Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Count Your Blessings

As most of you know, I started a new job up in Rancho Cordova just about two weeks ago.  It takes me about 50 minutes to get to and from work, so in that period of time there is some thinking going on in this little brain of mine (surprised?).  And today, I decided to be positive and think of all of the things that are going great in my life. (Side note: yesterday was an awful day for a myriad of reasons and there was a lot of the opposite kind of thinking going on during my commute home.  My mood never recovered the rest of the night.)  There is a hymn in our church called Count Your Blessings.  While I didn't count all of mine (because I'm pretty sure that's not possible), I thought of some of them.  And it makes it hard to have negative thoughts about yourself when you recognize what the Lord has blessed you with.  Scratch that.  I believe it is IMPOSSIBLE to have negative thoughts when you recognize how much the Lord has blessed your life in every way possible.

So, on the eve of my 27th birthday, I realized that while I am not married (much to my mother's dismay) I have a college education.  I am debt free with some money in the bank for a rainy day.  I have a good job that pays more than I have ever made before.  With benefits!  And great people who are so helpful to the new kid on the block.  I have a car that runs beautifully that I didn't even have to pay for.  I have the most supporting family who loves me and who I love as well.  I have great friends.  I can walk.  And see and hear.  I don't have gray hair (yet!).  I have all of my senses (minus common sometimes!)  I live in a country where I am free to practice the religion of my choice.  I have over 25 cardigans (silly, I know...but so important!).  I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and is always there for me.  I have a Savior who died for me so that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again after this life is through.  There are so many more...I am just so grateful for my blessings and for the opportunities that I have had in my life thus far.  And I am looking forward to so many more years full of abundant blessings.  I just hope that as the years go on I will still have the ability to recognize them.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Post-Shopping Rant

Dear plus-size clothing manufacturers,

Please stop making pants made to only fit women who are 11 feet tall. I realize that proportionately this makes complete sense, but realistically? I am in California, not the Amazon. If I have to go the extra mile to get anything altered, I will not buy it. So really it is your loss.


A frustrated shopper

P.S. I would also appreciate some age appropriate designs. I don't want to look like a grandmother at 27.

P.S.S. You really don't see an issue AT ALL with designing a bikini or shorts that look like underwear made for overweight women??? Do you you want the general population to go blind? Most of us have the sense not to wear them. Those who don't apparently end up on Maury.

P.S.S.S. I understand it takes more fabric to make our clothing. But $40 for a shirt? Let's be real here.

P.S.S.S.S. Big prints and horizontal stripes - they should NEVER be allowed on any of our clothing whatsoever. Don't even get me started on skinny jeans. What part of skinny don't you understand, sister? I don't really want to look like an elephant's backside, thankyouverymuch.