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cheluzal

Plant City, FL

#96591 Mar 11, 2014
edogxxx wrote:
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....flippin Floridian red neck idiots.... Ok then, if it's true, this is something I will disagree with Republicans on. See? I'm not just some sheep blindly following my leader, I can think for myself independently of them
It's not the rednecks' idea! They wouldn't be able to keep up with it.
You have to remember, most of FL is now made of yankee transplants and illegals.
Us natives are a rare breed, and most of us are pretty cool and normal, as far as normal goes.
FL is the melting pot of the US now and we're getting a bad rep as a result.
Timmy

United States

#96592 Mar 11, 2014
As an old dog, can you learn new tricks too? If so, there may be hope for you and Chel if she is willing to train you.
edogxxx wrote:
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....flippin Floridian red neck idiots.... Ok then, if it's true, this is something I will disagree with Republicans on. See? I'm not just some sheep blindly following my leader, I can think for myself independently of them

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#96593 Mar 11, 2014
Toj wrote:
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That probably works better for us Northerners during the winter. I have my heat set at night between 67-68.
Summertime I do sleep better when I crank the air conditioning if I can forget that each time the air goes on it costs me money. Sometimes I swear when it kicks in I hear "ca-ching". During the summer day I try not to have it on except for the really humid days. I'm not a fan of air conditioning until it gets to about 87 and on up outside. The heat doesn't bother me during the day as much as the humidity. I'd be miserable in Florida (and other southern states).
I guess I am spoiled/fortunate that I don't worry about the cost at all. I set my thermostat at my comfort level and when it comes on it comes on. Getting a big power bill just tells me, wow, it was hot this month. But it does not make me even consider turning the AC off and dealing with the heat. When we lost power after hurricane Charlie 10 years ago, we took the dogs to PetSmart and walked around for an hour or so just to bask in the glory of AC.

But more on this sleep article. There is a suggestion that you try to wake up on the weekend as close to your weekday wake up time as possible to maintain the same sleep cycle. I would rather gouge my eye out with a dinner fork than wake up at 6 am when I don't have to. Some Dr. also mentions that some of his patients have such differnt weekday/weekend sleep schedulesthat they experience the equivalent of jet lag and that even 2 hours difference hurts. This is so not me.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#96594 Mar 11, 2014
edogxxx wrote:
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Aw hell no. But how would that work? Florida isn't any more east than the rest of the east coast. So Florida could end up in a different time zone than Georgia? Who's the idiot that came up with THAT idea?
I know - it's nuts! I'd rather be Eastern half the year and Central the rest. The idea is that there would be more daylight in the evening and it would help boost tourism.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#96595 Mar 11, 2014
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I guess I am spoiled/fortunate that I don't worry about the cost at all. I set my thermostat at my comfort level and when it comes on it comes on. Getting a big power bill just tells me, wow, it was hot this month. But it does not make me even consider turning the AC off and dealing with the heat. When we lost power after hurricane Charlie 10 years ago, we took the dogs to PetSmart and walked around for an hour or so just to bask in the glory of AC.
But more on this sleep article. There is a suggestion that you try to wake up on the weekend as close to your weekday wake up time as possible to maintain the same sleep cycle. I would rather gouge my eye out with a dinner fork than wake up at 6 am when I don't have to. Some Dr. also mentions that some of his patients have such differnt weekday/weekend sleep schedulesthat they experience the equivalent of jet lag and that even 2 hours difference hurts. This is so not me.
I'm with you on teh heat/AC thing. I just put it where I am comfy. I do the budget billing, so my bill stays pretty steady throughout the year, which helps. In the winter (like now, when I haven't had to use heat or AC), I pay for more than what I use and get credits then in the summer when I use a lot because of the AC, they apply those credits. It balances out nicely. Totally recommend it.

Since: Mar 09

Hollywood, FL

#96596 Mar 11, 2014
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text> I would rather gouge my eye out with a dinner fork than wake up at 6 am when I don't have to. Some Dr. also mentions that some of his patients have such differnt weekday/weekend sleep schedulesthat they experience the equivalent of jet lag and that even 2 hours difference hurts. This is so not me.
Word. It was sweet relief when my dogs got old enough to not wake me up early. My remaining dog will sleep in like crazy now, sometimes *I* wake *her* up to go outside.

Since: Mar 09

Hollywood, FL

#96597 Mar 11, 2014
And I've never been a late sleeper, not even as a teenager or college student. I usually wake up around 8 on the weekends.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#96598 Mar 11, 2014
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I guess I am spoiled/fortunate that I don't worry about the cost at all. I set my thermostat at my comfort level and when it comes on it comes on. Getting a big power bill just tells me, wow, it was hot this month. But it does not make me even consider turning the AC off and dealing with the heat. When we lost power after hurricane Charlie 10 years ago, we took the dogs to PetSmart and walked around for an hour or so just to bask in the glory of AC.
But more on this sleep article. There is a suggestion that you try to wake up on the weekend as close to your weekday wake up time as possible to maintain the same sleep cycle. I would rather gouge my eye out with a dinner fork than wake up at 6 am when I don't have to. Some Dr. also mentions that some of his patients have such differnt weekday/weekend sleep schedulesthat they experience the equivalent of jet lag and that even 2 hours difference hurts. This is so not me.
Believe me, if I lived in Florida I'd probably feel the same way.

You're lucky, you don't seem to have a strong internal clock. I do. Try as I might, I don't sleep past 7 am on the weekends unless I really partied it up the night before and was up past 2 a.m.(Hey, I'm old. 2 a.m. is really late for me.) And it's okay, that's just the way I am.

Also, Tonka, I'm not a big coffee drinker either. Well, I used to not be. I'm into iced coffee now and I find I'm getting more addicted as time goes by. At least the coffee is good at the office and free and we have a good icemaker. Otherwise, it's Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke with Lime. Or water. I should really do better and have healthier stuff, but I'm not going to kid myself. I won't.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#96599 Mar 11, 2014
j_m_w wrote:
And I've never been a late sleeper, not even as a teenager or college student. I usually wake up around 8 on the weekends.
I had lots of siblings. Getting up early before anyone was up was like having the house to myself. I really enjoyed that. Even when I was 5 years old. Still do like getting up early. Love the quiet and stillness of the morning.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#96601 Mar 11, 2014
j_m_w wrote:
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Word. It was sweet relief when my dogs got old enough to not wake me up early. My remaining dog will sleep in like crazy now, sometimes *I* wake *her* up to go outside.
That's funny...i have one that you have to wake up, to go to bed.....i wake up at 6, almost automatically, and they have gotten used to that....they love it that early, and dark...when they can chase the raccoons and armadillos, back into the woods...

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#96602 Mar 11, 2014
concerned poster wrote:
It seems to be asking too much to get Florida to be in the 21st century like many other states are. IDK about a time-zone change...
Florida is same as east coast....Spring forward-Fall back.....

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#96604 Mar 11, 2014
concerned poster wrote:
<quoted text>No, they can't "fall back" because it's a "no retreat" state....
That's ...Stand Your Ground.....

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#96605 Mar 11, 2014
j_m_w wrote:
And Tonka, that ropa vieja recipe looks awesome.
Does anyone recommend a specific brand of slow cooker? I'm thinking of spending around $50-$70.
I got a CrockPot with an automatic timer. I like it a lot. Consumer Reports rated slow cookers not too long ago. It is worth a trip to the library. A key factor is a crockery pot that can be removed from the heating element. That is much easier to wash. I really loke having the rhing automatically go to a Keep warm setting especially if I I am gone all day

My husband had a CrockPot left from the late 70's maybe earlier. It still works although the safety of the electrical cord worries me. The pot is not removable so it is tough t wash and keep the electrical stuff dry.. I use it at Christmas to make a hot punch for serving

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#96606 Mar 11, 2014
cheluzal wrote:
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I have a Hamilton Beach because it was cuter and smaller and more affordable (Target).
Target usually has a very good selection of brands and price ranges. My parents bought one there about 4 weeks ago for $20. Basic but functional.
I would also check Amazon and Target.com though

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#96607 Mar 11, 2014
PEllen wrote:
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Target usually has a very good selection of brands and price ranges. My parents bought one there about 4 weeks ago for $20. Basic but functional.
I would also check Amazon and Target.com though
I have a crockpot that has a setting that can do the browning right in the crockpot which is nice not to have to dirty something else. I agree about the timer being a good thing. Mine is oval which doesn't waste as much space (to me) as the round ones. I believe most of them have the removable ceramic bowl that you cook in that is separate from the heating element.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#96608 Mar 11, 2014
I was on that, but I got opted out. If I can only pay FPL $68 or less for a couple of months, it makes up for the months I am paying $220.

Sure it's all in my head, but I have to put something in there.
Stina2 wrote:
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I'm with you on teh heat/AC thing. I just put it where I am comfy. I do the budget billing, so my bill stays pretty steady throughout the year, which helps. In the winter (like now, when I haven't had to use heat or AC), I pay for more than what I use and get credits then in the summer when I use a lot because of the AC, they apply those credits. It balances out nicely. Totally recommend it.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#96609 Mar 11, 2014
What did you do to them?
Toj wrote:
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I had lots of siblings.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Melrose Park, IL

#96611 Mar 11, 2014
cheluzal wrote:
I have a Hamilton Beach because it was cuter and smaller and more affordable (Target).
Cuter?

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#96612 Mar 11, 2014
RACE wrote:
I was on that, but I got opted out. If I can only pay FPL $68 or less for a couple of months, it makes up for the months I am paying $220.
Sure it's all in my head, but I have to put something in there.
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You can get your electric bill lower than $70??? I have been excited when mine gets below $100 by a couple bucks!!! But I dont' have FPL, I have Duke.
cheluzal

Plant City, FL

#96613 Mar 11, 2014
PEllen wrote:
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A key factor is a crockery pot that can be removed from the heating element. That is much easier to wash.
Honest question--what do you do with the leftover juices inside?
Mine does remove, but I don't want to dump it int he sink and in the garbage seems messy with potential to leak.
Someone suggested some paper towels to soak first but that seems like a waste.
Is dumping in the grate outside a no-no??
Thanks!

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