open letters: the ‘end of my day’ edition

dear csx train conductor,
please.stop.parking.your.train.in.the.middle.of.downtown. seriously. in case you can’t figure it out, blocking all the exits from downtown puts us in a lurch. it means we have to drive *around* downtown, which wouldn’t be all that bad if everyone.else.in.town. wasn’t doing it too. in the amount of time it would have taken me to get home tonight, i drove only four blocks. it’s bad enough that you come through town everyone 10 minutes (yes, we’ve timed you. i’m giving you credit here because in the mornings there is even less time between trains), but do you have to block us all in too? and, if you’re going to move, could you please wait until *after* i have gone around downtown and am out of sight? then i could at least feel like dealing with the horrendous traffic and ill-timed signals was worth it. thanks.

love,
an irate driver

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dear driver stopped at green light,
just an fyi, green means go. you must not go through this intersection often because it has a 45-second cycle in the direction i go and you would know this. you would not sit at the green light for half of its cycle and then decide to turn, ensuring that you would be the only car to go through and making the rest of us sit through at least one more cycle (because for some reason the light going the other direction stays green longer). next time, just drive.

love,
a person who hates sitting through multiple cycles at one traffic light

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dear next-door neighbors,
TURN YOUR FREAKING MUSIC DOWN. SERIOUSLY. IT IS GETTING OLD. IF I CAN HEAR IT IN MY HOUSE WITH MY TELEVISION ON, IT IS TOO LOUD. IF YOU CANNOT HEAR ME *POUNDING* ON YOUR DOOR, IT IS TOO LOUD. TURN IT DOWN. IF I HAVE TO KEEP LISTENING TO THE OBNOXIOUS POUNDING OF THE BASS I AM GOING TO LOSE IT.

love,
a girl who misses her quiet neighborhood

my husband is (sort of) famous

joe is a religious reader of pop candy. he constantly calls or emails me with tidbits from the pop culture blog. today, he emailed whitney matheson a “garfield minus garfield” cartoon strip, and she posted it! unfortunately, she didn’t mention his name. so goes his five minutes of fame.

cruisin’

my brother is going on a cruise. he’s leaving friday to head to orlando with his girlfriend and spend the weekend with her parents. then, on monday, they’re leaving from miami. they’ll go to key west and a couple other islands, and then head to cozumel. one of these days i am going to have to go on a cruise. i’ve never been on one and i’m dying to.

feeling down

i’ve been feeling very “blah” lately. i think a lot of it has to do with my weight. people call me “pleasantly plump” and then tell me i shouldn’t have low self-esteem. and i keep fluctuating on the scale, down a pound then back up. i just can’t break that cycle, and it’s really depressing. take today, for example. my morning weigh-in showed me up 2 pounds from yesterday, which is impossible. that would mean i would have had to have eaten an extra 7,000 calories. like i said, impossible. with the workouts i do every day and staying within my calorie range i should be dropping weight consistently.

i’m going to the doctor on march 10. i’m really hoping something is wrong with my thyroid. i know that sounds odd, but it would explain why i just can’t seem to lose weight and there would be a solution.

and maybe i need to go to a psychologist because i think that a lot of how i feel is in my head. maybe figuring out what is triggering these feelings will help. i don’t know. i guess we’ll see.

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