By Shanna, age 18, California
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Have you ever had a nosy neighbor who knew everything you did? I think nobody could beat out my neighbor Ms. Juanita. This woman could be described as a cousin of the crypt keeper, only slightly darker, with a scowl on her face that only rolls into a smile when she's talking about someone or smoking a cigarette and going into a hacking fit afterward.

It seems as if everything she does bugs me and everything she is annoys me. There is no way to even describe to you how obsessive this woman is with the details of everyone else's life. She sits at her table, which is placed right at her window which stares out into the public, so she can view and hear everything. I can assure you this woman has no life. Her life is knowing everyone else's business.

She's so obsessed with knowing everything about everyone else you would think she would pay attention to her own husband. Normally, when you see an old couple together who have shared everything from tears to children, it's one of the most beautiful sights which screams at you, for better or for worse. But when this couple is together, all you sense is unhappiness and misery, which is rare amongst old couples. This woman is so nosy that, if we have any guests at our house, she will repeat back to you everything from her hair follicles to the nail polish on her toes. Yes, people, it's that bad.

If I have a conversation on my cell phone or I'm standing in my doorway, I can assure you within the next hour everyone within a five mile radius will know my conversation, not to mention her children (a small handful of the seven that choose to deal with her) and couple of friends also. When I go outside to our laundry room to do the wash or something, she will make her way outside just to watch whatever I am doing or wearing, then report back to anyone who will listen. Terrible, right?!

As ridiculous as this woman is, I can't but help myself to a heartfelt laugh whenever I see her. It's crazy how boredom will drive you to do the craziest things. As you age, beware of idleness - it will make you see and hear things, whether or not they are actually there.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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