We all have to follow directions and we are often warned of consequences should we not follow those instructions. For example my new stove/oven came with some good warnings that I plan to heed:
- In case of fire, turn off appliance
- Never open the oven door and use as a step to reach something
- Never heat an unopened can of food as the pressure build-up could result in serious personal injury
- Keep pet birds out of kitchen when engaging self-cleaning option as a small amount of carbon monoxide might be released during the cleaning cycle and birds have sensitive respiratory systems. (I’m not making this up.)
On a bottle of shampoo for my dog it warns: The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish. Huh?
My new remote control for the cable upgrade states it’s not dishwasher safe. Well, so much for that idea.
The instructions for Devoted Spouse’s lawnmower state: Do not attempt to change blade while lawnmower is running.
My Rowenta iron instruction booklet actually says: Never iron clothes on the body.
My blow dryer instructions warn not to use this appliance while sleeping.
A bottle of Windex in my kitchen honestly warns you not to spray in eyes.
I was fixing a microwave meal not long ago and the instructions on how to heat it are on the bottom of the package. So I turned the package over and there alongside the instructions was the following warning: Do not turn box upside down. So next time I’ll just hold it up in the air above my head to read the instructions. Gah…
I could go on and on about things like medicine – sleeping meds that tell you they might make you drowsy – well I sure hope so!!
The point I’m trying to get to is we should all follow instructions – I think the vast majority of us have enough common sense not to do the above-listed things. But many times we don’t read instructions or directions — we simply dive in.
That’s what I did tonight as I turned in my first homework assignment – I just dove in and did it the way I’ve done it for the past 3 classes. Then later as I was perusing my folder I found an email from the Professor stating how HE wanted these questions to be posted and guess what? It’s an entirely different process – yes, I had made my first major screw-up on my first assignment. Holey crapoli Batman, now what do I do?
I wrote a kind email to the Professor (okay I fell on my sword) explained to him it’s been a rough few weeks between not feeling good from my injury and losing my mom and I simply wasn’t paying correct attention. Would he please allow me to re-post my assignment and I promised I would not make that mistake again. I figured he’d blow me off (it’s happened before believe me) and much to my surprise I got the nicest email – in fact it brought tears to my eyes. Turns out he recently lost his 48-year old brother and he totally understands that the combination of stress and not feeling well can easily get in the way of instructions. He gave me permission to re-post, said he was praying for me, and that if there was ever anything he could do to help me, all I had to do was email him. Wow – what a total God-moment that email was.
So, the moral of this long story is always follow directions unless they are so stupid as to possibly cause harm – like blowdrying your hair while sleeping.
One last note and I’ll leave you alone — you will find fewer blog postings in the next 7 to 8 weeks as I work very hard on this class. I’m also trying to break my addiction to Twitter – today was my first Twitter-free day and I almost made it. I hit the Twitter around supper time I think. But I made a new Twitter avatar! Woot! So go look and you’ll actually see me instead of EmmaLou – Devoted Spouse was taking the picture and EmmaLou was in it and she took off right when he got ready to snap – and then my camera battery died – so it’s just plain old me. I put a couple of the pics on my Meet the Crone page for you, too.
Anyway, I’ll post as often as I can; it just may not be daily – so don’t stop visiting!!!
Oh – did I mention I need Repair Service on my brand new $2,000 Jenn Air stove/oven??? Unbelievable. But that’s another story for another post. Cya l8r gang. Love ya, mean it!