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  3. The Grand Debate: Cats or Dogs?

    I'm not even sure where to start on this topic because I've had cats and dogs at different periods of my life. I've enjoyed cats because of their independence and low maintenance. Dogs, on the other hand, are so much more affectionate but they can really take up a lot of time. As I look back on the pets I've had, I'd have to say that I lean in the direction of cats. Maybe I'm just a lazy pet owner.
  4. Birth of a Prince

    The healthy happy arrival of a child is good news for us all. And the birth of a prince yesterday made me smile, despite my strong republican views as a UK national. It made me think of part of a poem by John Donne : “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” It seems that the converse is also true, that any child's birth strengthens me because I am involved in humankind. It also fascinates me that all the babies born yesterday, today, tomorrow will know and experience things of which I cannot even conceive.
  5. The Grand Debate: Cats or Dogs?

    I love both dogs and cats, but I am more of a cat person. I have two cats, and they bring me so much joy. Both of them are very affectionate and friendly, but they aren't too clingy. I would love to take my orange tabby for walks someday. I recently bought him a harness and leash to begin training him how to walk on a leash. He is a very curious cat, and I think he would really enjoy taking little walks down the hallways of our apartment building.
  6. I shop at King Soopers. It is right across the street from my apartment building, which is very convenient. To save money on my grocery bill, I add digital coupons to my King Soopers card. I also look through the store's weekly ad for sales on items I buy often.
  7. Do you exercise daily?

    I don't exercise everyday, but I do exercise more days than not. I really enjoy going for walks with a friend of mine. We go around the block near my apartment five or six times. It's a pleasure because we always see a lot of people walking their dogs. We've even had the opportunity to get to know some of the other people in the neighborhood on our walks.
  8. Hit My 7th

    Hi There! I have successfully completed my seventh post and am awaiting my review! I am so exited to hopefully begin posting regularly. This has been a very entertaining application process. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  9. Who is your favorite late night host?

    James Corden - I love his segment "Carpool Karaoke". I think he is hilarious and I love watching him interact with artists. This segment also gives a little insight to the artists life and helps you learn a little more about them.
  10. Why is my hair so dry?

    Over washing is one of the main reasons for dandruff! Your scalp needs it's own essential oils to stay healthy. No - you don't want to leave your hair greasy and smelly, but you do want to allow the natural oils a chance to do their job. I wash my hair every 5-7 days and it very rarely gets oily. It took a while for my hair cycle to figure itself out (2-3 weeks), but give it a chance and I'm sure you will be happy with the results! (also, try applying a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair after washing and brush through - works like a charm!)
  11. One life to live

    This is a wonderful post, Lorena. I am facing challenges currently as I have just relocated to a very remote area to help my family start a business, but I still have to make money. I have car payments and credit card bills and have no income currently! While the stresses of life and bills are currently getting me down, it is very important to stay focused on what is more important - FAMILY! I have to keep reminding myself of this, so thank you for the reminder!
  12. Traffic etiquette

    Hi Erik! This is a real struggle for almost everyone on the road! I find the best way to deal with these situations is to just smile and laugh it off. Most people that are angry driving just need a little happiness in their day. I see these angry drivers as someone who just had a bad day and could use a friendly face, so instead of letting it bother me, I try to help them out a little!
  13. Do you exercise daily?

    I do NOT love to exercise but I have found some simple hacks to help myself feel a bit more active in my daily routine. These aren't going to get you looking like a model or anything but I feel like they keep me from feeling slovenly! Here are some things I do daily: 1. Every time I go to the bathroom, I do 10 squats. Even in the public bathrooms. It gives me a little boost of energy! 2. I do 15 push-up's every morning when I wake up and right before bed. 3. When doing tasks around the house (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.), I do leg raises or jog in place. 4. ALWAYS TAKE THE STAIRS Just integrating small changes in my life has helped me feel a bit more active and actually help me feel like I WANT to be more active. This may not work for everyone, but it certainly works for me!
  14. Kroger!! I love Kroger. I have downloaded their app where I can search for the best deals, coupons, etc. The best part is, if you link it to your phone number, you can save your coupons so when you get to the counter to pay, you simply enter your phone number and all of your saved coupons apply. You can also use the app to create your grocery lists so you don't have to carry around a piece of paper and a pen to make sure you got everything. The grocery list also helps with straying from what you are there to buy. When you create a list and stick to it, you wont have an outrageous bill after spontaneously grabbing things that you want instead of what you need.
  15. Teenagers and Gaming

    Hi There! This has been a frustrating situation for me as well. My sister has an 8 year old son who LOVES gaming and watching videos and it's almost impossible to get him to focus on other things! Being that he is my nephew, I want to spend time with him but I do not want to play video games. I have found over the last couple of months that involving video game aspects to other activities really works! Taking him out for laser tag and then out to the park was my first success. The laser tag was the selling point and then he was already out of the house so we were able to go do other things! He also HATES getting dirty and I love going to do outdoors activities. So we had a water balloon fight and pretending that we were Batman and The Joker and then he was having too much fun to go in. Getting them outside or to start another task is the biggest part of the battle. If you can get over that hurdle, the rest is easy!
  16. Spring is in the air.

    Keep breathing to a bare minimum. Pollen makes it's way down to the Phoenix area too, and 3 or 4 days over the past two weeks we have had winds in excess of 50mph from Tucson up to Flagstaff. Pretty much state wide. That doesn't help one bit. I saw someone at a bus stop with a breathing mask on, so that has to help. But I do the Allegra. For me it works wonders and darned near instantaneously. I don't worry too much about that kind of medicine because that's all I really take. I'm a vitamin guy.
  17. Hit My 7th

    Thank you for the opportunity of allowing me to apply here as a writer on your Website. The process was fun and I do hope to experience more of it in the near future. I have finished my seventh post. Regards.
  18. What's the funniest Canadian stereotype?

    One of the funniest misconceptions made about Canada and Canadians, especially by the Americans, is that Canada is always freezing cold. I understand why they would think this. We in Canada measure our temperature in Celsius while the Americans measure theirs in Farenheit. Imagine being in Niagra Falls, New York in the middle of summer. The temperature is 100° (Farenheit). On the other side of the Falls in Ontario, Canada the temperature is 31° (Celsius). To the Americans that is a 70° drop in temperature!
  19. One of the seemingly impossible debates to resolve is how to place the toilet paper on the roll. Do you place it overlapping on the roll or does it go under on the roll? I believe I have the answer. I used to work as a room attendant in a hotel and we were always instructed to put the toilet paper overlapping on the roll. Hotels, hospitals and all places with public utilities must heed to the rules and regulations of the Public Health Board and its standards. I have observed that in every public washroom I've used the toilet paper was on the roll overlapping. This includes the hospital restrooms. The Public Health Board can also be wrong in some of its dictations, but for now I tend to go with what they consider the "proper etiquette" of toilet paper placement.
  20. You Do Not Qualify

    I don't care for online surveys either. I used to work for Statistics Canada conducting surveys for statistical purposes and Market Research. Most market research companies only focus on those who are middle to upper class professionals, between the ages of 40-55, who are married and can afford to travel and purchase insurance...etc. That excludes me also.
  21. Teenagers and Gaming

    It seems that technology is creating a world of zombies, beginning with our kids. My daughter and her husband grew up in the 90's when gaming was really taking off. Now they are constant gamers with no social life outside of their jobs. They go to work, eat and play games. Thats pretty much their life together.
  22. Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that affects 10% of women. Cramps during menses is normal for most women, but the pain of those who suffer with endometriosis is chronic, akin to early labor pains, only constant. Nausea and vomiting accompany this pain and bleeding during menses can equal that of hemmorhaging. My daughter suffers with endometriosis. Her physical symptoms were always frightening to me, especially when I saw the amount of blood she discharges during her menses. The only cure for this condition is a complete hysterectomy, which doctors hesitate to perform on women who are within their childbearing years. I hate to see my daughter suffer like this every month. I wouldn't want her having children if it means risking her own health and/or life.
  23. I love to travel. It is something I don't get to do very often so when I do have the opportunity to pick up and go, I tend to get overly excited. So excited in fact, that I don't put much thought into the timing part of the trip. This happened to me in December of 2008. I had spontaneously decided to take a bus trip across Canada. What I didn't consider was the fact that winter in the northern, central and mountain regions of Canada begins in October. That fact occurred to me only after crossing the New Brunswick border into Quebec. From that point on, the trip was completely whiteout. In Northern Ontario the highway to Thunder Bay was closed for 18 hrs due to blizzard conditions. Having to spend 18 hours on a bus, sitting in a truck stop in the middle of Nowhere, Ontario was the highlight of the trip. We chased six blizzards all the way to Vancouver. One pointer I can give to anyone who wishes to travel across the Canadian Rockies is; Dont try this at any time between October and April unless you wish to experience the thrills of the great Canadian winter.
  24. Just when you think spring is finally here . . .

    The delayed spring that the entire Northern Hemisphere is experiencing at this moment skhould have been expected. In my area of Canada we had 18° C weather in October, 2017. In November we were having mild, unseasonal weather and these mild temperatures stayed with us throughout the rest of the Autumn and all through the Winter months. Here we are in April complaining about the cold Spring we are having and we haven't even had Winter yet.
  25. Spring is in the air.

    @tonijon When I read the title of this topic, my first thought was, "And so is the pollen." Eating a spoonful of local honey has a lot of great benefits, including helping out with pollen allergies. It's definitely helped me in the past. I haven't been able to get my hands on any so far this year. I need to hit up the farmer's market. My go-to for now is Allegra. I love that it doesn't make me feel drowsy.
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