Thursday, June 4, 2020

Attack of the Incredible Steaming BLOG

I can’t write this BLOG while I am working.  My work sucks all the humor out of me.  I am sure many of you feel the same about your jobs, but it’s why I am so anxious to retire.  Read GenXGetsOLD introduction if you are not familiar with the origins of the BLOG.  Don’t get me wrong, I also have some great joys and feelings of accomplishment about my chosen profession, it just leaves me exhausted.  This week I helped several students that left school with only a few classes to college degree completion get on the graduation list – it was a pretty good week.  So I am back to try the weekly update intended to grow my GenXGetsOLD Brand!  Just kidding – read my Real World GenX Edition for the GenXGetsOLD swan song. 

In addition to sucking the humor out of me, I have discovered that I am also a stress eater.  Maybe I have always been a stress eater but the diminishing metabolism of middle age and menopause have made it evident to all the world.  I am not a scale user – so I don’t know how much I weigh.  I like to have it be a surprise every 5 years or so when I go to the doctor.  But the larger size wardrobe I bought myself two years ago was getting very tight.  So I have used this COVID work from home time to walk my dog a lot and I have made a depressing discovery.  Yes, I feel better.  Yes, the clothes are not as tight.  BUT, it takes a long time to make a dent!  Six weeks of 3-5 miles a day.  UG!  No wonder we get fat and stay fat.  So on that happy noted – see ya next week!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Hurry Up and Wait

Spring, a season of renewal, is upon us.  As we struggle to shelter in place I am struck by how difficult it is to get any big project done, ever.  Our house is 20 years old this summer and trust me it needs some big projects done.  One of my priorities is to repaint all the trim in my house.  I just can't get started.  I always have an excuse, last summer it was that my daughter's cat was living with us and you can't paint with a cat around or at least that was my excuse.  Last winter I didn't want to be cooped up with the paint smell.  This spring my job is taking 2-3 hours more per day to accomplish it online so I just don't have time.  But the real reason is that I am not motivated to start projects when the completed version will be virtually the same as the current version. So how does this relate to lifestyles of the middle aged, middle income generation?  Well, if you are younger and a procrastinator I want to dispel any hope you have of these tendencies mellowing as you age.  If I wasn't middle income I could probably just hire someone to do this, go on vacation somewhere and when I got home, it would be done!