Tag Archives: Middle age

Menopause Muddle

1 Oct

She saw me coming. I was totally ripe for the picking. When I turned that corner a bell began to ring in that girl’s head. “Yep she is the one……”

I was shopping in Whole Foods without a list. Don’t do that! It is dangerous because it means your bill will double as you will wander through the store looking at everything. I know better and usually have a handy dandy list that send me straight to exactly what I need and no more! I write my list in order of the store’s lay out. I can’t remember important things but I have memorized the layout of every grocery store.

Is that why stores move or “reset” their stock occasionally? So we have to wander around looking for the coffee which is now where the cereal used to be? Force us to look around and treasure hunt our list which is no longer in the correct order? 

I digress………

Perhaps their are minions whose only job is to point out easy marks to the sales reps? Was there a spotlight highlighting me to this young woman?  I think in her training they told her “Look for the middle aged women – they are your target!” 

She asked so innocently, “Would you care for a sample?” I looked down and saw she had “brain toniq” and “trim toniq”  Yep – that’s what every middle aged woman needs – to uncloud her brain and drop 5 pounds. She saw me coming. 

Instead of being insulted – (Hey the truth hurts but it is still the truth) I sampled and I bought both. 

THEY WERE ON SALE! 

So today I am having a “I would like to eat the contents of my refrigerator” moment and remembered the drinks. (Clearly I didn’t need the brain toniq) 

It has no caffeine, no stimulants and no hoodie Just natural herbs and supplements. 

It works!! I am so no compelled to munch away. Sure it could be placebo, but who cares? Its working! 

Before I play Words With Friends I’m going for the brain toniq. 

My oldest son saw the drinks. He just shook his head. Yea, whatever….desperate times call for desperate

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yes – I know it is sideways but no matter what I try wordpress likes it that way. Maybe I need the brain toniq.

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You know you are getting old when……..

1 Feb

Recently in a discussion with a group of moms we were talking about the “dial” phones we grew up with. You know the ones where you put your finger in the hole associated with the number, and slowly turned it counter clockwise, then released the dial.

It was horrible if you were in a hurry and the number had zeros or nines in the phone number. And, you could not sneak a phone call as the sound was loud and unmistakable. Plus it was connected by a cord to a base to a wall. No walking around the house yet alone hopping in a car and driving away never missing a beat.

So when I saw an ad to make your cellphone retro and insert it into an “retro” hand set I knew I had crossed over the hill. My first reaction was…”who would want this?” but then I fondly remember how it was easier to cradle the old phone receiver than my current phone. Flat and small may be cool looking but wow does it do a number on my neck. hmmmmmmm…….

Just remembered…..isn’t that why I have that blue tooth ear piece? So I don’t have to hold or cradle my cell phone? By the time I remember where that is….I’ll see it in an ad for a “retro” blue tooth.

Do over at 50?

22 Aug

What age is too old to start over? Not a do over – just a start. Talking to a friend whose husband has decided it is easy to toss aside 25 years together, and she has been a stay at home mom for the past 14 years.
It is difficult to think of being in her shoes. Financially, there won’t be anything for her to rest upon. It was apparently difficult to focus on his business while pursuing the 20 something year old who truly understands him?
So what does a 50 year old woman do at that point in her life. She feels cast aside and of little value. It is hard for her to see the value I see in her. She is smart, organized, driven, and clearly very strong. But she is right, it is going to be difficult to get hired.
She isn’t the only one facing these kinds of prospects. Others need to pay for college, pay down debt accumulated while raising children. She is trying to create a business for herself. I have no doubt she can be successful. The hardest part is knowing how isolated and alone she feels. Her only child is a typical 17 year old boy – and he would rather be with a dad who isn’t “making him” be all that he can be.
We don’t live in the same town or state. She isn’t my only friend to endure this; however we are now 50 not mid 30’s. It is easy to ignore people like her. She is going to be single. It is sometimes hard to integrate single friends into our social lives. But I hope someone does.