Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I've Learned On My Birthday

June 19th is my birthday, which means calories don't count.


Maybe I'll go to McDonalds today. I used to have parties there when I was younger. Remember when they were cool parties? Someone would take you around the entire restaurant, including the back. You felt special. Now they don't do this anymore, which is a bummer. But I spent two of my birthdays are McDonalds, and I have fond memories:







I've learned a lot throughout my years. And here's just some of the things I've discovered:




1. I hate to cook. I love to eat, but cooking is the worst. I hate being in the kitchen and days when I don't have to cook are some of the happiest.



2. I kill plants. My mother has an amazing garden, but flowers die in my care. I've tried multiple times to keep them alive. One time it was promising: the plant was still alive four months later! I was going strong. And then...well, then it turned brown and croaked.



3. I love to read. I've loved to read since I was a little girl. I was an only child, so when I went into another world I suddenly had many siblings, was in a whole other world, went on many adventures....



4. I watch a lot of reality TV and am embarrassed for it. Teen Mom. Real Housewives. Little People, Big World. Second Wives Club. Toddlers & Tiaras. My husband is usually like, "Are you seriously watching this?" if he happens to catch some of the show. "Uh, no," I lie, eyes glued to the screen as Ramona freaks out on Bethenny Frankel.



5. I love Disney World. If we could afford it, I'd go every couple of months. I feel like a kid again. I feel the excited fluttering in my chest when I see the castle. It truly is magic.



6. I no longer care what people think of me. I used to. I would feel crushed if someone didn't like me. But then I realized those people didn't matter. I say no a lot more without guilt. Life is short. If there's something I don't want to do (like babysitting a friend's baby, I am so NOT a baby person), I won't do it.


7. If I could, I'd have tons of cats. I am a total cat person. We only have two, but whenever I see a cat for adoption, I'm so tempted. But then I remind myself that the cat box already starts to reek with two cats, that there are bits of carpet that is torn up because of the cats, and there's already enough fur on the furniture. I'm totally the person speaking in baby voices when I see a cat at PetSmart or one walking around the neighborhood. "Hi precious, what are you doing today? You are so pretty, yes you certainly are."



8. Some of my favorite movies are: The Sound Of Music, Gone With The Wind, and Beaches. I can never name one favorite movie.


9. I have never had a manicure or pedicure. This is because I have sensory issues and can't have people messing with my nails or have polish on them. I feel weighed down. Maybe I could handle a pedicure, I've just never wanted to spend the money on one. I'd rather buy a book.


10. It takes me fifteen minutes to get ready. This is because I don't wear a lot of makeup. My husband appreciates this. Sometimes when we're with family, he's baffled why some girls take forever. "What's going on?" he'll ask, because he's so used to be being ready to go in less than 20.


11. I don't get a lot of the fashion trends today. The ripped jeans look? The first thing I think is, "Why am I paying money for ruined jeans." Some of the ruffled tops make me think of a clown.  I don't care if the things I wear aren't in fashion. I'm all about jeans and a t-shirts. And flip flops. I don't do heels.




12. I cry easily. It's embarrassing because I'm an ugly crier. Snot pours from my nose and my face turns blotchy. Tommy once asked if I was sick. "Your face is all colored weird."


13. I knew I couldn't have two kids close in age for my sanity. As an only child, I was never used to noise or tiny kids or sticky fingers, so I knew my limits. When my son was 5, I had my daughter.




14. You'll never catch me using words like "wifey" and "hubby." I am just not that person. Cutesy words make me roll my eyes. When people say a movie "got them in the feels" I get up and leave. Joking. I want to leave. But I don't.


15. I'm a grump like Luke from Gilmore Girls and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy, but I do love my friends and family. I just have a low tolerance for nonsense and I'm terribly sarcastic, which some people don't always understand.


16. No surprise here, I'm an introvert. I'd rather read than go out.


17. I have a phobia of driving on highways. I tend to feel panicky when I do it. I always try to find back ways, even if it means it adds 20 minutes onto my trip. I hate that I have this, because it prevents me from getting to a lot of places so I have to rely on my husband to take me. But it is what it is.


18. I'm obsessed with Diet Coke. I don't drink coffee, so I get my caffeine from Diet Coke. Sometimes friends or family send me posts on how unhealthy it is, and I send them a reply of me drinking Diet Coke. I won't ever give it up. I'm obstinate.




19. I don't do organic only foods. My kids eat Little Debbie snacks. I don't always serve veggies with their meals. What's funny is that I grew up in a healthy household. There were lots of fruits and veggies. My parents claim for the longest time that I thought fruit was candy until I got to preschool and someone told me I was nuts, that CANDY was candy, not fruit. I did not get Little Debbie snacks in my lunch at school, I got string cheese or fruit cups. My friends took pity on me and would sneak and extra Swiss Roll or Twinkie. My parents are confused on why I'm like this. I'm basically proof that you can teach kids to eat healthy, but they might not stick with it when they move out. Hi!


20. I've lived in the following places: New Jersey, Germany, Italy, California, Belgium, Massachusetts, Nebraska, England, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas. This is because I grew up in the military and married a military man.


21. I've always loved to write. I've done it since I was a little girl. It keeps me sane.


22. I love history! It's why I cannot wait for our family vacation to Gettysburg and Williamsburg in August. One day I'd love to go on a Henry VIII tour in England.


23. I'm going to stop writing this because I want to read.



So there's more about me. Oh, did I mention that roller coasters terrify me? Can you guess which one I am?





Also, I prefer to skip rides with drops:


38 comments:

  1. I cannot stand roller coasters!! I love organic food though. Man, it just tastes so good! Whole Foods is the bomb. Not really calorie free, but it tastes reallllllly good. Lol.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  2. I LOVE Roller coasters but I can't get on them. My fear is GETTING ON the roller coaster. I've tried for years to overcome it..but the getting on is just too much for this old lady! I really enjoyed your article!

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  3. You have a great sense of humour - I really enjoyed reading your list, and I have many elements in common with you. I an an avid reader and still can't be anywhere without a book! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday!

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  4. I love this so much! It takes me no time to get ready as well. No reason to take 2 hours just to run errands. :) Happy Birthday!!!

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  5. I do use hubby term a lot and I love roller costers. Ican read books nonstop and the only gift guaranteed to make me happy are books. Writing is indeed therapy for mind and soul.Lovely reading Amber .

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  6. Hahaha, I kill plants, too! I do exactly what I am told and they still die. Every time.

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  7. We have a lot in common! Especially numbers 1-3, 7 ,10-15,17,and 21-22. It's always fun to learn more about authors of a blog. Happy Birthday!

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  8. Blessed birthday to you!! These are great lessons that you have learnt, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Haha I kill plants too and I'm the person that goes for a coffee vs diet coke. Great stuff though, happy birthday :)

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  10. Happy Birthday! We've been passholders for a couple years now (DL now WDW) and it's totally the best money spent. We try to make a trip once a month and do just a little bit of the park at a time. Just no roller coasters for me! I get motion sickness so those are definitely a no.

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  11. In my teens I worked at McDonalds and I totally used to help run the parties, I had no idea they were a thing till I worked there. It is amazing what you learn over the years as you get older.

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  12. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your fabulous day and if you crave for McDonalds or any sweet then go for it. You deserve to party!

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  13. I totally remember going to McDonald's and other fast food places for birthday parties as a kid. I am also not a ride with drops person.

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  14. Roller coasters OMG !!! I don't like this :( many things just common with me ... enjoyed lot the article.

    http://beautyandlifestylemantra.blogspot.in/2017/06/review-natures-co-white-tea-night-cream.html

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  15. haha, is that the Mine Train? That was my exact face on it although I look happy in the photo they took. Somehow.
    I resonate with a lot of these! And it gives me hope to still have a third now that Des is five. Eep. I waited a long time. Although less with the first too.
    Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my favorites!!!

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  16. Hello there, fellow cat lover! I would also love to have tons of cats in our house. Unfortunately, my husband wouldn't let me. But we have dogs.

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  17. Happy birthday to you and wishing you many more happy returns. I didn't know MacD did that for birthdays how cool. I just started driving and definitely scared of high ways.

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  18. Happy happy birthday! I hope you enjoy your day! Unlike you I love roller coasters and I do not care for reality tv. Ha! Enjoy your day!

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  19. Wishing you many happy returns Amber. I love this list. I hate all the Rollercoaster that treats you like a washing or drops you in the deepest valley in hell
    . I love Disney land too

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  20. Happy Birthday to you Amber Myers. You will live to witness more of this in good health. I loved your list , no one can know you better than you do. Enjoy the day

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  21. Happy Birthday! I had no idea you were an only child. My mom has a phobia of driving on the highway as well.

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  22. Love this, my birthday was the 15th of June and I'm old enough to remember grimace and Hamburglar too!

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  23. Happy birthday! I am "I know who the Grimace and Hamburglar were" old too, but I never knew that McDonald's used to do birthday parties with tours. I highly recommend you get a pedicure. You don't have to get polish, but I can tell you as someone who didn't have one until well into adulthood that they can be awesome. I swear I almost proposed to the woman who gave me my first because it was so amazing. I do have to speak up and tell them to stop if I get too sensitive in certain areas and start squirming in my chair, but it's so worth it.

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  24. first if all HAPPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a great one, I too am a gemini my birthday was the 7th. I so enjoyed reading your list, and the rollercoaster YEAAAHHHH.

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  25. Happy Birthday Amber Your my kind of person especially we are both cat people. I do the same when I visit cats up for adoption or when seeing a cat out in the neighbourhood. If you like cats sign up for a free account at unitedcats.com and post your cats there. Plus my cat Wikki is king of the week this week on the same above site.Happy birthday

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  26. We have a lot in common. Especially the cat and reality tv obsession. I do love my ripped jeans and ruffle shirts though.

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  27. These are great pictures. I remember the McDonalds parties; they really were the best. And I agree:
    Love to eat but hate to cook :) Happy Belated Birthday!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and posting it. I love roller coasters.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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  29. A Happy Birthday to you! I feel the exact same way about Disney World, it makes me feel like a kid again!

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  30. I also never liked having my feet and hands touched. Someone got me a pedicure gift certificate and I felt obligated to use it. BEST time ever. Just find a good one who is understanding if you take the leap. Although I am with you I would rather buy a book ;)

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  31. A very happy Birthday. Just keep breathing on Roller Coaster. Everything will be just fine :)..

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  32. Happt Birthday! I love how honest this post is lol some of it really made me laugh. I also lovef ood but cannot stand cooking! We spend way too much money on takeaways and eating out its embarrassing but I just will use any excuse not to cook lol

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN! I have to say, we are totally the same when it comes to the length of time it takes to get ready - 15 to 20 minutes. DONE AND DONE!!! I don't understand the people who take longer than 30 minutes. HUH?! WHAATCCCHHAAA doing in the bathroom?!

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  34. Happy birthday!!! your list is totally me!!! Just that I haven´t been to Disneyland (yet) :)
    www.livanies.com

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  35. I am totally a cat person as well- although I love pugs as well and I adore reality TV as well. I really hope that you had a truly wonderful birthday! x

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  36. Happy Birthday! I don't wear heels either.

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  37. Such beautiful pictures from down the memory lane! Happy birthday to you, self-reflection brings so much joy.

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  38. Happy belated birthday! I remember the McDonald's parties. Had a few of them myself. I hate cooking too. That's why my husband cooks and I clean.

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