Mid Life Crisis Prep: Always Curtsy When You Sneeze

Keri is the “tell it like it is” author of Always Curtsy When You Sneeze, a humor blog focused on supporting and establishing a network of folks interested in learning about life before, during, and after the mid life crisis.

The title of your blog is so different! What inspired it?

I was afraid this question would come up. The ACWYS title erupted one evening when in mixed company I felt a ginormous sneeze coming on. There was no stopping it as I stood in the middle of my hostess’ beautiful gourmet kitchen. Instead of dashing out of the room in search of a “Depends”, I gracefully crossed my legs, extended my arms to my sides as if to take flight and bent slightly at the knees.

You joke about experiencing a mid life crisis…when did you realize this was happening?

My mid-life crisis was realized in the middle of a workday several years ago. I must have been aware of being the oldest person on my team, but never gave it much thought. Then one day around the water cooler my cohorts were discussing sex. I chimed in with a comment that would indicate I too had engaged in sex at one time in my life and every one of them grimaced in great discomfort. That hit me like a ton of bricks, it creeped them out that someone my age would have anything to say about the S word.

If you had to describe your blog in six words, what words would you choose?

Funny, Candid, Atypical, Sardonic, Nostalgic, Opinionated

One of your goals for your blog was to establish a community of women “in the throes of  “the mid-life experience” too”, in a world saturated with new mommy bloggers, has this been difficult?

I don’t find being in the midst of mommy blogs to be difficult at all. On the contrary I love reading many of them. What has been difficult though is connecting with people of my own generation who think reading or writing blogs is fun. Frankly speaking, I’ve been insulted on more than one occasion when friends or family members don’t take the time to occasionally look in on one of my blogs. After all, it’s how I spend a lot of my time. How dare they be dismissive of that? LOL

What advice can you offer women looking for support through a mid life crisis?

  • Stop buying cheap foundation garments
  • Never admit to anyone under the age of 45 that you ever had a sex life
  • Change your hairstyle if you haven’t in the last 10 years
  • Get and stay acquainted with basic computer/media/cellular technology. How else are you going to know what everyone’s talking about?
  • And finally, be gentle with yourself, this is only the first hundred years.

Other popular posts from Always Curtsy When You Sneeze:

SCHMECKLE SYNDROME!
WHAT A SHELF LIFE!: I Googled the word “aging” yesterday and this photo popped up…
A TRIUMPH OF DEPLOMACY: A conversation about the differences in how men and women age

About Kat

Member of the SITS Leadership Team. Hilariously funny. And tall. YouTube's next big superstar.

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Comments

  1. OMG! I think I hit the girlfriend jackpot…I was born in the 50′s a child in the 60′s a teenager in the 70′s..I checked out your blog..LMAO..

    xoxo
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  2. The title made me laugh…can’t wait to read it!
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  3. Fun post, today!!!!

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  4. I’m with ya, sista! As I tell my kids, it would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic :) Congratulations on your SITS day! Can’t wait to go read more funny on your blog.

  5. Sounds hysterical! Can’t wait to check it out. Great name by the way…Kerri!
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  6. Very interesting! Today I posted a birth announcement canvas. The first of it’s kind for me! If you or someone you know is expecting, you need to come see me! Have a wonderful Tuesday!
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  7. Love it! A fun and refreshing sense of humor!
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  8. Awesome and definitely different. I understand, too, about the lack of family reading the blog…. what is it about that??
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  9. Off to read the feature!

  10. SOunds like my favorite aunt! Spunky and hilarious! cant wait to stop by!

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  11. Gave me something to think about. Thought about changing my perspective about aging. I agree thatdiscussing the S word with younger generations as we grow older seems weird. I don’t want to hear I from my mom that’s for sure. But I there is a certain grace and respect that comes with a woman who is only older when she tells you her age and not by the way she carries herself.
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  12. She sounds hilarious! Can’t wait to read her!
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  13. You’re talking about my generation….love it! Aging with humor is the only way to go!

    ~KerrieLynn Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
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  14. and i spent hilarious wrong… too early.

  15. sounds hilarius already! congrats on your sits day!
    - agata.

  16. Very funny (and I wouldn’t cringe if you used the S word!)
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  17. Cute blog! Heading over to check out her site!

  18. Love the title!!

    Congratulations!
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  19. So refreshing…and honest. I love the new mommy bloggers too, but sometimes it can be a little mind numbing.

    Headed your way right now.
    Tracy
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  20. I haven’t reached my mid-life crisis yet, and I already have to curtsy when I sneeze. Cough. Laugh too hard.
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  21. I love the title of this blog! Made me chuckle :)

    Looking forward to reading it. She sounds incredibly funny, intelligent and sarcastically witty. (My kind of blogger, for sure!)
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  22. Fantastic! I laughed so hard when I read the title I had to curtsy! Great site and wonderful insights!

  23. What a fun blog! I’m getting ready to curtsy! haha
    Have a great day!
    Cindy
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  24. Love the title here! I am so glad you have introduced me to this blogger! As a 45, soon to be 46) year old woman, I can so relate!
    Bernice
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  25. Love the “tell it like it is” nature of this blog! Have a wonderful day!
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  26. LOVE IT! I am now following. As a forty-something woman, I can completely relate!
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  27. I love the name of her blog!

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  28. Hehehe…….she already has me giggling. I love a candid girl.

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  29. I am so excited to go check out her blog. She sounds like my kind of girl…
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  30. Wow, can’t wait for my mid-life crisis :) Hope I can get through it with humor
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  31. These are great tips!

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  32. Haha, what a great title! Congrats on your SITS day!
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  33. Love it. And remember, we do it better and with more experience!
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  34. Oh wow, I have never heard of a blog with this theme. I am glad that you are doing it, and I am 27–I am not cringing at the thought of mature women wanting/needing/having sex (I plan on still having a lot of sex forever, cause how sad would that be if we didn’t?)

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  35. That’s so true!
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  36. I think her mantra should be to always admit to having a sex life to anyone under the age of 45. I do heartily agree with point number one. This also applies to those of us in our thirties and forties.

    Loved the look of her blog. This gal is a riot.
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  37. She is perfect! Sounds like someone I would want to spend time with (depends or no depends)

  38. I think the FB sounds wonderful and that I have found my new favorite blog! I enjoy reading mommy blogs but it’s nice to find someone living in the same phase of life as me!
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  39. I really think mid-life crisis’ don’t just happen in mid-life! Off to laugh!
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  40. Definitely gotta remember that one!! Much more graceful than what I usually do. :)
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  41. I love your sense of humor!

  42. I love your sense of humor! I’m looking forward to reading your witticisms on your blog!
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  43. DEAR Keri! consider me virtually hugging u :) Reading your post put a smile on my face and thats what i love to find in blogs .To be honest , YOU have put it so beautifully how to handle a mid life crises .. love it !
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  44. Showing my support. :)
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  45. Oh no… now I wonder if I’m in the middle of life. Should I be watching for my mid-life crisis??? LOL
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  46. I love discovering women of a wiser generation. I’m getting pretty close and feel a little more at home.
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  47. Love the title and the sense of humor! I’m wondering if there are any tips for a quarter life crisis…sometimes I think I may smack in the middle of one!
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  48. Love it! Laughing just through the intro – can’t wait to read more!
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  49. I love this!! Even the short piece here had me smiling! Cant wait to have a look at some more.
    xoxo
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  50. Keri sounds like Carrie Bradshaw. Outspoken women – no matter the age or their number of crises – should be celebrated.
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