Sunday Steps

Because We All Need A Little Levity, Things I've Overheard

Last week I called it getting my steps in. Several folks reached out to me and asked if I had joined AA. Nope and I don’t really think you’re supposed to ask me that. You know the anonymous part is truly supposed to be anonymous. At least I think it is. 

Anyhoo I’m at in again.   Getting those steps in. Here is proof ūüėā.  


Now for a little levity.   As I was walking, I overheard the following on the ūüďĘ 

Attention Wally World shoppers! Attention! For your safety please do not ride the bicycles or run or get on the skateboards while wearing an animal head. 

Your safety is our utmost concern.  Thank you for shopping at WallyWorld! 

These are direct quotes except for the use of Wally World.    Instead Wally World is my veiled attempt to use a synonym for the behemoth retailer we all know and love or we all love to hate.  

Yup I know don’t quit my day job. 

As always, more to come.

Not Judgment But Observation 

Life, Things I've Overheard

There’s a family of 11 in the waiting room with us.  Four men who appear to brothers’ in law and seven women (three of the women in wheelchairs).  The women bear a striking resemblance to one another which is why I assume they’re sisters.  

They set out a spread of snacks.  Chips and dips.  Soda water.  

They just got the news. Surgery over for their loved one and as they expected the outcome was NOT good.  Most are crying. One says “now you see, you’ve got to change your cooking and what he’s eating”.

It seems wrong to be witness but there’s no where else for us to wait. My heart goes out.  As we are in community with each other. There but for the grace of God go I.  

As always more to come. 

You Don’t Need An Ovary To Have A Puppy

Life, Things I've Overheard

Nerves were flying all day yesterday.  BF to the rescue to take her mind off “things”

After he left, Lulu asks me “did you hear how nervous I was?”  I reply “I didn’t hear everything”.  After all I was in the room across the hall, door closed and still working.  

And in fairness, that’s true.  I only heard bits and pieces.  I just didn’t correct her once I realized she assumed I hadn’t heard anything and she spared me.  

She’s been doing that her whole life.  She takes on the weight of the world.  And of course she’s scared but you only feel it.  Her fear is invisible.  Except with him. 

The conversation went something like this:

Lulu: I haven’t slept since I found out I have this cyst 

Him: you’ll sleep again when this is over

Lulu: I know but for now it sucks.  I’m worried

Him: what’s the worst that can happen, you’ll lose an ovary?

Lulu: no, the worst is I lose everything and become a dude!

Him: that’s NOT going to happen

Lulu: I could and my crazy grandma keeps telling me I can still have children.  That’s the last thing on my mind right now

Him: just think you don’t need an ovary to have a puppy. One day we’ll have Edgar

Edgar as in Edgar Allan pug.  The dog they’d  like to get. 

And she laughed.  More than once.  Laughter we don’t often hear from her as she is super reserved.  After that I lost track of the conversation.  

She’s completing her pre-op. It’s getting close. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” EAP

That quote is very fitting today.  Wake me the HELL up from this dream.  Looking for silver linings.  And they are everywhere along this path.  Hug your loved ones NOW and don’t be the first to let go.  

As always, more to come. 

Overhead On 5/8/2017 While Standing in Line at the Post Office

Things I've Overheard

Big shock that I had an issue with AT&T. ¬†I went to the post office today to return a “free” tablet that was sent¬†to me under the guise of Mother’s Day special … free of charge to include no¬†line charge which is usually $10 a month. ¬†As I read the fine print, I was like oh hell no. $40 bucks a month. ¬†WTF!!! I was trying to reduce my crazy high monthly bill not increase it.

I get to my post office of choice. ¬†You know, the one right next to the Alamo. ¬†Yes the ACTUAL Alamo where battle was waged back in the day. ¬†The post office that is¬†inside the Hipolito F. Garcia federal building and U.S. courthouse. ¬†You know, the one where I have to walk through metal detectors. ¬†And empty my pockets and take off my belt if I am wearing one. ¬†I hate getting behind an attorney who is all gussied up for court. ¬†Takes him/her¬†forever to get through. ¬†Do I not live the coolest life? ¬†C’mon, you know I do.

Today there was a crowd at the little window. ¬†A man in his walker separates me from a mother and daughter pair who are next in line after the current customer is done. ¬†Mom says “Remember I have¬†9:15 AM chemo tomorrow” ¬†Daughter says “I remember” ¬†Mom says “I am skipping breakfast because it will all come up anyways”

I never would have known she was ill. ¬†She was dressed all sporty in capris, tank top and running shoes. ¬†She wore a baseball cap and a long pony tail down to the middle of her back. ¬†Sure puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? ¬†Suddenly “free” not really “free” tablets do not seen like such a big deal anymore.

As always, more to come.

Overheard on May 6, 2017 @ 6:30 at Capparelli’s

Things I've Overheard

I thought I’d use this category more but I jinxed myself until tonight. ¬†As we (Billy, Pony, Wise, and I) sat and ate dinner, we overheard a conversation going at the table right behind us.

Woman (thick east Texas accent): Go ahead and tell them what you told me.

Man (equally thick east Texas accent): What?

Woman: You know about Sissy.

Man: Oh that. Well Sissy was my momma.  She cursed so much when I was a kid that I thought my first name was Fuck!

Doh! ¬†You just cannot make this stuff up. ¬†Of course Pony laughed and said wow there are two of us :). ¬†He was kidding. ¬†I was bad, but not that bad. ¬†I saved the f-word for my writing. ¬†Cursing was not allowed in my house growing up. ¬†I never ever heard a swear word one from my parents other than an occasional abbreviation from my dad. ¬†He say “so-and-so is a PF or BF”. ¬†Possibly he’d say “that is CS or BS”. ¬†Lol! ¬†no telling what he was abbreviating.

As always, more to come.

I Jinxed Myself

Things I've Overheard

Ever since I added this category, I have not overheard anything juicy.  I knew it!  I jinxed myself.  Crap!  And I had such high hopes for this section.  Oh well, I am leaving the category open for future use.  Just in case.  I think my luck might turn anyway. Superstitious Jill has said some incantations. Ohm, Ohm, Ohm.  Oh Monty Python!  :).

C’mon … say something stupid people. ¬†Jilly needs something to weave. ¬†I need to write about you behind your back. ¬†Lol! ¬†Reminds me of a friend who when someone would walk up as we were having a conversation and ask “hey what’s up?” She’d quickly reply without a second thought “we were talking about YOU!” And the person never really knew was it bad or good? ¬†Was it you or is it me? ¬†Yep, it was always you! We were talking about YOU! ¬†Ugh,¬†As if (said in my best Alicia Silverstone voice over voice).

As always, more to come.

Overheard on April 10th 2017 

Things I've Overheard

One side of a phone call.  OP = Other Party 

SA: Gurl I told you, I already lost 21 pounds.

OP: in my imagination OP says “Good for you!”

SA: and I know it’s from giving up alcohol for Lent!!

OP: in my imagination OP says “Gurl I know I couldn’t do it!”

SA: Ya, you know it’s hard

OP: in my imagination OP says “C’mon Friday.   Mama needs some margaritas!”

SA: I’m gonna set my alarm for midnight and then have those drinks!

Lol!   And this was at 7:00 this morning.  Now that’s planning for the weekend on a Monday.  And me, I gave up nothing for Lent.  Instead, I changed my ways.  40 days without sarcasm.  ūüôĄ you be the judge.  

As always more to come. 

New category alert!

Things I've Overheard

As a writer, I’m always on the hunt for new fodder for my stories.  I heavily draw upon my real life but sometimes that gets boring. Well not to me but to all of you.  Anyway, I thought to myself where is another source of material? And then it hit me.  I’m inspired, amused, or outraged, perhaps any combination of the 3 by things I overhear.  Truth be told, you can’t make some of this sH!t up ūüėā. Truth is stranger than fiction.  <insert truth of your choice>. 

So without further ado, the new category is ………..rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat  ……… ūü•Ā drum roll please …….. rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat ….. so much for without further ado …………….rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat ūü•Ā 

Introducing: Things I’ve Overheard 

With that set up, this better be good.  For now, I’m gonna post little short quips. And later on down the line, I’ll see how this develops. I’m hoping this category will provide an enjoyable little release. Or a cheese fest.  

As always more to come.