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23 October 2008 @ 10:53 am
Ramblings on Ancietude  
Having had a few days now to get used to being 45... this one seems a little harder than the last birthday. Is it being closer to 50 than to 40? What?

Physically, there aren't too many changes from last year. A little extra weight (on top of the extra weight, grrr). The shoulder-rot problem came (February) and left (September?). \o? I've still got the stress-related acne going on, and the less-than-working nose (I'm really considering that surgery, before my copay rates go up). I've got a back-of-the-neck rash/itchiness thing going on that flares and wanes, and I'm ready to talk to my doctor about all this stuff as soon as I get the mammogram I've received five letters about.

I'm 45 now...

Whippersnapper!
5(16.1%)
So?
21(67.7%)
Oooold.
2(6.5%)
You're typing this from the grave?
3(9.7%)

It's funny, my mother said that she didn't really notice being older until she turned 70. I wonder if it would be the same if I were less of an avid exerciser. I've still got major stamina, though I've lost a little speed and the recovery turnaround matters more. A woman at work who's been through this mentioned that this tends to hit women around age 40 and men around 50. That explains why I no longer bike with the guy at work who is my age, but is still in the 'performance category.' That "C'mon, pick it up!" attitude gets annoying after awhile. ;) But if I were just walking and doing yardwork, I doubt I'd notice much. Advil is my friend. :)

I don't know. It feels older somehow. My youth, where did it go?

ETA randomness: Eating a pomegranate at your desk and trying not to 'set something off' is like defusing a bomb. Possibly messier. :0

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eponin10 on October 23rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
*g* Well, in a couple of months I'll be as close to 40 as you are to 50, so... *eeps* How did that happen?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
It's true what people mean when they say that the time flies. As you get older, it really does seem to go by faster. Compare that to when you were younger, and you measured your life in half-birthdays and pined over the incredibly long time it took to get to Christmas.

When you're the one staging Christmas, it comes much sooner than you usually want!
eponin10 on October 24th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Heh. This is true. It doesn't help that the stores put out the Christmas stuff earlier every year. And impressivly, that isn't actually an exaggeration. I saw a study at one point that showed how stores and advertising start earlier.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know-- we gripe about it in our family.

I'm old enough to remember when NOTHING for Christmas made a peep until the day after Thanksgiving. Now it's crept back earlier and earlier until I see the first arrival before Halloween comes.

I hate it. It takes the spirit out of the holiday completely, and I don't think store-owners (especially the big chains) realize that I'm buying what I'm buying, regardless, and then I'm done. Starting it early won't entice me to buy more-- it only pisses me off. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Finally, someone has the guts to pick the last choice! \o/
eponin10 on October 24th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
*g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flirthalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! OH! Insult added to injury! :0billionty