Turning 48, voracious reading, and a few things I wish someone would have told me…

Aging-I’m now 48…on March 27th, another year clicked into place for me.  This number-48, of all the years in this 4th decade, has had the biggest affect on me.  I love my forties, don’t get me wrong, but now I’m edging towards 50 and I can’t help but feel a little trepidation about it.  In just this last year I’ve noticed changes in my face-subtle ones, but changes no less.  My hair is getting whitish gray in spots and my waist is getting bigger (rats), my joints are achy as hell and I’m feeling just a tad melancholy.  Okay, I hear that fifty is the new forty, but I guess I can’t believe that until I see it.  (In no hurry!)  Christie Brinkley was asked how she keeps her face so young looking (I’m convinced it’s Photoshop) and she was quick to say, “Exfoliate!  I’m always exfoliating my face!”  So, there you have it.  I’m going to go out and get myself some fine grit sandpaper.  Let the exfoliation begin. 🙂

Books-The other day I realized books are one of those things I truly love the most, and I really, really would have a seriously difficult time of it if I had to live without them.  I’m always reading something.  I have been devouring books a lot lately and making frequent trips to the library, too.  Just this month I finished three books and I’m onto my next book.  I think my husband is jealous.  I don’t hold him like I hold a book.  Lol…

Things I wish someone would have told me when I was younger: Okay all you young women reading this…pay attention because I’m giving this advise to you as a gift.  (If you are a guy reading this, pass it on to your young daughters). No one told me these things when I was a young girl-put a high SPF sunblock on your face every day and also put sunblock on your neck and upper chest that is exposed when you wear tops. Also, rub some sunblock into the tops of your hands….religiously.  You won’t regret it.  If you heed these little nudges of wisdom, they may very well save you from having a really jiggly turkey neck when you reach late middle age.  You might also avoid having a sun damaged leather neck.  When you are thinking about how a tan makes you look lovely now, remember that when you reach middle age (and believe me, it gets here faster than you can even imagine), and the elements of your beauty you are taking for grated now begin slipping away, in the course of frantically grasping to get them back, you don’t want to deeply regret all the sun worshipping you did in the past because you now look like an iguana. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

Girls, get your SPF-the higher, the better.
Wear your high SPF religiousy when you're young...

My blog crush for the week is Advanced Style .  It must be the whole getting older thing, but this young, handsome guy who writes this blog has a thing for older women and he scours the streets of Manhattan looking for interesting, beautiful, stylish old women and he snaps their photos and blogs about them.  Love this guy.  He’s helping me in my uneasiness about saying farewell to youth.  I do want to be a lovely old crone and I will….I will be lovely, you wait and see.  (I’ll blog about it in 10 years.)

A good movie-A dear friend took me to see the new film Jane Eyre this week for a birthday treat.  I read the book and loved it, and I was  so pleasantly surprised to see this film did not disappoint.  It was true to the story line, (in fact, it was almost like the director was inside my head when I was reading it and saw these scenes just as I did!), had beautiful cinematography and Jane was oh-so-plain.  It made me cry at scenes….it was so very touching.  Mr. Rochester was sexy and irresistible,  just like he was in the book.  If you are a Jane Eyre fan, or a lover of Gothic literature this really should be a ‘must see’.  Treat yourself to some overpriced buttered popcorn and soda and settle into a comfy theater seat for a real visual treat.

7 thoughts on “Turning 48, voracious reading, and a few things I wish someone would have told me…”

  1. Oh Em,
    Once again Happy Birthday. I hear ya on the aches & pains. I refuse to go out lookin & feelin old. I have a gypsy spirit. I am on a new journey of health & wellness. I am beginning Yoga in a couple of weeks. Yikes…I just havent been feeling spirited lately & thats because Ive let authentic self down. Im 52 & since my 40s I havent honored my temple…My bodys been squatting in an abandoned warehouse & it shows. So eating healthier, & less. much less & moving more…Im gonna be one adoreable diva again. Ive been meditating on this…”If you want something youve never had before you must do what youve never done before…yup, healthier living & Black N Decker sanders for exfoliating…Join me, well support eachother. I simply adore you.


    1. Ah, Kat, your plan sounds wonderful. Yoga is a good thing, and I should get into it. I had one class years ago and loved it. I realize I need to eat less, too. As you know I’m addicted to that yogurt. I eat it for breakfast and snacks and I also love tomato soup. I’m trying to take healthy supplements that will keep me in good heath. I walked for an hour and a half today ( I admit I over did it, but when you walk to the library, you have to walk back, and that was the killer). Slow and steady wins the race, and I love what you said about if you want something you haven’t had before you have to do things you haven’t done before. So true. I will age well. I just have to wrap my head around it.
      Adore you, too.


    1. Oh, that’s what you meant! I thought when you said you ‘didn’t get it’ you meant “duh, I don’t get it!”

      I get it now….lol.
      Now that you subscribed, you’ll GET IT.


  2. Happy (slightly belated) birthday!
    The other day I noticed wrinkles on my arms. My arms of all things!! I’m older than you but didn’t expect to see that for another decade at least.


  3. Happy birthday, I too have not been a fan of these anniversaries but I do like your sense of humour. Recently I have started to say Barbie is looking good for her age but think she has had a little work done as she and I share a birthday.


  4. You REALLY DO LIKE BOOKS LOL LOL I love reading but the murder crime stuff. Hey you are 8 years younger than me. You lucky thing !!


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