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Is today tomorrow?

tomorrowI don’t miss being younger, experiencing the rough stuff of youth. The fears and tears of pimples and unrequited love, the not knowing what to say or wear, or who I would be when, at some distant time and place, I’d be all grown up.

Grown up. An interesting term. As if we grow in one direction, vertically, when really growth is a horizontal thing. With luck and smarts, we grow out, furthering our reach each day, no matter how crummy it may be, for no day is without possibility, however slim.

Grownup; another interesting term. As if we become a solid, single being, rooted in space and time and emotion, when, really, we are fluid. Without the ups and downs, our lives are terribly flat. At the very least, we need hills.

These days my life is hilly and what I see in the distance is my present. How confusing.  It reminds of the time when, as a kid, I asked my mom, “Is today tomorrow?” I couldn’t grasp the concept of time, nor can I now. What day is it? What week, what month, what year? Have they merged and become something wholly different, like mixing red and blue and getting purple?

Purple. Not my favorite color but nice nonetheless. It’s the color of grapes, which I like, and the color of my recently purchased pants, which I love. Other than that, eh. I prefer the blue of clear sharp skies, the waters that ring tropical islands; worn denim.

All of which is neither here nor there, I suppose. Nonetheless, it summarizes my life: I am neither here nor there; I just am. Perhaps this is what it means to grow up, to be a grownup.

 

My Weekly Recap in Pictures

I've learned my lesson and have taken a pic of my car in the parking lot. All that's left now is to remember to look at the pic. #bethconny #lifenicity #wishmeluck

I’ve learned my lesson and have taken a pic of my car in the parking lot. All that’s left now is to remember to look at the pic. #bethconny #lifenicity #wishmeluck

Got up early to work. But how can I work in this mess?!!! #bethconny #lifenicity #iguessthatmeansishoulddosomethingelsewhatatragedy

Got up early to work. But how can I work in this mess?!!! #bethconny #lifenicity #iguessthatmeansishoulddosomethingelsewhatatragedy

car garage

There she is! Third car after the pole. #bethconny #lifenicity #stopmessingwithmybraincarornogasforyou

Again!!!! Up in the nose bleed level of the parking lot, trying to locate my car. Why did I forget to take a picture, as my friends advised? I think I'm going to start staying home, where I know where my car is. #bethconny #lifenicity #thisisgettingoldasismymind

Again!!!! Up in the nose bleed level of the parking lot, trying to locate my car. Why did I forget to take a picture, as my friends advised? I think I’m going to start staying home, where I know where my car is. #bethconny #lifenicity #thisisgettingoldasismymind

car

Where, where, where is my car?! Why, why, why is every other car also a Toyota or gray?! #bethconny #lifenicity #nexttimeiwilltakenoteofwhatleveliamon

books

This morning I stumbled out of bed. Literally. Time to straighten up. #bethconny #lifenicity #needabookintervention

Love my inlaw's house. Never know what I'll find in a dusty corner. #bethconny #lifenicity #anyonewanttogetwildandcrazyandpolka?

Love my inlaw’s house. Never know what I’ll find in a dusty corner. #bethconny #lifenicity #anyonewanttogetwildandcrazyandpolka?

How did I ever think these were cute! #bethconny #lifenicity #atrulybadhairday

How did I ever think these were cute! #bethconny #lifenicity #atrulybadhairday

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menopause

Walked into bedroom last night to find Joe engrossed in PBS show on orangutans. Here they are talking about this particular gal who is going through menopause. To which I say, why waste plane fare to the South Pacific? Stay stateside and study me. #bethconny #lifenicity #imbetterlookingthanhertoo

parking

Not a joke. A very tight parking spot next to concrete pole. Made a note to myself to remind me (along with getting nails done and supermarket). Otherwise, I’d swipe my mirror racing out to the next place. #lifenicity #bethconny #atleastididnthavetomakeanotetoscrewmyheadbackon

tree walnuts

I grew up in a three-room apartment in NYC and now live in a house. But what really thrills me is having my own tree. Giant black walnut left over from the days when this land whole area was farmland. #bethconny #lifenicity #sometimesithinkthistreeiswiserthanme

spider

I will not touch this thing in the basement sink. Neither will Joe. He says it’s his pet. Personally, I’d rather have a dog, or even a boa. #bethconny #lifenicity #thishairythinglookslikeaminiaturetarantula

chat

Early morning chit-chat with one of my peeps. Better than coffee for waking up. Thanks for a great start to the day, Ivonne! #bethconny #lifenicity #neverenoughtimetogetitallineventhoughwetalkreallyreallyfast

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Tom and Phoebe

At Cowork with my colleagues Tom Semmes and Phoebe. She’s so darn fast on the keyboard. #bethconny #lifenicity #sheandiaregoingoutfordrinksandbiscuitslater

Dropping in on my buddy Maria Higgins, who owns Unique-Optique on Patrick St. Love my new glasses! #bethconny #lifenicity #finallydontmindwearingglasses

Dropping in on my buddy Maria Higgins, who owns Unique-Optique on Patrick St. Love my new glasses! #bethconny #lifenicity #finallydontmindwearingglasses

SOS from my iPhone!!! #bethconny #lifenicity #reallygonnafeelcrappylatertodayugh

SOS from my iPhone!!! #bethconny #lifenicity #reallygonnafeelcrappylatertodayugh

Julie's dog

Congrats to my Julie Girl–one of only 20 to get into the only vet tech program in MD! Pound dog Neuvy is proud of his mama. #bethconny #lifenicity #improudtooofmydarlingdaughterwhoswitchedcareerstodowhatsheloves

tea coffee

Tea time with favorite cup. #bethconny #lifenicity #makeyourowndamnlunchtoo

Joe catches me red-handed in the sale aisle at Michael's #bethconny #lifenicity #interventionrequired

Joe catches me red-handed in the sale aisle at Michael’s #bethconny #lifenicity #interventionrequired

Saturday--absolute favorite day of week. Everything loosey-goosey. Love the day's uniform. #bethconny #lifenicity #whogivescrapwhatyoumaythinkaboutmywalkingpantaloons

Saturday–absolute favorite day of week. Everything loosey-goosey. Love the day’s uniform. #bethconny #lifenicity #whogivescrapwhatyoumaythinkaboutmywalkingpantaloons

Lovey dovey with Jenna after a lovely lunch. #bethconny #lifenicity #iadoreyoujennagirl

Lovey dovey with Jenna after a lovely lunch. #bethconny #lifenicity #iadoreyoujennagirl

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beach

Thinking about beach reading. Suggestions? #bethconny #lifenicity #prefernonfiction

office

#bethconny #lifenicity #sometimesyoujustgottagetoutofthehouse

wedding

31 years. Still love you, Joe. Still like you too! #bethconny #lifenicity #littledidweknowthenightwemetinthechineserestaurant

harsh

Oh my, that’s harsh (and also not mine!) #bethconny #lifenicity #abitpassiveaggressiveiwouldsay

hike

Resting after hike in Gambrill. Can see miles and miles from Middletown Lookout. #bethconny #lifenicity #reallyneededthiswalk

desk

Joe ponders how to make the legs of desk he’s building for Julie. #bethconny #lifenicity #glueperhaps?

flush

Who knew it was so easy to be successful! #bethconny #lifenicity #flushnowandfeelgoodaboutyourself

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A parenting bestseller. #bethconny #lifenicity #aparentingbestseller

A parenting bestseller. #bethconny #lifenicity #aparentingbestseller

#bethconny #lifenicity #itmakesadifference

#bethconny #lifenicity #itmakesadifference

weekly pics

Even I am skeptical of my claim that peanuts (coincidentally covered in chocolate) are healthy. But is self-doubt a good thing? Of course not! #bethconny #lifenicity #someonegavethesetomeiswear!

cleaning

Sunday morning cleaning. Starting here. Yes! I can do this! And then, the rest of the house! #bethconny #lifenicity #whydoibeginthedaywithalie

pedicure

My grand-dog and I show off our pedicures. #bethconny #lifenicity #sorrypoochbutminearesexier

salt sugar fat

Has anyone read this? Worth it? #bethconny #lifenicity #wantsubstancebutnottoomuchscience

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Joe, lotto

Joe takes the lottery very seriously. See the stack of coins on the table? He had to pick the right one to use. We won $2! #bethconny #lifenicity #nexttimeamillion

Jenna zips in for a quick visit while in town. A great 20 minutes. Grateful for any time I get. #bethconny #lifenicity #iswearididnotmeantoshowcleavage

Jenna zips in for a quick visit while in town. A great 20 minutes. Grateful for any time I get. #bethconny #lifenicity #iswearididnotmeantoshowcleavage

Taking juicer out for its first spin. Something foreboding though about multiple pieces and instructions. Stick with chocolate milk? #bethconny #lifenicity #whyislifesodifficultatsoearlyanhour

Taking juicer out for its first spin. Something foreboding though about multiple pieces and instructions. Stick with chocolate milk? #bethconny #lifenicity #whyislifesodifficultatsoearlyanhour

Passing one of my favorite buildings in the world: Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan. Truly stunning. #bethconny #lifenicity #lovebeingbackinmyhometown

Passing one of my favorite buildings in the world: Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan. Truly stunning. #bethconny #lifenicity #lovebeingbackinmyhometown

Her wish? That her 89th will be just as much fun! #bethconny #lifenicity #willbeevenbetter

Her wish? That her 89th will be just as much fun! #bethconny #lifenicity #willbeevenbetter

Mom's 88th BD. Sis Nina and I showing her a great time--and having one ourselves. Love you, Mom! #bethconny #lifenicity #wonderfultospendthedaytogether

Mom’s 88th BD. Sis Nina and I showing her a great time–and having one ourselves. Love you, Mom! #bethconny #lifenicity #wonderfultospendthedaytogether

Will juicing kill me?

Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity decides to start juicing — and it ain't pretty.Inspired by friends, I have decided to start juicing. They claim all sorts of health benefits — better sleep and digestion, improvement to the hair, skin and nails. And what an energy boost! They can now leap tall buildings in a single bound. Yes, yes! I will give this a whirl (or should I say, a blend?).

They are using a $99 contraption called a Nutribullet — which really does look like a bullet. (Is it because the concoctions can kill you?) It just so happens that the Nutribullet is on sale at my supermarket, $10 bucks off. Is this providence? So I buy one and then buy strawberries, bananas, nectarines, grapes and apples (all of which I love) and spinach (which I hate). Yee-ha! My cells sing. Healthville here we come! Tomorrow.

Tomorrow comes early. I crawl out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. There the box sits and states: “The Nutribullet system is so easy … anyone can use it!” Sounds promising.

Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity starts juicing — and it ain't pretty!I turn the box and read that the gizmo has 12 pieces. Among them: a high-torque power base, extractor blade and milling blade. Hmmm…this bullet really can kill. I may lose a finger and bleed to death.

I open the box and yes, indeed, there are 12 pieces, which are to fit together in various configurations. I force myself to read the directions. Note: I’m not a directions kinda gal. I have no patience and never seem to grasp what I’m to do and in what order. Beside, my 12 pieces are scattered on my countertop and, well, I’m overwhelmed. I decide to wash each piece. Then, of course, each has to dry, which means that I have no time to juice. It is time to stumble into the shower. Work calls. Tomorrow.

Tomorrow comes early. I lay out my fruit and despised spinach. I am to put a handful of the spinach in the thingy and then add fruits and some nuts (for protein), twist on another thingy, flip this thingy upside-down and press down the other thingy, blend it all together, reverse the thingy process and guzzle.

Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity starts juicing — and it ain't pretty!Now, in all fairness, I must say that the Nutribullet works incredibly fast and well; true to its claim, it is a cinch to clean. Drinking my concoction proves more difficult . It looks like something dredged from a Superfund site. And the taste? Let’s just say it’s unique. Clearly, I’ve gotten the proportions wrong; perhaps I should add chocolate.

I tell myself that I will try again tomorrow. Or perhaps the day after tomorrow. If I don’t wake too late. I’m suddenly so very tired.

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Lincoln Tunnel

Crawling through the Lincoln Tunnel along with tens of thousands trying to make it from NY to Manhatten. #bethconny #lifenicity #whatelseisnew

#bethconny #lifenicity #justwandering

#bethconny #lifenicity #justwandering

blogging

Blocking out my blog’s layout. My head hurts. I’m a text girl! #bethconny #lifenicity #whycantijustsnapmyfingersandeverythingbeperfect

rubber container

I get a great deal on large plastic container, only to discover the warning label that I can’t store a baby in it. Darn. #bethconny #lifenicity #canistuffadeadbodyinitinstead?

haircut

Today I woke, filled with gratitude. I’m getting my hair cut. #bethconny #lifenicity #gonnaputapaperbagonmyhead

Princess Kate, Bubba and me

Beth Mende Conny of Lifenicity and Write Directions writes about the difference between Princess Kate and plain old moms.A few months ago, I was in line at the supermarket, scanning magazine covers (less fattening than scanning candy bars) and flipping through People magazine. On the cover: Princess Kate holding the royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis Bubba, who will one day be king of England.

Katy (excuse the informality) positively beamed, making me wonder what made her baby better than the one in line ahead of me, the one sucking on the bar of his mom’s shopping cart. Both babies pooped, right? (Yep, heirs poop. I wiki-ed it.)

The difference, I concluded, was not between the babes but between their moms. When you’re a princess, you don’t have to deal with diapers, let alone checkout lines. You never have to enter a supermarket or even drive by one in your coach. And should you assume the word “supermarket” has something to do with the economy — e.g., investors are betting on a “super market” — you won’t be laughed out of the country because you own a chunk of it.

As a princess, you don’t have to sumo wrestle your kid into pajamas or wear a corsage of spit-up. You don’t have to pray your babysitter will show up so you and your prince charming can steal away to McDonald’s for a quick dinner. (Gives new meaning to the term fast food, eh?) You don’t have to squirrel away money for a new tiara (you can borrow your mother-in-law’s) or for college because Bubba’s got a throne waiting for him at Oxford. Continue Reading →