Or perhaps just cartoons I watched in the 80’s.
popples (I had one!!! loooved it!)
enjoy the journey,
In full disclosure, I haven’t been to a Zumba class since November (right before Thanksgiving). So when I went just this past Tuesday is was fun but a bit painful. The master class I took yesterday was an even greater reminder that I haven’t been working out as systematically as I’d like.
As I age I am learning that I can still pick up the dance moves quickly (yay dancers!), but I am far more winded than I’d like to be. My ramp up and recovery times are longer (in my mind I am still that 20 year old dancer…dangerous thinking I know!) At one point during the Zumba work out I thought my heart was going to stop (a bit scary) and I literally said to myself I will be so embarrassed if I pass out in this class.
So now back to the quote. The reason why I loooove it is because I greatly dislike longer ramp up and recovery times. I dislike the way I feel when I am just getting back into the swing of exercising, the soreness, the being super winded, the struggle to do things that I know I can do. So perhaps I shouldn’t keep quitting or taking super long breaks so that my body doesn’t keep feeling like it is starting over.
Sunday was such a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. It felt like a balmy fall day. The sun shining, the sky was clear (you can see the moon in the first picture–my daughter loves that!) and the wind was perfect for flying a kite…so that’s just what we did.
I usually watch my hubby and daughter fly their kites, but on Sunday I joined in for quite a while. I felt such a freedom and peace flying my kite. (no judgement that we lost three kites to the trees!)
P.S. I didn’t wear my “fake uggs” with that outfit all day, I just wore them for play.
I actually wore my black knee high boots to church with my J. crew skirt, a 7-year old cotton shell from target, and a corduroy jacket from H&M. I call this look the “Purple People Eater”, but I think it worked:)
Keep Flying and Being Fly,
O.K. Another 80’s show I looooved!
Pink hair, yes!,
Star earrings, check!
Heavy 80’s make-up, yuppers!
Jem and the Holograms was amazing!
They were one of the coolest fictional girl bands of all time!
Quick background for the youngins:
Jem, also known as Jem and the Holograms, is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988. The show is about music company owner Jerrica Benton, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.
Jerrica ran Starlight Music House by day and by night she changed into her alter ego as Jem. Jerrica was able to change into her alter ego with the help of a holographic computer named Synergy. Only the Holograms knew of Jerrica’s alternate identity.
Every good story needs an antagonist and in this story, Jem and the holograms were constantly trying to be outdone by a rival band called the Misfits: Pizazz, Roxy, and Stormer (she was the “sensitive” one with the blue hair) and Jetta. Pizazz came from a family with money and her life goal was apparently to discover the Jem was actually Jerrica. (she never did!)
How badly did I want Synergy to come out and help me?!? (no judgement if maybe I used to hold my ear and whisper Snergy every now and then…) Show’s over, Synergy!
-Rita Rudner, Naked Beneath My Clothes
OK y’all, if this statement isn’t true, then I don’t know what is! Just having had another (over 30) birthday, I am totally on board with this phenomenon. So using the Pretty Blue philosophy, I should start expending energy on what I can change:
I can change the fact that I work out all summer and then fall off the wagon from October to January when I inevitably vow to get back in shape. (Hmm..maybe if I did a better job of planning for the back to school through Christmas blur, I wouldn’t be as stressed…)
So knowing that every woman (especially over 30) is like me, and that we can no longer fall off the horse for more than two weeks, gives me some solace and comradery. (misery loves company right?)
If I could set a timer, and say OK: I’m traveling/I’m on vacation/I’m not feeling well/It’s a holiday—BUT after two weeks the timer goes off and poof! I get it back together. (that’s always the hard part, gaining the momentum to get back on the horse, once you do, it becomes routine!) Yeah right, nice dreaming!
So I don’t know about y’all, but I’m on the look out for my timer,
When I first saw Janelle Monae, I was intrigued.
She seems like a humble artist who is about the music…And heck, she’s very talented! I love her style, and thus far, I’ve always seen her looking fabulous.
Monae always wears what she calls her uniform: usually a jacket and pants mostly in black or white and her hair is done up in a fifties-style quiff:
During an acceptance speech, Monae spoke candidly about her family and why she wears a “uniform”:
“When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,”
In the spirit of Pretty Blue Rose, she went on to say:
“This [award] is a reminder that I have work to do, I have people to uplift, I have people to inspire,” she said
“And today I wear my uniform proudly as a Covergirl,” she told the audience referring to her deal with the cosmetics giant.
“I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable.
Sigh, so I’m a huge fan of her philosophy and her style. Cheers to you Ms. Monae!
Check out my outfits inspired by her:
Keep uplifting and inspiring others–this is the work we are all called to do,