Friday, August 31, 2012

28 Things I learned in my 28th Year.

1. Breastfeeding, when successful, is awesome.

2. It is possible, every single second, to change the way you feel about a situation. The problem is, I don't always want to.

3. I'm actually proud of the way I transform into a, ahem, witch-with-a-B, when I think my family is being wronged in some way. Or when I refuse to sugar-coat things for people that are usually coddled. Maybe it's insensitive, but I'm proud of the backbone I've grown - I didn't used to have that level of confidence.

4. You have never really eaten a blueberry, unless you've picked it yourself (or purchased it freshly-picked from a local farm).

5. I like STRONG coffee. I won't get into my brand-snob coffee and creamer preferences, but I'll just say - I cannot believe how many people enjoy weak coffee!

6. My favorite outdoor temperature range has moved from 70-75 to 75-80.

Yours Truly
7. I have narrowed my physical insecurities to 5 specific things, a few of which are fix-able. I think I will need my 29th year to decide what I care enough about fixing, as well as how and when, and what I need to learn to just accept.

8. I don't have to eat meat, just because my parents made me when I was a kid, and everyone else around me eats & enjoys it.

9. Nearly every single piece of food has come in contact with a spider at some point. Especially produce. It's hard to ignore this after witnessing about 7 spiders crawl across a cucumber in my garden.

10. My primary love language, that is to say - the method through which I feel loved by others, is Quality Time. Followed closely by Words of Affirmation. My husband's is Acts of Service. This explains a lot lol.

11. I might not hate pineapple, after all.

12. I need to suck it up and allow myself to be photographed more. My kids will think they only ever did things with their Dad as children, because I'm always the one behind the camera (trying to avoid the lens end of it).

13. Criticism doesn't have to be crippling. It's a really good opportunity to see yourself from the outside, decide what you like and what you don't, what you want to change and what you're not willing to, and how to present a better self.

14. I've done a totally fabulous job at encouraging my oldest to love books and reading as much as I do, and I have really failed at it with my youngest. Oddly enough - this seems to fit their personalities perfectly.

15. I feel a very distinct lack of friendship in my life. I have friends, and love them, but I still feel like I'm missing things - and I also know that I need to work harder to fix this.

16. The Secret. What it is, how to use it, how it can change your life. Unfortunately, I think I'm too much of a head case to every use it 100% successfully in my favor. I often get in my own way.

17. I've developed a true love for avocados and black beans. TRUE love!

18. Despite my adoration for technology and modern day comforts, I really wish I lived a simpler life. I wish I had less dependence on things like - grocery and clothing stores. I wish I had less stuff, and that I'd feel less attached to what I do have. It's something I hope to work towards.

19. My home decor tastes have taken an interesting shift from soft, chic modern to straight up shabby, granny chic. Maybe this is a true testament of getting older, but I am so motivated to create a cozy living space for my family - one that displays our love and devotion to each other.

20. Harry Potter and his world have become an extremely important part of my life. I'm okay with this being nerdy, semi-childish, and perhaps, superficial. I am thrilled that I made the pilgrimage to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this year, I hope to go back some day, and I have now added attending Leaky-Con to my list of life's ambitions.

21. I'm totally sold on ebooks. I hated them, and the electronics used to read them, for a very long time. This time last year, I finally decided I wanted a Nook when I realized I could read one-handed while nursing & rocking my baby to sleep. It's changed my life! I did NOT have to give up real paper books - I've read a mixture of both all year long - and I've read MORE this year, not to mention more diverse books as a result of having it. 

22. Thrifting is awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

23. This is the highlight of my life. Right now, parenting babies - this is my moment. This is the golden era of my existence - and I know this is the phase I will look back on with love, nostalgia, gratitude, and happiness. And I'm no where near ready for it to be over. Must have more babies! ;)

24. I like every part of doing laundry (especially the sorting it part, don't ask me why, but I get excited when I realize it's time to sort it! lol), except putting it away. WHAT is with that? It's not like it's so hard to open up some drawers and place things where they belong. Maybe it's the walking around to each of our rooms and making it all fit that I loathe. I don't know what it is, but as I type this, there's a mountain of clean, folded laundry sitting on my love seat....where it's been waiting to be put away for the last 48 hours.

25. I love YA fiction. LOVE IT. It's my #1 guilty pleasure in life.

26. For the first time in my entire existence, I feel like....maybe...maybe, I might want to get a teeny tiny, almost unidentifiable tattoo. Something mostly concealed, and chic. In a spot that will not change with growing babies, and there are very few of those on my body (hmm...my wrist, foot, hands...that's about it lol). I've thought about my kids' initials, and/or a tiny tribute to Harry Potter. Like this.

27. I hate traveling, and I almost always hate the beach, and I don't know why everyone else in the entire world loves both of those things. What's wrong with being content where you are, and keeping sand out of your undies?

28. I have a never-fails chocolate craving between 2 & 4pm, every single day. What is the deal? That has to be biological somehow. And how did I not realize it was sort of scheduled until this year? I don't know the answers, but I know that chocolate is certainly a highlight of my life...and I really hope that two years from now, when I'm depressed about turning 30, my husband surprises me with the chocolate extravaganza I've been hinting at wanting for my 30th ;)


Here's to another fabulous, blessed year!
And lots of chocolate & strong coffee! :)

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