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:

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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  1. fantastic blog! love it!

    hope you’re having a great day!

    betty xx
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  2. Hahahaha what a crack up! I totally understand what you say about not feeling the bloggy connection with people in the same situation as me (not yet a mommy here!).
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  3. This sounds hilarious! Can’t wait to read more!
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  4. love it! that is just too funny…just the name makes me laugh!

  5. This is one of the first blogs I started following, not because of reciprocal common courtesy via a blog hop, but because it is PRICELESS!!! Keri speaks for all of us, saying what we wish we could but can’t if we want to keep our jobs or families. She’s smart, witty, insightful, wistful … everything you want in a girlfriend … :)

  6. This featured bloggers sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to visit.

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  7. I had this curtsy sneeze thing down this weekend … that’s what happens after four kids! :)
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  8. I had this curtsy sneeze thing down this weekend … that’s what happens after four kids! :)
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  9. Congrats on being featured today! Looking forward to following you on your blog. I love all the black-and-white photos!
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  10. Excited to click on over. Just the title sounds hilarious.

    ♥ theMRS.

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  11. I love how candid she is! I hate to say it, but she reminds me of my grandmother….lol. It’s not a bad thing, really. She is only in her late 50′s and is stunning and amazing just like this wonderful blogger.
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  12. Great advice! I tried changing my hairstyle, now that I’m 40, but I think I drifted back to the same way I’ve been wearing it!
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  13. Love it. Great life advise that I have every intention of following from here on out. Great laugh today!
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  14. OK, this blog sounds right up my alley. I’m heading there now!

    Happy Tuesday, SITStas! It’s a beautiful day!
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  15. Great idea for a blog! Some of older mommies can relate to the ‘sneeze’!
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  16. Have a great day everyone!

    Peace. ;)
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  17. What an awesome blog name! Off to go check it out.
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  18. Rocking blog, can’t wait to share it with all my gal pals at our monthly pie meeting. They will love it!
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  19. Some of my closest friends and family don’t even REMEMBER I have a blog! It’s frustrating! Headed over to your blog now!
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  20. Happy Tuesday!
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  21. I’m a granny! I’m a blogger!! I’m a sneezer!!! I understood from the title. Aging is a wonderful opportunity to practice humility with humor. Glad to see both in equal measure.

  22. Just based on her quick and witty answers here, I can’t wait to check out her blog! On my way now…
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  23. very funny post!

  24. Oh! The blog looks sooooo adorable! I love it! Its so different from the other blogs that you see! :)
    Keep up the good work!

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  25. FINALLY! No offense to all the wonderful and amazing mommy bloggers but there are a lot of other women bloggers out there at the other end of being a parent! I am so glad to finally see a blog that is about something else!
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  26. She’s got such a great sense of humor! The blog title is very creative :)
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  27. This blog has me laughing out loud!
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  28. Funny title! :)
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  29. I have been waiting for a blog like yours for the longest time. Finally someone who deals with this darn mid life crisis. I am going to be going through your blog slowly & savouring every post :)
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  30. Is it possible to fall in love with a blog? I think I’m really going to enjoy this one.
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  31. howdy.

    help joplin! purchase ad space on picky (my blog). five spots are available at twenty bucks apiece.

    do yourself some good. promote your page! do the world some good! lend a hand (without having to move hardly any muscles at all!)
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  32. I so love her blog title!

    I’m still busy packing for our move to Oklahoma. Movers should be here tomorrow. Eeps!
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  33. She’s sassy…. and I like it! Thanks for sharing the ha-ha, Keri!

  34. Can’t wait to add Keri to my list of blogs I’m following!
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  35. This sounds like fun!!!
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  36. What an awesome title. After my daughter was born, I saw a physical therapist for a while to regain some pelvic muscle strength. She told she wanted to write a children’s book titled “Squeeze when you sneeze.” I think I like this one better.
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  37. Too funny!
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  38. uh oh… I think I may be hitting mid-life here pretty soon. I love the humor in it! Thanks for the intro. Heading over to peruse…
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  39. I love her humor!!!! I think I’m going to be following this one!

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  40. Great blog!
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  41. I love this! With all the blogs out there, I’ve never seen one that is geared toward the midlife experience. Looking forward to reading your blog.
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  42. Sounds like a great blog, though I am not quite at mid-life crisis stage, I think this will be a good place to learn and enjoy some humor.
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  43. Oh yeah– I may have just met my soulmate! I can SO relate to everything she says– now I’m off to read her posts and sign up! Great FB!
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  44. That blog title definitely caught my attention. Happy Tuesday.

  45. What an original name for a blog. I haven’t hit my mid life crisis yet but I think I will mosey on over and read all about what I can expect in the future. Hopefully in the distant future!!!
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  46. Love the blog name and I got it right away! Sign of aging:)
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  47. I love her witty attitude about aging – and about life in general! This blog has been a pure joy to read! LOVE it!
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  48. I giggled at this entry, I can’t wait to see some of her regular posts!
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  49. When I first read the name of your blog I thought, “There’s no way she’s referring to the way I pose with my knees and thighs squeezed together anytime I cough or sneeze. There’s no way!” But that is exactly what you’re talking about and I thank you for that! 4 kids over the last 7 years has taken its toll on the old bladder, lol…actually it’s not funny at all. Also not funny, some of my closest friends don’t read my blog either!
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  50. Brilliant blog. I love it!
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