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Facebook... my first week...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My husband has told me for years about the dangers lurking on Facebook, how easy it was to download viruses that could totally hose your pc. So I listened to him, the pc technician, and avoided it at all costs! Until a week ago, that is...

You see, friends of HIS at work had finally convinced him to try it, and he was having a lot of fun, playing games, reconnecting with old friends... until finally, I'd had enough, and set up my account! Now that I've been active on facebook for a full week, I thought I'd share my thoughts.

First of all, that Farmville game is DARN addicting! I just need more neighbors! But then again, don't we ALWAYS need more neighbors? More people to cheer us on, and let us know when we're not doing as well as we could? ~grins~ The animals are delightful, with all their sounds and harvests. The only drawback I've seen is with their crops that harvest in days rather than hours--- the Farmville day is 23 hours, Not 24!

Reconnecting with people has been wonderful. Let's face it, I've had more than my share of adventures in the past 10 years, and getting to chat with people from those adventurous times has been fun.

However, I've found myself thinking a lot about the basic premise of Facebook in the past few days. How do people feel about having this one location for ALL your friends and acquaintances to chat? Think about it... do we really want our coworkers (and bosses) to learn about our off-the-clock activities that have been posted on facebook? Do we want our family to know about some of the kids we hung out with back in college? Do we want our pastor/minister to know about our late night adventure on Friday night?

Maybe it's just me, but there are some of my friends who know me as a very straight-laced, almost conservative person. Others, however, would laugh at that description.... They've seen me get silly, outrageous, or opinionated. Personally, I think it's okay that Facebook is becoming the great melding pot of my friends-- because if people only see one side of me, they're not really seeing the whole me.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I am who I am... but there is only one of me.

By the way, my husband wanted me to mention the fact that he Had picked up a virus during his first week... so please use caution!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/4/2009 4:37PM

    I've avoided it for privacy issues...truthfully, I don't want the ex-husband or the hubby's ex-wife to know about all my goings on. so I pass on the grandbabies newest photos, or getting a sneak peak into my kids lives (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I'm thinking there are just some things I don't want to know!!) I never got past that to think about old friends/acquaintances/coworkers.> That just reinforces the thought that I would prefer my privacy, thank you very much.

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LABYRINTH 12/4/2009 3:02PM

    I rarely use Facebook - their privacy setting suck and it's a timewaster. JMO.

I also consider my Spark area very private and I want to be free to write what I want so won't be hooking up FB with SP anytime soon.

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ANNERBEES 11/10/2009 3:24PM

    I finally got on FB when we moved away from our home of 29 years. It has been a wonderful tool to keep in touch with all of my friends and get reaquainted with my high school friends! It has been quite addicting and yes I have my farm on farmville and my apt in yoville but have gotten bored with them after time. I LOVE Scrabble and have a few games going at a time. Now that I have found SP I have to divide my time so that I am not in front of the computer all day!! Have fun with it!!!

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SHEILAHOPE 11/10/2009 1:36PM

    I use Facebook to connect with high school friends and family. I haven't played any of the games.

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WILDCARD1 11/10/2009 10:29AM

    I have enough to keep up with Spark and Pogo, so I am not going to do Facebook. We have been asked by various people to sign up, but it is not something that I am interested in.

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ME2448 11/10/2009 6:42AM

    I have been struggling with this very thing. I finally deleted my coworkers - I only had 2 because i didn't want to mix my co-workers with my High school friends. I told my husband I wish I had started 2 one with my maiden name for HS and College friends and one for my family and other friends under my married name. I am still thinking about it.

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UKANNIE 11/10/2009 6:27AM

    Yes i too am a Facebook addict!! emoticon

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No Mo' Mole!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I recently found a doctor who was accepting new patients AND my insurance... Huzzah! But even better than that, she is amazing!!! At my first appointment, my physical, she referred me to a dermatologist because I have a 5mm mole on my upper left arm. Turns out, however, that there are no dermatologists within a 45 mile radius who do accept my insurance ~sighs~... Her office called literally EVERY dermatologist in the area, checking for me.

I took the news fine, and remained optimistic. Who knows? Maybe next year, a new dermatologist will come into the area, and I'll be able to get it taken care of then. The doctor, however, had other thoughts. She called her husband-- turns out he's a surgeon. I was informed last THursday that I had an appointment Tuesday (yesterday). I was amazed by her thinking outside the box, and her ability to get things done...

Get things done... Seems her husband thinks similarly. I show up for the appointment, thinking its going to be a consultation, to figure out where we go from there... I come out minus one mole, and with FIVE stitches in my arm! It's over, it's gone!

I go back next Thursday to see both of them, and will find out my biopsy results then. My dad died of a malignant melonoma, so this has been a weight on me. Now, however, knowing I've got TWO terriffic doctors on my side, I'm feeling a lot better.


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WILDCARD1 11/5/2009 9:06AM

    Yea Ann! That is so wonderful! I am so glad that you were able to find a doctor who is good!

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LABYRINTH 11/4/2009 9:49PM

    AWESOME! This is fantastic news. I hope your results come back negative. emoticon

I did see a dermatologist here and he removed the moles, skin tags and cut out an impacted pore all in his office. It sure doesn't take long.

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FITKAT2010 11/4/2009 9:37PM

    Was it a simple excission or a "Moes Procedure"? I think I spelled it correctly. You were smart, and they were too, to take care of this now. I have repeatedly had problems with skin cancer. No fun at all. Hope everything turns out well. Let us know.

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Warm Fuzzies... Endangered???

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I was chatting with my downstairs neighbor last night, when he mentioned that I had inspired him. ~lil grin~ The fact that I inspire anyone is such an amazing feeling, so I had to know more.

Turns out that he had run out of butter while his wife had taken their car for its inspection and maintenance. The store is roughly a half-mile away, has nice sidewalks, and is mostly flat, so he decided to walk there BECAUSE he knows I do it all the time. He was tired by the time he got there, but he did it! I wanted to hug him!

First chance I got, I told my husband about my positive influence. When I got to the part of how he had walked to the store, he was like "Good God! That could have KILLED him!" Our neighbor is about 64, had bypass surgery over 3 years ago, and is a diabetic, so my husband's concern was justified. However, he also works out regularly at the Y, so the thought of worrying about him taking a walk hadn't even occurred to me!

So there I was, bubbling with all these warm fuzzies, and it was like my husband was using them for target practice!

~grins~ I stopped him, though... I simply told him, "Hey, don't kill my warm fuzzies!!! They're too delicate to treat like that!" He grinned, but after a few moments of discussing the life expectancy of warm fuzzies, and verifying that the neighbor is indeed okay, he apologized for over-reacting.

So, please protect your own warm fuzzies, wherever they may appear! Trust me, They are a lot more enjoyable than Tribbles, but even they were simply misunderstood!

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LABYRINTH 10/27/2009 9:58AM

    LOL I shouldn't laugh! but... I am sure the neighbor knew what he was capable of doing and if he didn't well it's called self-responsbility.

Yes, tribbles were just misunderstood. emoticon

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WILDCARD1 10/26/2009 4:15PM

    Leave it to a man! I am glad that your neighbor is ok, but regular exercise for people with conditions like that is ok, would have been better if he walked with someone though.

Keep up the great work! You are doing so good! You inspire me too!

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TEKRU1 10/24/2009 8:42PM

    That's the trouble with husbands sometimes - they step on those warm fuzzies without even trying! Mine does it too once in a while. Good for you! and your neighbor!

Oh and Abs - you inspire me all the time! You are a terrific person! Warm, funny, caring, I see you being an inspiration all over the place

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FITKAT2010 10/24/2009 8:31PM

    How many years have you been married to this man?? I'm certain you knew that there was a possibility to drown the warm fuzzies....???

You deserve all the warm fuzzies you get, but please keep them out of the grain bins.

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My first Doctor's Appointment

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's been several years since my last doctor's appointment, due in large part to either not having any insurance, or not being able to find a doctor who takes my insurance. Here in the area, all the doctors are completely booked, and the 1 doctor I found who was actually accepting patients, didn't accept my insurance! FRUSTRATING!!!

This past Sunday night, my DH and I spent the night at the ER with what turned out to be a probable case of a wierd viral pneumonia. The attending physician wanted to refer us back to our regular doctor, but we kept explaining that we don't have one. Finally, he told us about a new physician just hanging her shingle right here in town. She is, apparently, the wife of one of the hospital's obstetricians. I called Tuesday, and was shocked to learn that I could get an appointment for Thursday --- today!!! (DH has not yet set up an appointment- says the 9 needle sticks he recieved Sunday night were plenty- LOL!)

Okay, so I arrive at the office, and there is a sheet of paper attached to the inside doorannouncing this is her office. Like I said, she's new. My appointment was at 10:30, so I arrived a few minutes early to fill out the standardized paperwork. No sooner did Audrey, the receptionist, announce that I was here, then Michelle, the nurse, was out to get me. Not in a bad way! LOL! Nope, she just wanted to get me into the examining room, and do a height and weight on me. So now, I'm filling out the paperwork in the examining room.

Probably 2-3 minutes later, the doctor walks in... all smiles, very friendly. Now, I'm trying to answer her questions verbally while filling out the paperwork still. I told her all about Sparkpeople.com, and will take some stuff back to her when I go back November 12th for the gyn exam. I explained to her that I was basically in for just the basic physical, as I realize that now that I'm 40, I need to keep an eye on my health. She agreed, and is ordering up the gamut of tests, as high cholesterol and diabetes both run in my family. In addition, I pointed out a small mole on my arm (5mm circle) and explained that, because my father died of melanoma, I would like to get this removed. While she doesn't think it looks threatening, she agreed, and is setting me up with a dermatologist. Given the family history, she recommended yearly skin checks as well.

As Thursdays are my only day off, I'll go in and have the tests done next Thursday morning. Something about having to not eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior to the test makes me think trying to do it after work isn't very smart.

So, overall, it was a good experience. She was very friendly, and her entire staff was warm and eager to help. I'd highly recommend her to anyone at this point!


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LABYRINTH 10/23/2009 3:39PM

    Great news that you found a doctor! At one time I also lived in a small town (actually several) and ended up with Mono - luckily an Internal Medicine doctor saw me because of a personal referral. After they saw my blood, they asked me how long I had been sick (I think they thought I was a Walking Dead Person)!

When I was at Spark the first time, I also had several moles and skin tags removed. I need another removed from the back of my neck that is irritating. My insurance paid for it, and I'm sure with your family history, it will (I hope!).

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FITKAT2010 10/22/2009 8:01PM

    I'm certain that she would like you to refer others to her. She sounds like a wonderful doctor with a great staff!

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TEKRU1 10/22/2009 4:17PM

    Terrific! I'm glad you found a doctor that you like - wish I had one like her! The idea of not waiting for 1/2 hour plus sounds heavenly. Paws crossed that all your tests come back great!

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RWETHAIRYET 10/22/2009 3:19PM

    Cool that you found a doctor, even cooler that you like her!!
I did the fasting labwork once after working all day. I will never, ever do that again!!!! I just about died!!!

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WILDCARD1 10/22/2009 2:58PM

    I am so glad that you finally found a doctor! It does sound like she is a good one!

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Challenge: Pitfalls for what's left of 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

On the 10,000 Steps team, we have a challenge this weekend to blog about what our own personal challenges will be during this last quarter. It's a question I've been struggling with a lot lately, so, here goes!

1)What do you see as your biggest pitfall for the balance of the year in the following areas:
A)Personally with your attitudes?
Somewhere over the summer, I've slipped into a "Maintaining" outlook, despite having 35 pounds more to go. Yes, the 50 lb mark gone was a great milestone, but the Race ain't over yet! Gotta refocus on losing again!

B)Personally with your habits?
Habits have indeed gotten lax.. gone are the huge healthy salads that were a regular lunch feature, replaced by a decent turkey sandwich and a can of soup. Not bad calorically, but my sodium consumption is up again. Also, as I've been getting 11-12,000 steps a day in at work, the evening walk has all but disappeared!

C)People and situations outside your control? Hubby starts a new schedule next week, which means no more eating dinners with him most nights. On the bright side, I will regain control of my TV and have access to my exercise DVDs... Also, with the holidays coming, my work (the DAY job) is about to get really crazy too. Retail is always so much fun Fourth quarter! Then, just for fun, toss in my husband's ex-wife and the three kids. Having the three kids with us every other week adds levels of stress that just blows everything else out of the water.

2)Include in the above 3 areas what you can do to overcome these issues.

Overcoming the maintaining issue may get easier with DH going back to work, as I won't feel as quilty about taking that walk or plugging in the exercise DVD. The lunch issue will require more planning and forethought, instead of grabbing quick and easy. The things out of my control are... out of my control. Hubby will be stressing over this new schedule for weeks, as it won't be as easy on him as the current one. Work is one of those unavoidable things, but I will try to leave the issues there instead of bringing them home with me! And the kids... ummm... will have to remind myself to step away when the stress starts building.

I know, not much of a blog, but it's for a challenge! Will try to do better for all of you regular readers later in the week!


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SCOTMAMA 10/18/2009 9:17PM

    You have a lot on your plate right now, Ann. And of course I am not speaking of food. Just the kids issue alone would drive me up the wall and tearing my hair out. And the maintaining thing, I think most of all get in the denial mode every now and then. We tend to think about what we HAVE lost rather than what we STILL HAVE TO LOSE. And with holiday time right around the corner, now is definitely NOT the time to be thinking of maintaining, but losing -- before we see a 10 pound gain (or worse!).....

Good blog!Eve

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WILDCARD1 10/18/2009 4:33AM

    Take one day at a time and do the best that you can do everyday! Your goals are good ones, so read this at least once a week to remind yourself where you want to go this quarter! You can do this!

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FITKAT2010 10/17/2009 7:16PM

    You are truly in touch with your challenges on all levels. This is a good 1st step. You acknowledge what you have accomplished, what worked, what doesn't. You know it is up to no one but yourself and that is a plus also.

I also sense you are on the edge of a precipice here. Just a vision I just got. You are standing on the edge, hair blowing in the wind. You look back to see if anyone is back there behind you on the cliff. You are alone. Hmmmm Normally I don't see this clearly. Something perhaps to help you get to the bottom of this. There is a big issue here. Not a multitude. Just one.

I liked the blog.


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