Sunday Sanity: Pesticles and Flowers

Last week was rough. If you’ve been following along at all (seriously, I just don’t thank the 10 of you enough…YOU ROCK), you know just how rough. I opened up my heart and shared my fears and relief over Bubby’s medical condition with you. I appreciated all of you that stopped by to read and show your support. But I’m still worried, and there is still so much unknown. 
Throughout it all, I had my game face on. My game happens to be Social Media and I really enjoy playing it on a daily basis. You *might* know that I belong to a fabulous community called Social Fabric that has changed mine and my family’s life because I *might* mention it a lot. And the folks behind Social Fabric, Collective Bias, are pretty danged amazing. They truly care about their members on a professional and personal basis. 
But let’s get back to this Social Media thing for a second (or longer, you know I can’t keep anything to a second). As I’ve stated many times, I live in this box for a good part of my day. I post on FB, I frequent the Twitter, I pin, I stumble, and all kinds of other things throughout my day. But what you don’t see is that a HUGE part of my day is interacting with my friends in Social Fabric. And by interact, I pretty much mean stalk the community, talk all I want, and hop around supporting my fellow members and their blogs. I help promote brands and on occasion (shush if you’re a SF member, no one needs to know how much) I get off topic and just ramble within the walls of our community. And the more I talk and interact, the bigger my Nesticles (really I like pesticles better but they have many names) grow. And this week, I hit a milestone…500 Nesticles! I’m rather proud of this accomplishment but wasn’t sure if anyone noticed. 
I was wrong but you might be asking yourself what a Nesticle is and why I deserve flowers for this pseudo dirty word (and don’t think that auto correct hasn’t changed that word for me a time or 2 in text or email)? It’s nothing really. It’s just a number and it’s funny. I mean super crazy funny, to me anyway. Awhile back in the community, this number popped up under our names. Someone brought it up and asked if it was anything like a Nesticle. Well, you see, my 12 year old mind jumped on that and I commented because you just don’t use words like that around me. And then for the rest of the day, I watched this thread, and I laughed my Nesticles off (at that time, I only had 13 of them). It went on for hours and 10 pages. As new members join the community, they often ask about this number. We warn them first and then link to the thread which we have entitled, “The Legend of the Nesticles”. Believe me…it’s funny because the people I “work” with on a daily basis are hilarious! 
But back to the story at hand and how I found my sparkles this week. My Nesticles had hit 500 early in the week. This is high but really just means I talk a lot in the community. No surprises, right? But my runner up (who just so happens to be a really good friend of mine) has 339 of them. It’s a huge accomplishment in my tiny little mind! I feel like I deserve to wear my tiara on a daily basis. 
When we got home from picking Bug up from school, B was here and there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the counter. My assumption was that they were from him. But no, they were from my friends at Collective Bias, and they were congratulating me on my big Nesticles. It might not seem like a big thing to you, but to me, it made my week. My week of turmoil and worry was brightened by the fact that someone sent me flowers for my accomplishment, as silly as it might seem. 
I’m 5’1″ and 100 pounds soaking wet. I’ve been told that I have big Pesticles before despite my gender and stature, but until now, I’ve never been rewarded for them. 
And as I sit here typing, my beautiful sparkles sit above my head, on my desk, and they make me smile. An AC/DC song keeps popping into my mind and it makes me laugh because I’ve got the biggest Pesticles of them all and someone noticed. I should be ashamed, but I’m not. 
Sparkle on and have a great week. There are sparkles everywhere you look, even if you are struggling in your life. Sometimes you just have to look harder than others and realize that people love you for just being YOU! ♥
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. I love each and every comment u make! U know I adore you! Thanks for being a rock star!!! U deserve the flowers and much more!

  2. This is awesome!! I will get out there and sparkle just thinking of this!!

  3. Melissa Rheinlander says:

    Congrats on the Nesticles!! Just goes to show how supportive you are to everyone else 🙂

  4. Congrats Christy! You absolutely deserve to be recognized and I agree, this is an amazing community to be part of! I’m SO glad they take the time to recognize your hard work!! <3

  5. clgossett says:

    Thanks Mimi, I happen to think you are pretty danged amazing too! ♥

  6. clgossett says:

    Or to prove that I have big…ummmm…errr…balls! 🙂

  7. clgossett says:

    You always sparkle April! You don’t even have to try. You just do! 🙂