Monday, November 9, 2009

An Exercise in Patience

Did I mention that one of my biggest pet peeves is the CONSTANT use of cell phones??? Particularly while one should be FULLY engaged when driving a vehicle...thank you so much for driving into my turning lane and then stopping in front of me while talking on your phone.
Is it just me or is this highly annoying? I really do not want to hear you argue with your child/spouse etc. while I am...in a public bathroom, shopping or eating in a restaurant...is it really that important? Parking a big honking SUV while talking on a phone is probably not such a great idea either.

Last week proved to be an exercise of continued patience which I am lacking in spades which by the way culminated with a flat tire on the way home...thank goodness for a Friday mental health day...

Saturday was hectic with a hair appointment and super hero birthday party. A "quick trip to the grocery store tested the patience of a saint. The first line I attempted to "get in" had customer paying for all her items, one item at a time separately with coupons and some other foolishness...lane two...customer is in express lane with a fully loaded cart, pays, forgets something so goes to the FRONT of the register to pay for the forgotten item...this only happens when one is in a hurry (I allowed EXTRA time for a stop to the store) I kept telling myself, "there is something to be learned here" Patience, my friends is in fact a great virtue!

I think patience becomes a problem when you are overextended physically and emotionally...if you have a health issue such as a hurty back...little annoyances become exacerbated! Whilst shopping for party favors at the dollar store...I noticed this odd looking gizmo (see photos below) and a few people behind me were discussing "the gizmo's" merits as heard on an infomercial...I requested they pass one to me. Did I mention I LOVE this back rest thingy!!! It helps you to sit correctly in your chair AND gives great support for the back. It has elastic on the back and this is very important...the elastic thingies keep the back support attached to your chair so it does not fall over when you stand up thus causing SOMEBODY to fall when attempting to return to said chair! I might also add that if your vehicle does not have the lumbar feature this works extremely well for support while driving (again, you should probably be sure the elastic thingies are properly in place, just sayin)






All this comfort can be had for merely $1.00 that is $29.00 less than the infomercial price!

Monday arrived with a whole truckload of new issues. Did I mention my printer ran out of ink in the middle of a project and the extra ink was not to be found anywhere in this office??? Desperate times call for desperate measures...2 cartons of diet coke, yogurt, pretzels, assorted fruit (lots) and some chicken, a case of water...while on the "ink" errand I popped into the grocery store for ONE (1) carton of diet coke!!! I am thankful to be employed, to have a car to drive, stores nearby with plenty of goodness...not everyone is thus blessed. I am ever mindful of all the many blessings and gifts I enjoy even in the midst of being a grouch.

7 comments:

beth said...

oh, how I have had days and weeks like this....

okay, deep breath...and another.....keep going....you'll get there...

and now turn on some loud music and dance it all out...like ellen....you will so much better, I promise :)

Se'Lah said...

exhaling, with you.

xo

Michelle said...

sounds kinda like my day

Anita said...

Speaking of cell phones... don't you just hate family get-togethers where certain family members just never get off the phone the whole time they are there? C'mon people - connect!

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Jayne said...

You're not a grouch, my friend. You just need some sweet slumber. Remember our conversation about how you just can't pull yourself out of the ditch without sufficient sleep?

Ditto to cell phone stuff. Saturday I observed a family of four sitting in a restaurant, and the two youngest ones were using their phones, one to talk and the other to text. Their parents were sitting there trying to look as though this was the normal thing to do. And maybe it is. Maybe we're just old fogies. But no, I don't think so. I think rude is rude regardless of the era and the electronic gadgetry.

Rosezilla said...

I would cheerfully smash all cell phones with a big heavy smasher sort of thing, then have a bonfire with them. At least I'd be cheerful about it... I feel so sorry for the little kids, and the spouses too, when they finally get out somewhere with their loved one AWAY FROM THE T.V. and the person jabbers on the phone the whole time. Hubby doesn't do that to me, and I am truly grateful. And don't be too hard on yourself, it is pretty hard to be happy and patient with a hurty back.

thedailydish said...

Amen sistah. I go to the store, inevitably I get into the faster LOOKING but actually SLOWER checkout. W/out fail. I am a patient woman. I try to crack jokes while waiting. Most people laugh.. We all feel better. The cashiers have a tougher job than we do. I try to remember that as I am silently cursing those around me.

LOVE the back thingy -- I slouch and John's back is terrible. Going to check the dollar store here. You should stock up & sell em on eBAY!!

xoxoxox