Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fat Cat

No, I'm not describing myself.  If I was I would have used the word "chubby" or "big round ball of stress" because that's about where I'm at right now.

I'm talking about feeling like a fat cat licking it's chops due to the package-a-palooza that has greeted me at home in the last two days.  What a haul!

Back in December and maybe early January (time flies) I entered several blog giveaways and to my suprise won a couple within days of each other.  All the things arrived in the last two days.

First there was my Popchip haul from Mr. Jack Sh*t.  What a great package this is - 6 single serving bags of various Popchip flavors, along with a chip clip and a coupon book that has several coupons for free bags of chips, buy one get one and dollar off! I like every single flavor and haven't even been able to decide which one to have first. Thank you Jack!

Then I got the giveaway I won from the lady who was my first follower, Katie J. Tosca Reno's Clean Eating Diet Cookbook, a really cute journal, Secrets of a Former Fat Girl, and magnets!  I noticed on the magnet package that a portion of the sale went to breast cancer research - I love that! Thank you Katie.

Lastly, I got a gift from the beautiful Shelley.  She recently sponsored a giveaway for Rocco DiSpirito's Now Eat This autographed cookbook.  When she got hers, she looked it over and then surprised me and sent it to me saying, "I assemble meals, you actually cook.  I know you'll really enjoy this cookbook so much."  How sweet is that?  Thank you Shelley, you made my day! I promise I'll make some things and put them right here so you all can see them.

I mentioned above that I've been a big ball of stress. Whch is probably contributing some to my chubbiness or as Lori would say, "Snacky. Stress related much?"  Stress due to what we are dealing with with my inlaws.  This is not something that is going to be resolved easily or quickly. Stress because it should have been dealt with long ago - but it wasn't - so now we scramble.  We are basically living one day at a time right now combating the issues as they arise.

As it turns out - and who would have guessed back in December when I entered the giveaways -  these packages were right on time - just when I needed a little something to brighten my day, there they were.  As I was opening all these wonderful packages, I began to think about how great it is to be part of this blogging community.

The ironic thing is that each of the individuals who mailed off a package to me is under stress of their own.  Jack's wife Anita has a very serious eye condition and has had some emergency surgery.  They have been dealing with it as aggressively as they can so that she does not go completely blind.

Katie J., who has always known she was adopted, found her biological family in 2010.  During that process she found out her bio mom had passed away but that her bio dad was living in a nursing home.  She only had a couple of visits with him and he passed away too.  Just yesterday she laid his ashes to rest.  That's a lot for someone to deal with so suddenly.

Shelley's young, lively mom was diagnosed with cancer just a couple of weeks ago.  She wasn't feeling sick and certainly doesn't look sick.  She will be having surgery on Friday and while Shelley was able to go be with her mom for some wonderful and joyous pre-surgery days, this family is having to deal with the reality of cancer in their lives and what it will mean going forward.

And there are other bloggers who are dealing with sudden similar situations that have put their lives on a totally different track.  So we learn once again that the best laid plans can go awry and it's really about progress verses perfection. That all we can do, is to do the best we can with the situation we're in.  Sometimes it truly is one day at a time, or even a minute at a time.  I'm glad to have all of my blogging 'friends' who help me get through the day and make it a little brighter.


  1. Very cool that you won all of those! Congrats!

  2. I love getting packages in the mail! I have been lucky enough to win some great stuff too - its kinda like Christmas in February!

    I hope you have a great day Helen! :D

  3. Congrats on winning all that stuff! I have the Tosca Reno book out from the library right now. She has some good-looking recipes in there.

    Every time I get a knock by life, I just really try to thing about how things could be a lot worse. John and I had a long talk last night because I was whining about how 2011 has not started off very auspiciously for me. But, there are a lot of things that could have been worse that aren't, and I need to be grateful for that.

  4. Thanks for the updates on Katie J. and Jack's wife. I'm so behind on my blog reading that's it's terrible. I feel like I'm losing touch with dear friends.

    Cool gifts and what great timing.

    Sorry about the ball of stress. I sure know that feeling well. Hopefully, things will get better soon.

    Take care of yourself!

  5. It's lovely of you to recognize the trials and tribulations of the bloggers who serendipitously raised you up a bit as they are navigating their own lives.

    Congratulations on winning all the good stuff. Look forward to seeing the recipes in future posts.

  6. Congrats on the cool gifts!

    Sorry you are so stressed out with life! 2011 started with the unexpected sudden death of a close co-worker, followed by heart attacks or brain aneurysm of 2 other co-workers within a week. Not a great start. Add the usual stresses of being in your late 50's, and I totally relate. However, I'm also starting to accept that BECAUSE there will ALWAYS be stress of one kind or another/severity, I can't keep allowing that to be an excuse to falter in my plan and goals. It's not always easy; sometimes it's REALLY hard, but each time I manage to not succumb to the petulant child begging for junk or poor health habits in times of stress....I come away a much happier, proud woman. Best of luck to you! :)

  7. I love it that you acknowledged others' issues while in the midst of your own. It shows just what a class act you are.

    I'm sorry you and your family are having to face and deal with these difficult issues. I cannot even imagine the stress everyone is under. I'm so glad your gifts appeared to brighten your day.

  8. It's tough, I know. We all of us have to go through these stressful times. Sometimes it seems like an impossible situation but we always come out of it stronger.

    Wish there was something I could do for you. ((HUGS))

    Congratulations on all of the loot! Those are all terrific!

  9. xoxo Glad you liked the package! I am looking forward to seeing your Helenized recipies! :)

    THANK YOU for all the support you have given me Helen!! Like Roxie said, you are a very classy lady and have a very BIG heart. I am so glad to know you!

  10. What a fun thing to come home to! So glad you are getting little surprises in the mail - I know it's been a rough go for you lately. Thank you for what you wrote - you really are a dear friend.

  11. That was beautiful the way you made a little tribute to your gift givers. You are very kind that way.

  12. Thanks for commenting on my blog, and also for mentioning the stressful situations that many of our blogger friends are dealing with right now. My best to you and to everyone...

  13. That sure is something nice to find in your mailbox especially in these times that are so hard on you and your family.

    I agree that the blogging community is great, oh if only we all lived closer to each other and we could drop in to share a cup of coffee when someone needs it.

  14. Thats precisely why I ADORE our community as well,
    every time I think "meh I know our peeps!" something else happens and we rise up and support in a way I never imagined possible.

  15. The blogger community has given me so much, and I'm grateful you've given me some more people to send good wishes and white light to.

  16. Congrats on such nice gifts Helen! God is good like that and sends us what or who we need just in the nick of time!

    Sorry you have family issues that are causing you stress. You are so right about how amazing it is to be a part of the blogging community.

  17. It's like we are one big (or not so big)
    happy family!
    So glad we are all part of it!