Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I am 32 Flavors and Then Some

2016 finds me in my fifth year of blogging. Every once in a while, usually coinciding with the beginning of the year, I think it's a good idea to do a little re-introduction of sorts for anyone who might be new to reading here, or for those of you who have been reading here to chime in with "me too!" or "you're a crazy bitch" depending. Of course, you could also just check out the about page, but I don't know when I last updated that so let us begin with a list of arbitrary things about myself that I've chosen to share today.

1. I talk about politics and religion. This isn't always a nice space because I don't avoid talking about things people might disagree with me on. Differences of opinion make the world go round. 

2. I do avoid putting all of my personal problems on this blog or the Internet in general, because some things do not belong online. Rest assured, I do have problems, just like you.

3. My favorite color is purple. 

4. If I had to choose between watching the sunrise or sunset, I would always choose sunrise. When I share photos, most people think they are sunsets, but they're more likely sunrises. 

5. I believe in celebrating my birthday all month (March). It's the reason I'm here and the sign that I have been graced with another year to grow, learn, laugh, do, and be. Not everyone gets that opportunity and I'm grateful for it.

6. I take my coffee with one cream.

7. A part of me still can't get over Beverly Hills 90210 going off the air. Currently, I'm not sure I'll ever get over the end of Downton Abbey. 

8. I believe there is a special place in hell for women who don't support other women. 

9. I have a hard time relaxing when things on my to do list aren't done.

10. I never blow dry my hair and it's more typical for me to be sans makeup than to have makeup on, but shitty looking nails make me feel bad about myself.

11. I want to be a person who regularly goes to sleep before 10 and gets up at 6 but it's more like 11:30/6:45.

12. I always thought I was a person who had to have cable until we cut our cable.

13. The thing I love most about travel is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone. The thing I hate most about travel is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone.

14. I spend most of my free time reading or cooking.

15. Things I have with me 99% of the time: a book, a bottle of water, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Ruby, sunglasses, camera/phone as camera, Wet Wipes.

16. I have not missed voting in an election since I turned 18.

17.  I'd rather be cold than hot.

Alas, I was too ambitious with this title, but I do like that song. I'll stop on the Edge of Seventeen. Boom. Another good one.

And that's that. Off to South Africa tonight. So thankful for my in-home dog sitter and her fiance, they make going away so much easier since I know my dogs are in good hands. Replies to comments may be sparse while we're away. Follow me and MFD on Instagram to see trip snaps! He typically out instagrams me on vacation.


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37 comments:

  1. Have so much fun!!! I really can't wait to follow along :D

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  2. You are one of a kind girl!! Have the most incredible vacation!! Can't wait to follow along! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. i have to go follow MFD now because i fully intend on living this safari vicariously through your insta snaps! Have so much fun!!

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  4. YAY!!! you must be STOKED, i know i would!!! 2015 was the first time i celebrated my birthday all month long and i have to say, you're on to something, lady!! that will be a thing from now on because TREAT YO'SELF!

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  5. What a fun post, love the idea of a reintroduction! CHEERS TO A FABULOUS VACATION!!!!!!

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  6. I love these posts . . . people are so fascinating! Can't wait to see pics!

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  7. Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear all about it when you come back and to see the pics!
    Also, I'm not sure how I'll get over Downton either...

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  8. 8,9,13,14....all me too. Have a great trip!!

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  9. I'm cheap so I have a hard time fathoming $24 lip stuff but I definitely trust your recs so that might have to be a little splurge sometime soon... and huge kudos to you for getting up early enough to see sunsets regularly!

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  10. All these things are why I love coming to your blog.. you are one real lady - love that!
    have a great trip! Cant wait to hear all about it!!!

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  11. Happiest travels ! I will be with you in spirit! I will miss you and your blog and will be stalking you both on Instagram. Love and lights and Angels !!! Your momma.

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  12. I believe in over-celebrating my birthday too. Usually for a week or so, so I can squeeze in some time with people I most care about. I got passive aggressively called out on twitter for it. An IRL friend tweeted, "I hate when people call it their birthday week. You were born on one day like everyone else. Celebrate and get on with your life" right after I posted a picture of my night out with my sister this weekend. Someone sounds bitter. She's gonna be real pissed that I'm celebrating this Friday too. Ha!

    I still can't get over your trip. I just followed MFD because I want to see AAAALLLL the pictures! Have a blast!!

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  13. #8--YES. And I have not missed a presidential election since I was eligible to vote, either. No vote=no voice=no complaining. Not to mention that women couldn't always vote so I feel I owe to the women who fought for that right to get my ass to the polls.

    Have an amazing time on your trip! Hope you get some sleep on the plane!

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  14. Enjoy your vacation!! Cannot wait to see all the pictures. I hopped on the follow MFD band wagon. BE SAFE.
    I'm opposite about hair/makeup versus nails. My nails are usually crap and unpainted, but if I don't fix my hair or wear makeup, I feel undone. Rest assured most days I go to work having done 0 of the 3, but I still feel undone. God bless good genes though, because I honestly don't think I look that bad without makeup. (No makeup = https://www.instagram.com/p/_Rr-1dEkED/?taken-by=stephs1120)

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  15. I love how real you keep your space, we all have our own opinions and shouldn't be afraid to share them. And YESSSSS to not being over the end of 90210 or Downton Abbey. I'm savoring every last episode right now of DA! Have an amazing trip, I'll be insta-stalking and hoping you have ample wifi ;-)

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  16. Purple is my favorite color as well, that and gray :) I do love sunrises as well, there's something so amazing about starting your day that way. The miraculous part is if I am up in time to see one as I have so much trouble getting up that early. #8: Preach. And #1 makes my heart happy coming from you, because I actually agree with what you say and I personally don't talk politics (most of the time) online, so I just like having you speak for me in blogland, ha! And HAVE SO MUCH FUN on your trip!! I can't wait to see pics, esp. because I get to see some from your hub's POV, which from your posts, is hilarious. :)

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  17. 5 years is amazing. and you are kicking butt. i didn't know MFD had an instagram! I need to get up for more sunrises in my life.

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  18. Safe travels my friend! I hope you have the time of your life... now I'm gonna be singing that song which is kinda fitting for you:)

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  19. Have a fantastic trip! This time of year I would SO rather be warm than cold...haha, I guess my answer is different in the summer though! :)

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  20. Have a great time in Africa! I can't wait to read all about it. I never blow dry my hair either & I'm without make-up far more than I have it on.

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  21. LOL to stopping at 17... When I read the title I was like holy crap, I couldn't think of 32 things if I wanted to! ;) I personally like that you talk about religion and politics on your blog. More often than not I don't necessarily agree with you on those fronts but I enjoy reading another perspective and stretching my mind on those topics.

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  22. ahh i love lists with little facts about people. I find it so interesting. have the best time in Africa! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  23. These are some pretty flavorful sweet and spicy flavors- I like 'em, all 17 of them. :)
    Have a fun trip!!!
    XOXO

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  24. I love purple (wearing a purple shirt right now) and month long birthday celebrations in March too!

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  25. Have a fabulous trip! Purple is my favorite color too and I LOL'd about how your nails make you feel in #10. You do always have a pretty nails and toes.

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  26. I am so excited for you on this trip!!!! I hope you guys have an amazing time!!!

    My favorite color is purple, we just cut our satellite and it feels great!!!, I would rather be cold than hot, I love how you are real and say what is on your mind in this space of yours!

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  27. I'm a huge fan of these kinds of posts. I feel like I always learn something new about the person I'm reading about even if I've been following their blog for a long time.

    Sometimes I think I should be a little more vocal about politics/religion/other "controversial" topics on my blog, but I tend to be much more open about those sorts of things when I'm commenting on another blog (or in email conversations with other bloggers). I'm not ashamed of the way I feel or think, but I'm (oddly) more likely to discuss a more personal issue in a post than my feelings on abortion or the upcoming presidential election. I still keep some things private, though. You have to draw a line somewhere!

    I never paint my nails anymore (mostly because I'm in and out of gloves at work all day and that's been rough on my manicures in the past), but I do love pedicures. I don't always blow dry my hair (though it's usually a hot mess that requires a ponytail or bun if I don't) or wear much makeup either, though. Several years ago I wouldn't leave the house without makeup on and my hair perfectly fixed. I'm much more low maintenance than I used to be.

    And last (but certainly not least), have an amazing trip! I know you will, but I wanted to say it anyway. I mean, how could this trip NOT be fantastic? I can't wait to see pictures!

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  28. Loved this post and learning more about you! I love sunrises too, they're so beautiful to watch! Hope you have an amazing trip :)

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  29. I love my Nook because I can have a book with me all the time, even if I just have my cell phone. And I would totally rather be cold than hot because I love my tons of blankets that we have all over the house. I can't wait to see all of your vacation grams! I hope you have a great time!

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  30. So excited to see your photos, I hope this trip is amazing for the both of you!

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  31. Have a blast!
    I don't leave the house with a bottle of water or sunglasses either.

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  32. loved learning more about you! my birthday is next month and i'm gonna celebrate all month. can't wait. hope you have the best time, can't wait to stalk you both on IG.

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  33. Hey fellow March baby! 29th here, so I give myself all of March and some of April too ;) What's your day?
    #8, I cannot agree more. In fact I'm with you on a lot of these, and love learning more about ya! These kinds of posts are always fun. No matter how well we think we know someone we talk to on a weekly basis, there's always more to learn!
    Safe travels, and have an AMAZING time! Can't wait to see it all up on IG.

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  34. Sunrises are the best. My room was purple growing up and I haven't liked it as much since. It is a pretty color though. My hair looks funky if I don't blow dry it straight it is sort of in between wavy and curly so I am envious!

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  35. I rarely blow-dry my hair... mostly out of laziness but I like to pretend that it's because it's "good" for it. lol

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