Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wannabe 8 Year Old

When is the last time you went to a toy store? If you’re not a parent or you don’t really have any little nieces/nephews/siblings, then chances are it’s probably been a long while. For me it certainly had been, however, over the last year I think I’ve browsed more toy stores/toy sections in total than I have in maybe my entire life. Such is the territory when you are a kid at heart and you are also dating someone else who is one too. Some of the most fun times spent on my California vacation in February were spent in toy stores with my boyfriend. Yep, that’s right! Out of all the amazing places I got to visit and things I got to see, I really think some of my favorite memories of that entire trip were our visits to toy stores. When it comes down to it we’re both just two big kids.

He raved about this huge toy store in the Downtown San Luis Obispo shopping center which, of course, we had to visit when we were in town visiting his college campus. It definitely didn’t disappoint and that store had some old childhood games that I had completely forgotten all about. Then he took me to the toy store he would frequent as a kid in San Mateo on my very last day in California. I don’t even know how much time we were in there playing with little windup toys and browsing aisle to aisle, but it was a great memory to close out my trip. Plus he bought me a cute little zebra plush there too and surprised me with it (if you understood his dislike for my zebra obsession, you would know this is a BIG DEAL.

The Thing & Wolverine Mighty MuggsFor almost a month now my boyfriend has been collecting Mighty Muggs. It started because he stole two that his sister had bought from Target a while back. Turns out these adorable little vinyl toys have been discontinued and so they are even harder to find these days than they were originally. In an effort to help him because I’m an enabler, I have been hitting up every store I can think of within my local area checking every toy section to check to see if they might have any. The closest I came was finding ONE of the Thor Mini Muggs at Toys R Us. He informed me that those are not Will kid friendly. Which basically means he doesn’t think they are as cute as the Mighty Muggs. So in my search for his toys I managed to, instead, find toys that I wanted to start collecting.

Disney Mystery MinisWe’ve all seen those Funko Pop! vinyl figures (NO, I’m NOT collecting those) practically everywhere, right? Well, Funko also has “Mystery Minis”. I’m not even sure how many different sets there are, but I discovered there are DISNEY Mystery Minis. Basically you buy a tiny box and it has one of the following Disney characters in it (with 3 varying expressions each): Mickey, Jack Skellington, Pooh, Stitch, Maleficent, Mike Wazowski, Sulley or Tinkerbell. I tried my luck and bought three. All of which were Stitch. Now don’t get me wrong, Stitch is adorable, but I was disappointed that I didn’t at least get some more variety (and I’m really hoping for Maleficent or Jack). Upon searching further, I continued coming up empty where the Mighty Muggs were concerned even after hitting the Vinyl Toy jackpot at Barnes and Noble. Now I am also wanting to start collecting the Tokidoki Unicornos. Okay.. maybe I’ll stop if I can just get the zebra one! You see what I’ve become? I have turned back into an 8 year old child. I’m 29 going on 8 apparently!

The point of this is more than to just be completely random and to seem like I’m out of my mind (which I am, clearly). Sometimes we all should try to take a step back from our busy schedules, stressful jobs, everyday problems and just remember what it’s like to be a kid. Remember what it’s like to get excited about something seemingly pointless. Remember when our biggest concern was completing a collection of toys, baseball cards, legos, barbies, pollypockets, action figures, etc. I don’t know what it was for you when you were a kid, but don’t you often wish you could go back to when you didn’t have a care in the world? Who says we can’t? Maybe we should all remember to be a little bit more carefree and to enjoy more of the little things that make life so beautiful.

Don’t Mess With My Chi!!

It has been about a week since my first acupuncture appointment and I had my second appointment this morning. The first experience was pretty relaxing. Upon my arrival he looked at my tongue and checked the pulse in both of my wrists for a very lengthy amount of time. Since my Mom had visited him before, this wasn’t a surprise to me at all. He also explained “Chi” to me and told me what he learned from my tongue/pulse analysis. Not really entirely sure what it all means about my health overall but at the time I was just desperate to get it over with and hopefully get some pain relief.

Then he felt around on my back and asked me if the certain areas caused me pain. I informed him it was mostly on the left side and into my left hip. He mentioned to me that he thought it had a lot to do with my posture and working a desk job (he also told me I should get up every so often, stretch and walk around, etc.). He put most of the needles in my lower back and upper hip region, and no, it didn’t hurt! A couple times I felt a bit of a pinch but mostly I didn’t feel anything at all. He also put one in each hand and one in each ear (my second appointment he didn’t put any in my ears) and then he put a heat lamp over me and let me sit there for for a while.. 30-40 minutes maybe? It was really relaxing. Afterwards when he took all the needles out (again, I didn’t feel a thing!) he kinda felt around and massaged up and down my spine and around my hip area and I was amazed that the pain that was there at the start, was GONE! I felt amazing!

Proper Computer Desk PostureThat night, however, I had a rough time. My hip started hurting pretty bad and I couldn’t even get comfortable, lay down, sit or anything. Thankfully every day after that.. I felt a little better each day (well except on Friday when sitting in my terrible office chair made my back so stiff). I went out this past weekend to go on a mission to choose a new office chair which has made a HUGE difference in my back getting stiff when I’m at work and I learned a lot about what to look for in a desk chair too and my old chair was absolutely no help whatsoever in that regard.

This morning I woke up feeling better than I have in weeks. No ibuprofen even necessary so far and my second treatment was just as wonderful as the first. I’m so thankful to finally be on the mend!

It’s been a learning experience though. Most of us don’t typically think about our health in terms of “Chi” or “Qi“, which is essentially the energy flowing through your body. My acupuncturist explained that we often develop blockages in our chi. Doing my own research, I’ve found that a number of things can cause your chi to be blocked. Stress, probably being the most common. Anyway, I won’t get into the details (because I certainly don’t know the ins and outs of it all) but it definitely is fascinating and I can definitely tell I feel a little more at peace after having acupuncture. The little things that usually bother me, just don’t seem to be phasing me these days.

Walt WhitmanWhich brings me to the reason for my subject line. We encounter all types of people throughout our lives and I know we can all at least name ONE person in our lives that just exudes negativity. That’s just part of life. You’re going to run into negative people. There are people who are going to try and make less of any success you achieve, anything that makes you happy or corrupt your positive energy with their negative energy. Here’s the thing.. you don’t have to let them! Just brush it off and keep doing what you’re doing because you’re doing SOMETHING right, and they are not. That’s probably why they are trying to bring you down. Psh! Don’t let people criticize you for doing something RIGHT! Don’t let them screw up your chi!

I encountered one such person today. I’m in such a great mood, I’m feeling blessed and thankful, happy and excited and this person just jumps on my case because I didn’t handle a situation in the exact manner he would have. I’m sure his way is effective but so is mine. You do you and I’ll do me, thank you very much!