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Happy World UFO Day!

Unexplainable Flight Option
Unexplainable Flight Option

When I was born, my parents worked at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Soon thereafter, we moved to Las Vegas and my Dad worked on the Nevada Test Site. Seeing the occasional “unexplained” phenomenon was par forthe course for the first several years of my life. It was always assumed that whatever happened that we couldn’t explain was probably someone’s project, or experiment, (or in some cases, shenanigans). The idea that “aliens” were surveiling us was a joke.

July 2nd is World UFO Day, commemorating a UFO incident in Roswell, NM in 1947. A US Air Force balloon apparently crashed there, but many people believe there is “more to the story,” and the incident has become a fascination of alien abduction enthusiasts and government conspiracy theorists for decades.

Whether you are interested in aliens, conspiracies, or why the victims of psycho-killers in movies always run UP the stairs, I hope your day is full of excitement and intrigue!

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It’s not “age discrimination.” You’re the “adultier adult.”

Some of my earliest memories involve hearing my grandmother angrily telling someone at the utility company customer service department, or the fast-food drive-thru, or the social security administration, “I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN!” and then she would proceed to tell them why they should fix whatever was broken. In Grandma’s defense, she had a lot of responsibility, and a lot of problems to deal with, and sometimes that “senior citizen” card was the only one she had left to play. That was the 1970s, and she had grown up in a rural area, and in an era where her options for a career choices were limited. She was spunky, smart, and always ready to learn new things. I’ve often wondered how her life would have been different if she’d lived in a more metropolitan area, or if she had lived long enough to experience the Internet. Continue reading It’s not “age discrimination.” You’re the “adultier adult.”

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To-Do Lists for Productivity

I’ve always been a list-maker. How about you?

Although I’ve tried several apps for keeping to-do lists, I actually prefer the good ol’ fashioned pen-and-paper kind. I find it immensely motivating and satisfying to cross items off my list as they are completed, then wad that paper up and dunk it in the trash bin when I’m finished – woo-hoo!

I also find that a list can function as a step-by-step guide for organizing my thoughts on days that I’m overwhelmed. Instead of focusing on the big project, I can focus on the next item on the list.

For those lists that I need to keep with me, I use the “memo” app that came with my phone. Unlike some of the apps I’ve tried from the Play Store, it hasn’t crashed, and it works regardless of where I am (and regardless of whether or not I have service).

I’m a pretty simple girl, so most of my projects can easily be tracked either on a paper sticky-note, or on the memo app. However, if I had a very large project to complete, I’m pretty sure I would try one of the free templates I found today on a site called checklist.com. Has anyone used that, or do you have an app you like to use? Let me know in the comments!

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Why is my student loan the size of a house? (and other Midlife Mysteries)

I turned 50 several months ago, and I’m finding I have more questions than answers these days, like:

  1. How is my student loan still the size of the mortgage I’ll never be able to afford?
  2. When did I become the adult in the room?
  3. Why is my mother’s voice coming out of my mouth?
  4. How could so much of what I learned in school turn out to be so wrong?
  5. Where did my waistline go?
  6. Why does my retirement date keep moving?
  7. Why do I still believe things are going to get better!?  🙂