Friday, January 30, 2015

TToT62: To Recap...

"I don't know what I look like without glasses," my husband just said.

This statement made me stop in my tracks. It was one of those off-hand statements that turns your thoughts upside-down. He doesn't know what he looks like without glasses.

Geez.

I take my eyesight for granted.

Here's hoping the kids get my eyesight. And Brian's shapely calves and naturally straight, cavity-free teeth.

1. Seeing the world through another viewpoint.

2. My eyesight. It's not as good as it once was, but I got tested a year ago, and it's at least still 20/20.

3. I wrote a poem this week and published it. Not just one of my half-assed haiku, but one I spent some (a little) time on.

4. I got a poem from my dad in return. Not sure if I have permission to publish, so I'll abstain. It was good, though.

5. I felt like I was part of a community, that I belonged, twice this week,

6. I had the best artichoke I've ever eaten. It was marinated and grilled, and I ate the.entire.thing.

7. I saw Birdman. Didn't love it. But I am so up on current popular culture, I can't get over myself.

8. I set a task for myself and worked hard at it.

9. I decided it was boring as all get-out and chose the Cliff's Notes version instead.

10. I'm 39, three days into my 40th year, and I'm sorta OK with it.

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38 comments :

  1. I get the hubs plight. It changed after 50 for some reason I could see much better up close without my glasses...and ive had them since I was five-ish. Always had to bring someone I trusted to go eyeglass shopping with me!

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    1. You know, that happened to my dad, too, I think--the eyesight getting better.

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  2. Hell yeah! FRIST!

    OH and awesome poem this week!

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  3. You've reminded me that I'm thankful for my glasses, without which I couldn't live a normal life.

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    1. I'm glad you have them, Romi, you do a lot of intricate work!

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  4. Shhhhh lets not talk about glasses....I am suppose to wear them but the last pair,I stepped on them. By accident.

    I loved number eight and nine. So Something I would do

    and age is just a number darling......(says the woman who had a meltdown several years ago over turning thirty)

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    1. And stepping on glasses is something I would do!

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  5. When I found out my daughter's vision was absolutely awful- I was so distraught, knowing that she didn't see the things I could see for her first four years. I'm so so so grateful for glasses!!!

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    1. I know that feeling! I've felt that when I realized how anxious Maggie was feeling.

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  6. Hey, Sarah, I'm thankful for mine too. Don't know what I'll do without them!

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  7. I was a 20/20 girl until mid-forties. It took a while to get over the vanity part of eyeglasses, but then I decided I really missed reading. Now I've embraced the glasses-on-the-top-of-the-head, always-available-when-needed look.

    Happy birthday!

    Oh, is it a good year for artichokes? They are my favorite vegetable!

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    1. I have no idea if it's a good year. I've never been served an artichoke like that, though--where you cut it into bites instead of peeling off the leaves.
      I've been told my eyesight will go at 40. So far, so good.

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  8. My least favorite thing about aging is the reading glasses thing. Good eyesight is something to be treasured. My hub is like yours, can't see himself with out glasses. One of my kids has my great eyesight and one has his. I had trouble with my 40th birthday, until my father-in-law said, "consider the alternative." Have a good week. I loved the poem.

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    1. "Consider the alternative" is perfect! I figure glasses are in my future, but so far, so good, huh?

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  9. I can't see s*** without my glasses but I do know what my face looks like because I am right on top of the mirror when I apply makeup. I haven't had an artichoke in forever, but now I want one! Thanks for the idea. Oh, and I love my 40s. They are much better than my 20s and 30s were!

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    1. Well, me giving you a food idea is turning the tables! Lots of people are encouraging about the 40s. I'm nearly convinced.

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  10. I miss seeing myself without glasses, but contacts don't work for me anymore. Love the poem.

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  11. I have taken my eyesight for granted. After 40 it started to change more dramatically and I was worried that it was one of my meds (one of my RA meds affects vision - the great catch-22). But I get my vision tested regularly and my lovely eye doc assured me that it was nothing to worry about - just being over 40. Thanks. But I find I am able to go without them less often so, like Kristi, I've adopted the go-with-it approach. I have a pair in the bedroom, a pair at my office desk, and a pair that lives in my purse and goes with me when I go out. Last time I needed new frames I went with the big honkin stylish thick frames that say yeah I need my glasses to wear the menu...so what? I figure I can't be vain about it because I have a six year old with them and I want her to feel confident that they are good to wear. When we found out she needed them, I felt terrible that I didn't know she couldn't see well.
    Anyway.
    I love artichokes -had the best marinated and crab-stuffed ones when we went out for our anniversary a few weeks ago. So. Good.
    I loved your poem. Did I say that already?
    Forty is a number, no more. I'm enjoying life much more on this side of it. And I remembered something my Grandfather said once when I complained that I thought I was feeling old at some particular age. He laughed a little and those blue eyes of his twinkled brightly as he said, "Oh yeah? You think 30 is old? Try having a granddaughter that age...that's old." Perspective.
    Eight and nine are so me. It's perfect that we're friends!

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    1. Crab-stuffed artichokes sound amazing! #8 and #9 were--guess what?--Ezekiel. It was SO boring. I finally gave up and went to Wikipedia. How bad is that?
      I love the thick frames. Some day we'll look back and wonder what we were thinking, but I love them now.

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  12. I miss my good eyesight. I can still get along, but I know the eye doctor is calling me. Well done on being with Pop Culture, I can't wait to see Birdman.

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  13. I can't remember not having glasses, but if I peer, I can see my face without them, and fortunately, I think I look better WITH them.

    Lovely poem, though a tough subject to manage. Beautiful structure.

    And I hope that your okay-ness with your 40th year continues, and grows more and more okay until you like it very much :)

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    1. I like you in glasses, too. Thanks about the poem.

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  14. You have one more year before you will be at the dollar store, buying reading glasses and keeping them all over the house. You heard it here first.
    Your poem was exquisite.
    I have never eaten an artichoke.

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    1. You've never eaten an artichoke? Thanks about the poem.

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  15. "1. Seeing the world through another viewpoint
    is there any other capacity/potential of human that is more powerful than this?

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  16. First of all, I loved your poem and that adorable pic of your daughter. Second, you are so up on popular culture - go you! Third, turning forty is not as bad as I thought it would be. I still feel 23. I do not look 23, but I kinda wish I did.

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    1. Thank you, Dana! I felt 27 for years into my 30s. It must have been something of a magic age for me.

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  17. I can see why your husband’s comment would make you stop. I have reading glasses, but hardly ever wear them, and don’t need the other kind. My older daughter needed glasses from age 11, and I felt so disappointed for her at the time. Her eyesight kept getting worse for a few years, and she’s probably the same as your husband and can’t see herself without them - though she manages to put on make-up! LIke you, I feel so grateful for my eyesight.
    A belated happy birthday to you!

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    1. It really was one of those comments that seemed incredibly important to me. It rearranged the world for a second.

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (blame Ivy or whoever it is for the caps by the way). I'm still 20/20 as well but have a hard time at night with distances and I think it's getting worse. How weird, too, to not be able to not know what we look like without glasses. Something I'd never really think of - it took me back as well.
    Your poem??!!! I need to go read it NOW.

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    1. Yeah, I missed the CAPS thing while I was handling the furnace noise anxiety. I'm holding on to the 20/20 as long as I can. I hear it goes at 40.

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