"Any arbitrary turn along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different." ~ Frances Mayes

After losing 112 pounds in almost a year and a half, I have come to realize how very much I was missing. I may be Late to the Party, but I am doing my best to catch up in my own unique way!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Confession Friday - I Just Wannabe Cyndi Lauper

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "It is a happy talent to know how to play." These are wise words that I have adopted. So, for today's Confession Friday I confess -  I like having fun.  No, let me rephrase that - I LOVE having fun! Yes, terrible, isn't it?  I am a fun addict.  I want to have fun every single, solitary day of my life.

Fun comes in many forms and can vary from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.  Fun can be quiet and calm and I have that a lot.  But I prefer the type of fun that makes you squeal with delight, throw your head back and guffaw, laugh till you pee your pants, squirt Coke through your nose, and your stomach muscles ache.  And that, generally, comes from spending time with other women.  Women have a separate form of communication, a "sisterhood", if you will.  Actually, "gals" is a better word than "women".  "Women" denotes maturity, and even though I am all for maturity in its proper setting, "gals" just sounds more fun and relaxed.  Not that spending time with men isn't fun, but let's face it, men THINK they are in the loop, but any woman knows that men just don't have a clue about what makes us tick. 

These days when I look into the mirror I don't recognize the face that stares back at me.  What is crazy is that even though I am almost 58 years old, I don't feel that old.  I am a member of what I call the WOBBs - Women of the Baby Boomers.  We are truly the first generation that refuses to grow old.  We buy face creams to ward off wrinkles, we workout, we go white water rafting, we dress younger than our mothers and grandmothers did when they were our age. Case in point, I am buying myself knee high boots, leggings and an above-the-knee dress for one of my fall/winter outfits this year. My grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave as I write this!  I, for one, plan to be the old woman in the nursing home commons area that yells "LOUDER" when Hotel California by the Eagles comes on the radio.  Cyndi Lauper was right.  Girls just want to have fun and I am no exception.  Life is way too short.  If you have ever seen the video of Cyndi's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", just put my face over hers.  Just for fun, imagine it as you watch.  And, oh, by the way, dig the hairstyles!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpbs3NlhpxE   The best line of the whole song is "I wanna be the one to walk in the sun."  Words to live by!

Which brings me to what is about to occur today - I am embarking on a 10 day adventure with no men.  Let me repeat that - NO MEN!  Only my daughter and granddaughter (the two grandsons are too young to count as men) and two of my sisters. Ten glorious days -count them - TEN - of doing first whatever my daughter and I want, and then later in the week doing the same with my sisters.  Whatever we want to eat, whenever we want to eat, going where and when we want.  Ten days of shopping to our hearts' content, scrapbooking, going to thrift stores and yardsales, watching movies, taking art classes, celebrating Christmas (yes, Christmas), talking and laughing, LOTS and LOTS of laughing.  I know all you "gals" out there are envious and all the guys are scratching their heads thinking, "I just don't get it."  But you know, guys, sometimes we gals just NEED it.

I love this quote:  "Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss." ~ anonymous

But I think Cyndi Lauper said it best:  "Humor is a great vehicle for getting a message across.  If you get too serious, you could die of starch."  As for me, I plan to die laughing - just not anytime soon!

Now, go have some fun!


  1. I loved this post .. I am telling you "twins separated at birth"' don't ask me hoe that works with a 10yr age difference : ) but I think we are. Hope you have the time of your life my new friend!!

  2. Love this post and I totally agree with you! I think what you've said here and feel it all the time, especially this year. I'll be 47 in October, but its not the same 47 my Mom was or my {paternal} grandmother {my maternal grandmother was "cool" and always wore such great stuff}. Have a great time!

    I am just as excited to hear about everyone elses goody swap packages as I was to get my own!