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February 15, 2013


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unmitigated me

I JUST asked my internist about the 4am thing. If she had just said, "Yeah, menopause sucks," it would have been better than the lengthy critique of my habits. Good to know it's not just me!


Thanks for linking to that article. I actually have read The Wisdom of Menopause, and I bought it at the recommendation of my mom (who was past it at that point, but somehow came across it). I thank Northrup for giving me the courage to say "I don't want to cook dinners every night, find your own dinner," years ago. Unfortunately, I am that 50-yr old with a 12 year old daughter, and it is hellishly tiring. It would be much easier if she were 18 and moving on :-)


I don't wake up between 4-6am yet, but I do wake up with my shirt drenched in sweat occasionally. Being a woman is SO much fun, huh?

Smalltown Me

My wakeup time is usually 1-3! 4-6 is my prime sleep time. My sleep is all messed up now as I am out of town providing respite care for my dad while his wife has a weekend break.

Aren't congenial coworkers a blessing? I have been so lucky with that. I still get together with a group of them and it's been 12 years since we worked together.


THANK YOU! You and Magpie, of course - that's an excellent, honest article. As one woman who has found herself suddenly disinterested by all that she found inspiring and motivating over the past 20 years, I find it a relief to realize that this may just be normal and I only have to regroup.

The problem with menopause is that you have teens at the same time; so it is almost impossible to figure out which (the teens or the menopause) is creating your bad mood and sense of disorientation at any particular moment.

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

There are not only teens at my house but also a full-time retired husband. The good thing about his being retired is that he has picked up the slack on preparing meals. The bad thing about his being retired is that he is around all the time. My teens are introverted boys, which is both good and bad... no drama but also no sympathy.
Perimenopausal life has shown me that everything is in flux. I really related to this portion of the article (minus the OCD):

"Fertility’s amped-up reproductive hormones helped Aunt Carol 30 years ago to begin her mysterious automatic weekly ritual of roasting lamb just so and laying out 12 settings of silverware with an OCD-like attention to detail while cheerfully washing and folding and ironing the family laundry. No normal person would do that—look at the rest of the family: they are reading the paper and lazing about like rational, sensible people. And now that Aunt Carol’s hormonal cloud is finally wearing off, it’s not a tragedy, or an abnormality, or her going crazy—it just means she can rejoin the rest of the human race: she can be the same selfish, non-nurturing, non-bonding type of person everyone else is. (And so what if get-well casseroles won’t get baked, PTAs will collapse, and in-laws will go for decades without being sent a single greeting card? Paging Aunt Carol! The old Aunt Carol!)"

As I wrote on Cassi's blog about this, what I'm not sure of is how I feel about that reclamation of self. I keep seeing it as selfishness and being self-centered but perhaps I'm living in two seasons at once?


So glad that you have a close team of awesome peeps at work. That just makes life so much easier!

And, yes, sometimes a person just needs to enjoy a brownie (or a cupcake or some other delicious treat!)

gary rith

I like sandra tsing Loh in a lot of ways too, she is bitingly funny :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin

Brava! I love how you've transitioned your life. And it doesn't surprise me at all that your spot is a party zone;)

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One may fall in love with many people during the lifetime. When you finally get your own happiness, you will understand the previous sadness is kind of treasure, which makes you better to hold and cherishthe people you love.

Busy Bee Suz

Your work like sounds just perfect.....but the potlucks would be dangerous. :)
4am? Check. I hate it. I should start calling you, but then again, your 4 am isn't the same time as mine. LOL!!!! I enjoyed the article.

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