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Who knew statistics could be so interesting?

200 Countries * 200 Years * 4 Minutes

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Don’t Step In It

We’d not be human if we didn’t ‘step in it’ once in awhile. But, I’d rather not if possible.

Hints For Survival In The Workplace

I’m always open to suggestions about how to do something better. Here’s a list of what NOT to do (say) at work:


10 Worst Things to Say in the Workplace

Posted Jan 27th 2009 5:26PM
Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

Here are 10 things you should never say or discuss in the workplace:

1. “That’s not my job.”

2. “I don’t mind helping you with that.” (With a fake smile pasted on your face.)

3. “Don’t tell anyone I said this, but … “

4. “I haven’t gotten a raise, EVER.”

5. “I’m so … stressed out/busy/sick of working here.”

6. “I have insert weird, gross or inappropriate medical condition here .”

7. “Whom did you vote for?” or “What religion are you?”

8. “I got so trashed last night …”

9. “I don’t have time for that.”

10. “I just bought a $1,000 watch for the boss.”

Read the entire article at CareerBuilder.com

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Positive Reinforcement

I enjoy taking tests that can only have positive results. Who wouldn’t? Hmmm. I suppose some people don’t want to be bothered. But, I think it’s fun.

What Colors Do You Most Enjoy Viewing?

Don’t think of the colors you like to wear. Think of what you like to see. Which colors feel right to you when you’re looking at them?

Color Career Counselor

I’ve done this test before. But, I don’t remember what answers I picked. I just did it again, just for the fun of it.

Where Am I Right Now?

I don’t mean “Where am I in my career?” I mean  “Where am I physically?” I’m sitting on a sun porch in the early morning. It’s almost 7:30am. The house next door blocks the direct rays of the morning sun, but it’s bright out today. I’m in a recliner, with my feet up. And, I’m looking out into the back yard where the sun is shining on the grass, and my big dog is alternately lounging and racing towards things he finds interesting.

Why Am I Here?

I had an exhausting weekend. As it turned out, Saturday began for me about 4:00am, after 5 or 6 hours sleep. And, Sunday began after Saturday never ended. I only slept about 45 minutes before my day began on Sunday. This was not due to any physical problem keeping me awake. And, it was not my preference. By 5:30pm Sunday, I was home again and in my bed. By 6:30pm Sunday, I was gone.

Deep Sleep and Coming Back to Life

How tired was I?  I was so tired, I fell asleep while talking on the phone after I lay down last night. Then, I slept hard for four hours until I was awakened by dogs barking (my dogs I’d left in the back yard!). I let the dogs in, and then went back to sleep, and I slept hard until 5:30am when I heard barking again. By that time, I’d been sleeping for eleven hours. That seemed like a good start towards recovering from being awake for more than twenty-four hours. So, I stayed up.

School Teachers and Romance

At 5:53am, I called a friend who teaches middle school kids. I thought she’d be on her way out the door to school. Ooops! Her clock was set for 6:00am, but she was cool about it. She thanked me for waking her. Then, she proceeded to tell me about her new love interest. I think she’s found ‘the one’, because the call lasted for 57 minutes! 🙂

I Enjoy Taking Little Tests That Can Only Have Positive Results

Okay, back to that color test. After the phone call, I turned on the computer and did my usual email check and scan of web sites. On one of the sites, I clicked the button for “What Color Do You Like?”

I Probably Should Have Majored In Psychology

I really enjoy things that help people understand themselves and others. I think it’s so cool that we’re all so different and so similar (a repeating theme for me!).

Self-Discovery and ‘Aha!’ Moments

I thinks it’s pretty amazing and wonderful that there are so many individual differences in people that there can be thousands of different needs in the word, and jobs people can do to fill those needs, and there are people who want to do those things. Maybe I should be a career counselor. I really enjoy the process of discovery. And, I also enjoy being present for the moment when others have that ‘aha!’ moment.

What About the Color Career Counselor?

I took it again just now, just for fun.  I don’t remember what the results were in the past. I think I probably selected similar colors, for the most part, but with a few differences.

Is This A Paid Advertisement for the Color Career Counselor??? No!No!No!

They probably should pay me for advertising for them! 😉  But this really is a free post. I just like little personality and self-discovery tests. And, this one is fun and easy to take.

What My Color Preferences Say About Me

Today, the results were right on target … in a general sort of way! 😉 I don’t agree with every single word it says. But, I agree generally.

Here’s what they said about me:

Best Occupational Category

You’re a CREATOR

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

You’re a SOCIAL MANAGER

Fields of interest are instructing, helping, nurturing, care giving and instructing-especially young people. They discuss and consider feelings in order to solve problems, lead, direct, persuade, guide, organize and enlighten others.

[UPDATE: I took it a few hours later. It still said CREATOR is my number one place. But, it changed my second label. The second fits, too.]

2nd Best Occupational Category

You’re a RESEARCHER

Key Words:

Independent, Self-Motivated, Reserved, Introspective, Analytical, and Curious


These investigative types gather information, analyze and interpret data, and inquire to uncover new facts. They have a strong scientific orientation, enjoy academic or research environments and prefer self-reliant jobs. Dislikes are group projects, selling, and repetitive activities.

Maybe They’ll Correctly Assess Your Best Career Options, Too

Maybe they’ll be on target for you, too. 🙂 The test is really fun and easy. Just remember, it’s not about the colors you like to wear, your car color, or how you’ve decorated your house.

Which Color Do You Like Most? Least?

Just look at each group of colors and select a color based on what they ask. “Which color do you like MOST?” and, “Which color do you like LEAST?” And, at the end, they’ll have you rank an entire page of colors, from the ones you like most to the ones you like least.

Sit and Stare for a Moment

With each page, I just sat and looked at the colors. I tried to push away thoughts like, “What do I like best?” and “What is usually my favorite color?” and “Do I really like that one better than that one?” I just looked and picked. I tried to just let it be a gut feeling kind of decision process. Hmmm. I guess it worked! 😉

Color Career Counselor Test

Here’s page one of the test. I’ve disabled the links, so you’ll need to actually go to their site to take the test. But, this is what it looks like. It’s easy and fun! 🙂

START Your Profile Now!

Click on the color you MOST prefer to look at.

Simply pick the colors that you prefer to look at – not necessarily the colors you wear or decorate with.

There are no right or wrong, good or bad color choices – only your choices.

See if They Get the Assessment Right for You

Take the test

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I need to start linking to posts from this page. She has a lot of good ideas.

Use less. Spend less. Waste less.
Save more. Learn more. Be more.

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Suze Orman’s Valentine Wish

If you made yourself watch Ann Coulter, with the salve of Joy Behar to make it less painful, you deserve a treat. Suze Orman is intelligent, rational and well-spoken. I’m a little late with this post, but the message holds true 365 days a year.

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I did not retire at 29.

I’m way past 29 years old. I am fairly certain that I will not even be able to retire by the time I am two times twenty-nine. I am still going to school, ever in the search for a way to be sure that I will be able to work until I die.

I wish I could have retired at 29.

I love not working. I love to work, but I prefer that it be what I want to do. If I could do anything in the world, with unlimited funds, I’d travel and photograph and work with glass and wood and clay.

There still could be hope for me (and you).

Maybe I can still learn from this young and savvy person about how to save and someday have enough money to be able to retire.

29 Steps I Took to Leave the Workforce at Age 29

29 Steps I Took to Leave the Workforce at Age 29 by Harsha M V

Read it, and learn from youth.

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Cell Phone and Spin Cycle

Years ago, and on a different blog, I wrote about washing my cell phone in the pocket of my uniform pants.  The terrible realization struck when I heard the washer start the spin cycle. I reached for the phone and it was not there. That story turned out well, and I wrote a post praising the good people at the Cingular Wireless store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cell Phone and Dish Water

Now, again, I am at a turning point. My phone was sitting on something between the dish rack and the sink just now, while I was washing dishes.  I put one more item on the stack of clean dishes, and in an instant, the last item fell and hit the cell phone.  Before I could react, the phone was in the dish water.

Cell Phone and Blow Dryer

I pulled the phone out of the water in less than two seconds, but it was too late.  I tried drying it with a cloth. I tried drying it with a blow dryer. I took it apart, shook it, and blow dried it some more. No luck. Bye-bye cell phone.

Life Before Cell Phones

As for most of you, this is a potential crisis. How does one live without a cell phone?  I exaggerate only a little. We all lived well enough before cell phones. We probably drove more carefully and were more polite in stores and restaurants. But, we grew dependent. Now, we don’t know how we’ll make it without our communication devices.

A Turning Point

So, I am at a turning point. I’ve been back in NC since the middle of 2007. It’s now almost the 4th month of 2009, and I still have a Tulsa cell phone number. I kept it to make it easier for people in Tulsa to call me without paying for long distance, you know? But, that was silly. Only a few people from there ever call me anyway, and most of them have cell phones. And, cell phones call anywhere. So, why have I not just changed my number? I don’t know.

A Good Thing?

Maybe not having a cell phone will be a good thing. Maybe I’ll go places extra early, because I won’t be able to call and let them know if my tire blows out. Maybe I’ll keep both hands on the wheel and talk to myself instead of the person at the other end of the microwaves. Maybe I’ll spend more time alone when I’m at home, doing things around the house and in the yard, without the company of someone on the other end of the signal.

A New Phone?

Or, maybe I’ll just get a new phone. I’ll get a phone with a North Carolina phone number. I’ll  cancel that old number. Maybe it’s time. Maybe this is my chance to move on to something new. Maybe I can use this tiny turning point as something symbolic, something bigger. New phone, new number, new life. (Silly, isn’t it, since the ‘new life’ part began as soon as I drove out of my Tulsa driveway for the last time. Any move to another part of the country is, in itself, the beginning of a new life, no matter what ties remain.)

Cutting Ties, Moving Ahead

This is okay. This can be my moment to cut one more tie to the past and add one more link to my current life and keep moving forward. There is symbolism in everything. Ha! Or, there is not.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that I now need a new phone, so I might as well sign a contract, get a new phone with a local phone number and bundle it with my home phone and internet. It’s time to take the plunge. My phone did! lol. It looks like it’s time for me to do it, too.

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