Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My dentist the smooth talker...

My dentist is a kind man. I don't like going to the dentist (who does??) , but it's always better when your dentist is nice.

He speaks to me like a parent would speak to a frightened child.
It's very soothing.

And I know that he's doing it but I just go with the flow because, well, being at the dentist is just not nice.

So I tolerate his patience, his gentle whispers and his need to ask me if I'm alright every few minutes.
It's good.
He's thorough.

I've always been nervous before dentist visits. I try not to think about it because I'd rather endure a dentist visit than sit with a mouth full of decay... so what must be done, gets done but as I sit there in the waiting room, waiting for the nurse to call out my name, I can feel my nervousness increase.

I've done all I can. I've brushed my teeth at least twice, probably three times that morning. I've flossed and made my breath as fresh as can be before the visit.

So I'm completely prepared but sitting there in the waiting room, feeling like I'm waiting for my name to be called for an execution, suddenly I can't swallow anymore.

I take a big swallow and it's not enough. I have to swallow again and by god, what if I have to swallow when I have my mouth open for the dentist?
How's that going to work out?
Will I choke on my own spit?
Has that ever happened? Has anyone ever drowned in their own saliva?
What if I have to cough?
Has tooth shrapnel ever got caught in someones throat?
I can't have my vocal chords damaged! should I tell the dentist?

So as you may now see, the dentist has every reason to treat me like a frightened child and I, like the good patient I am, take it.

And really I'm hardly stressing at all that I have another four visits or so to go as he has to do a complicated root canal.
Oh wait, I can't swallow again...

I bet he's looking forward to it just about as much as I am!

But he's a great dentist so if you need one recommended to you, let me know!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clearly Mad AND Bad

This story seems to be the topic of morning shows today

A father, with his six year old and 2 year old sons watching, threw his four year old daughter Darcy off the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne.
It has since come out that the six year old boy pleaded with his father to go back and get Darcy but the father just kept driving.

The fall didn't kill Darcy. She died later in hospital.

So, finally this monster is convicted. While he did not deny he threw his daughter off the bridge, he had pleaded not guilty on the grounds of mental impairment.

That's the statement that makes my blood boil!!!
Of course he's goddam mentally impaired!!!!!!!!!!!!
What sane person would ever deliberately pull over a busy road, take a four year old girl from her car restraints, and chuck her over a bridge????

Sane people don't do that!!!

But guess what, we're all responsible for our actions so mentally impaired or not, this man has to pay for what he did!!! Not only to that little girl who's now denied a life, but to her brothers who watched it happen and her mother who will never hold her little girl again.
What a monster!!!

I don't like the death penalty as no one suffers from it. Instead, I propose a lifetime of torture.
THAT'S what I'd sentence this guy too!!

No doubt he's suffering, having to live with what he did but his suffering is no where near what he should get for doing what he did.

Mentally ill... such a stupid defense. It's about time we start making people accountable for what they do.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For all to remember forever...

I often wonder what I would have been like, if I'd been born ten or so years ago.

Social networking has changed our world.

I look at what these high school kids are writing and just cringe! It's not that it's so unusual, I mean, I said and thought a lot of stupid things when I was that age too, but my thoughts and spoken words weren't recorded for ALL to see!!

And when it comes to airing our thoughts, it's not only the younger people that are at fault. I know quite a few adults that will put things out there that really, should be left to the confines of private conversation.

When we converse with real people in the real world, we have their reactions to bounce back off of. We know when to pull it back by how the people we're talking to react.
At least we should know...
But my point is, we have a gauge.

Online, you're just putting it all out there and some brave person may call you on it, but for everyone who does, there's twenty or more that are snickering about your comments behind your back.

And I'm not against it... after all, it's no secret that I visit my facebook page daily but it does make me wonder how, with a less mature mind, I would have handled it.

I know I said some pretty stupid and thoughtless things as a child/teenager. If the stuff that I happened to etch into to desks, write on fences or spoke about with my friends were made public, I'd be pretty embarrassed about it right about now!

Where are these parents monitoring what their kids are doing? Who's telling them that what they write down now, may come back to bite them when they're a little older?
Where is our restraint? Restraint is becoming extinct!
We're going to say it now and by golly everyone is going to get a piece of our mind!

From my point of view, it's entertaining, but seriously, I'm so glad I'm not 13 right about now!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You think what???

Just because you have an opinion, it doesn't mean you need to express it.

Some people think raw honesty is not only the best option, but the ONLY option.

While yes, I do agree that honesty is the only option, people's feelings and the way you deliver your opinion need to be considered. What is your motive?

There seem to be people that will think it's OK to give you scathing feedback over the littlest inconsequential thing by adding the disclaimer "I'm just being honest."
It's like they've made a wonderful sacrifice by giving you the gift of their personal opinion.

Wouldn't you love to say "Yeah? And you're a douche-bag.. hey, I'm just being honest!"

So next time you have a burning desire to share you opinion, check yourself.
What are your motivations?
Will you be encouraging or stifling dialogue?
Is there a nicer way to convey your honesty than brute hostility?
And does it even really matter?

We ALL have a voice, we all have an opinion, some people are just smart enough to know when to keep theirs to themselves!

Monday, March 14, 2011

When I hear rhymes, it's sleepy times...

Hubby and I started to watch a movie yesterday about a poet.

While the style of the movie was interesting, the lines of poetry that were continually being spoken were...

well, insanely boring!

Hey, I get it, some people like poetry and that's fantastic for them, but quite frankly, I don't get it!

I would have rather have been in a confined space with a million crying babies than endure one more second of that movie!

You see to me, someone reading poetry is like someone telling you about a crazy dream they had.
I know that crazy dream is significant for YOU!! But really to me, it's just words. You could be saying anything fantastical because we all know dreams are fantastical!! It's really not an odd occurrence at all. I'm just not interested.

The same goes for poetry. I'm sure the events that inspired those beautiful words meant something to the writer and on a better day, I could maybe even appreciate it, but for the most part, I'm just not interested!

Having written all that, I've got to say that comedic poetry doesn't fall under the boring banner, neither does lyrical poetry. And I'm not just saying that because I've dabbled in both of those!

Lyrical because you can identify and like it based on the music. Comedic, because if it's done well, it can be witty, clever and funny.

If your heart is broken and you want to write about it, keep it to your blog!

And thanks for listening...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Of Silent And Absent Letters...

I was watching My Kitchen Rules tonight and the task was for the competing teams to make a sandwich.

They showed the different teams preparing for their task with their own varying interpretations of what it meant.

When they got to the Italian girls, Daniela and Stefania, I had to have a chuckle because Stefania pronounced it "Sangwich"

It's true, Italians do pronounce it like that. How that developed I'll never know!

I do know that I myself said it that way well into adulthood because, well that was just how I thought it was said!

Even knowing that it was spelt "sandwich", I still pronounced the "g".
I just thought it was one of the strange words like "know", "gnome" or "often" where the letters don't always tell you how the word is pronounced...

Now I know better but still have to think twice every time I go to use that word!

And although they're from WA, go Daniela and Stefania!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tea or Coffee?

Incredible but true...

Me to Miss 16: Oh you're having a tea

Miss 16: Yeah. I'd have coffee but I don't know how to make it

Me: (thinking I must have misunderstood but answering anyhow) You just put one teaspoon of coffee and two of sugar and some milk.

Miss 16: Oh, well now I know.

Oh dear...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An Apple A Day Hey?.....

It just gets ridiculouser and ridiculouser.
(Yeah I made up a word)

I get various ezines sent to me at work to make the day go by a little easier... Most of them are celebrity news related but some are exercise and nutrition related.

One ezine I get on nutrition is "The Food Coach" newsletter.
Everything I read is taken with a pinch of salt, especially in the field of nutrition where trends and fads change daily. No wonder there is such an obesity problem. People aren't smart enough to educate themselves (or maybe they're just not interested which is fair enough), so they read these attention grabbing headlines, telling them what they want to hear, then moan and groan that nothing works for them.

So this Food Coach email that was sent to me today, spoke of apples and how eating them will help reduce belly fat. I'd like to see the peer reviewed article/study that confirms this finding if it exists.
I suspect it doesn't.

It's not possible to spot reduce. It just isn't. Not by exercise and certainly not by diet.
To make this newsletter worse, it also offers a recipe for apple cake!! Yaay.. so you can lose belly fat by eating cake! Who knew!! Everybody go out and buy apple cake or if you're a baker, make one yourself!

Did no one tell this person that eating flour, butter and sugar counteracts whatever belly fat removing power the apple may have??

But we (and I do include myself) want to hear things that tell us it's ok to keep eating the bad things we eat...

How many times have you heard that chocolate is good for you?
Even if it does have antioxidants, or whatever else they're attributing to being "good" the sugar it contains does far more damage!

In the end, it really does come down to eating healthy and moving your body around.

Who was it that said, and I paraphrase -

Eat real food (not processed) not too much, and move your body.

That's it!! That's the diet secret!!

It can't get simpler than that...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

With an ego that size, what else could you want for?

I know I'm just adding to the media frenzy that is the Charlie Sheen train wreck but I just can't sit still on this.

The guy is fricken looney. His recent impromptu interviews couldn't have been scripted better!! It's either utter genius or maniacal lunacy and my bet is on the latter.

That someone can put them self above all others with such determination, and think they are so special, they're not even from THIS PLANET goes way beyond my level of comprehension.

Here are some recent Charlie quotes...

"I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind, and unlearned 22 years of fiction … the fiction of AA. It’s a silly book written by a broken-down fool. "

Whatever your thoughts on AA, to think that someone can instantly be cured of addiction by the power of the mind is... well the logic of a drug riddled person. It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic.

"I'm tired of pretending I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars."

Oh yeah, he said it... he's special alright but not quite in the way he was thinking!

"I'm on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."

If that's what the Charlie Sheen drug does, then frankly, I don't know anyone who'd be interested in it!
Even if he's just trying to wind everyone up, to SAY such a thing so publicly!! What the hell is wrong with his drug ruined brain!!!
Guess I just answered my own question...

"Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words - imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists." - referring to the show's producer.

Yeah... clearly.. the whole world sees it. Right Charlie?

"I got magic and I got poetry at my fingertips."

And a whole lot of fairy dust and BS

“If you're a part of my family, I will love you violently. If you infiltrate and try to hurt my family, I will murder you violently.”

I guess holding a knife to your wife's throat comes under loving you violently.

"People can't figure me out, they can't process me, I don't expect them to. You can't process me with the normal brain."

I guess it takes one to know one... And I'm kind of glad Charlie doesn't think he's on my level. I wouldn't want to be on his.

"I violently hate Chaim Levine. He's a stupid, stupid little man."


"I'm an F-18 bro and I will destroy you in the air and deploy my ordnance to the ground."

More Schoolyard. (yawn) I guess the "you" he's referring to is supposed to be quivering right about now.

"I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows...I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth."

Yeah, such a model citizen for 177 shows weren't you Charlie. Can you restore your public image with that power Charlie?

"I feel more alive, I feel more focused, I feel more energetic. I'm on a quest to claim absolute victory on every front."

Well it's pretty easy to make a claim isn't it. Lets see where Charlie ends up in six months or so.. that is, if he's still around.

And that's all I'm going to say about it!