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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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Why, hello there. You know what helps one feel better? Prozac, and a Wii. Did I mention that last week was my birthday? And nine days before that was Scott's birthday? So we bought each other a Wii. Also, it's our ninth anniversary, um, tomorrow. And lo, we have a Wii! It's a present that keeps on giving. The Wii, that is. (Okay, also the medication. Huzzah for medication! Damn the naysayers!)

I am 39 now. And Scott turned 38. He's a baby. For nine days we were the same age, so we walked around nodding at each other. "Whoa," Scott said, and I said, "yup." He finally got it. Then I hurtled ahead of him and now he can't possibly understand my perspective on anything. I was born in the SIXTIES, man. It was DIFFERENT.

Reader Comments (89)

Better living through pharmaceuticals I always say!

I turned 50 the day after your birthday. I feel really old - I was born in the fifties!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Prince
Do you ever feel the urge to say Wii differently each time? Like, uh, a different weird "wheeeee" pronunciation? I have been known to do this in my head when people talk about their Wiis and I must tell you, it adds to the amusement value. I am sharing. Because I am a giver. (No, because I have feel the need to tell someone of my affliction). But really? Everytime someone tells me of their Wii I'm saying the word back in my head "Wheeee" with a slightly different emphasis (enthusiastic, sarcastic, sarcasticaly enthusiastic, confused, happy, etc). I realize this is not normal, but it does crack me up. You have to admit, it's a funny name, right?

...Okay, just me.

Happy Birthday!!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrid
Oh, good! Better is good. :) And the Wii is fun as well. We got ours at Christmas, and added the Wii Fit a few weeks back. Too fun, but better used without witnesses in some cases. ;) Happy anniversary, happy birthdays, and happy better!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmyL
Happy Birthday(s)/Anniversary! I'm glad you are feeling more like yourself--Prozac and the like are miracle drugs! Also, I may have to give in and get a Wii....
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelley
My husband is still in his 20s and, um, I'm in my 30s and have been for a while now. Where you make a big deal out of being a '60s baby, I tell him that he wouldn't understand since JIMMY CARTER was president when he was born (I'm a Nixon baby). He calls me a cougar in response. Fair enough :)

Mario Kart on the Wii = awesome

Glad to hear you're feeling better!! Happy belated birthday, too!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin
I am more than 4 years older than my husband, and that is such a mistake. Woe to him if he ever even thinks the thought, "I feel older now" on his birthday. Because if he is old, that makes me ancient.
Happy birthday! This is why I married a man 6 years older. He will always be over half a decade ahead of me. OK thats not the ONLY reason but I sure do enjoy it.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone Being Me
My husband is 3 1/2 years younger than me. Talk about making me feel old. I was out of high school before he even started! I was a child of the grunge era, he thinks grunge is something you scrub off the bathtub. Not that my tub has any grunge on it, mind you!

Happy Birthday!
I just got a prescription for Xanax. Why didn't I start taking it sooner? Yay drugs!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZellmer
I am so glad you are feeling better- I generally just blogstalk you 'cause you are so funny and irreverent- my heart was breaking for you during all of this. And the Wii? a very awesome way to handle all household disputes("who's going to do the dishes? not me. well not me either! Wii boxing settles it!" I've gotten pretty good, I hate dishes.)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly C
Wii would like to play.

So what games to you like?

Oh and glad to hear you're feeling better.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Happy birthday! Happy anniversary! Happy pharmaceutical improvement... something.

Congrats on the Wii 'cause it rocks!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterall things bd
Wii Hooooooo! Prozac and Wii, whatever it takes, man. Glad to see you feeling a bit better. :)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn


The sixties were different. No wonder you are so much groovier than Scott. I too married a man born in 1970. I'm trying to levitate the pentagon and all he wants to do is grow a mustache.

Yay. I'm very, very, very glad you are doing better.

I am a naysayer but I would take medicine in a heartbeat if (a) it worked and then I could get off it and (b) it did not do bad things to me like make me weigh 1000 lbs. and become utterly unable to wake up in the morning, etc. I'm only a naysayer about me, in other words and to cheer up otherswho can't do meds so they know there are options. For you: GO PROZAC!!!!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterozma
Happy Birthday!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranne nahm
I love my happy pills. I also love chocolate. And lemon bars. I should probably look into getting the Wii. Might help with the whole diabetes thing.

I'm glad you're feeling better.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDM
A Wii rocks. Meds rock even more (this from an avid Effexor fan). Woo, antidepressants/antianxiety meds!

Want to feel even younger? Marry a guy 12 years (yep, 12 years) older than you. I guarantee you, it works like a charm ;).

Yeh I get that from him too - "I was born in the SIXTIES, man. It was just DIFFERENT." (not that he'd know - he's a country boy, and basically missed the entire counter-culture revolution. But still - it's DIFFERENT.)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrish
Oh, Prozac is such a gift from G-d. Glad it is doing the trick and happy birthday!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGila
Okay--I just googled Wii and found a helpful Wikipedia entry. So now I know what the hell you are talking about.

I am such a luddite....
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGila
I think you need to post a picture of your Mii (s)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjm
Happy Birthday!I am glad you are feeling better!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSunny
I turn 41 this year and my husband just turned 51. Yeah, I NEVER get to complain about my age.

How do you like the Wii? I bought one more than a week ago and we have yet to hook it up and play.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Jane
welcome back & happy birthday & happy anniversary & happy scott's birthday & happy wii...happy i'm all for drugs...bring 'em on...
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteremily ruth
Anti depressants, well, saved my life and is my peppermint lifesaver every fucking day. As for Wii? Kids have the Wii, but we just got Wii Fit, which is way cool. Funny to play soccer, hula hooping, ski jumping and aerobics and yoga. Holy shit, it is fun. (and I normally don't care about the video games. Happy birthday!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna Schmidt
I was born in 1970, and for some reason that feels WAY younger than if I were born in the Sixties. Oh yeah... 38. Can you say w-r-i-n-k-l-e-s? Yeah, that's me any day.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna Schmidt

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