Saturday, November 29, 2008

High School Reunion

Tonight was my High School reunion. I went with my best friend from high school , Barbara. She left her husband at home and I drove. It was a trip . I felt old and fat going in, but now I feel pretty much at pace with my peers. Most of us had acquired a couple of pounds. Two of the female classmates were even more petite than they had been in school. Most of us had married and many of us had divorced. Many of us had kids. I would say this was one of the few times in my life that I wished I could say I was married or had kids. There was one other woman that I talked with who had never married. There were a couple of guys who were hard to recognize. They looked like they had been through the ringer a few years ago and were just getting back on their feet. My high school crush was there with his wife. She was absolutely charming and I am happy for him that he found such a wonderful woman to share his life with. There was another guy who had aged so much we thought he was one of our teachers. One of the girls was married to a guy that looked like David Walsh will look in 20 years. 5 or 6 of the women looked almost exactly as they had when we were in high school.
3 of us had passed away . One had stomach cancer, another had a heart problem and had died a few years after college and I never did find out what the third one succumbed to . I hung out with one friend who was mostly excited about going to the public school reunion tomorrow night. The people she hung out with after school all went to the public high. One classmate, who is a doctor now and is married to a doctor, came all the way from Seattle for this event.
I was surprised how many remembered that I was a perfomer and more than one promised to rent Mona Lisa Smile or In Dreams to check for the scenes I was in . It was actually nice to see everybody after all this time. Some people got really trashed. A couple arrived completely drunk- I don't know how they got home.
I don't regret the life I live or the choices I made in it ,but I really thought I would have a different life than what I have. I really thought I would have been married and had kids. A couple of people even said I was better off for never marrying. I'll take their word for it.
Anyhow, I'm glad I went. I look forward to the next one in 10 years.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Okay, sorry, it's been about a month since I last posted. Partly because I just didn't make the time to write and partly because I have nothing to say. I work 7 days a week and when I get home, I veg in front of basic cable tv. Often, it's stuff I've seen already because the new stuff seems to appear infrequently. Tonight , the holiday , it's all reruns or stuff I have no interest in. Rosie O'Donnell apparently had a variety show on tv where Life should have been. I don't care if her and Barbra Walters are still feuding . They both make way more money than me and don't make me want to watch them.
Today , my family did our usual thing. Mum made the turkey, my brother made the stuffing and I made the mashed potatoes, gravy and squash. I have to say , the gravy came out really good this year. The meal took about 5 hours to prepare and it took us about 20 minutes to consume our fill. It was fine in a way that being with my family is on a holiday like this.
I had the day off. I did a load of laundry early and I finished the last 2 issues of Vogue that I hadn't gotten around to reading. I'll recycle them to a co-worker on Sunday. Tomorrow, I have off as well. Things are slow at the Friday rockpile, there have been layoffs, though I still seem to have a job . However, if there isn't business generated for other departments, then there is nothing for me to file. Hence, an unexpected day off.
I hope to do more laundry and reading and maybe some puttering. Maybe something will strike me to write about and I will post it .
I'm glad to be alive and I am thankful for the health of my friends and family.I am also thankful for magazines, washing machines and Zen Party snack mix at Target.