Good lord, I've torn it all up to paint and do the floors. It's a right proper mess. Ceilings look great!
After doing part time and temp work, which I felt like at the least I should get a book out of if nothing else, I have full time, if not gainful, employment working way too hard and way too late feeding people five days a week in a restaurant I care way too much about. I still have a few people I take care of, some as employment and some family, and am looking for more to fill my days and time. I volunteer a few places, mostly with seniors. They have great stories.
organizing, especially making spaces functional, although I have hit a personal wall regarding this lately. It's easier to help other people with their stuff, so much less sentimentality involved
baking- bread and desserts
different kinds of crafts, especially with kids of all ages
repurposing all kinds of things for new lives- storage, decorative, what have you
packing- I can look at something and know just how to make it fit. Smallish spacial stuff, I'm all over. Distances, not so much, but maybe that's because I have next to no depth perception past oh, the length of my arm. It's a fun game at the breakfast table to see if I can read the cereal box or not before contacts and sans glasses.
Usually I'm a rom com or drama kind of girl; I like comedies and thrillers but horror movies, not so much.
Music, I'm not really picky and can be happy with whatever happens to be playing wherever I am, so unless you only do techno or idolize misogynistic rappers, I'm probably fine with whatever you have on, otherwise I'm pretty much a top 40 sell out. I told somebody I was a music slut, I was fine to go along with pretty much anything as long as something was on, but now I'm all worried about advancing myself as a loose woman and all that, SIGH. The last time I dated, my available pool was college aged music majors, so I got an eclectic formative shaping, there. I love going to the philharmonic, jazz makes me happy, blues make me appropriately melancholy, and omg sometimes I so want to dance. (I crazy love square dancing, I know it's geeky but the flippy skirts and goofy music do me in.) Country music is fine, and yes, I harbor a fond love for 80s ballads that if you can't at least shuffle and sway and pretend to slow dance with me to them, you may want to find another drink or perhaps find another date. Or maybe you should give me another drink to distract me. If you can really dance, I will do my best to keep up, and I'll be right there with you if you want to go to classes.
I'm a fairly mainstream eater but if you're a good guide I will try out new cuisines, if slowly- I tried Pho BC and Sav's and didn't freak out, but that's exotic to me. I like cookout food, Italian, Asian, Mexican, and good old American food, but feel like I can cook you just as good a meal as anyone else in town can. I love to feed groups, and if there's a party, I'll want to be in the kitchen, helping with the food. I'd seriously consider going back to restaurant work full time - well, I did- if only to geek out to the commercial ranges and have the socially acceptable outlet of rotating stock and getting paid for it, but my last gig aggravated my tennis elbow, and the last time I touched a racquet was to take it to Goodwill. Right now I'm working at a restaurant and training to move to management. I love big parties and hearing about what everyone is doing. Come by and I'll put you in a carb coma.
I find it hard to justify lighting charcoal for just myself, so I'm missing decent grilled food, too.
books: in the house and at the library, ebooks are great but not nearly the same. I'm debating an ereader, any advice?
art supplies: my copic markers, pretty paper, good scissors, fabulous brushes, and just the right glue. I need to divest myself of scrapbook stuff, but I just love the paper.
desserts: cookies, chocolate, ice cream, fruit. I can eat some dessert. I love tiramisu.
people: my kids, my neighbors, my nieces and nephews and most of their parents. The little bits are getting pretty big, the big ones are nearly grown.
options: I'm like the kid who wishes for three more wishes with the third wish, I prefer "opportunistic" to "cheating", thank you very much.
how I feel younger and freer than I have in years, and how to channel that productively
what my life could look like if I took a risk and made a big change- whether I should go back to school full time or not, start my own business, or just give it all up and work retail already
my boys- five, mostly grown, and my nieces and nephews- ten, mostly small
what "appropriate" is at my age, at my stage of life/motherhood, and why I even care
what the next big project in the house or yard is
how to divest myself of five people's stuff and clear a profit on this house
why I'm asking the Internet to help me with any of this to begin with
but on "my" Friday, Sunday or Monday, going to Joseph Beth's, or reading what I just got there
mowing the grass and stressing over what to plant
checking up on my kids as they come and go for the weekend wherever they are these days
snugged up reading or making cards, listening to whatever noise is on the tv
wondering what other people are doing LOL
I think 50 is a blast, and I don't think I look or act it.
I wish I could find someone that makes me feel that frisson of excitement, but I have no idea where to find him