Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old School Blogging / Five Things

List of Fives Meme

Five Things I Have a Passion For

1. My family.   They are everything to me and I wouldn't be me without them..

2. Photography.    I love taking pictures.  It's nothing for me to take 500 in a week. 

3. Exercising.   It took me a long time to figure out that I feel better and look better when I work out.  I've neglected it for a long time, so it's a slow process.  I'm getting there though.

4. Notre Dame football.   I grew up in a family that lived and breathed Notre Dame football and I have carried on the tradition.  My family loves them too.  There is nothing like being in the stadium for a game or on the campus before the game.

5. Blogging.   Obviously I'm a blogger.  I came into this world cautiously, but I wouldn't leave it now for anything.  I have made so many awesome friends.  It's an amazing place.

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die

1. Write a book.

2. Get a golden retriever.  We had a great one, but my husband is resistent to getting a new one because we loved our old one so much.  It broke our hearts when we had to put him to sleep.

3. Travel out west.

4. See my great grandchildren.

5. Retire and spend a good chunk of my spare time volunteering.

Five Things I Say A Lot

1. It's all good!

2. Seriously!

3. Love you!

4. How goes the work?   It's a reference to a childrens book that I love.

5. Guess what?

Five Books and/or Magazines I Have Read Lately

1. Self Magazine

2. Heaven Changes Everything

3. Prevention Magazine

4. Dream New Dreams

5. The Skinny Rules

Five Favorite Movies (maybe you've seen them Five times...)

1. Lion King

2. Apollo 13

3. A Christmas Story

4. The Notebook

5. The Prince of Tides

Five Places I Would Love to Travel

1. New York City.   I've been there once and absolutely loved it.  I'd go back in a heartbeat.
2. Sedona, Arizona.   The pictures look breathtaking.

3. Disney World.   I've been there three times, but I would go once a year if I could afford it.  My dream is to take the whole family, especially the grandkids on a big family trip some day.

4. New England.  It looks amazing and I have friends to visit there. 
5. The Grand Canyon.   Who doesn't want to see the Grand Canyon??? 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Real Beauty

I came across this video clip of Dustin Hoffman talking about his character of Dorothy in Tootsie and how he felt about the part.  I found it fascinating that he was able to acknowledge how he felt he had been brainwashed into thinking women were only deserving of attention if they measured up to a certain "bar of attraction".  
Watch it and then we'll talk.

So, what did you think?  I have always liked Dustin Hoffman, but now I am so much more impressed with him.  The fact that this realization brought him to tears really touched me.

I am not a Hollywood raving beauty.  Never have been and never will be.  I'm an okay kind of girl.  The older I get, the more I realize like Mr. Hoffman that beauty really is skin deep and totally in the eye of the beholder.  Anyone who doesn't believe that is missing out on some great people.

This picture of me was taken last week on vacation.  I was in the lake with my sunburned, no make up, messy haired face and you know what?  I think it's one of the best pictures I've ever taken. This is the real me.  Take it or leave it.  Lucky for me, lots of people take it.  The ones who don't, their loss.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Difference Between 18 and 58

In the summer of 1972, all I could think about was getting out of school.  I was going into my senior year and I only needed two credits.  The school system wouldn't let me go half days or graduate midterm.  I had to go to school all day all year for two stinking credits.  To me, this was totally unacceptable.  I thought it was ridiculous and I had a plan.  Somehow, I was able to talk my parents into letting me go to night school and finish.  I could go two nights a week and graduate midterm.  That was that and I never looked back.

I never looked back until a few years ago when I discovered social media.   My arrival in the world of social media was slow.  I first started by blogging with some coaxing by a friend.  .After that, I decided to try Twitter and Facebook and Facebook was a whole new world.

With Facebook, I was reconnecting with people I hadn't seen or heard from in so many years.  People who had moved away and I lost contact with.  It was amazing.  There was even a page set up for just the class of 73 from my old high school.  My "real" high school.  Not that one that I graduated from.  It was this page that would change how I felt about high school and my class and myself.

In the fall of 1972 when I started night school and everyone else started back to my old high school, I figured that was that.  That was the end of my connection with that class.  I thought that my friend and I were the only people who weren't going back.  Little did I know that I would find out 30 some odd years later that definitely wasn't the case.  Every five years, I would get the reunion letter from the class of 73.  It almost always fell when we were going on our annual family vacation, so I never gave it much thought.  Sometimes, I would send in an update for the book, but not always.  What did I have in common with these people anymore anyway?

As it turns out, I have a lot in common with a whole bunch of my old classmates.  Many of us are proud parents and grandparents.  Many of us love to travel.  Many of us love photography.  Many of us are exercise enthusiasts.  Many of us felt awkward for lack a better word in high school.  The list goes on and on.  Wow, I did have a lot in common with these people.

It was one thing to get to know these people again through a computer screen, but it would be something else to meet them face to face again.  That time came a few years ago.  One of the girls from our class invited us over for the first of our now famous get togethers.  I made myself put on my big girl panties and go.  There was maybe 20 of us there and I had the best time ever.  It was so much fun.  I loved every minute of it.  I look forward to these meet ups, even when they try to ditch me!  Funny story for another time.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving weekend 2012.  Lots of people are in town for the holiday, so a bunch of us meet for breakfast.  Talk begins abut our 40th (gasp) class reunion.  People start asking when the date is.  One of the guys throws out July 13 and everyone agrees.  In the back of my head, I'm thinking this is something but I can't place what.  I put it out of my head and return to the conversation.

I get home that morning and start talking to my husband about the breakfast and tell him the reunion date.    He immediately remembers it is the day we leave for our annual family vacation to a lake house in Michigan.  Wonderful!  The first time in 40 years I want to go to a class reunion and I can't!  There is no way to change the vacation because the date is set a year in advance and there are 20 some other people coming too.

The good news is that I will be able to go to the Friday night pre party.  I've also decided to have a little party of my own at my house on Thursday night.  Nothing fancy, snacks and drinks.  But, another opportunity for me to be able to spend time with these wonderful people that I let get out of my life for too long.

I'm excited.  Even the guy who grew up across the street and lived there our entire growing up years will be there.  I couldn't even tell you the last time I saw him.  This is going to be awesome.  At 18, I had no idea how important long time friends are.  At 58, I wouldn't give them up for anything.

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