National Drink Wine Day!

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As if I needed an excuse… I have to admit that I love have a glass (or 2) of wine at the end of a long day. But really, National Drink Wine Day? What will they come up with next? It’s my opinion that the  promotion of alcohol consumption is not okay. However, if you love wine read more about the holiday here or check out the cool app Vivino where you can find the right wine to pair with your Girl Scout Cookies!

Choose To Be Positive!

 

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Yesterday I had jury duty! I dragged my ass out of bed and went about my morning routine trying to have a good attitude about doing my part as an American citizen. It turned out to be a very weird day. I could look at it 2 ways: super shitty or super lucky. Here’s the story:

Somehow, at 52 years of age, I have never served on a jury. I have been called for jury duty but I always had a reason to get out of serving. I was either in graduate school, had kids under 12, or some other valid exemption. Since I procrastinate when it comes to opening my mail (it’s one of the tasks I loathe along with picking up dry-cleaning and emptying the dishwasher,) I didn’t open my summons until 1 week before my actual date. I had to get up extra early, fight traffic, and be herded in with throngs of people. Honestly it was a complete cluster-f**k. So discouragingly disorganized! I ended up waiting for 5 hours- 7 in total if you count leaving early, parking and the time it took to find where I parked my car. For all of that I never even saw the inside of a courtroom.

I have 2 choices:

“The day was a colossal aggravating waste of time. The system is inefficient and screwed up. I hope I never have to face a jury because these people are nuts. I had to reschedule clients and consequently lose income. I had to cancel my desperately needed haircut appointment. I spent 5 hours standing and waiting in a hallway rather than doing something productive.”

OR

“I am so lucky! I could have been sequestered for 7+ days serving on the jury for a capital murder trial, missing work and having to forgo all news, social media, and talking about it with friends and family, BUT the murderer pleaded guilty and waived his right to a trial. So I had the good fortune to go home early, AND, I made a new friend while I was doing all that waiting. I was able to read half of my book (so apropos,) Rising Strong by Brene Brown. I was able to to make my original haircut appointment because the stylist hadn’t filled the slot. I even made it to my favorite yoga class. It was a great day!”

The point is that we always have a choice. We can look at any situation through a negative or positive lens. I’m going to be mindful of choosing the positive view!

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50 Good Things About Pushing 50!

This will be an on-going post. I haven’t yet come up with 50 good things, but I’ll keep adding until I get there. If you’re in your 40’s or close to 50, please send me your ideas and I’ll add them to the list!

1. You look better if you’re not too thin.

2. You’re finally at a place where you don’t care what other people think.

3. You can talk about sex, and no one thinks you’re a slut.

4. You are happy for (rather than jealous of) young, super-cool women who are really pretty and have good jobs.

5. You’ve already had kids and don’t have to be pregnant again.

6. You look better if you’re not too thin (yes, I meant to say it again!)

7. Sitting on the couch and watching HBO is fun.

8. You are able to stop drinking before you throw up.

9. You read about history because it’s interesting.

10. You are able to say “no.”

11. You are able to forgive yourself for all of the stupid mistakes you made in your twenties.

12. You genuinely want to help others (or you should).

13. You know you’re okay the way you are, or you’re getting there….

15. You understand that life is not easy but it’s good.

That’s all I have so far…  I turn 49 on Monday, which is blah. But 50? I can’t wait!