:

1. "No problem." -- Said in place of "You're welcome."

2. "Whatever." -- Said in a condescending tone to dismiss another's comments as unimportant.

3. "24/7." -- Enough said.

4. "Absolutely free." -- It's not when there is a shipping and handling charge.

5. "When they're gone, they're gone." -- Cars, computers, whatever, of course when they're sold out there are no more. Duh.

6. "We match any competitor's price." -- So we're supposed to drive around, see what others charge and then drive to your store just so we can pay the same price? Duh again.

7. "We beat any competitor's price." -- By how much? Ten cents? Are consumers so stupid that they fall for this?

8. Radio call letters. -- Do we really need to hear them a hundred times an hour? I once heard them four times in one sentence on a local station.

9. "Powerful." -- Every get-rich-quick program, whether real estate or some other is touted as a "powerful" insight on how we, too, can make a fortune.

10. "Verify." -- Companies want you, their customer, to "verify" your address, etc. Verify means they give you the information and you confirm it is or is not correct. Nearly every time they ask us to "verify" it but they want us to give them the information. Perhaps only an editor like me is ticked by this, but since I'm the one venting here....
Remember, no building has ever been constructed in one piece, but rather by a step-by-step process, just as our weight loss will be, one pound at a time, until we possess the magnificent structure we want our bodies to be. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 3/31/2011 4:42PM

    Hi Lou, Glad you are healthy.


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CHARMIN944 3/30/2011 10:01AM

    I'm glad you're going to get some rest.

I love your list! It's funny and insightful. I also hate the phrase 24/7. Don't know why it irks me, but it does.

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MIZZSB 3/30/2011 8:27AM

    i am glad to hear its nothing serious, just take your rest i would say :)

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MALEXANDER4 3/30/2011 8:22AM

    So glad to hear your on the mend. Your going to beat this fatigue. Have a wonderful day my friend.

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YATMAMA 3/29/2011 11:18PM

    Very pleased to hear you are healthy. I'd worried a bit that you'd become anemic and I thank God it was nothing more serious. I love your word pet peeves! lol I share a LOT of them with you. One that I hear often of late that makes me twitch is: I should OF said or done something instead of I should HAVE said or done something. Lord, give me patience and tolerance, please!

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DISCOVERLLH 3/29/2011 8:10PM

    I'm glad your tiredness is not triggered by anything more serious than getting healthy quickly! As for ProFlowers, I once had cut roses sent to my grandmother that didn't open. When I called, PF was PHENOMENAL! The utility companies could learn a lot from them. Another company I have had wonderful customer service from is Zappos.com (shoes, etc.) Now, about your phrases that have become tiresome, thanks for the laugh! Here's another one for the collection -- when a female professional is described as a "woman doctor", "woman lawyer", etc. Drives me NUTS! I've even heard this done on the evening news. "Woman" is a noun, not an adjective. Would anyone say a "man doctor"?

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SONGOFJOY27 3/29/2011 7:37PM

    It's good to hear that your fatigue has a reason. Take the rest you need! I enjoyed your list - thanks for sharing it.

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HAPPYWRITER7 3/29/2011 7:32PM

    Glad you came upon courteous representatives, I thought they were a thing of the past emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 3/29/2011 6:51PM

    Have you ever considered stand up comedy in addition to writing! Seriously, your list cracks me up. Amen!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/29/2011 6:48PM

    How did you get so thoughtful? emoticon

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    Lou, I sure do here you in regards to that list! Amen and well said! emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 3/29/2011 5:51PM

    Sounds like you've had an extremely busy day. I hope you feel more like running and jumping real soon. I've been trying to catch up on missed sleep for 3 days now. It's amazing at how long it takes to get back on track. Anyway, glad you got the deal with the flowers fixed, dealing with companies can sometimes be a real pain.

Have a grand one.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/29/2011 5:49PM

    Store ads that say: FREE with purchase of? UGH!

They lie..

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GRANNYS5 3/29/2011 5:44PM

    Get some rest my friend and thanks for the smile


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PUDLECRAZY 3/29/2011 5:26PM

    It's too bad you were having trouble with an SP team leader. how on earth can that happen? Sometimes I think I am the world's worse leader because I don't find great challenges, etc. but how does someone alienate their team members?

Hope the fatigue sorts itself out. You sound like me with the insomnia, though, and not sleeping WILL leave on fatigued.

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BABY_GIRL69 3/29/2011 5:25PM

    Give in the tiredness! Way to go on the flowers. God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/29/2011 5:25PM

    So glad it is nothing serious. emoticon

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LESLIES537 3/29/2011 5:21PM

    Kudos to you for talking to your nurse and figuring out what's causing your fatigue. I'm sure that's a big relief. emoticon

One day at a time, one step at a time, one pound at a time...
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#475: Where to Help?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sometimes we simply know something is right for us. Other times we pray, hope, wish and dream of being part of something worthwhile. There are often no quick answers.

So we wait until a feeling becomes stronger and stronger and drives us to where we are meant to be.

For quite some time I have had a sense I would enjoy teaching some kind of writing class or something related, but haven't had any overwhelming urge or desire hit me.

I have made presentations to reading students and tutors and fellow writers in the past but there is something nudging me to do something more one-on-one with a person or persons who need the help.

Lately, the feeling that our local shelter for women and children domestic violence victims or the homeless shelter may have a need for personal tutoring for their clients. I am not sure yet how that could be structured and will give it more thought.

This message is to ask your opinions on where I might have the most influence. It would be easy to again lead educated students in a writing class but many are not fortunate to be in such an organized structure.

Perhaps I will be led in a direction I can not conceive at the moment but if it were you where do you think such help would be most needed and have the most effect?

Thank you for reading and giving this some thought.

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YATMAMA 3/29/2011 4:14PM

    What a wonderful idea, Lou! For a season of my life I taught literacy at some of the local jails, prisons and work release barracks. Perhaps a writing class at a local corrections facility? I love the generosity of your heart.

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MIZZSB 3/28/2011 2:12PM

    i wouldnt know what to advice you but follow your heart!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 3/28/2011 1:35PM

    I think when you open yourself up to it, the opportunities present themselves. Have to looked into literacy groups in your area? It's one thing to learn the rules of language, another to have a fire for creative expression lit in your heart. Maybe you could help do both?

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    Lou, with a heart for serving like you have, surely something will come up! As a woman who spent one night in a shelter 27 + years ago, I'm not sure that would be the place... mainly because of the "hiding" that must go on there. Also, when I was in that kind of situation, things like writing (or other talents that were wishing to manifest themselves) were put on HOLD until I could feel safe and less stressed out.

I think you're on the right path, though, with your servant heart! There have been many great suggestions already given! I agree that you will be used in a magnificent way in whatever you find to do to help others! Hey, you already ARE helping others! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:25PM

    With your writing and editing skills, you could aid these people in writing resumes and cover letters. A well-written cover letter can often times be the difference in getting a job or not. For victims of domestic violence, assistance in writing a powerful victim-impact statement can help bring them justice.

You are an angel for wanting to help.

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SPARKIE1964 3/28/2011 10:26AM

    Follow your gut!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/28/2011 10:12AM

    Any help that is needed would be good. Maybe High School kids or Community College or local Adult Education classes....maybe kids that are taking writing to get there GED. (General Equivalency Diploma) They usually have to take a writng class.

Wendy :)

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PUDLECRAZY 3/28/2011 6:04AM

    Some great ideas here, Lou. I am wondering about doing something with either the domestic violence shelters (hard to do anything with, though, as they are often not accessible so victims can't be stalked) or homeless shelters. Many people could benefit from writing, journaling, or photo journaling. Some programs have been set up for at risk youth to do photo journaling and it has been very successful in getting them involved as well as giving themselves and others windows into their lives.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/27/2011 11:19PM

    emoticon Perhaps you could ask the near by facility what their needs are?

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SONGOFJOY27 3/27/2011 10:29PM

    What about literacy tutoring?

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/27/2011 9:48PM

    Wow, I think you will get a lot of good advice, I just don't have a clue right now. I'm happy you wish to do something like this.

Keep us posted

You are a good man!

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CAROLINE1000 3/27/2011 9:37PM

    I think that writing for personal growth and healing is one of the best gifts you can give. I think you've already figured out your population.

You would be of help. That would feel pretty great, wouldn't it?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/27/2011 9:30PM

    Wow, that sounds wonderful. I hope you find something that works for you.

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#474: Complimenting a Smile

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Many years ago I lived in Illinois. One day I had an appointment in one of the city's downtown high-rises. As I approached the building's door I saw three non-male people standing outside it.

I say non-male because it was during this time that the Equal Rights Amendment was being promoted.

As I neared them I smiled and greeted them. "Good morning, ladies. How are you today?" I didn't know them but was being polite.

I was about three steps past them when one of them bellowed, "We are NOT ladies, we are WOMEN!"

That was the attitude among the more militant females of the time.

I turned back to her and her companions, smiled again and said, "You know, most of the time a man wants to be with a lady because a lady is graceful, sophisticated, intelligent, refined, charming and sexy, but sometimes he just needs to be with a woman!"

Her mouth dropped open while I walked on inside.

To me there was and is a difference between a woman and a lady, just as there is a difference between a guy and a gentleman. All females are woman as all guys are males. But to be called a lady or a gentleman is, I believe, a compliment of the highest order.

She didn't take it that way. Maybe you agree with her. If so, that is your choice and it's okay.

I relate this story because recently I complimented a SP member on her and her child's smiles. I thought their smiles brightened their faces and wanted to say something uplifting about them. She took offense. I fail to understand why.

Don't we all often say inspiring and encouraging things to others here? I was not making a pass at her, simply remarking on a photo.

Was that wrong? If so, perhaps someone can enlighten me why.

Her reaction will not deter me from paying well-deserved compliments, nor should it stop anyone else from doing so. We live in a world of negativity where true compliments are too frequently lacking.

If praising others' successes, pictures of them, their children, sunsets, mountains or anything else that makes you, yourself, smile, is something you do, please do not stop. Imagine how bland this site and life would be if we all withheld our remarks that could be the highlight of another person's day.

It is easy to share a smile. It should be just as easy to compliment one. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 3/28/2011 10:19AM

    Every women/lady is different. Some are women and some are a lady...personality of people makes a big difference...there are tough women who are not nice...and nice ladies who treat others well. I think it good just to be respectful of other people's feelings. Empathy is the key.


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TINKERBELL200 3/27/2011 10:42PM

    Amen to your description of a lady! And I must say you are a gentleman and I can't imagine someone questioning that or your intentions! You have never made me feel uncomfortable. Keep being yourself, and being uplifting and positive and complimentary to all! You have uplifted me many times and I so appreciate you. Don't let the devil steal your joy! Just keep being you!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/27/2011 8:07PM

    wow, here I thought every one adored you like I do! I am just



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YATMAMA 3/27/2011 7:49PM

    We here in the south take the notion of ladyship very seriously. Perhaps having been occupied by Spain and France left a bit of a royalty flavor down here? Who knows? But lordship and ladyship are meaningful to us. I agree with your definition of a lady with one exception. In addition to all the genteel things you mentioned, she is also the woman her husband needs. emoticon

I cannot imagine someone being insulted by being told they had a lovely smile. Whatever it is that would drive someone to that place can't be pleasant. That's very sad. Again, I agree that you should not be deterred in finding those things that are positive and pleasant in others and proclaiming them. We are told in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Isn't it far better to think on those things, as God instructs us, than to think in terms of insult and offense, particularly when none exists? If one is going to imagine things, maybe it'd be better if they imagined a good word, a kindness instead of a slight of some sort.

I'm sorry your intentions were called into question by this person, Lou, because you are one of the most sincere men I know. I consider that a very unfair shot at your integrity, but that very same integrity of yours will not allow you to be wounded by such pettiness, and you will go on to bless another and another by your interest in others, your care to find what is good about them, and your kindness in affirming it in their lives.

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TEMPEST272002 3/27/2011 1:48PM

    Sometimes, without tone or facial expression, it's hard to interpret comments... I agree that she likely took offence for reasons unrelated to you. Still, it doesn't feel good when you're trying to be kind & you get flack for it.

I often wonder how people interpret my comments. I'm sure I've offended people along the way - just as I"ve been offended. I have to trust that other's have the best of intentions, just like I do.

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MALEXANDER4 3/27/2011 7:37AM

    I hear you loud and clear. You can compliment me anytime my dear friend. IF it was taken out of context she is the one with the problem, something to hide maybe.. so keep smiling my friend. Those who take offense are usually harboring many secrets.....Me I have none. emoticon

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MIZZSB 3/27/2011 4:45AM

    keep doing what you are doing! You cant please everyone!
If someone complimented a picture of my daighter i would be gratefull and not offended

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/27/2011 12:30AM

    Lou, keep right on smiling and being yourself!!! People often take things the wrong way...not sure why. Great blog!!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/27/2011 12:10AM

    Great blog, Lou! I often encounter the same thing. I just have to shake my head. Why are people so defensive?

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BOVEY63 3/26/2011 10:35PM

    I think you were right to compliment the smiles - a child's smile always warms my heart, and I also love it when my boys are complimented.

I agree with the difference between a woman and a lady and a man and gentleman. You my friend, I firmly believe are a gentleman and a sincere one at that.

Keep on smiling and giving compliments when you feel they are warranted - the majority will appreciate it,
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SONGOFJOY27 3/26/2011 10:33PM

    Keep on giving the compliments. It's the other person's responsibility to accept them or not. And thank you for that wonderful distinction between a woman and a lady!

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NEENSTER1 3/26/2011 10:13PM

    Amen! If that's how you feel, express it. They can take it how they may. You know how you meant it. Be encouraged. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/26/2011 10:07PM

    So glad you are going to keep on being nice. It is funny how compliments can be misconstrued.

A precious older lady taught me at an early age the difference between a woman and a lady. She said I was a lady. I was only about 12 but I still remember and hope that I present myself as such still. emoticon

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#473: So Tired and Confused

Friday, March 25, 2011

We've all had one of "those" days, haven't we, when everything goes wrong, everyone we come into contact with is angry or rude and, well, you get the picture.

My day today was luckily not one of those but was an OFS one -- Overwhelming Fatigue Syndrome, not an official diagnosis, just my way of referring to it.

This is one reason I am happy I have an appointment with my primary care nurse practitioner Monday. I'll ask why I get so very tired the day after I've had several things to do -- errands, meet someone for lunch or dinner, laundry -- whatever the tasks I know the next day will be a lost one.

Today was such a day. Got to sleep well past midnight, got up to let the dogs out, had a small breakfast, got them in, went back to bed, up for lunch and back to bed before finally getting cleaned up and meeting a friend for dinner, during which I could barely stay awake. No energy for much today. I don't mind sleeping but hate the thought that a day essentially has been wasted.

The sleeping pills she prescribed take six or seven hours to kick in so I'm taking one at 7:00 and still not falling asleep until 2:00 or so. Frustrating. Have to ask about those, too.

Finally I'll ask her why I received a letter from my health insurance company yesterday authorizing surgery at a local hospital for me by the doctor the nurse reports to. Big surprise to me. Don't need any and nothing is scheduled. Her office did not return my call today and the insurance company representative said there was nothing in the system to explain what was being approved. And insurance companies wonder why they are so despised.

Did manage to spend a little time tonight with the computer as I try to hold out on going to bed in the hopes sleep will come quickly but am too bleary-minded to write much that is encouraging. I'm sorry for that but I am just so very, very tired.

Hope you understand and can have some fun this weekend.

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WENDYSPARKS 3/28/2011 10:22AM

    Hope the doctor appt goes well. Good luck with that. Praying you can get a good nights sleep soon. Hugs,


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CINDYYB 3/27/2011 7:53AM

    Hugs to you, Lou!

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TINKERBELL200 3/26/2011 2:41PM

    Hope they can figure it out. It may be the sleeping pills that are giving you the lethargic feeling the next day. Just a thought.
You are in my prayers!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/26/2011 1:01PM

    Wow, you do need to have this checked.

Hope you have a better day today

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/26/2011 11:30AM

    I find on the day after a long hike, I am completely useless. I then looked at my eating patterns on those days & that helped a bit. There are products sold called "recovery" supplements that are geared towards helping you come back from fatigue. I can let you know more about it as I learn more. OR it could deconditioning.

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BOVEY63 3/26/2011 10:17AM

    I hope you rested well, are doing better today and the doc has the answers you are looking for.

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    Lou, you can't possibly have great, energy-filled days every day, so I hope you aren't too hard on yourself when your body needs some extra TLC. Hopefully, your system will snap out of this funk with some much needed rest, and things will be much brighter! emoticon emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 3/26/2011 9:20AM

    I just think of you as normal. We all have days that are wasted for the most part. But the meds your on, you need to find out about that. It is morning by the time they are working. Have a better weekend my friend and feel better soon. Maybe your coming down with something.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/26/2011 8:59AM

    Sorry to hear you had such a rough day. I hope the sleeping pills gave you the deep sleep and relief you need and that you can have a pleasant and quiet Saturday.



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MIZZSB 3/26/2011 8:58AM

    hope you can energized soon !!


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JULIEFRANCES112 3/26/2011 8:08AM

    Hope you get some real sleep soon. There's nothing worse than not getting enough sleep and paying for it all day. Praying for you.

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THENAMESLISA 3/26/2011 7:30AM

    Hope you get to the bottom of it soon. Sleep deprivation stinks.

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BUSSMOM 3/25/2011 11:24PM

  praying for you.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/25/2011 11:15PM

    Hope you get sweet sleep and wake refreshed tomorrow. emoticon

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SISTERDEAR 3/25/2011 10:31PM

    Hope you are able to sleep tonight. And glad you have a medical appointment so soon. Ask if the sleeping pills are to help you fall asleep, to keep you asleep or both. That could make a difference.

Praying for better days ahead!

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TEMPEST272002 3/25/2011 10:27PM

    Few things can affect us as quickly or profoundly as lack of sleep. Even if you're asleep, the quality of your sleep might not be good. Maybe your doctor could refer you to a sleep clinic? I hope you wake up refreshed tomorrow!

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YATMAMA 3/25/2011 10:19PM

    So sorry you are having such fatigue and are having a rough go of it. Sending love and prayers.



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#472: Stream of Consciousness Thoughts

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Saw a sign outside a car wash that wanted to promote that it doesn't use those strip things that slap against the cars. The sign: "Hand Wash $10." My thought when seeing it? I can wash my own hands at home and save 10 bucks. D'oh.

I've long wanted to be able play the blues on a clarinet and boogie woogie on a piano. emoticon

Some people do not react to others being nice to them. Their loss.

We train our dogs emoticon while our cats emoticon train us to do whatever they want us to do.

Are they effective commercials if we remember the commercial but not the product or service it advertised emoticon

What are companies thinking when they run an ad on radio and at the end of the ad state in Spanish that they speak Spanish? Do they expect Hispanic listeners to call them and ask what their commercial was for? D'oh times 2.

Why do car owners allow the dealer that sold them their car to put the dealer name on the back of the car and/or on a license plate frame? That dealer pays for other advertising -- newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, billboards -- so why give them free advertising on your expensive machine? emoticon

Some things I've learned in life that we can't do too much about -- dogs bark emoticon, babies cry emoticon, scales fluctuate emoticon and too often when we don't have a taste for anything in particular what everyone else in a restaurant orders will look better than what we ordered. emoticon

The way to cut the divorce rate to absolute zero? Ban marriages.

Can anyone really expect young people today listening to heavy metal and vulgar rap in 30 or 40 years calling it "golden oldies?" emoticon

It is sad that we will never meet all the people we would like to meet. emoticon

What is so important that people need to be on a cell phone so much -- in restaurants, grocery stores, doctor's offices, etc.?

What has the U.S. Department of Education accomplished with all it's hundreds of millions of dollars when we still graduate people who can't read, do basic math, make change without a machine telling them how much to give back?

SparkPeople friends are the emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 3/28/2011 10:23AM

    Cute blog!

Wendy :)

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ERIKO1908 3/25/2011 9:53PM

    I love SOC thinking!! Never thought to write a blog on it...this was AWESOME!!

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MALEXANDER4 3/25/2011 9:36PM

    The last ones are so true....I work in a pharmacy when you have to ask someone to finish their conversation before you can wait on them......how rude to the others behind them not including us who have work to do. and Second....I see so many who can't speak proper english and still can't read and they are have graduated....what is this saying about our country.

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KSGROTHE 3/25/2011 3:06PM

    I think in 30 or 40 years, they'll be calling rap and heavy metal "Old School". emoticon

Interesting thoughts!

- Karen

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BOVEY63 3/25/2011 12:58PM

    emoticonblog Lou!

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TEMPEST272002 3/25/2011 10:59AM

    People are weird & so are the things we say & do! Got a chuckle out of your list this morning!

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SPARKIE1964 3/25/2011 8:33AM

    The car/hand wash & the cat training us are my favorites! Enjoyed them all!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/25/2011 7:54AM

    Aren't we a great bunch!

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MIZZSB 3/25/2011 6:27AM

    hahaha love this!
and the cell phone thing i dont get that one either. I use mine only in case of a emergency.
In the past we only had phones at home, why are we so obsessed with calling everybody everywhere..?!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2011 5:52AM

    Fun blog!

The whole cell phone thing is one of my pet peeves. I have one and am glad I do; but why are people so ruled by their phones? One time I was at a restaurant, sitting next to a table of about 6 young adults. Each one was on the phone talking to someone else.?????

Plus, a couple of friends who teach at the college level tell me that their students spend the whole class time texting. No wonder they don't know anything.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/24/2011 11:50PM

    I think People who are on their phones all of the time are uncomfortable with their own self.

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    I'm with Missy... the handwashing got me chuckling, too!

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YATMAMA 3/24/2011 10:00PM

    I love your mental meanderings! I will be laughing over the hand wash thing for a good long while. LOL emoticon

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