Tuesday, August 05, 2008

learning all the time

I am having a wild and crazy time, my bloggie friends, and I don't mean that in a good way. I'm learning so much about myself.

1. I shouldn't tell people when I'll blog or what about, because I'm bound to rebel.

2. Caffeine is bad for me, and it's even worse when I'm quitting.

3. I don't need to take on any more cats, projects, children, teaching opportunities, or anything else. Particularly not when quitting caffeine.

4. It's pathetically easy for unscrupulous persons to steal important information for the purposes of credit card fraud, particularly when the victim is generally lazy and trusting about leaving one's mail in the mailbox for hours and even days, and careless about what sorts of papers she puts in her recycling.

5. Once said identity theft is discovered by the victim, she can expect a great deal of hassle, hours spent on the phone, and to feel generally paranoid about neighbors and strangers alike. It also bears mentioning that the sort of person who is lazy, careless, and trusting about mail and recycling is also likely to be the sort of person who will find it particularly challenging to spend hours on the phone with automated systems and credit reporting agencies.

6. The police can be helpful, friendly, thorough, and just as helpless as teachers are, in the context of a broken system.

7. A cat who poops on the floor is not the end of the world, even though it might have seemed that way a mere week ago.

8. None of this is any fun in the middle of quitting caffeine.

Have I mentioned that I'm quitting caffeine this week? I highly recommend it. It's great for your stress level, and will make just about everything else you try to do so much easier. Really, go ahead. Get off that caffeine, and then tell me all about it. Misery loves company.

Next week will be better, I'm sure of it.


Anonymous said...

Well, the upside is if you can get through this week without caffeine you should be set. Sorry to hear about the cc fraud. I am similarly trusting ...

Does number 3 mean that you have taken on too many of any or all of these things recently?

elsie deluxe said...

I've taken on new teaching opportunities (in addition to the ed class, I'll be teaching a lace class and a spindling class at my LYS. I'm also tutoring two kids now, homeschooling three in the fall). I have more projects on the house and on the needles than I can really keep track of, and I've considered adopting two new cats, and even a kid. Not a specific kid, a hypothetical kid. And then I get a day like today was and I just want to collapse.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! What a hassle. Time to get a shredder.

I've been drinking way too much coffee lately trying to stay perked up to get everything done for our move. My stomach is rebelling, and I can't sleep anyway from the stress. Sigh.

The other day my husband almost admitted a small desire to have another child. I think my head would explode at this point.

shaun said...

I'm not buying it. I keep circling around quitting caffeine, but the time is never right . . . and you are not convincing me. ;)

What a drag about the ID theft. My husband polices this issue very carefully, and I am finally well trained in safely disposing of stuff.

Tara said...

Geez. I'm really sorry to read this. I know I need to step up efforts in this area. Time to get back to shredding again...
I hope this all gets sorted out soon.

Anonymous said...

On caffeine. I quite temporarily back in the day when I had a job in an office and was quite stressed and I started having heart arrhythmia. The doctor suggested it was stress and I figured the caffeine wasn't helping. Thinking about it, taking stimulants when stressed is probably illogical.

Anyway, after about 6 weeks, when it was all under control, I started drinking coffee again. (I like the stuff.) But I limit myself to 2 or 3 cups a day (last one after lunch) and I drink half-caff. I mix a good dark roast with a decent decaf. You can even order half and half at all the coffee shops and no one looks at you funny. (Well most people are ordering weird drinks designed to disguise the coffee.)

I recommend it as a good way to control the caffeine intake while still getting that lovely coffee. Of course for those with ADD, the caffeine probably helps you concentrate and doesn't have the negative effects the rest of us struggle with.

elsie deluxe said...

Oh Jo, your belief in me is really quite charming. I'm not drinking coffee, I just can't. I'm a big old mess on THAT much caffeine. It turns out that even the small amount of caffeine contained in a single cup of green tea is bad for me, and that is the amount I'm quitting. It probably seems like it should be easy, but even that much is addicting. Next week really will be better.

Anonymous said...

You know your own body and if that is bad for you. It is bad for you. It was the other commenters who seemed to think that maybe they should that I was talking to, too. Because not all of us metabolize things the same way. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.