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The End of the Century

Monday, September 03, 2012

Well, it's not the end of the century.

It's the end of the HALF-century. Yes, folks. I turned 50 (yesterday).

The day before, there was a small celebration. Grand fun. My folks were there, Mr. j of course, and seven of my pals, mostly local folk. My poor pal Kris was the only female friend there. But the truth is, my friends tend to skew male. It was a funky, eclectic group. I was particularly pleased at how well everyone got on, even people who had never met before. I think the best part of it all was that there was a lot of laughing. A LOT.

And there was food and all that, and it was good, but it could have been lousy and I would have been fine with it.

Yesterday, I got to celebrate my actual birthday by - egad, guess what??? Well, the menopause gods apparently do not yet have their collective act in gear. Hence I got cramps, you name it, the whole nine yards. Delightful. NOT.

It was a day of three (yes, three, cripes) restaurant meals. And while they were all okay, honestly, I could have done without two of them. I neither needed them nor wanted them. But, you know, we had company, yadda yadda you know the drill.

This morning I am up 4.4 pounds. Frankly, I am pleasantly surprised that things are no worse. I was truly expecting an EPIC disaster.

Oh and I also ran my 32nd 5K. My time was nearly identical to last time - 48:02. Not great, to be sure, but not horrible. And certainly it was something! I went out and I did it, despite the fact that I was continuing to feel less than awesome, due to food, TOM, the stress of having company, etc.

My brother gave me a Timex heart rate monitor. I tried it out today. I am sure I am not doing it right. It got the time down correctly, but it decided I had burned 144 calories. Spark says over 300. My pedometer says over 400. I'll go with Spark, thanks (the monitor does not have anywhere to input weight, which absolutely affects caloric burn during aerobic exercise). So, the verdict on the monitor is meh, although it was easier to check than hitting the pedometer and it has a funky purple strap.

Other highlights (I'm rambling, er, well, I'll claim age is doing that to me. Coherence be gone!) included not one but two bouquets o' flowers. Plus a pink tiara with maribou trim and fake jewels so that I could be a princess. It was made (and sized) for ages 5 and up. There are also various cards and a book called _The_Victorian_Internet_.

Plus there was a huge onslaught of greetings here and on Facebook. A topic was opened up for me on the site that I manage and on a Trek site I go to. Another Trek site I frequent sent a note directly from management. There are e-cards on the other computer - I'll get to them, er, eventually.

It's been great fun, but for 60 - please -
* fewer restaurant meals. Really, I could have done without a few of them.
* good lord if I am still getting TOM, kindly shoot me by then.
* a slightly larger tiara would stay on better. I'm just sayin'.

Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for being a part of it all.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WOLFKITTY 9/22/2012 3:46PM

    LOL, you are awesome

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/9/2012 9:06AM

    Sounds like an awesome 50th bday celebration...

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ROB704 9/4/2012 7:13PM

    I've heard great things about the Victorian Internet and keep meaning to pick up a my world social media is a huge tool we use daily.

Happy Birthday!

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ADRIENALINE 9/3/2012 11:05PM

    Happy Birthday. Congrats.

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DOGLADY13 9/3/2012 9:11PM

    Happy Birthday! Someday we need to run a 5K together. I don't have any planned right now, though.

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DMPRIDER 9/3/2012 6:30PM

    Belated Happy Birthday! And congrats on your latest race too!

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MS.ELENI 9/3/2012 4:31PM

    I love the picture.You look great. I love the tiara. Sounds like a good one to be. You look very happy in pic emoticon

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KAYBEE37 9/3/2012 4:01PM

    Happy Birthday! Your picture looks great. It's hard having good friends who want to go out to restaurants, but having good friends is very important, of course! And how great that you ran a 5K again. I wonder if I'll be fit enough to do that on my 50th birthday? I hope that I am.

Anyway, congrats on your success and I hope that the next 50 years are happy and healthy for you!

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FIT_TERI 9/3/2012 3:55PM

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a fun weekend! I love the tiara!!

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BONNIEBELLE2 9/3/2012 3:46PM

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best!

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PARKERB2 9/3/2012 3:29PM

    TH BIG 50. Congrats.

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ARNETTELEE 9/3/2012 3:20PM

  Congratulations on reaching your big 50!

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