May 12, 2005

Knees, Lighting, and Homeopathic Calming Serum

Really. Sorry for the lack of blogging. Been a little busy and stuff and it just hasn't happened. Last week Digory took me out and I jacked up my knee (yes Dad, the one I had surgery on 13 years ago). It hasn't gotten any better so I'm off to the doctor tomorrow. I don't claim to be psychic but I think I see physical therapy in my future.

Today was productive. I dropped off 8 padded envelopes at the post office and we finally concluded our search for The Perfect Dining Room Lighting Fixturetm. We'd seen the Perfect fixture once in Berkeley but of course failed to buy it. After a while we went back and saw it again--perhaps not as perfect as it seemed the first time, but we still really liked it. Of course they didn't have it in stock--wouldn't come in for 3 weeks or so, and when were we going to be in town with our car again (hint: more than 3 weeks from now). So we passed.

Today we went to our local lighting store and wondered how many people bump into each other accidentally while they walk around looking up at all of the ceiling fixtures. We narrowed down a few and avoided the salesperson. There were dozens, and I mean dozens of cut glass/crystal/whatever chandeliers that were so elaborate I had to wonder 1) is there really such a big market for these things? and 2) who puts all the glass things together anyway? I guess if you're buying one of those and have a place to hang it, you have your houseboy to assemble it. Anyway, we found a fixture we both loved and it was on sale for such a good price that if we get sick of it we can buy 2 more before we equal the price of the Berkeley fixture. And it's actually made of glass too! No pictures yet--none available online and it's sitting in a box here.

Finally we went on a search for a dog calming serum. We bought one from PetSmart called "Calm Down" that seemed to work a little bit (???) probably due to the 13% alcohol. I'd heard good things about Bach's Rescue Remedy, a herbal/flower/homeopathic/blah blah blah natural stress reliever for use in adults, dogs and children.

Keep reading about Rescue Remedy below.

The Rescue Remedy site says:

Rescue Remedy & Rescue Remedy Cream is a combination of Bach Flower Essences that is specially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as, stress, emergencies, after getting bad news, before an exam or job interview and all other kind of situations where we suddenly loose balance mentally. The Essences quickly get us back in our normal balance so that we calmly can deal with any situation.

And, I assume, traumatic situations such as overuse of commas and loosing balance.

Unsure of when to use Rescue Remedy?

Rescue Remedy has been used successfully on stressful days where we suffer from impatience, tension and pressure. It has also been used successfully with children to stop a tantrum, before a speech or job interview. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness.

And also:

Pregnant women in labor have made the experience easier and less traumatic by taking Rescue Remedy.

(as opposed to non-pregnant women in labor?)

How is this magic achieved? Through these 5 all-natural ingredients:

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock.Clematis: For the tendency to "pass out", and unconsciousness, being ‘far away’ and not present mentally.Cherry Plum: Fear of mind giving way, verge of breakdown, anger.Impatiens: For irritability, tension and fidgety. Rock Rose: For frozen terror and panic.

Oh yeah, and 27% alcohol.

Listed as an "Inactive Ingredient."

So did we buy it anyway? Hell yeah! If it stops Scout from barking at 3 am we'll try anything.

Posted by Shelby at May 12, 2005 09:18 PM

I had a bottle of this once. It did nothing for me. I used the whole bottle and was desperately trying to dribble the dregs into my mouth in the vain hope it would calm me down or help me sleep.


But, sucker for punishment that I am, I am going to buy some more and hope it works this time.

I hope it calms Scout down - maybe the dose would be better on little people like her rather than us lumbering people :-)

Posted by: annie at May 18, 2005 11:38 AM
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