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hornblower last won the day on October 4 2017

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    Wet Coast, Canada, eh?!
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    Two kids, one great husband, lots of animals! I read & write romance! I clicker train my dogs!
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    IBCLC, but not working now. Back in school for my BSN.

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  1. hornblower

    Fresh Vegetable Juice vs Smoothie?

    team smoothie! keep all the fiber & nutrition
  2. hornblower

    Traveling to Vancouver, BC

    Hey, it's where I live! Capilano is a rip off. Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is free and imo, nicer 🙂 Transportation is great. Try to find some time to go on the Seabus to North Vancouver. The quay there is a public market with quaint restaurants and shops. If you want to transit up to the north shore suspension bridges, you'd do it from the bus loop on the North Van side of the harbour. Skytrain is fun to just ride around on. If you love shopping Metrotown is right on the Skytrain route. The downtown malls and Robson Street are the super fancy expensive stores. You can take the Canada Line skytrain from the airport right into downtown. The water taxis around the Granville Island side of Vancouver is fun too. Granville Island again has a public market, lots of interesting shops & and a theater. If you hop on the Granville Island ferries you can check out the Maritime Museum & Science World as well Science world is good for most ages - they pride themselves on setting up an interesting environment for young & old. You can rent bikes or roller blades to go around Stanley Park.There are also sightseeing hoho buses which IMO are worth it. Add Gastown to your downtown sightseeing - it's a nice little stroll. If you keep walking, the historic Chinatown is also interesting. Within blocks tho you hit the somewhat notorious downtown east side - ground zero of our city's substance abuse & poverty. We have I think one of the most startlingly close interfaces of affluent and struggling. It's generally very safe, just disconcerting. There are neighbourhoods where lots of filming happens (many famous tv shows & movies are filmed here), or streets where the uber rich live - some people like to check out those but pretty much need cars for that. Or if you want to check out some of the further parks & forest, then you'd need a car. hth!
  3. Good luck with the start of nursing school SC!  I would say knock'em dead except it turns out we nurses are supposed to knock'em healthy 😄 

    1. SeaConquest


      Thank you so much! ❤️

  4. hornblower

    Binge-worthy Podcasts?

    Thanks for mentioning this one. I have been listening to it on my commute for the past several days. I knew nothing about his case. Quite riveting - in part because so many of the people kept journals, including audio journals. Really adds to it to hear their own voices
  5. hornblower

    I am DOOOOOONNNNEEEE! With Cancer!

    congrats on ringing the bell! We don't have bells at our treatment center because it also deals with palliative patients so that would be awkward kwim... But I ran out of my last chemo and rad pretty quickly!
  6. hornblower

    Mammagram vs Thermagram

    so sorry to read your news that you're joining us in this sucky club I don't know of a wtm support group though we could start one. I'm active on forums & I know some other people from this board are there too. PM me for my board name there if you want to join and connect there. (((Hugs))) OP & others - btw, 80-85% of women diagnosed with bc have no family history.
  7. hornblower

    Getting our dog used to other dogs

    There's an excellent online class starting in two days which you could take: This is the foundational management course. Then take Dealing with the Bogeyman to actually address and counter condition the underlying fears. I'm gonna disagree with Stephanie's point #1 you did nothing wrong You can't reward fear & fear is what's happening here. She's unsocialized, fearful and unsure how to react. I agree with the book Feisty Fido posted above. Most of all, you need an excellent positive reinforcement feisty fido class (probably after you do a few private sessions to get baseline behaviors - like a good automatic sit and eye contact) where you can work at your dog's comfort distance and gradually bring the distance down. I agree you had her offleash too early. If you have any friends with solid well socialized dogs, I'd consider doing some parallel walking with them (walk in same direction, dogs on leash, at whatever distance required to keep your dog calm; gradually reduce the distance. Sometimes after 10-20 minutes of parallel walking, the dog is ready to appropriately greet. If it goes well and they're getting along, you can let them play offleash but only if everyone is calm and happy, not manic and stressed.) Other books that might help you (but the thing is, you need to practice with dogs at a distance so that's why an excellent class is required): Control Unleashed (McDevitt); Click to Calm (Parsons); Behavior Adjustment Training ( Grisha Stewart)
  8. hornblower

    Binge-worthy Podcasts?

    I remembered it while walking the dogs - it's simply called LeVar Burton Reads! He hand picks the stories. I listened to a sci fi one and a more literary one. I found it a bit more 'heavy' rather than an easy diversion tho, kwim? It doesn't make it on my playlist on the days I want fluffier stuff - which honestly is all the time now
  9. hornblower

    Since I've had my Roomba . . .

    How loud are they? When do your run it? Can it do regular plush carpet? That's what I have in bedrooms but the living area is a combination of laminate + endless strips of runners because I have an old dog that slips on the laminate. So my house looks like a bunch of airport runways with strategic lines of carpeting to get him from place to place. It's a total pita to clean. I might want one but I think my dog will attack it if I'm not home so that means running it when I'm here. If I had headphones on would I still hate it?
  10. hornblower

    Binge-worthy Podcasts?

    Ditto West Cork & Serial I'll add: Accused - the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes. Investigative journalism long piece from Cincinnati Enquirer Murder We Wrote - it's kind of silly at times but kept my attn (Framed otoh - I finished it but just barely. I was interested in the story but the execution was a bit meh) Deadly Manners otoh was great. It's more like an old style radio play. 10 episodes I think... LeVar Burton is one of the actors in it. Speaking of LeVar (edit - oh lol that's not the name of the podcast,. I can't remember what he calls it) - his podcast of him reading short stories for adults
  11. hornblower

    Fitbit and sleep tracking...

    It doesn't show on the website for me. But if you install the microsoft fitbit app on your computer or use an app on the phone it shows up on both of those for me.
  12. hornblower

    Fitbit and sleep tracking...

    There's a tab where you can compare your stats to the benchmark for people of your age & sex. For my group deep is 8-16%, light 40-60, REM 15-25, awake 12-24
  13. hornblower

    Dr Hive, this is reasonable, yes ?

    hugs you're doing the right thing. It's not being a bitch to assertively lay out the parameters of the problem & outline the tasks that need to be done. You're not even being the bad guy. You're being the smart, caring and logical person in the room. but illness sucks 😞
  14. hornblower

    A slightly different "would you eat this?"

    Ick, no. I have this same issue with pullapart rolls. I mean unless the whole plate of rolls is for me - then I'm good with it 😄
  15. I went to a new Zumba class aaaaaaand probably won't go to that one again.... Turns out I'm super picky about where and how I get my Zumba groove on lol. So now I'm revising my fitness goals because that class will not work & my schedule is so tight that there aren't many good options. Congrats on your toastmasters visit! yay you, starting the year strong. Mom look is good. Nothing wrong with it. Own it. Poncy business attire is over rated imo....
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