Growing Old is Getting Old?!

     Every time I sign into Facebook it seems someone is promising a new product that will help you achieve a flat belly, regain vitality and get younger looking skin. It seems we are trying everything we can to avoid getting old. Can someone please explain to me why getting old is so bad? I’ll admit, now that I am approaching my mid-thirties, I am starting to see things I never saw before – looser skin, crow’s feet and some creepy purple veins that I might want to sport only on Halloween. Often I revisit old photos of friends and family and I see a younger, tighter me. She was great. And I am still great. I consider myself an updated version; Kristin 3.0.  What I think people need to realize is, no matter how hard you try, YOU WILL NEVER BE 25 AGAIN. I know, that was harsh. Deal with it. You can wrap yourself in magic towels, pop vitamins or drink shakes and still you will age.

The world keeps spinning and Father Time keeps his watch. I think it’s fascinating to watch how people age, especially through photographs. I think I have looked at Nicholas Nixon’s books hundreds of time. Click HERE to read an article about him in the NYT. He did a series of portraits of his wife and her sisters. Over time he’s taken forty photographs of them. When you line them all up you can see subtle differences in each girl’s face and hair. It’s magical. I imagine each line on their face was a mark left by grief, anger, joy or laughter. Imagine that!

We are moving through time. We may not realize it because we are busy with school, work and LIFE, but it’s true. I envision earning wrinkles every time I smile. If that is the case, I predict many, many wrinkles, because not a day goes by that I am not smiling.  We are eager to “buy time” – take this product and it will set the clock back or exercise real hard and your heart will be healthy. The latter may be true but I see buying time in a different light. Sometimes, when I am stressed with life’s duties I stop, throw in the towel and take a walk. Going outdoors always makes me feel small, but part of something much larger. It is a good reality check. Some days I stop and look at my husband doing some mundane thing and it warms my heart.  I like to think these moments help buy some time and offset other stressful events in my life that have left their mark.  This is why I think wrinkles are so beautiful. They are battle scars left between good and bad, happy and sad.

“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.”
― Robert Browning

Retrogression Continues

 

I wandered into the Time Capsule store in Seekonk, Massachusetts today. I was hoping to get a good record, if not, I figured I’d leave with a Betty & Veronica comic! Turns out they have a pretty big collection of records! I picked up some good ones!!


It’s funny how accustomed I’ve become to digital music. When I am reading or getting ready in the morning, I put streaming music on and listen away. But when the record is up and the needle has reached the middle, I have to *GASP* get up and flip the record over. And you know what? I like it!!!

 

Death of the Malls?

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It seems that every time I peruse the news headlines, I see articles about the end of shopping malls.  I belong to a generation whose Friday night plans included begging our parents  to drive us to the mall, meeting up with friends, window shopping then hanging out in the food court.If we were lucky, our favorite boys would be doing the same thing!  I realize the malls have some steep competition with places with Target or Walmart offering everything from clothing to gifts. Also, Amazon is crushing the competition with their 2-day free Prime shipping. I will be the first to admit I grab my phone and use the Amazon app if I am pressed for time and cannot get to the store.
I wonder what our retail future will look like. It is exciting and scary to watch  it all unfold. I will be heartbroken (and frustrated) if the future includes a monopoly of online shopping. While I use self-checkouts, I need human interaction and the country needs these jobs! We shall see….

 

 

Multipurpose, always

I am kind of obsessed with using one item multiple ways. It isn’t always easy or possible. I was shopping for a box (without a top) to store our living room items in. I fell in love with this one, even though I didn’t really need the lid. I utilized the box but needed to find a place for the lid. Luckily it had a decent lip on it, so I was able to hang it on the wall. Just as fancy as those canvas prints at TJMaxx!

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Simplicity

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am so overwhelmed!! As a consumer, I find there are FAR too many options out there. There are so many big box stores who offer the same thing.  Watching the news, I notice lots of stores closing – JCPenny, Macy’s, Sears etc. Perhaps they couldn’t survive among their competitors. I’m starting to see way too many vacant stores as I drive by and it makes me sad. Part of me wishes someone would knock them all down and plant miles and miles of gardens.

Too much of a good thing. Is it possible? Yes. With digital music, I can pull up any song in an instant. This has made me completely sick and tired of music. Gone are the days where I’d order an album from the library and have only a week to listen. My husband and I have given up our digital accounts. Paying for digital music has made us jaded. We recently purchased a record player and will borrow albums from the library.

We subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. When we finally settle in for the night, we spend most of the time browsing the vast selections and never even watching a thing. And while we don’t have cable, does one REALLY need THAT many channels? It’s all too much.

We’ve decided retrogressing is the way to go. We may keep Netflix but we’d rather read or use our hands for a craft. While I am happy these stores employ many people, part of me wishes consumers would cut more cords and shop locally. This would take a huge transition and I can’t foresee it happening any time soon, although the shop local movement has come very far.

I digress!