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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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November 04, 2014 at 11:41PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Question tonight is  …
How old were you when you learned to tie your shoes? Do you remember it? Did you start with the “bunny ears” method, or pick up the standard method first?

Question from 2014-10-22
_What part of pop culture do you wish would just go away? _ 

Answers that I received were reality tv and hipsters.  I agree with reality tv, but I would just be happy if someone would do away with skinny jeans … they are frightful 😉

My personal pick for the piece of pop culture that I would do away with would be gauges. I don’t have anything against people doing what they want, but I truly believe that a lot of folks with incredibly large ones are going to regret it later in life, and it’s REALLY hard not to stare at them, ya know?  Think about the fellow who put them in his cheeks so that his teeth show. He must have a ridiculous amount of drool on his pillow for one thing, and who wants that???

My answer to last night’s question of
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

+Elon Musk  – srsly  I’m in this Performance Psychology doctoral program right now, and I’m starting an MS in Space Science in January, and if I survive, then I’ll get a Master of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors and Safety in Space right on top of those two, while earning a CISSP and PMP certification in the middle somewhere.

I had given up on really doing anything worthwhile with my life, but I’ve done everything that I set out to do over the past 15 years, and after my visit to NASA last year … after sitting around shooting the shit with Astronauts and NASA engineers, scientists, and PR peeps at a little watering hole in Houston, it clicked that hey … I can still do this … it’s not too late … I. CAN. DO. THIS.  So, I am.

I have several reasons why I chose Elon Musk as who I would like to be my mentor. First of all, he’s crazy smart, successful, he’s a creative thinker, a problem solver, he thinks long-term, and he thinks BIG!!! That and he owns a space technology company who I would work for if NASA falls through 😀  He has many important qualities that I am looking for in a mentor, and I think that he would provide good advice and possibly sponsorship for my research. If Elon falls through, then I am still looking …

I was really productive at work today, plus I finished an assignment over lunch. At the end of the day I stood up, and I felt …  satisfied … maybe even happy … about what I got accomplished today.  I really like that feeling of having completed everything; of being able to walk away from work with no unfinished tasks dangling in the back of my head and distracting from my enjoyment of the evening. It feels GOOD to be productive, and I smiled almost all afternoon as I saw everything coming together and item after item dropped off my to do list. It’s feeling especially good tonight because I’ve not been posting how I like – I’ve been rushed, and I’ve enjoyed going back through and responding to comments and getting a more substantial post together tonight.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that this lasts 🙂

Questions from a few different nights that I haven’t answered yet are listed below, and I’ll work my way through them over the next few nights. I answered one extra tonight, so I’ll keep doing that every day or two until I get these knocked out … I have some fun memories associated with these, so prepare yourselves for long posts when I answer 😉

1) What was your favorite food when you were little? Is it still your favorite?  Was there a food that you couldn’t stand that you like now?  Any foods that you didn’t like then and never will?

2) Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid?  Do you remember why?  Did you pack anything?  Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

3) Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?
Have a great night, fellow +Plussers, and Ride the Stream while I dream 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 31, 2014 at 11:02PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Question tonight is …
How much candy did YOU get???

I demanded a 25% take on the kids haul since my purchase of their costumes made trick-or-treating possible.  Fair?  I dunno, but I have a pile of Whoppers, Reese’s cups, Nerds, Bottlecaps, and Twizzlers that tell me I made the right call 😉

Me as The Candy Monster

Me as, The Candy Monster 😉

Questions from the last few nights were:
What was your favorite food when you were little? Is it still your favorite?  Was there a food that you couldn’t stand that you like now?  Any foods that you didn’t like then and never will?

Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid?  Do you remember why?  Did you pack anything?  Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

I’m gonna pile all of these answers into one long post – tomorrow, I hope.  Regardless of when I provide my answers, I’ve been enjoying all of yours, and I’ll swing back through and respond as I am able.  I’m not always timely in my responses because these nightly posts are about the only time I am able to contribute to my social media outlets, but I do read your responses even if I don’t get back to a particular post to respond.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire month, and I am already planning outings to get shots for next year!  I had to fill in with cartoons here and there, and I want to have a full 31 days of my own work in 2015 … I’ll probably still throw in some cartoons as extras anyway, because … Vegan Witches … yeah, that was funny 😀

Today is now day 31 and it’s HALLOWEEN!!!  My favorite holiday if you haven’t guessed or read that yet, and my final two (for this year) Halloween themed photos can be seen above and below …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and may no ills haunt your dreams 😉

From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 30, 2014 at 01:00AM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
What was your favorite food when you were little? Is it still your favorite?  Was there a food that you couldn’t stand that you like now?  Any foods that you didn’t like then and never will?

Questions from last night were:
Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid?  Do you remember why?  Did you pack anything?  Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

I’m gonna pile this one on with the one below, and make a nice long post out of the answers to both at some point.  I have a huge assignment tonight, and no time to write out my answer – gotta write a paper instead …

Previous question that I will eventually answer  😉
Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

Left work at lunchtime to get my homework finished, and here I sit at 1:00am just getting started … le sigh

Today is now day 29 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen below …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and sweet dreams 🙂

#unpluggingfromthestream #goodnight #digitalart   #darkness #night #photography #halloweeniscoming   #eileenshalloweenproject   #october   #october2014   #halloween   #halloween2014   #vegan #veganrecipe   #photographyproject   #zombie   #samhain   #celticnewyear

From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 27, 2014 at 09:40PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
If you could have been a child prodigy what would you have wanted to be skilled at? Why?

Question from last night was:
Have you ever made a prank call or calls?  How old were you?  Were you with friends?  What were the pranks?

Yes – many times.  I did the Prince Albert in a can one, I asked if people’s refrigerators were running, and I was always with friends.  The best, though, the best was when I was somewhere around 12 or 13, and I pretended to be a little girl of about 6, and I called people asking if Santa was there – it was HILARIOUS, and people were so sweet!!!  Seriously, people would tell me to ask my parents because they were sure they had the number, or they would ask if I could write, and then tell me that I could send him a letter … it was really eye opening in a good way 🙂

Previous question that I will eventually answer  😉
Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

I felt wide-awake and alert almost all day at work today.

I’m just going to quit mentioning the eggs, and I’ll let you know when I get to them …

Today is now day 27 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen below …

Have a great night, fellow +Plussers, and Ride the Stream while I dream 🙂

#unpluggingfromthestream #goodnight #digitalart   #darkness #night #photography #halloweeniscoming   #eileenshalloweenproject   #october   #october2014   #halloween   #halloween2014   #vegan #veganrecipe   #photographyproject   #zombie   #samhain   #celticnewyear

From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 22, 2014 at 11:54PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Question tonight is  …
What part of pop culture do you wish would just go away?

My answer to last night’s questions of
Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

You’ll have to wait for my answer to this one … just too tired to convey them tonight, and I may get riled up over the one … not so good when I’m trying to go to sleep in a few minutes 😉

No nap today, and I am NOT taking that antihistamine again that I took last night!!!  I could barely see straight for a couple of hours after I got up, and it was HELL to even get out of bed.  I’m lucky that I have a tight routine in the morning, or I may have shown up at work in my nightgown. I’m going to bed as soon as I’m finished here.

… screw the eggs … still …

Today is now day 22 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo from a Big Easy haunt can be seen below …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and sweet dreams 🙂

#unpluggingfromthestream #goodnight #digitalart #darkness #night #photography #halloweeniscoming #eileenshalloweenproject   #october   #october2014 #halloween   #halloween2014     #photographyproject   #samhain   #celticnewyear #hauntedhouse

From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 21, 2014 at 11:29PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …

Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

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I got about … no wait, exactly ZERO responses to last night’s questions, so I’ll just skip those myself …

What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? How many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like?

No nap today, but guess what??? I get to go to bed at a reasonable hour!!!  This is simply unheard of for me 🙂

… screw the eggs …

Today is now day 21 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen below …

I stopped to snap this on the way home, and then I kept not being happy with the processing, so I tried again, and again, and again until I had five versions of this one.  I had the entire family vote, and this was the winner 🙂

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and  sweet dreams 🙂

#unpluggingfromthestream #goodnight #digitalart #darkness #night #photography #halloweeniscoming #eileenshalloweenproject   #october   #october2014 #halloween   #halloween2014     #photographyproject   #samhain   #celticnewyear #hauntedhouse

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 21, 2014 at 04:23AM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? How many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like?

My answers to the night before last’s questions
What cartoons did you watch/like best growing up? Were Saturday morning cartoons your favorite part of the week?

As I mentioned last night, last Saturday was the end of an era, and the first week since about forever ago that the main networks didn’t show cartoons on Saturday morning.

I used to get up ridiculously early on Saturday mornings to catch Casper.  He came on at 6:30 or 7:30am, and if I got up too early, then I had an interminable wait staring at the fuzzy screen until the channel came alive 15 minutes before.  I watched the Superfriends at 11:30am (not sure why that stuck), The New Schmoo was on at 10L00am, I think, and there was Johnny Quest, Scooby Do, and Hong King Phooey, and Bugs Bunny, and Land of the Lost (not a cartoon, but c’mon), The Pink Panther, Underdog, H.R. Puffinstuff  (yes, I am admitting this publicly), The Jetsons, Mr. Magoo, Shazam, Sigmund and the Seamonster, Captain Caveman, that thing with Lamb Chop … whew … this is NOT an exhaustive list … but man – that was the highlight of my week to get to watch all of these, and sometimes I would flip back and forth because I couldn’t decide which one to watch.

When I was a little older I watched G-force, Speed Racer, Two Stupid Dogs, and many more, and my all-time favorite was Underdog when I was little, and later on The Tick 😀

I took a marathon nap again today,  although much shorter than yesterday.  I am definitely splitting my days up with a long nap, work, another long nap, homework/posts/stuff around the house. I was incredibly productive at work today, and that always feels good.  I struggled, however, with my homework assignment, and I was two minutes late with it   My freaking internet went out again, and the 5 minutes that I had to spend getting that back up and running literally put me 2 minutes over the deadline.  Grrrr

Yeah, I know that I shouldn’t be cutting it so close, but dangit – I had it ready to submit and the connection dropped.  How do you plan ahead for shit like that?

… gonna end up throwing the stupid eggs away …

Today is now day 20 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed ANIMATED photo can be seen below …

I stopped to snap this on the way home, and then I kept not being happy with the processing, so I tried again, and again, and again until I had seven versions.  At that point I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I just animated the lot, and shared them all 🙂 Turns out that those don’t work here, so I changed to the static images …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and many sweet dreams 🙂

#unpluggingfromthestream #goodnight #digitalart#darkness #night #photography #halloweeniscoming#eileenshalloweenproject   #october   #october2014 #halloween   #halloween2014     #photographyproject   #samhain   #celticnewyear #pumpkins #animated

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