Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Introducing…The Umpire

Things are happening faster than I could possibly blog about them. I need to get to bed so I can get up at 5:30 a.m. and work out, but I MUST fill you in on the complete turn of events in my love life over the last two weeks. You might remember when I mentioned the umpire I was flirting with at my kickball game a few weeks ago. If you don’t remember, I mentioned it here. Well I didn’t think much of it, but just a few days later, he had tracked me down on Facebook. I was shocked when I got his message. Laughing because it sure as hell wasn't my sweet kickball skills that sparked his interest. We chatted a bit and ended up making plans to get drinks that weekend.

That Sunday, I met up with The Umpire for a few drinks. We ended up talking for hours, being the last to leave the bar. My first impression was that he isn’t my normal type. He has earrings, a tattoo, has a motorcycle, and is into racing cars…not like anyone I had ever dated before. None of that seemed to matter as I sat there getting to know him that night. He has an amazing smile, is really easy to talk to, owns his own company, he is really sweet and considerate and has his feet on the ground. Since I met him less than two weeks ago, he has taken me out for my birthday, invited me to his softball games, celebrated my birthday with my friends, sisters and brother, introduced me to his closest friends and has been completely open with how he feels about me.

I’m trying to take it one day at a time and get to know him, but I can’t help thinking about how funny life is. Things happen when you least expect them and I am constantly amazed by that.

There are so many fun things going on that I want to tell you all about. I had an amazing birthday full of fun, have a girl’s beach trip coming up this weekend and my cousin’s wedding in Minnesota next weekend. I might have to do one huge post to tell you about all that fun when it’s all over!

Hope everyone is having a happy week!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Archived! #2

You can tell this guy spent a total of 3 minutes on his eHarmony profile.

Exhibit A: no photo. I’m not falling for that.

Exhibit B: he didn’t answer 50% of the questions. You obviously don’t have time to date someone if you can’t find a few minutes to tell me about yourself.

Exhibit C: In the “Occupation” field, he answered, “Stuff.” What stuff? Drugs? Stripping? Selling stuff? Making stuff? Too many possibilities.

Not to mention he only drinks a few times a year. I can’t have someone judging me for boozing it up.


Friday, May 13, 2011

25 Things at 25

I actually posted this yesterday, May 12, but it disappeared...
Today is my 25th birthday.
When I was 18-years-old I thought I knew it all. I thought I knew who I was, what I wanted…I thought I had it all figured out. Boy, was I wrong. Now I’m not saying at 25 I have it all figured out either, but I have learned a few things along the way. I don’t know it all and there are still so many things for me to learn, but here are 25 things I do know:
  1. You’ll regret the things you didn’t say more than the things you did. It is okay to speak my mind. If someone doesn’t like what I have to say, they don’t have to listen. 
  2. Never close yourself off to anything. Trying new things and hating them is better than never having done them at all.
  3. Dance like no one is watching. Just live and don’t worry what other people might be thinking.
  4. Never stop working hard. If at the time, it doesn’t seem like it will pay off, just be patient.
  5. Timing really is everything.
  6. Life doesn’t have to be taken so seriously.
  7. Speak up about what you want.
  8. Sometimes, when you are angry, you have a right to be angry, but that doesn’t give you the right to be cruel.
  9. That I am an amazing person and knowing that doesn’t make me arrogant. 
  10. Sometimes people just aren’t meant to be in your life, no matter how much you think so at the time.
  11. You've GOT to be able to laugh at yourself.
  12. To never take your health for granted.
  13. Sometimes, it is okay to not have a plan. The most amazing adventures usually happen when I don’t have a plan.
  14. Enthusiasm is contagious.
  15. Don’t judge people. You’ve probably never been in their position.
  16. You are responsible for your own happiness. If something isn’t going right, change it. 
    Don’t expect anyone to do that for you.
  17. Don’t regret anything. At one time it was exactly what you wanted.
  18. Family really is everything. Those people will be there for you like no one else can when you really need them.
  19. Make time for your girlfriends. Everyone is busy, but making time for these girls will keep you sane.
  20. When something awful happens, you can either laugh or cry about it. Crying won’t get you anywhere, but laughing is fun.
  21. Just because one person can’t see your worth, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
  22. Bad decisions make good stories.
  23. There really is always a reason to smile.
  24. Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.
  25. Trust your instincts.
I’m 25-years-old and my life is nothing short of a dream. I am so blessed to have a strong, supportive family, funny and amazing friends, a job and coworkers I love, good health and more happiness than I ever could have imagined. I’m thankful to everyone who has helped me learn these lessons along the way and can’t wait to see what 25 has in store for me! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Punctuation is Powerful

This is one of the best things I have seen in a while. Thanks to my sister for sending it to me.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tucker Tale #4: Mother’s Day Edition

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I wanted to tell you all a little bit about my mom.

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln

That really says it all, but I obviously have to elaborate. I’ve mentioned before how much alike my mother and I are. We are both painfully optimistic, friendly and kind. We love reading and have the same taste in books. We could get lost in our own little world, talking about the recent books we’ve read, or reading the same book together, tearing up at the same parts and overreacting to every little plot twist. We both love and have always loved to write. She wrote a lot of poetry when she was younger, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. We have the same mannerisms and outlook on most everything. My family calls us creepy twins because we are known to show up at the same place wearing the same outfit. We think alike, look alike and like the same things. I love the things we have in common and feel so lucky to have those similarities with her.

Sometimes though, it is the things we don’t have in common that stand out the most to me and have the biggest impact. My mother has the patience of a saint. She must have gotten that from my Nana, but she really does. I guess she had to be patient, raising five children and all. Not to mention the fact that my dad wasn’t always quite so patient. I have family members tell me all the time about how my mom never yelled when we were kids. She managed to always stay calm through everything, never losing patience. I however, did NOT inherit her patience. I am actually really impatient…something I need to work on. When I go to her for advice or when I am in a panic about something not working out right, which is often, I can always count on her optimism and a reminder that I need to be patient, that things will work out over time.

The time I spent in the hospital last year really opened my eyes to how truly special my relationship with my mother is. I don’t know what was worse, being in the amount of pain I was in, or seeing my mother react to it. I remember overhearing her talking to one of the nurses one of the first nights in the hospital, telling her how I am her best friend and they need to help me get better. On my worst days, it was as if she could feel my pain. Through all of that, though, my mother was so strong. She was my advocate, my voice because I literally couldn’t speak, she cried with me when I needed to cry and laughed with me when I really needed the laugh. I’ve always known how special our bond is, but going through this with her made me count my many, many lucky stars.

I truly couldn’t ask for a better role model in my life. I can only hope to be half the mother she is someday. I love learning from her, laughing with her and being her friend. She is my soul sista, my sunshine and I know for a fact I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Why I Loved This Week

This week has been productive, fun and relaxing. After a few wild weeks, I kind of feel like I have things under control, which is good seeing as how the next few weeks are probably going to be nuts. Here are a few of the highlights…

  • I finally spent some quality time by myself at home. I’ve been such a busy bee/party animal lately, I was starting to feel like I was never home. My house needed cleaning, my DVR was almost full and I needed some major down time. Over the last year or so, I’ve really come to value my alone time, so I’m really glad I forced myself to relax a little this week.
  • We had our fourth kickball game last night. I had to miss last week for a work function, so I couldn’t wait! To recap: We lost 11-3, the really cute umpire (if that’s what you call them in kickball) was flirting with me, we had beer and jello shots in the dugout and I even got on base once, which is a huge accomplishment! I’m so glad I made the decision to join. Our team is a really fun group of people, most of whom I didn’t know before the season, and it’s a nice break from whatever I have going on during the week. I’m obviously not much of an athlete and we rarely win, but it’s a blast!
So nothing too crazy this week, but that was nice for a change. With my 25th birthday, a trip to the beach with my girls and a trip to Minnesota for a wedding coming up, this month is shaping up to be nothing short of amazing! Life is good J