Thursday, January 31, 2008

-- quotes on aging

Since aging is something all of us do whether we like it or not, I want to put it in perspective. My favorite quotes:

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." ~Mark Twain.

"Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.... You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." ~Douglas MacArthur, 1955.

"A person is not old until regrets take the place of hopes and plans." ~Scott Nearing.

"Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul." ~Andre Maurois, 1940.

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been." ~Mark Twain, 1897.

"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." ~Author Unknown

"A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" ~Satchel Paige

"The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible." ~Judith Regan

"There's no such thing as too late. That's why they invented death." ~From the movie Out to Sea

"Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips." ~John Wagner

"They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body." ~Author Unknown

"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." ~Billie Burke

"The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "now." " ~David Grayson

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." ~Madeleine L'Engle

"I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience." ~Author Unknown

"In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage - so long are you young. When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old."
~Douglas MacArthur

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." ~Henry Ford

"Sometimes age succeeds, sometimes it fails. It depends on you."
~Ravensara Noite

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."
~George Burns

"You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again." ~Bonnie Prudden

"The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis." ~Leon Edel

"I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." ~ Rodney Dangerfield

”Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.” ~Mary Schmich

"When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick." ~George Burns

"I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap." ~Bob Hope

"At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I'm not there I carry on as usual." ~Patrick Moore quotes

Rock on!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

-- I have proof of dorkness. Really.

Last year a guy from my high school that I barely even remembered scoured the internet to find me. He located what he thought was my email address, but wasn't sure, so he sent a tentative email saying, "Is this the [dweeb] that went to Regional Hell High School?"

I wrote back, "yes, why?" (thinking hmmm, Steve D., that sounds familiar.)

He wrote back one word:



Some people never grow up!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

-- a great idea: what letter would you write to your younger self?

This is fantastic. Kyle Cassidy, author of Armed America and famous photographer says on his blog, "if i could, there are some things i'd like to put in a time machine and send back to myself when i was 16 years old and miserable with a note that says 'high school isn't going to last forever -- everything's going to be all right ... seriously'"

Then he asks "what message would you write back through time to your 16 year old self if you could?"

Some of my favorite responses:

"...stay away from Trish and all other bi-polar people. They are using you to make themselves feel better."

"...OH yeah!!! And that guy Matt, the one you tried to hit with your car cause he was dating your best friend and hitting on you....YOU'RE GOING TO MARRY HIM!!!! Yup, as unbelievable as it is it's true!!!"

"Message to younger self: It gets better. And I guarantee you will not be doing with your life what you think you will, so loosen up and don't stress so much about it..."

"There are so many awesome, amazing, and talented people in the world, and yes, my dear, they WILL talk to you, and you'll even become close friends with some of them, and you know what--eventually you will BE one of them."

"Dear self: Life is going to suck for a while. I'm not going to bother telling you anything about it, because it's awesome now and don't you f that up for me by changing anything."

"Self- I hate to say it, but it's going to get worse before it gets better. A lot worse. But you're going to find that you're an incredibly strong girl. And one day you will find yourself truly, deeply happy, with several scars. Oh, and stop eating moon pies... like NOW. I love you (and I'm not the only one), Older, wiser self."

"...Everything you think you know about yourself is going to turn out to be wrong, and you won't learn that for a bit, but that's okay because you're going to like yourself a whole lot better when you finally learn who you are."

"...Everything isn't so freaking important. And it's okay if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up. Sometimes these things happen gradually...."

"I would probably send a really big, loving hug back to my 16-year-old self. I was a miserable little tick."

Read the rest on Kyle's site -->
(you'll have to scroll down to see the comments)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

-- another quote I like from Robert F. Kennedy

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples can sweep down the mightest walls of repression and resistance. Like it or not we live in interesting times, and everyone here will ultimately be judged, will ultimately judge himself, on the efforts he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effect." -- Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1965). "Day of Affirmation," address, University of Capetown (South Africa), 6 June 1966. The first two sentences of this quotation are inscribed on the Robert F. Kennedy gravesite in Arlington National Cemetary (Virginia).

I feel very strongly that everyone should be treated equally, no matter race, religion, size, creed, nationality, orientation, etc. Too often people seem to think that equal rights are only for themselves and those like-minded but all life is precious. This should be obvious, but unfortunately isn't always.

(Today's post has nothing to do with my dweebness but that's not going away so I might as well get my mind off it and think of others and what makes life worth living... :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

-- laughable "to do" list

Today's my day off so I wrote up a to do list of all the things I want to get done. But maybe this isn't so realistic:

_ clean entire house (18 loads of laundry, mop floors, shampoo rugs, water plants, bathe dog, clean bathrooms, put out trash, change bedding, and refill woodpecker feeder.)
_ cook mushrooms before they spoil.
_ start and finish entire website for brand new client.
_ evaluate website for friend.
_ send out invoices for work done last week.
_ foodshopping
_ dinner
_ pay bills & balance checkbook
_ start and finish annual business expense spreadsheet

Oh and do this before I have to leave the house in 1/2 hour for an appointment.

So this is me, now:

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

-- slowly learning Spanish

Got together with some friends for good company, good eats, and a Spanish / English lesson. They're from Mexico and are some of the warmest and sweetest people I have ever met.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

-- snowtubing

Went snowtubing for the first time. My mom hadn't heard of it, thought it meant I was going to roll down the mountain in a tube or something dangerous, until I explained that it's like sledding. It's a blast! If you go, it's worth taking off a weekday because otherwise it's so crowded you spend more time on lines than rocketing down the hill.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

-- I found the mold pix

What wonderful memories I have of ripping apart this bathroom shortly after moving in, which, btw, happened on the heels of tearing out cat urine saturated carpet just before moving day.

It's hard to see in this picture, but to the left is where the tub was, There's a black mess, looks like coffee grounds. It's really a mixture of moldy cave cricket droppings and dead insect bodies. It was revolting. We have a shop vac that can hold 12 gallons (measuring increments are notched on the inside). We filled it to the 8 gallons mark with this toxic waste.

me having a blast. This was almost as much fun as cleaning the cat vomit out of the ducts.

Dan, right after ripping up the tub.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

-- update on mold memories

So an old coworker calls me, remembering my fetid house stories of one of the worst cave cricket infestations pesticide companies have seen in 20 years of service (so I've been told).

"I'm doing a story on mold," she tells me. "Can I interview you?" I'm flattered to be remembered for my abject misery of buying a place without somehow realizing it needed to be stripped and sanitized of copious amounts of cat piss, vomit, mold, mildew, and insects.

I made arrangements for her to come over and film the bathroom, the spot of the heaviest infestation (where 8 gallons of cave cricket droppings, mold, and decaying insect bodies lay under the tub). Of course, this was 6 years ago and the bathroom is pristine now. What she really wants are the "before" photos so they will contrast nicely with today's clean and mold-free bathroom. Now I'm remembering the good old days -- good times. lol

Sunday, January 13, 2008

-- misc stuff tonight, and helping orphans

Tonight I went out with some friends for a bday party, had a great time. Came home and for some reason I am thinking about this website I found where you can write to orphans in college:

Send a handwritten card to Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) offering words of support to a college-bound foster youth. It will be included in one of our Care Package mailings. OFA students often tell us these encouraging messages are the best ingredient in the package. Send to: OFA, Attn: Care Packages, 21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 130, Sterling, VA 20166.

You can also become a virtual mentor or send care packages. It makes a big difference to the students -- school is hard enough when you have support, let alone when you don't.
More info on helping orphans ->.

Monday, January 7, 2008

-- Advice for advertisers - if you're selling anti-wrinkle cream, the models shouldn't have wrinkles

I got this in the mail the other day and was looking it over thinking hmmm, I could maybe use an anti-wrinkle cream.

Then I'm looking more closely at the ad.... shouldn't the model be a shining example of what I will look like once I slather this stuff on my face? I've never SEEN crows feet like these! Maybe the advertisers were only focusing on the "slackened-skin" chin and didn't notice the Klingon wrinkles set further up but come on. You could have Photoshopped this a little better than that! I mean, at least try to fool my vain gullible nature into believing it's worth the exorbitant price!
(Click to enlarge photo.)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

-- oh snap.

I love realizing shortly before midnight that I need to wake up before dawn. I was working on a project yesterday that I've been trying to complete for months. I put everything aside in order to finish this and ended up overlooking the one tiny but highly visible aspect of my job that if, not done, will be bad. Crap! Have to get to work super early tomorrow to do this. This hasn't turned out to be the slow restful holiday week I thought it would.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

-- The New Year is greeted reluctantly

Here's what kind of party animals we are. Dan and I were going through photos for a project when we heard some fireworks go off. Dan turned to me and said, "you know, that's like the fifth time I've heard that tonight, WHAT is going on?" I giggled. "It's probably almost midnight." He looked at me like so? I said, "It's New Year's eve!" We laughed and went outside to see the fireworks. (Dan has a cold so we had planned to stay home.)

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