I was clearly too cool for school back in 1981. Oh how I adore that photo.
I got my second shellac manicure today (the only way to go for manicures as far as I’m concerned because my nails normally chip within 8 hours of getting a manicure and the first time I got a shellac, it took 6 days to get the first chip. It was awesome! Having my nails painted totally makes me feel like a grown up, a pretty, pretty grown up. The guy who did my nails told me that 20 years ago today he met the Pope and that he got to shake his hand and the Pope touched his head (which he said is why he is balding – ha). He met him in a refugee camp in the Philippines and I would imagine that 20 years ago, his 15-year-old self never would have imagined that his 35-year-old self would be doing nails in Michigan and perhaps not even still alive. Life is funny that way.
1. Would you prefer having people over for dinner or going to their house?
Yes please to both, I just like to be social. I don’t mind going to other people’s houses but I also love to host. And I’m sure that someday, when I have a bigger house, I’ll love hosting even more because I won’t have to tuck everything away and rearrange things when people come over, right now the kitchen just isn’t big enough.
2. Favorite Bible verse and why?
Isaiah 40: 28-31
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
The year I was an RA, we sang a song based on this verse that if I remembering correctly (oh the mind is the first thing to go) one of my fellow RAs wrote the music for and it was a favorite of ours during our weekly meetings. But the verse itself has always been a strong reminder to me to not worry and to look to God for strength when I am faltering.
3. What was the first concert you ever attended, and the most recent one?
The first concert was The Bangles at a music festival at Michigan State. It was outside and it started my love of live music because I was so-so about The Bangles until I saw them in concert and then I was obsessed with their music. The most recent concert was The Verve Pipe’s family concert a few weekends ago. Which would technically be my kids’ first real concert other than outdoor city festivals. Ah, symmetry, love it.
4. The year is 2025. What are you doing, and what have you done?
13 years from now, Liam will be 18.5 and I think just wrapping up his freshman year of college. Jack will be a freshman in high school and our life will look a whole lot different for us. Our children will be nearly adults and I cannot imagine what life will be like or feel like. 13 years ago I was finishing my junior year of college and while my mind doesn’t feel like that much time as gone by, I know that it has and things are so very different. I think your mind never gets caught up with how hold you actually are because it remembers all the times and how you felt during them, etc… but I do hope that when I’m nearly 50 that I will finally feel like a grown up and that I’m not just playing pretend at all this. And I really hope that I’ve gone to Europe 🙂
5. What’s your favorite Easter treat?
I’ve always said Cadbury cream eggs but for the past couple years I’ve been disappointed. I don’t know if they’ve changed their recipe or what but the center is never as creamy as it used to be (I HATE it when I get a dry one) and the chocolate doesn’t taste as good as it used to. My new favorite are Russell Stover’s Maple Cream Eggs with Dark Chocolate on the outside. Those are delicious!
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