Things I learned this Week

Welcome to this weeks ~ Lessons in the art of Life ~ . . . as per Cobs.

Well, I’ve learnt an assortment of lessons this week.  Some of them welcome, one of them tiresome and others that are just snippets of “well I never knew that”!

I have learned that Virgin Media (who supply my cable, TV, broadband and telephone –  i.e. the whole kit and caboodle) can keep you ‘holding’ on the phone for an INORDINATELY long time (i.e. 1 hour 35 minutes) when you call them to tell them that you’re planning to disconnect from them and go to another supplier if they don’t get their act sorted out and change back the monthly charge to what I was paying before they hoiked the charge up by £39.49 per month.

Because I’m a clever, canny lass when it comes to negotiating new deals, I keep an almost blow-by-blow account of what was agreed, and get the FULL name of the person I was doing the deal with and even make a note of the time the call began and ended  ….  Virgin couldn’t do anything but remove the extra charges for the rest of the term of our contract.  However, in an effort to make things as difficult as possible, they (Virgin) passed me from pillar to post, one person after another,  possibly in the hope that I’d get either annoyed or tired and put down the phone.  I didn’t.  I don’t.  And, unlike Mr. Cobs, I don’t lose my temper either.  I, in fact, get calmer and c.a.l.m.e.r. until I’m ultra calm and laid back,  ….  but ever-so-much more determined that I am going to get the result I require.

I learned from this experience this week that Virgin might waste a bit of my time by keeping me listening to music(? that term is questionable for what I was listening to), but ultimately it is they who will be jumping through the hoops when it comes to keeping THIS customer happy.

I also learned this week that I actually can still work in my craft room – sort of – when there is no electricity to be found in there at all.  Although – it’s a much quieter sort of crafting and I don’t particularly like it very much.

The electrics in my craft room suddenly tripped on Wednesday and nothing would or could get the electrics to work again.  It’s apparently something to do with one of the sockets in there.  Fortunately my craft room is a completely separate building from the house (in our detached, converted garage) so the house electrics are fine.  Our Electrician called out on Wednesday to see if anything needed to be ordered, and he’s back again Friday (today) to [hopefully] fix the problem.  While he’s here I’m getting him to put some new spots in the ceiling as the ones that are there were fitted by Noah when he arrived in the harbour, sailing on his big boat, so they’re old and need changing. (The detail about Noah fitting the current lights might not actually be totally true).

I’ve also learned some random facts about life in general, which I’m not sure will ever impress anyone or even if I’ll ever need these intelligent bits of information, but I know them now so in the interests of sharing the knowledge and joy I’ll show you what I learned…

The Sun is (roughly) 400 times larger than the moon.  It looks, to us here on Earth, like the moon and sun are the same size, but that’s simply because the Sun is (approximately) 400 times further away from us, which creates the illusion that the Sun and Moon in the sky above, are the same size!

Your brain weighs about 3 pounds. Of that, the dry weight is 60% fat, making your brain the fattiest organ!   Twenty-five percent of the body’s cholesterol resides within the brain.  Cholesterol is an integral part of every brain cell. Without adequate cholesterol, brain cells die.  GASP!  Who knew?!

Ninety minutes of sweating can temporarily shrink your brain as much as one year of aging.  Your brain is 73% water. It takes only 2% dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills.

No one knows for sure, but the latest estimate is that our brains contain roughly 86 billion brain cells.  Each neuron connects with, on average, 40,000 synapses.  A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses all communicating with each other.  Babies have big heads to hold rapidly growing brains. A 2-year-old’s brain is 80% of adult size.  Teen brains are not fully formed. It isn’t until about the age of 25 that the human brain reaches full maturity.

Brain information moves anywhere between 1 mph and an impressive 268 miles per hour. This is faster than Formula 1 race cars which top out at 240 mph.  Your brain generates about 12-25 watts of electricity. This is enough to power a low-wattage LED light.  (NOW THERE’S AN IDEA FOR MY CRAFT ROOM! … aw, no, that’s a ‘normal’ brain, not just one brain cell – which is what I have).

The average brain is believed to generate around 50,000 thoughts per day. Disturbingly, it’s estimated that in most people 70% of these thoughts are negative.

Our attention spans are getting shorter. In 2000, the average attention span was 12 seconds. Now it’s 8 seconds. That’s shorter than the 9-second attention span of the average goldfish.  Yes, really!

Brain cells cannibalize themselves as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation. So in very real ways dieting can force your brain to eat itself.

In spite of what you’ve been told, alcohol doesn’t kill brain cells. It “only” damages the connective tissue at the end of neurons.

Memories are shockingly unreliable. Emotions, motivation, cues, context and frequency of use can all affect how accurately you remember something.

Memory is more of an activity than a place.  Any given memory is deconstructed and distributed in different parts of the brain. Then, for the memory to be recalled, it gets reconstructed from the individual fragments.  Like a jigsaw in a box.  You have to reconstruct the photo on the front of the box.

Do you feel even more clever now?

Random Quote I read for the first time this week and HAVE to agree with:

  • For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
    – Doug Larson –

And finally …

Two words.  If you haven’t already met ‘her’ on the internet or on You Tube …   DR. PIMPLE POPPER!

OH.  MY.  DOG.!!!  

If you haven’t ‘met’ her name before, then please make sure that A) you aren’t squeamish about pimples being popped and watching when they ‘go’.  B) that you haven’t just eaten.  Then, after checking that you’re ok with these two things  ….  go to YouTube and put her name in the search bar:  Dr. Pimple Popper  or …  Dr. Sandra Lee (her real name).  She’s a real Doctor, not just some woman who pretends.  So she knows what she’s doing.

My Goodness Me!    When I watched a video I had to work out if I was feeling light-headed or sick.  But … once you’ve watched a little and realised that you’re OK and not about to pass out  …  then it becomes like a car crash.  You HAVE to look.

I was aware that my face was contorting and I was pulling a face that I’d perhaps describe as   EEEK!  and  ICK! combined into one new strange facial expression, but I continued to look.

Never knew about her before …  But I thought I’d share her with you so that you too can experience the EEEK with the ICK! which your face will no doubt do too!

Well … from spots and pimples to brain facts, Virgin Media and to that loss of Electricity, which, I hope, that by the time you’re reading this, our fabulous Electrician will have found the problem, sorted it out and everything will be back to working tickety boo!  All that will be left to do then is to put my beautiful craft room back together again.  (Everything had to be moved so that he (electrician) could get easy access to all the sockets – you would not believe it but half of my craft room is currently in my conservatory and what didn’t fit in the conservatory is in Little Cobs room!)  I’ll be so glad when it’s all put back and I’m then back in my rightful place.  Queen of the Craft Room.  (well… my craft room at any rate). lol

Thank you so much for coming and spending a coffee time with me.  I’m so blessed to have so many lovely blogging pals, and I cherish each and every one of you.

OH and  … a big, hearty  Hello to a couple of new followers who have joined our lovely blog here.  I won’t name names but .. please don’t stay a stranger.  Read and feel free to comment.  It’s via your comments that we get to know each other and we actually all really do end up as friends in blog-land.  It’s what makes blogging such a brilliant place to be.

Have a fabulous Friday my friends  … and …  pray for the very next person you see on the street.  If you don’t pray, then wish something wonderful to happen to or for that person.  Push the prayer or the good  wish out of your head and out into the universe.  Let’s all do something good.

We can’t help everyone . . .  but  everybody  can help  someone.

Sending you my love, and an extra special squidge ~

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30 thoughts on “Things I learned this Week

  1. Well…..now I know why I really don’t want to exercise and sweat. I need to keep my brain cells as plumped up with moisture as possible.
    May have to check out the pimple popping. I agree I think it would be like a train wreck where you can’t quite look away….amazing what we are fascinated with :).
    Love your posts where you tell us what you have learned. I feel so smart when I am done reading. Now if someone would just ask me questions about these topics I would have the answers handy……providing, of course, that they don’t take longer than 9 seconds to ask and I lose interest hahahahaha.

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    • The Brain cells bits of information… astounded me! It’s the funniest thing … one of the things in particular – the dehydration one – I knew I knew, but not because I ‘knew’ it (if you follow what I mean). I learned early on in his life that Little Cobs will become quickly ‘stroppy’ and almost unmanageable if he doesn’t drink enough water (or squash/cordial – concentrated fruit based drink which is diluted with water), so when he’s with us I encourage him over and over to “have a drink poppet, you need a drink to keep your brain happy”. I have no idea how I ‘knew’ this … I could just ‘see’ it working in him, when he needed to keep the fluid levels topped up. (It’s something I worry about now he’s at school. I get him to sip at his drink about every 20 minutes – but I know school won’t be able to do that, and because of that he won’t learn (and store the information) at the rate which would be best for him).

      Like you … if someone asks for any of this information within the next 9 seconds then I’ll blow them away with my intelligence … after that … erm, what were we talking about again?
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  2. WOW what an informative post, did you also know that every time you revisit a memory it changes slightly ??
    As for Noah fitting your lighting system ..which I’m almost actually positive certainly happened, you may be interested to know the chap who artexed all ye old Benie Inns in the 1970’s also had a go in our cottage …pre renovation every wall & ceiling looked like it was encrusted in royal icing found on a Christmas cake from the same era.
    Please also be aware of the saying your mother probably brandished about when contorting your face …”It’ll stop like it !!” or was that just my mum ??
    Hope your Lecky is now restored 🙂

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    • My memory has a memory of a Goldfish, so if I knew I couldn’t tell you because I forget. lol

      I really do think Noah fitted the original lights, but I don’t have the receipt so can’t prove it.

      Oh. My. Stars! Artexed walls and ceilings! Here in Dorset, at some point in the past (before we arrived and took over the world) – every ceiling in every single house we viewed, all had these Wedding Cake swirles all over them! I eventually asked the estate agent why this was and she seemed to think that it was entirely normal. BIG three quarter circles of cake icing with rows of about six swirls, then began the next one, and the next one and ….

      The first thing I told our builder when I set him to work renovating this place was: Get that cake icing off the ceilings!

      I still, 5 years later, look at our ceilings and am so grateful to see FLAT ceilings. It’s quite funny because any of the neighbours who’ve been inside our property all mention the “lovely ceilings” – which isn’t something people normally compliment you on! lol.

      When the plasterer came to get the swirls off and replaster with flat … he said: “Are you SURE you want to get rid of the pattern?” and then followed it with “WHY?” He clearly felt that I’d lost all sense of taste.
      I’m sure that it’s lovely to some people, but to me it just felt hideous. And … the ceilings are so low here that it also made it kind of claustrophobic.

      Actually laughed out loud at the ‘motherism’ – mine used to say: “If the wind changes you’ll stick like that!” – put the fear of God into me that one did. It successfully made sure that I didn’t pull faces – ever!

      My electrician has just this minute departed. Everything is now working. I LOVE MY ELECTRICIAN.
      I’m such a happy girl now.
      Oodles of love and sweet squishes ~ Cobs. x

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  3. I knew dieting was dangerous 😉

    Hope your electrics are all sorted out now. Question is will everything go back into your craft room as it was before. Things have a special way of growing and they never quite go as they once did (just my house possibly).

    Hannah x

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    • Electrician has just left. EVERYTHING WORKING!!! Cake and Tea or Coffee is now required to celebrate.

      Next … yes … putting it all back. And no … it’s not just your house. Just about to get started on the ‘putting it all back’ .. and I’m not looking forward to it because I know these things won’t fit back into the spots they once were. Somehow rooms shrink the minute you take stuff out.
      Cobs. x

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  4. Thank you for the lessons! 🙂 Oh my gosh the BRAIN! (by the way, I love the expression you use, Oh my Dog!, I am so going to use it soon 🙂 Emptying rooms and trying to fit things back 🙂 Little Cobs. should be able to have a container with him! A clear water bottle should be allowed 🙂 Have a Wonderful and Blessed weekend 🙂 xx

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    • Hello Ruthie! Happy Friday 🙂
      The Brain! I KNOW!! Who knew?!

      Oh. My. Dog! ~ I’m laughing silently here, and Mr. Cobs is wondering why I’m grinning from ear to ear.
      I said to another blogger a couple of days ago: “I’m like an infection, and I hope they don’t find a cure!” LOL

      I ‘infect’ everyone at some point with one or other things I say. You’ll be “Oh My Dog” all over the place now. Wait till I teach you the rest of the ‘things’ I say. lol

      Thank you so much Ruthie, for such a wonderful comment. I love seeing you here. You bring an instant smile with you and it’s like the sun coming out and warming me through and through.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  5. So informative. I have rushed to the fridge and am now eating a pat of butter to make sure my brain has enough cholesterol. Maybe I should have wrapped it in bacon first?!

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    • Yes you really should have. Then in those delicious cheese slices wrapped in their own individual plastic. And maybe a full fat milk shake to help it all slip down?

      I downed a cinema sized bag of pork scratchings with a pint of double cream, followed by some all butter, finest croissants and a couple of doughnuts. Then I stopped off at that coffee shop and partook of their largest, full fat coffee. For a snack, mid afternoon, I had some of those lovely fried chicken things from that famous chicken shop. Then for Dinner I thought I’d have a treat and order a huge sized pizza with a stuffed cheese crust, some of their lovely dripping with fat garlic bread and a side of fabulously fried mushrooms with their own dip. For Supper I thought a low fat yoghurt. Didn’t want to go too far, all things considered. lol

      …for those reading who think this is real … don’t be daft! I’d never eat a low fat yoghurt at bedtime! duh!

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      • No wonder you is so smart! When is the brain food diet book coming out? I suggest a free tin of goose fat or a lardy cake would be a nice kick start to the new regime for your readers.

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        • We are working along the same wave-lengths. I was thinking a free box of Kinyucky Flied Nicken with some Fried Muchrooms and a lovely creamy dip to go with them. THEN there would be a voucher for those great big American style muffins which have that fabulous frosting with sprinkles and marshmallows on the top.

          Whaddya think? Too much? Not enough?

          If you and I come up with many more Ideas for Our Fabulous Business Enterprise we’ll be snowed under with orders and we’ll need to take on staff!

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          • Our Fabulous Business Enterprise. OFBE for short. Sounds like we are the regulatory body for hives and honey production. May need to change that. Unless, being the Blofeldy-type genius you are, there is a plan to use the worker bees as employees (rhymes, nice!)?

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            • Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, honey bee, honey bee,
              buzz if you like but don’t buzz me!

              OFBE . . . I think it sounds like a code from Thunderbirds!
              Ahh! Now there’s an idea. We could employ the Tracey Family from Thunderbirds to help us with our Business Enterprise(s)! They could do our deliveries in their technologically-advanced land, sea, air and space rescue craft – which are named the Thunderbirds and launched from IR’s secret base in the Pacific Ocean. And what’s even more perfect is that they’re ….. B.R.I.T.I.S.H! Thereby keeping our brand exactly as it should be. Of course, with ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy heading up I.R. – he will be the perfect choice to engineer the whole thing to perfection.

              There will be no badly delivered parcels from us! No packages thrown over garden gates and eaten by the dog. No boxes of goods stolen by nasty rascals trawling the areas looking for packages sitting on doorsteps.

              Everything could be nicely run from Tracey Island, with Brains working out the schedule (obviously), and Lady Penelope manning the phone line for orders, and her butler, Parker, doing the jobs Parker does so well.

              I’m liking the way this is heading.
              Whaddya think, Puff?

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              • The Pacific Ocean location is concerning me. I come from stock that can get sunstroke in Ireland in March. But, if we have drones like little pink Lady Penelope’s car doing the deliveries, I’m in! Can Brains arrange that, d’you think?

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                • His name is Brains. OF COURSE HE CAN!

                  Little pink Lady Penelope’s Car drones are now in production. TICK.

                  Cooking with gas Puff. Cooking with gas.

                  Oh .. and I do think that with all the extra cholesterol that we’ll be eating now that we know the truth about it … I think that, perhaps, THUNDERBIRDS might be an appropriate title.
                  x

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                    • Lady Penelope has been contacted and her reaction to our proposals was as follows:

                      Lady Penelope: “Isn’t life fun sometimes?”

                      Parker:” Rib ticklin’, M’Lady. “

                      F.A.B. Thunderbirds are go!

                      Thunderbird 2a is now off to the Thunderbox before she makes her way to the Snoreroom where the spread sheets are already out and on the bed.
                      Over and Out. [click]
                      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  6. Well ain;t you just the smartest thing? I learned a whole lot today from this post, I NEVER KNEW there was electricity in biblical times, lol. Hope you have some soon – and while you wait, graba drink of water and watch some pimple popping

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    • Have you looked? HAVE YOU???

      Oh. My. Goodness! My first thought was: “Who on earth films a doctor popping those doggam awful volcano’s which are growing on human beings???” ….. but … once I kind of got used ot the ‘horror’ it really did become car crash watching. I HAD to look. My mother would be so disappointed in me. (But I bet you your sweet bippy that she would have wanted to watch – after she got over the initial sickening view!)

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        • Ahhh… well it came up on a newspaper site. I was reading the news for the day, as you do, and about half way down the page there was a line of three links to different videos. One of them was something to do with lions. Another was a sad looking thing about a raggedy cat – which I just couldn’t bear to watch as it looked sad, and I’m a blubber baby, so I had to give that one a miss. The third one was Dr. Pimple Popper.
          The name kind of called to me, but the picture made me pull my mouth into a button and my eyebrows knitted together. But … I clicked.

          The rest, as the saying goes, is history!
          Watch it. Go on. I dare you. Go and find one of her video’s. Chose one that you think will be your introduction and watch it. [grins]
          Do let me know how you got on.
          I bet you watch one…. and then watch another one – just to see. And by the time you’ve watched that one you’ll be HOOKED!
          love you oodles ~ Cobs. x

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  7. The brain is a fascinating mine of information, whichever way you look at it, Cobs! Positive thinking brings in great results, which makes sense if we’re all thinking negatively 70% of the time. I had to go back to check that – what were you saying about attention?
    Hope your electrics are sorted soon – sending positive vibes your way – and the way of Virgin, if they can work out a way how to use them! 😉

    Hope you have a good weekend.

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    • Hello Tom. Great to see you.
      I 100% agree, positive thinking really does get better results than negativity.

      My electrics are now sorted and back to fully functioning, thereby actually living up to their promise!

      Virgin … who? Wha? remind me … my brain doesn’t remember anything for more than 9 seconds … actually .. who are you again?

      Fabulous comment Tom. Smiles all round!
      Have a great rest of your day ~ Cobs.

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  8. I learned that my ‘teacher voice’ can come in very handy on the phone to companies who are trying to rip me off with exit fees. Of course, it has to be used in moderation but the ‘looks like you’re staying in at playtime to finish that’ tone turns them into a quivering wreck pretty much every time (except for BT who are immune to it!) I also discovered that using a drop spindle to spin my own yarn is not an easy as the YouTube videos make it look. Sounds likes you had a fab week for learning!

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    • I AM SO PROUD OF YOU RIGHT NOW!! Aw I want to dance around the kitchen with you – not very much like Come Dancing but I’d give the game a run for it’s money!

      The use of the ‘Teacher Voice’ – WELL DONE you fabulous woman. I heartily endorse the use of that voice – especially so when they try to fob you off by offering you something which is well below your personal standards! Cheeky s*ds. My personal favourite in the teacher voice is to repeat their offer and then add: “Erm . . I DON’T THINK SO!” in the teacher voice.

      “using a drop spindle to spin my own yarn” … ok, you’ve zoomed straight past the limits of my intelligence now. But, I do know about how You Tube videos make things look like a walk in the park, but when you come to do them they’re filled with hidden land mines which no one told you about. I thought it was just me being a woman of little brain, so it’s wonderful to know that I’m not alone in this land of You Tube, You Can’t.
      Aww thanks for the giggles Mrs. Craft. I love them and recognise them like old family members.
      Sending oodles of love ~ Cobs. x

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      • Haha. According to my Facebook memories, 5 years ago today I used my teacher voice on the poor unsuspecting man at mamas and papas when they failed to deliver my pushchair. Teacher voice is considerably enhanced by pregnancy hormones apparently and the poor chap had to drive to another store to collect it in person. I must learn to use it more sparingly in future…
        😂 x

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