Y R U Even Saying This?

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YRU Even Saying This?

“Why are you even saying this?” from Mostly Bright Ideas, may be my all time favorite line in a blog. Mostly because even though I have just recently entered the blissful world of Empty Nestdom where I do whatever I want, when I want, and how I want except when the dog tells me I have to do it differently, I’m still a recovering parent.

I still dream in Motherhood and wake up with some angst, worried that I’m supposed to be doing something I’m not, then realize, oh the kids are grown, it’s just Tony and me (and the dog) and I GO BACK TO SLEEP (I sleep! AND I sleep in!).

I am in the midst of transitioning from explaining repeatedly, “Why I am even saying this” to saying, “Bummer you only have $9.00 left, you might want to skip that concert if you plan to eat.” I keep on waiting to feel the emptiness part of this transition, but it’s not there (finally felt it) I think this is largely due to the daily dose of sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartfelt (often times both) blogs I have stumbled upon accidentally in my search for what comes next in my life.

Reflecting on life through the eyes of others has been a great source of laughter and inspiration, hence, I have wanted for some time now to come up with a way to honor the bloggers whose blogs I love to read. I worked on a really cool Web site to display my favorite sites (it’s now just an abandoned building waiting for someone to take down the Christmas decorations), but realized it was too time consuming to keep up.

Thirty Years of Growing Pain(s) gave me this idea when she happened upon one of my favorite posts, The Flight Attendant, I have decided to dedicate this page to YOUR favorite posts. I hope you will participate. Please choose the three posts on your blog that you would love for people to read, and leave the links in the comments below.

Blogs I love:


patricemj
http://patricemj.wordpress.com
myrahmcilvain
http://myrahmcilvain.wordpress.com
Angie Z.
http://childhoodrelived.wordpress.com


Jamie
http://sowhatwouldyousay.wordpress.com


creatingreciprocity
http://creatingreciprocity.wordpress.com


kianys
http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com


momshieb
http://momshieb.wordpress.com


winsomebella
http://winsomebella.wordpress.com


Nel
http://directionallyimpaired.wordpress.com


Life in the Boomer Lane
http://lifeintheboomerlane.com


taimurwali
http://spoiledwali.wordpress.com


daterofboys
http://howtodateboys.wordpress.com


maturestudenthanginginthere
http://maturestudenthanginginthere.wordpress.com

http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com/


tshang
http://365vets.wordpress.com/


thesullinsfamily
http://thesullinsfamily.wordpress.com


emjayandthem
http://emjayandthem.wordpress.com


misty maples farm
http://awinsomejourney.wordpress.com


theinsideofateenagegirl
http://theinsideofateenagegirl.wordpress.com


Tana
http://theprivilegedcontrarian.wordpress.com


writingfeemail
http://writingfeemail.wordpress.com


veryVERYbusymom
http://veryverybusymom.wordpress.com


Kate
http://confederacyofspinsters.com/


small steps big world
http://tangledtree.wordpress.com


Kendrick Macdowell
http://kendrickmacdowell.wordpress.com


amumsim
http://amumsim.wordpress.com


momshieb
http://momshieb.wordpress.com


winsomebella
http://winsomebella.wordpress.com

Memoirs of an Evil Step Mom
http://nonstepmom.wordpress.com/

Hopeful Insights
http://hopefulinsights.wordpress.com/

The Good Greatsby
http://thegoodgreatsby.com/

Partial View
http://partialview.wordpress.com/

Soul Dipper

The Happy Logophile

Kvetch Mom

Becoming Cliché

WordsFallFromMyEyes

publikworks

Chris Donner, Mystery Writer

A Winsome Journey ~ imagine, dream, create

OUR LIFE IN 3D

The Great Balancing Act

Barking In The Dark

Secrets and Memories of a French-born Hostess

Keeping Time


takingcandyfromababy
http://takingcandyfromababy.wordpress.com

http://pegoleg.wordpress.com/

http://onefrenchword.wordpress.com/

Writing Between the Lines

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She’s a Maineiac
http://miraclemama.wordpress.com

Laughing Cow in France


jell jell @ I’ll Sleep When They’re Grown
http://illsleepwhentheyregrown.comSarvodaya
http://romneymanassa.wordpress.com/

I am a liver
http://iamaliver.wordpress.com/

Inspired
http://kateswaffer.wordpress.com/

Mostly Bright Ideas
http://mostlybrightideas.wordpress.com/


yearstricken
http://yearstruck.wordpress.com


Snoring Dog Studio
http://snoringdogstudio.wordpress.com


Victoria Oldham
http://www.victoria-oldham.co.uk


SusanWritesPrecise
http://susanwritesprecise.com


JSD
http://undercoversurfer.wordpress.com


Red
http://mommasmoneymatters.wordpress.com/


belleofthecarnival
http://belleofthecarnival.wordpress.com


simply.bekah
http://simplybekah.wordpress.com


psychodynamom
http://psychodynamom.wordpress.com


Kana Tyler
http://kanatyler.wordpress.com


annieagain
http://annieagain.wordpress.com


Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface
http://acleansurface.wordpress.com


themiddlestsister
http://themiddlestsister.wordpress.com


ifiwerebraveblog
http://ifiwerebraveblog.wordpress.com


princessnadielala
http://nadiesbrain.wordpress.com


midsummerdreamsandwintertales
http://midsummerdreamsandwintertales.wordpress.com


Storm Rider
http://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com


Michael


Erik
http://susserativeaspirations.wordpress.com


valentinedee
http://valentinedefrancis.com


angrymiddleagewoman
http://angrymiddleagewoman.wordpress.com


mommysaidaswearword
http://mommysaidaswearword.wordpress.com


valentinelogar
http://valentinelogar.wordpress.com


lizsturm
http://lizsturm.wordpress.com


riatarded
http://riatarded.wordpress.com


B.B.Darlington
http://bbdarlington.wordpress.com


Saara
http://saaranaveed.wordpress.com


Sara
http://abrasivenough.wordpress.com


tarapappas
http://artfulexplorationsinnature.wordpress.com


lifeloveandbaby
http://lifeloveandbaby.com


notesfromrumbleycottage
http://notesfromrumblycottage.wordpress.com


mummybigbum
http://mummybigbum.wordpress.com


ruggedgrace
http://ruggedgrace.wordpress.com


kewsmith
http://randomreasoning.wordpress.com

muddledmom
http://muddledmom.wordpress.com

http://andreainindonesia.wordpress.com/

797 Days
http://797days.wordpress.com

I hope I remembered everyone. I would never intentionally exclude anyone, so if you are not here, you will be soon (the next time you pop into my inbox).

My Favorite Post:
The Flight Attendant

Yesterday, in the back of the pickup, we met up with an Irish girl who was about 21 traveling on her own, a young British couple (who literally looked like they were 15 years old – the female half of the couple had been traveling five months on her own), and a mother/daughter duo from the United States.

Immediately, there was conversation about where have you been, where are you going, what have you been doing, etc., etc.? The mom who was approximately 52 to 53ish exclaimed with pride that she was a flight attendant. I was a little taken aback by her excited proclamation. She then went on to explain, much to all of our envy, that she and her daughter had flown first class to Thailand from New York for $78.00. “They greeted us with champagne and gave us menus,” she exclaimed with the giddiness of me when I see a Thai vehicle with seatbelts. I honestly thought, I’d like to marry this woman for her airline benefits.

Eventually, she told us her story. She used to own an oil changing franchise and a couple of other investment type businesses. One day her sister came into the oil changing establishment and found her crying. The sister said, “I have never seen you so miserable.” That day, she decided she would sell the businesses and do something different with her life.

She decided she would like to be a flight attendant and asked her sister to help her look for something online. A couple of weeks later she was on her way to New York City to interview for a flight attendant job. There were about 150 applicants there; she called her sister, and said, “What was I thinking? There is no way I am going to get this job!” Two hours later she was being drug tested and looking for an apartment in NYC.

Here’s the clincher, this all happened within the last year! She’s in her early fifties, a flight attendant, and traveling the world first class for 78 bucks a shot!

I thought about it for a second or two, and then asked, “Is there a maximum weight limit for flight attendants.”

The Irish girl egged me on, “You should do it!!!” “Yes, yes!” everyone in the back of the truck encouraged except Kip and Ralphie who were mortified that I was speaking out loud.

“Well,” I thought, “If I lose 50 pounds so I don’t have to walk down the aisle sideways and get the pesky broken toe fixed so I can wear heels, this could work.”

Then I remembered I am deaf in my left ear. The flight attendant reassured me, “Not a problem, nobody ever asked me if I was deaf.” I responded, “Well, I think they will figure out something is wrong when everyone on the left side of the plane ends up with the wrong order.” Even Kip cracked a smile for that.

Later, I told Tony, “I don’t think the flight attendant thing will work out for me; I am horrible in a crisis, plus I think the pilots would get tired of me tapping on the cockpit door asking if they see that big plane at the end of the runway that hasn’t cleared our path, and oh yeah, I have a latent fear of flying!”

Tony replied , “I could be a pilot.”

image These comments have rules!

No commenting allowed unless your comment includes the following:

1) Please include one to three links to your favorite posts on your blog, and

2) a sentence (or two) about each post.

Please participate – it will be fun to read your favorites!

Please! :-)

Note: For the sake of space (because I am so optimistic), I’m not going to leave comments.

13 thoughts on “Y R U Even Saying This?”

  1. This is fantastic! I truly apprecitate this great kind of shout out – Said it before, will say it again: You are the best!

    Favorite Posts:

    1) “God Is Like General Patton”
    http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/god-is-like-general-patton/

    *A tribute to a great man, who happened to be my (maternal) grandfather and who passed away some time ago. I still miss him painfully, not just because I lost an important link to my mother and a wonderful person in my life, but also my moral compass*

    2) “How My Inability To Count Cost Me An Olympic Gold Medal”
    http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/how-my-inability-to-count-cost-me-an-olympic-gold-medal/

    *A tale from my innocent youth – when math (or rather they incapacity to count) comes with immediate dissadvantages. If my (future) offspring ever told me they hate math and they won’t ever need it for anything in their life, I’ll force them to listen to this story*

    3) “Why The F.B.I. Needs Me”
    http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/why-the-f-b-i-needs-me/

    *This was my first attempt at humor here. I’m not saying I suceeded, but I am saying it makes for a cute read. Also it was very fun to write, so there!*

    I think those would be my top 3 for now – should you chose to just go with one per person, I think I’d go with the “God Is Like General Patton” post

    Thank you, again – This is such a great tribute to the blogs you enjoy (and I’m honored to be among them!) :)

  2. What a wonderful idea! I often feel like my “best” posts were in my first six months of blogging. Thanks for doing this!
    I will try to put up some links, but I am hopeless in terms of technology. Here goes:

    1) I wrote this post about 6 weeks after my boys moved out and left my nest sad and empty. It was just a lovely image that stuck in my head and really touched me.

    http://momshieb.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/pay-attention-to-the-little-things/

    2) Once a week I spend the night with my Mom, in the house where I grew up. I posted this on the my first Halloween as an Empty Nester, lying in bed in my childhood bedroom.

    http://momshieb.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/haunted/

    3) This one is strange. I don’t consider it my best writing, but someone (who???) reads it at least once a week. I wrote on my Dad’s birthday; the second birthday since his death. It shows how much we all miss him, but I am putting it here because someone out there (no doubt a relative of mine?) has found it so meaningful.

    http://momshieb.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/happy-birthday-i-miss-you/

  3. What a great invitation. You got me rereading my posts and looking at them through new eyes. Here are my top three. I can’t wait to browse through everyone’s favorites and discover some new blogs to follow.

    1) This one is my favorite since it comes directly from my heart and my son’s heart. It’s also directly about the mission of my blog which is to get the world communicating with more clarity and authenticity!

    http://sowhatwouldyousay.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/the-conversation-that-got-me-to-africa/

    2) This post is about a beautiful lesson I learned from a beautiful man who was the custodian in the school where I was the principal. Sadly he passed away recently so this post was a tribute to him.

    http://sowhatwouldyousay.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/what-steve-taught-me/

    3) My third favorite is about a time I made a choice not to speak, which is important since my blog is mostly about speaking. Sometimes not speaking is the best option and I hope to share more of these examples in the future.

    http://sowhatwouldyousay.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/when-the-choice-to-be-silent-makes-sense/

  4. Cafe23 said:

    Aww, I love this idea! :) Here’s my faves!

    1) Saying Goodbye To My Life of Crime
    http://cafe23.me/2011/11/30/saying-goodbye-to-my-life-of-crime/

    Last day at my old job and wanted to reflect on my time doing research in the criminal justice sector. This one generated a lot of discussion on my Facebook page :)

    2) Korean 101: Do You Look Good Enough?
    http://cafe23.me/2011/12/14/korean-101-do-you-look-good-enough/

    I’m Korean and going to Korea for the first time in the summer, so doing my research on what to expect. One thing I learned is that looking good in Korea is an extremely high priority (think mass plastic surgery, etc). My thoughts on this and reflecting back to when I was outcasted for my looks when I was a kid.

    3) The Coffee Addiction: Coffee Is Evil (Comic)
    http://cafe23.me/2012/01/09/the-coffee-addiction-coffee-is-evil-comic/

    My very first attempt at creating a comic! It was completely based on a Facebook conversation I had with two friends (the devil & angel) about trying to quit my coffee addiction.

    Thanks so much for so generously offering this space! You are awesome! :)

    – Cafe

  5. Hi – this is such a great idea to introduce others to our blogs. Here’s a sampling of my favorites:

    1) The People in the Window
    http://mightyinspiration.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/the-people-in-the-window/

    This was about one of the magical moments in life and I still love reading it. It puts me right back in that moment with my daughter and that’s a place I so love to be.

    2) You’re Gonna Put Your Eye Out
    http://mightyinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/youre-gonna-put-your-eye-out/

    I really enjoyed my walk down memory lane that week and thought it was fun to share – even shamelessly the picture from the 80’s!

    3) I would never be the same
    http://mightyinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/i-would-never-be-the-same-2/

    This one is a little piece of my soul – a glimpse into the authentic me and a chance to express how blessed I feel.

    Thanks for letting me share! I really enjoy your blog!
    Barb Miller

  6. I still love your blog layout it is so awesome!! Thanks for the blog list I have to check out of some your favorites pretty soon! School just started again, I decided to take five classes and so much homework already!!! Have a great day!

  7. Love what you are doing here and the wonderfully creative things you’ve done with your blog. I must wait till I return to my laptop to add my links…….:-)

  8. Oh this is so fun!!

    1. http://simplybekah.com/2011/11/14/of-muffin-papers-burned-cookies-and-toilet-trauma/

    This just makes me laugh every single time I re-read it because it pretty much sums up the craziness that is my household. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    2. http://simplybekah.com/2012/01/15/its-not-you-a-letter-of-hope-in-the-midst-of-domestic-violence/

    It’s a pretty recent post but it reached several people that I was targeting it towards and a couple more that were in situations I was unaware of at the time. Anytime I get to help someone using my own experiences, well, it makes those experiences totally worth it.

    3. http://simplybekah.com/2012/01/13/you-are-cordially-invited-to-a-chicken-pox-exposure-party-please-rsvp/

    I got sooo many hits on this blog post. I had NO idea what kind of can o’ worms I was opening and it was super fun to keep checking back and having dialogue with commenters and facebook fans!

    Love your blog, as always!!

    -Bekah

  9. Thank you for inviting me over to do this, Worrywarts. You are one of my favorite writers, and I feel honored.

    1. http://year-struck.com/2012/01/25/1-if-you-want-to-join-the-pantheon-of-the-blog-gods-the-number-one-thing-to-remember-is-to-make-your-post-title-short-so-search-engines-will-have-an-easy-way-to-find-you-in-other-words-use-key-wor/

    Tips on how to become a blog god from someone who is not. (It’s the longest title of any post on my blog. So far.)

    2. http://year-struck.com/2011/12/11/sleeping-with-bears/

    Tips about sleeping with bears and triangular dreams.

    3. http://year-struck.com/2012/01/23/the-old-woman-in-the-mirror/

    Because sometimes I’m serious.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes said:

    Y R U even saying this? – that resonates with me, too :)
    Loved your expression ‘Empty Nestdom’.

    Well, what have I stumbled upon here, then… 3 links is the rules? You know, I love the no. 3. It’s ALWAYS special. 3 wishes, 3 chances, 3 candles on a cake. Just love it. Well, if I may, I will participate…

    HERE’S A VISUAL OF SOMETHING I WROTE: http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/heres-a-visual-of-something-i-wrote/ : this is a short video of my kitten when we introduced him to our household (‘our’ is my son & me), and when he grew just a wee bit…I treasure this because we no longer have our kitten. And I enjoyed telling it in the style of a tale for kiddies.

    IT RAINS, IT POURS is fairly brief. It details the day I considered adopting out the child within my womb because I was petrified, PETRIFIED of giving birth, being so alone, living in a State without any family at all to hand, with no friends with children, no girly friends, and only men I knew through stage & amateur film that I used to do…. http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/it-rains-it-pours/

    BY THE LIGHT OF HER LEARNED SELF is about when I decided I would go to court to attempt child support from the father of my newborn – so it’s the day I met a lawyer, Legal Aid; (when we went to court, the father said in court that Daniel, our child, was not his son): http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/by-the-light-of-her-learned-self/

    Thank you very kindly worrwarts gude, for the opportunity to share a piece or two of my offerings for anyone who may chance by. Please feel free to leave three links on my blog – mentioning this which you’re offering to do for people – I think it’s a great idea.

    :)
    N’n.

  11. Julie,

    I am so proud to have you post me here. (Pst…the address has changed.) I have had to break with a decades old tradition of not reading what I write after I publish it to honor your request for links, but I hope these three please anyone who would peruse them.

    I love all your adventures and your heartfelt posts which poignantly remind me of so many of my own experiences.
    Red.
    xxx

    War Sucks
    This is a poem about being a surviving spouse of war and the multi-generational effect it can have. It has a lot of heart, and I always welcome comments from those who happen along it months (and years) after it was written.
    http://mommasmoneymatters.com/war-survivors/

    I will NOT eat that.
    A very amusing example of how assumptions get us into trouble, along with a pictorial.
    http://mommasmoneymatters.com/expect-what-you-inspect/

    Busted
    I am the owner of the stupidest inbox in the blogosphere. Every Friday, I open it up and share with the M3 readers how horrid some Internet surfer’s comprehension level really is. This is the 14th edition. Now, they have come to include full audience participation.
    http://mommasmoneymatters.com/ff14-stupid-email/

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