Archive for March, 2010

Badge of Honor

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

My next door neighbor is 92 and it comes up in conversation with her. This statement, “I’m 92 and … ” (there is a wide variety of topics with which she fills in the blank), got me thinking about age.

Recently I goofed at work. Being the editor of our internal monthly newsletter, I publish the birthdays each issue … without the year. In March, I forgot to take off the year. I’ve been doing the newsletter for decades and get very little feedback. Boy, did I hear from the March birthdays! Some of them were NOT happy about their ages being revealed. That also got me thinking about age.

In January, I volunteered to spend an afternoon with a Girl Scout Troupe. One of the scouts was turning 10. It was a big deal … double digits. She was proudly sharing her age.

So I wonder … when is it that some of us become secretive about our age? We proudly announce we are 10 and 92 … but somewhere in the middle some people become sensitive to aging.

How old are you and why would you share (or not) that number?

Free Cone Day

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Another sign of spring … free ice cream! It’s free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s. Go to their website to see if there’s one near you.


Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I’ve been numbing myself with TV lately. I love watching my shows On Demand – no commercials and I can watch them whenever I want to. I usually catch up on the weekends since the week nights are busy. There are some shows I wish Comcast would add to the On Demand menu, just because it’s comfortable to watch TV while a blob on the couch. I’ve watched one episode (“Castle”) on and that was OK too. Jeopardy is not on either, which is a bummer!

Just started the first season of “Mad Men”. My friend Ken loaned me the first and second season on DVD. It’s like a train wreck … I can’t take my eyes off of it. I don’t know how long I’ll continue. I don’t like many of the characters, the smoking drives me nuts, and the way women are treated makes me want to set my hair on fire.

Otherwise, I’m watching (On Demand) “The Good Wife”, “CSI”, “NCIS”, “NCIS – LA”, and watched “The Burn Notice” until the last episode a few weeks ago. Last year I watched a few episodes of “Flashpoint” and liked it. Our local stations aren’t carrying it this year and I can’t find it online. The DVD just showed up at the library and I watched the first four episodes of the first season last night. Disc two is on request!

What are you watching?


Friday, March 19th, 2010

A coworker described me as “quirky” this week … as in “Have you ever thought of dating him? I like him and I like you. He’s quirky and you’re quirky.” That’s the first time “quirky” has been the match making criteria (when it has pertained to me as being one of the potential matches – and no, I wasn’t interested).

So, I looked up quirky in the thesaurus. Here are the results.
Definition: Eccentric. Quirky means strikingly unconventional or given to idiosyncrasies
Synonyms: bizarre, far out, freakish, freaky, idiosyncratic, in left field, kinky, odd, off-the-wall, out of the ordinary, outre, peculiar, strange, unconventional, unorthodox, unusual, wacky, way-out, weird.”

I hope she meant quirky in a good way.

So, what do you think? Me … quirky?


Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The other harbinger of spring came rolling into work yesterday … a motorcycle. You know warmer temps are here when the second shifters ride in on their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Just one, so far. More to come, I’m sure.

Recent Movies

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Watched two movies on DVD last night and that got me thinking of the movies I’ve seen lately. Movies that make me think and spark conversation are ones I like the best.

1. Up in the Air – Saw this on my birthday with friends and we all liked it. Had a few issues to discuss – honesty, job/career choices, and choices we make as far as relationships and jobs.

2. Valentine’s Day – Saw this on Valentine’s Day. Full of all different kids of love: long term, new, child/parent, crush, affair, and the love of friendship.

3. Edge of Darkness – High body count and severe acts of violence. Mel Gibson plays a father in pursuit of his daughter’s killer. I’m a bit tired of this rogue/vigilante justice plot … and not that fond of Mel Gibson.

4. Sex in the City – This movie, to quote one of my coworkers, is “Dorky”. I couldn’t agree more. It was way too long, way too stupid, and I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. That’s two and a half hours of my life I won’t get back.

5. Diggers – I think the film maker thought “if the whole cast smokes and uses the f-word that’s a film“. Only 90 minutes long, this movie pretends to explore the “a tight-knit group of friends, who try to maintain their small-town way of life in the face of enormous changes in 1970s Long Island.” I would add “by smoking cigarettes, abusing drugs and alcohol and only using profanity to yell at each other.” Thumbs down.

6. The Dead Girl – The story of a murder from the perspective of ancillary people associated with The Dead Girl. Actually, maybe this is better described as snippets of the lives of the people associated with The Dead Girl. We see a bit of the life (and the struggles) of The Stranger, The Sister, The Wife, The Mother, and finally, The Dead Girl.

New Year’s Resolutions – An Update

Friday, March 5th, 2010

So far so good on my new year’s resolutions. We are two months into the new year and, for the most part, I am managing to:
*Walk three times a week
*Write a letter a week
*Blog once a week
*Making progress towards passing assessment

Passing assessment is a long term goal requiring quite a bit of work. Two things I’ve done in the last eight or nine weeks to prepare are find a practice partner and make plans to tape me teaching and doing the poses, a requirement to apply. Taping is planned for 3/13 and 3/14.

How is your 2010 so far?


Friday, March 5th, 2010

The harbinger of spring was spotted in my front yard today. It has been sunny, warmer and there’s a smell of spring in the air. Just sixteen more days until spring officially arrives!