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Rainy Days and Mondays

How do you spend a rainy day and a Monday when it generally gets you down? (Not to steal from The Carpenters).

Well, my day started with getting my annual mammogram. I wrote about this last year ( so I don’t need to go into too much detail about it. It was the usually handling, prodding, squishing, painful experience.

One interesting thing the technician mentioned to me was when she and I were discussing the discussion I had with some friends the day before at church. We (my friends and I) were discussing who has a more difficult timing having a mammogram – women with small breasts or women with large breasts. The technician said that it was neither. She said it isn’t the size of the breasts but how nervous the person is who is getting the mammogram. If the patient is nervous, she tends to fight the technician when she is trying to arrange the breasts in the proper position. If the patient just relaxes, then the technician said that it goes quickly, the patient isn’t fighting the machine (pulling back) and it is less painful. I never knew that. It makes sense. Being tense and nervous makes any situation worse and I can see how it would make a mammogram worse. I will have to keep that in mind whenever I discuss having this procedure. It is good advice to pass on.

After my mammogram this morning, I ran some errands and then met a friend to go see a movie. The movie we saw was “Something Borrowed” starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson. How was it? As I said to my friend when we were leaving the theater, how do you spell “eh”? It wasn’t even worth a full “meh”. Just “eh”. It seemed to drag from one scene to the next until it finally ended. The characters were not only exaggerated characterizations but sometimes painfully so. To the point that I felt like reaching into the screen, grabbing some of them and shaking them to make a decision so the movie could just end already.

We had high hopes before we went to see it. We were looking for a lighthearted romantic comedy to brighten up the rainy day. We didn’t find it. It was still cold and rainy when we left the theater.

Luckily for us, we went out to lunch after and had a lovely meal at Ruby Tuesdays. Hot tea to take the chill off and then we had two different kinds of appetizers, which was just the kind of light meal we both wanted.

Those were the three big highlights of the day. There was also some shopping and I did talk to my brother on the phone, which also brightened my day. So, despite the mammogram and the “eh” movie, it wasn’t a bad rainy day and Monday. I was able to get things done that needed to get done, spent some time with a good friend and still made it home in plenty of time to have a nice conversation with my brother. Oh, and I also texted one of my nieces for a while. Nice to connect with her and make sure her life is going well.

All in all, a lovely day. And nothing really got me down. We’ll have to see how rainy days and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, etc. go since we are supposed to have rain for the foreseeable future. Oh well. In Maine, May showers will bring June flowers. Always has, always will.

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