In 1991, while we were living in Florida, I was hired full time as a lobby attendant at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. It's was a very swank place to work and some of my responsibilites like cursory dusting, flower petal clean up and hand towel folding were fairly benign. Not all of them were quite so glamorous...
When I first hired on and began working we had a full staff (male and female) to take care of the men's and ladie's restrooms at either end of the hotel. As time went by though, some of the lobby attendants couldn't hack the job and either went to different departments, or quit altogether. That meant that those of us left had to take up the slack, including upkeep of the restrooms for both sexes.
It wasn't the work that was difficult, just that men had no reluctance when it came to using the facilities even with me in there! At the time (the hotel was newly opened), we had no way to put up a sign alerting the users that it was closed for cleaning and replenishment. I'm no prude, but I just didn't want to be alone in the men's room with anyone. It was too dangerous, and it was also irksome because as the months went on the hotel began asking us to do twice as much work.
So, as you can imagine, when I saw this comic in our paper from the Wizard of Id I almost fell on the floor laughing. It was SO me!
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You know what they say about the best layed plans...they often go awry. Well, my plan to get this comic posted for Valentine's Day went totally bust when (1) I couldn't get into the Picnik site to edit the graphic. Hence, the wacky low quality look here today too because Picnik is still not working. (2) We had a rather nasty wind, rain and hail storm that blasted through about 5:15 PM and knocked out our power for 7 hours.
I thought the above comic was pretty funny in a warped sort of way, and so even though it's late for Valentine's Day, it's still kind of appropriate.
Way back in the 1980's when I was more into metaphysics, I aquired two Tibetan singing bowls. They don't "sing" in the true sense of the word, but they do emit a sound that is unique to each handmade one. Mine are two different sizes and they fit comforatbly in the palm of my hand while I use the wooden tool that came with them to make them vibrate.
The challenge is to go around and around the outside of the bowl with the wooden dowel like tool and keep it up until it feels just like the bowl is going to jump out of your hand. It's not easy to get it to sing, but once you get the knack of it the singing bowl rewards you with the most fascinating sound.
Singing bowls come in many sizes and mine just happen to be smaller than some others I've seen. If you're looking for a unique gift for someone, I promise they will love a singing bowl.
Although I don't have the newest gadget, Flip Pal, I do have a handy little scanner I bought a few years ago that works for small items like photos, clippings, etc. Some comics I like so much that I've kept them for years. Each one tickled my funny bone for one reason or another.
This Kliban one is a favorite. If you're not a cat lover you won't get it. Come back every day to see what's new. I'll be here all week!!
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This last Friday we were visiting our nephew and his wife at their house out in the "country", and the topics of conversation range from A to Z. As we are all home owners, we quite often talk about the trials and tribulations of maintaining our houses. As it happened, we were talking about critters (aka, rodents) that like to try to make their way inside. My brother even had a mouse get in and die in his kitchen stove. Can you imagine? Ick!
Jim and I have had them in the garage, but so far, not in the house. It’s amazing what tiny spaces they can squeeze those little furry bodies into though. Eeek! Although none of us have small children in our homes, we do all have pets (dogs and cats) that would be on a rodent in a minute if given the chance. The pets might find that amusing, but us owners certainly would not, for so many reasons. No matter where you live rodent control is something you have to stay on top of at any time of the year.
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Well, today was the big day. I went to rehab (no, I didn't see Charlie Sheen) to get my Epley Maneuver done. As luck would have it, nothing showed up to verifty that I have rocks in my head ears. Coleen had me sit on the table. I focused my eyes on the walls, on the end of a bell, and my thumb. Nothing. Just last week, in the same therapy center I was dizzy as all get out after laying on the table to get some stretching done on my neck and shoulders.
So, as it stands now the therapist I saw today is "on alert" for if I should have another room spinning event. It's good to know my therapists genuinely care about me at least. I go back for other stretching and followup with my physical therapist on the 15th of this month. From what all the therapists and I can determine, I have (perhaps) an inner ear problem, but also the calcium crystals in my ears. I hope I can get something resolved before July when I have to fly to Minnesota.
What I also discovered today is that I'm not able to stand on one leg at a time. And, my range of motion for my neck is less to the left than to the right. I can, however, nod my head up and down and back and forth. So far, I can still walk and chew gum too. I'm awesome!
A short time ago I joined the No More Fibromyalgia Group on Facebook and I have to say I've found more answers and explanations each day from the group than anything I've read or been told by a doctor in the years since my diagnosis. For instance: "Fibro Facts: People with fibro tend, many times, to be hypersensitive to smell, taste and other sensations. If this is the case with you, ask those around you not to wear perfume, or to keep the music soft and low. This is very very common."
This is just one of the many difficulties I deal with on a daily basis. It's like I'm 'blessed' with these superpowers that no one would really want. My husband just thinks I'm being 'bitchy' when I ask to have the TV turned down. When we ride in the car I have to put the air flow on recycle if we follow a stinky vehicle.
Here's another one that they listed recently: "Fibro Tip: People with Fibro are often depressed. This is not because of the illness but because of the secretion of too much adrenalin leading to something called Adrenal Syndrome. Interference with receptors in the brain. Therefore mention Adrenal Syndrome to your Doc the next time he/she says you are depressed due to having Fibromyalgia. It's chemically induced, not psychological."
For the last four weeks I've been going to physical therapy for an associated problem, and found out that some of the neck and shoulder pain I've been having are related to the pain from fibro also. Last Friday, when I was getting ready to go to an appointment all of a sudden I had a muscle flare up in those two areas and I thought I was going to have to 'live with it' all day. I explained to the therapist how quick the pain onset was and that I had also been having a problem with vertigo. She did some range of motion stretches for me that day, and I was amazed that by the end of the one hour appointment the pain was almost gone! As for the vertigo, tomorrow I and going to have a treatment called the Epley Maneuver. Wish me luck!
When Jim was getting ready to install the new flooring in the bathroom he began cutting it with a linoleum knife. That didn't quite do the trick, but luckily he buys gadget tools for us and I got these electric Black and Decker scissors for Christmas a couple years ago. (aff). I've used them a lot for opening those bleeping clear plastic packages many times, but it never occurred to me they would work for vinyl flooring too. For the price, it's a lot easier than ruining a pair of regular scissors, or having your knees kill you.