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Thursday, August 14, 2014

I was rereading some of my old blogs and I thought I would copy one and bring it forward. This was back in 2008 when my sense of humor hadn't taken a vacation yet. Timely subject we can still a relate to today. Enjoy

Well I thought it was time to give all of you people another peek inside of my brain, so buckle up it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Let's start with underwear. I have been wearing briefs,aka grannie pants,since I can remember. I decided this week that I am to sexy hot now to have such drab underwear. So off I go to Target to see what I can find. First off I didn't realize how many variations of undies there are. There are briefs,hipsters,boy pants,thongs to name a few. Also it appears you have to buy a pack of them usually 4-6 of them. I am standing there in the undie section just about frozen by indecision. What if I buy some kind and I don't like them? I will have 6 pairs of them and they aren't cheap. I don't throw things out so I know I will wear them whether I like them or not. I finally take the plunge and get low rise briefs. I get these for two reasons. One is it will be a change but not as drastic as a thong. Two I can figure out what low rise briefs are. I am still puzzling over what style the hipster is. I go home all excited to try my new purchase. My plan was to take a bath that evening and after a relaxing soak to put on my marvelous new undies. I just know they will transform me in ways I can't even imagine.

First problem I run in to is my teenage son. Do any of you have teenagers? If you do then you will know why boarding schools are so popular. I have heard that there are some teenagers that refuse to bath and parents have to hose them off periodically in the backyard. I did not get one of those. I got the kind that takes a bath EVERY NIGHT for a VERY LONG TIME. He has the uncanny knack of knowing just when I plan to take one and then beating me to the bathroom by like 5 minutes. Sigh!!!!!! So I wait and wait and wait. I pound on the door and express my concern over his submersion time. Still I wait and wait. Finally he comes out and says "oh you were waiting? I didn't realize that" I would have killed him but that leaves a mess and I would have not gotten my bath for sure then.

I gather up all my stuff and head off towards the bathroom. Oops the door is shut now what? Well seems hubby was waiting to use the bathroom too. We have two bathrooms,only one tub he could use the other one. He finally emerges and I enter the bathroom finally. Yikes I exit almost immediately. Not sure what hubby had for lunch but yowie it didn't metabolize well. It appears I will be waiting just a bit longer before I get my bath.

After the EPA declared the bathroom enviromentally friendly I finally start to run my bath water. Well goodie my son's experiments in hydrology have paid off and there is very little hot water left. Now I do not have a huge tube. Just your standard put in during the 60's bathroom tub. I fill it with water and settle in to soak and read a book. After a couple of pages I notice I am shivering and attempt to add some hot water. Funny I turned the knob all the way to the H and I get the same temp of water as if I had turned it to C. Realizing that freezing to death in your bath tub is a very silly way to die I just get out of the tub. I towel off and add my scented mostiturizer. I am all set for this life changing moment to occur.

Hmm I think as I slide them on did I grab an old pair? Because if these are low rise then I am Betty Crocker. I quickly get dressed and go to check the package. Yup I did indeed buy low rise briefs. Well I have to say the term low rise is a bit misleading. After comparing them with my old full rise briefs these new undies are all of a half an inch lower. Well yippee for me!!!! I just bought a six pack of grannie pants lite underwear. There will be no life altering moment after all. It is like going from tan pants to beige. Or the 6 different kinds of white paint you can buy. True technically they are different but in the end they are all blah!!!!!!

I am proudly wearing my granny lite pants and someday I know I will work my way up to hipsters or a thong. So if someday you see me and I am walking a little funny just realize that the thong underwear experiment has not gone well.

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RUNNINGWILD 8/15/2014 11:33AM

    My other favourite blog of yours. The first one is about sports bras.
Try the thong. It's comfortable once you get used to the idea and only rubs wrong if you buy the wrong size.

Ps: duck, duck, goose..... And ham. emoticon

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RACING4ME 8/14/2014 11:10AM

    I totally ember this blog!!! Sooo funny, and strangely déjà vue like:-). Love you lad

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NERAUS 8/14/2014 9:58AM

    No I have never tried a thong yet. Seems like they would chafe in all the wrong places? LOL!!!

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GOLDDUSTTWIN 8/14/2014 9:32AM

    Thank you Neraus for bringing this forward in time...It is a hoot! emoticon Soooo are you thinking of trying the thong now since it has been a while?

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What do you do different???

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Okay while I am blogging about my journey of self awareness I thought I would talk about something a little more fun. What things did you grow up doing or saying that when you were older realized not everyone did?

My big example is that I grew up playing Duck Duck Gray Duck. I was quite surprised later in life to find out that is a Minnesota thing. Almost everywhere else it is called Duck Duck Goose. We have had some spirited discussions about this at work with us Gray Duck people holding forth that it is the better version. It helps that I work in Minnesota so we only had one lone guy from Wisconsin to hold up the Goose side of the debate. And since he called water fountain bubblers his intellectual integrity was called in to question. LOL!!!!

The other thing I grew up saying was boughten. As in the sentence I said the other night to myK= husband "why didn't you just use boughten dough?" Before all you grammar geeks lose your minds just know boughten is in the dictionary. It is a variation common to the northern region. I know that because I used it once in an online chat and people from Oklahoma got quite feisty that I was making it up.

So what things do you do or say that people have given you grief over? What family traditions did you grow up with that weren't quite as widespread as you thought. My mom put hot dogs in scalloped potatos and I thought everyone did. Turns out most people use ham. Be fun to see if there are some major regional difference in things. I think this could be a fun discussion.

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    Ver-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ry In-ter-est-ing

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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HMBROWN1 8/14/2014 9:04AM

    I laughed! When I read the beginning I was thinking "What? Shouldn't that be duck, duck, goose?"

Have a great day!

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I had no pattern

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

So as I was laying in bed trying to sleep my mind was drifting over some of the issues I have been thinking about lately. (Just a tip don't do this. While trying to get to sleep is really not the time for emotional review.) I realized that it wasn't surprising I have trouble maintaining friendships due to how I was raised.

My parents didn't really have friends. My dad had coffee at the coffee shop in the winter with some of the other farmers but I never really saw them interact with people on a friendship level. We didn't have people over, not even relatives. Only big occasions like a high school graduation did we have relatives at our house. Not holidays, not birthdays. We lived about 2 hours from my mom's family. We went to a family reunion about once every two years. Plus we visited my grandparents about every 2 months or so. But that was about it. We lived closer to my dad's family but he was estranged from his mom and his sisters took her side.

My mom as far as I know didn't have friends who came for coffee and a gab. Nor did she belong to any ladies social clubs. She never met any one to go shopping or hang out. I realize raising 7 kids takes up a lot of time but still you would think she would want some female relationships in her life.

We lived about 3 miles from town so I never hung out at a friend's house after school or had friends over to play. I guess I thought that was how most people were until I met my husband. His family gets together all the time. He has a group of guys he has been friend with for a long time. A couple of them lived on the same street and he has known them for as long as he can remember. He tells stories about what they did when they were growing up and in high school. We still hang out with them regularly.

I don't have any stories like that. I went to a small high school(800 k thru 12) and knew everyone forever but don't talk to a single one now. I hated that place and couldn't wait until I could leave. High school was about survival and someone you confided in today would turn on you the next. I saw it time and time again where girls would be best friends only to have a falling out and one of them would tell the whole school what they were told in confidence. I learned not to share much with anyone. And no before you ask I wasn't one of the cool kids. I was only popular on test days when people wanted to copy my paper.

So now my only group of friends are the wives of my husband's friends. I have known them for over 20 years but really wouldn't say anyone of them was a best friend. Well I thought for awhile one was but then she decided she should try to "fix " me and acted more like a bad therapist then a friend. So that relationship is no longer what it was. I decided last fall to stop calling any of them because I was tired of always being the one that had to ask them to spend time with me. I wanted to see what would happen when I stopped asking. The answer: I now spend a whole lot of time alone at home with the hubby. (who by the way is very non social and doesn't mind at all that he spends all his time at home.) So I am invited to group wide function but no one calls me just to have coffee or something.

So I have identified the issue but haven't a clue how to fix it. I am a very social person with no outlet. I find when I am with people I come across too needy(think black lab all tail waging and jumping) and that puts people off. Or I try to go the other way and come off too aloof or snobby(think cat any cat.) and people think I am being stuck up.

Now just wondering at this age(51) how to go about making friends when I have had no pattern to learn from in the past and stuck in a bad pattern with my current situation. Do I read a book? (making friends for dummies) Do I take a class?(remedial friendship) Do I put an ad in the paper? (will you be my friend? sure to get me to meet a whole new bunch of people and experiences)

I really am at a loss right now. I know figuring out the problem is step one but I can't even see step two.

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NERAUS 8/7/2014 5:54PM

    What occurred to me last night about an hour after I wrote this is: I was upset I let people slide out of my life. Well people seem to let me leave no one seems to be making an effort to keep me. So what does that say about me, them? More thought is needed but so far everything that occurs to me seems to make me sadder. Time to find a positive step to take even if it is a very tiny one.

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RACING4ME 8/7/2014 3:49AM

    Oh Darlin,
Dang, what a tough haul for you!!! Have you thought about leading or coaching teams? I would love it if you want to do a relay race with Penny and I....we could plan it fr 2015 r would give you a carrot, and we all know that a carrot helps. Back to the teams thing, becoming a spark leader for a local group allows you to meet people that are going in your direction. You get to share your experiences...which I KNOW are amazing!!!

Love you lady:):):)


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NERAUS 8/6/2014 8:51PM

    I do have a job and I have had friends from past jobs. But once I leave the job I never seem to be able to keep the friendships created there.

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MM11113 8/6/2014 8:13PM

    I he a lot of friends that I met in the last few years doing things at my church. That may not appeal to you. There are lots of places you can volunteer. I didn't notice if you have a job, if not, maybe you could find something to help he situation. Lose yourself in helping other people.

One of our friends volunteers at the animal shelter.
Just ideas.

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I procrastinate do you?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Hello world I procrastinate. Need proof ? I have been meaning to blog again for quite awhile. But it has in fact been over 8 months since I have blogged. Why because I am too tired, too busy or I just don't feel like it today. I am just so tired of feeling like my life doesn't work but yet I can't take 10 minutes to do anything about it. So now I am planning on doing some self examination to figure out the why of a few of my behaviors. Your welcome to come along as I try to make sense of some things. Maybe you will see a bit of yourself in all of this. Or maybe my bumbling around will be amusing to some. What ever the reason come join the fun.

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GOLDDUSTTWIN 8/3/2014 8:13AM

    Good Morning Neraus,
Taking the first step is always hard. Taking it with team members is easier.
We would love to see you back on ANOKA COUNTY & BEYOND and hear of your progress. emoticon

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Somebody should have to suffer for this besides me!!!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I hope that the twit or twits who are responsible for the fact that women's clothing is not univerisal in size be sentenced to a life of trying on clothes. Oh wait that seems to be my fate and the fate of every female.

I wear size 16 pants not happy about that but it is what it is. So I went shopping for another pair or two. After having tried on more than a dozen size 16 pants from different companies I am so depressed. One pair fit, sort of. This is nuts that sizes can vary so much from company to company. Even from year to year. If you buy second hand clothes like I do older clothes use the same numbers but a 16 from today is not the same as a 16 from 5 years ago.

Why can't women's clothes be like guys? Where a 36x36 is exactly that. Even in bras where they do use inches for size I was told at one store that their 36" bra ran small. What the **$&#^^??? 36" is 36" how can it be small?

I suppose it is way to late in the day to ever change things but it stinks. It can be so depressing to try on clothes do to this. I wear 16 pants every day for work so now why can't I find a pair that fits? Have I stretched all of mine in to submission? I even tried on 16w pair and they didn't go around my middle. I didn't eat that much for thanksgiving.

I wish I knew how to sew and make clothes because then I could get things to fit.

Someday I hope our daughters rise up in revolution and tell these @@#@@ clothes manufacturers they aren't going to put up with it any more. Clothes shopping should not make you cry. And when they are done with that I hope they give a couple of those egotiscal male designers a mamogram on their privates. Bet that would get researchers to come up with a better way, but that is a blog for another day.

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DIANE7786 12/1/2013 6:25PM

    Be careful what you ask for! My understanding is every manufacturers uses slightly different measurements. A single manufacturer often makes each style of pants in the line with slightly different measurements. The reason is they want to accommodate women of similar sizes but different shapes. Some size 16's have proportionately small waists and large hips or the opposite, longer and shorter rises and leg lengths.

That's not all! Take 3-4 pants of the same brand, size and style to the dressing room. They are often wildly different measurements! Patterns are cut with what looks like cookie cutters. The top fabric pulls down over the pile so it's a little bigger, the middle is about right and the bottom is small. Years ago the top and bottom cuts went to less expensive stores, but apparently not any more.

When I find pants that fit, I buy several pairs. It's likely that style will be discontinued the next season!

Many people have their clothes altered. I haven't had good luck with that.

Don't blame it on men! There are a lot of female clothing designers.

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