Better Days Ahead
by Valerie Nusbaum
Happy 2020! To clarify, I’m talking about the new year and not my failing vision. It’s too early to judge, but I’m hoping this year will be a great one for each and every one of you, and for me and my family, too.
Now, go stand on one foot. Seriously. This is an experiment. Did you do it? If you follow directions easily and didn’t stop to think about it, chances are that you stood on your non-dominant foot. This means that if you’re left-handed, you stood on your right foot. This phenomenon is the brain’s way of helping you maintain your balance. Randy and I tried it. I am left-handed and I did, in fact, stand on my right foot. He’s right-hand dominant, and he stood on his left foot without giving it a thought. Then he did a little dance and fell over. I’m kidding. Don’t accuse me of picking on him. He enjoys his role.
Randy’s theory is that one’s brain doesn’t hear, “Stand on one foot.” It hears, “Lift one foot,” and therefore the dominant foot is raised so that a step forward will be on the right side (or left if that’s the way one leans).
This little exercise has no bearing on this month’s column, but it did give you something to ponder, and I got the chance to picture you standing up and looking like a flamingo. Well done!
Next, I would like to touch on the subject of shopping. I’m guessing that we’ve all done our share of shopping recently with the holidays so close behind us.
Does it ever seem to you that going shopping has become both a mental and physical challenge? Randy and I took a day off to go to Frederick to try to finish our Christmas shopping, and it seemed to take me an extra half hour to gather up all the things I needed: sale papers, coupons, gift cards, membership cards, not to mention the shopping list. I had a whole handful of paper to drag along with us, and found that I had to go through my stash at every stop because we needed the coordinating coupons and cards in order to receive our shopping discounts. Remember when stores just had sales?
Having to drag along all this “stuff” necessitates my needing a large purse or tote bag, which I’m continually fishing around inside. The stealthy store clerks don’t think I notice them watching me, in case I’m trying to pilfer a tube of lipstick or pair of socks and stash them in my huge bag. And how many times has another shopper accidentally rammed a shopping cart into your shins?
I know, I know. I could have done all my shopping online. The problem with that for me is that there are some things I actually need to see and touch. If you’re able to buy shoes or slacks without trying them on, then you are one of the lucky ones! There are times when the whole shopping thing is too much for me. I’ve never been a woman who enjoys the experience of shopping. I’m not a looker or browser. I loathe trying things on, but I have to do it sometimes. My personal preference is to go to a store and be in and out in ten minutes. It’s all but impossible to do that these days. Maybe that’s why I love Dollar Tree so much. That store has what it has. It doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is, and I don’t need coupons or sale papers. I already know what the price of an item will ring up. If only I could buy my underwear there, I’d be in heaven.
Enough about shopping. Let’s discuss something we all enjoy. Eating. It’s a new year, and I’m betting that some of you have resolved to eat more healthfully and also to get more exercise. It’s the same here at the Nusbaum house. Too many cakes and pies have wreaked havoc on my waistline, and too little time for exercise has made me sluggish and crankier than usual. Things need to change around here. I’ll have to subsist on the memory of that melt-in-your-mouth delicious flourless chocolate cake and all those other treats and goodies that popped up in our house during the months of November and December.
My mom will celebrate her 88th birthday on January 19, and I’m sure we’ll use that as an excuse for celebratory food and desserts, but I do plan to curb my enthusiasm for a tasty buffet. I’m resolving here and now to do better so that I feel better.
you make any resolutions? Polls show
that the number one resolution people make is to get more exercise and eat
healthier. Most people give it up by
February, so we’ve got a few more weeks of this torture and deprivation ahead
of us. I’m heading to the treadmill now. That oatmeal I had for breakfast is
fueling me. It didn’t taste a thing like dessert, but with any luck, in a few
months, I’ll be able to fit into the tiny little underwear for sale at Dollar
Tree. Dream big, I always say.
Happy New Year everyone; and a very happy birthday, Mom!