Saturday, January 2, 2010


Wow! What a wonderful evening Katy and I had last night going to see Chicago at the Fox. She is my BFF for getting these tickets and getting her old Mum out of the house. Seeing a live performance like that just makes you feel so....alive! The talent was just amazing. I could hardly believe that they could dance AND sing for 2 1/2 hours like that in such a flawless manner. I expressed this to Katy on the way home, and wondered if they were lip syncing most of the music as they danced. Not sure if I will find out the answer to that thought, but I know that I can barely talk and walk up a flight of stairs at the same time. Wow...I just can't say enough good things about all the talent we saw. The costumes are very skimpy, but it just reveals how much "in shape" they have to be to wear so little. I was distracted at one point, by a woman that appeared to have only pantyhose on exposing her backside. It caused my mind to jump back in time, to when I was in my late 20's. I had joined a gym for a short time. It was very unlike Vic Tanny or the gym I belong to now. It was a one room gym for women only. They had only a few machines, one of which was this fat shaker belt thingy.

I think those machines would be hard to find these days. Ha! Well.... anyway back in the "day" it was required that you come in a leotard type outfit. I remember when I signed up, they asked that you come dressed in something similar to these. By the way, I still own one of these Jane Fonda Videos. It is where I learned how to do the "Grapevine".

I arrived all ready in my required outfit and did the circuit, as instructed by the trainer, with the fat shaker belt and a few other crude (by today's standards) machines. Next it was time to line up for the floor exercises. An over weight lady arrived late, rushed into the changing room and joined us. She stood directly in front of me in nothing but see through pantyhose and a large tee shirt. I have this character flaw of laughing hysterically when I am nervous or uncomfortable. I couldn't control myself for the duration of the floor exercises and had to excuse myself as quietly as I was able. That lady was really NOT dressed in the required get up. It is funny how things like seeing the lady dance across the stage last night... triggered a memory like that from 30 years ago. TEEHEEE....HEHEe...chuckle chuckle..snort snort....

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I stopped making New Year's Resolutions too many years ago to remember. I am not actually sure I ever remember making any. Ha.... The hardest part for a new year turning over, for me is to remember to write down the correct year. Maybe I will practice writing 2010. Well....nah...I am sure I won't. I will be watching a movie and knitting, and doubt I will even make it until midnight. Our neighbors like to shoot fireworks off that will be my clue for the 2010 beginning.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Brenda and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Yesterday

I think we have this book around here somewhere. Maybe I should go fetch it and see if his day was as yucky as mine was yesterday. I went to the dentist and went there thinking I was going to get x-rays and have my teeth cleaned with my little misleading coupon that came in the mail awhile back for "x-rays and teeth cleaning for $49.00". I hadn't been to the dentist for awhile, but I knew that I most likely would not leave there paying just $49.00. But I sure wasn't expecting to see a plan they worked up for me for $1600. I had one broken tooth and a small cavity on the tooth next to it. Their plan was for me to start a gum disease preventative first for about $800 and then to clean and repair the others for the other $800. I questioned why they wouldn't want to repair the teeth first and do the gums last. The lady I told this to must have gone back and told the dentist that I was questioning their plan. He comes back in to the room and says..."How old are you Brenda?' I told him, but wondered why he was asking me that when he could have read it on the chart. He then says, "You are not a dentist are you?" I said no, and again wondered why he asked me that. Later I thought about it and figured out the hygienist must have told him I questioned their plan, and he decided he was going to put me in my his own style.
It was one of those experiences that you think about later and all of the things you could have done and said differently. If I had to do over, I would have asked him to lose the attitude and just explain the plan and let me go home and think about it. We ended up spending $750 for x-rays, half of my mouth cleaned and 2 fillings. I came home and looked around a little on the Internet to find out what the average filling cost, and it was half of what he charged. No wonder he sends out those stupid coupons. From now on I plan on taking someone with me... to help me not get in those situations. The amount he charged was bad enough, but the attitude was worse. I am still in a really bad mood!
Lesson learned. From now on do NOT make any appointments without
1. Having someone there to help me understand what is going on.
2. Research the person you are going to go see.
3. Be better educated about dental practices and procedures.
4. Continue to throw away coupons that fill up the mailbox.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sweating It...

Just had a great workout at the gym. I have been trying to push myself a little more each time. And by little...I do mean little. Like never increasing each exercise more than 10 repetitions from the last time. I have however tried to increase the elliptical to however far I feel I can go.... without overdoing it. I think I remember my trainer telling me that I should try to build up to being "out of breath" at the end of a workout. I came closer to that today, but not quite. My biggest goal right now is to just go everyday or at least 5 days a week and not slack off at all. So far...I have achieved that.
I get emails from the gym, and the one I got today said something like...Now that you have been going for a few weeks, you should start seeing some results. Well...not really. I don't think anyone that looks at me would think I go to the gym. Ha.. But I do feel better and that is hopefully what they meant. The great thing about this particular gym is that I don't feel self-conscious at all. I see women and men that are my age and older and some that are in a little worse shape than me, and I feel like we are there just trying to get healthier...and that in itself is a great feeling. I used to go to Vic Tanney about 20 years ago with a friend and I just felt like it was a show-off your body place....or someplace to try and meet someone if you were single.
Well...we are barely into winter and I am already missing sunny days and flowers. The orchid in my bathroom is almost ready to burst out! Can't wait!!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever