Monday, August 31, 2009
I'm different from them in that I haven't stayed close with my childhood or college friends. Recently I've gotten in touch with a few people through Facebook but it's been a long time and it's hard to fill in the empty spaces since high school and now.
I do have a wonderful friend that I met in graduate school that I've stayed in touch with over the years. In 2008 I presented her with a scrapbook chronicling our twenty year history together. She's been through many transitions with me such as career, marriage, and having a child even though her path has been quite different from mine. But we didn't know each other as children and I realize now the difference that makes after reading The Girls from Ames. In the book, one of the girl's father's succumbs to Alzheimers and the condolences that mean the most to her are from her childhood friends who knew him as a doctor and respected member of their community. Her more recent friends could not understand her sorrow in the same way they could.
For me, my unexpected midlife hearing loss has affected my ability to maintain various friendships. I no longer enjoy regular hour long telephone conversations. I crave emails and text messages over phone calls. In place of group gatherings, I prefer a one on one lunch in a quiet restaurant or a private chat in my home or a friend's. At work a quick update in a cubicle is easier for me than having lunch in the noisy cafeteria. I've looked for ways to let my friends know I still care even though I've changed my social habits. I'm not sure I've succeeded there. Reading The Girls from Ames has inspired me to try harder.
How about you? Do you have friends from childhood? Or like me have you put distance from your past? How do you communicate with your hearing friends and maintain ties with them? I'm open to suggestions. I'll leave you with the words to a song I learned as a girl: Make new friends, but keep the old. Some are silver and the others gold.
Friday, August 28, 2009
me of Sunday School where the children are told to
bow their heads and close their eyes for prayer.
There's always one who peeks!
If you click to enlarge this photo, you can spy goldfish.
visitors to the backyard. From a distance they
remind me of golf balls perched on driving range tees.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Vanilla Ice Cream Cone 8-6-09 3
Originally uploaded by stevendepolo
Have you heard the news? Library fans who like ice cream are petitioning Ben & Jerry's to create a new library themed ice cream flavor. Andy Woodworth, a New Jersey librarian, is behind the movement. He says, "libraries are awesome, Ben & Jerry's ice-cream is tasty, therefore a library-themed Ben & Jerry's ice-cream would be tasty awesome". He's created a Facebook page to garner support for the idea. Four thousand members have joined already.
Here are my favorites from their creative flavors suggested so far:
- Dewey Ooey-Gooey [vanilla with butterscotch swirls]
- Dusty Stacks [layered ice cream with a dusting of cocoa]
- Rocky Read [vanilla with chocolate chunks and chocolate covered nuts and raisins]
You can see the complete list of flavors here. Which ones do you like? Do you have an idea of your own? You can submit ideas directly to Ben & Jerry's at this link.
P.S. Thank you to the reader who sent me a news story on this!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Not sure what this one is but it seemed
to go along with the other purple flowers
in today's post so I included it as well.
The other day I mentioned to my husband that
I'm unable to take photos of these morning glories
when I come home from work because they're closed up.
He gave me a look. When I asked, "What?" innocently,
he replied, "That's why they have that name."
Groan. I'd never put that together before.
Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Consonants trip me, up but sometimes my mind plays tricks on me too. I wonder if the Steve Miller Band's song "Take the Money and Run" played some part in this. Hmmm... How many times do you suppose that song's been played on the radio since 1976? If your brain has to fill in the blanks, which is more likely "tape" or "take"?
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this video enactment of the song's storyline I found on YouTube. [Note: There is no dialogue other than the song lyrics which I've added below the video.]
Song Lyrics for Take the Money and Run
This here's a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
Two young lovers with nothin' better to do
Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
That's where they ran into a great big hassle
Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
Bobbie Sue took the money and run
Go on take the money and run
(Repeated three more times)
Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas
You know he knows just exactly what the facts is
He ain't gonna let those two escape justice
He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes
Bobbie Sue, whoa, whoa, she slipped away
Billy Joe caught up to her the very next day
They got the money, hey
You know they got away
They headed down south and they're still running today
Singin' go on take the money and run
Go on take the money and run
(Repeated six more times.)
source for this song's lyrics
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
At long last, we have a television in our home with captions. [Cheering]
Here's my first impressions: I love, love, love captions. I can't believe how much I was missing without them. The captions that are perfectly in sync with the dialogue are fabulous! In my first evening of watching, I noticed commercials seemed to have the best captions of all. Even sound effects were noted. [smile]
On the other hand, the captions for an entertainment news program I watched were less than optimal. [frown] They ran behind and had many errors. When I missed a key word or phrase in the dialogue, I would wait for it to appear in the captioning, only to see that sentence skipped over completely. [sigh] I guess for now I will probably avoid watching "live" television shows. I've been spoiled by the excellent captioning I've grown accustomed to on movie DVDs.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Originally uploaded by speakuplibrarian
Recipe for Pressure:
Preheat the oven with family arguments over the weekend.
Begin with an online class for work with an estimated time required 5 hours per week. [Of course no work responsibilities have been taken away.]
Mix in deadlines for metadata creation. [Example: On Friday four files were given to me after 2:30 p.m. to be done before 4:00 p.m. One file contained a 600 page report that needed to be summarized! Somehow I managed it.] Wonder what deadlines this week will bring.
Add a listening ear to friends' problems you can do nothing about but sympathize. Whisk in worry that your friends are hurting.
Fold in medical bills the insurance company should have taken care of months ago. Whisk in worry that you'll end up having to pay them yourself.
For flavor, add in PMS symptoms. Whisk in worry that this is your new everyday mood.
Add panic that you've forgotten an important appointment. Check calendar to see that no, you haven't. Replace with worry that you still won't remember.
Shove in the oven and cook until burnt to a crisp.
Serve to the accompaniment of Queen's Pressure [read the lyrics and listen to the song here].
Then write a funny blog post and feel much better!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I liked this action shot that shows what activity we were participating in without revealing any of the kids' identities.
This is my first tree shadow picture. I like how the mini golf setting appears in the upper right of the photo. The rock that extends over the curb looks to me like a pig. Can you see the pig's snout, eyes, and ears?
Yes, I know my feet are in this photo. You can blame Marnie for that idea.
Friday, August 7, 2009
What do you suppose he's thinking?
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Perhaps a Yellow Coneflower Echinacea Hybrid (?)
Yellow Rose (thanks, Mog)
Green Thumb Friend thought it would be fun for you to help identify the names of the flowers that I didn't know. If we're all stumped, I'm pretty sure she'll come through with the info. Meanwhile if you can help me out, please post in the comments. Thanks!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I've Forgotten What It's Like...
to hear the phone ring from another room.
to unintentionally overhear a conversation.
to comprehend the lyrics of a song heard on the radio for the first time.
to sense someone's presence behind me.
to catch the punchline of a joke at the same time as everyone else.
to understand an urgent whispered secret.
to choose a seat in the back of the room.
Hearing people have so many abilities they simply take for granted, but I've forgotten what it's like to be a hearing person.