Top 6 binge-able TV shows right NOW

If it is too cold out this weekend to run that marathon or bike that century, plant your behind on the couch and tune into these gems.

sorryI’m Sorry (Netflix) — this might not be the best TV to watch with the under 18 tribe (raunchy) but it is hilarious. Check it.


friends.jpgFriends from College — I like these people, even when they are behaving badly. It makes me laugh and wish I had friends as honest as these are.

patriotPatriot (AmazonPrime) — This is one of the best shows I’ve seen since The Americans finale. It has intrigue, being he is special agent, but it is laugh out loud funny and by the end you are pulling for this guy as is the group of crazy characters in show.

kingdomThe Last Kingdom (BBC America and Netflix) — A period series of the rise of England back in the 870s. Action. Battle scenes. Danes. Horses. What’s not to love.

designatedDesignated Survivor (Netflix) — This was originally a cancelled ABC show however Netflix has taken on the third season. An American political drama might keep your mind off real life political drama.



news.jpgGreat News (Netflix) — Produced by Tina Fey, this smart comedy was cancelled from NBC.  We can only hope Netflix picks it up for more seasons. Set in a newsroom where a mom/daughter navigate being co-workers.

So if I know about all these great shows, how did it turn out for me to give up TV?

Oh I tried it — read here, Giving up TV.

— Namaste



Top 7 ways to combat challenges of being an older woman

olderwomanThere are worse problems than being an older woman these days, but the United States population doesn’t have a lot of love for this group. When you find yourself being discarded, draw on the inner resilience that has gotten you this far through life.  Change your way of thinking to combat the challenges you’ll face in this life stage.

#1 Women over 50 years are sexless — Who says? Yes, you won’t turn heads when you walk in a room of young attractive men, but go in a room of 80 year olds, then see who turns heads. You know your body, you have a sense of self that you never had when you were in your 20s. Seize that confidence and show your sex appeal every day.

#2 Women over 50 years are useless at work — Remind your boss of the times you’ve taught your younger co-workers something they should have probably already known. Point out that you are hardly ever sick (no little ones to infect you). Stress that you aren’t going to be taking any maternity leave in the near future. The baby boomers are retiring at record numbers. Use your wisdom to skyrocket profits and job satisfaction.

#3 Women over 50 years old are disagreeable — Have you seen how grumpy older men get? Disagreeable. [head shake] At work, don’t point out every faux pas or state how it used to be done. Who cares. Go with the flow is the name of the game and embrace enjoying life.

#4 Fifty year old women aren’t physically active — By this time in life you know whether joining a gym or working out on your own, is your jam. Stay active. Move as much as possible and don’t let age dictate on what you think you can do or can’t do as far as physical activity.

#5 Women over 50 aren’t beautiful — You are beautiful. You have the confidence. You beautifulalso have more discretionary spending power, so use it! Spend money on your wardrobe and yourself. Pamper yourself so you feel and exude that beautiful vibe where ever you are.

#6 Women over 50 are in the way — The myth that you are in the way stems from past 50 year old women taking a back seat to their lives. Be the woman you’d like to be friends with, or the woman you look up to. Get involved in life by volunteering, traveling, experiencing as much as you can.

#7 Fifty year old women are financially challenged — It is a definite truth. Men in pre-retirement age (50 to 64) have 1 ½ times the wealth of women that age — $60,500 compared to $38,200.  To combat this truth, diversify where your income is coming from by working on a side hustle, consulting, creative venture, or helping a small business thrive due to your experience.  Prepare for more of the same in your future.

Again, when you find yourself being discarded, draw on the inner resilience that has gotten you this far through life.  Combat the challenges you’ll face in this life stage with everything you have. The payoffs will be big — and your own.

— Namaste

Best books I’ve read lately

Books are personal. Go to any book club where a group of people read the same book and listen to all the differing opinions.

I used to not like to get suggestions from people about good books because my list of books to read is never ending. But, I’ve found that reading suggestions, brings a variety to the types of books I read that is refreshing.

So whether you want any book suggestions or not, I’m going to put these right here. Up to you. 😉

BeartownBeartown by Fredrik Backman. This author also wrote, ‘A Man Called Ove,’ which I disliked enough to not finish it but this book was the opposite. Insightful. Fast moving. It’s about a town in love with hockey.




beforeWewereYoursBefore We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I really enjoyed this book and not for the sappy story that it certainly is, but for the description of the young families life on the river. Enchanting.




RobertPeaseThe Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.  This was a great story that I’m glad I read it. I think of it often.

While reading, I thought the story could have been edited by half and it would have been stronger — it repeated itself too much. I hate that.

But if you have a mind, meet Robert Peace and see his life.


AnnaKAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. In my attempt to read good books I haven’t read in my lifetime, I occasionally throw in a classic. I was so surprised by the timelessness of his writing and his insights into emotions. Enjoyed this very much.





Friday night dinners

DinnerMy daughter and I loved to watch the TV show, “Gilmore Girls.” If you’re not familiar it, single mom and daughter Lorelai and Rory had to go to their stodgy grandparents/parents weekly Friday night dinners in exchange for their payment of Rory’s school tuition.  Those visits were epic-ly tense, combative, and dreaded.

But it gave my daughter the idea to have Friday night dinners (FND) for our tribe. Of course it has to be at my place and she fully admits she likes it because it is one night a week where she doesn’t have to cook or decide on what to cook. I love my kids so I agreed.

The first FND was nearly two years ago and I can count the number of times we’ve cancelled on my fingers.

I’ve had times that I’ve complained about doing it because I’m not retired and Friday nights I can be quite worn out from my job. The kids show up at my place before I even get home from work, so there is no transition from a stressful week of work to full blown chaos. Yelling and running kids, interpersonal squabbles, and a great deal of mess.

It’s also a lot of work. My entire week revolves around planning what to have, getting the groceries, prepping the food on Thursday night (no matter how I feel), and cleaning up Saturday morning — every Saturday morning. It’s the work of a holiday meal — food for 10 to 12 — every week. And, there is a financial cost.

But with all the work involved, after the years of committing to this, I’ve grown to love the idea. It gives me something to look forward to every week. The grandkids have a drawer in the frigerator where they find their own drinks and can help themselves to whenever they want. (Love) My little two year old grandson knows where to get blankets, extra clothes, spoons, and toys since he was itty bitty. (Love)

We have deep conversations.


We play board games, hide and seek, find the magic egg, and do a little Kung Fu fighting.


It’s a little frightening. [hee hee]

Cuddling is encouraged;


but more often than not, given the number of boys we have, sword action.


Sometimes this happens:


But more often, this:


Of course we all eat great food. I love the way everyone comes as is, maybe dirty from their construction job, or proud of an achievement.


We grow habits together like waving to my daughter as she drives off to her night shift nursing.


What is better than that?

— Namaste