Instant gratification is not fast enough.

My personal motto. I used to say I had three speeds, fast, faster and comatose. When my spine crashed and burned (figuratively speaking) my speeds were reduced to one – “OMG – that hurts!”  Walking became shuffling, canes became my preferred fashion accessory. Walking outdoors was more of a lurching from telephone pole to telephone pole to anything I could grab and hang on to.

While my back has probably deteriorated further over the years, kinda inevitable when the diagnosis involved the word ‘degenerative’ I can actually walk now without a cane and without screaming pain. I mean, I’m always in pain regardless of my level of activity, but you know not screaming pain. And not fast. Slow. Sometimes I forget I can’t walk fast anymore, then the screaming pain kicks in.

But I’m not the only thing that has slowed down. Scrolling through Black Friday sales notices I saw ‘best deal on Instant Pot’. Ooh – instant! I checked it out, it is a slow cooker. What? Instant-Slow – bit of an oxymoron wouldn’t you say?  I had a slow cooker a million years ago, used it once or twice, made gross food, it went to the Salvation Army.

But then – the new kitchen cabinets have slow close/soft close doors and drawers. I didn’t ask for them, seems kitchen cabinets just come that way now. Who knew, not me.

A couple of years ago I replaced the commodes in the apartment and they came with slow close toilet seats. Again, I didn’t require that feature, they just came that way.

So what’s with the slow?

BTW- My new mattress – absolute heaven! Perfect in every way. And my choice of medium soft instead of medium firm? Such a good choice because the medium soft is NOT soft. It’s comfortable as all get out but soft it is not. I can’t even imagine what the medium firm must feel like – block of concrete?

 

 

13 thoughts on “Instant gratification is not fast enough.

  1. I think an Instant Pot or “InstaPot”, as some are called, is more than a crockpot. It’s an electric pressure cooker, steamer, yada, yada, yada. Some might call it a glorified crockpot, I dunno. I have a plain ole crockpot which I love and also a regular pressure cooker for on top of the stove and I love it too. Some folks are afraid of the traditional pressure cooker, like I’ve got, so the electric one appeals to them more. Personally I like the gentle rock and swoosh-swoosh-swoosh of my traditional one. Makes me think of when I was a little girl… and life had far fewer aches & pains. So glad you like your mattress, Grace. A good mattress, like a great pillow, makes all the difference in the world. Sweet dreams!!

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    1. According to the interwebz an “Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools.” I guess it is all things to all people. My mother had a pressure cooker, it blew up on a regular basis, I’ve never used one, never had a need, don’t really know what they are for, same for a slow cooker. But then I hate to cook – The mattress is, dare I say it, a dream!

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      1. A pressure cooker makes things cook faster than a traditional oven or stove. That’s about the jist of it, I guess. It also makes tough cuts of meat tender… moreso than a roasting pan in the oven, for example. I could get a nice thick beef roast done in about 30-40 minutes where it would have taken over 90 minutes in the oven… and it comes out a lot more moist from the pressure cooker too. I’ve heard of them “blowing up” but mine never has nor did my mom’s. You can’t cook things in it that might clog up the vent hole such as things that “foam” when they boil… rice, pea soup, bean soup, that sort of thing. When the vent hole gets clogged, that’s when the KABOOM can happen. *lol* I don’t “hate” to cook but I must say I don’t enjoy it as much as I once did. I’m getting tired of the whole thing, I suppose. To be honest, I can feel myself getting tired of eating too. Like tonight, for example, I had a piece of pumpkin pie for supper and called it a day. I just didn’t feel like eating anything else. Lots of times I’ll cut up some lettuce into a bowl and maybe dice up half a tomato and a boiled egg, add some cheese, pecans and a little ranch dressing and call that supper too. I tell my kids not to buy me anymore cookbooks cos I’ve got all the recipes I’ll ever need and I don’t feel like learning to make anything new.

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        1. Well then I certainly don’t need one. I don’t make a habit of roasting meat, meat and I don’t get along. I don’t make soups or stews…Everything I cook gets done in a sauté pan and no meal takes much more than 30 minutes start to finish. If we ate what we wanted, when we wanted we would all be much healthier, your body knows what it needs and when. All the years I was single I was quite slim and much healthier because I ate and slept only as I needed to and when I needed to.

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  2. I’ve always been a fast walker. I still am but there are days when it’s harder than others. The older I get the more aches and pains I collect.
    Strange that people want an instant pot to make their food cook faster but slow close cupboard doors.
    Glad you like your new bed. I really want a new one. I think I would be afraid to get one without testing it out first. With my luck I would end up with that cement block.

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    1. The slow close/soft close doors and drawers are kinda nice, my husband loves them. You just tap them and then forget about it, and they close all by themselves. If you remember I’ve been going on and on about buying a mattress un-tested which is why I’ve been putting it off for so long. We don’t have the option of going around to a bunch of stores, and even then – lying on a mattress for 5 minutes is not the same as lying on them for hours! We are well pleased with this one, quite firm yet with a bit of give to it and best of all it is flat on top, so none of the indents where the ‘buttons’ are, tufted I think they call it, plus the price. A king mattress in a store runs about $3000, the one I bought, with the 25% discount code cost me $960, plus $124 for white glove delivery and old mattress removal. Worth every penny both for the mattress and the service. Plus, if we hate it, we have one year to return it. Plus the mattress is made in the USA by Serta. All in all, a very good deal.

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  3. Glad you are enjoying your new mattress, Grace. And I am with you in not enjoying cooking. I am a good, if basic, cook when I choose. I just do not enjoy it. I used to enjoy baking, but lack space needed to do it well.

    Most of us seem to be living with varying levels of pain. I have been dealing with sciatica for nearly three years. Please visualize this: Point left foot at 45-degree angle away from body and toward destination. Slide left foot “forward”. Drag right foot to meet left foot. Rinse and repeat as needed to reach destination. That was me for 18 months. Finally reached the shuffle/march stage about three months later. Walking now, but…good grief! Am I ever slow!

    Hope your new mattress alleviates your pain so you can get some quality sleep.

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    1. I am a very good cook, I just don’t like to do it. I love baking but since my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes sugar doesn’t enter our house! As for sciatic pain, been there,done that and I will never again have it because – physical therapy for my spine (no discs in my lower back) also relieved the sciatic pain from the vertebrae pinching that nerve. Now every morning BEFORE I get out of bed, I do a couple piriformis stretches – they will totally relieve sciatic pain. Doctors never tell you that. PT is far superior to anything that comes in a bottle. Nothing will ever relieve my back pain but I have coping methods to reduce it, all of which I learned in PT. The new mattress helps with the pain insofar as tossing and turning has been reduced and therefore the pain of the tossing and turning – bending and twisting is not in my skill set any more.

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  4. I swear I wrote a comment here yesterday but I don’t see it now! I’m having outpatient surgery today so I’m kinda outta sorts so I’ll try this again.

    I was wondering about your mattress so I’m glad to hear you’re happy with yours! Are you able to sleep through the night now? Does it help lessen G’s snoring?

    Soft close doors/drawers are fabulous! Gone are the days of hearing doors banging shut!

    J uses the Instant Pot more often than we thought he would. It really helps on those days when we didn’t plan and take something out of the freezer for supper since the frozen meat goes it and comes out juicy and yummy. The sounds it makes are kinda frightening though!

    I saw your comment on my blog and the dry food Lexi eats isn’t grain free. She eats Purina Pro Plan large breed puppy food. I heard about Purina Pro Plan from a local breeder of Golden Retrievers. She’s the one who had JJ the Hospice Therapy dog and now has Ember – Miss Sassy Pants Hospice Therapy dog in training. 🙂

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    1. You commented on FB LOL I can never sleep through the night, that’s just not a happening thing for me and it does seem to help with G’s snoring,snorting, mouth-breathing cacophony.

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