Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Surviving the flu, scales and other trials

This cold and flu season, I forgot to get a flu shot. I have been so busy doing all kinds of stuff.
It came back to bite me back hard two weeks ago.

I started feeling bad on Monday and by Wednesday, I was in bed with a fever. My routine was bed to fridge to couch. Once on the couch, I ate and took medicine. I would sleep for a few hours. Wake up and go in reverse back to bed. I did not leave my apartment for two days. I emerged on Friday to go to work for a few hours. And then it was back to bed. I am back at work and not contagious but regaining my strength.

While I was sick, I had time to think. I realize my time off is either for my son or to help others. I don't mind any of it. But it was nice just to relax and have to worries except to get well. I am probably the only person who had the flu and was so zen about it.

I am finally starting feel to myself. The lessons I have learned include getting a flu shot and being kinder to myself.

Spring is officially here and with it comes the ability to no longer hid in cozy sweaters. It is time to embrace tank tops, shorts, skirts and dresses. For the first time in years, I am not worried. I am going to appreciate what I see in the mirror.

Recently, I spent the night at my friend K's home. It is a gorgeous home that looks like it came out of HGTV magazine. I didn't develop decorating envy. I realize we all have different decorating styles. My style is Jackie chic. In other words, it makes me happy. And those who don't like it, well they can shut the door on their way out of my apartment.

While at K's home, I noticed a scale in bathroom. I haven't checked my weight in months. I stood on the scale, saw the number (117) and didn't freak out. I was actually pleased with the number. And then I went on with my day. This is really the only time I have given it any thought. I have come a long way.

I guess it is because I have decided to be more positive, at peace with myself and not to let the bullshit bother me.

Life should be live and I am sick of wallowing in self pity.
Spring is here! It's time to put the sweaters up, shave my legs and enjoy life.
Happy Spring!!!

DAILY DOSE
1. Having lunch outside!
2. Making the decision to cut my hair!
3. Being alive!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Adventures in Thrift Store shopping

February was a short month with many deadlines for work and special projects. Last weekend, I was looking forward to a getaway to RR. I had planned to eat tons of junk, drink and a watch a marathon of Criminal Minds.
But Mother Nature has other plans. Freezing rain plans. Thanks to a heads up from the best friend, my plans changed and I stayed home. What does a girl do when she has a Saturday off, no plans and some cash. She goes thrift shopping. I mean I was already showered, dress and out of the house. Why go back to my pajamas and the couch?
I head to Goldsboro (or GVegas as I call it). Home to 40,000 people and an Airforce base. There are plenty of thrift and consignment stores to keep a thriftonista happy.
First stop was Bojangles for a Cheddar Bo and orange juice. Got fuel up.
My budget was $30. It was accumulated from running errands for my buddy Nelson. I headed to the Goodwill where I brought several books and these items:
Willis Smith Sweater for $4
Dressbarn Sweater Dress for $5
French Connection Sweater for $4
I took a break to get lunch at Arby’s, coffee at Books-A-Million and office supplies from Staples.
Then I headed to the new Salvation Army store.
Mossino Jacket



Hardtail wrap
There I brought a Hardtail Wrap for $3 and 
Liz Claiborne coat
a Mossino Jacket for $3.
My final stop at a consignment shop almost didn’t happen. I missed my turn and saw the place by chance. Lucky me.
It was there I found a Liz Claiborne Coat for $14. It had a purple tag. Purple tags were 75 percent off. It was $3.50. 
I also brought a pair of Ann Taylor Loft jeans for $6. They were 25 percent off and were $5.
Ann Taylor Loft jeans

I got some nice additions to my closet for $27.50. Not a bad day! 
DAILY DOSE
1. Spring is almost here!
2. Music makes the day go faster!
3. Time for a visit to see the not-so-little guy!

My home library is complete!!!!!

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