Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lessons re-learned

For the past month or so 10 Things Tuesday has been just sneaking up on me. I'll have posted something in the morning and I'll be reading blogs and WHOA! someone's posting a 10 things list 'cause it's Tuesday for heaven's sake! Who knew? According to Chili we've been doing this thing for a year, I thought I'd be used to the schedule by now.

Today when it snuck up on me I wracked my brain for a list. 10 Things About Getting Your Face Sliced Open? Boring at this point and difficult to pare down to 10. 10 Lists I Can Write On Upcoming Tuesdays? Seems a bit of a cop out and I feel like I've done that before and failed to reference the list of lists and actually use the ideas. 10 Lessons That Have Been Reinforced For Me Lately? It felt a bit lackluster but workable and I was having fun thinking it through while I chopped vegetables and then, just as I was about to sit down and write it something happened that sealed the deal. See if you can guess which entry that was.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every day. Even on your hands.

2. Get that thing checked out by a professonial. Even if it's small.

3. Getting the seeds out of a pomegranate isn't as simple as it looks. Those are some complex little buggers with all those nooks and crannies. Nature is very smart.

4. Posting hilarious "blood spattered" pictures of oneself on the internet after de-seeding a pomegranate isn't really very funny at all if one has recently been actually blood spattered.

5. Oozing from the wound is a sign of healing so I should just get over it.

6. It's not just me, nobody likes to do the picky detail things at their job. This includes medical professionals like that nurse who said that she fixed the referral code and then faxed you a copy to prove it and that copy had no code. It also includes the guy at the sandwich shop who only sent half your order. Not surprisingly also in this group is the operator at the insurance company who told you that the referral was fixed almost 2 days before it was actually fixed.

7. I hate having to deal with health insurance. It seems that if I pay over $990 per month to put your company on retainer I shouldn't then have to spend 3 or 4 hours, 12 phone calls, 3 faxes and a blood pressure reducing trip to Staples to get you to actually cover a medical procedure that is required to stem the tide of a disfiguring skin ailment.

8. Just walking into an office supply store reduces my blood pressure, softens my focus and makes me feel like a kid again. This is odd but probably not all that uncommon.

9. There are a few draw backs to living in my apartment complex. Chief among them turns out to be that, due to the configuration of the exits, if you hear a marching band start playing on the street you can't get out there to see what the hell is going on until they're already well past your intersection.

10. Carrots are just fine and tasty when roasted in a little bit of olive oil but they are much better when roasted in a lot of olive oil and better than that roasted in a lot of real butter.


  1. I'm going to guess the pomegranate, but that's just a guess.

    I believe it is true that Sooza gets the same calming effect from office supply stores. I can't say for sure that I do, too, but I do love the wall of pens....

  2. Anonymous9:06 AM

    I ain't so sure about the sunscreen. The chemicals in it may do more harm than good. It certainly blocks vitamin D production. You've probably seen a couple of my posts about my thoughts on what I consider misleading sunscreen propoganda. There is no worthwhile evidence as far as I know that sun exposure leads to malignant melanoma.

    On the other hand, I hate sunburn, I burn easily, so I use sunscreen sometimes. I am not a "sun worshiper" and care not a fig for a tan. I always wear hats with a brim all the way around when I'm out in the sun--usually even if just walking to and from my car. I look like a dork in them (I refer to these hats fondly as "dork hats"). I don't care. Maybe I am a dork.

  3. Anonymous9:09 AM

    I like carrots in almost any condition from raw to boiled into submission!

    If it ain't the Florida A&M marching band, don't bother.

    By the way, I'm using the "nickname" feature. It doesn't provide a link, but I ain't linking back to the verdamte page google won't let me get rid of (which is a nonexistent blog)

  4. I have to say...I have sucked it up on the ten things tuesday....started out strong and then flop. It's something I'll re-commit to doing in the new year. promise.

  5. Nope, it was the marching band. I've lived her 5 years and I've never heard a marching band just spontaneously wander by.

    Gerry, as my grandmother used to say, "You may be right but I don't think so." I don't know what the sunscreen gives you but I don't have too much of it under my belt at this point and I KNOW what the sun is doing to me and I don't like it. Also, carrots are awesome and I love them.

    Zelda, there is no guilt in 10 Things Tuesday. When you get to it, you get to it and we'll be glad to read about it.