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This Week Is Done...Over...Finished!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

And i have to wonder if that poor girl i have been training all week will be back?!?! her first day had her seeing a supervisor walking out in the middle of a shift...leaving me to figure out how to get 10 truck drivers out on the road...let's say... panic and humor was in order that night....lol...but she came back...after we assured her things like that never happened.... sooooo what happens last night??? one of our drivers takes an attitude and walks out?!?! what the heck... i really would not blame her if she did not show up next week..disappointed..yes..but not suprised... it's been a wild week... to say the least...but really...this doesn't happen...in fact...this is the first time in 4 years i have ever seen this in the company... we have gone through rough times...but never like this... really!!!! lol... of course...the more i said it... the less believable it was.... even to my own ears... emoticon

  
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AMBERROGUE 5/20/2008 3:10PM

    Interesting Times, indeed! Hopefully this week is going better for you!

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WILDCARD1 5/17/2008 10:07PM

    and the drama continues Kitty! Hope you are enjoying your girls weekend!

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EMMASMART 5/17/2008 10:03PM

    Did you ever here the curse: May you live in interesting times!

I wish you some nice Boring times!

Emma

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KYLIEMC8 5/17/2008 7:51PM

    As for the truck driver..with the price of gas these days..even if you don't have to pay for it..whew!! Sorry things are going haywire around there..One door closes and another opens..right?? Good luck with the new girl! Hugs!! Kylie

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STARTSPARKING 5/17/2008 4:13PM

    Wow, there sure was plenty of drama at your workplace this past week! Good for you for hanging in there and getting through with your wonderful sense of humor. I hope next week will be much calmer for everyone in your company.

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FROGSTYR 5/17/2008 11:08AM

    You certainly can't say life has been borning this past week. And to think some people think there's no excitement in trucking! Hopefully the new girl will decide to give it another week. Your sense of humor will see you through.

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Seeing And Hearing The Beautiful

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


For those that know me...i'm not always a perky kitty.... i don't always see the humor (though i try) i don't always see the beauty of life (though i try) i don't always hear the beautiful life songs (though, again, i do try) sometimes i have to really look... and look hard...it's sometimes turns into my best excercise...lol... well, today, i didn't have to look all that hard... this past weekend we found a nest on our porch, the main entrance mind you, with freshly hatched baby birds... my first though was aw great... this could get fun trying to get in and out of the house... my kids ask what we should do...i tell them, to leave nature alone...it will work out... so we are making it a habit of being a little noisy when we come or go so that the birds won't get startled and come after us...lol... this morning, not too long ago, i was taking a break from my posting to get some coffee and do some stretching before i clean up the kitchen and get ready for work...and outside i saw a beautiful blue bird....running.... not flying...but running...i was happy cause they don't run as fast as they can fly...so i got to enjoy watching the blue bird for a little bit longer than if he had flown to his destination. and then i hear it...baby birds singing... ok..to me it was singing...to mama bird, it was probably hunger cries...lol...but to my ears..it was beautiful. though, i will admit...i couldn't just stand and enjoy... i had to be thinking....thinking what the mama bird was thinking...was she happy her babies were moving around.... twirping...or was she thinking, quiet down in there...you'll get those humans up and moving again...lol....i was also reminded as i looked out my window..that man..i really need to clean that window... so..off i go to clean the kitchen window so i can view the birds better :)

  
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NELSON071 5/15/2008 2:20PM

    How awesome is that! I love watching the butterflies, humming birds, and the birds play in my water pond. I live in the city, however, I am so fascinated when I look at all of the nature living right in my back yard. Life offers some unexpected gifts when we need them the most. Happy Bird watching. jurline

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NITAINMN 5/15/2008 1:29AM

    How lucky you that the blue bird of happiness came right into your porch!! I am very happy for you that this will certainly bring some good news soon!!

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KYLIEMC8 5/14/2008 6:03PM

    Ahhhh the blue bird of happiness! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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AMGRANAT 5/14/2008 10:34AM

    Thanks for the reminder to remember those little good things in our days!

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WILDCARD1 5/13/2008 11:36PM

    Great reminder Kitty! I am trying to teach my kids to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the day!

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FROGSTYR 5/13/2008 10:32PM

    I too have to work at seeing the beauty sometimes. I have a family of birds that nested in the "v" formed where the air conditioner comes out of my window and the side of the house. They have baby birds too and the whole family "sings" me awake in the mornings. I must admit, it doesn't always make me happy...sometimes I wish they'd wait until a little later in the morning to start singing!

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KALISWALKER 5/13/2008 9:52PM

    What nice thoughts Kitty. It can take work to see the better side of life, but it is so worth it!

Lynn

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THENEWKAREN 5/13/2008 9:39PM

    Sounds like the blue bird of happiness came to visit you! I thought you were gonna say you and the rest of the family were getting more exercise now because you have started going in and out the back door so as not to disturb the new family!
Sounds like that running bird was very motivational! emoticon
Thanks for sharing!


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Gathering The Essentials

Monday, May 12, 2008

I wanted to share an article i wrote yesterday.

Gathering The Essentials
by playfullkitty

Lately I have been setting aside a time for me. As many of you know, it's called my mental health day. For this, I have to gather the essentials, to include special bubble bath, candles, all the stuff for a facial, my shaving equipment, a good book, moisturizer and lots of water to drink.

My daughter and I have since added a spa night, to happen the night before my mental health day. This is to now include the facial stuff, and everything needed for a manicure and pedicure. And of course, again, lots of water to drink. While coming up with this, we came up with an idea for a pajama party for the girls in the family, to include my mom (their grandma), my nieces, my daughters, a friend or two of theirs and myself. Again, getting and putting all the stuff together so we are ready for this to happen.

Do you see a theme here? I am gathering the essentials. For a true treat to ourselves, it helps to have everything we need, together and accessible. It dawned on me, the weeks I do best with my lifestyle change of getting healthy and losing weight, is the weeks I have all my essentials together, to include lots of water, meals planned and not only my exercise equipment ready to go, but planned into my day to use.

Think about this, when you are cooking dinner, isn't it not only quicker, but easier, to have all your essentials on hand and ready to go? Isn't it easier to fit in some me time when whatever helps you is on hand and ready to go?

Same goes for anything in life, including what we eat and what we drink. If there is tons of pop in the house, but not alot of water, what are you going to grab when you get thirsty?

What about your foods? You have bags of chips, brownies already cut even, or those unhealthy packaged snack foods just waiting to be grabbed and ate but a few fruits and vegetables that sit in the refrigerator, needing cleaned and cut up; what are you going to grab when you are rushed and hungry?

And then there is that exercise we never seem to have enough time to do. If I have the resistant bands and dumbbells under the bed, out of sight, then they are also out of mind. When I do have a few minutes to get some exercise in, I am less likely to get under the bed to grab them, but if they are out, and ready to go, I can quickly grab them, get in a few sets of exercise. I also have in mind a couple exercises I can sneak in while this equipment is not available, like a quick walk, marching in place, shadow boxing or even squats or wall push ups.

The point is, we need to gather our essentials. There is a commercial that says "Life comes at you fast" and it's right, it does. By being prepared, gathering the essentials, preparing for the day or even the week, prepares you for a healthier lifestyle and helps you not only get to your goal, but maintain it long after you reach it.

Take the time today to gather your essentials. Life of course, can be ever changing, but by being prepared, you are more likely to stick to your plan.

  
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100LBLIGHTER 5/16/2008 3:11AM

    Playful Kitty. You are so right, we only plan for things that are important to us. If we don't plan maybe it's not that important? I needed this. A lot of the time I just let things happen and guess what .....Sometimes they just don't! Thanks 100lblighter emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREPPILS 5/13/2008 9:12AM

    PJ parties for the girls is awesome! I have been doing one for about 7 years now. We all get together, eat, drink and be merry. Everyone spends the night and in the morning we do it all over again. Not very diet friendly, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to bond with the girls. I highly recommend it.

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FROGSTYR 5/12/2008 9:08PM

    Great blog! I need to gather my essentials so that I can make my life's journey just a little easier.

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KYLIEMC8 5/12/2008 3:14PM

    emoticon I'm gathering !! Excellent advice! You're one smart cookie!! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 5/12/2008 2:19PM

    Great blog Kitty and great reminder. You are so right! We have to have the essentials in order to get to our goals! Thanks for the blog!

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NITAINMN 5/12/2008 1:20PM

    Family and friends fall into the essentials too! For a cook like me someone to enjoy my preparation with us is an essential tool. Can I join in on your spa night? Hehehe!!!! Great blog kitty! emoticon

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CELEST 5/12/2008 12:20PM

    How absolutely true. Haven't seen your blog for a week....you been okay? I'm so used to seeing your blog every day. You have a responsibility to US who love what you write you know. lol. Just kidding, about your having a responsibility.....not about loving your blogs. Keep it up.
xxx

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So What Is A Mental Health Day

Sunday, May 04, 2008


I've learned that taking a day off, a day just for me, once a week helps me not only rewind from the past week, but prepare for the week ahead. As many of you know, my life is often filled with drama. Whether it's work or family...or on very good days...both...lol...So Sundays have become my mental health day...just to keep me from going mental...ok..so more mental than usual...tehe... so what does this day include...well, on saturday i start the preparations...i clean... spend time with the family... come sunday, i take me time..i take extra time showering... messaging my scalp, my shoulders, my arms and my legs... i give myself a facial...spend time actually shaving...moisturizing... i don't cook...it's "their" turn to do it...tehe... i read... working the night shift, i don't get to do it every day anymore... so i make sure to include some reading time... i also take time to go through the events of the past week and learn something from it all... i then forgive myself for any mistakes i have made or perceived to have made... funny how we can beat ourselves up when we are under a lot of stress... i then start the preparation for the week...do some research for the different posts i make... catch up with emails from friends... and basically...make it a lazy day... i've come to look forward to these mental health days... and am glad that i have been making them a priority each week. This Sunday is no different...my day off for me...wohoo!!! let the relaxing begin.

  
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AMGRANAT 5/9/2008 1:42PM

    I just took one yesterday! I had a horrible headache all the previous night, so I slept until noon! So fabulous! Then I watched a "What not to wear" and "10 years younger" marathon :)

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STARTSPARKING 5/6/2008 1:40AM

    I like how you spend your mental health days. You definitely deserve a break at least once a week!

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TRENSUE 5/5/2008 9:26PM

    What a great plan!! I need to get a mental health day planned.

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EMMASMART 5/5/2008 12:59PM

    It's interesting to see the scardy cat over this positive post. You amuse me.

Emma

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NITAINMN 5/5/2008 12:24AM

    WhooHoo! Good blog kitty. So glad you are taking Sundays off for 'Me' time. keep it up!! emoticon

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KYLIEMC8 5/4/2008 7:35PM

    I'm all for relaxing! emoticon

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FROGSTYR 5/4/2008 11:32AM

    I'm glad that you are carving our regular "me" time for yourself. You are such a dedicated, hard-working girl, that you really deserve the time to recharge!

We love you, Miss Kitty!

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WILDCARD1 5/4/2008 7:32AM

    Enjoy your day! Mine is going to be super busy today!

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KALISWALKER 5/4/2008 2:22AM

    Hi Kitty, it's great to give yourself a reset day. I did it this morning, had a bath, listened to an audio book, relaxed... time well spent doing nothing much. Enjoy relaxation whenever you can.

Lynn

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This Is The Story Of My Life

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Ok..first let me say..i don't handle change well... i try...but just have not got that part of me mastered yet...lol...so Monday i walk into work, and our Manager has been fired... and we get a new Manager... i've met him before, nice enough guy...before he was our manager...not saying he won't be now..but it's a change i knew was coming but didn't really want...so then on Tuesday they let go of one my favorite drivers...it was best for the company, and i know this, but i still liked him...so needless to say, by Wednsday, we are all on pins and needles... by thursday they are complaining about overtime...to which that includes me...soooo... do they want the job done or not??? the office staff should be 3...we have 2...me and the other girl... so both of us are busting our butts trying to keep all the work at least half way caught up... and then it happens... half our terminals power goes down due to a fiber optic cut in Indiana... and though our terminal was not one, it did mean we had to do things the old fashion way cause of the terminals that it did affect... which means i am now officially going crazy.... scrambling to do not only my job, but then the other stuff...and mind you...all in record time so i don't get that overtime... they understand of course, but after just having the talk of keeping costs down, it did not help the stress level one bit... sooo then comes Friday... i had a perfect hair day... my make up flawless...let me go back to say, i took a mental health day last week..which was a good thing...and this week i have been working on doing my hair and make up everyday...to help me feel better about myself.... to feel hot hot hot.... and though i did feel hot mon thru thur...friday i was really feeling it...the whole hot hot hot thing... lol... so i walk into work...feeling that hot hot hot....i'm ready to face the day.... meet the challenges...and get the heck out of there..not that i really had any plans anyways...but i was ready for the weekend and feeling GOOD... we weren't too awfully busy...and everything was going smoothly.... too smoothly... anyone that knows me and my crazy life knows that this was too good to be true...and it was... as the last driver hit the door, i grabed his paperwork...and that is when it happens... before i could get the paperwork into the computer...they went down...the whole system... ok...not panicing... this is just a glitch...just a glitch...after repeating this to myself and my supervisor who is also now in a panic.... we find out this is system wide... but the back up generators at home office should kick on anytime now and we can all go about our happy lives...we find out an hour later...that ain't happening.... people have been called and it will be at least another hour... so..i start attacking the things i could attack without the aid of computers... by the time the computers came up at 11 (mind you, my 8 hours was up at 10..and at 6pm, my 40 hours was put in) we had to scramble to get everything done... and since everyone system wide was now in the same boat...the computers were moving oh sooooo slow.... finally, at 1am...i gave up...anything i did after that would of been gibberish and useless..and so not right... so i told the boss i am done, finished...the rest will wait for Monday...he agrees... by this time, i have not ate anything for 12 hours.... i am tired... and beyond goofy....now just heading straight into cranky... which is so not me...i'm not the cranky type person.... sarcastic...silly... even goofy...but rarely cranky... i know this is the point of where i need to HALT..cause i am too hungry, angry, lonely and tired... oh yes...diet disaster ahead.. the good news is... i see it... and..everything is closed...lol... so i go home...like a whipped puppy...nothing to do... ho hum... luckily, my DD2 was still up... so that helped with the lonliness... she wanted some perogies... and so did i... i looked at my calorie count for the day..and yes...i could do it...so we make some perogies... the anger is starting to slip away... and now...just to deal with the tiredness... but just the thought of it being the weekend helps lift the mood...alot... so we eat our perogies..she goes to bed... and i try to stay awake at least another hour to leave some digestion time....not the best of circumstances...yet...not the worst... i could of really screwed up...yet, i didn't... wohoo for me.... and now... i've decided that Sunday is going to be a normal mental health day... i need this...for me... and i truly believe with everything that has been going on, that last weeks mental health day is the only thing that got me though this week... phew...

hugs to all...have a wonderful weekend :)

  
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TREPPILS 4/29/2008 9:18AM

    I sure can relate to this! Working in IT, everything always goes to hell 30 minutes before quitting time, or even worse, as your walking out the door. Good for you for keeping it all together! emoticon

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EMMASMART 4/28/2008 10:11AM

    Good job on that. You are amazing. Why is there no backup food at work? I have canned pineapple at my desk at all times.

Emma

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KYLIEMC8 4/27/2008 9:12AM

    Although NOT playful this time.. I'm PROUD..you've done well with this hectic week you've had and I must commend you for it! Have a great rest of the weekend..sorry I'm so late..moving the kids..yikes! emoticon

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NITAINMN 4/26/2008 11:28PM

    Oh JoDee:) Its not easy to be a single parent with only one income. YOu really need a break to relax and enjoy! A time out so to speak...when are you going on vacation? Yes! You do remind me of Reba from the show - I even picture you to look like her which I know you will when we meet with that dimple on her cheek - I have a feeling you got one too!!!!! Hang in there my pal. Everything will work itself out sooner than you would thing.
{{ Hugs}}

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FROGSTYR 4/26/2008 8:01PM

    I am so proud of you. You have come so far, and you are such an inspiration to me.

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KALISWALKER 4/26/2008 5:19PM

    Kitty, well done - HALT..cause i am too hungry, angry, lonely and tired... It takes so long to learn it and use it, but girl you've got it!


Lynn emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 4/26/2008 3:56PM

    My dear, you had QUITE a Friday! Good for you for handling it so well. If it was me, I knew that after a long day like that, I would have lashed out at anyone in my path and ate everything in the house! You kept your cool and made perogies with your daughter, AFTER you checked that you still had the calorie allotment. Bravo, my friend! I admire you determination, diligence, and grace. Yes, you DEFINITELY deserve to have a relaxing Sunday.

By the way, good for you for taking the time to work on your hair and make-up everyday! I know I feel much better about myself when I look nice. Enjoy your weekend, and keep looking hot, hot, hot! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 4/26/2008 3:16PM

    Kitty wow you had a week! Take your Sundays to enjoy! You deserve it! We will all be waiting (not patiently...j/k) for you to get back! Seriously, enjoy your Sunday and come back all calm and ready to take on a new week! The summer is almost here, and there will be days that I will not be on at all. I will not have computer access at the campground, and I am planning on spending some time up there this summer.

Have a great weekend!

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