WordPress has moved on without me

I have had this blog for a long time…and this is actually my second one. I think I started in 2007 ish? I was just reading some old posts here and they were from 2009-8 years ago!!

I was looking for a new template last night and noticed all the new fancy wordpress templates-made me wish I had more of a theme but alas I just blog in fits and starts with no particular focus.

So, once again I’m forging ahead but I would encourage anyone who’s still reading to check out my old posts. It’s always important to occasionally remember where we came from to know where we are going.

The lovebirds were back

Maybe I should call them early morning penguins? or snow bunnies?

After no action outside my window yesterday morning, today was a realization about how old I am.

Car number 2 was parked up bright and early with our little love-doves, both in the front seat, just talking and playing around a little. I was going to take a photo but thought what could happen? it’s too flippin cold (10F) to fool around…

then Car number 1 pulls up and the gentleman and his lady friend got out-as usual spent some time getting backpacks and stuff out of the backseat. At this point they looked pretty middle age and innocent next to the young couple in the other car. They head off to the subway…

So I jump in the shower and when I get out? The lovebirds are in the backseat, again! Engine running, window cracked so they don’t fog up the windows too much…

I had to shuffle off to work myself but I felt better because I got a good look at the guy this time and he was young so maybe they are just a couple who both live at home? I was worried it was an old geezer taking advantage of a younger woman or paying for sex…yuck, right under my window?

I sent this chapter of the saga to my friend and we both agreed they must be early 20’s-having sex in a car in sub-zero temperatures would never even be considered by:

  • anyone over 50 with anyone
  • anyone over 40 with their own partner
  • over 30 might consider it if they still lived at home with their parents

who knows what will happen tomorrow? It’s been fairly dark and cloudy, I wonder if a bright sunny day will change anything?

 

This old shoe is hitting the bar

Tomorrow is my birthday-a pretty boring one- 56

Just one more step towards the next decade which is sounding distinctly old and filled with risk. As a nurse I see the worst cancers and chronic diseases in people from 50-70…if….IF….they get past 70 it seems to level off.

So far, so good for me. Slightly overweight and totally grey haired but active and not on any medications, normal blood pressure.

I couldn’t take off from work because everyone else is off but I am picking up my commuting lover from the airport like I do every Thursday night. The difference tonight is that instead of going to the airport in my pajamas and heading straight to bed, he is playing guitar at a bar and I will be joining him.

I think I deserve a drink tonight!! Happy 56th to me!!!

late night shopping..if 8pm is late night….

i get home from work about 6pm and miraculously my dinner is there waiting for me (thanks mom!)

tonight i wanted to go do some shopping and asked my 75 year old mom to come with me-she said yes but then went quiet and i knew she was thinking about all the reasons not to go….tired, dark, late, etc…

but i threw in a stop at baker’s square to sweeten the deal and she gave in

7pm and off we went to the mall! we each got a pair of shoes, i got a skirt and i treated her to her first new nightgown in ….umpteen million years!

i had to remind mrs goodwill shopper that they do sell new clothes and she actually entered the mall not just the anchor stores for the first time in the 6 years since she moved here….

the late night shopping queen

success! one more thing i planned to do accomplished….we’re saving baker’s square for another wild night!

free time

i really wish i only had to work once a week…just for the socializing and a bit of excitement. i have been off since saturday morning and still have another day and a half off…and i am lovin it!!! it’s great to stay up as late as i want, sleep as late as i want….pretty much do as i please.

we (the witches of eastwick) got together sunday…didn’t do much yesterday…but today i walked (briskly) to the train station, went to maria’s to bring her a glass panel i made her for christmas. after our visit i walked (briskly) back to the train and did a very quick shop for a new bra and then after a relaxing ride on the train back to northfield walked (briskly) home…by my calculation that’s about one hour of brisk walking. you know, walking with purpose, a long stride, to the point where you are breathing fast and heart rate is increased. i felt much better after….almost felt young again!

i know it is the season of new year’s resolutions and all that and i haven’t specifically made a resolution to lose weight but…i think the penny may have dropped…the light has come on….i really need to chuck 20 pounds.

just for myself so i can feel lighter, more agile and definitely more comfortable. i can’t stop the wrinkles or the grey hair but i can retain as much of my genetic good health as possible.

and on the vanity side, i may be called upon, in the next year or two, to wear a very nice dress in front of a group of people  and have it photographed for future generations to ogle and snigger at …can’t hurt to look my best!

so, what’s in store for the next week or so??? more brisk walking…and i hope to attend this next tuesday night

What better way to kick off the New Year and Inauguration Day than to join fellow Democrats for a toast to President Obama. Large screen TV to watch the highlights, cash bar.

Date: January 20th, 2009
Time: From 7pm
Location: The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY. http://www.oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk/rte.asp

other than that it’s just work and planning for my garden. i went out to the green house to find that despite the frost all my plants have some green on them. after losing so many plants to slugs and ignorance i have started keeping them in pots for a few years until i get to know what works. last year i planted some ornamental poppy seeds

my neighbor has them so i don’t see any reason why i can’t….i now have 6-7 plants that look pretty good. today i saw a forsythia at the local garden shop

it’s not very popular here and i’m sure it would never look like that but it’s worth a try…

what’s wrong with this picture??

you know that magazine game where there are two pictures that look really similar but you have to point out the subtle differences??

well, let’s try that with this news story…except we’ll just use common knowledge about women having babies

NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 70 after receiving IVF treatment, newspapers reported her doctor as saying Monday.

Rajo Devi, who married 50 years ago, gave birth to a baby girl on November 28 after in vitro fertilisation, said Anurag Bishnoi, a doctor at the Hisar fertility centre in Haryana state.

“Rajo Devi and (her husband) Bala Ram approached the centre for treatment and the embryo transfer was done on April 19,” he told the Hindustan Times. “Both the mother and child are in good health.”

Bishnoi claimed Devi was the world’s oldest mother.

Another 70-year-old Indian was reported to have given birth to twins via IVF in July this year, while a 66-year-old Spanish woman had twins in 2006.

Devi’s husband, aged 72, had also wed his wife’s sister after 10 years of his first marriage did not result in children. His second wife also failed to become pregnant.

It was not clear whose egg and sperm were used in the successful treatment.

“IVF has revolutionised the way we look at infertility,” said Bishnoi. “Infertility is no longer a social taboo or a divine curse. It can be treated scientifically.”

okay…i’ll start

1. women don’t have babies at 70 years old

2. ethical doctors don’t give 70 year old women IVF

3. if your husband has been married to your sister and another woman and not produced a child in 50 years it must be his problem

4. infertility is not just a scientific problem, there are reasons why some people cannot reproduce…like they are too damn old!!!!!!

5. why is that nurse carrying a baby in a lasagna pan?

feel free to add your own to the list!!!!