We all know someone, or many someones, who are very vocal about their problems and suffering that drives us crazy. They always seem to have something to complain about and make it quite clear that their life is awful…and that we should agree with them. So, just agree with them. Don’t make any suggestions or even hint that things will get better. That will just start another tirade about how you don’t understand them and what an awful time they are having.
It is okay to have an occasional rant about our troubles and woes, even good for us. It can be cathartic to just let it all out and then be done with it. I have been known to rant and rave about what is bothering me but I see no need to go on and on. Carrying on just makes whoever is listening wonder why they ever thought of you as a nice person.
One bit of advise then this mini rant will be over. If you suffer loudly and long it is best to be sure the person subjected to it is a really good friend…or someone you don’t care about at all.
Last week it was in 70*.
Since Sunday when we had snow
it has been in the 50* in the daytime
and 30* at night.
Tonight and the two nights after
it is going to be in the 20*!
“Enough of this nonsense!
This is the sunny South
and March means warm!”
I can hear Mama talking, but I am not listening! She has ignored me and Teddy all weekend. She says it’s because she was busy helping get the Fitness Center ready so the homeowners can see it tomorrow night. How can she be so busy with a fitness center when she hasn’t seen fit to play with us. Oh sure she has fed us and said hello and good-bye but no quality time loving on us. And now this, our Saturday post is being posted on Sunday. What’s with that?! I think when I am done with not listening we are going to have a chat about priorities.
For the first time in my life it has been strongly suggested that I lose weight.
Up until the last couple of years I was a skinny mini.
But no more. I am not a hippy hippo by any means.
Still, I no longer wear clothes sized in single digits and when I sit my tummy rests on my thighs.
I still have a lap! Just a smaller one.
So I am being pressured to lose at least ten pounds but twenty would be better.
I do not like this!
I have eaten less bad empty calorie stuff and more healthy stuff.
Until the holidays.
I had lost seven pounds but I found them and couple extra over the last few weeks.
Now it is back to lean and green healthy foods.
I think exercise would be good but I am a couch potato
or maybe a computer cucumber is more apt.
I have a new scale for weekly weigh ins
and I am working on the exercise thing.
Thinking is a form of work, ya know!
Today I was out and about walking and shopping.
I shopped in three stores.
Two of them had friendly, but not clingy, staff.
They asked if I needed help.
If I did they helped if not they left me alone
but did come back after awhile to see if I was still doing okay.
When I was ready to check out they were right there to help.
Good customer service. Nice places to shop.
The third place was so different.
No one asked if I needed help.
When I did have a question about the price of an item
I was buying…it rang up different than the sign on the shelf…
I was told what it rings up as is right the sign was probably wrong.
I asked if it could be checked…probably wrong didn’t seem definitive to me…
I was told no the cash register is usually right.
Somehow “probably and usually” doesn’t seem like good customer service.
Bad customer service. Not a nice place to shop.
I have always had jobs that were sales and customer oriented.
What I learned is that sales are better when the atmosphere is pleasant and friendly.
I also learned that whatever I am feeling or thinking
is not as important as the customer.
Maybe I am leaving ditzy behind and becoming crotchety with old age.
Today, I think I don’t like crotchety so I probably won’t go back
to the usually unfriendly unhelpful store any time soon.