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Monday, July 09, 2012

Well, we tested the car, and, sure enough, if the 'lock' button has been pushed twice, it is impossible to open the car from the inside. This is, to my mind, very dangerous. Tragedy could have happened yesterday just because of this. I need to contact the dealer and see if I can find out anything about why the car is this way.


Near Death by Stupidity

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Why is it I almost always seem to be commenting on my own stupidity lately? And I actually am not normally a stupid person. But I make really stupid mistakes, often with completely snowy white intentions, and the results have ranged from bad to dreadful. Today the result was really, really dreadful.

I was babysitting small children for my church, and my 11-year-old son was with me. The room we were in was very cold - they always have the a/c blasting away - so I always bring a jacket. But my son said he wanted to go out and sit in the car. I said fine. The car was near the room, but not super close. And it was early in the day, warm but not yet sweltering, plus it was cloudy. So he got in the car to get warm.

I don't know how much later it was when a toddler I was watching - really cute kid, but definitely into everything - grabbed my keys. I let him play with them for a short time before I took them back. Well.......unbeknownst to me, he must have pushed the button to lock my car - and it must have worked through walls and distance. Then he must have pushed the same button a second time, which inactivates the motion sensor that normally sets off alarms when there is movement inside the locked car.

And, another thing I didn't know - if someone is locked inside the car, it is impossible to unlock it or open any of the doors or windows. Sometimes cars are just a bit too high-tech. So my poor son was completely trapped in the car. He banged on the windows, but I was inside a building, and couldn't hear, and was too busy to think of looking outside the door.

I don't know how long he was in there - I get the shakes just thinking about it - when it happened that this same child's mother came to get him. We chatted for a while about this and that, and she was just leaving when she happened to look at my car, saw my poor son, and asked me why he was banging on the windows. If she hadn't done that....if the clouds had gone away and the full sun come out...I still cry just thinking about it. My son could have DIED - because I let a toddler play for just a few moments with my car keys.

That would have been a terrible price to pay for stupidity.

I thank God - I think my son's guardian angel must have been working overtime.


Sugar Cuts

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Everyone gets a paper cut now and then. I am the only person I know - probably the only person in history - to get a sugar cut! That's the positive spin. The negative goes more like this - only YOU could possibly do something that stupid!

Which it was, at least for the second thumb. Somehow, some time ago, a sugar solution settled on my counter under one of the rubber feet of my food processor. Needing the food processor yesterday, I tried to move it and one of the feet stuck to the counter and came off. I managed to pull it off the counter and noticed a ring of a hard substance all around the rubber foot. Sugar, I said, that somehow hardened around the foot. So I took it to the sink to wash it off. And, as I usually do with sweet substances on dishes and such, I ran water over it and rubbed at the offending substance. With the fleshy part of my thumb. Oh, was that sugar sharp! Sliced my thumb right open. Then (I did say I was stupid, didn't I?) I switched to the other hand and promptly did the same thing to the other thumb.


You will no doubt be happy to know that all four feet are back on the food processor, nice and clean, and sugar-free. And my thumbs should be fine in about a week.

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Iced Tea and goals...

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I am feeling tired and discouraged. It seems as though the route to many of my goals follows the pattern of - one step forward, two steps back - which doesn't get me very far forward in the end. However! I am going to assume that things will get better tomorrow.

The only goal I am doing reasonably well at right now is the goal to not spend any money on convenience food (which actually isn't normally a huge problem) or drink (which is normally a huge problem). I love, love, love iced tea in this weather. Unsweetened, with a little lemon and a little Sweet and Low. And I don't have a container at home large enough for the quantity I would want. So I was buying it. No longer. There just isn't money for such luxuries. So I bought a large box of tea bags, and I am making one small pot at a time. Not as much as I want, but a big saving of money, and at least a little delicious cold drink to cool me off in the heat.


Odds and Ends

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I signed up to participate in a research study, working with researchers I have worked with several times before, and whom I like. One of them is a former professional basketball player and such a nice guy. These studies don't pay very much, but every little bit helps, and there are never really onerous requirements.

And there is always a weigh in. So my happy news of the day is that, in spite of two weddings, with short vacations to go along with each, and tons of wonderful food, I didn't gain any weight. I then proceeded to eat too much afterwards, but not so much that I am too angry with myself, and especially not a sugar binge. So it's all good.


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