Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Allergies, Old Friends, and Waiting - Random Thoughts

Playing in the garden is fun.  Reaping the rewards is reinforcing.  Losing the ability to breathe and to wear contact lenses falls in neither of those categories.

My head weighs 100 pounds.  My eyeballs are swollen and the contacts rub uncomfortably.  I take them out and my left eyeball is displeased.  I'm typing with my glasses on, hoping that I recover sufficiently to be able to replace it before I go out to dinner with the girls.


I spent the morning with Taos Bubbe, hanging out in her new-to-them-but-definitely-lived-in-before house.  The neighborhood is beautiful, her view of the mountains is unobstructed, and the pool repair is covered by their homeowner's insurance.  The worker bees are energetic and trustworthy and only speak Spanish, which places the responsibility for monitoring the situation squarely in her bi-lingual husband's lap.  

We were roommates in the sorority during our sophomore year in college.  We know the same people from that era.  She's still in touch with them.  I like hearing about them, but I don't miss them at all.  They weren't very nice to me  then (why I stuck around is another issue, entirely) and I see no reason to chance it now.  

But it's nice to have shorthand about things and people in the past, and Taos Bubbe and I have that in spades.  We grew up within 10 miles of each other, so there's that short-Jewish-girl-from-New-York thing going on as well.  We are never at a loss for words or stories or advice.  

It's a reconnection which makes us both very happy.


I'm waiting for the banker to call me back about redeeming my IRA.  She mentioned that she was having serious family issues, so I am theoretically not angry.  But I don't like waiting.

Late on Friday afternoon, I called the nurse who had promised that she would always call me right back.  It's Tuesday and the office has closed and I still haven't heard from her.  The information I need has a while before it becomes time sensitive, but she promised and I don't like waiting.

I shouldn't let these things irritate me (although I do want the money and the answers will allow me to check off a few more boxes on my To Do List) .  In the overall scheme of things, with Ukraine and gas prices and far-right rhetoric, these are not big deals.  

But, I don't like waiting.


  1. I get impatient with waiting when someone has said they will do something and then don't do it when they said. Don't give me a timeline and I can deal with it, but if you put a specific date/time in my mind and it doesn't happen -- watch out.

    1. Too true, Olga. Don't make promises you can't keep!

  2. Yep, if you make a commitment, keep it!
    I like being able to check things off my lists, and don't like it when it is someone else holding me up and I can't fix it.


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