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Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from my friend Terry, over at Knitting the Blues. She told me the other day about being stressed because she couldn’t find something and then she realized that it was something that made her life better but really wasn’t necessary and she wondered why on earth she was stressing about it. This whole inner monologue she had while looking for this (I don’t want to give it away in case she’s using it for today’s blog post) made her think of a fun Ten on Tuesday topic: 10 Things You Stress About That You Didn’t Stress About 10 (or 15! or 20!) Years Ago.

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  1. Backing up files and photos. My laptop has been having issues lately and I’m seriously stressed about losing photos that aren’t in Dropbox.
  2. Taking a picture every day. Okay, I don’t really stress about this, because it’s something I love, but it’s also something I have to remember to do. And things I have to remember to do can stress me out.
  3. Finding time to go to the gym. Why do I think this will be on lots of lists today?
  4. Hannah being out there in the world. Driving. Working. Going to school. Hanging out. Being a grown up. It was easier to keep track of her when she was 8.
  5. Health stuff. Mammograms, cholesterol, colonoscopies. Aging is not for sissies.
  6. Keeping up with social media. I enjoy Facebook very much but I don’t tweet and I don’t instagram. Forget about Google +. And now there’s Ello? There’s only so much time in the day and I just don’t need something else to follow
  7. Forgetting my cell phone. I guess I had a cell phone 10 years ago. I’m sure I did. But it wasn’t an iPhone so I didn’t really care if I left the house with out it. Now? It’s a national emergency if that happens.
  8. Answering the phone at work. We have a new phone system. It was expensive. It’s supposed to be better. It’s not. Dropped call central over here because we can’t seem to consistently put people on hold, transfer calls, etc.
  9. Insomnia. Hullo perimenopause.
  10. Thinking up interesting Ten on Tuesday topics. So there.

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  1. I think a lot of us are going to have similar lists this week! It is definitely an emergency if I leave that iPhone someplace and can’t find it.

  2. Good grief, I hear you about the iPhone. 10 years ago I did NOT have a cell phone. I didn’t get one until 2005, when my husband forced one in my hand as we were evacuating for Hurricane Katrina in separate vehicles (“You WILL take this phone and you WILL use it!”) Now with the iPhone it’s ridiculous… not only can I not leave the house without it, I carry it from room to room like it’s an infant.

    And I’m with you on the social media. I didn’t start using FB until this spring, I don’t really tweet, and I don’t even HAVE an Instagram account. Too much!

  3. The health stuff is kind of scary as we get older isn’t it? I feel like I only have so much control…And the kiddo…well, that will never stop will it? 😉

  4. We’ve been working really hard to move my parents next door to us. It’s odd how my relationship with my parents has altered as they’ve aged. I never foresaw a time when I would know all my folks’ doctor appt dates and test results. It’s good, but it’s hard.

  5. Cheap ‘n’ easy insomnia cure: generic Benadryl. Two tabs an hour or two before bedtime and you will fall asleep, no problem. Can’t help you with the 2am wakefulness, though.

  6. Darn it– I’m all in on 1, 7, and 9! I recently told some new friends a story about the time a girlfriend and I got caught on a remote mountain road (the sign said 4 miles but it was actually 40 and the trip took about four hours). In the days before cell phones, this created major stress for the husband waiting at jome!

  7. Next week you should do 10 things that were stressful then but aren’t now – I feel stressed just looking at my list!

  8. The phone stress is real & crazy. I remember a couple of years ago, my cell phone wasn’t working & it was 2 days before I could get it fixed – in the mean time I still had my 40 miles each way commute & I was worried each drive that something was going to happen & I wouldn’t have my phone to use. Never mind the fact that 20 years ago, my sister & I drove from GA to TX for me to start a college internship with no phone & no definite plans – ha. These days, I at least notice right away if I forget my phone because it auto syncs into the car & I see on the screen if the phone isn’t connected.

  9. For me, keeping up with all of the social media is very stressful at times, even FB is becoming overwhelming at times and now Ello? WTHull.


  10. I’d put health stuff at the top of the list. It’s hard enough to keep up with ones life, let alone the others you love and the tech stuff is beyond understanding. Great list, Carole! xox

  11. oh nooo– coming up with Ten Things list is a stress? That’s not right!

    This topic really got me thinking– definitely worrying about the young adult kids, keeping track of the phone, and the phone charger even moreso. I’d add my ongoing battle of the wills to keep our dog off the chairs /sofa when I am not looking. Keeping one step ahead of him with deterrents is the stress. (wow that sounds stupid written out!)

  12. Oh, that health stuff. My mom likes to say that the golden years are turning out to be made of tin. And the grown children and now my grandson….more stressors. And work, just when I thought I would be gearing down over the next few years as we head toward retirement, the Feds have changed all the rules about what I do and forced three forty percent commission cuts in three years even though it takes me three to four times as long to do my job for each client. I’ve actually had to deplete a huge portion of my savings to keep my office doors open and meet all the bills. And while we are retooling, it has been slow going. (And who ever expects to have to reinvent themselves at 55 years old?) That’s a huge stressor and insomnia causer on both fronts, the work and the savings.

  13. I hear ya on all those fronts; my list would also include keeping up with our finances and investments and my aging parents.

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