na na na na na na……today is my BIRTHDAY! na na na na na na….is it your birthday TOO?!
Sometimes I think Molly Ringwald really set the bar high for what a birthday should be. I mean who doesn’t want to be sitting cross legged on top of a table in a pink poofy dress with flowers in your hair while blowing out birthday candles? With Jake Ryan. I mean really, it’s birthday done right.
And seriously, why on TOP of the table? I mean what, were all the chairs broken? And how did that conversation go exactly….uh, what’s up Molly. Thanks for coming over and ditching your sister’s wedding. All my chairs are out getting reupholstered this week….but we could just, y’know, sit on this paper thin glass pane table top. Cause y’know, even though I flunked math, geometry and physics this semester…I’m pretty sure it could hold both of us. Ahhh, the 80s.
But I digress.
Today is my birthday. My b-day. The day that I was born.
They say that as you get older, you get wiser. And I think a big part of that wisdom is just figuring out who the heck you are in the first place. Of who you were put on this planet to be. And then… being ok with it. Of finding a way to be 100% comfortable in your own skin. Because it’s just like what Socrates first said with, Know Thyself,. and Will Shakespeare expounded on when he penned the words To Thine Own Self Be True…. you just gotta do you. And really, for my money, in all the annals of literature and academia I think it was the poet laureate Nikki Minaj who really said it best with somebody please tell them who the eff I is. Truth Nikki Minaj, truth.
This past year has been a real exercise in struggle with this for me. I vacillate. I wander. I flip and I flop. I go between what I think I’m supposed to be, and the person that I really am. Because sometimes I think this world has a tendency to reward the glamorous. The successful. The I have what you want’s. The jet set lifestyle mixed with a Kim Kardashian sized pair of sunglasses. And above all else, whatever you do you must always. look. like. you. have. it. together.
Well here’s some birthday wisdom for you. Ready? I don’t always have it together. In fact, most of the time that’s the case. And trust me when I say, there are 80s style tube socks out there more glamorous than me.
We showed you some pretty pictures from our time in Australia, right? But what we didn’t tell you is that we were so jet lagged, that we were back in our hotel rooms by 7:15 most nights watching Big Bang Theory re-runs in our pajamas and taking in the quirky brand of creation that is the Aussie tv commercial. (My personal favorite was: Rice Milk….not as bad as you would think it would be!). And yesterday, when we shut down for the evening for the pre-birthday warm ups, I sat on our couch and watched the Lifetime Movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story on Netflix starring one Dean Cain. And then I spent the next twenty minutes reading the wikipedia entry to see what happened next. Because what can I say, I love me some Lifetime (Television for women who never want to sleep again) movies. That and obscure 80s movie references are just part of who I am.
And since today is my birthday, my b-day, the day that I was born….I thought it would be good to put together a list of some of the other things that are making up me, just as I am, right now. To help me remember that it was always enough.
Personally, I like to think Socrates and Molly Ringwald would be proud.
As I found out pretty clearly while putting together our Australia recap post, apparently I really really REALLY like navy & white clothes. Geez, talk about a style rut. As it turns out, I also really like anything with sequins and all things nautical. So after seeing this top on the website, I’m now convinced that Jenna from J.Crew is in fact Big Brother.
We’ve now officially watched all the seasons of Bones on Netflix and now we’re starting over at the beginning hitting all of our favorites along the way. What can I say, this show is so choice. Even if we do always make the huge mistake of watching it while we’re eating.
This year I really want to start learning film. I haven’t yet. I’m kind of petrified of it. But in my experience, being scared to death just means it’s something I really need to do.
I la-la-LOVED all the meals we had in Australia. And the BEST part? Because that part of the world is all upside down, the calories just fall right out. True story.
I hate it when that happens! :)
I’ve been a long time Yankee Candle fan since I got my first vanilla cupcake candle in college. We were walking through the mall a couple days ago, and discovered that they’ve just come out with a line of “man candles” including Riding Mower, 2×4, and First Down. LOL! And just like that, I fell in love with them even more.
I watched The Notebook for the first time all the way through on our flight home from Australia. It made me smile. And then I found *this* on Pinterest and it made me laugh out loud. My favorite part is the quote at the bottom.
We love us some wine. And a couple months ago, Justin brought this bad boy home to have with dinner and our whole world was pretty much changed. It’s a New Zealand Sav Blanc, and it tastes like grapefruit. It’s perfect for those summer nights we have coming up sitting on the front porch swing.
This is my jam. J’adore from Dior is my favorite perfume ever. It was the one that I was wearing all the time when Justin & I first met, but I haven’t worn it in a long time. When we were Sydney there were those Charlize Theron ads for it everywhere for some reason, and it reminded me how much I love it. I think a new bottle may have to be in my future.
In addition to 80’s movies, 80’s power ballads are ALSO my jam. And signing them with dramatic flair in the car? Even better.
Truth. And amen.
And I’ll end on this. DONE!
Happy Birthday to me!