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Friday Funday!

I don’t particularly have much to say today except for the fact that the next post I write will be from a 27-year-old perspective instead of 26.  So get ready for that.

Until then, here are 50 People I Wish I Knew In Real Life:

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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The Official Rules of 26

You heard right.  Now that I’m 26, I’m giving myself some rules. Ever since my birthday, I’ve suffered from a severe feeling of inadequacy–like I’m not doing something right, or that I’m going to start doing something wrong.  I need it to quit.  And this is my solution.

Ready?

26th Year Rules (presented as “To Erica, From Erica”)

•  NO getting drunk.  Wine is fine.  A glass of beer now and again, also fine.  But if you drink till you impair your driving, you broke the rule.

•  In the spirit of learning something from Lent, let’s keep the cussing to a minimum.  You’re an adult who might have kids someday soon.  You might want to start taming the potty mouth now.

•  Eat more sushi (leave me alone, you hippies).

•  Go home (parents’ home) more often, for no reason at all.

•  If it’s not raining, and not below freezing, ride your bike to work.

•  Learn to cook something other than casserole.

•  Learn downtown Cleveland, so you don’t freak out every time you go there.

•  Grocery shop more than once every two months.

•  Go out in the rain.

•  Have fresh flowers in the house (this is an adult thing, no?)

•  Go on at least two vacations.

•  Accept that you are not a bean pole.

•  Attend more events that require you to dress up.

•  Smile more.  (I never thought I’d have to tell myself this.)

•  Quit looking so far into the future.  You have no control over it.

•  Continue to preach against sunscreen and anti-bacterial.

•  Maintain an anxiety-free lifestyle.

•  Do more things that scare you.

•  Stop trying to jump the gun.

•  Shoot more guns.

•  Pick a hobby that belongs only to you.

•  Visit friends from college.

•  Quit fretting.

•  Pray more.

•  Find a Catholic church to go to.

•  Put others first.
26 rules for the new 26-year-old.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Daily Happenings, Domesticity

 

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Happy Birthday to Me, RIP to my Life Plan

When I was 18, I had a life plan.  I was going to go to college at Ashland University, meet a man (I knew my high school relationship wouldn’t last), and get married the summer/fall after graduation when I was 22.  By 26, I would have one baby.  By 28, another.  And a farmhouse, an awesome job, and maybe the desire to write still.

Here’s what really happened:

I didn’t find anyone at college that I could have married (some will argue this–it will be discussed another time), and I majored in Creative Writing, which left little to no opportunity in the job market without a Master’s Degree.  My advisor, Joe, looked at me in December and said, “How do you feel about grad school?”

Having no real reason to stick around and suffer the consequences of my choice of major, I said, “Sure.”

“UNCW,” he said.  “Apply.”

And I did.  Because if you know anything about me, I did everything Joe told me to do (let’s not be freaks here).  I respected him as a man, a professor, a writer, and a friend.  So I applied to one graduate school (the best in the country for creative nonfiction – WOOT!) in Wilmington, North Carolina, and I happened to get in.

I’m sure I angered the HELL out of the professors, because I never responded, never accepted, never did anything.  I told myself (not them) that I wouldn’t go there unless I got some financial aid, and a teaching assistantship.  Two days later, I did, and I couldn’t refuse the offer.

So I went, and I spent three years in NC from the ages of 22-25.  I still did not find a man down there…until the end of my second year, when I was 23.  I saw him walking around my neighborhood.  His name was…is Mike.  Mike moved to PA and sent my 24th birthday present in the mail.  He gave me my 25th when I came home from grad school.

A week ago, my mother (whose birthday is 5 days before mine) looked at me and said, “I turned 26, and 5 days later, I had you.”

Today, I turn 26.  I am currently 4 years behind on my life plan.  There is no ring, there are no babies.  But I do have a great job, two degrees, and an incredible man who came to see me a day early, so that for the first time in 2 years, we could be together on my birthday.  I’ll complain every day about not being a little closer to that original life plan, but truth-be-told, I’m thankful that I didn’t meet someone at Ashland, and that Joe said, “Go to UNCW,” and that Mike happened to be walking past me one day.

Let’s see what this year brings.  🙂

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Daily Happenings, Domesticity

 

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