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When Did I Go To Bed Young and Get Up Old? 
Feb. 15, 2012 2:26 pm 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 1:54 am
I find myself more and more these days asking that question.  Every time I go to the doctor, I hear "It's normal for your age."  My tastes in food are changing.  I live for the nights when I actually can sleep through a decent number of hours without my feet hitting the floor (you know what I mean) or just laying awake for no reason.  I don't like it!  My mother was over 40 when she had me and I always considered her old.  My parents were always the same age as everyone else's grandparents when I was young.  I don't want to be them.

I never was a chocolate fan.  I was one of those weird people who really could live without it.  Until recently.  Now it is nearly an obsession.  There is a brand of "premium" ice cream (Name starts with an H) that sells little one serving sized containers of some of their flavors.  I indulge every once in a while.  The chocolate peanut butter is enough to send me over the edge!  That was my gift to myself for Valentine's Day yesterday. 

That was after darling husband and I went out for a late lunch at Red Lobster.  I do not like seafood.  That was another of those foods that my mother ruined for me by feeding us the cheap fish that smelled like sweat socks.  Yuck!  But lately I've had a shrimp scampi craving going on.  I think it is all the recommendations for this recipe:

I will get around to making this one of these days.  Meantime I satisfied that craving with some satisfying but not completely wonderful shrimp scampi from RL.

Extra fiber in my diet is another of those things that reminds me that I am growing older.  Doctor says eat more fiber, you need it at your age.  Ugh!  The Fiber One challenge this month for the AllStars should have been up my alley.  The good folks who manufacture Fiber One cereal were good enough to provide us with samples of their bran cereal to "play" with.  We were asked to make:

Not a fan.  I wouldn't say they were repulsive but the sawdust texture was not pleasant.  I am a texture person.  My husband's coworkers enjoyed them.  

Next we were asked to make our own recipe using the cereal.  Having been on a lemon curd kick of late I figured a tart of some kind would be perfect.  I tried using gingersnaps and the cereal in the crust and then made lime curd being that I had fresh limes on hand.  For some reason the lime curd is exceptionally more sour than the lemon curd and the gingersnap taste was lost in the crust.  But here's the recipe if you are interested.  I ate one and ate the filling out of the other.  Darling husband took one bite, made a face that could never be duplicated, and moved on.  Gotta love him!

Today I had on my mind a recipe from my past that I remember being called hot chocolate pudding cake.  I don't remember what cookbook it came from but I do remember making it occasionally in my young marriage years but then quit.  The only thing specifically I remember of the recipe is that you poured hot water on top and it made a cake top and had pudding like chocolate underneath.  I went on a search and found this recipe which I just took out of the oven.

I made it in my 1 qt Pyrex casserole dish which wasn't a good idea.  It was full to the top going in the oven and oozed all over the bottom of the oven and then dribbled across the floor coming out of the oven.  It looks good though and I'm anxious to dig in.  I think I'll do that now.

Have I mentioned that I also was never a fan of "hot" (aka spicy) foods until recently.  People putting hot sauce on eggs nearly made me heave.  Now I can't eat eggs without.  But that is a blog for another time.  I'm off to have my chocolate fix (which would never have happened 10 years ago).  When did I grow old?

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Feb. 15, 2012 2:44 pm
You are not alone! I'm getting older too! And yes I had my doctor to tell me lose some weight and lower my cholesterol. Well my cholesterol is under control but the weight...it's hard to lose as you get older. I use to exercise everyday, yes, everyday for 30-40mins per day. I stopped when I worked 3rd shift. I wanted to sleep during the day, who wouldn't? right? I just never got back into exercising again. So, I'm chubby, more to love I say! lol!
Feb. 15, 2012 2:52 pm
I am trying hard to exercise everyday and somehow I am pretty sure I'm not losing weight and possibly gaining in places that didn't exist before. The scale is my enemy and I refuse to get on it.
Feb. 15, 2012 3:10 pm
Maridele - from one to another...here is a hug. I understand completely. I totally relate. Enjoy your new obsession. I would. I don't sleep well either. I've taken up exercise and am eating lighter. As for your scale, its only a number. Its how you feel that counts. Take good care of you.
Feb. 15, 2012 3:13 pm
I think your body is trying to tell you something. Chocolate and shrimp are both sources of magnesium which also happen to be needed for sleep. Black beans, raw broccoli, cooked spinach, nuts, soy milk, halibut, and whole grains are some other high magnesium foods. Been craving any of those? There are other sleeper foods if you are interested. Fun blog. Loved your FiberOne challenge.
Feb. 15, 2012 3:22 pm
Marie C I actually take a magnesium supplement every day but that is an interesting observation. I have been craving spinach too. I love black beans. All that is good to know!
Feb. 15, 2012 3:22 pm
So what if we are getting older? Isn't the old saying, "I'm not getting older, I'm getting better"? I'm now able to get by with only a few hours of sleep a night I may have to take my time, but I can still get things done. We are still alive, and we are able to function!!!
Feb. 15, 2012 3:22 pm
Thanks for the hug Rosebud!
Feb. 15, 2012 3:23 pm
Dear me! Just before I sat down to read your blog I mentioned to my friend that I am one age in my head and 30 years older when I look in the mirror! With the exception of loving dark chocolate since I could say the word I could have written your blog! I am younger at my age than my grandmother or mother were at the same age and I think that has always been true. My body may have that old tired feeling, but I'll still get down on the floor to play with toddlers. Just don't ask what it takes to get back up LOL!! Think of yourself like fine wine - it gets better with time.
Feb. 15, 2012 3:36 pm
sueb - I do find that I don't need as much sleep but afternoon naps sure are a wonderful thing! BSM - Hugs to you fellow fine wine!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:05 pm
Oh, Maridele. Your blog hits home in more ways than one, I'm sorry to say. But at least I guess I'm normal "for my age!"
Feb. 15, 2012 4:44 pm
Hugs to you Paula. Join the fine wine club!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:59 pm
As I age, and I use the term loosely lol, I find that my tastes evolve but then I noticed that happening by the time I was 17. That was when I discovered that even wine women and song were cheaper by the dozen. Remember when Ketchup was a staple? You're not aging, you're evolving, becoming more complete. A sophisticate!
Feb. 15, 2012 5:05 pm
hi gal! it goes that way with men too. i don't feel old but it has caught up with me too. i don't need but maybe 5 hours of sleep but a hour long nap is great. i used to be a spelling champ...now i'm lucky to spell my name correctly. but chocolate, oh yes i've always been a sucker for it and vanilla, good grief, wear that around me as a perfume and i'd be your lap dawg! great blog!
Feb. 15, 2012 5:20 pm
Thanks Raedwulf and gderr! Evolving, I like it!
Feb. 15, 2012 5:37 pm
I want to know when printing got so small. Was working with youngest ds tonight on math homework, never my best subject, and could barely read the problems on the page, I really am not liking this aging process.
Feb. 15, 2012 5:42 pm
Oh Denise my arm ran out of length long ago. My children used to tease me that they would hold something across the room for me to read it. Karma will get them!
Feb. 15, 2012 6:20 pm
Fun blog Maridele! I'm cruising through the blogs while I'm "evolving".
Feb. 15, 2012 6:36 pm
MB - what a fun way to "evolve"
Feb. 15, 2012 7:30 pm
Loved the blog! I've evolved into a whole nuther creature now. Better? Well, that's a matter of opinion! :)
Feb. 15, 2012 8:30 pm
Maridele-I loved reading your blog! Where does the time go? My kids are now grown and it just seems like yesterday they were just babies.
Feb. 16, 2012 4:33 am
Marianne - I guess I hadn't thought of the concept of evolving into a whole different creation. That's a great concept! Lela - Thanks! I don't know where the time has gone. I can't believe my first child is getting married this year. What happened to that little baby who screamed her head off for the first eight months of her life? Then I was wishing she'd grow up. Now, not so much!
Feb. 16, 2012 5:16 am
Well Maridele I hear ya on the getting older part. I just had my annual check up and that is exactly what my young good looking doctor said, "your getting older and that is normal for your age". Then he chuckled, I wanted to smack him. I hate the sleeping thing, I sure have been getting a lot of reading done at 2AM. But as far as food, I'm still enjoying everything and the scale reminds me of that everyday.
Feb. 16, 2012 5:16 am
Maridele, I enjoyed your blog and observations and feel the same. Hate those nights when sleep won't come. I never know if I should just give up and get up and read. The comments about magnesium were interesting. Think i'll look for some more info on that. Wonder if there is a test to know if one is deficient? My doctor seems to never even consider nutrition which I think is so important! Thanks for writing. You're quite good.
Feb. 16, 2012 6:10 am
Oh Maridele, welcome to my world. The not sleeping part is the worst. I never seem to have a problem falling asleep, but can't seem to stay asleep. I was wide awake at 3 am this morning, but did manage...finally...to get back to sleep!
Feb. 16, 2012 11:18 am
Sherri you have to love those young good looking doctors and their comments. You have to love karma at those moments! Thanks Indiana Peggy. Getting to sleep doesn't seem to be the problem. Staying that way is. I have come to hate the quiet in the middle of the night. belle - I always manage to get back to sleep just about the time DH is ready to get up. Thank goodness for naps!
Feb. 17, 2012 4:46 am
Well, it seems I am not alone. 2:30 seems to be my witching hour. IF I managed to doze off again I am thrilled to make to 4 AM. Still dark outside but I am comforted to know that there are others waking and starting their day. Last night I was ready for bed by 8:30 - what's with that? Gone are the days of partying until 2 AM. If you didn't know better you'd think I'm old or something......
Feb. 17, 2012 5:49 am
Welcome to the party BN?
Feb. 19, 2012 5:38 am
Hey, sista! So many of us can relate. Five hours last night. My mom was over 40 as well (I was the last of 5...surprise!. She used to kid that she would have given her right arm to be able to take a nap when we were kids and when she finally had the house to herself, she was up all night! Life just isn't fair!! Good for you coming up with a F.O. recipe. I'm stilling thinking, thinking...and then I forget what I was thinking about! :D
Feb. 19, 2012 5:54 am
Great blog! No trouble getting to sleep but without a pill I am up around 2 or 3 myself. And my brain forgets everything in the day but won't quiet down in the middle of the night. Taste buds changing too although I've always loved chocolate. And wine! So my doc told me last month to watch my sugar and starches, wanted to smack him when insisted I go on high blood pressure meds. Never had high readings until that visit. He would not budge. He is the same age and said he has been on same meds for awhile. Is he getting paid to push these meds? Anyway, my weight stays close to my range but it shifted to my behind! At least I don't have to watch my butt jiggle! And my skin is wrinkling up with more age spots appearing on my dry skin. Hang in there, we are right there with you!
Feb. 19, 2012 7:41 am
Maridele....you are speaking my language kid. I can so relate. I am working on meditation (for the first time in my life) to get me a better night's sleep and some much needed respite from stress. So far, I am impressed with the results. Stilling my mind is a real challenge for me. About the dr. thing.......Have you noticed haow they are starting to look like Doogie Howser? That's a real shock to me. The other weird thing is that I no longer have chestnut colored hair. For some reason my hair seems to be morphing toward blonde tones after a lifetime of very DARK hair??????? LOL
Feb. 19, 2012 2:00 pm
The worst part is... being thin all my life and then suddenly becoming heavy, despite exercise (and no, I won't give up my sweet treats and desserts). I've had sleep trouble all through life (I used to think that was normal) but it too has gotten much worse in these later years. If it weren't for sleeping pills, I'd be up all nite for sure! I need a good 9 hours and just sleep as late as I need to until I get it!!! So no more mornings for me! Cataracts, high BP and cholesterol, pre-osteoporosis, got all of that very early too, but strangely, no wrinkles yet. Go figure!
Feb. 19, 2012 3:45 pm
Lucky Noodles - my skin is getting so dry. The ENT doc told me that even the skin in my ears is dry! Good grief. I drink more water now than I ever have. What gives?
Feb. 19, 2012 3:47 pm
mauigirl - my hair started doing that years ago. I now have to fight that grey/white stripe that appears between colorings. I'm tempted to let it grow out and go ala natural but that would really make me old. Ugh.
Feb. 19, 2012 3:48 pm
CookieWeasel - I too refuse to give up the sweets but I try to limit to once a day. The biggest problem I have is carbs. Love the darn things.
Feb. 19, 2012 9:11 pm
WOW! We must all be related! I had a very stressful job and retired 2 years ago. That helped TREMENDOUSLY. But sleep....it is so easy to FALL asleep, but as everyone says, not to STAY asleep. There must be thousands of us all awake about the same time every night. I do take Tylenol PM and it helps, but not to the point that I can sleep all night through. It has been YEARS since that happened. So far I don't have to get up and use the bathroom in the night, but then I worry about that, too, because so many others DO have to....?? And the weight...it is SO hard to lose now. Crazy stuff. It is he!! to get old, but the alternative is NOT a good thing. So we muddle through. Great blog! It is always nice to know we aren't alone in this life journey we are on!!
Feb. 20, 2012 8:59 am
Great blog, Maridele. I just turned 47 and have been wondering where the years went. I guess my very oily skin when I was younger paid off, because I have no wrinkles. And I'm very lucky with the sleep; this has been helped quite a bit since I started the treadmill interval training and got back to my yoga. My sweet tooth has definitely changed this year since I've really been trying to be careful with what I eat, but I refuse to give up the foods I enjoy. But isn't it funny how our tastes change, too? I used to despise carrots--didn't want them in ANYthing. Now I have to buy at least a bunch a week, and I'm doing most of the eating of them. Go figure...life is a kick in the pants. : )
Feb. 20, 2012 12:19 pm
Your first paragraph could be me!! Just had a similar discussion with a friend recently - as I near the Five-0 in a few months. We concluded that we just keep getting better and do things better...including our experimenting with new foods/recipes. And yes, we "monitor" our food intake but don't deprive ourselves of anything we want. Decided there is no bad food - just maybe some bad habits.
Feb. 20, 2012 12:43 pm
my doc asked me to loose weight and get my cholestrol down my response to her was at 85 I should worry, I will worry when I begin to loose weight then I know Im getting ready to hit the dust LOL
Feb. 20, 2012 5:17 pm
Aaaahhhh, getting older. It's a love/hate relationship for me. Can't sleep, can't see, can't remember squat,.... But, at my age, I just don't care! LOL! I'm comfortable with who I am and where I'm at in life. I'm loved and have reasonably good health. I'm a little quirky, but not so much I have to be monitored or put in the home.... YET!!!! Great blog Mary Dell! hehehe Great!
Feb. 21, 2012 7:41 am
OH MY GOSH~!!! I'm NOT alone~!!
Feb. 21, 2012 9:29 pm
Young, old, no matter what age...most people do not get enough fiber, but yes, it is especially important as we get older. Isn't age just a number? I say, enjoy life! Try to be fairly healthy so you can have a long life, but most importantly, enjoy life!
Feb. 22, 2012 4:22 am
Yesterday, when I was playing the piano, I looked down and thought, "Whose hands are those?"
Feb. 22, 2012 10:21 am
Every morning when I wake up and creak out of bed, it sounds like Snap, Crackle & Pop getting run over by a milk truck. I'm older than I look but younger than I feel.
Feb. 22, 2012 12:21 pm
I'm convinced that age is a state of mind...I'm still in my early 30's but my body reminds me that I am much older. Cooking is one of my hobbies...and what I cook I eat. I truly believe that if everyone was skinny...there would be fewer cooking options.
Jan. 12, 2014 1:54 am
I love your blogging! Your style of writing gives me many giggles :) Love the whit and charm.
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