I’m not old; I’m (B)old

by Chloe Jeffreys · 74 comments

in Blogging, Women in Midlife

Blogher 2012, the Grandmommy of Blogging Conferences, is just moments away, and as I pack my bags before heading out to New York City (NEW YORK CITY!) I’m realizing the sad fact that I’m probably not destined for blogging fame and fortune.

This is going to come as a huge blow to my husband, who was banking on my earning our retirement riches by blogging. Now I’m going to have to break it to him that we will NOT be buying that beach house in Jamaica, or the timeshare in Peru.

No Machu Picchu this year, honey. Sorry.

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Why have I come to this sudden and cataclysmic conclusion that my blogging future is doomed?

It appears that the secret to blogging success is getting big companies like Oscar Mayer and Disney to pay you to write AMAZING blog posts extolling the virtues of their AMAZING products.

After you write these AMAZING posts they send you to AMAZING conferences where you can be AMAZING and make AMAZING new friends who will then turn around and, because you were so AMAZING, buy these AMAZING products for their own AMAZING selves.

Then you come home and write about how AMAZING it all was.

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I know I have the AMAZING part down. That’s a given. I was born to be AMAZING.

My mother told me.

But promoting products? I’m afraid that I’m missing the gene.

I was born to rage against the machine, not become a cog in it.

I was born to point out that the Emperor is buck naked.

I was born to be sarcastic and irreverent.

I was born to make fun of stuff.

And apparently I also was born to be poor for the rest of my life because I’m slowly realizing that big corporations don’t want to pay you to make fun of their stuff.

I can’t think of one company in the world that I wouldn’t eventually piss off.

(Except Botox Cosmetics® . I would never piss off Botox Cosmetics®  if they ever found my little blog and wanted to set me up in a beach house in Jamaica where I promise I will write AMAZING blog posts every day about how AMAZING Botox Cosmetics®  are.)

Aside from my big, fat mouth, the other obstacle standing between me and blogging success? I don’t have any babies. This is such a serious hiccup in the grand plan that I’ve considered inventing some.

See, blogging is a young woman’s game, and I’m an old, bitter woman ill-suited to kissing ass and gushing on about how AMAZING everything is. Everything is not amazing.

Grasp the problem here?

I’ve passed my marketability prime and my best blogging days are behind me.

This sad little splash of cold reality was delivered to me, subtly, via my one and only unsolicited private party invite to BlogHer this year, which just happens to be sponsored, in part, by Poise® .

Don’t get me wrong. I love Poise®  pads. They’re AMAZING! I love them so much that I endured six hours of major surgery and 7 weeks of recovery hell to ensure that I’d never need them again.

It’s not that Poise®  isn’t a great company.  It’s the company that’s sponsoring the B(L)oomer’s Party, the one and only party at BlogHer that was willing to have me without me begging for an invite first. I love Poise® !

And I love B(L)oomers. B(L)oomers are my peeps. B(L)oomers are Baby Boomers who are Blooming, not getting old and dying. Get it?

This is my tribe!!

And if my tribe is the one peopled with women suffering from urinary incontinence, then so be it.

Except here I am–realizing only after the fact–that I’ve gone and had myself surgically removed from one of the few brands that gives a rat’s patoot about women in my demographic.

(Except Botox Cosmetics® . I’m pretty sure that once Botox Cosmetics®  realizes the undiscovered gold mine sitting right here in my little blog they will see that women in my demographic want their AMAZING product and that I’m the AMAZING woman to tell them about it!)

Poise® isn’t the only sponsor. The B(L)oomer’s Party has other wonderful sponsors. You can check them out over at The Succulent Wife who, together with The BoomBox Network, is hostessing this magnificent event. (I see Epilady® is also coming. I do have this one nasty little chin hair that needs removing from time to time. Maybe Epilady® will be interested in me.)

I met Senior Editor of The Succulent Wife, Audrey van Petegem, and Marketing Specialist, Anne-Marie Kovacs, at BlogHer last year and they are both wonderful ladies.  Audrey just turned 50, t00. I was truly thrilled to receive an invitation from them.

So, I don’t mean to be ungrateful, but here’s the invitation:

Gee, I don’t know why I’m feeling a little bit upset.

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I’m going to put on my big girl panties, which will be a cute little black thong because I don’t wear pee pads anymore, and go–despite the fact that I suddenly feel very, very old–because this is my tribe; incontinence, chin hairs, and all. I know I will have a good time.

I wouldn’t miss sharing the Geritol® shooters with my tribe for all the world.

 

UPDATE: First of all, apologies to Anne-Marie Kovacs for misspelling her name in the original post. Second, my bad, but Poise is not actually sponsoring this party AT ALL. They are sponsoring their own party on Friday night. Cruelly, it is a comedy club event. I’ve decided to go just so I can show off my urinary continence. For a list of the actual sponsors of the B(L)oomers Party Event, check it out here: Magnificent B(L)oomers Party Event Sponsors.

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Dan Hamilton July 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I wrote this big long piece and this site erased it, good luck, I don’t feel like getting tennis elbow trying to put it back on the page. Peace out

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

Dan, say it isn’t so?

I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. I did have technical issues yesterday and I would have loved to have seen your long piece.

Now I’m very, very sad.

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Robbie Kaye July 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Chloe! Wow… this was “AMAZING!” ;-)
Seriously, thank you for being such a beautiful spokeswoman for all of us. To combine humor and truth like you do is truly a gift. I wouldn’t give up that dream of a time share in Peru or a beach house in Jamaica just yet… keep the faith… there is a collective consciousness that is happening and to quote Sam Cooke “A change is gonna come” and you can feel proud by being instrumental in this change. Unfortunately, I won’t make it to the NYC Bloomer’s party, I would have liked to have met you in person… hopefully another time. In the meantime, I am so happy the Anne Marie suggested that I read your blog… I am a fan! You… are an inspiration.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hey thanks Robbie Kaye for stopping by. I’m sorry we won’t get a chance to meet this year. Maybe another time.

I’m trying to be the role model I want to have; a woman who ages with dignity and fun. Who doesn’t take it all too seriously.

I say that I’m not aging gracefully; I’m aging with a vengeance.

And I believe there is a change a-comin’. I hope I’m a good part of that change.
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Missus Wookie July 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

Chloe – this made me laugh.

In those heels and sparkles you are definitely a hot (b)old woman.

It was all part of my plan to have the kids gone by my mid 40s… We’re getting there and I’m excited to look forward to the two income empty nest. Even if they’re threatening to move back in once they’ve graduated!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

There is nothing better than being young and having your kids grown. I can’t tell you how happy I am that it turned out this way for me and Jeff.

I hear you about the moving back thing though. It happens all the time. Ours have come back already a couple of times.

I will be rocking those heels. I figure I only have minutes left where I can pull it off comfortably and I’m going to enjoy every last one of them.

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Jennifer Comet Wagner July 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

I skipped BlogHer last year and was so sorry to have missed the boomer event. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in person. It will be great to attend a blogher event where I don’t feel like the oldest person in the room. Boomer Bloggers need to unite!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

Yes we do!!

I’m so looking forward to Blogher this year and this event in particular.

See you there!

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Audrey van Petegem July 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

Chloe, I am so looking forward to seeing you again at BlogHer12! Now us baby boomer bloggers have so many other choices to socialize than last year’s BlogHer11! Not one to sit quiety, us B(L)oomers are being noticed! Hence the B(L)oomersParty and Poise’s Menopause party. In case you want to know who the illustrious sponsors are for the B(L)oomersParty check out this link; http://boomboxnetwork.com/2012/07/the-magnificent-sponsors-of-the-bloomers-party/

Looking forward to seeing at the parties specifically catered to us and, I know, I will see you on the dance floor at Sparklecorn!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

I really appreciate The Succulent Wife and I really appreciate your good humor in this post. You both are terrific women, hot and vibrant, and paving the way for the rest of us. Thanks for hostessing this party and sending me an invite. I can’t tell you how happy I was to receive one.

See you there!

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Texanna July 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

Hey! You forgot Adam and Eve, you could talk about their AMAZING toys! ;) (Sorry, I don’t know how to do the “R” for registered trademark/name…but it’s in my thoughts. :) )

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

I’ve really considered pursuing the sex toy market. Seriously. But Maddie at http://1hotmarriage.com/ does such a great job already.

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Chris Bradshaw July 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Chloe – I cannot wait to meet you – all of you – next week. (Pretty sure I have a girl crush, because you are so AMAZING.) And, thank you for all the kind words about the B(l)oomers Party and the Questions! Like – why the super-old lady in the image? You’ll see why, that’s all I can say… and it’s not about us as we are NOW!!!!>>>
Just one little point of clarification. We have invited Lori from over at Poise to attend the event, but Poise is NOT one of our sponsors (sadly). I believe Poise is sponsoring a show about Menopause on Friday night? I will find the details and update this post.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

I’m looking forward to this event so much.

I’m so sorry about the Poise mistake. Clearly I aspire to be a humorist and not an investigative reporter.

Sadly, pee pads are funnier than laser. Laser isn’t funny. In fact, I’m dead serious about laser and many of the other actual sponsors (and Botox Cosmetics®).

See you there!

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Molly Campbell July 26, 2012 at 7:40 am

Well, I just think it’s AMAZING that you are going to BlogHer, where I think if I went, I would spend the entire conference in the ladies room. And I also have blogging friends who make the BIG BUCKS.

So I wrote a book. Maybe with the profits I can get one injection of BOTOX Cosmetic. Maybe. xoxo molly
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

I knew you’d write a book. I told you so months and months ago. You are a very talented writer, Molly. And your comment here and your tweeting me out means the world to me. There is nothing like praise and support from other writers you respect.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I do hope we get to meet somewhere. I totally would hang in the ladies room with you. I’d tweet out, “I’m sitting in the toilet with @molllycampbell.”

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magpie July 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

Heh. I don’t know you, but I think I like you. I like raging against the machine too. See you next week!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

Boomers invented raging against the machine. And now we’ll reinvent aging and all that goes with it.

Can’t wait to meet you!

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Magnolia July 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

A question that ultimately faces every creative and artistic person. Personal integrity or eating. The great philosopher Bonnie Raitt tackled this deep question in the 70s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il5hc36YpUM

Success is not just for the young.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

I’m glad I have a day job. This blog has helped me appreciate my day job because it gives me the freedom to say what I want here. If I HAD to kiss ass as a writer for a living I don’t think I’d do it at all.

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Brenda July 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

This is one time the comments almost reads as fun as your post. But not quite. ;)

My nest isn’t empty yet but my body is aging at light speed. Yet I don’t aspire to be the Emperor’s Mom, even if my dh wanted to name our eldest Anakin (ummm, Honey, I’m simplicity not naming my child after Darth Vader). Those “all women are beautiful” ads are great and true but not the look I’m after. Even if it isn’t true, give am a model who’s as hot as the sex I’m having. Or at least as overheated as the night sweats leave me.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

The comments have been AMAZING!!

I do have AMAZING readers, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. They make it worth it.

And I hear you on the “all women are beautiful” ads. Yeah, it’s great and true, but it also feels a little patronizing at the same time.

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Suzy Q July 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

I am also An Old, and I don’t have a blog. Therefore, I don’t even exist. But, I’m going to BlogHer anyway! Meeting people like you is one of the reasons.

Also, if you want to see some amazing older women, check out advancedstyle.com. (I am not affiliated with that blog in any way. I am not affiliated with anything!)

@suzyquzey

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Cindy in GA July 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

“… I don’t have a blog. Therefore, I don’t even exist.” Can I pretend that I just wrote that? :)

The Chloe Chronicles: where the posts are GREAT and the comments are AMAZING.

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Suzy Q July 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’m thinking I should put that on my BlogHer name tag. Blow their everlovin’ minds!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

You exist. I think.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

I love the disclaimer! I make them all the time.

And I’m loving you on twitter. I wish you were going to this party. But I hope to see you somewhere around.

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Suzy Q July 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I may still make it to the party. But, I will certainly look for you elsewhere, too!

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Pamela July 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

I’d sponsor you – if I had a bizillion dollars. This SAHM gig doesn’t exactly bring in the monetary benefits. I guess I’ll have to become an AMAZING writer, like you, and get all kinds of AMAZING sponsorships so I can sponsor your blog.

I’m just a couple years behind you and have one in diapers. Believe me, it’s not fun that she and I have this in common.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

When I was 40 I wanted a baby more than life itself, but it was not to be. And now at 50 I’m so glad I don’t have a 10 year old. I’m glad God knew at the time what was in my future. Is it awful to say that?

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Wendy July 26, 2012 at 5:41 am

I love that post!

What’s with the 90 year old woman in the advertisement. The 90 year old woman is beautiful in her own way, but not very many women in her demographic give a darn about blogging or what any blog has to say.

There is a gigantic difference between 50 years old and 90 years old. I think that companies are shooting themselves in the foot by making such a huge age lump.

Nobody likes lumps, much less huge lumps.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:53 am

You are right! Nobody likes lumps, especially old ladies.

When I signed up for BlogHer I had to check a box denoting my age demographic. It stops at 46+.

Each age has its own joys, but it isn’t exactly like we hit menopause and then it’s just all the same. 50 is not the new 90!!

Women in my demographic have money and time and we want to spend it on ourselves, our husbands, our homes, and the people we love. It’s silly to stop trying to sell us things.

And what about the part where women in my demographic actually DO know something about child-raising, and toys, and Disneyland?

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Robin July 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

Preach it Sisatah!!!

As a woman who is both wise AND beautifully youthful , you really are AMAZING. :)

I just don’t believe that being beautiful and young-looking automatically suggests that you have no wisdom.

Dressing fashionably and wearing high heels also do not mean “vain and widsom-less”.
You have brilliantly spoken against the status quo!

THANK YOU.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Just like having grey hair doesn’t mean you don’t have it goin’ on!!

Life is meant to be lived, and each life is its own artistic expression.

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Julia July 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

You know, I think that the Powers That Be are missing a huge demographic…those of us that got our advanced education early (Master’s Degree: check), got married early (21: check), had kids “early” (25 when first arrived: check) and are going to be empty nesting in our mid 40s.

I think this is a major flaw because The Powers That Be should realizing how AMAZING this is! In 36 days (not that anyone in my house is counting) child #2 will be deposited in his dorm room at a college 6 hours away. Child #1 will be off to his college the same weekend.

And where does that leave my husband and me? With two incomes and child free. AMAZING!!!

I am not quite willing to do Geritol shooters (is there a nice Tequila sponsor for your Blogher convention?) and I’m not at the point where I need sex toys for arthritic hands (really Maddie?!)

I love your blog, Chloe, and just referred a friend to it for fashion advice. I hope you meet all sorts of AMAZING people, and some sponsors who realize that there are a lot of hot mamas out there with more discretionary income than we used to have when the kiddos were at home.

And I’m coming with you to Machu Picchu. Just sayin’…..

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:47 am

We have to go to Machu Picchu while we can still do it the right way, on foot.

Yes, you and I didn’t listen like good little girls and have our babies at 40 like all of our friends and the price we pay for it is a good night’s sleep, no running after toddlers, and not having to give driving lessons with we’re 65.

Okay, we have nothing to gripe about, do we?

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Julia July 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Heck no! I do think I need to go to one of these conventions with you. It sounds like a blast. Maybe I’ll turn all my connections and writing into a blog after all… hmmm.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

There is much fun and frivolity to be had. And you get to meet AMAZING people. Really. You do.

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Stephanie July 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Holy cow, how did the Bloomers get Emperor Palpatine’s grandmother for their model?

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

ROFLMAO!! I KNOW!!!!!

I was going to make a comment about being invited to a hot blogging party by Grandma Moses, but I like Audrey and Anna-Marie and I want them to keep talking to me.

But honestly?!?!

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Anne-Marie July 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Ahhhhh, the old lady! Well, we decided to plan our B(L)oomers Party around the “Beauty & Wisdom” theme based on the project and photographs of Robbie Kaye (http://goo.gl/ywXBu) who sees the beauty in growing older.

And, in a society is soooo obsessed with youth, it seems that we have to honor the other end of the scale and then feel grateful if we are lucky enough to get there. And by “there”, I mean “old”(Like this old lady, who’s name, btw, is Jennie!)

Also, it’s all about answering the question that Robbie asks: “Who put the “ugly” in aging, a privilege denied to many, and how do we take it out?”

Our event, filled with B(L)oomers and sassy sponsors, will hopefully, at least in the minds of the people present, do a little reversing of the ageism discrimination so prevalent in our everyday.

That’s why the old lady! Isn’t she beautiful?
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I think we’re on the same wavelength, but playing different tunes! Boomers changed youth. Now they’ll change aging.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

All day yesterday all I could think about was your post and how I wish I’d said, “Emperor Palpatine called and he wants his grandma back!”

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Maddie July 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Dear boldly aging one, Please move over so I can come sit next to you on the old lady bus. I honestly don’t know how I got here because not until I became a blogger was it pointed out to me to me on a regular basis that I am past my prime – the news was painful and shocking to say the least.

I suspect the also aging Ms.Paris is onto something when she sites the “old kids” issue. Had I not hussied it up in my early 20’s I today could still have kids in diapers instead of kids who threaten to give me grandchildren on a daily basis.

Worse yet I blog about sex, yes sex, and not just the sort of sex that they think we aging people have ( holding hands) but of the hot and steamy type that those yung’uns only can wish about In their angst ridden younger years. And yet, the blogging nibble last arriving in my e-mail box? Sex toys with easy grips for arthric hands!!!

Go ahead and shoot me now, maybe one of you fine ladies will be able to pick up a gig writing about picking the right slimming outfit for a summer funeral, you know, one that won’t clash with your piddle pads.

Lovingly and with BenGay – Maddie

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:44 am

LMAO! That’s so hilarious! Young people don’t want to think about older people having sex until they are older and realize for themselves that the sex is better. So much better.

I’m going to write 50 Shades of Grey Hair under my new erotica author pen name; Chloe Nightsweats™. It’ll be out on an e-reader near you soon!

And speaking of sex toys. Why don’t they just invent a hands-free sex toy that WORKS!?!

One with a remote so that my husband can take me to the moon while tending to his hemorrhoids and ingrown toenails.

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Kristy July 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Oh Chloe, I too don’t laugh that often, but I laughed at this! I’m sorry you got a wrinkled old lady invitation! But it was funny, and the fact that you can see humor in it is great! I still want to go to a blog conference…..I think.!!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:40 am

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

Kristy, you do want to come to a blog conference. The Butter Blog could live!!

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Sharon Greenthal July 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Listen, that’s the only party I was invited to and I’m proud – old, but proud. And also, one of the sponsors that’s decided to follow and connect with me on Facebook is called @heavyperiods. We are not too old to blog, others are too young to attract the sexy sponsors we do!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

Sharon, I’m so glad I’ve gotten to meet you through the internet before the big to-do. You are one of the people I’m seeking out.

I used to have @heavyperiods until they gave me the big ole @hysterectomy.

And you are right about them saving the sexy sponsors just for us. We can do like we used to do, send the kids off with a tear in our eye, then turn around and have the time of our lives!

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Anne-Marie July 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hey, talking about sexy sponsors, did you see the #bloomersparty sexy sponsors? @ONbySensuva is one of them. Ahem.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I saw that!! I’ll be first in line to collect any products they have to share. I KNOW my readers want to hear about them.

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Judy July 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I just turned 50 also. I love your blog Chloe. You made me, literally, laugh out loud several times with this post. My life has sucked lately and very few things have made me laugh, so thank you!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:37 am

50 is really great today. I’m not going to say it’s the new 30 because that’s just silly, but it ain’t your granda’s 50 anymore.

Most of us still have our health AND our teeth and by 50 we are just figuring out how to kick it up.

Keep kickin’, grandma. The best is still yet to come. At least for another month or two.

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Jean Parks July 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Well I’m also invited to this event & the list of party sponsors is freaking fabulous!

I believe that increasing numbers of brands are becoming aware of the spending power of Boomer women. The kids are growing up & there’s more money for gourmet food & drink, luxury grooming products & clothing, cars, travel etc. I don’t have babies but I don’t feel ignored or invisible in the slightest!

Oh and I can say “amazing” with the best of them, but I’m from Boston, we say it’s “wicked” ;)

Can’t wait to see you at Blogher!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

Jean, I am so looking forward to meeting you. You are an inspiration to me because I think you are a hot babe who has it going on, and you have this marketing thing down, too.

I’m very excited to meet all the great sponsors and see Audrey and Anna-Marie again. I hope they took their Alzheimer’s medication and remember me.

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Anne-Marie July 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Oh Chloe, no medication of any kind is needed to remember you!
;-P

Can’t wait to see you again! And, ps. there will be a little surprise in your honor at the event!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

Really?!?! A surprise! I love surprises. I’m sure it will be AMAZING!!

I am getting very excited. I laughed about checking our IDs. Your event is probably my last chance to have someone check my ID for my age.

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Jean Parks July 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Chloe, we’ll have a lot to talk about when we meet!

As for all the rest, I am astonished on a daily basis by a lot of the young women blogging today. Some of these gals are good writers, practically pro level photographers & they do it wearing a baby!

Perhaps it’s because my primary niche is tech but I don’t feel invisible, not at all. Fashion brands wanting a 25 yr old don’t want me, neither do diaper companies but that is totally okay because plenty of other quality brands, who sell things I enjoy using do want me.

I don’t feel it has to be a young women versus mature women kind of thing. I love my young friends & my age peers equally! :)
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Chloe Jeffreys July 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

I really need this perspective, Jean. It’s hard to feel like a piece of flotsam floating in a sea of mommy bloggers.

And you are right. I don’t know how they do it either.

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anne July 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I’m Amazing, to an extent. But despite being much, much younger than you, I have old kids. This makes me uninteresting to brands I’m interested in. They’ll take women my age or older with little kids, but not me.
It’s not that you are old–your kids are. If you’d had a baby at 45, you’d be right in the game.
(By the way, the new Cherry Berry Chiller at McDonalds is AMAZING!)
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

I’m gonna sue that infertility doctor. I told him I wanted a baby real bad when I was 40! I thought it was because I wanted more children, but now I see that I got ripped off.

As Julia says, those of us who didn’t follow the cultural norm and had our kids early are getting kinda screwed. We’ll have to take solace in our quiet, child-free homes and our luxuriant post-kid incomes that aren’t being spent on bologna and Disneyland.

Except my husband and I would love a trip to Disneyland!!

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Susan in the Boonies July 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Do a Geritello shot for me!!!!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 26, 2012 at 5:32 am

Oh, don’t worry, there’s a shooter with your name on it. Well, you know what I mean!

It’ll be AMAZING and I’ll be sure to tell you all about it after they wheel me back to the home.

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