Pull Ups & Toilet Parts

Have you ever wondered how it would be the day you retire? How it would feel? Most of us joke, even yearn for it, but the truth is, until it’s actually here, I don’t believe we have a clue.

How have you prepared? You know it’s coming. I don’t think it registers, truly settles in and gets comfy–it isn’t real–until the day arrives.

It slapped me upside the head the other day, and it was rude. Take a look at these:

My jeans arrived, genuine jeans. Cute, right?

More like dangerous. It is completely and totally inadvisable to order something like this on-line, with expectations they fit. Having said that, I have ordered shoes, clogs to be accurate, and have scored. I order under-britches, jackets, shirts, under-holders and more; no problem. When you know brands and sizing charts–when you know your bulges yourself–this can be done. But, jeans?!!?

I must have had a fever. This is totally off the top. See, here’s the deal: they are stretch denim. These babies s-t-r-e-t-c-h ! !

Alright, let’s not panic. Let’s talk this through. Stretchy isn’t so bad. I owned a pair of stretch jeans when I was skinny; they were awesome, fit like a glove. I kept them. We all keep that one pair that made us look hot. I may have lost my marbles, but I can still dream I know that skinny day is just around the corner.

To be honest, I knew about the stretch when I ordered, but there is something I didn’t realize. Are you sitting down? These jeans are Pull Ups. Those snaps you see up there next to all that lovely decorative stitching? Fake. Those buttonholes? Fake. See the fabric fold where the zipper should go? Completely and totally fake.

Pull Up jeans? I was horrified, and started to feel really old and really young at the same time. What the hell was happening?

My brain went on overdrive. I might have to lie down to squeeze into them; this could take hours, days; I might a pull muscle. What if they won’t come off? If my children see me rolling around on the floor there might be a 911 call. I refused to try them on, decided to make them wait, did not want to give them the satisfaction. They could just sit there. Two can play this little game.

I decided to clean the bathroom. The jeans were sitting on the counter; I ignored them. I made my cleaning mix–1 part vinegar and 1 part water–and began wiping down the toilet. I was still irritated upset pissed off about the jeans when it happened again; life slapped me upside the head. Check this out:

The plastic covers come off! You know, the ones where the lid is attached to the bowl. Who knew?!!? I had no idea! I felt like June Cleaver discovering a way to clean the house more efficiently.

I’m not a complete moron. I knew the ones covering the bolts at the base of the toilet at floor level come off. Of course they come off. But these? The old toilet did not have covers, just the plastic attachment. I’ll be darned.

I began to feel better.

I decided to be open to change, new possibilities. Life could be good. Then I remembered the jeans. Damn them. But, OK, I was willing to give them a try. I exhaled and tried them on.

Could it be true? I’m not sure how much my heart can handle.

I. LOVE. THEM. They are soft, they fit like a (larger) glove, and it took minimal rolling to get them on. The decorative stitching is pretty awesome, the pockets are cool. They are slim-legged and can be worn with heels, boots, or sneakers if I choose. Life. Is. Good.

Appears that retirement can be pretty awesome, if we are open to the possibilities.

Two days and counting. Bring. It. I am prepared.

  10 comments for “Pull Ups & Toilet Parts

  1. February 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Loved this and thank you! Anything to bring a laugh. It’s what it is all about. Visit my retirement blog (almost 1 1/2 years ago now) and the trip is a hoot. We have more in common than we know.

    Liked by 1 person

    • karenlee
      February 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you, Leigh, and for the follow. I will definitely check your site. 🙂


    • Anonymous
      February 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Another good read Karen!! Loved the situation about your pull ups ( I mean jeans) 🙂 lol. Y oh have quit the talent with writing… I don’t think you’ll be bored with retirement at all!! You have lots of hobbies and lots of friends to have coffee with!!:). Do you see me raising my hand? :). Keep on writing … Great for your soul❤️

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 23, 2016 at 8:15 am

        Thank you, Anonymous. 😉 Wanna meet for coffee this week?


  2. February 21, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you. I loved this. Even though people say leggings aren’t pants, I disagree. Comfort is king. Glad you found jeggings you love. (Jean leggings. Totally a thing. Way to be trendy in retirement.)

    Liked by 1 person

    • karenlee
      February 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I’m not sure I remember how to be trendy, but thanks, Jen. 😉


  3. February 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Oh. My. God. I am laughing SO hard that tears are rolling down my face. Like blurry with laughing tears. Before I even got to the toilet part. I didn’t even know they had pull up jeans. You are freaking hilarious. Totally MADE my Sunday! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • karenlee
      February 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Why thank you, Jessica. And, that makes two of us: I had NO IDEA there were pull up jeans. As I work on a retirement piece today, I think maybe I SHOULD retire. How could I have missed that one? 😉

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  4. karenlee
    February 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you so much, Amy. Glad to hear from a retiree survivor, and the advice seems spot on. 🙂


  5. Amy
    February 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This had me laughing out loud! Such a funny image—your kids calling 911 while you writhe into your jeans. Glad it was painless. My jeans also stretch (but have a zipper), and although I swore I’d never wear such a thing, I love them.

    I retired almost two years ago, and I love being retired. As one relative advised me, there are three things to a good retirement. First, do something you love. Second, do something to give back to your community, Three, don’t do too much!

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