Archive for August, 2008

27
Aug
08

the lonely and forgotten.

I’m scared of a lot of things. Some fears are pretty typical: rapists, murders, cancer, car accidents and family/friends dying (I know, I know, I’ve watched too many episodes of Law and Order SVU).  But I also have less “normal” fears – one of them is getting old. I’m not talking about turning 40, 50 or even 60. I’m not talking about getting old in the conventional sense. This has nothing to do with age, vanity, or mid-life crises. I’m talking about getting REALLY old. The kind of old where people stop noticing you. Stop paying attention to you. Where you are widowed, lonely, helpless. Incompetent. Obsolete. Alone.

I think about it constantly. Every time I see an old man or woman alone riding the bus, or buying groceries, I am reminded that this could someday be my fate and that it is the reality of so many people. It tugs at my heart and leaves me feeling worried. I ponder their bleak options. 1) Stay alone in their home which they can’t manage anymore. 2) Move in with one of their children where they constantly feel like a burden and disruption. 3) Move into a retirement home/assisted living facility where they are placated like a child and herded like a cow. None of these options sounds good.

I’m scared of being old and taken advantage of. Of feeling lost and confused. Of being lonely. And of losing my ability to care for myself. How do the elderly cope with this? I think it’s more than I could handle.

Sometimes I think about volunteering at a retirement or nursing home – but I always talk myself out of it. I’m afraid I’ll confirm my worst fear – that life plateaus and eventually starts going downhill.

25
Aug
08

pet peeve

Simple grammatical errors frustrate me. Everyone should know the difference between to, too, two; their, they’re, there; your, you’re; but, butt, etc. I understand that mistakes happen, but seriously?

In case you can’t see through the raindrops on my windshield, the frame reads: When hell freezes over I’ll snowboard there to!

24
Aug
08

Guac-off.

It’s a guac-off! This weekend was the first annual guac-off. I think the name is pretty self explanatory, but if you haven’t already deduced it, a guac-off is a guacamole contest. The best tasting guac wins – and I won! See a few pics below. There were six contenders and six judges. Andre came in 2nd and 3rd place went to Gary Buckner! What was first prize you ask? What else but a $20 gift card for Taco del Mar – SCORE!

24
Aug
08

in a pickle.

Last weekend, Derek and I learned how to pickle. Our friend’s mother is an expert canner, and she was nice enough to show us the ropes. It was fun! Now we have 12 giant jars of pickles waiting to be eaten. Apparently they have to sit for 30 days before we can break into them – 23 days and counting!

19
Aug
08

Guest Blogger: Hallmark’s gift that keeps on giving

Okay – this might seem REALLY stupid to people, but just listen for a moment and try to imagine it working successfully.

Let’s be honest here – nobody likes shopping for greeting cards.  You hunt around for the perfect card for a miserable ten minutes, picking up several and reading each of them.  None of them are making you laugh and all of them seem overpriced. The reality of it is yes, they are overpriced and yes, the majority have terrible humor.

We could just stop buying them, but many people feel that it’s absolutely necessary.  So what we CAN do is start NOT writing on the card itself. Simply write on a post-it and stick it on the inside of the card. This allows the recipient to save the card and re-use it when he/she feels it fits a particular person.

Eventually you have a stack of several cards saved up that you’ve received – from Christmas’, birthdays, anniversaries, and all the “hallmark holidays.”  Now all you have to do is flip through your stack and start re-using them (with a post-it inside). It may be wise to keep the previous senders post-it inside until you are ready to re-use it, this way you don’t send it to the same person that sent it to you.

You may feel strange doing it at first, but eventually I’m going to get everyone to do it and you will no longer feel weird about it.  Who wouldn’t be thrilled about receiving a card without writing on it!? Save yourself five bucks and a trip to the store sorting through the mess…

Anyway, just another random thought.

18
Aug
08

Guest Blogger: recycling your waste

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my impact on the local environment. I say local environment because it’s the region that is affected most by my actions – the things I choose to eat, the containers or packaging that those items are sold in, where the product was grown (or made) and what it took to raise/create that product.

It’s impossible to walk about this planet without leaving the slightest eco-footprint. I don’t think people should be expected to do so – there is a balance where humans can co-exist with surrounding life. What bothers me is when people have the opportunity to leave a lesser impact, by doing simple things like recycling but choose to throw the plastic in the garbage to be hauled off to a landfill in down in Oregon – or anywhere else for that matter. It’s completely irresponsible. It was just last week that I was down on Seattle’s waterfront and saw a guy finish his bottle of water and toss it in the trash along the sidewalk. Looking about 100 feet beyond him I could see a blue recycling bin. I was more than irritated. Not only by the man that carelessly tossed his bottle, but the bottled water companies that encourage this behavior, and by the city of Seattle that loves to claim they care so much about the local environment and are all about reducing impact and increasing sustainability.

How difficult would it be to put a recycling container next to EVERY trash receptacle? Or why is it that there are no recycling containers in the parks around here? Why doesn’t Starbucks have recycling containers for the plastic cups? How are they able to sell just shy of 3 billion drinks per year at over priced rates, but not pay the premium for cups that can be fully recycled? – especially when the sleeves read statements like “help save the earth” and boast that they’re made with 60% recycled material.

I better stop here because I could go on and on about Starbucks.

14
Aug
08

guest blogger

I will be traveling for work next week, so starting Sunday “just another day in paradise” will host its very first guest blogger. Please feel free to leave comments and provide feedback as usual! Enjoy!




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