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Fellow Empresses, How the hell are you?
So, we are the “sandwich generation”… GenX. A number of us are still caring for our almost adult children while also caring for our aging parents. And it can be a lot to take on for any one person. It can be both absurd and hilarious at times. You need all the help and hacks you can get—especially when you're in the middle of the Pause and trying to do it all...
You know all those scenes in films and obituaries where they say, “So-and-so died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones,” and you envision this glowing, angelically lit room with everyone standing around respectfully, hands-clasped, looking solemn, speaking in hushed tones, “Yes, we’re here Dad, we love you...” when how it really goes is… He died quietly shushing his befuddled children so that he could hear Star Trek:
“This is James T. Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, star date: blah-blah-blah... Our mission... to boldly go where no man has gone before..."
Yes, William Shatner’s infinitive-splitting narration is shepherding your father into the afterlife from the comfort of his very ancient, duct-taped, La-Z-Boy recliner. Because, your father is, in fact, the ongoing incarnation of Marty Crane—the fictional curmudgeonly dad from the sitcom Frasier.
In the middle of it all, you have a hot flash, and your dad asks, “Who turned on the radiator?” grumbling “That's going to be expensive. We're not Rockefellers,” and you wonder why if you’re on HRT, you are STILL having symptoms. Here’s a great explainer of what to do from Dr. Heather Hirsch:
You tell your dad they don't have radiators on the Starship Enterprise, so it must be something with umm... the flux capacitor, but not to worry, you’ll get Scotty, on the project ASAP. Nothing’s going to blow, Captain. He falls asleep and you now have your chance to switch things back over to your favorite on AppleTV+ Lessons in Chemistry… you loved the book by Bonnie Garmus, and now the show is giving you even more of her world. I quite loved this review of its ‘extraordinary women’ from LitHub.
In the meantime, while you get your Estradiol levels checked, we here at The Empress, recently stumbled on a healthy hack that actually works to bring hot flash relief, it’s Cool Hot Flash Boost from XO / Jacqui - Power to the Pause.
I’ve been putting it in everything from water to juice to smoothies, to my end-of-day mocktails. It’s all-organic, vegan, gluten-free, no nuts, no soy, no sugar—and I haven’t had to radio down to “Scotty” in the engine room once about the overheated flux capacitor, since! (Yes, I know it’s from Back to the Future, but no one here has noticed, yet) Of course, this being the tail end of World Menopause Month, we have a discount code: XOEMPRESS for 20% off at xojacqui.com.
You may not have a Marty Crane on your hands—but at least, you’ll keep your cool and you won’t become one… however you navigate the Pause.
Yours in Grandeur & Deep Sh*t,
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