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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Sunny Days in Pittsburgh

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I suspect there are fewer places where the residents appreciate a sunny day more than Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is a city that invests in its parks. Indeed, Pittsburgh is known for its parks and the organizations that support them from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy , a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the City.  Our family is among the most appreciative residents.   The parks are actually one of the reasons that we decided to buy another home in the city instead of defecting to the suburbs. We are fortunate enough to live across the street from a park.We thoroughly enjoy that. We like getting out, meeting our neighbors and having a good time. So, when the days get nice, we get going and we PLAY! Tree stumps make great toys. Feeding the ducks makes us smile!

Hungry in San Francisco...

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I landed in San Francisco famished, because I am Chatón and dashed out of the house without breakfast and decided to eat two oranges, some cashews and Swedish Fish on the plane. My ability mentally calculate calories is impressive. So, even though I know that nuts and candy do not constitute a proper breakfast, I intentionally resisted the overpriced, over fat, highly caloric sandwiches that they were selling in Coach. Instead, I indulged in the vodka that I had in my bag and the complimentary cranberry juice . I will resist the urge to describe the disappointment that I felt being relegated to Coach for a cross country flight. However, the foot rub offered by my seatmate did add some levity to the trip. It probably would have been an even better trip had I taken him up on it. But how would I have explained that to my man??? Anyway, upon arrival I was very hungry and a little shaky. This was probably because of the sugar rush. And while I was tempted to satisfy the urge by

A stranger, a statement and a smile…

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Many of life’s pleasantries have been dispensed with in these busy times. Many people feel like they barely have time to breathe. We forget the lessons that our mothers taught us. We frequently fail to say “please” when making requests, “thank you” when some extends a kindness, and “excuse me” before passing someone in the store. Too often, while standing in a store, I am gently pushed by a fellow shopper who is too preoccupied with the matters in her own head to acknowledge that she has invaded my personal space in the most obvious of ways. For these reasons it always does my heart good when someone takes to the time to extend a courtesy. This morning however, I received a wonderful surprise. As I walked down the hall at work I saw a man approaching me. He was carrying a brief case and a coffee mug. He seemed to be in a hurry. However, he wasn’t too busy to pause to greet me. He gave me a cheerful “good morning”. And, he even threw in a very broad smile. I may never

Discovering what it all really means...

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Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. -- Anais Nin The amazing thing about life is that if you are open to it, adventures teach you amazing things. In July, I wrote about my adventure in San Francisco . People have read lots of things into what I meant by that entry. However, what happened isn’t as important as the lesson. San Francisco taught me to accept life as it comes and to be present in the moment. Unfortunately, I have been unfaithful to the San Francisco lesson. I have fallen back into over analyzing situations. Truthfully, I spend more time in my head than I do interacting with those around me. It is hard to be completely engaged when you’re looking for the next blog entry. It is as if you are an observer in your own life. I cannot blame the blog though. I started it because I was already distracted. Recently, I have realized that

This is my blog, I'll share if I want to...

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It's hard out here for a blogger... Lately, I have caught a little flack because of information contained in this blog from a variety of sources. I have been accused of revealing too much, revealing too little, revealing the “wrong types of things”. I have even been asked, “what exactly did happen in San Francisco ?!” I am sure that the messengers thought their comments would dissuade me. However, the biggest compliment that you can pay a writer is to read her work. All I could think was, " Geez , are people really interested enough in what I write to get upset about it?!" I got energized. I got giddy. And, as you can see, I've kept writing. So, thanks to all of you who come to Chaton's World and enjoy it. Thanks to you who keep coming back, but don't know why. And thanks to you who have given me such "constructive" criticism. Y'all come back now, ya here! There’s so much more in store!

Take risks and live!

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Vacation has a way of teaching us things. Last summer, while returning from my Cabo vacation, I decided to start this blog. The Cabo vacation began as an act of rebellion of sorts. I wanted to assert my independence in a very obvious way. The irony is, I had been asserting my independence daily for my entire single life by paying my own bills, working, and building a life for myself. Still, that vacation opened my eyes and convinced me that I needed to make a change. Unfortunately, the feeling was short lived. I still held back from embracing life fully. Indeed, other than starting this blog, I continued to play it safe. I was afraid that I would be consumed by life if I gave it everything that I had. So, I continued to hold back. I would often be polite rather than honest. I would be cautious rather than courageous. And I over analyzed everything rather than following my heart. A friend recently said that he thought that I could handle anything. Outwardly I agree

The Lessons of Strangers...

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I did not leave my heart in San Francisco , but I did learn some heart lessons on my vacation... My friend always counsels me against talking to strangers. I’d listen to her if I didn’t learn so damned much from the strangers that I meet. Indeed, a stranger motivated me to start this blog while I was returning from my Cabo vacation last year. Interestingly enough, in San Francisco some strangers really taught me something. On this vacation, I learned to follow my heart instead of holding back. I observed a couple who was into one another and oblivious to the world. I met a woman who was on her fourth marriage and still hadn’t given up on love. I also met someone else whose matter of fact approach to life inspired me in a way that familiarity could not. For someone struggling to find her own path these strangers taught me an important lesson. I could bore you with the details of that lesson, but certain things a lady never tells--not because they are salacious, but bec

NYC

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I'm in NYC this weekend, viewing the city, visiting with friends and family, and taking it all in. It's been written about so much because it is true. There is no where like NYC. We left Manhattan and within thirty minutes, English had become a foreign language . We were in the Bronx and Spanish was all around. We even stopped in a bodega to get directions only to find out that the store worker spoke limited English. Go figure?! In any event, I will have much more to update later. I am off to dine and party. I do enjoy living in Pittsburgh , but there's no place like New York !!!