If I am boring myself enough with all my health related thoughts that I can’t stay awake to write them down, then there isn’t much chance that anyone else will find them gripping. Or helpful. Thus my procrastination when it comes to ending this blog-neglect thing I have going on.
But I seriously have NOTHING much else happening in my life just now.
Except maybe for Facebook where I read this little story about a nurse who was bathing her patient when he asked her, “Are my testicles black?” So she checked them out for him and reassured him that everything looked just fine down there.
“Well, that’s great,” he said, “But what I asked you was ARE MY TEST RESULTS BACK?”
This is a perfect example of how I hear things, all mangled up and misconstrued and just not quite on the money. W requested the other day from another room that I put play dough on the grocery shopping list. That’s what I heard. I think it could have been bagels or maybe Leggo. I don’t know.
And when I went for more needle biopsies on my neck last week (follow-up from a year ago in case there are changes) the doctor told me when he was finished to keep the band-aid on for fifty hours. That sounded odd, so I wondered if maybe he meant fifteen hours, but that seemed a strange time frame too. A few hours?? Then he went on to talk about pain killers and results and another visit and I had to pay attention to all that so I forgot to ask for clarification on the band-aid issue. I took it off when it started to itch. I am still alive.
Whenever I ask W to repeat himself he gets annoyed and on my case about getting a hearing aid. But I don’t want one yet. And here are some of the reasons why I’m being stubborn about it.
I have inherited my dads intolerance for noise. He didn’t like the television or the radio blaring away either. Or people who shouted when they talked. Or a lot of different types of racket going on at once. He liked peace and quiet. Me too.
At night I can still hear clocks ticking and faucets dripping and dogs barking and husbands snoring. I’d like to get deaf enough to NOT hear those things. Then we’ll talk. And I won’t be able to even wildly guess what you’re telling me, so won’t that be fun?
When I was an optician I found people in denial about their need for progressive lenses to be the most apt to dislike them and not adapt to wearing their new multi focal glasses. I’ve heard it’s the same with hearing aids. I don’t want to spend all that money on something until I’m sure I need it and really want it and will wear it and like it. The option of being able to turn it off at will is certainly appealing.
Part of my hearing “problem” is no doubt my inability to pay attention. My mind wanders off on tangents. I zone out. Teachers often remarked about how much time I spent day dreaming. I’m still doing it. Sorry, did you say something?
The things I hear are often way funnier than the things actually being said. Who would want to give that up?
So, how do you like my new lazy Christmas decorating method where you don’t take anything ordinary away but simply add some holiday stuff to the junk you already have lying around? Whoa, Martha’s got nothing on me. If you’re disagreeing with that, I can’t hear you.
What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?
Coffee addict here. Start, spend and end my day with some form of it or another. I love the idea of a cup of tea, or afternoon tea, or a tea party, and I’ve tried to like tea itself, but I just can’t do it. Plain hot water would be preferable to any kind of tea, no matter what blend or flavour you try to tempt me with or whatever wonderful things you add to it. Hot chocolate is okay, but generally too sweet. I went through a stage at work once drinking nothing but mochas (half coffee and half hot chocolate) but I’m a coffee purist at heart. Whatever that is. Probably made it up.
What was your favorite toy as a child . . . and now?
One Christmas I asked for a black baby. This was in the early 1950’s when I was three or four. I don’t know where the idea came from, but there was nothing I wanted more and Santa must have known that because he delivered. Yay! She was the most beautiful doll I’d ever seen, with her black hair and chocolate face and little red and white checkered dress. I must have loved her to pieces, because I don’t know what became of her. All my Christmases have been pretty much down hill since that one.
Now my favourite toy is my I-Pad. I use it so much that sometimes I have to recharge it during the day if I want to watch NetFlix on it later. The corners of the cover are starting to fray and the rubbery stuff is peeling off at the edges and the screen is filthy most of the time. It’s like having a little mini computer permanently attached to my right arm. It is well-worn and much-loved. But not quite to pieces yet.
Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?
Oh gawd, I don’t care. Something with vegetables in it that tastes disgusting so I won’t be tempted to eat it. But do you know how sad this world would be without Mars Bars? Pretty damned sad.
Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?
I’ll take it now, please. Who knows how many buses I could get run over by in the next 365 days?
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was a rather lazy one for me, not unlike all the other weeks of my entire life. However, I am getting things ready and organized for Christmas this week. We will be travelling north and spending time with kids and grandkids and grand dogs. I’m grateful for the weather staying less than horrible. I can’t say it’s good, because it IS winter after all. It’s less than a week to go to the shortest day of the year. And before we know it, 2014 will be over and gone. Just like the remaining hours of this day. Those gifts are not going to wrap themselves. Guess what I’m doing next. If I had that hundred grand I bet I’d seriously consider paying somebody to do it for me.
This is my favourite Santa. I painted him many years ago and gave him to my mom. She hung him up for a lot of Christmases. When she died, somehow I got him back with little effort on my part. He was a gift and I didn’t expect he’d ever come back to me. But I’m glad he did.
I love the softness about him, and the impossible floaty star-shaped balloons. And the fact that he might not even be wearing pants or boots under that too-long dragging coat, for all we know.
Most of all I love the warm happy feeling I get when I see him and remember my mother. Maybe he made her think of me too.
It’s just a funny little old Santa who surprised me by turning in to my best Christmas treasure.
Charles Dickens, in A Christmas Carol, wrote “There is nothing in the
world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” We are giving you exactly 33 words to make us laugh out loud and spread some festive cheer.
There’s been a few days go missing in my December book of days, but now that the excitement has died down and the kids are off to new adventures I’m feeling like I just might make it to the end of 2012 after all.
I don’t know why Santa didn’t pick up his mail – perhaps his sleigh was loaded down with cookies by the time he got here. It’s okay, I’ll be saving this delightful card for him for another time.
It’s a good idea to get the to/from business out of the way right off the bat, and follow that up with pictures so there’s no confusion as to who’s who. And of course compliments are always nice.
Maybe there’s no point in telling him what you want until you’re sure he’s totally on board with the fact that you’ve been Good. And a big toothy smile can’t hurt.
Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday, and that you got to spend time with the people you love.
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