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"Barefoot in the Park" 

I finished reading "Wild" (by Cheryl Strays). It was so good and so fascinating that I told Marilyn today that I'm tempted to turn around and read it right through a second time. I really do want to see the movie "Wild" again one of these days. Maybe Adeena would want to go with us to see it...

I started a new book by award-winning author Julian Barnes, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of." He wrote this book in 2008 when he was 62. I've only just started it, so it's too soon to say what I think of it...

I spent part of today working on the festival website. And part of it working on organizing my email. I also saw Donn briefly. He stopped by to pick up (and work with) my external hard drive. he left Marilyn a new WHITE keyboard for her iPad -- she was quite delighted! Her black one had broken and needed to be replaced.

I also was messing with my hair. And did dishes, took out a bunch of garbage and cleaned Marilyn's toilet. Among other random things...

Tonight while eating, Marilyn and I were watching a FAVORITE movie, "Barefoot in the Park." Seriously, we almost know that film by heart! These days we always end up discussing aging while seeing it. The character Ethel Banks (played by the wonderful Mildred Natwick, who got an Academy award nomination for this role) is 52 in the film. But she seems quite a bit older in this 1967 movie. Let's just say that 50 was OLD then -- and even though we're older than she was, we don't feel old!

I want to write about AGE -- about growing older, but not feeling OLD. I know so many people 50 and older who are vibrant and YOUNG in the way they behave -- in the way they live their lives.

Sister Sue and I spoke about going for Starbucks today, but it didn't happen. I haven't done anything with her for ages... I was starving at one point and thought she and I could dash out for lunch, but she needed to stay in and take her medicine.

My back was bothering me again last night, so I got up in the middle of the night and took a muscle relaxant. I still couldn't sleep, and read for ages...

Marilyn and I each got a Fitbit and started using it. These count how many steps you take all day long. (Part of our goal to be more active.) They sync to your iPhone and iPad. We're just learning about them. (Ashley has one, which is where we got the idea.) There are many versions of these out there. But these were fairly inexpensive.

I guess that's it for today...

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday) 07:43 am (UTC)
So sorry that I had to stay home because of water pill, but did drop about 4 pounds today so that is good. Need to take more, but will take a lighter dose tomorrow since I have cribbage. Are you going to work or not. Maybe we could go to lunch or at least to Starbucks. Miss you and want to spend more time with both of you when we can. Wish we could go to the beach some week-end. I did get two loads of dishes done with everyone who was over to watch the Ducks game, Candy had three people and I had Tammy and Ross. We had tacos guamole and beans plus some snack stuff and juice drinks that Tammy got at Trader Joes. Anyway lots to clean up today which I did get done and also three loads of clothes. Candy did the garbage and recycling for me thank goodness as there was a lot of it. Love you and miss you.
January 14, 2015 (Wednesday) 02:44 pm (UTC)
At age 62 I don't feel old and even though certain aches and pains and a bit less pep are present, I want to keep going until I can't any more and may that day not come any time soon!

Edited at 2015-01-14 02:52 pm (UTC)
January 15, 2015 (Thursday) 12:46 am (UTC)
They say you are as old as you feel, so long as you feel young you are!