Thursday, February 21, 2008

Week in Review

So it figures that the day that I finally am alive enough to wake up early for a little quiet alone-on-the-computer time, Ali G wakes up chirping first and then the internet is down.

But it feels like ages since I’ve had a chance to sit at the computer with two hands and type and think, both at the same time.

Valentine’s Day

I just want to mark the passing of Valentine’s Day. It was last week and this year, like every year I can remember, it seems that the majority of my women friends end up with their feelings bruised by the partners in their life who have VDRS or Valentine’s Day Resistance Syndrome. Why is it that so many men cannot bring themselves to acknowledge the holiday dedicated to celebrating love? Yes, we all know that Hallmark makes a killing and that Kay Jewelers ads make otherwise sane women suddenly fantasize about getting a piece of unexpected jewelry. So the marketing is heavy handed and the flowers cost 3 times as much as usual. But is that really an excuse to ignore the day? Isn’t the idea, the tradition of celebrating those you love a nice one? I have suffered through many a Black Thursday (or whichever day of the week) myself and it sure does get old. And when VDRS goes undiagnosed or untreated it can do serious harm to a relationship. Some women I know claim that they have ruled that the holiday be ignored in order to spare their feelings. I can understand why they would try to defend themselves that way, fighting fire with fire. But over time I wonder if it really works?

Happily for me Dh is beginning to overcome the disease. This year, though there was no token of affection awaiting me on the actual day, we did go out on the weekend for a very nice dinner. We had a great time too. It was a nice restaurant but the prices were lower than we’d expected, a welcome surprise! Sad to say that Ali G and the Bunny didn’t have nearly such a good time. When we got back the two of them looked as stressed as the babysitter as Ali G had yelled the whole time we were gone.

Body For Lifing

This week I’ve been feeling stuck with my Body For Life challenge. I’m halfway through and since my last weigh in day I feel like I haven’t made any progress. I’ve even missed a couple of lower body weight workouts and that gets me down too. So, to help reinvigorate myself I’m starting Atkins again. I don’t want to turn this into a boring let’s-talk-about-my-weight blog so I’ll just say that the low carb way is historically for me the most effective way for me to shed fat. So far I’ve been on the < style=""> I’m a total space cadet today but I am sure that by tomorrow I’ll feel a lot better and start to see some positive reinforcement pretty soon after that.

Short Timer Syndrome

Some good friends of ours who moved away a couple years ago first told us about this condition. They’d noticed that once they started closing their business, having garage sales and selling their stuff in preparation to leave some of their friends started to pull back and be less and less available to them. Now it’s my turn. I’ve noticed that one of my good friends is starting to drift a bit. It’s one of those things I guess. But I won’t pretend that it doesn’t bum me out and make me a little grouchy. After being blown off twice now my inclination is to stop asking, you know? And that doesn’t feel quite right either, but honestly, how many times do you need to hear the same answer before it sinks in?