Beauty and the Brain

Now what was I going to blog about today? I can’t believe it totally slipped my mind. I had the topic in my head just a moment ago… And what did I do with my glasses anyway?

The above was an example of a forties moment. Scary, ain’t it? It’s one of the surprises awaiting you once you cross into middle-aged land.

I know you stopped by to read about anti-aging skincare or make-up, but what good is a gorgeous new Dior lippie if you can’t remember where you put it?

Scientists say brain teasers are a good way to stimulate your brain and hold off the effects of mental decline. So the folks you see with sprinkles of gray in their hair working crossword or Sudoku puzzles aren’t just passing the time. They’re giving their noodles a workout.

Basically anything that challenges your mind is helpful.

So I’m whipping my flabby brain into shape by learning Italian. I started with a continuing education class offered by a local college. I supplement it with language tapes I listen to when I’m on the elliptical.

Who knows, one day I may be able to sit through an opera without peeking at the subtitles or go shopping in Milan without a phrasebook.

At the very least, I’ll remember where I put my lipgloss.



  1. I'm hoping that being in your forties is easier than those mid-20's. Talk about being confused about everythiiiing! I think learning a new language is a wonderful idea. I tried to make Italian my fourth learned language, but it didn't work out so well. Mi chiamo....isn't that my name? Ayee...many blessings and arrivederci!

  2. I absolutely love your style of writing! It's so fun and easy to read.

    I really could use a "noodle workout!" I feel like my job doesn't challenge my brain enough. I think it's a great idea to learn a new language. I used to be very good with Spanish, but I didn't utilize it enough. I should take some courses too. If not in language, I should at least utilize my employer's tuition reimbursement option!

    Great post!!

  3. Hey PBW,

    Thanks for taking time outta your day to cruise on by le blog :)

    I actually love Sudoku puzzles and did them nearly everyday until I gave birth to Baby Tyke. I only challenge myself on extremes though.

    I hope you're having a great week so far and that you've found your lipgloss, hah! Thanks again for stopping by. Hope to see you around again!

  4. Wow that's great. I keep playing with French tapes and getting nowhere. Maybe when the kids are out and I have some time I'll finally take a class and get my brain in shape. In the meantime it's the tapes for me.

  5. HI PBW great post as always. I have a list of languages that I need to learn but I just need time *sigh.
    When you find your gloss I can't wait to read your review.
    Product Junkie Diva

  6. Divine, if I could travel back in time and talk to my mid-twenties self, I would tell me to start my IRA immediately. Don't wait. I waited until I was in my mid-thirties and lost years of compound interest. So if you haven't start that IRA!!!!

    Thanks, BGG!

    Mrs. Lynne, I'm on your blog the moment MAC releases a new collection. Your swatches are the absolute best!!!!

    Kwana and PJD, I wanted to take French, but they were only offering Italian.

  7. I hate to say it, but I don't think the Sudoku and reading and crosswords and logic puzzles and other mental workouts have helped my mom...she's mental! *heh* Maybe if she'd listen to language tapes, it would help her remember when I actually said I was bringing the kids to visit...