Tuesday, November 26, 2019

RE: Lipstick for my Purse

As I recently mentioned I need to put a lipstick in my purse.  I have my go to color that I regularly wear (it is what I imagine my lip color was before it faded with age!).  I thought this would give me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and make an attempt to be on trend.  I live in the sticks so I have to google what is on trend.  I google current popular lipstick color and this is what comes back: "Taupe Lipstick
Nude lipstick is always a good option—and when it comes to the latest lip makeup trends, taupe is where it's at. Since nude lipstick is pretty neutral, match it with a bold eye makeup look, like a smoky eye."

LOL - my lips, faded with age, are naturally taupe!  I just need some chapstick - this is readily available at the grocery store, see previous post https://www.genexgetsold.com/2019/05/middle-aged-skin.html to understand why this is important.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Like you, I have alot of great ideas.  I just never capitalize on them, hence the blog about middle income.  I thought I would share with you my latest great idea.  I think Amazon should team up with brick and mortar clothing stores.  I will use Macy's as an example.  Several months ago, I needed a new suit for work.  I shopped for about 4 hours, even though I knew exactly what I wanted.  I wanted a pant suit from either Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger in blue or black or gray.  I went to 4 department stores that carry these brands, not one had my size in everything I wanted.  Why didn't I just buy it on the internet where my size would be readily available?  Two reasons: 1)With my ever changing, post menopausal body I can't depend on my size anymore. 2) Quality Control and Quality Assurance are lacking in clothing.  I can buy one size 8 pair of pants, love them order another pair and they don't fit at all.  In short I wanted to try it on, so I went shopping.  So my great idea is that Macy's stops carrying a bunch of stuff and they just have one in every size.  You try on what you want to buy and then order it, it is delivered to your door overnight.  Macy's always has the whole range of sizes to try on since no one buys and takes them, they just try them on.  Macy's can stop guessing about how many size 6 pants to order and they get more traffic because I know they will have my size.  Why do they need the likes of Amazon?  Because they have the inventory and overnight shipping thing down. I believe Jeff Bezo's obsession with customer satisfaction will find a way to solve #2 above, so when I order the size I tried on in the store the clothes that are delivered will fit the same way.  If you can figure a way to capitalize on my idea, please make sure I get a cut - I am trying to retire!
How has a month gone by?  I used to lament to a secretary in my office that I could not wait for 5pm or Friday or the next holiday weekend and she would always say "Don't wish your life away."  A the ripe old age of 50 I rarely do this anymore, I just wish for the next time I can see my husband, one of my children, my mom, a friend, the dog!  I am grateful that I can do at least one of these almost daily.  I sacrifice a sparkling clean home, living with piles of laundry, weeds and other household chores to make time for family and friends.  I have found this to be the greatest joy of life.  As the holiday season is upon us, I wish you time with loved ones.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Real World - GenX Edition

My plan to have a second income from my lifestyle blog/brand is fizzling.  I can only blame myself.  When crunch time at my real job hit, I did not have time to write and my creativity was zapped.  My posts have not been amusing in a while.  Case in point: I just had to use a thesaurus to come up with the word amusing.  At first I chose glib, then pithy - all wrong.  I blame it all on my real job. 

My other shortcoming is that I don’t have the enthusiasm to run a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account that this venture really needs to support it.  Another failing that has doomed this from the start is that I am not a selfie taker.  It just doesn’t occur to me.  After the fact -  I will say “Oh, I should have taken a picture.”

Finally, I just don’t care enough about how the world views me.  I left the house this morning with no lipstick.  I contemplated going back upstairs to put some on, but the thought I walking up the flight of stairs felt daunting.  This is not the voice of a spokeswoman.  I will soldier on when inspiration hits, but in the meantime I really need to keep a lipstick in my purse.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

1/2 Century

Not sure why this is such a big deal, maybe when I am 70 I will realize I wasn’t really past my prime at 40, it was 50!  My husband did a great job taking me somewhere special for a weekend long celebration.  We went to Quebec City and drowned the event in beer and poutine.  This is quite the tourist city with large cruise ships making it a stop.  A lot of those cruisers were old and over-weight.  There is a lot of walking to be done in Quebec City, most of them were not up to it.  I did look around at the people younger than me and wonder, were they thinking the same about me as I was about the cruisers?  I am older, not sure if any wiser.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time Perception

I am sure you have noticed that as you age, your perception of time changes.  I read once that your perception of the current part of your life depends on your age.  Like the last 5 years is only about 10 % of your life; but when you were ten, five years was 1/2 your life.  Lately, I realize it is too late for some things.  My long time fantasy of going to law school seems out of reach.  However, becoming a novelist still seems possible, especially in the age of self-publishing!  Lots of research has gone into this time perception thing– interesting article here: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/the-fluidity-of-time  One finding from this article:  “Just being content or satisfied may not make time fly,” Gable said when the study was published, “but being excited or actively pursuing a desired object can.”  I like this conclusion better.  I am definitely excited about life and actively pursuing all kinds of adventures.  Apparently time does fly when you are having fun.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


We spent 3 days in August at Gettysburg National Park and Museum.  It was amazing.  I am not a civil war buff or even a history buff, and I enjoyed it.  The visitor center houses a museum, movie theater, food, book/t-shirt store.  They also have a cyclorama!  In the 90’s I worked in the Cyclorama Building in Buffalo, NY.  A cyclorama is a picture in the round that people used to pay to view, like going to the movies today.  I just worked in the round building, which made the cubicles a challenge, but I had never seen a picture that was displayed in one.  The visitor center houses one of the battle at Gettysburg.    The oil painting is 377’ long and 42’ high.  Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/historyculture/gettysburg-cyclorama.htm.
The battlefield is littered with monuments.  Each statue commemorates a person, regimen, brigade or state; the emotional part is they each say how many fought, died, were wounded or missing.  Even with this accounting it is impossible to imagine the carnage.  I think I was most reassured by a deeper understanding that our country had endured a struggle, survived and was improved by that struggle.  Is it perfect today? No, but it is better than yesterday.
My first camping review:  We stayed at Artillery Ridge Campground.  Showers and toilets were clean.  The roads are stone so no mud even though it rained.  Mature trees so there was nice shade.  Spots were too close together, in my opinion.  There was a horse path that led to the battlefield very near the Pennsylvania monument, we rode our bikes in the park a lot.  Overall the town is not very bike friendly.  There are no bike lanes and in many places no shoulder.  On some roads bikes are specifically prohibited.