A Woman On The Verge

thoughts and musings of my mind


Personal Thoughts

If the parking lot is full…

I know I have blogged that I follow a local group on Facebook about dining in my area.  One of the funniest things I see is when people complain about a popular place they have been to once.  Once only.  It makes me wonder if they like eating any place that they go, because honestly if a place has a full parking lot then they must be doing something good, not everyone can have faulty taste buds.  It is often the places with empty parking lots that have something wrong with them.  I won’t say it takes more than one trip to know if a place is to your liking or

A parking lot with landscaping and a diagonal ...

not, and maybe these people don’t like places that are busy, I can’t say for sure because I wasn’t with them and I am not them.  But I learned a long time ago, if the parking lot is full of locals then it is a good place to eat.  However, if the parking lot is full of tourists stay away…..


Introverts Visiting the Restaurant

Last week we went out to lunch at a fairly swanky place.  When we arrived, the hostess argued with us about our reservation.  First, that it wasn’t under the name we gave her, even though we tried to clarify with her that the name on the reservation was her full name and we gave the middle name and the last name only.  Then she tried to argue with us about our party size saying we didn’t make a reservation for six, but just for four.  The person who made the reservation showed the hostess our online confirmation which actually had seven not six so we were still within our reservation threshold; she walked away and came back a couple of minutes later to tell us she was right and we were wrong and that she had called to confirm and was told that there would only be four.  When the person who made the reservation tried to say that no one called her the hostess just walked away and gave our menus to the wait staff instead.  Ugh and people want to know why we don’t bring up issue with the managers and owners when we meet with such behavior.

To go or not? A tale of an introvert shopping

I prefer to do my shopping online, but groceries need to be bought in person.  We have a new Publix in town and I love them, they have the freshest bread, meat and produce. But, when you are an introvert like me who also has issues with social anxiety going to Publix is an experience which is hard to describe.  They greet you everywhere and make sure you are finding everything you need.  If you go down an aisle a second time someone could quickly be there to help you find what you need, which kind of freaked me out the first time. I have to actually psych myself out to go shopping at Publix or opt for the less interactive, but far more socially comfortable Wal-Mart. However, the food quality and variety at Publix almost always wins out when I want to spend my hard-earned pennies on sustenance.  I just have to mentally prepare myself every time I go there so that I am ready to smile and not seem rude and to keep from having a panic attack from all the strangers asking me if I am finding everything.  Shopping also drains me, and I need a nap after that.  Like yesterday, I napped for an hour after I went shopping for my weekly items. The good thing is, I know if I can’t find something at Publix that all I have to do is find the staff member who is probably following me around and ask.

worky worky

English: Aerial photo of Charlotte, NC center ...

So I am back working in Uptown Charlotte, It has been a month of driving uptown for me, which is just astounding. Sometimes I have a lot of time for thinking while I walk up from my car.  These were some of my thoughts.

I park my car in the Mint Street deck along with hundreds of others.  Did you know that Mint Street has a crossing guard?  It amuses me that they had to do this to protect pedestrians, but given that I have watched the crossing guard almost take someone down who tried to run the stop sign I can figure out why.
And then there are the fashion choices.  Both genders need help.  I saw a woman the other day with this cute lace dress and the ugliest brown leather shoes.  The dress needed spring sandals or flats, not winter leather shoes. And men?  Um I don’t want to see your socks, buy pants that are longer please.
The other day I saw a post from a friend about ignoring a comment an interviewer made about Cougars. A lot of the women were mad, but I laughed, oh to be considered a Cougar.  It implies that I have disposable income and I like younger men.  Sadly only one of those is true.  But I agree with my friend, if people had ignored the reporter and not made a huge fuss about it, well I wouldn’t know about it and no one would be talking about. The reporter did her job because she got people talking.

Raise your hand if…

You don’t want to admit your body is telling you time marches on.

I am getting old; it is taking longer for injuries to heal. While mentally I don’t feel my age, apparently my body likes to remind me that I am indeed over the age of 25. Recently I tweaked my knee doing something I do every day, pivoting to turn around – well at least I think that is how I did it. It used to take a couple of days a week at most for the pain to go away. It has been three weeks and I am still limping around if I sit too long. I guess I should be extremely grateful I changed jobs, because my old job had me sitting all day long at least the new job expects me to move around and get up from my seat. I just look like an invalid as I hobble down the hallway. Last week I even had my knee wrapped and I was downing ibuprofen every 4-5 hours to keep the pain at bay, I don’t remember ever having to do that for a minor injury before. I am not a fan of this getting old stuff.

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