Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings/Moments

good posture

A few years ago, I got rear-ended in my car, and suffered back injury. To treat the pain, I got physical therapy. One of the methods to improve and prevent back pain, was to improve my posture. My therapist told me that it put a lot of stress on the back to slouch.

It took a lot of practice to improve my posture. My muscles and joints were just so used to slouching. But that wasn’t the only thing. It was a cultural/social issue too. Just about everyone slouches, so when I sat up straight, I felt out of place, like I was being too snooty or something.

To reinforce better posture and prevent slouching, my PT would gently poke me in the back when I slouched. Eventually my posture training took hold and it became easier–both physically and mentally–for me to sit up straight consistently.

A few months ago, I had a physical therapist; this time it was for my shoulder rehabilitation. He praised my good posture. It was a great compliment coming from him. It was like being complimented on an outfit by a fashion designer.

Now, I am so used to sitting up straight, I would have to make a conscious effort to slouch, which now feels physically uncomfortable to do.

my Apprentice personality

I took the quiz that suggests which Apprentice I most resemble: Ereka.

I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know if the analysis is accurate. I do agree with her definition of “success.”

For some people success is having the corner office and a summer home in the Hamptons. For others success is having a healthy and happy family/personal life. For me, it’s having both… but on my terms.

Life simulating Sims

A friend got me temporarily hooked on Sims when she was expressing some issues with her playing the Sims game. One of her dilemmas was that her characters would eat while standing up, although she wanted them to eat at the dinner table.

Today, I showed up late to a lunch lecture, so there were no more seats for me. I had to eat my lunch while standing. Part of the lunch was a bag of potato chips, which is what the Sims snack on! I totally felt like a Sim! :rotfl:

The game is very addictive and is hard to quit once we begin. Fortunately, my current hobby of web designing and learning PHP has made me forget about the game. :)

PMS Retardation

For years, every once in a while, I would feel as if I was suffering early-onset senility. I was extremely forgetful and absent-minded, had trouble concentrating, and just felt like a ditz. :oops:

For example, a few days ago, I bought lunch to bring to work. I had already entered my work building when I realized I had forgotten my lunch in my car. So I returned to the car, and since I felt cold, I grabbed my jacket. I walked to the building again and realized that I forgot to grab the lunch when I went to the car. When I returned to my car again, I forgot why I was there until I looked around. [color=gray]Oh, there’s my lunch.[/color] Finally, I was in my office, with my lunch, which I had to heat up. So, I went to the kitchen to use the microwave, and I put my lunch in the refrigerator.

No, no, I wasn’t so retarded that I tried to heat up my lunch in the refrigerator. :rotfl: It’s just that by the time I got to the kitchen, I forgot the specific reason why I went there, so on automatic pilot, I put my food away in the refrigerator. doh!

Recently, with the help of my PDA to help me keep track of time, I’ve discovered the pattern: my retardedness occurred reliably with my PMS week. I know at least one other woman who has this happen to her.

Before this, I was so ashamed and wondered [color=gray]why do I feel so stupid?[/color] every once in a while. It is a relief to know that it’s PMS’s fault. It is similar to when I get really :evil: or :cry: around PMS time. I tell myself to consider that I’m not truly feeling those emotions, but it’s my body acting in turmoil and clouding my thoughts and feelings.

:?: Does anyone else experience this?