Good Thinks request again

Need some general good thinks over here on the topic of health. I’ve been waking up with blurry vision–it seems as if I can’t focus my eyes together on things for a minute or two. Then that gradually goes away and things get fine. The doctor’s office said I need to get the stress off of me and that I also appear to be allergic to something, as my face is swollen around my eyes and cheeks. They took my new makeup away (alas) and I changed my pillow out, but I probably need the entire house cleaned and checked for black mold and less scary allergens. I also have some dizziness when I stand up too fast or see flashing stuff on TV. It’s scary. Anyhow, not a big deal, but since my mother is just about on bed rest from her COPD/asthma (it’s 106 every dang day and frankly we are sick of it), and I need to be able to wait on her, it IS a big little deal.

We’re also sending healing thoughts to that Unitarian congregation where the shooting took place. And to the flood victims across the Midwest and Southwest. (Who thought that El Paso was built on a few inches of sand on top of rock? That means that the ground couldn’t absorb the hurricane rain that came across it, and so they had muddy flooding. Ick!)

Today hubby and his posse from work arrived at Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern for lunch, only to find a note on the front door thanking their customers and saying goodbye. It turns out that all the restaurants across the country were closed today around 10 AM–permanently–and the corporation is going bankrupt! Employees were told early this morning to come and get whatever they wanted out of the fixtures; some people got televisions or tables/chairs. I suspect this means they’ll never see their full final paychecks. *sob*

I was afraid that would happen with our Plano Bennigan’s, as that location had been very empty the last few times we went (and tried to burn down once already–see previous posts), but I hate to see it. It may be a symptom of the broken economy, and there could be more to come. *sigh* The corporation that owns Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale is based in Plano, in fact . . . and is closing down all those restaurants that are franchises. People will be out of work–oy!

And hubby loves that pineapple-cream cheese salsa stuff they made to go with their Southwestern Eggrolls. Now I’ll never figure out what it was made of. (It wasn’t JUST those two things smashed together. It was some kind of cream sauce/dip.)

This is all very depressing.

Tell me something good!


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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