Birthday Weekend

February 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

It’s been a long, relatively crappy and frustrating week so it’s kind of hard for me to get excited about my birthday on Monday.  I’m really trying though, especially since I’m going to visit my family this weekend and have Monday off of work.  That alone should be enough to cheer me up so I’ll just focus on getting through this day and trying to make the best of it!

And many moooooore

Turning 29 isn’t that big of a deal to me because I’ve always felt way older than I actually am.  It’s just like my body is finally now catching up.  In honor of the big day, here are 29 things you may or may not know about yours truly (I believe I’ve posted a list sort of like this before and I apologize for any duplicates…I’m feeling a little too lazy to go back and try to search for comparison):

  • I sometimes hum the tune for “If I only had a brain” from the Wizard of Oz in my head when I get nervous or anxious.  I have no control over this.
  • I can type upwards of 80 words per minute.
  • I hate mayonnaise, except on a Jimmy John’s #6.  That is the only thing it is tolerable on.
  • I enjoy eating in restaurants by myself.
  • I was once encouraged by my choir director in elementary school not to perform a solo.  That bitch.
  • I’ve worn one toe ring on each foot for over a decade.  Perhaps if I wear them long enough they’ll come back into style.
  • I still talk to Catsby and pat her urn as it sits on my windowsill.
  • I fear dead bugs more than live ones.
  • I almost always have a small toy or two in my purse.
  • I have been known to eat peanut butter with a spoon.
  • I used to say peanut butter in a really funny way when I was little and my mom still likes to imitate it.  This may or may not be related to the next item.
  • I had a speech impediment as a kid and took speech therapy classes until I was out of elementary school.  Apparently I sounded German.
  • I had two primatology professors in college tell me I would make a great primatologist.  I sometimes seriously wonder what my life would have been like had I gone to graduate school and lived in Africa studying primates as I had once considered doing.
  • I still think my study abroad in Africa was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
  • I had the chicken pox on my 6th birthday and as I sat naked on the couch while covered in calamine lotion, I was convinced that the characters in the movie I was watching (The Wizard of Oz) could see me.  I had to grab a blanket.  Also, just writing this caused me to wonder if maybe that’s why a tune from the movie plays in my head at random times (see #1).
  • I’ve been bungee jumping and work every day on the 51st floor but sometimes I get vertigo when I stand on a chair.
  • I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life.
  • I worry that if I ever get pregnant, I’ll begin to crave meat.  Gross.
  • I still sleep with the blanket I was brought home from the hospital in.
  • I still use my gym membership and if I go a few days without working out, I begin to dream about it.  I don’t even know who I am anymore.
  • I haven’t owned a car in over four years.
  • I will most likely be paying student loans until the day I die.
  • I have never seen any of the Terminator movies.
  • I still sing the alphabet song in my head when filing things in alphabetical order.
  • I used to have my eyebrow pierced.  Ah, college.
  • I sincerely dislike turtlenecks and hoodies.  Anything that close to my neck makes me feel like I’m being strangled and it freaks me out.
  • I am right-handed but write like I’m left-handed.  If I had a dollar for every time someone said “You write weird”, I’d have…well, something like $30 bucks.
  • I used to have crushes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And April.
  • I love writing blog posts with lists (which is probably obvious by now).

And thus ends yet another blog post and yet another year.  Here’s hoping my 29th is as good to me as my first 28 have been!

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Time Flies

June 22, 2012 at 11:39 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

One year ago yesterday, I had butterflies in my stomach because I had a date planned with some red-headed dude that I met on OKCupid.  I had only been on a few dates through the site before and they were all pretty big duds, but something about this guy felt different.  From the moment we met it was like I had known him forever but after a year I still feel like I was introduced to him yesterday.  We’ve been there for each other through some ups and downs and have managed to have a lot of fun along the way!

Blink and you miss it!

Speaking of time flying by, it’s now been a little over ten years since I graduated from high school.  MAN, that’s weird.  As far as I know, we’re not having any sort of reunion or anything (or perhaps they are and I was left off the list?) but since the advent of Facebook, I know what everyone is up to anyway.  Whether or not that’s a good thing is yet to be determined.  I still can’t believe it’s been so long since I was in high school, though in other ways it seems like I’ve lived an eternity.  And because I love my lists, here’s some stuff I’ve done since graduation:

  • Completed two Bachelor degrees at Indiana University (and keeping up a fairly decent GPA while still somehow managing to fail Ballroom Dance)
  • Lived in three different cities in two different states
  • Had eight different addresses
  • Traveled to eight different countries on five different continents
  • Had five pets (a gerbil, a guinea pig, a bird and two cats – Catsby was the best, RIP)
  • Kept three of said pets hidden while living in the dorms
  • Dated….well, nevermind
  • Held fourteen different jobs, more than a few simultaneously
  • Worn through two pairs of Teva sandals
  • Finished the Museum Studies certificate at Northwestern
  • Volunteered with seven different non-profit organizations
  • Watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls three times.  Don’t you judge me!

Clearly, a lot can happen in a year and even more can happen in ten.  While high school does seem forever ago, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to maintain certain relationships from that time and I’m also thankful for the relationships I’ve formed since then.  Here’s to the next ten years!

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Reunited and It Feels So Good!

April 4, 2012 at 11:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

One of the unfortunate side effects of growing up is losing contact with some of the people you used to see every single day.  It’s so strange how we take that for granted.  From the little girl we used to share snack cakes with in kindergarten to the dorm-mate who let us drink their smuggled beer, certain friendships fall by the wayside as time goes by.  Sure, Facebook and other social media allows us to stay in better contact than we used to (especially if you want to know the color of the new sheets the kid who sat behind you in freshman year math class recently bought) but it also creates a gap that’s sometimes hard to bridge.  I’ve known a few people who, for one reason or another, seem to disappear from the face of the earth – despite their frequent Facebook updates.  I recently reached out to one such friend (she may or may not still read this blog, who knows) and we’ve been able to email back and forth this week catching up.  The reasons we stopped chatting so much aren’t really important to either of us because the fact that we can pick up where we left off is what matters the most.  I’ve had quite a few friendships like that – we may go months or even years without really speaking or hanging out but when we do it’s like no time has passed at all.  This is both good and bad because while it’s nice to have such strong and comfortable relationships, it’s not always easy to remember that we’re no longer 12 or 22.  Regardless, I’m glad when we have the chance to renew our presence in each others lives.

So true.

Am I even making any sense?  It’s one of those days.  I think what I’m trying to convey is that while I have formerly close friends now flung all around the country, I still think of them daily and consider them to be a part of my life even if we’re not in constant contact.  I hope they feel the same way about me.  I’m just so glad I’ve renewed one such friendship and it makes my heart happy knowing that this particular person is doing well.  I would love to see more of all of them but until I win that lottery, simply spending my days traveling and visiting will have to wait.

Still, I’m thankful they’re out there and I hope they know it.

 

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