Sunday, January 27, 2013

I thought I would shave my head

Today I'm doing a fun blog hop (hosted by Stephen TrempElise FallsonMark Koopmans and C.M. Brown) where we're supposed to tell our readers something interesting about ourselves as a re-introduction. This happens to tie in nicely with my usual Monday Listicles topic for this week, so I'm doing them together in one post. Click the buttons to join in!



If the following list doesn't give you insight into my strange mind, nothing will. Here are 10 things I thought as a child I would do or be (prompt courtesy of Wendy at Twisted Domestic Goddess):

1) I thought I would shave my head.
Among nature's dubious gifts to me is a head of what is universally regarded as bad hair, as TV and countless schoolyard taunts have taught me. It's brown. It's frizzy. It's curly. Except in the places where it's randomly straight, lending the whole mess a thoroughly deranged, uneven appearance. Before I learned of the existence of flat irons, I was so ashamed of my wretched hair I could hardly hold my head up straight.

Then one day I read about a miracle that could transform me into a beautiful swan. Apparently if you shaved your head, the hair often grew in differently than before. It was too much to hope for it to grow in blonde, but it could certainly grow in straight! I was so excited. The thing was, there was that whole bald phase. Maybe the summer before junior high wasn't the right time for my transformation. I decided to wait until I was done high school and would no longer care what I looked like. Strangely when the time came, I put it off until I was done university. Then until I was 30. Barring any scary health crises, I think I'm stuck with this hair for life.

2) I thought I would become a professional editor.
The reason why I became a chartered accountant instead is here.

3) I thought I would eat unlimited amounts of candy.

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My mother was a health nut while I was growing up, obsessing about natural ingredients and the evils of sugar to the point that I became confused about where Christianity ended and buying rice cakes on sale began. At recess I would look mournfully at the other children, eating their Wagon Wheels while listening to Salt'n'Pepa on their Walkmans and dream of the day when I would have enough money to buy as much candy as I wanted.

It was a cruel, cruel day when I discovered that my concave stomach and lack of sugar were related, and that being able to afford unlimited amounts of candy did not lead to the blissful state of existence I had expected.

4) I thought I would be child-free.
I have never liked kids. In sixth grade, we were forced to partner with kindergarten students and read with them for an hour every Wednesday afternoon. It was the lowlight of my week. The books were painfully simple and my charge, Christine, was a sullen gnome who hated me on sight. Every interaction I had with younger kids was boring and/or irritating beyond belief, and by the time I was an adult, I knew having children was a life experience I would prefer to avoid.

However, my husband loved kids as much as I disliked them and I prayed with increasing desperation throughout my 20's for my missing maternal genes to kick in. My biological clock finally woke up around 30 and I love my two children fiercely. I still choose not to spend my free time at Chuck E. Cheese, and if I had met a man who didn't want kids, that wouldn't have been a deal-breaker. But I treasure the two little people I have been given to nurture and guide through life; getting to know and love them is one of my greatest joys.

5) I thought I would become a cat hoarder.

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My parents held fast in their refusal to allow us to have any pets larger than a caged rabbit, and I had grand plans for the cat sanctuary I would build in my house when I was grown up. I did welcome a fur baby or two, but the feline fun was over once our actual babies came along. Sometimes parents do know what they're doing.

6) I thought I would find the magic.
I was a very imaginative child and had such vivid, lucid dreams that I actually believed they must be happening on some level. Fairies and supernatural beings always seemed to be at the edge of my vision, and I thought if I could just look quickly enough in the right place, I would catch a glimpse of them. I was sure the day would come when I would find the edge of the film of mundane reality, and peel it back to reveal the lush beauty of a magical land underneath. Losing my sense of mystery and magic in the world is the saddest thing that has happened to me.

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7) I thought I would wait until I was married to have sex.
Oops.

8) I thought I would always be busy on Sunday mornings.
Growing up as a devout Christian, I never thought I would become an atheist who uses Sunday morning to sleep in (thank you, dear husband) or go to the gym rather than to church.

9) I thought I would move somewhere warm.
Trudging through the gritty grey snow as the -20 degree wind slashed at my cheeks, I daydreamed about living in a place where the temperature never dropped below 25 and the sky was always blue. As soon as I was old enough, I had every intention of blowing this icy popsicle stand. But then I met a guy (aka my husband), so I stayed in town for university and by the time I graduated I wasn't sure about moving anymore. The warmest place in Canada was on the other side of the country, where the real estate prices were so out of control we would have to live under a bridge or with roommates for the rest of our lives.

I briefly considered other countries, but I'm a true-blooded Canadian and the thought of living anywhere else made me feel disoriented and panicky. I don't know or care anything about football and believe basic health care is a human right, along with a maternity leave longer than a few weeks. I think guns belong to police officers and registered hunters with a thorough background check and waiting period longer than two hours. Nobody else. Clearly I wouldn't fit in in many areas of the U.S.

So I stayed rooted where I grew up in southern Ontario, Canada and have grown to love the variety of our four distinct seasons. Coincidentally this love developed after I got a car and no longer had to walk outside for 3+ hours every day.

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10) I thought I would be everything at once.
Sometimes adulthood feels like a series of closing doors. I wouldn't change the path I've chosen, but I feel wistful thinking of the open horizons of youth, when mutually exclusive dreams shimmered in front of me with equal possibility.

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  1. It's strange the thoughts we have when we're younger and how the reality differs.

    My hair was actually good when I was younger. Then I had children and over the past ten years it went from pin straight to wavy. It was a huge pain in the but.

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    1. That was my last hope - that pregnancy would fix my hair. It's less frizzy than it used to be, but it still looks crazy if I don't "do something" with it. Ugh.

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  2. This weeks listicles are going to be an especially interesting bunch, I think. And this post is no exception. I had the same relationship with candy growing up. My mom was super-healthy and I thought longingly of the days when I could subsist on hohos and Pringles. Then the freshman 15 happened and I basically *gulp* became my mom.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to reading the other entries too. It's a great topic.

      I still eat too much candy and my figure reflects it. I could use some of my mom's eating habits right now, joyless as they are.

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  3. Still chuckling over poor Christine, the sullen gnome. Proudly Canadain here too, maybe global warming will kick in and we'll get those balmy blue skies all year round yet.

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    1. It has been noticeably warmer in our area for years now. I don't know if it's temporary - I hope not.

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  4. Ooh, I never heard that myth about shaving your head. I actually shaved my head (down to a half inch) when I was about 24. IT didn't change the texture, of course, although I did have a kind of revelation a few years later. My hair was always fairly straight as a kid when it was all one length. Then I had it layered in my late 20s & it turns out it's kind of wavy.

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    1. Yeah, that shaving thing really doesn't make sense. I was just so excited by the thought of fixing my hair that I didn't really think about whether it made sense or not.

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  5. I thought I would be a childless horse lady myself. Oh well.... Great list, love it, you always make me laugh!

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    1. Thanks! When I was younger I didn't understand things like litter boxes, clawed up couches and howling/wild stampeding around the house in the middle of the night. All I saw were adorable furry friends.

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  6. Great list! I too am an accountant. Instead of editor, I was going for doctor. HA!

    Visiting from the Monday Listicles link up!

    Kate @ http://seriouslykateblog.blogspot.com

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    1. I find medical stuff very interesting too. Except for all the blood and that.

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  7. No one CHOOSES to hang out at Chuck E. Cheese. So you have all those great things in Canada and y'all LET the rat in? Tsk.

    Very rich post that I enjoyed reading very much. Glad to re-meet you. ;) Ellen

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    1. Thanks! Yep, he just showed up in our city about 5 years ago. I've never gone in and from what I've heard from other bloggers, I'll resist as long as possible. It sounds dreadful.

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  8. Wait, I have to disagree with the Sisterhood. I choose to hang out at Chuck E. Cheese, BUT (that's a big but) I go at 2pm on a weekday when there's nobody around and all kids are in school, except mine. It's delightful then. I'm with you on the kid thing. Although I wanted kids I don't have much tolerance for any other than my own. I was pretty good with my niece, but have never, ever enjoyed babysitting or working in a nursery. No thanks.

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    1. I'm better with kids now that I have my own, but it's interesting that it only extends to the age of my oldest. So I'm good with kids up to 2.5 or so, but school-age kids still annoy the heck out of me. I think it's because I can see my kids in the ones their age and younger, and I have a good sense of how to interact with them. Older kids still seem like an unpleasant mystery.

      It does sound weird though - saying that I don't like kids in general but I adore my own.

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  9. My hair was awful growing up - curly and thin. I got teased a lot and thought for sure it would change by the time I was an adult. Nope! Now I blow out, flat iron, bleach it into submission. And it's recurrently really mad at me. Yes, I just gave my hair feelings.

    My mom was a health nut, too. I longed for Ding Dongs and sodas in my lunch bread. No white bread? Just once, please! But now I thank her because I have a taste for healthy food and a preference for wheat bread. On the other hand I'm a huge sugar addict. Take that, Mom!

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    1. I like to blame my sugar addiction on my mom too, as a life-long overreaction to being deprived of treats growing up. On the other hand, she may have saved me from becoming obese on top of the dreadful hair.

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  10. I cracked up at your description of the gnome you had to read to!
    Don't give up on your cat dream - my goal for when I'm an old lady is to be the Crazy Cat Lady whom everyone avoids.

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    1. It's too late - I'm officially over the cat hoarding phase of my life. The smell just isn't worth it.

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  11. At least Chuck E Cheese has a cheap and decent salad bar. Other than that I hate the place hahaha. And thanks for participating in Re-Introduce Myself!!

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    1. Thanks for hosting! I've never actually gone inside Chuck E. Cheese yet. The stories I've heard are too frightening.

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  12. My daughter has decided to become a cat hoarder when she moves away from home, because her dad doesn't want any pets. At one point, she thought we could exchange him for a different father. One who would let her have a cat. I put my foot down on that. I love my hubby. I'm not exchanging him. :)

    I grew up in Calgary and while in high school, I decided that I would go to university--in North Carolina. It sounded warmer than Calgary during the winters. Did I go to university there? Nope. I went to U of Calgary. And because that wasn't cold enough. I did my masters in Edmonton. :)

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    1. Ha! That's one approach that never occurred to me growing up. I would have had to exchange both parents though, because they were united in their non-pet-welcoming ways.

      Edmonton - yikes! Talk about going in the opposite direction.

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  13. Great list, as always! I especially liked the description of your kindergarten gnome. :) There is a reason we call it Chuck E. Disease. I still have dreams of moving someplace warmer. At least in the states, we have more choices. And I sometimes feel the same, aging closing doors. However, I do see a time in the future, when the kids are older, when some doors will actually open.

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    1. You really do have all kinds of weather options in the States. Canada is more like arctic, boiling hot alternating with arctic, and rainy. Blah.

      I do see doors opening again when the kids are older, but considering they're 2.5 years and 5 months old, I try not to think that far ahead.

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  14. I am a bad Canadian - I did move somewhere warm and have even turned down offers to come back...

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    1. So jealous...One of my friends moved to the Cayman Islands and has been promising to come back for years. Haha! We all know she'll never leave.

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  15. There's a lot of awesome here, but this especially.... "I became confused about where Christianity ended and buying rice cakes on sale began" Ha! Great list. Erin

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    1. Yes, my mother treated both sales and organic food with a reverence that equated only to Sunday worship service. It's no wonder I was confused.

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  16. Fantastic list.

    I was one of those kids that knew, even as a kids, I wanted to have children of my own. So I was very, very pleased when I got married and had two wonderful sons.

    Sunday is my sleep-in day too! Sunday is a holiday for us atheists after all.

    My dreams were also always very lucid. I have tried to pour that into my own writing.

    Great to "meet" you again!

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side.
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    1. I wish I would have the kind of vivid dreams now that I did when I was a child. Like you said, they could lead to some interesting writing. Looking forward to reading your re-introduction!

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  17. Nice to meet you hun coming by from Monday Listicles. Although I am a Christian my Sunday's are not filled either. I don't have to find God in a church. Number 7 guilty as well.. Someplace warm.. umm I live in the South but we still get snow and ice and frigid temps. you can find me here because I had to make a new id because of G+ screwing it up.. grrr

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    1. What I don't like about the weather lately is how it veers from horribly hot to freezing cold, with barely a pause in between. What happened to spring and fall?

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  18. I had a lot of strange thoughts and dreams when I was younger. Strangely, I've never really wanted to move somewhere warm. I love each of the four seasons we get here in England, there is so much variety in each season. Winter is my favourite, because I'm just weird that way :)

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    1. It's the variety I enjoy too, although as I mentioned in the previous comment, spring and fall seem to be shrinking. Winter is a great favourite season to have. I wish I enjoyed it like that. I do love to hear a winter wind whistling and see the snow swirling around - outside my window while curled up on the couch in front of a fire.

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  19. I always though, no kidding, that I'd be some sort of super hero when I grew up. Well, I didn't make it, but I'm doing o.k regardless :)

    Great list and very nice to meet you :)

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    1. Haha! You never know. Maybe your powers are just biding their time. Nice to meet you too!

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  20. I always understood if I moved somewhere warm, I'd lose spring and fall, which are my favourite seasons. I love Canada, and as a military wife, truly understand how blessed we all are to live where we do, but would still like to retire to a small town in France where my ancestors are from. I've got 22 years to convince my husband. :)

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    1. No problem! 22 years is plenty of time to bring him around. A small town in France sounds lovely.

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  21. I always thought that when I grew up I would stay up really late. I counted the minutes until I could set my own bedtime. Now I can barely make it to 11 before I'm falling on my face exhausted.

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    1. Oh, that's a good one I left off my list. I thought I would wake up whenever I wanted. Little did I know.

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  22. My daughter is a potential adult cat hoarder. I am the only thing getting in her way as a child.

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    1. Haha! I even tried to bring a stray cat home, thinking that if I could just get it into the house, my parents would be forced to keep it. However, things look a little different when you're the one who has to do all the chores associated with a pet, rather than just playing with it.

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  23. Love the list! I too was shocked when I realized that choosing somethings in life made others impossible. I love my life, but sometimes I think of the other me's that will never live their lives.

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    1. Exactly. It's hard to accept this is the only chance we get.

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  24. So funny!! You thought you would become an editor without kids and became an accountant with kids...I thought I'd become a teacher and I became a writer/editor. I love #7! I thought that as well when I was in high school...but by the time I'd graduated from college I'd changed my mind. I did wait until I was 22, but I was NOT married. :)

    Re: your comment on my blog post, my husband is an outgoing introvert! It's been a fascinating thing for us to discover about ourselves.

    I think that you have to be either extroverted or outgoing to be a blogger...because you have to be willing to share of yourself. I've talked to so many people who freaked out when I suggested they consider blogging!

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    1. I waited longer than usual too, but at 21 I decided 5 years of dating was long enough and I didn't intend to wait another five until we got married.

      That aspect of sharing yourself is a good point. It's the outgoing side of my personality that makes me choose blogging over just a personal journal. And I love that when I feel overwhelmed, I can just take a break until I'm recharged without anyone really noticing.

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  25. Nice to meet you. Great list.
    I'm from the southern hemisphere where we experience a hot and humid sub-tropical east coast climate. I cannot imagine living somewhere where it's predominantly cold. *shudders*

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    1. It's actually really hot in my part of Canada for half of the year, to the point that it's unpleasant and everyone huddles inside whether there's central air conditioning. And the winters have been pretty mild the last few years. But normally, winter is one nasty beast and I don't blame you for shuddering!

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  26. You made me smile so many times as I read your post. I never liked little kids either, didn't plan on any and here I am with four.
    I also wanted to move to someplace warm and here I am because of my husband.

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    1. Four - wow! You made even more of a turn-around than I did. It's a good thing they're so cute...

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  27. This was great! Maybe I'll try shaving me head. That'll fix the bad hair days! Nice to meet you!

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    1. You never know! A really nice wig might be better than a bird's nest. Thanks for visiting.

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  28. HI, Azara,

    Nice to meet you. I like your "walk through life"... We all have similar hopes and dreams, but reality always seems to hit. HOWEVER. DON'T give up on the magic yet.... Those fairies are still lurking just behind the next tree. Magic is around, but as adults life clouds our vision. Take a deep breath and FEEL your surroundings. Canada is so LOVELY there is so much natural beauty.... even in the below zero months. I can CERTAINLY relate to that, living in Chicago. Although we are jumping up to around 60 tomorrow! INSANE... Two days ago we were in the single digits. Back down to the twenties by the end of the week. Nature is so unpredictable these days ..... and so is the magic!

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    1. I would love to see even a glimpse of magic in the world. Life seems so dreary without it.

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  29. You thought you would be child-free, I always wanted children but wanted to be husband free. And there are still days when I think that wasn't such a bad idea. LOL And the magic? ME TOO! I just knew it. I even let my imagination go too far now and think, maybe...just maybe. :) Everything I've ever heard about Canada has been good. I've only been once- when I was in grad school I attended a conference in Toronto. I enjoyed my experience but I always wanted to see way more of the country.

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    1. It's good to know others felt like this. Sometimes I think I was just an especially crazy kid. Then again, maybe I was and you were too...LOL!

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  30. This was fun! I always thought I'd live some place warm, too... but didn't. Well, it's warm in June, extremely hot in July and August, but other than that, it's cold. To me, anyways. :)

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    1. What area are you in? This description definitely sounds like Canadian weather - in southern Ontario at least.

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  31. LOL! Did you see The Help? I can't think of the characters name but it was the person who "wrote the book". She had untamed hair and there was this think her mother bought to straighten out for a date she was going to have. The whole scence was hilarious in addition to what her hair looked like bu the time she made it to her date. #4 I never thought I would be child free but I never cared for children either. I never babysat, never held anyone baby, never cood oo'd or aah'd. But like you a switch flip around thirty, I saw a baby on Mother's Day then I wanted my own. When my son was born I was 35 years old. I had only changed a diaper ONCE and that was because my best friend made me do it to break me in. Its amazing how mother nature kicks in because I did not have a tap of experience.

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    1. Yes! Haha! That was a great scene and I could totally relate to it. I tried to straighten my hair when I was younger but it was like trying to tame a wild animal. Thankfully the frizz died down when I was older.

      I appreciate hearing from someone who had the same feelings about motherhood as I did. I always hesitate a bit to talk about not liking kids, because I would do anything for my own two babies. And I've mellowed too - I don't dislike kids as much as I used to. I'm just never going to be that woman who thinks going on a field trip with 20 eight year olds is the most fun thing ever.

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  32. HEY! We're practically neighbours! Well, we're both in Ontario but I'm not sure exactly where you hang your hat. I live in Bracebridge, which is pretty much up the road from anywhere except Timmins. Anyway, very nice to run into another Canuck on this tour! Glad to hear you sleep in on Sundays!

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    1. I'm about an hour south of Toronto - close enough to go to any major events and far enough away that I don't have to say I live there. LOL!!!

      It is nice to meet another Canadian on this hop. Thanks for visiting!

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  33. You could always shave your hair for charity. For some reason, your description of your hair made me think of the movie Annie (except you're not ginger) - that's probably because it was on TV here yesterday!

    I don't get the church thing either. It's meant to be the day of rest, but getting four kids up and washed first thing in the morning isn't restful at all!

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    1. You're so right - my parents were worship leaders and at one point my dad was an elder. Sunday morning was definitely not restful.

      I'm over the hair shaving thing, which is just as well because I don't think charity would want it either!

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  34. Fantastic post. I thought many of the same things. I held out longer having kids, but I have one son and I'm the fiercest mother bear. I grew up in southern Ontario (Acton) too. I married an American, though. One thing I never thought I'd do! The weather here isn't much warmer.

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    1. If I were going to live anywhere other than Canada, the States would be the obvious choice and probably the least culture shock. I'd try to find something warmer though!

      I've realized I'm not going to be able to attend my kids' sports games without sedating myself first. My mama bear instinct is pretty crazy!

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  35. I love your post...especially the oops! LOL! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and hope to see you around on ICLW or Listcles.
    Lori

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  36. Temperatures on the west coast can be deceiving...it's a "damp" cold our here. :D

    Great list...number 4 cracked me up. I have been bald once...my hair did come in softer and ALL grey then went back to it's old poker-straight and coarse. :( Oh but the black came back. Sorta. :)

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    1. Oh, that's painful - I would have been so disappointed. Like Flowers for Algernon on your head.

      I've heard it rains constantly in B.C. That doesn't sound good either. I think I'd rather it were colder and have blue skies.

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  37. Clearly I thought about my list way to hard. Typical of me to make something more complicated than it was. Fab list!

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    1. Bwahaha!! Complication is the name of my game. Glad you enjoyed my ramblings.

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  38. Really enjoyed this... A lot! The, uh, sex question made me lol! At one point in our lives don't we all say we don't want kids. But yes, I love mine as well. I would love to live some place warm too. Nice to meet you!

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    1. I know it was awfully tacky, but when Britney Spears wore that tank top that said, "I'm a virgin" in big letters with "but this is an old shirt" in little letters underneath, I kind of wanted to steal it. I didn't, but it was tempting.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  39. I grew up atheist, and am still that way - though my parents never forbade me doing whatever I wanted belief-wise. I just turned out this way. :) It's nice to meet other atheists out in the blogging world!

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    1. Yes, it is! Sometimes I feel like the only one. Thanks for stopping by.

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  40. Hi, Azara,
    I believe this is the most amusing post I've read all day. Yeah, pity we have to grow up and have things turn out way differently than we thought they would.

    Up until today, I regret shaving the hairs on my legs. It's not the norm here, but something I had to try. Since then, they've grown back with pointy edges pointing every which way. Your comment about your kinder-pal (which is cool idea by the way) is laugh-out-loud funny.

    So nice to meet you!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not a hairless fanatic, but I can't stand stubble. I shave my legs all year round, not just in the summer.

      I didn't know Jamaica was more comfortable with not shaving. I had heard Europe was more relaxed about it, but that's it. Did you like how it looked/felt when you shaved them or was it weird since you don't normally do it?

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  41. Oh my goodness, I think we have the same hair!! :)
    erica

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  42. Love this line: "I became confused about where Christianity ended and buying rice cakes on sale began." You always make me laugh! Great post - I'm with you on the magic, warm climates and especially #10.

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    1. My mother showed a reverence toward health food and discount stores that bordered on cultish. I once asked her if it was un-Christian to buy things when they weren't on sale. Really - it's written in my baby book!

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  43. What a delightful post--honest, amusing, bittersweet and awesome-sauce, all rolled into one mouthwateringly delicious plateful of wordy goodness. I love your writing style and your humour, but it's that unflinching honesty that hooks me. Fabulous stuff. Will be back!

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    1. Thank you so much - what a wonderful compliment! I look forward to getting to know you.

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  44. Returning your visit. Thank you so much for your kind words the other day.

    I love this post! So honest, open, and funny. I'll definitely be following along to see more. :)

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    1. Thanks Stasy! I was sorry to hear you lost such a good friend. I hope you're finding support as you grieve for her.

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  45. screw it, let's shave our heads and pig out in candy land...johnny depp gave me the key to willy's place, so let's go jump in the chocolate river, too!!

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  46. I'm all for the pig out on candy!!! I used to want to move somewhere hot too. Amazing how things change. Hmmm... you didn't find that magic? Are you sure? ;)

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    1. You never know, but it seems increasingly unlikely. Boo.

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  47. Hello from a fellow Canadian! I was born in Toronto but haven't been back for 25 years. I'm a passport Canadian now, and that passport is damn handy!

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    1. Haha! I like that: "passport Canadian".

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  48. I never thought I would have kids either, didn't like them! Now I work in a high school and have two little treasures of my own!

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    1. Wow, teaching too! That is a big turn-around. I love my kids, but I'm still not a huge fan of the species in general.

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  49. I never knew you were an accountant too! There are not many of us creative accountant types out there..> I got into it because I was "good in math" although now I forgot how to add without a calculator and my cousin (who was a partner in a firm) told me it was a good job for a girl.

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    1. I'm terrible at math. I started out as an English major. But as you pointed out - that's why we have calculators!

      It is a good job for a girl. I've thought that before too.

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  50. Great post...I love how our perspective changes over time. I'm happy that you're happy to have kids!!!

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  51. In college a girlfriend and I read or heard something that if you didn't wash your hair for three weeks, it would somehow magically transform into being gorgeous, or what we always said, "Lush". We talked about it for months or maybe years and then did it. I work a beanie for entire month of January, 2003. My hair was exactly the same afterward.

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    1. That is hilarious!! I'm so impressed you did it. I would have tried it too if I'd heard of it. A ponytail/bun for a month I could do. Voluntarily balding myself was another question.

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  52. Most of that made me really laugh! Especially number seven.
    I'm a Christian and I had no idea it involved rice cakes on sale. I must've missed that. Oh well, pass me another box of Hot Tamales, please...

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    1. I don't think it does. My mother treated health and bargains like part of the Ten Commandments, so my confusion was understandable.

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  53. Hey, be happy with your hair - I did lose all mine a few years ago (chemo) and it was different when it first grew back (curly and fluffy like duck down) but it then went back to same ol same ol - although I have kept it quite short ever since. Hope you are having a good week.

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    1. I did think that as I was writing this - that I should be thankful it was a voluntary thing. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your health is better now.

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  54. I remember those wistful horizons . . .aah. Thank you for sharing this fun and informative list. My mom was a health nut too. I had that concave stomach . . .and then I thought I could eat everything I wanted at age 20something . . .umm, oops. No more concave stomach. :-)

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    1. Me too. The concave stomach is long gone...it was on its way out and then I had two kids and it's definitely gone for good!

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  55. I sympathize with the whole hair thing. I could use almost the same description for mine, minus the frizzy, and adding fine. I'm getting closer to 40 every day, and I just discovered how to make it curly (nice) without those stupid straight streaks or streaks that just go the opposite way of the rest. I was so proud of myself. It makes me feel less guilty because now I can pass on that information to my daughter who unfortunately has the same annoying hair that I do. Damn genes. :)

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    1. I've had to restrain myself from flat-ironing my 2.5 year old's hair. People are already making fun of it! Thank goodness she doesn't understand, and like you said, I know how to help her manage it.

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  56. Ugh, we had 1st grade buddies when I was in 8th grade, and mine loved my partner because he had money and brought gifts when we got to visit. I got totally ignored. Not fun. Fickle little 1st grader. ;-p

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Brought gifts! That never occurred to me. I'm not sure I would have been willing to spend my allowance money on that little stinker anyway.

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  57. I love, LOVE you take on this listicle topic!! I always wanted to have kids, but I've never really been one to love kids. I babysat a little here and there, but I was definitely not one of those teenagers that went all googly about a baby. #7 made me laugh. That was me, too. :)

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    1. I did wait until I was out of high school, but when I realized I wasn't going to get married until after 25, I decided enough was enough!

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  58. This was such an entertaining post...thanks for sharing so much about you.

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  59. I thought I'd never have kids either because I really don't like other people's. Turns out I love my own though.

    And I love that fantasy picture; its inspiring just to look at.

    Lovely getting to know you Azara :)

    .......dhole

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    1. I do adore my little people, even though they drive me crazy sometimes. I'm glad my life took this path.

      That picture is so beautiful, isn't it? I can't stop looking at it.

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  60. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today!

    You wrote: "Losing my sense of mystery and magic in the world is the saddest thing that has happened to me."

    I think one of the perks of being a writer is that you can recreate the sense of mystery and magic in the worlds that you write about. Sometimes even pleasant surprises can be regarded as "magic" because POOF, you didn't see that [insert something really awesome here] coming!

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    1. That is a beautiful thought - thank you. I haven't written fiction for a long time and this encourages me to dip into it again.

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  61. Haha...we're quite similar in the fact that I'm waiting for my maternal genes to kick in and have a desire to hoard cats (I have one. Does that count as a hoard? lol) Great to get to know you through the blogfest :)

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    1. Well, one isn't really a hoard, but you have to start somewhere, right? Your maternal genes may never kick in, which is totally OK too.

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  62. Azara, you're hilarious!

    I thought I'd become a cat hoarder, too, but I only have one! I can also appreciate the whole kids thing, but like you, that all changed, but I stopped at one, and I don't know what I'd do w/out her. I'm so glad I stopped by, and I'll definitely be back. Thanks for the great post! :)

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    1. We're definitely done with our two kids. I figure one per arm, one per person, etc. We don't want to be outnumbered.

      Thanks for joining up!

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  63. What a great introduction! But I have a secret for you: it doesn't matter how old you are; there are still plenty of doors open to you. Nice to meetcha!

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  64. Came over via the A-Z challenge list. Love your blog and decided after reading 2 posts to be a regular here. I'm a new follower :)

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    1. Thanks for joining up Martha! That is a great idea to start looking around the challenge list now. I'd like to meet as many people as possible, but 67 blogs a day is a bit much. Haha!

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  65. What a fun list and a great way to get to know you. I didn't succeed with some of my childhood goals. I certainly don't have the mansion I envisioned.

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  66. Awesome list. It's lovely to meet you. I'm still working on my childhood dream of being a published author, but yeah, I never imagined I'd work at a stupid insurance company back then. I did shave my head once and it took FOREVER to grow back. I'm pretty sure my hair stayed exactly the same, too, so good you never tried it. Too cold in Canada anyway!

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  67. I was the opposite of you re: wanting kids. For years, I thought I would have 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls, and had all their names picked out. At this point, I feel lucky if I'm able to have one before I'm 40.

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    1. It must be awful to have always dreamed of a big family and not have that happen easily, or at all. I hope your one (or more!) comes along soon.

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  68. Excellent list! I never wanted kids as a teenager but, surprisingly, my biological clock started kicking my ass when I was twenty-one. At that point, I'd been married for a few years already, so we started a family and didn't stop until we'd had five. haha...kinda crazy. I love my kids though, they're awesome!

    And I still think magic is out there--you just have to decide to believe in it again. :)

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    1. Well, I can see how you'd get to five if your baby clock started ticking at twenty-one! I always said the only way we'd have more than two is if we had twins. Imagine our suprise when my second pregnancy was twins! Sadly that ended in miscarriage and our rainbow (and final) baby is 5 months old now. Sometimes I still wonder what life would have been like if the twins were here, but I'm happy with our little family the way we are. One for each of us.

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  69. both the list and the comments are wonderful and insightful.

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