What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

One Eyed Wonder

Yesterday my right eye was bothering me. I took out my contact to let my eye rest, then put it back in for awhile. Then it would hurt again. I pretty much did that all day until I finally realized there was s teeeeeny beeeeeny slice in the center of my contact that was rubbing my eye. I took it out and wore my glases last night. DH went by the eye clinic todya to buy me a new contact, but they wouldn't sell me one without coming in first. I need the freaking contact so I can see to get there! So, I decided to go somewhere eles tomorrow for new contacts and glasses. So, until that time arrives, I am a one eyed wonder.

My right eye is my worst eye and of course, that is the contact that tore in half yesterday. And, the eye doctor cannot squeeze me in until Wednesday morning. So, here I sit with one eye operating only. I have glasses, but they are from high school, no lie. I only wear them to watch TV in bed for a half hour or so at night, so I don't really need them to be overly stylish. And believe me, stylish they are not. Big heavy round glasses from the 1980's. I will go out whole hog tomorrow at the optomitrist and get new contacts and new eyeglasses. Back in the day, that would have been a $500.00 trip. Thank heavens for competition and cheap eyewear! I will be going to the vision center in Wal-Mart. I have Mystery Shopped them before and was hoping to do one in the near future - but I gotta get in there like yesterday man. Oh wait, I'm not supposed to discuss that Mystery Shopping Stuff..... I dread going because they dialate my eyes and I cannot see for about four hours so I have to come home and lie down and try to sleep - but I am not a daytime napper kind of gal. So, I just lay there and hope to goodness my eyesight returns to normal FAST.

My right eye is a minus 11 and my left eye is a minus 10 - whatever that means. I can tell you this - I am blind as a bat. Having one contact in is probably not too bright, but it beats the old owl eye glasses that slide off my nose and make me hot and cranky. Putting on my makeup ought to be a real treat tomorrow. By a treat, I mean for the onlookers that see me out and about. "Why Earl, look at that gal - it's lie she can only see one side of her face or something!" Uh, yea. that's pretty much the problem.

Hope to see you tomorrow - literally!


  1. You should see if they have the new "optimap" machine. It takes the place of old style dilation and is better at detecting eye disease. The lady I take DS to is pretty high tech and I doubt WW has invested in this yet but it is coming, surely. Seriously the best thing since birth control!!!

    DS has had it done twice and I know if he had to do the traditional dilation, it would be h-e-l-l getting him in for an appt. He does not like anything foreign in any opening. It is pricier $65 vs. $15-$20 but then I take the RX to Wally World and get it filled for 1/2 what it costs at her office. I don't even have to go to WW for pick up anymore, order online and it comes to MY HOUSE via USPS.

  2. I can't see my hand in front of my face without my contacts and my eyes are "only" -6.5 and -5.5. I can only imagine how you feel when you can't see. Can't wait to see the new glasses. This time I finally got some neato trendy ones. I actually let my eyes rest more now just because I like to wear the new glasses.

  3. Anonymous12:29 PM

    Sorry about your eye-yowch!
    How are the family you psted about earlier who were in the accident?


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