September 7th, 2004

Roman

being served

One thing that often makes me uncomfortable is "being served". It seems like people who serve are offering themselves in a subservient way. I tip well in restaurants and appreciate what servers in that capacity do, and I don't feel all that uncomfortable in that situation.

I dislike being hovered over, particularly in a personal setting, like in a family group. One of my sisters tends to hover and try to anticipate the needs of others. If I just mention that a glass of water sounds good, she is up out of her chair heading for the water glass. She might also ask if she can bring me something else or do something for my legs or whatever. I have to watch what I say.

Yet there is another type. Yesterday I was sitting down, reading, and it was hot. I got up to get myself a glass of ice water. I thought, how nice it would be if Paul offered to get me a glass of water. I don't know why. Then, today at work a coworker told me he was going on a Starbucks run and did I want anything, and I loved that. I wrote down what I wanted, went back to my computer, and patiently waited for the drink to arrive. I find this kind of "service" special and attentive and I do like it. I don't know why!
Roman

shoes

I have large, wide feet. I also have bunion toes - which actually is less related to the toe than to the side of the foot. One of these bunions is painful when not in the right kind of shoe. I also pronate - mainly because my knee joints are worn more on one side than the other. I wear specially-made inserts in my shoes to help correct that stance and my posture.

Today I learned of a shoe company that makes custom shoes for any foot. Really custom. They are expensive but absolutely affordable when you think of the benefits. A pair of hiking shoes would cost about $275 - built to my feet, to my legs, accommodating my inserts. I am now lusting after these shoes. They are at http://www.herseycustomshoe.com. What's wonderful is that this company does not exploit labor, is a small company, yet does such a wonderful job. We need more of these and fewer of the others.
Roman

Tracie

Today: Maximum Body Shaping, with Tracie Long. Possibly my all-time favorite exercise video. Even though I had to modify a number of moves because of my cranky knees, I feel I got a good workout. I love so many things about that video, about the way the FIRM designed the program, the music, the set, and the way Tracie runs through it. It's just good good good.