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Dont sit up straight
Thursday. 11.30.06 4:40 pm
Sitting up straight, something many of us are taught from a very early age, is not good for your back, say researchers from Scotland and Canada. They found that sitting up straight strains your back unnecessarily. Ideally, you should lean slightly back, at an angle of about 135 degrees, they say.

So relax and sit back. Dont confuse this with slouching but just lounging and relieve the stress on your back. :)

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Homemade Christmas Gift #4
Sunday. 12.10.06 3:03 am

Rocky Road Caramel Apples








INGREDIENTS

* 6 Granny Smith apples
* 6 wooden sticks
* 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
* 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.
2. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan.
3. Combine the miniature marshmallows and pecans on a dinner plate. Roll the apples in the mixture to coat. Place on the aluminum foil and chill.
4. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the apples and return them to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Christmas season
Sunday. 12.3.06 1:19 am



Tonight we decorated the tree. I usually dont get a tree until the week of Christmas because I usually cant afford one. So last year I purchased a fake tree so that we can put it up every year on Dec. 1st. We assembled it yesterday and decorated it today. It was so nice to come home to the apartment with only the christmas tree lights on.

I do not like christmas. It is such a depressing time of year. But I have to admit, it is nice to see the tree.

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THE SECRET TO MY SUCCESS
Thursday. 11.30.06 2:46 pm

THE SECRET TO MY SUCCESS



Here it is folks.. the secret to my success. I use blogmad AND blog soldiers. They are both free and operate the same way. Here is the link to sign up.



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How lazy can you be?
Saturday. 12.2.06 11:49 am
This mug is cool! I think I want one for Christmas!


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What is Black Friday
Saturday. 11.25.06 11:56 pm
Black friday is such an odd name. My son asked me today, "mommy, what is black friday." I told him that it was the day after thanksgiving and he was not satisfied with that answer. So I looked it up.

The term refers to accounting books going from being in the "red" to being in the "black". The day after thanksgiving marks the first day of the holiday season. People begin shopping and stores begin to offer bargins. In other words, the stores finally start making a profit.

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Suicide of bullied Japan students
Wednesday. 11.15.06 7:55 pm
Two kids in Japan committed suicide over the weekend because they were being bullied in school. The boy was 14 and the girl was 12. As of August this makes a total of 5 suicides of related nature.

The girl jumped from the eighth floor because she was being bullied about her height. The hung himself after his classmates tried to take money from him. Additionally a head teacher has been found hanged in a forest after he was criticised over his response to an extortion incident involving a pupil at his school.

Last week several school children wrote to the education minister threatening to kill themselves.

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Are the rich just lucky?
Thursday. 12.7.06 6:11 pm

Are the Rich Just Lucky?





In the ongoing debate about growing income inequality in America — the top 10 percent of families grabbed 43 percent of income in 2004 vs. 33 percent in 1980 — some have argued that America needs a more progressive tax system, both to share the wealth and to help deal with the government's long-term budget woes. When the Bush tax cuts on income and investments end in 2010, plenty of liberals and budget hawks will surely argue that they should not be extended. (This is going to be a huge issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.)

But those who want a flatter, less-progressive system argue that wealth, to a great extent, reflects productivity, and so more productive people should face lower tax rates as an incentive to produce even more. A more productive economy will grow faster, and that's the best way to deal with fiscal problems.

Consider this: What if it's luck rather than ability that plays the greatest role inof people's success? Some studies have shown that inequality among family members, people who share genetic traits, is not much different from that of the general population. Why should we subsidize the lucky with lower taxes?

But a recent study from Harvard University's Graduate Business School found that skill is indeed an important factor in success. The study looked at entrepreneuers, a third of whom are in the top 1 percent of American earners.

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