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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adieu, Roaring 20s! (or Guten Tag, Dirty 30s!)

I turn 30 in 10 days.

It's nice being born toward the beginning of a decade. It makes it a lot easier to remember how old you are...

In honor of my upcoming milestone, I want to do one of those year-end recaps bloggers and 13 year old LiveJournalers are (were?) fond of. But I'm gonna do it about my 20s.

There's a lot of time I wasted and wish I could salvage from those years. Is it possible to get a decade do-over? A mulligan?
I suppose not.

Time cycles on.

7/25/07 - Holy crap!

Anyway, here goes...

1.What did you do in your 20s that you’d never done before?
Oh my... lots of things. Most importantly - I fell in love and got married.

2.Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Um... this doesn't really fit my decade theme, so I'll say that I achieved vastly different goals than I assumed I would have achieved by 2010/30. And, yes, I have goals for my 30s, too.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister. Twice.

4.Did anyone close to you die?

My grandmother. I was quite close to her and it was weird how easy it was for me... No regrets, I suppose.

5.What countries did you visit?
Pathetically, I've still no use for my passport. I was supposed to study in England for a semester in college, but things didn't quite work out. That's the closest I've come.

6.What would you like to have in your 30s that you lacked in your 20s?
Enough money, self-assuredness, and peace.

7.What dates from your 20s will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 1, 2000 - Y2K and tending to/bonding with my future husband
September 11, 2001 - Duh
December 20, 2003 - Graduation from the University of Florida
December 26, 2003 - Moving to Houston
Early 2005 - The night my future husband told me how he felt
March 15, 2008 - Wedding day!
Summer 2009 - Quitting my lame job and branching out on my own to start Robot In Bloom

8.What was your biggest achievement of the decade?
I think if you look back at the dates I remember, you'll see a few.

9.What was your biggest failure?
Not to be obtuse, but trusting the wrong thing and not trusting myself.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing hospital-worthy. Well, I had my wisdom teeth out, but whatever.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
Well, I want to say something wedding-related, I guess... but probably my DBA. And these sunglasses.


12.Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My husband is the greatest person on earth. He is excellent every day!

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Hm....... I will plead the 5th on that.

14.Where did most of your money go?
Flying to Houston. Living expenses. Moving in and out (and in and out and in and out and in and out...) of apartments. Buying goofy things from the Dollar Store. Craft supplies.

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving onward, upward, and getting lots of support. Also seeing Paul McCartney live in concert. And the NKOTB reunion concert.

16.What song will always remind you of your 20s?
Yikes........ I'm gonna have to go with a seemingly random song and say, "I Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

17.Compared to this time last decade, are you:

Happier or sadder?
Happier. By far.

Thinner or fatter?

Richer or poorer?

18.What do you wish you’d done more of?
Positve thinking. Being brave.

19.What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sniveling. Wasting time in detrimental company.

20.How will you be spending Christmas?
Probably flying home to Florida again?

21.Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fall in love with Josh every day.


22.What was your favourite TV programme?
Of the decade? I'll have to say 'The Office' and 'So You Think You Can Dance'

23.Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last decade?
Hate, schmate. I've merely moved on.

24.What was the best book you read?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, the Harry Potter series, a Dorothy Parker collection, Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

25.What was your greatest musical discovery?
Of Montreal, Lady Gaga, Eminem, the Grass Roots (Actually, I've always known who they were, I just didn't know all those songs were theirs), and Shocking Blue

26.What did you want and get?
Love, support, independence, a job I love

27.What did you want and not get?
Total satifaction

28.What was your favourite film of the decade?
Fight Club

29.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I don't really remember any of my 20s birthdays

30.What one thing would have made your decade immeasurably more satisfying?
Not sure... probably the total satisfaction thing.

31.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
"Screw this. I'm gonna wear what I want to wear. Who cares if people think turquoise and purple are too loud??"

32.What kept you sane?
Josh. I don't know what I did before him.

33.Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Lady Gaga, I guess? She inspires me to be more individual and not to worry. She also seems to really care about her fans and what she does.

34.What political issue stirred you the most?
I'm stirred by quite a bit. I prefer not to discuss it in public, though.

35.Who did you miss?
My grandmother. My BFF Val.

36.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
Life is too short to waste time in a job you hate!

38.Quote a song lyric that sums up your decade
"Colors of the world, spice up your life! Every boy and every girl, spice up your life!"
Which, come to think of it is from the 90s......

So I'll go with, "Why-oh why-oh, why-oh-why-oh-why-oh, are we so in denial when we know we're not happy here?"



1 comment:

  1. 11. I don't think those qualify as "sunglasses". Def "eyewear".

    28. That WAS an awesome movie.

    38. S&K would be proud of you. They are big Spice Girls fans now.


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