August 30, 2010

"Hey, Lady!"

I stopped in at the office supply store today to buy yet another headset/microphone to use with my VOIP phone. Frustrated! This is the 3rd I've bought in as many months trying to get good sound from a virtual phone on my computer. (Yep, that's me. I've turned a little bit Geekish over the years, on top of my flower chld tendencies.)

Before I go any further, let me state that I am a 20 year old flower chld of the 70's stuck now in a 58 year old body!!! How did that happen!

As I completed paying for my headset, and started walking to the door, the cute 20ish fellow, who was next in line behind me, started walking towards me, yelling:

"Hey, Lady! You have my camera!"

He caught up with me and reached into my shopping bag, as I stood there with my mouth handing open! That's right, he actually reached into my shopping bag, looking for the camera he was wanting to buy. At the same time, the clerk said "Hey" and waved the camera box at him. She had picked it up and was in the process of ringing up the sale.

He mumbled something unintelligible, shoved my headset back into my bag, and turned his back on me to return to the register. Stunned, I just walked quickly out the door to my car.

Once I got into my car, I started getting really mad. REALLY MAD!!! The nerve! What was that jerk thinking! I was furious! He had yelled at me! What did he think? The gall! The Absolute Gall! I almost turned my car around to go back to the store to give him a "piece of my mind". (Sounds like something mhy Mom would have said!) But, then, he would have already paid for his stupid camera and left by then.

Now, here's the joke. I wasn't upset that the guy had yelled at me, not even upset that he had yanked my shopping bag open and taken stuff out of it with out even asking. I was mad ...
because he had said ...

"Hey, Lady"!

What did he think? That I'm an old lady?!?

Shee. I'm 58 years old. Of course, to that early 20's mind, I AM an old lady...

The 25 yr old flower child within me feels confused ..............

Peace, love and rock n' roll!

August 27, 2010

Quote for the Day - It really doesn't take all that much effort to be a Success!

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” bulldogman Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kim Shepherd

August 24, 2010

A new start this week

Monday, 8/23/10. Yesterday, I restarted my life. A new focus on my health, my fitness, my work, my life. It was a great day to do this. We're starting to source and interview replace 1 of Moms care givers, Pam. 2 of my close friends have joined AA last week and decided to stop drinking this week. So, I'm going to join them in my own way.
My goals? 1. Be Active everyday (practice yoga at home daily, walk daily,), 2. Eat consciously (follow the Kapha and Pitta pacifying guidelines, set up weekly menus from which we will buy groceries and all meals will be made, teach the caregivers how to fix the dishes on the menu each week)3. Meditate dailly.

August 22, 2010

40 years ago: "The Last Train To Knoxville"

40 years ago, I graduated from Oak Ridge High Shool, enjoyed my last real summer at home, then moved into the dorm at UT, Knoxville. There was so much going on that was important to me that fall, that I don't believe I even noticed this sad event.

That year, 1970, I had only been on 1 real train (not accounting for the train at Rebel Railroad in Pigeon Forge or the little train that went around the little lake at Chilhowee Park!). That real train ride was one that my grandparents put together for their 4 grandchildren at the time. I was maybe 5, my brothers were too small to go. We got on the train there at the Southern Station and rode it to Morristown. It was a wonderful experience. I remember all of us girls squealing with mock-fear/delight every time the train went over a bridge (all of them pretty small in my jaded point of view today). Our parents all followed the train to pick us up when we got off. We could see their cars off and on. What an adventure for us little kids. Too bad that isn't available anymore

August 11, 2010

End of Summer Framed Hand Woven Purse

After a period where I was looking for a new job and not feeling all that creative, I am now back to work at a terrific new company and am also feeling my need to weave again.  I just finished this beautiful medium sized purse.  She measures 12"x9"x5" and has a 48" chain strap.  I'm working on several other projects right now that should be ready to post very soon.  Most of them are new ideas, different from the purses that I've made to date.  I suppose the new job has woken up my creative juices.  Just in time to get ready for the Christmas season.  Yippee.

August 7, 2010

Down Dog vs the Magic Four

I've been practicing Hatha Yoga for 6 years now.  Up until March this year, I had studied with 1 main yoga teacher and another one who was a student of the first.  I have really enjoyed studying and practicing with Amanda McMaine in Richmond, KY.

But in March, we moved 3 hours away.  So, I changed teachers and picked a Yoga teacher who practices a different style of yoga, Svaroopa.  I've come to really enjoy it, but I also miss the original style.  And now, my new teacher is getting married and moving. SHEE!

My situation is this:  I really enjoy yoga.  I enjoy the way a long practice makes you feel.  I'm going to try the replacement teacher, but I'm also going to try some other teachers in the area.    And, I'm going to start a more regular practice.  I have all of the props I need, several cd's and access to other classes online. So, I'm going to start a regular morning practice before I start to work each day.  Starting tomorrow. 

August 5, 2010

My new job

I started my new job last week.  So as of tomorrow, I've been back among the employed for 2 weeks. Hooray for me!!! It's a great company.  The folks I've met so far seem good.  Their work process is very clean and concise, orderly.  I like that.  In the world as it has been for so long now, clean, concise and orderly is very comforting. I believe that I've found a very good one this time.  Hopefully, this will be my last and longest employer other than working for myself and Gary.

In my work persona, I am a Recruiter.  I've been in Human Resources for 35 years and Recruiting for 20.  Wow, how can that be?!  I still feel like that 22 year old girl who walked into the Job Service in Maryville, TN  to start my work career. 

Right now, I've started doing Nurse and Nurse Manager recruiting.  I enjoy working with people in the medical professions.  What they do is so different from anything else.  They don't crunch numbers, build buildings, make clothes, sell things, etc.  They help people, save lives.  Filling these jobs is very rewarding.  I'm having a terrific time talking with them. 

In one of my other major personas, I'm Andy, the weaver.  I've had a huge creative spurt just lately.  I have 5 new bags in process.  They are all coming along very well.  I also have come up with some interesting new ideas.  Neckaces, bracelets, mens wallets, who knows what else.

So, all at the same time, I'm feeling more creative and more mentally active.  What a great feeling.  I hope those who read this post are enjoying similar highs right now. 

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