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Dear Lord, my arthritic fingers are aching, but today's Events make the whole pain well worth it #wink  

My eyes snapped open. I was breathing hard - probably a reaction to whatever creepy-crawly that entered my nightmares last night. I have an irrational phobia of snakes and these reptiles avenge their honor by scaring the wits out #KookyKitty in her sleep every so often! :-(

I took several deep breaths to calm down my heart and looked at the red numerals of my alarm clock: 7 am?! WHAT????? I jumped out of the bed in horror - irritating my snoring husband - and dashed down the stairs. I was supposed to wake up at 6 am. I had planned on getting an hour workout and rushing back home at 8 am to work on this post

Unfortunately, Daylight Savings Time was working in reverse for me - people lose sleep, while I slept longer! lol  I jumped into my workout attire, packed a snack and burst through the door, wearing a light coat.

Brrrrr

Did my husband accidentally read California's weather forecast yesterday? Because I DISTINCTLY recall him telling me that it was going to hit 56 degrees today in Chicago. This felt more like (5+6) degrees to me. Cursing my husband AND the weather Gods, I ran back inside, grabbed my thick coat and raced to the gym like I was in the pre-NASCAR elimination meet! 

I scanned my card, ran to the treadmill, hopped on it, chose my settings and off I went. I had lost an hour, so I could only workout for 35 minutes. Absorbed in a TERRIFIC book on blogging, I didn't realize when 20 minutes had flown by. A crick in my neck told me it was time to look up and stretch those dainty muscles when....

....I was stunned. Every other treadmill on my side of the gym was displaced by a few feet. Mine stood like a deserted piece of trash with a huffing and puffing maniac destroying its peace!

What had happened? Were the rest of the treadmills on wheels? Naah..that didn't make sense. They wouldn't forget to add wheels to MY treadmill, would they?! ;) Did we experience a minor earthquake that displaced the remaining treadmills? I had to dump that idea too. Every other piece of equipment was in place. Earthquakes don't 'act selectively', right?

So sometime in those twenty minutes, somebody moved all the treadmills in the left side of the room, and couldn't touch mine because it was being used. That has to be the ONLY explanation. 
Because I refuse to accept that I was either so klutzy or sleep-laden that I hopped on to the only treadmill that was not shifted :P 

Anyway, there is a point to my eternal rambling. Did I hear you breathe a HUGE sigh of relief ;) 

While it was uncomfortable to walk on the only-treadmill-that-hadn't-shifted, I gradually got used to it! After about 5 minutes, I even began to enjoy it. And this got me thinking about the discomfort associated with standing apart from the crowd. While it might seem crazy to others - and YOU - at first, you will slowly start feeling better. Special, even. Walking WITH the crowd will soon lose its appeal. Soon, the crowd will want to join YOU. So, break the rules, like my #HotNewFavorite +Phil Bowyer loves to say!

And the guests on today's #PlusEventsoftheDay have all broken rules and blazed their own trail. From a guy in his  twenties who swept the #PlusWorld off its feet with his engaging WordPress tutorials to a loving lawyer who walks 10 miles a day to a 72 year old award-winning blogger to a man who bagged the highest reward of excellence for board game inventions, this conglomeration will inspire the heck outta you all! 

FINALLY, here are today's uber-cool #PlusEventsoftheDay

Changing the World, One Lipstick At a Time #ROFL I know ALL of you must be thinking that #KookyKitty has finally lost it completely. But I swear I've had only five drinks! :P hehe Seriously though, my title will become 'clearer' once I introduce you to #HostessExtraordinaire +Mia Voss's #SuiGeneris panel on her blockbuster #SocialMediaPowerChat show at 11 am CST. <FYI, I just learnt that 'Sui Generis' means UNIQUE, and I couldn't help but show off my new word> #ROFL

Never have I - in my 4 months on Google Plus - seen a more diverse and extraordinary group of people chatting on the SAME SHOW! It's my honor to introduce these #EsteemedExperts and #PowerhouseTalents who wear multiple hats with an #EnviableEase :

a. First up is one of our favorite designers, the lady with the gorgeous hair and a warm smile, the #ArtisticandAffable +Laurie Laizure. As the founder of Customized Walls and the Interior Design Community at Google Plus, Laurie has helped many an artist seek inspiration and fulfill their dreams. Her About Page also suggests that Ms. Lazure is a Graphic Artist, Printer and Color Expert, Blogger, Social Media Guru. Phew! I am sorry, how old is she again?! ;) Cuz it is impossible to be this accomplished in one lifetime, eh?! :P #MuaahDarling

b. Our second guest is a HOOT!!!!  His Profile Page, is, hand down, one of the top 3 pages I have ever seen on Google Plus. Armed with his #WhimsicalWit and a #DangerousDetermination , this man is hell-bent on removing robots from our Internet world and replacing them with HUMANS. The man is the #MemorablyMagnificent  +Marc Ensign, best-selling author of Search Engine Humanization (SEH) and a globally renowned #DMConsultant and #PublicSpeakingPro . He is committed to simplifying marketing concepts for the common man with "no PhD in Computer Science" - aka someone like ME <anyone who knows me knows I am #TechDummy who hasn't yet figured out how to get my darn picture next to a blog post in the search engine results>. Take one look at his #SuperSuccessful blog and you will realize that the man is a "doer" who means what he says and says what he means. BTW, I bet my husband <well, if I lose, he is quite replaceable> :P that you will fall off the couch laughing, such is his #PassionandPenchant for talking like you and me. A better conversationalist, you might have never seen #HUGS

c. BUT it is our THIRD guest that has me gasping in AWE and put me to SHAME! She is 72 years old, a professional artist, an award-winning blogger with articles in #ProlificPublications like Huffington Post and 12 Most, has been kissed by wolves, shaken Steve Job's hands...and has one too many lipsticks! ;) SHE is the #SensationallySpecial +Sandra Sallin, whose visually arresting blog WILL make you smile, cry and be PROUD of this #GutsyandGORGEOUS lady whose zest for life knows no bounds and whose passion for collecting lipsticks rivals MINE - although I am still figuring out HOW TO apply it. Mine looks like a thin line in between each of my lips and smudged spots all around my mouth :P. Please check out her blog post on her 11 Guilty Pleasures. I GUARANTEE that you will suddenly feel better about life! hehe. *PS*:_I too can eat chunky/smooth/lumpy.crumbly_ - basically, ANY kind of - peanut butter with a teaspoon, tablespoon. Heck, I'll just dip my finger and be done with it. Anyone who doesn't enjoy coffee and peanut butter deserve to be judged, in my humble opinion! ;)

EXPLOSIVE ENTERTAINMENT, eh?! ;) 

https://plus.google.com/events/clg9995npth84hqecocd3f1ith0

b All Hail Chef and his Coruscating Comrade: If you plan to introduce Google Hangouts to any of your friends, family and/or acquaintances, I would recommend choosing Good Day Google Plus. The show and its host - the man I shall fondly refer to as #PapaofPlus from now on - +Chef Dennis Littley epitomizes the spirit of social media. The format is relaxing, lively and HIGHLY HIGHLY engaging. His #GenteelandGracious demeanor puts his panel AND audience at complete ease. And, like always, he has a multi-talented set of guests from all walks of life talking love, life, laughter, and - of course - your favorite topic, Google Plus. Put your hands together for the lawyer that everyone loves, the #FunFitandFine +Tina Willis , #WordpressPro and #CharismaticCoder +Craig Chamberlin, #DesigningDiva  +Laurie Laizure <yep, you will see this lovely lass THREE TIMES today> , #GoogleEvangelist and #RadioHost , +Ross Dunn. I am sure you all can't wait to find out about Ms Willis's 'treadmill' contraption and her dedicated efforts to transform the public perception of lawyers; Mr Chamberlain's passion towards helping others spread their message more effectively using the WP platforms; Ms Laizure's heartfelt desire to nurture the talent and dreams of her communit(ies) and Mr. Dunn's devotion to his family and all-things-Google. Join this BEST "Tea Party" on Google Plus at 12 PM CST #wootwoot

https://plus.google.com/events/c6nlc072qikcdj66r3d9jnhhi14

c. Write to Make Money When +David Oldenburg impactful "Online Money Show" with +Christine DeGraff was missing from last week's "Event Calendar", I panicked. Instantly, I thought that one of two things had happened: (a) I had unintentionally hurt one or both of these charismatic hosts, and hence they took me off their invite list I know, melodramatic, but I pinged #CutieChristine to make sure #hehe ;) ; (b) The show had been canceled forever, which would be a GREATER blow for their fans on Plus again, my mind takes giant leaps :P Turns out the explanation was far simpler: Mr Oldenburg had fallen sick. Yep, sometimes I miss the most obvious answers and dive deep into the 'outre' I just learnt this word too #hehe Point is, #DavidandDegraff are BACK, and to make up for their absence, they are going to have a 4 part series on How to Make Money Blogging. As a novice blogger who wants to monetize her website at some point, I am in seventh heaven! The guests include such #PlusLuminaries like #WriteLikeMike +Mike Allton, #SEOEvangelist +Craig Fifield, #DiversifiedEntrepreneur +Nicholas Cardot and #IrreverentWriter +Henneke Duistermaat.If any of these guys can get my picture next to my blog posts on Google, I will mail my #DecadentlyDelicious Banana Bread slices to them #ROFL #CoolandCompetent Craig Fifield is going to kick off the 'guest line up' at 12 PM CST today, and will be meting out advice on how to optimize your posts so your audience AND the robots at Google love them, along with #InsightfulInformation on various analytical tools and blogging metrics that can be used to guide your blog from Nadir to the top of the "Google-O-Sphere" I am going to catch the replay and take notes, but, first, I need to check out Craig's tutorial on Authorship and Ranking_ #Psyched

https://plus.google.com/events/cb9lfg2m4sqt3qnugiofvjhlnu0

d. Say Hello to List.ly Confession. I have been told to start using List.ly a zillion times, but I am a complete #ListDummy . I have never used that particular tool, but then I was never one for making lists and staying organized, so maybe the name itself repelled me #hehe So I did a little jig on my couch after seeing that the final HOA on my calendar was an Interview with the Founder of List.ly. That's right! Not only are you going to be seeing the #BeautifulBrainiac +Laurie Laizure for the third time today, she is going to be interviewing #MasterCurator and #SexyNerd (hey - he looks cute) :P +Nick Kellet, the man who brought back lists in fashion and LOVES to take the 'road not taken. While every #MarketingExpert scrambles to publish books that may or may not get lost in the crowd, this man invents a board game that was - according to his Bragging Rights - "translated into 12 languages and won 20 awards, including a Spiel des Jahres prize" Now, if you are as clueless as me about this particular award, a quick search will tell you that Spiel des Jahres is the most prestigious award for board and card games.Yep, are you already clearing your schedule from 3 pm CST to 4 pm CST? Tune in as these two spectacular minds talk about how to use lists to "stay organized and engage with others online"

https://plus.google.com/events/c2innr4gt1m11aavd4lko091akk

Now, tell me, isn't it better to be like my lone treadmill and differentiate yourself from the crowd?! ;) 

Needs vs. Want

Hey, I won't be posting anything over the weekend, so I am giving you the chance to soak up my #PointlessPosts to feel satiated until Monday #hehe If you have made it so far, you can make it a few more lines, what say?! ;)

Have you ever wondered about the difference between need and want? The way I look at it, "wants" are more selfish desires that you can live without, while needs are BASIC necessities that you just cannot live without. For example, you might WANT to take a 2 hour weekend trip to a quaint little town, but you NEED to finish those business reports before Monday morning. Your 'want' can wait, but your 'need' cannot. 

Understanding this distinction is key to setting priorities in life. I am slowly training myself to place my needs ahead of my wants. For instance, I gave up my Panera Bread coffee so I could get home and publish this post before the first show. How trivial, you might think! But anyone who knows me understands my obsession for good coffee, and Panera's Hazelnut is the BEST! That said, when I was willing to sacrifice what I THOUGHT was important, I could spot the difference my need and want. I want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, but I need to compile this post so my readers could organize their day accordingly

As you traverse the wondrous curves of life today, always be alert to the distinction between your needs and your wants. And, remember, while you need to postpone the gratification of your wants, you can always fulfill your wants AFTER satiating your needs

Like once I am done with this post, Panera Bread is going to get richer by $2.50 :P hehehe

PS: I just learnt that today is World Sleep Day. I don't know what on earth that means - are we supposed to sleep the whole day :P - BUT it makes me feel much less guilty about my extra hour of napping ;)

Happy Friday, dearies #GroupGPlusHugfromKitto
Kit

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