Sunday, March 13, 2011
My bestie at work gave me a Rosetta Stone for my birthday. Yesterday, I tried to install it, and it wouldn't install! I spent 3.5 hours yesterday trying to figure this out, 1 and a half of which were spent with a very nice man named Vivek who tried to help me and couldn't. He asked me to contact "Level 2 support" today. I did, and after another hour and a half, they were able to get my program installed.
Here's the thing. My birthday was in October. It took me 5 months to do this.
If I had started the day after I got the program, I'd be well on my way to speaking Arabic. If I had started the day after I got the program, my bestie could have gotten me Level 2 for my anniversary or Valentine's Day or something. If I had started the day after I got the program, I wouldn't be regretting that I didn't.
And that got me thinking. What else might I regret not starting? I was going to skip the gym today, and go tomorrow, but maybe I'd wish I'd gone today. So I did.
And what else? Maybe I'll regret not cooking those collards. Maybe I'll regret not starting that book I borrowed from the library. Or the crossword puzzles I've been saving for when I "had time." Or finishing the newspaper, before it's not news anymore. Or getting into a serious, consistent strength training program. What do I want to get done? Well, I should start doing it!
I don't mean that I carry some sort of life-sucking amount of regret around; maybe just a little. I think we all do. One of the more obnoxious things in life are people who say, "I don't have any regrets." Sure, you do. You don't dwell on it, and you shouldn't! But everyone's hurt someone, made a big mistake, did the wrong thing. I believe in the butterfly effect, that if you changed the smallest thing, that the effects on life and world have the potential to be huge, but a person who says that can't possibly be thinking that when they look into the eyes of someone they hurt, or when they feel humiliated, or when they realize the mistake.
But I digress.
My point was that regret can be a useful tool if you let it. Or potential regret, anyway. It got me thinking about the potential that a list of those things could have. A daily list, of things I *might* regret not starting/finishing/doing on that day. Just a different way to state "Don't put off for tomorrow..."
Friday, March 04, 2011
Bed size~ Queen
Chore you hate the most~ Cleaning the shower
Dogs~ Little Sammy!
Essential start your day item~ Alarm clock
Gold or silver~ Why choose when you don't have to?
Instruments you play~ None. I had a guitar, but I was never very good.
Job title~ Academic Advisor
Kids~ Not now, maybe later. Please don't ask again.
Live~ DC Metro Area
Mom's first name~ Marsha
Nicknames~ Brenditita (from my colleague who doesn't quite *get* Spanish) , Sillyhead (from my husband)
Overnight hospital stays~ Just when I was born
Pet peeve~Misuse of the word "literally," as in "I literally DIED!" Um, no, you didn't. Also, improper noun forms, i.e. audaciousness (as opposed to audacity), maliciousness (as opposed to malice). Also, people who don't use their signals to change lanes and people who tailgate.
Quote from a movie~ "Well Ndugu, I'll close now. You probably can't wait to run and cash this check and get yourself something to eat."--About Schmidt
Right or Left-handed~ Right
Siblings~4, two brothers, two sisters
Time you wake up~ 6:30-ish
Underwear~ is in my drawer.
Vegetable you dislike~ beets
What makes you late~ Missing keys
X-rays you've had done~ at the dentist, and my foot once
Yummy food you make~ Cheesy stuffed eggplant
Zoo animal favorite~ Baby pygmy hippos, especially if they're named Aldo, like the one in Paris
Friday, February 25, 2011
Two nights ago, when I was getting ready to go to bed, I suddenly realized that I had only had one soda all day. Normally, I drink anywhere from 3-6. So I tried the same thing yesterday. And I'm working on today, so we'll see, though my husband bought my very favorite Diet Dr. Pepper. I may have two today. But it feels good to have done that, and actually, pretty good that it was by accident.
I've been wanting to give up soda for awhile, but when I try to, I get wicked headaches. Really, really bad headaches. And it's not the caffeine, actually. One time, I had a really bad headache, and nothing worked: not sleep, not potassium, not ibuprofeun, not even regular Coke. Then, I had a Diet Coke, and within 20 minutes, I was good. It's not the caffeine; it's the aspartame.
I haven't given up soda yet because something always gets in the way. I got close once. I got down to 10 ounces a day. I figured I would get to one can a day, then bought a two-liter and measured out until I could get down to zero. But something, and I don't know what, got in the way.
So this being quite by accident, and my not having a headache, means I can maintain this. And after a week (or a month--husband bought me a 36-pack) of one can a day, I can start doing the two-liter thing.
Maybe I won't have the second one. Slippery slopes...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I don't know what to write about.
I've started this blog post four times already, but everything has seemed too banal to even write down, much less subject anyone else to having to read. But, since I want my five points, I'll put down some random thoughts.
Sammy is sleeping in my husband's lap right now, on his back. He's very cute, with his little paws flopping down, and his little brown and orange sweater. I can't believe how great this dog is, and I can't believe he went unadopted so long. People missed out. I think the next time I get to choose a dog, I'll choose another blind, deaf one, but only if it's as cute and sweet as Little Sam-Sam.
Last night, I had my first voice lesson. She said I was good, better than most on their first lesson, and that I have a good tone and resonance. I do have a little bit of background from high school choir, church choir and voice lessons back then, but I haven't sung outside my shower or a karaoke bar in about a dozen years. I'm doing voice lessons just for me, just on a hobby basis, so I sound better in the shower.
I liked her a lot. She's my age and very cool. I went through a period where I was really sad, because my group of friends kind of drifted apart (okay, so it was broken asunder by a really stupid, selfish move of one of my friends, but the other way is nicer to say). I could see this girl being a friend. Maybe not as long as I have a business arrangement with her, but it would be really cool.
She asked me to think of some songs I might like to sing during the lesson. Today, I was thinking about "Let the Sunshine In" from "Hair." I also had been thinking "When the Lights Go Down in the City" by Journey or "Don't Let It End" by Styx or "They Bring Me to You" by Joshua Radin. I can get to all of them eventually, I'm sure. I'm going to keep her for awhile! Any other suggestions are most welcome!
I ate a Healthy Choice entree today, and it was really good! I love, love, love the Asian Potstickers, and every other one I tried could never measure up, but finally, we have a serious contender. It was the Portabella Parmesan Risotto one. Yum! I ate everything today as planned. Burnt Crockpot Oatmeal in the morning (maybe not totally as planned!), Triscuits and a Laughing Cow wedge for a snack, and my HC with string cheese and an apple for lunch. Dinner is so hard to plan, but I didn't overeat, and I did really well today on my eating.
Right now, we're watching the Bayern-Muenchen v. Internazionale Milan soccer game. Well, the boys are watching it. I'm looking up when something cool happens.
I also made it to the gym for 45 minutes. I got my 191 in! Actually, now it's 192! But I still need to go back to burn at least another 200 for the week. I'll do that on Friday.
I hope I didn't bore you too much! Love!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
For some reason, while I was sitting at Jackson Hewitt this afternoon, working on taxes, I really wanted jelly beans. So I went next door to the grocery store and got some. I didn't go out of control with them, probably ate 2 servings, and now I'm spent with them, so they'll go on the top shelf where I can't reach.
But it wasn't good. Between that and the sushi buffet for lunch, I'm already over my calories. I probably won't eat dinner or will eat something very small for dinner, like a little cup of soup or something. And I'm not way over, just 50 over at this point, but it's not good, not for day 4 of the challenge!
I'm feeling very tired this afternoon, too. Probably from all-you-can-eat sushi. At this point, I'm not planning to go to the gym, but enough motivation from reading y'all's blogs might get me there, and if not, I have a solid 4 hours before I can expect the exchange student home, so I can do some weights while I watch the telly.
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