Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Falling


I'm writing this on Wednesday night, after hours of moving furniture and bringing plants inside and cleaning house. Pooped puppy. I'm even too pooped to whimperative. But ohh, doesn't it feel good when your space is clean and neat? Now I have no excuse not to write. Damn, what was I thinking?

33 comments:

Nancy P said...

I've let my email pile up. Bad Nancy. THERE'S my excuse not to write. Good Nancy, heh heh.

What's your excuse?
For anything.

AndiF said...

Of course, you have an excuse -- you need to celebrate the New Year. Shanna tova. :)

I've had the same excuse since I was four: don't wanna

Nancy P said...

Shanna tova. . .Happy New Year?

Your excuse is the world's most honest one.

katiebird said...

Nancy, Have you been awake all night? I'll wait to say good morning to you until later today.

Good Morning Andif!!

Beth said...

One of the nice things about being a grown-up - we can indeed NOT do whatever we want. Unfortunately we forget that, and feel like we have to justify it. I think I explain things more to myself than to anyone else...by the time I've worked myself into a lather whimperizing for not doing something, a friend steps in and says, "Quit wigging out." And I realize I indeed...am.

Why are we so hard on ourselves and so easy on each other?

Good morning, ladies!

Beth said...

Speaking of organizing, Jenny Crusie has been cleaning her office for the past week. It's been fun seeing the pictures of 'before' and 'after,' and reading her descriptions of what she's found, and how she's tackled the process - in her own funny way. (www.arghink.com)

Didn't realize there was a fall cleaning season, too!

katiebird said...

"by the time I've worked myself into a lather whimperizing for not doing something, a friend steps in and says, "Quit wigging out." And I realize I indeed...am."

I THINK I'm getting better about this, but basically you're describing me.

Good morning, Beth!

Beth said...

Morning, kb! Nice to know I'm not the only one out here being hard on myself. I never need anyone else chastizing me when I screw up - I do it SOOO much better than they ever could. More practice, I guess!

I'm sure you're getting better about it, if you're aware of it.

Nancy P said...

I have not been awake all night. :) I think I woke up early just to enjoy my clean space. Now to go make my emailbox a clean space, too.

katiebird said...

I've always been aware of it and that didn't really help (I can remember worrying about the craziest things even as a child.)

I think blogging sort of helped -- learning how many people deal with the same issues as me. In the past I might have stewed over the good-dead thing for quite a while, but you helped me let go of it almost instantly (although that turned out to be a sort of story last night ....)

Also, I really don't want to take drugs. So I've tried to learn tricks that let me control that whimperizing lather myself.

katiebird said...

Well, Good Morning, then...

Good Morning Nancy!!

I totally get that Clean House Energy. It happened to me. Once.

Beth said...

Sounds like you're getting better, kb, which is all that matters. However it happens! But yes, definitely better without the drugs.

katiebird said...

(I have friends who disagree about the drugs)

Beth said...

I'm one of those "avoid drugs at all costs" kind of people. I like to solve the problem rather than mask the symptoms. But that's just me. And I know there ARE instances where drugs are indeed the best choice.

In the end, it's what works best for you. That's all that matters!

katiebird said...

I'm an avoider too. But, it's amazing how many people I know who take them. It's almost more socially acceptable to talk about taking them, than not taking them.

Beth said...

Yeah, people look at me funny when I say "I don't take aspirin." If I have a headache, it's because I haven't had enough water - breathed some kind of nasty chemical - or my neck is stiff from stressing out about something. If I fix that, the headache goes away.

Then again, I don't watch TV, eat at McDonalds, or like pizza either. I'm just un-American!! :-)

olivia said...

Good morning Nancy, Andi, Beth, katieb.

Early birds today ... :)

Andi, Happy New Year.

Congratulations on the clean Nancy.

Nancy -- I have question for you. I was thinking of how important the smell of a book is last night, after I had picked up a couple I couldn't decide between and used the smell as the deciding factor ... I love the smell of a good book, and a book w/ a bad smell is actually off-putting to me as a reader. Is this something you've ever considered?

Nancy P said...

A moment of silence for the passing of Alfred Peet, founder of the incomparable Peet's Coffee. He was 87.

From the LA Times: Alfred Peet, the Dutch immigrant who opened his first store 41 years ago in Berkeley and is credited with kindling the nation's gourmet coffee fervor, died today at his home

Nancy P said...

Psst--I'm a drug avoider, too.

Nancy P said...

Olivia, that is adorable. The Sniff Test! I'm really sorry to say that I don't think I've ever paid much attention to the way books smell--unless the story stinks. :) But now that you mention it, I do recall a certain lovely scent when books were truly works of fine craftsmanship. I'm going to try it your way the next time I have to decided between books.

Nancy P said...

But I do love tv and pizza, and I am always happy to spy a McDonald's bathroom and cup of coffee on a highway.

I grew fond of Micky D's when my son was little. It was such a great place to meet other moms and kids, where we could talk and sip--somewhere that wasn't a house that had to be cleaned, and also not a park with uncomfortable benches-- while the kids had a great time on the playground.

AndiF said...

Nancy, shanna tova means "a good year" (Jews are too pessimistic to try for "happy").

I'd like to virtually share my favorite Rosh Hashanah tradition with everybody here:

We'll get an apple (which represents the fullness of life) and honey (representing life's sweetness).

Next, we'll cut the apple into slices and put a dab of honey on each one.

Then we'll all take and eat one slice and wish each other a full and sweet year.

Nancy P said...

What a wonderful tradition, Andi, and thank you for virtually sharing that with us. Would you count a carmel-covered apple? I've got one upstairs and I could be persuaded to partake for the sake of Rosh Hashanna. No sacrifice is too great for my friends.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing, andif. I think we all could adopt that tradition! Caramel apple, N - grin.

As much as I don't like to eat at McD's for various reasons, I do agree - seeing one on the interstate means an accessible bathroom. And in the morning, an Egg McMuffin (with the top half of the english muffin thrown away).

So okay, I DO eat at McD's - only mangled Egg McMuffins...and pizza at Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO. And I'll turn the TV on to watch football or baseball.

So I lied. :-)

Kimberly Frost said...

Good morning, friends:

I love the picture, Nancy. I love fall. Only here in Texas it still feels like summer. Drat- hopefully soon some cooler days.

I definitely agree that drug-taking is bad and that prescription drug-taking can be a problem for some, but there are many cases where medicines have been proven to correct slight or major imbalances in people.

I'm so glad that this group is healthy and doesn't need to take any meds, but please don't let an aversion to medications prevent you from following your physician's advice if he/she feels strongly that you need a medication.

For example, I've seen many people with high blood pressure who "felt fine" so they didn't take their prescribed medicine or didn't bother to get it refilled when it ran out.

By the time they do feel sick and come in, their kidneys have shut down, often permanently. I wish so much they hadn't been too stubborn or found it too inconvenient to take their meds. I can promise that everything about renal failure and being on dialysis is inconvenient...and terrible.

All things that can be controlled with a healthy diet, good hydration, rest, exercise, etc. should be controlled that way. But for big problems that don't respond to all that you do to fix them, there's nothing wrong with taking a prescription medicine. (Said the women who rarely takes a pill herself, but who reserves the right to take them by the handful to write for as many days as is possible.)

AndiF said...

Go for it, Nancy. Carmel apples are just fine -- Jews, especially agnostic, non-practicing ones like me, are always open to new interpretations (there's a reason for the saying "two Jews, three temples").

Beth said...

I agree, Kimberly - they DO serve a purpose, especially when your condition can't be controlled by natural means. I just pray I never get into that situation, because it's going to be hard for me to wrap my brain around it.

I'm thankful I'm healthy!!

Now if they could just create a drug that would make me hate chocolate....

Nancy P said...

lol, Beth!

Kimberly, good morning! Is it okay for me to refer to your "other" job? You just gave a strong hint. :)

Kimberly Frost said...

Beth,

LOL. Yes, I want that chocolate-resisting drug too!

Nancy,
Sure, it okay for you to mention it. For myself, I've been trying not to focus on that part of my life when blogging since it's quick to overshadow my writing, but it's inevitable that it will come up sometimes when I post. Guess you can take the woman out of the ER, but you can't take the ER out of the woman. ;)

Nancy P said...

I understand, Dr. Kimberly. We'll focus on your writing. I do so admire writers, like you, who also hold down incredibly demanding jobs.

Man Eegee said...

That pic is fantastic, but it makes me jealous. Cactus just don't seem to satiate my need for fall colours.

Nancy P said...

Hi, Manny. No, cactus just doesn't substitute for red maple leaves. But, hey, if global warming keeps marching north, that photo will have cactus in it.

FARfetched said...

I've got the best excuse for anything, ever... I'm on vacation!

Uh-oh, I'm the meds person. I take hydrochlorothyrozid for high blood pressure, and Lipitor (which I call RipItMore for what it makes me do) for cholesterol. I could possibly chuck them both if I went full-vegan and exercised more. Maybe if I could quit this day job thing.