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Aromatherapy Necklace

Posted by terrepruitt on June 14, 2017

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I had asked for and received it for a wedding anniversary. My hubby was a little annoyed because he didn’t think that a $15.00 gift was “enough” . . . so I made him feel better by having him buy a few other items. 🙂

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But other than my cat not liking it (again, she doesn’t like any strong smell), it is a great necklace.

I just saw the other day on Facebook (I think, must have been because that is where I see everything) a bracelet that is a diffuser. It looked kinda cool because it was lava beads. You just put the oil on the lava beads and it gets diffused that way.  I think that is niffy.  But I wonder how you changed the oil?  Perhaps the it needs to be washed to get the oil out.  Oh, I just thought of that.  So I think having separate discs/pads is much nicer because you can just switch therapies really quick.

Do you have a favorite way to diffuse essential oils?  Every thought of jewelry to do it?

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An Additional Responsibility You Might Not Have Been Aware Of

Posted by terrepruitt on June 12, 2017

I want to share something with you that I imagine not everyone thinks about. But when you attend a training — at least the ones that I have attended — it is part of the training. Many people will easily admit to knowing that an instructor or teacher of an exercise class is responsible for instructing the students on how to do an exercise correctly. In Nia we talk about the Body’s Way . . . the way in which the body was designed to move and also YOUR body’s way . . . the way in which YOUR (each individual) body moves. So we encourage people to move in their own way, but we also keep in mind the general safety guidelines. In keeping with the way the body was designed a lot of safety is built in. As an instructor in a class we instruct the students on how to move and exercise safely. Part of our jobs as instructors is to watch the participants to make sure they are doing things – moving – in a safe way. That is something that all of my trainings have included and something that most people are aware of. Another thing, the thing that some might not think about, is that we are responsible for the students’ safety in other ways. We are responsible for ensuring that other things and other people do not affecting the safety of our class. So in other words, when someone comes into the room where the class is being taught to grab equipment. The instructor is responsible for making certain that the person does not drop equipment on or in the path of a student. So we have to adjust our attention away from teaching and away from our own students to keep an eye on the person that has come into the room. We are responsible for what goes on in the class we are teaching.

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In many cases the instructors are instructed to not let people just take equipment out of the room, so not only are we responsible for the safety of the students, but for the safety of the equipment. Most venues don’t want people just walking in and removing equipment from the room. We, as instructors, are asked to keep that from happening. So not only is the teaching being interrupted, but the teacher is supposed to not let the person who has entered the room take equipment. It is completely disruptive. In addition to interfering with the class that is being taught, it puts the students safety at risk. The teacher has to turn her attention away from what the students are doing in order to give attention to the person that is removing equipment from the room. Even if it is a staff member it is completely disruptive. Despite the fact the person entering the room has authority to do so AND is allowed to move equipment, the instructor has to refocus away from the class onto the person that has entered the room.

One thing I am pretty certain about, the students in a class that is continually interrupted, they know. They know that the instructor has to stop teaching them to figure out what it going on. They know that the person entering the room is disrupting their focus and their class. It could all be chalked up to a lesson in living in the moment and focusing, but when it happens all the time they feel disrespected. They have paid to be in the class, they have taken time out of their schedule to be there, and then it gets interrupted. They know it is not right, because they too refocus, but for different reasons than the instructor.

If you’ve left a class and accidentally leave something behind and have to interrupt the next class to get your item, that is understandable. Ya run in, ya look apologetic, ya grab your item, and ya run out. That happens. We all forget things. It is when someone enters to remove equipment – even if it is quick, but especially if they have to move things and decide what they are taking – that the disruption occurs.

Sometimes it can’t be avoided that equipment is stored in the class.  Often times there are classes that use the equipment, but when the equipment is needed for a different class than is being held in the room, the equipment should be removed from the room beforehand.  The students deserve the respect of an uninterrupted class.  They also deserve to have the teacher watching to make sure they are moving safely for the entire class.

What do you think?  Have you ever had a class you were in be interrupted? 

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Be Careful What You Eat

Posted by terrepruitt on June 7, 2017

Whoa . . . so crazy the things you can’t eat when you are taking certain medication. If that alone isn’t motivation to try to stay healthy and off medication, I don’t know what is. I would probably end up accidentally killing myself if I had to keep track of what I couldn’t eat when taking certain medication. The worry isn’t really just causing direct harm to oneself but making the drug less effective, so causing harm in that manner. Eek. Since I have been going through my dad’s stuff, I am finding all kinds of different information. I had first experienced this type of information years ago when someone told me that their husband was having a specific symptom and I suggested eating more leafy greens. She said he couldn’t because of the medication he was taking. There is medication that is used that actually makes eating leafy greens bad for you. Some highlights I discovered regarding what you shouldn’t eat when taking certain medications are:

Avoid Fish Oil Supplements when taking blood thinners.
It is ok to eat fish because the amount of oil one gets from eating fish is not that much. It is the fish oil supplements that might be too much. They thin the blood so added to the medication it could be too much.

Avoid red wine, hard cheese, and chocolate if you take certain anti-depressants.
These foods may raise the blood pressure and the chemical used to help break it down is one that is inhibited by certain antidepressants. The ones that are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).

Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice if you are taking certain statins for high cholesterol.
The grapefruit and grapefruit juice interfere with the way the body metabolizes some of the drugs so the dose might end up being wrong. The drugs that may be affected are Lipitor, Zocor, Altoprev, and Mevacor.

Avoid too much cinnamon if you take medicine for diabetes.
Your blood sugar could end up being too low if large amounts of cinnamon are consumed because both the cinnamon and the medication lower blood sugar. Just like with the fish, normal amounts like what you would use in cooking is fine, but it is the large amounts found in supplements that could pose a threat when taking diabetes medication.

Avoid too much calcium if you take certain heart medicines.
If the heart medication you are taking is a calcium channel blocker consuming too much may work against the medication. The information I saw said to limit the amount to 1,000 mg.

Bananas and high-potassium foods should be limited if you take certain high blood pressure medication.
If you are taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and eating too much potassium if could be harmful. The ACE inhibitor causes the body to retain potassium so you could end up with too much in your system.

You have probably heard all this before . . . especially if you are taking any of these medications, I know I have. But this is just a reminder. Also . . . do listen to your doctor and follow his instructions as this list is just a general list and doesn’t get into everything you need to know when taking medication.  I know that not all medicated medical issues are ones that can be avoided, but this list helps remind me to work to avoid the ones that are.

I found this information in my dad’s copy of the AARP Bulletin where they were talking about a new AARP book by Madelyn Fernstrom and John Fernstrom – Don’t Eat This if You’re Taking That.

How does one keep it all straight?

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Today I Was Buzzzy

Posted by terrepruitt on June 5, 2017

Oh, I know it is not Friday and I am just going to pop a picture up at the last minute. But you would not believe the day I had. Wow! Basically I spent it dealing with my dad’s estate.  I did work on my website to adjust the SJCITY Fit stuff, that was the extent of work on my work today. I spend an hour (at least) trying to get a HUGE hornet out of the house. Oh, perhaps that can be my post. It actually was a funny story. I was upstairs working and I kept hearing some rough-housing downstairs. I would hear what I thought was a cat running up their tower. Then I would hear some scampering. Then quiet. Then noise. And this went on for a bit. Finally, I thought, I had better check because if they have been playing this long it is probably getting to be at the rough point. Just like with kids it goes ok for a bit then after a while it seems like someone gets a bit rough and someone ends up getting hurt. Before I went downstairs I thought I would check to see if one of the cats was up here (she has found a new spot). Sure enough, Teagan was on the throne.  That meant Nessa was downstairs playing all by herself.

When I got downstairs, she ran, looking guilty, and one of our speakers was crooked. So I thought she had went up the tower, onto the speaker, across the curtain rod, to the entertainment center. So I straightened the speaker and said, “No, Kitty.” And she looked guilty. So I went into the kitchen. Then I heard her rough-housing again. So I came out to see what she was doing, and she gave me that I’m-not-doing-anything look. Parents in all forms have to be familiar with that look. So I went back into the kitchen. Then she was at it again, so I came out again. This went on at least four times. Then as I was walking out I heard the tiniest “Bzzzz.”

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I was afraid to disturb it so much that it flew INTO the house. It was pretty much staying in the window area. So I opened the sliding glass door which is right next to the window it was in (which doesn’t open because it is a picture window). Then I got a handful of clothespins and I clipped the curtains together. There is a set of two over the picture window and then the one that is over the slider. I was hoping that I could fan the wasp with the curtain and encourage it to go outside. Well, it wasn’t budging with the curtain fanning.

I got my blow dryer thinking I could blow it towards the open door. No. It just hung on tighter. All the while I am going outside to look at it from the outside because I don’t want to open the curtains enough to look and possibly let it out into the room. Then I got the cobweb duster. It extends really far and I thought I could use that. Again, I didn’t want to open the curtain too much but I had to get the duster in there. So I just poked in there. And the wasp moved but it slipped out of the place where it is too high and I hadn’t clipped the curtains (of course) and landed on the wall. But it was the wall almost right above the open door. So I swooshed it out. Well, I had hoped I got. I looked and couldn’t find it.

But I didn’t take down my curtain contraption or let the cats out of the office until my hubby got home to check for me. Geez. So I had sat down to try to think of something to write and was on my computer when I heard all the commotion. Nessa wasn’t playing with her sister or playing by herself, she was attacking a wasp.

Here is Teagan and Nessa on the tower. This was in January 2017 . . . I was just going to post this but then realized I could share a portion of my crazy day.

What do you do when a bee/wasp gets in your house?

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WHOA! Releasing Tension In Psoas

Posted by terrepruitt on May 1, 2017

So this past Sunday I took a workshop at Mind Body Zone yoga studio in Fremont that was called Core Release and Restore™.  This is the second time I have attended this workshop.  It was so fascinating to me the first time I just had to do it again.  It is very educational.  The first part of the workshop is lecture, then the second part we move.  The presenter Joanne Varni first talks about the psoas muscle.  She sets the stage for the movement part of the class.  She first explains what type of muscle it is and what it should be like in a healthy state. She talks about how it is a muscles that is primal and instinctive, how it works with our brain and nervous system.  She explains how, because of that, it is hugely affected on the levels of BMES (Body/physical, Mind/brain, Emotional, and Spirit/energetic).  She clarifies how stress (all types) affect this muscle.  Then she instructs us through movements that can help bring some relief to our psoas and iliopsoas muscles.

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This was my second time doing it, so it was weird, but since I was expecting it, it wasn’t as odd as the first time.  But this is what I wrote after the first time:  “It was sooooo weird.  My legs were just moving on their own with no sensation.  It was so odd.  I mean, I have had my limbs shake from being weak or fatigued while I was doing something and that has a sensation (to me), but this was just waves of tremors.  Like an earthquake.  It was so odd.  Fascinating.  Yeah!  That’s it.  REALLY fascinating!”

Joanne specializes in helping those with trauma (including PTSD) and has attended and completed her Level II certification in TRE™ (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Dr. David Bercelli. She is also certified as TSY teacher (Trauma Sensitive Yoga).

Keep in mind that this is called both Trauma Release and Tension Release.  So not everyone has trauma necessarily, but we all pretty much have tension.  Even it we don’t have stress, because of our lifestyles (in that we sit in chairs) we have tension in our psoas and iliopsoas muscles.  So while Joannes does not feel these muscles needs to be strengthened she does feel they need to be released and lengthened.

If you want to see a video example of the TRE™ (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises), you can click here and go to Joanne’s site where she has a video.

It is so very fascinating how our bodies hold and store tension and trauma.  I would recommend this class to anyone that is interested in helping their body cope with the stresses of living in our bodies.

Have you ever heard of this technique before?  Have you experienced this technique before?

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The Birds And The Bees

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2017

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I don’t remember sitting down and reading it with my mom or my dad.  I don’t remember talking to them about it.  But I do remember having asked if I could look at it at least once.  I remember it was on a shelf in the living room.  But I don’t remember anything else about it.

I didn’t remember how long it is.  It goes through the “bees” part of the “Birds and the Bees” first.  Then it gets to the “birds” part, as you can see, using a paper chicken to help illustrate the explanation.  Then it goes onto dogs.  I did not photograph the entire dog section.  Nor did I take pictures of the entire human section.  As I said, I didn’t remember how long it was.  Originally, I was thinking I would take pictures of the whole thing to post, but I was thinking that it was just a few pages.  Ha.  Much longer than I remembered.

The pictures are not great, but I am not really trying to have you learn about the birds and the bees here, I am just trying to show you this little book.  I didn’t show the end, I figured you knew how it turned out.  I am just sharing this blast from my past.

Anyway . . . how did YOU learn about the Birds and the Bees?  Do you remember how old you were?

 

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Turning Off “Recommended Videos”

Posted by terrepruitt on April 24, 2017

Ahh, just a quick post today as it seems that the day flew by and I didn’t even notice.  It started out good this morning.  I thought I was doing good time-wise, but then the next thing I know it, my cat, the little one, is whining.  I thought, “What?  Why are you whining?”  And I looked at the clock and it was a few minutes after 6:00.  We feed them at 6:30, but when she whines for food, I will feed her because she is the little one that could use to gain a few pounds.  I have noticed that she will whine before feeding time and if I don’t feed her she will eat the dry food.  Then when I do put the wet food down she is not hungry and the other cat will eat it all the wet food.  So I stopped what I was doing to feed them.  I am feeling very behind (in regards to my to-do list) and it is already 6:30!  So . . . just a quick post.  How do you feel about “recommended videos” on Youtube?  When I am on Youtube and I am watching something, I don’t mind them so much because often times it is something interesting.  Plus there is the option not to watch, of course.  But I don’t care for them on my blog.  I mean, I post something that I want to share with you, but I don’t necessarily want to share the recommended video.  I don’t even know what it will be.  It could be something I don’t really want on my blog.  So anyway . . . if you are posting a video from Youtube into your WordPress blog you can turn off the recommended video, if you want.

If you don’t want the recommended videos to show up after your video is finished playing when you embed a video in your WordPress blog, you just have to add ?rel=0 at the end of your video URL like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJOGgGHb_Xk?rel=0

Not sure if you are interesting in turning recommended videos off when you include a Youtube video in one of your blog posts, but I thought I would share with you in case you might be.  Perhaps you hadn’t thought about it before.  Well, now that you know you have to option to turn it off, perhaps you can think about it and decide.

What are your thoughts?  Do you care?  Would you turn it off now that you know you can?

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A List of What Can Be Recycled In My City

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2017

Recently I noticed that the plastic pour spout on the milk cartons containing the milk I buy had gotten larger and I wrote a post about it.  I was somewhat annoyed because it seems to me that the amount of plastic used to create the spout was wasteful and then for it to have gotten larger, just didn’t make sense to me.  A friend who reads my blog commented that in her area that is the part of the carton that is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I told her that our entire carton is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I explained that my husband and I used to put milk cartons (after having rinsed them out) in the recycle bin, but a friend had told me they were not recyclable.  I didn’t believe her so I looked it up.  It turned out that she was right.  So we stopped putting milk cartons in the recycle bin.  But with my friend saying that she could recycle them, I decided to look it up, yet again.  And, alas, they are now recyclable.

There are many reasons that could be and I don’t KNOW why it is.  I can guess and say that the recycling facility is now able to process them or it could be that they are made differently.  Either way, I KNOW that at one point they were not because I looked it up after having been told so.  But now they are . . . so . . . we will adjust our recycling once again.  I didn’t see anything on our list of “allowables” about the stupid plastic pour spout not being allowed, so the whole thing is going in!

I copied this information from the City of San Jose’s website and put it on one list so you won’t have to click several times to read it.  (You’re welcome.)

Cans, Cartons & Glass

Examples of cans and cartons
When recycling cans and cartons, empty and scrape all containers and flatten cartons and boxes.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Beverage cartons and boxes (e.g. juice, milk, cream)
Tin, aluminum, and steel cans and lids
Food and beverage cans (e.g., soda, tuna, soup, pet food)
Empty aerosol cans

The following must go in the garbage can:
Foil pouches
Straws

Examples of glass
When recycling glass, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Glass bottles and jars (all colors)

The following must go in the garbage can:
Ceramics
Cookware
Drinking glasses
Incandescent bulbs
Mirrors
Windows

Other Recyclables

Examples of polystyrene

All polystyrene foam materials go into the garbage.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Cups
Plates
Egg cartons
Packing “peanuts” (tie securely in plastic bag)
Take-out containers

Scrap Metals
Metals should be clean and dry.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Clean aluminum foil and trays
Small metal appliances (e.g. toaster, waffle iron, blender)
Keys
Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
Metal pots and pans
Empty paint cans (let paint dry out, then remove and place in garbage cart)

Examples of scrap metals

The following must go in the garbage can:
Hangers (wood, metal, plastic)
Hardware
Bolts
Nails
Nuts
Screws

Textiles
Tie clean textiles inside a clear plastic bag when setting out for recycling.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:|
Clean cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and wool fabrics
Blankets and sheets
Clothes

The following must go in the garbage can:
Boots and shoes
Carpet and rugs (cut into small pieces)
Disposable diapers
Down-filled items
Leather
Nylon
Pillows
Rubber
Stuffed animals
Vinyl
Electric blankets

More Information on Special Stuff
See also Special Stuff for items which are not collected in the curbside recycling program or have other unique handling requirements.

Paper & Cardboard

Examples of paper and cardboard
Recyclable Paper & Cardboard
When recycling paper or cardboard, flatten boxes and secure loose material (e.g. shredded paper) in clear plastic bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit loosely inside the recycling cart. If you have more cardboard than your cart will hold, flatten and cut it into pieces no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet and lean them against the cart.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Cardboard
Catalogs
Cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
Egg cartons
Envelopes (plastic windows OK)
Gift wrap (no metallic / foil)
Magazines
Mail
Newspaper
Newspaper inserts and advertisements (glossy OK)
Office paper (e.g. construction paper, printer paper)
Paper bags
Shoe boxes
Shopping bags (remove handles)
Telephone books

The following must go in the garbage can:
Carbon paper
Padded or Tyvek® envelopes
Paper soiled with anything such as motor oil, paint, or food/grease
Paper take-out containers
Photographs and photo paper
Pizza boxes
Thermal fax paper

Plastics

Examples of plastic Recyclable Plastic
When recycling plastic, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
All plastic items labeled 1 through 7 inside the chasing arrows.*
Compact disc cases
Detergent bottles
Flower pots
Hard plastic toys
Juice and milk jugs
Large reusable water bottles
Medicine bottles
Shampoo bottles
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe
Soda, water, mouthwash, and mustard containers
Spray bottles
Squeezable bottles (e.g. honey)
Yogurt and margarine tubs

*Return clean plastic bags to grocery store for recycling. Soiled plastic bags and polystyrene foam goes in the garbage cart.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Bubble wrap
Compact discs
Credit cards
Disposable diapers
Hangers
Hoses
Polystyrene foam
Pools
Shoes
Soiled plastic bags
Tarps
Toys
Utensils

According to this list, my husband and I are doing to have to make a few adjustments to what we put in our recycle bin.

What about your area?  What can you recycle?  How does your city’s list the compare?  Are there any things on here that are a surprise to you?

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2017 – Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2017

In case you didn’t know I thought I would let you know.  If you are like me and you wait until the last minute then you might really appreciate having the extra day.  I am talking about when the taxes are due this year (2017).  The tax due date, April 15th, falls on a Saturday this year, so that would automatically make the due date Monday, April 17, 2017.  But this year, there is a holiday to thank for the extra day.  A holiday, what holiday you might ask?  Well, I did, too.  I initially saw the tax date on my tax forms (What?  Oh, when I said I wait until the last minute I meant I wait until the last minute to prepare my paperwork to take to my tax person with whom I have a standing appointment.  So SHE keeps me from being last minute to the government.)  So the paperwork that I was having to deal with said that taxes were due on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  I didn’t understand why, I know the if-the-15th-falls-on-a-Saturday-or-Sunday-roll-to-Monday-rule, but the 15th is on a Saturday so I didn’t understand why there was an extra day to file.  Well, it is Sunday that is a Holiday.  So, that means, MONDAY is the “observed” holiday.  With this holiday the closest business day is the “observed” holiday.  So when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on a Monday.

Holiday?  What holiday do you say?  It is DC Emancipation Day.  The day Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862.   It would be another nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing slaves in the confederate states.  So this holiday, which was signed into law as a holiday in 2005, is a city holiday and not a federal holiday, so only the local government in Washington DC is closed.

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According to an article on WhiteHouseHistory.org, the celebrations for this holiday have come and gone and come back again.  And according to all the information I have found* on the internet, the celebrations and parade for this holiday took place on Saturday, April 8th.  Some saying due to Easter also falling on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

I love how we move things around to make it work.  That is what my mom used to do.  We celebrated Christmas when we could all get together.  We celebrated our birthdays when we could all get together.  It didn’t really matter the day, it was more about the celebration.

Anyway . . . there is just a little information as to why tax day in the U.S. is being delayed a few days.  But, really, you know if feels so good when they are done.  So get them done.  By now it is only a few days early, but it will still feel GREAT!  Good luck!

*Washington’s Top News
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Flinging And Flanging

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2017

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I don’t get it.  Do you?  Why do we need MORE plastic?  Milk cartons are not recyclable as it is and for years now they have had plastic added to them — because, I guess, you know . . . .Kevin?!?!? — and now there is even MORE plastic added to the milk carton.  What is up with that?  I don’t understand.

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Again, it is my opinion that this cap device on milk cartons is TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY unnecessary and a TOTAL and COMPLETE waste of plastic, so I am totally and completely at a loss as to why they are now BIGGER.

I am not saying that when I was young or in my lifetime when they had regular cartons, that I didn’t rip it wrong once-in-awhile.  But then, I just used the other side.  And I still got the milk out without extra plastic on the carton or the “Milk Master 2000.”

I do know that I love that commercial on Friends because I use it as a reference A LOT.  I say, “What are you like Joey, and you can’t open the milk?”  Or, “Geez, I feel like Joey, I can’t open the milk.”  Or, my favorite, “Now I can have milk every day.”  And, no, the comment doesn’t get used when having anything to do with milk.  It is just when I am being clumsy or having a moment.  Or – in regards to the last comment, when I have been clumsy but then finally accomplish the task.  Or when I see another product on TV that is pretty much not necessary.

What about you?  How do you feel about the milk carton cap?  Every thought about it? (And, of course comments about Friends are always welcome.)

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