I hope you had a great birthday curveaway. I am trying to message Gary on ican hover but don’t know how. if you know could you let me know!..
As far as I know, you can’t, because he has his ask box disabled. Probably to keep from being inundated by us crazies. ;) Do you have YOUR ask box activated? I’ve looked for it on your page, but can’t find it, if you do. If you don’t you can, if you want to, by going to the “Customize” button at the top of your page. There should be a way for you to activate it from there. :)
Today I turn 35 years old. It’s funny, because I always looked at an age like 35 and thought, “Wow. That’s really grown-up.” And here I am. 35. Married. Two children. A dog. A mortgage. All those “grown-up” things are part of my life. ARE my life. But, I still feel kinda like a kid sometimes. My husband asked me yesterday, “When you were young, what did you hope you’d be like when you turned 35?” “I’d hoped I’d be a bit taller,” was what I came up with. I never really projected my life as an adult when I was a kid. I’d pictured a family, children, but never really anything more specific than that.
Years ago, when my husband and I were still living in our first apartment, we were big into watching Sex and the City. I was in my mid-20s when we watched the episode about Carrie turning 35. If you haven’t seen it, she begrudgingly agrees to a birthday dinner with 10 of her friends. She shows up at the restaurant, first one there, and proceeds to sit and wait (and wait) by herself. At one point, she hears waiters begin to sing, “Happy Birthday to You” and sits up and smiles, anticipating her friends coming around the corner. In reality, the cake is taken to a table behind her, where a girl sits, surrounded by friends. As the cake is placed in front of her, the girl squeals, “25?! Fuck, I’m old!”. After that, feeling utterly embarrassed and depressed, she leaves, having paid for her own birthday cake. She ultimately gets to meet up with her friends (who had all been delayed for various reasons), but is still sad at the thought of being 35 and “alone”. At the time, the big take-away from that episode for me wasn’t the fact that she was 35 and still single, and dealing with that, but that line, “25?! Fuck, I’m old!”. In the context of the show, it was hilarious, although heart-breaking for Carrie. My husband and I plucked that line out of the show and made it our own. We’ve said it to each other at just about every birthday we’ve had since then.
And now, here I sit, not 25, but 35. And I’m perfectly happy with that. My life is 100 times richer now than it was 10 years ago. I have a husband who loves, supports and adores me more than I deserve; two beautiful, healthy children who routinely drive me crazy, but I could not imagine my life without; family who are always there for me; and the best group of girlfriends I have ever had. I have made many, many mistakes in my 35 years, but I have also done so many things right. I have not seen or experienced all I’d like to, but there’s still time for that yet. I have identified the things that bring me joy and surrounded myself with them, to the best of my ability. It has not always been easy, but this place I find myself in now is so worth every bump and bruise I’ve gotten along the way. I am a lucky, lucky woman.
OK, so I’ve had the chance to listen to it a few more times. Apparently, it’s a grower for me. Here’s some more concrete observations and the few things that are keeping me from loving it whole-heartedly.
Don’t really like Chris’ vocals at the very beginning. I typically love when he sings in his lower register, but this just doesn’t sound great to me.
When the other instruments first come in- guitars, etc- after it’s just been Chris and the piano, it’s a bit jarring.
The transition to the “8 to 9 to 10” bit is also bumpy
But, my god, I love the piano line
Other than those few things above, it’s quite lovely
It makes me sad that he can go as far as saying this, but can’t take that extra little step for fear of scandalizing/offending/pissing off one (closed-minded) segment of the population.
One day, hopefully very soon, we will look back at this whole debate with the same disbelief with which we now view laws that prohibited interracial marriage.
"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country," the president said.
Obama said progress will be slower than some people want, but he added that he was confident that there will be a day “when every single American, gay or straight or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, is free to live and love as they see fit.”
just saw this. it is extraordinary. if you see two movies this summer… see this twice. ewan mcgregor hasn’t been better since trainspotting and christopher plummer is always incredible.
actually you could see Super 8 by JJ Abrams too. it’s like he took all my favourite movies when i was 12 years old (the goonies, ET, close encounters) and made them all at once with modern special effects. awesome.
hope you are all basking in the blue light.gL
My husband and I saw the preview for this a little bit ago and both agreed it looks wonderful. And as said husband is probably going to be reading this, I want to make perfectly clear that HE IS THE MAN FOR ME. However, I believe that Gary L and I are cosmically linked somehow. Maybe we’re meant to be best friends and I’m supposed to introduce him to my sister or something, but seriously, that man and I have the same taste in nearly everything.
NPR has an entire live show available to watch until June 28th. It will then be for sale on itunes. She’s fierce. Would love to see them live… they were just here taping an episode of Austin City Limits and I wasn’t one of the ones lucky enough to get tickets. :(
It’s been a while since I’ve done so, so I wanted to thank all the new followers I’ve picked up over the last couple of weeks. Also, a huge thanks to those of you who have been around for a while! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my blog. I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you, ladies! I haven’t completely given up hope, but I’m trying to keep things in perspective. Who knows, maybe the hubby and I will renew our vows if we need to replace them with a shiny new band.
Automatic cheer-up about the NJ gig: They’re showing Coldplay at Glasto “live” on VH1 on Saturday at 10PM!
It was originally going to be shown in IMAX and I was going to go, but that was cancelled. I didn’t expect to be able to watch it from the comfort of my own home without using illegal proxies and streams from the UK!
What a lovely birthday present this will be from my boys! :)
I can’t find my engagement & wedding rings. It’s been a week now. I only take them off in 3 situations: when I’m showering, when I’m washing dishes and when I’m going to the gym. In each case, I have a distinct place I put them. I tore those places (and pretty much the rest of my house) apart looking for them. I had hope that they would pop up in a place I’d never thought to look, but that’s seeming more and more unlikely. I am beyond depressed about this. I find myself staring at other women’s rings at the grocery store. I’ve worn them for 10 years and now feel completely wrong without them. :-(