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Cause we're all in this together / How is everyone doing?
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:17:32 PM »
I just thought I'd ask. It's been quiet and I'm hoping everyone is okay and surviving winter.

We're all fine where I am. It's a more wintry winter than we're used to in Halifax -- more snowstorms but as my husband, Dan, notes, it's easier to shovel this year. Most years, we get used to a heavy snowfall that turns to ice pellets, then to rain, which makes for very heavy snow. This year, the temperatures have remained cold during the storms so the snow stays quite light and fluffy. We've had rain in-between the snowstorms though so we manage to keep the snowbanks pretty small.

I suspect part of the reason for the quiet month is the absence of Boom Boom. He was always good to start a conversation or keep one going. I miss hearing about his daily life -- the work he's doing on the house -- and also about the movies and music he loved writing about. He enjoyed -- as I do -- old movies on the Turner Classic Movie channel. He'd love it right now as they're playing Oscar-winning movies leading up to Academy Awards night. Lots of good movies.

He's still very much missed.

I hope everyone is well.

Cause we're all in this together / Growing older
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:55:05 PM »
I thought I should be a good citizen and start a new thread rather than commenting on skdadl's remarks way back in Critters and Pets.
skdadl said:
I do look older than I feel -- I don't often notice that, but when I look in a mirror, I do. I look old. And you know how the young 'uns are -- anyone over fifty, maybe even forty, is likely to crumble at any moment. ;)

I was watching the movie The Last of the Blonde Bombshells recently. The character played by Judi Dench tells her granddaughter, "Old people are just young people who've been around longer."
I loved that because it's so much like what I think.  I never say, "I don't feel my age," because clearly, I am the age I am and I feel the way I do -- so that must mean I feel my age.  What I do say is that I don't feel any different from how I felt 20 years ago.  I was never athletic so that might make a difference but I feel vital and active and sexy and interesting.
But even though I feel good, I can still feel insecure and unself-confident. Imagine.
A couple of relevant examples of what I'm talking about:  I've been working on a presentation that I've been asked to give and I said to Dan, "This is good.  It will look good on my resumé."  My resumé!  I can't imagine not keeping up my resumé and I slightly resent anyone asking me if I've "retired."
And a few days ago, I heard an interview with Christopher Plummer on Q.  At the end of the interview, Jian asked him what role he would choose right now, if he could play anything.  And Christopher -- 81 years old -- said "Hamlet."  He said he's finally reached the stage in life where he understands Hamlet and knows he could play him superbly. 
There.  I opened with Judi Dench and closed with Christopher Plummer.  Not bad, eh?

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