Twenty Nine Things

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Last week, I celebrated my birthday and realized…. I’ve only got 365 days left in my second decade of life. Y’all, this coming year is for all the marbles. The final days of my twenties. The final days to do completely ridiculous things and blame it all on my youth. This has been quite the defining decade full of life changes, new homes and cities, jobs left and started, epic mistakes and learning curves, even more epic fashion mistakes, bad dates, hair color confusion, adventures and travels far and wide, friends gained and loved ones lost, a husband scored and a baby girl made.

Is part of me kind of already freaking out about this time next year? Yes, yes it is. I’m not going to make some ‘Thirty Things To Do Before I Turn Thirty’, because that’s what old people do and I’m not old…. yet. These are just twenty nine plain old things I’m either thinking about, things I’ve come to find interesting, things I’m entertaining the idea of doing, or things I just want to share, well, because I can. Lists are kind of, make that…. definitely are, my love language.

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1. I’m honored to grow older, not everyone gets to do it.

2. Be less interested in my phone. There is nothing more appreciated and distinctive right now that someone who is fully present.

3. I’m the proud new owner of this fancy thingy, so I’m instigating zucchini noodle family dinners on Sundays.

4. I find a lean closet to be quite attractive. Join the movement, it’s a pretty liberating feeling.

5. It’s okay to cave and get a Kindle. A diaper bag is my purse option about 90% of the time, and there’s no room in between the wet wipes and squeeze packs and for the likes of 775 pages of ‘The Goldfinch’. This, coming from a hard core newspaper reader and lover of everything tangible. I thought I would hate the thing, but I realized, it’s pretty neat. (‘neat’ being the first step towards talking like an old person in their 30’s.)

6. In regards to the above, since I can carry it everywhere, I’ve been tearing through books like the total nerd I am. Recent top reads: The Paris Wife, The Night Circus, The Opposite of Loneliness and Love Does. There’s a reason they are top sellers people!

7. Finally, the cozy dream starter house we always swoon over when we drive upstate is for sale. And it’s right in our price range.

8. After nearly fifteen years of despising pants, or jeans more specifically, I have joined the pants loving community. My favorites for doing DIY distressing and don’t freak if Parker smears strawberry fingers all over them → here. My favorites for the ‘damn these make my butt look amazing’here.

9. In an effort to be more efficient with my increasingly packed days, I recently got to take a course on mastering my productivity. Regardless of what your days and obligations consist of, learning how to use your time wisely and efficiently is badass.

10. Currently, I’m three hundred and eighty two days into being caffeine-free…. not that anyone is counting. I intentionally stopped when I began breastfeeding, but now, I don’t see any point in going back. A fountain drink here and there when we are on vacation….. cause they are just sooo refreshing, but it’s too hard to deny the visibly positive effects it has had on my mind and body (not to mention, pocket book) to be without the three cups of coffee a day I used to frequent.

11. My morning commute on the subway used to stress me out. Good morning, would you like to pack in like sardines with complete strangers and have your face shoved in someone's armpit for 20 min? Now, it’s my only ‘me’ time I have on the days that I work and I find it to be like a serene meditation room that happens to have the scent of urine instead of lavender. Yes, this is what having a baby does to your psyche.

12.  By golly, I hate to say it because I’m trying not to drink the Kool-Aid of the mass marketers, but comfy tomboyshoes are kind of looking pretty sweet these days.

13. I find this to be the most refreshing Instagram account at times. Little deep and emo at times? Oh, sure, but I’ve been a longtime fan of Eliot’s writing and thought process, so it’s nice to have reminders as I scroll through endless selfies with overpriced macaroons and shameless self promotion.

14. I want this. And I don’t think it’s too much to ask for.

15. One of my favorite Tumblrs. Think I’ve successfully pinned the entire site.

16. Now, I’m a Blake Lively supporter and all (even though she claimed my back up husband), but do we really think this is going to work? It’s just…. the website design is complete rubbish.

17. Wow, why did I set up to do 29 of these thoughts? Not as easy as I assumed.

18. It’s hard for me to find time to read other blogs much these days, but I’m currently devouring: The American Edit, Note To Self, Lingered Upon, The Chalkboard Mag, Upstater and Cricket’s Circle. Wow, we can obviously see where my interests are right now.

19. I have this feeling that a lot changed in the last year for us, but there may be even more change in the coming year. This is not an ambiguous suggestion towards something, just a feeling I have.

20. On that note. I hate change. So, that’s awesome.

21. You’d be surprised how much time I put into thinking about writing. I don’t call myself a writer, but I sure like to word vomit thoughts onto paper.

22. New York, in all of her cleverness, has a way of putting all the right parts in motion so you always run into that one wrong person on the Subway. (If you’re reading this and I recently ran into you on the Subway, no it’s not you!)  

23. Sorry, I’m not sorry. It’s my favorite.

24. I’ve seen almost every episode of this series on Animal Planet. My child is obsessed with small animals of any kind. She generally just points at them and makes squeaking noises. Since it’s one of my favorite things, I make sure there are plenty small animals around. But none of which I have to care for.

25. In all my years of life, I’m learning there are some things I keep trying to force myself to love….. and it just may never happen. I’m talking to you whiskey, olives and Taylor Swift.

26. For heaven’s sake, it took long enough. Finally, the perfect summer jean short has been created.

27. Before we had Parker, we asked a ton of friends with kids the one thing they used to love doing that they never get to do anymore. ‘Go out to see a movie’ was the answer most received, and at the time, I thought that was a bit lame. But, now….. now I get it. It’s a big night if we make it through a movie I never even knew was made and even my grandmother saw it before me on Netflix. I usually vote for sleeping.

28. Twenty eight was a damn fine year. I think I learned more about myself once thrown into the trenches of motherhood than I have in all the years of life prior.

29. I’m thankful that you visit this little corner of the world. And even more so, if you’ve actually read to the end. I am, if nothing else, really good at typing out my gibberish thoughts. So, if you have successfully followed along, then we should probably be friends.

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