I wag my finger at the television screen and mumble "spoiled brat" whenever I see someone on a reality show like "You're Cut Off" who has never done any chores or depends on someone else to do all their dirty work. I consider myself pretty independent. I remember a relative asking me, "Why do you keep driving back and forth eight hours to school without a man in the car with you? What if you get a flat tire?" I curled my lip up and went, "I can change a flat! I don't need a chaffeur." The thought. Psst. Ugh. Never!
Liberal, I am. I've been described as independent many, many times. But today I had a super spoiled moment--the kind of moment that I would've yelled at myself if I was a reality show cast member.
After the third largest storm in Chicago that started on Tues., Feb. 1, I didn't really take the snow seriously. I'd seen snow before. Big deal. I even kept my car equipped with emergency equipment (i.e., first-aid kit, extra blanket, automobile paper towels, two snow scrapers, gas jug, gas funnel and bottled water). Notice anything missing...for snow?
If you've read "Lessons in 2010, hopes for 2011
," you already know I had some trials and some perks this year, but here's a more upbeat post about things I truly enjoyed in 2010 that I didn't know about before. 1. "Twilight":
I never thought I'd see the day when I was raving about werewolves or even humoring the idea of vampires, but I saw "Twilight Saga: Eclipse
" and that was it for me. I'm Team Jacob. Matter of fact, my mother got me an "Eclipse
" umbrella with Taylor Lautner on it. Think I didn't rock that umbrella in the rain with all kinds of pride. I love the hell out of those books and movies! I own them all, including the one about Bree and "Midnight Sun
." 2. Netflix: I remember co-workers at a job I had in 2006 talking about Netflix, but I
Today has been a really relaxing day off. I raced to the post office before noon to get some good music (R. Kelly's "Love Letter" is the ish) I'd ordered, permed my hair, put away Christmas decorations, ate pizza and Sour Patch Kids for breakfast (not all vegetarians eat healthy all the time *shrug*), cracked up laughing at Steve Harvey as the host of one of my favorite television shows (and the only game show I'll watch) "Family Feud" and put the last money on my Chicago card before it expires. Basically I've done nothing useful but a bunch of fun stuff. I did finish the last few pages of a book called "The Summer Son" by Craig Lancaster. The book was kind of dark, but I'll be damned if it wasn't realistic.
All right, anyway, let's get to the point of the blog. While I was drying my hair I started thinking about what lessons I've learned from 2010 and what I want to take and leave for 2011. So here it goes.