Live and learn

As the year comes to a close (what, again!?!), I’ve been thinking about some of the things I’ve learned and discovered in 2010. Here is my random list:

1.    How to do a headstand in yoga, even if I still need to balance myself against a wall. Adam is the best yoga teacher in the business.

2.    Shoes that cost $70 can be just as good looking, and comfortable, as $470 shoes.

3.    How truly happy my sister Shelley is, and how much she loves me.

4.    An endoscopy is as important as a colonoscopy, since it shows what’s happening in our digestive tract and stomach.

5.    It’s important to have your D3 level checked since it’s critical for good bone health, among other factors.

6.    There’s something called a dying process that we should understand if we’re attending to a critically sick friend or relative. It’s not fun information but the knowledge clears up some common misconceptions.

7.    Quality hearing aids cost over $6,000!

8.    If you’ve got any say, do not automatically advise someone who is over eighty to undergo surgery if she breaks a hip.  The hip will heal by itself.  The surgery is way too risky at this age, mentally and physically.

9.    Dyeing your hair lighter does not necessarily make you look younger.

10. Reportedly “trustworthy” media often gives us incomplete, inaccurate and untrustworthy information.  If you really care about something, thoroughly check it out, even if it’s in The New York Times.

11. Abigail Adams was one of John Adams’ biggest assets.

12. Parmalat (whole or 2%) is the best milk to steam for cappuccino.

I’ve got tons more, but that’s all for now, my FOF friends!  I’d love to hear some of what you’ve learned.

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4 Responses to “Live and learn”

  1. Toby Wollin says:

    What have I learned?
    Well made shoes that are comfortable trump every other sort. Period.
    There are days when I am so dissatisfied with my hair that I have the urge to shave my head; when that happens, I call someone to talk me down.
    There is a point in life where doing something you like trumps everything else; the point is the recognize it and act on it.
    Wearing all-black makes me look like someone’s Eastern European grandmother who happens to dabble in the occult on the side.
    No matter how hard I try and hint, getting my husband to go out dancing is basically impossible.
    Having low household overhead is a really good idea.

  2. Duchesse says:

    re #9: And grey hair makes me *feel* old 🙂

    1. It is healthier to work fewer hours and learn to live on less than push to earn what I did at 40. (I’m self-employed)
    2. A great dentist is worth any coin of the realm, and procedures should not be postponed
    3. Almost everything eventually goes on sale or can be bought at auction or consignment

    • Geri says:

      Hi Duchesse

      Love these!


  3. Shelley says:

    What have I learned? There is more than one meaning of the word “crazy”. Two of the people that I love the most (my children excluded) in the world are “crazy”. Crazy good however. Crazy can mean -insane or senseless. It can also mean – intensely enthusiastic, passionately excited, wonderful, excellent and perfect. My two crazies fit the last definition! If you know me, than you KNOW WHO YOU ARE.


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