Back to School???? It's July 13 today and Staples has had promotions out for at least a week. The report cards have been filed, the school books set aside and indoor/outdoor shoes have way less meaning. So who is thinking about back to school? Students??? I doubt it. They are reveling in the freedom to get up later, hang out with friends and get away from routines. I mean the little guys and kids that are older might be settling into summer jobs. NO ONE, and I mean, no one, wants to think about back to school. Teachers are in feet-up, I survived-another-year mode and they have deliberately and determinedly decided not to worry about the new teaching assignment. Parents are still enjoying their kids. When they're at school and everyone's busy, they don't see the offspring that much. It should be a time of relaxation.
Today I went into a local ladies' wear store. I needed some simple tee-shirts and new capris. Nothing fancy and nothing left in my size. Summer sales are on and they are clearing summer inventory. What???? To me there are a couple of months of summer left and if it's nice in September, yeah, I'll be wearing summer outfits. I did get a couple of tees and denim capris. Not my first choice, though. At my age, rhinestones on the ass aren't desirable and one of the pairs was a very small size. The clerk assured me they would "relax". (If you see me with a larger than usual muffin top, she lied.) In lieu of rhinestones, I settled for the distressed look. Yeah, they're ripped and already look worn. I am looking forward to the sarcastic comments they're sure to illicit from my family.
Again, I'm missing the good old days. School's out for the summer and you didn't think about it until the last couple of weeks in August. By then, everyone was ready. Summer? It's not over, people. Not by a long shot so I guess I'll make the best of my new capris, one pair, small but "stretchy" and one distressed. I think I might be distressed.
According to CTV News and other sources, selfie elbow is now a very real health concern. Yes, taking too many selfies can be bad for your health. Your elbow will suffer the same kind of strain and injury one can get from real activities like tennis and ping-pong. Another question comes to mind- just how many selfies can cause this type of repetitive stress condition??? Today journalist Hoda Kotb recently sought medical help for a sore elbow. Her physician diagnosed selfie elbow- "“I went to the orthopedist and he said, ‘Are you playing tennis or ping-pong?’ And of course I’m not, so I told him I was taking selfies,” she explained to Elle.com. “When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click,click — think about how many you take: 20, 30, or 40. Selfie elbow, everyone has it!” (quotes from Global News.)
Nope, Hoda, not everybody has it. I don't and millions of other people don't. It may turn out ( and this is pure speculation on my part) that taking so many selfies is a symptom of the more serious mental illness, narcissism, and may be an addiction. I do hope someone has warned our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, famous for his predilection for snapping selfies with "fans."
Only an intervention can help. The cure for selfie elbow is, of course, simple- stop taking so many selfies. Icing the elbow may help with the immediate inflammation and consider a selfie stick (I can't believe this is a suggestion) and let someone else take the shot.
We are headed for hell in a hand basket.
In the day, everyone had them- the ubiquitous lawn chairs. They were fairly sturdy, lightweight (the legs, etc. were made of aluminum) AND you could purchase repair kits for when the plastic webbing inevitably rotted or was damaged by the sun. There are a lot of other styles but my husband has back/neck issues and the newer types aren't comfortable. I looked all over town for the old-fashioned chairs and couldn't find anything suitable. The chairs that looked like what I wanted were actually for lying propped on the beach. They were built pretty close to the ground. I finally found a couple in Walmart (not my favourite retail outlet but that's another rant.). They aren't made of aluminum any more and are heavier. Still they are a pretty good fit...
The chairs each had a cautionary label affixed which I will quote: "Weight limit 190 lbs. (86.2 kg). Open and close by grasping top of back and front of seat. Keep fingers away from arm adjustment brackets. Place both hands on chair arms when getting in and out of chair. Do not tilt forward or back- always keep both chair legs on the ground. Do not attempt to relocate chair while sitting.". What??? Do they really think someone weighing 250 lbs would think they were a good fit for this chair. Look at it. Opening the lawn chair doesn't need NASA training and if you can't get out of the chair safely, you've had too many wobbly pops. As for not relocating the chair while sitting??? What? You're maybe going to levitate and escape the bonds of gravity?
I hate to sound old but sometimes I do miss the old days when lawn chairs were pretty much self-explanatory and users could manage them without special instructions. Just sayin'
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.