Archive for the ‘Choices’ Category

Not Yet

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

I know when someone does something crappy and apologizes it is best to accept the apology and move on.  As a fan of peace and harmony I usually don’t like to drag things out too long.  If the “I’m sorry” is sincere, that is typically enough.  There are times when I feel like being mad for a bit, however.  It’s this inner need to give whatever assinine word or gesture that occurred its due attention.  When apologies come immediately, it’s like you are stripped of the chance to enjoy a full blown moment of pissed-off-tivity.  It doesn’t seem fair to subject someone to stupidity and not allow a chunk of time for them to shove things around violently while muttering all the jungle animals you are likely kin to.  The very act of furiously cleaning my house is a crucial step in the process to closure.  I need that experience to be able to embrace the apology and truly move past whatever happened.

So, to the person who screwed up today, I appreciate your apology.  I will eventually forgive you.  Just, not yet.

Please Tell Me

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Please tell me what the escape button (ESC) on my laptop is for.  It has yet to get me out of any cyber mishap!  I don’t think it serves any real purpose.  It’s just one more option to try before hurling the bloody computer at the wall in frustration.

How Not To Drown

Friday, October 10th, 2008

One of the most important nuggets of wisdom when you find yourself in over your head and unsure of your ability to swim is not to panic.  Panicking burns energy needed for survival and distracts your mind from seeing a path to safety.  Even though we know this, when we find ourselves in life or death situations staying calm takes work.  Add to the mix a crowd chanting doom and gloom messages and I’d say it’s impossible.  It’s really strange when that crowd was supposed to be in the same boat as you, the one that sank and left you doing the dog paddle.  Somehow they are walking on water and have more time to focus on whose fault it is the boat sank versus how to get to shore.

Just Write A Check

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

When I was a kid my family didn’t have a lot of money.  My sister and I were raised by a single mother.  Our father was spotty with child support payments.  There wasn’t money for things other than necessities.  Of course, kids have no concept of money.  It was frustrating to hear mom say we couldn’t afford something when my sister and I both knew fully well she had a check book ready and waiting.  “Just write a check” we’d tell our mom.  Wow, wouldn’t it be great if life worked that way.  If you could buy things you didn’t have the money for by simply writing a check!  Now we know you can’t write a check for something unless the money is there to back it up.  We owe are mom a big thank you for our understanding of that concept.  I wish Uncle Sam’s mom had taken time to explain like our mom did!

The Hypocrisy

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

It makes me twitch a bit to listen to media personalities pontificate to the candidates about how their negative rhetoric is turning off the American people.  I don’t disagree.  I do find it hypocritical the masters of negativity have saddled up their high horse, however.  How about the candidates and the media both do what they can to be respectful and treat the American people as if we have brains.  Perhaps if they do the American people will then remember to use those brains.

Paying With Cash

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

It is convenient to pay with my credit card when shopping.  Carrying cash is not something I’m used to doing anymore.  That is about to change, however.  I intend to cut way back on using plastic money.  Not because I’m worried about overspending.  We are in good shape and fortunately do not carry balances on our cards.  As difficult as times are for businesses right now, I refuse to saddle them with the credit card fees.  Credit card companies have been making money hand over fist and will continue to do so.  They are in the advantageous spot of being able to charge card users and retailers at the same time.  Well, I am doing what I can to shop at small businesses these days and when I do, I’m leaving the plastic at home.  It feels pretty patriotic, actually.

New Formula

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

It seems many of my tried and true products are now sporting “new formula” captions on their packaging.  Good grief.  I don’t want a new formula.  I’ve been buying these things because I like how they are.  I don’t want my armpits to smell different.  I don’t want my soap more bubbly.  I don’t want my hairspray capable of bonding a tile to the outside of the space shuttle.  Ever heard “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?”  All too often once the ole “new formula” pops up I end up on the search for a new option.  Humans obviously aren’t satisfied with constantly reinventing themselves.  We have to rope the things we rely on daily into the process as well.

In The Bag

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

I don’t get all of the love and praise for bagless vacuums.  Every one I try leaves me covered in filth when I empty the chamber.  Although I don’t mind the cheap tan, it is a bit gross.  I suppose if I were vacuuming confetti, like in the commercials, it would be less of a problem.  Cat fur and litter dust is a different story, however.  Not to mention all of the extra stuff they pick up looks to be carpet threads.  It’s hard to marvel over how much better they work when my rugs seem to be nearing the appearance of Howie Mandel’s head.  At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure the winner of the vacuums is in the bag.

Yes & No

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

My husband is solely responsible for the bread machine in our house. He is the one who wanted it so badly. It is up to him to populate our pantry with loaves of goodness. Well, he often mixes up the measuring spoons when tossing in ingredients. Doing so throws an entire batch off. His solution? My plastic teaspoon is now marked with a giant ‘YES’ and my 1/2 tablespoon is now marked with a giant ‘NO’. Brilliant. He has found a way to end the cycle of repeat mistakes. Anyone who knows him and is reading this is likely shaking their heads knowing this is totally a ‘Steve’ thing to do.

I wish more people were like my husband and could recognize when cue cards might be necessary to quit doing the wrong thing over and over. Think how much more pleasant life would be if more folks got on board with ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ reminders. Britney could embroider her panties with YES in glitter. Pam Anderson could hang a picture on her refrigerator of a wedding chapel with a giant NO sign placed at the doorway. Politicians could tape signs to their bathroom mirrors “Truth – Yes” & “Lies – No” to review while brushing their teeth every morning. I doubt it will ever happen. Nice to dream though.

Pro Life

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I can’t get my brain around how some who are passionately Pro Life are also strong supporters of the death penalty and war.  It is such a contradiction to me.  Yes, a fetus is innocent.  So are some who are executed as well as many who perish from bombs in war.  I just don’t get it.