Goldilocks- A Shopping Story

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the bears. But recently, while shopping with my teenage daughter I learned the modern equivalent of the story. It goes kinda like this:

Once upon a time, there was a teenager named Goldilocks.  She went with her family to shop for clothes.  Pretty soon, she came upon a store called Levi’s.  She opened the door and then she walked right in.

On the wall of the store hung many pants but only three she liked.  She tried on the first pair.

“These pants are too small!” she exclaimed.

So, she tried on the second pair.

“These pants are too big,” she said

So, she tried on the third pair.

“Ahhh, these pants are just right,” she said happily but then added, ” but they are the wrong color!”

After she’d looked and looked there were none that were the right color so she she left.  So, she walked into the Marshall’s where she saw more jeans.  Goldilocks grabbed a pair that was the right shade.

“These pants are too big!” she exclaimed.

So she tried a second pair.

“This pair is too big, too!”  she whined.

So she tried the last and smallest pair.

“Ahhh, this pair is just right,” she sighed.  But just as she settled down and started to pay for them she noticed that the pockets were not right!

Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went to T.J. Maxx and looked at pants.  She tried on the first pair, but it was too rough.  Then she put on the second pair, but it was too soft.  Then she threw down the third pair because they were too blue.  Goldilocks left the store.

As she was walked through the shopping center she entered a fourth store but didn’t look at pants at all but shirts and jackets and things. This store never has the right size or shade for me in jeans she told her anxious, exhausted family (bears).

“Someone’s been looking at pants everywhere and these are the right color,” growled the Papa bear.

“Someone’s been looking at pants everywhere and these are the size and cut,” said the Mama bear.

“Someone’s been looking at every store and these are not too rough or too soft!” cried the Baby bear.

But Goldilocks wasn’t sure so she tried on other clothes instead.

“Someone’s to picky,” growled the Papa bear.

“Someone’s needs to relax,” said the Mama bear.

“Someone needs to find some food,” cried the Baby bear.

Goldilocks decided to look around some more and so Papa bear growled, “I am kinda hungry too”

“Maybe you should find a place to sit” said the Mama bear

“Someone’s been trying on clothes all day and she still is!” exclaimed Baby bear.

Just then, Goldilocks looked up and saw the pants they had been pointing too.  She screamed, “There they are, I knew I would find them there!”  And she jumped up and ran out of the room to try them on.  Goldilocks ran from the changing room and asked for a credit card.  And she explained that if we had just come to this store, the one she KNEW the pants were at instead of making her go to all the others we could already be home by now!

I Thought I Was Ready

Soo, I was all ready for the return to work and running. I told everyone that I would be back, I had my return to work physical fitness test scheduled, I was back on the schedule. I even had decided that I should video the shaving of the beard, since it’s the most hair I’ve had attached even remotely close to my head since I was… maybe 20?

I had talked to PT, okay, yes I understood that my leg was still weak. Really, only 62% of the other leg? Yes, I agree that I should maybe do some more therapy even when I go back to work to prevent re injury. Then the doctor’s appointment. Disappointment followed. Yes I was progressing well, maybe a little to soon to go back to work just yet. Still weakness, yes some more therapy seems reasonable, no squatting, lifting, or stooping, must be able to sit while working and for no more than 6 hours a day. Yes, he understands that my job is 24 hour shifts and that I have to do all of those things, just not there yet. Come back after some more therapy, almost there.

Yep, I thought I was ready… but to be honest, a two hour therapy session sends me to the couch to prop the leg up. Still there is an end in sight, not much longer, I hope. ;-(

35 Years Later

Happy Anniversary to me! It just occurred to me that as my birthday looms yet again there is another date fast approaching, my EMS Anniversary. On about the same day, 35 years ago, I joined the Lee County Junior Rescue Squad, Pennington Gap Unit in Virginia. 30 years ago I worked my first shift for a small private ambulance service and was paid for the first time for providing medical care. For the last several years I have had the joy of serving with some of the best in the world at Sullivan County EMS and teaching with the Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program.

Somehow I’ve managed to beat the odds. National statistics show that EMS is such a hard life that the average paramedic lasts just 5 years. Along the way I have changed from the youngest, least experienced person to the ancient one in a blink of an eye. There have been so many changes in the profession and so many hardships and so many people.  I can’t wait to see what the next 35 years hold!


Day 44 of Nonrunning

I am sitting here on the couch. In the last 7 weeks I feel as if I have spent more time sitting than the last 7 years combined. Today I’m feeling more down than usual. I miss the road, the trail. I miss the clarity of thought that somehow reaches me more readily in the middle of the miles. I miss the sweat, the breathing, the feeling of accomplishment. Continue reading Day 44 of Nonrunning

Knee Update

I am sitting here at home, still. Almost two weeks have passed since my last doctor’s appointment and the knee is pretty much the same. It is a dull ache while sitting but even the easiest of things such as walking the dog down the street or going shopping result in swelling and sometimes bruising. Sometime though it is becoming less frequent the knee will lock. This always means more pain afterwards. I Continue reading Knee Update

Knee Pain

Can Chiropractic treat knee pain? Yes, knee pain can be treated with chiropractic adjustments. There are several factors that can cause pain to the knees and must be corrected in order to prevent damage to the joint and surrounding tissues. One of the most common causes is excessive body weight; the knees provide support to the entire upper body and excessive pressure and strain can cause painful injuries. Patients who are overweight must adjust their lifestyle to include regular activity and a healthy diet in order to avoid further damage to the knees. A chiropractor can restore alignment to displaced structures in the knee and other linked structures that might also be affected by dysfunction in the knee, such as the hip or lower back. In some cases, in addition to regular adjustments, physical therapy is recommended for optimum results.

Palm Reflexology

Some days you may feel like you’ve got the whole world in the palm of your hands. That might be a little lofty, but it can be said that you have yourself in the palm of your hands. Certain pressure points on your hands can help relieve pain in other parts of the body. For more information on these pressure points to to

Three Months

Everyone, I just wanted to take a second and thank you all for your support. Three months ago this evening I started my website to try and reach more people and the only publicity has been by way of post and shares on Facebook and Twitter. As of now the site has had over 3800 unique visitors and while the majority of those have been local it has been viewed in 69 different countries.


Hundreds of people have learned about Lilyan and been inspired by her and her courage. I am trying to continue to share her story, mine and others as we go through this fitness journey. One thing that I have learned is it does not matter if you run, walk like my friend Bea, do cross fit like Shane, bike like Jay, yoga like Eric or something else, movement on a regular basis is a key to a healthier you.

This week Dr. Jeff Booher joined the site to provide suggestions and help on wellness and health. Hopefully a couple of other experts will also be added in the near future. The event calendar is finally up and running so if anyone has events they want added just let me know. You can also subscribe to the calendar to add it’s events to your personal one.

Thank you again for all of your support and please feel free to leave your comments or to share and post any of our pages or blogs.