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Subject: Re: What is your go to healthy snack?

Forum: What is your go to healthy snack?
Hey Karen,

I like to mix it up otherwise I lose interest in keeping up with eating healthy. I really like frozen fruit bars or ice cream bars made with Greek yogurt or coconut milk when I'm craving something sweet. They're usually about 100 calories and aren't chock full of added sweeteners for the most part. I also really like Siggi's yogurt; the yogurt is apparently made in traditional Icelandic style. It's super thick, has great texture, and doesn't use added sweetener. I'll go for fruit as well whether it be a banana, apple, pineapple, berries, or something else seasonal.

If I'm craving something more savory, I do like veggies and hummus, a spinach salad with roasted red pepper dressing, hard-boiled eggs, etc. If I'm craving something salty, I'll eat pretzel crisps (usually buffalo flavored).

I think it's best to have a variety of go-to's and know how to portion them.

Good luck to everyone on their healthy journey. It's so critical, and getting over the hump of just starting out is definitely the hardest part, but you'll thank yourself later in life. Not to be morbid, but I went to a funeral where the deceased had written a letter to be read aloud at his funeral, and his last words of advice were to pay attention to your health and be adamant about making good choices early on in life. He wished he had sooner, but by the time he tried, it was too late. He was an extraordinary man that was lost too soon, and even in death, his last words have stuck with me.

-A

Subject: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?: In Moderation

Forum: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?
TropicalTornado,

I'm definitely on the fence for what amount of time should be devoted to teaching life skills; perhaps, students could take two periods of class a week for learning concrete ways to succeed later in life. On the other hand, with a quick search of the internet, a person could easily research how to create a budget (standard versus in line with cash flows, etc.), how to prepare taxes (or follow the simple step-by-step instructions on a preparation software like TurboTax or file free via the IRS website below income limits), and watch videos on how to prepare a variety of dishes. I don't think it would hurt to teach life skills in primary education just to get students thinking about what they might face when they're on their own. I'm 100% on board with what MorganP06 said about student loans though. Everyone should either be taught the consequences of interest in high school or be required to pass a somewhat rigorous test before being approved for FAFSA to ensure understanding...

I would like to see more diversification of physical education classes. Oftentimes, we played team sports during that period and our instructors neglected to demonstrate personal workout techniques like weight-lifting, yoga, etc. Where the nuances between different techniques are so subtle and one way means success while the other means injury, the realm of physical education (which is theoretically to teach everyone how to stay in shape) could use some revamping.

I don't think that we are wasting time learning useless equations and reading useless books. Sure, though I haven't used every equation I learned in high school, most of that knowledge built a foundation for what I learned in college. Because my degree was science based with a moderate component of math, I recognize that not everyone might choose to follow that path; however, challenging ourselves by reading literature and solving complex equations, provides development of skills that allow us to see beyond just black and white regardless of future career path. Speaking of career paths, I also really liked Wames' idea regarding fast track to technical schools. By opting out of taking elective classes like music, media, or shop, a student could have ample time to get a jump start on a trade or skilled craft.

Subject: Re: Summer Vacations?

Forum: Summer Vacations?
Megan-

It sounds like you've got a full plate of traveling for the summer. Fun, fun!

I've already been to Portland and Scottsdale this month, and I'm hopefully going to make a trip to Denver where my brother and his girlfriend moved about 5 months ago. If plane tickets are around $200, it's totally worth the trip for me especially since they have room in their apartment for myself and my SO to stay.

Eddie, Jamaica would be an awesome trip and tremendous adventure. Hope you can make it happen!

Kasey and Megan, I hope you're both able to make your beach plans happen and that you're able to enjoy some R & R in the sunshine.

Hope you all have an adventure-filled summer!

-A

Subject: Re: Long Distance

Forum: Long Distance
annabridgette, jwade13, Kamila1981, dymphie, and Ethnies12345,

I have to hand it to you all for trying and sometimes succeeding at LDR's. I've got to say that I don't think I would ever do it again. I was in graduate school only about three hours from my boyfriend for 1 year, and I really felt like we totally grew apart during that time. When I was extremely busy with school and work, it was super difficult to schedule time for my SO especially since I'm not much for phone conversations or Skype. During that time, we probably saw each other about twice a month though which was nice.

I must just need a ton of physical closeness and intimacy on my end. I think I'd be fine with an SO that traveled ~30-40% of the time for work, but otherwise, I'm not sure I'd be willing to compromise. Sure, it depends on the circumstances whether those be military obligations, etc., but I'm definitely going to try to avoid another long distance relationship in the future.

Props to those that are making them work. Your wherewithal and commitment is to be commended.

Thanks for the post, Anna, and I hope you continue to have good luck in your current relationship!

-A

Subject: Re: What Scares You The Most About Dying?

Forum: What Scares You The Most About Dying?
Hey Eddie-

I'm not scared of dying per-say. I think I'm more afraid of the unknown and uncertainty life ends. For some reason, the thought of eternity seems quite terrifying to me since it's something that I can't really fathom. I would be sad for those that I'd leave behind, but hopefully, I'd die later in life, so that grieving would take less of a toll on the ones that I loved.

I've always thought that I'd like to die in an interesting manner (like I'd go sky-diving and my parachute wouldn't open). I don't know that I'd simply like to fall asleep and never wake up.

slynch8686...your comment made me laugh. Thanks for a nice reprieve from Wednesday hump day.

Awesome forum, Eddie. Nothing like death and dying to really make one think!

-A

Subject: Re: Camping!

Forum: Camping!
Morgan-

I think that's awesome that you're thinking of taking your little ones even at such a young age! I'm actually camping this weekend at a beautiful spot with two lakes called Cliff and Wade Lakes. We camped at the same place last year and got a spot right next to the water. We rented paddle boards and took a tour around one of the lakes. I'm excited to go again this year.

One thing that I'm super particular about is camping near water. I've never camped at a place that wasn't near a lake. I'm like jawarrior876...

I'm sure as a mother you'll follow iKasey's advice about the sunscreen and bug spray, but embarrassingly my boyfriend and I forgot bug spray the last time we camped. Won't do that again!

Hope your littlest has an awesome first experience, and your family continues to build those types of memories.

Thanks for the forum!

-A

Subject: Re: Do you like gardening?

Forum: Do you like gardening?
Hey Kamila-

My grandmother on my dad's side used to have the most beautiful garden. Rows and rows of corn, carrots, radishes, potatoes...you name it. It seemed like anything she touched grew beautifully.

I've always said that I wanted a garden, but I never planted one by myself. My partner planted one last year and this year; however, with last year's garden, it seemed like he planted way, way too many tomatoes. This year, hopefully it's more balanced, and I helped him plant seeds a bit early, and then we transferred them to our box garden. We've got carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, peppers, watermelon, brussel sprouts, and radishes. I'm hoping it turns out as I love fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden. The growing season where I'm at is a bit short, so we'll see. I'd always thought that I'd love to have some citrus trees to have fresh grapefruit and orange juice, but I don't know that I'd like to live in a climate that would support that...

Thanks for the summery post!

-A

Subject: Re: Family traits - Genetic Inherritance

Forum: Family traits - Genetic Inherritance
Kamrin-

Genetics is such an interesting topic, and with advances in medicine, personalized treatment is certainly becoming increasingly available.

Interestingly in my family, I'm the only one that doesn't need to wear prescription glasses. I've got a touch of nearsideness that could be improved with vision aids, but I have gone without for the longest time. Other than that, we don't have anything profound that I'm aware of.

I'm super interested in completing the 23andme kit though to learn more. @Savann96, I'm so glad that you and your mother were able to rule out the Alzheimer's gene from your DNA. I had a co-worker whose mother had one of the BRCA genes and subsequent breast cancer. When my co-worker went through testing, she found out she had the gene too, so she went through a prophylactic mastectomy, and she's scheduling a hysterectomy for when she's done having kids. Genetic testing from a medical standpoint is definitely a double edged sword. In my co-workers case, she was able to prevent disease, but for many genes there aren't available treatments...

Interestingly, from what I understand, the Golden State Killer was tracked down using a genealogical website. It's awesome that the technology helped to provide closure for so many, but some experts have been questioning the ethics behind accessing that type of information for the aforementioned purpose. I'm all for it, but I can see that it might be a gray area for some. Thoughts?

-A

Subject: Re: Im Insanely Attracted To My Coworker - What do i d

Forum: Im Insanely Attracted To My Coworker - What do i d
Emmett-

I see you're finding yourself in a tough quandary. I think you just really have to decide what's more important to you. Are you desperately in need of the gig or is it something part-time that could be easily replaced? Maybe you could invite your co-worker out with a group of people or for coffee in a low-pressure type situation to see if the feelings are still there outside of work?

Are there any long-standing employees that you could ask about your situation? Offhandedly, it might be nice to just see if your boss has let that type of thing slide in the past or if it's a hard and fast rule...

I hope you keep us posted on how things turn out for you! I dated a co-worker of mine for four years before we eventually called it quits, but perhaps, your story will turn out differently!

All in all, I would say go with your gut on this...

-A

Subject: Volunteering

Forum: Volunteering
I've contributed a ton of volunteer hours throughout my college tenure. I've volunteered for a local pay-what-you-can cafe for those that perhaps can't afford to pay for meals. I've volunteered for an organization that provides support groups, workout classes, retreats, etc. for patients experiencing cancer and their families. Comforting patients in the emergency room and answering phone calls for a crisis and suicide hotline were also very rewarding. My favorite volunteer experience was through Be The Match, a nationwide organization that works to recruit potential stem cell and bone marrow donors for people diagnoses with blood cancers or blood diseases like aplastic anemia.

Do you volunteer? What do you find to be the perks of volunteering? On top of helping others, I've met a ton of like-minded people that I otherwise would not have had the chance to meet. What's been your favorite volunteer experience? Have you ever had a bad volunteer experience?

Let me know your thoughts. Some say that with Gen Y and Z altruism is dying. I beg to differ.

-A

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