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The Continuing Saga of the Quest to Find My Keys: Try a New Twist

24 Oct

I have had one of those weeks…. I either can’t find what I am looking for or I can’t remember what I am actually supposed to find….

Yes, I lost my keys, my cell phone, and my shoes but that is just part of life and something that usually makes chuckle and shake my head. This week I struggled to find the right word, pull out a thought, or remember a reference that I needed – all so that I might sound marginally intelligent…and there were cases where sounding even marginally intelligent would have been helpful….

I put my brain through the paces every single day so what is the deal?

Maybe, I need to shake it up a bit. Stretch my limits and make a shift. Try a new twist on brain work. So…what would I tell you…?

Find something that you love, fits in your life, and makes feel good.  I love to laugh. Is that good for me? The best minds in the field say yes!


Thank you Dr. Ellen!

Laughter serves so many purposes in my life and is especially useful when dealing with thinking challenges. It is so much easier to make a joke and move on than to beat myself up!

So on Friday of this long week of struggling to think and be serious, let’s just laugh.better banana

Not that hard to fill my life with laughter when I spend my days with this!

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Laughter does come easily when you have family moments like this.

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Or this!!!

What was that problem I was so worried about when I started writing today?  Oh yeah, memory….

Take some time today to laugh until your stomach aches, your cheeks hurt, and your brain is buzzing!

Thank you AARP for reminding me that problems become bigger when I take them too seriously.

Here’s to a day filled with brain nourishing laughter and light!

Road Trip, a Flashback, a Game of Hide and Seek, and a Kia Soul

20 Jun

I remember seeing the first hamster Kia Soul commercial – you know the one before they turned into gansta hamsters – the one where you really just couldn’t help but bop along. This one….

For a long time, every time we saw a Kia Soul on the road we did the “hamster fingers” tapping on the door panel. Silly but I felt compelled.

A couple weeks ago, my friend and oh so talented writer Lois from Midlife at the Oasis, and I went on a press trip to Long Beach and Lois got a Kia Soul for us to test out! How totally fun! Lois had to make a stop on the way out of town so, the plan was for me to get dropped me off at the door and text when I got there so I could find the car. I saw this, as we drove into the parking lot….

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We are both at that age where we forget and lose stuff, like cars in parking lots and that, my friends, was not going to be an issue with this brightly colored beauty. My usual, “Holy crap where did we park” panic vanished and was replaced by the comforting thought that we would be able to find this car anywhere.

In brain health style, I made a game that will help you understand. Find and click on the Kia!

The Kia Soul handled like a dream. We talked, we laughed, and we sang along to Lois’ wonderfully eclectic iPod as we zipped effortlessly in and out of lanes.
I love road trips – they create a space where you have no choice but to connect with the person you are with. Who doesn’t love a captive audience, right? One of my favorite parts of this road trip and the Kia Soul was the oh so comfortable seats. Age, for me, carries with it a few aches and physical issues that make sitting for long stretches a bit challenging if the chair is not right. Just like Baby Bear’s bed, the seats in this Kia Soul were not too hard, not too soft but just right!

Off we go, drumming our hamster fingers on the door panel.

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