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Camping With All the Comforts of Home

November 27, 2018
Camping Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

My sister and I are both working on blogs now and I just finished reading her new “About Me” page. https://tamistravelandadventures.com/index.php/about-me/ It definitely sounds like her! She is a tough cookie maybe because she grew up more around my brother than she did around me. I remember her telling me that she used to leg wrestle with him all the time, which is a crazy thing if you knew my brother because he was a football player with huge muscular legs.  I am sure he was no easy person to leg wrestle! Suffice it to say, she knows how to take care of herself and has always babied me. So what does this have to do with all the comforts of home? It’s about our different styles of vacationing. No long way around there!

Camping Supplies Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

Hiking and Camping – My Sister’s Way

I imagine my sister’s backpack would look something like this photo. It would be sturdy, minimal with all the necessary accoutrements like food, water, matches, I don’t know! I’m guessing at this point! But it would definitely contain some type of photo taking equipment.

Camping my style Photo by Tom King on Unsplash

Photo by Tom King on Unsplash

Camping My Way

My style would be more like this photo only worse! Did I tell you I have a travel bidet that would be a must-pack for me? http://a.co/d/exsdfC8

That’s right or how about those 100 vitamins I take in their own little travel case http://a.co/d/bMezmbf Are you getting the feeling yet that you wouldn’t want to go camping with me?

Then there is the Wekapo. What brilliant person came up with this? I would sink into this thing and it would take an act of Congress to get me out. http://a.co/d/2pvNXG4

I would have one practical thing with me that would make my sister proud. Check out this hammock! I am in love with this hammock. I would like to install it in my bedroom! http://a.co/d/4IYexlP

Gentile Camping Photo by Chris Holder on Unsplash

Photo by Chris Holder on Unsplash

Do You Camp?

Now, this looks enjoyable to me as long as the chairs weren’t too low! I hope you know that I am exaggerating a little. I actually love the outdoors and would be happy to be like my sister, able to leap small forests in a single bound. I have grown soft in front of my computer and I do like my creature comforts.

Camping Compromise Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

Camping Compromise

My sister is convinced that there is a solution to our dilemma. She and her husband have been looking at motorhomes that she can stuff us all into and take us on the road. I love my sister. She’s like me in this way. She wants to explore and have adventures, but she wants her family with her along the way, even when we are pains in the patootie (as my mother used to say!)

Off for the sunset Photo by Samuel Sianipar on Unsplash

Photo by Samuel Sianipar on Unsplash

Heading Off For the Sunset

So someday if you see a line of camping vehicles crammed to the gills with people and stuff all wobbling down the road following each other to the beach, or the forest, or the desert or who knows where you might want to wave a hello. It will probably be me and my family! You might also enjoy https://indulgentaging.com/index.php/2018/10/16/traveling-light/

 

Humor News

2019 – The Year of the Final Volkswagen Beetle

November 20, 2018
Volkswagon Beetle Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash

I had to post this press release because really, it’s the end of an era! I learned to drive on a Volkswagen Beetle, driving in circles in a dirt field with my dad shouting instructions on how to shift. It’s not that I loved that car so much as I love the memory. I bet some of you have Beetle memories as well! You already know that I am a bit of a car lover! https://indulgentaging.com/index.php/2018/07/20/flex-your-muscle-car/

2019: The Last Year of the Volkswagen Beetle

On the heels of Volkswagen of America‘s (Volkswagen) announcement that it will cease production of the iconic Beetle in 2019, organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show‘s (LA Auto Show®) AutoMobility LA™ today revealed that the popular brand will host its annual Motoring Invitational. This year’s event, entitled “Beetles & Breakfast,” will take place from 7:00 am – 8:00 am on Wednesday, Nov. 28, inside the Technology Pavilion located in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Beetles & Breakfast, LA Based Beetle Owners Invited to Join

Beetles & Breakfast welcomes media and industry professionals from around the world attending AutoMobility LA. The commemorative showcase, which will kick-off a packed day of vehicle unveilings, will have nearly 30 Beetles on display, including the 2019 Beetle Final Edition models. Registered attendees will also be able to enjoy complimentary food and entertainment. Volkswagen will display a number of heritage Beetles dating as far back as 1946, as well as the Americas Rallycross-winning Beetle racecar. Los Angeles-based Beetle owners have also been invited to join the festivities.

Vintage Beetles

Dune Buggy Wikimedia

Dune Buggy Wikimedia

Additional vintage vehicles slated to participate in Beetles & Breakfast include, but are not limited to:

  • 1949 Beetle
  • 1949 Hebmueller roadster
  • 1952 Karmann Cabriolet
  • 1964 Beetle
  • 1969 Beetle rally car
  • 1969 Wedding Car
  • 1971 Meyers Manx
  • 1979 Super Beetle Convertible

“We are pleased to be hosting Beetles & Breakfast at AutoMobility LA,” said Derrick Hatami, executive vice president of sales, Volkswagen of America. “This is a great opportunity to highlight the heritage of the Beetle brand and to introduce the 2019 Beetle Final Edition coupe and convertible to the media. Los Angeles is a perfect place to celebrate the Beetle thanks to the long and lasting relationship between Californians and the brand.”

Volkswagen Beetle Photo by Tom Arrowsmith on Unsplash

Photo by Tom Arrowsmith on Unsplash

For nearly 70 years, the Beetle brand has been a mainstay for Volkswagen in the U.S. Over the lifespan of the Type 1 or Beetle, nearly 5 million were sold in the U.S. out of a worldwide total of 21.5 million. In 1998, the new Beetle reintroduced the familiar shape to a new generation of drivers and in 2011, the third-generation version went on sale in the U.S. as a 2012 model. Over its lifetime, the Beetle has been sold as a two-door coupe or two-door convertible. Volkswagen recently announced that production of the third-generation Beetle will end in 2019.

2019 VW Beetle

2019 VW Beetle

The brand will produce a limited number of Final Edition models, which are inspired by the 2003 Ultima Edicion. There will be two versions, the SE and SEL trims for the coupe and convertible, both of which will make their debut at Beetles & Breakfast during AutoMobility LA.

“To have Volkswagen choose AutoMobility LA for gathering some of the rarest Beetles around is significant,” said Terri Toennies, executive vice president and general manager of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. “Beetles & Breakfast is a fitting platform for Volkswagen to introduce its 2019 Final Edition models and start its farewell tour for one of the most beloved vehicles of our time.”

To register for AutoMobility LA, please visit AutoMobilityLA.com/register.

For additional information on Beetles & Breakfast and AutoMobility LA, please visit AutoMobilityLA.com.

Humor Life

Headbanging, Imagine Dragons, and Pot, Now That’s Indulgent Aging!

October 23, 2018
Photo by Rick Proctor on Unsplash
Indulgent Music Photo by Hector Bermudez on Unsplash

Photo by Hector Bermudez on Unsplash

About 15 years ago I was at a gas station pumping gas and a very good-looking “older” man pulled up to the pump on the opposite side of me. He was gray-haired and driving a convertible Mercedes and I could hear his Rolling Stones music blaring all the way over on my side of the pump.

I remember my first thought was, “How cute! He likes rock and roll at his age!” (Okay, I was younger and dumber then!) My second thought was, “Duh! How old do you think Mick Jagger is!” (I learn quickly!)

Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

Indulgent Misconceptions or…..

My point is that we can have such misconceptions of others based on their looks, clothes, and age. It’s sad really because it can keep us from connecting with other human beings who might actually light up our lives.

I must confess I have had the opposite experience as well. I once went on a date with a guy who at first glance did not look like my type.  I would not want someone to judge me that way so I  gave myself time to talk to him. He did not improve with exposure and there was no second date but at least I gave him a chance.

Indulgent Look
Photo by Nathan Fertig on Unsplash

The Indulgent Little Old Lady Look

But back to my title. I am now 62 years old. I think I look a little younger, but not much. I haven’t quite reached the white-haired old lady look and really, I’m not sure I ever will.

Holy jeans rock! I like my holy jeans. I wear whatever feels comfortable to me. I carry my “luggage” in a backpack and the coolest roll-up bag ever and I have a tendency to cuss like a foul-mouthed sailor.

Indulgent Living
Photo by Kevin Grieve on Unsplash

Not Anyone’s Stereotype

This weekend I went out of town, and as I sat at a light waiting for the longest, slowest train I have ever experienced I was doing a gentle headbang to an Imagine Dragon song and happened to look to my right and saw an interesting medical marijuana place that I wanted to visit.

And I laughed. I am not anyone’s stereotype of an old lady. I doubt very much that I ever will be and I am so happy about that! So what do you do that breaks your stereotype?

Humor Life

A Small Taste of Karma

September 19, 2018
Karma & Budha

This weekend I am writing this story while hiding out in Oxnard. Why you ask? Have you ever gone deer-in-the-headlight when someone invites you to something you wouldn’t go to if they tortured you? And then lied your ass off about the plans that you have for the weekend? Yep, that’s what I did.

Deer in The Headlights
Photo by Haley Phelps on Unsplash

I have an unusual situation in my life since as an onsite manager of my building, every time I walk out the door I have the potential to run right into the person who invited me. So here I am at the Best Western Oxnard Inn.   https://www.bestwestern.com

Irony or Karma? Colorful Colorado
Photo by Kait Herzog on Unsplash

Irony or Karma?

Irony: “A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.”https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/irony

I’ve been coming to Oxnard/Ventura for years as my getaway from the stress of life, so even though this weekend was short on planning and budget, I was looking forward to time away to read and write in peace.

To be fair, the room is nice. It’s clean, has everything that I need, the staff has been friendly and efficient and I knew in advance that I would not have a view. But the area around the hotel is not the best.

First irony? I watched them build this hotel years ago and I remember thinking every time I drove by it, “I would never stay there.” Unfortunately, I didn’t place the name or the location with the hotel of my not-dreams when I booked it.

Upside Down Karma
Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash

Upsides and Downside

After I unloaded my stuff into my room, I broke out my Mac Book Pro and started to plug it in, until the charging cable fell apart in my hand and shot sparks out of the outlet.

Well all righty then, I can roll with this. I’ll just go to Office Depot and buy a new one since I can’t Amazon Prime it like I would at home. https://indulgentaging.com/index.php/2018/01/04/limping-along-amazon-queen/

Apple, Apple, Apple! I have a total love-hate relationship with you! $95 for a new charger! WTH? The lowest price I could find was $78 at Target.

Downside: I am tired and disgruntled, it’s almost 9 pm and I haven’t had my dinner. Sigh, I get in my car and head across town to Target. I was going to stop for dinner first but figured I would never get to Target if I did.

Upside: the moon was AMAZING! I so wanted to get a picture but really photography is not something I am that great at.

Downside: I am not paying that much for the stupid charger. I am too pissed to do so.

Upside: Target has the cutest little Acer Chromebook on sale. Yep, I bought it! My sister is laughing right now if she is reading this. And yes, Sis I will give you my older small Acer. You will love it!

Karma at the beach

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

So What’s The Point?

Is your foot tapping waiting for me to get there? The point is that I think Karma can be a state of mind. It seemed in some ways like everything I expected was being turned on its head. My first thought was it is Karma for blowing off that horrible invite.

I didn’t do it to be mean. Like my friend said, “Life is too short to do things that you hate.” And everything that happened after that had upsides and downsides. I had fun buying my new computer. I had pizza for dinner while I people watched at Target. Every person that I interacted with made me giggle inside because they were funny or interesting for one reason or another. And the desk chair in my room was the bomb! (I actually just ordered one like it for my home office!)

After running the gauntlet of last night, I have a new story, a new laptop and still have time to relax and see new things. Karma depends on your perspective and the view seems to be better if you take the high road.

Cooking Humor

Not a Food Blog

September 4, 2018
Not a food blog

I can guarantee that I will not be writing a food blog. Why is that you say when they are so popular? Because I rarely use a recipe and never cook exactly the same thing twice.

Am I a bad cook? Do I hate cooking? No to both of those questions.

Rebel Cooking
Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash

Rebel Cooking

I love to eat and I love to cook. But as with most other things, I have to do it my way. Rebel cooking if you will.

I have dozens of cookbooks and I love reading through them and looking at all the recipes. I also read tons of food blogs myself and I appreciate their beautiful photos and their willingness to test their recipes until they get them just right.

cooking by the seat of your pants
Photo by Charlotte Butcher on Unsplash

Cooking By The Seat Of Your Pants

Me, I fly by the seat of my pants. Once I read enough recipes to decide what I want to make I start making whatever I’ve chosen with my own twists. The only caveat to that is if I am baking. I am more apt to follow a recipe when that happens.

Chopping Knives
Photo by Val Vesa on Unsplash

Weekend Food  Chopping And Audiobooks

I do try most weeks to prepare my food for the week on Sunday. I bring my cutting board to the table, turn on my Bluetooth headphones and audiobook and chop way. It’s very relaxing!

I usually make a soup and/or casserole, some kind of salad, hard-boiled eggs and chopped veggies to eat with dips or hummus and to top my green salads.

Tomato Soup. Food for the soul.
Photo by Heather Schwartz on Unsplash

Favorite Soup

I can tell you one of my favorites. Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup. Yum-me! Here is my version for the Instant Pot

  • 1 chopped leek
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 tsp. of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 large can of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. of chicken stock base
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh basil
  • 1 cup half and half

I take the butter and melt it in my instant pot on the Saute setting. I add the chopped leek, celery and garlic and let it soften and brown a bit. Then I add the tomatoes, water, and chicken base, seal the lid and change the Instant Pot setting from Saute to Pressure Cook.

Instant Pot for food
insta pot | by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr

I set the time for 8 minutes and do a quick release when it is finished cooking. Once it is safe to open the lid, I stir in the half and half and the fresh basil and Bob’s your uncle.

So good! Sometimes if I have extra veggies like spinach or zucchini I will add those to the pot before I seal the lid and then use my Cuisinart stick blender to mix it up (carefully because it’s HOT) once I add the half and half.

What do you like to cook up on the weekends?

Hobbies Humor Travel

Craft Beer: A Lifestyle Choice

August 11, 2018
Craft Beer for the people

I don’t like beer, really. Occasionally I have enjoyed an icy cold Corona with carne asada or an equally frosty Kirin with Japanese food but mostly I prefer to eat my calories.

Beer and Food
Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

So why am I writing about beer? Because I do enjoy doing the craft beer crawl, which consists of going from one brewery to the next enjoying the company of my sister and her husband and anyone else that we meet along the way.

Craft Beer Brewery
Photo by Laurent Perren on Unsplash

I like the casual atmosphere of the places we go, sampling the appetizers we order and being able to relax and people watch. No one seems to mind if I drink water or tea!

Beer Flight
Photo by Tim Bennett on Unsplash

It’s a very social activity which is not something that I have a lot of time or inclination for. I never was much of a bar hopper but whether it is because I am with my family or we mostly prowl during the day I find it strangely comfortable.

Beer & Friends
Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

According to The Brewers Association as of 2017 there were 2,252 brewpubs, 3,812 microbreweries and 202 regional breweries in the USA. 190 or so of those are in San Diego county with about 22 being within a stone’s throw of where my sister lives. Breweries across the state contributed $7.3 billion dollars to the state economy in CA in 2016.  That’s a lot of hops!

Craft Beer Statistics
Number of Breweries
World Beer Tour
Photo by Lonely Planet on Unsplash

I think you could plan a trip around the world by plotting your course via microbreweries and you would probably come back a more relaxed and possibly plumper person!

You could start your tour in San Diego with what Thrillist calls, “The 13 San Diego beers that everyone who professes a love of beer should try at least once before they die”. Cheers! https://www.thrillist.com/drink/san-diego/best-beers-in-san-diego

Humor Life

Flex Your Muscle (Car)!

July 20, 2018
66 Shelby Mustang Muscle Car

When I was in high school, I had the distinct pleasure of hanging with a bunch of car jocks and their muscle cars, I even married one, the jock, not the car.

I had several friends who were Chevy dudes, one that liked his Dodge, one with a Corvette and then there was me, with a stock ’66 Mustang that my dad gave me for my 16th birthday.

I got shit from every one of those guys about my little Ford Mustang, also known by the acronym, “Found On The Road Dead”! But I was always the first one that they called when they found themselves broke down on the side of the road in their high-powered rigs. God, it was fun!

66 Chevelle SS Muscle Car

66 Chevelle SS Muscle Car

My parents wanted me to be a cheerleader and hang out with the football team, but that was my brother’s world and I have always been a rebel. Not to mention the biggest pervert I knew in high school was a football jock (no, not my brother!)

The guys I hung out with were edge of the crowd kind of guys. Smart but not too interested in school. They could quote car and gun magazine stats like no tomorrow, but I don’t remember any of them being on the honor roll, sorry guys if I missed one of you there.

60 Corvette Fuelie Muscle Car

60 Corvette Fuelie Muscle Car

But they were good guys. They watched out for me and made sure no one messed with me. They wouldn’t let me drink to excess because they said I was crazy enough as it was, and it probably left more for them!

'56_Chevrolet_Bel_Air_Coupe_(Centropolis_Laval_'10)

’56_Chevrolet_Bel_Air_Coupe_(Centropolis_Laval_’10)

I miss them and the camaraderie. Guys are usually pretty straight-forward with what they like and want and talk about and I like that. I have never been very much of a girlfriend magnet. Women can sometimes tend to be hmmm, how do I put this politely,……a little high maintenance? Men on the other hand, only seem to want you to baby them when they are sick!

Yenko-Camaro-69

Yenko-Camaro-69

But in the meantime, back to the topic that started this all:

What Is Your Favorite Muscle Car?

I think this would be mine. I love the growly sound a Mustang makes and I dare say they are not all “Found On The Road Dead”!

FF-Cobra-blue

FF-Cobra-blue

Of course if you were a brand new class of women drivers in Saudi Arabia, you might have a completely different idea of what you want to drive….or not. According to Margherita Stancati from The Wall Street Journal, “Ms. Weheba aspires to become one of Saudi Arabia’s first female drifters.

“Everyone suggested I get the yellow Q2,” she said, referring to a mini-SUV from the German auto maker. Ms. Weheba, who wears her long, highlighted hair uncovered, dismisses the Q2 as “cute.”

“Do I look like a yellow Q2 kind of girl?” she said.

As soon as the Saudi king last September announced plans to let women drive, Sahar Nasief knew what she wanted: a Mustang convertible.

“It’s always been my dream car,” said Ms. Nasief, 64, who learned how to drive decades ago as a student in the U.S.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-women-dont-just-want-to-drive-they-want-400-horsepower-1531923787

Well I say, you go girls!

2018_Ford_Mustang_Convertible_(SIAM_2018)

2018_Ford_Mustang_Convertible_(SIAM_2018)

I have one more story to share with you about women and cars courtesy of a friend of mine who just sent it to me in an email. Take a moment to read it. I promise you that it is worth it!
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180718-from-africa-to-tea-with-the-queen

Health Humor

Do Your Glutes Need a Butt Lift? Try This.

July 1, 2018
Man with good glutes in a handstand

My glutes suck! It’s a wonder I still have a somewhat perky butt, however, the muscles underneath definitely need help.

I can see from checking out my site that I have a distinct bent for health-related topics but I role with what I have at the moment! And that would be glute complaints.

Much Glutes About Nothing

Did you know that having underperforming glute muscles can cause lower back pain and sore knees? I know! I didn’t either.

Did you know that having trouble climbing stairs, balance problems or just feeling tired after a walk can mean your glutes are not large and in charge? Say what?

Structural Information on Glutes

According to The Better Butt Challenge, “Unfortunately, the glutes are a funny muscle group – while they are incredibly powerful, they also can be extremely lazy. Many people have inactive glutes, where their muscles simply have forgotten how to function correctly. Guess what this leads to? A flat butt, and posture problems.” among other things! Here is a link to their site which explains in detail the three main muscles that make up the glutes as well as other very helpful information:

What Are We Going To Do About This?

Here are some suggestions I found by GTS:

From Dr. Axe, here are 20 exercises that you can do at your desk that include some simple ones like tightening your glute muscles and holding. While this might not build you a bigger more voluptuous butt, it will strengthen the muscles. Take a look here: https://draxe.com/exercise-to-do-at-your-desk/

For those of you who would like to add some Yoga into your life here are some poses from DoYouYoga that help activate glute muscles: https://www.doyouyoga.com/6-yoga-poses-that-activate-the-glutes/

Don’t Just Sit There! Get Up And Do Some Of This Stuff!

I was talking to myself of course, but you can listen in too! The mantra “Move It Or Lose It” is not a lie!

Health Humor Life

An Urgent Need For Change

May 6, 2018

About a month ago I ended up in the emergency room. I have been having trouble with shortness of breath since January and despite an all clear from my doctor on my heart, lungs and everything else she tested I still was out of breath. Deciding that it must be asthma and planning on a long weekend trip to my sister’s where there are dogs, I had gone to Kaiser’s urgent care to see if I could get an inhaler.

Fifteen minutes later they were wheeling me over to the emergency room with me protesting and panicking the whole way. I couldn’t go to emergency, I had too much to do! I was upset, angry, frustrated and scared, with the words of the doctor who sent me over there ringing in my ears, “Oh sweetie, you have to go. You are a walking time bomb right now.” Well, hell! Who wants to hear that?

So there I was, hooked up to all kinds of monitors, with a bunch of very nice, calm doctors and nurses taking all kinds of tests, again. After about five hours of monitoring me, they finally let me go home with an ongoing diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and a “mild case of congestive heart failure” along with two new prescriptions! Not exactly how I wanted to start my long weekend.

Why am I telling you this rather depressing tale? Because in the weeks that followed I had to make hard choices about what I was going to do about my health and whether or not I was going to lay down and give up or kick ass and take no prisoners as I changed my life. I hope you know which choice I made.

I crawl my way up and down the hallways of my building with my trusty walking sticks trying to get my body to remember how to breathe and walk. I got back on my exercise bike and slowly started increasing my time on it again. I bought a stair step thingy so I could walk up and down in my own home without risking breaking my neck in the stairwells and I made a choice about the way I was going to start eating for hopefully the rest of my life. (More on that later!)

And then I had to work with my attitude. I was depressed about being unhealthy, about getting old, about choices that I made in my life that brought me to this place. Oh boy, me and Frankie were singing the blues, “Regrets, I’ve had a few….”

Finally, my brain kicked my butt enough that I remembered how many times in my life I have dearly, deeply wanted to make a change or do something different, that kind of wanting that comes from your core. I remembered how every single time that happened life kicked me in directions that I had no clue were even options.

It booted me into being a recruiter when I had no idea what I was doing. It kicked me uptown to Beverly Hills 90210 to manage an apartment building, again something that I had no experience doing. It sent me scrambling to Guatemala to live for six months, then gave me a strange and wonderful alternate family for ten years.

Life pushed me kicking and screaming into a publishing job in the entertainment industry, somewhere I never had aspirations to be. And it moved me where I am today, a place that gives me a chance to live my life in many ways on my own terms.

I remembered then that life has a sense of humor much like my own, sarcastic, sassy, hysterical, gut-busting and many times flat out inappropriate! It doesn’t really care if it puts you in situations that seem to be way out of your league. Moving you to where you want to go is the object. How you get there is a whole other story!

I was once again being kicked to the next level, the one that I had asked for in that deep place in my core. Holy cow! Who knows where I will end up next? But it’s guaranteed to be a wild and wonderful ride!

Health Humor Life

My 30 Year Plan

April 29, 2018

It has been a while since I posted here. Even the news stories that I normally post have been piling up in my to-do folder. And the reason you ask? I have not been having a very “indulgent aging” time in the last couple of months. As a matter of fact, I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment the other day and thinking about this site and told myself maybe I really needed to start one called gettingoldsucks.com! It is very hard to come up with cheerful, positive and encouraging stories about indulgent aging when you are doing nothing of the kind.

However, I think I have pretty much always been a “glass half full” kind of person and I am also a stubborn bitch when I put my mind to it and damn it I am going to have a happy old age if it kills me!

I have started feeling better and it did occur to me the other day that my current battle with my doctors and health has put my focus firmly on driving my doctors crazy and paying attention to what I eat and how to move my body on a long-term instead of start-something-and-quit basis. And I am making progress. I have read and Googled medical information and books until my eyes bleed but finally feel comfortable with the decisions that I am making. The fact that my blood pressure is lower along with my blood sugar makes me smile and that is an encouraging thing.

I also decided that the “getting old sucks” theme was the elephant in my room of indulgent aging and I might as well address it here instead of trying to pretend that all is hunky dory in the world of battered knees, weird, wrinkly places and as one of my male friends lamented “hair growing everywhere but where you want it”!

I live and work in a building populated by seniors 55 and older and I can tell you first hand that there is a wide range of aging styles in life. The most amazing thing to me when I started working here was that there seems to be this phenomenon where visible aging takes a timeout right around 60 and between the years of 60 to late 80’s there is very little change in the way people look and feel. And then in the 90’s the look and feel of aging seems to accelerate again. But the good news is that from 60 to late 80’s is close to 30 years! 30 years to learn new things, meet new people (or the man of your dreams), travel, volunteer, march in protests, work out every day and grow those muscles, all kinds of things can happen in 30 years.

I’ve decided that part of my job right now is focusing on my health, taking the time for me and for my body which I want to have around for my 30-year adventure. My biggest goal right now? Walking 30 minutes a day, with my kick-ass purple Nordic walking sticks, (I plan on starting a new trend!) and I promise I will share the good and bad with you along the way.