She’s wearing (gasp) pantyhose?

English: A picture of women's legs in pantyhose

English: A picture of women’s legs in pantyhose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 I wrote this post in July of 2011.  It’s the most popular post I’ve ever published, still getting views and  comments more than two years later (must have done something right with the old SEO and I didn’t even know it).  I thought I’d share it again for those of you who weren’t around back then…hey, I understand it’s way too much trouble to scroll back through over 600 posts looking for a gem or two.  Anyhow, I’ve seen other bloggers do this and asked myself, “why not?”.  And if you have time, read through some of the comments…I think some people just didn’t get my wonderfully witty musings…but I’ll take the blame for that, I should have been more straightforward…you know, something like “sarcasm ahead”…I’ll remember that in the future.  So…here’s the original, unaltered post:

Okay, I am most definitely not a fashionista.  I don’t follow the trends.   Very rarely, do I even read about fashion.  I would much rather be comfortable than be some kind of fashion icon (uh, yeah, like there’s a chance that’ll ever happen).  So I was quite shocked to see all the buzz about Kate Middleton (you know, the chick that married her prince) wearing pantyhose.  Apparently, pantyhose had become so last year that people were surprised to see a future princess wearing them.  Really?  So  pantyhose went out of vogue while I had my back turned?  How could I have missed this?

I have to admit, I’m not much of a dress wearer…couldn’t actually tell you the last time I wore a dress.  But if something came up and I was forced to wear a dress (and that would have to be a whole lot of force for that to happen), I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t wear pantyhose.  Have you seen how white my legs are?  (Ha, of course you haven’t.)  That would not be a pretty sight with a dress.  I never liked wearing pantyhose.  They’re a struggle to get on, they’re not especially comfortable, you can ruin them in a split second, and you can spend a lot of money on them if you wear them frequently.  However, pantyhose do make your legs look better (and if you’re one of those girls with naturally tan, toned legs…well, just keep your mouth shut, would you?), and I always thought they kind of added the finishing touch to your dressy dresses.   You might ask how someone who is a self-declared fashion idiot could dare to challenge all of the modern fashion mavens, and you’d be right to do so…what do I know?  But now, there is a future princess taking on the fashion elite, bringing pantyhose back in style.  Wait!  Why should that make me happy?  I hate pantyhose.

Dancing like a star

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As I’m watching Dancing With The Stars (yes, Chris, instead of the Cowboys), it brings back some feel good memories of how good dancing makes me feel.  I’ve been struggling with my weight loss efforts and I just realized I need to do something that brings joy to my life, a smile to my face and a little more grace to my step.  Dancing fits the bill.

I’m going to get some dancing in at least three days a week, work on getting in better shape, and then start taking some dance classes after the first of the year.  Now, before you all start in with me, wondering why I don’t just start the dance lessons right now…time, work, time…this isn’t the time of year for me to be starting anything that’s going to require a big time committment.  But getting involved in some dance classes is stepping out of my comfort zone…and I need that! So…New Year’s resolution #1:  dance lessons…

Going back to school

Writing

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I have to admit, there are times when I think about going back to school.  Totally changing careers.  But honestly, with the exception of writing, I can’t think of anything I really, truly feel passionate about as far as a career goes.  Of course I have interests, don’t we all?  But one thing I’ve discovered about myself over the years is that I tend to get bored and move on to the next great thing.  I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse.  A blessing in that I get to experience a lot of different, fun things in life.  A curse in that I have yet to find that one thing  to do in life that makes me wake up with a smile on my face because I just can’t wait to get the day started.

Seriously, isn’t that how some people feel about their jobs?  Maybe not most people, but some?  I like my job well enough, but it’s not what I envisioned for myself years ago…well, I don’t really know that I envisioned anything all those years ago except being a singer in a rock band…kind of funny if you could hear me sing!

So, what?  Did I have unrealistic dreams?  Mmm…yeah, those dreams about being a singer…pretty unrealistic.  Maybe one of the reasons I like writing so much is that I can make my life be whatever I can imagine…heck, I can even be someone else when I’m writing…someone from a hundred years ago, or someone living a thousand years from now.  I can be a queen or a serving girl.  I can be wealthy or abjectly poor.  I can be Hitler or Mother Theresa…in my writing, I can be whoever I choose to be and do whatever I want to do.  If I don’t like how life is working out in my writing, I can just edit things, change them to make me happy.  Now, if only I could figure out how to make my life work like that…ah well, in the meantime, I’ll just keep writing, imagining, dreaming, and doing a lot of editing.

Holy moly, this is my 200th post

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I realized a couple of days ago, that I was approaching my 200th post on my blog here at Word Press.  When I looked back through the postings month by month, I realized that I’ve really gotten serious about it in the past 4 months, posting more days than not.  July was my best month to date.  I posted every single day during the month of July, often posting a blog in the morning and my fitness blog in the evening.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I actually write a blog before work (are you serious?  I’d have to get up at 3 am in order to exercise, write my three pages and then blog).  I usually write several on my days off and post them later in the week.

I’ve always been a writer, but I was often the only person who read what I wrote.  What an honor that there are people out there who are actually reading what I’m writing, often taking the time to leave comments about it.  I feel like I’ve made new friends and reconnected with some old friends through my writing.  I’ve also been able to figure out, to a degree, this crazy thing called life by putting my feelings, thoughts and experiences into words, kind of like journaling when I was a kid but without worrying about whether or not my brothers would find my diary and tell everyone my secrets.

Speaking of secrets, I find myself debating with myself about how much of my personal life to reveal in this very public blog.  There are things I want to write about, but I have to take into consideration that the people I work with and for have access to everything I write here.  Not that I’m ashamed of anything, but there are things that I’d be uncomfortable with co-workers and employers knowing about me…or maybe I’m being egotistical in thinking they would even read what I write…or maybe not…maybe I’m just being cautious in protecting my privacy.  I’m sure my closest friends and family members know exactly what I’m talking about…but we’ll leave that for another day.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to put my life into words (without me actually having to know anything about web design and all that putting up my blog on my own would entail).  Thanks, WordPress, for making this easy for this technologically impaired blogger.  Hey, I’m really a blogger!  Cool!

Daily writing

750 Words

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I’m finally in the groove of writing daily.  In addition to blogging at least once a day, I’ve been utilizing 750words.com to do kind of a stream of consciousness thing.  Sometimes I come up with some decent blog topics while doing my 750 words.  At other times, I’m able to figure out what I really want or need to do about certain situations.  I’m on a 37 day writing streak right now, which is pretty cool.  I’m not sure if my writing is actually improving, but at least I’ve developed the habit of writing daily…that can’t hurt.

I have had to cut back in other areas of my life in order to have the time to write daily though.  I knew something had to give when I started devoting so much time to writing and exercising.  And that something was some of the online social aspects of my life. I only check Facebook first thing in the morning and then again in the evening, so I’m not staying in touch with friends as much as I was.  I still respond to direct comments, but have had to curtail the comments on the activities of others.  That was the trade-off I chose to make in order to have the time to do the things that were important to me.   So, if you’ve noticed I don’t seem to be around as much as I was, just know it’s not you.  It’s me and the choices I’ve had to make in  order to accomplish all that I want in my life.

I always wanted to be a writer, always started stories, very rarely finished them.  Now I can see how the discipline I’m developing can help me work toward my goals of writing for publication.  Writing regularly will enable me to get the pages done that will eventually add up to an entire book (or two or three…).  It feels so liberating to be doing what needs to be done to  follow my dreams!

Friends and Family event at Michaels

Michaels Arts & Crafts will be having their Friends & Family event next week, May 12-14.  They have a 20% off your entire purchase coupon that’s good throughout the store (the usual restrictions apply).  This is the perfect time to stock up on all your crafting supplies.  And there’s no restriction on how many times you can print this coupon, so you can print out copies for your friends, kids’ teachers, scout troops, 4-H, vacation Bible school, etc.

http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-Site/Sites-Michaels-Library/default/documents/coupons/042811-Friends-and-Family-Coupons.pdf

I’ll definitely be there.  Will you?