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Share Your World Sunday Week # 34

This weeks Share Your World Sunday is taken from the 2012 Olympics. And a nod to our dear friend Sis Caddo.

This is an exciting time to live in our universe. The Olympics seem to bring us all together every 4 yrs for summer, and every four years for winter. I have been a fan of the games since as long as I can remember seeing my folks and older brother completely consumed by the televised games. I recall when I was really young  getting our first TV.  My parents bought it just in time for the games. I recall their excitement and my mom’s sheepish grin because she had put up such a fuss about the purchase of such luxurious items. My mom was raised by her strict devout Roman Catholic Irish grand parents where nothing was ever purchased unless it was an absolute need. She apparently saw the misguided thinking of her own because she made just as much noise during the games as did both my dad and brother.

I’ve loved gymnastics ever since. I was a gymnast all through high school performing in what our school called a Youth Circus. Competition gymnastics though for me was not a feasible thing as the costs to run a training program was not something within my parents range. But I am on those bars each game, and watch the competition and exhibitions with as much passion as I did when I was on the bars myself.

This year the games have another whole new aspect to them for me. The 2012 Olympic Games & my blog have allowed me this time around to open a whole new door. Having blogging friends from around the world has been new to me. I am what I refer to as a sheltered traveler, so meeting so many of you from far off lands from my own has been a blessing I had not even thought of. A bonus.  Reading your blogs is sometimes like being invited into your own hometown, or your living room. If that is even what you call the room that you do your entertaining in. Different cultures, different ways, different words…I so love every bit of what i learn from you. This year the Games have given me another insight into your own home land. And I love that. Having blogging friends that live in far off places who have teams participating in this year’s Olympics has been and is such an incredible gift. This  happening I must say I think it’s rather one of the better and fun parts of the games.

Keeping track of the metal counts between countries has never been so much fun!


From Cee:

“Since the Olympics are an International event, I’ve decided for the next couple of weeks a couple of the questions will revolve around the Olympics, past and present.  For those of you who are not Olympic enthusiasts rest assured there will be a couple of ordinary questions too.  I hope you all enjoy what I’ve come up with for this week.  This one is especially dedicated to a friend of ours, Caddo Veil.

NOTE:  To find photos of the Opening of the Olympics check out this site.  This is where I found the ones I posted in my answers.”

This weeks questions and my answers:

  • If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

    For me novels. Can any of you that know me and are familiar with my writing style imagine me writing a short story? Me, who never seems to know when it’s time to find an end?  I’m not sure that writing poems is my style either. For the same reasons. Although I attempt both because I detest being told I cannot do something, even it’s myself doing the telling.

  • If you had only one book you could write what would it be about? Assume it is a top 10 seller of any genre.

    A story about 4 women who have grown up together since birth. They are second generation friends as their parents were very good friends and their mom’s were pregnant all at the same time. They have since had children of their own who make up the 3rd generation, and the kids are now having kids of their own, creating 4 generations of friendships.

    The story is about these 4 women’s lives, the trials, the tribulations, and the joys of growing older with one another. No one knows their secrets like each other does, knowing each others childhood shames and supporting through life’s stumbles along the way is the basis of this 50 year plus circle of friendship. When the three that married their husbands knew they were also marrying the other three women (not literally, I’m  not going there) too as they’d constantly be in each other’s lives. It was required that the prospective husbands get this.

  • Did you watch the opening of the Olympics in London? What was your favorite part of the opening?

    Yes I watched. I think as always the Parade of the Nations with their flags. It always gets to me. This year their cadence of steps seemed like they were moving along much faster than in prior years. Just an observation.

  • What is your favorite summer Olympic event or events?

    I spoke of this above. The answer for me hands down is gymnastics. Although swimming is fun to watch. This year I enjoyed the women’s cycling road race which was new for me. I think that having an emotional tie through Kristen Armstrongs’ journey of never giving up, or in, touched my heart so much that I had to watch her. I won’t be a spoiler of the outcome of any games just in case you have them taped to watch later. I hate that when it happens to me.

    In fact may I suggest that if anyone is going to speak about results and medals that first give a disclaimer of a Spoiler Alert?  Our NBC television broadcaster here in the states is doing this during their news cast. The news anchor will tell before hand that are giving results in case anyone has them taped and has not seen the games yet. They do not give the results out loud so that there is not a chance of hearing them. Pretty cool of them I must say. 

    Thanks so much to our fabulous and wonder Cee. Every week she does this, comes up with great questions that allow others by our answers a peek into our world and who we are. I know I am speaking for so many of us when I say that we have been given a gift Cee, in this writing challenge each week. We thank you from the bottom of hearts ~



Share Your World Sunday Week #32

Here we are finding ourselves looking right into Sunday morning and another [deep male voice over] ..episode of……Share Your World Week(ly)!Brought To You By This Week and Every Week our Beloved Cee.

If you’d like to join us for this crazy fun you will find this week’s questions and the past 31 weeks at Cee’s blog which can be found at: http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/share-your-world-week-32/




  • 1. Which would you prefer: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

Absolutely without any doubts, regrets, or looking back I would want a content life with the assurance that I will be surrounded by my family & friends. I’ve never been one for too much excitement in my life maybe even bordering on boring. But as I have grown older and wiser I know what comes with the trappings of a Life in the Fast Lane. No thank you. All these feelings are withstanding anything to do with having a chronic illness. It’s just who I am. Give me a great book, a comfy chair with some plump pillows, my husband Bear, and our family safe; on any Saturday night and I’ll be as happy as any camper. Honestly? Our last big date night was when we went to see Peter Yarrow from Peter Paul & Mary – the folk music trio most famous for hits like “Puff The Magic Dragon” and “I’m leaving On a Jet Plane”.  It was a fabulous evening climaxed by being invited with the entire audience to the stage to sing Puff with Peter and son Chris. Because we live in a fairly small town there could not have been more than a dozen men, women, children, and one baby up on that stage and it was clearly the highlight of my year. So unless you also happen to be a folk music enthusiast I’m willing to think that my life looks pretty laid back to you. And you’d be right. And you’d also be right that I like it this way.

  • 2. Would you like to be famous? In what way

Wait! ……Am I not now,  famous? 

Nah…    Unless I was to write MY Pulitzer I’m not interested


  • 3. If you could cure one disease, what would that be?

This is such a tough one. There are so many, for many reasons personally that I could name, but I will choose Alzheimers and Dementia because it takes away the person’s memories. Without our memories we don’t have much to hold on to. I just happen to believe from what I have witnessed that our memories are what’s unique to ourselves, the very substances that keep us motivated. Our memories are vital to our own well-being. It’s our memories that can help keep us mentally fit.

  • 4.If you were invisible, where would you go?

Since we are pretending here lets pretend; I have a “good” Baroness that sits on my right shoulder, and a” bad” Baroness that sits on my left. The bad Baroness becomes invisible and she takes herself into the most unique clothing boutiques that specialize in vintage clothing. I’d play dress-up with no concern about money, size, or figure. At daybreak just before the sun would rise I’d make quick like a bunny and clean -up and scamper out before I was spotted by anyone.

The good Baroness does not go into her family’s room’s invisible, ever. She knows that the information snooped is information that can cause worry and pain. Instead, she would choose to be able to make herself invisible so that she could ride bareback down the sandy beaches with nothing covering herself but her thick hip length hair.    Just once!



Share Your World Week #31

Another SYW week and again I am late. Go figure. Maybe the word late should be added to my legal name. I’m not late for appointments, just deadlines it seems. Oh well. I’m enjoying summer, enjoying life, and enjoying my grandson and family. So deadlines be hanged!

That being said though I have to add that I really like playing along with SYW each week. It’s a fun way to share things about yourself you would never have thought on your own. I guarantee it. Cee has this inane gift of coming up with the right mixture of questions each week that glean the most unusual and different facts about ourselves that it’s quite possible you’ll even learn something about yourself. From yourself. Interesting!

You can find Cee’s Share Your World @  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/share-your-world-week-31/

All you have to do to participate is visit her blog. She will post a new set of questions each weekend and if you think it matters that you are starting in week ??? It does not. I did not start until the 15th or 16th week.

Come-on then. Join us!

The Questions & The Answers:

  • Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)


(1)  I’d like to follow through on my great plans and itinerary when vacationing, but I am just not that person. I say I’d like to only because I know I’d accomplish seeing more if the touristy spots I’d planned on. But truth be known I am a lazy and spontaneous traveler. Which may be why I prefer  road tripping to any other kind of travel.

  • If you could live in any OTHER time, when would it be and why?

(2)  This is an easy one for me. I talk about this often. Although I was born in the mid 1950’s I wish that I had been born much earlier. Even to the point that sometimes I wonder of there was some weird cool scientic mistake. Some time warp or something.  I would be completely comfortable as an adult in the late 1940’s and 50’s. There is not really one aspect at all that I can think of that would deter from feeling this way. Right down to the baby blue 1955 Chevy I’d have.

  • Do you prefer reading short stories or novels?

(3)  Definitely novels. I like to get into a good book and then almost detest when it comes to an end. This may be a reason why I like to read the same author and sometimes serials. 

  • As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get?

(4)  This is another easy one for me. We did not get a lot of candy as lids, so  cannot think of any one that I would have turned my nose up tp then. Today though my tatses are a bit more refined thankfully. I do not like anything with cherry in it. Fame cherry is not a good taste to my palate. My all time favorite candybar would be hands down a Milyway. I aslo love any chocolate except the fraud chocolate: White Chocolate. 

This has been so much fun once again. I do hope you’ll join me next week for another entry in….…Share Your World………….


Share Your World Sunday Week # 24


It’s that time of the week I look forward to. (although late this week brought to you by Headache) Share Your world Sunday. I will not be boring and repetitive by sharing why I happen to find it a cool time of the week, but suffice it to say that your postings of your own Share Your World Sunday (SYWS from here on out) is all part of what I look forward to.

 I have recognized that like most things in life I have developed a bit of a routine for myself when it comes to SYWS. I just realized that I have almost a compulsive way of doing my part of SYWS. I wonder if any of you who participate by adding your own SYWS to the mix have structure for how you go about it, or do you ad lib, doing what and how the mood may strike you? And you commenter’s too, how about you?  A certain routine to reading and commenting on the posts for SYWS?

 I’m really curious. I find it fascinating how we are such creatures of habits and how soon we build those habits.

 Sharing with you my routine:

 It took me a couple of weeks to find my own groove when joining the rest of the bloggers who had been participating in SYWS for many weeks ahead of me.  I came into it somewhere in week 14 or 15 I believe. The really nice thing that I think should be pointed out is that never did I feel like the newbie, or the new kid on the block from Cee, or any of the participants in this great weekly challenge. Joining anytime will be met  by a welcoming force.

 Finding that before I dare read any other participants answers, even Cee’s, I need to do the challenge of answering for myself first. I found oddly enough that if I wait to create my own responses to the weekly questions after reading all your answers first I was not feeling my own answers were genuine and authentic. I found myself editing and censoring myself because of how someone else  might respond. Or how I thought my answer might affect someone else. I am certain this would damage the point to all this. Right? At least it does so for me. Knowing your answers ahead of responding with my own somehow feels a bit cheeky. Nah.. I am not saying there is cheating going on, how could there be? There are no right or wrong answers. This is no test. However; words from others can influence anyone, over anything, even unknowingly. And it’s for this reason that I have noticed my own second guessing is causing my responses to be less genuine and less authentically me. I cannot have that.

 For what ever reasons, I am letting myself continue on with this routine I have created for SYWS and myself. It works for me.

 It goes something like this:

 I first receive the questions from Cee’s blog email alert.

In a word program I create my answers and my shared narrative.

Once posted I then post my link to Cee’s SYWS Post on her blog.

Now I read Cee’s answers first – hers comes first always, because I believe we all read Cee’s first.

Now that I have posted my responses and linked them to Cee’s blog, read Cee’s answers I now enjoy each and every one of your answers. Thank you for sharing

 It may sound a bit obsessive for a weekly challenge, but I like very much how I find it work so well for me.~

There is one more benefit I have found in reading all of your & Cee’s responses last. I usually find that almost all of the participants, if not all, have finished their responses by then as well. It helps keep me from leap frogging back and forth to Cee’s blog and then yours all week long. Once you’ve all posted I go directly to Cee’s post, find your links their, visit each persons blog for their response. Then I back track to back to Cee’s blog for the next persons in que. I do this ovet and over until I am done.

Speaking of being just the absolute opposite of feeling like the new kid in school, or that no one was welcoming, this was not how I felt by Cce, or any of  her party of weekly SYWS participants. Because of all of you, & Cee, you helped me feel so very welcome right out of the gate. And I know that you did as well. Just as I know anyone new will also feel welcome. With all the steam and vigor I can muster up today I encourage you to join us in this weekly challenge of Cee’s. It really is about learning something new about one another every week, and nurturing friendships that may have some significance. If you only would put the walls down.

And I happen to think that is pretty special~

 Cee’s blog and details regarding the weekly Share Your World Sunday can be found here:


 Here we go my darling blogging family~ My genuine and authentic sharing with you.

 Are you left or right-handed?

 I am a strictly right-handed Barefoot Baroness. Strictly and only. There is not a possibility that I can be anything else. I have tried. Last time was while in a cast after having Carpel Tunnel surgery on my right wrist. I was in a position of needing to run a 10-Key Machine daily with my left hand. I was trying to count money from the tills, run a 10-Key, type to do the daily books… all this when I could barely brush my own hair with my left hand. I’m not sure there was anyone else having more fun than me I’m still not the least bit adept.

 What is one thing you love about being an adult?

 I enjoy being taken serious. This may sound strange to some, but if you were a very small girl, short, and kind of a quiet person as a child than it’s quite possible that you as well did not feel take very serious. Even as a 21-year-old I was most often not believed when my age came into question. It was not until I reached my mid 30’s with my two children under my belt that I was taken half way serious, and not treated like a kid. This despite that I was still asked for identification when attempting to purchase alcohol.

 What do I need to unlearn?

 This is an easy answer for me this time. I need to unlearn carrying my shoulders shrugged up to my ears. I am serious. Shoulder shrugging has its place. Doing shrugs as art of relaxation exercises, as part of stretching for yoga, even to convey a thought to someone else: ” I don’t know what to think about that.” [shrugs shoulders]

In my case though chronically carrying myself with perpetual shrugged shoulders has its detriment to my body. And no doubt to my mind as well; as the body language of shoulder shrugging speaks volumes about stress.

 What is success for me?

 Thriving. Thriving and walking the talk. These two aspects would spell out success for me.

Thriving: I work daily at Thriving with chronic illnesses that seem in their own ways to want to blast my body on a daily basis with fatigue and pain. It’s on my agenda daily to get through the day with a smile for all I meet. I rarely allow myself the selfish indulgence of pity or feeling sorry for myself. I have no intention of changing that. I have found that if you allow a spec of it in it multiplies into a full-blown pity party for on. So Borrrring,,,

Walking The Talk:  I am woman of deep and strong faith, I do not wear it on my shoulders although it is my way to Praise God and The Universe. I believe that there is a reason for every season in our lives, and that staying true to one’s self and God helps guide through the trials and tribulations this earthly world lies in front our doorsteps. Lessons can be gained through the trials of your life if you look at them as opportunities for gaining the wisdom needed for walking the talk. It’s not enough to just walk, or to just talk. I need to have the gentle guidance of learning how to walk the talk authentically and with genuineness.

That would spell S. U. C. E. S. S. for me.

©tjhelser 2012

Share Your World Sunday ~Week 22

It’s another awesome set of questions from our founder of the Share Your World Sunday. Cee is intensely busy taking her latest of classes and training in Energy Medicine. I just would like to take a moment to applaud the work this lovely person is doing. Many of you know that Cee has overcome incredible medical events in her life caused by Lyme Disease. A disease and events that almost cost her life. Three years ago could have made this a reality, instead this brave and courageous soul fought to hang on. I know she’ll forgive me for being so personal because my intentions are only in that I’d like you to know how much love and effort towards life Cee puts into this weekly challenge that we have so much fun with. It’s a fun writing challenge in front of us, for Cee I think it speaks of all that she continues to find fascinating in life. I personally applaud this.

Bravo you Cee! 

Now for this weeks questions and my answers:

  • Which do you prefer sweet or salty?  Or both at the same time?

I love salty and sweet together. French fries dipped into chocolate milkshakes. Beer, pretzels,  and a good piece of dark chocolate. Honey roasted peanuts. You get the idea.

  • Have you finished/started anything new or creative?

Funny you ask. I have about 15 new cards that I have created in the past month. I have yet to photograph them and post them which I will be doing. I am also in the midst of a new collage. I also made a sign for my read trip with galpals. A group of Red Hatters traveling together should carry a sign on their car stating so. So on 8.5″ x 11″ canvas I simply made a sign that said, “Traveling Bend Oregon’s Mountain Momma’s” Red Hat Society in a smaller font was at the bottom.  And of course I added the obligatory ( miniature) Red Hat with purple feathers on it.

  •   How do you want to be remembered?

Forever I have hoped to be remembered for my love and advocacy for children. I’d like my own grandchildren to be able to look back and see my work and passion with children as something they are proud of. My husband’s beloved late grandmother is one of the founding grandmothers for the Foster Grandparents Program in the USA and I am quite frankly so proud of her I bust a smile from one ear to the other when I talk about this woman. I hope when I am in my 80’s at the very least I am still rocking babies who have no one else to rock them.

  •  Name one thing you wish you could change about yourself

Does wishing for a pain-less life count? Okay, kind of cheesy. I wish that I could learn to say “NO” without so much struggle. I’d like to be able to say NO and walk away  and not be wondering if because I said NO I was being mean, un-thoughtful, and unkind. I wish I could accept its just a “NO”. That it means nothing else, there are no hidden meanings behind the answer “No”.

Thanks again my friend Cee. You are so awesome, getting this weeks questions out and having this coming weekends ready to be published Saturday night. All while gearing up and conserving Spoons for your classes.  Amazing Lady you are! Thank you and know I am thinking of you and sending you my love and wishes for a class with others who are just as passionate and devoted as you.~


©tjhelser 2012

Share Your World Sunday Week #19

Note to Cee: { I hope you are starting to feel better and are catching up on your “spoons”.  Hitting the wall is a perfect example & expression of spending every Spoon from your stash as well. I like your expression of it. For different reasons I know this all too well and my heart is being tugged just thinking of you not feeling well. I know you were not complaining, just stating a fact. I’m glad you did. I just wanted you to know I care and am sending gentle hugs today. Sunday! Feel better and thanks so much for the questions~


( The story that goes with this is for another post to follow soon. )

Yeah for Sunday!! For so many reasons I adore Sundays. It’s a day of rest, and of reflection of the week gone by. It’s also Share Your World Sunday which has started to become part of my Sunday routine. Like the spreading of the Sunday paper all over the couch and living room floor there are just some things that help you feel cozy and all is right in your world. So it’s Sunday, a  Nascar Truck race is on in the background, the paper is partially read and laying all over the floor, and I am now sitting with said laptop writing the answers to this weeks Share Your World questions. And it’s Sunday! Oh yeah!

Here are the questions that our lovely Cee created for us this Sunday. If you’ve never joined in before it’s never too late. Check out this weeks questions on Cee’s post at her Blog at:  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/share-your-world-week-19/.

This has been great fun for me, but it also offers prompts quite often that touch something which then I’m often inspired to write about. It’s about getting to know one another, and it’s also about getting to know ourselves.

 My Answers:

• Do you believe in ghosts?

 I definitely believe in spirits that have not for whatever reason been able to move to the other side. Where that “other side” is I’m not sure. But I experience quite often a real strong sense of our good friend Jerry’s spirit around me and our home. It’s not the spooky thing that TV and movies have us thinking of. But more a sense, and then often a real physical presence such as inanimate objects being moved from spot to another. I know some would say it’s a coincidence, but I’m not buying that. That I am sure of, that it is not some coincidence. I do believe, just not in the sense of white sheeted looking ghouls.

Now you all know how truly eccentric I am. No more guessing!

 •What is your best recipe?

Aside from a happy life & kitchen?. My husband tells me it has to be hands down my mom’s pot roast. It took me years, I mean literally years to finally make it like my mom’s tasted. D. loved my moms as much as I did and it was always a disappointment when I’d attempt it. Finally about two years ago after still much research (my mom is no longer with us but even she could not figure out what I was doing wrong) and many attempts I got it! Now I when pop it in a sloooow oven I’m confident it’s going to be a perfect one dish wonder.~

 •What is your most favorite smell/scent?

Vanilla. I love this in culinary use and love it for personal use. I have lotions that are vanilla based that are perfect with the cologne I wear. Albeit rarely. My beloved D who is Chemical Sensitive cannot tolerate any floral notes. Years and years ago (almost half a century) he found a musk oil that he liked. He bought me a small bottle of the oil and I’ve been wearing only it since.  It’s always a Christmas gift I know I’m getting before I get it. It is complimented really nice with my Vanilla lotion.

•What subject was your favorite in all of your schooling? Why?

English. Anything to do with reading and writing. I loved it all. Even in classes I did not like as well – just add some reading and writing assignments to the curriculum and I was a happy camper who was able to learn more easily. Math & numbers are not my friends. It’s been obvious to me for many moons that I don’t work as well from the left part of my brain. Which may be why I have a difficult time critiquing my own work.

I’m convinced that My right side of my brain is the more dominant side.

©tjhelser 2012


Share Your World Sunday Week #17

I find by the time Sunday rolls around the mental and emotional fatigue of living with a health condition that is not managed tends to get the best of me. NO! That is not true. I tend to let it begin to get the best of me.

 { I do not mean to be whining even though I am}

The thoughts that I typically never see on my radar start rumbling along Saturday afternoon and into evening if they are going to rear their ugly heads.

By nature I am a pretty up person, finding life easy to navigate despite stumbling blocks in the way. We all have them and I try really hard to not let the moments that I struggle internally with to show on the face of my relationships. I have never found any comfort in letting others find my own trials and tribulations, knowing intimately they have their own they as well. I feel no need to share my own.

Yet by some Sunday morning’s- only some- I find myself just too burned out to put any more effort into trying to keep the upper lip stiff. This had been one of those weeks, and by the week’s end one of those thankfully rare Sunday’s. Thinking negatively I’m more than aware is life draining energy. Not something I have much room for.

This is one of the best reason’s I have for participating in Cee’s Share Your World Sunday. Not only do Cee’s questions take me away from the hum drum downward smile of my inward view, they also take me out side of my self, and outside my world which lets me focus on other people. In a positive way I have come to be rather smitten with this quiet time on Sunday. it’s becoming ritualistic for me.

Thanks again Cee , for not just a healthy way to turn away from negative thinking, but a fantastic & creative experience every Sunday!  I need all the good and positive energies I can muster.

Here are my answers to Cee’s questions:

  • At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Just in the last year I have come to search for a particular personal quest. These last few weeks I have found that answer for myself, and it’s truly liberating. I realized that by my own actions and choices I was opting to continue to let myself be drained in a way that does not re-feed me. Finding the guts to let something go that for so long did in fact did feed my soul could be frightening as I have nothing yet in its place. Just the hole right now. But the hole feels better than the “thing” that drained me for all the wrong reasons. I feel most passionate about the time it leaves open for more, for that which will feed my soul.

  • What individual item of food would you not eat, even if it was served to you at the Queen/President’s dinner table? (Something ordinary.)

Cooked spinach, I mean cooked to the point of being slimy. Ewwww…!!

  • If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

Wisdom it would be. Luck I have no way to manage, wisdom is manageable and something that can be duplicated over and over. Luck? I’m thinking maybe not so much.

  • What was the last time you went to a new place?

Great Question! I am not as good about doing this as I’d like to be. I actually went to a new spot in an old place not long ago. I recently wrote about being turned on to a magnificent spot called Crafter’s Warehouse. It’s in Oregon’s capital city, Salem which is an old place for me. I’ve been going to Salem since a young child as a school student visiting our state government, and as an adult when I worked for the state PTA Governor’s Board. Seeing Salem through the eyes of someone who did not grow up knowing our capital city as a child is one of the coolest ways to also see new spots. Thanks D. so much for that!

awhhh..feel so like I have quieted the loose tiger in me..