Welcome To The Jungle

Before I was Princess Rosebud, I was Rowdy Rosie, did you know that? Something must have happened over the years to morph RR into PR, but she’s BACK!  (You can read a previous post about RR here: https://enchantedseashells.com/2013/07/02/the-story-of-rowdy-rosie/)

All you need is a little patience, right? Well, to paraphrase my rock and roll crush, Axl Rose, I guess I needed twenty-plus years of patience, ‘cos that’s how long it took between Guns N’ Roses concerts. At least for me.

When my good friend from Cowboys and Crossbones told me their Not In This Lifetime tour was one of the best concerts she’d ever attended, my ears perked up. When I discovered GnR would end their US tour in San Diego, I knew I’d have to something about it.

I dusted off an old Rowdy Rosie sheer lace spandex camisole I’d kept safe (just in case) since the nineties nestled in tissue paper and wore it over a black and white polka dotted push up bra, squirmed into skinny jeans so tight there wasn’t an ounce of space to breathe, added studded moto boots, and the look was complete. gunsandrosesfashion

Not too bad for a grandma, am I right? (DO NOT ANSWER THAT RHETORICAL QUESTION!!)

After a slight mishap at the trolley station where I accidentally fell onto the tracks. No adult beverages nor any mind altering substances could be blamed…the sun was in my eyes and it was SUPER crowded-sometimes the truth is BORING, but the truth is what you get in Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife…

The opening act was the Cult, do you remember them? They did a great job of holding our attention until Axl hit the stage.

OK, here’s where more truth comes in.

We are all aware of the inexorable march of time; it can’t be stopped, we all get older, look older, feel older–none of us really has a picture in the attic (literary reference to Picture of Dorian Gray)-even Botox and a skilled surgeon can only for a brief moment hold back the tick-tock of aging.

So…when that sweet bad boy child of mine, the now fifty-four-year-old Axl Rose first appeared, I do believe there was a collective GASP from the crowd, or maybe it was just me? I mean, I know it’s been 20+ years, but I really expected him to still look like…

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Then

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Now

Side by side comparison…Where did he go?

And it didn’t matter at all. Once he started to sing, I was transported back to that special place where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky (lyrics to “Sweet Child of Mine”)

He’s still bad boy sexy though, and if I squinted, he kinda sorta-well no, actually not at all.

He’s aged, I’ve aged, we’ve all aged. He’s had some work done, not exactly a total Mickey Rourke, but a bit, and he’s brave to step on stage knowing how the world sees him in reality versus in dreams (oops, my bad, hee hee.)

I screamed like a teenager.

I danced like no one was watching (no one was) and had the BEST TIME OF MY LIFE.concertME

The biggest difference in the two concerts from then and now -except for the cost of the ticket lol-was the ubiquitous presence of cell phones capturing every single moment. I’m guilty of that too.

When the first chords of “Welcome to the Jungle” started up, there was nowhere in the world I would have rather been than experiencing that iconic moment.

They played nonstop for more than 2 1/2 hours and ended with “Paradise City”.

As we ran to grab the trolley back to our vehicle, we saw Slash drive away in his black limo SUV and he waved to us.

BEST NIGHT EVER.

And now I’ll have a forever scar to remember it by…dropmic

 

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Recipe Contest Announced to Mark Healthy Aging Month

Since I had my own hellish experience with a retinal tear that was  successfully treated with laser surgery, I think it’s important to share information about eye health, including macular degeneration.

And who doesn’t love a recipe contest? 


 

BrightFocus Foundation to Choose Prize-Winning Healthy Recipes

Clarksburg, MD—In honor of Healthy Aging Month, BrightFocus Foundation is launching an online Healthy Recipe Contest for the month of September. Contestants submit a recipe that contains at least three ingredients from a list of healthy foods that may be beneficial to brain or eye health.

The winning recipes will be chosen by BrightFocus. Contestants submitting one of the top three winning entries will receive a $100 Target giftcard and BrightFocus prize pack. See the BrightFocus instructions on how to enter the contest, including providing a photograph of the recipe dish.

Healthy foods on the ingredients list include carotenoids (dark green, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables); fruits and vegetables abundant in vitamin C, such as tomatoes, broccoli, citrus fruits and green peppers; vitamin E foods including fortified cereals, nuts, and green leafy vegetables; and sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including wild salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Although research is still ongoing regarding the impact of diet on brain and vision diseases, some studies suggest that a healthy and nutritious diet may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration or glaucoma. A healthy diet also may help Alzheimer’s patients cope better with their disease. See the BrightFocus Healthy Living fact sheets for macular degenerationglaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION
BrightFocus Foundation (www.brightfocus.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing brain and eye health, by funding research worldwide on Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus also provides the public with information about these diseases, including risk factors, current treatments, and coping strategies

I confess to having a love affair…with…Botox

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Yup, I got Botox today.  I confess. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Why do I love Botox?

Without those little injections, I’d look like a Sharpei.

Cute for a dog, not so cute on me.

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I’m not ready for a rocking chair.
I’m unashamedly fighting, kicking, and screaming before I succumb to that abyss.img-thingrockchair

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (Dylan Thomas)

I’ve read it all — boomer this and boomer that– and the resignation to the inevitable expanding waistline of the post-menopausal.

Not me.

I won’t throw in the towel and accept defeat.

MV5BMTUyMzYwMTQxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODU2NDE1Mg@@._V1._SY314_CR16,0,214,314_lisarinnaI organized an event at my doc’s office, Dr. Nagi Ibrahim, for two of my girlfriends and myself.

We have realistic expectations.

We don’t want to look like Lisa Rinna or one of the Housewives of Anywhere; we’re hoping for a natural, fresher, enhanced version of ourselves.

We’re not doing this because we feel insecure or because we feel inferior.

We want our outside to match how we feel on the inside. We work out and eat healthy; like getting a mani-pedi or a facial, this is another way to feel pampered and well cared for.

I’ve had Botox several times and I’ve been really pleased with the results.

This time I added a little Juvederm to the menu. 

Juvederm is a clear, smooth gel made out of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a natural substance that adds volume and hydration to your skin. Juvederm is used to restore or add volume anywhere on the face. It’s a   favorite product for enhancing and sculpting the lips, and terrific for filling in folds, wrinkles and creases.

We chose  the newest version, J3,  which can last approximately eighteen months.  We all had the same areas “enhanced”– lips, nasal labial folds, and chin area. It takes a while to see the effects of Botox, but the filler was immediate gratification; plumper lips, no saggy cheeks, it’s amazing! It’s not really that painful, either, but you know what they say…no pain, no gain!

syringeAre you satisfied with your aging process or do you want to hold back the sands of time as long as possible?