Monday, December 28, 2009
Even the media has called attention to the apparent loss of common courtesies seen around the U.S. lately.
I well remember as a teen (in the 70/80's) hearing people say things like "kids are so rude these days!"
The examples I witnessed this past weekend were interesting to me in that each one was committed by an adult - ranging from age 35 to 60s. At the movies, a group of 4 or 5 people - well dressed and all 40-50 nearly ran my daughter over pushing and shoving to get into the movie theater ahead of her. Not an excuse me, sheepish smile or anything - they just practically knocked her down, and I'm not exaggerating.
While in the movies, a man in his at least late 50's sitting next to me kept his cell phone on and answered it when it rang. He then got up, while talking on his phone, and exited the theater. It was obvious from the conversation heard this was not an emergency or even some kind of important expected call. A few minutes later, he came back and then proceeded to tell his wife quite loudly the details of the call.
Today, on my break I decided to use the Jamba Juice gift card I got and get a (small!) Jamba Juice. A car pulled up quite shortly after me, and I got out. A 30+ woman and her teenage daughter got out, then RAN to get to the store ahead of me and nearly knocked me down pushing past me as I was going in the door.
At the grocery store, an elderly man was gingerly pushing his cart into the icy parking lot and a woman at least in her 40's was so zealous to get an open parking spot, she nearly ran him over - again, I'm not exaggerating.
These aren't 13 year old kids with no sense - these are ADULTS. In each case, apparently well-heeled adults at that. I'm obviously so annoyed, I had to write about it! Manners ARE dying in America - but obviously it's not the fault of the youth of today, though just like any group, they have their moments too.
I'm not impressed, but I'm also not a fan of being obnoxious about it either - making loud remarks about how rude other people seems rude to me too, lol! So I'm reaching out and writing here. If everyone who reads this thought about their actions and took a moment and talked to 2 other people about how rude people are becoming, could we make a difference? Obviously, courtesy still needs to be taught in the home to children....but just as obviously, some adults have discarded it. What do YOU think? Enquiring minds want to know...
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This has been a very successful month on SP for me, without doubt the most successful probably since I started back in '06. I've been working on consistency and my spark streaks are pleasing me - not perfect, but reasonable.
i've had to face how much I've avoided exercise in the past. I'm grateful for the Wii - it's fun and motivating (I'm apparently a gold star kinda person, makes me work harder). The points keep me motivated and I like seeing high consistency percentages. I realized I did more exercise minutes in December.....than I tracked all year long. That's sad. I DID exercise, I was just off spark or too lazy - and again, the consistency suffered.
Looking to 2010 - the year of no regret - I'm wondering what a good goal would be for exercise and what other streaks or fast breaks to add in. I need to be wary, because I'm unfortunately one of those people who put too much on their list, can't do it, and stop doing anything!
Also looking at my food - still no decisions there. My allergies have gotten worse and worse this year, in no small part I'm sure to the crap I've stuffed in my body for years. I do think I can start trying to focus on fruits/veggies/water.
We'll see. 2010 and no regrets. Because I really DO hate the pain of regret. The pain of self discipline is much more satisfying!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I've changed my User name. After 3 years on spark - I wanted a bit of a fresh start. There are other reasons....but the name says it all: No regret 2010.
I want 2010 to be a year of following through. A year of consistency.
I feel good about it - the name change and the coming year.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
My dance life is a huge chunk of my time, my creativity, not to mention sweat and blood and tears! To toot my own horn, I direct an award-winning bellydance troupe out of podunk Bend, Oregon, that holds the current Belly Dancer USA troupe award for 2009. It's pretty freaking amazing considering I am morbidly obese. Bellydance, like most dance art forms, has it's internal critics - many of whom say overweight women should not dance in public. Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of compassionate, supportive women...but there are also those who do not approve of what I do at my weight.
Most of the time, I can let that roll off me. If I waited till I lost weight, I wouldn't have a two-time BD USA troupe, I wouldn't have won numerous solo competitions, I wouldn't be teaching classes weekly to some of the most amazing and talented women, I wouldn't have made friends up and down the West coast, I wouldn't have sweated blood gettting certified level I in the Suhaila Salimpour format.
i would have missed out on more than you can imagine, if I had sat back and said, well, I'm fat and so I shouldn't dance/teach in public. Screw that attitude! Of course, do I LIKE the way I look in a costume right now? UH NO I DO NOT. The massive belly is all I can see.
But today, I got a Facebook friend request from someone I don't know who is local. Usually I don't friend people I don't at least recognize on the street, LOL. But this lady wrote me that she is also "voluptuous" and she had seen one of our videos on YouTube and wanted to just tell me that I inspired her.
THAT'S what it's all about folks. Pushing my own internal crap aside and having relationship with other women - inspiring them and believe me, being inspired by them.
So - While I'm working on my health, of which weight is a huge issue, I'm also taking time to remember that LIFE DOES NOT STOP WHILE I'M FAT. Hoo rah!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Work is very, very slow. Painfully slow. So I've been perusing quilting blogs.
It made me very envious - Envious of women with TIME. Yes, yes I know...some of those women work three jobs and tend the feilds and cook everything from scratch and STILL have time to knit, sew and quilt. Granted. But there are a few who don't work...who have no children...and they have the luxury of time that I don't have.
Yes, I could change my life around. But work is a necessity, the part-time dance teaching is necessity (for creativity and survival), and school is the only way to the future. So there isn't a whole lot of time left over. I could certainly manage what little time I have better, but it still wouldn't amount to the kind of time some of these women have.
Truly, I'm okay with it....mostly. But I had such a moment of overwhelming envy, and frustration...that I decided it would be better to write about it than to tuck my feelings away with some of the fudge decorating the office. So there's a success in the face of my frustration!
Good grief, I have a hard time finding time to EXERCISE, much less to do artsy craftsy sh!t. No wonder so many of those ladies down at the quilt shops are older, LOL, that's when you have TIME!
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