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  1. Valentine's day, 1998. Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Taken off the balcony of our hotel. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/random/florida2.jpg Same vacation: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/random/florida1.jpg[/img]
  2. 35 years old (yikes!), in Houston, Texas, USA and my name really is Michelle. Speaking of placing the 50 states - has anyone ever seen this? http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/states_experiment_drag-drop_Intermed_State15s_500.html
  3. I had never heard of this show until last night. I was on the elliptical trainer at the gym, and the show was on one of the TV's I was watching. It took me a little while to figure out what it was all about, but it seems like a cool show. Inspiring.
  4. Yes! But everyone around me noticed before I did. My kids have been telling me that my jeans are getting too big and I should go get some smaller ones. Friends and clients have been commenting that it looks like I've really lost some weight. I noticed that my face looks a little thinner. And, I'm wearing bras one cup size smaller. According to the scale, I've only lost about six pounds.
  5. Money can contribute to happiness, by providing security, comfort, tools used to attain goals, or power... and it's difficult to be happy when there's not enough money for basics like food and shelter... but money does not guarantee happiness at all. I've known too many people who are wealthy and miserable to think that happiness can be bought. I think one of the biggest keys to happiness is focusing on what you do have and can do, rather than what you don't have and can't do. You may feel like you're trapped in your apartment, but you have an apartment, which is more than some have. You may not have the resources right now to travel anywhere you want anytime you want to rescue animals personally, but that doesn't mean you can't make a tremendous difference from where you are. You have a computer and internet access, and you use it to educate and influence others to be more compassionate towards animals every day. You've influenced me - and I know you've influenced many others. That's something to be proud of - and happy about. I think perspective is what buys happiness.
  6. my comfortable, happy kitty: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/random/mvc-002s.jpg my daughter, holding kitty #2: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/random/DSC00856.jpg (no, that's not a wig...)
  7. I've noticed the same thing, and it bothers me. My pee doesn't turn bright freaking yellow when I eat fruits & veggies all day long and get my vitamins that way, why should it be that color when I consume vitamins via tablet? Makes me think that it's some unnecessary color additive that's causing it, rather than the vitamins themselves.
  8. Love life? Not really, but I go on dates (usually first and last, conveniently rolled into one) once in a while. It's easy for me to find dates, but very hard to find anyone I'm sufficiently compatible with to pursue a serious relationship. I've already had kids, don't want any more, and am not keen on sharing the ones I've got. I'm in no rush whatsoever to find a relationship. When I was younger, I was simply looking for someone fun who was interested in me, and it was an added bonus if they were good looking. Needless to say, very few of those early relationships progressed into anything remotely serious. Now that I'm older, I take more important things like values, intelligence, responsibility, goals, interests, maturity level, attitude, and all that other good stuff into consideration. None I'm willing to reveal. I expect that they have something interesting to talk about - and what was on TV last night or the coming weekend's weather forecast don't constitute "interesting" by any stretch of the imagination. I don't care about the superficial stuff like height, skin color, eye color, gender, etc that we have no control over. My age range that I'm willing to date is about 20 to 50; chronological age isn't that meaningful, as immaturity can be found at any age. Body type/size doesn't matter, but lifestyle does. I have no patience for generalized superficiality, either. People who essentially purchase their identities by shopping at certain stores, wearing certain brands of clothing, buy a brand of car that they'll "look good" in, or trying to be seen with the in-crowd bore me. Even worse are the people who choose their significant other based on how they'll look walking around together. How stupid is that? Substance issues are important to me, as they seem to be for most of us on this board. I absolutely couldn't date someone who uses drugs, and would prefer someone (like me) who has never even tried any drugs. Same goes for cigarettes. Alcohol, I'm OK with a glass of wine (two, max) with dinner or maybe a beer or mixed drink once in a while, but not on a daily basis and never for the sake of getting drunk. (And don't even get me started on drinking & driving! Grrrrr!) Heavy caffeine use isn't attractive, either, and I've never been able to stand the smell of coffee. I gave up caffeine earlier this year and am still having a difficult time abstaining, so I would rather not be around it at all... but could maybe date someone with a moderate (not more than one or two a day) caffeine intake. Roget's Thesaurus lists "zealot" and "addict" as synonyms. Maybe that's why religious zealots are such a huge turn-off for me? I don't belong to any particular religion, but I have my own set of beliefs about how the world works. I could be with someone who doesn't share my perspective, as long as they respect my perspective and don't try to convert me to their beliefs. I dated (not a serious relationship, just a few dates) a vegetarian before, but have never dated a vegan. Someday...
  9. August 6. I like anything chocolate *except* for cake.
  10. That's great that your mom is so supportive and willing to veganize her recipes for you. I've got both supportive and unsupportive people in my family, so I know how much of a difference it makes. If I were in your situation, I'd definitely ask your mom to veganize the dishes that can be made vegan without changing the flavor significantly (my guess is, at least half of the menu could be adapted easily) and tell her not to worry about the rest. I can understand about not wanting to impose your lifestyle choices on others, because I feel the same way... but they would probably be happier eating something made with margarine vs. butter or soymilk vs. cowmilk, rather than have you at the table and not sharing food with them, so don't hesitate to suggest a few changes. This is also a good opportunity to introduce a few new vegan recipes to the thanksgiving menu that will become future family favorites. Thanksgiving will be a creative endeavor in my house this year. I'm vegan (transitioning, almost there) and avoid bread, son is vegetarian, daughter is omni and not always very open-minded about trying new "vegan" things. (Last year, we were all omni) My mom just moved in with us last week, she's omni (but has been eating vegan/vegetarian quite a bit here because my food is yummy!) and allergic to wheat. It's just the four of us, so we don't have any other relatives to keep happy... but we haven't exactly figured out what we're eating yet, either. The focal point of our Thanksgiving feast has always been a large turkey and a lot of rolls with butter (all the things I'm no longer eating!) so this year will be very different, whatever the menu is.
  11. I've noticed a lot LESS daily hair loss, and my hair feels thicker, since changing my diet a couple months ago. (I still have only two standard-issue arms, though.) According to what I found searching google, normal hair loss is about 100 hairs per day, which could really look like a lot - especially if most of them are landing on your computer keyboard. Check out this article about "telogen effluvium". I knew about thyroid and nutrition being potential factors, but I didn't know that something as simple as a fever could trigger so much hair loss. Another article said that weight loss could also be a factor.
  12. What the heck? Medical doctors practice on willingly-donated cadavers and observe during surgeries and other procedures. Dentists and Chiropractors practice their services in a supervised setting on willing patients, at a reduced rate - often for people who need treatment but can't afford it otherwise. I guess I assumed that veterinarians worked the same way. This is crazy! I'm sure they could find pet owners willing to donate their deceased pets for education and research, and I'm sure that people who can't afford to take their pets to the vet would love to have a free or inexpensive clinic they could take their pets to for necessary treatment. There is no reason for an animal to suffer like the description on that page. I, for one, would've LOVED to have veterinary students equipped with an IV and some meds come help a few months ago when the two puppies we were fostering got parvo. My daughter and I stayed up all night feeding them with a medicine dropper and some pedialyte and did manage to save one of them, but lost the other.
  13. I wish more companies would label their vegetarian/vegan items as such. It would make my life just a little simpler. It also serves as a subconscious reminder to the carnivores out there that there is another option.
  14. If I could afford it (and if I owed my house, instead of rent) I'd get a reverse osmosis system for the entire house. We use filters for drinking and cooking water, all the time. The water in our neighborhood is heavily chlorinated. I didn't know they had shower filters, though. Is this something that has to be ordered online? Or can I get it from a Home Depot or something?
  15. I agree with that College B , although the problem of "advertising" becomes a concern when vegans walk around in animal stuff, (even if they had the wool garment from before they went vegan). What's done is done. We can't do anything about the fact that wool has already been taken from sheep and made into garments, we can only influence what is done to them in the future. We can stop buying new wool items. We can show people where their wool comes from and hope that once they are enlightened to the cruelty that happens, they'll stop buying new as well. Personally, I think that destroying a wool garment (or leather, or any other clothing or jewelry that comes from animals) rather than getting full wear and use out of that garment would be a dishonor to the animal it came from. It's horrible enough the way they have to suffer. It's even more inulting for them to suffer like that, only to have the results end up in the trash or forgotten forever in the back of someone's closet. If I'm not going to honor the animal(s) by wearing it out myself, I feel it's my responsibility to make sure it goes to someone else who can, maybe via thrift shop. I don't think advertising is a really huge issue, since so many non-animal items are almost indistinguishable from animal-derived items, without reading the labels. If someone is walking around advertising the fact that they're vegan, I simply assume that their shoes are pleather and sweater is synthetic.
  16. Update: my mom likes it, too. (leftovers = yum) I used a bag of frozen peas & carrots for the veggie.
  17. Michelle & Chris (my son) hiking in Vermont: (summer, 2003) http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/me/michelle_with_chris_at_white_rocks.jpg More recent: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/me/aug2005.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/me/oct2005.jpg
  18. Me, around age 3, wearing my favorite apron and possibly flipping someone off? I don't remember: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/old%20photos/michelle-bird.jpg Not sure what age this was. I'll ask my mom, she might remember. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/old%20photos/me-grade-school.jpg Age 17: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/old%20photos/michelle-graduation.jpg Age 24, after having two kids (and apparently a bad hair day): http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b14/purplekoala/old%20photos/Michelle.jpg My goal is to get those legs back...
  19. It was excellent My son enjoyed it. My daughter (the non-veg) raved about it too.
  20. Guess what was for dinner at my house tonight?
  21. That's exactly the thing with me, too. Once I have been going on a regular basis long enough to make it a habit, it's fairly easy. Getting up and going enough times to make it a habit is the hardest part. On the days that I just don't feel like going, or I'm using the "I don't have time" excuse, I convince myself to go for "just 20 minutes" and work out. It works most of the time. It worked last night. And it almost always turns into a much longer workout than 20 minutes, once I get there and get into it.
  22. Well, I just found out I wasn't too informed on the wool industry. I knew it was probably bad, but I didn't know it was that bad.
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