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Friday, November 09, 2007


It's November!

It's November, 2007! This has been quite a year. What I find so amazing is all the "firsts" our little family has gone through:
1-Hubby turning 50
2-Our daughter becoming a parent
3-Our becoming grandparents
4-My placing in the top 5 of two writing contests
5-Having one of my essays included in a REAL book
6-It isn't a first, but having 3 more recipes published in major magazines
7-Our son graduating from college
8-Our daughter announcing her second pregnancy
9-Becoming a Baby Boomer Diva
10-I'm a week early on this, but I'm turning 50

If I'm honest, as I write this, I sure do feel what I think "50" feels like. I'm happy with how life is going, happy with how I look and pretty relaxed with things in general. I wish I felt less pain, but don't we all?

I'm STUNNED that I'm "that number"-how in the blazes did I get here? Wasn't it just last week when I was diapering my kids? I know I took dance class a few days ago.

How did my kids get so darn old?? Geez louise, my daughter is 25 and my son is 23!

For pete sake-I'm a Grandma,almost twice. Okay I'm really loving the last sentence-he's the most adorable and smartest baby in the whole world since my two were born. AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT JUST BECAUSE HE'S MY GRANDSON EITHER.

But I digress-I didn't care about turning 49, but 50?

I feel like the character Roxy Hart in "Chicago" who just prior to her "hi, Mom!" number (Foxy, Roxy Hart)says, "I'll let you in on a little secret, I never intended to be this old".

We all hear it said that age is what you make of it, which is true to a point.

What I was thinking I'd be is "hip, active and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound". The reality is I'm active alright-I work, write, do domestic goddess chores, exercise, eat right and go to the doctors a lot. I'm sort of hip-I wear jeans and tucked in tee-shirts (is that hip, or is that soooo yesterday? I forget)and let's not go there about the leaping. If you've read this blog any amount of time at all, you know that's not happening.

I am looking forward to the next half century: will I hang-up the day job and write full time? Will my husband and I have a mutual day off in the near future? Come April and our anniversary cruise, will I be able to walk without losing balance at the same time? Will the "mother's curse" about having "2 kids just like you" come true?

That's what so terrific about reaching milestone birthdays-instead of waiting for New Year's Eve to make your resolutions you can opt to start right on your special day.

Why stand on ceremony?

Hi Carine--- Forty was nothing--- fifty flew by, sixty was fine, but seventy threw me. That's old enough to die, but funny --- I still felt like I was 38 or 54 or maybe 22 at times. Tomorrow morning, I am having that dreaded celiac/superior mesenteric anerRx stent. I wasn't too scared until I Googled it last night and found out that the stent is a big hugger that will be in my aorta. Now, I'm scared! Nurses should never be allowed to Google anything! Well, anyway, my oldest daughter turned 50 on the 4th of July and she still looks the same to me. She has three boys---26 (last week) 24 and 21, but no grandkids, yet. See, you are the lucky one!
Happy Sunday to you, Carine ! Happy upcoming 50th birthday !
Becoming gradparents, having 3 recipes published in major magazines (what recipes ?), a son graduating college -- all VERY good things !

50 is a strange one. I know because it's going to happen to me in 5 months ! I just have to think that we are both healthy, active, and taking such good care of ourselves that we look 40 - and that is a good thing :)

Time certainly does fly. Glad you and your husband have the opportunity to take a trip in April for your anniversary crusie -that will be a lovely way to celebrate !

Loving Annie
Kacey, 40 was nothing to me as well. Okay, I couldn't walk and I was working 80 hours a week but other than that-okay.
I wish you the best of luck tomorrow! I have been thinking about you since I read you were about to have the procedure. I'm sending out lots of good wishes and thoughts, as well as a tender hug.
Thank you Annie! yes, we are so looking forward to having some time to actually see each other. We're planners so this trip (as well as another cruise in '09)has been on our docket for over a year.
We also have 3 days in December that we are truly eagerly anticipating.
I'll be 55 next year. I liked the freedom of having more time to do what I wanted to do at 50, but then doing things seem to take more time too when you hit 50. That's been my impression anyway.

Still, Happy Birthday. Hope it's a good one.
thanks Dave, and I agree about things taking more time. I think it's b/c I keep forgetting what it is I wanted to do!
Happy Birthday! enjoy the next 50, all healthy and happy :)
thank you summer-at least w/ a little less pain.
Happy birthday Carine,

I wish you happy, healthy and exciting years to come. May all your wishes come true!

thank you Christine!
it turned out to be an okay day, until both of our computers died
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