Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday Fluffing Fragments!


Well, now that winter is finally skulking away (knock on wood/my head), we can all get on with our lives!  For instance, we can walk the dog in regular shoes (instead of snow/rain boots); we don't have to put on six layers of clothing just to take the dog out to pee; we don't have to start the car 15 minutes before we leave for work so that it is warm by the time we want to leave; and, we can stop wearing turtle-neck shirts!  We can NOW wear long, baggy t-shirts so that we can wipe our runny noses from the rash of allergies we get to experience from the blossoming of spring! I'm grateful for the change of seasons.


After six months of cleaning, replacing, purging, donating, crying, arguing, purging, crying and arguing... our home in St. Louis has found a new owner.  In a few weeks, we will take what is left of our belongings, throw them in the back of a pick-up truck and drive them to a garage near our new home in Chicago.  It's sort of like a "reverse" Beverly Hillbillies! Downsizing from a four bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment, is not the end of the world, but it sure makes for a great lesson in humility.  (Do I really need this stuff????) I am grateful for a roof over my head, and a garage to store my mother's china.


I can't decide if it's the added vegetables or pro biotic supplement I'm taking, but I seem to be having an enormous case of the fluffs. (You know...farts)  Then again, it could just be my age... I'm fine when I'm out walking the dog...she doesn't seem to mind...she even answers back on occasion!  But, to say it is embarrassing/humiliating/humbling/mortifying when it happens at work, is to understate.  There is no escape when one is standing behind a register and mother nature decides it's time to release her "trumpets."  On occasion, I have planned a quick getaway when I have been privy to an oncoming "concert" but most of the time, I do not have a premonition... SURPRISE!!! I guess that's why I keep getting assigned shifts where I'm alone...ya think?  Oh, well.  I guess it's better to let 'em rip than keep them in.  I might blow up like a hot air balloon and drift away! Wow...what a great view I would have! I think I would find this mode of transportation a little more interesting than my drive in daily traffic! However, landing could be a problem... I'm grateful that my bodily functions work!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Still A Babe...in Chicago!



Yesterday at work I had a special assignment...guarding the fitting rooms in the Juniors Department!  We were expecting an onslaught of teens to try on prom dresses...yes, moms, it's that time of the year again!  I was ready with my "I'm the mom and you will not take in more than six items at a time" look!

We had a special guest who has exploded on the blog and You Tube scene with her fresh, perky and very uplifting attitude towards helping teenage girls learn to feel better about themselves.  Her name is Meredith Foster, and if you haven't heard of her, I would HIGHLY recommend that you google her and meet this wonderful young lady!  Meredith was the guest speaker at a fashion show being held to draw in customers to the department.  She delivered an extraordinary performance as she introduced the teen models (who, by the way, were all drop dead gorgeous with very little make-up and professional all the way).  She inserted her wonderful and quirky personality as she spoke, and conveyed her message, as well as ours, with perfection! After the show, she took pictures with teens and signed autographs, never losing her upbeat demeanor and beautiful smile!

Then....the fitting rooms began to fill...and I began my special assignment!  I loved it...and for the most part, everyone enjoyed themselves!  Oh, the dresses did flow, and I can safely say that the Juniors Department had a very good day!

I'm from cold and windy Chicago...welcome to my city!  Please stop by and say hello to Unknown Mami at Sundays In My City to see what's up with her friends around the world!


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Advice My Mother Gave Me





As I woke up from anesthesia the first thing I saw was my mother’s smiling face.  My first born had just arrived and she told me he was perfect!  I had hoped for a natural birth, but he didn’t progress after the first 24 hours of labor.  He didn’t even progress after the next 12 hours of labor, six of which were under the “let’s-get-this-baby-out” helpful childbirth drug called Pitocin.  The umbilical cord was wrapped around his precious little head, just at the right spot to keep him from coming into this world naturally.  He arrived just as God planned for him to arrive…healthy, alert and gorgeous! That’s all that mattered to me. 


My mother looked me straight in the eyes and said, “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.”  I smiled and cried because my mother knew stuff.  When she gave advice, I followed it because she was always right.  She died three months later.  To this day, I can still see her face and hear her voice whenever I think I might fail at something.  Her words continue to give me the courage to move forward.  


I try to convey this same message to my children every chance I get.  


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

What a Difference 10 Years Makes!






I’ve been waiting for the right time to tell my story…I guess it’s now!  I’m hoping it will touch at least one person out there who wants to make a change in their life.  It can happen.  It took me a while to figure out who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go.  Once I got to the bottom of the barrel, there was no place to go but up.  So, up I went…and I’m still rising!

My “Before” picture is about 10 years old.  I was retiring from my job as a preschool teacher assistant.  I weighed 250 pounds.  I had many physical aches & pains, but the most important reason for leaving was that I felt I could no longer do my job with confidence and competence.  I could no longer get down on the floor with the children; I had to sit in a chair.  Even bending over to help them with projects or playing with them on the playground was very difficult for me. The kids at the preschool were my primary concern, and I felt that I was letting them down, as well as the school, by not being 100% there for them.  Leaving the preschool was a tremendous tug at my heart.  I loved my job and I loved all of my co-workers. 



I took a secretarial job a few months later with a middle school close to home.  Being sedentary didn’t help me too much with my aches and pains, but I no longer was expected to be as physically involved as I was at the preschool.  I enjoyed my job, and most of the people with whom I worked, but there was still something missing.  I was miserable with my weight and the fact that I was unable to do anything about it. I had been on a plethora of diets throughout my life with either short-lived or no results.  I hated myself and felt like a failure!  I remembered a support group that that I belonged to years earlier that gave me results and hope for the future. I realized that hope was still deep inside of me.    

Two years ago I joined a similar group in my area and began a journey of healthy eating and self-discovery.  I gave up refined sugar and white flour; ate only three meals a day with nothing between the meals; increased fruits, vegetables and water consumption; and started reading…really reading…labels of everything that wasn’t a direct product of nature.   I already walked about a mile a day with my job, but I added extra walks with the dog.  Exercising at the gym wasn’t going to work for me, so I would put on exercise tapes that had been buried in dust in the basement.  Slowly, the pounds started to fall off.  

My support group has been instrumental in solidifying my self-esteem, my desire to become healthy, and teaching me very fundamental principles of life.  I’ve learned to NEVER give up hope, to have patience, and to give back at every possible opportunity.  I’ve lost 120 pounds (a little person) and have maintained this weight for eight months.  I have discontinued half of the medications I used to take.  My aches and pains have almost completely disappeared.  


I like myself…no, wait…I love myself! 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Frigid Fragments


Okay, so my friends back in the Lou have another snow day...and probably will have one on Monday as it appears that it's only getting colder.  Yay for you!  I'm loving reading about everyone hunkering (or is that "honkering") down with a Sherpa throw, cuppa tea and a good book! However, I'm in retail, and today is the "pre-day" to the "One Day Home Sale."  I will be ringing, ringing, ringing for all the locals who know how to dress for the weather!  On my break, I plan to buy myself a Shark Navigator on sale with the little wad I picked up when I helped corral some shoplifters a few weeks ago.  Exciting, no?  Hey, I'm living the dream here, folks!

So, to all my family and friends in FL and Cali...."have a nice day" (can you hear my sarcasm?)  To everyone else in the country, I pray for warmth and sunshine for you all!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Holy Fragments, Batkid!




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Welcome back to my little Fragment of the World!  I used to be so on top of this weekly post.  What happened?  Maybe it was the dog...or my Adventures in Retail...or even the daily exercise of not really exercising, but planning to exercise!  At any rate, I'm back and happy to be here!


 

It's getting colder and a tad more windy here in Chicago!  This little SoCal girl still can't seem to get used to it.  I guess I just need to go shopping for more sweaters...and coats...and leggings...and cute boots!  Oh...and we are just about to have a great sale at work (Friends & Family)!  What a co-inki-dink! I'll just wrap them up and put "From Santa" on the tag.  Boy, will I ever be surprised!!

 

My _acebook addiction seems to be getting a little out of hand lately.  I don't play any games, but I seem to be checking status and pages of everyone I know....not just once, but more than a few times a day (hour).  This has got to stop!  A good friend realized she had this problem and just cancelled her account.  Could I do this?  Do I have the "juevos" to close off my only connection to the world (other than phone, email, letter writing and or jumping in the car and meeting for coffee)?  Nope...can't do it!   So...I've developed a plan to limit my time on this site to "3 times a day, with nothing in between"....sort of like my feeding times.  I don't know...it sounds a little white-knuckling to me...what do you think? 

 

I am looking forward to snow...just as long as the streets are clean by the time I have to go to work.  Bring it on, Mother Nature!!!!

 

 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Baby's Breath




Your sweet breath brushes upon my face and seeps into my soul
The gentle wisp of air that comes from your lips…how it humbles me
You are the most perfect miracle of my life
My pain is no longer as we become one in spirit
I will be still and stay in the moment for as long as I can
This is our time, and it belongs to no one else
For you, my precious, are my world, my life, my everything
This baby’s breath of yours is a gift from God
Forever to be held in my heart


I wanted to submit my first piece for Trifecta The challenge I chose for this week is: baby's breath:US a scented plant, esp. Gypsophilia Paniculata. I realized after I searched for a photo, and wrote my piece, that I was supposed to write about the dictionary meaning, not mine.  I am submitting anyway, and hope that I don't get kicked out by the amazing participants who write for this site.  Thank you in advance.