So…Nikki is way better at this but I’m going to give it my best shot! 🙂
A lot of things in life make me happy, but only a few things make me SUPER EXCITED!!! Two of those things are planning fun days with fun people and…Kenny Chesney!! So when I heard the MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT on WBEE last Friday you can only imagine my joy. The day only got better when two of my fun people said that they wanted to go! Then, over the weekend more fun people decided they wanted to go, now it’s turning into something!! By the time I was able to get tickets yesterday, it had turned into a wonderful group of 10 women…GIRLS DAY!!! 🙂
Granted, this concert isn’t until July, which is a long time from now to be making such big plans. But even with everything people have going on in their lives, and some of us stepping out of our “Comfort Zones” to go (Mom…wink, wink), we have all committed. And why not?!
I realized Kenny sums it up nicely as I was listening to his newest album on my way home last night (a little post ticket purchase celebration). His song “Drink It Up” says it all.
Just a few minor details to work out…like sweet talking my Dad into being DD… and we will all be Drinking It Up!!! Can’t wait ladies. I’m SUPER EXCITED!!!
About the Author – Blog Owner’s Note: This weeks guest author is someone who I’m continuously proud to call my sister. She has achieved the desirable “adult who has her life together” status, while maintaining the ability to regularly motivate herself and others to get out there, try new things, be happy, and ask the ever-important question of “why not?”
My original idea for a guest blog appearance was to offer the antithesis of Nikki’s blog. I was going to give a Perry Cox type of list that explains all of the happenings I think are wrong with the world today. However, after a nice talk over some single malt and red meat I was dissuaded from that idea and pushed in a more ‘glass is half full’ direction.
With that having been written I decided to write a list that explains all of the pros and cons of being a 31 year old, married with one child, white male, suburban commando. SPOILER ALERT– It ain’t so bad.
- Motherfucker I have equity. – PRO
- They say having a child is like losing your legs and winning the lotto at the same time. I think a more appropriate phrase would be its like getting punched in the dick, poked in the eye, and falling backwards on a fence. Then, a tiny ape who causes all of these problems gives you a kiss and hug to tell you it’s going to be alright…and you believe them. – PRO/CON
- People take me more seriously simply based on the fact that my sperm has fertilized an egg and in the 19 months since her birth I have managed to keep her alive and at a developmentally appropriate stage. – PRO
- As a father I find my main purpose in life is to walk around my house and turn off lights. – CON
- For some odd reason, when someone who has children learns that you also have reproduced, it is code for, “Oh since we both have children, you must naturally want to hear all about mine.”– CON
- After discussing how hard it is to be a single parent with my spouse, we have decided that we cannot get a divorce for at least 18 years. So, ya know, I’m in a fairly stable, steady commitment. – PRO
- Theoretically, referring back to #6, I can completely let myself go and just give up on life. I don’t plan on it, but I find it to be a peculiar mental pillow for myself. – PRO
- Watching friends and family who are not married or have children act reckless and do whatever they want whenever they want is like being in a classroom that has windows next to the playground. You get to watch every class in the entire fucking building play on the goddamn monkey bars except your class because you have the teacher who doesn’t believe in recess and you get in trouble for looking outside. – CON
- I no longer have to drink Keystone Light cans that couldn’t get lukewarm if they were placed in a freezer for two days unlike some bloggers I know. Instead I thoroughly enjoy damn good craft beers and awesome booze even though I prefer gut rot whiskey. – PRO
- My wife is a really good cook and I genuinely enjoy her cooking more than most restaurant food. – PRO
*BONUS* – Since this is supposed to be like Perry Cox from Scrubs: Hugh Jackman movies. – CON
About the Author – Blog Owner’s Note: Future guest posters should not shy away from the antithesis, there cannot be good without bad after all. But I did find this unique description of what it is like to be a 31 year old parent particularly funny, so the glass half full approach is appreciated. Also, all readers should take #2 as authoritative advice. No one knows what it is like to fall on a fence quite like this guest author.
P.S. While my tastes in alcohol have also matured, I will happily admit that I am still a big fan of Keystone Light. Some things don’t change.
I was sitting at Panera after a full day of shopping – a bit tired, a bit hungover still from my work holiday party – and feeling ‘eh. I started reading the paper that was filled with the negative state of our country. I no doubt flipped to the comics and horoscopes for an escape. At a nearby table, there was a group of four older ladies finishing up a meal and one walked to the register instead of leaving. She seemed to know the young workers well and handed them a ceramic star she made. It was a very cute moment and she caught my smile as she turned around to leave. I was confronted with the question, “Were you just smiling?” I had to admit that I was, indeed, eavesdropping on their conversation. She then reached into her pocket and handed me this star. She wished me a happy holiday and before I could express my full gratitude, she was off, telling the workers how fabulous they were.
The smile is still on my face as I think about how certain people just bring so much joy to this world. And also, how one little moment can change someone’s outlook. My ‘eh feeling has now been filled with inspiration.
About the Author – Blog Owner’s Note: Our featured author rarely needs a reminder to “be happy” in her day-to-day. Optimism comes naturally to her and she makes it look easy, even though we know it sometimes isn’t. She always has a smile to share and pays if forward by unselfishly bringing joy and inspiration to the lives of others. She also typically has well manicured fingernails. (And she’s single!)
I have been toying with the idea of opening the blog up to guest posts for a while now. Sometimes I get sick and spent an uneventful week on the couch. Other times, I just get sick of listening to myself.
Everybody has something to say, things to share. Not everybody has the time to start or maintain a blog. I do. So why keep it all to myself? Being able to share happy things is why this was started in the first place.
So consider this the official announcement; this blog is open to guest posts. Whether you have a story that made your day, or you have a secret trick that makes your every day, share it! This can be a community effort, email me your post (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Check back for the first guest’s post: coming soon.