If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Here is an explanation of the tater tot post.
Ella and I were visiting our local mall a few weeks ago when I noticed the old Banana Republic, where I used to work many years ago, had closed.
In honor of Pride Month, they transformed the storefront into a Love Wall.
Now I can sit in my backyard and see where all the planes flying overhead are going. I also discovered that we are on the flight path of O’Hare airport, because an airplane passes over our house every two minutes.
It’s exciting to see where they’re going, and I’ve turned into the person that texts people and says things like, “There’s a plane headed to Shangai, China flying over your house right now!”
We added two hammocks to our backyard a few weeks ago andwe haven’t done anything productive around the house since.
I was going to write a whole post on our hammocks, but I previously wrote an entire post about our daybed, so this felt like bragging.
I almost don’t want to say it because I’m afraid the daybed will hear, but the hammocks are better than the daybed. Shhhhhhh….
Mike and I would spend the entire day in the hammock. Mike and I have spent entire days in the hammocks. (Fixed it)
We even likened ourselves to Joey and Chandler in the Friends episode when they couldn’t move out of their Lazy Boy recliners to get food.
“I guess we have to get up to eat.”
“I guess we have to get up to use the bathroom.”
We had planned to take a trip this summer, but now that we have hammocks…
Now that my book is finished, here is an excerpt I left out:
Women are still going through perimenopause without any kind of alternative to hormone replacement. Depression, migraines, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, hot flashes and so much more are all perimenopausal symptoms that must be managed with no alternative for relief. Why? There are risk factors associated with hormone replacement for a certain population of females. Yet, no alternative exists besides diet and exercise.
Here is an analogy I devised to demonstrate how ridiculous all of this is.
People have used parachutes to land on the ground when skydiving for the past 40 years. However, after extensive testing, they discovered that some people using those parachutes were developing side effects as a result of those dives. So, in order to protect all of the divers, they reduced the usage of parachutes and only utilized them when necessary.
They do not, however, have a backup plan for skydiving from now on. Oh and when you board the plane, you won’t be given a parachute for your jump. But you won’t know that until you’re ready to jump.
This is what perimenopause feels like in America right now.
Like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. You’re standing in front of an open door with no other option except to jump. But no one has a strategy for you, and you’re staring back at your skydiving instructors (gynecologists), who have no idea how to help you.
Worse, they are looking at you as if to say, “What’s the matter? Just jump already!”
We should insist on a parachute backup plan from our doctors during perimenopause. Because the “parachute” does not always open, and as this is our first time in an airplane, we have no knowledge how to properly jump.
What I’m reading
Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
What I’m watching
Robin’s Wish (Peacock)
I Am Big Bird (Peacock)
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (Netflix)
Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club (Peacock-I didn’t see the first season, but this one is enjoyable. I have some thoughts after three episodes, so let’s chat in the comments)
And this oldie:
What I’m listening to
What I’m clicking on
Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world | TED Talk (thank you to my blogger friend for this one)
That’s a Stress Response (My eye has been twitching since spring, and my doctor told me last week that it’s caused by buried stress)
What I’m quoting
“Organizations- including religious groups- that designate some members as “favored” aren’t considered in the Tao. No matter how much they attempt to convince themselves and others of their spiritual connection, the act of exclusion and partiality eliminates their functioning from their true self. In other words, if a thought or behavior divides us, it is not of God; if it unites us, it is of God. Stay centered on this Tao that resides within you, Lao-tzu advises, and you’ll never have a thought that isn’t in harmony with spirit.”
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw
“I had not loved enough. I’d been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta.”
Here’s to July…