That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. - Henry David Thoreau
Question #77188 posted on 04/08/2014 4:42 a.m.
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Dear fellow temporarily un-retired writers,

What has been the most significant change to your daily life this past week due to your renewed writership? (Mine's rather lame: I stayed up an hour and a half longer than I should have tonight--and will probably regret it at work tomorrow (but deep down inside, I really won't)).

- The Detective

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Dear The Detective,

The Board suddenly became my #1 slot on my Google "most-visited websites" thingo, and I have also been up a bit later. Not to mention neglecting things like dishes. When I told Mr. Olympus that it was Reunion Week again, he made sort of a groaning noise...

-Olympus

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Dear The Detective,

While I haven't stayed up noticeably later (I pretty much always go to bed later than I intend to), I have been moving slower in general. For instance, yesterday I got my daughter to preschool about eight minutes late. That's the first time I've done that. I was kind of afraid they would have locked the doors already.

Also, I usually find that my ipad fills all of my computing needs. This week, however, I have been getting out my husband's laptop every day (except Monday). Sooo much more typing. It's been fun, though. I should probably blog more than once every two years.

Finally, it took me four whole days to finish Raising Steam, which is certainly not normal.

- The Defenestrator

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Dear Detective,

I turned in my thesis on Monday so I've been using this to stave off the crushing boredom of staying home all day.  My plan was to use the next few months to decide if I could be happy as a SAHM...if it weren't for the Board, I'd be climbing the walls right now.  Career it is!  

- Hypatia

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Dear The Detective,

This week, my kids did quite a bit more crying before I even noticed them, let alone did something about it. 

I don't feel guilty at all either. They're kids. Crying is what they do.

-Sky Bones 

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Dear Private Eye,

I was serious in my response to Board Question #77046.  I was planning on just answering a couple of short questions and not worrying about anything else, since I did have a lot going on at work this week.  Then I made this mistake of looking at the writer stats and noticed that at the beginning of this week I was sitting on 384 questions answered.  I thought to myself, if I'm this close I really should try to at least get over 400 while I have the chance.  Thus, I spent a lot more of my time on the Board than I probably should have.  For example, I'm writing this over my lunch break and will probably need to raid a vending machine later.  On the upside, I'm fairly confident that by the time this posts I will be over the 400 questions mark (which I realize is small compared to most of the other writers, but is still a milestone to me).

I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

- Brutus

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Dear Miss Tick,

The only change for me is that I had another reason to procrastinate this research intensive paper that I'm supposed to be writing...

My life is pretty dull.

-Azriel

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Dear PI,

I watched two less episodes of Leverage last night on Netflix.

- Beemer Boy

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Dear The ~

How did you know I actually was just thinking, maybe 2 minutes ago, that I wish there were a way I could say this in an answer? Smart you are.

I have officially decided to change my ways and switch to one space between sentences. After having two spaces drilled into my head by an English teacher well over a decade ago, it is a very hard habit to break, but I'm working on it. I'm not perfect and you'll find many of my answers laced with two spaces, but I'm getting better. Writing this much for a week has given me the opportunity to practice more than I normally would be able to.

~ Dragon Lady

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Dear Detective,

I got really behind in my homework. It was really confusing anyway, the metaphysics of Clausewitz, but I admittedly did a lot more writing for the Board than I did for class...

Dr. Smeed

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Dear The Detective,

I mostly wasted less time on the internet, and spent it productively answering things instead.  Also, my children may have watched a few more shows on Netflix, but given the winter that won't end over here, that would be hard to prove statistically.

-Novel Concept