Sunday, January 22, 2017

50 is the new 50

A friend of mine tells people that she is 64 or 72 when they ask. In reality she is only 53 but she loves hearing people say "Wow! You look great for 64!"

Why do we have to justify getting older. Lots of times I'll hear 40 is the new 30 or 50 is the new 40. But I say 50 is the new 50. It's awesome.

40 was cool but it was really sort of just a new relaxed version of 30. The kids were still at home and while careers were a little more defined, life sailed on into 40 with just a squeak.

But there is no denying 50.

50 comes on like a blind date. You sort of think you know what to expect but you're usually wrong.  For me, 50 brings a house with no kids, hot flashes (what a cliche), new worries, and new joys.

This year is a particularly big milestone year.

One more kid turns 21.
Tom and I celebrate our 30th anniversary.
I hit the speed limit!

With every decade there are new discoveries and new joys. So I say 50 is the new 50. Embrace it.  Love it. Put the pedal to the metal and Cruise on into it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Comfort Books

It's summer time and this summer I am completely indulging myself in Comfort Books. We all know what "comfort food" is - that indulgent food that may not be entirely good for us but is so satisfying that it comforts not only our hunger but our soul. Comfort Books do the same thing. They fully engage us, entertain us, and feed our soul.

What is your list of "Go To" reads when you just want to read something completely satisfying? 

For me, I go back to Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and a number of young adult titles from my childhood.

This weekend I found a great old hardback copy of an Agatha Christie book that I had never read before. The store was only asking $1.00 but it was 50% off the day I was in there and so I only paid 50 cents. What a fun find!

I am also rereading The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (which is just too much fun and possibly the inspiration for the movies Night at the Museum).

Here are a couple of other titles on my summer reading list:

The Tale of Desperaux
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I mean Noel)
assorted Nancy Drew
Salem's Lot

And then I am going to my bookcase and clearing out some old books that may need to find a new home - I have to seriously pare it down. I may read a book from my wine collection or art / poetry collection. Who knows where this cleaning exercise will lead me.

Would love to know what you're reading! Tweet me @MaryHeston

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sum Sum Summertime!!!