#476: This and That

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Saw my primary care nurse yesterday about the bouts of fatigue I have been having emoticon. 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 emoticon emoticon 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. emoticon
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I dropped out of a SP writing team today. It was a constant battle with the team leader. Sad. emoticon
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. emoticon
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    Hi Lou, Glad you are healthy.

    2576 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    I'm glad you're going to get some rest.

    I love your list! It's funny and insightful. I also hate the phrase 24/7. Don't know why it irks me, but it does.
    2577 days ago
    i am glad to hear its nothing serious, just take your rest i would say :)
    2577 days ago
    So glad to hear your on the mend. Your going to beat this fatigue. Have a wonderful day my friend.
    2577 days ago
    Very pleased to hear you are healthy. I'd worried a bit that you'd become anemic and I thank God it was nothing more serious. I love your word pet peeves! lol I share a LOT of them with you. One that I hear often of late that makes me twitch is: I should OF said or done something instead of I should HAVE said or done something. Lord, give me patience and tolerance, please!
    2577 days ago
    I'm glad your tiredness is not triggered by anything more serious than getting healthy quickly! As for ProFlowers, I once had cut roses sent to my grandmother that didn't open. When I called, PF was PHENOMENAL! The utility companies could learn a lot from them. Another company I have had wonderful customer service from is Zappos.com (shoes, etc.) Now, about your phrases that have become tiresome, thanks for the laugh! Here's another one for the collection -- when a female professional is described as a "woman doctor", "woman lawyer", etc. Drives me NUTS! I've even heard this done on the evening news. "Woman" is a noun, not an adjective. Would anyone say a "man doctor"?
    2578 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2011 8:11:52 PM
    It's good to hear that your fatigue has a reason. Take the rest you need! I enjoyed your list - thanks for sharing it.
    2578 days ago
    Glad you came upon courteous representatives, I thought they were a thing of the past emoticon
    2578 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Have you ever considered stand up comedy in addition to writing! Seriously, your list cracks me up. Amen!
    2578 days ago
    How did you get so thoughtful? emoticon
    2578 days ago
    Lou, I sure do here you in regards to that list! Amen and well said! emoticon
    2578 days ago
    Sounds like you've had an extremely busy day. I hope you feel more like running and jumping real soon. I've been trying to catch up on missed sleep for 3 days now. It's amazing at how long it takes to get back on track. Anyway, glad you got the deal with the flowers fixed, dealing with companies can sometimes be a real pain.

    Have a grand one.
    2578 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Store ads that say: FREE with purchase of? UGH!

    They lie..
    2578 days ago
    Get some rest my friend and thanks for the smile

    emoticon jill
    2578 days ago
    It's too bad you were having trouble with an SP team leader. how on earth can that happen? Sometimes I think I am the world's worse leader because I don't find great challenges, etc. but how does someone alienate their team members?

    Hope the fatigue sorts itself out. You sound like me with the insomnia, though, and not sleeping WILL leave on fatigued.

    2578 days ago
    Give in the tiredness! Way to go on the flowers. God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee
    2578 days ago
    So glad it is nothing serious. emoticon
    2578 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Kudos to you for talking to your nurse and figuring out what's causing your fatigue. I'm sure that's a big relief. emoticon

    One day at a time, one step at a time, one pound at a time...
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    2578 days ago
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