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Random 5 … Wednesday: Fans, Joy and Margaritas

I’ve been traveling a lot this month – and packing – so not much time for blogging these days. Here’s my Random 5 on a random day .. Wednesday! 🙂

1 Hubbs and I spent 3 hours in a Home Improvement Store recently. 3 Hours.  3 hours, picking out mirrors and door pulls, knobs and faucets. Somehow our marriage survived and as we unloaded stuff into his car we laughed when we realized we forgot some of the 60+ things on our list.  He ran back in with a (shortened) list while I waited in the car.  Unloading at our new-to-us house later we laughed again … it was then we realized there were still more things we’d forgotten. The excitement of new paint and faucets made the confusion worth it.

Hubbs changed a light bulb this week. He's my hero! :) google.images.com

Hubbs changed a light bulb this week. He’s my hero! 🙂 google.images.com

2 Last week’s travels took me to the Ann Arbor area; I remembered Hubbs’ H.S. friend lives there with his wife.  He and I met once, at their H.S. reunion, but I’d never met her. Somehow I knew we’d hit it off.  I knew we’d make a great connection – and we did.  We met for lunch and us two Geminis may have dominated the conversation.  🙂  So funny that our hubbies are both Virgos!    I continue to say YES to new experiences and new people; doing so has sparked great joy.   Cynthia, a dynamic and engaging Leadership Speaker/Trainer/Motivator/Searcher of Joy, also blogs – read her take on the experience here.

does this spark joy

3 Oldest boy is getting married in a month; I’ve been so consumed by work, travel, house stuff, sorting, packing, tossing, etc. that I haven’t had time to think about a dress.  Yesterday I knew it was time.  The journey through Department stores must have resembled the flight of the bumble bee but eventually I found a dress I loved.  My criteria are these: it must: 1) fit, 2) flatter, 3) move and 4) allow me to dance.  This one hit all four 🙂  The store was warm and it was a humid day and, after trying on 50+ dresses, I could feel myself start to heat up. Standing in line at the checkout counter I put my readers up on top of my head. When it came time to read my bill I found my readers had steamed up.  Welcome to Menopause – Nature’s way of telling you you’re hot, just not in the way you used to be!

I could live without heat but never this!

4. Speaking of hot, had to laugh at this memory:  in college I shared a house with several girls. I had a spot in the basement which was perfect for me because I worked two jobs and went to school full-time – I slept in 4 hour increments and that basement was cool and dark.  Ahh.  But this – this hung over the washer and dryer:

Hello!

Hello!

5   Last fall I had a small health scare (for more read Angel Kisses) so, this Spring, I did all the necessary follow-ups.  Well whatever they’d seen last fall was still there so new tests were ordered.  Except that the new test was not one I was willing to take ~ it involved an inject-able dye that I am highly allergic to.  Two – count ’em – two doctors tried to talk me into it.  Nope, not doing it.  “But we can give you steroids first to counteract any reaction you may have; the chances of a reaction are small..” Nope, not doing it, already had a reaction once, chances are I will again, find something else.  Finally a third doctor saw the logic in my thinking and agreed.  She ordered a biopsy which I did Monday.   Everything’s OK, thank God, but while lying on the table at the Cancer center (like that’s not daunting enough!!) I commented that we don’t need that pretty country scene to stare at … we need some hot men.  The nurses snorted when I suggested Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but I think I’m on to something.

butch cassidy and the sundance kid

Later, after the procedure but before my last mamm-0-slam of the day (I’d already had about 10) they offered me a warm blanket.  I suggested they offer Margaritas instead.  Skip the “Serenity Now” pictures and bland coffee, when we’re getting our girls pinched, squeezed, and needled, we’d appreciate a little visual pleasure and some liquid courage, thankyouverymuch.

Strawberry or Lime? Your choice, girls!

Strawberry or Lime? Your choice, girls!

So that’s been my last couplea weeks.  Crazy, busy, hair-on-fire most weeks but still going 🙂

** Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads this weekend!

Happy Father’s Day to Hubbs – a Dad who can take all the teasing 2 boys can dish out … A Dad that a 5-year-old boy loved long before his Mom had courage to, a Dad who welcomed another son 2 years later but gave them both the same last name. A Dad who learned the hard way that brothers can be taken from us so we should treasure them while we can.  He’s a Dad who taught them to love and respect their Mom and to “find a girl who reads.”   He’s the Dad who cried before I did as we picked out songs for oldest boy’s wedding next month.  To quote him “Touch my boys & I’ll kill ya.”  You can see why they nicknamed him “Clint.”

boys & dad

~ the Bear and his cubs~ An Emjayandthem(C) photo

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Random 5 … Wednesday: Fans, Joy and Margaritas

  1. Aw, I’m so glad all your tests had good results, MJ. I can imagine how frightening all that was (I had to have a second mammogram done one time, and thought I’d pass out from the fear while waiting on the results.).
    Tom Selleck…..sigh…..
    Your Hubbs is one obviously one heckuva guy — so happy you two found each other. AND happy that you found THE dress!

  2. Great post. I also whine about margaritas when having checkups. My hairdresser offers wine but I would much prefer a margarita. What’s not to love about Tom. Maybe it’s my age but I love those old guys. Sooo sexy.

    • He was handsome then and still is.. Hubba Hubba!! I would prefer a margarita, back rub and my fortune told next time I have to endure the mamm-o-slam!! 🙂 MJ

  3. Wonderful post MJ! I’m so glad you are registering “clear” from all the tests and found the perfect dress. And your tribute to your Hubbs is amazing. I hope he reads it to see what you really deep down think of him. 🙂

  4. Whew, Tom looking good. Funny how his hairy chest was part of his awesomeness and nowadays, guys are waxing it all off. All that pain to look like a little boy again. hmmm. Glad you’re tests came out ok. I speak from experience saying that is scary stuff. Glad you have a minute to catch us up.

    • I agree!! Manly man – hooah!! Don’t give me no manicured lil teenybopper, give me Marlboro Man – whoop!! I am clear through to the other side now 🙂 MJ

  5. Oh, I could say a lot about this post! First, I can completely identify with the home improvement projects! Our house in Ketchikan was a beautiful and graceful almost 100-year-old space…I spent many an hour painting and making it my nest! So satisfying, but those big projects take a lot of trips to the hardware store!

    I’ve been in your place, or close to it, with the mammos and other tests…all ok for me too, but margaritas! Genius! I appreciate a heated blankie, but yes! Margaritas would be a great addition!

    Rob is a Gemini and I am a Virgo…funny, I feel like you and I are the kindred spirits! Maybe that just works sometimes!

    Glad you’re safe and whole, and busy with life! ~ Sheila

    • There’s something about that Gemini/Virgo combo!! We are into July now and wow – still unpacking Sheila! Thanks for ‘getting it’ – xo MJ

  6. Constance Ripley

    Thanks for the morning chuckles…even though they came at your expense. Take care of yourself!

  7. Goodness, MJ. What a whirlwind your life has been the last couple of months. And not just little breezy winds, either! So glad for the good report. I still can’t believe it only took three hours at the home improvement store to find all those items!

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