Go Gray? Not Today

aging midlife story May 25, 2016

Today was "Go Gray" day.... Or so I thought... I was ready! But what I found out from my hair dresser is that I actually have a LOT of dark hair left... So if I went gray, it would actually be just as much maintenance. Since my goal is less maintenance, we went with some lighter highlights. I've already gotten a lot of compliments so I'm super happy with the results. And I don't need to go back again for 8 weeks!!!

Lower maintenance plan is IN EFFECT!!!

Hair Before + After2

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The Things You Never Expect to Learn from a Doctor

Right as I was finishing my first week of my 3rd time doing P90x3, I had a bit of a setback.... Too many one-armed planks and side arm balance moves for this grandma!!! And it was totally my fault for doing the workout when my shoulder was already sore. And then continuing when it was bothering me during the workout. Big lesson learned!!! The pain came on bad in the middle of the night Saturday and the following day became so excruciating that I ended up taking some old pain medicine my husband had. I hoped it would get me through the night and tide me over until my doctor's office opened at 8am on Monday. I lasted until 5am.... Not only was my pain horrible, but the medicine had made me so sick, I threw up. So my husband drove me to the ER.

I was so happy to get help... You know that desperate feeling where you'd let them do anything!!! Me, needle-hater extraordinaire, was thrilled to get a shot in the butt for the pain! Our visit was quick & easy - we got out of the ER in a...

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Best Job Ever!

family love relationships May 08, 2016

These two girls helped form the person I am. I am so thankful that I was picked as their mom. I can't imagine my life without them. They are my biggest accomplishments!!! For me, today should not be a celebration of me for being a mom but a celebration of what being a mom has meant to me...

EVERYTHING!!! #‎motherhood #‎bestjobever

Me Nikki + Kori at my wedding

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Grandchild #3 is on the Way!

family love relationships May 03, 2016

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I didn't realize I'd be as excited again as I was the first 2 times!!! Looking forward to an early Christmas present! :)

3rd grandchild announcement

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Embracing the White Legs!

Do you have a body part or attribute you wish was different? For me, I've never liked how pasty white my skin is... Why is it we are never satisfied with what we got? I remember wishing I had skin like my sister. She had the olive skin that tanned so beautifully. I got the skin that would blind you by its whiteness and burns after 10 minutes in the sun... which I ignored and now have a zillion brown spots b/c of that stupidity!

I am happy I got blue eyes & long eyelashes so my strategy is if I smile big enough and bat my eyelashes, people won't notice my pasty white legs!!! LOL!!!! #‎capriseason#‎embracethewhitelegs

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

5-2-16 Capri pants - white legs

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The Real Story Behind My Spare Car

This baby is getting the inside & outside treatment today!!! Thankful to have this extra car since my other one is still dead in the garage. BMW

I don't think I'll ever part with this car... It holds a special place in my heart.

Here's the REAL STORY behind my spare car...

We bought it for our oldest daughter for her 21sr birthday. Little did we know that she almost didn't live to see it.

About 31 hours before her 21st birthday she collapsed in the basement of our home from 2 pulmonary embolisms.

If her younger sister had not come home early from her last day of her summer internship that day and been there when her sister collapsed, she most likely would not have survived.

She was rushed to the hospital that coincidentally had a pulmonary specialist in the ER (thank God!) and he immediately recognized her symptoms & began treatment for the blood clots that had filled both lungs.

It is amazing she didn't suffer permanent heart damage. Thanks to the awesome staff at...

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The Hard Part About Being a Parent

Nikki moving to CharlestonBeing a parent is soooooo hard no matter how old your kids get. You want what is best for them but that’s not always what’s best for you…

Today my oldest daughter left the state where she was born & raised. She’s left before but I’ve always known it was temporary.

She went to Florida for college but she came back.

She tried NY for a year but she came back.

She tried Charlotte, NC for a year but she came back.

Virginia was in her heart. And even though I knew she was my child with wanderlust, I knew she’d be back.

This time is different. This time I know she won’t be back. She has a family now and they are lucky enough to live anywhere. So they researched the best place to live and raise their children and they picked Charleston.

I know they will be happy there. And I am happy for them. TRULY happy! Because that’s what’s most important to a mom – her child’s happiness.

But I’m still sad for me… ...

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The Difference Between Men and Women

laughter midlife story Apr 09, 2016

This picture is hilarious & does a great job of highlighting the difference between men and women. I'd like to share how that came into play in our house last night.the_difference_between_men_and_women_balconies._5035898587

<Important background info: we had a mouse in the house...>

Setting the scene: Mousetrap set up in morning after seeing a mouse in the pantry... Husband & wife watching a movie on the couch. Suddenly, a snap, a whimper, and a cough...

ME: Oh no! The poor little mouse... <tears welling in eyes> HIM: <huge smile, grunt of victory & fist pump>

A few minutes later...

ME: Is that the mouse or the tv? HIM: the tv

A few minutes later...

ME: I think that's the mouse... HIM: <goes to check>

The mouse is still alive and trying to get out of the trap... ugh.

ME: You want to take him outside & let him go? HIM: No. He'll just be some other animal's dinner.

HIM: <disappears with mouse to basement>

A few minutes later...

ME: How'd you do it? With a shovel? HIM: <proudly nods head>


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Love My AOL Family!

family relationships Apr 04, 2016

I don't know if anyone but my fellow AOL old timers will truly understand this.... AOL was such a special place in the early days. And I wasn't early, early - I was just semi early. Back when it was called America Online, and it was #3 behind Prodigy and CompuServe. I began my AOL life in 1993. I spent 13 years there. It changed a lot. And I changed a lot. I had a hard time letting go of it. It was such a big part of my life...

The one thing that I'll always remember & hold dear to my heart is the INCREDIBLE people that worked there. The AMAZINGLY SMART people who I got to work with every day. And the MISSION we locked arm in arm to accomplish that we felt so passionate about - "to build a global medium as central to people's lives as the telephone and the television...and even more valuable..."

I think we succeeded!!!

One thing that I love about AOL and the family I was a part of is that we continue to periodically get together at various events. It's like a high school...

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Incredible 96 Year Old

aging health motivational Apr 03, 2016

I had a chance to meet this incredible 96 year old grandmother of the bride yesterday. I was drawn to her perkiness and wanted to talk to her. In our 1st conversation, I asked her what she does in her spare time. She said she doesn't really watch much tv but she does love Dancing with the Stars.

In our 2nd conversation, I asked how she stays so active and if she exercised. She said no. Remembering our earlier conversation, I asked if she danced and her eyes lit up and she said "oh yes!" I taught dance at Arthur Murray. She didn't elaborate.

Later I spoke with her daughter who told me that her mom and dad met at Arthur Murray as dance instructors. They were married 65 years and he was invited to the White House to give Eleanor Roosevelt dance lessons. And they used to go to Cuba all the time because they had the best Rumba bands there.

WOW!!! What a neat back story! I'm sure she has a lot more great stories. Meeting her yesterday was a highlight of an already amazing day!


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