Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown. ~Author Unknown
This weekend more than made up for the nightmare of the past week. Beginning, Friday evening with Carl at the symphony and this morning dining with Margie, Jonathan (JT) and JT’s son.
Several of my coworkers and I occasionally get together to break bread and today the plan was to do brunch at Pamela’s Diner in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. I had never been to Pamela’s but as soon as we arrived outside the premises the aroma of the morning’s fare wafted out to draw us indoors.
The diner was jam-packed and I for one was glad JT got there and put our names on the list prior to me and Margie’s arrival. After about a 15 minute wait we were seated, got caught up on the goings on in our lives and placed our orders.
I ordered the Morning After Breakfast Special which included 2 eggs, bacon, wheat toast & hotcakes. Being ever conscientious of Weight Watchers point values this meal costs me 14 out of 26 points for today but they were points well spent. The food was delectable and the conversation delightful.
Catching up with friends is always a mood enhancer for me and my coworkers were the most awesome group of people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. If there were one single thing that I miss most from the loss of my job I’d have to say it’s this group.
When I was first promoted to my last position I dove into the job to the exclusion of just about everything else. I came to work early, would leave late and stayed at my desk most of the day. Focused, intense, and, workaholic were words used to describe me and relaxation was a foreign concept to me.
Over the 10 years that I was in this group we went through numerous transformations among which were staff changes. Some of the alterations were more difficult than others but I think the one that stands out for me was when one of my coworkers said to me “Steph, I never knew you were so funny.” When I mentioned this to one of my good friends she said it was because people perceived me as such a serious, no-nonsense person. This was an eye opener.
Let the Metamorphosis Begin
“But it’s raining cats and dogs” I whined. “Surely you can’t expect me to go out in this? I’m a delicate flower you know?” I might as well have been talking to a brick wall.
Yup, I told my coworker we needed to take a cab to the garage next door because it was a literal torrential downpour and I was not in the mood to get drenched. Of course this princess-like behavior netted me some good-natured laughs and gibes but I’ve worked with these people for years and they knew I had high standards (they just didn’t understand).
My plan was a good one. We’d have the cab come pick us up in our building’s garage then drop us off in the garage next door, easy peasy but noooooo my coworker was having none of that (what she referred to as nonsense). So instead of using my perfect plan we find ourselves whipped about with umbrellas turning inside out as the wind was causing the stinging sheets of rain to come down sideways.
I was transported back to a simpler time when I would become immersed in fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White. “Oh, how I wished I were a princess,” I’d think. The only princess criteria that concerned me were a beautiful gown, “the wave” and of course a crown. Thinking back this is probably where my fascination with all things sparkly began.
Since there’s hardly a princess career path and as I’m more of a peon I would have to make do with the drudgery of a job. Oh well, it may not be appropriate to wear a crown to work but my fabulous coworkers, being the wonderful people they are bought me a crown with a cup and little stuffed poodle to match. The plastic crown was made of rhinestones with a large faux ruby in the center and hot pink fur around the bottom. The pink mug has a crown and says “That’s Miss Princess to you!” The poodle is pink with hot pink fur on her head, ears, tail and on the ends of her paws. She is also decked out in a leopard jacket – what a Diva!!
To properly demonstrate how relaxed I became over the years I included a photo of half my desk with the crown, poodle, cup, Snoopy (in baseball attire), beanbag frog, cat frame (with a picture of Sable) and a pink pillow that says “Do I look like a people person” with a picture of a surly looking girl stick figure.
Today is about letting go. Even though I still have the intense tendencies (it’s part of who I am) I laugh a lot more and try to get more enjoyment out of life. Life isn’t a destination, rather it’s a journey and there’s no reason it should be a dull trip.
Have a great rest of the weekend!!
“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I am with you kid. Let’s go.” ~Maya Angelou