Tips from Grandma Mickey

gram party 2My grandma Mickey (shown here in the middle with the glasses between her two best friends) tells the best stories, loves to laugh and actually asked the dentist to put a gap in her dentures between her two front teeth because she wanted to recognize herself in the mirror.  “I wanted to look like me!” she said.

She is almost 90 and still living alone with wonderful friends who live all around her and stop in with donuts, take her to the store and leave food on her doorstep so she doesn’t have to cook.

She is still living it up and I hope to be just like her when I grow up.

I asked her to give me some good tips that I could use as I grew older and I thought I would share a few of them on my blog so everyone can benefit!  She has no idea what a blog is but she’s about to find out!

One thing she says older people struggle with is getting their socks on.  When her boyfriend John had knee surgery, they gave him this great tool which he promptly gave to her (sweet sweet man) and she has used every single day since…

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Amy and Ellen = Love

I’m so excited to see Trainwreck when it comes out July 17 so I was watching some Amy Schumer videos.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ellen laugh so hard.  Love them both!

Are you excited to see this, too?

Just can’t get enough

I can’t stop watching this video!  It just brightens my day up.  Love this song and Bruno Mars.

I spent a little time in Hawaii and watching him takes me back to that time, driving a two-tone yellow beetle and flashing the hang-loose sign to everyone else who had one too.  We ate a lot of rice (they eat it with every meal!) and macaroni salad and called each other ‘bra’ and were friends with someone named Ku’u’ Ipo which means my sweetheart in Hawaiian.  It’s truly a magical place.

If you want more Bruno Mars, watch his serious dance moves in this video and his tribute to Amy Winehouse.

Is anyone else obsessed?

Wise words for parents and beyond


I remember watching Celebrity Rehab (yes, I watch all rehab and addiction shows…it’s an addiction…DOH!) and Dr. Drew said that addicts who have neglectful parents often do better at rehab and are more likely to kick the habit than addicts with helicopter parents.  This really shocked me!  It didn’t make a lot of sense until I heard some very wise words from a very wise woman…

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The most organized my closet has ever remained

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I am an organized person. I aspire to it and even have a Pinterest board to show it, but most attempts start out well and then become too difficult to maintain.  Then I ran across an idea, tried it, and it actually works…

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Mad Men – I miss you already

224164-mad-men-mad-menThe finale of Mad Men was on last night and I have so many emotions!  I’ve been reading some post finale stories this morning like this one and this one.  I so hope that Don did have some kind of revelation and it didn’t just lead to an ad for Coca-Cola.  He was always on the cutting edge of human emotion so it’s no surprise he know what people wanted at that time…what would sell.

I loved the heartrending conversations around Betty’s illness.  Sally is so grown up and mature with her dad in dealing with this secret.  She has to betray both her mother in telling him the news and him in asserting her independence even though she knows he disagrees with her, at least for a moment.  And then the scene where Don and Betty talk on he phone.  How difficult it must have been for him to hear what she said.  You could see the ache of their lost love and youth in that moment when he says “Birdie”.  Finally the scene where Sally walks in on the two boys trying to make dinner, having to be so much older than their years.  Kids are amazing.  So was Betty.  She was consistent right until the very end.

I was surprised that Peggy didn’t take Joan up on her offer to be a co-owner in the production company.  In the end, I suppose Peggy is a creative and probably would have been frustrated having to run her own business.  But I do hope for an exciting future for her and I am sure she will get it.  And it was the perfect ending for Joan. I loved seeing her excitement about her new beginning.  She wouldn’t give up, her ambition was too strong.

Nothing was better than the conversation between Peggy and Stan.  I just love how much he loves her.  He knows her, he knows every bit of her, and he loves her so deeply because of it.  We could all see her coming to the realization that she loved him and that was absolutely amazing TV.  I could feel every single dueling emotion she was feeling as she admitted her feelings while fighting them at the same time, and then finally embracing them.  They are an awesome couple and I can completely imagine their long enduring love affair.

Of course Pete goes off in a jet with his wife and daughter.  That moment when his wife gets out of the car all decked out was hilarious.  She deserved some happiness, they all did.

Finally, Roger. He’s with a woman his own age who can give him a run for his money.  What I liked best about his story is his mentorship to Peggy in the second to last episode.  I will never forget her rollerskating around the office drunk while he plays the piano (or was it an organ?) and then consequently coming into the office the next day with her sunglasses on, cigarette hanging out of her mouth and that octopus painting under her arm.  Next time I need some confidence I will imagine that I am her.

I will miss that show and have a feeling it won’t be long before I want to go back and re-watch it all over again.  Thank you for such a wonderful show!

What did you think of the finale?

Combatting sibling rivalry


My coworker has an interesting issue.  Her son who is 11 participates in a lot of activities and often wins medals and trophies even if it’s just for participation.  Her daughter, who is 9, is jealous of this and they are both left feeling awful.  My coworker doesn’t know how to handle it because you don’t want to make one feel bad about participating and winning and you don’t want the other feeling like they aren’t good enough.  It’s heartbreaking, really.

It just so happened that I started reading Siblings Without Rivalry right after we talked about this and I discovered the most amazing tip…

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Self care – What the hell is it?


We’ve moved into the new/old house and so far it’s been great.  We are closer to work and daycare, the backyard is huge, my bathroom while smaller has a bigger shower and the house is mostly carpeted which makes it easier for the kids to rip through the house and chase or be chased.  Who doesn’t love that?

Now that we are here, we should have more time to exercise which was a big pro when we were thinking about whether to move. Now we actually have to put this pro into place and do it!  Last night I got on the elliptical for 10 minutes which I considered a major victory.

Exercising is something I think is important to my self care so I started contemplating self care and what it actually is.  This is a tough one and has perplexed me for quite a while.  I think what I am realizing is that it’s going to be different for each person and we each really need to sit down and do some hard thinking about what our own self care looks like.  Here are some of the questions I considered:

  • What do I care about?
  • What do I find fun?
  • What brings me peace?
  • What can I do to lighten up my schedule, slow things down?
  • What can I do that will make me feel proud?
  • What activities or scenarios make me happy to do or imagine?
  • What gets in my way and how can I plan around the obstacles?

The wheel at the beginning is also a good place to start.  So I sat down and made my list today, I really gave it some thought and I think I have a promising list.  One thing on the list was post to this blog so I’m starting with this ONE THING to get me going.

What will you include on your list?