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I had one kitty, Kalamazoo, in my early adulthood, who would lay up against me on her back to sleep and get belly strokes.

She was one terribly abused kitty before we got her. It took about one year of quick petting sessions to get her used to human touch. One whole year of scratches and near bites. But it was worth it.

They say you attract what you are. I had been abused and attracted the very same to me. We both went on a journey to heal! I will always remember my dear sweetie, Kalamazoo.

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Becca -- If I were more fond of dogs, I would probably get one because it would force me to get out of the house. My cat just wants to sleep on my lap all day. There's nothing ambitious about that! But I love my cat dearly and would never in a million years trade her for a dog.

Dogs are okay, but I like cats better. Cats don't pant, bark, or drool. On the other hand, cats don't wag their tails (unless they're in predator mode -- then watch out!) or ask for belly rubs. However, sometimes my cat will lie on her back (she'll do this in front of the door like, "Please don't leave me again!") but I'm careful not to rub her belly more than a couple of seconds. I know that cats have limits about this. Dogs, on the other hand, do not. They'll let you rub their bellies until kingdom come if you'd oblige!

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I love both cats and dogs, but have only ever had cats. Owning a dog seems like a bigger commitment. My sister has 2 beautiful dogs and calls them her "furry toddlers" because of how much looking after they need :)

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Birth order: I'm the last in a large family of seven kids. I am very observant. I think that comes from watching my family instead of watching the tv. My family was far more interesting!

I became the helper in the family. I am still filling the helpful roll today.

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I love cats and dogs equally. Dogs are great walking buddies, but cats don't require much but a clean litter box and a lap to lay upon.

I used to have a cat, and then I brought Larry the pooch into the household. It only took them nine months to work things out. Tippy was the winner in that one, and no, no one got hurt, thankfully.


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I came to a halt on all the conversations - complements of Hermine!

I was "the baby", 4 siblings, all quite a bit older and with a different father although Daddy adopted them all soon after he & Mother got married. The youngest one was six years older than I so all were gone before I was out of grade school. In many ways, I felt like I was an only child since I did not participate in their teen years and vice versa. I don't have the same memories that they did - only one is still living.

I am definitely a dog person, and very partial to dachshunds. We've almost always had one since I was a little girl and right now we still have three after losing Pepper in June. But we also have Lucy the cat. She's been with us for over a dozen years and is the sweetest kitty I've ever met. Funny thing - she doesn't like anyone but us! The kennel called her "fractious" and would wear elbow to shoulder length leather gloves to deal with her!!! emoticon
She does better with the vet staff so that's where we kennel the animals when we leave town even though it costs a bit more.

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It looks like we need a new question. Conversation came to a halt.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

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9/3/16 5:36 A

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I'm the middle one of 3 girls, and the things Susan said are true for me too. I think I learned to use the lack of attention to my advantage, and I could slip under the radar when I wanted to get away with things! It is harder for me to assert myself now though. I tend to pick my battles, let others get their own way unless it's really important to me.

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Yes, the first "jumping the shark" example was Fonzie actually jumping a shark. It's funny, they just showed that episode on Me TV earlier this week. I thought it was ridiculous that a guy from Milwaukee would master the skill of water skiing so quickly and be able to jump over a shark (wearing his trademark leather jacket, of course). I guess the main idea of it was that Fonzie has more guts than someone who's more experienced with the sport. Anyway, yes, that's where the expression comes from.

There are 4 of us kids in my family, and I'm #3 -- a middle child. My older sister (#2) and I didn't get nearly the attention that #1 and #4 got. I'm a very quiet person when you first meet me, but after I get to know you a little bit, my personality comes out.

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Another tidbit about "jump the shark" is that it was one of the earliest websites devoted to pop culture, and not sure if Susan's link mentioned it, but "jumping the shark" refers to Happy Days when Fonzie jumps a shark, marking a turning point in the show for the worse, and that it never recovered after that and was canceled. I offer this in case others didn't follow the link, like me, who is trying to avoid getting sucked in too deep into the digital world today. You can see, from my multiple postings today, however, that it's not working that well for me emoticon but I'm trying to follow a simple rule today and it's to do what I came to do, and not click on anything else. That's how I'm catching up on the forums.

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Thanks for the explanation, Susan. I didn't ever watch most of those shows so the episodes don't mean anything to me.

We gave up on both X-files and Lost long before the episodes listed. We watched Enterprise because we really like Scott Bakula and I don't remember the episode they mention - but we've only seen that series once years ago.

I would have said Moonlighting blew it when they hired Mark Harmon as "the other guy" love interest. I though he was terrible - no sex appeal at all! Funny, I absolutely love him as Gibbs in NCIS. Go figure!

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Tally, here's a good definition of the phrase "jumped the shark" along with several good examples of shows that jumped the shark.

They have the shows listed in reverse order, starting with #11, but I would flip the order and call their #11 a real #1. Notwithstanding, here they are. I think this will help:

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What does that mean: "jumped the shark"? Not a phrase with which I am familiar.

Somehow I didn't think the emotion chip and the contractions were even in the same episodes but I certainly couldn't say for sure. I don't remember any of the movies focusing on Data and we do have them all through the final NG, except for the very first one. We both found the original Star Trek movie to be extremely boring! It's a wonder we went to the effort to watch the 2nd one which was, of course, "The Wrath of Khan". Ricardo Montalban did such a great job!

Anyway, I think we watched every Star Trek series they made although NG is the only one for which we own the series.

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Tally, one of the last episodes in Season 5 (I think I said it was season 4, but it was 5) was the episode where one of Data's coworkers comes out of a bad relationship with her boyfriend and falls in love with Data. Another episode earlier in the season was one with his brother, Lor.

I do remember him getting the emotions chip and ability to use contractions, but I thought it was in the first STNG movie, not in the TV series. I think when they did that, they "jumped the shark" and kind of ruined it for me.

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Wow, you lot really know your STNG! I catch it now and again when it happens to be on. Like Tally, we don't pay for TV. We don't seem able to keep up with the free stuff we record anyway!

AAAACK - yes to Red Dwarf!!! I have fond memories of watching a lot of the original episodes in the 80s and 90s. I even read a couple of Red Dwarf books. Some of the Sci-Fi elements and story-lines struck me as being so clever and imaginative, as well as being hilariously funny of course.

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Susan, I don't know which season it was, but there was an episode where one of the primary bylines was related to Data's growth in understanding humanity and it included his ability to begin using/understanding contractions, Just as he has, in his own way, "feelings" for his fellow crew members.

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I finally finished watching Season 4 of STNG!!!! Wow, there were some really good episodes that season! The show just seemed to get better and better as the seasons went. I'll have to see if I can borrow some from Season 5 next.

I have basic, basic cable stations. I only have cable because we don't get reception here without cable because of all of the hills around us. I get the major networks plus PBS (3 stations --- no, there are 4 here locally), the small networks like the CW and Fox, TBS, the History Channel, various shopping channels, a couple of Spanish-speaking channels (which I find interesting because I don't think there are many Hispanics who live in this region), TLC, the Weather Channel, the Travel Channel, CNN Headline News, and CNN. And since I have an HD tv, I also get some local sister channels like Me TV (which I watch often) and Antenna TV. For some reason, I get the SyFy network even though my channels only go to 28 and SyFy is somewhere way out beyond that. My HD tv picks it up and I'm not complaining! LOL But I forget that it's there. Maybe they have STNG reruns on and I'm missing them? I don't even get the channel that shows what's on TV. I have to use an app or look online to see the TV listings. I think they only give the "what's on TV" channel to digital TV subscribers.

I like watching old Twilight Zone reruns, too, very much. It seems to me that those programs produced in that era were MUCH better quality than what the networks crank out these days. They don't want to write anything that's too thought-provoking and instead give us the Kardashians (who I don't miss, not being able to get the channel that they're on -- Darn! LOL).

Oh, and speaking of the Kardashians (which I only want to do in a limited way, since they get enough publicity!), I thought it was funny when I was watching STNG when they talked about the Cardassians (sp?) because I substituted Kardashians in my head whenever they were mentioned. Those evil Kardashians! Ha ha ha!

AND...I spotted an instance in Season 4 (I can't remember which episode) in which Data says something to someone and he uses a contraction like 'it's' or 'he's' or something like that. I saw it and pointed to the screen and said aloud, "A HA!!!" I caught Data in a blooper!

Oh, doggone! I just realized that it's past midnight and I never got around to doing my spin -- and I had a bonus spin coming to me, too! That's what I get for yammering on and on, I guess.

I guess it's probably bedtime anyway. Goodnight, all! emoticon

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I lost track of this discussion as well, and missed a Star Trek discussion!! I enjoy most sci-fi (I don't really like the horror crossovers), and love STNG! Heck, I've even been to the new Star Trek movies, and really enjoyed them. Man, I've got to come here more often. I'm missing out on some good conversations!

Elizabeth: it's interesting to me that you guys don't pay for TV. We have satellite now and are considering "cutting the cord" and just paying for what we want. So we're kind of paying attention to our TV watching habits to see if we'd really care if we miss something. I think my husband would really miss his racing, though. Oh, and you mentioned Firefly! What a sad thing that they canceled it before it got going.

Sparkl3: I think the STNG reruns seem to be always on our TV, so I'm betting you've got them somewhere. I think you can log in to your cable account online and do a search for programs (if your remote won't let you) and I'll bet you'll find them.

Have any of you ever watched Red Dwarf? It's hysterical. I have every episode, but sadly they're all on VHS tape - ha ha. I'm not sure we even have a VHS player around anymore.

And LILLYROSEGRAM brought up a good new question: what birth order are you? I'm the middle kid. I feel like that means I'm always trying to please everyone else because I never had anything to myself. I'm pretty good at sharing, though, and I know how to both take direction and give it. What about you guys?



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TALLYFL -- Today I borrowed Season 4 of Star Trek The Next Generation on DVD from my local library. Seven discs!!! I figure that it's so hot outside that I might ask well stay inside and enjoy the cool air and bad-ass Klingons! emoticon

(Can I say "bad-ass" here?)

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I remember watching "Quantum Leap" and "Alien Nation." Now every time I see sour milk I think of them on "Alien Nation" drinking it like fine wine. Blech!

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All the shows I mentioned are DVDs that we own. I discovered many years ago that I could get a series for the price of new release movie - or less! I bough complete series of our favorite old shows. Remember "Quantum Leap", "The Pretender"? How about "Alien Nation" or "Firefly"?

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SPARKL3SUSAN, you didn't miss a reply from me here. TALLYFL was referring to my mentioning how 2 is my favorite number in a post to our Team wall. It was my way of making my little 2-point spin desirable.

Don't know how long ago I decided that the number 2 is my favorite number. I'm a December baby and the 4th and 5th born to each of my parents. Both of my parents were married before and my father had 2 children from his previous marriage and my mother had 3 children from her previous marriage. I am the 2nd, and last, child from their marriage. A bit confusing, I know! However, because I was the youngest in the family, I wasn't affected by the his/hers/ours aspect of our family as for me the older ones were always there.

I, too, like Star Trek the Next Generation. We have cable TV but I am not aware of any channels that show the reruns. I'll have to check it out. I understand there's a new book out that is all things Star Trek with interviews with as many people involved in the making of the series that they could get. Should be interesting reading.

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TALLYFL -- I'm a big fan of Star Trek Next Gen, too! I wish I had it on DVD. I don't get any channels that play the reruns (if any do). I don't get very many channels anyway. I tried to drink "Tea -- Earl Grey -- hot" but I don't care for the taste of it. I like other black teas, but I don't like Earl Grey. (Sorry, Capt. Picard!) I ought to see if I can borrow some STNG episodes from the library.

I didn't see that LILLYROSEGRAM asked about favorite numbers. My favorite number is 3. I'm a March baby, and I'm the 3rd born in the family.

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Somehow I lost track of this discussion entirely!

Favorite color: purple although I've always worn a lot of blue. I've "owned" purple as I age. In fact, before I retired, we had "Purple Thursday" at work for over a decade. Everyone in our small work group work purple on Thursdays and I loved it! Soon others in the building founding themselves wearing purple on Thursday and didn't even know why! Subtle, subconscious... .

I do love yellow for its cheerfulness but don't wear it or have it in my home. A fair amount out in the yard, though! emoticon

Winding down. Can't beat my favorite beverage in the world - Coors light! Yep, there's a Colorado girl hiding inside me...even before I lived there! Actually, after dinner DH and I watch a TV show - just one (we record everything we like to watch at our leisure or this time of year some series that we've purchased) and then we read until it's time to turn in. Right now, until the networks start the fall lineup, we are on Alias, West Wing, 24, CSI (original series) and Star Trek; Next Generation. We don't pay cable or satellite but use rooftop antenna so our options are limited.

Books...none that I would say impacted my life but a few that I reread every decade or so. The Earth's Children (Clan of the Cave Bear series). The first one came out in 1980 and the final book of the series in 2011. I find many of the topics/situations are still relevant to today's society. "The Stand" by Stephen King, which DH is rereading now. I have not yet "embraced" non-fiction and I am admittedly skeptical of "self-help", "self-discovery" and the like. I question just what makes the authors think they are experts at life, relationships, management or business skills, etc. etc. etc.!!! Sorry if that opinion steps on the toes of any of my team members!

Just noticed LILLYROSEGRAM mentioned that 2 is her favorite number. Somehow mine has always been 4. I wonder why?



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I used to drink about 2 beers a year! I just could never risk a headache in the morning on top of the ones I already get. But recently I decided I wanted to go to a brewpub for my birthday (back in June) and finally taste the beers I'd been seeing on their menu. I only really like brown ales, porters, stout, and the brewpub has something called a "flight" where you get around 3-4 oz of 4 different beers. They're often very strong in alcohol content. Well, it's pitiful to say, I had to kind of go "in training" to be able to drink that much. So I started trying to drink a beer every few nights. I had to buy these rubber corks b/c I couldn't finish one! emoticon Now I probably do 1 a week, something like that. I do really enjoy a smooth Nut Brown Ale. It just feels silky and relaxing going down.

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Oops, I didn't even see Minnie's question about how we wind down at the end of the day.

Most of the time it's watching old reruns of the Andy Griffith show, etc. with my cat on my lap, lulling me to sleep.

Beer's always good, too, emoticon but I try not to drink too much of it because I'm on some medications. The other night, I was looking for some Sleepytime tea but I don't think I have any. It's going on my shopping list.

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My wind down at the end of the day includes spending time on SparkPeople, reading, watching favorite shows. I also like to read blogs on home decorating. I don't change my home décor all that often, but love to see what's new and think about what I will do if life becomes quiet enough to allow me to concentrate on getting it done! Ha!

Favorite color has to be blue in one shade or another. I have had relatively short periods of time when I was into another color, but always seem to return to some shade of blue. Right now I am thinking about bringing navy blue into my home's décor, but our home has Silhouette shades on the living and dining room windows that are a green color that has a blue undertone, so we would either have to invest in expensive new shades or find drapes and other decorative accessories that have both colors. Don't know if that will happen.

I'll have to think a bit more about books that have impacted me because there are so many and no one will want to peruse that list. Off the top of my head, To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite of all time book. I reread it every few years and feel the same strong emotions each time. Eat, Pray, Love and The Help are books I thoroughly enjoyed and returned to in my private thoughts many times. I also have enjoyed reading biographies of people from all walks of life and families who changed the course of the societies they lived in.

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Wow! We've got 3 questions going now.
wind down @ end of the day: This changes for me depending on what kind of day I've had. Sometimes: spending time on Spark, watching TV, drinking a beer, reading, getting something organized that's been bugging me (not exactly winding down but often necessary so I can "turn off" to get to sleep), playing My Singing Monsters, playing Clash of Clans. I don't get a lot of wind-down time, sometimes only 15 minutes.

fave color: changes also, but I seem to always be drawn back to teal and a kind of an apple green (some would call it lime-green), but it's pretty bright. I also like gray, almost all shades of it, especially with a bit of blue in it.

Positive impact books: Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea trilogy (in 5th grade) opened my world. Recently: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. I think it's now called Am I Hungry? I'm re-reading it/reading a different version now - the one for binge eating - just to keep my mind refreshed. It's the way I want to live, without dieting, just healthy.



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i love colors!

Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, it make it the life you want to life. ~Dr. Mae Jemison *My 2020 Motto*
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I can't even narrow it down to 2. LOL I like all the colours!

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What's your favorite color?

I like yellow and pink. (Yeah, I know that's 2. LOL)

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Mine is any book written by Karol Ladd. For example: How to become a positive mom, how to become a positive women. etc Her books have totally changed my life from being a negative person like my who family to being positive! She has much more books out there.

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New question. What books had a positive impact on your life?

I think it's only fair that I answer the question myself. These are all books that I would read again in a heartbeat.

They're in alphabetical order, not in any significance.


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"Breaking Free from Emotional Eating," by Geneen Roth. Someday I'm going to buy this book. I borrowed a copy from the library and took many notes. She outlines a plan to end the anguish of emotional eating.



"The Heart of the Story" by Randy Frazee. It accompanies the book, "The Story" -- also by Randy Frazee. The pair of books brought the Bible to life for me, and I had a few life-changing "Aha!" moments.



"A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller. The author looks back on his life as a story and realizes that he can change his story. Here's the Author's Note at the beginning of the book:

"IF YOU WATCHED a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo. But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either. Here’s what I mean by that."

Miller, Donald. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life (p. 2). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.


Actually, this would be great to re-read in my quest to find meaning in life. I blogged about it a year or two ago, but I deleted the blog entry when I blindly deleted all of my blogs that had anything personal in them. I was being paranoid. I very much regret that decision, because it would be great to reread right now.



"The Search for Significance" by Robert S. McGee. Another book that I'll have to reread!!! It is a Christian-based approach.




FICTION

"Invisible: A Novel" by Ginny Yttrup. It's a Christian fiction book about a trio of women who you might describe as hiding in one form or another, and how their lives intertwine so that they stop hiding from life and live full lives. One character in the book is single, overweight, hides her body in baggy clothing, and feels that her life can only begin when she loses weight. She has horrible self esteem. I really identified with this character, and I cheered when she stopped hiding from life. (Note to self: Definitely read this book again.)

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Question: How do you wind down at the end of the day?

I usually get in my pyjamas and watch comedy shows on TV with a cup of cocoa (pretty wild huh?)

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Night owl here. I would love to be an early bird, I think the dawn is often the best part of the day, but I don't often see it!

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I tell people that I am a reluctant early bird. Growing up, I always slept late, like until 11:30 a.m. When I went to college, that had to change.

Before going on CPAP therapy for my sleep apnea, I would get 4-6 hours of sleep every night. I'd go to bed around 10:30 or 11 and wake up at 2 or 3, sometimes 4 a.m. I yawned through the day. I was SO tired. Then about a year and a half ago, I started on CPAP. I slept through the night and woke up refreshed!!! This was a new thing for me! I have a hard time getting myself to bed, but I like my morning time. I like to sleep until at least 6 a.m. If I get any less than 6 hours of sleep, I drag through the day.

So here it is right now, nearly 1 a.m. and I have to get up tomorrow to go volunteer. I could probably get up at 7:30, although I like to get up earlier. I usually get up at 6:30. But even if I sleep until 7:30, I would only get 6.5 hours of sleep.

Okay. To bed!!! (I'm talking to myself. LOL)

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Unfortunately, I am a night owl. My mother and sisters and I were all night owls living with an early bird father. And, now I am the night owl living with an early bird S.O. Our daughter takes after me and is a night owl also. Of course, both of us have learned to get up early to be at work at whatever time the job required. My career in a management position has most often required that I work until the work was done, which meant 10, 11 and 12-hour days. So when the weekends came, I stayed up late and slept late the next a.m. I do that on a more or less regular basis now, except when I have an early appointment of some kind the following morning. Then I go to bed a bit earlier so it isn't as hard to get up early.

Now don't feel sorry for my having missed all of the beautiful sunrises we are blessed with. Whenever our family went camping we all got up early so we could be there when the fish were biting. And, of course, there is the many months of the year when the sun is coming up between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and I could see the sunrise on my way to work. I don't feel like I have missed much because of being a night owl.

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Early bird! When I started working for the State 20+ years ago, I was living one time-zone earlier (later?) than the State capital. Because we were required to keep the same hours as "headquarters" I had to be at work at 7:00 a.m. (8 Tallahassee time). Of course, that meant our work day was over at 4:00 I enjoyed getting off early so much that I quickly learned to "flex: my work hours after we moved to Tally so I still started work at 7:00 - easier to do when you work AT headquarters instead of FOR headquarters! em>246.gif" alt="emoticon" width="42" height="42" border="0"> My boss would give me an assignment late in the afternoon and could see that I was tuckered but was thrilled to have the finished product in his "in-box" when he arrived at 8 the following morning. I could accomplish so much in that quiet hour before everyone else showed up for work!

Even retired, I'm up by 5:15 a.m. I eat breakfast with DH at 6 before he has to go to work and I MUST have time for my first cup of coffee before dealing with anyone! I am up 30 minutes before him so I can let the dogs do their morning duties, they & kitty get fed and then I enjoy my coffee in silence. That is my sacrosanct daily ME time. It's lights out by 9:30 p.m. and not much, if any, later on a weekend.


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OMG I am both....I cat nap during the day! I am always awake in the morning normally by 6. It is rare if I sleep until 8. On the flip side, I am awake until 12 or later. I cat nap all day!

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New Question: Are you a night owl or early bird?

Me: night owl definitely, no question. I can easily stay up until 3am, but even with a full solid night of sleep, every morning is rough, with at least a full hour of bleary eyes, foggy head, and slug-like behavior.

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Elona, I had problems with mild anaemia many years ago. I always found liquid iron supplements to be way more effective than tablets. Also I was advised to cut back on tea and coffee especially after meals because it interferes with iron absorption.
Then again, as you say, maybe your body is adjusting to the extra strength training. One of my Spark emails today had an article on protein and macronutrients.

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Oh I missed the topic! So here it is!

I am an extroverted introvert. Can there be such a thing? I have come to realize I am very introverted and introspective, but at the same time quite open and outspoken about it. It's true though, I rather spend a lot of time alone on my computer, researching, reading, reading books usually non-fiction. I am learning a new language- Tagalog. It's the language of the Philippines. I speak Spanish fairly well, self taught due to needing it for my profession. Back in those days you either do or died. Lol. I prefer to have a small group of friends. Unfortunately three of my friends have passed away and two have moved away. It's sad, but I tend not to be lonely. Strange but true I'm content right now with just myself. I like to talk to people, but I also like to talk to myself and my dogs. Love my dogs. They are my constant companions who love me unconditionally. They greet me when I come home like no husband could. Lick, lick! LOL I am windowed and have been since 1986. Those were the lonely days, but they have passed and life goes on and upward towards things better and beautiful.

I too like this team. I haven't been very active until lately due to a commitment on another team. I have now more time to branch out and I do love this team. I always have! emoticon

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I also am an introvert, although some who know me find that hard to believe. I'm sure it's because I have made an effort to be more outspoken and social than comes naturally. My career has had me in jobs in which I have to be outgoing. Now that I am retired, I can choose to spend more time doing my own thing. I have become a real homebody. Ha!

I think we have a delightful team!!

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I all! emoticon emoticon

I have a question unrelated to "pens". Lol

For the past month I have been craving red meat, hamburgers, steaks, you name it, I am wanting it. I take regular vitamins and minerals including iron. I'm wondering if this new medicine I'm on for rheumatoid arthritis is causing me to be borderline anemic. My blood test is scheduled in two weeks so there's no way to tell. The last one was normal. Or maybe it's protein related? I was in physical therapy to tone up my core especially due to back pain. Maybe all this strength training since it's definitely building muscle galore is causing me to crave protein.

Anyone have ideas, experiences, articles?

Thanks! :)

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Yup, nailed it. I actually see our team as a cozy, friendly, un-judgy place that is a comfortable place to visit when I am feeling the need for contact with the voices OUTside my head - ha ha. I think we all also have a nice sense of humor here. I'm not sure how we attract so many great team members, but we do, don't we?

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You're not wrong in my case. I'm a friendly introvert, definitely more of a loner than a social butterfly!

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Um, book lovers, office supply geeks? I'm wondering how many of us are more loners than social butterflies? How many of us would rather be alone with ourselves or in a small group of close friends than at the big bash party? I'm guessing most of us - which is why we like our small (but Mighty!) "I Matter" team! Am I mistaken?

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It's amazing how similar we all are. I thought I was probably one of very few who get excited by office supplies, especially beautiful pens and stationery, but I can get excited by the binders, clips, desk accessories, etc., etc. (I also like a ballpoint with a medium point.)

Being a writer of novels has always been my dream job. I recently checked out the website of a well-known writer who holds week-long workshops in our state. I couldn't find any info on the cost to attend, so I signed up to receive the newsletters. If I can afford it, I am going to see if I can get into one.

Can't wait to find out how many other things we all have in common!

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I thought that I was odd for being a pen fanatic! Now I see that it's more common. I do have a specific criteria for pens, in this priority (and ideally, I want all of these terms):

* It must write smoothly but not glop.
* Ballpoint, not gel ink.
* Medium point (1 mm).
* Blue ink.
* Retractable.
* Regular barrel, not a wide one designed for people with arthritis. Ones that are too wide for my small hand make my hand hurt.

I can give up the stipulation of needing retractable pens, but with a stick pen, there's the whole problem of fumbling with a cap. A retractable pen can keep the inside of your purse clean and free of ink blotches. I can also use black ink if I absolutely HAVE to, but I like blue better. It looks more personable than black ink. My name at the bottom of a birthday card or sympathy card in blue ink says, "I care." Black ink just looks like business to me.

I think that anyone who shops with me and knows me well enough will know where to find me if we get separated. Pens call out to me. They say, "Susan! Susan! Come here and see what's new!"

Aaaack, I had forgotten about proofreading! Yes, I also love to proofread. I worked in editing (doing "grunt work") at a publishing company for about a year. I have good attention to detail, so this was perfect work for me. It was picky detail work. Part of it was making sure that what needed to be boldface was in boldface, and same with italics. It was on this job that I really learned how to use Microsoft Word. I learned how to have text in a numbered or bulleted list of items be in boldface, but have the numbers and bullets not be in boldface. My work still needed to go to the proofreaders, but one time it came back to my supervisor's desk with a note that said that they couldn't find any errors. Success! My supervisor said it was very rare for a proofreader to not find SOMETHING.

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Office supplies! emoticon As an accounting/budgeting weenie since about age 10-12, I obviously was into that! Whenever we went to the store, if I "got lost" or went MIA, DH always knew in what aisle he was most likely to find me! emoticon

Now that I am retired and in a decluttering/downsizing mode, I am much more circumspect. Writing, per se, was never my interest although I was always quite good at it. And for my personal budgeting, etc. the computer has replace at lot of the need for pencil/pen, paper, ledgers and all the rest. Even files are now electronic! Times and the tools we use have changed drastically in my 64 years!

As for dream job...that might be a blog! I fell naturally into the accounting and finance arena and breezed through college to get my degree. Lately, although retired and not interested in a job, my mind has been wandering towards occupational therapist or fitness trainer for seniors. I really think there is a need there!

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Gods Princess - is there any reason you couldn't become an RT now? I'm here to tell you that good ones, ones who are passionate about what they do, are hard to come by!

MinnieUK - I think being a full-time mom, paying attention to raising responsible human beings, caring, compassionate human beings, is a VERY valuable job! Obviously, I feel this way, it's my job now! I do wish I could write, though. It's funny, I often say, "if I had an extra lifetime, I'd be..." and I've filled that in with so many things over the years including carpenter (I do love to build stuff with wood, but never spent much time at it), astronomer, research specialist (which I was for a little while, and was good at, but the people I worked for were...not fantastic)...chef, teacher, proofreader. Hey, look, ALL of these things fall under the category of homeschooling mom...I guess I have my dream job after all :)

LIVIN4LISH - well, if you like research AND chatting, I think researching genealogy for people would be perfect for you :) because you'd get the chat with them about the stuff you find.

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I'm laughing about the stationery stuff, because I love it, too! When I'm at work, I have very specific pens I need to use. I also love pretty papers and note cards and journals for writing. Unfortunately, I just don't have time for writing much these days.

I still don't know what my dream job would be. I love research, but don't think I could be away from people, since I love to chat way more! I suppose our retail optical business is a bit of a dream job - I just wish we could have better hours...

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Well a pedicure is definitely on my wish-list now! And I thought it was just me who gets excited about stationery LOL.

Tallyfl - I loved the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series. I read them maybe 30 years ago and the stories still stay with me.

My ideal job was the one I had for 15 years before having my kids, Clinical Cytogeneticist. We diagnosed chromosome disorders for pregnant ladies, couples with fertility problems or miscarriages, children with physical anomalies at birth or developmental delay, and some types of cancer patients. It was so interesting and varied, and I loved being able to help people and families often in difficult situations like these. I'm also grateful that I had a successful career before having my children. Society doesn't always show much respect for people who are "just a mom", and people often rush back to work to prove they are worth something more, but I don't feel I have anything to prove to myself or anyone else!



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I always wanted to be an RT and work with kids with special needs. Long story having to do with a controlling mom why I am not. (Rec Therapist)


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What's funny is that both questions have the same answer for me: writing. I wish I had spare time, I'd fill it with writing. And that would be my dream job as well :)

As a result, I also love to read, and I love office supplies. Give me a new writing utensil and some sort of writing paper, and I'm in heaven. Put me on the beach to write and I may never return to the world of reality!

I had my first mani-pedi in my late 40s. I didn't like the mani part, but the massage part of the pedi was AWESOME! I'd have loved to have Minnie's mum practice on my feet!

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Question: What would you consider to be a dream job for you? It could be something that you did or are still doing, or it could be something that you longed to do.

My dream job would be to work in an office supply store or a stationery store. My eyes light up when somebody mentions office supplies. Pens, pretty paper, binder clips, staplers, markers, paper clips in different colors....I could go on and on. I wouldn't want to manage the store because that is a headache. Been there, done that. I wouldn't want to own the store because it, too, is full of headaches. But I do love to sell things to people! I prided myself in my customer service skills. I did my very best to help each customer get what they needed and made them feel glad for coming to the store.

I never worked in an office supply store, but I worked in a small store that catered to teachers. I started out at a "Mom and Pop" store, then they got bought out by a larger store. I liked the Mom and Pop store better. I wish they hadn't sold their business, but everything these days has to be bigger and better (so they say).

So what's your dream job?

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My favorite non-food treat is music, whether it's playing the piano or listening to a symphony. Rachmaninoff is my favorite composer. I also like Brahms and other composers of the Romantic Period, but sometimes I like to listen to Bach.

I like to read, too. I'm in a book club that meets monthly, so I have to read the book we choose each month. It limits what I can read sometimes. I don't like being told what to read. I often wait until the week before our group meets to cram it in. I tell them that I like to have it fresh in my head. emoticon

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My favorite non-food treat is reading also. Now that I am in my 60s I am enjoying non-fiction books about historical events and biographies of historical figures. I have read books about wars, growth of various religions, kings and queens, presidents and senators, composers and musicians, directors and actors. I thought I knew quite a bit about people, places and cultures, but with each book I learn more and develop a deeper understanding. There just doesn't seem to be enough time to read about all of the things I would like. But, I'll keep trying!

Everyone should get a professional pedicure. If done well, it's heavenly! I don't have them as much now that I am retired, but do a time or two each year at least.

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I definitely am a reader with many books in the house. Many I've had for decades and some of those have NEVER BEEN READ! I am trying to read them and then give them away as part of my long-term decluttering/down-sizing project. DH and I read for about half an hour each evening before bed so I, also, often only get through a few pages at a time. I also have discovered that many of the "romance" novels that I liked so much in my 30s don't much hold my attention in my mid-60s. Imagine that!!! emoticon So sometimes I start a book and before I'm halfway through I admit to myself that I really don't care enough about how it ends to bother spending more time on it. Another book gone to Goodwill. There are a few that I will probably keep almost forever and reread every decade or so. Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" series (aka Children of the Earth) is one that comes to mind along with Stephen King's "The Stand".

My REAL non-food pleasure is time at the beach. Before we moved here almost 20 years ago, we could be at the beach in an hour and went almost weekly. From here, it's about a 2.5 hour drive. We'd go at least once a month for awhile but then five hours on the road for 2-3 hours at the beach started losing its appeal. Now, we only go once or twice a year as a 4-day vacation. It was so hot when we went in June that we are going to research more mountainous (which means out-of-State and further away) spots for summertime getaways.

Anywhere I can be close to nature works for me. Maybe that's why I like our home so much - you've seen our "backyard" pictures on my page.

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MINNIEUK's Photo MINNIEUK Posts: 6,759
7/9/16 11:53 A

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I love painting my toenails but I've never had a professional pedicure, or manicure. My Mum trained as a reflexologist and used to practice on me! That was lovely. She used aromatherapy oils too as part of the foot massage.

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7/9/16 8:41 A

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Mine is a great movie!

I am getting into reading also but like LIVIN4LISH the only time I get to read is bed time and I am so tired, I get nothing read!

Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, it make it the life you want to life. ~Dr. Mae Jemison *My 2020 Motto*
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7/9/16 7:58 A

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I love to read, too! Unfortunately, my reading time is usually bedtime, and I often fall asleep before I even get two pages read.
I would say my FAVORITE non-food treat, though, is getting a pedicure - especially when I get a tech who gives a really good foot massage emoticon

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I thought I'd set up this thread as a way to get to know everyone better, and hopefully promote a bit of discussion and interaction. Anyone can post a question, and anyone can answer (or refuse to answer!) Questions can be serious or silly, trivial or deep, requests for advice, getting to know you questions, whatever. Post as many questions/answers as you like!

My first question is "What is your favourite non-food treat?"

Mine is a good book. I love to read, and don't do enough of it lately!
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