Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Didn't get to sleep until after 0500 this morning, due largely to irritation and frustration from dealing with a credit card company and the credit union where I bank. That and the back injections that give me a migraine for a day combined to keep the brain on warped hyper-speed.
So today has been a day of recovery. I wanted to get outside in the cool, breezy, rainy weather we had today but forced myself to limit activity to picking up pieces of limbs the wind blew out of the trees. For a Type A personality who likes to stay busy this was tough at first. I'm sure some of you can relate.
Tonight I received a telephone call from my longest known female friend. Yesterday was our friendship anniversary. I won't say how many years to protect her age but we met in college. We talked of the picture I have of her with my brother when he was several weeks old in Illinois and the time she fixed me breakfast after her son was born. Now my brother has a family of four children and her son is a flight instructor.
Where does time go? Glad the flowers arrived okay. I have never had a problem with ProFlowers if you want to try them sometime. The bouquet was beautiful in a free ruby colored vase. It was so satisfying hearing the pleasure in her voice as she described arriving home to find them.
I love having several people in my life in friendships that have spanned the years. Through good times and bad we have and will be there for each other.
Some of you have asked for more phrases I think are funny or hackneyed. Here are some from sports:
* "We gave it 110 percent today." -- That means the scale is one to 1,000 since 100 percent is the maximum, so 110 of 1,000 is not much of an effort, is it?
* "We came to play." -- No kidding. Why else would there be a game then?
* "We took our game to the next level." -- Oh, so you weren't playing to your potential before now?
* In basketball a player often gets to shoot two free throws . This is how the shots are frequently described. "His first shot is good. His second shot is good again." -- How could the second shot be good again if it was just made the one time?
* "They came to win." -- Announcers often say this but isn't that the expectation -- to win? Duh.
I hope you have a pleasant sleep and that you, too, are blessed with a long-term close friendship as I have been.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saw my primary care nurse yesterday about the bouts of fatigue I have been having . She explained that many people who lose a large amount of weight feel this way as our bodies adjust to the loss. She said it is especially common with those who have the lap-band or stomach bypass surgery and suggested spacing out what has to be done over several days or just giving in to the tiredness and resting. A relief to hear this.
Today was filled with irritation and frustration until I ordered flowers for a long-time friend. On today's date we met many years ago. My life has been enriched by our friendship, like the way I feel about my SP friends. So I ordered online from ProFlowers, my usual source, ended up with a duplicated order, emailed and called and interacted with the most polite and courteous representatives that the foul mood lifted and the day seemed brighter. Amazing how some company's staff can be so pleasant while others so rude and derogatory. Shout outs to PF.
*** Check out www.reputation.com for a video on your online personal private information and companies that collect and sell it. ***
I dropped out of a SP writing team today. It was a constant battle with the team leader. Sad.
Phrases that have become tiresome:
1. "No problem." -- Said in place of "You're welcome."
2. "Whatever." -- Said in a condescending tone to dismiss another's comments as unimportant.
3. "24/7." -- Enough said.
4. "Absolutely free." -- It's not when there is a shipping and handling charge.
5. "When they're gone, they're gone." -- Cars, computers, whatever, of course when they're sold out there are no more. Duh.
6. "We match any competitor's price." -- So we're supposed to drive around, see what others charge and then drive to your store just so we can pay the same price? Duh again.
7. "We beat any competitor's price." -- By how much? Ten cents? Are consumers so stupid that they fall for this?
8. Radio call letters. -- Do we really need to hear them a hundred times an hour? I once heard them four times in one sentence on a local station.
9. "Powerful." -- Every get-rich-quick program, whether real estate or some other is touted as a "powerful" insight on how we, too, can make a fortune.
10. "Verify." -- Companies want you, their customer, to "verify" your address, etc. Verify means they give you the information and you confirm it is or is not correct. Nearly every time they ask us to "verify" it but they want us to give them the information. Perhaps only an editor like me is ticked by this, but since I'm the one venting here....
Remember, no building has ever been constructed in one piece, but rather by a step-by-step process, just as our weight loss will be, one pound at a time, until we possess the magnificent structure we want our bodies to be.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Many years ago I lived in Illinois. One day I had an appointment in one of the city's downtown high-rises. As I approached the building's door I saw three non-male people standing outside it.
I say non-male because it was during this time that the Equal Rights Amendment was being promoted.
As I neared them I smiled and greeted them. "Good morning, ladies. How are you today?" I didn't know them but was being polite.
I was about three steps past them when one of them bellowed, "We are NOT ladies, we are WOMEN!"
That was the attitude among the more militant females of the time.
I turned back to her and her companions, smiled again and said, "You know, most of the time a man wants to be with a lady because a lady is graceful, sophisticated, intelligent, refined, charming and sexy, but sometimes he just needs to be with a woman!"
Her mouth dropped open while I walked on inside.
To me there was and is a difference between a woman and a lady, just as there is a difference between a guy and a gentleman. All females are woman as all guys are males. But to be called a lady or a gentleman is, I believe, a compliment of the highest order.
She didn't take it that way. Maybe you agree with her. If so, that is your choice and it's okay.
I relate this story because recently I complimented a SP member on her and her child's smiles. I thought their smiles brightened their faces and wanted to say something uplifting about them. She took offense. I fail to understand why.
Don't we all often say inspiring and encouraging things to others here? I was not making a pass at her, simply remarking on a photo.
Was that wrong? If so, perhaps someone can enlighten me why.
Her reaction will not deter me from paying well-deserved compliments, nor should it stop anyone else from doing so. We live in a world of negativity where true compliments are too frequently lacking.
If praising others' successes, pictures of them, their children, sunsets, mountains or anything else that makes you, yourself, smile, is something you do, please do not stop. Imagine how bland this site and life would be if we all withheld our remarks that could be the highlight of another person's day.
It is easy to share a smile. It should be just as easy to compliment one.
Friday, March 25, 2011
We've all had one of "those" days, haven't we, when everything goes wrong, everyone we come into contact with is angry or rude and, well, you get the picture.
My day today was luckily not one of those but was an OFS one -- Overwhelming Fatigue Syndrome, not an official diagnosis, just my way of referring to it.
This is one reason I am happy I have an appointment with my primary care nurse practitioner Monday. I'll ask why I get so very tired the day after I've had several things to do -- errands, meet someone for lunch or dinner, laundry -- whatever the tasks I know the next day will be a lost one.
Today was such a day. Got to sleep well past midnight, got up to let the dogs out, had a small breakfast, got them in, went back to bed, up for lunch and back to bed before finally getting cleaned up and meeting a friend for dinner, during which I could barely stay awake. No energy for much today. I don't mind sleeping but hate the thought that a day essentially has been wasted.
The sleeping pills she prescribed take six or seven hours to kick in so I'm taking one at 7:00 and still not falling asleep until 2:00 or so. Frustrating. Have to ask about those, too.
Finally I'll ask her why I received a letter from my health insurance company yesterday authorizing surgery at a local hospital for me by the doctor the nurse reports to. Big surprise to me. Don't need any and nothing is scheduled. Her office did not return my call today and the insurance company representative said there was nothing in the system to explain what was being approved. And insurance companies wonder why they are so despised.
Did manage to spend a little time tonight with the computer as I try to hold out on going to bed in the hopes sleep will come quickly but am too bleary-minded to write much that is encouraging. I'm sorry for that but I am just so very, very tired.
Hope you understand and can have some fun this weekend.
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