Today I'm thirtysomething years old. I am another year older. It's not that I'm not okay with being another year old, it's just that... I guess I'm kind of in shock over how old I really am. Not old-old, (not that there's anything wrong with old!) but well, there is no denying it now—I'm definitely an adult. And well, getting... older.
I celebrated my birthday at the Marriott in Yorkville last year in a two-floor Presidential suite with my family and friends, and it was one of my most memorable birthdays. This year's celebrations won't be as glamorous, but I'm still excited to blow out my candles, because I have a lot to be thankful for. Every day is a blessing, after all.
Last year, I wrote about 35 things I love.
I'm adding to my list, and I will not focus on the things that annoy me. Like people who are terrible drivers and people who are mean and people who bite down on their forks or don't understand that Katniss should have ended up with Gale or people who don't really have a clue. Oh, right.
Things I love.
I love my entire family and where I'm from.
I love my boys more than anything else.
I love the ocean.
I love swimming and I'm convinced I might have been a mermaid in a past life, although fish kind of freak me out, so maybe not.
I love shopping. Shopping makes me happy and gives me a natural high. A new pair of shoes, a new dress, that perfect lipstick? I call that amazing therapy!
I love movies. My favourites include Scarface, Dazed and Confused, Kill Bill, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Clueless, Mermaids, Goodfellas, Dirty Dancing, and Stand By Me.
I love music, passionately. Music moves me and soothes my soul and makes me want to dance.
I love the Beastie Boys, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Pet Shop Boys, The Eagles, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Eminem. And well, pretty much everything else, too.
I love Marilyn.
I love travelling, except the whole getting on a plane-and-flying-in-the-air-without-any-control-of-my-destiny part.
I love movie popcorn, (and don't even think about sharing with me.)
I love white wine.
I love Mad Men.
I love pizza.
I love Pinterest, as in, it's my new obsession.
I love blogging and the wonderful, smart people I've met over the last few years.
I love vacations that involve sitting on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves, and taking in the sunshine.
I love back-to-school shopping, and am happy that now I get to do it for my children since my school days are sadly behind me.
I love being together in the same room with the people I love.
I love Christmas and celebrations and traditions.
I love feeling comfortable in my surroundings.
I love exploring new places.
I love being a little different.
I love summer evenings on patios with my best friends.
I love Europe SO much, and the carefree lifestyle of people in most European countries. When I'm in Greece, I wonder why I don't live there, but...
I love Canada most of all.
I love that girls in public bathrooms, especially if they've been drinking, become instant best friends for five minutes while they're re-applying lipstick.
I love being the mom of boys because it's opened up a whole new world of awesome for me.
I love George Carlin.
I love road trips, and the fun that comes with adventures on the road.
I love long conversations with friends that result in tears and always crazy laughter.
I love playing at the park with my children and acting like a child.
I love when I'm right.
I love people who love to read and who make me think.
I love my stick-shift VW Jetta, and will always love the Volkswagen Golf more than any other car on earth.
I love scaring myself to death when I start thinking about the life and universe.
I love reading and spending hours in a book store.
I love getting older, too. Another birthday means I have another thing to be thankful for!