Monday, November 5, 2012

10 amazing memories from a not so distant past

Another Monday, another Listicle hosted by Stasha at The Good Life.  This week's topic came from Ducky at Batcrap Crazy. Here are 10 amazing memories from a not so distant past:

1) Coming home with a screaming toddler after a 11 hour work day to a spotless house. It was my first time hiring a cleaning service and it was like living in some wondrous alternate universe for the hour it lasted once we got home.

2) Watching my friend compete in her first roller derby. A year after her separation, she's found a kind new man and a hobby she loves. It made my heart hurt a little to see her finding such joy in her life, because it took 18 years for her to realize she deserved better than what her ex-husband could give her.



3) Seeing two lines on the stick.

4) Getting promoted after seeing two lines on the stick. I'm so thankful to be living in the 21st century.

5) Racing down the highway with the wind in my hair, music blasting, stiletto on the gas pedal, and completely, blissfully alone for the first time since the baby was born.


6) The first tentative smiles from each of my babies.

7) Watching Obama get elected. I'm not an American, but I felt so proud of the U.S. that day. I hope I feel the same way after their election on Tuesday.

8) Pulling on a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans in one smooth motion without resorting to Spanx.

9) Reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Repeatedly.

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10) Discovering the blogosphere. It's a great feeling to be interacting with people based on personality and common interests, rather than geographical proximity. I love my virtual communities.

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40 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your list. The blogosphere is quite amazing and I discovered it just over a year ago.

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    1. It's been almost 2 years for me, but I took a 6 month break earlier this year and moved my blog as well. I'm glad to be back!

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  2. Welcome to the blogosphere!! One of my amazing memories involved the election of Barack Obama too...such a vivid memory and proud-to-be-an-American moment!

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    1. Thanks! It was great to see that moment in history, even though I'm not American.

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  3. Numbers 3 & 4 made my heart melt! Congratulations!

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  4. I love the first story on your list! We have a maid in Kenya (her services are part of our apartment rental package) and I was really uncomfortable with it at first. Now I'm just pumped that my house is always spotless. I might be a convert to cleaning services when we go back to the U.S.

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    1. I don't like the idea of strangers in my house, but I also don't like my house being filthy all the time. It's a trade-off and sometimes the strangers win.

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  5. I'm really going to have to give the maid thing a try! I love your list. I'm always intrigued at what moments stick in the minds of others.

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    1. A cleaning service is awesome! I'm already scheming to figure out how to add it into our budget permanently.

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  6. Great list! We had someone come in to clean for us when our 4th baby was born. Having my entire house clean all at the same time was heavenly. I cracked up at your 50 Shades cartoon thing. I only read the first book because I couldn't get past her terrible writing :)

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    1. When I read them for the third/fourth time I can see what people mean, but the author developed the emotional connection for me so well that I didn't really notice some of the literary flaws the first time around. They still don't bother me enough to stop reading. And I'm picky about what I read - Twilight did not make the cut!

      Then again, I tend toward the melodramatic in my own writing, so I guess it makes sense that E L James' style would bother me less than others.

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  7. A pregnancy and a promotion? Big congrats!!

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  8. What a wonderful list of memories! I laughed at number one..."for the hour it lasted once we got home." I was cleaning house Saturday and griping to my husband about how quickly the entire house becomes trashed again after I've spent a whole 8 hours cleaning it. Ugh.

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    1. It's so frustrating, isn't it? I don't like cleaning in the first place (some people apparently find it relaxing) so I'd like it to last at least one day!

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  9. Amazing list of memories!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  10. The roller derby one was very cool. Glad your friend has found her stride.

    Pregnancies, promotions, and pre-baby jeans fitting? The best. Ellen

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    1. I'd like the pre-baby jeans fitting to be a little less distant though - that was after the first one. The second one is proving to be more of a challenge.

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  11. What a great list! I love the roller derby!

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    1. It was pretty cool to see live. If I were a better skater, I'd be tempted to try it.

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  12. #5 made me very happy for you but so did the preggers stick and promotion. Roller derby should be on my bucket list!

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    1. All things in balance is the key to happiness in my mind.

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  13. You had me at #1. There is nothing . . . I repeat, nothing like coming home to a beautiful clean home. And it's your own. Ha.

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  14. I really love this list, and feel exactly the same way about the blogosphere.

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    1. Sometimes I wish everyone I met had a blog address on their forehead, so I could just check it out and see right away whether we're going to get along.

      Yeah. Mad social skills here!

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  15. Great list! I need one of those maids to come in my house. I don't think I would recognize it. And roller derby scares me. I'm not very big and way too much of a wuss.

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    1. You could be the small, agile one who gathers the points for skating around everyone. Of course, everyone is also trying to knock you down. Maybe not.

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  16. Number 1 & 2 strike a chord with me. ... And number 10 - I have received such support from my blogging communities. :) *hugs and love y'all* :)

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    1. Yeah Write is the best one I've found yet. Love it!

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  17. I hope you get to watch Obama get reelected, too!

    And I concur with number 10! (oh, and number 9, too ;)

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    1. It is a bit ridiculous how attracted I am to a completely fictional person!

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  18. My wife would love a cleaning service! I believe that would be her dream...

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    1. Now you have an idea for a nice little present!

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  19. I really really want a maid now! I keep asking for at least 1 day a year when one comes in and cleans everything I hate, like the window seals... but nope!

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    1. That's what I'm going to ask them to do the next time they come - all that stuff that never gets touched, like the inside of the sliding door track. It's surprising what a difference it makes even if they only come once every few months.

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  20. These are great. You have such a great outlook on life. And awesome friends. So glad she found her happiness too.

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Lend me some sugar!