July 21, 2009

Total Rambling on a Tuesday Morning

This morning I am listening to the rain, eating my yogurt/blueberry/granola mush with the dog and cats on the couch next to me.  What could be better? 

Ever since the spider bite, a brown recluse about two weeks ago, I have been a total slug.  Not that I need much of an excuse to be a slug but the pain from the bite has made it nearly impossible to do any housework besides laundry, dishes and minimal cooking.  Now that I am on the road to recovery I will have to get my ass in gear and clean up this mess.

I had no idea that brown recluse bites were so common.  Every time I tell someone what happened to my arm they relate either their own personal story or one about a friend or family member.  The range of damage from the bites goes from minimal to large holes in the affected area.  Fortunately, I think I will be in the first category as the bruising is shrinking daily and there still is no skin funk.

I am still sleepy even after 3 cups of coffee.  I got more sleep last night than I have since the spider bite and was actually able to sleep on my side for awhile.  I have been sleeping on my couch on my back with my affected arm on a pillow and until this week had to wrap the arm in an icy cold towel just to keep it from throbbing.  I would have to get up every so often to change the towel so I have been sleep deprived for quite some time.  I guess it's all catching up to me now.

Nothing more to report from my neck of the Northwest Arkansas woods.

July 19, 2009

Hind Sight Looking Forward

While I was driving to town yesterday I began thinking about young women now and all of the fun choices they have.  This made me start feeling a bit nostalgic about my youth and the many paths my life has taken.  I started making a list in my head of all of the things I would have done differently in my youth (or would do now if I were younger) and decided to write them down.

If I knew then what I know now I would have...

  • Learned to play the piano
  • Said yes to "will you play in our band?"
  • Started an all girl band
  • Never been a follower
  • Stayed independent
  • Never gotten married
  • Never worn a bra
  • Stayed a size 10 so I could always wear vintage clothes
  • Learned to like sewing
  • Worked in a restaurant
  • Learned how to rollerskate
  • Been a rollerblade girl
  • Not wasted time going to college
  • Taken a writing class
  • Kept a journal
Now that I've made that list I need to take action.  Some are out of reach but others are possible.  The question is, do I have the guts?

July 17, 2009

Vacuity Is My Middle Name

I admit that I found "vacuity" when I was looking up "nothingness" in the Thesaurus.  I wanted a word that started with an "F" but there seems to be none that conveys my meaning.

  1. Total absence of matter; emptiness.
  2. An empty space; a vacuum.
  3. Total lack of ideas; emptiness of mind.
  4. Absence of meaningful occupation; idleness: "the crew, being patient people, much given to slumber and vacuity" (Washington Irving).
  5. The quality or fact of being devoid of something specified: a vacuity of taste; a vacuity of emotions.
That is how my brain is right now.  Work was so utterly boring today that I thought I was going to lose my mind.  We are usually very busy this time of year and especially on Fridays.  This is not good and does not bode well for my idea of hiring another person.  I need a vacation so very badly but feel nothing but guilt at the thought of taking any significant time off and making Ceci, my co-worker, work open to close for a week or more.  She doesn't care about having to work so many extra hours but that is not the point.  It is mind-boggling to me that my bosses think it is okay for someone to work 10 to 12 hour days for 5 days in a row at any given moment short of a crisis.  I have done it for years and I will not do it ever again.  I don't care if every employee suddenly dies, I will NOT work those hours.  Yup, I've had enough and now that I'm 50 I won't take it anymore.

Okay, food talk.

I love "Brown Cow" label non-fat vanilla yogurt...it is like vanilla cream but guilt free.  I had blueberries, yogurt and granola for breakfast.  Yum!
Dinner was "Amy's" Broccoli Pot Pie with kalamata olives and Stone Mill Bakery french bread.
I will be following that up with Almond Peach Pie from Java-Jacks bakery while watching "Mad Men" season 2/disc 1.

Now, drug talk.

I am on Prednisone and it is supposed to make you hungry, cranky and (some other side-effect I've forgotten).  It has done none of these things.  I think the hunger feeling is just stomach upset that people mistake for hunger.  How would I know if I'm cranky since I'm always a bitch?  Since I can't recall the other thing, then it is meaningless.  So, the next time you need to be on steroids for a short period of time, don't hesitate..it's better than scratching until you bleed!


July 16, 2009

Lunch and a Movie

I had the most wonder lunch at Hammontree's Grilled Cheese  today with my friends Matt and Sheila Ross.  This place has the best sandwich I have ever had, hands down.  I had the Brie's Company which is grilled apple, Brie, Gouda, caramelized onions, and a fig compote on sourdough bread.  Oh my gawd!
Sheila had the Caprese Melt which is fresh Mozzarella, pesto, tomato bruschetta, fresh basil leaf with their house cheese blend on sourdough bread.  Yummy!!
Matt had the El Chupacabre which is Pulled Pork, Queso Fresca, Manchego, poblano peppers, and a green mole sauce served on sourdough bread.  This guy is a major food snob but said it was good and will make a return trip (let me tell you, that's saying something).
Okay, enough about the food already.

After that we went to see "Bruno".  I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt.  If you like "in your face irreverence" and "made to shock even the most die-hard" you will love this movie.  The scene at the fight club in Fort Smith, Arkansas made the whole thing worth while.  I can't wait until it comes to DVD to see it again so I can find out what I missed while laughing until I cried.

I'll keep this short and sweet since it's my first post since February, 2008.  A lot has happened since then but my life is still as boring as always so I hope you enjoyed this little slice of my uneventful life.  I'll tell you about the spider bite later.