Things That Boggle My Mind

There are some things that I just don’t get, no matter how many times someone explains them to me.  People can tell me the science behind these things, but it just doesn’t make sense to me. For example, have you ever weighed yourself before you went to bed, and then weighed yourself first thing in the morning? My husband and I do that all the time, and every time we find that we are two pounds lighter in the morning. Where did those two pounds go? We didn’t exercise. We were sound asleep for eight hours. Now you may tell me the science behind it is that the body burns all those calories sleeping, but then that should mean if I eat a good breakfast in the morning (akin to eating supper in the evening before we go to sleep) and then lay down and take a long nap, I should weigh two pounds less by dinner time. But that’s not what happens. I always weigh two pounds more at the end of the day than I did first thing in the morning. And you can’t tell me sleeping burns more calories than an hour and a half of yoga and a three-mile fast walk, plus a day of housecleaning. If that were so, why aren’t doctors telling their obese patients to just go home and sleep? Anyway, that’s just one small thing that boggles my mind. Here’s a really big thing.

My brother took this at the pub and sent it to me immediately.

Last night my brother and sister-in-law FaceTimed me (it’s like Skype only easier and is for Mac users. We both have FaceTime on our iPads.) Anyway, they were at a little pub having a pint and listening to music and thought my husband and I would enjoy listening, too. Which we did. They took their iPad and turned the camera around so we could see the musicians as well as hear them, and we even got to talk to some of the patrons in the pub. They waved to us, in fact, and a few blew kisses. They raised their beer glasses in salute, and my husband, who just happened to have a beer in his hand, did the same. Everything came in pretty clearly, and we had no trouble enjoying the music. We tapped our feet and clapped our hands. We felt like we were right there with them. It was great Irish music. In Ireland. Yes, they were in Ireland and we are here in Virginia. How is that possible? Don’t bother giving me the facts because it will just be a bit of mumbo jumbo to me, but it boggles my mind.

The musicians at the pub

I’m waiting for the day when “Beam me up, Scottie” won’t only be a phrase from a Star Trek movie.

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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39 Responses to Things That Boggle My Mind

  1. Robin says:

    These things boggle my mind too. There are so many mysteries in life that it’s difficult to be bored. 🙂

  2. oldereyes says:

    I’m a scientist and my mind is still boggled by the technology we have in our hands for just play. For years, I saw amazing technology in the hands of the government or the military but now,everyone has access. And it also amazes me that companies have packaged this technology so that people can use it without understanding any of it. Supposedly the weight loss is water breathed out as water vapor … it would be interesting to try an eight hour nap and see if the same thing happens. Meanwhile, thank goodness for those two am pounds that let me think I’m thinner than I am.

  3. This is such a cool way to be together. I skype, but have only done it at home in the quiet. I love this idea and will borrow it on outings, thanks for sharing.

  4. pattisj says:

    Now that’s an interesting experience, almost like time travel! Hope you get a good report at your next appointment. Are you able to walk on it yet? Is George still cleaning house, or has he hired a maid service? 😉

    • Coming East says:

      Ha-ha, Patti. George is the maid service. Yes, I can do a little walking on it, but since I’m still wearing the boot, I can’t bend my ankle, so it’s tedious and awkward. I’m hoping for good news on Wednesday.

  5. I would have loved to raise a pint and joined you and your brother. Irish pub music is the best!!

    • Coming East says:

      If you can’t afford to travel, it’s nice to have a brother who finds ways to include you vicariously, Carol. My neice, my brother’s daughter,is going to Paris next week. I wonder if she’s bringing her iPad…

  6. notquiteold says:

    I must say that losing weight sleeping boggles me more than Facetime with Ireland. I go to bed discouraged, but I wake up and my diet has worked again!

  7. judithhb says:

    I like the idea of a sleeping diet beats any others I have heard of. 🙂

  8. emilieann says:

    To live in this techy world is amazing…and I will never understand how it does what it does either. Fortunately I don’t need to know —just plug it in and it works…is good enough for me. Glad bro was in the sharing mood..that was awesome. cheers!

  9. I’d welcome that day too if it’s cheaper than transatlantic flights! And what an incredibly incredible experience. 🙂

  10. E.C. says:

    I’m in total agreement with you. Like you, even knowing scientific discoveries, I still am amazed and boggled by many things… and I hope I never reach a point where I’m so filled with facts that I can’t appreciate the amazing feats, fun anecdotes and beauties of life.
    Great post. Great and familiar boggles to be sure. 😉

  11. Lenore Diane says:

    It is amazing, isn’t it? I hope at least one of them in the group was enjoying a Guinness. My mind would be boggled if they did not enjoy a Guinness while in Ireland. (smile)

  12. Val says:

    This great. I’d love to have that sort of contact! 🙂
    As for the weight loss during the night, for me it’s peeing. And yeah, I think I pee more when I should be sleeping (but am instead in the bathroom) than during the day when I am full awake!

  13. Very cool! I love being able to do that. I know my oldest has face time with her beau and he is serving overseas… maybe we can beam up and meet on some other planet sometime. DAF

    • Coming East says:

      That is so great that your daughter can keep connected with her beau even though he’s serving overseas, DAF! I don’t think I wanted to be teleported to another planet, though. I’d be happy if I could be teleported to a great restaurant in Paris maybe.

      • Sounds equally good to me… I guess thinking of going to a restaurant in Paris is equal to me actually going to another planet! I think I would take Paris though, my daughters have been there and from their stories I would love to go.

      • Coming East says:

        I’ve never been to Paris, either, DAF, but would sure like to go some day.

  14. gaycarboys says:

    I got a giggle from the post. technology is one thing that does not boggle my mind, people however do boggle my mind most of the time.

    • Coming East says:

      Wouldn’t it be cool if we bloggers Facetimed each other, GCB? Maybe not, though. I’d never get anything down. By the way, since the title of your blog is Boys in the plural, do more than one of you write, and do more than one of you respond to comments?

      • gaycarboys says:

        It started years ago as 4 of us and we all wrote joint articles and each of us drove the cars but now it’s just lil ol’ moi. But it does mean that I get a new car every week for the whole week, sometimes longer. The name stuck throughout but it’s liberating not having to write for an editor now. I used to write for and when I say “we” now I mean the other half and I. Although he doesn’t drive, or have a license, he knows what he likes and doesn’t like. He loves the V8’s and the Peugeot RCZ and the big butch pick-ups. I’ve got a Colorardo (holden here, chevy in the USA) in a few months which he’ll love!

      • Coming East says:

        I thought it was just you, GCB, be ause there has just been one voice. Wow! A new car to drive every week. What fun!

  15. Al says:

    That Facetime is cool! I’d like to say more but have to get back to bed……..that diet, you know.

  16. Your brother is a very thoughtful man! Honestly, that was an amazing experience, that indeed boggles the mind. Big morning smile for me…thanks for sharing!

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