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I’ve been a little annoyed this week mostly because I’ve been faithfully watching the best show ever created on television (“Friday Night Lights”) and Tim Riggins has only been on this season for about 20 seconds.

Why do they have him hidden away in jail? Of course I appreciate the plethora of scenes with the adorably grumpy Coach Taylor. But I just miss that hottie Riggins and his sweaty, wet, greasy, stringy locks.

But anyway, that’s not the only thing that has got me a bit ruffled.

I was at the doctor’s last week and I happened to glance at some of my medical paperwork.

And I saw something very very disturbing.

Name: Kelcey Kintner

Age: 40

How could they put that?  Why do they have to be so… MEAN. Putting it down on paper and all.  Couldn’t they just write very very very late thirties?

40 IS my age. So quite possibly it’s not really their fault. I just can’t believe that I am almost 50. Okay, not for another nine plus years. But still.

Now and then I’ll read a blog where someone really embraces their forties. And I keep waiting to feel that way – bold and empowered and sassy. And sometimes I start to feel empowered but then I notice that my once very cute ass now seems to have shifted to my stomach and that makes me feel less powerful.

Someone recently suggested I could lie about my age. Tell everyone I’m older than I am. Because I’m not too modest to admit that I’d be rocking the sh*t out of 65.  But I’d have to find a lot of seniors to befriend to make it believable.  So much small talk and I don’t even know how to play mahjong.

I could make the twins’ first birthday party an injectables party. In lieu of gifts, everyone could bring botox to share. So much better than asking guests to donate to some non-profit that really helps people. We’d be helping ourselves instead!

This is not the first time I’ve expressed my displeasure with the aging process. I try to remember gratitude. I’m certainly grateful to be alive (because being dead seems really boring with a lot less candy). And I KNOW in ten years, I’ll look back on photos of myself now and think, “Wow. Who’s that sprightly young lady?!”

But what probably makes me feel the best is that one of my favorite women in the whole world is 44 years-old.  The smart, gorgeous and fabulous Tami Taylor….

She is my role model. Please don’t point out that she is a fictional character. You will devastate me.

mama bird notes:

If you missed my PIX11 morning show appearance, just click here and scroll to the bottom of the post to see the video.

34 Responses to forty is the new… crap. i can’t think of anything.

  • Stasha says:

    Age is nothing but a number;said my grandmother. Who turned 40 a month after I was born. And no, my mom was not a teenage mother.
    That should cheer us up. Not the saying, the other stuff…

  • Working Mom says:

    hahaha – I’m 36, and the reference someone made once, about your butt racing your boobs to the floor… well… let’s just say I can relate… I grabbed hold of 30 with both hands and am loving it!!! I believe I’ll feel the same way about 40 – mainly because my hubby’s there and he’s loving it!

  • Becky says:

    Since I hit 40 I’ve gotten bifocals, had back surgery for a very bad disc and been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. But what really stung was the damn AARP “early entry” application that I received in the mail.

    I have to say that a good husband and (sometimes) good kids make it all worthwhile. No matter what the age.

  • tracy says:

    Do you want to join our bridge club? Sure it’s in Minnesota and we have jello salad and all..but at your age you might just enjoy it.

    I am 42 and bought the botox Groupon

  • Linda says:

    LOVE IT !!! I’ll be 44 next month & started doing ZUMBA !
    Great way to feel energized !!! You should give it a shot……
    or 2 or 3 !!!!!!!! Plus you know what they say 40 is the new 30.
    44 is the new 34 for me !!! :- )

  • annie says:

    if it makes you feel better, I’m going to be 43 next month and I literally have a second butt crack on the front in the form of a big as surgical scar. I kid you not – it’s just like the butt crack on the back only it hasn’t sunk to my knees yet. I know it’s going to be REALLY pretty when it does.

  • I turned 39 last month, but my best friend just turned 40. I always benefit from this age difference since the year I put in helping her come to terms with her new age makes it a complete non-event for me the following year. Seriously – I barely acknowledged my 30th. But in the meantime, I feel like slitting my wrists every time I read a post or tweet about a 29 year old feeling “SO OLD” with 30 approaching. And I can’t go the mah jongg route. I really suck at games.

  • Melissa says:

    I’ll reserve my comments about 40 for a (scant) few more years, but I second the love of all things FNL! Tami Taylor IS the coolest woman on Earth, and the only thing that makes the tiny morsels of Riggins tolerable is the knowledge that next year there will be none, so I will take what I can get! 🙁

  • anna says:

    i remember thinking with my friends that the last good birthday was 26 (’cause after that you are old)

    i dont think we could even fathom how totally wrong we were.

  • Diane says:

    Doctors can be so cruel. When I was pregnant with child #3 at 35 and then with child #4 at 36, they kept using that phrase ‘Advanced Maternal Age’. Talk about kicking you when you are down.

    I have just 2 words for you. Burn Notice. My absolute favorite new show. Check it out. Michael Weston is HOT even for these middle aged eyes.

  • Cat says:

    Turning 40 was so traumatic for me that I immediately began referring to myself as close to 50 that I needed to be. The closer I get to 50 the easier it seems to be to get there now (I’ve been working on it for 5 years now). Good Luck!

  • vodkamom says:

    You might try teaching kindergarten. They all believe I’m 21.

    I am laughing so hard right now. Cause it’s TRUE!!! They DO!!!!

  • I loves me some Tim Riggins. And I’m sure he would love my very cougar-ish self if only we had the chance to meet. The thing about being 40 is that when you’re a hell of a lot closer to 50 (as I am), you look back at 40 and think FABULOUS. I guess that’s what my mom would call “cold comfort,” but it’s the best I’ve got. The remedy for 40? Hang out with the women you’ve known since your twenties because when you’re all together it’s very clear the clock has stopped and you’re all, in fact, still with bad perms, shoulder pads, and the lyrics to Madonna’s entire oeuvre richocheting through your brains.

  • Slow Panic says:

    will you still love me if i tell you i’ve never watched friday night lights? do i need to get the dvds and get started? i do.

    i’m forty-four. some days i like being in my 40s, but most days, i’m just annoyed with it.

  • MommyTime says:

    40 isn’t the new anything. But here’s the thing: when I was born, my grandmother was 45. Her daughter (my mother) was 26. When you are 45, you will have twins in kindergarten. THAT, I think, makes one younger, forces one to be. You have energy, the youthfulness that it takes to raise young kids, and gorgeous blond hair. So I say: leave the number crunching to the doctors, and just enjoy the fact that you are living in a time where 40 is no where near becoming a grandmother.

  • Cammie says:

    Hey Kelcey –
    I am so with you on the FNL Tim Riggins issue. What the heck?! I’m ready for Lyla or Tyra to come back to steam it up a little! And Tami Taylor is who I wanna be when I grow up. At the end of every episode, my husband and I have at least a 15 minute discussion of what Buddy should do with his son, or if Julie is justified sleeping with a married man… and then we have to remind ourselves that these are fictional characters and it’s all in the script.

    I’m not looking forward to 40… 4 more years to go. Just found the blog, love it.

  • anymommy says:

    I can’t even come up with anything clever because I am staring forty down and I’m scared. And excited. I decade of just raising my kids and not worrying about HAVING any. Yeah!

  • Loukia says:

    I’m turning 35 this September, so that’s practically 40 anyway. I can’t get over the fact that I’m not in my twenties anymore. I loved my twenties. I love now, too, I love being a mom, and my thirties so far have been good, but you know. I am not getting any younger. I notice it in my hands, in how tired I get now, and in new lines on my face.
    I do look at famous people I adore – real or fictional – and get happy knowing that they’re the same age or older than me. Makes me feel better! Like, Jennifer Aniston? She’s like 41. Dear GOD if I can look half as good as her at her age?

  • Babymama says:

    Yeah so, I’m not one of those “happily embracing her 40’s” moms.

    I’m with you.

    Newish follower from….hmmm….somewhere fabulous I am sure.


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