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Also, a pet peeve and some lyrics

Pet peeve:

Person A: How ya doin'?
Person B: OK.
Person A: Just OK?

What exactly should I read into that last question? Do you actually want to have a conversation about the complexities and delicate mood balances that leave me feeling OK? Because I could get into it, and we'll be here all day. Or do you just want to rub it in that I'm not deliriously happy? Or are you a glass is half-empty kind of person? I'm OK! That should suffice!

This song has been stuck in my head for about a week. Why?
a) the masterstroke lyric "take a glance at the fancy ants"
b) it is utterly representative of my mood lately

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you

The chiro this morning did the neck thing to me for the first time. It happened so fast and was loud and scary. I kind of don't want him to do that again even though I think it made me feel better.

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schpahky
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Did he do the neck thing while you were on the table or sitting up?

Mine does it while I am lying on the table and it is not so bad. But I hear sitting up is much freakier.
snidegrrl
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I was lying on the table. It's weird because all weekend I knew all my tension had migrated to my neck and shoulders, and it's interesting to me that it was completely obvious to him immediately.
schpahky
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I have to work hard not to tense up when I know that's the next thing. A couple days ago a bunch of stuff went crack all at once, for the first time, and even though it didn't hurt one whit - and I felt better for it - it's just wrong to have that be okay! But - but - it is!

Maybe he can warn you next time.
tzel
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I have trained most of my coworkers to not ask me how I'm doing at all. How do I do this? By not lying when they ask and explaining that I had to lie and most people are simply asking for the polite lie when they ask how you are doing. I also deal with the "Just ok" by giving forth a deluge of TMI. With the arthritis I am actually getting some genuine concern when that dread question is asked but the answer, "kind of achy but I'm doing ok" will send them packing because they don't want any more details than that.
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marjai
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Excellent answer.
Or just make something up outta left field:
"I'm regretting that flight through the Van Allen Belt..."
"The commute from Mars is longer than what I expected."

I've also answered the "Just OK?" question with "Right now, I'm pretty thrilled to be 'Just OK'."
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snidegrrl
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
When I say OK I mean fine or good! Interesting that most people don't take it that way. Generally I am the kind of person that will tell you if I'm not fine, because I am bad at filters. Heh.
cheetahmaster
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I tend to set expectations lower with 'I'm awake' or 'Not dead.'
zenthia
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
If I'm worried about someone - like they look sad or upset I would definitely be like "Only ok?" as a prompt for them to let out what they're dealing with - people do feel better often when they get something out. And I could offer sympathetic nods! A safe way to avoid this is to always say "peachy!" when people ask how you are. That's what I do.

Still, I think Cliff is right, we should communicate about these things using smells.
cheetahmaster
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?


I impressed tze bebe mightily when I could sing this part off the top of my head.
necrocannibal
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Person A: Just OK?
Person B: Yeah. (glare.)
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