Monday, July 4, 2011

The apple doesn't fall far...

My littlest niece just came back from her second week of Fun and Frivolity at my parent's place.  She and my Dad are two peas in a pod, so it works out well that he ends up being her primary partner in crime.

My sister sent me a text that capped off a rough weight loss battle week.  My nephew asked his sister how much weight she gained 'this time' when she was at my parents house.

That smarted. On top of my "you have a to remove your weightloss goals from your cubicle" chat with Human Resources at the job, I was feeling a wee bit sensitive.  It came out during a chat with my Mom.  We had a very heart to heart talk about weight issues and food issues.  We talked about sneak eating - and how she still does it too.

We talked about eating entire packages of cookies.  We shared about the inability to stop eating when you're treating yourself to 'a bite' - it was weird, because we don't talk about these things.   We keep these things closely guarded and hope that no one knows that we've eaten a weekend's worth of calories in one setting.

We hope no one knows that we didn't feel sick after eating a package of oreos, even though any normal person would be tragically ill.

It felt good to share with her.  She's fully supportive of me paying for a trainer.  It's not going to be cheap - but you know what... it's time.  And I'm worth it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sounds like you need to buy a hobby farm, lady.

She said, "What is this?"

I said, "Oh, Toyota purchases renewable energy at this location.  So our electricity is wind generated."

"Oh," she replied, "Is it free?"

"Absolutely!  Go ahead and take one," I said encouraging her interest.  Had the phone not been ringing, and people milling around the receptionist horseshoe I might have explained in greater detail.  But it was a hen house moment at the desk.

"So they install this at your house if you want?" she asked with sheer disbelief.

"Come again?" I replied with a little bewilderment.

"This wind thing. Toyota will install it at my house if I want ren-er-abl, re-new-ah..." she paused staring at the card.  "YOU KNOW, the energy thing."

"What? God no - the postcard is free they don't install a wind turbine at your freaking house you idiot?" is what I thought in my head as I picked up the card she laid down and gently replied, "No, ma'am, the postcard, telling you about our renewable energy contract for our Toyota store is free."

"That's a dumb thing to give away," she snorted as she walked back to the service area for a snack.  She tossed the free postcard back onto the ledge and idled off.

"What was that about?" asked the General Manager wondering why some lady left the reception desk in a tizzy.

"Well, Tony, that woman was wondering if Toyota would like to install a wind turbine at her home so that she too can have her house powered by renewable energy."

"Are you kidding me?" he asked, in utter disbelief.

"Nope." I replied, "I told her you'd be over on Saturday to install one and that she'd have free electricity no later than noon.  She said she'd like to bake a cake and that wasn't going to work for her so she's taking her business elsewhere."


"No, not seriously.  She did want us to install a wind turbine at her home, however."

Twenty minutes later the lady shows up with a box of wheat thins and asked me the following question.

"Do you have milk here?"

"No, we don't," I courteously replied.

"So you don't have milk," she huffed.

"Nope.  No milk."


Because we're a car dealership not a cafe, not a coffee shop, not a convenience store.  If you'd like to buy a Prius I can tell you how to get to Byerly's to buy some milk.

People.  It takes all types.