Sunday, January 30, 2011

Great Recent Quotes

People say the most amusing things.

“I love you but there is no way I am giving you fifteen dollars a month.” – my father in reference to an old account he created for me. Yes, love does have a price tag and it is less than $15.

High school senior to me “When are you going to settle down and get married and have kids?” I expect this from smug married couples, but 17 year olds, come on!

Numerous Texan licensees on inspection of my business card, “So is Cherry your married last named?”

Almost everyone I explain my job to “So are you ever going to be a real vet?”

Same high school senior, “What do old people do for fun anyway?” Geeh, I don’t know drink Ovaltine?

My father on listening to my weekend, “You really do need a man. Oh and I wouldn’t cancel your cable because you would have nothing to do.”

My mother’s reaction to my news that a good college friend is engaged: “[long pause] I am so sorry Cara. I just don’t know when it will happen for you.” Interesting response, as I was nothing but happy about the engagement.

Matt at lunch, “I am so glad to have lunch with a doctor, a black man, a saxophone player, and three white women.” Me “So, am I not a white woman?” Matt: “You are a doctor, that is better.”

My vet school roomie commenting on my multiple year man drought, “I don’t know how you do it I would kill myself.” Married people, sheesh.

One of my licensees warning as I left her property, “Watch out for the wild boars.”

My neighbor/cat sitter upon learning I am moving: “I wish I had never gotten to know you.”

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Joy in the Simple Things

A few weeks ago, I embarked on a radical mission to change my way of thinking. The combination of 2011 and my birthday caused the usual self-reflection/analysis and I was rather disgusted with what I found. I was plagued by the same struggles and insecurities that have been my demons since 2005. Reading my last journal entry, dated back in October 2008, was comical. I could have written it yesterday. It was the same issues, heartbreaks, and disappointments. Thankfully, somehow the combination of old journals and pondering habitual bad habits sparked a change in me.

Nothing about my situation in life has changed and I am certainly not living the life I imagined for my 27 year-old self. Trust me, I didn’t daydream about being a crusty, spinster cat lady West Texan who drives hundreds of miles staring at tumble weeds when I was a little girl. But the thing is, this is where I am right now. I have spent so long dissatisfied with what I don’t have and haven’t taken the time to focus on the amazing little things I do have.
For the past few weeks I have started taking joy in the little things. They haven’t been anything glamorous; you probably wouldn’t trade your life to do these things, but for me at this point in my life they are just what I need. Here are some examples
-Random Thursday night bubble bath with wine, candles, music, and a great book
- I took myself to the movies and saw The King’s Speech, which is without a doubt one of the best movies I have seen in years
-Finally went to the Cadillac Ranch and tagged cars with a great friend. It was kitschy and amazing; awesome memories for only $7.96 (the cost of two cans of spray paint)
-Ushered a symphony
-Went for a walk and marveled at the sight of over a thousand Canada (fun fact it’s Canada not Canadian) geese take off from the lake at the same time
-Reconnected with some old friends and developed better relationships than before
-Purchased Mumford and Sons CD- do it!

You want to know the amazing thing, when you allow yourself to enjoy your life regardless of where you at things seem brighter. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t go around with a smile plastered on my face seeing sunshine all the time. I’m still a very flawed human, I just give myself permission to enjoy that fact!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Birthday Cards

I didn't believe it years ago, but now I know it is true- birthdays just aren't any fun when you get older. Growing up it was a magical day devoted only to you. Parties thrown in your honor, presents wrapped in pastel ribbons, your favorite meal prepared; the only day in the whole year (except for all those spoiled kids out there) totally devoted to you. Eventually, you grow older, run out of important milestone birthdays (except for the terrifying ones that mark a new decade) and overall, no one really cares that it's your birthday. It's a natural progression, you can't go along demanding streamers and kazoos every year for the rest of your life.

A few days ago, I turned 27. It's an uncomfortable age, where for the first time you have to face the reality that you are deeply entrenched in your 20's, late 20's, staring down the barrel of 30. I know in the grand scheme of life it is not that old, but it is creeping ever closer to spinster cat lady years. Technically this year, many people remembered my birthday in the form of wall posts and a few text messages. An interesting side effect of our advanced technological times is the ability to be acknowledge by more people while at the same time feeling more alone. Don't get me wrong, I greatly appreciate the 35 happy birthday wall posts, but read on to understand my depression.

This year I received one birthday card, and no, your first guess is wrong, it was not from my parents. It wasn't even from some one I know personally, though they are famous! My only birthday card this year was from the Geico Gecko. Inside the card included such choice phrases as "It's your birthday and you're one year older. There's never been a better time to become a GEICO policyholder." Yes, folks, a car insurance company sent me my only birthday card. Even more disturbing, they are NOT my car insurance providers, yet somehow they know it's my birthday. The back of the card sent me the joyous P.S. message "See how much you could save now that you're another year older." What is more depressing about this situation: Geico sent me my only birthday card or GEICO rubbing in my old age?