False starts and the “dark side”

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I’m sitting here with a cup of African Rooiboos (my favorite tea) thinking it’s been an interesting couple of days. Yesterday (Monday) was supposed to be my first day on my 21-day detox. That didn’t work out as well as I had planned.

 A Lesson in “Intent”

I wasn’t ready, plain and simple. That, and I forgot about eating until late in the day. Yes, I forgot about eating. I do that a lot. I failed to go grocery shopping, to properly empty my cupboard (and freezer as it turned out), and by the time I did remember to eat, it was late. I ended up noshing on a rice cake with peanut butter in the late afternoon and had a very small gluten-free pizza with cheese for dinner.

Everything I put in my mouth yesterday was a huge no-no for the detox. Do I feel bad? Not really, I was more irritated than anything else, and it was a good lesson in “intent.” Apparently, my intent to start the 21-day detox wasn’t as serious as I thought.

Today (Tuesday) is a new day and I’m right on track. I ate before I left for my class and headed straight to the market afterwards. Check these lovelies out. It’s fun trying foods I’ve never had. I must say though, these items were rather pricey. They better be good.

While I didn’t eat as much as I should have (that’s a hard one for me), everything I put in my mouth today was exactly what it should have been. Lean protein, veggies and good fats – not one iota of grain, rice, legume, corn, or sugar. Yay me.

Welcome to the “dark side”

I had my first class with the Mac…and survived. When I arrived at the Apple Store, it was quite crowded, and I noticed that I was the youngest person there for a lesson. I kid you not. I have not seen that many “cotton buds”**  in that store — ever. After the shock wore off, I smiled and thought “good for them.” The gentleman in front of me was there to learn iPhoto. I was there to learn how to turn the computer on (kidding). I was there for the basics.

Once I checked in, I was introduced to my trainer for the hour, a very nice young man. Seriously, I could have been his mother. I explained to him that I have used PC’s since time began and that I knew practically nothing about using a Mac.

Keep in mind that we’re talking serious basic’s here. I’m not learning programs, I’m learning how to use the actual computer. The program stuff will come later.

So we began.

Let me say, I learned a few cool tricks that I wouldn’t mind being able to use on my PC. I like the ability to just take my fingers and move them on the touch-pad – voilà! The page scrolls. Very cool. Same with the click and move. Again, very cool. I also stand corrected on a misconception I had. There IS a right mouse click function. Who knew?

That being said, let me tell you what I don’t like so far.

We moved on to the Mac version of the Task Manager. Why are there two of these? You have it permanently docked at the top of the screen (which I really don’t like) and you have that smiley icon at the bottom left of the dock (also a permanent fixture). I find that redundant – either that, or I missed something important. Needless to say, that was discussed for a few minutes longer than was probably necessary (the PC in me was coming out).

We talked about downloading programs (a PITA in my opinion.) Not understanding the process might explain why it took five tries to download Firefox before I finally figured it out, sort of. It just so happens that the Mr had downloaded an update to Flash, but didn’t install it. We installed it while I was there and went through the steps. Ah, now I get it. Still, there are too many steps, in my opinion.

We reviewed the items on the upper task bar (Finder bar?), the dock and a few other things before the hour was up. We didn’t cover the keyboard (critical, in my opinion). I still don’t know what the “command” key is for.

In reviewing the list of upcoming classes, I have to laugh. One of the classes on the list  is “Using Safari.” Seriously? Do people actually use it?

I survived my first class with the Mac. I’m not feeling that need to permanently move to the “dark side” yet. I do need to schedule my next class – although they seem to be booked solid for the next couple of weeks. Darn those “cotton buds.”


**an affectionate term used by a dear friend in the UK for seniors

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  6 comments for “False starts and the “dark side”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Denise, you’re a star! Thank you for the encouragement. I’m not too sure about the Mac. We’ll see. You and I will definitely have to chat about this. Love “cotton buds,” imagine it with an British accent…hilarious :)

  2. January 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Denise, you’re a star! Thank you for the encouragement. I’m not too sure about the Mac. We’ll see. You and I will definitely have to chat about this. Love “cotton buds,” imagine it with an British accent…hilarious :)

  3. Denise
    January 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Your an inspiration on the detox! Been thinking of getting a Mac too, put have been using PC since the dawn of time. We will need to chat after you have had the classes to see what you think. “Cotton Buds” ROFL love the term!

  4. January 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Good for you Sherree! Best of luck with the detox too, your resolve inspires me…

    • January 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Aw thanks Jacqui. The food thing is what it is. The Mac thing, I’m not sure about…yet. I really had to restrain myself in the class yesterday. Will be interesting to see what happens at the next class!

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