Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stream of Consciousness

Babies.  There is nothing as sweet and wonderful as a baby, especially when they are your own.  I have four daughters, all grown up now.  They range in age from 40 to 27.  I loved every minute of watching them grow up.  Okay, maybe not every minute, but certainly most of them.  I thought it was the best thing in the whole world to be a mom.  That was until I became a grammy. 
 
There is something so special about hearing those little voices calling "grammy".  I have three granddaughters and one grandson.  They are the lights of my life.  I love them with all my heart.  The excitement of being a grandparent became even more special today with the public announcement that grandbaby #5 is on the way in October.  I am beyond excited.  Here is the announcement that my daughter sent out today.  It's adorable.
Wasn't it sweet of Haley to get mad just at the perfect time for a picture?  She is going to be a great big sister.  Now, she'll have a partner in crime to keep us all on our toes.
 
As I sit here and type this, I find it hard to believe that almost 42 years ago it was just my husband and I.  Come October, we'll be a family of 15.  Incredible.  I am blessed beyond measure. 
I am the luckiest grammy ever!
 
Times up.  Head over to Jaime's blog and read all the entries and please join in.  It's fun!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stream of Consciousness

 
Here we go with another Stream of Consciousness!
 

It's confession time.  I am disgusted with myself.  I had such a great streak going with exercise and eating right and then the holidays hit and a couple of stressful things happened and I let it all go to pot. STUPID!!  REALLY STUPID!!!!
 
That stops now.  I had a healthy breakfast and just got done with T25 cardio and a half hour of zumba.  When I get done with this post, I'm heading for the treadmill.  I have too much coming up to let all that hard work from before go to "waist".  I have three weddings and a vacation in Arizona that I'd like to look my best at.
 
Why do I let myself get so sidetracked when I was doing so well?  I need to get my mind back in the right place.  I gave up Pepsi, Bacardi and eating out for lent.  That has to help.  Right?  I should say I didn't give up going to eat completely.  I've allowed myself once a paycheck which comes out to twice a month.  That's way better than twice or so a week. 
 
I've stocked the house with healthy food and healthy snacks.  I've planned my workout times twice in my the day.  I'm going back to My Fitness Pal and tracking my food.  Shaun T will be my new best friend again with T25.  I've got this.  I can do it.  I will do it.
 
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Last night was a very good night.  My friend Bari came into town for an overnight on her way to Jacksonville for a half marathon.  She had an early flight out of Midway and staying here made her morning commute a little shorter.
 
We went to a local beer pub for dinner.  Bari is a big beer fan.  Me, not so much.  She had two fancy beers.  I had two Bacardi and coke.  Dinner was good and we had some fun company.  Our friend Donya stopped by to have a drink with us.
We go back a long way.  Way back to the beginning of our blogging days.  It was actually the first time that Donya and Bari met in person.  This is what I love about blogging and other social media.  You get to make amazing friends you never would have met before.  The fact that I am old enough to be both of their mother doesn't seem to matter.  It's an amazing thing and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
 
While we were out, I got a text that I had been waiting for.  My best friend's first grandchild is going to be a BOY!  I couldn't be happier for them.  Their daughter is my daughter's best friend and this will be kind of like our boy too.  I can't wait to meet him.
 
Last, but not least....Happy Valentine's Day!  My husband and I will be spending ours at home because we have a winter storm warning with up to eight inches of snow and 50 mph wind gusts expected.  I've lost track of how many Valentines we've given to each other.  The first one was in 1972.  You do the math.  LOL
 
Well, times up.  Feel free to join in and link up with Jaime.
 



Monday, February 9, 2015

The Older Sister Retires

If you visit here, you know that I have spent the last year or two learning to do things for myself and do what is right for me.  It's been a journey like I have never taken before.  It's been amazing and awesome.  It's made turning 60 a wonderful adventure.
 
I have had to make some hard decisions along the way too.  I've had to put myself first in some situations that I hadn't before.  I always worried about what everyone else would think if I did the thing that was right for me.  I still struggle with that at times, but I'm getting better at it.  It doesn't seem to get any easier though.
 
I had to make one of those hard decisions last week. 
 
After five years of being a contributing writer for the website, The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, I made the decision to step down.  I absolutely love everyone over at Shrinking Jeans.  I love what they do for people.  I love that people feel heard and inspired and motivated through the site.  I had just begun to feel like I wasn't doing my part to do those things for people.  I felt like my writing was getting stale and I was grasping for things to write about.  I owed our readers and my editors more and I just didn't feel like I was doing that.
 
I can't thank the sisterhood enough for everything they have done for me.  I got to meet people I never would have met like Alison Sweeney and Ali Vincent.  I even got to interview Ali Vincent.  I was there to cover several Self Workout in the Park events in Chicago.  I got to work out with Dolvett from the Biggest Loser.  I got to meet people from the Biggest Loser.  I got to interview an editor from Self magazine.   Little old me with a VIP press pass in the big city of Chicago.  Not once, but three times.  Who'd have ever thought it?  Not me, that's for sure. 
 
 
 
 
Mostly though, I want to thank the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans for what they have done for me.  I found them very early in my blogging days.  They made me really look at myself and begin to challenge myself.  They helped me see that I could be so much more than I was.  I think it was them that gave me the courage to have the awesome year that I had leading up to turning 60.  They helped me learn to think outside the box.  They helped me become "me" and I will never be able to thank them enough.  To go from reader to writer was amazing and I will treasure that always.
 
My editors, Christy and Melissa are two of the most amazing and wonderful people you will ever meet.  They trusted me when I wasn't sure I trusted myself to do this job.  They gave me the wings to fly and I think I did.  They have been two of my biggest supporters.  They kicked my butt when it needed kicking and they hugged me tight when I needed hugging, even though we were thousands of miles apart.  That's the truly amazing thing about that place.  I have only met a handful of the sisters in person, but I feel like I have known these people all my life.   It is truly a sisterhood in every sense of the word.  I may be leaving as a writer, but I will NEVER leave as a sister!
 
I also want to thank my fellow writers at Shrinking Jeans.  You ladies are some of the best people I know.  I don't ever want to lose touch with you.   You have always been there to support me and love me.  It means so much.  You are truly my sisters. 
 
I am going to miss my little graphic below.  As it says, "she's just old enough".  She's just old enough to know that it's time to say good bye to this chapter in my life.  It makes me sad, but it makes me happy.  I know it is the right decision for me. 
 
Good bye Shrinking Jeans.  I love you!!