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New year, new goals

brown and black wooden docor
Photo by Bryan Schneider on

We all do it, those new year resolutions, and I’m probably late (by social media standards) in declaring the ubiquitous January objectives. I prefer goals instead, they sound less demanding, and makes me think of a nice reward at the end which can be the aspiration itself AND something else to sweeten the deal.

Okay, so much for the current wordpress Block Editor where you can embiggen the first letter, change both font and post-background colors, have free use of images at your disposal, and a bunch of other bells and whistles. I couldn’t figure out how to get the text to align on both sides and found out soon enough that it involved more than I was willing to do and pay for.

That said, my ideals for 2019 are these 3: read 19 books, attend 5 sagre to complete my page 100 Ways to Celebrate Italy, and being more conscientious about the needless use of plastic in the household. By now I think all of us have seen those plastic pollution videos that have gone viral on the internet, and even if it’s a little thing like bringing reusable shopping bags to the market, every gesture counts toward helping the environment.


Culture shock: medication for free

Buy 2, get 2 free. The other day MotH came home with my Lisinopril prescription (in case you wonder, it’s for high BP), but instead of the usual 2 boxes that my doctor will only ever prescribe at a time, the hubs handed me 4. Apparently someone had returned the 2 Lisinopril to our neighborhood pharmacy (you can see the tampered flaps on the boxes to the right), but as they had been opened, the pharmacy could not legally sell them. They could, however, give them to someone who regularly uses it so I guess it was my lucky day. BTW, my meds are generic cheap: 2€ per box.

Now I had never heard of such a thing so my paranoid self immediately opened the freebies and compared the inside packaging to the others: nothing out of place, nothing suspect, seals intact and no need to worry as they were all identical. In this day and age where hardly anything is free and crazies run rampant, it just comes as a shock that something like this even happens.