Aging, Part 2

It’s time to impart more wisdom and observations.

Ha. That’s a good one.


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1. Marriage is hard work, y’all. My cousin-in-law surveyed a lot of couples who’s marriages were of varying length (but at least 20 years) before she got married. She said almost all of them said the “teen years” of the marriage were the hardest. We are in the teen years so I can’t make that definitive statement yet, but I believe it. It’s typically the season of life where the kids are the hardest, the finances are the tightest, and the exhaustion and stress levels are the highest.
BUT.
The kids are the funnest. The finances are…well they are tight but that encourages budgeting and responsibility. And creativity. The exhaustion and stress just encourages prayer and faith. So in a way, they are good things. Right? HA

2. Get a hairdresser that is younger than you. That way her style ideas are more current and she won’t likely die before you.

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3. Find the courage to get up early and exercise. This has been a GAME CHANGER for me. At the beginning of March, I committed to getting up at 4:30 every morning and going to an exercise class from 5-6….and I love it. No one is more shocked than I am. When you go that early, it’s like it never happened, but eventually you will be able to see that it is indeed happening. Also, stretch. Stretch a lot. Your older self will thank you for it.

4. Learn to chill out and shut up. Those two things will take you far in this life. (So I hear. I haven’t actually experienced this because I am often up tight and mouthy. But I can see how it’s true.)

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Ok, all this wisdom thinking is making my brain tired. I’m going to take a nap.

 

Also, nap. A lot. It’s pretty much the best thing you can ever do, always, all the time, forever.

(And then get your vitamin D checked because you really shouldn’t need to sleep that much.)

 

The End

Originally Written On a Friday

I heard this joke this morning on The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show.

Phil, speaking in reference to his good looks:
“Just look at this firm chin.”

Alice:
“Looks like that firm has some partners.”

I might have laughed too hard at that one.

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Do you find yourself totally gravitating towards a certain fashion style? Like, stripes forever and ever. And you buy the pieces and confidently wear them for a few years. But then one day you wake up and nothing works. Nothing is flattering. (I accidentally typed fatterring. Interesting typo for this topic….) Nothing makes you feel confident and everything just doesn’t work anymore. Has that ever happened to you? That’s where I am right now. What causes that? It worked yesterday. Why isn’t it working today?

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I feel like I’m at a crucial point in my life where I have to commit one way or the other. WILL I BE A MEAL PLANNER OR WILL I FINALLY WAVE THE WHITE FLAG OF DEFEAT? Right now, I just buy the things I know I can cook and I wing each meal. And it works for us. But everything on every blog and every website says I must meal plan to be efficient and save money and earn a housewife badge of honor.

The few times I actually shopped from a grocery list made from a meal plan, I spent a ton more money than usual and we ended up not eating half of the items. Yet I still struggle with the idea so much. Where are my other non-meal planning women? You do exist, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one and that I don’t have to change my ways.

I NEED SOLIDARITY IN MY LIFE.

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Guess what. My body doesn’t like to absorb vitamin D. So I have to take an insane amount of it in a pill form or I look like Nora in the above picture all day long. The doctor feels like we’ve solved the issue. I’m deficient so I take it regularly. But here’s what I want to know: WHY did my body stop absorbing vitamin D from the normal/natural ways of intake? I feel like that’s the real problem and no one seems interested in solving that one.Ā  Feel free to diagnose the real problem.

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So who wants to be my meal planning fairy? I’m accepting applications now.