I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. I have six or seven of them, they’re small enough to fit into my bag, and I rely on them to help me remember grocery lists and books I should read and funny quotes and how to take care of a puppy and exercises my ankle needs to perfect before I can FloJo myself around the track again.
This morning I took one of my notebooks to my eye doctor appointment.
While there, I took the following notes:
topical steroid for Henry to remove cataract risk
Costco mussels for $12 on weekends
flaxseed / flaxseed oil DHA/EPA
Royal Chinese BBQ—seafood chow mein
Dim Sum past RCBBQ on right—Won Ton King
Only one of the five notes I took has anything to do with my eyes. This is why I love going to the eye doctor.
When he told me that I should consider taking fish oil capsules in the winter months, I asked if I had any other options.
Doctor: Do you eat fish?
Me: I’m a vegetarian. BUT, I sometimes tell myself that fish don’t have souls. And that’s when I go out for sushi.
Doctor: It’s interesting that you would say that. Yesterday I opened up the Wall Street Journal and saw a full page ad that featured Paul McCartney at his current age, in his current stage of life, and at the bottom of the ad was a blurb about him going fishing and how when he looked the fish in the eye, he realized that he and the fish both consider their lives to be important, and that killing the fish for pleasure seemed wrong. The ad was for vegetarianism.
Me: You just ruined fish for me.
Doctor: I think you could get away with eating trout or shrimp. Maybe you should just stay away from the big guys.
Me: No dolphins?
Doctor: No dolphins.
Here is the ad. I know some of you will look at it and roll your eyes into the back of your head. (If they freeze that way, let me know. I have a great eye doctor for you!) I’ll just say this: I may have just removed fish from my If All Else Fails list. (It fell between Eggplant Stackers and Fries with BBQ Sauce!) ((I don’t really have a list.))
My greatest quote from the eye doctor appointment: “It all depends on how much you love your gerbil.”