Me In 45

Today is my birthday. I love my birthday. And 45 feels significant for me. I’ve actually been excited for 45 for a while now. In honor of 45 I give you Me in 45:

  1. I have never seen Gone With The Wind or The Godfather
  2. I am a Capricorn and even though I don’t believe in astrology — I am SUCH a Capricorn
  3. I have been asked by more than a few therapists if I was interested in seeing if I fit the requirements of an OCD diagnosis.
  4. I said no. I love my OCD traits and I was afraid they might try to take them away from me.
  5. My husband and daughter probably wish I’d said yes.
  6. Being a mom is my favorite thing in the world
  7. I was born and raised in Portland and it’s my favorite city and I would move back in a heartbeat if they could do something about that pesky rain problem.
  8. I hate bananas. I tried for many years to like them. It didn’t happen. I have accepted that I will always hate bananas. But I do like banana bread.
  9. I also hate cooked mushrooms but I like them raw.
  10. I also hate all things pumpkin.
  11. Coincidentally, fall is my least favorite time of the year.
  12. I am terrified of clowns and was once trapped inside a Gap store because of a clown rally that had taken over the street.
  13. My favorite food is ice cream.
  14. Donuts are a close second but I rarely eat them because, well, they are donuts.
  15. I have been asked to be on the Dr. Phil show twice.
  16. I am parking psychic. 
  17. I have stain fighting super powers.
  18. I know the words to every Disney song ever recorded.
  19. Disneyland is my favorite place in the world.
  20. I have a passion for office supplies. Staples is my idea of nirvana.
  21. I LOVE my birthday.
  22. There have been 2 times in my life when I thought my chance to have more birthdays would be taken away at the hands of another person. I survived. See #21.
  23. I always have German Chocolate cake for my birthday.
  24. I had a slight obsession with Duran Duran when I was a teenager.
  25. I cried the night Simon LeBon got married. My friends called me to offer their condolences. I might have been slightly out of touch with reality at the time.
  26. I have been told “I was so afraid of you when I first met you, but you’re actually nice” more times than I can count. 
  27. My favorite movies are: Star Wars, Die Hard, Mary Poppins, Love Actually, and Sleepless in Seattle. This might be an indication that I have multiple personalities. 
  28. I met my husband (the good one) because of the movie You’ve Got Mail.
  29. But technically we met at a garage sale.
  30. In my next life I will be a quadruple threat: I will sing, dance, and act on Broadway and drive race cars in my spare time.
  31. I don’t have many regrets, but I wish I had thought of stunt car driving as a career option because I seriously would have pursued that.
  32. The day my mom died, was the day I realized she was never capable of loving me the way I wanted her to and I had wasted 40 years trying to get her to love me.
  33. The best cure for the heartbreak of having a mom that couldn’t love me has been giving my daughter all of the love that I missed out on.
  34. I have never been someone who cares what others think of me. Some people are really offended by that. Fortunately, I don’t care.
  35. I love math. I love math so much that I try to avoid using a calculator as much as I can.
  36. I love books. As an only child, the characters in books were often my very best friends. 
  37. When I was little I used to sneak into my room to see if I could catch my stuffed animals playing and talking. When the movie Toy Story came out I cried because it was like someone had turned a piece of my childhood into a movie.
  38. I’ve learned that super fucked up things can happen in life but most of the time the fucked up parts are only permanent if you let them be permanent. 
  39. Fear, not money, is the root of all evil. I am positive of this.
  40. Now that I’m 45 and my peers are mid-life as well, I can tell you that bitching about younger generations is a guaranteed way to get old fast.
  41. I am a super happy/fun drunk. If you think I’m a bitch, we should totally go out for drinks some time. You’ll love me. But I won’t really care because — well — #34
  42. As my first marriage was going down in flames, I started making a list of all the things I wanted in a partner and in a relationship. I split the list into three categories: Must haves, Should have most of these, and These aren’t necessary but would be nice. Doug hit all but three items on the list. Moral of the story: Know what you want and don’t settle for anything less.
  43. I think one of the most important things in life is to learn from my mistakes.
  44. I hate fear. I appreciate its purpose in dangerous situations, but I despise it when it’s irrational and I will work like hell to eliminate it when it appears.
  45. I already love being 45. I think 45 is going to be my favorite age so far.  I feel like I am officially starting the second half of my life and I am so excited to see where it takes me!
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