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Birthday present for myself...

Saturday, September 06, 2014

When I was just starting to work my mother told me something that has stuck with me all these years. She said when you get older you need to buy yourself a birthday present that you want, not what you may need. Over the years I've done just that but as I've gotten older I also try to find something I wouldn't normally spend a great deal of money on. I've gotten more frugal as I've aged and I don't really need a bunch of "stuff". I was in Kohl's about a week before my birthday just to look around. I like Kohl's but usually I'm looking for work clothes for when I work a trade show. I always check out their clearance sections and racks. This particular trip I wasn't in the mood to look at clothes so I headed for the clearance section in purses and accessories. When I first looked I really didn't see anything that screamed "take me home". I moved a few purses around and found it - a Vera Wang Simply Vera Melbourne Tote Bag in Black with White Python accent. The bag was beautiful and the regular price was $99.00. I really liked it but not $99.00 worth of like. I checked and there was a clearance sticker on it for $19.20, that price I could live with but wasn't absolutely positive I wanted it even at that price. I took it to the scanner just to double check since sometimes the prices on the tags aren't correct. The bag scanned at $9.90! Well, for 90% off I was in love! I bought myself the Vera Wang bag for my birthday and proudly told my friends of my find. It holds everything I need and I enjoy carrying it. It's one of the best gifts I've bought myself - mom would be proud!
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LJOYCE55 9/6/2014 4:57PM

  Great idea about buying yourself a birthday present. Absolutely love getting 90 percent off - good job birthday girl.

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NINETOZE 9/6/2014 10:59AM

    What a great find! SO rare that it makes it even better!
Enjoy your new bag.

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JIBBIE49 9/6/2014 1:53AM

    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday.

The Virgo child is born to a mother who wasn't happy with the money the father makes and so the Virgo child grows up always wanting to save money and be ready for "a rainy day." Her father was a good man but somewhat passive, so she listened to a lot of criticism. Shy by nature, the Virgo girl is always wondering "What do people think of me" and she worries that she won't be prepared, so she works very hard to keep up on everything so she isn't "caught with her pants down." She makes lists and keeps receipts. She can live alone and be very happy, but her best mates are Pisces, Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, another Virgo and sometimes secretive Scorpio. She makes a great teacher or nurse as she loves to show others how to live well. She can be fat, but she isn't meant to be since it adds stress to her life and she doesn't need that. She needs alone time and her own space. She has few children. She can have problems with her intestines, so she needs to be careful with her diet. The Virgo woman will walk out on a bad relationship & not look back once someone tells her she isn't wanted. She worries. She hates loud noises. She has a "dark side" that she often only shows when she is with someone she really has a trust in. Think of Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall and Cameron Diaz. As Cameron said about being a Virgo "I don't need anyone to drive me nuts, as I do that for myself, just comes with being a Virgo." Self-criticism can be a real issue for Virgo. She needs to learn to "give herself credit" as she really is a very smart person.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/6/2014 12:56AM

    Love this blog and I wish someone had told me this years ago. I did figure it out and it is when I treat myself to something - nothing too crazy or extravagant - this year it was some workout clothes and a gym bag.

Enjoy your new bag

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Today is my 51st birthday!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today I turn 51! Although I don't have any blood family I will be celebrating with my "family" of friends! I'm getting cupcakes from Sam's Club to celebrate. I refuse to not celebrate even though I'm working a fair with my girlfriend. I feel the best I have in a lot of years, physically and mentally. My "family" already knows today is cupcake day, I've been telling some people for a couple weeks, lol.

Today is going to be a good day no matter what! I only regret that some of my "family" won't be able to celebrate with me today but then I'll just remind them they missed out on cupcakes (nobody likes to miss out on cupcakes).

I'm going to enjoy my cupcakes (putting one away for later on). I'm going to make a cupcake sandwich by splitting the cupcake in half (top and bottom half), putting the bottom half on top of the frosting to make a cupcake sandwich! Frosting in every bite, yummy!

Well, here's to a great day with the best family possible!

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LJOYCE55 8/31/2014 8:15PM

  love the idea of the cupcake sandwich - happy birthday.

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ARIELHAY 8/31/2014 3:32PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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FIRECRACKERTT 8/31/2014 12:34PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Yeah Birthday cupcakes!! That's my kind of celebration!! Enjoy your day. :-)

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NYARAMULA 8/31/2014 11:49AM

    Happy birthday!

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PHHHISC 8/31/2014 11:04AM

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JUDITHANNIE 8/31/2014 11:02AM

    Happy birthday and enjoy your cupcake.

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Pizza for dinner? Oh no!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I have some younger friends, I refer to them as "the kids" since they're young enough to be my kids, that I see on a weekly basis. We usually do dinner somewhere and catch up on our week and what's coming up. I really got serious about tracking everything within the last week or so and haven't told anyone that I'm working on losing a few pounds again. Not that I don't want to tell them, it's more of I want to see if I can do this without everyone worrying what I can and can't eat. Honestly, I can eat anything and everything as long as I'm smart about it.

Yesterday was one of those days when I just was never really hungry, those days are few and far between, BTW, LOL. One of the kids texted and asked what sounded good for dinner. In most cases, I don't have a preference since I can find something to eat just about anywhere. I told her I hadn't thought about it but what sounded good to her? She replied, pizza. My mind went PIZZA! Oh No, NOT PIZZA! but I said ok. After meeting up and spending 10 minutes deciding what pizza we had Domino's deliver pepperoni with extra cheese. I ate 3 slices and drank a bottle of water. I was full but in the back of my mind I was wondering how far over my limits had I gone. I reminded myself that even if I did go over it was only one meal on one day. I had another bottle of water on the way home and kept reminding myself it was ok, I had a decent amount of calories to spend on dinner and I wasn't going to worry about it either way.

I got home and got on SparkPeople and Domino's (to get the nutrition info). Although the slice of pizza was more calories than I would have liked I ended up still within my range for the day (except for sodium). I was so happy! I ended my day knowing that I can have pizza as long as I plan for it.

When I got up this morning I got on the scale and my weight was actually down. It's probably good that I had the pizza early in my restart so I can plan my weekly meetings with the kids and know that no matter where we eat as long as I make good choices it'll all be ok.
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LJOYCE55 8/9/2014 7:37PM

  Love that you were able to fit it in.

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Back from Sevierville

Monday, November 11, 2013

I just finished working a wholesale trade show with one of my bosses. I was nervous since I'd never worked with her before. She was as easy to work with as he was, what a great time we had! We had dinner at Cracker Barrel every night and tried different things, we agreed they have a nice atmosphere and a good cup of coffee. The show didn't turn out to be good but it gave me the opportunity to get to know her a little better. I do some trade shows on my own and working with her gave me the chance to ask some questions and bounce some ideas about how to make it easier for me when writing orders. It was a good week but we are both pet parents and missed our fur-kids. Even if it's awhile before I get to work with her again, we'll always have Cracker Barrel and coffee with Splenda!

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LJOYCE55 11/12/2013 8:03AM

  You really get to know someone better when you are with them so much of the day. Bet your pets were happy to see you when you got home. Have a great week.

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BARBANNA 11/11/2013 6:35PM

    That was a win, win for you! Glad you are back with your pets. My neighbor lost her dog a week ago and she is really devasted. I think I will send flowers and a card. It's harder than lossing a person.

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I'm not complaining but now I understand a little bit better

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Being a plus-sized woman I never understood how anyone could be frustrated with being able to wear different size jeans (sometimes by the same label). Well, now I understand.

When I started my journey I wore a size 18 jeans, my first drop to size 16 was wonderful. Next stop, size 14. I got to that point and then on the short trip to size 12. I'm happy that I can fit in size 12... actually I told someone I don't think I've worn a size 12 since I was 12 (not really that much of an exaggeration).

I was out of town and ran into Sam's Club. I've found that not every store carries all the same merchandise, foods pretty much so, other stuff (clothes, household goods, pet stuff, etc) not so. I found a pair of teal blue jeans by Bandolino that my Sam's didn't have. I picked up a pair in size 12 since my other Bandolino denim jeans are a 14 and fit well but my new Lee denim jeans are size 12. When I got home I tried on the 12's, they have a big gap at the back of the waistband so they are too big (hahaha, I never thought a 12 would be too big). When I was in my Sam's they had the same Bandolino jeans in dark purple (oooh... purple) which I picked up in size 10! OMG - a 10! and they fit! pick me up off the floor! or as Stacy London would say "Shut Up!"

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining but... now when I go to try on jeans I'm going to have to take 2 or 3 different sizes in to see what number fits.

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LJOYCE55 12/13/2012 2:27PM

  What a happy start to the hoiday season for you! Congratulations! emoticon

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MARTY728 12/13/2012 1:06PM

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/13/2012 12:05PM

    Congratulations on that awesome feeling! It's a nice problem to have. I'd have been happier with the purple anyway, like you!

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CSAGIRL 12/13/2012 9:00AM

    What a wonderful problem to have! emoticon

I love your attitude emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 12/13/2012 7:33AM

    It is a good frustration. ;)

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