Image via Wikipedia My first thing I can not do anymore is joke about jail. Seriously! I have never been in jail or even arrested. But in our youth we can joke about it. Some pretend to be tough and wear it as a badge of honor. But I can not....the fear of how horrid it would be in jail is too much for me to even joke about it. Why? Well stories like the ones in “Beyond Scared Straight” get to me. (Have you heard about this show?) It premiered this last week on A&E. In that episode, five at-risk teenaged girls had a close-up look at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla , CA . In addition to the grueling day they had, looming over their visit is the risk that if they can’t convince the inmates they’re going to make changes in their lives, they’ll have to stay at the prison for an additional 72 hours. I remember this idea when I was in high school. I think it is interesting they are bringing the Scared Straight program back. If you watch this show you will follow the girls as they attend the program, experience their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them. I know it would have worked if I had to have done it.....not that I was a bad girl....just a regular let's have fun kinda teen.
Image by Dream Dottie via FlickrSecond, hummmm, that first one still has me nervous. Okay, second, I can't ride a bike anymore. I tried a few years ago. Thinking you never forget how to ride a bike. Well that is true you do not forget how to ride a bike. But you do forget that it takes muscles and joints that do not hurt. Oh my goodness, I was in so much pain to just get around the block. My rheumatoid arthritis had me in tears. Yes, tears. I never knew that riding a bike could hurt so much. Oh no, don't fool yourself that it is the same as that lil exercise stationary bike, cause it is not. You have to pedal, balance, cry, steer, keep up right and get back home.....all at the same time. PAIN!
Image by Ed Yourdon via FlickrThird, I can not get pregnant ever again. And I promise you in my mid forties I would not want to. I currently have a young friend who is experiencing her first pregnancy. She is of course learning that it is not all sunny glow and rubbing your belly. No the first part is almost all puking. Thankfully I found her a lil aid. BRAT, is an all organic drink that was made for sick kiddos. But it works well for those pregnant mommies too. I gave her some of the vanilla and she said that yes it did help. It is a blend of brown rice milk, banana and apple purees, and a dose of vitamins and minerals to calm pained and dehydrated stomachs. She said she was not too fond of the flavor but she thought a kiddo would drink it alright. And it really did settle her upset tummy. So she is thrilled about that part. Would you have loved something to settle your tummy during that stage of pregnancy?
Image via WikipediaFourth, I can not sleep late at all. I mean, I think that if I actually slept til eight in the morning I would faint. Normally now I wake from two to five in the morning. My lil eyes pop open, I am wide awake and I lay there wondering what time is it. Everyone else is sleeping. The dogs are all quiet. No kitties running and playing....so must not be time to get up. But there is no going back to sleep for me. Finally I will drag myself out into the chilled air of the bedroom, slip on my robe and house shoes to make my way to this computer. It seems to be my first stop of the day. Actually I like that I have quiet time to come here and visit. I am not taking my time or attention away from my family at all. And it is so much fun to visit with all of my online friends this way. So I sorta like that I don't sleep in. BUT, I do wish I would at least wait til five in the morning to wake up.
Well, that is my five things I can not do anymore. What are yours? Jump on over to the ladies of RHOK and play along today. Tell me what you can't do (or just won't do) anymore. Oh and by the way, I did get a free sample of the BRAT for my friend to try. But she told me how well it worked. And I did see an advance screening of Scared Straight....thus my fear to joke about jail now.