Friday, April 10, 2009

List of 36

Last year, for my 35th birthday, I posted 35 of my favorite musicals. This year (yep, it's my 36th birthday), I'll try to just do a generic 36 things about me list. Although, I make no promises considering when I tried to do a 100 post, I didn't get past 10!

1. I finally joined Twitter. 'Cuz I'm trendy like that.

2. I wasn't one of those girls/women who fantasized about being a mother. Funny how life changes you!

3. I'm hooked on American Idol, but I pretty much hate everyone on the show except Adam Lambert and Allison.

4. I still watch Brothers & Sisters even though the show always annoys me. I don't know if that's eternal optimism or just plain stupidity. Really, I think it's because I love Sally Field.

5. I'm still hooked on my West Wing reruns. I wonder how long this will last?

6. I finally saw What the #$*! Do We Know and was blown away by that movie. I think I want to see it again.

7. It's been almost a year since my promotion to paralegal, and I still mostly feel like I'm faking it. I've had some really good moments, and I've learned a lot, but I think I would totally be failing if it weren't for the great mentors that I have in my department.

8. I love my job. I love the people I work with. I can't believe that I've been here 5 1/2 years now and still love coming to work everyday. Or, at least don't hate it.

9. It's also the longest that I've worked at the same place. I can definitely see myself staying for as long as they'll have me.

10. I talk to myself incessantly. (Maybe that's why I love blogging?) I love the fact that most people walk around with Bluetooths in their ears so I look less conspicuous now.

11. I have a terrible long-term memory. I'm afraid I will forget all the beautiful moments with my girls, like last night in the car when they were going over Sylvia's scene for her talent show. Riley was helping her run lines. I was in heaven.

12. I still use words like heaven, God knows, etc., but just consider them part of the vernacular. I don't know if there's a God and I don't care.

13. I try to respect other people's religious beliefs, but I'm still very angry that those beliefs are keeping my friend from being able to marry the love of her life.

14. Which is ironic, because I don't believe in marriage anymore, but I still believe that we all should have the right to do what we want with our personal lives, so long as it doesn't hurt someone else.

15. No, I'm still not over Prop 8 passing.

16. I'm reading The Challenge of Being Single right now, and I was telling a friend, I could totally see me living at one of those communes of the '70's. My friend told me I have the hippie hair for it.

17. My life is full with my family and friends. I feel very lucky most of the time.

18. Which doesn't mean I don't get angry about my X, but I think I'm allowed. Screw it, I know I'm allowed.

19. I don't understand why my work pc doesn't keep the right time.

20. I love having my iTunes going in the background. 90% of the songs on there are from Broadway musicals.

21. The other 10% are Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Alanis Morrisette, Manhattan Transfer, Elton John and U2.

22. Clearly, I haven't listened to regular music radio since the '90's.

23. I've never had my hair shorter than the length of my neck. It's my security blanket.

24. I had an actual security blanket when I was little. I still remember the feel of it.

25. One time, when I was probably about 8, I got lost trying to walk home. I was scared, but I also knew that if I just stayed put, I would eventually be found. So I passed the time by trying to find the crickets chirping. And eventually, I was found.

26. I guess I do remember some things from my past.

27. I pretty much only listen to NPR and cds in my car. I had Sirius, but I canceled it.

28. I made my first donation to NPR this year.

29. I know I don't think like a lot of people. Sometimes it's lonely, but most of the time, it just makes it that much more powerful when people do get me.

30. I totally wish I could afford a housekeeper. I hate it, I'm not that good at it, and it exhausts me.

31. These past couple of weeks, I feel tired all the time. And I'm tired of being tired.

32. What I don't get is, my life is easier now than it has been for most of my adult life. I live close to work and the girls' schools, I'm not going to school right now, we have more time at home, so why am I so exhausted all of the time?

33. Perhaps because I'm getting older?

34. I'm quite surprised that I've managed to come up with 34 things so far.

35. Only one more to go!

36. Thank you, all, for sticking with this and with me. I've said it before, I'll say it again: I'm so very grateful that each and every one of you - even lurkers - are part of my life now.

Now I have a year to come up with what to post on my next birthday!


Tara R. said...

I'm totally with you on #30, but I would try to clean my house before a housekeeper came over because I couldn't stand for anyone to see how cluttered my home is.

And, #11 - long term is okay, but short term? Bleh! If you tell me your phone number, I couldn't keep seven digits in my head, I'd have to write it down... but then have to remember where I put it.

Happy Birthday!

Julie@My5monkeys said...

i agree with you too about the housekeeper. Happy birthday.

Kori said...

Happy birthday! I love you. Even though you have terrible taste in music. Kelly Clarkson? Baby, my life sucks WITH her in it. Just sayin.'

Florinda said...

Happy birthday, and I'm glad I'll be seeing you on Twitter (at last!).

I'm with you about American Idol this year. I'd rather see re-runs of Season 7, especially since I was SO happy about the way it ended!

Congrats on coming up with your 36 things. I'm lucky if I can get 10; the stuff is a LOT tougher than it seems.

MindyMom said...

Happy Birthday April! So glad I found your blog - or you found mine.

Love your list. Have a great day! ;)

Mark said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing so much!

won said...

Many happy returns April.

Wait...were you named April because of the month? Swear...I just saw that. Serious question.

April said...

My parents swear "no" because I was due March 30.

Loth said...

Happy Birthday! I can't believe it's been a year since that post - it has flown by. I look forward to hearing what you come up with for 37! (I am ahead of you at approaching 42. That's 21 twice over. Gulp.)

dadshouse said...

This one is great: 10. I talk to myself incessantly. (Maybe that's why I love blogging?) - I had to chuckle, because I can relate!

FreedomFirst said...

Happy Birthday April! Thanks for being a good friend.

Mrs4444 said...

This was a nice introduction (came over from Kori's place). I especially liked #29 (about the way you think). I love people (kids and adults) who follow the beat of their own drum. I also like the part about it being more powerful when people "get" you. Very cool.

Jen said...

First off, happy b'day again! I so agree about this season of American Idol.

We have much of the same music on our i-Pods. No surprise there.

I just loved this post and learning more about you.

BTW... have you ever heard about co-housing? One step away from communes, but lovely community living. D and I are thinking about it once C is at college.

Natalie said...

Happy happy birthday, April!

Your PC at work probably needs its battery replaced.

I love Brothers and Sisters, it's one of my favorite shows.

I have more to say, but my brain stopped working about two hours ago.

Meg said...

Happy Birthday. I just read Jen's comment about co-housing and would like to live with her and D in Ann Arbor in the summer and you in CA in the winter.

And I might have to check out that book you are reading. Maybe we can make it a foursome.

Me. Here. Right now. said...

Hope you enjoyed the heck out of your 36th birthday...I'm still faking it over a year after my promotion to the job in the new are exhausted because you do it gets easier, trust me.

Shiona said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I'm with you on the housekeeper thing. Loved reading the list. I was thinking the samething about the whole April thing :) Glad you had a great day!