46 Fascinating Facts! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

April 18, 2014

in 46 Fascinating Facts

206360_1011290797268_4539_nI know I said I would post the final Fascinating Fact about me on my birthday, which was actually yesterday, but I got distracted. I know, big surprise. Last year I did an entire month of birthday celebration because I felt I deserved it. When I turned 40, it was a hell of a year. Cheryl had just had her final surgery to fix the problem they caused during her hysterectomy almost 18 months earlier, it was the year anniversary of my dad’s passing and my Mom had just discovered she had stage 4 terminal cancer. Although I had a great party and was able to celebrate, my heart just wasn’t in it. So at 45 I decided to go big and make up for it. This year was a little different. A lot less hoopla, but just as much love.

I spent the day with my wife, brunch, horribly inappropriate pedicures, Andrews swim meet and then we went out to dinner at Farrell’s with friends. I have two known fears, 1) yelling bad bingo and 2) getting happy birthday sung to me in a public place. A few weeks ago I let loose a horrific bad bingo (which was 100% Cheryl’s fault) at Andrew’s swim fundraiser, which will now forever live in infamy as the worlds worst bad bingo call ever. So, keeping with the idea of conquering my fears, I decided it would be a good idea to finally celebrate my birthday at Farrell’s ice Cream parlor. If you are from Southern California then you know Farrell’s  is the place to celebrate your birthday. No one does it bigger or better than Farrell’s. Everyone I knew growing up had a birthday party there, but I never did. My parents really dropped the ball on that one. So I decided to just jump in and do it. I have to admit, it was horrifying and other than getting a really good ice cream sundae out of the deal, it was totally not worth it. No one over the age of 6 should ever attempt a birthday celebration at Farrell’s. They should probably put that warning in big print of the front door to keep all of us old people who think we can handle it away from the hoopla. We can’t handle it and there isn’t enough ice cream on the planet to make you think you can.

Lesson learned.

Onto my Final Fascinating Fact. The big one! Number Forty Six!

46) For those of you that know me, you kinda get that these 45 facts haven’t been at all mind blowing. I’m an open book, sometimes too much so. There  really isn’t too much to share that hasn’t already been shared at one time or another. I really believe that you can’t really be close to someone until you know a lot about them. Not just the fun stuff, but some of the hard stuff too. So I guess I blurt it all out and cut to the chase. But I always wasn’t that way, which brings me to #46 and the ONE thing that not everyone knows about me. When I was a little girl I was actually very quite and shy and very introverted.

Who would have guessed, right!?!

206457_1015543743589_1976_nI was petrified of just about everything and had really bad anxiety. I had a speech impediment and braces on my legs and I guess all of that combined just set me back socially. I’m not really sure when I started to grow out of it. I think it was 9th grade when I went to a different school than all the kids I had grown up with. The hierarchy of everything I had ever known was gone and I was able re-set the tone of who I was or who I wanted to be. I’m not really sure, all I know is that over the years I just let those layers of self doubt slip off and just kept moving forward. Now, I don’t really let things bother me. Don’t get my wrong. I mourn, I get angry, I get sad and I cry (and I cry A LOT. I am super sappy.) But, I just don’t dwell on it or use it as an excuse. I firmly believe that no ones path is ever as defined as they would like it to be. I look at life as a big hike where you are hacking away at over grown path at some points, climbing a steep hill in the other, or losing traction and having to retrace your steps. No one knows where we are going or how we are going to get there until then end. When you finally reach the top of the hill you look down and see your course.

Along my way I just try to make the best of it. I think laughter is a great way to stay young. I believe being silly and having fun is the only way to live life. To quote Kacey Musgraves , “Say what you think, love who you love, ’cause you just get so many trips ’round the sun. You only live once.” Truer words have never been spoken. I don’t want to wake up one day wondering what if, or thinking I should have.

 

 

Thank you all for taking this journey with me and for celebrating my birthday with me! I had a lot of fun and I realized after I finished my 46 Fascinating Facts that I could have kept going and going, but I guess I’ll just have to save them all for next years list!

 

 

 

1 Catherine April 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Oh, I hope to meet you and Cheryl one day. But hopefully bras hooked. Because that shit is illegal in the midwest. LOL

2 Sandi April 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Catherine- Yes! I hope to meet you IRL sometime too!

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