Thursday, November 8, 2007

Looking on the bright side

Yesterday's post was about slowing down and savoring each moment. Ha. I'm such a big talker. It's so easy to live in the moment, when it's still early in the morning, my kids are off to school and it's just me, my cup of coffee, my computer, the dog, six loads of waiting laundry and an overflowing in-basket on my desk. At that point in the day, I'm thinkin' the day is managable. Three o-clock rolls around, and let the games begin. By 2:00, I had put in a good day's work and been to an appointment with the dermatologist, who froze another little spot on my nose. Boo Hoo. It's bad enough to be wrinkly and collecting age spots faster than my husband is collecting state quarters. But, now I have this scabby, ugly mark on my nose for the next 7 days. Before grabbing my daughter at my aunt's house, where she went after school, because I was at my appointment, and the boys don't get home until later, and besides she can't walk home because it's a mile and somebody might steal her on the way -- I decided to swing through the Starbuck's drive-through for some fortitude for the next few hours where I will be dropping kids, running to the grocery store and picking up kids and wading through homework. Drive up to the big menu with the speaker. This is where I remember why I don't like the drive-through at Starbuck's. My latte experience is already beginning to feel like McDonald's, and I'm supposed to be relaxing and enjoying this. Order an iced mocha. Pull up to the window and pay. Nicely thank the young guy and promptly drive away. It isn't until I'm across the mega shopping center parking lot that I realize -- I don't have my drink. Turn around, drive over six speed bumps, and drive up to the big menu with the speaker. May I help you? Yes, I'm back to get my iced mocha. We wondered where you went. I'm not embarrassed. I'm going to be 50 in April and I'm beyond being embarrassed about most things. And that feels good. It feels good to, finally, have an excuse for being scatter-brained and forgetful. I'm going to be 50 and I'm in a menopausal fog. So, today, that's what I'm giving thanks for.

19 comments:

Karen said...

Sounds like something I would do, and ya know what? I don't care, either. 30 years ago, I wouldn't have gone back, and literally died of embarrassment. Not so much now.
I was browsing a store last week, and found a t-shirt that I was very tempted to pick up. It said "I'm menopausal and I carry a gun. Any questions???"
I *fondly* call it "mentalpause" ;0)

Karen said...

Oh!! And the freezing spots thing, I'm doing that these days, too. No fun, is it?!

Robin said...

You crack me up! Menopausal fog - hmmmmm.....maybe that's my problem too!

IRENE said...

Oh that's great!@ Do you have any advice on turning 40?

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh goodness, this sounds just like something I would do! I love it :)

Hope the rest of your day was awesome, and today as well!

Becky said...

I AM 50 and I am in a menopausal fog too. Yippee! I can be ME!!!

Oh, and the spot on the nose. Do I have a GREAT story about that. I need to go write it in a post. You will laugh your head off.

Midlife Cycler said...

I am right after Becky (who turned 50 this summer) and right before you...I turn 50 in January...and I am in the middle of all of that stuff! We should have a Menapause Monday Blog sharing sometime!

Judith said...

I absolutely promise you that this side of fifty is much better than the first fifty were.

Bren said...

I have done both of those things, had things frozen off me and left stuff behind. So funny. I have left my purchases at stores for days before until I go to wrap them and can't find them.
Glad to meetcha, it's my first time here. :) Bren

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Lynne said...

Funny story - I've done similar things.

I just tagged you for a fun meme!

Christie Belle said...

Hehe, well at least it wasn't an embarrassing thing and you did get your iced mocha even if you had to drive back to get it. I think it is worth it to go back for it, lol. I wish I could use the menopausal fog excuse, but at 25, I don't think I could pass it off as that...I'm just scatterbrained b/c that's me, lol.

I hope the spot on your nose heals quickly

gail@more than a song said...

I could SO do the same thing, and probably have! But being in a fog, I might have forgotten!
I had to get a skin cancer spot cut off my arm last year...yikes on having to get something frozen off your nose, hubby has had that done.

annie said...

That is such a fun story! I usually do thing like that when I'm doing too many things at once (in my mind anyway) :o)

Bill said...

Dang, I can't even blame it on menopause. I do this at the grocery store.
All. The. Time.
If I could afford it, I'd turn around when the clerk hollers at me and say "Oh, that's for the Food Bank."

freetofly said...

LOL! Hilarious! Happy Birthday to you!

P.S. I love the determination which caused you to go back and get it!

justabeachkat said...

Oh Girl...I could have written this post myself.

I have a spot on the end of my nose that I just know will freezing when I go next week.

And the Starbucks thing...been there done that. Too funny!

Hugs!
Kat

daisy cottage said...

Sooooooooooo typical of what I'd do!!! LOL Thank you for sharing with us - yep, it's soo fun getting older!!

xo,
Kim

Tristi Pinkston said...

Yeah, but being in a menopausal fog is a great excuse for getting away with stuff!! I say, do whatever you want to do for a day and blame it all on the fog! No one will ever know . . .

violetlady said...

Just wait till you're 60 -- then the fun begins! Your life is busy and full and that'll keep you young. Actually, you're still a baby (lol)!