Help! Im becoming Dumb! - page 2

This thread perhaps should go into the 'off the topic' section so please forgive. Because of the fatigue of work and lifes responsibilities,it seems I can only 'zone out' in exhaustion in front of ... Read More

  1. by   LilgirlRN
    I watch discovery, TLC, Nat Geo channel for my intellectual stimulation. When the kids were little, I was always dragging them off somewhere. Artifact digs, Alabama is full of Indian sites. Off to the zoo, never been much of one for the art museum but somehow both of my kids turned out to be wonderful artists. And of course there is always Dogpile, my favorite search engine. If I wonder about soemthing I just type it in at www.Dogpile.com and poof there it is
  2. by   Rustyhammer
    Even though we have satelite tv with countless channels we still have a hard time turning it on.
    The kids are not allowed to watch on school nights and during the weekend they are mostly outside playing and I only like watching star trek Voyager (7 of 9) and Mystery Science Theatre 3000 but I can never remember what time or channel they are on.
    I have started on this "health kick" and it has given me more energy than I have had in years. I get up at 0430 every morning and do a workout. I actually started reading novels again now that I don't have to go outside and have a cig every 20 minutes.
    I am more alive now than I have been in the last 15 years.
    Feeling good!
    -Russell
  3. by   frannybee
    One of the reasons I was so happy to move to the UK (apart from seeing my bf again after 9mths apart!) was that we could go and see historical places on days off - castles, forts, cathedrals, burial grounds etc. I stunned the guide at Canterbury Cathedral with how much I knew about cathedral construction in the middle ages. How did I know? I read a book (medieval fiction) on the plane over. It may have been fiction but *very* well researched and accurate to the last page about the cathedrals. My latest historical obsession is Richard III, and having lived in Yorkshire I got to know a lot about his life. After I've exhausted that avenue, I'll move on to Welsh history, since we're now in Wales. It helps that it's gorgeous here and you can't help but learn by osmosis. (I can even say Llanelli properly now).
  4. by   LilgirlRN
    I'm patting Russell on the back too )
    Franny for historical fiction, try Diana Gabaldon, but it's about Scotland. On the same island with you though, could go over and give it a look see ?
  5. by   Liann
    I like NPR and also books on tape/CD while driving. I dont watch much TV, but when I do its History Channel or Discovery or Animal Planet. I dont care for the medical shows much, since they only irritate me and make me yell at the TV...not a relaxing thought. I volunteer at my kids religion class one night a week, and try to help out with as many local elections as I can. Gotta find some adult conversation that doesnt have the word STAT in it ...ever...
  6. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by LilgirlRN
    Alabama is full of Indian sites.
    Really? I had no idea.

    See? Learned something new today.
  7. by   Liann
    I also have given the appearance of being informed by reading the local paper (about once a week) and by reading Newsweek magazine. It helps to at least get me to the point of knowing what others are talking about.
  8. by   Stargazer
    Oh yeah, I subscribe to Time and Newsweek too. Time's kind of expensive, but I just end up buying it off the rack when I don't subscribe, so....
  9. by   frannybee
    LilGirl, haven't read any Gabaldon yet but will now
    Try 'Pillars of the Earth' by Ken Follett and anything by Sharon Kay Penman for English history - I'm in lurve with Penman's books. We've joined the local library and I've just borrowed a huge stack of Dylan Thomas stuff, him being a local boy and all. My uncle's done a CD of music with DT reading over the top so I'm learning while I chill to his stuff too. I'm trying to promote his CD to the local DT museums and bookshops etc so have seen a lot more of the area by default. Went down 'Salubrious Passage' yesterday - what a brilliant name for an alley (and particularly appropriate!) :chuckle
  10. by   MrsK1223
    I'm no scholar but I too find that I get bored easily and find I want to do something to challenge my mind. I've been out of school a couple of years and I already want to go back just to have that stimulation...not sure if I want to study more nursing but something. For smaller degrees of stimulation I do crosswords puzzles and word searches. I like to read nursing journals and other magazines. I have tons of books I haven't read but can't seem to sit still long enough to get interested. I love music...rock, some country, pop, some classical and even some opera. I do feel dumb sometimes....you think with all we went thru in school we would feel pretty smart...I did for a while but now I'm feeling like I need more "edu-muh-cashun"......hahahaa. You're not alone in your feelings.
  11. by   frannybee
    My spelling has suffered badly since I left uni. I find that words that used to come naturally to me are the ones I have to think about now, and my mother has started pointing it out to me in my emails home. (As if it isn't hard enough trying to live up to a mother who comes up with perfection no matter what she turns her hand to!)
  12. by   LilgirlRN
    Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw just to name a few. Not far from me is an Indian burial ground that is on a farm and has been plowed under for years, so you can't really tell that it's a mound unless you know what you're looking for. It's a place where two creeks come together and there are there are mountains with overhanging ledges to the north and west. The Indians occupied the areas under the ledges, you can look at the "ceiling" and see the smoke stains from the fires. You can sometimes find artifacts in these areas. The area to the south of the creek forks is the burial ground and these people built mounds. I don't know if they were related to these other people..
    http://www.moundville.ua.edu/home.html . We went to this burial ground about 10 or 12 years ago and someone had been digging in it for artifacts, we would never do this. There were actually what appears to be 2 cultures here or perhaps overtime they changed their beliefs. Some of the dead were in burial urns, meaning that they were burned and then their bones were put in the highly decorative pottery urns and buried. Others were laid to rest ina grave lines with barnacle shells from the creek, they did this for the lime contained in them. The grave robbers scattered bones allover the place, found a long grey braid of hair about a foot long. There were bear teeth, eagle talons, arrowheads, hide scrapers allover the ground along with numerous human bones. We did take some arrowheads and bear teeth and claws, an eagle talon. There were some little tiny teeth too, not human, I wanna say they are opossum teeth although I can't imagine why they would want to keep them. Found a stone that had holes in it that you put a stick in and turned the stick quickly back and forth between your palms making fire by the friction, I put that back in a hole. We reburied all the bones we could find and filled in the graves as best we could. We did take the arrowheads to an expert. I found one with a rounded, serated tip about 2 inches long. This guy told us it was about 13,000 years old! We've taken more than one trip out there, just looking through the riverbed my son found a mastadon tooth! Not saying that the people and the mastadon were there at the same time, but it does make you wonder. Wendy
  13. by   nimbex
    I take down time when I need it and read multiple non nursing books, watch CNN before I goto sleep.

    learned to play Eucre with another couple, playing in 20 minutes.

    and took up Ballroom dancing, focus on the swing to spend 1 hr. per week with quality time, holding my husband, yet pricey.

    spend time on this BB

    which gives me the reserve and a rest of the mind... to search for info related to my job and be refreshed enough to show up the next day

    Gotta take care of YOU!!!!!!! Number one priority.

    How I did it was refuse to come in extra, let a few bills goto hell and reprioritized my family..... lovin' it now

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