May 3, 2011

It's Official....I've Lost My Mind

If someone finds my long lost brain somewhere in Europe, I'd be tickled pink to have it back.  I'm in Germany.

I've been thinking for awhile now that the dreaded menopause years were fast approaching.  I know what you're thinking, you sweetheart you.  I cannot possibly be old enough to be embarking on THAT journey!    I think I am.  All the signs are there.  And without getting too morbid and unseemly, the physical symptoms have surfaced.  Night sweats, insomnia, things that once were regular are now not. I am possibly one of the most laid back people I know. I'm a 'go with the flow' type. BUT, I think several times over the last few days I actually bared my teeth at my offspring. Grouchy would be a kind definition. Yikes! I'm having great difficulty with "keeping it all together".

But no one warned me about my brain being left back in my 30's.

I think today put me over the edge.  I got everyone up from our usual morning homeschool routine to go to long overdue dental cleanings.  I'd made an appointment with a new German dentist for all 5 of us over a month ago.  We rushed around to be out of the house this morning by 8:30.

 [Need to just insert here:  Germans as a general rule are an extremely punctual, exacting people. Tardiness is not acceptable to them. I took great care to have all of us there EARLY to represent my nation of origin. It's difficult enough to show up with my 'herd' so to speak. NO ONE has more than 2 children here. Oops, I have met one family that has 3 little girls. They are the exception. We get a lot of stares when all 6 of us travel or shop together. Neither do Germans rush around in a harried manner. (If they rush, it is because of poor planning.) So arriving at a commitment early to calmly accomodate paperwork for ALL of us was my goal.]

We traveled  down the autobahn to the main street of another village.  The address was not on the building, so I went in alone to make sure this was indeed the place.  I know 'arzt' is the word for  doctor, which was buried in another bigger word on the door.  However, I did not find listed the particular dentist that I'd made an appointment with.  I'm so glad I went in alone, for I then discovered that our appointments were for TOMORROW.  What is wrong with me?  I knew they were for the 4th.  I made them for a Wednesday because that is our SLOW day. 

Let me just add here that when the receptionist told me that my appointments were for tomorrow, I calmly replied, "Ah yes!  Of course they are!"

LOST:  One middle-aged FEMALE brain
Please return soon!  My family needs it!


  1. {long, long smile}

    Oh, Girlfriend! We'll link arms and do the journey together?

    Brains aside, I have complete confidence in you, my girl! Few people sport such an amazing, winning attitude the way YOU do!!

  2. I saw your post title and said to myself "I'm glad I'm not the only one!"

  3. LOL, I love it! Something about character building comes to mind, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, HAHAHA! I am convinced this time of life just might kill me, or my family will. Smiling with you!


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