This Is 40 & This Is A Giveaway

We dined last night at Denny’s. (Yes, I know, eat your heart out for our good fortune). As we waited to order, a table of four was seated next to us. They were a strange-looking lot, 3 men and one woman, dressed in what seemed to be medieval garb. They wore hooded cloaks of various styles and one I swore had chains or some such thing around his neck. The largest of them carried a huge, maybe 8’, spear, or it would have been large if the spear part hadn’t been broken off. I think he also had a breast-plate sized crucifix attached to his chest in some way.

At first, I thought perhaps some monks were staying at the motel attached to Denny’s. I’m quick that way, you know.

But then I remembered–hey, I’m back in LA LA land; they must be filming somewhere around here, and these are extras.

And then I looked at the media promotion the restaurant is having this month: it’s Hobbit time at Denny’s this December, and it all became clear. The monks were kids dressed up to see the first showing of The Hobbit.

When did kids start dressing in character to go to the movies? And why? In my day, we certainly didn’t do that. It would have been too totally uncool to evince any such great interest in anything in my day. Maybe it still is. But then the movies I like don’t lend themselves to that.

One film I marked as a Definite Must See is This Is 40. It’s the sort of sequel to Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up in which Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann played Pete and Debby, the don’t-do-it-this-way example of marriage.  Now Pete and Debby have their own movie, and we have what the filmmakers call, “a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.” There’s sex and money issues, aging parents and maturing kids–isn’t this what we’re all facing in one way or another?

I actually would have paid to see This is 40, but, lucky me!, because I’m back in LA LA land, I get to go to a screening before the film opens. You’ll have to wait till December 21, but you too may get to see the movie as guests of Universal Pictures. They’re sponsoring a MidLifeBloggers Giveaway, with a prize package that totals $85. The lucky recipient will get the following:

That includes $15 of Fandango Bucks, which should buy at least one ticket to the movie (depending on where you live), a Plush Robe to relax in after you’ve seen the film, a Personal Fitness Kit (ankle weights, hand grips, exercise band & jump rope) to help you maintain your own Personal Best after 40, and a T-shirt that proudly says, “Keep Calm, This is 40″.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Tell all of us in the Comments your best Turning 40 story. Is it funny? tragic? or, oh woe, lackluster?
  • On December 21, 2012, the magic of will select the lucky commenter. That means you have until 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2012 to enter.
  • You must be 18 to enter, but really why are you even reading MidLifeBloggers if you’re not in midlife?
  • The winner will be announced on this site on December 21st, at which time I’ll need your email address so that Universal Pictures can send you your prize package.
Update: I saw the movie last night and laughed my socks off. It really does capture the ins and outs of a working marriage.  
And the winner is: Kathy Hicks Walker! Send me your email address, Kathy, so I can get it to Universal Pictures, who will be sending you your prize package. I think you’re gonna love the movie!


  • Karen F

    I had friends surprise me for what they had confused for my 40th birthday, it was actually my 39th birthday. I told them it was so much fun let’s do it again next year. We all had a good laugh and a good time off of the mix-up.

  • Kathy Hicks Walker

    Wow! Thanks! I emailed you my info & can’t wait to use this as an excuse for a MUCH needed girls night out!

    • MidLifeBloggers

      Just sent your address, etc. to the PR/marketing firm handling the film for Universal. Let me know when you get the prize package.

  • Lisa Newman

    It’s a little bit older than “40” but I was so upset the first time I went to breakfast & got the 55 and over price

  • Chip

    My wife turns 40 next week on 12/27/2012. We’re going to be staying with family for Christmas and her birthday, I want to surprise her in the morning of her birthday with these items as a cute gag. I’ve ordered a few posters online from the film as decoration for the party we’re throwing; so this would only add to the theme. Thanks!

  • Caryn/The Mid Life Guru

    I turned 40 in January, 2000. I had zero goals planned because it was pretty daunting to consider starting a new century and turning 40 at the same time. Well I made it and the earth didn’t stop so I had to come up with new ways to reinvent myself. Eventually, that led to my blogging career. So glad I made it past 2000 and turning 40 successfully,

  • yeny flores

    I’m only 24, so no stories yet. :)

  • Joey

    I’m in my twenties, but I’ve had some crisis that can be comparable with a mid-life crisis. lol,

  • Ashley H.

    I’m still in my twenties so no story yet. I’m sure I will have a few before I even get 40 though :)

  • Elena Istomina

    I am in my early thirties, so I don’t have a story yet

  • Karin A-g

    It was just another ordinary day in my life— nothing interesting happened, otherwise I’d remember it!

  • bn100

    Hasn’t happened yet.

  • soha molina

    It was pretty lackluster for me.

  • Tammy

    I’m not 40 yet…that will happen next year. I’m already preparing with body shapers and reading books about hot flashes…

  • Joanna Jenkins

    I wore black for 6 months leading up to my 40th birthday and refused to acknowledge it until I was 43. And I’m not kidding.

    Count me OUT for the giveaway, I was able to see the movie on a screener. There is some very funny, laugh-out-loud stuff in this movie.

    And don’t you love LA– People dress up in character to see movies. That just cracks me up but I love it.

    Happy holidays, Jane. xo jj

  • Grown and Flown

    When I turned 40, I was 8 and a half months pregnant, thrilled and nervous, about carrying our second child. It had been 5 years since I had given birth to our son. In the interim, I had several miscarriages so during this pregnancy I was on pins and needles, scared about whether I would go full term. Oct 26 was my 40th and on Nov 17, I had my daughter – truly my best birthday gift, ever.

  • Haralee Weintraub

    For my 40th birthday my husband and I went skiing in Park City, Utah. It was fun and freezing cold. It was the same time as the Sundance Film F
    estival but we were so tired from skiing that we could not stay up for a midnight showing of any film. Talk about a wake-up call!

  • Rondah

    On my 40th birthday, my friends had a party for me. I don’t think it was until I turned 45 that I finally realized I was getting old!!

  • Barb S.

    I didn’t have a celebrating 40 party, but I did choose my 40th year (10 years ago!) to be the start of trying new things, to live life to its fullest! (And I also lost 30 pounds that year!!)

  • Darryle

    I celebrating turning 40 with a party including those I love most—close friends and all my favorite chocolate desserts from all over Los Angeles. Seriously—no other food; just desserts. I think maybe that was a sign of what was to come—being my authentic self no matter what anyone else thinks. Can’t wait to see the movie; looks fun!

  • Kathy Hicks Walker

    Turning forty was pretty eye opening to me. I found myself at the time almost reaching that milestone in a transitional shelter for homeless women. My ex had kicked me out in March of that year and things were probably the worst they had ever been in my life. I was surrounded by women of all ages; mostly who were going through that sober transition or were there by court order. I was just a suburban housewife who had nowhere to go and nobody else to turn to. The time there taught me to be strong, it gave me a voice and it was the kick I needed to get my life back from the shambles I had allowed it to become.

    I moved back in with my ex 3 weeks before I turned forty as a room-mate. The marriage ship had sailed and he needed childcare so he could return to school. Fprty ushered in a whole new me. One who was more confident and less willing to deal with his bullying. I had a good job and things were moving forward. Things of course later went downhill when I lost the job, but I was no longer the ragdoll of my thirties. I moved out with a wing and a prayer and only enough money to pay an extra months rent. Things came together for me in what I can only describe as miraculous.

    While I am only two years into my forties – I wouldn’t change anything (except maybe having the metabolism of my twenties). I think it’s safe to say I am finally an adult although I will never admit to being grown up!

  • Laurie Kennedy

    I too get to go to movies for free at SAG screenings. So am sure will get to see it. Thanks for the heads up though. Glad you’re able to see more movies not that you weren’t before but now they are free. Love Laurie

  • Donna Mills

    I was fortunate in that one month before turning 40, I gave birth to my daughter after years of trying to have a child. I was too blissed out to care. And I think my 40s were the best decade of my life.

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