Now that it’s October, I suppose I should stop celebrating my birthday, but I have to tell you: Nothing beats a birthday hug from Minnie. Thank you, Minnie, and thank you to all my family and friends who made my birthday celebrations memorable, I’ve had a blast milking it for all it’s worth!
Of course, now that I’m a whole year older, I can’t help but wonder, why don’t I feel a whole year wiser? You’d think at my age I’d be able to impart all kinds of wisdom and knowledge like some wise Sensei. But inside I’m still the same person with not so much an iota of enlightenment. Just me, trying to remember to pick up my dry cleaning, make an appointment to get my hair done, and worrying about who’s going to be our next POTUS, which is still over a year away but somehow I’m fretting about it now. (Thanks, 24/7 Cable News!)
So the moral of the story is this: After the birthday celebration is over and the last balloon has popped, life goes on.
Item: I think I’ve met my match at work. Her name is Caitlin and she’s half my age, but she’s so much smarter and funnier than yours truly. Why, just the other day I overheard this in the office when I ran into her talking to our CFO:
Me to CFO guy: Hey, you stood me up for a meeting today. What gives??
CFO guy to Caitlin (ignoring me): When Monica talks, I listen.
Caitlin to CFO guy: Yeah, me too. In one ear and out the other.
Item: When did we Americans become so lazy that we can’t even open our own window blinds and need technology to do it for us?
The other day I was listening to talk radio when a commercial popped up for window blinds that open via remote control. Heaven forbid you’d have to get up and walk a few feet, just to let some light into the room. After all, who’d want to use their muscles to lift themselves up from the couch to a standing position and make the short trek to the windows all because you need some light? Clearly, not us!
Easy, shmeasy. We Americans don’t like our lives too complicated and want convenience at our fingertips. The less we have to lift a finger, the better, right? I like to take walks everyday but I won’t be surprised the day I step outside and find all the sidewalks have been replaced by moving walkways, like the kind currently reserved for airports. Mark my words: the day it happens isn’t that far off.
In the meantime, just in case you need it, there’s a service that’ll provide you with a button to push for when you’ve fallen and can’t get up, all because you don’t remember how.
Item: Why is it that something that should be seemingly painless, like hiring someone to remodel your kitchen, can turn out to be a huge nightmare ending with you throwing good money out the window, hand over fist? For those of you wondering why I haven’t been posting lately, that’s why. I’m in the throes of remodeling.
Frankly, I’m not even remodeling the entire kitchen. No. Just trying to replace my counters with something nicer. Sheesh. It’s been so much trouble, you’d think I’d taken on building my very own Sistine Chapel. Nothing is simple!
There are so many things to consider when remodeling. What started out as, what I thought was pretty straight forward—replacing the counter—has culminated with me needing a new microwave even though the one I’ve had for years still works perfectly fine!
Trust me, you don’t want to know what hell it’s been. But know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I think. After six weeks of going back and forth with the installer, I finally have a date for the demolition and the installation! Wish me luck! Lord knows, I’m going to need it.
Item: You meet all kinds of folks in the blogosphere but few entertain me as much as Nate Von Shenkmeister. Have you ready his blog? Hilarious! Have you met him? Well, darlings, I have and I can tell you he’s just as funny in person. The guy totally cracks me up. Just check out a few of his gems:
“I’m going to start a GoFundMe account for no reason. Make sure to donate.”
“I should have bought the country of Paraguay instead of this drink at Whole Foods.”
“I’m glad it’s not too hot outside, only 127 (degrees).”
“I’m so proud of my fish for only eating a few of their siblings while I was away.”
“I’m going to Target. Keep my wallet in your prayers you guys.”
“This summer I put 5,237 miles on my SUV driving through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. It was worth every minute…even if my car has filed a restraining order against me.”
“I’m working on my PhD in understanding iCloud.”
“Good morning. Have a great day, watch out for kidnappers.”
Well, Nate, I make it a point to stay clear of kidnappers every day, but thanks all the same for the reminder!
Now readers, what have you been up to lately?