Sunday, October 25, 2009

How I Can Tell I'm Older (if not Totally Old)

  • It's hard to read small print close up.
  • Sometimes kids guess my age to be 65 or 70.
  • My hips ache after I sit on the couch for more than 25 minutes.
  • I am never carded.
  • I need yearly mammograms.
  • My students, in evaluations, sometimes call me a "nice lady."
  • Rich foods cause me GI trouble.
  • I love NPR and PBS.
  • Leaving the house after 8:00pm feels so strange.
  • I think a lot about retirement (even though it's probably over 20 years away).
  • The other night, I was brushing my teeth, and I couldn't remember whether or not I had peed right before I brushed my teeth. Only about 90 seconds had passed, and I could not remember. I had to just sit on the toilet and try again in order to find out.
  • I'm turning over 40 this week.

I am sure there are more things. But since it's past 10:00pm and I'm old, I can't remember the other things.


Studentmum said...

If you're totally old and just turning over 40 then I'm bloody ancient! I am at the other end of 40, which, by the way is the new, 30!

--ginger. said...

Oh my--I read WPEs this weekend and TOTALLY was holding them out at arm's length. Yaaaaaaaaaack. And happy birthday, girl

Ink said...

Happy Birthday Week, GEW!

And if I hadn't read the title of your post, I would have thought it was a list of things that make us cool. You know, wise. And whatnot.

Sometimes a fresh-faced young-un will call me "ma'am" to be polite, and I am always shocked and slightly horrified.

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Happy birthday to you, GEW.

I still get carded, depending on what U.S. state I'm in (some are stricter than others). But I am able to pass for 40 when necessary. As in when I'm front of students who need to believe that I am at least 25 years older than they are (that was not the case when I first started teaching middle school fresh out of college, and I had to come up with instant authority). So I guess what I'm saying is, "I celebrate your authority!" :). It's an invaluable resource.

Dr. No said...

As long as you can enjoy PBS with a PBR it's all good.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
I'll add to No's enjoying PBS with a PBR and add no PMS. Good thing you don't have to sit on the toilet for 25 minutes to PEE, cuz then your nice lady hips would ache too.
So, brushing your teeth makes you think about peeing? What happens when you stick your finger in a glass of water? just curious. I think I know, it Depends. :)

TKW said...

You are not that old, obviously, because you REMEMBER that you have FORGOTTEN if you have peed. Me, I just spend all my daily hours in the restroom because I am never fully confident.

Welcome to the 40's club, where acne and wrinkles co-exist in the same habitat!

Good Enough Woman said...

Studentmum, Yes, I've heard that about 40 being the new 30. Yee haw!

Ginger, Ah. WPEs.

Ink, Yes, wise! That's what I meant to say.

CT, Good points. My male students no longer try to high five me or hit on me. I no longer get hot chilis on ratemyprofessor dot com. That's a good thing, I think.

Dr. No, Will I fall in your esteem if I say I've never liked PBR? I'm a bit of a microbrew snob, and for me it's West Coast Green Flash IPA.

JC, Much less PMS after giving birth to two kids! And not much cramping since the uterus is now too weak to contract. And, Depends? Hahahahahahahaha! Oops! Just peed a little.

TKW (if you get off the toilet to read this), I actually entered the 40s last year, but as of this year, I'm OVER 40. Seems like a big difference somehow. 40 is like, Wow, you're 40! 41 is like, Really? So?