Happy 42-sday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Someone pointed out that I would be 42 on a Tuesday (42-sday) and that meant that I should paaaaaaaarrrrrrtaaaaaaaaaay. Well, I don’t really know how to party, so that’s a bit of a hurdle, but I liked the sound of it.

Needless to say, I have no plans today. Just working and I have swim practice tonight so that takes me to about 8:30 pm. Which is right about my bedtime – #partyanimal. I’ve done a pretty good job using birthday discounts in the past week and I’m totally going to get my free Starbucks today. Ooh, I also heard that there’s a donut shop here in Portland that gives you a free dozen donuts during your birthday week! I’m in. #ilovefreeshit

A few pics over the last few weeks:

My nephew, Elijah, is a grown man now. A senior in high school. Un-f*cking-believable. He’s so fun to hang out with and is such a nice damn kid.

And little Ken! I can’t even with her. She is just the cutest. And she has her mom’s exact eyebrows, which just kills me.

Last weekend, I went to the Portland March for Reproductive Rights with a few friends.

It was a beautiful day, but it’s so f*cked up that we have to be out there talking about this sh*t. Also, f*ck Texas. The only access to birth control and healthcare I had in law school was Planned Parenthood and I’m so thankful (and lucky) I had somewhere to go. I can’t imagine living somewhere where I was without access to basic healthcare. Just in case you’re wondering, teaching abstinence doesn’t work and neither does the pull-out method #newsflash. And don’t even get me started about non-consensual sex and the women/girls this impacts. One friend that attended the March walked in the door and yelled, “I’m so full of rage!” Exactly. Me too.

Speaking of rage, I’m dating again. Just kidding, not raging at all. But yeah, I know. Don’t worry, my therapist knows all about it and I’m not being a complete idiot. Just a partial idiot. And yes, it is a total sh*tshow…I kind of love it. And no, I’m not going to post that much about it. BUT, Portland is a small town. I’ve already met up with someone who knocked up a friend of a friend (whoops!) – didn’t find that out until after – and someone else reached out to me who had dated a friend of mine. Uh?! To be fair, he didn’t realize we had a mutual friend, but even after I told him I knew all about him, he was still interested. Whaaaaaaa? Crazy world.

Also crazy? This little monster:

Tot is just the best. I think around 24 pounds and the happiest thing in the world.

Happy 42-sday to me and happy Tuesday to you!

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Wilted Flowers and a Couple of Goals

Now that it’s September, I thought it would be a good time to write about some of my 2021 goals, LOL. I meant to do this back in January/February/March, but sh*t life happened. I love setting goals and I think I started doing a 19 in 2019 list, then 20 in 2020, and 21 in 2021. I heard about this on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin Podcast. I like it because you can put major things on it (like plan a 40th birthday trip with my sister) or just stuff you want to get done (complete Singapore photo album).

Every year I have a reading goal. I kept my goal the same this year as last (30 books). I think I may have read 32 or 33 books last year – go me! So far this year, I think I’m one book behind, but having the goal keeps me reading, which I love. I usually have some sort health goals like swimming or walking a certain number of times each week, and I usually have a goal related to playing the harp. I also change my goals if needed, which is nice. One of my goals this year was to take some sort of class with J. Well, that’s not going to happen. So now my replacement goal is to NOT get married in 2021. This should be an easy one considering I’m still married to J (and I’m not into polygamy and can’t even handle having one husband) and I’m not dating. Wish me luck!

The other thing I wanted to write about today was this magic I came across. I’ve been buying fresh flowers about every other week and I love them. Except last week I bought hydrangeas and like a day later, they were all wilted! I was pissed. Then I decided to talk to my friend, Google, to see if I could do something to save them. And I found magic. Here’s what I did:

The wilted one:

I filled my bathroom sink with cool water, trimmed the stem, and submerged the entire bloom into the water (I use a bowl to hold the stem down so the bloom stays submerged):

And left it for a few hours. Here’s what I came back to:

F*cking magic! I’ve done it twice now with the same blooms and it keeps working. Maybe everyone already knows this trick, but I thought it was pretty cool.

And when I’m not goal-setting or saving the planet a flower, I’m usually a dog bed:

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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New Digs and Palm Springs

First, a few things about my new place (that I just love). Not only is living by myself a dream, but this is the first time I’ve lived in an apartment that’s not a sh*thole a “luxury apartment.” It’s brand new and has a lot of amenities. This is one of the best amenities (that I never thought I’d use):

The pet spa! I didn’t realize how nice it would be to be able to throw Tot in the big tub and hose him down. Not having to deal with him f*cking up my bathroom? So very, very nice. He’s not a big dog so it’s not like it’s hard to wash him in the bathtub, but this is so much easier. I may need to put one of these in my next home.

I also had a Samsung Frame TV installed and I love it. They are smart tvs that “turn into art” when you’re not watching it. There are a ton of artwork options, but this is my current favorite:

If you didn’t know, I love dogs and surfing. And don’t worry, this idiot likes my place too:

LOL! Yep, G comes over to hang out in the a/c, do his laundry, and watch tv. Oh and he’s madly in love with Tot, of course. No, we’re not getting back together, but thanks for asking. Just BFFs for life and that works pretty well for us. #heissingle #probablynotreadytomingle #idontreallyknowthough 🙂

About a week and a half ago, I took a last minute trip to Palm Springs to see my dad. I hadn’t been on a plane since February 2020 and I hadn’t seen my dad since November 2019. Fortunately, I was able to work from there, but unfortunately, it was about 4,000 degrees.

I had to walk early in the mornings or risk bursting into flames if I walked later. It was beautiful, though.

And swimming at night when it’s 85 degrees out is kind of awesome.

I also did this fun puzzle and wouldn’t let my dad take it apart before I left! Thanks for the puzzle, Jon! While I’m so happy I saw my dad, and my flights were not full, it still freaked me out being around all those people (especially in big airports – I’m talking about you LAX). I don’t know when I’ll feel comfortable traveling again…

Which is fine because I’m madly in love with this creature and missed him like crazy!

#loveofmylife #sorryGandJ

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