I love stock photography. A woman whimsically laying in bed while wearing a party hat and laughing at a donut. I get that this is for a photo op, but what if it isn’t? What if this is her life?
IT’S BIRTHDAY MONTH.
This episode is jam-packed.
Like I like my men.
That made no sense.
But who cares. IT’S BIRTHDAY MONTH.
I turned 50 last year, 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 years old.
Diving right in
I mentioned in my gratitude list last month, that 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 into the air)
This is my first full-length post written with a different editor. So far, I’m not complaining. But I’m not a huge fan of change. I’d like to stretch that aspect of myself. 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, I’m new to block editor and I couldn’t figure out how to put the credit beneath the image. It’s beyond me how my friend Suz hasn’t yet been discovered by the tv show That’s Incredible.
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 that I was on a hair mission.
It’s a convoluted story, so read it first and then come back here if you need a refresher. I’ve become lazy in my
50th 49th year of life.
I’ve come a long way.
Wearing a wig for fun while at my parents’ house a week before we found out about the pandemic. February 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 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 up in a bun, and I love that. The simple act of being able to tie my hair up has me thrilled. For many years, I believed I would never have long hair again. I didn’t have the patience to grow it out, but this year forced me to. 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 having short hair again. It’s no longer who I am.
You paid how much for a lamp?
The price of that lamp is $395.
That’s it. That’s the story.
I didn’t buy it. I thought it was cute when I saw it on Pinterest. So I did a thorough analysis, and yep, it’s $395.
This is your assignment: in ten words or less, explain why this lamp costs $395. Not an opinion, but a well-informed guess or answer.
Getting screwed over, even in old age
My AARP card application came addressed to the incorrect name.
This has been a lifelong struggle for me.
I’ve never known the thrill of a personalized bike license plate or a mug from a tacky souvenir shop. 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 to share it.
Does anyone remember this made-for-tv movie? I’d like 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
When I was little, I aspired to be a Solid Gold dancer. Here is a video of them dancing from the 80s:
What we’ve been watching
We started watching Blackfish a long time ago but never finished it. We finally finished watching it last month, and now I despise Sea World, and I need you to despise Sea World as well.
To be clear, I never liked them to begin with.
After watching, you may want to visit these websites.
What I’m listening to
I love TLC, but I really like this version too.
And Radio Garden is a cool AF find. If you click anywhere on the map, you’ll be sent to the local radio station in that area. It blows my mind to hear Toto on a radio station in the Philippines. I am a nerd like that. When you click on the link, it will take you to a radio station in Chicago (Hi!), but you may move the cursor around to explore other radio stations throughout the world.
This helped me in returning to the drawing board. I am grateful for books that genuinely desire to help writers succeed.
I cannot get enough of her books.
Rita recommended Natalie’s book, and several more of you agreed with her. This book took me two days to finish. It was such an easy read because the chapters were brief, and she gave excellent writing tips.
Rita also suggested the above book. Thank you everybody for your suggestions. They have not only helped me in resuming my book writing, but they have also helped me become a better writer.
Happy Birthday Month!