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Diet Restrictions

Friday, July 19, 2013

  
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MAGGIEVAN 7/20/2013 4:24AM

    Funny. emoticon

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KSNANA2 7/19/2013 11:00PM

    I recognize my DH here! Funny! emoticon

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IDLETYME 7/19/2013 6:48PM

    Cute emoticon

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JUNA89 7/19/2013 6:22PM

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MS.ELENI 7/19/2013 4:06PM

    too funny

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0309COOKIE 7/19/2013 3:51PM

    Lol.

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Their Plan

Thursday, July 18, 2013

  
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LITTLEST-CORGI 7/18/2013 7:16PM

    Make your own plan. emoticon

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PYRATEGRACE 7/18/2013 4:40PM

    Wow, you have been busy but glad you are ok. Eleni and I were worried about you. I dropped by one day but no answer and couldn't find you phone number (have since found it).

Very impressed about the courses you are taking and so sorry to hear about your brother.

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IDLETYME 7/18/2013 1:45PM

    You did a lot of research. That's what you must to make sure you don't get signed up for something that is worthless. You did a great job - congratulations! emoticon

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REXTINE1 7/18/2013 1:19PM

    There are a ton of free courses on line. I ran across a guy who was "taking" a course at St. Petersburg College, and wanted to do the same, but decided I wanted to take a course in psychology since I didn't know anything about it. They didn't have on offered, so I signed up and got a student ID at the University of Sough Florida (USF). If you're over 60 you can AUDIT any state university course if space is available. You just sign up during the last two days of enrollment and they let you sit in the classroom free.

I thought it would be better to actually take the tests and see how well I did, and driving 50 miles and two hours through city traffic three times a week seemed like a lot of trouble for a free course that was just entertainment. So I dropped out of USF and searched for free courses on line, of which there are a lot.

For those interested, all four of the courses I signed up for are from Coursea, the operation currently with the most courses that include tests and grades. Udacity.com and Saylor.org are two other operations with multiple offerings. The one I completed was taught by Steve Joordens at the University of Toronto. They eventually had 70,000 people sign up, but were down to 12,000 students at the end, which is pretty good for a MOOC.

I was slogging through a free IT course from Harvard, but it is just a series of lectures with no textbook or tests. I did learn how a Hamming code corrects errors, which I never understood before, but a lot of the beginning was stuff I already knew. The psychology is interesting because I learned a lot of things that I never knew before (a lot more than were on the tests) and the tests made me take clear notes and actually learn everything the guy was dishing out. Having a hurdle to cross makes you play closer attention.



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MS.ELENI 7/18/2013 1:02PM

    emoticon Yep

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Excuse Note

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I have been vacationing. I found out about MOOC's (Massive Open Online Course) and signed up for four college courses in areas where I had never studied. The first one was "Introduction to Psychology" and it's over now. I know I did well on all three tests, but don't know the final score yet. Also, my youngest brother (8 years younger) died recently, and that took two weeks and a lot of energy out of my life. And I have had a series of health issues, some of which were false alarms, and a couple of which are still a mystery. What can I say - I was lazy and dropped out for awhile.

A couple of days ago our TV quit working right - no closed captions, menu, mute indication (even though it was muted) but still good sound and video. After three days I figured it was really old, and bought a new TV yesterday. Then last night the old one started working right again. Fortunately, the new one was too big to put in a car, so I rushed back to Costco this morning and stopped the delivery - and also got my money back.

Now I need to mow the grass again, but from now on it will take three days instead of one. I wound up with a syncopated pulse after the last time, and still have it, so no more pushing hard in the heat.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/17/2013 11:26PM

    I'm looking ahead to retirement. Taking college courses sounds like a good use of my time so I'll be checking that out. Hadn't really missed you, but that was because I was missing as well. I;m sorry to hear about your brother. Of course, it took a lot of energy. Glad to hear about your lawn mowing and your revived tv.

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BREWMASTERBILL 7/17/2013 6:16PM

    Good to have you back! Roll at your pace. Soooo ... tell me a bit about this MOOC, is this something like Kahn Academy?

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MS.ELENI 7/17/2013 4:50PM

    I am glad to see you back. Gina and I were both getting worried.
Sorry to hear you lost your brother. that is a hard one.
Glad you are taking 3 days to do yard. Better yet would be to get someone else to mow it . I made Bill sell his lawn mower. I don't know any man your age that does as much as you do. It might be time to slow down some. Find something in the AC.
Congrats on college courses. you are one smart man.

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Weight Loss Forum

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  
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THINAGIN2 7/16/2013 8:51PM

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CHRISTASP 7/16/2013 3:53PM

    LOL

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THINRONNA 7/16/2013 1:13PM

    Hey there! Great to see you back!

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MS.ELENI 7/16/2013 11:38AM

    So good to see you back. Have you been ill?? I started to call but didn't know if I should.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/16/2013 10:59AM

    Works for me. Just counting to 6 million would probably result in starving to death.

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Goodbye Grandma

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The last month has been great - with the lows around 60 and the highs around 80. I walk the dogs and come home in the morning, look at the thermometer, and it's still only 62 to 65. Unfortunately, it's warming up, with the highs around 85 and the lows in the high 60's. Yesterday I walked them 2.25 miles, looked at the thermometer, and it was 69 degrees. Needless to say, I had worked up a sweat, even before we came into the house. The AC has been running all month to keep it dry and cool - only 78 degrees inside, and it felt cold when I came in. I'm afraid that summer is almost here.

Maryanne (the grandkids' other grandmother) is headed back to Michigan tomorrow. We're meeting her in Tampa for lunch today, but it's a sure sign of summer when the last of the snowbirds head north.

  
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IDLETYME 4/30/2013 1:53PM

    Won't be long until we all get heat! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 4/30/2013 1:40PM

    It will be super hot soon.

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