Over 40 Observations

When I was a teenager I had almost Brooke Shields’ eyebrows.  Yes I plucked then in my 20/30’s I waxed and shaped.

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40’s?   I fill in gaps and draw them in a bit because they are thinning !!

Dammit!

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A Pro Me Moment

I’m not one to toot my own horn but in honor of my spiritual work this year I submit the following:

Tonight I had a realization of something I rather like about myself.  I tend to have a pretty good time in most situations (get your mind out of the gutter).  If it’s a planned day out and not everything goes as wished, I may feel disappointment but I roll with it and still have a pretty good time.  If things go wrong I can usually laugh them off and move forward.  If a hotel room has quirks, it’s only for 1 or 2 nights, we can handle it.  Same with moving to new places.  No problem, I’ll have fun exploring and people watching, shopping, etc.  Being a military spouse has cultivated quite the nomad/gypsy in me.  I have kind of a saying when my husband throws out the options for the next duty station, I usually say well top picks … but I can have fun just about anywhere for 3 years.  That isn’t very long.  Even before that though I remember being pretty flexible with situations.

I don’t remember ever being a pouter, whiner or moaner when things didn’t go “right”.  I’ll work to make the best of a situation, specially if it involves other people and sometimes it turns out better!

I just didn’t really think of it as a positive trait until seeing first hand the opposite of it, I wonder if that’s genetic or a learned survival skill.

So yes, there is something I like about myself.  Flexibility.

 

Is it more common to panic and retreat when faced with obstacles, changes, imperfection or to make the best of it and see where the ride takes you?  Which are you?

My Bookmarks

After such a rather serious post yesterday, I had a spontaneous thought when glancing at my bookmarks today.  I’m very slowly gathering a nice little collection and hope to add to it.

Since adulthood I have never turned down or marked inside a book (text books exempt) just because I personally like to keep books in good condition but there is something to be said for a book that looks like it has been read many times, adds character don’t you think?

My reading has changed a lot recently.  I’ve ventured into different genre so I thought I’d designate the bookmarks.

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The first on the left was sent from my penpal (yes I have a no kidding pen to paper, snail mail penpal) in London.  She sent me a little care package with all things London.  This I will use for books set in Europe and probably any mystery/crime novels since it instantly reminds me of Sherlock Holmes.

Next is a beautiful bookmark that came in a subscription book box.  This will mark books based in nature.  Woods, mountains, ocean, seaside, etc. and I think for Contemporary novels that don’t fall in the other categories.

The middle marker is from many years ago.  This will be used for historic books, non-fiction and biographies though I don’t read much of them.

The white with flowers marker is from Japan.  It is cloth and petite.  This marker will be used for Romance and books based in Asia or of Asian influence.

The bookmark on the right is from Prague and my most recently acquired.  This will be used for SFF – SciFi / Fantasy books because if you have ever been to Prague it looks to be straight out of a Fantasy novel with ornate ironwork, bridges, castle and ancient architecture.

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If you would like to share how you mark your place in books, please leave a comment.  Do you think it says something about a person on how they hold places?  Do you fold over corners?

Separately, what do you think of the new blog design?  Good, Bad, Ugly?