knitnana: Ten on Tuesday

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

with a nod to Carole, I thought I'd give you my own list Ten on Tuesday this week - the week of Ten Ways You Know You're Getting Older:

1. Everyone you speak to on the phone who is under 30 sounds as if they are really only 12 years old. Did I ever sound like a child?

2. No one knows how to make change anymore - counting back change from a $20 for an item that cost $12.76?
4 pennies (you say "$12.76, 77, 78, 79, 80")
2 dimes (you say "$12.90, $13.00")
2 dollars (you say $14.00, $15.00")
1 five (you say "and $20.00")
(But the computerized cash register reads $7.24 so that's what they give you without explanation)

3. Certain foods I love are now a challenge to eat, unless I'm committed to staying within the confines of the house for two days - no one wants my company when I eat chili. I'm just sayin'

4. Males of the species no longer do a double-take when I walk by. Of course, that could be as much because I can no longer wear high heels and refuse to wear skirts, as that "age thing."

5. When in the grocery store, a passerby asks, "are you speaking to me?" ( honey, just jogging my memory)

6. Rolling the trash can to the curb is my aerobic exercise for the week.

7. The number of times I say to anyone younger, "In my day..."
(oh dear heaven, I've become my mother!)

8. Looking in the mirror to find - MY MOTHER! (it happened, it really happened!)

9. Looking into my handbag to find...everything my mother always carried, "Just in case!"

10. Knowing when the weather is about to change based on my aches and sinuses!


Blogger Geraldine said...

The "change" thing I can SO relate to but I'm proud to be able to still count without a calculator to back me up.

Other than that,I don't really feel much different than I did in my thirties which I am very happy to say. Now that I'm working on getting into better shape and losing a few pounds, I'm feeling even better! ME month has been a great motivator for change.

Finding your mother when you look in the mirror, that must have been very strange indeed! I don't look like my mom so I guess that's never going to happen over here. ;<)

Hugs, G

1:52 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Ha! This sounds so familiar. And let me tell you how much worse it is often made by spending much of my time with 18-20-year-olds. Was I ever so young?

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I was happy enough to inherit Mom's jewelry, I guess I can't complain too much about the rest of it, eh?

6:08 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

people mistake my mother for a child on the phone and she's 60+. it amuses me to no end. :)

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Sydney said...

I can so identify with most of those. :)

10:41 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Ditto what Opal said. My mother has a high-pitched voice and is often asked by callers who don't know her to speak to an adult.

I *have* noticed that I'm beginning to say some of the same things she does (though my voice is deeper). It's disconcerting.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

OMG- that is a good list. 3 and 6 are so funny!!!!

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee! I LOVE your list!!

I'm absolutely with you on the counting back change thing. I HATE getting a wad of bills and coins stuffed into my hand without a word. When that happens, I stand there and count it out loud (softly) as I put it into my wallet. I feel bad that I'm blocking the people in line behind me, but I want the cashier to try to figure out what he/she did wrong.

I also find myself saying "When I was your age" more often than I care to admit. This is usually in response to some whippersnapper being rude with their cell phone. (Do NOT talk loudly on them in the library! I will make you regret it.)

I also looked in the mirror the other day and saw my mother. That really startled me because I've always looked just like my dad and not much like my mom at all.

My head has always been a barometer and that storm that hit Colorado this week nearly blew my head off my neck. I had a SPLITTING headache for two days before it arrived. The second the storm hit, I was fine.

12:57 AM  

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