Monday, January 27, 2014

Un-Word 2014: Stuck

I chose 'overcome' for a word to contemplate this year, in place of making New Year's Resolutions.  Along this same line of thought, bloggers have been expanding on this one-word idea with also choosing an 'un-word,' something that you want to avoid for 2014.

So as not to complicate the idea, I thought my 'un' word should compliment 'overcome.'  I thought about envy, jealousy, over-consumption, wanting, malcontent, but these didn't seem to compliment the idea of overcoming difficulties.  Those are all feelings and ideas that I'd like to improve upon but it just felt too complicated.  Finally, I landed on STUCK

Over the past few years I've felt stuck.  Stuck in jobs I didn't really enjoy but wasn't able to leave yet.  Stuck in our house in the burbs.  Stuck with too much debt.  But I am not stuck.  We are not stuck in our house, we are choosing to stay a little while longer.  We are perhasps limited by our debts, but we are not stuck. 

In 2014, I have made the resolution to overcome my feelings of stuckness.

2014 UN-Stuck

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Wonder of a Properly Fitting Bra

I have a 'a good rack.'  It's just the luck of my genes.  I'm super-duper hourglass shaped with nice boobs.  I don't want to sound brag-y, just frank.  Some people have beautiful long legs, other's beautiful hair.  Best to just own up to what's working for you.

 I can't express the importance of a properly fitting bra enough.  I've known this for a long time and thought I was practicing it.  I worked at Victoria's Secret when I was a freshman in college.  I thought I knew how to measure myself for a bra and had a good enough understanding of the bra world to be able to find a proper bra.  My bra wearing history has gone from 34B, to 34C, to motherhood and nursing ending around a 36C.  And that's where I was when I walked into Barbara's New Beginnings on Saturday afternoon.  I walked out in a 32E.  Seriously.

I'm no teeny-tiny 90 pound petite lady.  I'm very 'normal,'  155 lbs, 5 ft 4 inches.  I wouldn't NEVER thought my rib cage was a 32.  But guess what?  In a 32, I get some actual 'lift.'  The 'girls' are no longer resting on my abdomen.  This is awesome.  I learned one reason I was fitting myself wrong, was that I was measuring my rib cage too high.  I checked out my reflection and noticed, "Hello, hourglass figure, where have you been hiding?"  Oh yeah. in that way too big bra.  I bought one bra and I think I'll need to return often for a second, because now I fully realize how poorly all of my others are fitting.

My advice to you, ask around, find a specialty bra shop and be properly fitted.  If you can't find one, I'd start with a higher-end department store like Nordstroms.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Snow Day #4

                                

We ended up having the whole week off school.  A third, unplanned, week of Christmas break.  In all honesty, the roads were still in pretty terrible shape.  No one shovels their sidewalks, it wouldn't have been safe to have kids on buses.  What a weird week.  Super freezing cold, 12" of snow, now we are forecast to get an inch of rain overnight.  Aidan was forced out into the snow to play.  He complied for maybe 30 minutes.  I hope that in future years having his little buddy, Xavier, will help him enjoy being outside a little more.


                                  
This morning, our street was still covered in snow.  By 5PM tonight the road was clear of snow and a fog was settling in the neighborhood.  I was starting to enjoy the look of all the snow everywhere.  Can you tell this is making me a bit sad?  Drive safe, watch out for black ice.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snow Day #3

We're in the midst of the polar vortex, which has promptly followed Christmas break. On Sunday, Indianapolis received 12" of snow.  Then the temps plummeted and it been -1000 or something.  Aidan has been out of school for almost three weeks.  Have I mentioned that Brandon and I both spend a fair amount of time working from home? It been a lot of family-togetherness.  A lot.  I haven't left my house since going for a walk in my neighborhood on Sunday during the beginning of the snow storm.  (Walks in the snow can be so fun, unless it's too cold.  It's a fine line.)

We're getting a little bit of cabin fever round these parts, but I've also just been hunkering down becasue I can.  Why drive in possibly unsafe conditions if it isn't 100% mandatory to be on the road.  We have found it 100% necessary to take Xavier to daycare 2 miles away, once we were actually allowed to srive on the roads.  Monday, we were lawfully not allowed to drive.  I think that's a first for me on that restriction.  By this weekend the temps are forecasted to rise up to 40 degrees and we are going to have a deluge of snow melting and be on a flood watch.  I'm really hoping it doesn't get that warm so quick.  It just doesn't sound good.  And, the snow is really pretty.  It's so thick, you don't see the messy dirty snow that we normally get.  It looks like a real winter wonderland.  But then again - we have GOT to get these kiddos back to school, and 40 degree weather may be the only way to get that done.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One Word for 2014

In the final weeks of 2013, I purchased an embroidered hoop with the word "overcome" stitched.  It occurred to me that this is exactly the attitude I should adopt for the new year.  I will have struggles, however minor.  I will be impatient with my family.  I will make mistakes in my new job.  I will struggle to fight off the depression that makes me want to crawl back into bed everyday.  To improve and make progress, I will work to climb over these bumps that come along.  I hung the hoop in my office as a reminder to stay focused and encourage myself.


                               

Do you any inspiring phrases that relate to overcoming difficult things?  Please share! 

Also, I'm joining with other bloggers at One Word 365 to share our hopes for the New Year.

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