Secondhand Sunday

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sundays are my Secondhand day. I'm basically too lazy to think of anything new to say so I re-post a "vintage" entry.

If you aren't in the mood for repeats, please feel free to change the channel.


Original Post Date, November 9, 2009

Since my 45 year old sister and I work for the same institution, we have lunch together every day. It's nice to have a friendly ear to vent about whatever's going on in your day.


Here's a sample of some conversations with Lisa from last week.


Me: “I feel really tired today.”

Lisa: “Oh…you could be perimenopausal.”

"Right. I’m not perimenopausal. I’m just tired."


I can’t believe how much weight I’ve gained in such a short period of time.”

“You know, that’s a symptom of being perimenopausal. You are in that age range.”

“I’m not perimenopausal. I’ve just been eating poorly.”



Does my hair look thinner to you? It feels thinner.”

“Could be. That’s a symptom of perimenopause. Have you noticed any hairs on your chin?

I whipped my hand to my chin, “No. I don’t have any hairs on my chin. I’m not perimenopausal."

“If you say so…"


I’m so out of it today. I just can’t seem to concentrate on anything.”

"Woops. That’s on the perimenopause symptom list, too."



"I was so late this morning. I just couldn’t remember where I put my keys last night."

Shaking her head, "I hate to tell you this but that sounds like perimenopause. You know you’re in that age now."

"Listen to me, Lisa, and listen to me good. I am NOT perimenopausal! If I’m tired, it’s usually because I haven’t gotten any sleep. If my hair looks thinner, it’s probably because I styled it differently. If I’ve gained weight, it’s because I’ve been eating too much and not exercising. If I’m having trouble concentrating, it’s because I’m overworked.

If….IF I ever feel like I am "perimenopausal", I assure you, that you will be the first to know and I will even let you check off my symptoms one by one.

Until that day, if I’m making casual conversation and you feel the need to bring up your perimenopausal theory, I suggest that you think twice about it and then SHUT IT! Are we clear?!"

"Irritability and sudden bursts of anger. Classic perimenopause..."


  1. Well dammit, if you are, then I am too.

  2. Next time she makes that kind of comment, just say *flip hand* "Oh, I'm done with all that."

  3. Awesome That made me laugh . Thanks.


C'mon, you know you want to say it..

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