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I have what they call an “addictive personality.” I have a laundry list of things I could say I am addicted to. Coffee, crusty bread, my email, The Real Housewives of the OC, New York, and Atlanta, Mad Men, and jazzercise. Those are just a few of my standing addictions.
I am proud to say that I have a fresh new addiction to add to my list: Facebook.
Yes, I am 33 years old and I am on Facebook. I worried about that for a second, until I saw that 300 + people I knew my age and older were on it as well. They too admit that they are now addicts.
Facebook is really quite amazing. A reunion on your computer, if you will. I have found people I haven’t seen in many years. I now can see pictures of their family, know where they work, and see what their current interests are. It is all a little stalker-ish, but just adds to the addiction.
Some one’s name from my past pops into my head and most likely I can find them on Facebook. If I can’t today, I will wait a couple of weeks. Everyone eventually joins. An example of this would be when I had a memory of first grade. I lived in Connecticut then. I remember 2 people from my first grade class; my teacher and the girl who sat next to me. I went to that school for only one year then we moved to Chicago, so my memories are not very vivid. I thought I would give it the old Facebook try anyhow. I typed her name it. Pop! There she was, 27 year later. I wrote her a note telling her I remembered her. She got picked to be in the musical. Her mom owned a candy shop. These are the things that were stuck in my head.
No response.
I felt like a total stalker at this point. I never should have written. I just thought it would be fun to reconnect with the way, way past. She was probably calling the cops.
Then all of the sudden a note appeared in my Facebook inbox. It was her. I am pretty sure she didn’t remember me from what she wrote, but it was a super nice note anyhow.
Nothing is sacred on Facebook. If you post it, it is out there for the world to see. The bad thing is that if someone else posts it, it is still out there for the world to see. My biggest fear is that someone is going to have a bad picture of my childhood that will show up. So far so good.
I appreciate Facebook. No, I love Facebook.
My name is Erin, and I am Addicted to Facebook. I have no shame about it…except that it leaves me less time in the day.
Oh well.
Here is a quick meal that will leaves me more time to stalk the people of my past:

Healthier Reuben Sandwich
serves 4

4 slices rye bread
1/2 lb of shaved turkey
1 c sauerkraut
2 slices low fat/low sodium Swiss cheese
4 Tb Dijon mustard

Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add turkey and cook by constantly moving it around until it begins to brown. Add sauerkraut and continue to cook for 4 additional minutes.
Put turkey and sauerkraut in a pile and divide it into two. Turn heat to low. Place a slice of Swiss on each pile and let it sit until melted.
Spread 1 Tb of mustard on each slice of bread. Place each turkey/kraut mixture on a slice of bread and top with another slice of bread.

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