Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday Miscellany

I’m feeling a lot better about life these days (notwithstanding the fact that I hit the snooze button about 5 times this morning), so I decided it was time to be miscellaneous.


• Reading my quotes for the day on my iGoogle page, this one just jumped out at me: You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty. - Cecil Baxter This is so true!! I think that perhaps we’ve reached the root of my haphazard cleaning habits. For every mess I have to consider what I’m going to use to clean it up. It’s kind of debilitating, actually. What? You don’t think he was talking about household cleaning?

• And here’s another gem from This Day in History on my iGoogle page: 1920: US Postal Service rules children may not be sent via parcel post. I think that’s pretty self explanatory.

• Dr. M did a post about the waterfall & covered bridge we saw on Saturday. Go here to look at it. Yesterday we went out after church & found two more covered bridges, including the one we were looking for on Saturday. You’ll get to see pictures of those next Saturday.

• I had many separate issues going on which made me post this on Thursday, but here is one of the issues that repeatedly beats me down & yet I never seem to “get” it: When I have an unpleasant task ahead of me I stew, push it to the back of my mind where it stews some more, growing larger & larger until I can barely lift my head for all the stew. For example, I received my surgery packet a few weeks ago. It sat unopened on my desk at home for a couple of weeks. Then it sat for a few days on my desk at work. Friday morning I finally opened the thing, read through it, made a list of things I needed to do, & voila! I was about 20 pounds lighter. I worked like a maniac, bounced around, & then generally made a nuisance of myself with Dr. M later that night with being so ebullient. So, perhaps next time I have an unpleasant task ahead I should just do it. Like eating your peas first (except I like peas, so bad example).

OK, I think that’s enough to get you through the day. Have a great one!

10 comments:

  1. True confession: whenever I was overwhelmed by my youngest child's disabilities, I would fantasize about putting her on a plane with a note pinned to her shirt and sending her to her grandparent's home. I would end up laughing over the imagined difficulties strangers would have when they encountered her more challenging behaviors during travel. This scenario was much funnier after a cocktail or two, but it always seemed to help me cope, because honey, raising her was one hell of a ride.

    I sense a recurring theme here regarding your upcoming surgery and I think you may want to try thinking differently. I'm not so sure it's going to be as bad as you think and the outcome is sure to change the quality of your everyday life. Perhaps it's time to focus on the end of the rehab road. Imagine long walks that don't involve pain...or a good night's sleep where an aching hip factors not at all. Positive imagery works if you apply it frequently.

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  2. Rudee - I should have said that after reading the packet I was almost giddy with relief. I decided that this wasn't going to be so bad, that I definitely look forward to long walks, & I am going to kill it in PT. I swear I'm going to do everything they tell me to. Although there will probably be whining involved :)

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  3. that's right. just get on with the unpleasant task and get it over with with. whenever anyone says they have good news and bad news, I always want the bad news first. that way I end with something good.

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  4. Here's the other side of procrastinating. Because I did so regarding my car's inspection, today the registration renewal came in the mail so I could do both at once. Of course, a headlight bulb was out and there was a tire repair, but oh well, it is a beautiful day for sitting outside.

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  5. Make like a Nike and "Just Do It"!! Or is that Gatorade? Whatever. Glad you got over that hump. Wanna come over and open my pile of medical bills? I'm scared to look, but they're just not going away!!

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  6. So happy you're feeling a bit brighter. Hip surgery does seem to be one of those where the recovery feels better than the discomfort beforehand. Wishing you only the best of luck and "break a leg!"

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  7. I'm a firm believer in doing things as promptly as possible. I was a serious procrastinator in school, and at some point I realized I experienced a lot less horror if I just sat down and DID my homework, rather than putting it off and having it hang over my head and then trying to rush through it ten minutes before it was due!

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  8. I tend to put off things like that as well. But it does have a great benefit. I do all the cleaning chores I hate, rationalizing that it's more important than something sitting on my desk. Keeps the house clean and somehow I still get around to the thing I was avoiding.

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  9. I put things off too, like your surgery packet. As I get older, I feel discipline ebb. And like you, when I get around to completing the tasks that hang over me, I feel much better. Maybe we'll learn from these experiences. You think?

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  10. Oh, yes, do that unpleasant task first. There's nothing that will make you feel lighter than getting a nuisance off your plate.

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