Remember, Remember the Fifth of November.

Due to the craziness that has been my life, this has been my first blog post in almost 3 weeks. I promise I have not forgotten about you all ( all 15 of my followers and one curious person who has told me they are from Oregon, how did you find this blog anyways) My nickname growing up was motormouth, so trust me, you have not heard my last words just yet! I wanted to write todays post on something that is affecting our nation right now as we speak, its in the headlines, on the news, all over facebook..we can not escape it, it is everywhere, over the last few months we have been prepping for this day for, and now it is finally here! Happy Election Birthday to me!!!! ( You didn’t really think I was going to write a post on politics did you?! if you did..shame on you!) Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: All of my friends are posting intense political rants on facebook, and I'm just over here like, 'Hey, I made pancakes!'

“Ain’t no party like a Liz Lemmon Party, Because a Liz Lemmon Party is Mandatory!”

I was lucky enough to have this day off ( thanks to a special razorback who traded shifts with me!) So during my day off I began to think about what it means to celebrate being a year older and evaluating the several aspects that have made ‘me’ ME for the last 25 years! This full day of evaluation and pondering led to 10 profound/not so profound points on this coming of age day!

1. About a week before the big day I received a special card in the mail! The card was from the insurance company and although it was disguised as a bill, I quickly noticed it was a letter informing me that I would now be receiving a discount on my monthly bill!! YES!!! Car insurance rate is lowered!!!! Look out people of Texas..this 25 year old mediocre driver is saving 15 percent or less on her car insurance, she didn’t even have to switch to Geico, and she’s coming to a highway near you!

2. At the age of 25 I STILL hate getting up early and will literaly wait until the LAST minute to get out of bed. Here is the scenario…”Ok, I have to be at work @ 1pm, it takes a half hour to get there, I have to do the laundry, feed the cats, pack my lunch, take a shower and figure out what im going to wear and how im going to do my hair!” A normal person at the mature age of 25 would handle this situation as follows: “Yeah! tomorrow I get to sleep in a little bit and I will still have all the time I need to get everything on my list accomplished! might even surprise the husband with a cake when he gets home from work! I’m going to set my alarm for 10am!” Here is I handle this situation at the age of 25 ” Ok, have to be at work at 1, need to do all this stuff, should probably get up early for once and get all this stuff done so that i don’t have to be up till 3 am doing this and be tired like I was today. Lets set the alarm for 10:30 am, that should be plenty of time do everything. –10:30 rolls around, ok, if I hit the snooze for 10 minutes, that will make it 10:40..shouldnt loose too much with that..10:40, who gets up at such a weird number like 10:40? 10:30 or 10:45 maybe, but not 10:40. Better hit snooze again and revisit this situation in the clarity of a more ‘normal’ number. 10:50..dangit! increments of 10! Didnt think that through, oh well, better hit snooze again, that will make it 11:00, a rounded number and then i can start my day off on the right foot! 12pm..Crap…what do you mean you can only hit snooze three times before the alarm shuts off?! Whose idea was so just need a quick nap just so I don’t scream!!!..ill get up in 10 minutes. 12:10…CRAP! I have to be at work in 45 minutes..I have 15 minutes to get ready..tommorow im going to get up earlier and do all this stuff that did I didn’t do today…..(every inch of this speaks so much truth it frightens me lol)


Indiana state Unviersity 2010

3. Just today I learned that maturity in decision-making becomes a lot easier at the age of 25. For example, in college, I thought it was funny and not wrong to log onto Wikipedia pages and freely edit their information for my own amusement. I once got on to the Indiana State University Wiki page and added famous alumni such as Oprah, Chuck Norris and, YOURS TRULY 🙂 Now, at the mature age of 25 I knew I was doing something incredibly wrong before I did it, and felt moderately guilty afterwords 😉

Pretty sure wikipedia already removed this from the 11/5 page 😦

4. Laundry still sucks at the age of 25…I loathe laundry to such a point that in the next week or two I actually have a FULL blog post dedicated to just this topic. On my birthday I did 5, count them 5, loads of laundry which is no fun game when you live on the second floor of an apartment complex and the laundry room is downstairs and on the backside fo the building. Today i thought i would be cleaver and pack all the laundry into large rolling suitcases complete with detergent and softer and headed downstairs like a nomad on an epic journey..this worked great..until I had to haul those bad boys upstairs..laundry fail.

Anyone at any age can throw up in a car..dosnt magicaly stop at 25!
Anyone at any age can throw up in a car..dosnt magicaly stop at 25!

5. It seems that 25 is the magical driving age, because not only are my insurance rates lowered, but I can officially rent a car from any respectable car company (willing to rent me the car that is 😉 without having to pay an extra 50 dollars a day!!!!! It seems funny to me that so many other age limitation milestones are met way before one turns 25. For instance, If i wanted to, i could have been married, voted, been to war, been divorced and buy alcohol and cigarettes, all before the age of 22, but if i wanted to rent a car to be able to do any of these things…nope sorry..that will be 50 extra dollars please!

Im not this stupid..pretty sure I’ve come close!

6. Oh Natural Selection, you tried your best.. but I Showed you!! :)In my younger days, and my mother can back me up on this, I had a weee bit of a problem with fire, and by problem, I liked to lite things on fire. First memorable occasion I can think of is my mom having a candle on the mantle and me thinking it was fun to lite pieces of computer paper on fire take them back to my room and blow them out..No worries, every 10-year-old melts their bedroom carpet at least once in their life time right? Or my attempts to ‘put’ out a wall sconce that i thought was out of control with a can of OFF…(did you know that just makes the fire bigger?

Rowdy Bitty Baby!

7. Some quick young adult math: In 5 years im going to be 15 years im going to be 40..25 years im going to be 50! I am half way to be middle aged..Is there such thing as a reverse mid-life crisis? Should I buy the minivan and wear the mom jeans now because I want to make myself appear older..then in 15 years trade this in for a Camaro and skinny jeans because my mini van and mom jeans make me to old? Plus..i just found a gray hair on my cat..what does that mean?! (it means i have a grey cat..and he was born that way..but that’s besides the point)

clap on, clap off, the clapper!

8. I have recently learned in the last few years that my days of staying out till really late, going to midnight movie premiers than popping up real quick at 8 am to go to work the next morning are nearly if not all the way gone. I was in no way a “partier” in my ‘younger’ days. But my friends and i knew how to have good legal fun! Now a days, i promise, I still enjoy good legal fun, but I have a 10 clock curfew on work nights, 8 o clock if i open the next morning, and a midnight curfew on nights where Idon’t even work the next day…I feel that my eyes don’t see quite as well at night as they used to and those pesky dear don’t mess around here in Texas. yep…we’re thinking of installing the clapper next week…

Not a self portrait…

9. I can remember as a pre-teen in the days when I was first allowed to by Teen People and J-14 magazine at the Rockville IGA that there are these little pieces of fiction called horoscopes. Oh girls used to live there Nsync and Backstreet boys days on these star driven social maps destin to lead you to your next big crush. Since I have not read a horoscope for myself in YEARS (mainly because I don not believe in them) decided to read one just to see if it makes any sense at all. It is as follows: Monday, Nov 5, 2012 — We may have to revisit a job that we thought was already finished, but this first full day of Mercury’s retrograde can also buy us time by extending deadlines. Although the dramatic Leo Moon encourages overstated actions, we are wiser to take a more conservative approach today. Things are not as they appear now and making assumptions will lead to problems that eat up a lot of time, especially once the Moon enters critical Virgo at 11:34 pm EST.Ok, right of the in the world is this supposed to help anyone? Tell me again why i care about Mercury’s retrograde? I can barely spell retrograde let alone figure out how it is supposed to help me gain all the love and wealth I need in the world. And im sorry Leo, but I just moved 16 hours away from home for the first time in life away from my family..I barely have enough time for my dramatic moon let alone yours, so keep that to yourself! The only amusing part I learned about my horoscope was the fun fact section included at the bottom: “If You Were Born Today, November 5: You possess a rare balance between introspection and extraversion ( is this another way of saying im awesome?). You are able to look within for answers, and often do, yet reaching out to others and making social connections also comes fairly easily to you (Please tell me more about how im awesome and people love me). You are quietly ambitious (haha..there is a first I’ve never been quiet at anything), and a strong sense that you will achieve can carry you far(not sure that sentence even makes sense..but oh well).You have an aptitude for the written word and/or you are able to charm others through your words(whoever wrote this horoscope has obviously read this blog, was it you mr. Oregon? But they also have no idea that I cant spell me way out of a paper bag). You are more adaptable than most Scorpios, yet you are determined in whatever ignites your passions. You perhaps appear to be more versatile than you actually are (I’m sneaky like that). You possess your own unique vision(if by unique vision you mean almost legally blind with out my glasses or contacts, then yes, that’s me ),and you are not a conformist. Driven by a quiet sense of a personal mission (there is that quiet word really don’t know me do you..or am I whispering to low for you), if you follow your intuition, success is almost guaranteed. Famous people born today: Elke Sommer, Roy Rogers, Tatum O’Neil, Art Garfunkel, Bryan Adams, Vivien Leigh. Awesome..I share my birthday with a cowboy, a spoiled child star, the “Rhoda” of a music duo and a not bad Canadian singer..could be worse right 😉

10. “I’ve brought you into this world, and I can take you out!” we have all heard this end all one liner used my moms all around the world to snap their kids back into reality, and while I’m sure its pretty hard to reintroduce a teenager back in to the womb after 18 years (not to mention uncomfortable) and murder is still illegal in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the phrase bares some

My Mommy and I

poetic truth! Leads me to realize why are people showering me with gifts, why are 94 people writing on my Facebook wall congratulating me on my birth when I’m quite certain my mom should be the one getting all the praises. She did all the work of labor (even if it was a planned c and to top it all of has managed not to kill me in the last 25 years (forget the wrath of survival of the fittest). This is no easy feat for anyone as, I am no ‘walk in the park’ to deal with. My mom, like the strong victim of a 25-year-old hurricane named Jennifer has endured my bad grades in elementary,school shouting matches because I didn’t want to clean my room, mad because I wanted whatever the new toy or electronic was even though we couldn’t afford it, mad because I was the only sophomore riding the school bus, fake attempts to run away from home, melted carpets, scorched walls, car accidents..yada yada yada, my brat list goes on forever and forever. So Mommy, if you are reading this…thank you for allowing me to live 😉 ❤

Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

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