I love stock photos. A whimsical woman laying in bed wearing a party hat and laughing at a donut with a candle in it. I realize this is for a photo op, but what if it isn’t? What if this is just her life? Psst, guess what? IT’S BIRTHDAY MONTH. This episode is jam-packed. Like I like my men.
That made no sense, because why? IT’S BIRTHDAY MONTH.
Last year, I turned 50 right in the middle of a pandemic. So I demand a
recount, I mean a do-over.
Maybe this means I don’t have to count last year?
That would technically make me 49.
Diving right in
I mentioned in my grateful list last month, I finally conquered my fear of the “block editor”. Well, good thing, because last week I opened my WordPress dashboard and it was completely different and Word Press didn’t give me an option to go back to the old one.
So it looks like I am diving right in to block editor.
During birthday month.
(Throws confetti in the air)
This is my first full-length post written in a different editor. So far, I really don’t mind it, but I am not a huge fan of change. I want to stretch that part of my inner self. I want to get used to change, so this is good, this is good, THIS IS GOOD.
The picture up there is from my friend Suz’ blog. Again, new to block editor and couldn’t figure out how to add the credit under the picture. How my friend Suz hasn’t been discovered by the tv show That’s Incredible yet, is beyond me.
What do you mean that show hasn’t been on the air in over 40 years?
Get Aaron Spelling on the horn!
What do you mean Aaron Spelling hasn’t been alive for over 15 years?
Suz is to butterflies what I am to menopause. She is the butterfly whisperer. I wanted to share this really cool video of her feeding a butterfly, but that was before Word Press decided to be a poopy head. So head here to see this magic for yourself.
Evolution of hair
Last April’s tater tot post, I mentioned I was on a hair mission.
It’s a convoluted story, so click on that link to read it and then head back here if you need a refresher. I’ve become lazy in my
50th 49th year of life.
I’ve made some progress.
Wearing a wig for fun while at my parents’ house a week before we found out about the pandemic. February 2020.
I straightened my hair right before my birthday to see how “long” it was. April 2020.
After working in the yard, May 2020.
(This would usually be the point I would be sick of my hair and cut it all off)
After a hike near Lake Michigan. July 2020.
Before leaving for a headache specialist appointment, August 2020.
I was excited to have some place to go, so I wore a necklace for the first time in seven months.
I was getting ready for a Zoom migraine survey call, so I straightened my hair and did my makeup for the first time in months. December 2020.
How I realistically look on most days. March 2020.
When I don’t look like this. April 2020.
I can put my hair in a bun, and I love that. The simple act of being able to tie my hair up has me thrilled.
I felt for many years that I wouldn’t ever have long hair again. I didn’t have the patience to grow it out, but this year forced me to have the patience. There is a lot more to growing my hair out than just growing my hair out.
I’m getting my hair trimmed and thinned out next week, but not cut. I love my longer hair and I don’t want to go back to short hair again.
It’s not who I am anymore.
You paid how much for a lamp?
That lamp is $395.
That’s it. That’s the story.
I didn’t buy it. I saw it on Pinterest and thought it was cute. So I did a thorough analysis, and yep, it’s $395.
This is your assignment: explain why, in ten words or fewer, this lamp costs $395. Not an opinion, but an educated guess/answer.
Getting screwed over, even in old age
My AARP card application came addressed to the incorrect name.
I have endured this struggle my entire life.
Never have I known the joy of a bike license plate or a mug at some cheesy souvenir shop with my name on it. Carrie or Keri only.
Damn you Julie’s, Amy’s and Jennifer’s and especially Carrie’s.
I do. I really, really do.
Voice remote control caught me swearing. This post seemed appropriate for the share.
Does anyone remember this made-for-tv movie? This movie made me fall in love with Helen Hunt. I want to see it in all its glory, but it is quite elusive.
Speaking of forgotten 80s shows: 60 Forgotten TV Shows From The ’80s That’ll Make You Truly Nostalgic For That Era
Also, I mentioned in Friday’s re-blog the show Solid Gold. When I was little, I wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.
What we’ve been watching
We actually first began watching Blackfish years ago, but never finished it. We finally watched the whole thing last month and now I hate Sea World and I need you to hate Sea World too.
To be clear, I never liked them to begin with.
After, you will want to visit these websites.
What I’m listening to
I love TLC, but I really love this version too.
And this is a cool AF find; Radio Garden. Click anywhere on the map and it will take you to the radio station in that area. Listening to a radio station playing Toto in the Philippines blows my mind. I am a nerd like that. When you open the link, it will take you to a radio station in Chicago (Hi!) but move the cursor around and have fun exploring the radio stations of the world.
This helped me get back to the drawing board. I am so thankful for the books that truly want to help writers succeed.
I can’t get enough of her books.
Rita recommended Natalie’s book and several more agreed. I finished this book in two days. It was such an easy read because the chapters were short, but she gave great writing tips.
Rita also recommended the above book too. I finished that book in little less than a week. Thank you all for these recommendations. Not only have they helped me dive back into my book writing, but they have also helped me become a better writer.
Happy Birthday Month!