Monday, October 18, 2010

Just Put One Foot In Front of the Other



My business cards have arrived. Aren't they pretty. I love them. You may notice the blank space under my name, where a title should be. I toyed with the idea of having "Writer" printed below my name, but I felt that would be presumptuous of me. I know…. my friend, Theresa of Substitute Teacher’s Saga is always saying if you write, you are a writer and I agree with her. Really I do! But that didn't stop me with big red face, gingerly hitting the backspace key six times. Maybe by the time I order the next batch I will have published something and feel justified in declaring myself, "Writer."

Why did I get business cards you may ask? I attended a writers’ workshop this summer. Are you fed-up of hearing about this workshop? Anyway at workshops end and before my fellow students and I went our separate ways addresses were exchanged. Actually business cards were exchanged by all but me. I handed out little bits of paper with my email and blog address scrawled across them. So I had a light bulb moment. Why not get my own business cards. I know, a bit slow on the uptake, but better late than never! Right?

Now I am wondering who does one give undeclared “Writer” status business cards to. Last Saturday night, I gave one to a couple, husband and I met while out for a meal. Needless to say I had indulged in a glass of wine at dinner or I would never have been so bold. But what I am going to do with the other 199!!!! I suppose I could put one in with the Christmas cards. But that strikes me as a bit cheeky. Sort of like....hey look at me and my beautiful fancy business cards. Well, I guess it is either that or indulge in 199 glasses of wine.

The other thing I want to ramble on and bore you with is my purchase of Sketcher Shape-Ups! I made this bold online purchase last spring. I was delighted when the rather large box arrived in the post. Ripping open the box I pulled out the Shape-Ups that promised me a tighter, shapelier backside and good legs. Included in the box I was surprised to discover was a booklet and DVD. Did Sketchers think I needed a DVD to instruct me on walking I muttered to myself? I tossed the DVD aside, after all I learned this skill eons ago.

I have walked miles in my Sketcher Shape-Ups. And to date, neither my backside, nor my legs appear to be any shapelier. In fact they look much as they always have, shapeless and flabby. Is it possible I have been walking incorrectly all these years? Doesn’t one just put one foot in front of the other. Is there some other way to walk I am not privy to. I suppose I should go on a search for the discarded DVD and find out.

23 comments:

Barbara Scully said...

Thats gas Ann..Paul arrived home today and more or less ordered me to get cards done. I had a similar experience recently when I had no card and really needed one.

I love yours. Love the image on. Next time you will put writer on! Although I am still wondering if I should or not!

I hope you run out of them real soon!

Liza said...

Pretty cards. Having them is a good idea...the next time you need them you'll be glad. As for those Sketchers...well, at least you are walking.

Lydia Kang said...

Your card is so beautiful!
I'm not sure I could put writer on mine either. I don't know...I feel shy about it, but I shouldn't!

Ann said...

Hi Barbara, You unlike me have every right to put "Writer" on your cards! Look forward to a gander at yours when they are printed. Send me one in a Christmas card!

Hi Liza, I thought they were a good idea too. Just wish I didn't feel so self conscious about giving them out. Yes I am walking but that too will soon come to an end. The dreaded "S" word was mentioned in the forecast for tomorrow.

Oh Lydia, Thank you. I am really chuffed with them myself and no you shouldn't feel shy about putting writer on your cards.

Donna Hosie said...

I love your cards, they're so elegant.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely Ann!! Your business cards are brilliant!! I think you should put "Author, Writer and Poet"!!!! Yes you should!!:-)Cos that's what you are!!!!:-) And a wonderful author, writer and poet you are too!

I don't have skechers tone ups - I have FitFlops!!! They also came with instructions etc but I just use it and walk as normal and have been using it all summer. As for feeling firmer and unflabby - it's hard to say!! I did aerobics as well and I have a feeling the aerobics worked the magic and the Fitflops just made me think I was doing something to keep fit!! LOL!

I want one of your business cards now! :-)

Take care
x

Ann said...

Thank you Donna!

Hi Kitty, You are too kind...and very generous!! I have FitFlops too. Three pairs, white and black in Ireland and white in US. Love them, live in them weather permitting. They are the most comfortable shoes I have. They are so comfortable I have often fogotten to change out of them.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love the business cards! As for the Shape-Ups, my mom and sister both have them and told me that you aren't supposed to walk in them the normal way in order to get the toning. You have to press down on the balls of your feet, or something like that, I'm not exactly sure.

Ann said...

Thanks for the tip Nicole. I guess I really should just find and watch the DVD.

Susannah said...

Those cards are beautiful! :-)

susan said...

Your cards are beautiful! And do put writer on there- you are writing this lovely blog, for one! I also found that I have been asked for my business card (not for writing; I'm not a writer.) I was surprised, because I thought nowadays most everyone just bumped mobiles or something. Reading your post & seeing your card has got me thinking about making some again.
Too bad about the shoes! At least they don't hurt to walk in, even if they don't do what they say on the tin :)

fairyhedgehog said...

They're nice-looking cards and you'll know when you need them! Just always keep some on you and when you want to exchange telephone numbers with someone you meet - voilà!

Catherine said...

Lovely post Ann and hilarious to boot (pardon the unintended pun) about the shoes - I always laughed when I saw the really expensive MBTs with their DVD to show you how to walk (nurses love 'em apparently - not this one!) and when I realised MBT stood for (another pun-am I on a roll or what!) Masai Barefoot Technology I nearly bust a gut laughing! I have seen the Masai and to paraphrase that guy debating with Dan Quayle these ain't nothing a Masai would wear. Their preferred footwear is plastic jelly sandals - the kind we wore as kids to walk on the beach or the riverbed in Lismore.
I adore your cards - what a classy style! I must get my graphic designer son to make me some with my blog on 'em. He'll prob. make something very avant garde and minimalist. Not me at all. Oh well. have a good weekend - weather's fab here still and the south coast looks positively mediterranean. Just keep your jacket on!
Catherine x

Al said...

You'll hand out heaps of cards at your next writers do! Just be a little patient :-)

Talli Roland said...

Love the cards! I had a hard time putting writer, too. But I'm with Theresa: you write, so you're a writer! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Ann, you made me laugh. You ARE a writer, red in the face or not. And aren't people going to ask about your "business" for these business cards? I'm just teasing. They're lovely!

Like a fabulous dress that makes you find a party or nice dinner so you can wear it, now you'll have to join a conference or writing retreat to show off those lovely cards.

As for the Skechers, my husband thinks they're a scam, but some people swear by them. I want a pair, but I know he'll tease me.

Jennie Bailey said...

Your business cards are fantastic! I love them. So professional (and cool)!

My stepmom sent me her discarded Sketchers. I haven't watched the DVD. The backs of my legs (especially thighs) are firmer, but I'm walking Lily for two hours a day, six days a week. We hike one day on the weekends and I don't wear the Sketchers for that. Did once without thinking. Won't make that mistake again. I thought I would die. I guess that means I'm not ergonomically correct while hiking, which is fine by me because when we were through my TMJ was the worst it had ever been from gritting my teeth through the pain in my sciatic. Even with a firmer backside, I'm still a good 20 pounds overweight though. So Sketchers don't take care of that!

Mary said...

Love the cards Ann, of course you're a writer and you now have 199 opportunities to share that with the people who don't know you yet! Always good to have a few cards about you when you are out and about ... you never know who you might bump into :-) Go for it, girl!

Reenie said...

I love your business card!

Very artsy and tasteful... now you have 199 chances of convincing yourself that you are a writer...

:)

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

I really liked your business cards. It's a great idea. Something similar happened to me. I recently joined the local writers' guild and I had to write my email on pieces of paper or on the back of the newsletter we were given at the meeting. I am sure they got lost by now...lol

You made me laugh with the story about your sketchers... I'd have watched the DVD just out of curiosity. I hope you find it

Thanks for your recent visit to my blog, and for your kind comment.

Doris

MT said...

You cards turned out really well. :)

It was only after I printed my business cards (also for a writer's workshop), that I was told it would be presumptuous to call my self a writer/author if I've yet to publish anything. However, I'm going to keep them that way - it's like "wishing on a star" or "keeping your eye on the goal". :)

Joanna St. James said...

Hey love the cards and now that u have said it u have to really give them away fast so that you can get a book deal.
As per the shape ups my friends felt something in the 1st month but they have stopped raving about it now so i dont know if it works 4ever.

Agnes said...

I love your card Ann, it's so beautiful!