Beth Teitell

Dogs and Cats – Day 10

Last year Beth Teitell of the Boston Globe wrote this piece about over-indulging pets – dogs in particular. Just so you know, I am nice to my dog but not Leona Helmsley nice (now there is a string of words you don’t often see) and don’t buy outrageous holiday gifts – maybe a bone, a new collar and leash and a box of treats. You can be more creative and give a gift to a local animal shelter either a monetary donation but some are looking for old blankets or towels as well. How about an extra walk? Good for you and the dog.

Our local MSPCA is wonderful and I found a magazine called  The Bark (tagline: Dog is my co-pilot), dedicated to dogs.  Personally, I like L.L. Bean or REI for nice, not over the top, gifts for dogs. There are Crypton fabric great pet beds that are wonderful and easy to clean.

Click on the image to go to the Crypton website – and I have also seen them at crypton bed for dogsB.Y.O.D in Newton Centre (they have other great dog accessories and treats, too) …or get a grooming gift certificate. You can also DIY the process and give your pet a bath in one of the huge stainless steel tubs.

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Each day, please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation EngineersMail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags

What is new? 50 is new and I am a digital immigrant

You may look at the number of times I post and think – slacker. You would be correct. I have definitely posted less as this blog ages and for good reason. I am aging, too, as in I am having the big birthday (oh -remember when you thought the big b-day was 21?  Nope, me neither). So what am I doing if not writing? Well, I am continuing to learn more about social media and blog universe and dragging some other 40-somethings with me. There is a nice piece in the Globe about technology and aging...The Age of the Digital Dinosaur by Beth Teitell and how to tell how old you are digitally.  Are you a ‘so-called digital immigrant’?  (a person who grew up before computers and devices dominated the culture)? I am.

From the article: But what’s a person to do? As Sherry Turkle, the author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other,’’ and an MIT professor, points out, acting too digitally young is also problematic. “But just as 50-year-olds shouldn’t really try to dress like 20-year-olds (although they do), should we all try to text like 20-year-olds[?]’’ she wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “In our culture, we all wear blue jeans. It has become universal. But ripped jeans at fifty? Perhaps one needs to leave certain styles to the young.’’
Maybe I am too young digitally, is a 50-year old on Twitter the equivalent of a 50-year old wearing ripped jeans? Damn it. I like ripped jeans. So everyone approaches milestones in different ways and with different goals (or, in my case, no goals) and I have a number of friends who are already 50 and plenty who are coming up on it FAST (you know who you are) so I am lucky in that I am surrounded by kind, and similarly aging friends. I do think it is most telling how the media portrays people over 50 – something I am suddenly attuned to – AARP did already send me a card – seriously. I ripped it up. My husband turned 50 already. Sigh, yes it is true, I married a much older man (okay, he is five weeks older) and he is running a triathalon for his fiftieth celebration/mid-life crisis – whatever it is. I am pointedly NOT running a tri (as I now know to call them). I have learned some new terminology – ‘bricks’ are bike ride and a run back to back and I know that short (?) tris are called sprints and that I do not have any desire to do this. I think I will bake from my new cookbook from Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery. Yes, that is what I am going to do today, after I walk the dog.

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