Sunday, November 17, 2013

37

Last November I asked you to tell me something about yourself.

It was one of my favorite birthday gifts ever.


{source: dead end link on pinterest, edited for content by me}

This blogging deal is a strange creature. We've talked about it before, how it's evolved dramatically from 2008, when everyone reading was a real life friend. Now I only know a handful of you. I take it as high praise (worst criticism?) that the people I've met after they've been reading for awhile have said that I am the same in real life as they expected. I'm a transparent person by nature (to a fault), so the fact that these words you read are real, not sugar coated, edited, and polished to perfection, is intentional. The only way I know how.




Unlike seemingly every other female around me, this growing older thing is something I'm enjoying. Feeling more and more comfortable in my own skin. Feeling less like a freak for my life long repulsion to following the crowd. Knowing my natural strengths and rocking them instead of obsessing about all the ways I suck. Talking quietly? Can't do it. Not giggling during Sunday School? Never happened. Throwing away my purple tights and dressing like an adult? I don't think it will ever happen.

AND THAT'S OKAY.




I usually post with no expectation of feedback. It's a flaw of sorts, I suppose, in this world of community and people wanting to connect, but any ideas I throw out into the universe are just that: a little contribution. Take them, leave them, ignore them completely. My joy comes from the offering.

But today, as a 37th birthday favor, I'm asking you to leave a comment. 

Tell me something that makes you laugh (The Mindy Project).  

Or something that makes you happy (my daughter DIYing her saguaro cactus halloween costume)



Or something that you've learned as you've gotten older.

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Have a favorite color? A question you want to ask? Something you'd love to get for Christmas?
I'd love to hear about it.

73 comments:

  1. I just turned 38. Like you, I don't mind getting older, but certain ages do stress me out (I think 45 is going to hurt). Something I've learned as I've gotten older is that everyone goes into life with a certain plan in mind and everyone is surprised by the unexpected. It's a good reason to be kind and forgiving to those around you, including yourself... and your parents... and your children. Happy Birthday! Thanks for blogging. Keep it up.

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    1. Beautifully said! I refuse to say that 45 is old knowing that 8 years from now it'll come back to haunt me...

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    2. 45 isn't hard! It's only a number, don't sweat it!!
      Chris =]

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    3. Are you kidding? When I think of the difference between 29 year old me and 37 year old me, I can't WAIT for 45!!

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    4. Quite honestly, 45 rocks! I've never been happier.

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    5. Oh, and Happy Birthday!!!!! I'm really enjoying your creativity and inspirations!

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  2. Love the church laugh, nothing better. Getting the giggles then not being able to stop. Happened yesterday when the kids ended up snuggled next to me, leaving a large gap between us and John. When he looked over at us I simply squeezed my nose insinuating he stunk and they didn't want to sit by him. Got all 3 of us giggling and we were done!

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    1. The making fun of the husband laugh - HOW COULD I FORGET THAT ONE????

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  3. Happy birthday!! I turned 40 this year and so far it feels just like 39 or maybe even 38, ha ha. I like getting older, too. I didn't think I would but so far there is this freedom in it that I hadn't expected. You get to a certain age and you pretty much stop caring what other people think, at least about the unimportant stuff. I'm okay with my body. It works and that's good enough for me. I wear what I want to wear, eat what I want to eat, listen to cheesy 80's music unapologetically and I've stopped apologizing so much. I grew a great deal in my thirties and I'm hoping to gain even more wisdom during this decade. So much to do and see, you know.

    Also, I love the color orange. It makes me very happy ;-)

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    1. Amen, sister!

      (This morning my oldest said, "So that means in 3 years you're gonna be 40...that's weird." We'll pretend she meant awesome.)

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    2. I agree with Sugarshell. I'm 46 and am so much happier and secure in my 40's than I was in my 20's.
      Chris =]

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  4. Happy Birthday! Your blog makes me laugh. I don't wrap presents, but your posts make me at least want to. In my mind we would be friends if we ever met, but only if you could look past me not knowing who Stefon is.

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    1. Better to not know Stefon than to know and not love. THAT would be a deal breaker :)

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  5. Happy 37th birthday. You are so young, I'm already 38. I love Christmas with the fun decorations, lights, holiday music, and getting cards in the mail. But buying presents for my kids and extended family stresses me out and I'm already feeling the pressure. #1 I don't like to spend money and #2 it seems like everyone already has everything they need. Recently I've been letting my kids pick out their own gifts when I am at the store with them, within reason, and I've been buying cute postage stamps for the adults I know. Everyone can use stamps right? My parents are serving a mission in the Louisville, Kentucky mission office and I am so proud of them. I maintain a mission blog for them http://moultonsonamission.blogspot.com/ which makes me happy. I hope I can serve a mission with my husband when I am older. I'd give you some advice but as I get older I realize how much I don't know (my two teenage daughters like to let me know it too). But I think you are doing a great job as a mom and I love reading your blog. Here's to a another year. :)
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    1. Yes to all of this. I keep saying that I'm too frugal to celebrate Christmas. The idea of buying just one more stocking stuffer just to keep all the kids "even" KILLS me. But stamps?? THAT is brilliant! And they would fit so snuggly in a cute little box...with some yummy ribbon...hmmm...

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  6. These are some great quotes! Something(one) that makes me laugh on a daily basis - my youngest son. He's 12, incredibly goofy - even for a 12-year-old - and is always thinking. He comes up with my most random observations and 'what-ifs'. I'll miss him when he descends into the madness of adolescence. Hope he comes back on the other side. ;)

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. And you're totally right - he will descend. But even in the madness, the random observations become even MORE funny, so all is not lost!

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  7. Happy birthday
    I love what you say because it is what i exactly think. I am older than you but do you want to know how old i feel: nothing at all. Inside i feel the same
    Perhaps a bit stronger about what the others will say, but feeling better every birthday i celebrate
    So celebrate and be happy

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    1. I keep wondering how long it will take to feel older on the inside, and now I'm thinking: is it possible that day will never come?

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  8. Happy Birthday, Rebecca! And it DOES get better and better! Although my husband and I have had more than our fair share of challenges (including serious health problems at one point), and are only just keeping our head above water financially, we try and live every moment.
    I laugh alot (now 'til I pee), find pleasure in the simple things (a walk in the woods) and treasure my friends (honesty & generousity). My husband and I are the "fun" couple and get invited everywhere; we just got back this weekend from partying with friends at their condo in a ski resort - and we don't even ski! I get up and dance wherever and whenever the music hits me. Life is for living and the last thing we care about is what other people will think.
    I'll be 54 in January. I'm told I look years younger, in my head I'm 35, and our grown sons are proud of us, look forward to our adventures and are unafraid of aging. We are all excited about the prospect of grandbabies!
    I've been reading your blog faithfully for 4 years. I relate to your energy, boldness and creativity and think we are at our most creative when there's no money. My favourite post of yours was when Brendan escaped the house - hilarious! Rebecca, thanks for keeping it real and adding something to my life. MWAH!

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    1. WOW! Brendan running away feels like 100 years ago...I MUST be getting old.

      There's no better definition of success than being the "fun" couple in my book. Except maybe grandbabies!!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Rebecca! Today is my birthday also, and I'm feeling so happy even if I am 64 and not 37. If I was just 37 I wouldn't have all the extra little people that have been added to my life in recent years. Today I've had lunch with my mom who's 85 and tonight a special meal with my older daughter and husband and 4 grandkids. It just doesn't get better than that! To God be the Glory!

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  10. Happy day! A good belly laugh - at dogs that skid across the deck because they're going too fast to stop, a son who says he's putting his daughter in her "stuff sack" when he puts her sleeper on, my husband when he calls me our daughter"s name because I'm wearing a college sweatshirt - those are good things. I have a few years on you but years don't really matter; it's how you choose to live them. My only advice is to say YES more often - you only regret saying no.

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  11. This website makes me laugh: http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.com/
    Tallulah Bankhead had some great one-liners. My favorite: All my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive.
    What makes me happy: A Starbuck's Peppermint Hot Chocolate

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN THAT SITE BEFORE?? Pure gold!!

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  12. Sitting here planning the trip we're taking next year to celebrate my 40th birthday I laugh at your 37! In all seriousness, age doesn't bother me either, think it comes of having a sister 18 years older & parents who are well into their 80s already whilst simultaneously celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary...!

    What makes me happy right now? A Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks while sitting smugly & calmly because I've finished the Christmas shopping :)

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. Being in my 40's won't bother me a bit if it means I get to go on trips :)

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  13. Hope your b-day was fab-u-lous! I will be 50 on Thursday. When I get over the shock of just saying that... I will remember the old saying that "most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be". 50 years is a LONG time to decide what makes me happy and I think it changes with the tides, but for now, a hug from my teenage children ( yup, it happens), a hand-written note in the mail , and something beautiful to wear at 75% off give me the warm fuzzies! Ahhh, the simple things!

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    1. I don't have teenage children yet, but the other things on your list I couldn't agree more with!

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    2. Last week my teenage son gave me a hug before leaving on a camping trip. "Mom, stop being dumb about it," he chided as he walked away, clearly seeing that I was speechless. SPEECHLESS. I still tear up just thinking about it.

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    3. Oh those rare teenage boy hugs....

      I turned 41 this past September, and I love it. 40's are awesome! I love that I've finally learned not to give a flying flip what other people think, to trust my intuition, and to let my whole insane personality come out. On the inside, I still feel 17, and probably act that age way too much! Happy Belated Birthday! I'm glad I decided to sit down and get caught up on your blog today! Loved this post!

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  14. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful birthday week :)
    What makes me happy? Well, last night we heard our four month old daughter properly laugh for the first time. It was awesome.

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  15. I used to laugh at my mother's decorating in orange phase. Orange lamp, orange chair, heaven knows what else. This happened back in the late 60's or early 70's. I was a really cool person, I loved purple. I would NEVER get hooked on orange.

    Except now, I am. Pumpkin Spice Namaste knitting bag on sale? MINE! It must be mine!

    Now I'm trying to find an orange shower curtain.

    I can hear my mother laughing from 1500 miles away.

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    1. If you're looking for something with a print, Target has a cute one: http://www.target.com/p/mudhut-hope-shower-curtain/-/A-14788423#prodSlot=medium_2_39&term=shower+curtain

      Your mom would love it :)

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  16. Happy Birthday!

    I love the color blue. I have blue eyes, grew up in a blue house with blue walls and some rooms had blue shag carpet.

    Also, I wish shag carpet (the soft kind) was still in style.

    Chocolate ice cream or froyo with rainbow sprinkles is my all time favorite "snack". Rainbow sprinkles are a MUST...dont know why since they dont taste like anything, but i gotta have them!

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    1. Rainbow sprinkles taste like happiness. Who could possibly say no?

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  17. Happy Birthday! You know what makes me laugh.....the Far Side. It makes me laugh even more because my mom doesn't get it.

    I am with you; I turned 39 last April and feel way more comfortable now than I did in my 20's. I guess it might have something to do with the non-conformist in me. :) Hope you had a great day!

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    1. Oooooh, I haven't seen that cartoon forever! I used to have a Far Side calendar-a-day in high school. Love that.

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  18. Happy Birthday!! Your blog makes me laugh all the time, I love it :). You inspired me to take the doors off my kitchen cabinets at our old house, which I loved, but it won't really work at our current house, which makes me a little sad.
    I've been following your blog for a long time & I've loved watching your kids grow up. I have 4 kids and am wanting another one.. which kind of makes me laugh & cry at the same time, ha!
    Hope you had a great birthday, mine is coming up, too... 36, yay!

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    1. How long was the adjustment period to having doors again? I'm convinced I could never go back. Although my husband had a friend over the other day, and he politely asked, "So do you need help finishing the kitchen."

      Boys.

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  19. Hi There!
    I'm a reader from Canada - I love your uplifting posts, and your nifty crafting. As someone who has a somewhat lapsed faith, I love hearing your stories of faith and belief - it helps to inspire me to keep looking.

    Most things make me happy, but today this is what did it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfHV4-N2LxQ . A ball pit in the middle of the street?! Life needs more of these.

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  20. Reading a book in bed late at night when everyone else is sleeping and my makeup is washed off and my teeth are brushed so I can just slide into sleep when I can't keep my eyes open another second...makes me happy. Parks and Rec for the laughs. Happy birthday Rebecca!

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    1. Add some IBC cream soda, and you just described my version of heaven.

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  21. Rebecca..You are a HOOT. For goodness sakes it IS only a number. I am just about to be SIXTY EIGHT. Ran my first marathon at 62, did first Warrior Dash at 64, Got a RED Camero for 65th birthday. I love life at 37, 50 and looking to 80. Love your blog. You are a funny gurl and smart and thrifty too. I love anything that is paper, even down to toilet paper rolls. Enjoy life to the fullest...It IS a journey.

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    1. Girl! I can't even run around the block NOW. Amazing!!

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  22. I'd kinda love to not get fat whilst being a Nursing Student for Christmas; pretty pretty please?!?!? Happy Birthday!!!!!

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    1. Ha! I was thinking "Why is Melanie nursing? Am I that far behind that I didn't even know she had a baby?"

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    2. The real question is this: "Did I really ever STOP nursing????"

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  23. Happy Birthday Rebecca! Like you, I'm kind of an open book...especially since I started blogging. I'm trying to think of something that I haven't already shared with the world. I guess I could say that my biggest regret in life is that I didn't spend more time in your lovely presence when you lived here. Fortunately, I found your blog so I can stay in touch and continue to get to know you better. And the answers to your questions -

    Something that makes me laugh - seeing people fall down. Especially adults. Unfortunately, I don't want to be rude and succumb to my laughter, so I usually at least attempt to hold it in.

    Something that makes me happy - finding AWESOME deals/sales. Oh yeah, and my family.

    Something I've learned as I've gotten older - I'm NEVER going to be mature. Or patient. Or fully responsible for my keys/wallet/etc.

    I love all colors.

    Did you want us to answer all the questions?

    I want a garbage can for Christmas. I'm talking, a HUGE, stainless steel, hands free, requires AA batteries garbage can.

    I LOVE your blog. And you.

    I hope you had an AWESOME Birthday.



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    1. I can't believe we didn't see each other more, with me always walking the street, trying to catch Brendan. And you do NOT want a sensor trash can. They have a way of getting a mind of their own...opening randomly, but not when you want them to...spooky.

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    2. Man! I KNEW they must be too good to be true. I guess I'll just have keep exercising my calves so that I'll have the strength to keep pushing down that blasted pedal. I still want a new can, though. A BIG one that doesn't have to be taken out every 2-3 hours. Thanks for the tip!

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  24. Happy Birthday! When my mom turned 37, she refuses to state her age all year round. I thought it was silly, but now looking back, she seems like a young girl with peter pan syndrome, and that makes me smile!

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    1. That's awesome. I tell everyone my age as PROOF that I'm mature :)

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  25. Happy Birthday! I love your blog and your style. You crack me up and you make the GREATEST present gift wrap ever! My current favorite show is Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson, if you haven't seen it you have to check it out. Seriously hilarious. I'm 45 years old. I had breast cancer at 40, chemo, surgery, the whole nine yards and I said if I survive it I will no longer worry about aging, so I don't! Lifes short, enjoy it!
    Oh, here's something that made me laugh recently. My son (he's 17) came in and said "Mom, come check out this great song and video. I think it's from the 60's or something but it's awesome!" So I go look at his laptop. I had to Laugh Out Loud, he was watching the video for Down Under by Men at Work. HAHA Teenagers, they are so dumb, you gotta love them!

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  26. You are awesome and a mere babe in the woods at 37. You make me laugh, cause me to hoard garbage and inspire me in my efforts to make our little nest a place that makes me smile. Happy Birthday. Here is something I love. Hope you do too. (the Ricky Gervais episode...oh my.) Enjoy! http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

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    1. You know me all too well! A friend told me about that show and I stayed up past midnight watching almost every.single.one. Michael Richards slayed me!!

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  27. Happy Birthday!! A day late. Well, a day late on the blog. Fairly sure I sent an on time facebook howdy. I love your words and your thoughts and your humor and your wisdom. I don't mind telling people my age either - so silly to care. What makes me happy? A huge mug of melty hot chocolate and a good book and time to be alone. What have I learned? I am who I am and as long as I'm happy with who that is, everyone else can just go hang. What makes me laugh? Watching my kids watching Studio C. Thanks for the moment of reflection.

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    1. You should be happy with yourself - you are AMAZING! One of the sweetest spirits I've ever met...and one who would never have to be shushed in church :)

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  28. Ooh! I just started watching The Mindy Project a few weeks ago and I. STINKIN'. LOVE. IT!!!! The scene with the inappropriate texting when Mindy lost her phone had me rolling...I am also a fan of New Girl...the fact that they are back to back on t,v. makes things just that little bit more complete.
    Fart jokes also never fail to make me laugh. It is fortunate that I live in a house of boys...5 sons produce a LOT of potty talk...
    And I also love your blog ;)
    Stacey

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    1. Fart jokes, fart sounds, Morgan and the new doctor texting on Mindy's phone- I love it all!!

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  29. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Just realized that I read right from this post through the next and made my birthday comment on the one below. You'll just have to accept my crazy goof up as a sign of my old age, (see that other comment) LOLOLOLOL!

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    1. That's what's so great about getting older: you can say what you want and everybody forgives you :)

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  30. First of all you are not 37??? And if your actual birthday is the 17th so is my dad's! Hmmmm what makes me happy? Well of late all of this fall awesomeness around town, we rarely get that right? Love, love, love the rusty reds up against the blue sky. But mostly time makes me happy, time like this day that I have, time to do - or time to sit, time spent with those I love (especially my brand new grand baby girl) and time that I get to read up your latest brilliant idea :) I hope your birthday was supercalifragilisticly happy! BYW here's your birthday riddle... you know how to get a kleenex to dance? put a little boogie in it! ;) I thought you would like that one, I'm corny I know! xoxo

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    1. It's the 18th, but who are we kidding? I pretend it lasts all month! And yes - what a fantastic month it's been. I know we're supposed to drop 30 degrees between now and tomorrow, but that's why I adore living in Texas!

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  31. Happy Belated Birthday. I love eating lunch with the girls at work and the conversations we have.
    All very interesting and very relaxing because we're always laughing so hard. "Like did you know cilantro smells like sweaty little kids?" OMG this is one of the conversations that came up. The girl does not like cilantro. Okay so you have to have been there to get the full jest. Lunches at work make me laugh. Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

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    1. I will never be able to smell cilantro again without thinking about dirty children.

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  32. I came here from Pinterest. There was a package wrapped in brown papers with a sparkly silver wand. I've never been here before! But it does seem a fun place.

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  33. Happy belated birthday! I turned 40 on the 19th... it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!

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