...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

what I learned in 2007

  • It's OK to put yourself first and not feel guilty about it.
  • Enjoy the moment and not stress about the process.
  • Duran Duran still makes me happy.
  • Dave Grohl makes me happy "down there."
  • Calling it "down there" makes me happier than a Dave Grohl/Duran Duran sandwich.
  • Toenails painted blue/black are the tits.
  • You can talk about tits all you want. Doesn't mean you have to show 'em off. Seriously.
  • Family is sometimes best in small doses.
  • I worry I'll never fully forgive myself.
  • Though I know I am, I don't know if I'll ever fully feel forgiven by God.
  • I don't know if I'll ever fully feel God, and I realize therein lies my dilemma.
  • I fall in love again every day when I see my kids.
  • I'm pretty amazed how quickly I can forget about them as soon as they're at school.
  • Some of life's best lessons don't happen in school.
  • Growing out my hair was a notch in the 'sex-ayyy' column.
  • You know what my hair is? Yep. Exactly.
  • People who go on and on about how much they value honesty aren't always honest. Ironic, dont'cha think?
  • Some games you really, really, really want to lose. Celebrate defeat.
  • Consider your choices.
  • Really, really consider them.
  • Goatees are the tits.
  • I miss my husband's goatee.
  • I don't miss his nose hair. Or errant body hair.Or his burping. Or how these tools are used as foreplay. Even if they do work on me.
  • But the Beavis voice? I'll show him the tits for the Beavis voice.
  • I'm either super needy or just in love.
  • My vote will always be for in love. And he's cute, even without the goatee.
  • I need to say "no" more out loud and not just in my head.
  • Know the rules. Then disregard them and follow your own.
  • When the show's over, be relieved. In fact, don't even watch the show. Turn the channel.
  • Your friends know - they just know - when you need help.
  • It's OK to step away from friendships in which you put forth all the effort and garner none of the same reward.
  • Some of the best friends you'll ever know are people you may never actually meet.
  • BOOBS! rule. Papier mache BOOBS! would rule, too. Alas, the world may never know.
  • You don't need to hide an affinity for Neil Diamond.
  • Or Hanson. Mmmbop, baby. Mmmbop indeed.
  • Even if you don't always like them, that one next to you? The one who loves you even when you do stupid things? That rocks.
  • I am not responsible for all the shit I dealt with in 2007.
  • I'll never have the balls to sing or dance in public. You're welcome.
  • I'll never tire of this song. I sing along to it, but you'll never hear. You're welcome again.
  • Being perfect is not what I want to be.
  • So that perfectionism thing kinda sucks.
  • The world is obsessed with Grease and doing it doggy style. Take a note, Hollywood!
  • Sometimes you should think twice before hitting 'send'.
  • It's a good idea to have a regular laundry routine.
  • Know that this regular laundry routine will backfire on you.
  • My living room couch is like a sex machine. The kitchen counter? The couch's apprentice.
  • Despite random giggling, I'm a pretty smart person.
  • Sometimes you have to be able to just let things go.
  • Seriously.
  • Let it go.
  • There is such a thing as happy endings.



Blogger Nanette said...

I read through once, but I want to come back and read again before I comment. :) I like to put forth the effort and you've put a lot of links in there, and right now, I'm a wee bit tired. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 5:35:00 AM  
Blogger Phyllis Renée said...

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know, I haven't commented in a while. So here's to starting on my New Year's resolution to comment more often. And, like Nanette, I'm gonna have to read through this again.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:13:00 AM  
Blogger Sailor said...

Sometimes you have to be able to just let things go.
Let it go.
There is such a thing as happy endings.

Reading this part of your list, I wonder if the fourth item doesn't somewhat rely on the first three? Seems so, sortof, at least for me. But that's a good thing I think.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 9:31:00 AM  
Blogger cat said...

Happy New year, Frank! :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger kimmyk said...

happy new year girlie!

i think saying NO more outloud is a good thing. i'm tired of being a yes girl and a doormat.

it sounds like you found empowerment in this post-good for you!

here's to a shiny new year...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

resolution #33: blog more about sharks....hehehe. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Such a great list! I'm going to hijack some of the items for myself, if you don't mind. Hey, wisdom is meant to be shared, right?

The label says it all.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

What a good reflection on your year although it's hard for me to buy this one...You can talk about tits all you want. Doesn't mean you have to show 'em off. Seriously.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger Edtime Stories said...

Beautifully written, I love your attitude. Keep up the self-reflection in the coming year, and share with us.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy Lou said...

Cheers to letting it go - I'm gonna work on that too!

Happy New Year Babe!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 4:41:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

Sweet MILK o mine (da da da dum) good times never seemed so good--I've been inclined, ok, enough of my singing. :)
Neil is the tits, and what's up with that phrase, ha! Who you been talkin' to Willis?

Note to self: Must take to heart, when the show's over turn the channel and let it go, seriously. (Maybe just a peek now and then because, well um, I sometimes just have to look at trainwrecks)

Make sure you pick up your squirrel covers if you have any maintenance workers heading to your house. ;)

Happy 2008!


Tuesday, January 01, 2008 5:08:00 PM  
Anonymous megachick said...

delurking to say happy new year and thanks for the list. some pretty spot-on items there.
don't remember how i surfed over, but i'm glad i did. i look forward, er backward, to reading more wisdom in your archives.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Husband has been warned against shaving his gotee(-ish). He looks soooo young without it! Although that can also be a turn on I guess.
Me cougar he 25 year old.
Could work.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

Love them! I need to re-read them again too, only because so many of them apply to me! Great post! Happy New year!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 1:04:00 AM  
Blogger Recovering Soul said...

Reading all of this, there is one piece of advice that always comes to mind....

You can dance if you want to.

If I can be serious for a moment... will you allow that?.... I struggled with both forgiving myself and with God's forgiveness for a long time. There is probably a post or two back at the beginning talking about that. I think time can heal the wounds.

Happy New Year! Let's keep looking forward!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

I was starting to wonder if you stole all of those from either fortune cookies, or maybe that old "Sunscreen" song.

You might recall (but probably not) that I used the Beavis voice in my initial meeting with the woman that is now my wife. She did not, in fact, show me the tits.

Papier-mâché BOOBS! are on my to-do list for 2008, by the way.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

wow. you learned a lot in 2007.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 1:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Happy New Year to you!

May 2008 be the Year of the Kick-Ass Rack. (Or the Time of the Tits, however you're phrasing these things these days.)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger SuperWife said...

You don't need to hide an affinity for Neil Diamond.
Or Hanson. Mmmbop, baby. Mmmbop indeed.

Okay, I'll give you the former...but NOT the latter. Hanson??? I can't go there. And even if I could, are they legal yet???

What about Hanson with a goatee doing the Beavis voice? See where this can get outta control???

Check with Debra LeFave on this stuff before you go showing tits to underage boy toys. Would hate for 2008 to be the Year of Being Somebody's Prison Bitch.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Well, um, yeah. . .

I will say that, once, while perusing my high-school yearbook, Molly came across a youthful photo of yours truly without the facial whiskers, which I've had for as long as she's known me. Her exact comment was, "Ohmigosh! Don't you EVER shave!"

Not that I ever planned to, you understand, but jeez. . . that's still a picture of ME, y'know? . . .

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:15:00 PM  
Blogger sue said...

I love these... and you are sooo right on sooo many of them! (I really don't know about your husband, your tits or your hair, so I'll take your word on it.)

Happy New Year! Here's to coming by more often in 2008!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

What a fantabulous list! I so love Neil Diamond, and I so love YOU! You rock girlfriend! I hope your holidays were the t...

the ti....

The ti....
I hope they were grand!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 7:42:00 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

Great list! Happy New year!

"I worry I'll never fully forgive myself"--Ditto girl, ditto.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 9:12:00 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Speaking of boobs ruling, every time I see your blog photo, I want to like my finger and stick it in between your bosoms. I would totally do it quick and with a "whoop" sound effect. Is that weird? I hope it doesn't make you feel uncomfortable "down there".

Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Nan - I appreciate you're not a glazer, girl. Glazers. Bah. Well. I could be stronger than 'bah.' Like 'blech'.

Phyllis - Happy New Year to you, too! It's always good to see you around!

Sailor - In some respects, yes, the last item definitely hinges on the three prior. That is one I will certainly work the hardest one to recall. Happy New Year to you!

Cat - Frank and I say 'Happy New Year to you, too!'

kimmy - Gah! Overnight, the 'm' key on computer started acting up. This is making this task a bit of a problem. Especially since you have two of 'em in your name!

This past year involved way too many doormat experiences. No person should really have to be that. I know it happens, but hopefully one day we stand up and shake out the crap from the doormat and say no. Not easy, but I see the value. As for empowerment - it waxes and wanes, but I plan to lean toward having it.

Happy New Year to you, too, girlie!

1blueshi1 - Oh, trust me. There will still be shark week posts every once in awhile. Consider it like reruns on the Discovery Channel.

Melissa - Hijack away! The label is really the heart of it all. Here's to curb kicks!

Chuck - I can see where that one is a stumbling block! Happy New Year to you!

Ed - Attitude is definitely at the heart of it. Thank you for your always kind words. Happy New Year!

Mandy - Letting go is so not easy, but believe that there is a definite lightness you'll feel when it happens. Happy New Year to you, too, sweetie!

Nan - Ha! You know me! I find one little phrase and start to kill it. You get the bulk of my "hella's" and "blech's"! When I hear something like "it's the tits," I'm gonna run it into the ground! Ha!

So, so glad we made this friendship this year. Who knew how significant it would come to be? For all the crap endured, this has been the brightest spot after the show got cancelled. And thank God (well, you know what it's called) it got cancelled. Even if there are train wrecks. And oh, there will always be train wrecks.

Love you! Happy New Year, sweetie!

Megachick - Thanks for delurking and for the comment. Hope you'll do so again. It's always appreciated!

Bee - Rawr!! I have trouble being a cougar. Shall we prowl? Happy New Year, you little minx!

Choppzs - Oh?! Do you have a Hanson thing, too!? Ha! If not, it's ok. More of them for me! Happy New Year to you and those gorgeous kids of yours!

RS - But what if my friends don't dance? 'Cause if my friends don't dance, would they be friends of your?

You can be serious here anytime. As long as you toss in a song lyric(kidding. sort of. like saying 'time is on my side' or something). Ok, I'll be serious, too. I'm thinking this forgiveness thing is definitely a work in progress. Thanks for your words.

FTN - Will there be glitter and perhaps googly eyes for the papier mache (and can I say how jealous I am that you had all the fancy pants markings for your version of 'papier mache'?).

You know I love me that Sunscreen song. And fortune cookies. Well, fortune cookies that are all complimentary to me, anyway.

It could be that BOOBS! were already being shown before the Beavis voice came into play. I say don't give up, soldier. Use it during any romantic encounter. It NEVER gets old.

lainey-paney - There were some points in 2007 where I had a lot of time to multi-task!

Taja - Ha! Time of the Tits does have a bit of a ring to it. Like a Chinese New Year kinda thing. Happy Time of the Tits to you, Taja!

Superwife - Oh, you should see those boys! They are men now! Well, young men. But they can grow goatees, and I'm telling you, that Taylor is a cutie!

I think 2009 might be The Year of Being Somebody's Prison Bitch. It has a ring to it!

Desmond - There you are! I was beginning to think it was something I said!

I asked my husband this weekend if he planned to grow that goatee goodness back soon and gah! He said no! I'm thinking I have to work my ways soon!

Happy New Year, Des!

Sue - Take my word for it, they are all as described. Especially my hair last night. It was big, big tits! Ha! Hope the new year is great for you!

Stacie - Say it, Stacie! Ha!

Except I hate that whole "say it" thing. Gah.

Glad to see your pretty face here in the comments again. I missed you! Hope the year is an amazing one for you!

Wethyb - Work in progress. Definitely a work in progress. You have a fun year ahead with those two gorgeous girls of yours! Happy New Year!

Scarlett - Oh, if you always referred to my boobs as "bosoms" I would so never feel uncomfortable "down there." Does that make you uncomfortable? I hope not, because while you were doing that, I'd be complimenting your hair and telling you you had 'it's the tits!" hair, too! I'm sure we'd do well.

Except for that licking part. That's kinda gross. Can we just have a cup of water nearby instead?!

Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Scoobers said...

What a GREAT list. I can only hope that I learned so much in one year of life. As for dishonest people going on about honesty... the same can be said for people who make the claim, "I have changed SO much and for the better", again and again and again. If you have to say it, it probably isn't so.

Sunday, January 06, 2008 3:29:00 AM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Scoobers - Oh, amen to that. I think if a person feels they have to defend the changes they've made - especially if the changes being seen are worrisome to friends - or strike such a hardened line when going on about 'this is me! this is how I they're trying to convince they've changed, it's more themselves. If it doesn't fit, they shouldn't try so hard to wear it. Something forced is not real.

Sunday, January 06, 2008 2:12:00 PM  

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