06.26.06

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Thirteenth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 3:01 pm by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60This was a fun book to read.  I loved how it managed to be both lighthearted and serious, funny and joyous.  The stories were sweet, inspiring and funny.  The writing was great and I loved the many quotes.  This whole book sounded like a fun project to have done and it turned out beautifully.  I’m really glad that I read it!

06.25.06

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Twelfth Post (Art)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 12:41 am by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60One thing that I’m not thrilled with in this book is the use of clip art.  I don’t object to the concept, and some of the specific pieces are ok, but there are problems.  Sometimes it’s the placement (there is no consistancy and some placements are just weird).  Other times it’s the choice of picture (what does a candle have to do with “subversive”?).  My biggest objection, however, is that while only maybe a fifth of the pages get clip art, pieces are repeated (the moon and stars picture has appeared three times – two only two pages apart).  I just don’t understand why they did that.  It doesn’t really add anything and it’s frustrating and annoying.

06.23.06

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Eleventh Post (Scrappiness)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 11:46 pm by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60I love that by sixty the women who contributed to this book feel that they can be selfish and agressive from time to time because it gives me hope that I will feel that way someday.  Not that I’m never selfish now, but I never feel that I *can* be.  The unabashed pride at being “scrappy” made me smile.  It’s a great image!

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Tenth Post (Format)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 7:10 pm by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60I really like the format of this book.  Each two-page spread starts with a term or phrase starting with “S” and a brief statement or story relating to it.  On the facing page is a short explanation for the choice of the word and a relevant quote.  It’s a nice, quick format to read and often gives three slightly different takes on the word.  It is a big part of what makes the book so much fun.

06.22.06

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Ninth Post (Selective)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 4:43 pm by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60Being selective is something I need to work on.  Which of the numerous paper ideas that I’ve got bubbling in my head are worth putting more work into and which are not?  What games are really going to get played and what games should be uninstalled from the computer?  What books are really worth keeping and what books aren’t?  None of them are massive, vital questions, but all show how I need to work on being selective!

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Eighth Post (Vacation)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 2:53 pm by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60I wish that I could pick up and go to Mexico for a month!  I know that there is probably a way I could do it, but I have no idea how.  This vacation to California for a little more than a week has been hard enough to logistically work out.  I can’t imagine getting a month long vacation to another country to work!

06.21.06

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Seventh Post (Donald)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 8:12 am by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60“Surprise” is a pretty special page from this book for me because the story for “Surprise” is about Don, my brother.  It strikes me as incredibly fitting that Don illustrates “Surprise” for Wendy as he has always surprised me!  My mother likes to remind me of an autobiography that I wrote when I was (I think) six years old.  The first sentence was “The day my brother Don was born changed my life forever”.  At the time I was writing about how he had ruined everything by being born, but I think that it illustrates more than anything how big a part of my life he was.  He surprised me by being born, but that turned out to be one of the best surprises of my life (even if it took me a while to realize that).  He’s been surprising me ever since.  He surprised me when he went along with my stupid (and always elaborate) games when we were kids, he surprised me when he agreed to watch “Much Ado About Nothing” in the van on the way to Los Angeles, he surprised me when he decided to go and live in Ferndale for a year, he surprised me when he called me to tell me that he loved reading Tolstoy (I remember when all he would read was Matt Christopher’s sports novels and the backs of baseball cards), and I’m sure that somehow he will surprise me again soon.  The surprises are one of the best things.  Probably most surprising of all is that my little brother managed to go from the biggest and most annoying pest I could think of to one of the most interesting, thoughtful, intelligent and passionate person that I’ve ever met.  My life is so much better for him being in it and, looking back on it now, I know that him being born was one of the best things that ever happened in my life.  I hope that he continues to surprise and challenge me and I’m so proud that he has made such a good impression on other people too.  He’s a fantastic person and I love that so many other people have seen it too.  I only hope that I have made as much of an impact on him as he has made on me.  He really did “change my life forever”.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Sixth Post (Photograph)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 6:06 am by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60I totally want to see the photograph of the four women in Egypt now!  I’m completely impressed by them, and I haven’t even seen them!  Michael says that they teach a lesson that we need to teach our children – that there will always be someone more bad-ass (his word) than you.  I would point out (and evidently The Simpsons agrees with me) that it’s often going to be someone you don’t expect, like four women in black, bustled dresses that weigh more than my suitcase (the dresses, not the women) sitting on camels in the desert and having a fabulous time!  Those are four women I would have loved to have met!  I don’t think that I could have done what they did and I’m thrilled that they could!  It gives me something to admire and strength to aspire to.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Fifth Post (Family)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 4:32 am by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60There are no “step-grandparents”.  A grandma is a grandma, even if she’s really just the nice older lady who lived down the street and gave you sodas and told you stories that may or may not have been made up.  Blood doesn’t create a relationship (it just requests/forces you to make one sometimes).  I have at least one person in my life who is my older brother, despite the fact that we are completely unrelated by blood.  I am becoming more and more my mother-in-law’s daughter every day and I love it!  I love that Wendy’s book totally appreciates the truth of this.  It’s wonderful.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60: Fourth Post (Insurance)

Posted in Humor, Philosophy at 2:16 am by Rosepixie

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60The story about the dog’s health insurance is really funny (and way more true than it has any right to be).  Why is pet insurance so much cheaper when most of the procedures are just as expensive?

Anyway, the fish story was pretty funny too (as was the quote after it: “One man’s bizarre is another man’s wife”).

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