gift ideas

December 8, 2008

I got this an e-mail today about holiday gifts from Herbal Remedies. Check out the middle of the front page for some cheap presents, including some stuff my from Burts Bees — my favorite. Great place for klutzes who are into all-natural fixes!

don’t drop the phone

December 5, 2008

I have been thinking of getting a new phone lately. I currently use an original version of the LG White Chocolate and it’s pretty much the best phone I’ve ever had. But I’ve dropped it about a million times — the most recent being into a bowl of corn bread crumbs while I was cooking yesterday — and it’s looking pretty beat-up.

The problem is that most cell phones these days aren’t very sturdy. I don’t do flip phones because I’ve broken too many too easily. I also don’t really like the sliders because they always slide open in your purse, pocket or just before they hit the ground.

I think klutzes should follow one rule when buying a phone: the more solid, the better.

But with Verizon, the only phones that are solid are the PDAs which require a $30 per month fee because they automatically have internet access.

So I guess I’m stuck with the same phone until a new, more perfect one is invented. Any suggestions?

afraid of athletics

November 4, 2008

I think the first rule of thumb for every klutz is to stay away from sports. The only sports I’ve ever been involved in is marching band and even that was often a risk since I was on the color guard and swinging a 6-foot metal pole around.

I recently came across one woman’s blog that discusses atheletes’ injuries. The author said that athletes tend to pride themselves on their injuries rather than hide them. I always thought that klutzes tried to hide their embarrassing injuries, but I was surprised to find that I agreed with the logic.

I’ve come in contact with a lot of klutzy people in college, and they all wear their scars and bruises like a badge — whether it’s to warn others to stay away of them because they are so accident-prone or because they actually aren’t embarrassed of being a klutz, I don’t know.

After more thought, I realized I definitely don’t hide my injuries. In fact, I tend to wait in anticipation to tell my friends about my newest debacles. Could being a klutz be more than an inherited issue? Could it have something to do with attention? Just a thought…

need-to-know basis

October 24, 2008

Getting my face painted at a parade

Getting my face painted at a parade

Being a klutz is more than just being clumsy, it’s a way of life.

For example, whenever I go places or to special events, there’s always one thing (or more than one thing) that I forget.

And it always happens to be the most important thing, like sunscreen or directions.

So, since it’s homecoming at the University of Florida, where I am a student, this weekend, this list of safety tips and reminders about parades is something every klutz needs to know.

Things to know when planning for a parade:

  • Find out where lost children are taken at the parade location.
  • Figure out where the parade route begins and ends. (I find that the end is usually the best place to be because the people on the floats are trying to get rid of everything they’ve been holding out on during the rest of the parade.)
  • DO NOT cross the barricades to go grab candy or prizes on the street. Want to know why this is such a bad idea? This article about a boy who died while doing just that is enough to scare any parent.
  • Check to see if animals are allowed before you bring the family dog.
  • Check the weather. If it is going to be warm, don’t forget the sunscreen. If it’s going to be cold, bring a jacket that you can take off because you may get hot while screaming for beads. If it’s going to rain, bring a poncho (I find these are better suited for parades than umbrellas because they don’t block the view of those behind you).
  • Bring snacks or toys for kids in case they get hungry or bored.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be standing for a long time while waiting for the parade to begin.
  • Lawn chairs are always a good idea, especially at bigger parades, because the gutters on the side of the road can get pretty dirty which makes sitting on the curb not so tempting.
  • BRING WATER. Even if it is going to be cold, raining or nighttime, water at events like this is always over priced.

Leave a comment if you can think of anything really important that I forgot!

Parade Beads

Parade Beads

friends in low places

October 14, 2008

The saying “Misery loves company” couldn’t be more true.

Every klutz I know tends to gravitate towards those equally, if not more, clumsy than themselves. This blog is just further proof of that fact. I think we do it because it makes us feel a little more graceful or lucky…

For example, I considered myself pretty clumsy until I met my friend. She has the worst luck, literally.

Currently she has two staff infection break-outs, strep throat and a lump on her head from when a baton hit her from two stories up. She just can’t seem to get a break.

It may seem mean, but it’s absolutely true: she makes me feel like I have all the luck.

murphy’s law

October 9, 2008

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Murphy must have been a klutz to have said something so true.

If you have a problem with Murphy’s law in your professional life, this blog offers some words of wisdom, such as: if you can’t do without it, make sure you don’t have to.

If you check that blog out, make sure to look back at the first post because it gives some really great explanations of how Murphy’s law interferes in everyday life for everyone.

And if you ever have a really bad day and you think that Murphy is looking down and laughing at you, just read this blog and you will instantly feel better about your day.

cat scratch fever

October 7, 2008

I’m not talking about the song by Ted Nugent. I’m talking about the hundreds of scratches any cat owner would be familiar with and the possible negative side effects of those scratches — besides the bleeding and scarring.

I live with my 2-year-old cat and my roommate’s kitten, therefore I have at least one scratch per week.

Anyone with a cat, or who knows someone who has one, should know how to properly care for a scratch wound, cat scratch fever or not. (I, for one, was surprised to learn from that article that the disease can be caught by being bitten or licked by a cat, especially a kitten.)

I know from experience that the only thing you can usually do is put ice on the wound to reduce swelling and cover it with a bandage to keep the scratch from getting infected.

For the more serious symptoms, like swelling of the lymph nodes, that may occur after a scratch, I found this emergency medicine blog that says that a round of antibiotics is the most extensive treatment. Those can easily be prescribed by the family doctor, usually.

The only sure way to keep from being scratched by your cat is to get their claws removed. This article on declawing explains the pros, cons, and opinions of vets on the topic.

It’s a pretty controversial surgery among cat lovers, but my cat has her front paws declawed and she still manages to get me with the back ones. So, surgery might not be the answer to avoid injuries, despite the fact that it saves your furniture.

i wish i were an elephant

September 25, 2008

Now for the third “f” — Forgetfulness.

A teacher once told my class, “Women are like elephants: they never forget.”

I wish she hadn’t been lying. As a woman, I can honestly say: that is one of the least true statements I have ever heard. Women can be the most forgetful beings on Earth. I probably forget things as much as, if not more than, I injure myself.

And, it’s not just little things, like the keys and to eat, that I forget. I forget things like job requirements, class and appointments with various organizations I’m involved with.

Forgetfulness is a national epidemic, at least in my opinion. It definitely runs in my family — I’ll never forget the year that the Easter bunny forgot to come…

I found this interesting thought on one blog: we never forget anything, we just don’t bother to recall some things is all.

I like that idea — all of the big and small things I forget aren’t that important in the long run, so maybe I’m subconsciously blocking them on purpose.